Dallas Ft. Worth - Washington D.C. - Seattle - New Orleans
"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
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!"
The Society for Paranormal Investigation SPI-5 Category
Classification System of Haunting & Paranormal Activity
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.
Irish Language Paranormal Words
LEVELS OF BEING
Taken from John Greer's book, Monsters
with modified interpretation by Vorpral of SPI
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)
CATEGORIZATION BY VISUAL PHENOMENA
Orbs - also known as plasmoids, speeders and EML (Electromagnetic Luminaries - credit Chris Mosely of Dagulf's Ghost)
"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