If you’re looking for cozy ghosts, and orbs that seem to feel right at home, make York’s Golden Fleece Inn (and pub) your destination.
The Golden Fleece is where I’ve seen some of the best, most convincing ghost orbs.
Of course, orbs can appear anywhere.
Some seem to be floating or gliding energy forms.
Context is important.
I’ve heard reports from people who successfully asked orbs to move to certain locations for photos.
For example, when someone told the ghost to move the orb to a particular doorway or gravestone… it did.
(Generally, I ask ghosts to manifest however they can, if they’d like to appear in a photo. I’m uncomfortable with 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 people’s heads. In most cases, the photos were taken at a significant event (such as a wedding or prom) or a family gathering.
The lighting and setting don’t matter. If it’s a family gathering or major social event among long-time friends or associates, orbs often appear in the photos.
An Odd Orb at the Golden Fleece
At other times, orbs appear – in surprising numbers – over chairs, as if the ghost is sitting there.
What follows is one of my favorite examples.
A group of us – experienced ghost hunters – visited “York’s most haunted pub” in June 2007.
The skeleton and other visual cues weren’t there at that time. It just felt like a nice, cozy pub with delicious food and great prices.
But, after a few minutes inside, the pub had a certain eerie edge to it.
And, as seasoned ghost researchers, we tend to be somewhat skeptical. So, we sat, enjoyed our lunch, chatted, and took a few photos.
One surprised me.
My photo shows an orb ‘seated’ at the haunted Golden Fleece pub in York, England.
Because that restaurant has many shiny surfaces, I discounted other orbs from that casual investigation. Nevertheless, the placement of the one in the photo caught my attention.
Is it a credible photo? I’m not sure. I’d need more evidence.
Is the Golden Fleece haunted? I believe so, and I wish I’d spent more time there. On my next visit to that part of England, I’ll definitely want to spend a night or two at the Golden Fleece. (Haunted Happenings has been among the groups organizing vigils at the Golden Fleece.)
The Golden Fleece is a Different Kind of Haunted
My main impression was: Yes, it has that “spooky vibe” we notice at haunted sites. Its ghosts are well-documented, too.
But there was something else… something I can’t yet put into words. It was a different kind of haunted, if that makes sense.
Usually, when I use a phrase like that, it’s because I’m uneasy. Something troubles me, and it’s the kind of place where I’d take extra spiritual precautions.
But in the case of the Golden Fleece… well, that site really is different.
I’d expect spirits like the cheerful ghosts in the 1988 movie, High Spirits… and perhaps a few truly creepy and unearthly spirits, as well.
In general, I believe the Golden Fleece is one of York’s most intriguing haunted locations. Whatever haunts the site, it’s unusual, even for York, one of England’s more haunted cities.
Haunted York Videos
Here’s a quirky (and slightly silly) four-minute video about haunted York, including the Golden Fleece.
York, England has been called the most haunted city in all of Europe. see more about WTHR’s Scott Swan’s story here: http://www.wthr.com/story/19191664/engla…
That YouTube video of haunted York is at: https://youtu.be/L_0KHH7_6NM
And another video of a Golden Fleece investigation.
YouTube URL - https://youtu.be/Q-GihuTQ3W8
The Orb-Ghost Connection
Are orbs proof of ghosts?
The context is important.
For example, if other odd things were going on, exactly when the photos were taken. Or, if someone – without knowing where an orb was hovering, in a photo or video – directly indicated something else “ghostly” at the exact same place and time.
In other words, orbs may be one of those “you had to be there” phenomena. Out of context, it’s difficult for others to take orbs seriously.
I understand that, and it’s frustrating.
Personal evidence can be the most personally convincing… and have the least credibility when you talk about it later.
So, What Are Orbs?
To be honest, I don’t know what orbs are.
Professionals check for normal, natural explanation. Those include 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.
But, for over 10 years, I claimed that most orbs were the result of natural phenomena, reflective objects, and so on.
Well, they’re not.
Yes, that’s an embarrassing admission. I wouldn’t admit to it, except my tests have shown, conclusively, that most convincing orbs really are anomalous.
So far, ghost hunters recognized that:
- Orbs appear in haunted places in dramatically higher numbers.
- Orbs seem to appear in areas where EMF levels spike.
- The actual orbs may contain higher levels of energy.
But are they ghosts? I’m not ready to claim that.
Some People See Orbs
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.
I’ll admit I’m still astonished when investigators see vivid orbs in photos, though we saw nothing unusual when the photos were taken.
Sparkles and Ghost Orbs
Years ago, I was the first ghost hunters to use the term ‘sparkles‘ to describe an odd visual effect that occurs with some cameras.
When people see sparkles, we usually find orbs or other photographic anomalies in our pictures.
Are Orbs Aware of Us?
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.
York, England, is just one of many haunted places where orbs seem quite at home. When you research there, be sure to take photos of chairs, stools, benches, and so on.
To me, it seemed like the orbs were pulling up a chair and joining the party.