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Happy holidays to you
all! Do you know why Christmas falls on December 25th?
I'll give you a hint -- it is not the day Jesus Christ was
born. As with Halloween, the Catholic Church adopted its
"if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" mantra to
combat another Pagan holiday that wouldn't go away no
matter how evil the church made it out to be. The Pagan
holiday is called "Yule."
Yule is the Anglo-Saxon festival commemorating the winter
solstice. Many of the Pagan practices in and around Yule
are all around us every year, and some of us don't even
realize it. The word "Yule" comes from a word
that translates into "wheel" -- the
calendar year is seen as a wheel and "Yule" is
the end of one year and the beginning of the next.
Yule takes place on the longest night of the year and is a
time to honor the death and rebirth of the sun. During the
Yule celebration, the Druids would cut sacred mistletoe. Evergreens such as bay, rosemary, ivy,
holly, and fir trees would be cut and burned to keep
goblins and ghosts from haunting them in the coming year.
The whole celebration is a cleansing of the past year and
a look forward to coming opportunities.
2002 has certainly been a memorable year for
Ghostvillage.com -- we have more members and traffic than
ever before, and our community continues to grow. Thank you
all for being a part of this wonderful corner of the
Internet. Next year, you can look forward to more great
articles, stories, and further evidence surrounding ghosts
and the supernatural.
Happy holidays and have a safe and prosperous new year!
This is a new feature that will
appear in our newsletters going forward. If you would like
to be profiled here, >>email
Who in the Town Square?
What is your name?
Jason Gowin but most of my friends call me Gow.
Where are you from?
Right now I'm living in Honolulu, Hawaii, but I'll be
returning back to Northeastern Pennsylvania soon to
reunite with my ghost hunting team, Ghost Hunters Incorporated (GHI).
How old are you?
24 and counting.
What first got you interested in ghosts and the
When you grow up on cartoons like Scooby-Doo and
Ghostbusters, the supernatural is always right there, and
it leaves so many unanswered questions and you just get
hooked. Ghosts are addicting.
Have you ever had a supernatural experience?
As part of GHI, we've been very fortunate in the fact
that we've had very, very good luck in finding supernatural
experiences, from the abandoned train tunnel called "7
Steps" to the old mining cemetery on Barclay Mountain,
ghosts let themselves be heard and felt by us. They
make their presences known, and as you continue to have
such great success with it, you get further and further
sucked into finding more of them.
Tamara Thorne will be joining us in a special Ghost
Chat on Wednesday, January 8, 2003, at 8 pm E.S.T. Tamara is
an avid ghost hunter and enthusiast and is the author of
six novels. She will be discussing her latest book, The
Forgotten, as well as the ghostly influences in
her writing. Other books by Thorne include: Bad
As a special treat, we should have our new chat room in
place for the Tamara Thorne chat. If you would
like to suggest a topic or a guest you want to see
in Ghost Chat, let us know. >>email<<
Since our last newsletter, two >>Legends
of the Supernatural<< columns have been
published. We paid a visit to >>John
Stone's Inn in Ashland, Massachusetts<< and
examined the >>Old
Hag Syndrome<<. Thank you to all who wrote in
with comments and questions. Keep them coming!
|Legends of the Supernatural
Have you ever visited a psychic? Whether you had a
good or bad experience, we would like to >>hear<<
If you know of a publication that may be interested in
running the column, drop me a line. >>email<<
Chris Vargo of >>The
Paranormal Journal<< asked me to pass this
The Paranormal Journal
is a collection of material researched by Chris Vargo, Jr.
and his team. His material was collected through a number
of sources, then compiled into an online report for
the public. In their database, you will find
information written by their members, along with
government-issued Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
If you have an encounter, please share it by clicking >>here<<.
If your organization has an announcement you would like to
share with our audience, >>email
Premonition and Returning Visits - Ventura, California
Since our last newsletter, the following people have joined us in the Town Square.
Contacting Family with a Ouija Board - Bridesburg, Pennsylvania
A Woman of Warning and Comfort - GVSU, Allendale, Michigan
USS Alabama Officer Remembered - Mobile, Alabama
10,754 Messages in the Town
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1,083 Members in the Town
listed so far in 2002
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Happy Haunted Days,
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