Beth Wagner

  1. Afterlife
    Life after your physical body passes away.
  2. Amorphous (Discarnate)
    Having no definite shape or form.

    *Ghosts or spirits sometimes appear in mist-like shapes or forms.
  3. Agent
    A living person who is the focus of poltergeist activity.
  4. Anomalies
    A deviation from the normal.
  5. Astral Body
    A spiritual life force that's sometimes able to seperate and return to the corpreal living body.

    *As in an "out-of-body" or "Near death" experience.
  6. Astral Projection
    The act of having the spirit leave the body.

    *When an "out-of-body experience" happens.
  7. Apport or Asport
    A physical object that a spirit teleports to another location or makes disapear.
  8. Apparition
    A phenomenon where a ghost or spirit takes on a physical form that can be seen.
  9. Aura
    The emanation of energy that surrounds all living things.
  10. Ball Lightning
    A rare form of lightning in the shape of a glowing red ball.

    *It can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Usually occurs during thunderstorms.
  11. Case Study
    An in depth investigation of an individual subject or place.
  12. Calling Ghosts
    Ghosts that call out the name of the living person in order to get their attention.
  13. Cleansing
    A less religious form of an exorcism that is done to remove spirits from a location.
  14. Cold Spot
    An area where the temperature is lower than the surrounding environment.

    *Believed to be created when a ghost or spirit is present within that area.
  15. Collective Apparition
    When an apparition can be seen by several people at the same time.
  16. Crisis Apparition
    An apparition that is seen when a person is seriously ill, seriously injured or near death.
  17. Demonic Entity or Demon
    A spiritual being thought to be an intelligent, malevolent spirit which has never been a human being.

    *Very rare to encounter but are very powerful beings with super-human strength.
  18. Deja Vu
    An impression or feeling of having seen or experienced something before.
  19. Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP)
    The sounds captured with the use of audio equipment.

    *They can be voices or other sounds such as knocking, banging, etc...
  20. Electromagnetic Field (EMF)
    Electric and magnetic energy that radiates from things like radios, TVs and many other electrical sources.

    *Power lines are a major source of electromagnetic fields.
  21. Ectoplasm
    The substance that eminates from a Medium during a trance.

    *Usually appears as a mist-like substance or vapor. It can be seen moving and sometimes faces and other forms can be seen in the mist.
  22. Disembodied
    A spirit or ghost that is functioning without a physical body.
  23. Disembodied Voice
    A voice that is heard and comes from no physical body.

    *See EVP
  24. EMF Detector
    A device that measures and detects changes in the electromagnetic fields.

    *They are believed to detect ghosts, spirits and other paranormal energy.
  25. Exorcism
    The expulsion of a ghost, demon, spirits or other entities that are believed to be haunting, disturbing or possessing a person.
  26. Divination
    The practice of attempting to fortell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means.
  27. Gauss Meter
    A device used to detect and measure electromagnetic fields.
  28. Ghoul
    A demon or parasitic entity that feeds upon human remains.
  29. Ghost
    Believed to be the soul or life force of a once living person.
  30. Ghost Hunter / Investigator
    A person who attempts to gather evidence of ghosts or other paranormal activity.
  31. Haunted
    A person, place or thing which a spirit can be attached to.

    *The spirit can be human or inhuman.
  32. Haunting
    A paranormal phenomena such as apparitions, unexplained sounds or smells, the feeling of being watched, etc... all over a lengthy period of time in a specific location.
  33. Hallucinations
    The perception of sights and sounds that are not actually present.
  34. Hellhound or Black Shuck
    A spectral deth omen in the form of a ghostly dog.
  35. House Blessing
    The religious ritual intended to protect the inhabitants from evil or negative spirits or energy.
  36. Incubus
    A demonic entity capable of sexually arousingand sometimes assaulting women.
  37. Intelligent Haunting
    A type of haunting where the entities are aware of their surroundings, can acknowledge the existance of humans and are sometimes able to communicate in some way.
  38. Malevolent
    The type of spirit that wishes to do harm.
  39. Manifestation
    An entity taking on a form or making an appearance.
  40. Matrixing
    When the mind attempts to manifest images as something that they are not.

    *Example: Faces seen in a mirror or smoke.
  41. Near Death Experience (NDE)
    An experience reported by people who clinically die or come close to death but are revived.

    *Often including spirit guides, seeing dead relatives/friends and life review. Usually one is given the decision or are told to turn back.
  42. Out-of-Body Experience (OBE)
    The experience in which ones self or spirit travels to a different location than their physical body.
  43. Paranormal
    Any phenomena which seams to defy all the known laws of science.
  44. Parapsychology
    Refers to the study of paranormal phenomena.
  45. Phantom Smell
    A scent or smell produced by an entity attempting to express itself.

    *Examples: Smells of flowers, perfumes, cigar, pipe or cigarette smoke are most common.
  46. Poltergeist
    A destructive spirit that has the ability to move objects.

    *Poltergeist is a German word meaning "Noisy or Mischievous ghost"
  47. Percipient
    A person who sees an apparition.
  48. Possession
    The case in which a person's body is taken over by some sort of entity.
  49. Premonition
    A feeling, vision or warning about future events.
  50. Residual Haunting
    Believed to be the most common type of haunting- it is described like having an impression on time itself. Like a tape recorder playing back over and over again.
  51. Reciprocal Haunting
    An extremely rare type of spirit phenomenon in which both the apparition and the agent or percipient are able to see and respond to each other.
  52. Simulacre
    Describes the phenomenon of seeing faces, figures and images in every day objects such as rocks, foliage, etc...
  53. Scrying
    Used by Mediums and fortune tellers to see future events by ust of a crystal.
  54. Smudging
    The process of combining herbs, binding it with string and burning it throughout a location to rid the place of evil or negative energies.

    *(usually sage, cedar and sweet grass)
  55. Succubus
    A demonic entity said to inspire lust in menand assault them.
  56. Supernatural
    Cannot be explained by any known scientific means or forces of nature.

    *Means the same as "Paranormal"
  57. Vortex
    Believed to be a passageway between our world and the spirit world.
  58. White Noise
    Any acoustical or electrical noise of which the intensity is the same at all frequencies within a given band.
  59. Banshee
    A female entity said to herald death by groaning or screaming.

    *In Irish or Scottish folklore, it is an omen of impending death.
  60. Benign Spirit
    A spirit that is not evil or harmful to humans.

    *Examples: Angel or spirit guide.
  61. Bilocation
    When an object is seen in two locations at the same time.
  62. Channeling
    Communication with the paranormal through a state of trance.
  63. Clairvoyance
    To have lucid mental perceptionsand keen insights about life situations and to have clear visual mental images, pictures. To "see" Auras and other psychic phenomena.
  64. Crypto-Zoology
    A branch of paranormal research that deals with the exploration of legendary creatures such as Bigfoot, lake and sea monsters, thunderbirds, etc...
  65. Demonologist
    One who studuies and specializes in the removal of evil or demonic forces from a given environment using religious practices and tools.
  66. Dowsing
    Using metal rods to detect the presence of paranormal energies.
  67. Doppleganger or Fetch
    A ghost that is supposed to be a double of a living human being.

    *Can sometimes be seen as a death omen.
  68. Marsh Lights or Swamp Gas
    Shimmering, moving flamesthat are sometimes seen at night in marshes or other wet areas. Created when gasses of rotting vegetation begin to burn of their own accord.

    *Also known as "will-o-the wisps"
  69. Medium
    A "sensative" person who attempts to communicate with the paranormal.
  70. Necromancy
    The practice of contacting the dead using magic spells in order to obtain various knowledge. Believed to be able to summon and banish spirits of the dead.
  71. Orb
    A sphere of contained light that eminates with energy or light.
  72. Optical Illusion
    An instance in which people's eyes play tricks on them.
  73. Past Life Recall
    To remember or have mental flashes about living in another lifetime.
  74. Precognition
    Pre-knowing; where nondeductable information about a future event is acquired.
  75. Precognative Dreams
    To have dreams of events or incidents beofre they happen.
  76. Prediction
    To be able to predict future events before they occur.
  77. Psychometry
    To touch an object and get information about the object, it's creator, it's owner or it's history.
  78. Reincarnation
    The belief that after death a person's soul can inhabit a new body in a cycle of rebirths.
  79. Soul
    The spirit or life force of a person.
  80. Spirit Photography
    Phantom-like figures of exact replications of deceased people that appear in photograph.
  81. Telekinesis or Psychokinesis
    To move an object or your body without physical means.
  82. Vampire
    An entity in the "form" of a deceased person which perpetuates itself by draining the physical energy of a living thing.
  83. Angel
    A spiritual being, more powerful than a human, that is believed to be a messenger, attendant or agent of God.
  84. Extrasensory Perception
    Perception that involves awareness of information about events external to the self. Not gained through the senses and not deductable from previous experiences.
  85. Phenomenon
    • That which strikes one as strange, unusual or unaccountable.
    • Extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing or occurance.

    • *Any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning.
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Paranormal Vocabulary