Terminology

Anomaly  – Something that cannot be explained or is difficult to classify.

Apparition – A supernatural manifestation of a spiritual body of a deceased person or animal. They may appear in photographs or may be seen with the naked eye. An apparition may be solid in appearance or just faint images, streaks, or balls of light.

Clairvoyance – The ability to have mental perceptions and insight about people or their situations. A clairvoyant may see clear mental images or pictures to see into the past, present , or future. This ability is also sometimes called second sight.

Cold Spot – An area in which an apparition’s energy is said to have manifested itself. This usually results in a temperature change.

Collective apparition – The witnessing of an apparition by two or more people.

Deja’vu – The experience of having the feeling that you have experienced a situation or event before.

Dematerialize – The disappearance of or fading of a physical object.

Discarnate – Having no physical form or body.

Divining Rods – a metal or copper wand used to detect water, apparitions, or energy area

Ectoplasm – A product of a psychic energy that usually forms like a fog, mist or solid mass. The ectoplasm also can take a vortex shape.

EMF – Electro magnetic field..A common thing found around live wiring of anything electronic. Researchers use this to try and detect paranormal activity from these readings when nothing electronic is present..It is a common theory that spirits can create this EMF when trying to manifest.

Equipment – Different things used in the course of an investigation to try and document spirit activity. See our equipment used page for further definition of the equipment we use.

ESP – Extrasensory perception is the knowledge of external events with the aid of senses. Some people have experienced dreams, visions, or unexplained feelings where the could predict future events, sense a spiritual energy, or feel the presence of something unseen.

EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomena is the recoding of a spirit voice or sound on tape or a digital recorder. It is common to report that nothing may be heard at the initial time of the recording but is later discovered upon review of the playback.

Exorcism – ritual used by the catholic church to drive out demons or evil spirits from a living person. and from a home or location.

Ghost -Usually this is the visual appearance of a spirit energy or soul of a deceased person or animal. A ghost may make their presence known through strange smells, noises, cool breezes or even the movement of objects.

Ghost Light – An unexplainable light that is visible to the naked eye.

Ghost Mist / Fog – Not usually physically seen with the naked eye, but more often captured in photographs.

Haunting – Paranormal experience occurring over a period of time in a specific location.

Intelligent Haunting – A spirit that seems to live in a specific area and acts with it s own free will while showing some type of intelligence. This type of spirit is aware of your presence and on occasion will interact with you in some fashion. The spirit my respond to direct questions either through Evps, knocking on a surface when asked, or possibly a disembodied voice heard with the naked ear.

Intuition – The act of knowing something or having information without knowing where it came from.

Manifestation – If a spirit or entity actually takes form and makes its presence known. This can result in a constant outbreak of paranormal activity.

Materialization – The deliberate, though usually temporary, visible formation of a spirit or energy.

Orb – An orb is a round sphere shaped object that is most often captured on photographs, although they can show movement in video. Orbs are suggested to be a soul or the spirit of a deceased person or animal. This type of paranormal evidence is very controversial and is often dismissed as dust particles.

Ouija Board – A board with the alphabet and other symbols on it which is used to communicate with the deceased. The operator uses a planchette, which in turn moves across the board spelling out messages to the operator.

Paranormal – Something that is beyond the range of normal human experience or scientific explanation.

Paranormal Researcher – Any person that investigates unexplained phenomena of the supernatural kind. This individual or group of individuals makes a valiant attempt to prove or disprove paranormal occurrences through various research methods.

Paranormal Investigation – The act of visiting an alleged “haunted” location to gather data such as pictures, video, audio, recordings, and electromagnetic field and temperature readings and summarizes the data.

Parapsychology – The scientific study of paranormal phenomena.

Poltergeist – Poltergeist is a German word that means “noisy ghost”. Poltergeists have been blamed for violent actions such as throwing things, attacking people, and even setting fires. Such events are said to be sporadic, unpredictable, and happen often. This poltergeist activity sometimes can target a particular family or family member. It is often said when a stranger is present the activity may temporarily cease. This type of haunting is one of the most dangerous, but also one of the most rare types.

Possession – When a persons mind and/or body is believed to be taken over by ghosts, spirits or other supernatural entities.

Precognition – Knowing something in advance of the situation. To know the future.

Precognitive Dreams – Having a dream about an event or situation that is about to happen.

Psychic – A person that uses or appears to be gifted with a sixth sense. The ability to be able to tap into the past, present or future.

Residual Haunting – This type of haunting can occur at the same time every time  or during the same conditions every time. It is often  thought of as if you were watching the same movie clip over and over. It could be considered an imprint on the walls of time. With this type of haunting, the spirit has no idea that you or anyone else is there. This imprint can be caused be a past traumatic event and can often involve a visual sighting. This type of haunting is not an interactive one and the spirit will not respond to you.

Seance – This involves communicating with the dead. A medium is usually the contact person for the spirit world.

Shadow People – Theses ghosts usually appear as a shadow and are very quick. They are normally the type of spirits that are seen out of the corner of your eye or maybe in a mirror.

Spirit – A force within a living being. The soul or supernatural gentility.

Spiritualism – faith based on the idea of that life continues after death and that communication between the living and the dead.

Supernatural – This is something that exists or happens through some means other than any known force in nature. As opposed to paranormal, the term, supernatural, often denotes divine or demonic intervention.

Telekinesis – The ability to move objects with your mind just by the thought process. One may be able to knock an object over or move the object by concentrating on the matter.

Telepathy – To know what others are thinking. To read ones mind.

Vengeful spirits – There are many recorded instances of ghosts returning to avenge themselves of terrible wrongs which were done to them in life. The ghosts of Winnats Pass near to Castleton in the Derbyshire peaks is said to be the spirits of Alan and Clara, brutally murdered in the pass by a group of miners.

Vortex – In photography, this is the appearance of an unexplained object such as an unexplained line, swirl, twist of light, striped rope, or tube shaped object.

White Noise – A hiss like sound formed by combining all audible frequencies. This is often used as back ground for EVP recordings.

 

 

 

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