Choosing a Patron
The way I see it the biggest factor in the success or failure of a student magician getting through the beginner phase and moving into the intermediate practicioner status or lesser adept is having a physical teacher or…or a patron spirit that is helping guide the magician to growth. A patron can put books in your path, access to teachings you’d have overlooked and of course direct instruction.
I chose Prince Orobas as my first and primary Patron. There are many who choose King Belial, King Bael, and I know of one student who chose Duke Amduscias.
I’m telling you this because it’s true. You can choose to wander blindfolded through the wilderness for years if you so choose. You really need a teacher or a mentor or a patron. Not everyone does this but I’m recommending this highly.
Now I’m going to help you understand the process of selecting a Patron.
It’s about who you’re drawn to intuitively. I felt drawn to Prince Orobas since I read Duquettes book my life with the spirits. My agreement with Prince Orobas evolved over time and began as a handshake agreement. There were no blood signed contracts, nobody lost thier soul, nothing dramatic like that happened. Simply two beings in accord.
I suggest you go through your lesser key of Solomon and select 3-5 spirits that really call to you. Kings and princes are most common but any spirit can do this with you. Consider when you select what a long term working relationship would be like with the spirit. Do some diligence here on Balg and on the internet. Find out more about the spirits, thier likes and dislikes and other people’s experience with them.
Now you’re ready to begin. Start by contacting the spirit through evocation or petition. Plan on working with them on three to five projects before you make the decision to commit. Make sure you like the way they manifest in your life and that your personalities jive properly.
Now here is a list of spirits that I’d recommend you consider for mentor and patron purposes. This list is my experience and opinion. If you like a spirit not in my list, go with your intuition. They may be interested in you also.
Kings: Bael, Belial, Balaam, Paimon, Asmoday, Purson, Vine, Zagan
Princes:. Orobas, Stolas, Vassago, Ipos
Dukes:. Agares, Dantalion, Amducias, Barbatos, Bathin, Aim, Bune, Astaroth
Marquis:. Samigina, naberius, Ronove, Forneus, Marchosias, Phenex, Orias, Andrealphas, kimaris
Earls:. Furfur, Bifrons
Presidents:. Marbas, Buer, Morax, Foras, Haagenti, Camio, Valac
How to pact
This is actually fairly easy. Decide what you want from the spirit. Protection, instruction, guidance, wealth, dignity, insight, ect.
Let me give you an example. Prince Orobas grants me great dignity and and protects me from parasites, tricksters and imposters. He helps me with aquiring material things and teaches me about magick, divination in particular.
Now decide what you will offer to do for the spirit. Regular offerings of lit candles and incense, public praise, being a good student, ect.
The pact and your relationship are ONLY as REAL as you MAKE it! The relationship works because both parties want it to.
If the relationship isn’t working out pacts can be ended by formally evoking the spirit and declaring the relationship over. Don’t do this without a reason though. You could piss the spirit off if it’s been loyal and good to you and you discard it like tissue. Now if the spirit ignores you or has become abusive or belligerent then you’re within your rights to terminate the agreement. Likewise if you’re pestering the spirit for this and that all the time it may get irritated and leave you. Don’t pact with the idea that it’s all you receiving things and giving nothing. That’s not how this works.
I personally ask Prince Orobas for very little. He knows me, knows what I want and need and and he delivers like the postman. Likewise I Know him and know what he likes and I keep it coming for him. It’s a partnership.
To pact evoke the spirit and declare your intentions to upgrade ties. Make it clear that you want this to be a long term agreement. You can affix an expiration date if you so choose. Ask the spirit to give you a sign that it has accepted your wish. Use your pendulum or clairaudience or tarot cards to know this. Better still, quiet yourself and in your still heart you’ll know the truth if it’s been accepted.
If you haven’t developed your clairaudience yet you may be rejected because the spirit will have a hard time communicating with you. Tell the spirit you intend to work diligently to communicate with him. That would help. In another chapter I’ll give you real excercises that you can do with your patron to build your clairs.
When you’re pacted to a spirit it is always near you. Even when you aren’t paying attention to it. It will always keep an eye on you. I’ve found you can develop direct mind to mind communication with the spirit very easily.
You should evoke your patron once a month to touch base. I usually do so with gifts, that’s just how I do it. Do it based on what you think is best.
Feel free to ask your patron for help in your study of magick your spiritual growth, they will help you SOOO much you won’t believe it.
So nobody is losing thier soul, no one is going to hell forever. There really is nothing spooky or evil about patron spirits or pacting in general.