A group of standing stones on Salisbury Plain in southern England. Dating to c. 2000–1800 B.C., the megaliths are
enclosed by a circular ditch and embankment that may date to c. 2800. The arrangement of the stones suggests that
Stonehenge was used as a religious center and also as an astronomical observatory.
Stone Tape Theory
This is the theory that some element of stone walls is capable of recording the scenes that take place around it, imprinted
on it either through high emotion or mere repetition. A later event, such as the presence of a person with the appropriate
psychic make-up, then triggers a playback of the recording. This results in a haunting.
The name given to the psychological process by which one person may guide or influence the thoughts, feelings or
behavior of another. The suggestion thus accepted has a powerful effect on both mind and body.
The supernatural (Latin: super- "above" + natura "nature") pertains to entities, events or powers regarded as beyond nature,
in that they cannot be explained from the laws of the natural world. Religious miracles are typical of such “supernatural”
manifestations, as are spells and curses, divination, the notion that there is an afterlife for the dead, and innumerable others.
Supernatural themes are often associated with magical and occult ideas.
A connecting principle, expressing the linkage of events without a cause-and-effect relationship in time. In addition to the
normal cause-and-effect connections observed in nature, there appears to be another principle expressed in the simultaneous
arrangement or connection of events. A theory of synchronicity was developed by psychotherapist Carl G. Jung and related to
certain ESP phenomena. In recent decades the concept has been widely borrowed by occultists in support of their worldview.
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A technique commonly used during a seance, whereby participants sit or stand around a table, placing their hands around
its circumference with their fingers touching, and encourage the table to move with the assistance of a "paranormal" entity.
Many believe that it is simply the participants moving the table themselves by psychokinetic means if not fraudulently.
An inanimate object which is supposed to possess a supernatural capacity of bestowing benefits or powers on its user.
Originally, talismans were usually a disc of metal or stone engraved with astrological or magical figures. In recent centuries,
among practitioners of ceremonial magic, talismans inscribed in parchment have been favored.
The power to move something by thinking about it without the application of physical force. The movement of objects,
without contact or with only limited contact was frequently observed in séances. The term has more recently been supplanted
by psychokinesis or PK.
The supposed ability to transmit thoughts directly to the mind of another, or to receive thoughts directly from the mind of
another, without any normal causal interaction. The word was formulated in 1882 by Frederic William Henry Myers, English
poet, essayist, and a leading founder of the Society for Psychical Research in London.
The Flying Dutchman
Sailors in Holland long believed that a Dutch skipper named van Straaten upon his death was condemned as a penalty for
his sins to sail for year after year through the seas around the Cape of Storms (an early name for the Cape of Good Hope).
Crews returning to the Zudyer Zee (the northern coast of the Netherlands) after sailing in this region used to declare that they
had seen van Straaten's mysterious craft and fled from it in terror. The legend is a very old one, although its exact date is not
known. The story is found in Dutch, German, and other folklore.
The Ghost Club
One of the original psychical research organizations. It was founded in 1862 by individuals interested in ghost phenomena.
Its membership (by invitation only) has included prominent psychical researchers, as well as actors, actresses, authors, and
poets. Today the club, which is obsolete as a research organization, holds an annual dinner at which members relate personal
experiences concerned with ghosts. Membership is not limited to believers in ghostly phenomena.
Thermal Imaging Camera
A device that captures images by detecting heat radiation rather than light.
The mystical center behind the forehead between the eyes, which is a focus for Oriental mystical meditation. It is known in
yoga philosophy as the ajna chakra (center of command) and its activation or opening through meditation is often the
preliminary to activation of other chakras. The initial experience of the third eye, the seeming presence of a screen inside the
head at the front of the brain, can be had by anyone who simply shuts his eyes and attempts to reach a focus.
The main practitioner of thoughtography was the man usually described in the literature as a Chicago bellhop, Ted Serios,
whose ability was investigated by Jule Eisenbud. A film would be placed into a camera, then Serios would hold it against his
forehead and attempt to imprint on the film an image of the target suggested to him. After extensive testing, with any number of
controls, no trickery was detected. It has been suggested that PK was used to affect the emulsion of the film. With film due to
become a thing of the past, time for finding a successor to Serios’s crown is running out.
Tongues, Speaking in
Utterances approximating words and speech that are nonetheless generally unintelligible, usually produced during states of
trance or delirium. The religious interpretation of the phenomenon is that the speaker is possessed by a supernatural spirit, is
in conversation with divine beings, or is the channel of a divine proclamation.
An altered state of consciousness, either spontaneous or induced, bearing some resemblance to the ordinary sleep state, but
differing from it in certain marked particulars. Among tribal peoples, trance states have been common since ancient times,
used by the shaman, medicine man, or other religious practitioners for demonstrations of paranormal knowledge. Such
shamans were forerunners of the modern Spiritualist mediums.
This is a form of mediumship in which the medium enters into a trance of varying depths and is taken over by the spirit
guide who proceeds to pass on messages from communicators to the people attending the séance or demonstration, or is
taken over by the communicating spirits themselves.
An object placed in a specific location during an investigation in an attempt to capture its movement by paranormal means
on video. Such objects are generally placed on a flat surface and have an outline traced around them so that the extent of their
movement can be measured.