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Spirits and Entities, spirituality of Alcohol

Spirits and Entities of Alcohol
by Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions

It always amazes me how the world really doesn’t understand the “root” of all things, nor pay attention to the “history” of various items or substances that they use occasionally or daily in life. I strongly believe it is very important to know the “root” and “makeup” of anything one puts in their bodies. Regardless of whether one is religious, spiritual, or scientific – the role of religion and spirituality in all aspects of life has some intriguing elements that should not be ignored. The proverb “You are what you eat”; has a lot of elements of truth in that saying because what you put in your body affects it chemically, physically, mentally, emotionally, and yes, spiritually. I won’t debate between science and religion in this article and for those readers that are atheist and don’t believe in spirituality – while reading this – simply ignore the spiritual overtones of this article and focus on the chemical aspect of what is being put in your body and understanding the elements you allow into your temple. For those readers that are avid drinkers – think about the drink you are putting in your body and go for higher quality substances as one really should consider changing to “organic” and “triple distilled” spirits instead, and for the spiritual user – know the entity or “spirit” you are inviting into your being.

This is not a negative article on drugs, substances, or alcohol, but rather a spiritual understanding of why we use them, the benefits and the dangers associated with them. Alcohol use needs to be practiced responsibly, for abusing it can lead to serious consequences. There really is more to “being under the influence” than you can rationally understand. Historically and spiritually, in all world cultures and religions, in folklore and mythology, every substance, every herb, every mineral, and every plant has a “spirit” or “entity” or “deity” assigned or associated with it. Drugs – Alcohol, barbiturates, hallucinogens, chemicals, or what-not are made of compositions of plants, herbs, minerals, and living matter. Drugs are medicines as well as poisons, with positive and negative effects on a living host that ingest them. Side effects from these drugs create various moods, effects on the body, mind, spirit, and persona. Many of these effects are utilized for spiritual visions, trances, omens, oracles, prophecies, messages, or communication with the beyond in the realms of religion. When abused, they often consume the body and the soul and will create a degradation of a being. Regardless of the substance : alcohol, marijuana, psilocybin, LSD, mDMA, barbiturates, etc. – Each substance has its own entity or spirit that culture attributes certain persona and effects to. It is pretty important to understand what entities you are dealing with, and how to gain advantage from a temporary relationship with them, and how to avoid them taking advantage of you.

For this article, I’m focusing on “spirits” or “alcohol”, as it is the most common grouping of entities that the mass population deals with. Why is “Alcohol” given the name “spirits” in the annals of history? The words “alembic” and “alcohol” are metaphors for “aqua vitae” (Life Water) and “Spirit”, often refer to a distilled liquid that came from magical explorations in Middle Eastern alchemy. “Alcohol” comes from the Arabic “al-kuhl” or “al-ku??l”, which means “Body Eating Spirit”, and gives the root origin to the English term for “ghoul”. In Middle Eastern Folklore, a “ghoul” is a “evil demon thought to eat human bodies”, either as stolen corpses or as children.

Since the root of the name “alcohol” is related to the concept of “body eating spirit”, this is also one of the early roots to traditional taboos on imbibing alcohol in the beginnings of Islam and similar prohibition faiths. In Islam, consumption of any alcohol is punishable with 80 lashes. To many “Pagan” or “Heathen” faiths, the imbibing of spirits and the temporary relationship with these entities gives definition to the “aqua vita” beliefs or “life water” or “connection / communication with spirits” that can be quite beneficial. In fact, faiths that had its roots in Paganism, such as Christianity and Islam, have carried over beneficial beliefs about the consumption or imbibation of alcohol.


As Middle Eastern alchemists ingested alcohol they reported that their senses deadened and this is why they saw the elixirs produced as possessing “body taking” qualities. This is where the Europeans are believed to have derived the use of “spirits” for “alcohol”. What is ingested affects a living body spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Some believe it will affect the soul as well and that it is all about relationships. Some faiths and cultures have credible valid positive reasons to abstain from drugs and alcohol, while others have equal reasons to promote them. Many cultures see drugs and alcohol as negative, but if one looks into the history of these elementals, there exists many positive elements in their usage, especially when balanced with spirituality and religion. Many cultures and faiths traditionally ingest something in order to commune with the Divine, God/desses, and/or spirits. Whether the wine and bread of Catholic Mass, or the trance induction of peyote with South American Shamans, the use of these substances have a honored tradition throughout history. Shamanic use of trance-inducing drugs are not considered destructive, but rather gifts of the Gods that allow the body and spirit to commune with higher planes of existence. Peyote, ayahuasca, salvia divinorum, absinthe, psilocybin, and other substances are assigned to induce spirit communication, clairvoyance, and the ability to heal. Most forms of Christianity consume alcohol as part of everyday life and nearly always use “wine” (fermented grape juice) in their central rite with the Eucharist or “Lord’s Supper”. The beliefs surrounding this practice state that Christian Tradition and/or the Bible teaches that “alcohol” is a “gift from God that makes life more joyous, but that overindulgence leading to drunkenness is a sin”. The key of Christianity is “moderation”. 19th century Protestants attempted to move from this earlier position of thought and pursuing “abstention” or “prohibition” of alcohol believing its use to be a “sin” even to the extreme of a sip (i.e. Mormonism). The Bible repeatedly refers to alcohol in use and poetic expression, and while mainly ambivalent to it, still states them to be both a “blessing from God that brings merriment” and a “potential danger that can be unwisely and sinfully abused”. “Wine” is often portrayed in daily life as a symbol of abundance and physical blessing, and negatively as a “mocker” with beer being a “brawler”, and drinking a cup of strong wine to the dregs and getting drunk can be presented as a symbol of God’s judgement and wrath. As puritans often spoke in their sermons that “Drink is in itself a good creature of God, and to be received with thankfulness, but the abuse of drink is from Satan; the wine is from God, but the drunkard is from the Devil”. Bible warns that alcohol can hinder moral discretion, and that alcohol can be corrupting of the body and a substance that will impair judgement and distract one from God’s will of life.

While the Ancient Egyptians promoted beer and wine, they did warn of taverns and excessive drinking. However the Greek Dionysus cult promoted intoxication as a means to get closer to their Deity. Macedonians viewed intemperance as a sign for masculinity and were well known for their drunkenness. Alexander the Great was a proponent to the Cult of Dionysus and known for his inebriation. Ancient and Modern Roman celebrations on March 15th of Anna Parenna celebrates the Goddess of the Returning Year by crossing the Tiber River and “go abroad” into Etruria and picnic in flimsy huts made of branches, drink as much alcohol as they could, as it was thought that one would live for as many years as cups of alcohol one could drink on this date. Once finished they would return to their homes in Rome. Most Pagan religions encourage alcohol use and some pursue intoxication promoted as a means of fostering fertility. To Pagan faiths it is believed to increase sexual desire and to make it easier to approach another person for sex. Norse paganism considered alcohol to be the sap of Yggdrasil and drunkenness as an important fertility rite in this religion. Alcohol was also used for medicinal purposes in biblical times as an oral anesthetic, topical cleanser, soother, and digestive aid. Problems associated with industrialization and rapid urbanization were also attributed and blamed on alcohol including urban crime, poverty, high infant mortalities, though its likely that gross overcrowding and unemployment was the actual root cause. The modern world then started blaming personal, social, religious, and moral problems on alcohol. This led to modern movements of prohibitionism. A typical Buddhist view on Alcohol use is as a shortcut for the pursuit of happiness as it produces a short term euphoria or happiness and this is the reason millions of people drink it repeatedly every day. Buddha teaches alcohol as well as all drugs, lead to mis judgement, blocks rational thinking, and therefore preached against amongst its disciples even though in some Buddhist disciplines it is used as offerings to Deity and spirits. Islam, Jainism, the Bahai’ Faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Christ, Scientist, the United Pentecostal Church International, Theravada, most Mahayana schools of Buddhism, some Protestant denominations of Christianity, and some sects of Hinduism – forbid, discourage, or restrict the drinking of alcoholic beverages for various reasons.

Science tells us alcohol releases dopamine into the brain, stimulating the pleasure sensation. There are a lot of “expectations” with alcohol, and many of these will still operate in the absence of actual consumption of alcohol, when the individual believes they are consuming alcohol. Research in North America shows that men tend to become more sexually aroused when they think they have been drinking alcohol, even when they have not been drinking it. Women report feeling more sexually aroused when they falsely believe the beverages they have been drinking contained alcohol. Men have show to become more aggressive in laboratory studies when they are drinking only tonic water but believe it contains alcohol, they also become less aggressive when they believe they are drinking only tonic water, but are actually drinking tonic water that contains alcohol.

In Magical Views, the use of alcohol, especially in ritual and rite, is a very powerful vehicle for altering states of consciousness, communicating with spirits, Deities, Ancestors, and entities. It aids in relaxation for ritual. It frees the mind of responsibility and control, and is a great aid to those very logical individuals that have to be “in control”. However it can be detrimental to those who have a lot of natural psychic or medium-ship abilities that have been raised in families or cultures that demonized or invalidated these gifts. As alcohol and drugs impair the left brain first (logical) and enhances right brain activity (where spirit communication and psychic abilities reside), thereby increasing psychic or mystical experiences while under the influence. The affects are dependent on the individual and their type, as it can be dangerous with some people – those susceptible to possession and toying by spirits, excessive drinking is similar to “throwing open the saloon door and calling out to a crowd of alcoholics – ‘Bar is open, drinks are on (in) me’”, which will attract lower astral entities to enter the body and soul to experience the alcohol vicariously through the person. It is easier for spirits to influence one when they are intoxicated, some of which are very “low life” or “demonic” entities. (Many are good and powerful, including Deities like Dionysus, Maeve, etc. but usually associate with the particular elixir being imbibed) Mixing of “Spirits” can be dangerous and very toxic on the body and spirit, as the doorway to the soul can be an orgy of spirits that the person cannot handle, often leading to alcohol poisoning, sickness, illness, and/or death.

Historical: Ancient China had wine jars in Jiahu dating to 7,000 B.C.E. and considered a spiritual food rather than a material food with high importance in religious life. Neolithic wine making was found to date from 5400-5000 B.C.E. as archaeologists uncovered a yellowish residue at Hajji Firuz Tepe in a jar that analysis determined came from wine making. Early brewing dates in Egypt showing alcohol was presided over by the God Osiris. Chalcolithic Era Indus Valley civilizations in India date from 3000-2000 B.C.E. with Hindu Ayurvedic texts describing beneficent uses. Babylonians in 2700 B.C.E. worshiped a wine Goddess and other wine deities. Xenophon (431-351 BCE) and Plato (429-347 BCE) praised moderate use of wine as beneficial to health and happiness, but were critical of drunkenness. Hippocrates (460-370 BCE) praised it for its medicinal properties (wine). Some Native American peoples developed an alcoholic beverage called Pulque or Octli as early as 200 C.E. that was used for visions, religion, and prophecy. The first distillations of spirits came from the Medieval Period, with the School of Salerno in 12th century, and fractional distillation developed by Tadeo Alderotti in 13th century. Distillation of whiskey first performed in Scotland and Ireland for centuries, and the first written confirmation of whiskey comes from Ireland in 1405, Scotland in 1494.

Alcoholic beverages are drinks that contain “ethanol” (a.k.a. “alcohol”). They are divided into three classes: beers, wines, and spirits. “Spirits” often related to distilled beverages low in sugars and containing a minimum of 35% alcohol by volume. These are often referred to as Gin, Vodka, and Rum. Alcohol is legally consumed in most countries, though regulated by over 100 countries in terms of production, sale, and consumption. In most countries and religions, alcohol plays a major role in social events, rituals, and traditional celebrations. Alcohol is a psychoactive drug with a depressant effect that reduces attention and slows reaction speeds. It can be addictive and those addicted are considered to be under the sickness called “alcoholism”. Science shows that alcohol is beneficial in moderate amounts, especially a glass of wine drunk daily as it aids in digestion. If food is eaten before alcohol consumption, it reduces alcohol absorption, and the rate at which alcohol is eliminated from the blood is increased. The mechanism for the faster alcohol elimination appears to be related to types of food especially those with alcohol-metabolizing enzymes and liver blood flow. Consumption of alcoholic drinks during Medieval times was a method used to avoid water-borne diseases such as cholera as alcohol kills bacteria.

Beer:
is the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and the third most popular drink after water and tea. It is produced by brewing and fermenting starches derived from cereal grains – most commonly by means of malted barley, though sometimes with wheat, maize, or rice. There are two main types of beer: Lager and Ale. Ale is classified into varieties such as pale ale, stout, and brown ale. Most beer is flavored with hops adding bitterness and as a natural preservative. Beer is usually 4-6% alcohol by volume, but can be less than 1% or more than 20%. It is a stipend of the drinking culture of most nations, and has social traditions such as beer festivals, pub culture, pub crawls, and pub games. The Christian Bible refers to beer as a brawler. Medieval monks were allotted about five liters of beer per day – allowed to drink beer but not wine during fasts. Many Saints and Deities were associated with Beer, such as: St. Adrian, the patron saint of Beer; St. Amand, patron saint of brewers, barkeepers, and wine merchants; and The Ancient Egyptians believed Osiris gave their people “Beer” as he invented it and it was a necessity of life, brewed in the home on an daily basis. In Ancient Egypt, Cellars and wine presses often had a God who was associated with each of the 17 types of beer they created. These were used for pleasure, nutrition, medicine, ritual, remuneration, and funerary purposes. Babylonians often offered beer and wine to their Deities as offerings.

Wine: Alcoholic beverages distilled after fermentation of non-cereal sources like grapes, fruits, or honey. It involves a longer complete fermentation process and a long aging process (months or years) that create an alcohol content of 9-16% by volume. Sparkling wines are made by adding a small amount of sugar before bottling, creating a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The Bible refers to wine as a symbol of abundance and physical blessing, bringer and concomitant of joy, especially with nourishment and feasting; as well negatively as a mocker. It is commonly drunk with meals, as the Old Testament prescribed it for use in sacrificial rituals and festal celebrations. Jesus’ first miracle was making copious amounts of wine at the wedding feast of Cana where he instituted the ritual of the Eucharist at the Last Supper during a Passover celebration that “wine” is a “new covenant in his blood”. Under the rule of Rome, the average adult male who was a citizen drank an estimated liter (1/4 of a gallon) of wine a day. Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican monk and the “Doctor Angelicus” of the Catholic Church said that moderation in wine is sufficient for salvation but that for certain persons perfection requires abstinence and this was dependent upon their circumstance. Wine has been associated or assigned to various Saints, Deities, and Spirits such as St. Amand, patron saint of brewers, barkeepers, and wine merchants; St. Martin, the so-called patron saint of wine; St. Vincent, and patron saint of vintners. In Ancient Egypt, Cellars and wine presses often had a God who was associated with each of the 24 varieties of wine they created. These were used for pleasure, nutrition, medicine, ritual, remuneration, and funerary purposes. Babylonians in 2700 B.C.E. worshiped a wine Goddess and other wine deities. Babylonians often offered beer and wine to their Deities as offerings. In Greece the art of wine making reached the Hellenic peninsula by 2,000 B.C.E. – the first of which was Mead, and by 1700 BCE wine making was commonplace and incorporated into religious rituals. Balche’, a Mayan Honey wine, was associated with the Mayan deity Acan.

Spirits: Unsweetened, Distilled alcoholic beverages that have an alcohol content of at least 20% ABCV are called spirits. These are produced by the distillation of a fermented base product, which concentrates the alcohol, and eliminates some of the congeners. These can be added to wine to create fortified wines such as ports and sherries.
These are often Vodka, Rum, Gin, Whiskey, Whisky, Tequila, and other spirits.

Some commonly believed changes in personality with ‘types’ of alcohol:

  • Beer: Boldness, Braveness, Becoming Boisterous, Loud, Obnoxious, Lush behavior, Know-it-all attitudes, and Dumb-ness.
  • Wine: Romantic connotations, sexuality, relaxation, restfulness, tranquility, lush-ness.
  • Vodka: Bravery, Boldness, Invincibility, Strength, Attitude, Security.
  • Tequila: Boldness, wildness, sexuality, aggression, and lush behavior.
  • Absinthe: Creativity, Inspiration, Desire to do Art, Write, or Music; imaginative thought. Rumored to be psychedelic and produce hallucinations. Inspires oracles, omens, and prophetic thought.
  • Rum: Wildness, craziness, boldness, and lust.
  • Gin: Intellectual thought, healing, lethargy, and dumb-ness.
  • Whiskey: Aggression, testiness, boldness, violence, invincibility.
  • Irish Whiskey: Revitalization, Rebirth, Renewal, Invincibility, and Intellectual discussions.

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Old City Jail (Charleston, South Carolina)

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Old City Jail
* Charleston, South Carolina *

Just on the fringe of historic downtown is one of Charleston’s most infamous sites, especially amongst ghost and pirate tours is The Old Charleston Jail. It was well known as the melting pot of some of America’s most heinous criminals in the founding days such as civil war prisoners, 19th century pirates, and infamous criminals such as Lavinia Fisher. The Jail operated from 1802 until 1939. It was also the County Jail until 1939. When Charleston was laid out and built, a 4 acre section of land was set aside in 1680 here for public use. It eventually became a site of a poor house, a hospital, workhouse for runaway slaves, and finally the jail was built on the square in 1802. Originally it was 4 stores wit ha two story octagonal tower. It was stamped Fireproof by Robert Mills in 1822. In 1855 renovations and alterations added a rear octagonal wing, main building expanded, and Romanesque Revival details were added. The 1886 Earthquake damaged the tower and top story which were eventually removed for safety. During the Civil War, confederate and federal prisoners of war were incarcerated here. After sitting vacant for 61 years, the American College of the Building Arts acquired the jail from the City in 2000 and preserved its history with emergency stabilization aid. Today it serves as an inspirational living laboratory and classroom for ACBA students. Bulldog Tour’s Haunted Jail Tour takes patrons through the cells, hallways, and rooms as it is presumed haunted by the spirits of deceased prisoners who died in the jail.

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The Brennivin Ghost


Icelandic Wonders Museum, Iceland

The Brennivin Ghost of Iceland

While visiting the Icelandic wonders museum, we learned about the infamous Brennivín Ghost, haunting the region where the original Icelandic Schnapps is named. Haunting the halls at Kolviðarhóll, who is the apparition of the Danish “Assistant” who worked in the Sunchenberg Store in Reykjavik. His job was to keep count of liquor in the store, and as a avid lover of the spirits, would travel by horse back to Kolvidarhóll and Marardalur to drink. He passed away in his bed while in Reykjavik. He apparently haunts the stores, halls, and the meadows on Kolviðarhóll.
The first recording of his apparition was two men the following winter from Suarnes travelling over the heath and stopping to sleep at the refuge hut in Kolviaarholl. As they entered the hut, heard chanting in the loft, and were greeted with a vision of a man sitting alone, striking, and elegant with a large top hat and wig, drinking a big container of brennivin. Other reports were as similar. The Icelandic Wonders Museum claims the ghost watches over them.

    “The Brennivin Ghost: One of many acquaintances Kolviaarholl was the Brennivin Ghost. He was believed to be the ghost of the Danish ‘Assistant’ Sunchenberg store in Reykjavik. He had the responsibility of counting the beverages in the store, but he was very keen on the beverages. It was his custom, summer after summer on holy days, to ride his horse up to Kolviaarholl and into Marardalur to consume a substantial amount of the libation. He thought that those trips were his greatest pleasure in life … Now, this man passed away in his sickbed in Reykjavik, but the following winter two men from Suaurnes went over the heath and were planning to sleep at the refuge hut at Kolviaarholl. When they opened the hut, they were shocked when they heard a chant up in the loft. The two men weren’t expecting anyone to be there, because they didn’t see anything outside that indicated that someone was there. When the two men went inside the house and up to the loft, the most surreal vision awaited them when they opened the hatch. On the floor, just by the window, there was a man sitting alone who seemed to be very mellow. He was striking to see and very elegant, with a large top hat and a wig, and was wearing clothes with silver buttons on both lapels. Between his feet on the floor, he had a biggish container full of brennivin, from which a sweet smell emanated. In one hand the man had a tin mug that he used to take brennivin from the container, and then he drank from the mug and tipped the rest of the brennivin back into the container. He looked roguishly at what he was doing. The two men greeted the strange man and made his see how surprised they were about his behavior and how well stocked he seemed to be with beverages. He didn’t respond to their greetings, but instead he extended one of his feet, on which there was a Danish shoe, and said a little verse with his dark voice. Then he stood up and swung out his hand with the bennivin mug. With that he disappeared in an instant with a bright glow, and the loft became dark. The two men felt uncomfortable and a little shaken, and ran down the stairs and out into the bright spring night, after whch they started to feel better. Needless to say, the two men continued over the heath until they reached Reykir in Olfus early next morning.” ~ museum sign in Icelandic Wonders Museum.


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Jameson Distillery – Dublin

Jameson Distillery
* 7 Bow Street * Dublin 7, Co. Dublin, Ireland * 01 807 2355 * http://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/ *

Irish Whiskey is the bloodstream of the Irish. Of course the most traditional of which is Bushmills. However Bushmill’s up and coming, modern edge and adapting to the future tastes of the world is Jameson Irish Whiskey which was introduced in 1780. Jameson Irish Whiskey is a single distillery whiskey produced by a division of the famous Absinthe distillers “Pernod Ricard”. They focus on the “single distillery” principle as opposed to the “single malt” tradition, yet combines malted barley with unmalted or ‘green’ barley giving credence to their infamous ‘pure pot still’ distillation tradition. They take locally grown barley, sourced within a 50 mile radius of the Cork distillery, dry it in a closed kiln fired by clean-burning anthracite coal to preserve the flavor, and triple distilled for optimum smoothness for balance in hat no one flavor will over power the other thus creating a sweet tasting whiskey. The Company was started by John Jameson as the “Bow Street Distillery” in Dublin in 1780. James was a Scottsman who had married into a Scotch whiskey family – the Steins. James began one of the six main Dublin Whiskeys to be produced, even though Jameson today is distilled in Cork and some vatting takes place in Dublin, with distillery tours held in both cities. Jameson boasts of annual sales of over 31 million bottles and holds the record for being the third largest single distillery whiskey in the world and the best selling Irish Whiskey in the world. The Jameson Distillery tour was 5 times better than the Bushmills Distillery Tour, and much more worth your money. It also includes a whiskey tasting at the end and unlike Bushmills, Jameson with its modern edge explorations, highly encourage you to mix your whiskey with other elements to explore the diversity of taste, sensation, and change of consciousness …. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

They produce:

  • Jameson Original
  • Jameson 12 Year Old Special Reserve (Formerly known as Jameson 1780)
  • Jameson 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve
  • Jameson Gold Reserve
  • Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve
  • Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve
  • Jameson Signature Reserve

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7.24.09: Cronicles of STL: Chapter 14: ‘Briarhurst Manor, Ghosts, & Frog Legs’


[ Back to Chapter 13: The Four Horsemen ]   [ Chapter 14: Briarhurst Manor ]   [ Chapter 15: Halloween Comes Early ]


Me and Viktoria @ the Briarhurst Manor
My Review of Briarhurst Manor

From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: The 24th of Quintilis (Julius Caesar’s “July”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era


“A zombie I would be since I had to crawl into the laboratory. Another day, another dollar, but thank the Goddess it be friday. It’s been a hard week, so excited for the weekend and my upcoming adventure to Faerieworlds. Viktoria came into town early as she was heading back from Dreamtime. She decided to take me out to the infamous haunted Briarhurst Manor that lies at the edge of downtown Manitou Springs. I had always wanted to check this restaurant out, especially since my daughter used to work there, but at the hefty prices for the menu items, I just could never drag myself down to going there. It would definitely compromise a journey. But luckily Viktoria had some 2-for-1 coupons from her Denver Dining and Coupon guide so we were able to get a taste of riche and fantastique, or so the rumor of the place goes. It was a quite elegant manor, and you definitely could feel the chill of a presence there. The waittress told us about the spirits that haunt the house, and gave us a small history pamphlet that talked about them. We dined on roast rabbit, escargot, and frog legs. What a delicious meal! Thank you Viktoria! You rock! It was great catching up with Viktoria as we hadn’t much time together at Dreamtime. As she headed back up to Denver, I headed home, to turn in early, and to add final touches to my pirate costume, for tomorrow ‘Halloween Comes Early this Year’.”

My review of Briarhurst Manor, its history, and its ghosts


Viktoria

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7.22.09: Cronicles of STL: Chapter 12: ‘The Otherworld, Haunting in Connecticut, Contemplations about the Afterlife’


From the journal of Sir Thomas “Rymour Oisin” Leaf: The 22nd of Quintilis (Julius Caesar’s “July”) in the good year 2009 of the Common Era


“Awoke with many dreams of Faerieland and Faerieworlds. Of course that just feeds into my upcoming Adventure to Faerieworlds come the end of this month. I was up in a shake and off to the laboratory to work on some artifacts and maps. The restrictions on technology, portable drives, and network connectivity is really stressing me out at work. In an age where technology is at our fingertips, I come to wonder what the problem is. Why is it failing? and of all places within the government. So after work, decided nothing better to dispell the stress but renting a good movie … one I’ve been wanting to see, especially since I’m such a big Supernatural, ghost story, occult, and horror fan … none other than “The Haunting in Connecticut”. Pretty freaking good movie if you ask me. An early night, dreams of the Otherworld, and since I’m on a run with all the alternative community views of upcoming apocalypses and great transitions, why not start grasping concepts about ‘the Otherworld’ and beliefs some have in the veils between the worlds dissipating and the spirit and undead realms merging with our realm, even moreso than it has over the last several hundred years. Lets talk about the Otherworld and/or the Underworld.”

My review of “The Haunting in Connecticut”

The True Story about the Haunting in Connecticut

“As we left off with the theories about the ‘Faerie Great Awakening’ in the previous post of these chronicles, there is a belief by many individuals and alternative sub-communities that there will come a time when the realms between the worlds will fade away and disappear, thereby placing inhabitants of other realms, including the faerie realm, and to some the Otherworld and Underworld, to become residents of this world / realm in which we supposedly live. So to explore this concept that we’ve all come picture and fantasize about from the fantastical television series of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, and “Supernatural”, lets discuss what exactly “is” the “Otherworld” and the “Underworld”. Interesting theories and prophecies out there. Many clearly claim these realms are already blended into our own. I might inquire … Do you believe in ghosts? spirits? demons? the undead? Vampires? zombies? and werewolves?”

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The Truth about what really happened with ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’

The True Story about the Haunting in Connecticut

208 Meriden Avenue, Southington, Connecticut

Hollywood made claim that the film they produced in 2009 was based on the “true story” of the supernatural hauntings in a small Connecticut home at 208 Meriden Avenue, Southington, Connecticut; occupied by the Snedeker family from 1986-1988. The Snedekers moved into the house to be close to the UCONN hospital where their son was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The family claimed to have experienced a demonic presence in the home. The house has been proved to have formerly been the Hallahan Funeral home for multiple decades before the property was purchased by Darrell Kern in the 1980’s. Carmen Snedeker claims they were never told that the house was formerly a funeral home. The landlords stated that the Snedekers were fully informed about the house’s history prior to it being rented. There were unfounded claims of seeing ghosts, terrifying visions, Carmen and Tammy claim to have been continuously raped by demons, and the husband claims to have been sodomized by a demon, lights reportedly turning on/off by themselves, mop water turning to blood, smell of decaying flesh, dishes putting themselves away, etc. Carmen Snedeker described the demons as: “One of the demons was very thin, with very high cheekbones, long black hair and pitch black eyes. Another had white hair and eyes, wore a pinstriped tuxedo, and his feet were constantly in motion. Also one had a very big smile that on each side touched his eyes, and he was very short.” [wikipedia article] UCONN oncologist claims the medication the son was on would have ‘no chance of him having hallucinations or delusions’. The Brothers, Philip and Bradley Snedeker actually both slept in the basement as it was the only room in the house that could accomodate the teens – they slept in the casket display room down the hall from the former embalming room. There is no ‘Jonah’ and no recorded seances conducted in the house. This was a fictional element added. The family did find old pictures of dead people, toe tags, head tag, and personal effects of the deceased in the house. The son did not see dead people with writings carved on them, this was added for the movie. There was no priest that came from the hospital. The niece Tammy claims the shower curtain incident did occur, just not how it is presented in the movie, and it happened to the mother, not the niece. Apparently the shower curtain wrapped around Carmen’s face so she couldn’t breathe and had to be rescued by Tammy. The real-life Philip Snedeker did attack his cousin Tammy and he was sent to a mental hospital for the incident for 45 days. There were no bodies ever found in the house. The house was not burned down. These were filmmaker’s additions. Philip’s cancer did go into remission and never resurfaced. He survived cancer, is a trucker with four children now. Paranormal investigations on the house was conducted by a pair of self-styled ‘demonologist/ghost hunters’, Ed and Lorraine Warren (who were involved with the Amityville story), as well as John Zaffis, who discovered mortuary equipment in the basement and a trap door in the master bedroom where the coffins were brought up at night with statement that chains hoisting could be heard until 1988. The investigators moved into the house for a few weeks and reported they were physically abused by unseen entities and experienced some of what the Snedekers claimed. They substantiated the claim that the house was infested with demons. They believed the former funeral workers were guilty of necrophilia. Lorraine claimed the house was exorcized by them with the Catholic Church in 1988 and no longer has any presences. Moments after the Mass and Exorcism in the house, the Warrens claimed that the huge tree in front of the house – broke into two and fell off the property. The current owner Susan Trotta-Smith, claim the house is not haunted and never was. They have been living in the house peacefully for 10+ years. In addition to the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster, there was a documentary done on the history of the houe in an episode of the A Haunting TV-series, called “A Haunting in Connecticut”. The Snedekers told their story on national television talk shows and a Discovery Channel television show. A book written by Ray Garton (hired by the Warrens to write the story) called “In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting” (1992) also told tales of the hauntings. There is complexity to stories told by the Snedekers that make many believe the tales to be false. Including some dialogue with the Warren’s that there were holes in the stories and they told Garton to make up some of the details to write a scary book. On April 27, 1999, Garton wrote in a post about the Warrens: “He told me not to worry, that the family was ‘crazy.’ I was shocked. He said, ‘All the people who come to us are crazy. You think *sane* people would come to us?’ He knew I’d written a lot of horror novels prior to that, so he told me to just make the story up using whatever details I could incorporate into the book, and make it scary.” Skeptics claim the story to be fallacy and fantasy. Investigator Joe Nickell reports in ‘Skeptical Inquirer’ (May/June) that the story was found ridiculous by the landlady and house owner. Typical paranormal investigation methods of documentation demonstrate that there is little to no proof of anything supernatural about the house. That is was the first time anyone reported anything unusual in the house. Current house owners are bombarded by hoards of photographers, curious gawkers, and paranormal enthusiasts coming to their home hoping to get a glimpse of the hell house. Carmen Reed (nee Snedeker) is now a spiritual advisor and plans to write more books on experiences with John Zaffis. The 2009 blockbuster grossed $55,389,516 on its opening weekend in the U.S. and $68,683,927 in the worldwide box office.

Article: The Real Story Behind ‘The Haunting in Connecticut’

Review & interview: The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Wikipedia: The Haunting in Connecticut

Dread Central: What Really Happened

A Connecticut Haunting: The Real Deal

Movie was made in 2009 as a Hollywood dramatization horror flick with modern special effects over the story. Read my review here: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=630

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The Haunting in Connecticut (PG-13: 2009)

The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492044/ * PG-13: 2009 *

Director: Peter Cornwell. Starring: Virginia Madsen … Sara Campbell; Kyle Gallner … Matt Campbell; Elias Koteas … Reverend Popescu; Amanda Crew … Wendy; Martin Donovan … Peter Campbell; and many others.

An incredibly sensational film about the telling of the story about the infamous “Haunting in Connecticut” on the big screens with the horror-all of Hollywood special effects and dramatization. The film starts out with a struggling mother named Sara who is trying to deal with her son Matt’s battle with cancer. They have to get a new house in Southington in order to be close to the hospital. Matt choses the basement so that he doesn’t disturb the family with his treatment’s side effects of late night visits to the bathroom and screams of pain. The basement however turns into a perplexing mystery as there is a door that he can’t get open. Dreams (or hallucinations from the medication he is testing) start to show horrorful and disturbed spirit unrest. He starts seeing things during waking hours that no one else is seeing. His family becomes affected. He discovers that the door leads to a former morgue. The horrors of what took place in the morgue and the house begin to present violent and supernatural events upon the family as Matt becomes possessed by the spirit of Jonah who is involved with the horrors that the mad doctor conducted in the basement. Matt discovers photos of the dead, box of human eyelids, and records that seances were conducted in the basement as well. As Matt and his friends investigate the house, they find the previous owner, Doctor Aickman was the madman behind the madness that has trapped dozens of disturbed spirits in the house. Aickman was conducting necromancy on the corpses to enhance Jonah’s abilities as a medium, and instead of burying the bodies in the cemetery like the public thought he had, he ripped their eyelids from them and stacked the corpses into the walls of the house. A fellow patient of Matt’s, a former minister named Nicholas, helps unravel the haunting mystery. It’s a crazy story based on a true incident. Very exciting tale. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Haunting in Connecticut movie trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRJA3lN0xCQ

What really happened with the Haunting in Connecticut

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Absinthe (2009: in the United States)


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Absinthe in the United States

Also known as the “la fee verte” or “the Green Fairy”, Absinthe is a highly alcoholic and distilled beverage (roughly 45-74$ ABV). Its a strong anise-flavored spirit that is derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb “Artemisia absinthium” commonly known as “Grande wormwood”. While most absinthe is seen as green, its also known to be black, clear, or blue. For many years, Absinthe was never treated as a “liquor” but rather an herbal tonic because it was not bottled with added sugar and is bottled at a very high proof that is normally diluted with water when drunk. It originated in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It became most popular in the late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers as it was known to instill creativity and prod the imagination. “Due in part to its association with bohemian culture, absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists and seen as a dangeroulsy addictive psychoactive drug. Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, and Aleister Crowley were all notorious bad men of that day who were (or were thought to be) devotees of the Green Fairy.[6 Wikipedia].” While all absinthe, even the U.S. mixes, have a small amount of thujone present, it was the thujone that was singled out and blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915 Absinthe was banned in the United States and most European countries except the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Continue reading Absinthe (2009: in the United States)

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The Uninvited (R: 2009)

The Uninvited (R: 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0815245/. Directors: Charles Guard. Starring: Emily Browning … Anna; Arielle Kebbel … Alex; David Strathairn … Steven; Elizabeth Banks … Rachael; Maya Massar … Mom; Kevin McNulty … Sheriff Emery; Jesse Moss … Matt; and many more.
The story begins with a young girl and a boy lying on the beach at a party; he tells her that he loves her and “has a condom” to which her reaction was to get up and leave. As she returns home, she stumbles upon some dead kids in white garbage bags in the woods that warns her. She runs home frightened. She finds her terminally ill mother un-attended in the boathouse, and as she heads back to the main house, sees the boathouse explode, killing her mom. This is her haunting dream as she’s recovering in a mental hospital. Except it happened. As she leaves and returns home, she joins her sister, dad, and new step-mom-to-be. Her sister is furious about the new step-mom, and they both start believing it was her who killed their mom. Spirits keep haunting Anna, and seeks to find the truth as to what happens. This leads to murder and a deadly struggle only to discover a psychotic ending with supernatural leanings. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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The Unborn (R: 2009)

The Unborn (R:2009)
Written by/Director David S. Goyer. Starring: Odette Yustman … Casey Beldon; Gary Oldman … Rabbi Sendak; Meagan Good … Romy; Cam Gigandet … Mark Hardigan; Idris Elba … Arthur Wyndham; Jane Alexander … Sofi Kozma; and many more.

    “Sometimes the soul of a dead person has been so tainted with evil that it is denied entrance to heaven. It must endlessly wander the borderlands between worlds, desperately searching for a new body… “

One of my favorite horror and mythological themes: the opposite alternative doppleganger-like being that lives in the otherworldly realm with portals into our world by means of mirrors. I’m not sure why I’m obsessed with the mirror-being, doppleganger type entities lore and tales, but I am. This movie definitely has some intriquing twists and ideas behind those legends/beliefs. Its a story about a twin, who doesn’t know she’s a twin. Cursed by a family lineage of twins afflicted by Nazi occultism/experimentation that opened a portal in the past for a evil-doppleganger like entity called a “dybbuk”, a malevolent spirit that refuses to leave the human world and inhabits the body of a person, until it can find a way to be “born”. First haunting his twin sister by dreams and then visions, she goes through a disturbing fight for survival as she wraps herself around Jewish mysticism in order to have the “dybbuk” exorcized from her. Good effects and a good plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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