Ghost Hunting Tips
Before the days of thermal imaging and recording devices, people used other methods to hunt for ghosts. They relied on their senses more, observing temperature changes, listening for odd sounds and watching for strange sights. They also used candles, and relied upon group members who were considered highly sensitive to help them judge whether they were witnessing a haunting or not. These practices are still useful for modern ghost hunters who do not have specialist equipment and electronic gadgets to aid them.
If you want to go ghost hunting without the help of modern technology, the equipment you require will be simple. However, you need to display a keen sense of observation and awareness. Take with you a pad and pen, matches, candles, a flashlight and a pendulum. If one of your ghost hunting group members happens to be psychic, all the better. You can also make use of talcum powder, wind chimes and a compass.
How to Use Equipment
Candles are useful when lit in a darkened room that is thought to be haunted. Ghost hunters can use the flickering flame to help them communicate with spirits, and to indicate a psychic breeze. Of course, natural draughts will affect the credibility of candles and need to be minimized.
A pendulum can also be used for communication, and as a means of tapping into your unconscious knowledge. You may not consciously be aware of subtle changes that indicate a ghost is present; however, this information may register on a deeper level and be transmitted via your wrist movements, which cause the pendulum to swing.
A pendulum can be anything from a weight on a string or piece of cotton, to a store bought product or pendant on a chain. The way it swings when held can give you simple yes or no answers to questions, or even indicate indecision.
The pad and pen should be used to record information. You may sense a freezing blast of air that is uncharacteristic of the temperature you expect to experience, and want to write down the exact time and place this occurs and circumstances surrounding the event. Likewise, one of the group members with you may see or hear something strange worth noting.
Talcum powder can be sprinkled in places you think are creepy, so that unexplained footprints can be observed, and a compass will react when electricity, which may come from a ghostly origin, is in the air. Chimes placed where no breeze is present gives ghosts the chance of making a noise to let you know they are there.
Using Your Senses
The types of sounds you may hope to hear when ghost hunting are scratching, moaning, wailing, heavy breathing, crying, talking or footsteps. Naturally, you will need to rule out possible origins other than ghosts for their cause, such as mice or other people in your team.
Signs you should be looking for are things you sense that are out of the ordinary, or cannot be explained logically. White lights traveling across a window could easily occur due to passing car headlights if you are near a road. However, if they occur in a darkened basement with no windows, obviously they deserve more attention.
When ghost hunting, if you are serious, try not to take anyone with you who is easily spooked, or a phenomenon known as group hysteria could occur, which will lead you to imagine that natural events, not of a ghostly origin, are signs of a haunting. If you truly want to discover ghosts, rather than go on a jolly outing and giggle and shriek, as highly-strung group members negatively influence each other, take only serious friends with you who will not scream merely because an owl hoots in the distance.
Ghost hunting without modern equipment can be just as much fun as taking electronic devices with you. Not having them can also free up your attention so that you can focus on what you observe, rather than fiddling with equipment.