Have you seen a small dark hooded being?

Hooded Beings, Entities and Figures.

The phenomenon of hooded entities or beings is one I have been following for many years. I have personally spoken to several witnesses over the years that describe similar experiences that involve these entities.

Hooded entities are usually described as 3 feet tall (1m) wearing a dark cloak with a hood, much like the Grim reaper style or like Jawas in the Star Wars Trilogy. Usually the faces are not visible under the hood but are occasionally seen with red eyes. Rarely facial features are described. Occasionally they are described taller as much as six feet (2m) in height.

Hooded beings seem to often appear to children and to lesser extent adults. They are most often seen during the night and usually appear to witnesses in bed (sometimes they are witnessed in dreams) or when awakened to get up to use the toilet or other night time activity. 

When awakened in bed or in a dream witnesses describe the hooded figures intensely staring down at them which evokes intense fear and paralysis. Sometimes vibrating or low humming sounds are felt and heard. Usually the beings beckon the witness out of bed and lead them outside. Most of the time to a wooded or natural area and are shown a variety of different things. Such as medical experiments the beings are conducting, impending disasters and other disturbing things. Sometimes more positive messages and healings are performed by the beings. Hooded entities can appear singularly or in groups. When in groups the entities tend to follow each other in an orderly line.

Reaction to them varies from intense fear, curiosity to positive feelings. Other witnesses believe that the beings try to communicate with them thru telepathy and emotional feelings.

Some witnesses describe the experience as a dream like quasi mystical state or alternate reality whilst others believe it is a very real physical experience.

Hooded figures have been seen by people when driving and out at night walking across and along roads and in fields and woodland areas.

Hooded beings differ from Shadow People (also described as hooded) dramatically as Shadow people are usually seen in the peripheral vision and when looked at directly disappear into floors ceilings and walls. Where as Hooded beings interact with witnesses are seen directly for longer periods of time.

Various theories has been put forward as to what the hooded ones are; Alien abductors, Inter-dimensional beings, Nature spirits, Ghosts, Ultra-Terrestrials, Sleep paralysis, Dreams and products of the subconscious mind.


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What made this seemingly normal cemetery monument glow?

In 1907 a young railway worker died on the job going above and beyond the call of duty trying to stop a runaway train with his bare hands he was flung to ground critically injured. His family erected a stone cross monument made of Balmoral Granite in the local Lismore cemetery. Prophetically according to its inscription eleven years later the Cross began to glow...

The gravestone of William Steenson reportedly began to glow around 1918. It shone so brightly on some nights that it bathed the surrounding ground and graves in an arc of white light. Overtime the cemetery fell into disrepair and the legend of the glowing cross became part of the local folklore it became known as the "Ghost on the Hill". The local children would dare one another to run into the graveyard go up to the monument and read the name on the inscription. Many were scared stiff by their ordeal.

Yet on the other hand many believed that the glowing cross was a positive phenomena created either by god himself or some kind of manifestation of the heroic spirit of William Steenson.

In 1978 a local woman visited the grave site and described her experience to a local reporter for the Northern Star Newspaper, he published in his human interest column a story on theories as to why the cross glowed. This in turn gathered the attention of Sydney newspapers which resulted in a media frenzy over the story. Reporters, Photographers, TV crews, Religious devotees came pouring into town. Not long after that experts arrived, geologists, stonemasons, physicists, light refraction experts etc. All tried to explain what caused the cross to glow, theories ranged from, phosphorescence, radioactivity, extreme light refraction from the highly polished granite, and even petrified glow worms.

Of all the theories none of them had a concrete conclusion, if it was simply light refraction why did the base which was made of the same material not glow, and also the cross glowed on night where the moon and other light sources were missing. Albeit not as brightly. The photographer from the Northern Star never believed the supposed "paranormal" explanations of why the cross glowed he maintained that the glow was caused by the fact that the Balmoral Granite was extremely well polished and was simply light reflecting off nearby sources. 

After the cross had become an international phenomenon publicity died down and the cross fell back into obscurity until 1986 when a renewed media frenzy began. Unfortunately with many cases like these the cross was a victim of vandalism on more than one occasion and at one point the cross was pushed off its base fortunately it was not damaged and was put back in place.

Later the same year the cross disappeared, some blamed vandals, others religious fanatics, some the church, others believed it was dumped up river. Whatever the case Lismore' Famous Glowing Cross has disappeared seemingly for good. The Steenson family we donated $2000 dollars by someone in Sydney to pay for a new cross to sit above the grave of their ancestor. Even though this cross was made from the same Balmoral Granite and was exactly the same dimensions as the original cross it has never glowed. The replica cross still sits today upon the original base of William Steensons grave in the Lismore pioneer cemetery.

Me with the replica cross at Lismore Pioneer Cemetery NSW.


It's inscription written by Bishop Heber published in 1811 on the base reads...


Sacred to the memory of my

Dear Husband William Thomas Thurling Steenson, who died 

At Lismore 30th September 1907;

from injuries accidentally received in execution

of his duty at Mullumbimby; aged 29 years

Though sorrow and darkness encompass the tomb, 

Thy saviour has pass'd through its darkness before thee...

And the lamp of his Love.

Is thy guide through the gloom.


The cursed Stones of Uluru?


Uluru (Ayers Rock) is perhaps Australia’s most internationally recognisable natural landmark and is sometimes referred to as the spiritual heart of Australia. 

In geological terms “Uluru is an inselberg, literally "island mountain". An inselberg is a prominent isolated residual knob or hill that rises abruptly from and is surrounded by extensive and relatively flat erosion lowlands in a hot, dry region.” – Wikipedia. 

The word Uluru does not mean “Island Mountain”.

 It is sometimes referred to as a monolith but this is a term often avoided by geologists.

The material of Uluru is mainly a type of sandstone called arkose. Which includes feldspars and some conglomerates. 

The name Uluru has no specific meaning and is a Yankunytjatjara word. Yankunytjatjara is the name of the local indigenous people of the land where Uluru sits. Uluru does not just refer to the rock but to the area and the people of where the rock is located.

Uluru as a whole is considered a sacred site yet there are many sacred sites on and around Uluru itself. To an indigenous Australian if a place is considered sacred there are often rules on who can visit particular areas. Which means that some places at Uluru can only be visited by initiated men and indigenous women. 

Climbing or walking on Uluru is strongly discouraged by the Yankunytjatjara people it is not illegal due to an agreement with the Australian Government, however the indigenous people would prefer you to respect their customs and not climb the rock. Taking photographs is also discouraged. 


The Curse?


Package containing "sorry rocks" returned to Uluru
Image Credit: http://learnline.cdu.edu.au/

As Uluru is World Heritage Site it attracts tourists in the numbers of over 400 000 people a year from all over the world. And because tourists like a bring a little souvenir from their travels many have pocketed up a piece of rock or a scoop of sand from Uluru and taken them home. 

A strange phenomenon has occurred in the last 20 or so years where pieces of Uluru and have inexplicably turning up in the mail sent back to the park with short letters apologizing for taking the stones and sand from their rightful place. Apparently letters arrive on a daily basis every year kilograms of rock and sand are returned. The have been given the name “Sorry rocks”.

It appears that many people after absconding with the artefacts start to have a run of back luck!

The largest stone to be returned was a whopping 7.5 kg which was returned from Germany. Other tourist do not even get to leave the country before either the guilt or the bad luck hits them. And are posted back before they leave to go home. 

One example is a Frenchman who in 2004 stole two pieces of stone from Uluru he handed them back to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra after a series of unfortunate events including having his car broken into and his backpack stolen. 

Jasmine Foxlee a social researcher at the University of Western Sydney says: “This phenomenon of returning rocks and sand is possibly the most important and impressive example of this kind of activity anywhere in the world.”

Is there a curse of Uluru? Are people simply superstitious or guilt ridden?  Perhaps it is suggestion from the Indigenous beliefs that the rock is “sacred” and should be respected? 

Indigenous Australians have animistic view of the world where everything has and energy or is alive.


Perhaps it is simply the spirit of the stone needing to return home?





Haunted and Mysterious Australia – by Tim the Yowie Man (New Holland Books).


What are these mysterious outback lights?

All around the world "ghost lights" have been seen by thousands of people e.g. will-o' the-wisp, jack o' lanterns, and fairy lights. Australia also has its share of stories of strange luminous objects that hover just above the ground. But the most famous is the Min Min Lights...

Named after a very small settlement which included a Pub, mail-exchange and small cemetery which used to stand on the boundary of two big stations - Warenda and Lucknow 100km east the town of Boulia in South West Queensland. The pub burnt to the ground in the 1800's and very little of the original small settlement exits. The first documented sighting of the Min Min lights occurred in the "Sunday Mail Magazine" of March 2, 1941 although reports go back much further in time some sixty years earlier. 

At about 10 pm, as the stockman passed the Min Min locality a strange glow appeared right in the middle of the little cemetery located at the rear of the old hotel. The glow appeared to grow to the size of a small watermelon, hover over the graveyard, and then move off in the same direction the stockman was traveling. Terrified, the man galloped towards Boulia with the light allegedly following him all the way, until he reached the outskirts of town.


It is usually one light, sometimes double, sometimes several, and sometimes seen as hundreds of little lights. It is generally reported as white, but has been seen as orange, red, green and blue. It may appear for a few minutes or may hang around for hours. It may be stationary or may travel at the speed or a car. It is usually about a metre above the ground, at fence height, and it may jump or travel along fences. 

It has been reported high in the sky, at times oscillating up and down like a yo-yo. A frequent feature is that, unlike a headlight, it lights its surrounds on all sides. It appears to be a curious, friendly light, often approaching but never threatening, although at times causing panic in the minds of the beholders.


The most frequent sightings (36) occur between 1950 and 1959, with only 12 between 1940 - 49 and 16 in the following decade.

Some possible explanations are:


* The ULO is a UFO (-although this is hardly an advance in understanding. Incidentally, the light was reported long before the era of flying saucer invasions).

* The ULO is burning gas, methane, marsh gas; an indigenous "Will-o'-the-wisp".

* The light is emitted from a condensation of luminescent, perhaps radioactive gas, e.g. radon escaping from the artesian aquifer.

* "Light reflection, light refraction, inversion layers" - light originating at a distance appearing to be close by.

* Luminescent insects (genus and species unknown) in a ball of breeding frenzy.

* Spirit(s) of the departed, returning to warn and give guidance.

* Fireballs, electrical disturbances, meteors or meteorites.

* A disturbance of observation initiated by suggestion and prior description and on occasions enhanced by tiredness and alcohol.

Prof Jack Pettigrew believes that the Min Min Light is caused by point four. "Light reflection, light refraction, inversion layers" but this does not account for the fact that people have thrown things at the lights, fired shot guns at it only to have it disappear in front of their eyes. Also it does not explain accounts of people as in the above example who were chased by the the light. Or stories of children who chased the lights across paddocks in their bare feet.

The Min Min lights have been associated with UFO's but the appearance and behaviour of the lights has little in common with the 

usual UFO sighting.