Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Every year, around this time, the crazies come out.  No, I'm not talking about the people dressed as ghosts, witches and pirates, I'm talking about the fervent religious believers out to 'educate' us about the evil nature of Halloween and its festivities.
So, here's my brief rant against these ridiculous ideas.

Without fail, in late October, articles and videos surface that purport to give us the true 'Satanic' origins of Halloween.  'Save your children' they proclaim.  'Stop them from trick-or-treating!'  In various versions, we're told that the holiday is devoted to Satan, designed to convert people to worship the dark lord and that the entire event is a massive 'black Sabbath.'  One recent video making the rounds on the internet wraps up pagans, Satanists and Mormons in the global Halloween plot.  Apparently, they've all been in league on this from the onset.
Often, the person writing the article claims to be an ex high priest or priestess of some satanic church.  They've been saved somewhere along the way and it's now their mission to put a stop to Halloween
These articles would be quite laughable if not for the fact that so many people blindly buy into the 'facts' presented.
Honestly, I wish these people would educate themselves in terms of both history and religion.  The reality of Satanism is that it is a fairly modern creation, gaining most of it's attention in the 1960s with the advent of the official 'Church of Satan' created by showman Anton LaVey.  LaVey was outrageous and basically created anti-versions of Christian rites.  He sprinkled in a bit of witchcraft, upside down crosses and lots of nudity.  It became a fad and a way to rebel against the structured church.  Satanist aren't Mormons, and pagans aren't Satanist.

As for Halloween, the primary root of the celebration is the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-en).  It marked the end of the harvest and the start of the dark half of the year, or winter.
You'll find that many of our modern Halloween traditions have direct links to early Celtic ideas and practices.  From masks to jack o'lanterns it's all there.  I won't go into the full history here though.  Rather, I encourage you to research it and educate yourself.  Maybe it will set an example for all the experts out there who are attempting to educate us.

In the mean time, Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Spirit Revolution

What better topic for Halloween then the creepy Black Eyed Children?

You can catch me tonight on a special episode of 'The Spirit Revolution' hosted by ancient aliens star Philip Coppens and Author Kathleen McGowan.  We'll discuss these strange children and some of the links they have to myth and folklore.
Philip and Kathleen are excellent host and I had a great time on the show, I could talk to these two for ages.

If you miss the initial airing, you can listen to the show in archives.  While you're there, be sure to download some of the other fantastic interviews Philip and Kathleen have conducted.

The Spirit Revolution can be found here:

Monday, October 29, 2012

Paradigm Symposium 2012

It's hard to believe that the Paradigm Symposium has come and gone.  Sometimes, on rare occasions, an event not only lives up to its hype, but breaks the barriers and goes beyond its intended potential.  Such was the case in Minneapolis, MN this October.

The brainchild of Scotty Roberts and Micah Hanks, publishers of Intrepid magazine, the Paradigm Symposium 2012 was a gathering of alternative thinkers and scholars from around the globe.  Featuring well known figures of Ancient Alien studies, the symposium had a star studded lineup.

Even from the start, it seemed that those in attendance sensed that something special was happening.  And it was.  Well beyond the lecture hall and vendor area, the depth of the conference and the connections that people were making could be seen and felt.  The restaurant, bar and atrium all stayed busy till the wee hours each night. 
More than one person commented about the accessibility of the speakers.  One could wander about and chat with Philip Coppens, see Giorgio Tsoukalos (and his hair) or catch Dr. John Ward levitating a cup of coffee. (a paradigm joke)
By Sunday, it was evident that many people simply didn't want to leave, not wanting the magic to end.

No doubt there were glitches, every conference has some, but Scotty, Micah and their excellent group of volunteers made sure that things continued without a hitch.
Roberts and Hanks were a constant presence, though usually they were darting about like a pair of hummingbirds, ensuring that everyone was receiving the nectar of knowledge.  Judging by the overwhelming positive response, there were successful in their goals, causing us all to 'Think' at a hopefully deeper level.
For those who missed it, I'm truly sorry for you and I encourage you to do all you can to attend next year's event.  Yes, that's correct, plans are already underway for the Paradigm Symposium to return in 2013.  Frankly, I expect it to be even better.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Paradigm Symposium

There are countless events each year geared towards all aspects of the paranormal.  From straightforward ghost hunts to para-celebrity shows to simple lectures and conventions.  Rarely however, is there a gathering such as the one scheduled for Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 18-21.  It is, to put it simply, the event of the year, perhaps the event of the decade.  The list of speakers is beyond impressive.

Giorgio A Tsoukalos, George Noory, Philip Coppens, Linda Moulton Howe, Ian Punnett, Laird Scranton, Marie D. Jones, Larry Flaxman, Dr. John Ward, Anthony F. Sanchez, Paul Von Ward, John Ventre, Nick Redfern and Dan Madsen.

As if that list wasn't impressive enough, the event's headliner is the iconic Erich Von Daniken.  Mr Von Daniken's Chariot of the Gods inspired many seekers to explore the concept of Ancient Aliens and their possible influence on our planet.

I've attended too many events to count but this, I have no doubt, will be one of those once in a lifetime moments.  The masterminds behind this gathering are my friends Scott Alan Roberts author of Rise and Fall of the Nephilim and his cohort the mischievous Micah Hanks, author of Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule.
If it were anyone else, I would question wether such a gathering could be pulled off successfully, but I'm confident that these two will give us the event of a lifetime.
Both men are scholars and gentlemen (well most of the time) and their grand vision will benefit everyone who attends.

And yes, I have the honor of speaking at this event so if you attend, catch my lecture on BEKs, Hybrids and maybe a couple of other creepy creatures that are intruding into our world.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spirit Talk

This week I had the pleasure of appearing on Spirit Talk with host Chris Fleming.

Most of you will recognize Chris, he's a familiar name in the world of the paranormal having appeared on Dead Famous, Psychic Kids and a host of other shows. He's a medium, sensitive, paranormal investigator and all around nice guy.

If you haven't listened to Chris's podcast before, you're in for a treat. He does a show about once a month and chooses his topics carefully. Check out some of the excellent past shows with guests such as Bill Murphy, John Zaffis and even a special episode on the Seth material.

You can find Spirit Talk here:

Chris also runs Ghost Outlet, a great resource for paranormal equipment:


Perhaps you are aware of what's called the time prompt phenomenon.  The strange inclination to look at clocks and find that the time is exactly 11:11.  This synchronicity often extends beyond clocks, with the number appearing at random on everything from billboards to totals at the convenience store.  Various theories have been promoted over the years to account for this phenomenon.  While some new agers believe the 11:11 is a grand code that activates our DNA, others are adamant that alien races are sending us secret messages and trying to get us to pay attention.  Whatever the explanation, there's no denying that hundreds, perhaps thousands of people have been experiencing it
and talking about it for several years now.  For the most part, people report that this is a positive phenomenon that often signals changes in their lives.  But is 11:11 the only number connected with these types of synchronicities?  The short answer is, not anymore.  In recent years, a growing number of people experience seeing 3:33 repeated over and over in their lives.  Again, this is reported to have positive results and people associate it with everything from angelic presence to spiritual blessings.

On some occasions, there have been reports of the repeated appearance of the number 666.  Obviously, this does not appear on clocks, but those who begin seeing the number find it on other digital readouts, written or posted or even in their bank totals.  Unlike the manifestations of 11:11 and 333, the number 666 is automatically equated with evil due to the biblical passages that denote the number of the beast as being 666.  Those experiencing this number over and over again in their lives report misfortunes and accidents during the period that they see the number.  Is this a psychological effect brought on by our predisposed notion of the number being evil or is some sinister energy causing chaos in the lives of these people?  The question is a difficult one to answer.

Even more recently, I have begun hearing about the phenomenon of 5:17.  Specifically, 5:17 seems to be connected to negative experiences of a paranormal nature.  Take for instance the case of Rebecca.
Rebecca is an abductee.  She has been dealing with memories of numerous abductions by what most people refer to as the Greys.  Rebecca believes her abductions begin fifteen years ago and that during that time she was an unwilling participant in an alien-human hybrid breeding program.

Since her experiences, Rebecca has been haunted by the number 517.  She consistently wakes up at 5:17 each morning.  Although she usually falls back asleep in short order, the number stays with her and she thinks about it when she later gets out of bed.
Furthermore, she reports that her energy 'bottoms out' at 5:17 in the evening.  She becomes so tired that she often resorts to caffeine in order to stay awake a few hours more.  It's not just clocks though.  Rebecca often sees the number repeated during her normal day to day life.  At the coffee shop, the grocery store and other random locations.  She reports:

"I recently caught a cab to go downtown.  When I got in the cab, I looked up and this driver had a big 517 on his visor.  I asked him what the number was for and he just said, 'it's my number'.  It didn't make any sense to me but this was not a man you could have a friendly conversation with so I didn't say anything else.
Another day I was in an establishment where you had to take a number and of course the slip of paper I pulled out said 517."

Like many women with memories of the abduction experience, Rebecca is haunted by constant visions and the recall of things done to her against her will. 

"I've talked to other abductees.  Some of them think the aliens have good intent, that they are working towards the greater good but there's nothing good about my memories.  I refuse to believe that any being working for a greater good would abduct people and force them to do such things.  I never willingly went with these aliens, I never wanted my eggs to be taken for their breeding experiments.  I remember experiencing the sensations of being pregnant but it only lasted about three months.  I kept trying to make myself go to the doctor but I couldn't.  I was too afraid of what I would find out.  People were asking me what was wrong with me, was I gaining weight, was I sick.  I didn't know what to say."

Rebecca began experiencing pains in her stomach and abdomen one night.  She laid down in bed hoping the pains would subside.  It was the last thing she remember until 5:17 AM.

"I knew right away what had happened.  I had been taken again.  Not only that, but this time they had taken the baby that they had placed inside of me.  I didn't feel sad about it being gone.  Although it was from my genes, God knows what else it was combined with.  The abductions stopped after that.  Now I'm left with disturbed memories and a constant nagging that the number 517 should mean something.  Perhaps it's a warning or perhaps it's just a result of all the nasty things that happened to me during the experiences.  Whichever it is, I do not believe that there is anything peace and light about those aliens."
Rebecca's story may sound far fetched to some, but she is one of a large number of women who have come forward with tales of abductions and stories of an alien breeding program.  The numbers grow each year and the questions remain unanswered.  Are these women really being used in some bizarre genetic experiment?  If so, where are these 'aliens' coming from and what is their intent?

Rebecca is not the only person to report strange incidents revolving around the number 517.  Robert in Utah reports that 517 is a 'bad luck number.' 

"Every time I see that number, something negative happens.  It started when a homeless guy came in the store where I work.  He walked around repeating 517 in a loud voice over and over.  We had to get security to take him out.  Maybe that guy got it stuck in my head or something, I'm really not sure.  I just know that if I look at something and see that number, it seems to be a bad omen.  For instance, I got in my car one day, turned the engine over and looked at the digital clock on the dash.  It said 5:17.  I hadn't even moved and someone slammed into the passenger side of my car.  She did a lot of damage too."

Can a number really be evil?  Thousands of people would claim that the number 666 certainly is.  This belief itself may add to the dark energy and incidents often associated with the 'number of the beast'.  But what about a number like 517?  Other than being a brand of levi's, what association could the masses have with this seemingly innocent set of digits?  Maybe there is something to numbers carrying negative energy, or perhaps it's all coincidence.  But then, is there really any such thing?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Haunted Queen Mary

I have the pleasure of writing this post while sitting in a bar aboard the Queen Mary.  Yes, the haunted Queen Mary.  You see, I'm doing research.  No really.  Bartenders are great sources of information and once you tell them you're interested in the paranormal, they'll often begin spilling stories wether they're believers or not.  (Okay, by coincidence the bar does serve Guinness).

If you're reading my blog, you're interested in the paranormal and the odds are you know at least a bit about the Queen Mary.  It's been featured on countless programs and is known as a haunted ship, perhaps the most haunted ship in the world.  The vessel is docked in Long Beach, California where it has rested since going out of service in 1967.
The ship was launched in 1934 as a luxury liner and later served during WW2 as a transport vessel.  I won't recount the ship's long history here.  If you're not familiar with it already, a quick google search will provide you with tons of information.  I will say however, that the ship is an amazing glimpse into another period.  Its art deco style still holds a certain elegance despite the passing of so many years.  Sadly, the maintenance and repairs don't seem to be kept up on and I notice more wear and tear each time I visit.  No doubt it is an expensive and time consuming task to keep up on this piece of floating history.

I've been on the Queen Mary many times, but with each visit I hear new stories and learn new facts.  I'm fairly well versed in the tales of the various spirits associated with the ship but new encounters do continue to occur.  I heard several from staff members this trip, and that was before hitting the bar.  Once there however, the friendly bartender filled me in on the fact that many staff members are especially 'creeped out' by the numerous faces and images they find in the natural wood grain of the walls.  Just outside of the bar in fact, he showed me a spot on the wall that 'has the face of a devil.'  As you'll notice in the photo below, it's easy to see.

There are many such images to be found in the wood throughout the Queen Mary and it adds another curious aspect to a ship already filled with mystery.
Although I've had paranormal experiences aboard the ship before (a story for another time) I didn't experience anything this time around.  I did however enjoy my time at this classic haunted location.

If you are interested in the lore of this majestic haunted ship, I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of "The Queen Mary: A Floating Phenomenon"  This DVD was produced by my friend Bill Murphy, well known as the lead scientist on the SyFy channel's Fact or Faked the Paranormal Files.  Bill's independent work shines and we don't have to worry about pesky commercials or network editors who decide what we should or shouldn't see.  The documentary runs 75 minutes and gives us a look at some of the ship's most active locations including the First Class Pool and the Cargo Hold.  You'll also hear EVPs collected by investigators and see contact with an aggressive entity know as 'Green Room Henry.'

It's one of my favorite paranormal documentaries and you'll enjoy it wether you've been on the ship or not. 
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