As I've stated before, I don't investigate the paranormal to prove to the deniers that there are such things. Those who don't want to believe, never will. I investigate to decipher if a series of incidents are of a paranormal nature. If they aren't, I advise the client on the relevant professionals to assist. If they are of a paranormal nature, then a whole other series of questions are asked. Usually at this point mediums run into a place waving their sage sticks around like they are Bruce Lee using nunchakus. If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it.. Oh wait, they are.. Doing it correctly I mean ;)
One of the considerations one has to take into account is if someone is dicking around. This consideration entered my head recently on a private case in a commercial premises. While being shown around I was informed that etchings had appeared on walls and surfaces within the building. One I was shown was "666", now I personally do not believe in a singular character called The Devil. My belief is that he was created by the Roman Empire as a way of controlling the masses, a political tool to ensure the people coughed up their money on a Sunday. The next etching was described to me as the devil worship star, I understood this to be a reverse pentagram (5 pointed star, pointing downwards) What I was met with was a 6 pointed star, better known as the Star of David, used in Judaism since 1897. Was this a horrendous graffiti error, or something more sinister?
A fact that I kept from the team at the time is that this symbol has a long history, predating it's use in Judaism. Also known as the Seal of Solomon in other religions, it has an application in Occultism. This symbol has been used to summon spirits and demons. So, someone is dicking around, no doubt. But are they dicking around and got the wrong symbol? Or, are they dicking with something they really shouldn't be and knew what symbol they were using. Afterall, the staff of the establishment (and their neighbours) had concerns of a paranormal nature. No evidence was captured at the time, I will be going back though. Obviously, confidentiality prevents me from disclosing any more.
Halloween approaches! I have always loved Halloween, from it's origins as Samhain to it's modern excuse for frivolity. Over the past few years Halloween has become a busy business day for me. I always have something going on now the commercial side of Wycombe Paranormal has grown, but even before this I was busy. I would often do horror makeup and effects at parties, skills I had learned during various acting roles in the horror genre from my good friend Nic Thompson. I want to take you back a little further though. I was working for one of those psychic channels on TV. Not my fondest employment, but anyway. I was doing telephone readings from where I lived at the time, a few days before Halloween, the 26th/27th I believe. I had constructed a little office in the corner of a room where a protruding chimney breast left a little recess. I always had a candle burning on a surface away from my desk. I was part way through doing reading for a woman when I heard a loud crash, a mirror that had been hanging on the chimney breast wall was now in the middle of the room on the floor, about 2 metres away from the wall. It had not simply fallen down, but out into the room. The woman I was reading for heard the commotion and asked what it was, I brushed her off by saying a bookshelf collapsed. I brought an end to the reading and noticed the candle, the flame was about 15cm in height. This was a normal table candle from a supermarket. Of course, as a medium, I was "open" as I had been doing readings. I became aware of a presence, a huge presence, like nothing I had ever felt. It was definitely not a human spirit. The main feeling I had was that I was insignificant in it's presence. This lasted only a couple of minutes before it moved on, at least that's how it felt. Explaining clairsentient feelings as a medium is tough to prove, luckily I'm not trying to prove it, just passing on an experience. To this day I will swear that something unpleasant came through to prove it's might and arrogantly moved on. Halloween is known as the time that the "veil" is at it's thinnest and spirits can cross over. If this is true, then logically is doesn't just thing for one day, rather there would be a thinning process in the lead up before thickening again moving away. Whatever it was, out of all of my personal experiences, this one unnerved me, and I've dealt with plenty of unpleasant stuff, both in the paranormal field and day to day life.