Myths and legends throughout the ages and across the world were created to teach a lesson or pass down history. In other words, myths and legends are often laced with truth. That is likely the story of Ewen ‘of the Little Head’ MacLaine of Lochbury. It was very common in 16th century Scotland, for neighboring Clans to be in conflict with each other. It was also not rare for those conflicts to escalate into bloodshed battles. Ewen MacLaine would lose his life in such a battle of the Scottish Clans.
Cryptids are creatures that have not been verified by mainstream science, but thousands of people all over the world report having encounters with fantastic, unknown animals. Some of the most famous are BigFoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and even extra terrestrials have been placed in the category of Cryptid. Within the shadow of BigFoot and Nessie there are lesser known beings that are restricted to one area and are a factor as to why they fall under the radar of many Cryptozoologists. The Loveland Frogman (or Loveland Lizard Man) is one of those overlooked legends.
In Scottish Gaelic there is a domestic spirit (and many similar entities across the world) that take up space in rarely used parts of the home. In the dark of the night this spirit will take it upon themselves to do small chores in and around the household. They can be temperamental beings as well and be as mischievous as they are helpful. This spirit can be easily offended and will leave a home forever for any offense. If gifts are referred to as payments, it will become upset and he will leave. Simple offerings (without a label) such as porridge or milk are appreciated. Giving the Brownie clothing will automatically make a Brownie leave the household.
In South-West Ireland a farm hand/sheep herder was walking down a rural sheep’s path on the Beara Peninsula in 1835. Along this isolated trail, he happened upon a craftsman repairing a shoe on the side of the dust trail. The cobbler was so startled by the laborer’s sudden presence that he took off into the high grass, leaving the mended shoe behind. Taken aback by this encounter the unnamed herder picked up the shoe and examined it in the palm of his hand. The shoe was only about 3 inches long and very narrow. This cobbler who had stopped on the side of the road, was believed to be a true flesh and blood Leprechaun.Continue reading Real Evidence: The Fairy Shoe
The Victorian Era of London, England was a beautifully dark period in history. On one hand there was great advancement in industry and science. On the other hand the streets of London were full of filth, overcrowded areas, and poverty. With all this social unease it is not surprising that a great deal of mysterious and infamous figures roamed the dingy streets of London. All entities from spectral ghosts, to the Devil himself, and of course Jack the Ripper, left the Destitute of London in a state of consistent anxiety. One of these verboten figures is that of Spring Heel’d Jack: an entity that wore a tight fitting white suit, with flaming red eyes, metal claws attached to his finger tips, and springs on his boots that allowed him to jump to superhuman heights to terrorize the damp streets.
The small town of Lake Wales, Florida located in Polk County is the home of an unusual natural phenomena infamously known as Spook Hill. At first glance Spook Hill appears to be a normal stretch of road that passes through a few old rolling hills. When one drives along North Wales Drive they will come across a thickly painted white line. Just above the line is an archway sign that simply states “Spook Hill”. When one drives up to the line, puts their car in neutral, and turns off the engine is when the mystery comes to life. When the car is parked in this state, the car will appear to back up and roll up the hill. Apparently, this appearance of defying gravity does not just apply to vehicles.
In my life I have had several paranormal experiences starting as a young child all the way up into adulthood. I’ve heard my name being called by a disembodied voice, been touched by an invisible being, I’ve seen glasses thrown to the ground, and more. One event however, stands above the rest in my mind’s eye. I grew up in a traveling carnival; It was an interesting childhood to say the least. When I close my eyes I can see the fluorescent lights of the rides and games and I can still smell the enticing aroma of the funnel cake in the air. Also, now and then I get a craving for a real fair corn dog. The frozen ones you can buy in the store are just not the same. To me the carnival is the prettiest at twilight; when the sun rays are golden pink in the sky and the matching lights on the rides and games seem to shine brightly along with the sun. This is the scene of one of the most memorable and mysterious experiences of my life.
On October 31, 1589 in the village of Bedburg, Germany a successful farmer named Peter Stubbe was led to the center of the square in shackles. Stubbe was then strapped to a giant wagon wheel, where the Executioner used a red, hot pincer ten times to peel the skin right off the bones. Then iron mallets were used to break both arms and legs several times. Peter’s shattered limbs were then threaded in and out of the spooks of the wheel. Finally, the Executioner beheaded Peter Stubbe. The wheel with Stubbe’s mangled body and head was propped up high on a pole for all of Bedburg to see. Days prior to Peter Stubbe’s grotesque execution, his mistress Katherine Trompin and his 15 year old daughter Sybil (Belle) were also put to death for being complacent in his crimes. What was Peter Stubbe found guilty of that would justify such a violent death? Peter Stubbe plead guilty to 14 counts of murder, cannibalism, incest, killing of live stock, and above all…being a Werewolf.
Since the beginning of civilization humans have developed methods to gain insight into the future; today the art of reading Tarot cards is one of the most universal forms of divination. One would think the origins of these mystical cards would be seeped in mysterious and ancient knowledge. In the case of the Tarot…it began as a rather mundane and unassuming parlor game played by the wealthy throughout Italy and France. In the late 14th century wealthy aristocrats would commission artists to paint custom cards to play a game at times called Tarocho meaning Foolishness.
In the early development of the cards there were four suits not unlike modern decks: Staves/Wands, Disc/Coins, Cups, and Swords. It wasn’t until later years that Italian artists created additional cards along with the suits to expand the game and they were called Triumph Cards. These cards each had their own names – Death, Empress, and more…all early versions of the Triumph Cards later would be known as the Major Arcana in the modern Tarot card decks. On a side note, with the advent of the printing press, these decks became more widely available.