GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #55 - March 16, 2006
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Whether you are seeking mythological stories of the Celts, looking to pursue the Druid path, making a connection with Brigit, or searching for Fairies – New Page Books has your guide. Authors include Charles Squire, Bob Curran, Brendan Cathbad Myers, Lora O’Brien, Anna Franklin, and Carl McColman. Visit our website today to begin your journey!
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Who are the Celtic people? Who are the Druids? These are two questions we're going to explore this month on Ghostvillage.com.
The generally accepted Celtic nations are: Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, and Spain -- it's from these regions that the Celts emerged as the predominant culture between 900 and 500 BCE. There is evidence of the Celts around Europe before 900 BCE, and the tribal groups certainly didn't stay only in these regions, but these were the times and places for the height of the culture that was eventually driven into the shadows by the conquering Romans between 100 BCE and 100 CE. The religious leaders of the Celtic peoples were the Druids -- a special group who were recognized and respected among the various Celtic tribes. They were the keepers of the magic.
The Celtic mythology and magic was never completely wiped out. I recently read the March issue of National Geographic magazine, which chronicled Tom O'Neill's journey to discover people who still spoke the Celtic languages and still celebrated some of their holidays. Today, Druidism and the Celtic culture are experiencing quite a renaissance. Many people who practice Witchcraft or Wicca will recognize that some of their holidays such as Beltane and Samhain, as well as many rituals and rites, come from the Celtic traditions.
No culture is ever completely conquered or wiped out. As tribes and peoples mix, so too do their ways. If your family heritage ever passed through Eastern Europe, there can be little doubt that Celtic influence is still with you. Ever bob for apples at Halloween (or even celebrate Halloween for that matter)? Ever put up a Christmas wreath made of evergreens? You may be more Celtic than you realize.
To explore the topic in depth, we have a special treat and a Ghostvillage.com exclusive. We're running an excerpt of Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers's forthcoming book,
The Mysteries of Druidry in four parts. The book is being published by New Page Books in May of this year. Part one is up now. The excerpt will no doubt raise some questions and spark a lively conversation in our
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Taylor presents "Weird & Haunted Illinois"
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Hauntings Irish Ghosts & Haunted Pub Crawl
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Taylor presents "Weird & Haunted Illinois"
March 25: Haunted
Ashbary Coffee House Psychic Fair
March 31: Spirits
of the Civil War in Gettysburg
April 1: 2006
Southwest Ghost Conference
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Paranormal Conference - Jefferson, Texas
April 28: 2006
California Ghost Hunters Conference
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1st Annual Paranormal Conference
May 14: Paraquest
Paranormal Conference 2006 - England
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|Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
News - Revelations: The Eastern Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar on May 6, 2006
Book Review - The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult by Clement Cheroux, et al.
Feature - Natural Selection and the Involution of the Gettysburg Ghosts by John Sabol
The Witchcraft Connection - Part Two: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery by Lord Foxglove
Lights, Camera... Actrion! - This month's feature article by Brian Leffler
Ghostvillage.com's book reviewer, Lee
Prosser and the staff have brought you several new book reviews and author interviews since our last newsletter.
This past month's Library additions:
Conspiracies And Secret Societies by Brad Steiger and Sherry Steiger [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Inner Power by Colleen Deatsman
The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult by Clement Cheroux, et al.
How Would It Feel? by Mary Beth Goddard, illustrated by Anna Mycek-Wodecki
Radical Knowing by Christian de Quincey
Sex and the Erotic Lover by Mabel Iam
Magickal Crafts by Kristin Madden and Liz Roberts
Raphael by Richard Webster
Crystal Ball by Sibyl Ferguson
The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity by Jeffrey J. Butz
Vocations: The New Midheaven Extension Process by Noel Tyl
The Secret History of Freemasonry by Paul Naudon
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Paraquest Paranormal Conference 2006 - Cheshire, England - March 10, 2006 [CONFERENCE WATCH]
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Druids by Lee Prosser - March 3, 2006 [COLUMN]
Natural Selection and the Involution of the Gettysburg Ghosts by John Sabol - February 28, 2006
Part Two: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery by Lord Foxglove - February 20, 2006 [COLUMN]
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
New Jersey Ghost Conference 2006 - Hackettstown, New Jersey - April 22, 2006
Revelations: The Eastern Massachusetts Paranormal Ghost Conference and Seminar - Methuen, Massachusetts - May 6, 2006
SGRA's 8th Annual Paranormal Conference - Milford, Connecticut - June 16-18, 2006
2006 New England Ghost Conference - South Portland, Maine - October 13-15, 2006
Charlie the Butler's Ghost Party at the Sprague Mansion - Cranston, Rhode Island - October 26, 2006
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What are the most common indicators of ghostly activity?
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Sometimes we really do get surprise guests at Christmas time... see what you think!
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