"Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Ghost Watcher

AOL News did their own version of the Top 10 Weird Webpages list which included sites dedicated to men with long hair, a rapping dentist and toilet seat art. Another one that made the list is a webcam site called GhostWatcher. 37 webcams constantly monitor selected hidden spaces in a New York City apartment.

On the website, it states that the purpose of the ghost cams are to help the inhabitant June sleep better at night. Personally, I don't see how knowing your apartment is haunted is going to help you sleep at night except giving you knowledge of what causes the abnormal sounds. I guess that can give you some peace of mind but it doesn't make the sounds go away.

I reviewed some of the reports that have been already made and some are quite interesting. With others, I couldn't see what the reporter was claiming to see in the webshots. Maybe you all can. I'm curious. For those who watch ghost cams, have you ever actually spotted something unusual worthy enough to report? I've tried watching them and I never see anything.

Below is the link and I'll had it to the list of ghost cams on the sidebar.

Ghost Watcher

How is Your Karma?

You Have Fantastic Karma

You are a kind, sensitive, and giving person.
And all your good deeds will pay off - if they haven't already.
But you're not so concerned with what you get in return anyway.
You have an innate caring nature - and nothing can change that!

The Maury Show

If you check the Ghost Newswire on my blog then you probably know about this already. The Maury show is doing a show about families who live in haunted houses. Plus Western New York Paranormal will be featured on the episode.

I'm not an avid watcher of The Maury Show. The episodes I've seen have been about overweight kids, teens having sex to get pregnant, and drag queens. I guess this may be something new they are trying. I don't hear about talk shows doing paranormal related episodes on any other day than Halloween.

I checked my TV guide and it airs at 2 pm here in Oklahoma (Central Time) today. It seems I'll probably miss it.

GS Question of the Week

What is the weirdest dream you have ever had?

My Answer: Read my latest weird dream. Wanna find out what your dreams mean? Try the Dream Moods.

Reader Submission - Interesting Hunting Trip

Last week, I spoke of a nice lady who asked to remain anonymous. She share one of her experiences with us. It seems her father had quite a few ghost tales of his own. She kindly emailed one to me:

"The story takes place right in the area I live in now. The story probably happened when he was a little boy because he said it happened to his father. That would be about the l920's. My grandfather and a group of his hunting friends set out one night with their hunting dogs to go "coon hunting". The group went hunting in a completely isolated stretch of woods that he said was located about l0 miles away from civilization, people, or homes. After a while in the woods the dogs started barking loudly and excitedly. The dogs had gathered around a tree where they looked up, barking ferociously. Thinking the dogs had "treed a coon", the hunters ran to the spot with their lanterns. They didn't have flashlights then; they carried lanterns.

The hunters lifted their lanterns as high as they could up into the tree to find the "coon". Much to their horror, they saw a little boy up in the tree, sitting on a limb. The little boy was wearing what my daddy said was a "blue serge suit" (what it was called in those days). My grandfather said the little boy's hair was very black and combed just perfectly and he looked as if he were dressed for Sunday School. The boy looked to be about 8 or 9 yrs. old and just looked down on the men, smiling.

It was said that all the hunters were so terrified they broke and ran away as fast as they could. They never spoke a word to one another as they fled in fear. It was only until the next day that the men finally met to talk about what had happened to them. No explanation was ever found for the mysterious little boy seen that night sitting up in a tree."

Anneliese Michel - Part II

Prosecutors took more than 2 years to to take Annaliese's case to court, using that time to sort through the bizarre facts. Anneliese's parents and the two exorcists were accused of negligent homicide. The evidence pointed to her starving to death. Specialists claimed that if the accused would have begun with forced feeding one week before her death, Anneliese's life would have been saved. However, according to her sister, Anneliese did not want to go to a mental home where she would be sedated and forced to eat.

To prove the presences of demons, the exorcists played tape recordings of the exorcism. None of those present during the exorcisms doubted her possession. The psychiatrists, whom had been ordered to testify by the court, spoke about the "Doctrinaire Induction". They said that the priests had provided Anneliese with the contents of her psychotic behavior. Therefore, accepting her behavior as possession. They also offered that Anneliese's unsettled sexual development, along with her diagnosed Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, had influenced the psychosis.

Anneliese's parents and the exorcists were found guilty of manslaughter resulting from negligence and omitting first aid and was sentenced to 6 months in prison and probation. The court added that the accused should have helped by taking care of the medical treatment that the girl needed, but instead, their use of naive practices aggrivated Anneliese's already poor constitution.

Later, a commission of the German Bishop-Conference declared that Anneliese had never been possessed, but it didn't stop people from believing otherwise. The problem with that is her body was exhumed eleven and a half years after her death as a result to confirm that it had decayed as would have been expected under normal circumstances. Today, her grave remains a place of pilgrimage for rosary-praying and for those who believe that Anneliese Michel bravely fought the devil.

In 1999, Cardinal Medina Estevez presented journalists in Vatican-City the new version of the "Rituale Romanum" that has been used by the Catholic Church since 1614. The updates came after more than 10 years of editing and is called "The exorcism of the new millennium". The Pope approbated the new Exorcism Rite, which is now allowed for worldwide use. This new form of exorcism came after the German Bishop-Conference demanded to ultimately abolish the "Rituale Romun". It also came more than 20 years after Anneliese Michel had died.

It's unfortunate how she died, but I hope she did find peace after everything.

Source: The Real Emily Rose

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Anneliese Michel

Since the Question of the Week is about her and quite a few responses brought up the movie, I thought why not do a post about what happened. I've seen the Exorcism of Emily Rose and I have to say it is an interesting story. The real Emily Rose is Anneliese Michel from Klingenberg, Germany.

Anneliese was a normal, religiously nurtured girl born on September 21st, 1952. It wasn't until 1968 when everything began to change. Out of the blue, she began shaking and was unable to control her body. She couldn't call out to her parents, Josef and Anna or three sisters. She was diagnosed with "Grand Mal" epilepsy by a neurologist at the Psychiatric Clinic Wurzburg, and admitted to the hospital for treatment.

Soon after, Anneliese began seeing devilish grimaces during prayer and believed she was possessed. There seemed to be no other explanations for what she was seeing. The images followed by voices who were giving her orders all of which she mentioned only once to the doctors. Anneliese began feeling that medicine wasn't going to help her and looked to alternatives.

In 1973, her parents visited many pastors requesting an exorcism but were denied with the recommendation that their daughter continue with medication and treatment. The requirements in which a Bishop can approve an exorcism include an aversion to religious objects, speaking in different languages the person has never learned and supernatural powers.

In 1974, Pastor Ernst Alt requested a permit to perform an exorcism after supervising Anneliese for some time. His request was denied stating that she should live even more of a religious lifestyle in order to find peace. Unfortunately, the attacks became worse. She insulted, beat and began biting other members of the family. The only things she was "allowed" to eat were spiders, flies and coal and even began drinking her own urine. She could be heard screaming throughout the house for hours while breaking crucifixes, destroying paintings of Jesus, and pulling apart rosaries. Anneliese began committing acts of self-mutilation at this time, and the act of tearing off her clothes and urinating on the floor became commonplace. It makes you wonder how much abuse a person must go through before the church will allow a religious intervention.

The Bishop of Wurzburg, Josef Stangl, assigned Rather Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt to perform an exorcism after making an exact verification of the possession in 1975. It had been around seven years from the time her possession began to when the exorcism was permitted. Can you imagine going through seven years of that? I don't think I could. It was determined that Anneliese must be saved from the possession by several demons, including Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Cain, Hitler, and Fleischmann, a disgraced Frankish Priest from the 16th century, and some other damned souls which had manifested through her. From September '75 until July '76, one or two exorcism sessions were held each week. Anneliese's attacks were sometimes so strong that she would have to be held down by 3 men, or even chained up.

The attacks, however, did not stop. In fact, she would more often find herself paralyzed and falling unconscious than before. The exorcism continued over many months, always with the same prayers and incantations. Sometimes family members and visitors, like one married couple that claims to have "discovered" Anneliese, would be present during the rituals. For several weeks, Anneliese denied all food. Her knees ruptured due to the 600 genuflections she performed obsessively during the daily exorcism. Over 40 audio tapes record the process, in order to preserve the details. The last day of the Exorcism Rite was on June 30th, 1976. The following day, Pastor Ernst Alt informed the authorities in Aschaffenburg and the investigation began immediately.

Tomorrow's post: The trial.

Also don't forget to check out my new renter this week. Erin from Whatever Blows my Skirt. She has listed her five favorite things and I have to say the Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie sounds pretty good.

GS Question of the Week

Would you hold a priest liable for an exorcism gone wrong where the result was death? Why or why not?

My Answer: I think it depends on the situation. Whether or not the person is truly possessed or not is irrelevant. If the person needs medical attention, you need to get them medical attention. What's the point in doing an exorcism if the person is going to die in the process. I think the only time I would put the blame on the priest is if he worried more about the demons than the person they possess.

Reader Submission - A Woman in White

I received an email from a very nice lady who has asked to remain anonymous. She has shared two of her experiences with the paranormal. Below is one:

Before my daughter was born and about 1970, I was spending two weeks with my husband's great-aunt. My husband was a drill sergeant in the Army and was away for summer camp. Her large, red-brick two-story home was custom decorated, and upstairs in the bedroom where I was to sleep, large furniture filled the room. The room was very large and the whole room was totally unlike anything I had ever been in, much less spent the night in! His aunt was wealthy and her life was unlike the way I had been raised. We were poor, didn't have big beautiful things, and life in my childhood home didn't leave much to one's imagination.

One night while I thought I was asleep in the room, my eyes suddenly opened. I looked toward the doorway and saw a beautiful woman dressed in white. She appeared to be holding something in her right hand. I was interested in what it was, but could never really see what it was. The woman had brown hair and beautiful creamy skin. She continued to walk toward me as I was lying on the pillow on the bed. I grew frightened by the second as she came closer to my bedside. Finally, she stood close by my right side and as she bent over toward me slightly, she looked right into my eyes and just continued to stare at me.

Realizing the woman looked completely real to me, just as real as a real person, I remember explicitly that I MUST remember what this woman looks like. I was alert enough to know how important this was and that I must memorize as much as I could about her. And I remember looking at her in detail, her hair being perfectly combed and styled, her smile and face so beautiful. I was too amazed for a moment to scream or be afraid. I tried my best to make mental notes of what was happening. I feel sure that to have the kind of intelligent, alert thoughts that I was having that the experience had to be real.

When I had looked at the woman for as long as I could, and realized finally that apparently she was not going away, that she was just staring down at me and smiling, something happened to make me want to scream, to make her go away. But when I tried to scream nothing came out. I felt paralyzed. I continued to try to scream, tried as hard as I could. Then I suddenly screamed loud and long, frightened as never before in my life.

I woke my husband's aunt and sister with my screams. They came running into my bedroom. The aunt told me to sleep in the bed with my husband's sister in her bedroom. So I slept in her bed that night and no other incidents occurred. In the morning at breakfast I told them "a nurse" came into my room holding something in her hand. The two women never commented on what happened to me. They never pursued it and never brought it up again, and neither did I. But there is no way I will ever forget the lady I saw. It's still as clear to me today as the day it happened.

If you have had a paranormal experience and would like to share it here, send your story to paranormal_stories2004 @ (without the spaces) with "Submission" in the subject line.

Hoodoo vs. Voodoo

As promised, a deeper look into the differences between Hoodoo and Voodoo. Some believe that the terms may have a common etymology. The simplest explanation is that Voodoo is a religion and Hoodoo isn't. With the religious persecution and suppression of the Voodoo religion in America, hoodoo is what remains.

Hoodoo is the "folk magic" of the common people in West Africa that has been passed from one generation to the next. Most of what could be said as "legitimate" Voodoo in books, Hollywood movies and popular culture, is actually the magicobotanical practice of Hoodoo. As I said yesterday, Thursday's episode of Supernatural dealt with Hoodoo as well as the movie The Skeleton Key. In the U.S. Hoodoo is not a religion. It is spiritual and magical in nature, but it does not have an established theology, clergy, laity, or order of liturgical services. Hoodoo shows obvious links to the practices and beliefs of all African folk magic-religious culture. The Hoodoo practiced in the U.S. by the enslaved Africans was brought from West and Central Africa.

Voodoo is an established religion with its ancient roots in Egypt, East Africa, ancient Ionia and Afro-Rome. Now, its current roots are in the West African region now known as Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso. It is practiced all throughout West Africa; particularly, among members of the Fon, Ewe and other West African groups. In Haiti and the Caribbean it is practiced in a form that has been greatly modified by contact with the Catholic church.

From so called "love potions," to taking vengeance upon an enemy, Hoodoo is largely what has survived the religious persecution of the Africans enslaved in the New World. Additionally, due to the laws passed preventing the African from practicing any African based tradition, "Hoodoo" was forced to undergo the same superficial transformation as did the Voodoo religion in which they hid their gods behind Catholic Saints. Hoodoo blended with acceptable Native American & European folklore and practice, but the actual methods and power behind it remained completely African.

New Orleans Voodoo is a conglomeration of cultural and spiritual belief systems strongly influenced by the ancient Voodoo religion of Africa, the Vodou (French spelling) religion of Haiti, the healing arts of Native American people, the folk magic of Europe, and Catholicism. Voodoo is culture, heritage, philosophy, art, dance, language, medicine, music, justice, power, storytelling & ritual.

Both are still practiced in Louisiana. There is no conflict between those who practice Voodoo and those who practice Hoodoo in Louisiana and they are perfectly complementary. Clear up the confusion?

Sources: Wikipedia, Squidoo and
Mami Wata & West African Vodoun (Voodoo) in the Diaspora


Personal Note: Snow and sleet are predicted for today. We were lucky that our power didn't go out during the rounds last weekend. If by chance I disappear for a couple of days, you know why. Don't forget to check out my renter's blog. He only has a day or so left in his stay here.

Gris Gris Bag

I was watching tonight's episode of Supernatural about a haunted hotel and Hoodoo. At first, I thought they were saying Voodoo but no it was Hoodoo. If you don't know the difference between the two, I'll tell you but not in this post.

This post is about how to make a Hoodoo charm called a Gris Gris bag. I'm sure they are used for many different reasons but I was able to find a couple of recipes at Fullmoon Magic. Below are three:

Home Protection

Red flannel or chamois bag
Tablespoon of Five Finger Grass
Tablespoon Bay Leaf
Large Clove of Garlic
Small piece of Mandrake Root
Iron nail
Protection oil to anoint bag

Stopping Gossip

Red Flannel or chamois bag
A piece of cloth with a face drawn on it
Some hair from the person who will wear the bag
A piece of High John the Conqueror root
Tablespoon of Slippery Elm
1/2 Tablespoon Gag root
A needle and black thread
Gris Gris Faible Incense to burn while preparing the bag

During the ritual preparing the bag you will use the thread and needle to sew shut the mouth on the face drawn on the cloth to represent people keeping their mouths shut.

To Obtain Money

Red flannel or chamois bag
A coin or two
A small pair of lodestones
A Buckeye
Tablespoon Five Finger Grass
Teaspoon Money Drawing powder
Teaspoon Silver Weed
Shower of Gold Incense to burn while preparing the bag, Money Drawing oil to anoint the bag.

I'm sure if you go to your local botanica, they will help you with the herbs that you need. Now, the satchet you can make yourself. Fullmoon Magic's website has directions and even a diagram to help you with that. While you are there, take a look at the other information provided. The Herbal Sleep Pillow looks pretty interesting to me. I might have to try making one of those.

Have you visited The Blue Panther's home yet?

New Renter - The Blue Panther Experience and Other Things

I have a new renter this week from The Blue Panther Experience and Other Things. I'm excited because he's a fellow writer and a Nano winner. In case you don't know, Nano or NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write an entire novel in 30 days. A totally doable task if you are dedicated enough. It's a step I haven't taken yet but I admire those who have.

His blog is basically personal with a special treat on Sundays called Blog Your Blessings. You blog about the good things that your thankful for. It's an interesting concept. Maybe one I'll take up. I know I have a lot to be thankful for. We all do compared to some people out there that don't have what we have.

His latest entry is about a very familiar topic here: Superstitions. I'm not a very superstitious person. I don't really see any point in them. However, the one he strongly believes in and claims that really works for him is: "If you see a vessel filled up to the brim with water as you are leaving the house, you will most likely achieve success and will have a great day. If on the other hand you see an empty vessel you will fail and will have a lousy day."

It makes you wonder if a black cat crosses your path really is bad luck or merely knowing the action is a superstition sabotages your day some how therefore giving it power in your mind. Basically, you believe it'll happen so it will. Who knows.

If you would like to know what my renter's latest blessing is or a little info about his first bike, check out his blog.

Lawson Family Massacre

I received an email about a week ago about a new documentary available now. The documentary is called A Christmas Family Tragedy. The story about the Lawson Family I guess in some ways is similar to the Amityville murders. Charlie Lawson, a 43-year-old tobacco farmer, killed his wife, six of his seven children and then committed suicide on Christmas Day 1929 in Stokes County, North Carolina. Many people were quite baffled about how this man could do such a thing and possibly that question may have been answered by now or someone has come close to answering it. However, it has a continuing effect on the community 'til this day.

Now, as tragic as this is, I'm sure you are wondering how it qualifies as a ghost story. Well, from what I was told, a house that is now The Squires Inn Bed & Breakfast is said to be haunted by members of the Lawson family. The owners claim they have seen seven year old Maybell and two year old Raymond Lawson peering into windows of the front door and have been heard talking, laughing and playing inside and outside of the house.

This film isn't the only thing documenting this tragedy. Many songs have been written including "The Story of the Lawson Family," "Ballad of the Lawsons," "Murder of the Lawson Family," "The Murder of Charlie Lawson," and "Charlie Lawson's Still". There has also been a few books about the the Lawson Family massacre. The most recent was released at the end of last year entitled The Meaning of Our Tears By: Trudy J. Smith. She also co-wrote another book about the subject called White Christmas, Bloody Christmas with her father, M. Bruce Jones. The film and books all sound pretty interesting to me. I'll be definitely adding them to my must read/watch lists.

A“significant” percentage of the film's proceeds will be donated to local and statewide organizations working to end domestic violence in North Carolina. To find out more about A Christmas Family Tragedy, please visit their website (you can also check out their MySpace page).

GS Question of the Week

While browsing one day, I found an article at called Ghost Stories from Korea. One paragraph about how sometimes Westerners use Koreans' fear of ghosts for their own personal gain. So, it got me thinking.

Would you use a person's fear to manipulate them into doing what you want?

My Answer: If I was SERIOUSLY desperate, I might consider it but otherwise no. I think it's cruel to do something like that unless you really really really have to.

Owners of Dracula Castle offer to sell

In May I posted about the Romanian government returning Dracula's Castle to its' former owners. It seems now the family has decided to sell it for $78 million. Dominic Habsburg, the owner, insisted his family had honorable intentions for wanting to sell the castle. "We are trying to find the best way to preserve the castle in the interest of the family and the people of Bran."

After the restitution, concerns were raised that the family could sell the castle to a hotel chain and that the site could end up being the centerpiece of a Dracula theme park that would blight the surrounding, pristine countryside some 105 miles north of Bucharest. Faced with the enormous expense of the castle's upkeep, Habsburg said he wanted to place the property in the hands of the local council with an eye toward ensuring its historic character is preserved.

Lia Trandafir, an attorney for Habsburg, said local authorities are interested in buying it. "They'd like to see it coming back to the community and they consider it a central pillar of tourism in Brasov county," she said.

Aristotel Cancescu, head of the local city council, is due to travel to Vienna, Austria, on Monday to open discussions about a bank loan. If he manages to secure one, it will need to be approved by local councilors.

Culture Minister Adrian Iorgulescu has criticized the planned purchase of the castle, saying it is worth only a fourth of Habsburg's asking price. The castle is part of history. I guess it raises the question of how much would you pay for a piece of history.

"I have nothing against the castle being bought by the city council if they are stupid enough to pay this money," Iorgulescu said.

In recent years, the castle — complete with glimpses of bats floating around its ramparts in the twilight — has attracted moviemakers as a backdrop for films about Dracula and other spooky themes.

More on the Bran Castle:

Source: Associated Press via Yahoo News

National Delurking Week

This week is National Delurking Week. The idea is to get readers to stop lurking and commenting. I figure I would take this time to see how I'm doing and to also give you a chance to suggest any topics you would like to learn more about that haven't been featured here yet. Vote in the poll and/or leave a comment with your suggestions. Happy National Delurking Week!

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Real or Fake?

Every once in a while, I browse the video clips at YouTube; I can't help seeing what ridiculous things people post there. Anyways, I found a few clips on supposedly ghost footage and decided to share them here and get your opinions. They are all pretty short clips except for the last one. So, if you have dial-up like me it won't take very long to load.

Clip 1: This one is of a "ghost" crossing the road. I don't know if it's fake. It doesn't really look like a fake to me.

Clip 2: This clip I've seen a couple times. First one was on the Montell Williams show. He had Sylvia Brown as a guest and she claimed that the woman in the video had recently died from a car accident and since moved on. Now, I watched a different show (can't remember the name) that easily re-created it with a toy tied to a string, swinging it around in front of the camera. This time it is being shown on ABC news along with a testimonial from the witness who supposedly first saw it and an examination of it from a paranormal investigator. I'm kind of on the fence with this one. I'm not sure if it is real or fake.

Clip 3: This is a scene from the TV show Ghost Hunters. It's from the episode where they investigated the Crescent Hotel and caught an interesting image on their thermal camera. Now keep in mind. TAPS goes in to DISPROVE a haunting and they couldn't come up with an explanation for this one.

Ghost Catcher

I first heard about this piece of ghost hunting equipment from the TV show Celebrity Paranormal Project. The idea behind a Ghost Catcher a.k.a. Spirit Wind Chime is that the spirit will pass by and cause it to chime much like a wind chime does in the wind. You strategically place Ghost Catchers throughout the house away from drafts and wind. Of course, you can use a regular wind chime from a store, but try and get the ones made of the lightest material. If the arms are too heavy, it will not be affective outside or in any area where a breeze or wind is blowing.

You can make Ghost Catchers yourself. Take about 8 to 10 very thin strips of metal (about one inch wide and about 6 to 8 inches long). Put a hole in one end of each strip. Tie seperate strings to each strip. Leave about 6 inches of slack in the string and tie the other end of the strings to a pole or something that keeps the strips hanging down. Tie them about one half inch apart on the pole. The strips shouldn't touch each other but shouldn't be very far apart either. Hang the pole from the ceiling or in a doorway. I know that some people paint the strips with glowing paint to make them easier to see at night or in the dark. Any variation on a wind chime will work. For the best results make several ghost catchers and put them at different spots throughout a house.

Announcement: My new renter is from New York Nitty Gritty, a blog containing photos of New York City and its environs. Take a minute and check out the beautiful photos he has displayed on his blog.

GS Question of the Week

What paranormal predictions do you have for the year 2007?

Women Outcasted Due to Accusations of Witchcraft

First of all, I'm shocked about this. A woman named Mariama Alidu from Gambaga, Ghana was cast out as a witch from her village by her own family even though she swears she has never cast a spell. Rough way to start the new year out. The mere suspicion of witchcraft was enough to see her and 80 other suspected witches expelled to a scruffy camp of mud huts on the fringes of the town of Gambaga.

"It is the work of the devil. I can't say I have ever practiced it myself," says Mariama, who has lived in the camp for about 10 years.

Hundreds more women accused of witchcraft live in similar camps in the cocoa- and gold-producing West African country.

Belief in witchcraft remains widespread in Africa, the world's poorest continent, where Christianity and Islam rub shoulders with animist religions, and where witch doctors wield great power in tribal societies.

Like the Salem Witch Trials, all it takes is a quarrel with a daughter-in-law or that they have passed child-bearing age. In some cases, witchcraft offers an easy explanation as to why one person is successful and another is not. In places where medical knowledge is scarce, illness is also often seen as having a spiritual or malignant cause. Even an elderly woman's appearance in a dream can be taken as a sign of her malevolent intent.

Thankfully, people from places like the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice are helping to decline camp populations. It's sad that something like this is going on today where a woman can not be successful without being afraid of someone accusing her of witchcraft. I'm glad that there are some people trying to stop this before it gets out of hand.

To read more: Alleged African witches still outcast to camps


Necromancy is a form of divination in which the practitioner seeks to summon the spirits of the dead, called "operative spirits" or "spirits of divination", for multiple reasons, like spiritual protection or wisdom. There are two noted kinds of necromancy: the raising of the corpse itself, and the most common kind, the conjuring or summoning of the spirit of the corpse. Since the Middle Ages, necromancy has come to be associated more with black magic and demon summoning in general, losing its earlier, more specialized meaning. It was condemned by the Catholic Church as "the agency of evil spirits," and in Elizabethan England was outlawed by the Witchcraft Act of 1604.

Early necromancy was possibly related to shamanism, which calls upon spirits such as the ghosts of ancestors. Classical necromancers addressed the dead in "a mixture of high-pitch squeaking and low droning", comparable to the trance-state mutterings of shamans. It was widespread among people of Persia, Chaldea, Etruria, and Babylonia. Necromancy was also widespread in ancient Greece from prehistoric times. There are also many references to necromancers, called "bone-conjurers", in the Bible. The Witch of Endor(1 Samuel 28) is the most famous Biblical necromancer. Later Christian writers rejected the idea that humans could bring back the spirits of the dead, and interpreted such shades as disguised demons, thus conflating necromancy with demon-summoning. Interesting enough, some Christians weren't practicing what they preached.

Possibly, literate Europeans were the main forces simultaneously practicing and condemning necromancy. Spells of necromancy are very similar to Christian rites, especially exorcisms. In a Christian exorcism, various demons and spirits are driven away by name, in the name of God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. It is possible to trace Christian ritual and prayer and its subsequent mutant forms of utility and healing prayer/spells to full-blown necromancy. The main recipe employed throughout the manual in the necromancy sorcery uses the same vocabulary and structure utilizing the same languages, sections, names of power alongside demonic names.

Necromantic spells were mainly illusory or utility spells. Modern scholarship suggests that most were written with hopes that their utility would prove to be useful in acquiring a feast, horse, cloak of invisibility or perhaps just notoriety among others in the necromancy practicing clergy. The nature of these spells lend themselves to being understood as underground clergy members deviantly indulging in unlawful pleasures. The probable reason that these renegade so-called Necromancers were dabbling in the dark arts is that the evolution of "natural" magic and "spiritual" magic was slow.

In the wake of these inconsistencies of judgment, necromancers, sorcerers and witches were able to utilize spells with holy names with impunity, as biblical references in such rituals could be construed as prayers as opposed to spells.

Modern séances, channeling and Spiritualism verge on necromancy when the invoked spirits are asked to reveal future events. Necromancy may also be dressed up as sciomancy, a branch of theurgic magic. Necromancy is not practiced in Neo-pagan Witchcraft, but it is practiced in Voodoo. Necromancy, more than any other magical system, is responsible for the reputation of occult cults and sects holding graveyard rites and performing the infamous "blood sacrifice".

Source: Wikipedia


I'm not referring to the Laurence Fishburne character in The Matrix. Instead, think more like the Sandman. In Greek mythology, Morpheus ("he who forms or molds") was the god of dreams and the greatest of all his siblings. His father was Hypnos, God of sleep and his mother was Aglia (or Pasithea) Brightness, one of the three Graces. Morpheus is spoken of in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. He probably was the Dream God which Zeus sent to visit Agamemnon in the Illiad.

He sleeps on an ebony bed in a dimly lit cave, surrounded by poppy. Ovid suggests that Morpheus had a special talent for mimicking human form in dreams. Dreams were sent out to man passing through one of two gates: a gate of horn from which true dreams came; and a gate of ivory, from which false dreams passed through. According to Ovid, Morpheus concentrated on the human elements of dreams, his brothers Phobetor and Phantasos being responsible for birds or beasts and inanimate objects.

Morpheus sent images of humans in dreams or visions, and was responsible for shaping dreams, or giving shape to the beings which inhabit dreams. He specialized in ultra-realistic dreams - the kind where you find yourself naked in front of a classroom. Phobetor made fearsome dreams while Phantasus produced tricky and unreal dreams. Morpheus also manifested himself in the dreams of kings and heroes in the likeness of men as a messenger of the gods. For these reasons Morpheus was often referred to as "Morpheus the Greek god of dreams" in superiority to his brothers.

Some wonder if Morpheus even existed. He has appeared in many songs, poems and works of art over the years but it doesn't seem that he had a spot in Greek mythology. Was he as real as any other god or invented by a poet?

Morphine derives its name from Morpheus based on its similar dream-inducing power.



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The 2007 Bloggies/YouTube Karaoke

There's another blog awards. The 2007 Bloggies are now open for nominations until Jan. 10th. I've decided to nominated four of my favorite blogs: The Paranormal Blog (you didn't make the finals for The Weblog Awards but y'all are still great and deserve the honor), Blog from the Darkside, At Home Writing and (Lima) Beans and Delhi Cha(a)t. Good luck.

Of course, I didn't forget my new renter. He's rented here before but with a different blog. This particular one is called YouTube Karaoke. If you are a music lover, this is the place for you.

All videos are obviously from YouTube. Posts began with a blurb. You may learn something about your favorite songs that you didn't know. You press play, scroll to the lyrics and sing along. I think I prefer this type of karaoke instead of going to a bar or whatever. I can humiliate myself in the privacy of my own home.

When you are finished making your Bloggies nominations, go to YouTube Karaoke and sing your heart out.
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