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Season 1 Episode 15

Anita Merrick. Mystical Author.
Anita Merrick is a mystical author. Her novel, A Bitter Wind (Time Entanglement #1), comes from a life long love of Egypt. In her interview with Stan Mallow, The Paranormal Yakker, Anita explains what her novel is about and what motivated her to write it. She talks about her shamanic journeys to Egypt, the ancient sites she visited there, including pyramids not accessible to the average tourist. Anita also shares her experiences at these sites, some of which involved her being transported back to ancient times and to past lives, she lived there. She talks about performing as a belly dancer, going by the professional name of Nehebka, at the Winter Palace at Luxor, and her bizarre encounter with snake charmers at the palace. Anita, a third-generation psychic and medium explain the tools she uses in her readings and why she was attracted to them. She also discusses her foray into Pagan Witchcraft.

Transcript of video Interview

Stan Mallow
Hi everyone, I'm Stan Mallow. Welcome to "Paranormal Yakker". My guest on today's show we'll be yakking with is mystical author Anita Merrick. We'll be discussing her book, her shamanic journeys to Egypt, her years as a belly dancer, and forays into Wicca and the psychic world. Anita Merrick, welcome to "Paranormal Yakker".
Anita Merrick
Thank you, I'm so happy to be here.
Stan Mallow
Anita, as you know, we go back many years, and as always, it's a pleasure yakking with you. I know your novel, "A Bitter Wind" comes from a life long love of Egypt. Can you tell my audience what the book is about and what inspired you to write it?
Anita Merrick
"A Bitter Wind: Time Entanglement" is based on my experiences after visiting this very little temple near Esna, Egypt. It's not one that every tour stops to see. I saw it back in 1988, and then again in 2011, and that's how much time had passed. I kinda came home with the spirits following me, I guess, for want of a better description, because the story stayed with me. And I was writing it, more channeling it than writing. And when I checked into it, I realized that I had tapped into something that was very unusual. And so the book became fantasy, as far as technical terms. However, it is based on my experiences, my dreams, and I believe, a past life. I'm not gonna say which character is the one the past life, but the main character is modeled after myself. It is based on the mythology. It's based on archeology, some culture, a little of everything thrown in. And I just received 15, and well actually 50 more after that, 'cause I purchased a program for reviews to get some new reviews and so forth on Goodreads. So if anyone wants to go, they can read all about, you know, what people think of the book there. It's really kind of a can't put it down kind of book. In fact, someone just recently said they thought it should be a movie, but we haven't got that far yet to even consider that. But it it is based on experiences, as well as dreams and fantasy. And of course the Egyptian Neteru play a very large role in it, in mythology of course.
Stan Mallow
And now, although you are not of Egyptian descent, you have, ever since I've known you, had a strong connection and fascination with Egypt. Now, I think you pretty much answered the question that I'm gonna ask you now, but you might want to elaborate. Do you think it might have something to do with a past life there?
Anita Merrick
Yeah, several past lives, I believe. I've found at least three that I'm pretty sure of in my experiences. The very first one was in 1988. I was a belly dancer then, and I had no interest in temples and pyramids, other than aren't they pretty, oh, that's nice. I wanted to see dancing, hear music, perform, you know, et cetera. And buy beads, I came home with lots of beads from Egypt. But the very first night that we arrived, the bus driver took us up around by the pyramids. And it was nighttime, and they weren't supposed to then, and now they couldn't, because things have changed a great deal with security, but he let us step off the bus and very strictly do not step away from the bus. And if I say, get on, get on fast, because that means the soldiers are coming. I stepped off, and I think that my second foot touched the sand, and I just stood there and I'm home went through my mind, and I felt like there's no big deal. I was supposed to be here, I've been here all along, you know, kind of feeling. I couldn't explain it then, 'cause I knew very little, if anything, about the metaphysical side of things. And I knew a little about Egypt and the mythology, but very little about the really deep stuff at that time. So I had no concept of why I felt that way, except that was the beginning. And ever since then, I've been there now four times, was supposed to go a fifth time this past March, and thanks to a certain little tiny nasty bug, everything got canceled. So I'm not sure when I'll get to go again, now. And I'm sure that's minor, compared to what a lot of other people have gone through on this virus. And I don't mean to make anything sound like mine was the only big problem, but nevertheless. But I have not stopped connecting with Egypt. I constantly work with the Neteru. That's the gods and goddesses, for those who don't know the word. The word actually became nature in English. And eventually, as it came down through. I do some Egyptian magic. I call it Egyptian magic. It's not spelled like magic, but I do a lot of using of the Neters in work that I do, as well as in my writing. And so I've got sand here in my house, I've got pieces of pottery. I probably have a little bit of Egypt all around me all the time, as well as in my dreams and thoughts. So yes, Egypt has been a part of my life, and several past lives, I'm sure.
Stan Mallow
You have gone on shamanic journeys to Egypt. What sites did you visit, and how did you feel when you were at these ancient sites?
Anita Merrick
Okay. Well, like I could say, we could say if I listed them all and all of the experiences, this would be a week-long video, but unfortunately the highlights. And the highlights I think came for me in the last trip, the like culmination. I took two trips that were under a shamanic journey, and they were designed that way, where we began. In fact, we began at the Sphinx, between the paws of the Sphinx, which by the way, many of the things and places I went, you have to have special permits, and they're very expensive. They've gotten more expensive over the years too, to get special permission. And we would go in like early morning or night, or with the Sphinx we were down in the basin where the Sphinx itself sits. And places that tourists don't normally get to go. We would begin there, we would make our dedication, basically to the Sphinx, and to whomever we wanted to connect with. And while I stood beside the right paw of the Sphinx the last time. I mean, first time I was there, I felt a heartbeat. I felt like energy coming up from the earth in a pattern like a heartbeat. And I can describe it as being the heartbeat of the earth, or the Sphinx, or something. The last time I stood there, and I was just waiting for everything to get ready. And I realized I'm looking down at my feet, I'm at the same spot, not by plan, as I had been at every other time before. And I'm seeing, like I'm traveling down through the rocks, and what I saw at the end of this psychic burrowing was blue, like an indigo blue, liquid. And it looked like a liquid crystal. And I remembered the statement by Edgar Cayce that the records are under the paw of the Sphinx. And I kinda liked think that maybe I saw them, but they're not, you know, books as we would expect. Nevertheless, we then did a shamanic experience under the step pyramid, and everything from there on was like rebuilding the self, or re-experiencing, or healing, and as we traveled. The last trip I was there was the most significant, because that's the one where I got to sit outside the pyramid the last night. And I'm sitting there, everyone else had gone in and upstairs, and I had had a dream that I shouldn't go inside, and I didn't know why. So I got permission to stay outside. And while I'm sitting there, it was a full moon night. And I could feel what seemed like the stones behind my back. It turned to liquid or something. I'm sure it was the energy. And it felt as if we were spinning. Now, I didn't really feel dizzy, so that was the weird part of it. And I knew we weren't moving, really, because I could see the bus down there and everything. And I looked up to see if I could see the full moon. And there were blue energy beams coming out of the top of the pyramid and going in all the way around out radiating outward. I'm not sure, other than energy, I'm not sure exactly what that is. I've never heard anyone describe it before, but it was amazing. The other most significant was going into what I now know was a dream chamber. Although they call it the crypt, and it's in the Temple of Dendur way in the southern part of Egypt. And it is, you have to go down these steps, which make you think like you're going in the hold of an old ship, and you get down to the bottom, and there's no space, you just simply turn. And then you have to go down and slide through on the ground, or crawl through if you're small enough to go through what is like the size of a block, and then turn and do it again to get in there. And then inside, there are some gorgeous hieroglyphs because they have not been touched and brushed against and weathered. It's where the one that has been shown on TV in different programs that looks like a long tube, electric tube, or a light, excuse me, electric light tube. And there's controversy as to just what it really is. Is it symbolic, or is it something from ancient times? There, I had a dream after I was in there of going further along, which you don't see if there's anything further to go. The wall is there. But in my dream I could walk on down further, and I saw light like at the end of the tunnel is all I remembered. And when I ask about it, because most of those journeys in temple and in the passageways are depicting the afterlife or the Duat, or the underworld itself. But this one had light at the end. And when I ask our guide, who was very, very patient with me, he said, you were in the one that is to resurrection. It's one of the few that went basically up instead of down. So I thought that was pretty significant. I was given a lot of visions, messages. I mean, I kept a journal, the last three trips I kept journals, because you think you're gonna remember everything when you get home, and you don't, 'cause you're so exhausted for number one. So I started keeping very detailed journals, and thank goodness, because now I can remember things better. But like I say, I could go on, and on, and on with the different, but those are kind of the main highlights that really stuck with me.
Stan Mallow
Sure, thanks for sharing. Now, at one time under the professional name of Nihika you performed as an Oriental belly dancer at the Winter Palace of Luxor. What was that experience like?
Anita Merrick
That was my first experience with Egyptian. And it was a combination of ecstatic, amazing, nerves, and downside. And the downside came as a result of the dance. Before I was going to perform, I'm standing there waiting to go on, and I'm so thirsty because it's very hot. And I ask for a soda because I know better than to trust bottled water or somebody bringing you just a glass of water in Egypt, in specially out, you know, in places like this. 'Cause the Winter Palace is still beautiful, but it's older, of course. And you don't know what their kitchen area is. So I asked for a soda, and I never thought they brought it with ice in it, which was very nice of them, but it didn't even think you never wanna get ice in Egypt unless you're in a very good hotel and you know that they're using bottled water to make their ice, which of course is expensive. So that's not a common thing. Well, I didn't think, and I thought, well if I don't eat the ice or suck on the ice, I'll be fine. Wrong answer. I was attacked by the good old King Tut's curse. After I got done dancing, got back to the ship, I was sicker than a dog for a few days. Thank goodness they had these little speckled pills and we got over it, but it was not exactly a pleasant experience. Then the dance went fine. We couldn't communicate with the band. We had to just trust that we could follow the band and they would follow us because they spoke no English, but that worked out fine. And I thought I did pretty well for being as nervous as I was. However, after we performed and we're sitting in the audience the fakirs came out, and I'm not sure if I'm pronouncing that correctly, but they are the snake charmers. And they had these huge wicker baskets with cobras. And I'm told that they do not take the poison out or pull the fangs of their cobras. I don't wanna check and see, I'm not looking in any cobra's mouth to see if he still has teeth. And at the end of their show, 'cause I had taken pictures and they had seen me, and you know, everybody's having a good time. I go back to my seat, and I'm talking to my friend, and she taps me on the shoulder, and she points, and here's the guy with his basket, gonna hand it to me. And as close as I am to my computer screen, I've got a cobra in a basket almost in my lap. Well, I leaped backwards, knocked chairs over, it was really quite embarrassingly funny, but I wasn't touching that basket for nothing. And of course the owner of the cobra had the biggest laugh of his life. And he probably told that story a long time down the road. But it was a wonderful experience at the same time. And I got to dance with a real Egyptian band, which was like a dream come true for any dancer. And then I got to dance later on our cruise ship. We were on a cruise ship at that time. Since then, we take a dahabiya, which is a private, larger boat, but private. So we don't have to deal with lots, and lots, and lots of other people, and just our group. But it was an experience I shall never forget.
Stan Mallow
That's great. Now you are ordained priestess in the order of Melchizedek. What is it, what is that order? What attracted you to it? And what are the duties of a priestess in the order?
Anita Merrick
Okay. All right, basically, the duties are about the same in generality, as it would be for any minister or priest. Ministering to whatever, spiritually, emotionally, et cetera. It does have a healing aspect to it, but that's usually someone will bring in like Reiki or some other modality into their healing as a combination. And there's the Melchizedek order is more of a metaphysical and spiritual-oriented meditational and ministering to needs, which can be consulting with people, giving them guidance or consolation as time goes on. It can expand in any direction. The order itself was founded, I don't know the year now, but it's gotta be back in before 1980s, I think. I'm not sure of the date, but Dan Chesbro was the founder. He went to Arizona, and one of the vortex sites, I believe, I'm correct that it was the bell rock. I was there also at one, not at the same time, of course, but I had an experience there where we had like a pink light, it's in the film, we didn't see it, but I have a picture somewhere, of this pink light coming down and into the rock in front of where my friend and I were standing. And it was just like, holy mackerel, what the heck was that? Of course we didn't see it at the time. And he had an experience there from a standpoint of, I believe it was like a vision and a visual and astral kind of connection. And I think his description was that he heard words, and he heard something from it. I'd have to go back, I apologize. I haven't read some of his stuff in a long time, so I kinda lost a little bit. But basically the order is so that I am essentially a minister. I can, if I choose, set up a church. The rules are too stringent, and I really don't have the energy for that. So I use my ministerial duties with my consultation with the tarot and with other things on a personal basis that way. I could do weddings, I have only done one. Again, a lot of the rules that you have to follow by the states got a little too complex for me, but Dan still runs it, and as far as I know, he is still the only one that can do the ordination. The ordination is an energy experience, hard to explain. He has a process and words, and you know guidance through it, and everyone experiences it like you would any metaphysically connected energy experience, process. And it's different for everybody. The idea being that you are cleansed of the old energy, new energy coming from above. Now, mind you, this is a very highly spiritual thing, coming from above, coming down through, and cleansing away stuff that's no longer needed, and so on. And then you are given the certification, and you go from there. And you can do anything you want with it. As far as some people do set up churches and, you know, have the whole process. And like me, I just really now, I more incorporate the ability into my readings, but I don't say that's where it's coming from. I don't, you know, I just don't do that. But it's on my record, so if anybody wants to know, where are you getting this from, there's a basis.
Stan Mallow
One of your forays was into Wicca. What attracted you to pagan witchcraft? And do you still practice any elements of it today?
Anita Merrick
I was attracted to it because it looked like something fun. I'm an avid reader. I have more to-be-read books than I think most normal people ever see in their lifetime, but I wanted to learn it. I had an opportunity with a local girl, and she was setting up a coven. And then we were gonna learn from her. And unfortunately, that was a bad experience because many reasons. And I got out of that, so I decided to start learning on my own, through books. I've read a lot of the stuff by some of the old standbys, as well as the newer stuff. I've kind of come away from the spell work. That attracted me, the idea that I could do spells and I could control things, and goodness knows what else I could manage. But I've come to learn that you don't need, oh I got tools up the ying-yang, I had to collect all these beautiful goblets, and and all sorts of things. But I came to the point where I don't need that. Your magic is your energy. You are your magic, in other words. There are spells, absolutely, and there are rituals and so forth, but I kinda moved away from doing some of them. Probably, I could say I'm more lazy, but that's not the real reason. I just don't find that it's what I need to do anymore. I've got it, can drag it out anytime. My favorite saying, if somebody is upsetting me or doing something not so nice. My favorite saying is never piss off a witch. And I mean it, because I know that I can, if I have to. But I also know that when people say you get your energy or your magic, or your deed back threefold or nine-fold are the two usual numbers. I think it can come back as many times as it wants to. And I've learned the hard way, absolutely. And I think most people have. Wicca is a little more the religion side, the rituals, the obeying the cross quarters and the moon, and so on, solstices and equinoxes. I don't get into that as much because I'm very solitary. I don't belong to a group anymore. And it's just not as easy when you're doing it by yourself. For me, I can't say everybody, for me. But I now more have moved toward calling myself a mystic. And the reason for that is one day I asked a dear friend of mine who I trusted, and I said, "Do you think I'm a witch?" 'Cause at that time, I was really trying to walk the walk and talk the talk, if you will. And his response was "No," and I was very taken aback, because I thought, geez, I thought he'd say yes for sure. What am I doing wrong? And he said, "No, I think you're a mystic," but he wouldn't tell me what that was. So I had to go and research it and check it out. And I finally decided, he's right. A mystic takes a little of everything, and uses it as it works for them, and tries to do it or use the concepts maybe a little more so. And that's really what I now try to do. There are a lot of pagans and witches in our area, but I don't go to the meetings anymore. I did for awhile, I belonged, but I just got away from it. I don't have the time to really put into it. When I was working seven or eight hours a day, my whole dream was to live as a witch, as I called it, and be able to do everything from daybreak right on down through the day, and have the whole routine. By the time I retired, I didn't wanna do that anymore. So I do do some, I light candles, I put out energy. I do a lot of those kinds of things, but I don't follow up with the spell work anymore. Got 'em handy if I need 'em, and I can still do 'em, but I find that I don't need them. And so for me, I still consider myself a witch, but I'm not a practicing witch, I would say.
Stan Mallow
You are a third-generation psychic. Now semi-retired. When you did your readings, you went under the name of Crystal Wind. What tools did you use in your readings, and what was there about those tools that attracted you to them?
Anita Merrick
I started out not wanting to do any of that because I did not think I could memorize all those meanings. Fought it for a long time. And then one day, my friend, who ended up being my tarot teacher, came to me and wanted me to pretend to be a gypsy, and do a reading for the person that he was going to dance for. Cause he was also a belly dancer, and we were at an SCA event in , which was down near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. And so I thought, okay, I can pretend. And I went in with the cards, and we put them in the order so I would know what to say. And they would be logical. And we palmed the knight of cups course, that's the best one for the knight in shining armor coming into your life. Okay, so I go in, and I'm pretending, you know, trying to be the best gypsy actress, and I'm getting ready to lay out the cards, and the lady sitting next to , the lady whose birthday, she says, "Oh, this'll be fun, 'cause I read tarot too!" Well I taught, I'm busted, this is not gonna go well. But I kept going, and the actress took over, but I didn't know what I was saying, but I managed to get to the final cue for my friend to come dancing in. Afterwards, I thought she never said another word. Now was I that bad that she had nothing to say, or did I really come across like I knew what I was doing? Well, then I decided I think I wanted to learn how to really do it correctly. Bob then taught me or started my teaching, you know, I've learned from many other people as well. And he teaches to read by the intuition. Because tarot in general is of the same realm as our dreams, the subconscious mind, and so on. So by learning what the symbols were telling me at that moment, instead of trying to say, just see, what does this card mean? I found that that was the way to go, and boom, you know, and now that's how I teach. As a result of that, I feel that I can pick up about any tarot deck that's been thrown at me, and I do have a couple that are pretty bizarre. But I have one that's for technology that a friend always asks for, 'cause she's an engineer. And I don't know how anybody would read from that one normally, but we managed. And I had a lady come one day, really ended up testing this ability, because she said, can you read from my deck? She had brought it with her. And I said, "Yes, okay, I will." She hands it to me and I get it out, and I'm looking at it. And it was red and black, and almost impossible to really see the images. It was really dark, and it was dark in the room too. So it was like, I needed a flashlight to see the cards. And I started, and managed to give her a reading. And she was very happy with it, seemed to answer what she wanted, and I guess did okay. Well then I come to find out after I'm done, she tells me that it's not a tarot deck at all. It's actually a deck that's made to go with this romance fantasy novel. So it had nothing to do with tarot. And so I was quite shocked actually to realize that I'd managed to read those cards in the first place. And I thought, well, I'll never have to do that again. But the next year she came back with the deck again and said, "Here." So, you know, it came back to haunt me, I guess I could say in a way. But I think that's how I do with the tarot. I also do mediumship, of course. And I would say probably about every divination, I've either tried it or use it. And recently, I started doing the automatic writing which has turned out to be quite interesting because it's not so much I sit down and just scribble along like one lady that does it. And it looks like she's scribbling anyway. She's not really, but that's what it looks like. And I find that I'm getting messages, or themes, or pieces of information. Some are messages, some are warnings, some are just general. And I'm playing with it to see where it's going to go. That's kind of my next challenge, keeping something going all the time.
Stan Mallow
Great. Should my viewers want to order your novel, "A Bitter Wind", how did they go about doing it?
Anita Merrick
Okay, they can go to my website, which is www.AnitaMerrickAuthor.com. And they can see it there. They can go to the page for purchasing the book. There's a contact form that they can get to me directly, or if they wanna order it from any of the sites. It's Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters for Canada, and Friesen, of course, where the book was published. And they can click on any one of those words, and it'll take 'em to where the book is listed on that site. And the prices vary. They can also get ahold of me through email or whatever. I have a few books are in hand, and I'm making a special on that. And do you want me to give that now to them, okay?
Stan Mallow
Sure.
Anita Merrick
If they wanna order the book from me, they can get a signed copy. I'm making a special for the soft cover of $18, which will include their postage. And that's, please, US funds for the Canadian people, because I don't have a way to change the money here. The other option is if they wanna buy it from one of the sites, I will, and they can send me an email of the receipt or a picture of the book or however they want it, and say, I bought it at such and a time. Then I can email them back with a $10 gift certificate toward a reading or whatever other service that I might have that they might wanna use. So that's a special just for today and for people that are seeing this video. So if they want to jump on that bandwagon.
Stan Mallow
That was very sweet of you, very generous, thank you. Now, Anita Merrick AKA, Crystal Wind, I thank you for being my guest on "Paranormal Yakker". I look forward to interview you again when other books I know you will be writing get published. Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed the interview you just watched. So you don't miss any upcoming shows, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I would love for you to join me and my guests as I yak with them on "Paranormal Yakker".