Podcast Episode 11: “The Warrens”

I’m so excited that the podcast is back! Episode 11 is now available on iTunes, Stitcher & SoundCloud. Or you can click play right above and listen right here.

Episode 11 features psychic research couple Ed & Lorraine Warren whose work has been featured in cult horror movies like The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring and Annabelle. In Part I, I discuss the lives and career of the Warrens and in Part II, I’m joined by Hex Files’ contributor Craig to talk about our experience meeting Lorraine Warren and touring the Occult Museum.

As I promised in the episode, here are some of the photos I took while touring the Occult Museum. Light was certainly not on my side, so I apologize that most of the photos are poor quality but they’re still pretty awesome!

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Siquijor: Island of Witches

Looking to escape the icy grip of winter cold? Consider a visit to the Philippine island of Siquijor where temperatures hover around 80° year round. You can relax on one of their many beaches, rent a motorbike and see the sights, or (if you’re so inclined) reign down a series of curses on your enemies back home.

That’s right; on the island of Siquijor magic and witchcraft are alive and well. However, the vast majority is used strictly for healing purposes. One can see local witches, or mananambals (traditional healers) as some prefer to be called, for treatment of a number of different ailments, the removal of evil spirits, or even to acquire a love potion. Though they primarily serve tourists curious about the island’s magical reputation, many actual residents of the island swear by the healing powers of the mananambal over traditional medicine.

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One such healer is 91 year old Consing Achay, who practices bulo-bulo, the removal of evil spirits. A typical visit to Consing would begin with her chanting in an ancient language and dropping a small stone into a glass of water. As the glass is moved over the body of her client, the healer blows into the water through a bamboo straw. The water becomes increasingly cloudy as the sickness is removed. The ritual is repeated until the water remains clear throughout the procedure.

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One might be shocked to find Achay incorporating Catholic traditions into her rituals, often beginning her treatments by making the sign of the cross. During the 16th century, Catholicism was introduced to Siquijor by the Spanish, and its beliefs and traditions quickly melded with the island’s ancient practices. In fact many of the island’s witches consider themselves devote Catholics and see no contradiction between the religion and the practice of witchcraft.

Although Siquijor’s tourism industry emphasizes its reputation as a place of healing magic, there is a less advertised flip side to the magic of the island. This comes in the form of sorcerers, or black witches, known as the mambabarang. People pay top dollar for spells meant to curse those who have crossed them.

The majority of their clients seek revenge on ex-lovers, which can take the form of a spell that causes the offending party to constantly see that person’s face wherever they go. Should this level of punishment not quite fit the crime, there are more serious spells one can request meant to bring about sickness or even death.

Until recently, Siquijor lacked much in the way of modern medical facilities, offering a possible explanation for the perpetuation of the island’s ancient, mystical healing methods. But even with the addition of a hospital, good old fashioned curiosity keeps a steady flow of people coming to visit these traditional healers. So if you’re looking to rid yourself of some pesky evil spirits, or wish to inflict some on that ex who slept with your best friend, consider a vacation to scenic Siquijor, the island of witches.

 

Sources:

https://dumaguete.com/siquijor/witches-and-healers-in-siquijor/

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/30/world/la-fg-philippines-witches-20111031

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16871785

 

Pentagon’s UFO Investigations Confirmed by Former Program Leader

Last Friday, pretty much everyone in Los Angeles (including the Hex Files’ own Colleen — you can check out her post on her own experience here) were panicking about the unidentified flying object hovering over the city. Much to the disappointment of anyone who digs the supernatural, it was (apparently — my conspiracy theorists out there will know what I am talking about) not a UFO at all but instead the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. However, alien enthusiasts still have some cause to be excited: a former employee of the Pentagon has recently confirmed that, despite denying it for decades, the government has actually put some serious dough towards investigating unidentified flying objects.

According to the New York Times, a program called the Pentagon Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program was started by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid felt compelled to build the program in response to a discussion with his friend and political donor who owns an aerospace company. This friend supposedly told Reid he believes in the existence of aliens.

Luis Elizondo is the former leader of this program and has recently revealed its purpose was to investigate UFO sightings. He reports he program raised $22 million dollars to aid in its investigative effort. Elizondo told CNN in a recent interview, “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone… We found a lot.”

After his resignation, Elizondo became associated with a for-profit company called To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences. The company is co-owned by extraterrestrial enthusiast and musician Tom DeLonge. According to the company’s website, To The Stars has “mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the U.S. intelligence community, including the CIA, Department of Defense, who have been operating under the shadows of top secrecy for decades. The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity. Without the restrictions of government priorities.”

To read more, check out CNN.com and politico.com.

Featured photo courtesy of The Daily Beast.

Elon Musk’s Rocket Turns Unsuspecting Angelenos Into An Alien Frenzy

Tonight at around 5:30PM I stepped outside for a moment in my Encino backyard. Winter Solstice has officially come and gone, so it was a cold night for LA and it was already dark.

I happened to look up and beside the moon, I see what looks like a hole in the sky. From that hole a strong light peered through and projected across the dark sky. ( “Have you ever seen a portal?” )

First thing I do? Well, it’s 2017 – I grab my phone from my pocket and take a picture. This looks pretty cool.

From the photo it may look like a cloud. But no, in person this looked like a hole or rip that almost allowed us to view another sky beyond our sky. I move further into the backyard to get even more of a view…

I’m really wondering what was going on at this point. It wasn’t a normal cloud, there’s a light, so what the hell am I looking at?

“North Korea? A rip in the space time continuum? WHAT.IS.HAPPENING?!”

I run out front to see if I can get a less obstructed view. I take another shot:

See those two dots above and on either side of the Moon? They were moving! At one point it looked like they were shining a light into that ‘rip’ in the sky. Then you would see different dots floating around. “Okay, that’s it! Totally aliens!”

Do you follow Tom Delonge‘s alien endeavors? How about that recent article from CNN quoting former Pentagon UFO official, Luis Elizondo, ‘We may not be alone’.

I take to the internet! Elon Musk takes the opportunity to pull a tongue-in-cheek 2017 Orson Wells-esque move here…

Elon Musk tweets “Nuclear Alien UFO from North Korea”

He retweets some amateur on-the-ground video footage. The background chatter has me laughing! “OMG. Go to Twitter!” “I don’t know how to use Twitter, I’m calling my Mom!”

Radio DJs even get on air and let everyone know that it was not an alien attack and not the beginning of nuclear war. It was a rocket!

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara at approximately 5:27PM. The rocket was carrying 10 satellites that all deployed successfully. The satellites will be a part of a constellation operated by Iridium Communications. This marks the 18th and final launch of the year.

What a wild ride, L.A.!

Tell me what you think in the comments – UFO Cover-Up or successful rocket launch for satellite deployment?

Watch a ground view video here – Encino, Ca