Who Shows Up

We have all played the “getting to know the local wights” game at one point or another (otherwise known as “Who Are the Spirits in Your Neighborhood?“). And on almost any decent bit of land, if one lays down honey, or bread, or milk, at least some spirits in the area will show up and partake…someone is always hungry.

But what if instead you deliberately tried to attract really interesting sorts of spirits? You go to a likely place, and offer something very…particular. What enjoys withered apples plucked from a graveyard on May Eve? What thirsts for lotus flowers steeped in wine? What is summoned by the smoke of tree resins burning with a drop of blood? You’ll find out when They show up.

To be sure, this is a dangerous game, and only to be played with utter seriousness of intent and respect for the entities involved (and sometimes fear). But for certain sorts, it might be more compatible in the long run with the type of Work we wish to do, and the type of help we are likely to need. And even the type of companionship we tend to keep. (You’ll know if you’re that sort, probably, if you have all of those things in your cupboard right now.)

Of course, this sort of attitude has gotten me in a lot of trouble in the past, and I can’t rightly recommend it, but it’s also made for a very interesting path thus far.

~ by Dver on January 2, 2013.

4 Responses to “Who Shows Up”

  1. Oooohh, interesting! Although, to be honest, I’ve never “formally” gone out to see “who the people in the neighborhood” are beyond the one’s I’ve bumped into while keeping the ole’ Awareness Feelers out when out and about. I always imagined it would be something akin to putting out birdseed, and waiting quietly nearby to see what comes? I’ve been meaning to try more spirit-meeting activities like this! I’ll have to start simple and then work up to the more… unusual…inhabitants🙂

    • Yes, it’s sort of like that. It’s not necessarily something *everyone* needs to do, but I definitely think it’s important for spirit-workers to know the spirits around them, and probably a good idea for polytheists and animists too, especially if you plan on staying in that area for awhile. However, only certain types of people will want to go looking for the sorts of spirits I’m talking about here.

  2. what an interesting thought! I would LOVE to hear more about the experiences you’ve had with this.

    • I write about things like this in a broad, general way precisely because I do not usually share specific experiences with the public at large. Not only are they intimate and sacred, but they won’t really help anyone else directly. All I can give is a map, it’s up to you to explore your own territory.

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