Even though it is on the stranger side of things, psychic medium Seth Michael isn’t afraid to admit that sometimes goats haunt him.
Yes, you read that right; cute little goats haunt the psychic!
Michael, who aside from being a psychic medium is also a spiritual advisor, says that the spirits of deceased dogs and cats who were strongly bonded to their owners come to him. Often times it is cats and dogs, but there have been a few occasions when even stranger spirits have come to visit him.
“One time I was reading people’s spirits in the office, and there was this goat there,” he says with a smile on his face. “It was just standing there, chewing.”
He knew it was a really strange thing to see so he didn’t want to mention it at first but when it stayed there for an extended period of time, he decided to go ahead and bring it up.
“It turns out they used to have a goat that lived inside the house,” he says.
As strange as a goat spirit is, it isn’t the only weird animal he’s encountered in the spirit world.
“So, another time,” Michael says shyly, “I’m doing a reading on people spirits, when suddenly I see a hamster in a ball rolling through the room. And I told the person about it, and she remembered she used to have a hamster that would run around in a ball like that.”
The woman he was giving a reading to was named Cyndi Ridenhour, and she remembers the pet clearly even though she was just a little girl at the time. She remembers being slightly traumatized when she found the hamster’s body after the family cat killed it.
“And there it was again, apparently rolling around with us in there,” says Ridenhour.
The hamster wasn’t the only pet of hers whose spirit came through though, her Siamese cat named Nipps made an appearance at a separate group reading that was also conducted at Ridenhour’s home.
“My cat I got when I was 19 and single, he was very special to me,” says Ridenhour. “He died after he got out and a coyote got him.”
Although Nipps is long gone, Ridenhour still senses and feels that she sees him hanging out with her in the house a lot.
“I would see him out of the corner of my eye, and one time I thought I saw his tail, walking into the bathroom,” she says. “ I finally said something about it, and my son, Cameron, said ‘Oh my God! I see him all the time too!’ “
Nipps isn’t shy and doesn’t try to hide at all; he is out there and wants the world to know. Once at a group reading, Jyl Straub, Michael’s girlfriend, was taking pictures while the group got their reading and after she photographed an armchair, she looked at Ridenhour with surprise.
“She said, ‘Did you lose a pet?’ And I looked at the photo and there he was,” said Ridenhour.
The chair was completely empty, but in the photo there is a gray figure in the shape of a cat on one of the armrests.
“Siamese cats, they’re like dogs, they don’t leave your side,” says Ridenhour. “He was my baby. I’m not surprised he’s still around. That picture, though, and Seth having those other animals come through- it’s so sweet that they stay with you like that. Some of the stuff he gets is hard to deny.”
46-year-old Michael isn’t afraid to admit that even he is at times skeptical of the things that he sees. For that reason, every time he gets a weird visitor, he tries to get as much confirmation as possible about it.
“When that stuff happens, we’re focused on one thing and something else comes in, where does that come from?” he asks himself. “I’m not sure, but I’m really not smart enough to make up a goat and a hamster. That’s just too funny,” he adds.
It is a bit of a mystery to him why the spirits of some animals come back sometimes.
“It doesn’t matter what or who it is – if there’s a strong enough emotional connection, anything can come back,” he says. “My dog comes back every once in a while. You can feel the energy.”
Michael has a customer named Brittny Houghton who consults him anytime her dogs pass away. She likes to get information from him and feels comforted every time she sees him. She had an Akita named Bernie who passed away in July and she consulted Michael about it as soon as she could see him.
“I have a hard time letting him go,” Houghton said and she started to tear up. “His bed is still in the same place. I still talk to him sometimes. This dog, I helped deliver him. I helped bring him into this world.”
Michael says that animal spirits communicate differently than human spirits.
He states that human spirits often speak to him but animal spirits mostly communicate by feelings and images.
“He’s giving off this,” Michael says, taking a minute to concentrate. “He wants you to feel like he’s still part of the family. You have two dogs, right? It feels like one is about to start using his bed.”
Houghton begins laughing when he said that.
“Oh my God, Seth!” she said, bouncing around in her seat. “My two other dogs, they would never go in Bernie’s bed, and just this past week, Jojo, he started trying to sleep there.”
Michael’s face is all scrunched up…
“What was green?” he asks.
She smiles, “His food dish was green, that and half his bed is green,” she replies.
Houghton doesn’t only consult Michael when her pets pass away, but also when her friends’ do. She once called Michael after her friend Garrett’s dog died to see if there were any messages he could pass along to them.
“He told me, ‘Garrett’s dog wants him to get another dog,’ “ Houghton said laughing.
Michael doesn’t just believe every feeling or vision that comes to him without verifying during a reading why he might be seeing these things. For that reason, he refers to himself as a “evidential medium”.
“It’s important for us to get as many details as we can,” he says. “None of this is cut and dry. I think it’s important to have a bit of skepticism, but still be open.”
For the most part, Michael is never scared while talking to spirits, but every now and then while doing house cleansings he does get something “darker” that comes through to him.
Michael states that the majority of the spirits he encounters are just people who are lost or confused and who are looking for help to cross over.
For this purpose, he has a group he works with to assist spirits in doing just that.
Oftentimes after finishing a reading, he leaves remembering only bits and pieces of what just happened.
“Psychic amnesia, it’s called,” Michael says. “I remember some things, and then it’s like a slippery slope.”
As part of his preparation when he knows he’s about to give a reading, he puts himself through a mental transition.
“It’s a little complicated to describe,” he says. “I can’t pinpoint the circumstances when it comes to me. If I’m going to a reading, I sort of get myself ready to be open.”
There are times during a reading that random spirits will contact him and ask him to please deliver a message to a loved one for them.
He particularly remembers one instance when an in-law who committed suicide asked him to give Houghton a message for them.
“In the middle of the night Seth was telling me what was going on – nicknames we had, favorite songs and things like that,” says Houghton. “He found her on the other side. She was completely confused at what she had done. He didn’t know me at all back then, we had only recently met, and he was telling me all these things.”
The woman was having a hard time crossing over to the other side and found Michael, who helped her find her way, as well as delivered messages to Houghton and other famiy members she had.
Since pets don’t speak, it’s different with them, according to Michael. They can still send emotional messages and communicate different feelings though.
However, not all species do this in the same way.
“You know how people, we have a sense of ourselves? It’s not the same so much with dogs. They’re kind of in the moment,” says Michael.
He also adds, with a laugh, that on the other hand, cats do have more of a sense of self.
When asked if animals have spirits or souls that stays behind even when they have passed on, Michael believes that yes, they do.
“Perhaps they come back, reincarnate,” he says. “There’s the theory that we keep coming back with the same people every time. It may be the same for pets.”
He also believes that sometimes, as seen in Bernie’s case, the spirits of family pets stick around to assist their owners or even other pets in the household get accustomed to life without them.
“I see Bernie sitting there all regal, but with his tongue hanging out to the side like a goof,” Michael says as he passes his arm in the area where he feels Bernie’s energy the most. “He’s got a big head.”
“Huge,” Houghton says while laughing.
Houghton has no doubt in her mind that Michael is the real deal, and she says that being able to reach out to a faithful companion like that really gives her closure and a sense of relief.
“It’s so comforting, because it’s such a devastating loss,” she says. “Dogs, they love you. They’re your best friend. To know they’re OK, that’s awesome.”