Thursday, December 31, 2015

HOGMANAY CELEBRATION RITUALS CONTINUE IN NEW COUNTRY

Happy Hogmanay All! 


Some rituals:


 The first-foot to cross your threshold in at midnight as you walk into the New Year is to be a tall, dark haired man to herald in good luck for the rest of the year. Beware of a red-headed person crossing the threshold first - threatens the year will have bad luck. 


Gifts to Bring a Scot on New Year: A Coin, Shortbread, Black Bun, Salt, Coal, and Whisky,  
which represent financial prosperity, food, flavour, warmth, and good cheer respectively

The Chapter from my book,  The Skye in June,  below will give some other rituals the Scots do at the end and beginning of the New Year. In it you will learn how the MacDonalds continue their special rituals and celebrations in their new countries. Click the link under the photo to learn more about Hogmanay origins and celebrations. Enjoy!

Photo: www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/christmas/hogmanay.shtml
"Skye" is about a Scottish immigrant family living in San Francisco - mid 1950's to early days of the '60's.

Read more about the story at june ahern dot com. Available in eBook and paperback. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, order from your favorite bookstore.







          
HOGMANAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

THE MACDONALDS PLANNED to host their first party in America on New Year’s Eve, 1955. The family worked together to spruce up their flat in the weeks before the gathering.

Cathy busily washed the bay windows with June at her side, trying to be helpful. The soapy water dripped down the girl’s arms and into her rolled-up sleeves. 

“We have to make the house nice and clean for all the people coming. Is that right, Mommy?” June asked.

“That’s right, my wee clootie dumpling,” Cathy said. She watched June’s determined face as she carefully scrubbed at the glass. Her mind drifted back to when the idea of having a party on Hogmanay first arose. 

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When it came to June, she prayed Granda and Granny B would visit for Christmas. Her wish brought up a conversation during dinner about past holidays in Scotland. Jimmy said how much fun the Scottish New Year was. Annie, who was old enough to remember, reminded her father that in Scotland, the New Year celebration was called Hogmanay.

“What a holiday it is! We have special things––traditions, like paying off debts before the first of January,” Sandy told the children in seriousness.

“We won’t have to worry about that tradition, eh, Jimmy?” Cathy said. Her husband didn’t believe in accumulating debts and lived frugally, day-by-day. He prided himself in being able to send weekly payments to Granda B for the money he had loaned them to make their move to America possible.

“Mommy, what were the parties like at Hogmanay?” June said, crucifying the name the Scots called New Year’s Eve and the days following. It sounded like she said, “Hug many.”

The adults laughed so cheerfully that she joined in, thinking how happy everyone was with her question. 
They began to reminisce about Hogmanay. The descriptions of the holiday spilled out across the dining table as Jimmy, Sandy and Cathy related their stories about Scotland’s most popular holiday, which was celebrated as though it were a religious event.

When Jimmy said the streets of Glasgow were busy with people going from house to house starting on New Year’s Eve, visiting and bringing gifts, June gathered that Hogmanay was like Halloween night.

“What kind of gifts?” she asked.

Annie piped in, “Granny always baked special things like holiday oat cakes and black buns.”

“Whiskey cake and her famous shortbread. Oh yum!” Cathy jumped in, winking at her daughters as she licked her lips and made a wide circle on her belly.

“Good whiskey,” Jimmy added.

Sandy told a story about the time they went bathing in the Clyde River, just to see who could endure the cold water the longest. “It was so bloody frigid. If it hadn’t been for the whiskey keeping my blood moving and Cathy’s brother, Peter, jumping in to pull me out…”

Nancy interrupted the story with a sharp, “Sandy! That’s not a good example for the children.”

“Right dear. We were silly boys then. It’s a very dangerous thing to do,” he said seriously.

Cathy covered her smiling lips with a napkin and made big eyes at her daughters.

“Tell us more, Mommy,” June said, enjoying the cheery conversation.

Her mother clasped her hands and placed them on the table in front of her, her blue eyes glittering in the candlelight. Everyone sat still and listened as Cathy’s soft Scottish voice told the story.

“There’s a very special ritual on Hogmanay that begins at midnight on New Year’s Eve, acted out in the homes across Scotland. It’s customary that the first guest, called the first foot, enters a home shortly after midnight. It’s tradition that the first foot is a dark haired man who comes bearing gifts. It’s usually a lump of coal to keep the host’s home warm through the long cold winter and a bottle of Scotch to warm their souls.”

Jimmy interrupted, “Ye hope it’s a dark haired man who enters first, because then you’d have good luck throughout the upcoming year.”

Cathy kept talking, “Girls, your Granda B was a most welcomed guest as the first foot because he was tall and had black hair.” She was looking dreamily into the candle flame. “Until his hair turned white, that is.” Although she said it lightly, June sensed sadness in her mother’s voice.

“Aye, he was always the life of the party, getting everybody to sing and the ladies up for a dance. It’s his favorite holiday,” Jimmy said nostalgically.

The room quieted as the storytellers became lost in their own memories. June didn’t want the enchanting Hogmanay tales to end and she asked, “Can we have a party?”

Her sisters cheered the idea loudly.

Jimmy and Cathy looked at each other across the table. She hesitated, fearful of letting down the girls if she took a spell of depression.

“No a bad idea,” he said enthusiastically.

Looking at the girls’ excited faces staring at her, it was hard not to give in to them. Cathy decided that celebrating Hogmanay in America would start a family tradition in their new country.

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more about the party with the other Scottish immigrants continues in the book. 

What are your traditions on New Year's Eve and day? 

Interview: https://mercedesfoxbooks.com/meet-author-june-ahem/

Read more about June Ahern and her books at www.juneahern.com
The Skye in June
City of Redemption
How to Talk With Spirits
The Timeless Counselor

Friday, December 4, 2015

PSYCHIC HOTLINES _ TRUE OR PHONY BALONEY?

Excerpt from "The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Successful Psychic Reading" available ebooks at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com  - read the overwhelming positive reviews at both sites.

4 out of 4 stars Review by jellybean85. "Psychic June Ahern gives readers tips on how to get a proper psychic reading in her book, The Timeless Counselor. Ahern goes into detail about everything a person needs to know before getting a psychic reading. Ahern debunks the myths about psychics and sheds light on what goes on at a reading, and why it’s important that people do their research before going to a psychic."

First published in The Berekly Psychic Instutite Newsletter. Updated in 2011.

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IN THE 1980’S I was aware of an increasing interest in a new way of giving and receiving a reading; the 1-800 psychic hotlines. At first, I hadn’t felt positive about psychic hotlines and when approached in 1977 to participate in one, I declined. I did so because of the controversy within the psychic community and with the public views about this kind of psychic service. I didn’t want to be associated with the lines because they gave that “fortune telling” image. Plus, I was unsure if the readers on the lines had true psychic abilities. After a while, I met some readers who worked on a few lines. They were good psychics, honest and talented hence my opinion slowly began to change.
Since the public is given a one-sided view as the media is always focusing on exposing the abusive side of psychic readings, I decided to survey several psychic hot lines by getting readings. 
 When I was approached in the early 1990’s to help develop and manage a psychic hot line, I accepted, knowing my ethical approach and keen ear for a true psychic could make the business a success for both querents and readers. The information below will give you the knowledge to decide if an on-line reading is for you.
Some question if a psychic can give an accurate reading by telephone. Absolutely! After all, it’s energy (aura and voice vibration or tone) that is being read as I have said earlier. Many of my clients are increasingly interested in telephoning in or Skyping or Face Time (or whichever app you use) for their readings because they do not want to deal with traffic delays, or because professional demands are squeezing their personal time. Also, I read for people throughout the United States and diverse parts of the world, the majority I’ve never met in person but have read successfully for years. When reading on the telephone, some readers might hone into your information through astrology or numerology (use birth dates) while others, read the tarot cards. Later on in the chapter, I’ll discuss more about recognizing a “real” reader.
Many different kinds of people call psychic hot lines. Some want a quick fix or do not have access to a psychic in their area, while other people seek anonymity. Men call the line often, perhaps for the latter reason and maybe not being seen (physically) they can freely express emotions. Also, those who have regular readers call because it’s only one question and their regular reader is not available. Additionally, there are people who are lonely and frightened and need to hear words of support and encouragement. Of course, there’s always the addictive needy person who has to be told what to do, over and over, and by a variety of people.
There are those who make impulsive calls to 1-800 hotlines for readings when an emergency arises or they feel lonely or depressed. Don’t let impulse drive you to hurriedly pick a line only to discover you were not happy with the experience. Not that you can’t call when an emergency arises, but choose a hotline before a crisis. Then when you do want or need a reading, you’ll be prepared (refer back to the chapters "How to Prepare for Your Reading" and "Questions to Ask".
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ESP QUIZ - HOW'S YOUR PSYCHIC RADAR?

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June Ahern’s ESP Quiz

   
As seen in my parapsychology ebook ,"The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Successful Psychic Reading" and paranormal ebook, "How to Talk With Spirits: Seances • Mediums • Ghost Hunts" Both available on Amazon and Smashwords. 

The Timeless Counselor: 

How to Talk With Spirits. Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts


Learn more about me june ahern dot com

This quiz cannot be reproduced or reprinted without the expressed permission by its author, June Ahern. 

Have fun learning about your ESP abilities.
 
Many people have had a spontaneous telepathic experience at one time or another through sending or receiving an ESP message. Learn if you're a receiver or sender of ESP/telepathic thoughts and how it's done. The ultimate goal is to balance sending and receiving abilities. 

Choose your closet reaction and place your answer at the end of the question. Answer with a number:   4 – always     3 - a lot     2 – sometimes     1 – rarely     0- never 

1. When the telephone rings or mail arrives, do you have a split second mental picture, thought, impression or feeling that you know who is contacting you? ____
2. When the telephone rings or mail arrives, are you surprised, but not too much so because for a while you had been thinking of the person? ____
3. Do you have strong urges or thoughts to contact someone just out of the blue, only to find that s(he) had been thinking of you for a while? ____
4. Does it seem that people respond to your wants or needs before you have a chance to ask?  i.e. “I wish for a new job” and soon afterward, a friend tells you of a job? ____
5. Does it seem that people say things that you were just thinking? ____
6. Does it seem that people say things that you have been thinking about for some time? ____
7. Do you purposely will people to act upon your wants successfully? i.e. “I wish someone would bring me some water.” and voila! somebody does so? ____
8. Do you find that your wishes, dreams and/or goals do come true for you in life? __
9. Are you a good caretaker/nurturer; giving people what they need without being asked? ____
10. When wanting the attention of someone without speaking or gesturing, are you successful? ____
10 b: How do you get the person’s attention?
                  1. Mentally say her/his name or a statement e.g. “Look at me!” ____
                  2. Mentally picture or imagine the person looking at you ____
Place your answer to 10 b in category C (see below)
11. When you sense or think that someone is looking at you, are you right?
11 b: How do you sense the person’s attention? ____
                 1. Feel his/her eyes on the back of my head ____
                 2. Hear my name called ____
                 3. Mentally see the person’s face or name ____
                 4. Have an urge to go to the person ____
Place your answer in category C 11b (see below)
12. Have seen or sensed non-visible movement or presence? ____
Place your number answer in category A & C
13. Have you had vivid night or day dreams, mental pictures, images or visions, sounds or hear inner messages and experience the same event or situation later?
Yes or No answer.  If you answered yes, chose a number and place in Category C: 
 4­­–always    3––a lot     2––sometimes    1––rarely

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SCORE:
Category A. Place your answers:
 1 ……
 3 ……
 5 ……
 9 ……
11 ……
12 ……
Total: _____
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Category B. Place your answers:
 2 ……
 4 ……
 6 ……
 7 ……
 8 ……
10 ……
Total _____
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Category C. Place your answers :
10b……
11b ……
12b ……
13 ……   
No total in this category
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RESULTS
Category A: Receiver: A higher score in this category indicates that you are a stronger receiver of messages initiated by another’s or others’ thought(s). For example, you think of a person moments before receiving mail or a telephone call from him/her. This is a telepathic message (a thought occurring between sources within a short period of time or instantaneous. Please note that messages or knowledge about a distant past or future events are a different ESP abilities.). Receiving is a very rewarding communication skill to possess. You can be prepared for news and situations that will occur as well as assist others to find a "voice" when physical communication is difficult.  Receivers tend to be nurturing people who like to please others by sharing their loving, helpful nature. They are often found in many healing, helping and creative arts professions. As healers this ability is most useful to zero in on areas of the body that are not in good health and in some way, perhaps even through thought, can help in healing. On the down side, a receiver/healer can become so overwhelmed with the pain that (s)he actually takes it on becoming ill her/himself.  As an artist the beauty of receiving inspiration from seen and unseen influences is a benefit affording you the ability to create beautiful works that inspire others. Learn to stay aware as you open gently to energy flowing around you and endeavor to work on one creation at a time. A challenge for receivers is learning to communicate clearly their own unique and independent thoughts and needs as well and also to know what degree they are being helpful or being co-dependent.  Receivers often tend to let people be overly dependent upon them, thinking they know the answers or cure or can fix another or situation. Suggestion: wait to be asked for help before acting. They have tendencies toward feeling victimized, thinking that they are being taken advantage of or they are doing too much for others and not being appreciated, hence experience ill health and exhaustion. They must learn to differentiate between what their thoughts and feelings are and what are those of others.
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24 -20: You are a very keen receiver and possibly even to some degree, a mystic, channeler, or visionary. Then again, you may be receiving too much if you are feeling quite confused, depleted or burned out. Is your psychic and/or mental energy too scattered with a lot of different projects and thoughts going on? it may be that you are being bombarded from receiving too much. Learn to clear your mind and body and harness your energy through daily meditation. Balance serving other’s needs with letting others also serve you. Understand your life purpose clearly and take care of yourself as well as you care for others.
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19-14: You are clearly receiving information but may be confused to the validity of it. Strengthen your confidence and validate your messages e.g. ask the person you are thinking of, if the message received is in line with her/his thoughts or situation. Become clearer with messages through understanding how you receive such as in symbolism, dreams; visions, or hearing words and/or receiving images or pictures. See more below in category C. Strengthen your confidence by playing telepathic games with another. 
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13-7: Two situations may be occurring - you are receiving so much information that you are mentally shutting off, or you are too busy sending that you are unaware of the world around you and/or what is being sent you. Pay attention to what and who surrounds you and how it emotionally, physically and mentally affects you. Learn to listen to others verbally and non-verbally––relationships may improve. Validate messages––ask the source if you are correct. Develop a schedule to sit quietly and relax your mind perhaps journaling can free it up a bit more.
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6-1:  Somewhere along the course of life you have lost focus on your true self and life purpose. Perhaps by spending too much time on your own thing. Have others said that you must always be in control? Do you work too hard for what you want? Are you so controlled by others’ needs that you feel life is not fair? Does your life feel scattered? You may be missing messages for a go-ahead on your goals. Read about co-dependents, creative visualization and manifestation.
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Category B Sender: A higher score here indicates that you are a stronger sender of telepathic messages. You have the ability to create what and who you need to assist you in accomplishing your mission and goals. Senders usually are action type people, confident leaders and move forward with determined purpose. Senders can accomplish goals easily when they have clarity of purpose and are relaxed. They can be quite articulate in speech, good planners and great visionaries. Trained properly, they can be powerful healers by sending energy through another’s body. Highly developed senders contribute to the spiritual growth of the world by sending powerful messages to advance humanity to higher levels. Spiritually advanced senders know how to take and give fairly, balancing their goals so that others also realize fulfillment. Senders attract willing participants easily to help them achieve goals. But they can, and will, control, manipulate and dominate to get what they want, no matter what the cost. A sender may be so focused on their goals that they are tunnel-visioned, not paying attention to the often-subtle responses of attainment. They are often perfectionist, demanding much of themselves and others. Because they are mentally busy they are highly agitated, overly aggressive, stressful and often, volatile. Senders do have a wonderful ability to vision and create and when balanced bring positive and progressive changes. There are many ways to develop and use your sending abilities such as purposely writing a goal or need, seeing it clearly in a simple form and then sending that image telepathically.
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24- 20: You are a highly developed sender, connected to a Higher Source, consciously or not. That source is sending you what and who is needed to create and manifest a happy successful life on your karmic path. Recognize the helpful loving people are supporting your goals. Be aware how you might dominate or control others to submit to your way. Trust the process if you find confusion arises over how to attain. Be more patient. When manifesting a goal you can be obsessed and overly focused losing a sense of balance of your goals with those of others. You do have the power to positively affect others and the world and no doubt have a wonderfully charming ability to create a win-win. Review if you are balanced between sending (taking) and receiving (giving). 
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19-14: You are aware that what you want you usually get, but with some effort and as the Rolling Stones’ song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” “…but if you try sometimes you get what you need.”  Learn to listen on a physical and non-physical level to more easily receive (even subtle messages) and hear go-ahead messages confirming that what you asked for is in the process of manifesting. Also, keep an open ear and mind to other’s viewpoints. Be aware not to look for the perfect result. Take a more patient approach; a step-by-step process to where you are going. Review your progress often to see if you are in the flow or pushing too hard. Learn to keep your thoughts clear and simple to more easily manifest. Life doesn’t have to be an uphill struggle.
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13-7: Perhaps you are not direct with what you want from life or you may be taking care of others too much by being overly involved by giving advice or doing you what think is best for them. Be focused on your own self. Do you have specific goals? Or, do you just take life as it comes? You may not be aware that what you are receiving in life is really what you are thinking. If you don’t like it, check your thoughts for negative, fearful or doubtful ones. Practice stating your wish or goal and ending with “I know this or something better will come into my life.” Count your blessings (the good things in your life like your vision, hearing, walking, place to lay your head and like that––daily). You may also be mentally scattered with too much on you mind. Learn to clear your mind and be more focused on what you wish to accomplish. 
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6-1: Who is running your life? Do you think that life is just by chance or dominated by fate or others? Most likely you give too much of your energy and feel empty or victimized. Be more conscious of how you create life experiences and relationships by what you mentally envision. Life has many joyful rewards! The good news is that you are the creator of your life.
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Category C: 
10b: #1 clairaudio (clear sound)––You hear or speak mental words or statements when telepathically receiving or sending/attracting. Learn to focus on hearing clearly simple words for best results.
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#2 clairvoyant (clear seeing)––you mentally see messages an image, symbol, picture or even on-going action like watching a film when receiving or sending. Learn to stay focused and keep it simple i.e. one image, not jumping around. If too many come at one time, breathe and accept only one.
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11b:  #1: clairsentience (clear feeling). This can be the most difficult ESP ability to translate into a verbal message. Learn to verbalize your feelings by seeing an image symbolizing the feelings. To clear yourself practice running feelings in the body up like a stream of energy to the middle of your forehead (the vision center) before sending or receiving.  If you answered with a number #2 you are a clairaudio or a #3 you are a clairvoyant or  #4 you are a clairsentience.
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12: Your number answer will help determine the level of ESP. Feeling the presence of non-visible energy indicates that you have, to some degree, the ability to communicate with non-physical entities. Learn to relax when in contact to see the presence as in an image form. Say “Hello”, “Welcome” or “That’s enough, leave me alone!”  
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13: Dreams or visions that manifest indicate that you have moved beyond telepathy into precognition (knowing the future). Life shouldn’t be too surprising when you see where you’re going. Learn to use it wisely. 
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Please note that this test is only one of many ways to learn about your potential ESP abilities. It does not necessarily determine if you have strong psychic skills. Some very talented psychics might not score well because they often don’t test well. Use it as a guide to learn about your abilities while having fun.

Monday, November 30, 2015

EBOOK GIFTS

Book Reading Party

I LOVE TO READ 


about many topics, and times in history, 

 fiction and non-fiction. 

What about you?


Ebooks are a good idea for an easy to send gift for your family and friends. A good story lingers long after "The End".

My books are novels - immigrant stories, family saga, and a thriller. Or choose from one of my non-fiction paranormal and parapsychology books.

Please review my books at Amazon.com, or  june ahern dot com for your ebook gift ideas. Paperback holiday special at my website.

Also available at Smashwords.com ; Barnes and Noble.com. Read the many reviews on those
sites as well as goodreads.com and my own website "comments".

To give a gift of an ebook on Amazon or Smashwords (many choices of ebook devices),
1. have an  account.
2. go to the ebook you wish to gift, says "Give as a gift" on right hand side
3. click that
4.  you'll need the email address of the person you are gifting it to. They most likely have to have an ebook device - like a Kindle or on Smashwords many choices even PDF

If not for the many who have enjoyed my writings (see comments reviews on all sites above plus Goodreads.com) it encourages my writings. Many have requested the sequel to The Skye in June - and it has begun.

Thank you.

June Ahern

Sunday, November 15, 2015

SUDDEN DEATH: PHYSICAL BODY TO SPIRIT


In the past couple of days I'm being asked about the victims of the recent terrorist killings in Paris. Will the spirits of the shooting victims transition with ease? one person asked.

I do address this in my ebook, "How to Talk With Spirits" when asked by quite a few about the transition from body to spirit. This has been my experience as a medium. What I say to all, is pray for the spirit of those who had a sudden and often tragic, shocking death. Pray earnestly every day for the spirit to be a peace. Visualize the person (if you know her or him) in a white robe walking toward a brilliant warm sun until they merge or are evaporated into the sun. This can be a week long meditation. To the best of your ability, do not add your emotional grief or anger, or sorrow as that may effect the spirit from making the transition easily.

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• Do most of spirits cross over and just a few stay behind and if so, for how long do they stay with us, the living? Almost all spirits cross over within a short time after death especially deaths caused by age or a lingering illness. They welcomed death glad to be relieved from their pains and illnesses. In fact, elderly people go between the worlds, so to speak, for a few years before death. They stay on the other side during night as they nod off into a sleep state. They visit dead loved ones as though checking out where they are. When awake they will speak about their departed relatives and friends more often than usual.  When they do die and cross over it is easier for them to go.
After a sudden death such as a heart attack, stroke, accident or murder the spirit often lingers around earth a bit longer. They are as stunned as those left behind are, by the quick ejection from the body. They mourn their separation from life until they can accept the transition.

Suicide can bring a mixed transition. The spirit wants to rest from the chaos and pain of their life. When I communicate with the spirit of suicide victims there is remorse and much of the same emotional and mental pain continues. Their questions of why they are in pain and how can they get away from it remain unanswered in the spirit world. Then there is the guilt of the pain they left behind. There have been a few who found some rest soon after leaving, especially if they had a long, painful illness. My advice is to pray for the souls of your loved ones who found life too painful. To forgive them for leaving before a healing could be found. Your prayers will help them truly find the peace they sought while alive.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Official Review: City of Redemption by June Ahern

 31 Oct 2015
[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "City of Redemption" by June Ahern.]

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4 out of 4 stars

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It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. Liz’s beautiful eight-year-old son is dead … and it’s her fault for delaying the investigation when he first went missing. The tragedy will destroy her already fragile marriage. She will be ostracized by her friends, pilloried in the newspapers, and rejected by her own mother. Eventually, she will leave her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, and seek a new life in San Francisco, California. She will arrive during the Summer of Love.

Welcome to the opening chapters of City of Redemption. If you are a parent, I dare you to read without crying the chapter in which Patrick goes missing. Parent or not, come along for the ride if you want a story of grief, intrigue and friendship surrounded by sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

City of Redemption is primarily about Liz settling in to San Francisco, the new friends she finds, and how she ends up helping the Black Panthers with some of their more clandestine activities. But the tragedy with her son is never far from her mind. Liz’s grief is a presence with her throughout the novel. It makes her reserved with the people in her San Francisco commune, but this reserve also protects her in some ways from the more dangerous aspects of the scene.

Liz, by the way, is a relatable character. The author shows us her faults as a young mom … she is young, selfish, and a bit irresponsible, but also dedicated to her son and certainly not a monster. Later, we see her broken, then matured by the tragedy.

Her grief is handled realistically. It comes up at natural moments, such as during conversations, drug trips, and other moments of vulnerability. Liz is sometimes seen having a private cry, even as she remains a strong character, functional though fragile. Masterfully, the author does not reveal all at once the whole story about what actually happened to Liz’s son Patrick. The reader will have to wait until nearly the end of the story to find out all the details, filled in progressively through flashbacks, memories, and conversations with Liz’s friends. As in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the worst of the horror always happens “off screen” – that is, shown indirectly by being related by a third person or being revealed after it is already over. This extremely raw subject of a kidnapped child is very tastefully handled.

Like the tragedy with Patrick, the events in San Francisco are tastefully handled. Violence usually (not always) takes place off-screen, and is described matter-of-factly, not luridly. There are several very sexy scenes, but with one exception, nothing graphic. The characters’ dangerous lifestyle choices are not glamorized. Period details are spot-on, from the clothes to the cars to the music.

Music plays a major role in City of Redemption. We hear it on the radio, in the car, and live at concerts. Anyone who loves the music of the 50s and 60s will enjoy this aspect of it. Often a line or two is printed in italics, so that readers can hear the song in their heads. Fittingly, the songs often strike Liz as speaking directly to her situation at that moment. At the end of the book is a list of all the songs used, with the group who recorded them and the year they came out. Among others, there are “Stand By Me,” “Paint It Black,” “Don’t You Want Somebody To Love?,” “Love Me Do,” “Soul Man,” “Eve of Destruction.”

I do have a few, very minor quibbles with the book. First of all, the style is rather spare for the genre of book. Even drug trips are described in a very matter-of-fact way. This is good in some ways … the reader never gets confused, even when Liz is. The plain style moves the action forward quickly, making the book a page-turner. However, in scenes where not a lot of action is happening, and in descriptions of Liz’s thoughts, the plain style can get a little monotonous. I felt that a richer style of writing could have brought out more the latent tense or poignant emotions in the book.

Nor does the style do justice to the beauty of San Francisco. There are a few scenes that take place on the beach, and often we see the characters traveling through the picturesque, high hills of San Francisco, but mostly we have to imagine this stuff, because it is not evocatively described for us. The focus is always on the action and the dialogue, somewhat to the detriment of the scene.

This very plain style of writing extends to the transitions into flashbacks. Usually it is pretty clear when a flashback is happening, but in one critical scene near the end, the transitions were inadequate and I, at least, was confused for a few minutes until I realized the narrative was giving a glimpse of the day before.

Despite these minor flaws, the book is poignant, tense, well-researched and well-plotted. I give City of Redemption four out of four stars.



                     Videos Walk with a Medium Part One http://youtu.be/TU4BvpvX5AQ 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

DAY OF THE DEAD COMMUNICATING WITH SPIRITS RITUAL


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The veil between the living world and the dead (spirit) world continues to stay open in the days following the Holy Eve or All Hallows or Halloween.

On this day, November 1st, Day of the Dead, loved ones and ancestors continue to be remembered in sacred rituals.  Below is a longer version of communicating and honoring your dead loved ones than I posted previously.

Excerpt from Chapter Ten in my ebook, "How to Talk with Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts" available on Amazon, Smashwords,  Barnes and Noble. Links below at end of article.


Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away
The dead, forgotten this many a day!

– Virna Sheard, Poet –


All Hallows Eve or Halloween and November First, are sacred times for many throughout the world to honor the dead. The indigenous people of Mexico combined their own rituals and celebrations with that of the Catholic church when the Spaniards invaded and conquered their county on November First.

The Mexicans honor their ancestors, and beloved dead with special rituals and celebrations. They have processions through weaved through the streets of their home towns and cities. Many banners and masks portray colorful death masks.

In and around the towns and cities are beautiful altars honoring the dead and include photos and special items of the dead. Some truly create a mini houses or special rooms where their relatives lived.

The Day of the Dead gatherings and celebrations are absolutely magically beautiful as well as eerie and frightening to some with all those skeleton faces. Some people fear death, some welcome it and some just deny it. But one way of another, you'll day to live the physical  body will happen and the Day of the Dead is a reminder of this fact.
Before it is dark on Halloween and/or on the Day of the Dead I encourage you to take time to honor those who have gone on to the "other side" whether you call that Heaven, Nirvana, or Slumberland.

Gather photographs of the deceased  - ones you would like to visit and light a candle. Reflect on them and think or even talk aloud anything you'd like to say. Be quiet, perhaps you'll mentally hear a message. If not then, often times in your dreams.

For a more elaborate ritual and how to communicate successfully read Chapter Ten in my book, How To Talk With Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts.

Please review my website to learn more about myself and my books and purchase personally autographed copies pease go to  june ahern dot com. 
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? GHOST WHO?

A SIMPLY MARVELOUS FUN TIME ON 

HALLOWEEN AND MORE!

 

Tonight the veils thin and the dead walk the earth. It can be a lovely time to invite our deceased loved ones to visit. Light a candle and place it in a window so they can easily find you. Perhaps leave them a treat and beverage they enjoyed while in body. I like to put a photo of each I'm inviting to visit tonight. 


When the ghosts come to visit, who you gonna call?



I am a ghost buster aka a spirit communicator. See The Haunted Bay videos of some ghost hunts.
This one was especially spooky to me. https://youtu.be/c7FsCWmWLQ8
this one I really enjoyed myself https://youtu.be/TU4BvpvX5AQ

This night is also called Samhain (pronounced SAH-win or SOW-in[1] is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.

As the nights grow dark early and we retreat to the comfort of our homes, it is said our dreams become more vivid and meaningful. Take note of your dreams tonight as the spirit of your dead family and friends often visit you through them.

Read more about spirits and how to communicate with them in my ebook, "How to Talk with Spirits: Seance, Mediums, Ghost Hunts" on Amazon and Smashwords. Links below. I have three other books you can review at
june ahern dot com.

Happy Thrilling Halloween! May it also be blessed with gentle, good spirits visiting.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

SEEKING AN HONEST PSYCHIC READER

How to find a psychic reader?


Finding a reputable, honest and gifted psychic reader isn't always easy.  My book "The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to a Successful Reading" is a complete consumer's guide.

In it you will learn how to query the psychic reader before making your appointment: The best way can be recommendations. Even when recommended, ask the person about her or his experience. What did she or he find most rewarding and interesting about the reader? But don't just take the recommendation that this is the best reader for you and will fulfill your expectations.  For example ask the potential reader if you can record the session - and the way she (he) is paid plus much more.

Finding a reader: If you know no one or do not wish anyone to know you want a psychic reading, there are other ways to find one. I write about how to find in my book, how to find and interview a psychic reader.

Here's in part the latest review on my book and for more reviews please visit (direct inks below) Amazon.com, Smashwords.com Barnes and Noble Goodreads.com.

Even though my name is spelt incorrectly: The Timeless Counselor: The Best Guide to... by jellybean85 » 17 Oct 2015, 4 out of 4 stars.

Psychic June Ahern gives readers tips on how to get a proper psychic reading in detail about everything a person needs to know before getting a psychic reading. What I liked most about Ahern’s book is how she emphasized the importance of research before going to a psychic; how to find a psychic, and why it’s important to call ahead and ask questions before making an appointment. Ahern offers a list of questions to ask the psychic about their procedures, resources on how to find psychics and delves into the different types of fortune telling used by psychics. Overall, it was a good book and Ahern opened my mind up about the world of psychics.

Ahern discusses the various fortune telling methods, how to find a psychic, and what to expect when you get a reading. Ahren uses her experience as a psychic to help others get the best psychic reading they deserve. What I loved most about the book is how she opens your eyes up to the world of psychics. Ahren debunks the myths about psychics and sheds light on what goes on at a reading, and why it’s important that people do their research before going to a psychic. Many people think you just visit a psychic and get a glimpse into your future. But thanks to Ahern, she debunks that theory and points out there’s much more to psychic readings. The important piece of advice she gives readers is that they play an important part in making their future predictions come true. Sure, the psychic sees the future, but unless the customer does something to help, then the prediction isn’t going to come to fruition. One example Ahern gives in the book is how she told a client they’d advance in their career, yet when the opportunity arose they didn’t do anything about it. Months later when they client came back they were upset with her prediction, but when Ahern questioned them about any job offers they realized they passed up their opportunity.

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Timeless-Counselor-Successful-Psychic-Reading-ebook/dp/B0037QGKOY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1445794304&sr=8-3&keywords=june+ahern

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Friday, October 16, 2015

DEAD MEN STROLL? TO WHERE?

DEAD MAN'S STROLL



 To listen to this fun, eerie song on youtube click the link above or see link below.

I was a kid when this song came out and I really liked it then, as I do now. We'd stroll along in lines. What's the message in it? Like is the guy dead and strolling where?

I think they'd stroll the grounds seeking company, looking for loved ones. What do you think?

Graveyards - are they spooky to you? I like them in the light of day.  Daytime they are peaceful, pretty and a good place to have a restful walk. I visit graveyards all over,wherever I travel. Reading the headstones, wondering about the families. Just being there in spirit with the spirits.

A nighttime... oh boy!t Kinda spooky - but then night does that, right? Brings out our senses more - on alert!

If you go to a graveyard to conjure up a spirit or two, take a flashlight, take an ID in case the groundskeeper demands to know what you're up to? Like he won't know, right? Take a cell phone in case of an emergency, like some drunken big dude runs into you or .... a dead man strolling. 

 If you do want to visit a graveyard at night and do some ghost hunting check out my ebook, "How to Talk with Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts" for more tips and ideas.

Chapter 10 in the book gives you a sacred sweet Halloween Ritual to honor your dead and hopefully connect with them. All Hallows Eve or Halloween and November First, are sacred times for many throughout the world to honor the dead. The Celts and Mexicans honor their elderly, ancestors, and the dead with special rituals and celebrations on those days.


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To purchase my books:

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Dead Man's Stroll Youtube

https://youtu.be/B8N72Q1SZuU

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HALLOWEEN A TIME TO HONOR AND COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEAD

THE VEIL DROPS

BETWEEN THE WORLDS

Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,

When all souls come back from the far away

Virna Sheard, Poet –

Do you believe spirits continue to connect with you? 
And some continue to stay around planet earth?  
 I do



Why do I know there is something to it? I've been and contacted BY many, many spirits and around a lot of spooky places.  I've know things about dead people I've never met and shared it with their living loved ones. And, I've been to the Otherside.

Please view an interview with me about one person's experience on Youtube.
https://youtu.be/8a0qtJrcYgI

You too can securely contact your loved ones who passed as read in my book's Chapter 110, which gives you a lovely Halloween ritual to honor and communicate with your loved ones who have passed.


Excerpt

HALLOWEEN, A SPOOKY, good time and all for amusement, right? 

The night is much more than just for fun. All Hallows Eve or Halloween and November First and Second are sacred times for many throughout the world to honor the dead. 

Cultures have special days to honor ancestors and the dead like the  Celts and Mexicans. 

The Catholic Church combined the pagan beliefs with their own to create a day to honor the saints on November first. 
  

Celtic pagans believed the veils between the two worlds- that of the living and dead  - thin then drop so spirits can walk the earth to visit their living relatives before crossing back over to the “underworld.” The spirits were not only our loved ones, but also all spirits who want to walk the earth, feel alive and connect to the living. During the spirits’ visit, spooky things happened, as you can imagine. The Celts disguised themselves to waylay troublesome or evil spirits so they wouldn’t recognize and haunt people. Tradition warned people, especially the elderly, the sick and the young, to stay safely hidden inside so they wouldn’t be grabbed and taken to the “Underground.”   

You can enjoy a most beautiful and heartfelt ritual in your home on All Hallows - Halloween.  It can be an elaborate affair or a simple one as read in my book. 

How to Talk With Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts (links below).

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