Nicole Canfield's Paranormal & Spiritual FAQ
Most Frequently Asked Paranormal Questions
Q: Do birds bring warnings of impending death in the family?
Birds have been thought of as messengers between heaven and earth for thousands of years. In certain mythology and folklore, certain birds represent death or some sort of impending tragedy. This doesn't mean that if you see this bird in nature that you or someone close to you will die. When a particular bird comes to you, and shows itself in an odd manner, you must take into consideration all aspects of the bird's appearance. Was it a negative experience or a positive experience? Did the bird fly into the window and die? Did the bird seem content or afraid? It also depends on what kind of bird is appearing to you. For instance, the owl has often been thought of as a harbinger of death; however, owls were once sacred to the goddess Athena and represented wisdom. It all depends on what you believe and how you perceive the message.
Q: Are vampires real? Can I meet one and become one?
I get this question all of the time from young people who want to believe the Hollywood image of the vampire is real. No, the Hollywood image of the vampire is not real. It is based on an amalgamation of folkloric creatures dating back to ancient times. In ancient times, there were beliefs in ghouls and demons who were thought to suck human blood or suck the energy from sleeping humans. Fast forward to Colonial times, and vampires were thought to be very real but were more of a spiritual nature. Vampires, of the undead, sometimes sparkly, romantic kind are not real. You cannot become a vampire by being bit by another vampire. Vampires do exist in a different way, however. There are people who believe they need to drink blood in order to survive, which is often classified as a mental illness. There are also what we call psychic vampires - people who drain energy from others around them, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes knowingly.
Q: Are fairies real? Where can I see a fairy?
I believe that there are spirits on a different plane of existence that sometimes venture into our plane of existence. I also believe there are nature spirits that can sometimes take whatever form they choose in order to protect their domain. Our ancestors had thousands of stories of these beings and these stories are found all over the world in cultures that did not have close contact in ancient times. In Europe: brownies, gnomes, elves, trolls, ogres, boggarts, kobold, pixies, banshee, leprechauns, clurichauns, jenny greenteeth, selkies, kelpies, etc. In the United States: the rock people, menehune, the little people, nimerigar, etc. In Asia: mogwai, pari-pari, tien, and yaksha. In Africa: Aziza. And on and on. Whether you want to believe in the wee folk is up to you, but I believe the tales are too many to brush off the theory completely. I don't believe they are physical beings, though they can probably look physical if they choose to. And you will not going looking for a fairy and find one, usually. Unless they want you to see them. They can be found mostly in sacred natural places, unsoiled by humankind, though I've heard stories of fairies being found in the most urban settings. It all depends.
Q: Am I being haunted by a demon?
The signs of a demonic haunting often mimic the signs of a ghost-haunting in the beginning. How you will know if you are being plagued by a demonic haunting is the intensity of the haunting, as the signs will get stronger and more frightening over time. A demon is a non-human spiritual entity, but often it will act as though it was once human. Demons will give you nightmares, play on your fears throughout the day and night, and will become physically aggressive. If you've experienced these things, then you are probably dealing with a demonic haunting.
Q: How do I get rid of a demon?
It depends on the kind of demon you are dealing with and their overall strength in the spiritual world. That being said, I usually recommend the person to change their lifestyle, if indeed their lifestyle has attracted the demon (drug addiction, alcoholism, self abuse or abuse of others, dabbling in the occult, etc). A good physical and spiritual cleansing of the home is necessary, as well as a spiritual cleansing of the person being mainly affected. Cleanse your entire home (every room, the garage, attic, etc), by doing a smudging ritual. De-clutter your space. Let the sunlight in. And the person affected should also do a spiritual cleansing ritual of some kind (smudging, herbal bath, etc). Demons feed on fear and negativity, so once the cleansing is done, have faith that it will work. Bless your doors, windows, vents with holy water or a bit of olive oil. Mark them with protective symbols of your faith to keep any evil from re-entry. If you've tried all of these things, and are still being plagued, you need a religious official (someone who knows how to deal with these forces) to come and do a house blessing for you. Contact your local priest, pastor, shaman, witch, etc. for help. Paranormal investigative teams don't always help, but can actually stir up the demonic activity, so be careful who you're inviting into your house to "investigate". Ask them how they plan to actually resolve or help the situation, too.
Most Frequently Asked Spiritual Questions
Q: How do I get started on a pagan spiritual path?
Many people are looking for an alternative path to enlightenment. Something different and more liberating than the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism). Often these people find the pagan religions and want to know how they can get started on the path. First - you need to read all you can about paganism. Second - decide if this path is for you. If you have an innate desire to commune with nature or have always been drawn to the natural world, you might be a pagan. If you believe in multiple gods and the paranormal, you might be a pagan. If you believe that just one religion can't be the only right way, you might be a pagan. If you want to make your own path of spirituality, paganism might be right for you. Once you've decided, study some more and begin practicing in your own unique way. If you feel you're missing a sense of community, take to the social media groups to find local pagans in your area. Or google it.
Q: What does my dream mean?
I often get asked to interpret people's dreams for them. While I enjoy this and sometimes can easily interpret the message, I can't do this for everyone. The reason is that your dreams will have distinct meanings and messages for you. Your mind and the spiritual world are communicating with you via your dreams. Pay attention to the symbols in the dream, if there are people in the dream and who they are and what they say or do, and what the overall feeling of the dream conveyed. Write all of this down. Research the symbols, colors, and feelings online. Think about the things you've found in your research and apply these to what your initial feeling about the dream, and you'll have your dream meaning.
Q: How do I find my god and goddess?
You don't typically "find" your god and goddess, they choose you. It's just that you might not realize it, at first. Instead of fretting and forcing this information to come to you, step back from the computer and books, go outside and focus your energy and time into just connecting with nature. Your god and goddess will begin to send you messages through various means - including but not limited to: animals in nature, trees/plants in nature, rocks, symbols in nature, symbols and signs on TV, books, radio, messages in random conversations with peers and strangers, etc. You will begin to notice a pattern emerging, and eventually you will realize this was your patron god and/or matron goddess reaching out to you.
Q: How do I work with my ancestors?
The first thing you can do is to learn all you can about your ancestors. Ask the oldest people in your family what they know about your ancestors. Write it down. Get an online account to ancestry or heritage or the like and start building a family tree. If you are adopted or estranged from your family, invest in getting your DNA analyzed. You will learn where your ancestors came from, and you will also be connected to other relatives who have also had their DNA analyzed. Look up your ancestors' last names, study their peoples' folklore, customs, history, etc. Set up an altar or small space to honor your ancestors. Light a candle or incense in their honor. Set a space at your table during the major holidays in remembrance of your ancestors.
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