Jan 262012
 

The origins of Halloween have been detected in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the Roman festival called Parentalia but is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an). The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.
The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year” or “The Feile na Marbh” -“The Festival of the dead” which took place on Samhain.

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits both harmless and harmful to pass through. The family’s deceased ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the festival bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All Hallows Evening, that is, the night before All Hallows Day which is a day set aside to honour Saints. This may seem a little confusing to some to have monsters and devils running around partying and celebrating the darker more macabre side to life just prior to honouring holy men and women but it is a tradition none the less celebrated by countries all over the globe.

So no matter if your personal beliefs are sacred, secular, or pagan, Halloween holds mystery, suspense, fear, ghosts, and thankfully… candy for just about all of us. Summer has ended, the harvest has been brought in, and winter is surely coming. Candlelight will dance in carved jack-o-lanterns, and more than 2,000 years of history remind us that for this one day, the dead, witches, goblins, monsters and fairies will walk among us.

Jan 262012
 

Season’s greetings, guys and ghouls. Hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday season! Time to learn a little more about this strange little profession of ours.

One of the most common claims heard in relation to paranormal activity is frequently seeing “something” out of the corner of one’s eye. There are of course many possible explanations for this phenomenon, but this Ghost Post is going to look at one of the more esoteric explanations: sound.

So, how can sound cause you to see things that aren’t there? It’s really only a specific type of sound called infrasound. Simply put, the human ear can perceive sounds 20 hertz or more in frequency. Infrasound are sounds that are below 20 hertz. Humans don’t consciously perceive these sounds, but they are still there. Infrasound can be produced by types of weather, natural disasters, animals, and even some machinery such as diesel engines or subwoofers.

So, how does infrasound tie into the paranormal? Let’s look at the story of Vic Tandy. Tandy, a lecturer at Coventry University, was working alone one night in an allegedly haunted lab. He suddenly found himself feeling anxious, and noticed a grey blob out of the corner of his eye. When he turned around, there was nothing there. Investigation by Tandy found that a fan in the lab was giving out a frequency of 18.98 hertz. The resonation level of the human eye is 18 hertz. Tandy realized what he was seeing was just an optical illusion from his eyeball resonating! Infrasound, like excessive EMF, has also been found to cause feelings of fear or awe, leading to the employment of infrasound in films such as Paranormal Activity.

So, next time you’ve think you’ve seen a figure, remember infrasound, and explore beyond possible visual explanations!

 Posted by at 9:47 pm
Jan 262012
 

Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, belief in vampires and bloodsucking demons is as old as man himself”, and may go back to “prehistoric times”,the term vampire was not popularized until the early 18th century Vampirism is the practice of drinking blood from a person/animal. In folklore and popular culture, the term generally refers to a belief that one can gain supernatural powers by drinking human blood,regardless of whether they are undead or a living person.

The original vampire was not like the sophisticated, suave European aristocrat that we know of today. The vampire, at its origins, was a monster. The bloodsucking Akhkharu is mentioned in the Sumerian mythology and later
vampire-like spirits called the Lilu in Babylonian demonology. These female demons were said to roam during the hours of darkness, hunting and killing newborn babies and pregnant women. One of these demons, named Lilitu,
was later adapted into Jewish demonology as Lilith.

Vampires do not age, except on some occasions when they have been deprived of blood for extended periods of time. However, the vampire will be rejuvenated when as soon as he gets fresh blood supply. Most of the vampire’s powers increase over the centuries with age and experience.  These centuries-spanning creatures may eventually become Vampire Regents or Elders, who are capable of even greater feats than the common vampire. Dracula is considered as the Master of all Vampires but it is unsure if he was the first vampire on earth. Most vampires acquire superhuman strength anywhere from three to five times as great as they had in their mortal lives.
Moreover, a vampire’s speed, agility, and reflexes are up to five times as great as they had in their mortal lives. All vampires possess acute hearing (equivalent to that of a wolf) and night vision, enabling them to see with better than 20/20 perceptibility in total darkness.

As a vampire grows “older” over the years its strength can increase, and the strength level of Vampire Regents can be 10 – 20 times stronger than they were in their mortal lives. the vampire can control the will of humans through a form of hypnotic, even to the point of inducing a catatonic state and amnesia. This power explains why victims often have no memory of being attacked. Victims bitten by a vampire are much easier to control, requiring little – if any – concentration from the host-vampire. Similar to the vampire’s ability to mesmerize the lesser minds of humans is their innate ability to summon and control various “lower” nocturnal creatures, such as the wolf, bat, and rat
if they are somewhat local to the vampire’s area.

 Posted by at 9:42 pm
Jan 262012
 

There are many factors which may contribute to the paranormal phenomena and hauntings. Here I will give you a few key elements that we as paranormal investigators look for.

Unexplained Noises: Footsteps, voice (in real time as well as on recording), knocking, banging, scratching, etc. There sounds may be quite prominent or can be very subtle.

Hot/Cold Spots: Are areas that seem to be drastically warmer or cooler than other areas of the location with no evidence of drafts or logical explanations for the difference in temperature. Often time’s spiritual activity is accompanied by a change in temperature most notably cooler temperatures.

Electrical oddities: Have you witnessed lights or other electrical appliances turn on or off seemingly by themselves? Most commonly affected are lights, televisions and radios

Misplaced/Lost Objects: This phenomenon is something’s referred to as “the borrowers” phenomenon. Have you placed an object in a specific location only to have it move by some strange occurrence? Or moved back to the original spot the next time you look for it?

Shadows/Visual Anomalies: Have you been prone to shadow sightings whether peripherally or dead on? Do the shadows take shape or imitate human form?

Feelings for fear or being watched: Do you often feel like you are not alone? Do you feel afraid or threatened for no apparent reason?

Strange Animal Behaviour: Do your have pets that seem to react suspiciously without reason? Dogs that bark or growl at an empty corner? Cats that won’t enter a certain room?

If you are familiar with any of the aforementioned activity the most important thing to do is to stay calm and monitor these behaviours. Keep a journal and track all phenomena that occurred. The next step would be to try and establish patters and find logical explanations for the phenomena. Determining if a haunting is occurring is sometimes a difficult task, if you have questions or require additional assistance, please contact us.