July Feature Investigation

This month, we feature an article by one of our newest members!  Since we are still in the process of getting our website updated and together, we'll just post the link here for now:

Am I just seeing things?

By Lisa Marie Lugo

 

 

I stumbled upon a post of an image of a dark doorway with a shadowy figure and a circle around what appeared to be a face. In the paranormal world we see these images and stills of video constantly. We see smiling faces in orbs and the occasional phenomenon of seeing Jesus in our toast. Is it truly a piece of evidence that is a scientific discovery? Or completely made up with our minds?

 

There are stories both local and global about finding images in food or in inanimate objects. This phenomenon is called pareidolia. According to Webster dictionary, pareidolia is “the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features.” Even breaking down the word para is greek for something faulty or wrong and eidolon meaning image. Our brain is rationalizing an image we are not sure of and creating an image we recognize. The most common use of this is the Rorschach inkblot test, which is used to gain insight into a person’s mind.

 

The most famous cases of pareidolia are seeing religious figures. A local case was located in the windows of a Clearwater office building. Since 1996 the side of the building had several panels of glass in which the outline of what appeared to be the figure of the Virgin Mary. The office buildings later became a church and a homage for individuals across the state.

 

 

While being in the paranormal business it is important to keep an open mind to all evidence that comes your way.

 

For Further Research:

http://www.livescience.com/25448-pareidolia.html

 

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/08/pareidolia-a-bizarre-bug-of-the-human-mind-emerges-in-computers/260760/

 

 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/clearwater-virgin-mary

 

 

*Update: The Clearwater Virgin Mary was vandalized in 2004 with someone shattering some of the windows where her head appeared.

July 19, 2016: The Buck Moon



July Announcements

JULY:

The Buck Moon, July 19:  (from Google) July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

 

Also this month: Happy Belated Candada Day (July 1) and Happy Independence Day (USA) July 4th!

 

NEW CASE RELEASED:  Suntan Art Center. Here is the released page for St. Petersburg Paranormal Investigation's case in June: The Suntan Art Center. We will do a follow up investigation (hopefully adding in a Paranormal Pets episode with my boys, Achilles and Odysseus) soon. Also, there will be a tour of the buildings, located next to the Don Cesar, Oct. 15. Come support the supernatural and some great local art!  

http://sppipinellas.homestead.com/suntanartcenter.html

 

NEW PARANORMAL PETS EPISODES:  Interview with a pet psychic, how to help pets prepare to pass, what pets experience:  http://petliferadio.com/Paranormal_player70.htm

 

Curious about centaurs?  Then here's an episode for you!  http://petliferadio.com/Paranormal_player71.htm

 

Special thanks to the Pinellas Park Public Library for a very successful session of Ghost Hunting 101 (June 20).  The attendance vastly exceeded my expectations (I think we had 50 people!) and the library provided a wonderful guest venue.

 

We did do our first investigation under this new name in June.  More information to come.  It's a process of growing pains as we work on creating a more efficient and effective website.  Updates soon!

 

Features for MAY:

Family visits from the Otherside. One of the most often reported phenomenon we get relates to family visits.  Read about personal accounts of family passing on messages and add your own story here.

SPPI Reviews: http://sppipinellas.homestead.com/Book-Reviews.html?_=1464125182760

 

Other Links:

If you are interested in animals and the supernatural, please check out these sites:

 

Podcasts:  Paranormal Pets at petliferadio.com (check for the icon and you'll see the recorded episodes). 

 

The darker side to paranormal pets are mysterious Shadow Animals.  Like shadow people, these remian enigmatic figures though the often evoke less of a sense of terror.  There is still something....unique about them.  Read submitted stories and see what you think:http://shadowanimals.homestead.com/Shadow-Animals-Home.html.

 

One of my oldest pages, and certainly a favorite.  Have pugs?  Love pugs?  Then check out the Paranormal Pugs Page and its sister site for handsized critters, the Paranormal Pocket Pets Page!