CLASSES OF HAUNTINGS
Residual – The activity of reoccurring or traumatic actions from past events that leave an imprint on the environment. Like a recording on a tape, it will play the events over and over again. The entities involved in this residual haunting activity are not aware of their surroundings. This is not an intelligent haunting; there is no interaction between you and the entity. Example of a residual haunting is that maybe you hear music, singing or talking, but when you go to investigate the room or area you thought it came from, there is no one there.
Intelligent – These types of haunting are very rare, in the sense that they interact with people. The most common belief is that the ghost is connected to the site or people in some way. These hauntings are considered to be intelligent because communication with the living usually occurs. This ghost is best described as the spirit of a person who once lived and has stayed behind because of unfinished business or maybe they don’t realize they have died. They may also be able to make themselves known by slamming, opening and closing doors, affecting electrical devices; making strange sounds, creating unexplained cold spots and giving you a strong feeling of being watched.
Poltergeist – Poltergeist is a German word meaning “noisy ghost”. It is usually caused by a teenage girl going through puberty stages. During this stage, a young girl can suppress an extreme amount of inner energy. This energy can be projected, which can cause tapping sounds, the movement of objects, and lights flickering off and on.
Anniversary – Usually appears continuously over a week or two, same time every year.
The next two hauntings, I won’t be going into too much detail.
Demonic – Usually befriend you, foul odor, like sulfur.
Angelic – Scent of roses.
EVP classification or classifying electronic voice phenomena varies, as different EVP classification scales are used by ghost investigation groups.
EVP are ghostly voices recorded from typically within a haunted environment, and are not usually audibly heard during the EVP recording session. It is important to first understand that there are different qualities of ghostly voices, thus an EVP classification scale is important.
Classification A : A clear and distinct voice or sound that is universally accepted and undisputed, because it must be understood by anyone with normal hearing and without being told or prompted to what is being said or heard. It can be heard without the use of headphones.
Classification B: A voice or sound that is distinct and fairly loud. This class of voice is more common and can be heard by most people after being told what to listen for. It is usually audible to experienced persons who have learned the skill of listening to EVP. It can sometimes be heard without the use of headphones.
Classification C: A faint and whispery voice or sound that can barely be heard and is sometimes indecipherable and unintelligible. It may have paranormal characteristics, such as a mechanical sound. Most investigators would apply objectivity and disregard it, but may save it for reference purposes.”
Characteristics of Dust Orbs
Dust orbs and orbs caused by other environmental particles like rain or small insects are the most common. Many people who claim to have captured spirits on camera have actually taken a picture of dust. Dirt and dust particles are present almost everywhere. Simply walking through a carpeted room can stir up a variety of things that appear as specks and spots when photographed.
How do you know if an orb was caused by airborne particles? First off, any photos that were taken during rainfall should be discounted. Rain often shows up on camera as a series of bright circles or smudges, especially when a flash is used, making it impossible to distinguish any other kind of orb. Insects are also easy to identify. Anomalies that have an insect shape or a distinctive blurred wing pattern are most likely the fault of bugs.
Dust orbs can be a little harder to distinguish, but do possess specific characteristics. These orbs often appear fuzzy or blurred and can be quite large. Some have a bright ring around the outer edge, making the center appear dim. Dust orbs also rarely leave any kind of trail; that is, they remain stationary in photographs.
Characteristics of Spirit Orbs
Once you have ruled out atmospheric or environmental interference in your photos, you can begin to consider the possibility of spirit orbs. These orbs are distinctive from dust orbs in several ways. Unlike false orbs, spirit orbs have a substance and light source all their own. They appear solid and are often brighter than dust orbs, and can materialize in a variety of colors.
Another distinctive characteristic of ghost orbs is that they are sometimes captured while in motion. Moving orbs leave a contrail behind the orb itself, and this appears as a streak of light in the final photograph. Some lucky ghost photographers have captured groups of orbs in motion at night. The effect is as spectacular as it is spooky.
The bottom line when evaluating orb photos is that objectivity is necessary. Photos must be assessed with a critical eye in order to determine whether the orbs are genuine or were caused by environmental conditions at the time the picture was taken. If you believe that you’ve captured an orb on film, find a local paranormal expert or investigative group to look at your photo. Their experience with the paranormal will aid in determining the true nature of the captured orbs.
When starting, always note the date, time, location and what room you’re in. It’s very important during an EVP session to NEVER whisper to anyone, even yourself. Always speak clearly and in a normal voice so that we may discern our own voices from anything paranormal. If you hear a “natural noise” such as a car passing, air conditioning coming on, etc. make note of it in your recorder. If you make a loud noise by movement, coughing, etc. make note of that too.
Always give time between your questions. You want to ask a question and wait approximately 10-15 seconds before asking another or after someone else has asked a question. IF there is a spirit responding that cannot be heard, you want to give them time to answer.
Always introduce yourself at the beginning of the session. “Ask permission.” Keep it natural. Speak as you would if talking to a friend. Often times, a spirit is not aware of the fact they are dead. So you always want to speak in present tense.
We never provoke!!! This can be dangerous. Do not directly insult them.
Is there anyone here who would like to speak with us?
What is your name? My name is ________. Can you say my name?
How old are you?
What year were you born?
Where were you born?
What is your occupation?
Is there anything in particular that you would like us to know?
Where do you live?
Do you know who we are?
Do you know why we’re here?
How do you feel about us being here?
Are you here alone?
If not, who is with you?
Can you make a sound or knock to show us you’re here and where you are?
Can you touch one of us?
Do you know what the date today is?
Do you know what year it is?
Who is the President of the United States?
Can we talk with you again another time?
How many people are in this room?
How many people, including us, are in this room?
Assure them that we’re not there to make them leave
Is this your home?
How long have you been here?
Are you here all the time?
Why are you here?
What is your favorite room in the house?
Is there anyone else here with you?
If so, what are their names?
Are you happy with the people that are living here now?
Do you like the changes they have made to the home?
It may be a good idea to keep these questions in a notebook to take with you on investigations until you are familiar with the kinds of questions to ask.
A look at the science behind the ghost box to determine it’s credibility as ghost hunting equipment. The ghost box relies on AM or FM radio signals, some of which are supposedly manipulated by spirits. Essentially this is not exactly a ghost box debunked video because it also offers some suggestions that could prove the that the spirit box is credible as well as alternatives that should also work if the ghost box really does hear the voices of ghosts.