In celebration of all things eerily dark and spooky, I decided to join the All Hallows Grim Blog Party this year...PLEASE BE ADVISED...some of the photographic images I have posted may be disturbing to some. Many of the images posted are from my vintage photo collection and are a gift to you. Left click on them to get the larger view of the image and then right click to save to your computer. You are welcome to use these images in your personal art but please do not use them in collage sheets for sale. Thank you!
I am fascinated with the Momento Mori cabinet cards that were so popular in Victorian times. The phrase 'momento mori' translates as 'Remember Your Mortality'. Although these images have been depicted since ancient times, it's the Victorian Momento Mori that I am obsessed with. A beautiful yet haunting tribute to our loved ones....
Gone But Not Forgotten
'Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart;
'Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words
"We must forever part."
Dearest loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
But they memory will be cherished
'Till we see they heavenly face.
This unusual Momento Mori shows a deceased loved one in a posed position. This would have been sent to relatives who could not attend the family funeral as a momento of her life and death. Below is a Momento Mori of a young child from the Civil War era who has been 'dressed' for the photo, note how carefully the hair was arranged. A haunting momento of a life that ended all to early....
All Hallows Eve Spirit Connection Spell
You will need:
1 White Candle
Sage or other incense for clearing
At dusk, got to an area or place you feel spirits may inhabit.
Make contact by walking about and allowing your mind to roam,
Light the white candle and start saying the chant:
Clear as midnight, Thy spirits are bright.
Ghostly curiousities, bring you to my sight.
Spirit from across the veil
Come that I might hear your tales.
I ask thee to let me see,
Thy form as you truly be.
The more the candle flame flickers around you, the more the energy of spirit is present.
Glance into the mirror and look past your shoulder...
Do you see mists or glowing lights in the reflection? This is how some spirits may appear to you.
Return to the area three nights in a row, take pictures if possible.
At home, place your mirror face down. Mirrors can trap spirits so be respectful and careful.
If you feel a spirit has followed you home, ask them respectfully to leave.
After three nights, record in your journal your experiences, then clean your home with a broom, sweeping away the energy that may have followed you home. Then burn your sage or incense to clear your space.
Copyright Lady Abigail
Now to move on to some other photos that may interest you.... here are two very curious cabinet cards from my collection that show the blurred faces of some of the children in the photos. Although it's probably due to the children moving while everyone else stood still, it does make a curious effect, don't you think?
And one last vintage photo of a woman and child....this photo has baffled me and I find the woman's demeanor to be very unsettling. I would love to know what you think...is the tall woman in costume or is she just very unhappy with her outfit?