Born in Wales in 1826 and given the rather inauspicious name of John Thomas, this man died in 1908 as a famed astrologer known only as Charubel. For anyone with an interest in astrology Charubel will be a name that crops up regularly. The degrees of the zodiac as described by Charubel is information that he claimed to have received psychically in order to provide a greater level of accuracy to the compilation of horoscopes. Although his name appears in many books related to astrology he was in fact a rather well known Welsh Mystic and seer.
Born into a Christian family, Charubel grew up devoted to the Christian religion. By the time he reached his twenties he had already made a name for himself as not only a mesmerist, but a curative mesmerist that could heal people’s afflictions. From this point he then ventured into the world of herbalism which he included with his other interests of occultism, mediumship and astrology. He never ceased his studies and went on to study both Methodist and Calvinistic theologies. He became regarded as not only a healer, but also as a seer and a prophet. He may well have been a preacher but he was anything but conventional. He applied the laws of life and the laws of nature to his preachings. As far as his psychic skills are concerned he claimed that he did have a second sight and precognitive abilities. He also claimed to be able to see not only spirits from the higher realms but also creature who he described as frightening and often horrifying which he termed ‘Elementals’ and ‘Submundanes’.
A Man of Many Skills
When it came to his healing work Charubel would rely on the messages that he received from spirit in order to apply treatment which was generally very successful. Aside from the countless horoscopes that he painstakingly prepared on parchment he was also a man to seek out when you required a talisman for a specific purpose. Money held very little value and he preferred a very simple life.
His adopted name of Charubel was the name that he took when he formed and became the head on his occult society. Each member of the society was to take a name which was derived from a number of mystical sources. Despite his notoriety the society was not a resounding success. It had an international membership and was known by its members as ‘The Celestial Brotherhood’. Charubel avoided the limelight; he was not in the business of making money and generating public acclaim. Such was his reputation that he took to publishing under an assumed name, that of Julius Balsamo.
In later years he suffered from failing health and gradually became less active. By the time he reached eighty two years of age he had got to the point where he rarely stepped outside of his room. International visitors still called to study with him until he passed away at his home in Manchester in 1908.