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This week's Pagan Perspective question is about other things that may lie in the future...or speak again from the past. Divination, scrying, inner journeying and many other techniques are often used during the times when the veils between the worlds are thin. This seems to be an exceptionally powerful and spiritually energetic season.

Did you/will you perform any divinations this week? Did you have any unusual-even for you!- experiences that were either hard to explain or especially powerful? See any ghosts? (Wren loves ghost stories!)

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This Past Friday I Was Told Some Very Hurtful News. Apparently Two... Oct 30th. at 2:52:07 pm EST

Gryphontamer (Corona, California US) Age: 29 - Email

This past Friday I was told some very hurtful news. Apparently two of the members of my former grove (I'll call them Bob and Lena) have been spreading rumors about me and my best friend (Chaz) within the grove. They have not said anything to my face, but I was told of this by two people whose integrity I trust, who heard it directly from Bob and Lena. The substance of the rumors isn't important -- suffice to say they were not true, not in any way, shape or form. So that was one problem.

The other problem was that I knew Chaz also needed to know what was going on, because he was trusting Bob and Lena and shouldn't have been, and I didn't want to be a tale-bearer. He'd been their friend longer than mine, and I knew that no matter what else might happen, he was going to be very hurt and angry. I was afraid he would not believe me and that our friendship would end over this issue. And I wasn't able to contact him or see him until Sunday (he has no phone, and we always get together every Sunday).

I did the only thing I could think to do that might relieve my fear of losing his friendship. I got out my sodalite pendulum and asked it if Chaz would still be my friend after hearing this news. I directed the pendulum to swing back and forth if the answer was "yes", and in a circular motion if the answer was "no", then focused and asked the question.

The pendulum immediately began swinging side-to-side, and in huge arcs. The answer was obviously affirmative. I asked it a few other questions and all of them were the answers I expected -- "Are Bob and Lena actually stabbing me in the back like this?" "Is the grove going to break up?" All were answered "yes", until I asked this question: "Were Bob and Lena ever really my friends?" The pendulum changed direction so sharply it almost flew out of my grasp as it began describing circles (and widdershins circles at that!), a definite "no".

Feeling somewhat relieved, I also did a tarot reading to find out what was going on with Chaz. It was a three-card reading, past-present-future. It came up Judgment, The Empress, and The Three of Swords. "Rebirth, " "plenty and peace", and "heartbreak".

Which, it turned out, was exactly what was going on in his life. The rebirth was when he began to think for himself, the Empress was his current physical situation, and the heartbreak was, of course, in response to my news about Bob and Lena.

I saw him Sunday morning and told him what I knew. He was hurt and angry, but -- unlike what I'd thought -- not really surprised. And he swore that he would never give up his friendship with me for telling him the truth. He also told me he didn't have to talk to the people who'd warned me -- he knew I was telling the truth because I had never lied to him. As far as Bob and Lena.... well, let's not go there, shall we? He was mad enough to chew iron and spit out nails.

If this doesn't confirm my skills at divination to myself, I suppose nothing will Everything turned out just as the pendulum and cards said they would.

My tarot readings for others have always been right -- one of the most recent was when my friend Kate had just told her husband she was going to divorce him, and then asked me for a reading. In every reading prior on this issue, she always had the Ace of Cups (new emotional direction) followed by the Ten of Cups (complete emotional success) come up. In this reading, literally minutes after she'd told him that she was divorcing, her reading came up with the Tower (complete destruction) in the past and the Ten of Cups in the near future. No Ace of Cups showed up. I'd say that's a pretty good indicator that she finally took its advice .

Now I know that I can trust the divinations I do for myself, as well. That is such a great feeling.

(All names in this article have been changed to protect the privacy of my friends and ex-friends. Harm none, you know.)

I plan to do a divination tomorrow night on Samhain, too... about the outcome of the US elections. I would sleep a lot easier if I knew for certain that Gore would win, or at least that Bush would not....

In peace,

I Look Forward To Samhain, Although I Will Be Alone. My Beloved... Oct 30th. at 2:41:08 am EST

Candle Ogham (Tamai, Italy) Age: 22 - Email

I look forward to Samhain, although I will be alone. My beloved Nanny has been with us since she died (esp. my oldest daughter, who plays with her) and I look forward to being with her in the circle. I will most definatly perform divination Tuesday and look so forward to it! I use the Ogham sticks as described by Amber K in True Magick and always get very strong readings. I also look forward to being near Nanny and telling her how much I love and miss her, although I have talked to her before. When my PaPaw remarried a year after her death, I went to his house with his new wife. I had to go into their bedroom alone so I could breastfeed my baby. I looked on the dresser and saw that she had her jewlery in my Nanny's jewlery box. I was enraged, to say the least. My heart began aching until I felt a sudden charge of energy in the room. A soothing voice in my mind told me, "It's okay, I like Sue and PaPaw should be happy. They have my blessings." I began crying and the energy left. It was such a beautiful moment that I did not want it to end.

Hi, All!; Hallows Is Generally A Sacred Season Around The Craft, But... Oct 29th. at 10:52:12 pm EST

Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 58 - Email

Hi, All!;

Hallows is generally a Sacred Season around the Craft, but some of us old timers try to celebrate about a Week after the calendrical Oct. 31st. We try for Old Hallows, generally between 5th - 8th November.

Some years we do a Dumb Supper for invited spirit kin. This year we will do a Welcome Home, Persephone, Party to re-ensconce Persephone in the Underworld for the Winter.

An enactment of her return to Hades and a party of celebration where the coveners will receive readings for themselves for the coming months.

Other years we celebrate a Descent of Inanna through the Seven Gates of the Underworld.

Different things for different years keeps the holiday fresh. BB

I Celebrated The Samhain Ritual This Weekend As I Wanted To Utilize... Oct 29th. at 9:07:15 pm EST

Lynne-Renee (happy birthday to me!) (St. Louis' environs, Missouri US) Age: 29 - Email

I celebrated the Samhain ritual this weekend as I wanted to utilize the new moon energy and I tend to celebrate the Sabbats on the nearest weekend anyway. This year, my focus has turned to acknowledging the feminine side of spirituality. Among others, I called my loving ancestresses to be in circle with me (solitary, this year). I felt comfort and peace filling the circle, as usual. After the rite and some workings, I pulled out the tarot for divination. I asked for my ancestresses to talk to me. It is simple, but every single thing said was so full of love and support I was moved to teary eyes. What a blessing! I was definitely not alone this year for my solitary rite, nor am I ever if I can but hold that feeling of love and nurturing kindness within me.

A Ghostly Experience I Had At Halloween A Couple Of Years Ago... Oct 29th. at 8:54:32 pm EST

Draco (Aylesbury, UK, England UK) Age: 26 - Email

A ghostly experience I had at Halloween a couple of years ago...

Myself and a friend went out to scour the English countryside to seek out a place for a Halloween ritual the following week. We took a wrong turning along a bridleway and came across an old derelict house - only half of it had fallen down.

We had a pretty good time wandering round the rest of the building that hadn't fallen down and nosing round all the out-buildings. We found a Victorian fire place still attached to a wall suspended above our heads - the floor had given way.

One room at the house was partially blocked. I pulled some of the rubble out of the way, my friend went in first and I followed. When I got inside I saw that she had a very frightened look on her face, and then I knew why. The vibes in that room were *terrifying*. You could really sense the fear in that room.

My friend had a torch with her and when she lit it, we discovered that we were in what was the slaughter house of the farm, and we felt that the fear we were feeling was the fear of the animals who had been slaughtered there.

I never went back to the house because I moved away from the area shortly afterwards, but I understand that my friend has been back to try and neutralise (at least) some of the feelings in that house.

But I will never forget the snesation of pure fear wash over me as I stepped into that room...

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