evocation magick

Invocation, and Evocation


Invocation, and evocation are two very important parts of magick, and the occult. These concepts are very similar, but are also very different in many ways, and should be understood, so that you can work better with them in your practice. These words both have to do with calling forth constructs, but they both do it in their own objective ways, even though a lot of the time these words are used interchangeably by accident. These words come from the Latin word “vocare” which is a word that means to call forth. Most of the time, depending upon what the practitioner is conjuring will usually end up dictating, if they will be using an invocation, or evocation, but technically you could do both for any construct. In order to learn more about these terms, we should take a closer look at both of them separately.


Invocation is the act of  calling a construct to the inside of you. When invocation is used the constructs sits in the seat of power while you, become a subject to it. This is primarily used for energies, spirits, and deities you trust to have dominion over you, or with you. It is the act of calling forth, and letting the energies, and constructs interact with your being. In an invocation the construct that is being invoked is usually being asked for its energy and/or for its support to be called into the practitioner, and is usually not a call for it to manifest. Invocation is also sometimes used to refer to the calling of ‘higher’ entities.


Evocation is the act of calling a construct to the outside of you. In evocation you said in the seat of power over the entity that you summon. This is primarily done with spirits that are hostile, that you cannot trust, or do not know too much about, although it can be done with other entities that do not fit into those categories. Most likely in an evocation you will use some form of a binding in order to keep the entity under control, and restricted, while you communicate with it. These entities will also be released, and sent away at the end of the evocation ritual. In an evocation the construct is called to manifest in front of the practitioner, where the entity stays separated, and independent of the practitioner. Evocation is also sometimes used to refer to the calling of 'lower’ entities.


This is what I have found my understanding of these words to be. If I missed anything, or if anyone would want to add anything feel free to, because it also seems like a lot of people have differing opinions on this subject.

Quick Guide to Practical Magick Part 6 & 7

Step Five: Gnosis

Gnosis is the state of Magickal Trance. There are two types of Gnosis: Inhibitory and excitatory. Inhibitory gnosis is the silencing of the mind until only a single point of concentration remains — often being the Sigil representing the Statement of Intent. Inhibitory Gnosis includes: silent meditation, holding the breath, sleep deprivation, fasting, object concentration, hypnotism, depressants like alcohol and sensory deprivation. Excitatory gnosis involves overstimulating the mind, bringing it to a very excited state while focussing on a single object — again usually the Sigil representing the Statement of Intent. Methods of Excitatory Gnosis include: orgasm, extreme emotional states, pain, dancing, chanting, stimulants like a coffee, and sensory overload. A state of Gnosis is entered while invoking or evoking the god form, and the sigil is used as the point of focus. During the state of Gnosis the Sigil becomes active — by focussing intensely on the Sigil while distracting the conscious mind the Sigil is imbedded into the subconscious mind where it can fulfill its purpose.

Step Six: Closing Rite.
Simply a repetition of the banishing from step three.

After the closing banishing the ritual is concluded with the statement, “So it is
We use the words “So it is Done!” to represent the fact that it is our own Will that is performing the Magick — not the Will of God or some ghost in the sky, but our own power.

Here’s two fascinating one hundred year old grimoires; The Greater Key of Solomon (1914) and it’s companion volume The Lesser Key of Solomon GOETIA (1916), published by L.W. de Laurence the infamous plagiarist.
These books had a far reaching effect on the western world, putting forbidden knowledge in the hands of anyone who was daring enough to look inside. We must bare in mind that before such books as these most people had only heard of them in hushed whispers, hearing and reading stories of their use, conjuring up demons and the devil himself, and of Faust losing his soul. Then, finally the printing presses churned out these forbidden books, books that in many countries were illegal for fears of what they may unleash, for the fear of what dwelt within…

Temptation of Lilith

Someone was looking for Lilith majix so I dug up a ritual I wrote last year. I was kind of expecting to cringe at it but surprisingly it still felt utterly electrifying to read the incantation.

So I figured let’s share it again!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Temptation of Lilith:


You may or may not actually “see” the Spirit in the Triangle. Most often you will first sense the presence in the Triangle and then an image may begin to appear in the incense smoke. If you utilize a Black Mirror in the Triangle most often you will see at least some distortion of your own image but if you expect to immediately see a solidly projected cartoon or holographic image in the Triangle you are most likely going to be disappointed.

We feel it is a mistake to take up too much time and energy trying to force yourself to see the Spirit. You are here to command a Spirit not explore a vision.

—  “Illustrated Goetia” by Lon Milo DuQuette
Quick Guide to Practical Magick Part 4

Left Hand Path Banishing

A Simple Banishing for LHP Workings

Here is a very simple banishing that I use before doing workings of a Left Hand
Path nature. It helps the magickian enter a state of mind conducive to Left Hand Path workings.

1. Starting from the south, draw a sphere around yourself counter clockwise, with your left hand while visualizing the sphere in a colour of your choice.

2. Ring a bell nine times. A tuning fork also works very well. Note: when this
banishing is used at the end of a ritual, the bell should be rung at the end instead.

3. Face the South. Take one step forward with your left foot and draw an inverted pentagram in the air with your left hand and say boldly the following:

“I call forth Satan who brought the Promethean gift of the apple.” (Visualize the
serpent offering you the apple of gnosis).

4. Turn towards the East. Take one step forward with your left foot and draw an
inverted pentagram in the air with your left hand and say the following:

“I call forth Lucifer, the bringer of Light and Knowledge.” (Visualize Lucifer
rising, brilliant and triumphant)

5. Turn towards the North. Take one step forward with your left foot and draw an inverted pentagram in the air with your left hand and say the following:

“I call forth Belial, he who has no master.” (Visualize a powerful demon who bows before no God but himself)

6. Turn towards the West. Take one step forward with your left foot and draw an inverted pentagram in the air with your left hand and say the following:

“I call forth Leviathan, the crocodile of the deep, the carnal animal of Chaos.”
(Visualize a crocodile with the eyes of a dragon)

7. Return to center of the sphere. Now you will invoke Set. (This part is should be skipped when this banishing is used at the end of a ritual.)

“I invoke Set, who nightly slays Apep. By destroying the imp of Chaos, I create
freedom for myself. I have the freedom to create any order I desire for myself,
and I have the freedom to destroy it. I have the power to change at Will, and
through change I can Become.”

8. Re-enforce the sphere by standing motionless in quiet meditation until gnosis
is reached.

9. Laughter.

I’ve started a ritual where I evoke each of the Major Arcana one-by-one, for a week each, so as to take the journey of the Fool for myself.

The key is used to open or unlock each card as I go. The method I have chosen is to take the first card (the Fool, obviously), ritually unlock it, and sit it on my altar for one week, all the while contemplating any lessons of the Fool’s that I notice in my life, and embodying that card as I go about my week. Then moving onto the next card, and on and on until I’ve taken the whole journey for myself. I plan on also conducting magickal workings that centre around each card as I go, and of course I will be documenting the whole process in my journal.

Hopefully this simple ritual will be just the thing to rekindle my passion for this practice.

Wish me luck :p
- Brigitte

Incantations: Does Pronunciation Matter?

Does it matter how you pronounce your Latin, Hebrew, Greek, etc incantations?

Short answer: Fuck no!

Long answer:
Imagine, hypothetically, that English becomes a dead language but also passed down many incantations to the future of occult. What would be the correct pronunciation of those words? American? British? Canadian? Some might say England because the language seems to have originated there.. Okay! North England accent? South? London? What about all the other dialects in the smaller, less urban areas?

I don’t think I have to explain my point any further. Now go intone your incantations and stop overthinking it.

Side-note: I’ve heard that mantra is a bit more tricky in this department. Whether there’s a legitimate reason or just dogma isn’t my area of expertise.

Edit: I’ve been told this can come off as implying Greek and Hebrew are dead languages. Definitely not what I meant.

Random Thought.

I really want to evoke spirits inside a fireplace. It just seems like such a practical place. You have your circle outside of the fireplace, and put the triangle in it. Then you can burn your incense inside it, and put sigils around the fire place for extra protection. And if you didn’t want to use incense, you could try a scrying into a fire. And it’s even better if the spirit being conjured specialises in fire!

Fireplaces are just so magickal and I love them.