Field Guide Friday – Charles Fort, Master of Mysterious Factoids!

A few years ago I was browsing through a bookstore in Woodstock New York (Mirabai – you should check it out if you’re ever up that way) when I came across a fabulously fat and pulpy tome entitled The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort.  I opened to a page at random and read a passage about a cave on the Welsh coast where layers of tiny domestic artifacts had been unearthed – itty bitty shoes, tools and (yipes!) coffins. The implication being, of course, that there was some history to these items – not the local-girls-cut-out-drawings-of-fairies-and-photograph-them  kind of history, but actual, archaeological history. Needless to say, I was hooked.The proprietress smiled when I purchased it and said, rather mysteriously, “I been waiting to see who would find this.” Hmmm.

Who is this Charles Fort you may well ask? Well, let’s let Judith Joyce (The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal) tell you more!:

A 1941 New York Times review described Charles Fort as “the enfant terrible of science, bringing the family skeletons to the dinner table.”  Considered the leading pioneer of paranormal studies, Charles Fort was so influential that his name has entered the English language as an adjective: strange and extraordinary phenomenon and happenings are now defined as “Fortean.”

Born in Albany, New York in 1874, Charles Hoy Fort moved to New York City in 1892 where he found work as a newspaper reporter. He traveled the world for several years before marrying in 1896 and returning to New York. Meanwhile, Fort had begun compulsively collecting and  cataloging odd stories and anecdotes—interesting anomalies that lacked conventional explanation; phenomena that would eventually be  classified as “paranormal.” His first book, The Book of the Damned, was compiled from notes he had written on 40,000 slips of paper and stuffed into shoeboxes.

Fort introduced a revolutionary new topic and publishers did not quite know what to make of him. His writing career was encouraged by  Theodore Dreiser, author of the controversial 1900 novel Sister Carrie. Dreiser, who became Fort’s closest friend, was working as an editor at Street and Smith, publishers of pulp fiction. The Book of the Damned was only published because Dreiser threatened to leave his own publisher if they didn’t publish it.

Those reading his first book and expecting something demonic will be disappointed. The title of The Book of the Damned refers to data or  information that has been “damned” or excluded by science because it doesn’t fit accepted guidelines. According to Fort, science constructs theories by ignoring inconvenient facts. He compared the closed-mindedness of many scientists to religious fundamentalists and suggested that science had become a de facto religion with its own ideology and dogma.

Fort wrote seven books, of which only four survive. They have now been collected into one volume and republished as The Book of the Damned: The Collected Works of Charles Fort ( Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin Books, 2008). He was among the first to discuss alien abductions. A shy, reclusive man, Fort died in 1932 following a lengthy illness, most likely leukemia. The monthly Fortean Times Magazine was founded in 1973
with the intent of continuing Fort’s work.

I highly recommend a visit (and a subscription) to Fortean Times Magazine! It’s an Ankhie fave!

Field Guide Friday – Rose and Cross

You’ve certainly seen it, but what do you know about it?

The following information is from The Book of Secrets by Daniel Pineda:

Rosy-Cross

The Rosy-Cross—or Rose and Cross, or Cross of Gold and Ruby Rose—is a beautiful symbol of the union of male and female. It has many forms ranging from the complex lamen of the Adeptus Minor of the Order of the Golden Dawn to a line drawing of a cross atop a circle. One of the earliest forms of the Rosy-Cross is the Ankh of the ancient Egyptians, their symbol for the concept of life. The Golden Cross is symbolic of the sun and of the purified body, while the Ruby Rose is the blood, bringing new life. For most people, the concepts of life and death are understood as opposites, with a continual struggle wherever they meet. The Rosy-Cross teaches initiates that life and death are events on a continuum extending infinitely in both directions, the rose of ecstasy blooming on the cross of experience and work. The cross is fixed, like our inherited destiny, and the rose blossoming thereon is the dynamic growth stemming from the choices we make with what we receive.

Sometimes the Rosy-Cross is simply a red cross, symbolizing the mark of blood that keeps out the Angel of Death. It is connected with the mark of Cain and therefore with all initiation, knowledge, and protection. The Knights Templar, believed by some to have brought back to Europe the secrets of the Holy Grail and King Solomon’s Temple, wore this style of the cross.

Field Guide Friday – Stone Tape Theory

There’s a lot of granite here in New England – from the foundations of our houses to the markers above our graves. There are also a lot of hauntings.  This correlation has not gone unnoticed, and there are those who would explain away all freaky happenings as subtle radiation hallucinations. It’s a compelling theory, and one that appeals to Yankee pragmatism. However, I seriously doubt that the rocks in my basement had anything to do with a hand-blown Italian candlestick (much beloved) flying off the sideboard and shattering several feet away. Still, there are a lot of other strange things going on here at Chez Ankhie (even as I type this) that could be explained by material weirdness – sounds, shadows, fogs and fugues. The house is old and has seen much living and dying and emoting over its many years. Perhaps some of that memory has seeped into the wood and brick and horsehair plaster and creeps out like a bad burrito every now and again.  That is the essence of Stone Tape Theory – explained with much more finesse by Paranormalist Judith Joyce in the following passage from The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal :

Stone Tape Theory

Are all ghosts independent sentient entities, or is there another explanation for hauntings? Stone Tape Theory is a mystical concept that demystifies ghosts. Also known as residual haunting, energy remnants,
and memory imprints, the theory suggests that intense human emotions can somehow become imprinted into stones, bricks, crystals, fabric, or landscapes in such a way that the image of the person transmitting those emotions is played back periodically in the manner of a tape recording. These images may be witnessed by others and understood as ghosts or phantoms. Thus, although they are interpreted as “ghosts,” they are really only remnants or vestiges of an event that has somehow become imprinted on its surroundings.

Stone Tape Theory does not deny the existence of ghosts. Hypothetically, a house can possess both residual haunting and real ghosts. Ghosts associated with residual hauntings are characterized by specific types of behavior. They act like recordings. The same apparition appears at the same time in the same place doing the same thing almost as if on schedule. Evidence indicates that these entities are not interactive and may not be intelligent. Ghosts associated with Stone Tape Theory tend not to interact with observers, but simply repeat a series of actions before vanishing. They are frightening because of their presence and behavior, but do not actually harm anyone. An example is a ghost that continually reappears at a crime scene, precisely repeating the exact same actions.

Stone Tape Theory ghosts tend to be linked to specific places or objects. Residual hauntings naturally
occur in extreme situations accompanied by intense emotions like terror. They are based on two components. First, information may be imbedded in material. There is an ancient metaphysical theory that stones, crystals, and mirrors retain information and impressions that can be accessed later by those who know how. Second, the ability to experience a haunting may depend on a beholder’s sensitivity. The more sensitive will see or hear the phenomena with greater clarity, while others may essentially receive no “playback.” In other words, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If a ghost haunts a room, but no one can see it, is it really there? Stone Tape Theory suggests that
most hauntings go unperceived.

This is a controversial theory. How Stone Tape Theory actually works—why some events are imprinted,
but not others—is unknown. The official origins of the theory date back to a 1972 BBC Christmas broadcast called The Stone Tape, starring Jane Asher and Michael Bryant, and written by English science-fiction great, Nigel Kneale. In the film, a team of corporate researchers seeking new technology set up headquarters in a Victorian mansion and discover that it is haunted. Some of the researchers, in particular the Jane Asher character, are able to see and hear the ghost vividly. Others can only see or hear it. Some can feel the temperature drop whenever the haunting phenomenon begins. One man is entirely oblivious, although he acknowledges the validity of what others experience. It is finally discovered that the haunting is being produced by a “recording” imbedded in the stone in one room.

Field Guide Friday – Crystal Skulls

An excerpt from the fabulous Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal, by Judith Joyce:

Superficially, the topic of crystal skulls seems straightforward. Crystal skulls are detailed replicas of human skulls carved from quartz crystal. That description, however, is the only straightforward thing about them. Crystal skulls are the subject of much fascination and heated debate because of the many mysteries surrounding them.

• Who carved these skulls?
• How old are they?
• What was their original purpose?
• How were they carved?
• Do these skulls possess paranormal powers?

With the exception of the last one, these questions may seem academic, but they are not. Although we can date the crystal from which these skulls are carved, precisely when they were carved remains a mystery. Nor in many cases can we determine conclusively what types of tools were used.

Most crystal skulls are generally believed to be Meso-American—either Aztec or Mayan—and to date from pre-Columbian times, meaning that they were carved before Columbus and other Europeans arrived in the Americas. (There are also Peruvian crystals skulls and Chinese jade skulls that are believed to possess paranormal powers.) This remains unverified and experts who have examined some skulls suggest that they were carved in Europe in the mid 19th century.

One thing is sure, however. These skulls were not created by primitive carving tools. Increasingly sophisticated testing methods suggest that at least some were created using modern technology, leading to yet another mystery. Who had access to this technology so long before the testing existed to identify it?

Part of the mystery is that, regardless of how ancient they may be, crystal skulls were unknown before the 19th and 20th centuries. If they existed before that, then they were carefully protected mystic secrets. The provenance of most crystal skulls is murky. They do not figure in surviving Meso-American myth or folklore, but the key word there is surviving. Vast quantities of information and artifacts were destroyed following the advent of the conquistadors and Christianity, and huge historical gaps now exist. Was information about crystal skulls destroyed? We may never know. Skulls certainly do play a significant role in traditional Central and South American spirituality, with vestiges preserved in modern Mexican Day of the Dead paraphernalia like sugar skulls and life-sized papier mâché skulls.

Many of the earliest crystal skulls brought to public attention arrived courtesy of French antiquarian and archaeologist Eugène Boban (1834-1908). Boban, an expert on Mexican art, spent much of his life in Mexico and spoke fluent Spanish and Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Did he find his skulls in Mexico as he claimed, or did he secretly commission European carvers to create them so that he could sell them as rare and expensive Mexican antiques?

Other more exotic origins for crystal skulls have also been suggested—for example, that they were rescued from Atlantis prior to its destruction or that they are extraterrestrial in origin, meaning that, regardless of where they were found on Earth, they originally came from outer space.

Crystal skulls range in size from as small as a bead to a few inches to life-sized to larger-than-life, but fascination tends to be with those that are at least life-sized. Quartz is a key component in many modern technologies, including computers and  telecommunication devices. Quartz makes it possible to program a computer, store memory, and retrieve information. A miniscule quartz chip holds massive quantities of information, including thousands of images, songs, photographs, videos, and other data. What then is the information-storing capacity of a life-sized quartz-crystal skull? Were ancient people aware of the information-storage capacity of crystal? Did they create crystal skulls to store, record, and  transmit data?

According to one legend, thirteen crystal skulls were distributed throughout what is now Latin America. (Numbers vary, with different versions of the legend suggesting more than fifty skulls.) The skulls are purportedly the equivalent of a multi-volume encyclopedia, each one a separate volume. At a pivotal moment, the skulls will be reunited so that they can re-activate the knowledge they contain and guide a new age. Some  believe that this pivotal moment will be in 2012.

Regardless of origin or initial purpose, crystal skulls have developed modern New Age and occult uses. They serve as divination tools, similar to traditional crystal balls. Some crystal skulls are believed to have the power to enhance or activate human psychic abilities. They are considered receivers and transmitters of energy. Some crystal skulls allegedly possess healing properties, including the power to heal serious diseases like cancer. Even modern crystal skulls may manifest these powers. Contemporary skulls are allegedly activated by bringing them to sacred places or into contact with other skulls, especially ancient ones.

Several crystal skulls are owned by the Smithsonian Museum, the British Museum, and the Musée de Quai Branly in Paris. Crystal skulls are featured in the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is based on the legend of the thirteen skulls, as well as in many other movies, novels, and video games.

For More Information:

re. the Mitchell-Hedges Skull

re. archaeological history of the skulls & pop culture in Archaeology Magazine

re. the crystal skull in the British Museum

Field Guide Friday – Shadow People

Dark Energy makes up 70% of the Universe – Dark Matter makes up 25% – that means that only 5% of everything that exists in the whole Universe is perceptible to humans! Now how freaky is that? An Ankh could lose some serious sleep over this sort of information!

Tangentially (it’s a bit of a stretch, I know) – the fastest growing paranormal phenomenon is the spooky sighting of Shadow People. Here’s what Deena Budd’s has to say about it in her fascinating non-fiction The Weiser Field Guide to Cryptozoology:

Shadow People

Shadow people is a relatively new paranormal term, but I have been hearing it more often lately, as reported sightings have been increasing worldwide. The entities are also called shadow folk, shadow men, and shadow beings.

Evidently, Art Bell, former host of the late night talk show Coast to Coast AM, is responsible for the recent resurgence of the term. The phrase appeared many years earlier, also in radio as the title of a 1953 drama on Chicago’s WGN-AM Hall of Fantasy about “malignant entities born of the darkness.”

Heidi Hollis, researcher of shadow people, has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM several times. Hollis believes that shadow people have always been here, and they are a negative influence. Possibly pockets of negative psychic energy that have accumulated in areas of traumatic events, they gorge themselves on fear and sadness.

Some believe that shadow people are ghosts or spirits, seen in varying stages of their ghostly development by people with different degrees of receptive abilities; much like the reception of a television or radio, which can provide a clear picture or not, depending on atmospheric conditions.

Members of the International Ghost Hunters Society believe that shadow people could be ghosts that don’t have the energy or ability to manifest themselves into a more favorable or familiar shape. The society claims to have more than two minutes of videotape from Shaniko, Oregon, of a large group of shadow people ghost children “dancing across the wall of the old abandoned school building basement.”

Some shadow people may be humanoid in form, but without defined features or resemblance to actual people. many times, the shadow appears as two-dimensional or diaphanous. They often move very quickly, in a disjointed manner, but have also been observed to move slowly and fluidly. Normally, the shadow people appear just at the edge of your vision, caught out of the corner of your eye, or as a wisp through a mirror. They are able to quickly disintegrate into a wall or mirror. Occasionally, reports describe glowing red or yellow eyes. They have been seen as child-sized and also very tall and wearing a hat.

The tall shadow man called “Hat Man” is likely to be evil, according to Hollis. Hat Man appears in a much more solid and clearly defined state, wearing “a fedora hat, trench coat and three-piece suit.” Hollis suggests the possibility that these negative entities might be attempting to “recruit people to the dark side.”

They are reported to have many diverse personalities, ranging from shy to aggressive, and a few witnesses hold the opinion that they are guardian angels present to warn of imminent danger, much like the Mothman of West Virginia.

Most feel that shadow people are accompanied by a feeling of apprehension, and some observers get the impression that they are the “essence of pure evil.” There have been reports of people being chased, attacked, and even raped by menacing shadow people.

The shadow people are sometimes compared to the Raven Mocker, an evil witch known in Native American Cherokee mythology, said to sometimes appear as a shadowlike phantom and to steal souls. It has also been suggested that there is a link between the Jinn of Islamic belief, which are made by Allah from black smoke, and the shadow people.

Although the possibilities appear to be endless – half-formed ghosts, demons, interdimensional beings, blobs of negative thoughts, and more – it is clear that shadow people are becoming one of the most regularly reported types of phenomena observed in recent times.

Rather than attempting to draw these creatures to you, it might be prudent to drive them away instead. I have received several requests for help in this situation at my paranormal website, bellaonline.com/site/paranormal.

According to Hollis, the number-one effective defense is to let go of your fear. These creatures feed on your terror. Stand strong!

For more, brain-bending information on Dark Matter, head on over to NASA!

Field Guide Friday – Dead Celebrities Get Their Haunt On

From gentleman Raymond Buckland’s essential volume – The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball died in 1969, at age seventy-seven. She had lived at 100 North Roxbury Drive, in Beverly Hills, and there have been reports that she is still there… as a ghost. Objects, including large items of furniture, are moved about the room when no one is present. Voices – hers being easily recognized – are heard coming from the empty attic. Windows are opened and closed; doors are locked and unlocked. Windows have also been broken. All of this may be due to the fact that the house was virtually rebuilt after Lucille’s death, with walls taken out and the whole floor plan rearranged.

James Dean

Since James Dean died such a violent death (in a head-on crash between his Porsche 550 Spyder and a 1950 Ford Tudor), it’s not surprising that his ghost hangs around. The accident occurred in September 1955 near the crossing of California State Routes 466 and 41, a few miles from Blackwell’s Corner. His ghost has been seen at the Fairmount Cemetery in Indiana, where his body lies, as well as at the site of the deadly crash.

Redd Foxx

The star of the popular television series Sanford and Son died of a heart attack in 1991 on Stage 31 at Paramount Studios. His Las Vegas home, on Eastern Avenue and Rawhide Street, has changed hands a number of times, and each of the owners has claimed that the late comedian still appears there, usually pulling pranks. The first owner of the house was plagued by a sliding glass door that would repeatedly open by itself, so he had it replaced…The new door did the same thing! Another owner, who had a real estate business, reported that the computers would turn on and off by themselves and files would disappear.

John LennonJohn Lennon was shot to death at the Dakota Building, 1 West 72nd Street, New York, in 1980. (When alive, John claimed to have seen what he termed “The Crying Lady Ghost” in the building.) Since his death, John’s ghost has been seen many times. In 1983, a musician named Harrow saw the figure in a Dakota entranceway. Amanda Moores, a writer who was with Harrow, also saw the apparition. Other people, including Yoko Ono, have seen Lennon inside the building.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of sleeping pills on August 4, 1962, at a house in Brentwood. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a place she often stayed when at the height of her fame, and her ghost is said to haunt that place on a regular basis, as well as the Brentwood home. An apparition of her has also been seen at her grave, at Westwood Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles, on Glendon Avenue. Several people have also seen Marilyn’s apparition at the Cal-Neva Lodge on Crystal Bay at Lake Tahoe. The lodge was owned, in 1960, by Frank Sinatra, and he and his longtime friend Marilyn often stayed there. She always stayed in cabin #3, close to a tunnel that was a secret passageway during Prohibition. A security guard one time went to see if he could help a beautiful blonde woman who was standing in the tunnel crying. As he approached her, she turned away and walked through the wall.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley’s ghost not only haunts Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee (where he died in 1977), but also hangs around the Las Vegas Hilton, where he performed for so many years. His apparition has also been seen in a building off Nashville’s Music Row, where Elvis recorded Heartbreak Hotel. Although the building is no longer a recording studio for RCA, it does house a television production studio. It’s said that if anyone mentions Presley’s name, all manner of strange things occur – lights blow out, ladders fall down, noises come onto the sound tracks. A year after Presley’s death, investigator Hans Holzer held a séance at the Drake Hotel in Manhattan, with Dee Presley, Elvis’s stepmother. During the sitting, Elvis came through and, among other things, made jokes about Colonel Tom Parker.

George Reeves

Some say that George Reeves was frustrated at being typecast in his role of Superman, and that he became despondent enough to commit suicide, in 1959, just days before his planned marriage. However, all the evidence seems to point toward homicide, involving a jealous ex-lover, her even more jealous husband, and others who wanted Reeves dead. It has been said that Reeves’s ghost appears in his old bedroom in Benedict Canyon Drive, dressed in his Superman costume. He stays for a while and then gradually fades away into nothing. Certainly realtors did try to sell his house after his death, to settle his estate, but buyers always claimed that they heard strange noises in the upstairs bedroom where George had been killed. On examination it would sometimes be found that the bedding had been ripped away, clothes were strewn about the floor, an there was an odor of gunpowder in the room. Buyers and tenants came and went rapidly, especially when they saw the apparition of Reeves. There were police reports of flashing lights, of gunshots, and of strange noises; none of it could be explained. In the 1980’s the house was being used for a television show and the cast and crew saw an apparition of Reeves, which appeared and then abruptly vanished. Such reports have continued through to the present.

Rudolph Valentino

Rudoph Valentino was a great believer in the occult and in spirit communication. Speaking of death, he once said, “Why call it Death? If we give it the name Death, why surround it with dark fears and sick imaginings? I am not afraid of the unknown.” He died in 1926 at the age of thirty-one, from peritonitis, but he didn’t leave his home. His ghost still haunts the grounds of Falcon Lair, 6776 Wedgewood Place, in the Whitley Heights section of Beverly Hills. He has been seen in the hallways, bedrooms, at a second floor window, and in the stables. He has also been seen at his old beach house in Oxnard and at the Santa Maria Inn  in Santa Maria. At the inn he frequently knocks on a door, and his phantom figure has been seen reclining on a bed. Valentino’s ghost is extremely active, also being seen near his burial site at the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Park and at various locations at Paramount Studios.

Just a few of the terrific true-life tales in this book!

Mommy, am I a Vampire? – Field Guide Friday/Vampire Weekend

No – not the band (although they are very much fun) – this is for those of you who have asked yourself at some point, “Am I a vampire?” …and I mean, really, who hasn’t? Given Ankhie’s aversion to sunlight and nocturnal habits, most members of my family are convinced that I spend my work days in a darkened room, fielding phone calls and tapping on a keyboard while I hang by my feet from the webby rafters.  But I digress…

If you think you may be a vamp ( be it of the energy or blood variety) , J.M. Dixon has all the advice and info you need in The Weiser Field Guide to Vampires. The following is an excerpt on vampiric “Hunger” the mysterious process known as “The Awakening”:

As the spirit begins to starve, a vampire gets his first taste of what it truly is to know the Hunger. At first, it feels like any other craving for sustenance. Like a deep want of food or water, this ravenous need comes on slowly and builds in strength over several years. As in his childhood, the young vampire will attempt to eat and drink to fill the need, but nothing will help. As in the cult classic movie The Hunger made clear, no human food can relieve this need.

Instinctively, the vampire will begin to seek high-energy situations. Arguments with friends or family members, difficult and often stressful relationships, and even unhealthy group environments all become arenas for the vampire’s early, unconscious attempts to feed. At this point, the young vampire will still be far from truly understanding why these difficult settings may partially sate his need, even bringing on a sense of calm amid the distress and chaos. But on some level his conscious mind will already be opening up to the possibility that he may somehow be very different from those around him, that there may be something fundamentally puzzling within him.

Searching for an answer to the Hunger, many young vampires will seek the help of medical practitioners, only to be eventually turned away, conventional tests and knowledge having revealed absolutely nothing. Many more will seek out metaphysical writings or prowl through the Internet for answers to the half-formed questions rising in the backs of their minds. It becomes a search for the self and for community, driven forward by a subtle feeling that the vampire needs to know something about himself, and, perhaps more important, whether he is alone.

Eventually, answers are found. Whether from a book, from a computer screen, or even from the lips of another, these answers often come in the form of terms like the Hunger and Human Living Vampire, – which provide both understanding and the comfort that others have been through this before. This simple revelation begins a process of deeper understanding and a reevaluation of previous mind-sets and philosophies – a process that since ancient times has been known as the Awakening.

The Awakening

The first recorded use of the vampiric term Awakening is in the epic Celtic tale of the Second Battle of Mag Tuired. In line eighty-three of the tale, as translated by Elizabeth A. Gray, Lug, the hero of the Tuatha De Danaan, an unbeatable champion sired by a Fomoire king, is instructed by the goddess Morrigan to “awake.” The remainder of the passage, the part that most likely explained how Lug was to awaken his Sidhe nature and talents so that he could win the upcoming battle, was supposedly untranslatable.

There are many forms of Awakening, and all mean relatively the same thing: opening one’s mind to the wider reality, often to the reality of energy and the spiritual world. For human magickal practitioners, an Awakening occurs when they first realize that their desires can be focused to create change in the world around them; for the psychically gifted, an Awakening occurs when they open themselves to the concept that the things they see and hear in their minds may be not only real, but very useful in their daily lives; and for a vampire, an Awakening is the realization that she is, in fact, undeniably a vampire. Awakening begins when a vampire first considers that she might not be entirely human. It continues as she learns what she is and finally fully accepts it. The process never truly ends. A vampire is always learning about what she is, because her survival depends on her continued education into what she is, what she needs, and what she can do.

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A change in sensory perception often comes first leaving the newly Awakened with overly sensitive vision or hearing, which will take them time to learn to cope with. A particular sensitivity to the smell of blood is quite common, due to its rather unique aroma, and on occasion, those with no previously notable psychic abilities will suddenly begin to see, feel, or otherwise sense energy flows and auras.

These and other changes are all a result of the vampire simply getting more in touch with her spirit, actively using its power for the first time and becoming hypersensitive to its needs. The vampire will need time to get used to these expanded senses and sensitivities but will eventually find the right internal balance to cope with them.

Finding this internal balance plays a major part in the vampire’s ability to sense and manipulate energy; whether the vampire feeds on blood or energy makes little difference. This ability will grow, resulting in what vampires often see as their trademark, the disruption or destruction of electrical equipment – yet another change those Awakening must learn to incorporate into their lives…

Oh there’s so much more! But I will leave you with that, my dark ones! Happy weekend!