Wednesday, 21 January 2015

GHOST POST PART THREE: my personal experiences


"...sometimes, in the beginning of a case you can't tell the difference between a negative human spirit and a negative INhuman spirit. Both can be extremely malicious, and sometimes they even work together" ~ Lorraine Warren (what do you think? Are they all once people - or not?)

The Donovan Case
Here I recount my personal ghost history. It will be devoid of any speculation, metaphysical elucidation or philosophizing. There’s enough of that as framework in Parts One and Two. You may sigh with relief. Here I’m just going to tell you the unvarnished story without self-observation or theorizing and in a straightforward, unembellished manner as is possible, the irreducibly metaphorical nature of language permitting. The account is somewhat fragmentary because that's how it was.

I've omitted a few occurrences to protect the nervous disposition. But it's still pretty scary so be warned. Stop right now if you're going to have nightmares. 

Images are from The Demonologist, Ed and Lorraine Warren (iUniverse Inc., 2002), and This House Is Haunted, Guy Lyon Playfair (The History Press Ltd., 2007), plus two private images.

To close, I have posted three videos: a snippet of the Perron Family [The Conjuring], a ghost (you decide!) dragging a man down a corridor, and finally a documentary on the Enfield Poltergeist, also investigated in 1978 by the Warrens. I lived close by at the time, although knew nothing about it.


Friday, 2 January 2015

New Year's Resolution Card

I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions. Well, I tried once but as with many such Self Improvement plans it was ridiculously over-ambitious matched in scope only by its spectacular unrealisticality (is that a word?). Slumped in a welter of self-pity, self-loathing, self-disgust and every other miserably negative self attribution I decided that it was a recipe where you set yourself up for failure in advance. Thenceforth, I vowed, my only New Year's Resolution would be not to make any. 

So what's changed? Nothing really. Yet everything needs to alter. Ok, that's too extreme already. SOME things need to change. 

Mostly practical things. To realize a few dreams. But that takes a lot of little practical steps. 

For this reason I'm choosing The Star from the fabulous Alice Tarot to symbolize 2015. To give me hope, as a reminder to keep hoping, and as a guiding dreamscape. Here we see Alice's sister drifting off into a reverie over a book. That's very "me" already. Maybe not the bonnet but it would be if I had one. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

GHOST POST PART TWO: Freud and ghostly speculations



Friday, 31 October 2014



Borley Rectory, England

"To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause"
Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1:65 

"Imagine honestly how much less bearable and more painful to man would be an everlasting life" ~ Montaigne 

"Happy is he who was able to know the causes of things (felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas), and who trampled beneath his feet all fears, inexorable fate, and the roar of devouring hell" ~ Virgil

In the first of a three part series we are going to be looking at GHOSTS.
Part Two  investigates "explanations" of ghosts, see it HERE
Part Three comprises my scary personal ghost stories, catch it HERE

Today we will:
  • Touch upon the Death card in the tarot
  • Negotiate the problem of evidence with the help of Hamlet
  • Talk about spirit guides
  • Relate my own story of a spirit guide and few other ghosts
  • See how a wire-haired fox terrier interprets Hamlet in a short video (SO good! And a wonderful example of the "dog cynic philosopher", cunos, a kind of dog DIOGENES. The word "cynic" comes from cunos. Diogenes was, of course, called a dog)

The Death Card

Upright, as we know, at least in the abstract, the Death card in the tarot is all about transformation, endings and beginnings. If the Death card appears then change is usually sudden, abrupt and abrasive. One way of life or aspect of life is snapped into another, yet something is irretrievably interred along the way, never to be revived. Dead and buried. It is a card of reincarnation where one form of existence takes the place of the old. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Guest Post: On Dreams

Dreaming the Future 
By Wulf Shado

Have you ever awakened from a dream not sure where you were or how you got there? Or have you ever been in the middle of a conversation or other activity and suddenly found yourself remembering or trying to remember a dream? Have you ever walked into a store and found yourself staring at a thing or witnessing an event that you recognized from a dream?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

DECK REVIEW PLUS: The Alice Tarot is here!

HERE IT IS! The Fabulous Alice Tarot.

I've been following the progression of this deck for some time. It's a tarot deck based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass (click on the links below).

I've been following it with something akin to the species of shameful drooling exhibited by a dog avidly eyeing the fresh made doughnuts on a table. Or, to swap foods, a knave desperate to make off with the luscious Queenly tarts. As it's Alice, we may also dwell on this word "tart" in all of its descriptive deployments. Bodies become words, words become material. It's an exemplary deck not just visually but in its fidelity to the fascination with language, perception, sense and logic characterising Lewis Carroll's literary works.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Guest Post: Conversations with Tarot


Guest Post by Wulf Shado.

I like to have conversations with my tarot decks. Some of these are planned while others are totally spontaneous and a few are because I’m bored and don’t have anything else to do.  I’m very relaxed about consulting the tarot cards. I think of them as my friends and a few decks are almost like family. When I decide to hang out with my cards I don’t waffle about it much other than to decide which deck I want to play with. It’s the same with people, isn’t it? You have certain conversations with specific people that you know. And there are some conversations that you’ll never have with other people you know.

Sometimes I like to grab a tarot deck, whatever is handy, and just ask a random question. The question might be random but I tend to be pretty focused on where I’m directing my question, or to whom. Am I asking myself, a guide, or just throwing the question out there for whomever it is that happens to pick up the call and answer?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sample Reading:Celtic Cross

The Celtic Cross, a well-known and traditional tarot spread, has had something of a bad press lately. Indeed, it's often a lousy spread for beginners as the possible combinations and interrelationships can be extremely complex.

Bar that caveat for beginners,  it can be a tremendously useful spread when a problem is fuzzy as it tends to disclose a number of issues, especially those motivations and feelings which may clarify a problem, any of which can then be picked up on for a further, more specific reading. Here is an example of using it for just that purpose.

Here I present, with kind permission from the Querent, a slightly modified version of a recently performed Celtic Cross reading. I have adapted this traditional spread to best address the current state of mind of the Querent. The original version was more detailed and covered the themes in more depth but here, for the purposes of an overview and with respect to the usual life-span for a human being in a busy world perusing a random tarot blog post, is a contracted and somewhat brutalized sample of the reading.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Tarot for Missing Flight MH370

As you know, Malaysian flight MH370 piloted by Zaharie Ahmad Shah with co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March 2014, vanished without trace and is still missing. There were 239 people on board. It's billed as the most mysterious aviation disappearance to date.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

REVIEW: AFTAP Live Readings at The Tarot Nook


Verum esse ipsum factum [truth is made/created] - Giovan Battista Vico (De Antiquissima, 1710).

I don't want your love unless you know I am repulsive, and love me even as you know it - Georges Bataille (My Mother, Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man)
A fascinating experimental tarot Project has been taking place. This Project inverts the cultural (con)text which would have us all flee from life, negating vicissitude and chance, a lie that in order to be liveable must efface its own effacement. The mechanisms whirr almost soundlessly behind the scenes, clicking our absurd theatre into place for that unwary gaze positioned as the self-aggrandising eye of the ubiquitous consumer. Play by the rules, dear: you're nobody if you're not Master Bun the Baker's son or Mrs Pain the Doctor's Wife.  This Project sticks a spanner in the works, plucking the "I" out of the manufactured "i"deal and bestowing it with a voice. A viva voce