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Abba – one of the many epithets of God [Hebrew abba “father”]

 

abductee – one who's been abducted by aliens SYN contactee, experiencer

 

abduction – usually against one's will, the experience of being taken aboard an alien spacecraft, which often entails an intrusive medical exam or rape

 

abiogenesis – relevant to discussions about extraterrestrials, the process by which life arises from non-organic and inanimate material, or in other words, “primordial soup” [Latin “from non-life”] SYN origin of life, spontaneous generation

 

abracadabra – a word of uncertain origin that is used as an incantation by magicians; it was historically engraved on amulets, called abraxas stones, which were thought to protect against disease and misfortune

 

Abraxas alt. Abrasax – the name of a chimeric demon who brandishes a whip; the king of demons [Greek (the seven letters represent the first letter of each of the seven classical planets)] SYN Lucifer

 

Adonai – Lord [Hebrew] SYN Elohim

 

aerial phenomena – anomalous activity in the sky, possibly in reference to a UFO SYN mystery lights

 

Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (active 1952-1988) a defunct UFO research group founded by Jim and Coral Lorenzen, which branched out and started MUFON SYN APRO

 

aeromancy – the art of predicting the future by observing meteorological conditions and events such as clouds, wind, rainbows and auroras; one of the seven “forbidden arts” [Greek aér + manteia “air divination”] SYN aërology, aeriology, arologie

 

Aesir – the principal clan of the Norse gods

 

afterlife – another life of sorts after one has passed on from a carnal life on Earth

 

agathion – a spirit that takes the form of a human or animal and resides within a talisman, bottle or some other enclosed item [Greek “act of goodness”]

 

agnostic pl. agnostics – one who doesn't have a firm belief in any gods, and in a broader sense, anything of the paranormal realm SYN skeptic, doubter

 

ahool alt. athol pl. ahools – named for the call it makes, a large bat or small flying monkey that lives on the island of Java and has been sighted on and off since the 1920's; it may be related to PNG's ropen

 

Ahura Mazda – the god of Zoroastrianism [Avestan (Old Persian) “Wise Lord”]

 

alchemy – the medieval science of trying to transform base metals into gold (with the aid of a waxy substance called the philosopher's stone) and to mix a draught (called the elixir of life) that extends life indefinitely [Arabic “chemistry”]

 

alicorn – a winged unicorn; a cross between a unicorn and a pegasus; a Latin term used in alchemical books referring to the horn itself since their horns were believed to have magical powers [Italian alicorno] SYN pegacorn

 

alien – any creature originating from beyond Earth SYN extraterrestrial, E.T., grey

 

“Alien Autopsy” (1995) – a 17-minute black-and-white film showing an autopsy of an extraterrestrial being that was supposedly recovered from the 1947 Roswell crash site

 

Alien Mysteries (2013) – a Canadian documentary series detailing some well-known alien encounters

 

Allagash Waterway abduction – when four men, twin brothers Jim and Jack Weiner, with Charles Foltz and Charles Rak, were taken aboard a circular UFO during a camping trip on Aug. 20th, 1976 at Eagle Lake in ME

 

allotriophagy – in regards to exorcisms, regurgitation of contents not normally found inside the stomach [Greek “foreign consumption”]

 

American Chirological Society – founded by Edgar de Valcourt-Vermont (Comte de St. Germain) in 1897, a society that advanced the study of the contours of the skull as it pertains to mental faculties and published material on such

 

Amityville Horror House – a murder house and the site of a demonic haunting that terrorized the Lutz family; 112 Ocean Avenue, Babylon, NY

 

An the ancient Sumerian sky-god; the progenitor of the Annunaki [Sumerian sky] SYN Anu, Father of the Gods

 

Ancient Aliens (debuted 2009) – an American documentary series which culls sparse evidence from archaeology and historical accounts and attempts to prove that aliens have played a major role in humankind's past

 

ancient alien theory – a theory which posits that extraterrestrials have visited Earth throughout history, helped the human race to advance in technology and possibly either sired children with them or altered their DNA in the hopes of producing superior children; a suggestion that biblical claims of angel visitations and demonic possessions were in fact alien in origin

 

Ancient Ram Inn – a hotel located in Gloucestershire, England which dates back to 1145 and bears evidence of witchcraft; said to be one of the most haunted places in England

 

Betty Andreasson (1937-p) – an abductee from South Ashburnham, MA whose abduction on Jan. 25th, 1967 is noteworthy because the aliens claimed to worship Jesus like her; her son came forward and said that she has delusions

 

angel – a celestial being who acts on behalf of God [Greek and Hebrew for “messenger”] SYN cherub, intercessor

 

Angel of Death – a general term for a supernatural being of almost any religion that either brings about death or guides a dead soul to the next world exp. Abaddon, a destroying angel in “The Book of Revelation”; Azrael, the angel of death in Islam; Gabriel, the angel of death over kings and Michael, the good angel of death SYN Grim Reaper

 

angelology – the study of angels exp. “De Substantiis Separatis”

 

Annabelle – a Raggedy Ann doll said to be possessed by the spirit of a dead girl named Annabelle Higgins; it resides in a glass case at the Warrens' Occult Museum in Monroe, CT

 

anniversary imprint – a special kind of residual haunting, manifesting around the same time every year, that usually plays out a tragic event

 

Annunaki alt. Anunnaki, Anunaki the seven gods of ancient Mesopotamia who decree the fate of humanity; a race of human-like beings that descended from the heavens to Earth, interbred with early humans and imparted us with advanced technology; according to Zecharia Sitchin, an extraterrestrial race who came to Earth from the planet Nibiru and enslaved the human race in order to mine gold [Sumerian offspring of An] SYN Anuna gods, Anunna, Annuna, ancient aliens, Watchers

 

The Annunciation With Saint Emidus (1486) – an altarpiece by Carlo Crivelli which artistically shows the Annunciation; a circular object in the sky pointing a beam of light onto the Virgin Mary is interpreted by some to be a UFO

 

anomalous  strange; contradictory SYN incongruous

 

anomaly a peculiarity; something that conflicts with common experience [Greek anomalía inequality] SYN incongruity

 

Antichrist alt. Anti-Christ – one described in the First and Second Epistle of John as a future illustrious leader given his power by Satan who is a deceitful orator and who brings war against the Israelites and attempts to sit at the Third Temple as the world leader but is ultimately defeated by Jesus SYN “Little Horn”, Man of Sin, Lawless One

 

antichrist alt. anti-Christ pl. antichrists – a world leader who's regarded as very evil; anyone who denies Jesus, according to 1 John 2:22 exp. Nero, Napoleon and Hitler were called antichrists [Greek antikhristos “against Christ”]

 

aos sí – a race of fairies in Irish and Scottish mythology; nature spirits that live underground and coexist with people invisibly, guard their abode fiercely and are appeased with offerings of baked goods and berries; when their territory is breached, they are said to kidnap or replace infants with changelings (a double) or otherwise cause mischief [Irish “people of the mounds”] SYN aes sídhe, daoine sídhe, daoine sìth, Sìth, “The Good Neighbors”, fair folk, faefolk

 

Apep – appearing in art as a snake or crocodile, the ancient Egyptian deity and personification of chaos and the leader of demons; since he does not appear in Egyptian creation myths and was borne of Ra's umbilical cord, he is understood as evil and the enemy of Ra SYN Apepi, Aapep, Apophis, Lord of Chaos, The Encircler of the World, The Enemy, Serpent of the Nile, Serpent of Rebirth, Evil Dragon, Evil Lizard

Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation; the daughter of Zeus and Dione; her Roman counterpart is Venus [Greek habrodíaitos “she who lives delicately”] SYN Cytherea, Cythereia, Lady of Cythera, Cypris, Lady of Cyprus, Ourania, Pandemos and many others

 

Apocalypse an event foretold in The Holy Bible in which good triumphs over evil SYN Armageddon

 

apocalypse widespread destruction and chaos [Greek apokálypsis revelation] SYN cataclysm, catastrophe, holocaust

 

Apollo – a god associated variously with music and poetry, truth and prophecy, the sun and the light, medicine and healing, warding off evil, plague and more; the son of Zeus and Leto [unknown] SYN Helios, Sol

 

apotropaic pl. apotropaics – as a noun, that which wards off evil and as an adjective, causing to ward off evil exp. as a noun, crucifixes, silver bullets, wild roses and garlic are apotropaics believed to deflect vampires and as an adjective, burning sage and hanging up nazars around the house is said to be apotropaic [Greek apotrópaios “causing to turn away”]

 

apport – a physical object that materializes at will in the presence of a medium [Latin “thing brought forth”]

 

Aquarius – the eleventh of the Zodiac signs, symbolized by waves

 

Ararat anomaly – a snow-covered object that sits on the western plateau of Mt. Ararat in Turkey and is proclaimed by many to be the remains of Noah's Ark

 

arcane – mysterious; esoteric [Latin arcanus “hidden, secret”; arcere “to shut up, keep”]

 

archangel – an angel of importance exp. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel [Greek “chief angel”]

 

Area 51 – a nickname for a remote section of Nellis Air Force Base outside of Rachel, NV around which many UFO conspiracies are centered; CIA documents released in 2013 show that its purpose is for the development of experimental aircraft and weapons systems SYN Homey Airport, KXTA, Groom Lake, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch

 

Arecibo Message – a 3-minute-long radio message conveying basic information about humanity and Earth broadcasted and aimed at globular star cluster M13 with the hope that extraterrestrials might receive and decipher it [named after the Arecibo telescope in PR from which it was sent in 1974]

 

Ares – the Greek god of war; the son of Zeus and Hera; his Roman counterpart is Mars [Greek ará “bane, ruin, curse”] SYN Enyalios

 

Aries – the first of the Zodiac signs, symbolized by a ram

 

Ark of the Covenant – a chest containing a pair of tablets etched with the Ten Commandments and Aaron's staff; a gilded box that was hauled only by the Levites of Moses's camp for the divine protection of the camp SYN Ark of the Testimony

 

Asmodeus alt. Asmodai – the name of a demon in Jewish, Christian and Islamic mythology

 

asport – a physical object that a medium or spirit takes, teleports to another location or makes disappear exp. the loss and reappearance of a key ring in a different place is sometimes blamed on ghosts (the keys are the asport) [Latin “thing removed”]

 

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

astral projection – the ability of a person to leave their body at will and travel in spirit to anywhere and any dimension and then return to their body, usually during sleep

 

astrobiologist – one who theorizes about all aspects of alien life and intelligence SYN exobiologist, xenobiologist

 

astrobiology – the study of alien life SYN exobiology, xenobiology, evolutionary biology

 

astrology – the study of celestial arrangements and patterns as they pertain to personality and events on Earth

 

atheist – one who is sure that there are no gods/God and is usually not a believer of other paranormal phenomena [Greek “one without a god”] SYN nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever

 

Athena alt. Athene – the Greek virgin goddess of wisdom, courage, strength, military strategy, law and justice, arts and other things; the daughter of Zeus (but of no mother); her Roman counterpart is Minerva SYN Polias, Poliouchos

 

Atlantis – a mythical island that is described in two of Plato's works, Timaeus and Critias; they are allegorical and teach about the destructive arrogance of nations, however, some readers believe the island to be real [Greek “island of Atlas”]

 

Atlas – a Greek god who was condemned to carry the world upon his shoulders after losing in the Battle of the Gods; the son of Iapetus and Clymene

 

augur pl. augures – a priest or official who interpreted the flight of birds in Ancient Rome; they were given much credibility – elections, commerce and battles were delayed until assurance was given that the gods were on their side [Latin aug- “to prosper”] SYN auspicium, auspex

 

augury – in the Ancient Roman religion, the practice of interpreting omens based on the flight of birds [Latin aug- “to prosper”] SYN ornithomancy

aura pl. aurae – a colored emanation that mystics say surround every living thing and can only be discerned by certain people; the different colors and qualities of the aura are said to reveal certain traits about that person [Greek au- “air”]

 

Aurora, Texas UFO incident – on April 17th, 1897, a UFO crashed on a farm near Aurora, TX; witnesses claimed that there was one alien fatality and it was given a Christian burial at a local cemetery

 

automatic writing – the psychic ability of a writer to receive and pen messages from either a subconscious, spiritual or paranormal source exp. using a writing instrument or a planchette in conjunction with a Ouija board are both considered automatic writing SYN psychography, spirit writing

 

autoscopy – seeing one's body at a distance as part of an astral projection, out-of-body experience or hallucination brought on by drugs or general anesthesia [Greek “self-watch”] SYN autoscopic phenomena

 

The Avesta – a collection of religious texts, including hymns, which serves as the holy book of Zoroastrianism SYN The Holy Book of Parsis

 

Azazel alt. Azaz'el – the name of a demon in Jewish, Christian and Islamic mythology; according to “The Book of Enoch”, he was one of the leaders of the Watchers in the time before the Great Flood [Hebrew “scapegoat”] SYN Zazae'il