Recently I’ve been mourning the passing of my cat and thinking how tough he was to go through life with certain “white cat” illnesses which I kept at bay for well over twelve years. Yesterday I was thinking about how animals adapt to their environments, particularly cats.
It’s no surprise to anyone that, of all the domestic animals in the world the cat has endured every know environmental condition and can create or re-create their own environments to suit their own needs.
Which brings me to that little book known as " The Art of War".
While pondering my mission to adequately perform any evocation of any spirit from any known grimoire, I was struck by the fact that most magicians that I have encountered had little if no idea about prior immersion into the spirit’s background in question. Most would simply state that they would go through all the requirements from their magickal system, following all the procedures very carefullly, and even one friend of mind actually drew the complete Goetic circle on canvas which took him over a month to complete.
All this in order to produce the result - a spirit.
Although the traditions of true Goetic evocation is an art form on its own, and these magicians will continue to pass on these valuable lessons to the next generation (if any will hold the flame of course), I was still contemplating the why and how of any evocation.
One principle stuck out - almost like a flash of artificial nirvana
A magician must not only immerse him/herself into the spirit in question but also “adapt” him/herself into the spirit 's own personality,environment, etc.
I am not referring to re-creating the spirits environment within your temple through colours and such, but through becoming the actual spirit you want to evoke.
There is much to be said about the process of immersing ones self into the world of any spiritual being. My magickal successes have always been attributed through the idea of viewing two opponents. On one side is one opponent who believes in “its” ideals" and the other who struggles through to break the barriers. This could be viewed as a game of chess where strategy and wit can either make or break a good game.
Adapting to your opponent can be viewed in many ways, but please do not think i see or believe that all the spirits I call forth are my “opponents” as I use this word solely to convey a thought/concept as best i can. All I am conveying is to re-think strategy prior to any evocation attempts.
In the art of war , Sun Tzu states:
“The Commander stands for the virtues of wisdom, sincerely, benevolence, courage and strictness.”
I cannot make a better claim to what a true magician in this lifetime should be. Virtues are cornerstones of adepthood, no matter if its white or black.
“In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.”
The object of evocation is to “perform” and not “practice”. God knows i have practiced magickal rituals to last a thousand lifetimes.
"Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1) He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. (3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
The above needs no explanation.
I was also contemplating the idea behind the “assumption of a god-form” which would be an excellent way to connect with any being on a personal level prior to an evocation. If the Goetic spirits were gods in one culture then demons in another, then it would follow that assuming their “form” would also allow one to become that spirit in some mystical way.
To control the spirit you must become the spirit. At least this was in my mind a few days ago. Immersion is the prerequisite but to adapt unto a spiritual being’s world and soul would bring both of you together in a unique way.
I am thankful now that I have found EA Koetting’s Evoking Eternity book which reinforces the principle behind this little known concept.
Should anyone want to read the art of war online its free.