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PARANORMAL GLOSSARY
Paranormal - a general term that describes unusual experiences that lack a scientific
explanation, or phenomena alleged to be outside of practical science's current ability to
explain or measure.
WIKIPEDIA - The Free Encyclopedia
FOLLOWING IS A LISTING OF TERMS THAT MAY BE
ENCOUNTERED IN PARANORMAL RESEARCH
ALCHEMY - The quest of the 'philosopher's stone' to change the base metals into gold or silver by chemical
means. Early alchemists viewed alchemy as a spiritual discipline, and in the Middle Ages, metaphysical aspects
increasingly came to be viewed as the true foundation of the art.

ANGEL - "Messenger of God," a celestial being, benevolent in nature and if visible, appearing in human form,
and possessing miraculous abilities such as teleportation, healing powers and knowledge of future events. There
have been accounts of angels aiding people in times of crisis throughout the ages.

ANOMALY - An irregular or unusual event which does not fit a standard rule or law. An anomaly is something
which cannot be explained by currently accepted scientific theories. Anything weird, abnormal, strange, odd, or
difficult to classify is considered an anomaly.

ASTRAL TRAVEL - Belief or theory that a person's spiritual awareness can temporarily detach itself from the
physical body, remaining connected by what is called the "silver cord," and experience things in other locations,
time frames or dimensional planes.

AUTOMATIC WRITING or AUTOMATIC ART - To freely channel your higher self or another soul's words, music,
or art without the interruptive interference of the mind.

BOGEYMAN - A grim spectral figure who delights in menacing mortals with rather gruesome pranks and
abductions. Although the lore of this character has degenerated into a familiar device used to threaten
rambunctious children, the 'Bogey' was formerly soundly dreaded in Celtic regions, and was said to prowl the
stretches of fields, marshes, and moors, looking for hikers and travelers who had strayed from their paths.

CLAIRAUDIENCE - Hearing voices, astral music or discarnate beings.

CLAIROLEO FACTOR - To have an extraordinary sense of smell, as if you could smell flowers before they bloom
or smell trouble before it occurs or death before it happens.

CLAIRVOYANCE - To have lucid mental perceptions and keen insights about people and life situations and to
have clear visual mental images, pictures, to "see" auras and other psychic phenomena.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY - The branch of paranormal research which deals with the exploration of legendary creatures
such as Bigfoot, lake and sea monsters, thunderbirds, etc.

CRYSTALOMANCY - The art of gazing into a crystal globe, a pool of water, a mirror, or any transparent object.
The person may put him/her self into a hypnotic state to see visions or to summon forth spirits or demons.

DEJÀ VU - Certain events and experiences seem as if you are re-experiencing the event or situation that has
happened at another time. As familiar as the experiences are, you cannot recall nor figure out when they
happened.

DEMON - Hostile and resentful entity, supposedly of non-human origin, which some believe to be fallen angels in
support of Satan.

DEMONOLOGY - One who studies and practices the art of demonology. An individual who specializes in the
removal of evil or demonic forces from a given environment using the art of demonology. One who brings
demonic forces out of their slumber to be cast away.

DIRECT WRITING - Direct writing is when spirits actually write using any means. This can be done by slate
writing or by pen and paper.

DIVINATION - The obtain unknown knowledge or future events from omens. Astrology may be considered
divination.

DIVINING ROD - A forked rod from a tree said to indicate the presence of water or minerals underground.

DOPPELGANGER - A spirit of a living person outside of the physical body.

DOWSING - To be able to find underground water and/or underground minerals.

ELEMENTALS - In magical tradition and ceremony, spirits which govern the four corners of the earth and are
associated with, or reside within, the four basic elements (air, fire, water, earth).

ENTITY - A disembodied "consciousness" commonly referred to as ghost, spirit or (if of an apparently malicious
or resentful nature) demon.

E.V.P. - 'Electronic Voice Phenomena.' Disembodied voices and sounds imprinted on audio recording devices
such as digital voice recorders.

ESP - Extrasensory perception (ESP) is the knowledge of external objects or events without the aid of the
senses.

EXORCISM - Ceremonial expulsion of invading spiritual/demonic entities from a person or dwelling, present in
virtually every worldly culture. The Jewish and Catholic Christian faiths each have a formal 'Rite of Exorcism' to
be conducted by the respective Rabbi or Priest.

FAITH HEALING - To know that you can heal yourself by simply believing it.

GHOST - The disembodied spirit or soul of a deceased person. Most often described as insubstantial and partly
transparent. They are reported to haunt particular locations that they were associated with in life or at the time
of death.

INCUBUS - A demon in male form that lies upon women sleepers in order to have sexual intercourse with them.
Its female counterpart is the succubus.

INFESTATION - Repeated and persistent paranormal phenomena, generally centered around a particular
location or person(s). Also known as a haunting.

INNER VOICE - Receiving guidance and assistance from inside of you.

INTUITION - Act of knowing without the use of usual rational processes. Based partly on subconscious pattern
association of known information, and partly on subconscious psi impressions.

KNOWINGNESS / INTUITION - To get information without knowing where it came from.

MAGIC - The practice of directing psychic ability, or "supernatural" forces to effect changes and fulfill desires.
Also the art of entertaining audiences by performing illusions and tricks.

MATRIXING - The natural tendency for the human mind to interpret sensory input, what is perceived visually,
audibly or tactually, as something familiar or more easily understood and accepted, in effect mentally "filling in
the blanks."

METAPHYSICS - The investigation of the principles of reality transcending those of any particular science. Said
to have been attributed to Aristotle as a result of chapters in his work.


MIRACLE - A wonderful and beneficial event, apparently brought about by a supernatural or divine agent
sometimes known as 'divine intervention".

NECROMANCY - The practice of communicating with the dead to obtain knowledge of the future, others' secrets,
etc. An archaic term, the necromancer was said to employ magic spells and conjuration to summon, then
banish, the spirits of the dead.


ORB - Believed to be the energy being transferred from a source such as electrical equipment, batteries, and
even people so that an entity can manifest itself. This energy 'transference' assumes the natural shape of a
sphere.

OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE or ASTRAL PROJECTION - To be able to leave your physical body and project your
soul, consciousness or what appears to be your mind to another place and return via a silver cord.

PARAPSYCHOLOGY - Literally beyond psychology. The study of apparent new means of communication, or
interaction, between organisms and their environment (commonly referred to as psi, or psychic ability), beyond
those presently understood by the scientific community.

PAST LIFE RECALL - To remember or have mental flashes about living in another century.

POLTERGEIST - A general term applied to a variety of site, or sometimes person, specific physical phenomena.
These can include temperature variations, anomalous sounds, and movement of physical objects. The word
'poltergeist' literally means 'noisy spirit' and was coined back when such phenomena were thought to be due to
the presence of some sort of mischievous entity. Currently, poltergeist phenomena are usually considered to be
related either to unusual physical conditions at the affected site, or to be related to psychokinesis. Anecdotal
reports suggest that many poltergeist focus on an individual under some form of emotional stress.

POSSESSION - Invasion of the human mind by a spiritual or demonic entity, where the invading agent for a
span of time, influences or entirely subverts the personality of the human host. It is in these instances that the
boundaries of psychology, religion and spiritualism are rendered less distinct.

PRECOGNITION - Pre-knowing; where nondeductible information about a future event is acquired.

PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS - To have dreams of events or incidents before they happen.

PREDICTION - To be able to predict future events before they occur.

PSI - A general term for parapsychological phenomena that includes informational (RV, ESP) and energetic (PK)
effects. Psi, or Y, is the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet.

PSYCHIC - Popular term used to denote a person who regularly uses, or who appears to be especially gifted
with, psi abilities. Also refers to general phenomena related to the mind (from Greek psyche).

PSYCHIC SURGERY - The supposed ability to paranormally perform invasive surgery using no conventional
medical tools. The psychic surgeon uses either an unsterilized knife, or his bare hands, to appear to make an
incision and remove some internal matter. Once the operation is finished, there is no sign of an incision, nor are
there any unpleasant aftereffects (e.g. infection). Many of the investigated cases have turned out to be
fraudulent, involving sleight of hand tricks to make the operation appear convincing. However, it is possible
that, in some circumstances, the ritual nature of the "surgery" could help effect a cure through the equally
mysterious placebo effect.

PSYCHOKINESIS (PK) - See Telekinesis.

PSYCHOMETRY - To touch an object with your hands and get information about the object, it's creator, its
owner, or it's history.

REMOTE VIEWING (RV) - Ability to access distant or shielded information primarily of visual character, such as
natural or structural features, via an unknown mental process. RV can include other sensory modes, such as
feelings, motion, or sound. Some individuals associate specific approaches, or protocols, with RV. Other similar
terms: remote perception, enhanced perception, extrasensory perception (ESP).

SCRYING - A term used to cover a wide range of divination techniques which parapsychology would tend to
classify as types of ESP. Most scrying techniques involve some degree of fixation on a surface with a clear
optical depth (e.g. a crystal ball, a pool of ink or deep water) or on an area which shows random patterns (e.g.
flames in a fire, smoke), the idea being that subconscious information available to the scrying will be
manifested in their interpretation of the imagery or random patterns they see.

SEANCE - A group effort to contact the spirit world. In standardized format, the lighting of the chamber in which
the séance is conducted is subdued, and the participants sit around the table, either holding hands or with hands
palm down, flat against the table's surface and with fingertips touching those of the adjacent partners. A candle
generally is set on the center of the table. The appointed director or "medium" addresses the spirit(s) with
whom contact is sought.

SPIRIT - Existence apart from, or transcending, the purely physical; also, the life-force of an organism. A spirit
commonly refers to a ghost.

SPOOK - A benevolent spirit, also an alternative for a ghost.

STIGMATA - Body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of
Jesus. Persons have been observed periodically bleeding from points on their bodies. The causes of stigmata
may vary from case to case. Although the physiological mechanisms which produce this effect are not
understood, it is apparently an externalization of religious fervor primarily associated with the Roman Catholic
faith.

SUBLIMINAL PERCEPTION - Sensory impressions below the threshold of conscious awareness.

SYNCHRONICITY - Meaningful coincidences that often are mediated by subconscious psi activity. Our
intuitive/psi faculty nudges our paths into meaningful intersections in times of need.

TELEKINESIS , PSYCHOKINESIS, LEVITATION - To move an object or your body without physical means.

TELEPATHY - To know what others are thinking as if to hear thoughts in your head. Thought transference
including the sending and receiving of thoughts.

TERRAFIRM - To be connected with the planet Earth as if it were a part of you.

THOUGHT TRANSFERENCE - Telepathic transmitting of images and messages from the mind of one person to
that of another.

TIME TRAVEL - To project your soul's consciousness out of your body and into a past or future time.

TONE HEALING - Your tone of voice affects others by disturbing, catalyzing, soothing, lulling, inspiring and quite
often healing them.

TOUCH HEALING - To impart through your hands soothing and healing vibrations of energy.

TRANSMEDIUMSHIP, TRANSCHANNELING - To have severe personality shifts.

VORTEX - (pl. Vortexes or Vortices) An anomaly which sometimes shows up in still photographs taken at the
site of a suspected haunting, appearing as a translucent white, tube or funnel shaped mass. Some researchers
believe this may be a porthole to the spirit realm.

WICCA - A neopagan, nature based religion which typically worship a God (Horned God) and Goddess (Triple
Goddess). Other characteristics include the ritual use of magic, a liberal code of morality, and the celebration of
the eight season-based festivals.

WITCH - A practitioner of the magic arts (witchcraft). In particular a woman who employs charms, herbs and
incantations to affect the workings of her will. Also a practitioner of the Wicca craft.


WIZARD - A practitioner in fantasy or mythology who has studied and practices magic.