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Our Booklets are designed to give away to others or for your own personal use. Below is the content of the booklet. A Warning to Christian Parents, click here. I was greeted by an adorable bunch of little kids doing their level best to look like gruesome Witches and vampires. He loves every one of you very much. I was poignantly aware of the fact that it is a night the devil has made a point of claiming for himself. I have to admit that the boy gave me a start, but I stood my ground and dropped a banana into his bag.
And indeed it is, even though it is most assuredly the night set aside for the glorification and worship of idols, false gods, Satan, and death. Most of us in the United States have grown up observing Halloween in one form or another.
From the time we are in preschool, we make drawings or cutouts of sinister black Witches—the haggier the better. We make paintings of gruesome black cats with gleaming, evil, orange eyes; we hang up smirking paper skeletons with dancing limbs; we glue together ghost and bat mobiles; and we design demoniacal faces for our pumpkins. For several years, one thoughtful kindergarten teacher in Southern California even provided ghosts for her pupils to commune with at Halloween.
Inside was six inches of thick orange wool string with a knot tied a quarter of the way up to make a loop resembling a head. Your ghost is exactly what you ordered. You will find that your ghost is attached to an orange string.
Do not untie the special knot until you are ready to let your ghost go. Your ghost will tell you when it is hungry and what it prefers to eat.
It will sleep in the air beside you all day. It especially likes quiet places where there are cobwebs, creaky boards and corners. If you follow the above directions, you will have a very happy ghost.
The Christian mother managed to get hold of the envelope, orange ghost-carrier and all, and sent it to me. It is possible, of course, that the teacher meant nothing sinister by it. Perhaps to her it was just a cute exercise in imagination for her kindergartners. Nevertheless, in light of the stated intent of many Transpersonal i.
Any number of evangelical churches, ever mindful of their youth programs and ministries, will sponsor haunted houses designed to scare the wits out of the kids. There are a number of reasons it is not. For one thing, terror can kill. When my husband was a teenager, the family next door to him lost their toddler one Halloween when the little one opened the door to trick-or-treaters. Their hideous appearance and shrieks so traumatized the child that he literally dropped dead on the spot.
That may be a rare example, but the fact remains that terrorizing children is dangerous. Anyway, they made you stick your hand into it, and any number of kids spent the rest of the night throwing up. The eve of October 31 marked the transition from summer into the darkness of winter. It marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The Feast of Samhain was a fearsome night, a dreaded night, a night in which great bonfires were lit, according to some pagan traditions, to Samana the Lord of Death, the dark Aryan god who was known as the Grim Reaper, the leader of the ancestral ghosts.
And even colder, darker creatures filled the night: evil Witches flying through the night,6 hobgoblins, and evil pookas that appeared in the form of hideous black horses.
Demons, fairies, and ghouls roamed about as the doors of the burial sidh-mounds opened wide,7 allowing them free access to the world of living men. These loathsome beings were usually not in a particularly good mood by the time they arrived, and it was feared that unless these spirits were appeased and soothed with offerings and gifts they would wreak mischief and vengeance by destroying crops, killing cattle, turning milk sour, and generally making life miserable.
The ancient Celtic villagers realized, however, that merely feeding the spirits might not be enough to speed them on their way. The ghoulies might decide it would be rude to eat and run, as it were, and might just be tempted to stick around. That simply would not do. So arose the practice of dressing in masks and costumes: Chosen villagers disguised themselves as the fell creatures at large, mystically taking on their attributes and powers.
The villagers would gather and dance round and round the bonfire, whose light and heat they believed would help the sun make it through the cold, dark winter. Lewis Spence in his book The History and Origins of Druidism says: Certain writers on Celtic history have indignantly denied that the Druidic caste ever practiced the horrible rite of human sacrifice.
There is no question, however, that practice it they did. He tells us that no sacrifice might be carried out except in the presence of a Druid. There can be little doubt that at one time it involved human sacrifice—of criminals saved up for the purpose or, at the other end of the scale, of an aging king; little doubt, either, that these ritual deaths were by fire. The Feast of Samhain was by no means the only celebration at which the Druids practiced human sacrifice.
Sacrificial victims were also burned in their sacred fires during the spring festival of Beltane held on the eve of the first of May as part of their fertility rites. Garfield was thrilled at the realization that Halloween was a night where he got to rake in free candy. He decides to sucker poor unsuspecting Otie, an exceedingly dumb though endearing doggie, into going with him so that Garfield could double his personal candy haul.
Should I share my candy with those less fortunate than I? Am I missing the spirit of Halloween? But nothing could be further from the truth. To them, Halloween is one of the four greater Sabbats held during the year.
It is the time of Harvest Celebration—that season in which the Great Goddess goes to sleep for the long winter months, giving way to the Horned God of Hunting and Death, who will rule until her return on the first of May. It is a time of ritual and for ridding oneself of personal weaknesses,17 a time for feasting and joyful celebration.
It is also a time for communing with the spirits of the dead. Witches Arnold and Patricia Crowther say that— Halloween has always been the Festival of the Dead and was believed to be the best time to contact those who had passed over.
Witches tried to make contact through the god of Death himself. So when the bonfire had burned down, the priestess, in her new role as the god, held a skull between her hands, using it as a crystal-gazing ball. This was the kind of necromancy practiced centuries before the Fox Sisters, with their poltergeist tappings, started the modern craze for spiritualism.
Others will use a darkened scrying-mirror into which they stare until the faces of their beloved departed supposedly appear. Halloween to them is a more sinister and direct celebration of death and Satan.
To them, the sacrifices he demands are not symbolic at all. At various times during the year, but especially during the month of October, police across the country report finding the remains of animals—some with the blood drained, others with various organs missing, some carefully skinned while keeping the tortured creature alive. They are frequently found at sites which indicate that some form of ritual took place. Because of its innocence and frailty, a tiny child is viewed by these Satanists as the perfect sacrifice to their Master.
The infant is seen as a representation of the Christ Child, and it is He whom they are blaspheming and symbolically destroying in the prolonged and brutal torture and slaying of the child.
Much as the government will plant undercover narcotic agents in various high schools to find out who is pushing or using drugs on campus, so some Satanists may plant kids at the schools who are there solely for the purpose of discerning potential members or victims among the students. The Dungeons and Dragons clubs are key hunting grounds for them, as are other groups and clubs based on medieval themes.
Ephesians admonishes us to be imitators of God. Can you picture the Lord Jesus dressing up as Satan, or as one of the demons He cast out that week, or perhaps as a Druid priest, just because it was the Feast of Samhain and His disciples were giving a nifty party that night in honor of the tradition? Or can you see the apostles disguising themselves as temple prostitutes or as worshipers of the god Moloch, to whom the Canaanites and even the Israelites in their darker days sacrificed their children?
When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.
Jeremiah Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. Some families view the occasion as a witnessing opportunity and handout Gospel tracts along with the treats. Other Christian families choose to spend the night remembering the saints who have gone to be with the Lord during the year. A saint, according to the Bible, is anyone who has believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Messiah.
Perhaps you could spend this night talking about the martyrs who were willing to die rather than compromise their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christian parents can also make a difference in the way the schools their children attend celebrate Halloween. Since God and Jesus have been banned from Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving celebrations in most of our schools, why should the government-recognized religions of Witchcraft and Satanism get free promotion on Halloween from these same institutions?
One thing Halloween should not be for the Christian is a time of fear. Spend at least part of this night worshiping God by singing hymns. Above all, spend time in prayer and intercession for the children. Too many of our children have been made vulnerable to a spirit of fear and to the occult where we allow faith in God to be extinguished by participating in the darkness of this world. After the repeal of the Witchcraft Act in England in , the Witches and Satanists experienced a revival which is currently in full swing.
For ye were sometimes [formerly] darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [expose] them. Endnotes 1. Hauntings were guaranteed, and the ghost even came with written tips on ghost-raising to make sure it would stick around.
Barbara G. Introduction by Hans Holzer. Some thought it was the spirit of a child which had been buried in the swamp. Others thought it represented the lights fairies used to beckon fools to watery death in the swamps.
She had claimed to have had supernatural experiences from the age of eleven onward, which she now believes was inherited from her great-great aunt, Dixie Jarratt Haygood, a vaudeville performer whose tricks were easily replicated by those that knew them. Michaelsen asserts these experiences were real and that she inherited real psychic powers. Michaelsen would later claim she learned how to use her psychic powers from Silva method , and that people were invited to test them to demonstrate the method. Yet James Randi states that tests to demonstrate the validity of the Silva Method are actually discouraged.
Like Lambs to the Slaughter : Your Child and the Occult by Johanna Michaelsen (1989, Paperback)
Our new and exciting series presenting a representative sample of American loons from A-Z. Michaelsen has in fact spread a fair share of paranoid bullshit herself about the paranormal, New Age silliness and Halloween herself. She has claimed that school shootings should be blamed on teenagers toying with the occult and rock music blaming in particular Rammstein for the Columbine massacre , and warned that Satanists are grooming our children for a reign of terror in the immediate future by brainwashing them with Halloween. John Beardsley of rapidnet. You can read a longer expose of Michaelsen and her antics here. As mentioned, Michaelsen never really rejected her previous New Age beliefs; indeed, she explicitly still claims the stuff she professed early on were correct, only that she had been deceived by Satan into thinking them innocent or even angelic rather than demonic.
Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Your Child and the Occult
Start your review of Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Your Child and the Occult Write a review Shelves: christian-living , fun , philosophy , apologetics This book is kind of kooky, but that just adds to its intrigue. I liked what she had to say about the dangers of a secular humanist agenda in the public schools, something which needs to be exposed since many well-meaning people assume that state schools do not have a dogmatic philosophical bent, which is actually impossible since all education must have some sort of philosophy behind it if its going to say anything. Since Christianity under the banner of religion in general has been outlawed in This book is kind of kooky, but that just adds to its intrigue. Since Christianity under the banner of religion in general has been outlawed in most state schools, we are left with a secular humanist approach. Somewhat ironically, the reigning secular humanism in state schools is also keen to embrace vague spirituality and psychic phenomenon, I remember a gifted and talented class in which I was instructed about how to develop my "third eye", for example.