GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #64 - December 18, 2006
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I was raised Catholic, so I was taught from a young age that Witches were something to be avoided. That to mess with witchcraft was to gamble with your very soul. The underlying message from the nuns and priests, of course, was that; A. this stuff really works; and B. it's not our ways, so don't do it.
The message that it really worked was very intriguing to me. I asked if there was a Catholic equivalent to this kind of thing. It turns out, there is (but it would take me many years to figure it out).
When I started researching and writing about the supernatural, I began to see a lot of overlap between the world of ghosts and the world of Witches. When we study ancient religions and belief systems, we see that Witches have always been around -- minding their own business (usually) at the fringe of society. And that's part of the point.
Altars, focusing intent, and using candles and other potions are all part of casting a spell. It's no different when the Catholic priest consecrates the bread during communion. He focuses his intent over an altar as candles burn beside him. Labels are everything. Many facets of modern-day belief systems incorporate the Pagan, the symbolism of other faiths and cultures, and the idea of communing with something larger than ourselves. Maybe Witchcraft is a thread that weaves through all peoples -- drawing us a bit closer together. It's just one idea we'll explore a little deeper this month.
It is December, which means this is the last newsletter of 2006. I want to thank every one of you for an amazing year. I want to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. I also want to promise you that 2007 in the 'Village is going to be incredible. We're currently working on a redesign right now that will launch in the early part of the year. There will be new sections, lots of expanded functionality, and an even better Web experience.
Have a cool Yule!
Mayor of Ghostvillage.com
P.S. If you want to check out my new personal Web site, you can visit: http://www.jeffbelanger.com/
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>>erna_butter<< - member since August 9, 2004
What is your name?
Rena, Renata, RenaButter, Erna, and Coffee (gotta love kids -- lol.)
How old are you?
Where do you live?
Lasalle, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
What do you do for a living?
Doing the housewife thing, which is a job in itself, ask any lady.
What has been your most profound supernatural/spiritual experience?
When I lived at my in-laws with my hubby, before we were married, I used to sleep upstairs in the kids' room. My niece, Kaitlyn, would always crawl into bed with me every night like clockwork. She would come down from the top bunk, which you could hear, and slowly come over to the head of the bed, and say, "Auntie Rena, I'm cold," so I would cover her up and we would go back to sleep.
One night I heard the bed jiggle, heard her come down, felt her come across the bed (I was facing against the wall, and was very awake, since I just gotten into the bed), and waited for her to say she was cold, but I heard nothing. I thought she was sick or something, and when I turned to look... she wasn't there. She was in her own bed asleep... for once. I was quite sad, because whatever visited me was a child.
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Our last month's theme was Instrumental Transcommunication. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
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Book Review: Roads to Eternity by Sarah Wilson Estep
Discussion: ITC - Have You Tried It?
Discussion: ITC Collage Images
Author Interview: Spirit Faces by Mark Macy
Feature Article: Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC)
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Pagan Christmas by Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling
Llewellyn's 2007 Almanac Series
Chakra Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
The Mystic Foundation by Christopher Penczak
The General Principles of Astrology by Aleister Crowley
Calls to Mystic Alice by Alice Rose Morgan
Brady's Book of Fixed Stars by Bernadette Brady
Four Seasons of Mojo by Stephanie Rose Bird
The Key by Echo Bodine
PSIence by Marie D. Jones [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
The Yoga of the Nine Emotions by Peter Marchand
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December 4, 2006
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