Many folks don’t even realize that there’s a difference between psychic art and spirit art. Well, there is. Psychic art deals with the energy of the sitter predominantly, whereas spirit art conveys more of a message from the spirit world. Not only is there a difference between psychic art and spirit art – there are multiple kinds of each!
Just as every psychic, medium and artist has their own approach, each psychic/spirit artist has their own take on how they bring their art forward. A person can connect with a psychic spirit artist and receive vastly different works by the same person depending on what it is that they are seeking. I’ll share an example of this in just a few moments, but first let’s cover some of the different kinds of psychic and spirit art that is offered.
An Auragraph is a deceptive term. Auragraphs are actually visual representations of what clairvoyants pick up. You can think about it as a pictorial representation of the impressions flashing through the psychic’s mind. (The term ‘auragraph’ was coined by the psychic artist Harold Sharpe, and the technique is more widespread in the Spiritualist readers in the UK.)
Aura Drawings are probably what you were originally thinking of when I mentioned the auragraph. Aura drawings are artistic renderings of the energy field around your body. This is an excellent technique to engage in for the purposes of energy healing, and to map the movement of energy immediately surrounding you.
Precognitive art is not something typically sought after, but more something that sometimes happens. Those with an artistic mindset tend to be more tuned in to their intuition than a lot of folks. That being said, it isn’t uncommon for an artist to produce a piece that turns out to be a scene or an object that plays out later on (sometimes centuries later). For instance, Leonardo DaVinci’s famous ‘flying machine’ could be be argued to be a psychic impression of the helicopter.
Remote viewers also produce ideograms and renderings, but this isn’t necessarily thought of as psychic art. The pictures produced by remote viewers are more like gesture drawings, or crude maps to help delineate the impressions that they are receiving.
Manifestation Mandalas are a form of psychic spirit art that I’ve developed to give a visual point focal point to aid in the process of manifestation. I go into reading for the person and we determine what goal they are working towards manifesting. I connect with their guides and we bring into being a visual representation of that energy for the person to focus on during meditation (and during their everyday life as well) to help reinforce the presence of that energy. This magnetizes the person’s energy field to draw the goal closer even faster, while helping them to maintain their focus. Remediation Mandalas are along the same premise, but are more focused on remedying a challenge energy, and are usually connected to astrological aspects that a person is experiencing. (I frequently will use the shapes made in a person’s natal chart as inspiration for Remediation Mandalas.)
Much of the spirit art that I do tends to be sketches of Spirit Guides. I find these to be helpful
Spirit art is more directly influenced by spirits, and is usually a pictorial representation of a spirit communicator or guide. Most of the time, spirit artists seem to have a different style of rendering the portraits between guides and spirit communicators. Many times, a guide is able to more readily and clearly convey the form that they take. This has to do with the fact that spirit guides are ‘trained’ and accustomed to interacting with the those in the physical realm in a way that many spirit communicators simply are not able to do. In short, guides can communicate more clearly with mediums because they are better at going back and forth between here and the less tangible world of Spirit.
A commissioned piece of spirit inspired art is when a person asks for a rendering of a particular spirit. This differs from spirit guide drawings because in a spirit guide drawing the guide themselves are the ones initiating the contact.
Spirit portraits focus on portraying loved ones and spirits that have passed on. I find evidential portraiture very difficult because of how I communicate with spirits. During a sitting, I connect with the spirit and while I describe the person I am impressed with their features individually, but not as a complete picture. (For instance, I’ll see a pointy nose, then the color and shape of the eye, then a particular hairstyle, but not necessarily all on one person.) Most of the spirit portraiture I do tends to be from spirits that approach me, and not during a reading. Many of these spirits actually haven’t yet crossed fully into the Otherworld, and this form of portraiture I tend to do alone and in silence. The trance state that overtakes me while doing these portraits is not really conducive to performing a reading. I also tend to get lost in time doing these.
Let’s See What You Mean
A colleague of mine has agreed to let me use some of the work I’ve done for him as an example in this post. While these are not necessarily what I’d share as the best examples of my work, they do illustrate the point of difference between the different forms of art.
This is an auragraph that I did in the space of about 15 minutes (typically I alot 40 minutes for an auragraph drawing, but I was trying to see how feasible it was to do an auragraph for mini readings. The answer is – not feasible at all.) Here you can see a gesture drawing in the middle of man sleeping, as well as the figure of a phoenix/peacock and another fiery figure above. The colors emanating around the head are indicative of healing, and the general theme of this reading was the need for rest to rejuvenate and finding inspiration.
Here is another auragraph drawn for guidance on a particular situation. This is from a 30 minute session, so still a bit rushed, but a very effective piece conveying a message of direction and balancing all of the different aspects of life.
This is an inlay of a particularly feisty guide of a fay persuasion connected with this person. This rendering was done in under ten minutes while the guide was giving suggestions to help bring more joy into his life.
I wasn’t especially fond of the first picture, so I decided to connect with this same guide and produce a new piece. This doesn’t turn out too bad considering that it was my first time using only soft pastels instead of a mix. This took about 30-40 minutes.
This is a picture of Oya, the Orisha of Wind and Cemeteries. The same colleague asked me to connect with Oya and draw her for his altar. This came from a thirty minute sitting. (Once again, I prefer about 40-45 minutes at least for most forms of psychic or spirit art sittings.)
This is a mandala that his guides inspired me to create for self love. This piece was completed in about 35-40 minutes.
As you can see from the four pieces above, you can get wildly different pieces depending on what you are asking for. Most of these are just sketches that accompany readings, but you can see how varied these pieces can be.
These are portraits of spirits that weren’t completed during readings. The first is the spirit of a man who came to me late one evening and wished to be drawn. The second is of a woman who had passed of breast cancer and came through in a gallery reading. Unfortunately, nobody present claimed her so she came home with me for a minute until I decided to draw her (which frequently helps me to release the spirit from my energy.)
And finally, this is a manifestation mandala that I did for myself with a focus on abundance. I titled the piece ‘Germinating’, and I figured that this was a good piece to wrap up on. Having a clear idea of the different expressions of psychic and spirit art can give you a good idea what is possible during a psychic/spirit art sitting, as well as the direction you may want to grow towards with your own mediumship or art.