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<Untitled> (Spiritualism or Spiritism)
Spiritualism or Spiritism as it is called in Europe is a plant of larger growth than most people give it credit for. Even in the most unpromising soil it has taken root and grown rapidly, and we had in Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, Chili, Australia as well as in England, (Germany, the United States and other countries, papers devoted to the cause. The Spiritualists generally are open to the charge of unreasonable credulity, hence charlatans and imposters flourish among them. But if the Boston Herald and the Spiritual Scientist pursue the course they have taken, the philosophy will soon be purged of the parasites which infest it, and it will then attract more attention from the scientists and thinkers of the country.
Closely akin to Spiritualism, which is simply a belief in the possibility of communing with disembodied spirits, or necromancy, is Occultism, which embraces a wider field, and which, doubtless, has been more or less practised for thousands of years, and is familiarly known as divination, magic, black-art, etc. Spells, charms, witchcraft, Vaudooism, magic glasses, mirrors, etc., are ranged under the head of Occultism, and its practice is as general as the human race, the aborigines of Australia and Africa, Esquimaux, Laps, Tartars, Chinese, East Indians as well as our own Indians practising it.
Occultism believes in elementary spirits—spirits of air, earth water, fire, —fairies, sprites, gnomes and such creatures, and teaches how to attain to communion with them. It also teaches the principles of clairvoyance, clairaudience, psychometry and kindred subjects, and claims to be able to separate the spirit from a living body, and send it off on errands, hundreds or thousands of miles and bring it back with correct and positive information, which it delivers to its senders- while the body lies all the time in a trance like sleep. It summons the most powerful elementary spirits and they obey; the genii of Aladdin are reproduced as servants of adepts in mysticism; even the planetary spirits (for the occultists claim that everything has life, therefore spirit — and that the planets are abodes of myriad spirits) are called from afar, and come, though at rare intervals) to grace the mystic meetings of the Cabala.
The Occultists claim that the elementary spirits are often mischievous, and some absolutely malicious, but that the adep can by observance of certain rules subject even the most malignant, thwart their evil designs, and gradually human ire them to some extent, by contact with humanity; while at the same time evil- disposed persons can control them lo minister to their vicious purposes, though like petting a wild beast, the consequences are sometimes fatal to the operator. —Somervill Citizen.
- image by unknown author. Warrior on a horse
- image by unknown author. Woman with a child (or an angel)
- Spiritualism or Spiritism by unknown author (signed as Somerville Citizen), Spiritual Scientist, v. 5, No. 15, December 14, 1876, p. 161