Alright, I’m going to introduce you to a big concept that you will carry with you when you look at any older grimore now. Blinds
What a blind is, is something thrown in so someone who isn’t “worthy” or more likely “initiated” into the proper channels, will pick this up and not be able to make any use of it. At the time and location where many of these grimores were written, life was very Christian, even the magickal tomes found in the Vatican Library written by popes, priests, and such have very Christian undertones to them. For the most part, a lot of people are held back in believing it and practicing these “bindings” and threats.
Imagine if you were power incarnate, and someone summoned you, threatened and cursed you and threw salt in your eyes. You’d be pretty fucking pissed off right? Yeah. And you probably wouldn’t help anyone out, and if you did you’d make sure to piss all over their life in the process…If for nothing else, than for the asshole who did that to you to fear ever doing it again.
Now you wonder why these demons have such nasty reputations, the above should shed a little light on the negative experiences of others.
Other common blinds you may have heard of include things that are ingredients such as “bats blood”, “tail of a salamander”, “tongue of frog” etc, sounds like complete gibberish. These are often coded symbolisms that can mean anything from chakra work, to whatever folk magick was being practiced by people of the country side. A lot of times people in the country side practiced magick, and they had the Church to worry about sure, but they also had to worry about other mystical groups stealing their teachings, so in order to prevent that they made it unintelligible to normal people or even other occult groups. Sometimes exotic ingredients can be called for simply to delay and hinder the practitioner and his spiritual growth.
One quick note is sometimes this has the opposite effect, and the subconscious empowers these ingredients because the conscious mind is convinced they have power. Sometimes rituals attempted in this manner have profoundly powerful effect, but this is due to the unknown harnessing of inner power, at least that explanation is most probable. It comes from the idea that the power of suggestion is more powerful than reality itself. And don’t forget with something like this, “Results may vary”.
Back to the point.
Either way blinds take many forms, but think of it as willful misinformation. Sometimes you have to learn a good deal and read between the lines on that.
These entities can be nasty, but it really depends how you treat them most of the time. There are exceptions, and some entities, particularly in blind evocation will try to be unruly and force you to coerce them with your will (which can be an arduous task, and trust me you want to be prepared for that). However, most of the ones in these grimores are not like this, and if you want you can safely open their sigils to get a “taste” of what’s to come and introduce yourself first.
These entities like to be respected, not treated like garbage. They will react to you accordingly. If they are unruly, coerce them with your will. If they try to scare you, realize it’s a test and keep going with your ritual, because you’re in control. And for the most part that sums up years of experiences I’ve had with various spirits with one exception.
If I come into contact with a spirit that has sought me out, or one that I have summoned…And it immediately asks me questions, that’s a horrible omen that signifies the spirit is at least wary of you, if not at odds or completely unruly with you. It’s very rare that it happens to me, however it usually follows a magickal mis-step on my part. Even in references to spirits being summoned in the bible, where the spirit immediately asked a question, it was a horrible sign of what was to come.
I have also been scared to work with particular types of entities, until recently…My life has been filled with arm chair magicians who have frequently told me what I did was evil, and implored it’s danger, specifically my work with particular spirits. But, there is a way to rid yourself of any fear these idiots instill into you…
I have found the best way to peel away the brainwashing of the church and these grimores is to open the sigils of as many different entities as possible as you continue on your ascent. Be diverse in what you call on, call planetary intelligences from many spheres, call elementals, call angels, spirits, and demons. Once you taste their energy and interact with it, you’ll find most of the second hand information you’ve acquired is garbage. There are some things about the nature of these beings that is best learned or at least better understood from experience.
Start with sigil openings because it’s very safe, incredibly easy, and incredibly powerful. Once you build up experience with this, you will have a much more firm understanding of the powers you interact with. You’ll also enhance your power by doing them regularly. I have found sigil opening leaves you with residual power gain, not quite to the extent evocation does, but it’s firm ground to build a foundation upon.
Do you know Koetting’s method of sigil opening?
Best of Luck,