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"They themselves do not see the world of light as we do, but our shapes cast shadows in their minds, which only the noon sun destroys: and in the dark they perceive many signs and forms that are hidden from us: then are they are most to be feared. And at all times they smell the blood of living things, desiring and hating it. Senses, too, there are other than sight or smell.  We can feel their presence - it troubled our hearts, as soon as we came here, and before we saw them; they feel ours more keenly. "

  - Aragorn commenting on the Ringwraiths in The Lord Of The Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien


Ray:   "Sir, what you have there is what we refer to as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class Five full roaming vapor.

 Real nasty one, too!"


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The Society for Paranormal Investigation SPI-5 Category

Classification System of Haunting & Paranormal Activity

by Vorpral


Interactive Former Human Spirit Pattern    (Ghosts) Class I

Location Based Haunting Non-Interactive    (Residual Hauntings)   Class II

Psychokinetic  Class III

Earth Mysteries  Class IV

Non-Human Entity  Class V



Residual Haunting

General RSPK & ESP

Feng Shui - Geomancy



Spirit (Psychic) Burn


Geomagnetic Anomaly


Classic Haunting

Psychic Echoes

Psychic Attack

Ley Lines


Graveyard Spectres

Phantom Craft

Psychic Disturbance

Power Points


Etheric Revenant

Spiritual Residue

Psychic Vampire


Ghost Lights?




Time Slips

Wild Hunt


Astral Projection (OBE)


Spirit/Animal Guides?




Lower Astral Entities?


Artificial Ghost


Etheric Larvae?




Animal Ghosts  Cryptozoology


Remote Viewing


Aliens/Fey Folk?


Nature Guardians




Remember that these are just categories for relating between phenomena and they do not mean to suggest that any of these particular entities/events actually exist or can be proven. I do not mean to disrespect / diminish the power or capability of any being alive or dead by simply slapping a label on it. Models are a valuable aid in understanding, and I feel this field requires more clarity and delineation in phenomena while keeping in mind that  "The map is not the territory. "

They may also be known by other names, belong to more than one group or subgroup, (such as Banshees) and be in flux or in conjunction with other types of paranormal activity. (a site or location may have more than one type present) There may even exist a form of "spirit ecology" in which an Earth Mystery (such as a power point or ley line) may draw in other types of entities such as Elementals or Ghost Lights.

The "?" mark signifies subclasses of which I have a greater degree of uncertainty.


Paranormal Dictionary



Irish Language Paranormal Words






Taken from John Greer's book, Monsters 

with modified interpretation by Vorpral of SPI

Level  Description Beings (examples) 
Spiritual (may be further sub-divided into Angelic, ArchAngelic & Celestial according to the theosophists The level of primal unity from which all other levels emanate and to which they return, possibly Heaven Angels
Mental / Psychic Abstract consciousness, timelessness, logic & math Thoughtforms
Astral (may be further sub-divided into Upper & Lower Astral Concrete consciousness, dreams, OBE Astral Projection
Etheric  Life force Ghosts, Fey Folk
Physical  What we commonly perceive as reality Humans and Animals
Sub-Physical  Hell Demons


These classifications I owe to research found in the first four books that are named in my Books To Read section. 


" Look, Eleanor, put it this way. When people believed the Earth was flat, the idea of a round world scared them silly. Then they found out how the round world works. It's the same with the world of the supernatural. Until we know how it works, we'll continue to carry around this unnecessary burden of fear. "

-Dr. John Markway from The Haunting of Hill House (1963)


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Orbs - also known as plasmoids, speeders and EML (Electromagnetic Luminaries - credit Chris Mosely of Dagulf's Ghost)


Ectoplasm, mist


Shadow Men

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Ghost vehicle


"What is a ghost? An emotion, a terrible moment condemned to repeat itself over and over? An instant of pain, perhaps? Something dead which appears at times alive. A sentiment suspended in time ... like a blurry photograph ... like an insect trapped in amber."

-The Devil's Backbone