The Pagan Who’s who series contains information about current and recent notaries which have contributed to, or influenced the modern pagan scene. Some names you may know already, some you may not, but all these people are dedicated and hard-working in their own particular specialised fields. For pagan, spiritual, occult or faith matters who from the last generation influences and inspires you?
If you were around in the early 1980’s you wont fail to recognise the name Doris Stokes (1920-1987), a famous clairaudient who aided thousands of people with spirit messages delivered in a direct way, sometimes with her trademark self-depreciating humour.
She was recognised as a practising clairaudient medium by the Spiritualists’ National Union in 1949. During a crisis of confidence in 1962, she gave up her work as a medium and retrained as a psychiatric nurse, but had to retire five years later following an attack by a patient. She returned to her psychic work and in 1975 became the resident medium at the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain. Claiming to see and hear spirit in her childhood, she first gained national prominence when she appeared on the Don Lane Show in Australia during a 1978 visit. From thereon, she played to capacity crowds often with tickets selling out within several hours. Author Linda Dearsly wrote Stokes’ first autobiography in 1980 titled, Voices In My Ear: The Autobiography of a Medium. The book sold over 2 million copies. Six more volumes were to follow. Doris suffered from cancer throughout most of her life, having 13 operations and finally died on May 8th 1987 following the removal of a brain tumor.