Thanks to Diane from St. Augustine, Florida for this story!
One day, Diane was visiting a friend, when she was presented with a strange stone pendant. It was a beautiful malachite stone in a homemade setting. Knowing that Diane was into crystals, incense, and things like that, the woman offered to give Diane the stone. Her friend said that she had found it years ago, but didn’t like wearing it because she seemed to have a bad day whenever she did. Before deciding to take it, Diane wanted to get a feel for the stone’s energy. Holding it in her hands, she closed her eyes and sensed green sweeping hills that reminded her of Ireland. Diane decided that she liked the stone and thanked her friend for giving it to her.
Soon after, Diane wore the stone to a Druid meet up and a Wiccan meeting. At both events, different people approached her and said that they were picking up weird vibes from the stone. They encouraged Diane to cleanse the stone before wearing it again. Diane took the stone home, gave it a sage cleansing, and placed it on the altar she had dedicated to the fairies.
Instead of helping, odd things started happening in her apartment. Stuff was moved around, lights turned themselves on and off, and she began seeing a white ball of light that floated about the apartment and over her fairy altar. Then she saw an apparition of a young girl with long, straight, dark hair peeking around the corner of the hallway by her bedroom. The child spirit looked to be about eight or nine years old. Diane’s husband also caught a glimpse of the spirit. One night, he went to take out the trash and saw a person sitting in the back of Diane’s car. When he looked closer and saw the little girl’s ghost, he freaked out and went and told his wife.
Another day, Diane had just finished vacuuming the living room. She turned the vacuum off and went to go talk to her husband about something. A few minutes later, she went back into the living room to find that the whole thing had been turned upside down and dumped out all over the floor. Both Diane and her husband had just been in the next room and they hadn’t heard a sound.
It was clear that something was wrong. With all this activity happening since Diane had brought the necklace home, she placed it in salt water to try to purify it again. While Diane’s husband was afraid, Diane just wanted to know what was going on. She decided to try to contact the spirit through meditation.
She cast a circle and used a homemade Ouija board with a pendulum. The spirit told her that her name was E.J. and that she had been killed in an invasion during wartime in St. Augustine. The stone pendant had been a gift to her and she wanted it back. One of Diane’s friends, who was a Wiccan high priestess, came to inspect the house and confirmed what Diane had found out through the Ouija board session. The piece of malachite emanated a guardian energy that was intended to help protect the child’s spirit.
Meanwhile, Diane had this nagging suspicion that whatever spirit was attached to the stone was not happy that it was submerged in salt water. Unable to dismiss this feeling, Diane took the malachite pendant out of the water and placed it back on her fairy altar. She warned her husband not to touch it and then went out to do some errands.
When she got home, she went back in her room to find the stone missing. Diane asked her husband where the stone was, but he swore that he hadn’t seen it. They searched the room, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Later, as they were getting into bed, her husband said that he felt something underneath his pillow. Picking up his pillow, he found the green stone lying underneath. Diane’s husband turned pale and leapt out of the bed screaming, “How did it get there?!” After that, Diane promised E.J. that she would find a way to return the stone to her.
The next day, she put the stone into a cloth bag covered with rune symbols and went to go see her friend. Diane asked the woman where she had gotten the stone. At this point, the woman confessed that she had found the malachite pendant while hanging out in a cemetery after dark when she was a teenager. Diane was upset. She would never have accepted the stone if she had known where it had come from. She asked the woman for the location of the graveyard so that she could return it.
The burial ground was across from a fort. Many of the people buried in there died from a yellow fever outbreak. By the time that Diane got there, the cemetery gates were locked. She really didn’t want to keep the stone any longer than necessary. Walking around the perimeter, she saw a little grave with the initials E.J.
“That must be her grave!” thought Diane. Now, the problem was getting inside to return the malachite pendant. She didn’t want to take it home again since she was only feet away from the little ghost girl’s grave. She stood there holding the stone and praying over it for a few minutes. Taking her best shot, she hurled the stone over the gate. It landed in an aloe plant that was right next to the tiny grave.
On her way home from the cemetery, Diane found a fairy pendant lying on the ground. She took this as a sign that E.J. was happy and at peace now that she had her stone back. When she got home, the apartment’s energy was back to normal. The spirit had moved on.
After these events, Diane learned that there is a spirit named Elizabeth who haunts the city gates, which are located right across from the cemetery. According to local history, Elizabeth was the daughter of one of the guards. She is believed to have died during an invasion. Could the spirit of Elizabeth and E.J. be one and the same? What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
Big news! I recently did an interview with Jacquetta Szathmari and Katie Kazimir on their podcast, Hey You Know It. I had a great time talking about ghosts, the paranormal, and sharing some of my favorite ghostly encounters. Listen to the podcast for free here: A Reluctant Happy Medium.
Do You Have a Ghost Story?
Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview. I’m always in the mood for a good ghost story!
Want even more Ghost Stories?
I have launched a ghost story magazine via Patreon called The Spirit Hour. For a dollar a month, you get complete access to all the stories in the ghost story magazine, so that you can read them whenever you want. A new ghost story will be posted once a month.
Also, check out The Ghost Post’s YouTube channel for audio recordings of The Ghost Post. It’s perfect for camping out, sleepovers, or anytime you just want to hear a ghost story on the go.
For more ghost stories, paranormal phenomena, and updates, follow Tara Theresa Hill on Facebook and on Twitter at @TaraTheresaHill.
Are you one of the following: A paranormal writer, artist, or investigator?
Do you have a paranormal-themed business or Facebook group?
Then check out my new paranormal advertising group, The Paranormal Hotspot: The Market for All Things Paranormal. There is no set promotion day, so you can promote your business, art, or group every day for free. You can also post links to sites where you sell your products or services. Our mission is to help paranormal businesses, artists, writers, and investigators connect with fans and consumers!
Get Your Ghost On!
Check out our CafePress store featuring The Ghost Post’s official mascot, Spook. We’ve got awesome coffee mugs, t-shirts, and more!