Haunted Obejcts

A haunting occurs when a ghost or other supernatural being refuses to move on after death but instead choosing to dwell among the living. Though most people associate hauntings with houses, a spirit or demon can attach themselves to just about any object, from jewelry to paintings.

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Ostara: Spring Equinox

The spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere falls on Sunday March 20 this year, marking the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Wiccans and other neopagans observe the day as Ostara, a festival that celebrates the season’s change from dark winter to brightening spring.

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Ostara is personified by the goddess who represents the dawn, the coming of new light and rebirth through many of the rituals, decorations and gifts that we’re familiar with to this day. They include colorful Easter eggs, rabbits, and baskets filled with sweets. Due to the popularity of these symbols in ancient times they were coopted by Christianity from “pagans” into what we know as Easter celebrations. Many of us continue to celebrate the season with a little bit of pagan influenced decor and delights.

Along with Ostara, many Wiccans and neopagans observe Beltane, Litha (or summer solstice), Lughnasadh, the autumnal equinox, Samhain, Yule and Imbolc. For many neopagans, Ostara celebrates the Spring Maiden and the Horned God sometimes envisioned as the god Pan, symbolizes the festive enjoyment of nature through hunting and dancing.
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Many religions celebrate holidays during this time of year, including the Hindu Holi, Jewish Purim, Sikh Hola Mohalla and Christian Easter.
Here– you can read a post that I wrote last year about a place that celebrates Easter a bit like Halloween
Elle. x

Hazing Rituals

I’ve recently finished watching “Scream Queens” and absolutely Loved it,  honestly can’t wait for the second season!

I’ve always been curious to know what it feels like to be part of a sorority (or confraternity) but mainly always wanted to know what kind of “rituals” pledges have to deal with. I’m pretty sure you are all thinking about the worst kind of stuff we all see in the American movies (or porn), well,  sometimes fiction and fantasies is not that far from reality.

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Loss of dignity can be expected during the pledge process, but 19-year old Tyler Lawrence ended up losing a testicle, pledges at Wilmington College’s Gamma Phi Gamma house, known as “Gobbler House,” were blindfolded, ordered to strip and “lie on the floor and imitate a swimming action.” They then had “a substance described as being like ‘Icy Hot’ applied to their nipples, back, buttocks and scrotum” and were whipped with towels. Lawrence ended up going to the hospital where his testicle was surgically removed due to “damage caused to him when he was struck by the towel.”

Brittany Sterling, pledged at Zeta Phi Beta sorority, was forced to clean up juice from the floor using her back and act as a trash can for the other girls, taking whatever garbage they had and carrying it in her pockets.

“Our sorority sisters gave all the pledges new earrings by stapling both of their earlobes” wrote an anonymous sorority sister on an message board.

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But, sometimes the entire situation could go too far and hazing allegedly turned deadly. In 2011, a 19-year-old sophomore student at Cornell died after he was kidnapped, bound with zip-ties and duct tape, and forced to drink as part of an Sigma Alpha Epsilon hazing ritual, his blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit.

In 2002 students Kristen High and Kenitha Saafir died, a lawsuit filed after their deaths claims that while the girls were pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha, they were required to do hours of exercise and then walk backwards into the ocean. When a wave swept Saafir out to sea, High swum after to help, knowing Saafir couldn’t swim. The rough waves drowned both girls.

Though some schools are aiming to crack down on this type of dangerous behavior, hazing rituals will continue to go unpunished… if they stay secret. Would you respect your vow of secrecy?!

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Elle. x

P.S: Yours truly is on Snapchat, username: elleweirdo (’cause ellepalmer was already taken -.-). Feel free to add me/send me weird, bizarre, spooky stuff (I know, I’m writing this at my own “risk”). 

Happy Birthday The Weirdo!

(Yesterday) The Weirdo turned one! This first year has been an amazing, incredible, interesting and WEIRD journey!

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Through this blog I’ve got the opportunity to get to know other amazing people and found a lot of interesting blogs that inspire me on a daily basis. I’m also very thankful for all the readers, honestly when I see all the flags in the Statistics section it feels great and it makes me realize that I’m  not alone as a lot of people are interested in weird, creepy topics as well. *vitual hugs to you all*

I know I haven’t been posting a lot but life is getting a bit hectic lately, but I promise that I’ll be back SOON with lots of, well, weird posts! THANK YOU ALL!

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Elle. xx