Tuesday, December 25, 2018

CHRISTMAS GHOST STORYTELLING w/VIDEO

Did you know Christmas 

ghost story-telling 

is an old custom? 

I didn't. 




When did this custom begin?  

Ghost stories during winter is a hallowed tradition and a folk custom stretching back centuries, when families would gather around fires on winter nights with tales of spooks and monsters. Makes sense on those long, dark, cold nights with no social media or TV.

But all didn't agreed with the custom. Based in folklore and the supernatural, it was a tradition the Puritans frowned on, so it never gained much traction in America and lost interest in England until Victorian 19th century and with some less Puritan Americans.

Humorist Jerome K. Jerome (1891 collection, Told After Supper), wrote, “Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about spectres (ghosts). … we love to muse upon graves, and dead bodies, and murders, and blood.” 

Charles Dickens claimed in a 1854 article, “Christmas Eve is the witching time for Story-telling.”

Ying Liu (producer The Haunted Bay Paranormal Investigation YouTube) invited me to a Christmas Ghost Story-Telling at a historical Victorian San Francisco hotel. (our investigation YouTube: https://youtu.be/qYPuQylhQsg )

Eager for some merry Christmas fun off I trotted to the hotel for some spooky surprises. Unfortunately, the hotel cannot be named per management because it seems potential guests voice concern their stay will be fraught of ghostly visits. I, for one, love a good ghost story and visit from one or more of the dead. How about you?

The hotel has a rich history of days gone by in the infamous San Francisco. It's is full of wonderfully preserved 19th and early 20th century antiques. 

The shinning wooden staircase captured my heart right away. I could imagine women in long gowns floating down it. In fact, later I did see a woman ghost floating around the hotel.(see in the ghost YouTube investigation.)

I was joined by a couple of other mediums. Independently we investigated the hotel for ghostly activity. Would we find any?

Not surprisingly each encountered the same and also, different spirits as you'll see on the video https://youtu.be/qYPuQylhQsg 

Following the investigation was an impromptu seance (with many spirit messages) and then spooky ghost stories. 

I was all done in and went to my room early- being the the only one to spend the night and live to tell the tale. Was I visited? Yes.

This investigation didn't make it into my book, How to Talk With Spirits: Seances, Mediums, Ghost Hunts, but many other ones have - like working with law enforcement on a murder case.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

WINTER SOLSTICE POEM/ GO SKYCLAD

Blessed be High Priestess, Zsuzsanna E. Budapest who rallied and fought bravely for the rights of psychics and pagans to practice without penally of laws and persecution (in some areas). 

To learn more about Ms. Budapest go to: https://www.zbudapest.com

Author, Poet, Psychic, Witch


Tonight look up to the skies, feel the power of the the Full Moon - open your arms, feel the energy  - if you are wiling and are brave in the coldness, go Skyclad. This means naked. You can wear sacred (special) to you jewelry and a cape, if you wish. The ritual begins with preparation: take a bath in rose water, or some oil to calm your mind and body; turn your thoughts inward to your personal power, the truth of you.

Skyclad - nothing between you and the sky, nature. The truth of self. Connection to a Divine Source in the Naked Truth. Not identifying yourself through clothing.  These are some reasons. A Holy Time.

The 2018 Winter Solstice is a powerful one with the full moon and meteor showers. 



LONG DARK NIGHT’S MOON

A view from the moon

The time of the longest nights has come, and 
the Lady of the Night, The Cold White Moon, rules supreme.

She wheels through the heavens above a white world, as if her 
power were transforming the earth into her own image.

Moonlight glitters, from frosted branches, sparkles from fields of new-fallen snow. The air tingles with energy.

Now, in this time of greatest darkness, the Moon is pregnant with light.

The stars dance around her in the heavens, and Earth blossoms with a million points of brightness.

Out of the darkness the new year is born.

So Mote it Be.

 “Grandmother Moon”
Zsuzsanna E. Budapest 


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LONG DARK NIGHT= FUTURE DREAMS

WINTER SOLSTICE 

THE LONG DARK NIGHT 

 THE RETURN OF THE SUN




Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This start of the solar year is a celebration of the return of Light (the sun) and the rebirth of the Sun's power to foster life. 

A time to dream and envision of that yet to be. A time to honor the ancestors with stories; a time to tell tales of spirits walking through the darkness. 

Ancient cultures built huge stone structures designed to align perfectly with the sun at specific times, such as dawn or high noon. And some ancient peoples performed sacred rituals and celebrated all night, and I'm sure for days.

How will you celebrate? I've been invited to a "ghost story" time in one of San Francisco's historical Victorian hotels. While there I agreed to be filmed with what spirits or ghosts from yesteryear I might pick up. There will be two other mediums. I'm the only one spending the night at the hotel. Hope to get some sleep between ghost visits.

It just seemed like a fun thing to do, sit around and tell stories. That's what our ancestors did during The Long Dark Nights of winter. Stories of their ancient ancestors, of dreams, and visions of tomorrow - spring time. They hoped for better times. 

Sound familiar? Yes, we too hope for better times during the winter of our own lives. We wish others Happy New Year! 


East to West ancestors celebrated this time of year. Iranian people celebrate the night of the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice as Yada night. It's one the oldest Iranian traditions that has been present in Persian culture from the ancient years. The pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day "midwinter" (winter solstice) holiday called Yule (aka Jul, Julblot, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.)

What about your culture? What rituals do you follow?

It's really no mystery or need to be any one religious belief why our ancestors celebrated winter solstice: It began with Nature

Winter: food became and still can be, scarce. Weather conditions plunge into low temperatures, heavy, cold rains; snow; winds -  illness comes easy with runny noses, scratchy throats, pneumonia, influenza and too often death of the old and very young.

Staying alive in a rugged terrain, lack of food, safe shelter, harsh weather - was and is a main concern. I think of "Naked and Afraid" television show. 

Bringing joy during a hard time: Our ancestors had to have hope; they had to belief better times were on the way, just like we do. Thus we celebrate life with sharing laughter, gifts, foods, just being together. And, like us today, it begins with a focus, a purpose - rituals - why we're celebrating - thanking a Divine Source keeping us alive. 

In olden times families and friends would travel often for miles to mingle and be together just as we do today. Gift giving when visiting the homes of others is a custom nearly all enjoy.

Sprucing up: Decorating trees surrounding homes, decorating inside the home became a festive custom. Red, for the energy of the sun, green for mother nature. Life!

How will you give to those in need? That is part of this sacred time's ritual and celebration. Share what you have - thus we have "gift giving." 

With all that said, you understand why Winter Solstice is a most special event. It's about the birth of light, awaiting the birth of the sun. A time to vision what is to come; dreams are vivid as the night's are longer and hope to make it to spring gives life to the mind, body and spirit. 

Tonight, if you can, stay up to greet the sun.

Blessed be.

How to Talk with Spirits is one of my books available in paperback and eBook. Review more at www.juneahern.com



Saturday, December 15, 2018

FREE - GIVE-AWAY eBook

onlinebookclub.org is offering a give-away for my first novel The Skye in June. See link to at bottom of blog.

The book has collectively over 700 overwhelming positive reviews reviews at Amazon (US, UK, France, Japan); goodreads.com; Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, online.org - to name a few sites.

A story with laughs, sorrow, adventure, anger, the usual family drama. Has a mystery, with the answer to be found in the Isle of Skye.

Learn some Scottish sayings and customs, walk the streets of one of San Francisco's well-known neighborhoods back in the day, watch the family change over the years.

The MacDonalds are a Scottish immigrant family who emigrated to San Francisco, California in the mid 1950s after a family tragedy. 

The four girls come of age during the changing environs of the 1960s - a wild and crazy time.

They live in a most well-known neighborhood of the city that most now know of as The Castro, but is actually named Eureka Valley.

Eureka Valley or "The Valley" has old time residents called it, is the heart of the city - sitting almost right dab in the center of it of San Francisco if you will.

It's a historical novel as the story takes you up and down Castro Street and you can stop at one of the most historical businesses which continues to thrive today - Cliff's Department store.

Take in a movie at The Castro Theatre, which was a hubbub for the neighborhood kids who clamored to it, waiting in long lines every Saturday.

Read more about the story at june ahern.com and enter to win a kindle copy. Ready, go.. 

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