Wednesday, June 06, 2007
"I do believe in ghosts. I do believe in ghosts."
I experience my spiritual practice of Wicca as nature based and full of natural magick, but I've had my share of supernatural experiences and memorable encounters with ghosts. When I was very young I set out to raise the White Witch of RoseHall from the dead. It was an ambitious project for a nine year old. The infamous Jamaican Witch was stoned to death for allegedly murdering several husbands. I didn't believe she'd done this and wanted to call her back to clear the record. My father indulged me - mostly because I wouldn't stop pestering him until he took me to the gravesite. We arrived at midnight, walked around the grave 9 times counterclockwise and chanted her name 9 times backwards. On the 8 1/2 round, the grave started to lift, a wind came up, and little stones began to pellet us in the face. Definitely an eerie 1408 Movie experience. My dad freaked, yanked me up in his arms and ran toward the car but not before we heard the witch ask "Who dares call the Witch of RoseHall!?"
My Dad was kind of like Enslin, the John Cusack character in the 1408 Movie who didn't believe in ghosts. After losing his young daughter, Cusack's character explores contacting the dead for years and finally decides it's bunk. He writes several books to disprove ghosts and supernatural happenings. His new book, Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Hotel Rooms, brings him to Room 1408 at the Dolfin Hotel. The hotel manager (Samuel Jackson) warns him not to stay in 1408 because the room is haunted. "Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer - and ultimately survive the night." Pretty spooky stuff. Take a look at the trailer below...