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Spirit Keeping is the act of keeping spirits of once, living entities as friends & companions, typically bound to a vessel, or yourself. People who do this are known as Spirit Keepers. In its most basic form of conjuring a spirit & conversing with it, or giving it a task, it is a centuries-old practice. However, the term "Spirit Keeping" to signify keeping spirits bound to vessels as friends & companions, is a term coined by Creepy Hollows. Prior to this term, the act of conversing with spirits, or conjuring spirits was known as "Spirit Conjuring", "Spirit Invoking", "Spirit Medium", etc. However, as stated before, in those cases it meant to converse with spirits (the dead), for a purpose; asking a question, asking them for help, asking for guidance, usually for a temporary amount of time, not for an ongoing, life choice.
Whereas, Spirit Keeping, as described & defined by Creepy Hollows, means to invite one, or multiple, spirits into your home via a conjuration & binding process which means either you choose the spirit from a pre-bound vessel, or the spirit chooses you through custom conjuration, or through a reverse adoption process. Both of the aforementioned practices were originally offered online by Creepy Hollows.
Spirit Keeping is divided into three Arts; White Arts (can do no harm), Dark Arts (have free will of choice, like humans), and Black Arts (malicious & evil by nature). Creepy Hollows deals only with the White Arts & Dark Arts, though there are Spirit Keeping sellers, and websites, that promote the keeping of all three.
Creepy Hollows offers hundreds of articles on Spirit Keeping, and the races of spirits themselves, on the official website, which was the first website online for Spirit Keeping, and the Forum is the oldest, most-popular, well-established Spirit Keeping community.
We have provided links for you to further research Spirit Keeping, and also to see listings for spirits that you can keep in your home, and make part of your daily life!
Paranormal collecting is a wide-spread phenomena. A global source of enjoyment you can find collectors in nearly every country. Paranormal collectors and well as paranormal collecting is varied greatly. There are paranormal collectors who specialize in one aspect of paranormal energy whereas others are open in their collecting choices. Paranormal collecting includes:
- objects that exhibit paranormal energy or manifestations
- Spirit Keeping of various spirit races including humans, creatures, and entities of the White Arts & Dark Arts
- magickals, & spellcasted vessels
Collectors may have one or a mixture of all in the collection. It is up to each collector to decide what path is best for them. Paranormal collecting transcends age, race, religion, culture, and more. Here at Creepy Hollows we have members in over 75 countries of different backgrounds entirely. It is an activity that brings people together despite their religious subscription, age, and culture. Paranormal collecting can be enjoyed by anyone and it creates a ground of appreciation not only in other collectors but in the paranormal treasures you are bringing home to complement your life.
Paranormal collecting should be something done to complement the life you lead. Your treasures should add to your life, provide you assistance where applicable, contribute to the energy in your home, and give you something that you cannot achieve anywhere else; paranormal energy.
You can find paranormal artifacts in places like Creepy Hollows, as well as other reputable, online dealers, and in your own, local communities! If you are looking for a paranormal artifact that is not inhabited by a spirit or a spell you can set out on an adventure of your own to hunt them down in your local area, or abroad!
Where to look?
The best places to find paranormal artifacts is in:
- antique stores
- estate sales
- flea markets
- used book stores
We strongly recommend that you do not advertise to the people who are running the venues that you are interested in finding a paranormal artifact for multiple reasons: someone unscrupulous will try to sell you something not genuine, they may offer you their best advice which may not be conducive to your mission, and sometimes it can create a nervous tension as some do not believe in the paranormal.
What should I be looking for?
For beginners in collecting we recommend that you start with artifacts known to frequently be haunted by paranormal activity. Typically these items possess a great energy patina that provides a positive energy level allowing you to acclimate to the paranormal energy without being overwhelmed. These artifacts are:
- vintage or antique telephones
- vintage or antique doorknobs
- mourning jewelry made from hair
- vintage or antique photographs & tin types
By vintage we mean 40+ years old, and by antique we mean 100+ years old. These recommended artifacts are all personal items and in the case of the telephones and doorknobs these are items used every day by multiple sources over a period of years and they build energy in layers allowing for a great energy patina to form and there to be a vast window of experiences. These are all typically neutral energy meaning they are neither good or bad as they can have no intention whatsoever. It is just paranormal energy and therefore something exceptionally out of the ordinary for most people. If you want to understand the difference between an item haunted by paranormal energy rather than a spirit or "ghost" please read our article here
What do I do once I have it?
Once you have a chosen a paranormal artifact(s) you will want to incorporate it into your life as seamlessly as possible. If you bought a doorknob you can choose to install & use it on a door in your home or you can place it as a decoration somewhere in your home. The energy from the item will emit within your home and you will adjust yourself to the energy experiencing the varying levels of "haunting" as given by the item. It ranges typically from temperature changes, or, manifestations of mist, haze, fog, light streaks, or orbs. With something like the telephone you may be able to hear "ghost" voices through the receiver of conversations over that phone long past, hear "ghost" ringing, and experience the temperature changes around it or the manifestations of haze or fog. In the case of the photographs or the mourning jewelry you may feel more of a connection to the people related to the objects; sense something from them, have an energy kinship with them, and if you place near your bed you may have dreams of them during your sleep cycle.
How do I know it's real?
This is something you will need to use gut instinct for. I realize you would prefer a concrete answer but when it comes to the paranormal what you respond to may or may not be something someone else responds to. We recommend the artifacts above because they are known to be typical examples of paranormal energy and most of the time those artifacts contain paranormal energy because of their use and/or their method of creation. If you walk into an antique store and you see a piece of antique jewelry, or a vintage, child's toy that leaps out to you immediately then you should heed that connection as a gut instinct. Paranormal collectors will often tell you they feel an item belongs to them and when they enter the room it is all they see out of the sea of other things. Once they hold the artifact and bring it home they begin to feel the totality of the artifact's significance. Paranormal energy can manifest itself the moment you touch the object or begin a process of exposing itself over time. Typically you will feel something the moment you touch the artifact and after bringing it home you will see the energy grow & share itself with you over time. Many collectors find a personal kinship with the object.
Why collect the paranormal?
Most collectors do so to complement their life. They want to add that extra something you cannot get anywhere else to their life and enjoy the rewards of having something beyond explanation with them. For most they find the objects they are drawn to are special to them one way or another and in discovering the past life of the object their initial gut instinct to collect it is confirmed. For example, we have a Knights Templar hat from an order more than 80 years ago. We found the hat in Florida, but the order was actually from New York (where we are) and not far from where we live. When we researched the history of the hat we found it came from our home state and it was affirmation that we had made the right choice in choosing to bring the hat home after experiencing an initial connection with it.
How far you go on your paranormal journey is up to you. Over the last 3 years paranormal collecting has exploded into a special community all its own and we've been extremely blessed to be a large part of keeping the paranormal community open & informative for anyone who wishes to join paranormal collecting.
Spirit Keeping is a lifestyle which is not exclusionary to religion or spiritual belief. It's the practice of keeping spirits of entities who previously lived as companions in your life now. The most common Spirit Keeping companions are Dragons, Vampires, Elves, Gargoyles, Angels, Fae, Nymphos, and Unicorns. In 2001 we brought new age Spirit Keeping online, with the first site that educated the public on what Spirit Keeping is, and offered bindings of spirits to people interested in Spirit Keeping.
If you are interested in learning more about being a Spirit Keeper we have many resources that can help you learn, grow, and achieve the best, possible experience!
Who are Spirit Keepers? Thousands across the globe of varied backgrounds, religions, lifestyles, genders & ages. They are those who carry the belief of the paranormal & metaphysical in their hearts every day; finding the beauty that exists beyond the power of the human eyes.
They work with spirits through various venues of communication including, but not limited to: meditation, telepathy, pendulum, automatic writing, and dreams. They welcome spirits into their lives and make them part of their family.
Keeping spirits means to invite a spirit(s) of various origin into your home & life to complement your journey in life as a whole. They are mean to provide companionship, guidance, assistance, support, friendship, and much more. The people who choose to bring spirits into their lives are as varied as human beings as the spirits that exist in the worlds around us. It is not a religion, but a lifestyle choice enjoyed by people of various religions, backgrounds, lifestyles, genders, etc.
You can start by looking through our section of the forum where many posts have been written by us (creepyhollows). Click here to see posts! These threads will help answer the most-asked questions we receive about Spirit Keeping. You can also sign-up & ask questions on the Forum as we have many, helpful members! The Forum is free to use and we only ask that once you've registered you send us a ticket to let us know as we like to verify members to make sure the Forum isn't spammed.
We work with thousands of races of spirits from entities of the physical, spiritual, and astral realm. The best way to get started is to read the forum section provided in the link above, familiarize yourself with some of the spirits by using our Encyclopedia All Entities article, and to browse our Online Store to see which spirits resonate, or call out to you, the most.
Our goal is, and always has been, to provide those interested in Spirit Keeping the most information possible so they can make responsible & well-informed decisions.
Spirit Keeping is not a religion itself, and it embraces people of all religions, or lack thereof. It is a life choice, not a religious subscription, and therefore you meet the most amazing people, from all over the world, in your Spirit Keeping journey. You will find new aspects of yourself, learn more about the world around you than you ever thought possible, and find yourself on a lifelong adventure with friends who are unlike any other.
Creepy Hollows offers information, education, and ongoing growth for those who are brand-new to Spirit Keeping, and those who are long-time Spirit Keepers. Everyone is welcome, and everyone is given equal attention within their well-established community.
Everyone who is new to Spirit Keeping should spend some time reading this section of our the Forum where you can have many of your questions answered, and you can read more than 400,000 threads from over 4,100 members.
What's it like keeping spirits?
They bring an added & unique energy to your life. They do not require all your time, they do not require any bizarre or unusual actions, they bring positive & added happiness. They participate in your life as much or as little as you desire, and each type of spirit brings their own unique experiences & support. They are friends & guides who help you in all aspects of your life.
Why keep spirits?
There are many different reasons and for each person it may be one or more. They complement our lives and bring us energies & revelations we would not have otherwise. They provide friendship and support allowing us to have extraordinary experiences. Every race of spirit has their own strengths and powers they share with their Keepers and they bring everything from wish-granting, love, happiness, power, prosperity, success, protection, astral connection and far more.
Can anyone keep spirits?
Yes! There are no restrictions or discriminations in who can keep spirits, it is a very diverse group of people from different religions, cultures, ages, countries, ethnicities, backgrounds, jobs, etc. You can see from our forum the Spirit Keeping community is vast; just as are the spirits we keep!
Is there an advantage to enchanted vessels over spirits?
This is going to be preference. Spirits and spells can provide many of the same abilities and powers however with spirits you are engaged in a relationship (depending on the spirit some more, some less) whereas with spells you are not. Both require time of acclimation to energies when they are first brought into your home but spirits have thoughts, ideas, opinions and engage interactively with you. The majority of paranormal collectors have a mix of both enchanted & spirited vessels and this is a decision you have to make as a collector.
Can you have too many spirits?
No, not really. How many spirits you have in your collection is up to you. When you bring a spirit home you are bonding for the first 30 days and you can bond with multiple spirits at the same time. After that initial bonding time the spirits are going to be a part of your life. You do not have to spend every waking moment with them and make sure you say something to them each and every day. Most collectors interact with their spirits through telepathy (thought) and when you are not active with them they live their life. They are not constantly waiting around for you to entertain them. If you have other spirits in your collection they will interact with them (if possible) and come and go between the spiritual and/or astral plane. Spirits are on a higher energy level than we are and they know when you need them and they come to you, so theoretically you cannot have too many spirits around you. Every collector decides what is right for them. For further information see The Well-Rounded Collection
How quickly do spirits contact you?
For some this happens before the spirit even arrives at their home. For others the contact can be anywhere between a few days to a few months. It truly depends on the type of spirit or entity and how social an entity they are. Sometimes spirits will not contact you until they are needed, whereas others are more companion-like and are friendly & active.
Your effort & energy put into the relationship is what you will derive. It is not advisable for you to rely on others to be a go-between for you & your spirit(s). Channelers, psychics, and readers are valuable assets to the paranormal community for many reasons; however they should never be a substitute for you creating interaction & contact between you & your spirit(s). If you do not take responsibility to strengthen & grow your paranormal energy for contact & interaction with spirits you will never obtain the ability to know what is truly going on with your spirits and you will be vulnerable to rely solely on the words of others.
If you are going to embark on the adventure of Spirit Keeping you should be ready, willing, and able to put forth the effort of bonding & initiating contact with spirits or you should not be a Spirit Keeper.
How do you communicate with spirits?
The best way is to talk with them through telepathy (thoughts). This is typically the best way to communicate with spirits because the interaction is immediate. You can use tools like pendulums, tarot cards, automatic writing, scrying objects, etc and most collectors will use a mixture of tools before establishing what works best for them. Spirits can also initiate contact with you through telepathy, visions, and dreams.
How do you know a spirit wants to be with someone?
For a practitioner this occurs when you feel or hear the spirit calling to the person. In a custom conjuration only those who wish to be companion to the person respond. For the Keeper they will know because the spirit bonds with them.
It is important to work with a practitioner or seller you trust & you know has a good reputation in the field of Spirit Conjuration & Spirit Keeping because often it is the discretion of the practitioner to make the decision which spirit goes with which person. An experienced practitioner will make the best decision as their experience will be important in discerning the correct spirit for each Keeper.
As a Keeper when it comes to your decision in choosing a pre-bound spirit you should take into consideration the immediate reaction & gut instincts in reading or seeing the spirit. There is no substitute for the immediate, positive kinship you feel towards a spirit.
Is Spirit Keeping dangerous?
In a nutshell, no. It is imperative that you work with a trusted practitioner who knows what they are doing and has a good reputation for providing bindings of exactly what is promised. Aside from that, and if you are working with a trusted practitioner, if you exercise respect & caution there is nothing to fear. Those who live in the paranormal know Hollywood & TV programs dramatize the spirit world for sensationalism.
There are different methods of classification for spirit such as White Arts & Dark Arts. White Arts being entities solely of positive light & do no harm. Dark Arts being entities, like human beings, who can make the decision to be bad or good; and vary from average to very bad. Black Arts are only recommended for extremely experienced people as their intent is solely bad and nothing good can come of an inexperienced Keeper having a BA entity in their home.
As long as you assess who you are, for what reason you are becoming a Spirit Keeper, and what aspects of yourself or your life you want to complement or enhance you will be well-informed.
There are outlets for support to provide guidance & answer questions such as this forum. You can always garner support & assistance from others who are Spirit Keepers. It is important to know from who you are gaining your wisdom & guidance as some are not truly knowledgeable and may steer you in the wrong direction.
With the Dark Arts & especially the Black Arts never bring anything into your home that you are not prepared to care for & treat with the proper respect.
Spirit Keeping is not dangerous with White Arts entities & spirits at all, and hardly an issue with Dark Arts when you are well-informed.
What kind of manifestations can I expect?
Manifestations can vary depending on the spirit or entity but you can typically expect to see orbs, light streaks, Shades, mist, blurry apparitions, audible sounds, words, or noises, and to have manifestations of true form in dreams or visions.
Some races of entities share common manifestations, however, it is up to each individual spirit to decide how they are going to manifest to their Keeper. Most spirits choose a method of manifestation that is most comfortable & most recognizable to their Keeper so it results in a greater bond & greater chance of interaction.
Manifestations can be abrupt or slow to form. They can be long-term or temporary. Each spirit & relationship has to be taken on its own merit.
Before you do anything else you must make some determinations about yourself. Are you someone who is best suited for spirits, enchanted vessels, or both? Are you open to white, dark or both?
What are the pros & cons of each for you? Make a list, it's an effective tool for figuring out what you really want. To start at the top of the list write a sentence, paragraph or keywords regarding what you are looking for in collecting; is there a specific purpose you want to fulfill or are you going to be a die-hard, paranormal collector?
Spirits often require a relationship between Keeper & Spirit. Relationships can be very rewarding for those who want an interactive lifestyle and want another being to actively participate in their life. Spirits manifest in many, many ways providing feedback, guidance, wisdom, companionship, powers & assistance. However, for someone who does not feel they have the time or does not want to make that kind of personal investment it may be better for them to take a path of enchantments & spells only. Spells & enchantments can often accomplish the same efforts as Spirits without the personal relationship. If you are someone who is an optimistic, uplifting, sweet personality it is unlikely you will feel a draw towards the Dark Arts.
The Dark Arts encompasses a far wider range of Spirits than White Arts because the term "Dark Arts" doesn't mean evil or forboding. It simply means a being that has the capability of deciding to be good or bad... just like you, me and any human. Many Dark Arts Spirits are helpful, generous, good beings that can provide a lot for you but they will have mood swings from time-to-time just as any human. You may at the least want to investigate having a Darks Arts Spirit such as Wraith for protection in your home since Wraiths are an extremely low-maintenance, keep-to-themselves sort of beings. However Dark Arts, even at its lightest, is not for everyone.
Another misconception is that if you are looking for Psychic Power, Wealth, Astral abilities, etc that one piece with the powers you want will fulfill your desires completely. That is not true. We collect multiple pieces of every aspect we want because each casting will have its own strengths & its own capabilities, especially when you are talking about different cultures in magic.
For an example if you have 2 different pieces both cast with Psychic Power spells they will work towards the same goal (Psychic Power) but they will go about it in different ways. Where one is weaker the other may be stronger and vice versa. It is because the spells used to enchant the piece will have their own strengths and will respond & behave differently than each other while still providing you your ultimate goal of gaining Psychic Power. Not to mention a Psychic Power piece with French spells will have its unique energies & responses to an African Psychic Power piece. You will find that in different situations that one amulet works better for you than another. It doesn't make one better or worse, it means that the more well-rounded collection you have the more you will experience, learn and grow.
This is the same for any enchanted piece whether it's for Good Luck, Wealth, Love, Healing, Divination, Astral Power, Magic, Cleansing, ANYTHING! We recommend at the bare bones having at least 3 pieces of each enchantment that you desire to work for you. They can be of varying classes or intensities and recommended to be of different cultures or genres of magic so you can experience all there is available to you. Of course the more you have of different aspects the more experiences and varying results you will have.
This works the same for keeping Spirits! All Angels aren't alike just as all Vampires, Dragons, Immortals, etc aren't all alike. They each have their own specialities, their own strengths and your experiences with each will be different, sometimes drastically different. You may find that you respond a lot better to one race of Spirit over another and that is not unusual. Many collectors find that they respond better to one over another and while they enjoy having varying races of Spirits around them the ones they are the closest to are those they find they have more intense relationships with. And it is not entirely unknown or impossible for you not to connect with a particular race of Spirit at all, that happens too. Use your best judgment when it comes to not connecting with a Spirit and before you give up make sure there isn't any other situation present that would prohibit you from making the connection, impatience is nary a virture in the world of the paranormal.
Dark magic vs White magic draws a far clearer line than Dark Arts Spirits vs White Arts Spirits. Dark magic is intended to absolve the person being cast upon of their free will, whereas White magic influences a person in a direction without absolving their free will. Dark magic is not easily cast and not always rewarding. Dark magic, even when cast with good cause, can affect your karma and the unseen, written record. While Dark magic may accomplish what you are set out to do it could also end up costing you a lot more than you intended to pay. If your Dark magic not only affects the person intended to be the recipient but also injures an innocent person in its wake you are held liable & responsible for the innocent party being injured. When Dark magic is not cast properly it can also come back on the initiator... which means even if you are not the caster but the one who requested it you are the source & you are the one who will receive the backlash.
If you insist on using Dark magic be sure you are doing so responsibly and working with a professional who knows what they are doing. White magic can often accomplish what you need done without the injury to your spirit & karma. It influences a person or situation with your desired outcome. It doesn't rob anyone of their free will and allows what you want to happen by shaping a path of destiny. Destiny is a like a large tree... it has a straight point from root to top but it has many branches along the way. When you influence something to happen it is like taking a detour onto a branch, ultimately you will be back on the straight line from the root to the top but in the mean time you are enjoying being "out on the limb" so to speak!
However when you start talking about Love spells or other spells that can affect not only your destiny but directly impact the destinies of others that is when you can see spell results start to vary drastically. Sometimes, no matter how much you want something to happen and no matter how many times you cast or how much money you pay for them to be cast, the spell will never have your desired result. In cases where a spell is cast to not only affect you but others as well we recommend that you have it cast or cast it yourself 3 times within a maximum of a 90-day window & see what results take place from those 3 castings within 30 days of the last casting. If absolutely no results occur do not continue to throw money at the situation, let it rest for awhile and try again at a later date. That may be hard to hear but sometimes it is not the lack of skill of a caster (that is why we recommend 3 castings perferably by 3 different casters even if you are 1 of the 3), sometimes it is just not going to happen. It can be a difficult situation when spellwork is entangling multiple lives at once. Overall and above all else use your best judgment. Really feel about a choice whether it is Spirits or Spells. Trust your intuition and if you feel you need some support truly seek out the community for answers too; sometimes a second or third opinion when you are having trouble can be a good thing.
Every single one of you is going to have your own unique path, no two are ever alike, so do not strictly go by someone else's results as indication of how your results will be with the same Spirit or Spell. We're here for you, the members of the forum are here for you and so are many other practitioners & collectors worldwide!
Having a healthy, well-rounded collection can really make a big difference for you. Do not feel this is going to happen overnight either. For some it may happen sooner than later but sometimes a good, well-rounded collection can take years to build as you find what responds to you and what calls you. Patience! And do not be in a rush, all good things will come to you! As you grow in your journey if you feel there are pieces you have outgrown or are not right for the path you intend to take you can offer them to other collectors via the Marketplace as well so do not feel that you are locked into where you are now. Although it is necessary for you to realize that even though you are not on a certain road today you may be next year or even next month. Enchanted vessels with Spells will keep forever and Spirits are not common-beings, they have surpassed a mental level that humans cannot begin to comprehend and they are not going to be angry, jealous, injured or hurt if you tell them that now is not the right time for the two of you. They can outlast any human with patience. Again, use your best judgment and make the decisions you believe are right for you, not just because someone else tells you it's right.