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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

Column - regular feature

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

Column - regular feature

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

Column - regular feature

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

Column - regular feature

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

January 20, 2006

The Witchcraft Connection: Metaphysical Investigations into the Paranormal

The Fools Journey: A Magickal Roadmap to Life
By Marcus Foxglove Griffin

Marcus Foxglove Griffin - The Witch Connection is Foxglove's monthly column on Witchcraft and the paranormal.The true origins and meaning of the tarot are unknown. While there is much literary conjecture and scholarly debate on the tarot, it is unknown if the cards are truly steeped in the mystical or if they were originally created for a mundane purpose such as an ordinary card game, or perhaps even a story told through images and numbers. The one thing about the tarot that we know for certain is that it is widely used as a device for fortune telling. But is predicting the future really possible with a deck of cards? Is there truly some powerful unseen force at work behind the tarot that allows us to see into the future? From my experience, no, the tarot cannot predict the future or show us our destinies. Even if the tarot or any other divination technique could show us the future, would we really want it to? For me, one of the most intriguing facets of life is the mystery of what is still to come. The mystery of the unknown and an unpredictable future. Life is a gift full of choices and uncertainty, and if we could simply pull a card from the deck that would show us the outcome of every choice we will make and every road we will travel, what would there be to look forward to? Do we really need to know who we will marry, how wealthy we will be, or when we will die? Is this really the purpose of the tarot? Even though from my experiences the tarot cannot show us the future or solve the mysteries of life, it can allow us to see something much more practical and valuable to our everyday lives: a fresh perspective -- the chance to see things from a different point of view. A chance to reevaluate our lives and situations. 

For me, the most difficult part of reading the tarot isnt deciphering the meaning of the cards; its deciphering the mind of the person Im doing the reading for. While many of the individuals I have done readings for in the past have only asked me for a general reading, which consists of a basic overview of what the cards show with no specific questions being asked, every once in a while a tarot card reading can turn into a psychological counseling session. Sometimes a person just needs to vent or to talk with someone about his or her hopes, fears, and needs. Sometimes a person just needs to hear that everything is going to be okay and that they arent the only person in the world with problems. Many people view those of us who can give clear and accurate readings through divination as possessing mystical powers and supernormal knowledge of the unknown. While this may or may not be true, it can be a real comfort for a person to talk with someone that they believe possesses deep spiritual insight. A person is much more likely to pay close attention to what they are being told and take stock in the information when it comes from the mouth of someone they believe possesses supernormal knowledge and understanding. While this can be both a good thing and a bad thing, it places heavy responsibilities squarely on the shoulders of the person giving the reading: the responsibilities of accuracy and honesty. 

As a teacher of the occult, I have learned the importance of telling my students what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. I conduct tarot card reading in the same way. For example, I recall doing a reading for a woman who was stubbornly holding onto her belief that in the case of her husbands health, she was right and everyone else was wrong. The cards (as well as my own insight) clearly showed that this wasnt the case, and that by holding onto her belief she was only compounding the problem by adding psychological damage to her husbands physical illness. It was also clear that what she wanted from me was verification of her belief. Needless to say, when I told her that she was wrong and that if she didnt change her attitude she was going to worsen her husbands illness; sparks flew. She stormed out the front door without paying me for the reading. She had a few choice words for me as well. About a month later I received a letter in the mail from the woman. Inside the letter was the money for the reading, as well as a note thanking me for my honesty. It turned out that in the case of her husbands health, she had indeed been wrong all along. When she finally accepted this fact, her husbands health began to improve almost immediately. The cards didnt show her future, or even what she wanted to see. The cards showed her what she needed to see.

I could go on to cite many more examples of how the cards work their magick by showing us what we need to see, but that would only undermine the point Im trying to make. And that point is that tarot cards, or any other form of divination for that matter, cannot show you the future or solve lifes problems. They can only give you a fresh perspective of the life you are currently living. The cards cannot predict when you will find love, but they can give you clues about what you need to change in your life to open the door for love. They can show you a glimpse of the roadmap of life. 

Out of every person alive on the planet there are maybe, and emphasize the word maybe, a small handful of individuals that have the gift of being able to see into the future and predict exact outcomes. But this begs the question if a person were to have knowledge of their future, would that knowledge change the timeline and render the knowledge useless? Knowledge of the future cannot make your life better. It can only lessen it by removing the mystery of life. 

The first card in the tarot is The Fool. The tarot is the story of the Fools journey through life and the things that he learns along the way. The Fool begins his journey with newness, spontaneity, and an eagerness to learn and explore the mysteries of the universe and of himself. He embraces all aspects of his life, both the good and the bad. He seeks not fame, fortune, or even knowledge of his future; he is satisfied by knowing and understanding the spirit of his own heart. Even a Fool can teach us valuable lessons about the mystery of life.

Marcus Foxglove Griffin has been a student and teacher of the occult for over twenty years and is the creator and lead investigator for Witches In Search of the Paranormal (WISP). He is High Priest for the Temple of Aradia located in northern Indiana and teacher in the temples school. Under the penname Lord Foxglove, he is the author of Advancing the Witches Craft (New Page Books, 2005) and numerous articles in the areas of Witchcraft and metaphysics. "The Witchcraft Connection" is Marcus Foxglove Griffin's monthly column on the metaphysical and paranormal.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” 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