Saturday, October 30, 2004

Big Bad Bessie

I had an interesting experience yesterday. I was making tea for a client, opened up the carton for the first time and it MOO-ed. How embarrassing to discover that such cartons do not, actually, contain milk but saltwater! So, there was no milk for my client's tea. Aargh!

As my husband put it, we could have used milk much more than the $5.00 in downloaded music. Ah, well.

The clients had travelled such a long distance for their readings and, here I was, unable to make tea. Thankfully, they were very understanding.

Friday, October 22, 2004

American Haunting

This up-and-coming flick, being filmed in Romania, seems as if it will be an irresistible combination of supernatural and Donald Sutherland.

This goes on my look-for list.


I couldn't sleep last night or the night before. I am haunted by the figure of a woman in the midst of a horrible tragedy. She came to see me two days ago and her plight was so harrowing that it still pangs me.

I try to remain distant from the emotional edges but it is difficult to do so. It seems unnatural to not engage. I held her hand and hugged her and that was all that I could do and maybe that was what she needed. She was too hysterical for an appointment and we just sat together, both of us painfully aware that there were no words to soothe her in any of the minutes that passed between us.

Of this I am convinced: People feed each other spiritually.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Cemeteries in New Orleans

Cool breezes blow through the walkways of 18th-Century buildings, the clacking of horse carriages echo off the brick walls and the white facade of the St. Louis Cathedral rises above it all. Throw in paranormal activities, voodoo practitioners and creepy graveyards, and it's enough to send shivers down anyone's spine.

This would definitely be worth the trip! At this time of the year, there must be several thousand articles written about Ghost Tours and ghostly phenomena. New Orleans has to be among the most fascinating of venues:

Every October, thousands of travelers descend upon the Crescent City in search of horror and hauntings. Costumed guides lead visitors through crumbling cemeteries, the drumming of voodoo rituals thump through the walls of homes and reported sightings of ghosts come from every crack and crevice in the French Quarter. This is a city that takes no shame in its macabre attractions and history of horror and death.

Apparently, the religious history and aged cemeteries are among the main attractions.

The roots of these burial rituals are traced back to Africa. It all ends in the cities of the dead where histories of mystery, danger, disease and horror lie encased in massive crypts. Behind the rusty iron gates, the ghost-white tombs lie adorned with crosses and angelic statues that exude both beauty and mystery.

Since the city was founded in 1718, the dead in New Orleans have never been content staying in the ground. Corpses buried on the banks of the muddy Mississippi river once washed into city streets, and those buried within the city often broke from their coffins and rose to the surface during floods and heavy rains.

If ever I get the opportunity, I will visit in October.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Tarot Parties

I was hired to do a series of parties for the same organization and tonight I did the first one.

It went well and everyone was pleased. I think the fact that it was hosted by a Wiccan really enriched the night. I'm not Wiccan but I am very familiar with the ritual objects, etc. The host was very dedicated to Wicca.

People always assume that I am Wiccan because of what I do.

I think that the people in attendance were impressed by the fact that I actually do readings for a living, Monday to Friday.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

An Interesting Day...

I also received my new "Gothic Tarot" deck. Jeesh, I think it was an impulse-buy because I am disappointed. Not that the weathered angel statue aren't great and not that they weren't chosen appropriately for each card, I just expected more I guess.

I suppose that I was hoping for more of a literary angle.

I received, too, my Gypsy Fortunetelling Deck (also an impulse buy). You see, a few years after beginning the tarot (almost 2 decades ago!), I grew restless for different methods of divination. I stumbled across plain-card reading (as well as a host of other methods). THAT's what the Gypsy Fortunetelling deck is: plain-card reading.

I suppose that I was hoping for there to be something more to it, more history associated with it.

They are, however, both interesting decks.

Ghost! Magazine

New Print Edition Posted by Hello

Today, I received my first copy of the first issue of "Ghost! Magazine". At first glance, it is obvious that I will enjoy it. It's published with the Ghost Investigator in mind and includes nifty little features for the savvy ghost hunter. Also, at first glance, it seems that not all of its features are very interesting to me (even as an investigator) but time will tell. Besides, no publication can be everything to everyone, right?

Definitely, I will be blogging more about this magazine in the future and will give an indepth review once I've had an opportunity to peruse it. I like what I see!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Gwyneth Paltrow's Home

Apparently, according to Phil Kemp on this site, there is rumour that the London house bought by Gwyneth Paltrow and husband is haunted.

Well, in my opinion, all houses are haunted but I would be interested to hear the tales told by all previous owners including Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes.

Monday, October 11, 2004

The Call of Carnivale

I have it on good authority that this is an excellent series concerning the supernatural. I've had the pilot episode recorded for quite some time and I just don't seem to find the time to watch it. I think I should. I will.

If anyone has watched this show, let me know what you think.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

New Ghost Movie To Watch For

I always keep an eye out for a good ghost movie. The last one of note for me was "The Others". I haven't seen any since that have truly frightened me, so, when I get word of an up-and-coming project, hope springs...

Delpy Haunted by Lost Child Ghost 'Legend'
Fri, Oct 08, 2004, 08:10 AM PT

LOS ANGELES ( - Julie Delpy experienced a blast from the past when she reunited with Ethan Hawke for the recent "Before Sunset," and now she's going to be haunted by the past again for her next project.

The 34-year-old actress has signed on to star in the eerie ghost thriller "The Legend of Lucy Keyes," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is based on the real-life story of the Keyes family in Princeton, Massachusetts whose four-year-old daughter Lucy disappeared in 1755. Her loss drove the girl's mother, Martha Keyes, to the brink of insanity. She eventually died 31 years later. To this day, witnesses insist that they still see the ghosts of Lucy and Martha restlessly wandering Wachusett Mountain.

Haunted Inns and Hotels

Sometimes, it seems as if there are just too many guides of this sort. If you'll excuse my choice of words, it is an idea that has been done to death. At any rate, according to the Arizona Republic Online, dated October 9th, there is a new title:

Ghosts that supposedly reside at hotels in Arizona are the subject of a new book by longtime ghost hunter Debe Branning. Sleeping with Ghosts! - A Ghost Hunter's Guide to Arizona's Haunted Hotels & Inns, features stories of murder, mayhem and love at haunted establishments throughout the state. Branning relates her experiences with hotel spirits in Douglas, Bisbee, Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma and Jerome. Branning and her ghost-hunting team, the MVD Ghostchasers, have been tracking ghosts in Arizona for more than 10 years. The book is published by Phoenix-based Golden West Publishers.

Honestly? I will probably read it.

Friday, October 08, 2004

World's First Sports Stadium Publicly Declared Haunted

Follow the above link for the full story. Here's a snippet:

(PRWEB) October 8, 2004 -- On Saturday, September 18th, 2004, Rochester Paranormal had been invited to conduct a private tour and investigation of Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, for the purpose of discovering whether or not, there might exist conclusive evidence as to the potential presence of any apparitional phenomenon.

Rochester Paranormal has achieved one of the highest success rates of any private research team within the United States, regarding their consistency for acquiring apparitional and anomalous evidence based on the combining theory and talents of Psychic Paranormal Researcher Director J. Burkhart & Psychic Medium Ms. Lee.

There is, apparently, photographic evidence on the official website for the Rochester Red Wings Baseball Team.

I checked out the photos and I would need more evidence than these offer.

Congrats, at any rate, to Rochester Paranormal for its investigation.

Ohio's Ghost Tours Offer Eerie Experiences

The above-linked Ghost Tours are something I would love to try.

I know that I have had a lot of fun going on ghost walks in different areas: Fort George, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal...

My favourite, however, is that of Ottawa:

Haunted Walks of Canada was founded in 1995. It offers unique historical walking tours with a ‘ghostly’ theme in Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario. Our tours appeal to all age groups and are conducted in the evening when the lights are low and the atmosphere is just right for a good ghost story. The Haunted Walk captures the unique ‘darker history’ of each city by presenting it the way it was meant to be seen.

The Haunted Walk offers several different walking tours through the quiet streets of the Nation's Capital. We are Ottawa's most popular walking tour company and this season, we are expanding with several new tours. Whether you're interested in chilling murders, or misbehaving ghosts, you can join us in the daytime or in the evening by lantern-light.

For information: (613) 232-0344

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Spooky Sleepover

If you happen to be in Sheffield, then this would be a great opportunty:

GHOST-busting volunteers are being sought for a spine-tingling challenge - a spooky sleepover in one of Sheffield's most haunted buildings.

The Cavendish Centre for Cancer Care wants 30 fearless fundraisers to sign up for the eerie event.
They will sleep the night inside the turret house at Manor Lodge on Manor Lane - rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots.
The Haunted House Sleepover, on Saturday October 30, aims to raise at least £2,000 for the cancer therapy centre on Wilkinson Street in Broomhall, Sheffield.
Volunteers will get into the spirit of things with a creepy ghost walk around the medieval Manor Lodge site before being bolted inside the turret house with little more than torches, flasks, and sleeping bags for protection.
There will even be a series of spectral readings from literature students at the University of Sheffield, performing their own material and reciting scary prose.
Each participant will have to sign an eight-clause disclaimer agreeing not to leave the sleeping area unless escorted by staff and confirming they are "fully aware of the elements of risk involved" in the event.

...and it's for a great cause! If anyone does do this, please let me know.

Catching Up...

For international clients, I decided to start doing my readings by telephone.

As always, my last guest spot on radio went very well and generated tons of calls.

I have bought too many books recently (which I will review here as time permits).

I expect to be writing a good update very shortly, so stay tuned!