Here is a summary of our home circle.
Home circle held on 9th February 2016.
A séance of politics and equality.
A séance is somewhere notes will be made on unexplained activity, reference will be linked to research for validation of information and experience can be investigated. In this séance there was a lot of information from two claimed spirits. It was part way through the séance that a cool temperature was noted by the members and on having noted this a lot of noises were heard but could not be visibly explained. The creaks and knocks were referred to by many of the members and they were heard from inside the séance.
The medium referred to a male spirit who came into the séance, a man who used his experience to talk to people and alter lives. Talking was important to him and the medium claimed an odd tingle sensation on and around her lip as she spoke. Coolness was felt in the extreme in the séance and unexplained lights, Orbs were noted. Information came in links to the spirit who is believed to be Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) an African-American social reformer, he was known as an orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement from Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. In the séance the name Washington was linked to for him, the spirit had a lot to say on how life experience could make someone and give them the resources to aid other citizens. He talked of hard work, life commitment and an instinct that meant that he always understood if someone had compassion in their heart then they could learn to achieve lessons that made life worth while for all people. In life Frederick stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. It has to be noted as an achievement that even many Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.
In life Douglass wrote several autobiographies and it was that he wrote about his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). In the séance the medium linked to his compassion, his heart’s aims that were thought of by many as impossible. After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery, in later years he wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. People often thought but never put action to what they believe, the spirit spoke out at different times in the séance and links were made to his academic work, his autobiography was first published in 1881 and revised in 1892, three years before his death, it covered events during and after the Civil War. Equality was important to him and this was linked to in the séance. Douglass actively supported women’s suffrage, and held several public offices, it was without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
In the séance the spirit of the male individual was keen to talk of what he had noted in people of late and he referred to many feeling as if they had not done enough when in fact they had made a lot of way forward for shaping equality. It was encouragement and positive influence that gave him an insight for what he did as he knew that people should accept and appreciate all that they could link to in each other. An anniversary was mentioned and in research a birth date believed for him and that of a passing both indicate he had two anniversary links in the month of the séance.
Anne (6 February 1665 – 1 August 1714) who became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702 is the female spirit believed to have been noted in the séance. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, united as one single sovereign state known as Great Britain and she continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death.
The medium referred to the female spirit as a regal individual, there were links to the name of Anne and to England. Three was important and there was a lot of mention by her of talk, something she thought could make and shape the minds of people. Anne was born in the reign of her uncle who was Charles II and who had no legitimate children. Her father, James, was first in line to the throne and his suspected Roman Catholicism was unpopular in England, and on Charles’s instructions Anne was raised as an Anglican. Views and opinion were important as to how politics shaped the land and three years after he succeeded Charles, James was deposed in the “Glorious Revolution” of 1688. It was then that Anne’s Dutch Protestant brother-in-law and cousin William III became joint monarch with his wife, Anne’s elder sister Mary II. Relationship problems were linked to by the female spirit but only in as to say that it was sometimes difficult in life to see the whole picture and small issues could be felt as more of a hurt than they should be. Although Anne and her sister had been close, disagreements over Anne’s finances, status and choice of acquaintances arose shortly after Mary’s accession and they became estranged. William and Mary had no children and after Mary’s death in 1694, William continued as monarch until he was succeeded by Anne upon his death in 1702.
An unexplained shape of an apparition of a lady was seen in the séance. The lady was seen for a few seconds and it was later on in the séance that this activity was noted. The idea of talk, or the influence that speaking had on people became important once again in the séance as the female spirit mentioned the way that people’s opinions ruled social activity, law and what the role of things should be. In life as queen, Anne favoured moderate Tory politicians, who were more likely to share her Anglican religious views than their opponents, the Whigs and they grew more powerful during the course of the War of the Spanish Succession, until in 1710 Anne dismissed many of them from office. It was a close friendship with Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, that was noted as having been seen to be difficult as a result of political differences.
Politics were linked with both spirits as Frederick Douglass and Queen Anne had to use their individual views in a way which could go on to shape the political outlook of the day. The spirits both mentioned their ability to talk and to speak as something that had linked them to many important events in their lives.
Anniversary links and political influence were important for the two spirits referred to in the séance. One of the spirits had a birth date anniversary a matter of a few days from when the séance was held. It was of interest that the two individuals were people who lived at different times but were noted to have achieved status, one as being the first to speak out about equality, something that was to later influence politics and reform, and the female individual as being the first female lead of England at the time. Equality was something that Frederick Douglass tried to establish in his years of life and it is of interest that he should be seen along with a female individual who lead England.