GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #79 - March 17, 2008
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It's March 17th here at the Ghostvillage.com world headquarters near Boston, Massachusetts, and that of course got us thinking about St. Patrick's Day, beer, Irish lore, beer, legends, beer, faeries, and of course beer. When most people think of Irish legends, the Leprechaun first comes to mind. The Leprechaun is a class of faerie folk that comes from the Celtic traditions in and around Ireland. These little magickal creatures are said to be wizened old men who often hoard and hide great treasures. Though this particular faerie legend is colorful and memorable, it's certainly not unique in the world.
I recall a trip I took to Alaska where I had the opportunity to discuss supernatural legends with a member of the Inuit clan. They too have a "little people" legend in their lore. Like their Irish counterpart, these creatures also have magickal abilities. On the Bahamian island of Andros, there is the legend of a mischievous little folk called Chickcharnies who had red eyes and could turn their heads all the way around. Here in Massachusetts, the Wampanoag Indians believed in Pukwudgies, magickal little folk who could help you or hurt you depending on their mood. And the list goes on and on throughout the world.
Small creatures with magickal abilities, or faeries, are a part of many disparate cultures. These legends still hold their influence over modern-day society, and there are many who believe they not only still exist, but can influence our world. This month on Ghostvillage.com, we're going to dive into the faerie realm and see what we can uncover 'neath the toadstools and peat moss.
I want to say thank you to everyone who emailed in about last month's theme, "Women in the Paranormal." I was overwhelmed with the response, and I wish we had the time and space to have interviewed 100 more women who are out there making a difference in the field. Hopefully more of our female colleagues will contribute articles and editorials to Ghostvillage.com in the future. We always welcome that input.
I've got a lot of projects I'm currently working on that I'm really excited about, but it's work that will be taking up a lot of my time. I'm sorry if I'm slower than normal in responding to emails and phone calls. I also have a lot of upcoming lectures. Hopefully I'll get to meet more of you Ghostvillagers at these great events -- like Ghost Rush in Volcano, California on March 28th. I hope to see all of you (yes all of you) there!
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March 20: Jeff
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March 28: Ghost
Rush 2008 Conference - Volcano, California - Jeff Belanger will be speaking at this event
March 29: FortFest
'08: Beyond Belief in Baltimore, MD
April 11: 2008
California Ghost Hunters Conference
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>>JimDe<< - member since April 1, 2002
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The lure of mysterious phenomena struck me early in my teens... I started reading books on witchcraft, tarot, and ghosts back in the mid-70s. It seemed to fit into the lifestyle I was leading at the time which was focused on girls, guitars, and hanging out with my bros. Eventually, I got involved with séances and channeling and sought to apply all these mystical perspectives into my other interests. There were times during studio recording sessions when we would often stop to perform a séance in the studio in the hopes of channeling the prevailing muse of the evening (aahh the 70s).
I became involved with spirit photography in 1999 on the advice of my friend Jeffrey Wands. The appearances began immediately, and over the years have intensified as well as led into other areas of research and development. Considering the unimaginable hours of dedication and sacrifice (luck?)... I would say that having been recognized scientifically has made it a worthwhile effort.
How do you see the practice of spirit photography evolving in the coming years?
Key areas of improvement have been made in technology, and digital devices are at the forefront of the assault on paranormal evidence both visually and audibly. I think another key advancement is that spirit photography has indeed been recognized by members of the scientific community as being legitimate (though incredibly rare)... and they have published opinions as to what constitutes paranormal activity in photographs. Spirit photography in the 21st century is a visual experience, and I would hope we have seen the last of orb(s) and shadows as we have obviously moved forward in research and results.
Is it possible to own too many guitars?
Geeez, my wife asks me that question all the time... honestly, there’s no such thing as too many guitars (...as long as they’re Gibson). Rock on GV!
Our last month's theme was women in the paranormal. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:
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Feature: Women in the Paranormal: Donna LaCroix
Feature: Women in the Paranormal: Amy Bruni
Feature: Women in the Paranormal: Ursula Bielski
Feature: Women in the Paranormal: L'Aura Hladik
Feature: Women in the Paranormal: Allison Andrews
Feature: Women in the Paranormal: Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Feature: Women in the Paranormal: Lorraine Warren
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Billy The Kid - by Lee Prosser - March 12, 2008 [COLUMN]
Women in the Paranormal: Donna LaCroix - March 5, 2008
Women in the Paranormal: Amy Bruni - March 2, 2008
Women in the Paranormal: Ursula Bielski - February 28, 2008
Women in the Paranormal: L'Aura Hladik - February 25, 2008
Women in the Paranormal: Allison Andrews - February 22, 2008
Haunted Cape Cod and the Islands - Ghost Chronicles - February 20, 2008 [PODCAST]
Women in the Paranormal: Rosemary Ellen Guiley - February 19, 2008
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Ghost Rush 2008 - Volcano, California - March 28-30, 2008
Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable, Massachusetts - May 30, 2008
Mid-Atlantic Paranormal Conference - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - June 27-29, 2008
A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Beaman Memorial Public Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM - July 23, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Dover Public Library - Dover, Massachusetts - 7 PM - October 15, 2008
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 18, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - 7 PM - October 27, 2008
Stanley Hotel Paranormal Retreat - Estes Park, Colorado - November 9-12, 2008
Queen Mary Conference - Long Beach, California - December 7-10, 2008
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Women In Folklore
Which women in the past have helped carve the way ahead?
A full-bodied apparition.
Not a regular summer camp.
Does a real estate agent have to disclose a haunting?
What's In a Name?
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Ghosts on stage.
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A Spirit is Terrifying My Child
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