The Witche’s Pond Romania: Dracula and the Cursed Pond.
I have not written for a while as I have recently settled down in Colombia after about seven months of constant travel, drama, excitement and changes. I have been just clearing my head, processing and preparing for the vast and wide-open future that is filled with opportunity and more adventure.
And as you can imagine I have a lot of stories!
My stories will not follow any particular timeline, it will not go from start to end or end to start. It will just flow.
One of the most powerful times on my adventures was when I stayed in Bucharest, the capital in the south of Romania late December 2021.
I had had to leave the Schengen area, an area which is comprised of 26 European countries, I was close to my 90-day visa limit as I had
traveled through Spain, France and Italy during that period. I was convinced by two Romanian friends who lived in England to travel there. As
I could stay there for 90 days without a Visa, and it was cheaper in Eastern Europe than the West it seemed like a good choice.
I also made the decision to move there because I could already speak Spanish, French and Italian which were all romance languages and thought
Romanian would be easier to pick up because it was also a Romance language mixed with a Slavic influence. They said “Da” which means “yes” just like in
Russian but then would say “Cum te cheamă?” which means “What is your name.” while in Italian “Come ti chiami” means “what is your name.” The two languages were quite similar.
I was staying in the Hotel Ambassador in the downtown area, which I had reserved for a week, I was happy my room came with a balcony. The temperatures in December went down to about 5 below Celsius
which is about 23 degrees Fahrenheit and there was a 10pm curfew covid curfew where pretty much all shops closed.
I was paying 30 pounds a night for a 4-star hotel which would have pretty much been unheard of in Western Europe. I was right down the street from Revolution Square where the revolution of 1989 began, and the communist dictator had been kicked out. Eastern Europe was unlike any other place I had been to in my life, I had entered a different world.
The story really begins when I had been searching online about the Roma gypsies and supernatural places in Romania. I soon found out around the corner was a giant metaphysical and witchcraft supply store, I also found out that the famous “Witches Pond” was in the woods outside of Bucharest. This pond sparked the interest of many paranormal investigators and was even put on a “Vice” episode on YouTube where Romania's most famous witches gave the journalists some advice and warning about going there.
So, I took off down the street in the following days to the famous “Hathor House” which was full of candles, crystals, incenses, books and materials for spells to find out more. I was greeted by a seemingly friendly witch shopkeeper in her twenties. I told her about my wish to visit the witches' pond and she helped me get the right materials to protect myself from any dark spirits once I got there. She also followed me around the store and kept asking me if I needed any help, it seemed every ten seconds and I felt quite uncomfortable and discriminated against. She was not
doing the same thing with any of the other customers.
There is not a lot of diversity or immigration in Romania, and I had experienced in France, Spain and Italy people mistaking me for Arab instead of Latino in quite a number of occasions. Besides this occasion I found the Romania people to be more accepting and welcoming than any other European country, they were quite friendly yet still had to that soviet stoicism.
I left the shop feeling quite just upset about that experience, but I had all my white sage and palo santo for protection, a good luck and prosperity “Dios fortuna” candle, some crystals and a very rare piece of a meteorite called “Moldavite” from outer space (not joking). In other words, I was ready for the witch's pond.
The witches Pond is a pond of water outside of Bucharest in the woods where apparently the inspiration behind the legend Dracula “Vlad the Impaler” was thought to have been beheaded. The pond was also a place that witches for centauries had done magic and it was said that any spell or curse that you cast came true. Vlad, 15th centaury warlord got his name because he use to “impale” his enemies on spiked poles and leave them out for everybody to see.
Many people reported around the pond there would be shrieks in the night or sounds of something splashing through the water. Apparently, the pond never contracted or expanded but stayed the same size even in a drought.
No creatures lived in the water or would drink from it and I soon began to understand why….
I had woken up late, so I hustled out of the city waiting for buses having previously done a google street view search and watched some YouTube videos to understand where the entrance to the Witches Pond was because it looked a bit confusing. At one point I got on the wrong bus and suddenly thought my mission was over, I did not want in any shape or form
to end up in those woods at night. As I will tell you in another blog post, I was 16 in California when I had seen a floating black orb on a haunted property, and it had changed my life forever. Yet it had also scared the shi$ out of me.
I decided at that moment not to take transportation anymore because I would probably just get lost, so I decided to walk an hour following the most confusing google maps route. It was about 5pm and I was going down these winding streets, backtracking quite a lot, the locals probably thinking I was high (or perhaps just a lost foreigner.)
I felt like I was marching to war, I kept calling in all the courage I could, it was quite a surreal experience. In some ways I was as equally afraid about the stray dogs that lived on the streets and woods around the outskirts of Bucharest. Before long I arrived where I had seen the entrance for the forest on the google street view.
It was winter so there were no leaves on the trees, the forest was completely barren. I left some white sage at the foot of one tree calling upon the spirit of the forest to grant me safe passage and that I only came there in medicine. I kept walking and ended up on a path that stretched as far as the eye could see with trees on either side of the path. After walking for a bit, I realized that if something happened to you in these woods…
No one would most likely even hear you scream.
Yet that just added to the excitement, I began burning my white sage smudging myself as the natives in Northern Mexico and Southern California did. I came to a part of the path when suddenly I felt like the oxygen itself was trying to squeeze me breathe away, it felt like the air itself was like some thick substance and there just an ominous feeling of anxiety, a presence
upon me and low energy in all directions. I had been in a haunted forest before, and the feeling was quite familiar.
Yet I was prepared and set alight even more of my sage with the lighter, it began to form a thick cloud of smoke and I noticed when I kept the sage close to my head, I felt complete peace and no fear but when I took the sage away the anxiety and fear would consume me. It was quite an unusual experience, it felt like the sage was like some torch in the dark.
Not before long I had found the witches pond on the right side of the path. I did a circle of sage around the pond for protection and set about burning Mugwort another herb for purification, visualization and protection. I began writing down on a piece of paper all of my intentions which I then burned after. I could see the residue of a fire next to the froze over pond
where it looked like some people had been casting some spells in a ritual. I had also told myself beforehand no matter what you do not touch or bring the water back home with you.
Yet I got cocky, I started to start talking out loud making lots of jokes about Vlad the Impaler and even took an infamous thug life moment "selfie”
with the pond.
I then cracked pond ice, put some of the muddy water in an empty plastic water bottle and began walking back, I had arrived just in time as the Sun was going down. I left there feeling like a vampire slayer or something, I had been petrified before but suddenly I felt like the bravest guy in the world, and I wanted to do more things like this.
It wasn't until I got back to my hotel room that I began to notice that when I looked at the water, just holding it I began to feel sick and have a headache. I could feel a real negative energy coming from the water and decided to dump it out on the street, I also wondered what kind of curses people had been casting into the pond, as I knew some witches cast curses
to cause sickness, disease, misfortune and even death.
Just as I was about to pour the water in the gutter on the road, I said to myself outload “This water is cursed” at that very moment a car came flying fast and it had a flat tire. I felt it a hundred percent in my gut that it was a clear sign that the energy in this water would sabotage me in some way.
In Sicily I had slightly dry skin, yet it hadn't driven me crazy, yet after the incident with the water I got eczema that was itching so bad that I seriously thought many times “I wish I had a gun so I can shoot myself in the head.”
The extreme eczema lasted for about another seven days until I did a shamanic dieta (fasting only drinks plants put in a tea) in Cluj Napoca, Romania where the eczema completely went away the day after the fast. I only then made the connection between the pond water and the eczema which had begun around the same time.
I had some idea of these things but did not take it seriously. Our beliefs (what we think we know) are our comfort zone, that we use as a protection from our minds against facing the great unknown. And what I have learned on my travels and in my short 30 years on this planet is that the universe is mysterious, vast, and there is lots we just simply do not know.
All I had was an experience.
If you liked this story, check out my blog about “Hoia Baciu: The Worlds Most Haunted Forest” the sequel to this story which I will be posting soon!