Written by Amanda Moloney
Many people today still hold that long buried belief about demons and ghosts, poltergeists and possessions, but when we hear the word exorcism we tend to think of Hollywood and the countless movies they have made on the subject. Spirit possessions are found in a wide range of religions spanning hundreds of years. Exorcisms are very real and whether you believe in them or not they have been performed for a very long time but they don’t always go to plan.
One of the most famous cases of exorcism was on Anneliese Michel a young Bavarian girl born 21st September 1952. She was born into a very devout Catholic family and due to the scandal of having an illegitimate sister she spent a lot of time withdrawn in quite prayer trying to repent for her mother’s sins. Anneliese turned 16 in 1968 and she started to experience seizures and was diagnosed with having Epilepsy. She was promptly put on medication which didn’t really help so the medication was simply increased. She started to become more withdrawn and depressed and when her thoughts turned to suicide she was diagnosed as having severe depression and placed in a psychiatric hospital for treatments.
As the time passed and she continued to have the seizures, Anneliese also began to complain about having visions. They usually came whilst she was praying and caused her much mental anguish and grief. She also complained of hearing disembodied voices around this time. They started off sounding like they were far away but eventually sounded like someone was standing right beside her. She said sometimes these evil voices told her to do things and other times they just threatened her and told her she was to be damned. The visions become stronger and Anneliese started to see what she described as devil faces, she was still receiving psychiatric treatment but as this seemed to be doing nothing the family naturally started to turn away from normal medical help.
Strangely at this time Anneliese also began to have an aversion to religious objects and places. She could not walk past a crucifix and on a family pilgrimage she refused to drink the holy water with the rest of the family. A friend who was with them noticed a very unpleasant smell coming from Anneliese and it didn’t take much to convince her very devout Catholic family that their beloved daughter was being possessed by a demon or the devil, especially since medical help was doing nothing. They visited priest after priest about Anneliese but were constantly turned away and told that strict guidelines must be met for it to be considered possession. They were even told to take her back to the psychiatric hospital for treatments even though it had previously done nothing. Finally a priest by the name of Ernst Alt heard of her case and became interested. He met with Anneliese and her family many times and became convinced that it was not epilepsy or any other medical problem and that she was definitely suffering a possession. He wrote many letters to the bishop on their behalf begging for an exorcism which was finally agreed to but utter secrecy had to be ensured. Another priest by the name of Arnold Renz was sent in to assist Ernst with this task and he too agreed that she was indeed possessed.
The exorcisms seemed to make the situation worse. She began to urinate and defecate on the floor, reportedly licking up her own urine after. She ate coal and spiders and bit the head off a bird. Profanities and insults streamed from her mouth along with animalistic growling and screams. Anneliese began to speak in ancient languages that she couldn’t know and talk of subjects she knew nothing of. The exorcisms were that long and brutal that she often ended up chained to her bed or chair. If any religious objects were held near her she would fly into a furious rage and her family eventually became too scared to even be near her. At one point she even sat under the kitchen table for 2 days and barked like a dog. Eventually the only people to see her were the two priests constantly performing the exorcisms. They performed them once or twice a week for up to 4 hours at a time.
In total the priests performed 67 exorcisms over a 10 month period. Anneliese refused to eat and became emancipated and exhausted, by the end she had given up. On July 1st 1976 Anneliese finally succumbed to the strain on her body and passed away weighing a mere 68 pounds or 30 kilos. An autopsy determined she had died of malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia. The two priests were brought to trial for not preventing her death when they could have. They were defended by the church who claimed that exorcisms were allowed to be performed and these priests had been granted permission by the family. 47 of the exorcisms were recorded and the court had to listen to an aggressive and screaming Anneliese hurling abuse and speaking in tongues. At one point they also heard two demons talking to each other even though both voices were coming from Anneliese herself. They had photos of her that showed her thin and drawn, her body covered in bruises and seeping sores. Her knees had ruptured due to the constant genuflections she performed. The prosecution brought in their own doctors who claimed that all the symptoms she displayed could have been put down to mental illness, epilepsy and a fanatical belief in her religion. The priests and her parents were charged with manslaughter due to negligence and sentenced to 6 months gaol each.
Even after her death and trial she could not rest. Her parents insisted her body be exhumed so that they could bury her properly and many claimed that Anneliese body had not decomposed the way it should have for the time it had been buried. Many claimed this was another sign that she had truly been possessed but doctors claimed she had decomposed fine.
This is certainly an interesting case to be sure. Mental illness is such a varied thing that no two people would present exactly the same way. It can be affected by their psychological makeup, their environment, treatments and even their belief systems. So was she possessed by the devil or was she mentally ill. I guess we will never know. On one hand we have two men who were so strong in their belief that they performed 67 exorcisms on this girl to release her from her hell and on the other hand we have the parties that think she should have been put back in to a hospital and treated for mental illness and that the stress on her body could have been causing some of these problems themselves. Some even wonder if she was influenced by the movie The Exorcist which came out in 1973 but that doesn’t account for the things that happened before or whether she even saw the movie. But from what we know in this dark world that fascinates us is that sometimes people that had gifts or saw visions were considered to have mental problems when they didn’t and were therefore drugged up and turned into zombies. We don’t truly know or understand everything that exists in this world so can we honestly say with certainty that she was one or the other. In 1984 the church were asked to review the rite of exorcism based on this case, eventually in 1999 they revised it and also made a mandate that all priests performing exorcisms must have medical training also.
If this story fascinates you there are many articles to read about it but there has also been a movie made that is based on this sad story.
Written by Peet Banks
The beautiful Hydro Majestic Hotel can be seen atop a breathtaking ridge near Katoomba in Australia’s Blue Mountains.
It was built by a captain of industry, Mark Foy, a retailing magnate who owned the biggest department store in Australia. Mark was very wealthy, and very well-travelled. He was a big fan of ‘the water cure’ – a craze around the world where the rich and famous would spend copious amounts of money at Hydropathic Health Retreats. Mark’s favourite was Smedley’s Hydro in Derbyshire England. Smedley’s was a beautiful Victorian sanatorium surrounded by beautiful acreage. Mark often spoke of the lack of such a Hydro in Australia. Mark started scouting for locations in the idyllic Blue Mountains, and eventually purchased three adjacent properties in Medlow; the Belgravia Hotel, a small cottage that was home to local solicitor Alfred Tucker, and a beautiful estate owned by William Henry Hargraves, a government official and Deputy Registrar of the Equity Court. Using stunning architectural designs, Mark joined these three buildings together with long galleries, over 90 metres in length, making the structure form a linear design. Upon completion, the hotel measured 366 metres of beautiful, richly carpeted luxury. The entire building was heated and powered by a boiler from an exhibition building built in 1879 which did not succeed as it was hoped. The final touch on the hotel was the inclusion of stunningly ornate Italianate Balustrading so guests could immerse themselves in the panoramic view. In 1903 Mark somehow managed to have the name of the suburb, Medlow, altered to Medlow Bath, in order to attract clientele. The Medlow Bath Hydropathic Establishment was a totally immersive affair, with detailed expensive furniture, artwork and every mod-con known at the time. He even employed physician Dr Baur, believing that he would give the sanatorium the European authenticity that Mark believed was crucial for success. Mark had a deep love for America, and so set the official opening date of his sanatorium for 4 July 1904 – which unfortunately coincided with one of the worst snowstorms on record for the Blue Mountains – this didn’t stop Mark though, who transported his VIP guests through the snow in a fleet of specifically imported De Dion Bouton motors – which were some of the first cars in the country at the time. The group met at Penrith Station to make the 9 hour journey in convoy.
After a glamerous opening party, all the guests went to bed, to be woken to a strict regime of heath treatments, including mustard cloths, liver packs, warm enemas, eye baths and ear douches, fomentations ‘as hot as can be borne’, spinal packs, oil rubbing, nose baths, bowel kneading and much, much, much more – including the very risqué naked sun baths.
After a few years Mark noticed that the fashionable trend of hydropathy was on the decline, and reluctantly renamed his hotel the “Hydro Majestic”. All heath treatments were removed from advertising, but still available upon request.
With the mandatory ‘health’ element taken off the menu, the Hydro Majestic became an escape for a privileged clientele, offering lavish entertainments and great feasts. The notorious Cat Alley earned its name during this period (it was previously called The Cloister). This section of building was located directly outside the male dominated billiard room and was occupied by waiting wives and mistresses who gossiped about everything and anything whilst waiting for their partners.
Some famous people to stay at the Hydro Majestic included Dame Nellie Melba, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Nellie Stewart (actress), Governor General Sir Isaac Isaacs, Canadian world heavy weight boxing champion Tommy Burns.
In 1922 much of the hotel was destroyed in a fire, which was in all likelihood, arson, which led to Mark refurbishing the establishment and making it more family oriented.
During World War 2, when the hotel was being managed by Bud Macken, Mark’s nephew, the US Army requisitioned the hotel for use as the 118th General Hospital. The Army gave Bud less than a week to store or remove valuable art and furniture and any remaining guests, and then the US flag was raised on the roof.
The Hydro Majestic stayed in the Foy family until 1984 and was then sold to several different people and organisations, until finally being sold to the Escarpment Group, who restored it to its former glory.
But is it haunted? Apparently so! ·
One website, “Castle of Spirits”, talks about her stay at the Hydro Majestic, and how she was woken from sleep to see the figure of a ghostly woman enter the room, wearing a gown. ·
There is also a tale associated with the hotel, that in 1912 a young woman was being harassed by a man, and in an attempt to escape him, boarded a train and fled to the Hydro Majestic. It is said that her pursuer followed her, where he strangled her with her favourite silk scarf. ·
The hotel also has two resident spirits who have been seen by quite a few staff members. There is a little girl in a blue frock with a white lace collar who likes to run through walls, and a boy who sits in the dining room chandeliers.
A notable death in the Hotel is that of Australia’s first Prime Minister, Sir Edmund Barton, who died suddenly or heart failure on 7 January 1920. I don’t know if his ghost has been seen, but I thought he was worth an honourable mention.
Written by Alex Cayas
Amanda Howard is a Sydney based true crime author, fiction writer and expert into the history and motivations of serial killers. Her writing and research experience is based on university studies in criminology and psychology. Amanda has written ten books on a wide range of true crime cases and topics with Rope: A History of the Hanged her most recent release.
Amanda has interviewed some of the world's most heinous serial killers over two decades and have collected a vast pool of information on various types of killers, their motives, rituals and what makes them tick. Amanda is bringing all this knowledge and these experiences to The Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo taking place Saturday the 24th of September at Casula Powerhouse Arts Center. Amanda will be presenting two talks. One talk will be part of the Expo workshop and talk series which is included in your standard $5 entry and the other is part of the VIP program and will dive deeper into some very infamous and dark cases Amanda has researched.
Your latest book Rope: A History of the Hanged. Has just released this year. What pulled you in to research the condemned?
I have a YouTube Channel where I do a range of videos on botched executions and this book was an extension of that idea. I love historical crimes and this book has many recent cases as well, it allowed me to delve into research on some of the most famous criminals from history that otherwise I may have not had the opportunity to write about. So it that was part of the reason I wanted to write this book. I also wanted to examine a different part of criminology. We often talk so much about the crimes and the butterfly affect but how about that ultimate punishment. We have executed people throughout history (and Rope does give a brief history of capital punishment) and I wanted to talk about what that was like, how we have changed execution methods and how the hangman’s noose is just one type of hanging execution method. I was really lucky that as a part of this book, I travelled to London to visit the very spot where the Tyburn Tree once stood – the massive gallows that was used to hang up to 26 people at a time. To stand in modernity and imagine the roaring crowds, the terrified prisoners and the drunk hangman, it was just an important part of the book’s journey. It gave me that added emotion and passion when it came to writing the stories of the condemned.
Of course I will admit that the title suggests a really dry book, and when I began putting together ideas I thought it would be very dull, but in reality the cases I have brought together are incredibly interesting. From the prisoners who escaped the noose, to those who met tragic and brutal ends to the comical stories and those that bring a tear, the journey takes you through a gamut of emotions that I really had no idea would occur when I first started writing Rope.
What is it about serial killers and true crime that draws people in?
I remember when I first learnt about serial killers. I was about 15, as a fan of Stephen King books, I was already interested in the darkness of the human mind, but then I read Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. The book introduced me to the evilness that is Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill. I was hooked from that very first moment. It was like a light went off. I had no idea then that it would become my life’s work but it consumed me from the very beginning. Then fate once again stepped in and within a few weeks, Sydney had its own serial killer hunting the streets of North Sydney.
So what makes them so compelling? I think we see them as a link between the basic human desire and our social and moral compass. We all have desires, we all have those secrets that we keep, the secrets we hide behind our façade yet serial killers enjoy playing in those dark regions of the mind. They create such a complex fantasy world that the rest of us don’t understand. We don’t understand how they can rape and murder, yet still keep up appearances as being well adjusted and in control. We like to think that they are different to us, we WANT to think that they are different to us but interviewing killers for 20 or so years shows me that they are very much like us, they have jobs, they have families, they have dreams and aspirations, but they also have a blood lust that they allow to take control.
It is this wildness- the beast within - that we are interested in as a genre. We want to have that comparison, to know that we are ok, that though we may have unusual desires, in comparison to a serial killer our moral compass remains pointed in the right direction.
Photo credit: Djbarrett Photographer and Graphic Artist)
I read Hotel Cecil (which is well known to True Crime fans and American Horror Story fans) in the description of your Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo VIP talk and was very excited by this this idea of exploring infamous cases and people, stories we hear pieces of over and over. Can you take us inside your VIP Expo talk?
I have had a lot of fun putting together my VIP talk for the Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo. It was such an honour to be asked to do a second talk and it has allowed me to expand into some amazing topics that I have always been interested in but never had the chance to research. When I first began drafting the talk, I was going to look at all of the usual conspiracies that turn up like JFK and Sept 11. Instead I examined unusual and lesser known cases, I wanted the talk to be different and challenging and perhaps it would provide a springboard for others to look into cases and events that they find interesting.
So the talk will start with a few very strange deaths that defy the explanations given in the official reports. Some are suspicious suicides; others have some strange links to other famous crimes that will make you question the official verdicts. I then look at some bizarre messages left behind by victims – or their killers - that raised more questions than they answered. Some of them remain unsolved more than half a century later. To add to that I had some very creepy coincidences and some strange occurrences that will bring chills. I will also be showing a few videos related to missing persons that will make you wonder ‘what happened next’.
The Hotel Cecil has also been included, and I ask can a place be so full of death and darkness? Hotel Cecil has connection to many famous crimes, serial killers, suicides and even a ghost. It is an amazing story, that the more you research the more you find.
The talk is titled Conspiracies, Coincidences and Creepy Crimes? Can you share with us the wildest or craziest coincidence you've come across that screams conspiracy to you?
Absolutely there are some bizarre cases out there where I don’t understand that there wasn’t an uproar when it was closed. As I said earlier, I didn’t go into the conspiracy of JFK’s assassination, but one of the cases I do look into has so many links to the case that it makes you wonder how many other deaths were linked to the President’s murder. I’d love to say more, but I will wait until the talk. It is very interesting and screams conspiracy and makes you wonder… what were they hiding?
Written by Amanda Moloney
Amanda from Ghosts of Oz was lucky enough to have a quick chat with author Josh Langley to learn a little about him and hear about his new book “Turning Inside Out”. Grab yourself a cuppa and have a read about one of Australia’s premiere paranormal authors.
What writers out there, current or past, inspire you with your writing?
I guess I don’t have any favourites, except maybe Henry Miller who wrote the Colossus of Maroussi, it’s more about what they write about that’s important to me. I’m well known for reading non-fiction, yet of late I’ve started to get into the spiritual fiction genre.
How do you find your inspiration to write, particularly about the paranormal?
I’m always compelled to look for the meaning of life, to dig below the surface of our stressed out busy, crazy lives, so I write about my explorations to find out what it all means. I am completely curious life and what lies beyond it. I’m far more interested in what happens when I pop my clogs than any episode of Game of Thrones or any other TV show. All that is just a distraction! The whole afterlife thing is just so big it would be almost criminal not to want to investigate it or at least be curious about it. And considering that the afterlife is the key to understanding our lives right here, right now, it make sense to want to know what the fuck is going on!
Describe your writing desk, what are must haves that need to be there for the creative juices to flow? Wine, favourite CD, a special talisman??
I have an amazing sculpture on my work desk of a little man in a feather boat made from clay and ceramics that I picked up in Denmark. It was part of a ‘flotilla’ of similar ones that represented the soldiers who were given white feathers of cowardice during WW1. However for me it represents complete and utter trust and surrender to the universe and the mental peace that can provide.
The other place I like to write is the kitchen table. Not very sexy, but it works. Most of my books have been written at the kitchen table.
Me personally I have to have a hands on physical book that I can touch and read, do you prefer that or e-books?
Most of the books I read (spiritual, afterlife, near death experience, mindfulness etc) I can’t find at the local bookshop and I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for it to come from half way around the world. So to have Kindle app on my tablet and I have the book in one click. However there’s nothing better than going to a second hand bookshop and taking home a stack of goodies.
You've done a couple of books about the paranormal now, what's been your most amazing experience during this?
During the entire journey I’ve had this sense that I’m not alone and that I’ve been guided in some way. However I feel that is just the tip of the iceberg and there’s all this non physical knowledge that is becoming more accessible the more I get out of my own way. Life is not the opposite of death, life is life and is here and now and watching that manifest in my life right now is incredible. Earlier this year I quit my day job with nothing to go to and that was scary. However I feel I am living a more authentic life as opposed to the anxiety riddled, and mind numbing monotony of it was previously. I did however have the support of my Partner Andy (who you’ll read about in my books) as we both quit our jobs at the same time. I’m trying to be the living embodiment of what I write about.
I remember saying to myself last year that all I wanted to do was work for myself write books and travel around meeting people and talking at events and now I find that I’m doing that. It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t have gone on this journey. I’m pretty blessed.
What do you do to unwind and relax, to shut the mind off? Or is it always ticking over thinking of the next story?
I keep writing and creating, I can’t seem stop. Even if I’m on holidays, I just want to write! I’m in the middle of writing 3 new books, including one on creativity and a novel based on the insights from Turning Inside Out. Otherwise the way I relax is with a beer or wine on the verandah with my partner or eating a big bowl of Tortellini. Wine and pasta have a big influence in my life.
Tell us briefly about your other books?
Frog and the Well: Unconventional Happiness was my first book that I wrote and illustrated and then followed up with
Follow Your Heart: everyday wisdom for an extraordinary life.
Being You is Enough (as I mentioned earlier) came out in March this year and I now take the Being You is Enough Presentation to primary schools across WA.
Dying to Know: Is there life after death? “ I’ve ruined perfectly good dinner parties by asking that question.”
You have been touring around WA promoting your new book Turning Inside Out, have you got any events coming up where people can come and chat to you and get your books signed?
I’ve got a road trip planned to Geraldton and the Midwest in October for Being You is Enough and I’ll be talking at Margaret River Library early December. I’ll be organising some other events shortly. But people can check my website for event details: www.joshlangley.com.au
Written by Alex Cayas
"Australia's Haunted History" is a collection of true experiences from a range of well know Australia Paranormal Researchers, Historians, Mediums and, Personalities. Jeanette adds all those who shared their experiences are people she admires and this is only volume one as there is lost of more to share and explore.
"My own personal story really spooked me....because it was so terrifying....and it involved many people." says Jeanette when recalling the diversity of spooky stories she received for the book. Not sharing anymore, Jeanette like any good story teller knows if you want to know the full story you'll need to read the book.
Why do people love ghost stories? "There are many reasons why people love ghost stories, ranging from their own experiences, wanting to know more, fear of the unknown, the adrenaline rush, the confirmation, the list is endless. Personally, I think people love ghost stories because they love to spook themselves out."
Couldn't agree more. You can grab your copy of "Australia's Haunted History" at its official launch at The Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo or you can get a copy by messaging the official Australia's Haunted History Facebook Page.
Written by Alex Cayas
Written by Alex Cayas
It is that time of year again where paranormal lovers far and wide make their way to The Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo. The Expo is now in its fourth year and will be coming to life at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Center on Saturday September 24th. " We have a lot of exciting new things happening at the Expo this year!" says Expo director and creator Peet Banks.
"Not only will guests find a diverse range of stall holders selling everything from voodoo dolls to paranormal equipment, to crystals and candles, we will also have workshops in the performance space that people can access with their $5 entry fee!"
The Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo is a massive non stop day with lots to see, hear, buy and experience. As you arrive at the Expo this year stalls have expanded to the outside area to give guests more room to move around and to make room for the newly added free talks/workshop series. Once inside the Powerhouse the main area will be full of stalls offering all sorts of products and services. In the performance space will the talks/workshops and in the theater the VIP program and a Expo fave the psychic reading rooms are upstairs as usual and we recommend booking your reading nice and early.
With so much going on we asked Peet what is her Expo indulgence. "The stall holders. I am so impressed with our line-up this year! I can't wait to get my wallet out and break the bank with all of the amazing range of products that will be on offer!"
The Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo Saturday September 24th 10AM-5PM at The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula NSW 2170 www.australianparanormalandspiritualexpo.com.au
Written By Alex Cayas
The Monte Cristo Homestead has long been known as Australia's most haunted Homestead. This October Sydney Medium Janine Louise is leading an intimate weekend at the Homestead with workshops, history and investigation all on offer. With this event coming up and Australia's fascination with The Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee still alive and well, Janine took the time to share some of her thoughts and what she has planned for guests in October.
The Monte Cristo has been labelled as Australia’s most haunted Homestead. In your opinion is this still true?
I have indeed visited many locations and I have to say in my opinion and experiences, this is still the Homestead that gets me every time. Every visit still leaves me with no sleep, goose bumps and every hair on my body, standing for days after.. To this day I still refuse to sleep in the house..
What can guests expect from your event coming up?
This is a jam packed weekend from3.00pm Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October. Beginning with the platform on the Friday evening and a first night stay at Monte. Guests will receive a Continental Breakfast and mid-morning we will make our way to the Junee Cemetery where we visit the Graves of some of the Crawlys’. From there we head to the Liquorice Factory which is a popular tourist attraction in Junee,for a group lunch which is optional and the guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the JLM Heritage Teams company over a fine meal as well as purchase yummy chocolate and liquorice form the shop and take a walk through the factory and antique display. We have a few hour free-time for guests to site see in Junee or just have a rest before joining in for dinner at 6.00pm for the beginning of the Tour. Guest will enjoy a three course meal while listening to stories told by Lawrence and Sophia and maybe if we are lucky Olive. Following dinner there will be a Residual Energy Workshop and a short presentation by the JLM Heritage Tour Team. At around 8.30pm the tour and investigation begins.. This is where the real stuff begins and Monte comes alive. The experience in itself is somewhat spin chilling and it is a rare occasion that anyone walks away unaffected..Tour and investigation will be led by myself and The JLM Team and will commence at about 1.00am… I can’t give too much more away about the investigation. The next morning a full big breakfast (to recover) and a Closing presentation.
Tell us something about Monte Cristo we don’t know (spooky or otherwise)
Have to be careful what I say here!!! The most profound thing I have found with Monte is how alike the Crawley’s life was to how the Ryans life is.. There are many, many, similarities which doesn’t surprise knowing how much Reg accommodated Mrs Crawley’s wants and desires. As you may or may not know Reg was extremely intuitive and believed he could communicate with her so he did pretty much whatever she wanted.. Hence the fact that Monte still exists the way it does today.
The other thing is that Monte Cristo Homestead is built on an outlay of Quartz crystal, which to me is why it’s energy is so fermented and powerful. We actually went underground and filmed below the homestead, whilst it was three degrees outside, it was about 26 degrees or more when we were filming. The energy that ran off the crystal was overwhelming, interfering with the camera and both the cameraman and myself. If you could imagine we were unable to stay down there for too long.
Written By Megan Stone
When it comes to crystals we all have differing viewpoints – some believe in healing powers, protecting powers or psychic powers, others believe they are pretty and look good as a piece of jewellery. Either way, they exist and I am here to tell you about them. Why me? Because my name works well as a title, that’s why! – Oh and I am a practicing Witch and Psychic so I have some experience to go with the name.
*Disclaimer: This article includes the above terms and other words that are also not Pokémon’ characters! Sorry.*
Fun Fact: Amethyst is also known as ‘sober stone’ (insert joke about Megan’s family here). Many articles will tell you the word Amethyst comes from a Greek word which Google translate tells me means ‘inintoxicated’- or in better English ‘sober’ – so I can confirm they have this correct and am happy to call this a fact. Some other information many articles will tell you of are not so much proven facts but I will offer them to you for you to decided depending on your beliefs.
I am one for a good story so I quite enjoy mythology – in this case I like it even more as it includes wine.
According to the ‘legends’ the story in a nutshell tells a tale of the alcoholic Dionysus -The God of Wine actually- that fell for a woman named Amethyst who had no interest in him. To help her avoid him the Goddess Artemis turned her to stone (that’ll work) Then apparently as an offering Dionysus poured wine over the stone, turning it purple (that’s just mean, she couldn’t even drink it). OR the second one which I like better – Again, the drunk Dionysus encounters a woman named Amethyst however due to someone else’s wrong doing he is angry and vows to kill the next person he sees, poor Amethyst was this person. Artemis again turned her to stone in this story to protect her from him however this time Dionysus cries over the stone due to remorse of what he had intended to do and his wine filled tears turned the stone of Amethyst purple.
Magical Use: The most basic spell I have come across for using Amethyst would be a blessing and protection spell where you sit the crystal in water and use accordingly. E.g Drink for self-protection and healing – please remember, do not swallow the crystal, only the water. And maybe use a tumbled stone to ensure it stays intact, and clean it first. – just a safety precaution. Pour on a talisman or object. Or sprinkle throughout a premises for a house cleansing.
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.
“O Great Goddess, Shine your Lunar light upon this (crystal/object name)
I ask that you charge this (object e.g. stone) with healing power
Oh Great God, Shine your Solar light upon this (crystal/object name)
I ask that you empower this (object e.g. stone) with your protective power
Non-Magical Use: If you feel Amethyst does not work for you in this way and you would prefer it stay just a pretty purple stone, you can get a cheap necklace from stores such as Collette at any Westfield for less than $20. – Although please do not think Dionysus 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!
Written by Alex Cayas
Andrea Kadly is The Paranormal Medium. Andrea hosted of the original Australian paranormal productions Phasmophobia and In Tenebris from the Paranormal Investigators series, and co-creator at Moonlark Media, Andrea specialises as a field medium in the paranormal. Andrea has been investigating the paranormal for 8 years, most of that as a medium, working independently and with several groups as well as assisting with the design and run of several experiments for Validate which she co-founded. During the filming of the Paranormal Investigators series and through running Validate experiments she recognised a skills gap between traditionally taught spirit communication and what is required from a medium in a paranormal investigative context. Alex caught up with Andrea to chat about her work and Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo Presentation.
Share with us your mediumship journey? How did you get started?
I didn't start out to be a medium. I'm not one of those, "I've been talking to spirit since I was 3 months old" kind of people. I joined a psychic development class to work on my intuition and to learn new skills to expand with my passion for Tarot. Then one day during meditation in class I had an experience. Instead of following the script for the meditation that the teacher was narrating, I drifted off and found myself under water, sinking and wearing a divers suit. I had the sensation of drowning and thoughts in my head that I knew weren't my own.
Your presentation at the Oz Paranormal and Spiritual Expo will focus on your experience and work with working on missing persons cases and cold cases. Can you share what got you started on this path and what keeps you there?
A few years back, again, during my initial development, in class we were practicing with bringing messages through for each other from loved ones who have passed. It never really worked for me. I was struggling to connect and felt like I was completely off my path. Instead of lovely comforting messages from deceased loved ones I was getting complete strangers that no one could really place. The information included coming through included things like murder scenes, extreme fear or anger, smell of blood and basically anything you would associate with violent death. It's not a walk in the park. My development teacher at the time had no idea how to handle this and was adamant that it wasn't my path and I was just doing it out of some sort of self serving attitude. Of course that wasn't the case. I never asked for it and the thought of doing this work never entered my mind until the information was starting to trickle through in class. What keeps me her? Good question. There is no triumph and glory in it as some might believe. I think the reason why I can do this work is because my psychological make up is such that I can look at a horrible looking scene and express heavy and dark emotions without freaking out. It's not for the faint of heart. Even though we pick our own cases with the circle, I find that we do get requests as well even without putting it out there, so to speak, that this is the type of work we do. I had come across cases through my involvement in the paranormal community and via private investigations that lead me to a cold case or a missing person's case. So, I think I can say, I didn't pick this job, it picked me.
You make it clear that you work with spirit and not the police. Can you tell us more about that?
I had the privilege of working closely for a short time with the family of a missing person at their request back in
2015. It gave me an opportunity to gain insight into what a family goes through when a loved one is missing. It was heartbreaking. It's not just about the person who's missing, it's a much bigger picture and infinitely more complex. I also had the chance to pick the brain of the detective on the case. It was a turning point in how I view missing person's cases. It made it real. I understood that any sort of interference may jeopardise a case and can mean the difference between successfully closing a case or not. That includes involving psychics. I was never one of those psychics that sent pages and pages of notes to the police or rang Crime Stoppers anonymously with information. Then brag about it on Facebook. That's just not done. We figured that if our circle can obtain intelligent and verifiable information then we can work with the source of that information to learn how to guide right people to that same information and through that a resolution maybe. It's a pretty radical idea, I know! As for how we get involved with cases, well, like I said before, we pick ones we are drawn to, some are requests. There is always something to work on.
There are strong misinterpretations about this type of work and often it is viewed as interfering with investigations, giving false hope to families and that anything you receive might not be able to be used as evidence. Share with us how you and your circle work.
Our number one rule is never to interfere. We don't push our information on anyone. We are not ambulance chasers. We keep any information we might gather recorded in a safe place. Never to be published or shared with anyone other than circle members. I can understand that the public's general idea of a psychic might be someone hounding the police or even families claiming they have information regarding a case. I have seen it happen and unfortunately it's pretty common. This kind of behavior can have devastating effects on a case and on the family and I have seen that first hand. That is just now who we are. Any case we take on by request is on a condition that we don't guarantee that we will be able to provide any information. We are very careful about what information we share with families.
Do you have any advice for those who think they have information on an cold case?
If they are a witness or have information that hasn't been obtained by psychic means, by all means go via Crime Stoppers. If you're a psychic and you think you have information about a particular case that you think might help, I suggest you keep notes of every piece of information you gather. Whether it's by psychic means or by reading an article or by talking to someone etc. Let the police do their job, they know what they are doing and they need their resources focused on that. Do not, under any circumstance, hound families, friends, or loved ones to accept the information you have. There are many sources of information a psychic uses and that includes cold readings, cryptomnesia and even common sense deductions. All of which have a very high chance of producing incorrect or fragmented information. Or even information out of context. Psychics don't solve cases. The police do. The purpose of the work we do in our circle is never to solve a case but to gather information and prepare the entity we are working to be able to communicate with those who actually have the means to resolve a case. Hunches and gut feelings are not the exclusive abilities of psychics. Crimes have been solved many times before because someone had the nagging feeling of taking a second look at something or going in a particular direction. I think you know where I'm going with this.
We've all heard the phrase "psychic detective", what are your feelings around this title?
I really don't like that expression. It gives some sort of official air to this work that isn't really there to be honest. The approach we are taking isn't something I've seen done elsewhere. Of course it doesn't mean there aren't other people out there using the same or similar approach. While discussing specifics of cases is a no no, I think talking about the type of work we do in general will help bring awareness to to draw a line between doing this work ethically and with high sensitivity to the needs of the families and those who have different, perhaps more selfish motives. In our circle's case it's a work in progress and we learn a tremendous amount as we go. We learn, cement, review and revise processes and I suspect it will be the case for a very long time to come. Our main values, honesty, integrity and transparency are the pillars that our circle's work is built on and I am hoping that one day the phrase "psychic detective" will be synonymous with those values.