Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Skeleton Dance

It's a little early for Halloween but you can never have enough of skeletons and kookiness. Here is animated short produced and directed by Walt Disney released in 1929. A comical ceremony of human skeletons that dance around a spooky graveyard. It is mixed with black cats, howling owls and rattling bones. The musical score was taken from the Saint-Saens composition set in a minor key of the foxtrot. Also the Charleston is performed, a dance that is frequently associated with flappers and the speakeasy.

There are several key elements that make this short film a true delight, one happens to be when the skeletons hold hands and dance in a circle like in the children's song "Ring Around a Rosie", which refers to the plaque. This is one symbol that makes this Walt Disney animation so unforgettable; and in 1994 it was voted #18 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members from the animation world. I hope you enjoy this creepy treat.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Lucky Amulets

In American folklore, the rabbit's foot amongst others is one of my favorite amulets of luck. The lucky rabbit's foot has become a commonplace of American popular culture; but older beliefs had it considered a Southern superstition or that god dammed hoodoo voodoo. The superstition goes that just not any foot will do, it must be a left hind foot of a rabbit, secondly it must have been shot or captured in a cemetery while there being a full moon. Sounds kinda of crazy right, who's it too say that the rabbit must be killed with a silver bullet.

In any case, the rabbit's foot is dried out a preserved, some people believe that the rabbit's foot is a protective magic in addition to good fortune. Just rub for good luck. There is also common thread to suggestion that the lucky foot is actually cut from a shape-shifted witch. This suggestion of the rabbit's foot being a substitute for a body part of a witch's body originates by from hoodoo folklore. Another example of this is the traditional association between black cats and witchcraft, a black cat bone is also potentially a substitute for a human bone from a witch.

Amongst Hoodoo lore graveyard dust and soil from a cemetery is used for various magical purposes. Dust from a good person's grave keeps the evil away; dust from a sinner's grave is used for a more wicked magic. These symbols can be in association to relics which is another form of sympathetic magic.

OTHER LUCKY CHARMS INCLUDES: Anchor key ring, crucifix knife charm, gypsy mirror anti-evil eye key ring charm, plastic horseshoe key chain.


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Magic lucky Rabbit's Foot Talisman sold by Mary Toft's Orphanage for Wayard Curios

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nightmare no.1

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I don't know where it came from, I was invited into a nightmare that I awoke from an intense heart beating panic, a dream of good verses evil, a dream of a demon that pushed me to the end. The dream is only remembered in pieces, memories of the dark evil verses rays of light from myself as an angel.

The dream started out with my husband and I in a car driving up through a the small town of Avondale, this road happens to be where my grandmother had her funeral about eight months ago. It just so happens, a friend of my father's car broke down right outside the funeral home two days before her funeral. It was the dead of night, no one was on the road, we were in a beat up gray car, Bruce was driving and I was the passenger listening to his silly jokes. We got up the hill and saw two young men walking in the road, as if their bones being broken. Bruce pounded the horn; no change. All of a sudden, fire was thrown at our windshield by garbage on fire. Our car went in flames, I couldn't get out, the locks were frozen, I wanted to help Bruce but couldn't. I looked at him with horror and in a spilt second he turned into my father. His face slowly formed into a demon like red creature with dark spots, its eyes dark as charcoal. I then was outside my body looking at myself morphing into angelic figure. No wings but soft blue skin with harsh edges. Blinding rays of blue light started projecting out my head, I could see bright red blazing out of the demon creature to my side. Quick images of evil statues were flashing, frozen small children of sorrow and demons hovering over me, them watching me as I entered a southern church from the ghosts of mississippi. There were dark hymnals and sweaty faces of a church congregation. Dark low drones with religious a chorus was in the background along with voices of angry men and woman matched with an old pipe organ. An exorcism of my body, no control as I a woke in a tense position face up, hands clenched, numb to to the touch and my heart wanted to explode in my chest. I finally came out of it, the morning was still dark with a little light coming through the cracks from the air conditioner. I looked over to my left at Bruce laying next to me, laying face up like me; sleeping....or couldn't wake up from a nightmare?

DREAM SYMBOLISM:
~Evil: Dreaming that something evil, such as the devil, is trying to harm you or is coming after you can mean
~Angel: An angel or spirit guide can represent the idea of receiving guidance, support, comfort, etc., or that you would like to.
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Blue: spirituality
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Red: The color red can represent stimulating, exciting, exotic, full of life or vigor, or anger. Red can also appear in a dream to highlight something important.
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Illuminating Light: Hope, goodness, or assistance—especially when it appears in the darkness
~Fire: A flame or fire can represent light or life, heat, destruction, cleansing, or getting rid of the old before bringing in the new.
~Music:
Hearing music can represent the idea of someone, or your own intuition or spiritual guidance, trying to give you a message. Think about what they lyrics say, and if there are no lyrics, pay attention to the mood of the music and what it might be saying. 
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Statue: A particular person or a public figure, The inability to respond or move, In idea that the statue conveys, such as religion, war, freedom, etc.