Originally posted on Shoot From The Hip - A Photographer's Journal:
This year I’m planning to take more of an introspective approach to this tradition. In the last few years I’ve always done something to commemorate these celebrations. Such as attending Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos festivities, or doing a spiritual practice where intuition is at its strongest. I won’t go into details about the latter but around this time of the year is when I feel most introspective and connected to the darker side of things.
This goes back to when I was a child and having a cousin who let me watch horror movies with her and tell me ghost stories which constantly fascinated me. Yes, I still am a curious soul of the unknown. I was privy (as a child) to a lot of information that got me thinking about life after death.
Unfortunately I directly experienced this with the sudden passing of my mother 20 years ago and then followed by…
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Originally posted on kasondraspearsworld:
The practice of witchcraft is deeply rooted in history, and has—excuse the joke—conjured up some very interesting myths. Here are a few facts.
1. MOST WITCHES WEREN’T BURNED AT THE STAKE.
The common image of a witch’s execution shows a large group of hysteric people surrounding the guilty person on a burning pyre—but immolation was not the primary means of execution used for those accused of witchcraft. During the Salem Witch Trials, no one was burned to death; all of the accused that pled their cases and were found guilty during the Trials in 1692 were hanged. In fact, no one found guilty of witchcraft was ever executed by burning in the American colonies—immolation wasn’t permissible by English law. But one person was pressed to death by large stones: Giles Corey, a man who refused to plead guilty or not guilty for charges of witchcraft during the Trials…
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