Spirits actively acknowledge new item on tour?

On Friday May 20, 2016 Serena and Doug Futch of Garrett Paranormal joined Sinister Stories of Salem.  Serena captured a few interesting images from the Grimshawe house in Salem, MA by the Burial Point established in 1637.  She had asked spirit to be allowed to be photographed.  The spirit she asked was that of a spirit of a child. Curiously after the request she captures an image of what could be a head of a child at child’s height in a window.  Afterwards additional image appears of an item recently added to my tour.  It is a Bartman Jug, a counter magical defense against witchcraft from the 17th century.  Surely this is something that would be familiar to the first and second generation of English Settlers.  In this case I feel or could imagine that spirit is acknowledging the addition of the Bartman Jug to the tour with the faint image in the window that looks so familiar.  I think that there is something to this.  I appreciate when someone can offer proof to me that the spirits are real.  I know that they are but photographic proof is still very excellent. Thank you Serena and Doug for the photographs.  Check them out on Facebook at Garrett Paranormal.  Many people do not recognize the thousands of photographs and hours of investigation that go into a few spectacular spirit photos and other evidence. I welcome individuals who are interested in paranormal investigation on my tours and only ask that you hold your findings until the end of the tour.  I am very much interested in learning from you.  ...

New Englanders were led away with little sorceries.

I recently recognized the significance of a few items that I had previously admired but not been able to appreciate their real meaning.  Over this past winter I have been studying a broad spectrum of subjects and disciplines relevant to New England and Salem to make my historical tour the very best that I can.  This study informs what you are about to read.  A shoe of great consequence was found above the entrance of an Essex County home in a restoration some years ago and was viewed as little more than a discarded or lost curiosity until recently.  The shoe is significant because the structure it was found in is contemporary to the Salem Witch Trials.  This was more than a just a solitary shoe to the person that sealed it into the wall when the house was first built.  It was in fact an English Folkway brought to New England, one that was supposed to in general protect a house from sorcery or witchcraft.  In this folkway, the spirit of the deceased whose shoe it is, is employed to protects the home.  Let me point out that only one shoe is used and not both because in that case the spirit would be free to walk away.  Perhaps the effort to protect oneself from witchcraft with counter magical measures would exonerate any person accused of witchcraft.  Not necessarily, New England ministers like Cotton Mather and Samuel Parris believed that all magic was believed to employ the use of the devil and imperiled the person practicing it.  The person responsible for this household was neither was a victim of the Salem Witch Trials nor was the person a perpetrator.  ...

Gallow Hill

Proctor’s Ledge, Salem, Massachusetts. Many visitors to Salem, Massachusetts who are here to learn about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 often feel a kinship to the 19 innocent persons hanged at the long enigmatic place referred to as the Gallows.  The search for this place has brought these visitors and locals alike on walks about Gallow Hill Park, a park of many acres.  Some will walk up to the water tower that is decorated with a witch flying through the air on a broom.  Yearly the Temple of the Nine Wells makes the journey up to Gallow hill park on Samhain night  (Halloween) to be celebrants of the Samhain (Sow-Wan) energy in the presence of the heaviness of our history here.  Modern day witches honor all the midwives, shamans, herbalist, wise women, wise men, two-spirit persons who were persecuted with animosity by persons in authority afraid of these gifts. A recent development has settled the question and confirmed the location of the Gallow.  The seven researchers of The Gallows Hill Project, considered the same 1000 relevant documents from the Salem Witch Trials that Selby Percey had himself carefully read in his own research in the 1900’s.  Percy had suggested that Proctor’s Ledge closer to the base of Gallows Hill, once part of the common land used for grazing livestock was the true location.  The modern day researchers and historians also employed modern technology not available to the Keen minded Percey. Now I have been to the site of Proctor’s Ledge previously and I had suspected the relevance of the location but had not over thought it.  I had gone to visit two people I knew who were camping in the woods to check on their well being.  I would not suggest you try camping there yourself.  You won’t be alone very long.  Now...

Snowmophet

It’s January in Salem and it is a 180 degree difference from October in Salem.  The photo of Snowmophet is from last year when we experienced snowmageddon.  December 2015 was unusually warm and dry like December  2014.  January has just begun and we will have a warm up this second weekend of January. Salem continues to be easily walkable and given the warming effect of the daily sun and warm clothing it’s still a great time to visit this beautiful city.  On new years day I took 12 garlic cloves and salted them and laid them out like some farmers of old (perhaps not in Salem) did to predict the wet and dry seasons. Here is what the garlic said.  Lets see if it bares witness to the reality as the year unfolds. January 2016-Low precipitation and infrequent light snow. February 2016-High precipitation and frequent heavy snow. March 2016-Moderate frequent rain.  Like Ireland April 2016-Dry May 2016-Heavy frequent rain.  Bad apple harvest later. June 2016-light rains July-2016-light rains.  Freak rain storm June 14th  (why not) August 2016- very dry. Sept 2016-Very wet.  bring a disposable poncho. October 2016-light precipitation.  12 days of bitter cold in the middle.  October 31th 62 degrees day, 50 degrees at night. November 2016-dry December 2016- Dry and warm temperatures again.  Christmas eve will be 65 degrees and Christmas day we will wake up to snow. Now if any of these weather predictions should come to pass well you heard it here first.  If not I’ll discuss it with the garlic cloves. Thank you, Kenneth Dyke-Glover...

A Krampus tale

Ubel and Engel were brothers and lived with their parents in a fine little alpine house beneath the forests, open fields and high meadows that covered the mountain above. The family had some milking cows and some sheep and now that the boys were both eight years old there were many things that both of them could do to help out. In the spring, summer and fall there are many things to keep young people busy such as opening the gate to let the cows home in the evening or collecting and bringing in the hay when it is dry. Later when the first snow fly’s it is then that children thoughts begin to turn to yuletide gifts and Saint Nicholas. Ubel who was eight now and no longer Seven years old was looking forward to his presents. He had always been a mean boy and now that he was getting older he seemed even worse. He considered himself to be too grown up to believe in the Saint, the one his parents called Nicholas. He was sure that the winter before that the Saint Nicholas who arrived at the house had been an imposter. Not a kindly saint but Siegfried, a shepherd, an old man who was often drunk. In fact, in reality he was nearly too old for the old Bishop’s visit because little Christmas was for little children. On the other hand there was Engel, a pious child whose name meant angel. Engel was a kind boy and never did any boy before or after him demonstrate this quality better than he. On the eve of...