Monthly Archives: January 2011

Witchcraft The History & Mythology

Written by Richard Marshall

The subject of witchcraft has exerted fascination throughout recorded history. Witchcraft The History & Mythology explores the bizarre and often political terrain of the witch’s universe. Tales of vampires and werewolves, legends of fairies and demons can be found here. As can be found the history of the very real and tragic human abominations of the witch burning times and the heroes who stood against these atrocities of madness. Sorcerer’s Merlin, Morgan le Fay, heroin Joan of Arc and villainess Medea, the hysterical youngsters of Salem Mass and the helpless innocence that they accused, are among the many stories and characters contained in its contents. Less well-known victims, men , women and children tortured and accused out of ignorances and ill wills, including the priest Urbain Grandier, who was accused of bewitching a convent with a bunch of roses and was then burned alive. Because the arts of magic and the fears of them are timeless and universal, the scope of this book covers content from all continents and includes many modern forms of witchcraft today. Lavishly illustrated from sources around the world, with engravings, photographs, woodcuts and the art of those with a compelling interest in mythology and the occult.

Witchcraft The History & Mythology provides a comprehensive and balanced account of a sometimes dark and misunderstood subject and sheds light on some of its legends, myths and historical origins.

About The Author

Richard Marshall of Yorkshire England, was educated at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. He lives in upstate New York. He was the chief contributing writer for Reader’s Digest Mysteries of The Unexplained ( 1982) and a collection of essays published as Strange Amazing & Mysterious Places ( 1993)HarperCollins. The Updated version of Witchcraft History & Mythology includes new material on Wicca and modern witchcraft by contributing editor Clare Gibson. Published 1995 & 2006 by Saraband Ltd. The Arthouse 752-756-Argyke St, Glasgow G3 8UJ Scotland. ISBN-10 1-887354-03-4

Personal Review

I personally own and have read the book and often refer to it while doing research related to paranormal related history and legends. I found it very informative as well as interesting reading and the illustrations and graphics were excellent. I believe that all paranormal researchers should have a copy of it in their library as a reference source. 

this review submitted by Angela L Burke – MSSPI Case & Research Manager

Cover Art courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division of a nineteenth century poster illustration.

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Anatomy Of The Spirit- Book Review

   Anatomy Of The Spirit is an excellent book, written by premier practitioner and internationally acclaimed medical intuitive and motivational speaker Carolyn Myss PhD

Thru her workshops, books, videos and audiotapes, Dr. Myss, who is able to discern illness thru intuitive means, has motivated people from all walks of life to examine their souls and improve their health.

Based on 15 years of research into energy medicine, Dr Myss has presented a unique program for promoting spontaneous physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

Anatomy Of The Spirit shows the reader the links between emotional and spiritual stresses and specific illnesses in the context of the anatomy of the human energy system. Dr Myss teaches the system of energy medicine specific to the emotional, psychological and physical factors that lie at the root of all illness.

Anatomy Of The Spirit also includes Dr. Myss’s model of the body’s seven centers of spiritual and physical power in which she includes the ancient wisdom of 3 spiritual traditions, The Hindu Chakra, The Christian Sacraments and The Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. With this model, Dr. Myss shows you how you can develop your own latent powers of intuition as you simultaneously improve your own personal power and spiritual maturity.

                                                                                                                                                              About The Author-

Carolyn Myss, Ph D is an internationally sought after speaker on Spirituality and Personal Power. She is co-author of  The Creation of Health with C. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph D. ( Founder of the American Holistic Medical Society) She has worked as a Medical Intuitive since 1982.

I have personally read this book and would highly recommend it. It was one of the best examples of explaining the Chakra’s of the human body that I have ever read.  While this book does not necessarily fall under the heading of Dark Literature, it does tend to fall into the category of intuitive discernment and healing, which is also considered a genre of the paranormal community. I felt that even if it wasnt about ghosts, it is about the spirit or soul of human beings and therefore qualified as an appropriate topic. There are many paranormal researchers who find this course of study to be of interest. I would encourage everyone to read this book, whether you study the paranormal or not. I found it very informative and helpful in areas of my own life and I believe that regardless of your personal health status, there is something for everyone to learn or come away with by reading this book.  The book can be purchase at www.randomhouse.com, published in 1996 by Crown Publishers

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Spooked

Spooked

By Angela L Burke- MSSPI

Walking down a crooked hall, doorways looming ever tall.

From dark corners cobwebs hang, unlocked shutters clack and bang.

Cedar, moth balls scent the air, dusty footprints creak the stairs.

An eerie fog creeps neath the sill, swirling round your feet at will.

Distant lightening’s eerie glow, hear the call of night’s black crow.

Cracking thunder shakes the core, you can see the light no more.

In the darkness silent scare, you can feel them standing there.

Hear their whispers, laughs and taunts, feel their tears, regrets and wants.

Bony tree limbs tap the glass, leaves make whirl winds in the grass.

Light of full moon shadows cast, silhouettes of life long past.

Dancing through the willow trees, phantom’s drift on lifted breeze.

In the sky the air is thickened, thumping of the drum is quickened.

Chill of blackness gripping bones, feel the weight of chiseled stone.

Suffocating roses smell, hear the toiling of the bell.

Taste the kiss of death’s sweet wine, step across the veil divine.

Onyx feathers brush your face, then disappear without a trace.

 

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