A Real Defense Against . . . Whatchagot?

Guy on the cruise: My kids aren’t quite as old as yours. What can I expect in a few years?
The Husband: Yeah, they spend a lot of time in their rooms. My youngest stays in there all day and listens to dark music.
Guy on the cruise [to The Youngest]: What bands do you like?
Youngest: Um, like, The Police, Blink 182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, I love The Beatles and Rolling Stones.

Yea, she’s old sql.

I give you this preface so that you understand The Husband’s concept of “dark.”

The Husband has gotten to the point in occult training where light-bulbs are going off left and right. After having a lesson he will come to me and say, “Ohhhh, I get it! That’s what you always meant by . . .”

The other day he had an epiphany about Professor Snape[1]:

Everybody thinks he’s the bad guy because he studies The Dark Arts. He doesn’t apply them—like at the Quidditch game, he was counter-casting. But he wouldn’t know how to do that if he hadn’t studied all the attacks. Defense Against The Dark Arts.

Dude! So Professor Umbridge—the one who outlaws the study of The Dark Arts, the one who puts everyone at risk—is really The Bad Witch. And you’re—you’re like Snape!

*sigh*

It’s been a few years in rumbling thunder, but the lightning-bolt has finally struck.

Isn’t she nice?

This is all to have a conversation about defenses. Yea, yea—sage-smudge all the Grizzly bears you want—there are still things that require more than a tranquilizer gun. (See my post on Astral Nasties.) I know this, not because I have created them or because I lurve them or because I admire those that go slogging energy through the mire and farting it out as beasties. But because I bothered to understand them. Because I really know the difference between a simple gooey and an actual demon. Those who confuse thoughtforms or elementals and honest-to-goodness goetic entities have never seen them—I mean they don’t even smell the same—and therefore such folks have no business playing in the fields of Mystery. The only way to defend yourself is to know—really know—your assailant.

And, another benefit that comes from knowing about more aggressive energies is the understanding that sometimes—and more often than not—the problem is within yourself. I mean, sometimes nothing is being projected at you; rather, you are creating the image of an attacker in your own mind. Like the kid who is convinced that there is a boogady in the closet. In his anxiety and sleep-depravation, he perpetuates his fears and suffers the fallout from constantly walking around with his defenses up. All for nothing.

Here’s another epiphany.

So, wait. You don’t defend yourself when there is nothing to defend yourself against. I get that part; if you haven’t done anything to cause “darkness,” you don’t have to keep screaming “light.” That’s easy.

But if you are the one surrounded in “darkness,” your situation becomes more apparent when someone bright shows up. So you start screaming “light” so that you look brighter. That makes sense too. It’s ass-backward, but it makes sense.

But really—all the while—if you’re the one causing the darkness which makes you need the light in the first place, and you consider the other person’s brightness as a threat to your darkness that you hope no one notices, then why are you screaming “light”?

Wait . . . what? That makes no sense.

Exactly.

Consider:

A advises: “Don’t lie or cheat.”
B says: “Did you hear that? A called me a liar and a cheat! I am not! I am forthright and honest! It’s A that lies and cheats! A is attacking me!”
C says nothing—on account o’ C figures A wasn’t talking about C. On account o’ C is neither a liar nor a cheat. If C says anything at all, it’s likely: “That’s good advice.”

I mean why stomp around defending yourself unless you have something that you’ve cheated and lied about? A is just giving general advice. That B internalizes the comment and affects a defensive posture, means there’s something to defend.

Why yell, “light,” unless there’s darkness?

Here’s why I advise as I do:

If you keep thinking that attacks—psychic or otherwise—are coming your way, you must know from whence they come before you can defend yourself.

If you know that you know that you know that they are externally generated, then you need to study (The Defense Against) The Dark Arts so that you can defend yourself. This does not make you a “bad” witch dabbling in “black” magic. It makes you smart.

If you know that you are suffering assaults but don’t really know—you just prefer to think—that they are external attacks, you might look at your internal threats. That doesn’t make you unsure or yourself, suspicious, or untrusting; it makes you smart.

How can you tell where an attack comes from?

Well, like MJ advises—take a look at yourself. It’s really the best way to begin. You have the best access to yourself and can rule that one out easily-enough. One way is to do some serious Shadowwork—even if you have done it before, do it again. Many folks forget that Shadowwork is a lifelong process that has to be repeatedly repeated. Plus, if the threat is actually external and you do Shadowwork, you haven’t lost anything. Shadowwork is always beneficial.

When you are sure you are not simply seeing boogy-man-reflection-of-your-own-shadows in the closet, then you move on to those close to you. Look at their behaviors and compare their acts to their words. See if their actions are consistent or if there is always a “special circumstance” to justify everything. And remember—don’t embellish or allow others to color your recall. If someone said, “Let’s do X together,” don’t let another convince you that he said, “I’m going to do X without you!” or “I want X all for myself.” If someone tries to sway you—that might be the department you want to start shopping in.

And, most importantly, go with your gut. I know—I’m one to talk, right? I’ve ignored my gut to great detriment.

Once you are sure you have been honest with yourself and have come to the conclusion that you—and those close to you—are not the provokers in question, widen your gyre. But unless you really know what you are smelling, don’t assume bigger is better—or should I say “badder”? Don’t assume “demons” or even “intentional attack.” Quite honestly, in our business, I find that a lot more attacks are accidental than are intentional. Even more are founded in carelessness than malevolence.

  • Begin with accidental crust—Please keep all of this at the forefront of your mind if you are or have been working with people that you don’t know very well or haven’t know for a long time. Some folks are very good at wearing masks and covering their tracks.
    • Is there a “bad energy” person in your group that is accidentally conjuring and/or attracting and/or leaving astral-larvae laying around? I know someone who is like a larvae-generator. She sucks up all the energy around her and drops larvae like goat-pellets as she traverses life.
    • How about an innocent neophyte who is just overzealous and is inadvertently stepping on cosmic-toes or crossing some misjudged margins. This is another reason it’s so important to know the ins and outs of “The Dark Arts”—you have to be able to warn your newer associates about boundaries.
    • Then, consider experimentation. Are you or is someone in your group more eager-beaver than they are studious? Is there someone who may have gone into the unknown unprepared? When we experiment, we are often affected by the astral atmosphere. This can be a good thing; however, if we are not ready to deal with our experiences, we might end up either bringing a whatsit back with us or manifesting whatsits because of new influences or even a feedback-loop.
    • Think about this—especially if you have recently moved, made alterations to your abode, cut down some trees, initiated a conflagration (even leaf-burning can do it), or attended a ritual on land that has never or has not recently been employed in ritual use. Consider that you may have awakened some sort of land-spirit. These are not always all sugar and spice. They can be appeased, but you have to know what you are up against. Even if you didn’t do the deed, if someone offended a spirit while at your place, you could be stuck with the consequences.
    • What about other spirits? Other things can be offended too. If you are dedicated to a deity, have you snubbed her/him? If one offered services, did you snub him/her? Pay attention to her/his rival? Anything of that sort, Even encouraging someone else to do one of these things (or worse, deriding someone’s deity) can bring some cosmic wrath on your head. Again, they can be appeased, but again you have to know what you are up against. And yet, again, even if you didn’t do the deed, if someone in your tutelage offended a spirit, you could be stuck with the consequences.
    • One of the most common factors I’ve seen is broken vows. These days folks make oaths too easily and then move on to break them. I don’t just mean oaths to humans, but oaths to The Divine. Some folks toss them out like piñata candy and then forget about them just as easily. The spirit-world has a slightly longer memory. If you make a vow to a human and then break that vow, you might even find that his/her patron is none-too-pleased with you. The same holds true here: appeasement can be made, if you know what you are up against. And still the same, if someone in your circle—especially a student—offends a spirit, again you could be stuck with the consequences.
    • If you have exhausted all of those possibilities and have come up empty, move on to intentional malefica. This gets trickier. You may need to understand the person creating the astral attacks so that you know what they are capable of. But it’s even better if you understand their tools of the trade. If someone really is pissed enough to spin their precious energy on attacking you (either magically or in the mundane world), you need to make sure you know what you’re up against.
  • There’s no good in defending against opossums when it’s a hornet’s nest that’s been loosed on you. Guess what that means—you need to know the difference. Sure, sure, you can put up general wards. But if you have an attacker that’s savvy enough to be that specific, you should make sure your defenses are as specific as possible. After all, if you try blocking everything out—how are you going to continue on in a magical practice of your own? If you build a comprehensive-brick-wall, anything you send out to the universe is going to hit it like a, um, well, a . . . brick . . . wall.
  • Finally, and when all else is worn-out, consider the malignant or demonic. If you have no experience with goetia, you might need to solicit some help. There’s no shame in this. I think our religion is the only one that encourages leaders to try to be a jack of all trades—and in this, the master of none. Think about the Catholic Church—not all priests are exorcists. Not all rabbis are baal shem. Not all imam are amil. Not all magicians study goetia—even fewer Witches do. And there is no value-judgments in this for other religions—why should there be for ours? In short, if you don’t know how to handle something on the nastier side of things—realize that there is no shame in asking for help.

Plus, consider that demons do more than possess people. Actually, many of them are quite benign (when handled correctly), some are even helpful—even if they are a bit disorganized. (Need another HP reference? Think Kreacher.)

So, you see—not all energy manifests from malevolence and it doesn’t all look or smell the same. Learn how to train your dragons, learn to sort out your disorganized-gooies, learn how to defend against specific malefica, and you will be a much safer practitioner—as will those who practice at your side.

And now—of all things—I am off to see PA4 with the Eldest. (And I am feeling inspired to write a post about the onslaught of (badly)occult-flavored films from 2012: The Possession, Sinister, The Apparition, what else?)

See you Friday at both Ehsha and TBW Files!

Ehsha

P.S. Thanks to the 1300+ of you that followed so quickly! I’m beside myself.

[1] Ironically while I was dressed as a pseudo-phoenix.

Q&A With TRLT: Part 3, Sorcery

The Road Less Traveled gave me quite a compliment in recognizing the efforts I make to be evenhanded about my opinions. I am not God, not even a Bad God, therefore I can only speak to my human beliefs and my personal preferences. I’ve learned that, unfortunately, there are those who do not respect the convictions of others – surprisingly, even among Pagans. And I do make a real effort. Perhaps it is my legal background but I learned early on that it’s better to think things through before committing them to writing. If something is worth saying, it’s worth saying well, no?

Thanks for the very real kudos.

Let me begin by saying that not all folks who consider themselves Witches adhere to ritual structures as found in Wicca – or any structures at all. As I pointed out in “Part I,” not all Witches are Wiccans. And as I pointed out in “Wannabethans,” there are plenty of Witches who unknowingly use Wiccan practices. However, there are plenty of Witches who fly by the seat of their broomsticks. No circle, no quarters, no nothin’. They are still Witches. Further, there are some Witches who do not “practice Magic” at all. They consider themselves spiritualists, philosophers, herbalists, healers, and folks who observe the cycles of the earth. Sometimes these people are sensitives, mystics, and prophets – but that’s not a “requirement.”

Like I said in my reply to your second set of questions:

My view [of nonWiccan Witches] is that there are potentially as many ways of practicing as there are practitioners. . . . I actually kinda hate it that the only amalgamated definition we have for non-Wiccan Witchcraft is a definition based in what it is not: non-Wiccan. From a Lacanian perspective, this is disempowering – “lack.” If you have another term, I’d love to hear it! I’d be a big fan of coming up with a new, holistic, empowering term. Sadly, Traditional Witchcraft and British Witchcraft connote Gardnerian Wicca.

So, given all that, I would say seiðr is not a European folk magic in that it is a sort of sorcery. . . .

But what is the difference between Sorcery and Witchcraft, you ask? So much that there is an ongoing discussion that ranges from A to Z and back again. There are volumes of books, article, and blogs dedicated to the subject(s). So, I know you will understand that I am just hitting the high-points here. The nuances are so varied that I can’t possibly include them all in one post, but will make some attempt to point them out in later posts if there’s an interest. Deal?

Before I throw my hat in the ring, here are a few outside sources for you. I wouldn’t want you to just take my word for it!

  • I disagree with about half of this WitchVox article – the connotations of half of it at least – but feel it’s worth looking at anyway.
  • Then there’s this forum repost of Silver Ravenwolf’s perception of High/Low Magic.
  • In this thread, SingingBear argues that, “The real names should be Ceremonial and Earth Magic not High and Low Magic.” I think that’s a better delineation; it avoids the misunderstanding that there is a value judgment involved. But, like I mentioned earlier – I don’t remember where, Sorcerers can be, admittedly, imperious. I tend to like that about us.
  • This post addresses the possible confusion between “Low Magic” and “Dark Magic” or “Black Magic,” a subject I may end up covering in a post sooner rather than later.

To me it seems to be a bit like this:

I’ll repeat some of what I said in “High Magic Versus Low Magic, What’s the Difference?” (Bear in mind that “High” and “Low” are not value judgments. You might say it has a little to do with “astrological” and “terrestrial,” respectively.) Low Magic is a pretty broad set of practices and philosophies which do not require specific ceremony and ritual. Low Magic does not require intensive study or understanding of ancient traditions. Low magic is what you might call “every day magic.” It’s “practical magic.” You do this kind of magic to practical, terrestrial ends. Low Magic frequently requires nothing more than the individual’s will and maybe a handful of materials. More importantly, Low Magic typically seeks to create “spells” that offer tangible/terrestrial/material benefit to the personal/earthly self. This includes protection spells, money drawing spells, spells to encourage good luck, and love spells. This is where Witchcraft typically corresponds.

High Magic, on the other hand, includes a set of very exacting practices which require specific tools, including  – often exotic – ingredients and astrological timing; language use, not always English – hell, not always terrestrial languages; and even “real estate.” Consider the requirements of the Abramelin Operation – no kidding Crowley bought a house in, no shite, Loch Ness, Scotland.[1] High Magic is far more formal and utterly saturated with ancient and esoteric traditions: the Hermetic Arts, Alchemy, Sacred Geometry, Kabbalah, and Angelic Evocation.[2] These require a great deal of ritual and ceremony. Often, operations take a very long time: days, months, up to a year, and longer. John Dee, adviser to Queen Elizabeth – and the original 007, and his sidekick, Edward Kelley took many years to complete the “Angelic Reception” of what is now referred to as Enochian. If you don’t know about these characters and are interested in Sorcery, I advise you start here. Though Dee’s is one of the most complex systems, it is worth the time and effort spent in studying his process.

Quite possibly the greatest difference is purpose. The goal of High Magic in the Western tradition is to have knowledge and communication with the Magician/Sorcerer’s personal agathodemon or Holy Guardian Angel (HGA), the embodiment of one’s truest divine nature. High Magic also differentiates itself from Low Magic in that High Magic is generally has a more intangible goal. It is geared toward nothing more than self-enrichment and enlightenment. “Being closer to ‘God’.” It is intended to have the goal of communication with “higher” entities (Divinities, Spirits, Angels, etc.) in order to bring one’s self into accord with Divine Will.[3] But, of course, it’s even more complicated than that – I assure you.

Further, Sorcery or High Magic is not a religion. It is a set off praxes and can (like Hoodoo, I suppose) be practiced alongside a religion. There are Judeo-Christian Sorceries, Islamic Sorceries, Chinese Traditional Religious Sorceries, etc. It is from these arts that concepts such as casting a circle, invoking deities, and evoking spirits is adopted liberally by “New Age” practice.

This leads me back around to another aspect of Low Magic. Low Magic, aside from “Craft-Work,” also encompasses the highly ritualized communication with “lower” entities. Yes, I am talking about demons. But I am not talking about worshiping demons, I am talking about wrangling them into a cooperative state and putting them to work. Look up the legend of King Solomon. (Here’s one source.)

I don’t want to get into Goetia or demonic evocation too much in this post since I could go on for pages and pages. But, in a nutshell, my idea of a demon is a “disorganized” entity – not necessarily evil but certainly capable of deception and unwarranted destruction that could, to a human perception, be interpreted as evil. For those of you who have no experience with demonic evocation, the best metaphor I can use is this: imagine a demon as a feral three year old on a party-party-sugar high. Left to its own devices, it will be destructive and loud and bothersome. Calm it down and give it something constructive to do and you’ll have better luck. Further, for those of you who still have Christian remnants of “demons” hiding under your metaphorical beds, imagine this: If we believe in an omnipresent deity, and I do, then there is nowhere where God is not. So, guess what? If there is a hell, however you define it, God is there too. If we believe in an omnipotent deity, and I do, then there is nothing beyond God’s use. If there are demons, however you define them, they can be put to divine use.

Yes, it’s more complicated than that.

Because I would be remiss in this discussion if I were not to include a word or two from Lon Milo DuQuette, here is a page from Low Magick: It’s All In Your Head … You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2010. 10-11)[4]:

So what is the source of this power? For me, it seems that some of the power comes from the intercessory “spirit” or “entity,” some from the Sorcerer, some from the ritual itself. But given that all of those parties derive power from “The Almighty Creator,” that’s from where all of the power ultimately comes. But, alas, I am not divine and can only relay my perception. I believe in an all-God because that’s how I’ve experienced my life and how I’ve learned to articulate those experiences. I can imagine that there are others with entirely different perceptions and ways of formulating those perceptions.

Finally, you asked if, as Maman Lee stated would happen to a hoodoo, can power be divinely revoked from a Sorcerer or Magician?

I’m going with, “Yes.”

For three reasons.

If I believe that God is all-powerful, and I do, then it stands to reckon that God has the authority to revoke any and all talents given to a human.

Also, there are ways of granting a Magus or Witch precisely what s/he asks for but doing it in such a way that it utterly destroys his/her life. Whereas the “Witch’s Duh” is a shortfall in the spellwork itself, I believe that there are other kinds of divine retribution. Be careful what you want – it might want you back, sort of thing. Getting what we want instead of getting what’s “good” for us is often the best cosmic punishment.

Further, if the architect of the ritual believes that s/he has trespassed, s/he will place her/himself in a psychological state where no Magic is possible. i.e. We can “psych ourselves out.” In this case, I still see it as God revoking power from the practitioner. In my opinion, this is a case where The Creator has “built in” a default auto-destruct mechanism. This idea deserves a post of its own. Someday.

There is so much more to it all. I can’t hope to cover everything there is to cover in this meager blog, but I hope that I have pointed you in a direction to pursue your own truth.

Well, that was a fun foray into comparative practices!

Blessings, Quarks, and 93,

The Bad Witch


[1] He also bought an “Abbey” in Sicily – from which Benito Mussolini’s government eventually chucked him in 1923. I mean when Mussolini kicks you out of Sicily, you’re not doing a low-prep “spell” for personal gain.

[2] This is just to speak to Western systems. There are Middle Eastern (aside from Jewish) and Far Eastern systems of which I know very, very little.

[3] Yes, of course, there are secondary and tertiary benefits to this aspiration.

[4] I used to set my clock by DuQuette. I don’t anymore. But this section – this I still like.

The Atrum Traba: Dealing With Particularly Nasty Astral Energy

I’m about to attempt to share with you the development of and use of one of my favorite exorcism tools: The Atra Traba, The Dark Table. (Linguistically, this is a convoluted translation, but one I’m going to stick with for simplicity’s sake. The Darkness to which I refer is plural in nature and refers to the Darkness for which the table is used and not an adjective of the Table itself, so Atrum is appropriate (rather than singular Atra). Traba refers to a plank of wood, not necessarily a “table” – but as most capable practitioners are familiar with the use of The Holy Table of Practice, it is understood that this is not a “table” in the sense of four-legs-and-a-flat-top-at-which-one-sits.)

The purpose of this tool is to collect, call out, and banish (or exorcise) a particularly troublesome energy, entity, elemental, or (shiver) demon. I like to call these Astral Nasties and Etheric Ewies.

Astral Nasties run the gambit of self inflicted energy collections, elemental entities or thoughtforms sent over by the neighborhood Bad Witch (not, of course, yours truly), or demonic energies that have latched onto, gotten sucked into, or become enamored with a humans’ energy. Wherever they’ve come from, they all tend to do the same thing: cause trouble. And they cause trouble in the physical realm as well as the psychic realm. You don’t want to mess around with an Etheric Ewie that has gotten strong enough to shove, to turn electrical appliances on, or to be audible / visible (especially to the non-initiated).

One HUGE problem is that many practitioners believe that a simple “House Cleaning” will get rid of these Nasties. Oh, boys and girls, you will be in for a ride if you try to smudge a real Astral Nasty out of your home.

I rather like WitchVox.com, but often, when it comes to banishing, the attitude seems to be that “one size fits all.” In this (perfectly nice) article, author, Nita, explains how to do a house cleaning spell. Now, for most beasties, this will do just fine. Especially if you are just dealing with some residual ex-husband energy or “getting up in the corners” after a hectic visit from Aunt Sue.

However, this article on home cleansing, found in the most cursory of web searches, and the attitude that seems to spawn such advice, really frightens The Bad Witch (and that’s sayin’ sompthin’). This writer seems to indicate that all one needs is some herbs and oils and a little bit of warm-and-fuzzy to make the Ewie make an exodus. Um, no. Even the best of witches should use extreme caution when dealing with *real* Astral Nasties.

I was very pleased to, in that same cursory web search, find this article, which advises unabashedly that: “This ritual is not designed to handle very intense, negative beings that may fight back, and I wouldn’t recommend it for that. My advice is to find an expert to help you, or a ritual specifically designed and thoroughly tested for just such a problem.”  Very responsible. The Bad Witch approves.

You see, it’s like this.

If you have some leftover crap from a fight you had with the postman or a little depression lingering after a bad financial week, you have a “mini-ew” and you can, perhaps, get rid of the pest for good – easy peasy, like getting rid of a bothersome domesticated dog or something. Yeah, he might come back looking for another free meal, but a firm hand will banish the little doggie for good. Dogs are smart and don’t want to be yelled at. They’ll find someone else to take them in.

Let’s not take this metaphor too far or you might mistakenly think that The Bad Witch is advising you to take that bothersome doggie to a shelter or – worse – adopt it y’own self. Take good care of real stay dogs, sure. This metaphorical pooch  should not be fed of given shelter.  Seriously, I know folks who would (or, unfortunately, have) take in an Astral Nasty as though it were a homeless pup.

Like with stray dogs, Astral Nasties will take a varying level of confidence, experience, and technical know-how to get rid of a mini-ew. Hey, I’ve even seen newbies find success scaring off a mini-ew with no more than a set of well written instructions, a bare-bones tool kit of sage and a well-made oil, and a little tenacity. It’s an energy thing.

However.

Those really ganky Nasties and Ewies are like wild bears (only less sympathetic sometimes). They are looking for the same handout that the doggie is looking for, however, they have you outweighed by about five times, they are far less afraid of you than you are of them, they do not have the desire to please humans that dogs have developed – on account’o bears are wild (“duh,” my very intuitive daughter likes to tell me), and – quite freaking honestly – they have huge paws and teeth.

And they can smell your fear.

A traditional house cleansing or smudging does little more than anesthetize the bear. From my experience, about three days. I don’t know why it’s three days, it just usually is. When that bear wakes up, it’s going to be confused, clumsy, and pissed off.

So, you have done a basic sage-and-chanting house cleansing. And after three days of calm, just when you thought everything was going to be OK,  you suddenly find that you have one effing pissed off bear going through your cabinetry looking for Etheric Snickers. And it’s hungry (coz it’s been asleep for three days) and it’s off-kilter (coz you jazzed it up on a blend of sage and dragon’s blood oil) and it’s mad (coz there’s a tranquilizer dart sticking out its arse).  What do you do now?

What you DON’T do is shoot it with another dart.

My recommendation is that you call someone who knows wtf to do with this bear. Preferably someone versed in exorcism and / or Goetic Arts (a practice where a human actor evokes (i.e. draws out) an entity and projects it into a defined space – such as the Triangle of Art in Solomonic evocation).

If you don’t know or can’t locate said magician, learn what you can in as much time as you can afford about exorcism and Goetic Arts. Once you have the basic gist of the practice, make yourself an Atrum Traba. This is rather like The Triangle of Art and serves as a generic Lamen for those Astral Nasties.

Table of Art

The *real* work is in the “getting ready.” The “doing” of the exorcism seems to fall out from there.

Grab a piece of something solid. I have heard others say that this can be done with a piece of paper and a Sharpie. The Bad Witch is not convinced. Maybe construction paper and crayola work with one of those mini-ew doggies . . .  But, here, I think we need something more durable. We are bear hunting, after all. Grab a flat level of wood, a leftover bathroom tile, a cutting board, a handheld mirror, shoot – grab a dinner plate. “Carve” (with anything from acrylic paint to a Dremmel) a Table of Art.

Faust Manifesting Mephistopheles

The next trick is getting the energy to manifest itself into one unified being. This is the daunting part if you don’t know what you are doing (which is why I recommend you have some help from someone familiar with Goetia and in close conversation with their Agathodaemon).
You, the exorcist at this point, want to be *inside* a sacred circle. (If you don’t know how to do this, you are at the wrong cite and should search elsewhere and then come back. Sorry.) Sweep the entirety of the house or building or grounds and “accumulate” all of the Ewie-Nasty into one place. Command it to “manifest” itself onto the Table of Art. Those who understand Enochian or Goetian – particularly Solomonic – evocation, understand the function of the geometric shapes on the Table. If you don’t understand them, it’s OK, the Astral bear will. Once you have a “plastic” manifestation of the Nasty on your Table, command it’s name. If it was a unified being prior to your conjuration, it will have a name. If it was a conglomeration of beings and it has just become a unified being, this may take a bit longer. Well, this may take a good deal of time either way. Sometimes the Nasties don’t want to leave and, like the entities in Reagan, will toy with you to the extent that you allow them to. Don’t let them toy with you.
At all.
This is a bear, remember?
     How, pray tell, do you get an Astral Nasty to tell you its name, you ask. That, my dears, is a very good question.
    You begin with (yet another) table and a pendulum. This table is easy. I have, in a pinch, used my telephone         keypad. You just need something to display letters or sets of letters (think Ouija board). In a – sometimes painstaking – conversation with the Nasty, you will ask a series of questions in order to obtain it’s name. Like I said above, do NOT let it toy with you. Remind it that it answers to you and that you stand at the center of the (Etheric) cosmos as a representative of the Creator (its Creator). Hopefully you won’t have to resort to threats. If you find yourself expressing a parental tone and counting “1 … 2 … ,” The Bad Witch recommends that you place the entity in a state of stasis as best you can and call for back-up. If no back up is to be found, resort to threats – but be prepared to follow through with full authority. If you frighten easily, this is just not for you. (Go ahead and contact me. I’m here to help.)
Now that you have your Nasty / Ewie / bear in a state of manifestation, and once you know it’s name, banish it. Banish it good. Banish it hard. Mean it. Don’t invite the S.O.B. back. Not even in that small place in the back of your head that likes all of the Astral Drama. (It’s an effing BEAR.) Because if you invite it back – even sort of invite it back -it will come back. With friends. And then? Good luck to ya.
After it’s gone, be sure to close the portal through which you sent it. Silly. And lock it up tight. You are going to need some sleep.
Ground yourself well. Then quit thinking about it. Completely. (This is, indeed, easier said than done.)
A lot of witches will tell you that the best thing to do now is laugh. After all, laughter is a great banisher. This is true. However, The Bad Witch recommends you take it a step further – have a drink and watch something like Mystery Science Theater 3000. Laugh, yes. But laugh in such a way that moves your brain away from the Nasty and away from magic. A return to the banal and mundane physical life is a great sealant for the portal you closed and locked tight.
If the bear breaks your door in again, call animal control. It’s OK to admit that some things are beyond our (current) capacities.
Be safe.
Be blessed.
Be loved.
Blessings, Quarks, and 93,
TBW