Are you haunted? Perhaps, perhaps not?
|Pre-Checks||Signs of a Haunting||If you are Haunted|
Before calling in a professional investigatory team, do a few checks first…
Can Cause: Knocking. Banging. Rapping. Tinking. Plinks
It is a bit of a cliché, however plumbing can be the main cause of knockings, banging and vibration so it is prudent to check that all of the fixtures and fittings are tight and unable to move.
Can Cause: Flickering Lights. Nausea. Headaches. Illness. Depression. Mood Swings.
Is your wiring up to date, wiring older than 10 years can cause shorts, which in turn can cause your lights to flicker or turn off an on.
Also, aged or damaged electrics can give you headaches and cause you to see shadows and movement from the side of the eye.
Old/damaged electrics give off electromagnetic frequencies that can cause a range of health problems and side effects, from fatigue and anxiety to more serious problems such as brain tumours to chronic diseases like cancer.
EMF’s (as they are more commonly known) are invisible electrical and magnetic forces. Everything generates an electromagnetic field. The natural earth creates one, and so does the human body. By the way… You create an EMF of about 10 hertz.
You can purchase a simple EMF detector for around £50 but I would guess if your wiring hasn’t been looked at in the past 10-20 years then you could blame the wiring for those headaches, speedy movements and grumpiness.
Windows & Doors
Can Cause: Cold Spots. Drafts. Shivers. Temperature changes.
This is the simplest of all checks, do your windows & doors fit properly?
If your windows are single glazed, is the caulk around the edges of the panes solid, without and gaps, broken pieces or cracks? Is your double glazing sound, is there any condensation in between the panes?
Do your windows and doors actually fit their frames? Are there any gaps?
The easiest way to check windows & doors and for drafts is to light a candle and move it around the window to see if the flame flickers or moves like in a draft.
(In order of most common to least)
- Cold or hot spots
Cold spots are classic haunting symptoms, but any instance of a noticeable variance in temperature without a discernible cause.
- Unexplained noises
Footsteps; knocks, banging, rapping; scratching sounds; sounds of something being dropped. Sometimes these noises can be subtle and other times they can be quite loud.
- Unexplained smells
The distinct fragrance of a perfume or cologne that you do not have in your house. This phenomenon comes and goes without any apparent cause and may accompany other phenomena, such as shadows, voices or psychokinetic phenomena. Foul odours can happen in the same way.
- Feelings of being watched
It could have a paranormal source if the feeling consistently occurs in a particular part of the house at a particular time.
- Doors, cabinets and cupboards opening and closing.
Most often, these phenomena are not seen directly. You either hear the doors opening and closing, or you may return to a room to find a door open or closed when they were left in the opposite position. Sometimes furniture or ornaments have been moved.
- Lights turning off and on.
This can also happen with TVs, radios and other electrically powered items.
- Items disappearing and reappearing.
Others have called this “the borrowers” phenomenon, and it’s the familiar experience of not being able to find a regularly used item – say, your set of car keys – which you believe you placed in a spot you routinely place them. But they’re gone and you look high and low for them with no success. Some time later, the keys are found – in exactly the place you normally put them.
Sometimes they are not returned for days or even weeks, but when they are, it’s in an obvious place that could not have been missed by even a casual search.
- Cries and whispers
Muffled voices, whispering and crying can be heard. Sometimes it’s music from some unknown source.
- Unexplained shadows
The sighting of fleeting shapes and shadows, usually seen out of the corner of the eye. Many times, the shadows have vaguely human forms, while other times they are less distinguishable or animal-like.
- Strange animal behaviour
A dog, cat or other pet behaves strangely. Most commonly, dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a room they normally do. Cats may seem to be watching something cross a room.
- Feelings of being touched.
Some people feel something brush past them, something touching their hair or “a hand” on the shoulder. Some feel a gentle poke, push or nudge.
Very Rare signs of a Haunting
- Moving or levitating objects
Dinner plates sliding across the table; pictures flying off walls; doors slamming shut with great force; furniture sliding across the floor ect…
- Physical assault
Scratches, slaps and hard shoves.
- Physical evidence
Unexplained writing on paper or walls; hand prints and footprints.
Physical manifestation of a spirit or entity.
These phenomena are also very rare and can take many forms: human-shaped mists or forming mists of some indistinguishable shape; transparent human forms that disappear quickly; and most rarely, human forms that look as real and solid as any living person, but that disappear into a room or even while being viewed.
What do I do?
First of all, don’t panic.
First things first, once you are sure you are in the middle of a haunting, you have two options.
Option 1 – Call in an Investigation team.
An investigation team will gather information from you, your house and historical records to see what type of haunting that you may have. They look for rational and paranormal evidence for the occurrences you have been experiencing.
Option 2 – Do it yourself
If you know for sure you have a spirit or paranormal entity inhabiting your property you can try to get rid of it yourself.
*This is usually straight forward if the spirit was a person at one point in their life, however if it wasn’t or you have a vortex on your property then you may be causing a lot more trouble for yourself.
Here are a few links to websites that can give you instructions on how to cleanse a space of spirits.
Option 3 – Call in a Religious leader, Medium or a Priestess.
Depending on your belief system you my choose to call in a religious leader such as a Priest or Rabbi. If you are atheist you may want to ask a Medium or Pagan to come in and cleanse your property.
This course of action may be difficult, local churches may be wary about performing religious ceremonies involving evil spirits. In which case you may be able to get them to perform a simple blessing instead, which should do the trick.
Most of the time you will get better luck if you can show them some physical evidence which will help them convince whomever they need to clear their house.