The interview is one of the most important steps when first meeting a client about a potential possession. Interviewing the person who claims to be afflicted will help you see the bigger picture of what is going on, and help determine a plan of action. This may also act as a reassurance if they are not truly possessed, and just need to receive help. Most of the people you will interview will not be possessed, but will be dealing with delicate issues such as mental illness. After the first interview you’ll also want to do another before an actual exorcism or banishing.
One of the most important steps before performing a banishing or exorcism is to interview the host or the afflicted. The reason this is important is that it will help determine when the event first occurred, what possible type of entity they have attracted, why the entity is attracted to the host/afflicted, and if it is something you should interfere in. Regarding the last subject, as humans we have an ego; we tend to believe that anything we decide shouldn’t be in our personal space should be destroyed. This attitude seems to carry over in many people’s magical practice. However, there are times that your interference brings the same calamity on you. No human is greater than high ranking entities or deities. This is ego and will land you in bad situations. It should also be noted that entities will not simply go away because you decide to deny their existence.
Conducting an interview must be taken seriously. It is vital that you gather all the information that you can regarding the subject. You will need to assure the interviewee that you are not there to judge them. As the interviewer you need to make sure the interviewee is as comfortable as possible. Your job is to get as much information as possible in order to decide if you need to perform a safe and quick exorcism or banishing – or if there are additional steps to take.
Here are some ways to relax the interviewee(s):
- Make sure they have something to drink. Hot drinks without caffeine seem to calm most people. If you need, make sure there is some toast, or bread, in case they need to ground during the interview. If they pass out or look pale, offer them the bread and a glass of water with a little bit of salt in it.
- Make sure the seating is comfortable.
- Assure them that all information is confidential (and keep it confidential). Remember that although this is an investigation, it is not an interrogation. The questions you will be asking are very personal and may reveal involvement in illegal activity (such as drugs). One of the most important traits of a practitioner is integrity, which includes not divulging personal information of others.
- Come prepared and act professionally. If you come across as an amateur, this will make the interviewee nervous and question their choice. If you have the supplies to at least do a cleansing, especially before an interview, you are showing that you know what you’re doing and are willing to help.
After making sure the interviewee is relaxed, then you will need to investigate the symptoms (including strange events), when and where it first occurred, events that happened before and around the first suspicions, and also their habits. Once you have this information, you may want to do walk through of the interviewee’s personal space with their permission.
If there are certain habits or traits, like drug and alcohol use, depression, behavioral issues, etc., you will want to suggest that the afflicted change these habits, and even encourage them to go to programs or a professional that can help. The reason you are suggesting this is to cut off the suspected food source. There are some possessions and obsessions that will leave if they are not receiving the energy they need. If the afflicted has worked on these traits (give them 3-6 months after your initial visit and suggestions) and they still need an exorcism, it will be much easier. If they are still in the same place and still continuing with certain behaviors, you should decline to help. This is very important, because if they have not changed, taking out a possession or an obsession may hurt the host or make them more susceptible to a worse possession. When you take out a possession, the host is weak. It is harder to fight off other entities (this is why there is aftercare), and it will be easier for something else to slip into the host a second time.
It is the responsibility of the person assessing and performing the exorcism to make sure the host is ready for a ritual. If the person afflicted will not change, or wants a quick fix, then you need to have the courage to walk away – no matter how much you want to help. I’ve learned the hard way that people who are not willing to change will tend to repeat the same behaviors over and over. It can also become a problem if you offer to help someone and they blame you for their affliction, or for making it worse. Your reputation as a magical practitioner depends on the success of your public practices.
There are times the assessment will bring up harsh truths – such as a possible punishment or part of a contract. This goes more into the ritual aspect, but sometimes it happens because a witch or magician was disrespectful or does not fulfill their part of a bargain. When this happens, do not get involved at any price. These are the types of possessions that will transfer to anyone that helps. No matter how much “power” you think you possess, you will not be an exception. In this case, state your assessment and suggest that they make right with the beings they have angered. Then walk away and don’t communicate with them until they have righted their wrong. Unfortunately, these are usually done to people that will not listen and are convinced that they are immune to the consequences of their actions.
The next article will focus on a brief discussion of exorcism and the aftercare of the host.
June 4, 2017 2:29 P.M.
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