Friday, November 30, 2012

Seeing Auras

Ellis Island Copyright Sephera Giron 2012
I still haven't quite put my finger on the whole aura thing.

It comes and goes for me.

When I used to play violin in an orchestra, I'd get swept into the music and see auras glowing and rising above us all as we played. Of course, it could have been the lighting since we always practised on a stage. But it was a strange transcendental sensation.

Rainbows or Halos
In school, staring at teachers teaching, I would suddenly see flashes of colours around their heads. When I was little, I just thought I saw things like everyone else.

Only when I was older and in fact, taking tarot classes in my thirties, that I realized I was seeing auras.

Of course I'd read tons about auras for years and even wrote a book with an aura painter in it. But I thought they were something like a Vegas show, not the gradual rainbows eminating from the tops of people's heads.

Relax When You Want to See
The reason I see auras when I'm watching a speaker is that they are usually rather static and sometimes have a plain back drop. As I listen to them and start to drift, my eyes likely lose focus and in that rather blurred state of actively listening and being in outer space, auras are easier to see.

Sometimes I meet people who have huge auras, not necessarily charisma and I can see them instantly.

When I'm preparing for a reading, I am more open and can see auras rather easily most of the time. If a party is really aggressive and there isn't a separate area, the whole metaphysical connection can shut down.

If I could paint, I'd be an aura painter.

Ellis Island photo by Sephera Giron Copyright 2012

Aura Painters
I've had two characters who are aura painters in my work.

The first is Aurora in The Witch's Field. She's a aura reader and painter and travels to psychic fairs with her friends.

The second is Teacher's Pet, a book about an aura painter and her new young eager student. The handsome protege's renderings contain more than auras. His paintings allow them to travel on erotic adventures in another land.

I don't really put much thought into auras. They're just there, like hair or fingernails.

Seeing Auras
Do you see auras?

Have your subject sit in front of a white background.

Sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes.


Breathe deeply.

Meditate for a few minutes.

Open your eyes.

Focus past the subject.


The subject can talk or not, it's up to you.

Blur your eyes and relax.

Let your mind drift.

If you see colours, don't "look" at them just stay the way you are.

When you're finished, write down your experiences so that you don't forget.

Have fun!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why Do We Look for Ghosts?

What draws a person to paranormal investigating to begin with?

Most people grow more interested in it as they have experiences they can't explain.

Some want to use technology to prove that there is indeed something there.

Some want to use technology to prove that there is nothing there at all.

It's a valuable tool to have a big whopping dose of scepticism. Even though you may be quaking in your boots at some unseen noise or whisper, part of you knows there has to be a rational explanation for it.

Searching for real life causes for an experience whether it's a photo, an evp or anyting else, is vital. Check for light sources, outside source, dust, angles of pictures and shadows.

This is the time to really play detective. Figure out how the situation could have occured in the real world.

Only when you've eliminated all possibilities should you investigate further.


Make notes as you go along no matter what devices you're using to capture evidence.
Record times.
Disturbances outside or inside.
Cars, trains, planes, boats, waves etc.
Walking, people coming and going from the session.

It takes hours to comb through evidence. Funny how you can capture loads of stuff in a mere few hours but it takes days, weeks, months to really examine raw data fully.

What do you want to gain from your experience?
Are you looking for specific answers to questions?
Are you being open minded?
Do you want the session to go in a specific direction?
What do you want to happen?
What do you hope to happen?
What will you do if you get what you want?


As curious as we are, we need to respect the rights of the ghosts who we're trying to call.

Even if you're a sceptic, have respect for the entities with whom you wish to communicate.

All photographs are taken by Sephera Giron and copyright protected. Copyright 2012.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Listening to EVPS

In the past year and a half or so, I've been recording evp sessions at haunted places on a very casual basis.

I'm still not sure how to work this cheap but effective digital tape recorder. I already accidently the best recordings I'd ever heard, of a boy in a chapel in the Iron Island Museum in Buffalo. That was a scary night with the PIST101 crew.

However, I find listening to EVPs difficult and frustrating. I know I have hearing loss, likely due to the many WHO concerts I've rocked out to over the years but once in a while, I can hear a bit of something. Or maybe I perceive a sense, a vibration slightly different than other vibrations that the current batch of voices is creating.

Once I hear evidence with the "ghost voice" pointed out, I can 70% of the time hear it as well. That doesn't mean I believe it's a ghost but at least I can hear it enough to discern there is another sound there.

Some EVPs can be very clear. I've heard them myself.

But for the most part, it's a very long painstaking process to analyze your EVPs.

I've bought four different sets of headphones, none of them terribly expensive although two were excellent deals.

The advice I was given by the Ghost-Girls was to boost the bass.

It did help a bit sometimes.

However, the whole process of EVPs takes a long long time.

You have to transfer the recording into a special program on your computer. Most of the time, if you have a cheapie record such as I, you have to do it in real time. So twelve hours of EVPs means twelve hours of watching that your computer doesn't go into screensaver or power off in the middle of a recording.

Then you have to sit and listen and listen and listen.

Your program, depending on what you use, I use a free one from the internet, might allow you to edit and boost the sounds of intriguing portions of your tapes.

There are websites where people upload their evps, photographs and other evidence for others to scrutinize.

When you're listening to your EVP, relax your ears and be open to any aberration in the sounds.

There might be a whisper, murmur, moan, laugh, scream, crying and so on.

Be open minded and listen in a very quiet place, no music or TV in the background.

When you're recording your EVPs it's helpful to state where you are and the time before the session. Describe any unusual sounds or if someone trips or sighs or walks over head. You'd be surprised how fast you forget what really happened in that room months later when suddenly think there's a monster banging at the window.

Keep notes in a notebook too if you remember or have the means. Write down the numbers of files, tracks and so on and where they happened and the time. Also make notes about anything usual to listen for or eliminate.

Be mindful of traffic, planes and other sounds that you may not have realized that was there at the time.

You'd also be surprised how loud and creepy a stomach growling can be. Make sure you note it when it happens.

The more notes the better although it can be distracting while you're trying to watch for evidence.

Another thing I've come to realize is that taking pictures while doing EVP can be distracting because whenever you hear the clicks, you get excited to think it's something but it was just a camera...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Do YOU Believe in Ghosts?

What's that you saw out of the corner of your eye?

It was gone before you could focus properly.

Was it just a trick of the light?

Was it a shadow?

A fleck in your eye?

Your nerves? But wait, you weren't nervous.

You were just sitting there.

And then a movement flickered just out of focus. As you turn to look, you have the sense something was there. And a chill floods down your spine as the hair on your arms bristle.

Sure most strange things can be explained.

Lights, dusts, bugs, animals, people playing tricks.

But now and again, things happen to us all that we can't explain.

Some of us shrug off these quirky little incidents, dismissing them as overactive imagination.

But sometimes, you can replay the scene over and over in your mind and realize that you can't come up with one single shred of an explanation.

So what do you believe causes "things that can not be explained?"

Is it our minds?

Are there really ghosts?


Resisdual energy?



Astral projections?

What is it at all?

What weird experiences have YOU had and how did you explain it in your own mind?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tarot Readings by Chat!

Photo by David Goodfellow Copyright 2012

I'm going to be available more to tarot read by chat for the next few days.

If you want to chat and I'm not on, pop me an email requesting an appointment. If I'm not doing my day job and am at home, I'll likely have a chance to answer your question.

In the past, I was always out and about, commuting, mom's taxi, walking the dog, at one point had a family of seven and so on.

But times have changed and I'm focusing more on doing the things in life that are meaningful to me.

Reading tarot is one of them.

I enjoy helping people or at least listening to their concerns and contacting the universe for messages to help them in their choices.

There's nothing magical about how we choose to make our own choices. But sometimes we need an outside eye to see the bigger picture and our own roles in the universe as a whole.

Sometimes what seemed so important, so gut wrenchingly neccessary isn't what it seems or what we wanted to begin with and in time can become a faded memory akin to a fleeting thought forgotten in a dream.

You can always count on life for changes so it's important to pay attention to the messages so  your transitions aren't

The tarot always provides the signposts we need when we need them the most.

I'm going to keep prices low for the holiday season while I try out the new chat room.

Sometimes there are specials where you can have the first three minutes for free so check back often!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Who is Coming to Toronto!

I found this picture on the webiste of someone who is more into the Who than I am!

I was a new teen when I discovered the Who.

It was a rainy day in Maine and a few of us went to the movies. Some saw The Wind and the Lion. My brother and I chose "Tommy."

I really connected to the whole experience. The total trippiness of the photography and Ken Russells fucked up acid hallicination that tailored the movie, the music, the bizarre storyline, the creepiness of a summer in Maine. It just really, ha, rocked my world.

My brother loved it too and we've both been life long Who fans ever since.

I've seen them in concert multiple times, even twice before Keith Moon died.

Tommy opened me up to other rock operas too. Before that, I'd been more into opera, classical music, old broadway, and whatever my grandmother's record of the month club had sent. Finian's Rainbow was catchy, sure, but Tommy was hardcore.

I discovered the Who, well, Pete, played with stories in his work. Whether it was a "CONCEPT ALBUM" which was a popular catchpharase in the seventies or a full out rock opera, Pete always touched a nerve.

Quadrophenia is his other most known long work.

I saw the Quadrophenia tour in Toronto over a decade ago. I missed them the last two times they came to town so it'll be great to see them again in a couple of days.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Borrowed Flesh by Sephera Giron

Borrowed Flesh is hot off the press from Necon Ebooks

Borrowed Flesh is the story of an aging witch, Vanessa, who has eternal life.

She is the local tarot reader in a small New England town.

She is very vain and bathes in blood to keep her looks.

Vanessa hangs around the local high school looking for virgins.

Ashley is a budding hip hop artist. Her idol is TnT and she raps about everything.

When her friend, Alex goes missing, Ashley suspects the witch.