Ghosts might be one thing, but demons are something else entirely.
A demon is a fallen angel. A supernatural and malevolent entity that exists in many religions around the world, under different names. In the Bible, they’re described as angels who were hurled down to Earth along with Satan, whose sole purpose now is to revolt against “God’s plan” and his people.
In the New Testament, Jesus was said to have driven out many demons.
“What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” – Matthew 8:29
Demons are mostly known to possess individuals, but there have also been many claims of demons infesting homes.
That is to say, there are stories of such events. As with most things of this nature, there are no concrete answers. Here are some of the reported causes for demonic infestation I’ve come across:
- Dealing with the occult or practicing black magic
- Using a Ouija board (read: Zozo). Some believe Ouija boards may “invite” negative entities into our world. This is the reason many warn against using them at all.
- Summoning a demon. Yes, people attempt this sometimes, and it does what it says on the box, if stories are to be believed. Probably not something you should try at home.
- Negative energy. Overwhelming stress, anger, and other negative human emotions may catch the attention of a demon and perhaps allow it an easy route into your life.
Those might be reasons why a demon would decide to bunk with you, but let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms of a demonic infestation. The things you should, perhaps, look out for.
The following are 10 signs a demon may be haunting your house:
1. Strange Noises
They aren’t like the clanging chains and soft whispers in horror movies.
The sound of a demon is said to be guttural, a harsh growling unlike anything an ordinary animal would produce. This may occur in specific spots, such as closets or hallways. You may even hear strained words over your shoulder, asking you questions, or threatening you in some way.
Other sounds may occur, as well, including banging, or stomping, and scratching on walls.
2. Scared Animals
Many believe animals can see ghosts, your pets included. When a dog starts barking at empty air, he or she may have witnessed a passing spirit. But you also have those cases when the animal is afraid – terrified, even – growling at an unseen force hidden from human eyes.
Your pet may begin acting aggressively for no apparent reason, and there are even some cases in which a pet has reportedly fallen ill during a demonic attack. In his book True Tales of the Ouija Board, Stephen Wagner relates one such incident, during which a group of girls were “playing” with a Ouija board. All was well, until they contacted a spirit that unexpectedly mentioned their dogs. When they asked the spirit what it meant, it simply replied, “You’ll see.”
Not long after, the girls heard their dogs screaming outside. They later found a mysterious burn mark on one of them.
3. Mysterious Shadows
The presence of “shadow people” may be a sign that a demon lurks nearby. In some cases, the shadows take humanoid forms, but they’ve also appeared as animals, or even simple amorphous blobs that don’t resemble anything at all.
One case of a potential demon involving a shadow person was reported by a Reddit user several months ago. While sleeping one night at her grandparents’ house, during a sleepover when she was very young, the witness was shocked awake, only to glimpse a dark silhouette in a chair on the other side of the room. It was awkwardly positioned, sideways, with its arms holding its legs up to its chest.
Having been taught a little about Christianity by her parents, at first she thought it could be Jesus, or some other positive entity. But just as she thought that name, the shadowy figure lurched up out of the chair – faster than anything humanly could – and approached her. The figure watched her, and then began doing something very odd, indeed: It started scratching at its own calves, tearing at its own flesh. If it even had any.
The witness tried to calm down, and eventually fell asleep, if that’s what it was. It was like time had warped in some way. She woke up the next morning, but not before she felt a strange breath upon her ear…
4. Demonic Nightmares
Dreams are interesting things. They can tell us a lot about who we are, and what our subconscious minds are really thinking. They can also, perhaps, act as windows into a world just beyond our own.
But that’s not always a world we want to enter.
Many have reported having strange and terrible dreams that accompany the unexplained activity in their homes during a haunting, particularly those involving demons. About a year ago, for example, another Reddit user posted his experience with what he believed was such a demon. It was in early October, and he’d just gone to sleep after a very tiring day.
That’s when he had what he described as “the worst dream [he] would ever experience in [his] life.” It involved something indiscernible but horrifying. It hovered over his bed, glaring down at him with a “disgusted look,” whispering something he couldn’t quite make out.
The dream ended with him waking up hours later, exhausted and sweating. He went out for a walk to clear his head. But when he returned, he found his door wide open – and that was only the beginning of his demonic experience. He’d go on to witness many of the signs on this list: the loud bangs, the shadows, and even two red eyes staring at him in the darkness.
5. Damage to Religious Symbols
Demons don’t take kindly to holy symbols. They may attempt to destroy crucifixes, Bibles, rosaries, or other religious artifacts. Anything that could act as a threat against their presence.
6. A Foul Stench
One of the most common signs of a demon infestation is a terrible, putrid smell. The scent of decomposition, or rotting eggs (sulfur). The scent of death.
One idea I’ve come upon is that the sulfur smell is actually a reaction demons, or other negative entities, have to divinity. This smell occurs, some say, when the demon is upset, or when the area they are inhabiting has been blessed or cleansed.
7. A Case of Bad Luck
Parasitic, or negative entities, may latch onto people, draining them of their energy. They’re said to cause all sorts of unexplained symptoms, including drained emotions, mood swings…and bad luck.
Accidents may occur frequently, but there may be more to this seeming pattern of bad luck than meets the eye. A demonic attachment may be at fault.
8. “Friendly” Visitations
Demons are deceptive.
One of the main reasons people warn others against the use of a Ouija board is that oftentimes, they believe, any spirits that appear “friendly,” or are claiming to be deceased family members, are very likely demons lying to you. They’re telling you what you want to hear, making it easier to take control.
This can be seen in reports of the demon Zozo, a fiend that seemingly enjoys pretending to be familiar spirits contacting users of the Ouija board. But sooner or later, the Ouija Demon reveals itself as the malevolent force it is, causing havoc in the lives of anyone who dares test it.
9. Physical and Psychological Disturbances
Have you ever been scratched by an otherworldly force? A spiritual attack is said to occur when the victim experiences scratches, bite marks, and other wounds without any ordinary explanation. They may happen anywhere on the body, or even on objects around the house – tiny, mysterious scratches that seem to defy all rationality.
In the case of a demon, like the aforementioned knocking, three scratch or claw marks are said to serve as a mockery of the Holy Trinity. But scratches aren’t the only sign of a demon: A person may feel odd sensations, like he or she is being watched. Feelings of unease, or even outright nausea and other forms of illness, have also been reported. The goal, it would seem, is to wear a person down to make possession easier.
10. Demonic Possession
Demonic possession is a topic in and of itself, but don’t worry: We’ll get to it very, very soon. Suffice it to say, a demon’s presence in a home, or attachment to an object, may very well be a precursor to the full-on possession of a human. That may in fact be the entire purpose, what the demon wanted from the very beginning.
In the famous (or infamous) story of Annabelle, when Ed and Lorraine Warren first visited the two women and their curious Raggedy Ann doll, they say they knew immediately what they were dealing with: a demonic attachment.
The demon was only pretending to be the spirit of a young girl attached to the doll, but in reality it was attempting to be welcomed and accepted into their lives, after which it planned to possess one of them. The Warrens refer to this process as “Invitation, Obsession, Infestation, Oppression, and Possession.”
But as I said, that’s a story for another time.
Have you ever experienced any of these demonic signs? Do you believe demons may sometimes worm their ways into your lives, and even into your homes? Share your stories below…