Purpose of this Blog

Rob Gutro is an author, paranormal investigator and medium with Inspired Ghost Tracking of Maryland. Since he was a child he could receive messages from ghosts or spirits (who have crossed over). *He wrote the books "Pets and the Afterlife," "Pets and the Afterlife 2," "Ghosts and Spirits" and "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead," "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation," and "Kindred Spirits" to teach others how ghosts and Spirits communicate with the living and to give proof of the afterlife. As a scientist, he also provides some scientific explanations about how energy is the baseline for the afterlife and the medium that entities use to communicate. *NOTE -Rob doesn't do this full time*

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Part 3: Haunted Devon, UK: The Great Ball of Fire at a Church

My latest book is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" (by Rob Gutro) and conveys all of the ghosts I met as I traveled throughout England. There are a LOT more ghosts in England that I  did not (yet) meet, and here is the 3hird of several postings from Devonlive in Devon, U.K about some of them.. - Rob  

The Great Ball of Fire that killed four and injured 62 churchgoers at Widecombe


Snow returns to Dartmoor, Widecombe Church in 2004
Photo: Snow returns to Dartmoor, Widecombe Church in 2004
No explanation has ever been found for this terrible event that stuck on sunday October 21 1638.
The Reverend George Lyde was preaching in Widecombe Church when a great ball of fire fell through the roof killing four people and injuring 62. The phenomenon is said to have occurred during a thunderstorm.

There are gruesome contemporary accounts telling how 'an extraordinary flame passed right through the church, filling it with a loathsome smell, like brimstone and a great ball of fire fell through the roof'.

The whole congregation dropped to the floor as a large beam crashed down between the parson and his clark. Neither was hurt but the congregation was hit. One man 'had his head cloven, his skull rent into three pieces and his brains thrown on the ground whole, but the hair of his head, through the violence of the blow struck fast to a pillar near him where it remained a woeful spectacle a long while after'.Rumours began flying around that Satan had come to take sinners - including Widecombe Jan, a wild young bachelor of the parish who was sleeping off his hangover in church when the lightning struck.


It was claimed that the devil was seen tethering his horse outside the church and dropping through the roof with the ball of fire: "Seizing Widecombe Jan, he threw him violently against a pillar, dshing his brains out, while the storm raged throughout the rest of the church, diverting everyone's attention from what was going on."

SOURCE: Devon Live: https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/viking-ghosts-still-haunt-bloody-2286420  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Tune in TONIGHT at 9:30pm ET - Rob interviews on Late Night in the Midlands (online and on air)


Frostbite, Hypothermia in People and Pets

Given the Arctic air outbreak this week, here is some information for you about Frostbite and Hypothermia. These can also be experienced in pets. See info below and stay warm! 

FROSTBITE OCCURS – Within 30 minutes during these Arctic Outbreak temperatures the Eastern and Central U.S. is currently experiencing.

  For example,temperature of 0°F and a wind speed of 15 mph creates a wind chill temperature of -19°F. Under these conditions frost bite can occur in just 30 minutes. ... Extremely cold temperature can also cause hypothermia, when the body's temperature dips below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.



WHAT DOES FROSTBITE DO? You have frostbite when your body tissue freezes. The most susceptible parts of the body are fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose. Symptoms include a loss of feeling in the extremity and a white or pale appearance. Get medical attention immediately for frostbite. The area should be SLOWLY rewarmed using warm, not hot water.

WHAT IS HYPOTHERMIA?

  • Hypothermia occurs when body temperature falls below 95°F. Determine your temperature with a thermometer.
  • Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion.
  • Get medical attention immediately. If you can't get help quickly, begin warming the body SLOWLY. Warm the body core first, NOT the extremities. Warming extremities first drives the cold blood to the heart and can cause the body temperature to drop further--which may lead to heart failure.
  • If you are helping someone else with hypothermia, get the person into dry clothing and wrap in a warm blanket. Be sure to cover the head and neck.
  • Do not give the person alcohol, drugs, coffee, or any HOT beverage or food. WARM broth and food is better.
  • About 20% of cold related deaths occur in the home. Young children under the age of two and the elderly (those more than 65 years old), are most susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Hypothermia can set in over a period of time. Keep the thermostat above 69°F, wear warm clothing, eat food for warmth, and drink plenty of water or fluids other than alcohol and caffeine to keep hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol because it will LOWER your body temperature.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tarot Tuesday: The 2 of Wands

Every Tuesday, my friend Joy Andreasen brings us Tarot Tuesday. Today's card is the  of Wands
Joy Says: Despite the fact that life is pretty good and you have stability and comfort in your current experience, you long for your next adventure. You are contemplating what is on the other side of the fence. Make a plan and move forward. Life standing still is not who you are.

ABOUT THE CARD:  The Two of Wands shows a man, dressed in a red robe and hat, holding a small globe. The world is literally in his hands, marking the enormous potential before him if he can expand his horizons accordingly. He stands within the confines of his castle, suggesting that while he is contemplating significant opportunities, the man has not yet left his comfort zone to pursue them; he is still very much in the planning phase. His hand rests on an upright wand, and a second wand is affixed to the castle’s wall, a further sign that he is still not ready to venture out. In the background, the land is fertile while also rocky, promising that he has a good chance for success, so long as he can overcome the challenges that will arise.
Source: Biddytarot.com

BIOGRAPHY: Joy Andreasen is an author, shamanic practitioner, psychic medium, spiritual consultant, Reiki Master Teacher and wedding officiant. She has been giving messages from Spirit for almost twenty years. She teaches spiritual development and shamanic classes in Winchester and Herndon Virginia which are always highly acclaimed.

For more about Joy Andreasen, visit: https://www.facebook.com/whispersofjoy/ 
Email: joyandreasen@gmail.com  
Website: http://www.WhispersofJoy.n

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hear the Podcast: Rob on House of Mystery Radio: Ghosts of England

Earlier this month, Host, Julie Sav of The House of Mystery Radio show had Rob Gutro on to discuss his book "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation." They also talked about his books "Pets and the Afterlife 1 and 2" in the beginning of the show.  You can hear the 1 Hour podcast HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y76oklwj

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Show Notes

What happens when a medium goes on vacation? Can a medium simply switch off their ability at will? Well…not exactly. Rob Gutro is a medium/author/paranormal investigator and a scientist who has written 4 books about his encounters with human and animal ghosts and spirits. In this book, you will read about his experiences on two separate trips to the United Kingdom. England’s rich history and many epic battles have caused an over-abundance of residual emotional energy. Everywhere he traveled, he had a paranormal experience. He explored royal palaces and spent the night in haunted castles. He encountered the ghosts of historical figures including a queen, a prince, and a nobleman; and several ghosts even shared their pain of death experience with him. On one occasion, the doppelganger of a loved one provided directions when he became lost while driving in the countryside due to a malfunctioning GPS. But not all of his encounters were of the human variety: there was also a very special visit from a canine ghost. This book is intended to be more than just a collection of personal ghost stories. In addition to relating my ghostly encounters, he has also included a short narrative history of the places where the experiences occurred. After all, knowing the history of a place is key to understanding why a ghost has decided to stay behind. So, join Rob as he relates his encounters with the ghosts of England. Rob has written 4 other books about the paranormal, two about people (Ghosts and Spirits and Lessons Learned From Talking to the Dead) and 2 about pets (Pets and the Afterlife and Pets and the Afterlife 2). The books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Pets in the Afterlife by Rob Gutro Back in the Top 10 Best-Sellers on Amazon.com

I'm so glad that so many people have found comfort from reading how their beloved petscommunicate from the afterlife in my books. I'm also grateful for the emails I receive explaining how my books have helped comfort people who lost a pet (or a person).    Today, January, 26,  2018 "Pets in the Afterlife" by Rob Gutro is back in the Top 10 Best-Sellers on Amazon.com!

  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) ABOUT THE BOOK
    To a pet parent, to lose a pet means to lose a child. The love we share with our pets never dies, and the author proves our pets do communicate with us from the other side. Learn how dogs, cats, horses and some birds have the intelligence and ability to send signs to the living after they pass. Take comfort in knowing our pets are around us from time to time and recognize the signs they give. Learn how they wait for us when it’s our time, what a pet’s ashes can do, and the difference between ghosts and spirits. Learn how and why living pets can sense entities. Follow one of the author's dogs on a ghost investigation. Read how spirits of the author’s 2 dogs and dogs from three other mediums communicated with them from the other side. Read about spirit cats and how a ghostly dog rescued a girl. The author also volunteers for Dachshund and Weimaraner rescues and has several dogs. 

My Video: Chasing a Ghost Down a Hallway in Thornbury Castle!

    Thornbury Castle is a castle in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England. I stayed in the castle, which is now a luxury bed and breakfast and had several ghostly encounters.
  In my room, there was a ghost who lingered and communicated with me, that turned out to be someone known in British history for battles.
  On the other side of the Castle was the dining area, reception, and upstairs hallway with many rooms. As we walked down the hallway, one of the doors began swinging by itself after I developed my ghostly headache (which indicates a ghost is present). We checked for breezes and there were no open windows, no air conditioning and nothing that would have caused that- so we confirmed that it was indeed a ghost who made that door move.
   To learn about my experience in the Haunted bedroom, read my book "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" by Rob Gutro (On Amazon.com).
    ABOUT THORNBURY
It began construction in 1511 as a home for Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. It is not a true castle (designed to serve as a fortress), but rather an early example of a Tudor country house, with minimal defensive attributes. It is now a grade I listed building. The site was occupied by a manor house in 930. Part of the original plans for a very grand residence were "well advanced"[1] before the duke was beheaded, in 1521, on the orders of his distant cousin Henry VIII, for alleged treason.

 VIDEO: https://youtu.be/DxovblbHhz8


 ABOUT "GHOSTS OF ENGLAND ON A MEDIUM'S VACATION by Rob Gutro: 

What happens when a medium goes on vacation? Can a medium simply switch off their ability at will? Well…not exactly. Rob Gutro is a medium/author/paranormal investigator and a scientist who has written 4 books about his encounters with human and animal ghosts and spirits.
    In this book, you will read about his experiences on two separate trips to the United Kingdom. England’s rich history and many epic battles have caused an over-abundance of residual emotional energy. Everywhere he traveled, he had a paranormal experience. He explored royal palaces and spent the night in haunted castles. He encountered the ghosts of historical figures including a queen, a prince, and a nobleman; and several ghosts even shared their pain of death experience with him. On one occasion, the doppelganger of a loved one provided directions when he became lost while driving in the countryside due to a malfunctioning GPS.
     But not all of his encounters were of the human variety: there was also a very special visit from a canine ghost. This book is intended to be more than just a collection of personal ghost stories. In addition to relating my ghostly encounters, he has also included a short narrative history of the places where the experiences occurred. After all, knowing the history of a place is key to understanding why a ghost has decided to stay behind.
    So, join Rob as he relates his encounters with the ghosts of England. Rob has written 4 other books about the paranormal, two about people (Ghosts and Spirits and Lessons Learned From Talking to the Dead) and 2 about pets (Pets and the Afterlife and Pets and the Afterlife 2). The books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday night ghost frights Video: What Ghost Adventures Didn't Tell You About the Haunted Mineral Springs Hotel!

   Join my friend Mike Ricksecker in this week's Friday Night Ghost Frights (actually from his Edge of the Rabbit Hole program)  as he tells you What Ghost Adventures Didn't Tell You About the Haunted Mineral Springs Hotel! 
     I joined Mike and Shana in the hotel in the summer of 2018, and we wrote about our Amazing Investigation in the BOOK "Encounters of the Paranormal, Vol. 4" by Mike Ricksecker. 
   In this program, Mike and Shara were LIVE from inside Pearl's Room at the haunted and historic Mineral Springs Hotel! Dave Nunnally from It's Raining Zen  joined us on Edge of the Rabbit Hole to talk about the real history, haunts, and real ghost stories at the venue that will host the Haunted Road Media ParaCon on June 1st. Plus... insider information about the Ghost Adventures episode that aired a paranormal investigation at Mineral Springs. Is the curse of the river bend real? Ghost Adventures specific conversation starts at about 14:46 and again at 47:34

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/H7ofiu3j1_s

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Part 2: Haunted Devon: -The pirate who haunts Burgh Island

My latest book is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" (by Rob Gutro) and conveys
all of the ghosts I met as I traveled throughout England. There are a LOT more ghosts in England that I  did not (yet) meet, and here is the second of several postings from Devonlive in Devon, U.K about some of them.. - Rob  


The pirate who haunts Burgh Island

Photo: Burgh Island

In modern times Burgh Island in Bigbury Bay is most often associated with Agatha Christie’s haunting murder mystery novel ‘And Then There Were None’. But in the 14th century it was the hideout of a notorious pirate who was hunted down and hung on the island and his ghost is said to haunt the Pilchard Inn pub.

At the height of its fame the elegant hotel on the island attracted guests including Noel Coward, King Farouk, Lord Mountbatten, Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, Winston Churchill, Amy Johnson the aviator, Gertrude Lawrence, and later The Beatles.

But long, long before that the hotel was the lair of the pirate Tom Crocker. Because Burgh Island is cut off by the tide twice a day it is an easy spot to defend and Crocker made the island his hideout at a time when the south Devon coast was notorious for piracy.
But Crocker was tracked down and hanged there, at a gateway to the island in the third week of August 1395. It is said he still walks the island every year on the aniversary of his death. Locals still report an almost tangible feeling of melancholy at the spot.

Up until a few years ago the bright young things at the hotel organised celebrations on that date and everyone went out looking for him.

Another relic of Tom Crocker on the island is a face said to be etched into the granite chimney-breast of The Pilchard Inn at the entrance to the hotel driveway.

SOURCE: Devon Live: https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/viking-ghosts-still-haunt-bloody-2286420   

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Book Giveaway! " Ghost Hunting" by the Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson

Since I'm one of the almost 1 million people working without pay for the last 33 days (Feel free to buy one of my books to help out!), I decided to go through my library and give away a couple of enjoyable books on the paranormal. Today's book is "Ghost Hunting" by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters Television program. 

HOW IT WORKS - If you leave one of my 5 books a review (hopefully a good one) on Amazon.com, and send it to me, - the first one who does will receive the book. 
Just EMAIL it to me at Rgutro@gmail.com

MY BOOKS:    Pets and the Afterlife, Pets and the Afterlife 2, Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation, Ghosts and Spirits and Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead, by Rob Gutro
ON AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Rob-Gutro/e/B003UNTASW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1548257828&sr=8-1


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The GIVEAWAY: 
ABOUT THE GHOST HUNTING BOOK: The Atlantic Paranormal Society, also known as T.A.P.S., is the brainchild of two plumbers by day, paranormal investigators by night: Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Their hair-raising investigations, fueled by their unique abilities and a healthy dose of scientific method, have made them the subject of a hit TV show: the SCI FI Channel's Ghost Hunters.

Now their experiences are in print for the first time, as Jason and Grant recount for us, with the help of veteran author Michael Jan Friedman, the stories of some of their most memorable investigations. The men and women of T.A.P.S. pursue ghosts and other supernatural phenomena with the most sophisticated scientific equipment available -- from thermal-imaging cameras to electromagnetic-field recorders to digital thermometers -- and the results may surprise you. Featuring both cases depicted on Ghost Hunters and earlier T.A.P.S. adventures never told before now, this funny, fascinating, frightening collection will challenge everything you thought you knew about the spirit world.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tarot Tuesday: The 3 of Cups

Every Tuesday, my friend Joy Andreasen brings us Tarot Tuesday. Today's card is the 3 of Cups.


Joy Says: A celebration may be in order today! Or maybe it is a good day to plan a get-together with friends. Remember that no matter what you are going through, your friends are the ones who see you through happy times and challenging times. Appreciate your tribe today.

ABOUT THE CARD:  In the Three of Cups, three young women are dancing with each other in a circle, raising their cups high in the air in a toast of joy and celebration. They look to one another with appreciation, honour and respect, and are bound by their emotional connection and friendship. There is a sense of lifting each other up and celebrating each woman’s unique contribution to the group. The ground is layered with flowers, fruit and a pumpkin, symbolizing the celebration of an abundant harvest and the goodness in life.
Source: Biddytarot.com

BIOGRAPHY: Joy Andreasen is an author, shamanic practitioner, psychic medium, spiritual consultant, Reiki Master Teacher and wedding officiant. She has been giving messages from Spirit for almost twenty years. She teaches spiritual development and shamanic classes in Winchester and Herndon Virginia which are always highly acclaimed.

For more about Joy Andreasen, visit: https://www.facebook.com/whispersofjoy/ 
Email: joyandreasen@gmail.com  
Website: http://www.WhispersofJoy.net

Sunday, January 20, 2019

6 Things to say to people experiencing grief

Sometimes it's really difficult to know what to say to people who are grieving the loss of a loved one whether it be
a person or pet who passed. Whenever I give my lectures, everyone in the room is grieving for someone. As a medium, finding things to say is a bit easier for me, because I sometimes get messages from spirit at the right time, but for those who don't, I thought this article would help you respond. 
   Another way you can help them get through their grief is to teach them how spirits communicate from the other side, and how they can recognize signs. That's what my books are about! - So, for people grieving a person, send them "Ghosts and Spirits" or "Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead." If they're grieving a pet, send them "Pets and the Afterlife" or "Pets and the Afterlife 2" by Rob Gutro   

Now, here are the Six Helpful Things You Can Do/Say if Someone You Know Is Grieving:


  1. Ask, "How are you doing?" Then listen patiently to the answer without changing the subject or terminating the conversation. Create a safe space for them to talk about their experience if they would like to. You might feel honored that they trusted you enough to give an honest answer if it's something other than "Fine."
  2. Say that you just found out about their loss. Rather than the obligatory "I'm sorry for your loss," or "I'm sorry that your marriage didn't work out for you," try this instead: "I can't imagine what this is like for you," followed by "How are you doing?" Everyone's grief is different. Even if you've experienced loss, you don't know how they feel. Let them tell you about it in their own words.
  3. Stay away from offering clich├ęs like, "You were lucky to have the time you had," "She's with the angels now," etc. It doesn't help to have you try to rationalize away someone's grief. If you're not sure what to say, go back to tip #2 above.
  4. "I'd like to help. Would you like me to __________?" Insert specific tasks that you are willing to do that you think might be helpful. You could suggest something like "mow the lawn, walk the dog, watch the baby, sit with you, help you clear the garage," etc. Then show up and do it if the answer is "Yes." Try to avoid the offhand, "Let me know if there is anything I can do for you." No one believes you really mean it and that puts the burden on the griever to think of something for you to do. They don't have the energy for that.
  5. When someone cries in front of you, all you have to do is stay put and say something in a soothing voice like, "It's OK....let that out....I'm here for you." Comforting them with a touch on the arm or a hug is great too. Just do your best to stay present and don't try to "fix" it. Don't hand them a tissue unless they ask for it. The tears will come to a natural completion of their own accord.
  6. Do your best to keep your relationship intact. Avoiding a grieving person because it's uncomfortable for you to be with them is hard for them. You can imagine the feelings of isolation they would be feeling if everyone in their lives reacted this way. It's OK to say the name of the person that is gone. It's OK to ask what happened. It's OK to talk about the strangeness of it all. It's even OK to cry in front of them or with them. Your silence and avoidance is what's really painful.
People experiencing grief crave feeling heard, seen, understood. They need to know that they aren't alone. Know that your love and empathy will go a long way towards supporting a grieving person in their deepest time of need. Know that they would do it for you, too.
SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-doubts/6-tips-for-supporting-people-in-grief_b_9350448.html? 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Northeast Animal Shelter Event MOVED to March 3 Due to a NOR'EASTER

There's a Nor'easter forecast for Sunday, Jan. 20th in New England, so the lectures at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass. have been rescheduled to Sunday, March 3.

WEATHER ALERT: We are postponing this event until Sunday, March 3, due to the predicted Sunday storm. Your ticket for 3 pm on Jan 20 will be valid for the 3 pm session on March 3rd.

WHERE: Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, in Salem, Mass.
TICKETS: $20 per person. All proceeds will be donated to Northeast Animal Shelter to support our Saving Homeless Pets Across America program.
TICKETS: https://www.ticketor.com/neas/tickets/pets-and-the-afterlife-3-pm-150166#buy
Phone: (978) 745-9888
Contact: Mariah Torpey

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Great group at the Belmont Manor's Ghosts of England Lecture

On Tues., Jan. 15, at the Belmont Manor in Elkridge, Maryland, during the Inspired Ghost Tracking series, I gave my lecture on my latest book ,"The Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation." It was a good crowd and all had an interest in either British history, haunted castles, or ghosts. All three interests were addressed in full, and there were a lot of great questions. 
 - One attendee has the gift of mediumship, another came from England and shared some British experiences, including her stay at Thornbury Castle (part of the book and lecture) where I encountered a ghost in my room!. There was also a veterinarian there, whose female relative came through to me, giving her a confirmation she needed to hear. 
    My thanks to Margaret Erhlich, Inspired Ghost Tracking founder, who ran the powerpoint presentation and came out even battling Bronchitis. Tom, another IGT medium (who helped write and edit the book) was also there providing a lot of royal British Tudor history.
  All in all, a great event. 
  
ABOUT THE BOOK: GHOSTS OF ENGLAND ON A MEDIUM'S VACATION
What happens when a medium goes on vacation? Can a medium simply switch off their ability at will? Well…not exactly. Rob Gutro is a medium/author/paranormal investigator and a scientist who has written 4 books about his encounters with human and animal ghosts and spirits. 
Hever Castle's front gate
    In this book, you will read about his experiences on two separate trips to the United Kingdom. England’s rich history and many epic battles have caused an over-abundance of residual emotional energy. Everywhere he traveled, he had a paranormal experience. He explored royal palaces and spent the night in haunted castles. He encountered the ghosts of historical figures including a queen, a prince, and a nobleman; and several ghosts even shared their pain of death experience with him. 
     On one occasion, the doppelganger of a loved one provided directions when he became lost while driving in the countryside due to a malfunctioning GPS. But not all of his encounters were of the human variety: there was also a very special visit from a canine ghost. This book is intended to be more than just a collection of personal ghost stories. In addition to relating my ghostly encounters, he has also included a short narrative history of the places where the experiences occurred. After all, knowing the history of a place is key to understanding why a ghost has decided to stay behind. So, join Rob as he relates his encounters with the ghosts of England. 
       Rob has written 4 other books about the paranormal, two about people (Ghosts and Spirits and Lessons Learned From Talking to the Dead) and 2 about pets (Pets and the Afterlife and Pets and the Afterlife 2). The books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com.






Part 1: Haunted Devon, UK - Part 1: -Why Devonians think Sir Francis Drake was a wizard

My latest book is called "Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation" (by Rob Gutro) and conveys
all of the ghosts I met as I traveled throughout England. There are a LOT more ghosts in England that I  did not (yet) meet, and here is the first of several postings from Devonlive in Devon, U.K about some of them.. - Rob   

Did Sir Francis Drake have  mystical powers? Does the pirate of Burgh Island still haunt the place where he was hung on the anniversary of his death? And were pacts made with the devil which have left a Satanic chill hovering over these Devon landmarks to this day?

Why Devonians think Sir Francis Drake was a wizard



Both the Spanish and the British believed that Sir Francis Drake was a wizard who used supernatural methods. The swashbuckling Elizabethan sea hero helped defeat the Spanish Armada apparently against all the odds.


After Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I he took his duties to the people he represented very seriously. One summer during a particularly bad drought it is said that he rode up on to Dartmoor until he found a spring to deliver drinking water to the people of Plymouth.
He is said to have 'bewitched it with magic incantations and then galloped into town with the stream at his heels.

The stream is still visible as Plymouth leat which rises three miles north and Sheepstor and threads it was down into a reservoir to the north of Plymouth.
In places the Devonport Leat appears to travel uphill, which some believed was against the laws of nature.

The leats were designed to carry water, by means of gravity.The art of the leat builders was a skilled job as they had to ensure the flow of water was not too fast so as to flood and not to slow as to stagnate. This was achieved by following the natural contours of the landscape. On the eastern flank of Beardown where the Devonport Leat flows down towards Plymouth, a section appears to flow uphill.
Drake's Leat at Roborough Down
Photo: Drake's Leat at Roborough Down
There are still Devonians who believe the spirit of Drake reincarnates with every successive British naval hero.
Even Drake's drum is supposed to have supernatural powers. Drake took the drum with him when he circumnavigated the world. Shortly before he died he ordered the drum to be taken to Buckland Abbey and vowed that if England were ever in danger and someone was to beat the drum he would return to defend the country. According to legend it can be heard to beat at times when England is at war or significant national events take place.
As recently as World War II the drum was said to bang again although many said it was the sound of Ack Ack antiaircraft guns.

Drake's Drum
Photo: Drake's Drum
Now owned by the National Trust, Buckland Abbey was once the home of Sir Francis Drake who is now believed to haunt the Abbey.


After returning from his three-year circumvention of the globe, Drake was sold the Abbey in 1580. However the locals believed he possessed supernatural powers granted to him through a pact with the devil.

According to reports, Drake’s ghost is said to travel across Dartmoor in a black coach driven by several headless horses, followed by a pack of howling hounds. It is also believed that any living dog that hears the packs’ cries will die immediately.



This picturesque Yarcombe Inn pub was once owned by Drake and is now said to be haunted by his spirit. The grade II-listed building, on the Devon/Somerset border, dates from the 14th century. Its other claim to notoriety is that Admiral Lord Nelson stayed at the inn when he travelled between Portsmouth and Honiton.

  SOURCE: Devon Live: https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/viking-ghosts-still-haunt-bloody-2286420 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Listen: Big Seance Podcast #134: Listener Feedback, Past Lives and Reincarnation, PLUS Dena DeCastro

My friend, Patrick Keller, of BigSeance.com, invites you to join an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts & hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics & mediums, and life after death.

In this special listener feedback episode, Patrick digs into listener emails, Apple Podcast reviews, PLUS discussion on past lives and reincarnation with Simon Bown and Claire Broad, and your 2019 astrological forecast with Dena DeCastro!

Podcast: https://bigseance.com/2019/01/14/listener-feedback-past-lives-and-reincarnation-plus-dena-decastro-big-seance-podcast-134/


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tarot Tuesday: Queen of Pentacles

Every Tuesday, my friend Joy Andreasen brings us Tarot Tuesday. Today's card is the Queen of Pentacles.

Joy Says: Today is a really good day to own your power and acknowledge your value, especially if you are a woman. You have much to share with the world, and you know it. Your wisdom and insight could benefit you and others, as soon as you own it and claim the recognition you deserve!

ABOUT THE CARD: In the Queen of Pentacles, a woman sits on a stone throne decorated with carvings of fruit trees, goats, angels and other symbols of material success and sensual pleasure. She cradles a gold coin with both hands and looks down on it with loving care, as if to nurture this symbol of wealth and material success. Luscious plants and flowers surround her, representing her connection to Mother Earth, nature, and abundance. A small rabbit jumps near to where she is seated, symbolizing fertility and suggesting that her life is in flow and alignment. Source: Biddytarot.com

BIOGRAPHY: Joy Andreasen is an author, shamanic practitioner, psychic medium, spiritual consultant, Reiki Master Teacher and wedding officiant. She has been giving messages from Spirit for almost twenty years. She teaches spiritual development and shamanic classes in Winchester and Herndon Virginia which are always highly acclaimed.

For more about Joy Andreasen, visit: https://www.facebook.com/whispersofjoy/ 
Email: joyandreasen@gmail.com  
Website: http://www.WhispersofJoy.net

Monday, January 14, 2019

3rd Lecture Added! Salem, Mass. Animal Shelter "Pets and the Afterlife" lecture Jan 20th

A 3rd lecture  has been added at 3 pm EST for the fundraising lecture on how pets communicate from the other side-  
WHEN: JAN 20, SUNDAY, as the 11am and 1pm talks have been sold out. 
WHERE: Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass.

Tickets are $20 per person. All proceeds will be donated to Northeast Animal Shelter to support our Saving Homeless Pets Across America program.


3 Lectures- 11am and 1pm and 3pm
347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA

Phone: (978) 745-9888

Contact: Mariah Torpey

Tracking a Ghostly Cat in the Envy Salon, Ellicott City, Md.

Rob encountered a ghost cat that resembled this one
In Historic Ellicott City, Maryland, there's a ghost cat in a salon. In 2017 I got to investigate the Envy Salon where there are 2 benign ghosts. One is a woman, the other a cat. 
  During my visit there, I did encounter the ghost cat, but the woman named Catherine stayed away. Working with Television Producer Tony Hoos of the Howard County Community College, I was interviewed for a video segment with the manager of the Envy Salon. 
  This blog features my experience with the ghost cat, some photos and the great video. 

ghost cat was sitting here when Rob approached
ROB'S GHOST CAT EXPERIENCE: I'm Rob Gutro, an author of 5 paranormal books including "Pets and the Afterlife" and "Pets and the Afterlife 2" - so I was called in to help explain the ghost cat in the Envy Salon. 
  When I entered the salon's first floor area I sensed residual energy there. I also sensed a human ghost although I couldn't see one or get an idea of who they were. I later learned that a ghostly woman haunts the first floor, usually after closing time  Apparently, she usually comes out in the evening (and I was there during the daytime). Catherine is thought to be a former resident of the structure when it was a home.
Rob saw the ghost cat scamper here on the 2nd floor

    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As I walked up the stairs to the second floor, I developed my "ghostly headache." I usually get a headache in the back left part of my head in the presence of an Earthbound ghost or spirit who has crossed over and returned for a visit. At the top of the stairs I saw a small hallway that connected rooms with other hair and nail stations. There was a dresser there with a rectangular carpet in front of it. On that carpet, in front of the dresser sat the ghost cat. As soon
Ghost cat was atop these stairs
as I caught a quick glimpse, it darted into the room to the right and vanished. 
  As I walked around the upstairs, I caught a second glimpse of a small, dark shadow zipping out of that room where I saw the ghost cat enter. The shadow bolted down the stairway to the first floor, just like a scared cat would do!
 
Author/medium Rob Gutro
WHAT'S IN THE 3 MINUTE VIDEO:  The Video series "A Few Odd Minutes (in Howard County)  published the video about a Ghost Cat at the Envy Salon in Ellicott City, Maryland.  On this episode, we visit a beauty salon with a couple of "permanent" guests. One is a ghost named Catherine and the other is a feline friend that sometimes makes her presence known to the customers. Rob Gutro, author/medium was interviewed about why the cat may linger.
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/a7-0IUOqoFw

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Rob Gutro's 5 books; Available on Amazon.com:


Rob Gutro's books; Available on Amazon.com:
Ghosts and Spirits, Lessons Learned from Talking to the Dead , Pets and the Afterlife and Pets an the Afterlife 2 and Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation! : http://tinyurl.com/q3bhgde
 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

My Quick Video Tour of Sudeley Castle's Garden: Ghosts of England

In my newest book  Ghosts of England on a Medium's Vacation  I wrote about my experiences at Sudeley Castle. You can read about the ghost in the book, but in this short video I took during my visit, I give you a look around the garden area and a bit of the history (there's more history in the chapter on Sudeley)... and I love puns, so you'll hear me pun in the video. Enjoy your quick view of this video that I call "Sudeley's William the Unready":

VIDEO:
https://youtu.be/5MWwUPQ0InQ


ABOUT "GHOSTS OF ENGLAND ON A MEDIUM'S VACATION by Rob Gutro: 

What happens when a medium goes on vacation? Can a medium simply switch off their ability at will? Well…not exactly. Rob Gutro is a medium/author/paranormal investigator and a scientist who has written 4 books about his encounters with human and animal ghosts and spirits. In this book, you will read about his experiences on two separate trips to the United Kingdom. England’s rich history and many epic battles have caused an over-abundance of residual emotional energy. Everywhere he traveled, he had a paranormal experience. He explored royal palaces and spent the night in haunted castles. He encountered the ghosts of historical figures including a queen, a prince, and a nobleman; and several ghosts even shared their pain of death experience with him. On one occasion, the doppelganger of a loved one provided directions when he became lost while driving in the countryside due to a malfunctioning GPS. But not all of his encounters were of the human variety: there was also a very special visit from a canine ghost. This book is intended to be more than just a collection of personal ghost stories. In addition to relating my ghostly encounters, he has also included a short narrative history of the places where the experiences occurred. After all, knowing the history of a place is key to understanding why a ghost has decided to stay behind. So, join Rob as he relates his encounters with the ghosts of England. Rob has written 4 other books about the paranormal, two about people (Ghosts and Spirits and Lessons Learned From Talking to the Dead) and 2 about pets (Pets and the Afterlife and Pets and the Afterlife 2). The books are available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com.

Friday, January 11, 2019

1 Lecture Added at Salem, Mass Northeast Animal Shelter on Pets and the Afterlife!


 In a week, I'll be traveling to Massachusetts to give my lecture on how pets communicate from spirit at the Northeast Animal Shelter. I just learned that the first 2 lectures (fundraisers for the shelter) SOLD OUT, so we've added a 3rd talk at 3pm EST. 
  
WHEN:  Sun., Jan. 20th,
***3RD LECTURE JUST ADDED at 3pm EST
The 11am and 1pm Lectures have SOLD OUT***
WHAT:  "Pets and the Afterlife" Lecture/Fundraiser for the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass.
WHERE: 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 | Phone: (978) 745-9888
Contact: Mariah Torpey mamyt870@gmail.com
INFO:  
PURCHASE TICKETS: ($20. All proceeds to benefit the shelter): https://www.ticketor.com/neas/tickets/pets-and-the-afterlife-3-pm-150166#buy 

Friday Night Ghost Frights Video: Haunted McPike Mansion and Alton! Is the River Bend Really Cursed?

Join my friend Mike Ricksecker as he tells you about this week's Friday Night Ghost Frights from Alton, Illinois. Mike will talk about the Haunted McPike Mansion and ask "Is the River Bend Really Cursed?"  The video features my friend and amazing medium/sensitive, Shana Wankel (Mike's other half) as she shares her experiences.

SUMMARY:  Inside haunted McPike Mansion and other haunted places in Alton, Illinois, considered one of the most haunted towns in America. What ghosts and spirits haunt McPike Mansion, the First Unitarian Church, the haunted Milton Schoolhouse, and old Mineral Springs Hotel. Is the energy from the stones of the old state penitentiary the source of Alton's paranormal activity and the curse of the River bend area? Includes real paranormal investigation footage and true ghost stories of paranormal experiences in the River bend area.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM0Lf-hwlFE

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Want me to Speak at Your Rescue/Shelter? (Comments from my RI lecture)

Over the past couple of months I have worked with animal rescues and shelters in Rhode Island,  Massachusetts and New Hampshire, giving lectures about how pets communicate from the afterlife (based on my 2 books "Pets and the Afterlife" and "Pets and the Afterlife 2" (available on Amazon.com). - I do these talks as fundraisers for the rescues and just sell and sign my books .

WANT ME TO SPEAK AT YOUR RESCUE?  If you work for an Animal Shelter or Rescue and would like me to do a Lecture about Pets and the Afterlife, just contact me at Rgutro@gmail.com. - I pay my own transportation (I take it out of book sales, and charge nothing to the rescue- any money the rescue charges for the talks goes to support the animals).   

MY NEXT APPEARANCE -
Sunday, Jan. 20th "Pets and the Afterlife" Lecture/Fundraiser for the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass. (2 Lectures- times forthcoming)
347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 | Phone: (978) 745-9888
Contact: Mariah Torpey mamyt870@gmail.com
www.northeastanimalshelter.org/


COMMENTS RECEIVED -  - Here are some comments I received from my two talks at the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire located in Bedford

Angelina Sinclair Wonderful meeting you. Thank you for an insightful day. 

Kelley Floyd Absolutely loved this! Please visit again! 

Cin Mcd Had a great time. This is fascinating! Thank you.

Amber Presa-Smalley Thank you so much! It was amazing.