- If death is only the beginning and reincarnation is real then why do ghosts of those who have passed exist and why do their ghosts haunt cemeteries?
- Where do witches go after physical death?
- Is there a plane specifically meant for dead human beings?
We should also consider that not all spiritual entities that we encounter are the ghosts or spirits of human beings. I believe that many ghosts that haunt cemeteries are just energetic echoes of the people who have died and were buried in those plots in that specific cemetery. The ghostly echoes or etherical energies are still attached to the decomposing bodies and bones, which can be explained by The Law of Contagion.
The Law of Contagion is a magickal law that can be summarized as: “once a part of something, always a part of that thing” meaning that if there was bond between things or people that bond will remain unless it is magickally removed through a banishing or exorcism. It does not matter if there is no longer physical contact or there is a large distance between those things or people because the bond is energetic and not physical and will remain unless it is removed.
Those bodies, those bones that are buried in the cemetery still hold the energy of the individual they were once physically a part of. I believe that if in life that individual was focused on the physical realm, perhaps on their body, their material possessions, or their personal relationships then their attachment to those things may also prevent them from “letting go” and “moving on” to their next experience and only a banishing or exorcism will ease their release on this physical experience.
Witches are no exception when it comes to the death experience. I believe that all human beings undergo the same process just as we all experience the same process when it comes to birth. Perhaps as Witches we have more of an awareness and can prepare and understand death better than others because we have a closer relationship to the natural work, the forces of nature, and the Spirit Realm, but in the end we are all human beings and share similar physical experiences because of such.
Many Wiccans hold the belief of Summerland, however to me it has always sounded similar to the Christian concept of Heaven, which has never really been something I’ve aligned with very much. Reincarnation, the idea of shifting my focus or perspective to a congruent life makes much more sense to me as an energetic being, but inevitably it is only a belief. I will have a much better understanding or remembrance of it when I experience death again.
I believe that the Universe is made of multiple planes of existence or dimensions and as a human being undergoes the death process they travel or journey through the dimensions as they release their focus or attachments to the physical realm. Being that I believe in the concept of reincarnation I do believe that when I return or shift my perspective to another dimension I will align with that plane of existence and experience another life. I believe this occurs for all living beings, but there is no one specific place where all dead human beings go. It depends on what their chosen next life experience will be.