After yet another loooooooooong break from posting I’ve come back for what will probably be not very long like always. But hey, at least I’m honest about it.
The magical fad of the moment for me is the works of Damon Brand. His books are short and to the point, with just enough fluff to keep you moving and some hard hitting technique. For those of you that are followers of my blog (such as it is) know that I’m a great admirer of The Miracle of New Avatar Power by Geoff Gray-Cobb. Damon Brand has a similar magical style to the master himself (and he acknowledges that Cobb’s work on NAP was a big inspiration for him). In fact, in the beginning of his book Magickal Angels, Brand takes a stab at understanding the angel Arzel, and those words at the beginning of the NAP Ritual “Ankar YHVH”
Anyway, the book falls somewhere between NAP and Mystic Grimoire for complexity, having more ritual flair than NAP, but not requiring the fasting and magical oil and such that MG wants. It utilizes two major talismans (called Shem Talismans) as well as a seal for each individual angel the book teaches you to call up. There’s a pile of Latin chants and such that really all feels very…magic-y (a distinct requirement of any magic I perform is that it must absolutely drip with “burn the witch” feeling, and I find that Latin chants are one of those things that just get my magical motor running so to speak.)
To test it, I’m performing an evocation of Yezalel, who has the power to help the magician pass exams or tests. I’m currently up against a nasty exam in a week or two, so I’m going to use Yezalel to pass the exam.
The evocations in Magickal Angels (man do I hate that K in magick anymore) are supposed to be begun on a Thursday and Ended on a Sunday, going for 11 days. That sounds like a lot, but the whole ritual is like 10 minutes tops.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Brand reads like Cobb with a little more meat on its bones. He discusses Lust of Result, as well as the importance of “selling the part” of magician in order to receive results. Specifically he says that it doesn’t matter if you believe in magic, so long as when you’re evoking you behave as an actor and sell your role. It’s an interesting perspective to be sure.
Brand has 7 small books in eBook (through Amazon’s Kindle) that cover topics such as angelic evocation, words of power, money magic, wealth magic, sex magic and more for like $1.99 each, or you can read his work through the Kindle Unlimited plan.
I’ll at least keep the blog updated for this ritual, maybe longer. Time will tell.
Briefly, my post-ritual notes for tonight’s evocation session:
Working: Evocation of Yezalel (Exam Help)
Synopsis: Using the material from Damon Brand’s Magickal Angels, I performed an evocation of the angel Yezalel and gave it instructions to aid me in passing my exam. I asked also for the angel to share some of the magical outcome with a friend who is studying for the same exam*
What Happened?: The ritual was quick and quiet, because people are in the house with me, but I tried to focus deeply on each step. When I got to the point of using the chant to attract the angel, I chanted for a minute or so before continuing. Upon calling the angel’s name three times, I sensed (or imagined, as the case may be) a golden presence across the altar from me. I gave it a moment to speak, but it did not (nor did I expect it to) so I gave my instructions and bid it leave to depart upon sealing my command.
Directly post ritual I was physically drained, and I sat still for several minutes to recover my strength.
Anyway, that’s what’s new.
Back in the game (at least for now),
*Brand suggests that giving back is a useful way of making ourselves more able to receive (kind of trite new age nonsense), but he suggests that instead of giving time or money to instead offer a portion of your magical result to someone who needs it. I like the idea of it, and in this case I’ve asked Yezalel to apply the results of the magic upon my friend as well as myself.