From The Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1884

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Illinois Agricultural Association Record, 1948

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We hear of Puritanism’s lingering influence in the United States; but as late as 1948, Illinois dairy farmers were still weaning themselves off the wizardry of Druidism. 

Cool Glyphs in Colorado Desert

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(Ancient American, Vol. 22, No. 119)

 

Warning! This Ain’t Your Gramma’s Nun.

Terrifying Real-Life Encounter Inspires New Horror Film “The Nun”…

“I feel the presence of a nun in this church…”

—Lorraine Warren, psychic investigator/demonologist, speaking to a group of psychic researchers and photographers (including husband Ed Warren) at Borley Rectory in England, during a trip there in the 1970s; it is noted that Lorraine uttered the remark immediately upon entering the building at 12:00 A.M.


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The Nun, played by the amazing Bonnie Aarons, first appeared in the 2016 James Wan film The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, a sequel of sorts (but then again not really) to Wan’s 2013 film The Conjuring (sequels, perhaps, in that both films are based on true stories straight out of the case files of Catholic demonologists and founders of the New England Society for Psychical Research, Ed and Lorraine Warren—played in both films by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively). In The Conjuring 2, Aaron’s character, called “Valek” in the annals of Hell, is a demon that’s attached itself psychically to Farmiga’s character—medium and demonologist Lorraine Warren—and has manifested itself to her since she was a child in the form of a Catholic Nun…as an insult to and a perversion of  Warren’s Christian faith.


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In the 1970s, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren saw a spectral nun in a British abbey. Real-life psychic investigators for the Catholic Church, the Warrens investigated many of the workd’s most visible—and horrifying—spirit and demonic encounters including The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring incident, the Perronne family hauntings, and the Enfield poltergeist infestation in England.


In The Nun, the latest movie in the ever-expanding Conjuring universe, a cowl-clad demon with piercing yellow eyes and dagger-like teeth haunts the cloisters of a Romanian abbey and terrorizes local clergy. The film is a prequel to The Conjuring, which detailed the real case files of noted demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Those case files have also inspired film classics such as The Conjuring 2, Anabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and the 1979 horror classic The Amityville Horror.

So how much of the story about The Nun is based on actual events?

The Warren’s son-in-law, Tony Spera, said that The Nun’s ecclesiastical phantom bears resemblance to a “real” spectral nun the Warrens encountered during a 1970s trip to the much-haunted Borley Rectory in southern England.

Below: Rare color photographs of Borley Rectory taken in 1929 (left) and 1943 after the fire (right) by England’s own famous (and infamous) ghost hunter Harry Price (Source: www.harrypricewebsite.co.uk/Borley)

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Love this little Etsy shop…

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilvanArts/items

Is that too much to ask for? 😂💜🐸

Blog post I saw today…

“I WANT A FOREST IN MY ROOM I WANT TO LIVE IN A COLD COUNTRY WITH RAIN AND FOG AND WITH NO ONE ON THE STREETS I WANT TO GO TO THE LIBRARY AND PICK UP SOME ANCIENT WITCHCRAFT BOOKS AND I WANT TO GO HOME TO MY FOREST ROOM AND THEN GO EXPLORING INTO THE OTHER FOREST NEXT TO MY HOUSE AND PICK UP SOME MUSHROOMS AND PLANTS AND ROCKS AND I WANT TO TOUCH A TOAD IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR?”

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Mabon Wreath (SylvanandDreams/tumblr).