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BOTHELL, Wash. -- When Keith and his girlfriend moved into their quiet home in a Bothell subdivision two years ago, he says strange things started happening right away.
"The first thing we heard on day one was a kid cough coming from upstairs," said Keith, who doesn't want his last name used. The couple doesn't have kids.
The IT guy did have several cameras and started documenting disturbances.
"This is no Casper," he warned.
Keith claims candles started flying, cupboards began opening, and crosses kept disappearing.
Keith says three bibles burned, group pictures packed away had burn marks but only on his face, chandeliers shook, and paintings, tables, and an armoire was knocked to the ground with no one in sight.
Paranormal investigator and host of Darkness Radio Dave Schrader is skeptical but intrigued. He questioned Keith's calm demeanor on all the videos and wondered why so many incidents happen off camera. But he added it could be a poltergeist at work because cameras captured a lot of activity and someone living inside could be the agent for the spirit.
Keith says he's tried crucifixes, prayers, holy water, and sweet grass, but bibles still burned -- three of them. And he claims one cross went missing from the wall and ended up in the washing machine while it was operating.
Keith recently contact the previous residents, who he says told him that it was "a living hell" in that home and only lasted five months.
Even though friends tell him he should get out, Keith says he hasn't exhausted his resources. He is now working with a priest in Bothell to find peace in his home.
Many moons ago, when I was happy to get 32kb/s from my dial-up internet connection, I found The Daily Grail. I registered then, long before the site was updated requiring a second registration. In those days I was very interested in subjects arising out of books such as The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail.
I visited the tiny, hilltop village in southern France and loved to ponder the mystery and history behind all those codes and symbols. But, over the years, my interest waned somewhat - partly as a result of the commercial hype around the Dan Brown books but mostly because of the debunking campaign that had succeeded in squeezing the fun out of speculation and investigation.
Nevertheless, I kept an eye on developments from time to time and recently I was drawn to the controversial subject of the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. Last week I came across a Norwegian TV series which seems to have stirred to controversy even more. The four part TV documentary is now freely available on Vimeo, here:
When I watched it I couldn't help but see the similarity between the claimed codes in the Shalespeare First Folio and those described in HBHG. I was expecting Arcadia to be mentioned at any moment and, sure enough, later on the the documentary, it is. I'd love to know what some of the Daily Grail regulars make of Petter Amundsen's code-breaking efforts and of the links, if any, to the Rennes-le-Chateau story in particular, or Templars/Rosicrucians/Freemasons in general.
We all have that stereotype image of an ugly woman flying in her scrum or dancing around a pot preparing a potion with an evil spell. They got a better reputation after the popular Harry Potter and we love to decorate our house and office with their images in Halloween. Witchcraft and its associated ideas are never far from the surface of popular consciousness and—sustained by folk tales—find explicit focus from time to time in popular television and films and in fiction.  But, could be possible their existence in the past and, even more intriguing , today ? What is real and what is fantasy behind this mythic figure that we usually called "witches"?
I resorted to the dictionary to start with a good definition and I found that a witch is a person who practices witchcraft, the exercise or invocation of alleged supernatural powers to control people or events, practices typically involving sorcery or magic. That sounds pretty cool, but in the past witches were far from being cool at all. The intensity of these bad fame is best represented by the European witch-hunts of the 14th to 18th century, and even in the bible where the punishment of witchcraft is mention to be death.
However magic was not always frowned. Early converts to Christianity looked to Christian clergy to work magic more effectively than the old methods under Roman paganism, and Christianity provided a methodology involving saints and relics, similar to the gods and amulets of the Pagan world. As Christianity became the dominant religion in Europe, its concern with magic lessened.
Saint Boniface declared in the 8th century that belief in the existence of witches was un-Christian. The emperor Charlemagne decreed that the burning of supposed witches was a pagan custom that would be punished by the death penalty. In 820 the Bishop of Lyon and others repudiated the belief that witches could make bad weather, fly in the night, and change their shape. This denial was accepted into Canon law until it was reversed in later centuries as the witch-hunt gained force. Other rulers such as King Coloman of Hungary declared that witch-hunts should cease because witches (more specifically, strigas) do not exist.
Subsequently, the Protestant Christian explanation for witchcraft, such as those typified in the confessions of the Pendle witches, commonly involves a diabolical pact or at least an appeal to the intervention of the spirits of evil. The witches or wizards engaged in such practices were alleged to reject Jesus and the sacraments; observe "the witches' sabbath" (performing infernal rites that often parodied the Mass or other sacraments of the Church); pay Divine honour to the Prince of Darkness; and, in return, receive from him preternatural powers. Witches were most often characterized as women. Witches disrupted the societal institutions, and more specifically, marriage. It was believed that a witch often joined a pact with the devil to gain powers to deal with infertility, immense fear for her children's well-being, or revenge against a lover.
Witch-hunts first appeared in large numbers in southern France and Switzerland during the 14th and 15th centuries. The peak years of witch-hunts in southwest Germany were from 1561 to 1670. Current scholarly estimates of the number of people executed for witchcraft vary between about 40,000 and 100,000. The total number of witch trials in Europe known for certain to have ended in executions is around 12,000.
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I just wanted to post this as a heads up. Magician and Occult author Josephine McCarthy launched a new on-line occult school this weekend - Quareia.
It looks fantastic and I for one will be picking up these lessons and working through the course.
Think you guys might be interested in this YouTube series. It is entitled Crash Course: Psychology and it gives a basic overview of the different topics studied in the field. It's fun to watch and fairly neutral. Check it out if you can!
It's always good to have some understanding of psychology under your belt, especially when it comes to these fringe topics.