12 Steps For Holding A Proper Seance

So you want to host a séance, but you don’t want to have one of those lame high school séances where everyone drinks too much blackberry wine and pukes all over your Ouija board. You want to host a real séance, with candles and stuff. Seance directions can be hard to come by - after all, you are dealing with the occult, and real books about magic aren’t just hanging around your local Barnes and Noble - so these séance steps will hopefully put you on the right track to hosting a successful chat with a spirit. Once you’re able to make contact with something beyond the grave, you can help your friends speak to relatives who have moved on, or maybe you can even sell your soul to the devil.

If you’re wondering how to have a séance, then you’ve come to the right place. The séance instructions included here will get you communing with the dead and learning secrets from the nether-realm in no time. You might even be able to figure out how to correctly play “light as a feather, stiff as a board” if you follow them correctly - with the occult, there’s no end to things that you can achieve.

Whether you’re wondering how to host a séance or how you should act at a séance that you’ll be attending in the near future, there’s something here for you to learn. As long as you remember to follow these steps correctly you should be A-OK when you meet a spirit from beyond the grave.

  • Who Do You Invite?

    Who Do You Invite?
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    Séances are tricky business, and you don't want to invite people who are going to ruin the atmosphere with negative attitudes, or by poo-pooing the entire event. Even if you don't end up chatting with something from beyond the grave, you still want to have a good time. If you invite skeptical people to the séance, then the positive atmosphere is going to be wrecked and you probably won't get a chance to communicate with any spirits. When you send out the invites, make sure you tell your cool friends to come, and the more open they are to the idea of a spirit world, the better. 

  • What Should You Bring?

    If you're hosting your first séance, what should you have available? If you're using a tarot deck, use your favorite set. If you don't have a favorite set, just use one that speaks to you. There are a variety of tarot decks, and you're sure to find something that's your style. Set up some candles (they look super spooky), a bundle of dried sage is always good for effect, and you should definitely have a Ouija board on hand to ask questions to any spirits who decide to speak to you. If you're certain that you're going to speak with something from beyond the grave, then bring a voice recorder to pick up the audio from the session - you never know what you're going to hear.

    If you're a guest at a séance, bring a bottle of wine or some dip, everyone likes wine and dip. 

  • Where Do You Conduct The Seance?

    Where Do You Conduct The Seance?
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    Where's the best place for a séance? The living room? Your kitchen? The attic? It's important that wherever you choose to conduct your séance is going to have as few interruptions as possible. You want to find a safe and private place where you can set the mood. You don't want to be in a room where your TV is going to come on at a key juncture and you should keep your phones out of the room just in case someone gets a surprising text message mid-séance. Remember, find a place with no distractions and you'll be good to go. 

  • Who Should Be In Charge?

    Who Should Be In Charge?
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    The most important part of your séance is choosing who's going to lead it. Whomever you pick to run the spooky chat is in charge of speaking to the spirits - you don't want the ghosts to get confused - so they need to be someone you trust to be cool under fire, and open to anything weird that might happen. If you have a close friend who knows a little something about the spirit world, that may be best. If not, it might be beneficial for you to hire a medium for the evening

  • Where Should You Be Mentally?

    Where Should You Be Mentally?
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    When you're dealing with creatures from the spirit realm, you probably don't want to be in a bad place. If you go into a séance with any worries about the situation then something is probably going to go wrong. Negative energy draws out negative energy, and if you start to reaching into the nether-realm with your bad mumbo jumbo, you're bound to pull out something that's extra creepy. Even if you're more bummed out than your friends, make sure you're surrounded by a few positive people who can keep you on an even keel so you don't end up haunted by a Ouija monster. 

  • If People Don't Want To Participate, Don't Force Them

    If People Don't Want To Participate, Don't Force Them
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    Even if everyone that you invite doesn't believe in ~the spirit world~ you never know how they're going to react when things start getting spooky. Magical objects and a creepy mood have interesting effects on people, and friends who may have been down to call the four corners or chat with an old friend may suddenly chicken out before it's time to do the deed - and that's totally fine. If someone suddenly doesn't want in on the fun, don't force them to take part in anything against their will or everyone is going to have a bad time