Saturday, May 30, 2009

Those Ancient Celts Understood a Thing or Two About the Earth

While working on my newest research into commonalities amongst haunted locations, I can’t help but reflect back on my upbringing at Aspen Grove. It impacted me in more ways than just the experiences of its haunting phenomena.

Growing up with formal boxwood mazes, orchards, arbors, surrounding woods, and all the gentle beauty of Northern Virginia, I couldn’t help but be very tied to nature and to the land. There were gentle reminders of the type of potent environment I lived in, but I never knew how to voice it as a child, except to say “the land knows things.” I became romantic by nature and especially moved by weather and the cycles of the moon. It’s a kind of bonding from an early age that helps to make you more sensitive to earth’s changes, like oncoming earthquakes and tsunami’s, changes in weather patterns, and upcoming tornados. That’s an influence I felt on my own body and spirit, so I can imagine what happens when these earthly conditions occur on a property and affect the course of its history. I could literally feel it in the relics I dug up from the earth, having been hidden away since the Civil War and long before then.

The ancient Celtic pagans understood a thing or two about the land and how to harness its powers, how to use what you have, and amplify its inherent properties for magic and spellbinding. Erecting stone structures such as Stonehenge was just a sample of what drove the ancients to create a powerful place of worship and insight. They were driven to devise a spirituality and a lifestyle that was motivated by the qualities of the land they lived upon and the sensations it evoked within their bodies, like the gentle ebb and flow of the tides on earth pulled by the moon.

Wandering the property of Aspen Grove with much of the same elements of running streams above and below ground, quartz rock, shale beneath the dirt and lining the creek, and a home built of stone in the 1700s, all made for a perfect haunted setting. In fact, the original name of the property was “Springfield” because of the springs all around the property. Our own well pump was just feet away from our house, pumping the best-tasting water ever from a stream that ran below the structure.

We wonder sometimes why the Brit’s have so many haunted places, but why shouldn’t they? They have the ideal conditions and disruptive/dramatic history, as I see it from my research thus far. It will be interesting to see how my research unfolds. It could make it possible to predict likely haunted spots and ones that potentially could be if they have the right “earth stew.”

I will continue to keep you posted. I’m hoping to publish my findings within the next few weeks.


  1. See? I knew there was a reason why being a Celt was a good thing.

    Can't wait for a follow up on this. Good luck with the research.

  2. Thanks Gee. Yeah, I'm a Fraser. I think that we definitely are more tied to the rhythms of the earth and seasons and it can be very subtle the way it affects our moods and day-to-day living. The research is really hopping right now. From this, I can already pinpoint cities that should be perfect for hauntings to occur. I like the idea of being able to look up an address and immediately start looking at the maps and realizing if it has potential or not for a haunting. For a long time, I've known that if I get a call from Mesa, AZ, it's going to be active. There's not only good tracks running through there, but ancient HoHoKam canals and modern canals. The geology is promising too. It will be interesting to see if haunted places in one city have some better conditions for haunting than others, such as being a stone building versus frame... This is exciting! I'm about halfway done already because it's so darned interesting.

  3. Can't wait to read up on your research.

    Hee hee, I don't think if have a british bone in me (i'm hispanic/native american) but I've always joked that I must have been Irish in a former life. Since I was a wee child I have been drawn to everything British, espcially Irish. I don't know why. I named my sons, Andrew and Aidan and a nephew Ian. I've read lots of book on British history and I'm dying to go England, Ireland and Scotland. Go figure!

  4. Hey, I can relate to that. I always wanted to be Italian -- love the food, culture, and loving huggy attitude.

  5. Great article as always Autumnforest!! I think-not positive about this-but I read somewhere that the United Kingdom has the reputation as the most haunted real estate on the planet!! I agree about the thing with italian or latin culture-it was so funny when nando and me where together-he wanted to be white and I wanted to be Hispanic or Italian-those dark looks get me every time-best to you as always!!

  6. Devin;
    You always make me smile. I feel like I've known you forever. Some people just come across heart and soul as genuine. Yeah, I have to admit, my father came from Norway and all my cousins and aunts were all petite and blonde/blue eyed. Family get togethers I felt horrible having auburn hair and eyes and being tall, but then I met mother's family and they were all very Scottish looking, so I managed to find my place. To be honest, I wouldn't have blue eyes for the world. My eyes eyes are mysterious. Still, having some huggy Italians in the family would be kinda sweet! I'd never have to wonder what they're thinking like the Norwegian intellectuals and the Scottish stoic members of my family. If you can't tell, I'm one of those demonstrative types--very huggy bubbly. I'm just so glad for every day, probably why I identify with Italians

  7. Hah! My word verification for this is "cronal" … crone all or coronal, either one befits this particular article on your blog site in the blogosphere, Autumn, seeing that the Celtic pagan trinity stands for maiden, mother, crone and, hey, aren't coronas given off my the Sidhe (pronounced SHE) the supernatural race indigenous to the Celtic nations!?

    LOL … as you already Gno, I just spent 2 weeks over in the Emerald Isle … 2 weeks, my friend, is just (k)NOT(work) enough! Have I ever mentioned Tom Graves' monumental treatise on hauntings, genii loci, ancient megalithic structures, ley lines, and Terra Mater's living, breatheing, telluric power, Needles of Stone to you before? Well worth tracking dine for yore re-search, lass! (•:-)}

  8. Anadæ;
    Thanks so much! I have that written down and I will be looking for a copy of that. I see, as I'm doing more research, that referring to older theories is going to be important. It supports that man has noted these things over and over again about the ties to the land and its content. I don't think anything the ancients did was accidental. They came from a different focus than we do (perhaps because they didn't have cell phone and TV? hee hee). I also highly recommend a British movie called "The Stone Tapes" done in the 60s, I think. This movie was amazing for its time. The idea that the very stones the ancient buildings in Great Britain were made of actually worked as recording devices was way ahead of its time. I found a copy online, but it only works on the computer (British formatting). It's well worth it.