creepyhollows wrote:We wrote a topic on this, I believe, over summer. There's nothing you're going to do to stop it from happening. It's always good to express how you feel, because others likely feel the same way too :thumbup: The only thing you can do is to exercise caution, and go with your gut instinct. That's all. And, with the exodus of eBay from the paranormal field, you're only going to see more & more websites pop up. There's even less restriction & accountability for personally owned websites than there is on eBay because there's no governing body to say "you've gone too far", or a rating system where public feedback can be left and potential clients can at least have some indication of the person's capabilities.
Being a master in any paranormal field does require over a decade of practice to the trade, at least. And, not a hobbyist, but an actual lifestyle. Why? Because when you hobby with something you're not getting the fully-faceted experience you need to see, feel, hear, and know all that you need to know to work with others. You're not in a sewing circle, you're dealing with serious matters that others are going to bring into their home & their lives!
Working with strangers is far more difficult than working for yourself or people you love, because it requires you to be able to read the energy of others cold, which isn't something most come by naturally, and therefore learning to do it also requires an entire learning path all its own. There's a LOT more to what conjurers do than what 99% of the people know, and we don't post the details in public areas because then they can simply be regurgitated by people who want to fake credentials.
The problem also extends to expectations of collectors as well. When you have less-experienced people, or god forbid cons, who can put an order together in one day and get it out the door, they don't understand why other practitioners aren't doing the same. Because, in the real world, it takes at very MINIMUM one week for a practitioner to review your request and make sure it's a good fit for you. I prefer to have two weeks, because you're not talking about something insignificant like a toaster, you're talking about something paranormal that the collector is going to work with on a more personal level than any other thing in their home, aside from their loved ones. That's a serious matter. You all share your lives with your spirits, you invite them into your lives, and with magick you're working with it, intimately, on a daily basis. No one can properly evaluate your circumstances and your needs & try to anticipate your future needs, based on a few hours, or a few days even, of receiving your request.
When we bring a spirit into our home for our personal growth, or when we cast a spell, or bind a spell(blend) for ourselves & our keep, we examine what we need in our lives, where are our paths going, what do we anticipate for future? The same things we read in all of you before we ship your orders. Sometimes we make changes, just as we do to some of your orders, because maybe there's something better that would achieve our/your goals better. Nevertheless, every request is reviewed, personally, to make sure it is appropriate.
With demons, they come & go in popularity. Of course, as you all know, we advise against them, and anyone who's been on the Forum a long time has read the horror threads for themselves. Even with our personal views aside on the lack of naming standards & lack of classification standards for "demons", the fact alone that there have been real, serious issues in keeping them, is enough.
As with anything in life, you are all accountable for your own paths, and Ash & I have no lack of posts on this Forum regarding safeguarding your path, letting no one take your journey from you, and excising caution in the paranormal.
Best advise ever!!!! I remember all those posts on demon keeping and what can happen!!!! I personally would not go down that path as that is not for me!!!!
As for sellers, I have a very short list of people I deal with, and as for CH, well Magnolia and Ash have proved to me that they do really care about the people they work with, and that tells me a lot about them as sellers, they will never send me anything that I can't handle and they always send me what they feel I need at the time, I know this because some of the things I have needed dealt with healing for myself and protection with my job!!!!
That shows and tells me that they truly care!!! I thank them with all my heart
When dealing with the many different sellers, you got to use your common sense, because really something can be to good to be true, or way out there in la-la-land :lol: So you know it isn't for real!!!!
As for people going on a darker path, well that is their choice and may very well be something that they need to do, just as someone else may be on a more gray path or a white path, each choice is a personal choice and it isn't up to us to say whether it is right for another person!!!!
Myself, I have always known my path is a gray path and I have been on it for many years, for I do my healing and protection of family and myself, and I have a big family, also healing and protection for my friends as well!!!!
Each one has to decide for themselves what they need to do for them!!!
I do agree that media, like tv makes the paranormal look like child's play, or make it out to be all evil, and then you have people who think it is all evil, or those who don't know any better think that it is oh so cool, and end up getting way over their heads, because they really don't know what they are doing!!!
There are som very good sellers who do know what they are doing and have the experience to back them up, but also there are new sellers who do know what they are doing and should be given a chance to shine in their own light!!!!
Not everyone is out to cheat people and that is something that needs to be kept in mind!!!!
Just because they are new doesn't mean that they are out to cheat you
That is where your own intuitive reasoning comes into play, along with common sense and if you still have doubt, then you ask questions!!!!