Written by Megan Stone
Fun Fact: Rose Quartz crystals, also known as the Love Stone, see the title makes sense now, are part of stories dating back to Aphrodite. Although its history is long, its future won’t be if you keep yours in the sun. Sunlight fades the colour. Yes, you can go move it. I’ll wait here…
Ok, you back now? Ready for my story?
Folklore tells us that Rose Quartz started out as a generic Clear Quartz crystal however during battle Adonis was injured badly and Aphrodite raced to her love however she cut herself on the way and their blood dripped together onto the clear quartz and turned it to a shade of pinkish red. Their love was trapped through their combined blood in the stone and passed down through the ages as a token and talisman representing and healing all matters of the heart.
However, I have one small issue with this… it is a gesture to give your partner a rose quartz to represent your love… however Aphrodite was known to have many loves, so it might be best to ask for a bulk deal and get a bag full when you buy this token, you may need another one or two in the future.
Magical Use: The most common spell you will find involving Rose Quartz is a love spell – ‘How to make Alex fall in love with me’. This is something I urge you to stay away from. Think about it, you don’t want someone to love you because a stone made them, you want your witty personality and striking good looks to do that. However, a spell for Rose Quartz I am happy to recommend would be a healing one.
Anyone that practices spell work knows the best chants are ones that come from your own being, however if you need some assistance, here is an example you could use and manipulate depending on your cause.
“Oh Aphrodite, great goddess of Love,
I ask that you assist me and watch over me from above.
My heart is aching, and my pain now governs me,
I offer to you this stone, may your love and guidance set me free.
Non-Magical Use: If you feel Rose Quartz does not work for you in this way and you would prefer it stay just a pretty pink stone, you can get a cheap necklace from stores such as Collette at any Westfield for less than $20. – Although please do not think Aphrodite is cursing you if the stone falls out. The glue was probably just not very good. Re-glue and continue to be your beautiful self!
Paracon Australia 2017 is just around the corner and this year is shaping up to be another great weekend of everything Paranormal! Ghosts of Oz have put together a little list of highlights and pointers to get you to your favourite spooky weekend away
New Location - Welcome to Paranormal Parramatta
Paracon Australia 2017 is being held at Western Sydney University Parramatta (South Campus in Rydalmere). Which just a stone throw from Parramatta CBD and located at the corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, enterence via Victoria Road.
Need help getting there? The Getting to Paracon Australia Page will give you all the which ways to get there plus more travel Information. And a Map. Maps help
What is so spooky about a modern day uni and Parramatta? The South Campus is home to 200 year story of government institutional care for children and the mentally ill with many historical buildings such as the Female Orphan School, Orphan School Hospital, Vernon Building and, the Boilerhouse on site. More about these Historic Sites.
As for Parramatta, it is only Australia's second oldest settlement and Paracon Australia is celebrating this with various events taking place at locations like Old Government House, Bella Vista Farm and, of course The University. Paracon Australia in Parramatta is a fine example of Australian History Everywhere and that everyplace has a story to tell - Will you listen?
Ticket Options and Tips!
The Conference: You can get yourself a One or Two Day Pass. Both options give you access to the Friday Afternoon session too! This year the conference has tightened up and is running just one stream of talks which means you see everything.
A Taste of Paracon Australia: You can can attend single sessions. Paracon Australia 2017 has two Free Sessions and two single sessions.
Conference and VIP Dinner Package: This year you can get yourself a Two Day Pass PLUS a ticket to the VIP Dinner which is attended by all the International Speakers and many of the Domestic Speakers. Taking place the Thursday Night before the weekend at Grand Old Government House Parramatta. Treat yourself with this package deal.
Meet The 2017 Speakers
In true Paracon Australia fashion this years conference has a diverse line of speakers. Presenting talks and taking part in panels and discussions on a range of topic. Letters from serial killers, The Infamous Roswell Incident, Astral Travel, Conspiracy Theories, Paranormal Equipment, Alternative ways to approach Investigations, Australian Strange Animals, The weird world of sleep, Mediumship, Ouija Board and MORE.... Meet all the speakers and their topics below.
Our Extras - Workshops and After Dark Events....and a Dinner
Paracon Australia is far more than two days of talks, panels, and discussion. Paracon Australia each year offers up a range of different events beyond the conference and 2017 is no different. You all know Paracon Australia conference is taking place Saturday and Sunday with a sneaky afternoon session on Friday right? Ok good!
Also on offer is workshops, After Dark Events, A Dinner, some singles session talks, some free talks and some platforms.... So lets start at the beginning with this optional extras. Remember it is up to you to decide how much Paracon Australia 2017 you can handle...
Thursday Night - VIP Dinner as previously mentioned this is a social event where you can meet fellow Paracon Australia attendee's and Speakers and have a special night out. Tickets are $125 or you can get a $250 package that includes a two day pass and dinner ticket.
Friday Daytime - Workshops are kicking off around 10AM and there are four to choose from. All workshops are $25
Friday Afternoon Conference Session. Remember entrance to this is included in both One and Two Day Passes
Saturday/Sunday Daytime - The Main Conference is talking place in one lecture theatre while in another there are free sessions, single session talks and platforms. Best check out this page of Paracon Australia and scroll through
Saturday Night - The After Dark Program has always been very popular ans this year Paracon Australia has FOUR events taking place for you to choose from. A Mediumship Workshop with Kerry Nelson might be your cup of tea, or perhaps you'd like to join Ben Hansen and Rosalyn Bown at Bella Vista Farm for an Investigation? Or an Investigation Workshop with Oz Para Tech? Or Maybe you want to kick it old school and join Robert Murch for a Night of Ouija and Investigation? All these events are prices $110 or under and capacity for each is kept tight to ensure a full experience. All details right HERE
Written by Peet Banks
One day, in August 1966, Jorge da Costa Alves was out flying his kite near his home on Vintem Hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he came across the bodies of two men. Both were lying on their backs, dead, wearing water resistant trench coats. Each had a crudely made lead mask covering their eyes – the kind used to protect from radiation. There didn’t appear to be a struggle, so what happened?
The men turned out to be Miguel Jose Viana and Manuel Pereira da Cruz, two friends who worked as minor electricians. Three days before they were discovered they had told their families that they needed to go and buy supplies for their business, and hopped on a bus for the three hour journey.
When the police came to investigate the bodies, they noted a few other strange things nearby, such as two towels in a packet, an empty water bottle and a notebook with a cryptic message scribbled inside. Translated into English, the message said: “16.30 be at the agreed place. 18.30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for mask sign.”
So what did they take and why did they need protection from radiation? The autopsy reported that there was no known cause of death. Of course, it’s possible the tablets they swallowed killed them – but we will never know because for some reason there was no toxicology done on the deceased.
Investigations turned up a few more clues. The shop where they purchased their trench coats was found, and the bar where they bought their bottle of water. The waitress remembered the pair, and also remembered that they seemed very edgy, and always looking at their watches, as if they were running late for something.
There have been many theories over the years as to what happened. Was it just that they were simple and easily manipulated by somebody, making it simpler to rob them. They did not have any money on their persons when their bodies were found, so it could be possible.
Or did the victims have an interest and belief in time travel, thinking they had discovered some kind of doorway to other times? Did they buy the coats and lead masks to protect themselves from whatever they may find?
The most popular theory is that they were quite intense UFO believers, and that they were on the Hill to make ‘first contact’ with an alien race. It is well known that they were intrigued by the idea of alien life, had researched sightings, and that the Hill where their bodies were found was even a UFO hotspot.
Where the story gets really interesting is that because it created such media hype, many people came forward to tell of the strange things they had seen in the sky while on Vintem Hill.
Did aliens kill Manoel and Miguel? I guess we will never know.