vocab via Hartman

apotropaic, adj.
Having or reputed to have the power of averting evil influence or ill luck.

pataphysics, noun.
A notional branch of knowledge dealing with that which eludes scientific or metaphysical understanding (originally elaborated by the French writer and dramatist of the absurd, Alfred Jarry); the philosophy of the absurd. Also: (in extended use) pseudoscientific or pseudo-metaphysical nonsense.