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Back when I had my own adoption blog I wrote this post talking about things that are important to notice when you are looking to work with a spirit shop.
With the increase of new shops, specially free ones, I decided it was time to write a new post, this time aiming the people who own their businesses.
So, let’s start.
(side note: be sure to assume when I say “people” I often mean both spirits and humans.)
Warning: long post.
What does one need to know before opening a shop/adoption blog?
Why are you looking to open a shop?
It might seem like a silly question at first, but it’s important to be sure of that. Many people open their doors because it is gratifying on a personal level, people will see you as an advice giver, as an experienced magick user, as someone to be trusted both by spirits and humans, and you don’t want to be the person who opens a place just to get notoriety. Maybe you like helping people, maybe you are good at it, maybe its a good chance to not let go of your spiritual practices, maybe you like learning and helping people learn, those are much better reasons than the first ones, if your true answer sounds more like that, good.
Are you experienced enough?
I have seen innumerous new free adoption blogs that have conjurors who have only been doing that for few months, and they often justify it by saying “i have been a spirit worker for only x months, but I have grown a lot and I’ve gotten so much better in these x months!”. That is not okay. It doesn’t matter if you have gotten better, or if you’ve learned so much. On a personal level, sure, that is really good, but not good enough of experience to be a conjuror. You haven’t had enough experiences to know the spiritual world as it is. You haven’t had enough time to process if this is truly what you wanna do, either.
Now let’s break this down.
If you’ve been a spirit worker for years, but only have been a conjuror for a short while, you are not experienced enough.
If you’re using a shop to learn how to conjure and how to do all the rest of the process, you are not experienced enough.
If you have been a spirit worker/companion for at least 3 years, and have been conjuring for yourself for at least 1 year, but you are not confident in your abilities and have too many insecurities, you are not experienced enough. (Nothing wrong in being insecure, but when you’re working with people you need to pass security and be trustworthy).
If you have been a spirit worker/companion for at least 3 years, and have been conjuring for yourself for at least 1 year (the more the better though), and you are confident, and have people confirm your experiences more often than not, then yea, you’re good to go, good luck!
Do you know how to deal with tough situations?
Another seemingly silly question but, the answer needs to be yes. No more nor less than yes.
When you are a conjuror you need to be prepared to deal with difficult people, you need to know how to banish evil spirits, you need to be patient, you need to be ready to deal with rude individuals, to confront someone when they lie, to answer difficult questions, to be honest about things that maybe you dont wanna be honest about. You need to be mature enough to take criticism, as well, and to improve and learn and acknowledge when you’ve made a mistake.
If you can’t do this, I’m sorry, you should not have a service such as a spirit companionship shop/adoption place. You’re not ready yet.
Are you old enough?
This is really important but no one under 18 should be working as a conjuror, no matter if they’re doing it for free. You need to be a legal adult to open your own place.
How good are you at managing things?
Many people forget, but having a spirit companionship shop/adoption blog is just like having any other regular shop/service. You need to be able to manage time, answer questions, deliver what you promise, etc.
If you can’t do that, you can’t have a place of your own.
What does one need to know once they have their shop/adoption blog open? What should be one’s concerns?
Do you sell or allow minors to adopt from you?
If you do, be sure you are doing it with the client’s parent’s knowledge and consent, or anything else you need to be safe within the law. You dont wanna be caught up doing something illegal and get in trouble.
How long do you vet your spirits for?
Spirits should be vetted for at least2 months. Anything less does not count, as you could not possibly be sure a spirit is safe and/or get know that spirit well enough in that time.
What does your vetting process consists of?
If it includes any magickal means of “making” the spirit tell the truth (truth wards, potions, spells, etc), you’re already in the wrong path, even if the spirit agrees to be enchanted. A good conjuror will be able to develop a reliable and good way to learn the truth and vet their spirits without having to make them do anything.
What are your methods like?
If your answer consists of anything that could possibly endanger the people involved in anyways, then you need to change immediately. I will use a certain blog’s* method of doing RA’s (reverse adoptions) that I found to be extremely dangerous: to use a bit of the human’s energy and attach a “note” to it so spirits can get interested. That is extremely dangerous. That is not how an RA should be done. You’d be putting the person in a potentially unsafe situation for no good reason at all.
It’s good to think positively, but when things can go wrong, they absolutely will. Be sure to make so that everyone is safe.
*The blog will not be disclosed to protect their integrity, but hopefully they will read this and fix the issues that need fixing.
Are you willing to answer questions?
An important thing when you own a shop is to be willing to be completely honest when answering questions, because there will be many of those. You need to be able to be clear, and to explain your motives, reasons, methods. Explain your experiences, tell people about your process. You need to be willing to be open. Now, you don’t need to go around pouring your soul out and telling people every single detail about you or your practice, but you need to be able to tell them the basics. You need to let people know you’re legit.
How reliable are you? Do you practice on a regular basis? Do you try to learn new things?
No one wants to work with someone who is not reliable, or who have no proof of their work being true. And no one wants to work with someone who is stagnant. Your psychic abilities and spirituality are skills, and skills need to be practiced. Stay in shape, talk to people, get reviews, prove to yourself and to others that what you do is real. Be willing to learn and grow.
Are your spirits adults?
This seems to be a polemic subject but, never stops being a problem. Children are NOT fit to be spirit companions. And dont even try to go on about how you have that child’s parent’s permission to find a human companion for them. No one would ever trust their kids with someone they do not know well. Children spirits are not fit for companionship. Period. I don’t care if it’s a baby spirit of a species that doesn’t have the same type of intelligence as humans, or who is more like an animal. I dont care. If you do that, you are gross, should be ashamed of yourself, and should stop immediately.
Make part of your vetting process to be sure if a spirit is of legal age for their culture as well.
Do you know what to do in a bad situation?
Let’s say a spirit you are vetting decides to show you their true colors, what would you do? Or, someone reaches out to you and tells you a spirit they got from you attacked them, what then? Do you have a backup plan for these kinds of situations? Are you willing to make improvements in your process? How will you make up for the damage? These are important things to think about, because again, when things can go bad, they will go bad. And you need to be prepared to repair them.
Do you respect your own shop’s/adoption blog’s rules?
Many people make rules, but then forget to follow them themselves. Make sure that you can follow the rules you set up for your business. Be consistent.
Are you willing to take criticism? Are you willing to apologize?
A great part of being honest is the ability to take criticism, learn, and apologize if you do anything wrong. While it is ideal that you are decent at all times, if you are caught doing something not so good, like lying, or just not having what it takes to be a conjuror yet, the best you can do is say youre sorry, acknowledge what you’ve done, and stop doing the thing. Crying, victimizing yourself, villainizing others won’t get you nowhere, and only shows how unprepared and immature you are.
That’s all I had to say for the time being, apologies for the length but all these things are immensely important and need to be said.
Not pictured: Snake only going for a morning jog to get groceries for him and Otacon. The last thing Hal expected was a bloody forearm wrapped in cling wrap to hand him him milk and eggs after three hours.
edit: you guys can open the images in a new tab to read the captions !! |D