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Aug 28, 2022


Author, Folk Witch, and paranormal investigator, J. Allen Cross, joins Patrick to discuss his brand new book, The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal: How to Investigate, Communicate, and Clear Spirits. Topics include paranormal work from a distance, common misconceptions that witches have about paranormal investigation, the poltergeist phenomenon, the EVP Ceremony, Clyde the Top Hat Man, and the recipe for cleansing yourself in a Virgin Margarita Bath! Visit for more info.

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In this episode:

Episode Teaser :00

Intro :38

Big Shoutout to JeanMarie for supporting the Big Seance at the $15 level on Patreon! 1:18

J. Allen Cross (Oregon) is a practicing Folk Witch and paranormal investigator. He serves as psychic-medium and occult specialist on a well-known investigative team out of the Portland metro area. He enjoys working as a consultant for other teams and spiritual workers, exploring haunted and abandoned places, and writing about the paranormal. 2:27

An update on J. Allen Cross since his last appearance in episode 178. And a reminder of how J and his team are primarily psychic mediums. 3:25

Paranormal work from a distance. 4:58

Book description for The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal. 5:45

This book is a foundation for those of us who are sometimes seen as a resource, or the “spooky friend.” 6:42

Common misconceptions that witches have about paranormal investigation. “I’ve actually been kind of surprised by the reaction from witches when I bring up paranormal investigation around them, because I find that they have two really big misconceptions, and the first one is that all of them seem to think that paranormal investigation is something that happens specifically on TV and only for TV.” 7:59

“A lot of these spirits aren’t happy where they are.” “Sometimes you have paranormal activity because they are trying to get someone’s attention, because they need some assistance, or they need some sort of help.” 9:05

“They’re not meant to be on this side.” “You always have to side with the living.” 10:13

Getting real about poltergeist activity. 12:05

Simple Magic 13:10

The EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) Ceremony 14:01

More discussion on the poltergeist phenomenon. 19:15

The Occult Specialist or being a resident witch. 21:22

The Virgin Margarita Bath and other recipes for protection and cleansing. 22:54

Communicating with the family dog, and more on reading a home from a distance. 24:39

Clyde the Top Hat Man (or the “Hat Man”) 27:48

“I love a good liminal space.” A new book! 33:52

J’s most treasured possession. 35:05

J is co-host of the Invoking Witchcraft podcast! Plus Nicholas Pearson and crystals! 36:07

“There is no one better than witches to serve as referees between the spirits and living humans.” Final thoughts from J. Allen Cross! 38:25

A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 41:08

Outro 43:47


For more on J. Allen Cross

The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal on Amazon

Instagram: @oregon_wood_witch

Invoking Witchcraft Podcast

J's Paranormal Investigation Team



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