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Agent: A human being, typically a teenage female, who unknowingly directs poltergeist energy.
Altered State of Consciousness (ASC): Any state of consciousness that is different from "normal" states of
waking or sleeping.
Amulet: An object that has the power to ward off ghosts and evil spirits.
Angel: Benevolent spiritual beings who help watch over people.
Apparition: The disembodied soul or spirit that can be seen visually.
Collective Apparition: A ghost or spirit sighting simultaneously by more than one living person.
Collective Unconscious: Form of analytical psychology developed by Carl Jung. It is the collective memory of all the humanity's past and is held somewhere inside the
Crisis Apparition: Ghosts that appear to loved ones and close friends just before or soon after their death.
Cross Correspondence: Information received from the spirit world.
Crossroads: A point where two roads intersect. Said to be the focus point of supernatural energy.
Death Bed Apparitions: See Crisis Apparition.
Demon: Fallen angels associated with evil.
Direct Voice Phenomenon (DVP): The voice of a ghost or spirit being spoken to the sitters of a séance. The voice usually comes from some point near the medium, but
not through the medium. Sometimes a spirit horn or trumpet is used.
Direct Writing: When ghost or spirit's handwriting appears directly on a previously unmarked, unwritten surface.
Drop-In Communicator: A ghost, spirit or entity that makes its presence known at a séance.
Dowsing: The paranormal detection of underground water or mineral deposits (or lost persons and objects) using a divining rod or a pendulum.
Dybbuk: A Jewish legend. The restless soul of a deceased human being that enters the body of a living person and takes possession.
Earth Lights: Luminous phenomena typically shaped in ball form or irregular patches of light appearing randomly and defying explanation.
Ectoplasm: It can be either a solid, liquid or vaporous substance produced by ghosts or spirits. It is usually a milky white color and has an ozone smell. Some forms of
ectoplasm are known to move in lifelike patterns.
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP): It is the attempt to capture a ghost or spirits voice on audio recording tapes. Typically there is no voice heard to the people present
at the recording but after reviewing the tapes there are strange voices recorded.
Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) Detectors: Hand held scientific instruments that can pick up electronic and magnetic fields over different frequencies. They can read
changes and distortions in the normal electro-magnetic fields.
Elemental Spirit: A spirit associated with one of the classical four elements (fire, earth, air and water).
Extrasensory Perception (ESP): The acquisition of information by means beyond the five human senses.
Exorcism: A religious rite used to cast out a ghost, spirit or entity from a living persons body or a particular location.
Exorcist: A religious "holy man" who conducts an exorcism.
Fairy: Small, human-like mythical being. May be benevolent or malevolent.
False Awakening: An experience in which a person believes he or she has woken up, but actually is still dreaming.
Family Apparitions: Ghosts that haunt one particular family. Their appearance usually means that someone within the family is about to die.
Focal Person: Person who is at the center of poltergeist activity.
Ghost: The visual appearance of a spirit or soul of a deceased being, human or animal. The disembodied soul or life force.
Ghost Catcher: A wind chime like device that makes noise as a ghost or spirit passes by it.
Ghost Hunt: An attempt made by the living to find and see a ghost or spirit.
Ghost Hunter: A living individual who searches out and something finds and identifies ghosts and spirits.
Ghost Investigation: A scientific endeavor, in a controlled environment, set up to communicate, record, and capture visual evidence of the existence of ghosts.
Ghost Lights: See Earth Lights.
Ghostbuster: A living person who can remove an unwanted ghost, spirit, entity or poltergeist activity from a particular location.
Ghoul: Evil spirit or monster that robs graves and feeds off of the flesh of the dead.
Gray Lady: The ghost of a woman who has died at the hands of a lover or that waits for the return of a loved one.
Guardian Angel: An angel that is believed to protect the individual.
Halloween: All Hallows Eve, is the night of October 31st when the spirit and the normal worlds allegedly become one.
Hallucination: A false and distorted perception of reality.
Haunt: A place where a ghost or ghosts frequently return.
Haunting: The continuous manifestation of inexplicable phenomena associated with the presence of ghosts of spirits attached to a particular location.
Haunted Objects: Jewelry, furniture, clothing, or any other object, that seem to be haunted by a past owner or that has been cursed.
Hitchhikers: Spirits and other supernatural entities that attach themselves to people, objects or other supernatural entities for the purpose of moving from one place to
another. Hitchhikers can stowaway between dimensions, or between locations in the same dimension.
Hypnotism: An induced trance or sleep state.
Ley Lines: Invisible lines that run between sacred objects or locations.
Levitation: The paranormal raising or suspension of an object or person.
Lucid Dreams: A dream in which the dreamer does not know that he or she is dreaming.
Luminous Phenomena: The experience of strange lights or glows, often around objects or people.
Magnetometer: A technical device used to study the strength, direction and fluctuation of magnetic fields.
Marian Apparitions: The appearance of the Virgin Mary.
Materialization: The manifestation of physical objects, animals or people.
Medium: A person with a gift to communicate with ghosts and spirits on behalf of the living.
Modern Apparitions: "New" ghosts of deceased individuals. They appear in fashion from the current time.
Near-Death Experience (NDE): A phenomenon in which a person clinically dies or comes very close to death only to be revived and then can recall in great detail stories
of spiritual worlds and other supernatural events.
Necromancer: A person usually considered a wizard or sorcerer, who can raise the dead and command the spirits to obtain information about the future.
Necromancy: A form of sorcery preformed by necromancer.
Omen: A foretelling of a future event.
Oracle: A seer who can communicate with ghosts, spirits and Gods Of obtain information.
Ouija Board: A board with letters and numbers used by people who are attempting to communicate with ghosts or spirits.
Out-Of-Body (OBE): Also called Astral Projection. The phenomenon in which a living person's spirit can exit their body, travel the earth and other spiritual worlds and
then return back to their bodies.
Paranormal: Beyond the normal.
Parapsychology: The scientific study of unusual events associated with the human experience and PSI subjects.
Percipient: A living person who sees a ghost, spirit or paranormal event.
Phantom Animals: Ghosts of deceased animals.
Phantom Hitchhiker or Traveler: A ghost or spirit that haunts a particular stretch of road or route. Phantom Hitchhikers ask for rides only to suddenly disappear when
they reach their destination.
Photographic Apparitions: Ghosts and spirits that you can't see, but appear in photographs after they are developed.
Planchette: A pointer used with a Ouija Board to communicate with ghosts, spirits or higher plane entities.
Poltergeist: Also referred to as a "Noisy Ghost". Poltergeists are invisible masses of spirit energy that may or may not be connected to a living human agent.
Possession: When a person's mind and body are taken over by ghost, spirits or other supernatural entities such as demons.
Precognition: The paranormal awareness of future events.
PSI: A general term used to denote the unknown factors responsible for a variety of paranormal phenomena.
Psychic: A popular term used to denote a person who regularly uses, or who appears to be especially gifted with PSI abilities.
Psychic Echo: When sounds from the past have mysteriously recorded themselves into the natural environment.
Psychokinesis (PK): Mind movement. The apparent ability to influence the environment by intention alone.
Purgatory: The place where the souls of those who die must go to be cleansed of all their sins before they can be admitted into heaven.
Radio Voice Phenomena (RVP): The voice of a ghost or spirit communicating through a regular radio.
Reciprocal Apparition: An experience where both the agent and the ghost or spirit see and react with each other.
Recurring Apparition: Ghost or spirits that appear in regular cycles, usually on or around the anniversary of their death.
Reincarnation: The belief that a soul can be reborn into a new body after death.
Repressed Psychokinetic Energy: A theoretical psychic force unconsciously produced by an individual while under going a physical or mental trauma.
Retrocognition: Paranormal knowledge of past events.
Scrying: A type of prophecy where an individual can see future events by staring into a shiny or reflective surface, such as a mirror or crystal ball.
Séance: The gathering of a group of individuals for the purpose of communicating with the dead.
Sensitive: Someone who is aware or can detect paranormal events beyond the range of their five human senses.
Screaming Skulls: Human skulls that protest with poltergeist activity when their final wishes are not fulfilled.
Sensitive: A person who can "feel" spirit activity. "Feel" means by other means than the usual five senses.
Shaman: A witch doctor or medicine man who communicates with spirits while in trance and who has the power of healing.
Sixth Sense: A popular term for ESP.
Sleep Paralysis: A frightening state of seeming to be awake but being unable to move.
Soul: The spiritual life force or essence, carrying an individual's personality and consciousness of all actions.
Spectre: A ghost or apparition.
Spirit: Often used to define the soul of a person, but it can also be used to represent places such as sacred lakes or objects, shrines, and elemental entities.
Spirit Detection: The reading made by scientific equipment (EMF detectors, temperature changes, etc.) when a ghost or spirit is present.
Spirit Photography: Photographs of figures or faces, believed by some to be those of deceased persons.
Spirit Profile: Researching the background and history of the ghost or spirit, then determining its consistent patterns as a result of the findings.
Spiritualism: Belief systems that ghosts and spirits can and do communicate with the living.
Spook Lights: See Earth Lights.
Stigmata: Unexplained markings on a person's body that correspond to the wounds of Christ.
Super-ESP: A more powerful form of telepathy that allow certain individuals to pick up information about a deceased person from other living people.
Supernatural: Something that exists or occurs through some means other than any known force in nature or science.
Taphophile: Someone who loves cemeteries, graveyards, funerals, tombstones and cemetery art, sculpture and death related items and objects.
Time-Slips: Moments where the past and present collide at one point.
Telepathy: Mind-to-mind communication.
Telephone Calls from the Dead: When a person receives a telephone call from someone who is dead. The person may or may not know that the caller is deceased.
Teleportation: Paranormal transportation of an object from one location to another, even through solid objects.
Transportation Apparitions: The appearance of ghostly cars, trucks, ships, bicycles, carriages, trains, airplanes and anything else that carry people. They haunt their old
Vampire: A supernatural creature (undead) that can only come out at night and lives by drinking the blood of the living.
Wild Hunt: A group of ghost horsemen or packs of ghostly dogs seen at night.
Witch: A woman with supernatural powers.
Wraith: A ghost that comes back to avenge its own death. Considered to be an omen spirit.
Astral Projection: See Out of Body (OBE).
Atmospheric Apparition: Not actually a ghost or spirit, but instead a "visual imprint" of people and events that was left behind in the
environment that continues to replay.
Aura: A field of energy believed by some to surround living creatures.
Automatic Writing: A type of communication with ghosts or spirits where they take control over the writers hand and write out messages.
Charms: A spell or object possessing magic power.
Clairvoyance: Either an internal or external vision of present or future events, objects, places and people.
Cold Reading: A psychic reading given with no prior knowledge of the sitter.