Mabon is around the corner, and then comes Samhain. I don't know about you guys, but I can already sense the Veil starting to thin. It's like the air is charged with static electricity. In light of this transition period, I thought I'd tell you about Spirits today! I'll share my personal ghost stories, which range from boring to freaky, and then will talk about Genius Loci, which have had more influence on my life than I realized. The closer we get to fall the more I notice them. I think because the Veil is thinning, my psychic senses are heightened, so I'm noticing everything. (BTW-Subscribe to Spiral Nature Magazine so you'll be notified when my article about Dumb Suppers is posted!)
Types of Hauntings
Intelligent: An intelligent haunting is when the soul of the deceased person is, well, intelligent. They know they've died, they know where they are, they know what is going on around them in the present time. Some are nice, others, well, not so much. If your home or place of work has an intelligent haunting there are a few things you could do. The first is you can just let them be - if they aren't hurting you, and aren't causing any damage, then why bother them? Their soul is there because they were not ready to cross over, so if they aren't interfering with your life other than the occasional awkward encounters in the hall way then leave them to try to resolve their shit. The other option is to help them resolve their shit by communicating with them and finding out what it is they need to do in order to cross over. If they are mean then you could try communicating with them that you are the new owner of the home/office/location, and that they are not welcome. That could work, or it could blow up in your face. I would recommend getting ahold of some experts if the ghost is really nasty. Find a psychic medium or a paranormal research team - the TAPS team advises that you not hire anyone that charges you money to help. I'm a psychic medium, and I may ask for gas money if you live 3 hours away but I'm not going to charge someone to help. (Please don't ask me to get rid of your ghost though, I don't have enough experience). Cleansing your home with sage and putting up protective measures could solve the problem too. I sage my home every couple weeks, but I sage the rooms my altars are in every couple days. Places where you do magic generate a lot of energy, which could attract spirits like a flame attracts a moth. I also have a crystal grid protecting my home, I have mirrors facing every entrance and most windows, and I use Hecate black salt over the thresholds. The last place I lived in had such negative vibes, I always had nightmares, and I didn't want to chance it with this new place. My new home feels light, and clear. I have not had a single creepy experience here, and its' because I protect it, cleanse it, and keep it clean. (Cluttered homes tend to attract nasty entities too, because clutter = chaos and they thrive on that shit).
Residual: A residual haunting is energy from a traumatic event is trapped in an object at the location, and the energy replays a certain aspect of the traumatic event. I think this type of haunting could occur when someone dies suddenly and doesn't realize it, or if the energy is trapped in the home itself. The spirit I encountered when I was a kid did the same thing over and over again. She could have been tied to an object in the basement, where some things the previous owners left behind were stored, but I don't know for sure. This entity will not interact with you. They do the same thing like they're on a time loop. For example, the spirit always walks up and down the stairs and then it sounds like they turn on the shower. The shower will not actually turn on, it's just the sound. If you remodel your home and the stairs are moved or changed into a slide (silly IK but I couldn't think of another for instance so shush) you will still hear the sound of someone climbing stairs. The spirit doesn't know that the stair case has changed, they don't think or know anything - that we know of anyways. It's just energy that's stuck. The TAPS team says to resolve this type of haunting you must remove the object that the energy is tied to. So if you buy an antique rocking chair, and shit starts getting weird then put the chair on the curb with a "Free but haunted" sign. Someone will pick it up.
Poltergeist: Not actually a ghost, but an energy mass created by the human subconscious- most commonly created by adolescents- usually kids that are starting puberty, are struggling with emotional traumas or depression, and all of that plus crazy hormones results in the type of freaky shit I told you about above. The person does not realize they are the reason for the disturbance. Also, poltergeist may not bother the whole family. They often 'choose' one person to 'pick on'. The events are sporadic, you may have a bunch of activity one afternoon (or in the middle of the night), and then hear/see nothing out of the ordinary for weeks to months. The only way to resolve this type of haunting is to get the person into counseling. I wouldn't tell the kid they are emitting such intense energy they've created an entity that's scaring the shit out of the family BTW. That won't help their situation, life is all sorts of messed up for them already.
Genius Loci are not ghosts, per say. They're hard to define. I will be honest, I spent hours researching this, because my experiences aren't enough to summarize them as a whole. Genius Loci translates to "protective spirits of place". This could mean spirits that were once human, but they aren't lost souls. Their spirits are dedicated to protecting the land. If you guys have read my blogs you'll know Stephanie Woodfield is my favorite author, and I had the honor and pleasure of "meeting" her online. I asked her about them, and she told me that they see the land as it was hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, and see humans as temporary beings on earth. We haven't been around long, and who knows how long we will be here. The sense that I get when I connect to the Genius Loci in my home - which isn't easy. This was something else Stephanie told me, and I knew already. As a medium, I'm used to spirits coming to me. I had to spend time working on gaining their trust. I planted a garden, I picked up litter, I spent time admiring the beauty of the land. That was finally when I connected. The Genius Loci of my home were human, I believe. They appear to be Native Americans, but we didn't discuss that. We didn't talk at all actually. It was one man, and he just made himself known as the protector of the land. He doesn't like having a big apartment complex plopped on his land, but he appreciates those who spend time outside making it beautiful with flowers and those that tend the grass and feed the birds and squirrels. There is a faery tribe (two actually but one is on the other side of the field behind my house and they made it clear they have no interest for humans, and that the row of trees is the border, so I never let my son venture past there.) Stephanie and I talked about whether faeries are genius loci, and it's a debated topic. I think they could be protective of their land, but they aren't specifically Genius Loci. I will leave the determination up to you guys though. When I don't know enough about something I will be honest with y'all!
If you try connecting to Genius Loci and feel resistance, negativity or anything else that makes you uncomfortable, then stop the session. Don't push it. My advice is the best way to win over a Genius Loci is to take care of the land. Pick up litter, water the plants, etc. Sometimes people never win over the Genius Loci of their property, and sometimes they are forced to move because the Genius Loci make them feel depressed, isolated, unwelcome and oppressed. That was how I felt at my last apartment, but at my new home, only 1000 feet away, I feel creative and strong and inspired.
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