Thursday, June 25, 2015

Did you just send me a servitor?

I received an interesting question a few days ago from a potential client.

The question is: how can I recognize/differentiate a real actual entity/spirit bound to me or a vessel, an entity which is not a human creation, from a thought form or entity created by a human (servitors, egregores, etc.). I am a spirit keeper and want to be able to understand if a seller has sold me something which is not a real spirit, but his own creation.

If you are  unfamiliar with the concept of servitors, a quick Google search for "what is a servitor" will turn up several very helpful answers. The short version is that they are a thoughtform that has been created to serve a particular purpose. Yep, that's right! You can create a spirit to accomplish the goals you desire. Magicians do it all the time. All. The. Time. So, how do you know if the spirit you received from a conjurer is an older entity or one of these newly created servitors?

It can actually be quite difficult to tell whether the spirit you have been put in touch with is a new creation or an older, existing being. I think that's because ALL spirits start somewhere, and many of them begin as servitors/egregores. Now, for a great many of the ones whose names we have recorded in old grimoires and such, they were created centuries or even millennia ago. Some were deities of conquered people whose Gods were demonized and brought low by the conquerors. Following this line of thinking brings a philosophical person back to the old question -- did the Gods/God create us, or do we create them/him?

Generally, though, a newly created servitor isn't going to have the oomph behind it. Not enough people have put their faith into that being, communicated with that being, etc. It hasn't done enough work to be as strong or as solid or as "weighty" as a spirit that has been around longer.

This comes down to intuition and trusting your senses (including the psychic ones) to be able to feel. But if you can feel that spirit, try to get a sense of age, of gravitas (if that makes sense), of experience.

I would also suggest being open to working with newly "created" spirits. If they're getting the job done, and you enjoy them, then they can be every bit as effective and wonderful a companion as an older being. Thought creates reality, after all, which means that these beings are very "real."

And by the way, I do understand if your concern is less about the spirit's ability and more about the conjurer's ethics. If you've been told you are receiving an old spirit, that's who you should receive. A servitor can be exceptionally helpful, but you shouldn't be given one thing and told it is something else.

I hope that helps. I know it doesn't give a concrete answer to "how" -- although maybe my "soft" answer about feeling the age and weight and experience of the spirit will be a useful tool for you.

In another blog entry, we'll explore how you can create a servitor, if you are interested in doing such a thing. Certainly, if you are wishing to train as a conjurer, servitor creation should be a solid entry in your curriculum vitae.

But ... that spirit is EVIL!

Imagine with me that you stumble upon a spirit listing on a shop's website. The image you see is dreamy, the description makes your blood hot, and you can't stop thinking about it no matter how you try to distract yourself. You're obviously drawn to the spirit, but let's say that you decide to do an internet search about that spirit type. WHOA! *sound of breaks squealing* Everything you read is
bad or worse. This spirit must be wrong for you, right? You're a good person; you don't want an evil spirit in your family. Why would that conjurer even have such a bad spirit available? Why would you be drawn to it?

I will be honest and say that some religions work very hard at keeping the spirits of the older religions in a bad place. They've taken the word "daemon" (which just meant "spirit" in Greek) and made it into a big, awful demon -- who wants to eat your soul and torture you. What we have to do is separate the bad press from the actual spirits. Many types of spirits were given awful reputations as newer religions came into an area. Not all Djinn are bad. Not by a long shot. Are some Djinn evil? Sure, in the same way that some humans are. You don't bring strangers into your home without good references, a mutual friend, a reliable employer or other arrangements that help you trust them. It is the same with spirits. That is the primary role of a conjurer like me. I provide a reference. I don't let anyone come through that I can't trust. Does that make sense?

In every race of spirits, just like with humans or animals, there are good and bad. As humans, we carry prejudices about people who dress a certain way or live in a certain area or practice a certain religion. But not all of those people fit our prejudice. We can find friends and lovers and business partners from those groups, if we are open to it -- and if we are clear in our needs.

My job, as a spirit conjurer, is to find a spirit for you that you can share a bond of affection with -- one whose needs can be met by your own. The relationship is a symbiotic one.

As always, though, I would say to trust your instinct. If you are turned off by a spirit because of its reputation, it might not be a great choice for you. If, however, you remain drawn to a certain type of spirit *despite* their negative press, there is likely one of that type who is a good, healthy, happy match for you.

I hope this helps. Thanks for challenging me to give a good explanation. I am actually going to use a lot of what I have written here in a new blog entry. =)

No race of any spirit or being is a monster. None are purely evil, as a race. To a canary, a house cat is a monster. To a worm, the canary is the monster. Humans are just used to being at the top of the food chain, and the things that could harm us in the course of their natural existence seem "evil" to us. But how many heartwarming stories have we seen about some predator who has become friends with a member of a prey species? You could probably find five pictures right now of a cat and a mouse who are best friends. Affection and need can both really change the dynamics of an adversarial relationship.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Working for the Magic

Like many conjurers, I have been asked to perform alignments and attunements for many clients who want to gain more power or ability in one area or another. When I do this work, I like to counsel my clients on the piece of the puzzle that is in their hands. Not every sorcerer will tell you this, but I want to give you the tools to be successful with your goals. (These principles apply to every aspect of magic, including spirit conjuring and other types of spells, too.)

The big secret of sorcery is that in order for the power to truly be yours, you have to work for it yourself. I know how unpopular an idea that is. Magic is supposed to be easy, right? It's supposed to be instantaneous. Isn't it?

Honestly, if you look at all the legends and tales of sorcery from all over the world, one of the most common threads is the idea that the person who does the work (stirs the cauldron for a year, risks his life to enter the magical cave,  learns the secret languages, studies, practices) is the person who receives the power. So what is happening when you pay a conjurer to increase your power or bring you into alignment with an energy or ability? The conjurer is increasing their own power and sending a portion of energy to you. It may be a big portion, but it just sits there for you. YOU haven't learned how to pick it up, to wear it, to use it. The conjurer has.

Why don't other sorcerers tell you this? Why do they offer increasing abilities for increasing costs without mentioning the work the client needs to do? There are two reasons. The first is obvious (and cynical). Clients are less likely to pay for a service that they still have to work for. The second is deeper, though. The client who does the work becomes a Mage and no longer *needs* the conjurer.

So why am I telling you this? Don't I risk losing clients, too?

Yeah, I do. That's okay, though. I can't bring myself to lie to my clients to make more money. I am disturbed by the number of magicians who are willing to do so. I opened my practice to a wider clientele because I wanted to make an impact and educate people. Maybe I will turn people off because I don't offer easy solutions to difficult problems. At least I will have taught those who want to learn to make real change in their lives.

Most clients don't WANT to do the work themselves, and that's okay, too, in many ways. The sacrifice that you make for having someone else do it for you is that you don't have as much power and skill as someone who has trained themselves. If you're okay with that, I'm okay with that. I make my living by helping people who don't want to spend their lives becoming Mages. It takes dedication, practice, discipline. All of that is work. It is do-able work, but still work.

So what can a sorcerer-for-hire REALLY do for a client? We can conjure spirits for you and help you communicate with them by telling you what the spirit wants from you. If we can't put you in direct communication, we can often act as mediums for you by sharing their messages through psychic readings. We can generate large amounts of power to send your way for help with a specific problem or need. We can can build energetic constructs and portals for you that will give power of different types a place to work near you. All of these things are more efficient and effective if the client knows how to handle them, of course.  But they are all still very real, even if you don't.

What CAN'T we really do? We can't force people to act against their own Will, and we can't do all the work for you.

So, why do some people report amazing contact with spirits or spells that have been conjured for them? They didn't "work" for it. Why do they get that benefit, but others don't? We all have talents. We come with inherent abilities. Some rare people can just pick up an instrument and play it without lessons or study. Some are naturally athletic and have great coordination. We can all play an instrument or a game, but some of us have to practice more than others to be able to make a simple melody or score a goal. It's the same with magic and psychic work. I'm lucky. I was born with natural talent for magic. And then I studied and practiced. I still do. My coven and the magical order to which I belong are always giving me a place to practice and to learn. Likewise, some of my clients are naturally talented. Many are. Others need more practice and training.

To this end, I consider myself a "magical life coach." (It's cheesy sounding, I know. It's also accurate.) If you want to learn, if you want to take the steps to improve your skills, increase your power, and change your life, I'm here for you.

If you want me to do the work for you (that can be done), I will. I can do the work, and then you can get the benefit that is available to you based on your natural abilities. Those benefits are often quite impressive. I'm good at what I do.

If you want me to do all the work for you, and then be frustrated because you can't levitate, see your spirit companions in a physical form, make a specific person desire you, etc .... Well, what can I say? You will likely be disappointed with all sorcery done for you. The difference between me and the people offering you such claims is that I'm being honest from the start. (Don't believe me? Pay the hundreds or thousands of dollars they are asking for and see how it goes.) I won't lie to make a sale.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Connecting with Your Spirits

I've had a few clients come to me concerned that they will have trouble making contact with their spirits. They want to really FEEL them, and they have been disappointed in the past. Did the other conjurers send them empty vessels? Do their spirits not like them? Is there something wrong with them as a keeper?

Let's start with the assumption that the conjurers of the world are doing legitimate business and are sending vessels linked to actual spirits. (I can make this assumption because I have a good understanding of "egregores" -- a topic we will explore in some depth here on this blog. A spirit can be created based on the belief of the conjurer and/or the keeper. So, even if the conjurer just made up a name and a description, the spirit DOES exist NOW.)

I also want to start with an assumption of ethical practice on the parts of my fellow conjurers because I want those same assumptions made for me and my shop. I know that I am calling on actual, real, willing spirits for my clients. But I also understand that I have very little way of proving that in any material or physical way. It takes experience and an encounter to move beyond faith.

Also, I doubt your spirits dislike you. They chose you. Even if you think the choosing was all one-sided, all your own doing, the spirit had a hand in it. They drew your attention. If I did the conjure for you, I absolutely know that the spirit wants to be with you, wants to have a relationship with you, and is trying to communicate.

Finally, let me reassure you that there is nothing wrong with you as a keeper. You might have some blocks in place. You might have some trust issues. You might have expectations that are inhibiting your experience. All of these are manageable. Overcoming these things is often part of the spiritual journey.

Let's look at these three very basic (and common) trouble-spots to see what can be done to make communication easier with your spirits. (If you're having trouble sensing your spirits, trust that working on these three areas will make a BIG improvement in your connection.)

Spiritual Blocks and Thick Shields

There's no shame in having spiritual blockages. We all have them. Trauma and pain from our past are the most common causes. Blocks can be in your chakras or in your aura/energy field. Try these exercises to help clear the blockages and maintain a clean energetic body.

  1. Run an inherently cleansing object around your body. An egg is great for this. You can rub the egg over literally every part of your body, then place it on railroad tracks or at a crossroads. Turn and walk away from it without looking back. The egg has absorbed all the negativity from your etheric body, and the train or cars will smash it to bits and carry away the negative energy.  Don't want to use an egg? You can use a piece of selenite or citrine like a psychic soap. Just rub it all over your body (or just above your body, if you like). No need to smash up the selenite or citrine. These stones are natural converters and will transform the negative energy into positive energy. You don't need to recharge or cleanse them. They can do it themselves.
  2. Perform a link cutting. I really recommend having a friend help you with this the first time you do it. We all get links in our energy systems that are tied to events and people. Some of these energetic connections drain away our energy and feed us negativity. You'll need a bowl of salt water, a knife that is only used for energy work, and a broom. Undress. Use the knife's blade to "shave" your energy field. Do this over the entire surface of your body, including your genitals, your face, the soles of your feet, and the palms of your hands. Physically, you don't need to apply any pressure. You're cutting energetic links, not truly shaving your skin. Don't hurt yourself. Clean the blade periodically with the salt water. Some links go deep or get thick like the roots of a tree. Focus on the places where you feel resistance. Pull them out like weeds, if you need to. This can be a very long and involved exercise, the first time you do it. And it can be surprising where you feel trouble. Trust the process and know that the links you really need, the ones that are healthy and supporting you, will come back if they are needed. At the end of your link cutting, sweep all the psychic sludge and disconnected links out the door. Light a candle or burn incense to bring healing and light and strength back to your space and your body. Learn more about link cutting here.
  3.  Visualize the fountain of your spirit. Imagine your body in your mind's eye. Each chakra is a colorful wheel of energy through which the light of your spirit flows. The chakras spin, each in their own rhythm and at their own speed. The root chakra is red and fiery. The belly chakra is orange. The solar plexus chakra is vibrant, sunny yellow. The heart chakra is verdant green. The throat chakra is blue. The third eye chakra is violet. The crown chakra is clear, white light. Picture your energy like a fountain of light, bubbling out of your crown chakra, flowing easily down and around your body, moving back up through the the spinning colors of your chakras.
  4. Play energy ball. Rub your hands together fast, then pull them about one to two inches apart. Feel that tingling? Feel the cushy pad of energetic resistance between your palms? This is your energy field. You can sculpt that field into ball of energy between your hands. You can change its colors, temperature, texture, and density. If you can do this exercise with a friend, you can pass the ball back and forth, each taking turns changing in some way. Do it enough, and you can discern what's been done to it without telling each other. This is great practice!
  5. Manipulate your energy fields. As you get proficient at playing energy ball, you can can visualize, feel, and generally become aware of the same energy field surrounding your whole body. Using your visualization and intention, change the thickness of this field. Make it large and fluffy. Then make it compact and dense. Add a shell around it. Try it with an opaque shell, then with a clear one. Picture stone walls around you. Now picture a cocoon. As you get more advanced at this, you will be able to regulate the types of walls or shields you have in place. Many people are living behind stone walls of their own creation, never letting anything in for fear that they will be hurt. Work at this exercise, experimenting with different shields until you find the one that is right for you for daily use, for spirit work, for intimacy. Those are probably three different settings.
These exercises are helpful on a number of levels. One is that you are practicing visualization which is critical to spirit work. The other is that they help you become more sensitive to the delicate balance of your energy fields. When those chakras aren't spinning or seem sluggish or dim, you will be giving yourself valuable feedback.

In the beginning, you might not feel or see anything besides what you tell yourself to see and feel. That is a great place to start. Stick with it. Do the "psychic soap" and "spirit fountain" exercises at least once a week. You don't need to do a link cutting any more than once per year.

Trusting and Opening Up

Not trusting your own intuition is one of the biggest stumbling blocks that most of my clients face. So many of you pay me and other psychics and conjurers huge amounts of money to tell you things you already know. (Ha! You didn't think I knew that, did you?)

Yes, I make my living from psychic and magickal services. But you want to know a secret? I would much rather teach you to do these things for yourself. I don't mind helping folks who need my help. Not everyone is interested in being a psychic or a mage. But I very often recognize that talent within my clients, and I always try to steer them away from being dependent on me.

YOU are very capable. We ALL have inherent psychic, magickal, and spiritual abilities. I firmly believe that we are born with it. We aren't human beings have a spiritual experience. Just the opposite. We are SPIRITUAL BEINGS having a human experience!

You are drawn to spirit keeping because you feel the draw of the spiritual world. You know there is more to the world than what you can see, taste, touch, hear, and smell. You are already reacting to the call of spirits. You already sense them in some way. Own that. Trust that. You are reading this blog because you sensed something and want to explore it further.

In my experience there are two things you can do very easily to help you trust your own psychic ability and spiritual perception:

  1. Say, "I hear you." Or I see you, smell you, whatever. When you are having an experience, however subtle, acknowledge it. Say it right out loud. Acknowledging your experience in an audible way does at least two things. One, it strengthens the bond between you and the spirit. You've now given energy back to the spirit who twinkled at you, which helps strengthen them and your connection to them. And two, your subconscious mind hears what you've said out loud and gives your conscious mind permission to have a similar experience in the future. I'll tell you in all honesty that this was my first conscious step into the world of spirit communication. 
  2. Keep a journal. Write a little every day about your experiences. Not having experiences? Write about your HOPE for experiences. Writing is a wonderful tool to occupy your consciousness and let messages filter through your subconscious. Things will "come" to you while you write. Make a goal of writing about 3 pages a day in your journal. 
I would also like to recommend a book that has 9 wonderful exercises in it. It's called E-Squared, and it is an awesome entry into true connection with the Universe.  I can't recommend it enough -- especially for folks who struggle with doubt. Following the exercises in this book will sweep away all your self-doubt.

False Expectations

 This is a potentially large underlying problem that is hard to nail down. I think writing in your journal as a way to deeply dialogue with yourself will be the most effective means of rooting out any false expectations you may have.

Some people come to spirit work thinking they are going to experience physical manifestations that are similar to what we see in movies. Maybe you believe that you aren't really "seeing" the spirit because the pictures show up in your mind's eye and not in front of you. Most spirit workers don't see corporeal (physical-body) manifestations of spirit. We just see really clearly in our minds -- and we've learned to trust what we see.

Some of us don't "see" at all. Maybe you're so worried about having a visual experience or impression that you are closed off to the possibility of hearing your spirit -- or getting messages via taste or smell. Some of us (and some of our spirits)  just KNOW things all of a sudden, without any other sensory experience.

Allow yourself the room to experience spirits in multiple ways. And give yourself permission to start small. You'll get there. Just remember that this is like any other skill set. It takes practice and patience.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Basic Banishing and Psychic Hygiene

I know that we are going to have more in-depth posts on topics of banishing and psychic hygiene, but I couldn't resist posting this brief intro right away. Maintaining your psychic and energetic health is one of the most important aspects of spiritual work and spirit keeping. Without a basic knowledge of how to get rid of "psychic sludge" you will find yourself dealing with physical, mental, and emotional trouble.

The mental, physical, emotional, and energetic "bodies" of a person are all connected to each other. Furthermore, they all need regular maintenance, activity, and care to stay healthy. Most people know this is true of the mind, the body, and the emotions; but many people don't know they even HAVE an energetic body -- and have no idea how to care for it.

Banishing is a basic technique of psychic hygiene. To BANISH something is to make it leave. I feel it is important to know how to banish before you ever call a spirit or energy to you. You wouldn't let someone in your house without knowing you can get them to leave. Some guests, like some spirits, will leave on their own at the end of a visit. Others need to be told politely that the time is up. And some folks have to be told (forcibly) to GO.

There are a few different ways to handle this. I would highly recommend performing a banishing. It could be something as complicated as the Star Ruby or Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Or you could banish the entity by proclaiming "Get out" while focusing on the intruder. I like something a little in between. You can say/chant the following Greek words:

Hekas, o hekas, este bebeloi.

It translates to "Afar, afar, o ye Profane." So, really, it is saying "Get out, bad spirit." But in Greek. ;) I like it because it links into that energy-connected part of the brain, and it makes a very nice chant.

Whatever you say, say it with meaning and conviction. And picture the spirit/energy being forced away.

You can also use physical items to banish. Florida Water or some other very floral perfumed water can be sprinkled around you and your home. You can cleanse yourself with salt-water -- including swishing some in your mouth. You can smudge with sage or cedar bundles -- or burn an incense stick that has a clearing effect.

All of these techniques should work wonders. You may have to "banish, rinse, repeat", as I like to say. Banishing is like sweeping the floors. Dust and schmutz can come back, and you have to sweep again.

The Trouble with Fairies

Everyone loves fairies. They little people. The good neighbors. Connected to nature as guardians and elementals, who doesn't love the fey?

Truthfully, I approach fairies from every culture -- but particularly the fey and sidhe -- with some caution. Fairies are tricksy. Like most spiritual entities, fairies are looking out for themselves (or for their habitat), and their needs and wants can be very foreign to humans.

Depending on where you live in the world, you probably have some sort of fairy spirit living on or near the property where your home sits. They're the "good neighbors" in Celtic lore ... but only if we are good neighbors to them. It is wise to propitiate the fairies in your area BEFORE there is a problem.

What sorts of problems can fairies cause?

  • tangling the hair of sleepers into "elf locks"
  • stealing small items or 
  • leading a traveler astray
  • some forms of sudden death 
  • wasting illnesses
  • paralysis and mysterious illness in animals

You can protect yourself against unwanted fairy encounters, which is the most common type of advice given regarding fairies. If you wish not to be disturbed by fairies, implementing one of these tools/tricks can help you:
  • cold iron
  • wearing clothing inside out
  • running water
  • bells (especially church bells) 
  • St. John's wort
  • four-leaf clovers
However, if you are more interested in developing a respectful relationship with the "good people," you can use one of these sacred and beloved offerings to your benefit:
  • rowan trees (berries, twigs) 
  • bread
  • cream and butter

Common sense is always key, though. Even if you have a good relationship with the fair folk, you should really think twice before:
  • following a will o' the wisp
  • lingering in fairy haunts
  • digging in fairy hills 

Finally, a sure way to have a lasting relationship with one of the little people is to learn the name of a particular fairy. As with most beings, knowing an individual's name gives you a bond.

Basic Magical Education

If you are interested in learning how to do this work for yourself, you can either study independently or with a teacher. Gemma is an excellent teacher — having been a professional educator for many years. Wherever you study, you education should include:

1. Grounding and Centering — The magician is the center of her own Universe, and from a place of balance she can control the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.

2. Sensing, Raising, and Moving Energy — The magician should be able to sense, generate, and control the flow of the energies listed above.

3. Shielding — You don’t want to be bombarded or bothered by these energies, so you must know how to shield from them.

4. Invoking and Evoking — All effective magicians must know how to call energy and spirits into their presence and into their bodies to accomplish their work.

5. Banishing — If you call it, you need to know how to get rid of it. Whether you prefer sage smudge or the Star Ruby (a ceremonial banishing using ancient Greek language), you must be able to rid yourself of unwanted Spirits.

6. Laws of Magic — A sorceress can’t function properly without a basic understanding of the way magic works.

7. Psychism, Divination, and Spirit Communication — This will give you some tools to communicate with the Unseen World of Spirits.

8. Ethics — You must know where your ethical boundaries are.

I recommend the following texts for close study as you begin:
Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kraig
The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships by Diana Paxson
The Witches' Key to the Legion: A Guide to Solomonic Sorcery by Laurelei Black