After learning a friend's daughter was interested in becoming a paranormal investigator, I thought it might be beneficial for her and others (including adults) who might also have an interest in the subject to have a series of blog posts to read through and learn from.
For starters, let me give you a little background about, well, my background, in paranormal investigation. I began my interest in the paranormal at a young age. I remember (and have a photo of) sitting in the dark living room at age 4 with my cousin listening to our aunt tell us some ghost stories. While many of the stories we were told at that age were made up, it wasn't long before we began hearing the true accounts of our family's experiences. In school, I checked out every available ghost book I could find. By the time I was able to drive, my cousin and I ventured out to see what we might be able to experience. In total, I've been investigating the paranormal for 29 years. I also have experience in research, investigation and photography through higher education and work experience. I started a paranormal investigation group back in the 90's, and while most of the group has dispersed, those of us who are diehards still make time for some investigation.
History isn't the only thing you should look into. It's always important in paranormal investigation to make sure you gather as much information on conditions as you can. You should be keeping a journal or have some other way of recording the specifics of an investigation. Here is a list of information you should gather for the day of your investigation:
- Weather- You want to make sure that you record the current weather conditions for the day of your investigation. It's important to know the temperature, precipitation percentage and even the pollen count in the area. Weather is important for many reasons, some of which I'll go into detail about in another post in this series. Basically, knowing the weather lets you know what to prepare for. For example, cold temperatures can drain your batteries, so you want to be aware of that before hand so you don't automatically assume a ghost is killing your battery power. Precipitation and pollen can create photos that people often assume are paranormal. And in my experience, when there are some thunderstorms brewing, paranormal activity can sometimes increase- perhaps because spirits are able to draw from the energy in the atmosphere.
- Moon Phase- You should also try to look up the current moon phase. Changes in the moon have a lot of control over our earth. If they are able to control the tides, it isn't unreasonable to assume that they can control other things as well. Many people believe that strange things happen during a full moon. Make sure that you keep track of the moon phase on each investigation and try to determine if there is a pattern. While a full moon is known for bringing on strange behaviors, it also has the ability to create quite a bit of light which can come into play during an outdoor investigation. Similarly, the darkness of a New Moon can also play a significant role on your investigation.
- Solar Weather- It's important to record what the solar weather was like during your investigation. Basically, you want to know what the geomagnetic field of the earth is doing and if there are any solar flares. Both of these things increase the available energy in the atmosphere and can sometimes cause some issues with your equipment (in times of strong/active solar weather).