One of my colleagues lives in a haunted house. A house so haunted, in fact, that she holds "haunted tea parties" to invite people to experience what she has lived with for the past decade. While she is relatively tuned in to her spirits and knows each personally, very few people outside of her circle of tea party guests will ever know of Leon, the Sad Woman, or the Dark Man.
There are, however, a number of famously haunted places in this country, many of which are haunted by the ghosts of the famous, those people who riveted us in life and continue to capture our fascination after death.
My top three favorite famous ghosts of famous people:
1. John Lennon
I grew up with the music
Chicago is wildly haunted with ghosts from the city's past. Below are some of the interesting homes of some of the city's early settlers, gangsters, and other restless souls.
In 1915, the Lake Michigan steamship the Eastland sank abruptly in the Chicago River just after departure (ballast compartments had been emptied so that more passengers could be boarded). Over 800 passengers, including over 20 entire families, were killed. The corpses were brought to the 2nd Regiment Armory until they were identified and released to the families. Today, that armory is part of Harpo Studios, home of talk-show queen and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Ghost stories from the armory rank
The Russian Navy has recently declassified details of its various UFO encounters, many of which take place in or around water. These incidents include one in which three humans died in an ensuing chase when military divers in Siberia's Lake Baikal (the world's deepest lake), encountered a "group of humanoid creatures dressed in silvery suits" at a depth of 160 feet.
For me, the news the the Russian Navy is making these details public is very heartening. All too often, those who claim to have encountered any sort of extra-terrestrial life are regarded as foolish, misguided, or simply insane. Our own government refuses to disclose any details (or even a confirmation) of an alien encounter
Three Llewellyn titles have been awarded prestigious awards from the Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR). The award-winning titles for 2009 are:
Faith and Magick in the Armed Forces, by Stefani E. Barner (Best New Wiccan/Pagan Title)
Magic, Power, Language, Symbol, by Patrick Dunn (Best New Magic Title)
The Enchanted Oracle, by Jessica Galbreth and Barbara Moore (Best New Divination Title)
Other Llewellyn COVR Award finalists include:
Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom, by Rachel Pollack
The Pagan Anthology of Short Fiction, by Llewellyn
The Living Temple of Witchcraft, Volume One, by Christopher Penczak
COVR is an organization formed by a unique group of businesses