was planning on doing a post about this sometime in the near future,
but with some discussion tonight about the idea of methods of
evocation, results, and visible appearance, I guess I'll do it now.
I was a kid I really wanted to learn to conjure spirits. I'd gotten
good at other forms of magic, but, mostly coming at it from a
NeoPagan Witchcraft angle at first, no one talked about that. As I
got more into traditional Paganism and traditional witchcraft, and
began studying ceremonial magic and hermetic Kabbalah I still wasn't
really finding anything on it. People would direct me to things like
the LBRP, but I knew it wasn't what I wanted. Eventually I downloaded
copies of the Keys of Solomon, and started exploring a few grimoires.
Early on I saw enough of them to realize that there were several
started exploring more deeply into ceremonial magic and the Kabbalah
and began working with my teacher, and made friends with some people
who while they weren't the super traditional and semi-academic
grimoiric magicians of today, they were pretty hefty into demonology
and a few basic grimoires along with some other modern magic. So I
started to develop a view of the grimoiric system, and what I needed
to do to develop myself towards safely and successfully using it. I
frequently debated with friends who were also studying but hadn't
tried the systems in the grimoires how strictly we needed to follow
them. My view was that it was like a radio receiver. You could make a
workable one with a few basic parts, but adding more pieces of better
quality made a significantly more effective one.
as I continued my development and got to the point in my training
where methods of conjuration started to be on the table I had a lot
of options and a lot of view on what I should and should not be
doing. I started out with some stuff based in GD influenced stuff,
looked at some Levi and Crowley based ideas, and after a couple years
of playing with those things decided to try something more directly
worked with Mathers' edition of the Greater Key. This was 2007 and it
was just before I began collecting all the Golden Horde stuff. I had
a privately published edition of the Lemegeton as well as the
Mathers, a few books on Grimoiric magic, and a couple other grimoires
and grimoire based books. The Greater Key seemed like the most
straight forward starting place. Oddly, Trithemius' material was my
favorite, but there was stuff I wanted to do to prepare for it first,
mostly in terms of tools which is ironic since it's one of the most
low impact systems in regards to tools. But I also felt like doing
more thorough evocations first would set up the relationship with the
spirits to allow for me to work the Trithemian system. In any case,
that was all nonsense, if you want to get started, draw some spirits
into some crystals.
I did not do that, I did the Greater Key. I had my white robe, worn
by a priest celebrating Mass (not a GKOS thing), I had my magic
sword, instead of a crown I had Abramelin oil, I had my censers of
incense, and I had my seal and some candles. I also had the magic
circle painted onto a sheet to lay out beneath me, and my bible
opened up to psalms. I was ready to go.
decided to work with Bariel, a spirit of Jupiter, and request bunches
and bunches of money. I was used to working in a Mercurial milieu so
I wanted to win money. That didn't happen, but I got really good
results all the same.
began with some ritual cleansing, did a bit from the GKOS, then the
Headless Invocation, and then more GKOS material. The ritual over all
was about 8 or 9 pages.
the time I'd been out of college for about a year and a half, and so
I was, as most millenials do, living at home. I had five burners of
incense going. I'm conjurng like a madman when suddenly I hear a
voice from above...
pause, I think, “Oh shit, Lisiewski made it sound like you'd
basically die or at least never be able to do magic if your
conjuration gets interrupted midstream, what horrors await!”
respond: “Yes, Mom?”
Mom: “BJ, put out that incense,
you know I don't like incense, what're you even doing?”
“Nothing mom, it's ok, don't worry about it, sure thing.”
goes away, and I think “what do you do now? Finish like a beast I
I finished my conjuration. I definitely felt the presence of the
spirit, now, 8 years later, I still very vividly remember it, but the
whole time I was thinking “No, I got interrupted, it very clearly
feels like the spirit is here, the space even seems sort of ripply
and charged with presence over in that direction over there where it
feels like he is, but this is clearly BS, I got interrupted,
Lisiewski said there would be no success, only horrors would await me
guess I didn't mention I'd also read that book the Power of
Ceremonial Evocation as part of my final preparations.
I told Bariel what I wanted, polished everything off and wiped up,
and moved along certain I'd failed despite everything seeming
didn't win any money. Instead, I had much more Jupiterian results.
Which was good, since in addition to asking to win money, I'd asked
for financial stability and a promotion and raise and for things to
just have a general financial fecundity.
within a couple weeks I had been told at work that while they
couldn't promote me right away, because our staffing compliment
didn't include a second person in the position they wanted to move me
to, that I would get a smaller promotion and a bonus. They'd also be
giving me a raise to max me out for what was my current job
grade...and they were working on adjusting the staffing compliment to
promote me. At this point I'd been in my role for about a year, and
had been trained for the job to which I wanted to be promoted for
about 8 months, but there were no openings anywhere. Within a couple
of weeks, I interviewed for the position at two other locations, was
told that if I waited awhile longer they'd probably fire someone at a
third location and give me his spot, and in the end I was given the
job at a fourth location with no interview or anything, I just got a
call offering it and all I had to do was say I wanted it. My managers
gave me my year end performance increase, and then gave me the
increase for the promotion afterwards so that I ended up with a
higher salary than they told me I would.
in all within the period of about a month, I achieved a 33% increase
in my income in addition to an extra $500 bonus, and being told that
I had been short listed for the next round of management school.
this same time, I was expecting to have to give my mom some money for
things, which she ended up telling me I didn't have to do because my
parents discovered they were paid ahead on a bunch of stuff and the
addition they were putting on their house was way cheaper than
couple months later I ended up conjuring Bariel again using the same
method, and I told him I wanted a new job with a salary that was
about an 18% increase above where I was with better duties. Within a
couple weeks I got a call inviting me to apply for a job which would
include training and licenses that I wanted but couldn't get at my
then current company. I ended up taking the new job, and while the
initial offer was only about 9% above where I was I ended up making
about 26% more in the first year than I did at the previous job,
getting training which has led to a job that was originally intended
as an interim thing becoming a career and giving me a fair amount of
I would say those first to evocations were unquestionable successes.
one had what I envision when the bad asses of magic describe
evocation to visible appearance. Neither one was a hundred percent a
pure execution of the material described in the grimoire. It was a
faithful execution of the system described in the grimoire
definitely. It was a workable execution, and it was a successful
posting this, my point is two fold pretty much...maybe three or four
fold, we'll see as I type.
Your execution can have mistakes and still work
You can create a ritual based in the grimoires which earnestly
follows the system without slavishly following the book
You can get results without a lot of the crazy claims people get
intense about, just stay chill and do what makes sense
You don't need perfect or beautiful tools or even everything that's
there. Study a bunch of grimoires, look for what consistently seems
important use that.
Get off your butt and do it, because magic is awesome, you're
awesome, and results are real...especially when the spirits are not
just imaginary friends.
should also note that this was before I achieved K&C, so it was
not an instance of the spirits being super anxious to help me because
I was an adept. I was a Dominius Liminis, or more accurately within
the A.'.A.'. system an Adeptus Minor Without (preparing for K&C
but not having done it yet). So, while some methods of evocation are
better suited to people who've done K&C, if you are properly
prepared to do the work you can still do the work prior to that. But
stick with angels and spirits under the sway of angels in that case,
and with systems that involve invoking grace first.