Mirrors have always been seen as more than just a vanity. Throughout the world, they have long been associated with magical and spiritual properties, and many believe they are capable of reflecting far more than our image. If we quiet our mind and gaze long enough, the mirror can reflect the shadow soul, the future, and the spirit realm.
Every culture has some sort of tale about the dead coming back, often being the harbingers of death themselves. It’s been the center of many of our superstitions and even some of our holidays. The fear of the dead and the horrors they could bring about on the living was a very real thing. Even today there are still many cultures and religions which believe in this very thing, and for many, the dead returning and bringing suffering to the living is still something that happens.
How can a simple deck of cards give someone so much insight into a person’s life? How do these cards have such a reputation of accuracy, and where exactly did these cards and their strange pictures come from? How did Tarot cards become such a staple for psychics and followers of the occult? This episode we are going to explore the history of the Tarot.
The story of the Dybbuk Box is an especially captivating one, and is a great example of how quickly legends and folklore are born. It’s one of my favorite bits of modern folklore, not only for the story telling behind it, but also for all the strange twists and turns the story takes the more you delve into it.
Waverly Hills was once a place of healing, but has now become known as a place of infamy, where it’s touted that many unspeakable atrocities occurred. It’s said to be not only one of the most haunted places in America – but perhaps one of the most haunted in the world. Its past does create the right environment for earning such a title.
There are many out there who believe that dreams are gateways, allowing one to tap into different dimensions. It’s believed that with practice one can travel to these dimensions at will, and that in these dimensions one can access vast sources of information, tapping into the past, present and future. Through this dream state, a person can view past lives, explore current happenings throughout the world, and even see (and possibly change) the future.
Throughout history, there have been many stories of creatures and spirits that warn mankind of impending tragedies. These creatures and spirits are said to come about days before a tragedy, seemingly haunting the area and the people living near it, in attempts to provide a warning about the impending disaster.
We seem to have an icy fascination with death. We fear it, yet we long to know what it brings. Throughout time we have devised many techniques to attempt to communicate with the departed, to prove to that some part of ourselves manage to carry on after death. Today that tradition continues in the form of ghost hunting and EVP sessions - but how exactly did we first discover that we could record spirit voices? When did the first spirit voice, or EVP happen?
What exactly is a curse, and how do they happen? How is a curse able to have such power over its victims? How are they able to bring about such great levels of misfortune, and how does one even know to begin with that such a thing has been done to them? To answer these questions, let’s delve into the story of the Winchester Mystery house, and explore the history behind curses.