BY Charlene Lowe Kemp
Día de los Muertos
The day of the dead is a interesting holiday celebrated every year In central and southern Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. Even though this clashes with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honouring their passed loved ones.
It is believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
In some Indian villages, beautiful alters (ofrendas) are made within each home. These are decorated with buckets of flowers, candles, mounds of fruit, peanuts, stacks of tortillas, plates of turkey and DAY-OF-THE-DEAD breads called pan de muerto. The alter itself is stacked with lots of foods, bottles of pop, hot chocolate and water for the weary spirits.
Toys and candles are left for the spirits of the children expected on the 1st and on 2nd cigarettes and shots of Mezcal are left for older spirts. Sugar skulls and little folk art skeletons are brought from markets and provide the alters with the final touches needed.
This is a extremely expensive holiday for those celebrating. Many save at least 2 months income to honour their dead relatives during this time and they believe that happy spirits will provide them with protection, good luck and wisdom.
Festivities are taken to the cemetery on the 2nd of November. During this day people will clean tombs, play cards, listen in to the village band and generally reminisce about their passed loved ones.
Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and the Catholic world. Many countries such as Italy, Spain, South America and the Philippines all celebrate All Souls and All Saints Day on November 1st and 2nd. It is only in Central and Southern Mexico where the colourful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honour specific family members who have passed on.
The Sugar Skull Tradition
Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.
Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honour the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colourful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Sugar skulls are labour intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place.
There is nothing as beautiful as a big, fancy, unusual sugar skull! And many people who are celebrating will paint their faces and dress up to represent the sugar skull.
Although it is a holiday from far away in southern Mexico, it’s a holiday one can personalize and integrate into their own religious and cultural beliefs. It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.
So this year why don’t we come together to celebrate a day dictated to our passed loved ones and kick start the tradition here in the UK.
So for a few weeks I have been looking at a range of different topics to write about.
One place I have always wanted to visit was Stone Henge, so I decided to have a road trip out to Wiltshire to find out the mysteries that surround this fantastic monument.
I expected to come back to write about Ley lines and the history surrounding this but while visiting found myself researching about crop circles from the internet and books. I will stress I am not expert in UFOs but the paranormal field isn’t just about ghosts and ghouls, it is all things paranormal (anything that is a mystery, unexplained which isn’t normal) , but even crop circles have been linked to spirits, something I will touch on further on in the article.
Why crop circles?, well after researching into Stone Henge, I came across many sites that connected recent and previous crop circles to this location and was fascinated at the fact that a lot of the reported crop circles are indeed reported in Wiltshire. Crop circles have been reported outside this area of course, but Wiltshire tends to be the main hotspot for them.
Many people will think that crop circles are some kind of hoax, many may believe that it is the farmers way of drawing attention to their farm, but after researching into this, farmers are less than impressed when these things pop up in their field over night and due to attention they get, the farmer ends up at a massive loss in profit, sometimes a huge loss of up to 120, 000. Some farmers will allow you access to view these circles, but looking into it, a lot don’t and a lot just do not want the attention they get, as it can result in further damage to their crop fields. The ones that do allow you to view, may put a donation box outside the field, in order for you to view, but this is at a cost of £2 and this still would not add up to what profit they would have made if they had sold the crops after harvesting.
Crop Circles are still widely considered to be one of the world’s biggest paranormal hoaxes since 1991, when hoaxes Doug Bower and David Chorley were filmed showing how they made many that had been discovered across the UK. This however, didn’t stop people believing though and has in anything paranormal people will fake… and the actual formations from these guys was nothing spectacular and the quality of them was poor compared to all the other formations. Many believed this was a deliberate distraction to dilute the interest in the real phenomenon that was and is taking place.
My thoughts are people will fake, in what ever area within the paranormal you are interested in, fakes will always be reported but it doesn’t necessary mean they are all fake and it didn’t stop crop circles being formed, in fact this year, the increase in reported crop circles have increased within Wiltshire, police put out an official statement saying that it is a criminal offence to form a crop circle and anyone caught will be prosecuted but as up to yet No body has been caught creating these formations this year or previous years apart from the two named above.
I also find it extremely interesting that surrounded around Wiltshire and Stone Henge, there are many military bases, on my travels I seen at least 3 all located with 10 mile range of Stone Henge, why is this interesting? Well this topic may be an area I need to touch up on in another article but in my opinion where there Is heightened UFO activity there tends to be a lot of government bodied areas for example look at area 51 in America and the UFO activity reported there.
So what are Crop Circles?
Crop Circles are strange patterns that mysteriously form overnight in farmers fields. Mostly found in the United Kingdom but have been previously reported in dozens of countries around the world in past decades
Unlike many other mysterious phenomenon such as ghosts, psychic powers or Bigfoot, there is no doubt that crop circles do exist and are very real. The question is what creates them?
THERE are many theories and explanations ranging from Aliens making patterns themselves, their space ships creating an energy to form them, precise wind patterns, time travellers, scientifically undetectable earth energy fields and meridians called Ley lines, spirits (ghosts), humans and even horny hedgehogs lol.
Many believe that a crop circle could be a message to us…from who ever is doing them and when a crop circle is first reported, researchers will go out to investigate. All crop circles have the same characters such as
– Will involve circles within the pattern
It is very rare that a crop circle will contain squares, triangles or rectangles, but some may have straight or curved lines. Sceptics of these circles would suggest that a circle is the most easiest for a hoaxers to do.
– Mostly have been formed overnight. Again sceptics would say that is the best time for a hoaxer to do these to not be seen, but I would have to argue that it would be extremely difficult to create these in pitch black conditions and given the fine details of them, surely it would make it extremely difficult.
Even though, some have been reported during daylight hours it is very rare.
– usually appear in a field that has easy access to the public. It’s very rare that one will appear in a remote field.
21st August 2017 is the day the USA will experience a total eclipse. In the south of England, people will experience a partial eclipse.
On 17th August 2017 a crop circle was reported in a field near London Southend Airport. Many people have associated this circle with the eclipse as it has appeared only days before and there are many different theories to what it could mean. For example in the picture below…
‘The mowing devil’
Many people believe that crop circles have been reported for centuries. Farmers have mentioned throughout the years strange shapes appearing in their fields but due to the fear or supersaturation these was not reported. The first piece of evidence of this was a woodcut In 1968 in Hertfordshire, which appeared to show a field of oat stalks laid out in a circle.
The pamphlet tells of a farmer who refused to pay the price demanded by a labourer to mow his field. The farmer swore that he would rather that the devil mowed it himself.
According to the pamphlet, that night his field appeared to be in a flame. He woke the next morning, the field was found perfectly mowed ‘ that no mortal man was able to do the like’
Some researchers would say that this isn’t the first ever account has the pattern in which it was made is different but many do think it is.
The first photograph of a crop circle was in 1932 at Bow Hill, near Chichester, West Sussex.
A large proportion of these crop circles appear more regularly in or around an area that has become known as the ‘Wessex Triangle’ with its main cardinal points around Silbury Hill, Warminster and Winchester. The triangle boosts the presence of two of the largest stone circles Avebury and Stonehenge. The whole region is surrounded in burial grounds. Many being circular.
Pictured below Silbury Hill.
Silbury Hill is also circular and is the largest man-made earth work in Europe. It’s source and purpose is a complete mystery like the crop circles themselves that cluster themselves around it as a precise centrepiece for them.
Below is the area I visited at Milk Hill, Alton Barnes, where the white horse craving is situated. There has been many crop circles appear in this area in the fields and some people even reporting seeing balls of lights and strange occurrences in this area.
Below is some footage I have found by a you tube channel, Temporary templates..
As you see in the picture from the book I have, this circle would sit in the field i am in front of, where a formation of a winged insect was formed on the 26th June 2014.
Pictured below is a crop circle that was reported on 7th July 1996. This is known as the ‘Julia Set’ and is 915 feet long and consisting of 151 circles.
This one is particular interesting as one of a series of fractal shapes (self replicating patterns which result from a natural reiterative equations, as generated by computers)
This was formed during day light hours and believed to have been created in a 45 minute slot. In full view of stone Henge, in front of the road the A303, with nobody reporting to have seen someone doing it.
OLIVER’S CASTLE – 7 second Formation – 1996 .
The footage was taken near an ancient hill fort of Oliver’s Castle, near Devizes, Wiltshire. This footage as split researchers to whether is was an elaborate stunt or genuine proof. It still has many researchers convinced it is in fact genuine despite an admission it was a hoax.
What are your thoughts….
To read more take a look at this article
Reported 4th August 2017
MY VISIT and look around 18th August 2017
THERE is a donation box if you wish to visit, it’s not so easy to find, the farmer as not drew attention to it being there, but the reason she has opened it up is because people who have been interested have visited in their 100’s and have unfortunately damaged some of her other crops trespassing.
Feelings when stood in the centre
dizziness, emotion and sickness
MONARCH’S WAY, NR WOOTON WAWEN, WARWICKSHIRE
Reported 7th August 2017
20th August 2017
Unfortunate for me, the farmer had harvest the remaining crop so the depth of the circle wasn’t so clear. On my pictures you can still see the outline where it was and upon looking at this crop circle and the previous one I had visited in Wiltshire they appeared to have similar characters. Both had like a weaved effect to them, like a blanket would, rather than just a flattened effect.
This one, however, had like weaved swirls as you can see in my second picture and I would guess it would have taken some time to do this.
Feelings while being in this circle was disorientation, feelings that everything appeared closer then it was.
I HAVE included an over head video I have found on YouTube by Matthew Williams, for you to have a better look.
To view the latest crop circles and to see whether you can access the sites please visit the below site, where all the information is available
On social media we see lots of stories regarding shadow people .
This type of phenomena always left a shiver up my spine as its a story I was all to well familiar with .
My mother would tell me stories when I was but a young teenager (16) years old .
She would tell me how when she was pregnant with my older brother Michael in 1969 she would see shadow people in the room .
It happened again when she was pregnant with me ( Mark ) in 1972 .
She would see shadow people in the room , but one always stuck in her mind as he stood in the corner of the room behind the tv set and he seemed to be wearing a hat with a long flowing cloak like garment .
She would say to my dad , who’s he ? what have you let him in for ? , my dad thought it was all just hormonal as he couldn’t see anything .
The shadow man would continue on through her pregnancy until the point where he started to develop features .
She spoke of him wearing a hat and cloak but then started to say he had a white shirt on with strange collars on it .
When she gave birth to me , Shadow Man didn’t make any more appearances much to my mothers delight .
All through my adult life I have seen shadow man moving about in my room .
After many cleansing attempts and the church making several visits ,shadow Man is still here , he doesn’t harm me in any way , I have no idea what he wants , I guess I’m going to have to live with it .
We did a first hand interview with my mother and this can be heard on our online radio show here http://mixlr.com/psi-radio/showreel/
We decided to trace its origins which lead us to old English folklore books this is what we uncovered …
After countless hours reading old folklore , we have discovered stories of shadow people dating back to the 1400’s .
England was strife with Witchcraft and other supernatural occurrences but one spirit was feared the most ” Shadow Man ” .
The darkest of Witches feared summoning shadow man as he would not leave until dawn .
Once brought forward he would haunt the whole family until the sun rose .
Only then would they have peace .
Always seen in the corner of the room as a shadow figure wearing a hat .
We have a copy of the “Rhyme” ( ritual ) from old text but must advise you to NOT try this under any circumstances !
A black candle made of beeswax is needed and must be performed when the moon is full .
You need say this once when you light the candle …………………….
Shadow man from aether form , in selas , bright before the dawn . To do wos bid then fade away , at our command a farther day .
If anyone is crazy enough to try this please set up cameras and report your night of terror to us .
We would like to hear your shadow people stories so please contact us .
What a wild and bumpy week for the Doll-Tergeist.
The Creepy Bridal Doll has taken media by storm, most likely the most talked about alleged haunted doll within the paranormal world. with so much hype is annabell the doll to really watch???
With new news outlets around the world reporting the story every day so far. The sun, The mirror, Daily mail, Royal mail, Yahoo, Ladbible, Viral, Pedestrian, topix, Daily News and so much more.
One even did a animated re creation of the story… before the doll went to Deborah Davies Psychic Medium BUT there is now more to add to the STORY!
Before i do, i want to state “we haven’t said the doll is haunted” we are simply reporting what is happening around the doll. We are logging all events and trying to capture as much of it as possible.
So now for more reported happening,
Journalist for news paper experiences something odd..???
Rotherham advertiser arrive at the house to take pictures and to talk to me about the story. out of all the news papers they are the ones to really put my actual words on the print. so credit to them. the next day after the interview i had an email saying
So one of the reported phenomenons from debbie the old owner said it set off her smoke alarms at night, this guy from the papers comes to the house and that night his smoke
trigger off, Also the pictures of my dads scratches he was having trouble with. Like he said it could be just coincidence but still something we have to log of whats reported.
The Creepy Bridal Doll Moves To A NEW House…
the 3rd house the doll has now gone to and yes we have NEW reports… So who has the doll now? Deborah Davies Psychic Medium, we figured we want a medium to read the doll, to give us an honest opinion on the doll in question. Debs said sure and it went from there. we decided to do a LIVE hand over. (Video bottom of page) On the hand over we had a nice chat and did the live stream where viewers would say they could see the eyes moving and mouth. after the live stream, it wasn’t long until we saw a few live streams and the experiments began Here is what is reported while the doll has been there.
- First incident, was debs Tablet Turning it self on.
- One of Debs live viewers reported a Cut.
- Viewers Report Glitching Video.
- The Live feed changes Colour.
- This is who debs feels is attached to the doll.
- Her Ring goes missing and then… The burn attacks??
- Was This An EVP Captured?
For now the doll is still with Deborah.
The Animated story.