Mother’s Day Spirit Message Circle with Intuitive Medium Linda Cora

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In Spirit Message Circle News, my friend, intuitive medium Linda Cora, did an amazing job of delivering messages from guides and loved ones in spirit for the Mother’s Day Circle.

I’ve hosted spirited events for about a decade, and I’ve found that each event has its own energy and lessons or illuminations. As usual, the spirit sisters let us know they were present by turning the light off and on a few times. There were encouraging and even humorous messages of love, support, and encouragement. (For example, two or three friends/family members in spirit advised guests to pursue their dreams/current business ideas and to believe in themselves.)

I got an absolutely spot-on message from our sweet dog Cherry, who crossed over to the spirit side of life two years ago. Linda announced that Cherry let her know that she was happy, she no longer had arthritis and could run and play—and that Dudley (my husband) had a new girlfriend! I laughed and let everyone know that Dudley DOES have a new girlfriend—our youngest cat Sylvie, who we refer to as Dudley’s girlfriend because she so obviously adores him. I assured Cherry that she is still in our hearts and we miss her every day.

Linda also delivered healing messages to two guests in the midst of difficult situations ~ one of which involved losing a family member to suicide.

Linda took a bit of time to talk with this guest, who was obviously in a great deal of pain. She also followed up after the event with a detailed and thoughtful email on the topic to all the guests that had shared their email address with her. While Linda was working with the guest who had lost a family member in this terribly sad and difficult way, I could feel the supportive energy of the other guests in the circle. As happens so often at my haunted tea events, I was filled with tremendous respect and appreciation for the wonderful, smart, and caring people that are my guests. We ended the evening with some prayers/positive thoughts for those in need and by burning sage.

My thanks to everyone who attended the Mother’s Day Spirit Message Circle.

Mother’s Day, 2016

 

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Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who shares her creativity and caregiving skills with the world, whether her love is directed toward children, those in need, animal companions, or the natural world and planet.

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My thanks to the all the guests who were part of our Mothers’ Day Spirit Message Circle on Thursday, and special thanks to intuitive Linda Cora, who did an incredible job, as always.

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I’ll post the highlights of the Spirit Message Circle event tomorrow, but wanted to thank my talented friends Linda Cora, Diana Stinocher, and Kathy Johns for the lovely and thoughtful gifts, pictured in this post.

Thank you, too, to my friend Lisa Faribault for taking the fantastic pictures of my house!

Gifts From the Backyard

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I’ve been working out in the yard for the past few days, spending most of the day outside from right after breakfast till past the time when I would usually eat supper.
This is one of the patterns of spring for me; I am so happy and feel so restored by being out in the beautiful, budding and blossoming world that I don’t want to stop to eat or tend to indoor tasks ~ it is only the darkness that sends me back in the house; when there is no longer enough light for me to plant or dig or trim. Part of what I love about this time of year in Minnesota are the colors ~ the lush and soft green grass, the vivid pinks of the redbud blossoms and clean white petals of the plum tree blossoms, especially when set against a slate gray May sky.
 
This year, along with the gift of inner peace and a deep sense of gratitude for our beautiful planet, my backyard surprised me with an abundance of cheery and hardy violets (one of my favorite flowers) that popped up in last year’s tiny buckwheat field. We’re planning to put raised garden beds in this sunny former buckwheat patch, so I’ve been transplanting violets all over and they now brighten up many corners of our yard.
 
Violets are rumored to be one of the favorite flowers of faeries as well, so I planted one in front of the faerie tree. (In the pictures, the glowing glass ball is actually a doorknob that we are going to put on the door to the faerie tree.)

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My friends, dowser Curt Hansen and psychic Vonne Jonsson, stopped by Monday with a faerie house for me. Curt and Vonne have started a business called FaeryBlossoms, and these metaphysically talented and knowledgeable friends sell faerie houses that they make themselves. They also offer faerie events, faerie message readings, and tours of places where faeries can be found. To find out more, visit Curt and Vonne’s website: Faeryblossoms.com.
 
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Meeting Prince on the Set of Purple Rain, 1983

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Me and my sister “Maggie” on our first day as extras in Purple Rain, 1983. My car was filmed too, right in front of First Ave, because most of the extras did not own cars.

There were only a few extras on the set that day and it was really exciting! It was cold out and they let the girls wear coats but the guys couldn’t (I think it was supposed to be summer in the scene). They gave everyone cigarettes to smoke to provide a plausible reason for the “smoke” that was visible whenever anyone exhaled in the frigid air.

Prince’s bodyguard came up to Maggie and me at the end of filming and said Prince wanted us to come to a party at his house. Which was awesome. We declined because I thought John (my first husband) would not be on board with it.

Was very sad to hear that Prince, musical genius and bright spirit who generously shared his talent with the world, is gone so soon. May he shine brightly forever.

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What Makes a Haunted House Happy?

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What makes a haunted house (or at least it’s physical world steward) happy? A brand new, sparkling clean checkerboard floor, that’s what! Doing the happy dance now that we have a charming and fittingly vintage-looking floor in the summer kitchen, back hall, and back bath. The pretty antique stove can return from its backyard exile, the clothes dryer can be brought in from the porch, and I have already gotten the pie table and Christmas cactus set up by the window.

Apparently, Leon kept an eye on the remodeling work. When I arrived home yesterday, the floor polishers were just finishing up. One of the guys said, “Did you know your house is haunted?”
 
I said “Yes,” and asked him what Leon had done to let them know he was around. He told me that the dryer vent kept flapping loudly while they worked and the smoke detector went off several times. Now Leon has “spoken” to me before with the smoke detector ~ in that instance (which was years ago), I sensed Leon’s presence in the back hall and asked if he was there. The smoke detector responded with a few quiet beeps. I told Leon hello, thanked him for his help with the house, and waited to see if the detector would keep beeping. It didn’t and the battery did not need to be replaced for months after that.
 
The other funny thing is that the fellow who actually installed the new floor ~ a man of very few words ~ must have had the same experience that the floor polishers did, because when I arrived home after his first day working here, the smoke detector cover was sitting on the summer kitchen counter and the battery was pulled out enough so that it wouldn’t work. Neither Dudley nor I have heard the smoke detector alarm go off or even chirp for years. We even tested the battery last week to make sure it worked before putting the smoke detector back together.
 
It made me happy to know that Leon was watching over the work and the house and letting the guys know, in a friendly way, that he was here.

 

 

 

Crystal Ball Divination Report

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In CRYSTAL BALL NEWS, I had an interesting and very enjoyable crystal ball divination session in my parlor on Monday night.

The reader was psychic intuitive Eric Moen, whom I met at the Intrigue Theaters ‘s old-timey illusionist/mentalist show at the Triune Masonic Temple in St. Paul in January. I wanted to have a reading with Eric to see if this venerable yet rarely practiced form of divination might be a good fit for my Spirited Schoolhouse. (It was. Details at the end of this post.)

We set up a small table in the parlor and Eric placed the crystal ball on it and lit two candles. First surprise: the ball has a name! Eric introduced the ball to me ~ since I’m not sure of the etiquette of me sharing the name, I’ll refrain from doing so ~ but I will say that the name seemed to suit the ball, which was large, dignified, and a bit aloof. Eric also shared the story of how it took for him to get the ball to work with him ~ three months ~ and yes, there was an initiatory experience of sorts.

The first image to appear was two owls, which is cool, because the owl is one of my totem animals. Then Eric said something to the effect that two male spirits were standing behind him in the parlor, to check him out and see what his business in the house was. I knew from the language used and the purpose of the visit that one of the spirits was Leon. (Which made me happy, as it always does when Leon looks after things.) Not sure who the other spirit was, though, and would like to find out.

Other spirits showed up, too: a riverboat captain, a Frenchman associated with the property, an old-fashioned young woman, who I believe may have been one of the spirit sisters, some elementals (or earth spirits) but the only spirit who showed Eric her face was Cherry, our sweet dog that we had to say goodbye to a few years ago.

Eric noted some things about the earth spirits on the property that resonated with me and fits into some of the topics/experiences I’ll be exploring more in my new book. (My new book on which I am ~ slowly ~ making progress.) One tidbit: Eric described an elemental being that I have seen here and even sketched a picture of.

One of the coolest things was that, when the reading started, Eric said, “Everything coming through is about your house and its energy, not you!” I told him that was perfect; I wanted to know what the crystal ball had to say about my house because I could use it all in my book. Another cool moment was when Eric started to talk about a chair that had been in my house, I not only clearly “saw” the chair in my mind ~ it was an ornate wooden ceremonial chair ~ but I also saw where it had been in my parlor.

The session ended when Eric saw two eyes looking out at him from the crystal ball (!) which told him that the session was done. His exact words were, “Okay, (name of ball) is looking back at me.” Stopping when the crystal ball starts gazing back at you made sense to me. (Along with totally capturing my imagination ~ wow!)

If you’d like to be part of a crystal ball reading event, please join Eric Moen and me on  Thursday, June 30 from 7:00 ~ 9:00 PM. More details, including how to sign up, can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Ball Divination

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Oh, it’s fun to live in a spirit-filled house!

I’m meeting tonight with a cystal ball reader to see if a group crystal ball divination session might work well as a Spirited Schoolhouse event. I have never done this kind of divination before; I’m curious and optimistic.

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Will post a report within the next few days.

Crystal ball image courtesy of www.crystalcompany.com.

Getting Ready for the Haunted Tea Party Season

 

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Having fun and busy, busy, busy, preparing for the 2016 Haunted Tea Party and Spirited Schoolhouse Season! Had a little help from the house spirits yesterday ~ more on that in a moment.

In addition to getting events scheduled, updating my calendar and website, and adding one or two new spirited events this year ~ including a group past-life regression event ~ my house needed a few repairs, fresh paint, and some restoration work. This is  part of the feng shui work that we started a year or so ago ~ in late 2014 and 2015, our yard and house exterior received the most attention. We got a good start on front porch repairs and exterior painting, including scraping and repainting the bay window, a focal pint of our side yard on the east.

In 2014 – 2015, we also did some much-needed trimming of the 150-year-old boulevard elms, and said goodbye to five trees ~ the two dying crabapple trees in front and the backyard pines, which had grown so tall they were tangled in the power lines. (We already had the power lines raised once.) I was very reluctant to cut down any trees ~ and it took me a a few years to be able to do so ~ but I am very happy with the yard’s new energy and the vitality of the remaining trees. Sometimes being a good steward means recognizing when it’s time to say farewell.

This winter, we turned our attention to inside projects ~ polishing floors, restoring floors (more on that in a future post) painting, and de-cluttering. The house energy has been somewhat chaotic and I was just asked this morning what effect, if any, the commotion has had on the spirit activity.

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Yesterday, I was doing touch-up painting in six different rooms, and the house vibe was especially topsy-turvy. We have the summer kitchen and back hall closed off because we have torn up the old linoleum floor (yay!!) and I was trying to do (the not-really-very-efficient) several things at once. I walked into the kitchen to get … something … and found myself standing by the microwave cupboard. Dudley was at the table and chuckled when I said to myself, “Why am I standing here?”

Now, usually if I forget the reason I came into a room, I will remember in a minute or two, and most of the time, I am standing right where I need to be. Nothing came to mind, though ~ until a bowl that was sitting in the dish drainer tumbled and rolled, clattering as it fell. Dudley and I looked over and laughed and I said, “Hey! I came in here to get felt strips for the bookshelf.” Which are in the drawer under the dish drainer. I am guessing that it was Leon who helped, since I have asked for his assistance several times during this repair and restoration project.

Hope to see many of you this spirited event season!

 

 

Singing Bowl and Railroad Tie Chime

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In the Happy Book News Department, two items of interest:

First, I am pleased to announce that I sold another book for one of my Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients, the esteemed Loyd Auerbach. (I’ve been a fan of Loyd’s ever since his days as a FATE columnist.) And, the publisher who picked up his book is interested in three more books ~ WOOT!! Will share the details as soon as I am able.

The second item is a story about one of my literary agency clients and paying attention to signs from the universe. My client, Jana, wrote a YA (Young Adult) novel that involves time travel and physics. A Tibetan singing bowl and railroad tie wind chime play an important role in her story. The day we first got ready to send out her story, my dowser friend Curt Hansen stopped by and brought ~ a Tibetan singing bowl and a railroad tie chime! I almost fell over. (I don’t discuss the books I’m working on with anyone except the author and potential publishers.) I sent Jana the picture below and she said she thought it was amazing.

Yesterday, I sent out Jana’s manuscript to the publishers that require a printed submission. Second cool sign from the universe: yesterday was Pi day (Jana let me know; I had not heard of it) which seems perfect for a book about physics and time travel.

Things That Go Bump MN ~ Haunted Palmer House Event, April 15 ~ 17

I have been absent from this blog for awhile ~ my apologies to friends both old and new. Welcome to those new to my blog or website ~ I appreciate your support.

What has been taking my time is (mostly) my own writing, my literary agenting work ~ will be making an announcement early next week about the latest book I sold ~ and some repairs and remodeling at our house, in preparation for the 2016 Haunted Tea Party and Spirited Schoolhouse season that opens in April. We are adding one or two new spirited events this year, details coming soon!

Today, I want to invite everyone to join my friends from the paranormal investigation group, Things That Go Bump, MN, for their Palmer House Investigation April 15 ~ 17. This is a great group, knowledgeable, respectful, and a lot of fun. My friend, the amazing energy worker Suzanne Worthley will be there teaching and I will also be there on April 15 and 16, talking about my house and the spirits.

More information at the link below.

I’ll be posting more often now as I wrap up my creative cocooning time and enter another haunted tea party season. Feels good to be back!

http://www.thingsthatgobumpmn.com/events