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The Encyclopedia of Clairvoyance, Channeling, and Spirit Communication

RAYMOND BUCKLAND


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About the Author
Raymond Buckland has been studying and practicing
Spiritualism, fortune-telling, Witchcraft, Gypsy magic,
and other aspects of the supernatural for fifty years. He
has had nearly forty titles published, with translations in
seventeen languages, including The Witch Book, The
Fortune-Telling Book, and the classic Buckland’s Complete
Book of Witchcraft. Of Romany (Gypsy) descent,
Buckland was born in London, where he obtained a doctorate
in anthropology. In 1962 he moved to the United
States and became affiliated with Wicca pioneer Dr.
Gerald Gardner. Buckland has been the subject of and
has written countless newspaper and magazine articles, appeared on many television
and radio shows, served as technical advisor for several movies, and lectured
on college campuses nationwide.
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RAPS, TAPS, AND SPIRIT VOICES:
AN INTRODUCTION
It all officially began on the night of Friday, March 31, 1848. That was the night
when two frightened children and their mother “spoke” with the spirit of a dead
(murdered) peddler.
The episode occurred at the Fox homestead in Hydesville, Wayne County,
New York. Hydesville was a small community founded by Dr. Henry Hyde in 1815.
The Fox family rented and moved into a small cabin in the community on December
11, 1847. For several weeks, strange, unexplained taps and knocks were heard in various
parts of the house. John Fox and his wife, Margaret, would move from room to
room, carefully examining both the outside and the inside of the building, searching
for the source of these noises. They ensured that shutters were tightly fastened and
that no tree limbs rattled against the structure; that cupboard doors were fixed firmly
and animals safely penned. Yet night after night the noises continued. It was usually
during the hours of darkness that the raps and taps were heard, causing John and Margaret
to prowl the house through the night, with lanterns in hand.
As the weeks passed, the noises continued, and the Fox’s two young daughters
became more and more distraught. Margaretta was seven and Cathie, or Kate, was ten
years of age. They were disturbed by the noises but also upset by their mother’s reactions.
Margaret Fox was losing sleep and her nerves were frayed. The children begged
and were allowed to sleep in a bed in the same room as their parents. On the night of
Friday, March 31, 1848, the noises were especially loud, even in the early evening
before it really got dark. As the raps and thumps continued, young Cathie—on
impulse—sat up, clapped her hands three times, and said aloud, “Mr. Splitfoot, do as I
do.” (The children, thinking of a cloven-hoofed imp, had dubbed the perpetrator “Mr.
Splitfoot.”) Immediately there came three raps on the wall. Cathie repeated her claps
and the spirit repeated the raps. Then the girl sat silent and no noise was heard.
Cathie’s sister Margaretta cried out, “Do just as I do. Count one, two, three, four.” She
clapped her hands together to that count. Again, the raps echoed her, coming once,
twice, three times, and four times. Margaretta fell silent, in awe of the phenomenon.
Margaret Fox then had an idea. She spoke out and asked that the ages of her
children be rapped out. Immediately it happened. Each one of her seven children’s
ages was sounded. There was a slight pause at the end and then three more loud raps
were given, for the youngest child who had died at that age. Margaret was dumbfounded.
In a statement made later, she said,
I then asked, “Is this a human being that answers my questions so correctly?” There
was no rap. I asked, “Is it a spirit? If it is, make two raps.” Two sounds were given as
soon as the request was made. (History of Spiritualism, Arthur Conan Doyle)
So began the first recorded intercourse between the living and the dead. The
Foxes went on with their questions and slowly learned that the spirit was a thirty-oneyear-
old man, a peddler named Charles B. Rosna, who had been murdered in the house.
John Fox was not entirely satisfied and had his wife ask, “Will you continue to
rap if I call in my neighbors, that they may hear it too?” The raps were affirmative. Margaret
Fox called in her neighbor, Mrs. Redfield. In her testimony, Margaret recalled,
Mrs. Redfield is a very candid woman. The girls were sitting up in bed clinging
to each other and trembling in terror … Mrs. Redfield came immediately (this
was about half past seven), thinking she would have a laugh at the children. But
when she saw them pale with fright and nearly speechless, she was amazed and
believed there was something more serious than she had supposed. I asked a few
questions for her and she was answered as before. He told her age exactly. She
then called her husband, and the same questions were asked and answered. (History
of Spiritualism, Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Table of Contents
Introduction [xiii]
Acknowledgments [xix]

A
Acorah, Derek • Adare, Lord
(1841–1926) • Affirmations • Âkâsa •
Akashic Records • Alden, Willard
(1800–1878) • Allison, Lydia Winterhalter
(1880–1959) • American Association
of Electronic Voice Phenomena •
American Psychical Institute and Laboratory
• American Society for Psychical
Research • Anderson, George •
Andrews, Mary • Angel • Anka, Darryl
• Annali Dello Spiritismo • Anthony,
Susan Brownell (1820–1906) • Apparition
• Apports • Arigó, José (1918–
1971) • Art, Automatic • Asport •
Association of Progressive Spiritualists
of Great Britain • Association for
Research and Enlightenment • Astral
Body • Astral Plane; Astral World •
Astral Projection • Atlantis • Aura • Automatism
B
Babbett, Elwood (b. 1922) • Bailey,
Charles • Bailey, Lillian • Balfour,
Arthur James, First Earl of (1848–1930)
• Ballou, Adin (1828–1886) • Bangs
Sisters: Elizabeth S. (1859–1922) and
May Eunice (b. 1853) • Barbanell,
Maurice (1902–1981) • Barkel, Kathleen
• Barrett, Sir William Fletcher
(1845–1926) • Bayless, Raymond •
Belk Psychic Research Foundation •
Berry, Catherine (1813–1891) • Bible •
Billets and Billet Reading • Biofeedback
• Bird, J. Malcolm • Blake, Elizabeth
(d. 1920) • Blake, William (1757–
1827) • Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna
(1831–1891) • Book of Spirits • Book
Test • Borley Rectory • Boston Society
for Psychical Research • Boursnell,
Richard (1832–1909) • British College
of Psychic Science • British National
Association of Spiritualists • Britten,
Emma Floyd Hardinge (1823–1899) •
Brown, Margaret Lumley • Brown,
Rosemary (b. 1917) • Browne, Sylvia •
Buddhism • Burroughs, Hugh Gordon
C
Cabinet • Caddy, Peter and Eileen •
Cahagnet, Alphonse (1809–1885) •
Camp Chesterfield • Camp Edgewood •
Camp Meetings • Campbell Brothers:
Allen B. Campbell (1833–1919) and
Charles Shourds (d. 1926) • Carington,
Walter Whateley (1884–1947) • Carrington,
Hereward (1881–1959) •
Carter, Dr. Jeremiah F. (1814–1897) •
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp • Cayce,
Edgar (1877–1945) • Center for Spiritualist
Studies • Chair Test • Chakra •
Channeling • Chapman, George (b.
1921) • Ch’i • China • Church of the
New Jerusalem, The • Churchill, Sir
Winston Leonard Spencer (1874–1965)
• Circle • City of Light, The •
Clairalience • Clairaudience • Clairgustance
• Clairhambience • Clairsentience
• Clairvoyance • Colburn, Nettie
(Mrs. William Porter Maynard) (d.
1892) • College of Psychic Studies •
College of Spiritualist Studies •
Colville, Wilberforce Juvenal
(1860–1917) • Compton, Elizabeth J.
(b. 1830) • Computers • Cone of Power
• Control • Cook, Florence (1856–
1904) • Cook, Katie • Crandon, Mina
Stinson (“Margery”) (1888–1941) •
Croiset, Gérard (1909–1980) • Crookall,
Dr. Robert (1890–1981) • Crookes, Sir
William (1832–1919) • Cross Correspondence
• Crystal Gazing • Crystals •
Cull, Jean (b. 1943) • Cummins, Geraldine
(1890–1969) • Curran, Pearl
(1887–1937)
D
Davenport Brothers: Ira Erastus
(1839–1911) and William Henry
(1841–1877) • Davis, Andrew Jackson
(1826–1910) • Deane, Ada Emma • De
Gasparin, Count Agenor (1810–1871)
• De Guldenstubbé, Baron L.
(1820–1873) • Déjà Vu • Denton, Professor
William (1823–1883) • D’Esperance,
Madame (Elizabeth Hope—
1855–1919) • Development Circle •
Dingwall, Eric John (1890–1986) •
Direct Voice • Direct Writing • Distant
Healing • Divination • Divining Rod •
Dixon, Jeane (1918–1987) • Doyle, Sir
Arthur (1859–1930) • Dreams •
Drop–In • Drummer of Tedworth •
Duncan, Helen Victoria (1897–1956)
E
Ectoplasm • Eddy Brothers: Horatio and
William • Edmonds, John Worth
(1816–1874) • Edward, John (b. 1969)
• Edwards, Harry (1893–1976) • Eglinton,
William (b. 1857) • Egyptians •
Eisenbud, Jule (1908–1998) • Electronic
Voice Phenomena (EVP) • Empath •
Endor, Woman of • d’Esperance,
Madame (Elizabeth Hope–1855–1919)
• Eva C. (Carriere) • Evans, Colin •
Exorcism • Extrasensory Perception
(ESP) • Extraterrestrials
F
Fairies • Faith Healing • Fay, Annie
Eva • Fay, Mrs. H. B. • Fielding, Francis
Henry Everard (1867–1936) • Findlay,
James Arthur (1883–1966) • Flammarion,
Camille (1842–1925) • Fletcher,
John William (1852–1913) • Flint,
Leslie (1911–1994) • Flower Readings
• Fodor, Nandor (1895–1964) • Ford,
Arthur Augustus (1897–1971) • Fortune,
Dion (1891–1946) • Fortune–
Telling Book, The • Foundation for
Research on the Nature of Man, The •
Fowler, Lottie (1836–1899) • Fox Family
• Fox, Oliver (1885–1949) • Fraudulent
Mediums Act • Fry, Colin • Fuld,
William • Fuller, Curtis
G
Gallup Poll • Garrett, Eileen Jeanette
Vancho Lyttle (1893–1970) • de Gasparin,
Count Agenor (1810–1871) •
Gatekeeper • Gehman, Rev. Beatrice
Anne • Geller, Uri (b. 1946) • Ghost •
Glossolalia • Goligher Girls • Grant,
Joan (b. 1907) • Greece • Greeley,
Horace (1811–1972) • Guardian
Angels • Guide • Guided Meditation •
de Guldenstubbé, Baron L. (1820–1873)
• Guppy–Volckman, Agnes Nichol (d.
1917) • Gurney, Edmund (1847–1888)
• Gypsies
H
Hallucination • Hamilton–Parker,
Craig (b. 1954) and Jane (b. 1950) •
Hardy, Mary M. • Harmony Grove Spiritualist
Community • Haunting • Healing
• Health • Herne, Frank • History
of Spiritualism, The • Hodgson, Dr.
Richard (1855–1905) • Hollis (Hollis–
Billing), Mary J. • Home, Daniel
Dunglas (1833–1886) • Hope, William
(1863–1933) • Houdini, Harry (Ehrich
Weiss) (1874–1926) • Howe, Lyman C.
(1832–1910) • Hudson, Frederick A.
(b. ca. 1812) • Hughes, Irene • Hull,
Moses (1835–1907) • Hurkos, Peter
(1911–1988) • Husk, Cecil (1847–
1920) • Hydesville • Hypnagogic State;
Hypnopompic State • Hypnotism •
Hyslop, James Hervey (1854–1920)
I
Imperator • Independent Spiritualist
Association of America • Infinite Intelligence
• Infrared • Inspirational
Speaking; Writing; Art • Institut
Métapsychique International • Institute
of Noetic Sciences • Instrumental
Transcommunication (ITC) • International
College of Spiritual Science and
Healing • International Federation of
Spiritualists • International General
Assembly of Spiritualists • International
Psychic Gazette • Intuition • Italy
J
James, William (1842–1910) • Jesus •
Joan of Arc (1412–1431) • Juergenson,
Friedrich (1903–1987)
K
Kardec, Allan (1804–1869) • Karma •
Kelly, Rev. Thomas John (Jack)
(1899–1964) • Kilner, Walter John
(1847–1920) • Kirlian Photography •
Klusky, Franek (b. 1874) • Knight,
Gareth (b. 1930) • Knight, Judy “Zebra”
(b. 1946) • Koenig, Hans–Otto •
Koons, Jonathan • Kübler–Ross, Elisabeth
(1926–2004) • Kuhlman, Kathryn
(1907–1976)
L
Lake Pleasant • Lang, Dr. William
(1852–1937) • Lansing, Jessica • Laona
Free Association • Layne, Al • Leadbeater,
Charles Webster (1847–1934) •
Lees, Robert James (1849–1931) •
Leonard, Gladys Osborne (1882–1968)
• Le Shan, Dr. Lawrence (b. 1920) •
Levitation • Ley Lines • Light • Lily
Dale Assembly • Lily Dale Museum •
Lincoln, Abraham (1809–1865) • Livermore,
Charles F. • Lodge, Sir Oliver
Joseph (1851–1940) • Lyceum
M
MacLaine, Shirley (b. 1934) • Maeterlinck,
Maurice (1862–1949) • Maginot,
Adèle • Mak, Arie (b. 1914) • Mana •
Manning, Matthew (b. 1955) • Mansfield,
Dr. J. V. • Mantra • Maplewood
Hotel • Marshall, Mary (1842–1884) •
Marylebone Spiritualist Association •
Massey, Gerald (1828–1907) • Materialization
• McConnell, R. A. (b. 1914)
• McDougall, Dr. William (1871–1938)
• McIndoe, John B. • McKenzie, James
Hewat (1870–1929) • McMahan, Elizabeth
Anne (b. 1924) • Meditation •
Medium; Mediumship • Medium’s
League • Meek, George W. • Mellon,
Annie Fairlamb • Melzer, Heinrich (b.
1873) • Mental Mediumship • Mentor
• Meredith, Rev. Chris • Mesmer, Franz
Anton (1734–1815) • Messages •
Metagraphology • Metaphysics •
Meyer, Jean (d. 1931) • Mikhailova,
Nelya (b. 1927) • Miller, C. V. •
Mirabelli, Carlos Carmine (1889–1951)
• Mirror • Mitchell, Edgar D. (b. 1930)
• Monck, Rev. Francis Ward • Monroe,
Robert Allan (1915–1995) • Montgomery,
Ruth (1912–2001) • Moody,
Dr. Raymond (b. 1944) • Moon • Morris,
Mrs. L. A. Meurig (b. 1899) •
Morse, James Johnson (1848–1919) •
Moses, William Stainton (1839–1892)
• Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
(1756–1791) • Muldoon, Sylvan Joseph
• Müller, Auguste • Mumler, William
H. • Murphy, Dr. Edgar Gardner
(1895–1979) • Myers, Dr. Arthur
Thomas (1851–1894) • Myers, Frederick
William Henry (1843–1901)
N
Nagy, Ronald Michael (b. 1949) •
National Laboratory of Psychical
Research • National Spiritual Alliance
of the United States of America •
National Spiritual Association of
Churches • National Spiritualist Summit,
The • Native Americans • Nature Spirits
• Near Death Experiences (NDE) •
Newbrough, Dr. John Ballou
(1828–1891) • Newspaper Tests •
Northage, Ivy • Nostradamus (Michel
de Nostredame: 1503–1566) • Numerology
O
Occult; Occultism • Odic Force •
Omen • Open Channeling • Oracle •
Orbs • Owen, The Reverend George
Vale (1869–1931) • Owens, Elizabeth (b. 1948)
P
Paladino, Eusapia (1854–1918) • Panchadasi,
Swami • Parakinesis • Parapsychological
Association • Parapsychology
• Parapsychology Foundation •
Parisian Society of Psychologic Studies
• Parker Brothers • Parkes, F. M. • Peebles,
Dr. James Martin (1822–1922) •
Pelham, George (1860–1892) • Pendulum
• Pepper, May S. • Perispirit • Phinuit,
Dr. • Physical Mediumship • Pickford,
Mary (1892–1979) • Piddington,
John George (1869–1952) • Pike, Bishop
James Albert (1913–1969) • Piper,
Leonora E. (1857–1950) • Planchette;
Pencil Planchette • Platform • Podmore,
Frank (1856–1910) • Poltergeist
• Poseidia Institute • Possession • Post,
Dr. Isaac (1798–1872) and Amy (1802–
1889) • Powell, Evan (b. 1881) • Pratt,
Morris • Prayer • Precognition • Prediction
• Premonition; Presentiment •
Price, Harry (1881–1948) • Prince, Dr.
Walter Franklin (1863–1934) •
Prophet, Elizabeth Clare (b. 1939) •
Prophet; Prophecy • Prophetic Dreams
• Psi • Psychic • Psychic Development
• Psychic Fairs • Psychic News • Psychic
Science • Psychic Surgery • Psychic
Telephone • Psychical Research • Psychokinesis
(PK); Telekinesis • Psychometry
• Puharich, Andrija Henry
Karl (1918–1994) • Pursel, Jach
Q
Qabbalah • Quakers and Shakers •
Queen Victoria (1819–1901)
R
Rappings; Raps • Raudive, Dr. Konstantin
(1909–1974) • Raymond • Reading
• Red Cloud • Regurgitation •
Reichenbach, Baron Karl von (1788–
1869) • Reincarnation • Rescue Circle
• Retrocognition; Retrodiction • Revue
Spirite, La • Revue Spiritualiste, La •
Rhine, Joseph Banks (1895–1980) •
Richet, Professor Charles Robert
(1850–1935) • Richmond, Cora Lodencia
Veronica (1840–1923) • Ridley,
Hazel (b. 1900) • Roberts, Jane (1929–
1984) • Roberts, May Estelle (1889–
1970) • Rochas, Lt.–Col. Eugene •
Auguste Albert d’Aiglun (1837–1914) •
Rogo, Douglas Scott (1950–1990) •
Rome; Romans • Rosna, Charles B. (ca.
1812–1843) • Roy, William • Ryerson, Kevin
S
Schneider, Willi (1903–1971) and Rudi
(1908–1957) • Schreiber, Klaus •
Schrenck–Notzing, Baron Albert Phillbert
Franz, Freiherr von (1862–1929) •
Scole Experiments • Séance • Seer;
Seeress • Segrave, Sir Henry
(1896–1930) • Seidl, Franz • Sellers,
Peter (1925–1980) • Serios, Ted •
Shakespeare, William (1564–1616) •
Shamanism • Sherman, Harold Morrow
(b. 1898) • Showers, Mary • Sibyls •
Sidgwick, Professor Henry (1838–1900)
• Silva, Edivaldo Oliveira (1930–1974)
• Silver Cord • Skotograph • Slade,
Henry (d. 1905) • Slater, John
(1867–1932) • Sloan, John Campbell •
Smith, Gordon (b. 1962) • Soal,
Samuel George (1889–1975) • Society
for Psychical Research • Soothsayers •
Spheres • Spirit • Spirit Guide • Spirit
Lights • Spirit Photography • Spirit
World • Spiritism; Spiritist • Spiritual
Frontiers Fellowship International •
Spiritual Healing • Spiritualism; Spiritualist
• Spiritualists’ National Union •
“Splitfoot, Mr.” • Spokesperson • Spriggs,
George (1850–1912) • Stead,
William T. (1849–1912) • Stella C.
(Cranshaw) (b. 1902) • Stewart, Balfour
(1827–1887) • Stockwell, Tony (b.
1969) • Stokes, Doris (d. 1987) •
Stratford, Connecticut • Summerland •
Swaffer, Hannen (1879–1962) • Swedenborg,
Emmanuel (1688–1722) •
Symbolism • Synchronicity
T
Table Tipping; Table Turning • Talking
Board • Tape Recorder •
Tarot Cards • Telepathy • Teleportation
• Tenhaeff, Wilhelm Heinrich Carl
(1894–1981) • Theosophical Society •
Third Eye • Thompson, Mrs. R. •
Thoughtography • Trance • Transfiguration
• Tremblers • Trumpet • Tuttle,
Hudson (1835–1910) • Twain, Mark
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835–
1910) • Twigg, Ena (b. 1914) • Two Worlds
U, V
Universal Spiritualist Association •
Van Praagh, James • Vasilier, Dr. Leonid
L. (1891–1966) • Vietnamese Spiritualism
• Visualization • Vodoun; Voudon
• Voices, Spirit
W
Webber, John Boaden (Jack) (1907–
1940) • West, Mae (1893–1980) •
White, Stewart Edward (1873–1946) •
Wilde, Stuart (b. 1946) • Williams,
Charles • Wingfield, Kate (d. 1927) •
Witch; Witchcraft • Woodruff, Maurice
(d. 1973) • World Wars • World ITC •
Writing, Automatic • Writing, Slate
X, Y, Z
Xavier, Chico Francisco Candido (b.
1910) • X–Ray Clairvoyance •
Yogananda, Paramahansa (1893–1952)
• Zener Cards • Zener, Karl • Zolar
(Bruce King) (1897–1976)

Resources [445]
Index [473]


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