What Are Familiar Spirits?

What is a familiar spirit?

Familiar spirits are demonic spirits, that respond to those that attempt to communicate with the dead, spirit guides, angels, aliens, Bigfoot, or false gods. They mimick those that the sorcerer/necromancer/medium tries to “call up”. These spirits are closely linked to an individual, by either a person, place, or thing.


The most “common” way known, that a familiar spirit communicates with people, is through mediums.

What is a medium? The word medium — from the Latin adjective medius, “middle” — has several meanings that all center on the idea of being in between. 1.Medium means something that lies between two other points, people, or levels. 2. A person who transmits messages from the dead. (Familiar spirits)

Familiar spirits are not who they claim to be

These spirits are demonic spirits, that masquerade as our dead loved ones, spirit guides, aliens, Bigfoot, angels, or false gods. They manifest in the form of whatever type of spirit that the person is seeking to communicate with. The most common type of spirit that people usually attempt communication with, is the spirit of a deceased loved one.


The reason for this is our natural emotions of grief and despair that we feel when we lose someone close to us, that we love. The enemy takes advantage of our grief. He does not play fair, and he is more cruel than many give him credit to be.

*The bible tells us that Satan transforms himself as an angel of light..


“Familiar Spirits” in Light of the Holy Scriptures


1 Samuel 28:7-15 KJV
[7] Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. [8] And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. [9] And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those tthat have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die? [10] And Saul sware to her by the Lord , saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. [11] Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. [12] And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul. [13] And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. [14] And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. [15] And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

Familiar Spirit, or the Departed Spirit of Samuel?

Amoung many other controversial topics in the Bible, the incident that took place in 1 Samuel is one of the most controversial, especially within the “paranormal community”. Many scholars have debated on this issue, as to whether Samuel himself was actually called up by the medium, or if it was a “familiar spirit”, masquarading as the departed spirit of Samuel. In order for us to know the truth, we must look at scripture and divide the word rightly. After dividing the word rightly, and carefully looking this incident, as it is written, and comparing it with the whole counsel of the Bible, I, and many others, have come to the conclusion that this was actually a familiar spirit, masquaradeing as the departed spirit of Samuel.

This is what led me to this conclusion:

1. Verse 14 says: And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground..

*When we look at the word “perceive”, it means:

Perceive: “to identify by means of our senses.”

The word “perceive” does not necessarily mean the perception was correct. It only means that the perception was based on the information gathered. Things can be perceived correctly, but they can also be falsely perceived.

2. Verse 13-14 ..what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. [14] And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle.

*The medium seen “gods” ascending out of the earth..

I find it interesting that she seen “what appeared to be Samuel”, amoung false gods, ascending out of the earth. This tells me it was a familiar spirit (demonic spirit) as it also ascended out of the earth with the other demonic spirits (false gods).

3. Verse 7 “Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit”..

*This point is very important, as it is actually the very answer to our question, right under our nose. If it had been a snake it would have jumped up and bit me!

4, Dividing the word, with other scriptures:

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 KJV
[13] So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord , even against the word of the Lord , which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it ; [14] And enquired not of the Lord : therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

*Saul was actually enquiring of the familiar spirit, not Samuel himself.

5. In Luke 16:19-31, The story of the rich man, and Lazerus, the beggar makes a few things clear, which show the impossibility that Samuel himself could have possibly came back from heaven to talk to Saul. It shows that when saved people die, they are immediately carried to heaven by an angel, and the wicked lift thier eyes up, being in torment, in hell. It also says that thier is a great gulf “fixed”, which makes it impossible for someone to leave heaven or hell to talk to the living. Abraham also told the rich man that if the unsaved will not believe Moses and the prophets, they will not believe, though one come back from the dead. So, if God will not allow a departed spirit to “come back” from heaven or hell, for the gospels sake, He will not allow them to come back for any other reason. As the gospel is the most important message anyone could give someone else!

Demonic spirits have been here for thousands of years,

They have been around us and our families, all of our lives, for generations, knowing everything we do, or say, at all times.


When a person tries to communicate with the spirit of a  “departed loved one”, via medium, EVP analysis, ouija boards, downing rods, pendulums, etc., the Familiar spirit will then respond, giving answers that are very personal, and only known by the “spirit” they are attempting to contact.

This “tactic” of the enemy, is the # 1 reason we have so many people in society that believie in “earthbound spirits of our departed loved ones”. These spirits are so  convincing, that in most cases, it is impossible to deny that there is indeed “some kind of spirits” out there, that is attempting contact with us, that have personal knowledge of us and our dead loved ones.

These spirits are not only known to mimick the departed spirits of people we “knew personally”, but they also mimick the departed spirits of people that are “familiar to us” by a particular place, such as where we live. An example of this would be, if a person were to move into a new residence, and a familiar spirit makes its presence known, masquarading as a departed spirit of a person that once lived in that home, and died there. The familiarity in this case would be the residence itself.


It could also be places such as ancient Indian burial grounds, old war fields, or other places where people were killed or died.


Old Indian burial ground


Waverly Hills Sanatarium, which many people believe is one of the most “haunted places” on earth. While the building is now primarily a tourist attraction for those fascinated by the paranormal, it used to be a functioning tuberculosis hospital. In 1910, when the hospital was established, this meant a place where between 8,000 and 63,000 people died bloody, excruciating deaths, as there would be no real cure for tuberculosis until streptomycin was invented in 1943. Waverly Hills was also the site of at least two suicides, which strangely enough took place in the same room. With all of that suffering, it’s not surprising that rumors of  ghostly apparitions, paranormal activity, and more have cropped up.

How these spirits usually work

Just as with any other sin, the enemy will try to “tempt us”. They will try to lure us into occult practices. Usually, soon after someone dies, a familiar spirit will attempt to make “contact” with us. They will try to make thier presence known. These attempts can range from the sound of footsteps, or things being moved on it’s own, disembodied voices, physical manifestations that can be seen, such as the form of dark shadow figures, orbs, or full bodied apparitions. It could also be strong smells of things that you would associate with a particular person, such as cigarette/cigar smoke, or perfume. It can also have bad smells, that smell like sulfur, rotten eggs, etc. The problem comes in when people do not “test the spirits”. Is this concept in line with scripture? When these spirits attempt to contact us, or make thier presence known, we need to rebuke it in Jesus name! When this is done, these spirits always flee!

If you or someone you know, is suffering from a haunting

After the spirit flees, as described above, if it returns, you must evaluate the situation. Usually, when there is any type of “haunting”, the familiar spirit has some kind of “legal right” to be there. Something must be contributing to an open door to the demonic. Are you, or someone in your household/family involved with any occult practices?

What are occult practices?

Deuteronomy 18 contains the most powerful biblical passage, outlining the occult. In verses 10 and 11, we find practices of the occult:

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

These demonic spirits are subject only to Jesus Christ.

These demonic spirits always flee at the name of Jesus! This is how we know that these familiar spirits are indeed demonic spirits.


Jesus said:

Mark 16:16-18 KJV
[16] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. [17] And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Seeking first the kingdom of God~

Dana Emanuel

Deliverance Minister




10 thoughts on “What Are Familiar Spirits?

  1. I used to be a Paranormal Investigator and owned my own company for over 20 years and it took me that long to figure out that these so called “spirits with unfinished business” were demonic and familiar spirits.
    For awhile I did not want to believe this until I was shown these Bible versus and even then I was stubborn.
    I was attacked for many years with the highest levels led sleep paralysis and other super natural torment. My bed shaking, entities floating above me, my chest being crushed where I couldn’t breath, encounters form aliens.
    I tried everything to get rid of this problem and nothing worked until one night I confronted the problem with full conviction of Jesus and called upon him and this demon who was taunting me who I believe was Azrial. It fled after a battle when I confronted it with Jesus.
    Over the years it kept attempting to come back and each time it got easier and easier to rid it using the conviction of Jesus’s blood.
    I learned it was God telling me to get out of this paranormal stuff and I closed the company and discountinued my paranormal work and all this stopped.
    The only time I do this now is to help people against evil and demons.
    But it took all this for me to fully understand.
    Plus when I was younger o dabbled into the occult and it’s practices if divinization.
    I was born a Catholic and became a Christian and fell away for awhile in the occult and came back to God and then really strong and now stronger than even in the lord.
    Thank you for sharing this and may God bless you and your ministry in spiritual warfare and deliverance.
    -Dan Bidondi

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    1. Thank you brother Dan for sharing your testimony with me and others!! There is indeed so much power in the testimony! Giving God all the glory, and thanksgiving for His loving grace! Thank you for all you do for the kingdom of God!! God bless you 😉

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  2. I thank you so much Laura!! I appreciate you reading it and sharing it on your website!!! ❤️❤️
    I love your passion for the ministry, and the burden you have for the lost!!! May God continue to bless your ministry!!!! 🙏🏻😇❤️

    **Anyone that is looking for other information on this subject, or similar subjects, I urge you to check out Laura’s website!!!! http://www.ourspiritualquest.com

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  3. Dana thank you for this excellent teaching on the deception of familar spirits. Your review of 1 Samuel and Saul’s encounter with the witch of Endor is the best explanation I’ve heard regarding this passage. God bless you and your ministry. You are a gifted writer and God has given you wisdom and discernment in exposing the enemy!

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    1. Thank you so much Ivani! I truly appreciate your kind words of encouragement! It truly helps! You are also a gifted writer and I appreciate all you are doing for the kingdom of God!! I’m blessed to call you my sister in Christ! 💝😘💕

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