This is a continuation of this text post, explaining the most basic step in communicating with spirits - believing in your ability to! In this post, I’ll be going over five different tools I know are used frequently to communicate with spirit companions. I’m leaving telepathy out of this one because I’m going to get into that really heavily in the next post. So, let’s get started!
These little tools are awesome, easily accessible, and easy as heck to use. A pendulum, for the purposes we are using it for, can be described as anything with a weight attached to a cord or chain. It could be an actual pendulum, a necklace with a chain and pendant, or a rock tied to a string! Pendulums can be used with a Yes/No/Maybe/Unsure board, an alphabet board, or a combination. One such board might look like this:
To use a pendulum with your spirit companion, it’s good to start with a couple failsafe questions. These are questions that cannot be answered incorrectly - such as, “is my name ____?” “Am I using a pendulum?” “Does 2+2=4?” The immediate goal is to ensure that your pendulum, or really any Yes/No divination method, is working correctly and accurately.
Once you have established that the pendulum is functioning, you can then start to ask your spirit questions! I recommend having a journal or notebook to write down your questions and responses, so you can refer to them if you forget. With a board that has both letters and numbers you can ask all sorts of questions! However, I’d try to stay towards questions that only require one- or two-word answers, or you may be at it for a while.
To spell out words on a pendulum board, you can stop the pendulum in between letters, or let it change at its leisure. When I let the pendulum do its own thing, I find that it will swing at its letter of choice a few times before moving. To get a real accuracy on which letter it is choosing, I recommend closing one eye and using a pendulum with a point!
Shufflemancy is a very powerful and easy way for your spirit to communicate with you! It involves making a playlist of music you find relevant, or music you just listen to regularly, and paying attention to the songs that come on. Sometimes you can do a certain number of “skips” to really choose randomly, or a song might come on and you feel the spirit manifest really strongly.
When I welcome a new spirit into my family, I have found more than once that they will give me a strong vibe of their energy when a song comes on, and essentially claim it as “their song.” I listen to the same playlist almost all the time while driving or otherwise, and those spirits will play the songs just to let me know they are there (the playlist is also about 10 hours worth of songs, so it’s not that much of a coincidence). Many other people use shufflemancy to receive answers to specific questions, or the spirit will use it to get a clear message across to their companion!
Here are a couple links on how to use Shufflemancy: x x
There’s no way it could be that simple, right? It definitely is! I’d say astral traveling is right smack-dab in the middle of difficulty for speaking to your spirits. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to have an out of body experience to be astral traveling. I’m just going to link to a bunch of @winkingwyvern‘s posts here, because they are super informative on the matter and have helped to clear up a lot of misconceptions, especially within the spirit companion community!
The landing pad method is a great way to stay safe when astral traveling. Simply have a place where you “spawn” every time you go into the astral! This can be as complicated as an astral house, and as simple as a shielded platform. This will ensure that if you enter a place that is unsafe, you are shielded by your own devices.
One of my favorite things to do, as a spirit companion, is create a safe space or haven when I enter the astral. I then invite my spirits in for what I affectionately call a tea party! The ones who want to show up typically do, and we can discuss things on a level that’s a bit more direct than the usual casual telepathy. It’s a great way to become aware of your spirit’s physical appearance, while practicing astral travel.
Automatic Writing is a tool that people have used to communicate with their guides or spirit companions for a very long time! It’s considered to be a great way to inconspicuously communicate with your spirits, as well as get into the intuitive and open state of mind needed to do communication regularly. The best way to do Automatic Writing the first time is to relax, and imagine the spirit's hand placed over yours, guiding your hand to write the words. It takes a lot of practice, but it is not as difficult as some might think!
Automatic Writing takes a great deal of patience and perseverance to learn how to perform properly, as you need to be able to open yourself up to a form of channeling. This can take a great deal of meditation and practice. Automatic writing is also supposed to be performable with typing, but I’d recommend doing it with a pen and paper first.
Tarot reading has become incredibly popular, and it is very easy for anyone to pick up and do! One of the hardest parts about tarot reading is learning to let go of the predetermined meanings of the cards, and using your intuition. Incidentally, learning to use your intuition is also one of the most difficult things about being a spirit companion. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of time, but eventually the people who work hard at it will eventually get it! And there’s not to say you won’t always need guides - I personally still use the Little White Book when I get stumped, the same way I use a pendulum when I can’t exactly hear what a spirit is trying to say to me.
You can pick up tarot cards at any local bookstore, or on Amazon. In addition to that, there are several smartphone apps available for not only “drawing” tarot cards, but learning how to read them as well! Many websites will also draw virtual cards for you for entirely free, and it’s up to you to determine the meanings. Reading Tarot is so accessible, and while it can seem overwhelming at first, it is both fun and easy to take one step at a time.
Where others might recommend some books, the only resource I really think anyone needs to learn the basics of reading tarot cards are the cards, and LearnTarot.com. It is an entirely free website with a little written course on how to read Tarot! It heavily recommends journaling, and simply practicing. It teaches the basics of how spreads work, and it has a very informative guide on each of the cards’ possible meanings! I sometimes prefer it as a resource over the Little White Book for some of my decks.
So, you now have a small arsenal of tools with which to speak to your spirit companion! As I mentioned, my next post will be covering the topic of telepathy.