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

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.

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

Psychic / Medium Abilities

Psychic abilities come in many forms.  Some are subtle and others very “loud” in their unfolding.  This site is named Psychic Pen, with not only psychic phenomenon among its topics, but also other paranormal subjects, too.  As is the case with many writers, those of us who write on psychic and metaphysical/paranormal topics, do so with information often seemingly coming “through” us rather than “from” us.  Not exactly as intense as an automatic writing session.  Much of the time we are in total control over what words appear on the screen, but many times, information / data will come to us as we write.  Things that aren’t familiar knowledge from our own stores, but seem to come from “another” source.

Psychic writing in only one form of the paranormal experience of ability.  There are many others.

Clairaudience – is that little voice that you hear on a frequency that no others can.  It is the inner you that guides you and leaves you with impulses that tell you if you’re on track or not.  We would be wise to listen to the inner voice.  Guaranteed it has more scope of knowledge than does our limited human self.

Often, clairaudience is the form that spirits will take as a “first step” to communication.  A whisper directly in the ear, a nearly-textual image in the mind, a rhyme, etc.  These are some of the experiences of a clairaudient.

It can also be one of the most startling of psychic experiences or talent.  A frantic voice in your ear as you drift off to sleep, might be one example.  Granted, clairvoyance can shake a body up, but hearing, in the human experience, is a powerful communication.

Clairvoyance – is the “sight”.  Cliché as it may seem, the “I see dead people” whisper of the little boy with his face serious and fearful is strikingly similar to those of us who are clairvoyant.  Seeing shadows, phantasms, spirit bodies, disembodied parts and floating heads, is an exhilarating experience for anyone interested in the topic, but for those who are not expecting such occurrences in their lives, it can be heart-stopping in its way.

You experience clairvoyance in many instances in your life when you’re not even aware it’s happening.  You may see someone on the street, be drawn to their face, turn away and when you turn back, they’re gone.  You may see a shadow from the corner of your eye and when you look full on, it’s gone.

The finest way for someone wanting to focus on seeing a spirit is to look away.  By averting your gaze, you allow the visual to form.

Clairsentience – is feeling the ghostly presences.  A woosh past the cheek, a cool draft, a touch, scratch, kiss or other type of touch isn’t uncommon for those with this talent. The clairsentient is going to physically feel the touch or vapors of a spirit being.  They are able to smell odors on occasion  that are familiar and coming from the memories of the spirit.

This particular talent is probably the most common among those who think they’re not psychic (everyone is) because a scent will become noticeable for a moment and then be gone.  Recognizing that a message has been sent is important

Clairalience – is the talent of “clear smelling”.  Pipe tobacco, cigarettes, pot, body odors, environmental cues, and perfumes are some of the experiences that psychics with this ability have had.  This, as opposed to the other talents, can be very poignant, as smell is one of humankind’s most compelling senses.  Our memories are closely associated with scents, aromas and smells.

Copyright – J. Thompson

Fake Psychics

When attempting to connect with a psychic with whom you feel a comfortable relationship, you will likely run into a few who just aren’t as “real” as they might first appear. Real psychic advisors are out there and you have to keep alert and trust your intuition.

Perhaps the most fake of all would be those who continue to milk you for money.  The first reading isn’t enough, they say.  You need this protection spell or curse relief or other type of reading, they say.

Don’t listen. If you have a reading and your psychic urges you to invest in other tools or things (s/he happens to offer) because you have a curse on you or need some other service, think carefully before reaching for your credit card. 

Many networks and corporate companies out there push ready-written scripts at their “psychics”. The per-minute fees are pushed to the max and return calls are encouraged.  When so many people are taking calls, the likelihood of developing a rapport with someone becomes slim. The likelihood of your phone bill inflating becomes greater.

If you are seeking an in-person psychic in your area, be sure to take someone with you if you’re unfamiliar with the psychic.  Your safety comes first. Again use your intuition and if the person feels uncomfortable to you, leave. It’s unlikely that will change.

Fake psychics will provide all kinds of minutiae about their talents.  One page is plenty.  If the bio runs on, chances are some of it is crap. 

There are different kinds of talents out there.  Some of us have a number of them, others specialize in a few or single gifts.  They are all gifts, and if real, can have some pretty incredible outcomes. 

What it comes down to is that you may have to go through a few toads before you meet the psychic advisor with whom you feel connected.  Don’t get discouraged.  There are many of us out here who have genuine gifts that could be of benefit to you..  

© J Thompson 

Rescue Mediums – Interview


I was given the delightful opportunity to do email interviews with those wonderful ladies of the paranormal, the Rescue Mediums. 

Below find their answers to the questions I asked them, giving us insight into the work and wonder of what Jackie and Christine do when they do their spirit rescues, as well as their lives as psychic mediums.



1. How long have you known each other? How did you meet?

J – We have known each other since childhood, growing up in the same street.  Years later,  Christine then married my brother Kevin. 

C – We have lived in the same village all our lives and years later I married Jackie’s brother but we are no longer together, having divorced in 2007

2. When did you first realize your talent? When did you begin deliberately using it?

J – When I look back now, I realise that I have always been able to communicate with spirit, but when you are a child, you just accept this as normality, and that everyone else can see what you can see.  Then I suppose, my ability went away whilst I was busy growing up.  As a teenager I was very interested in the paranormal, and looked into different communication levels, via cards, wicca etc.  Then I got married, had babies, and did all the mumsy things.  Christine and my brother Kevin had a really bad car accident, and it made me think about life and death in a very down to earth way.  I had a thirst to know more, and so I consciously sought information on the various ways to communicate with spirit. 

Christine and I attended our local Spiritualist Church together, and one night, the platform Medium came to us after the service.  She told us that her Spirit Guide had told her that she had to ask us to join a development circle.  We had never met this woman before, as she came from the Manchester area, which was an hours drive from where we live.  So we were a little surprised, but agreed to do this.  For the next year we travelled every week to train with this lady, firstly with other potential Mediums, then eventually, just the two of us, with her, at her home.  The rest, as you know, is history.

C – When I was five I was taken to my grt grandmother’s house by my grandparents. My grt grandmother had died and I went with them to sort out her things.  I could not touch a thing.  I could feel grt gran there; I saw her sitting in her chair and I felt she was saying leave my things alone.

3. Could you please describe how a (normal/standard) encounter might seem to you. Eg, what do you see? Hear? etc.

J – This depends on the circumstances.  Sometimes I do physically see the spirit, and also physically hear, but it is usually a thought process.  Spirit have to learn how to communicate with you, as an individual, just as you have to learn to tune in to them.  So each communication is different.  For the most, I suppose it is rather like a daydream sort of feeling, if that makes sense.  its ‘inside’ your head.  Spirit have to ‘thought transfer’ what they are trying to say to you.  Sometimes it can be extremely physical as in a strong smell, or even being pushed, prodded etc.  My father in law actually pinches my backside to let me know he is around (cheeky!!) no pun intended.  

I have to take all of the symbols, pictures, sounds, smells and also feelings and put them all together to be able to see, hear and understand.  I always think that explaining spirit is rather like explaining how a radio works.  You turn on the radio, and you can hear someone talking to you, you can hear the music and it makes you feel good, or the chat show that you listen to is really helpful and this puts a picture in your mind of what you are listening to, especially if its an excerpt from a book.  Now you cant see the person that is talking to you on the radio, but you can hear them, so you know that they are there.  Its just the same with the spirit world, they just communicate on a different vibration level that’s all. 

C – I usually see spirit in my third eye although I have seen them fully manifest…  I have like a tv screen inside my head and I can hear them too…  I also see shapes and symbols which, with the help of my guide, Loni, I interpret what spirit are trying to say.

4. Do you come from a background of believers or other talented mediums?

J – Both of my grandmothers were psychic, although neither used their ability outside of the family.  My parents are interested in the paranormal, and we have really interesting discussions about things.  Most of my Mums sisters are psychic, and so yes, I suppose it runs in the family

C – Many of my family have the gift but they don’t all use it…  My gr gran was a spiritualist and she had a crystal ball; she had to go to the spiritualist meetings in secret as they were not allowed in the early 50s.

5. Part of the appeal to the show is that you are both so down-to-earth and not “Hollywood”. Extraordinary women who have a fine tuned and extraordinary talent for communicating with the dead. Are you comfortable with the growth in popularity of the show and your own celebrity?

J – Its funny really, because the first time a fan of the show came up to us in Toronto, Chris and I just looked at each other and giggled.  I have a saying that keeps me grounded and reminds me where my roots are, and that is ‘fish, chips, and mushy peas’.  Its a proper northern England dish, and takes me visually back to eating fish and chips out of newspaper as a kid.  Chris and I love working on the show, and don’t see ourselves as anything other than two lasses from Barnton who are doing a job that we absolutely love doing.

C –  I am happy that the show is popular…  I don’t feel like a celeb; I don’t feel any different.  I really like when the fans come to say hello.


6. It seems like the most prevalent fad these days is seeking proof of life after death. What is your opinion on why it’s so difficult to “pin down” or actually “prove” the existence of life beyond this one?

J – We can only prove what we have done.  As none of us have done the death bit, till we actually go over to the spirit world, we cant absolutely prove anything. However, we can believe in the available proof.  The aim of a Medium is to prove that life is continuous once we go through the change that we call death.  I personally have had proof over and over again that my loved ones in the Spirit World are still around me.  I have also had proof of other peoples loved ones in spirit are around them.  They do this by providing me with information that I could not possibly know without it being conveyed to me by the person now in spirit.  That’s one of the reasons that i love to do the rescue work.  Spirit give so much proof of who they are, where they lived, how they lived, why they are still around on the earth plane.  That can be backed up by researching the information that you are given by them.  It is tremendously satisfying to know that you can help spirit who need help, and to get confirmation that you listened properly to what they were saying to you, is terrific. 

C – Proving life after death is the main function of a medium and is very important… to me.  Proving it is not easy…  I would love it if spirit could just say Hi my name is and I lived? but they can mostly only communicate by showing me pictures, etc…  Also, the spirit-world vibrates at a much faster rate than this world…  We vibrate at the same rate as our world that’s why it is solid to us…  When we pass to spirit we vibrate at the same rate as the spirit-world and that becomes solid…  The spirit-world  is another dimension; it is in and around this world…  Some spirits find it easier to communicate than others – just like on the earth-plane some people can learn to do things faster and better than others.

7. You both seem to use visuals in your rescues. Have you been artistic all your life or is this something that comes almost as “automatic or spirit writing”?

J – I have always ‘doodled’, as I think most people do, so how much of that was spirit, and how much of that was me just being artistic, I cant say for certain.  I have always drawn faces, and love to draw and paint.  I have painted in oils for many years, and love all the pre-raphaelite artists work.

I now consciously work with spirit to differentiate between spirit communication and me just wanting to draw or paint.  Usually one of my Guides will urge me to pick up paper and either a pen or pencil.  That way I know how they want to work with me.  The drawings usually come very quickly, and I never know how they are going to develop.  Sometimes the image however, is extremely strong and I have to get it down exactly as it is in my head.  it can be really intense at times.

The drawing is an ‘image’ of a person and not a photograph, and the recipient of the drawing has to be aware of that.  If the image is captured, then that is what is to be achieved. 

C –  I have always drawn ever since being a child…  But I always drew faces, never knowing why, until I started incorporating this with my medium-ship.

8. What advice would you give to people who think they have a haunted house?

J – run!!!  No seriously, they need to know if they feel threatened or upset by the spirit that they believe to be there.  it could be that the spirit is just visiting and likes to pop in every now and again to see how the newest occupants are treating their former home, or it could be that they are the occupants own family member calling to say hello.  The occupants need to ‘feel’ the atmosphere.  If the spirit needs to be helped and guided towards the light, there will be a definite feeling in the house that cannot be ignored.  They could always try to fill each room full of light and ask their own guides to help guide the distressed spirit into the light.  I would advise anyone who is doing this however, to put psychic protection around themselves before attempting this. 

C – My advice to anyone with a haunted house is to find their nearest spiritualist church and ask for help

9. Do you believe everyone has these abilities and if so, how do they move forward toward feeling comfortable with them? 

J – Yes everyone is born with this ability of communication,  I think everyone has a story of a baby, or very young child, looking at ‘something or someone’ in the room, and there is no one there, or of chatting away to that something or someone.  That is how we are before we school our minds on how to live in the physical world.  The best way to be comfortable with the natural gifts that we all have, is to decide what you are going to do with them.  If you want to develop them, to communicate or just simply to be in control of what is happening to you, then you need to become aware of your gifts, then to develop them.  This can be through a development circle, or on a one to one with a Medium.  The key to any development is meditation.  You have to be able to meditate in order to communicate in depth with your spirit guide.  Development will  be based on meditating and interpretation of the meditation.  This is how we ‘learn’.  Spirit teach us through meditation with pictures, sounds, feelings, smells etc etc

C – I truly believe we all have the ability to develop our gifts…  Some people are more tuned into this than others…  To move forward we need to find a development circle and meditate a lot

10. What is the most memorable case you’ve ever worked on together? Why was it so memorable?

J – In the show, they are all memorable, although we do have one or two favourites.  Some can be very distressing, and intense, especially if it involves a missing person, or a murder victim.  Cases involving children are always heart rendering.  

I think the most memorable case that we have worked on together has to be the first rescue that we ever did.  Many years ago we did an investigation in Leicestershire, England that involved a down syndrome youngster.  He had been locked up in an upstairs room of the house by his father, who was a Minister of the Church.  This was in the 1920’s.  This poor young lad was chained inside the room, and there were bars at the windows.  He was taken out at night on a leash for exercise so that no one saw him in the dark.  We didn’t know any of this prior to our visit.  The story unfolded during the rescue.  It was very emotional as the youngsters grandfather came forward to take him into the light.  He actually turned to us when he got hold of his grandfathers hand and waved goodbye.  Everything was confirmed by the lady who owned the house as she had researched the story, and only taken the chains out of the room the day before we arrived. 

C – The most memorable case was the first one we went on… It involved helping a down syndrome child into the spirit-world…  This poor child had been chained up in a cupboard all his days and only taken out at night under the cover of darkness…  This was in the 1920s…  When we rescued him his grandfather came out of the light to take him over…  It was very moving

11. If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?

J – I am perfectly content with what I do.  if I need to change in any way, shape or form, I expect Spirit will direct me as to how to work.

C – I would not change anything because I cant think of anything to change


Rescue Mediums is a half-hour television show that follows the trials and tribulations of two internationally-renowned psychics, Christine Hamlett and Jackie Dennison, as they visit people’s homes and show wayward spirits into the light.  Jackie and Christine’s psychic abilities include premonitions, psychometrics, psychic drawings, spirit contact, past life regressions… all helped by a very quirky sense of humour.  

Rescue Mediums can be now be seen in 6 countries:  Canada (on W Network), USA (on WE tv), UK (Discovery Health and Home), Brazil, Thailand and Sweden.

 © J.J.Thompson