In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, let’s talk about my efforts to go ghost-hunting.
It started something like this… For my trip to New Orleans, I picked the Bourbon Orleans billed as the “most haunted hotel” in the city. I’ve always been sensitive to spiritual sites. From the temples of Angkor Wat, to the pyramids of Mexico, to the vortexes of Sedona, I am fascinated by the spirit of places. In the case of New Orleans, I have an opportunity to seek the spirits of the place personally. At first, I thought I would trust my own senses. Many visitors do and they report seeing a ghostly woman dancing in the ballroom, a confederate soldier roaming the halls, spirit orphans playing until the ghostly nun appears the bring them in line. But I felt I had a rare opportunity here to really explore the art of ghost hunting.
I looked up the cost of basic ghost-hunting equipment, you know, stuff to measure electro-magnetic fields, extremely low frequency meters, temperature sensors, motion sensors… some of the stuff you see on Ghost Adventrues. Most of that equipment is pretty expensive. More expensive than I wanted to invest in for the level of my ambition but I didn’t give up. Perhaps I could rent such things.
“You want what?!”
This was not going well.
“A spirit box radio. It scans different frequencies really fast and ghosts can manipulate the signal strength and static to form words and talk through it.”
“Uh..huh… Look, lady, I can’t help you.”
The fine folks at Transcat rentals clearly thought I was insane. So I started looking up local paranormal investigative groups. They might take me more seriously and would certainly have such equipment on hand. Of the two who got back to me, neither had equipment for rent. Their members are all self-equipped. Each member carefully compiles their personal kits. Both would have been happy to come out an investigate my house for me if I wanted them to but that wouldn’t do me any good in New Orleans.
New Orleans! Of course! A city with such a reputation for paranormal activity would certainly have ghost-hunting resources for travelers! I discovered that yes, indeed they do. You can take any of a multitude of ghost, vampire, voodoo, and cemetery tours. There is even a guided, over-night ghost-hunting tour that provides ghost hunting equipment to it’s guests. But still, I could not find what I really wanted— a kit for rent for my own personal use for the duration of my stay in the haunted Bourbon Orleans Hotel.
By this time, I was looking at this as a personal challenge. I was determined to make it happen. My solution? As ever, books and research! I read everything I could find about modern paranormal investigation. I learned about the major philosophies behind contemporary ghost-hunting strategy and practice. I Researched the most commonly used equipment (how it works, what it measures, the paranormal application, where to get it, what it costs, the results others have documented with it).
Maybe I couldn’t rent a kit but I could build a kit of my own and then rent it out. The result is an impressive kit, if I do say so myself, of carefully selected items. They are all properly calibrated and action-ready. Yes it was an expensive investment, but I expect it to fill an important niche. People who read deeply and learn much but who’s interests are too broad to fully invest in any single one, like ghost-hunting. People who might be interested in serious paranormal investigation but are not prepared to invest in it as a lifestyle. People like me and maybe even you, who might want to rent ghost-hunting equipment for our own visits to spiritually active places.
Stay tuned! In my next post I’ll share what’s in my ghost-hunting Kit. Later, I’ll share my experiences in New Orleans then make *the WANDERLIT ghost kit* available to other intrepid wander-readers.
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