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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!"

-Ghostbusters

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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

         

Phantom

Residual Haunting

General RSPK & ESP

Feng Shui - Geomancy

Angels

Apparition

Spirit (Psychic) Burn

Poltergeist

Geomagnetic Anomaly

Demons

Classic Haunting

Psychic Echoes

Psychic Attack

Ley Lines

Elementals 

Graveyard Spectres

Phantom Craft

Psychic Disturbance

Power Points

Banshees?

Etheric Revenant

Spiritual Residue

Psychic Vampire

Vortexes/Portals

Ghost Lights?

Vampires

Imprints

Thoughtforms

Time Slips

Wild Hunt

   

Astral Projection (OBE)

 

Spirit/Animal Guides?

   

Bilocation/Double

 

Lower Astral Entities?

   

Artificial Ghost

 

Etheric Larvae?

   

Shapeshifter

 

Animal Ghosts  Cryptozoology

   

Remote Viewing

 

Aliens/Fey Folk?

       

Nature Guardians

       

Spirits

 

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

http://www.npri.co.uk/paranormal-alphabet.php

 

Irish Language Paranormal Words

http://irishcultureandcustoms.com/3Focloir/Halloween.html#Gael48

http://irishcultureandcustoms.com/3Focloir/Creepy.html#Gael66

 

 

LEVELS OF BEING

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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CATEGORIZATION BY VISUAL PHENOMENA

 

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

Streamers

Ectoplasm, mist

Vortexes 

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