So as I was musing about the silent woods I started thinking about haunted woods, in general, and what history might tell us about such places. What do such places have in common, if anything.
Take for instance the Forest of Rothiemurchus in Scotland, burial place of Chief of Clan Shaw. If you are brave he leaves you alone but show fear and who may never be seen again. The rains, mists, and grayness of the Scottish weather are favorable to spirit activity.
Then there is Dudley Town, USA. Located in Connecticut, the remains of this town, sometimes called the Village of the Damned, are crumbling in the forest. People claim that when the enter the part of the forest near the town, it falls strangely silent. The location is supposedly cursed and visitors claim to have seen orbs and spirits.
Ballyboley Forest in Northern Ireland is reported to be a sinister place to visit. Reported to be an ancient Druid site, with overgrown stone formations and circular trenches, there have been reports of figures dressed in weird rags, blood smeared trees, black smoke and moaning. Locals reportedly do not enter Ballyboley Forest. Visitors claim it is unusually quiet and without wildlife.
Screaming Woods, England Pluckley Village is reported to be the most haunted village in England and it is also home to the Screaming Woods. This strong concentration of paranormal activity and hauntings may be due to the location of the village in terms of magnetism in the ground. Paranormal activity is believed to flourish in areas of strong geological magnetism. Among other things,the sounds of footsteps and most importantly screaming have been reported coming from the woods.
Hoia Baciu Romania (the World's Most Haunted Forest) is said to be actually a gateway to another dimension. It is sometimes called the Bermuda Triangle of the Country because people who live near it are afraid to enter it as they believe they will not return home again. Lots of pictures of disc like objects, dead vegetation zones and strange rashes and dizziness are linked to this forest.
These are just a few "haunted forests." Like the silent woods most notably people comment on the absence of normal forest sounds and often the lack of wildlife.
Welcome to the Silent Woods
The Silent Woods are part of the saga of the haunted farm. The eerie quality of the woods both alluring and sinister. I think they represent the development of an oracle deck quite nicely. They "speak" in their silence in much the same way a good deck does. They cause one to pause and contemplate direction. The Journey Deck is a personal deck and as such its development is a personal endeavor. It is not really a venture to produce and publish a deck. Simply a way of celebrating a history that includes some quite unique and interesting aspects. I mean when you grow up on a haunted farm...there's just a whole lot of stuff that happens in life...and as a woman of "age" I think it is a wonderful way to pass down family history and leave a "mark" so to speak.