Date: 15-16 July 1988
Location: St Michael's Cemetery Pensacola Fl.
Running late, class got out at 2330 almost an hour later than normal for a Friday. I arrived about 45 minutes later than I had hoped to. I entered the cemetery and made my way towards the tomb, as I got close I saw 3 individuals, all male, sitting in front of the tomb. 4 lit candles had been placed around something on the ground which the 3 sat around with arms extended towards. I was able to get really close before I was noticed by one of the men who let the others know someone was watching. To their credit, they did not run off and I was able to introduce myself and ask what they were doing. They explained they were contacting the spirit of C's Great grandfather (I recorded their names in my Journal but for the sake of anonymity I will not use them... They will be A, B and C). I asked them their names and ages which turned out to be pretty close to my own (A was 18 years old, B was 18. 5 years old and C was 20 years old). I asked why attempt this in the cemetery and C answered that his mother always told him this was his Great Grandfather's tomb and that since he was not allowed to use the Ouija Board in his home he had decided to attempt it at the gravesite (My impression was that the board should not be used AT ALL). I asked how long they had been doing this and was told sense the end of June. I asked why start at midnight and was told, 'because it's the Witching Hour' (This turned into a long conversation because as a Witch I knew this to be a myth, YGS members you know my stance on this... For those who do not... There is no such thing). Once done explaining about 'the witching hour' I asked if they had made contact with any spirits. Answer: Yes. _______________ responded and had kept speaking with them each time they retuned. I asked how they opened a session and how they closed a session and was not happy with the reply. C stated that when they would start a session they would light the candles and before touching the Board they would ask that only 'good' spirits communicate with them. After that they would begin to make contact and ask questions. I asked about their first session... Basically whom did they ask to make contact with and was told by C that they had started by saying, "Are there any spirits here that would like to communicate with us?" Once a spirit made contact they asked its name and it replied "My Tomb", so they thought they had made contact with C's Great Granddad. I asked if they had requested any proof and was told, no they had not, as it seemed HIGHLY LIKELY that they had actually made contact with the spirit whose former physical body rested in the tomb. I asked If they had made contact this night and was told I had interrupted a 'conversation' and that they had not been surprised nor run off because the spirit had told them I was approaching, but I was not Security, nor the Police. I asked them to close the session and stood 'aghast' (Yup, that's the word in my Journal) as they all placed their fingers on the Board and instead of saying goodbye to the spirit and moving the Planchette to the word GOODBYE on the board, C stated this, "___________ we leave you now, but keep this portal open so that when we next attempt contact it will be easier." They packed up their equipment and I explained my background, which they seem to except, I also offered to help them and they accepted. Meeting set up for the 19th at C's home.
Date: 19 July 1988
Location: C's Home
Arrived at C's home, present were A, B and C as well as myself. Discussion centered on their Board Sessions and the 'open connection' they had been leaving at the Cemetery. A, B and C let me know they had contacted a total of 3 spirits, the first one being C's Great Grandfather, an unidentified female spirit and another male spirit that gave them the name Clyde, A Confederate soldier during the Civil War. Over the past 4 weeks, after establishing solid contact with these three spirits (asking basic questions about their own backgrounds) over a 4 week period of time they were ready to begin asking questions of their future, which I interrupted. I asked if any of them had begun experiencing anything at their own homes after starting the Board sessions. After a few minutes B mentioned that he had been hearing noises in his room, mostly voices... Just low enough that he could not make out what they were saying he stated it sounded like a conversation between a woman and a man. After this C mentioned the relationship with his longtime girlfriend had suddenly come to an end, and that she had complained of the time he was spending communicating with his Great Grandfather, when I asked C admitted that he had been using the Board while at home and alone and she told him he had become obsessed and did not seem like the man she had met. I explained to them that by not closing the board session the spirits, not just the ones that spoke with them, may have developed an attachment to them... That they may be getting oppressed or even worse. A and B both looked worried but C played it off as no big deal and that I was just trying to scare them (Note to self: C's actions and voice seemed... Different somehow... Higher vocal pitch and his body language had changed... Before topic of relationship had been breached he had been sitting with his legs out in front of the chair, crossed at the ankles right over left... As the pitch of his voice changed he sat upright, arms at his sides, legs bent at the knees and feet planted firmly side by side). I did however convince A and B that the session should at least be closed properly and they in turn convinced C of the same (Note to self: as they spoke with him his voice regained its deeper timbre and he returned to his 'lounging' position with his legs extended with his feet crossed at the ankles, right over left) . I arranged to meet them on the evening of the 21st at 00:00 (Thursday becoming Friday) I explained that I wanted to attempt the closing off of the cycle they had established so that it may be easier to accomplish.
Date 20 July 1988
Out of class and going over the Journal entry from earlier today...yesterday, whatever... I am concerned for C. The change I witnessed bothers me and I hope that what I have planned will be enough to break any links between these 3 and the Portal (in the making, or already made?) and any spirits they have been communicating with and that can form when spirit communication sessions are not closed properly. Bring Scriptures, Cards, Candles, and the Amethyst, Amber, Hematite and Clear Quartz.
(Please note that things in parenthesis are either side notes from my actual Journal entry OR an observation made as I was going through my Journal for this experience)