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2005 Library:
Holland's Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences
by Eileen Holland

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Home of the Gods
by Hugh Fox

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Secret Societies Of The Middle Ages
by Thomas Keightley

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Secrets of the Magical Grimoires
by Aaron Leitch

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Pronoia Is The Antidote For Paranoia
by Rob Brezsny

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Sorcerer's Stone: A Beginner's Guide to Alchemy
by Dennis William Hauck

Interview

Sacred Mushroom of Visions
edited by Ralph Metzner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Ghosthunting Illinois
by John B. Kachuba

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Uriel
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Fall Lineup from Ghost House Books
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters AND The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Llewellyn Almanacs published by Llewellyn Publications
Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
by Mary Roach

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Mystic Christ
by Ethan Walker

Interview

The Fog
by Rob MacGregor and Bruce Gernon

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head AND How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva
by Harish Johari and Vatsala Sperling

Official Ghostvillage.com review

House of Spirits and Whispers
by Annie Wilder

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Well Worn Path
By Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Mysteries of Mithras
by Payam Nabarz

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Spiritualism & Clairvoyance for Beginners
by Elizabeth Owens

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Book of Hindu Imagery
by Eva Rudy Jansen

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Attunements For Day and Night, Rolfing in Motion, and Ritual Drumming
From Destiny Recordings

Ghostvillage.com audio review   Published within the last six months.

Forbidden History
Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Postmodern Magic
by Patrick Dunn

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places
Edited by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

The Hand from A to Z
by Judith Hipskind Collins

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Offering To Isis
by M. Isidora Forrest

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Advancing The Witches' Craft
by Lord Foxglove

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Temple Of Shamanic Witchcraft
by Christopher Penczak

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Women of the Golden Dawn
by Mary K. Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Abrahadabra: Understanding Aleister Crowley's Thelemic Magick
by Rodney Orpheus

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Holy Books of Thelema
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Atlantis AND Lemuria and Atlantis
by Shirley Andrews

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Douglas De Long interview by Lee Prosser
Interview

Kitchen Witch's Guide to Brews and Potions
by Patricia Telesco

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Trespassing Time
by Barbara J. Baldwin, Jerri Garretson, Linda Madl, and Sheri L. McGathy

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Book of the Law
by Aleister Crowley

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Awakening Kundalini For Health, Energy, and Consciousness, Sounds of the Chakras, and Sacred Sounds of Santeria
Ghostvillage.com audio review

Beyond Reincarnation
by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Taking Up The Runes
by Diana Paxson

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Coyote Wisdom
by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Mystery of Reincarnation
by J. Allan Danelek

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Art of the Pendulum
by Cassandra Eason

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Ancient Healing Techniques
by Douglas De Long

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Healing Herbs and Health Foods of the Zodiac
by Ada Muir

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Autumn Equinox
by Ellen Dugan

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Serpent Myths of Ancient Egypt
by William Ricketts Cooper

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Speak with the Dead
by Konstantinos

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Gospel of Thomas
by Jean-Yves Leloup

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Exploring The Northern Tradition
by Galina Krasskova

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts
by Jean Doresse

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

New Chakra Healing
by Cyndi Dale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Possible Fatal
by Joanie Thurston with Wally Johnston

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magickal Mermaids And Water Creatures
by D. J. Conway

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Gnostic Philosophy
by Tobias Churton

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Correllian Wicca
by Rev. Donald Lewis

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Book of Ordinary Oracles
by Lon Milo DuQuette

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

A Witch's Notebook
by Silver RavenWolf

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Golden Builders
by Tobias Churton

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Gabriel
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts
by Jeremy Naydler

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Buckland's Book of Spirit Communications
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Drummer's Path
by Sule Greg Wilson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Encyclopedia of Natural Magic
by John Michael Greer

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Weird Illinois
by Troy Taylor

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Cathedral of the Black Madonna
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Pyramid of Fire: The Lost Aztec Codex
by John Major Jenkins and Martin Matz

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Druids: Celtic Priests of Nature
by Jean Markale

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Communicating With the Dead
by Jeff Belanger

Interview   Published within the last six months.

Geomancy: A Method for Divination
by Franz Hartmann

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Queen of the Night
by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Archidoxes of Magic
by Paracelsus

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Hara: The Vital Center of Man
by Karlfried Graf Durckheim

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Being A Pagan
by Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witch on the Go
by Cal Garrison

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Rosicrucians
by Christopher McIntosh

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Occult Investigator
by Bob Johnson

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Celestial Key to the Vedas
by B. G. Sidharth

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Secret Teachings of Plants
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

High Magick
by Frater U.:D.:

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy
by Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal
by A. J. Drew

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Keys to the Kingdom
by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Pagan Dream of the Renaissance
by Joscelyn Godwin

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Myths and Gods of India
by Alain Daniťlou

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses
by Carl McColman and Kathryn Hinds

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

People Who Don't Know They're Dead
by Gary Leon Hill

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Kaili's Odiyya, Kali, and Eternally Bad (three reviews)
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ
by Tau Malachi

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Pregnant Darkness
by Monika Wikman

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Cape Encounters
by Dan Gordon and Gary Joseph

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Bushman Shaman
by Bradford Keeney

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Arcana of Freemasonry
by Albert Churchward

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
by Wolf-Dieter Storl

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Buckland's Book of Saxon Witchcraft
by Raymond Buckland

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Custodians of Truth
by Tim Wallace-Murphy and Marilyn Hopkins

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Kabbalah 365
by Gershon Winkler - author interview

Interview   Published within the last six months.

A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year
by Ellen Evert Hopman

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Mastering Astral Projection
by Robert Bruce and Brian Mercer

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

John Dee: 1527-1608
by Charlotte Fell Smith

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
by Clark Heinrich

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magical and Ritual Use of Herbs
by Richard Alan Miller

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Gothic Ghost Stories by A. S. Mott; Ghost Stories of London by Edrick Thay; Victorian Ghost Storiesby Jo-Anne Christensen
Official Ghostvillage.com review

Witchcraft Medicine
by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, and Wolf-Dieter Storl

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Ritual Magic of the Golden Dawn edited
by Francis King

Official Ghostvillage.com review

The Magick Toolbox
by Carl Neal

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Solitary Wiccan's Bible
by Gavin and Yvonne Frost

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch
by Lora O'Brien

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Magical Uses For Magnets
by Draja Mickaharic

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

San Diego Paranormal: The City's Most Haunted
Interview   Published within the last six months.

Alchemy of the Soul
by Martin Lowenthal

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Candle Magic for Beginners
by Richard Webster

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Kabbalistic Healing
by Jason Shulman

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Haunted Battlefields
by Dan Asfar AND Haunted Cemeteries
by Edrick Thay

Official Ghostvillage.com review

Yoga: Anytime, Anywhere
by Carol Blackman and Elise Browning Miller

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

The Gospel Of Philip
by Jean-Yves Leloup

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Becoming Psychic
by Stephen Kierulff and Stanley Krippner

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Amulets: Sacred Charms of Power and Protection
by Sheila Paine

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.

Which Witch Is Which?
by Patricia Telesco

Official Ghostvillage.com review   Published within the last six months.





May 6, 2005

Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the GraveCommunicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave
By Jeff Belanger
Publisher: New Page Books (April 2005)
Pages: 251 - Price: $15.99

Interview by Lee Prosser - leep@ghostvillage.com
Ghostvillage.com author interview

An honest researcher, you always aim for the high road, and that is the trait of a first-rate writer. Let me ask you: What do you see as the future for writers researching communication with the dead?

Anyone researching spirit communication must acknowledge that truth and spirituality are individual in nature. No two people can have an identical sense of spirituality, and one personís truth is another personís fiction. I believe spirit communication is possible not because I myself have had a profound contact with what I believe was the ďother side,Ē but because I have spoken with people who believe with their every fiber that they have made meaningful contact. Whether they truly did or not is impossible for me to prove and is actually irrelevant, because for the witness, the experience was real and life-changing. Because this event seems to be happening to so many, researchers must understand that there is a genuine phenomena occurring and to even remotely understand it, we must break the subject down to the individual level.

Can one ever be totally cognizant about encounters of a ghostly nature, or does an element of the surreal cloud some aspects when it comes to detailing an actual encounter? Does not each encounter require a different mental approach, since all ghosts are not the same and have different communication needs with the living?

In researching the supernatural, I have found very little that is ďblack and white.Ē For example, I can recall a few dreams Iíve had about my grandfather since he passed away several years ago. In these dreams, we donít speak, but he smiles at me with such warmth and love that I wake up feeling very emotional Ė like I just got a hug from this great man whom I miss so much. Was that a ghost encounter? Some would say definitely. For me, Iím not sure, but that doesnít take away from the profound nature of the experience. Youíre definitely correct that not only is each person different, but so is each experience. One mistake I think paranormal researchers can make is to assume theyíve heard it all before. No one has in this field of study. We receive evidence of the supernatural every day. My dream may be an example of evidence Ė how much evidence is required to become proof is up to each individual. For me, I think Iíll need to be tapped on the shoulder and told, ďHello, Iím a spirit from the other side and Iím here to tell you to stop doubting.Ē

Do you find more people coming to your work and recognizing it?

I work very hard at remaining objective when approaching any topic I write about. I never judge the content or the witnesses, and Iíve been told over the years that the approach is appreciated. I canít imagine doing this research any other way than to explore all sides with an open mind. I would hope that all of my readers can have their own ideas on these subjects challenged, gain a new perspective, and then ultimately decide for themselves what to believe and what to dismiss. If that approach keeps someone coming back to my work, then Iím blessed.

What is the effect you hope to have on readers of your writings?

With Communicating With the Dead, I want to challenge my readersí ideas as to what spirit communication is all about. For example, some people in this field believe the Ouija board is an evil tool, but I donít think they know why they feel that way other than they were told so. I would never tell someone not to believe the device is evil, but at least understand its real history before passing judgment.

Were you at times overcome with the numerous avenues of investigation open on the Ouija board and tarot cards? There always seems to be so much information out there floating about! Your index and bibliography is superb!

My chapter on tarot cards was definitely one of the most difficult to write. With so many different decks, over five hundred years of history, and so many esoteric uses of the deck, pinning the story down was certainly a challenge. I intentionally avoided covering how to interpret the cards and spreads Ė there are many books written on that subject and entire books are definitely needed! Instead, I focused on the true history of the cards, who is using them and how are they using them today, and who is creating them. 

Your chapter on Thomas Edison was fascinating and highly revealing. Why was the element of supernatural interest in Edison's personal life downplayed by those in power? 

Edison was a true inventor and person of science. He wasnít formally educated -- he simply saw challenges and tried to solve them. As a child, he didnít understand how the telegraph worked, so he picked the device apart until he did. As many know, Edison had over 1,000 patents to his name by the time he died. He saw problems and applied himself to understand them. Edison brought the same approach to spirit communication. His gift was that he didnít care what people thought of his pursuit, and he was ready to accept any outcome of his experiments into spirit communication. I believe if Edison found the task impossible, he would have moved on without any hesitation. I also think he wouldnít be surprised if he did make contact. That was Edisonís approach to everything he studied. In the 1920s and Ď30s, a scientist who was interested in Spiritualist studies was certainly not fashionable. After Edisonís death in 1931, his peers and some in his family viewed his research into spirit communication as a blemish on an otherwise fantastic life of achievement. I disagree. I think Edisonís many experiments in the field showed him to be a true man of science willing to explore any territory no matter how uncharted or unpopular.

Dowsing is a chapter that has many delightful insights into this unique form of finding water. What attracted you to this subject most? 

What surprised me about dowsing was not so much finding water. I had known about dowsing for finding water since childhood Ė I never thought the practice was even remotely esoteric. What surprised me was how many other ways people are using dowsing, from searching for gold, oil, or minerals, to ďghost hunting.Ē Dowsers are looking for anything they focus their intent on. In my own experiments with dowsing using the L-rods, I can tell you that the rods did react when I was looking for detrimental energies around my computer monitor. Spirit communication devices are a lot like a musical instrument. Anyone can push the keys on a piano, and anyone can pick up dowsing rods. But the specific instrument/device speaks to some individuals more than others.

I think anybody who reads your book will come away no longer a skeptic about the subject matter. What are your thoughts on this?

I never set out to convince anyone of anything. My goal was to present the facts and as many sides of each spiritual question as possible. If someone is willing to open themselves up to the possibility of spirit communication, and then conduct their own foray into the idea, I believe they will get results. Proof always has to come from within.

The interviews in your book are well-conceived. Each one seemed straight-forward and the person being interviewed seemed willing to share thoughts freely and honestly. Were the interviews as much fun to do as they come across in the book? I found all of them fine reading and enjoyed Edain McCoy's interview, among many.

I have a deep admiration for anyone who studies and explores spiritual matters. I was fortunate to have many productive and intriguing conversations with some of the leading experts on this subject. I tried to bring the reader into those conversations.

In your book you discuss a lot of audio and visual clips of reported spirit contact. Obviously those things can't be included in a book. How can people see and hear those clips so they can judge for themselves?

I'm definitely a show-me person, so I knew it was important for people to be able to experience every piece of audio and visual evidence I discussed. I built a Web site to act as a companion to the book so readers can experience the kinds of things I discuss for themselves. The Web site is: www.ghostvillage.com/spiritcommunication.

What is next for you? And here comes the trick question: Why that? What can you share with us on your next project concerning hauntings and haunted places?

My next project comes out this August and involves a lot of paranormal investigators and a lot of haunted places from all over the world. Maybe some haunts from your own backyard! 

What is unique about you is your ability to share information with the reader in an entertaining fashion, honestly, and with a loving dose of vim & vigor! Was this caused by something in your childhood?

Iím a Leo and an entertainer at heart. Though spirit communication is a serious topic, and I do take it seriously, I still have fun with it as I do with anything Iím doing. Itís important not to take ourselves too seriously.

Thank you for the interview. Is there anything you wish to share in conclusion with the reader?

Thank you, Lee! My hope for everyone is that they recognize the individual nature of spirituality and pursue their own spiritual answers with vigor. And by all means, let me know what you find -- Iíd love to hear about it.


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2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
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Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and ‚ÄúThe Bridgewater Triangle‚ÄĚ at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014





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