[UK] York – Golden Fleece Orb

York - orb over chair in Golden FleeceOrbs can appear anywhere.

They appear to be floating or gliding energy forms, so they can be anywhere at all.

I’ve heard reports from people who successfully ask orbs to move to certain locations for photos.  For example, they tell the ghost to move the orb over a particular doorway or gravestone.

(Generally, I only ask ghosts to manifest however they can, if they’d like to appear in a photo. I’m uncomfortable with the idea of ordering them around.)

During many years of studying ‘ghost photos’, I’ve noticed an odd pattern among many orbs. They appear in consistent places. The trend is so predictable, we believe it’s beyond coincidence.

In an unusual number of photos, I’ve seen orbs directly over the head of a person. In most cases, the photos were taken at a significant event (such as a wedding or prom) or a family gathering.

Other orbs appear over chairs, as if the ghost is sitting there.

The photo above shows an orb ‘seated’ at the haunted Golden Fleece pub in York, England. (A group of us investigated at “York’s most haunted pub” in June 2007.)

Because that restaurant has many shiny surfaces, I discounted most orbs from that casual investigation. Nevertheless, the placement of this one caught my attention.

Looking back on our experiences at the Golden Fleece, and the many odd photos that resulted, I believe the Golden Fleece is one of York’s most intriguing haunted locations.


To be honest, I don’t know what orbs are.

Many investigators call them ‘ghost orbs’ when we can’t explain them, after considering humidity, dust, reflected light, and so on.

In 2013, after several years of intense study, I concluded that humidity, dust, reflected light, and other apparently reasonable explanations rarely cause convincing orbs in photos.

(I stress “convincing” because — to an experienced investigator — it’s fairly easy to spot an orb caused by dust, pollen, and so on.)

So, I’m having to retract over 10 years’ advice that most orbs are the result of natural, reflective objects — large and small — at sites where the photos were taken.

They’re not. (Yes, that’s an embarrassing admission. I wouldn’t admit to it, except my tests have shown, conclusively, that convincing orbs really are anomalous.)

Ghost hunters have ample proof that unexplained orbs appear in haunted places in dramatically higher numbers. Orbs seem to appear in areas where EMF levels spike. We’re not sure if orbs contain higher levels of energy, but some researchers believe that they do.


A small — perhaps gifted — minority of researchers are able to see orbs in real life. However, the orbs that they see don’t usually appear in photos taken at the same time.

In most cases, researchers don’t see anything before, during and after taking photos that — when viewed on the monitor or printed — reveal orbs.

After over a dozen years of professional research, I’m still astonished when investigator see vivid orbs in photos, though we saw nothing unusual when the photos were taken.


Years ago, I was the first ghost hunters to use the term ‘sparkles’ to describe an odd visual effect that occurs with some cameras.

I’ve learned that, when people see sparkles, there’s a good chance we’ll find orbs or other photographic anomalies in our pictures.


Ghost hunters aren’t sure if orbs are related to spirits that are aware of us and can respond to the people around them.

However, we’ve seen enough ‘ghost photos’ to know that orbs often appear in similar locations, as if they’re comfortable among us.

Whether they’re posing for group photos or sitting comfortably in a favorite chair, the placement often seems deliberate.

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  1. We got some fantastic “orbs” during our last ghost hunt.

    Oct 30th at 7:30 pm My uncle and I went to take some photos at Hevan of Rest Cemetery. We sat in the car for about a half hour talking quietly and putting brand new batteries in our cameras and flashlights. We also put the cameras on the tripods. Around 8:00pm we left the car and entered the yard taking a few test pics before something pulled on my skirt. When I turned around I quickly took to pics before my batteries died. The camera, flashlight and my uncles batteries also died at that moment. We had to replace our batteries. My uncle explained to me that sometimes ghosts will drain batteries for energy.
    We started off again taking randome pics, something yanked on my uncles jeans. He later told me it was like a small child trying to get his attention.
    As we took pictures it was dark and didn’t see anything with our naked eyes but the normal cemetery sights.
    After an hour and over a hundred pics later. We headed back for the car when again something yanked on my skirt, this time hard enough that it nearly fell to my knees. I swear I heard a voice saying, “Don’t go.”
    I quickly went to my uncle and told him what I thought I heard and he spoke toward the cemetery, “We will be back to visit soon.”
    I am hoping that made them happy.
    Later that night after going home, we looked at our photos on the computer screen. A very bright orb sometimes two was in most of our pictures. They were moving very fast by the tail they were leaving. They were traving upward, sidways, and shooting downward. Our favorite photo was two orbs playing with each other. It was very cute.

    There were several other orbs in our pictures but not as bright and not as playful.
    I just wish I could find anything that would lead us to their grave site. I would leave them a doll if girls or another type of toy if boys.

    it was the very best ghost hunt so far.


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