Glossary

If you’re new to our website or are simply having a browse in a bid to learn more about the spiritual world, the chances are you’ll come across some terminology you’re unfamiliar with.

To help you navigate, we’ve put together a list of some of the most frequently used psychic terms so you’ve got a glossary at hand whenever you want to look something up.

Affirmation
Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgement. It also refers to a technique used to programme the subconscious mind into effecting change by repeating (or meditating on) a key phrase, such as ‘I am calm and confident’.

Astrology
The study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they influence the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs.

Aromatherapy

A form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils and other aromatic compounds to alter a person’s mindset, mood or health.

Arcane
Mysterious and secret.

Beyond
All that exists and happens outside the physical world

Crystal healing
An alternative medicine technique using stones and crystals as healing tools. The practitioner places crystals on different parts of the body which usually correspond to the chakras, in order to surround the client with healing energy.

Clairvoyant
Someone who is able to gain information about people, objects or events using methods other than their traditional five senses.

Channelling
The process of receiving messages or inspiration from extra-dimensional beings or spirits; a means of connecting to the source of creative consciousness. Channelling can be expressed in thoughts, images, spoken or written words, sounds, sensations or knowing.

Deja vu
The feeling of having experienced something before that is actually happening now.

Divinity
The state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity.

Divination
The art of discovering future events; attempting to gain insight into a question or situation using an occultic, standardised process or ritual.

ESP
Extrasensory perception – the reception of information not gained through the recognised physical senses but with the mind.

Esoteric
Intended for or likely to be understood by a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest.

Foresee
To see or know beforehand

Feyness

Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality. Also being interested in or attuned to the supernatural.

Horoscope
A prediction about a person’s future based on the positions of the planets, sun and moon at their birth.

Higher self
The part of us that is at one with the universe and has no physical attachments.

Intuition
A feeling you have about something that you cannot explain.

Karma
From Buddhism and Hinduism – the belief that a person’s actions affect their fate in future lives.

Mantra
A word or short piece of text or prayer continually repeated to help concentration.

Mystic
A person who seeks spiritual knowledge using contemplation and self-surrender, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect.

Medium
A person who can receive messages in the form of sensory impressions or physical forces from spirits in the afterlife. A medium will rely on energy coming from outside their own body to relay information, whether it is thoughts, voices or other impressions.

Numinous
Relating to the supernatural, filled with or characterised by a sense of a supernatural presence.

Omen
A phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change.

Oracle
A person or agency considered to gain wise counsel or prophetic predictions of the future, inspired by the gods.

Psychic
A person who is able to perceive information that is hidden from most people’s typical five senses – they use what is known as extra-sensory perception or ESP.

Psyche
The totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious.

Prescient
Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place.

Premonition
A strong feeling that something is about to happen when there is no definite reason to believe it will.

Reading
A specific attempt to discern information using heightened perceptive abilities or ESP. Consultations are usually given for a fee in such settings as over the phone, in the home, or at psychic fair.

Runes
Small stones or pieces of bone that bear symbols with mysterious or magic significance. They are used in divination.

Reiki
A Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” using the idea that “life force energy” flows through us.

Spirit
A manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

Sixth sense
See ESP

Telepathy

The transmission of information from one person to another without sensory channels or physical interaction.

Tarot
The mapping of mental and spiritual pathways using cards that each feature pictograms and titles to represent specific concepts.

Wicca

A modern pagan, witchcraft religion that typically worships a mother goddess and a horned god. Celebration follows around eight seasonal festivals known as Sabbats.

Zodiac
The ring of constellations that the Sun appears to pass through each year as the Earth orbits around it.