Types of Ghostly Encounters
Hello lovely Witches!
I thought it would be interesting to post my thoughts on different types of spiritual encounters and hear what other Witches have experienced.
I want to focus specifically on the spiritual. Elementals, Fae, and other creatures deserve their own posts.
Echos are emotional leftovers. They’re an emotional energy stamp left on a place, item, or even person. They can manifest as an image, a smell, a sound, or even a moving scene. A particularly traumatic or emotional event can linger in its entirety. I once lived in a house where I would hear the same domestic fight play out in the kitchen over and over.
Echos are not sentient. Echos can be left by people who are still living. They are not spirits in the traditional sense that we think of them but they make up the majority of paranormal experiences we encounter.
Departed are the spirits in the traditional sense. They are the consciousnesses of people who have died. They are sentient and can interact with the living.
Keep in mind they are people and retain their personalities. The spirit of the old man in your house may be perfectly lovely and kind, and the spirit that inhabits your local swimming pool may be a total bitch. Interact with these spirits the same way you would with the living.
(On a related note: the only danger a Ouija Board presents to you is potentially connecting you with a dick. There are spirits who will lie to you and try to scare you. You always have the power to end the conversation and send them away.)
An Essence was never human.
There is some debate within my circle as to whether or not an Essence is a creature akin to a demon or if they are literally the essence of good or evil, a conglomoration of human emotion given sentience. Whether or not they come from nature or human belief.
What I do know is when dealing with an Essence you must be cautious. They are powerful, can manipulate objects in the physical world, and are the main culprits for the worst types of hauntings.
No matter the type of encounter you are entitled to protection of self. Do not give attention to loud negative spirits and remember that you can tell anything to go away.
My favorite line is “you don’t pay rent so get out!”
(If I ever find a spirit who is willing to leave me rent money in the couch cushions I’ll welcome them in with open arms.)
That’s it for today’s post! Let me know what you think and what type of ghostly encounters you’ve had!