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Kobal: Demon aka Prince of Mockery

Kobal was created as the Archangel of Laughter and was valued by Lucifer. While Lucifer began sharing some of his opinions, Kobal was often present and would provoke defensive angels into answering. This was actually a good thing and kept the angels from ignoring important ideas. However, Kobal started concentrating more on provoking a response. Most of his comments were directed at Lucifer. Then came the Fall.

Lucifer had been watching carefully as his support grew. With that came heresy and discord. Lucifer gathered his legions around him and set out to capture Heaven for himself. He failed, and his armies were cast into Hell, including Kobal.

As Kobal saw the Rebellion fail, he watched as they were defeated. Kobal saw the future of the War. While the newbie demons were suffering in agony and despair in Hell, Kobal looked at them and laughed. Kobal approached Lucifer who rallied the demons. Lucifer urged them to join him in continuing the War with Heaven, Kobal was quiet. When Baal made it clear that he still believed in God’s omnipotence and that he was only trying to provoke God, Kobal bowed to him and left. Kobal did not participate in the creation of Pandemonium and the Principalities.

When Kobal returned, he returned as the dark, hateful and angry figure that is well known in Hell. He declared that he would take no territory of his own and ridiculed Baal, Belial and Asmodeus. He even pointed out Asmodeus’ faulty plans for attacking Heaven.

He asked Beleth about the Nighmares she created compared to the terror she herself felt at the idea of her own existence. He asked Andrealphus whether he thought his carnal pleasures would ever fill the cavernous, aching void left in him by the loss of the Love of Heaven. He even asked Lucifer how he planned to defeat Heaven with a pathetic, cry baby, whining mob.

Kobal promised Lucifer that he would support him. He promised that when Lucifer’s inferiors would argue and fight each other, he would be there to make them fear him. Kobal declared that he would ruin them in the eyes of their peers. Kobal vowed to have them hate him with a hatred as black as any they feel for Heaven because he could destroy them with words.

When Lucifer asked why Kobal was willing to do that, Kobal answered by saying that he has seen the face of God and that he could destroy them all. Kobal declared, “I am Mockery.”

Kobal’s only goal is to create for himself a temporary feeling of superiority over everything else in the Universe, and to prolong that feeling for as long as possible. He knows that he will ultimately fail because God will eventually destroy him or take away his power. Kobal thinks himself superior since he sees the truth. He vows to have everyone fear him or hate him, or both. He also encourages those he meets to mock their peers, so he can then feel even more superior by being a joker and a victim.

Kobal is whimsical in the extreme. This often provokes counter strikes against his assets. This means nothing to Kobal though because he cares about nothing. It is more important to him that his enemy destroys the assets than steal them.

Kobal will not stand being mocked. If any demon belittles him in any way, he usually destroys them immediately after he forces them to admit to their stupidity. Kobal does not like jokes. He never laughs and does not like it if others laugh or joke around him.

Kobal does not typically make blatant displays of power. He seems to have no need to impress others with force when he can ruin them with his intelligence. Kobal is also aware that controlling others does not reduce God’s power over Kobal. Only his knowledge of the secret of Mockery reduces God’s power to mock Kobal.

I have had Kobal come across spirit boxes and EVP’s numerous times while conducting paranormal research. He definitely seems to be active throughout my life. My great aunt told me that Kobal tries to insert a lot of influence into my life and she can pick up on a lot of his characteristics dominating my personality. I guess this would explain the creepy laughter coming across EVP’s and spirit box sessions. It would also explain my urge to laugh at my enemies while not feeling the need to assert any power over them. They usually show their stupidity through their behaviors.

Kobal is a pretty interesting character. I will go into detail about my run ins with him in my book.

Written by:

Cindie Harper

Stingy Jack and the Jack O’Lantern 

cindie harper halloween jack o'lantern pumpkin carving tradition historyPeople have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him but didn’t want to pay for his drink so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Jack decided to keep the money instead of paying for the drinks so he put it into his pocket next to a silver cross to keep the Devil from changing back. Jack eventually freed the Devil if he agreed not bother Jack for one year. The next year, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack he would leave him alone for ten more years. Jack died shortly after this. God would not allow Jack into heaven. The Devil wouldn’t allow Jack into hell because of the tricks he played so he sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth. He has been called “Jack of the Lantern,” and “Jack O’Lantern” ever since.

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Facts:
The original jack-o’-lanterns were carved from turnips, potatoes or beets. People began making their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips, beets or potatoes and placing them in windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.

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The jack o’lantern tradition was brought to America by immigrants from Scotland, Ireland and England. This is where they discovered that pumpkins made excellent jack-o-lanterns.

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Black Cats & Halloween- Safety Watch

It seems as though Western culture has always had a love-hate relationship with cats, especially black ones. Ancient Egyptians revered cats but western culture seems to perpetuate negative superstitions about them. In the Middle Ages, it was a common belief that cats were associated with witchcraft and evil. Many believed that witches could turn themselves into cats. During the witch trials and hunts in the 16th and 17th centuries, thousands of cats were torturously killed along with the humans who cared for them.

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Even though cats are the most popular pet in the United States and other Western countries, they are still at high risk for maltreatment.  As a result of misinformation and inaccurate age old beliefs, some people still use Halloween as an excuse to capture and viciously harm cats, especially black cats. This past weekend, during a trip to Petco, I spoke with a local cat rescue agency representative who informed me that they do not allow the adoption of black cats during the month of October. She explained that the Halloween season seems to trigger violence against cats in general and black cats in particular, so the shelter and pet foster families take extra precautions to decrease the chances of cats being adopted for the purpose of being tortured and abused. Unfortunately, this does not protect cats who are not in their care.

During Halloween season, especially on Halloween night, there are more people outside, increased traffic, and noise which could make the world a very scary and unsafe place for a cat. Please keep this is mind. Our feline friends are counting on their humans to protect them.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Oíche Shamhna Shona Duit (EE-hyeh HOW-nuh HUN-uh ditch)! (Happy Halloween!)

Written by: Cindie Harper

 

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Halloween and Samhain

Halloween was originally referred to as “All Hallow’s Eve”, the name given to the holiday because of its placement near the Christian church’s holiday of “All Saints” day, or “All Hallows”. Originally the Catholic holidays of “All Souls” and “All Saints” days that take place on and around Samhain (pronounced sowen, not sam hane by the Celts), were in February. However, when the Church spread to the Celtic lands, the dates were shifted to November.

“The modern Samhain has its roots in the ancient Celtic fire festival from which it gets its name, pronounced SOW-en, believed by some to mean “summer’s end”. Samhain is the Irish Gaelic name for the holiday, which is also called Samhuinn in Scottish and Calan Gaiaf in Welsh (Kondratiev, 1998). According to the Gaulish Coligny calendar, it is called Trinuoxtion Samonii, which means the “three nights of summer’s end”, indicating that the holiday was originally celebrated over a three-day period (Kondratiev, 1998).”

Despite the superstition that surrounds Samhain, it was originally a time for celebration and marked the pagan yearly cycle. In modern Gaelic, Samhain is the name for the month of November. It’s also the traditional beginning of the winter season.

It is impossible to determine the exact date of Samhain because it was agrarian based. In most modern practices, the date is set on October 31st. Some people celebrate it on November 12th holding to the older date before the transition of the Julian and Gregorian calendars that shifted everything back two weeks (McNeill, 1961).

The festival of Samhain (“summer’s end”) was celebrated the night before the New Year. During this festival, Celts believed the souls of the dead returned to mingle with the living and food was left on the doors for them. In order to scare away the evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires. Samhain was a time that was both joyous and eerie, as it was marked by great feasts and community gatherings, but was also a time for telling ghost stories and tales of the faeries stealing people (McNeill, 1961).

The most obvious theme of Samhain was the belief of the thinning of the veil between the worlds. On this night the dead could return to visit the living and the fairy hills were opened, releasing all the creatures of fairy into the mortal world (Estyn Evans, 1957; McNeill, 1961). The belief in this was so strong in rural Ireland that it was considered extremely bad luck not to set an extra chair at the table, put out a bowl of a special porridge, and leave the door to the home open on Samhain (Estyn Evans, 1957). Another belief indicates that the door should be closed but left unlocked and a bowl of fresh water left out by the hearth to welcome any returning family ghosts that choose to visit (Danaher, 1972).

Many people believe that on Halloween night in particular, the “veil between the worlds” becomes thin and allows spirits to pass through more easily. It is important to note that upon further research, the overall consensus is that the veil is not thin on just one night. It is an astrological process and is not the thinnest on Halloween night.

The day that the veil is the thinnest actually changes from year to year based on Scorpio, which is the sign closest to the underworld and death. Some believe that the veil is thinnest on what is called a “cross-quarter day.” It is the date exactly between the equinox and solstice, or the date of the astrological event tied to the Sabbat. Samhain’s astrological date is when the sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpio. This year, those dates are: November 6 (Cross Quarter Date) and November 8 (Astrological Date).

This night was one of celebration and merry making, but people preferred to travel in groups, fearing that to walk alone on Samhain risked being taken forever into Faery (Danaher, 1972). It was thought that dusk and midnight were particularly dangerous times, and that the fairy troops passed to the west side of homes, and along water ways making it best to avoid these times and places (McNeill, 1961).

Modern day belief promotes the idea of the dead returning in a negative light, this was not the old belief. In the old practice, people didn’t fear the dead who came back to visit but saw them as protective of the living family (Danaher, 1972). It is a very old doctrine of the Celts that the soul is immortal and passes from one life to spirit and then to another life so it would be impossible for the Celts to see Samhain as a holiday devoid of celebration (McNeill, 1961). It is believed that the Samhain fires were lit as the sun set as a symbol of the light surviving in the dark (McNeill, 1961).

Halloween and Samhain represent many different things to many different people. The two themes that seem to prevail in each are the symbolism of death and the idea that the veil to the “otherworld” is fairly thin. Other than those two common themes, they are actually very different holidays.

Since the two holidays actually occur on two separate dates, why not have the best of both worlds by celebrating them both? They have two very different meanings after all. Carve pumpkins, don costumes, and participate in festivities on Halloween. Then a few days later, celebrate the veil’s thinning, the ancestors, and the dead on a day that’s devoted just to them.

Written by: Cindie Harper

 

Cindie Harper is a paranormal researcher and Founder of Femme Force. Cindie has a Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University and is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher. Cindie believes in embracing the unknown. She is interested in most things paranormal, spiritual, creepy or spooky.

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Sources and References:

Danaher, K., (1972) . The Year in Ireland. Mercier Press

Estyn Evans, E., (1957) . Irish folk Ways. Routledge and Kegan Paul

Freeman, P., (2002) War, Women, and Druids. University of Texas Press

Kondratiev, A., (1998) . The Apple Branch: a path to Celtic Ritual. Citadel Press.

McNeill, F., (1961) . The Silver Bough, volume 3: Halloween to Yule. Stuart Titles Limited.

Morrow, Ed. 2001. The Halloween Handbook. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press.

Rogers, Nicholas (2002). “Samhain and the Celtic Origins of Halloween”. Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, pp.11–21. New York: Oxford University Press