Future Time Psychomancy
"Future Time Psychomancy," as the term itself indicates, is the name
given to that class of phenomena in which one is able to sense the
Astral Plane impression of coming events--the psychic shadows thrown
before by coming events. In order to give the student a technical
nature of the occult cause behind this phenomena would require volumes
of the deepest metaphysical lore, which field is foreign to the
purposes of this
work which deals with phenomena alone, and does not
enter into the metaphysical side of the subject.
It will be sufficient for the student to understand that in the Astral
as well as on the Physical Plane, "~Coming Events cast their Shadows
Before~." Without entering into a discussion of Destiny or Fate, or
anything of that kind, it may be stated that ~when Causes are set
into motion, the Effects follow~, unless other Causes intervene. In
some cases certain effects have been averted by reason of the previous
Vision--in such cases ~the other Causes intervened~, which showed
that the matter was not wholly "cut and dried." It is like a man
walking toward a precipice--he will walk over unless he is warned in
some way. He is not "fated" to walk over but over he will go, unless
warned and prevented. Do you see what we mean?
On the other hand, there seem to be cases in which the person seems
unable to escape the Effect of Causes once set into motion--he even
seems to run into the effect, while seeking to escape it. In this
connection the little fable of the Persians may be quoted. The story
goes that a friend was with Solomon when the Angel of Death entered and
gazed at him fixedly. Upon learning who the strange visitor was, the
friend said to Solomon, "Pray transport me on thy magic carpet to
Damascus, that I may escape this dread messenger." And Solomon complied
with his request, and the man was instantly magically transported to
Damascus. Then said the Angel of Death to Solomon: "O Solomon, the
reason that I gazed so intently at thy friend was because I had orders
from On High to take him from the body at Damascus, and lo! finding him
here at Jerusalem, I was sore perplexed as to how to obey my orders.
But, thou, by transporting him to Damascus hath rendered my task an
easy one. Many thanks, for thy help at thy friend's suggestion, O
King!" And saying which the Angel of Death was wafted away to Damascus
to take the man, according to orders.
The phenomena of Premonitions, Prevision, and Second Sight, are all
forms or phases of Future Time Psychomancy. In these various forms the
phenomena is of quite common and frequent occurrence, and is met with
all over the world. In the Isle of Skye many persons possess the gift
of Second Sight in varying degree, but they claim that a native of the
island loses the power when he moves to the mainland. In the same way
the Scotch Highlander (among whose people the gift is quite common) is
said to sometimes lose the faculty when he removes to the lowlands. The
Westphalian peasants also are noted for the power of Second Sight.
An instance of this phase of the phenomena, well known in England, is
that connected with the assassination of Mr. Percival in the lobby of
the House of Commons. This deed was foreseen by John Williams, a
Cornish mine manager, some nine days before its actual occurrence, the
vision being perfect down to the most minute details. Williams had the
vision three times in succession. He saw a small man, dressed in a blue
coat and white waistcoat, enter the lobby of the House of Commons, when
another person, dressed in a snuff-colored coat, stepped forward and
drawing a pistol from an inside pocket fired at and shot the little
man, the bullet lodging in the left breast. He seemed to ask some
bystander who was the victim, and he received the reply that it was Mr.
Percival, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Williams was so much wrought
up over the vision, that he seriously contemplated going to London to
warn the victim, but his friends, to whom he told the story, ridiculed
him and persuaded him not to go on "a fool's errand." A few days later
the news was received of the assassination of Mr. Percival, in
precisely the manner indicated by the vision.
George Fox the Quaker, experienced the impression of "a waft of death"
about Cromwell when he met him riding at Hampton Court, shortly before
his fatal illness. Fox also foretold the expulsion of the "Rump
Parliament;" the restoration of Charles II; and the Fire of London.
Caesar's wife had a warning of her husband's death. The Bible is filled
with similar instances.
We will conclude this lesson with a recital of the wonderful instance
of Cazotte, whose prediction, and its literal fulfillment, are now
matters of French history. La Harpe tells the story as follows:
"It appears but as yesterday, and yet, nevertheless, it was at the
beginning of the year 1788. We were dining with one of our brethren at
the Academy--a man of considerable wealth and genius. The conversation
became serious; much admiration was expressed on the revolution in
thought which Voltaire had effected, and it was agreed that it was his
first claim to the reputation he enjoyed. We concluded that the
revolution must soon be consummated; that it was indispensable that
superstition and fanaticism should give place to philosophy, and we
began to calculate the probability of the period when this should be,
and which of the present company should live to see it. The oldest
complained that they could scarcely flatter themselves with the hope;
the younger rejoiced that they might entertain this very probable
expectation; and they congratulated the Academy especially for having
prepared this great work, and for having been the great rallying point,
the centre, and the prime mover of the liberty of thought.
"One only of the guests had not taken part in all the joyousness of
this conversation, and had even gently and cheerfully checked our
splendid enthusiasm. This was Cazotte, an amiable and original man, but
unhappily infatuated with the reveries of the illuminati. He spoke, and
with the most serious tone. 'Gentlemen,' said he, 'be satisfied; you
will all see this great and sublime revolution, which you so much
desire. You know that I am a little inclined to prophesy; I repeat, you
will see it.' He was answered by the common rejoinder: 'One need not be
a conjuror to see that.' 'Be it so; but perhaps one must be a little
more than conjuror for what remains for me to tell you. Do you know
what will be the consequence of this revolution--what will be the
consequence to all of you, and what will be the immediate result--the
well-established effect--the thoroughly-recognized consequence to all
of you who are here present?' 'Ah!' said Condorcet, with his insolent
and half-suppressed smile, 'let us hear--a philosopher is not sorry to
encounter a prophet.' 'You, Monsieur de Condorcet--you will yield up
your last breath on the floor of a dungeon; you will die from poison,
which you will have taken, in order to escape from execution--from
poison which the happiness of that time will oblige you to carry about
"'Monsieur de Chamfort, you will open your veins with twenty-two cuts
of a razor, and yet you will not die until some months afterward.' They
looked at each other, and laughed again. 'You, Monsieur Vicq d'Azir,
you will not open your own veins, but you will cause yourself to be
bled six times in one day, during a parozysm of the gout, in order to
make more sure of your end, and you will die in the night. You,
Monsieur de Nicolai, you will die upon the scaffold; you, Monsieur
Bailly, on the scaffold; you, Monsieur de Malesherbes, on the
scaffold.' 'Ah! God be thanked,' exclaimed Roucher, 'and what of I?'
'You! you also will die upon the scaffold.' 'Yes,' replied Chamfort,
'but when will all this happen?' 'Six years will not pass over, before
all that I have said to you shall be accomplished.'
"'Here are some astonishing miracles (and, this time, it was I myself
(La Harpe) who spoke), but you have not included me in your list.' 'But
you will be there, as an equally extraordinary miracle; you will then
be a Christian.' Vehement exclamations on all sides. 'Ah,' replied
Chamfort, 'I am comforted; if we shall perish only when La Harpe shall
be a Christian, we are immortal.'
"'As for that,' then observed Madame la Duchesse de Grammont, 'we
women, we are happy to be counted for nothing in these revolutions:
when I say for nothing, it is not that we do not always mix ourselves
up with them a little; but it is a received maxim that they take no
notice of us, and of our sex.' 'Your sex, ladies, will not protect you
this time; and you had far better meddle with nothing, for you will be
treated entirely as men, without any difference whatever.' 'But what,
then, are you really telling us of, Monsieur Cazotte? You are preaching
to us the end of the world.' 'I know nothing on this subject; but what
I do know is, that you, Madame la Duchesse, will be conducted to the
scaffold, you and many other ladies with you, in the cart of the
executioner, and with your hands tied behind your backs.' 'Ah! I hope
that, in that case, I shall at least have a carriage hung in black.'
'No, madame; higher ladies than yourself will go, like you, in the
common car, with their hands tied behind them.' 'Higher ladies! what!
the princesses of the blood?' 'Still more exalted personages.' Here a
sensible emotion pervaded the whole company, and the countenance of the
host was dark and lowering; they began to feel that the joke was become
"Madame de Grammont, in order to dissipate the cloud, took no notice of
the reply, and contented herself with saying in a careless tone: 'You
see that he will not leave me even a confessor!' 'No, madame, you will
not have one--neither you, nor any one besides. The last victim to whom
this favor will be afforded will be----' He stopped for a moment.
'Well! who then will be the happy mortal to whom this prerogative will
be given?' ''Tis the only one which he will have then retained--and
that will be the king of France.'"
The amazing sequel to this historical prediction is that ~it was
verified in every detail~, as all students of the French Revolution
know--~and all within the six years~, as Cazotte foretold.