A while ago I was discussing my book with a co-worker and she asked me, “Do you think the demons know what you’re doing?” “Umm, yes,” I replied. Then she got an odd look on her face and asked, “Do you think it pisses them off?” I stopped and didn’t quite know how to answer but went with, “Well yeah.”
As I’ve said before, I have a much higher than normal probability of running into really scary metaphysical stuff. There is a reason for this...several actually. First off, I’m naturally shiny. When I say someone is “shiny” I mean that person has very strong personal energy. Strong energy has a way of shining like fog light cutting through both the mass of people around them and the boundaries between the mundane and astral planes. Both people and places can be shiny, and the energy can be positive, negative, and anything in-between as long as it’s strong. Such strong energy is very attractive to certain creatures. On one hand this means that helpful and friendly astral creatures might come to check you out, on the other it means that not so nice things might come to turn you into a snack. A lot of negative entities feed on energy, particularly dark energy. Not only am I shiny, I’m very, very dark. If most witches were like a big scoop of chocolate ice cream to a dark creature, I might be a chocolate sundae topped with hot fudge and oreos – extra tasty. When I first started practicing magick I would shine like a beacon and had very little in the way of defences; this made me a very tempting target. This is a big part of why I had so many crazy encounters early on in my study of magick.
The reason I’ve continued to have lots of experiences with magickal nasties is because I piss them off. A lot. I’ve pretty much dedicated my life to helping people learn how to deal with negative entities and have now been doing it long enough and to significant effect to the point where things have taken notice. I’ve dealt with ghosts, goblins, imps, vampires, and infernals over the years and have managed to come out on top every time. They do not like this and word seems to get around.
When I was in the process of writing the book I had quite a few unwanted visitors hanging around my property that tried their damndest to get me to stop. For the most part it was just a pack of pixies worried about getting kicked out of the few places where they’re still allowed to live (a solemn promise that what I was writing was only for helping people who were being hurt got them to stop rearranging my book shelves and freaking out my cat). However, there were a few slightly nastier creatures hanging about as well. I got a series of some of the worst nightmares in my life while writing about hungry ghosts and I won’t even go into the process of writing about demons. Apparently even writing about what I do can send ripples through the astral.
So yeah, the monsters know what I’m doing and they don’t like it. I take the resistance I have to deal with as a sign that what I’m doing is important and can actually make a difference. I know how to take care of myself so I say bring it.