The Ghost of Windswept Bay- my 1st published Novel!! )O(

 

Merry meet all,

My novel is going to be published!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, published by a traditional publishing house!!!!!!!!!!! I am over the moon. It’ll be published by J Ellington Ashton Press. I changed the title of my novel from The Legend of the Eldritch Ghost to the much improved The Ghost of Windswept Bay. Yeah it’s a much better much more marketable title. 

I am so over the moon. I am so happy. The sample intrigued the editor so much that he offered me a contract right away. I am so happy. I can’t wait to see the cover art. I hope my book sells well on Amazon. I will help make that happen, do everything  in my power to make it happen. I already have experience with promotion because I promote this blog and promoted the other books I contributed to. I already have a track record. I have experience in being published in short stories, poems and nonfiction being published. That has helped greatly. 

I have work to do: the edits, the approvals, etc. I don’t view it all as a chore more like something to celebrate and be happy about. I am realizing my dreams and it feels so good. Penny makes for a great assistant. 

I better plug in the kettle and pull up my socks. I will be busy over the next several months. I also work a part-time job at Value Village. It’s beneficial that I live in the midst of a strong talented writing community. We have an annual book fair here, charming bookstores and many talented authors- me included, that keep the community alive. We have a Writers Federation of Nova Scotia which will help me with the promotion and marketing of my book. 

So I shall begin here on this blog now. I shall not sit idle, unlike my kitty Penny. Here is the link to the publishing company J Ellington Ashton Press: JEA – J. Ellington Ashton Press.

In other just as exciting news, the next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Imbolc! Yes, the first of the 3 spring Sabbats. I hate winter so I really look forward to spring’s return. I shall post more about Imbolc. 

I dread the edits but I am not at all unfamiliar with the capricious nature of editing. I never heard from Valerie Compton. She is such a scam artist. But I no longer need her. I don’t believe I ever needed her. She grabbed the money and ran. 

I found a real publisher and am very happy about it. I shall keep you all posted on the progress!!! Look for it on Amazon!! 

Stay spooky,

Spiderwitch

 

 

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New Year Spooky organizations

 

Merry meet all,

Yay! It’s the year 2021!! Did you all toss your witch hats in excitement? I did. I hope this year fares considerably better than 2020. I also hope to fulfill some long standing resolutions this year.

Let’s ring in the new year. I started it off with binge watching the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4. The ending was so sad. I thought it was a cliché ending but they had to wrap up a lot of loose ends. I also started a part time job at a thrift shop. Great start to a new year! Well technically I also celebrate New Year on October 31st. 

I know that Ghost Adventures is a big hit. I love the show. However, I just found out about C.H.A.P.S, or the Canadian Haunting and Paranormal Society. They may not be as popular but they are a great group in their own right. The C.H.A.P.S. is based in Ontario. They perform their paranormal investigations free of charge. They travel from place to place. 

I am excited to hear there’s a paranormal investigations society here in Canada. I am so familiar with Ghost Adventures. It’s good to know other groups exist. 

On Sunday I sewed myself a tea cozy. It didn’t take me long. It’s the easiest craft to do ever and it’s a great way to use up extra fabric you have. I’ve posted a photo below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that is all I have for news for now. I will post more later. Imbolc is the next turn in the Wheel of the year!

Links:: 

The 5 Best Paranormal Podcasts – Exemplore – Paranormal

Omens of Death & Old American Funeral Superstitions (otherworldlyoracle.com)

Stay spooky and safe

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

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Traditions of Winter Solstice

 

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Winter Solstice is the time when the astrological moment when the sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn. It’s the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter. During the solstice, the sun rises in the lowest part of the sky. It appears to remain in the same spot for a few days leading to and after this astronomical event. 

After the Solstice, the days begin getting longer again. Many cultures view this day as a rebirth.  The Winter Solstice occurs annually on December 21st. The Solstice celebrates the beginning of the winter season, the time of the Cailleach. 

Winter solstice traditions, meaning and rituals for the shortest day of the year

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The Winter Solstice is observed with celebrations at Stonehenge by Druids and PagansCredit: Alamy Live News

What is the Winter Solstice?

The shortest day  falls on December 22.

It is known as the winter solstice, marking the day of the year with the fewest sunlight hours.

The solstice always falls between December 19 and 22.

Most years, it falls on the 21st in the UK, but sometimes it lands a little bit off-kilter, because it takes the Earth 365 and a quarter days to go around the sun.

This extra quarter day is why we add a day to the calendar every four years with a leap year – to stop the dates drifting gradually through the seasons.

It is worth noting that December 22 is the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere – those south of the equator will be marking the Summer Solstice tonight.

What is the meaning behind the Winter Solstice?

The word “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium meaning “sun stands still”.

It refers to the point when the apparent movement of the sun’s path seems to stop briefly.

The event is one of the oldest winter celebrations, and it is still marked by a number of different cultures around the world.

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Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument which is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunsetCredit: Getty – Contributor

Why is Winter Solstice so important?

Winter solstice is an important time for cultures across the globe.

Under the old Julian calendar, the winter solstice occurred on December 25.

With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar the solstice slipped to the 21st, but the Christian celebration of Jesus’s birth continued to be held on 25 December.

The day is primarily observed by Pagans and Druids who descend on Stonehenge to mark the occasion.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, which is carefully aligned on a sight-line that points to the winter solstice sunset.

Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC and it is thought that the winter solstice was actually more important to the people who constructed Stonehenge than the Summer solstice.

The winter solstice was historically a time when cattle was slaughtered (so the animals would not have to be fed during the winter) and the majority of wine and beer was finally fermented.

The only other megalithic monuments in the British Isles which clearly align with the sun are Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland and Maeshowe situated on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland.

Both monuments famously face the winter solstice sunrise.

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Druids, pagans and revelers gather at Stonehenge annually to celebrate the first sunrise after the solstice Credit: Getty Images – Getty

How is the Winter Solstice celebrated in the UK?

While many associate December 21 with the solstice, in the pagan and druid communities the celebration comes the following day.

These communities will dress in traditional costumes and mark the first sunrise after the astronomical event.

 

What are some other Winter Solstice celebrations like?

Celebrations of the lighter days to come have been common throughout history with feasts, festivals and holidays around the December solstice celebrated by cultures across the globe.

Saturnalia:

The winter solstice festival Saturnalia began on December 17 and lasted for seven days in In Ancient Rome.

These Saturnalian banquets were held from as far back as around 217 BCE to honor Saturn, the father of the gods.

The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms.

The festival was characterized as a free-for-all when all discipline and orderly behavior was ignored.

Wars were interrupted or postponed, gambling was permitted, slaves were served by their masters and all grudges and quarrels were forgotten.

It was traditional to offer gifts of imitation fruit (a symbol of fertility), dolls (symbolic of the custom of human sacrifice), and candles (reminiscent of the bonfires traditionally associated with pagan solstice celebrations).

The Saturnalia would degenerate into a week-long orgy of debauchery and crime – giving rise to the modern use of the term ‘saturnalia’, meaning a period of unrestrained license and revelry.

Saturnalia would degenerate into a week-long orgy of debauchery and crime and gave rise to the modern use of the term ‘saturnalia’, which means a period of unrestrained license and revelry.

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The event is one of the oldest winter celebrations and it is marked by a number of different cultures around the world Credit: Alamy

Feast of Juul:

The Feast of Juul (where we get the term ‘Yule’ from at this time of year) was a pre-Christian (Pagan) festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the December solstice.

People would light fires to symbolize the heat and light of the returning sun and a Juul (or Yule) log was brought in and dropped in the hearth as a tribute the Norse god Thor.

The Yule Log was often an entire tree that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony.

The largest end of the log would be placed into the fire hearth, while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room.

The log was burned until nothing but ash remained, and this was collected and either strewn on the fields as fertilizer every night until Twelfth Night or kept as a charm and or as medicine.

A piece of the log was kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year’s log.

Yalda:

Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh (‘night of forty’) is an Iranian festival celebrated on the “longest and darkest night of the year”.

Every year, on December 21, Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter, the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness.

Pomegranate, watermelon and dried nuts are served as a tradition and classic poetry and old mythologies are read in a family gathering, led by an elder member of the household.

It is believed that eating watermelons on the night of Chelleh will ensure the health and well-being of the individual during the months of summer by protecting him from falling victim to excessive heat or disease.

Santo Tomas in Guatemala:

December 21 is observed as St Thomas’s Day in the Christian calendar.

In Guatemala, this day sees Mayan Indians indulge in the ritual known as the Palo Volador, or “flying pole dance”.

Three men climb on top of a 50-foot pole as one of them beats a drum and plays a flute.

The other two men wind a rope attached to the pole around one foot and jump.

If they land on their feet, it is believed that the sun god will be pleased and that the days will start getting longer.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It’s cool to see how other cultures all celebrate the Solstice. Let me know you celebrate the longest night of the year. 
Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Celebrating Yule on a Budget.

Merry meet all,

As Witches, we celebrate the Winter solstice. Let’s decorate for the Winter solstice and celebrate with a joyful heart! It can be done in the midst of this covid craze. 

Let’s get started!

Save all of your orange peels! I baked my first ever Yuletide bread. I had saved all of my orange peels. I made candied orange peel (mmm) with the saved peels. You can grind them in your blender to use in simmering potpourri and incense. It releases the most delicious scent ever. I will include a link on how to make delicious candied orange peel. It’s easy to do. I will also include links on how to make Yuletide bread. 

Go out for a long nature walk. Gather pine needles and pinecones. Bring them in and clean them up. You can even burn them a little in the oven on low heat to kill the mites or germs. You can then paint them, roll them in glitter, and glue ribbons on them to make a garland. Pine needles have that famous earthy minty scent we all love. 

Star anise Store dry star anise in a dry jar. That prevents the anise from molding. Star anise smells like licorice. Cinnamon sticks correspond with fire and in my opinion, earth related matters. Nutmeg, clove and allspice also correspond to Winter Solstice. Allspice draws money toward you. 

Bay leaves Write your wishes for the coming year on a bay leaf. You can either burn the bay leaf then to grant the wish faster. Or you can add it to the simmering potpourri. Or you can tie your bay leaf to a pinecone and burn the pinecone. Pinecones in the home bless and protect the home. Slice oranges and apples and add them to the potpourri. 

All of these herbs, spices and barks can be enjoyed in a simmering potpourri. You can save the liquid from the potpourri in a labeled jar. You can share and give it as a gift to a loved one. You can let it all air dry and reuse as a potpourri. Put your intention into it and let the magic unfold. 

I baked gingerbread cookies. I can’t wait to frost the cookies. It will be fun. It was fun and a lot of work to bake the Yuletide cake. If you are eager to try, I suggest taking 2-3 days to make it. The orange peels need to dry for several hours. I roasted the almonds and chopped them. I also cut the orange peel slices into smaller pieces. I blanched the cranberries and pierced the berries with a sharp knife. As the berries baked in the bread, they were dehydrated. It takes a while but the scent that will waft through your home is amazing. The same can be said for roasting the almonds myself. The store bought bread doesn’t compare. If you bake it now, you will be prepared for Yule! It can be sliced and stored in the freezer if you wrap the slices in wax paper. 

I  baked the bread in a tube pan. It worked just as well. The Yuletide bread is meant to be a tall bread but the dough still rises in the tube pan. I purchased mine at the dollar store. 

For those of you who are like me and enjoy listening to music for the holiday season, I can’t recommend the Blackmore’s Night Christmas tunes enough. Subscribe and click like to get to enjoy the beautiful music as many times as you want. Play while you gift wrap or bake cookies! 

Here are the links: 

Easy Sugar Cookie Frosting Recipe – Jessica Gavin

Yuletide Bread | King Arthur Baking

Here is some lore for you to enjoy: 

The Pagan Origins of the Yule Goat | Julia Penelope (patheos.com)

A Ritual to try:

Winter Solstice – A Solitary Ritual | John Beckett (patheos.com)

The True Meaning of the Winter Solstice: Hope | Jason Mankey (patheos.com)

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Salt Dough Ornaments DIY

Merry meet all,

I conjured up salt dough decorations. I am here to tell you how I did it so you will know how to create your own. A little about me: I own a tall black goth tree. The goth tree is tall and gnarly- perfect for a gothic Yule tree. I use that all year round but this year, I decided to go Nightmare Before Christmas. 

I took my tree out from its usual corner. I cleaned it up and set it in my kitchen. I hung the usual decorations but I wasn’t happy with it totally. I wanted more and I found out what that more was. My tastes have changed. I have changed. 

So I tossed out all my old or broken decorations. I donated what old decorations- an angel, colorful balls, tinsel etc. I was left with what I loved and cherished. I set that out, especially the gifts from a friend of mine. I then created the salt dough ornaments. 

You can google the recipe but basically you blend salt, dough and water in a bowl. You then knead and roll out the dough on a floured surface. I cut out pumpkins, bats, cauldrons and a big jack Skellington disc. When they had dried, I painted them. I painted the bats and cauldrons black using black tempera paint. I painted the pumpkins orange and then ran out of the orange paint. I mixed yellow and red paint together to make the color orange. It was a deeper warmer orange shade. I let them all air dry again then I painted a sealant on them. They looked blue then the sealant dried. That prevents them from molding. They will last longer. I also set down wax paper before painting the ornaments. I can’t tell you how cool they looked. I shall include a photo. Painting the ornaments can get very messy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was done, I rinsed my paintbrushes and washed the glass bowls. I prefer bowls over painting on a palette. It gives me more freedom than what a palette offers. I love using acrylic paints on everything. Be sure to poke a hole in the ornament to run a string through. If the hole fills in, then string a needle and run it through the ornament. 

Knot each loop through the cookie. Than hang up ’em up on your tree! You can google all this. For the Skellington disc, I downloaded a template. I painted the Jack Skellington white. I etched the design of his face onto the disc using a knife. Then I used a black sharpie to draw and fill in the details. I poked a hole through and ran a string into a loop. 

I wish I thought of attaching the bat. Ah well I love how it turned out! I still have salt dough remaining. I am not sure yet what to do with the rest of it. I hope this post inspires you to create your own decorations and traditions for Yule. It’s almost here!

I painted five popsicle sticks blue. I glued them together to form a pentacle. I ran string through plastic white bones to make a garland of bones. I knotted the string several times and ran a bead through at the beginning and ends of the string. That was to prevent the thread from slipping out. I hung it on the tree with care. 

The tree is adorned with a book of spells ornament, stars, pumpkins, cauldrons, an owl, a fiddle, a ghost, black leaf Garland, a Garland of bones, a blue pentacle, a doll, a green xmas tree salt dough ornament from a past Yule, crescent moon, black bats, a black ghost a gold bell, blue crescent moon, silver stag, witch ornament- fright this way, and a brown cat.

Let me know what your own traditions are at Yule! P.S. I do want to try making a fragrant cinnamon stick star! Also, pinecones can be dried in the oven, painted and sprinkled in glitter for that touch of Winter Solstice magic! I hope you enjoy making your own decorations as a way of getting into the spirit of Yule! Be creative. 

Blessings, 

Spiderwitch

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Pagan decorations for Yule

Merry meet all,

I put up a few decorations in my home. Since I live alone with my cat, I don’t go all out like some people do. But maybe some of you do love to decorate every grand inch of your home-and why not? 

  • Adorn your home with holly, evergreen branches, pinecones, cinnamon and things that bring the sun in like citrus peels.
  • Use color like gold and ivory, green and red.
  • Hang mistletoe over the main threshold of your home to welcome love and joyous energy in and to provide protection.
  • Gather family to purchase tree or wreath and decorate it together.
  • Start calling your Christmas Tree a Yule Tree instead.
  • Hang images of the sun and solar deities and welcome them into your home so they can bring their warmth into your home.

2. Decorate and Burn a Yule Log

  • Gather family and friends to decorate a yule log
  • If you decorate it in advance you can use it as a centerpiece before you burn it in ceremony.
  • Make sure to fully dry the log and clean it before bringing it inside. Some people remove the bark.
  • Gather pine needles, pinecones, cinnamon to decorate with.
  • Make a garland of cranberries.
  • Leave places for candles that can be lit safely to illuminate your yule log.
  • As you decorate, allow everyone to set their intention for the new year
  • When you do the ceremonial yule log burning, every one who decorated should be present
  • The Log can be burned inside in a fireplace or outside in a bonfire.
  • By burning the log you set your intentions free.
  • Stay present until the log is fully burned.
  • While it is burning feel free to sing or dance around it.
  • This is all about community and coming together in the darkness

3. Make Natural Ornaments

  • Use a mixture of flour and water to make discs
  • Bake the discs to harden
  • Paint and decorate the discs
  • Add herbs and resins to the dough or paint based on your intentions
  • Carve symbols, sigils or runes into the ornament to strengthen intention.
  • Use them to decorate tree, garlands or home.
  • Pinecones, orange and apple slice can be used for decoration as well.

4. Share and Give Back to Community

  • Recognize all the blessings in your life.
  • Pass this magic forward and donate belongings to someone else who might need it.
  • Volunteer your time to share your light.

5. Create your Yule Altar

  • Make your altar symbolize your purity and spiritual growth.
  • Use white and silver to represent a blank slate and new beginning.
  • Use sun colors to bring the energy of the sun into your home.
  • Go to the altar throughout the season to enhance the energy.

6. Participate in a Purification Ritual

  • Perform a spell of ritual on your own or with others.
  • Allow everyone to bring their own energy into the community.
  • Cleanse everyone in your circle with pine smoke and say a blessing to each person.
  • Allow everyone to speak one word of gratitude around the circle.
  • Let everyone sit in a simple circle meditation with seasonal music.
  • Close the circle with each person saying thanks or thank you.

7. Meditate on Your Own

  • Meditate in your personal meditation space
  • Write down the things you are grateful for, all the blessings in your life, and your intentions for next year.
  • Create a vision board to provide a tangible representation of your intentions.
  • Visualize your intentions in order to manifest them into your world.
  • Be who you are and achieve what you want to achieve.

8. Hold a Feast

  • Invite people you love and admire to feast.
  • Celebrate your food and your accessibility to it.
  • Take time to remember the times when people did not always have food for the winter.
  • Give blessings for the food you have.
  • Share food with less fortunate through donating to food banks or volunteering at soup kitchens.

9. Do Community Events

  • Look up community calendars and write down holiday activities.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
  • Embrace the creation and life energy of the sun and celebrate your life with it.
  • Enjoy the holiday cheer, it is beautiful but it isn’t around all year.

10. Acts of Service

  • Give clothes and food to those less fortunate
  • Feed birds and wildlife (while following sustainable practices and respecting ecology)
  • Send packages to military personnel overseas
  • Volunteers in food banks and soup kitchens

Crystals

My top ten choices of stones that can be helpful dealing with the many emotions and themes of this season would be Blue Lace Agate, Moss Agate, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Citrine, Garnet, Howlite, Jade, Rose Quartz and Unakite

Themes

  • SPIRITUAL FOCUS: beginnings, birth, challenge, compassion, cycles, endings, eternity, gratitude, insight, rebirth, restoration, sacrifice, search for meaning, silence, wisdom
  • MAGICAL FOCUS: communal celebration, contemplation and looking inward, deep ritual, evaluation, feasting, healing work, journaling, meditation, reflection, study, tool crafting, vigil, personal retreat
  • SUGGESTED WORKINGS: divination and scrying, healing, ritual

Colors

  • Green: abundance, life, the living evergreen that thrives through the winter, new beginnings, wealth
  • Gold: gifts, prosperity, richness, solar energy wealth, gods, kings, royalty
  • Red: vitality, fire, life force, holly berries, poinsettias and other plants that thrive during the winter
  • White: calm, the “clean slate” of snow peace, protecting, silence, sleep

I hope this inspires you! I will post more about Yule! Stay warm and safe

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Yule traditions and Symbols

Merry meet all,

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Yule! I can’t believe that time of year is almost here. Wow has time flown by that fast? Also, November 16 is Hekate’s night. So tonight consider cooking something special in her honor and maybe leaving it at the crossroads.

Yule is as magickal as the other Sabbats. Yule brings to mind pinecones, glittering tinsel, and keeping warm doing festive celebrations with friends and family. The sun makes its way back to the earth. 

Evergreens are a symbol of Yule. Their evergreen color represented life, death and rebirth. These lovely pine scented trees fought back the winter demons and restrained death and destruction. 

Holly leaves correspond to the masculine element. Their prickliness warded off negative spirits, protecting the home. The leaves represented hope, and the red berries symbolized potency. 

Mistletoe represented the feminine element. The leaves were the embodiment of the female spirit and the white berries and seeds were the masculine element. Druids used this plant and viewed it as sacred. 

The Yule tree is also an important pagan symbol. To some, it represented the Tree of Life or the World Tree. The Yule log was burned to protect the home. Ash wood was preferred. This tradition is Scandinavian in origin. It was believed that the faster the Yule log burned, the faster the sun would return to the earth. 

Other significant symbols that represent Yule are candles which encourage the light to burn, wreaths which symbolized the Wheel of the Year,  and bells that drove away demons. Elves became associated with Yule. The ancients believed that the spirits that assisted in the Sun’s return lived where the Elves lived. Gingerbread is also associated with Yule. It is a specialty bread. 

Nature Symbols of Yule: Holly, Oak, Mistletoe, Ivy, Evergreens, Laurel, Bayberry, Blessed Thistle, Frankincense, Pine, Sage, Yellow Cedar.
Food and Drink of Yule: Yule Log Cake, Gingerbread, Fruits, Berries, Nuts, Pork dishes, Turkey, Eggnog, Ginger Tea, Spiced Cider, Wassail

Colors of Yule: Red, Green, White, Silver, Gold
Red represents the waning Holly King. Green represents the waxing Oak King. White represents the purity and hope of new Light. Silver represents the Moon. Gold represents the Sun/Son.

Stones of Yule: Rubies, Bloodstones, Garnets, Emeralds, Diamonds

Activities of Yule: Caroling ~ Wassailing the Trees ~ Burning the Yule Log ~ Decorating the Yule Tree ~ Exchanging Gifts ~ Kissing under the Mistletoe

Deities of Yule:
Goddesses: The Great Mother and Earth Goddess, Freyja, Gaia, Diana, Bona-Dea, Isis, Demeter
Gods: Mabon, The Sun God, The Star (Divine) Child, The Oak King, The Holly King, The Green Man, The Red Man, The Horned One, Odin, Lugh, Apollo, Ra

 

 

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Everything has a Price

Merry meet all,

Wow I had a fun and powerful weekend. Samhain has arrived! I attended the local Samhain Public Ritual on the Commons with my friend Nancy. The High Priest tragically lost his daughter. I attended the ritual to show my support and condolences. Although I froze my poor bones that night. 

Now November brings its own magic. The grey skies hover over the colorful trees. November’s magic is more subdued than wild October but it still amazes me. Sorry I haven’t blogged lately but I have been a little sidetracked by something personal. 

My cat Penny has diabetes. It threw me off my balance. Now that I have learned how to give her insulin and how I will feed her, I feel better. It is very expensive so hopefully everything will work out. Penny will be fine. 

On to more paranormal news…

In 1944 my family moved into an apartment that no one wanted. The lure of cheap rent was not enough of a draw for even the most desperate. We were more than desperate, we were a family living on the margin. The margin of opportunity, money and sanity. We were the working poor, with a questionable pedigree. Housing had always been an issue, because of finances… and other matters of social delicacy. Our last chance was waiting, we had been disappointed before.

My parents were shown dismal cold water flats fit for vermin in industrial slums. Once property owners or Real Estate agents saw the dark skinned man with the blonde wife, suddenly there were no vacancies. To get a decent room above a store on the avenue would take a miracle. Miracles are heaven sent, while evil likes to disguise tainted gifts that come with hefty price tags.

At a shabby real estate office, there existed a listing with no takers. The rent was a steal at $50.50 a month (the rent was never raised and stayed that price for 26 years ) Eight large rooms above an old saloon . This was a place that liked secrets, where suspect people with poor pocket books could live.

There was a downstairs apartment in a similar layout and the saloon had a separate entrance. Eight rooms, where my alcoholic older brother could rant and rave away from prying eyes. After all who would bother calling in a disturbance that occurred in a saloon unless it spilled into the street?

Through the so called family entrance on the side of the building you entered into was a dismal Victorian hallway ( oddly the building was supposed to have been built in 1920, but Brooklyn powers that be were known to fudge legal facts here and there, the design of the building seemed more 1880’s in style) painted a sickly pale green. The paint was several layers thick on every surface especially on the ornate stairs and banister. The rooms were wide with tall ceilings, dormant ornate gas chandeliers on those ceilings, pocket doors and each bedroom had a closet.

There were two ornamental gas fireplaces that did not work, a pull chain toilet and claw foot tub. The bedrooms facing the avenue were sun lit most of the day, while the central hallway and rest of the bedrooms were steeped in a greasy darkness. The wall at the end of the hallway was oddly bowed to accommodate a closet from an inside bedroom, one of many design quirks that were part and parcel of the place. There were windows and doors that led to brick walls or narrow shafts. A boarded up dumbwaiter that we used to hold our trash can, contained a skylight to the roof. One could hear voices coming from that shaft. My parents said it was just the voices of bar patrons. Strangely, when the bar was closed the cacophony of sounds seemed louder somehow.

We never heard much noise from the street or the saloon for that matter, the apartment was its own world, a vacuum. Loud crashes and faint scratching noises were heard at all hours, perhaps mice in the walls, or rats in the basement knocking over wooden crates and beer barrels…at least that was the sensible explanation.

There was no logical explanation for the misty forms that glided down the hall just out of reach or the ice cold spots that traveled from hallway to stairs. One of my earliest memories was watching from my crib as a wraith made an appearance. She glided into my room from a darkened corner, just a smoky mist at first , then a shimmering as she became solid. I remember her face was that of an old woman. She was smiling and held out her arms to me, but just as quickly as she appeared she vanished as my mother entered the room.

As a child I became accustomed to the strange comings and goings in the apartment. Many times at play I would chase a rustling skirt or boot heel around a corner, never finding the hide and seeker. Not every ethereal visitor was playful or harmless.

At the witching hour, the large rooms would seem to grow smaller. The first 14 years of my life were spent in those rooms and I don’t remember ever sleeping well at all. At night , in the wee hours the place took on a demonic feel. The darkness would pitch itself blacker than black and suffocate the dreamer. I knew my tormentors , two large shadow beings , whom I called Red Eyes and Green Eyes. On any given night, either one would stalk the hall or invade my room. They would stand and stare at me as I lay paralyzed with fear. They stood floor to ceiling, bigger than a human, silent and stinking of rot. They glowered with their burning eyes. I feared Green Eyes the most, it was a breath stealer. I would squirm under their glare until I could hurl myself out of bed into my parents room. Once between my parents in bed , I could rest, I was safe.

My worst paranormal encounter happened at age 4 . I awoke to a strange buzzing sound, as if thousands of bees were inside the walls. I got out of bed and made my way down the hall , opened the front door of our apartment and stood at the edge of the landing. The stairs were bathed in a sour yellow glow from the hall sconce. I looked down the staircase to see a figure gliding up the stairs towards me. It looked like a man wearing a hat with a long overcoat and scarf. As it got closer I noticed it was wearing some sort of rubber mask, like a red devil mask . The unwanted visitor was now face to face with me. I called out my brothers names and called for my dad, thinking they were playing a game. I looked into the mask holes , but there were no eyes behind them, just emptiness. I couldn’t move. My mom grabbed me just as I was about to fall to my death from the top of the stairs. As she held me tight , I saw a tendril of smoke make is was back down the staircase. This may all have been a nightmare or my active imagination, but the thought of those childhood nights still send a chill through me.

We as a family went through some hard times living in that cursed place. Trouble followed us . No one ever wanted to linger in our home, those that did often said that they could not remember when they had ever felt so helpless. The downstairs tenants did not seem to fare any better either. Death and sorrow were their constant companions too. After a tragic renter left, the place would remain empty, sometimes for years. The building seemed to feed on sorrow. Any pet that I brought into it never lasted very long.

One day the dog, cat, bird , turtle or fish would be happily playing only to be found dead the next morning. Doors, cabinets and faucets, would often be found open and once gas was hissing from the dormant chandeliers. When the gas company worker showed up to turn it off, the shaken mechanic came up from the cellar to say that the pipe was not connected to anything , there could not have been a gas leak.

My family left in 1970, the building had been sold and the new owner wanted to do a full remodel. The spell had been broken. So many years have passed since I lived in that place, it still exists. In its new configuration there are four apartments where once there were only two. The building has undergone major changes ,the old saloon is now a sport’s bar filled with life from young revelers and from what I hear, many, many tenants have called that cursed place home, but only for a short while. The rent is no longer $50.50 a month….evil after all ,comes as a steal with a hefty price tag.”

Website source: https://paranormalhauntings.blog/2020/11/09/hefty-price-tag-our-haunted-apartment/

Ok I love this story. I have lived in a Victorian home. I have actually seen spirits and I can relate to what this person endured. I know how that feels.  It is a really good story. I could go on and on about some of my experiences.. next time. 

 

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Spiderwitch

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The soda can- cause of poltergeist activity or a hoax?

Merry meet all,

I just completed an awesome project! I painted a stand with shelves jet black. It looks so cool. I had to keep my kitty out of the bedroom so I could paint it. But I somehow managed. I am so happy with how it turned out. Then, when the paint had completely dried, I added Halloween stickers. I bought two big stickers from the dollar store that were intended as window stickers. They depict bats, crows and witches cackling over a bubbling cauldron. I adhered them to the first and second shelves of the stand. I stuck spiders and skull stickers to the sides of the stand. I have included a photo of course so you can see how cool it turned out.

I love the stand. It blends in well with the furniture and looks sharp. I love how it turned out. I have had an awesome time- the wreath, the stand, my carved pumpkin which now bedecks my garden. Mm it’s food for the critters out there seeking nourishment from the cold. 

Samhain is almost here! I can feel it in the air. I love this time of year. So here is a spooky story for you, my keen readers, about a soda can being moved on its own by a ghost? I leave it to you to decide!

“A curious piece of footage circulating online shows a soda can seemingly being moved by an unseen force that some suspect could be a ghost. The odd video was reportedly captured earlier this month by a security system inside a Charlestown, Rhode Island residence. According to the unnamed homeowners, the house has been a hotbed of strange activity since they moved in four years ago as the family has heard eerie scratching sounds, seen unsettling shadow people, and even found heavy wooden furniture that had been inexplicably moved.In the video from their kitchen, an odd orb can be seen floating through the air and then disappearing. Moments after that, an empty soda can near the sink rotates multiple times and then slides toward the edge of the counter. Adding an extra layer of creepiness to the footage, what some believe to be an EVP seems to occur during the scene and it appears to be saying “I will kill you.” The footage culminates with a puzzling thud sounds that seems to be directed towards the camera.

As is often the case with purported ghost footage, reaction to the video is largely split between those who contend that it is showing the antics of a sinister spirit and others who argue that the video is a hoax. For the sake of the homeowners, we hope that they did create a clever fake since the alternative is that they’re living with an entity who wishes them dead. With that in mind, what’s your take on the video? Share your thoughts with us at the C2C Facebook page.”

Check out the trailer to the most anticipated return of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!! December 31st Mark your calendars. I know I am. 
Read about the thinning of the veil inviting spirit encounters. I’m down with that! 
Stay spooky
Blessings
Spiderwitch

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Jack o Lanterns 101

Merry meet all,

I’m excited to share a few awesome tips with you. my dear readers, on how to preserve your pumpkins! We all love to carve pumpkins whether it be goofy or ghastly. Samhain is almost here! So put on Nightmare before Christmas or Monster Mash, sip cider, and whip out your pumpkin carving tools. 

Before you carve, set down newspaper on your countertop or table, depending on where your workspace is. Wash, dry and put away the dishes. Create a clean workspace. It is so much easier. Now the way I do this may not be your way but fret not. Get everything clean and fresh. Ok let’s get to work. 

Before you carve your orange squash, there a few things you can do that will preserve your pumpkin for much longer – and help you get your money’s worth out of the pumpkin. You will need bleach, water, the pumpkin, a large bowl and a timer. Mix a few tablespoons of bleach to water and fill the bowl with the mixture. It may have to be a large bowl to hold the pumpkin. Put the pumpkin in the bowl. Set your timer for twenty minutes. When that time is up, dip your pumpkin upside down to remove any extra water from it. Let it dry. It should dry quick. You can also add a silica gel pack to the inside of the pumpkin. When the pumpkin has dried, then brush it all over with a mixture of vinegar, lemon juice and water.  This helps your pumpkin maintain it’s freshness for a lot longer. 

Then you know the drill – etch in your design with a pencil or a sharpie pen. Then carve your pumpkin! I hope you have fun with it. It is meant to be fun. 

When your eerie jack o lantern has outlived its usefulness, don’t toss it in the trash. Instead, compost it in the garden. The pulp and fleshy stuff I pulled out of the pumpkin was added to my garden. You feed a lot of insects and critters. Yup they will love you for it.  I roasted the seeds. 

It goes without saying be careful with candles. 

I wish you all a merry Samhain!

Blessings Spiderwitch

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