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Abacomancy – The divination method to predict the future with the use of dust particles and patterns.

ABC – Alien Big Cat. This is the abbreviation for Large predatory cats like cougars or panthers that are living in the wilds of countries that they are not native to.

Abductee – An individual who has been abducted by extraterrestrial entities.

Abnuaaya – A humanoid creature from the western Caucausus region of Abkhazia that has unusual features and is covered in fur from head to toe. See Alma.

Abominable Snowman – Ape like cryptid associated with Bigfoot and the Yeti said to inhabit the Himilayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. See entry for Yeti for full description.

Abramelin Magic – A magical system that is put forth in The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage.

Agent – The living being who the poltergeist activity is focused on.

Akashic Records – A “library” of all knowledge that exists on the astral plane. Everything know and to be learned is available in the Akashic Records.

Alabama “White Thang” – A creature regularly sighted in Morgan, Etowa and Jefferson counties of Alabama. Covered in white hair and screeches like a woman screaming.

Alchemy – The medieval forerunner of chemistry. Practiced in ancient Egypt and intended to purify certian objects and said to be the art of the perfection of man.

Aleister Crowley – Occultist, mountaineer, ceremonial magician and prolific author. Founder of Thelema.

Alice Bailey – (1880 – 1949) A well know writer in the mysticism genre. Once a member of the Theosophical Society, she later started an Arcane School to teach The Great Universal Plan.

Aliens – Beings that are considered to not be from Earth, our dimension or time.

Alien Abduction – Encounters with Aliens where the subject is taken, usually unwillingly.

Allan Bennett – (1872 – 1923) A member of the Golden Dawn and associate of Aleister Crowley. Author of Ritual of the Evocation unto Visible Appearance of the Great Spirit Taphthartharath.

Alma – A large humanoid creature from sighted in the southern parts of Mongolia. Sightings date back hundreds of years. Some theories maintain that the Alma could be a species like Neanderthal.

Amulet – A worn or carried item that brings the owner good luck or protection.

Analgesia – The reported power of many yogis, holy men and miracle workers to not feel pain.

Ancient Astronauts – The theory of intelligent extraterrestrial beings visting Earth in the past and influencing human developement.

Anemometer – A device normally used to measure wind speed, and also used by some paranormal investigators to gather data.

Angels – Purely spiritual beings found in various religions acting as an intermediary between God and Earth.

Animal Spirits – The version of an animal that exists on the astral plane that can help humans in time of need.

Animal Totem – From Native American belief of a spirit guide in the form of an animal, projects the abilities or characteristics of that animal to a person.

Ankh – The symbol of life in ancient Egypt.

Anomaly – A deviation from what is standard, normal or expected.

Antarctica Theory – A Theory of an ancient, highly advanced, possibly alien civilization buried under the ice of the south pole.

Antikythera Mechanism – An unusual artifact recovered from a shipwreck in 1900.

Anunnaki – Sumerian deities that take their name from the old sky god An. Ancient Astronaut Theorist believe they were a race of super aliens.

Apparition – A supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith.

Apport – A physical item that materializes at will when in the presence of a medium.

Aquarian Age – The astrological age believed to begin in the year 2000 expected to bring peace, goodwill and cooperation.

Area 51 –  A secret military base just north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Many conspiracy theories revolve around this mysterious location.

Art Bell – Former host of the late night paranormal radio shows Coast to Coast AM and Midnight in the Desert.

Asport – A physical item teleported or made to disappear by a spirit.

Astral Body – The extension of a person having an Out-of-Body Experience.

Astral Hound – A solitary, highly intelligent Astral being that can be summoned to perform tasks in the material world.

Astral Plane – The plane of existance “above” our plane.

Astral Projection – The practice of intentionally projecting into the astral plane using the astral body(astral being).

Astrology – The study or practice of how celestial bodies influence events.

Aswang – A legend based in the Philippines of a cryptid creature that eats human flesh.

Athame – The black handled ceremonial double-edged dagger that is one of the magical tools of Witchcraft/Wicca.

Atlantis – A lost continent written of by Plato that is the object of much mystical speculation.

Aura – An energy eminations surrounding a persons body.

Austin Osman Spare – Artist and occultist attributed with modern sigil creation and influencing the Chaos Magic of today.

Automatic Writing – The method of connecting to disembodied spirits and transferring the information collected to paper without the mediums active involvement.

Automatism – The performance of actions without conscious thought or intention.

Autoscopy – Disembodiment, an apparent location of the self outside one’s body.

AVP – Audible Voice Phenomenon. Voices or sounds that are heard by the investigator while gathering evidence.

B

Baker Mansion – A haunted mansion in Altoona, PA.

Ball Lightning – Unexplained atmospheric electrical phenomenon where lighting or an electrical discharge takes a spherical shape.

Banshee – A female spirit from Irish lore whose appearance is credited with being a warning to those about to die.

Beaman – An ape like cryptid creature in Missouri, close to the Kansas City area.

Beast of Bladenboro – A cryptid creature sighted in Bladenboro, North Carolina responsible for deaths of pets and farm animals. Said to look like a combination of wolf, cat and bear.

Beast of Bray Road – A carnivorous wolfman cryptid in the Elkhorn community of Wisconsin.

Bermuda Triangle – A triangle shape region between Florida, Bermuda and Puerto Rico attributed with paranormal activity. AKA the Devils Triangle.

Bible Code – A set of secret messages encoded in the Hebrew text of the Torah said to predict events.

Bigfoot – A large, ape like, cryptid creature primarily sighted in the pacific northwest in North America. AKA Sasquatch.

Black Eyed Children – A paranormal phenomenon appearing as a young child with pale skin and totally black eyes.

Black Knight Satellite – A mysterious satellite in Earths orbit claimed by conspiracy theorists to be 13,000 years old.

Black Sun – An esoteric symbol with occult significance. Used in Nazi occult practice.

C

Cashtown Inn – An inn in Cashtown-McKnightstown, PA that is said to be  haunted by a Civil War Soldier.

Cattle Mutilations – Unexplained surgical mutilation of cattle related to UFO activity.

Chakras – The seven centers of spiritual power in the human body.

Channeling – The belief that a person’s body has being taken over by a spirit for the purpose of imparting wisdom.

Chi – Life force or energy in Asian lore.

Chupacabra – A cryptid creature from Latin America that is said to attack animals and translated to “goat sucker”.

Clairaudience – Hearing clear voices sounds or words not audible to the normal ear.

Clairsentience – The ability to feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of others, without the use of the normal five senses.

Clairvoyance – The ability to communicate with dead people, to predict future events, or to know about things that you did not actually see happen or hear about

Cold Spot – A location that is colder than it’s surroundings. Thought to be an indication of possible spiritual activity by paranormal investigators.

Collective Apparition

Crop Circles – A pattern created by flattening crops into gemoetric designs. Highly controversial as to the origins. Hoaxes or ?

Crossroads – Crossroads are said to be a location where it is possible to encounter or call upon various entities.

Cryptozoology – The search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot.

C.W. Leadbeater – Occult author and influential member of the Theosophical Society.

D

Dead Sea Scrolls – Texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 in caves near the Dead Sea. Said to be scriptures from Biblical times.

Demon – A supernatural, often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, mythology and folklore.

Devas – Powerful Astral beings. Also known as Angels.

Devils Triangle – See Bermuda Triangle.

Donkey Lady – A legend from the San Antonio, Texas area of a woman who was severely burned in a fire in the 1950’s  and haunts the old stone bridge of Applewhite Road.

Doppelganger – An apparition or double of a living person.

Dowsing – Using rods, pendulums, sticks or other instruments to divine information.

E

Easter Island – A Chilean Territory famed with having some 900 monumental large headed statues called Moai.

Ectoplasm – A supernatural viscous substance that is supposed to exude from the body of a medium during a spiritualistic trance and form the material for the manifestation of spirits.

Edgar Cayce – American mystic who focused on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while in a trance. “The Sleeping Prophet.”

Elementals – Astral spirits that are pure representations of the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

El Sombreron – A Guatemalan legend that wanders the nights wearing a Sombrero who scares girls into preserving societies collective values.

EMF Detector – Equipment used by paranormal investigators to identify fluxuations in the electromagnetic field, believed to be caused by spirit activity. K2 meter.

Erich von Daniken – Author and lecturer involved in the Ancient Astronaut hypotheses.

EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Recordings of sounds believed to be the voices of spirits.

Extra Sensory Perception – ESP. Extra Sensory Perception is perception occurring independently of sight, hearing, or other sensory processes.

Excorcism – The religious or spiritual practice of purportedly evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area.

F

Face on Mars – A structure that was photographed on the surface of the planet Mars resembling a face.

Fairy – mythical being or legendary creature in european folklore, a form of spirit often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural.

False Gods – Astral beings that give material goods(money etc.) when called upon by humans on the material plane.

Fetch – A spectral double of a living being like a doppelganger.

Fetish – A tool in the form of an animal or a figurine, or a pouch said to be imbued with magical powers.

Foo Fighters – Early name for UFO’s used in World War 2.

 

G

Gargoyle – A  grotesque carved human or animal face or figure projecting from the gutter of a building, typically acting as a spout to carry water clear of a wall.

George Noory – Host of Coast to Coast AM, a late night radio show that explores the paranormal.

Geomancy – Divination from configurations seen in a handful of earth thrown on the ground, or by interpreting lines or textures on the ground. Building layout.

Gestalts – An astral intelligence created by contact between two or more astral beings.

Ghost – An apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image. Was once a living being.

Ghost Hunting – The process of using scientific methods to investigate locations reproted to be haunted.

Ghost Hunting Equipment – Tools used in the investigation of haunted locations. Cameras, recording devices, EMF detectors and more.

Ghost Stars – The intelligent remaing traces of stars from the material plan that exist on the astral.

Ghoul – An evil spirit or phantom, especially one supposed to rob graves and feed on the dead.

Gnome – A diminutive spirit or being first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century. Earth Elementals.

Gowrow – A cryptid creature in Arkansas lore. Said to be 20′ long with tusks, a row of small horns down it’s back & large webbed claws.

Grant Morrison – Chaos magician, comic book author, speaker and explorer.

Gray – (Grey) A type of alien typically shorter than a human, hairless with large black eyes.

H

Halloween – All Hallows’ Eve. Believed to have originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain.

Haunting – A visitation or remaining spirit that was once human or that never was human.

Hellhound – Supernatural dog or demon in the form of a dog.

Hodag – Cryptid creature of the Rhinelander in northern Wisconsin

Huggin’ Molly – A witch like phantom in the Abbeville, Alabama area. Said to be 7 feet tall, wears dark clothing and is out at night to squeeze children and scream in their ear.

Hynek Classification – Developed by Dr J. Allen Hynek as a widely accepted system to classify the types of UFO encounters. For example “Close Encounter of the Third Kind”.

I

I Ching – A Chinese divination text. A type of Cleromancy.

Illuminati – The initiated or enlightened. A name given to groups both real and fictitious.

J

Jersey Devil – A cryptid creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey.

John Kemble’s Severed Hand – A sacred relic of left behind from priest St. John Kemble who was executed in 1679.

K

K2 Meter – A tool used by paranormal investigators to pick up on the energy fields (EMF)said to be disturbed by spirit activity.

Ka – In Egyptian belief it is the spirit of the body that lives on after death.

Kirlian Photography – A photographic technique that documents the corona discharge or aura of living creatures.

 

L

La Lechuza – A cryptid creature from the Texas and Mexico area believed to look like a woman with an owl’s face.

La Llorona – AKA The Weeping Woman. Known in Hispanic America as a ghost of a woman who lost her children and cries by a river. Hearing her brings misfortune.

Law of Attraction – A universal law that states whatever you focus on happens to you.

Lemuria – A lost continent that was supposed to be located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Leviathan – A large sea monster mentioned in the Old Testament.

Ley Lines – Ancient alignments of possible metaphysical significance across the surface of the Earth.

Little People – Small humanoid beings of North American Indian legend.

Loch Ness Monster – A dinosaur like creature said to inhabit Loch Ness in Scotland. Perhaps the most famous cryptid creature in history besides bigfoot.

Loogaroo – A monster of Caribbean mythology who is an old woman in league with the devil.

Lost Souls – An astral being that has departed it’s material body without killing it that wanders the astral plane.

Loveland Frog – A 4 foot tall frog like humanoid creature said to be spotted in the Loveland, Ohio area.

Lycanthrope – See Werewolf.

 

M

Magick – A word coined by Aleister Crowley to differentiate stage magic from “The science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will”.

Mandela Effect – A theory that things we remember have been changed somehow to something similar, but different.

Mantras – Words, sounds or utterances believed to have psychological and spiritual power in Sanskrit.

Marie Laveau – Famous practitioner of Voodoo in New Orleans. Known as the Voodoo Queen.

Machu Picchu – An Incan citadel above the Urubamba River vally in the Andes Mountains in the country of Peru. It’s exact creation is a mystery.

Medium – One who communicates with spirits by telepathy

Mesmerism – The therapeutic system of F.A. Mesmer in connection with animal magnetism & hypnotic or irresistible attraction.

Micro Static Detector – A sensitive detector for static electricity based around a single Field Effect Transistor. Used by paranormal investigators to detect negative ions.

Mist – An anomaly in photographs that some paranormal investigators believe to be signs of spirit activity.

Momo – Short for the Missouri Monster. A large ape like creature sighted in the Louisiana and Missouri area since the 1940’s.

Mothman – A cryptid creature first seen in West Virginia in 1966. Resembles a  6-7′ tall man-moth with large glowing red eyes.

Motor Automatism – Performance without intent of action, for example automatic writing or speaking.

MUFON – The Mutual UFO Network. A scientific organization dedicated to the study of UFO’s.

N

Nazca Lines – Ancient and mysterious geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in Peru in the shapes of (300) animals, whales and a being waving.

Near Death Experiences – NDE. A personal esoteric experience associated with impending death.

Necromancy – Communication with the dead by summoning the spirit or raising the body.

Nibiru – AKA Planet X. – According to Zecharia Sitchin, a planet in our solar system with an elliptical orbit that takes 3,600 years to obit our sun.

 

O

Object Reading – Psychic impressions from items to determine the relevant history of that item. Also known as psychometry.

Occam’s Razor – If two explanations of an occurrence exist, then the simpler one is best. The more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely the explanation is.

Occult – The hidden supernatural, mystical, magical beliefs, practices, or phenomena.

Ogopogo Monster – A cryptid creature sighted in Lake Okanagan in British Columbia.

Old Hag – The phenomenon of a witch, or old hag sits on the chest of the victim making it hard to breath and rendering them immobile.

Omen – A sign of something good or evil.

Orbs – A highly debated phenomenon occurring in photography of small round spheres appearing only in the photo and believed to be evidence of spirit energy.

Ouija Board – A flat board with numbers and letters designed as a game and said to be able to contact spirits, demons and other entities.

Out-of-Body Experience – OBE. The feeling of being outside of one’s body, feeling weightless and sometimes even viewing one’s own body from above.

P

Pagan – A person with religious beliefs other than the main religions of Christianity, Judaism or Islam.

Palmistry – The art and practice of reading the contours of a hand to determine the future or personal details.

Parallel Universe – A theory accepted by quantum physicists that there are many other dimensions of reality.

Paranormal – Phenomenon that exists outside of normal experience or scientific explanation.

Parapsychology – The field of study involving the investigation of paranormal and psychic phenomenon. Some claim it to be a pseudoscience.

Perciepient – A psychic ability of high perception.

Phantom – A ghost, apparition, specter or wraith.

Phantom Objects – The astral copy of an object on the material plane that exists on the astral.

Poltergeist – An entity usually attributed with moving things around or making noises. Capable of harming people.

Pope Lick Monster – A Satyr like creature near Louisville, Kentucky blamed for several strange deaths.

Precognition – The foreknowledge of an event.

Proctor Valley Monster – A large 7′ tall harry humanoid cryptid said to exist in the woods off Proctor Valley Road in the south east corner of San Diego County CA.

Psychic – A person with psychic powers. An ability that is inexplicable by natural laws involving telepathy or clairvoyance.

Psychokinesis (PK) – Using the mind to manipulate physical objects without physical contact.

Psychometry – Also known as token reading or object reading. Learning information from an object through metaphysical means.

Puma Punku – A large temple complex near Tiwanaku, Bolivia with mysterious and precise stonework.

Pyrokinesis – The alleged psychic ability to control fire with the mind.

Q

Qualitative Method – Exploratory research to gain understanding of reasons, opinions, and motivations. Helps develop hypotheses for Quantitative Method.

Quantitative Method – Statistical and Mathematical analysis of data. Emphasizes objective measurements.

Quantum Physics – A probability theory where probability amplitudes appear whether it is microscopic or macroscopic.

 

R

Radio Voice Phenomenon (RVP) – Spirit voices or sounds that come through a standard radio.

Reincarnation – A belief that when ones physical body dies whether animal or human, the soul is reborn into another animal or human.

Remote Viewing – (RV) – The practice of seeing impressions of an unseen target using ESP or the mind. Regarded as a pseudo science.

Revenants – The most common type of “ghost”.  Astral beings who remain attached to people, locations or items on the material plane.

Runes – Letters or shapes that make up an alphabet. Used in divination.

S

Sasquatch – AKA Bigfoot. Perhaps the official name for Bigfoot. Salish origin.

Satan – Hebrew meaning for “adversary”. A figure in Abrahamic religions who brings evil and temptation to humans to lead them astray.

Séance – A meeting of people attempting to make contact with the dead or other entities, usually led through a medium.

Secret Masters – Powerful astral beings who’s intentions are impossible to ascertain. Describes by astral travellers as “mysterious, remote, aloof and supreme.”

Shadow People – Dark human shapes usually seen moving from the corner of the eye. Many accounts have them wearing a brimmed hat.

Shaman – A person having access to the spiritual realm.

Sigil – An inscribed or painted symbol considered to have magical power.

Silver Ravenwolf – An American author and practitioner of Wicca.

Simulcra – An image or representation of someone or something.

Skunk Ape – A cryptid creature sighted mainly in Florida. The Florida Bigfoot.

Specter – A ghost, apparition or presence.

Spiritualism – A religious practice or belief system based on communication with the dead.

Spontaneous Human Combustion – The unexplained death caused by bursting into flame from the inside out, with little damage to surroundings.

Star Guides – Devas who freed themselves from the Secret Masters control to aid astral travellers and humans on the material plane. Guardian angels.

Stigmata – A term used to describe marks that appear on the body in locations corresponding with the crucifixion wounds of Jesus.

Stonehenge – A prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Symbolizing the mysteries of the druids.

Subjective Apparitions – Hallucinations of apparitions or other phenomenon created in the mind of the observer.

Succubus – A demonic entity that generally attacks men sexually.

T

Talisman – An object imbued with magical power to provide good luck or other properties to the wearer or carrier.

Tarot Cards – A set of cards used in divination.

Telekinesis – The ability to interact with physical objects using only the mind.

Telepathy – An ability related to ESP in which the user can communicate mind to mind with another.

The Book of the Law – AKA Liber Al vel Legis. Perhaps the definitive work of Aleister Crowley and the basis of Thelema.

Thelema – The religion based on The Book of the Law. The law of Thelema is “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.”

The Dweller on the Threshold – An Astral being that is encountered by people in their beginning astral projections and travels that tries to prevent astral exploration.

The Unmasking – Video series created by secretkeyactivator on YouTube covering Holographic Disclosure.

Thought Form – An apparition produced on the astral plane or the physical plane created only by the mind.

U

UFO – Simply put an Unidentified Flying Object. Normally applied to the craft flown by extraterrestrials, but identifying any flying object as unidentified.

Ufology – The study of UFO’s.

Uluru (Ayres Rock) – AKA Ayers Rock. A massive sandstone monument in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Central Desert in Australia.

V

Vampire – An undead creature from folklore who subsists by feeding on the life essence on living creatures.

Vapors – Remenants of our Thought Forms on the astral plane including memories, emotions and forgotten thoughts.

Vortex – In paranormal terms, a vortex is a point where spirits can travel between our plane and another.

W

Wampus Cat – Cherokee legend of a woman cursed by a medicine man to roam the mountains of East Tennessee and North Carolina as a werecougar.

Warlock – A male practitioner of witchcraft.

Wendigo – (alt. spelling Windigo) A creature from Algonquin folklore that is said to have once been a human who practiced cannibalism. Tall, skinny and forever hungry.

Werewolf – A European Folklore creature that is human, but after being affected by a curse, becomes a wolf. Lycanthropy.

Wicca – Contemporary Paganism or Witchcraft.

Witchcraft – The broad name for the practice and belief in magical skills and esoteric knowledge.

Whitchdoctor – A healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by withcraft.

White Magic – Magic used only for good purposes.

White Noise – The hiss sound combining all frequencies in the human range of hearing. Believed to aid in spirit contact.

Wolf Woman of Mobile – Half wolf, half woman creature sighted in the Mobile, Alabama area in the early 1970’s

Wraiths – A Revenant that is commited to harming humans on the material plane and travellers on the astral plane.

X

Xanadu – The summer capital of Kublai Khan’s Uan empire. A bright future location.

 

Y

Yakshini – The male mythical being from Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain lore. Yakshi is the female counterpart. Said to grant desires of some and have vampire characteristics.

Yeti – AKA The Abominable Snowman. An ape like cryptid creature taller than a human that is said to inhabit the Himilayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.

Yowie – A nocturnal Australian cryptid creature that is said to be like a human-ape.

Z

Zener Cards – Cards used to conduct experiments for ESP or clairvoyance.

Zodiac – The 12 (30 degree) devisions of celestial longitude used in both astrology and historical astronomy.

Zombies – A corpse said to be revived by witchcraft or voodoo, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.