Spirit Obsession

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Relationships between mortals and spirits can be viewed in a positive or negative light. Sometimes when we encounter spirits the information given (and the experience in general) is enlightening and helpful. Other times we encounter spirits who just want to joke around, or who pose as well-meaning characters as a sort of trick. Identifying spirits of this type will be talked about at a later time. For this post I’d like to look at those negative interactions with spirits, or what people have historically called “hauntings” or “demonic possession”.

In the light of Spiritism there are no demonic possessions, and there aren’t really even demons, in fact. There are only higher and lower order spirits. These can be viewed as “good” or “evil” but I tend to view them on the “ignorant” and “altruistic” spectrum instead. In Spiritism we don’t use the word “possession” because we believe that a person’s…

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BUILD YOUR OWN ALTAR Using These CEREMONIAL HERBS

Good Witches Homestead

Day of the Dead: Ritual and Ceremony 

Little is firmly known about the particulars of today’s holiday since the limited sources available are either folkloric literature like the Celtic sagas or Roman authors who would have likely “trashed” the traditions of a culture with which they were often in conflict.

Although, you can kind of imagine what really went on back then. Different cultures around the world gathered in a ceremony to honor their ancestors on and around November 1st. This sacred day was often known as a cosmic aperture, where the veils get thin, and the souls from “the other side” can contact us with more ease. There’s plenty of written experiences where people have encounters with spirits or ancestral anecdotes from all over the world regarding the ceremonial processing of these mystical energies. Samhain, for example, is very well known as its a three day ancient Celtic pagan festival…

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Varieties of Spirit Mediums

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Spirit mediums play a very important role in Spiritism as a way of communicating vital information between the world of spirits and the world of mortals. The spirit medium, according to Allan Kardec, holds a specialized position, but it is ultimately open to anyone who is willing to learn and grow. Some mediums have a natural capacity for this kind of work, just like a musician might have a knack for playing a certain instrument, but the doors of mediumship are open to all people. In The Mediums’ Book Kardec lists a variety of different specialized mediums based upon how they interact with spirits and the means by which they might communicate these otherworldly messages. Kardec says that this list, along with the spiritual hierarchy, are the two most important charts that all Spiritists, mediums or not, should be familiar with. We will get into the importance of this list…

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Hauntings According to Spiritism

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First things first, in Spiritism we really hesitate to call places “haunted”. As a philosophy it has always sought to create calm, rational adherents, who are able to approach the spirit world with peace of mind rather than fear. One of the big questions that came up for budding Spiritists early on was that of haunted places, and whether we should be afraid of such locations. Allan Kardec in The Mediums’ Book encourages readers to rationally think through what exactly goes into a haunting. What is present? How is it affecting you or the family who lives in the place? And how are you able to help resolve the issue? There are many approaches to hauntings that we can look at through the lens of Spiritism, but below are just a few mentioned in detail in chapter nine of The Mediums’ Book.

What Creates a Haunting?

A haunting usually…

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The Goal of Spiritism

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

What’s the goal of Spiritism as a philosophy? It might be an odd question, but it was certainly one on the minds of the early Spiritists like Allan Kardec. As a both a philosophical movement and “science” (as the early members would come to call it) Spiritism sought to ultimately prove the existence of an afterlife to those who might not believe, or redefine the definition of the afterlife for those still held in the grip of overbearing religious traditions. Most of these proofs came in the form of seances where mediums would channel certain spirits in order for the assembled group to gain some sort of new knowledge from the session. Much of this knowledge consisted of details and assurances about the afterlife, the role of spirits, the purpose of life, etc. Occasionally, as with the many channeled passages found in Kardec’s works, these spirits might also provide essential…

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The Spiritual Hierarchy

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According to Allan Kardec in The Spirits’ Book, the spirit world exists on a hierarchy, or a sort of sliding scale, of ten levels. For the Spiritist the whole purpose of life is learning to be better. You try and grow as much as you can while in your embodied form, then as a spirit you continue learning more and more, and then sometimes you are able to return to a physical body and correct the mistakes you made in your last incarnation. Spirits, even those who are considered “evil”, never regress, we only move forward. It might be a slow progression, but that road only leads ahead, never backwards.

On one end of the spectrum are the Third Order Spirits, or what have traditionally been called “evil” or “impure” spirits. I prefer not to think of things as being divided between “good” and “evil” (because more often than…

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What is Spiritism?

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

As the first post in my new series called The Ozark Spiritist I thought I would take some time to talk about the basics of Spiritism and why I’m writing this series. This information can also be found on my website.

“The line of march of all spirits is always progressive, never retrograde. They raise themselves gradually in the hierarchy of existence they never descend from the rank at which they have once arrived. In the course of their different corporeal existences they may descend in rank as men, but not as spirits. Thus, the soul of one who has been at the pinnacle of earthly power may, in a subsequent incarnation, animate the humblest day-laborer, and vice versa; for the elevation of ranks among men is often in the inverse ratio of that of the moral sentiments.” ~Allan Kardec

This is one of my favorite quotes from Allan…

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All Hallows Eve – 3 Days of the Dead & Beyond..

The Witch & Walnut

halloween nightHappy Halloween Everyone! I wish you all a wonderful night and wish you well for the remainder of the season that is now upon us. Tonight is a highly celebrated day for most Witches. To some it is a New Year and others welcome the dead, open doors and set a place at their tables for their ancestors.

The actual “celebration” of the dead lasts 3 days for my particular tribe. In fact I started my decent and workings in September and will continue well into November. During this time we typically take personal time to honor, connect and celebrate those whom have come before us.  Think about what that means to you and how you want to honor the other side. The side we will all be on one day.

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Visitations From My Cat Angus & Samhain Celebrations

By Amy Brucker

I’ve been thinking about death a lot these days. Since my cat Angus died a couple weeks ago my house has felt noticeably void of life. There’s a stillness that permeates everything. Even the couch seems to miss him.

But last week, Angus visited me.

The dream was so real I knew it was him in spirit form. He sat on our bed, in his favorite place, and let us pet his silky fur. It was deeply satisfying to hold him one more time, especially since his dream self was so happy and healthy.

A Sacred Time of Remembrance

In my neighborhood, everything is letting go. Leaves are falling from the trees. Daylight hours are fading. These subtle shifts are gentle reminders that death is a necessary part of life.

It’s also Samhain, the Celtic holiday my ancestors celebrated to remember those who went before them (and to ensure the ancestors were happily fed with offerings of food and drink so they didn’t haunt the harvest and ruin it). This liminal period is a time when the veil between worlds is thinnest, so watch your dreams and waking dream-states for visitations from loved ones, including your pets.

Samhain Questions to Contemplate

Who do you need to remember?

Who went before you, paving the way for the life you live today?

Who were your ancestors? (Not just family, but friends and teachers, too)?

What joys did they celebrate?

What hardships did they endure?

Every one of their experiences was a thread woven into your life. Each encounter a small, but perhaps significant piece, that helped shape the person you are today.

What can you do to honor them?

To honor how they impacted your life?

Perhaps a traditional Samhain celebration with an ancestral altar and feast? Some carved turnips with candles inside to ward off evil spirits?

Or perhaps you’ll create your own tradition to celebrate the past.

Whatever you do, have fun!

Sweet dreaming,

Amy

Honoring the Ancestors of Land, Tradition, and Blood

The Druid's Garden

As the world  (where I am at, at least!) gets bathed in frost, as the plants wither and die, as the trees bathe themselves in color and then drop their leaves, as the cold wind blows and as the darkness sets in, we in the druid tradition–and in any other traditions–turn to think about the ancestors. In this post, we’ll explore the global traditions surrounding honoring the dead that tie to August-October and honoring the dead to see similarities, we’ll discuss three types of ancestors the druid tradition recognizes, and then we’ll explore ways to honor the ancestors.

Food for the Ancestors! Food for the Ancestors!

Global Ancestral Traditions

When you start digging into ancestor traditions around the world, some striking similarities seem to emerge.

  • The Mexican Day of the Dead, which is a blending of European traditions and Aztec honoring of the dead, goes from Oct 31 – Nov 2. As part of…

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