Possession is a hot topic in the occult community these days. From Voudoun Lwa (Voodoo Loa) possession to summoning the Goetia through invocation, possessions are gaining popularity as a form of spirit communication. However, some possessions and obsessions are uninvited, or they cannot be banished. The saying, “Do not raise any more demons than you can put down,” is an adequate cautionary when invoking any being. However, there are some possessions not brought on through ritual, but through seemingly insignificant every day actions. The host that becomes possessed may only change a few habits to becoming a whole different person within months; though it can take years before a possession is fully manifested.

What is a Possession?

A possession can be defined as a foreign entity entering a vessel it doesn’t permanently reside in, and then taking over the physical vessel to varying degrees. These degrees may include just “seeing” through a vessel’s eyes to a full blown physical possession. The latter is where the entity controls the physical body’s actions. In this article, I will quickly discuss a few different types of possessions to give an idea of the varying types.

Involuntary Versus Voluntary Possession

The first step in determining what type of possession a person has, is to find out if it is involuntary or voluntary. Next you will determine if there is a parasitical or a symbiotic relationship between the host and the entity.

Involuntary: An involuntary possession means the attached entity did not ask to reside in the host, or was not invited by the host. These can be picked up through extreme emotions (both negative and positive), heavy drug use, trauma, dreamwalking, or visiting the astral. Most involuntary possessions fall more under an obsession that can eventually become a partial possession. Rarely, unless through drug use and trauma, will an involuntary possession become a full possession. This is usually because the host recognizes there is something wrong and is conscious enough to struggle for the physical vessel. Most entities want easy targets, because it takes a lot of energy to push through into the physical world.

Voluntary: This is where the entity is invited into the vessel. This can happen through ritual possession, channeling entities for information, or even accepting a gift from an entity in a meditation or dream. It is a general rule to never accept gifts from entities, especially if they give the gift under the guise of being helpful without some kind of exchange. By accepting the gift, you accept the energy signature of the entity giving you the gift – this goes for any type of exchange with an entity.

Both voluntary and involuntary possession may be parasitical or symbiotic. Some people choose to keep their possessions, as it makes them feel powerful or provides companionship. These types of people may not wish for an exorcism. When it becomes a consensual relationship, I feel it is no one’s business to dictate that a person must be exorcised. It is nearly impossible to exorcise an entity out of the host, if both desire a relationship of some kind.

A warning: there are some entities who try to convince the host that it is not parasitical, when it is. One of the biggest deceptions is when an entity will trigger pleasure centers for emotions like love, companionship, adoration, and validation. While it is possible to truly experience these emotions with entities, most will use this to “feed” off the host, while draining them of their energy. These entities usually feed off the intense emotions it invokes, while using the same emotion to influence the host. Entities, like humans, feed off love, joy, awe, adoration, and other positive emotions, too. This can be a problem when a host genuinely feels better and more positive – but it is the entity deceiving the host. These types of entities will feed and drain its victim before leaving the host.

Types of Possessions

  1. Obsession: An obsession is where an entity follows a person. The entity may or may not be attached to the person, but resides outside of the body. However, when an obsession is attached to a person, it may try to invade the physical vessel and become a possession. Common attachments may be guides, “feeders”, even dead loved ones. Before performing a banishing or exorcism, you need to determine what type of obsession and entity it is. This way you’ll know the proper technique needed to get rid of the obsession, if needed.
  2. Partial Possession: These are the most common possessions. This allows the host to be mostly in control, and lets the entity sit in the physical vessel. This may be a parasitical or symbiotic relationship. Invocation of other beings can display as a partial possession, where both the host and the entity are in control. This type of possession may have such manifestations as odd behavior, or a brief change in vocal patterns. However, most long term partial possessions are nearly undetectable.
  3. Full Possession: Full possession is when the entity has complete control; and the host’s soul is suppressed, or pushed out of the physical vessel. This will rarely manifest violently – most full possessions are slow, taking months to years for a complete manifestation. The beginnings of this usually start as a partial possession. There may be odd events in the home, but usually it starts out as an illness. Full possessions can happen even if you do not “allow” an entity to possess you, or even if the entity is not invited into your body. Common ways to gain an involuntary possession is to anger gods who decide to punish your consciousness (the physical manifestation of mind and mental states connected to your physical body), or if you die and your soul temporarily leaves the body. Those with heavy drug use and trauma may also be open to full possession. The most common ways to acquire this type of possession is by using practices that involve invocation and channeling; heavy drug use being the second most common factor for full possession.

    Symptoms in the beginning of any possession may include lethargy, illness, a foggy-head, and mood swings. Occasionally blackouts and lost memory occur in the early stage, as the entity is invading the host’s mind. The next step may be changing positive habits that seemed to be originally ingrained in the host. A person may go from being fastidious to being a hoarder, for example. The host may also go from being nice and loving to neglecting their family, pets, and obligations. During the time the entity is settling in and overriding the programming of the host’s mind, the host may also express extreme emotional outbursts. The host may begin complaining of cognitive dissonance and feeling out of control. A person may even feel “invaded”.

    The next step is usually apathy. The host becomes depressed and expresses anxiety without the usual triggers. Their voice will become flat and their eyes empty. The host will feel spiritually dead; at this point the host will either lose all spiritual abilities OR become paranoid because they think they have ‘new found’ abilities that everyone else envies. Another type of paranoia expressed at this time is “knowing” that everyone is out to get them. The host at this stage will be suspicious of people they previously trusted. When paranoia begins to settle in, any current mental illness and physical ailments will amplify. Occasionally, there will be anger coupled with the depression — these outbursts may become violent and physical.

    This is a way for the entity to isolate the host from supportive friends and family. Any time this happens, a host should be encouraged to seek help, as the isolation is not only demoralizing, but also their mental health begins to disintegrate.

    The last step, before full possession, is the last ditch effort for the host to take back control. A person may perk up a bit, and things may seem to start going their way again. They will be overzealous in telling people how much they love their life; how strong they are now physically, emotionally, mentally, and spirituality. They may also exaggerate “awesome new abilities” that they have discovered through a sudden “knowing”. However, to observers outside the situation will know differently. Eventually, there will be a mental break, which allows the entity to fully slide through. This will become a permanent personality. Since the signature of the entity is fully intertwined, it will be nearly impossible to exorcise it out of the physical vessel at this point. The entity will become the new owner of the physical body.

    When the entity becomes a full owner of a body, supernatural phenomena will usually stop. In fact, the person will seem to have miraculously recovered, and the personality may or may not be different. I’ve noticed a lot of these people also claim to suddenly speak with other beings, specifically with angels and Ascended Masters.

Please note that all these manifestations ARE ALSO MANIFESTATIONS OF MENTAL ILLNESS. Because of this, it is always best to get help for a person through mental health services before even considering an exorcism. One of the reasons that exorcisms are violent is because there is no entity, and the person performing the exorcism is technically exorcising the rightful soul of the victim. This is essentially rending the person’s soul from the physical body. It is important to know that mental illness is more common than possession. Mental illness is commonly mistaken for a possession by overzealous, or hysterical, religious and occult practitioners. Always have a person treated for mental illness before even considering that something non-physical is plaguing the “host”.

It is to be noted that while partial possessions are uncommon, full possessions are extremely rare. Most people do not even know they are possessed. Most of the true full possessions that I have seen, the vessel appears very sane and whole in all areas. This is because the entity is fully entwined and settled into the physical vessel.

In the next article, I will explain the differences regarding manifestations of possession from invocation and the possession by one’s own soul.

-Arachnia Stoneskull

April 30, 2017 3:54 p.m.

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