Ghost Hunt Animation

This is just some of the basic things you need to know before you go hunting for ghosts. There are several good books that have a more in-depth look at ghost hunting, most of which can be found at larger book stores


"While yet a boy I sought for ghosts, and sped
Through many a listening chamber, cave and ruin
And starlight wood, with fearful steps pursuing
Hopes of high talk with the departed dead."
Percy Bysshe Shelly, 'Hymn to Intellectual Beauty'

The magnetic field surrounding the earth.
The tangible signs of a haunting, including tactile, auditory, olfactory, and visual. These can be measured in an investigation and can be used to support the evidence that a place is indeed haunted. (See also Apparition)
A person who channels a spirit, or through whom a spirit or entity communicates.
A rare phenomenon that appears ghostly but in fact is created by some scientifically known property of the present nature.
Interacting with the dead, particularly for the purpose of communicating or resurrection.
Translucent spheres of light which hover above the ground and dart erratically through the air. Many believe that ghosts prefer to take on an orb shape, as it requires less energy than other apparitions. They differ from ghost lights in that photographed ghost scenes show orbs as spherical lights (rather than a flickering flame), some with a nucleus, others transparent. If moving fast, a trail of light may appear to emanate from the sphere.
Original Momentum:
The initial force or energy necessary to create motion telekinetically.
Ouija Board:
A board with letters and numbers on which a planchette (or marker) is placed in order to communicate with spirits of the dead. Usually used in divination, it can actually be used to summon spirits other than those initially sought after. It is very difficult to rid an area of a spirit that has been conjured through a Ouija board.
Out-Of-Body Experience:
When one's consciousness exits the restrictions of the phyisical body (also called OBE).
Anything out of the normal range of explanation. Term is usually used in conjunction with ghosts, UFO's, and other phenomena that cannot be explained by traditional scientific theories and hypothesis.
Paranormal Group:
A group of individuals dedicated to discussing, investigating, or exploring possible explanations to hauntings and other paranormal or supernatural events.
Paranormal Research:
The syudy of phenomena currentyly considered unexplainable by the mainstream sciences.
An individual involved with or observing a paranormal event.
Phantom Animals:
Many corporeal ghosts take the form of animals rather than humans. It may be the benign spirit of a loved pet or faithful companion which appears to its master and is often seen performing a habitual act, such as lying in front of the fire or waiting by the front door. However, there are many sightings of strange and melevolent beasts such as ghostly black dogs, phantom birds, or horses.
Acronym for "psychokineses" see Telekinesis).
German for "noisy ghost." A paranormal manifistation that is generally centered around an individual (usually an adolescent going through puberty) in which objects disappear or are thrown about. The individual the phenomnon is centered around is called the epicenter. There is very little communication between the spirit and the epicenter, and many researchers believe that the cause of the poltergeist is actually a latent telekinetic ability rather than an actual spirit.
A theoretical doorway of energy, through which spirits may be able to enter or exit a location.
Possessed Objects:
Inanimate objects that move, change appearance, or make noise. Sometimes an episode occurs while a person is watching, or they return to find that a disturbance has taken place while they were away. They include vehicles such as ghost ships or phantom trains heard bumping along tracks that were removed many years earlier. This phenomenon is often associated with the influence of a ghost that is emotionally attached to a place or object and may be showing anger or diapproval of how the present-day occupants or owners have changed it. Ghost vehicles are often linked to a fatal accident.
Possession (of a person by a spirit):
The entry of a spirit into the body of a willing or unwilling host, in which the spirit takes control of the individual's motor and cognitive functions.
Seeing or knowing activity received from the future using ESP.
A psychic awareness of future events, often with a negative outcome.
Primary Readings:
The intial measurements of energy taken at a haunted location, used for establishing an investigation's direction.
A general, all-encompassing term for "psychic phenomena."
The use of physical tools to assist in accessing or interpreting one's ESP.
Phenomena rooted in ESP and spiritualism; also a person gifted with ESP.
Psychic Impression:
A form of idea or message that a percipient may encounter about an area, a person, or an event. Usually associated with precognition, retrocognition, or psychometry.
Recording: See Ghost.
Residual Haunting:
This is the playback of a past event, trapped in a continuous loop. It is often associated with past events involving great trauma and tragedy. A person is seen or heard performing a repetitive action—walking down a flight of stairs, crossing a garden, screaming in agony—at the same time or place and by many different independent witnesses. Researchers believe that it is possible for certain building materials to retain the energy of an event, and "record" it electromagnetically in a similar way to modern video or audio tape, and then replay the eerie fragment when the atmospheric conditions are right, or when a person who is especially sensitive to its bizarre energy passes by.
Seeing or knowing activity from the past using ESP.
An entity that comes back only a few times after death.
A meeting of indiviuals in order to contact the spirit of a deceased loved one or other person (usually consisting of a medium, assistants, loved ones of the departed, or other interested individuals). Many séances were exposed as hoaxes in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Shadow Ghosts:
Easily confused with normal shadows, these dark ghostly apparitions are often spotted at a distance or in peripheral vision, and are between two and ten feet long. They are often experienced as a small darting essence in the corner of the eye, or as a larger and more menacing humanoid presence.
The actual consciousness or soul of an individual that has passed on and continues to be observed in an area. There are four main reasons that spirits exist: (1) The person does not realize that he or she is dead; (2) there is unfinished business or an unkept promise after death; (3) the spirit is simply saying goodbye to a loved one; and (4) the spirit has returned to offer advice.
Belief in a spiritual world and/or the ability to communicate with spirits of the dead.
The product of numerous, seemingly unrelated variables joining to create a common event or remarkable "coincidence."
The process by which a mind can communicate directly with another without using normal, physical interaction or ordinary sensory perception.
The ability to control one's physical environment without using physical manipulation or force (also known as psychokinesis, TK, or PK.
The center of spiritual energy, where it is focused or concentrated. Usually accompanied by cold spots, electromagnetic disturbances, and increased paranormal activity.
A location where the known laws of physics do not always apply and space/time may be distorted.
Sometimes a person sees a loved one appear briefly to them, or hears their voice offering a warning or advice. The loved one needn't be a ghost; they are often alive and many miles away. In some cases these appearances coincide with the death of the loved one, or occur during a time of crisis for the witness.