The Magic of Water

Aside from the health benefits of drinking good pure water daily, this elixir of life has incredible power when it comes to pagans and in the human experience.

Water is a universal cleaner, the fluid of life and the largest component in the human body. We are over ninety percent water and our bodies respond faster to dehydration than any other natural condition. We must take in fluids to be healthy. Water is the best there is.

Oceans and other bodies of water provide a home for the teeming forms of life in each, both plant and animal. These bodies of water contain all tat is needed for the multitudinous creatures to survive.

In the practice of magic, water provides the fluid as a conduit, symbolizing not only blood, but the fluid of the womb, rebirthing and replenishing what has been depleted. The element of water washes away the old and refreshes the new…ushering in the cleanliness and clarity of this moment.

The flow of a moving stream shows another aspect to water. Moving water is power in another way. The movement of it generates a constant rebirth and so renewal for stones and other magical tools is done well when the item is immersed in moving / running water.

Hydromancy is the art of scrying in a dish of water, from an ancient tradition practiced (in recorded history) in both ancient Greece and Rome, but with traditions back much much farther than that. Water scrying appears in literature like the story of Arthur and Gwenevere. The Avalon priestesses scry in a holy well up on the Tor.

Today, many pagans and seers use a black or dark ceramic or glass dish. Pure spring water works the best. The Greeks believed that spirits lived in the water and could control it.

Water is a necessary liquid of life and spirit, body and soul. It is the Great Fluid


© J Thompson


Walk-Ins, Step-Ins, Other-Kins

Walk-ins, Step-ins, Other-kins  — Soul exchanging

Popular Mythos
A typical modern walk-in report is similar to near-death experience, generally involving a human who is initially injured, ill, incapacitated, or seems to “die” and then recover during surgery. Deep emotional trauma and suicidal desires are said to be other suitable settings for the “walk-in”.

After recovering the “walk-in” may behave dramatically differently from previously established behaviour patterns. S/he may speak in an unfamiliar language, self-identify under a different name, be disoriented, or supernally calm. Under current conditions such experience cannot be proven to have an objective basis or “reality”; in psychological terms, this subjective experience might be caused by depersonalization.
In the popular mythos the walk-in exists to provide an accessible wisdom, via close encounters with the nature of personality or death. Typically the walk-in’s statements reflect popular obsessions, often of a New Age character, and may be considered “wise” by virtue of slightly archaic language and non-committal references to the metaphysical. Typical statements might include “It is not known where the original inhabitant of the body has gone”, and references to reincarnation via the statement “the original soul has left and gone on”. The new individual may claim he or she is an angel; a “new” version of the former self; an older, more experienced soul; less often, a brand new one who has never incarnated before; or other origins.

Many walk-ins claim heightened psychic sensitivity and may take up work as New Age healers or ministers. Others claim inability to accomplish basic tasks of daily living. Clearly, at least for some, claiming a walk-in experience may have a number of secondary gains.

In classical cases, the change is immediately apparent to the subject. However, it may take weeks or months before a supposed walk-in notices, or comes to believe, that a transition has indeed occurred. The New Age religion explains this in terms of the “new soul” having enough information to take up the life of the “previous occupant” seamlessly

Occasionally, the “old self” returns after a period of months or years; whereupon either the “new self” departs, or they coexist and may try to integrate into a single being, or work out a means of cooperation and live as two persons in one body.

Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula – at

This kind of walk-in is very similar to old-time, pre-Sybil cases of multiple personalities such as Mary Reynolds. A period of unconsciousness is followed by the manifestation of a new self. William James studied Reynolds and Ansel Bourne, and thought of multiple personality as something natural but not yet understood, rather than a mental disease

Boris Sidis in his 1903 book Multiple Personalities recorded similar cases, involving both men and women.

The Spiritualist version of the walk-in belief is similar, except that Spiritualists dealt less with “advanced beings” or guides than with the souls of ordinary persons, perhaps loved ones, who would take up residence within the body of a living person to help them or to stay in touch with earthly goings-on. An example would be the cooperative partnership of Florence Cook with “Katie King”. [2] This was regarded as a completely normal form of mediumship.

The original animus of the body is typically portrayed as spiritually exhausted, voluntarily taking a break or ceding control of the body, and the so-called new personality regarded as legitimately “in charge”. While the general New Age belief about walk-ins claims represents that no soul leaves a body involuntarily, and that no soul walks into another body “without reason” or spiritual justifications, the popular understanding has evolved since its inception in 1970.

Interest in the “walk-in” phenomenon was initially stimulated in the 1970s by the popular “Seth Speaks” series of occult books written by “channel” Jane Roberts, as reputedly authored by her various “spirit-world” benefactors. In 1979, Ruth Montgomery capitalized on the fascination with Strangers Among Us, a collection of accounts of walk-ins. She included prominent historical figures among her subjects, such as Thomas Jefferson as having hosted walk-in spirits who actually wrote the Declaration of Independence.[2]
Subsequently, a belief system grew up around the walk-in.[3]

It included New Age attributes such as the concept of “ascending into higher frequencies of evolution”, a variety of psi powers, traditional “predictions regarding Earth Changes” first cited in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation but popularized by Edgar Cayce, and predictions of dire fates for those whose “vibrational levels” remain unraised. In the late 1980s and early 1990s a channelling team known as “Savizar and Silarra” (Extraterrestrial Earth Mission), emphasised their “walk-in” status, claiming successive walk-in experiences together with corresponding name changes. The New Age walk-in belief system now includes a number of variant experiences such as channeling, telepathy contact with extraterrestrial intelligences, or soul merging, where the original soul is said to remain present, coexisting or integrating with the new one. As of 2006, an increasing number of people claim some type of walk-in experience. Walk-ins were featured on the June 4, 1999 segment of Robert Stack’s Unsolved Mysteries. According to information presented on this program, there are now walk-in conventions, one of them drawing approximately 500 people.

Checklists to determine walk-in status include name changes, career changes, new interest in the study of psychic phenomena, a feeling that one is an alien, or a sudden desire to move to a new environment. Reported physical changes include memory loss and the sudden onset of allergic reactions. Since all of these factors could possibly be attributed to simple life changes such as adolescence or middle age, it’s difficult to determine solely from such a checklist if a “true” walk-in has occurred. The most logical method might be to determine if any specific event historically connected with walk-ins (anaesthesia for surgery is one of the most common) occurred around the time one first started feeling differently. There is, however, no known scientific method to prove whether or not the walk-in experience has any objective reality, let alone how to determine if one has occurred.

The present belief system states that all souls come to earth in order to accomplish missions of cosmic significance, and that a walk-in is a highly evolved soul who is here to help raise the vibrational levels of humanity and doesn’t want to bother with the tedious process of incarnating in the usual fashion (through birth).

Walk-ins, according to New Age teachers, are not perfect like Ascended Masters, but are invariably more spiritual, compassionate and sympathetic than the original person. This interpretation is sometimes disputed by the spouses of people who abruptly discontinue marital relations on the grounds that they are not the person whose name appears on the wedding license or that carnal love is not for those of higher vibrational frequencies. Separation, divorce, and remarriage are very common to the New Age walk-in experience.

Walk-Ins, Otherkin and Multiplicity
The “otherkin” community defines a walk-in by the standard definition, with the caveat that people with multiple personalities may have one or more perceived entities in their body who “walked into” the body of their host, without the host needing to depart (closer to the older Spiritualist idea); they believe this can happen right after birth, or later in life. Such a person is described as an otherkin host, or simply as a host, and the foreign entity they experience as residing in them would be a walk-in.

The theorised origins of these types of walk-in souls vary. Some are thought to be human or animal spirits; others, creatures usually considered mythological; or extraterrestrial intelligences. They are thought to share the body space and take turns using the body, usually with permission and awareness.

Unlike the classic or Sybil-like description of multiple personality disorder, people experiencing these groups of minds usually report getting on rather well, contributing energy and ideas to the host individual’s life goals, as well as helping with activities of daily living. Rosemary Brown is perhaps a better example of this style of existing with multiple identities. Some people who experience classic MPD also report walk-ins[4]

Another phenomenon often confused with the abovementioned and classical walk-in experience is hosting. A host is a person who believes he voluntarily shares his body with other souls, usually but not necessarily since birth, while retaining his own consciousness and sense of self. A person who believes he’s sharing his body with otherkin walk-in spirits can said to be hosting; but according to reports by people who experience hosting, not all hosted spirits are walk-ins, nor are they necessarily otherkin.

Some hosts claim that the presences they experience as residing in their body are simply the spirits of deceased relatives, or friends or lovers from past lives. This is very similar to the description given by old-time Spiritualist mediums who believed they could allow a departed loved one or a spirit guide to take up residence in their body temporarily or permanently. These mediums were among the first to have the term “multiple personalities” applied to them. according to some early articles in The Word magazine. They experience a sharing of space and body time with the perceived spirit, usually with mutual respect and caring uncharacteristic of stereotyped MPD behavior as reported by psychiatrists.

The concept of voluntary possession or sharing of the body by more than one spirit is well known in many indigenous cultures. One of the central practices of Vodou is to allow gods and saints to take temporary possession of human bodies, to give advice and help to all the people. Folk healing on the island of Bali can involve ceremonies in which departed ancestors take over a living body for the same purposes.[5] For the ceremony called Sanghyang Dedari (external link), two little girls are specially trained to become temporary vessels for a pair of angels, Tunjung Biru and Dewi Supraba, who come to remove bad luck and sickness from the village at the end of the monsoons. And in some Gulf Coast Indian tribes, leaders and healers are chosen from “those who have the most spirits living inside them.”

Generally, hosts say they are able to change body control between the persons residing in their bodies at will; in such situations, they feel that the main or host self (in most cases, this is the soul of the original inhabitant) simply “takes a step back” and lets another entity “come forward” to control the body.

People who find themselves in a hosting or walk-in situation are also in a larger category, generally referred to simply as “multiples” (without the “disorder” label) by the otherkin community.

Some otherkin multiples, and other people in walk-in hosting situations, stress that it is important to make a distinction between themselves and people who experience DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). On numerous websites and Internet forums (where a certain amount of anonymity is possible), these people report being aware of the others and able to communicate and cooperate with them, again in contrast to standard popular and psychiatric conceptions of MPD or DID. They may refer to this experience as healthy or non-disordered multiplicity.

Such people often prefer to use internally-referential terms such as “people” or “selves” over the popular “personality” or psychological term “alter”, which are considered misleading through the implication that each perceived internal entity is not a person in his or her own right


Astral Travel / Projection

OBE  or Out of Body Experience is a fairly common occurrence for humans and doesn’t require a particular belief or religion.  Our energy bodies shed our physical selves, in sleep, in relaxation, that sudden jerk at the edge of sleep as we reconnect or ground…astral travel is something we all do. Becoming aware of this process will give you the choice as to when and where you go.

Once you’ve decided to consciously pursue this activity, you must learn to relax. A deep and complete relaxation and you’re half way there.  Astral travel or astral body motion is something that can be controlled and by learning the deeper levels of mediation or relaxation, your experiences will be more enjoyable.

Let your mind relax from the stress of the day, finding a quiet place to slip into a semi-trancelike state. Relax your body and let your thoughts drift for a bit, moving from this to that, so long as it’s positive. 

Focus your mind so that you, rather than “see” a place, try to “feel” the place you’d like to go, whether it’s in the backyard or the next country.  Consider that humans tend to think it’s easier to create a cookie than a castle, but that depends on your perception.  In this case, it might be easier to “feel” a place you’ve already been as opposed to relying on mental images of pictures you’ve seen of someplace.

The Monroe Center uses a system that uses binaural beat technology and claims it’s a faster way to learn to leave the body, but many have their doubts about that system.

Many prefer the old fashioned roll. Like an old school trick, rolling out of your body is one of the simplest ways to avoid the occasional disorientation that obe can cause.  To roll, concentrate on your feet and the heat in them.  Feel that heat begin to pull up, like heat the shape of your legs.  Pulling them up and higher, over your head and finally rolling them to the area behind your head.  This method seems to allow a clear separation of energy and body because the last disconnect is the head chakra area.

You can also do a side roll much the same way, with the left or right hand being the disconnect point.  

The silver cord (as most see) can be seen as other methods of connection; mist, light, etc. This cord keeps you anchored to your physical body until its death.  Even though your astral eyes can’t always see the cord, it’s there. 

Try the simple methods to astral travel and remember to relax into it.  It seems that most to the paranormal arena want to achieve it and believe me, it’s completely achievable.  You have to be patient and kind to yourself and seek to enjoy the experience.  It’s well worth the effort.


© J Thompson