How can I summon Zepar?

My answer to How can I summon Zepar?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

First of all, Goetic demons, like Zepar, are not human friendly. They are in fact very dangerous. It is because they are dangerous that they are powerful.

This does not mean that one should be terrified of them. The elaborate procedures laid down in the Lesser Key of Solomon for evoking Demons are safety precautions for dealing with spirits properly.

Perhaps the reason for your apparent failure to summon is Zepar is unrealistic expectations of what happens when Goetic spirits manifest? If so, I recommend reading the accounts of what other magicians have experienced when working with the Goetia, e.g. Lon Milo Duquette’s My Life With The Spirits.

How can I summon Zepar?

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Why The World Will Become More Spiritual From Today Onwards

Satan

Hilary Clinton

Let us pretend that you and I are evil geniuses. Muah ha ha. Now I have been hearing a lot of people on social media (shows you what calibre of people I tend to interact with) who believe that because Donald Trump is going to become the new President of the USA, that the world is doomed. This shows incredible weakness on their part – they have quite happily decided to deny their own power, and accepted the roles of Victims.

Whilst such people probably are going to be doomed in the new world order, we evil geniuses stand to do well from benefiting from Putin’s *cough* I mean Trump’s new regime. Being proper evil geniuses and wicked awesome black magicians to boot, we will do even better than Trump expects, because unbeknownst to him we will be cynically exploiting Trump and his cronies for our own ends. Muah ha ha.

Now let us suppose a different scenario. Instead of evil geniuses, we are geniuses, and instead of wicked awesome black magicians, we are wicked awesome magicians. And instead of cynically exploiting Trump and his cronies for our own ends, we cynically exploit Trump and his cronies for the purpose of achieving justice and making the world a better place.

You see, every Golden Dawn adept knows the one does not banish the Evil Persona, or live in fear of it, but instead one makes it subject to the control and guidance of the higher self, so that its power is sublimated to a good end.

Every Abramelin magician knows that the Kings of Hell and their respective demon servants are not cast out into outer darkness, but are made to swear obedience and loyalty to the magician and his Holy Guardian Angel: thus, they work for him, not against him.

Every Solomonic magician ought to realise that in order to conjure a spirit of the Goetia of the Lesser Key of Solomon, one must not just ensure that the spirit acknowledges the Divine aid by which one calls it forth, but one must presuppose that the spirit is indeed Powerful.

Donald Trump therefore may be compared to Satan, or a particularly evil demon. Let the sheople, the powerless, and the self-emasculated live in fear of such a boo-hoo terrible phantom! However the real occultists – those that hope to be worthy of the title of Adept – ought to see the new regime as a challenge to be mastered, not a bogeyman from which to hide in terror.

Or to put it another way: Donald Trump has great power to do good in this world, in spite of himself. One can already see the practical effects of this every time Trump makes a crass remark which people find offensive. Whenever he does so, it stirs to action men and women of conscience. The Sheople who live in fear of Trump only pay attention to his utterances. But the Adepts notice that there is a groundswell of people who are realising that it is now more important than ever to do good in this world, and are thus forming a backlash. Hence: Donald Trump will cause the world to become more spiritual – because of people reacting against him!

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Qabalistic Qigong

You are able to discover new and hidden depths to the whole Golden Dawn system by periodically re-reading the classic texts, written by Mathers et al., and by paying close attention to the parts you might have skipped over the first time around. Even I manage to surprise myself from time to time, such that if ever I start to feel jaded, I find myself re-invigorated by going back to the books and putting into practice what the creators of the system originally intended.

Recently, for example, I was revising the section of Z-3 “The Enterer of the Threshold,” viz. “The Symbolism of the Admission of the Candidate,” and I became convinced that Macgregor Mathers had done something far cleverer than I first appreciated: he had come up with a system of Qabalistic Qigong, long before the concept of Qigong (or “Chi Kung” to use the old spelling) had become widely known in the West (which arguably was only as recent as 1972). In particular I mean the three formulae of magical vibration derived from the opening of the Neophyte ceremony, namely: the Formula of Aspiration; the Vibratory Formula of the Middle Pillar; and the Formula of the Four-fold Revolution of the Breath.

The Microcosmic Tree of Life. © Alex Sumner 2017

The Microcosmic Tree of Life.
© Alex Sumner 2017

The Formula of Aspiration

In the Neophyte Adeptus Minor document “The Enterer of the Threshold,” in the part entitled “The Symbolism of the Opening of the 0=0 Grade of Neophyte,” Macgregor Mathers describes the magical currents at work at the very beginning of the ceremony, when the Hierophant addresses the Temple for the first time. He then goes on to comment:

The whole is a rehearsal of the properties of the reflection of the Element Air down through the Middle Pillar of the Sephiroth, representing the reflection of the Air from Kether, through Tiphareth to Yesod, and even to the Citrine part of Malkuth. For the subtle Aether is, in Kether, inspired from the Divine Light beyond; thence reflected into Tiphareth, wherein it is combined with the Reflexes from the Alchemical Principles in that great Receptacle of the Forces of the Tree. In Yesod, it affirms the foundation of a formula and from Malkuth it is breathed forth or reflected back.

And this formula the Adept can use. Standing in his Sphere of Sensation he can, by his knowledge of the Sacred Rites, raise himself unto the contemplation of Yechidah and from thence aspire (in the sense of Adspire, i.e. to attract towards you in breathing) downwards into himself the Lower Genius as though temporarily to inhabit himself as its Temple.

Regardie, I, 1989, The Golden Dawn, 6th edition, Llewellyn, St Pauls Minnesota, p345.

In practice, this is really what I would consider regular vibration, although the point that Mathers is making is that one should take a moment to contemplate that one is invoking the divine name in question as a manifestation of genius from the Yechidah (i.e. the microcosmic Kether).

The Vibratory Formula of the Middle Pillar

Straight after the preceding passage which I quoted above, Mathers goes on to say:

Another formula of Vibration is here hidden. Let the Adept, standing upright, his arms stretched out in the form of a Calvary Cross, vibrate a Divine Name, bringing with the formulation thereof a deep inspiration into his lungs. Let him retain the breath, mentally pronouncing the Name in his Heart, so as to combine it with the forces he desires to awake thereby; thence sending it downwards through his body past Yesod, but not resting there, but taking his physical life for a material basis, send it on into his feet. There he shall again momentarily formulate the Name – then, bringing it rushing upwards into the lungs, thence shall he breathe it forth strongly, while vibrating that Divine Name. He will send his breath steadily forward into the Universe so as to awake the corresponding forces of the Name in the Outer World. Standing with arms out in the form of a Cross, when the breath has been imaginatively sent to the feet and back, bring the arms forward in “The Sign of the Enterer” while vibrating the Name out into the Universe. On completing this, make the “Sign of Silence” and remain still, contemplating the Force you have invoked.

This is the secret traditional mode of pronouncing the Divine Names by vibration, but let the Adept beware that he applies it only to the Divine Names of the Gods. If he does this thing ignorantly in working with Elemental or Demonic Names, he may bring into himself terrible forces of Evil and Obsession. The Method described is called “The Vibratory Formula of the Middle Pillar.”

Thus, to summarise: if one were to vibrate, e.g. “Eheieh,” one would

  • Stand in the form of a cross;
  • Contemplate link to Kether (Yechidah);
  • (Mentally) vibrate “Eheieh.” In effect one has started off with the “Formula of Aspiration,” but one is now adding to it.
  • Draw the invoked force into one’s heart and mentally formulate there “Eheieh” whilst contemplating what it represents and what you are trying to invoke (i.e. in this instance, the spiritual properties of Kether);
  • Send the current down, via Yesod, to Malkuth (i.e. the feet). Formulate “Eheieh” in Malkuth, imagining that you are using your whole physical being to manifest those spiritual forces.
  • Now imagine the current springing back up, rising up to your head.
  • Forcefully project it out with the Sign of the Enterer, vibrating it loudly, so that it manifests in the Universe.
  • Finally, make the Sign of Silence, to seal off your aura.

Thus there are three distinct points at which one contemplates the force in question: the head (Kether), the heart (Tiphereth) and the feet (Malkuth), with Yesod here figuring as a stage in the downward and upward journey. It is here that we begin to see the similarity with Qigong, in that it is a combination of breathwork, visualisation and movement. Obviously it is not literally identical to any Chinese method, being based on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. I find it helpful here to pause a brief moment – though not too long – at each point, head, heart, and feet, to really feel the energies involved.

Crowley in Liber O describes vibrating the divine names in the LBRP with the Signs of the Enterer and of Silence. It seems clear to me that he probably had the Vibratory Formula of the Middle Pillar in mind, although in describing it cursorily he misses out on the full subtleties contained in Mathers’ original description.

The Four-fold revolution of the Breath

The third magical formula derived from the opening of Neophyte ceremony relates to the currents of energy which are formed during the Mystic Circumambulation. Mathers writes:

The Mystic Circumambulation is called symbolic of the Rise of Light and from it drawn another formula for the circulation of the breath. It is the formula of the Four Revolutions of the Breath (not, of course, of the actual air inspired, but of the subtle Aethers which may be drawn thence and of which it is the Vehicle – the aethers which awaken centres in the subtle body through the formula). This formula should be preceded by that of the Middle Pillar, described previously. By this method, having invoked the Power you wish to awaken in yourself, and contemplated it, begin its circumambulation thus: Fill the lungs and imagine the Name vibrating in the contained Air. Imagine this vibration going down the left leg to the sole of the left foot – thence passing over to the sole of the right foot – up the right leg to the lungs again, where it is out-breathed. Do this four times to the rhythm of the Four-fold breath.

By saying that “this formula should be preceded by that of the Middle Pillar” it is evident that the three formulae of vibration are cumulative – the Four Revolutions of the Breath incorporates both of the preceding methods.

Conclusion

Speaking personally, I find that invoking a divine name by all three methods together is very powerful – the least one can expect is to feel incredibly energised by doing so. I remember once doing the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram, using all three formulae to vibrate the appropriate Name in each quarter. Because I was necessarily observing more care over each one, the LBRP ended up taking around ten minutes longer than it had done previously, but by the end of it I was fairly floating in space! The three formulae, combined, are a powerful means for invoking Divine names generally – each time leaving one buzzing with energy, and hence filling one with confidence that one is psychically contacting the forces invoked, and working good ritual.

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Which occult magical tradition is best for self-transformation?

My answer to Which occult magical tradition is best for self-transformation?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

If by “self-transformation” you mean transforming yourself into a better person spiritually, you should investigate Theurgy-based systems – “Theurgy,” which literally means “god-working,” is the use of magical ritual to attain the ends of mysticism. The Hermetic Qabalah (e.g. the Golden Dawn) is a prime example of western Theurgical occultism though there might be other traditions capable of achieving the same thing.

If, however, by “self-transformation” you mean shapeshifting, you would be better off looking into Shamanism. The shapeshifting involved takes place in a ritual context and is meant to give you spiritual insight, i.e. you would transform into your Power-Animal because to do so gives you magical powers such as healing and wisdom, not because you are doing it for the LOLs. (Actually the Golden Dawn theoretically has magical rituals which supposedly accomplish this kind of transformation as well).

Which occult magical tradition is best for self-transformation?

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Do you think the world is ready for alien disclosure?

No, we're nice people really!

No, we’re nice people really!

My answer to Do you think the world is ready for alien disclosure?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

No – for several reasons:

Firstly, from a military point of view, the armed forces of this planet are under orders to treat any unidentified incursion into their nation’s airspace as a potentially hostile action.

Secondly, from a psychological point of view, any attempt to present evidence that beings of a non-Earth origin are in contact with this planet would run up against widescale Cognitive Dissonance, i.e. the vast majority of the population would either dismiss it as fake, or not accept it as literally true except insofar as they could fit it into their unconscious prejudices about how they view the Universe.

Our extraterrestrial brethren will not openly reveal themselves willingly until they have made contact in a non-threatening manner with a large number of sympathetically minded humans. Any human agency that tries to do forcibly disclose their existence before then does not have their best interests at heart!

Do you think the world is ready for alien disclosure?

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American (Humble) Pie

I do not like the result of the American Presidential election. Not just because I don’t like Donald Trump, but because I had predicted Hillary for the win!

My calculations were based on which of the two candidates would have been best able to deal with the astrological influences affecting America at the time of the election. I believed – and I still do believe – that that person was Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, the American electorate decided to disregard astrological advice and disagreed with me.* Now I could be churlish and say what do you expect from a country that ratified its foundational document during a Mercury Retrograde, but I won’t. So I was wrong… or was I?

Fact is: if it turns out Donald Trump makes a disaster of his term, such that large numbers of his supporters soon realise: “Oh crap! We elected the wrong person!” I will be able to point to my astrological charts and say “I told you so.” I may be hiding in a nuclear bunker at the time with no internet access, but it will at least be some consolation.


* I wrote this before finding out that Clinton actually polled more votes than Trump, but because of the Electoral College system, the result was gerrymandered against Clinton and in Trump’s favour. Ah well.

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What the stars have in store for… America

If no-one comes from the future to stop you from doing it, then how bad of a decision can it really be?
It’s the US Presidential election, folks! Using my powers of Astrology, I will attempt to bring consolation to everyone hanging upon its outcome.

The Election itself.

The last polling station will close – hence sealing the fate of the election – at 8pm in the far Western reaches of Alaska – equivalent to 1am Washington DC time the morning of Wednesday 9th November 2016. This effectively represents the “birth” of the new administration.

Chart cast for Washington DC, 1am local time, Wednesday 9th November 2016.

Chart cast for Washington DC, 1am local time, Wednesday 9th November 2016.

The new administration will enjoy favourable relations with the nation’s media. It will do much to bolster US trade and commerce, but it will also seek to gain greater control over the internet as it tries to do so. Conspiracy theorists will be delighted to learn that it will be working hand in glove with corrupt and secretive people of influence!

During the term of the new administration, the case of the Dakota Pipeline will make it to the Supreme Court, who will rule in favour of the oil companies and those who seek to profit therefrom. However: Wikileaks will expose a tremendous number of flaws in the judicial process which lead to that decision, causing some of the worst rioting in US history.

The American people will mostly be concerned about the healthcare system – in particular, there will be great public dissatisfaction with the way it is covered by the media. Ironically this will lead to greater public activism and engagement in the political process.

Hilary Clinton

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By analysing the transits of each of the Presidential candidates at the time of the election, one can gain an idea as to whether, at the time of the close of polls, they will be celebrating or not.

Hilary Clinton was born on 26th October 1947, in Chicago (not having her birth time, I have approximated this to 12 noon). A chart drawn up comparing the time of close of polls to her natal chart would be thus:

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Hilary Clinton's birth-chart.

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Hilary Clinton’s birth-chart.

Hilary has an interesting Mars / Pluto conjunction in her natal chart which greatly affects how she is feeling at this time. Transiting Jupiter suggest she is in high spirits, is strong and determined, hungry for adventure, and broadening her horizons and transforming her career in a positive manner. Transiting Saturn meanwhile shows that she is disciplined, in control, with a clear sense of purpose, and ready to undertake painstaking hard-work.

Transiting Mars is square her natal Sun (probably indicating the illness she had several weeks ago) – however it is also sextile Natal Jupiter, of which it is said

You possess willpower, verve, and energy that you can direct toward achieving your more lofty goals. You have the urge to expand, branch out, or take on more challenges. The desire to take action for the good or to better your life is strong now.

Courtesy of Café Astrology.

Sun transiting Natal Venus suggests a high degree of popularity – especially amongst female voters.

The transiting Sun is also square her Mars and Pluto, although I shall comment upon this further below.

Donald Trump

Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton

Donald Trump was born on June 14th 1946 in New York (again I don’t have the birth time, so I have approximated it to 12 noon). Hence, his chart, drawn up in a similar manner to that of Hilary, would be as follows:

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Donald Trump's birth-chart.

Comparison between Washington DC at the time of close of polls, Wednesday morning, and Donald Trump’s birth-chart.

(NB: when I first saw Trump’s natal chart, I noticed that he has Mercury square Jupiter – his big-mouth often gets in the way of his ambitions!)

Donald has some favourable transits right now: for example transiting Jupiter is conjunct both his natal Jupiter and Chiron. This would suggest this could be a year of great fortune for Donald… either that or it is time to make big changes in his life. Moreover, this is an excellent time for Donald to travel to or study about foreign lands and cultures, as he will return home with a more tolerant and accepting attitude toward his neighbours (Mexico?), as well as a renewed desire to share his newfound knowledge and experience with others. However, he should resist any temptation to preach to others or push hisideas too hard, for this would surely lead to disagreements and conflict.

The transiting Sun, meanwhile, is trine to both his natal Saturn and Venus, indicating both his personal charm, and his ability to stay grounded. Hey, I’m just calling it like I see it!

On the other hand, transiting Pluto is square to the same Jupiter & Chiron conjunction noted above… Café Astrology says of this:

If you have been working along lines that are in conflict with your religious and philosophical views, this could be a time of tension. A change either in the direction of your life or in your values will thus be necessary to deal with your growing sense of frustration.

And:

Your main effort now should be in trying to live up to the best in you, rather than lowering your standards to achieve a more transient worldly success. … You certainly need to spread your wings now, but be wary of taking major risks and gambling on a venture that promises you prosperity, freedom, and adventure. …Your career can end up at right angles to your own inner sensitivities and need for growth and change. Emotional material welling up from within you may challenge and threaten the current path you travel, causing you to stop and consider it with care.

Finally, Donald has the transiting Sun square his natal Mars … but, as noted above, so has Hilary! Of this aspect it is said:

You could find yourself driven by a restless desire to do something; but without a well-defined goal, you tend towards impulsive actions and get yourself into needless arguments … As long as you channel this excess energy constructively, instead of wasting your time arguing, you can accomplish much.

Conclusion

Hence, although it may seem like stating the obvious, I am plumping for Hilary Clinton for the win. The reasons being:

  • Hilary will gain almost all of the female vote, as well as most of the male vote;
  • Both candidates have lots of energy and dynamism right now. But because Hilary has the sensible policies and Trump only has the intemperate rhetoric, this energy and dynamism will work in Hilary’s favour and against Trump’s.
  • Donald Trump may very well make a success of his life, so long as he does not become President. If he were to pursue an alternate career path, he would become a better person for it.

This is not to say everything will turn out alright, as Hilary will certainly have her problems when she does move back into the White House.

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Zodiacal Angels

Aries / Melchidael

02 Taurus

Taurus / Asmodel

03 Gemini

Gemini / Ambriel

04 Cancer

Cancer / Muriel

05 Leo

Leo / Verchiel

06 Virgo

Virgo / Hamaliel

07 Libra

Libra / Zuriel

Scorpio / Barchiel

Sagittarius / Advachiel

Capricorn / Hanael

Aquarius / Cambriel

Pisces / Amnitziel

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August 13, 2016 · 11:33 am

What could possibly make magic or spells fail to work for someone?

My answer to What could possibly make magic or spells fail to work for someone?

Answer by Alex Sumner:

(A2A) A lot of fluffy-bunny new-agey type magic folk are not going to like my answer, but what the hell, here it goes:

The primary cause of spell-failure is because the magician has tacked a “an it harm none” clause onto the end of his or her spell-intention. Then, when the spirits who have been charged with causing the spell-result to manifest calculate that the only possible way of success is in fact by hurting someone, they are forced to give it up as a bad job.

The idea of a “an it harm none” clause comes mainly from Wicca, which I believe was a ploy by Gerald Gardner to make his brand of witchcraft seem respectable, although I have seen similar practices in other magical traditions. In each of them, including Wicca, the idea of adding the “an it harm none” clause is taught quite dogmatically.

In my experience, far more success tends to happen if instead of specifying “harm none,” one says “and no *innocent* person shall be harmed.” This has the added bonus of creating some hilarious scenes, although obviously not all the people involved will find it amusing. 😉

What could possibly make magic or spells fail to work for someone?

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The Real Benefits Of Magical Lodges

Possibly due to the powerful intuitive processes which occur in consciousness when during a magical fast, or more likely I was hungry and wondering about getting a takeaway – I read a book on how curries are cooked in British Indian Restaurants, and it occurred to me that it was a perfect analogy as to how a properly run Magical Lodge should operate.

How a properly run magical lodge should operate

How a properly run magical lodge should operate

Humour me on this – I will develop the point.

You see, there are basically two ways to cook a curry – one is to prepare it from scratch, e.g. following a reliable recipe book, and the other is to adopt the practices used by professional restaurateurs. Essentially, an Indian Restaurateur uses a formulaic approach, with each dish on the menu being regarded as a variation on the formula. Moreover, the meat and vegetables are usually pre-cooked, to save time when preparing individual dishes. Hence the “magic formula” can be expressed as:

Generic base gravy + spices specific to a particular dish + pre-cooked meat / vegetables = finished curry.

All of the time outside restaurant hours is spent preparing the basic ingredients, so that they are ready to be deployed immediately, when the time comes to actually serve a customer. Hence to make a curry in this way takes only about twenty minutes in this way, but of course the only reason it can be done so quickly is because of the groundwork performed by the restaurant staff beforehand.

Now to explain how this relates to Magical Lodges.

The sole justification for a Magical Lodge – put forward by proponents of Magical Lodges – is that it is supposedly a better structure and environment for performing magic than could be accomplished by a Magician working on his own outside the Lodge setting (“supposedly” being the operative word here). The solitary magician working on his own from a grimoire is analogous to the cook trying to prepare a meal from scratch, following a recipe book. However, a Magical Lodge potentially has the benefit of facilitating the magical work of its members in a similar way that a restaurant can facilitate the cooking of individual dishes – assuming of course that the Lodge is properly run.

So here, therefore, is the Alex Sumner Method of Creating a Magical Lodge:

Firstly, the founder or founders of the Lodge inaugurate it by establishing contact with the magical forces that they intend the members will work with. Too much trouble cannot be taken at this point – if, for example, the founder needs to contact the seven planetary archangels – or just one angel, for that matter – the founder ought not to rest until such contact has been made – and the Being agrees that in future it will come to the assistance of the founder and the members of the Lodge on whose behalf the founder is working. The Founder needs to secure agreement from the Being that in future the Lodge-members will be able to invoke its assistance by a far-shorter and more convenient method than the Founder used originally.

This is the proper method of establishing “inner-plane contacts” – and also of turning a Magical Lodge into a more efficient magical vehicle than just by being a solitary practitioner. The foundation work thus becomes analogous to the pre-prep and pre-cooking done outside opening hours in restaurant. By following this to its logical conclusion, there should come a point when the Adepti of the lodge ought to be able to create effective spells thus:

Generic magical support from the lodge’s inner plane contacts + established structure + invocations specific to particular spell = finished spell.

In other words – one ought to be able to tell whether it will profit anyone to join a magical lodge for their spiritual development, by examining the quality of the work the chiefs of the lodge do for the benefit of the general membership. Or even: do the chiefs do any such work for the membership, or are they content to just bask in the glory of being in charge of everything?

Furthermore, one can also speculate as to the kind of magical work that the lodge ought to be capable of by discerning who or what they have as their IPCs. If (purely for the sake of example) it is the Archangel Raphael, then presumably the Lodge will be good for the type of magick that falls under Raphael’s purview. If on the other hand it is some other spiritual entity, the Lodge will specialise in workings consistent with that entity’s nature. Unfortunately there are orders in which little discrimination has been applied to choosing one’s IPC, and they have ended up with Just A Bloke. If they do any working at all they tend to generate quite a bit of channelled communications, but nothing in the way of practical magical works.

Finally: could a solitary practitioner nevertheless adopt this sort of approach themselves to make their own practice easier? Well yes – this is essentially the whole point of doing something like the Abramelin Operation – it is the pre-preparation and pre-cooking for one’s own magical restaurant. Hence such a practitioner ends up doing magic like this:

Generic magical support from one’s own inner plane contacts + established structure + invocations specific to a particular spell = finished spell.

It can be done – but having an efficiently running magical lodge structure ought to make the process easier.

 

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