Paranormal Glossary

This paranormal glossary is a curated collection of over 100+ terms and definitions you will surely encounter while delving into the world of paranormal topics. Whether you’re interested in ghostly encounters, haunted locations, or exploring UFO sightings, our paranormal glossary will help you better clarify and understand related subjects.

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There are currently 12 term in this directory beginning with the letter A.
An individual supposedly abducted or alleging to be held captive by extraterrestrials or non-human entities against his or her own will during an alien abduction or an abduction phenomenon.

Also known as austromancy, arologie, or aerology, it entails artistic divination via the interpretation of atmospheric and weather conditions such as clouds, wind, or birds.

Life after death or reincarnation; An existence in which a person’s spirit, identity, soul, sentience, or stream of consciousness perseveres after the body has passed away.

An extraterrestrial; A being originating from another world or planet other than earth and sometimes exhibiting physical, physiological, cognitive, or technological characteristics different from people on earth.

A supernatural and spiritual being of superior intelligence and power to humans, or a guardian spirit. It can also describe a human figure with white robes and wings.

Used to describe something different, unusual, or peculiar. In the paranormal world, an anomaly is often used to suggest something is unidentifiable or strange. Mysterious orbs of light are commonly referred to as anomalies.

Used to describe the appearance of something unexpected, or strange. It’s also commonly used to refer to the visitation of a ghost or something of a spectral form. It may be someone you claim to have seen but was not there in physical form.

In occultism, Apport refers to a material object which arrives mysteriously through the intervention of a medium. Apports can usually arrive through a séance and may appear through either living or inanimate objects.

Refers to an alternate realm, non-physical in existence, in which the human body is said to have an equivalent. In differing beliefs, various psychic and paranormal phenomena are attributed to this realm.

Astral Body
A spectral counterpart of the physical body that is made up of ethereal material, which isn’t physical, and can separate from the physical body to travel to other places, or realms of existence.

Astral Projection
This is the event that allows the Astral body, or spirit form of a physical body, to be able to travel to different places or realms of existence. Unlike a near-death experience, astral projection allows a person to have an intentional out-of-body experience.

A popular spiritual belief in which a person’s physical body emanates colorful spiritual energy. Each color of a person's aura indicates their state of emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Aura readings are popular in New Age circles.