Mystic Miscellany

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calabash rattle – a rattle made from a dried-out gourd of a calabash vine and used in voodoo rituals SYN asson

Caladrius – a bird of medieval bestiaries, resembling a dove or white plover, that visits the sick and terminally ill, absorbs the sickness into its body and then flies away, healing the person and itself [Latin] SYN Caladres, Caladrio, Calandre, Calandrius, Calatrius, Caradrius, Charadrius, Kaladrius, Kalandria

cambion /CAM-bee-uhn/ – the offspring of a demon and a human; the offspring of an incubus or a succubus and a human; the offspring of an incubus and a succubus; one of the Nephilim [Celtic -kamb “crooked”] SYN nephil

Cancer – the fourth of the Zodiac signs, symbolized by a crab

Candlemas – a Christian holiday, celebrated on Feb. 2nd, commemorating three things: the presentation of the child Jesus, Jesus’s first entry into the temple and the Virgin Mary’s purification forty days after Jesus's birth; based upon the account in Luke 2:22-40 SYN Candlemass, Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus, Presentation Of Christ In The Temple, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hypapante

Dolores Cannon (1931-2014) – a past-life regressionist, author and teacher; the author of Conversations with Nostradamus (1992), Between Death and Life (1993) and Legacy from the Stars (1996)

Capricorn – the tenth of the Zodiac signs, symbolized by a sea-goat

cartomancy /car-TOH-muhn-cee/ – the art of tarot card reading [Greek carto + manteia “playing card divination”] SYN tarot card reading, fortune telling

Cash-Landrum UFO incident – on Dec. 29th, 1980, Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and seven-year-old Colby Landrum were driving home from a late dinner in Dayton, TX when a fiery diamond-shaped craft emerged over the trees and irradiated them before being chased out of the area by military helicopters; the incident is highly unusual because it led to a court case as they sought compensation for their medical bills

Catholic – a member of the Church and one who accepts Jesus as deity; a believer of “The Septuagint”, seven additional biblical books, as being canonical and the Pope being the leader of the Church [Greek katholikos “complete”]

Catholicism – the original church established by St. Paul and the early Church fathers; a religion that accepts Jesus as deity and the Pope as the principal leader of the faith SYN Catholicity

cattle mutilation – a phenomenon in which cows are found, either singly or in great numbers, exsanguinated with their interns removed and absent, usually eyes, tongues, hearts and reproductive organs, with the incisions showing evidence of laser precision; ufologists say this is the work of aliens who need samples from cows in order to better study humans because our blood is similar and cows are plentiful while skeptics point the finger at large predators SYN bovine excision

cauldron alt. caldron – a large cast-iron pot used for cooking over an open flame; in Western culture, it's associated with witches brewing a potion; in Wicca, it's used in ceremonies; in Irish culture, leprechauns hide their gold in them [Latin caldarium “hot bath”] SYN kettle

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) – a Christian mystic who answered questions on various subjects such as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while in a trance; he also claimed to be able to talk with angels and departed loved ones AKA “Sleeping Prophet”

centaur /sin-TOOR/ pl. centaurs, kentauroi – a mythological being, having the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse, that inhabits the forests of Thessaly [Greek] SYN centaurus, kentaur, kéntauros, hippocentaur, sagittary

Centaur Beast of the Pimas – a half-man/half-horse creature reported numerous times to have been seen on the Gila R. Indian reservation of mid-Arizona

Centre for Fortean Zoology (f. 1992) – a British-based organization of researchers who search for cryptids and study other aspects of aberrant animal biology SYN CFZ

cerebral anoxia – a lack of oxygen to the brain that causes sensory distortions and hallucinations and may be responsible for what some people go through during a near-death experience

chakra pl. chakras – one of seven points of spiritual power believed by Indians to be located at various points along one's spine and accessible through meditation [Sanskrit “wheel”] SYN cakra, cakka, meridian, elixir field

“The Chaldean Oracles” (2nd cen. AD) – a metaphysical book inspired by the Gnostics and attributed to Julian the Chaldean

Champ – a lake monster that inhabits Lake Champlain of NY, VT and part of Québec SYN Champy, Tatoskok, Cape Ann Serpent

changeling – of Irish mythology, a fairy child that has been left in place of a human child stolen by fairies [English change +‎ -ling] SYN swapling, plentyn cael, síobhra, siabhra, sheevra, Wechselbalg, Wechselkind, Kielkropf, Dickkopf

Chariots of the Gods? (1968) – a book written by Erich von Däniken that postulates that the history of mankind and our technology were influenced by early visitations of aliens and that we mistook them for gods; adapted to a documentary in 1970 SYN Erinnerungen an die Zukunft: Ungelöste Rätsel der Vergangenheit

cherub pl. cherubim – a winged angel; one of the beings mentioned in Ezekiel 10:1-20; in Middle Eastern art, they are depicted as having the body of a lion or bull, the wings of an eagle and the face of a human [Hebrew keruv] SYN seraph, shedu, lamassu

Chessie – a sea monster, resembling a 25 to 40-foot-long snake with a pair of flippers, that inhabits Chesapeake Bay and might be a prehistoric Zeuglodon

child presentation – the experience of a repeat abductee being brought aboard a UFO and shown an alien hybrid that the person realizes is his/her offspring

chimera /kai-MEER-ruh/ alt. chimaera – a fire-breathing monster with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail; a monstrosity [Greek khímaira “female goat”, khímaros “male goat”]

Chirological Society of Great Britain – founded by Katharine St. Hill in 1889, a group whose goal it was to advance the art of palmistry and prevent charlatans from detracting from it

chiromancy /KAI-roh-man-cee/ alt. cheiromancy – the art of characterization and predicting fate by reading one's palm, a practice going back to ancient Eurasia; according to the Catholic Church, a forbidden act [Greek kheir + manteia “hand divination”] SYN chirology, cheirosophy, palmistry, palm reading

choking spirits – invisible Hawaiian spirits that hold down and choke people in their sleep, but not to death

chonchon /chon-CHON/ pl. chonchones, chonchons – an ominous head-shaped bird of Mapudungun (southern Chile and southwestern Argentina) lore; to become a chonchon, a Mapuche sorcerer detaches his head from his body and, leaving the body behind, uses the elongated ears of the head to fly around at night and seek to drink the blood of sleeping people [Spanish chonchón]

Christian – one who accepts Jesus as deity, in contrast to Jews and Muslims, and does not recognize the Church or the Pope as their leader, in contrast to Catholics; one who is saved by the grace of God exp. Protestant, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist

Christianity – a group of religions which developed out of dissatisfaction with Catholicism; a religion that recognizes Jesus as deity and whose adherents are saved by grace

chupacabra /choo-pah-CAH-brah/ – a small, bipedal lizard-like beast, sometimes depicted as having red eyes, that attacks livestock in Puerto Rico (first reported in 1995); sightings in N. America have been confirmed to be a dog with mange [Spanish “goat-sucker”]

clairaudience – during a séance or platform demonstration, the ability to receive voices and sounds without hearing them [French “clear sound”] SYN psychic hearing, inner hearing, mediumship

clairaudient – one who hears things that others can not hear; a medium [French “clear listener”] SYN ghost whisperer

clairsentience – the ability to sense things outside of normal senses [French “clear feeling”] SYN ESP, extrasensory perception, mediumship, remote viewing, third eye

clairsentient – one who senses things by clairsentience [French “clear senser”] SYN psychic, remote viewer

clairvoyance – the ability to perceive information about the world through means other than the usual senses [French “clear vision”] SYN third eye, oracle, ESP, extrasensory perception

clairvoyant – one who can perceive information through clairvoyance exp. John Edward, Sylvia Browne, Miss Cleo, James van Praagh, Jeane Dixon, Allison duBois [French “clear seer”] SYN psychic, seer, oracle

cleansing – a ritual performed by a priest or other practitioner which usually entails reciting prayers, crossing oneself and burning sage inside a defiled house or over a person/object that needs the cleansing SYN blessing, purification

close encounter – an experience with a UFO and its occupants; the three classifications of close encounters were developed by J. Allen Hynek and were later expanded to seven kinds and subtypes by other researchers

Coast to Coast AM – a nightly radio show dealing with various paranormal topics, formerly hosted by Art Bell, a UFO enthusiast, now hosted by George Noory; their Halloween edition is called Ghost to Ghost AM

cold reading – a practice employed by psychics and magicians to perceive previously unknown information and appear as such; they start by asking a series of general questions to audience members and will pick up on social cues from individuals to form their inferences

cold spot – a specific area of a haunting with a noticeably colder temperature, despite the lack of any physical cause for this such as vents or lack of direct sunlight, that is thought by some to indicate a ghost's presence

Loren Coleman (1947-p) – a cryptozoologist out of Maine; also a zoologist, anthropologist and sociologist; the author or co-author of more than 40 books on various subjects

Communion (1987) – a book written by Whitley Strieber, who after experiencing lost time and flashbacks, went to a hypnotist, Budd Hopkins, and discovered that this was the result of an alien abduction

confirmation bias – when one willfully sees evidence in favor of their view while completely disregarding any evidence to the contrary

contactee – one who is contacted by aliens exp. Stan Romanek, Cindy Crawford, Corina Saebels, Travis Walton SYN experiencer

Cottingley Fairy Hoax of 1917 – a hoax perpetrated by two young English cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, in which a set of five photos showed the girls interacting with fairies, which captured the public's interest

coulrophobia /KOOL-ruh-FOH-bee-uh/ – the fear of clowns [possibly from Greek kolon meaning “stilt” or “stilt-walker”]

coven /KOH-vin ; KUH-vin/ – a gathering of witches; a secret, close-knit group which meets regularly [Latin conventus “assembly”] SYN mass

Cindy Crawford (1949-2017) – one who claimed that her father was involved with the OSS and that she was a created human/alien hybrid with psychic powers; an abductee of multiple times; a sculptor of aliens

Creepy Canada (2002-2006) – a Canadian TV documentary series that featured mostly hauntings in Canada but touched on paranormal occurrences that happened elsewhere in N. America too SYN Hauntings and Horrors

crisis apparition – an apparition that family members witness of one who is known beforehand to be at the fringe of death

crop circles – a phenomenon that became popular in the 1970's; intricate circular designs appeared in fields, esp. in the UK, sometimes in conjunction with a recent UFO sighting and sometimes not, which were alleged to be the result of a UFO landing there or hovering over it and having the image telekinetically cut into the grass, however, some hoaxers came forward afterward to confess that a group did it [coined by Colin Andrews in the 1980's] SYN crop formations

crosier /KROH-zhur/ alt. crozier – a stylized staff, usually of gold, silver or bronze, that is carried by bishops and abbots of the Eastern Christian church; it's usually topped by a curved tau surmounted by a cross or a pair of serpents or dragons which face one another with a cross in the middle – in the case of the two serpents, it represents Moses and the staff that ate the other two serpents and is reminiscent of the staffs of Hermes and Asclepius, which symbolize healing

crow – occasionally associated with death, a black bird found all over the world; in Irish mythology, it's found alongside Morrigan, the goddess of war and death; in Sweden, the ghost of a murdered man; in Denmark, an exorcised spirit; in Hinduism, a companion of Dhumavati, the goddess of fear and quarrel [Latin corvus “raven”] SYN jackdaw, corby, rook

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) – the founder of Thelema, a branch of Wicca; the press dubbed him “the wickedest man in the world” AKA Edward Alexander Crowley, “The Beast”

The Crucifixion Of Christ (1350) (1) – the altarpiece at Visoki Dečani Monastery in Kosovo; significant in paranormal circles because in both of the corners, it appears to show a speeding alien craft with a human-like driver peering down as witnesses to Christ's crucifixion

The Crucifixion of Christ (c1600s) (2) – a fresco located at Svetishoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia which supposedly shows a red plasmoid-type UFO to Jesus's right and a pale one to his left although art historians claim these objects portray the sun and the moon

The Crying Boy (1950's) – a mass-produced print of a painting done by Giovanni Bragolin, an Italian; it was said to be cursed and the cause of many house fires in the U.K. in the 80's; one of a series of crying children portraits that Bragolin painted SYN “The Gypsy Boy”

cryptid – any creature that is unproven by science and mysterious in nature exp. werewolf, bigfoot, thunderbird, lake monster [Latin crypta “vault, cavern”]

cryptozoologist – one who studies cryptids and attempts to prove their existence SYN cryptobiologist, monster hunter

cryptozoology – the study of unproven creatures said to exist in the world by popular lore SYN cryptobiology, monster hunting

CUFOS /KOO-fohs/ – Center for UFO Studies; founded by J. Allen Hynek in 1973, an international research group comprised of scientists, investigators and volunteers that studies UFO phenomena

Cupid – the Roman god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection; the son of Mars and Venus; his Greek counterpart is Eros [Latin cupido “desire”]

curandero /kur-run-DARE-oh/ pl. curanderos – one in the Mexican culture who uses a combination of prayer, spells and herbs to solve another's problems and ailing; the female counterpart is called a curandera [Spanish “healer”] SYN shaman, medicine man, witch doctor

curse – a plea to a god or a ritual that brings bad luck against a person; an invocation of evil [unknown origin, possibly from Arabic kuhr, the word for “hate”] SYN imprecation, malediction, execration, malison, anathema, commination, jinx, hex

Cursed Ring Of Silvanius – an ancient Roman ring linked to a tablet which curses Senicianus for stealing it; the ring that was the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Curse of 39 – a belief in Afghanistan that the number is cursed and linked with prostitution; 39 translates into morda-gow, meaning “dead cow”, which is a slang term for a pimp

Curse of Turan – a belief that Hungarians have been under a curse for a millennium, which manifests itself in the form of pessimism, misfortune, civil unrest and historic catastrophes, and that it came about as a result of adherents of the old faith cursing new Christian Hungarians

Joshua Cutchin – the author of A Trojan Feast (2015), The Brimstone Deceit (2016), Thieves in the Night (2018) and Where the Footprints End (2020)

cyclops /SAI-clops/ pl. cyclops, cyclopses, cyclopes – one of a race of one-eyed giants who forged thunderbolts for Zeus [Greek kyklops “round-eyed”]


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