Friday, October 31, 2014

Most Haunted Places In South Africa

Haunted South AfricaSince the beginning of time, people have been fascinated with the supernatural. Whether you believe in ghost stories and haunted houses or not, almost everyone has at least one story of some creepy incident which simply defies any logical explanation.

Cape Town is the oldest city in the country, with many tales of brave pioneers and its fair share of broken hearts and tragedies. It’s only natural then that our Mother City should have a few ghost stories to tell.

Castle of Good Hope

Cape Town
The Castle Of Good Hope is South Africa’s oldest surviving colonial building and possibly one of the most haunted places in South Africa. Having served as both a prison and execution site, it is no wonder than numerous troubled spirits walk these halls.

Castle of Good Hope
Tales tell of an unidentified two meter tall figure that walks the castle’s battlements. Spotted in 1915 and 1947, this semi-luminous spectre was seen over a period of weeks, and it is said that his footsteps can frequently be heard in this part of the castle. Some believe that this is the same ghost who rings the castle’s bell form time to time. The bell in the Bell Tower was walled up centuries ago after a soldier hung himself with the bell-rope.

A black dog is also said to haunt the property and has been known to pounce on visitors and vanish at the last moment.

Other spectres which make the Castle of Good Hope one of the most haunted places in South Africa is Lady Anne Barnard. In the late eighteenth century, Lady Anne lived at the Castle as the colony's First Lady and often entertained important dignitaries. Lady Anne's ghost is said to appear at parties held in honour of important visitors.

Governor Pieter Gysbert van Noodt is another restless spirit in the Castle. Apparently a strict and militant man, he once sentenced four soldiers to die by hanging for desertion. One of the soldiers is said to have cursed him. Later that day, Van Noodt was found dead at his desk, having died of a heart attack and it was rumored that he died at precisely the same time as the soldiers.

Groote Schuur Hospital
Groote Schuur Hospital is believed to be haunted by a number of apparitions. A young nurse shot herself when she contracted a terminal disease during World War Two. She still roams the corridors. A  nursing sister with white eyes apparently also walk around the hospital, as do a young man who fell to his death while trying to escape from the upper floor. A grey lady, named Sister Fatima, tries to help the nursing staff on their rounds.

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Posted by Maggie Tideswell, author of paranormal romance novels Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost, both available in paperback, ebook and audio formats from Amazon here:

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween - Death is no barrier to love, and every ending brings a new beginning.

In the northern hemisphere, Halloween, an annual celebration on 31 October, is associated with trick-or-treating and dressing up in costumes and scary masks, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires and playing pranks.

But Halloween has its roots far back in time in the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, which literary means 'end of summer'. Hallows or Hallomas started out as a festival to honor the Crone, the wise grandmother. Over the years it has been transformed into wicked old witches flying on broomsticks with black cats. The Celtic name is Samhain -summers end – and is the beginning of the Celtic New Year.

Samhain (pronounced sow-in as in ‘sour’) was the time when the cattle were moved from the summer pastures to winter shelter. It was the end of the growing season, the end of harvest, a time of thanksgiving, when the ancestors and the spirits of the beloved dead would return home to share in the feast. Death did not sever one’s connections with the community. People would leave offerings of food and drink for their loved ones, and set out candles to light their way home. Those traditions gave us many of our present day customs. Now we set out jack-o-lanterns and give offerings of candy to children—who are, after all, the ancestors returning in new forms.

When Christianity spread, they renamed the holiday Halloween, a variation of 'All-Hallows-Even', the night before the Catholic All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day on November 1, which is dedicated to remembering the dead. It was believed that this was an attempt to christianize the Celts.
Many symbols became associated with the celebration of Halloween.


A common practice among our ancestors at the time of summer's end (Samhain, Oct. 31) was to all insect meal. And so, bats were a common sight at
build tremendously brilliant bonfires. The blaze warded off unfriendly spirits, provided heat and a means of cooking for the harvest feast, etc. The light drewsorts of insects, which in turn drew their natural predators looking for an easy

Halloween-time festivities. Bats are sort of creepy and certain groups thought that the little flying rodents were able to communicate with the dead, but once vampire legends made their way into Halloween folklore, the position of the bat was set. It was thought that vampires could transform into bats and witch hunters were pretty sure that witches could transform into creepy creatures like black cats, bats, and spiders. And as vampire bats only feed on blood, bats became entrenched as  Halloween symbols.


Represented the souls of the dead.

Originally, they were turnips hollowed out and equipped with candles to light the way of 'guisers' (trick-or-treaters) and beggars roaming about on All Hallow's Eve for a bite to eat or rousting neighbors door-to-door for a donation to their cause. With their mass migration to the United States after the potato famine, the clever Irish replaced their illuminated turnips for more accommodating pumpkins. Carved in various grotesques and ghoulish faces, unfriendly spirits are kept at bay or frightened away entirely.

Various legends speak of the name Jack. An Irishman named 'Stingy Jack, a drunk and a prankster, he managed to make both God and the Devil angry. When he died, neither heaven nor hell wanted him, so he was stuck wandering around on earth.  He carried a turnip, hollowed out, with a candle inside to light his way. The Irish carved scary jack-o-lanterns to put around their houses to keep him away. A tradition was born.


 The Witches' Caldron

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing

For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and babble

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and caldron bubble"

William Shakespeare

The image of a witch riding her broomstick across a full moon is one of the most traditional Halloween symbols today.
From way back, witches have always been known as supernatural beings. This is the perfect symbol for Halloween since unseen energies are said to be the strongest during this season. Witches are also called when there are messages from unseen forces that need to be interpreted. Witches have through the ages been thought to be tellers of fortune and to cast spells, both good and bad. This frightened many because it was believed that supernatural powers were strongest on Halloween night.


I wish everybody a wonderful Halloween!

Maggie Tideswell, paranormal romance author of Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost. Both are available in paperback, ebook and audio format from Amazon here:

Also available from Barnes & Noble, and many other fine stores

Maggie Tideswell

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ghostwriting is not Illegal, it’s Fattening!

By Karen Cole
That’s the most common thing I get when I tell people I’m a ghost writer: “Hey, isn’t that illegal and doesn’t it violate copyrights laws?” Nah, it doesn’t. It’s completely street legal, functions under “work for hire” clauses in each state of the USA and also in other countries, and the clients usually get to keep full rights and copyrights to all of the material you ghostwrite for them
However, it can be hard to talk about, as it’s kind of “hush-hush” stuff. When I work with famous people, they generally want all the credit for their work, so I can’t really discuss their names with other people. Recently, however, I have worked with a Holocaust survivor of ten different internment camps, who is going on a national book tour to sell his book, and the daughter of the FBI agent who caught Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassin, James Earl Ray.
One of the figures in that book, known as “the Dallas Duplicator,” was possibly the infamous Blonde Man of Dealey Plaza, who picked up one of the bullets that killed President Kennedy – he was also the FBI agent who arrested Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas movie theater. The Duplicator, however, refuses to admit that he was the Blonde Man, although he was in Dallas at the time. I’ve worked on projects involving the Mafia, which I can’t go on about at length, and the CIA – involving murders. And I worked on a book project concerning the infamous murder case where Amber Frey testified against the killer.
So I have dealt with some interesting people, such as a real life Nazi from the original party, some film stars (Nicholas Cage, Prince, Fabio) several makers of motion pictures, some famous book authors, and lots of book publishers and literary agents, as well as music industry moguls and top recording executives. But I can’t talk a lot about any of these people – I’m supposed to be purely a background figure, and to not release a lot of information about my clients or even about my business contacts – just enough about them to let the public know that I deal with them.
Anyway, I only work on commission for select book authors and screenwriters. They have to have a publisher literally all lined up, or a movie studio or producer ready to film their project for me to work only on commission. Sometimes, however, I run a deal when I think a book is likely to be published or a script is likely to be produced, where we take 5-15% of net sales and also a substantial upfront payment during the completion of the project. This deal is not our usual practice, which is to take solely upfront payments during the course of completion of the book or script project.
We also do other work as it comes in; but usually we don’t write articles unless it’s part of an overall greater project. And we never do academic writing for students, only editing and proofreading. We also always write and ask for permission for usage of other’s work, and we never plagiarize. As for how it feels not owning all of my own hard work, well, nowadays I mostly send out the incoming projects to other ghost writers on our team, and I only do some of the editing work that comes in. But in the past, I guess I have no real regrets. I’ve been paid well enough, and I’ve not had to deal with any of the problems or infamy that a book on a tender subject might bring.
As to advice for other writers: write, write and write some more, practice your editing of spelling, grammar and syntax, and become as expert as you can at “Show not Tell” writing and developmental or content editing. You will find that as a ghost writer, you will need thorough editing and rewriting skills. Also, get some of your own work with your name on it published, so that you can show it to clients, and build up a decent portfolio of your published work. You can get articles published on various sites on the Internet for free.
Once you’re ready, you should begin to take on those “interesting” clients for some terrific pay. But don’t be afraid to take on “first time” author ghost writing clients, if they are willing to pay you decently for your services. You don’t always have to work for famous people to get your name recognized (if that’s what you want) or to make a great living.
Posted by Maggie Tideswell, paranormal romance author of Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost, both available from amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats here:

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Moragh Holly's Ghost by Nora Chipley Barteau

All Holly ever wanted was to be married and have children. She thought she had her life's dream with Donald, her now husband and father of their two beautiful boys, and she thought he wanted the same. Why then did he find it necessary to cheat on her with his new assistant Gwen? She thought he loved her as much as she loved him. And now, why does he feel he has to be so cruel by keeping the boys away from her? What desperate measures will she resort to in order to be with her children and how many lives will it affect?  Follow Holly in her quest to answer all of the questions haunting her life and find out how magic and the supernatural play a huge role in it. The tortured spirit of Moragh, who wanted her story told in death because her life, her very existence, was taken from her and thrown aside like yesterday's garbage.

Cape Town, South Africa
In Moragh, Holly's Ghost, Maggie once again shows brilliance in breathing life into her characters, allowing them to crossover into the reader's reality. As a reviewer and fan of Maggie's, I was excited when asked to review Moragh, Holly's Ghost not knowing anything about the subject matter, which peaked my imagination. I walked with Holly as she encountered love, disappointment, betrayal, magic and a bit of ghostliness. My heart was into this book from the beginning to the end.

Moragh, Holly's Ghost is not your typical love story. It is a well written story by an author who puts all of her creativity, imagination, talent, heart and soul into her work. You as the reader will not be disappointed, and I encourage you to take a chance and get your copy today!

I give Moragh, Holly's Ghost five stars *****
                                   Reviewed by  Nora Chipley Barteau
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Moragh, Holly's Ghost - snippet

Without Love
Nothing manifests as it was intended
Without Love
Energies distort and warp the world
And it becomes a treacherous place
Susan Kirk
Moonlight slanted across the floor, a gentle breeze lifting the gossamer curtain. Shadows moved across the wall. The sleeper moaned and turned, muttering, the bedding shifting to the floor. Down the hall, a few mumbled words as if in reply, and then silence again. The house sighed and creaked as it settled for the night.

A dog barked at shadows down the street–a melancholy sound–joined by another bored canine further away. An owl hooted in the tree outside the open window, its heart-shaped face turning to survey the night before it swooped soundlessly into another dimension. The sounds might have belonged to another world, because the sleepers didn’t hear.

Somebody heard, though, crouched in the swirling mist, careful not to disturb the shadows on the wall. Breath rasped in the still of the night, power in the plume.

                                                  This is a place that is not a place,
                                                  at a time that is not a time
                                                  Please, release me from the dark
                                                  and let me rest in the light!

The clock in the hall ticked down the minutes to midnight. Something scratched at the glass in the window frames, the breeze sighing around the corners, piling dead leaves into a doorway.

The mask–a hideous ethnic thing hanging against the landing wall–fell from its hook and clattered down the stairs. Within moments, they were at the top of the stairs, three wispy white figures in the moonlight.

“Something is about to happen,” one of them said, a hand to her throat.

“A big change is coming,” another agreed, grasping for a hand to hold on to.

“We have to prepare,” the third one added, turning into the circle of protection.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Interpretation of Dreams - A window to the subconscious


The interpretation of dreams isn’t as straightforward as one might think. Dreams are like letters from the unconscious mind. Even modern scientists and psychologists accept dreams and their meanings are unsolved mysteries. 

We only dream for about 2 hours of the night during REM sleep. (REM - rapid eye movement) Fortunately, not everything in a dream has a subconscious meaning. Some things are just 'background noise' or fillers. Some dreams are clear to the dreamer: a long-lost friend reappears, a tropical beach beckons or the lottery jackpot is within reach.
But dreams don't always tell a simple story. Dream symbols might need professional interpretation. The field of dream research becomes even more fascinating when people from different cultures and backgrounds report having similar dreams. Even when the same persom has recurring dreams of the same symbol, each time it might be interpreted differently, depending on his or her current situation.

Here are 8 such common dream symbols with a few possible interpertations:

1) Falling

Usually in these dreams the person is falling from a great height, and is symbolic of the fear of failure. People who dream of falling might have problems with work, or in a relationship.The dreamer lacks confidence in what he/she is doing or planning to do.

There is an old wive's tale which says that, if you dream you are falling and you hit the bottom, you will die. This is not true. Falling symbolizes the mental action of waking up, and therefore the dreamer would 'hit the bottom' when he or she wakes up and the dream images disappear.
Dreaming of falling may the real life fear of letting go of something or someone. It also may suggest a loss of control in a given situation. Self-aggrandizement is another possibility. Are you above yourself and due a fall? 

Not all falling dreams are scary or negative. Some dreamers report a type of slow falling that indicates serenity and the act of letting go.

2) Nudity

Dreaming of being naked in public represents vulnerability and anxiety, common to people in new situations, like a new job, a new relationship or being publicly sqrutinized. You may feel vulnerable and exposed. If the nude person or the other people in the dream are not embarrassed, this symbolizes tht nothing needs to be hidden. But if the nude dreamer is ashamed, it points to a lack of confidence.

3) Being Chased

Being chased in a dream is one of the most commonly reported dreams. This mugh be because the anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, the person is more likely to remember the dream.

Despite the nightmarish feel of being chased in a dream, it might be a positive sign of encouragement for the dreamer to face aspects of the self that has been avoided. More women than men seem to have this dream, because women are more likely to feel victimized. The dreamer needs to confront what is chacing them so that they can move beyond the fear.

Often, the reason for these dreams comes not from the fear of actually being chased, but rather what we're running from. Chase dreams help us to understand that we may not be addressing something in our waking lives that requires our attention.

4) Teeth falling out

Teeth is a symbol of power and confidence. Therefore it follows that dreaming that your teeth are falling out, it is a sign that the dreamer lost confidence in a specific situation.

Some cultures see teeth as a bad omen and teeth falling out represent a broken relationship, or it might simply indicate the fear of growing old and being unattractive.

As teeth are the first instruments of the digestive system, in a dream teeth symbolize a means of assimilating knowledge. Losing teeth symbolizes change in one's way of thinking.

5) Water

Dreams of water symbolize the unconscious mind. Calm pools of water reflect inner peace and that the next period in life will be positive. Murky and/or turbulent water suggest unease and problems approaching.

Pools of water, lakes, rivers, symbolize the personal unconscious, whereas oceans and seas represent the deeper collective (universal) unconscious.

6) Death

Death in a dream is frightening to most dreamers because they lack understanding of the nature of physical life and death. For the aware thinker, the physical life is known as a temporary existence for the soul.

Death or dying in a dream most often represents changes in one's life, as when something ends and something new begins. Very seldom does death in a dream symbolize true dying of a person.

A dead person in a dream may refer to past (dead) relationship with that particular person. If you are the dead person, you need to reconsider your life. Or death may simply represent your fear of dying.

8) Flying

Dreaming of flying encourages a person to let go of current issues and allow things to fall naturally into place. Or it could refer to a situation that has become out of coltrol.

Flying in a dream, and how effectively the flying is, relates to how much control we feel we have in our lives, and whether we are confident and able to achieve our goals. High flying is one of the most euphoric dreams imaginable, while flying or "skimming" low to the ground or being caught in obstacles, like power lines, can be immensely frustrating.

9) Cheating

This dream should not be taken as predictive of infidility. Rather the drean stems from feelings of neglect when the partner spends too much time and attention on something that does not involve you.

A lack of trust, in the sense of 'will my partner be there for me when I need him or her, could spark this dream.

Keeping a dream journal might be helpful to analysze the symbolism in your dreams as they apply to you personally.

Posted by Maggie Tideswell, author of 2 paranormal romances, Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost. Both are available from Amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats, here:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What it’s like to be a Professional Ghost Writer

By: Karen Cole
It’s hard to talk about sometimes, as there’s much I have to keep to myself. You don’t tend to take the credit for any of your own original work, or anything you’ve added either, in each case that you’re a ghost writer.
Sometimes the client is willing to share some of the credit, such as a blurb on the acknowledgments page: “This book wouldn’t have been possible without my Editor, So-and-So.” Or you might even get a cover credit, along the lines of “By (client’s name), as told to (your name). And sometimes, if you make a deal with your client, you can share spine and cover credit as a book’s coauthor. Sometimes clients will offer this in lieu of pay, but I never accept that.
The book market nowadays is so tight, it can be hard to tell if a book is going to sell, or if a screenplay is going to lead to a successful movie – things are even tighter in the film industry. But there are books that surprisingly take off and sell quite well. Two of the books I helped out on have been doing great over the past few months, climbing up high on Amazon and doing my feelings proud, for example.
But generally, in any case whatsoever, I prefer to receive advance pay while completing a manuscript. I only edit scripts and screenplays, and in recent years, I tend to only do book editing, too. I’m sending out a lot of work to our writer’s team instead, to free me to pursue potential other matters.
I like to edit more than I like to be a ghost writer, in fact. My style is a little sophisticated, and it’s not easy to keep to a client’s “voice” sometimes when I add new material, such as through ghost writing. But whenever I edit, I usually am able to find the client’s voice and keep to it stoically. I’ve ghost written award-winning, well-selling books, though, so I may go back to it at any time.
If you like to write, and you edit your own work, chances are that you would make a pretty good ghost writer. Have your friends review your work, and strangers whenever possible, too. This will tell you what kind of writer you are, and whether or not you should pursue the field of becoming a professional ghost writer.
Also, once you’ve written substantially, get everything you can published under your own name. That’s the mistake I made with my career – I have no books out right now published under my own name – but I use certain clients’ books as references, as they are letting me do so for my career’s sake. 
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Posted by Maggie Tideswell, author of Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost, both available on amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats here:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dark Moon - Review by Pam Stack


“Dark Moon” is South African author Maggie Tideswell’s first published book and what a first book it is!!!!!  As a disclosure and blessed to have met Maggie on Facebook, she gifted me with a PDF copy of the book and I’m so happy to have this opportunity to talk about it.
My initial thoughts about “Dark Moon” came while I was reading – that this author understands about relationships and appears to be fascinated by them.  Her characters are well conceived and well developed, not only upon meeting them, but throughout the book.  
Without giving too much away, “Dark Moon” tells the story of Storm, Trevor, Jarrod and Elle as the primary characters and Storm’s attempt to get Trevor to propose to her, and what happens when he does not.  Elle, Trevor’s sister, makes it her mission to catch Trevor and bring him to justice. 
Their mother senses what Trevor is doing and she uses her  experience as a pagan to slow him down. This book is set in Cape Town, South Africa, the author’s home, and it surprised me how well she painted a complete portrait of Cape Town. Tideswell’s descriptions are vivid, and, as a “visual” reader, I was easily able to create the scenes in my mind’s eye, something by which I value in a book.  
Interestingly, I could also imagine the voices of each person in this story, with kudos to Tideswell, because they were so well written and alive.  I just love, love, love this book!  This genre is a mix of romance and paranormal, one of my favorites, and it appeals to both female and male readers. While not wishing to give away the ending, I will say that it is surprising and ultimately satisfying.  
This reader/reviewer gives this lovely book 5 stars and a very big recommendation to GET IT NOW!  Can’t wait for the next novel from author Maggie Tideswell!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Moragh, Holly's Ghost - Holly's World - The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel

The basic premise of Moragh, Holly's Ghost is the marriage between strangers and if it was possible for such a marriage to survive. Holly and Joshua meet for the first time on the steps of the chapel they were to be married in. Before that, they only briefly spoke to each other on the phone on the night Joshua responded to the advert Holly's friends had placed in the paper and offered to marry her.

The chapel was the Old Fort Chapel, which of course, is in Durban. (It's great to be a story teller.) Holly and Joshua tied the knot in Cape Town, and it suited me to borrow the name of the Durban Old Fort Chapel. I have a personal attachment for this tiny chapel which seats about 20 people. My two oldest children were christened there and my best friend got married in the Old Fort Chapel. It is such a romantic setting for a wedding. Tongue in cheek - I made the wedding dress and the bride looked like a fairytale princess. And Gilda and Trevor are still happily married!

Holly's Wedding Dress
Back to Holly's wedding. Holly looked like a fairytale princess too. She bought a dress in the palest yellow, because it showed her legs off nicely. Holly 'borrowed' the roses in her bouquet from a neighbor's garden and for her veil, she draped a length of silvery chiffon over her head. She knocked Joshua's feet right from under him.

Joshua on the Wedding Day
Joshua was a knockout himself, tall dark and handsome, and BIG. That was Holly's first impression of the man she was marrying. Of course, he had a yellow carnation on his lapel so that Holly could recognize him. I always thought of Matt Bomer as Joshua, although Joshua was taller than Matt.

The Old Fort Chapel in Durban, is quite an interesting place. Situated in the same spot the British were besieged early in Durban's history.
Things were pretty tense in the tiny settlement called Durban in the mid 19th Century. The Boers, hungry for a land they could call their own, annoyed the Brits by raising the Dutch flag at Durban’s Point. Things escalated until the Brits sent an armed force of a few hundred soldiers overland to Natal to teach the Boers a lesson.

When the Dutchmen demanded that the invaders leave immediately, the British attacked the rag-tag rebels’ camp at Congella in the middle of the night of 23 May 1842. The Boers saw them coming. They killed 15 British soldiers, wounded 29, and three went “missing”. The Boers lost only two of their own men and one was wounded.

The British retired to their camp that was to become The Old Fort, to await reinforcements from the Cape. They left two of their cannon behind, which the Boers put to good use.

The British asked for a 24-hour truce to bury their dead. In this time they arranged their 60 wagons in a circle around the tented camp and dug a trench around the perimeter.

At the end of truce, the Boers resumed the siege, now 2 canons stronger. On the first day after the one-day truce, 122 cannonballs were fired into the British camp, which provided very little protection from rifle and cannon fire. The first shot fired by the Boers whizzed through the officers’ mess tent. When the Boers ran out of cannonballs, they dug up the ones shot by the British and fired them back in a lethal form of cannonball tennis.

Entrance to the Old Fort Gardens
Old Fort Chapel
The siege finally ended when two British ships arrived with reinforcements. The rebellion was over, and the British ruled Natal.  
The Old Fort was used as an army barracks until 1897, when it fell into disuse. The old magazine in the fort was converted into a tiny 
                                                     chapel that is still in use today.

Moragh, Holly's Ghost is available from Amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats.
It ia also available in paperback from Barnes & Nable, and many other fine online stores.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spider Symbolism

Something you have woven has born fruit! Congratulations!

Spiders are timid, delicate, agile and most of their creativity happens in the dark. The spider reminds us that the world is woven around us, that we are the center of our world. Yes, the fear of spiders is the most common of all the phobias.
Apart from fear, through the ages different cultures have attached meaning to spider sightings and dreams.

Facts about Spiders
  • spiders have eight fragile legs
  • eight complound eyes
  • most spiders weave webs
  • all spiders are predatory 
  • most spiders are poisenous 
  • female spiders are larger that the males
  • procreation normally means the death of the male 
  • spiders are good mothers and stay with their eggs, some even carrying the eggs on their bodies, until they hatch 
  • spiders shed their skins to grow, much like snakes do.
Nearly all cultures have some sort of spider mythology, and folktales about these crawly creatures abound. From ancient times, there has been meaning attached to the spider. She has been seen as bestowing the power of magick over people and things. The web the spider weaves denotes control, which is completed as soon as the prey is wrapped up in the web. So too must people weave control into their own lives. The Spider symbolism serves as a reminder that people have choices in constructing their lives. When you see a spider, carefully evaluate the choices you are making.
Not only do Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, they also give us an idea of how we can manipulate our thinking in order to construct the life we wish to live. Spiders call our attention to their amazing webs. Fully functional, practical, and ingenious in design, spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators. The cobweb seems limitless in their functions.
When we consider this ingenious diversity, we can also consider the web-like construct of our own lives. Are we designing the most effective life? Decisions, choices and actions are far-reaching, effective tools in life, and one could weave a web that can either serve or enslave one. Spider symbolism reminds one to be smart about the life one weave for oneself. 
Spider symbolism is closely tied with certain subtle characteristics that represent ancient symbols of infinity. The number eight is a symbol of infinity or lemniscate (an eight turned on its side). Most spiders have eight eyes and all have eight legs. In numerology, the number eight represents continuation, repetition, and cycles. Success is obtained through of dogged determination and repetition. Eight represents the kind of momentum in the snowball effect. As it rolls, it gets bigger with each revolution. The idea is that anything is achievable through perseverance. 

Meanings Of Spiders in Dreams

  • feelings of isolation in some situation
  • protection in alluring and tempting situations
  • feminine power or an overbearing mother figure
  • a powerful force protecting you against your self-destructive behavior 
  • to kill a spider in a dream symbolizes misfortune and bad luck
  • a dead spider in a dream implies that strong feminine temptation was overcome 
  • a spider spinning a web signifies reward for hard work  
  • spiders in dreams are symbols of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin
  • spiders dreams may indicate being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship
  • spiders in dreams represents some ensnaring and controlling force
  • someone or some situation is sucking the life right out of you
  • a spider spinning a web in your dream could be a metaphor for the world wide web and global communication
  • spider eggs in a web suggest that you are not able to fully acknowledge your potential
  • being held back from self- expression 
  • a spider climbing up a wall in a dream - desires will be soon be realized 
  • a spider is coming down on you from the ceiling - you are unable to escape from a relationship
  • a dream of baby spiders symbolizes a new or recent relationship
  • To dream of being bitten by a spider - conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure 
  • To eat a spider or dream that a spider is in your mouth symbolizes control over a situation

In Native American symbolism, the Spider is a symbol of protection against torrential storms. In yet other Native American lore accounts, the Spider (personified as the Grandmother) was the teacher and protector of esoteric wisdom.
The meaning of Spider in India is associated with Maya. The term Maya comes from the Sanskrit root "Ma" which means no form or limit. The term Maya describes the illusory nature of appearances. The Spider’s association with Maya brings about the understanding that not all things are as they appear to be.
The Egyptian goddess Neith bearing her war goddess symbols, the crossed arrows and shield on her head, the ankh and the was staff. 
The Spider symbol meaning in Egypt, is akin to Neith, a complex deity usually depicted with arrowsused for weaving). It is this activity that gains her association with the Spider.
as she is associated with hunting. Along with hunting, she is also associated with the creation, specifically the process of recreation in the dawning and dusking of each day. Neith is also a weaver, and is often shown with a shuttle in her hand (a tool

And of course, no conversation about the meaning of spiders is complete without discussing the Greek myth of Arachne, a mortal (although of noble stature) who was a spectacular weaver. Acclaim for her luscious lively looms spread over hill and dale and ultimately reached the immortal ears of Athena. Arachne claimed she was the best weaver, and thus prompted a challenge from Athena.

And so, they played a round of "dueling looms," but no one could confirm
the victor. However, Arachne was quite smug about the whole process. So much so, that Athena smote her with a mighty blow of conscience and a dose of guilt. Arachne took the dosage hard, and could not live with the intense feelings of guilt and sorrow so she killed herself. Athena felt awful over the whole mess and decided to resurrect Arachne in the form of a spider so that she and all her offspring would forever be the best weavers of the universe. Spiders are called "arachnids" after Arachne.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley says in her Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca that in some traditions of folk magic, a black spider “eaten between two slices of buttered bread” will imbue a witch with great power. If you’re not interested in eating spiders, some traditions say that catching a spider and carrying it in a silk pouch around your neck will help prevent illness.

In some Neopagan traditions, the spider web itself is seen as a symbol of the Goddess and of creation of life. Incorporate spider webs into meditation or spellwork relating to Goddess energy.

If you find a spider roaming around your home, it’s considered bad luck to kill them. From a practical standpoint, they do eat a lot of nuisance insects, so if possible, just let them be or release them outside.

An old English folk saying reminds us that if we find a spider on our clothing, it means money is coming our way. In some variations, the spider on the clothes means simply that it’s going to be a good day. Either way, don’t disregard the message!

Symbol meanings are very personal and profound. Only you can determine what the meaning of Spider is to you.

Spiders feature in my third paranormal romance, Roxanne's Ghost, which will be released soon. My other tow books, Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly's Ghost are available from Amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats.