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Autumn Harvest Time

Merry meet all,

Mabon is almost here! I survived the hurricane Dorian. It was super crazy here. My garden survived the hurricane. I harvested the shallots, a cucumber, a tiny cherry tomato and several purple beans. I froze the beans, am drying the shallots and stored the cucumber in the fridge. Last night when I had power back in my apartment, I conjured a pot of health boosting vegetable soup. 

When I had power in my apartment again, I made a pot of coffee and pancakes fast. It is amazing how weird everything is when there is no electricity. Nearly 500,000 people were without power. Now that the storm has passed, it is time for recovery. 

The stores are carrying Halloween stuff now. It is the most magical time of year. I love Mabon. I personally like to think of the whole month of September as being October 30th leading to October 31st. Now is the time to think about the harvest- metaphorically and literally. I have harvested herbs, veggies and flowers from my garden. I shall also reflect on what I am harvesting over the year since the last Samhain. 

Soon the stores will be carrying pumpkins! The Full Moon this weekend is also a Harvest Moon! That is a good time also to reflect on what you achieved or gained over the year. I plan to do a full moon esbat. I usually perform them solitary but I am not really alone. Spirit is with me. So take the time to reflect on your year. 

On to a new topic:

I have a friend who truly is being harassed by a nasty spirit, or what some may call a demon. I believe him and I always know when a story  or cry for help is genuine. A good sign is that the one who is being haunted if he/ she is fake, then they are boasting. He is not boasting, he is suffering. That is a huge difference. I am able to actually see spirits so I may have a different perspective here. I wish I could help him in person but he lives far away from me. I could really help him if I lived where he lives. I am sure I could and I wouldn’t be as affected by the demon because I know how to shield and deflect such bad energy. He wants to attempt an exorcism. I wish I could teach him how to shield himself. Once you cast off that bad energy, then you can’t be affected or overpowered again and the spirits hate that. 

They want you to be weak. They want you to suffer. They feed off of that. 

Yes I am a Ghost Adventures fan. I read Zac Bagans’ book, I am Haunted. In the book, he describes how he takes a long time to get rid of parasitic ghost pests. Sounds like he doesn’t know how to shield himself either. I feel now like I am privy to elite secret information, knowing how to shield myself. Maybe this will show you all just how important it is. 

Samhain is not far off. Not only is this a good time to harvest what we reaped, but also a good time to prepare ourselves for a spooky season. !!

 

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Ghost Tour Tips

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I am a fan of Nox Arcana. There is nothing I won’t do for them. I’m listening to Nox Arcana now as I type. Today is rainy and overcast. The sun is on vacay. The temperatures here are still cold. 

I enjoy going on ghost walks and tours. I have been on a few in my own spooky ghost ridden town. I live in a very haunted city. There was a war here between the Natives and the people who came from Europe. the Halifax Explosion, the Titanic victims are buried here. The land here is soaked in blood. The city has a blood soaked history. The ghost tours are creepy and fascinating. 

Here are some tips for participating in ghost tours for you.

Read a bit about the history or the ghost tour beforehand. It is not enough to just have fun, a ghost tour can be educational too. 

Prepare yourself mentally for the tour. You may even see a ghost or two. The information presented during the tour can be blood curdling or unsettling. Be prepared ahead of time. 

Have fun-and a sense of humor. Don’t let the narrator’s scary tone scare you off, pardon the pun. Keep an open mind.

Go with what you are comfortable with. Don’t let fear takeover your experience of fun. Have fun. That is the point of it. If you stress, then your mind will play more tricks on you. 

Ask about the nature of the tour. I went on a ghost tour where we all ended up in a dark tunnel at night. The person’s cell phone light two people ahead of me in the line was the only light we had. Go with what you are comfortable with. 

Be chatty. It can help relieve tension that may have built up inside you. 

And my favorite tip: If you are as clairsentient and actually witnessed phantoms, then take a like minded friend with you. It helps when the muggles are joking about ghosts and helps validate your experiences. You won’t feel like the odd one out. Trust me, I know how that feels. 

I hope these tips help!

Good luck on the ghosty tours!

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Paranormal Experiences

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The Attic door in our former Victorian home

Merry Meet All, I ate greasy fries and watched a few paranormal videos tonight. I just joined a Facebook group Haunts from the Cape. They mean haunts from my favourite place in the world, Cape Breton, next to Halifax as my favorite place. I clicked on a video link about the Bell Witch. Then I stumbled onto another cool video. I enjoyed the video but I was never scared by the video. How much of it was true and how much was fake? That is the question. 

But I can tell you now about my true experiences. I want to say that 1) I wish these occurrences weren’t true. I get scared too. I get stressed too. Oh yes. I used to live in a Victorian house with my Mother as I was growing up. The house was haunted. I want to share the experiences we- yes, we all had in the house. I allow you to decide for yourselves what happened but I can say it is true. I am so glad to have moved out of the house due to the ghostly activity that is, until I moved in here. I have a cat now. Maybe the spooks will scram. Ha ha

We used to have a back porch. I used to try to open the door only to feel something resist on the other side. I waited and it, whatever it was, would let go. Then I would open the door.  I saw lights go upward, not down, but up the fireplace mantel.  My brother and sister used to feel like we were being chased by something invisible as we raced up the basement stairs. Interestingly enough, I found myself including that in the paranormal novel I wrote. It just felt natural to include it. Then we painted the basement and it ceased. I also saw the number 6 written on the basement walls when we moved in.  My brother Jesse was renovating the house and he says he felt watched all day. We did major renovations to the house. 

One night after an evening of partying and bawdy revelry at our favorite bar, my friends and I trudged home and crashed. We all slept in the living room. My friend reported seeing little lights  falling as he fell asleep in the chair.  The attic door in the attic- well, that should be in a Hollywood horror movie. The room was meant for the servants (I think I was my Mom’s main servant but that is another story.) The door was hard to open and close by a mortal hand but it opened and closed on its own. I mean, you had to use your strength to open or close this door. The small attic room was too small for me to stand upright in. In the summer, it was sweltering hot and in the winter, it was Bone Chilling Cold. I hated it in there. I used to do everything in my power to avoid going up in the attic. I was too scared. I hardly ever spent the night up there in all the time I lived in that house. No way 

My clairvoyant friends used to come over to and tell me about the ghosts they saw in my house. One was of a cat and the other of a rocking chair and one friend saw an old lady who wore a pink cardigan with grey hair in a bun.  My Mom claims but she now denies that once time the bathtub- claw-footed, poured water on its own. I remember just after we moved in, the long nights when I used to lie perfectly still in my bed and every hair on my body upright and I would listen to noises when I knew damn well every one was in bed. I heard knocks, whispers. I used to open the basement door at night and something would hush. The basement would look so dark- a black bottomless hole. Trust me, it was freaky.

We found blue glass in the garden while we lived there which probably ended up in our yard due to the Halifax Explosion.  I lived in Edmonton years before I moved to Halifax with my family. I remember feeling something behind me as I lay in my bed the night my aunt Jeannie passed. Was it her spirit saying goodbye? I will never know. I remember when my Mother received a phone call that my father (thank the Goddess) had passed away. He was an abusive alcoholic. The caller was millions of miles away but I knew what the call was about and what the caller was telling my Mother without knowing how I could have known. It freaks even me out too. 

Remember that I live in a city known for its ghostly history. So this is nothing new here. If you want to know more, you can read the previous posts on this blog and on my main blog Broomsticks & Cauldrons. I discuss Halifax’s spooky history in more detail.  I now live in an old house that is around 80 years old. I don’t know if this place is haunted or not. But I have seen a ghost cat in my apartment and not too long ago I saw a dark shadow. OK a ghost cat I can take but that shadow was too much for me. It was dark and practically walked through a wall. If my chair was not so solid, I would have fallen through the chair. I cleansed and smudged my home.  I am not the type of person who would risk humiliating herself on a blog.So everything I have written here is true but I respect my readers. You can decide for yourselves. I will talk more about how to psychically protect yourself in future posts. So don’t be scared and please keep reading!!   Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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The Dark Side

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Merry meet all,

My novel The Eldritch Ghost, is a speculative fiction novel. Most of these types of novels have an element of magic in them and this is what draws readers and audiences to read and watch the books and movies. They come to the stories or movies with expectations. 

My main character is a clairvoyantly gifted Witch and professional artist. She uses her magick to help her with dealing with the ghost and the quiet townspeople who are resistant to change. They view her as an outsider, different from their norm, and brimming with magickal though unusual ideas. 

She uses herbs, makes candles, owns a magickal candlestick, but she performs her magick to help others. Most Witches use certain tools to aid them in their magick and psychic divination workings. I own two books which helped me with research and of course, working my own magick. The books are: 1) The Witches Book of the Dead by Christian Day, a damn good excellent reference book for darker magic for those who are brave, and 2) Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos. 3) The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide was helpful, too. 

Here are some correspondences to guide you in your own nocturnal magick!!

This is a way I would suggest setting up an altar for communing with the dead, You can find this information in some of the books being listed above. 

Use a black altar cloth. Black absorbs all colours. Be sure the cloth is clean and yes, ironed. It creates a neater appearance. Use a flat surface such as an altar table or other sturdy flat surface. Set up black taper candles on the altar. Include the figurine of a deity you worship such as Hekate or the Morrigan. Include a silver pentacle, black or silver candleholders, a black and silver athame for tracing a pentacle design in the air, a black cauldron, a cat figurine if you honor Bast. Dragon candleholders add a nice extra bit of power to your magick, and perhaps an owl, cat or spider figurine to the candleholder.  Owls, cats and spiders correspond to the dark Underworld and so would be appropriate. 

Think Fall. Think Dark. In the fall to winter, we honor the Crone. The Holly King battles the Oak King and reigns over this half of the year. 

The herbs to use would be frankincense and myrrh, rue, mandrake, mugwort, rose, patchouli, benzoin, sage, violets, wolf’s bane, black cohosh, dragon’s blood, pomegranates, yew, and sandalwood.

Wear a black robe while raising spirits or performing a seance. Black does absorb all colours.

You could create a potion to aid you in communication with the dead. To make your own salve to aid you in the meditation, follow these steps:

Heat beeswax in a saucepan until slightly warm. Add the essential oils that are suitable for this recipe. Infused essential oils add their energies of oil and herbs infused into the oil.

 Stir with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring until the beeswax and oils are combined. Enhance the mix by adding by adding 1 to 2 drops of essential oils to the mixture. Continue stirring. While the recipe is blending in the saucepan, it is optional to add Vitamin E, which acts as a preservative for the salve, offering it a longer shelf life.

 Add loose dry herbs and as you blend the ingredients together, stir deosil. Say a chant or sing a song and visualize energies emanating from you into the mix. Concentrate on your intent for this salve if it is for you or someone else, and imbue it with energies.

 Set aside a clean sterile jar. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Pour the preparation into the jar and again add your energies. Allow it to cool and solidify.

 When the preparation has completely cooled, put on the lid tightly. Put the jar/s into the fridge to complete the solidifying process. After a few moments have passed, remove the jars from the fridge. Label and date them. You can be creative with your labels. Make your own or download them from the Internet. Draw bats and black cats on to your labels. 

 Be sure to use clean sterile jars and use organic ingredients as much as possible. No toxic chemicals will leach into your salve and no pesticides will remove the nutrients from your salve. The salve will have retained its qualities from the organic ingredients, which is the point of making and using salves.

 Hold the jar in your palms and meditate for a moment. Send more energies to the salve and feel the weight and coolness of the jar. Continue to do this until your hands tingle. As you are doing all this, face east. East is the direction of Air, of beginnings and of fiery energy and enthusiasm. It is recommended to use Vitamin E with the salve, which acts as a natural preservative. Return the jar to the fridge. The salve will contain the energies and last longer being stored in the fridge.

The herbs mentioned above are ideally suitable for these potions. Be creative and perhaps offer this salve to friends as a gift idea. You could try this 1 idea, though it is risky and I advise you to use caution. You could use hemlock which induces astral projection as do Dittany of Crete and poplar. Only rub a dime size amount on your skin on either your third eye chakra or on your throat. Be sure to wash your hands after contact with the salve if you use a poisonous ingredient aiding in astral projection. 

Good luck with your magickal workings!!

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch 

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Energy

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Merry meet all,

In my novel, The Eldritch Ghost, the eldritch ghost Jonathan Fraser attempts to communicate with Rosemary Bell, the heroic main character of the novel. Jonathan is heroic too but Rosemary is the one who saves him. Throughout the novel, he attempts many ways to communicate with her. In my efforts of course, to be as original as I earlier posted, I came up with an unique way for him communicate with her. 

He feeds off her energy. He is not parasitic. He talks to her and moves objects in the house such as causing curtains to fall. But one main way of his reaching out to her is it happens the most strongest when she touches seaweed. If she touches seaweed with him bearing the seaweed curse, he can communicate with her the strongest and deliver a warning or a message clearly. 

He drowned in the ocean when Duncan murdered him. His body was buried in the house to cover up the murder. His pain of being torn from his love and his family was so agonizing  he became melancholy. The house became a tomb of gloom and misery. Here he waits, for a spark of life to return and save him. That spark of light to his shock is Rosemary, grieving for the death of her husband. 

We have all experienced pain, loss and sadness. We have experienced joy and ecstasy.   You think the ghost is the evil one in the novel but not so. The one suspect is revealed in the end. Jonathan is a powerful ghost. He is both good and some bad. He helps Rosemary when Duncan spies on her but he craves vengeance and traps spirits of those who have died in his misty realm. 

He also invades her dreams to communicate with her how he was murdered since he needs her help. She is the tool for him to be saved. The dreams are eerie and unsettling but he desperately needs her help. I am familiar with having odd dreams and experiencing sleep paralysis and I tried to include a lot of my feelings in the book. Rosemary eventually believes Jonathan tells the truth and not the townspeople who aren’t too eager to reveal all the gristly details of the town’s dark past.

I have some experience with the paranormal. I know how that sounds. I live in a city where we take spooks and hauntings for granted. The Five Fishermen restaurant is one such haunted restuarant. I dined there in the past and on the second floor on my tour, the ghosts were like, “You can sense us?” Remember that Ghost movie starring Patrick Swayze? It was like that. They actually have a high turnover rate of employment because the employees see cutlery flying off the shelves. 

I will let you determine for yourselves whether ghosts exist. But remember, they were once us. 

)O( Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Happy UnValentine’s Day ( I despise the holiday)

 

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Lessons from a Ghost

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Merry meet all,

Recently I completed my novel proposal for submission to a publishing company. I hope they fall in love with it. I won a set of Star Wars books  from a bookstore. Star Wars was the first movie I saw when I was a little girl and the first movie experience I ever had. So it is cool that I won the books. I watched The Empire Strikes Back for free online the other night. Darn good movie. I love the idea of the Hero’s Journey. 

I use the model of the Hero’s Journey in my own supernatural novel. The main character embarks on the Hero’s Journey. She progresses from entering the home and moving in and being paralyzed with grief to becoming intrigued about the ghost to saving him against all odds. Along the way, she makes allies and enemies, and learns some important lessons about life and changes by the end. She comes to terms with her grief. 

She can thank Jonathan the ghost for that. He is the one who aids her and is her mentor. He pushes her to change. 

Jonathan is visible to Rosemary because he chooses to show himself to her, he needs her help, and because she has a clairvoyant ability. Scott, Janet and Richard can’t see him. They have no psychic ability. They take longer to become believers. They were not open to magick and were not believers in magick. Magic was not part of their world. But magick is a part of Rosemary’s world. They could become believers because Rosemary could prove it to them because of her actions or what she says. But that is still a stretch for them. Janet is the one who believes the least in Jonathan’s existence, so she had to become the believer by the book’s end. She was the toughest to convince that a ghost existed. She didn’t want to believe because she craved control over everything and everyone, she knew all along what had happened, but she is not as dark as Duncan. She never goes to his side. Janet is the most typical close minded traditional ‘muggle’. She has her way of seeing things and is never deterred. She never believes in magick and thinks she knows what is best for everyone. She lived traditionally and believed in everything being orderly and under her control.

 But since Jonathan does not become visible to Scott, Janet and Richard, it remains difficult for them to believe he is there. This makes it hard for Rosemary. But Rosemary has that special thing about her that attracts Jonathan to her. Her inner light is a beacon for him in the dark. He feeds on her energy to be able to contact her. If she touches seaweed, he can reach her. It takes him a lot of energy to do it otherwise. But she provides him with the energy to reach her and to probe what she holds most dear- Henry- and to make her be the means to his end. She is the tool whether she means it or not. She thinks she can control him but really, Jonathan desperately needs to be freed and he knows this. So he uses whatever means to reach her, including appearing to be Henry to get her attention. It does, and she believes that it is Henry.

 This is bad for Rosemary. It is later that she realizes that Jonathan did that to get her attention. But she doesn’t resent it against Jonathan. She still helps him to cross over. She sees beyond the curse to the man inside it. He is not a monster to her. He appears scary but for all that, he is a powerful ghost, he doesn’t hurt her. He never attempts to kill her. Duncan, however, does. This reveals Duncan for who he really is underneath. This makes Jonathan the hero he is meant to be and not the monster. The real monster is Duncan for what he did to Jonathan and eventually to Rosemary. This shows there is some humanity in Jonathan that is not completely hidden by his curse. Jonathan saves her life when Duncan tries to kill her.

Jonathan is the hero and is rid of his curse at the novel’s end. I guess I just gave the novel’s ending away but fret not. Rosemary and Jonathan both come to terms with their issues. One of my novel’s main themes is finding freedom through sacrifice. I think this clearly show that. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Links: Don’t read these links before going to sleep. 

http://beforeitsnews.com/paranormal/2014/08/5-real-ghost-stories-so-creepy-you-will-never-sleep-again-2474324.html

paranormal.about.com/od/trueghoststories/a/shadow-people.htm?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/parallel-worlds-exist-and-interact-with-our-world-say

http://allday.com/post/782-18-actual-haunted-houses-everyones-too-scared-to-tell-you-about

http://www.livescience.com/49457-sleep-paralysis-hallucinations.html

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Hauntings

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Merry meet all,

I am sure you’re all excited about Imbolc! It is not far away! I wanted to talk about a book I read. It’s titled The World’s Most Haunted Places. I am a total paranormal fan and I just started a paranormal page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ghosts.spiritsandapparitions?bookmark_t=page. Please ‘like’ my page!! I am so obsessed I just had to start a page. I plan to add way more info about the paranormal on my page, too. 

Jeff Belanger impressed me with the book. The book is in its’ second edition. He does not just scare you so bad you’ll be peeking under your bed or grow suspicious of what lurks in your closet, but, he includes the history of each place in depth. I borrowed this book from the library but I plan to add it to my library. Oh yes definitely. The ghost stories made me squirm, revolted me, horrified me. It has caused me to think that wow, vampires and werewolves aren’t the scariest creatures out there. It is the human race. You read this book and you too, will be convinced, too. Some of the stuff about how murders were done,. beheadings, huge vaults containing tons of human bones. Oy. 

I one day hope to explore the catacombs in Paris. Wow. That would be an experience. Of course, I would psychically protect myself and all that, but I want to spend some time in there. I bet it is riddled with ghosts. That’s why I want to go. 

If anyone is as fascinated with the paranormal as I am, you may want to peruse this book too. Here is a link to the book on Amazon. 

http://www.amazon.ca/Worlds-Haunted-Places-Revised-Edition/dp/1601631936/ref=pd_rhf_pe_p_t_1_DCZY

Blessed be,

Lady Spiderwitch

 

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