GHOSTVILLAGE.COM NEWSLETTER #33 All material is © 2004 Ghostvillage.com
May 15, 2004
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I've been spending a lot of time in Salem, Massachusetts lately for a new book I'm working on. Salem is both famous and infamous in New Age circles. The Witch trials of 1692 certainly gave the town the infamy part of the equation, but facets of almost every part of New Age culture and subculture dwell somewhere in Salem, making it a destination for occult practitioners and the curious.
I only live an hour from Salem so I can see the town when it isn't October (i.e., when you can actually drive through it at a normal pace). I was surprised to find out Salem didn't get its New Age reputation until the late 1960s/early 1970s. There were many factors contributing to this: Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible certainly played a big role in bringing the Witch trial atrocities back to modern-day light, but there was more. Parker Brothers was producing their Ouija board in Salem during this time period as well. Then some well-know witches started moving in and the wheels were set in motion.
There are some great supernatural resources in Salem, and not just in October. Like New Age shops, psychics, Tarot readers, and of course, plenty of Witches. I've had the pleasure of meeting with some of them and hope to meet many more in the near future. I'll keep you posted.
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This month's prize: a Cryptique spirit board from Salem, Massachusetts! Cryptique invites you to rest your hands on the message indicator and "Let The Spirit Move You."
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Today: Birthdays: mandie515 , spiritseeker40 , scottma978
Sunday, May 16: Birthdays: Gyrfalcon , ladymoon64 , salonheather , Darkness_Falls
Monday, May 17: Birthdays: Lee , onemoftwo , angelkisses0199 , Deberk
Tuesday, May 18: Birthdays: Paul_G. , Rainy , jenncasper , jenncasper02 , vamp500 , Paul_G
Wednesday, May 19: Birthdays: Kari , wolflady67
Thursday, May 20: Other: Paranormal Event Birthdays: Caine_vampyre , Valentine14520 , dodiebird
Friday, May 21: Birthdays: morningstar , ryanne
Saturday, May 22: Birthdays: eddieswench , Jacynda , FLJeepTJ
Sunday, May 23: Birthdays: Amyh30 , spiritwriter , Kellerz , BigG , Thot
Monday, May 24: Birthdays: drkissfan , alosa1066 , bygones24 , the Aloha Spirit
Tuesday, May 25: Other: Paranormal 411 Birthdays: cali7070 , minirio
Wednesday, May 26: Birthdays: iwasfloyd , pacman67
Thursday, May 27: Birthdays: Aurelia , katt , augie1979 , Anerlin , dave_gaines21 , snowdocc
Friday, May 28: Birthdays: xbloodykissesx , dewkim , Shep , jbeavergirl
Saturday, May 29: Birthdays: Teresa529 , raventlynn , fallenangel18 , bob holley
Sunday, May 30: Birthdays: jeanne0126
Monday, May 31: Birthdays: MrT10642 , Spooky , spooky1 , offdahook4now , Didier , MaraTenoh , dweezil111
Tuesday, June 1: Birthdays: Tuscarora , LadyFireHorse , Cherrizzz
Wednesday, June 2: Birthdays: kimmieG , Sstevens7803
Thursday, June 3: Birthdays: ghost_luver , cnorth99
Friday, June 4: Birthdays: ridgerunner , BOOFHAST
Saturday, June 5: Birthdays: chez
Sunday, June 6: Birthdays: Inslaved , waddub , petunia4998 , Genkai , hans_devilwood
Monday, June 7: Birthdays: Ghost_King , kristen
Tuesday, June 8: Birthdays: Midnight_Watcher , Sootsy , sTaRgAzEr56 , pureirishbitc4
Wednesday, June 9: Birthdays: Phoenix44 , swingashock7 , angel4u7875 , ghostlovergirl , ncghosthunter , sladelaws20 , NateDog , c_yummy
Thursday, June 10: Birthdays: mario66
Friday, June 11: Birthdays: ShyningStarr
Saturday, June 12: Birthdays: Agent_Showdown , natasha , loriann
Sunday, June 13: Birthdays: DemonicDiva , wolfgirl136 , Redhead
Monday, June 14: Birthdays: Keller , hunnylou , MistDru , nightvisit , zenreix
Who's Who in the Town Square?
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where are you from?
What do you do for a living?
I'm a computer programmer with a job that is right out of 'Dilbert' or 'Office Space'.
What first got you interested in ghosts and the supernatural?
I was a skeptic until my mid 20's when I got a job as a security guard working night shift, alone, at an abandoned womens prison. I was up there for insurance purposes and rarely saw another human being while I was at work unless I brought a friend up there. During the year I was there I had some experiences which were so obviously paranormal that continuing to be a skeptic would have been just silly. Since then I've had a couple more experiences which have only made me more curious as to what causes them.
I'm not a religious person at all, so I see ghosts as being the one physical proof that there is an afterlife of some kind. In my mind, to find out what causes and motivates ghosts is to find out what happens after we die.
Do you think it's possible to prove (or disprove) the existence of ghosts?
I don't think it is with our current technology, but once we learn more about the nature of ghosts and get more effective equipment we'll figure out whats going on here. So yes, I believe it's possible.
Do you think the world's major organized religions do enough to explain what happens when we pass on?
No, I think they provide a pleasant fiction. They also give people a belief system that stops them from acting like barbarians due to fear of hell or whatever equivalents the non-western religions have.
This past month's Library additions:
The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order by Israel Regardie
Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places by Brad Steiger
The Essential Golden Dawn AND Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero
The Death and Afterlife Book: The Encyclopedia of Death, Near Death, and Life After Death by James R. Lewis
Amanda, The "Imaginary" Friend - San Jose, California
Swan Lake Cemetery Energy - Swan Lake Cemetery, Hibbing, Minnesota
Grampa's Painting - Greely, Ontario, Canada
Haunted Homes I Have Lived In - Washington D.C and Las Vegas, Nevada
The Rapping and Disembodied Voice - Troy, New York
Tall Man at My Door - Tampa, Florida
New articles since our last newsletter:
Is It Ok To Cry? by Rick Hayes - May 7, 2004
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Ghostvillage.com Quick Stats:
4,050 Members in the Town Square
33 "Encounters" listed in 2004 so far.
413 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Search directory
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1,834,201 total Web site "hits" for Ghostvillage.com in March
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