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One term for an "out of body experience", where the mind travels outside the body. It is said the people often do this in their sleep, but don't normally remember it. Some people are able to do this at will, others cannot.
Source: in common usage


See "Time Shifting, below
Source: Aneria Romana's Psi-vampire page

Other terms: Time manipulation, Time Shifting, Phasing (Def. #2, below)


Centering is a way to gain self-awareness and learning what parts of the energy surrounding you is yours. This allows you to pay attention to your personal energy center, sometimes called your spiritual center, and gather all of your energy in one place instead of leaving it scattered all over. This is an energy-based "pull yourself together" method. Think of it like finding the most defensible room in the castle, the place where, once you go there you can't be forced out.
Source: In common usage


Terms meaning life energy. To my knowledge, "chi" is Chinese, and "ki" is Japanese. See "psychic energy" below for further explanation. See also "Prana" and "Psychic Energy".
Source: In common usage


"Clear hearing" - the ability to "hear" things beyond the range of normal hearing. This is sometimes used to include "messages from beyond the grave".
Source: In common usage


"Clear seeing" - the ability to see things beyond the range of normal vision. This is usually associated with precognition or retrocognition (both defined below). This is referred to as "second sight" if it has not been induced by drugs, scrying, trance or other artificial means.
Source: In common usage


The feeling that you've been someplace before when you KNOW you haven't been there. May also apply to events rather than just places. Sometimes this can include other information about the area, i.e., where the bathrooms are, but sometimes it's just a nonspecific"feeling"
Source: In common usage


The process of arriving at an answer to a specific question through the use of a particular device or method, such as dowsing rids, pendulums, "throwing the bones" or reading Tarot cards. People who use divination methods may (generally) be referred to as "diviners" or may (generally) referred to by their chosen divination method(s).
Source: In common usage


Dream walking can be compared to astral projection, except you enter the subconscious dreamworld of the sleeper. I suppose it's possible to manipulate the sleeper's dreams, but I don't often hear of it being done. I do know it's possible to observe, and possibly interact with, the sleeper's dreams.
Source: In semi-common usage


An empath is a person able to sense someone else's current emotional state. An empath is NOT a vampire type, regardless of how many people believe it to be, although there's certainly no reason a vampire could not ALSO be an empath - after all, I am.
Source: In common usage

Empathic Projection
Being able to broadcast a particular emotion to other people. This does not necessarily mean the person(s) will react to it, however. It just means that you can broadcast it to them.
Other terms: puppeting (Source: Final Fantasy 7 game, but used on a few message boards)

Empathic Overload
Empathic overload is similar to, but much more distracting than, regular "stress". Large crowds of people who have varying emotional states create mental chaos for the empath sensitive enough to perceive it, especially if they have not developed strong enough shielding to cope with it.

No, that's not a typo. Tele-Empathy - instead of communicating by thoughts, this is communicating by empathic means, using emotions instead of words. This is a more advanced or more experienced skill - it takes time to be able to regularly AND effectively communicate in this fashion.


A specific type of meditation designed to raise your awareness of your own body's energy flows. Typically meditation itself involves focus and concentration (i.e., focusing on your breathing - breath in, hold it for a moment, then breath out, being mindful of the path your breathing takes - reciting a chant or mantra, etc.) and mindfulness, sometimes referred to as awareness, in which the mind observes itself without becoming distracted. Energy meditations are a way to achieve mind/body integration and inner peace, as well as release subconscious blocks preventing you from using your energies to their fullest extent.
Source: Buddhist/Tantra practices


The pattern of energy, vibes, or the feeling that is unique to each individual; a person's psi 'fingerprint' identifiable in real life or astrally and oftentimes left behind long after a person has gone. Vampires have a particular quality to their energy signature, and those who can pick up on this can identify them as vampires if they have enough experience identifying it. An energy sig is different than a presence, though you can feel the presence of someone's energy, as well.

Vampires and other "otherkin" have a distinctive energy signature that is recognizable to those who know what to look for.
Source: In semi-common usage


ESP stands for "Extra-Sensory Perception" and was in VERY common usage during the New Age heyday of the 1970's and 1980's. I don't see it mentioned as often since many of the talents that fell under the "generic" ESP term then actually have proper names now, however it does still crop up.
Source: In common usage


A heightened awareness of your surroundings and people near you. This can be thought of as moving your awareness from just yourself to the area around you, or as moving from "first person" awareness to "third person" awareness like the views in a video game. Think of it has having eyes in the back of your head.
Source: Aneria Romana's Psi-vampire page


Grounding is a basic technique used in most energy or magickal work that assists in shedding the the negative or excess energy and allows you to stabilize your own energy levels. There are many techniques for doing so, and not all of them are visual in nature.
Source: In common usage

Other Terms: Ground state


In reality, when a person has this ability, it is more of a mild suggestion, a mental nudge, more than direct or absolute control. I.e., the subject can be "influenced" to look in another direction, or possibly move right or left, but not, for example, do weird stuff like performing the "chicken dance" in the middle of main street or hanging upside down from a lamppost.
Source: In common usage

Other terms: See "mesmerism", below.


This is a specific type of scan (see "Scanning", below) for feeling/scanning someone's energy signature or aura and comparing it to known "types" of people - i.e., ,vampires, specific otherkin types, etc. This takes experience - seeing other enough energy signatures of a specific type - to be able to identify them easily.
Source: Aneria Romana's Psi-vampire page

Other terms: Energy Pattern Identification (source: The Psion Guild), Pinging (source: common usage)


A link in this case is a psi-based connection between two or more people. This can be intentional - either from deliberate attempts to set up a link, or two or more people in love who develop some sort of connection over time - or unintentional.
Source: In semi-common usage


People who receive extra-sensory information by contacting the souls or spirits of the departed. Typically the "voice" of the departed's spirit is heard internally by the medium, who then vocalizes the message the spirit wants passed on. Those who do this while in a trance - Edgar Cayce would be an example - are sometimes called Trance Mediums.
Source: In common usage

Note: This is often used by scam artists, who claim to talk to the departed, but are really making educated guesses based on prior conversations with the victim. Anyone who's making a living doing this is most likely a scam artist.


A variant term for hypnotic suggestion - the term came from the name of the person who first popularized it, Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer. This usually refers to stage shows where the entertainer asks for volunteers and puts them through a mass hypnosis session.
Source: In semi-common usage


  1. Similar to astral projection, only you do not totally leave your body - only part of you does. You can send that part of you elsewhere so you can be aware of the surroundings of wherever you sent that small part of your awareness.
    Source: Aneria Romana's Psi-vampire page

  2. Another term for time manipulation (see below).
    Source: Semi-common usage


This term comes from India, and is another name for life energy.


This is a specific type of clairvoyance dealing with sensing events that may or will happen in the future.
Source: In common usage

Postcognition / Retrocognition:
This is a type of clairvoyance involving being able to sense something AFTER it has happened. Psychics that work with police departments most likely utilize this skill.


This is a common term to refer to psychic abilities, or the use of psychic abilities, by people who are more involved in dealing with things of a psychic nature. It can be used to refer to a (intangible) thing or state of being ("He is psionic" or "It's a psionic construct") or an activity ("it's a psionic attack").
Source: Earliest known sighting of the term "Psionic" is in Theodore Sturgeon's novel "More Than Human" in 1953.

Some people use "psychic" to refer to "fluffy bunny new age stuff" with crystals and tarot decks and that sort of thing, and use "psionics" to mean a purely mental effort with no external focus items or props.

Other terms: Psychic abilities, also used in place of "psychic" in a description


Any type of unwelcome paranormal or ethereal intrusion intended to cause harm to the recipient. Psychic vampire attacks are considered a form of psychic attack, especially when forced upon an unwilling victim. However, vampires aren't the only ones capable of using psychic attacks - anyone who's been trained (or has trained themselves) can also attack someone in this manner. There's a reason I have a link for psychic defense on my site. :)
Source: In common usage


A general term for the life energy which is found within and throughout all living things. This is typically the life-force that energy and psychic vampires feed upon, although some will disagree. This energy is also contained in blood and is believed by some to be an integral part of the exchange which occurs between a donor and a blood vampire. Some blood vampires are aware of this, some aren't and may not believe it if explained to them if they are that unfamiliar with psychic or psionic things.
Source: In common usage

Other terms: Chi, Ki, Prana, Pranic Energy, psi energy


This is the ability to receive impressions or information (visual or otherwise) from coming in contact with a physical object. The information picked up may be simple or complex, depending on the skill of the person attempting it, and the amount of impressions left on the object by it's owner. Something worn or handled constantly will have stronger impressions than something that's hardly been touched or is only handled regularly.
Source: In common usage


The ability to manipulate fire. This does not necessarily mean you can create fire from scratch, but rather manipulate or "influence" the effects of existing fire. The nature of fire itself is very volatile, and is not easy to manipulate even for experienced people.
Source: In common usage


Picking up information about a person, place or event at a location you are not currently at, and do not currently have information about through other scientific or technological metods. There are certain ways of doing this, sometimes called "protocols", that attempt to ensure that it is the remote viewing psi skill that you're getting information from, rather than any accidental scientific means.
Source: In common usage


Gathering information either on an individual or a group of individuals. This can be used in a passive manner to gather general information such as the physical condition, emotional state, an indication of whether or not the person is otherkin, etc. Compare it to using sonar or radar when locating things. Or, it can be used in a more active fashion (sometimes called a "deep scan") to attempt to acquire more specific information, such as why someone is ill. Done badly, an active scan can be painful (compare it to a rampaging wild animal in a glassware display) so real mentors like to be sure that their student know how NOT to do a scan. Nobody is 100% accurate all the time - everyone has "bad days" and "good days" for doing psi-based work.
Source: In common usage


Scrying is a divination method used to do things like foretelling the future or gather information. Other examples of divination methods include tarot decks, runes, fortunetellers using crystal balls, etc. Technically this refers to staring at a shiny or reflective surface to see things in the future or in the past.
Source: In common usage


When used with a capital S, even in the middle of a sentence, refers to seeing things with senses beyond the physical, to "See" what a person's aura looks like, for example, instead of to "see" what shirt they're wearing today.
Source: In semi-common usage


When used by psionic or psychic people in general, this refers to walls or blockages against mental attacks or mental distractions, either deliberately or inadvertently. These are typically used to keep one's mind/body safe, rather than a specific location (see "wards" below) but some people use "shields" and "wards" interchangeably.
Source: In common usage

Other terms: Shielding (typically refers to any shields a person currently has), Wards (if used interchangeably)


Telekinesis is the ability to move or manipulate objects with the mind. It is not always easy to prove this is a valid ability when things are small enough they could be moved by gravity, light breezes, or bad placement on a table. Often, many people who make headlines with telekinetic tricks find their results are disproved and turn out to have a mundane explanation. This is not to say that it's impossible - just that it is often particularly hard to prove.
Source: In common usage


The ability to communicate via thoughts. Telepathy typically implies two-way communication, but it is possible for a person to be only a "sender" or "receiver" via telepathy.
Source: In common usage


This refers to altering the flow of time - whether this is perceivable only to the individual(s) using the skill or not is difficult to say, however it IS possible to alter it to a degree where a 30 minute drive only takes about 15-20 minutes, and do it WITHOUT exceeding the speed limit.
Source: In semi-common usage


Often used to denote shields that are around a physical location, such as a house or car, rather than a person.
Source: In common usage


Used with a capital W, even in the middle of a sentence, it often refers to the process of manipulating metaphysical energy, such as prana or psi energy, or the energies raised during Wiccan coven or pagan ceremonies. In general the term Working, capitalized, refers to actual molding or utilization of the energy for different purposes, and so sometimes these actions do not have verbs of their own.
Source: In common usage



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