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Astrology
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Astronomy
ASTRONOMY (from Greek : αστρονομία) is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It applies mathematics , physics , and chemistry , in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and phenomena and their evolution . Objects of interest include planets , moons , stars , galaxies , and comets ; while the phenomena include supernova explosions , gamma ray bursts , and cosmic microwave background radiation . More generally, all astronomical phenomena that originate outside Earth\'s atmosphere are within the purview of astronomy. A related but distinct subject, physical cosmology , is concerned with the study of the Universe as a whole. Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences. The early civilizations in recorded history , such as the Babylonians , Greeks , Indians , Egyptians , Nubians , Iranians , Chinese , and Maya performed methodical observations of the night sky
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Paranormal
PARANORMAL events are phenomena described in popular culture , folklore , and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation . A paranormal phenomenon is different from hypothetical concepts such as dark matter and dark energy . Unlike paranormal phenomena, these hypothetical concepts are based on empirical observations and experimental data gained through the scientific method . The most notable paranormal beliefs include those that pertain to ghosts , extraterrestrial life , unidentified flying objects , psychic abilities or extrasensory perception , and cryptids
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Afterlife
The AFTERLIFE (also referred to as LIFE AFTER DEATH or the HEREAFTER) is the belief that an essential part of an individual's identity or consciousness continues to exist after the death of the body. According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may be some partial element, or the entire soul or spirit , of an individual, which carries with it and may confer personal identity or, on the contrary, may not, as in Indian nirvana . Belief in an afterlife, which may be naturalistic or supernatural , is in contrast to the belief in oblivion after death . In some popular views, this continued existence often takes place in a spiritual realm, and in other popular views, the individual may be reborn into this world and begin the life cycle over again, likely with no memory of what they have done in the past
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Angel
An ANGEL, especially according to Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism , is a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence . Angels are typically described as benevolent, dreadful, and endowed with wisdom and knowledge of earthly events, but not infallible; for they strive with each other, and God has to make peace between them. Most of them serve either as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits . They are studied in the theological doctrine of angelology . In Christian Science, the word "angel" is used to refer to an inspiration from God. The use of the term has extended to refer to artistic depictions of the spirits, and it is also used figuratively to refer to messengers and harbingers, and to people who possess high qualities of goodness , purity, selflessness, intelligence , or beauty
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Astral Projection
ASTRAL PROJECTION (or ASTRAL TRAVEL) is a term used in esotericism to describe a willful out-of-body experience (OBE), a supposed form of telepathy , that assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness called an "astral body " that is separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside of it throughout the universe. The idea of astral travel is rooted and was promoted by 19th century Theosophists
Theosophists
—philosophers who explored the mystical and preternatural origins of the natural world. It is sometimes reported in association with dreams, and forms of meditation. Some individuals have reported perceptions similar to descriptions of astral projection that were induced through various hallucinogenic and hypnotic means (including self-hypnosis ). There is no scientific evidence that there is a consciousness or soul which is separate from normal neural activity or that one can consciously leave the body and make observations
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Aura (paranormal)
An AURA or HUMAN ENERGY FIELD is, according to New Age
New Age
beliefs, a colored emanation said to enclose a human body or any animal or object. In some esoteric positions, the aura is described as a subtle body . Psychics and holistic medicine practitioners often claim to have the ability to see the size, color and type of vibration of an aura. In New Age
New Age
alternative medicine , the human aura is seen as a hidden anatomy that affect the health of a client, and is often understood to comprise centers of vital force called chakra . Such claims are not supported by scientific evidence and are pseudoscience . When tested under controlled experiments , the ability to see auras has not been shown to exist
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Bilocation
BILOCATION, or sometimes MULTILOCATION, is an alleged psychic or miraculous ability wherein an individual or object is located (or appears to be located) in two distinct places at the same time. The concept has been used in a wide range of historical and philosophical systems, ranging from early Greek philosophy
Greek philosophy
to modern religious stories, occultism and magic
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Clairvoyance
CLAIRVOYANCE (/klɛɹˈvɔɪəns/ or /klɛəˈvɔɪəns/) (from French _clair_ meaning "clear" and _voyance_ meaning "vision") is the alleged ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through extrasensory perception . Any person who is claimed to have some such ability is said accordingly to be a CLAIRVOYANT (/klerˈvɔɪənt/) ("one who sees clearly"). Claims for the existence of paranormal and psychic abilities such as clairvoyance have not been supported by scientific evidence published in high impact factor peer reviewed journals. Parapsychology explores this possibility, but the existence of the paranormal is not accepted by the scientific community . Parapsychology, including the study of clairvoyance, is an example of pseudoscience
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Close Encounter
In ufology , a CLOSE ENCOUNTER is an event in which a person witnesses an unidentified flying object . This terminology and the system of classification behind it was started by astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek
J. Allen Hynek
, and was first suggested in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. He introduced the first three kinds of encounters; more sub-types of close encounters were later added by others, but these additional categories are not universally accepted by UFO researchers, mainly because they depart from the scientific rigor that Hynek aimed to bring to ufology
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Cold Spot
GHOST HUNTING is a pseudoscience wherein its adherents visit and investigate locations that are reported to be haunted by ghosts . Typically, a ghost hunting team will attempt to collect "evidence" that they see as supportive of paranormal activity. Ghost
Ghost
hunters often use a variety of electronic devices: the EMF meter
EMF meter
; digital thermometer ; handheld and static digital video cameras , such as thermographic (or infrared ) and night vision ; digital audio recorder ; and computer. Traditional techniques such as conducting interviews and researching the history of a site are also employed. Some ghost hunters refer to themselves as a "PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR". Ghost
Ghost
hunting has been heavily criticized for its absence of scientific method ; no scientific body has ever been able to confirm the existence of ghosts
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Evocation
EVOCATION is the act of calling upon or summoning a spirit , demon , god or other supernatural agent, in the Western mystery tradition
Western mystery tradition
. Comparable practices exist in many religions and magical traditions and may employ the use of mind-altering substances with and without uttered word formulas. CONTENTS * 1 In the Western mystery tradition
Western mystery tradition
* 2 Texts and language * 3 Objectives of conjuration * 4 Religious views * 5 Conjuration in Mid-West Asia * 6 Contemporary references * 7 In other beliefs * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 Further reading IN THE WESTERN MYSTERY TRADITION John Dee and Edward Kelley
Edward Kelley
evoking a spirit The Latin
Latin
word evocatio was the "calling forth" or "summoning away" of a city's tutelary deity
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Deity
A DEITY (/ˈdiː.ᵻti/ (_ listen ) or /ˈdeɪ.ᵻti/ ( listen )) is a natural or supernatural being considered divine or sacred . The Oxford Dictionary of English defines deity as "a god or goddess (in a polytheistic religion)", or anything revered as divine. C. Scott Littleton defines a deity as "a being with powers greater than those of ordinary humans, but who interacts with humans, positively or negatively, in ways that carry humans to new levels of consciousness beyond the grounded preoccupations of ordinary life". A male deity is a GOD , while a female deity is a GODDESS
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Demon
A DEMON (from Koine Greek δαιμόνιον _daimónion_) is a supernatural and often malevolent being prevalent in religion , occultism , literature , fiction , mythology and folklore . The original Greek word _daimon _ does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the Koine δαιμόνιον (_daimonion_), and later ascribed to any cognate words sharing the root. In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions , including ancient and medieval Christian demonology , a demon is considered an unclean spirit , a fallen angel , or a spirit of unknown type which may cause demonic possession , calling for an exorcism . In Western occultism and Renaissance magic , which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic , Jewish Aggadah and Christian demonology , a demon is believed to be a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled
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Demonic Possession
DEMONIC POSSESSION is believed to be the process by which individuals are possessed by malevolent preternatural beings, commonly referred to as demons or devils . Obsessions and possessions of the devil are placed in the rank of apparitions of the evil spirit among humans. It is obsession when the demon acts externally against the person whom it besets, and possession when he acts internally, agitates them, excites their ill humor, makes them utter blasphemy, speak tongues they have never learned, discovers to them unknown secrets, and inspires them with the knowledge of the obscurest things in philosophy or theology. Descriptions of demonic possessions often include erased memories or personalities , convulsions (i.e. epileptic seizures or “fits”) and fainting as if one were dying
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Demonology
DEMONOLOGY is the study of demons or beliefs about demons, especially the methods used to summon and control them. The original sense of "demon", from the time of Homer
Homer
onward, was a benevolent being, but in English the name now holds connotations of malevolence. (In order to keep the distinction, when referring to the word in its original Greek meaning English may use the spelling "Daemon " or "Daimon".) Demons, when regarded as spirits , may belong to either of the classes of spirits recognized by primitive animism . That is to say, they may be human, or non-human, separable souls, or discarnate spirits which have never inhabited a body. A sharp distinction is often drawn between these two classes, notably by the Melanesians
Melanesians
, several African groups, and others. The Arab jinn , for example, are not reducible to modified human souls
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