Spiritualist Traveler: Where To Go For A Little Mediumship History
Back 1852, Philadelphia was a hot spot destination for anyone and everyone mediumship, including the great Madame Blavatsky, who traveled here from her home country of Russia to immerse herself in spiritualism culture.
Madame, a great philosopher of her time, and a spiritualist enthusiast went onto to form the Theosophical Society whose main lodge can still be found in Philadelphia today. In fact, White Dog Cafe, her former residence, now serves as a popular lunch destination for the city.
But as far as mediumship hot spots are concerned, Philadelphia is known as one of the most haunted cities in the United states and it's home to the oldest founded spiritualist association in the entire world.
Founded in 1852 and chartered in 1867, the First Association of Spiritualists of Philadelphia began meeting in 6 different groups in and around the Northern Liberties Neighborhood, until they officially purchased their first property on 12th & Thompson Street in 1901.
The Philadelphia Spiritualists were charted 26 years sooner than Cassadaga and 12 years earlier than Lilydale.
Philadelphia is one of the homes of modern mediumship in the US today though there is a mini charter battle between New York and Philadelphia Spiritualists, on who got their official papers first and who was meeting first. It could be hard to tell really since nearly 300 groups were practicing between both states during that time.
Now from the still standing home of the famous Madame Blavatsky to a still standing spiritualist temple still present off of Frankford Ave in Fishtown, there is plenty to visit when it comes to Philadelphia mediumship.
Going somewhere else?
Here a few other destinations to consider this season.
I've been there myself and if you're visiting, know there's a hotel, a place to eat, shops and many mediums you can book a reading with. It's not accessible by public transit, so make sure to rent a car, if you go.
Cassadaga's northern sister is the Lilydale, a mediumship camp located in upstate NY near Lake Erie that was formed out of the Laona Spiritualist Society in 1855 and later chartered in 1879.
If Cassadaga is the largest year round established town, Lilydale is the largest seasonal gathering for mediumship enthusiasts, and it's wide open for visitors during the summer seasons since the 1800s, hosting tons workshops, events and get togethers every year from June-August.
Built in Indiana as a refuge for mediums, today Chesterfield is over 44 acres large, making it one of the largest medium camps in America and the only one that's been classified as an endangered landmark, which residents actually see as a good thing.
Chesterfield welcomes visitors year round and they feature an ongoing summer workshop series, weekly healing circles, and so much more.
For visiting information, head over to their website.
These are the mediumship epicenters of the United States and when you go, keep in mind that the residents of these destinations are largely practicers of the religion Spiritualism.
Spiritualism is a religion where the main focus is to connect people to God and not to a particular savior, though they do believe in the teachings of Jesus.
Spiritualists also believe in the soul's survivability after death, which means that many who practice Spiritualism also practice the art of connecting to the Spirit after death.
Many Spiritualists are practicing mediums and all locations are open to visits from friendly and respectful skeptics.
If you prepare to go and you're sensitive to the spirit world, take a few precautions with you, because any of these locations can be intense. You'll want to take a note of the few different ways to can sense spirit, and keep an eye out for those symptoms, drink plenty of water and wear protective, amplifying crystals, if you have them.
Amanda Linette Meder
A few other links you may love:
- 14 Spiritual Travel Destinations In the United States
- The Oldest Spiritualist Group in The United States
- Doorways to the Other Side: Am I a Portal? Is My House a Portal?
- Ghost Sightings in Philadelphia
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