I have noticed a rise in the popularity of claimed possessions and hauntings recently. It seems to be an issue within the occult and magick communities regarding voluntary and involuntary possession, along with entities “haunting” a person or their place of residence. Through my dealings with other practitioners I have dealt with many, on and offline, that claim to do exorcisms. However, it seems many don’t even understand the basics, and rely on biased ancient texts that been proven to not work consistently. More than learning the techniques, I feel it is more important to know how possessions work. By knowing how something works, we have dissected it and found the cause of its motivation. This knowledge arms the practitioner with tools to correctly identify if there is an entity, what kind of entity it is, and the proper way to expel the entity.

Through most of my readings on people and visiting places of residence, I have found involuntary possession and hauntings are rare. In many of these incidents, mental illness and hysteria are the main causes for worry about possession or a haunting.

This has led me to the decision of writing a series of articles regarding exorcism and banishing, so that I could not only share my experiences, but help alleviate worry, give advice for prevention, and dispel misinformation.

Banishing versus Exorcism

In order to clear up some terms I will be using in this series I will define the difference between banishing and exorcism. Here are the two main definitions for banish versus exorcism:

Banish (v.): forbid, abolish, or get rid of (something unwanted). (Google definitions)

Exorcism (n.): the expulsion or attempted expulsion of an evil spirit from a person or place. (Google definitions)

My experiences have similar definitions, but I will clarify the main differences between banishing and exorcism.

Banishing is essentially ridding one’s self of thought-forms, entities, and emotions that are not tied to the person, or location, being cleansed. This is relatively simple, as there is no true connection to the location, or alternatively the person, and you are just driving something out like an unwanted guest. The easiest ways to dissipate emotions and minor entities is to burn a black candle, use incense blessed for protection and banishing, or even sage. While emotions can create thought-forms, as long as the person having the cleansing or banishing performed on them is not attached to the thought-form, then it will dissipate. If a thought-form, entity, or emotion will not leave with a simple banishing, then it is somehow connected to the location, object, or person.

Exorcism is breaking a bond between a location, person, or object. When an attachment is created, it may be as simple as a connection for feeding to being as complex as an entity anchoring itself in every inch of the vessel it has chosen to permanently reside in. The former requires a very simple exorcism or removal, while the latter could possibly require months of work before and after the removal from the host. There is always a reason the host has attracted an entity or thought-form, whether it is intentional or not.

Keeping the differences in mind, it can be nearly impossible for some bonds to be broken without a mediator, or someone that can communicate with the entity or thought-form. The simplest and easiest way to remove an entity is to find out the reason it has become attached to the person, location, or object. This allows you to assess the situation, and if needed, act as an ambassador to see if you can get the entity to leave without an exorcism.

Terms used Regarding Possession

Possessions are rarely anything like in the movies; they are slow and sly. By the time a full possession is established, most people think the possessed has merely changed or gone insane. There are no rotating heads, no violent vomiting, no constant cursing, and usually no admittance of being a demon. A true possession can be a symbiotic or a parasitic relationship. Most people with involuntary possession are not aware that they are possessed.

Here a few terms I use, which will make it easier to understand the articles throughout the series and establish clear communication:

Vessel: I use this word to describe a physical object that can hold and retain a soul. Your body is the physical vessel of your soul. Physical vessels can also include jewelry, rocks, places and locations – pretty much anything existing on the physical plane. According to animism, everything has a soul, and from my practices and experiences this holds true.

Host: A living person or physical living being that contains or feeds another being that is not part of the original “soul”. This will be used to refer to a person or living being that has been possessed, or is being fed off of by an entity that does not reside within the person’s physical vessel.

Entity: I will use this term to mean anything that is both naturally and unnaturally created that has an embodiment of its own. I will also use this to refer to any being, including human souls, that enters a vessel in which the vessel is not the being’s own natural physical form.

Parasitical Possessions: Possessions where the entity is feeding off the host, or using the host’s vessel without permission, is a parasitical possession. Though most parasitical possessions are uninvited, there are occasions where people allow entities to enter their body. A parasitical entity will proceed to feed off the person’s essence and use its influence and power to persuade the person that its own powers are now reside in the host. The host is actually a battery, food, and a puppet for the residing entity, and is being drained. The smarter parasites will exchange enough energy to keep the host alive and well, so that it can reside within the vessel longer.

Symbiotic Possession: This is a possession where both the host and entity enjoy a shared relationship of give and take. The entity should be returning the same amount of energy to the host that it takes, so that it amplifies both the host and the entity. The host wouldn’t necessarily gain any skill sets they didn’t have or acquire through practice, but they feel less tired when performing magick requiring large amounts of their own inner energy. The entity gets the same privilege, and usually “grows” as it feeds off the host. There are still dangers as the host may “burn out” from the energy exchange, and become ill.

Signature: Signatures are unique energy markers that each one of us has. Entities also have their own unique signatures. However, when doing business, or when using deception, some practitioners and entities know how to imitate signatures. There is a limitation to this practice, as the “undertone” is their original signature . If you are a seer that uses senses then you may find the smell, taste, and feel of the signature presents itself as two signatures instead of one solid signature. Your full signature can never be imitated. It is a good skill to learn how to identify true energy signatures as some dreamwalkers pretend to be other people or beings.

Placeholders: This is where possession and the use of back doors into another’s vessel comes in. Entities, and those magicians that are skilled, can leave what is known as a placeholder in your vessel. A placeholder is like leaving a calling card of one’s signature in a vessel that one does not fully occupy naturally. This allows them to leave enough of their signature to move in and out of the vessel undetected. If an entity, or practitioner, does not want to permanently reside in the vessel of another, they can still come and go as they please if they leave a placeholder. These are nearly undetectable by most people, even practiced witches and magicians.

Thought-form: These are created entities that have a single purpose. Most are mindless (unconscious thought forms), but there are a few that gain enough power to gain their own sentience. Similar to golems, if they are used out of their created context or set free, they will wreak havoc because they do not have the ability to use any form of Free Will. An example of an unconscious thought-form is the color red. Red has been used for so long to represent blood, courage, passion, etc., that it has its own associated thought-form; this generates the power that gives it the energy for these traits required in certain spells. A conscious entity would know that it is alive, so it can interact with other beings, but it will still have limited Free Will. Thought-forms are created through the Will of emotions, so many thought-forms feed off the base emotion in which they were created from.

Dreamwalker: This is a description usually given to a magician or shaman that can walk into dreams other than their own. A dreamwalker may be benevolent or malevolent. Dreamwalkers can come as they are seen in the physical world, and extremely talented dreamwalkers can appear in many different forms. These people are able to walk both the astral and other people’s dreams through a trance-meditation, or when dreaming.

Keeping these terms in mind, the next article will focus on what a possession is and the types of possession that may occur.


April 30, 2017 3:02 p.m.

Photo Credit: “The Nightmare” (1781) by John Henry Fuseli