exorcisms

@mintsophie prompted: “Haunted House - It turns out the Dark Lady actually really likes kitties. And Belle.”

The first Haunted House fic can be read here.

Rated: G

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The morning after their rather eventful night, Belle accompanied Bae and Gold back to their own home. It took several minutes of persuasion to get poor Bae to cross the threshold, and he was only pacified by the assurances that neither of the adults would let the ghost get him, and that no matter how unscrupulous the ghost was, it was not going to attack a cat that was bursting with kittens. Testing out an old theory, Belle had brought Rosebud with her. If exorcism by cat was possible, then she was not going to dismiss it out of hand.

Once they were inside, Belle let Rosebud out into the living room, whereupon she gave no indication of being disturbed by any strange presences in the place and began thoroughly washing her paws. Installing Bae in there with her with colouring books and crayons, Gold and Belle began the unenviable task of ghost hunting. If they could find the Dark Lady somewhere within the house during the daylight hours and persuade her not to continue terrorising the little family who were living in her domain, then perhaps their nights would be far more comfortable and Belle would not receive any more wake-up calls in the small hours. Not that she really minded Bae and his father’s presence in her home, but they did have their own home that they very much wanted to live in, and it made sense to try and help them to do so.

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delusion of the day: suicidality is caused by demon possession. you’ve known this since you were young, and you read about exorcisms in the Bible. you’re only just now realising that you’re possessed now. how long have you been damned? since birth? you pray. nothing happens. you’re damned you’re damned you’re damned

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Muhammad, an African American women’s saber fencer, first made history several years ago when she became the first Muslim woman to compete for the U.S. in fencing. Now that she has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Muhammad is making history once more.

“I want to compete in the Olympics for the United States to prove that nothing should hinder anyone from reaching their goals — not race, religion or gender”


I think Donald Trump is going to need an exorcism after hear that. #Love it!

Exorcism (Supernatural) at 3 different speeds
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So if you can record an exorcism ahead of time and use it to kick demons off your lawn (e.g. 3x12 “Jus In Bello”), can you take that recording and speed it up so that you can exorcise demons in a fraction of the time?

I got bored and recorded my own exorcism (I recited the one heard in 6.21 “Let It Bleed”) then sped it up with an audio editor. The first part is at regular spoken speed, the second is at 200% speed, and that 2 second squeal at the end is an exorcism at 900% speed.

Note: when I learned Latin in high school, we were taught classical pronunciation. That means C’s are hard, J’s sound like Y’s, and V’s are pronounced like W’s.

Man, I’d be the hunter straight out of a sitcom: roll up to the latest demon hunt with a hula hoop packed full of salt, Super Soakers filled with holy water, and exorcism apps on my iPhone.

From her birth on the 21st of September, 1952, Anneliese Michel enjoyed the life of a normal, religiously nurtured young girl. Without warning, her life changed on a day in 1968 when she began shaking and found she was unable to control her body. She could not call out for her parents, Josef and Anna, or any of her 3 sisters. A neurologist at the Psychiatric Clinic Wurzburg diagnosed her with “Grand Mal” epilepsy. Because of the strength of the epileptic fits, and the severity of the depression that followed, Anneliese was admitted for treatment at the hospital.

Soon after the attacks began, Anneliese started seeing devilish grimaces during her daily praying. It was the fall of 1970, and while the young people of the world were enjoying the liberal freedoms of the time, Anneliese was battling with the belief that she was possessed. It seemed there was no other explanation for the appearance of devilish visions during her prayers. Voices also began following her, saying Anneliese will “stew in hell”. She mentioned the “demons” to the doctors only once, explaining that they have started to give her orders. The doctors seem unable to help, and Anneliese lost hope that medicine was going to be able to cure her.

In the summer of 1973, her parents visited different pastors to request an exorcism. Their requests were rejected and they were given recommendations that the now 20 year old Anneliese should continue with medication and treatment. It was explained that the process by which the Church proves a possession (Infestatio) is strictly defined, and until all the criterium is met, a Bishop can not approve an exorcism. The requirements, to name a few, include an aversion to religious objects, speaking in a language the person has never learned, and supernatural powers.

In 1974, after supervising Anneliese for some time, Pastor Ernst Alt requested a permit to perform the exorcism from the Bishop of Wurzburg. The request was rejected, and a recommendation soon followed saying that Anneliese should live even more of a religious lifestyle in order to find peace. The attacks did not diminish, and her behavior become more irratic. At her parents house in Klingenberg, she insulted, beat, and began biting the other members of her family. She refused to eat because the demons would not allow it. Anneliese slept on the stone floor, ate spiders, flies, and coal, and even began drinking her own urine. She could be heard screaming throughout the house for hours while breaking crucifixes, destroying paintings of Jesus, and pulling apart rosaries. Anneliese began committing acts of self-mutilation at this time, and the act of tearing off her clothes and urinating on the floor became commonplace.

After making an exact verification of the possession in September 1975, the Bishop of Wurzburg, Josef Stangl, assigned Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt with the order to perform “The Great Exorcism” on Anneliese Michel. The basis for this ritual was the “Rituale Romanum”, which was still, at the time, a valid Cannon Law from the 17th century. It was determined that Anneliese must be saved from the possession by several demons, including Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Cain, Hitler, and Fleischmann, a disgraced Frankish Priest from the 16th century, and some other damned souls which had manifested through her. From September ‘75 until July '76, one or two exorcism sessions were held each week. Anneliese’s attacks were sometimes so strong that she would have to be held down by 3 men, or even chained up. During this time, Anneliese found her life somewhat return to normal as she could again go to school, take final examinations at the Pedagogic Academy in Wurzburg, and go to church.

The attacks, however, did not stop. In fact, she would more often find herself paralyzed and falling unconscious than before. The exorcism continued over many months, always with the same prayers and incantations. Sometimes family members and visitors, like one married couple that claims to have “discovered” Anneliese, would be present during the rituals. For several weeks, Anneliese denied all food. Her knees ruptured due to the 600 genuflections she performed obsessively during the daily exorcism. Over 40 audio tapes record the process, in order to preserve the details.

The last day of the Exorcism Rite was on June 30th, 1976, and Anneliese was suffering at this point from Pneumonia. She was also totally emaciated, and running a high fever. Exhausted and unable to physically perform the genuflections herself, her parents stood in and helped carry her through the motions. “Beg for Absolution” is the last statement Anneliese made to the exorcists. To her mother, she said, “Mother, I’m afraid.” Anna Michel recorded the death of her daughter on the following day, July 1st, 1976, and at noon, Pastor Ernst Alt informed the authorities in Aschaffenburg. The senior prosecutor began investigating immediately.

A short time before these final events unfolded, William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” (1974) came to the cinemas in Germany, bringing with it a wave of paranormal hysteria that flooded the nation. Psychiatrists all over Europe reported an increase of obsessive ideas among their patients. Prosecutors took more than 2 years to to take Annaliese’s case to court, using that time to sort through the bizarre facts. Anneliese’s parents and the two exorcists were accused of negligent homocide. The “Klingenberg Case” would be decided upon two questions: What caused the death of Anneliese Michel, and who was responsible?

According the forensic evidence, “Anneliese starved to death”. Specialists claimed that if the accused would have begun with forced feeding one week before her death, Anneliese’s life would have been saved. One sister told the court that Anneliese did not want to go to a mental home where she would be sedated and forced to eat. The exorcists tried to prove the presence of the demons, playing taped recordings of strange dialogues like that of two demons arguing about which one of them would have to leave Anneliese’s body first. One of the demons called himself Hitler, and spoke with a Frankish accent (Hitler was born in Austria). Not one of those present during the exorcism ever had a doubt about the authenticity of the presence of these demons.

The psychiatrists, whom had been ordered to testify by the court, spoke about the “Doctrinaire Induction”. They said that the priests had provided Anneliese with the contents of her psychotic behavior. Consequentially, they claimed, she later accepted her behavior as a form of demonic possession. They also offered that Anneliese’s unsettled sexual development, along with her diagnosed Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, had influenced the psychosis.

The verdict was considered by many as not as harsh as they expected. Anneliese’s parents, as well as the exorcists, were found guilty of manslaughter resulting from negligence and omitting first aid. They were sentenced to 6 months in jail and probation. The verdict included the opinion of the court that the accused should have helped by taking care of the medical treatment that the girl needed, but instead, their use of naive practices aggrivated Anneliese’s already poor constitution.

Are Exorcisms on the Rise?

Exorcisms have risen in popularity throughout the world over the last few decades. The rituals are often exploitative and violent.

In Ethiopia, the rise in the number of exorcisms performed each year is rising at an astonishing rate. People are paying half a month’s salary to be stripped naked, held down, slapped in the face, and sprayed with a hose. Some are attempting to rid themselves of evil spirits, while some are seeking cures for ailments ranging from the common cold to HIV.

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Goddess of the Day: October 9

Black Tara - Tibetan Goddess of Power. The Goddess Tara is worshipped in many forms throughout Eurasia and the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.  In the Black Tara manifestation, She controls the power of the will and measures our actions against our intentions.  She administers the tests required for a soul to evolve and achieve enlightenment.  The Black Tara rules over spirits and exorcisms, and heals afflictions of the mind and body.

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide)

“What the fuck were you thinking?!”

Dean’s lashing out. He knows he’s lashing out like some terrified, wounded animal, but in the moment he can’t bring himself to care.

This has been boiling in him for weeks. Weeks of fear and worry and pain, and the least Cas owes him is to listen. Dean feels like his heart stopped the first time he heard Lucifer use Cas’s mouth to speak and then his heart shattered when-

Dean finishes the exorcism. There’s an explosion of power or energy or something, Dean doesn’t know what, and Cas’s body drops, boneless, to the floor.

He doesn’t move.

Dean’s on his knees at his side in an instant, but there’s no breath, no heartbeat, no life-

And then suddenly, there is.

“I want to know, Cas, what the fuck did you think you were doing, saying ‘yes’?!”

Cas’s flinch is almost imperceptible. Dean misses it entirely in his rage.

“Answer me, you stupid son of a bitch,” Dean says. His heart is still beating fit to pound out of his chest. Castiel being alive and safe hasn’t truly sunk in yet, not when Dean’s mind keeps seeing that moment Cas collapsed, not when someone else has been wearing his face for too goddamn long.

“Does it matter?” Cas asks. His voice is tired and sad, too heavy and weighed down. Dean feels his rage ignite anew, because anger is easier than heartbreak.

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Demonology

Demons are a serious part of Supernatural lore. Over the course of the past ten seasons, demons have remained as probably the most important creature in the show. There are a variety of different variations on what “demons” actually are, with cultures from around the world all having their alternate versions of what it means to be a demon. Within the Supernatural universe there is a LOT to cover. So, for the sake of at least some brevity, I will primarily focus on the show’s definition of a demon, rather than the mountains of demonic lore that exists from across the real world. 

Nothing gives me more pleasure than writing one of the demons, because they can be so cruel and so funny; there’s nothing they can’t say… every insult you’ve always wanted to say, the demon can just say it because that’s who he is.

— Eric Kripke


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