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Ti-Bon-Ange

Literally, the "Little Good Angel." In Voodoo, the soul is seen as having two parts. The Ti-Bon-Ange is the part of the soul that has your individuality and personal qualities. It leaves the body when sleeping so you can dream. It also leaves the body during rituals of possession so a Loa can take over the body. The other part of the soul is the Gros-Bon-Ange.




Aliens

Generally associated with UFOs, semi-humanoid beings claiming to originate on other planets or other dimensions. Most contacts with these beings involve telepathic communication and some have included abductions and transportation to space ships were surgical operations have implanted devices, and others have included sexual contact. Some believe aliens are spirits and that alien encounters are psychic in nature. Suggested Reading: The Gaia Project by Hwee-Yong Jang (Llewellyn Publications) and Interdimensional Universe by Philip J. Imbrogno (Llewellyn Publications)




Alchemy

The art and science of creating medicines from plants and minerals for healing physical and psychic diseases, thereby restoring the alchemist to a state of perfect harmony. These medicines can be either liquid, such as the Elixir of Life, or solid, such as the Philosopher’s Stone. Alchemy is also known as the Royal Art.




Akiba

Akiba (or Akiva) ben Joseph Talmudic Sage, Biblical exegete and mystic (1st–2nd Century). [Rabbi Akiba] is arguably the most celebrated figure in the Talmud. [In a famous Kabalistic story, he] was the only one of four sages who entered pardes and returned unscathed. His prayers were credited with ending a drought. He encountered a ghost and subsequently exorcised it by teaching the dead man’s son the daily liturgy; this is credited by some with establishing the tradition of reciting Kaddish [memorial prayer for the dead].




Aikido

Aikido is a martial art that relies on harmonious movements and minimal muscular effort to resolve conflicts.




Forer Effect

Named after psychologist Betram R. Forer. In 1948 he created an experiment that showed that if people receive general descriptions that could apply to anyone, they will accept it as specifically applying to themselves. Debunkers use this phenomenon to explain away the methods of people claiming to give psychic readings. Examples of phrases used to represent this effect are sometimes called Barnum Statements.




Flying Rods

A photographic phenomenon where video cameras or still cameras take photos that seem to show rod-like images or objects traversing the photo. Some debunkers have claimed that these are simply flying insects that form a blur and move too fast or too close to the lens to be clearly photographed.




Fakir

Originally an Arabic term from the early 17th century, faqir, translates as "a poor man." However, it became used to mean a holy man of Islam who subsisted through begging. By the late 18th century, the term "fake," from German or from Latin, with our modern meaning, was used in the slang of London's criminals. The combination of these two terms seems likely to have produced the word fakir (pronounced fah-keer), which was applied to Hindu ascetics.




Exopolitics

The theoretical examination of political institutions and methods used by extraterrestrial societies. This can be an important study in determining how best to communicate with (or whether to communicate with them at all) any such civilizations.




Electrokinesis

The paranormal ability to generate and manipulate forms of energy, especially electricity, using only the powers of the mind.





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