October 29, 2013
2 Days To Halloween And Counting…
No list of my favorite Halloween things would be complete without horror movies. For those who don’t know, my mother raised me on them and they are my comfort genre. What always fascinated me though was that my mother would never actually watch them. She’d cover her eyes and then ask me to tell her what was happening. So as a result, I’m immune to most “scares” but that doesn’t stop me from trying them out. That being said, trying to pick a favorite is like trying to choose a fave child.
My newest addition is a recent find. Now I admit, it’s not for most people. It is B-A-D, but in a wickedly fun and campy way. Dead Before Dawn http://deadbeforedawnthemovie.com/
The Cabin In The Woods https://www.facebook.com/TheCabininTheWoods
Undead or Alive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vHU_38NET8
Drag Me to Hell
Nightmare on Elm Street
From Dusk Till Dawn
Fright Night (the latest one)
and of course, Army of Darkness
October 28, 2013
3 Days To Halloween And Counting…
Next on my list of favorite Halloween tie-ins has to be my friend Tish’s store, Goddess and the Moon. I’ve been a frequent visitor there since I discovered it back in its Berry Hill days right after I moved to Nashville. It has all kinds of fun finds and best of all, it has Tish! Those who’ve been to many of my events have probably met her. She’s the wonderful lady who reads tarot cards and palms at many functions. She was also kind enough to help staff some of the Dark-Hunters at the Acheron launch. The world is definitely a better place with sweethearts like Tish in it. She’s also done a paranormal investigation with me :) If you’re ever in Nashville, I would encourage you to stop by for a cup of tea and a unique shopping experience. You can also find many of her offerings online and she will even do readings by phone, and don’t forget to check out the books she’s written! http://www.goddessandthemoon.com/store.html
October 27, 2013
5 Days to Halloween and Counting…
Another seasonal (or year round for that matter) favorite is Erzulie’s in New Orleans. At the corner of Royal and St. Ann, it is a place not to be missed should you find yourself in the Crescent City. Specializing in authentic voodoo, you can find all manner of goodies as well as ancient Hindu and Egyptian oils. All natural soaps and perfumes made with the finest ingredients. And you can even find some Dark-Hunter inspired items (for those who don’t know, Erzulie’s is the shop Tiyana’s is modeled on) and it appears in several books including: Seize the Night, Inferno and Illusion. And right now, they have them on sale for the season! What better place to visit during Halloween? You can also shop there online, year round, no matter where you live.
October 26, 2013
6 Days to Halloween…
Today for my favorite thing, I choose tarot cards. I can’t remember the first time I started reading them. I was extremely young and started with a standard poker deck then moved on in my teens to the typical Universal deck or Rider-Waite deck that I bought in a bookstore. Over the years, I’ve owned and collected many more. Too many to begin to catalogue all of them. Some I bought for collector reasons, they were unusual or they wanted to go home with me, others were gifts from friends, but most were bought for reading, either for myself or for others (I started reading professionally in college).
Because one of my “gifts” or curses is psychometry, I’m well aware of how much of ourselves we leave impressed on the objects we value, even after the object is cleansed. How much of us remains forever a part of our “tools.” As such, I’ve never allowed other people to touch the decks I actually read. Most tarot readers will have the querent shuffle and split the deck. I will only allow one to split it, and only the cards to the decks I reserve for reading for others. My private decks forever remain private. To give you an idea of how private, I own over 70 decks and up until recently, my own children didn’t know I owned any at all. Yeah, I know. I’m nuts.
Picking out a deck to read is a very personal choice and what I’ve told students in the past, is to look at as many cards as you can before you buy them (something much easier to do today). I have read a standard poker deck as well as a Tarot deck, and can get just as accurate a reading from it. So there is no wrong, or right deck. It’s whatever speaks to you. I always tell students to buy the deck brand new and untouched. You don’t want the impression of anyone else on your cards, and to handle and study them for about a month before you actually try to read them. One caveat, I’ve had decks “call out” to me in the past and then once I got home with it, realized the symbolism is too dark an energy for me. If you have a deck that makes you uncomfortable, for any reason, cleanse it, bind it and store it. I don’t believe in recycling decks or destroying them, not even by fire. But I have very personal reasons why I feel this way.
And I definitely don’t believe in the old adage that your first deck should be stolen. That brings its own weight of bad juju with it. Don’t. Not the way to get off to a positive start with anything. Remember: Do no harm. Theft is hurtful, even to a big corporation that will raise the price of items for everyone to compensate for the theft. So it hurts us all in the end and harm has been done. And no one wants to know the bad juju that comes from stealing a deck from a New Age store where they actually know how to protect their merch. I definitely wouldn’t want that deck in my house.
I tend to rotate through my personal decks. I read the one that is best suited for my mood at the time of the reading. When reading for others, I usually have three on hand, and again, choose the one that calls out to me when they come with their questions.
This is and has always been one of my favorite “public” decks. It’s the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman Burke and Liz Greene, and illustrated by Tricia Newell. http://www.tarot-decks.com/mythic-tarot.html
And a new discovery which has me fascinated is the 3D Grand Trumps Tarot Deck. It’s not a full deck, but is only the major arcana. They are lenticular cards and very interesting...
October 25, 2013
7 Days to Halloween and counting…
‘Tis the season of frightful delight and anyone who knows me, knows that this is my favorite time of year. The weather is getting cooler and stories of hauntings abound. It’s also the time of year when I first penned the original Dark-Hunter stories many, many moons ago.
To set the season, I thought I’d spend the week before All Hallow’s Eve by highlighting some of my favorite seasonal items. What many may not know about me is that I was a paid psychic, and paranormal investigator for many years. I haven’t really talked about it publicly that often, but whenever the subject comes up, I will. My best friend is a multi-generational exorcist and among my other sisters are paid psychics as well as Hoodoo and Voodou priestesses, and I am proud of and adore every one of them.
Today, I will pay homage to one of them in particular. I can’t remember the first time I met Kalila. I’ve known her forever, and I treasure every second I’m with her. She lives in New Orleans and is attending the Undead Con and Vamp Ball this weekend, so if you are in New Orleans this weekend and get a chance, make sure you stop by and say hi to this amazing lady (and Allan Gilbreath our faithful skeptic who is usually found in her company– Allan and Kalila are a hoot together). And should you ever visit New Orleans, I can’t recommend her Haunted History Tours enough.
Which gets me to today’s favorite item... New Orleans... Vampires... Voodoo... Ghosts. Kalila has penned the book on it. Literally. She has written about some of my most favorite stories in the city and some that I’ve talked about in the DH books. She even has a chapter on the St. Germaine house that is the real life inspiration for Sanctuary (at least in looks). If you want a spooky treat for yourself or someone else this season, check out her book, New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo and Vampires. It’s one of my definite favorites: