Madame de Ferriem

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Madame de Ferriem

There is something about precognition that runs against my grain.

It is good when facts run against my ideological grain because these facts remind me that dogmatism is only for those who know all and I am certainly not in that mythical class of people.

I prefer to believe that we create our destinies, that destiny is not predetermined however a belief in the free will of the individual does not necessarily preclude the phenomena of precognition.

It might be that, both globally and personally, certain events are predetermined while other events are not.

It might be that prophecy is self-fulfilling in the sense that a prophecy either given or believed with sufficient conviction contains within it the energy to create the very change it is foreshadowing.

It might be that both predestination and free will are universal laws harmonizing in ways our finite human minds cannot fathom. A seminary professor once told me, “It is like railroad tracks. When standing between them they appear separate and distinct but as you look to the horizon they seem to meet.”

It might also be that our construct of time and space is faulty.

Perhaps time is not linear and what we perceive of as the past, the present, and the future are unfolding simultaneously. If this is the case then passing in and out of time could be as easy as walking in or out of a room.

This theory could also explain some spirit phenomena.

For example, a medium, holding a séance is a room where a young woman died in childbirth calls upon the young woman. The young woman responds. In 1873 when this young woman died, she lies in her bed suffering hearing the voice of a disembodied spirit calling her name. She responds to it. Both the medium in contemporary times and the “spirit” from the past believe they are “hearing disembodied voices,” when what they are really doing is holding a conversation across a ripple in time.

In 1781, a Scottish poet by the name of Thomas Campbell wrote, “Coming events cast their shadows before them.”

Some people might be able to see these shadows.
Under certain circumstances perhaps all people can see these shadows.

The Wheel of Fortune of the major arcana suggests, as Susan Hanson put it, that “there is freedom for the individual to make choices in life, but they are within the confines of one’s fate and destiny,” – from The Hanson-Roberts Tarot Companion.

Whatever you might believe about precognition, foreknowledge, prophecy, or “fortune telling,” there are well documented prophets and prophecies.

One such person, who lived and worked in the Victorian age, was Madame de Ferriem.

“Madame de Ferriem is the pseudonym for a lady, living in Berlin, who practiced prophecy at the end of the 1800s and early 1900s,” – From All About Heaven
Accessed Friday, August 22, 2014

Also from All About Heaven, “She predicted the liberation of Dreyfus a year and a half before he was actually freed. As early as 1898 she prophesied a period of bloody war for Germany.

“She foretold the frightful earthquake and volcanic eruption at Martinique, in which 40,000 lives were lost, three years before the event, correctly naming the year 1902 for the catastrophe.

“She pictured with startling detail, some six weeks before its occurrence, the wreck of the German school ship Gneisenau at Malaga in December, 1900

“And she described with considerable detail the electrically operated rigid, dirigible airship “crossing the Atlantic in forty-eight hours” at a time (in 1899) when people were still accustomed to speak of such possibilities much as they spoke of perpetual motion and squaring the circle. The dirigible would be built and completely developed, she declared, before 1950.

“Her prophecies were published by a man called Godefroy and a Dr. Bormann acted as a witness on a number of occasions.”

In his awesome book, Here Mr. Splitfoot (Viking 1971), Robert Somerlott said, “The German medium known professionally as Madame de Ferriem had a sudden and horrifying premonition during a sitting in Berlin in 1896. She saw a mining disaster in brief but vivid detail and gave a full description. The vision became recurrent, more bits and pieces were added to the picture, and her forecast was published in 1899. Skeptics momentarily stopped jeering when the tragedy occurred at Dux, Bohemia in 1900. Her prophecy tallied so closely with the details of the actual events that observers said it seemed an eyewitness account.

“Also in 1899, the psychic lady predicted a major fire on the New York waterfront, and again her picture was detailed. The New York Herald…published the prognostication in the issue of April 25, 1899. There was consternation the following year when on June 30, 1900, the docks blazed as if on cue…

Pictured below is the New York fire of 1900:


“An island in the West Indies, she said, would be blasted by volcanic eruption and earthquake in 1902. She was right; the island was Martinique.”

She also “cheerfully and correctly predicted the year of Alfred Dreyfus’s liberation at a time when his cause seemed hopeless.”

If Madame de Ferriem was the only accurate prognosticator of the past one might easily side step the uncomfortable gift of precognition but she is not the only one. In fact humanity has enjoyed poking fun or more severely damaging her prophets in every generation since the dawn of recorded history to the present time.

The story of Madame de Ferriem is certainly something to ponder.

Much love,

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