Glossary of Terms
Afreet - ( Arab Mythology) a powerful evil demon or monster
Akashic Records - Originally a Hindu concept of a vast, and ever-increasing, psychic repository of every thought and emotion – human or otherwise – which has ever been, and into which some individuals seem able to tap
Alchemy - The exploration and application of the sciences, particularly chemistry and the pseudoscience of astrology, such as they were understood during the middle ages and early Renaissance period. Alchemists were chiefly dedicated to the worthy pursuit of producing gold from baser metals and various materials.
Alma - Russian wildman encountered in Siberia and northern China, generally described as being covered in hair and powerfully built, though shorter in stature and more human appearing than the Yeti. Some researchers have suggested that Almas may be descended from Neandertals.
Amulet - an ornament or small piece of jewelry thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease.
Angel - a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.
Anomaly - something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.
Anthropomorphize - attribute human characteristics or behavior to (a god, animal, or object).
Apparition - a ghost or ghostlike image of a person. The appearance of something remarkable or unexpected, typically an image of this type
Apport - In parapsychology, an apport is the alleged paranormal transference of an article from one place to another.
Astral projection/ astral travel - the belief or theory that a person’s spiritual awareness can temporarily detach itself from the physical body, and experience things in other locations, time frames, or dimensional planes.
Atavism - the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that has been absent in intervening generations.
Aura - is a colored emanation said to enclose a human body or any animal or object.
Aura-world - A reflection of our own sphere of existence, composed of the electromagnetic emanations of physical matter, and probably influenced by thought and emotion. It is another dimensional plane proceeding from one in which we exist.
Avatar - (Hindu Mythology) the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.
Baphomet - depicted as a winged man with a goat-head, this supernatural being has been associated with the Devil but this hasn't always been the case. Baphomet was a deity that the Knight Templars were said to have worshipped. Intimately associated with the Occult and Witchcraft, this pagan deity is believed to represent the sum of the entire universe and all its opposing forces.
Banishing - to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree; condemn to exile
Bigfoot - In North American folklore, Bigfoot or Sasquatch are said to be hairy, upright-walking, ape-like creatures that dwell in the wilderness and leave footprints. Depictions often portray them as a missing link between humans and human ancestors or other great apes.
Bilocation - the state of being or the ability to be in two places at the same time.
Bogeyman, Boogyman - an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
Cabot, Laurie - (1933- ) American witch, author, and businesswoman declared "The Offical Witch of Salem", in the 1970's, one of the first people to popularize witchcraft and the first to open up a shop in Salem, MA dedicated solely to witchcraft, she founded her own branch, Cabot Tradition, and works to strengthen and legitimize witchcraft as a religion, she also found the Witches' Leauge for Public Awareness.
Carcosa - A mysterious nether region or outer-world containing the mythical lake, Hali, which appears in the written works of authors Ambrose G. Bierce and Robert W. Chambers, some students of arcane, mystical lore believe that Carcosa may actually exist.
Chupacabra - Spanish for Goat sucker and is described as having "glowing red eyes", reportedly from Puerto Rico, numerous livestock and stray pets have been found with throats torn out, drained of blood, and bearing mysterious puncture wounds.
Clairvoyance - the supernatural power of seeing objects or actions removed in space or time from natural viewing.
quick, intuitive knowledge of things and people
Cleansing - A less ritualized form of exorcism, where-in a dwelling or site is purified and malevolent influences are banished through prayers, spoken as the petitioner moves through the area.
Construct, Psychic - The psychic ability to project tangible extensions from the mind such as weapons objects and tools.
Continuance - or life-after-death, the survival of the psyche after the death of the biological organism that had generated it.
Crop Circles - circular impressions spanning sometimes several hundred feet in diameter and often quite intricate in design, have frequently and inexplicably been appearing overnight in wheat and grain fields. Sometimes the source can be traced to hoaxers; sometimes the details do not allow for any satisfactory, mundane explanation
Crowley, Aleister (Edward Alexander) - (1875-1947) Scottish-born occultist, metaphysician, sorcerer, adventurer, poet, and author. Crowley gave himself over to excess, amorality, and a life of excess. His writings are still studied and analyzed by many present-day, serious students of the magickal arts.
Crypto-zoology - The branch of paranormal research which deals with the exploration of legendary creatures such as Bigfoot, lake and sea monsters, the Mothman, etc.
Crystal Skulls - Five human skull models, exquisitely crafted in antiquity from solid quartz crystal, found in various locations throughout Latin America, the best known of these being the "Mitchell-Hedges Skull" discovered in 1924 in the Balinese Jungle of Labuton by Anna Mitchell-Hedges while on an expedition with her father, and still in her possession in Canada. Mayan legend tells of eight more crystal skulls remain and when all thirteen are united, mankind will have learned how to extract and decipher the vital information, history, and revelations, which they contain.
C\’thulu - A creation of author H.P. Lovecraft and a favorite of horror/science fiction enthusiasts, is described as a demon-god from another world, a monstrosity resembling a giant squid or octopus.
Cyclomancy- is a form of divination based on the spinning an object and deriving predictions from the object's final resting direction.
Dactylomancy - is a term used by proponents to define a form of divination using rings.
Dee, Doctor John - ( 1526- 1608) Alchemist, astrologer, seer, and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I of England who, along with his associate Edward Kelly, devised a method of deciphering an angelic language, known as the “Enochian Calls.”
Demon- an evil spirit; devil or fiend; an evil passion or influence; an entity considered extremely wicked, evil, or cruel. A fallen angel
Dermo-optical perception (DOP) - is a term that is used in parapsychological literature to denote the alleged capability to perceive colors, differences in brightness, and/or formed images through the skin (without using the eyes, as distinct from blindsight), especially upon touching with the fingertips.
Doppelganger: German for “Double-goer.” A person’s duplicate or identical counterpart, seen as a result of bi-locational or astral travel.
Dream telepathy - is the purported ability to communicate telepathically with another person while one is dreaming.
Druid: A Celtic priest of the Bronze or Iron Age, trained in healing, divination, and astronomy.
Ectoplasm - A filmy, quasi-solid substance that supposedly comes from the bodies of mediums through eyes, mouths, nostrils, and nipples during trance states. In photographs, this phenomenon seems to resemble soaked muslin fabric. The term used in spiritualism to denote a substance or spiritual energy that emanates from the body of a physical mediums
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) - are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Disembodied “voices” and sounds imprinted on audio recording devices.
Elementals - a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance, and particularly in the 16th-century works of Paracelsus, there are four categories of elementals, which are gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders. These correspond to the four elements of antiquity: earth, water, air, and fire.
Empath - An individual who is particularly sensitive to the psychic emerging from his or her surroundings, to a degree of telepathically receiving and experiencing the emotions of others in their proximity.
Enochian - A magical, “angelic” language first translated by Dr. John Dee, and used in the rituals of both the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” in the 19th century and the “First Church of Satan” in the 20th century.
Entity - A disembodied “consciousness” commonly referred to as ghost, spirit.
Entropy - The observation that everything in the material Universe will eventually, inevitably wind-down, burn-out, fall apart, die.
Extrasensory perception or ESP - also called sixth sense, includes claimed reception of information not gained through the five recognized physical senses but sensed with the mind. ESP denotes psychic abilities such as intuition, telepathy, psychometry, clairvoyance, and trans-temporal operation as precognition or retrocognition.
Exorcism - Ceremonial expulsion of invading spiritual or demonic entities from a person or dwelling, present in virtually every worldly culture.
Extra-terrestrials - Life forms originating on planets other than our own. This term usually refers to highly advanced visitors from other worlds, who journey to our sphere in space crafts with the probable intention of observing and studying our species.
Fetch - A spectral double of a living person.
Fetish - is a shamanistic tool in the form of a figurine, animal part, or a pouch containing items with magical associations.
Floating Orb - Spherical image, usually translucent white, though sometimes of a reddish or bluish hue, which inexplicably registers on photographic film and videotape
Ghost - The image of a person witnessed after his/her death, reflecting the appearance of the living, physical body yet less substantial.
Globule - An anomaly where floating, circular forms appear on photographs or videotape, which some see as an indication of spirit activity. Globules are a natural containment formation of the meniscus of liquid, as in gas containing bubbles.
Golden-rod - rare anomaly is seen in videotape recorded at the site of a suspected haunting, appearing as bright, white, or yellowish lines rapidly moving across a room.
Grey - A reported visitor from an alien world, described as having greyish skin, a bulbous cranium, tapered chin, straight, unmoving, horizontal line for a mouth, slits substituting for a nose, slanted eyes, and a slight body. In some accounts, it has three fingers plus an opposable thumb on each hand.
Halloween - ( All Hallows Eve, Samhain), October 31, this was held to be the night when departed relatives were especially remembered, and the veil separating the realms of the living and the dead was rendered thinner than usual.
Haunting - The manifestation of a ghostly presence, or presences, attached to a specific locale.
Hex - A magical working, or spell, cast to influence a person’s will or fate, most often referring to a curse rather than a blessing or healing.
Hobgoblin - Mischievous sprite, fairy, or spirit who delights in perpetrating pranks upon humans.
Homunculus - A form of miniature human produced in the laboratories of medieval alchemists.
Hypnosis - A state of profound mental focus, in paranormal investigation, hypnosis is sometimes used as a vehicle for “past lives regression” and memory restoration in suspected alien abduction cases.
Icon - a person or thing that is revered or idolized
Imbolc - (Candlemas), is a pagan holiday celebrated from February 1 through sundown February 2. Based on a Celtic tradition, Imbolc was meant to mark the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and to honor the Goddess Brigid. The holiday is celebrated by Wiccans and other practitioners of neopagan or pagan-influenced religions.
Incubus - a demonic entity capable of sexually arousing and sometimes assaulting human females.
Infestation - Repeated and persistent paranormal phenomena, generally centered around a particular location or person; one of the states of possession
Influence - An invisible entity of undetermined nature, effecting the inhabitants of a dwelling. This may initially manifest as an inexplicable feeling of uneasiness, then be followed by more definite signs which reveal a haunting.
Jersey Devil - In the Pine Barrens region of northern New Jersey and New York, a creature described as having an equine head, glowing, reddish eyes, storks legs, forelimbs with claw-bearing paws, a pointed tail and membranous, bat-like wings. It emits a shrill, piercing scream, and has been sighted rifling through garbage, standing in paths and roads, and flying just above the treetops.
Jinn/Djinn -(in Arabian and Muslim mythology) an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.
Kirlian Photography - Named after Semyon Kirlian who, in 1939, discovered when an organic or nonliving object is placed upon a photographic plate and subjected to a high electric current, a glowing “aura” forms around the object and is imprinted on the film. It is more accurate to say that rather than revealing a natural aura, this process produces such.
LaVey, Anton Szandor - April 23, 1930- Oct. 29, 1997- Given name was Howard Stanton Levey. One of the major figures of the occult revival of the 1960s and 1970s formed the First Church of Satan in 1966 and his, Satanic Bible was published in 1968.
Lepke - A type of spiritual manifestation, a ghost that has the appearance of a solid, living person, may even converse with someone, then suddenly vanishes. Reportedly encountered immediately outside of cemeteries.
Levitation - a phenomenon often encountered in hauntings, where objects, including persons, seem to move and/or are
lifted by an unseen force.
Lillith - Devil of Sumerian origin and later included in Hebrew beliefs, believed by Quabbalists to have been the first wife of Adam, later excluded from the Talmud, and held by some occultists to be a vampire goddess and a powerful succubus.
Lore - a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth.
Lovecraft, Howard Phillips “H.P.”- August 20, 1890- March 15, 1937, American author of fantastic and macabre short novels and stories, one of the 20th-century masters of the Gothic tale of terror.
Lucifer - in the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the prince of evil spirits and adversary of God. Lucifer is traditionally understood as an angel who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven with other “fallen” angels and renamed, Satan.
Lurking Enigma - a type of entity which can be visible to human observers, yet appears in distorted, unidentifiable forms. Common traits reported by witnesses include glowing red or silver eyes, dark color fur or feathers, startling speed, and agility, in some cases winged and capable of flight.
Lycanthrope - a delusion in which one imagines oneself to be a wolf or other wild animal and displays the behavior of the animal
Magic, Magick - the art of producing the desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.
Materialization/ Manifestation - is the creation or appearance of matter from unknown sources.
Manzee - hybrid of Homo sapiens (human) and pan troglodyte (chimpanzee), also referred to as a “sport”.
Metaphysics - the line of philosophical thought which seeks the “why and wherefore,” the intrinsic meaning of existence and human endeavor.
Miracle - A wondrous and beneficial event, apparently brought about by supernatural/divine agents.
Materialization - A ghost appearing visually, suddenly or gradually, sometimes indistinct, sometimes seemingly quite solid.
Matrixing - The natural tendency for the human mind to interpret sensory input, what is perceived visually, audibly, or tactilely, as something familiar or more easily understood and accepted.
Moon Madness - When the Lunar cycle waxes to its full point, incidents of psychotic behavior, violence, and crime seem to escalate. To a lesser degree, the phase of the New Moon seems correlated to a rash of abnormal behavior.
Mumiai - Native American Indian spirit which behaves in the manner of a poltergeist.
Nanteos Cup - a small, unassuming vessel made of olive wood. Many believe this to be the actual Holy Grail. The cup of which Christ partook at the Last Supper, and which, the legend tells us, was conveyed to Cornwall in A.D. 37 by Joseph of Arimathea Legend says that the cup can heal.
Nazca Lines - In the Nazca Valley of southern Peru are etched enormous tracings of figures of a club-wielding man, a spider, a horse, a duck, and other figures. They are said to be over 1000 years old and can only be seen by airplanes or helicopters.
Necromancy - The practice of communicating with the dead.
Necronomicon - A collection of ancient sigils and incantations of nebulous origins, said to be capable of opening a chasm to the “Dread Dimension” and unleashing the wrathful power of the timeless “Elder Gods.”
Nexus - The transitional, or joining point connecting physical matter and pure energy, and containing properties of both definites.
Non-religionist - A materialist, one who embraces no formal religious beliefs; a more descriptive term than atheist or agnostic.
Nosferatu - Slavic, the old-world term for a vampire, meaning “undead.”
Oomancy /Ovomancy / Ooscopy - refers to divination by eggs. An example would be the oracular reading, like scrying, of the shapes that a separated egg white forms when dropped into hot water.
Oracle - A prophet, seer and visionary, especially one of renown. Also, a special device that aids in prophecy such as a crystal ball.
Ouija (Board) - A divining implement consisting of a small, round or more often rectangular platform with letters, numbers and various symbols printed upon it, and a planchette which, when the fingers of two participants are lightly placed along its edges, is intended to glide across the smooth surface of the inscribed platform and indicate messages.
Pact - The belief that someone could trade his or her soul in return for worldly gain.
Papyromancy - is a way of divination through folding paper.
Paranormal - of or relating to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.
Parapsychology - The avenue of paranormal studies and research relating chiefly to psychic abilities (e.s.p., telepathy) and spiritual phenomena.
Pentacle/Pentagram - The traditional five-pointed star design, with its interior pentagon, delineated, generally representing both spirituality and protection when point “up”; when inverted, it is said to signify diabolism.
Phantom Lights - can be attributed to blue methane flame produced by swamp gas, or electrical discharges in the form of what is termed ball lightning or even misplaced fireflies. In other instances, the phenomenon of floating lights observed over water, the edge of woods, lonely backroads, and in the windows of darkened houses just cannot be dismissed by ordinary explanations. These might be globules that unite and intensify in luminosity to the point where they become visible in dark surroundings.
Philosopher’s Stone - A beacon of sublime wisdom and awesome revelation, a powerful conjurer’s device, perhaps even an extraterrestrial gem encoded with unimagined, otherworldly knowledge. For centuries alchemists, mystics, learned men and seekers of truth quest for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, not really knowing where or even precisely what it was. Once obtained, it would impart the wisdom of the world and of the angels.
Plane - is conceived as a subtle state, level, or region of reality, each plane corresponding to some type, kind, or category of being.
Plant perception/biocommunication - is the paranormal idea that plants are sentient, that they respond to humans in a manner that amounts to ESP, and that they experience pain and fear.
Poltergeist - German for “noisy ghost.” This is an extremely rare occurrence where random objects are moved and sounds produced by an unseen force, the sole purpose of which seems to be to draw attention to itself. The phenomenon always involves a specific individual, frequently a child or adolescent.
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. The last stage or fourth stage of possession.
Precognition - is a claimed psychic ability to see events in the future.
Psychic - relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance. A person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium.
Psychic reading - is a specific attempt to discern information through the use of heightened perceptive abilities; or natural extensions of the basic human senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and instinct.
Psychic Vampire - This is a term for individuals who seem to instinctively draw and absorb the psychic energies from others, usually while conversing with or interacting with them.
Psychokinesis - is an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without physical interaction. To move things with the power of the mind.
Psychometry - is a form of extrasensory perception characterized by the claimed ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object.
Pyrokinesis - is the purported psychic ability allowing a person to create and control fire with the mind.
Qabbalah /Cabbala/Kabbala - A very ancient and complex system of Jewish mysticism, probably influenced by Assyrian-Babylonian and Macedonian beliefs and existing as the basis of an underground cult during much of the middle ages.
Radiant Child -The apparition of a child that is seen glowing or surrounded by a bright aura.
Regents - In medieval European lore, chief spirits who preside over the four regions of the earth, Oriens is Regent of the east, Ammon, is Regent of the south, Boul is Regent of the west, Eltzen is Regent of the north.
Reincarnation -The belief that a person\’s soul will, following bodily death, inhabit a new body in a long cycle of rebirths, purportedly for the soul\’s evolution through gaining experience.
Residual (Haunting) - Psychic imprint of a scene that is repeatedly played out, where the witness of such phenomenon essentially is peering into the past. The ghostly participants of these time-displacements often seem unaware of their living observers.
Retrocognition - is the knowledge of a past event that could not have been learned or inferred by normal means.
Revenant - An entity which projects an appearance of being distressed or misplaced.
Rune - An archaic character inscribed upon a stone or clay tablet, signifying some virtue or property, used for divination and as a talisman.
Sanguine - A person exhibiting vampiric tendencies, the desire to ingest blood, and its attributes.
Satan - the angel who in Jewish belief is commanded by God to tempt humans to sin, to accuse the sinners, and to carry out God's punishment; the rebellious angel who in Christian belief is the adversary of God and lord of evil
Shade - An entity resembling a once-living being; human or animal.