Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Could it be, I don't know, maybe....

The other day Scott posted the whereabouts of our favorite pointy-horned, cleft-footed, red-skinned tempter and tormenter of souls on Augoeides. I was surprised to see another article on this on Google News, as this kind of thing seldom gets that kind of air time.

In the second article on the Vatican's Exorcist announcing that Satan's hanging out in Rome these days (like he ever left), there's a lot of cool info on the symptoms of actual demonic possession. I thought it was relevant with all the talk of demons here lately, so in case you've conjured up the spirits of the Lemegeton's Goetia, and you're wondering if you've actually gotten possessed, let's see what your symptoms are and how they compare to what an actual possession looks like. Symptoms include:
  • vomiting
  • violent headaches
  • stomach cramps
  • superhuman strength
  • fits
  • extreme aversion to holy symbols
  • talking in unknown (to the victim) languages, including ancient tongues such as Aramaic, the language of Christ
  • reacting so violently to the ritual of prayers, incantations, holy water and the sign of the Cross that they have to be held or tied down while the priest touches the possessed person with his stole and places his hand on his or her head
  • vomiting objects such as nails or glass
  • vomiting on a priest in the face from the other side of the room (Nice aim, Aim!)
  • medical or psychiatric tests show no rational explanation for the symptoms
Barring this kind of trouble, I wouldn't worry too much about whether you're possessed.

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