Paranormal Terms

This section offers aid in understanding the words, phrases and other terminology regarding the paranormal.

Alien is a term given to any life form not originating from a certain region or the earth.

Alien Big Cats are predatory cats such as lions and panthers believe to be living within the countryside of Britain who are not native to the area

Apparition is when a ghost or spirit takes on a physical form which can be visually seen.

Automatic Writing is a phenomenon where an individual with a pen and paper writes words or draw,s believing to be under the influence of a spirit trying to communicate.

Cleansing is an new age method or methods of removing spirits or ghosts from an area.

Cold spot is a region that is colder then the surrounding area believed to be caused by the presence of a spirit or ghost.

Crop circles are circular patters mysteriously appearing within farmers’ fields over night believed to be made by aliens while few have been proven hoaxes.

Cryptozoology is not a recognized branch of science that pursuits and studies evidence involving creatures of speculations, believed to be either an undiscovered and extinct species such as Bigfoot, the Yeti and Mothman.

Deja’Vu is the feeling or sensation of experiencing something familiar which as yet to occur.

Electromagnetic Field or EMF is magnetic or electric field produced by electrical sources but is believed to also be produced by the presence of ghosts.

Electronic Voice Phenomena or EVP are noises or voices recorded by audio equipment which at the time of the recording are not heard by the human ear.

Entity is a general term used to identify a supernatural force such as a ghost, demon or spirit.

Exorcism is a ritual perform by a priest, medicine man, etc in the expulsion of demons or other entities possessing a person, place or an object. The Roman Catholic Church is mostly associated in the practise.

Exorcist is a person who performs or practises exorcism such as a priest, medicine man or shaman.

Extrasensory Perception is the ability to perceive events, past or future, without the aid of the five human senses.

Extraterrestrial is a term given to anything not originating from earth.

Haunted is when an unearthly entity becomes attached to a object or place.

Levitation is the act or ability to suspend an person or object into the air by supernatural forces.

Lycanthropy is a supernatural ability a person has to shape shift into an animal, mostly associated with werewolves, told within folklore.

Medium is the ability, ritual or practice for an individual to act as a conduit in communications between the dead and the living.

Men in Black or MIB is a group of men when encountered are dressed in black suits and sunglasses, believed to be working for the government or another organization known to intimidate individuals to remain silent about matters involving UFOs.

Orb is a small sphere of light believed to be the beginning stage of a ghost’s manifestation which is commonly caught on camera as evidence of paranormal act.

Ouija Board is a board containing letters and numbers used during a seance to communicate with spirits.

Out of body experience is the phenomenon where a person’s soul or conscious leaves the body for a short period of time.

Parapsychology is the scientific study and research of the paranormal.

Possession is a condition where an individual’s body has been invaded or taken over by a spirit, ghost or demon.

Precognition or future sight is the ability to have knowledge or information about future events.

Reincarnation is a belief when one dies their souls lives on to be reborn into a new body.

Spontaneous Human Combustion or SHC is a phenomenon where a human mysteriously bursts into flames and reduces to ashes without any external causes.

Supernatural is anything that does not conform to and neither can be explained by natural laws.

Tarot cards is a deck of 78 cards used by a person in fortune telling.

Telekinesis is the ability of using the mind to control or manipulate object.

UFO is an abbreviation for Unidentified Flying Object.

Ufology is a term given to the large studies and investigations in UFOs, aliens or any other extraterrestrials activities conducted by governments, scientists, independent organizations and individuals.

Urban legend is modern day folklore about stories told, shared and spread by people usually starting with “a friend of a friend”.