Protection From Evil Spirits

Protection From Evil Spirits

 

The right symbol (or hex) can frighten evil forces and keep them from entering your home. One particularly effective hex is this five-pointed star – also known as a pentagram.

Draw the star, in white chalk, on the inside of every door and on the sill of every window. (Don’t forget attics and .) Make certain that the top of the star faces upward on the doors and outward on the sills; otherwise you may bring misfortune into the home instead of warding it off.

To divert evil forces that may already be in your home, fill a bowl (preferably of brass) with water and throw in a pinch of salt. Put the bowl at the head of your bed each night before you go to sleep. As you place it say:

“Wicked demons, touch not me nor mine,
Thy power I drain into this brine.”

In the morning, empty the bowl down a drain. Make certain that no child or pet takes a sip of the water has stood overnight; it may he contaminated.

If you fear that someone is calling up evil forces against you, write his name, in red ink, on a verbena leaf. If you can’t get a leaf, use a piece of paper cut into the leafs shape. Carry it with you always, and the person will be unable to harm you.

The Witches Spell for January 9th – A Spell To Ward Off Evil

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The Witches Spell for January 9th

Spell To Ward Off Evil

 

To ward off evil spirits or energy:

In a small jar, place sage, sandalwood, galangal and brimstone herbs. Mix well and sprinkle sea salt on top. Cut a three inch piece of red string, and tie one knot into it, and place it in the jar. Next, place three pins or nails in the jar and close it shut. Light a black candle and say:

“Pins that prick, herbs and string, to protect me now, my guardians do soar!”

Hid the jar in a dark place to ward off any evil.

The Witches Spell I Give You For Jan. 4th: Ward Off Evil Spell

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Ward Off Evil Spell

To ward off evil spirits or energy:

In a small jar, place sage, sandalwood, galangal and brimstone herbs. Mix well and sprinkle sea salt on top. Cut a three inch piece of red string, and tie on knot into it and place it in the jar. Next, place three pins or nails in the jar and close it. Light a black candle and say the following:

“Pins that prick, herbs and string, to protect me now, my guardians do sing!”

Hide the jar in a dark place to ward off evil.

Living Life As The Witch – Nasty, Little Creatures In The Shadows

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Those Little Nasty Creatures In The Shadows

If you have followed The Craft for any length of time, you’ve seen all the wonderful and beautiful things that has happened since you started joining this Path. Along with all the wonders you will see, keep in mind that there is also dark, nasty, little Shadow creatures out there.

These little creatures exist, in the invisible world that parallels our own, living creatures. Unlike creatures from our world, they lack physical form, and feed on energy instead of matter. They are as varied as the animal life on our world. Their power ranges from the equivalent of insects and rodents to the equivalent of magickally trained humans, and beyond to the Great Old Ones.

These creatures feed on energy. Most are content to graze on the random energy fields that leak from humans and other creatures in our world. Others, however, are a little most sinister. These, the ones you have to worry about, they are referred to as the Shadows.

Shadows comes in three basic varieties. First are the little ones that feed off the energy in negative emotions. If you are emitting strong negativity, they will be drawn to you like flies to rotten meat. If you aren’t magickally protect, they will happily latch onto your energy field (aura). They are usually not much more troublesome than leeches or mosquitoes; however, a thousand leeches could weaken a person severely.

Next is the more dangerous variety, more like rats or vultures than mosquitoes. These are attracted both by negative emotions and the energy of magickal workings. They are stronger, and can push past weak or flawed defenses to get to you. And they are much harder to peel loose once they have their teeth into you.

Last are those of the intelligent variety. Their favorite meal is human life energy, the heart-fire that burns in each of us. They are relatively rare even in their own realm, but they exist. The terms “Imp,” “Evil Spirit” and “Demon” are fairly accurate. They are very strong. The more intelligent ones are capable of working their own magick to breach your defenses. The most intelligent variety, being as lazy as humans, prefers to talk you into dropping your defenses and linking your energy field to theirs. They also are capable (if someone is helpful enough to open a doorway for them) of entering our world. Once here, if they can get past all your defenses unless you are very strong at warding. They can enter your body and will feast at will even asserting a degree of control over you. Yes, this is exactly like the old stories of Demon possession.

Don’t laugh you can be a Vampire, your best friend, the average Joe on the street:

They exist in this world of evil creatures. They are highly intelligent, capable of working magick, and extremely devious. They are capable of not only psychic magickal attacks, but physical ones as well. As a species, they tend to be amoral, murderous animals. Humans who are capable of feeding off the energies of another human is a “Psychic Vampire.” They do this to gain more magickal power, to control others, or to replace the energies they are losing by dealing with the Shadows. Some humans can even do this while traveling astrally. So that Evil Spirit that tried to get into your last circle may not have been from the other site, it could have been your next door neighbor. For real, lol!

Demon Banishing Spell

Demon Banishing Spell

Whether the demon exists inside or out, this spell will drains its psychic powers.

Best time to cast:

Three nights before the New Moon

Items you will need:

  • A empty coffee can with a plastic lid
  • 1 pound of sea salt
  • A shovel

The Spell:

  1. Pour most of the seal salt into the coffee can and place the open can in the center of your basement.
  2. Sprinkle some salt in each corner of your basement.
  3. Envision the demon as a grayish cloud and see it being absorbed by the salt in the can. Say aloud: “Begone now, demon, let me be, No long can you torment me, I bind you for eternity and I shall evermore be free.
  4. On the New Moon put the lid on the coffee can and take it to a desolate place – a vacant lot, a desert, a gravel pit the town dump – away from water, trees people or animals. Don’t open the can. Bury it and say good riddance to the demon trapped inside.

Calendar of the Sun for June 27

Calendar of the Sun

27 Lithemonath

Day of the God of Walls and Ditches

Colors: Brown and black
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of brown and black place the figure of a Chinese mandarin, flanked on each side by a horse-demon and an ox-demon, and a man in black and a man in white, both bearing lanterns, and much incense. Lay also on the table any books of accounting for the House, such as financial logs, car maintenance and mileage logs, etc.
Offerings: Put the House and its boundaries in order, especially the yard and surroundings. All work today should be in repairing walls, doors, windows, plumbing, etc.
Daily Meal: Simple workman’s sandwiches, eaten while working.

Invocation to the God of Walls and Ditches

O great Cheng-Huang,
God of Walls and Ditches,
Lord of Boundaries,
Keeper of the public peace,
We all too often forget that we are not alone
In this world; that each community
Has edges that brush against each other.
Remind us to keep those edges neat and courteous
And our walls and ditches well maintained
Lest floods and creatures stray
Where they are not wanted.
Remind us that courtesy is no mere luxury,
But can be the coin with which one pays those
Who have no choice but to be reminded of your presence.
May you look favorably upon our House!
May your Horse-head Demon and Ox-head Demon
Find nothing to anger them within our domain!
May your watchmen, Mr. Black and Mr. White,
Remind us that sometimes one must
Pay attention to what it black and white,
And not always be distracted by the many shades of grey.
In your honor we toil today,
Lord of Boundaries,
That our own walls shall keep in what should not be seen
And keep out all that may harm us.

(There is no song or chant today; all go straight to their work. Singing and chanting may be done while working, however, and the work need not be done in a solitary fashion.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

Wishing You & Your A Very Blessed & Relaxed Sunday!

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Today’s Affirmation for Sunday, February 12th

“I close my eyes and look within. At the centre of my being I see a still point of light – radiant and pure. It is my spirit, the alpha and omega of my life.”

 

Today’s Thought for Sunday, February 12th

Beautiful music is a cleansing rush of water through the pipework of the spirit. It leaves you fresh and wide awake. Your energies flow freely and lovingly.

 

Today’s Meditation for Sunday, February 12th

Spirit Singing

The life-force (known as prana in the Vedic Tradition) is often associated with the breath. Improvised singing can therefore be a powerful way to contact and express you spirit – the life-force within you. Find a place where you can make noise without being disturbed. Stand with your arms by your sides and your feet apart. Take a deep breath and push air through your mouth to create a sound. Do not try to form words or a tune. The aim is not to make beautiful sounds but to express your spirit through your voice. Be aware of your feelings, giving them full vocal expression in all their rawness and power.

Demons in the Modern World

Demons in the Modern World

Author: Morgan St. Knight

Do you believe in demons? I don’t mean allegorical ones (“She’s fighting some demons, ” they say, as the woman checks into rehab for substance abuse) . I mean independent entities that can harm us.

Let’s forgo discussing whether Forcas, Buer, Malphas and their friends would ever take up residence in a rundown house in Vidalia, Georgia, the shed out back, or the Chevy on cinderblocks in the front yard. Yes, I’ve seen things like that on television. No, I’m not convinced they were real. Full disclosure here: I have no evidence that the scenes depicted in any of those shows weren’t real either. Just an empath’s gut instinct.

No need to invite me down the road of “Wiccans don’t have a Devil.” I fully acknowledge that I don’t believe in a grand evil entity that’s pulling out all the stops to get my soul. However, by my estimate millions of Pagans past and present believe (d) demons could harm humans. There is ample evidence the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Sumerians did. We have numerous examples of amulets and incantations these cultures devised to avert the influence of malignant entities. These demons took many forms, and not one of them was really interested in corrupting a person’s soul. Maybe the ancients understood that humans could do that all on their own, without the need of outside inspiration from a malevolent being. Demons are not commonly seen as tempters before Christianity’s interpretation of them.

There were demons of pestilence, demons responsible for killing babies, demons that could strike people blind, demons that could inflict abject terror, demons that destroyed crops, demons that created (or personified) natural disasters such as storms and earthquakes, demons whose sole interest was in killing humans in the most horrible ways imaginable, demons who drove people to insanity, and demons of general misfortune.

Then there were really big, bad demons that focused on the ambitious stuff, like destroying the boat of Ra as it journeyed through the underworld at night (Apep/Apophis) , or in destroying love and beauty in the world (Ereshkigal and company trying to destroy Inanna) .

Times change, and so did our perception of how the world works. Now we say that virus, bacteria, genetic issues, or certain choices in lifestyle cause diseases. We know loss of sight comes from accidents, untreated diabetes, macular degeneration, or cataracts. Infants die in the night from getting caught in or falling out of ill-constructed cribs, being placed on their stomachs on overly-soft bedding, or abuse such as shaken-baby syndrome. Crops fail because of blights or pests, which are treated with harsh chemicals that may cause further health issues for the environment and us. People lose their ability to cope with day-to-day life through dementia or mental illness.

Is there still a place in the modern world for demons? While we’ve come up with many explanations for certain events and personal circumstances, there are some that don’t quite fit into those molds. We may try to force them to conform in our minds because we don’t want to accept alternative explanations that make us uncomfortable, but that is no solution.

Part of our rational, modern-day brain just doesn’t like the idea of blaming certain incidents on beings we can’t (usually) see or sense in other ways. It seems too much of a cop-out. “The devil made me do it” or “I can’t get a job because someone cursed me” are scorned as excuses these days because they amount to lack of accountability. Believing in demons is seen in many circles, including some Pagan ones, as denying rational explanations for events. As I stated in a previous essay on this forum, I absolutely believe you should do a thorough reality check before assuming there’s a supernatural explanation for your troubles. If that reality check comes up with only one answer, you have to go for it.

Sometimes that answer is not the one you want to hear.

I think we have to look at why there’s resistance to accept that demons might be real. It’s not just that the term “demon” leaves a bad taste on the Pagan palate because of its associations with certain fundamentalist religious teachings which often conflate our religions with Satanism, and which turned benign “daimons” into evil “demons.” There’s more to it.

When the Age of Enlightenment took firm hold in Europe and North America in the mid-18th century it ushered in a new perspective of the world, one in which supernatural beings didn’t fit very well (apart from a general belief in God) . But demons didn’t go away for good. People wanted them, even needed them to still exist in some form. If believing in the traditional goat-legged monsters wouldn’t do, then they had to be accommodated in other ways.

It became fashionable in the first part of the 20th century to claim that demons were real but did not have an independent existence. They were not just bogeys conceived by religious leaders to frighten and control the foolish; they were aspects of our own personalities. Even in his introductory remarks to the Goetia , Aleister Crowley (1) says the spirits listed in the book are parts of our brain. He claims the names of God used to control them are really vibrational formulas to stimulate those parts of the brain, and the sigils used to summon them do the same thing through visual stimulation.

In other words, it’s all in the magician’s head. Conjuring demons is nothing more than stimulating one’s own potential in the specific areas they govern, such as developing wealth, finding a sexual partner, and overcoming enemies.

That paradigm has appeal because people have great faith that psychology can answer all the thorny questions about human behavior. It’s true that a person might approach a situation with more confidence if they believe they have some supernatural upper hand through the help of a Deity or a demon. More confidence increases the likelihood they will achieve their aim. But I believe that giving all the credit to the power of positive thinking, and denying the possibility that anything else is at work, is throwing Beelzebub out with the bathwater.

In modern Wicca and other magically-inclined traditions the closest you usually come to hearing about anything “demonic” is the phrase “negative energy”. This is problematic on a couple of levels. First, using the term “negative” as a synonym for “dangerous, harmful, or undesirable” is oversimplifying and confusing things. “Negative” does not always mean bad.

Example: the electrons flowing through the power lines that provide electricity to your house are “negative” in terms of polarity; but this “negative” energy produces some very desirable results. Your washing machine, television, computer, and kitchen appliances all operate on negative energy. Polarity, in a spiritual as well as electrical sense, is very real; you can’t operate the universe without it. Negative energy is just as important as positive energy.

Another problem with attributing unwanted events to random “negative energy” without considering that an actual intelligence is at work is that it limits perspective on a situation. It’s like saying a person hit by a sniper’s bullet just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yes, this is true on a broad level, but it takes the sniper’s deliberate actions out of the equation altogether; it implies mere circumstance put the person in the path of a bullet that was just whizzing randomly through the air. In either case the person is dead, but in one case we have a much clearer picture of why the person is dead.

We run into a morally gray area when discussing demons because traditionally they are perceived as deliberately evil or malicious. In other words, they have a choice and they harm us because they want to. Certainly that’s how many ancient cultures viewed things. This makes us uncomfortable nowadays because it seems silly. Would a non-corporeal being really hang around curdling milk and blighting crops, or making little Sally get the measles, just for fun? It seems puerile at best.

Experience taught me that paranormal entities, like humans, mostly fall into the vast, hazy field between absolutely good and absolutely evil. There are beings whose mere presence causes harmful effects, but to automatically decide that it’s a deliberately malicious activity is narrow-sighted. If a bear mauls someone we agree harm was done, but do we say it was done with malice, or because it was the nature of the bear to act that way if it felt threatened?

Some entities survive by draining energy from people in much the same way that mosquitoes, leeches and certain bats survive by drawing blood. The mosquito doesn’t rub its front legs together in lurid anticipation, cackling gleefully as it zooms down to bite someone for its nightly meal. It doesn’t regard the feelings of its temporary host at all; it’s not in a mosquito’s nature to do so.

So it is with parasitic entities. They don’t necessarily delight in weakening someone by draining them of energy, but the ultimate effect is the same regardless of the entity’s personal view. The human host grows weaker, perhaps undergoing behavioral changes such as moodiness or depression due to decreased vitality, and becoming more susceptible to illness and fatigue. In some cases the person’s internal energy may become so drained that they succumb to serious medical conditions; in rare cases they may die. These symptoms mirror some of the banes traditionally associated with demons. What is different in this interpretation is the motive (the entity’s survival as opposed to actual malice) .

Here’s another example. I’ve found some entities can cause people to become uncomfortable by their mere presence. This level of discomfort can extend from a vague sense of malaise to absolute terror depending the type of entity involved and the sensitivity of the human involved. Even the Greek God Pan was said to create this reaction in people who strayed into the remote areas where He liked to sport. This effect was known as panikon deima which means a dread belonging to, or owing its origin to, Pan. It is from this phrase that we derive the word “panic”.

No one suggests that Pan did this out of absolute malice, although there are some tellings of the tale that imply a mischievous intent. Equally, there is no sure way of determining whether a paranormal entity that affects humans this way is doing so out of spite, or whether it’s just part of the entity’s intrinsic nature. Perhaps these entities are simply operating on an energy level that doesn’t mesh well with typical human energies.

We know from science that when waves collide they can weaken or skew each other if their peaks and troughs are out of synch; it is not unreasonable to believe that two different sorts of being might have the same effect on one another if their energies conflict. It may even be an instinctive defense mechanism, operating to dissuade beings with incompatible energy from getting close to the paranormal entity.

When energy waves are in synch (peaks match peaks and troughs match troughs) . The waves intensify. This is the basis of the belief that interaction with certain entities, such as Deities, angels and spirit guides, can bring us to a higher level of awareness, peace and health. They are in harmony with us and strengthen our own spirits. This is much more accepted in the Pagan communities than the opposite side of the coin, in which other sorts of entities can weaken us.

There are steps you can take when encountering entities that have a harmful effect on your and others, and I’ll discuss them in a bit. First, a note about that one word people inevitably link to the topic of demons: possession.

Another full disclosure here: I have absolutely no personal evidence or experience one way or the other on whether demonic possessions are real. I can’t confirm them and I can’t discount them; I haven’t met anyone who claimed, or was claimed by others, to be possessed. However, I have seen people become possessed by Orisha and Loa during ceremonies of Santeria and other Afro-Carribean traditions. I have also reviewed detailed studies of the shamans known as mudang (variation, manshin ) in Korea, who channel entities more often than going on astral journeys. I must conclude, based on the objective reports of trained anthropologists, that in at least some cases the shaman is taken over by an outside entity. In both of these examples the possession benefits others by providing spiritual counsel, healing and blessings.

So I am forced to admit it might be possible for entities we would consider harmful to invade people in some circumstances. Clearly, a mechanism for subliming the human consciousness that allows another entity to take control is feasible based on the above examples. The difference mostly lies in the willingness of the person involved to allow possession, and the results of the possession.

It is admittedly difficult to argue the possibility of possession nowadays, when the behavior traditionally associated with demonically possessed people is reassigned to mental illness. It’s a tough distinction to make, and I certainly don’t want to downplay the seriousness of mental illness or dissuade anyone from seeking proper medical care for such conditions. I do, however, think we should consider the possibility that mental illness may not explain all of these cases.

There is another experience which can produce similar results: demonic obsession. In this instance a spirit is believed to affect people’s behavior by tormenting their minds rather than taking over their bodies. Again, it can be hard to differentiate this from conditions involving hallucinations and dissociative states, but I believe it is rash to conclude that all such cases must be mental illness.

I have personally experienced a situation in which an outside entity caused severe alterations in the behavior of several people, though it was short of possession/obsession. This case involved a business with multiple owners, several employees, and clients coming in and out of the business on a daily basis. I met the owners just after they took over the business.

I heard several stories from people who worked there describing bizarre happenings, including one instance in which two of the owners were there late at night. Both saw and heard the sound of a large vehicle slamming on its brakes and crashing into one of the entrances. They felt the building shudder from the impact. They saw the beams of the headlights coming under the doors. They raced to the doors and threw them open, but found nothing there. The street was deserted with no sign of any vehicle pulling away. There was no damage to the building such as you might expect from such an accident, nor any skid marks on the pavement leading to the door, which you would with the sound of squealing brakes before the impact.

The people who told me the story were credible witnesses, and certainly had no vested interest in portraying their business as haunted or demon-infested; it would have dissuaded, rather than encouraged clients from coming there.

But those stories were nothing compared to the changes I saw in the people who worked there. They began engaging in harmful, even self-destructive behaviors that were not in keeping with their normal personalities. Two of the owners developed distinct but equally severe medical conditions, both of which involved progressive physical and mental deterioration and loss of energy. This may, admittedly, have been coincidental, but two such cases in one business seemed highly unusual.

Finally the business closed because none of the owners were able to function. Having been in the building on numerous occasions over several years, I knew this was not just bad luck, especially since the business had great potential to succeed.

I could sense a presence in the building, and it was not a nice one. I was in there after business hours more than once. Every time, the sense of something overwhelmingly hateful was undeniable. I had a fair amount of experience with empathic readings of buildings as well as people at that point, and every time I was there the urge to reinforce my psychic shields was intense. Even when I did a miasma of nasty energy seemed to seep through them.

I took some steps to alleviate the oppressive atmosphere at the request of some of the owners but never went so far as a full-out banishing ceremony. That was a mistake, because whatever was in there wasn’t held at bay for long by the half-measures I took. Looking back on the experience I’m not sure anything I could have done would have worked. I’ve gained a lot more experience in the decade-and-a-half since then, and one thing I’ve learned is this: it’s not like the movies. Sometimes the bad guys win.

So what do you do if you encounter an entity you perceive to be harmful? Even if you accept that some of them may not be deliberately malicious, you shouldn’t accept interactions such as uninvited energy feeding out of a misplaced sense of “live and let live.”

The best advice I can give is to read up, and then read up more, on various methods of psychic self-defense. There are several good books that can help you. Read many of them, find the common themes, and practice them. Most of these techniques involve visualization, intent, and firm belief. Ward your home at least, and extend it to your workplace if needed.

Research traditional rituals for banishing harmful entities in case you are ever confronted with something that won’t take a polite “no” or “please leave us in peace.” Even if you follow a very specific trad I strongly recommend researching the banishing and protection rituals of many cultures, such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Chinese, Native Americans, Greeks and Romans. You may pick up useful information that you can incorporate into a rite from your own trad. Used with proper intent, focus, and above all respect, the techniques from other spiritual traditions can be quite effective.

Always have a protective amulet or talisman on hand. This is not a sign of fear or weakness. It can be a favorite piece of jewelry that you wear regularly (although I recommend against using wedding, engagement, or commitment rings for this) . Simply cleanse and consecrate it according to your trad, charging it with the purpose of keeping you safe. In lieu of jewelry you can use a protective amulet cast in metal or drawn on parchment. There are several such talismans in the Key of Solomon and other grimoires if you’re inclined, or you can design your own, incorporating symbols with meaning to you. The more confidence you have in the symbolism the more effective the talisman will be. Remember to periodically recharge the talisman, perhaps by lighting a candle with that intent and laying the talisman next to it until it burns out, or exposing it to the light of the Moon or the Sun with the same intent.

If you’ve encountered a harmful entity or energy and used the talisman for warding, you may want to cleanse and rededicate it. This can be done simply. You can bury it in the Earth overnight, stating your wish that any harmful energy be drawn into the ground and neutralized. Washing it in (unpolluted!) running water such as a stream or the ocean while stating the same intent also works. Then recharge it as you originally did.

Devise a short mantra for extreme cases when you need to invoke outside protection. This can be something like: “Mighty Mother, enfold me in your wings!” or a more traditional one, such as the Kwan Yin mantra, “Namu Kwan Shih Yin Pu’sa”, which invokes Kwan Yin’s protection from all harm. Visualize the Power you are invoking as clearly as you can. Keep the process simple. A 30-verse Gaelic binding won’t be easy to remember if you’re under intense stress.

If you feel overwhelmed don’t be afraid to admit it, at least to yourself. Separate yourself from the situation; regroup if possible, retreat if necessary. Above all assess the situation as objectively as possible. Sometimes the bad guys are real; sometimes, they’re just bad dreams. Learn to act appropriately for each circumstance to provide maximum benefit for yourself and others.
        


 
Footnotes:
(1) Mathers, S.L. MacGregor and Crowley, Aleister; “The Goetia: the Lesser Key of Solomon the King” (revised edition) : Weiser Books, 1997, pg. 17

Stop The Abuse! Spirits Have Feelings.

Stop The Abuse! Spirits Have Feelings.

Author: Zanaffar

The title of the article is pretty strange at first sight, but it will become clear as you advance in the contents. As you already guessed, we will be talking about spirits, entities, and “magical beings”.

Many magic users, “spell casters” so to speak, learn or are taught from the beginning how to attract the aid of spirits when they perform a magical working. Asking the spirit world for help is not an unusual thing; even the followers of major religions include angels, saints, etc in their prayers. From the most ancient of times, the rites of great civilizations (Egyptians, Sumerians, Aztec etc.) included some forms of seeking aid from spirits and other worldly beings. So we can clearly see where the practice originates.

Sadly nowadays many people who work with magic, regardless of their spiritual ideologies, use this practice very incorrectly, be they Wiccans, eclectics, ritualistic Magicians, traditional witches, etc. Some of we magic users draw a faulty conclusion, which leads to further misconception, when we interpret different magical texts, grimoires and conclude that spirits often have the role to serve us. So in our rituals we include spirits to go and carry out our will, to do certain “jobs” for us, and/or to bring results to our workings.

Many people don’t really understand what they are truly doing and what they are dealing with.

First of all, we must know that no matter what type of spirit we are working with… that spirit is “alive” (in a philosophical way, of course) ; it is an intelligent entity, which is self-conscious. Even the most primitive, lesser spirits have some form of consciousness, so you are not dealing with a robot that knows only to follow your command. So what does this involve? This involves a measure of respect: as you would respect every living being, so you should respect every ethereal “living” being.

Every spirit has its own purpose and role in the world, and yes, it has its specific job, what it was created for or what it chose to do. So it has much better things to do than to carry out blindly someone’s will. If you ask it for help with kindness and respect, that is a totally different approach. You give it a choice; you appeal to an Universal law of reciprocal help, and in this way the spirit may choose to help you or ignore you. In all cases, simply asking for help is not offensive to anyone.

The problem is that many people don’t like to be ignored, so they force their wills on the spirit by various magical and psychic techniques, which is immoral and totally wrong. How would you feel if another person did that to you? How did the slaves feel in humanity’s troubled history? You wouldn’t even do that to your cat or dog… so why would you treat a spirit differently?

It doesn’t matter if it’s just a simple elemental spirit, or a very advanced entity of some sphere…as long as it is in existence, it’s totally wrong to force it to do something. And yes, just as the title says, some may have feelings similar to ours. You must realize that every self-conscious being in existence has some form, some level of emotion or instinct or feeling.

Sadly in the ranks of magicians there is a certain practice that is very widespread. Some use certain Solomonic evocation techniques to summon spirits (mostly angelic, demonic, planetary, Olympic) and force information or an action out of them. What they do is they appeal to the representation of the source of all powers and by charging themselves with its power, and of course “highlighting” the superiority of their divine essence, they force spirits to obey them. It’s true that in most cases they only force demons or demonic spirits… but in my opinion, their practices demonstrate a very low moral standard. They consider themselves directly connected to the Supreme God, source of all powers and to angels who represent an aspect of this Omnipotent source.

What I don’t understand is how could angelic beings, and the Lord of Mercy agree to this barbaric practice? These magicians don’t consider their actions as an abuse; they think it is perfectly justified and righteous. I see it as ignorance and arrogance.

Anyway, I am not telling you that it is bad to ask spirits for help. I would never do that because they are part of the magical practice itself. Many magic users are constantly taught, inspired and helped by the representative of the spheres close to them (Gods, Goddesses, lords, ladies etc) . But abusing their help, forcing them to do something, is just as bad as slavery in our modern society.

When you work with a spirit, no matter what kind it is, always treat it with respect. As you would with any other intelligent being, never force a spirit or entity to do something. In the worst case, compromise or negotiate. Remember that respect only draws respect and good will, may that be human, or other in nature.

To finish the article, let me tell you a personal experience. Once I was in an urgent need of money… and I mean real urgent. So I thought to myself, let’s use the quickest method to try and help the situation. I looked up a spirit in a grimoire. I kind of annoyed it with the request to help me solve my situation fast; refusal was not an answer I would take. The next day, I got a call from my ex-employer asking me to stop by because they forgot to give me a part of my salary for the last month when I still worked there. I was really happy that the solution came so fast and I rushed there.

I got all the money in change.

So basically I had LOTS of money, a sac of coins, but the real monetary value was actually rather small. I learned a good lesson that day… the spirit played this joke on me and really humiliated me for my thoughtless action… and you know what? I really deserved it.