Deep breath in, deep breath out. Take a moment, collect yourself. The energy in the car is intense, result of invocation throughout the ride. My mind is going miles a minute, im nervous, excited, heart pounding. Another deep breath. Put on the mask. Friendly, relaxed, confident. What they see from you is almost as important as what you actually do.
I walk up to their apartment on the top floor, and knock. Im greeted by a young couple, my age, early 20’s and a happy little pitbull-mutt. They look a little tired, and both of them are nervous. Other than that, i cannot sense anything there yet. We go outside on their porch, and smoke a cigarette, something i often do with clients, whether they do or dont smoke. The psychological factor smoking eases tension, relaxes people(as well as me). The dog is alternating between super excited and hesitant to be around me. At this point, that information wasnt relevant. Nor was the fact that they got the dog a few months before the dude’s DMT trip, and problems.
I go over details, tell them to trust me. Right now, i have a plan to try and negotiate the spirit out.
So i walk with one around the apartment, in the dark. Other than some stagnant energy, i dont feel anything until i get to their bedroom. In their closet, i felt a presence. It was tight, compact, like it was trying to remain incognito.
I go back and gather everyone. We but the dog in its kennel, i draw a protective circle around it with my athame. Nothing in, nothing out.
I light a candle, and sit in their closet. I invite the spirit to speak, i grant it permission to communicate in a way i can understand, and i ask for its name. Three times i ask for the name. Elias. Might have been a fake name, but that doesnt matter. The spirit presented itself with the name, and thus is attached to it in some way.
I introduce myself, and offer the spirit a choice. “I can have my companion teach you to feed off of lunar energy, if you leave in peace. If you opt not to, we war.” I hear the couple simultaneously curse, saying it was heavy, even scooting back on their bed. The top right corner of the closet gets dark, seeming to pull shadows in. This is where the spirit is. I repeat my offer. Once more, twice more. Now im getting irritated. And then i hear a yes.(not physically, more emotions of resigned acceptance coming from the thing)
I get up, and tell the couple to follow me. We go into the living room, and i place them in a circle as well. I set my companions sigil on the table, and place small candles in an inverted pentagram, and recite the enn for my chosen companion, snapping thrice to open spiritual doors, above, here, and below, then making my voice resound through the astral. I chose a companion accomplished in alchemy, a demon. The couple shuffles and whispers as my companion fills the room with her energy. Heavy, exhuberant, hungry.
“[N], i have called you here to perform a specifoc task. The entity infesting this place, Elias, has agreed to our demands. He is to leave in peace, and in return, you are to show him how to use lunar energy to sustain himself. Teach him this. If he tries to harm any here before leaving, EAT HIM. If he has ill intent and plans to return later, EAT HIM. If he agrees to the terms, take him, teach him, let him go. I give you both license to depart upon your task.”
I snap my left hand three times, closing the communication, and open a window.
The couple sighs, and they both kind of sit/drop onto the couch. The dude shakes my hand, says he couldnt believe it, wouldnt believe it if he didnt feel the energies shift. I tell him we’re not done yet.
I start burning some sage, circling it counterclockwise and waft it throughout the house, repeating Koetting’s KoF banishing incantation, focussed entirely of changing the energy im the house to positive, and getting any remnants from the spirit out. When i start splashing the walls and corners with my ‘assault water’, things get weird again. I hear a scuffle, and see something out of the corner of my eye. I ignore it, chalking it up to the dog shuffling and continue. The woman jumps, and asked me if i “heard that hiss?”. I didnt answer, i kept repeating the incantation and when i got to the dining room where the dog’s kennel was, it went nuts.
Pawing, yipping, biting the cage. I looked in the pup’s eyes, it calms down. I give license to depart again. Right back to biting and crying. Repeat the process. Same effects.
The way she is doing it, really catches my attention. The way she stops when i look, and starts when i say leave is peculiar, it doesnt follow the normal “i wanna get out” behavior dogs usually show when you talk to them kenneled. The behavior from chill to aggravated when i said to leave was more than coincidental.
So i broke my circle around the kennel, and opened it up. HEAVY vibe, and silence. I sit down in front of it, and pick the pup up into my lap. Intuition nagged at me, so i started invoking Astrea for Purity, the purple flame of hers, and then transferring it to the dog. At first she(the dog) struggled, and had i not held her properly would have bit me. (For concerned readers, this wasnt hurtful for the dog. Ive had large dogs my entire life, and holding one still without hurting it or myself is well within my skillset). In that moment, for whatever reason, i was able to slip into tgs and see the energy enveloping the dog, and a faint black shadow dart off into the kitchen.
This was particularly odd for me, since i ‘fell’ into the tgs and saw the energy, which i generally have a lot of trouble doing without a lot of meditation and chill time. Even on my own, i dont usually actually SEE the stuff. So for this to happen mid-dog-wrangle was as much as a curveball to me as multiple entities or the fact that the dog had something attached.
When the dog was calm, wreathed in the purple flame, I restarted the banishing, and called the entities bound with me to aid my energywork this time, and if anything fights to ‘eat’ it. Successful home exorcism.
Notes and reflections on this investigation next post.