When ghost hunting there is a lot of terminology and equipment used. This page is designed to give you a little more knowledge on what the terms and equipment we use.
Terms and Equipment
Apparition - An apparition is a mysterious image of a disembodied spirit that can be recognized as a human or animal or object. They are the most rare type of ghost to capture on film. Ghostly human forms are the easiest to fake, especially with the advanced technology of computers. This makes it even more difficult to prove apparitions when using photos. Ghostly apparitions of ships trains, cars and other inanimate objects have been seen.
Cemetery Lights - Cemetary lights are bluish balls of lights that have been sighted after dark hovering over graves.
Cold Spot - A cold spot is an area in the haunted premises where the temperature drops by several degrees. The temperature can also rise in heat by several degrees indicating a possible fire in the past.
Ectoplasm - Ectoplasm is a solid or vaporous substance, which is produced by a medium during a trance to reach the deceased. Most reports of ectoplasm were revealed to be hoaxes. The medium would take cheesecloth and rig it to drop from a part of the body (the nose, mouth or ears). Some mediums even swallowed the cheesecloth and then regurgitated it later on during the seance.
Ectoplasmic Mist - An ectoplasmic mist will usually show up in a photo as a misty white cloud to indicate the presence of a spirit. The mist is not seen when the picture is taken. These mists can vary in color from gray, black, red and green.
EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) Meter - An EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) meter is a device that can pick up electronic and magnetic fields. It can detect any distortions in the normal electromagnetic field
EVP (Electrical Voice Phenomenon or Electical Visual Phenomenon) - An EVP (Electrical Voice Phenomenon or Electical Visual Phenomenon) is a method in which you can pick up a spirit's voice by means of audiocassette recorder or any other recording device. it is also possible to pick up visual images of a known dead person coming through computers and televisions when they are not on. What is the AA-EVP? The American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) is a nonprofit educational association that is dedicated to the support of people who are interested in or who are studying Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) and Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC). This web site offers examples, techniques and concepts concerning Phenomena. Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) concerns unexpected voices found in recording media. It is a form of after death communication. ITC is a newer term that includes all of the ways these unexpected voices and images are collected through technology, including EVP. Of the many hypotheses designed to explain these phenomena, the Survival Hypothesis has been found to be most effective in answering the evidence.
Ghosts - Ghosts are different forms of apparitions of deceased human spirits that can appear to any of our five senses. They can be seen as shadowy human or animal form. They can be heard and even emit a familiar or offensive odors. They are trapped between worlds.
Ghost Hunter - A ghost hunter is a person who seeks to find ghosts or haunted places to figure out why, or what type of spirit activity is occuring.
Haunting - A haunting is the repeated display of paranormal activity in a designated area. Some hauntings are thought to be poltergeist energy from a disembodied entity trapped in a certain location or by the energy left behind from a very strong tragic event or accident. Occasionally, hauntings appear to be an intelligent ghost trying to make a connection with someone on the earth plane to give a message.
Orbs - Orbs are globe-shaped lights of energy caught on film, usually during a haunting or other paranormal experience. Orbs are believed to represent the spirit of an individual who has died. They are made up of the life force that powered their body in life. They may vary in size, color, and density.
Planchette - A planchette is a pointer used with a Ouija Board to communicate with spirits, ghosts, or entities of a higher plane.
Poltergeist - A poltergeist is a noisy and sometimes violent spirit. The name "Poltergeist" has Greek roots meaning "noisy ghost." Known actions of the poltergeist are banging, thumping, moving objects, leitating, and causing fires. These same actions can also be due to and unconscious outburst of psychokinesis. More researchers of today feel that a lot of poltergeist activity is related to pyschokinesis, rather than ghosts.
Seance - A seance consists of a group of people sitting in a circle holding hands in hope of contacting the dead. The procedure is conducted by a medium who goes into a trance and is used as a vehicle for the deceased spirit to take over and communicate with their loved ones.
Table-tipping (Typology) - Table-tipping (Typology) is a type of communication with the spirit world through the use of a table. You start out with any size table and surround it with a number of people. Everyone places all five fingers lightly on the table. All together the group chants, "Table up, Table up." Usually will start to quiver of lift to one side. If someone in the group has strong energy, the table might rock back and forth or lift off the floor. At this point, a question may be asked with a response from the table tapping once for "yes" and two for "no." If there is a nonbeliever present, the table will probably not move. This type of entertainment can be dangerous and is not recommended to those unskilled in psychic science.