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Vampire and Paranormal Museum

According to Atlas Obscura, there is a fascinating Vampire and Paranormal Museum in Pennsylvania:

Haunted lighthouseAn extraordinary collection of vampire-themed antiques lurks on the second floor of a store.

Tucked away in the same building as an antiques store in a small Pennsylvania town lies a shockingly large collection of antique vampire-killing sets.

Covering the walls are the standard tools of the vampire hunter: the stake, the crucifix, the holy water bottle. But the stakes are far more than pointy, wooden sticks. Believed to date back centuries, all the weapons have been beautifully decorated with a variety of religious and allegorical carvings. They are spectacular objets d’art from every corner of the world, including several personal collections from actors who played Dracula in films. One wooden “traveling vampire hunter kit,” from around 1870 was owned by actor Carlos Villarias, who portrayed the famous count in a Spanish language Dracula.

 

Edmondo Crimi, the owner of the museum, was an antiques dealer who traveled the world collecting these weird and wonderful objects for the past half century. Whether or not any of these weapons has killed a vampire of course remains unsubstantiated, but the mere existence of these historic pieces of craftsmanship speaks to the enduring power of vampire folklore.  

But it isn’t all vampire-related artifacts. There are also antique Ouija boards, statues of the archangel Michael, and a chair used for exorcisms in 19th-century Germany. If it’s odd, supernatural, and beautiful, they probably have one at this gem of a museum.

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Admission is $15 and the museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Horoscope for the Week of February 26, 2024 - Pluto Enters Aquarius

AspectsTransformative Pluto enters Aquarius slowly unleashing powerful changes where change is needed. See how things move and shake into place over time.

Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 12th printing and available as an eBook.

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

While you may feel that your social circle is set in stone, don’t be surprised if you find dramatic changes in the groups you hang with or the people you see regularly. This shift is a necessary growth stage for you, Aries, as you find that new liaisons are not only refreshing but also energizing. Transform your social set now.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

While you feel like you are on a set track for the foreseeable future, don’t be surprised if your goals go a little off course and possibly even course correct.  That’s right, Taurus. Paths are not always as they seem or as they should be. The fates are keeping an eye on you and leading you on a direction that will be even better.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Travel will not only be illuminating, Gemini, it could set you off in an entirely new direction. Expect the unexpected when you get out of your comfort zone. This is a mind expansion time that can fill you with great experiences and possibly an entirely new frame of reference. Enjoy the adventure and see where you land.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Whatever passions you may have, Cancer, expect a few of them to unexpectedly change. You might even surprise yourself in what suddenly charges you up and gets you going. See what sparks your imagination, your love and your reactions. All in all it will take you into a more fertile and sensuous place.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Some relationships need juicing up. Others need to change in other ways. You find that your need for certain folks undergoes a remarkable shift, Leo. Allow yourself the time and the freedom to weigh each of your moves and, most importantly, embrace every change no matter how complex or confusing it may first seem.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Whatever energized you in the past may no longer be as effective as you would like, Virgo. That means that you may need a full reappraisal of your health regime. How you go about processing and operating may also shift to a new form that will eventually be far more productive and successful. Keep yourself open to possibilities.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Your definition of fun and amusements may change now, Libra. That is because there are new and dramatic shifts in what piques your interest and impacts your taste. All of this may surprise and intrigue you. The question is - Are you maturing or are you revving up for a wild ride? It is totally up to you … or to the planets.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Certain family relationships undergo a shift, Scorpio. It may mean that you develop a much closer relationship with someone who has previously been rather distant. Or it could mean a change in the dynamics of a currently close relative. Whatever happens, it will be needed, necessary and ultimately successful for you.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Your communication style can dramatically and unexpectedly change, Sagittarius. This evolution can make you more opinionated or more diplomatic. Try out some new ideas and see who you can convince. You may find that you are especially dramatic and compelling. Use your skills to transform the landscape and do good things.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

Your monetary situation may have its ups and downs but a major shake-up that is inevitable is about to place things on a better course. Expect to have to make some hard choices, Capricorn, as well as having some difficult choices foisted upon you. But understand that, in the end, you will be in a much better and more stable place.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Your appearance may undergo a needed and dramatic change, Aquarius. The way you face the world can be much more dramatic and impressive if you focus on it. Your ability to engage others, especially important folks becomes more successful and artful. So allow yourself the opportunity to transform. You then open up your path.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Secrets spill out fast and furious, Pisces. How can you best manage these revelations? Patience and flexibility will be required as well as a sense of optimism so that whatever transpires in the realm of personal health and enrichment can be handled well. You understand what is needed and necessary in the moment.

(c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. @thestarryeye Find astrology readings on tinyurl.com/TheStarryEye and a great sun sign book at tinyurl.com/Herscopes


Lucky Numbers for the Week of February 23, 2024

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of February 23-29, 2024:

4, 9, 13, 21, 31, 37, 64, 70

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


Jewish Magic from Greece to Galicia

Join My Jewish Learning to learn about, compare, and contrast Jewish magical traditions among Ashkenazi and Ottoman Sephardi Jews, including amulets, magical creatures, and secret names.

This video joins Dr. Devin E. Naar, the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington, and Olivia Devorah Tucker, Talmudist, demonologist, and Program Coordinator at SVAR in revealing some of the secrets of avoiding the evil eye:

 


Horoscope for the Week of February 19, 2024 - Sun in Pisces

AspectsThe Sun enters Pisces this week making us more sensitive, intuitive and dreamy. Use your sixth sense to make sense of the world now.

Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 12th printing and available as an eBook.

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

Allow yourself some time to decompress, Aires. There will be opportunities to not only chill out but also achieve a more mellow outlook. There are forces working in your favor like a guardian angel as certain events find the right path to resolution. The cosmos continues to protect you. Give back with your charitable efforts.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

Friendships become much more important to you, Taurus. That means that anything you can do to expand your social circle and meet new people will benefit you in the long term. Join some new clubs, develop some new interests and otherwise enable yourself to fit into almost any type of group. You will soon be in charge.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Your career goals now get a boost, Gemini. It is not by chance – your success is due to all of your hard work to make it happen. The planets are just now offering you an open door to walk through. So consolidate all of your efforts, showcase your talents to the powers-that-be and see how fast and far you can go.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

If you are feeling hemmed in and a bit bored, now is the time to get out of your rut and do something totally different and unexpected. There are places to go, people to meet and experiences to enjoy. It refreshes your overall outlook and lead you to new ideas and life directions. You will not regret taking a leap of faith, Cancer.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

How feisty can you become, Leo? You seem to have extra dose of animal magnetism that attracts all types of attractive people into your orbit. Your overall intensity works well for you and makes you appear more desirable and mysterious. How can you best harness all of this lovely attention? You find a few happy ways…

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Relationships take on more importance now, Virgo. How can you best leverage your business and personal partnerships so they are more in sync with your needs and desires? You seem to know just what to do to make others feel special and wanted. Pour it on and see how others will happily respond. All will win.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

There will be times when you will want to concentrate more on your health and overall well-being. When that happens, be sure to find more ways to de-stress and relax, Libra. You need to feel in balance and in harmony with others. This can now be achieved with a range of meditative and contemplative methods.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

Party time comes to Scorpios. Your fun-filled calendar fills up and your ability to schmooze with almost anyone can lead to even more enticing invitations. Allow yourself to go with the social flow and mine your imagination to make every event even more special. You become the one to know and can easily top the A-list.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Get some of your long postponed home-based projects off the ground, Sagittarius. You can better imagine what needs to be done and can come up with even more creative solutions as the project gets underway. Anything that you can do to make your domestic surroundings more comfortable will have long lasting benefits.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

You know just what to say to put people at ease and make others feel special and heard, Capricorn. So be sure to get your personal message across to those who are most receptive. But also listen to them so you can craft your message to an even finer point. You are compelling and powerful. See how far you can take it.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

Money becomes the focus of your activities now, Aquarius. Opportunities are there for certain strategies and directions. Whatever you currently have in the bank, I suggest that you concentrate on making that dough grow. Yes, you earn it and can now spend it but, even better, find more ways to invest it.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Not only are you in the epicenter of the social swirl, you create a bit of a swirl yourself, Pisces. Your charisma is high and your ability to get into certain exclusive sets is strong. You have the ability to make a great first impression and start new and exciting things. Show the crowds why you are the one they need to know.

(c) 2024 MADAM LICHTENSTEIN, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. @thestarryeye Find astrology readings on tinyurl.com/TheStarryEye and a great sun sign book at tinyurl.com/Herscopes


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