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The Victorians were well known for their obsession with death and the afterlife.  They revitalized acceptance and interest in the spiritual, supernatural, and fantastic.  It was known collectively as Spiritualism.  They participated in seances, consulted with mediums, experimented with table rapping, Spirit Boards, Automatic Writing and all types of divination methods.

For you see, it wasn't enough to host a funeral at one's home, and sit up all night with the body of the deceased.  Or to wait at the grave with the light fading, hoping against hope for a dead ringer. Or to simply make memorials for the people who had passed. The next step, naturally, was communication with the dead or with the spirit realm.  I doubt there was ever a time when the living found it easy to stand gazing over into the murky shadows of the afterlife, not wondering what messages may come forth from the beyond. 

Functional reproductions of some Spiritualism and divination tools are offered here for your curiosity and sense of adventure.

Spiritualism

 
 

Automatic Writing Planchette 

Casting Sticks / Druid Wands

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