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In my mailbox: Communing with the Ancestors

Communing with the Ancestors is by Raven Grimassi and published by Weiser Books. I want to thank Weiser for the free advanced review copy. I’ll certainly review this one…

 

 

In my mailbox: February 4th

mailbox020416The mailman was kind to me and dropped off a copy of “The Children Of Roswell” by Thomas Carey and Donald Schmitt and published by New Page Books. I want to thank the folks at New Page Books and Warwick Associates for this free review copy.

…The Children of Roswell: A Seven-Decade Legacy of Fear, Intimidation, and Cover-Ups

This is not just another book about Roswell. It’s not about any of the events surrounding one of the most famous UFO incidents of all time. It’s not even about any of the men or women involved in the recovery of a spaceship and its crew in the summer of 1947.

Rather, it’s about the aftermath–the lifetime impact Roswell has had on the families who were forced to live with the truth while accepting the government’s account of the incident, then forced to face years of suppression and fear of reprisal from a government sworn to protect them.

Despite the government’s best efforts to explain it away, after nearly 70 years, Roswell is a story that just won’t disappear. Parents who were present during or immediately after the incident may have passed on, but their children know what happened‚ and have paid dearly for their knowledge. These are their stories. You will finally learn the truth about:

  • The daughter of a witness to an alien body who discovered that her phone had been bugged for years.

  • How the U.S. Air Force tried to change the mind of the son of the Roswell intelligence officer in 1995.

  • What really became of the son of the principle witness, who disappeared in 1960.These are stories worth reading that force you to think about why the government would go to such lengths to keep these families quiet.

 

New title from Weiser Books

Bloody Mary’s Guide to Hauntings, Horrors, and Dancing with the Dead

by Bloody Mary

“Fascinating insight through Bloody Mary’s eyes into the paranormal and New Orleans. A hauntingly good read.” – Nick Groff, co-author of Chasing Spirits and founding team member of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures

9781578635665

Journey through compelling chapters and meet 50 ghosts as Bloody Mary shares with readers her experiences with the ghosts and haunted happenings of New Orleans. Among the tales of the supernatural are:

  • The spirit of Voodoo Queen : Marie Laveau
  • A meeting with Julie the Ghost of Forbidden Love
  • The story of Madame La Laurie, La Vampyra
  • Meetings with Jean Lafitte, the Gentleman Pirate
  • Encounters with the ghosts in New Orleans graveyards
  • Living with ghosts in Bloody Mary’s own private Haunted home

Each chapter ends with “Afterlife Lessons and Warnings” with a recap of the Spirit’s Who’s Who , and what they do to help readers navigate the seen and the unseen worlds.

What makes these stories particularly engaging is Bloody Mary herself. She is not only a psychic investigator, she is also a psychic healer offering healing and kindness to spirits that walk the earth and also helping readers find spiritual lessons in encounters with the spirit world.

(Weiser Books)

The musings of Sharon Day

For a moment, I thought she was going for the Kabbalah. Don’t you love it when thoughts of the Divine interrupt your sleep?

BTW … check more of her musings at Ghost Hunting Theories … (link)

In my mailbox: Missing Connections

missingconnectionsMissing Connections: Challenging the Consensus
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Atlantis Rising (February 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0990690423
ISBN-13: 978-0990690429

You’ll have to forgive me for not showing you a picture of me holding the book, but I have the flu and my red, crusty, nose is not something that I want to share. Let’s just say that I am doing you a favor. I will say that I am getting better and enjoying my time reading.

I’ve already read several of the essays in this book and I’ve enjoyed them. The late Philip Coppens has an essay titled “The Other Shroud” that is a Must-Read.  I’ll let you know what I think of the book very soon. Expect to see Missing Connections: Challenging the Consensus land in your favorite bookstore in about a week.

I want to thank Weiser Books and Atlantis Rising for this free review copy.

 

Yeti Is Real, DNA Proves It, Claims Scientist Bryan Sykes

Professor Bryan Sykes tested hair samples from various sightings and makes a startling claim.

Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Last Neanderthal
A Geneticist’s Search for Modern Apemen
Bryan Sykes
ISBN: 9781938875151
Book (Paperback)
Disinformation Books
$19.95

Growing Celery Simple Method

This is a brief video by one of my favorite bloggers, Sharon Day, of Ghost Hunting Theories (link). I really like seeing people growing their food and videos like this show how to make the process simple.

Review: Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans

practical-astrologyPractical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work

by Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN-10: 1578635756
ISBN-13: 978-1578635757

Product description:

Learn How to Use the Planets and Stars in Your Magickal Work

More often than not, people think of astrology as a tool for divination or the exploration of one’s personality. Astrology is considerably more than that. It is a sacred science, a highly descriptive symbolic language, and it is also a technology that can be applied to ritual, herbalism, the use of crystals, and much more.

But it can be daunting to take on the study of Astrology. After all, it’s a field so huge it would take several lifetimes to master it. And that’s why Ivo Dominguez, Jr., wrote this book–to provide practitioners of magick with a Pagan perspective on Astrology and the core concepts of Astrology that are most useful to building rituals and creating effective magick.

When we look at an astrological chart, what we are actually looking at is a map of the multiple planes of existence summarized and flattened into an understandable diagram–a kind of magickal cartogram. Now, what to do with this map? How can we best use it in our magickal work? That’s precisely what you’ll discover in the pages of this concise, focused, and expertly presented book.

My thoughts:

All in all, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans comes in at slightly less than two hundred pages. It sports several charts in it’s six Appendixes. You’ll find a number of charts throughout the 17 chapters of the book.

While I found some of it to be very interesting, I found much of the book to be dull, dull, dull, and did I mention that it is dull? That wasn’t my biggest problem with the book. I don’t  remember one footnote in the book. No footnotes, no Bibliography, no Index, no suggested reading.

With the lack of footnotes, I had to wonder about the accuracy of almost everything that was written. If I want to do my own research where do I start? Who made the Astrology charts? Did Dominguez draw them? Did he get them from a Google search? How do these charts compare to other charts? Where is the work? Where did HE get this information?

No Index? Really? Make sure that you have plenty of bookmarks if you want to return to this book to glean something.

The man has a good reputation in the Pagan community, but I really can’t recommend this book. It comes off as dry and unfinished. I’m giving Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans 2 stars out of 5. I’d give this one a pass and I suggest Planets for Pagans: Sacred Sites, Ancient Lore, and Magical Stargazing instead…


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book burners

I guess in the world that we live in today, burning a few “unapproved” books is fairly unimportant.

Russian authorities have burned more than 50 books and pulled more than 500 other volumes from college libraries on the grounds they contain sentiments “alien to Russian ideology.”

I just can’t help but think that those who attempt revise, erase, and sanitize, History are doomed to fail. You can take down monuments, burn books, and re-spin, History as much as you like but, sooner or later, the truth will come out.

My suggestion to Russia and others of that ilk is not burning books but writing more. Let’s have a dialogue. To me it seems that hiding History is the only argument of a limited mind.

 

source: ABC

Review: The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals

my_photo-1-2The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals: True-Life Paranormal Encounters in Asylums, Hospitals, and Institutions

by Richard Estep

Paperback: 255 pages
Publisher: New Page Books;
ISBN-10: 1632650266
ISBN-13: 978-1632650269

I would like to take a moment to thank New Page Books and Warwick Associates for this free review copy. This book is scheduled for release in a week and a half and I recommend it for the paranormal enthusiast.

513rgfinlnlThe World’s Most Haunted Hospitals by Richard Estep is just over 240 pages with a modest Notes and Index section. In it’s 17 chapters, Estep covers many of the well-known haunted hospitals from around the world.

I have to admit that I really enjoy this sort of book and I found it to be a very compelling read. Each chapter is an easy-to-consume size, paced nicely, and littered with interesting pictures. While Estep’s Introduction set the table nicely for the book, I think that I would like to have seen a conclusion chapter to tie everything up.

All in all, I thought that The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals was superb and I recommend it for the Paranormal fans. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Product description:

If hospital walls could talk, what tales would they tell?

Hospitals are the nexus point between life and death, the place into which people enter this world, but also exit it. In The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals, paramedic and paranormal investigator Richard Estep recounts some of the most fascinating–and often chilling–stories of hospital hauntings from across the globe, including:

The ghostly apparitions at an old Utah hospital, now a nursing home, whose appearances are said to predict a patient’s death.
The Italian island referred to by locals as “the gateway to Hell,” where the restless spirits of thousands of plague victims prowl the dark streets and fields.
The terrifying screams and violent phenomena that keep visitors away from an abandoned airbase hospital in the Philippines.
The ghostly nurse in grey who haunts the corridors of a London hospital and has frightened generations of doctors and nurses encountering her restless spirit.

Join Richard on this fascinating journey around the world, stopping off at a wide spectrum of haunted hospitals and asylums, old and new, and shiver at the personal encounters of doctors, nurses, patients, and others with the strange and inexplicable.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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