Friday, April 2, 2010

The Ghost Seers of Good Friday

Today is Good Friday.  The day when two thousand years ago or so,  Jesus was nailed to the cross and died at the hands of the high priests of his day.  It is a day of darkness and shadow which is supposed to be celebrated with fasting and prayer.   The hour of Christ's death is supposedly at 3pm.  Those that believe in demons and devils, often think that 3am is the antithesis of this hour and thus the darkest and most haunted hour of night.

European folklore also maintiains that those who were born on Christmas Day or Good Friday had the power to see spirits and even command them, a superstition to which Sir Walter Scott alludes in his poem "Marmion" (stanza 22). The Spaniards attributed the haggard and downcast looks of their Philip II to the disagreeable visions to which this privilege subjected him.  The children of Good Friday were the most powerful ghost seers and unlike many other seers, the Friday children could control the spirits of the other world and were often sought out for their supernatural abilities.

There are other days that are thought to convey power,  but none are quiet as powerful as Good Friday.  Children born on Sundays were also thought to be able to see into the other world.  Sunday children had the faculty of seeing much that was hidden from others. It is said that they can not pass by a church at night without seeing a hearse or a spectre.   In some places children born at twilight, were thought to be gifted with the sight and there are also those who believe that those born on the winter and summer solstice can see ghosts.    My brother was born on Good Friday and has always been gifted in every way.  He doesn't see ghosts, but every other gift that can be bestowed on a child was given to him.  I was born on the solstice and I don't have my brothers gifts,  but I have others, so maybe these old wives tales are true and those born at certain times are born special and Good Friday children are the most special of all.

6 comments:

Autumnforest said...

I love these legends and origins of customs. That's intriguing about the ability to see spirits and such depending on when you're born. I was born dead actually and took 4 minutes to revive me and get me to breathe. My mom said that was why I was sensitive. A psychic once told me it was have a double earlobe on the left. I do think the situation during birth and the first contact with the world can having a lasting effect. I wonder what that means to children born in tubs? All very intriguing. You got the wheels in my head turning.

Above the Norm said...

This was information is was not aware of, thanks Jessica. BTW, Autumnforest, Mike was born dead too and that is why I think he has many paranormal experiences.

Jessica Penot said...

That's very interesting. I never thought about the affects of being born dead. I'm glad you made it and Mike too!

Anonymous said...

....i was born on christmas. and now weird things are happening to me. my mom looked over at me on my way to practice and said something then she quickley looked back with a disturbed look on her face saying that she saw a hand reaching twords me. i was looking in the mirror and saw something move on on my bed i turned around and there was nothing there...i hear people talking, but there is nobody there. i have dreams of creatures trying to get me but they cant for some reason...

kelsey said...

i was born on christmas...odd things have been happening to me latley..i was standing in the mirror and i saw something move on my bed i turned around and there was nothing there. i was on my way to practice and my mom turned to say something to me and quickley turned back with a horrified look on her face, she swore she saw a hand reaching to me. i walked out of practice and a car started honking and flashing and nobody was in the car... i have dreams of something trying to get me but they cant for some reason..i hear voices loud and clear, but nobody is there...

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