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« Topic Start: May 19, 2011, 05:33:54 pm »

I wasn't sure where to put this so I hope I chose correctly. 

While I've believed in the existence of both house and land spirits (wights) for many years, I've never actually made offerings or such to them due to a fear of offending them by not doing it right.  However, I have been suspecting that I share my room with a kobold and have been thinking that I probably should do something to acknowledge him.  I had things move as though something had run across the floor and had brushed past them on it's way.  The first thing that popped into my head when this happened was the word 'kobold'.  At that time I wasn't really sure what a kobold was so it made little sense that I would immediately think of a kobold as the culprit for the disturbance.  I also had an amethyst ring that fell under a dresser along with a couple other rings.  While I found the other rings easily, I never did find the amethyst ring, even after completely removing all the furniture from the room.  These aren't the only occurances, but an example.  I've been doing a lot of reading, but I've not been successful in finding answers to some of my questions.   
  • For people who have experience with house spirits, how do you know you share your space with a house spirit?  Were there specific signs, a mental image, or just a feeling?  How did you know it wasn't just your imagination or a ghost?

The follow are questions that about both house and land spirits/wights:
  • What is an appropriate offering?  Would an offering of plain water or cow's milk be offensive?  I have very limited resources.
  • When making an offering, what do you say (if anything)?
  • How frequently should offerings be made?  What do you do if you go on vacation or have a hospital stay and won't be home?
  • I've read that some people will ask their house/land spirits to do things for them but I don't understand what they mean by that or how you'd ask without risking offending them.  What can they be asked to do?  I've also read that you should never thank them?

One last thing I've been wondering about...
  • What happens if a house spirit takes up residence in the home of someone who doesn't believe they exist and therefore will never be inclined to acknowledge them?  While it doesn't apply here, I'm still curious as to what happens with that.  Would the house spirit just eventually leave or be a troublemaker or what?
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