Ouija boards are sometimes used by Paranormal Investigators who have no or little experience in them, please remember this before attempting to use one either in a professional group, alone or with friends.
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The EMF Meter is used by a lot of paranormal investigators at most of their investigations that take place. This meter is used normally to measure the level of EMF magnetic field radiation from power lines, computers, kitchen appliances, mobile phones, etc.
EMF meters are also called gaussmeters or EMR meters (electromagnetic radiation). They measure AC magnetic fields, one component of electromagnetic radiation – the meter gauges usually display between 1 and 5 milligauss.
When investigating an alleged haunted location, strong, erratic, fluctuating EMFs are commonly found. It seems these energy fields have some definite connection to the presence of ghosts. Whenever we locate one, a ghost might be present, although the environmental conditions will not allow the specter to appear to the naked human senses.
It is wise to always carry out a base line test first; this consists of an EMF reading taken at the beginning of the investigation from different areas of the room/land being investigated. If the investigation is to be made in a room then all 4 corners of the room and 4 wall centers will be measured from floor to ceiling. This is then recorded on a log so it can be compared to later if there is a noticeable changed in the atmosphere. (If any electrical appliances are present, in opperation or not, this is also noted).
This piece of equipment has proved to be very valuable to any one interested in the paranormal and would be quite hard to conduct an investigation without one.
Electronic Voice Phenomena
When investigating haunted locations you can use a procedure called an E.V.P (Electronic Voice Phenomena).
This is carried out by the use of audio tape recording equipment; this equipment is what people normally use for dictation (Dictaphone) or a standard tape recorder, which can be purchased from a normal electrical retailer.
Standard audio tapes are used for the recording of such sounds, and a new taped is always used rather than one that has already been recorded on. (This prevents any previously recorded information playing through tape and distorting the recording and giving any false recording information).
A new tape is inserted into the tape recorder at the beginning of the experiment and any noises that can be heard by the human ear are recorded i.e. central heating systems, machinery, clocks or anything that is on a timer. The location is then locked off. (This enables the tape recorder to record a true recording of any unexplained sounds in the location being monitored).
Upon completion of the experiment, which is usually between 45 and 90 minutes the tapes are then saved and played back when the investigation is over in a controlled environment.
Upon playing the recording back, this is usually done with the original tape (not a copy) with the use of an audio system with a tape counter, graphic equalizer and high quality headphones.
The tape is played back at a high volume to try and identify any sounds that may have been caught on the tape. If any unexplained noises are heard, the tape counter number is logged, and referred back to after the whole tape has been listened to.
The recording is then listened to again and adjusted by a graphic equalizer to try and reduce any background noises that have been recorded at the time of the investigation. (This then enables the investigator listening to the tape to try and identify any strange sounds that have been caught on tape).
Any unexplained sounds are then logged by the investigator and kept confidential. A second investigator then listens to the tape and logs the sounds that they hear in the same way. Upon completion of this the notes are then compared to see if each investigator has identified the same sound.
Most sounds that have been captured have usually been explained by a natural source. But sounds of voices, music and bangs have been captured on tape for which no explanation can be given.
Cameras are a valuable tool for investigating a haunting. They provide a visual documentation of the site and the phenomena occurring. Cameras are neither for nor against the supernatural allowing what we do not see with our closed minds to be photographed. When attempting psychic photography you should load the film into the camera on arrival of the investigation site, this will show the intention you have and by this recognition draw spirits to you. When taking pictures it is also wise to say flash to notify others in the area you are taking a photo. Psychic photography is best achieved during the hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., the most opportune time for you will be when you have the feeling something is near you or watching you, you will know that feeling. While photographing at the site you should try to avoid any unnecessary focus points that might have lights, poles or any other obstruction that will interfere with evaluation or determination of the photograph and it’s elements. All photographs should be cataloged with the corresponding negative for archival storage.
These days the most popular option of photography for paranormal investigation is the digital camera. These come in all shapes and sizes, these are a much cheaper option when viewing the photographs rather than having a whole film developed to find that you have captured nothing. By using this digital technology and the software available today, you can now enhance any photos which you have taken far easier than you could before.
The art of dowsing has been around for centuries, perhaps even thousands of years. It is the oldest form of divination known to man and has been used for a variety of different reasons, including searches for underground water, discovering the location of unmarked graves, determining the sex of unborn children and even locating ghosts.
How dowsing actually works remains a mystery, but it has proven to be uncannily accurate over the years.
To use dowsing rods to find ghosts, most dowsers recommend using two L-shaped rods that have been made from brass or some lightweight metal. Some dowsers even used metal coat hangers, so there is really no standard material. The rods should be about two-foot long and bent into an L-shape, which fits into your hand. Then, hold the short end of the rod so that the longer piece points outward, away from your body. The rods should be held loosely so that they have room to swing easily back and forth.
After that, begin searching the building or location. It has been suggested that it’s possible that by searching, and by concentrating on what you are looking for, you can find ghosts, anomalous energy and some say even dimensional portals, using dowsing rods.
Walk about the location and follow where the rods lead you. They are supposed to point in the direction of any energy they detect. Once you have discovered the energy source, the rods will cross, signaling that the area in question has been found.
These are a useful in investigations which may cover several rooms or a large area where team investigators may not be present. The average portable motion detector is powered by a 9 volt battery and will cover up to 30 feet. It emits an infrared beam which, when broken or disrupted, will cause either an audio or light emitted alarm to go off. Some portable motion detectors even have built in digital cameras.
A Torch is a must when on an investigation, but remember to bring spare batteries for everything. Due to spirit activity, batteries often run down very fast and you don't want to miss anything because of dead batteries. It is recommended using a flashlight with a red lens cover to help preserve your night vision. You can easily make your own with see-through red plastic or tape.
Batteries often run low during hunts so you may run out of them and still need a light source. Another good idea is a camping lantern that runs on lamp oil. Be careful using the candles around motion detectors, they will set them off.
You can use a digital thermometer that you can get for about £30 or spend a bit more to get a point and shoot thermal scanner. All of these are good for detecting cold spots that are often found in haunted places. It is recommended using the thermal scanner guns in indoor areas because they shoot out a beam that reads the temperature of whatever it hits. It's easier to keep track of areas indoors with this type. A regular digital or analog thermometer works better out side because it is detecting the air that is currently in, so if you hold it in a cold spot and then move away, you would get a temperature increase and that would give you a truer reading of the temperature difference.