For the month of April I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Learn more about the challenge by clicking here. Each day (except Sundays) I will be posting a theme based on each letter of the alphabet. This blog is covering paranormal topics for the month. To read my automotive blog posts for the challenge, click here.
First off, the traditional definition of a ghost light is a light that hovers not too far above the ground, typically over a bog or marsh. People used to think that the lights were faeries guiding them, while others believed they were mischievous spirits trying to lure people away from the safe passages. I guess if you ended up neck-deep in swamp water after following one of these lights, you would subscribe to the latter of the two philosophies.
Other terms for ghost lights is "spooklights" and "will-o'-wisp." As you all know from Men in Black, these lights appearing over bogs or marshes are just natural gases igniting, or sometimes they are the planet Venus.
In the American West there aren't a lot of marshes, bogs, etc. since a good portion is desert or rugged mountains, but we still have had many reports of ghost lights. I even blogged once about witnessing some strange lights that could possibly be attributed to the phenomena. Ghost lights in the United States have been characterized as being anywhere near the ground, and sometimes they even move (like in my personal experience). What they are is a topic of much controversy.
Now for my theory about why ghost lights are almost never reported in modern times. Most people, whether it's correct or not, attribute strange lights in the sky and even near the ground to UFOs, or more specifically extraterrestrial craft. With the rise of UFO reports starting in the 1940s, stories of ghost lights have waned.
Have you ever seen a ghost light?