Summoning Magic - A study about different ways of practicing it

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Modern Witches work with different kinds of magic like, for instance, crystals and stone magic, magical herbs, with the energy of the Moon and the Sun or with the Goddesses' powers. There are also many other ways of practicing magic and there is a specific "category" which is called Summoning Magic.

The act of summoning something implies into calling forth an energy, a deity or a being to us so we can control them and make them fulfill a task which would be too hard or humanly impossible to handle it ourselves. For this, the practitioner contacts the energy which they want to work with and perform a Summoning Ritual.

Summoning magic can be found since ancient times and until today. It can be performed in different ways and with different goals and it can be used for summoning powerful beings or just "ordinary" spirits like dead friends or relatives.
  • In Shamanism the practitioners are capable of summoning spirits from Nature and animals and they can use their own body as a vessel;
  • In Middle Ages the followers of Neoplatonism used to call forth energies from "The One", the single principle;
  • Practitioners of Enochian Magic summon angels;
  • While practitioners of Goetia summon "fallen angels" or demons;
  • In Spiritism, it is very common the "communication with spirits" which consists of summoning a spirit and letting them manifest through psychography or psychophony;
  • In Umbanda, guides (spirits) are summoned and they embody a "cavalo" (Portuguese word for horse), that is, a person capable of receiving them;
  • The Ouija Table is an instrument used to communicate with the dead. This practice is also called as Necromancy;
  • In Voodoo, the Houngans (priests), summon spirits called Loa wich links Bondye ("Good God" em francês) and mankind;
  • In Wicca is very common to summon the elemental beings.

Seja qual for a prática utilizada, este tipo de magia é extremamente poderosa e não deve ser praticada a esmo.

Summoning Magic: First steps

Before starting to practice summoning magic, the practitioner must be certain that they know the energies to be worked out, as well as the possible risks. It is of no use for the practitioner to try to invoke a great being of light if they don't live following the path of light. It is also goog to keep in mind that any energy to be summoned has its own will and can act as it wishes.

Scene from Penny Dreadful series which show a séance where "low energies" are present, changing the course of this simple ritual

An excellent way to start, and this holds true for any type of magic, is through meditation. Achieving a constant balance with one's own mind helps to expand understanding and also contributes to self-control.

 R Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol II, Oppenheim, 1619 | Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism and Wicca
R Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Vol II, 1619
It shows the "worlds" which a mind can penetrate
Imagine that you need to carry a suitcase that weighs 5kg. Is easy. It's tranquil. Now imagine that you need to carry a 60kg suitcase. It got heavy, didn't it? It will require physical preparation, conditioning, muscle strengthening and so on. In magic, it is the same thing. Different energies have different "weights" and so it is very important to know exactly if you are "strong" enough to "hold" them.

When a summoning is done without the necessary care, it can lead to catastrophe. Possessions, materializations, kinesthesia, combustions ... energies released with great intensity and without proper control can (and will) do anything they want.

After obtaining self-control through meditation, the second step is the study. Studying a lot and gaining a deep understanding of the practice to be performed is needed. Never try to do a summoning spell without knowing what you are doing or just for playing around.

S Michelspacher, Cabala, Augsburg, 1616 | Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism and Wicca
S Michelspacher, Cabala, 1616
The stairs are a symbol of ascension, of obtaining knowledge
The third step is to know exactly what your intentions are. Keep in mind the existence of the Triple Law, where everything you do or wish will come back multiplied by 3 for you.

Summoning Magic: What to summon

When we analyze the summoning practices present around the world with their peculiar characteristics, we realize that, at the bottom, the act of summoning is the same. Simpler rituals such as a circle vibrating on the same frequency can be used to summon spirits of ancestors or messengers who are willing to bring important messages (or not!).

The Power of Elementals is a great energy to invoke for our home! For example, with a well-kept garden, a fountain with clean water, a fireplace... They are beings of light and pure energy and they can also help you to take care of the environment.

Johann Daniel Mylius em ‘Philosophia reformata’ (1622)  | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism
The four elements depicted by Johann Daniel Mylius in ‘Philosophia reformata’ (1622)

What is in fact directly related to the term "summoning" in the ordinary sense are the demons. Regardless of your religion or belief, demons represent "dense", "heavy" or "fallen" spirits. Demons are not necessarily bad, just as angels are not necessarily good. Never be fooled by this idea! Working with demonic or angelic energies is an extremely complex practice.

In Goetia we find a list of 72 great demons that were described in King Solomon's Grimoire, known as Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis (Solomon's Lesser Key). It is said that Solomon received instructions from angels on how to control these demons so that they would obey him. Together with the list, there are seals, the famous "sigils" to invoke or seal the demons.

Sigil de Malphas - Goetia | Witchcraft, Magic, Paganism, Wicca
Malphas' Sigil
Malphas - Goetia | Witchcraft, Magic, Paganism, Wicca

Simple prayers have the power to ask or call the presence of angels. In essence they are considered summonings, but in doing so the practitioner does not intend to control the entity, they just ask their presence. In saying certain words and asking for the presence of certain beings, an energy which resembles their energy is created. In the excerpt below the English singer Kate Bush is taught to make a simple protection spell in the song Lily. Note that this spell is not to control the entities, but only to ask for protection:

Gabriel before me
Raphael behind me
Michael to my right
Uriel on my left side
In the circle of fire

Angels, however, can actually be summoned through Enochian magic. In the sixteenth century, Dr. John Dee and his assistant Edward Kelley received visions and information that allowed them to interpret the language of the angels, Enochian. The two were able to document the hierarchy of angels and also to access secrets from the mysterious book of Enoch, Noah's grandfather, a man whose book was not published in the Bible because it was not considered "a scripture."

Sigil de Aemeth by John Dee, 1582 | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism
Sigillum Dei by John Dee, 1582.
This sigil represents the living God and it is used in Enochian Magic

Summoning Magic in pop culture

Summoning spells are often found in literature, in movies, and especially in video games and anime. Who is accustomed to playing RPGs, for example, knows the subject very well. In the RPG series Final Fantasy, summoning beings to help during battles is fairly common. In Final Fantasy X, the protagonist, Yuna, is a "summoner" capable of invoking and controlling Aeons, evolved spirits of great power.

Yuna summoning her first Aeon, Valefor (Valefor is one of the 72 demons found in Goetia)

The image which illustrates this post if from the anime Sakura Card Captors, in which the character invokes magical beings contained in cards. The image seal appears under your feet every time her spell is used, either to summon the power from within the Magic Key or to summon the power of the Clow Cards.

Sakura summoning the power of the Magic Key

In the action game series Bayonetta series, the player controls the Witch of the same name that faces angels of all hierarchies. During the battles, it is possible to summon "Infernal Demons" with whom she has established a pact. The language used during the invocation rituals, which consist of dances, is the Enochian.

The Witch Bayonetta summons Gomorrah with the spell "AVAVAGO!" , Thunders in Enochian

In the RPG Persona 3, the characters summons their Persona, a being that inhabits "the ocean of the soul". The act of summoning, however, is represented by the use of an accessory called Evoker, which is similar to a gun. The character looks and shoots against the head, creating in a certain way a rupture between the conscious and the unconscious and bringing up his Persona.

By disrupting the barrier between consciousness and unconsciousness, the character frees the power of Orpheus, the  Persona who inhabits inside him

Summoning Magic: which one do you practice?

Here on our site, we are accustomed to posting tips on how to invoke the power of the Goddesses in our lives. In the Goddesses section, you will find various manifestations that can help you in many ways.

And what about you? Do you practice any kind of summoning magic? Which one? Share with us your experiences!

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