Describing the various types of Spirits, Ghosts, Poltergeists Hauntings is an entry located in the Halliwell Family's the Book of Shadows that offers brief explanations regarding the activities of different types of Ghosts.
After an encounter with an evil spirit known as Jackson Ward on the island of Alcatraz, Phoebe Halliwell returned to Halliwell Manor where she began researching Ghosts in the Book of Shadows. Her search led her to a two-page spread in the Book on Ghosts, Poltergeists Hauntings where she began making notes on the various types of spirits. The entry read:
The term "ghost" conjures up an image, peaceful or tortured,
of the spirit of someone who has died. It is generally assumed
that the dead, if restless and returned from the grave, would
be attracted either to their relatives, people with whom they
had some close association during life or to places that
had a special meaning to them. One theory holds that events
imprint themselves on the substance of the environment. Because
they are trapped in the fabric of time, their images are eternally
reenacted. The spirits of the murdered are often said to return
to the scene of their death as a reproachful or vengeful reminder
Ghosts are not necessarily visible, frightening or ethereal.
Indeed, many have been mistaken for solid, physical individuals.
Furthermore, ghosts may be perceived in a variety of ways,
though often only visible to psychics, while non-psychics merely
"feel" or "sense" their presence. If an individual possesses some
psychic faculty, they may perceive the ghost by means of vision,
sound or feeling. Ghosts can also be experienced through other
sensory perceptions, including the perception of a change in
temperature, movement and touch. There may be noises,
voices, music or other sounds that suggest the presence of
supernatural phenomena. Other indirect "sightings" include
the mysterious appearance of writing or apports such as..
Categories of Ghosts and Spirits
Influences: the mildest form of ghost. They manifest themselves in a
vague sort of "feeling" which adhere to places or accasionally
to objects. often unpleasantly, but in no more tangible form.
Poltergeists: the noisy ghosts. These manifest themselves by destructive
outbursts of energy, which cause physical results of various types,
usually involving the destruction of household objects or loud noises.
A poltergeist may manifest itself by moving or levitating objects.
Apparitions: the traditional ghosts, which are the shadowy figures
that appear and disappear. They are often associated with historical
locations. Some apparitions have been of the living, and others have
been animals and objects, for example ghost ships, phantom animals
or mysteriously appearing and disappearing objects.
Phantasms of the living: are apparitions of people who are still alive,
but who appear in one place while their physical body remains in
other. Such apparitions usually indicate: people who are on the
point of death, who manifest themselves to someone closely involved
with them; or are people who are conveying some message of urgency
(for example, the mother who appears to warn her child of danger) or
people who are asleep at the time and who project their astral bodies
accidently or intentionally.
Hauntings: when the characteristics of apparitions and poltergeists
are considered to result in psychic phenomena of an alarmingly high
rate or nature.