I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve been inexplicably drawn to Hermetics and ritual magic as of late. I’ve got to say it’s really been “doing it” for me. The itch is still scratched. I’ve been taking RO’s Black Work course, which deals heavily with conjuration and magical evocation. This is one of the main reasons I was drawn to it, because I’d like to start doing more of this kind of work and it seemed like a great place to learn. Basically I want to strengthen my “spirit contact muscles”. However, I’m getting much much more out of it than just that, but more on that later.
The system that is used is from his A Modern Angelic Grimiore, which I had the pleasure of purchasing about a year ago actually. The text deals mostly with contacting angels, but it also presents a pretty much self contained system to evoke anything, including the Genus Loci, which I have inadvertently experimented with. I have to say at the outset here though that I’m a complete novice at this kind of thing. It’s brand new to me. I did some experimentation with the Goetia as a teenager (who didn’t), but beyond that conjuration and evocation is a new bag for me.
The tools detailed in A Modern Angelic Grimiore that are necessary for the work are the table of practice, an ebony wand, and some sort of scrying device. I decided to go classic and use a quartz crystal ball. Here are my tools pictured below that I made/procured.
I wood burned the table of practice based off the illustrations in the ebook. I didn’t like the first one I did so I re-did it and this one turned out much better. I’ve noticed it has some “peculiar” properties. For the first week or so being near it made me dizzy. Literally. The air seemed to swarm around it, like heat waves. It would jump around and appear to be all over the altar. I’ll assume that means I did it right. Now however I appear to be “used to it”.
The wand is made of ebony. I actually already had an ebony wand, so that was perfect. I used that and painted the god names on with gold leaf. It looks like crap, but what are you gonna do? It’s done now and I can’t change it. It still appears to work.
The crystal is a smallish real quartz crystal ball (no lead crystal or glass here)! I wanted to go traditional on this.
I did my first conjuration this past weekend. I did not know what to expect, if anything. Scrying has never been my strong point (I’ve only ever used a black mirror though). I evoked the Archangel Gabriel. I was surprised at how well it worked! The whole apparatus (ball and table) lit up with white light that was very visible to me. I don’t know if this was an astral effect, or visible light but to me I could see it plain as day. Consider me impressed! I then saw a face super-imposed in the crystal right away. I’ve since used it to communicate with a genus loci spirit as well, with similar results.
The image of Gabriel that appeared did not look at all like I was expecting. While I intellectually understand that angels are not all cherubic and winged, I was not prepared for how he presented himself. What I got looked kind of… alien actually <shrug>. Again, my expectations where broken.
What struck me about these experiences was how concrete the visuals were. I was expecting something wispy, or half imagined. What I got was solid enough to the point that I could leave and go get my sketch pad and it was still there. I could look away and start sketching and look back and it would still be there just like I was sketching a physical object. This I was not expecting, at all!
I am hungry now to do more of this work. I’ve proved to myself that it works and isn’t just theoretical. I can read about others experiences and believe them but until I actually experience myself it remains just that, others experiences.
I find myself getting more and more interested in ritual magic. It’s not really part of my Druid path in that I don’t mix the two, but since I’m one human being it kind of is in a way (besides I see the magician archetype as being very much part of the Druid archetype. Not for everyone, but for those that feel comfortable with that kind of thing).
I’m probably going to be talking about it more here, just as a warning. 😉