How to Identify a Real Ghost Orb

Artistic concept image of a ghost orb

Those familiar with ghost hunting often look for a ghost orb. You may identify an orb as a real ghost orb if you haven't considered other factors.

What Is a Ghost Orb?

Most people associate wispy apparitions with the term "ghost", but people who really search for these elusive beings often look for ghost orbs instead. An orb is just what the word implies; it's circular in shape, much like a globe. In fact, orbs are often referred to as globes or globules. These balls of light can come in a range of sizes and illumination, with some barely visible and others brightly glowing. However, before you get too excited thinking about the ghost orb you witnessed recently, keep in mind that an orb doesn't necessarily signify that a ghostly spirit is nearby.

Spiritual Ghost Orbs

A true ghost orb is one of a spiritual nature. Are these the exact spirits of the dead? Some people believe so. In fact, people who follow this theory believe that when they see an orb, they are actually viewing a deceased person's soul. There are others who don't believe these spheres are actually individual spirits, but instead hosts to many spirits, all contained within the pulsating light that forms an orb. Still others believe that while these orbs are spirits, they never belonged to a human body, believing instead that they are evidence of the spiritual side of nature.

How Important Is Shape?

How can you positively identify an orb as a ghost? There really isn't a definitive answer since you are dealing with the spiritual world. Those who believe that these spheres have ghostly origins believe that an orb is the form a spirit takes on as it moves about. Why a circle? There are various reasons associated with the belief that a globe or orb can house a spirit.

  • A circle encloses the spirit.
  • A circle can house more than one spirit.
  • It is easy for a circle or orb to travel.
  • The circle is a common shape associated with nature, such as the moon and the sun.
  • The circle represents eternity, which is forever for the soul.

This brings us back to the importance of shape. True spiritual orbs are easily confused with common everyday items, especially in photographs. Many people base their beliefs that they've come in contact with a ghost solely on evidence gathered through pictures. Unfortunately, these so-called orbs for the most part aren't ghostly at all!

True or False

Have you ever taken a photograph of dust? Before you enter the world of ghost hunting, you really need to do a few trial runs with your camera. Raindrops, snow flakes, and, most common of all, dust particles can all take on the appearance of an orb when shot with a camera. If you truly want to discern the difference between a real ghost and common everyday objects, you'll need to take photos of a variety of things that could be perceived as orbs.

  • Shake out a throw rug, and take photos of the dust particles.
  • Stand under a tree in the spring and shoot pictures of pollen as it blows in the wind. *Take a variety of pictures of rain at various times during the day to capture the rain's changing appearance.
  • If you change cameras during your quest for ghostly pictures, be sure and take lots of trial shots again to become familiar with how your new camera handles pictures of dust, water droplets, etc. Many ghost hunters prefer using a 35mm camera over a digital one.

The key to discovering a real spirit is to know how to spot a fake orb. You can only do this if you have both to compare. Once you've accumulated a collection of orbs created by nature, you'll be better able to discern the real deal from a false appearance.

The Real Deal

Now that you are familiar with how your camera shoots common items, what should you look for in a genuine apparition?

  • Singular orb: If dust or raindrops are in the air, they will more than likely show up in multiples, but a single orb may be real.
  • Pulsing orb: A pulsing, bright orb that appears to vibrate may actually hold a spiritual life. Obviously if you are taking still shots, you won't catch this, but if you see one of these in the room, try to record it on video.
  • Contrails: True orbs often leave a trail behind them as they move across the room. Look for this in photographs as well.

Identifying Ghost Orbs

You are now ready to enter the world of the ghost orb. Good luck, and happy hunting!

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How to Identify a Real Ghost Orb