For those who are interested in the occult, shamanism, or learning how to communicate with spirits in a state of trance, a college in London is all about psychic studies.
If you visit 16 Queensberry Place in South Kensington, right opposite the Natural history Museum, you may see an elegant townhouse that’s actually home to the College of Psychic Studies.
The College is dedicated to exploring psychic and spiritual phenomena, and anyone who wants can join a variety of courses such as exploring your psychic and intuitive abilities or psychic drawing and spirit-inspired portraits.
They even occur psychic services like one-to-one healings and readings that can be booked in advance and held either in person at the College, online or by phone, 2Chill reports.
Probationer psychics and tarot readers are available for bookings at lower rates, if you’re on a budget.
To get a flavour of what it’s all about, you could attend a free, online talk, for example, on meditations and mantras or on the Great Mutation of Jupiter and Saturn, which in astrological terms heralds the beginning of an epoch.
Or simply turn up at Queensberry Place. It’s open to the public and well worth a visit. There’s always something on.
As you climb the winding staircase, you will see the portraits of leading psychics from the past, who helped the college become what it is today. Or you may want to sit in the library which holds an astonishing collection of rare books and archives. It’s a treasure trove of fascinating manuscripts.
The collection of art, artefacts and ephemera includes early spirit photographs, Ouija boards, spirit trumpets, planchettes and crystal balls. The UFO Enigma room displays a range of artworks and photographs, as well as the book collection of former Psychic News editor Roy Stemman.
The spacious six-storey residence was purchased in 1925 with money donated by supporters who, after losing loved ones in the First World War, received consolation through spiritualism.
Sherlock Holmes author and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was among its champions and served as President of the College from 1926 to 1930.
During his tenure, the top floor of the building was leased to a psychic investigator and converted into six lab areas with recording equipment and other scientific apparatus. The investigator set out to prove consciousness beyond matter.
Seances and other spiritual ephemera were a popular pastime among the Victorians. The College has a rich history of research into otherworldly energies and ectoplasmic goings-on, and its work continues. This is a rewarding destination for anyone interested in the curious and the uncanny, or in exploring their own consciousness and intuitive abilities.