The ghost stories on the sets of the Conjuring movies have been well-documented. So it’s no surprise that the upcoming horror film The Nun, a spinoff prequel that follows the evil Valak introduced in The Conjuring 2, came with its own real-life scares.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment at San Diego Comic-Con, director Corin Hardy shared his own terrifying paranormal experience from the film’s Romania set.
They were shooting a sequence called the Corridor of Crosses in a fortress in Transylvania, recounted Hardy, who was joined by star Taissa Farmiga. The filmmaker said he had his monitors set up in “this little cell room along the sides of this long corridor.
“As I stepped into the room I saw a couple guys sitting in [the back] of the room,” Hardy said. “I presumed they [were from] the sound department. I said, ‘Hi,’ and I quickly turned around — I had my back to them. And I was watching the monitors, I was watching Taissa, I was watching the camera, and it was quite a difficult scene to coordinate, and it took about half an hour.
“So I was sitting there, there’s only one doorway in and out of this room, and we finally got the shot. I turned around to say, ‘Oh, did you see that? What did you think?’ And there’s no one in the room. And there never had been.”
It’s just more proof: If you want to have a nice and horrifying ghost run-in, just make a Conjuring movie.
The Nun opens Sept. 7. Watch the trailer:
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest (Demian Bichir) with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows (Taissa Farmiga) are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
You can’t plan for, or anticipate, every single thing in your life. The more that you keep trying to plan every element of the foreseeable future, set super specific goals, and decide exactly what you think you want, the more you are actually setting yourself up to be disappointed and “fail.” The thing is: you have to learn to be comfortable in the present moment, and you have to understand that just because something doesn’t turn out exactly as you thought doesn’t mean it’s bad or wrong. You have to let go of control to welcome in some magical possibility this year.
Taurus (April 20th to May 21st)
You can’t fake how you really feel. You can edit your photos, you can write funny posts and send light hearted texts to every friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, you can make your professional website so streamlined that altogether, it seems to create the image that you’re happy and fulfilled. This year, you’re going to learn that you can fool the eyes, you can trick the mind, but you cannot deceive the heart. No amount of beauty, wealth or popularity will make you happy… the longer you believe it will, the more precious time you waste.
Gemini (May 22nd to June 21st)
As an inherently social creature, your life revolves around your relationships. The one that you haven’t focused enough on, though, is the relationship you have with yourself. This year is going to be about pressing boundaries, speaking your mind, taking risks, and not sitting around waiting for someone else to make the important moves that you’ve been dreaming of. You’re going to learn to love yourself again this year, but first, you’re going to have to realize you’re the only one who can save yourself.
Cancer (June 22nd to July 22nd)
Big changes are on the horizon of your life, and that means you have to ask yourself a question: Is this the person you wanted to be? Are you proud of the person who might show up on the biggest days of your life? If the answer is in any way no, it means it’s time to get to work. You’ve delayed maturity for far too long. No more “sniffing at every distraction,” as they say. It’s time to get serious, and make big, lasting change. This time next year, you’ll be floored and thrilled with how much you’ve been able to heal and achieve.
Leo (July 23rd to August 22nd)
Just because you loved someone doesn’t mean that you were meant to be with them. The same is true of every job, friendship and piece of clothing that you thought you liked but ultimately didn’t work out. Your feelings can deceive you at times, and this year, it’s going to be about learning to use your head a little more. What’s right for you will be obvious to you logically, you won’t have to justify it, beg for it, or chase it forever.
Virgo (August 23rd to September 22nd)
You may have had a dream that you were trying to make manifest over the past few years, and learned that the virtue of wanting something badly enough does not necessarily qualify you to have it. You’ve had to get more realistic about what you can and cannot do. You’ve had to take a big old slice of humble pie. That’s okay, though, because the revelations you have from recognizing your limitations will ultimately free you, and set you on a path that feels even better than you could imagine right now.
Libra (September 23rd to October 22nd)
This is going to be an amazing year for you, not only because your life is going to radically change in some of the best ways possible (you’ll finally be reaping all of the benefits of that year-long Jupiter transit you’re coming off of) but because it is a time for deep healing. No longer will you be accepting surface-level solutions. Life can’t just look good. It needs to feel right. You’re going to work all year to finally resolve issues that you’ve been carrying since you were a teen. The bad news is that there will be a lot of time you have to spend feeling the feelings you have been drinking, eating, shopping and distracting yourself from for years. The good news is once you do, you’ll be free.
Scorpio (October 23rd to November 22nd)
The name of the game this year is trust. You’ve built so much of your habits and your personality around trying to be hyper in control of everything that happens in your life, which is ultimately just a way to try to control what you do and don’t feel. Of course, this isn’t sustainable, so, it’s failed. This year, it’s going to be about letting go a bit. Trusting that the right partner, the right work, the right path will reveal itself to you when it is time.
Sagittarius (November 23rd to December 21st)
You’re going to have to be honest with yourself this year about whether or not you’re really achieving that which you know you are capable of. Most likely, the answer is no. You have much more that you need to do, but you are the one standing in your own way right now. You need to sober up (perhaps literally) and get real about what your goals are, and how you want to live. The clock is ticking, and you don’t have forever. May that motivate you to do what you came here to do while you still have the opportunity to do it.
Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
This year is going to be about unexpected change, which you are going to be very resistant to for as long as you possibly can be. Because the thing about “unexpected” change is that you’ve known it was coming for a long time, eventually, you just come to terms with it. You know if your job isn’t working, if your relationship status is making you miserable, if you aren’t connecting with friends enough. You know what the problem is. You just have to admit it so that you can start changing it. Now is the time.
Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)
Things are changing outside of you this year. The challenge that will be presented is that though you finally feel like you’ve hit your personal stride, your business, family or workplace as you know it is in for a serious transformation. What you will have to learn this year is adaptation. Rather than fearing the worst, respond with creativity and ambition. The question is not: “Are we done for?” The question is: “Then what will we do next?”
Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)
This is the year for you to return to your roots. You’ve spent so long on the run (whether literally or maybe just emotionally). A lot of the “adventure” you’ve sought has really been about disconnection. You weren’t comfortable enough to address the issues that plagued you back home. You’ve gotten enough time away, and it’s time to start coming back. The life that you really want, the existence that you’ve always dreamt of, is waiting for you if you have enough courage to choose it.
I watched this for the first time this week and let me tell you…. this guy is GREAT. Go watch the reruns if possible. He is dead-on.
Definitely worth watching.
It’s one thing to get in a ride-share car with a stranger, but when the driver happens to be a medium who delivers a message from one of your dearly departed — oh, and then tells you you’re on TV — it’s definitely going to be an interesting day.
Having dual titles as both a psychic and a medium, Thomas John shares his talents in the new Lifetime half-hour series Seatbelt Psychic. No stranger to the entertainment industry, John’s long been driving headlines in magazines and on TV talk with his accurate psychic predictions on world events and celebrities (his website credits him with predicting the death of Whitney Houston, the splitting of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and the death of Michael Jackson).
Can you help us understand the format of the show a bit more?
Thomas John: I am an undercover ride-share driver. When passengers get into the car, they think they are being picked up by a new ride-share program. Then I share with them that I am a psychic and medium, and I ask them if they would like a reading. There are multiple cameras in the car and, to their surprise, they realize that they are being filmed during the reading. This format allows me to reach all sorts of people with my gift — skeptics, believers and people who would never even think about a medium. … You will see a lot of people surprised to learn I am a psychic, but I always ask first if they are OK receiving a reading.
There have been a lot of TV mediums over the years, and you have long been connected to celebrities and in the field. What felt right to you for this format and at this point in your career?
It has always been about the healing work for me. I’ve never been interested in doing a show that exploits the work or focuses on me exclusively as the medium. The great thing about Seatbelt Psychic is that it really features the readings and the stories of people getting into the car, and the healing they experience. To me, that’s the most important.
I know your connections with spirits are completely random and you have no idea who you will be sharing a ride with. Could you share a story or two about some of the riders in your car and who (spirit-wise) greeted them?
There are so many great rides that we had, I don’t know if I can pick just one or two stories. There was a story about a man who connected with his late son and got a very healing message from his son. For him, the healing was really about hearing that his son wants him to continue to celebrate his life, and not focus on his death. You could feel this man really experienced a healing in the car — he was a totally different person stepping out of the car.
I watched an interview with you where you explained how you first realized your gift at age 4, when your grandfather — who you never met — started visiting you. When you explained what was happening to you to your parents, how did they initially react?
When I was 4 years old, my deceased paternal grandfather visited me. He told me specific things there was no way I could possibly know. When I shared this with my parents, they at first laughed it off. Over time, the stuff he told me was too uncanny, and they came to believe I was in touch with my grandfather. They weren’t really supportive about it, and so I became really scared and just ignored it. It wasn’t really until my early 20s that I started to focus on developing my abilities and doing readings.
You’ve explained that you can feel, hear and see spirits when they appear. What’s the level of detail you can see? What do they look like?
It really is unique to every spirit. Spirits communicate through smells, senses, images, feelings, thoughts. It’s however they feel that I can get a message in the best way for the person I am with. I sometimes see faces, I see images that are significant to them, I hear a word or a name. Basically, the spirit uses my senses to communicate to the person I am reading for. It’s a lot going on at once, especially when I am driving!
Seatbelt Psychic, Series Premiere, Wednesday, July 11, 10/9c, Lifetime
Have you ever found yourself gazing at the clock at exactly 11:11? Wondering why you so frequently meet people born on the same day of the month? Or why your lucky number turns up in the most unexpected places? The answers you seek, cosmic warrior, are embedded within the the esoteric powers of digits. Numerology is the mystical study of — you guessed it — numbers.
Just as astrology the planets and zodiac signs are connected to specific attributes within astrology, according to the teachings of numerology, certain numbers are associated with specific traits or themes. These numbers are used to offer insight on personality, future events, and even life’s greater purpose.
How to Calculate Your Life Path Number
The easiest way to start working with numerology is by analyzing your unique date of birth. Numerology is all about getting to the root number. To do this, you simply reduce digits until you reach a single-digit number, excluding 11 and 22, which are considered Master Numbers (more on this later). This single digit is your individual Life Path Number.
The Life Path Number is similar to your astrological sun sign: It reveals your greater purpose, including strengths, weaknesses, talents, and ambitions. Your Life Path Number also exposes the tone of your experiences, and why events occur past, present, and future. Simply put, it’s the method to the madness.
Let’s say your birthday is December 15, 1992. To calculate your Life Path Number, you will reduce each component of this date to a single digit:
The month, 12, is reduced to 1 + 2 = 3.
The date, 14, is reduced to 1 + 5 = 6.
The year, 1992, is reduced to 1 + 9 + 9 + 2. This equal 21. Then, 21 is reduced to2 + 1 = 3.
Then, we add the reduced month, date, and year numbers (3 + 6 + 3) and arrive at 12. Finally, we add 1 + 2, and reach 3. If you were born on December 15, 1992, your Life Path Number is 3. It may seem daunting at first, but once you see it all written out this way, it becomes far less intimidating, no?
As mentioned above, the only time you would not reduce the final number is if you attain 11 or 22. These are considered Master Numbers and connote a more intensified version of their root numbers (2 and 4, respectively). Master Numbers suggest a high degree for learning, achievement, or success, but likely in a more stressful or high-pressure environment.
For instance, Sir Paul McCartney, perhaps England’s most famous Gemini, was born on June 18, 1942. When this date is reduced (month = 6, day = 9, year = 7), the sum is 22. Rather than simplify this to a single digit (yielding 4), the number 22 reflects the Master Number — the higher-octane iteration of 4, revealing McCartney’s strong “life mission.”
Converting Letters to Find Your Destiny Number
You can also use numerology to derive the root number of names or words — this is where our ancient buddy Pythagoras lends a hand. According to his theories, certain letters have specific numerical values, which are as follows:
1 = A, J, S
2 = B, K, T
3 = C, L, U
4 = D, M, V
5 = E, N, W
6 = F, O, X
7 = G, P, Y
8 = H, Q, Z
9 = I, R
Using this technique, it’s easy to find the root number associated with names, which numerologists refer to as your Destiny Number. To find your Destiny Number, calculate the root number of your full name (first, middle, last) by reducing each name to a single digit, and adding up the total.
For example, my full name reveals my Destiny Number: ALIZA (1 + 3 + 9 + 8 + 1 = 22, which becomes 2 + 2 = 4) KELLY (2 + 5 + 3 + 3 + 7 = 20, which becomes 2 + 0 = 2) FARAGHER (6 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 7 + 8 + 5 + 9 = 46, which becomes 4 + 6 = 10, then finally, 1 + 0 = 1), resulting in a Destiny Number of 7 (because 4 + 2 + 1 = 7).
Whereas your Life Path reveals your greater purpose, your Destiny Number offers insight as to how you will express your greater goals. So, as a Life Path 8 person, my mission is to cultivate abundance, and I will express this through my Destiny Number 7: analysis, research, and critical observation. Sounds about right.
So, now that you’ve calculated your Life Path Number and Destiny Number, it’s time to find out what these digits really mean. Let’s dig in.
Number 1 (10/1, 19/1)
Just as Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is about action and initiation, in numerology, 1 is linked to forward motion. 1 symbolizes a pioneering spirit, independent nature, and innate leadership capabilities. On a bad day, 1 can be be a bit bossy or boastful, hiding any insecurities behind an over-developed self-importance. 1 must remember that although it is first, it can very quickly become the loneliest number. Even the most autonomous 1s need the support of their friends, family, and lovers.
Number 2 (11/2, 20/2)
2 is linked to sensitivity, balance, and harmony. Within numerology, the 2 vibration assumes the role of the mediator, creating harmony by bringing together dissonant forces through compassion, empathy, and kindness. 2 is linked to psychic abilities and intuition, and if this number appears as a Life Path or Destiny Number, the individual will be astute to subtle energy shifts and emotional nuances. Because 2 is so sensitive, it is very conflict averse, and can end up feeling under-appreciated or unacknowledged. 2 must avoid seeking external validation and, instead, realize that perfect equilibrium needed already exists within.
Number 3 (12/3, 21/3)
Communication is paramount for 3. Symbolically, 3 represents the output of two joined forces: It is the essence of creation. 3 is highly gifted at expression, seamlessly sharing innovative and pioneering concepts through art, writing, and oration. Your work inspires, motivates, and uplifts others, and 3 finds great joy making others smile. However, 3 is also known to be quite moody, and if 3 feels misunderstood, may withdraw entirely. The escapist tendencies of 3 are easily mitigated by practicing peaceful mindfulness: With such an active imagination, it’s important for 3 to find moments of quiet to reset, restore, and recharge.
Number 4 (13/4, 22/4, 31/4)
In numerology, 4 has an earthy-energy and is centered around fortifying its roots. 4 adamantly believes in the physical world, and knows that investing in a solid infrastructure is necessary for building a lasting legacy. Practical, hardworking, and responsible, the 4 vibration is focused on creating logical systems that can support scalable growth. There is a solidity to 4, however, that can quickly devolve into rigidity; 4 must remember that rules are meant to enhance, not inhibit. It’s easy for 4 to become stubborn, so 4 benefits from learning to loosen up and think outside-the-box. 4 will feel liberated and inspired by finding the bravery to take a few bold risks.
Number 5 (14/5, 23/5, 32/5)
Free-thinking, adventurous, and progressive, 5 is defined by freedom. 5 needs to experience the world by engaging its five senses: For 5, life lessons are acquired through spontaneous acts of bravery. Akin to Sagittarius energy within astrology, 5 is known for its playful, impuslive, and vivacious spirit. But on the other side of its signature joie de vivre, 5 can become restless and impatient. Since 5 is always seeking discovery, it has a difficult time accepting life’s day-to-day responsibilities — including professional and interpersonal commitments. 5 must remember that when it narrows its gaze, it will discover that the most rewarding exploration exists in its own backyard.
Number 6 (15/6, 24/6, 33/6)
6 is recognized for its nurturing, supportive, and empathic nature. A true healer, 6 has the ability to problem solve in both the emotional and physical realms, helping others through its straightforward, yet gentle, approach. 6 has a strong sense of responsibility, and cares deeply for its friends, family, and lovers. This number also can easily communicate with children and animals, displaying a soft tenderness and caretaker spirit. But not everything needs to be parented, and sometimes 6’s protective energy can become domineering and controlling. To avoid carrying the world on its shoulders, 6 must learn to build trust and understanding for others: Simply put, everyone must follow their own unique path.
Number 7 (16/7, 25/7, 34/7)
The detectives of numerology, 7 is known for its investigative abilities and analytical skills. Astrologically, the number 7 can be thought of as a blend of Virgo and Scorpio energy: 7 is extremely detail-oriented, but is driven by inner-wisdom as oppossed to tangible realities. 7 has a keen eye, and its astute observations fuel a quick-witted, inventive spirit. Because it can quickly find the flaws in almost any system, 7 is a bit of a perfectionist. 7 will often assume fault, so it’s important for this number to counterbalance its inherent skepticism with an open mind. Not everything will be foolproof — but that’s what makes life fun.
Number 8 (17/8, 26/8, 35/8)
8 is all about abundance. Within numerology, this number is linked to material wealth and financial success. Ambitious and goal-oriented, 8 can effortlessly assume leadership positions through its natural magnetism. 8 applies big-picture thinking to broaden its scope, racing up the top of any ladder to reach extraordinary heights. But with great power comes great responsibility: 8 breeds workaholics, and on a bad day, can become excessively controlling and possessive. However, its negative qualities can be lessen by giving back to the community. By using is success to help others, 8 realizes that there is nothing more valuable than contributing to the greater good.
Number 9 (18/9, 27/9, 36/9)
As the final single digit within numerology, 9 connotes an old soul. 9 is no stranger life’s ups-and-downs of life — been there, done that. Accordingly, 9 can effortlessly synthesize large quantities of stimuli, psychically connecting the dots to form a cohesive whole. The mission for 9 is to reach its highest state of consciousness, and to help others also achieve this spiritual awareness. 9 isn’t afraid to transform, and its malleable spirit inspires others to explore their own ranges of motion. Since 9, in many ways, has transcended the physical plane, it must constantly remember to anchor itself. 9 must learn to balance the abstract with the tangible, ultimately finding its place at the intersection of fantasy and reality.
Master Number 11 (11/2)
Master Number 11 revs up the energy of Number 2; its purpose is to heal self and other through its elevated psychic abilities. Often times, Master Number 11’s intuitive gifts are a result of extreme life circumstances: Master Number 11 has no choice but to cultivate extrasensory talents. In numerology, Master Number 11 is connected to spiritual enlightenment, awareness, and philosophical balance.
Master Number 22 (22/4)
Master Number 22, often referred to as the Master Builder, expands on the vibrations of Number 4. Master Number 22 is inspired to create platforms in the physical realm that transcend immediate realities — by fusing the tangible and intangible, Master Number 22 cultivates a dynamic long-term legacy. Master Number 22’s skills are usually a byproduct of early childhood instability that fuels innovative thought. Industrious, creative, and dependable, Master Number 22 is always on a mission to transform.
Plenty of people are spending their time looking for their soulmates but chances are they are going about it all wrong. We tend to think the wrong people are our soulmates because we look for them in all the wrong places.
When it comes to finding your actual soulmate things will be so different. This relationship will be nothing like any relationship you have had before. Your soulmate is going to find you someday and when that day comes the following signs will be present.
1. You feel a deep connection instantly.
You feel a deep connection with one another right off the bat. From the very moment, you found one another you were drawn to each other. This deep connection is something you have never experienced before.
2. You can be yourself with this person.
You are free to be yourself with this person. You really get one another on a deeper level than anyone else. You don’t have to worry about the things you say or do around him or her.
3. Everything feels a lot easier than it should be.
This person feels perfect for you. Everything just goes over so easily. You are both just so connected and even when you argue, you can work through things relatively quickly.
4. You found each other at the perfect time.
You both came to one another at the best point in life. You are both ready to be with one another and nothing is holding you back. You are both in a good place to be able to be with one another.
5. You have a lot of fun together.
You both have so much fun together. You spend a lot of time together and even then you still manage to get along so well. Even in the worst moments, you find something to spice things up.
6. You are both headed in the same direction.
You are both growing together and moving forward in the best ways possible. You just get one another and are pushing towards your dreams together. You support each other in all the best ways.
7. You can trust this person.
This person has never betrayed you. You can really trust him or her big time. There is nothing you wouldn’t tell this person.
8. You both respect one another right off the bat.
When it comes to most relationships people tend to lack respect and it causes a lot of tension. That being said, you and this person truly respect one another and are on the same page. Respect is something all relationships need be them soulmate relationships or not.
9. You strive to make one another happy.
You and this person make one another so happy. You truly find happiness within your relationship. This does not happen often. They go out of their way to make you aware that they truly care.
10. No one is ever afraid to apologize.
You are both willing to admit when you have made mistakes. When an apology is needed you are both more than willing to give it. Even when you might not want to you both take responsibility for the things you need to.
11. You can both talk to one another about anything.
You are both able to communicate with one another on a deeper level. You can talk about anything, literally. Even the things you might not share with anyone else, you can share with one another.
12. You feel safe with this person.
This person makes you feel safe. You are at home with him or her. No matter what is going on in your life then help bring a sense of peace to your life.
13. This person is somehow able to calm you down in any situation.
This person is able to really calm you down regardless of the situation. You are able to relax when you are with him or her. They are always there for you when you need them.
14. This person doesn’t hold you back.
This person pushes you to really do the things you want to do in life. He or she doesn’t hold you back. When it comes to supportive significant others he or she takes the cake.
“After that day I never heard a single voice again. I do not like to imagine what was waiting downstairs for me that night.”
Turn off the lights and prepare to be scared by these 7 terrifying and unsettling true ghost stories. From a little girl in a yellow dress that only appears at night to a policeman who encounters a strange and unexplainable case that’s decades old. And just who is the little boy with no eyes that haunts a terrified family? Settle in for some creepy tales of paranormal encounters.
Ready? Then let us begin…
1. The Figure In Dark Robes
I’ve told this to a select few. And while “creepiest/scariest” is subjective, in the context of my life, it truly is the creepiest and scariest unsolved mystery.
I was a freshmen in high school in my home town of La Crosse, Wisconsin. I was sleeping over at my friend Tom’s house. We were watching a movie in his living room when he suddenly got a phone call. I watched as he listened to what was being said on the other line. I watched as emotion poured over his face as he threw the phone across the room.
After moments of crying, he told me that a boy at my school had committed suicide. Now, I knew this boy only through seeing him in the halls. My friend Tom and I didn’t go to the same high school but Tom had gone to middle school with this boy. Apparently, Tom bullied him during those years. He wasn’t proud of it, and to be honest, I was pretty surprised because he was a great guy.
He had utter remorse.
We decided to sneak out and go for a walk. The year was roughly 1990. Maybe 1991. We were freshmen in high school. Now, sneaking out was nothing new. We always did it. At the time, we weren’t into drugs, alcohol, or partying. We just liked the freedom of walking the streets at night. The discussions were always great.
Normally, we’d go walk through the big cemetery that was near my house. It was behind the train tracks that still run through La Crosse to this day. We loved the danger of the cemetery. The scares. We were kids. It was a rite of passage. As we walked along the train tracks, leading to the cemetery, we stopped. To this day, I can’t explain why. We had walked into that cemetery dozens of times… and on scarier nights.
For whatever reason, we didn’t want to go in there. I don’t know if the thought of death on our minds due to my classmate’s suicide was a factor. Perhaps. Regardless, without really saying anything to each other, we stopped, turned around, and decided to head down a nearby street.
Now, in retrospect, I do have to say that throughout this walk, things seemed off. There wasn’t a car in sight. This was suburbia. Even walking through the town’s main street was odd because there just weren’t any cars. Odd. It was roughly after midnight. It was a weekend night. Where was everybody? Perhaps just a strange coincidence.
Lastly, there was something in the air. Both Tom and I felt it. We even brought it up.
“It feels weird tonight. The air. The lights.”
So we decided to walk down a dead end street. At the end of the street was a ditch with a simple up, down, and up trail that led to the street that I lived on. Simple enough.
Keep in mind, as I get into the horrifying part of this story, that we were in the suburbs. These weren’t old, creepy houses with strange individuals. And the trees were small. It wasn’t a brand new development, but it wasn’t that old either.
So as Tom and I are walking down this street, we’re looking down to the road beneath our feet as we talk. I don’t remember the exact conversation at this particular moment. Perhaps we were talking about the tragedy of that night. But it could just have easily been about Star Wars or Akira.
As we approached the dead end, which was a few houses away… Tom and I suddenly stopped. We did so at the same time without saying one word to each other.
Our heads slowly turned towards each other, both sensing something. The hair on our arms and backs of our necks standing high. Then our gaze slowly moved forward in unison, slightly to the right.
That’s when we saw it.
About two houses away, in a virtually barren front yard of a suburban home, besides some bushes, was a DARK FIGURE. It was someone or something in dark robes.
No face. No features at all. Just the robe.
Now, this figure didn’t acknowledge us. Not yet. It instead walked or moved in a certain way. I can’t articulate it correctly. As if it was walking in circles slowly… without really walking. It held something that was blowing in the wind. And yes, the wind picked up a little bit as well. Another odd element was the light that illuminated it somewhat. There was a street light a few houses up, but it wasn’t strong enough to illuminate this figure as it was.
Tom and I were frozen. In fact, I’m almost frozen as I write this. It’s been awhile since I have thought about this night. So there we stood, frozen in fear, staring at this dark figure moving, yet doing so without moving. And it was holding something. Or perhaps what was blowing in the wind was more of its robe. I’m not sure.
We stared at this… thing… for I don’t know how long… until…
IT STOPPED AND SUDDENLY LOOKED UP AT US, as if finally alarmed by our presence!
That was enough for us. We ran away as fast as we could. We cut through a side street that was to lead us to a parallel street towards my neighborhood. This street lead to a slight hill. As we rounded the corner and started running up the hill in a panic…
We stopped. Because on top of that hill, we saw another dark figure with its arms raised. We turned around and ran away in the direction of Tom’s house, which at this distance was at least five miles away.
We ran. Time stood still.
The next thing I remember, we’re lying in the middle of a courtyard of some other neighborhood that we’d never been in, gasping for breath. We sat up and without saying a word, we walked in silence back to his house. The air felt normal again. Although we felt like we were in a haze of sorts. Albeit out of danger.
We fell asleep in his house. I woke up that morning and went home.
A few days later, I rode my bike to the location. Perhaps it was shadow play? Perhaps there was a certain tree or bush or maybe a For Sale sign or something that made it look like there was something else there?
Nothing. It was an open yard.
Tom and I didn’t speak of that night for a long time. Years later when I brought it up, he replied, “Yeah. What the hell was that?” As if no time had passed.
What was it? I have no idea.
We hadn’t taken any drugs. We hadn’t been drinking any alcohol.
I often wonder if it could have been a haunting, a specter, a ghost, etc. Maybe it was an alien abduction or sighting. We saw no craft but there was that unexplained light. Or maybe it was some other kids messing with us. But how would they have known we were coming? How could they be so prepared?
I just don’t know.
That was roughly 24 years ago, give or take.
And yes, this IS a true story…
Sadly, my best friend Tom passed suddenly a few months ago. I thought of this night during his funeral. I thought of returning to that site. I thought of the odd coincidence of unexpected and surprising death, just like my classmate that night. Is there a connection? Were we seeing some future fate for one of us, which sadly fell upon my best friend Tom? Was this all some dual hallucination (In my mind, no way)?
People go on vacation for all kinds of reasons: they need to rest and recharge; they want to experience adventure; or maybe they want to see something new and different. If you like your vacations with an emphasis on the latter two, you might consider a pilgrimage to a haunted hotel. Hotels all over the world have popped up in buildings with terrifying or odd histories, and claim their gory pasts as a way to attract people keen to lie in high thread-count sheets and feel terrified all night. Whether you prefer your ghosts anonymous or famous, corporeal or simply gusts of wind and weird clunking noises, there’s somewhere in the world for you.
“Ghost hotels” aren’t actually all that new. People have been fascinated by staying in places that allegedly have resident phantoms for centuries. Spiritual “seances” and other practices became highly popular in the 19th century, and contact with the spirit world was fashionable AF. From that period onward, we’ve seen a room with a view as about as valuable as a room with a decent in-house ghost. Europe is particularly good for hotels with dark pasts — castles in particular are a good pick — but the U.S. has its own home-grown places with haunted histories. So wherever you want to lay your head, be prepared to pick up a room key and feel a strange chill in the air.
1. Holt Hotel, UK
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If you want to get a dose of the supernatural in the UK, the Holt Hotel in Oxfordshire is a good bet. Like many other British hotels it claims a bit of ghost pedigree, but it happens to be a romantic one: it’s supposed to be haunted by the ghost of highwayman Claude Duvall, who’s supposed to have murdered many people in the hotel in its past as an inn.
The Burchianti in Florence is one of the country’s most haunted, according to legend. Phantoms include skipping children and knitting women, though if you’re just creeped out by history without any extras, you may simply get a crawling feeling from the fact that dictator Benito Mussolini reportedly once stayed here.
The Heathman doesn’t claim to have distinguished resident ghosts; the hauntings there are more inconvenient, in the manner of temperature drops and odd noises. Fortunately, it’s in Portland, so the overall aura of ‘weird’ doesn’t make it stand out too much.
Can you do better for hauntings than a castle? Not in Amberley, where the resident medieval castle apparently hosts a particularly tragic ghost: a serving-woman who jumped off the battlements after she became pregnant by a bishop, and now wanders the halls. True? No idea. Spooky? Yep.
New Orleans has a definitively otherworldly feel at the best of times, but the Place d’Armes in the French Quarter beats everything else on the list. It’s reportedly the home of a swathe of phantoms, because it used to be a school that burned down in the 19th century, allegedly consuming children and teachers. Cue creepy children’s laughter, strange bearded gentlemen and other decidedly supernatural experiences.
The Chelsea is famous full stop, hosting everybody from Patti Smith to Robert Mapplethorpe in its dissolute history. But the legendary haunt for many of the 20th century’s most famous dissipated artists in NYC is also alleged to be haunted by the ghost of Sid Vicious, who died here, and, oddly, the poet Dylan Thomas. Ten points if you get that apparition to recite anything before he disappears.
Sydney’s history as a penal colony lends itself to many colorful ghost stories, and Q Station, which was originally a quarantine station for contagious prisoners, has a horrific past independent of any spooky additions. The isolated hotel was less a hospital than a place for incurable cases to die quietly without infecting anybody, so don’t expect to feel completely at home.
Forget Pamplona’s bull-goring; the true blood and guts of Spanish history are reportedly found in Parador Jaén, a fortress in Andalusia built in the 1700s. It’s reported to be haunted by everything from a winsome female ghost to a prisoner who died of hunger. He’s named, for some reason, Terrible Lizard, and isn’t thought to be threatening, but it’s hardly a settling experience.
I’ve got a great trailer here for you to watch for an upcoming paranormal horror thriller called Our House. This movie actually has a pretty rad horror movie concept and it looks like it will make for a good and scary movie! I really like what I’m seeing in this trailer for the film.
The story centers about a young genius who “accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones.” Of course, as you’d expect from any horror movie, the device also unleashes sinister things that are far worse.
A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea — until you unleash the wrong spirits.
The film was directed by former visual effects artist Anthony Scott Burns. This is his directorial debut and it stars Thomas Mann, Percy Hynes White, Nicola Peltz, and Kate Moyer.
Comedian Ryan Singer is a funny guy, but his paranormal themed podcast “Me & Paranormal You” is no joke. He believes in the paranormal. “I was kind of built for it. When you’re raised Catholic, and you go to Catholic school for 12 years, you kind of have a built-in mysticism,” he told LEO. He has appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF? Podcast” and IFC show “Maron” and now is on tour honing material for an album. He stops one night at The Bard’s Town.
LEO: I want to start with your podcast ‘Me & Paranormal You.’ What inspired a comedian to do a paranormal podcast?
Ryan Singer: Disclosure is among us. The government is beginning to acknowledge on a wide scale that UFOs are real and have been for quite some time. It’s going to be a whole new world 10 years from now. I also think we’re very close to proving the existence of ghosts or the afterlife, or whatever that might be. We’re about to be living in a world that is about to have a huge paradigm shift in understanding the question of what is reality?
What drew you to believe in the paranormal?
I was kind of built for it. When you’re raised Catholic, and you go to Catholic school for 12 years, you kind of have a built-in mysticism. The miracles. Walking on water. Bringing people back from the dead. It was all supernatural and mystical. Plus, I think it’s more fun to believe. Who would you rather be hanging out with at a party? The guy who doesn’t believe in anything and thinks everything is bullshit, or somebody who believes in the possibility of anything. To me, the answer is pretty clear.
Have you had personal experiences with the paranormal?
I’ve never seen a ghost, and I’ve never seen an alien. I dated a couple of women who had abilities. I dated one woman who had precognitive dreams about the future, where the events would come to pass. But the big one is that I dated a woman who could shapeshift. That’s usually what makes people think I’m crazy, which is fine. I get how it sounds. But when you see something happen twice, that’s more than believing — that’s knowing.
I’m intrigued. What did she shift into?
She had no control over it, she wasn’t like an X-Man or anything. But one time she just shifted into another woman all together. And another time she was nine months pregnant for a day. From evening until the next morning, it was like — boom. I mean, fully pregnant, I was there. I had my hand on her belly. I felt the baby move. We woke up the next morning and she was back to normal. It was crazy, man.
You have such smart material, but it never feels like you’re talking down to the audience.
I think the reason it comes off that way is because I really don’t think I’m smarter than anyone else. Comedy shouldn’t be about making people feel stupid. It’s about making people laugh. Do I read more than most people? Probably. But it’s because I have more free time. I work an hour or two a night, and I don’t have any kids. I get to pick up a book at night because I don’t have to breastfeed.
Seeing people’s disconnect with American history today, is it time to dust off your old joke ‘United Snacks of America?’
It’s funny — that’s an old joke, but I have an updated version of it that I haven’t done yet. It’s amazing how much everything has changed since I wrote that. Maybe it’s time to put the updated version out there. The real message of that joke is that we can overcome anything and show up on the other side better than we were before. I know some people don’t feel that way right now, that’s unfortunate because I still truly believe we will.
Chakras are energetic centers in the body. There is a total of 114 of chakras in the human body, and seven of them are most commonly discussed as the main chakras. Each has its own meaning, and each affects your life in a specific area. Any blocked chakra will prevent you from accessing your best self and experiencing a full expression of life. Luckily, it does not take a guru to tell you if your chakras are open or blocked. Simply knowing what each represents will help you access the health of your energy centers and address them as required.
Chakras RootThe first chakra is located at the base of the spine. It is called the root chakra, and it is represented by color red and Earth element. The root chakra addresses our physical needs for shelter, food, water, survival, and feeling safe. In energy terms, this chakra is about grounding and connection to the Earth.
This chakra is the foundation of every other chakra, and therefore the most vital. It is the first building block of your life. Whenever the root chakra is off-balance, the rest of the chakras are at a risk of either getting blocked or becoming overactive. Both directions lead to an unbalanced energy field.
It is not uncommon to have an unbalanced root chakra when doing spiritual work when focused too much on the high chakras, especially the third eye and the crown. It is important to remember to use grounding techniques—this will keep you rooted.
Symptoms of a blocked root chakra:
Feeling stuck, unsafe, and powerless.
Stressing out about your basic needs like shelter and food.
Being in a loop of poverty, bad finances, or unfulfilling dead-end jobs.
Feeling unsupported by family, friends, or community.
Thinking of life in terms of pure survival rather than thriving.
Signs of an open root chakra:
Feeling a sense of belonging in your community.
Being content with every aspect of your life.
Knowing that you are protected and supported, and that money and opportunities will come when they are needed.
Most importantly, feeling safe.
Chakras SacralThe second chakra—sacral chakra—is positioned just below your belly button. It is associated with the color orange and the element of water. It represents your physical expression: emotions, sexuality, pleasure, and aspects of creativity.
Symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra:
Being closed off to intimate and emotionally vulnerable connection with people.
Having negative thoughts or feelings associated with sexuality.
Feelings of mistrust of others that stem from abuse or emotional trauma.
Signs of an open sacral chakra:
Having a healthy relationship with your sexuality.
Being open to pleasurable experiences in life.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA—CREATIVITY
Chakras Solar PlexusThe third chakra—the solar plexus chakra—is the center of your creativity, personal expression, power, and freedom. It is located above the navel and is associated with color yellow and the fire element.
Symptoms of a blocked solar plexus chakra:
Feeling lack of creativity.
Thinking you are powerless and a victim to your circumstances.
Being in a relationship that dominates you and diminishes your self-worth.
Forgetting to dream—instead, looking at a bleak future.
Experiencing stomach pains and issues.
Signs of an open solar plexus chakra:
Knowing exactly who you are and using your personal power on a day to day basis.
Feeling the strength to help not just yourself but other in the world.
Coming up with many creative ideas to use in your work and personal life.
Feeling a complete sense of self-acceptance.
Chakras HeartThe heart chakra, the fourth chakra on this list, is your center of love—every kind of love. Loving yourself, others, your life, and this world all comes from an open heart chakra.
Symptoms of a blocked heart chakra:
Being scared of letting others into your life, and feeling uncomfortable when others show that they love you.
Mistrusting partners in romantic relationships.
Avoiding intimate and close relationships.
Experiencing physical heart issues.
Signs of an open heart chakra:
Having healthy close relationships.
Giving others unconditional love and doing things for friends or family without waiting for something in return.
Feeling a general sense of gratitude and love for humanity.
Experiencing pure joy.
Chakras ThroatDo you have trouble communicating? Your throat chakra may be blocked. This fifth chakra is associated with color blue and sound. It is located in your neck. This chakra gives you the ability to speak your truth, be heard, and self-express with sound, like singing and chanting.
Symptoms of a blocked throat chakra:
Being silent and afraid to share your thoughts with others.
Holding in what you truly feel for the sake of not starting confrontations.
Feeling frustrated that others are not listening to you.
Getting sore throats and lung problems often.
Fear of others’ opinions of you.
Signs of an open throat chakra:
Being able to be yourself and speak your mind no matter where and who you are with.
Feeling heard by others.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA—INTUITION
Chakras Third EyeThe sixth, third eye chakra, is located between your eyebrows. It is associated with indigo color and light. This is your spiritual center, where intuition and psychic abilities stem from. It also guides you to find your purpose in life and self-expression in a spiritual sense.
Symptoms of a blocked third eye chakra:
Feeling confused about your mission in life.
Being unable to use your intuition or receive any spiritual messages.
Experiencing disconnect from the universe and its energy.
Feeling a lack in your spiritual work.
Getting headaches often.
Signs of an open third eye chakra:
Using intuition successfully to help guide your life.
Knowing and honoring your truth.
Having a clear focus.
Chakras CrownThe seventh chakra is crown chakra, and it is located on the top of your head. It is associated with violet color and thoughts. This is the main spiritual center that connects you with the universe, your high self, your spirit guides, and universal energy.
While the third eye chakra connects you with your own spiritual power, the crown chakra connects you to everything in the universe—the Spirit and the divine consciousness.
Symptoms of a blocked crown chakra:
Feeling lonely or alone in the world.
Feeling disconnected from the rest of humanity, not feeling the oneness of it all.
Suffering from migraines.
Signs of an open crown chakra:
Feeling a connection to the higher power.
Knowing that you are never alone and always receiving help.
Being grateful for life and existence.