Common Configuration Patterns for Ghosts



Many visitors to our website often associate a ghost with the Hollywood’s version of a ghost which is represented by the drawing on the right done by Andrea at Hollywood traditionally believe that the entity appears as a transparent humanoid shaped apparition, dressed in their common clothes for the period. Unfortunately, this view is not accurate and can mislead people into developing misconceptions about the physical shape of a ghost. I would like to address this issue by discussing the common shapes or configurations of the real world of ghosts.




This is a swirling column of white ectoplasm that is often mistaken for a camera strap because it usually is found on the right side of the photograph in a vertical position. This column may cast a shadow and may lie in a horizontal or vertical position on the photo. One or more vortex columns may be present. The vortex may loop or may appear to disappear completely from the photo. The column may be of any color, but the most common is white. Often a blue-white color may be visible associated with portions of the column being transparent. In those photographs taken at funerals, the vortex captured on film are often more blue than white with individual sections of the column as a dense white almost like blobs within the column. The older the spirit, the more solid the vortex appears. This may be a basic configuration for the ghost entity. From this configuration the vortex transforms into a globular shaped ectoplasm.



Orbs are the most common configuration pattern for the spirits of the dead. The sphere is considered the ideal vehicle for moving about. The spirit orb may represent one or more spirits or souls. Documented evidence suggest that these Orbs may allow multiple spirits to travel together. Most often an Orb in motion will leave a contrail since it is moving faster than the shutter speed of the camera. Orbs are the essence of who we were in life, our intelligence, our emotions, our personalities and our attitudes are all retained within this essence or soul. Often these orbs can be observed with the human eye as they past through the wall or zip across the room.




This is a form of spirit energy that appears either as long white swirls or as a vapor or cloud like spirit energy. This configuration appears to be unorganized and resembles swirls of smoke. When an Orb comes to rest, it can dissolve into an ectoplasmic mist. In some ectoplasmic mist, swirls caused by orbs in motion can be observed.




This form of ectoplasm resembles swirls of smoke or vapor and is caused by orbs in motion that are leaving a contrail behind it. The vapor trails are generally white.




Dust particles suspended in the air are often thought to be spirit orbs simply because they are also orb shaped. If the IGHS Standards & Protocols are not followed, the chances of photographing dust particles instead of spirit orbs are very high. Most digital cameras will capture suspended dust particles, both indoors and outdoors. Most people are amazed that their homes contain suspended dust particles, but they do. Heaters, vents, fans and other devices move the tiny dust particles on currents of air not seen by our eyes. The orb shaped anomalies maybe out-of-round, broken or chucked, may appear as shield shape, diamond shape or octogonal depending on which camera is used. Any straight line found on an anomaly means it is produced by light being reflected back into the camera causing the anomaly. Spirit orbs never have straight lines of any kind. Most dust particles appear in clusters and resemble bubbles.


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2 Responses to Common Configuration Patterns for Ghosts

  1. -R says:

    If you don’t mind me asking, is there any scientific agreement to back up the conclusion in this article about vortexes, orbs and ectoplasm, and have there been attempts to reproduce the photographic effects captured in these images?

    When it comes to digital photography being used as evidence in paranormal research, I find it to be highly subjective. The first image looks to be very much like a camera strap, simply by the camera flash casting a shadow. If it were actually a vortex, I highly doubt there would be any shadow cast or reflection from the camera flash. The second image appears to be that of a dust particle (a rather common feature with digital photography I’m afraid). The third image looks to be that of exhale condensation, but it’s difficult to tell from a thumbnail. Again, because the fourth image is also a thumbnail, it is difficult to tell if the “ecto-swirl” is possibly a bug or something captured in motion. Even though the background is clear, the camera’s shutter speed setting can also cause this effect. Use of a tripod helps in cases like this. It is a shame that this post does not include larger images to examine in detail…

    RMRIPP makes every effort to debunk common features in digital photography such as these (believe me, we get them too!) since we, in good conscience, cannot consider it evidence unless we are unable to replicate the anomalies. Now that our group has much more experience under our belt, we are continuing our efforts to debunk photographic “evidence” that we have captured when we were green. What a learning experience it has been, and an exciting one too!

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