Catherine Green the Ghost Hunter

I have always had a fascination with the world of the supernatural and paranormal. It began as a child when I discovered books of ghost stories and tales of witches, vampires and werewolves. I would watch TV shows and documentaries about reported sightings of ghosts and other phenomena, and I was hooked. This stayed with me into adulthood as I became an author, but before I reached that point, I found another way to satisfy my curiosity about the unexplained world. I became a ghost hunter.

Although I had never displayed any obvious signs of mediumship, I did have strange experiences from time to time, and I would feel disconnected from people around me, as though I saw things differently to everyone else. As a child I had an imaginary friend who just happened to be a large chestnut racing horse named Drummerboy! I thought I dreamt him up after reading a particularly good story in a magazine, but it was years later while in my mid twenties that he reappeared to me one night when I was driving along the motorway. Since then I have come to know him as my travelling companion, galloping along the hard shoulder, warning me of any erratic traffic and protecting me on dark roads.

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It was the growth of the internet, and the beginnings of social media, that introduced me to other people who saw the world the way I do. Up until that point I had often felt lonely and disconnected, and I could never explain why. I have seen spirits in pubs and clubs while on nights out with my friends, but I have learnt whom I can reveal these to and who would rather not know. Many of my friends are also interested in ghost stories, but many simply prefer not to explore the hidden world. Some have joined investigations with me, and we have experienced many curious and fascinating events. Nowadays I am aware of spirit energy as I go about my daily life, and I accept it as normal. Sometimes I might speak to the spirits, and other times I am simply distracted, busy, or leave them alone.

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It is accepted by me and my husband that our house is haunted, but there is nothing dangerous or frightening here. The house is old, built in 1896, and so we understand that there are bound to be memories of previous tenants. We find it comforting that the families who lived here are comfortable in their home and like to check up on it from time to time. Being a terraced house, I often discuss the paranormal activity with my neighbour, who is fully aware of the ghosts, and likes to communicate via me and my dowsing rods on regular occasions.

I know there are spirits almost everywhere we travel these days and that some are conscious manifestations while others are simply ‘photographs’ frozen in time that show themselves in the Earth domain to people who are receptive. A building or piece of land that has seen a lot of human activity during life cannot simply be abandoned when the human dies. I believe that at the very least their memory lives on to be seen as a ghost by people that cross their territory. It seems to me that spirits and ghosts are a part of life (or death) and I will continue to communicate with them until my time comes to join them on the other side!

*Floating ghosts image courtesy of Net Animations

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The Snow Tiger and the Werewolf Alpha #paranormal

If you have not yet read the Redcliffe novels, and you intend to do so, then I recommend you do not read this post, for I am about to discuss a very large spoiler in my stories…

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When I wrote Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel), I intended to tell the story about a vampire and a human, and what happened when they fell in love. The vampire is a twin, and his brother just happens to be the alpha werewolf of the Redcliffe pack. Now, if that isn’t confusing enough, the objection of their affection is Jessica Stone, a woman who always thought she was human, until she met Jack Mason.

Something about the vampire brought out Jessica’s true nature. She is a witch. She never knew this because she is an orphan. As the story unfolds, we learn more about Jessica, as she discovers her own secrets. It isn’t until we move into book 2, Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), that we meet Jessica’s spirit animal, Suri the snow tiger. Why a snow tiger? I don’t know. I never created her, I never planned to include her. She suddenly appeared one evening during a frenzied writing session, and now she grows stronger every day.

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I am still a little confused about what Suri actually is. I mean, she is a metaphysical creature; she is not solid. She resides in a sort of spiritual plane, accessed via Jessica’s psychic mind. And yet, there is a possibility that Suri might become real, or a physical animal, at some point in the future. As I write book 4 in the Redcliffe series, Jessica and Suri are locked in a battle of wills.

You see, Suri wants the werewolf alpha, Danny Mason. She tasted his power in Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), and now she wants more. He wants her too, and subsequently he wants Jessica, in every sense of the word. It is a very confusing and dramatic situation. And I never planned any of this. I just wrote it! I love the power of stories…

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*White Tiger image courtesy of Pinterest

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Resilience Is A Gift That Must Be Earned

I must share today’s post from Jane Kenyon, an inspirational woman and one of my role models in life… I had the pleasure of working with Jane for Girls Out Loud, and I look forward to more projects and adventures in the future.

Resilience Is A Gift That Must Be Earned.

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A Salute to Chocolate Week!

I love chocolate! It is one of my essential foods, a treat when I deserve it, and a pick-me-up when I need it (very frequent these days it seems). I am by no means a connoisseur of the stuff, but I know what I like. I enjoy milk chocolate, and I enjoy dark chocolate, but I can’t eat the really rich, bitter chunks. I am not particularly fond of white chocolate. At the moment, my favourite is a bargain brand from Lidl UK. Bellarom Milk Chocolate Hazelnut is delicious, and very affordable at only 99p for a large bar!

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Well it turns out there is now an official Chocolate Week celebration. Unfortunately it seems to be concentrated in London, and I am unable to travel down there for the events. I wouldn’t want to. Personally I far prefer to attend local events, and I am close enough to Chester and Manchester, and I feel far more at home in those beautiful cities than I do in our nation’s capital. But, for my southern friends reading this blog, you might like to check out some of the events in London.

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I will sign off by saying that I do have a favoured local supplier of chocolate treats. The Chocolate Angel has a delectable range of goodies available, and I may have to treat myself for the event… I also enjoy a nice slice of Rocky Road cake in my local café, Drinks and Bites when I am out and about with the children. Happy Chocolate Week my friends!

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Mental Health Awareness Week #SayItForward

This week is dedicated to sharing information and speaking out about Mental Health Awareness. The state of a human mind has always been of interest to me, as I tried to make sense of the paranormal world that I explored during recent years, and continue to do so. I have also been mystified by people as individuals. What makes us behave in the way that we do? How are our personalities shaped, and why do we go through phases of self sabotage or self destructive behaviour?

It turns out there are many varied and complex explanations. The human brain, and the human mind, are an eternal mystery. Yes, they have been allocated scientific names, doctors and professors dedicate their careers to research and experimenting, and psychiatrists have developed methods of treatment for people who ask for help. Yet still there are many individuals that go about their daily lives in a state of exhaustion and pain. And they cannot talk about it.

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You cannot tell someone that you feel ill without displaying some sort of physical symptom. I know this from personal experience. I have manifested joint pain, sickness and general fatigue at various points in my life, when really it was simply because I was run down and in need of rest and respite. Now, personally I have never been diagnosed with a mental illness. I thought I had post natal depression late in 2013, but after visiting medical professionals it was decided that my problems lay elsewhere. They are related to mental health, but I will not disclose further details because the people in question are not comfortable discussing it publicly.

And there we have it. We cannot talk about mental health. It amazes me every day when I speak to friends and family members, and they tell me they are off work with severe stress and anxiety, or they constantly worry about every aspect of their lives; their work, their family life, their personal choices. So today I reach out to everyone who is feeling ill but cannot explain what it is or why. You are entitled to feel this way, and more importantly, you can move on from it. People are willing to help. Just ask. And know that you are loved by those you are close to. Always.

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Vampire Tarot Reading

Following on from my previous post, The Vampire Tarot and Me, here is the Tarot reading in full that I did using The Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night card deck…

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Card 1 – The Devil – Freewill: Take responsibility for your own life. Draw out your inner demons, face them and diminish their power. Or you can remain in limbo, unhappy and unfulfilled. It is your choice.

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Card 2 – Six of Cups – Nostalgia: You are still controlled by the memory of past events. Previous experiences and lifelong habits are hard to break. Yes, it is easy to wallow in self pity and reminiscences. However, now is the time to move on. Free yourself from the past. It is the only way forward.

Card 3 – Knave of Pentacles – Companion: A friend is offering something. Are you ready to receive? Perhaps you seek fulfillment elsewhere, when really your guide was here all along, waiting patiently in the shadows. Let them help you.

Card 4 – Two of Pentacles – Choice: It is your choice. Everything is your choice, even when the options seem limited. Will you decide the future of your life, or will you allow someone else to do it for you?

Card 5 – Ace of Pentacles – Resources: Gather your resources, to equip you at this exciting and terrifying stage. Once you decide what you want to do, the means to create it are waiting to be claimed.

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Card 6 – Five of Pentacles – Need: You feel totally alone and totally helpless. Life is hard, and at this stage you struggle to see beyond that. This is a low point, but now you can look up and begin to transform your state of mind.

Card 7 – Three of Pentacles – Discernment: Place your trust wisely in those you meet. Someone may offer the answer to your dreams, but it is a false hope. Think carefully before you act.

Card 8 – Six of Pentacles – Gift: If a trusted friend offers you a gift, accept it graciously and without guilt. Show your appreciation with kind gestures and words. Be wary of a gift bestowed by a stranger or a new ‘friend.’

Card 9 – Ten of Cups – Family: You may form an unlikely alliance with new (and old) friends. Enjoy the security, accept their support, and offer your own services in return. That is the model for a true family. The link is forged from more than blood and tradition.

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The Vampire Tarot and Me: Embrace Your Shadows

“It is time to embrace the shadows, listen to their words, and move on towards the light with knowledge, peace and understanding.”

So begins my journey with The Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night. I have had this deck of Tarot cards for over a year now, but have not really worked with them. Indeed, I have hardly worked with any of my Tarot cards this year. I have been rather distracted with my children and family dramas. Anyway, today, being the beginning of October, seems a good time to start. And truthfully, I was drawn to work with the vampire Tarot cards today.

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I will post a full reading separately, as there is lot to say in this instance. Suffice to say, if you are stuck in a difficult situation, and you are struggling to find your way out, then perhaps this will help. If not, please move on with love and compassion. The cards come to us when we need to hear their message.

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OK, here is the reading in brief:

There is a sense that you are taking one step forward and two steps back at the moment. Life is hard. It would be easy to give up now, but you are not that kind of person. You have already overcome great struggles and challenges in your life. This one is weak in comparison. The choice is yours to make. Break free, move on, and embrace your true potential. Your guides are out there, and you know who they are. Ask them, and they will help, but only if they see you making the effort to help yourself.

Have a lovely weekend, my friends!

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