I managed to recently acquire a copy of Necromantic Sorcery for myself and as I mentioned elsewhere I saw numerous mistakes made within it that I believe were the root cause of the books extremely dangerous reputation. Now for this I am assuming you are experienced with other areas of magick especially energy work and know how to conjure death energy/essence on your own. I have seen many easy but effective meditations for it.
And as I have stated I am starting to work through it and use its methods and ones based upon it while correcting the key mistakes that I have noticed.
My preparation work for this has been to acclimate my body to Death Energy and build up my tolerance and also to work on regenerating from any damage it might inflict while I am in contact with it.
The best methods I have found for this are to protect the heart, liver, kidneys, spine, and brain from the direct touch of the energy and pulling as much of your own lifeforce inside those points while you are working with it shielding it and those vital organs from being affected. I find encasing them in a field of red blood like energy works best. This will protect you from much of the damage of channeling Death Energy.
Now to regenerate myself from what damage I do take and purge my body of the Death Energy I push out as much of it as I can and then release the vital energy I had been holding within the before mentioned organs letting its expansion aid in cleansing the rest of me. The crimson energy I was using as a shield I then direct to repair any damage. It should be noted that I have built up this kind of energy in my mind and preprogrammed what it can do so the visualization and mental commands alone are sufficient to bring it out to work as I need.
My second measure which I use to counter the fatigue and speed up the regeneration of anything that takes longer is vampiric necromancy. To perform this I once again shield myself as mentioned above but this time I call up the death energy on the outside of my body and leave the inside hollow while I direct it in a funnel to pierce my victim. With this it is important you hold your grasp on the death energy firm and keep it solid and smooth not allowing it consume the life force of the target directly. Its natural pull will suck the energy right out and into you where you direct it to add to your own pool of energy until you have pushed all the death energy into your victim then it is important you break the link with a violent gesture such as cutting it with an astral blade. One way to see this is as creating an energy frictionless vacuum. This gives you more than enough excess energy to quickly heal and restore yourself with a great deal leftover.
With these methods I have not only been able to protect myself fully from the negative effects of working with death energy thus far but I seem have even benefited heavily from the vampirism. Now if you have moral qualms about the use of vampirism and death energy so liberally to restore yourself I do recommend you look into a type of necromancy than what I am working with and will be talking about.
Now some things in Necromantic Sorcery are kind of obvious and don’t need to be tested out such as the benefit of fetish marks and items to forge a connection to someone so beyond mentioning their use in some spells or such they don’t need much investigating.
What I performed last night was to raise the shades of my dead pets. I chose to start with animals first out of convenience and a test before moving on to the shades of humans. Also curiosity on how the shades of animals might differ from humans and if they are better suited to some tasks than a human shade would be.
My backyard has three graves, two dogs and cat buried next to each other. I waited until it was semi-late at night just after midnight and started preparing myself with the shielding and immersed myself in death meditation state before I went out and sat before the graves. Following the method from the book I used the graves themselves to serve as sigils. I found myself focusing mainly on my dog Scarlett, she was the first to pass and the de-facto alpha among them. Sending my intention to call her she was quick to respond appearing first in a decayed state and quickly assuming a more reasonable appearance. At this point it was more a meditation on the shade and the link between this world and the world of the dead. I kept this up for a few minutes before using the binding words given. I found the words in their normal state to be somewhat lacking and so I let them evolve as I spoke them changing into different words to match my intentions from their base form. Each repetition at this point strengthened the link and the shade’s presence. I spent a few more minutes in silent observation and meditation before I released the gathered energy and ended the communication. I left my offering which I myself find that an offering of condensed energy seems to work better than physical items for me often.
Now I had observed a few things through doing all this one thing I feel is important to mention is that there is a difference between the shade of someone and their actual true essence and being. A shade is just the astral shell, or however you wish to phrase it, that is left behind when the soul moves on and departs. You can see it as the medium through which the highly malleable and eternal spirit and consciousness will interface with the lower planes and a physical body. It is a thing that ‘lives’ and ‘evolves’ on its own to be sure but it is especially at first a baser type of entity from something’s true consciousness. This is why I have no problem binding and using the shades of pets or even loved ones should it come to that because it is not the true individual but just the copy and remnant left behind. I have been told that the shade can be used as a sort of spiritual mark to easily come in contact with the facet of a beings true essence that corresponds to that life which is what some methods of communicating with the departed seem to do more than use the shade itself. A shade however is perfect for practical workings because its power is based on how long it has existed and the power the person had in life rather the timeless consciousness and power that might come with a persons true essence. So if you want to contact a dead loved one I recommend avoiding working with the shade altogether if you can and focusing instead on a sigil for their universal self.
Well bit of a tangent but an important one I feel. I noticed that as soon as I begun the ritual all noise in the background stopped seeming to be drowned out by a fluid silence and that after everything was especially loud and there was a disturbance in the energy of the area, like ripples on a pond. I went to bed soon after and as I was doing so there were three flashes of light like lightning from outside. I thought at first it was lightning except for the lack of thunder but it didn’t match up to how everything felt. I do believe it was the shades from all three of my buried pets making their presence known with one flash for each of them.
Not much else has happened in the meantime but I can still feel the connection there that I will be working on strengthening and working with these shades before I visit the local human cemetery.
I will update as I progress through these experiments as I go through them and make progress.