Monday, September 14, 2009

Research Idea: The EMF Meter

I've been watching a lot of Ghost Hunters lately and one of the paranormal investigation tools that I find fascinating is the EMF meter. The theory in paranormal research is that the presence of a spirit can be measured by this device, and if an EMF spike is detected in the course of an investigation that has no physical source such as unshielded electrical wiring it can be taken as evidence of the possible presence of a spirit. Paranormal investigators even have a type of EMF detector called a K-II meter that can sometimes be used successfully to communicate with spirits at a haunted location.

One of the issues that we discussed on this blog awhile back is the way in which many traditional evocation practitioners look for some sort of objective evidence of the spirit's presence rather than relying on subjective mechanisms such as intuition or a psychic sense of its manifestation. I'm in agreement that some sort of objective measurement would be useful even though my psychic sense is generally pretty good, but I also am not interested in the spirits I summon burning up the energy that could otherwise be put into manifesting my magical intent on silly parlor tricks like moving objects or making noises.

It seems to me that using an EMF detector in conjunction with a magical ritual might be a happy medium between these two perspectives. So long as you can verify that your temple is free of electrical interference and spirits really do produce small electromagnetic fields, an EMF detector should be able to sense the presence of a spirit when it manifests without the spirit expending any additional energy. This model seems perfect - it is inexpensive and unlike the EMF detectors generally used by ghost hunters it has an external probe connected to the detector that could be placed within the triangle or on top of the Sigillum Dei Aemeth.

If this method turns out to work to detect summoned spirits it opens up a number of new avenues for paranormal research. In particular, the next test I would try is to see if the strength of the electromagnetic field corellates to the probability shift produced by the ritual. If I can show some sort of relationship between the two, it would give the aspiring magician the ability to predict the effectiveness of a spell as it is cast and would also constitute a pretty significant breakthrough in terms of understanding the nature of conjured spirits and how they work.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm going to pick up one of these detectors soon and try it out and I'll keep you all posted on how it goes. In the meantime, has anybody else out there tried this or something similar? If so, did it work?

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9 comments:

Morgan Drake Eckstein said...

My wife is a fan of Ghosthunters, and has talked about getting an EMF meter. I think that maybe it is time to buy one. Thanks for posting the link.

Sator said...

Konstatinos says -Nocturnicon- that you can use a Van de Graff generator; a Tesla Coil or a Jacobs Ladder to provide a way for manifestation as an alternative to inciense. The cheap option is a stormy night.

Ananael Qaa said...

you can use a Van de Graff generator; a Tesla Coil or a Jacobs Ladder.

Personally I think I would have a hard time concentrating with a Tesla coil or Jacob's ladder in my temple. Those things are loud. Van de Grafs are quieter but I'm not sure how interested I am in my metal tools picking up a bunch of static. Is this something you've actually tried? If so I would be curious to hear about your experiences.

I have conjured during thunderstorms and as far as I can tell my spells work about the same regardless of the weather - though casting spells with thunder and lightning going on outside is pretty cool.

Sator said...

Nop; only the stormy night, And, yes it makes a difference, but it would be nice to start yelling "Its alive" in front of a Jacobs Ladder

Gordon_Finn said...

The down side of it is that with spirits that have inhabited an area for a while, their presence wouldn't have as strong an influence, just like running enough times makes your body less reactive to the impact shocks.

It'd probably be less beneficial for genius loci or ancient spirits experienced in manifesting, if their intent is to deceive, but it'd be more beneficial at least with the recently deceased. Ancestor worship paths would benefit real well.

But, if you're the one providing the spikes in EM for the spirit, you'd have to focus on what the spirit is doing with the higher concentrations (i.e., are the spikes moving from your room location into another). If you can get ahold of something that gives a visual contrast of low and high EM fields, it'd help. I saw it once, but I don't know the name of the equipment.

Ananael Qaa said...

The down side of it is that with spirits that have inhabited an area for a while, their presence wouldn't have as strong an influence.

If you're talking about trying to take measurements in some random location this might very well be true, or at least the presence of the spirit could be constant enough that the baseline reading would just be higher than normal. However, it seems to me that if you're conjuring a spirit into a specific location and then giving it a license to depart when you're finished with you ritual work the measurable shift should be preserved over time.

Naturally, not having done this particular experiment I can't be sure. I do know that to my subjective psychic sense spirits don't seem to "diminish" if you work with them a lot, but it is yet another open question whether or not that sense corresponds to any particular physical measurement. One of the things I can watch for is whether or not repeated conjurations of the same spirit result in a diminished EMF shift.

If you can get ahold of something that gives a visual contrast of low and high EM fields, it'd help.

What you would do is place the sensor in your triangle or other containment structure and take a baseline reading. Then you would perform your conjuration and measure the variation from the baseline, just like with any other physical experiment. The relative strength of the conjured field would then be the difference between the baseline reading and the reading made following the conjuration.

thehatefulnerd said...

I think you should try an orgone field meter. You need to be able to measure "qi," not electromagnetic energy. The Elizabethans were using "phlogiston" meters to do just this hundreds of years ago.
This is different from the more recent conception of "phlogiston" as caloric or some sort of heat inducing property. The Elizabethans were using gold-leafed electroscopes to measure atmospheric "phlogiston," or "orgone."
You could also use dowsing if you're just using it for your own purposes, although it's not really an "objective" measure if you're trying to publish a research paper or something.

Ananael Qaa said...

I think you should try an orgone field meter.

I've worked with orgone energy and I'd certainly be up for trying that out - do you know a reliable source from which I could purchase one? If I can document a relationship between some type of orgone meter and spiritual activity paranormal investigators might have yet another tool to use in investigations.

You could also use dowsing if you're just using it for your own purposes,

The trouble with dowsing is that yes, I'm looking for an objective measure. I have a pretty easy time sensing the presence of spirits in my own rituals and don't really need any additional tools for that.

thehatefulnerd said...

I'll ask around about the Orgone Field Meter. You might have to have some special designs drawn up and shit. But alot of the original Post-Reich orgone people are getting old, so maybe there are a few out there, they'd be willing part with.