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Dear Ghostvillagers,

I’d first heard about dowsing as a child. One of my friends had a grandfather who could dowse for water using a forked stick. He used to work for the water company and was so matter-of-fact about his “gift” that I didn’t get the impression that this was any gift at all. To this old-timer, dowsing was a simple fact – you walk around with a forked stick and you’ll feel the stick pull down when you’re over water. He claimed to find underground water pipes when he and his crew had to make repairs and replacements, wells, and any other water source that needed finding. To this man, it was a matter of paying attention – nothing supernatural at all.

Once I started researching the history of dowsing, I learned that people have found a lot more than just water. The technique also has been used to find metals, lost objects, people, animals, buried treasure, precious gems, oil, and spirit energies. This month we're going to delve into dowsing on Whether using a forked stick, coat hanger, L-shaped metal rods, or pendulums, dowsers have the ability to "tune in" to what they want to find.

Also called “divining” and even “witching,” these rods and techniques are certainly a part of divination. The idea goes back millennia and there are even references to water dowsing in the Bible in the chapter Exodus when Moses leads his people to a rock that gives forth vital drinking water.

Dowsers will tell you that there's no magic in the rods, pendulum, or stick. The ability is in the person, and these tools simply help point to what we already know inside of ourselves. We simply have to listen sometimes.

It's been a great month in the Village. We've had a lot of new members join our message boards, more people than ever before are sharing their experiences, and each day we move a little closer to a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It's an honor to be on this adventure with all of you.

Supernaturally yours,

Jeff Belanger
Mayor of


Monthly Contest
Congratulations to Keri Polinchak of Medford, Massachusetts, who was last month's winner of an autographed copy of Jeff Belanger's book, The Ghost Files, a window sticker, and a 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 The first person to reply to this email with the correct answer will win this month's prize.

In a bind, which god(s) would author Lon Milo DuQuette call upon?

Once we have our winner, we will announce them 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, The Ghost Files, a window sticker, and a t-shirt!

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Supernatural Calendar
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! now syndicates our calendar of events so other Web sites can also display these supernatural happenings at no charge! To learn more about installing our calendar of events RSS feed, please visit our syndication page. Adding your own local events to our calendar is more important than ever!

June 21: Ashmore Estates overnight at the abandoned mental asylum, Live haunted location remote broadcast.
June 29: Paranormal Expo
July 5: Paranormal & Psychic Faire, Fort Knox, Maine
July 10: Welcome to The Unexplained World
July 23: Jeff Belanger - Beaman Library - West Boylston, MA

Who's Who in the Village?
Get to know some of your fellow Ghostvillagers.

>>Shawn333<< - member since October 13, 2005

What is your name?
Shawn Patrick

How old are you?

Where do you live?
Cincinnati, Ohio (Go Bengals!)

What do you do for a living?
I work at a packaging plant and also teach martial arts classes. I teach a traditional style called Kenpo and a modern mixed martial art called shootfighting, which mixes elements from western boxing and wrestling with Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu.

What got you interested in the paranormal?
I've always been interested in anything unknown and mysterious since I was a kid. I loved hearing about ghost stories, Big Foot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, and other similar things. I think recently my interest in the paranormal has more to do with spirituality and the search for truth. I like to study world religions and belief systems. There are so many questions about the nature of reality and life after death.

Do you believe dowsing can be used in spirit communication?
Dowsing is not something that I have a firm belief in, but I certainly wouldn't rule it out either. I tend to have an open mind about things. I would rather use a psychic that I know and trust or try to capture EVPs for spirit communication.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Moose tracks.

Last Month's Theme - Featured Content
Our last month's theme was Conspiracies. Here's what you missed if you haven't checked in since last month:

Books: The Virgin Mary Conspiracy - by Graham Phillips
Author Interview: Conspiracies And Secret Societies - Brad Steiger Interview

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Supernatural Library'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:

Grimoire of the Necronomicon by Donald Tyson [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]
Darkside Zodiac in Love by Stella Hyde
Illuminating the Afterlife by Cyndi Dale
Enochian Vision Magick by Lon Milo DuQuette
Ghost Hunter's Guide to Indianapolis by Lorri Sankowsky and Keri Young
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Recent Encounters
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:

The Thing From the Ouija Board - Upstate, New York
Civil War Soldier's Ghost - Gonzales, Louisiana
Scared and Annoyed - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Waverly Hills Sanatorium Sighting - Louisville, Kentucky [PIC]
Angel of Death in the Courthouse - Washington, DC
The Shadow Man and Nun Statue - Cortez, Colorado
The Figure in the Window - Amherst, Virginia
The Hovering Sadness - Alabama
The Girl That Wasn't There - Dunedin, New Zealand
Unseen Helping Hands - Albany, Oregon
The Crash in the Hallway - Lake Charles, Louisiana

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 guidelines.

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Paranormal Books and Curiosities Opens in Asbury Park, New Jersey
Casting Call: Do You Live in a Haunted House?
Most Haunted Live to Air From Gettysburg The Evening Sun - Hanover, Pennsylvania - June 10, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Paranormal Probers on Grave Mission San Bernardino Sun - San Bernardino, California - June 6, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Teen Snaps Eerie Ghost The Sun - Dingwall, Scotland - May 28, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Investigators Conduct Paranormal Research At Ritz Theater Downtown KRIS - Corpus Christi, Texas - May 24, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
The Sinister Images Caught on Camera that Could Prove Poltergeists Do Exist Mail on Sunday - London, UK - May 21, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]
Alleged Apparitions an Annoyance for Residents WMTV - Madison, Wisconsin - May 19, 2008 [EXTERNAL NEWS]

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 here.

New features added since our last newsletter:

Ghost Hunting Etiquette 102 by Danielle Quinlan Lee - June 13, 2008
Allup, Leiru, Ligil, Uriel, Pulla - by Lee Prosser - May 23, 2008 [COLUMN]
Ohio's Haunted History by Sherri Brake-Recco - May 19, 2008

Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
This is the place to find out where author and 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.

Events Scheduled:

A Weird (Massachusetts) Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Beaman Memorial Public Library - West Boylston, Massachusetts - 6:30 PM - July 23, 2008
Beyond Reality Events: The Mount Washington Hotel Conference - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire - August 23-26, 2008
MASS Monster Mash - Watertown, Massachusetts - October 18, 2008
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger at the Tewksbury Public Library - Tewksbury, Massachusetts - 7 PM - October 27, 2008
Stanley Hotel Paranormal Retreat - Estes Park, Colorado - November 9-12, 2008
Queen Mary Conference - Long Beach, California - December 7-10, 2008

Hot Threads and the Community
In the past month, hundreds of new people registered for free to join our supernatural discussion! Have you?

If you have registered for our message boards but haven't validated your account yet, it's simple to do! Look for the email that was automatically sent to you when you registered and click on the account activation link in the email (note: some bulkmail filters may block this email, so you'll need to check your bulkmail folder if the validation email didn't immediately come through). There are always great discussions going on in our huge 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:

Ghosts Wearing Clothes?
Researchers tackle an age-old question.

Paranormal and Your Sensitivity
How sensitive are you to the paranormal?

Dreams that mean death?

Remakes of Paranormal/Horror films
What films in the horror/paranormal/psychological thriller genre would you love to see remade?

Help From the Other Side
Anyone ever had spirits assist you in unusual ways?

Our Troth
Book explores heathenism.

Haunted Places
The Old Spaghetti Factory, Formely Duarte School, Established in 1909.

Board of the Month -- Dowsing
L-rods, pendulums, or something else? Discuss dowsing this month. Quick Stats:
263,295 Messages in the Town Square Message Boards
21,290 Members in the Town Square
770 "Personal Encounters" published on
1,004 Paranormal Web sites in the Ghost Links directory
26,260 Subscribers to this newsletter
6,345,037 Total Web site "hits" for in May

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