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Alicia Comes to Lunch a Samhain Experience

It is the season of Samhain, “summers end” to the Celts, All Hallows, All Souls, Day of the Dead. How interesting that there is awareness at this time that is in many cultures that it is the time when the veil between this world and the next is thin. Interesting things always happen to me at this time.

Several years ago a very dear friend of mine passed away. She passed away in August, but she didn’t want to be memorialized until that Samhain (technically it’s 15 degrees into Scorpio, sometime in early November, although usually celebrated Oct 31). Alicia had a very serious illness, but she loved life and especially enjoyed going out to eat for Chinese, Thai or Indian food.

So it was during the season of Samhain after Alicia’s death that me and a friend of mine went out together for lunch. We went to a local Chinese restaurant and sat at a booth for four, even …

October 13th, 2010 by CareTaker 

Did My Mother Communicate with Me after Death?

Before I start with telling my story, I would just like to say that I don’t know if this is a supernatural experience or not. I have always been sensitive and open to the possibilities of life after death and ghosts, having only a couple of other experiences that I would rather not touch on. I was raised as a Christian, so I do believe that there is a heaven and a hell (and probably a lot of other stuff in between). I don’t know if my experiences were wishful thinking or truly a contact from beyond, but I found great comfort from each of them… so please don’t criticize.

A few years ago, my mother died from complications with M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis). I find it quite ironic that she died on a Saturday, the day before her church homecoming, of which she was very excited to attend because she had been bedridden for months, due to the fact that …

February 12th, 2010 by CareTaker 

Friends Witchcraft and Ouija Boards

A couple years ago I became friends with this girl who moved to our town, her name was Tory. We became like best friends hung out everyday and stuff like that. Then one day she told me she had to tell me a secret so I was obviously all for it. She told me she could see dead people. Well, that was a shocker. I wasn’t sure if I should believe it or not because that’s pretty extreme, but she was my best friend and I took her word for it.

There was a group I always hung out with, Ray, Tory, Kautea, Sara, and Molly. We believed everything Tory said because she didn’t have a reason to lie. We practically became a cult. We started doing witchcraft and all this crazy stuff. (By the way I was only in grade 6 and I was gullible). I started doing it all the time, I did whatever I wanted. Ray showed …

February 3rd, 2010 by CareTaker 

Halloween The Ancient Holiday

HalloweenHalloween is one of my most favorite times of the year. Although I dread the coming of winter I still enjoy the coolness and the wonderful smells that Autumn brings.

I truly look forward to trekking up and down the streets in our neighborhood with my daughter trick-or-treating. I love all the Halloween decorations and seeing how crazy some of the people can get with them. I also can’t wait until the day after Halloween when all the cool Halloween stuff goes on clearance sale.

Do you know how we came to celebrate Halloween? The holiday has it’s origins in an ancient festival called Samhain. Later, when the Catholic Church became more influential the day was referred to as All Hallow’s Eve.

Over the years the traditions and activities have changed, but when we look into it there are still many resemblances to the ancient practices.

If you would like to read about the history behind Halloween check out the …

October 8th, 2007 by CareTaker 

Why Do We Carve Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween?

Jack o lanternHave you ever wondered where we got the idea to carve Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween? The tradition actually came to us from Irish/Celtic mythology. This particular legend had to do with a man known as Stingy Jack.

Stingy Jack made a deal with the Devil that left him in a bad situation upon his death. Stingy Jack was unable to enter either Heaven or Hell and so was doomed to spend eternity in between.

In the beginning  jack-o-lanterns were carved mainly from turnips, but the Irish also used gourds, potatoes, rutabagas and even beets.

Read more about Stingy Jack and how the legends developed into the Jack-O-Lantern along with lots of other fascinating information about the origins of Halloween:

The History and Origins of Halloween


September 1st, 2007 by CareTaker