Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mind Fuck Tuesday: Are Caves Haunted?

Haunted caves are not that old a concept. Why would caves be haunted? Well, why not? Here are some factors working in favor of caves being haunted:

1. Geology. Hauntings are often times associated with places that contain granite, quartz, copper and limestone. Mining towns are especially haunted. Perhaps geology and haunting conditions are codependent.
2. History. Caves have been used by tribes, miners and people seeking shelter in tough times, all situations that might have involved death, as well as ancient burials of family members within caves.
3. Reception. The reasons we hunt at night for ghosts? Because of lack of outside interruptions and stimulation. The lack of sensory input makes your senses more keen. Ever notice how a dripping faucet or one bit of light can keep you up at night? A cave is an ideal place completely devoid of human interventions and outside interruptions.
4. Feng Shui. It could be that the very weaving passageways could help to contain energy and hold it within, the stone might even prevent spirit activity from being able to dissipate or leave.

Let's talk about haunted caves around the world, there's a lot of them. Here are just a few:

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky
Unexplained sounds, strange lights, bizarre noises, disembodied footsteps and of course, apparitions and spirits. The long history of the place includes accidents from the days of the saltpeter operations, Native Americans who wandered into the cave and never found their way out, stranded travelers, missing cave explorers, and tragic tuberculosis victims.

Bell Witch's Cave in Tennessee
This cave is associated with the infamous witch who supposedly cursed a farmer and his family. There are tours given of the cave that some say was the hideout of the witch and also beneath the burial ground of Indians.

Chislehurst Caves in Kent in the UK
Originally used for chalk and flint, the caves during The War were used by people to hide out in. The most often reported things are children laughing and playing and the mournful cries of children. Mists and full-body apparitions are also seen.

Hellfire Caves Buckinhamshire England
This one got notoriety for TAPS going there and doing an episode of "Ghost Hunters" in which they captured some EVPs and a strange light. In the 1700s, the founder of a club called "Hellfire" used the caves. Some of the notorious members of the secretive club are said to haunt the tunnels they had their meetings in. There is only speculation about what happened in there, but within the chalk walls, there are reportedly many things such as lights and voices.

Lilydale Caves, St. Paul MN
Tales say there were suicides, murders and rapes there, tied to Prohibition and gangster dealings. Supposedly the tunnels wind and belly crawl and have stone staircases that meet doors to basements of homes on the bluff, doors that are blocked shut. It mostly reports warm spots and strange noises.

So, what do you think, are caves often haunted or just seem like they should be?

Do not miss this afternoon's Josh Gates Journals--you will laugh your ass off.


  1. I can see why people would feel caves as being haunted, since (for modern folks) they're very alienating places - cold, damp, dark, not cozy at all.

    I've been in a few caves and always found them fascinatingly eerie. Geologically speaking they're amazing, seeing structures underground that took hundreds, thousands, even millions of years to create. I always watch those cave exploration shows.

    Caves have been a part of mankind's history since the dawn of time, and plenty of people have lived and died in them, so it only makes sense that there could be a few lingering spirits in caves.

  2. Hey Eric;
    I've done some spelunking myself and I have to say that as a psychic and not as someone who hates to crawl in tiny places, they have a definite presence about them. It could be the lack of sensory input and the musty smells and dripping and darkness. Nothing could possibly feel more haunted. Although the ones I've been in, I felt no intelligent presence, I felt a kind of residual to them, as if they do have a history of humans being in them and that is retained very powerfully. I would tend to attribute this to something in the rock. As a psychometrist, I can tell you that rock is the easiest read, therefore I can assume the best retainer of human information and emotion. So, it's kind of like a giant mainframe.

  3. I've heard a lot of wonderful cave ghost stories, so I think they must be haunted as often as anyplace else.

  4. Jessica;
    It did have me wondering. There seems to be a lot of stories and it's hard to differentiate if that's because they are so scary or because there is some genuine reason to believe. I have on my list to do a little ghost hunting in some caves. I will be happy to report back.

  5. Love the Feng shui angle. Something I haven't ever considered.

  6. Hey Guy;
    Yes. After numerous house calls, I've come to find commonalities in the ones with activity including a lot of darkness and clutter. Lighthouses, as well, make themselves more haunted by their circular shapes. When I found activity, it was often along natural pathways people travel. It doesn't say spirit energy is limited by walls and such, but that free movement is the path of less resistance.

  7. Sounds like you and I need to do some exploring in some of the many caves in this state to see what we come up with. Didn't Josh do an investigation in a cave and captured a voice? I can't recall.

  8. Josh has had a lot of things happen in caves. We spend so much time thinking about buildings that we forget some of the other spots that might be perfect vessels. I'm hoping when we get out little ragtag team into a cave, we're going to learn some interesting things, like the shielding of signals for EMF and EVP might actually make anything we find a lot more legit.

  9. Hmmm...I actually never thought much about caves being haunted, but your explanations work! The only "haunted" cave I've been in was a couple or so years back the ex-hubby took me to a haunted cave attraction in the NC/TN mountains. IT WAS AWESOME! LOL Too bad they no longer do this haunted thing. It was very well done.

  10. Lil Sis;
    That would be so cool! Julie and I plan on going out and doing a cave study and photographing, documenting and videotaping for the blog to share.

  11. I wonder just how far back our "genetic memory" goes as well, and how much it contributes to our current perception in relation to the paranormal. One of the first true "enemies" the human race ever encountered were gigantic cave bears that could eat us with literally the amount of effort it would take for you or I to mack a Quiznos Steak and Cheese.

    So maybe somewhere in our DNA is still the lingering message "caves bad, me no like" that crops up like a set of psychological tonsils. We obviously overcame it to a certain extent, because we were still living in caves long after the cave bear became extinct (which was around the time we discovered pointy objects).

    I have been in some caves were I've felt illogically afraid, and I have been in other caves that were more claustrophobic where I actually felt almost welcomed by the energies there. I also seem to remember hearing about paranormal activity being more concentrated in areas of large quartz deposits. What is your take on this?

  12. Aaron;
    You're no dummy. You always surprise me with your insights. Yes, I've even pondered the DNA memory, as well. I talk about it a bit in the book I'm working at about psychics. Here's how I see it and I'm a logically based gal: We see more ghosts at night and especially at bedtime. Why? Because, like our thoughts get insane at bedtime, so do our senses. We've had a TV, radio, telephone, computer, conversation going all day, then we lay down in a dark quiet place. Not only do our thoughts run away and make it hard to sleep because it's the first time we've sat with ourselves all day, but we're sensory deprived. A tiny dog barking three houses down from us is driving us insane and so is that drip in the kitchen sink. So, in a cave you're uber tuned in and have no distraction. I've done spelunking and I have to say every cave feels different. You can tell the ones inhabited by man over the years compared to the ones not inhabited over the years. Quartz is an important point and it's part of the thrust of my upcoming book "Spirit Vessels: Why Some Buildings Are Haunted." Going back to the time of ancients and stone structures, the construction and the materials they used were specific. In buildings where we have hauntings, the geology and constructions are specific. It's intriguing to see the commonalities. Granite/quartz/copper/limestone all seem super active and my guess is that perhaps they react to earth changes and geomagnetic storms differently than other factors. As a psychic who reads objects, stone is the very best retainer of info. That's significant, I believe, and I hope to delve in that during my research. I also hope to do a cave ghost hunt with a team and do some video and report back on the blog.

  13. I would love to go to the Isle of Anglesey and check out the caves there. I'm sure this. I am sure the spirit of Merlin and the old Druids still haunt those caverns. I tried to once when I was stationed in London many many moons ago, but my traveling companions were fellow Marines, so we ended up to soused to drive before we even hit Dover...

  14. Damn, Aaron! You lucky boy! I still have never left the country and desperately want to see everything but a really stick in the mud husband all my life and now the day to day grind of my job has really ruined that. I wanted to go to Italy while I'm still attractive enough to get my ass pinched. I want to see the family castle in Scotland and my father's childhood estate in Norway. Well, once I get established as a writer, I'll have to travel so I'm inspired. I can't imagine the tales you could tell.

  15. Wait, what?

    My father is from Bergen (met my Mom on vacation), and the Gipson surname is from the clan Buchanan in Scotland where there is still a castle (can't call it 'family' though).

    That's pretty dang eerie...

  16. My father is from Trondheim--Thorvaldsen. My mother was a Fraser (Highlander)

  17. Ah youre a Fraser.They were quite powerful in the Inverness area back in the day.I've never really been in many caves to be able to give any personal insight but it's funny the seeming importance of stone and also the mention of the Druids.When you think of Stonehenge and the incredible effort the iron age society went to not to mention ingenuity required to move the large stones over 100+ miles.There must have been a very specific reason why they wanted those stone,cant be just colour n texture.They also built large underground tombs of stone.Stone monuments litter the whole UK,it was fundamental to them but thanks to the Romans then Christianity we've totally lost the link with them.We have Clava Cairns here,they say its a burial site thou no bodies ever been found there.I reckon its where they celebrated,the shaman prob used it too.It has a charged feel when you're amongst the stones.Has feeling of living n joy not death but thats just my sense of it



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