LiPaPo 6: Intruding Spirits

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

I have heard often from others, as well as experienced myself, that not all spirit beings are well-meaning. Most of the  ones I have encountered were indeed divine beings, but occasionally there appears a presence that does nothing but create an uneasy feeling in the area, and may follow me around until prompted to leave.

These presences are most often what I call “floaters”. They are more than just clouds of angry or sad emotion, but can also not quite be called “spirits”. They are just… floaters. There are locations where they seem to cluster, for example here where I live there is an old church and convent in the inner city, which seems to be a gathering place for them. Graveyards are also a good bet to find them, although these places can be anywhere. In my experience there is nothing deliberately malicious about them. They just sort of latch on, and are unpleasant, like when you walk into a spider web.

On the streets they come and go, what is especially unpleasant though is if they start gathering in the home. The home is supposed to be where we feel safe and comfortable, not where strange eerie things float. But the floaters work just like any intruder: if the home is visibly well defended, they will stay away. I have plenty of arrows and blades lying around here…

LiPaPo 5: Spirits of the Dead

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

Today I have been thinking about the spirits of those who have passed away. As I wrote yesterday, I believe that some of the guardian and guide spirits we may have around us are actually spirits of our ancestors. Generally, concerning the path of the spirit after death, I believe that the spirit will leave the body, perhaps float around on earth for a while before finding their way. They may choose to rest for a while in the presence of the Gods, then move on and be reborn again. Alternatively they could choose/be called to become guardian or guide spirits, as for example the case of yesterday’s post. I refer to those who have left their previous life but not yet been “reassigned” to the next as the “spirits of those who passed”.

While I often sense deities and other divine messenges, guardians and guides, I am not a medium at all. In areas where many spirits of the passed may be present, I wil feel uneasy. Although that may equally just be my imagination. The realm of the dead is just not something I am connected to in any way… nor do I desire to be. I think that if a soul is already passed and is moving on, we should let them be. Of course their passing should be honoured, but afterwards, both parties must accept it and move on.

On the other hand, I sometimes read stories about how skilled mediums give great blessings and comfort to their clients, which I respect them for. In those cases, establishing some contact indeed seems to be the right thing to do. Perhaps those are cases where there are unfinished issues that cause distress? Oh well, it is not my area of expertise, and therefore, out of respect to the passed souls, I will not attempt to blunder into their realm.

LiPaPo 4: Ancestral spirits

Hello all~ this is the LiPaPo series, standing for Little Pagan Post. Every day I will post a short little post, exploring an aspect of my beliefs and practices. I hope you enjoy them ~ kitty hugs to all~ Joouna

It seems I am going nicely over a continuous chain of thoughts over this LiPaPo series~ yesterday I wrote about diversity, and how different groups of people have a beautiful variation of roots. These roots are the line from generation to generations, along which genetic information, language, traditions, culture and knowledge was passed down. A long line of people, ultimately ending with… us, in the present day.

Note: When talking about ancestors, we run into a slight linguistic bump, because that word does not distinguish between recent past (e.g. grandparents) or distant past (e.g. the Romans, the old tribes of Europe, or even Neanderthal people). I use the term to signify the distant past only.

I believe that the ancestors do not just continue on through our genetic makeup. Some souls, especially those who were greatly determined to support and protect the children of their blood, may choose/be called to watch over them in spirit, and become guardians of their people. Kings and heroes are likely candidates, but it is impossible to discern a single, separate, individual identity. They become a collective of spirits of our roots, blood and homelands, and accompany us, the children of their blood, with hopes that our line may continue into a long and prosperous future.