GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #53 - January 16, 2006
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It's the first newsletter of 2006 -- and we're looking forward to an amazing year of supernatural research and spiritual exploration here in the Village!
For those of you who have been with us for a long time, you might have noticed evolution happening. Our little village has grown in size and scope, and in 2006 we're going to take things a step further. Many of you already know us as a great online community, and others know us best as a Web portal, full of research articles, interviews, and opinion pieces on the subject of the supernatural. In 2006, we're going to add "online magazine" to our description. Each month, our newsletter will kick-off a new subject theme for the coming month. What makes our online magazine different than your traditional publications is that our magazine will be a living, breathing, and growing publication. If you have some thoughts on the subject; we want to hear about it. Share your comments in our
board of the month or write an opinion article for our
features section. A portion of our
homepage will detail where you can find all of the topic's content. At the end of the month, we'll create an archive for each topic. We hope you'll be a part of our community, portal, and magazine!
I'd also like to mention that no matter what topic we choose, Ghostvillage.com will still be the place for all supernatural and ghostly discussion. The monthly themes are not a replacement, just another new addition.
Starting today, and running until the next newsletter, our theme of the month will be tarot. Tarot cards were first invented sometime between 1420 and 1440 C.E. in Northern Italy, purely as a card game for noblemen. Originally called carte da trionfi (cards of the triumphs), the decks were elaborately painted with Medieval and Renaissance artwork, and the game played with them was similar to our modern game of bridge. After about a century, the name of the deck and game evolved to tarocchi to distinguish it from a newer game called "triumphs," which was being played on the standard 52-card deck that arrived from Europe prior to the
carte da trionfi. The background of the word "tarocchi" remains a mystery, but the German form of the word is tarock, and the French is tarot.
In the late 1700s, tarot started to be used for more esoteric uses -- fortune telling, guidance, divination, and even spirit communication. Today there are many hundreds of different decks in use today with new designs and concepts being published regularly. For some, the fascination with tarot is simply the artwork, and for others, it's a spiritual tool. What does tarot mean to you?
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Congratulations to Anthony Feller of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of
Jeff Belanger's new book, The Nightmare Encyclopedia: Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted, a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
This month, we're doing the contest again, but we ask that you first click this link:
If it says, "The search is on" then we don't have a winner yet and go ahead and send in your answer. If you see today's date
and "We have a winner!" that means you weren't the first to email us. Sorry, please try again next month.
On to this month's question: This question can be answered by reading a page on Ghostvillage.com. The first
person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.
What is the last name of the family in Connecticut that was featured in the television documentary: A Haunting in Connecticut?
Once we have a winner, we will announce it on our home page as soon
as possible. Good luck! (Only Ghostvillagers who have not won a prize from us in the last year are eligible.)
This month's prize:
We're giving away an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, Communicating With the Dead: Reach Beyond the Grave (which includes a section on tarot), a Ghostvillage.com window sticker, and a Ghostvillage.com t-shirt!
Didn't win? Want to buy a copy? Click on the graphic.
The Supernatural Calendar is the place where thousands will learn about your events of interest to the supernatural world. The service is only available to registered members of the message boards, and it's free!
We'd like your help filling our calendar in -- so add your events for thousands of Ghostvillagers to see.
January 29: Jeff
Belanger on WIP AM 610 in Philadelphia, PA
January 31: Jeff
Belanger on Nightwatch radio
March 4: Jeff
Belanger on Exploring Unexplained Phenomena Radio
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.
|Who's Who in the Town Square?
>>eemal<< - member since December 5, 2004
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
Now, the southeast Texas coast (south Houston)... previously, France and England.
What do you do for a living?
I do lots of things... My husband Sandro and I have our own business stretching artists' canvas
(www.houstonartistcanvas.com). I am an artist, writer, and palm reader/intuitive. I have been studying
holistic nutrition (for humans and animals) for the past 4-5 years. I have recently taken up teaching French on the side.
What got you interested in ghosts and the supernatural?
My mom and my great-aunt on my dad's side. My mom is a sensitive, and all women on my dad's side are psychics or healers.
My great-aunt Margaret and her sisters used to read tea leaves and palms. The psychic influence of my family has
resulted in my mom and I living in several haunted houses.
How has the supernatural influenced your art?
I paint surrealism -- mostly very colorful and odd situations that come from psychic images and out-of-body experiences.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
That's a tough one, but if I had to pick one of the top favorites, it'd have to be The Others -- just because it
reminds me of growing up with my mom and my always asking her how we knew if we were dead or alive.
I was a weird kid. Though my favorite book is: The Dead Are Alive by Harold Sherman or The Wasp Factory by
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser, has brought us several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
The Nightmare Encyclopedia by Jeff Belanger and Kirsten Dalley [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Nocturnicon by Konstantinos
The Dreamer's Book of the Dead by Robert Moss
Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead by Dion Fortune
Sexy Witch by LaSara FireFox
Working With Fairies by Anna Franklin [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Seeing the Dead, Talking with Spirits by Alexandra Leclere
Holland's Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences by Eileen Holland
Home of the Gods by Hugh Fox
Secret Societies Of The Middle Ages by Thomas Keightley
Secrets of the Magical Grimoires by Aaron Leitch
Pronoia Is The Antidote For Paranoia by Rob Brezsny
We receive personal encounters from all over the world. Many are scary, some are touching, but they are always profound. If you would like
to share your own experience, please click >>here<<. Since our last newsletter, we added the following new encounters:
Strange Events in Our Old House - Princeton, West Virginia
World Trade Center Ghosts and Events from 9/11 - New York, New York
Mom's Torment - White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
The Woman in the Basement Apartment - North Portland, Oregon
The Slave Family - Yazoo City, Mississippi
Strange Happenings at the Cheyenne Canon Inn - Colorado Springs, Colorado
My 3-Year-Old Sees His Grandpa - Boston, Massachusetts
The Old Man in Our House - Edmonds, Washington
Grandmother's Angry Goodbye - Woodbury, Minnesota
The Fourth Kitty - Jasper, Tennessee
Dad's Kitten - San Diego, California
The Shadow and the Footsteps - Queens, New York
This is the place to find press releases and news items on paranormal
happenings around the world. If you have a news item you'd like to submit, please see our
Web Site Launched for Ghost Stories in Baseball - January 2, 2006
Our "Features" section is a place for editorials, research articles, open letters to our readers, and other content of interest to
Ghostvillagers. If you have a topic on your mind, agree or disagree with something you read
recently, we want to hear from you! For guidelines, click
New features added since our last newsletter:
Tarot and Spiritual Alchemy - by Lee Prosser - January 15, 2006 [COLUMN]
Demons from the Dark - by Chip Coffey - January 9, 2006
Spooky - by Lee Prosser - January 3, 2006 [COLUMN]
The Witchcraft Connection - Investigation: Primrose Road/Adams St. Cemetery - by Lord Foxglove - December 20, 2005 [COLUMN]
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the
supernatural. If you're interested in booking Jeff for a conference or other event, please
email us for more information.
|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
New Jersey Ghost Conference 2006 - April 22, 2006
2006 New England Ghost Conference - October 13-15, 2006
There's only one place where you can tune in to the leading paranormal radio programs available online, and that's right here on
Ghostvillage.com's Paranormal Radio: http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/ghostradio.shtml
Tune in to: A.P.S.R. Talk Radio, Exploring Unexplained Phenomena, The Ghost Chronicles, Ghostly Talk Radio, The Graveyard Shift, Magick
Mind Radio, Nightwatch, Weird Stuff Happens, and The 'X' Zone Radio Show.
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message board community. We hope you'll get involved. It's free to register if you're not already a member. Here are some of
the hot topics this month:
|Hot Threads in the Community
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Have you seen the movie?
Private Residence Ghost Investigations
How do you submit your findings to the homeowner?
When someone seems to step back for a few minutes in time, what exactly occured?
The Green Lady Cemetery
The tale of the ghost of a beautiful lady that haunts a town cemetery.
USS North Carolina Battleship orb.
Electronic Voice Phenomena
So I bought an IC recorder...
The latest N.M.P.I. investigation.
Questions/discussions about LdS.
Most Recent Movie
What's the most recent movie you watched?
Fun and Games
Sue the person above you.
How is the weather where you are?
Board of the Month -- Tarot!
Come in and discuss all things Tarot.
In the last month, the following people have joined our ghostly community. Please welcome:
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Semme, and victorianghost.
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