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Grimoire Crafting


Greetings All:

I am still working on my Book of Shadows binder. I am happy with how it turned out. I love it now that I painted a sealant over the binder covers. It looks beautiful and aged, which is just the way I wanted it. I promise to post a photo soon.

I am so happy that Paranormal Chronicles is publishing my article on my phantom encounter in their next issue. I guess that the encounter paid off. Paranormal Chronicles is a new free digital magazine. The issue launches in mid-Jume. I can’t wait!!! The first issue had 3000 readers. Issue  2 will have surpassed 1000 unique readers in its first week! It’s a way to connect the paranormal enthusiasts all over the world.

The binder wasn’t hard to do. If you have an old unused dusty binder buried in your closet, and want to make it magickal as if it came off the shelves at Hogwarts, this is how you do it. I removed the plastic covering. Then I wiped down the whole binder to clear off the dust bunnies. I removed and set aside all the paper.

I assembled all the supplies I would need. I covered the whole outside of the binder and over all the edges with black tissue paper. I applied three layers of the tissue and lots and lots of glue. I applied the silver glitter stickers to the front of the binder. I let that dry overnight. The key there is to almost overboard with the glue. Set the binder on some newspaper or paper towels. This step gets messy. The front of the binder reads: :Hexes and Spells.” The spine reads Grimoire. I hot glued a spiderweb patch to the front of the binder. I hot glued on tiny black plastic spiders.

When I was sure the glue was dry, I then painted the binder with a few coats of brown acrylic paint. I wanted an aged antique look. The binder looks so cool. The brown paint and the wrinkles of the tissue paper makes the binder look truly worn and old. I glued a brown rectangle-shaped cardboard strip to the front of the binder. I glued them to the spine of the binder. I left the binder to dry and set.

When doing this project, make sure that the tissue paper does fold well over the top, bottom and side edges. This is why you use a few layers of tissue paper. I went over the silver glitter letters with an ochre colored acrylic paint. I painted neatly and painted over the stickers a few times to really define the letters. It looks so cool and the glitter still shows through. 

On the back of the binder, I made a square out of cardboard strips I painted brown. I hot glued them on. Then I painted a small square of paper the same gold color as the letters and let it dry. I cut the edges of the paper with special scissors that give the curly edges. I glued the  paper to the square and wrote my Craft name and the word grimoire in black ink. That also gives the binder an aged look and feel. 

I have to tea stain 500 pages. I have procrastinated on that step. I will do it in batches. So now you all know how to jazz up a binder. I hope you can do the same even if you’re not studying at Hogwarts. 

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Spring Joys

Greetings

I am saddened to learn that Lorraine Warren has passed away at age 92.  She lived a full spooky life, lol. She really did too. I admired her although I had a feeling she doesn’t like witches. I admired her anyway. She did a ton of good for the world in her efforts to end people’s suffering with evil supernatural forces.

‘Lorraine, along with her husband Ed, were Connecticut based paranormal investigators, and were associated with some of the most prominent cases of hauntings and possessions.

In the 50’s, the Warrens created the New England Society for Psychic Research, which still operates to this day. 

Hollywood has built a horror movie franchise around the Warren’s work, including The Conjuring, Annabelle, and the Amityville Horror series.

Lorraine Warren was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1927.

Her husband, Ed Warren, passed away in 2006 at the age of 79.’ Article credit to Fox61

The next turn in the Wheel of the year is Beltane. I know that Sabbat is a favorite of many pagans. It is a time of some frisky fun after a harsh winter and early muddy spring season. 

To welcome in the spring season, I made my own soap for the very first time. I loved making soap and found it to be quite fun.

Here is how I did it!

Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Woodruff Celtic Soap

This fragrant herbal soap is an easy DIY project that can be made with ingredients found in your own home. The soap makes a beautiful gift for loved ones. The gentle properties of the herbs chamomile, lemon balm and woodruff ease anxiety and stress.

You will need the following tools: a pot for herbs and oil, 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup dried lemon balm, 1 teaspoon dried chamomile, 1 cup dried woodruff, ¼ cup of jojoba oil, 4 drops of lavender essential oil, cheesecloth, paper towels, glycerin soap base, Celtic soap molds, a wooden spoon, a strainer, rubbing alcohol (optional) and a glass jar for the herbal infused oil.

Add the chamomile, lemon balm and woodruff herbs to the olive oil and jojoba oil in a pot. Steep the herbs until the oil darkens in color. Add the lavender essential oil. Set the cheesecloth over a strainer and place the strainer over a stainless steel bowl. Extract as much of the essence from the herbs as you can. Add the herb infused oil from the bowl to a clean jar and let cool.

Cut 4 cubes of glycerine soap base and place them in a double boiler on gentle heat. Let the soap cubes melt completely.  Add the herbal oil to the soap base. Stir until blended well. Discard the herbs and the cheesecloth. Prepare the Celtic soap molds and place paper towel beneath the molds to catch spills. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Remove the soap mixture from the heat and pour the soap into the molds. Leave the soap to set in the molds undisturbed for two to three hours. The rubbing alcohol removes air pockets from the soap but has a pungent scent. Wipe spills off the soap molds with paper towels. Remove the soap from the soap molds and enjoy your chamomile, lemon balm and woodruff Celtic soap. I have included a photo of the soap too!!

 

I hope you enjoy the return of the green/spring season

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

 

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Winds of Change

Merry meet all,

Are you all ready for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on April 5th? I can’t wait. I really look forward to it. I know its sparked some controversy but it is entertainment. And I want to be entertained. Spring is here! The wind’s blustering down power lines in my town. The staff at Neighborhood Witch had to light candles to light the shop. Oooh spooky.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts. Sorry I am on here more but I have been busy and sometimes seriously wrack my brain trying to find blog post topics. So please hang in there. I haven’t forgotten my dear readers. I’m going to finish that short horror story I’m writing. I vow to and once I vow to it, I usually stick to it. The Wheel of the Year has turned again and we are now in Ostara, the second spring Sabbat. The next one is Beltaine. I know a lot of witchy folks look forward to that one. Personally, I get most excited when Samhain arrives. Yup I live for it. I am still sporting all black clothing, black nail polish, skull rings. I dress like this all year. 

My spring sprouts are up! When I attended the Ostara ritual, I got some blessed bean seeds. The bean seedlings are growing like they are in a hurry. The tomato seedlings for my boyfriend are growing real well too. I am amazed at how well they’re growing. The ice is all off my garden. Yay. The ground is still stiff but soon it won’t be. Before I know it, I will be setting down new soil and planting!

With the coming of spring is spring cleaning. I look forward to that too. My apt needs it. I ordered a special book for my love. It’s titled The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film. I hope he loves the book. He was very enthusiastic about the movie. I am almost done my first year at Sacred Mists. I am thrilled to have had the chance to study there and have learned so much. I hope to study for all three years there. I shall do my best. 

Well that’s all for now

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Psychic 101

Merry meet all,

Ostara is almost here!! Ostara, or the spring equinox, is the second Sabbat of spring.This post follows up from the last one. There is nothing wrong with being so clairvoyant or psychic. If you find that you are, celebrate it!

I want to talk about what to expect if you do enter a local metaphysical shop seeking advice. The staff in those shops are generally friendly and knowledgeable. They can answer any questions you may have. They can help you find good books, divination tools, or inform you of upcoming classes or workshops. There are so many awesome books out there about being psychic. Go through several of them and decide what you like.

It is easier to seek help and advice when you are just starting out. Do consider it. You could learn on your own if you want. But it is so much easier on you to try a workshop Psychic 101 then figure the stuff on your own. Perhaps I am a bit biased since I am studying at a witch school. The last year for me studying there has been amazing. I feel better, more directed, and know more than I ever would if I studied alone. I loved every minute of it. I was able to ask questions, obtain correct information on how to use a pendulum, for example, and be with like-minded people. I also was amazed at my progress. I would never have known if I was making progress if I was on my own. That is why seeking help is so valuable.

Now… here is the big one! If you do want a teacher, then go back to the metaphysical shop and chat with them. Finding a reputable person is important here. I say ‘reputable’. There are some shady people out there who may seek to manipulate and take advantage of you for their own selfish reasons. I found good honest people who were too willing to help me. So don’t let bad stuff happen to you.

Usually the classes and workshops offered at witch shops are relatively inexpensive. They range from tarot card lessons to astral travel. Again, go with what you feel comfortable with. But try to keep an open mind. You can learn a lot there. The workshop leaders are friendly- and you may make some new friends. Keeping a journal and regularly writing down your experiences in it can help you track your progress.

You don’t necessarily need to be a Witch to be psychic. You can be you. You can be whatever you want to be. Just because you are sensing spirits and already know who is calling you before you check your Ipad doesn’t mean you have to have a cat and a pentacle. There are many people who are simply clairvoyant and are not Witches. But being psychic could be a part of being a Witch if you want it to be. Just go with how you feel and what works for you and discard the rest. It may not always jive with your religious or spiritual path and that is OK. It doesn’t have to.

I hope this information helped you all. Many Ostara blessings to you all

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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The dark side about being psychic

Merry meet,

It’s great to be psychic, clairvoyant and even clairsentient. I remember when I learned the hard way I had those abilities. This post will show you the dark side of being so psychically gifted and what they don’t tell you.

First off, if you are clairvoyant, it can be hard to know for sure. Here are the signs that you are:

Feel good about it. It means you will likely have more awesome magical experiences in your  life. You sense who is on the phone without picking it up. You glance at your kitty and sense what your favorite furry is thinking. You get a hunch about the piece of jewelry is that you thought you lost and just find it. You have a dream about a friend and then hear from that person the next day. You know stuff without knowing how you know what you know but you just do. You have a dream of a deceased loved one visits you then you find out later that person passed away during the night. You just psychically know where a magazine is in a library and just find it- that happened to me. Basically, what should be impossible becomes possible.

But I still wish I knew what I know now the night I learned I was very psychically gifted. I had to learn everything the hard way. At first, I believed I was cursed. My magical community helped me every step of the way. So go ahead, and find others who are like minded. When you are starting out, you need a crew, tribe, pack, what have you, of like minded people who can help you figure things out. It is harder going it alone. When you are more confident, you can then rely on your own validation.

It takes practice to play. It takes practice to play  the violin, the cello and to perfect anything you want to improve at. Being psychically gifted can be harder work but it is worth it. This is where having a community of like minded people can be an asset. Be patient with yourself. Enroll in classes or workshops. If you can find a local metaphysical witch shop, they offer classes for a reasonable rate. The shops may also have some books to read that are helpful.

Trust yourself that you are clairvoyant and really sensing all that weird stuff. You have to trust that it is real. That can be hard to do if you aren’t used to it and maybe don’t have a few psychic friends to help you make sense of things. But don’t give up. Practice self-care. This can go hand in hand with believing in yourself. A lot of success at believing you are  psychic goes hand in hand with trusting in your own abilities. It will get better with time.

The night I discovered that I was clairsentient and clairvoyant- yes, these terms do mean something. It was a powerful, emotional, frightening night for me. I wasn’t prepared for how to handle it yet I felt like I was expected to know. That didn’t feel fair at all. That was real hard on me. It was made even worse when my family stared at me like I was nuts. I had no control over anything. I wish I did. I may have done things differently but this is the way life is. This is why it is so helpful when you have a thousand burning questions to seek help. It may not at first make sense but it will over time. You don’t become a grand mage over night. You do over time.

Be around people who will praise you, not criticize you. You have to find people who will offer you support during the times when you are new and learning everything. Some people have negative energy and that can drag you down. Just stay confident in yourself and the negative toxic people will eventually leave. We are not all the same. Not everyone is going to walk through the same door as you, when it comes to being psychic. They won’t always understand you but that does not make them evil. They are coming from their own life experiences, their limited perspectives.

When you discover you have those gifts, it is at first either frightening and powerful like it was for me, or it is a calm experience. I can’t determine that for you but I can give you the advice I wish I had at the time. If your experience is anything like mine was, keep reading. You thought you really knew everything about yourself. You will discover more about yourself in the future. You were going on in your merry way in life when BAM! Suddenly you are sensing all kinds of things you don’t know how you can know but you don’t know how you knew it. Relax. This is more normal than you think. It can feel like you have gone crazy. I am here to tell you that you are not crazy. What you are going through is OK. So breathe and keep on going in life. Try to stay calm and start trusting yourself. When you truly know yourself, because there is no one else you have to know so well than yourself, you will be happier and more confident and it will show. The Goddess appeared to someone in a dream. For me, it was a powerful vision and sudden magickal knowing that someone was extremely ill and in need of dire help. The experience differs for every unique being but that is the way it is. Again, this is more normal than you think.

Do try to use the gifts to help others more than yourself. I used to and still want to do intuitive readings for others. I do like to help others. This gift comes hand in hand with a responsibility.With great power comes great responsibility. I don’t know the lottery numbers but I was able to find someone without leaving the house. I didn’t have a conversation with that man. I didn’t ask anyone where I was. I psychically knew. The other point I want to make is don’t get too arrogant. Stay humble and positive. 

You may decide that being psychic/ clairvoyant/ mediumistic, what have you, is not for you. It is OK to decide that. It is OK to feel nervous or uncomfortable about it. You may not feel comfortable psychically knowing stuff about people that they may not know you know. But it can also be to a great advantage to you. Try to think positive about it. You may have your own reasons for why you don’t like it and that is fair. If you decide you are cool with it, that’s great too. You might encounter negativity, or questions about your abilities. Just go with the flow. That’s normal too. The important thing is how you handle it. 

I hope this has helped you all, dear readers, and answered some of your questions.

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Origins of Shadow People a Mystery

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I have been asking myself a few questions about the shadow people (are they even people) that appear in my home. First we can tackle what they may be. They could be demons (not likely), or just that unexplained phantoms that appear at will. I am trying to answer a scarier question- where did they come from before they manifested in front of me? I literally saw it with my own eyes. And- I have a witness who saw me see the phantom that moved in a weird way. Did it dwell in my home all that time undetected and choose to appear or did it come from an alternate dimension and then just appear at will? I may never know.

Now I know that clairvoyants (like me and maybe some of you) are more likely to encounter these beings. That means we see the unseen, see through the veil or what less psychic or less clairvoyant people will sense. I am OK with that. It took me years of self work to get to being OK with it.

It is hard to know where these beings came from before appearing to me in my kitchen. It was hard enough to understand what it was doing in my kitchen. It appeared for a few seconds. I didn’t get to ask it what it wanted. It disappeared before reaching the kitchen cupboards. That tells me that setting up ‘shields’ and ‘wards’ in our homes, mine included, need to be extremely strong to prevent the beings from appearing. Or maybe I don’t mind having them in my home.

It is cool to get to see them. I won’t deny it. But I just wish I knew more about them. They seldom answer my questions. And I am very critical of what I see on websites about shadow people. How can they know when they have as much likely chance as me to speak with shadow people. It is natural to fear the unknown. It is the very unknown ( here the unknown being the shadow people) because I can’t learn more about them from the shadow people themselves. The only thing I know is that if I can sense them, then they will be attracted to me.

Well one lesson I had to learn was that they will never respond in the way I want them to. That is a selfish request. I have said it here before and I will say it again: they don’t follow our logic. So I may never receive the answers to the burning questions I have. I would just prefer the answers or knowledge I seek not be from a mortal source but that may be all I am offered. I have to live with that.

Well not every thing in life will be explained. Sometimes we don’t always get all the answers we sought so hard. That is how just how life is. Still, if I can see them, it proves they exist. That right there is a hard thing for most people to deal with. They would rather not think there is life after death. I was scared and excited at the same time when I saw the shadow person. I would have loved to had the chance for more interaction with that phantom.

I don’t have a problem with them being in my home. My cat and I are not yet harmed. Until there is harm which is unlikely, there will not be an issue with it. My concern is the chance to get to know more about them. That is the harder challenge. My cat appears calm most of the time. If your kitty or doggie hides from them under the bed, then there is reason for alarm. So I am hoping something else happens. I keep my wish to myself. I don’t want to attract something spectral and worse. I can’t force an apparition to appear. They choose when they appear to. They exist on a different level than us mortals do. I wonder if shadow people were ever even mortal. Hard to say. So many questions, so few answers. 

Maybe next time….

Stay spooky,

Spiderwitch

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Ostara- history of Ostara

Merry meet all,

March is here!! We are getting closer to spring, to the warmer days. The next Sabbat is Ostara. I can’t wait. I am so eager to work on my garden. I already started my veggie seeds indoors. Ostara is the spring equinox or the time of balance. Ostara is the second Spring Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year. 

Today we honor the Witches in Salem who lost their lives on March 1, 1692. I would so flip if someone told me I couldn’t burn candles or chant.

Ostara falls on March 20 this year. That marks the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. The website ThoughtCo. will tell us all about Ostara. For those who want to learn  more, read on!!

History of Ostara, The Spring Equinox


The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons.

According to History.com,

“At the ruins of Chichen Itza, the ancient Maya city in Mexico, crowds now gather on the spring (and fall) equinox to watch as the afternoon sun creates shadows that resemble a snake moving along the stairs of the 79-foot-tall Pyramid of Kukulkan, also called El Castillo. On the spring equinox, the snake descends the pyramid until it merges with a large, serpent head sculpture at the base of the structure. While the Maya were skilled astronomers, it’s unknown whether they specifically designed the pyramid to align with the equinox and create this visual effect.”

A New Day Begins

A dynasty of Persian kings known as the Achaemenians celebrated the spring equinox with the festival of No Ruz, which means “new day.” It is a celebration of hope and renewal still observed today in many Persian countries, and has its roots in Zoroastrianism. In Iran, a festival called Chahar-Shanbeh Suri takes place right before No Ruz begins, and people purify their homes and leap over fires to welcome the 13-day celebration of No Ruz.

Mad as a March Hare

Spring equinox is a time for fertility and sowing seeds, and so nature’s fertility goes a little crazy. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol. This is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. The female of the species is superfecund and can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with a first. As if that wasn’t enough, the males tend to get frustrated when rebuffed by their mates, and bounce around erratically when discouraged.

The Legends of Mithras

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The story of the Roman god, Mithras, is similar to the tale of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Born at the winter solstice and resurrected in the spring, Mithras helped his followers ascend to the realm of light after death. In one legend, Mithras, who was popular amongst members of the Roman military, was ordered by the Sun to sacrifice a white bull. He reluctantly obeyed, but at the moment when his knife entered the creature’s body, a miracle took place. The bull turned into the moon, and Mithras’ cloak became the night sky. Where the bull’s blood fell flowers grew, and stalks of grain sprouted from its tail.

Spring Celebrations Around the World

In ancient Rome, the followers of Cybele believed that their goddess had a consort who was born via a virgin birth. His name was Attis, and he died and was resurrected each year during the time of the vernal equinox on the Julian Calendar (between March 22 and March 25). 

The indigenous Mayan people in Central American have celebrated a spring equinox festival for ten centuries. As the sun sets on the day of the equinox on the great ceremonial pyramid, El Castillo, Mexico, its “western face…is bathed in the late afternoon sunlight. The lengthening shadows appear to run from the top of the pyramid’s northern staircase to the bottom, giving the illusion of a diamond-backed snake in descent.” This has been called “The Return of the Sun Serpent” since ancient times.

According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of a Germanic goddess called Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal equinox–almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west. There is very little documented evidence to prove this, but one popular legend is that Eostre found a bird, wounded, on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But “the transformation was not a complete one. The bird took the appearance of a hare but retained the ability to lay eggs…the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Eostre.”

Modern Celebrations

This is a good time of year to start your seedlings. If you grow an herb garden, start getting the soil ready for late spring plantings. Celebrate the balance of light and dark as the sun begins to tip the scales, and the return of new growth is near.

Many modern Pagans mark Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature–walk in a park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you–plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons.

Certainly something to look forward to!

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Why Horror

Greetings:

Why I like Horror

It’s cool. It’s seductive. It has a hold over us, like a spell, a tentacle that reaches out from the closet of our darkest dreams and pulls us in. Horror has worked its dark magic on readers and viewers since we sat around campfires and told each other stories to send chills down spines.

I like to write dark fiction. I began writing dark fiction unexpectedly. I found a market for it. I do like horror and have watched several horror movies. I study the horror movies as a way to learn how to write horror fiction.

I do not shrink from the dark side of life. I am drawn to it. I want to know what exists there, what lurks, what fears I have to conquer. I own a fake human skull, honor a dark goddess Hekate, visit cemeteries, sport black nail polish, wear skull earrings and rings, wear black and read writers like Poe and Shelley and Lovecraft. It is my life. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Black draws energy in and invites spirits to interact with me. I am an aspiring paranormal investigator. But I have gotten a rap on the wrist a few times for my darker aspirations. I was criticized for wanting to write about the dark goddesses such as Hekate, wanting to include the dark gods in the tarot, or writing too darkly for some editor’s tastes. This is why I am a member of the Horror Writers Association. I feel like the association is a home, a retreat. I feel understood for why I do what I do. They understand me.

I just square my shoulders and keep typing. I just write for those who do appreciate my preferences. I keep a fake human skull on my desk or near my desk to inspire and remind me of my mortality. We as writers or artists have so much freedom within the genre to address issues or themes, especially within horror. We can demonize our fears in stories then turn away from it or stare it in the face, depending on how we feel. Stephen King faced his fears in his stories and pushed our fears in our faces, not allowing us to turn away unless we snapped the book shut or turned off the TV.

That is not why I write horror but it is a part of it. It draws me closer, it has an attraction, an animal magnetism. And now my boyfriend who is a true horror fan has refreshed the coal fire of my own love for horror. I have been writing more, sending my own writing out to editors more and watched more horror movies. The Shining was downright shocking and horrifying. I can live without ever seeing that movie again. I have read the novel twice.

Horror has enthralled people since we could sit around a fire and share stories. It continues to this day. I hope it shall bewitch and ensnare readers and viewers well into the future.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

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Get your spook on!

Merry meet all,

I hope you enjoy this post. Its like Halloween in February. Get your spook on!!!

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19 macabre and horror blogs to spook up your Halloween

Matthew Meltzer

Recently my husband made me promise to stop trolling YouTube videos after dark, especially those with keywords like “proof of ghosts” or “haunted doll comes to life.” But I get clicking along, for some reason when I’m alone, thinking I’m a big girl and can handle the next suggested video — “Real Scary Ghost Caught on Tape” or “Demon Voice Recorded in my Basement” or “Miley Cyrus ‘Wrecking Ball.’” And I just never can. My husband comes home to find me pacing around the apartment, wrapped in a blanket, convinced someone’s under the bed, the cat is possessed, and we’re living on an ancient burial ground pissing off some already angry demons.

But I love/hate it! So I decided to hunt down all the ghoulish goodness I could find. My gift to you: a list of all the creepy stuff to be found online when you’re brave (or stupid) enough to punch in the right keywords — and not one is from YouTube. Promise kept. Take that, video-that-tells-me-to-look-closely-for-the-ghost-and-then-does-the-cheap-sudden-pop-up-terrifying-face-that-makes-me-fall-out-of-my-chair-and-die-a-little — I beat you!

Happy haunting.

Blogs / sites

Murder Is Everywhere – Why not kick off this list with a spooky travel blog? Apt. The idea is “seven renowned crime writers blog from different corners of the world.” Now, I say spooky because it’s not directly scary, it’s more about the writing, the research, and the process — but as crime writers, they draw their inspiration from local mysteries and news stories. It’s interspersed with photos from around the world, so this is a good PG-rated blog to start off with.

Bones Don’t Lie – Katy, the blogger behind this one, is a (get ready) “mortuary archaeology” student. She’s getting her PhD in this eerie-sounding specialty, and thus her blog is about all the nifty and terrifying things to do with bones and death — from the mass graves of WWII, to the Mayans, to the lovely new term “Cadaveric Spasm” that’s sure to make it into my conversations sometime this week, Katy’s covered a lot of ground. Burial ground, that is.

The Dreaming Wood – This blog specializes in paganism, natural history, and witchcraft. It’s blogged by a self-identifying pagan and witch seeking the history and roots of her personal journey. Now, moving away from the pointy-hat business, I’m not adding a witch blog just to make a blanket statement that all witches are scary. I think modern witchery is probably deeply misunderstood. But this blogger’s entries are crafted with such eerie poetic language and laced with enough folklore that it makes the experience of following along akin to walking through the fog at night: nothing technically to be scared of, but a little chilling all the same.

The used key is always bright – A witch living on a threshold, she writes, “one foot in and one foot out.” Juggling more common issues like motherhood and wellness, but also mastering witchcraft, and participating in her local coven. Her list of topics includes belly butter, spinning the moon, necromancy, pagan poetry, and jello shots. Much like with the blog above, witchcraft isn’t (and probably shouldn’t be) inherently scary, but the poems, chants, and rituals — when read alone at night — might get your imagination running a little too fast for its own good.

Extreme Haunting – Despite the name, it’s not as extreme as we’ve been conditioned to desire (a la Paranormal Activity Part 12), but it’s a family’s actual experiences and documentations of the goings-on in their more than 100-year-old farmhouse. If you believe the experiences to be real, then yes, it’s extreme. They have lots of videos and images, explaining all they’ve learned along the way. Some of which involves putting in headphones and turning your speakers up to extra-extra loud — yeah right! I learned my lessons on YouTube (actually this blog has a YouTube channel but as per the introduction to this piece…I kept my promise and stayed away). But if you’re hardy, go for it. Let me know if you make it through the night.

The Anomalist – A journal exploring the variety of mysteries pertaining to science, history, and nature. The idea is that mystery is all around us, and these folks seek to prop the door open between the known and the unknown. They’re not believers, nor skeptics — not scientists, not cryptozoologists, not psychologists, just The Anomalist, covering any and all inexplicable (so far) and mysterious phenomena: from Bigfoot, to haunted dolls, to the JFK conspiracy, all is welcome.

Tumblrs

F Yeah Creepy Shit – It’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s paranormal, supernatural, it’s creepy. It’s all over the map. Scroll as much as you can take.

Unexplained Events – Snippets and micro-posts of all things unsolved and unexplained. For whatever reason, moving to the next thing without having an answer (and repeating this process) is really unsettling.

3am Stories – Uber-creepy photos, GIFs, anonymous submissions, and micro-posts. Triple dare you to read this actually at 3am. Alone. I just read it now, during a sunny day, and had to close it down. Good luck.

Melanic Fawn – Along the same lines as the above — spooky images, stories, submissions, and GIFs make you very aware you’re reading this alone.

Photographers

Amanda Norman – Amanda hails from England and is a self-proclaimed “Gothic and horror photographer.” Her specialty seems to be graveyards and eerie scenes, though interspersed is horror movie reviews, gothic jewelry, and her other niche horror portraits.

MonsterBrand – A massive, elaborate, steampunk crow mask is the center stage of this gallery. Enough said.

Elena Helfrecht – “A Morbid Mind” is this German photographer’s tagline. Shadows, motion, and layers are one surreal set called “A Heart’s Tale,” while others are twisted, bloody nightmares in the set aptly titled “Nightmares.”

Tim Walker – Having worked for Vogue for more than a decade, this London-based photographer produces images with a life of their own — romantic, dark, edgy, gothic, and macabre. Don’t scroll too fast — take in each image slowly.

The Murder in Question – Here you have it — horror photography. Dark, gory, passionate, violent, and yet some shots are almost beautiful in composition and story. A whole other side of photography. Caution: Graphic.

Leslie Ann O’Dell – Ethereal. Surreal. Dark. Lovely. An American mixed-medium artist, Leslie plays with double exposures and layers, bringing together the natural and supernatural in one image. The colors and textures in her sets are all at once moving and disturbing. Enjoy.

Mariel Clayton – All of Mariel’s images are of dolls. Barbie dolls. Barbie dolls doing strange and horrifying things to one another. The two most odd and disturbing sets are “Syllabary” — where Barbie butchers Ken over and over again in elaborate mini-scenes — and “Play Dead” — a bird’s-eye view of a detailed murder (or suicide) scene. Hailing from Canada, Mariel claims it began with her hatred of Barbie as the ideal, yet unattainable and completely shallow perception of a woman, and her imagination went from there. Despite it being Barbie dolls, I’ll label this one as graphic too.

Joshua Hoffine – Whatever you want to call these pieces, Joshua is a master of it. Setting up entire scenes — essentially a small movie set — for a single photo including props, costumes, makeup, and even building a set from scratch. The kicker: His own children and wife are often the models in these elaborate, horrifying scenes. Joshua calls it horror photography, and claims he is interested in “the psychology of fear,” especially in children, and what that means to us as adults. Click the above link for his blog, which includes behind-the-scenes images, and then check out his final images at www.joshuahoffine.com. Intense, with some graphic shots.

Miss Lakune – Fashion meets the Saw movies in images by this Polish photographer. Surreal portraits steeped in blood, pain, and the occult. Yet the colors, the processing, and light are stunning — making for a dichotomy of emotions. Graphic.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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The Horror of it all Part 2

Merry meet all,

I have watched 3-4 horror movies lately. I was not that scared. The movies were Insidious 1-2, The Possession of Hannah Grace, and Sinister. I could get a night’s sleep after watching them which means the movies needed to be scarier. I am a writer of horror fiction and seriously, I am well read. I know that in order to give readers or viewers the frights royale, it needs to be scary. I mean scary. I am talking about leaving the lights on all night and hiding under the covers kind of scared. However, after watching these predictable movies, I was like blah.
So all that money is spent on making these movies and I am getting a full night’s sleep? The Exorcist holds the throne as superior in terror because it was terrifying. There is a difference between horrifying and terrifying. One of the two you experience more deeply. I won’t watch The Exorcist which deals with similar themes as the movies mentioned above.
I had a nightmare about a horrific demon. I have seen scary. Not much fazes me now. There is nothing scarier than experiencing – read, enduring, something in real life. If you really want the frights royale, try that sometime. A movie ends. You can close the pages of a horror novel. But to actually experience something? Now there’s scary. It stays with you and changes you. Forever. It haunts you in the back of your mind. I still live in my apartment after what I saw in my nightmare. (The rent is low.) I still enter my broom closet but not without drawing up my shields. I am serious. The nightmare occurred in my broom closet. That thing was not sticking around. There was no way.
I think directors of these movies would benefit from listening to real people’s actual accounts. They think they know scary. Listen to the people. People come into my witch shop all the time for help about dark spirits following them around. Real life is scarier. Truth is stranger than fiction.
I have left a pentacle in my broom closet, salt, a jar of water (to see if it changes color- it is murky.) I have smudged with sage there. I have done an Italian spell with a lemon down there. I stabbed the lemon with pins and wound yarn around it. I left the lemon to hang in the closet and absorb the negativity. To this day, I feel like something stares back at me. I am not kidding. Sheesh. But there is no harm done yet and so I have not moved out.
So these directors really need to up their act if they want to scare me. Or maybe I will write my own scary story.
Blessings Spiderwitch

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