I’m not experiencing this as E.A. said you should (so I’m wondering if I’m failing, as he stated that this exercise will decide if you’re going to fail or be successful)…
I painted mine on black cloth in red fabric paint (and it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself). I use the 1st conjuration given.
Although I do get into a mild trance-like state, I don’t feel the power of the symbol or the conjuration. I do much better getting into TGS with just meditation. I also do not see the lines move around as E.A. suggests, although I do experience the lines perhaps expanding and contracting (slightly) at times. Most of the time, I get the cloudy stuff, like when you scry in a black mirror. And if anything, it obscures the symbol to the point as I go deeper into trance, where I can barely see it, if at all. I never see any flashing at all.
Today is day 7, and I decided to do a second exercise in one day for a change, this time at midnight. I asked Azazel to lend a hand if he would. The deeper I got into trance, the candle (I always use a candle in a dark room) would get dimmer and dimmer, and I could barely make out the pentagram (if at all). When my mind got distracted the candle would burn brighter. When I focused, the candle would dim again. When I stopped, the candle burned normal again. However, I can’t say the trance was all that deep. In fact, Day 1 seemed to be the deepest I have went so far. I also had some high emotion (anger/elation) (for seemingly no reason) on Day 1 which hasn’t repeated itself.
I go into the exercise each day, clearing my mind of any thoughts of failure and approach each day fresh and optimistic. But since I am not experiencing the exercise as E.A. said we should, I am starting to wonder if I’m not failing.