This ritual for the evocation of a spirit
entity was designed based on various sources (mostly Franz
Bardon), and performed successfully. It is fitting only for beings
that are somewhat sympathetic to the performer, as it includes no
measures of protection. In other words: use it only to evoke
entities you are ready to invoke into yourself. ;-) An invocation
into oneself would be easier to do, of course, and without the
division from the energy summoned common in traditional
evocations, the most important advantage of evocation over
invocation into oneself drops away, which is the relatively modest
change of awareness of the performer. Still, calling into a place
that is not the practitioner's body can be worth the effort,
especially because it runs in a more controlled fashion and
because very intense energies that an invoker might not be able to
bear can be summoned this way. Naturally, evocation even in the
simple form detailled here remains a magic for advanced
practitioners! Anyone who does not know very well what he is doing
is urgently advised not to perform this ritual!
an undisturbed place, the following pattern is marked on the
ground. First, a circle of at least four meters in diameter.
Within it, an equilateral triangle the edges of which are a bit
less than two meters long, of which one corner is within a few
centimeters from the circle perimeter and points away from the
circle center into the position corresponding to the spirit (e.g.
towards the position of the corresponding planet). In the
triangle, the sigil of the entity is drawn on the ground as large
as possible within the triangle bounds, or a sigil prepared on a
sheet of paper is placed. In the opposite half of the circle, a
smaller circle with a diameter of a bit less than two meters is
plotted. All these sizes are only points of reference, of course,
and may be changed at will.
The larger circle forms the ritual space and
will be consecrated to the sphere the spirit is from during the
ritual. It also gives the spell a firm frame in space. If the
ritual is performed in a place that is already fittingly
consecrated, this circle should be drawn anyway, to define the
bounds of the rite. The triangle is the place the summoned being
manifests in. The triangle shape was chosen for reasons of
tradition/nostalgia and as a symbol for the three dimensions of
space the entity shall assume. The small circle is the place the
ritualist stays in during the visit of his guest. If the ritual is
performed by a group of people, several of these circles might be
arranged within the large circle.
Since the ritual runs without any duress or forceful sending
for the being, it will only appear if it wishes so itself. It is
thereful reasonable to obtain its consent prior to the ritual, for
instance by means of a trance travel or in a conversation through
a scrying mirror. Any sacrifices you might wish to give should be
performed before the ritual, too.
the triangle, a large censer with the largest reasonable amount of
incense (as much as is possible without anyone suffocating or the
fire brigade being alerted... mind the size of the room) is
placed, but not yet lit. If a talisman or amulet is to be charged,
this item (physically complete) belongs into the triangle, too.
Possible additional objects that have an affinity to the
to-be-evoked spirit and may thus amplify the call are added. The
presence of a magical dagger or sword with the summoner is
urgently advised, just in case something goes wrong. Further
equipment (robe, staff, shaman's costume...) may be added as the
ritualist sees fit.
Other than that, some object that serves as a gate into the
sphere the being is from, is needed. It might be a mirror, a
symbol of the sphere or a picture, for example. A size of a sheet
DIN A3 or over is recommended. The position of this gate is not
defined exactly. It should, however, be at least close to the
outer circle (fixed to a wall, for example), better yet inside it.
For reasons of symmetry, it would be desirable to have the gate on
the axis the centers of the triangle and inner circle are on. If
it is a mirror, the reflective side should not be before the inner
circle and facing it, because this would cause diversion for the
The mage first performs individually chosen centerings,
meditations, prayers, inquiries to helpful entities etc., to
prepare himself for the ritual. What this is in detail can be left
to the intuition of the magician or learned from the being that is
to be summoned. The area of the outer circle is then banished as
usual, using the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, for
prepared gate is then opened using the Rending of the Veil gesture
(before the gate and facing it, of course) and a statement along
the lines of "I open the gate to (Sphere)!" Appropriate
visualizations (such as energy in the form of colorful mists that
starts to flow from it) may be added at will.
Next, the outer circle is consecrated. The method is rather
unimportant: pleas to the spirits would be as possible as energy
accumulation the Bardon way, trance dancing or even the symbolic
scattering around of fitting items. What is important is that the
circle is clearly closed and the enclosed space is filled with an
intense atmosphere of the energy the to-be-summoned being is
normally at home in.
The intensity of this atmosphere is crucial. In
the subsequent ritual process, the difference between the origin
and the target location of the being must be overcome and the
smaller this difference is, the more effective the evocation will
be. The fact that an access point for the energy - the gate - is
present will make the creation of the atmosphere easier and can be
used in the consecration process, e.g. by visualizations of the
energy flowing in.
Now the triangle is given its signification. This process needs
not be a consecration of charging - the triangle needs just become
a place the guest can manifest in. For one thing, this depends on
one's magical paradigm: find your what you think stops spirit
entities from manifesting all over the place and if there is such
a law, annul it temporarily for the triangle. Second thing, it may
be in the spirit's nature certain rules have to be obeyed for him
to manifest. In hierarchies as often found in western magical
systems, it is advisable to ask the being's superior for its
permission of the being's manifestation.
It you have absolutely no idea for how to
handle this ritual step, the being you want to call can surely
give you some suggestion.
When the triangle has been prepared, fire is set to the incense
in it. Now at the latest does the mage take his position in the
inner circle. Since the "build-up" phase ends with this and the
actual evocation begins, a short centering ritual such als the IAO
formula is very recommendable. After it, the mage becomes aware of
his role as a caller, perhaps meditating on it or performing a
short ritual to connect him with the sphere the being originates
from. He faces the triangle and closes his eyes.
In the way it is used here, the inner circle is
not a circle of protection in the traditional sense. It serves the
evoker as an aid to concentration on his own position and role
within the ritual, making him consciously and subcosciously aware
of it. The dagger or sword may provide protection if any needs to
Now the mage speaks the evocation formula; a personally crafted
statement that contains the mage, his calling, the being called
for and the place it is to come to, and captures in language, tone
and choice of words as precisely as possible the vision of the
process the mage has. One example would be a loud "By my authority
as an intermediary between worlds and in the name of (Divine Name)
I summon you, (Name and Title of the Entity), into this world,
into this temple, into this triangle, into the Here and the Now.
Come and show yourself!" Another might be a whispering "Hey (Name
of the Entity), can you hear me? The gate, the circle and the
triangle are all fully prepared. I expect you. Come to me!" It may
be advisable to speak the formula several times: on the one hand,
a long formula is rather difficult to speak with complete
concentration on the first attempt and on the other hand,
repetition is a traditional part of evocations the reutilizaion of
which refers to a long and successful history of western magic.
Keeping his eyes closed, the mage begins a trance travel. After
his fancy, he might do this with or without rhythm, standing or
sitting, the only important thing here is that the physical body
does not leave the inner circle. The travel leads to the being
called for. Upon arrival there, the mage asks it to follow him and
returns with it to the temple, via the gate. With this, the path
of the power (of the spirit) is defined and it starts to flow.
Still keeping his eyes closed, the mage begins to pronounce the
name of the being as a mantram; only in his mind at first, then
whispering and continually becoming louder. A growing energy flow
from the gate to the triangle might be distictly sensible at this
point. Speaking the mantram ever louder, the mage slowly opens his
on how successful the ritual was to this point, the summoned being
is more or less visible. A physical manifestation is possible, but
it is very difficult to accomplish an unambiguous, solid shape. A
visibility similar to a rainbow or dense mist can be called a fair
success. If this is not the case, the being remains in ethereal or
astral form and can be seen only with second sight, similar to a
spirit of nature. A rule of thumb says the being has brought the
more of its power with it the more visible it appears.
The picture drafts a physical manifestation of
the archangel Raphael accomplished using this ritual.
The mage can now communicate and work with the guest. What
talks, agreements, sacrifices and other actions take place between
them is left to the two of them. The spirit might be given a task,
it might charge a talisman with its power, it might transfer a
feat or skill to the mage... the possibilities are quite numerous.
With such an energy accumulation in the visible
world created, magical physical changes become a lot easier. More
powerful spells can be cast, and accordingly more drastic changes
achieved than with other ritual magical methods.
When work is done, the ritual must be ended by going back step
by step. This is to be done at least as carefully as the calling,
since it's just wasted time if a spirit doesn't come, but there
might be serious trouble if it doesn't leave again... So the
visitor is first thanked and friendly, but firmly, said goodbye
to, even if he has already left doing his duty or his energy is
used up. This might be formulated like "I thank you, (Name of the
Entity), for your help. Go in peace." Similarily, the mage then
thanks for the effects attributed to the triangle and outer
circle, in that order, and gives the license to depart to any
energies involved. Any symbolic gestures like lighting of candles
or spreading around of items are reversed. Finally, the gate is
closed using the "Closing of the Veil" gesture and a fitting
statement. A final centering, possibly combined with a thanks to
all powers involved, is recommendable.
Because of symbol logic, it is important the
"dismantling" runs precisely analogous to the "build-up", but in a
The place can be tidied up now. Marks on the groud are erased,
the incense is extinguished or put away, the gate and the triangle
objects cleared away. When nothing of the ritual's material
components is left, a thorough banishing is carried out. Only now,
all the magical work is completed.