Friday, 31 January 2014

Religious Protection - Part Three - Islamic







Religious Protection
(Islamic)



In keeping with our tradition of unity, fairness and equality, we are adding prayers, and scriptures from religions across the globe.

For this page we have chosen Islam.

Our previous two religious pages have covered Christianity, which is the most dominate religion in our country of Australia, you can find those two pages here:


It is not our intention to offend anyone of any religion. race or creed, so, if you are offended by what we are presenting on this page, please move on to another.






Islam

Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله‎ Allāh), and by the teachings and normative example (called the Sunnah and composed of Hadith) of Muhammad, considered by them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim.


Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and the purpose of existence is to love and serve God. Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed at many times and places before, including through Abraham, Moses and Jesus, whom they consider prophets.

They maintain that previous messages and revelations have been partially changed or corrupted over time, but consider the Qur'an to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God. Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are basic concepts and obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, providing guidance on multifarious topics from banking and welfare, to warfare and the environment.








" Salah & Du'a "





"Salah" is an Arabic word whose basic meaning is "bowing, homage, worship. prayer". In its English usage the reference of the word is almost always confined to the Muslim formal, obligatory worship.

Translating salah as "prayer" is not usually considered precise enough, as "prayer" can indicate several different ways of relating to God; personal prayer or supplication is called duʿāʾ (literally "call") in Islamic usage.

Muslims themselves use several terms to refer to salah depending on their language or culture. In many parts of the world, including many non-Arab countries such as Indonesia, the Arabic term salah is used. The other major term is the Persian word namāz (نماز), used by speakers of the Indo-Iranian languages (e.g., Persian) Turkish and Bosnian.





Du’a in Arabic means call, request, supplication or prayer.





The Holy Prophet said : To keep the devils at bay and to destroy the effects of magic recite verses 54 to 56 of Al Araf.



INNA RABBAKUMULLAAHUL LAD'EE KHALAQAS SAMAAWAATI WAL ARZ'A FEE SITTATI AYYAAMIN THUMAS-TAWAA A'LAL A'RSH YUGHSHIL LAYLAN NAHAARA YAT'LUBUHOO H'ATHEETHAW WASH SHAMSA WAL QAMARA WAN NAJOOMA MUSAKHKHARAATIM BI AMRIH ALAA LAHUL KHALQU WAL AMR

TABAARAKALLAAHU RABBUL A'ALAMEEN UD-O'O RABBAKUM TAZ'ARRU-A'W WA KHUFYAH INNAHOO LAA YUH'IBBUL MU'TADEEN WA LAA TUFSIDOO FIL ARZ'I BA-DA IS'LAAH'IHAA WAD-O-OHU KHAWFAW WA T'AMA-A'A INNA RAH'MATALLAAHI QAREEBUM MINAL MUH'SINEEN



[Verily your Lord is Allah who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then established Himself on the throne. He draws the night as a veil over the day, which pursues it incessantly; and made the sun and the moon and the stars subservient to His command. Verily, His is the creation and the command. Blessed be Allah, the Lord of the worlds. Call on your Lord humbly and in secret. Verily Allah does not love the transgressors. And do not make mischief in the earth after it has been reformed; and call on Him fearing (His wrath) and longing (his mercy). Verily the mercy of Allah is near to those who do good]







(i) To render null and void the intensity and evil effects of any kind of witchcraft and evil eye recite 121 times the last part of verse 87 of al Anbiya, after Fajr salat for 40 days.

Recite salawat 15 times then say : LAA ILAAHA ILLAAA ANTA SUBH'AANAKA INNEE KUNTU MINAZ'Z AALIMEEN

(ii) To over come any apparently impossible to manage difficulty recite the above noted verse as directed in (i) and also 730 times after praying a 2 rak-at salat after midnight with the following acts of self-discipline.



a. Do not eat animal meat
b. Eat any halaal (lawful) food purchased by halal (lawfully earned) money
c.Give alms to the poor.


To render null and void the evil effects of an evil eye recite the following du-a'a

BISMISLLAAHI ARQEEKA/ARQEEKI MIN KULLI SHAY-IN YOO-D'EEKA/YOO - D'EEKI MIN KULLI SHAY-IN WA A'YNIN WA NAFSIN WA H'AASIDIN ALLAAHU YASHFEEKA / YASHFEEKI BISMILLAAHI ARQEEKA / ARQEEKI ALLAAHU AKBARU WA JALLA JALAALUHOO

(Note: Say 'Ka" if the person, for whom you are praying, is a male or "Ki" if female.
[In the name of Allah I give you in protection (of Allah) from every thing that pains you, from every thing and the (evil) eye, self-indulgence and the jealous. In the name of Allah I give you in protection (of Allah) Allah is the greatest, and His might is the mightiest]



TAWID OF IMAM HASAN BIN ALI

Whosoever recites the following prayer after every obligatory salat, or keeps its written text on the body, inshallah, he, his family and property will remain safe under the divine protection.

U-E'EDU NAFSEE WA D'URRIYYATEE WA AHLA BAYTEE WA MAALEE BIKALIMATILLAAHIT
TAAAMMATI MIN KULLI SHAYT'AANIN WA HAAMMATIN WA MIN KULLI A'YNIN LAAMMATIN



[I put myself, my children, my family, my property under (Allah's protection )

in the name of Allah's perfected words, from all devils, poisonous animals, and from every evil eye.]






When entering the cemetery

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمُ يَا أَهْلَ الْقُبُورِ يَغْفِرُ اللَّهُ لَنَا وَلَكُمْ أَنْتُمُ سَلَفُنَا وَنَحْنُ بِالْأَثَرِ

"Oh inmates of the graves, salaam on you. Allah forgive us and you all. You left first and we will be coming later".

Or


السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمُ أَهْلَ الدِّيَارِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمِينَ وَإِنَّا إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ بِكُمْ لَاحِقُونَ نَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ لَنَا وَلَكُمُ الْعَافِيَةَ


"Oh Muslims residing here, salaams on you, by the will of Allah we will also be coming to you. We seek safety for us and you".

(Muslim)

References

http://www.searchtruth.com/dua/index.php?dua=36

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam 

© 2007 - 2014 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


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Religious Protection: Part Two - Christianity

Religious Protection
(Christianity)
 


This page is a continuation from the previous "religious protection " page found here - "Religious Protection".
I recently asked in the forums of  "Christian Cryptozoology and Paranormal Study Group", on Facebook,  if there were more Christian prayers or scriptures I could share with you, constant reader, that may aide you in your need for spiritual protection against dark entities brought forth whilst investigating.
 Pastor Robin Swope, " The Paranormal Pastor" was forthcoming with some suggested reading, so I decided to add a new page to the website with the good Pastors suggestions.
Soon, I will be asking for religious protection prayers, or scriptures, from other religions to add to our collection here on Eidolon Paranormal 

Until then, stay safe!
 - Allen 


1 John 4:4


Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.


You are from God, children, and you have conquered them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world
4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them. 
The saints had overcome these false prophets, but they were of God,
because greater is he that is in you, and the Spirit in them was mightier
than he that is in the world, than the evil spirit, that of the prince of the world, 
which was in the false prophets. 


Ephesians 1:19 - 23
 (New Living Translation)
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. 
 
 Ephesians 1:19- 23
(Common English Bible Translation) 
19 and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. 20 God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, 21 far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. 22 God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, 23 which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way. 

Romans 8:31-39
 

Romans 8:31-39

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.*
35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36As it is written,
‘For your sake we are being killed all day long;
  we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  


Pastor Robin Swope
The Paranormal Pastor


Rev. Robin Swope is a Writer and has been a Christian Minister for more than 17 years in both Mainline and Evangelical Denominations. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Literature and finishing an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry. He has served as a Missionary to Burkina Faso, and has Ministered to the homeless in New York City's Hell's Kitchen. He is the founder and chief officiant of Open Gate Ministerial Services and a Church Council member and pulpit minister of St.Paul's United Church of Christ in Erie. He is currently writing his third book, “Ushered Through the Veil” that highlights supernatural phenomena accompanying death such as phone calls from the dead and angelic visitation.


Christian Cryptozoology and Paranormal Study Group
 Mission statement

By utilising an international network which works in conjunction with researchers from diverse backgrounds and skill sets the Christian Cryptozoology and Paranormal Study Group aims to investigate and evaluate unusual phenomenon through a worldview that is based on Christian framework, using methodology that is scientifically diligent and remain open minded whilst dealing with the facts as they are uncovered and assessed. 

http://ccapsg.weebly.com/index.html 

© 2007 - 2014 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


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All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.

Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.


Thursday, 30 January 2014

EXIF FILES

 


EXIF FILES

Recently it has been brought to my attention that the term "EXIF File" is being thrown around by paranormal teams and investigators, without any real explanation of what it is, what it does, and how it is used. I thought I would take it upon myself to explain for you, Constant Reader, what an EXIF file is, and what it does.
EXIF data can also be found in other photo file formats, these are "RAW" (associated with DSLR) and "TIFF" formats, we may discuss these at a later point.
 The reason behind its prolific use of late has to do with accusations from some sectors of the paranormal community in regards to teams "Faking" photographs of ghosts.
EXIF FIles are very useful in finding out certain information from when the photo was taken, and if it has been tampered with electronically, this is not by any means infallible information, as you will see as we get further into this research and discussion.
 - Allen Tiller




What does EXIF mean?

 The Acronym "EXIF" stands for   "Exchangeable Image File Format"

So What is it?

EXIF is a non-industry approved standard that was created by the "Japanese Electronic Industries Development Association" to capture data associated with tagging aspects of Smart Phones, Digital Cameras, Scanners, and Audio associated with these media types. It can also capture Geo-location data via satellite in certain smart phones and newer camera.
Stored information can include, but is not limited too,  shutter speeds, date and time a photo was taken, focal length, exposure compensation, metering pattern and if a flash was use, this is what is known as a "metatag"

So who uses it?

 Professional Photographers often examine their EXIF data to compare two or three photos taken in succession, as one photo may be considered "successful" where as two others may not. This gives the photographer visual clues as to what may have went wrong with the "unsuccessful" photo's, allowing one to adjust or compensate in future photographic shoots.
 Paranormal Investigators are often flooded with photos from the public asking "what it in this photo?", a vast majority of the public are honestly unaware of what an image could be, but there is that small percentage that fake a photo to try and catch an investigator out . This is where EXIF data can be utilised by the investigator to determine if tampering or photo-shopping has been done to the photo, it can also expose the current trend of  phone APPs that create ghost images - however, as I said in my opening paragraph, it is not infallible.

So how do I see it?
 


 To view your EXIF file data you have a few options, the software that came with your digital camera should allow you to view the data. You can also find EXIF web browser plug-ins online, photo editing and organizing programs usually have an option for viewing as well.
 You will find in different programs different terminology used other than EXIF, in Picasa the term "Photo Information" is used, where-as in Flikr it is referenced as "Properties"

Most Internet Browsers have plug-ins availbale that will allow you to view the EXIF data of photo's posted online. This is useful if you are interested in examining different aspects of photography, or want to improve your own technique.

This link will take you to a site that shows a variety of different EXIF data from various camera makers
 http://www.exif.org/samples.html

Does it have a drawbacks?

 Yes, here is a brief sample of drawbacks associated with EXIF data sourced from Wikipedia
   - The Exif standard specifically states that color depth is always 24 bits. However, many modern cameras, such as the Nikon D70 which captures 36 bits of color per pixel, can capture significantly more. Since Exif/DCF files cannot represent this color depth, many manufacturers have developed proprietary, non-compatible Raw image formats.

   - Exif is very often used in images created by scanners, but the standard makes no provisions for any scanner-specific information.

  - There is no way to record time-zone information along with the time, thus rendering the stored time ambiguous.

You stated earlier that EXIF files are not infallible, how so?
 I  always check the EXIF file of any photo sent to me, it allows me to see what settings the camera was on, this is valuable information, as often cameras will be set to " night mode" which opens the shutter for a longer period of time. If the camera is focused on a light source, and that light source, or the camera itself moves at any point in the duration of the open shutter, the light will have a streak effect, or a glowing effect. Many people mistake this for ghosts, spirits or other phenomena. 
 I also check to see if a photo has been made on an APP, like the infamous ghost making APPS found on Apple's I-Tunes :
http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ghost-capture/id349479650?mt=8

The truth is EXIF data can be altered, changed, lost or deleted, and rather easily too, with a variety of programs available to do so. Here are some links with information about changing EXIF data:

http://www.photosurfer.com/fix-enhance/24/how-to-edit-meta-data-or-add-information-meta-tags-to-photos.aspx 

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Digital-Photo-Tools/Exif-Date-Changer.shtml

Adobe Lightroom 3:
 http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Lightroom/3.0/Using/WS57264460-DC72-4a1f-A665-1E90907A9FFD.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExifTool 



So as you can see EXIF data is not infallible and not really a valid argument when accusing another of faking a photo, because the reality is, you can never be 100% certain the data is, or isn't correct. I normally recommend to all budding paranormal investigators to forget the photography and go with video, as photography gives you an image and no data, no start and finish point, where as video gives you a start point, and action point and an end point, allowing for better examination of a phenomena represented by the images - but, video is also fraught with so many possibilities for tampering, editing and faking....but we'll leave that for a later discussion!


Researched & Written by
Allen Tiller

© 2007 - 2014 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013, 2014

All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.

Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.
 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Religious Protection - Part One

Religious Protection

Here we are offering information on Religious and Spiritual protection remedies used on ghost hunt expeditions, or in your own home.
We do not vouch for the validity of any of the protection suggestions having basis in scientific fact, or actually working - We offer them here purely
for entertainment value and will not be held responsible for any resulting outcome, whether good or bad.
These will not be in depth philosophical statements on religion, or why and how faith works. The information on this page is a brief summary of some of the religious and spiritual prayers that we have come across in our time working in the paranormal community.

 

Prayers to Saints

Many paranormal teams offer prayers to God, Jesus or Saints before and after an investigation. You may have seen such noted investigators as the team from "Paranormal State" offering such prayers before each, and every investigation.
Here are some of the prayers we have come across used by investigators

Short Prayer for Protection
The light of God surrounds us,
The love of God enfolds us,
The power of God protects us,
The presence of God watches over us,
Wherever we are, God is,
And where God is, all is well.
St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, St. John,
Like unto the prophet Jonas, as a type of Christ,
Who was guarded for three days and
Three nights in the belly of a whale,
Thus shall the Almighty God,
As a Father, guard and protect me from all evil.


Protect my Journey
In the name of God I go on this journey.
May God the Father be with me,
God the Son protect me, and
God the Holy Ghost be by my side.
Whoever is stronger than these three persons
May approach my body and my life; yet
Whoso is not stronger than these three
Would much better let me be!
 
Prayer for Protection Against Curses, Harm, Accidents
Lord Jesus,
I ask You to "protect" our Family (whom I mention by name) from sickness,
from all harm and from accidents.
If any of us has been subjected to any curses, hexes or spells,
I declare these curses, hexes or spells null and void in the name of Jesus Christ.
If any evil spirits have been sent against us,
I decommission you in the name of Jesus Christ and I send you to Jesus to deal with as He will.
Then, Lord, I ask You to send Your holy angels to guard and protect all of us.

Read more:



 

Obtained from any Catholic church for a small donation, holy water is a well known religious symbol in the removal of possessions, it is also well known in the battle against vampires - how many vampire movies have you seen where they don't use it?

Once you have obtained your holy water, place it in a bowl small enough to carry - go to the entrance ways of your house and dip your fingers into the water - make a sign of the cross in the doorway.
Some people might add a prayer to this ritual, something like "Lord please protect this house " or " I banish all evil spirits from this house, in the name of The Lord, Jesus Christ"..
After doing the entrance doors, do all the doors and window in the house, the basement and attic if you have them as well or if you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you can ask your local Catholic priest to come and bless your house for you
Holy Water is a powerful spiritual armour .  St. Teresa of Avila, whose temptations were as terrible as anyone’s, has left us these wise words of counsel:  
   “I have found by experience that there is nothing from which the devils fly more quickly than from Holy Water.  They also fly from the Cross, but they return almost immediately.  Certainly, the power of Holy Water must be great; for my part, my soul feels particular comfort in taking it, and very generally a refreshment and interior delight which I cannot express.”   
  Long before St. Teresa of Avila, Holy Water was a sacramental in the Catholic Church.  Water, which as a symbol of purification held a high place in biblical times, has retained its rich symbolism. 

 
Red Door



In Catholicism, the red door on a chapel symbolized the blood of Christ, and other martyrs, to signify that the ground beyond the door (inside the church) was holy, and a sanctuary from physical and spiritual evils.
In Ireland, front doors are painted red to ward-off ghosts and evil spirits.

St. Michael Prayer

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
by the Divine Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls


Original - Prayer to St. Michael


“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.



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“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”

© 2007 - 2014 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013, 2014

All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.

Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Alternative Protection

Alternative Protection

Here we are offering old superstitions, folk remedies and different ways to protect yourself on either, ghost hunt expeditions, or in your own home.
We do not vouch for the validity of any of the protection suggestions having basis in scientific fact, or actually working - We offer them here purely
for entertainment value and will not be held responsible for any resulting outcome, whether good or bad.
We have only tested a few for ourselves and our outcomes have no scientific basis, just entertainment value, as we cannot get a ghost into a laboratory to see if this stuff actually works! :P

Shoes

When you go to bed at night, set out the shoes you'll wear in the morning. Place them at the foot of your bed, on the floor, with one shoe pointing one way, and the other shoe pointing the opposite way. According to folklore, the ghosts get so confused by this they leave after a few nights.

Garlic

Garlic: is a tried-and-true repellent for unpleasant spirits of all kinds. Hang one clove in each doorway and window where you need protection. A clove in your pocket can also be a good idea.
Also used to keep Vampires (and some women) away


 

Haematite
 Wearing it, or even carrying a piece of this unusually heavy black stone, will absorb evil energy. This won't get rid of the ghost, just the negative effects of it.

For more info on other Crystals with potential benefits please visit the links below:
http://crystal-cure.com/protection.html 
http://www.crystalsandjewelry.com/protection_stones.html 

For purchasing Crystals online please visit:
www.thatcrystalsite.com

Or If you are in South Australia try Spellbound Magical Gifts in Gawler:
http://www.facebook.com/SpellboundMagicalGifts


 Mirrors

Convex Mirrors: can be purchased from automotive stores. Use one for each haunted room. You'll need extra mirrors if your windows in the haunted room face more than one direction. For example, if your windows face North and East, you'll need two convex mirrors. You'll also need an extra convex mirror if your computer or TV is in a haunted room, and your back is to the door when you're looking at them. Select one window in a haunted room. Place the mirror discreetly in a corner, preferably behind a curtain. The mirror should face towards the outside of the house. When a ghost approaches your window from the outside, he sees his own distorted reflection and goes away. In haunted rooms where you sit with your back to the door, place the mirror so that you will see anyone (or anything) entering the room, without turning your head.

Flat Mirrors: Buy one for each room that is haunted. Place the mirror at eye level, inside the room that is haunted, against the door. The shiny side of the mirror should face the door itself, not you. Supposedly, the ghost looks through the door and sees his reflection in the mirror. This scares him away.



 Grain Counting

Sand, rice, split peas, etc.: Randomly toss rice, split peas, sand, salt, coffee beans or grounds, or anything small and granular, on your kitchen floor when you go to bed at night (if that's when the ghosts are most bothersome). According to folklore, the ghosts will pause to count the grains. They aren't very good at counting, so they have to start over again, repeatedly, or they forget the numbers.

One variation of this is to hang a vial or tube of sand in the window of any haunted room. Like the grains of rice on the kitchen floor, any entering ghost has to pause to count the sand granules. After a few nights, the ghost will give up and haunt somewhere else.


 Salt


Salt has to be the best known of all the protective minerals - it is used by wiccans, pagans and many other spiritualists to cleanse and protect themselves, and their abodes.
According to legend, ghosts cannot cross a line of blessed salt, so you can use it to keep a ghost in a particular area, or create a circle of protection. Some people like to have their salt blessed too.

Sea Salt: According to legend, ghosts cannot cross a line of blessed salt, so you can use it to keep a ghost in a particular area, or create a circle of protection. Some people like to have their salt blessed too.


 Space Clearing
 
Sage, Salt, Crystal and Incense 
Sage sticks or incense can be used to clear the energy in houses - it is best to open all the doors and windows of the house, light the stick, and slowly go from room to room.
Take the stick into corners of rooms where energy builds up or becomes stagnant, in cupboards - anywhere and everywhere really...

Bells also work in the same manner, as do Tibetan singing bowls (which can be purchased cheaply from Ebay)

A little more info about Bells:
http://www.spaceclearing.com/html/blog/2008/12/28/space-clearing-bells-and-harmony-balls/


 Hazelnuts


Really not sure on the history of this one - guess it would have to be from wherever hazelnuts originated from? (I wonder if nutella works too?)
Hazelnuts have been used for protection since ancient times. Have a string of hazelnuts at every doorway into your house. You may want to bless the string in a ritual suited to your own religious beliefs, or have your local priest bless it.


Herb Pouches

If you believe in folk magic, create a small pouch with several protection herbs in it. This could include- Five-Finger grass, cinnamon, and Echinacea. Along the same lines,  
If you believe in folk magic, create a small pouch with several protection herbs in it. This could include- Five-Finger grass, cinnamon, and Echinacea.

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SA Paranormal Investigation - Gladstone Gaol - Gladstone SA (2012)


Gladstone Gaol
 
Location: South Australia
Location type: Old Gaol & WW2 Internment Camp
Now Backpacker accommodation
Location status:
Ghost Tours available
Overnight stays available

Website:
http://www.gladstonesa.com.au/gladstone-gaol/ 
 

S.A. Paranormal Multi-Team Investigation 

 
The South Australian teams involved in S.A. Paranormal got together for another multi-team investigation.
This time we investigated the Gladstone Gaol.
The teams involved are:
 
Eidolon Paranormal
 
Mid North Paranormal

Shadow Riders Paranormal Investigations
Adelaide Spirit Chasers
Adelaide Shadow Hunters

History Of The Gladstone Gaol
Written and Researched by
Karen Paynter

A famous and historic heritage listed building, The Gladstone Gaol was built between 1879 - 1881 at the cost of  £21,640.
 It was constructed from slate sourced from the Mintaro Quarry, and transported to the Gladstone site by bullock drays.
While originally housing "inebriates" and "debtors", the Gladstone Gaol never housed its intended capacity. Reaching never more than approximately 86 prisoners between 1881 until the 1920's.
 Although always intended as a Gaol for both Men and Women, the prisoners always remained totally separated, maintaining zero contact.
 The Women were assigned to laundry duties, while the Men were to attend the market gardens outside of the prison grounds.

During the global conflict of World War II, The Gladstone Gaol was transformed into a South Australian Internment Camp for German and Italian internees. While interstate, another two gaols were also used, along with a hospital and a race course, eventually leading to the need of purpose built internment Camps.
 Following this the gaol was used as a Military Detention Barracks.
 
Between 1943 and 1953 the Gaol remained unused, until it became a corrective training facility for offenders aged 18 - 25 years old.

In 1955 the complex increased to include 125 cells following an extension.
Closing in 1975, as its facilities were deemed out dated, only to be reopened to the public in 1978
Charles Vangelis Ross in His Prison Guard uniform
Photograph provided courtesy of Roslyn Ross, http://Roslyn-ross.blogspot.com/.
During the late months of 1979, The Gladstone Gaol became the "Gatunga Gaol" for the set of the prison movie "STIR".
While controversial at the time, "STIR" was inspired by and loosely based on the real life prison riot at Bathurst Gaol of N.S.W. in 1974.
The "B" and "C" wings were used in the making of the movie.


Travelers and Tourists alike find the Gladstone Gaol a "must see" destination of the Southern Flinders Ranges.

Today, The Gladstone Gaol is available for overnight accommodation with three styles available
-"Budget": Bring your own bedding
 - "Affordable": ready made beds
- "Bed and Breakfast": Fully prepared accommodation with a continental breakfast

Tours available include:
- A  "Do it yourself" Tour
- A guided Tour
or
You can make an appointment for a night "Ghost Tour"

 - functions and conferences are also catered for, along with special interest groups

 - Light refreshments are available at the Gaol Cafe

 Gaol opening times are:
Wed- Mon 10am - 5pm
Address:
Ward Street
Gladstone S.A. 5472
Ph: (08) 86622200
Mobile (Cell): 0429799926
Fax: (08) 866622240

 
June 1910, appointed Senior Warder at Gladstone Gaol 



Investigation
Preparation
 We prepared for our investigation by researching our location, getting maps and making a list of all known haunted areas within the Gaol, Karen and Allen then presented this material to the other teams at a team meeting held the weekend before the Gaol Investigation.
We decided on how to approach the investigation at the team meeting. It was decided each team would take a section of the Gaol, locations listed from A to E, and spend half an hour there investigating before moving into the next section. All the teams would then meet together and try some experiments Allen and David had designed, then return to the rotating roster of locations.

Pre Investigation
We started our walk through of the site with Kathy Webb, former care-taker of the Gaol. Kathy gave us vast amounts of insight into the gaols operations in its working life, and life in the gaol since its closure in 1975.  Kathy took us to all the locations reputed to be haunted and told us the stories associated with the haunting, some of which, in her opinion, are not true at all.
After our tour we began our setup process, DVRs were placed in the "D" block by the Adelaide Shadow Hunters, and the "C" and "A" blocks, and tower by Adelaide Spirit Chasers and Shadow Riders Paranormal Investigations. Ir lighting was set about the different hallways and measurements of sound, wind and EMF were taken throughout the facility.
We then stopped for dinner and a quick chat about noise levels and contamination of evidence.

Investigation

Each team began its investigation in it's allocated area, then rotated throughout the evening, until we gathered together for an experiment.

Cell Block Experiment
We gathered all the teams together in cell block "C". Allen and David acted as the Warden and Guard.
  All the remaining team members divided into individual cells, then Allen and David walked through the cell block calling "lights out" and checking on the individual cells as guards would have done in their era.
During this experiment we noted a number of occurrences, one team member reported that their K2 meter went into the "red" , Allen and David both witnessed a light leaving a cell behind them, and heard the sound of shuffling feet (no-one was behind them, nor was anyone moving about). 
We decided to move the experiment into cell block "B' and try again, this time less phenomena occurred in the cell block when compared to the previous experiment, however, whilst watching the DVR system during the experiment, we noticed movement in the stairwell and in the "C" block where we had just been...

Each team took turns at doing EVP sessions during the night, experiments and using various equipment - look for a video on youtube soon showing some of the investigation during the night

Personal Experiences

Sometimes whilst investigating people have experiences that aren't caught on camera, voice recorder or other equipment.
These experiences, being touched, being scratched, smelling perfume etc. cannot be caught on conventional paranormal investigation equipment. Often these experiences are dismissed as they cannot be quantified, or validated by any conventional means, and thus remain the personal experience of the witness.
The majority of Personal Experiences are never expressed to the client as no physical evidence or reading can be supplied,however, if the event coincided with a reading, it may be referenced in a report.
Here we are going to share some of the personal experiences from team members on our investigation at The Gladstone Gaol.
We are not stating that these experiences are verifiable paranormal experiences, but they are related to the investigation and previous ghost stories told from the Gaol.
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Lisa: Shadow Riders Paranormal Investigations
When we were doing the experiment in area B, I thought I would just lay down for a minute (mistake no 1) and shut my eyes for a sec(mistake no 2). I started to doze off, at first it felt like someone was lightly rubbing the inside of my knee, but then I decided it was just the fabric of my jeans moving across my leg, that I must have moved slightly.As I was falling deeper asleep, I got what felt like a firm squeeze on the right side of my waist, I really thought it felt like fingers digging into me, and I woke up with a jolt. When I was awake I thought I must have imagined it and it was just that I woke with a start. When I mentioned it on Sunday morning, I found out some of the others had the same thing. 

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"We began by holding an EVP session in Cell 1 where the only activity seemed to be me (John) experiencing something tug on my Infra-red light cord.  We then moved around each cell in D-block conducting EVP sessions where we didn't get much activity.
Another personal experience that happened to me was I had seen a shadow go across the back wall into a closed cell.  As we went down there to see which cell it went in we noticed that the cell was locked and that you could not get into it."

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 John: Shadow Riders Paranormal Investigations
It was about 5.30am... in "A" Block and I awoke with a pain in my side like I was being clamped by a claw of sorts.  . the funniest thing was I had been dreaming that I had been bitten by a crocodile. After I awoke the pain was gone within a few seconds




Back Row: John (S.R.P.I.), David (A.S.C./ S.A.P.), Allen (E.P./ S.A.P.), Ben (A.S.H.), Tony Holland - Curator
Middle: Lisa (S.R.P.I.), Mick (A.S.C.) John (A.S.H.), Courtney (A.S.H.)
Front: Cathy Webb (Guide) Jayde (E.P.), Maryann (A.S.C.), Teena (M.N.P.), Deb (M.N.P.)
Kneeling: Karen(E.P./ S.A.P.)
 

 
 
Thank You
A big thanks to Tony Holland, Gladstone Gaol caretaker for allowing us investigate.
Thanks also to Kathy Webb for the tour and valuable insight into Gaol life...
And Finally, A Big thank you to Mid North Paranormal for all the liaising in Gladstone

References

TROVE
http://trove.nla.gov.au
"The Mercury" - Hobart, Tasmania, Sat. 15th May 1920 - page 7
"The Advertiser" - Adelaide, South Australia; Sat. 21st Oct. 1911 - page 19
"Barrier Miner" Broken Hill, N.S.W. Mon. 2nd March 1953 page 1
"Barrier Miner" Broken Hill; N.S.W. Wed. 9th May 1894 page 1
Gladstone Community Development & Tourism Association  
http://www.gladstonesa.com.au/gladstone-gaol/ 
Postcards
http://www.postcards-sa.com.au/features/gladstone_gaol.html

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