Beyond the Veil
Some believe in ghosts; others do not.
There are those that hunt ghosts (& otherworldly beings).
So whether you like ‘real’ ghost stories, watching paranormal shows, or Ghost *Hunting Adventures (like the way I did that?) yourself I do hope very much I will be able to fit it all here!
*I do not Watch Ghost Hunters they bore me & put me to sleep.. Ghost ADventures on the other-hand is much creepier to watch as well as more interesting.
Politically Correct terms
For our world that sometimes seems to have to be so P.C. (Politically Correct)
Spirits not ghosts or you can also call them
Types of Spirits
Manes- in Roman culture deities thought to represent deceased loved ones
Banshee – from Irish/scottish mythology usually seen as omen of death.
Ghoul- They are parasites and scavengers eaters of carrion
Kelpie – Supernatural Waterhorse
Wraith- apparition seen of a person just before their death
Phantasm- something heard but not seen
Phantom-Physical manifestation of a deceased person
Poltergeist – a MALEVOLENT troublesomely destructive spirit that creates chaos and mayhem. See the movie & you’ll get the idea!~
Revenant – a revenant is normally like a half breed vampire. When a person is bitten but has not died yet sort of like Part human, but somewhat ZOmbie looking but drinks blood like a vampire.
Shade- litarary & poetic mythological word for a spirit.
I have a copy of this I read a few years ago, I will have to search my files to see if I still have a review for it. The cover image has 2 ‘ruby’ like stones for the eyes and is a very thick heavy hard cover with glossy pages.
The anthology comes with, to mention a few stories…from The White House, Alcatraz, Hell house of New Orleans, and Amityville. In Europe there’s the tower of London, Theater Royal, The lady in Black in Poland, Castle of Ghosts in Denmark there are other stories from the Caribbean, Australia, Africa and Asia as well Buy Now
The Legend of the Banshee
A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology who heralds the death of a family member, usually by shrieking or keening. Her name is connected to the mythologically-important tumuli or “mounds” that dot the Irish countryside, which are known as síde in Old Irish.
The legend of the Banshee I know of may even be two together. I know they usually look like a hag in white with long flowing white hair. Banshees are a death omen they are sometimes locally called in Ireland Boheentha or Bankeentha with a lengthy mysterious past so much so the toots cannot be found.
From the Banshee Mythology I know of The banshee was once a human woman who’s heart was broken and with that first wail of heartache turned into a banshee. When one hears the banshee wail it foretells of death for someone within the house that hears it. Sometimes it’s a whole family, sometimes just one.
The most famous of ancient times however was attached to The house of O’Brien Aibill who haunted the Rock of Craglea above Killaloe near the old Palace of Kincora. The method the banshee used in the past is much different from her current wailing (and hand wringing) of our time, but then again as time goes on or in certain countries legends of horror tend to become more Disney Fairy tale. In the old Irish tales the Banshee was was found washing the heads and limbs or blood stained clothes til the water was all dyed with human blood. This would take place before a battle or likely in a dream.
Normally shown as a tall almost skeletal waif with long white hair floating around the shoulders and down her back, with long talon sharp nails and sometimes with a cloak of sorts with a hood. Sometimes her appearance is that of a young beauty, yet the most popular I’ve seen is that of the fearsome old hag. She utters piercing cries that make your blood turn cold and possibly make your ears run red with blood.
There’s an episode of the tv series Charmed in which Phoebe turns into a banshee.
The movie Dead by Dawn is of a Banshee ‘haunting’
Scream of the Banshee (2011) & Banshee!!! (2008) Cry of the Banshee 1970
a compendium of encounters with the supernatural reported and retold. The ghostly stories themselves are pretty good in this book and I love the old fashioned way they are told.
My own Ghost story
I can’t remember what year it was but i’m sure it was between 2004 – 2006, and between midnight – 2am. I was workingo n my computer at home typing soemthing or playing online and I started to hear someone talking, as if someone was in the ‘house’ (we live in a 2 family home in the top apartment) besides myself & family who was in bed. I turned around and from my desk I could see the rest of the apartment and if there was a tv on I would see the flickering from the rooms, NOTHING.
The ‘talking’ kept going on to the point I got up & started to listen to the floor, in both the living room & dining room, nothing coming from there either. Then I said maybe the cat walked over the clock radio in my parents room. I went over to the (as I call it) “bedroom wing” (which is my parents room on the left, the bathroom in the middle & my room to the right) nothing on in my room, nothing coming from the radio in mom & dads, but the ‘talking’ is coming from the room, only it’s not my parents who were sleeping and lightly snoring. There was a voice frantic sounding and I got a ‘flash’ like someone who is frustrated shaking their hands in front of them. This was coming from mom’s side of the bed and to me was like it was trying to warn her of something. I also took that frustrated flash as the disembodied voice being frustrated with mom not answering like ‘Why won’t you listen to me (or answer)’.
My reaction? I brushed it off in a way but thought it was creepy, but thought maybe somehow I can hear someone in the next house (even though it sounded like a live person in mine)
Back at the computer doing whatever I was, when interrupted. I go on with what I’m doing then I hear a voice and feel a presence behind me I so did not want to look, but I did nothing there I can see, but the talking now was coming from stright ahead past dining room and was either in the kitchen on the step down to the indoor porch or a foot away under the lamp on the porch. If there were a person there I would have been looking right at them, no body, not even some weird shadow or anything of the sort you usually hear about. That time I really got the creeps, enoguh to know that now I know how Scooby & Shaggy feels when that yellow stipe goes down their back. With not being able to debunk what was going on logically, I turned chicken and (can’t even remember if I shut down the computer) & went in my room to sleep.
The next morning at breakfast I told mom & dad of my err…’adventure’ and mom looked at me freaked out and told me it was my Aunt Elenor’s birthday (Yeah and she was dead for a few years even before that) So yo go figure.
My mother has had ‘experiences’ as well as other family members
…. Mom has told me she hears in the kitchen like near the doorway something as if a poker game is going on. We also sometimes see a black shadow in the corner of our eye & think my cat has come in the room and when we look she’s not there. Mom has even felt as if Sully jumped on her bed but wasn’t there, I have experienced that last part a few times as well, and she’s not there not even a trace that she opened the door to get in.
she’s told me Sully (my cat) she thinks is sometimes being chased by a pet spirit. One time Sully was eating her food or drinking water & turned around as if someone turns when they feel someone is sneaking up on them. She runs through the house Guano loco as if something is chasing her.
Sometimes I will see a shadow or something I cannot explain in my room, Sully also sometimes stares into a corer of the room and all I can think of is a certain part of that movie insidious with that red faced demon up in the corner of the ceiling.
I’ve smelled scents of perfume or cologne that should not be there, we don’t use even when its the middle of winter and none of the windows are open!
I don’t care what anyone says there is some sort (or more) presence in this house, sadly I do not have the equipment to test anything out.
October 2013 (one of the first 4 -5 days of the month, can’t remember which it was) I was watching tv or reading in my room and I saw in the corner of my eye ‘someone’ go into the bathroom or other bedroom. I saw it as a Black shadow like figure, human height. I thought it was my mother and I had said something or other to her but didn’t get an answer so I looked in the bathroom no one went in, and I looked in her room no one was there. Looked through rest of rooms and when she saw me she said What? (While looking at me with a literal face like I HAD seen a ghost.) So I tell her what was wrong and she says ‘;you saw an ABBARIDGEON?
Me Huh.. What!?(Laughing our butts off) Do you mean APPARITION?
My Aunt Rose (mom’s side of family) died when I was I think in grade school and I think I was alive when her husband George died, (even much little) So I think I just remember him in the funeral home. Anyway my mom said that before my Aunt Rose died, (I think my mom was there when Aunt Rose ‘saw’ this) she said she saw my Uncle George sitting on top of the dresser, mom said that’s when she knew my Aunt was going to die.
Another was when my Aunt Rose died, we got her train set that went around the tree. We had them out that year and at night Mom and I woke up as well as the cat and went to the living room to find that the noise we heard was the Train on. No idea how or why. I know you are thinking we didn’t turn it off or the cat somehow turned it on or a malfunction but we DID turn it off and as for a malfunction it only did it this one time! We checked it out the batteries and wires to make sure it wasn’t going to cause some sort of problem. Plus the cat was not near it, when I came out of my room he was sleeping on my parent’s bed.
My Grandma Clara (same side of the family) told mom she saw a black cat on the chair at the end of her bed. The weird thing about this is 1. My cat is Black. 2. Gram didn’t know what color my cat was, never saw her. 3. We couldn’t find Sully (the cat) for a long time the night before (when my gram says she saw a cat). 4. and the biggest weird part, is the cat didn’t die that night, she’s still alive and well as I wrote this.
The Midnight Dance or or as Neil Gaiman calls it The Macabray in The Graveyardbook an ancient line dance
Rich man Poor man come away
Come dance the Macabray
Time to work and time to play, Time to dance the Macabray
One and all will hear and stay
One to leave and one to stay and all to dance the Macabray
Step and Turn and walk and stay
Now we dance the Macabray
Now the lady in the Grey
Leads us in the Macabray
The living may not remember but the spirits do, and only the dead ever remember the macabray.
Stepping gravely in a slow procession of five in a row)
“Gracious Lady, this I pray: Join me in this Macabray”
Taking hands Living to dead stepping past the lines of dancers in which parted as they went through
Here’s the only video I could find of actual people dancing, but I think there was a little more to it than this.
Here it is being sung
A haunting we will go,
- Ghost Adventures Saturday at 9 est. on Travel Channel (re-airs at midnight est)
- Paranormal Witness (wed. at 9 on Syfy)
- Ghost Hunters (2016 last season)
- *Ghost Mine
- **Celebrity Ghost Stories saturdays on BIO channel
*No longer on air ** Not sure if the series is still going
is there any I’m missing?
I mean Ghost Hunting…
Ghost Adventures @ Bobby Mackie’s
It is widely accepted that high amounts of EMF increase Paranormal activity. Some elements like water (especially running), Limestone and wood are said to retain energy. Places with any or all these may have a high rate of haunting.
I was reading Zak Bagans book Dark World and he says that there needs to be a database for Paranormal Investigators to compare data, and identify patterns when cross-referenced. With the information a haunting may be able to be predicted
Here is the criteria Zak mentioned as well as other aspects I think need to be included
-Time & date (especially if it might be residual)
– Solar activity
-Proximity to water
-Surrounding materials of the haunting (type of building materials, Stones, wood, etc & type if known)
-also include audio/video & stills from each of the hauntings
My ideas to include is
– age of the building
– deaths in the building or traumatic event(s) in the general area
-Type of Spirit(s) reported at the site (‘Friendly/Protective. Mischievous, malevolent spirit or demonic entity)
-has there been a possession /Exorcism there
-Any EVPs and what class?
Catch up on the first few seasons of Ghost Adventures with the Amazon link provided?
Use a Ouija if you dare…
though they call it one, it is NOT a game! Even though the phrase to using it, is to ‘Play’ it.
We are used to seeing the wide rectangular shaped Ouija board made by Parker Brothers or Hasboro and sold in the toy section of stores.
They can be in the usual rectangle, or in a circle even triangles and ovals.
have a keychain Ouija board which even has a drawer with a mini Planchete in it!
Here’s one that has much detail
I have even come across Invitations while researching for this page (and the previously mentioned Ouija post from 2014
Take precautions to protect yourself & your ‘party’ as you should NEVER play alone nor in your home or a graveyard.
here is the Ouija wiki page
5 Rules & regulations to using a board.
-Always cleanse it before and after using it with White Sage
-never use it when you have negative or skeptical feelings. (Clear Heart and mind)
-NEVER EVER ask for a specific person (evil spirits and demons have been known to pretend to be someone else)
-ALWAYS make sure it says good-bye
-Never take your hands off the board OR let the planchette leave the board
This one http://www.dragonoak.com/Ouija-Board-Instructions.html from what I scanned is the best to heed (being as I cannot find the particular site I am looking for)
There are many different ways to make a Ouija board. If in a pinch you can even make it out of a sheet of paper, print this one out) or cut up pieces of paper. (just Burn after reading…I mean using it) For best results one… it’s always better to make your own(Wood, and Limestone work best) but for those that would rather just buy a ‘toy’ one. Ouija Boards Amazon Search . Be regardless be it you use the ‘toy’ type or make your own… The rules go for either!
There is one demon associated with the Ouija. I have seen this covered in a couple of Paranormal shows and have read a few Zozo Encounters stories on the web. But here’s is the Ghost Adventures episode dealing with ZoZo. Keep in mind, if you follow the rules you should not have a problem.
These dead scavengers are the parasites of the dead. They do not build but ‘re-purpose’ their city is called Ghûlheim was found long ago. No one knows who honeycombed the rock with tunnels and towers but no one but the ghoul-folk would have wanted to stay there or approach the place. -The Graveyard book Neil Gaiman
Ghouls are strong, move fast, swarm they eat the rotting corpses (at least after a few weeks) with their powerful teeth (but if they are rotting why would you need ‘powerful’ teeth?). Impervious to disease and illness so it matters not what rendered the poor person to die. They especially love the Plague pits.
There’s always one grave in every graveyard that is a ghoul gate. Wander one long enough and you will find the water-stained, cracked or broken stone, which may feel colder than the others tombstones to which the name is too weathered to read or completely gone. They are usually full of weeds or scraggly grass even covered in ivy plus they have that feeling of abandonment, repulsion and fear. You want to be anywhere else, but there. If a statue is on such a grave it’s usually headless or scabbed with fungus and lichens as to look like fungus itself. If it looks like the target for petty vandals (or any description above) Then that my friend is the ghoul gate of the cemetery.
Opening a Ghoul gate (if you dare) Skagh Thegh Khavagah
Closing a Ghoul Gate Wegh Khârados