04/8/14

14 Degrees – A Paranormal Documentary

In 2007 myself and two great friends (then known as New Gravity Media) released our first full length documentary “14 Degrees”. The film which took two years to complete involved nearly 6000 miles of travel and investigations with dozens of teams across the northeastern U.S. This film, which now tops out at a whopping 2 hours and 16 minutes was intended to be a short film no longer than 15 minutes. However, after receiving interest from so many teams, we just couldn’t stop. Because of the overwhelming response the project was produced “backwards”. Instead of having a plan for a beginning, middle and end, we instead simply filmed everything and put the pieces together into a documentary format. The raw footage features over 275 hours of film footage and took 6 months in post production. Some popular names appear in the film such as John Zaffis, Steve Gonsalves and Keith Johnson. It was a first attempt that won us the 2008 Aegis film award. That film in it’s entirety is now available to the public for the low price of FREE. I hope you enjoy!

04/5/14

Natural Perspectives

Merry meet, its me again, Patricia..this is one of my favorites…

Goddess are you Real – Author unknown

A little child whispered, ” Goddess, speak to me.” and a meadow lark sang.but the child did not hear. So the child yelled, “Goddess, speak to me !”and the thunder rolled across the sky.but the child did not listen.the child looked around and said, “Goddess let me see you.”and a star shown brightly.but the child did not notice.and the child shouted, “Goddess, show me a miracle !” and a life was born.but the child did not know. So the child cried out in despair, “touch me Goddess, and let me know you are here !”where upon the Goddess reached down and touched the child…but the child brushed the butterfly away and walked away unknowingly.

So, don’t miss out on the signs, because they may come in a form differently then expected.

Hope u enjoyed this Merry part til we Merry meet again

04/2/14

Water: A Ghost Essential Element ?

The human body is made up of 70 % water and the earth is made from 70% water….ghost or apparitions are often associated with places close to water. Can water be imprinted upon and hold a memory? Several theories are out there, here are two.
Japanese researcher Masaro Emoto states that if positive words are spoken to water, and then a water sample is frozen, the water crystals will form in a symmetric pattern. If negative words are spoken to a water sample, then the water sample is frozen the water crystals form will form in a chaotic manner. Remembering words that are spoken.

Water memory was first proposed in 1988 by French Immunologist Jacques Benveniste. Benveniste proposed that a serial dilution, used in homeopathic treatment would “remember” what substances/molecules were added in. During treatment a Sample would be diluted until not a single molecule remained. His test used Human antibodies. Those tested had an allergic response to the dilution.

These serial dilutions are made with distilled water or alcohol, vigorously shaken in a process called succussion. Succussion was believed to activate the “vital energy” of the diluted substance, thus increasing potency of the homeopathic treatment.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing.

The findings were published in Nature journal in 1988. Colleagues of Benveniste challenged the findings calling it pseudoscience. He stated that tests defied established laws of chemistry. The publisher, John Maddox, demanded replication of this experiment. Under direct supervision of a hand picked team they called “ghost busters”. These “ghost busters” included Maddox himself, James Randi, a paranormal researcher and physicist, Walter W. Stewart. Multiple complaints of distractions, magic tricks and witch hunting plagued all future tests.
A $1 million dollar prize was offered for any party that could replicate positive results to the same test.
A chemist from the University of Belfast, Madeline Ennis almost claimed $1million dollar prize in 1999. In 2010, years later, Ennis’ point of view is still that: (…) there appears to be some evidence for an effect – albeit small in some cases(….)

Their theory is that water is in all substances, bricks, wood, human etc. and much like residual hauntings water somehow can help retain a memory from any surrounding.
I really enjoyed reading the article. It makes some sense to me. Could it be that simple??? Probably not.

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04/2/14

Butt Prints in the Sand

Merry meet, it’s me again Patricia. Here’s one of my favorites…author unknown…

Butt Prints in the Sand:

One night I had a wondrous dream, one set of footprints there was seen.
The footprints of the Goddess they were, but mine were not upon the shore.
But then some stranger prints appeared, and I asked Her, what have we here ?
These prints are large and round and neat, but much to big to be from feet
“my child”, She said in somber tones, ” for miles I carried you alone. I challenged you to walk in faith, but you refused and made me wait”.

“You would not learn, you would not grow, the walk of faith you would not know. So I got tired, I got fed up, and there I dropped you on your butt “.

“Because in life there comes a time, when one must fight and one must climb. When one must rise and take a stand, or leave your butt prints in the sand “.

Hope you enjoy this it always makes me smile..until next time Merry part til we Merry meet again

03/29/14

A Witches Creed

Merry meet again, its me Patricia..I would like to share something that means alot to pagans…its a story about the past.. written by Doreen Valiente in 1978…called the Witches Creed :

Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, when dark was our destiny’s pathway, which now we bring forth into light. Mysterious water and fire, the earth and the wide-ranging air, by hidden quintessence we know them, and will keep silent and dare. The birth and re-birth of all nature, the passing of winter and spring, we share with the life universal, rejoice in the magickal ring. Four times in the year the Great Sabbat returns, and the witches are seen at Lammas and Candlemas, dancing on May eve and old Halloween…

When daytime and nightime are equal, when sun is at greastest and least, the four Lesser Sabbats are summoned, again witches gather in feast. Thirteen silver moons in a year are, thirteen is the covens array, thirteen times at esbat merry, for each golden year and a day.The power has passed down the ages, each time between women and man, each century unto the other, err time and the ages began.When drawn is the magickal circle, by sword or athame of power, it’s compass between the two world lies, in the land of the shades for that hour.This world has no right then to know it, and the world of beyond will tell naught, the Oldest of Gods are invoked there the great work of magick is wrought.

For two are the mystical pillars, that stand at the gate of the shrine, and two are the powers of nature the form and the forces divine.The dark and the light in seccession, the oppsites each unto each. Shown forth as a God and a Goddess, of this did our ancesters teach.By night he’s the wild wind rider, the Horned One the Lord of the shades. By day he’s the King of the woodlands. The dweller in green forest glades.She is youthful or old as she pleases, she sails the torn clouds in Her barque, the bright silver Lady of mid-night, the crone who weaves spells in the dark.

The Master and Mistress of magick, they dwell in the deeps of the mind, immortal and ever-renewing, with power to free or to bind.So drink the good wine to the Old Gods, and dance and make love in their praise, till Elphame’s fair land shall recive us, in peace at the end of our days.And do what you will be the challange, so be it in love that harms none, for this is our only commandment….by magick of old be it done.

I hope u enjoy this story of our past …Merry part till we Merry meet again

03/28/14

The Misconception of Witches


Several years ago I had the great pleasure of interviewing a witches coven from upstate NY.  The sincerity and good hearted nature of the coven told me right away that unlike some of the “posers” that go around claiming to be witches, these folks are the real deal and on a path that spreads an interesting and positive message.

I was very impressed with how embedded their beliefs were into their psyche and how knowledgeable they were with all aspects of their religion and way of life.  Their purpose was to teach about the popular misconception of witches. To spread the word that they stand for harmony with the Earth and all of her creatures. Their sincerity impressed me so much I made a short film to let them say their piece.  Patricia Gardner (the coven’s high priestess) is now one of our contributing writers, still spreading knowledge and the good message of peace and just like the fascinating coven I met back in 2005, the message she sends is still something I can stand behind.

I’m not a witch and I’m not a religious person, but the belief that life should be lived in peace and respectful of life and the Earth is certainly one that inspires me.

03/28/14

Boston Fire

The members of Para-Boston would like to express our sympathy and condolences to the families of  Lt. Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of the Boston Fire Dept. They are true heroes who gave their lives Wednesday March 26 2014 in a horrific 9 alarm fire in Boston. There were 13 other firefighters injured, some of which spent quite some time hospitalized. Amazingly, these heroes saved all of the people who were in the building when the fire broke out. We would also like to express our gratitude to all the dedicated and hardworking fire fighters who protect all of our  communities!

With all the press coverage of the tragedy this week I couldn’t help thinking back to a case we worked on a few years ago. A young woman and her fire fighter husband called us with concerns about their baby. It seemed that the baby was normal and happy but she would awake every night shortly after being put to bed. She would scream and cry until her mother would take her out of her bedroom and no matter how many times she put her back the baby would scream. The mother spent a lot of nights home alone with the baby. Her husband worked 4 days on duty and then 3 off. I think that she had watched the paranormal llTV shows and would get nervous with every little sound when she was alone. We set up for our investigation and had a strange experience right away.

The home was a two family house and we had access to the upstairs apartment. We had all the equipment set up and were about to begin when one of the investigators said that they wanted to put an audio recorder up in the attic. My wife and I hadn’t seen the up stairs so we went with Scott our founder up there with the recorder and to check the place out.We had to go out the back door of the home and climb the stairs to get to the upstairs apartment. When we came back the door was locked, both the regular lock and the dead bolt. We thought that either the owner locked the door or somebody was playing a joke on us. The problem was, the woman never left the area that we had set up as a base station, and no one from our group had done it either. Very interesting…We then broke up into groups and spread ourselves out around the house.

We usually sit quietly for 20 -30  minutes when we first start to let the home settle and to listen for noises. My wife and I had chosen the baby’s room and were just sitting there when we both realized that our ears were ringing. It was awful and after about 15 minutes in there we could hardly stand it and had to leave the room. We got our other members to go in and see what they said after they tried it. They had the same experience. We then brought the baby’s mother in and she was astounded. It was so bad that it was no wonder the poor baby would scream. We broke out our meters but couldn’t come up with an answer.

The parents bedroom was right next to the baby’s but the ear ringing wasn’t noticeable at all. Another thing that we found was what we called a wall of EMF. The reading was very high and was consistent in a 1 foot wide path that traveled from floor to ceiling and from the front of the house to the back. It even extended through the ceiling up into the upstairs apartment but it dropped off by the time it got to the ceiling up there. We even checked the readings outside and found that the readings stayed consistently high all the way across the street right up to a bussiness that was there. If you don’t know much about electromagnetic fields, they don’t act like this.

An emf field is usually a circular field that travels along the x y or z axis and they don’t have much of a range. It would take a tremendously strong power source to produce what we were reading. The bussiness across the street had no sign or any thing we could see to give us a clue to what they did so we were intrigued. It was an interesting night and we left the mother with our findings. We had planned on going back to do more investigation, but when we contacted the couple later in the week they had decided with all that was going on they were concerned that it wasn’t healthy to live there and decided to move. We never went back., but it’s a case  we still wonder about to this day.

03/27/14

The Magick Moon

Merry meet again, its me Patricia, I would like to talk about the moon phases and the kind of magick done on each one. There are four phases of the moon, and each one corresponds with an aspect of the Goddess, a season, element, and direction.

The first phase is the Waxing moon. The aspect of the Goddess is the Maiden,the season is spring,the element is air, and the direction is east. The magick done at this time is for new beginnings, such as new job, new home, new love, and new adventure etc. The candles on the alter and for that type of magick are white or yellow.

The second phase is the Full moon. The Goddess aspect is the Mother, the season is summer,the element is fire, and the direction is south. This phase is for any and all forms of magick and the color is red on the altar. What kind of magick will depend on what color you use..but add a red one for power.

The third phase is the Waning moon. The Goddess aspect is the Crone, the season is Fall, the element is water, and the direction is west, and the color is blue. The magick done on this phase is for endings…ending bad habits, relationships etc. This is also the direction of the Summerlands where spirit goes to cross-over, so communication with them is done in this direction.

The fourth phase, and the one most misunderstood. Called new moon/dark moon/ no moon. At this time the moon is veiled from view. The Goddess aspect is the Dark Crone, the season is Winter, the element is earth, and the direction is north. This is the time to go within for answers you need, introspection, and contemplation. The only magick done on this phase is defensive magick…any other kind usually back-fires or just doesn’t work…the candles for this corner on the altar are green, brown, or black.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it ..until next time Merry part till we Merry meet again..

03/25/14

Beltane – The Festival of Fire & Fertility

Merry meet! I’m Patricia Gardner, High Priestess of the Dragon Warriors of Isis and I would like to share some information about pagan/wiccan beliefs.

Let me tell you about Beltane:

Beltane / May day is the 1st and 2nd of May. Known as a Greater Sabbat/holiday. It is a fire and fertility festival. Back in the day, ( though some covens still do ) they would dance around the Maypole. Its a fertility rite for life and crops. To us it is also known as The Great Rite, or the marriage of the Goddess and God. So, from vernal/spring equinox till the end of April, some of us talk to the plants and trees to wake them up so they will be dressed in all their glory for the marriage.

From midnight the night before until after ritual we fast to purify ourselves before entering circle.unless you have a medical reason or are to young to fast.This Sabbat is to celebrate new life, and to bless the land for the crops that year. We try to have it outside so we can have a bonfire. It is also to celebrate the marriage and new life to come from that union. During ritual we also have whats called libation. This is usually bread dipped in herbs and oil and sparkling cider.though some covens use wine or mead.

The ritual consists of thanking the Goddess and God for our bounty and blessing received, and those to come. Our rituals are to celebrate life and the turning of the wheel, also called the wheel of the year.which means the changing of the seasons.

Next month I will tell you about Summer Solstice. So..until then …Merry part til we Merry meet again.