Thursday, September 24, 2009

Time Slip

A Time Slip is a reported paranormal experience in which one or more people believe themselves to have been temporally transported back in time, interacting with environments, objects, and people from a prior time period.

Unlike most other paranormal phenomena which seemed to be centered around a single individual, Time Slips are more often reported by groups of people who have shared in the same remarkable experience.

In the past, Time Slips were more often considered part of a ghost sighting or haunting experience, but now are believed by paranormal researchers to be legitimate phenomena on their own.

The typical Time Slip experience normally entails a group of people traveling who come across an unexpected location or environment. The group may interact with objects and people, usually in a normal manner. However, the perceptions of the group may be altered. Many experiencers relate feelings that something 'just wasn't right' about the place, or that the colors and sounds were somehow not right as well. Often there is an intense feeling of foreboding or depressive quality about the location. The group will then leave, and in the reports that we know of, either attempt to return to the location only to discover that no such place currently exists, but existed in the past or are shocked to learn from locals later that no such place currently exists but existed in the past.

On a personal note, one of the better examples of a Time Slip was a case that was documented by Arthur C. Clarke. In the case, a family on vacation passes a beautiful hotel on a mountain, witnessing a maid sweeping the front porch. While in town the group mentions the hotel to locals and are told that such hotel no longer exists, but did exist in the past. The Hotel's location is found again only to reveal a dilapidated structure, quite unlike the fancy hotel the group swore they saw earlier.



Mother Of Actress Emma Thompson Puts Curse On Thieves

Phyllida Law, the mother of actress Emma Thompson, recently discovered that some beloved gargoyle statues on her property had been stolen. What did she do? She put a note on her property reading that she had put a curse on the thieves. The statues were returned two years later with a note begging for the curse to be lifted as the thief claimed to have been plagued by unnatural illness ever since stealing the statues.

Emma Thompson's Mother Sees Return Of Stolen Gargoyles

The Sutton Hoo Treasure Ghosts

The Sutton Hoo treasure ranks among one of the most valuable archaeological treasures discovered in England. Amazingly, it's discovery is tied to the sightings of ghosts by friends of resident, Mrs. Edith Pretty.

Though Pretty's property contained ancient burial mounds, the opinion of the time was that such had all been raided of their valuables. Mrs. Pretty thought otherwise. At Pretty's insistence, the mound was excavated and the Sutton Hoo treasure was eventually located.



On the subject of synchronicity, I had just published this blog and then clicked on AOL and noticed this link, about the recent finding of another Anglo-Saxon treasure. Click HERE for the article.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Strange But True? (1993)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0776749/

Ghosts, UFOs, Reincarnation, Poltergeists, Exorcisms, Phantom Hitchers, Miracle Healing, Dowsing, Psychic Powers, Angelic Encounters, and other Paranormal Phenomena presented in this series.

To watch the series, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Daughter Of "The Official Witch Of Salem" In Legal Trouble For Some Hocus-Pocus

Jody Cabot, Witch and elder daughter of Laurie Cabot, the official Witch of Salem, MA, is in hot water, accused of attempting to defraud her mother via check forgery.

Daughter Of 'Official Witch' Accused Of 'Conjuring' Check

In Search Of...Salem Witches

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Maryland Goatman

The Goatman of Maryland, is a reported Satyr-like monster that stalks the area of Prince George's County. Sightings of the Goatman date back to the 1950s.

Appearance: A Satyr-like being, part-human, part-goat or in other words, a man from the waist up, with a goat's body below the waist, complete with the ears and horns of a goat on it's head. In other versions of the tale, the Goatman is merely a deranged man who dresses in furs and who roams the woods, often wielding an axe.

Lore: According to legend, the Goatman is said to attack couples making out in their cars in out of the way places, to vandalize property, and to kill and/or consume local pets.

The most popular tale concerning the origin of the monster is that the creature was created at the United States Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, and then subsequently escaped. Other versions insist that the Goatman was deliberately freed by it's creator after he learned that the poor creature was to be put to death after the experiments were discontinued. In another story, the Goatman is a deranged scientist who worked on goats at the Agricultural Research Center and who now dresses up in furs and attacks animals and people. A final theory is that the Goatman is simply an escaped mental patient who has never been caught.

Goatman In The News: In November 1971, the Prince George's County news featured a couple of stories of animal mutilations which were attributed to the Goatman. Among other things, the articles documented the sightings of the monster, described as either a large beast or as an unidentified animal that appeared to be walking on it's hind legs.

Goatman Across The Country: Sightings of similar Satyr-like beings have been reported in Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, and California.

Trivia: Cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman, suggests that the Bunnyman and the Goatman are the same entity.

The Goatman

The Goatman Legend Of Prince George's County

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Glykon

Glykon (Glycon), is a little-known snake god whose worship dates back to the second century.

Appearance: A serpent with the head of a human being, complete with long blond hair.

Lore: According to Lucian of Samosato, the cult of Glykon was founded by the false prophet, Alexander of Abonutichus. Lucian was a staunch critic of Alexander, accusing him of performing fraud, as well as leveling the accusation that Glykon was nothing more than (in modern terms) "a glorified sock-puppet".

Alexander of Abonutichus claimed to have received a divine revelation that a new incarnation of the god Asclepius would be born on earth, and proceeded to stage an act in which the god Glykon was hatched out of an egg. The newborn god was believed to have quickly reached maturity not long afterwards.

Powers: Glykon was considered an oracular deity, being able to send omens of the future, as well as bestow knowledge of future events. Other powers associated with Glykon are the bestowing of fertility and of the prevention of plague.

Glykon In Culture: Author and Comic writer Alan Moore (of Watchmen fame), is a self-professed worshipper of the god Glykon, as well as being a practicing Occultist.

According to Historian Jona Lendering, locals of the Turkish town of Inebolu, the once sacred city of Glykon and formerly known as Ionopolis, continued to spread tales of magical snakes living in the area as last as the 1970s.

Trivia: According to Alan Moore, the name "Glykon" means "Sweetie".

GLYKON

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Witchcraft POV

Satyr



In Greek Mythology, Satyrs were hairy male spirits of nature, part-man, part-animal. Satyrs have an infamous reputation for excess indulgence in wine and sex, and for their wanton and wild temperament.

Appearance: Satyrs were at first portrayed as men with the ears and tails of animals, usually horses, but with time Satyrs were viewed as having the upper body of a man and the lower body of a goat, complete with goat ears and/or horns on their heads.

Powers: In Greek Myth Satyrs have not displayed any supernatural powers.

Lore: Satyrs were said to endlessly pursue Nymphs for sex, as well as be constant companions of deities such as Pan, Dionysus, and Silvanus. Despite their wanton behavior and appearance, Satyrs were generally viewed as being shy and cowardly creatures.

Satyrs Today: Sightings of Satyrs or Satyr-like beings continued to be reported into modern times. Some examples of such include; The Billiwhack Monster, The LakeWorth Monster, and Goatman.

Satyrs In Culture: Satyrs appear in the King James version of the Bible in two passages.

Isaiah 13:21
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.

Isaiah 34:14
The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.


SATYROI

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Magnificent Obsessions: The Salem Witches

Ghost Hunter Falls To Death While Hunting Ghosts

A 29 year-old Ghost Hunter fell to her death while investigating a historical Gothic-style building at the University of Toronto.

The trip was also the unidentified woman's first date with a male acquaintance. The pair had been drinking when they decided to explore the building.

The pair had been exploring on the roof when the woman fell approximately 4 stories to her death.

The building the man and woman were exploring was the scene of a murder of a professor in 2001 and was rumored to have been haunted.

Woman falls to death while 'ghost-hunting' in T.O.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nymphs



Nymphs are female natures spirits of Greek mythology, similar to the notion of Fairies. Nymphs can be described as being lesser deities, separated from the other gods of Greek mythology by the fact they are intricately connected to certain aspects of nature such as trees, rocks, and rivers, rather than governing specific spheres of human existence as say the Olympians do.

Nymphs are always female. The male spirits of nature are called Satyrs.

Classification: There are a variety of types of Nymphs. Examples of types of Nymphs are as follows;

Dryads - Forest Nymphs

Hamadryads - Nymphs of specific trees, especially oak trees. Hamadryads lives are bound to their tree. When their tree dies, so do they.

Oreads - Mountain Nymphs

Naiads - Freshwater Nymphs

Nereids - Sea Nymphs

Oceanids - Ocean Nymphs

Epimelides - Meadow and Pasture Nymphs

Melissai - Honeybee Nymphs

Anthoussai - Flower Nymphs

Aurai - Nymphs of cool breezes

Nephelai - Cloud Nymphs

Lampades - Underworld Nymphs

Appearance: Hauntingly beautiful and seductive young women. Often a Nymph will have physical features that are indicative of the type of Nymph she is. For example, the Epimelides are said to have hair as white as wool or apple blossoms. Nereids were said to have both hair and eyes in varying shades of the sea.

Parentage: Nymphs are the daughters of the earth goddess Gaia, or else the daughters of other Gods, such as the sea god Nereus who fathered the Nereids.

Powers: Nymphs, being supernatural creatures, possess a wide range of supernatural powers. Nymphs have control over the elements in which they reside and can also inflict curses, harm, injury, and death to mortals who invoke their anger. In Mythology there are tales of Nymphs who achieved revenge against mortals who harmed their tree, who acted destructive toward nature, or who broke a promise to them. Because of their powers it's likely that one might confuse a Nymph for being a witch.

Lore: Nymphs are notorious in mythology for being the love interests of various deities. Nymphs are also notorious for seducing mortal men, especially the Naiads. Like with the lore of European Fairies, men who take Nymphs as lovers tend not to live long.

Also just as with Fairies, Nymphs are often believed to kidnap babies. Nereids have been especially blamed in Greece, and well into modern times, for engaging in this practice.

There is some confusion as to the lifespan of Nymphs. Some Nymphs, like the Hamadryads for example, are mortal and die when their tree dies. Other Nymphs are said to be immortal. Another opinion is that Nymphs are extremely long-lived by none-the-less mortal.

Nymphs In Culture: The phrase Nymphomaniac, a term describing a hypersexual woman, comes from wanton and lustful actions of many Nymphs in mythology.

Connection To Other Deities: Nymphs are often the lovers of various deities such as Zeus, Apollo, and Pan. In addition, Nymphs are also said to be the attendants of deities such as Artemis/Diana, Persephone, and Dionysus. Nymphs are also frequently found in close proximity to their male counterparts, the Satyrs, male nature spirits who appear in part-human, part-animal (frequently goat) forms.

Nymphai

Below is a clip featuring the painting, Hylas And The Nymphs by J.W. Waterhouse. In the legend, Hylas is the homosexual lover of Hercules who disappears one day while gathering drinking water. While performing his chore, Hylas chances upon a group of Naiads, freshwater Nymphs, who immediately are aroused by his physical attractiveness. The Nymphs grab Hylas, pull him underwater, and he is seen no more. Upon hearing of the loss of Hylas, Hercules was said to have "wept like a woman".

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kentucky Man Snaps "Bigfoot" Photo

Is it a black bear? Is it a trash bag? Or is it bigfoot?



My personal opinion is that it is most likely a murder of crows or group of other animals close together, perhaps feeding, which gives the impression that it is a larger animals, but then again, who knows?

***UPDATE***9/9/09

I was staring at the photo when it dawned on me it looks just like an old abandoned tire.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Maenad



In honor of the second season of TrueBlood, I thought I would do a blog on Maenads (pronounced "may-nads").


In Greek Mythology, Maenads, also known as Bacchantes, were the female worshippers of Dionysus/Bacchus, the Greek/Roman god of the vine, wine, vegetation and ecstasy. The Maenads ("Mad Women"), were believed to be possessed by their god Dionysus. Under his ecstatic influence, the Maenads would run wild like animals through the woods, tearing apart and eating any living thing they came across, including cannibalizing humans, dancing wildly, having orgies, and performing miracles.

Maenads wandered the earth spreading the cult of Dionysus to new lands and destroyed anyone who stood in their way, usually by tearing them limb from limb and devouring them.

Appearance: A woman dressed in the skins of wild animals, especially that of panthers,an animal sacred to Dionysus. Maenads wear crowns of ivy or grapes, as well as snakes, in their wild hair. In their hands they carry the sacred Thyrsus staff, which like a magic wand possess magical powers.

Powers: When possessed by their god and in a state of ecstasy, Maenads are invulnerable and practically immortal. In such state they are immune to weapons and fire. Maenads are also known to perform miracles such as turning water into wine, making wine gush forth from the earth, making honey drip from their Thyrsus staffs, as well as making milk flow from the earth after they have scratched it with their fingers. Maenads were also said to possess super strength and it was believed that their Thyrsus staffs could kill a man with one blow.

Weaknesses: Although not specifically addressed in myths, one could assume that when Maenads are not possessed by their god that they are normal, mortal women. In mythology, Maenads were imprisoned for a time by the cruel King Lycergus. There's no indication how Lycergus was able to overpower the Maenads, though interestingly, Lycergus was said to engage in similar beastly activities as the Maenads.

Maenads In Culture: A Maenad named Maryann brings havoc to the town of Beaumont, LA in the HBO hit series, TrueBlood.

MAENADS

Poort Unfortunate Souls - Maryann


Black Magic Woman - Maryann


Maryann Cooking A Human Heart

Poll Results: With Regard To Proving The Existance Of Bigfoot, Should We Kill One Or Capture One?

For the question, "With Regard To Proving The Existence Of Bigfoot, Should We Kill One Or Capture One?",and the results are in.

Tying at 3rd place with 4% of the vote:

Kill It (Science Will Not Accept Anything Short Of A Bigfoot Corpse To Prove Bigfoot's Existence.)

-and-

I'm Not Sure

At 2nd Place with 28% of the vote:

Bigfoot Doesn't Exist.

An at first place with 61% of the vote:

Capture It (Bigfoot Might Be Related To Humans Therefore To Kill It Might Be Akin To Murder, Or The Species Might Be On The Brink Of Extinction So To Kille One Might Endanger The Survival Of The Species, Etc...)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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