Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Patrick circa. 1983.

Because I know tomorrow is a busy day for everyone, on this eve of perhaps my favorite holiday I’d like to wish all of my readers a very happy and spooky Halloween! I also want to mention that several of my regular readers have been directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. It will be a very different Halloween for many people on the East Coast this year. Let’s keep them in our thoughts.

As a “trick or treat” I thought I would leave you with a link to where you can send a personalized séance with a “Happy Halloween” message to someone. You can watch the video below to see how it works. Here’s the link.

 

 

 


Video Part 2: Highlights from our 9/15/12 Séance…

It is finally time to reveal the highlights of our two and a half hour September 15, 2012  séance. I’d like to thank Marilyn Painter at Ahtah Sanctuary Holistic Center in St. Peters, Missouri for sharing her time and talents with us for this project. 

If you haven’t been following along, here is some of the previously shared information. Marilyn beautifully announced our intention that evening with the following words.

 ”We set our intention tonight to bring forth those from the past who have an interest in bringing forth evidence to this physical world that spirit exists – that we as human beings, divine human beings are able to make connections and to communicate with those in spirit. Our intention tonight is also to bring forth, without a shadow of a doubt, evidence and proof that we are divine beings of light.”

Our invited spirit pioneers included Sarah Estep, Thomas Alva Edison, Helen Duncan, Konstantin Raudive, and Eileen Garrett. 

 

Some details regarding the “experiment” part of our séance…

Throughout the two and a half hour séance, I documented changes in EMF (electromagnetic field) and temperature. Also, along with recording the evening with multiple video cameras, I had two digital audio recorders in the room. My intention was to hopefully capture some EVP (electronic voice phenomena) as well. 

It is important to note that there were absolutely no EMF readings during the séance. I spent a lot of time charting temperature changes in the room and it seemed to rise and fall predictably and gradually as the air conditioning in the room turned on and off. I do not feel like any of the temperature changes were out of the ordinary or “paranormal”.  And, although I have a few artifacts of what could possibly be spirit voices captured on audio, I am not comfortable with making any claims about them or sharing them with the public. At least not now. 

 

Here is the Part 1 video…

…with an introduction and information on how we prepared for the evening. This was shared previously.

 

 

And here is Part 2…

I welcome your thoughts and comments. Please enjoy!

 

If you enjoyed following this séance, stay tuned for information on the séance we had on Saturday, September 29, 2012. 

 

Peace!

 

 


From Pumpkins to Jack-O-Lanterns 2012…

My 2012 punkin’ head… I decided to go with a classic look this year.

 

Punkin’ heads on the porch… Joe’s punkin’ head is on the right. He always has to draw attention with his and be avant garde.

 

Meril’s traditional punkin’ head… He had a bit of help from Joe…

 

I just love capturing the sniff shots…

 

Our whole family of 2012 punkin’ heads…

 

 


Video Part 1: Communicating with Great Pioneers through Séance…

Have you been curious as to how our first séance went? Are you tired of me dropping hints while I’ve been watching footage and listening to audio for the last several weeks? Well I finally have Part 1 of our evening up and ready to check out. This video covers the introduction and preparation. Part 2 will contain highlights of the actual séance. I would love to have been able to post it here as well, but I’m still working on it. I hope to post it later this week.

 

 

For my previous posts regarding our first séance…

Communicating with Great Pioneers through Séance 

Séance Sneak Peek!

 

 


Why did the full-blown apparition cross the road?

I was driving through my hometown a few nights ago when I instantly realized there was a full-blown apparition of a person crossing the road up ahead. This figure seemed to have a slightly translucent glow and didn’t notice me parking the car to watch it walk into the tree line. It was 12:02am. I was so excited and amazed. Since it seemed to be a residual apparition, I decided to make an appearance around midnight the next night. Good thing there’s not a lot of traffic in this small town late at night. I waited off in a ditch near where I saw it the night before. Suddenly there it was. Silent. Full of color and detail. It was a middle-aged, African-American man with a blue jacket and a stocking cap. He was walking so lethargically (totally not a word) and without purpose. Still translucent. Still not noticing me, even though I was very near him. I was experiencing such an adrenaline rush that I forgot to pull my phone out for a picture. Actually, I did remember, but by the time I fumbled around for the right icon and waited for it to open, my picture was only of the tree line after he disappeared on the other side. I was too late. I decided to sit and wait. Maybe he would come back? It was getting cold and I was about to leave when from out of the corner of my eye I saw him. This time from the side of the street where he previously disappeared. He was coming back. It was 12:27am. He had the same look, the same lethargic walk, only this time he carried a bottle of liquor in a bag. I pulled my phone back out and got really close as he made his way to the other side of the street. I got a perfect picture. I noticed the bag had the name “Bubb’s” or “Bubba” (I couldn’t tell which) on it. I took a mental note to research the name. Perhaps a bar? A liquor store?

I woke up so excited. It took me a while to realize it was a dream and I hadn’t really captured the coolest apparition in the world. I told myself I’d work hard to remember the details, though. 🙂 


Have you ever received a phone call from the dead?

The video below is an episode of 30 Odd Minutes with Jeff Belanger. In this episode Jeff interviews Cal Cooper, a parapsychologist from the UK. He is the author of the brand new book Telephone Calls From the Dead, which I just started this week. I really like this guy. He has some interesting things to say and I thought it was a great interview. He seems young and hip, and I can’t help but wonder what he’ll bring to the future of parapsychology. 

I wanted to note that in the interview, along with phone calls from the dead, they mention several items that we’ve  discussed here recently at The Big Séance. Some of these items include EVP, Friedrich Jurgenson, séance, Spiricom and George Meek’s phone call from Konstantin Raudive from the other side, Thomas Edison, and talking boards.

Enjoy!

 

 

 


Communicating with Great Pioneers through Séance…

On Saturday September 15th, Marilyn and I, along with two other sitters, held our first of two séances for this fall. A more detailed report and a video of the evening will be coming soon. But for now, are you interested in a preview?

 

Our Intention for the Evening…

Marilyn beautifully announced our intention that evening with the following words.

 “We set our intention tonight to bring forth those from the past who have an interest in bringing forth evidence to this physical world that spirit exists – that we as human beings, divine human beings are able to make connections and to communicate with those in spirit. Our intention tonight is also to bring forth, without a shadow of a doubt, evidence and proof that we are divine beings of light.”

 

Our Invited Spirits…

 

Sarah Estep

Sarah Estep in her home, where she did much of her research. Photo from Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s www.visionaryliving.com
(This is the photo that was used during the séance.)

During the séance, I asked Sarah the following question. “Sarah, your book, Voices of Eternity, has inspired me and many others. I think all of us here are probably very anxious to find the answers to some of the same questions that you were asking of the other side before you crossed over. Can you share some of what you’ve learned since crossing over?” 

Thomas Alva Edison

The inventor, Thomas Alva Edison.
(This is the photo that was used during the séance.)

During the séance, I asked Thomas the following question. “Just before crossing over, you mentioned to your physician ‘It is very beautiful over there’. Can you describe what you were seeing and what we should expect to see when we cross over?”

Helen Duncan

Medium, Helen Duncan.
(This is the photo that was used during the séance.)

With her experiences with physical mediumship, Helen was asked if there was some kind of physical phenomena that she could produce for us. 

Konstantin Raudive

Parapsychologist and EVP researcher, Konstantin Raudive.
(This is the photo that was used during the séance.)

Konstantin greeted us with so much information that we didn’t even get to a specific question for him.

Eileen Garrett

Medium and parapsychologist, Eileen Garrett.
(This is the photo that was used during the séance.)

During the séance, I asked Eileen the following question. “As a medium, you were involved with a lot of scientific experiments. Your health was reportedly affected by many of your trance sessions. Can you tell us anything you learned about the well-being of people on earth working in the paranormal or spiritual fields? Are there safety concerns?” 

 

 


HALLOWEEN: An American Holiday, an American History…

It makes me sad to admit, but my reading has really slowed down in recent months with so much going on. So I knew I needed to get an early start on this one to get it done in time. I’ve always been the person who gets overly excited about each season before it even arrives (my first “Fall” post was back on August 1st, for God’s sake), so it really worked out for me. 

As you’ve heard me say so often in this blog, I heard this author being interviewed on The Paranormal Podcast with Jim Harold. She is a pro on the topic of Halloween, and I just love listening to her. I believe Jim has had her on a few times. 

The author, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, from her Amazon author page.

What we know as “Halloween” comes from so many places, traditions, and cultures that it is very easy to get lost in it all. Just like America itself, Halloween really is a blend of it all. The earliest roots come from Pagan traditions that were later changed by the Catholic church into what we know as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Throw in a little Guy Fawkes Day (which I’d never heard of), the Celtic festival of Samhain, and the Roman festival of Pomona, and hundreds of years later we open our doors on the evening of October 31st to hear “trick or treat” being shouted by masquerading children of all ages.

 

 

Some interesting things I learned…

  • Interested in a 9th century recipe for “All Souls’ Bread” that the Roman Catholic clergy encouraged the living to offer to spirits of the dead? This book has it. 
  • For a while the holiday seemed to be more about love than anything spooky. Many early Halloween traditions included young women practicing divination of all kinds to determine their future husbands. If you’d like to try it, you can stare into a candle lit mirror at midnight on Halloween. The face of your future love will show up over your shoulder. Not creepy at all (rrrriiiiiiight). This is also where bobbing for apples came from. Another tradition was for girls to hang their wet blouses to dry above them while they slept. Apparently your future husband will visit and “turn the sleeve”. Good to know. 
  • Another interesting tradition… the Irish “Dumb Supper”. A young woman was supposed to see the shape and image of her future love if she cooked and served an entire meal backwards. I’m not sure how this works but I’d love to see it. 
  • Lesley includes a page out of the October 1911 issue of The Delineator, where ideas for entertaining in October are given. Love it! Time machine, please!
  • Using pumpkins as lanterns, or carving pumpkins into “jack-o-lanterns” came from the Irish. Before they arrived to America where large pumpkins were available, they used hollowed out turnips. The story of “Jack” (which there are different versions of) is also fascinating.
  • The Mexican “Day of the Dead” is something I think is fascinating… and I’d love to experience it. 
  • I’ve always wanted to experience the Victorian era, but Halloween in those days just seems so interesting and fun! LOVED this section in the book. Also, one of the main reasons I like the movie Meet Me In St. Louis is the depiction of Halloween in those few scenes. 

There is also plenty in this book on the more familiar 20th century Halloween traditions. 

This is not a new book (it was originally published in 1990), but it’s a good one with lots of fun facts and history. If you want to learn about the history of many of our traditions from this season while also getting in the mood for ghosts and goblins, you should check out this book… maybe put it on your list for next fall. 

 

Halloween is just around the corner! Enjoy!

 

Peace!

 


The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis…

 

A few nights ago I had the pleasure of joining some friends for dinner on “The Hill” and an evening at the famous Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. I’ve wanted to see the place for several years but just never made it there. I’d heard stories, I have driven by, I’ve read about it online, and at one point I even became fascinated with checking out the many videos and photos that visitors to the Lemp had posted online from their experiences. Then just a few years ago the Ghost Hunters filmed an episode there and its popularity has since exploded. Now it has kind of become one of those touristy ghost traps. Very cool for people who are into the paranormal, but for people seriously studying it, it’s just a side effect of the great paranormal craze.

 

 

The name of the event we attended was “The New Generation of Ghost Hunting”. When I realized this I rolled my eyes (even though I was by myself). I braced myself for having to listen to a redneck paranormal team discussing orbs, or how a flashing meter would prove the existence of a ghost in the room, or some other controversial topic that the average innocent tourist would fall for. You just never know with some of the irresponsible paranormal groups out there. I kind of decided that instead of attending as an investigator/researcher who would catch them in their gimmicks, I would zip my mouth shut and have fun as a tourist.

 

 

It turns out that the two people from the paranormal group that ran the event and tour that evening were pretty cool. Just lighthearted good fun. The cheesiest thing was that every other person got a camcorder with infrared illuminators for walking around in the dark. And the dark is probably what annoyed me the most. Not because I was afraid of it, but because I just wanted to see the place and take some pictures. I quickly handed off my camcorder to a stranger so that I could actually be present and take some really bad pictures with a flash in the darkness. But the young woman who led my tour was nice enough to allow me to follow her back through the house after it was all said and done so that I could take pictures with the lights on.

 

 

Once again, I’m definitely not a photographer, but I hope you enjoy some of these shots. 

For those not familiar with the story or if you would like more information, here are some good sites. 

www.lempmansion.com
www.legendsofamerica.com/mo-lempmansion.html

 

The Lemp family mausoleum, located at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

The Lemp family mausoleum, located at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

 

 

 

 

 


2012 Family of Pumpkins…

This year’s trip to the pumpkin patch.

 

Our 2012 family of pumpkins… soon to be a family of “punkin’ heads” (AKA jack-o-lanterns)! I’m not as happy with how they look on our porch this year… not sure why. What I do know is that the size and proportion of my pumpkin (the one on the right) matches me perfectly this year. 🙂 Meril’s pumpkin (which will probably feature a carved out paw print soon) is the smaller one on the step.

 

Meril proudly displaying his pumpkin… (he has been upgraded to a much larger pumpkin this year)

 

Meril proudly sniffing his pumpkin…

 

 


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