Fascinating Female Occultists


The Fox Sisters

Originating from the belief that the dead can communicate with the living, Spiritualism swept the United States during the 19th and early 20th century. It became a religion by some definitions, but was rooted in certain occult-related phenomena (like mediumship, psychic abilities, and possession). The Fox sisters became key figures in the movement’s popularity, famous for their so-called ability to communicate with spirits through a series of “rappings.” They conducted public séances in New York and attracted quite a following — at least until they confessed the “rappings” were a hoax and actually the sounds of finger and toe joints cracking. The sisters eventually rejected all associations with Spiritualism, but the Fox family played a large role in the formation of the Spiritualist church existing today. Some view Spiritualism as a precursor of the New Age movement and influential to the serious study of parapsychology.