Tasmanian Devils have few natural predators but smaller individuals may fall prey to eagles and owls. Turn to sprits who show an affinity for eagles and owls for help separating Taz from a host: Athena, Lilith, Blodeuwedd, Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Zeus, Guadelupe,
Protect your home by keeping talismans of eagles and owls.
Obsidian and Black sand are powerful blockers of Taz’s physic attacks.
This opportunistic negative spirit’s keen sense of smell can easily sniff out angry, negative humans. It is drawn to them and feeds on their negative energy, magnifying existing anger, and insecurity until it takes on a whole life of its own; often mistaken for “self-talk” Taz whispers in ears and minds that friends and family are really the enemy. It warns targets not to trust or approach anybody for help, love, or sympathy. Much like an abusive person, it isolates, controls, and gaslights. Hosts will become prone to defensiveness and fits of rage.
Once Taz asserts control over the host with the resulting social isolation, it’s difficult to separate demon from host. Friends and family begin to dislike the host for their angry behavior, which reinforces the spirit’s message to the host. “See, they don’t love you” which begins a downward spiral of reinforcing isolation.
This spirit is a master of disguise. Taz is as confusing as the marsupial it manifests; when it isn’t acting out negatively it hides behind the host. Loved ones become afraid of being judgmental of the person they love and so don’t recognize the spirit, or tell themselves things are better now, until it lashes out yet again.
How to defeat this spirit
Taz’s main power is in hiding. Bring it into the light to defeat it. Hosts can go years wondering what is wrong with themselves, why they can’t control their temper. The first step to recovery is often noticing the difference in how they feel if the spirit lets go of them for a moment. Stronger spirits can help here; petition them to drive it off.
Hosts then feel physically lighter and realize for a brief moment that loved ones and friends are not enemies. They must begin to recognize that the voice of the spirit was not their own, and watch for the lies when the devil returns, or being angry or untrusting for no discernable reason. Simply saying “this is not me” loosens Taz’s hold on the host. The screeching of this spirit is horrific ; you can be sure it will fight back to try and keep it’s cozy host. It can be difficult to stay strong. But calling out, recognizing, and standing against Taz must be done consistently.
Hosts can be sure they are finally free when they are able to be “rightly angry” – that means angry when it’s appropriate – without falling for the “self-talk” of this spirit that keeps that anger stoked and once again isolates the host from loved ones.
This spirit’s most recognizable manifestation is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It was once native to mainland Australia and was only found in the wild on the island state of Tasmania. It has now been reintroduced to New South Wales with a small breeding population. The size of a small dog, it is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. The Tasmanian devil’s large head and neck allow it to generate among the strongest bites per unit body mass of any extant predatory land mammal. It hunts prey and scavenges carrion as well as eating household products if humans are living nearby.
Western European explorers were extremely confused by this animal, it looked cute and sweet, like a cat or dog or baby bear. But it’s screeches in the middle of the night were terrifying enough that no one would sleep on the island. Its bite was surprisingly ferocious.
“My Gaelic grandmother taught me that no spirit actually has any power over me that I do not give to it. Never bow or break in the face of anything. Show respect if deserved, banish those that don’t deserve it. You can banish Taz. You have that power and authority.” -Kitty