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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Let's Retire These Phrases

 

Two phrases I'm really tired of hearing. They have been so overused, please stop: 

1) "please smash the like button" ~ obviously some YouTuber came up with this phrase, thinking that they were being original and clever, but it seems like almost every soul out there with a YouTube channel has picked it up, thinking they are being original and clever without having to come up with something on their own. 

2) "the thing I love about you is that you really don't know how good you are" ~ has said every judge at every singing audition out there. We all know that these talented and untalented folks auditioning for these shows are just fodder for this season's episodes. Very -- VERY -- rarely does anyone ever rise above this to become a genuine star.

 


 

Episode #24, Daily Cards/Daily Energy ~ A Warning

 



Saturday, April 6, 2024

Seer, Dreamer, Visionary

 
The Knight of Cups... You hold in your hand the sacred grail, as elusive and mysterious as the paramour that once was, and you peer within its depths looking for answers that do not exist, for questions that were never asked.

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Episode #23, Mystic Crone Podcast ~ daily cards, daily energy

 

For three readings in a row now the Queen of Wands has come up.  I was shocked when I drew this card a third time.  For me she represents two specific individuals, individuals that were in my life at one time, but that I would not want involved with my life now.  It's a long story.

Our cards for today:
  • Queen/wands
  • 9/wands
  • 10/wands
  • The Moon
  • The Empress
  • Knight/cups




Friday, April 5, 2024

The Art of Psychometry

 

Psychometry is the ability to pick up information when holding an object in your hands using your psychic abilities. Let's explore psychometry -- the what, the how, the history, and the infinitie possiblities. I also include my own psychometric experience, one of the most powerful psychic experiences that I've had.

My Writing Space ~ The Divine Me, audio excerpt

 



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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Episode #22, Mystic Crone Podcast ~ daily cards, daily energy

 



Hello, and welcome to the Mystic Crone Podcast! Today we have a repeat card/character that came up -- the Queen of Wands. So how has her situation resolved itself, improved itself, or highlighted itself since yesterday? Our other cards for today include:

  • Queen/wands
  • The Empress
  • 6/pentacles
  • 5/wands
  • The Tower
  • 10/swords

If the universe and Spirit have a message for you today, you’ll find it here!

Blessings,
The Mystic Crone




Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Episode #21, Mystic Crone Podcast ~ Daily Cards/Daily Energy

 


Episode #21 Daily Cards/Daily Wisdom

Daily Cards/Daily Energy... I had a delightful morning on the front porch with my tarot cards, my personal tarot journal, and a good coffee. I recorded a short reading for you today, and our cards are:
  • Queen of wands
  • Knight of swords
  • 9 of cups
  • 3 of swords
If you're meant to find a message today, you'll find it here. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Paranormal Investigation #2 ~ the house by the woods

 

This investigation included a lovely quaint little house sitting on the edge of the woods. This experience was very different than the last investigation we conducted. First, there were fewer images taken; the family was more interested in following us around and talking all the while; and they were also very excited and eager to share their own paranormal experiences with us. Much of this, of course, was very personal and was considered private. This did not detract from the excitment that always accompanies an investigation, or the expectations of what we'll uncover. Enjoy!








Friday, March 29, 2024

The Mystic Crone ~ Why?

 

Today's insights on The Mystic Crone podcast..

  • Why are you trying so hard to gain approval from people or an organization that doesn't approve of you?
  • Why are you trying so hard to hang onto an individual that is ruining you financially?









Thursday, March 28, 2024

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Sleep Paralysis ~ "They" come in the night

 

Sleep paralysis, definition: 

During the process of waking up or falling asleep, you're suddenly unable to move. Your body becomes paralyzed as if an unseen weight is upon you. You may be unable to move your arms or legs, body, and head. You can breathe and think, but you may be unable to speak.

My mother, myself, and one of my daughters have experienced this strange phenomena.  As I was researching for this blog post, I realized that the mundane medical field has a pat explanation for the experience, which of course is centered in the science of their fields.  However, when you have experienced sleep paralysis yourself, and when you hear other people's experiences, it opens the door for explanations that are far from mundane.  For those of us who believe in the paranromal and have had other experiences of this nature, besides sleep paralysis, it is very clear that this is a supernatural experience, not a medical event.  And who is right?  You tell me.



First, our experiences:

My mother

She was laying in bed beside my sleeping step-father, tucked in cozy beneath the quilts and comforter, stretched out full length, with her feet near the end of the bed.  She said that suddenly something grabbed ahold of both of her feet and began to pull her slowly down to the end of the bed.  She said she could feel the sheets and blankets as she was sliding through them.  She was aware of my step-father as she was sliding past him, but she could not move to free herself and she could not call out for help.  She told me that before she began to physcially be pulled off the end of the bed, she used monumental concentation and physcial strength to kick off whatever was holding her feet.  This experience terrified my mother.  It's an experience that was always as sharp and unforgettable to her as if it just happened.  After this event, she was afraid to sleep stretched out, with her feet near the end of the bed.

My daughter

My daughter was also in bed, tucked in with her husband in the middle of the night, when she heard something that sounded like a noise at their front door.  She thought for a brief panicky moment that they had forgotten to lock the front door and there was an intruder in their house.  When she went to turn and wake her husband, she discovered that she could neither move nor speak.  She lay frozen as she watched a black shadow figure of a man wearing a hat wander through the house, passing their bedroom door several times.  She said that it took monumental effort of both concentration and physical strength to break the paralysis, and once she did, the figure was gone.  She adamantly states that she was not asleep, that there was no "waking up" period when the experience ended, that she was completely totally awake and conscious throughout the entire event, beginning, middle, and end.

My experience

I was tucked into my large cozy bed all by myself in the upstairs bedroom of my grandmother's house, laying on my right side, the blankets pulled up around my chin.  Suddenly, I felt a hot breath on my left ear and heard a whispered voice saying, "Call me if you need me."  This was repeated several times, and each time it was spoken I felt the hot air on my ear.  The voice was familiar, it was the voice of the man that I was dating at the time, but I knew that this was not really him.  I felt the negative evil energy, and I was scared to death.  I started reciting every childhood prayer I could think of, over and over.  Then I felt the bed raise up off the floor, shaking and unsteady, when it was dropped back in place.  This happened several times, over and over.   I couldn't move, but I could close my eyes, and so I did, very tightly, refusing to look at whatever was in my room, and refusing to answer the voice.  I continued reciting the prayers that I knew at the time, concentraing hard on doing this, until I don't remember anything anymore.  When I got up the next morning, I actually walked around the large bed to look at the bed posts and see if they had moved from their original positions.

  • Is sleep paralysis related to evil?

Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems. Over the centuries, symptoms of sleep paralysis have been described in many ways and were often attributed to an "evil" presence: unseen night demons in ancient times, the old hag in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and alien abductors.

  • The night hag

The night hag, or old hag, is the name given to a supernatural creature, commonly associated with the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. It is a phenomenon in which a person feels the presence of a supernatural malevolent being which immobilizes the person, as if sitting on their chest or the foot of their bed. The word "night-mare" or "nightmare" was used to describe this phenomenon before the word received its modern more general meaning.  Various cultures have various names for this phenomenon and supernatural character.

  • Folklore

During the Salem witch trials several people reported night-attacks by various alleged witches, including Bridget Bishop, that may have been caused by sleep paralysis.

In Mexico, it is believed that this is caused by the spirit of a dead person. This ghost lies down upon the body of the sleeper, rendering them unable to move. People refer to this as "subirse el muerto" (dead person on you).

In many parts of the Southern United States, the phenomenon is known as a hag, and the event is said to portend an approaching tragedy or accident.

In Newfoundland, it is known as the "Old Hag". In island folklore, the Hag can be summoned to attack a third party, like a curse. In his 1982 book, The Terror that Comes in the Night, David J. Hufford writes that in local culture the way to call the Hag is to recite the Lord's Prayer backwards.

In contemporary western culture the phenomenon of supernatural assault are thought to be the work of what are known as shadow people. Victims report primarily three different entities:  1. a man with a hat, 2. the old hag, 3. a hooded figure. 

Sleep paralysis, in combination with hallucinations, has long been suggested as a possible explanation for reported alien abduction.

In Brazil, there is a legend about a mythological being called the pisadeira ("she who steps"). She is described as a tall, skinny old woman with long dirty nails in dried toes, white tangled hair, a long nose, staring red eyes, greenish teeth, and an evil laugh. She lives on the roof tops, waiting to step on the chest of those who sleep with a full stomach.

  • The scientific explanation of sleep paralysis

Evidence suggests that sleep paralysis is caused by an overlap of REM sleep and wakefulness. The hallucinations accompanying the sleep paralysis are “identical to hypnagogic hallucinations and are probably a consequence of dream imagery occurring during wakefulness”




Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Narcissist's New Supply ~ how they find it

 

Be sure to check out Ask Anoushka's YouTube channel...

How does a narcissist find their next supply?




The Mystic Crone ~ today's podcast: Look and Look Again

 

Today we're going to pick a random tarot card and write down our interpretation of it. Then we're going to leave it set out for the day, and we're going to go back two more times to look at the card and write down our interpretation of it... with surprising results.



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Enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2024

The Princess Kate Photo Hoopla

 

So I read an article this morning on goodmorningamerica.com about all the hoopla over the photograph Kate Middleton released of her and her children, the first official photo post-surgery, and how it's been pulled all over the world and taken down because they declare that it has been suspiciously edited. It also said that Kennsington Palace does not intend to re-release the unedited version. Why?

By refusing to re-release the unedited version, they just added more fuel to all the speculation and conspiracy theories going around. Why not just re-release the untouched photo if the only thing "wrong" with it is that it's not quite as polished as the "suspiciously edited" version?

My opinion? The photo does indeed look weird, something is really "off" about it.  And could it be that they refuse to re-release the original because there is no original, the entire photo is made up of composites.




Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Daily Cards/Daily Wisdom ~ what an eye-opening and fun set of cards!

 

Daily Cards/Daily Wisdom... I had so much fun with this series of 8 cards! They were both eye-opening and fun. You'll have to see how many of them you connect with. Also, to my troll (s), it's going to be okay, really, it is. I know you might feel bitter or betrayed the way life has played out for you, but you may have also dodged a bullet and you don't even realize it.





Monday, February 26, 2024

"Where is Wendy Williams?"... and do we really care?

 

Am I the only one who finds this whole Wendy Williams saga suspicious? 

  • #1 Ms. Williams supposedly okayed this documentary/reality special that's coming out.
  • #2 Her niece said that Ms. Williams was the executive producer. 
  • #3 Just before this TV special is released, the news is let out that Ms. Williams has been diagnosed with aphasia and FTD. 
  • #4 And just hours before the show is going to run and the public has the chance to see it, this mysterious unnamed guardian files a motion to stop the release of the documentary. 

You know, all of these circumstances lined up together would be about the best damn publicity stunt there is to bring as much attention as possible to this show and to hype it up so that millions of people would be sucked in to watching this supposedly real-life drama explode all over TV land. 

Am I the only one who wonders if this entire thing was a set-up to jack up the ratings?  There's something really off and weird here.

So many questions... and so few answers.

Update: two of the producers were interviewed by ABC news, trying to justify why they made this documentary in the first place, what part the family had in it, how Wendy felt about it -- two years ago, in the beginning, and they're backtracking trying to convince the public that had they known her diagnosis they never would have filmed any of it.  When asked if Wendy had any final say about whether this would air or not, they hemmed and hawed, saying, "Well, we haven't actually spoken to her since April of 2023."  Here's a link to the news clip... click  HERE




Podcast, Mediumship Reading ~ Conversation with a Loved One

 

So is someone finally taking responsibility for their actions and decisions from the other side? Better late than never?



Sunday, February 18, 2024

My Uncanny Valley Experience ~ The Doll from Hell

 

I received the doll when I was 3 or 4-years-old.  She was a gift from my Aunt, and she was the same size as me.  She had shoulder length auburn hair and bangs, big blue eyes with dark lashes, a stretchy narrow gold headband, a light blue and white party dress, and black patent leather Mary Jane shoes.  She eventually found a permanent spot in my upstairs bedroom, and this is where she stayed for many years to come, and so did I.

I grew to be very afraid of this doll, and I grew to hate her.

It started when I was about 6-years-old.  I would get an uneasy feeling around this doll.  She stood as a sentinel at my bedroom door, and I would have to pass by her every time I entered or exited the room.  I noticed that when I did this, the hair on the back of my neck would stand up.  This is something that I kept to myself, thinking it was just me.  I never told anyone of my experiences, or even how I felt about this doll.

But there was an even more disturbing phenomena, which became more pronounced and troubling with time, and it's also something that I never told anyone... out of the corner of my eye, with my peripheral vision, I would see this doll move.  She would raise an arm slightly, or turn her head.  And I always had the unnerving feeling that it was watching me.

One day, when I was about 9-years-old, I was exiting my bedroom door, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the doll raise her arm.  Without hesitation, I bolted down the short hallway, spun around the banister at the top of the stairs, took the first 2 or 3 steps, and then leaped from the staircase to the floor below.  I don't know how I did this without getting hurt.  I didn't go back upstairs for hours that day.  I put it off as long as I could, dreading going back up to my room.

When my grandmother passed away, I was 28 and still living in this house, still the inhabitant of the upstairs bedroom, and that wretched doll still stood guard at that bedroom doorway.  Now, having the house to myself, I picked it up and shoved it in the upstairs hallway closet.  Everytime I passed through my bedroom doorway and walked down that short hallway, past the closet door, the hair on the back of my neck would stand up.

Fast forward decades later, I'm 36-years-old.  I'm visitng my Aunt in South Dakota, and my sister had come out to her house to visit as well.  My Aunt dug out photo albums from our childhood, and my sister and I sat in a huddle at the kitchen table, pouring over these photos and reminicing.  We came to a photo of a 4-year-old me and the life-size doll.  My sister lowered her voice, leaned in close to my face, and she said.... "Did you ever see her move?"



Patti PlayPal 1959 ~ everything is identical to my doll, except the hair, which was more auburn, straight, and to the shoulders.


Saturday, February 17, 2024

Uncanny Valley... What is it?

 

I have never heard of this term until today, but it makes a lot of sense and puts a name to something that so many people experience -- fear of dolls, mannequins, clowns, elves, robots, etc.  Why are they so creepy?  Well, there's a reason...

Uncanny Valley, definition:  a term that describes the “eerie sensation” people feel when they encounter a robot with human-like characteristics. It was first coined in 1970 by Masahiro Mori, a robotics professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

The Uncanny Valley theory:  Uncanny Valley is a theory in aesthetics suggesting a humanoid object appearing almost, but not exactly, like a real human can evoke feelings of eeriness or revulsion, rather than familiarity, due to the object's proximity to reality yet noticeable imperfections.

Why do we experience Uncanny Valley:  Some cognitive explanations of Uncanny Valley include the idea that we assign humanlike qualities or a mind to artificial people, this can cause cognitive dissonance and confusion since we don't know if we should treat them as human, or trust them to behave as such.

Why is the movie, The Polar Express, considered Uncanny Valley:  The Polar Express is controversial and creepy to some viewers thanks to its animation style, which created a phenomenon known as Uncanny Valley. While the filmmakers clearly opted for a more realistic art style, many of The Polar Express's characters look human but not human enough.

For those who are creeped out by The Polar Express, know that you're not alone. What's more, while the visuals were pretty impressive when the movie was released back in 2004, it hasn't aged well and the sense of Uncanny Valley has arguably worsened with its age. The creators of The Polar Express made the fatal mistake of filming actors with motion-capture technology, which gave every character dead lifeless eyes.

Is Uncanny Valley a psychological response:  There are a number of psychological phenomena in which dramatic emotional responses are evoked by seemingly innocuous stimuli. A well known example is the Uncanny Valley effect, whereby a near human-looking artifact can trigger feelings of eeriness and repulsion.

Does everyone experience Uncanny Valley:  Further, neuroscientists have found that not everyone experiences Uncanny Valley the same way; one may be more or less affected by the phenomenon based on previous life experience.

How do you overcome Uncanny Valley:  For those professionals who create humanoid figures and characters for movies and books... A good way to avoid Uncanny Valley is to move a character's proportions and structure outside the range of human. One reason Gollum was so successful is that he has big eyes, and the shape of his face is not quite human. Grendel in Beowulf is also disfigured and deformed.

Why is Uncanny Valley so creepy:  Mori coined the term Uncanny Valley to describe his observation that as robots appear more humanlike, they become more appealing, but only up to a certain point. Upon reaching Uncanny Valley, our affinity descends into a feeling of strangeness, a sense of unease, and a tendency to be scared or freaked out.


Friday, February 16, 2024

Dance...

 

The Divine Me: Embracing Your Inner Goddess... [excerpt]
 
• Dance

Long, long ago, I would dance. I would put on several layers
of the large discarded house dresses, party dresses, and
petticoats of my grandmother and my aunts, slip my small
feet into their oversized high heels, and spin in the middle of
my bedroom, making the long skirts fan out around me.

This was my dance...

[page 169, from the chapter: "Facing the Mirror: How do you connect with the physical you?]






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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Paranormal Investigation #1 ~ Bump in the Night

 

This is the first of a couple paranormal investigations that I documented at the time with photos as well as copious notes that became a blog post and have today turned into this video. This took place in Fremont NE, the year was 2009, and we were off to experience a haunted house. Enjoy! (We did)