Season of the Mystic

Paranormal Pumpkins

Jane Doherty swallows ghosts. In the course of a séance she will take on the kind of spirits that should be chewed up and spat out. That treatment would be counterproductive, since the ghosts could remain to torment the living. So rather than spitting, she exhales and wafts them along to the Other Side.

Ms. Doherty describes this quite matter-of-factly, as if unaware that a logical response is a very, very, very long silence. Images of Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin come to mind. Jane continues to talk, apparently unconcerned by a listener's disbelief. Perhaps it is just the time of year, the season of haunts and chills at the back of the neck, when the trees resemble skeletons and children are happy to morph into ghosts, goblins and little green men, but as Jane talks a listener feels a little bit less like Lucy and a little bit more like Linus.

Author of Awakening The Mystic Gift, Jane considers herself a true psychic. The real thing. The medium who taps into the paranormal. Her development began twenty years ago, innocuously enough, with a reading in a mall. "I was told I had a gift," she recalls. "And that I would be on TV. Another psychic said the same thing. I kept going to readings. One hundred fifty readings were the same."

Ample fodder for the occult exists in northern New Jersey. With a certain mindset, the ethereal becomes real. Some insist that the tortured souls of Indians, slaves, Revolutionary War soldiers have hunkered down in the highlands. "It's one of the most haunted areas of the state," Jane says. "New Jersey is one of the original thirteen colonies. The trauma of all that history makes it ripe for more hauntings. Especially the northern corner."

Paranormal activity has been attributed to places like 217 South Street in Morristown, where Antoine Le Blanc, the hired help, used a shovel and an axe to murder Judge and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant girl Phoebe in 1833. Captured in Newark, Le Blanc would hang in Morristown. A local tannery created truly gross mementos ­ wallets, purses and book covers ­ from Le Blanc's skin. That rough justice, apparently, proved inadequate for Phoebe's ghost. Chilled rooms, images in mirrors, exploding punch bowls have been attributed to her spirit. Claims of odd activities persist, despite purported "cleansings" of the house.

Jane laughs. "Drugs and alcohol provide a common thread for possessions. People who drink and take drugs have a broken aura. They can be possessed. When I mention that in a séance, someone always blinks."

At least drunks enjoy one protection; booze can dull the emotions. "Ghosts aren't threatening unless you show emotion. Emotions are very powerful and generate energy. The more emotions you show, the more activity is triggered."

Emotions arise in both spheres. At a farm in Browns Mills, New Jersey, a murderous male spirit tormented the spirit of his female victim. Terrified, the female ghost attached herself to a woman in the house. "It was a partial possession," Jane says. "It made the woman sick. She had symptoms that resembled Lupus. I had to release the male spirit. Once he was released, the female spirit could be released as well."

For The Learning Channel, Jane visited a home in Asbury, whose oldest rooms date back to the colonial era. The owners, a policeman and his wife, would hear footsteps in the middle of the night several times a week. The little girl saw a witch in the fireplace. The wife encountered spirits ­ clothed, but transparent ­ who huddled in the kitchen where early congregants had started a Methodist Church in the 1700s. The last time she entered the room late at night, the wife heard a voice say "here she comes."

Jane believes the footsteps belonged to a Revolutionary War soldier, who'd built that part of the house in the 1800s. She feels the policeman, as someone who donned a uniform, triggered the activity. The skeptic, a relative of the family, mocked the process. According to Jane, that changed when he slept in the kitchen, then woke early and moved upstairs. The skeptic heard footsteps that could not be accounted for.

Using séances, Jane tried to resolve the turmoil in the homes. "I can't say more until the program airs," she says, "but a spirit loved one of the skeptic came through and let him know some very specific health issues would be OK."

Jane describes her work with supreme confidence. "This is not something I would choose as a profession," she adds. "God chose it for me. I have total trust and faith in God."

How seriously do people take this other spirit world, this world of demons, haunts, and possession? The Catholic Church allows provisions for prayer, psychologists and a diocesan exorcist. But that belief in demonic possession goes hand in hand with modern psychiatry. Few people seeking an exorcism are possessed; most need ordinary help. Counsel. A prayer. A soothing contact.

Exorcisms rid the body of an invasion, the truly terrifying from another world. Seances extend an invitation, allowing the living and the dead to bridge the gap, to share messages, one side to the other. Grieving people receive help and guidance.

Séances are not for the skeptical. Yoga West's promotion piece puts it, reasonably enough, as "a meeting of open-minded individuals at which a medium tries to communicate with the Spirit of someone departed. The energy of the group acts as the power pack by supplying the extra power needed by a Spirit to make contact with this world. The main function of the medium is to act as a link of communication between the two worlds." The positive attitude of the group also aids in the success of a séance.

For most, a positive attitude also equates with a willing suspension of disbelief. If many doubt the existence of spirits, few doubt the existence of frauds. Unstructured, impossible to regulate, the business of spiritual mediums attracts snake oil salesmen. Clients must sort the wheat from the chaff. A web-site search for mediums produces a dizzying array of claims: licensing, degrees, unverifiable testimonials.

About a clairvoyant's claim to be licensed, Jane cautions, "that's a warning sign. Licensing requires recognition of this as a profession, which hasn't happened." She runs through a list of evasions and claims that should raise eyebrows. "Anyone who won't provide their real name deserves a long look. Anyone who says they can work through email, or channel over the Internet should be questioned. Phone, yes, you can pick up vibes, clues to past lives. Anyone who won't provide references or details should be approached with skepticism."

As for fees, Jane adds: "Paying by time is a gypsy psychic ploy, where a crystal ball reading costs one amount, or fifteen minutes costs another amount. All this leads to finding a dark aura, which will cost more money to remove. A reading should be a reading."

In fact, an encounter with a psychic in north Jersey sounds problematic from the beginning. The psychic won't give his real name or referrals, although he does claim to be working on a string of unsolved murders. "Young women were strangled. In New York State." The gentleman looks me in the eyes and says "I can't say more. People have a way of disappearing. I have to think of my wife and children." Indeed. A disappearance is in order.

The next call goes out to a pet communicator. She does not provide her real name either, but she provides a glowing testimonial. We arrange a pet consultation over the phone. The woman taps into my horse's soul while we talk on the phone. The animal in question refers to me as "mommy". He does not want to do complicated lateral movements, since he is afraid "mommy" will fall off and he cares about her. He saw another horse curtsy and wants to learn to do the same.

Sadly, in the real world, this animal can and does spin, buck and walk on his hind legs in complete disregard for his human companion. The racehorses-in-training don't curtsy at this farm; they cavort, bolt, leap and otherwise delight in their blazing young strength. An hour later, little has developed that resembles the known world. The horse is a horse. Pumpkins can't fly.

"I have an issue with this work over the phone," Jane says. "The person really needs to be with the pet."

That might explain the glowing testimonial; the pet communicator visited the farm and walked from horse to horse. Weeks later, it is almost possible to hear her client still shaking her head in wonder.

Jane Doherty believes in this other world, the world that some children try to inhabit, like Linus waiting for a great transformation in the pumpkin patch. Her next stop will be a haunted horse farm in Stockton. Ironically enough, she is less concerned with the haunts than with a growing worry that she will have to sleep in the barn. Ghosts can be dealt with. Mice and rats are another issue. They are the unknown, the critters that send chills down her spine.

Jane conducts Psychic Readings at Yoga West Holistic and Kripalu Yoga Center in Succasunna.

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26 Apr 2013, 10:35
Jane:\r\nIam a member of an Airedale Club in Central N.J. We would like to schedule a presentation from a dog psychic. I am a believer but we have some sceptics in our membership Would it be possible for you to meet with our club? Or suggest someone else This meeting would be scheduled in October and of course we would pay you for the presentation. My daughter lives in Charlotte and has some psychic abilities.
13 Jan 2012, 17:40
Jane, I am looking to have a reading done, as soon as possible, if you are available. Please get back to me as soon as you can! Thank you for your consideration!
07 Jan 2012, 21:12
I m so confused and in depressed state right now.. I want to come and have my reading as soon as possible.. Could you please get back to me soon.. Thank you
05 Jan 2012, 13:13
I would like a reading looking forward to hearing from you.
02 Jan 2012, 07:46
I live in new jersey and im wondering if i can make an appoitment with you regarding my dog. She is an akita. She is 12 years old. Her health is failing however she has a great appetite and very alert on most days. She loses her bowels on most days. I just want to know if she is suffering from the inside and what i can do to help her. We are planning to move soon and im very concern about her well being.please advise. Thank you
08 Nov 2011, 17:16
would love to schedule a reading. I live in N. New Jersey...are you available, or can we meet half way?\r\n\r\nThanks,\r\nKelly
26 Sep 2011, 08:47
I am interested in have readings done for apprpx. 15 people on Oct 29 for a Halloween Party. I live in Farmingdale NJ. Please let me know if this is possible for you.\r\nThank you,\r\nSue
21 Jul 2011, 20:16
I am interested in scheduling a reading with you. When you have a moment, would you be kind enough to contact me. Thank you and have a great day.
07 Jun 2011, 11:40
Hi Jane, \r\nI need help, my inlaws are having serious issues with paranormal things in there home. We have had a couple people come out and try to help one did help for awhile but then it returned. The other was a paranormal crew that didnt do much. IT is effecting their marriage as well as all the children and their relationships with their parents. They keep asking for help (well my mother in-law) my father in-law wont admit it and he is the one that is being bothered. Or should I say she (the spirit and not a nice one) is a woman and attached to him. I have never seen or heard anything but the rest of the family says their have always been issues at this house and all the electronics would break, alarms would go off, they hear foot steps etc.. I don't know how to help I have tried maybe you can give me some pointers.
Robert Camuso
04 Feb 2011, 22:11
Would like a reading, please submit your location. City State Thank you
NJ Psychic Medium
25 Jan 2011, 11:43
Kudos, Jane! There is so much talent in the NW NJ area. I'm a psychic medium offering readings in Sussex County, NJ.
21 Jan 2011, 07:21
I would love to schedule a reading with you. I am going through a very uneasy time in my life and could use some perspective.\r\n\r\nPlease let me know where you are located.\r\n\r\nThanks so much.
07 Dec 2010, 18:37
I am looking for Laura Vivian do you know her? If so I need to contact her.
23 Oct 2010, 16:31
Hello,\r\n\r\nI don't want to schedule a reading... I don't want anything but maybe an opinion if you can render one. I understand that your time is money, but for me this is not a job. I have a situation and I just want some guidance and opinions that are constructive. The so-called paranormal institutes either don't know how to address, or offer advice that is short of what can really help me.\r\n\r\nI will begin by saying that yes, I believe there is one or more spirits present in my home. Ironically, I can deal with that. This is not my issue. Since I was a child, I could recall seeing or hearing spirits. It wasn't clear to me until I was about 17 years old. I am 46 years old now. \r\n\r\nI am seeking help because I am certain that one of two things are happening here; either I am crazy, or it is getting worse. I don't fear these things, but they are becoming more concerning to me. What I do fear is the uncertainty and how deep this will run. For now, and mostly, what I feel is the presence of my Grandmother that died in 1999. Sometimes, however, I feel it can be something more significant and more uncertain. These things don't scare me, but they worry me. There was a time in my life that things would happen and I would not leave my bed and cover from head to toe. Now, no matter how uncertain I feel the presences to be, if I have to get up and use the restroom, I will. If I get hungry, I will get up to eat. I don’t fear, but I am concerned. \r\n\r\nWhen I finally do go to sleep at night, prior to sleeping, when I close my eyes, I usually see events and time periods that are outside of my own. I see faces of people I don\'t know and attire that I can recognize as being from long ago. I sometimes feel myself flying and landing in distant places. I have seen horse-drawn wagons and plantations. I have seen myself over people that are talk to each other. Usually I just end up in a forest or some place that I don\'t know -always dark. \r\n\r\nAs a child I would often hear voices in rooms where there were no people. I never gave it thought as a child and those events were set aside as quickly as they happened. Children usually have bigger priorities like toys or cartoons. It wasn’t until years later that I was forced to acknowledge these events. \r\n\r\nI have had many events in my lifetime. In one instant I can recall, I remember hearing the couple next to our apartment arguing for years. The room they argued in was adjacent to the bedroom I shared with my brother, but he never seemed to wake up. They would yell, smashing things and this would happen every Sunday morning. I remember telling my mother when I was about 5 years old, and she told me there was no one living in that apartment anymore, but there was a man, his wife and their daughter. When my mother repeated the story to the landlord’s wife (my Mom’s friend), I heard the conversation. I was in the next room playing and I remember this woman telling my mother that the couple, which lived in that apartment, were both dead. Apparently, the husband killed his wife and then killed himself afterwards. I also remember her telling my mother that they argued constantly prior to their deaths. The daughter moved out after the incident. \r\n\r\nOn one occasion I remember coming face-to-face with something I could not explain. Something strange stared at me as if it were confused and investigating. A face that seemed to glow, yet, not glow –if that makes sense. I just got under a blanket and didn’t get up until the next morning. Well, that event took place when I was 17 and it changed my thinking on the subject. It also forced me to take a long and hard look back at things that I could not explain earlier in my life. \r\n\r\nAll this brings me to here…. Two nights ago I experience one of my most significant things in my life. It was about 10 pm at night. You should know that I go to sleep every night at about 2 am because I can’t sleep usually. On this night, I turned the lights off at 10 pm in order to try and get a real night’s sleep. Anyway, as soon as I turned off the light, I heard a tapping that was coming from my nightstand. I paid it no mind, but it continued. It sounded like the pull chain on my light hitting the base. It was throwing me so I laid on my belly and covered my head. I then started to hear sounds and a feeling began to take over me. The lights remained off and I turned over onto my back. I could then see it…. I saw, clearly, what appeared to be dark shadows flying over me. They flew from on side of the room to another, but sometimes flying into each other and making one shadow. There were about 3 or 4 of them and they just flew above me, but I could make them out in the dark against the ceiling. I then closed my eyes and immediately saw the image of a man with no face. I could not see his face, but something told me he was angry. I don’t know how I knew this. I then turned on the lights and I didn’t get to sleep until about 4 am. I should also mention that I have a small dog that often appears to sense movement or barks for no reason. The daytime around my home is busy, but the evening is remote. There is little or no traffic by my home ever.\r\n\r\nThat is my story… I don’t know what to do, but I am hoping you can offer some insight that goes beyond the general “you have a gift” response. I am sorry to be so blunt, but I reached out to several places about a year ago because my ex-girlfriend said I was bringing spirits with me to her home in Massachusetts. There were many strange things going on in her home at that time and they all seemed to go away when we broke up –or when I wasn’t around. Some of the paranormal institutes I contacted in Massachusetts gave me some nice responses, but nothing helpful –I do say this respectfully. Two of them offered to see me free of charge, two of them said I was gifted but offered nothing further and one or two never responded at all.\r\n\r\nCan you help me?
William Lucas
24 Aug 2010, 17:34
to be part of psychic is not easy and also easy. someone have to be in some kind of meditating yes it has names we called those spirits and there must be no mistake because when the time reach to know the spirit and the kakum katabanta they have 40 names and they are good once and bad once.\r\n\r\nThe bad once will be friendly and you can send the bad once to kill or to scared people in dream,and the good once will be your servant to do any house help or to find any hard questions or any kind of fun creator for your kids or for your self.\r\ni think i have to stop here,i am located in Maryland recently in i relocated to South Africa as an IT specialist with Sony\r\nEntertainment\r\n\r\nStay Blessed.\r\n \r\nDave Steve\r\n+277839772687\r\n
Peggy Goble
05 Apr 2010, 17:47
I am interested in having a psychic come to my home to do readings. Just wondering how many people you could do readings for and your cost. \r\n Thankyou,\r\n Peggy\r\nI live in Great Meadows, N.J.
19 Mar 2010, 10:14
I went to a psychic named Therese Relucio in NYC and she was amazing. Her readings were detailed and accurate. When I asked her about my marriage she said she didn't see it lasting more than 6 more months because of cheating, and here I am single after my husband found out about my affair (which she told me would happen within the month). She answered my questions with much more detail than I would have expected. her site is\r\n\r\nshe only works by appointment only, but she's very quick with getting back to you immediately.\r\n
11 Mar 2010, 12:58
I would like to set up an appointment? How may I contact you?
25 Feb 2010, 14:57
my brother was killed in a car accident almost 2 years ago by a drunk driver. there were soo many things left unsaid and i wanted to know if you could help me out?
08 Jan 2010, 08:53
Hi,\r\n\r\nI would like to schedule a reading with you. I live in central NJ (Somerset/Hunterdon are). Thank you.
26 Dec 2009, 21:26
Hi Jane, I would like to set up an appointment with you its something paranormal im sure since i get very strong intuitions. My health is deteriorating by the day can you let me know your location and rates and appointment that would be of great help thanks and god bless.\r\n romana
kathy w
10 Dec 2009, 08:38
i would like to schedule an appointment as early as you have. thank you kathy
09 Nov 2009, 20:25
Good evening Jane, I was wondering if you would be kind enough to contact me to discuss possibly scheduling an appointment to meet with you regarding my families current condition. Look forward to hearing from you.
22 Jul 2009, 08:12
Hi Jane,\r\n\r\nwe are having a party and I was interested in having readings done. Do you do this? How many people can you accomodate and what is the cost?\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\n\r\nMeghan
Rene Ruiz
22 Jun 2009, 09:49
Im looking to speak to someone im looking to save my marriage can someone help me 732-801-8034,
17 May 2009, 23:27
hi my name is pamela simth an i would like to know will you help me and my family it about some bad spirts that is in ours house and a lot be going on like alot of shadows in our house on the walls it a lots of shadows of us it be breaking in the house when we go to sleep at night and when we leave the house we can hear walking sound but we cant seenothing it be dust mix with dog hair and human hair on the stuff in the house it just alot is going on and we just not happy
06 May 2009, 04:05
I have been separated from Nina for sometime now. I have had readings bfore with one particluar person. She tells me she will be calling, she is sure. I feel at this point this person is just taking my money. Can you be honest and tell me what to expect. Nina was born 12-2-58 I was born 1-2-55. Can you be honest. Thank you Joe
lee galligan
23 Apr 2009, 15:39
well jane, several years ago i had two readings with a phenomenal psychic who really turned my skepticism on its ear. i lost track of her, but read an article about you and thought i would give you a try. i am sorry to say that your reading was so hokey and full of baloney that i had a hard time sitting in my chair with a straight face. it was peppered with vague references to people that i was going to meet - a "fred" or a "neil" - oh and something about being careful around trains and something being wrong with my lungs . . . all of it utter nonsense - oh and none of it came true, whatever it was. had i more spine, i would have demanded my money back but i let it go. people there are true psychics out there, but i fear jane is not one of them. good luck.
desperate Anthony
25 Jan 2009, 18:55
Good day Jane, I am interetsed in scheduling a meeting with you. I have been strangely sick and my girlfriend says I have night attacks usually around the same time every night and mumbled something about opening the doorway... but when I wake, I don't remember anything!! pls help asap.
desperate Anthony
25 Jan 2009, 18:54
Good day Jane, I am interetsed in scheduling a meeting with you. I have been strangely sick and my girlfriend says I have night attacks usually around the same time every night and mumbled something about opening the doorway... but when I wake, I don't remember anything!! pls help asap.
carolynn sutherland
19 Jan 2009, 09:49
Hi Jane:\r\n\r\nDo you do phone readings? Thanks.
17 Jan 2009, 23:19
I am a psychic in Atlantic City, NJ. My website is, for more information on services available.
03 Jan 2009, 19:19
Hello,\r\n\r\nI would love to schedule appointment with you for\r\nA reading.iam looking for a real psychic.are you real psychic.if you are real psychic,please contact me on my email\r\n\r\nThanks
Claire Voyant
09 Nov 2008, 10:16
I am a NYC-based psychic who also does psychic readings by phone. Anyone who is interested in a genuine psychic reading is most welcome to contact me by e-mail or by sending me a text message at ReaderNYC (at)
28 Oct 2008, 08:07
Hi i am looking for a medium that will be able to see the spirts i see - for several months they have been coming to me nightly and i cannot find a way to comunicate with them. Its like they are trying to give me a message but i can only see them not hear them. Please contact me so i can discuss further.\r\n\r\nthank you
Lin Chiao
24 Sep 2008, 08:40
I would like to have a reading from you.\r\nMy phone number is (415)5961116\r\nThank you.\r\n--Lin
21 Aug 2008, 20:34
Hello Jane,\r\n\r\nId like to schedule a reading with you.\r\n\r\nThanks,\r\nNicole
05 Aug 2008, 09:53
Hello Jane, I would very much like a reading! \r\nThanks Cathy
16 Jul 2008, 22:21
I need help finding a psychic that can contact those that have passed. My ex passed away last year and I feel like he is trying to contact me because a lot of stange things have been happening. I am located in northern new jersey. Thank you in advance for your help. \r\nLucinda
Debbie Cronk
23 Jun 2008, 10:24
Hi Jane,\r\nI would be interested in seeing you for a reading. I have been hesitant to contact a local psychic - doubting whether they are ligitimate. I have a good feeling about you after reading this article. Look forward to hearing from you.
Grace Gardener
17 May 2008, 13:51
Jane,\r\nAbout 10 years ago you gave me, what I thought was an outlandish, unbelievable reading. It has all come true. I'd like to talk to you again but I'm no longer in the area.
17 May 2008, 13:20
Hi Jane,\r\nI need a pet psychic to "talk" to my cat. Can you do that or do you know someone who can?\r\nThank you,\r\nBeth\r\n
05 Apr 2008, 11:53
Alexandra,\r\n\r\nI am looking for a real psychic and am interested. Can you please provide me with more information?\r\n
01 Apr 2008, 18:44
My friend and I are looking for a really great psychic reader. Someone who is accurate with dates. We have been unsucessful. please let me know if you are anyone you know is what we are looking for.\r\nthanks
31 Mar 2008, 08:38
i never had a psychic reading i have always been skeptical in the past few years alot has gone on in my life that has left me with alot of questions. I thought you might be able to help. I live in NJ and wanted to set up an apt. I wasnt sure where u were located. If you won't be available maybe you know someone reputable. Thank you.
laura meade
27 Mar 2008, 16:02
i live in manalapan and am interested in having a gathering of app. 10-12 people. Are you interested in this? Looking forward to hearing from you.
sue scelba
11 Feb 2008, 10:23
hi jane, i would like to scedule a reading with you. i am amazed by your story. thanks sue

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