I used to have a friend, where every time I told them I had a session or was otherwise connecting with Spirit, they would refer to my work as ‘conjuring’. I would say adamantly,
“It’s not conjuring. It’s mediumship.”
I never explained the difference in more detail than that. And she never asked.
But there is a difference between conjuring Spirits and calling in Spirit in mediumship.
The word ‘conjuring’ refers to as the act of calling in those in Spirit, but also implies that the practice of magic is involved. The type of magic that refers to a trick or a slight of hand or some sort of spell. A conjurer, in the image I see in my mind, throws puffs and potions into a cauldron and from that - a Spirit is born. Kind of like the way a Genie appears in the smoke above the bottle.
A Conjurer is:
someone who charges or entreats, summons by invocation or incantation, to affect or effect as if by magic, to practice magical arts, when working with Spirit.
A Medium is:
the intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses or a force acts on objects at a distance, about halfway between two extremes.
The medium stands at the midway point between the physical and the spiritual world, observes, using all the senses (hearing, feeling, seeing, and knowing), and conveys the impressions they receive to and from either side. They open themselves up to receiving impressions (information) from one side - Spirit - and delivering those impressions to the other side - Human.
There is no charge. There is no incantation. There is no magic.
Mediumship asks for no magic spells.
It asks for honest perception.
All that is required to be a medium and practice mediumship is to develop a habit of becoming super-aware of both realms by developing heightened senses through which impressions can be conveyed - and then, to be willing to stand in between those words fearlessly, without barrier. All that is left after that is learning how to assign words to those impressions and symbols so that they can be delivered to a person on the physical side in an easy-to-understand way.
Conjuring, and the practice of it, refers to and implies control, power or desired power of a specific Spirit - to be able to bring them up at your command or control. This implied control does not exist in mediumship.
In mediumship, there is an unspoken mutual agreement between Spirit and practitioner stating,
I will stand here and receive, and you are free to stand here and deliver. We will both do so as honestly and clearly as possible, and either of us are free to go at our own will at any time.
Conjuring implies just the opposite - that either Spirit or practitioner are not free to come and go as they please.
In mediumship, the relationship between Spirit and practitioner is assumed to be one of trust, mutual agreement and honest transmission. In conjuring, the relationship between Spirit and practitioner is assumed to be one based in power control, lacking mutual respect.
It’s not conjuring, it’s mediumship.
All spirit communication in mediumship is born of trust, will and honest perception.