I see this as a two prong issue. First is responsible ownership of DA spirits and second is to exercise caution in spirit keeping.
I have spent a lot of time over the past year helping people who have gotten in over their heads. I do this at a local level. I've only worked with one person over the internet in a one on one situation, and this is a lovely person who was in need of help, and more importantly, was willing to listen and do the necessary work to learn to protect his/herself. It's a lot easier to sort out the wheat from the chaff in a real life siauation and face to face.
Here's what I perceive from listening & watching:
We try a DA spirit on a whim, not knowing what to expect. Many times this works out well, sometimes it does not.
Most of the time it's a so so experience, and we adapt or back out without further ramifications.
We start opening ourselves up to spirit, and we are indiscriminate, we welcome any spirit who comes thru our door.
This is like moving into a new neighborhood, leaving your door unlocked, and a sign out front that says 'open'.
We have a few good experiences, and decide that if we're just nice to a DA spirit, then all will be well. I'll be nice to you,
you be nice to me.... Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't, depends on whom you are dealing with. Don't talk
to strangers (unbound spirits) , just like your mama told you, unless you are an accomplished and experienced keeper.
We have no idea how to protect ourselves and when we are truly against the wall, we are powerless.
Fear excites dark art spirits.
Now whether you are consciously putting out a beacon or unconsciously putting out the signal, chances are, if you have
trickster spirits coming into your life, you are giving out a vibe that says come to me.
Having rules is not enough. If you choose to work with true Dark spirits (and I'm not talking vamps here) then you have
to have control of your thoughts, your emotions, your actions, and your reactions. Respect is the key component here.
Respect comes from mastery of self.
Basics for anyone to know: Grounding, centering, shielding, and banishing. To effectively practice the techniques, it helps to
have family or friends that are willing to work with you to practice shielding.
Unfortunately, if you find yourself against the wall, it's going to be really tough to pull it together to protect yourself. Someone else
can do it for you temporarily, but it is ultimately up to you to learn. Then you'll have to close the door.
What I see when someone is against the wall, is they start calling to everyone for help, and with everyone working, casting, etc, it
does not work as well as working with one dedicated individual to overcome the situation. Too many cooks do spoil the broth.
There are no easy answers. It's going to require work by the person who is being attacked, and they must take an active role, or they
will always be a victim.
My personal experience was born of a tribulation over 40 years ago, when I called upon a very dark spirit who did as I asked, but
pursued me relentlessly over the next 10 years. I actively worked on finding answers during that period of time, and the first book that gave me any comfort or understanding was 'Tarot of the Bohemians" by Papus.
The point is, to learn protection and become proficient before you need it. If you delve into DA spirits, sooner or later you're going to
come up against something that is going to test your mettle. I've seen many a good technique posted right in this forum, and many of them bear repeating and to sharing personal experiences using the various methods.
I think it would be a very worthwhile discussion.
If everyone cared and nobody cried,
If everyone loved and nobody lied,
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride,
Then we'd see the day when nobody died.