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!

 

 

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

Lake Superior Writing Retreats ~ January 2016

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Spent last weekend and am spending this weekend in the beautiful Duluth (Minnesota) area, working on my next two books.

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The first, a picture book for young children, is now finished and ready to be shopped around. It’s the story of a young girl whose wish is granted in a whimsical and wacky way when she spends the night at her aunt’s magical old house.

The second book is my follow-up to “House of Spirits and Whispers.” This book, aka “the ghost book that did not want to be written,” is coming along nicely. Don’t want to say too much more, due to its capricious nature and history. Would love to have a proposal in the hands of my agent by May 1 ~ that’s my goal.

I have always thought that Lake Superior and this part of Minnesota were gorgeous and inspiring, and in the last few years, this feeling has intensified. I think it has to do with the area’s wide open expansiveness, powerful water and air elements, and beautiful, calming shades of blue ~ all these factors provide a perfect, soul-restoring counterbalance when my life feels over-busy and compartmentalized.

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The photos in this post were taken by my friend and fellow writer Kelly (pictured).

Spirit Visitors at the Massage

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Love going into the parlor to meditate and seeing my meditation partners ~ aka Fluffy and Simon ~ already there and waiting to get started.

This is Fluffy, at nineteen years old, who made it to the red chair first (which means Simon will sit on the sofa or prowl around the room till Fluffy decides it’s time to be queen of all she surveys elsewhere in the house, making a spot available for Simon on my lap or the back of the red chair).

My (online) Rosicrucian studies are going well, and I really look forward to meditating and studying in the parlor a few times each week around twilight. It’s peaceful and restorative. Last night, I meditated on the massage I had yesterday. It was the first time I ever had a massage (first time because I am uptight!) and during it, Lisa (the masseuse), who is highly intuitive, saw not only my spirit helpers but also ~ ME. 

Lisa asked me after the massage if I have noticed that I’m becoming more psychic and I said yes. She said she believed it, because both an eagle and a hawk spirit helper showed up. She also asked if I had any relatives in spirit that looked just like me. I said no. She said, “Well, someone showed up who looked exactly like you.” After discussing it for a bit, we decided it probably was an aspect of my spirit.

So, why, you may ask, would part of my spirit leave my body just before an awesome massage? : ) Lisa said it may have been my higher self. Another possibility that occurs to me: I was intimidated by the thought of a massage, and have read about (and experienced firsthand) the feeling of “ditching” one’s physical body when feeling threatened.

I am going to take two mini-sabbaticals this month to work on my latest book (a follow-up to House of Spirits and Whispers) and am going to see if I can explore this phenomenon further in the new book.

I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has had similar experiences. (You may email me at the address on my “Contact” page.)

 

Unexpected Gift ~ A Message from the Natural World

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Anyone who knows me or has read my books knows that one of my favorite gifts is a message from the natural or spirit world. I noticed this seemingly magic feather, pictured above and elsewhere in this post, during my birthday week in the back hall of my house.

When it first caught my eye, I was startled, thinking it was a centipede on the wall. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a feather, which has been one of the best and most clear signs I get from the universe. Although it appeared to be suspended in the air, the feather was actually caught on a near-invisible cobweb. (The feather had been on display on a shelf in the back hall.)

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In my life, feathers represent opportunities, especially writing opportunities. I interpreted this as a very positive sign, especially since earlier this year, I woke up with a hawk feather standing straight up in my hair (!) which I only noticed when I saw my reflection in the medicine cabinet mirror. The hawk feather had fallen out of a dreamcatcher made for me by my friend Ximena, who is a skilled energy worker. I felt that the October birthday feather message was that my usual late fall and winter  “creative cocooning” time of writing and editing would be productive and surprising and magical. And it has ~ I now represent some very talented and well-known clients through my literary agency, have sold my first book as an agent (with two more proposals being considered), and am doing developmental editing  for a very interesting metaphysical book as well as a spooky true paranormal book. (Will post about these books when their publication status is “official.”)

Last, but definitely not least: I am making progress on ~ and having fun with ~ my own next book, a follow-up to House of Spirits and Whispers. This is perhaps the real magic of this writing season, as I have referred to this sequel as “the book that did not want to be written.” It seems that, finally, the house spirits and my guides agree that the time has come for these stories to be told.

 

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

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Heard the sad news yesterday that Carl Llewellyn Weschcke passed away on November 7.

I worked for and with Carl for 13 years at Llewellyn Worldwide. When I left Llewellyn to pursue my own metaphysical pursuits via Annie Wilder Enterprises, I thanked Carl, Sandra, and Gabe Weschcke for the opportunities I’d had while at Llewellyn and for everything I learned while working there. I also told them that working at Llewellyn had enabled me to realize two long-held dreams: to make my living as a writer and to publish a book.

Sending blessings, love, and light to Carl, Sandra, Gabe and all of Carl’s family and friends.

Spirits in the Parlor ~ All Hallows Mediumship Eve with Janice Carlson

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Perfect way to wrap up the season of spirits: two final spirit message circles. Guest medium Janice Carlson did a fantastic job both nights of communicating messages from loved ones in spirit to our guests.

As the hostess, it was interesting to note that these back-to-back event nights had very distinct and different energy vibes. The first night, there was an undercurrent of breezy, bubbly energy and the background music ( Brahms on Pandora) got loud enough to be intrusive. (I do consider it to be spirit activity when the radio volume increases.) The second night’s energy was so heavy and still, Janice stopped in the middle of the messages and asked if I could feel it, too.  (I could.) The radio had stopped (not spirit activity ~ our Pandora station just shuts off occasionally) so I turned the radio back on and and also turned on some fans.

Janice brought through specific messages for each guest, including a message from a cat that had lived to be 30! One guest told of having the amazing and strange experience of walking in her yard and seeing her footprints turn to dead grass as she moved. She brought photos, which were pretty incredible. Her question was whether there was some message from the spirit world with regard to the footprints. I’ll be exploring this odd phenomenon further, including Janice’s response to it, in my next book.

Of course, there were also many moving and comforting messages, including several from loved ones who had crossed over in incredibly tragic circumstances. On a related note, for the first time ever, I actually “felt” a spirit’s passing. Janice was speaking to a guest whose (female) friend had died at a young age. Janice asked if the death  was from an accident or an illness when I felt the sensation of a powerful impact and being thrown into the air ~ like being struck by a car. At the same time, I felt that this had happened to a man, not a woman. Janice then said something about a male who had died in a car accident, and after reading for the guest whose friend had died, gave messages to two guests who had a male friend or relative that died in a car accident.

We closed the evening with a sage burning and asking for blessings and healing for all present, both physical and spirit guests.

The spirit messages circles are so popular and seem to be such a positive and healing experience for those in attendance that I’m considering offering one each month next season. Will keep you posted.

Season of Spirits with Linda Cora ~ WOW!

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Last Thursday night’s Season of Spirits event was awesome, thanks to my friend Linda Cora’s incredible mediumship skills and a parlor-full of great guests, both physical and in spirit.

The vibe of the night was high-energy and positive. Many of Thursday’s guests were friends who have come to many events at my house, and their anticipation and excitement provided the kind of energy the spirits seem to love.

Linda’s amazing skill, coupled with her down-to-earth observations and sense of humor added another element of fun to the event. Guests were able to name the loved one in spirit with whom they most wanted to communicate, and Linda connected with those spirits.

Linda started out with information about the spirits who had approached her as soon as she booked the event here, wanting to make sure their messages would be conveyed to their family. She gave specific names, medical conditions, and physical descriptions, most of which we verified by the end of the night. One of the most humorous messages of the night was from a “very Catholic” grandma in spirit, who was concerned about her grandson working a late shift. Her comment: “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

Loved ones in spirit came through with specific messages of love, with apologies, and with reassurance, advice, and even admonishments (specifically, a message to a guest’s mother with diabetes to take care of her health). In once case, the spirit visitor did not have much to say, so Linda did a mini-reading for the guest (a young woman) instead.

One of the fundamental themes of the night was that our family, friends, and even companion animals in spirit are still with us ~ they are part of our lives, offering support and love from the spirit side of life. Linda said we “lift them up” when we say their names, talk to them, and share our memories and stories of them. There were many moving and humorous moments throughout the night; I feel very fortunate to be part of these lively, powerful, and healing spirit message circles.

We have two more spirit message circles this season, All Hallows Mediumship Eve. One will be held tomorrow night (October 29) and the final on October 30. The guest medium will be the very talented Janice Carlson, who I met through my work at FATE magazine. Both events have been sold out for weeks ~ next season, I am considering hosting a spirit message circle each month, as there seems to be an incredible demand for this kind of healing experience.

 

 

 

 

Spirits and Spirited Events in October

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First, my apologies for a longer time between posts than usual. There has been a lot of friendly spirit activity, travel, and news in the past few weeks, but most of my time has been spent on either exterior house painting and reading or editing manuscripts, as both Inkswiggler and the Annie Wilder Literary Agency have been bursting at the seams, work-wise. (And I am grateful for this work that I love, as well as for my very talented and creative clients. )

I want to start by thanking the guests of the Sept 12 tea party, the last tea party of this season. They brought great energy and curiosity to the event and I am actually going to post about it in detail sometime next week, with a link to EVPs captured by my friend and tea party guest Kevin Swanson.

Lots of fun things happening this month! Here’s a list of events:

October 16 and 17 | The Haunting Experience on Highway 61
I’ll be telling true, very spooky ghost stories at the Haunting Experience haunted house and hayride. Let me say, I walked through the house of horror (which seemed to go on forever) in the daytime, before it was set up, and minus Nibbles the Clown and Mr. Tinkles—and it filled me with dread. I can only imagine how terrifying it is at night with all stops pulled out. Find out more here.

 

Thursday, October 22 |” Season of Spirits” Spirit Message Circle with Linda Cora
Celebrate and honor the season of spirits. Guest medium and psychic Linda Cora will offer each guest a a mini-reading and a specific message from a family member, friend, or guardian in spirit. Many of you who have attended tea parties and haunted events at my house have heard me talk about Linda, as Leon is very fond of her and communicates quite a bit with me through her. We will check in with Leon at the end of the night to see if he has any messages regarding the house or spirit activity! We just added this event, and already have a few people signed up, so please reserve your spot soon if you’d like to attend. Details here.

 

October 29 and 30 | All Hallows Mediumship Eve with Medium Janice Carlson
Join us in the parlor for a spirit message circle as each guest receives a personal message from a loved one or guide in spirit. Last year’s event sold out immediately and we added another, which also sold out. This year, we had two nights ready to go from the beginning and they are both almost full, even before I’ve really started to promote them! We have two spots still available on October 29 and one on October 30. Please email me right away of you’d like to attend either of these nights. Registration information here.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new friends this month!