There is a theory that cryptids are more likely found near a vortex or ley lines. Can these magnetic anomalies host these elusive, bizarre creatures?
On Brad Meltzer's Decoded - the Devil's Graveyard, he briefly mentioned this theory. I thought what a great blog article! After doing some not-so-informative research, I've found there is hardly anything published on this subject so I've got my work cut out of me.
For those who are not a paranormal nerd like myself, I will first explain what cryptids, vortexes, and ley lines are so you know what the hell I'm talking about. A cryptid is a creature that is thought to be seen but it has not been proven it exists such as Bigfoot, Chupacabra, and the Loch Ness Monster. A vortex, in this context, is a spinning spiral of energy located at various spots around the world. Ley lines are associated with vortexes. These lines are a crack in the earth's tetonic plates which forms a straight line. Magnetic energy is thought to escape from these lines. I believe a vortex is where ley lines intersect and spiral into a vortex.
The obvious answer to locating a hotbed for cryptids would be to map the sightings to see if they correlate with ley lines and vortexes.
I used a common ley line grid chart and started with bigfoot, searched the BFRO, and located the top states with sightings in the United States. Washington won the most sightings by far, next was California, Oregon Ohio, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Michigan. My own Illinois?! That's a future blog. I then included Yeti sightings, most of which are found in Nepal and Siberia, and the Yowie in Australia. These are all marked on the map with a red square.Next up is Chupacabra with sightings in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas marked in green. The Loch Ness Monster found in Scotland in blue. Orang Pendek in Sumatra in orange.The winner would have to be Orang Pendek right in the middle of 3 crossing lines, with Nessie in a close second where 2 lines intersect. The rest of the cryptids do seem to hang out near ley lines but it's hard to say this is an actual fact.
It is thought animals, such as pigeons and whales, use ley lines for migration and navigation. Is this proof these elusive creatures also use the lines as a compass? Why would cryptids be attracted to these magnetic hotspots? Do they want to be close to their "highways?" Ancient people such as the Maya Indians constructed their trade routes along these lines.
Do the ley lines make them happy? People flock to Sedona, Arizona, to experience the many vortexes in the area. They believe energy lines exist on multiple dimensions in this area. I have been to Sedona three times and it is my favorite travel spot. Not only is it the most beautiful place on earth, in my opinion, but while you are there it does indeed make you feel in awe and take your breath away but is this feeling vortex energy or the beauty of the red rocks?
Another theory is energy vortexes are a portal to another dimension. This would explain why Bigfoot is so hard to find. He can just cross over into another world to escape prying eyes.
Finding Bigfoot is a popular new TV show on Animal Planet. This show follows four bigfoot investigators around the country searching for the infamous creature while filming them saying various "squatchy" words over and over again. If you've seen the show you know what I mean. If not, be prepared to be annoyed and learn some new, made-up words. What do you know about these four squatchy humans? Unless you are an avid bigfoot fan, probably not much.
The investigation team includes three believers and one skeptic. Matt Moneymaker has been searching for sasquatch since he was 11. That's a whole lifetime of squatchy encounters. Yes, Moneymaker is his real name. He is a law school graduate and the founder of Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization which claims to be "The only scientific research organization exploring the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery," according to their website. Really? The only one?
BFRO offers expeditions so you can join them in the search for bigfoot ranging from $300-$500 for about four days. What does this fee include? Basically nothing other than the chance to explore with this group and learn some squatchy techniques. Pricey if you ask me. The website indicates they charge this much so only people serious about the adventure attend. If you weren't serious about it, I don't think you would spend days in the woods hunting a creature that may or may not exist or even know about this paid encounter at all.
Mr. Moneymaker is well known in the bigfoot community and is credited for many advances in the knowledge of this creature including using sound blasting and howling to locate bigfoot; and he is the first person to record a male howl. How did he know it was male?
Cliff Barackman is also a believer. He has a degree in Jazz Guitar, plays his instrument around the Portland area, and teaches fourth grade. What kid wouldn't want this cool, squatchy guy for a teacher? He spends over 200 days a year in the field. That's dedication. Mr. Barackman has his own website.
James "Bobo" Fay is a lifetime believer. He is the squatchiest one of the bunch. I'm sure he would consider this a compliment. According to www.squatchopedia.com (yes, there is such a thing) Bobo is 6'4", hence the reason he is often a sasquatch double on the show. Mr. Fay is a man of many trades, all of them revolving around his love for bigfoot. He has spent a lot of time with Native Americans learning their knowledge of the hairy beast, was a logger, road builder, roadie for the band Sublime, and currently is a commercial fisherman. In his early years, Bobo was a surfer and according to the Finding Bigfoot site this surfing experience led to his investigation of bigfoot sightings. What?? Does Bigfoot surf or even swim in the ocean? Are we looking in the wrong place?
The only woman of the group, Ranae Holland, has a Bachelor's of Science degree and works as a research biologist. She is the skeptic of the team and keeps the boys based in reality. According to her Facebook page she is a "Bigfoot enthusiast - not a believer" and contributes her interest in bigfoot to her late father who was a fan of the beast. Ranae's squatchiest move of the season was when she sported a ghillie suit and hung out in a tree for the night hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious creature.Definitely an interesting cast for an entertaining show. I hope they find what they are looking for.
If one book wasn't enough, the Roto Rooter guys of Ghost Hunters wrote a sequel in 2009 entitled Seeking Spirits, The Lost Cases of the Atlantic Paranormal Society. Not much of an improvement in the title from their previous book, another mouthful.
This book starts off with a fascinating story from Grant on how he first came in contact with the paranormal. Then it goes into each investigation. What's different in this book is after each case they include a piece on ghost hunting such as Poltergeist, EVPs, and Infrared Camera. They tell us where the paranormal term or ghostly gadget came from, how to operate it, and why ghost hunters use it. I really like this addition. It's very informative. One of my favorite stories in the book had to do with how a member became a part of TAPS. We also find out how Jason and Grant became owners of a haunted inn.
There are similarities between book one and book two. The chapters are short, they tell us about many cases, some aired on TV, others did not. As with the first book, some cases will surprised you. There are paranormal photos in the middle of the book and a paranormal glossary at the end.
I loved the addition of paranormal explanations. All in all an entertaining read. If you are a fan of Ghost Hunters, you will want to read this book.
If two book deals weren't enough, they have a third book entitled Ghost Files, The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits, a compilation of the best cases from book one and book two. Obviously they didn't learn anything when they entitled this book.I give Seeking Spirits, The Lost Cases of the Atlantic Paranormal Society four alien heads.
_This post is the first in my series of Paranormal Book Reviews. In case you haven't heard, if you are a ghost hunter you are also a writer.
Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of Ghost Hunters wrote their first book published in 2007 entitled Ghost Hunting, True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society. That's a mouthful.This book starts off telling us how Jason and Grant met and how TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, came to be and a little bit about it's original members. Some facts about them will surprise you. The guys also go into their philosophy about ghost hunting.After reading case after case, some I can remember from the TV show, some new cases, I came to the realization they don't put the good stuff on TV. As with all paranormal groups, some clients want to remain confidential. I guess it's not OK to film a case for television it but it is OK to write about it in a book. There are some fantastic claims that didn't make it to their TV show but I wish it did. It would make the show more interesting. This book gives us a totally different perspective on the type of cases they take, along with some pretty freaky evidence. Did you know TAPS once had a clairvoyant on staff, dealt with demons and incubus, and were present during exorcisms? I know what you're thinking. This isn't the Ghost Hunters we know. This ghost hunting team would give Zak, Nick, and Aaron a run for their money. One thing that bothers me about the book is they don't write very much about each case, only a few pages. Maybe there isn't anything else to say but I think each chapter seems short. In the middle of the book you will find paranormal photos and the end of the book contains a few words on starting your own paranormal group, not enough to actually run a group but maybe get you started, and a glossary of paranormal words.The thing I learned most from this book is there is more than meets the eye. The segment you see on their TV show, Ghost Hunters, is a small portion of the cases they investigate. Sometimes they spend days collecting evidence on one case. I have a new insight into what the TAPS team is really all about.I give Ghost Hunting, True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society four alien heads.