“That’s sickening,” you commented with a grin as a bouquet of flowers was delivered to JJ right in front of you. She chuckled, aware of the fact you were joking and simply waved the comment away.
“Will is just sweet,” she replied. Your grin grew bigger at the fact JJ couldn’t hide the growing blush on her cheeks. She and Will had been together for a while now and yet he always seemed to find a way to fluster her. Watching JJ receive little gifts was something the whole office had come to enjoy.
“You’re just mad cause you don’t have a date lil mama,” Morgan commented with a smile. You scoffed as you swiveled your chair around in order to face him.
“I don’t need a date. I have Emily and Reid this year,” you replied with a smug smirk. The three of you were the singles of the group and after much convincing, you’d managed to have them agree to an anti-valentine’s day.
“About that…” Emily replied guiltily.
“Emily! Did you seriously get a date at the last minute?? What happened to all of us agreeing to boycott Valentine’s Day by spending it getting drunk together?!” You exclaimed in disbelief.
“Okay one- we did not agree to boycott. We only agreed to spend the day together since none of us had dates, and two-the drinking thing was your idea. Not that I wouldn’t mind getting completely wasted although I do worry about Reid if you continue that plan,” she laughed. “Sorry babe, I got asked out and I just couldn’t say no.”
“Looks like it’s just you and Reid now,” JJ replied with a wiggle of her eyebrows. You rolled your eyes at the gesture, knowing well that she always pictured the two of you together. You couldn’t deny the fact you’d developed some feelings for the man, but expecting Spencer to make a move was like waiting for rain in a drought. It wasn’t likely to happen any time soon.
“I guess I’ll have to let him know it’s just the two of us,” you replied as you shot Emily a look through narrowed eyes. She smiled brightly, her eyes shining with mischief.
Disclaimer: spirit work is a path that requires a lot of
intuitive thinking and “feeling”, but it’s important that you not let things
get toxic or dangerous with your emotional and mental health. Be aware that
this is a path that deals with “talking to non-physical beings”; which can be
dangerous for many types of diagnosed conditions. Please be safe and logical in
your own practice. Spirit work is absolutely not required for the practice of
Primary focus on: basic communication/sensing
In this lesson, I will be working with nature spirits, not ghosts, as those are
easier and honestly, more safe, for beginners. However it’s still vital that
you are familiar with basic shielding and warding before putting this lesson
I won’t go into detail on that since we’ve had at least one
lesson and numerous references shared on the server that are in pins.
There are some important things to remember with spirit work.
1.) Always shield, at least on
a basic level, before working with a new spirit. It’s good policy to shield
with spirits in general, regardless of how well you know them, but I’m not
going to helicopter your longterm decisions. For myself, the only spirits I
don’t actively shield around are my personal companions.
2.) Be patient. Spirit work is
NOT an instant gratification path, nor a constantly rewarding one. It’s difficult
and frustrating. But the rewards can be entirely worth the frustration if you
stick with it and remain as levelheaded as you can.
3.) Be polite.
This should go without saying, but you will not find spirit work successful if
you’re a dick. Don’t be a dick. That’s not to say you have to be overly chatty
or friendly. You can be logically cool, but still not be a dick.
4.) Be logical.
Yes, spirit work requires some openness to the esoteric and intangible. But
don’t overwhelm yourself with daydreams and fantasies. Mundane is still
mundane. Don’t force interaction. And remain aware of your physical
surroundings. Don’t let yourself get in a bad or dangerous situation just for
spirit interaction (i.e. a non-witch observing or prying, weather, lighting,
I am Hellenic, so I deal with them mostly in the sense of dryads
and nymphs. But do feel free to treat them as you would for your path. The
above rules should apply to all, regardless of your visualization of their
“essence”, so to speak.
Do NOT choose a plant/tree that you or your family has caused damage to in the
past. I.e. through landscaping, weeding, etc. Even if it was years and years
ago, they remember. Especially trees. Trust me. If you are stuck in a situation
where your family does harsh landscaping/poisoning of the plants in your yard,
go to a park or friend’s house where you will be a neutral party.
I like to sit with them. When it’s a spirit I don’t know, I will
sit near, but not touching/leaning. Definitely not crushing! Once you work with
a spirit a lot and become friends, those rules may change. For example, I lean
my back against my pine trees frequently. They like the physical affection.
Get comfy. This will likely take some time. Feel free to have a
book out on your lap or headphones with music playing quietly if you are
needing a cover for sitting outside for that long. I also encourage bringing
water with you, both for yourself and as an offering for the plant. A snack
doesn’t hurt, especially to help ground you afterwards.
You can bring a divination/communication tool as well if you want to try that
route. I don’t personally use them for my spirit work, so I’m not good at
instructing on that, but you can incorporate them into my lesson today I’m
Place your hands on the ground lightly and focus on the feel of
the earth, the soil. The temperature. The texture. If your sense of smell is
sharp enough, focus on the smell of nature around you. Filter out human related
sounds and focus on things like wind, birdsong, insects. If you’ve done
meditation or trance-states before, what we’re trying to achieve is a light
version of that. A receptive trance state. It’s very much similar to what you
do for many kinds of divination, like Tarot, runes, pendulums, etc. It’s up to
you on whether you would like to do this with your eyes open or closed. Please
choose what makes you feel safe, especially if you are in a public area.
You want to stay quiet and observing for a couple minutes. You’re
welcomed to let your mind wander and think- we aren’t going for traditional
blank meditation by any means. Ideally you want your thoughts to be about
nature and the plant you’re about to focus on, but it’s okay if other thoughts
After a couple minutes, you should gently start to focus your
observation and thoughts on the specific plant. Do not touch it yet. But you
may lean closer and smell it, look at it closely. Observe how the texture is of
this plant up close. What colors it has. The shapes.
Now, after all that physical observation and use of your normal 5
senses, it’s time to try and exercise your non-physical observation and sense.
I like to close my eyes for this, but it’s absolutely not required. It may help
you “catch” the sense initially though if you want to try it for a minute or
two and then open your eyes again for safety.
You will be reaching for something abnormal. It is hard for me to
describe, but if you can’t snag the sensation, it’s okay. This is just an
exercise that you want to practice regularly when starting out with spirit
work. It’s not uncommon at all that it doesn’t work the first time. The best
way I can describe it without narrowing it too much for individual experiencing
of the sense, is you will get a “pop” sensation when the connection/sense clicks
into place. But the way you experience the sense is entirely your own.
If you are able to sort of feel that connection to the plant,
fantastic! If not, don’t worry but stay open. It could be that the connection
will snap into place after you start the communication itself.
Now you’re going to do the meat of spirit work. Communication!
Talk to your plant. It does not have to be out loud. It does not
have to be in English (although it does need to be a language you
understand). Keep the inquiries pleasant and light initially. Don’t give your
life story. Don’t talk about global warming. Like office parties, the weather
can be a good opener, especially if it’s pleasant outside. Although discussing
rain or storms is perfectly fine as well and not “upsetting” to plants.
For “replies”, you likely will not get them in comprehensible
“human” language at first. That’s fine. It’s normal. The easiest thing to sense
is vague emotions or concepts. Some people hear music/sounds. Some see
pictures. Some get scents. It’s okay if you struggle with this. Continue
carrying on your one sided conversation, remaining as open as your can to
things that don’t “seem” to come from you.
You can ask if they need anything like water or soil loosened.
Even if they don’t seem to need any tending, you can ask if they would like an
offering (water is really the best offering, although you can bring a
stone/crystal if you like as well). Keep in mind that if you are still
struggling with sensing “replies”, it’s okay to give a splash of water as a
good faith offering regardless. Don’t give it a bunch though, unless it looked
Honestly, you can keep this communication/conversation part going
as long as you’re comfortable with. If you keep getting feelings or
impressions, feel free to go until they start to sort of fizzle a bit. That’s a
good way to know that the spirit is done talking for now. Don’t take it
personally, there’s a variety of reasons why they’re “tired” of talking. Thank
them for their time and wish them well.
You should end with the similar trancing actions that we began
with- using your standard senses to connect with nature. Smelling, touching,
listening, looking at the soil/grass and plants around you. Slowly ground
yourself. Feel free to drink or nibble something at this time. If it helps you,
turn your music up. Stretch slowly, rolling your joints.
You may feeling like you want to encourage that extra sense to linger and keep
paying attention to it as you do mundane things. I do not recommend this,
especially for beginners. For many people, your body is used to processing
“peripheral” sensations from your other five senses without clogging up your
ability to function smoothly. It takes a lot of practice for this to be
possible with a new sense. Take it slow. Reach out for it only when you have
the time to focus on it until you’re more comfortable and at ease with the
sensations and impressions.
Spirit work comes more quickly if you direct your focus, so I do
recommend going back to the same plant/tree and working with it more than once
to try and strengthen that connection. Once you have one more solid connection
under your belt, the others will come much more easily.
The biggest tip I want to leave you with though is to balance
being practical/logical with that esoteric optimism. That’s what I’ve found has
given me the best and safest baseline for my spirit work over the years.
Note: This technique can be tailored to work with
communicating with your pets/animals, spirits that aren’t from this plane, and
ghosts. Just remember to do the order of “centering, semi-trance state,
connecting/communicating, withdrawing, grounding”.
Witch Bottles have a historical background in the folk magic of
England and surrounding areas. They were, traditionally, exclusively for
protection. Sometimes FOR witches and sometimes AGAINST witches- and were more
“victim specific” as opposed to the modern use of “household specific”. They
were historically made of glazed stoneware, in a jug-like shape and corked.
Filled with urine, pins, needles, red thread, hair, and wine.
These days however, the term “witch bottle” doesn’t always mean a protective
bottle. Some witches make positive ones for prosperity or good health or love.
Really the only unifying factor is that it something that is for the
“household” more than a single person. It is supposed to be kept on your
property. Ideally it should be buried, although we’ll go over some alternatives
to keep Mother Nature a happy camper!
I think the best method for this is a step-by-step. So here we
Here’s what I used:
Sock (since I’m burying this, I transfer to a sock after mixing all the
ingredients in the mason jar- you can use a coffee filter wrapped up too)
Nails (iron is great, steel is good too- I don’t recommend aluminum unless
it’s all your have)
Cinnamon (you can also include pepper, chili powder, cajun spice, curry
spice mix, anything “spicy” so to speak)
Nettles/burrs (thorns and brambles are another great thing to include)
Garlic (I like to use a whole bulb, but using it ground or diced is fine
Graveyard dirt (this is pretty specific to my practice- feel free to use
regular dirt or sand or clay to just sort of “stabilize” the whole mixture)
Ashes/powder to seal (I use a variation of an Underworld
powder I make- incense ashes of a particular scent you associate with
protection is fine)
A taglock for you and any household members (including pets)
that you are comfortable including. My recommendation is hair. But you can also
use spit, urine, tampons, used tissues (i.e. snot), nail clippings, etc. You
can also use a photo with the person/pet’s FULL name written on the back if a
DNA taglock is not possible.
Combine your ingredients
Put it in the mason jar first- you can transfer to a safe burying
vessel after you’re done. I start with a layer of dirt/sand. Then I do the
nails and nettles, then the garlic bulb, then I do all the spices and the
juniper berries. At this point I put in the taglocks (hair, nail clippings,
photos, etc.) I do another layer of dirt/sand and then cover the top with my
powder to “seal” the protection intent inside.
After that, I focus for a couple minutes, raising my personal energy for
protection and funneling it into the jar. If you have deities or spirits you
worship or work with, you can ask for their blessing at this point.
Shake/Transfer and Bury
This step is pretty simple. Just shake up the jar while you focus
on no one ever being able to fuck with you. It should get solidly mixed
(besides the garlic bulb, hah). Then you want to transfer to your final vessel.
I take the lid off the jar and put the sock over it. I use a sock that’s pretty
close-knit so the dirt/spices don’t fall through (it’s actually a men’s dress
sock). Then I flip the jar over and funnel everything in. I finish by tying a
knot at the top of the sock.
Now you’re ready to bury and activate the bottle! You have a
couple choices here. You can do the traditional: bury on your property towards
the edge. Ideally you want it at a corner. If you want the best protection or
have a large yard (or live next to a graveyard where you do constant spirit
work like me), a bottle at all four corners of your property is ideal.
You can also bury it in a plant pot either inside or outside if you’re worried about
it just being in your yard (or digging in your yard- that can be a problem for
family or landlords!).
And the last option is if you put it in a jar, you can put it in a closet or
cabinet inside your house (symbolically burying it) if you’re in an apartment
with no yard or plants.
Extra Note: On powering/batteries/energy
You witch bottle will need to be replaced frequently unless you
have a power source/battery for the protection energy to stay constant. I use
graveyard/spirit energy for mine and only replace my jars about every 6 months
or longer. Some other energy sources are:
Crystals: you can put them in the jar/vessel or on top, or just tie a
crystal grid to the vessel from your work table
Plants: this is where the plant pot comes it- you can tie it to the plants
energy. You know you need to replace the bottle/vessel if the plant dies.
Moon or sun energy (either directly, or through
water/crystals charged by the moon or sun)
Your own energy: if you’re confident enough in your own energy and know how
to feed it to objects, by all means, just use yours!
A.) Legalities:I will mention some things
that I do very briefly in my personal graveyard. It is an older one that
borders my 3 acre property directly and is not regularly maintained. This
allows to me to fudge some rules. HOWEVER- working as a paralegal for over a
decade, let me lay some groundwork legality clauses for the general witch:
1.) Do not
enter after dark. It is illegal in most states.
2.) Do not take
dirt directly from atop a grave.
3.) Do not
bring bottles of liquor into the cemetery, or glass jars to put you dirt in.
4.) Do not
light more than a tea candle and always hold the tea candle yourself (do not
set on ground)
5.) It’s best to not disclosure your craft
to anyone asking what you’re doing. Just say you’re visiting (and wanted to
honor your relative’s memory if a candle is lit)
6.) ALWAYS do
as an employee/pastor/policeman asks. Even if it may be technically legal and
they’re just uncomfortable, it’s better to de-escalate the situation and leave.
You can either come back at a different time or find a different graveyard.
7.) Bring flowers to appear
more normal! They also make great offerings!
8.) Do not remove ANYTHING
from a grave site. Ever.
9.) Do not leave offerings of
stones. It is offensive (i.e. personal) in some religions.
Note: In regards to leaving stones on graves/headstones: It is a Jewish practice for remembrance and respect, but my personal research has not found any sources of it being disrespectful for gentiles/non-Jews to also do so. If you find a credible source to the contrary- please let us know! Otherwise, it is fine to leave small stones as offerings.
B.) Offerings: these should always be something
subtle. I never bring in an actual bottle/glass of the liquor offerings. I
usually soak a small bit of cotton or leaf/herb mixture in it and use that. For honey, I’m a huge
fan of those individual packets you can get at restaurants (even though they
aren’t perfectly local and organic, they are more transportable and less
legality issues- just please dispose of the plastic trash after use properly)
Offering examples: tobacco,
juice, silver coins, honey, liquor, fruit, flowers, herbs, incense (I like to
use pomegranate based juice/liquor/fruit due to it’s ties to the Underworld)
do NOT recommend bringing a shovel or spade. Period. I don’t even do this with my own
graveyard, it is a dangerous offense to be caught with.
would be best to wear shoes that are easy to take off, and do the ritual
without digging (if you don’t like the idea of bare feet in a graveyard, wear
thin socks you don’t mind getting dirty). The spirits will understand you don’t
want to be put in jail.
NOT recommend inhaling the herbs listed as wormwood and mugwort both contain
Thujone, which can cause a LOT of issues if too much is ingested/smoked. An sachet
of these is fine. You can gently smell the sachet bundle when focusing on the
spirit connection. Please be aware of your own medical conditions as well (i.e. allergies/pregnancies/disorders)
I recommend that are safe to place on your eyelids and would have positive
connotations with the dead: olive, pomegranate, coconut, almond, hemp seed
(these are all technically “carrier oils” and if you want to add a dash of an
essential oil that increases psychic/perception, you can- just spot check it
before you put it on the eyelid. Also, just a dab on each eyelid is fine. No
need to stick your eyelashes together.
D.) Graveyard dirt. What the hell
is it? Simply put, it’s dirt collected from a graveyard. It is NOT a euphemism
for other herbs. Also, when it comes to “Goofer dust”, that is a NOT
interchangeable with graveyard dirt, though graveyard dirt is a component of
the mixture. Please keep in mind Goofer dust is a traditional Hoodoo mixture,
and not something I recommend trying to use or replicate without stepping into
appropriation territory (THANKS “SUPERNATURAL”). However, graveyard dirt is
-Magical uses: Protection, barriers/wards (around property especially!),
cursing/hexes, banishing, certain types of healing, divination, spirit-work
General graveyard dirt: from anywhere
inside the graveyard grounds. This is what I recommend for beginners or people
who don’t have a lot of spirit work experience. Still leave an offering,
explain your purpose, and be respectful even if you’re just snagging a couple
spoonfuls from under a tree.
Grave dirt: dirt from a specific grave.
Do not do this with recent graves unless it is someone you knew/a relative.
It’s best to do this with older/semi-abandoned graves (pre 1900s are great).
Ask permission first (this is where spirit work experience comes in, it’s best
to get some sort of positive response in the method you are familiar with
before removing), leave an offering, and again be respectful.
Grave dust: The “leavings”/debris from
atop the gravestone itself. This is actually the easiest to collect without
looking suspicious. Just gently sweep it off into your hand and discreetly put
it in the bag/vessel you brought. It’s a common ingredient in
Underworld/Death/Necro workings. Also can be thought of as an extra potent
version of graveyard dirt in regards to magical correspondences. Still leave an
offering, ask permission, and explain yourself beforehand.
E.) Homework: Go to a
graveyard/cemetery and walk around quietly. Let yourself soak in the energy and
see if you’re drawn to any gravestones. Take pictures of the one(s) that you’re
drawn to! Share them on the server (or on your blog and tag us!)
Extra credit: Research the
person listed on the grave and see if you can figure out a reason you might
have been drawn to them!
Imagine Barbara Kean being your mother and Lee taking you in after her fall.
Your arms curled around a teddy bear as you sat across from the woman you now knew as Lee Tompkins.
“Would you like some cookies, [f/n]?” Lee offered gently, flashing a warm smile.
You shook your head, still staring at her. “No, thank you,” you mumbled. Your mother had always taught you to be polite. She hadn’t been around much for the last while. She was always off with Mr. Galavan and the other grown-ups, leaving you to play with Silver or your toys. Silver didn’t seem to like you much, though, so mostly you played with your toys since you weren’t allowed outside.
You stopped staring at Lee in favour of adjusting your teddy bear’s worn fur. He was missing one of his eyes and his stitching was starting to fray in places, allowing bits of stuffing to slip out every so often.
“That’s a very cute teddy,” Lee piped up. “Does he have a name?”
You nodded. “Mama calls him Sandman. He’s a gangster.” You held him out so she could see him better. “He says it’s a pleasure to meet you.”
Lee smiled and shook his little paw. “Thanks. You’re cute. For a gangster.”
You hid the tiniest hint of a grin and hugged Sandman close again. “Mama says Sandman is supposed to protect me when I sleep if she’s not around.” You blinked at Lee, “Is mama okay?”
Lee’s lips tightened, “She had a bad fall and she’s been very sick. She’s going to need a lot of help before she’s back to normal again.”
You tilted your head to one side, “Does she need my bandaids? They have pictures of puppies on them.”
Lee shook her head, smiling softly, “I’m sure she’d appreciate the sentiment, but the doctors have lots of bandaids.”
“Do they have puppies on them?”
“I’m sure they do.”
You nodded seriously and pursed your lips. “Is Mr. Gordon going to come home soon?” you asked after a few moments. “He always tucked me into bed when he and mama were dating. They were gonna get married but then bad stuff happened and mama and me had to leave. Is he still gonna be my daddy?” You paused as though deep in thought. “Does that make you my new mama?”
Lee smiled, “Do you want me to be your new mama?”
You considered it. “Sandman says he’d like that,” you announced after a long moment.
Lee laughed, her eyes crinkling at the edges. “I’m glad to have his approval.”
A.) Legalities:I am ever the paralegal, so I’m
going to include this section again. It will be similar to my last class, but I
don’t want it to be overlooked or forgotten. Again, the graveyard I mainly work
with borders my 3 acre property directly and is not regularly maintained. This
allows to me to fudge some rules. HOWEVER- let me lay some groundwork legality
clauses for the general witch:
1.) Do not
enter after dark. It is illegal in most states. 2.) Do not
bring glass into the cemetery 3.) Do not
light more than a tea/small votive/prayer candle and always hold the tea candle
yourself (do not set on ground) 4.) It’s best to not disclosure your craft
to anyone asking what you’re doing. Just say you’re visiting (and wanted to
honor your relative’s memory if a candle is lit)
ALWAYS do as an employee/pastor/policeman asks. Even if it may be technically
legal and they’re just uncomfortable, it’s better to de-escalate the situation
and leave. You can either come back at a different time or find a different
6.) Bring flowers
to appear more normal! They also make great offerings! 7.) Do not remove
ANYTHING from a gravestone site. Ever. However, do feel free to dispose of
obvious trash about the graveyard as a whole (soda cans, food wrappers,
cigarette butts, etc.). It’s polite and the spirits will respect you for it.
I begin by making sure I’m dressed
appropriately for the weather. I like to spend at least an hour there, assuming
I’m not interrupted and it’s important I don’t get too hot or too cold.
I frequently bring a light jacket/hoodie in summer
regardless though, because spirit work can bring down your temperature sensation
in general regardless of the normal ambient degrees outside (i.e. communing
with spirits makes you chilly).
I make sure I have all the supplies I’ll need.
I have a small messenger bag/purse I bring. I don’t recommend anything larger.
Don’t bring a huge backpack- it’s suspicious. This items include:
ritual/communing jewelry (including protective jewelry so I don’t get
overwhelmed- protection is still important even when actively seeking out
2.) My offerings (I
like honey packets, pomegranate seeds, flowers, or a particular incense/oil
blend I use for spirit work.)
A book (I love to read to spirits, especially the children)
4.) My graveyard
pad/blanket (I’ll be doing a tutorial on this soon, but basically it’s a small
thicker blanket with discreet sigils and herbs sewn in to protect me and boost
spirit communication. Protects my tush from the ground and my body from the
Water bottle (talking and reading makes me thirsty)
Comfy shoes that are easy to slip on and off (you don’t have to take your shoes
off at all for spirit work, but I like to as a sign of respect- like taking
your shoes off when you go into a friends house. I only do it on my graveyard
pad though- not at the entrance or anything)
My phone- not only for basic communicating in case of emergency, but also
because I like to play music for the spirits sometimes. I make sure the songs I
want to play are easily accessible.
I also make sure Zoe is ready, as I
almost always bring her with me. She is leashed, although I tend not to hold it
since she’s well-trained in recall.
Though I don’t recommend bringing pets unless you’re experienced with both
spirits and your pet, I will say if you do bring a dog always have your dog on
a leash in a graveyard and don’t let go unless you are alone and you are 100%
confident in their recall/non-running away. Keep in mind Zoe is my familiar of
5 years and is comfortable with my graveyard work. She is not skittish in the
interactions and is not rude to the spirits.
When I first enter the graveyard, my
first check is if anyone is there.
Without Privacy: If someone is
already in the graveyard, I will do a basic walk around the paths and graves
(with Zoe leashed beside me) and do mental check-ins and communication. I may
drop pomegranate seeds subtly, but I usually do not do any other offerings
while other people are present. In my experience, the spirits understand and
know I will bring something next time or wait for the person to leave and give
my offerings then.
I will then find a spot to put down my
graveyard pad (which just look like a smaller picnic blanket to the average
eye). I have a favorite/regular spot in the graveyard by me. I am comfortable
doing this even if other visitors are still there, as the spot I sit down isn’t
directly atop a grave or anything. It’s a clearing under a tree. I’ll take my
book out so I look like I’m just having a nice private read in the graveyard
and not offending anyone. At this point, I’ll just read silently/mentally to
the spirits (I let them look over my shoulder too if there’s pictures) if
visitors do not leave. That’ll be the extent of what I do without privacy.
With Privacy: If
the graveyard is empty, my visit is a bit different. I still walk around the
path/graves first. This time however, I will verbally greet those I know, leave
more substantial offerings and check for new spirits who would like to
introduce themselves. I ignore ones that are being rude (they don’t try for
long with me with my combo of already friendly spirits and Zoe backing me up).
Zoe is loose during this and she does her own initial sweep of the gravestones,
having different favorites than me.
After I greet and give the “presents” (offerings) I have,
then I settle on my graveyard pad. I still have it under the tree. For a couple
reasons. It’s polite, doesn’t show favoritism, and is easier to play off if a
visitor does show up in the midst of my communing. Zoe usually settles down
near me eventually, but frequently she does more checking around while I start
the “activities” (she likes to check the graveyard border for energy and
If there’s particular ritual work I have planned for this
trip, I do that first. This includes, but is not limited to:
appointing new spirits for workings/property protection
Doing an Underworld astral travel with some of the spirits
3.) Doing a
devotional for Hades, Persephone, or Styx.
After that, it’s time for the
bonding/fun activities! I break out the book and phone. I usually start with
the book while the spirits are still more “focused” (their attention span is
not great in my experience). I will do either a picture/children’s book or a
chapter of a more all-ages book that we’ve been working through. I don’t bring
anything too complex or “dry” (i.e. boring) as they lose interest quickly. Some
titles I’ve found they enjoy:
1.) The Graveyard
Book by Neil Gaiman- yup, spirits love irony
Anything by Roald Dahl
3.) Scary Stories
to Tell in the Dark (or other silly yet ghost-y stories)- yup, they find them
hilarious. I avoid darker scary/ghost stories since I work with a lot of young
and child spirits. They don’t like things that are too dark.
4.) The Velveteen
Rabbit (this is a favorite of mine too)
Then the music is broken out. I have
no specific suggestions on this- it’s entirely personal to what you think will
please your particular ghosties. I do a wide variety. Usually during this, the
spirits will tell me things they think I need to hear or talk about something
that bothers them. Zoe frequently romps around with the younger spirits at this
point too. Sometimes I bring a ball or frisbee to amuse her and the children.
Then I just clean everything up,
making sure I’m not leaving anything behind I don’t intend to. I’ll sort of
meander my way out of the graveyard slowly and give the shyer spirits a chance
to ask me something quietly/alone that they were unsure of during the more
Once I get home, I run a hot shower or
bath with cleansing herbs/oil and give myself a thorough cleaning, asking for
Styx’s blessing in making sure no shade residue/miasma remains on me or in my
Then I eat. It’s important to consume
something of nutritional value after doing spirit work.
40 weeks: Still pregnant + ever so anxiously waiting on Emerson to decide he’s ready to make an appearance. Also, pretty sure this bump just about doubled in size the past month. Baby bear is really growin’!
Okay, Mama June dated a child molester which was wrong and her show was fairly cancelled. However, TLC continue’s to air 19 Kids & Counting despite the fact the eldest son molested like 5 of the daughters!? What kind of bullshit, Mama June at least preached love and acceptance but the Duggar’s are anti-everything that isn’t white, christian and straight. Shame on TLC and shame on Jim & Michelle Duggar for compromising their childrens safety and well being. Fucking disgusted.