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Goetic Evocation: The Magician’s Workbook,
Vol. 2

by, Steve Savedow

Sitting down to read a book full of magick rituals, especially those that have already been printed in other more famous books, can be a dry, sober task, and the commentary must be very well-crafted to retain your interest in the subject matter. In Goetic Evocation, the author has “revamped” the old rituals of demon evocation from the Lesser Key of Solomon (A.K.A. “The Goetia”) so that they may be better used by modern practitioners. You can be certain that the author’s made some changes to the old ways when he suggests the use of a “Hibachi” grill, into which you lower a black-painted metal toolbox containing the talisman of the demon you’re invoking. This is supposed to cause the demon psychosomatic agony, which will assist you, the magician in bending him to your will.

The author presents this information with the exaggerated melodrama that seems required now from all those who write about ritual magick. First he expounds upon the meaning of black magick, warning you against it, and explaining that he has not included the rituals for invoking (as opposed to evoking) a demon into oneself, for “the act of invoking demonic energies could only result in the misfortune of the operator“, and the author explains that he cannot bear to take the Karmic repercussions of this onto his own soul were he to assist in any way in such an act. No, this book consists solely of instructions on how to evoke demons into visible appearance so that they may do your bidding, either by providing information or by providing material and spiritual gains which the practitioner is seeking. Financial gains, however, can no longer be exacted from demons, ever since we ditched the gold standard in favor of paper money, which they have no control over. (You can thank the Knights Templar and Mayer Amschel Rothschild for that one.) The rituals described in this book are so similar to the original Solomonic rituals that they don’t bear repeating here, and the signs & sigils are pretty much the same as well. However, the Table of Planetary Hours has been corrected, for the original document bears certain intentional errors that had been inserted to fool unskilled neophyte experimenters who couldn’t tell the difference. Also, a number of charts have been added showing how the mythological systems of other cultures, such as the Hindu, the Christian, and the Greek fit into the Hebrew Tree of Life.

The most interesting part of the book, however, is towards the end, where the author gives a blow-by-blow description of his own Goetic experiments. Apparently it took many attempts just to get a puff of smoke or a voice to materialize from these ceremonies, but eventually the demons would manifest in full visible appearance, after being exhaustively threatened with eternal damnation from God. The demons had a humanoid and yet ghastly appearance, with bluish, sickly-colored skin, and there was both a foul odor and a strange glow associated with their arrival. Te author obtained little of use from these encounters, as the demons were inclined toward deception, spouting bizarre, nonsensical answers to the most straightforward questions. Since they were not capable of providing any financial assistance for him, the author decided he’d have to forego evoking demons and get a real job.

The next chapter is equally fascinating. It described “demonic philosophy”, and the demonic realms of existence, the details of which he learned from his demonic encounters. According to him, “the demonic terran and astral planes co-exist in the same physical space” as our universe, and is “an alternate dimension on a parallel plane to our own.” Interestingly, this corresponds to the descriptions of both David Icke and Nicholas de Vere for the other dimension from which the Nephilim came. Nephilim, by the way, are, according to the Goetic system, a class of demons, and their name means “The Voluptuous Ones.” These demons live in the Qliphothic Tree of Death”, which is the 11-headed tree that descends below the surface from Malkuth (Earth, Kingdom) on the Tree of Life. Pardon me if I make an analogy to the inner Earth, for the descriptions of the two places are very similar. From Goetic Evocation, we learn that the demonic realm is “predominantly gray, heavily shadowed in blackness... and the atmosphere is gaseous and dense... The landscpae is mountainous and rocky... The seas are noxious and violently turbulent. No vegetation exists on their world, with the exception of a very small variety of fungi.” If that doesn’t sound like the inner Earth yet, here’s the kicker. “They refer to humans as ‘light dwellers’, as their world is darkened in a similar manner as to how ours is lit. It thrives on the darkness of a ‘black sun’, which emanates the blackness of their world. This is a source of immense negative power...” The author goes on to describe their society, which is “monarchial in nature”, and their foreboding landscape is covered with “Castle-like structures.”

Another really interesting part of the book is Appendix A, “The Testament of Solomon”, written from the point of view of the wise king himself. He then describes in great detail how he conjured up a host of demons and forced them to assist in the labor of building the Temple for the Ark of the Covenant. He takes great care to describe how they brought him a special green stone, which became the famed “cornerstone that was rejected.” After the Temple is built, Solomon imprisons the demons in a bunch of bottles and jars. However, years later the jars are broken and the demons escape to wreak havoc throughout the land.

In the last two appendices, the author wraps things up with a full description of Solomonic lore from the Old Testament, as well as a more detailed description of the realms of the Qliphoth. These things are described in such a way that anyone with a passing knowledge of the qaballah would be able to understand the meaning thereof. While it is clearly meant to be studied in conjunction with other books, mainly the first volume in this series, I would recommend Goetic Evocation to any serious student of ritual magick, as well as to the merely curious.

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