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A Psychic Portrait of Chan,
drawn by Artist Coral Polge

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IVY NORTHAGE
Teaching Medium
(10th July 1909 - 31st March 2002)

One of Britain's Teaching Mediums

Ivy Northage was known for her teaching abilities; and in Britain she set up a school for mediums, and several of her students went on to take public services.

Ivy's teaching was tempered with discipline: she told one of the ladies who was attending her mediumship instruction course, 'I would suggest that you go to night-school and learn to speak the English Language properly. As your speech is now, you are of little use to the Spiritualist Movement because you are not projecting the kind of image that is required.'

Her spirit guide, known as Chan (pictured above), delivered inspirational and trance-controlled lectures through her mediumship.

For nearly 40 years, from 1956 onwards, Ivy served at the SAGB (Spiritualist Association of Great Britain, London), and Stella Blair, its President at the time of Ivy's passing at the age of 92, said of her in Psychic News, 'Ivy touched so many lives with her teachings and lectures that we will remember her with the love and respect she so rightfully earned over the years. I feel very privileged to have known such a great and wonderful person, for not only was she our "First Lady", she was also our friend.'

Ivy Northage has also left us her life-story, called While I Remember, which features some fascinating accounts of the mediumship she witnessed.

Here's a short extract from her autobiography, written with Brenda Marshall, recording Ivy’s sitting with the Welsh materialisation medium, Alec Harris. It was a July night in Cardiff and Ivy had already witnessed the materialisation of a Native American Indian spirit guide known as Running Water, who had lifted up a vase in the sťance room and had then poured out its contents on the floor, which was a clever way to confirm his identity. Ivy goes on to write:


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Then, again with the same suddenness, the guide was no longer there. In his place was a rather hunched old lady. (All this time, Alec [the medium] continued to be visible in his cubicle; we could see that he had not moved.) She had a wrinkled face with deep lines down from the mouth, suggesting a bad temper. In a very querulous voice with a strong Welsh accent, she said, "My daughter is here." As a voice answered her, this old lady trod in the water which Running Water had poured onto the floor. "I think it’s disgusting," she remarked, looking down at this. "People are so slovenly. Why don’t they wipe up these messes?"

As the embarrassed daughter tried to explain what had happened, her mother interrupted, "I don’t care who it was, they shouldn’t have left it like this!"

The daughter tried again. "I’m so pleased to see you, mother."

"Are you?" demanded the old lady crossly, then she went on to criticise her daughter for all the things she was doing wrongly at home. It became very clear to us all that just being in the spirit world and not in a physical body did not, in itself, improve the character.

Everyone was staggered by the wonder of it all; and we all felt that we were indeed loved.

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Books by Ivy Northage:


While I Remember
Mediumship Made Simple
Spiritual Realisation

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