Archive for November, 2007

Superstitions

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Finding a four leaf clover will bring luck.As I mentioned before (Superstisous?) I have recently gotten a few books on superstitions, and I’ve finally gotten around to gleaning some worthy information about them and putting them up on my main page. While there is not much there yet you may find an interest in what I have gotten.

Currently I have all the days of the week, as well as the magickal uses of saliva. More article are planned, epsecially a page on clovers as I have a knack in finding them and likely some bit about luck in general.

If you have a few moments then click on through and check it out. The main index on superstitions can be found here: Traditional Beliefs about Superstitions

Gas from a Stone

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A woman claiming to be able to use magick to be able to produce gas from stone was given two head of cattle, three buffaloes, money, a car and a piece of land from Mugabe and other cabinet ministers, promising in return to use spells to produce the diesel. The Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe must really feel like an ass now that she was not able to give what was promised.

Rather then calling up some super natural powers to get the gas she promised, she called some oil tankers and simply had it piped in…

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The Gay Ghost of the George Hotel

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Someone recently sent me a humorous article from gaywired.com about a group of paranormal investigators that looked into some ghostly activity at The George Hotel in North Norfolk (UK).

The article reads like every other ghastly investigation and mentions the normal EMF meters, laser thermometers, camcorders, and of course night vision. It talks about whether or not specks of light were orbs or dust, hair standing on end, and even the tugging on belts and hair. Ya know, the typical ghost hunter type stuff.

Near the end they talk about a waiter that when attempting to get into the dry storage room some ghost starts yanking on the zipper of his pants. Enough to give a snicker, right?

You betcha! Especially when the article ends with the undead culprit being a male that used to work in the bakery…apparently trying to get a piece of tail, even in the afterlife.

I wonder if anyone would be willing to give it a go on some reality show for the playboy channel, or maybe even Gaywired.com. While I’m not all that interested in homosexual activity, though ghostly activity is something I like, so I would like to know the outcome of such an event ;) Of course, I’d not mind finding a straight ghost willing to tug on my trousers…

School and Pagan Holidays

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Marshall University, a college in Huntington, W.Va., recently became the first college in the country to grant pagan students excused absences for celebrating pagan holidays.

While many colleges have policies allowing students to miss any class for religious reasons, no other school has recognized paganism by specifically granting students permission to miss class for pagan holidays, The Associated Press reported.

I’m simply thrilled by this news, as it’s one step closer to making the various pagan faiths once again mainstream…something that has not been done for generations. And while I am not really sure of the specifics of it all or which holidays they are allowed to miss, I really do feel that this is a step in the correct direction. Now if all goes well other schools will follow suit, and then maybe rather then closing the school down for the Christian holidays they will close them for government holidays (veterans day, in service, boss’s day, etc) and then allow the students on an individual level leave when they need to observe something for religious reasons.

Luckily many of the holidays are pretty close to one another, if not on the same day, so such a transition should not be all that hard of one.

Superstitious?

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

I recently took a trip to Knoxville to McKay Books, a simply FANTASTIC used bookstore. I do my best to make it over there at least once every few months and would like to go more but generally do not have the money. They sell high quality, but used books that are generally at least 50% off of the cover price, though even better deals can certainly be found.

In the past I have gotten several magickal text, a few craft/project books, and even a gardening book. I generally head out there with my Most beloved, but sometimes I’ll head out there with her daughter, which is who I went with this last time. She got a few novels of the time travel/paranormal variety, and I got three books on superstitions.

  • The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, by E. and M. A. Radford [Barnes & Noble, 1961]
    370 pages of information on European and American superstitions complete with a decent bibliography and a handy index for cross-referencing. Well worth its $7.50 price tag.
  • Dictionary of Superstitions, by David Pickering [Cassell, 1995]
    It has 294 pages with more entries then the previous book, but less information for each one of them. It offers no other perks, but is still rather handy as an A-Z guide for it’s topic. Certainly a good starting point, and I’m glad that I got it for $5.25.
  • A Treasury of American Superstitions, Claudia De Lys [Bonanza, 1948]
    This little gem has 484 pages, a bibliography, and a decent index. It is not an A-Z guide however and finding things quickly could prove difficult without it’s index. It is well written, easy to follow, and has more information then either of the other two on the topics that it covers. One nice thing is that it focuses on American traditions, though many did come from over seas originally.

I plan on writing up several articles on what can be had in all three books so stay tuned to both here and the main site for updates concerning superstitions. To get a small taste of what is inside the three books check out these Occult Corpus discussions for superstitions for the entire week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.