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.
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.
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.