THE LAST WITCH

cat and candleThe last British person ever imprisoned for witchcraft wasn’t even a witch. She was Helen Duncan, a spiritualist medium. Her mission was to pass on messages from departed loved ones to their families. This was a great comfort to people, especially during the Second World War, when her psychic stage presentations were hugely popular.

At one of these events in 1941, Helen received a message from a sailor. He said he’d died on the HMS Barham when a German U boat sunk it. He just wanted his family to know that he was alive and well in the spirit world.

However, the sinking of the Barham was meant to be top secret. The government wanted to hide that information from the enemy, and not create despondency at home. They were also secretly planning the D Day landings in Normandy. If one word about that got out, it could have been disastrous. Fearing what other secrets Helen Duncan might let out, they arrested her for spying.

When that charge didn’t stick, they dusted off the Witchcraft Act of 1735. This made it illegal to claim magical powers, or to accuse anyone of being a witch. At the time, it was an enlightened step forward from the old days of witch hunting.

Under this law, they sentenced Helen Duncan to nine months in Holloway Prison. Helen Duncan 1This outraged many, including some top legal people. Chief among her allies was Winston Churchill, who called her imprisonment ‘obsolete tomfoolery’.

Churchill was no stranger to the mystical side of life. He was a lifetime member of churchill ecapingthe Grand Order of Druids. As a British soldier in the Boer War he was captured, but subsequently escaped. While on the run, he said ‘some form of mental planchette’ guided him to the only house that would help him.

In the Second World War, he conferred with the Glastonbury mystic Wellesley Tudor Pole to come up with the idea of the Silent Minute. For the rest of the war, for one minute at 9.00 pm every night, the country went silent and focused on peace. One German general called this Britain’s secret weapon.

In prison, Helen’s cell door was never locked. She gave free readings for a constant stream of inmates and warders alike. Sources close to her said Churchill himself visited her, with a promise to make amends for this injustice.

As Home Secretary in 1951, Churchill’s only major legislation was to abolish the 1735 Witchcraft Act. It became the softer Fraudulent Mediums Act, which ruled that making money from magic was illegal except as entertainment.

greenmanThis opened the door to significant developments that have shaped the world we now live in. In 1954, the Spiritualist Church was recognised as a religion. In the same year, Gerald Gardner published his best-selling book ‘Witchcraft Today’, refuting the stereotype of witches as evil old hags on broomsticks. He said Wicca was primarily a peaceful way of honouring nature through seasonal rituals. Many people liked the sound of this, and Gardnerian witchcraft spread rapidly.

In 2000, Paganism was recognised as an official religion. Paganism honours the spirituality of nature, and is a broad umbrella that includes many sub-groups such as Wicca, Shamanism and Druidry. A 2011 census revealed that Paganism is now the fastest growing religion in Britain. Many other therapies, philosophies and practices that we now take for granted could also never have emerged under the old witchcraft law.

Controversy still hangs around Helen Duncan, like the old-fashioned ectoplasm she was said to produce. Whether that was real or not, her message about the sinking of the Barham was factual enough to rattle the establishment. Perhaps her most powerful magic was the higher purpose of the drama she went through. Without that, we might have been living in a very different world today.

new book cover 1

Have a look at my website to contact me, and to find out about my books, Past Life RegressionReadings and Soul Path Counselling

Join my Mailing List for newsletters & updates

You’re welcome to join me on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

A HEALING EXPERIENCE

lavender candlesA friend who’s done Spiritual Healing for decades told me about the different levels of training he had. He first had to sense problems through feeling heat in his hands when they hovered over an afflicted area. Next was to see the issues clairvoyantly, with images that came into his mind. Then came learning to feel others’ pains in his own body.

For him, the final step was the toughest: learning to sense people’s problems through a direct inner knowing. He found it so hard to trust that in himself, he nearly gave up altogether. Then came the following experience:

“One evening, when things were a bit slow at the healing sanctuary, I sat next to a man who had been sitting at the edge of the room for most of the evening. He ignored me and carried on inspecting his fingernails.

‘Have you come for healing?’ I asked, thinking that perhaps he was too embarrassed to come forward.

‘Me?’ he laughed, ‘No way. I’m with the missus. She’s come for some. I don’t need it. I think you’re all a load of charlatans. I wouldn’t waste my time with you.’

So I began to chat with him about football. He relaxed, and started discussing the local team. As he talked, I became convinced that he did have a serious physical problem. I said, ‘I know you said there’s nothing wrong with you, but I have a strong feeling that there is.’

He shrugged, ‘Oh, it’s nothing really. I just have no feeling in my right knee.’  He pinched it hard. ‘See, it’s dead. Don’t feel a thing. Not felt anything there for ages.’

hands3‘Okay’, I said, ‘I’ll tell you what I’ll do, but just say so if you object. I’ll put my fingers together like this.’ I showed him my fingers formed into a small circle, the tips touching each other. ‘I’ll put them close to your knee. I won’t even touch you, and we’ll carry on talking about football.’

 After we’d carried on chatting for a few minutes, I suddenly had a clear realisation.

‘You know, the problem you have is not with your knee. It originates in your hip. So I’m just going to shift my hand up to your hip.’

‘That’s funny,’ he said, ‘I went to the hospital today and they said just that. The problem is in the hip.’

I didn’t say so, but I also knew that the problem came from stress he’d been through about his son.

Shortly after this, his wife returned to him, ready to leave. He pinched his knee again and said, ‘See. It’s still dead. You’re all charlatans.’  He took his wife by the hand and marched out.

I thought that would be the last we’d hear of him – but next morning he phoned us. ‘This morning, when I woke, I pinched my knee and, for the first time for years, it hurt! I’ve got feeling back in my knee!’

This was not only a turning point for the skeptical man – it was also a big moment for my friend. It gave him the confirmation he needed that his healing skills were real, and he was on the right path.  

Experiences like this are more common than people think. If you’d like to share your own, you’re welcome to contact me at: www.pastlivesglastonbury.co.uk

new book cover 1

At my website you can find out about my books, Past Life RegressionReadings and Soul Path Counselling

Join my Mailing List for newsletters & updates

You’re welcome to join me on Facebook and Twitter

 

A SURPRISE HEALING EXPERIENCE

I’m delighted to present this guest blog by Faith, about an amazing healing experience that took her completely by surprise.gate 2 by Thomas Kincade

A friend had to drag her along to an evening of clairvoyance, because she’s always been skeptical about that kind of thing. But after her mind-blowing experience there, she now has no doubt that loved ones who’ve passed to the other side really can – and do – give us accurate, helpful and loving messages with the power to heal old wounds of fear and doubt. And now read on….

LOVE NEVER DIES

When I moved to Glastonbury, I was warned to expect emotional ‘stuff’ to come up, that I would be obliged to address it and challenged to heal. Eek! But I had moved here inviting growth. Still, I’ve been astonished by one way that healing has happened.

For decades I had carried pain and anger about feeling abandoned by my beloved mother, who died when I was ten. Her loss seemed to have defined my life.

On the anniversary of her death this year, a friend asked me to go along to a clairvoyance meeting in Glastonbury – my first. I had always been skeptical and resistant, but as I heard loving messages being given to others, I relaxed and silently invited contact.

The next message was for me, said the medium, from my rather hesitant and tentative mother, who just wanted to say ‘I’m very proud of my girl.’ Through him, she referred to events and names from my childhood and a car accident of some thirty years ago with a  warning not to drive so fast – and not to be so driven in my life.

“Thermother and babye’s always tomorrow, relax and let life feel good, like on our holidays in Devon.” She also said she had been healing a recent problem with my leg.

I went home, found a photo of her as a smiling young woman and put it on display. Every time I look at it, I feel joy and peace, an exchange of her proud caring and my forgiveness and gratitude. She is with me now – clearly always has been – and my heart feels light. I have my mother back.

A month later I went again to the clairvoyance evening and a different medium approached me. She talked without asking me a single question. “There’s a lovely man here bringing a bunch of roses for you, his wife. He’s a proud and normally very private man, but he’s bathing you in so much love.”

My husband Al passed away with cancer seven years ago. From diagnosis to death had been a loving but dramatic and emotional journey for us both, as we tried to cope in our own different ways. His loss was devastating.

“He says that going to the spirit world was a big shock at first” continued the medium, “ because he had been skeptical about life after death and was surprised that souls in spirit can communicate with people in body.

“He wants to thank you for your care and complete devotion to him during his illness. Never be in any doubt that you did everything you could in an exemplary way. You couldn’t have done any more.

“He’s sorry for making everything so much harder for you than it needed to be. He should have taken more responsibility for his health, gone to the doctor when he first knew something was wrong. He knew for a few months that his death was likely and says he should have spoken out and made some arrangements.

“He watches over you and knows that when he died a large part of you died too. But he had to go, it was right for him. He wants you to walk out of here feeling lighter and more free.”

soul matesThe message had included specific dates, times and references that no medium could have guessed and I could feel my husband close. Finally I released the final vestiges of uncertainty and guilt and I am indeed light and free.

Both burdens of loss have now slid from my shoulders and I’m left with the certain reassurance that love between souls never dies, it just transforms into a different mode of togetherness.

~ Faith ~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Discover how your connections with loved ones span many lifetimes, with my PAST LIFE BOOKS, published by Hay House, and available at these links: Amazon UK / Amazon USA

new book cover 1

You’re welcome to join my Mailing Circle for newsletter updates.

Go to my website for information about Past Life Regressions, Readings and Soul Path Counselling.

Find me on Twitter & Facebook

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~