Almost universally, events lead to turning around to tell me that things have been completed. I did a working recently to bring a fugitive to justice after over a decade on the run. The tiny, buried newspaper article about it passed through two people, the discoverer of which had almost no knowledge of the significance, before making its way to me. Turnaround time from performance of ritual to delivery of proof of success was perhaps a week.
When I first started though, I questioned every result because they were so inconsequential. Fifteen years old, doing a ritual for a pack of smokes and finding a pack of smokes, my brand, lying on the sidewalk while walking to my friend’s house? More proof required.
It wasn’t until a few years afterward, in my late teens when I began working and doing magick heavily (after trusting it!) that I began noticing results that were too fantastical to chalk up to coincidence. I once did a ritual for money, the precise amount being enough to cover one month’s rent, and proceeded to be tipped this amount over the course of the next day, in an industry where you don’t get tipped. A few months later, I performed a ritual for both Canadian and American money, and ended up finding a sealed envelope the next day with $100 American, and $100 Canadian inside of it. Note that the minor faith bore minor results, and gave birth to great faith, which allowed great works.
I don’t say these things to try to whip mine out and compare sizes. Any accomplished occultist could tell stories like this for hours, that are far more fantastical. Still, its one thing to do a ritual for knowledge, wisdom or happiness and finding knowledge, wisdom or happiness (subjective), and doing a ritual for specific amounts of money and finding that very same (objective).
HOW did I do it? Not through evocation. I think people want to do evocation because they think its sexy. Koetting talks endlessly about evocation as omnipotence, and depending on how you look at it, it can be. I think a lot of people get WAY too ahead of themselves, wanting to do evocations when they need many, many supporting skills, like clairvoyance, clairaudience, practice in energy work, altered mental states, etc., etc., etc. Until you have that, you a probably going to fail. No, with the exception of bringing the fugitive to justice, it was accomplished through simple visualization, with a candle and mantra.
And that’s something anyone can do.