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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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The Underworld

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I have posted a lot about the natural beautiful and rustic setting of Pleasant Bay. Now I want to talk about another important setting in The Eldritch Ghost. 

The basement is the eldritch ghost’s lair. He guards his own dead body. He has guarded it for sixty years and dwelled there alone. The longer he haunted the basement of his own home, the more he darkened. Slowly, the basement began to resemble a tomb. The stairs and floor are littered with seaweed. The air is dank. An air of gloom permeates the basement. It is dark and dank down there. The seaweed moves and creeps over the dingy floor. Want to spend a weekend down there?

The basement hides a corpse. But Rosemary discovers this much later. An old blue carpet hides the body and as soon as she throws out the old carpet thinking it is musty and old, leaking water falls on the spot where the body is hidden. Slowly, the leaking water reveals the body. 

When she touches the seaweed, and it gets on everything, the ghost gets the energy to contact her. The Eldritch Ghost is cursed and since he is so morose, his curse has darkened. He was drowned in the ocean by Duncan and tangled by seaweed. He bears the scent of seaweed and actual seaweed on him. But Rosemary sees past the monster to the human inside. 

A haunted basement is not the only paranormal aspect of my novel. Rosemary owns a magick candlestick which alights without need of lighters or matches. She is a Witch and uses her clairvoyant powers to help her with the eldritch ghost. She sees what others miss and what is in the human heart. This draws Jonathan to her and leads him to appeal to her for help. 

The basement is the Underworld. An Underworld of lost hope, and gloom. Rosemary is the hero of the novel It is not easy for her, well there has to be conflict, but she is the hero who saves everyone and brings light and love. She heals the home, saves the ghost, and heals her own wounded heart. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch 

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Theme

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Themes

 HATE                 

 Duncan McAskill and Jonathan despise each other. They each know each other’s dark pasts. Duncan murdered Jonathan to get to Agnes Fraser. Jonathan hates Duncan for what he did to him. Agnes always loved Jonathan. Jonathan was forced into an existence of sorrow and gloom until Rosemary Bell enters his life.

 

LOVE

 Scott MacDonald is free of the sorrow and darkness that strongly affects the other characters in my story. He lives in the light. He becomes Rosemary’s ally as she embarks to help the ghost find peace.

Rosemary feels love for Henry. She deeply grieves his absence. She keeps the portrait of him near her. Jonathan misses his love, Agnes. A bond develops between Rosemary and Jonathan. Scott is in love with Rosemary but she is grieving. She does care for Scott.

 

GRIEF

 Jonathan is a melancholy ghost who mourns the absence of his love, Agnes. Rosemary Bell mourns the death of her husband, Henry. Jonathan and Rosemary share in their grief with each other through the story.

 

GUILT

 Rosemary feels guilt over the death of Henry. She knEw his death would end his suffering. She feels extremely upset over it and is forced to come to terms with it. Duncan never dealt with his feelings over murdering Jonathan. He was never made to come to terms with his guilt. He is selfish and takes joy in taunting Scott and never deals with his inner demons.

 

DENIAL

 Rosemary escapes to the tiny fishing community of Pleasant Bay in shock over Henry’s death. She wants to be alone to be able to deal with it. Duncan lives in denial and selfishness all his life. Janet also denies any existence of the ghost Jonathan. She gets angry every time Richard and Scott attempt to help Rosemary with information of the towns’ past or of the ghost. Most of the town denies the existence of the ghost.

 

OBSESSION

 Rosemary is at first obsessed with Henry. Scott is instantly attracted to Rosemary but she never returns his affections because of her guilt and grief. Duncan is obsessed with the ghost. The past was buried and Duncan liked it that way until Rosemary arrives. He will do anything to stop Rosemary from helping the ghost, even if it means killing her. Jonathan is obsessed with finding Agnes and how much he hates Duncan. Jonathan knows the truth of what Duncan did to him. Duncan’s obsession and selfishness shows itself near the end of the story with severe consequences for him.

 

 SACRIFICE

 Rosemary is selfless and tries to help Scott gain more confidence in himself and tries to help the ghost find peace. She pursues the truth no matter what it costs her. She is the opposite of Duncan. She helps the ghost find peace even though her heart yearns to be reunited with Henry. She never returns Scott’s affections because she still grieves over Henry. She saves the town from a dark past by saving the ghost. By helping the ghost finally cross over, she finds her own peace. Duncan tries to kill her but Jonathan prevents him from killing her by saving her life.

 

VENGEANCE

 Jonathan craves vengeance against Duncan. Scott hates Duncan and the two maintain an uneasy friendship. Duncan tries to convince Rosemary that Jonathan is evil but Duncan never convinces her. Neither does Janet. Jonathan knows the truth and she is the one to see beyond the monster that Jonathan became.

 

REDEMPTION

 Rosemary finds peace by saving Jonathan. Jonathan finds peace when he crosses over to the light. Duncan never redeems himself in the story. Jonathan forgives Duncan and then crosses over to the light.

 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch  

 

 

 

 

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Lessons from a Ghost

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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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Samhain Ritual

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Samhain is days away!! I bet  you’re excited. I am. Samhain is magical and bewitching. 

Samhain means “summer’s end”. It is an ancient Celtic festival and celebration. The word Samhain originates as ‘Samhuin’. The earth recedes and the greenery dies back. The cold dark half of the year rules now. They brought in their cattle and sheep. They celebrated and honoured the dead. 

To perform your own ritual or rituals if you prefer, to honour the dead, try this. Decorate your altar with a black velvet altar cloth and black and orange candles. You will need a few sprigs of rosemary and black, orange and red ribbons. If you can, perform the ritual outdoors. 

Say aloud:

Samhain is here, we are in a time of transition. The winter approaches and summer wanes. This is the time of the Dark Mother, a time of death and rebirth. 

Place the rosemary on the altar in an offering bowl. Say:

Rosemary is to remember our dead, who have passed through the veil. We will remember. 

Light the black candle and say:

The Wheel of the Year spins once more, as we cycle into darkness.

Next, light the white candle and say:

The darkness shifts into the light. We will celebrate its return once more. 

Hold out your ribbons- one white, one black, and one red and say:

White for light, black for death, red for rebirth. We bind the ribbons together as we bind life. 

Now bind the ribbons together. As you weave, focus on the good memories of those who you loved and lost in your life. Chant while you bind the ribbons.  Leave the bound ribbons on your altar. 

Don’t get too sad if you have family members who passed away. I always remember my grandfather but I know that it can be a hard time for some. Seek out your friends and have fun this Samhain. 

Blessed be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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