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Response to article “Are We Creating a Paranormal Drought”

by Eilfie M. E. 

I posted a response on my Facebook page, but it was getting too long and I had too much I wanted to say. This article brings up so many good points that should be discussed in the community as a whole. 

Here is the article I am bouncing off of and will be quoting in bold in post.

“I have a theory, and I would be interested in knowing if anyone in the paranormal community agrees with me. Is it possible that some places have been hunted too much?”

I think yes and no. I do think the big locations  to hunt are possible being over done. I agree, that when you have a large amount of people stomping around you really can’t catch definitive evidence. You can possible have personal experiences, but nothing that can hold up to any scrutiny no matter how sure you are that it happen. The author Charis gives great examples of this. 

Places like Gettysburg are one of many hot spots for ghost hunting today, with advertisements for ghost hunts, ghost walks, and haunted B&B then ever in the historic town. Seems like you can throw a rock and hit or pass through a ghost. How much of this is really a haunted town or the wanting for it to be a haunted town. Could this be where the idea that the haunting has a shelf life come in. We don’t know how long a residual can last before it is esencially written over by other events. The places could have been very haunted at one point, but not as much now. It has been a couple of years since I was last investigating in Gettysburg, so I am not sure. 

This article also in a way brings up the topic of the semi new growing business Side of ghost hunting. Supply and demand. Locations make profit off of being haunted. The top places are Usually perfect settings for a ghost to be wondering around. We expect them to be haunted, but does that mean they are? You read the stories and hear the history and build up the images of the most horrendous things possible in your mind before even setting foot on the location. I am not saying these places aren’t haunted, but are we maybe expecting too much. Just because the living can run the building year round doesn’t mean the ghosts want to. 

We go to these locations and expect activity. We pull energy from the place with the excitement and adreline rush of being there, but do we put any back into the place. The ghost aren’t dancing monkeys  for our amusement. They are either spirits of the once living, imprints, or something we just don’t know yet. Do we need to put energy back into the location or allow it to recharge or reset for a time?

I was recently exploring the world of Paranormal Podcasts and came across one called Stirring the Cauldron by Marla Brooks. In one of her episodes she contemplates the question, “Do haunted locations have a shelf-life?” During that episode, she tells of an experience she had in which she asked medium David Wills the reason the famed Winchester House was devoid of spirit activity. His answer is quite enlightening. He told her the spirits were still in the house, but they were bored with the endless parade of paranormal investigators. They aren’t impressed with us or our attempts to get in contact with them. Her guest Brian Patrick implied they may not want to perform for us like monkeys endlessly beating the drum to our endless inquiries: “Are you there?,” “What’s your name,” “Do you know you’re dead?” etc.”

EVP sessions are one of the biggest methods to trying to gain evidence. The same questions in the quote are repeated all the time. We are all guilty of it. This might be because we are not sure what to say  to thin air making the one sided conversation feel strange. Though Who would want to talk about there own death, when they can rarely talk to anyone. Maybe they just want to have a human conversation. We don’t know if they are conscious or just sound bites of the past at times. We should place ourselves in there spot. If you could finally talk to someone after not having any human contact for years what would you want to say or be asked? 

What could be happening is just us over looking activity. When you have so many people in one area, a small thing could happen but is over looked due to too many distractions at that moment. We also have to remember to speak up to anything we experience, especially if a recorder is running at the moment.  large things are more expected to happen like doors banging and furniture sliding across the room, but is it possibly harder to do. We don’t know what causes it or allows spirits to do it. A knock bang  or pop might be all they can do. We have theories, but they are still just theories. And don’t whisper. We have this automatic need to whisper when it is dark or night in a building. Unless people trying sleep you don’t need to whisper. I have done it myself



  • Should we reevaluate why we are going into these locations.
  • Are we expecting too much from these locations
  • Should locations have down time to recaharge or reset if that is the possible cause.
  • Should the number of people at a location at a given time be reduced.
  • How do we become more aware of our surroundings during a ghost hunt both for activity and other people. 
  • Is this truly a concern, have other people or groups notice this drought in ghost hunting.


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Hecate, Goddess of the Night, Crossroads, and the Dead

Hecate a Goddess of the night who stands on the edge of the city of life, she stands at the crossroads leading to unknown lands. The dead are laid to rest in her realm, wild dogs roam scavenging what is tossed away. She speaks to the restless spirits that roam outside the walls who have found no peace. Light and dark, life and death, mundane and magick intersect in her land.

 

She is strong and silent, speaks only when she has something important to say. Her presence is often all that is needed to get the point across. The dead come when she calls like a siren to move them along from any earthly ties to what awaits them. Her approach can be kind or harsh, but always because she knows it must be down, or no change will happen.

 

Hecate can also help the living move past difficult ties as well, but with a similar approach as with the dead. She can be kind or harsh, but never sugar coats words or actions. Though she holds the lantern to light the path, one must take the steps along the way for change to happen. She does not suffer fools lightly, but will be patient to a point if they are sincere.

 

On this day of Samhain (Halloween) that is the fall harvest, to celebrate life before the cold drives us in for the winter. It is also to remember those who have past before us, and celebrate there life as the veil between thins and spirits roam. This night, to remember and celebrate, setup a dinner setting for the dead. A favorite food or a small meal of what you will be serving that night to include them in the festivities. 

 

Possible food Offerings

– Bread

– Apples

– Cheese

– Honey

– Milk

– Squash

– Wine

– Beer

– Chocolate 

– Fruit

 

On this night, if you wish to honor Hecate as well. You can leave offerings for her either at a crossroads (not a busy road) or at your front door entrance, since she is also a Goddess of the gateways. You can also light a candle in her honor and place offerings around it.

 

Symbols and Offerings to Hecate

 – Crossroads

– Keys

– Doorways/Gateways

– Dogs

– Owls

– Horses

– Snakes

– Torches/Lanterns

– Black candles

– Bread

– Honey

– Wine

– Milk

– Fruit

 

If you have problems or things in your life you are having trouble working through. Take a piece of paper and write down the problem you wish to work through and as you make your dedication to Hecate ask her for help. Be sure that you wish her help since Hecate rarely takes the easy and simple route, and hardly painless. Once you have finish, fold the paper and place it under the candle, light asking for her blessing.

A symbol to carry with you as a reminder of Hecate or charged to her is a iron key. This is in connection with her ties to the gateway between life and death and change.