How to Conduct a Séance

Throughout the Victorian age, parties that featured a séance were all the rage. Hosts would gather people together to contact the dead. In recent years, there has been increased skepticism towards séances. However, a lot of people continue to believe that making contact with the dead is possible.

If you’re planning to hold a séance in your own home, you need a few likeminded people and a few vital supplies.

When choosing participants, select people who believe in the possibility of communicating with the dead, skeptics can harm the séance’s chances of success. And because the experience can be intense, it is usually best to keep young children out of the circle.

To hold a séance, and increase the chances of contacting a spirit, follow these steps:

Assemble the Participants: Gather the people who will participate. (Select people that believe in communicating with the dead). It is said  the number of participants should be divisible by three. But this isn’t the absolute rule to follow. No fewer than three people should attempt a séance, as seances  can be emotionally and physically exhausting on a small group.

Choose a Medium: Having a medium at the table is a good idea. You might want to choose a medium among the participants. This could be a person who has had experience with séances or someone who has displayed that they’ve got psychic abilities.

Use a Round or Oval Table: This helps create the symbolic circle believed necessary for the ritual.  As most rituals are done in circles (Spirit circle). Also a square or rectangular table would make it more difficult to join hands.

Light Candles: Also in the center of the table, place no fewer than three candles (or a number divisible by three) lit candles; the more candles, the better. Spirits still seek warmth and light. This will also help with creating the atmosphere.

Create Some Atmosphere: Dim the lights and eliminate any distractions. Turn off all music and quite the television. Making sure all mobil phones are also switched off even people watching seance should have their mobils switched off.

Join Hands: Seated around the table, the participants must all join hands in a circle. At this point a proction prayer can also be said over the table.

Summon the Spirit: The medium can then start the seance by call fourth the spirits

Wait for a Response: If no response comes, repeat the chant until the spirit responds.

Communicate: If and when the spirit responds–either by tapping/bangs, or some other means, or through the medium–ask your questions.

Begin: Ask the spirit, yes and no questions at first. Ask the spirit for one tap/bang to communicate no, and two taps/bangs to communicate yes.

Communicate Directly: If a spirit chooses to speak through the medium, as sometimes this will happen, you may ask any kind of question.

Maintain Control: If the séance seems to be getting out of hand, end the séance by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights.( Always remember safety first).

End the Séance: When you’re done with your line of questioning, thank the spirit for joining you and tell them to go in peace. At this time a closing prayer can be said. Break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles.

Hosting a séance can be an emotional, yet satisfying experience. When hosting your meeting, proceed with caution and patience to get the best results. Always have someone keeping an eye over the seance that is not participanting. 

The Darwin Séance, 1874
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