Friday, 18 April 2014

Shadow evocation

What is a shadow evocation
During evocations we need some vessel for the spirit through which the spirit will manifest. It can be a smoke, black mirror, fog, water, or light. During shadow evocations you use your own shadow as the vessel for the entity to appear through.

Setup
To set up the operation you need a very dark room. Sit on the floor and put a big candle with strong flame behind your back, far enough so you won't burn yourself, it is actually not a good idea to have the candle too close, because you need to have a good sharp shadow projected on the wall in the front of you. Oh, yes, you should be facing a wall if you didn't figure this out already.
The candle should be the only lightsource in the room so there is only one sharp shadow without any disturbances.

The operation
The format of the ritual is as always, just for the incantation you are sitting on the floor and you passively observe your shadow on the wall, repeat the incantation a couple of times and then you can also sit a couple of minutes in silence before repeating again.

During the operation the shadow should start forming its own shape and "thickness", it should become plastic and start moving on its own as the spirit enters it as its vessel for manifestation.

Continue with the ritual as you are used to.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Getting lazy

Recently I became horribly lazy in using pen and paper so I am currently doing Sigils on the phone again. Let's hope it won't have so devastating effect on the phone as it had few years back.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Magickal chain

What is a Magickal chain
Magickal chain is a protection ritual. Papus called it the absolute defense. The practice itself is split into two categories: the ritual and the use of the chain.

Point of the ritual is the creation or re-assurance of the chain, usage involves calling the master of the chain to activate it.

How to create the chain
First of all you should already have some experience with the Magickal prayer, these two are closely related. Secondly you should choose a master of the chain. This can be any long diseased occult master that somehow influenced your art (e.g. Crowley, Bardon, Papus, Spare, Paracelsus, Pythagoras...)

During the ritual you call and pray to the master of the chain. Then you call for guardians of cardinal directions, elementals, spirits, demons, angels... in other words you start at the bottom of whatever hierarchy and you work your way up till you reach whatever force you are used to pray to in Magickal prayer. Entities in the chain can be called specifically or generally, for example you can call specific entities you have already worked with or just elementals generally.

After all required entities are called you then request them to become your chain and appear to protect you any time the master of the chain calls them, you then ask the master to come at your call to activate the chain.

Then you can end the ritual as usually.

Using the chain
So, the chain is already created and you get into a really bad situation and you need to activate the chain. To do so you don't need to call all the entities again, just call the master of the chain with the request to activate it and that's it.

Time by time the chain should be re-assured, for that use the same ritual you used for the creation of the ritual, it's actually a good idea to keep the ritual description and used incantations in your journal.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Rune Magick

April, the month of Rune Magick has started, so I will be going for the month-long training.

More information about Armanen runes can be found here:
http://www.american-buddha.com/cult.runemagic.kummer.htm

First scrying evocation: Anael

Who is Anael
Anael is one of angels of Venus. He is associated with the Fire element and he is called the messenger of God. anael's field of work are visions, messages, predictions, simply contact with the divine. That's also why Anael should be the first one to be evoked through a black mirror.

First scrying evocation
Prepare your incantation. Make sure you call Anael a couple of times and you ask him to bless the mirror to give you messages through him.

Mirror should be placed in an angle so you can see a reflection of your face (scrying bowls and crystal balls do not have this requirement). Your environment should be completely dark except two candles placed on the sides of the mirror. Play around with the position of the candles, your reflection in the mirror should be neither too sharp nor too vague. The reason is that your mind needs some reference point in the mirror to start with but having too sharp reflection will beat the idea and too vague image won't give you the sense of depth needed to successfully operate the mirror.

Choose some point on the reflection and observe it, repeat your incantation a couple of times out loud, then silently as well. You will feel your vision getting blurry and distorted. Usual reflex is to re-focus to gain back the sharp image, but you have to avoid this process so the lucidity can kick in.

If you manage to observe passively without refocusing the image will start looking sharp again but the appearing face will be completely different from your own, hopefully that will be Anael. Then proceed as we have learned before in the chapter describing basic format of the rituals.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Evocation through smoke

Smoke evocations are probably the most used ones in ceremonial magick. The setup is simple, has a lot of variations and can be done with any level of experience.

Idea behind the smoke
Many Magicians believe that to have a visible contact with an entity, one needs a physical vessel to operate upon. For that purpose sensitive mediums were used to get possessed by the entity and hadle the message. Unfortunately this method makes the whole ritual fraud accessible. Is the medium a real deal? Can we really identify a genuine medium. In the second grade I gave you few tips about how to recognize suggestible Somnambulic subjects, but it can happen that some fraud will know Mesmerism or will be lucky enough to pass the test, so naturally we had to come up with something to get rid of our human oracle.

Naturally, the next step were inanimate objects (animals are not very good mediators). But what object is light enough and easy to manipulate, after all we usually do not possess the power to craft clay golems... smoke was the answer.

Smoke is light, naturally moves in swirls, curls (thanks to the air currents) and is easy to shape, even a small blow can change its shape. So if we force an entity to manifest its presence through a smoke, we can have a nice little proof that the ritual works. Plus smoke's natural movement is very mesmerizing and adds to the atmosphere of the ritual and the mind state of the practitioner, multiplying the chances of success.

Actually we can also use incenses in the burnt material to enhance the atmosphere even more. We can pick a specific incense for a specific entity based on its planetary correspondence, we can color the light of the flame with shaders to attain even bigger planetary influence, smoke is actually a very versatile ritual tool.

For the smoke we can use pre-fabriced incense sticks to be compact, we can burn coal on incense plates with a few drops of water for a very thick smoke (using hot or cold water actually lightens or darkens the smoke), we can also make our own incense sticks, just put a bunch of plants together, tie really hard and let dry.

Spirit's manifestation via smoke
There are various ways about how the spirit will manifest via a smoke. The least noticeable (and most often in the beginning), is that the smoke will split into two straight lines with a lot of curls at the eye level. Sometimes it also "freezes" in the air. The positions of the smoke is so stable it looks like it was a solid object.

After some experience, you will start seeing faces, hands, even parts of events in the smoke, rarely the smoke will take a full body shape of an evoked entity (to be frank I never saw that one), but parts of the body are quite usual.

The source of the smoke can be put on the chair, on summoning triangle or simply be carried in your hands at the arms' length away from your body during the ritual or some combination of these. I personally like to sit during evocations, so I usually place a summoning triangle on the table in the front of me and put an incense stick in the holder on the triangle. It's compact, quick and easy to set up.