After reading Gabriel Amorth, Malachi Martin, and Matt Baglio, there were still some new and interesting observations to take away from Ralph Sarchie's experiences. Here are some highlights.
- Halloween is no joke. The negative spiritual character if late October and early November existed long before the holiday. That's why it's Halloween. The tradition of costuming evolved as a means to possibly avoid possession by remaining incognito while the demons were roaming. Even now, Mr. Sarchie has observed a dramatic surge in new cases during this season.
- Another especially bad time is Christmas. There seems to be a demonic rampage every year around the birth of Christ.
- Only the most powerful spirits, called the true devils, can manipulate sacred objects.
- Demons often masquerade as ghosts or human spirits. However, when demonic apparitions attempt to appear human, there is always something wrong. Limbs or the face may be missing, or there may be some other distortion. If you encounter an allegedly sympathetic spirit who exists only from the waist up, be very suspicious.
- Incubi and succubi do happen. Yikes.
- Mr. Sarchie has observed three different varieties of demonic approach. There are the "intellectuals," who approach a target with what may seem to be deep insights, religious experiences, and secret knowledge. The "con artists" attempt to pass themselves off as human ghosts with sympathetic stories to engage their victims. The "brutes" are more bestial and cause clawing, growling, and biting behaviors in possession.
- If anyone needed the advice, don't rent your basement to Satanists.
Also, we're also actually not supposed to talk about this too much because recognition could draw the demon to you. However, if we don't talk about it at all, it's not as if they'll all just go home to Hell and leave us alone. Best to be aware, I say. We are seriously looking into having a priest over to bless our apartment thoroughly, and while he's here were going to have him bless all the religious articles we've been collecting over the years, and that canister of sea salt from Monterey. We'll try to always have holy water, oil and salt on hand from now on. It's really the least we can do.