Category: AAAAAAH! How can I defend myself?

Circle Charms

One of the easiest direct ways to get rid of a ghost that you know, or think you know, is there is through the use of a circle charm.

The concept is that since ghosts are stopped by the idea of a barrier, you can create a barrier simply by imagining one, if there is a symbolic entity to denote the boundary.

I call this a circle charm, but it could just as easily be a triangle charm, square charm, or what have you. I’ve just noticed that people tend to be able to draw nearer-to-perfect circles than any other shape.

Step one, enclose yourself in a drawn circle. You can use chalk, pencil, or even string or a line drawn in sand. What matters is that the circle be enclosed and unbroken, and that you are in it (along with whatever spirit you want to trap).

Step two: The tricky step. You have to imagine that the circle you’ve drawn is a barrier, a force field. Put your hands out to the edge of the barrier and imagine you can feel it pushing back. Close your eyes and see it shimmering there, concentrate on that image, truly believe it to be there.

Step three. Carefully step out of the circle, and imagine the barrier pulling back at you as you step through, closing shut behind you. Do not break the circle in any way.
And that’s it. If performed correctly, the ghost will be left behind within the circle, trapped until the circle is broken. At this point, you could choose to move on to banishing the spirit, getting rid of it entirely, or if you’re not the destroying type, you could perform this charm in an out of the way area, and simply leave the ghost there and go home, or back to your life, or whatever. It is a common misconception that parasitic ghosts will “haunt” a particular person. In reality, this is only because the person is the most desirable target at the time. If you leave, the ghost will, when released, just wander until it finds another host.

One more thing that is sometimes used as a back up to a circle charm is leaving an anathema suited to the particular ghost inside the circle. This will strengthen the hold the circle has on the ghost, and even a weak circle will hold a ghost for long enough for you to get away.


One of the easiest ways that most people dislodge parasitic entities is by passing through a threshold. As was explained before, ghosts respond to ideas of things, meanings placed on physical objects by people. The most effective method of dislodging a ghost is through the use of a symbol of protection, the idea of a wall.

There are many physical walls that are not meant to be barriers. A public office building or store is not meant to hold people out, it’s meant to invite them in. Therefore, a ghost would come with you were you to pass through the door and into the building. A building that is a symbol of protection, however, such as a person’s own home or whatever place they see as home, or a place that many people feel is protected, like a place of worship, police office, bank vault, bunker, etc, will turn spirits away at the door, even if the door is opened to let a living person through. This is called the threshold effect, and it is a particularly effective method of removing an unwanted spirit.

The only time a threshold will fail is if the ghost has “burrowed in” sufficiently that it has gained access to within the host’s aura. The ghost can then pass into a person’s physical body, and bypass the threshold, no matter how strong. At this point, strong foci and some kind of concerted banishment are recommended.

99% of the time, a person who is unknowingly harboring a spiritual entity will pass through a threshold or remove it some way by accident, before it has reached this point. A ghost will have to have been in place for months. This most commonly happens when a person moves to a new and unfamiliar place that they have yet to place meaning to. A person moving to a new house, for example, will not see it as “home” and spirits would find it easy to pass through the threshold at will. to be safe, when moving to a new place, carrying a focus object with oneself is recommended for the first few months, until you are familiar with the area and feel you “fit in”.

Foci (the plural of focus) are another excellent first line of defense against ghosts. They are symbolic objects that you hold dear. Anything you feel strengthens you spiritually could be a focus, and the most effective for keeping nasty things away are symbols that you believe protect you. remember, that since a ghost is the idea of a person, something that is a symbol of protection against harmful things will actually protect you. Foci are one of the major reasons that one of the best places to be if you want to be rid of spirits is a place you think of as home. Not only are we unconsciously more secure in our homes, which contributes to the threshold effect (explained in a different post) we are usually surrounded by symbols of safety and protection. Pictures of our loved ones. Symbols of faith.

In this ironic way, superstition can aid a person against spiritual entities. Old wives tales, good luck charms, and the like may do nothing realistically, but if a person truly believes in them and places faith in them, they can help against hostile spirits.

What makes a good focus? If you’re going to carry it around with you, a small object that you can wear as a piece of jewelry (most popular and effective are religious symbols.) something light (like a love letter, small picture, something like that) and most importantly, something you feel has a “protective” aura. These objects serve to fortify the person unconsciously. Not everyone wants to be suspicious, jumping at shadows at the time, and foci give us that assurance. sure, a person always on the alert for ghostly predators would be very safe from them just by making themselves an unattractive target, but what kind of life would that be? Foci are always useful as long as the person attaches meaning to them.

A word of caution: your foci will protect you and you alone. They are different from enchanted objects in that they do not carry energy inside themselves, they work to bolster the energy of the user. Therefore, a man of the cloth might be totally protected by a wooden cross amulet, but if he handed it to an atheist man, he would gain nothing. A focus will not protect your loved ones, your friends, anyone but you. If you’re looking for a way to protect another person, the easiest thing to do would be to bring them to their room, their space. Surround them in objects that they may or may not place meaning in, and odds are they will be better protected than anywhere else.

Anathema are a general way of getting hostile ghosts and parasites to stay away from you. They are symbolic objects, much like foci, but differ in that they are symbols that a spirit would place importance in, rather than you. The easiest example is money. A parasite focused on greed might latch on to money carried by a person rather than the person themselves. since money is so commonly carried, greed parasites are among the least dangerous, oftentimes just flitting around places where money is commonly exchnaged such as banks, stock exchanges and the like. There are many that are more difficult, however, Nightmares especially. Since a Nightmare is focused on fear, the best anathema would be a symbol of something you’re afraid of, but if you’re truly afraid of it, you may not want to carry it around or keep it at a waypoint.

Other common anathema items that prove effective are blood (spilled, not in one’s veins. Carrying a small vial or getting a paper cut) which seems to work to a small extent for many spirits. Ghosts seem inordinately interested in it, and for possible reasons why, one might look in “Theoretical Rambling”. Knives or weapons often help against spirits associated with anger. Mirrors seem to be a kind of catch-all for spirits, and work in a way similar to anathema for reasons I do not yet fully understand. The procedure for use of a mirror to repel a ghost is to spend a good time looking in the mirror, examining your face and the surrounding area, then abruptly move on. A ghost that has not been attached for long will be left standing at the mirror. it is in this way that many people inadvertently remove hostile entities from themselves.

The trick with Anathema is that they can cause a ghost to be drawn away from a person, but the ghost could just as easily come back if the person is made a more appealing target. carrying one’s anathema around with them is therefore a dangerous proposition. For example, let’s say a person owns a knife. An anger spirit uses the knife as anathema, but later on the person, still carrying the knife, is goaded into a fight. The hostile spirit would see the person as a more attractive target when radiating anger, and would enter them again. Compounding the problem is the fact that now, the person has a weapon at hand when their rage is being intensified by a hostile entity, causing potentially disastrous consequences.

The use of anathema to remove a spirit is therefore a “use and dump” process, at best. It may actually be a good idea to seek out anathema that you don’t own when you believe a spirit is affecting you, and then leave the area immediately after coming into contact with them. For instance, let’s say the person in the above example believes there is a spirit attached to them, causing them to be angry. He goes to a nearby army surplus store, and walks by a display case of weaponry and leaves the store. He would have left the spirit behind there.

Furthermore, anathema are not a perfect method. There is a window of around a month where anathema will be effective against an invasive parasite spirit, but after that, they will have become attached to the host and able to access their energy easily enough that an anathema, even a strong one, will no longer have any pull on the spirit. Therefore, when attempting to remove a spirit that you have detected in some way, anathema are best tried alongside other removal methods to be sure that you’ve got the parasite removed.

Hey everybody. This is a section on how to easily distinguish the work of a spiritual parasite or other malignant hanger-on from a normal physical or psychological ailment. This is mostly a way to test if there’s really something bad going on in a paranormal sense or not. Most of the time, your chosen brand of therapy, self help psychology, or medical attention will be much much much more effective than any of the spirit banishing techniques found in this section, and it’s very important to be sure that you know what you’re dealing with.

Method one: The easy method.

Do you know an ectomancer? Have they earned your trust in their spiritual detection abilities over the years? possibly the easiest method to determine whether you’ve got a parasite attached to you is to have them check you out. This method may also help in that they may even be able to tell you if you’d had one recently and are still feeling the effects. I would like to stress how important it is that you know for sure that this person is a legitimate ectomancer. Do not go to madame Glizinda at the fair. Also (to the extent of my knowledge) it is impossible to know whether a person is spiritually affected any way except face to face. Phone, skype, etc etc do not work.

Method two: Self-evaluation.

It’s obvious you have a reason for believing there’s something attached to you. Maybe you just don’t feel right. Maybe you have been having a string of nasty nightmares one after another, the kind that return in all their intensity as soon as you fall back asleep. Maybe you feel angry, sad, or horny all the time towards everyone for no reason at all, and you’re suspicious about it. Whatever it is, you have to look at yourself. Is there any other reason you might feel this way. Experiment by probing your thoughts for things that normally make you feel a certain way, and see if whatever emotion in question pervades them. If it seems like the emotion is being placed there intentionally, or heightened artificially, you may be under the effects of a parasite. Remember that spiritual parasites latch onto one emotion or feeling to the exclusion of all others. If you can think of any reason you may be feeling this, deep down, it may be a better idea to seek psychological therapy rather than spiritual.

Method three: Second Opinion.

If you are performing method 2 on yourself, this is a good idea to include. Approach a trusted friend, lover, parent, or advisor, and ask about your recent behavior. If they notice that something is off about you, or that you don’t seem like yourself, then it may be a good idea to look through a few of the other articles in this section, on anathema, foci, and removal methods. Again, if these don’t seem to change anything, a counselor or psychologist may be a better alternative.