" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 1, 2018

Ravenswood: Gold Mining Town's Halloween Tradition Still Alive After 110 Years?

Gold mining town's Halloween tradition still alive after 110 years
I'm not sure if I have ever heard of the small Queensland town of Ravenswood before, since while I have lived in Queensland nearly all of my life I have yet to venture any further north than Mooloolaba (yeah, I know I need to get out more, right?-)
Which is probably a bit weird, since I have driven right down to the bottom of Tasmania and back, but never much further north than where I have lived for most of my life.
Even Rainbow Beach is further north than anywhere I have ever traveled in the state that I live in.
But I have that black can of paint in the back of my car now and am ready to visit those Rainbow stairs I wrote about the other day, so keep an eye out in Rainbow Beach for any suspicious blue cars with Queensland number-plates parked around those stairs if you live in that town -
A Town's War Over the 'Rainbow Staircase': Get Over It Maybe?
How the future of the Rainbow staircase will look:-)
But I'm sure you guys will GET OVER IT once I've modified the stairs;-)
I probably shouldn't joke about doing that to the staircase in case somebody does do it and then points the finger to this post.
Anyway, forget about Rainbow Beach for now and let's get back to Ravenswood the town, not the TV show or movie.
I thought Halloween celebrations were just a recent commercial pop cultural venture in Australia, but it looks like I was wrong about that.
No ghost town
Ravenswood has been celebrating Halloween for about 110 years it seems.
I wonder if Gordon White knew about Ravenswood's yearly celebrations?
Season of the Witch and a Discovery of Witches?
Gordon White's latest podcast was a talk about Halloween with friends on the other side of the planet in Cornwall, England, where the blackbird is on the council logo.
Oddly enough, I've been reading my copy of Gordon White's book 'The Chaos Protocols' and yesterday I had just read the chapter 'Armies of the Dead', where Gordon writes about the last 100 years of NDE data.
I don't mind reading about magick, but I'm more into shamanism than ye old magick ways of yore.
To me it's a bit like reading books on yoga.
I find yoga interesting to read about, but I can't see myself ever donning yoga pants and practicing it seriously.
But whatever floats your boat I guess.
I think my own form of shamanism is just as effective as Gordon's idea of magick.
But maybe we're both delusional when it comes to woo-woo?
Or should I say woo-who?
What is it with birds and Halloween?
Foul Owl on the Prowl?
 I do find it amusing that Gordon mentions St. Bartholomew in that 'Armies of the Dead' chapter, as my parents had me baptized at a local Church of England (AKA The Anglican ChurchSt. Bartholomew's Church, not that my parents were church goers or believed in anything really when it came to religion.
I was always kind of pissed about being baptized in a protestant church, because at school most of my friends were Roman Catholic and when we had to go to religious instruction at school I had to go to the Church of England class and my friends went to their Catholic class and when they came back they would nearly always come back with a saints medal or some trinket, which I always thought was cool.
I'd go home and ask my parents if I could convert to Catholicism like Nan was and my dad would tell me it was all just man made BS anyway and to forget about it.
My other Gran would take me with her when I was a child to the local RC Church to play bingo and I would look around at the horse racing pictures on the church hall and think no wonder Nan was a Catholic and what a cool church it looked like compared to the church I was baptized in.
Life's a gamble, right?-)   
But I tend to agree with Paul Cox when it comes to religion, as I believe "God" is bigger than any religion.
My Halloween door-knocker's
stock of goodies for the kids 
Painting by Fra Angelico
Today is All Saints Day and I still have a bowl of lollies and chocolate (candy as Americans say) left over from last night, as no children came around knocking on my front door (insert crickets chirping) and since I'm on a non-dairy vegetarian diet right now I can't eat those chocolates without breaking my diet.
Looking at those chocolates is like an ex-smoker looking at an open packet of cigarettes, but I can't be tempted to eat those chocolates after a year of being off them, so I'll have to give them to my sister and her family to eat.
The choc-lolly that's over a year old in my pantry 
I actually still have a 'Fantales' in my kitchen pantry that I wouldn't be game to eat, which was left over from last year when I was eating and drinking dairy products.
An old Fantales I still have
I kept it to remind me to write a post that has been on the back-burner for nearly a year now, which I still intend to write at some future point and then I'll toss the lolly into the bin before someone finds it and eats it:-)
That scene from the movie 'Caddyshack':-)
Tomorrow is 'The Day of the Dead' and I was thinking I wonder if Ravenswood ever thought of holding a three day event, which would include Halloween, All Saints Day and then a
'Day of the Dead' parade through the main street?
You could probably even get Chris Hemsworth to promote a three day tourism event like that one?-)
A scene from the first Hemsworth 'Thor' movie;-)
Just a THORght;-)

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