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Museum of the Paranormal

AtlasObscura reports the following: The Archive of the Afterlife in Moundsville, West Virginia bills itself as the “National Museum of the Paranormal.” It’s packed with oddities that are historical, and in some cases, allegedly haunted or cursed.  You’ll find relics from the former West Virginia State Penitentiary, such as what the museum claims is the the lost execution cap to the electric chair “Old Sparky.” There are also battle-damaged artifacts from European battlefields from World War II...
Tags: Travel, West Virginia, Annie, Astrology, Sanford School, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Moundsville West Virginia, Sanford Community Building


Makeshift Subway Shrine to Mercury

Mercury, the planet of communication is also one for travelers. Now during the pandemic, a shrine to Mercury has been spotted in Brooklyn in a subway station. Let's hope this helps us get to our destimations safely and on time. Untapped City reports - When you are running late and waiting for the subway, you may find yourself praying for it to arrive quickly. Well, it looks like one subway rider has taken their plea for timely service to the next level by creating a cardboard subway shrine. ...
Tags: Travel, Mythology, Brooklyn, Mercury, Astrology, Spells and Charms, Archetypes, Fables, Ghosts and Spirits, Russel Jacobs, Utica Avenue


Get Yourself a Ghost

Looking to buy a ghost? check out Atlas Obscura's coverage of York, England's Ghostmakers:   Messrs Bloodworth, and McArthur, members of the Sorrowful Guild of Master Ghostmakers, opened this shop on York’s famous Shambles street in 2019, with the intention of selling original York Ghosts. With the city considered one of the most haunted in the world (occasionally nicknamed The City of One Thousand Ghosts), it would make sense that many souvenirs contain phantasmagorical features...
Tags: Travel, Astrology, York, Atlas Obscura, McArthur, York England, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Bloodworth, Messrs Bloodworth, Sorrowful Guild of Master Ghostmakers, York Ghost Merchants


Halloweek Experiences Programs

Atlas Obscura is offering virtual Halloweek Experiences. Here is their listing: Join us for a virtual Halloweek—a full five days of otherworldly online experiences that you can Zoom into live, or watch later, with the lights on. Celebrate Victorian Hallowe’en with Nina Nightingale, embark on some scary spelunking with Tyler Thrasher, and talk tomb-raids and stolen bones with Erin Thompson and Kylie Holloway. Get your tickets now; it’s possible they may, at any moment, disappear into the nig...
Tags: Mythology, Astrology, Atlas Obscura, That's Entertainment, Archetypes, Fables, Charm School, Colin Dickey, Ghosts and Spirits, Erin Thompson, Nina Nightingale, Tyler Thrasher, Kylie Holloway


Ghosts and Politics - A Must See Event on October 6, 2020

Atlas Obscura is offering what appears to be a fascinating program on spiritualism and politics to be held virtually on October 6, 2020 at 7p eastern time. Here is the blurb: Atlas Obscura is excited to present a lively and intellectually vibrant presentation, with PEN Award-winning historian and occult scholar Mitch Horowitz, who will explore the little known historical ties between alternative spirituality and radical politics! During this hour-long presentation, Mitch will dig into the ...
Tags: America, Current Affairs, Astrology, Mitch, Atlas Obscura, Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass, Mitch Horowitz, Ghosts and Spirits


Spirit Homes in Thailand

 Hannah Beech writes for the New York Times about Thailand's spirit homes: In Every Corner of Bangkok, Spirits Need a Home and Maybe a Strawberry Fanta BANGKOK — These spirits were not wearing face masks. They appeared well fed, untroubled by the hunger pangs that have afflicted some Thais during the lean times of a pandemic. But despite the spirits being so coddled — or perhaps because of it — the spiritual adviser accompanying them looked nervous. These spirits, or at least the pair of fig...
Tags: Travel, China, Thailand, Mythology, Current Affairs, New York Times, Cambodia, Food And Drink, Bangkok, Astrology, Superstitions, Buddhist, Pepsi, Thailand Myanmar, Spells and Charms, Archetypes


Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary

This New York Times article shows how ghosts are suddenly noticed in homes when the flesh and blood occupants spend more time there. For those who believe they’re locked down with spectral roommates, the pandemic has been less isolating than they bargained for. It started with the front door. Adrian Gomez lives with his partner in Los Angeles, where their first few days of sheltering in place for the coronavirus pandemic proved uneventful. They worked remotely, baked, took a two-mile walk...
Tags: New York, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, United States, Current Affairs, New York Times, Queens, Manhattan, Nashville, Yougov, Times, Pew Research Center, Astrology, Matthew, Gray, Charlotte


Find Your Astrological Demon

Hakim Bashara writes in Hyperallergic about a book on Persian Mysticism located in Princeton’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. It is an illustrated manuscript on magic and astrology from Iran that includes 56 painted illustrations of demons and angels. Demons, genies, and evil spirits permeate ancient occult traditions in Iran and neighboring countries. An early 20th-century Persian manuscript on magic and astrology held at Princeton’s Department of Rare Books and Special Colle...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Iran, Mythology, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Astrology, Michael, Gabriel, Bucknell University, Solomon, Farsi, Hyperallergic, Spells and Charms, Leo Libra


The Spirits of Malaysia

Great article by Dan Nosowitz on all of the fascinating spirits of Malaysia. Malaysia Has Good Ghosts, Bad Ghosts, and Gremlin-Babies That Will Steal Your Stuff Its spirit culture is unlike any in the world. Everybody loves a ghost story. Really, everybody. All cultures have some variety of ghost story, by that name or another. But some are more pervasive and deeply ingrained than others. It isn’t really possible to identify the most ghost-heavy culture on the planet—there’s no clear metri...
Tags: Travel, Southeast Asia, Mythology, Malaysia, Ikea, Malaysia Airlines, Mecca, Astrology, South China Sea, Superstitions, China India, Nicholas, Malays, Spells and Charms, Archetypes, Fables


The True Origin Story of the Ouija Board

Interested in Ouija? Read this great article by Reuben Westmaas   Ever wonder what "Ouija" means? Maybe it's the name of the first spirit contacted through the veil of death. Maybe it's the demonic force that introduced the eerie power to the mortal realm. Maybe the ghosts that early mediums contacted were just very agreeable Europeans repeating "oui" and "ja." Here are the true origins of the board, which you might not have expected — including the real-life movement that spawned i...
Tags: Games, United States, Astrology, Ouija, Peters, Margaret, Ouija Board, Ghosts and Spirits, Ouida, Helen Peters, Kate Fox, Reuben Westmaas, Charles Kennard, Elijah Bond


What Are Your Local Ghost Stories?

As much as the Halloween season might make us wish otherwise, ghosts don’t exist. But that shouldn’t take away from the allure and eerie mystery of a good ghost story! The best ghost stories are the ones that have just enough specific flavor and local cultural relevance that they can SEEM believable. I’ve mentioned the legend of Emo’s Grave, a grave in my native Salt Lake City, that is said to be haunted by the buried soul of some supernaturally vain person. As the story goes, if you peer into t...
Tags: Mythology, Salt Lake City, Astrology, Emo, Archetypes, Fables, Ghosts and Spirits


Spiritualist Drawings That Open Portals to Other Dimensions

Maria Cynkier of Atlas Obscura writes about an interesting art exhibit: Often compared to the work of Hilma af Klint, dozens of rarely-seen drawings by the late Swiss healer and Spiritualist are on view at the Serpentine Gallery. LONDON — Entering the Serpentine Gallery from the cacophony of Hyde Park feels otherworldly. Apart from occasional whispers, camera shutter sounds, and visitors’ footsteps moving through the constellation of rooms, there is no noise. I’m sitting in the Gallery’s centra...
Tags: Japan, London, US, Hyde Park, Astrology, Predictions, Superstitions, Atlas Obscura, Agnes Martin, Serpentine Gallery, Hilma, That's Entertainment, Serpentine Gallery London, Klint, Ghosts and Spirits, Kunz


How Victorian Mediums Gave Shy Ghosts a Megaphone

Sabrina Imbler writes for Atlas Obscura about ghost megaphones. Though it sounds hard to believe, there were folks who believed this worked! One of the biggest issues with speaking to the dead in the Victorian era—beyond the whole “being dead” thing—was that ghosts could never seem to speak loud enough. Spirits only spoke in whispers, unintelligible spectral babblings that the living human ear could barely hear, let alone decipher. A medium’s solution to this ghostly conundrum? The spirit tru...
Tags: Astrology, Gripes, Atlas Obscura, Koons, Nahum, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Sabrina Imbler, Collectors Weekly Spirits, Jonathan Koons, Athens County Ohio, Brandon Hodge, William Jackson Crawford, Everett Atwood Eckel


Paranormal Caught on Camera

Travel Channel ’s not giving up the ghost. Paranormal Caught on Camera, featuring scary paranormal videos from around the world, debuts Wednesday, February 13, at 10p.
Tags: Television, Astrology, Travel Channel, That's Entertainment, Ghosts and Spirits


Past Life Regression on November 30, 2018

If you are going to be in Westchester, New York this week, check out Gene's Past Lives Regression event.
Tags: Astrology, Westchester New York, Cosmic Stuff, Mellowness, Ghosts and Spirits


New Psychic Program on Lifetime

Premiering on July 11th, Lifetime's new half-hour series, "Seatbelt Psychic" surprises unsuspecting ride-share passengers with readings featuring world-renowned medium Thomas John, a trusted advisor to influencers and celebrities around the country, including Courteney Cox, Sara Gilbert and Goldie Hawn. We would love to arrange an unforgettable interview with you and Thomas John, who infallible track record and down-to-earth approach has lead him to being known as one of the world's to...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, New York City, Los Angeles, Katie Holmes, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Whitney Houston, Wall Street Journal, Astrology, Predictions, Thomas, Thomas John, Ghosts and Spirits, Courteney Cox Sara Gilbert, Goldie Hawn Thomas


Collage Novel is Part Seance

Seances are a time of meditation, dreams, magic and inspiration. And that is probably why Max Ernst's work is considered on the border of a seance.  Here is an interesting article on how surrealistic art can conjure up the spirits. When Max Ernst was a child and bedridden with the measles, he had a fever dream in which “two children are threatened by a nightingale,” a hallucination that would inspire his 1924 painting of the same name. When the birth of his sister coincided with the death of...
Tags: Jack, Astrology, Max Ernst, Ernst, Ghosts and Spirits


Forms of Prediction

Martin van Creveld is Professor Emeritus of History at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and one of the world’s most renowned experts on military history and strategy. He has compiled a list of some of generally known the forms of divination. Here is his list. How many do you know? 1. Shamanism. Shamanism is widespread all over the world, particularly among societies made up of hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists. Tribes without rulers, as I have called them in another book. Imported into mode...
Tags: Greece, Religion, Rome, Mythology, Dreams, Astrology, Third World, Predictions, Jonah, Samuel, Babylon, Delphi, Joseph, Virgil, Cicero, Saul


Noni For Medicinal Purposes. But Oh the Stink!

They call Noni the Vomit Fruit because it is so stinky. But shamans use it to scare off the evil spirits. According to Atlas Obscura, you might not expect something that goes by names such as “vomit fruit,” “dog dumpling,” and “starvation fruit” to be popular. However, noni is so widespread that the fresh fruit is consumed across the globe. Supplements made from noni are estimated to bring in millions of dollars annually. Not bad for a fruit that tastes like rotten cheese. Diners consume noni at...
Tags: Mexico, Food And Drink, Astrology, Superstitions, Atlas Obscura, Noni, Spells and Charms, Ghosts and Spirits


Japanese Bathroom Ghosts

According to Atlas Obscura, there are a lot of ghosts lurking in Japanese bathrooms! Of course, as any horror film fan can attest, the bathroom can be a scary place. From Janet Leigh’s infamous shower scene in Psycho to the blood-spewing drain pipes of Stephen King’s It, there’s no shortage of genuinely startling imagery connected to lavatories. But when it comes to conjuring up the most terrifying possible interruptions to our most private moments, no one beats Japan. In Japanese folklore,...
Tags: Japan, Stephen King, Mythology, Astrology, Janet Leigh, Superstitions, Atlas Obscura, Archetypes, Fables, Hanako, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Michael Dylan Foster, Kashima Reiko Hanako, Kashima Reiko, Akai Kami Aoi Kami Red Paper Blue Paper


Happy Halloween .. and a Look Back at Bootiful Posts

A Halloween Greeting! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and we have many many past posts on the subject. For easy reference, here are some of the more recent ones - there are actually pages of posts if you google Halloween within our blog. Past posts range from costumes for people and pets to ghost tours to the history of, to treat and tricks to diets. Enjoy! Madam Lichtenstein's Cosmic World: Halloween Mask Scare: Obama and ... Oct 2, 2008 ... As you might have no...
Tags: Halloween, Obama, US, Connecticut, Astrology, McCain, Lichtenstein, Madam Lichtenstein, Petopia, Ghosts and Spirits, Bootiful Posts, Mythology Archetypes Fables USA Today, Sanjay Jumani, Lucha Libre Halloween


A Feather From the Sky - What Does This Mean?

We just spent hours researching family archives and were walking out on the street when I felt something hit me from the sky. It was a large pigeon feather! I freaked out - there are a lot of superstitions associated with birds. Some of them are dire and predict bad news. So what does it mean when a bird feather from the sky hits you ... on the head?! I searched and found Angel Feathers. They believe that feathers have a strong connection to the spiritual world. When angels are near feathers app...
Tags: White, Astrology, Superstitions, Ghosts and Spirits


Talking to the Departed with the Wind Telephone

Now here is something I think we can all use. In Ōtsuchi-chō, Japan a disconnected rotary phone is available for "calling" lost loved ones. This "Wind Telephone" offered a unique way of dealing with grief in disaster-stricken Japan. This is a form of channeling that can be done with anyone anywhere. As reported in Atlas Obscura: When Itaru Sasaki lost his cousin in 2010, he decided to build a glass-paneled phone booth in his hilltop garden with a disconnected rotary phone inside for communicatin...
Tags: Japan, Religion, Astrology, Atlas Obscura, Sasaki, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Itaru Sasaki, Otsuchi


A Photographer’s 16-Year Project to Capture the Contemporary Séance

Lily Dale is a town dedicated to the spirits. It is located in upstate New York and is a pilgrimage to those who wish to receive messages from those who have passed through The Seance. Shannon Taggart started photographing the mediums of Lily Dale in 2001, and for 16 years after has documented the séances and practices of modern Spiritualism. As reported in Hyperallergic: More than perhaps any other religious practice, Spiritualism has an iconography rooted in photography. Emerging in the 19th c...
Tags: UK, New York, France, Religion, US, Kodak, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rochester, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bob, Dorothy, Astrology, Thomas Edison, Dan Aykroyd, Willa


The Witchcraft Museum of Iceland

According to Atlas Obscura, there is a very interesting yet weird museum of witchcraft in Iceland. Tucked away in a small, unassuming building in the town of Hólmavík, in Iceland’s Westfjords, is a museum that holds some truly gruesome displays of 17th century sorcery. There are pants made of human skin, which are said to give the wearer unlimited wealth; you can see magical sigils called staves, thought to offer powers ranging from the ability to see ghosts to making someone fall in love; and s...
Tags: Travel, Mythology, Salem, Iceland, Astrology, Superstitions, Atlas Obscura, Spells and Charms, Siggi, Archetypes, Fables, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Hólmavík, Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, Atlason