As Wittgenstein pointed out ““Our language can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight regular streets and uniform houses.” so the word zone is itself a region (or zone) of this sprawling mass. The zones we are interested in here are those that are related to what are often termed ‘anomalous phenomena’, these we may refer to as ‘zonal phenomena’.

The zone appears where otherness begins to manifest. The zone has four primary modes of manifestation. These are the spatial, the temporal, the spatio-temporal and the mobile.

The spatial zones are thought to exist in particular places in which reside particular circumstances potentially uncaring for humans interest or otherwise in them. Humans notice such zones because anomaly seems to be common in or near them. Often identified as haunted, fairy inhabited or sites of UFO sightings, the phenomena, whatever they are, are local to a particular region.

Temporal zones do not occupy any particular place. These are regions of time in which our reality is exposed to zonal interference to a greater degree than other times. Twilight is a particularly obvious one, whilst some believe certain astronomical (or astrological) arrangements render existence closer to zonal influence, the full moon is a good example.

Spatio temporal zonal manifestation appears only at a specific place and time. The entrance to the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks was exactly such a phenomena. Magick is of course littered by instructions to do certain things at not only certain times but also at certain places. In this notion lies the spatio-temporal zone.

The mobile zone follows entities around. Certain objects/organisms generate zonal phenomena by their very presence. We should note however that the mobile zone has two manifestations. Whilst the former focuses on zonal fields that radiate from certain beings, the latter emanates from the conscious experience of a given NARP. In this instance the whole of their existence acquires a certain zonal hue and simply walking around in it is liable to result in zonal interference (synchronicity). This experience gives rise to the appearance of ‘levels of consciousness’ which may tune into the zone. The trance state of course is well known for occult associations and ability to facilitate zonal forces.

The agnostic disjunction of course is there lurking at the interpretation of every one of these zones. In the case of the strong physically experienced zones (entity manifestations, lights etc) the choice is often between believing the phenomena to actually zonal or believing them to be rationally understandable at some point in the future. In the case of more synchroncity like phenomena, the disjunction is between actual zonal interference and the already explained -confirmation bias, probability etc.

Cutting across these distinctions is the notion of the pneuminous and the umbratic. It is certainly true that the first three types of zone could be said to seem to be umbratic in nature. That is, there is something underneath the pneuminous (vector-conceptually mediated) appearance that is the actual cause of the phenomena. The umbratic postulates a restraining system of being that can be bent by the pneuminous under conditions not fully understood by ourselves but related to our desiring abilities of projection. Mostly though, the umbratic retains its power, this is why things generally hang together as we expect them to.

The notion of special places and times does strongly suggest such umbratic structures in play, however we cannot rule out the possibility that such the zonal power comes from deeply imbedded pneuminous accretive structures created by NARPs in certain places. As the ontology entails that the pneuma is free floating from the NARP, it is perfectly cogent for the pneuminous structures to exist independently in some spatial location. Hence sites of anomaly may just be sites where magickal rites have previously been made or something similar. A chicken and egg situation arises as we might ask as to why the original inhabitants chose the site; did they not do so because of its actual nature?  Such questions though degenerate into agnostic disjunction and we can go no futher. What we must be care to assert is that supposedly intrinsically zonal areas may themselves be NARP creations.

The inverse of course is true of any phenomena that appear purely pneuminous projections. Zonal objects may seem most likely to vectors with powerful accretions attached to them, yet it of course possible that they may be have some actual umbratic property that brings about anomaly around them -though admittedly this is only convincing for items like crystals where we might speculate some kind of umbratic force radiates from them; items like haunted/cursed/blessed cups or pens suggest only pneuminous accretive zonal forces in play.

Purely temporal zones can also be pneuminous. The example of twilight can be pneuminously rendered as a feedback. The vector that acquires the name twilight, does so on the between of dark and light, suggesting the concept of border and gap (the gap between the worlds). This vector region also possesses interesting light spectral effects (the blue hour) that can easily be interpreted as zonal. The pneuma’s ability to bend the umbratic means that the mass accretion attachment of this zonal appearance to the vector actually ends up creating zonal effects where originally there were not necessarily any -no umbratic influence. Of course the umbratic explanation might be true and the twilight might open an actual gap but this is not necessarily the case.

Mobile zones as emanating from NARPs most strongly suggest a mixture of both. The mobile zone as a state in which the NARP finds itself can be brought on by itself, with narcotics or consciousness altering work. Such zones often generate synchronicity like phenomena for the NARP and give a powerful sense of familiar reality being transformed into the zone. In this case the synchronicity effect projects the strong sense of pneuminous interference (as the conceptual power is so NARP contingent) whilst the alterations itself shows the aforementioned appearance of the level of reality being somehow changed -an umbratic suggestions.

No zonal manifestation appears as categorically umbratic or pneuminous but there are suggestions from within our experience that influence our interpretations of these phenomena.


Welcome to zonetology. The general description of the content can be found in the ‘What is Zonetology?’ page at the top. Writers (and readers) should note that Parasol, has not been abandoned along with the CEO but remains perfectly intact. Whether or not it remains the Journal of the CEO or becomes that of Zonetology remains to be seen.