How to Summon a Spirit: Step-by-Step Methods

Spirit being summoned from the other realm

Knowing how to summon a spirit requires understanding how to conduct an evocation for summoning spirits or ghosts using words, magic charms, and simple tools. Depending on your individual gifts and talents, you may prefer using a specific approach or incorporating different methods when contacting a spirit. This guide on how to summon a spirit for beginners will help you get started.

How to Summon a Spirit for Beginners: Channeling

When a medium channels a spirit, the entity uses the medium as a conduit. There are two ways a medium channels a spirit. The first is the safest if you don't wish to give over complete control; the medium repeats what the spirit says. The second method requires the medium to give up their body to the spirit. This was demonstrated in the movie Ghost when Whoopi Goldberg's character channeled various spirits. The phenomenon of this type of body sharing is that the spirit will often speak in its own accent or even a foreign language.

Tools and supplies needed:

  • White Candle (7-day is best)
  • Candle holder
  • Matches
  • Sage stick
  • Salt
  • Loose clothing
  • Religious or other tailsman
  • A friend to assist

Step One: Choose a Conductor to Assist You

You need another person to be with you when you are first learning to channel. This person serves as your anchor to this world, so you should choose someone you trust without reservations. This person will be your conductor to guide you through the channeling with questions you've prepared to ask the spirit. They will also be prepared to bring you out of your meditative state should you have difficulty returning.

Preparation for Channeling

You need to prepare to channel spirit by taking a few precautions. The first thing you need to do is select a place where you won't be disturbed. Once you start, you don't want to be interrupted, so set your phone to silence so you can use it to record your channeling session.

Step Two: Cleanse and Protect

Once you've designated your safe space for summoning spirits and channeling them, you need to protect yourself, your friend, and the room/space. You will create a safe space where only spirits of the Light can enter. You will then purify the room by burning a sage stick or other form of incense. You can extinguish the sage/incense or allow it to burn during your session of summoning spirits.

Step Three: Create a Protective Circle

You can use ordinary table salt to create a protective circle on the floor. The two of you can sit on chairs or on the floor within that protective circle.

Step Four: Light the White Candle

You can say a prayer, chant, or cast a protection spell as you light the white candle. You will allow the candle to burn until you close the circle. You can evision encasing the room, the circle, you and your friend in white light while holding your tailsman.

Step Five: Go into a Meditative State

You will take three deep cleansing breaths and ease into a meditative state of consciousness. Focusing on the candle flame will keep you centered while you slip into an altered state of consciousness.

Step Six: Summon Spirits

It is time to invite spirits into your sacred circle, stipulating that only those beings of white light may enter. Depending on your meditative skills, you may have an immediate response or you may need to wait awhile. If you don't connect with spirits in your first attempt, be patient. Establishing a connection with the other side requires your personal frequency to be high enough to meet them halfway or part of the way. If you experience difficulty, spend more time meditating to raise your vibrational pattern.

Step Seven: Connect With Spirits You've Summoned

Once you connect with a spirit, you should be able to feel the Light in their energy. Be respectful and ask who they are. The spirit should readily identify itself and give its name. Depending on your abilities, you may continue to question the spirit or allow your friend to proceed as you planned.

Step Eight: Ending Your Channeling Session and Closing the Circle

You and/or your friend will have a sense of when to end the session. As a beginner, you shouldn't tax yourself. Connecting with spirits requires personal energy and to maintain that connection can be tiring. After no more than ten or fifteen minutes, you should end the session by thanking the spirit for joining you and offer to meet again.

Step Nine: Announce the Session Is Over and Close the Circle

You want to announce the channeling session with the spirit is over and that you reclaim complete control over your body. Verbally state that no spirit may channel through you without your consent and invitation. Announce that you are now closing the circle. You can say a prayer or chant and finish by extinguishing the candle and creating a break in the circle of salt.

Step Ten: Leave the Room

As soon as your session is over, leave the room to demonstrate the channeling session is over. You and your friend can review the recording and discuss what you learned during your first channeling session.

Step Eleven: Keep a Journal of Your Channeling Sessions

It's a good idea to keep a record of your channeling sessions and store your videos so they don't get lost or the file is damaged, so make backups. As your frequency grows stronger and you gain more confidence, you won't necessarily need a conductor, but it is always advisable.

How to Summon a Ghost by Scrying With a Crystal Ball

The use of a crystal ball isn't a cliche but a valuable tool for mediums. The crystal ball allows the medium to focus their attention on the crystal ball, enabling them to see the images/projections that the spirit world sends. The orb shape and the composite of the crystal material amplify the spirit energy and enables the veil to be lifted enough so a talented psychic medium can see the pictures and images the spirit projects inside the crystal ball.

crystal ball

Tools and supplies needed:

  • Crystal ball
  • Stand for cyrstal ball
  • White Candle (7-day is best)
  • Candle holder
  • Matches
  • Sage stick
  • Salt
  • Loose clothing
  • Religious or other talisman
  • A friend to record messages

Step One: Scrying by Summoning Spirits

You will follow the channeling steps one through seven with one exception. Instead of focusing on the candle flame, you want to focus on the crystal ball. Once you've made that connection with a spirit and know who you are communicating with, you can unfocus your gaze to see the images that appear within the crystal orb.

Step Two: Ask Spirit to Reveal Answers With Imagery

If you are a visual person, you may find scrying with a crystal ball more enjoyable than channeling. You can ask a spirit to show you response to your questions. For example, you may ask if the spirit knows of something that can help you strengthen your frequency while raising it higher. This is the kind of question that lends itself to an answer via scrying.

Step Three: Ending Your Scrying Session With Spirit

You will bring your scrying session to an end by following steps eight through eleven of the channeling directions. Scrying is very different from channeling since you don't need another person acting as your conductor, but you may find it's helpful to have that friend with you to record your sessions.

Summon Spirits Using Quartz Crystal

A natural clear quartz crystal has prism channels that create a glass-like effect. A medium can focus on the inner crystal the same way they might practice crystal ball gazing/scrying. A crystal ball made of quartz is a very effective tool. Quartz crystal is an excellent choice for communicating with spirits since it emits an electrical pulse of 32,768 Hz per second. In metaphysics, it is believed that the quartz crystal can raise and even amplify the energies of spirits, affording a better connection for communication. Mediums often wear and use quartz crystals for this reason.

Mediumship With a Spirit Guide

There are several ways that mediums can connect with their spirit guide. One is for the medium to go into a hypnotic or trancelike state of being. Advanced mediums are able to communicate with their guides without needing to arrest their conscious mind. They are capable of having a conversation with their spirit guide, much the same way they communicate with living beings.

Mediumship Direct Contact

Some advanced mediums are quite capable of direct communication with spirits with their conscious minds. The medium is often gifted with various psychic gifts, such as clairaudience, precognition, clairvoyance, psychometry, claircognizance, and more.

Step One: Beginner Guide for Direct Contact Mediumship

Using the channeling steps one through seven, you can go into a meditative state of being. You will see patterns of light, either white or purple waves of color, often resembling clouds. You will have a sense of movement, as though you are flying at rocket speed until you reach the spirit realm.

Step Two: Acclimate to the Spirit World

You want to take a few minutes to acclimate to the higher frequency of the spirit realm. Each time you connect to this realm, you carve a direct connection that becomes stronger and deeper with each visit. After a while, all you'll need to do is close your eyes and you can be connect with the spirit world. It just takes practice like any skill.

Step Three: Look Around to See Who Is Available

The spirit realm is more vibrant than the physical world you're accustomed to. The colors are intense and brighter than the physical world colors. In fact, you will quickly discover that words fail to adequately describe the amazing hues of the world you just joined. Once the awe of where you are settles over you, take a few moments to see if any spirits are around you. Typically, there will be at least one if not more waiting for you to speak.

Step Four: Summoning Spirits to Assist You

Once you acknowledge a spirit, they will move closer and offer their assistance. You want to be respectful to them, just as you would any flesh and blood human being. Spirits of Light are eager to serve and help, but you must ask for their help. It's all about free will. They will never step in uninvited, unless it is to protect you as a guardian.

Step Five: Communicating With Spirits in Direct Contact Mediumship

You will be surprised how easy it is to communicate with spirits. Some will convey information through imagery, while others can real chatterboxes. Just as humans communicate in their own way, so do spirits. The key is to be appreciative and respectful and always thank them for their help. There is an old custom that you always say, "Thank you," three times when thanking spirits and divinity.

Step Six: Closing Your Session of Direct Contact

You can use steps eight through eleven for channeling to close your session (circle) with the spirit world. If you wish to set ground rules for contact, then you should do so politely prior to initiating the end of your connection.

White Candle and Sage Spell

You can use a white candle spell or create your own spell to summon a spirit guide. A white candle is believed to have the power to transform negative spiritual energy into positive spiritual energy. It is often used in spells to exorcize a ghost/spirit. You can also burn sage to cleanse the space before you start to ensure only auspicious beings answer your summoning spell.

Automatic Writing

The art of automatic writing is a form of medium channeling. Instead of using the medium's vocal cords, the spirit communicates through the written word. The medium usually goes into a trance and is unaware of what is being written until the spirit is finished, at which time the medium emerges from the trance.


A medium who can hear what others can't is said to have the ability known as clairaudience. This often includes the other five clair senses that allow the medium to have multiple ways of communicating with spirits.

Dr. Raymond Moody's Psychomanteum

Dr. Raymond Moody is world renowned as the man who coined the phrase Near Death Experience (NDE). During his long career as a researcher in the spirit world, Dr. Moody created the Psychomanteum based on the scrying tool used by the Greeks, the Necromanteion. This device is used to contact the spirit world. Most people use it to contact a deceased loved one, but the results aren't always with the person they sought, but someone they have unfinished business. A large mirror is set up in a dark room, so it doesn't reflect the person sitting in a chair. The chair is placed so the individual can gaze into the mirror without their reflection being projected. The spirit is usually visible in the mirror and can talk with the person.


One of the most controversial forms of communicating with spirits is the seance. In the Victorian era, many charlatans created elaborate hoaxes to con the bereaved of money. Seances require a closed circle and, if conducted by a legitimate medium, can result in summoning the spirit world.

Tarot or Oracle Cards

You can use a deck of tarot or oracle cards to communicate with spirits. If you have a specific spirit you wish to communicate with, then you can take a moment prior to doing a card spread. Light a candle, burn incense, and clear your mind the same practice you do for any divination card reading. Your first time using cards to communicate with a spirit should be a simple three card spread. As you establish your connection and trust with the spirit(s), you can advance to other card spreads for more detailed and in-depth communication.

tarot cards

Summoning Spirits and EVP

Some paranormal researchers in North America and Europe have claimed they have made contact with spirits and been able to communicate with them using EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena). Spirit voices may be present in a house or other building that are only able to be heard at a frequency that the living occupants are unable to detect.

Use Tape Recorder

To find out whether this is the case, run a tape recorder at a time when you know the building is unoccupied. You may be very surprised by what you hear. A word of caution though, since not all the sounds you may pick up will be pleasant. In some cases, the owners have heard disturbing sounds or threats being made against them. If you think this would make you feel uncomfortable, you may be better off not exploring this possibility in the absence of other evidence of paranormal activity in the area.

Summoning a Spirit Using a Ouija Board

People have been summoning spirits with Ouija boards for quite some time. There are specific rules that you should follow when undertaking a Ouija board summoning, such as questions you should never ask.

Tips and Cautions About Summoning Spirits

A few tips help ensure you protect yourself when summoning spirits. It is never a good idea to call on demons or other dark spirits since they are very mischievous and can mislead the uninformed and ill-prepared. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and those involved in the summoning.

  • You may want to say a prayer asking for divine protection for everyone in the home.
  • You can evoke the white light by envisioning each person in a bubble of white light, the room in white and the entire building. Make sure the bubble encases underneath the house as well as on top.
  • You can burn sage while the Ouija board session is in process. A sage-scented candle could also be used for this purpose. Sage is used to cleanse a location of any evil spirits, so using it during these times makes sense.
  • Burning a white candle is a good way to transform spiritual energies to generate good, positive energy in the room.
  • If you have strong religious beliefs, then wear a symbol or talisman of your faith to reassure yourself and provide protection. You can focus on this token should you become frightened and prevent being overpowered by evil entities.
  • Never use black magic spells or chants when summoning spirits unless you are a black arts practitioner.
  • You can use an ancient practice to protect yourself and ward off evil spirits by sitting inside a circle of salt.

Tell Summoned Spirits Goodbye

Remember, summoning spirits is not something that should ever be done lightly. You can never be sure which kind of being you may contact, and you could open your home and yourself to some very negative influences. If you proceed, do so with extreme caution. Make sure that you close the session by bidding the spirit goodbye, cleansing the room, and saying a closing prayer of protection.

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How to Summon a Spirit: Step-by-Step Methods