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People Who Dabbled In The Occult Share Their Most Frightening Experiences

April 29, 2020 17.3k votes 2.5k voters 92.3k views20 items

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Who hasn't considered dabbling in the occult at one time or another? The world offers so many options for spiritual exploration, it's often tempting to experiment with mysticism, hexes, or projections, and these people did exactly that

Ouija boards, tarot cards, and crystals are all popular forms of seeking occult experiences, but sometimes, these methods return greater results than the conjurer bargained for. Whatever your beliefs, these occult stories may make you consider whether there are forces at play beyond the physical realm.

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    Their Date Summoned A Spirit To Their Basement

    From Redditor /u/Snicklefritz646:

    This happened a few years ago. I was on a dating site and matched with an attractive person. So, I started chatting. We made it to the "plans tonight?" part of the conversation, and she told me she was going to play hide and seek with "Fluffy," [and she was] pointing out the item in [her] second profile picture, a bloody rabbit mask. Eh, ok, let's be weird. So, I played along until she mentioned that they would be playing in my basement. I thought, "How in the hell? Eh, wild guess, probably."

    I lied and told her I didn't have a basement. Immediately, she texted, "Oh Yeah?" and I heard [my name] booming from the basement. I won't lie to you... I about sh*t myself. Obviously, I blocked her and froze for an hour before I gathered the courage to check my completely-enclosed-from-the-outside basement. I didn't find anything, thankfully.

    I didn't have a smart device at all, and I didn't have any speakers that could have been hacked. I didn't even have wireless internet at the time. The basement was completely empty. I can't explain it in the slightest.

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    Their Boyfriend Sent A Malevolent Spirit To Watch Them Sleep

    From Redditor /u/DistinguishedDemon:

    ...When I was in high school, I dated a guy who, to be frank, was always an a**hole, but towards the end of our relationship, [he] started worshipping Satan. One night while on the phone (this was before cell phones), he said he sent “something” to pay me a visit that night. Not taking him seriously at ALL, I laughed like, yeah okay, whatever. We hung up the phone, I fell asleep.

    In the middle of the night, while asleep, I started feeling the worst stomach cramps I’ve ever had. Tossing and turning, waking up and trying to go back to sleep, it would not go away unless I opened my eyes and sat up. I settled, trying to sleep, and there was a whisper. It sounded like a man’s voice [saying], “Hey.” It was right in my ear. I opened my eyes, looked around - nothing. Closed my eyes again, drifted off, and again felt cramping to the point of sickness in my stomach as another whisper sounded, “Wake up.” I sat up, the sick feeling stopped.

    At this point, I’m fully freaked out. The whispers sounded like someone hovering over me. I pulled the covers over my head and just tried to lay still and pretend I didn’t exist and that sh*t didn’t just happen. Minutes went by, and I thought everything was fine, [but] then suddenly tapping started in my room, like someone was walking [through] and smacking things randomly. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I BOLTED from my bed and ripped my bedroom door open and RAN out.

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    A Priestess Stopped Their Nightly Sleep Paralysis

    From Redditor /u/Pecuche:

    When I was in high school, I had this sudden bout of nightmares and sleep paralysis. I wasn't going through a stressful time or anything, and I don't freak out easily. I grew up watching '80s and '90s horror films, and I normally sleep with total darkness and doors closed.

    These nightmares were super sudden and happened almost every night. It was constant sleep paralysis where my room was on fire, or there were bats thrashing around above me, or there was a figure hovering over my body and I couldn't breathe (the classic). Sometimes my speakers let out strange, frequency-type sounds, even when [they were] switched off. Things would fall off my shelves, etc. My mom would always find me sleeping on the couch the next morning with the TV on because it was so crazy.

    Suddenly it all stopped, and when I told my mom, she admitted that she had [sought] advice from a priestess who engraved a blessing for me on a silver pendant and instructed my mom to place it in my room. She didn't want to tell me to see if it would work. I've never had such episodes since.

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    Their Whole Family Is 'A Little Magical'

    From a Redditor:

    Both my husband and I have family members who have "a little magic." 

    1) I was staying with my grandma so she could help me with the baby. I had a bad toothache and [was waiting] for my appointment. Up late with pain trying to be [quiet] so I don't wake anyone. My 2-year-old calls for me. I bend over the play pen, and she puts her [tiny] hand on my cheek, and [says], "Poor mama." That instant, the pain was gone.

    2) I was helping my cousin move into his first apartment. When I pulled into the parking lot, my daughter looked up from her dolls [and] said monsters live there. She spent the day talking to her friends from behind the curtain. I didn't tell my cousin about the "monsters." He moved out after 20 days.

    3) When I was 20, I had a detailed dream that I was talking to a little girl. "We have to save him," [she said.] "Who?" I asked. She looks over the side of the raft, and in the black oily water, a baby boy is [floating]. I pick him up and hold him in my lap. The girl smiles and tells me, " I'm glad we picked you." Three years later, I have a daughter and a newborn son who look just like the kids in my dream.

    4) When I was 13, my future sister-in-law spent the night. We were up late and noticed the corners of my room getting darker. It [kept] closing in, and we got scared. We [went] down to the living room and sat close to each other. That [was] when we saw [a] large, rotten fox walking on its hind legs outside the picture window. It looked at us for a long time before it walked away.

    I have a lot more. Safe to say I believe in the possibility of a world just outside of notice.