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Paranormal Vocabulary

Ghosts by "name" but not different types of ghosts.
  • Apperition
  • Boggart
  • Disembodied Spirit
  • Ghost
  • Phantasm
  • Phantom
  • Shade
  • Spectre (Specter)
  • Shadow People
  • Spirit
  • Spook
  • Visitant
  • Wraith
  • Trickster

Apparition: The appearance of a ghost or spirit, usually taking the form of a visual image of a deceased individual in either real life or on film. However, there are apparitions based on each of the five senses. Usually visual, auditory, tactile, or olfactory apparitions appear in conjunction with each other, but occasionally only one of the senses are involved. Very rarely is the sense of taste involved. * Visual: The appearance of a person who was commonly associated with the area in life. * Auditory: Sounds of walking, voices, doors opening, or battle are the most common types of auditory apparitions. * Olfactory: Smells or odors, such as perfume or cigar smoke, commonly associated with the area or an individual or event. * Tactile: Feeling a slight wind in a closed-off room, or a slight tug on a person’s clothing with nobody in the immediate vicinity, slight change in temperature.
Automatic Writing: Writing said to be produced by a spiritual, occult, or subconscious agency rather than by the conscious intention of the writer.
Banshee: A wailing spirit or “death omen” that will appear to be in two different places at the same time.
Boggart: An evil or mischievous spirit.
Bogeyman: is a mythical creature used by adults to frighten children into good behaviour. The Bogeyman has no specific appearance, and conceptions vary drastically by household and culture, but is commonly depicted as a masculine or androgynous monster that punishes children for misbehavior. Bogeymen may target a specific act or general misbehaviour, depending on what purpose needs serving.
Clairvoyant: a person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.
Claircognizance: is also known as clear knowing or clear recognition. Psychics witnizance is also known as clear knowing or clear recognition.
Cold Spots: Self-contained patches of cool air strewn about haunted locations. They may be ghosts that cannot fully materialize.
Crisis Apparition: Very similar to a fetch, a crisis apparition is the appearance to their loved one or friend of a person at a time when they are in great peril. It will be dressed in the same clothes that the person the apparition represents is wearing and will sometimes appear to speak. Some investigators believe that crisis apparitions are not genuine types of ghosts as they are not actually present. They believe that the vision is as a result of telepathy between the two people involved.
Deathbed Vision: The appearance to the dying of dead friends and relatives. About half of those people who are conscious in the final minutes before death will have this comforting experience of seeing a vision of departed friends or loved-ones coming to 'take them home'. These visions do not appear to be illusion. People have been surprised to see the 'ghost' of those whom they assumed to still be 'in the flesh'. And dying children who experience them, often express surprise that the 'angels' don't have wings!
Demon: An inferior deity often spoken of in religious text as pure evil. Historically, this term has included deceased individuals. However, since the early 18th century, it usually refers to an evil spirit, sometimes more powerful than man, but less than Deity. Today, we generally do not use this term to indicate a deceased human being. The female demon, very rarely mentioned, is a demoness.
Disemodied Spirit: Separated from or existing without the body.
Doppelganger: A ghost of the present that looks identical to a living person but behaves differently.
Earthbound: A term referring to a ghost or spirit that was unable to cross over to the other side at the time of death and is therefore stuck on earth.
Ectoplasm: Commonly understood to be a substance secreted by spirits and exuded from mediums communicating with the spirit world, ectoplasm is now widely associated with a cloudy vaporous mist that may take the form of a human body. It has been captured photographically and is seen to hover above the ground as a swirl of gray or white matter. It may linger in one place or travel fast and is usually spotted outdoors.
Electromagnetic Energy: A hybrid of electrical charges and magnetic fields that binds nature.
Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP): Voices and sounds from beyond that are captured and recorded on magnetic tape or digital recording devices.
Elemental: An inhabitant of one of the four elements (fire, earth, air, and water). Elementals exist somewhere between the realm of the human and spirit worlds. They are often associated with forces of nature rather than the souls of the deceased, but they are nevertheless powerful metaphysical entities which sometimes inhabit the bodies of the living and possess them. Another definition of elementals is spirits which can change into solid matter and back again at will.
EMF: Electro Magnetic Field, or Electro Magnetic Frequency. As the name suggests, it’s a combination of electrical and magnetic fields. You’ll find high EMF levels around power sources, fuse boxes, electrical outlets, computer monitors, microwave ovens, etc. Unexplained EMF fields often indicate something paranormal. EMF fields can be measured with various tools, including an EMF meter or a hiking compass.
EMF Detector: An instrument for measuring the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field typically used by paranormal researchers to detect a ghost’s magnetic energy.
Empathetic: A person with the ability to take an object and tell the history behind it. Psychometry is the ability to receive information that can include all of the senses by simply touching an object or person without the intensity an empath experience.
Entity: A conscious, interactive ghost, any being, including people and ghosts.
Etheric Revenant: These types of ghosts are admittedly very rare. They possess qualities that would suggest that they are somewhat linked to non-earthly entities, such as demons or beings from another dimension, as they have an appearance which is very similar to the more common “Shadow People” ghost type. But unlike the shadow people, the etheric revenant primarily siphons energy away from any living being in the areas that they inhabit. Etheric revenants are considered highly dangerous, as they take a physical and emotional toll on its victims. But despite their highly dangerous position in the hierarchy of ghosts, you will hardly ever hear anyone, especially in mainstream media, speak of these creatures.
Exorcism: Ridding a person or a location of evil spirits by using religious rites. The banishment of an entity or entities i.e. spirits, ghosts and demons that is thought to possess or haunt a location or human being or animal. The ritual, which can be religious in nature, is conducted by a Catholic Priest or an exorcist who will call upon a Higher Power to cast away any evil forces that may reside there.
Floating Orb: Spherical image, usually translucent white, though sometimes of a reddish or bluish hue, which inexplicably registers on photographic film and videotape, also known as “Globule.”
Fetch: A fetch may sometimes be a crisis apparition if the person seen is experiencing great mental distress. It is the image of a person who is dying or who has recently died that appears to the friend or relative of the deceased. The fetch is not that rare an occurrence. However much more common is for a person to 'know' for certain that someone with whom they are close has 'passed on'.
Frank’s Box: A device used for contacting spirits through the use of radio frequency. These devices or so-called Ghost box also known as Spirit box or Frank’s box are used as an electronic medium for the purpose of direct communication with a spirit.
Ghost: A recording of one or more persons or objects that had either a repetitious routine or a very intense emotional experience. This recording is not sentient, but rather simply something that plays over and over, gradually losing energy over time, this recording can be recharged under certain circumstances, such as the appearance of certain individuals. (see Epicenter)
Ghost Box: A device used for contacting spirits through the use of radio frequency. These devices or so-called Ghost box also known as Spirit box or Frank’s box are used as an electronic medium for the purpose of direct communication with a spirit.
Ghost Hunter: A person who investigates haunting to find explanations for possible paranormal phenomena involved. There are two types of ghost hunters. The first kind is the scientific hunter who uses scientific methods and equipment in order to make accurate calculations and observations about a haunting. The second type is the psychic or intuitive ghost hunter, who uses psychic impressions or intuition to learn about a haunted area.
Ghoul: A grotesque, flesh-eating demon that robs graves to satisfy its evil hunger for the recently buried. It has its origins in Arabic folklore and is best known today as the living dead, a reanimated corpse inhabited by evil spirits. Ghouls are rumored to live near graveyards and are nocturnal; some believe they are vampires that have degenerated into inarticulate and ravenous automatons, robbed of freewill, intelligent thought, or the ability to feel pain. They are commonly described as having long arms, sunken gray faces, bulging eyes, and sharp teeth and nails.
Hot Spot: A site within a haunted location where the activity is prominent and/or energy fields are focused.
K2 Meter: A K2 meter picks up on the EMF (electronic magnetic field) energy field that spirits disturb when they are present in the environment.
Median: A person that has the ability to communicate with spirits.
Orbs: Translucent spheres of light which hover above the ground and dart erratically through the air. Many believe that ghosts prefer to take on an orb shape, as it requires less energy than other apparitions. They differ from ghost lights in that photographed ghost scenes show orbs as spherical lights (rather than a flickering flame), some with a nucleus, others transparent. If moving fast, a trail of light may appear to emanate from the sphere. A photographed anomaly that theoretically represents the “spirit” of a deceased person. It will appear as a ball of light and in different colors though is some cases; they are not seen at the time of the photo.  Since there are many reasonable circumstances (dust, snow, rain, insects, reflection, lens flare, etc.) orbs still remain a highly controversial subject.
Ouija Board: Its name comes the French and German words for “yes,” this is a pre-printed spelling board with letters and numbers on which a planchette (or marker) is placed in order to communicate with spirits of the dead. The device is intended to communicate with and through the spirit world, obtaining answers to questions. Many ghost hunters don’t include them in scientific investigations, and some people object to them on principle. It has been said that the Ouija board is a passageway to allow disgruntle spirits to enter the living realm. A word of caution it can actually be used to summon spirits other than those initially sought after. It is very difficult to rid an area of a spirit that has been conjured through a Ouija board. Ouija boards are used as portals by spirits, this means both the GOOD and BAD can enter at any time.
Paranormal: Anything out of the normal range of explanation. Term is usually used in conjunction with ghosts and other phenomena that cannot be explained by traditional scientific theories and hypothesis.
Paranormal Group: A group of individuals dedicated to discussing, investigating, or exploring possible explanations to hauntings and other paranormal or supernatural events.
Paranormal Research: The study of a phenomena currently considered unexplainable by the mainstream sciences.
Phantasam: A figment of the imagination; an illusion or apparition.
Poltergeist: German for “noisy ghost.” A paranormal manifestation that is generally centered around an individual (usually an adolescent going through puberty) in which objects disappear or are thrown about. The individual the phenomenon is centered around is called the epicenter. There is very little communication between the spirit and the epicenter, and many researchers believe that the cause of the poltergeist is actually a latent telekinetic ability rather than an actual spirit.
Portal: A theoretical doorway of energy, through which spirits may be able to enter or exit a location in any place and time.
Portal Box: A paranormal piece of equipment used to allow spirits to communicate with the paranormal team.
Possessed Objects: Inanimate objects that move, change appearance, or make noise. Sometimes an episode occurs while a person is watching, or they return to find that a disturbance has taken place while they were away. They include vehicles such as ghost ships or phantom trains heard bumping along tracks that were removed many years earlier. This phenomenon is often associated with the influence of a ghost that is emotionally attached to a place or object and may be showing anger or disapproval of how the present-day occupants or owners have changed it. Ghost vehicles are often linked to a fatal accident.
Possession (of a person by a spirit): The entry of a spirit into the body of a willing or unwilling host, in which the spirit takes control of the individual’s motor and cognitive functions, leaving the person unaware of the possession.
Prayer: Praying with the combination of smudging is a great way to cleanse the home before communicating with the unwanted spirit. Calling upon God, angels, saints or other free spirits to assist this lost or trapped spirit into the light.
Psychic: A person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium. A person believed to have abilities, esp. involving a knowledge of the future, that cannot be explained by modern science.
Radio Voice Phenomenon (RVP): Receiving the voice of a deceased human being through a regular radio.
Psychometry: to receive information simply by touching a person or object. The empathic ability then processes this information into feelings.
Reciprocal Apparition: An extremely rare type of spirit phenomenon in which both the agent and percipient are able to see and respond to each other.
Residual Energy: Many ghost hunters believe that emotionally charged events leave an imprint or energy residue on the physical objects nearby. What distinguishes residual energy from an active haunting is that the energy/impressions repeat consistently, as if on a loop. The energy levels may increase or decrease, but the content remains the same with each manifestation. By contrast, in what we term an active haunting, the ghost may respond to environmental stimuli and direct contact.
Residual Haunting: This is the playback of a past event, trapped in a continuous loop. It is often associated with past events involving great trauma and tragedy. A person is seen or heard performing a repetitive action—walking down a flight of stairs, crossing a garden, screaming in agony—at the same time or place and by many different independent witnesses. Researchers believe that it is possible for certain building materials to retain the energy of an event, and “record” it electromagnetically in a similar way to modern video or audio tape, and then replay the eerie fragment when the atmospheric conditions are right, or when a person who is especially sensitive to its bizarre energy passes by.
Revenant: An entity that comes back only a few times after death.
Shade:is The spirit or ghost of a dead person, residing in the underworld.
Shadow Ghosts: Easily confused with normal shadows, these dark ghostly apparitions are often spotted at a distance or in peripheral vision, and are between two and ten feet long. They are often experienced as a small darting essence in the corner of the eye, or as a larger and more menacing humanoid presence.
Shadow People: A "Shadow Person" (also known as a shadow figure, shadow being or black mass) is the perception of a patch of shadow as a living, humanoid figure, particularly as interpreted by believers in the paranormal or supernatural as the presence of a spirit or other entity
Smudging: The practice of smudging, or the burning of herbs, comes from the Native American tradition and used for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification. This practice is also used to cleanse a person, place or object of negative energies or influences. The smudge stick is easy-to-make from herbs of your own garden. Smudging must be done properly, in order to cleans your home.
Spirit: The actual consciousness or soul of an individual that has passed on and continues to be observed in an area. There are four main reasons that spirits exist: (1) The person does not realize that he or she is dead; (2) there is unfinished business or an un kept promise after death; (3) the spirit is simply saying goodbye to a loved one; and (4) the spirit has returned to offer advice.
Spirit Guide: A spirit that is thought to watch over and protect a person or place.
Trickster: Have a leader, are usually 2' to 4' tall, male or female form,"boundary-crosser", Tricksters can be cunning or foolish or both. The trickster openly questions and mocks authority, exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge, and uses it to play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules and conventional behaviour. may trick others simply for their amusementl, they could be a physically weak character trying to survive in a dangerous world, or they could even be a personification of the chaos that the world needs to function.
Visitant: a supernatural being, agency or an apparition.
Vortex: The center of spiritual energy, where it is focused or concentrated. Usually accompanied by cold spots, electromagnetic disturbances, and increased paranormal activity. It is unobservable to the normal human eye, usually showing its presence only in picture stills. The vortex is long—usually in the shape of a cigar or a metal rod—and contains a thread like design, making them appear almost like a turning screw in midair. Vortexes make themselves known through temperature, making the immediate area they occupy cold. The vortex can be mistaken as the more common orb, as they both are travel in similar trajectories. The vortex is more of an indoor phenomenon, and like other types of paranormal objects, are usually attached to larger scale hauntings. Since they seem to solely exist within the confines of homes, there is the theory that they may be previous residents of the property. They may actually be vehicles for other spirits to piggy back on as they travel between their dimension and ours. Since the time of Descartes, this has indicated the rotation of cosmic energy around a central point or axis. Beginning in the mid-19th century, the word “vortex” has meant any whirling movement of energy or particles. Some people use this term to explain lines or narrow cylinders that appear highlighted in ghost photos.
White Noise: An acoustical or electrical noise of which the intensity is the same at all frequencies within a given band. Example: would be like a television going off air before cable tv.
Wraith: A ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
Zephyr: Spirit borne upon, governing, or manifesting as the western wind.

Note: Many of these definitions are gathered throughout googles search engine definitions. These are only for reference tools only and not the same name by different cultures.
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