We are Pleasant Gehman and Crystal Ravenwolf, a duo of divination divas, absolutely obsessed with all things esoteric and supernatural. We’re life-long Tarotistas and have been doing paranormal investigations together for years. We created this blog to share our knowledge and to connect with the vibrant worldwide metaphysical community. We met and bonded in 2009 and the affinity was so strong, we haven’t looked back since! Both of us practice many forms of divination and metaphysical disciplines, including Reiki and energy healing, traditional magick, crystal work, pendulum and rod dousing, soul retrieval, mediumship, and more. We read cards for clients, write, lecture and teach together as well as working “solo”. As cray-cray as it might sound, we both work “day jobs” as professional belly dancers’ after our gigs we moonlight as paranormal investigators. Right now, we’re in the process of working on our book Walking The Tarot Path and the accompanying Tarot Alimah deck.
Since we’d love for this blog to be relevant for metaphysically and paranormally inclined peeps at every stage of development from absolute beginners to seasoned professionals, our posts will range from basic concepts and info that many of you are undoubtedly familiar with, to stuff that just might make your head explode!
In the past week, we did three paranormal investigations on three consecutive nights in Los Angeles. After posting footage from our ghost hunts on our Facebook page, we've gotten a lot of questions about the equipment we use... so we thought a blog post was in order!
The following is a list of some commonly-used equipment for paranormal investigations. By no means it is a comprehensive list of all the ghost hunting gadgets that are out there- that would probably fill an encyclopedia! The items listed are what we consider “the basics”. We’ve used all of these devices for years in our own paranormal investigations, and though they work well on their own, they’re even better when used in combination, providing more evidence of the supernatural.
The term EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena, or the recording of anomalous voices coming from an unknown source. EVP voices are often so subtle that they cannot be heard in real life, but by using an EVP recorder (or sometimes even a tape recorder, mobile phone or electronic voice memo) these voices can be captured. During a paranormal investigation, the typical protocol is to turn on an EVP recorder or other recording device, ask a question, and leave a space to hear an answer. During an investigation, these recordings are marked by the investigators with the date and time. Also, it should be noted on the recording whenever there is any audible background or ambient noise (such as wind, traffic sounds, or a dog barking) or noises made by the investigators themselves, such as footsteps- or even a growling stomach!
EVP recordings do not register during a taped or filmed recording while they are happening; they need to be listened to in playback, and often are not audible unless the recording is enhanced. However, EVP recordings frequently yield intelligent responses to questions asked by parapsychologists.
K2 METERS/ EMF DETECTORS
EMF stands for “Electromagnetic Field”. EMF detectors show the fluctuations and changes in electromagnetic fields by lighting up. This is an essential device that every paranormal investigator should have because it functions as a visual representation of anomalous electromagnetic energies. The K2 Meter uses what is known as broadband pass technology, enabling it to be more sensitive to a wider range of frequencies and also to pick up RF or radio frequencies. There are ranges of lights on the K2 meter that illuminate according to the power of the EMF or RF fields.
Since these devices pick up electronic fields in a varied range of frequencies, we use them to scan the room or space we are investigating before we begin actually hunting for ghosts, because both the K2 and regular EMF detectors typically register higher near the common types of electronic equipment found in residences, such as computers, stereos, television sets, lighting fixtures or hidden electrical wires within walls. If we are getting high readings near those types of locations, we know to take that into consideration when we are investigating. Typically, when spirits are present, the electromagnetic field becomes disrupted, and if we’ve already swept the room or investigation space, once we get spikes on the EMF and/or K2 meter, we’ll know that we are probably dealing with a spirit as opposed to a field emanating from, say, a cell phone, iPod, lamp or power strip.
The man credited with the creation of the Spirit Box ( sometimes called “Frank’s Box) is the late Frank Sumption, a modern pioneer of ITC or Instrumental Transcommunication. In 2002, Sumption rigged a radio to create his Spirit Box. Before Sumption, there were a variety of instruments or appliances that were altered by users to communicate with the dead, including vacuum tube radios, phonographs, reel-to-reel tape and even 78 RPM records…dating back to Thomas Edison, who was reputed to be obsessed with spirit communication!
Basically, the Spirit Box is a radio receiver, picking up AM and FM radio stations, but with the scan-lock device disabled, so the operator can’t tune in to just one station, the device is constantly scanning. When in use, snatches of music or announcers voices can be heard, but there are also long patches of static or white noise between them as the device continues scanning. The voices of the spirits come in through the the white noise in the “spaces” created while the spirit box is jumping from station to station. They have a distinctly different sound, almost like a whisper. These voices are audible in real life -and on camera, film or sound equipment- but often they need to be bumped up sound wise to make them clear. There are computer enhancement programs available for this purpose. What makes these voices different is that, unlike a radio station snippet, they give intelligent responses to questions asked by a paranormal investigator, and often actually utter the names of people present during a paranormal investigation.
The Rem Pod is a device which emanates it’s own electromagnetic field through a miniature antenna. When the instrument’s field is entered by objects- or an energy source, such as an entity- the Rem Pod lights up. For paranormal investigations, a Rem Pod can be left in a location along with an EVP recorder, both switched to “on”, while being filmed by a camera set up on a tripod. This technique allows investigators to explore another location and return at a later time to review data (both the film and whatever was registered on the EMF recorder) enabling a more comprehensive, multiple location ghost hunt.
An Ovilus or Ghost Box is a machine that has a dictionary-like database of words programmed into it- depending on the model, the amount varies from 500 to over 2,000 different verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs, etc. Like a GPS or voicemail, the Oivilus is also programmed with a voice announcement system. Additionally, the device has the capacity to take readings on electromagnetic frequencies and changes in temperature…which is often the way entities manifest. The way an Ovilus works is that during an investigation, an intelligent spirit will make itself known in a way that modifies the environment, and can convert these alterations into the words contained in the machine.
We have used an Ovilus on many investigations and the responses are absolutely uncanny…and often kind of hilarious, too. Once we did an investigation that ran well into the wee hours. Our team was getting so over-tired that, we became kinda slap-happy towards the end. Our Ovilus got a little grumpy with our childish behavior, loudly croaking out “Annoyed!” whenever we got a giggling fit…which of course lead to us laugh even more!
TRADITIONAL METAPHYSICAL DIVINING DEVICES
We like to use traditional divination devices for ghost hunting in conjunction with our more modern gadgets for two reasons…not only do they provide corroborating evidence of spirits, they’re a lot of fun to use! Plus, anytime something sticks around for hundreds-or thousands- of years, there’s gotta be a good reason!
Using a pendulum is one of the oldest forms of divination; there is evidence that pendulums were used for divination purposes in ancient Rome. Pendulum dousing picks up information and energy waves that are unseen, but emit from different locations, objects, and people. Apparently, Albert Einstein was incredibly talented in pendulum dousing, and believed that pendulums and dousing or divining rods reacted to the Earth’s electromagnetic field. Many believe that pendulum dousing is a link between the conscious and subconscious, the real world and the unseen, esoteric world. After being calibrated or tested, pendulums can divine Yes or No questions, but when they are being used in conjunction with a chart, they can also spell out names, point to numbers in order to give dates or amounts, and divine many other things as well. We use pendulums on our paranormal investigations in conjunction with more hi-tech modern equipment.
DOUSING RODS/DIVINING RODS
Like pendulums, dousing is an ancient form of divination. It became very popular in 15th century Germany to discover minerals and metal ore. A century later, dousing became associated with magic, and was considered “The Devil’s Tool”. The use of a Y-shaped forked tree branch and later, the use of L-shaped metal rods to locate ground water has been called “water witching” for centuries. Used in the context of parapsychology, divining rods present accurately when pointing a living human in the investigation location. Like a pendulum, the rods can answer Yes and No questions with intelligent responses, by opening and closing on their own while held by the querant.
“LO-FI” MODERN GEAR
Necessary for evening work, especially outside, or indoors where there is no available electricity- such as an abandoned building. But they are also great for visual representation during a ghost hunt, especially if it is being filmed. When we were investigating on the extremely haunted ship, The RMS Queen Mary, and had large groups with us, we had everyone bring flashlights. We’d make the owners remove the batteries and re-insert them ( to show they hadn’t been tampered with) and when we started getting hits and spikes on our electronic ghost hunting equipment, we’d ask the spirits to light up the flashlights, or blink them two or three times. If they lit up-and usually they did-we’d make the entities repeat this, to show it wasn’t an anomaly.
Aside from showing directions, we think that a compass serves as a great “low-fi” back up for an EMF detector. Compasses react to fluctuation in the Earth’s magnetic field, and having one on hand can help corroborate evidence of any entities that are present.
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