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Date registered: June 22, 2017

Latest posts

  1. Springstead Wisconsin Paranormal Group — May 14, 2017
  2. Buried Alive Paranormal Group — May 14, 2017
  3. Saint Joseph Valley Paranormal — May 14, 2017
  4. Bureau of Other-Worldly Observation (BOO) — May 14, 2017
  5. Haunt Investigators of Michigan — May 14, 2017

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May 14

Springstead Wisconsin Paranormal Group

  Contact Name  Cody Barnes
Location  Springstead, WI
Northern Wisconsin
Phone  715-661-4596
Email email
Website
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Evp emf spirit box audio recorders cameras

May 14

Buried Alive Paranormal Group

  Contact Name Christie Williams
Location Omaha, NB
Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri
Phone 403-830-2386
Email email
Website buriedaliveparanormalgroup.weebly.com
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This team was started to find proof of the paranormal. Myself and my team realized how many people are willing to fake evidence and lie about experiences, Our goal is to simply seek the truth and to help others while finding answers. we also offer ways for others, skeptics and delivers alike, to join in with the investigation for themselves. Feel free to contact us in any of the ways provided.

May 14

Saint Joseph Valley Paranormal

  Contact Name  Lisa Driver
Location  South Bend, IN
Two hour radius of South Bend
Phone
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Website sjvparanormal.com/
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Saint Joseph Valley Paranormal is a group of adults from the northern Indiana area who is committed to finding answers for people who are experiencing paranormal activity. The answers that our clients desire can range from simple validation of activity to house cleansings and blessings. Regardless of the request we receive we are committed to providing a full investigation involving property research along with a thorough follow-up that ends in a conclusion that is sometimes a haunting and other times not.

May 14

Bureau of Other-Worldly Observation (BOO)

  Contact Name Catherine Stogner
Location Marco Island, FL
Naples
Phone 239-228-0723
Email email
Website
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We are a newer group to the paranormal scene. We are excited to start our observations of the other side! One of our main interests are ley lines, and the effect that they have on the world. We are based in Naples and love to adventure with each other. We welcome all to contact us and join our group if interested, and we look forward to
new experiences.

May 14

Haunt Investigators of Michigan

Contact Name  Marc Ortiz
Location  Dearborn, MI
Michigan
Phone
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Website  hauntinvestigators.wixsite.com/hauntinvestigators
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Team specialties:
Paranormal investigators who have an interest in this field because of personal experiences. Ghost hunting allows us to enjoy the friendship of like-minded people which includes both true believers and total skeptics, so we invite you to share your experiences and stories with us!

May 14

Supernatural Truth Seekers

  Contact Name  Robert
Location  Wiggins, Mississippi
Most of the Mississippi area
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Website
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We are unique team in the paranormal field. We are a small team with our own skills and gifts. We use skeptic minds in client cases, and are a low tech group. We don’t believe in over examining a case with technology, this can lead to over examining and coming to false conclusions.
More information can be obtained about the group’s methods when the group is contacted.
– Photography
– Videography
– Psychic
– Empathic
– Intuitive
– Demonology
– Spiritology
– EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), Analysis and debunking.
– Tarot is also used to draw from the energy present in client cases.
The team offers a lifetime of experience and knowledge in the paranormal field.

Case solution measures:
Evidence is presented to clients as well as evidence that has been debunked. The group educates on problems found and solutions that need to be taken to solve the problems found. In problem cases we offer rituals to get rid of the problem, for good. The team has a member who is very fluent in dealing with spiritual situations. He has been dealing with spirits his entire life.
We are Seekers of the Truth.
The group has a closed Facebook group used for contact.
Please search:
Supernatural Truth Seekers (STS)

Mar 03

Paranormal Research Operations Of Florida

  Contact Name Robert Bouchey
Location Lakeland, FL
Cental Florida
Phone 352-988-4332
Email email
Website paranormalproof1.weebly.com
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We help people and give them answers and solutions to there problems. The passion my team has can not be taught. We are always learning and growing and trying new methods. We work with the most cutting edge technology. We also provide house blessings and cleansings.

Mar 02

Project Blacklight

  Contact Name Darrin Scholl
Location Scappoose, OR
Oregon
Phone 503-410-0856
Email email
Website
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We track and document myths, legends and all manner of paranormal things

Mar 02

Holland Ohio Paranormal Society

  Contact Name Jennifer Hendrzak
Location Holland, OH
Ohio
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Website hollandohioparanormalsociety.com
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We are a family and friend based paranormal team searching for the truth about what lies in the afterlife.

Mar 02

Siskiyou County Psychics, Collectibles and Media

  Contact Name Jennifer Cromwelle White Feather
Location Questa, NM
NM and Southwestern USA
Phone (575) 776 – 3141
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Website
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Specializing in Psychometry, Pendulum, Cold, Criminal and Missing Persons Cases. Can and will do Haunted Locations and Readings upon request only. All requests must be Legitimate. We do not accept fake request calls or contacts. All readings are 90% +/- Accuracy. Psychic Author, Actress and Radio Personality.

Mar 01

TellCityGhostHunters

  Contact Name David Dykes
Location Cannelton, IN
Indiana,Kentucky,Ohio,Illinois
Phone 812-619-1696
Email email
Website tcghosthunters.wixsite.com/paranormal
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Specialty:
Researching And Investigating Potentially Haunted Locations. Specializing In Private Home Investigations. EST 2011
Other Social Media: soundcloud.com/tellcityghosthunters

Mar 01

The Ghost Guild

  Contact Name Nelson Nauss
Location Raleigh, NC
Triangle Area
Phone
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Website theghostguild.com 
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Our Mission is to investigate the possibility of paranormal entities with great skepticism, professionalism, and fun. We have no desire to compete with other paranormal groups. We simply wish to collaborate with like-minded individuals and teams from around the world who share our passion for investigating the things that go bump in the night.

Mar 01

FOG Paranormal

  Contact Name  SJ Wells
Location  Bellingham, WA
Washington, Idaho, Montana & Oregon
Phone  360-202-1015
Email email
Website foglinersparareport.wixsite.com/follow-fpr
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Specialty:
We do not have any particular specialties other than we do it all. The founders of FOG Paranormal have been involved into paranormal investigations & research since 1980. They are very knowledgeable and
experienced in all paranormal subjects. Their team is dedicated to helping those is search of answers and resolution to the unusual experiences they may be having in their homes, business or on their property. The mission statement of our team is that we always use dignity, respect, compassion, and integrity when dealing with those in need of our assistance and the spirits we encounter. We never charge
for our services of investiga at any time but we will accept donations in certain circumstances

Feb 27

Western Kentucky Paranormal Investigations & Home Cleansings

  Contact Name Jamie Shock
Location Hawesville, KY
Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, & Tennessee
Phone  270-922-9315
Email email
Website  wkyparanormal.wordpress.com
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Follow us on: https://soundcloud.com/wkyparanormal

Team specialties:

We focus on both the scientific & psychic aspects of our investigations. Using both our equipment and our gifted team members. We always seek proof. Covering all possible explanations before submitting anything as true evidence. We are committed to our clients and do whatever is necessary to give them peace of mind.

Feb 27

Demon Hunter Society

  Contact Name Jeff
Location Tucson, AZ
Arizona
Phone 810-441-7941
Email email
Website demonhuntersociety.com 
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Specialty:
Deliverance
House Blessings
Baptisms

Feb 27

Somerset-Westmoreland Area Paranormal Society (S.W.A.P.S.)

  Contact Name Brenda Shaffer 
Location Somerset, PA
Somerset and Westmoreland Counties and surrounding areas
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We are a team of eight (8) investigators with a great interest in finding out the truth as to whether anything paranormal exist. We do paranormal investigations on a volunteer basis. We do not charge a client for an investigation. We work with a small amount of equipment at the moment. We specialize in searching for “ghosts/spirits,” but also have an interest in Bigfoot and UFOs.

Feb 27

Equipo especial GRIS ENIGMA

  Contact Name CARLOS M. MEDINA
Location Medellín Columbia
Antioquia
Phone 312 229 7212
Email email
Website grisenigma.org
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Our team was founded on July 12, 1989 (27 years) by the Paranormal Investigator, sensitive and teaching CARLOS M. MEDINA and is made up of professionals in different branches of science (Catholic priests,
Orthodox, Charismatic, Psychologists, Doctors, Researchers Of the Sijin, engineers, university students, teachers, among others).
1.Research by the scientific method
2.Fight against witchcraft, witchcraft, black magic and santeria.
3. Helping people or sites that are being affected by these situations
4. Seek personal and spiritual improvement through knowledge and spiritual help to anyone who may need      it.
5. Educate people so they know about the subject and do not be victims of scams
6. Research by the scientific method
7. Fight against witchcraft, witchcraft, black magic and santeria.
8. Helping people or sites that are being affected by these situations
9. Seek personal and spiritual improvement through knowledge and spiritual help to anyone who may                need it.
10. Educate people so they know about the subject and do not be victims of scams

Feb 27

County paranormal team

  Contact Name  Cody Barnes
Location  Ashland, WI
Ashland
Phone  715-661-4596
Email email
Website countyparanormal.webs.com/
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Specialty:
EVP and EMF

Feb 27

Brunswick County Spirit Seekers

  Contact Name Vonnie Bishop
Location Southport, NC
New Hanover and Brunswick County
Phone 910-368-9409
Email email
Website
Follow Us Under Facebook we are the Brunswick County Spirit Seekers we are a closed group but would be glad to add you so you can check out our page
Specialty:
We have a love a paranormal science we have EMF detectors Spirit boxes and other types of equipment for investigation we are just starting out as a group but they’re very interested in becoming a larger group we are currently working on a website and just in less than a month we have over or close to 300 members would really like to be part of your group we have a genuine interest in what we’re doing we are non-profit
and we are wanting to help souls and lost souls

Feb 27

s4p Paranormal Investigations & Resolutions

  Contact Name Lisa Jordan
Location Murfreesboro, TN
Nashville and surrounding areas within a 50 mile radius
Phone
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Website s4pparanormal.weebly.com/
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We offer our investigations at no charge to homeowners and businesses experiencing paranormal activity. What sets the s4p team apart from is that in addition to a thorough and professional investigation, if requested we also cleanse the home or business of ANY type entity, and we help earthbound spirits to crossover into the light.

Feb 16

Detroit Paranormal Expeditions

  Contact Name Todd Bonner
Location Detroit MI
Midwest
Phone (734)407-9280
Email email
Website www.detroitparanormalexpeditions.com/ 
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Detroit Paranormal Expeditions is a group of friends on a journey to better understand the unknown. DPX investigates reportedly haunted locations.🕸

Feb 16

PFC Paranormal

  Contact Name Misty
Location Fernandina Beach FL
Northern Florida (Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Southern Georgia
Phone
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Website florida.paranormalinvestigatorsofnky.com/
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Specialty:
We are a registered non-profit organization founded in the state of Kentucky. We will be servicing the Northern Florida and Southern Georgia area. We are apart of the P.I.N.K. (Paranormal Investigators of N. KY.) family which handles private and public cases of phenomenon presumably caused by human “spirits” or locations said to be
“haunted”. For over 10 years, PFC-PINK has helped hundred’s of clients dealing with their paranormal concerns FREE of charge.

Feb 16

Ramawijaya

  Contact Name  Ki Rama Wijaya
Location  Jakarta Indonesia
Nusantara
Phone  +6287886852766
Email email
Website  ramawijaya.com
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Specialty:
We cleansing of rituals demonology and Pesugihan research in Nusantara
specific : Indonesia

Jan 31

Fallen Angels Part 1

Fallen Angels  Part 1

By David Scott

The history of demons goes back to the beginning of time itself. Demons did not always exist however. They were created as angels before man was created. As angels they were good in nature just like all the others, as God intended them to be. However, pride led to the downfall of many of them. It was this pride that caused these angels to not only think but to even believe that they were equal to God Himself. It was this pride that caused them to think that they did not have to stay in their assigned roles or duties, and thus put themselves above God and rule over even Him (Jude 6). Lucifer, who was the leader of this rebellion, would become known as Satan and the angels that followed him became demons.

It is important to know and understand one thing before I go any further. God did not create evil, he can’t. God is pure, love, kindness, omnipotent, omnipresent, etc. There is nothing bad or evil about God, there is no darkness in Him what so ever, only light.

It was the pride of some of the angels that caused them to sin against God, thus causing some of them to be chained and cast into the pits of nether gloom to be kept until the last judgment of Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 2:4) However, not all of the demons were chained and committed to those pits after the rebellion. The other demons were cast out of the third Heaven which is also known as the heaven of heavens. This is where Jesus Christ ascended to and now sits and rules over all having all authority, power, and dominion. Thus they were removed from the presence of God and Jesus Christ until the last judgment.

Once they were cast from Heaven they lost a great deal of their powers as a part of their punishment. When it comes to their powers they still have more power against non Christians than they do Christians. For example, against a non Christian they can control, possess, deceive, blind them spiritually, and trap them. To a Christian they can tempt, harass, and deceive them at times but never control or possess them. Demons can possess people and animals only, not dolls like some people believe. People will often hear stories of possessed dolls and toys and it is believed because the doll or toy was said to have moved on its own. What’s happening in those stories is that the doll or toy is being manipulated by the demon, not being possessed. Demons can not possess inanimate objects.

It’s not just the powers and abilities of demons that are popular, it’s their appearance too. Demons have even found their way into medieval art. During that era they usually appeared as little black evil creatures or “imps” in paintings. Of course demons do not actually have material or physical bodies. They can appear as a black humanoid form, but they can not duplicate the human form perfectly. This is because demons never were human. It is more common for them to appear as a black mass, red mist, or orange mist. Although demons have no true form or body they will also appear in an ugly, grotesque form to scare the people they are appearing before. This is to initiate a reaction of fear. Fear is what a demon feeds off of because it makes them stronger. Demons can also appear in more friendly forms though to gain acceptance into a home or life. For example, demons can appear to very small children as another child to gain acceptance into the child’s life and home. This is where some children get their imaginary friends. This is also a good example of how they deceive people to get what they want.

As I have stated before, demons will do whatever they can to get what they want, nothing is beneath them. Until the final judgment of Christ they have nothing but time, and the wisdom of the ages to do whatever they can to try and destroy mankind and make him/her suffer as much as possible in the process.

Source:

http://www.nademonicparanormal.com/fallen.html (no longer available)

Part 2

This article is a continuation of the first one that I wrote. In the first article I touched on some of the basics about demons, and their rebellion. In the first article I referred mostly to the demons that were cast out of Heaven in the rebellion with Satan and are now being kept in chains in the pits of nether gloom until the last judgment. That is the “Fallen Angels.” However that was only some of the demons. Not all of them were cast into pits of nether gloom and/or out of Heaven. I also went into a little detail about the appearance of demons. In this article I will be discussing the other demons, their kingdom, as well as one of the most popular misconceptions about them, which is their “names.”

The other demons that I’m referring to are the “free demons.” That is the one’s that are allowed to wander the earth with Satan stalking mankind. They are also known as the “principalities”, “powers of the air”, and “the powers of darkness.” It is these demons that still have access to the heavenlies, as well as the earth. These demons are the ones that seek to corrupt, possess, and destroy mankind. Before I go any further though I need to explain what I mean by the heavenlies. When Satan was cast out of heaven he was cast out of the third heaven also known as heaven of heavens. That is the Heaven where Jesus Christ ascended to and now sits ruling over all, and having all authority, power, and dominion. Satan was cast forever out of the presence of God until the last judgment, but, not out of Heaven completely. You have to remember that heaven itself is another realm, one that we can not see. Also, all demons are “Fallen Angels” there are just different ones.

Satan is of course the ruler of these demons, and has established a kingdom of his own. Just as there is a rank and order among the angels in Heaven that serve God and Jesus Christ there is a rank and order among the demons and their kingdom in serving Satan. Scripture indicates that there is a rank and order system among the demons when it refers to Abbadon. Abbadon is the ruler of the demons in the abyss. It is from this that we can reason that Satan has some type of ranking system within his kingdom, not to mention the fact that to assume that his kingdom and the demons that follow and serve him would be unorganized is not logical.

This is where we will get into the names of the demons. I’m sure most of you have come across websites that list all the names of known demons and their ranks. While some of the names you see are legitimate, you simply can not trust all of them. As a matter of fact, you can throw most of them out. The Bible does name some of the demons in scripture as do other ancient writings. The problem with trusting any other ancient writings is that they have been found to be inaccurate as well as contradict what the Bible teaches. It is for these reasons that the names of demons found in anything but the Bible simply can not be trusted. Having said that, that doesn’t mean you have to disregard what it says altogether because some of it could be true. You should just be mindful that it could also be wrong. Remember though that the Holy Bible is the ultimate authority and it will never mislead you. The fact of the matter is that most demons will take on the name of whatever they’re inflicting or doing at the time. I will list some of the names of demons found in the Bible below. Most of these are the “gods” and idols that the different cultures and people worshipped. Scripture indicates that it was actually demons that influenced this type of worship and activity.

Legion

Gad

Baal

Balaam

Bel

Hammon

Belial

Lilith

Beelzebub (Satan)

Moloch

Seirim

Abaddon

Finally, I need to address an age old myth concerning the names of demons. That myth is that if you say or write the name of a demon you will be attacked. This stems from the old saying “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” It is most unfortunate but there are some people that lead others to believe this. Saying or writing the name of a demon will not cause you to be attacked by one. It’s the fear and recognition that you are giving the demon that could cause an attack. Even then one would have to be around, and be strong enough to do anything. Not to mention several other things that would need to take place. I say the names of demons all the time, have just written a list of them above, and nothing happens.

In conclusion, there’s more to demons than most people realize. As I’ve said before, the only true way to correctly learn about demons and the demonic is through the Church, not your local library. Most of the websites on the internet that have information about demons are just not accurate or are completely wrong. The same goes for many of the books that have been written about demons. Unless you get your information through the Church, Seminary, or a Bible college you can not trust what is out there. Just like you shouldn’t believe everything you see and hear, you shouldn’t believe everything you read either.

Source:

http://www.nademonicparanormal.com/fallen2.html (no longer available)

 

Jan 15

South East Wisconsin Paranormal Investigation Team (S.E.W.P.I.T)

S.E.W.P.I.T Contact Name Kathy Poltrock
Location Racine, WI
WI, IL and IA
Phone 262-456-7523
Email email
Website sewpit.com
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Specialty:
As a paranormal team, we investigate homes, businesses and other public locations to document and collect data to help our clients understand the activity they are experiencing as well as educate those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of the paranormal field.

Jan 15

TN After Hours Paranormal

 TN Afterhours Paranormal Contact Name Dean or Elaine Stout
Location Alcoa,  TN
TN, GA, NC, KY
Phone 865-679-6774
Email email
Website www.tnafterhours.com
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Specialty:
Historical locations, homes, bridges, roads, abandoned buildings

Jan 05

Nevada Paranormal Task Force

 NPS-Default Contact Name Chuck Klenus
Location Las Vegas, NV
West Coast
Phone  702-883-0091
Email email
Website nevadaparanormaltaskforce.com
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Specialty:
Historic and Scientific. Our team is Historical. Scientific. We. Help those with Paranormal Activity. We cleanse, we also travel to haunted locations

Jan 04

Solutions For Your Paranormal Problems

 NPS-Default Contact Name Aryan Metzender
Location Patna India
Patna
Phone
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Website globalparanormalhunters.webstarts.com 
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Specialty:
Our team solves paranormal cases around the world. We are basically based in India but we have members in our team from all over the globe. The name of our team is Global Paranormal Hunters but we are running our page on facebook with the name Solutions For Your Paranormal Problems. We have members with many psychic abilities & have many paranormal cases around the world. We do home cleansing, aura reading, aura healing, home blessing, face reading & reiki.

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www.globalparanormalhunters.webstarts.com

Jan 04

Grand Rapids Ghost Hunters

 grand-rapids-paranormal Contact Name Dan Schmidt
Location Grand Rapids, MI
West Michigan and beyond
Phone  616-951-5011
Email email
Website grandrapidsghosthunters.wordpress.com/ 
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Specialty:
Grand Rapids Ghost Hunters is a group devoted to helping families and individuals dealing with paranormal activity. I am a pastor and I have seen first hand the oppression that can consume an individual or family when a “spirit” or “ghost” or “demon” is present. My friend and paranormal research partner Wayne has also experienced paranormal oppression. Together we strive to accomplish two tasks. First and foremost, we want to help people understand what is going on and assist them in getting rid of negative paranormal entities. Second, we want to collect evidence of these paranormal entities to prove that they exist.

Jan 04

The Kansas Mystery Stone

The Kansas Mystery Stone
By Doreen Stadelman Wente

In 1913, a farmer from Beverly, Kansas, named Maurice Briand, was plowing his field. This field contained a limestone slab that he had plowed around for several years. He had grown tired of the extra work this stone had caused, so he went to get a hammer, pick, and shovel to remove it. The slab was 8 feet long by 4 feet wide. As he was clearing the debris, he found that a 12 inch long by 9 inch wide by 2 inch thick piece of the stone that contained a strange inscription carved in a 4” by 6” rectangular inset. The inscription was written with symbols that Mr. Briand didn’t understand. Mr. Briand’s first impression was that it must have been an old grave marker.

It is unclear what Mr. Briand did with the mysterious stone or its whereabouts for the next decade. In the early 1920’s, the stone was donated to the Kansas Historical Society where it remained in a back room for nearly 60 years. A representative of the KHS stated that it was never displayed due to questions about its antiquity. He felt the stone was too clean and un-weathered to be of any value.

In the mid 1990’s, historian Dean Jeffries began studying the stone. Mr. Jeffries focused mainly on translating the inscription. He agreed with Mr. Briand’s assumption that this stone was a grave marker and the inscription seemed to be a death chant. The inscription consisted of 16 symbols which he believes is from the Gaelic Punic language which was a common ancient language of the Iberian Peninsula. This language pre-dates the Latin alphabet and the Spanish language. He translated the inscription as follows:

“Thy Song. Strength which powers their journey. The one who strengthens all. Oh! Thy Song.”

If he is correct about the language, the people who inscribed it are Europeans he calls the Sun Worshipers. He believes that these were the first Europeans to cross Kansas. They would have been here roughly in 500 A.D., 1000 years prior to the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coranado who historically was the first European to visit Kansas in 1541.

We may never know who inscribed this stone or if it truly marked a grave, but it leaves one to wonder just who has traveled across our country in the past and just how long ago they were here. For now, we can study the stone ourselves by visiting the Kyne House Museum in Lincoln, Kansas. The stone was given back to Lincoln County in 1993 and has been on display ever since.

www.ancientlosttreasures.yuku.com
www.forbiddenhistory.com
Salina Journal 11-16-92

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Jan 02

Old West Ghosts of Hays City, Kansas

Old West Ghosts of Hays City, Kansas
By Doreen Stadelman Wente

Every community has their share of local legends and ghost stories. Hays, Kansas is no different. Originally known as Hays City, the history of Hays is rooted in the old west. Many well-known “wild west” figures resided in or passed through Hays City. Wild Bill Hickok was the sheriff for a brief period of time, General George Custer was stationed at Fort Hays nearby, and the world famous Buffalo Soldiers were a part of Fort Hays during the Indian Wars, just to name a few. Hays City was a wild and rough town during its early years. With over 30 saloons and brothels, the soldiers from Fort Hays frequented the town. Card games, brawls and gunfights were everyday occurrences. It’s not surprising that Hays would have a good number of ghost stories to share.

The downtown, original area of Hays that was once full of saloons, brothels and merchants, has many stories to tell. One local legend says that anyone who was killed in the gambling hall was thrown down an old well out back. Other stories have the unruly being buried in the local Boot Hill cemetery. A railroad bridge at the edge of town became known as “the hanging bridge.” Anyone who actually live long enough to be tried in the court of Judge Joyce, was hung from this bridge if found guilty.

Kate Coffee, a saloon and brothel owner, was stabbed to death in her own saloon. The original building still stands. It has housed several businesses and has most recently been converted to apartments. Over the years, there have been many sightings of Miss Coffey’s ghost.

As the town of Hays grew and expanded north, the Boot Hill Cemetery needed to be moved. Many of the graves were moved to the new Mount Allen Cemetery located a few miles north of town. Many of the graves at Boot Hill had been lost, so not all of the bodies were moved. This area is now in the center of a residential neighborhood. As basements were being dug for new constructions over the years, many remains have been found. A good number of residences in the surrounding neighborhood have experienced strange happenings. The Boot Hill Cemetery is now a historical landmark and a memorial stand on the spot.

While there are so many ghost stories told about Hays City, the most well-known stories are centered at Fort Hays. Fort Hays was established in 1865 and originally known as Fort Fletcher. The fort was located along the banks of Big Creek 14 miles southeast of what would be Hays City. In the spring of 1867, the fort was destroyed by a flood. The site was abandoned and the fort was re-located on 7500 acres of land ¾ of a mile directly south of Hays City. The name was then changed to Fort Hays.

Fort Hays was a fully functioning fort during the Indian Wars, housing the regiments of the Seventh US Cavalry, the Fifth US Infantry, and the Tenth US Cavalry. The fort was abandoned at the end of the Indian Wars late in 1889 and turned over to the State of Kansas in 1900. A few original buildings still sand and are now part of a museum and a good portion of the land is now Fort Hays State University. At one time, two houses that were officer’s quarters were sold and moved to another are of Hays and used as private residences. One well known ghost story happened to a family who lived in one of these houses. The children always complained about voices and footsteps during the night. One evening, as the owner was returning home from work, she entered her house and began to enter the dining room. Around her dining room table was a group of cavalry soldiers playing cards. As she backed out of the room, the soldiers faded and disappeared. Many years later, the two houses were sold back to the museum and re-located to their original places at the fort. Occasional activity is still reported by visitors and staff.

The most well-known legend surrounding Fort Hays and Hays City is that of the Blue Light Lady. Sometime during the mid 1860’s Elizabeth Polly and her husband Ephriam came to Fort Hays. Ephriam was a hospital steward who came to the fort to attend to the sick and wounded. In 1867, a cholera epidemic hit Fort Hays. There were so many sick to take care of that Elizabeth joined in to lend a helping hand. Evenings, Elizabeth would often walk the two miles to Sentinel Hill to find spiritual comfort from the tasks she endured daily. Sentinel Hill over looked the fort and city and offered an wonderful place to relax and reflect. Late in 1867, Elizabeth contracted the disease. As she was dying, she asked her husband to bury her at the top of Sentinel Hill. He agreed, but when the time came, he found the limestone hill too hard to dig a grave. He buried her at the foot of the hill instead. Four limestone posts were used to mark the grave. Legend says that these posts were stolen by four thieves. Each of these thieves met with an untimely death. One was killed in a gunfight. Another was struck by a train. The remaining two died in a carriage accident. Because of the theft of the markers, Elizabeth’s gravesite has been lost. Attempts have been made to dig in the area in hopes of finding her remains. Several remains have been found, but there is no proof that any of them were actually that of Elizabeth.

The legend of the Blue Light lady began when people started seeing a blue, glowing ball of light floating in the area of Sentinel Hill. It is assumed that the spirit of Elizabeth Polly is looking for her grave. Others, still have seen a woman in a blue prairie dress and bonnet. One of the earliest known reports was in 1917 when John Schmidt, a local farmer, encountered a woman in a blue dress crossing his field. He attempted to call to her, but she just continued walking, entering a small shed on the property. Mr. Schmidt had his family watch for her all day. After never seeing anyone leave the shed, he went to check on the woman. To his surprise, there was no one in the shed and nothing had been disturbed. Mr. Schmidt’s farm was located close to Sentinel Hill.

In 1957, a member of the Hays Police Department was patrolling along the Interstate 70 Bypass that passes between Fort Hays State University and the old fort museum. He looked up to see a woman in a blue dress crossing the road directly in front of his car. He was positive he had hit her. He radioed dispatch to send an ambulance and got out of his car to help the woman. There was no one there. He never found the woman that he was sure he had injured.

In recent years, a crew of custom harvesters was cutting a wheat field near Sentinel Hill. Most of the crew had headed into town at the end of the day. One combine operator stayed behind to finish his “rounds”. He encountered a woman in a blue dress gliding across the wheat field. He called to her, but she ignored him and continued her walk. When he met the rest of the crew in town for supper, he told his story. The waitress told him that he had just seen the Blue Light Lady.

Whether Elizabeth Polly is actually the Blue Light Lady or just a wonderful woman who cared for the sick, she holds a special place in the hearts of the residents of Hays. A park in the city has been named for her and a memorial statue has been placed in her honor. Another memorial marker has been placed at the top of Sentinel Hill. There haven’t been any recorded sightings lately, but it seems she likes years that end in 7, so the community of Hays will have to keep watch in 2017. Maybe the Blue Light Lady will appear again.

Hays, Kansas is rich with ghost stories and old west history. Anyone with an interest in either of these subjects would not be disappointed in a visit to the area. This article only touches on a few of the stories and legends. There is so much more to discover in Hays, Kansas. And who knows? If you visit at the right time, you just might get to meet Elizabeth Polly.

Sources:

2) www.legendsofamerica.com
3) www.ghosts.org/blue-light-lady-hays-ks

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Jan 02

The Penokee Man

The Penokee Man
By Doreen Stadelman Wente

The world we live in is full of unexplained mysteries. From the Nazca lines to Stonehenge to cave drawings, people have marveled at and wondered about these objects for centuries. Northwest Kansas has its own mysterious object; the Penokee Man.

Located in the Solomon River Valley of Graham County, Kansas, the Penokee Man is constructed of cobble-sized limestone rocks. These rocks form the outline of a man 57 feet tall by 32 feet wide. The figure lies with his head to the west and legs to the east on what is locally known as “Indian Mound.” It is believed that the Penokee Man was originally constructed of about 168 stones. Today 122 remain. The stones are thought to have been quarried from the Ogallala Formation just a quarter of a mile away.

The Penokee Man is one of less than 10 figures found in the United States and Canada. A few others have been found between Kansas and Canada leading researchers to believe they were constructed by the Blackfoot Indians of Canada. These figures are believed to be between 200 and 500 years old. Arrowheads determined to be more than 500 years old have been found in fields near the Penokee Man.

The figures were discovered when the great plains were being settled. The Penokee Man is 250 miles further south than any other known stone figure and is by far the largest. Many of the other figures have been destroyed due to agriculture. The Penokee Man is the most well preserved.

In 1879, a paleontologist from Harvard journeyed to Kansas to study the figure and determine its possible origin and use. Because of the figure’s positioning in relation to the Indian beliefs regarding the cardinal directions, he felt the figure may have had religious importance. After closer inspection, it was found that the Penokee Man had over-sized genetalia and was possibly a symbol of fertility. The Blackfoot tribes, however, have a legend named Naape. According to Don Blakeslee, Wichita State University archeologist, “Naape is not the creator of the world, but a heroic figure who transformed the Earth to make it suitable for human beings. The Blackfoot in the north believe that is what he was doing when he got tired and laid on a hilltop. He spread out his arms and marked where he was with a series of boulders. The view when you are at the Penokee Man is that you can see 360 degrees on the horizon.” (1)

A final theory of origin was presented by Erich Von Daniken, a swiss author of the late 1960’s. Von Daniken believed figures such as the Penokee Man, Stonehenge, and the Great Pyramids are all calling cards left by extraterrestrial intelligence who visited earth in the past.

Although residents of the nearby unincorporated town of Penokee, Kansas will disagree with the alien theory, they do feel strongly that the Penokee man once had great significance. The figure is located on private land and due to its deterioration over the years, it is not advertised as a tourist stop. However, the local people are fond of their Penokee Man and will always offer up their theories about the mysterious figure to anyone who wishes to learn more about him and area history.

Sources:
(1) www.kansas.com/ne…/special-reports/kansas-105/article1053942
(2) www.grahanhistorical.ruraltel.net/stoneman/stoneman.html
(3) www.hdnews.net
(4) www.tauycreek.com
(5) www.kshs.org/kansapedia/penokee-figure/12167

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Dec 31

Delta Colorado Paranormal Investigators

 delta-colorado-paranormal Contact Name Cynthia Hammer
Location Delta, CO
Anywhere throughout Western Colorado
Phone 970-549-7054
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We seek out the Truth to help families and business find out what they are seeing and feeling. We do intense Research of the Property we are investigating. Some of our Investigations have been a double suicide in Crawford, Colorado, A couple of Investigation in the Canyons and abandon Cabins (hint: Mike does like Bourbon more then Coffee.), Private homes in the area and contacting lost love ones for family closure. We also investigated a lady that was murdered which gave us so much information on who and how she died. We bless homes and cast out any evil that may be lingering around. We never judge the dead for their pass life. Give us a call, we would love to help anyway and our service is always FREE and PRIVATE. We never give out the location we investigate for the owners privacy.

Dec 31

SMART PARANORMAL (Spirit Mediation And Research Team)

 NPS-Default Contact Name Steve DUNN
Location OKEANA, OH
Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky
Phone 513-816-6112
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We investigate and determine entity identities…and figure out what it is that keeps them here, and try to determine if they could possibly mean harm to anyone or if they are passive…we offer our help to both the spirit and the living… (Spirit Mediators) if you will.

Dec 31

SHADOW AND PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS

 shadow-and-paranormal-investigations Contact Name  MATT LEAR
Location Lancaster, KY
Kentucky, Tri State
Phone 859-339-2517
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We are here to find your issue,from hantings,shadow figures,or any tpresents of anything paranormal

Dec 30

Darkness Within Paranormal

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Judith Giramonti
Location  Ishpeming, MI
Ishpeming, Michigan and surrounding areas
Phone  860-987-8426
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I am a parapsychologist and my team does haunted buildings, houses and we also do exorcisms when needed.

Dec 30

The AfterLife Research Agency (TARA)

tara Contact Name  Tami Vang
Location  Campbell, NY
Southern Tier of New York
Phone  607-329-3751
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TARA’s mission is twofold in nature. First and simply put, we want to research the afterlife. What happens to our souls after death – immediately after, three days after, three months after, thirty years after death? Do we retain the personal characteristics in the spirit world as we carried in this life? Are all of the spirits that humans encounter tied to this world for some reason (unfinished business)? Or, do some spirits just want to come back to visit their loved ones still living in this world of ours? These are some of the questions we want to answer in our paranormal work.
Since our team consists of different souls following different paths in this life, we each come from a different background and bring a different focus to TARA. This diversity creates a synergy with our investigations that allows us to question, test hypotheses and form opinions. Individually we are counterbalances for each other that create a smooth-running team.
The second nature of TARA’s mission is to help others in our community – whether located here in this little berg or in another part of our land. We have all had paranormal experiences of one shape or form and have come to terms with those experiences and the existence of spirits. However, we have all come across neighbors, relatives, friends or co-workers who live uncomfortably with their paranormal experiences. Our team is here to help those people better understand those interactions with the spirit world and bring them to a more comfortable place.

Dec 19

CPI Investigations

 cpi-investigations Contact Name TD McRoy
Location Orlando, FL
Orlando Florida Nationwide
Phone  407-929-0181
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CSI.CON Intro Video for our Oct. 27 release.

CPI Investigations is a paranormal research group made up of ex & current physic students. We have been conducting a concealed research project that begun on October 22, 2005. This secret project was founded by researcher TD McRoy under the original name only known as “COMUS.” The project to date has revealed many amazing cinematic phenomena since the 2005 inception. The eleven-year research project looks into the exhibition of quantum energy in its most rare form. Using quantum physics, our best determination is that quantum energy moves in a two-dimensional world.
Through the use of classical mechanics, our group was led to theorize that quantum energy could be photographed in nature by increasing the closing rate. Not only did we find instant success; we were now able to photograph
quantum images in nature. Since 2005, we have accumulated some two hundred plus images of spirit energy under near perfect daylight conditions that seem to move in a manner not yet explained by the known laws of physics. It is our goal to share those images with the public; we want you to be our witness as we have images of what many would call the best full-body evidence that’s ever been captured. On October 27, 2016 CPI plans to publicly releasing three dozen unpublished images of our quantum energy in nature, which we call “QEIN.” This particular date was chosen to fly in the face of the Las Vegas 2016 CSI. CON convention for skeptics. I hope we have your support.

Dec 12

Tennessee Paranormal

 tennessee-paranormalvi Contact Name Rodney Grundmeyer
Location Springfield, TN
Tennessee, Kentucky and surrounding areas
Phone  615-992-8173
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Tennessee Paranormal is a non-profit, paranormal investigation group; whose goal is to investigate incidents using high-tech equipment in order to determine whether or not the reported activity is caused from something man made or paranormal in nature.

Nov 28

Anomalous Research and Investigation

 anamalous Contact Name  Shawntel Darby
Location  Dublin, VA
Virginia
Phone  540-818-7127
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We research and investigate anomalies.

Nov 28

Paranormal Miners Research Group

 paranormal-miners Contact Name Kayla
Location Latrobe, PA
Pennsylvania but will cover other areas as well.
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We are a husband and wife team with the wife being a medium who set out to prove the existence of the paranormal.

Nov 28

Four Corners Paranormal Investigations

 NPS-Default Contact Name Tessa
Location Durango, CO
Four Corners Area
Phone 970-426-1991
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Our investigators conduct themselves professionally and with the utmost respect of all individuals or entities involved. We use scientific & experimental tools as well as digital/video cameras as, SLR cameras and voice recorders. All investigations are entirely free and confidential. If your home or workplace needs cleansed or you need to speak about your case just give us a call anytime 24/7

Oct 19

The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel

The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel
By Doreen Wente

Fashioned after the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France, the Loretto Chapel of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a Gothic Revival Style work of art designed by the French architect, Antione Mouly. Orignally named Our Lady of Light Chapel, it was built for the Sisters of Loretto in 1872. While this building and its legend may not be ancient, it’s spiral staircase remains a mystery.

As the story goes, Monsieur Mouly died suddenly before the chapel could be constructed. When work finally ended, the workers realized that there was no access to the choir loft. As was common in that time period, a ladder was suggested. The Sisters were not comfortable with this idea due to the long habits they wore. A traditional staircase was not an option. The chapel was too small to accommodate one.

The nuns prayed a Novena, an ancient devotion consisting of nine days of prayer. During this time, the prayed to St. Joseph for an answer. On the tenth day, a traveler knocked on the convent door. The man’s only possessions were a few primitive tools and his donkey. He told the nuns that he would build them a staircase, but he wanted complete privacy. The nuns agreed and the man locked himself in the chapel for three months. The nuns claim they did not see anyone else come or go from the chapel. They never saw anyone deliver wood or supplies to the stranger.

At the end of the third month, the stranger disappeared. The nuns found a beautiful, spiral staircase in their chapel. They wanted to pay the stranger for his work and inquired around town, but no one knew who the man was or where to find him. The nuns believed that the stranger who had helped them was St. Joseph, the carpenter.

The staircase was considered to be a miracle. It was constructed of wood not native to the area and was put together with wooden pegs instead of bolts. The staircase is 20 feet tall, makes two tight revolutions, does not have a center beam and was not anchored to anything. The nuns could not understand how this was possible. It defied all logic.

Over the years, for safety purposes, a railing has been added and the staircase has been anchored to a nearby pillar. May carpenters and others have studied the staircase. Master Carpenter Christopher Francis Ocean believes that due to the tightness of the spiral, a center beam is not necessarily needed and that the stair case is not miraculous, but a “magnificent work of art.” Author Ben Radford has also studied the staircase and believes that Francious-Jean Rochas is the mysterious builder, although this has never been proven.

Today, the Loretto Chapel is a museum and sometimes wedding chapel. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the chapel each year to see the Miraculous Staircase for themselves. Whether it is really a miracle of St. Joseph or not, it truly is a magnificent sight to behold and even though some claim there is no miracle involved, it is something that many generations to come will continue to question and admire.

Sources: Washington Post January 16, 2010
Lorettochapel.com

Sep 24

Paxton Manor

Paxton Manor
By: Kent Daniel S. Villavicencio

Paxton Manor also known as Carlheim Manor was a 765 acre property that was purchased for $50,000 in Leesburg, Virginia. Built in 1877 by Nationally Acclaimed New York based architect Henry C. Dudley to be a two and a half story main house covering 20,000 square feet and over 32 bedrooms mimicked the look of Italian villas.The property was built to be the summer home of Rachel and Charles Paxton and their only daughter followed by her only son but ended up being the families home for nearly a century until the time of their deaths. As the years went by, Margaret’s son passed away at the age of five and shortly after Margaret passed away as well. From Mrs. Paxton’s death until the early 1950s, the residence was used as a convalescent home known as the Paxton Home for Children, where children recovering from illness or injury would stay during the summer months. From 1954 until 1980 it served as an orphanage and from 1980 until 2004 it served as a childcare center. The property was quiet from 2004 until 2009 awaiting its next chapter: the arrival of The Arc of Loudoun and its associated programs for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
The properties history goes way back to when the Algonquian Indians, who believed in the afterlife and practiced shamanic rituals. Perhaps their efforts to reconnect with the deceased are what have left portals to the hereafter still open. Two other tribes, the Catawba and the Lenape, frequently butted heads, and had a particularly bloody battle right by Leesburg. You can imagine that the spirits of these warring warriors have been unhappily disturbed by the influx of present day tourists. Leesburg’s colonial era is also marked by much black magic and bloodshed. Though Virginia was not as eager as Massachusetts to prosecute those accused of witchcraft, it too had its fair share of trials. You can be sure that the spirits of the wrongly convicted have yet to move on from the area. Ghosts of dead soldiers are also believed to be a chief source of Leesburg’s paranormal activity. In fact, the famous Civil War Battle, the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, occurred right by the Carlheim estate. It is said that the Paxton house is haunted by traumatized troops who may have sought refuge at the building. There is a possibility that ghosts of dead soldiers and the wrongly convicted potentially of witchcraft, orphans and a man accused of animal cruelty are rumored to occupy the premises of Paxton Manor. Jedidiah Carver, a man who lived at Paxton and was exiled from Leesburg after being found guilty of mutilating animals is rumored to have not left the property, he and his family secretly relocated to the massive underground lake that lies beneath it.

Evidence that can be seen on Youtube by Antietam Paranormal Investigators shows a spirit box recording EVP stating “Help Me” and “No” from an entity on the premises located during the properties annual event “Shocktober” That takes place in October every year. It is rumored that Mrs. Paxton can be seen walking through the house and peering out windows pointing to something on the property. Witnesses say that other bizarre events are still happening throughout the house, like paintings moving from room to room and furniture being rearranged.
References:
Antietam Paranormal Society
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYmsSIVXhfM
https://colonialghosts.com/paxton-manor/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/…/…/10/29/AR2010102906977.html

http://virginiascaremare.com/hauntedhouse.html

http://www.paxtoncampus.org/about-us/a-history-of-paxton/

Sep 24

Dash

 dashle Contact Name Sue Ash
Location Barre, MA
New England
Phone 978-257-8003
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House cleansings/Blessings
Haunting investigations
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Sep 24

Society for Anomalous Studies

 sas Contact Name  Randy Sunby
Location  Janesville, WI
Southern Wisconsin & Northern Illinois
Phone  608-752-3597
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The Society for Anomalous Studies is a cooperative of experienced paranormal researchers who have come together to conduct well-structured and objective investigations into claims of ghost and haunted locations, psychic and para-psychological experiences. The SAS specializes in historical research and investigations. We partner with historical societies to develop paranormal based fundraising events to support these organizations. Investigations we commit to are done free of charge.

Sep 22

GRAVES Paranormal Investigations

 grave Contact Name  Brenda Castellano
Location  Mexico, Maine
Maine, N.H,Mass, V.T. and some members travel to  Kentucky ,P.A. T.N and other States to meet up with other  teams.
Phone  207-418-2301
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We are a large team made up of diverse skills and personalities that include members from all walks of life bringing their experiences to the table. Our team takes pride in being trauma sensitive to the folks we serve as well as the afterlife we communicate with. We travel all over the country investigating the big Asylums and abandon buildings often seen on tv, most of all we bring education and humor to all we meet and are always open to learning from our experiences and new para colleagues.

Sep 11

(WISPS Paranormal) Wraith Investigators of Supernatural and Paradimensional Society

 wisps Contact Name  Brandon Bathrick – Founder
Location  Wellsboro, PA
United States – we go all over the US
Phone  607-425-1786
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Paranormal Research Group Looking for Possible Cases!
Hello Everyone! Let me introduce W.I.S.P.S. to everyone! We are a group of professional paranormal investigators located in the beautiful rolling hills of PA. If you, a loved one, or even a friend has any question or concerns about the paranormal; please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are composed of some of the most experienced investigators in the field of paranormal research. Armed with state of the art paranormal equipment. WISPS covers all aspects of the paranormal field. We strive to investigate, research, and obtain credible evidence of the paranormal. All sessions are kept completely confidential. We might be based out of PA, but are willing to go anywhere to help anyone in need. Our services are always free. WISPS is currently looking for cases to investigate. So if you believe you may be experiencing something paranormal please contact US. We can
be contacted through a variety of social media sources: Instagram – WISPSofPa, and last of all at
www.WISPSofPa.weebly.com. We are here to help!

Sep 11

Shadow Spirit Paranormal Investigation

 shadow-spirit-paranormal Contact Name Rick Ferrell
Location Buchanan, MI
Southern Michigan , Northern Indiana, and Chicago Area
Phone (269)-405-3143
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Got Ghosts ? SSPI specializes in EVP Recordings, EMF, Shadow Detection, Vibration Detection and Lots more. We are dedicated to you
and your privacy is our main concern . We do not charge for our services and we also offer clean-sing’s

Sep 07

Phantom Paranormal

 Phantom Paranormal Contact Name Terry Derderian
Location Castleton, NY
Capital District, Central NY, Hudson Valley, VT, MA and other areas considered
Phone 518-366-3941
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We provide drama free investigations. Our motto is “Investigations that respect you and the spirit world”.
Location owners are welcome to join us on an investigation if they choose. We modern tech and old school techniques, such as dowsing rods.

Aug 30

Grimstone Inc.

 Grimstone Contact Name  Christopher Bailey
Location  Warren, MI
Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois
Phone  313-444-4746
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Grimstone Inc. is one of the longest continual running paranormal research organizations in the Midwest with over 20 years of service. We provide free scientific discreet investigations for private homes and businesses. Contact us today to see what makes Grimstone so different.

Aug 27

LightSeekersc Paranormal Resolutions

 NPS-Default Contact Name James Maitland
Location Brookhaven, PA
PA, DE, NJ
Phone 610-717-6919
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We specialize in negative hauntings and spirit removal.

Aug 27

Spirit Hunters

 Spirit Hunters Contact Name Bobby Fraser
Location Huber Heights, OH
Ohio
Phone 408-375-7316
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Overnight lockdown investigations. I am a sensitive and have all the equipment needed to investigate. We do it as a hobby, and don’t charge.

Aug 27

Disciple Paranormal

 NPS-Default Contact Name Jared Davis
Location Oxford, MS
MS, TN, AL
Phone 601-490-1308
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Disciple Paranormal is a protestant Christian group. I normally work by myself to keep things as private as possible and to limit the impact on the family. I specialize in teaching what the bible says about these spirits, housing blessings, and helping with possession. Disciple Paranormal doesn’t do investigations. I interview clients to find out their beliefs, what may have caused this to happen, teach the clients about what’s going on (Christian View), and then taking action to try and get rid of the entity. Disciple Paranormal will also help other groups whether I need stand by during their investigation incase one of them is attacked or to speak with a client.

Aug 27

Laguna paranormal solutions

 NPS-Default Contact Name Anna
Location Elk grove, CA
Sacramento Area
Phone 916-790-2077
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We are a experienced non profit team of investigators, mediums specializing in investigation, cleansing, blessings, and banishing troublesome spirits free of charge in the greater Sacramento area.

Aug 27

Waldorf Paranormal Society

 NPS-Default Contact Name Justin “Benji” Benjegerdes
Location Forest City, IA
Iowa
Phone 641-420-0677
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We are a university club of students and staff with a passion for all areas of the paranormal and unknown. We use logic and science to attempt to disprove haunting and only until we have ruled out all other possibilities do we consider something “unexplained ” we are also advised by a local paranormal investigation team ministers of the haunted.

Aug 05

The symbolism of the Cauldron

The symbolism of the Cauldron
By: Tamara Ortiz

Cauldron – a large vessel usually made of iron or copper, used for boiling or cooking. Usually associated with medieval times and witches, this is a large iron pot in which poisons, ointments and medicines were concocted.

The word cauldron comes from Latin caldaria meaning “cooking pot” in turn from caldārium, “hot bath” You will find many legends and myths throughout history that tell tales of magical cauldrons. The cauldron is a symbol of rebirth therefore represent the female energy and will often be viewed as the womb.

The cauldron is said to be the center of life for Celtic witchcraft and the most important relic that belongs to the Celtic witch. This is because in ancient times, the cauldron would have been used for all the household cooking, bathing and carrying water back and forth from their water source. For most Celtics during this time the cauldron was the most expensive item in the home and would have had religious and spiritual carvings to embellish the design of the cauldron. The higher the status of the Celtic the more embellished and extravagant the cauldron would be.

The legend of “Dagda’s great Cauldron of Plenty” is a legend that reaches far back into time. The legend states that the cauldron was one of four legendary relics of Ireland, called “The Four Treasures of Eirean.” These four items are Nuada’s Sword of light, Lugh’s Spear, The Lia Fail and Dagda’s cauldron. The cauldron was said to provide those that were worthy with an endless supply of food and water. Eventually this legend would merge with the legend of the holy grail after Christianity came to Ireland. The legend then merged the idea of the cup of Christ with the legend of the Dagda’s cauldron and they became one. Many Celtics churches because of this merge produces beautiful chalices to represent the legends of both the cauldron and cup.

Although I speak of the legend of Dagda’s great cauldron of plenty, there are many legends similar to this legend…these are just a few legends regarding the cauldron.

The Cauldron of Dyrnwich: The Cauldron of Dyrnwich is one of the 13 Treasures of Britain, according to Welsh folklore this cauldron would also only cook for the worthy and if any individual was not worthy, the cauldron was said not to boil.

Medea’s Cauldron: The folklore in ancient Greece speak of Medea and her bronze cauldron. The cauldron represented her power of knowledge, was used for herbal magic. Legend states Medea used the cauldron to help her lover Jason get past a dragon so may retrieve the relic of the golden fleece.

The Cauldron in Germanic and Norse: It is said in the folklore of the Norse, that every night, Andhrímnir slaughters the beast Sæhrímnir and prepares it in his cauldron, Eldhrimnir for the Gods and heroes to feast upon in Valhalla. The name Eldhrimnir means “sooty black from the fire”

The folklore, myths and legends surrounding the cauldron are plentiful and I can go on forever really. I am just going to end with this…an interesting element of all these legends tells the same story. If you are wise and work hard you will receive the fruits of your labor. I say this because the legends when they speak of the cauldron, they state that the unworthy will not be able to use or receive anything from a cauldron they didn’t pay their respects to or have a hand in working for. I believe this to be an important lesson.

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Mastin, L. (2009). Witchcraft. Retrieved from Witchcraft:http://www.witchcraftandwitches.com/index.html
Symbolic Dictionary . (2010). Retrieved from Symbolic Dictionary :http://symboldictionary.net/

Jul 04

The Dark Side of Louisville Paranormal Society

 Darkside of Louisville PS Contact Name Pattie
Location Louisville, KY
Phone 502-994-9929
Email email
Website  tdsolps.weebly
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The Dark Side Of Louisville Paranormal Society is a team of researchers dedicated to learning about and finding proof of paranormal existence. We provide services to the public at absolutely no charge. We want to help people like you learn and understand why paranormal activity may be happening in your home or business. We want to be able to help you in any way we can. We are a professional team trained in paranormal study. Any evidence we may find on your investigation is 100% confidential unless permission is granted to post it on our website.

Jul 04

Animal Research & Investigation of the Paranormal

 NPS-Default Contact Name  John Buerge
Location  Wheat Ridge, CO
Metro Denver CO Area
Phone  720-328-8849
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Specialty:
House investigations, Demonologist and psychic on team of 4 investigators, a photographer, and tech guy

Jul 04

Chickasha Paranormal Research Society

 CPRS Contact Name  Max Wagner
Location  Chickasha, OK
All of Oklahoma and surrounding states
Phone  405-222-7958
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Website  chickashaprs.org/home
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We are a non-profit paranormal investigation team located out of Chickasha, Oklahoma. WE DO NOT INVESTIGATE PUBLIC CEMETERIES WITHOUT PERMISSION, we investigate houses, businesses, or abandoned buildings with FULL permission from owners or residents. Our services are completely FREE, but we do accept donations. We investigate throughout the state of Oklahoma and surrounding states. We honor all
confidentiality requests from our clients and we do not release any personal information without the clients approval.

Jul 04

Michigan Spirit Quest

 NPS-Default Contact Name
 Steve Wood
Location  Grand Blanc, MI
Michigan
Phone  810-252-0140
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2 person team who specializes in day time investigations. Have investigated all types locations as well as residential. No fees are
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Jun 27

BELIAL

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski

Demonology Team chair

 

“Belial means “without a master”, and symbolizes true independence, self-sufficiency, and personal accomplishment. Belial represents the earth element.” – “The Satanic Bible”
Anton LaVey (1969) Book of Belial: introduction

Of the Christianity, Judaism or Islam, has heard of Belial. He is Second on to Lucifer in the Hierarchy of Hell. Boys that did have the a Bris/Circumcision were called the “Sons of Belial”.

It is believed that Belial was Created as an Archangel right after Lucifer and helped Lucifer start the rebellion in Heaven. This made him one of the first angels cast out.

In Recent Movies:
More recent adaptations have taken Belial in many ways, sometimes only using the name.
The classic 1922 film Nosferatu says that the titular vampire originated from “Belial’s seed,” implying Belial’s hand in the creation of vampires.
One of the possessing demons in the later film The Exorcism of Emily Rose claims to be Belial, in this case possessing a small child.

In Literature:
Belial also figures in John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667). There, he is the Fallen Angel responsible for making “atheists” of priests, including the sons of Eli. In Book II of Paradise Lost, Milton depicts Belial as handsome and smooth-tongued, but one who realizes that the war against Heaven is dangerous and hopeless of success. Thus, he counsels sloth and ease. His hope is that if Hell does not provoke Heaven further, that the fallen angels may grow accustomed to the pains and fires of the underworld, and live in comfort. Belial does not advise seeking forgiveness or pleading for mercy from the heavenly victor.

Master of the Earth:
Now, let’s get to the Demonolatry side of the story.
Belial is The Sixty-eighth Spirit. He is a Mighty and a Powerful King. He appears in the Form of Two Beautiful Angels sitting in a Chariot of Fire. He speaks with a Seductive Voice. He gives excellent Familiars, and governs 80 Legions of Spirits/Demons. King Belial must have Offerings, Sacrifices and Gifts presented to him by the Demonolater, or else he will not give True Answers. Remember, He is a King, treat him with respect.

Belial is the carnal side of man, the lust, sex, pleasure and therefore the principal drives that make living worthwhile. People derive all the principal emotions of the higher ego from Belial: Pride comes from self-control and suppression of Belial’s influence. Strength, pleasure and independence come from embracing it. Belial is the Master of the Earth, the force that holds Humankind by its short hairs, any security or stability are results of lessons learnt from dealing with Him.

Belial is the champion of simply being human, for the flesh, the material and the carnal. In essence, a reverence for Belial affirms how “good” the flesh/humanity is. Unrestrained by law or morality; lawless; immoral; dissolute; lewd; lascivious, Unrestrained; uncurbed; uncontrolled; unruly; riotous; ungovernable; wanton; profligate; dissolute; lax; loose; sensual; impure; unchaste; lascivious; immoral, dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure.

Belial is an excellent spirit to work with if you want a promotion or a new and better career entirely

SOURCES:
http://www.dpjs.co.uk/belial.html

http://hermetic.com/goetia/

https://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Bible-Anton-Sza…/…/0380015390

PHOTO CREDITS:
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Mathers-G…/…/068-Seal-of-Belial/

http://www.occultopedia.com/b/belial.htm

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Jun 25

Hershey Park

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

Hersheypark
Hersheypark is a family theme park situated in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, United States, about 15 miles east of Harrisburg, and 95 miles west of Philadelphia. – Wikipedia
Address: 100 Hersheypark Dr, Hershey, PA 17033
Opened: May 30, 1906
Area: 121 acres
Phone: (800) 437-7439
Owner: Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company
Roller coasters: 13
Water rides: 14

Hershey Park was created by Milton S. Hershey, in 1907, as an outdoor recreation center for his factory workers. The park was an ideal setting for picnicking and boating (“Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth”). In the years following, amenities were added including a swimming pool, an outdoor amphitheater, and rides. Admission to the park was free, but the attractions had a pay-as-you-ride policy.

Pools were added in 1929. These were located across from the “Chocolate World” attraction. The story goes that over the years, several kids drowned in the pools. In the 1970’s, these where filled in and all that remains are Lighthouses that were located nearby. There have been reports over the years of children, in old swimming attire, running where the pools once stood.

Night Watchmen have smelled the distinct odor of Cigars. It is a known fact that Milton S. Hershey was a connoisseur of cigars, possibly checking in on the progress of his creation.

Another story of that Night Watchman is The Grand Carousel, with its lights ablaze and the Wurlitzer Military Band Organ piping out “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” revolving in the wee hours of the night.

In the 1970’s, several tracts of house where bought up from the surrounding land for an expansion. An Elderly women, stressed from the pressure to sell her house, committed suicide from the “Kissing Tower”.
Today people buying French Fries, at the stand nearby, claim to hear her moans and cries for help.

During that expansion period, new rides were installed including the SooperDooperLooper, the first looping rollercoaster on the East Coast. This was plagued with issues from the start. During its Inaugural run, July 4, 1977, the coaster broke down, with the park’s CEO in the front seat, stranding the passengers on the lift hill. All the VIPs had to climb out of the train and walk down the precarious catwalks to safety.

On August 25, 1977, William Harter, a sixteen-year-old Lebanon High School senior, was in a vocational training program, working at Hersheypark as a maintenance man. Harter was working on the SooperDooperLooper, removing bolts from a magnetic control device switch which normally stops the train. He was standing between the track’s rails with his back towards the train. The train suddenly started to move and ran over him. There are reports of seeing him walking the tracks at all ours. Still making sure the ride functions

SOURSES:
“Hershey Community Archives – Hershey Park.”Hershey Community Archives. WordPress, 26 Aug 2010. Web. 23 Nov 2010.
<http://blog.hersheyarchives.org/?cat=39

>.
“Hersheypark.” Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth. Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, n.d. Web. 22 Nov 2010
<http://www.hersheypa.com/…/our_proud_…/about_hersheypark.php

>.
“Hersheypark Worker Killed When Roller-Coaster Starts .” Reading Eagle 27 Aug 1977: 3. Print.
“Park Fatality Probe Ends.” Reading Eagle14 Sep 1977: 15. Print.
Wolf, Christopher E. Ghosts of Hershey and Vicinity. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2009. 36-38. Print.

PHOTO CREDITS:
http://blog.hersheyarchives.org/…/hers…/hershey-park/page/2/

https://commons.wikimedia.org/…/File:Hersheypark_Carousel_a…

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/210965563764633107/

https://www.pinterest.com/pegr51/amusement-parks/

 

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Jun 18

Anomaly Research & Investigations of the Paranormal

 NPS-Default Contact Name  John Buerge
Location  Wheat Ridge, CO
Denver metro area
Phone  (720) 353-8967
Email email
Website  aripdenver.org
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We investigate residential only. We have a exorcism investigator (Demonologist) on the team.

Jun 18

Old Harmony Paranormal Research (O.H.P.R.)

 OHPR-LOGO Contact Name  Michael C. Kelley
Location  Greeneville, TN
TN, NC, VA, KY
Phone
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Website  oldharmonyparanormalresearch.net
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OHPR is a small group and we have investigated several places like OSPH, Waverly Hills, St. Albans and different places close to home. All members are working class and we do not do this for a living. Every investigation we learn something all the time. We are not like the big shots, we are down to earth and looking for ghosts.

Jun 18

Kurfman Paranormal Research Team

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Billy Kurfman
Location  Nevada, TX
Texas
Phone  469-500-7650
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We are interested in studying and leading all aspects of the paranormal and help make contact for reasons to help positive entities and also help deal with and help with negative entities.

Jun 13

A.C.I.D. Paranormal

 NPS-Default Contact Name Cody Green
Location Portsmouth, VA
Southeastern Virginia
Phone 757-944-0500
Email email
Website  acidparanormal.com
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Specialty:
A group of individuals who feel a connection to other paranormal. We hope to investigate and discover the unexplained

Jun 13

Alexis Tumbev

 Alexis Tumbev Contact Name  Alexis
Location  Grand Rapids, MI
Michigan
Phone  616-308-8772
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Website
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Was a member of Grand Rapids Ghost Seekers but now a solo Demonologist. I still would like to help in any way I can. Please contact me with any questions.

Jun 13

Columbia River Investigators of the Paranormal

 Columbia River Investigators of the Paranormal Contact Name  Joe Morancie
Location  Boardman, OR
Northwest Oregon and Parts of Washington State
Phone  541-371-1940
Email email
Website  columbiariverinvestigatorsoftheparanormal.com
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Specialty:
EVP Specialists, Demonic Cases, Team Medium, Dowsing Rods, 30 years experience

Jun 06

Beavercreek Ohio Paranormal Society

 B.O.P.S. Contact Name Jeff Roemer
Location Cincinnati, OH
Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee
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Website  beavercreekohioparanormalsociety.com
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We investigate all things paranormal.

Jun 06

North Ohio Paranomal Scientific Society

 NOPSS Contact Name Mark Warner
Location Elyria, OH
We perform free paranormal investigations in Ohio and surrounding
states.
Phone (440) 284-9991
Email email
Website nopss.com/ 
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NOPSS was formed in 2009 and is located in Northeastern Ohio. We perform free paranormal investigations for private residences and businesses in Ohio and surrounding states. We are dedicated to the research and investigation of paranormal activities, as well as understanding and continuing to learn about the paranormal. We feel that people should be able to live in peace and be comfortable in their homes or businesses. We handle all our cases with the utmost respect and complete privacy. If we can help someone in anyway to understand and be less afraid of what may be going on in their homes or businesses(whether paranormal or not) then we have done our job.

Jun 05

UPSTART – Uttoxeter Paranormal Studies Technology and Research Team

 NPS-Default Contact Name Ian McKay
Location Uttoxeter United Kingdom
Uttoxeter area only
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We have a love of our little old English market town, and that is where our sole interest in investigating lies. If ghosts truly exist, then there is no reason to suppose they arent everywhere. Seeing a location on a TV show, does not make it more haunted than a local inn, it just makes it more well known

Jun 01

Kongamato, the African Dragon

By: Tamara Ortiz

Hello Paranormal Seekers,

There is an unknown creature reported to be seen flying through the skies in Africa. This creature is said to be the Kongamato (less known names of Oliatau or Sasabonsam), Kongamato meaning “overwhelmer of boats” or “breaker of boats”. Although most reports come out of Africa, there have been sightings of the Kongamato in North America, Australia and parts of Europe. Some speculate that the Kongamato is an ancestor of the pterodactyl.

Pterodactyl – a pterosaur of the late Jurassic period, with a long slender head and neck and a very short tail

Pterosaur – an extinct warm-blooded flying reptile of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with membranous wings supported by a greatly lengthened fourth finger, and probably covered with fur.

There are several descriptions of the Kongamato but most individuals describe a very large flying creature with reddish, brownish skin, some report feathers. They go on to describe a long neck, a long tail, pointy ears and a very large wingspan.

In 1925 a well-known British newspaperman, G. Ward Price and the Duke of Windsor learned of individuals that had been attached by a giant flying creature in Africa. Price interviewed the victims and showed them a picture of a pterodactyl, the victims stated that this was the creature that attacked them.

In 1956 an engineer by the name of J.P.F. Brown reported seeing two prehistoric looking creatures flying over Fort Rosebery, Zambia. Brown reported that the creatures had long tails, narrow necks, teeth and a wingspan of 3 and ½ feet. A year later in 1957 a man was treated for a chest wound at the Fort Rosebery Hospital ER; his report of the creature that had attached him was very similar to Brown’s report.

In 1988 cryptozoologist, biologist, vice-president of the International Society of Cryptozoology and Scientific Director of the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau between 1965 and 1975 Roy Mackal PhD led an expedition into Namibia in search of the Kongamato because of reports he had read and studied. There was no hard evidence produced from this expedition but a team member, James Kosi reported to have seen the Kongamato at about 1000 feet above him.

There are many cryptozoologists that continue to search for evidence of this amazing cryptid. So if your ever find yourself in Kongamato territory, make sure you keep an eye to the sky in search of this illusive creature, do this to catch glimpse but also to stay safe, for it is said by many tribes in Africa that the Kongamato is very strong and can pick you up and carry you away.

(1999). Cryptozoology A to Z. In L. Coleman, & J. Clark, Cryptozoology A to Z. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Inc.

Cryptozoology. (2006). Retrieved May 24, 2016, from Dark Site Kongamato: http://www.darksites.com/

Google Images. (n.d.). Retrieved May 24, 2016, from ImagesGoogle.com:

https://images.google.com/

Kongamato. (n.d.). Retrieved May 24, 2016, from Kongamato Pterodactyl:http://www.kongamato-pterodactyl.com/

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Jun 01

CROWS, RAVENS, AND RAUM

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

Last night, I had a wonderful conversation with a person that was wondering about seeing large Black Birds (the nature type. Not Conspiracy Theory type).Could these be Demons? Can, indeed Demons shapeshift in to other creatures? Can a demon be bound to a location to repeatedly haunt it?

It has been my experience that they can change their appearance. Marbas is one that comes to mind. He is said to have a Head of a Lion and the body of a man. This can cause a lot of fear in the practitioner. This is especially true when he speaks with his powerful voice. The Summoner can request that he appears in a less frightening state.
This can also be the opposite. If the Summoner is requesting the Demon to appear threatening to an adversary, the Demon can choose to do so.
As I have found, in my experiences, Demons don’t Haunt on their own accord. They generally have a reason. Once the reason is done, so is the “haunting”. Demons are not bound to the Earth as a Spirit might be. Think of a Demon as you would a Deity, more or less. You wouldn’t find an Angel bound to a specific spot on Earth. Therefore, why would a Demon?
Trust me, if they stayed bound, my house would look like the Haunted House at Disney World.

In Demonolatry, They have no real need to Haunt humans. Lucifer is a big on Free Will. To scare someone would do the opposite. It would turn you away and toward “God”. IF, like the Bible says, he is so opposed to “God”, why push you towards “God”?

Now, I will get back to the Big Black Birds.

There are numerous accounts of “Black Birds” in Mythos all over the world.

Odin, or Norse/Teutonic Myths has two, Huginn and Muninn. Their names mean “Knowledge and Memory”. They are said to fly the Nine Worlds and bring him reports

In the Celtic Traditions, The Morrígan (“phantom queen”) or Mórrígan (“great queen”), also known as Morrígu, is often associated with Crows and Ravens.

In Native American Totem Animals; Ravens wisdom includes introspection, courage, self-knowledge, magic, healing, creation, rebirth, keeper of secrets, master magician, shape-shifter, mysticism.
Now to Raum.

Raum is a Great Earl in Hell. He commands 30 Legions. His appearance is that of a Great Raven. But, at the request of the Summoner, will assume a human form. His abilities are stealing riches from Kings, to destroy Cities and Dignities of Men, and to tell all things, Past , Present, and Future. He will also cause Love between Friends and Foes.
He would be one to call upon when you back is against the wall by someone more powerful or influential then you. To summon for learning knowledge of events that are to come.

His “Stealing of Riches” can also be interpreted as stealing of knowledge and secrets. So all of this this would make him and his Legion very formidable against some much bigger then you. Raum is extremely helpful in legal battles against large conglomerates.

It must be noted that Members of the Corvus Family (Crows, Ravens, Bluejays), have extremely well developed memories, can learn to make tools, and have facial recognition abilities. Mourn and bury their dead. They also remember people that have been good to them, and those that mistreat them. They are NOTORIOUS for stealing shiny objects.

Maybe this is a reason why we have collective nouns like; “A Murder of Crows” and “An Unkindness of Ravens”.

Just something to think about before you chase birds away with stones and brooms.

SOURCES:
http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/grimoire/goetia.pdf

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/803038.Luciferian_Goetia

http://www.goodreads.com/b…/show/8046962-daemonolatry-goetia

PHOTO CREDITS:

http://tumview.com/tumblr/tag/bander

http://demonsanddemonolatry.com/demon-of-the-night-lord-ra…/

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May 24

THE U.S. HOTEL

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

 

THE U.S. HOTEL

Address: 401 S Juniata St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Phone:(814) 695-2624
Hours: Open today · 11AM–11PM

The U.S. Hotel is open every day for food service. Plus, the bar is popular with locals also.
Built back in 1835 this historic location has its own history, along with legends and ghost sightings.

The U.S. Hotel located in historic Hollidaysburg (just one block off the Pennsylvania Rte. 22 at Wayne and S. Juniata Streets) is known throughout Central Pennsylvania as the mysterious haunted hotel. It has been the backdrop for several TV and Local Paranormal Investigative teams.

The original hotel was built in historic Hollidaysburg, PA, by John Dougherty, in 1835.The hotel has since had many different owners and at one point during World War II the Navy set up a radio school. Over time the hotel fell into a state of disrepair and the original relics that once sparkled and shined eventually were destroyed. Luckily Karen and Jason Yoder looked beyond the dust and debris when they decided to purchase the U.S. Hotel and bring it to its former grandeur of days gone by.

The business has been closed again Jan. 1, 2013, when former owner Karen Yoder signed over the deed to the property to Altoona First Savings Bank to avoid foreclosure.
Local building contractor Don Delozier, Has since purchased the U.S. Hotel Restaurant & Tavern.
Ghost hunters from all over have investigated the entire hotel. Interviewing customers and the owners and dug deep into the history while attempting to establish a reason why ghosts would inhabit the hotel. One report was of an answer came in the form of a unexpected panic attack causing one investigator that ran out of an upstairs room. They had witnessed an apparition of a pretty woman with long auburn hair lying on a bed in a room completely and utterly writhing in pain and holding her head.

Another report of a group witnessed the shadow of a male ghost carrying an axe. He is believed to be a man stabbed mortally in a bar fight. It is believe he roams the halls looking for vengeance.

The upstairs is no longer taking overnight guests that are among the living. It seems there is an abundance of guests that are permanent residences.

Customers have reported seeing ghosts walk through the banquet hall in period dress. Plates and glasses fall in the kitchen area.

It is said that when parties are held. People can here walking and laughing on the staircase, as if the non-visible residents are coming to join the festivities.

Ladies have reported that there is a “filthy” looking man that watches them lecherously.

Some have seen a bride looking frantically for her lost lover. It is believed that she might be the same woman that is seen in pain on the bed. It is rumored that she committed suicide after being left at the aisle.

Reports of Murder Suicides are believed to be the basis for some of the children that reported to roam the halls and play tricks on patrons. Keys disappear and reappear. People report hair being touched. Giggling and running in the empty areas.

This really seems to be a “Hot Spot” for activity and might be a location to investigate further.

SOURCES:

http://amghosthunters.com/US%20Hotel.html

http://www.pennsylvania-mountains-of-attractions.com/haunte…

http://www.altoonamirror.com/…/content.deta…/id/521002.html…

PHOTO CREDITS:

http://www.ushoteltavern.com/

http://www.altoonamirror.com/…/content.deta…/id/521002.html…

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Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

May 21

Symbolic Languages Used for Secrecy in the Occult

By: Tamara Ortiz

Hello Paranormal Seekers,

You will find that many practitioners of the occult will keep what is known as a “Book of Shadows”, the book will contain very important information regarding ingredients, incantations, rituals and things of this nature. The book of shadows for most practitioners is a very private affair and is usually not shared with anyone unless the practitioner is part of an origination, convent and or temple of some kind. Then the book is usually shared amongst its members but they will all keep the secrets known in the book of shadows. With the secrecy surrounding a practitioner’s book of shadows, more often than not the practitioner will write in some kind of symbolic language to further aid in keeping the information secret.

There are many different symbolic languages out there that are known and used. Practitioners will even spend years developing their own coded symbolic language that is known only to them. I am going to point out only three symbolic languages today, the Celtic Oracular alphabet, Enochian alphabet and the Theban alphabet. I use all three in certain rituals and when writing in my book of shadows.

The Theban Alphabet (also known as the Witches Alphabet or Runes of Honorius)

The age of the Theban alphabet is unknown, and what we do know of its origins is pure speculation. The first documentation of the Theban alphabet appeared in Cornelius Agrippa’s “Three Books of Occult Philosophy” published in 1531. In the third book of the series, Agrippa attributes the alphabet to Honorius of Thebes but there are no known works proving this theory. Also the letters “J”, “U” and “W” were not a part of the original alphabet and appear approximately at the beginning of the 20th century. The Theban alphabet adopted the name witches alphabet because the symbols are carved onto stone or wood and used in a similar way for divination like witches runes. This alphabet is often used in the creation of charms and talisman.

Enochian Alphabet

Enochian alphabet first appears in history around the 16th century. Occultist Dr. John Dee and his associate Sir Edward Kelly reported to have conducted hundreds of communication sessions with angels from 1581-1585. The results of these communication sessions became what is known as the Enochian alphabet. This alphabet is often used in what is known as Enochian magic.

The Celtic Oracular Alphabet (also known as Ogham)

The Celtic Ogham alphabet appears around the fourth century. This alphabet received its name from the Celtic god known as Ogmos, god of communication and knowledge. What makes this alphabet standout from the other two is each symbol has sub meanings. Such as the symbol standing for the letter “B” also represents the Birch tree and stands for purification, cleansing and new beginnings. All twenty symbols of the Celtic Ogham alphabet represent a letter, a different tree and have a divination purpose.

There are very many alphabets and symbolic languages out there. I would love for you to share any language or symbols you may use. Please share the history and mysteries found surrounding these symbols.

Hill, B. (2015, May 15). Enochian: The Mysterious Lost Language of Angels. Retrieved May 20, 2016, from Ancient Origins: http://www.ancient-origins.net/…/enochian-mysterious-lost-l…

Ogham the Celtic Oracular Alphabet. (n.d.). Retrieved May 20, 2016, from Symbolic Dictionary: http://symboldictionary.net/

Wicca . (2003, January). Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Wicca:http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/theban.shtml

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May 21

Liberia Plantation – Manassas, VA

By:  Kent Daniel S. Villavicencio

“ I grew up on the property that used to belong to Liberia Plantation. When I was a small child, I used to tell my parents that I would see figures in the house, and they wrote it off as ‘overactive imagination’. It wasn’t my imagination. I knew I was seeing a woman in a torn dress looking at me for help. In August 2006, I was 16 years old. I was a rebellious teenager who looked like I had just walked out on Halloween. It was a Sunday morning. Mom and my brother were still asleep, and dad was out on a run. I decided to use the down time in the house to do my laundry. I walked down into the basement (which gave everybody the creeps. My dog wouldn’t even go down there without somebody.) and turned the corner. Standing in my laundry room, was a tall cloaked…thing. There was no other way to describe it. A tall, cloaked, black thing. Almost like how they described the grim reaper. I screamed but was frozen from fear. The thing ran through the wall, and I haven’t seen it since.
The cloaked thing wasn’t the only paranormal experience at my house. My dog would bark at the wall, but it was the kind of barking that made people see the pit bull in him. I would come over and calm him down, but he would stand between the wall and myself almost in a protective stance. I saw shadows at night that weren’t supposed to be there. I was hearing footsteps going and coming when everybody was in bed. The floating smell of lavender. Dishes clinking when nobody was in the kitchen. The biggest thing that freaked me out about these occurrences was that my neighbors all had the same things going on in their homes.”
-Amanda C.

“My sister is a firm believer in the paranormal. I used to think it was b.s. and my sister was crazy. I realized she wasn’t crazy in January of 2009. I was a young police officer in Manassas, and it had just snowed. Manassas had a tendency to shut down when it snowed, and I was excited about stopping by my parent’s house for comfort food and some down time in a warm environment. I received a call that an alarm was going off at Liberia Plantation. I headed to the old house tucked away in the woods, and met the curator of the house at the back door. The snow fell quietly as we stood on the back porch, and the curator offered to give me a tour of the house. I accepted since I had seen the house from the road, but had always been curious about the inside. The basement was creepy, and the curator told me that that’s where the bodies were placed. The main level and the second floor looked like an old farm house. The floor creaked underneath our feet as we walked around. We then went up to the attic. I remember seeing the snow on the floor of the attic and the curator explaining the massive roof repair. We both stopped when we saw the sight in front of us. Foot prints leading to the wall, but none coming back from the wall. That sent a chill up my spine. The curator made sure all the lights were off, and we locked up the door. I sat down in my cruiser to write my report, and felt something telling me to glance up. The light shone brightly from the attic onto the freshly fallen snow.”
name withheld

May 21

THE SEVEN GATES OF HELL – YORK, PA

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
NPS Demonology Department Chair

 

In the Township of Hellam sits one of the biggest mysteries in York Pa.,“The Seven Gates of Hell”. It was the subject of one of Mike Argento’s York Daily Record columns http://ydr.inyork.com/

several years ago and can even be found on ‘Wikipedia’ www.wikipedia.com

, an encyclopedia web site.

In the 1800s a colossal mental asylum stood in the woods of York off Toad Road. Buried in the desolate Pennsylvania woods, it was viewed as the perfect place to ship the insane from all across the state. This was a nightmare straight from Hell. It was home of only the most deranged, most unfortunate souls in PA.

The area is an overgrown wooded area off Trout Run Road in the northwestern part of the Township. I will show rumors that are attached to the area. Supposedly an insane asylum located there caught fire. The patients did manage to get out of the Building, but seven gates surrounding the asylum trapped them. The scene was pure horror. Some of the most deranged and dangerous people in all Pennsylvania had disappeared into the woods as the Asylum burned spread throughout the area. When the fire was finally under control, officials set out to corral all of the inmates. Frightened of the asylum’s inmates reputations and unsure of how to handle the patients, the search party was aggressive with extreme prejudice. There where reports of beating into submission some of those they found and killing others. To this day, no one in York acknowledges this publicly. The ones that survived, reportedly lived on to stalk and murder behind the Seven Gates

Another story Is a typical “Mad Doctor” story. An eccentric local doctor Is said to have erected a large gate at the entrance to his property. Then the rumors sprang up that there was a series of gates. They were all beyond that large one along Toad Road (cue scary music) leading deep into the woods. Out of the Seven Gates, it is believed that no-one who passed the fifth gate ever returned.

Apparitions are often seen along these paths. Strange noises and menacing screams are heard frequently.
The official statement on the The Hellam Township Website, listed below is:
“Just as there seems to be no truth to the rumors about the “Seven Gates of Hell” (no asylum ever existed there, and the local doctor had only one gate and that was to keep out trespassers), there is also no truth to the story that Hellam Township was named for ‘hell’! The fact is that our Township’s name is a corruption of the name ‘Hallam’, named for Hallam, England.”

SOURCES:

http://www.hauntedusa.org/yorksevengates.htm

http://www.hellamtownship.com/index.asp…

PHOTO CREDITS:
https://roadtrippers.com/…/york–pa/at…/seven-gates-of-hell…

http://outtaway.blogspot.com/…/legend-of-toad-road-and-7-ga…

Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

May 15

The Minhocao “Big Earth Worm”

The Minhocao “Big Earth Worm”
By: Tamara Ortiz

The Minhocao, which means big earth worm in Portuguese, this creature is said to reside in the forest of South America. You will find a few descriptions of the Minhocao but the most common description of the creature resembles a giant worm or serpent like creature with black skin, a mouth full of teeth that cannot be missed and a pair tentacles that come from its head. There are some sightings that claim the Minhocao also hasa pig like snout.

The Minhocao is said to be a burrowing animal and leaves enormous trenches and holes in the earth in its wake. From reported sightings of the Minhocao and investigations of the suspected trenches and holes from the creature suggest a length of 75 to 150 feet with a body diameter up 15 feet. There have been many alleged occurrence where the Minhocao has been blamed for houses and manmade sutures caving in and rivers have had their courses altered. These occurrences will happen after a very heavy rain, suggesting that the Minhocao prefers to travel during or after these rains because the earth is made softer for them to move easily through.

Cryptozoologist Karl Shuker has a theory that the Minhocao is of the giant caecilian family, the description of the Minhocao fits this theory but the reported size of the Minhocao is much larger than the description of the giant caecilian. Bernard Heuvelmans who was known for being a scientist, explorer and research suggested that these creatures were surviving glyptodont. (Glyptodon was a large, armored mammal of the subfamily Glyptodontidae, which lived during the Pleistocene epoch.)

There are many theories surrounding the Minhocao regarding its origin and its habitat. If you ever find yourself deep in the forest of South America and it happens to be raining you may want to keep your eye out for this allusive creature for it is said the Minhocao
can swallow a man whole…but of course this is just legend or is it.

Cryptid Chronicles. (2011, November 22). Retrieved May 11, 2016, from Cryptid Chronicles:
http://cryptidchronicles.tumblr.com/po

…/13150556445/minhocaoMinhocao . (2012). Retrieved May 11, 2016, from FFxiclopedia:http://ffxiclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Minhocao

Shuker, K. (2016). Cryptomundo Shuker. Retrieved May 12, 2016, from Cryptomundo: http://cryptomundo.com/cryptozoology/shukernature/

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May 15

The Demon named Astaroth

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

The Demon named Astaroth
The Demon Astaroth is a unique Demon. There are many different tales related to this Grand Duke of Hell.

The one I will use is the one that is more plausible to me. That Astaroth is a Female Demon.

The name Astaroth (sometimes spelled Ashtaroth) probably derives from Astarte, a Canaanite fertility goddess worshipped by the Philistines and at Sidon. She was also an early goddess among the Sumerians, known to them as the “Queen of Heaven”. In each culture, though Her Role may have slightly been different, She was always a powerful mother figure. She was a caretaker to humanity in them all. She was possibly the most worshiped deity of her time.

It is believed that the goddess Astarte has become one of the most slandered deities since modern religions took over in the Middle East. Even the name “Astaroth” is a perverted version of Astarte. It is made to sound vile, evil and shameful in the pronunciation of the old languages of the time. When the followers of the “New Religions” came into power, they wanted to remove all sympathy for the old beliefs from existence. They vilified all the reputations of the Babylonian gods and goddesses into “evil demons”.

Astaroth is something of a politician among the demons. She will counsel both humans and demons alike. But she will only help those humans who still believe in her as a goddess. It’s only fair; you must treat a Lady like Lady. She has been beaten up over the centuries, some flowers and chocolates can go a long way. She can help one gain a good reputation. She can create friendships between her followers and people with power and social status in the community. She knows all about the past, present, and future. She also can show to her followers secrets through the prophetic dreams and visions. She can also teach all about the sciences and humanities as well.

Astarte/Astaroth is said to be very tall, beautiful, and elegant with fair skin and long blonde hair. It is said that everything she does is with great ease and grace. She will only work for the greater good of those who are Her true followers. Those who wish to use her gifts to take unjustly from others will be denied her good graces.

Astaroth is said to be the Great Duchess of Hell, in the first hierarchy with Beelzebub and Lucifer; She is part of the evil trinity. To those in Demonolatry the relationship between Astaroth and Astarte can be significant because the possible connection indicates spiritual power. Such power which Modern Religions have strived to diabolize and destroy is returning to help the people.

Sources:
http://demons.wikia.com/wiki/Astaroth

Belanger, Michelle. The Dictionary of Demon: Names of the Damneds. Llewellen Publications. 2010. ebook.
Cavendish, Richard. The Black Arts, A Perigee Book, New York. Berkley Publishing Group. 1967
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen.The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. New York: Facts On File.1989PHOTO CREDITS:
https://www.pinterest.com/rosielea__/film/

http://demons.wikia.com/wiki/File:SealAstaroth.png

Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.
Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

May 15

THE INN AT JIM THORPE

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

 

24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Phone:(800) 329-2599

The Inn at Jim Thorpe in Carbon County is a New Orleans style hotel that dates back to 1849, when built in 1833.

The inn, originally built as the ritzy New American Hotel, was erected on the ashes of the burned out White Swan Hotel. The Guests have reported, the usual Paranormal sightings of, seeing orbs and shadows in their photographs, and even in their beds. TVs operate by themselves, objects move. Some guests in Room 315 have reported to be awakened to find the chairs in their room have been turned upside-down. It should be noted that several famous people have spent nights here, including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, President William H. Taft, Buffalo Bill, Thomas Edison and John D. Rockefeller.

There is one ghost, that some say, remains at the inn because she is welcome there. It is believed, back when it was called The American House, She and her lover had planned a rendezvous there. They were supposedly to reserve a room on the same floor. But a clerical error by a new employee at the front desk, gave her a room on a different floor than that of her lover. Of course upon his arrival, he wasn’t able to find her. Desperate in her situation, and feeling spurned by her love, she ended up committing suicide in her room.

It became The Inn at Jim Thorpe in 1988.

Here are some other Rooms that might be of interest to Investigators.
It is reported that a Nurse becomes quite annoyed when you occupy the same bed as a patient she is tending to, in Room 310. If you lie down in the same the bed as her Spectral Patient, it is said you can feel her Icy Grip. You may also see her white figure. Another Spirit has been reported there, too, a tall man with slicked back hair.

Room 211 has a problem with the TV going on and off by itself. My belief, since it targets men, it’s a “Football Widow”, JUST KIDDING. Also items disappear then reappear in different spots. The Spirit is definitely mischievous. One Gentleman reportedly left his boots by the door, only to wake and find them outside his room. Towels are sometimes shoved in the toilet. The sounds of laughing children are heard when there are no children around. Cigar and cigarette smoke is smelled when no one is around,
Down the hall at Room 303, there are unexplainable shadows and orbs.

In Room 203, a guest claimed that a ghost put his cell phone in the refrigerator.
A faceless lady in Victorian attire has disappeared into closed doors. Guests have supposedly seen many spirit shadows in the downstairs foyer and lobby, and have orb and mist photographs to bolster their claims. The Innkeeper has even set up a little disclaimer about Spirits in the house.

SOURCES:
http://hauntsandhistory.blogspot.com/…/inn-at-jim-thorpe.ht…

http://chroniclesofacountrygirl.blogspot.com/…/ghost-story-…

www.tripadvisor.com

PHOTO CREDITS:
www.tripadvisor.com

https://innjt.com/enjoy/

Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.
Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

May 15

The Secret Language of Symbols in the Occult

The Secret Language of Symbols in the Occult
By: Tamara Ortiz

Sign and symbols rule the world, not words or laws. ~ Confucius

Hello Paranormal Seekers,

Many symbols used in the Occult and for magickal purposes share similar shapes, forms, ideas, meanings and histories. Knowing the similar histories and ideas of representation behind certain shapes and images found within symbols is “The Secret Language of Symbols.” What is wonderful about symbols is even in different cultures that don’t speak the same language, there will be an understanding of symbols shared amongst these cultures. The language of symbols encompasses the very simple in design to the very complicated. It can take many years to learn but learning how to read and decipher smaller/simpler symbols will lead you to being able to decipher more complicated symbols as you further your knowledge. I am going to discuss the most common symbols circle, triangle and the square.

The CIRCLE

The circle is a symbol of boundary and enclosure, moon and sun, life and death and is found in many cultures its representation is a powerful and profound one. It represents the infinite energy of nature, and of the universe. The circle represents many things but usually the representation is the cycle of a system such as the circle of life and other representations like it. The circle can also be the visual form of the word “us” when a symbol is placed within a circle this can mean group or can even trigger are brain to be drawn into the symbol within the circle, making the viewer connect with the representation involved.

The circle represents what is spiritual and sacred in nature. In Chinese symbolism the circle expresses the heavens and when this circle is viewed within a square (the square representing the earth) this symbolizes the union between heaven and earth. The well-known symbol of yin and yang is circular; this speaks to the duality for a unified balance. Many Celtics believe circles to be symbols of protection. In Egyptian cultures the circle had many meanings but one of its most profound was the representation of the sun god. Throughout the world you can find the symbolism of the circle and its many meanings.

The TRIANGLE

The meaning of the triangle is structured in the number three, the vertical side will represent one aspect, the horizontal side another and then the two sides combining represents the hypotenuse, such as:

Mind, Body, Spirit
Past, Present, Future
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Love, Truth, Wisdom
Waxing, Waning, Full

The triangle stands out from others shapes in its symbolism because it’s the one shape depending on your view, the meaning can change entirely. For example if a triangle is sitting flat on one of its sides it represents fire, male energy, active, up, father and solar energy but when you flip it on to its point it represents water, female energy, passive, down, mother and lunar energy. The triangle is very much tied to the number three, most practices of the occult incorporates the number three within its teachings thus represents three sides which equates to the triangle. You can find the triangle used in the Celtic culture in the form of the triskelion the triquetra and many other Celtic knots. Another well-known trinity is “Celtic Life:” Birth (renewal), Death (closure) and Life (transcendence). Triangles also represent the elements of fire, water, earth and air. Greek symbolism uses the triangle to represent to delta glyph and this is in representation of a doorway meaning through balanced thought and emotion you receive a higher knowledge.

The SQUARE

The square’s fours sides and straight lines represent foundation, structure, stability, honesty, earth, integrity, male energy and the physical realm. Buddhist believe the square represents the human and the circle represents the divine and when together this means a balance within you. The square can represent the heart in some cultures, the four sides stand for angelic, diabolic, human and divine which equals awareness and inspiration. Although more often than not the symbolism of the square has four parts, it can also represent opposites such as light and dark, up and down, physical and spiritual. In the Hindu culture, the square represents the order of the universe. It is said when you draw the square in representation of the four elements it also stabilizes the elements because of the structural properties of the square.

Other symbolic meanings of the square:
The four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west)
The four major season (winter, spring, summer, autumn)
The four cosmic elements (suns, moons, planets, stars)
The four common phases of human life (birth, child, adult, death)
The four prime elements (fire, earth, air, water)

The vast knowledge of symbols and the secret language found within is a never ending interpretation. There is so much more that can be discussed regarding this amazing secret language. Even the shapes and the symbolism I have discussed today could go so much further and deeper into what they mean, there use in the occult and the history from which they came.

So…When you see a single shape, do you see the symbolism behind it? If so then you speak the secret language of symbols!

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Spiritual Symbols. (2013, August 3). Retrieved May 12, 2016, from Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/arti…/spiritual-symbols-the-triangle

Square Symbol Meaning. (2016). Retrieved May 12, 2016, from Sun Signs: http://www.sunsigns.org/square-symbol-meaning/

Symbolic Dictionary. (2016, february). Retrieved May 13, 2016, fromhttp://symboldictionary.net/

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May 05

Skunk Ape

Skunk Ape
By: Jessica Stacey-Miller

The Skunk Ape is a bipedal humanoid reported to live in the South Eastern United States. There are reports of sightings in Arkansas and North Carolina but the majority of reports are from the Florida Everglades. The ape is possibly a Bigfoot and described as having reddish brown to black fur, red glowing eyes and an incredibly horrid smell like rotting, rancid food. Estimates of the creature’s height vary significantly, some as small as four feet up to ten feet tall. The ape has several known names: Swamp Cabbage Man, The Nico, Swamp Ape, Stink Ape, Florida Bigfoot, Myakka Skunk Ape, Swampsquatch and the Bardin Booger.

Reports of the Skunk Ape started in 1942 when a man claimed that one of the creatures hitched a ride on his running board for over half a mile. In 1997 foreign tourists traveling on a bus claimed to have seen the creature. That same year a naturalist working in the Everglades also reported seeing the creature and described it as being over 7 feet tall. In 2000 pictures of the Skunk Ape were sent to the police along with a letter from an anonymous elderly woman. The letter stated that a large ape had been entering her back yard and stealing apples and lemons over the course of 3 nights. Her husband believed it looked like an orangutan and complained the horrible smell lasted long after it left.

Joe Nickell is a skeptical researcher who has been researching the claims and reports of the Skunk Ape and believes many of the sightings are actually hoaxes or possible misidentification of other wildlife animals such as bears. The black bear has many of the characteristics that have been reported. The rancid smell could be explained by the logic that bears often scavenge for food in garbage bins and they also eat other animals. A large bear can reach around seven feet tall when standing on their hind legs. The National Park Service classifies the Skunk Ape to be a hoax as there has been no concrete evidence to suggest its existence. This has not stopped reports however and many sightings still continue to this day.

Dave Shealy claims to have seen the skunk ape in 1974 at the age of ten. He continued to search for the creature for many years, seeing him on three other occasions. He is the self proclaimed local expert and has even made TV appearances. On July 8, 2000 Shealy captured a video of the Skunk Ape. Though there have not been any verified claims and National Park Services has stated the Skunk Ape is a hoax, Shealy responds by stating the swamp is over 2.2 million acres and one of the largest areas of protected land which is rarely visited.

What do you think? Is the Skunk Ape a case of mistaken animal identity? A hoax? Or is the Skunk Ape real?

Sources:

http://allcryptid.wikia.com/wiki/Skunk_Ape

http://www.csicop.org/sb/show/tracking_floridas_skunk_ape

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/

…/trail-floridas-bigfoot-sk…/…

The Skunk Ape is a foul-smelling bipedal hominid or other ape, mostly sighted around Florida. Although reports of theape have been reported as far north as North Carolina, the majority of Skunk Ape sightings come from in and around the Florida Everglades.
ALLCRYPTID.WIKIA.COM

May 05

Południca – Lady Midday

Południca – Lady Midday
By:  Christopher M. Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

As a little boy, I remember my Polish Uncle and our Polish neighbors taking about Południca, on very hot days in the summer. They warn me about being out in the Hot Sun. That “Lady Midday” would “come and get me.”

The Lady of the Rye
Lady Midday is a Slavic noon-demon. Which is why, I see now, that my Great Grandmother would make me take a nap during the hottest parts of a summer’s Day. It is believed that She causes sunstroke and madness in fieldworkers. It is believed that, noon in the summer, is at the height of her power. The demon goes by many names, Poluudnica, Psezpolnica, Polednice, Polednica, Poludnitsa, Lady Midday Kornwyf and Pscipolnitsa, Lady of the Rye. She is reported to wear a white dress, carrying a scythe or shears, and can appear as a young girl, beautiful woman, or a an aged crone, whatever Her desire is at that moment. The Mythology tells that She would stop people as they walked through the countryside’s fields or while they were working. She would ask them difficult questions/riddles or perhaps simply engage them in conversation. This in itself is pretty harmless, right? Well, it seems that if she didn’t like your answer, or you failed to answer her question, or if they attempted to change the subject, the Lady Midday would cut off their head, or alternately, strike them with madness.
Slavic artists portrayed Lady Midday as a young woman dressed in white, roaming around the edges of crop fields. She would be shown carrying a scythe or a pair of large shears in her hands. The Field Worker, however, could see Lady Midday as she approached. They stated that She took the form of a dust cloud before becoming corporeal.

Południca, if nothing else is a useful tool in teaching farm workers about the dangers of the noon heat. What better reason to tell your Boss that you need to take a break?

She was also quite useful at scaring away small children who might be up to trouble around valuable crops.

SOURCES:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Midday

http://ancientstandard.com/category/ancient-russia/

PHOTO CREDITS:
https://cdn1.artstation.com/…/paola-tuazon-01-poludnica-fin…
http://digart.img.digart.pl/…/vo…/40/87/download/6743213.jpg

 

Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.
Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

May 04

Downingtown Area Paranormal Investigators

 NPS-Default Contact Name Juli Gross
Location Downingtown, PA
Southeast PA – Chester, Delaware, Berks, Montgomery, Bucks
Phone 610-873-4567
Email email
Website downingtownparanormal.com/
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We are a non-profit group assisting clients with many different
phenomena affecting their lives.

May 02

Pagan Celtic Celebration of Beltane

By: Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Team Chair

Today is April 30*. Starting tonight at Sundown is the Pagan Celtic Celebration of Beltane. Imagine, centuries ago. The Fires of Bel would be light on the Mountain sides throughout the Celtic region of the World. The local tribes would pick a May Queen to symbolize the Goddess. She would choose a Male to represent the God that the Goddess gave birth to at the Winter Solstice. They would go off into to the woods to celebrate their Union.

Beltane’s fires also mark the bright half of the year. Since it lies in the northern hemisphere, we consider it spring. Actually it marks the start of summer whose middle point will be celebrated at “Midsummer” in June.

Other names for Beltane include: May Day, Cetsamhain, The ‘opposite Samhain’, Walpurgisnacht (in Germany), and Roodmas (the medieval Church’s name). This last came from Church Fathers who were hoping to shift the common people’s allegiance from the Maypole (Pagan lingam – symbol of life) to the Holy Rood (the Cross – Roman instrument of death)….

A good portion of ancient Celtic magic is sympathetic. This means that all actions were performed to simulate the desired result.

The Maypole is an important aspect of the Celebrations. It is the Symbol of the God. The Maypole dance was an important aspect of encouraging the return of fertility to the earth. As people passionately dance around and around the pole holding the brightly colored ribbons, the energy it raises is sent down into the earth’s womb, bringing about Her full awakening and fruitfulness
May was also the time to encourage crops, animals, and people to grow and reproduce abundantly. Unions among unmarried partners were a way to encourage this result, but it was considered unlucky to marry at this time of disorder
May is not the month to marry. May is the Goddess and God’s handfasting month, all honor would be Hers and His…

When the Romans invaded Western Europe and Britain, much of the symbolism and rites of the Floralia and Beltane became comingled. It became the holiday we now call May Day or Walpurgis. The custom of going ‘a-Maying’, which is collecting flowers, greenery and the maypole early on the morning of May 1, survives to this day. The lighting of Bel fires in Britain, Germany and other countries of Europe, also remains intact. The sexual aspect of the holiday, however sadly, has become almost extinct in many countries. The festivities became viewed as sinful by some Christian leaders, and in 1644 the celebration was banned by the Puritan-controlled Parliament in Britain….

Beltane, just like its counterpart Samhain, divides the year into its two primary seasons, Winter and Summer. As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane is about bringing forth Life. It is the time when the sun is fully released from his bondage of winter.
Beltane, also like Samhain, is a time of “No -Time”. “No-Time” is an in-between time, when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest. “No- Time” is when the two worlds can intermingle. It is when the strongest Magic can be performed. It is the time when the Faeries return from their winter respite.

On the night before Beltane, people would place rowan branches at their windows and doors for protection, many otherworldly occurrences could transpire during this time of “No-Time”.

* Although Beltane is now usually celebrated from sundown April 30th to sundown on the first of May, it should be noted that in earlier times, before the calendar changes of 1752, all dates year-round would have come some days later — precious extra days, in springtide especially, during which time the hawthorn (“mayflower”) and many more trees and flowers would have begun blooming.

SOURCES:
http://www.applewarrior.com/…/ejo…/beltane/about_beltane.htm

http://pagaian.org/essays/beltanesamhain-earthgaia

http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html…

PHOTO CREDITS:

https://beltane.org/

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Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

May 01

PA Paranormal Project

 PA Paranormal Project Contact Name Lisa Hilty
Location  Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio
Phone 412-841-0609
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PA Paranormal assists families, landlords, and business owners in understanding experiences they encounter, which they feel may be paranormal in nature…primarily falling under ghosts & hauntings. PPP seeks first to explore any and all potential natural explanations for experiences, before considering the possibility of paranormal activity. Scientific method, objectivity and due diligence are key elements of our service. In an effort to push forward in the field, we are committed to educating aspiring investigators in proper, responsible methods. We follow through with assisting the people impacted with dealing with their concerns. Small group lectures/discussion available upon request.

May 01

San Jose Paranormal

 San Jose Paranormal Contact Name Jessie Garcia
Location San Jose, CA
California and Nevada
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San Jose Paranormal is a not-for-profit group based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our goal is to gather evidence and document information as we attempt to uncover the truth about the paranormal, prove its existence and reveal its cause. Our team of professionals have over 15 years of combined investigative experience. Whether together, or as individuals, SJP team members have investigated notorious locations afflicted by unexplained or paranormal activity. Such locations include Preston Castle, Bobby Mackey’s Music World, Linda Vista Hospital, Brookdale Lodge, USS Hornet, Point Sur Lighthouse and the Pardee House Museum, just to name a few. San Jose Paranormal is a team of investigators who – through their individual paranormal experiences – developed a mutual passion to pursue and gather evidence supportive of the existence of the
supernatural and unexplained phenomenon. San Jose Paranormal neither condones nor practices the usage of Ouija Boards, seeances and occult-like practices. Client discretion and protection of their privacy is an essential part of every investigation. San Jose Paranormal believes in paranormal unity and will continue to remain active and network with other paranormal groups and investigators to achieve their goal. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing unusual or unexplained phenomenon please do not hesitate to contact us at
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May 01

Spiritual Warfare Ministries

 NPS-Default Contact Name Jim Steberl
Location Harrodsburg, KY
Kentucky and surrounding states
Phone
Email email
Website  spiritualwarfareministries.com
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We are a Christian based group that helps families that have been targeted by satan, and are now going through an extreme haunting or possible demonic situation. I counsel with the familes, and will do a house blessing if needed. I’ve been working in the paranormal field since 1999, but in the last several years only help in severe cases. No more ghost hunting.

May 01

Secret Hauntings

 NPS-Default Contact Name Paul Croft
Location Nottingham, UK
Nottingham / Lincolnshire
Phone 07861735838
Email email
Website secrethauntings.co.uk
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Secret Hauntings are a small friendly team, we work with a very good Medium. We love to investigate and will do our best to help anyone who needs our help

Apr 27

Marbas

Marbas

Marbas is a Demon that is classified as a President of Hell. He commands 36 Legions, a Legion is 3,000-6,000 strong, of Demons. Is a Demon that is Patron to Craftsman and Healers alike. He teaches mechanics or the machine as well as the body. It is also said that He can show Man how to Shapeshift.

He is believed to have taught men to forge steel for weapons. This has brought comparisons to him and Tubal Cane of Biblical and Hephaestus/Vulcan of Greek and Roman myths.

He has taught men to Heal well as curse. Is brutally honest when asked if a person can be cured or not. This makes him compared to Apollo and The Archangel Michael.

In Marbas we see a Duality of Healing and Destruction. The Creation of Metalwork and Tradesman for Farming tools as well as weapons of War. The Ability to Heal and to Curse are common practices of the Shaman and Herbalists all over the world. “The difference between Medicine and Poison, is the dosage.”
Marbas (sometimes called Barbas) appears to the Practitioner as man with the head of a Lion. Peaks in powerful, yet pleasant voice. He will also alter his appearance if the Practitioner finds it too intimidating.
I think Marbas shows us just how Free Will comes into play. He is a giver of knowledge that can be used to Hurt or Heal. It is our choice on how we use this knowledge

Christopher Lobo Ostrowski
Demonology Department Chair

SOURCES:
Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (Liber officiorum spirituum) by Johann Weyer

the Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly

PHOTO CREDITS:
www.libroesoterico.com

www.fromoldbooks.org

Christopher Lobo Ostrowski's photo.

Apr 26

Afterlife Dimensions Paranormal and Historical Research

 Afterlife Dimensions Paranormal Contact Name  Sandra Hudson
Location  Staffordsville, PA
VA,WVA,NC,TN,SC
Phone  321-230-3280
Email email
Website
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We are serious mature adults that believe that we were given gifts, not to hide or keep to ourselves but to share with others. Our team consist of several blessed members that search for irrefutable evidence. To help those that are experiencing troubling phenomenon and are looking for honest answers. Not everything that goes bump in the night is paranormal! Not everything that is paranormal is malevolent!! We search for natural causes first and foremost. Then after interviewing members of the household , to understand what’s going on from every perspective. Using only state of the art equipment as well as gifted abilities we seek answers from those that may remain in this realm. Answers are not always immediate. Just like you and I, sometimes there is a warming up period! We will work diligently with the family to provide as much information as possible regarding hisorical history on the home and/or land. There is no charge for our services!

Apr 26

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Address: 800 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085

There are said to be three haunted sites on the campus of Villanova University: Alumni Hall, St. Mary’s Hall and The Dundale Mansion

THE DUNDALE MANSION

Is probably the tamest of the 3. It is said that, friendly ghosts are there. There are some who like to turn lights on and off. Or call residents and faculty by name. Staff and faculty have reported hearing a woman’s voice call them between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m.

ALUMNI HALL

The college housed patients at Alumni Hall during the Civil War and World War I The ghosts of former patients who were treated are said to roam the rooms there Besides the abnormal creaks in the floors and walls when no one is nearby. In addition footsteps can be heard at all times of the night when there is no one in the vicinity.
At least four known students have complained about waking up in the middle of the night and being ‘held’ by some force. Although this can be explained away as a form of Sleep Paralysis, it adds to the legend. This is said to have lasted a period of roughly 5 minutes when, abruptly it stopped and everyone was free to move again.
There is also an instance where three counselors and a teenage camper all claim to have heard a woman’s voice call their respective names at around between 3:15 and 3:30 AM. This is strange compared to the one at Dundale Mansion that is heard at 5:15 and 5:30 AM.
A good deal of the instances happened when there was no one there, during the off season or breaks. Counselors have been threatened that they would be fired if they tell any of the students.

ST. MARY’S HALL

Like Alumni Hall, St. Mary’s Hall is rumored to be haunted. However, the story behind the haunting of St. Mary’s is more of a Shakespearean Tragedy.
He was a priest and she was a nun. Their love was doomed before it could have even blossomed. Both had taken the vow of celibacy, but the heart wants what the heart wants, right?
The affair was short-lived. The Nun was so overwhelmed by the shame of her sin, that she took her own life. They say she hanged herself somewhere in St. Mary’s Hall. Some say she killed herself in the basement, while others insist it was in the chapel. In my opinion, the Chapel would make the most sense. This would Spiritually explain why her spirit is not at rest. Being that both a Suicide and a broken vow are Mortal Sins.

Several janitors also have reported hearing what sounds of water splashing from someone swimming in the St. Mary’s pool at all hours of the night. Of course when they have entered the Pool area, the water is still and no one is there. This has happened on more than one occasion.

Security Guards have heard the sounds of a piano being played. Also, they have heard banging and noise coming from the kitchen. Again, these all happen when it is Off Season and no students are present.

Christopher “Lobo” Ostrowski
Demonology Department Head
AAD of Division 8

Sources:
http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/pennsylvania.htm

http://www.villanovan.com/…/view.php/150559/Haunted-Hotspots

https://www.unigo.com/…/five_curiosities_on_villanova%E2%80…

Photo Credits:

www.woodhavenhistoric.com

www1.villanova.edu

commons.wikimedia.org

  

Apr 26

Mirror Magick – The Art of Scrying with Mirrors in the Occult

Mirror Magick – The Art of Scrying with Mirrors in the Occult
By: Tamara Ortiz

Scry – means to foretell the future using a crystal ball or other reflective surface such as a mirror. The origin of this word comes from the early 16th century, the shortening of the word “descry” meaning to catch sight.

Since the beginning of time man has been fascinated by the reflection looking back at him when gazing into a reflective object. Such as water, glass, metal, polished stones, crystals and much more. This fascination has sparked a wide verity of superstitions, myths and legends surrounding the power of mirrors. Mirror Magick can be traced all the way back to ancient times. Since ancient times mirrors are believed to be portals to unseen worlds. Depending on your background and belief system, mirrors can be used for many different reasons, rituals and spells in Occult practices.

Mirror Magick in Ancient Rome

One superstition that is well known is the breaking of a mirror will give you seven years bad luck. This superstition derives form Roman times. Romans believed that the life/soul renewed itself every seven years. Therefore the individual looking into the mirror when it was broken will experience difficulty renewing its life/soul. There were many rituals created to counteract the seven year curse of bad luck. Some Romans believe by immersing the broken pieces in a south flowing stream for seven hours will break the curse. While others believe that by grinding all the pieces into a fine dust will stop the seven year curse of bad luck from taking effect. The individuals that would perform these rituals to offset the curse of the broken mirror were called Specularii. (Sanofsky, 2012)

Mirror Magick in Ancient Japan

The mirror known as Himiko’s Mirror, was discovered in the tomb of Higashinomiya in Aichi, Japan. This very powerful mirror belonged to “Sankakubuchi Shinjukyo,” the Shaman Queen who ruled the kingdom of Yamatai in the 3rd century AD. This mirror is believed to be one of 100 bronze mirrors that where given to the Queen by a Chinese emperor. Mirrors where considered to be a very valued and powerful gifts during these times, for they were used for conducting rituals for divination. These rituals were taken very seriously, for they provide answers to the Shaman Queen regarding her army, financial status, and the empire as a whole. (The Magic Mirror of the Shaman Queen, 2015)

Mirror Magick in Ancient Italy

In medieval times ladies of virtue were said to where a small mirror made of brass, silver or zinc attached to their person. This would ward of negative energy and was said to keep the women pure. Not only was this a common belief among women in Italy but this same practice can also be found in Egyptian and Greek cultures as well. (Cabus, 2012)

Superstitions of Mirrors

While researching some of the points shared in this article I came across many different superstitions about mirrors and the powers found within them. I found this to be interesting because these beliefs didn’t come from practitioners of the occult. These beliefs come from many different individuals with a variety of backgrounds and religious beliefs. So dare I say it…we all have a bit of magick in us. Below is a list of these beliefs some positive and some negative.

• If a new couple first catches sight of each other in a mirror, they will have a happy marriage.
• To see an image of her future husband, a girl was told to eat an apple while sitting in front of a mirror, and then brush her hair. While doing so, an image of the man would appear behind her shoulder.
• If you feel sorrowful or troubled while home alone, with no one to talk to and no apparent way to control your depression, stand before a mirror and gaze into your eyes. Your anxiety should disappear.
• Ancient Chinese believed that mirrors frightened away evil spirits who were scared by their own appearance. If the mirror was broken, the protection was lost.
• If a mirror falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will soon die.
• Someone seeing their reflection in a room where someone has recently died will soon die themselves.
• Ideally, no mirror should be hung so low that it “cuts off” the tallest household member’s head (doing so may cause headaches).

My Mirror Magick

The truth is I can go on forever about mirror magick in many different cultures and rituals found all over the world. Mirror Scrying is a deep rooted practice done by many. I personally use my mirror and include it in many rituals when performing as a practitioner. For many in the occult but not all, the mirror is tied to the moon and water. This is because the moon reflects the suns energy combining them and becoming a very powerful source of energy for the practitioner when conducting rituals. The representation of water is because of the purity and cleansing properties it has. When combining such energies as the sun, the moon and water, this is believed to give the practitioner the ability to call on or use a specific spirits or energies through the portal that is the mirror. There are many different mirrors that be used but the ideal mirror would be round and frameless.

My mirror that I use is rectangular and belongs to my alter table. My alter table and mirror are extremely important tools to me. I have included pictures so what I am about to explain will makes sense when viewing them. My alter table is a half circle glass table that sits against the wall with the mirror mounted just above it. I have done this because when gazing into the mirror performing my rituals my circle is completed in the reflection of the mirror on the other side, realm or portal, to me this pulls both realms together when I am conducting rituals. As you can see in one of the pictures I also write different occult symbols and languages on my mirror depending on the ritual I am performing.

Mirror magick is a very ancient belief and one that can be found all over the world. It can make you ponder many questions when learning about mirror magick. For discovering how many people from so many walks of life and belief systems have something to say about mirror magick. So is it true? Do mirrors possess the power to connect with the other side and the realms found with them? Will they give us the answers we seek when gazing into them? Many believe so!

Cabus, L. (2012). Occult Knowledge. Retrieved April 21, 2016, from Sofadasala: http://www.sofadasala.com/english/magicmirror.htm

Sanofsky, J. (2012, August 27). The Meaning of Mirrors in Folklore. Retrieved April 19, 2016, from Week In Weird.

The Magic Mirror of the Shaman Queen. (2015). Retrieved April 20, 2016, from Ancient Orgins: http://www.ancient-origins.net/…/magic-mirror-shaman-queen-…

Tamara Ortiz's photo.
Tamara Ortiz's photo.

Apr 25

Strange But True Paranormal Researchers

 NPS-Default Contact Name  Brenda Rublesky or Tim Lockwood
Location  Langhorne PA, New Jersey
PA and NJ
Phone  215-378-4001 Brenda/ 888-696-6811 Tim
Email email
Website  sbtparanormal.webs.com/
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Research/Investigate Claims of a haunting. Perform cleansing’s, Blessings.
Research new technology for the paranormal field. Use our psychic during investigations.

Apr 22

The Moon and the Occult

Hello Paranormal Seekers,
The Moon and the Occult
By: Tamara Ortiz

The moon has played a role in the occult going back over 4000 BC, starting with the Sumerians who worshiped the Moon (Nanna). The moon god of Egypt was known as Khonsu (Khons, Chons, Khensu) His cult center was at Thebes where he was part of a triad with Amun and Mut. He was one of the companions of Thoth (who was also associated with the moon and the measurement of time). The moon hasn’t always played as powerful a role in the occult for many thousands of years.

In the Occult and in Alchemy whether the moon is male energy or female energy, it is seen as having great energy. Practitioners will spend time predicting what effects of that energy will unfold depending on placement and fullness of the moon. Many practitioners will observe the night sky during certain times of the year depending on date and astrological alignments. The position of the Moon relative to the other signs is seen as being of great importance. This information is important because certain rituals and rites will be conducted by the practitioner during these times.

Hill, J. (2010). Moon Gods fo Ancient Egypt. Retrieved March 25, 2016, from Ancient Egypt: http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/khonsu.html

The Book of the Moon . (n.d.). Retrieved March 25, 2016, from The Book of the Moon : http://www.thebookofthemoon.com/magic.htm

Apr 22

Mano Cornuto (Horned Hand)

Hello Paranormal Seekers,
Mano Cornuto (Horned Hand)
By: Tamara Ortiz

Mano Cornuto, meaning horned hand in Italian. The horned hand is usually associated with the Wiccan traditions representing the Horned God or as the horns of the Moon Goddess. This symbol is used in the Occult as a charm or symbol to protect against the evil eye, similar to the hand of Hamsa (Arabic) and the hand of Hamesh (Hebrew). It is unclear in history if the Horned Hand symbol originated as an image of ‘horns’ or as a “poking out the evil eye” gesture. It is common belief in today’s day and age, although untrue that the Horned Hand is a representation of the devil or stands for some uncommon evil unseen force. This is so very untrue. It wasn’t until the late 70’s and early 80’s is when this symbol started to be utilized by heavy metal bands, furthermore associating the symbol with negativity and such things as the devil.

Even Salt can look like sugar, or sugar like salt but they taste completely different.

I bring up this analogy and this symbol today because the trends I have seen recently. When it comes to such things as the paranormal, please remember to do you due diligence in research, education and investigating.

Symbolic Dictionary . (2016, february). Retrieved February 9, 2016, fromhttp://symboldictionary.net/

Apr 22

Ouroboros

Hello Paranormal Seekers…
The Occult department would like to present to you the Ouroboros!
By: Tamara Ortiz

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol usually depicted as a serpent or dragon. The symbol originated in Egypt as a representation for the sun although the name originates from within the Greek language “oura” meaning “tail” and “boros” meaning “eating”. Sometimes you will find the Ouroboros symbol represented at a lemniscate (figure eight).The Ouroboros can also have the symbolic representation of coming of full circle, the renewal of life and infinity and represents the cycle of life, rebirth and death. The Ouroboros can be found in many cultures such as the Aztec serpent God Quetzalcoatl and the Chinese alchemical dragons have both similar shapes and meanings. This is because of the serpent’s representation of rebirth by shedding its skin and starting a new. The Ouroboros can be represented very simple or a very intricate design. (Symbolic Dictionary , 2016)

What are some of your favorite symbols found within the Occult culture and there history?
What does this symbol mean to you?

Symbolic Dictionary . (2016, february). Retrieved February 9, 2016, fromhttp://symboldictionary.net/

Apr 22

Mojo Bags and Amulets in the Occult

Hello Paranormal Seekers,

Mojo Bags and Amulets in the Occult
By Tamara Ortiz

Mojo bags and amulets are tools used and created often in Occult practices for a variety of purposes. They will be utilized by the practitioner or given to another person. They come in many different forms and containers depending on the practitioners need. The construction and rituals/rites associated with the mojo bag or amulet will vary widely based on the practitioner’s personal and religious viewpoints.

The origins of the mojo bag can be traced to the Congo regions of Africa (from the word moyo, meaning soul or life force.) The practices of the mojo bag migrated to the southern regions of the United States with African American slaves in the early 1600s. The mojo bag can be found in multiple cultures, occult practices and can have both a negative or positive influence depending on the purpose it was created. In the Haitian culture, mojo bags are believed to have the energy for which it was created for, whereas in Creole cultures the mojo bag is thought to be a symbol of black magic and will harm anyone it is given to or placed upon.
Although I have chosen to pin point the Mojo Bag in this discussion, the idea of adding annotated, blessed and or smudged items and herbs into a container stretches across many different practices and throughout history. A spell/charm bag, pray bag, conjure bag, trick bag, root bag, toby and gris-gris bag just to name a few are all forms of mojo bags in a way, just different perspectives.

Mojo bags are typically made with soft red woven fabric and a drawstring in origin but with color and material of the container playing a role in the symbolism of different, energies, deities, elements and things of this nature. They can be made of many different materials such as silk, leather, metal, wood and or glass, but remember the container is part of the spell more often than not. Items found within and used to create the mojo are stones, crystals, fossils, feathers, pieces of wood, nuts, shells, dried flowers or other herbs and seeds, just to name a few. The look and feel of the mojo will vary from practitioner to practitioner.
How to create Mojo or Charm/Spell bag:

I must reiterate that these are not a set in stone, list of rules. As you become more educated and diverse in the knowledge of the Occult as a practitioner, you will have the opportunity to explore, learn, consider, hypothesize and ultimately decide how you want to create your own.

1. It is created on the cardinal points, or on the point of a specific spirit depending on the need.
2. Color of the bag is important. Choose a color specific to the purpose for what it is being created for.
3. You can put as many items and you desire but remember your going to be channeling the energies of these items, so the more items, the harder it is believed to be to do so.
4. It must be filled with items that are specific to your need or the person it represents.
5. It must be annotated or blessed with a liquid of some kind.
6. Be very careful of the words you speak, words create energy that will become a part of the bag and or amulet.
7. Depending on purpose, you may need to smudge each ingredient or item that will be in the bag or amulet.
8. This step is optional depending on purpose. Use a magical alphabet or a magical symbol/seal drawn on a piece of paper and you will place or sew this into the bag. The type of parchment used can be important so keep this in mind.
9. Words of power and strength are spoken over the bag and or amulet activating the energy.
10. The final act is to breathe on the bag and or amulet to give it life.

My Mojo Bag…The pictures I have included are of a mojo/spell bag I have created for my own personal use. It was created for healing and protection purposes. I will describe the contents and symbolism found within.

The Bag – is blue silk to pull the energies of peace, tranquility and healing. The gold silk embroidery represents the God energy and the silver silk embroidery represents the Goddess energy. The Items inside – necklace with four archangel medallions (Michael for strength and protection, Raphael for healing, Gabriel for purification, and Uriel for peace.) One rose quartz crystal to push out negative energy. Herbs – valerian root, angelica, rose hips and flax seed for healing, protection and grounding. Blessed sea salt for cleansing, grounding, and protection. I used two magical symbols. The Sowilo “soe-we-low” for strength, healing and the suns energy and the Dagaz “theaw-gauze” for healing and the moons energy.

Apr 22

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

By: Tamara Ortiz

Hello Paranormal Seekers,

This post was inspired by a comment from a member on a previous post from the Occult department. She brought up the idea of and the symbol “The Tree of Life” being used in the Occult. Being such a complex symbol, I thought it wise to dive right in.

The Tree of Life is a universal symbol found in many spiritual belief systems including parts of the Occult. The tree of life represents wisdom, protection, strength, bounty, beauty and redemption throughout these beliefs systems. (Catalogs, 2016) I believe one of the factors that make this symbol so meaningful is because the tree is a very powerful symbol within its self. It is the one thing in nature that never stops growing even when it is dying it still continues to grow. In ancient Egypt the tree of life represented the hierarchical chain of events that brought balance between life and death. Buddhist believe that the tree of life is the very tree Buddha sat under while finding enlightenment. Chinese mythology represents the tree of life accompanied by a phoenix and a dragon, the dragon representing immortality and the phoenix representing rebirth. (Symbolic Dictionary , 2016) The most complex system of the tree of life is found in the Kabbalah, It embodies creation, existence and the return to the divine in ten spheres and twenty-two connecting paths. I find the tree of life and its representations across all platforms to be so beautiful and it is such a magical symbol. (Real Wiccan Spells, 2015)
I have decided to talk about this particular symbol because of a members interest but also I have been asked several times on previous post if symbols can be interchangeable, used across multiple platforms. I personally believe so and the tree of life is a perfect representation of this.

A symbol represents little more, and nothing less, than what the bearer chooses to have it represent but this is just my opinion.

What are some of your favorite symbols found within the Occult culture and there history?

What does this symbol mean to you?

Catalogs. (2016). Retrieved February 22, 2016, from Catalogs.com

Info Library : http://www.catalogs.com/…/spiritua…/Tree-of-life-symbol.html

Real Wiccan Spells. (2015). Retrieved February 22, 2016, fromrealwiccanspells.com:

http://www.realwiccanspells.com/tree-of-life-meaning/

Symbolic Dictionary . (2016, february). Retrieved February 9, 2016, fromhttp://symboldictionary.net/

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