Demonic Possession – The Basics
Possession and ExorcismExorcism is an issue that is not often covered by Pagan and Wiccan websites. However, it is something that can happen, and what is best is to have tools in toolbox one – just in case.
First, let’s talk about possession.
Who is vulnerable to possession?
It is commonly thought that Wiccans, pagans and others who practice the occult are more susceptible to possession – because they are more receptive to the phenomenon of another world, and also because they deliberately invoking certain spirits. However, this is only partially true. Newbies or people who are just dabbling in the occult may be more susceptible to possession, because they can not follow safety procedures, like drawing a circle properly. Experienced witches and occultists generally have a lot of willpower and are highly resistant to possession.
Apart from the occult novices, others who are vulnerable to possession are people playing with tools such as Ouija boards, or visiting places that are full of spirits (eg old cemeteries and haunted houses). Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be even worse if these people are naturally susceptible to possession – this could be because they are young, mentally unstable, or have psychic powers undeveloped and untrained.
How it works Possession
Possession may take the form of forms. In theory, any conscious entity can possess a human being, but the most common are the demons, followed by the ghosts of human beings.
Demons usually have people either to harm them directly (inciting suicide risk behaviors, borderline) or to attack others. A demon can have trouble catching his victim completely, depending on the victim, and also in the force of the devil. But the longer a demon stays in the body a more detrimental possessed person will be, as they try to break the link between a person’s soul and body, which can lead to death.
Usually, a demon will not leave the body of the person, unless forced to, or unless they reach their target and no longer need the physical body.
Malicious ghosts who have a grudge against the living possession sometimes use to achieve their purposes. Like ghosts they have lived in human bodies before they are better at controlling these, but their energy is lower than most of the demons, therefore, possessions tend to be intermittent and very short, and only affect people most vulnerable (eg children). Often, the ghost will leave the body of their victim after a few minutes, exhausted by the struggle against the will of the person.
Symptoms of possession
Although rare, possession is a phenomenon that is very frightening to witness. If the victim does not have the inner strength to fight against the invader, they can lose consciousness completely, and have no memory of the episode in which the possession ceases. If the victim is fighting spirit, they retain their awareness of the entire possession.
The main symptom of possession is observable behavior changes. The victim may become violent toward others or themselves, for no apparent reason. Sometimes unexplained pain can attack them, and injuries can suddenly appear on their bodies.
Occasionally, there may be so obvious signs that there can be no doubt about what is happening. The victim can demonstrate superhuman strength, or even the use of supernatural powers such as telekinesis (moving objects by thought alone) or PyroGenesis (set fire to objects by thought alone). Some demons can change the appearance of the possessed person – a common sign is completely black eyes.
Read my next article on the basics of exorcism.