Wyrd terms

Here is my ever-growing collection of wyrd terms collected online, in books and in conversations. Getting familiar with these concepts and integrating these words in my vocabulary is part of my commitment to re-enchantment.

Downs

Rolling hills in southern England, The name comes from the Old English dūn (“hill”).

Genius loci

Protective spirit of a place.

Grim

Old anglo-saxon word for devil.

Hauntology

Refers to the return or persistence of elements from the past, as in the manner of a ghost, introduced by Jacques Derrida.

Kenopsia

The eeriness of places left behind.

Lych

Old term for corpse.

Numinous

A place rich with the presence of spirit.

To be innumined (hans poutianen) Becoming aware of the numinous nature of the landscape around us and the corresponding numinous qualities inside of us. This is where art meets magic.

To fathom

To measure with the width of your arms stretched, it creates a strong connection between the body and the space and the land. It is also the action of bringing somebody closer to your heart and embrace them in your arms.

Psychogeography

Last modified on 2021-04-10, published on 2020-10-19