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Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs



When I got off work today I was consumed by an overpowering urge to go to one of the local cemeteries. Usually I pass by it on the way to work. I always feel its presence, or perhaps it's the presence of the denziens therein. Whatever it is, it was pulling me towards it. As I pulled in, I noticed that a burial service had conculuded—the staff was breaking down the tent and chairs, and there was a backhoe and a large mound of dirt. I paid my greetings to the cemetary guardian and whispered my purpose for the visit (to obtain some dirt from a soldier's grave for protection purposes). As soon as I turned to the first grave I heard a loud 'YES!' in my head. I didn't want to seem like some weirdo to the living workers, so I wandered around the cemetery for a bit, reading the other headstones (all of them were metal plates in the ground). I felt like I should go and talk to them, but I didn't (in retrospect I think this was a mistake).


When the workers began filling in the hole (far away from the first grave), I returned to the soldier's grave, paid him and thanked him, and took the dirt into my hand. Then I walked away. As I returned to the car, I felt the overpowering urge again, this time to turn around. However, mindful of the risks, I ignored it best I could, turned the car around, and went home. When I got home I performed an egg cleansing, but the finger I used to scratch up the dirt still tingled, and no matter how long I pressed the egg against it the sensation remained.


I'm doing this work for a friend, she asked for help with her ex, who is relentlessly stalking her (again). She asked for me to do anything to keep him away from her, but I feel that there are two components to this--protection for her, and binding him to keep him down. There is also a child involved, so I don't feel comfortable in doing a heavy curse on the Ex, because of his mental state (drugs; also he refuses to let her go and spends most of his energy in making her life hell throught the courts).


As for the cemetery, the pulling comes and goes. I hear a name in my head again and again from the first cemetery I visited in town, however, I have not had a chance to return there.


I've begun to "listen" at night again, now that I've acclimated more to my work schedule. I roam around the house late at night, restless. I cannot sleep and I do not remember my dreams. I'm trying to dig myself out of a hole, the hole of feeling "stuck". Hopefully doing this work will help jumpstart my path again. At least I can fulfill the promise I made to her, and then I can take on the next work that whispers to my heart.


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What a shame that you were made uncomfortable by the grave diggers! Who are they to say that you aren't a relative, and what business is it of theirs anyhow? For pity's sake, most graves could use a little more attention than they get. As for the tingly finger, could you get it to do anything? Sometimes dead people can teach you weird tricks or tell you surprising things that way.  

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I get "tingly finger" a lot, usually when doing a working or divination. I'll try it!

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