Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Mentor

I had hoped that my first post in a long while would be to share some happy news ~ and I do have some good news that I’ll post later this week. 

But I’m writing today to pay tribute to my dear friend Linda Cora, who passed away at her home on August 22. I didn’t post sooner because, truthfully, it’s been hard for me to believe my friend is not still here with us on the physical side of life anymore. 

Linda was a role model and teacher to me. She had lived through some very difficult experiences as a young woman but she didn’t let them defeat her or define her. Instead, it seemed to me, Linda used all of her experiences as a source of strength, credibility, and empathy. Her trademark phrase was “Know you’re blessed and leave the rest.” Linda loved life ~ more than anyone I know! ~ and she loved to have fun. She made me laugh so often. Her humor and vitality brightened the energy of those of us lucky enough to spend time with her. 

As many of you who attended Linda’s popular spirit message circles at my house know, her intuitive and spirit communication skills were unsurpassed. She had a special bond with Leon and called several times over the years with messages Leon had given her to share with me, ranging from his thoughts on the orange and blue floor tiles I had chosen for the playroom (a little too loud for his taste) to a request that we read the back hallway blessing out loud each time I led a tea party group on a house tour. (Which we did, starting at the next tea party, and every one since.) 

Linda is the first friend I called three years ago when Dudley was in the ICU and wasn’t regaining consciousness after his stroke. She spoke to Dudley’s spirit and gave me information that wasn’t easy for me to hear at the time but proved to be incredibly valuable. 

I had hoped to offer a few select Spirited Schoolhouse events this fall and Linda was going to be one of the presenters. For several reasons, I’m going to forgo offering events this fall. I’m so sorry about this! I really miss the tea parties and Spirited Schoolhouse events but we’re not at a point where I can sustainably start hosting them again. 

I’ll close by saying that every time I think of Linda, from the moment I heard the news of her passing till right now as I type, I picture her smiling and fine, still learning, still teaching, still full of life, but now on the spirit side of life. 

I’m grateful that our paths crossed and for the friendship we shared. I have thanked Linda for all the help and guidance she gave me, for the healing messages she delivered to me and to my Spirited Schoolhouse and haunted tea party guests, and for all the positivity and healing she brought into this world, and continues to bring from the other side.

Report From A Crystal Ball Reading

 

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A belated but sincere huge thank you to psychic intuitive Eric Moen and all my guests at the Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination event last week. WOW.

I had the feeling it was going to be an interesting night, and it was. Eric did a fantastic job of providing in-depth and accurate readings to everyone present. It was really fun to see Eric peering into the crystal ball and describing images that he then interpreted. The readings went much deeper than I had expected and Eric was a generous and unhurried reader ~ very focused and direct. My guests were almost all haunted tea party and schoolhouse friends who have come to many spirited events in the past. (It was good to see you all again!)

Two guests approached me afterward to tell their readings were “spot on.” And I did see people nodding vigorously while their friend or family member was getting a reading. A few times tarot card images came through, which gave Eric specific insights into the response, since he reads tarot cards.

The night started with Eric sharing the story of how he acquired his crystal ball and how he established a working relationship with it. Eric introduced the crystal ball, whose name is Thurston, a grand and masculine old-fashioned name that suits its energy. (The ball is named after the great magician Howard Thurston, who lived from 1869 to 1936.)

Eric said his goal was to provide information that could be used in a positive and empowering way. He said divination revealed possibilities and patterns, but that each of us has free will and can use the information gleaned from a reading to make choices that empower our lives.

Guests were asked if they wanted a general reading or had specific questions. Eric described what he saw, even while images were forming, and included all of us in his processing of the visual information. For example, when the first image that appeared for one guest kept morphing but never completely manifested into a solid image, he described what he was seeing, then asked her if she was in a state of transition. (She was.)

For my friend Steve, one of the first images Eric described was one eye, looking up. Eric told Steve that the image represented him somehow. It didn’t occur to Steve till the end of the night that the unusual image represented his love of astronomy and hobby of backyard stargazing with a telescope.

Just one more example: My guest Diane, wanting to clear her mind, decided to think about my cats. Right away, Eric told her he saw a big cat. First we all laughed, as Diane’s tee shirt had a large cat on it! Eric didn’t miss a beat and said something like, “Not that one.” That’s when Diane told us she had been thinking about my cats in order to not focus on anything from her life.

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I highly recommend contacting Eric for private or group readings. (PM me for his number if interested.) Eric Moen and Thurston will definitely be part of future Spirited Schoolhouse events!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Annie Wilder’s Spirited Schoolhouse Event: Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson

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I’m very pleased to announce a new Annie Wlder’s Spirited Schoolhouse event: Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson.

The event is coming up quickly, on Saturday, July 16, from 1:00 ~ 3:00 PM, and we already have people signed up, so please register right away if you’d like to be part of this. (Sign up by emailing me: annie@anniewilder.com.)

Chanda offered a past-life regression for me and several members of my family earlier this year and it was amazing ~ very positive and powerful. Many of you have seen my dab my eyes while listening to the very moving messages at the spirit message circles. At this event, I literally cried as I recalled a life as a young orphan boy in Europe (sometime in the 1700s – 1800s, I believe). 

My clothes were caked with dirt and grime and were literally stiff from never being washed. I slept on hay in a horse barn and had only survived after my mother died because the cook, whose face I can still clearly see, saw to it that I was fed. My impression was that my mother in that lifetime had been a household servant and had died when I was a few years old. When I was a young teenager, I was sold to a man to work on his farm. I can also still see myself leaving with the man on a dirt road and turning back to look at the cook, who was watching me leave with tears running down her face. I ran away from the man’s farm a few years later because he was so cruel. I found work on a ship, shoveling coal into a furnace or stove. I died in that lifetime when the ship sank, but my main thought as I died was that I was glad I had run away and experienced freedom. Chanda asked us what the message was from that life life to ourselves in this life, and my message as the young man to myself today was, “Don’t give up.”

Everyone at the event had an entirely different and very detailed story or narrative, with the exception of one guest who takes quite strong medication. Non of us had known what to expect going in and we all agreed it was vivid and illuminating.

I do recommend that guests come with a friend, due to the emotional intensity of the experience.

More details on the event “Your Soul’s Wisdom: Past-Life Regression with Psychic Intuitive Chanda Parkinson” here.

 

Tea Parties, Crystal Ball Readings & Paranormal Investigations, Oh My!

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Tea parties and crystal ball readings and paranormal investigations, oh my! Not to mention three radio/podcast interviews….

This June is filled with spirited events and appearances for me ~ hope you can be part of them, as a guest or listener! Getting ready today for the season’s first haunted tea tomorrow, June 4 ~ and what a tea party it will be!!

Guests include my friends Suzanne Worthley and Lisa Eckman, sisters who are both highly skilled intuitives and energy workers. Also present will be my friends Kathy and Barb (another set of sisters) and their cousin Bill, whose great-grandparents, grandparents, and great aunt and uncle all lived in my house over the course of nearly 40 years, from the 1920s through the 1960s. Kathy, Barb and Bill’s family overlapped slightly with Leon’s time here. (He bought the house in 1963.) They have shared stories of their family’s time in the house that are now part of my tea parties stories and will be included in my next book.

My friend Steve R. is bringing his team in for a paranormal investigation on June 10. Steve can be seen in a video on my website from 2010 when he was with a different paranormal group (which has since disbanded).

I will be interviewed by Paranormal Talk Show on June 14, and by my friend Kevin Hale and crew from the Shooting from the Lip on July 1. Still working out a date for the third radio appearance, which will be on Spaced Out Radio. (Will post time and other details for these appearances closer to the date, plus the info will be on my website later today.)

Wrapping up the month will be the brand-new Midsummer Season Crystal Ball Divination with psychic intuitive Eric Moen on June 30. I’m really excited about this event and we have some very cool guests signed up already. There are still seats available, but please sign up soon if you’d like a spot!

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Will post reports on all June’s spirited events and happenings.

As a side note, it seems that the house spirits are interested in all the activity ~ at least, I am aware of their presence and sense their positive and curious attention. I’m really hoping that Kathy, Barb, and Bill’s family spirits drop by for tea tomorrow!

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!

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!