Saturday, October 31, 2020



Halloween was originally a three-day Celtic festival, commencing All Hallows on the eve of November, which signifies and autumn transition between light and dark, day and night, life and death.

It starts the Celtic New Year.

It was (and still is for some) a time to celebrate the dead, remember them, respect them and hold close all that links you, the sum of your ancestors, to those who delivered you.

On All Hallows Eve, Celts tell stories of those no longer among us be they relatives, friends or pets and celebrate their spirits by bringing out heirlooms and talismans handed down through generations.

Christianity viewed the Celts as pagans and threw up a smokescreen by adopting pagan holy days as their own, which is why they celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st and also celebrate the birth of Jesus (a fabricated date) to coincide with the Celtic Winter Solstice.

R.I.P. Mel Weddle


Roger Conant
Puritan from Plymouth who settled Salem

Roger Conant was already dead before witchcraft hysteria seized Salem in 1692 when two young girls convulsed and hallucinated and blamed their sickness on local witches.

Some say Betty and Abigail were traumatized to psychosis by their nanny, Tituba, a slave from Barbados,  who toyed with their minds through seance, magic and other occultist exercises deriving from voodoo.

Others have reached for an organic explanation, citing St. Anthony's Fire, or ergotism, from which LSD is synthesized.  It causes hallucinations and convulsions, psychosis and delusion and comes from a bread mold.

By the time it was over, 19 accused witches were hanged based on "spectral" evidence, that is, on the say-so of the girls and others who got in on the act, mostly as a way of settling scores with rivals or as a means to steal their property.

Salem's enduring legacy has rendered it a magnet for real witches everywhere, an irony and poetic justice combined.

My scavenger hunts leads to a shop called Bewitched and a vintage William Fuld wooden Ouija Board, circa 1920, with a matching planchette in its original box.

It was Fuld who popularized Ouija during the early 20th century.

Ouija derives from Chinese automatic writing, a psycho-physiological phenomenon.

Conservative Christians regard it as satan's tool.

Classic Ouija board, purchased in Salem



Van Stein