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.

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THE OCCULT SIDE OF WAR

History tells us that that the First World War began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo. That spark set fire to a tinder-pile of tensions, which had been building up for years.clive-uptton-the-assassination-of-archduke-franz-ferdinand

Was that spark just a stray event? A bullet from a fanatic, as history tells us? Or was it deliberately planned by sinister forces behind the scenes? Some strange things took place around the Archduke’s death, which suggest this may be the case.

These events centered around the Russian psychic and healer Grigori Rasputin (1869-1916). Also known as ‘The Mad Monk’ he rose from a peasant background to a life as healer and clairvoyant for the Russian elite.

That grand door opened for him because Tsar Nicholas II’s son, Alexei, had haemophilia. The boy was in constant danger of bleeding to death from the slightest cut or bruise.

The Tsarina, Alexandra, had heard of this strange magician from the provinces. One day a small accident put Alexei in real danger of death. In desperation, the Tsarina called for Rasputin. He came right away, and saved the boy’s life.

After that, he used his powers to rescue Alexei whenever he was injured. He also gave healing to most of the Russian court – especially if they seemed to need sexual liberation. Grigori-RasputinNevertheless, because he had real powers, and had saved her son’s life, the Tsarina doted on him. This made the Mad Monk one of the most powerful men in Russia.

Although most people have heard about Rasputin’s dissipated ways, not many know how much he hated war. He thought it was an unnecessary abomination. In 1914, he would certainly have used his influence on the Tsar to stop him from taking up arms. If he had, the twentieth century might have turned out very differently.

However, by a huge coincidence – or maybe not – at exactly the same time the Archduke died at Sarajevo, an unknown woman stabbed Rasputin, intent on killing him. This was the first sign of his strange power to survive murderous attacks. Nevertheless, he did need surgery and rest to recover. As a result, the man who might have changed the course of history was neatly out of the way just when the Tsar was deciding to go to war.

After that, Rasputin predicted that he would die violently before January 1st, 1917. He said if peasants killed him, the Tsar would reign for many years to come. However, if aristocrats did the deadly deed, he told the Tsar that “none of your children or relations will remain alive for more than two years.”

Within a short time, aristocrats did indeed set about trying to kill Rasputin. He miraculously survived their first attempts to poison and then shoot him. But they finally managed to murder the strange magician at the end of 1916. In July 1918, a firing squad executed the Tsar and his family. cayceAll had come true just as Rasputin had prophesied.

Far from ending all wars, as people hoped it would, the Great War eventually led to the Second World War. In October 1935, the famous psychic Edgar Cayce spoke of the coming holocaust in Europe. He said, “Unless there is interference by what many call supernatural forces and influences – which are active in the affairs of nations and peoples – the whole world will be set on fire.”

Fortunately, there was ‘interference’ from supernatural forces – operating directly through the general public. Wartime tends to increase interest in the paranormal. Worry about loved ones on the battle front is uppermost in most people’s minds. That’s made worse by the ban on anyone knowing where the soldiers might be.

Not hearing from them – or, even worse, being told they were missing in action – only added to the uncertainty. Because the ‘news’ was all war propaganda, people felt kept in the dark about things they were desperate to know. As a result, many turned to spiritualists, mediums, ouija boards and astrology for answers and reassurances.

Far from disbelieving in the paranormal, the British Government began to fear the potential of these messages from the other side. There was a chance this might reveal vital secrets to spies who’d infiltrated spiritual circles for that very purpose. So in 1943 an ancient law against prophecy was dusted off and reinstated. It was never meant as an attack on spiritual activities – it was there as a safety net to guard against the worst-case scenarios.

The allied authorities were keenly aware of the occult side of Nazism. They never publicly acknowledged this – but people knew anyway. Many were convinced that the war was a battle between good and evil.

The Nazi movement arose directly from a darkly esoteric secret society, the Thule-Gesellschaft. All the prominent Nazi leaders were practising occultists – in effect, black magicians. Even at the time, there were some clear outer signs of their mind-set. The swastika is an ancient Tibetan symbol of the life force; the Nazi salute was an occult gesture of power; and the rallies – especially the youth meetings – echoed the Black Mass in several key ways.

Clairvoyants, esotericists and mystics understood the signs, and were fully aware of the occult nature of the enemy. They were also sure the Nazis would exterminate them if they ever invaded. So they had good reason to throw all their powers into the fight. altar

Esoteric groups that normally worked in different ways now banded together for the extra strength of a united front. They used to focus on the Nazi leaders, and send them the chant “can’t cross the sea” – repeated over and over again in a hypnotic rhythm.

One group of wiccans made up batches of “go away powder” from an ancient secret recipe. They then made regular trips to the southernmost tip of Kent to throw it into the symbolically ebbing tide. Salt has special protective properties, and the salt water activated the properties of the powder. The wiccans also strengthened that effect with their intent, chants and imagery. 

A powerful coven in the New Forest raised a magical cone of power to protect Britain from invasion. This was the coven which the author Gerald Gardner belonged to. A few years after the war he revolutionized popular perceptions of wiccan ways with his book ‘Witchcraft Today’.

During this time one of the mediums received a vision of the Cross of Light poster. This was an equal armed cross of light with a rose in the center and a circle of light around it. This image became a powerful weapon of occult defense.

Groups would gather to visualize it hovering like a giant over Britain, keeping the forces of evil at bay. They also saw it holding the whole country and the allied forces within the circle of its protection. Posters of this image were printed off and put up in places like bus and tube stations, air raid shelters, soup kitchens and wherever people gathered because of the war.

Another important group involved with this work was Dion Fortune’s Society of the Inner Light in magical b of bLondon and Glastonbury. They too used mental images, mantras and rituals to maintain British invincibility and weaken the resolve of the enemy.

In the process, Dion Fortune felt that she was under personal psychic attack by a Nazi black magician. This battle left its mark on her. Her health suddenly declined, and she never recovered. Just before her death, her doctor’s wife remarked that she looked like ‘a burnt-out shell’.

As a Druid, the wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, had his own personal csilent minuteonnections with the English esoteric milieu. He was apparently aware of their war effort and quietly supportive of it.

During the darkest days of the war, he took the advice of the mystical Tudor Wellesley Pole of Glastonbury and instituted the ‘silent minute’. At 9 o’clock every night on the striking of Big Ben, the nation stopped its activities and focused its collective mind on peace. This was a powerful magical practice, of which Churchill was probably aware.

The authors of ‘The Dawn of Magic’, Pauwels and Bergier, were convinced that the Second World War was really a magical battle – a struggle between gods. They said, “The problem must be faced. We shall never be safe from Nazism, or rather from certain manifestations of the satanic spirit, until we have aroused ourselves to a full awareness of the most fantastic aspects of the Hitlerian adventure.”

Official history gives us a superficial account of the past – just the tip of the iceberg. When we understand more about the reality beneath the surface of events, it will ultimately put us into a stronger position to deal effectively with what’s really going on. 

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