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Eclectic (green mostly) witch and necromancer in training based in the USA. New follower of Hekate. Some of my best friends are dead people. Don't mind me.

thewritingcafe:

And now for a Halloween themed post.
HALLOWEEN

Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.
The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.

The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.
This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new. 
SUPERSTITIONS

Bird Superstitions:
An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
It is unlucky to kill a robin.
The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home. 
A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
Cardinal Superstitions
Bird Folklore
Crow Folklore
Death Superstitions
Victorian Funeral Customs and Superstitions
Superstitions on Death
Superstitions of Death
13 Superstitions About Death and Dying
Superstitions About Death
Death Superstitions
Superstitions Surrounding Death
General Superstitions:
Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
Carry peach wood to have a long life.
Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
Do not whistle at night.
Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
Animal Superstitions
Irish Superstitions and Folklore
Superstitions
Superstitions From Europe
Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
Folklore of Puerto Rico
Old Irish Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions:
Put out all fires in the home the night before Halloween to cleanse negative spirits. Reignite them from a common source on Halloween.
Burying apples along the path is said to serve as food for souls as they pass through our world.
The veil between the living and the dead is said to be thinnest on Halloween.
13 Halloween Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions and Folklore
Home & Hearth Superstitions:
Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away
Love Superstitions:
Cut an apple in half and give one half to your love for a long relationship.
Put pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to bring back a lost love
It is bad luck for siblings to marry within the same year
If you see a robin on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a crime fighter
Eight Love Superstitions and Their Origins
Superstitions About Love and Marriage
Love Superstitions
Wedding Superstitions
Love Superstitions (highlight to read text)
Sleep Superstitions:
Smell peppermint to help you sleep
Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
Never put a hat on the bed
Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
Never sleep with your head pointing east
Never sleep with your head pointing west
If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams
Sea Superstitions:
Superstitions and the Sea
13 Sailor Superstitions
Maritime Superstitions
Seafaring Superstitions
Sailors’ Superstitions
Superstition Bash: Sailors

BOOKS
Best Books to Read for Halloween
Best Halloween Books
Best Halloween Picture Books
Great Reads for Halloween
Halloween Reads
Reading for October Evenings
Spooky Kids Books to Read at Halloween
October Reading List
Witchy Picture Books
Halloween 2012 Must Reads
Killer Ghost Stories
Creepy Halloween Reads
Haunted Reads 2013
All Hallows Reads
Amazing Paranormal Books
Forests in Myth, Folklore, and Fairy Tales
Fantasy Novels Based in Native American Myth
Ghost Story Collections
Asian Folktale Picture Books
Mythology/Folklore

thewritingcafe:

And now for a Halloween themed post.

HALLOWEEN

Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.

The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.

The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.

This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new. 

SUPERSTITIONS

Bird Superstitions:

  • An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
  • It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
  • It is unlucky to kill a robin.
  • The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
  • There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
  • Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
  • It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
  • A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
  • A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
  • If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
  • Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
  • Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
  • It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home. 
  • A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
  • In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
  • Cardinal Superstitions
  • Bird Folklore
  • Crow Folklore

Death Superstitions

General Superstitions:

  • Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
  • Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
  • Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
  • Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
  • Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
  • In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
  • Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
  • Carry peach wood to have a long life.
  • Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
  • Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
  • Do not whistle at night.
  • Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
  • Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
  • If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
  • Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
  • Animal Superstitions
  • Irish Superstitions and Folklore
  • Superstitions
  • Superstitions From Europe
  • Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
  • Folklore of Puerto Rico
  • Old Irish Superstitions

Halloween Superstitions:

Home & Hearth Superstitions:

  • Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
  • Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
  • Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
  • Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
  • Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
  • Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
  • Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
  • Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away

Love Superstitions:

Sleep Superstitions:

  • Smell peppermint to help you sleep
  • Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
  • Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
  • Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
  • Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
  • Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
  • If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
  • Never put a hat on the bed
  • Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
  • Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
  • Never sleep with your head pointing east
  • Never sleep with your head pointing west
  • If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams

Sea Superstitions:

BOOKS

poppet-prince:

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cowardlychristianday:

Christian Day’s “public” apology (which isn’t publicly visible as of this post, 9/9/2014) struck many as bland and inauthentic, coming not from a place of genuine remorse for his actions but motivated purely by the bad press he’s been receiving.  Community support matters in niche markets and Christian was no doubt feeling the pressure from widespread disgust at his willingness to make callous threats and perpetuate rape culture.  Even more telling is his request that folks keep these issues private, as so not to “hurt the Craft” — not to hurt his reputation and pocketbook, more like.

Most telling, however, are the screenshots of comments from Christian’s then-public personal FB page in the hours and days following his original missive against Amorella Moon/Amanda.  Seems our friend Christian *isn’t* as sorry as he claims to be, given his doubling-down about offering no apologies, having no regrets, answering vitriol with vitriol (original conversation can be analyzed for supposed vitriol here: http://cowardlychristianday.tumblr.com/post/96580947717), and suggesting that people deserve to be on the receiving end of his actions because of “poke[ing] the beast.”

This goes out to the girl at pride today that told me he’s so sorry and is losing sleep over it, ‘poor guy ;(‘

Oh man. That guy is such a piece of work. Would anyone mind if we brought back the burning times for this particular asshole?

'Poor guy' indeed. 

I hope he loses book deals over this shit. I honestly hope he loses a foot or something too. Fuck him and his fake apologies.

For anyone who needs to practice their cursing skills

Frideity 24 - Freyja

one-earthbound-angel:

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Norse goddess of love, lust, beauty, fertility, war, sorcery and witchcraft (sometimes called seidr), and death. Daughter of Njord and Nerthus. Twin sister of Freyr. Married to Od, who mysteriously disappeared. Mother of Hnoss and Gersimi.

Freyja, also spelled Freya, was originally a member of the Vanir but when the war between the Aesir and Vanir broke out, She and two others were sent to the Aesir as a peace offering. Honir and Mimir were sent from the Aesir to the Vanir in return.

Freyja rides around in a chariot pulled by cats and has a cloak made of falcon feathers (yes, that one that is oh so famously infamous among Lokeans). She is known for Her beauty and Her love for songs and poetry.

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She was also very fond of jewelry and wore a necklace known as Brisingamen, meaning “flaming” or “glowing”. When She wore it, this necklace became a symbol of the heavens and of the fruits of the earth. She obtained this necklace in a cave inhabited by four dwarves who were just finishing it. She begged them to give it to Her, offering any sum of gold in exchange but the dwarves refused; the dwarves said that they would give Her the necklace if She spent the night with each of them, which She did. But, as is routine in Norse mythology, Loki caught Her in this act and reported back to Odin who then demanded that Loki bring Him this necklace.

After some difficulty entering Her hall Sessrumnir, Loki turned Themself into a fly and slipped through a small hole in the wall. Upon entering Freyja’s room, Loki noted that She was wearing Brisingamen as She slept so They turned Themself into a flea and bit Her. This caused Her to toss and turn, finally revealing the clasp of the necklace. They took the necklace and left; when Freyja woke up, She was most displeased so She went to Odin and complained about Her missing treasure. Odin proclaimed that He would return Her necklace if she would stir up a war in Midgard that caused widespread death and destruction; She did this and brought the fallen heroes back to life. After meeting all of Odin’s terms, Heimdall was ordered to hunt down Loki and reclaim the necklace. Both had turned into seals and fought each other in the water but finally Heimdall got the necklace and dragged Loki back to Odin.

Freyja has first dibs on those who die in battle, even surpassing Odin. Any whom She chooses go to Her hall Sessrumnir in the land of Folkvanger, which means “people’s field”. Once there, Freyja trains Her fallen warriors for the coming battles of Ragnarok.

Source: Viking Mythology

Does anyone know how the Norse gods feel if you honor deities from various pantheons?

They’re stealin’ our holidays!!

lokavinr:

A little piece of religious studies education.

Some world holidays from late autumn to winter:

Diwali: The “festival of lights.” Hindus celebrate the rescue of Sita by her brave husband Rama, lighting candles to guide them home through the dark night. Feasting and family gatherings abound.

Chanukah: The “festival of lights.” Jews celebrate a miracle of YHWH that allowed the Menorah to burn for eight nights during the re-dedication of the temple. Feasting, candles, gift giving, family time, etc.

Saturnalia: A Roman feast dedicated to the fertility deity, Saturn. Celebrated as the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the Sun God, during the late Roman period. Gift giving, partying, feasting, and wax candles.

Mōdraniht: An Anglo (Celtic?) midwinter festival mentioned by Bede. Probably a time of making sacrifices to the Matronae asking for their blessings and warmth during the long nights. Feasting, community and family time, and probably lights, since, you know, there’s a pattern going here.

Yule (traditional): A Germanic/Scandinavian Midwinter festival honoring fertility deities such as Freyr and Thor. Feasting, lighting fires, community merrymaking, swearing oaths for the new year, and possibly an increase in spiritual activity between the realms of the living and the dead (Odin’s Wild Hunt).

Alban Arthan: “Light of Winter.” A Celtic/Welsh winter solstice celebration marking the longest night and subsequent return of light (the clash of the Holly King and the Oak King). Feasting, mistletoe, and, in Welsh tradition, the birthday of Pryderi by Rhiannon. Sometimes called Meán Geimhridh (Midwinter).

Soyal: A festival celebrated by the Hopi and Zuni nations to welcome back the sun into the world after the longest night. Community blessing, singing, dancing, feasting, and sometimes gifts of kachina replicas for children. A time of setting intentions for the coming season.

Goru: A celebration of the Dogon people of Mali honoring the arrival of humankind via the sky God Amma who arrived in the “Ark of the World.” Offerings to ancestors, feasting, and community gatherings.

Yalda: A Persian winter solstice celebration with Zoroastrian roots. A time of eating special foods, lighting candles, and gathering together with one’s family. When celebrated as part of the religion of Mithraism, this morning after the longest night was believed to be the birthday of Mithra, the angel of light and truth.

Feast of Rozhanitsa: A Russian/East Slavic feast in honor of the antlered winter goddess, Rozhanitsa. Offerings of sweet honey and bread, the making of colorful embroidery, and the gifting of white, deer shaped cookies.

Ziemassvētki: A Latvian/Baltic festival celebrating the birth of Dievs, the high God of light in the Latvian religion. The lighting of fires, community singing and celebration, and a feast for the spirits of the dead believed to arrive on this night in a sleigh.

Şeva Zistanê: “The Night of Winter.” A Kurdish festival honoring the rebirth of the sun. Later seen as a day of victory for God and the angels. Feasting, candles, and the giving of sweets to children.

Christmas: A Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus, the son of God, and the star that shone over his birthplace in Bethlehem guiding travelers to him. Feasting, family gatherings, singing special festival songs, lighting candles and trees, and gift giving.

Mawlid: A late winter festival celebrated in some regions of the Islamic world commemorating the birth of the Prophet. A nighttime festival celebrated with community gatherings, feasting, and public sermons. Earlier celebrations in regions with Sufic influence included animal sacrifice and the lighting of torches.

Kwanzaa: An African American holiday celebrating the blessings of the harvest season and a renewed sense of shared cultural heritage. Decorating the home, lighting candles, feasting, music, and giving respect and offerings to the ancestors.

Yule (Neopagan): A winter solstice celebration commemorating the birth/return of the God (of Light). Feasting, the lighting of the Yule log, and enjoying the warmth of the community during the longest night.

Festivus: For “the rest of us.” A Seinfield-inspired festival for celebrating the winter holiday without the pressures of religion or commercialism.

And many, many more that I have regrettably missed (and hopefully not too many that I have buggered up here).

The long nights of winter and promise of the returning sun inspired countless cultures to gather together, celebrate the warmth of their community through feasting and partying, and light fires to sustain them through the long night. Some customs have influenced others, but nobody owns the rights to this season. There are countless unique cultural celebrations inspired by the astronomical phenomena of the winter season.

Nobody is a “thief” for celebrating their traditional or chosen winter holiday (and believe me, I’m not just talking to the Christians when I say this). Likewise, nobody is trying to “be different” or “ruin it for everyone else” by celebrating something less mainstream during this season. These are all holidays. There are tons of them. They have similarities, and they have differences.

But they’re all equally valid.

Anonymous asked: Do you think that Athena has a problem if someone who worships her is a little bit promiscuous? I'm not out having sex all the time or anything but I have hooked up with people. I've never personally felt anything from her that says she does but it concerns me anyway because I've had someone tell me she would. They weren't even pagan so I thought I would ask someone who was.

natural-magics:

keep in mind that “virgin” in the ancient Greek context is not the same as the one we use today — it meant unmarried. Athena chose her virginity for herself. I don’t think she would look down upon devotees/followers who are sexually active in any sense. if you aren’t getting any nudges of disapproval or anger from her, I think you’re fine. you could also consult her yourself.

noboundries93 asked: Hey, I was told youre good with ghosts and such, so I was wondering what I can do to protect myself. I have been followed by something since I was little and it seems to be getting bad lately, what should I do, if theres anything. :) Thanks.

spooksayer:

I AM SO SORRY THIS TOOK FOREVER TO ANSWER! I really wanted to write out a good list and I just had a lot of work and personal stuff. Sorry! Anyway, I figured I’d take the time to list everything I could to help remove unwanted or following spirits.

Herbs - Angelica, Basil, Beans, Black Pepper, Clove, Cumin, Devil’s Bit, Dragon’s Blood, Elder, Fern, Frankincense, Garlic, Horehound, Horseradish, Juniper, Leek, Lilac, Mallow, Mistletoe, Myrrh, Nettle, Onion, Pine, Red Clover, Rosemary, Sea Salt, Thistle, White Sage, White Sandalwood, Yarrow.

Please research any herb before using as they can be poisonous to ingest or handle with bare hands. Many of these herbs are meant to be used dried or specifically just roots, leaves, or berries.  Place any herb or combination of herbs and amulets in a witch bag and hang above doorways, sprinkle in corners (when safe for humans and pets), or carry on your person.

Stones - Amethyst, Black Onyx, Black Tourmaline,  Botswana Agate, Chiastolite, Citrine, Fire Agate, Flint, Hematite, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Malachite, Obsidian, Pyrite, Selenite, Serpentine, Smokey Quartz, Snakeskin Agate, Sulphur (toxic when raw), Tiger’s Eye, Tourmalated Quartz, Turquoise.

When using stones, the hardness typically affects the ways they should be cleansed or even what stones they work best with, so definitely read up on them. Like the herbs, they can be kept on your person or added to pouches and left in a space that needs it. I think they work most effectively when kept on yourself or even worn in jewelry, just personally.

Symbols - Cross,Pentagram, Evil Eye, Hamsa, Horseshoe, Crescent Moon, Celtic Cross, Devil’s Snare, Eye of Horus, Seal of Solomon, The Sun, Thor’s Hammer. Celtic Knot, Anchor, Ankh, Goddess/Mother Earth, The Traveler, Witch’s Knot, Besom, Arrow Head.

Realistically the list goes on and on. I do not recommend using a symbol outside of your faith system, especially if it comes from a closed religion or even if you do not know much about it. I also do not recommend using any symbol that does not have a personal connection to you in some way (so not using something for the heck of it etc). You can draw these symbols on paper to include in bags, charms, candles, spells etc., they also are effectively worn on the person. Each individual symbol has its own best way for use. Also, most deities typically have some sort of representative symbol that could also be used if fitting.  Many animals are considered symbolic and helpful as well.

Communication - It is sometimes reccomended to try and contact a spirit to find out its motives for following/haunting, to better appease and help the spirit to move on. I would only recommend personally attempting this with calm, non troublesome spirits, and I would avoid objects like pendulums or spirit boards. Instead, speak in a calm but firm voice, like you would a person who also needs help. Seeking the help of a sensitive or medium would also be most effective. If you simply want the spirit to leave, speak firmly and confidently to the spirit, as respectfully as possible, and tell them they need to leave. Explain that this is your space, and they are no longer welcomed. You can also research your home and surroundings to try and identify a specific person or name or incident that could be involved. When a spirit becomes violent and threatening, it is most likely best to get in contact with a professional who specializes in such events.

Taken from The Enclopedia of 5000 Spells -

*Basic Banishing Powder
-black pepper
-cayenne powder
-cinnamon
-sea salt
-sulfur

Sprinkle on clothing, the ground, to enhance spells or other powders etc.

*Banishing Incense
-asafetilda
-bay leaves
-galbanum
-olive leaves
-rue-saint johns wort
-salt
-sulfur

Crumble all the ingredients, grind them into a powder, then burn on incense.

*Banishment Bouqet
Garlic blossoms and angelica flowers tied with a blue ribbon.

*Bean Banishing Spell
Fill rattle with beans and shake to repel low-level spirits. Can also be incorporated in rituals.
*Botanical Spirit Banishing
The following plants, when kept living in or near a house, supposedly make a spirit feel unwelcome - juniper, corn, mugwort, saint johns wort, vervain, wormwood, and yarrow.

*Disperse Evil Incense (1 & 2)
-benzoin, frankincense, and juniper
OR
-benzoin, patchouli, and sandlewood.

*Woodlands Banishing Spell
Burn acorns, mistletoe, and oak bark to repel undesired spiritual guests while murmuring your desire for them to leave.

These were just the simplest spells I picked that I thought would be affective. The book also has a section on exorcism spells but I recommend only seasoned experts attempt them.

Last but not Least - Make sure you are taking care of yourself and your home. Live a healthy lifestyle, eat regularly, get exercise, sleep on a steady cycle, address any medical concerns (physical and emotional), spend time with friends and family, make sure your space is clean and inviting and feels like a home. Let go of any toxic people or influences in your life. Try to diminish added stress in any way that you can. Enjoy relaxing activities.  Tune up your own skills and talents. All of these things aid in your own personal power and defense against things latching on to you. Negativity of any kind is a breeding ground of attraction. Spirits LOVE to feed off of your own energy - don’t give them a reason to.

Sometimes it is also believed that displaying negative images throughout a house (skulls, death, gore etc) can also attract a spirit to stay. There’s also a lot of things involving displaying mirrors and the layout of furniture, but I’m not too particularly versed with that stuff.

Well, this is all I could think of right now to add to this list. I’m sure I’ll think of something else to add later and kick myself. But anyway - please always remember to seek real life help (not just me or anyone else on the internet) if things become bad or too far out of your control. Almost every state has their own paranormal team, but make sure to research them and weed out the hokey, amateur ones. Same goes for psychics and mediums. The best thing I think you can do is take control of your own space and your own life. I really hope this helps!!! ***Side note - I realized a lot of things I posted involve the use of fire in some way, so ALWAYS be cautious when burning herbs or using fire in spells. I personally keep a fire extinguisher in my room for this reason. Please please please be safe.