GLOSSARY OF TERMS
An astral plane is a level of awareness in the etheric world. It acts as a double of the earth plane with a notable exception - everything is neutral. It is a place where soul minds can meet and change forms.
An astrologer studies the relationships and influences of the stars and planets. Using this information, they can prepare astrological charts that can tell intimate details and predictions of people, places and things.
Astrology includes the study of planetary cycles and how their respective energies influence life on earth. Astrology studies the harmony of the universe and relates it to the possibilities of human behaviour and experience.
Everything present in nature has an aura – an envelope of energy that radiates from within. An aura is not visible to the normal eye but generally can be seen by Clairvoyants as a multicoloured mist or halo of light.
Automatic writing is a free-flowing message sent by an entity in the form of the written word via a person. It is sometimes called ‘trance’ writing, because it is done quickly and without judgment. The person may appear in a trance-like state, putting down whatever comes to mind. The messages may be in a language foreign to the person’s own native tongue and the handwriting can be unrecognizable to the person penning the words. It may also be lacking spaces and punctuation. Pictures or symbols may be part of the writing as well. Automatic writing allows the person access to the entity for guidance. It can also serve to retrieve information from your unconscious and/or provide insight.
A birth chart is a basic tool of astrology which uses the date, time and place of an individual’s birth to show the positions of the planets in the signs and houses at the time of birth.
According to Tantric philosophy and Yoga, chakra is the Sanskrit word for ‘moving wheel.’ The chakras are vortexes of energy present in the energy centers of the body. The chakras are not physical, but they function as pathways for energy to be taken in. There are seven such chakras and each one is associated with a section of the body, as well as assigned emotions, thoughts and functions within the body. Chakras are assigned a color, which is displayed in a person’s aura, and can help to reveal a person’s spiritual and physical health, as well as one’s karma.
Clairaudience is defined as one’s inner voice, translated, it means ‘clear hearing.’ This is the power to hear sounds that are not audible to the normal human ear, but exist in the tangible world or in another dimension.
Clairsentience means ‘clear knowing’ or ‘clear thinking,’ and signifies your inner sensing. Those with this ability can perceive information out of the range of ordinary perception. It is not tied to one specific sense and can manifest as feelings, sensations or smells. It’s the subtlest way of receiving psychic messages, and many people may not even be aware it is happening and explain it away as a revelation.
This term is often used as a catch-all phrase for psychic ability, but it really describes one’s inner vision. Clairvoyance is a French term which translates to ‘clear seeing.’ It’s the ability to ‘see’ what is not physically in front of you, in the form of an image or event in the past, present or future.
Divination is an attempt to foretell the future through communicating with the Divine. Traditionally practiced by Shamans, Oracles, Priests, Prophets, and Psychics using various methods such as Tarot, Astrology, Ouija Boards, Runes, etc.
Dream interpretation is the process of interpreting the universal symbols and archetypes seen in your dreams and unconscious state to understand how they relate to your waking life.
Empaths are very susceptible to the feelings of others. They tune in on an intuitive or psychic level to the emotions, moods and attitudes of a person, group of people or animals.
Feng Shui is a physical way to bring a sense of harmony and well being into one’s space by arranging furniture and structures to be one with the occupant. It uses all of the elements – earth, wind, fire and water as well as compass points to achieve a sense of peace and tranquility.
The 3,000-year-old I Ching has 64 hexagram configurations that comprise an entire philosophy based on the Yin and Yang principles. The aim is to achieve and maintain balance in your life via a messaging system, which involves tossing coins in sets of six. The male, or active energy of Yang, encourages actions and ideas. The female, or receptive energy, enables adaptation and flexibility.
Intuition is “knowing” without conscious reasoning. It draws on knowledge gained from past experience that has been stored in the subconscious mind.
Kabbalah is a form of Jewish mysticism and is actually a Hebrew word meaning “received knowledge” or “tradition.” Though its origins are debated, most believe Kabbalah to be as old as the Torah, while others maintain it did not rise until the 13th Century. Traditional Kabbalah was passed down orally and is an esoteric belief that every accent, letter, word and number in the Torah contains keys to understanding the nature of the human soul, and by extension, the universe.
The explanation of Karma varies slightly per tradition or philosophy, but the basic principle remains the same: “You reap what you sow” … “what goes around, comes around” … or (if you prefer) “an eye for an eye.” Karmic philosophy may have its roots in religion and spirituality, but even the most scientific mind cannot dispute that, “every action causes an equal and opposite reaction” – in other words, the purpose of Karma is actually to restore balance.
Historically, a mantra is a word with spiritual significance in Hindu culture. In general, a mantra is a syllable or word without meaning that you focus on while meditating in order to achieve a deep state of relaxation. This method is used in Transcendental Meditation and it has been shown to be a very effective technique. According to the teachings of Transcendental Meditation, thinking a mantra helps you focus your attention inwardly. Regular meditation has been shown to help eliminate irritability, even reducing blood pressure. Benefits are numerous and its affects are lasting, as meditation has been known to mitigate the body’s reaction after a stressful event.
Meditation has been around for centuries and is a focal point of many religions. It incorporates deep thinking, contemplation and engaging in a deep mental exercise in an effort to achieve a heightened level of Spiritual awareness.
A medium is someone who can contact loved ones who have passed from this Earth. This special ability allows him or her to communicate with the deceased individual in another realm or dimension. The death of a family member or friend can result in unresolved emotions and questions for those left behind – a psychic medium can help bring them peace.
Near Death Experience
A near death experience occurs when an individual is physically deceased for a period of time, then returns to life with a memory of what happened to them. Many have recounted stories of seeing their physical body beneath them and traveling toward a white light or tunnel where they are greeted by friends and relatives.
Like Astrology or the Tarot, Numerology is a means of divination. Through the use of numbers, Numerology tells us about the human condition and about our journey through life.
A pendulum is any object suspended freely from a string or chain. The universal vibrations received by the dangling object provide knowledge to the holder of the pendulum usually in the form of simple yes or no answers to the questions asked.
Often called a Clairvoyant, a Psychic has the ability to draw knowledge from the aura/energy of a physical person, or the universal consciousness. They know without conscious reasoning and are highly intuitive. Some psychics use tools such as the Tarot, Astrology or runes to assist in their readings.
Runes are a divination tool used by some psychics in much the same way that astrology or the Tarot is used. They generally consist of clay tiles or coins with an inscription from the Runic alphabet.
A member of society (priest, magician, spiritual healer, medicine man, etc.) that acts as a medium or negotiator between the physical world and the spirit world using ritual-like practices and chanting for the purpose of healing, predicting or controlling natural events.
You’ve probably heard of crystal balls – scrying is a fancy name for concentrating intensely on a shiny surface to induce Clairvoyance.
The soul is the immaterial part of you that dictates your mind and personality. Depending on your particular beliefs, the soul can live on through many incarnations or exist on different ethereal planes. Soul to many is synonymous with Spirit.
Spirit Guides are non-physical entities which tend to be either highly evolved beings or the spirit of the dead. The purpose of these entities generally includes protecting an individual, assisting in spiritual development, or as a source of inspiration. Many psychics utilize the help of spirit guides in their readings.
The belief that everything and everyone in the universe is connected by a universal force and therefore there is no coincidence. The famous Swiss Psychoanalyst, Carl Jung referred to synchronicity as meaningful coincidence.
A form of divination using a deck of 78 cards that depict images and symbols based on the Universal knowledge of humanity, including personality types, life cycles and experiences. It uses archetypal behaviour patterns and the laws of synchronicity to reveal to the past, present and probable future of a particular situation.
The combined memory and inborn knowledge of all human experience. Carl Jung categorized it into recognizable archetypes, personalities, situations, images and metaphors that recur consistently throughout mankind’s existence. He was fascinated with the Tarot because of its depiction of human nature and its use of synchronicity to divine the future.
A spiritual discipline for achieving a state of perfect insight and tranquility through focused concentration, meditation, postures and controlled breathing. The liberation from suffering through enlightenment is a common goal of all branches.