Famous 18th And 19th Century Psychics

With the advent of the enlightenment and the decline of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church, talented psychics really emerged from hiding and began share their gifts in 18th and 19th century. Spiritual knowledge of the east and west were gaining popularity in circles of academia and the courts of aristocrats of the time.

Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, arguably an alias of the Guiseppe Balsamo, or Joseph Balsamo (June 2, 1747 – August 26 1795) was a renown Italian adventurer, psychic and occultist of the period. An outspoken advocate of the mystical, many considered him a charalatan. Where ever he travelled, Cagliostro was surrounded in controversy and rumors. An attempt to find out his true identity was brought about after his possible connection to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace.

Cagliostro was educated in chemistry as well as a series of spiritual rites. He has been attributed to be the creator Egyptian Rite Freemasonry, the spiritual forebear of the Ancient & Primitive Rite of Memphis Misraim Freemasonry. After his return from England he was arrested by spies from the Inquisition and was imprisoned on December 27, 1789 in the Castel Sant’Angelo. After being charged a death sentence for being a Freemason, the Pope rebuked his sentence to life in prison. Soon he was moved San Leo Fortress where he died shortly after.

Comte de Saint Germaine (1712 – 1784) was a similar adventurer who was shrouded in mystery as he plyed his trades as he travelled across Europe. He has been linked to occultism, mysticism, esotericism and a plethora of secret societies of the age. He is said to have travelled under various guises, mostly in England and France.

During the end of his life he was employed by Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel, whom had had interest in mysticism and alchemy. The Prince moved the Count to an abandoned factory in Eckernforde to work on a project that involved making dyes for clothing. Later the Prince set up an alchemical laboratory at this vacation home in Louisenlund where they worked on creating gems and jewels. The Count died at the factory in Eckernforde on Febrarury 27 1784.

Allen Kardec (Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail) was a teacher of mathematic, physiology, chemistry, astronomy and anatomy. In his 50s he became interested in the art of Spirit Tapping (a phenomenon said to be heard during seance where spirits tap to announce they are present). He coined the word ‘spiritism’ and the definition that “spiritism is not a religion but a science”. He forged the paradigm of Spiritism and with the fives books the ‘Spiritist Codification’.

One synthesizer of Swedenborgian and Mesmerian philosophy was Andrew Jackson Davis, naming his system Harmonial Philosophy. He was a practicing faith healer, clairvoyant, psychic and mesmerist from Poughkeepsie, New York. He wrote the book, The Principles of Nature, Her Divine Revelations, and a Voice to Mankind, in 1847 while in a trance state.

African-American Paschal Beverly Randolph was an occultist, medical doctor, writer and psychic medium from upstate New York. Randolph was the first man to introduce the principles of sex magic in the United States and attributed to be the founder of the Rosicrucian Order in that country.
Founder Theosophical Society
Madame Blavatsky (Helena von Hahn) (August 12, 1831 – May 8, 1891) was a renown Theosophist, Occultist, Traveler and Writer. With her husband Colonel H.S Olcott they established the Theosophical Society in 1875. The main goal of the Society was “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color”. Some of Madame Blavatsky’s works include The Secret Doctrine, Isis Unveiled, The Key to Theosophy, and The Voice of the Silence. She traveled abroad and lodged in India for a time and wrote “From caves and jungles of Hindustan”.

French Occultist, ceremonial magician and author Eliphas Levi is by far one of the greatest psychics of his period. Son of a shoemaker, he studied to enter the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Soon he left the seminary without being ordained because he fell in love. His most famous work was Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual. Which till this day is much reflected upon in the occult world. He was a great influence upon the great magician Aleister Crowley.

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