A wide range of past and present cultures have offered their own folkloric and religious methods for ridding homes of evil spirits, such as the Ancient Egyptian use of garlic, the Catholic practice of exorcism and the Irish-American practice of making jack-o'-lanterns. Originally carved from turnips, rutabagas or potatoes, the frightening appearance of these jack-o'-lanterns was supposed to drive evil spirits away, while at the same time serving as a marker for lost souls trying to find their way back to the spirit world.
Other food-based traditions for protecting the home from evil spirits are the Hungarian practice of scattering salt, the generally European practice of scattering mustard seeds on roofs and the Japanese practice of littering homes with beans during the festival of Setsuben, paying particular attention to doorways and dark areas of the house.
Although not widely accepted as canon by the Catholic church (at least until 2014 when Pope Francis gave it his official recognition), exorcism is a ritualized means of driving spirits from the home (along with any other place or object). It can also be used to cast demons from the bodies of possessed people. It involves the recitation of prayers and the personification of suffering as satanic.Learn More
Some methods to communicate with spirits include ordinary verbal communication, dowsing pendulums and Ouija boards. These techniques provide varying levels of communication with spirits and require different levels of experience.Full Answer >
To hear and see spirits, set up a soothing physical environment, relax the body, quiet the mind and enter through a door. Ask for protection and call on only the benevolent spirits to appear. Receive messages from the spirits and give them thanks.Full Answer >
Ghost boxes, spirit boards, tea leaf readings and digital handheld recorders are popular methods mediums use for spirit communication. Whether or not these methods work remains open to interpretation.Full Answer >
It's often possible to see spirits by looking for sparkles of light, shadows, apparitions or and fuzzy air in your peripheral vision. Most people sense spirits before they see them, but paying attention to these visual clues can help you better perceive and identify the presence of spiritual energy.Full Answer >