Stop me if you've heard this one. "Necromancy is a dark and
dangerous practice so make sure that you stand in your magic
circle to protect yourself from evil spirits." Puhlease! Don't
tell me that some people still buy into that antique mumbo jumbo.
Although, with the advent of the internet, we have immediate
access to all types of "information", and when one does an
innocent search for a topic, one never knows if the information
procured is unbiased and accurate, or simply the by-product of
dis-informed minds seeking to perpetuate fear mostly due to sheer
ignorance. Case in point, Necromancy, a simple little word that
commands a whole gamut of hyperbole. Oh, the sites you'll see! Now
folks, I'm not someone who publicly enjoys bitching and moaning
(that often), but everyone has that one niggling thing that just
sticks in their craw enough to yell ouch outloud.
Folks, it's time to put away all the bad old books inspired by
christain fear, intolerance, ignorance and dogma bias and open
yourselves to a purer, unconditional level of consciousness.
Necromantic practice is aligned with neither the 'right' nor the
'left' hand path. It is simply an acute attunement to what I like
to call, the "death energy", an affiliation and natural affinity
some people have for the current of transition. It is a fact that
some people just feel more at home among the dead rather than the
living. Most of the historical information on necromancy is so
heavily steeped in the christain religion that such "staples" of
the craft like The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish and The Grand
Grimoire by A.E Waite, the Malleus Maleficarum and anything by
Eliphas Levi, while fun reading as a teenager, are no longer a
viable nor accurate view of necromancy in today's world where many
belief pantheons overlap to create the multi-cultural society we
live in. The world is a big, diverse place no longer bounded by
the harsh constraints that produced these types of fear-inspired
texts. It amazes me that there are several sites out there
purporting to be 'lefthand path" necromancy that simply reiterate
the same old christian based texts as their "Grimoires".
True necromancy, or what I prefer to call Necromantic Practice can
only be achieved when all elements of fear are eradicated.
Necromantic Practice does not involve dominance and servitude. In
other words, the spirits of the dead, or of Death Itself, are not
at the magician's beck and call, nor will they, nor "He" do your
"bidding". It is only the arrogant soul that believes this. One
cannot "conjure" nor "command" spirits.
In earlier times, Necromantic rituals were often elaborately
ghoulish, and irreverently brutal. Because of this, Necromancy (or
divination through the dead) was considered a "black" art.
Something engaged in only by practitioners of "sinister magic".
True Necromantic workings, however, do not involve using
brutality, desecration of the dead, or any other practice that one
would consider the antithesis of reverence. Such methods are the
trappings of fear and ignorance. We do not seek to have the dead
tell us our futures, nor to call souls back from that distant
realm to do our bidding. In High Necromantic practice, the cadaver
is simply a consecrated catalyst - an empty chalice, if you will,
that we will attempt to fill with a potent spirit. It is the host
body. The death house is not violated, nor is the host. All
elements are treated with the love and sacrosanctity a true
magician must have if he or she ever hopes to succeed in
contacting and sharing consciousness with non-corporeal entities.
Necromantic rituals are neither "black" nor "white" magic. They
are rites of twilight, a merging of dark and light in a beautiful
and natural union where all dividing lines become a blur. Black
and white are simply sides of the same coin of Truth. There is no
balance of one without the other. Everything in the universe must
have its balancing factor, or there would be no universe at all.
There is great beauty and divinity in the darkness, though fear of
the unknown keeps many from looking. If you have an open heart and
are pure of spirit, you may be graced by the presence of spirits,
but only when one is humbled by Love and perforce of Faith will
one be ready to receive their message and appreciate the
visitation for what it is. Contact with spirits, whether the
spirits of the dead, or "higher" entities entails responsibility.
It is not a game to be engaged in for egocentric purposes. You can
play in your magic circle until one day you are mature enough to
realize that no circle is necessary, nor can such trappings of man
contain any energies outside of our realm.
Many people believe that if they 'raise' the dead, that they can
tell one's future because spirits are not bounded by time and
space as we know it. However, if a spirit has something vital to
impart to you, IT will call upon you, not vice-versa. The dead
have better things to do and a higher purpose to serve than to be
someone's personal, on-call seer. Necromantic pratice entails
respect and reverence not only for the spirits of the dead, but
for the spirit of Death, Itself. So, if you are sincerely seeking
to engage in necromancy, ask yourself this-
How willing a lover would you be to Death?
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