Beginning Your Séance
The traditional method of performing a séance is tempered with guidelines for your safety and well-being. Use this guide to make sure your séance is successful.
Sit around the table and have all participants place both hands on the pointer (one hand if the pointer is small). Make sure it is moving freely, then position it in the centre of the board. If there's someone in the group who has had experience conducing a séance, or who is more psychically gifted than the others in the group, he or she might be the right one to mediate the séance.
Have everyone hush and turn off their electronic devices. This will help everyone get in the right state of mind to experience the séance. Make sure everyone has used the bathroom, checked their phones, and so on before the beginning of the séance. Once the session is underway, any type of distraction could throw off the energy and prematurely end the séance.
At this time you might want to ask your sitters if they're ready to participate in the séance. Get a feel for people's moods. It's normal for people to seem a little anxious; you might see someone giggle nervously or look a little worried. However, if anyone seems to be acting cynical about the event, or if anyone looks frightened before it even starts, you might want to ask that person to sit this one out. There's no set script for beginning a séance, but many people choose to recite a prayer of welcome to set the tone for the event. You should thank everyone for coming and announce that it's time for the séance to begin.
Summon The Spirits
You can use any phrase you like, but it should be polite and respectful. Give it some thought and decide what sounds right for you. If you feel uncomfortable or silly in your summoning it is less likely to work for you. Having questions in mind to engage the spirits will give the séance more structure. Rather than just asking the spirits to come and make their presence known, people can try to summon the spirits of specific people and receive information that would be impossible to get in any other way.
For example, someone who lost her grandmother could plan to summon her grandmother's spirit and ask if she's OK. Bear in mind that people should not have the expectation of receiving a clear, straightforward answer to their questions. The spirits do not communicate the same way that humans communicate with each other. "Yes" or "no" questions usually produce more satisfying results than questions that would require a long-winded answer.
Ask everyone to please join hands and close their eyes, then recite the prayer and ask the spirits to join you. Some people pray for protection from angry or evil spirits and ask that only well-intentioned spirits join the circle.
You may summon specific spirits by name during this time. For example, you could say "Grandmother Ivy, we gather here tonight in hope that we'll receive a sign of your presence. Please feel welcome in our circle and join us when you're ready."
Ask questions and be patient. Either the speaker should ask all of the questions, or sitters can take turns asking. In any case, ask one question at a time, and pause for several minutes to wait for an answer. Be sure everyone stays quiet, since the presence of a spirit be difficult to notice.
Remember that yes or no questions are more likely to solicit satisfying answers. Questions like "Are you with us?" and "Do you have a message for us?" are better than "What is it like to live in the spirit world?"
Make sure no one breaks the circle while the questions are being asked. If someone gets up and leaves, or becomes distracted in some way, the spiritual energy will be lost.
A séance can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or longer. Try to keep everyone in the circle until the spirits seem to be gone and you're no longer receiving answers to your questions. The ending of a séance usually occurs naturally when the spiritual energy in the room eventually dissolves.
A séance can be an emotionally intense experience that elicits a range of different reactions. If someone in your group begins to cry inconsolably, scream, or otherwise exhibit extreme negativity or fear, either have someone escort that person to a room that's less spiritually charge, or go ahead and turn on the lights to end the séance.
Thank the spirits for coming when you're ready to stop. It's always a good idea to give a séance closure, as you would any other type of spiritual service or ritual. End the séance by thanking the spirits for joining your circle. You may want to say a prayer of closure. Thank the sitters for their participation as well, then blow out the candles to formally end the session.
Turn on the lights and process what happened. Allow people a few moments to quietly pull themselves out of the spiritual realm and back into the physical, present moment. Talk about the events that occurred during the séance to find out what everyone can learn from the experience.
Analyze the signs and answers you received from the spirits. When that door slammed shut, could it have been caused by a draft? Or are you all absolutely certain that a spirit was responsible? If you recorded the séance, watch and listen to the session. Turn up the volume and listen for voices and sounds that no one noticed during the séance.