Once again i’m back with another installment of my Goetic adventures through Sigil Skrying. Recently I’ve been reading quite often many web articles about the dangers of working with the Goetia in any capacity whatsoever. This was my initial thought and feeling for well over some 15 plus years of working ritual magick. My fear stemmed from lack of knowledge and experience, not to mention a workable system I could call my own.
Many proponents who believe that “ye shall go mad or perhaps even blind” from just thinking about a Goetic evocation made me shun away from ever touching the system. Other words they throw at us is “dangerous” and “do not”. I have never understood why these practitioners continue and continue to propagate more and more fear into the hearts of the magicians world-wide. When I began to do my due diligence on the web prior to any evocation in order to find any possible information from a magician who has worked with so and so spirit I continue to find more rubbish out in the astral “web” than anywhere else.
One such site is Evocationmagic.com. The pundits at this site continue to mashup any kind of “alternative thought” into the matter concerning a possible better system in evocation than simply relying on the printed words and dulled imagery from the Goetia.
One of the “moderators” at this site has enough posts discouraging anyone about contacting any said Goetic entity other than through “normal means”. I completely whole-heartedly believe in keeping with traditional ways of magick, but this is taking things way of the charts.
[b]"…"Theirseals are not at all what people might call magical links.
They are subject to their seals and they yield obedience to the operator who wears them. They must do so upon arrival and upon sight of the seal. I strongly dioscourage any prayer to the spirit unless the practicioner is in fact a knowing demonolater and so chooses to worship.
“If you do not worship demons, do not, in any way, shape or form, try to contact them mentally, astrally or by any other way than stated in the grimoire. The only use of the seal is to be worn upon the chest, reverse to the pentagonal figure.”.[/b]
After that comment the original poster leaves a “sorry message” to the moderator. It pisses me off to no end.
Not just that site but other “reputable” sites and blogs that continue to bring the myths and fears to the magician. Since when did these practitioners become our gods?.
There are emphatically no authorities on Magick
That being said, I have come to the conclusion that if you really want the truth, just expand a bit on the whitewash answers and half truths out there. Or better yet, just ask the entities themselves.
And so my journey continues…
My first experience with any Goetic “demon” was back in 1989 with Vassago. Me and my best friend decided to invoke Vassago “by name” alone for the purpose of divining our fates through a tarot reading. My friend was already well versed and knowledgeable in the Goetia. His stern face looked at me as he spoke over and over the spirits name, almost as if he was fearing some shadow that lurked somewhere nearby.
We spread our cards and read them. This was the very first time in my life where a tarot reading actually gave not only answers but “definitive” clues without ambiguity. I was left speechless. Needless to say, within a few weeks that which was prophetic came to pass in glorious Technicolor. That was my first brush with the Goetia,…and Vassago.
My aim for this “discourse” with Vassago would be about three things
1.) bestowing me the virtues of divination
2.) Consecration of my favorite two Tarot decks (ceremonial magician deck and the HR Giger deck)
3.) showing me my most immediate future
The same setup was used this time as for seere, the exception was the additional deck of cards.
Performed my opening of the third eye through theta-Gamma sync as per EA’s newsletter(why didn’t I have this back then…)
I saw myself mentally enveloped within an electric white cloud of various charged particles swirling around me. My breathing was slow and deep. I opened my eyes and began to skry the sigil as shown above. Within about one and a half minutes the sigil began to appear/disappear in certain areas and then it became alive and charged. I called out to Vassago vocally,calling his name like a mantra. A loop holding the power that would come near to me. Quiet but firm.
The presence was very much felt this time., more so than seere. I knew he/it was near me.
“Prince Vassago, would you send me an image of yourself to my mind”
The image that came was not what i expected. I thought perhaps he would show up as a dragon or ghostly figure, or even an alien(yes,some out there have witnessed him as such) as most books and web articles mentioned. No, instead he appeared as a very fat man whose small fat body was supporting his enormous fat head. He came from what i would call a thick white substance not as a cloud but milk white. His skin was ivory white but his features were human. Think buddha meets your uncle frank.
With a smile on his face I felt as though he was rather pleased that i called out to him.
“would you be able to provide me with another sigil so that i may contact you in the future”
He responded by saying “and why would you need to do that”
Be prepared to be tested in some big or small way…
I was left a bit surprised by his answer. " I have other questions that need answers from you but I prefer to ask within a formal evocation rite"
Then i saw flashing lights transform into a simple geometric pattern.
(NOTE: so far most of the sigils that i have received are nothing as found in typical grimoires. They consists of just geometric shapes placed in an ornate pattern)
“It is written that you hold sway over the dominion of prophecy. would you be able to bestow those traits unto me?.”
He then moved his arms towards me and immediately I sensed that my body was being distilled and heated. My body was covered in an ectoplasmic green goo of some sort, similar to the birth of a child. I sensed something was forever changing within me.
“Would you be able to consecrate my cards with your influence?”
I felt like a channeling energy came about me. With my eyes closed I stretched out my hands over both decks. A light came forth from my body and unto my decks.
“What will be my most immediate future”
Here he began to speak like an instructor at a philosophy 101 undergrad class…
" This will depend on many factors. Listen to yourself, your dreams are gateways through which you will open the doors to your true divine self. Open the flames of desire and upon your world there will be much good"
I have heard that spirits at times may discuss or answer in some form of code or riddle. From there he impressed upon me a possible future.
I also asked him for a special tarot spread which he provided.
It appears that his number is 6 or combinations thereof…
I immediately performed a simple three card spread to see what effect if any he had on me. Once again to my surprise, Each card appeared to actually “speak” within my mind the answer it was transmitting to me. The answers came as one or two sentences with very little ambiguity.
Below is my rendition to the best of my abilities of Vassago as he appeared to my mind in this session using pencil/ink/and oil pastels through Corel painter 12. I remained in the rapture to capture his essence through my wacom tablet. Then enhanced through Photoshop plugins(Topaz Detail).
My apology for the long post but I had much to say. This one is dedicated to EA and Tim for “unclogging” my potential and opening up the doorway to new worlds.