Category Archives: Spirit

Episode 3 – The Forest Dark

Are you scared of the woods? What about the woods at night? In this Halloween episode, I talk about a handful of forests that have strange, spooky and haunted history. Do you have a story about something creepy, mysterious or paranormal in the woods? Let me know and I’ll read it in a future episode!)

Thanks for listening!

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Informative Links:
(These are stand out links. You can, of course, find plenty of others by doing your own research which I highly recommend!)

Black Forest Legends -http://www.websters.net/blackforest/legends.html
Brothers Grimm – https://www.biography.com/news/brothers-grimm-facts
Hoia Baciu Forest – https://hoiabaciuforest.com/
Destination Truth in Hoia Baciu – http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3iw0q1
Old House Woods – http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/03/the-mysteries-of-virginias-cursed-forest/
Freetown State Forest – http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/06/the-cursed-forest-of-massachusetts/


Intro and Outro music “People Are Spinning” done by Monplaisir at Loyalty Freak Music from their album, To Chill and Stay Awake.
Bio – loyaltyfreakmusic.com/about

To Chill and Stay Awake – loyaltyfreakmusic.com/post/165657190…-stay-awake-an

I found the work on Free Music Archive. Huge thanks to him for making free music for folks like me to use to enhance my podcast. Give it a listen!

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Serious Silly Fear

Due to everything explained in the previous Disconnection/Reconnection series of posts, I have plans for this month’s Harvest Moon which is only a few days away.  The plans showed up during the September new moon and I decided to nurture them.  Of course, as it is with this sort of thing, over the past two weeks things have been speeding up and, yeah, I’m terrified.

What started as a simple re-connection has taken on a life of it’s own, pushing me forward into deeper and deeper water.  It’s also bringing with it a fair amount of clarity and change.  Not a bit of it is bad.

So, if it’s not bad then why am I terrified?

Because of bad habits and, well, THIS GUY!

This is G. Hobyah.  He lives in the Faeries Oracle deck.  Well, he hangs out there.  I’m not sure where he lives but I imagine it’s several different places; under your bed, in your closet, under the stairs and around dark corners.  As penned by the wonderful Jessica Macbeth and painted by the as-wonderful Brian Froud, he is the faery of unrealistic fears, of being frightened by things that are not really there whether they be boogeymen in the shadows, an intimidating person walking behind you or a stern boss who doesn’t say much.

Although he is quite frightening, G. Hobyah has a job and that job is to help you find your spine and your common sense.   Once he’s done that he would much rather sit down with you with a pint and watch a horror movie then go through the exhausting process of scaring you all day for weeks on end.  However, if you don’t know this or if he comes at you sideways with a mask on, it can be absolutely terrifying.  He is, after all, very, very good at his job.  Well, it’s an artform, really.  Regardless, he’s an expert at it.

Thankfully, he showed up in a reading this morning that I was doing for the #theoctobertarot challenge over on Instagram care of @Lionhearts.  Ol’ G. Hobyah was kind enough to step out of the shadows, pull down his mask and wave at me as my Shadow Mentor for the month of October and letting me know he’s been behind a lot of my fears over the past few weeks.  I don’t think I could have found a better fey for the job.

Did you ever have a moment as a child when you were scared by a family member wearing a mask?  A nice uncle or aunt, a loving sibling, or perhaps a parent jumped out with a monster mask and you nearly wet yourself?  Then, they are kind enough to pull the mask off to show you that it’s nothing really to fear?  Yeah, that’s what happened when I pulled the card.

“Oh, G. Hobyah!  It’s only you!!”  I said while laughing in my wet pants.

I’m pretty sure he put a finger to his raspy, gnarled lips, “Shhhh, don’t tell anyone,” he hissed with a wink and then slowly put the mask of The Thing That Is Scaring The Beejeebus Out Of Me back on.  I’m pretty sure he was just giving me a break because I was getting cold feet on my plans.

I’ll be announcing things here later in the week.  I’m getting more excited by the day.

And keep a sideways eye open for G. Hobyah.

I’ve heard that this month is one of his favorites.

 


Reconnection (Part 2 of 2)

(Continued from Part 1 – Disconnection.  Click here to read that post first.)

It had been about four weeks with the runes when the dragon came calling.

It came from an entirely unexpected angle.  I could feel things were “coming back on line” but I had no idea it would take such an unexpected turn or have such force to it.  In hindsight, perhaps someone knew that they needed to drop the equivalent of a magical bomb on me to get my attention?

I had continued with my rune work by drawing a rune every day.  Typically in the morning and as a meditation exercise.  I was very strict with myself not to read too much into the coming day.  My usual thought process was “draw the rune, reflect on the rune, watch it through the day.”  As those days went by it seemed to be working and I was really enjoying getting back to what I could consider “my roots” with them.

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Disconnection (Part 1 of 2)

Over the 2017 Summer the tarot cards did not like me.

Matter of fact, no divination system seemed to like me. It started at the beginning of May and continued throughout the month.  Having been involved with oracles and that type of  communication for over 30 years it was unsettling. There had never been a time where I felt so disconnected or unable to sense the message being put forward.

It started with my daily card draws. I began to get cards like the 9 of Swords, the Tower, and the 3 of Swords day after day. At first, I was concerned about what it meant. Then, as I focused on the real time events throughout the day I realized the cards did not apply at all.

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Synchronicity and the Chariot

I started this post as a bit of a ramble regarding synchronicity.  Near the end I realized it was also about what I was being told by that synchronicity.

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I’ve had the following up on the About page since the beginning of this blog, “Synchronicity is the currency of the magical.

I had a series of interesting experiences occur to me this morning and I realized it was as excellent example of how synchronicity and the magical/mystical works.   Here is a brief play by play of how it all went down.

As a matter of course in my morning, I usually stop to check the news.  Now, these days, I do it very sparingly and usually much later in the morning.  Typically, no more than twice a day.  Just before I do I will go through a small ritual where I ground and, basically, brace myself.  I remind myself to stay focused and to let things unground me.    This time I did the above and then I said quietly to myself, “Lead me to what I should see.”

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Tonight 11-11

A quick post before more time goes by.

In light of recent events over the past few days, this evening at 11:00 PM EST I will be sitting down in peace.   I will be taking time to focus on peace, care, illumination and healing for any and all  who may need it.   This is a turbulent, historic time and it stands to possibly get worse.  It feels as if the whole country and the world is holding it’s breath.  If nothing else, it is a little positive energy focused onto a weary world.

Please join me for whatever time you have available in whatever way suits you the best.   This morning at 11 AM I simply took a quick break and stood in a stairwell, focused on my breath and asked for the above.  It only took 5 minutes.  Tonight, I may go longer but there is no time limit.  Do what you can.

Peace.


Keeping On Track

(Note – This was originally drafted on Nov 6th, just before the election.)

Since Samhain things have continued to move forward, the flog clearing.  A few things have come up since then and I thought that even if it turns into a short post I would catch you up.  Since my last post I have been very focused on making sure the fog does not “slip back in.”  I’ve started a few routines to help with it.  I’m sure some of you may already do these things.  If not, perhaps they might give you some ideas of your own.

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At least twice a day, I re-affirm the magic and spirituality of life

What I mean by this is I try to take some time, at least twice a day, to really appreciate Spirit.  I do this in different ways.  This may be a short as a minute or two or it might be longer.  It just depends on what is going on and how much time I have in the morning or the evening.  It can be a simple thought about spirit or ancestors, a musing on the interconnected nature of everything while sitting quietly, or perhaps just stopping to count my breath for a few moments while I watch a spider at lunch.

I  started a magical / paranormal journal

This has been started several times but it always crashed and burned.  This was because I was stuck on it being handwritten and having all the different aspects of my magical life crammed into one tome.  My hand would often cramp up from trying to get everything in there and I found valuable free time going to catching up on my entries instead of doing a reading or experimenting with dowsing.  I started a digital journal, created some tags to help me find things and began to document this new phase of my life.   I agreed with myself that I would hold no reservation on how long or how short an entry may be and I could enter multiple entries a day if I wished.  There are no rules.  It has helped immensely.

I ask myself, “What is Spirit trying to tell me here?”

In any situation, from a stressful work moment to a peaceful lunch among falling autumn leaves, I pause and ask that simple question. I ask gently.  Then, I take a few seconds and just listen.  Sometimes there is no answer and I don’t push for one.  Other times I’ve heard some really great answers.

I relaxed and gave up.

Let me be clear, this was not in a depressing way.  I’ve just started to just let things be… well… things.  I’ve stopped pushing so much for answers.  Better yet, you could say I’ve stopped pushing for the answers I wanted to hear.

And that’s it.  I just try to pay attention more and work towards not going “unconscious” again.

It feels good.

I feel like I’m coming back around to a place of solidity which I have not seen in a long, long while.