Hi there! You’ve probably clicked on this link for one of two reasons: one, you’ve recently started considering adopting a spirit for the first time and are looking for some handy tips. Or two, you’re wondering what the heck spirit adoption is in the first place. If you’re in the latter category, here’s just a quick overview of what spirit adoption is so you know what I’m talking about. If you’re in the first category, you might want to simply skim over these next few paragraphs, since they’ll contain information you probably already know.
Essentially, some people, myself included, believe that there is more than just this physical plane of reality. We believe that there is also the astral, which is a higher plane of existence. This is where most spirits reside, as the astral is extremely vast. So vast, in fact, that it would likely be impossible to explore every single inch of it. There are also all sorts of different types of spirits, from dragons to demons to angels to faeries to beings that we do not even have names for. Humans can access the astral through either astral projection or astral travel.
Spirit adoption is simply when a spirit, for whatever reason, decides that they want or need a human companion, and asks for the assistance of a conjurer in our plane of existence to help pair them with the right person. People who want a spirit companion can apply to these adoption shops online to hopefully be paired with a spirit!
To get some answers to some of the questions newbies might have about spirit adoption, I enlisted the help of Fox, one of the co-owners of Lorelei’s Spirit Shop on Tumblr. Here is the transcript of our conversation.
Sarah: Okay, so my first question is: What are some common reasons that people decide to adopt spirits and start their journey in spirit companionship?
Fox: There are lots of reasons! Some people want to work at something and need or want someone there to help them! This mentor, or assistance type of companionship can help direct your magic or energy work! Others just want a friend! I got my first companion because I just really wanted to be P’s friend and such! Others may want to find a meaning in the astral, be it as an adventurer, discoverer, or a healer and want a companion there with them! Some may just want one because it sounds cool, which is okay as long as you are aware that this could lead to abuse or neglect
Sarah: What is involved with keeping a spirit companion?
Fox: After you have been chosen and have a spirit coming to your home (or even before then) it’s a good idea to ward and cleanse everything. Make everything clean and safe. Ground yourself and get into the practice of meditating. This will help with sensing spirits and astral travel later on. If you have already been chosen by a spirit, the conjurer should have told you a list of offerings that the spirit may like. It’s a good idea that have a least of few from the list on hand. If you have never done spirit work before, you should also expect to not feel or sense everything (if anything) at first. Spend time with your companion, learn some divination tools for simple communication. It could take months before you actually start to sense your companion, and that’s okay! If you have any problems you should go to the conjurer and talk to them about it! If you already have astral and energy experience things may be a bit easier for you. I suggest creating an astral space for just you and your spirit family before your companion arrives. Spirits also have nicknames to keep them safe, and it’s best not to share their real names! Force summoning can happen if someone knows a spirit’s real name which is no good. This is also one of the many reasons spirits have vessels! If a force calling was put into effect, while a spirit was bound, they could choose to go to the vessel instead of the summoner!
Throughout all of companionship, the most important thing to remember is you are equals. Even if they are a dog like creature, they are not pets. You do not own your companion any more than they own you. Treat them with the same respect you would treat your best friend, because they are your friend.
Sarah: Are there any potential dangers involved with spirit companionship, and how can people prepare for that?
Fox: There is lots of danger with any aspect of spirit work. The moment you start working with them, you become a beacon for other spirits, and if you aren’t properly protected bad things could happen. Parasites and other ne’re-do-wells show up more often than a guardian spirit would show. First time companions should do lots of research into wards, both physical and metaphysical wards are good. In sense of doubt, add salt. You can also be attacked, wounded and killed in the astral with barely knowing in the physical. Weakness, sleepiness, pain and soreness can all be signs pointing to astral wounds if you have ruled out all physical causes first (never jump straight to metaphysical). If you are unsure, reach out to a shop owner, or respected spirit worker for help and or advice. Dangers in specifically companionship come mostly from fault of the conjurer. If a spirit is not vetted enough, or the conjurer lied to you, things can go bad fast. Bad spirits can attack you, feed off of your energy, ruin your spells and senses, and other bad things. If a spirit you have adopted starts doing things like this, banish them and talk to the conjurer. If the conjurer brushes it off, or you get a bad feeling about it, go to another shop owner because they may be a bad shop.
Sarah: On the flip-side, what are some fun things people can do with their companions?
Fox: Physical bonding with your companion is just like hanging out with a friend. Watch a movie or TV show, cook, draw, go get ice cream, use telepathy to help you do your homework, anything! Fun things would be to try to draw your companion with your eyes closed, or play 20 questions using a pendulum!
Metaphysical bonding is fun too, as well as helps newbies develop their senses! Try to guess where your companion is at in your room, or what expression or pose they’re in, or you could practice telepathy as your companion reads a book to you! Charades is fun for this! Astral has the most options for bonding though! Go on adventures, and make new things! The possibilities are endless in the astral, and defined only by how good your sight is, and where you go! There are bioms and species and things that have never existed on earth, and discovering and wondering about them with your companion is one of the most fun things to do, in my opinion.
Sarah: And can you tell us a little bit about your spirit companions?
Fox: Sure! I only have 5 companions, but have a family of 9.
My companions are P the Floppy Eared Dragon, A the hellhorse, Arn the fox, Jas the hummingbird and M the dragon! P was my first companion who I got just this passed January. Unless she’s with her egg, she’s with me all the time and makes sure I stay focused and on task. We’ve been going on adventures since the day we’ve met and she’s actually the one who encouraged me to open Lorelei’s Spirit Shop! A is the more reserved spirit with clipped words and a hard outer shell. He’s a real sweetheart though who loves to cook for the kids, and joins P and I on adventures. He’s been with me since April, and I probably leave the most offerings for him. He’s just so good. Arn is a fox who’s the jokester of the group. He leaves when feelings get brought up, but always make sure everyone around him is happy and laughing. He likes to play practical jokes, and make snide comments. And if it weren’t for P, he’d absolutely help you cheat on a test. Jas is almost like my mother, even more so than P. She’s only joined my family in July, but has such a big part in our lives. She cooks food with A, and makes sure everyone eats healthy. She chitters and tisks when we make bad decisions and despite her small size, won’t let us leave the table without eating all of our food. She makes sure everyone takes good care of themselves, and helps in any way she can. She’s also an A+ gardener.
M is my newest companion, but I bonded with him before we even met. When I saw him up for adoption, his bio said that he had to be adopted to someone over the age of 18. As someone who is 17, I never applied, and it wasn’t until I was approached by the conjurer and told that they lowered the age specifically for me did I apply. He had told her that he would wait a year in her refuge until my birthday if he needed to. M is…not someone I would have applied for regularly. He’s a brute and often breaks down my walls (he has the nickname Mr. Kool-aid Man) and steals you away for no good reason, but I love him sooooo much. He’s a softie who just wants everyone to be happy, but would never show that he cares.
Sarah: It’s so sweet hearing you talk about them! Thank you! I appreciate you doing this!
Fox: And I’m glad to!
As you can see, spirit adoption is certainly not something to be taken lightly. However, having a spirit companion can be a rewarding experience. So, if you feel up to the responsibility, consider applying for one of the spirits in Fox’s shop, or from one of these Fox-approved spirit adoption shops!
Question of the Day: What experiences, if any, do you have with spirits? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to like, follow, and share!
Disclaimer: This article contains information of a metaphysical nature. The information stated is intended for entertainment purposes only. The information in this article is not intended be used in place of legal, medical, or financial advice. Nightshade and Roses is not responsible for the claims made by Lorelei’s Spirit Shop and will not receive any monetary compensation for this article. Nightshade and Roses makes no guarantee of the validity of the claims made by Lorelei’s Spirit Shop, and is not to be held liable by those who choose to use their services. Parts of this interview have been edited for length and clarity.