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“How can I explain to the new tarot enthusiast the connection between the water on the six of swords and the woman sitting before me who lost a small child by drowning decades ago? What miracle allows the human mind to be inspired to see a vision of this event triggered only from the image on a small paper card? Personal interpretation– Intuitive Reading– will be your key to successfully reading the tarot.”
From “Tarot: A Witch’s Journey”
Today’s Free Reading: Pick a Card
Today’s deck: PAGANS WAY TAROT
by Anna Franklin
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Your FREE Pick-a-Card video is below, with Time Stamps. Either choose one card to catch your destiny, or listen to all three cards for a more in-depth reading. It’s up to you! I do have to say that I’m amazed some months how all three cards seem to come together with a story of their own.
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I’ve been finding and watching Youtube videos on both Black-eyed Children and Shadow People, and let me warn you if you’re easily spooked, watching these videos (or listening to these podcasts) when you’re home alone on a dark and stormy night (or any night) might leave you more than a little uneasy. But it’s fascinating. For anyone who’s never heard of either one of these paranormal phenomena, in a nutshell, here’s what they are ~
Black-Eyed Children…(sometimes called Bek) are young people, often children, with eyes that are solid black with no differentiation between sclera, pupil, or iris, and are occasionally reported to have blue or bluish tinted skin like that of a corpse. Those who report encounters with them often feel that the children were somehow supernatural and extremely dangerous though they could not explain why.
Often they can be seen playing games and singing the nursery songs Old Man Long Legs or He Jumped into a Bramble Bush.
They are usually near abandoned or deserted areas. Sometimes, the reports talk of them appearing at one’s doorstep- usually alone or in a pair. They appear to be unusually confident, yet shy children who avoid your gaze and look down, hiding their eyes, but speaking with an eloquence far beyond their apparent age.
Shadow people appear just as their name describes them, as faceless human shadow forms.
Some common features of shadow people are:
- A shape that is generally male in appearance
- They are aware of us and react to our observing them
- The typical shadow person is tall, ranging from about 6′ to 7′
- Very often they seem to be wrapped in a cloak or large old fashioned cloak
- Hats are not uncommon
- Their appearance has depth to it, unlike a shadow cast on a wall that is flat
- Quite typically they have no visible eyes, but some will have glowing red eyes
- Shadow people are rarely reported to have spoken or tried to communicate
- Physical objects seem to not matter to them and they can walk through walls
- Can have a demonic shape and demeanor
If you love creepy fascinating paranormal phenomena, I’m betting you’re still with me after reading the definitions of these etheric mysterious creatures. Now the fun stuff. I’m posting some of the videos that I’ve been watching, and the two I’m posting here today are radio podcasts with Art Bell. I’d love to hear YOUR perspective on these topics! Feel free to leave comments below. Have you had a personal experience with either one of these entities? Do you have a theory about what they are?
Enjoy!… And keep the lights on. 🙂
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Aquarius ~ 10/Swords (reversed)
There’s nothing worse than being nailed to the wall, other than being pinned down and cornered to do something you were hoping to get out of, or being called out on the rug to explain yourself or your actions– and this last one is going to be a spine tingling adrenalin rush experience for some of you Aquarians. This is always a difficult card when it rears it’s ugly head, and for many of you, you didn’t see this coming (until now). The best thing about this card is that it’s reversed. Many of you are going to claw your way out of an unpleasant confrontation, or situation, and find solid footing once more. Kiss the ground when you get there, and make sure this doesn’t happen again, do what you have to do, change what you have to change.
Capricorn ~ King/Swords (reversed)
Something is left unsaid. Communication is not happening, and it has to be resolved before it’s too late. There are reasons and ways in which things that need to be said, may never be heard. Make sure you have no regrets. Don’t be afraid of sounding silly, don’t be afraid to face disagreement, don’t be afraid to be wrong, don’t gloat if you are right. The words lay like a choking parcel of food caught in the throat. Don’t swallow them. Open your mouth and set them free, along with your conscience, your soul, and your peace of mind.
Pisces ~ 3/Swords
Some of you may face heartbreak or disappointment. Lessons are learned, wounds will heal. Life will pick you back up and carry you forward on your path, mercilessly marching you towards new horizons and experiences and awakenings. What we learn from heartbreak, pain, and sorrow is that it’s not the end, but only a pivotal point on our journey. Be strong, ride the waves, wait out the storm. Calm seas and peace await once the clouds have parted.
Aries ~ The Tower
Many of you are going to be called upon to endure great changes and disruptions in your life. For some it may be connected to relationships and family, for others it could be jobs and careers, and for still others it will be something unique to you and your personal experience, earth-shattering, life-changing. Oh, how we fight major life transitions, kicking and screaming our way through the storm, even when we know that things will be better when we reach the other side. Many of you Aries will be put to the test, stretched beyond your limits, tried by fire, tempered like steel. This is where you find out how strong you really are.
Taurus ~ Temperance (reversed)
This card is all about balance in our lives, and since it’s standing on it’s head for you, there’s a problem in this area. Many of you may find yourselves feeling up in the air, either overwhelmed with work, or not getting enough hours; some of you may be experiencing unexpected upsets with health issues, which so often kicks our lives out of balance on a variety of levels. You’re like a cat right now, Taurus, in free-fall. You’re going to have to figure out what you have to do to turn yourself around so that you land on your feet.
Gemini ~ Knight/Cups (reversed)
For some Gemini, the Knight-in-Shining Armor fairytale is going to remain a myth. For some of you this may mean that you have unrealistic expectations, and if you don’t lower the bar to a more human level, no one is going to pass the test, no one is going to be quite good enough. Developing a successful relationship with someone means that you learn to accept their very human flaws (This doesn’t mean that we “settle” for losers, which is the flip side of this coin.). It means that human beings aren’t perfect, and everyone has their own little quirks; and if we meet someone and fall in love, you learn to accept the WHOLE person, quirks included.
Cancer ~ 7/Cups (reversed)
Many of you Cancers will be making very important decisions during this period, and some of you will not be facing all the facts and may even be colorizing your choices and decisions with rosy glasses and less than a solid grip on reality. Be sure to honestly look at all the questions in order to find all the answers. Study the choices and brutally asses whether you can make them work in the real world. In order to have a successful game plan, you have to have a logical and realistic course of action. Now, go for it, Cancer!
Leo ~ 4/Pentacles (reversed)
Many of you Leos may have issues coming up that you’ll find rather challenging during this period, and some of these issues will involve relinquishing control (a horror scenario for strong and independent Leo). You may also be faced with unexpected financial circumstances that require substantial payments, which means breaking into savings, which means parting with your dearly beloved and precious golden coins. I know, Leo, you lovingly tend your growing nest egg and having to slice it open and remove a chunk is going to be difficult and unpleasant. Never fear, once this issue is resolved, life will resume as before.
Virgo ~ The Moon (reversed)
You will find yourself surrounded by deception. Either someone isn’t being honest with you, or you are not being honest with yourself. Some Virgos might feel that they’ve entered the twilight zone. There’s a very thin line between reality and fantasy, and when you find yourself in an extremely stressful unpleasant situation, it can make recognizing this line very difficult, which can make it dangerous on a variety of levels. During this time, seek out individuals, spiritual practices, or professionals to help you find the answers you need. It’s not a sign of weakness to seek help making right decisions, or getting through traumatic or challenging circumstances.
Libra ~ Princess/Pentacles
Messages and answers to financial issues will be forthcoming in a very timely manner. Some of you Libras will discover previously unknown facts, or knowledge, that will benefit upcoming decisions and will also shed light on circumstances, or people, surrounding you. Knowledge is power, the more you have, the stronger you’ll be. There’s s solitary flair about many of you Libras, intent on personal self-discovery, with a renewed interest in old and unfinished projects. Make your own kind of magic during this period.
Scorpio ~ 6/Pentacles
“The more the merrier” will be your mantra at this time, Scorpio. Where before there was not enough, now you will have a surplus. However, don’t let your guard down, don’t waste precious time or opportunities that come your way. Continue this forward progression with right action, solid common sense, determination, and a strong work ethic. It’s time for many Scorpios to climb the ladder to success. We so often talk about setting goals, but we so seldom stop and relish the accomplishment of meeting those goals. Do this, Scorpio.
Sagittarius ~ Knight/Pentacles
For some of you Sagittarians bouncing merrily through this year, you’re going to find yourself stopped short by the need for quiet practicality. Solid common sense, thorough and slow thought processes to work through an issue, are going to assure your happiness continues through 2017. Don’t be rushed into making any decisions. Remember, the show can’t go on until you say it does. The wonderful grounding aspect of this Knight will bode you well, reconnecting you to Earth energy and the solidity you need at this time.
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Hello to all my Zodiacs! The following tarot reads are quick n’ fast one card pulls with a flash of insight. (Kind of like the horoscope briefs you’ll find in the newspaper.) If you want a longer, in-depth, personal reading You Know Where to Find Me! I’m using Pagans Way Tarot for these mini-readings, by Anna Franklin.
Aquarius ~ Temperance
Some Aquarians are going to be set free, free from unnecessary strife and worry; from unnecessary responsibility; free from whatever is adding an extra burden to your life through your own unique set of circumstances. It’s time to find balance in your life. Those things that disrupt balance will be smoothed out; those things will be eliminated; those things will be solved. Aquarius, your path will go from bumpy, impaired, and pot-holed, to smooth and unencumbered.
Capricorn ~ 6/Wands
It’s time to win, Capricorn, time to be the victor. This is your chance to grab the golden ring and taste the sweet taste of successful accomplishment. If you’ve been working hard towards a specific goal, you will reach this milestone very soon with glorious results. If you’ve been plodding away at everyday mundane life consistently and responsibly, you’re going to receive an acknowledgment for your efforts, your stamina, and your dedication.
Pisces ~ Knight/Wands
You’re in for some high adventure that’s going to come at you unexpectedly and at a rather fast pace, so hang onto your hats, Pisces! If this is an individual in your life, or a new connection, you’re going to find their enthusiasm and pace for life rather difficult to keep up with at times. Since they are the spontaneous “action-before-thought” type of person, you dear Pisces are going to have to be the level-headed one. However, don’t resist the pull to adventure that this Knight brings; it will pull you out of your rut and bring you new and satisfying experiences.
Aries ~ 3/Swords (reversed)
Dear Aries, you suffer from a broken heart so often, whether it be with a romantic partner, or other keenly felt disappointments in life. Did you ever wonder if it’s you who’s setting yourself up for these disappointments? Sometimes you ask too much, and sometimes you accept too little, from other people. Turn the tables, be decisive (which is difficult for some of you). You have the ability to turn this around, put this card upright by sticking to your guns and more closely examining motives…both yours as well as someone else’s.
Taurus ~ Strength
The universe has big plans for some of you, and the course that this is taking you on will require strength, stamina, determination, and faith. Know that you are not alone. Your spirit guide or animal totems are surrounding you, protecting you, lending you their energy. You will come through, perhaps not entirely unscathed, but wiser and stronger for the experience. Embrace what the universe sends you, even when it appears challenging, this is how you’re going to grow, Taurus.
Gemini ~ Ace/Cups
Aces are doorways, Gemini, and the cups leads to relationships, romance, new people, or a very special person in your life. For single Gemini’s, expect someone new and interesting to cross your path. Married Gemini’s, you’re going to experience your committed relationship on a new level; you’re going to find yourself in a place that moves to a new and deeper stage mentally, spiritually, and physically; you’re going to feel very grateful for this connection in your life and you’ll be able to see it from a new perspective with new eyes. Your cup runneth over.
Cancer ~ The Lady
Cancers, Mother Nature and her glorious fertile world are going to make a unique connection with you this year. Communication is highlighted; coupling; birth; re-birth; and renewal are in the picture, whether this is signifying a physical fertility and the birth of a child, or creative fertility and the birth of new ideas and new projects. Your world will flourish with abundance, rich and earth-based.
Leo ~ 6/Wands (reversed)
Leo, you may have been on a losing streak lately, but that’s all going to change; you can turn it around. Examine what’s been causing this string of bad luck: personal decisions; the individuals you’re connecting with; some other cause unique to your own situation?? Find the rotten apple, the thorn in your side, then get rid of it. I have a feeling some of you Leo’s will be taken by surprise with this revelation, not all who come to us in the guise of “friend” are sincere and genuine. And then, you’re also going to have to check on one more possiblity… Is it YOU that’s holding yourself back?
Virgo ~ 9/Pentacles
You’re not quite satisfied, Virgos! Our life is one long search for happiness and perfection, for contentment and success. A lot of you Virgos feel that you’re missing the mark, it’s that “almost there” feeling, but something seems to be absent. It might be your desire for perfectionism that leaves you feeling this way. You’ve got a great life; you’ve done, been, and experienced about everything you’ve wished; you have all the things other people may envy you for: a good mate; a good job; the setting that you desire to live in; extra-curricular activities that hum with your energy. Learn to appreciate where you’re at Right This Moment, enjoy what you’ve attained– stop worrying about acquiring more!
Libra ~ Elder
There’s going to be some new growth and insights for many Libras. Aha-light-bulb moments are going to be going off creating a spectacular light show with all the Libras out there who will be picking up new knowledge, understanding, and insights. Wisdom is coming your way, Libra. Questions will be answered, problems solved, something you may have wondered about for a long time will finally find the light of revelation shining upon it. Grab this knowledge and run with it…knowledge is power, as the old saying goes.
Scorpio ~ Princess/cups
Messages coming through for Scorpio will be focused on love and relationships. Some of you Scorpios may find yourself riding off into the sunset, either with a fairy tale happy ending golden glow; or with a let’s get out of here and start over spirit of adventure. This princess is going to be persistent. Some Scorpios out there are overlooking something wonderful that’s right under their nose. Look at the options and opportunities around you before you get the wild itch to take off to yonder parts trying to find love, or fulfillment, opportunities, or success. It’s closer than you think, Scorpio. (If it were a snake, it would of bit you, as my grandmother would say.)
Sagittarius ~ Justice (reversed)
No, life isn’t always fair, Sagittarius, and this is a fact. But don’t get so caught up in the injustice of it all that you stop trying, stop fighting, stop stepping up to the plate. Sometimes life deals us some tricky cards (no pun intended) and we have to face what’s on the table. Some of you may either find yourself dealing with personal issues that seem unfair, unjust, or just plain cruel; and others will actually find yourself interacting with the legal system, or attorneys, to take care of upcoming issues. Hang in there, Sagittarius, Lady Justice will triumph in the end.
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The following blog post is an excerpt from my book, The Spiritual Feminist. This book was a journey. It was not just a writing process; it was self-therapy, it was revolutionizing new thoughts, it was hindsight recorded for my daughters, it was a journey through my life at so many points…until I suddenly realized that it was a journey through life for so many women with so many common factors, questions, doubts, and fears.
I hope you enjoy; and I hope there’s something here worth taking with you ~
The Physical Aspect
This is my body…No one shall touch this body without my express permission. No one shall impose upon my body a physical action, intention, criteria, procedure, or judgment, that I have not expressly approved. This is my body, created by the Mother Goddess in all the glory of her likeness. Whether this body be large or small, fit or weak; whether this body align with the cultural views and norms of my society or not: My body is beautiful and will be respected as such.
Questions for Introspection
1. What is my best feature?
2. What are two things about my body I’d like to change?
3. What would I have to do to make these changes?
4. Realistically, would it be possible for me to do this, and if I could successfully make these changes, who would I be making them for?
5. Am I able to accept my physical body in it’s beautiful natural state; am I able to embrace myself as I am?
6. Is my body healthy?
7. If not, what are my health issues?
8. What do I need to do in order to correct these issues, or just generally improve my health, strength, and endurance?
9. List three things you know are not healthy for you but you do anyway.
10. List three things you do for yourself that contribute to your physcial well-being.
11. What do I love most about my body?
The Spiritual Aspect
I will connect with the universe through the Divine Feminine, and through that connection with my ancestors and the root of all that is me…For centuries the Divine Feminine has been ripped from the heart and soul of womanhood, shrouded in stories of evil encompassing snakes and apples, betrayal and guilt. Womanhood needs to wrestle its freedom from this lie, to regain its strength and equilibrium through the power of the Mother Goddess.
Through the youthful exuberance of the Maiden, the fertility of the Mother, and the wisdom of the Crone, we have to pass on to our daughters the beauty of the feminine mystique, impressing upon them the reverence and respect that is its due. While the world still revolves around the decisions of men, it is women who harvest its bounty through their children, their art, their writing, their dreams, and their strong sense of nurturing. It is woman who builds up; and through her spirituality and connection with the Goddess, woman can repair the damage of previous generations, building new futures and opportunities for her children.
With our strong and renewed sense of connection to the Feminine Divine, the most important thing we can do is to impart upon our fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons the strength, beauty, wisdom, and power of womanhood at its most pure. We can lead them back to the Goddess, who is, after all, their Mother too.
Questions for Introspection
1. Do I feel a strong connection with Feminine Divinity?
2. How has the Goddess touched my life?
3. Do I feel free to embrace Goddess Spirituality openly?
4. If not, what are the obtacles to doing so?
5. Realistically, can these obstacles be overcome?
6. What do I do each day to connect with Spirit?
7. How has my connection to the Goddess and my spiritual practices enhanced my daily life?
8. List three things that you think impede your spiritual growth.
9. List three things that have inspired you during your life.
10. What do you love most about your spirituality right now?
11. Is there a woman you know who would benefit by learning about the Mother Goddess?
The Mental Aspect
I will not allow other people’s opinions to form the image I carry of myself…Whether these opinions are formed and passed on to me by friends, family, or foe. If these opinions are filled with negativity, if these opinions are laced with jealousy, spite, judgmental prejudice, ambiguity, cruelty, or ignorance, I will disregard these opinions. These opinions will be shed as a snake sheds its skin, leaving renewed vitality and beauty beneath, exposing my true nature, in tune with the Goddess and a healthy ego.
Questions for Introspection
1. Do I expect too much of myself?
2. Do I feel like I have to be responsible for everyone?
3. Is there a lot of stress in your life right now?
4. If so, what are the main causes of this stress?
5. Realistically, can the circumstances or people causing this stress be resolved or dismissed from your life?
6. If so, what steps must you take to correct the issue?
7. Do you give yourself time to daydream?
8. When you are sad, what makes you happy?
9. What makes you laugh?
10. What makes you cry?
11. What are you afraid of?
12. Do you have someone in your life with whom you can share your deepest thoughts?
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I can’t believe we’ve worked our way through March already! There’s a beautiful bush in my backyard that testifies to this. It blossomed full out this year before it had one green leaf on it, and it’s still in this state. As April comes along and Spring is well on it’s way, it’s time to take a look at our lives and figure out what it is exactly that we want, and what may be holding us back from attaining it, and this includes our own fears. Some of our fears and doubts may be sub-conscious. We often don’t even realize that it’s us holding ourselves back. This is where a tarot reading will be helpful and often revealing, allowing us to get a step up and get us back on track.
This is the perfect tarot spread to do just that ~
Desires & Fears
1. this is where you came from
2. this is where you are going
3. this is what is difficult for you
4. this is what makes sense
5. this is your ultimate goal
Desires & Fears
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The Spring Equinox: Ostara
The Goddess manifests her treasures in the material world, and Mother Earth marks this event with the emergence of plants and young animals, setting the stage once again for future harvests, both those of the physical world and those of the spiritual realm. The miracle of birth is highlighted, and the miracle that is womanhood confirmed. Within the celebration of Ostara, fertility is emphasized and celebrated. Nature’s womb, filled with the seeds of life, embellishes the earth in productivity and prosperity.
Ostara is a day when the period of light and dark are equal, heralding springtime planting and the promise of warmth returning for the summer months. Sunlight is going to reign supreme starting the very next day, second by second, minute by minute. This is also a celebration of the Saxon goddess of fertility…Eostre. Eggs and rabbits are symbols belonging to this Goddess and are incorporated into the festivities and celebrations. Sound familiar yet? It’s all about bunnies, fertile eggs, and growing things. Now’s the time to start those seedlings in egg cartons, time to start planning your herb garden, digging out those pots and diving into a bag of potting soil. Smell the earth women, get your fingernails dirty, follow that natural instinct that you know is there, the one you’ve probably been trying to ignore…Grow Things!
A noteworthy tidbit: Easter is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
(The Goddess is smiling now.)
The biggest part of Ostara for my family has always been coloring Easter Eggs (we decorate about 4 or 5 dozen– often with witches, animals, and other very un-Eastery images). The magickal nocturnal visit of the Easter Bunny is also a yearly tradition at our house, complete with pretty baskets of goodies. With seven children, putting all those baskets together, dividing all that candy, has been quite a process.
But this celebration has a deeper meaning for me, one that was made indelible upon my soul. The year was 1969, I was 12-years-old, and it was the traditional Christian Easter Sunday that my family was celebrating:
The night before, my Aunt was glowing– beautiful and striking looking at thirty-two. She was helping my sister and me color Easter eggs, finishing up by combining all the colors to get an interesting brown egg. I’ll never forget the sight of her holding the egg up in the air so we could all get a look at it, laughing out loud. This was to be the last truly happy day this woman would know for a very long time to come. The next day, her husband (my uncle) would suffer a massive heart attack and die in her arms in the foyer of their home. It was just after a beautiful Easter Sunday meal, and we were all there.
Every year since, when we color eggs for this spring celebration, I remember coloring eggs with my aunt the night before Easter Sunday 1969. It’s a crystal clear memory 44 years later. The symbolism of this holiday is brought home to me in the idea of rejuvination, resurrection, a return to life– life in the form of warmth, sunshine, growing plants, small animals, and souls.
“Everything is connected.” the goddess is telling me.
Herbs: cinquefoil, rose, violets, tansy, celandine
Altar Flowers/Herbs: honeysuckle, iris, lily, daffodil, crocus
Feast Foods: eggs, fish, honey, sweet food, leafy vegetables
Animals: chicks, hares, rabbits, swallows
Incense: honeysuckle, jasmine, lavender, lotus, magnolia, rose, violet
Rituals/Spells: planting/sowing, rejuvenation spells, consecration of tools, grounding work, Earth blessings, spring cleansing
Magickal Egg Salad
6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. minced onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
Reserve 4 center egg slices for garnish, if desired. Chop remaining eggs.
Mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Add chopped eggs and celery; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors.
Serve on lettuce leaves; garnish with reserved egg slices.
Honey Baked Ham
18 to 20-pound smoked ham, water added, ham hock removed
One 16-ounce box light brown sugar
1 cup (8-ounce jar) clover honey
Adjust the oven racks to accommodate a large covered roasting pan. Fit the pan with a shallow rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Unwrap the ham and rinse it in cold water. Place it on the rack in the roasting pan. Cover the pan with the lid and bake for half the estimated cooking time (Total cooking time is about 20 minutes per pound.) Halfway through the estimated cooking time, add the sugar and honey to a saucepan, cooking over medium heat until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Pour the mixture over the ham and continue baking the ham, basting occasionally with the drippings in the roaster.
Check for doneness at the end of the estimated cooking time by inserting a meat thermometer at a meaty point (not into fat or touching the bone). It should register 160 degrees F.
Allow the ham to stand for 15 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to set.
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It’s happened only a handful of times in my lifetime. It’s happened for family members, it’s happened for an acquaintance, it’s happened for a stranger that I would see on a daily basis from a distance, and now it’s happened for a location, which I never anticipated possible.
First, you sense a strange physical sensation, it’s very subtle, and then the voice says, “Look”, and so you do. And then it says, “Look again”. And you can’t help turning to stare with morbid intensity and fascination at the individual in question. You watch as they walk past you, drive past you, going about their business in total obliviousness. It feels like a pivotal life-changing moment. And it is, for them.
They all leave an indelible impression, but there are some who stand out more in my mind than others…two family members; the young man whom I hardly knew at a party; there was the total stranger I would meet at the same time everyday as we drove across the overpass; and finally, there was not an individual, but a location.
What does this strange phenomenon herald?
The man in the small green pickup on the overpass still haunts me. I drive this route everyday, this location where one day when we meet, everything seems to start moving in slow motion, and the voice says, “Look”. And I do. And it says, “Look again”. And I do, with that strange fixated intensity; I can’t stop looking. I really look at the driver for the first time, seeing details, as we’re both moving in opposite directions, but in that strange slow motion.
I see a young man in his late 20s or early 30s. I see the red baseball cap and the soft brown hair around the edges of it. I see the thick lensed black-framed glasses and the white t-shirt. I see his hands on the steering wheel and the look of concentration on his face. I look at him until we’ve passed, and then I watch his vehicle in my rear-view mirror until he disappears over the hill.
I have never spoken about this odd sense of premonition to anyone before, but I did after this experience. I told my daughters. I told them that I wish I knew who this young man was. I told them that if I knew where to find him, I might try to find enough courage to approach him, knowing I would sound like a crazy woman. I would tell him to take a different route, at least for a while. I told them that something awful was going to happen to this young man.
And it did.
One day, when we were outside in our front yard, the neighbor came home. He got out of his pickup and approached us, looking stunned. He said he’d just come home on the overpass, and that there had been a terrible accident. He said that a white van had plowed into several vehicles at a great speed. He said there were bodies and mangled vehicles everywhere, and it was the worst thing he’d ever seen. He was so pale, and breathless, and he looked dazed.
The over-pass is only a few blocks from our home.
We got in our vehicle and went to the edge of the highway east of our house, where we could see the overpass clearly, we were so close. And to my shock, there was the young man’s small green pickup, the driver’s door flung open, sitting cross-ways in the highway. When he was hit, he had been thrown from his pickup, at the top of the overpass, and had landed on the railroad tracks below. He was one of many casualties from this accident.
I think about him almost every time I drive over this hill.
Premonitions ~ Why do some people experience them? Is it odd that the experience is not necessarily a one-time thing, but something that can occur a number of times? What good is the ability to have a premonition if you can’t do anything to create a positive outcome? Where do premonitions come from? Who’s voice do I hear?
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