The Evocation of Anger

I had the misfortune recently to finally come down with some sort of upper respiratory plague. I do not get sick very often but, when I do, I do it well and I am not a believer in ‘toughing it out’ unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Instead, I took a couple of days off of work and watched some TV when I was not napping.

Of course, that television had to include some paranormal shows. I had the opportunity to watch several episodes of “Monster and Mysteries in America’ which I found campy and amusing and one of the ghost shows that I had not seen before. I am not going to name the show but, as with other paranormal investigation shows that I have watched, there was a whole lot of anger going on.

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Now, I have given my opinion of ‘provoking’ tactics in a number of other posts. My basic stance: don’t do it. If you have been called to someone’s home or business to investigate a possible haunting, it is downright idiotic to run around calling out spirits all night. If there are entities of one sort or the other in that space, how do you really suppose this is going to settle things down for the people who have invited you into their space? And, if you happen to be going into a place known for activity that happens to have been, say, a sanitarium or prison, do you really suppose that it is the height of intelligence to provoke the spirits in a place where killers and other bad actors once lived?

It might make the alleged investigator feel macho but I suspect that most of the people who use these tactics really have not thought through what they are doing. It seems to me that the only reason most of these ‘investigators’ come out more or less unscathed is that the more powerful spirits really do not want to waste the time and energy it would take to play a quick game of squash with these individual’s heads.

What I found interesting though was the number of times these tactics seemed to produce phenomenon. Setting aside my reservations about paranormal TV and faking evidence, this group seemed to be able to gather some decent EVP’s and other manifestations as they went stomping through their sites. If I were a spirit in their area. I would have ignored them or worse, given their rude tactics, but then it dawned on me the sort of ‘evidence’ they were getting. Almost all of the sound recordings and other supposed manifestations of spirit presence were as hostile as the investigators themselves were.

Now, let me digress for a moment. In magical work, when you want to call a spirit or spirits, there are a number of techniques you can use, from the fairly simple to the ritualistically complex. You have to know what you are calling, you have to have some association or connection to that spirit (usually a symbol or sigil) and you usually have to be working within a particular tradition that outlines the proper technique for evocation. When you take these three things and combine them with the magician’s ability to open portals and empower a rite, you will have a successful evocation. This branch of magic is not one that is learned in a day and it is one that requires lots of practice to be really good at it.

Evocation, however, is a technique that summons a specific spirit or class of spirits. Almost anyone, with a modicum of talent and energy can get a response from something if they have the necessary focus. Please witness all the people who have scared themselves witless using a Ouija board. Even an untrained person can send out a signal on the astral that attracts “astral trash” – parasites, low level spirits and even, in some cases, thought forms – that are looking for an energetic snack. These ‘trash’ energies will play along with people to get what they want . . . ingress to a person’s energy field. So, basically, what happens in provoking style investigations is that the person who is calling out the spirits is getting the type of spirit that likes to snack on the energy that he or she is putting out: anger. While it is possible that the investigator may get some real human spirits mixed in with the trash, it is almost impossible to tell one being from the other without scorecard.

This inability to discern the spirits is yet another reason why having an experienced magician (or a well trained and competent medium) on a paranormal investigation team is not just a convenience but a must. If you, as the investigator, can not sort the spirits and there is not some machine that will do it for you, then you have to rely on the technology that has been available in human culture for centuries. Otherwise, at best, you will tick off the local spirits and, at worst, you will actually attract the attention of new spirits who are motivated by a hunger for aggressive energy. That situation is surely not one that you want to leave your client in.

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10 responses to “The Evocation of Anger

  • Stephanie Qich

    oh storm your last three posts have me thinking thinking thinking……i wish your last paragraph here could be broadcast as a public service announcement at the beginning of all paranormal shows!!

    Speaking of the round of paranormal podcasts, Tracy Twyman has been making them to promote her recent book ‘clock shavings’. The gist seems to be her ongoing contact via ouija board with an entity claiming to be Bapomet, and said entity encouraging TT to start a secret society, begin recruiting members and publishing specific information, etc.

    From where i sit it all looks extraordinarily ill-advised, tho important for people to see as a cautionary tale. It involves quite a lot of material so i ask for your opinion but only if you have had the time and inclination to look into it – as i said it’s long and convoluted, i’ve been doing quite a bit of hand sewing recently so i listen while i stitch (hmmm…..).

    As you state in your post here mostly people just call up a bunch of junk, but it is possible to contact organized entities with their own agendas who are looking specifically for people who can promote those agendas for them on the physical plane….and they may not have any qualms about informed consent. In the pursuit of understanding this type of situation i do think Tracy Twyman’s experience is very interesting, especially as she is speaking about it more frankly than is common.

    Anyways i hope you are enjoying the fall, i have been very much appreciating your recent articles – it’s a banner day when i see a new post on your blog! Take care, steph

    • stormeye60

      Hi, Steph:

      Always good to hear from you. Hope all is well with your fall as well. I had not run across this Twyman person. If I have some time (my everyday job has been crazy busy), I will try to take a look.

      • Stephanie Qich

        hey busy guy!

        Well personally i don’t find Twyman’s viewpoint all that compelling or interesting. But i am quite interested to see that she is coming clean about how much of her information and even more interestingly her actions were inspired by these noncorporeal beings with who she is in touch. She’s been a prominent author in the alternate history/conspiracy field for over a decade, i am watching to see how people react to finding out this part of her method. Thus far people seem to be taking it in stride or swallowing it whole. the lack of discernment, skepticism, simple double-checking is, as usual, dismaying.

        But it is a time sink for sure and there’s plenty of other useful things to do. I hope you and yours have a really fun weekend! take care storm, steph

      • stormeye60

        I had a chance to look at her blog and will try to listen to an interview soon. I expect I will have something to say before it is all over 🙂

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  • Dan H.

    To be honest, a fair number of these TV programmes (I am thinking especially of the UK one, “Most Haunted”) are not actually trying to evoke anything at all. On the screen, you see two or three people with IR cameras, plus one or two other people in the background.

    If you actually visit the site of filming of such a programme, though, you’re in for a shock. A film crew can be thought of as a portable traffic jam; once you’ve fought your way past the half dozen equipment trucks, the catering bus, the crew busses and an assortment of private cars, trailers and the like, you will then come face to face with the small army that such an enterprise requires in order to function.

    There may be ghosts on-site, but pretty much all of the phenomena are special effects (remote solenoids for mysterious knocking sounds, for instance) that are produced in response to the completely scripted show. Even if the show isn’t scripted, the “completely impartial psychic” will normally have spent the day propping up the bar in the local pub, carefully absorbing local folklore and ghost reports. One notable local ghost supposedly contacted by the notorious Derek Acorah was the spirit of a South African farmer, who’d met a sticky end in the area. Yes, Kreed Kafer had quite a bit to say for himself on film, but somehow managed not to mention that his name was an anagram of “Derek Faker”.

    Acorah also famously got in touch, supposedly, with the spirit of an executed witch when that show did a live event near Pendle Hill (quite close to where I live, actually). Mr Nutter the farmer apparently did quite well out of the deal, which revolved around tramping around a semi-derelict house and barn on his farm. The spirit of the witch did less well; Acorah got her name wrong until, during a commercial break, he was somewhat forcibly reminded of the correct name; the man is shameless and simply corrected himself afterwards.

    What I am saying is that pretty much all of the TV shows of this nature are heavily scripted and faked. They have to be, since ghostly phenomena are highly unpredictable and don’t perform to order. Much easier to have some aggressive twerp shouting into the darkness to be replied to on cue by an apparently angry ghost thoughtfully provided by the TV company special effects department, then to try to rely on any supernatural wildlife present bothering to respond.

    • stormeye60

      Hi, Dan:

      Erudite as always. I’ve not had the opportunity to visit the set of one of these shows. As I noted, I have serious reservations about the ‘reality’ of the ghost shows – something you seem to confirm here – but this does not negate the point of the post i.e. that provocation tactics are unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Unfortunately, inexperienced investigators, seeing this sort of behavior modeled by people on TV, are liable to mimic these tactics.

      • Stephanie Qich

        re: the ‘reality’ of reality TV shows, see this whoforted? article from 2011:

        http://whofortedblog.com/2011/09/11/extremely-honest-wfs-exclusive-interview-jason-gowin/

        pertinent quote: “… I think Nathan said it once best after the show aired: “The only difference between a reality show and acting is in a reality show you keep your own name.”

        The other thing people need to understand is that I didn’t edit the show together, there were people hired for that and they are the people who literally create the show. When you are on camera, you are solely at the mercy of those who sit in the editing booth and sign the checks.

        To top all of this off, before you ever walk onto a set you sign a contract, and the first time you make any fuss during a shoot, it is made very clear that you either do what you are told or there are very large (several hundred thousand dollars large) fines for not doing so….So while I disagreed with a lot of what I saw, and there are things I’d love to come forward and say, to be honest there are network legal teams who search the net for those exact things, not to mention those people who will just cut and paste my words to those who can make those fines my problem, and I’d rather just stick to what I can say and hope that you can figure out what happened with the rest.”.

        Storm, your point about viewers deciding to emulate these tactics is to me the meat of thing. steph

  • Tara Theresa Hill

    Great blog post on this topic! I can’t stand when people start screaming at spirits on those shows or in any paranormal investigation. If you wouldn’t just walk up and shout at another human being, why would you do it to a spirit? It doesn’t make any sense. It’s like they don’t see spirits as people.

  • stormeye60

    Thanks for your reply. Manners are manners and I find they pay off no matter what dimension you happen to be in. Enjoy the blog – I have completed my move to Charlotte and hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

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