Sunday, September 29, 2013
The metaphysical energies of crystals and stones have been used to protect people since ancient times. Amber was used extensively for protection by the ancient Romans...as well as for golden amulets of the ancient Egyptians and later for modern good luck charms. Many protection magic items have been made of crystals and stones of various kinds.
There are diversified protection needs....psychic, physical, curses, travel, etc. I'd like to know which crystals and stones you prefer to use for protection and why. Is there a specific vibration that connects to you? Do you get a sense of assurance? How do you benefit? Do you use a grid?
Please feel free to comment on the blog or at Facebook. Lon
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Here is a newspaper article from 1897 commemorating the Fox Sisters and the birth of Spiritualism. I have followed the post with links to current articles on the subject:
Hornsville Weekly Tribune, Hornsville, New York - 21 May 1897
They Were Nearly Mobbed in Rochester, and Their Seances Made a Tremendous Sensation--Proposition to Make a Spiritual Museum of the Old Fox Cottage
Rappings Heard at Hydesville, N.Y., Forty-Nine Years Ago
Almost unnoticed by the general public, prominent spiritualists recently held a convention at Rochester to commemorate the forty-ninth anniversary of the “Rochester rappings.” Noted believers from all over the country were in attendance, and Fitzhugh hall was the scene of materializations and spiritual manifestations of many kinds. Aside from the seances and tests, the main business of the spiritualists was to start a fund to be used in erecting a memorial to the Fox sisters.
Rochester has the reputation of being the birthplace of spirit rappings, but this reputation is not wholly justified by facts. The real birthplace was Hydesville, a small town near Rochester.
The phenomena of spirit rappings began in March 1848, in the home of John D. Fox in Hydesville. The Fox family were known and respected throughout Wayne county. The children, Margaret and Kate, aged 12 and 9 years, respectively, were at home when the family was startled by the mysterious rappings that were heard nightly upon the floor in one of the bedrooms and sometimes in other parts of the house. A patter of footsteps sometimes was heard, and bed clothes were often pulled off. Both sisters declared many times that cold hands passed over their faces.
The noises became so pronounced that the aid of neighbors was called in, and an effort was made to trace the mysterious sounds of their cause. All attempts at investigation were baffled, and the Fox house soon became noted as being haunted, and many wild stories were afloat of mysterious lights that glimmered weirdly above the roof and of pale phosphorescences that danced about the yard at midnight. Children held the place in horror, and even cool-headed men hesitated about driving near the place at midnight.On the night of March 31, when the raps first occurred, little 9-year-old Kate imitated them by snapping her fingers, and the raps resounded by the same number of sounds. Kate then said: “Now, do as I do. Count one, two, three, four, five, six,” at the same time striking her hands together. A similar number of raps responded and at similar intervals.
“Count ten,” said the mother of the girls, and ten distinct knocks were heard.
One of the questions as to the cause of the rappings received the answer that it was the spirit of a man who had been murdered in the house some years before. The matter was investigated, and the remains of a human are said to have been found buried in the cellar.
The stories of the Fox cottage finally became so notorious that the family was made uncomfortable thereby, and it finally moved to Rochster. The trip from Hydesville to Rochester was made by the Erie canal, and Mrs. Fox was fancying that the rappings had been left behind when they were heard on the floor of the cabin boat.
After a number of meetings had been held in the home of Mrs. Fish, in Rochester, the spirits insisted that a public meeting be held, but this was opposed by the family, and the “invisibles” declared that they would leave the house unless their wishes were complied with.
The rappings did cease for a time when nothing was done, and it was finally decided to hold a meeting, as the spirits had requested, and it was held in the old Corinthian hall on the evening of Nov. 14, 1849. A number of prominent citizens appeared on the platform with Mrs. Fish and her sister Margaret Fox, the medium. The hall was filled. The phenomena were manifested freely and were subjected to many tests. A committee appointed to investigate the proceedings reported that it was unable to trace the phenomena to any mundane agency.
The report was a disappointment to the majority of those present, for the skeptics had expected a thorough exposure. A second committee was appointed, consisting of prominent men. The investigation was conducted at the office of Chancellor Whittlesey. Mrs. Fish and Margaret Fox were placed in a number of different positions, and every precaution was taken to prevent fraud, and as a result of the investigation it was the unanimous opinion of the committee that the sounds were “inexplicable.”
By this time the excitement in the city was intense. Much dissatisfaction was expressed at the methods of the committee, and a third one was appointed, among its members being two physicians. This committee was even more exacting in its tests but was unable to discover the cause of the sounds.
When it reported failure, there was almost a riot. Threats were freely made against the lives of the mediums, and the assistance of the police was asked. These precautions proved necessary, as the audience, frantic with excitement, made a determined rush for the platform, shrieking maledictions and hurling threats at the two slender, pale, but composed women, who seemed not to heed the angry surgings of the mob.
It required the utmost efforts of the squad of police to remove the Fox sisters to a place of safety. Never since those first days of spirit rappings has Rochester been in the throes of such wild and general excitement. During the first year it took a degree of moral and physical courage to be a spiritualist.
In 1850 the Fox girls gave seances in New York, and the alleged spiritual manifestations became the subject of extensive discussion. Mediums sprang up all over the country and were multiplied by thousands.
For years the Fox sisters startled the country, but as time passed the interest in spirit rappings and other alleged phenomena grew gradually less and finally seemed to die altogether. Â One of the Fox sisters married Dr. Kane, the Arctic explorer, while the younger sister, Kate, married a Dr. Couken, a prominent physician.
“There should be some memorial of the Fox sisters in Rochester,” said Mr. Kates, who was chairman of the convention, to the correspondent of the Chicago Record. “Next year will be the semicentennial of the discovery of the rappings, and we should have at that time some tangible evidence to offer of their birth. I suggest obtaining possession of the Fox cottage, inclose it and establish therein a spiritual museum, where all the various manifest tokens received from the spirit world, the historical things indicating the growth of movement, could be collected. In time a spiritual college might be erected, and it would serve admirably as an annual meeting place. Next year the national association will hold the great jubilee, probably in Rochester, and it will be second to nothing in the history of the movement.
NOTE: Here are links to several interesting articles pertaining to the Fox Sisters and the beginning of Spiritualism:
*The Fox Sisters and the Rap on Spiritualism
*The Fox Sisters: Spiritualism's Unlikely Founders
*The Fox Sisters of Hydesville, NY
'The Spirit Game' film - premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013
Source: Phantoms & Monsters
Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism
Talking to the Other Side: A History of Modern Spiritualism and Mediumship: A Study of the Religion, Science, Philosophy and Mediums that Encompass this American-Made Religion
Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America, Second Edition
History of Spiritualism, The
Saturday, September 21, 2013
If you're a crystal / stone enthusiast and use these tools for healing or psychic connection, then you know the importance of finding those pieces that create a nexus with you. An effective combination of your energy and the mineral's frequency is vital. So...instead of listing multitudes of descriptions and metaphysical properties, I've decided to concentrate on specific minerals that I have found to be exceptionally useful. Like I stated previously, I suggest novices to crystals / stones read up on the subject...then decide what direction you wish to travel. Most crystals / stones that are preferred for psychic connection and energy work are also popular for personal renewal and Reiki healing.
Several years ago, a new mineral compound from the Thunder Bay region of Ontario, Canada started to hit the market. The first pieces offered for sale were described as the 'New Super Seven' and branded as 'Genesis.' Most of these beautiful violet, gel white and red-capped pieces had an elestial form and a variety of striations ('recordkeeper'), somewhat similar to Lemurian Quartz. I was immediately drawn to these crystals, so I found a connection who had a few exceptional pieces for purchase. After I opened the first shipment, I instantly merged with a few of the specimens. I have employed these pieces in my work ever since that day.
These crystals are currently dubbed Auralite, Auralite 23, Thunder Bay Amethyst, Red Amethyst, Canadian Red Cap, Kindred Spirit Stone, 24 Genesis and Super 23. There are a few variations, but for the most part, it is basically an Amethyst with these inclusions: Titanite, Cacoxenite, Lepidocrosite, Ajoite, Hematite (which gives Auralite its red coloring), Magnetite, Pyrite, Goethite, Pyrolusite, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Nickel, Copper, Iron, Limonite, Sphalerite, Covellite, Chalcopyrite, Gialite, Epidote, Bornite and Rutile. It is said that Auralite contains upward of 23 elements, but many contain at least seventeen. Because of the different inclusion minerals, the vibration will vary per piece.
The author of Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals - The Reference Book Describing the Metaphysical Properties of the Mineral Kingdom describes the crystal, or specifically, Auralite “...it assists in unimpeded positive intellectual/spiritual/mental/physical growth, study of geometry/dimensional space, heal rifts in groups/families, disagreements, love-thyself, grid for Earth Stabilization, enhance aura/aura-sight, weight loss, disorders of dizziness, fevers.”
Physical and Metaphysical Properties for Thunder Bay Amethyst / Auralite
Primary Chakra: All
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: Ca and K, Mg, Aluminosilicate of Fe
Astrological Sign: Leo
Numerical Vibration: 2
Rarity: Fairly Common
Mineral Class: Silicates
Issues and Ailments (Physical): Dizziness, Fever, Weight Loss
Issues and Ailments (Emotional): Decision Making, Forgiveness, Happiness, Motivation, Self Control
Issues and Ailments (Spiritual): Clear/Balance/Protect Aura, Communication with Spirit Guardians, Past Life Recall
Category: Natural Crystals & Minerals
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
I thought this would be as good a time as any to post one of my previously published narratives. The following is historical, personal and reflects my introduction to the spirit world:
In Webster’s dictionary, witchcraft is defined as the act or instance of employing sorcery, especially with malevolent intent: a magical rite or technique. The religious will say if you believe in God, and believe in what the Bible says, then you must believe in the powers of evil as well. You cannot take one side and then completely discount the other side...basically, evil power is real and witchcraft is the use of it. In reality, though, there is a very fine line between good and evil.
When it came to folk magic or witchcraft in my neck of the woods, Pow-wow was the preferred mystic art. Pow-wow is a unique combination of Christian theology and shamanistic belief. Shamanism is the oldest form of religion and the belief is that there is one Supreme Being...that all is derived from this and is interrelated. In Europe, Shamanic practitioners were persecuted as witches in the name of orthodox religion. It is still practiced in some rural areas of Pennsylvania, though it has been outlawed for several generations. In spite of the name, it is not of Native American derivation. The name comes from the book Pow-wows, or, The Long Lost Friend, written by John George Hohman and first published in German as Der Lange Verborgene Freund in 1820. The subtitle of the booklet hints at the breadth of its contents...a collection of mysterious and invaluable arts and remedies for man as well as animals with many proofs of their virtue and efficacy in healing diseases, etc. It was recognized mainly by Pennsylvania Dutch hex-meisters but after the translation to English in 1846, it had a tremendous influence on the commoner folk magicians of the Appalachians. This little book includes healing spells, binding spells, protective spells, wards and benedictions. Though I’m not a religious person, I am spiritual and had the ability to sense ethereal energies for as long as I can remember. I'm also a bit superstitious and always have my copy of 'The Long Lost Friend' near me. It’s kind of like a personal talisman against psychic attacks and malevolent forces...though I do employ a variety of protection curios.
All religions have an upside and a downside. The downside of the Judeo-Christian tradition is Satanism. The downside of Pow-wow was corruption by practitioners, the hex-meisters, who would cast spells or hexes on anyone for a price. Hex-meisters were deeply feared by most people from all walks of life. These German immigrants came to Pennsylvania during the late 1800s and unlike the regular practitioners of Pow-wow, who were mainly of lower class and came here for religious freedom, these newcomers were of the middle and upper classes. There was, at the time, a revival of occultism in Europe, some of which was Satanic. This first wave of immigrant Germans brought this influence with them and became better known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.
The following story was first told to me by my Grandmother Strickler (nee Bish) when I was very young. The Strickler & Bish families were originally Anabaptist (Amish & Mennonites) from Switzerland who fled religious oppression during the Swiss Reformation and settled in Pennsylvania.
In 1895, John Blymire was born in York County, Pa...into the world of witchcraft, magick and superstition. His father and grandfather were Pow-wows and he inherited their healing abilities, but not the strength of their skills. When Blymire was five, he suffered from opnema, a wasting away of the body that was believed to be caused by hexes, but was usually caused by poor diet and malnutrition. Neither his grandfather nor father could cure him, so they took him to a powerful Pow-wow healer named Nelson Rehmeyer who eventually cured him. (Note: Nelson D. Rehmeyer was a distant relative through marriage on my father’s maternal side. Several generations of the Rehmeyer family and my grandmother’s family attended the same church)
At age seven, Blymire attempted his first cure and was successful. He was of limited intelligence, homely and only modestly successful as a Pow-wow. People avoided him, except when they needed his Pow-wow skills. Because of this, Blymire was very lonely.
When he was thirteen, he quit school and worked in a cigar factory in York, Pa. He kept to himself, but word got out that he could heal. He supplemented his cigar factory earnings by accepting voluntary offerings for his work as a Pow-wow.
One day, there was an incident that should have made his reputation as a powerful Pow-wow. When work was done, Blymire and the other workers were leaving the factory when someone screamed that a "mad" dog was approaching. A collie, foaming at the mouth, was coming toward them. People tried to go inside the factory, but those leaving blocked their way. Blymire stood between them and the rabid dog, uttered an incantation and made the sign of the cross over the dog's head. The dog's mouth stopped foaming and it seemed to be cured of rabies. Blymire patted it on the head and the dog, tail wagging, followed him as he walked down the street.
Shortly after this incident, Blymire suffered from the opnema again. He was convinced someone had put a hex on him, possibly a jealous Pow-wow who did not want him to be successful. He quit his job in order to discover who had hexed him. He worked in odd jobs and practiced Pow-wow for financial survival and lived in rooming houses. It was at a rooming house where he met Lily, the woman who would become his wife. His health gradually improved and he found a regular job. His Pow-wow clientele steadily increased and it appeared the hex was removed or no longer worked.
Then disaster struck...Blymire's first child died within a few weeks after birth. Then a second child passed away three days after birth. In the meantime, his health declined and he lost his job.
Again, Blymire consulted with other witches to find out who had hexed him. One was Andrew C. Lenhart, a powerful witch who was feared by many police and city officials. Lenhart stated that he was hexed by someone close to him and Blymire was convinced it was Lily. She began to fear him and her father hired a lawyer who had Blymire evaluated by a psychiatrist. The diagnosis was borderline psychoneurosis. Blymire was committed to a state mental hospital from which he escaped by walking out of the door. There was no effort to recommit him.
In 1928, Blymire returned to work at the cigar factory where he met 14-year-old John Curry who had a cruel childhood due to abuse and believed he was hexed. Shortly after this, they met a farmer, Milton J. Hess who believed he was hexed. He and his wife were of Pennsylvania Dutch stock. They obeyed all of the regulations and rules hex-meisters gave them. Milton had been a successful farmer...crops flourished, chickens laid the right amount of eggs and the cows' milk was plentiful. His wife, Alice had a stand at the farmer's market, where she sold vegetables, flowers and fruit.
Hess explained that in 1926, for no apparent reason, things took a downward spiral. Crops began to fail, chickens were stolen and those that weren't did not lay eggs, cows would not eat and no longer produced milk. Milton's health was also severely affected. Wilbert, his 17-year-old son was also affected, psychologically, by hearing his father complain about the failures and lack of money and his mother changing from an energetic cheerful woman into a sad and silent one who withdrew from communicating with family. The family was convinced they were hexed. Hess got a job as a truck driver and Alice still had her stand, now, out of financial necessity.
In June, 1928, Hess met Blymire who lived in the Widow Detwiler's boarding house in an alley. They would talk daily and the conversation, eventually, turned to hexes. About this time, Blymire consulted Nellie Noll, who was known as the ‘Witch of Marietta’, also as the ‘River Witch’ in the attempt to discover who had hexed him. She told him that it was the ‘Witch of Rehmeyer Hollow'...after much coaxing from Blymire, she named Nelson D. Rehmeyer.
Hess invited Blymire, as a ‘Pow-wower’ or ‘Braucher’, to his farm where the witch could see its condition for himself. He asked Blymire who had hexed the family, but he could not remember the name, so he visited Nellie Noll again. Again, she named Nelson D. Rehmeyer and added that Rehmeyer had also hexed Curry. She told him that all they had to do was to get Rehmeyer's copy of John George Hohman's 'Pow-wows or Long Lost Friend' and burn it. If they could not do that, they must get a lock of his hair and bury it 6 to 8 feet underground.
Once Blymire, Curry and the Hesses knew who had hexed them and what had to be done, there was a conference. Attending this meeting were Blymire, Curry and Milton, older brother Clayton and Wilbert Hess. Soon, plans were made for Blymire, Curry and Wilbert Hess to visit Rehmeyer and get a lock of hair or the book, do as they were directed and the hex would be removed. Clayton, the only family member who had a car, would drive them to the hollow. As events happened, Wilbert said he did not feel well and did not want to go. Blymire said it was OK if he did not. He and Curry would get the book or the lock of hair and would do what they had to.
The following information was taken from trial transcripts and records:
Nelson D. Rehmeyer, the 'Witch of Rehmeyer Hollow'
When they got to Rehmeyer's house, they discovered he was not home. They walked to the witch's ex-wife's house and saw a light through the window, so they knocked on the door. The duo was told that Rehmeyer was probably at his lady friend’s house. They walked back to the witch's house and noticed a light on the second floor.
Blymire knocked on the door. Rehmeyer opened the door...he was much larger than Blymire remembered and was mean looking. Blymire asked if they could come in and Rehmeyer led them to the parlor where they sat and started to talk.
Blymire asked Rehmeyer if he had seen the book. The response was yes. The next question was if he had one. Again, the answer was affirmative. Blymire was satisfied with the answers. The conversation, then, turned to more mundane topics. Finally, Rehmeyer asked them why they had stopped by. Blymire told him that he had cured him of the opnema when he was a child and he had worked by picking potatoes for him.
Blymire, while they talked, try to mentally will Rehmeyer to hand over the book, but this was not effective. After a while, Rehmeyer said he was going to bed and they could sleep downstairs if they wanted to.
Curry quickly fell asleep while Blymire stayed awake trying to will the old witch to give them the book. Finally, he woke Curry and told him that he could not control Rehmeyer's mind. Should they try to use force and make him give them the book or a lock of hair? Blymire decided against this because the old witch was a big man and could easily overpower them. He decided they needed help.
That morning, Rehmeyer got up early and made the duo breakfast before they left. At some point, they bought a 25 foot length of strong rope and cut it into lengths of about 14 inches.
On Wednesday, November 27th, 1928, the night of the full moon and eve before Thanksgiving, Clayton drove the trio to Rehmeyer's Hollow. The three walked to Rehmeyer's house.
They demanded that he give them the book. He threw his wallet at them. Then, the three attacked Rehmeyer. Blymire wrapped a length of rope around Rehmeyer's neck. The trio fought savagely with the old man...Curry got a block of wood and hit Rehmeyer in the head. The old man was kicked in the head and the stomach and his face was battered. Blymire said he groaned, took a few breaths, then died.
They ransacked the house and found a small amount of money. The trio decided they had to get rid of the evidence that would tie them into the murder. Curry thought setting fire to the house would achieve this. They lit matches and dropped them in the house to set the fire. The house was smoldering when they left.
The house did not burn as they thought it would. A neighbor, Oscar Glatfelter, was passing by Rehmeyer's house on November 30th and heard his mule braying. When the man checked on the animal, he saw it had not been fed. Glatfelter knocked on the door and there was no answer, but the door was unlocked. After the neighbor entered the house, he saw Rehmeyer's corpse lying on the floor.
|The Rehmeyer House during the murder investigation|
It did not take the police long to arrest Blymire, Curry and Wilbert for the murder of Rehmeyer. All three confessed and Blymire said he was at peace now that he had killed the witch. The newswire services informed the public that a practicing witch had been killed in York County, Pa.
The trials began on January 9th, 1929. Judge Sherwood presided. District Attorney Amos W. Herrmann represented the commonwealth. Public defenders Walter W. VanBaman represented Curry and Herbert B. Cohen, Blymire. The Hess family could afford to hire Harvey A. Gross, the best criminal defense attorney in the area.
Judge Sherwood decreed that all mention of hexes and witchcraft in the confessions be edited out before they were admitted to records. The attempts of the defense attorneys to make hexes and witchcraft a matter of record via testimony were quashed.
Herrmann made his opening statements, avoiding all mention of witchcraft and hexes and forgot to mention the motive for the murder that the judge wanted. He was sharply reminded of this. The decreed motive was robbery and, then, was stated.
When Cohen tried to bring out testimony about witchcraft, the judge thwarted his efforts.
The trials were the some of the speediest in Pennsylvania history. By obstruction of justice, the judge got what he wanted, guilty verdicts, Blymire and Curry, murder in the first degree and Hess, murder in the second degree.
The sentences were handed down on January 14th. Blymire and Curry were given life in prison and Wilbert was given 10 to 20 years. In 1934, Hess and Curry were paroled and lived quiet lives in the York area. Curry became an artist and died in 1962. Blymire was finally paroled in 1953, returned to York and worked as a janitor.
|The Hex House in Rehmeyer Hollow, East Hopewell Township, York County, Pa.|
This case has always intrigued me...especially after I read Arthur Lewis’ account of the incident in his book ‘Hex’. I also remember the tales of paranormal activity in Rehmeyer Hollow and the reports of strange apparitions, said to be Nelson Rehmeyer’s spirit, roaming the property nightly.
During my senior year in high school, I decided to make a short trip to Rehmeyer Hollow to see what all the fuss was. I had found a copy of Pow-Wows: Long Lost Friend, a Collection of Mysteries and Invaluable Arts and Remedies and decided to carry it with me. Like I said earlier, I’m a bit superstitious and thought the book may protect me in some way.
I made the journey alone in mid October 1975...it was late afternoon when I arrived at a locked gate that was suspended over the access road that had a ‘No Trespassing’ sign attached to it. At that time, the sparse open areas were overgrown with briers and high weeds. The woods were very thick and dark and as I started walking on the road I could make out the roof of the small house jutting over the trees. As I approached, I noticed what looked like an older man in dark pants and a jacket standing on the road near the bend that led to the house….I estimated he was about 150 feet in front of me. It looked like he was searching for something because he was looking face down in a peculiar manner.
I stopped walking and stood for a few seconds watching this person go back and forth across the road, never raising their head. So I decided it was time to find out if this was a caretaker or if it was OK for me proceed any further even though I knew was trespassing.
I shouted “hello...sir”. No response. So I was about to shout again thinking this person was hard of hearing or possibly ignoring me. Just as I began to open my mouth to shout, this person quickly looked up and....
Now, I realize that I was a fair distance away but this ‘person’ that, I swear to this day, had no facial features. No eyes, no mouth, no nose...just a head. I spun around and hauled my butt back to the car. The ghost hunt was over. I wheeled my Mustang out of that hollow onto the main road in record time. Honestly, I don’t remember the drive home. I was absolutely stunned by the experience.
A few days later, my girlfriend and I were in my room and she found ‘The Long Lost Friend’ on my desk. I was lying on the bed with headphones on when I looked over and saw that she was looking in the book. As I watched her, I noticed that there was writing on the book cover. I had purchased the book as new, had never written in it or had it anywhere other than when I was at Rehmeyer Hollow. As I looked closer, there was an “NR” written in pencil.
The next day, I lit the grill in the backyard and promptly burned the book and buried the ashes. I wasn’t leaving anything to ‘chance’. A few weeks later, I purchase a new copy of ‘The Long Lost Friend’ and it’s been with me since.
The following is a description of how the Pow-wower applied their skills in 20th-century York County, as noted by Arthur H. Lewis in his 1969 book Hex:
Except for two days a month, the Rohrbaugh Convalescent Home in rural Spring Grove, York County, Pennsylvania, is about as quiet a spot as you're likely to find anywhere in the Keystone State. But on the first and sixteenth, it becomes a mecca for scores of ailing men, women and children who flock to this tiny village, there to be powwowed back to health by Mrs. Leah Frank.
Mistakenly, I assumed there was some significance in the choice of the two days on which Mrs. Frank practices her profession.
"When I reached ninety, and that was four years ago," Mrs. Frank explained, "I thought maybe I'd better quit altogether; it's so hard on a body. But my people wouldn't let me, tole me they needed me. So, instead of workin' every day, I tole 'em I'd 'try for' two days a month and I picked the first and the sixteenth. Then people will know when to come and not be disappointed in between. That's all there is to it."
Through the windows of the second-floor bedroom she seldom leaves, Mrs. Frank can view the soft hills of York County where she has lived all her years. As a matter of fact, the aged powwower spends most of her daylight hours in an old-fashioned Morris chair facing the east. "I'd rather see the sun come up than go down," she says gently.
Except for a slight diminution in hearing and arthritis, only lately beginning to cripple the long, tapered fingers she needs for "laying on" ill or otherwise troubled patients, Mrs. Frank remains in excellent health. Her cheeks, though wrinkled, have a healthy glow; her teeth are her own, and her sharp blue eyes still regard with abiding interest that small portion of the world she sees.
"Prettiest part of the world, though I wouldn't know much about the rest of it," Mr. Frank said in a clear voice with a strong Pennsylvania Dutch inflection. "Born and raised ten miles from here and never been no further away than forty. But you don't have to travel to learn things and how to take care of 'em that needs you, do you?"
She smiled and went on.
"I've been tryin' for people for a long, long time. I always know'd I had the power but I learned how to use it from a veterinarian who practiced powwowin' too. That was back in 1904; I've been doin' it ever since.
"Course that's not all I ever done. I just used to try for people on the side like most of us faith healers do. From the time I was a little girl 'till I was seventy-seven years I worked in a mill and I worked hard, too. Anymore I don't work so hard. Now I'm so old I only powwow."
What troubles Mrs. Frank is the current shortage of apprentices willing to undergo the rigors of training in order to become worthy practitioners.
"I don't mean those that don't have the power inside 'em 'cause they'll never learn no matter how much they want to. Some of 'em try but I always say to 'em, 'If you can't stop blood, you'll never be a powwower, so don't waste your time.'"
"What I'm referrin' to is those that got the power but don't want to use it. It ain't easy; you have to work hard and it makes you mighty tired to try for people.
Mrs. Frank did not elaborate upon the curriculum required before the neophyte can become a full-fledged practitioner. She did say, however, that after "blood stopping," which, incidentally, she claims can never be taught and must be known congenitally, the next training step is wart removal. After that come the many other branches of the discipline concluding with cures for the opnema, St. Anthony's fire and finally tumors.
Mrs. Frank also holds to the orthodox belief, one shared by the majority of her colleagues, that an instructor in powwowism or witchcraft may impart his knowledge only to members of the opposite sex.
"A man shouldn't teach another man or boy and a woman can't teach another woman or girl," claims this nonagenarian necromancer. "I'm helpin' train a young man who lives 'round here and he's doin' all right. But I sure wish I could teach my granddaughter. She was born with the power but she don't know how to use it. She could do wonderful good."
I asked Mrs. Frank what would happen if she attempted to teach the profession to her granddaughter. She shuddered.
"Oh, my goodness! That would be terrible. I'd suffer for it the rest of my days and maybe lose my own power if I tried."
Like the Willow Street powwower, to whom she is not related, Mrs. Frank is aware of the present of evil area witches. However, she does not subscribe to Clair Frank's depressing theory that practitioners of the black art are getting smarter as well as increasingly numerous.
"Not many of 'em 'round as there used to be," Mrs. Frank said cheerfully. "And they're getting dumber and dumber all the time. But when I was a girl!"
NOTE: In 1988, the film Apprentice to Murder was released and starred Donald Sutherland, Chad Lowe and Mia Sara. The story was based on the Rehmeyer Hollow Murder...Lon
Lewis, Arthur H., Hex
Pow-Wows: Long Lost Friend, a Collection of Mysteries and Invaluable Arts and Remedies
Murder and Mayhem in York County
Rehmeyer Family Archives
Strickler Family Archives
Stricklers of Pennsylvania: A history of the Strickler Families who emigrated from Switzerland and settled principally in Bucks, Lancaster, York, and Lebanon counties in Pennsylvania
Murder and Mayhem in York County
Apprentice to Murder - Movie Poster - 11 x 17 Inch (28cm x 44cm)
Pow-Wows: Long Lost Friend, a Collection of Mysteries and Invaluable Arts and Remedies
Hex and Spellwork: The Magical Practices of the Pennsylvania Dutch
The Red Church or The Art of Pennsylvania German Braucherei
The Realness of Witchcraft in America: Witch-Doctors, Apparitions, Pow-wows, Hexerei, Angels, Devils, Hex, Sex
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Anybody can connect with their Guardian Angel. People often think that you have to be religious or psychic in order to make this connection. Not true. We are all born with our own Guardian Angels and they never stop surrounding us with love, support and guidance.
Angels help us stay connected with our spiritual source. We also have spirit and/or ancestral guides that help you find your way...though, in most cases, guides are more difficult to connect with. As we raise our vibration, we can more easily connect and communicate with wiser energies in the spirit realms.
Seeking an Angel's help is one of our most power spiritual practices....but you need to ask.
Here are some tips that will help you connect with your Guardian Angel:
1. Angels can do nothing for us unless we ask. No need to worry about asking for too much. Angels exist beyond our experience of time and space. Create your own affirmations that specifically call for the help you need.
2. Attune yourself with your Angel. Simple meditation may raise your awareness enough to establish contact. Ask questions...find out how they want to be addressed. Establish a routine that suits your timetable. Make it an exciting experience.
3. Have patience...but ask if you feel your question has not been answered. Learn how to interpret the answers.
4. Quickly react to the guidance you receive. Angelic help has, for the most part, a finite period of effectiveness.
5. With time and practice, you will understand which sensations mean yes, no or otherwise. Your answer may also come during meditation, or after a prolonged period of reflection. Learn how the message is given and how it should be received. Notice patterns...times when the message tend to come. Show your appreciation for the advice. Like any long-term relationship, trust and respect are imperative.
Guardian Angels: True Stories of Answered Prayers
Guardian Angels: Connecting With Our Spiritual Guides and Helpers
Your Guardian Angel and You: Tune in to the Signs and Signals to Hear What Your Guardian Angel Is Telling You
Thursday, September 12, 2013
'How do I use this stone to improve my life?' It's a question I receive on a consistent basis. Crystals, stones, and gems (gemstones) are tools that can be used to stay focused on your goals and intentions. All of us have noticed that constant chatter in our minds when something in our life is worrisome. It's also present for those who are skilled in meditation and self-awareness.
These fascinating minerals from deep within the earth are gifts to distract us from those troubling thoughts. These gifts remind you to focus on what you really want...not what you don’t want or need.
Carry a stone in your pocket or purse...place it at a location where you will see it during the day. Place it on your night stand or in your pillow case before sleep. As you place the crystals or stones on or around you, place an 'intention' or thought...a direction as to why you are using that stone. Each time you touch the stone, examine it...or think of it. Use visualization. Remember why you are working with it and reaffirm your intention.
There are a myriad of crystals and stones that correlate directly to the energy centers of the body...the chakras. Each chakra holds mutually supportive beliefs, thought-forms, and consciousness stored on multiple levels...spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Here are the 7 main chakras and some suggested corresponding crystals / stones. I will highlight those selections I regularly use:
Crown chakra: Celestite, Selenite, Sugilite, Amethyst, Yttrium Fluorite - Divine love and consciousness
Brow chakra: Herkirmer Diamond, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire - Balancing the higher and lower selves, extra-sensory perception
Throat chakra: Clear Quartz, Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Chrysocolla - Self-expression and communication
Heart chakra: Peridot, Rose Quartz, Pink / Lavender Kunzite, Rhodochrosite - Flow of unconditional love
Solar plexus chakra: Golden Calcite, Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline, Citrine - Converting solar and pranic energy
Sacral chakra: Carnelian, Moonstone, Aquamarine - Transform sexual energy
Root chakra: Emerald, Garnet, Black Tourmaline - Grounding and stabilizing earth energy
May I suggest you obtain a guide on working with chakras. The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Chakra Energy is an excellent starter handbook.
When choosing a crystal or stone, let its vibration come to you. Use your intuition and perception without looking at the description. Choose the stone by color, attraction and how its energy and touch sensation resonates. When the connection is made, then look at the name and description...then decide what this particular gift can do for you.
NOTE: As time goes on, I will go into greater detail on crystal / stone selection and various uses...Lon
The Crystal Bible
Crystal Bible 2
Crystal Bible 3
Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn's New Age)