I’m a closet witch with a roommate and rough to metaphysical communication and companions, but I offer a suggestion.
Get some earphones, plug the one with the mic in your ear and connect it to your phone so you don’t look silly, and then chat to your companions and friends as if they were a human calling.
This might be helpful for those who want to chat or strengthening your bond, since sometimes it’s easier to not forget them if you’re actively talking to them more (I forget thoughts a little more easily than conversations).
And even those who feel like they might be losing their ability or hearing their friends, this might be just helpful. For instance, sometimes, even maybe you can’t hear them fully, but for my friends, sometimes it’s just nice for us to nod and enjoy company while the other one handles the conversation. So there’s nothing wrong with talking with them even if their voice and connection is a bit muddled.
Go on a walk together with them and don’t worry about someone who might call you out for talking to air, you’re on a call with someone important!!
I just came back from an hour and a half long walk from just around the city and I must ! Do this more often from now on I’m walking everywhere. Podcasts make everything more interesting and I notice so much and I think I really need to take better care of my physical form, ‘it doesn’t matter just a body’ attitude was an interesting and an easy one but it does actually; I am only getting this one body which I am stuck with it for the rest of my life so better make it homey, also I want to be capable of doing more things with it. Anyways it’s amazing how many people don’t close their curtains when it’s dark outside and the light is on but it’s a very nice way to entertain yourself just looking inside. If I could walk through walls/if spirits are real and I become one after I die I will go into flats after flats after flats and just look
One example of how an exchange with a spirit works for mutual benefit
a spirit worker of some years of experience, this is how I would
personally go through contacting a spirit in order to receive help
from the spirit world.
AND PAPER For
a serious working I will take a piece of paper and write things down
and organize them just as if I was planning them for a spell. What I
want to happen, what I would not
like to happen, and so on. Then I will also plan my offerings to the
spirit. This does not always mean physical items like candles,
incense, or bread. This can regularly mean offerings of service. For
example some nature spirits may request you spend a certain number of
hours doing litter removal or conservation work. Another type of
spirit may request that you make a post about it, to increase its
fame so it may work with more humans. An important part of this step
is what you are not
willing to give.
If I am in a more informal setting or doing a less
serious act of magic I will often do this phase of planning in my
Depending on the type of spirit being called there must be certain
preparations in place. For a certain type of ritual (which you can
find under my articles tag called “spirit worker’s spell”) I will
call the quarters and see which spirit of the elements is best suited
for the job. To prepare for that I would want my ritual tools to
represent the quarters as well as a simple offering to thank the
spirits for showing up. If it were a Goetic demon there would be very
formal preparations, for example. Just be prepared for your guest.
In general: Work in nature or a clean space
(clean space = respectful of your guest). Incense is nice because it
is pleasing, especially if you can determine a scent your guest might
like. In my path it is polite to have a simple offering of incense to
thank a guest just for arriving. Then if you anticipate the spirit
will require other physical offerings, have them close at hand. Also
have things you regularly rely on such as your grimoire, tarot deck
for communication, and so on.
Safety: Work within magic circles. Cast one around yourself with the
specific intent to keep out all negative energies and any spirit
which wishes you harm or ill-intent. Then, summon the spirit in to a
second protected circle, from which it may return home but otherwise
cannot leave. (This is assuming the spirit is summoned, as opposed to
walking up to it in nature and saying hello). Besides your magic
circle have with you a strong amulet of protection (excellent
practice if you don’t have one yet!!) and special banishing and
“emergency” tools like banishing powders, flying devil oil, salt,
and highly uplifting and banishing incenses such as frankincense,
rosemary, and bay leaf.
I am doing a very serious spell I will take a full purifying bath. In
general I make sure to never go in to spirit communication with too
much “gunk” on me and I often do small or large purifying rituals
before spirit work. If your spirit contact made you feel uneasy in
way, consider a purifying and protective bath afterwords (try
rosemary, bay leaf, and a heap of basil in salt water!).
If I am seeking the help of a specific nature spirit I will go to
that place and simply say hello and initiate conversation. Another
way to work with nature spirits is having a piece of that natural
thing, like some bark, a stone from a mountain, or a jar of water.
Use this smaller element to contact the larger spirit! The way I
perceive spirits is through the platform of my imagination. A being
will appear in my mind’s eye, and I will speak to it through words,
visions, and feelings. Other people will have different experiences.
“Seeing spirits” is a Golden Standard ™ that distracts people
from real communication. A big hint for me is that the energy changes
around me when a “real” spirit is near. I really recommend just talking with plants and stones and trees to learn what spirit communication is for you. Don’t compare your experiences to that of others. Don’t you want your own beautiful and unique way speaking with spirits, true to you and your true nature?
I am instead summoning a spirit I will go through the steps to do
that. Usually I can feel the energy change around me before I
perceive the spirit. Nature spirits can still be dangerous but especially if summoning ensure you have the proper protective steps such as those mentioned in italics above.
I don’t go straight to business unless I am working with an entity
who is known for not liking small talk. I don’t sit down and have a
cup of coffee with a spirit and catch up about the kids, but I
introduce myself with my magical name, say why I have asked them to
come, and ask them if they are agreeable to continue. Sometimes
spirits will have certain questions, such as, “why am I in this
circle?” I will answer honestly (don’t
lie!!!!) and say, “this
circle is for my personal protection.” Often, spirits congratulate
my forethought on safety. Another spirit may ask if they may first
have a glass of water, which is alright by me. I do consider it a red
flag if a spirit asks for a big offering right away, as this is not
proper protocol. Just as we treat them with etiquette, they should
treat us with etiquette.
this time I also begin reading this spirit in a polite way (not
trying to force my way in to their mind; like reading body language).
I want to know if the spirit is uncomfortable or gives of bad vibes,
or if they seem pleasant and helpful. To do this I pay special
attention to my emotions and “back of the mind” thoughts that
often slip by unnoticed.
general once the spirit has finished asking questions, if they even
have any, most seem willing to get right down to work. This is after
all a business meeting.
CONTRACT I will state plainly
what I wish to be done. There is no need to say why; I don’t think
it’s the spirit’s business, and I don’t think most would care! “I
need to ensure my credit card is paid off by June.” “I need my
friend’s day at work to go smoothly and quickly.” “I need a
teacher in meditation.” Whatever it is I have to say I am clear
about it, using carefully thought out language so I am not confusing
or vague in the slightest.
a caveat I put in, somewhere, along the line. It sounds like this:
“If you are able to accomplish this task for me, then…” You
want to make sure you actually state that you expect RESULTS. Anyway,
away, without pause, I roll in to what I have to offer the spirit. If
I am working with a certain spirit or type of spirit I have worked
with before and I know what they usually like I will come out and
say, “I have prepared for you the best wine and cakes” or
whatever. Otherwise I will say, “I wish to know what I may pay you
in return for this great service.”
is the moment the spirit may reject this contract. If they have heard
what you want and aren’t interested in helping, they’ll make it known
to you and either leave immediately or wait for you to say goodbye.
Sometimes your first offering wasn’t what they were looking for and
that “hold up” feeling you are experiencing could just be the
spirit looking for something else. If you get this “woah pause”
feeling, try asking the spirit if it prefers a different payment and
go from there.
are sometimes quite clear in what they want in terms of offerings and
will tell me immediately, perhaps through a vision of what they want
to occur, or maybe through words. Other spirits are a little more
reserved and want to know their options; obviously I can’t offer
everything, so what’s on the table?
In general we settle what the
payment is quite quickly. Then comes the negotiation! You are in a
Unless you’re working with some high level systems that tell you
otherwise, never give
the entire payment up front. If I expect this task to be performed
quickly, in a matter of days or a week or two, I say I will give a
small offering now to thank them for their arrival, and the full
payment will be delivered when the task has been complete. Spirits so
far have not had a problem with this. Sometimes I feel reservation as
the spirit thinks it through. Don’t worry if you get “pause”
emotions or messages like this. You are communicating with another
being. Give them space to think.
you’re asking for something that will take a while to manifest, work
out a payment plan. “I propose that I will give you a portion of
this payment every time I see X manifest. Is that agreeable to you?”
and let them respond. Most spirits I work with tend to prefer simpler
arrangements. They will tell you what they can deliver, and expect
fair pay for it. A spirit may request payment on a time table (such
as partial payment once a week) and I find this to be an alright deal
as long as I see results
manifesting. Like put
your foot down. You are expecting something out of this… you are
paying for a job to be done.
about what might happen if the job is not done. In general I just
consider all terms to be broken and we walk away. Don’t go in to
punishment land. If the spirit fails to uphold their end of the job,
their payment is denied. Walk away. On the other hand, if they do the
job and you don’t pay…. that’s a whole other ball game. PAY THE
SPIRITS. Like omg don’t even go there.
the payment has been agreed on, and the payment method has been
agreed on, I proceed to the “handshake deal.”
THE DEAL No need to sign
contracts in blood. You can, however, have a written contract which I
think is a great idea, especially for longer “jobs”. Write out
the terms clearly. Sign your magical name, then ask the spirit to put
its energetic imprint on the page as a symbol of your deal. I rarely
bother to do this but it may be preferable for some people.
I just say, “I am Crann, offering you X and Y payment to help me
get my credit card paid by June. I will pay you in full once the job
is complete in June. Do you accept this agreement?”
will then get a word of “yes” or “I agree”, or a vision of a
handshake or some other symbol which means “we are in a contract”,
or an emotion of acceptance.
GOODBYE Once the deal is done I
often light a candle and incense in honor of the deal agreed upon. I
ask the spirit to stay and enjoy the incense as long as it wishes to,
which usually is not long. I usually ground out right away by
cooking, watching television, and talking to friends.
THE DEAL I will keep an eye on
things and make sure it all seems to be going according to plan. If
it’s an “easy” deal I generally expect to see results
immediately; within the day or so. If it’s a big working with big
goals I would not be surprised if I had to wait many days or even a
period of weeks before I see the results I desire. However, in my
opinion there should be signs
your spirit agreement is working out. If you make an agreement with a
spirit and within a week or two nothing is really happening, there is
a possibility that spirit was taking advantage of you or something in
your contract imploded.
THE SPIRIT When the correct
time(s) come I will do a small ritual to give payment, partial
(according to a ‘payment plan’) or whole, to the spirit. I will
typically use a candle as a monument to the occasion as well as
pleasing incense. If it is a physical offering I will present it and
call the spirit and ask it to partake of its payment. If it is a
nonphysical offering I will contact the spirit and tell them I am
going to begin my end of the payment, and they can expect to see my
end of the deal be performed shortly.
you believe you have fully paid the spirit, contact the spirit again
and ensure that everything is even-Steven. If it is a physical
offering ask them, “are you satisfied and pleased with this agreed
upon payment?” Don’t let a spirit weasel you in to even greater
payments; if you provided what you agreed upon, you are good. If it
is a nonphysical offering I believe it’s good to check in just to
make sure there is no misunderstanding of what you are supposed to
provide, and to ensure that you are carrying out your payment as you
a word of advice: Don’t forget to pay them. If you are neuroatypical
like me, if you forget things, if you get distracted, if you cannot
GUARANTEE you will give the payment, don’t enter in to contracts. Use
alerts on your phone, journals, calendars, written contracts,
whatever you need to do to remember. But if you are at risk of not
remembering, don’t make deals.
AND BOBS There is a fine line
when it comes to working with spirits that make you feel
uncomfortable. Sometimes a being is just so powerful that our little
instincts go AHHHHHH and that’s not necessarily negative. But then
sometimes, the spirit does mean us malicious intent and the feelings
can be similar. In general I would just advise people to work with
spirits that do not give them any feelings of discomfort; many of
these spirits exists, and there are times to work with more
intimidating spirits up ahead :)
do not need the MOST POWERFUL ULTRA MEGA SPIRIT to get the job done.
The more powerful a spirit is, the more you will have to pay it, and
the more experience you will need to manage your encounters with it
so you remain safe (this doesn’t even mean negative entities…
encountering a huge power wave from a positive entity is something
you have to know how to control and handle. I have almost passed out
from encountering powerful, positive
about nature. Do you need a problem swept away? Ask a stream spirit.
Do you need something burned away? Ask a fire elemental. Do you need
something glamoured? Ask a fae. Don’t start with encyclopedias of
powerful, named spirits. Start small and local :)
If you need magic done, make a deal. But in general it’s really polite and positive and just a good thing to befriend spirits before you ask them for help. This is in my opinion only!!!! For example I have good connections with many species of magical plant spirits. I am known to them and they are known to me, and in the past some have state they will help me when I need it. If you are a stranger knocking on a door a spirit may help you for pay, but if you are knocking on a friend’s door in need, imagine how much better they may care for you and see your needs are met. This is also why it’s important to give back as much as you can. Take care of the spirit world and nature when you can, and be polite and respectful as often as you can. The spirit world really does take notice.
I got Depeche Mode’s new album, Spirit, today. I think it might be one of their most politically charged albums (and such an amazing throwback feel to Violator with the actual melodies). The fact that Dick Spencer thinks they are a band of the alt-right just proves he has literally never heard song one by them.
This album is definitely a big middle finger to status quo of rich white abled-bodied christian heterosexual power.
I love this band so fucking much, you don’t even know.
I served a family of 10 tonite, two sets of grandparents, 2.5 sets of thier adult children and one 9 year old. One of the sons wives had just died, like just on Monday, and they were coming to eat after the funeral bc it was where the couple had their wedding reception four years ago. No one told me this.
I head to my 10 top in good spirits, “Hey yall Im D. Big group, we celebrating anything?” Man from the youngest couple responds – “No.” And my cache response is, “Thats okay! Just celebrating life then!” You can only imagine how many tears that brought. 5 minutes in and Ive managed to make half a table cry – but Im completely clueless as to why??! So I back off on the jolly sever routine and just take a bar order and let them settle in. Observing body language, I can start to see that everyone is paired up except one man, whos sitting with his arm around an empty chair - and then it dawns on me that someone - his partner- has died!
Well when the food comes out, the food runner doesnt realize he should skip the empty seat in the seat count. Really, its not his fault, the widower guy ordered a martini and a glass of wine for his wife – who would never ever drink it – and even had her purse slung over the chair. It was odd. The foodrunner must have asked if anyone was sitting in the chair, because everyone was in tears over their steaming steaks and lamb chops by the time I was able to rush over and sort the delivery out.
By the end both grandmothers had gotten drunk enough to call me over and apologize for being a group of mourning lunatics. Their daughter had only been sick for 6 months that they knew, and then passed away from ALS Monday. They both asked me about my wife and family and made me promise to never fight with them or hate them.
They all fought over the bill, but the main grandfather had given me his card before anyone even arrived – 110 on 560 but It could have been 5$ honestly. That was the saddest table of my life.