An apparition is defined as the supernatural manifestation of the soul of a decease person or animal, typically referred
to as a ghost. Apparitions are visual experiences. Throughout history human beings have seen ghosts. Despite research efforts
there is still very little known about apparitions. They are the most compelling part of the supernatural field. The one thing
that is known about apparitions is that no two are exactly alike. They are as complex and diverse as each living person. Every
apparition will have it's own cause, origin and meaning. It's up to the ghost hunter to analyze the facts of each case and
develop solid conclusions. To help the ghost hunter acquire a better feel for the kind of apparition they are dealing with,
apparition categories have been created. You will find that most apparitions will fit into at least one of these categories
or share characteristics with a couple different categories.
This type of ghost sighting is not actually believed to be a real ghost, but instead a visual “imprint” that
got left behind in the environment from a past event. These events typically include, but are not limited to, violent and
tragic events. What witnesses report seeing is the continuous replaying of past events exactly as they happened. The ghostly
scenes are played and replayed with both picture and sound. A particularly strange aspect of atmospheric apparitions is that
the visual picture fades down over time. As the years pass the ghosts are reported to become more and more transparent until
there is no picture left at all. Over time, the sound too eventually fades away.
The most popular theory for atmospheric apparitions is represented in the field of quantum physics. Light particles become
suspended in the atmosphere where they remain dormant in the environment until an outside variable stimulates them. Once stimulated
the light particles vibrate in the atmosphere. Witnesses then see the frozen light particles vibrating creating a holographic
vision of the past event. There are certain conditions needed for this phenomenon to occur that supports the particle imprint
theory. The area must be indoors or where weather conditions cannot interfere. These apparitions can only be seen from a particular
angle and at the proper distance. This means that ten people may be in the same room and only a few will be able to see the
These apparitions are one step up from the atmospheric apparition. They typically haunt older homes and appear in solid
forms acting natural. They are always dressed in period clothing and do not speak, communicate or acknowledge the presence
of the living. They are seen in more than one location of the residence.
Recurring apparitions are ghosts that occur in regular cycles over a period of time, usually once annually. This type of
ghost sighting is one of the most popular. The date of manifestation usually occurs on an anniversary date or a day of special
importance to the deceased. These apparitions can include both ghosts of people and animals. Reports of recurring ghosts include
individuals who have committed suicide, murder victims, and entire phantom armies marching across battlefields.
Modern ghosts are the spirits of present-day ghosts. Not all ghosts are from ancient haunted places or of two hundred-year-old
dead people. These ghosts are relatively new, looking and sounding like modern people. They still have all the same characteristics
as the older haunts, (strange noises, odd odors, cold spots, etc.). Of course as decades of time pass the haunting will become
more traditional and the apparitions will look dated. The times and styles will continue to change but the apparitions will
Crisis or Death Bed Apparitions
These apparitions appear to loved ones or close friends just before or soon after their death. They are very common ghost
sightings that almost never occur after more than four days after death. Crisis apparitions are most popular during periods
of wars were hundreds of cases of the appearances of dying or dead service men thousand of miles away are reported. The crisis
ghost appears one last time to fulfill a promise, say a final goodbye, or express eternal love to help ease the sadness of
death for the living left behind.
These spirits attach themselves to a particular family, thus the name, family apparitions. They will haunt every member
of the family through each generation until the family line comes to an end. These ghosts include the spirits of deceased
family members and animals. The appearance of these ghosts usually signals that someone within the family is about to die.
Usually there are no prior health problems until the phantom manifests, then family members suddenly fall ill and die or become
the victims of some other untimely death. These apparitions are considered to be dark omens and are the hardest ghost to get
rid of. All charms, spells and even exorcism fail. It may be because these apparitions are not actually causing the deaths,
just foretelling them in an eerie manner. The only escape known for this haunting is the end of the family line.
Haunted Objects and Object Apparitions
Haunted objects can also be referred too as cursed. This supernatural phenomenon is one of the strangest most puzzling
enigmas of all the haunting styles. Most haunts have a ghost at the center. When dealing with haunted objects the question
must be, “how are these objects haunted.” They were never alive and are void of any soul. Some haunted objects
are spirit associated, meaning that the ghost of a past owner who had a powerful emotional tie to the object now haunts the
objects. Still, other objects leave no clue to their curse and appear to have a life of their own. In the presence of haunted
objects witnesses report all types of strange occurrences like bizarre sounds and lights coming from the rooms where the objects
are stored. The objects move when no one is touching them. Dark apparitions are sometimes seen near the objects. These haunted
objects can include almost any possession; jewelry, collectibles, wall clocks, and furniture are some of the more common haunted
There are also object apparitions. Reports of the ghost like sightings of objects like swords, books, lanterns, etc. Ghosts
or spirits cannot possess objects, but they can haunt them. There is a difference.
Modes of Transportation
These are the manifestations of non-living vehicles such as cars, trucks, busses, bicycles, carriages, trains, airplanes,
and ships. There are almost always associated in some way with a violently tragic demise where hundreds of people may have
died as a direct result. The emotional imprints left behind in these kinds of horrible events are so strong that even pieces
of the wreckage can become haunted or cursed. These vehicles are seen traveling back over their last routes in the reenactments
of their final seconds. They can be dangerous apparitions because of the fact that most people who see them are themselves
traveling in a vehicle. Witnesses sometime panic and sometimes wreck as a result.
These are ghosts that are not seen visually, but can be photographed. Most people are unaware that they have taken a picture
of a ghost until they develop the film. The ghosts appearing in photographs may appear in slightly transparent grayish forms
wearing period clothing, or more commonly as bright white patches of concentrated energy. Blurred areas and unexplained smears
on only certain areas of a photograph are believed by some to be caused by a nearby spirit. This phenomenon has taken a new
twist over the past fifteen years with the revolution of the personal video camcorder. Ghosts or phantom like images have
been recorded accidentally by regular everyday people and by experienced ghost hunters.
The strange occurrences of out-of-body apparitions are when people report seeing the ghost of someone whom is still alive
and could not have been nearby at the time of the sighting. These apparitions appear in very much the same form as a regular
ghost. They can be solid or transparent, acting similar to the real person. The person whose ghost was seen is not dying or
for that matter is not even sick. They are perfectly healthy individuals who say they remember everything about their out-of-body
experience and give details that can be verified. Some people claim to be able to induce the experience at will, a kind of
spirit jumping. Because these apparitions can appear to people that may not know the individual in real life the apparition
may be mistaken for a more traditional ghost. It is said that if the living soul stays out-of-body too long then the body
will die and the soul will be left a wandering ghost.
Natural and Fraudulent Apparitions
A majority of all ghost reports will end up being false. This simply means that there is a logical and natural explanation
for the occurrences being mistaken for something supernatural. It's the ghost hunter's job to find and eliminate all rational
explanations. Once the normal possibilities have been ruled out the ghost hunter can then begin to investigate for more supernatural
On the other side of the mistaken ghost sightings are the fraudulent reports. Individuals may fake a ghost sighting for
any number of reasons. Maybe they are just trying to have fun and see if they can trick someone. Or this may be their way
of getting attention. It could be a publicity stunt. It could even be a case of mental illness or schizophrenia on the part
of the witness, which is not fraudulent. It's important for a ghost hunter to keep in mind that there are people out there
with the motives and technological know-how to produce a believable, fake ghost sighting. There have been cases of people
faking poltergeist activities with houses that have been entirely wired by their owners from basement to attic to produce
ghostly lights and sounds in any room on command. If the ghost hunter completes a thorough examination for logical explanations
a fraudulent haunting should be easy to discover. A seasoned ghost hunter with a couple dozen cases under their belt will
learn to develop a second nature for uncovering frauds.
Other Supernatural Explanations
There is always a huge list of natural explanations for producing apparitions and haunting conditions, however, after all
natural explanations have been ruled out there are still some other paranormal theories that have to be looked at. While these
explanations may be as hard to believe as the existence of ghosts for some people, they do have their basis from actual science.
Creditable scientist trying to explain some supernatural occurrences have put forth theories such as time-slips and psychic
echoes. Time-slips are moments where the past and present collide at one point. Anyone near the time-slip will be able to
see into the past. Psychic echoes is where sounds from the past have somehow recorded themselves onto the stones of buildings
and randomly play back like an old record. While these explanations are just as unproven as the existence of ghosts, they
are theories that still need to be examined.