What is Popular at the moment?

It seems that there is a good appetite at the moment for all things supernatural and Witchy. The American TV series Supernatural is the longest running live action series in the history of American TV with 15 seasons. The new Series The Witcher on NETFLIX already has a huge following and Sabrina the teenage witch is also making a comeback.

Lucifer has also been a popular series which started on Amazon and is now on NETFLIX. The BBC and NETFLIX collaborated on the 3 part drama Dracula (I felt that it was a wasted opportunity, but many loved it).

My second book in the series ‘When Darkness Calls’ tells the story of Cathy. A powerful modern day witch created over 500 years as a hybrid. Cathy is trying to resist the call of the Darkness and is determined to use her powers for good.

Using a Black Mirror Cathy contacts the angel Madimi, the same angel contacted by John Dee and Edward Kelly in their own well documented scrying sessions.

The book covers Cathy’s life from cradle to the point that her story is picked up in Sold Out/Soul Doubt. the first book in the series. Cathy’s story can and perhaps should be read first though.

Cathy’s story leaves an 8 year gap with the intention of writing a mini series that documents a period in her life that she refers to as her ‘Years of Forlorn Absolution’

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Dowsing

Many years past before I had any further dealings with the spiritual world.

It was around 1998 I was working as a lecturer for a local training provider and bumped into  someone who I had known from a previous role.

The man in question was a big burly Yorkshireman of around 6’2” and 17 stone. (I hope he reads this and comments)

He was and still is a no nonsense type of guy. E speaks as he finds and does not suffer fools. (in many ways much like me).

He is very experienced in his area of work and very intelligent. Pretty much the type of man who is well respected and if he says that something is so, it almost certainly is.

One evening we were doing some overtime, refurbishing the workshop area as it could not be done through the day as it was in use; I’m not sure how it came up in conversation but he mentioned dowsing.

Now if I had heard this from anyone else I would probably have laughed despite my previous experiences.

However he was compelling and got to work making some rods from brazing rods. He gave me a demonstration; after which he asked me to have a go, so I tentatively took the rods held them as shown and went through the individual calibration process to verify the rod movement for Yes and No as this is different for each person.

I was amazed at how this worked and the sensation in your fingers, the speed at which they move and the consistent way in which they move.

They are clearly not just for detecting water. I used them quite heavily initially and they correctly predicted events, such as the outcomes of other peoples relationships. I know it could be argued that if I already held a belief or opinion that I would influence the rods but often they would actually oppose my own view. And were correct.

I have later used crystals to the same effect and have had some really interesting results.

I am as most people will tell you a very sceptical person as well as being quite pessimistic.

However I am the first to say, that the rods do move themselves and are clearly tapping into an energy. Is that our own energy? Maybe its’s naturally occurring external energy?

What drives the response though is less clear; is it simply deep-seated intuition that we are accessing, or answers from another plane?

Many years past before I had any further dealings with the spiritual world.

It was around 1998 I was working as a lecturer for a local training provider and bumped into  someone who I had known from a previous role.

The man in question was a big burly Yorkshireman of around 6’2” and 17 stone. (I hope he reads this and comments)

He was and still is a no nonsense type of guy. E speaks as he finds and does not suffer fools. (in many ways much like me).

He is very experienced in his area of work and very intelligent. Pretty much the type of man who is well respected and if he says that something is so, it almost certainly is.

One evening we were doing some overtime, refurbishing the workshop area as it could not be done through the day as it was in use; I’m not sure how it came up in conversation but he mentioned dowsing.

Now if I had heard this from anyone else I would probably have laughed despite my previous experiences.

However he was compelling and got to work making some rods from brazing rods. He gave me a demonstration; after which he asked me to have a go, so I tentatively took the rods held them as shown and went through the individual calibration process to verify the rod movement for Yes and No as this is different for each person.

I was amazed at how this worked and the sensation in your fingers, the speed at which they move and the consistent way in which they move.

They are clearly not just for detecting water. I used them quite heavily initially and they correctly predicted events, such as the outcomes of other peoples relationships. I know it could be argued that if I already held a belief or opinion that I would influence the rods but often they would actually oppose my own view. And were correct.

I have later used crystals to the same effect and have had some really interesting results.

I am as most people will tell you a very sceptical person as well as being quite pessimistic.

However I am the first to say, that the rods do move themselves and are clearly tapping into an energy. Is that our own energy? Maybe its’s naturally occurring external energy?

What drives the response though is less clear; is it simply deep-seated intuition that we are accessing, or answers from another plane?

Personally I think it is based on our own deep-seated 6th sense or perception, which we are able to access using this method (an amplified gut feeling if you like)  I do believe that out DNA has locked into it all of the past experiences of our entire ancestry. However we are unable to directly access this. Anyway more on dowsing later.

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More Ghosts and Spirits

In 1986 I started work with a local Community Programme.

I was given the role of teamleader and put in charge of half a dozen younger lads, the premise of the scheme was that the Community Programme would provide the labour for free if the approved project bought the materials, this allowed youngsters to be given a taster of various trades at the same time providing help to community projects which otherwise may not be completed.

We were given two projects a cricket pavilion and work on a chapel in the same remote village, the chapel project was to excavate underneath to make a toilet and kitchen area.

My primary responsibility was the chapel and another team was working the pavilion project though we pooled resources if required as the two projects were a 10 minute walk apart.

Generally there were 4 younger lads; there was also a joiner who would have been in his early thirties. He was an unassuming and pleasant individual who was quite  softly spoken and he was a bit of a hippy.

He was quite private and nobody knew much about him. The others were typical 18-19 year olds a bit loud and a bit lippy, but good lads really.

What tended to happen once we had done the excavations was that the chapel would run out of funds and we would having nothing to do.

As we were all dropped off and left for the day we had to fill our time; initially this involved playing cards generally a game referred to as Wogga which used two packs of cards and the jokers and was similar to rummy but you had a bigger hand of cards.

One day we were chatting in general and one of the lads told us that he and his parents often used a Ouija board to contact his sister who had died at a young age.

We were all intrigued, some were dismissive as you might expect, but long story short, we decided to make our own board and give it a go.

Using some plasterboard we wrote the alphabet, number 1 – 10 and yes and no at either end; we placed a sheet of glass on it and borrowed a glass from the vestry.

Initially we let the lad with experience lead the way, explaining the rules, the most important seemingly was to not let the glass outside of the circle or oval as it was; that we had created with the letters and numbers.

We were doing this underneath the chapel; we had a makeshift table and seating made from anything we could find, bags of sand, boxes pallets etc.

It was as you might imagine quite cool under the chapel, but not cold, we probably started this around April 1986.

There was a small amount of natural light from the door and a small window as I recall and then a couple of makeshift temporary lights.

We absolutely felt safe and protected as we were after all inside a chapel.

So off we went ‘is there anybody there’ we would ask; my recollection is that the glass would start to move. (but glass on glass is perhaps not the best combination), it would start with the noise you  would expect, quite a shrill screech as it started to move but then it seemed to almost lift away from the glass and would be moving around the board at quite a pace, there is no way any single individual could be controlling it.

We would try and keep up with what is was spelling out and quickly learned to use closed questions where a yes or no response was likely.

It was all very interesting and we became almost obsessed with it and hoped to arrive at site to find no materials so that we could get on the Ouija board.

It was clear we were doing something right as the temperature would drop noticeably, to the point where we could see our own breath and the glass would actually frost up at times.

We had some laughs one lad asked a spirit  ‘where are you in the room’ and it replied that it was sat on his knee, one lad had forgotten his pin number and it correctly gave it to him, generally though it was fairly innocuous.

Then one day the glass moved around and stopped in front of the hippy guy and would not move, the lad who was experienced said its someone for you, now although he had observed, he had not until now put his finger on the glass; he still refused. But he asked it who it was. The answer came back, ‘your sister’ the colour drained from his face, but he was not convinced so he said ‘if you are then what happened at your funeral’ it spelt out ‘finger nail’ at this point he broke down, we knew nothing of a sister and when he gathered himself he explained that she had been raped and murdered and that at her funeral he was a pall-bearer and had caught his fingernail on the coffin and that it had bled for days. It also turned out that he had been to Prison, as he had found the perpetrators before the police and had taken a hammer to them.

Now during this time, we were in the run up to the World Cup and obviously young lads got to asking who was going to win the World Cup, we got back a surprising response as it said England, obviously we were all astounded at the prediction and were eager then to go put a bet on, however it spelt out that we could not pass the information on to anyone or put on a bet or the result would change.

We all agreed to abide by those rules, so we watched England against the odds fight their way to the quarter finals against Argentina as we all know they lost due to Maradona’s ‘hand of god’ goal we were straight to the Ouija the next day asking what went wrong.

The reply was that someone had indeed placed a bet, we all looked around the table, looking for the traitor and one of the lads indeed put up his hand and confessed ‘I couldn’t resist… they were doing so well’

Could it be that we were the reason England didn’t win in 86?

After this things started to take a turn for the worse, these lads were getting a bit bored and started to ask to speak to such things as the spirit of Hitler.

As I said we had been told not to allow the glass out of the circle and on a couple of occasions we had that issue occur, we were told if the glass exits the circle that the spirit may then either possess the nearest individual or become a poltergeist.

The strange thing was that when the glass was clearly moving off the board, rather than simply taking our fingers off the glass, it seemed that you could not.

We had a couple of situations where with one finger on the glass the other hand was being used to try and push the glass back, the force was quite something when you have 3 or 4 young men trying to push a glass back onto the board and seemingly unable just to take their hands off the glass.

On what would be the last outing for the Ouija board we contacted a spirit and it went to each person in turn and waited for them to put their finger on the glass.

The lad who had talked us into trying the Ouija in the first place, said, ‘we have a bad one here, its trying to get maximum power so it can get off the board’ he refused to put his finger on and that was good enough for me, I actually left and decided to walk up the road the cricket pavilion.

When I returned they were all ashen faced and the board was smashed, it turns out they apparently had the spirit of a young man named Wayne, aged 19 who was killed during active service in Northern Ireland, he was none too happy we had not put our fingers on and had said he knew where I had gone and that he was going to get me… The glass had come out of the circle and they smashed it immediately as is apparently required.

All of them seemed visibly shaken and that was the last time we used the Ouija board. I spent months looking over my shoulder.

More to follow…

My first ever Ghost sighting.

Over the years I had had many different experiences of the paranormal my first recollection was in 1985 when I was staying with my wife at her parent’s house, this was an old farmhouse listed in the Domesday Book so dating back to the twelfth century.

The house didn’t feel particularly creepy, but on this particular night we were sleeping downstairs in the living room, my wife was on the sofa and I was on the floor in front of the open fire. At some point, I woke to see a figure standing in the doorway he was wearing bib and brace overalls and was similar looking to my wife’s father.

Initially, I figured maybe he had forgotten his spectacles or something, but as the figure came closer I realised it was not my father-in-law. As he started to lean over to my wife, I swung my legs to try and knock him over shouting ‘get out’ as I did and knocking over the iron companion set in the hearth.

Then he was gone, my wife woke and with the noise and commotion her parents came down to see what was going on.

I explained what I had seen and described the individual and what he was wearing and it matched precisely my wife’s uncle who had died in the families woods wearing what I had described, I was previously unaware of this member of the family.

I didn’t dwell on this encounter, and it appeared he was maybe leaning over to give my wife a kiss on the forehead or something.

Over the coming weeks I will be posting all of my supernatural experiences. Follow the blog to receive updates as I post.

Good v Evil

What do you believe is the root of evil? What influences people to do evil?

We have free will; we choose what we do with it. But where do the thoughts come from. Are we influenced by unseen external forces? Are some people born evil? Are we a product of nature or nurture and ultimately our environment?. Do we actively, consciously make the decision to be evil or do evil things?

Is the Devil real or just a convenient excuse? Is it just simpler to create a persona that encapsulates what we believe evil to be? or is evil all around us, A negative energy that is all around us and which seeks to corrupt us?

The Reticent Witch

This is the second book in the series ‘When Darkness Calls’ it is the story of Cathy a character from book 1 in the series ‘Sold Out/Soul Doubt.

The story charts her life from birth until her late thirties.

Cathy struggles with the powers she has. knowing she is the product of a long-term breeding programme of over 500 years.

A consent voice she refers to as the Darkness continually coerces her to use her immense powers to strike down those who would try and hurt her.

Our Magical Past

I do not for a minute profess to be an expert on this subject. I do have a healthy interest in it though. The work of John Dee particularly is vast and complex requiring extensive knowledge of mathematics, but the manner in which he obtained the information for me is equally as interesting. It seemsContinue reading “Our Magical Past”

Black Mass

Picture 1 & 2 show a dark shadow that moved around the room shortly after we had done some glass moving and dowsing. the third shows a cross over the sofa. This was not caused by tricks of the light, the odd shape of the mass and the speed at which it moved were notContinue reading “Black Mass”

My First Blog Post

Just Getting Started…

This Blog site will look at not only my latest publications but also some of the things that sit behind my beliefs; including my own personal experiences and my interests in the likes of John Dee, Edward Kelly and King James I.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

My Name is John Martin

I am a new fiction author, having spent many years writing professional guides and examinations.

I have a love of the supernatural and have had many experiences over the years many I will share with you as part of this blog

My books are cross genre in many ways the first book Sold out/Soul Doubt is a love story, thriller with a supernatural twist. hopefully you won’t see it coming but when you do, you will wonder how you missed it.

I would describe my writing as uncomplicated, pacy and relatable. My stories have a strong sense of morality with conundrums galore for the reader to wrestle with.

I want to connect to would be readers and like minded people interested in the supernatural.

I am certainly new to blogging so please bear with me.

Cheers!

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