Facts, Rumors, and Theories about Ghosts
A Brief Treatise on the Dead
By Lord Brownstone, O.C.
What are ghosts?
Ghosts are the remnant souls of our friends and loved ones, who remain tethered to the mortal realm after their deaths. Over time, ghosts will eventually resolve their trauma and move on to heaven or hell. Religious philosophers tell us that ghosts’ brief time in this world serves as a type of purgatory for those souls neither virtuous enough for heaven nor sinful enough for hell. Devout prayers or sacred offerings can help these ghosts move on to a higher plane.
What is possession?
For a long time, it was believed that a ghost could not possess a living person without that person giving direct permission (and this, of course, assumed that person was one of the rare individuals with some sort of gift that permitted them to speak to the dead). Much to our dismay, however, recent events have shown that some ghosts not only have the ability to take complete control over a living body, but that they can also force the very soul out of that body. The mechanism for how this occurs is not yet fully understood. When the possessing ghost moves on or is forced out, the original soul can be reunited with the body—but for reasons yet unknown, the soul does not not always return. A significant number of previously possessed individuals never reunited with their original soul, leaving their bodies insensate and comatose. Have these souls moved on to their afterlife in absence of their mortal shells? Further study is required.
Why do some ghosts seem more powerful than others?
This is not fully understood. Some people believe that the way a person died has an impact on the potency of their ghost, with more violent and traumatic deaths creating strong ghosts. But this isn’t always the case—sometimes, even someone who died peacefully will leave a willful ghost behind. Other theories suggest that it is the strength of the individual’s soul that determines the power of their ghost, and that some people simply have brighter and more noble souls than others. This matches well with what medical science teaches us about the difference between those of us who are intelligent and refined, and those pitiable common folk who are coarser and more base. Yet another theory states that ghosts are vibrant and visible based on the amount of sin in their soul, and that as they atone for their sins over time, they slowly fade until they gradually make their way into the next world. (I mention this theory only for the sake of completeness, as my own personal experience conclusively speaks against it. But I shall speak of these matters further in a later monograph).
What are the weakness and vulnerabilities of ghosts?
Obviously, one cannot kill, or even harm, a ghost—they are already dead. Souls are perfect and inviolate, and cannot be damaged or broken apart. But certain things are believed to control, abjure, or compel ghosts. Sinful ghosts cannot enter holy ground, and purified salt is said to ward away ghosts of any type. Recent studies suggest that moving electrical current is anathema to ghosts, although experiments are still ongoing. The effect of holy water remains highly debated, but most experts agree it does seem to be at least somewhat effective. It goes without saying that Pagan occult rituals and other superstitious nonsense are completely worthless.