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2006 Archive:
The Winchester Mystery House - Ghost Chronicles
December 28, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Investigating Jane Doherty - Ghost Chronicles
December 20, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Shadow People - by Lee Prosser
December 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Westford Knight - Ghost Chronicles
December 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Haunted Real Estate by Richard Senate
December 13, 2006

Traditions Behind Christmas By Vince Wilson
December 8, 2006

The Haunted Dibbuk Box - Ghost Chronicles
December 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Have Ghosts? Will Travel: A Ghostgeek's Guide to the RMS Queen Mary By Jen Brown
December 4, 2006

Thanksgiving: A Day of Forgiveness - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

America's Stonehenge - Ghost Chronicles
November 29, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC) - by Jeff Belanger
November 16, 2006

Ghost Hunt Seminar - Ghost Chronicles
November 15, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghost Photography: Orbs by Robbin Van Pelt
November 9, 2006

Pet Ghosts - Ghost Chronicles
November 6, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Ghosts Haunt the Inn by Richard Senate
November 3, 2006

Japanese Woman Artist - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2006

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The Ghosts of the Windham Restaurant - Ghost Chronicles
October 30, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

The Salem Witches - Ghost Chronicles
October 23, 2006

Ghostvillage Radio - podcast

Homan House, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: A Preliminary Report by John Sabol
October 20, 2006

What Does Halloween/Samhain Mean to You? - Compiled by Jeff Belanger
October 16, 2006

That is the Way of It - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Fooling the Ghost Hunter by Richard Senate
October 11, 2006

Jack Kerouac - by Lee Prosser
October 2, 2006

Column - regular feature

Civil War Re-enactors and the Ghost Experience - by Jeff Belanger
September 15, 2006

Who Goes There in the Shadows? - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Engagement and Data Analysis in Symmetrical Field Investigations by John Sabol
September 11, 2006

Occult Warfare by Richard Senate
September 6, 2006

Cats and Other Critters From Beyond the Grave - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Chicago's Strange Angles and Haunted Architecture by Ursula Bielski
August 25, 2006

I Have a Hunch: A Look at Psychics, Mediums, and Clairvoyants - by Jeff Belanger
August 16, 2006

Geof Gray-Cobb - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Orbs: Have They Become that Boring? by Tuesday Miles
August 14, 2006

A Night on Char-Man Bridge by Richard Senate
August 7, 2006

Five Union Soldier Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
August 2, 2006

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A Visit With Author and Witch Kala Trobe - Interview by Lee Prosser
July 26, 2006

Perceptual Stratigraphy: Making Sense of Ghostly Manifestations by John Sabol
July 24, 2006

The Trouble With Witches - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

A Look at Our Haunted Lives - by Jeff Belanger
July 13, 2006

An Active Ghost Hunt at a Haunted Bed and Breakfast by Richard Senate
July 7, 2006

Lee Prosser, 1969 - by Lee Prosser
July 4, 2006

Column - regular feature

My Theory on Spirits by Edward L. Shanahan
June 28, 2006

Ethnoarchaeoghostology: A Humanistic-Scientific Approach to the Study of Haunt Phenomena by John Sabol
June 19, 2006

Christopher Isherwood & Lee Prosser in 1969 - by Lee Prosser
June 16, 2006

Column - regular feature

ESP, M&Ms, and Reality - by Jeff Belanger
June 15, 2006

A Duel on the Airwaves by Richard Senate
June 5, 2006

Marjorie Firestone and Her Dream Predictions - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2006

Column - regular feature

Until Death Do Us Part? by Rick Hayes
May 31, 2006

Part Four: the Conclusion: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
May 22, 2006

Column - regular feature

Folklore, Folklore, Folklore with Dr. Michael Bell - interview by Jeff Belanger
May 16, 2006

Swami Chetanananda and Lee Prosser - by Lee Prosser
May 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Theatre, Sance, and the Ghost Script: Performances at Haunted Locations by John Sabol
May 5, 2006

Willard David Firestone and the River Ghost - by Lee Prosser
May 1, 2006

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When the Spirits Held Sway at the White House by Richard Senate
April 25, 2006

Part Three: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
April 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Talking Reincarnation with Dr. John Gilbert - interview by Lee Prosser
April 17, 2006

Billy Bob Firestone and the Ghosts of Pythian Castle - by Lee Prosser
April 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Cryptobotany: the Search for Lost Plants by Richard Senate
April 7, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 4 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
April 6, 2006

Vedanta and Durga - by Lee Prosser
April 2, 2006

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The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 3 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 30, 2006

Ritual, Resonance, and Ghost Research: The Play in the Fields by John Sabol
March 27, 2006

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 2 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 23, 2006

Celtic This, Druid That, Saint Patrick Hit Me With a Wiffle-Ball Bat - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
March 21, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Mysteries of Druidry Book Excerpt Part 1 of 4 by Dr. Brendan Cathbad Myers
March 16, 2006

Christopher Isherwood, Time Loops, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
March 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Druids - by Lee Prosser
March 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

Natural Selection and the Involution of the Gettysburg Ghosts by John Sabol
February 28, 2006

Part Two: Investigation: Primrose Road - Adams St. Cemetery - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
February 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Lights, Camera... Action! by Brian Leffler
February 16, 2006

Divination and Geomancy - by Lee Prosser
February 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Spirit Messages from a Murderer by Richard Senate
February 8, 2006

The Ghosts of Springfield, Missouri - by Lee Prosser
February 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

The Ghost Storyteller: A Dinosaur Among Lemmings? by Charles J. Adams III
January 23, 2006

The Fools Journey: A Magickal Roadmap to Life - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
January 20, 2006

Column - regular feature

Tarot and Spiritual Alchemy - by Lee Prosser
January 15, 2006

Column - regular feature

Demons from the Dark by Chip Coffey
January 9, 2006

Spooky - by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2006

Column - regular feature

September 6, 2006

Occult Warfare

By Richard Senate

Richard SenateWhen Nazi Germany entered World War Two in September of 1939 the government gathered together all of the best psychics, mediums, dowsers, and occultist into an organization to assist the war efforts against the West. They called this unit The Institute for Occult Warfare (IOW) and it was placed under the dreaded SS and its infamous leader Heinrich Himmler. Hitler had long believed in the supernatural after a dream saved his life in the First World War -- reinforcing his beliefs an event happened early in his rise to power. An Astrologer made a premonition that warned him of a bomb and saved his life. 

Many in the Nazi government didnt share their leaders trust in the paranormal, but were willing to fund the organization in hopes that it might prove to be of some value. Its first use was as a tool of propaganda. Their first task was to interpret the predictions of 16th Century seer Nostradamus. His vague poetic verses were (and still are) believed by some to reveal future events. The IOW used his writing to prove that Nazi Germany would win the war and dominate the world. Their findings were turned into radio broadcasts and leaflets dropped behind enemy lines. They helped demoralize the French Army and may have helped to defeat France. So compelling were the arguments put forth by the German Occultist that England had to enlist psychics and mystics of their own to counter the claims of the Nazis. 

Architect Ludwig Straniak, a member of the Institute, had a special gift for map dowsing. He would dangle a special pendulum over a map and locate things. As a test, the German Navy asked him to locate the Pocket Battleship Prinz Eugen, then at sea. They provided him with charts and were amazed that he pinpointed the warship even through it was on a secret mission off the coast of Norway. This impressed them enough to take the workings of the odd unit a bit more serious. 

Though the Occult Warfare unit made some outstanding failures they also scored some impressive successes. Perhaps the greatest was when they were assigned to locate Italian Dictator, Benito Mussolini.

In 1943 Italy grew weary of the war. The Government deposed the Fascist leader and made peace with the West, becoming one of the few nations to fight on both sides in World War Two. Mussolini was arrested and imprisoned in a secure place. The new Italian Government feared that Hitler would attempt to rescue his old friend. The Occult Warriors were given the task to locate the former Italian leader. 

They used every tool they had to find Mussolini, from crystal gazing to map dowsing. They located the target on the island of Ponza. German spies were dispatched to confirm the psychic impressions. When they got to the site, they discovered that the former Italian leader was gone. He had been moved to a safer location. The pendulums were set to swinging again and they indicated that he was housed at a hotel high in the mountains. Once again spies were sent out, and once again the psychics proved their worth when they found their efforts had been accurate. 

The Germans organized a daring raid using glider troops, and Mussolini was rescued. He was brought to Berlin and given a pep talk and new cloths by Hitler. He was then installed as the dictator of Northern Italy (that section of the nation still occupied by the Nazis). He became little more than a German puppet. Within two years he would be killed by Italian partisans. 

As the war grew more and more desperate, the Institute of Occult Warfare was pressed to come up with new ways to save the doomed Nazi state. When one astrologer accurately predicted the fall of Germany, he earned nothing but a one way trip to a concentration camp. As the war ended, the special unit collapsed with the Third Reich it was constructed to serve. But, it did prove that psychic research can be used for military purposes. 

Perhaps this is something the United States should employ today. Maybe psychics, mystics, crystal gazers, and map dowsers should gather together and use their gifts to locate the terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden. Maybe, with the help of occult warriors, we could gain the edge on these killers. It would be worth a try in any case. Perhaps an American Psychic Warfare Unit could be formed to use supernatural means to combat our enemies? I would be the first to volunteer. Would you?

Richard Senate is a California-based author and lecturer and a regular contributor to Visit his Web site at:

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