The Magic of Water

Aside from the health benefits of drinking good pure water daily, this elixir of life has incredible power when it comes to pagans and in the human experience.

Water is a universal cleaner, the fluid of life and the largest component in the human body. We are over ninety percent water and our bodies respond faster to dehydration than any other natural condition. We must take in fluids to be healthy. Water is the best there is.

Oceans and other bodies of water provide a home for the teeming forms of life in each, both plant and animal. These bodies of water contain all tat is needed for the multitudinous creatures to survive.

In the practice of magic, water provides the fluid as a conduit, symbolizing not only blood, but the fluid of the womb, rebirthing and replenishing what has been depleted. The element of water washes away the old and refreshes the new…ushering in the cleanliness and clarity of this moment.

The flow of a moving stream shows another aspect to water. Moving water is power in another way. The movement of it generates a constant rebirth and so renewal for stones and other magical tools is done well when the item is immersed in moving / running water.

Hydromancy is the art of scrying in a dish of water, from an ancient tradition practiced (in recorded history) in both ancient Greece and Rome, but with traditions back much much farther than that. Water scrying appears in literature like the story of Arthur and Gwenevere. The Avalon priestesses scry in a holy well up on the Tor.

Today, many pagans and seers use a black or dark ceramic or glass dish. Pure spring water works the best. The Greeks believed that spirits lived in the water and could control it.

Water is a necessary liquid of life and spirit, body and soul. It is the Great Fluid

 

© J Thompson

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The Third Eye – Peacock Feathers

Peacock Feathers, Pavo Cristatus, Native to India
Peacock Feathers / Third Eye

Peacock feathers have long been associated with protection, most especially of the inner psyche, the Third Eye.  It’s beautiful pattern appears as an eye, fueling the legends of old.

The peacock “eye” in some cultures was thought to represent the evil eye and considered unlucky.

The bird, because of its vivid hues and royal attitude, is held up as a symbol to manifesting wealth in our lives and it was this royal attitude that had monarchs keep peacocks on the grounds for state occasions.

From Greek myth to Christianity, the “eyes” of the peacock represent celestial bodies, the field of eyes being the stars.  In ancient Babylon, they stood on throne and throne-room as guardians to royalty.

Many incredible facts about peacocks

Fox Sisters of Hydesville

March 31st, 1848 saw the beginnings of spiritualism in the parlor of the Fox home in Hydesville, New York. Kate and Margaret had been living with their parents in what was considered a haunted house. Raps and knocks were pretty much the extent of the activity.

On this infamous night, Kate began to ask the spirits questions, like repeating how many times she snapped her fingers or asking the sisters’ ages. The responses developed into yes and no, so that other questions could be asked. Very quickly these methods spread like wildfire, with mediums coming out of the woodwork.

Margaret Fox, in her later years noted:- “They [the neighbors] were convinced that some one had been murdered in the house. They asked the spirits through us about it and we would rap one for the spirit answer ‘yes,’ not three as we did afterwards. The murder they concluded must have been committed in the house. They went over the whole surrounding country trying to get the names of people who had formerly lived in the house. Finally they found a man by the name of Bell, and they said that this poor innocent man had committed a murder in the house and that the noises had come from the spirit of the murdered person. Poor Bell was shunned and looked upon by the whole community as a murderer.”

The two women were sent to sibling homes, Kate to Leah’s and Margaret to their brother David’s home. The Fox parents felt it might be good for them to get away from the fervor that the rappings had caused in an ever-expanding area around Hydesville.

Unfortunately sending them away wasn’t the answer. The goings-on followed them. This, of course, convinced everyone that the mediums were genuine and the contact with spirits was very much real. Friends of the family, Amy and Isaac Post, Quakers, had the girls visit their home.

“In this way, appeared the association between Spiritualism and radical political causes such as abolition, temperance and equal rights for women.”

By mid 1850, the girls had channeled for both famous and not famous people of the time, conducting séances and spirit communication. The sisters began to travel in circles of high society because of their apparent gift of talking to the dead. Wine drinking and late nights took their toll on the women.

In the fifties, Margaret married a man named Kane, a skeptic who tried to keep her from her sisters by moving her away and having her convert to Roman Catholicism. After Kane’s death however, she returned to her sister Kate in England and the mediums continued. Kate’s husband passed away in 1881, leaving her with two kids.

William Crookes, a scientist of some note between ’71 and ’74, said that Kate was a powerful medium, producing raps with authenticity.

“I have tested them in every way that I could devise, until there has been no escape from the conviction that they were true objective occurrences not produced by trickery or mechanical means.” Crookes – 1874

In later years, both Margaret and Kate drank far too much, causing Leah and other spiritualists to be concerned for her children. The sisters feuded with Leah and took money for a confession of fraud and Margaret was seduced by the offer. She went into detail about how her toe joints caused the crackings and rappings, that she and Kate had devised methods to convince those attending that the messages were real.

Within five years of Margaret’s recanting of her expose, both sisters were dead, in pauper’s graves, turned away by former followers and friends.

© J J Thompson

Born With A Caul

Once in a while, a baby is born with a caul, or veil on its head or encased in it.  This is a natural membrane, but has folklore an beliefs attached to the occurrence. My own great uncle was born with a caul and spent his nearly ninety years telling of this feeling or that and usually right.

Many believe that the child in the caul will have unusually strong powers of psychic abilit and be naturally empathic by nature.  The caul, or veil, is supposed to keep contained, the energy and memories of previous existence and ability.  Most babies born without the caul are said to have lost those memories and abilities during the birth process and regain them sometimes, in their lives.

During the centuries of the middle ages, a caul bearer was seen as a very good sign of luck. Villages felt blessed to have a bearer among them and often looked for indications from the bearer about crops, and markets, etc. 

A caul was gathered with clean unbleached cotton cloth, dried in the sun and wrapped up for the mother to keep. Many mothers sold their baby’s caul to sailors as it was considered a charm to ward off drowning. 

In the Victorian era, a small bit was tucked into a hair locket or petite pointe embroidery and carried as a momentum, especially if the child succumbed in child birth in a time when the infant mortality rate was so high.


© J.J. Thompson

Poltergeists and Things That Go Bump

Hollywood and fiction have long depicted poltergeists as spirits that disturb households, sometimes cause physical harm and generally disrupt the human experience in unpleasant ways.

The word itself – poltergeist – comes from the German root “poltern” or to bump or knock.  Knocking or rumbling spirit.  Since humankind’s ability to record occurrences in history, there have been reports of poltergeist activities around the globe. Things like obnoxious odors, bells, whistles, scratching sounds, scratches on the skin and enacted rapes.

Many paranormalists believe that poltergeists attach themselves to a person, disrupting the environment around that person and attacking those close to him/her.  Often poltergeist activity will present when there is an emotionally disturbed teen.  Puberty through to young adulthood are especially vulnerable years for this type of “haunting” because the victim is also vulnerable, with unfocused mind and imbalance.

Many parapsychologists classify poltergeist activity as a type of psychokinesis.  A term heard in relation to this classification is RSPK or recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis.

Still others believe that the whole phenomenon is a hoax, put about by those it is supposed to effect.  Poltergeist activity could conceivably be some of the easiest haunted activity to fake and many believe that fakery is the rule of the day in cases suggesting paranormal activity of this type.

From Wikipedia –
William RollHans Bender, and Harry Price are perhaps three of the most famous poltergeist investigators in the annals of parapsychology. Harry Price investigated Borley Rectory which is often called “the most haunted house in England.”

 

Famous instances of poltergeist activity –

            The “Wizard”, Livingston, W. Virginia (1797).
The Bell Witch (1817).
The Haunting of The Fox sisters (1848)
The Borley Rectory phenomena (1929).
The Black Monk of Pontefract
The Enfield Poltergeist (1977).

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Copyright  J J Thompson

Automatic / Spirit Writing

Automatic or spirit writing is the practice of writing while channeling messages from the spirit realm.  Those on the Other Side are sometimes strong enough to “push” textual messages across the veil and those who are able to relax enough to take up the pen in a spirit writing session will have interesting messages come through.  

Automatic writing sessions will often leave the psychic exhausted.  It takes great effort to remain still while spirit energies literally take over strongly enough to send messages through the brain of the channel.

It may have its down side, but spirit writing can yield some of the finest works and bodies of information.  It allows for great detail if desired and so long as the psychic can keep the same momentum as the spirits, the message system will be successful.

To try automatic writing, sit in a quiet place, with a large pad of paper in front of you and a pencil or pen in your hand.  Relax completely and breathe, letting stress drift away.  Try not to focus on anything in particular.  Let your thoughts drift until they are indeed random.  Begin writing if the urge strikes you.  Many beginners feel the spirit pull as an urge to put pen to paper.  You can begin by doing circles (a spiral) along your page.  At times this can develop into words and messages.

This practice can bring out messages and information that otherwise may not get channeled, but caution is always wise when dealing with the other side and energy that isn’t familiar to you.

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Copyright  J. Thompson

History of Spirit Writing / Art

As spiritualism came into vogue in the mid nineteenth century, spirit writing became a popular form of mediumship.  A spiritualist or medium sat with pencil in hand, while others sat nearby ready to feed her/him blank sheets of paper awaiting the frantic script of the channeled messages. With the fringe attendees growing weary of the standard methods of “communication” like the auditory knocks of the Hydesville Fox sisters and other fashionable spiritualists used, spirit writing was just the ticket to renew a robust interest in the spirit realm and séances once more.  The method of automatic writing opened the door for women of the Victorian era to achieve some notoriety.  Taking up the spirit pen meant they could write, while not breaking any of the societal morals of the day. Blaming it on the spirits held up much better when confronted by an angry husband or father.

When it comes to the medium’s involvement in the process, some people slip into a trance-like state while doing this, while others are fully awake and simple let the words flow, usually not really aware of what is being written because the messages generally come in very quickly, as though the spirit has only so much energy to funnel the message to the medium.  Some go into a complete trance, unaware of either the  movement of the pencil or the words coming through, although some have reported feeling heat when angry words pour out and cool when the messages are calm.  As though the feelings behind the messages come through clearly for some sensitive ones.

A NY state supreme court judge named John Edmonds, in the mid nineteenth century attended a session with the Foxes after he lost his wife.  He had a friend who claimed to be a medium and pushed this man to try to channel famous authors and writers. What those automatic writing sessions produced are considered vague at best. The one thing the get-togethers did do was to stir even more interest in professional and public figures.  Edmonds was lucky his position in the courts did not radically suffer from his dabbling in the spirit realms.

Over the next hundred and fifty years, not only was writing used, mathematics came through from the spirit world, music, song lyrics, poetry, erotica and art.  Mandelas are said to be drawn by artists guided by “god”. Voodoo Veves and other magical symbology as well.

Spirit communication is here to stay, be it by word, tapping, ouija boards, automatic writing or spirit art.  Humans will continue to strive to open more clear communication with those on the other side.


©  J. Thompson