Summoning A Ghost The Old Fashioned Way

Summoning A Ghost The Old Fashioned Way

Something tells me she's not going to let go of that bouquet. Better luck next time.

Seeing as the previous post was about exorcism, this one will swing in the complete opposite direction and talk about summoning.

This is another great quotational find from Grimoires -which I assume you have all purchased/wishlisted.

Because the book charts the history of Grimoires more or less chronologically, this one is toward the beginning of the book.

It’s from the Sepher Ha-Razim -written in Palestine in the third or fourth century CE. So that’s one of the earliest Jewish grimoires to come down to us.

(Well, the title did say this was the old fashioned way.)

Rather than a more generalised ghost summoning, this one is for a specific individual. I haven’t used it yet. In fact, it’s been almost ten years since I have tried to summon a specific spirit. (Most of the time, you can get the information other ways without having to go rattling the bones.)

It features in this post because I think it’s neat and I delight in picking up little historical incantations to be filed away and/or incorporated into something new.

If you wish to consult a ghost, stand facing a tomb and recall the names of the angels of the fifth camp, holding in your hand a new glass bowl containing oil and honey mixed together and say thus:

“I adjure you, O Spirit, Ram-bearer, who dwells among the graves upon the bones of the dead, that you will accept from my hand this offering, and do my will by bringing N son of N who is dead. Raise him up so that he will speak to me without fear, and tell me the truth without deception. Let me not be afraid of him, and let him answer whatever question I need ask him.”

Obviously there are a few operational things you can see right off the bat but there are some modern workarounds.

  • The location. Note it says a tomb, not the tomb. So the tomb of the shade you wish to summon isn’t necessary. You just need to be somewhere where the Ram-bearer (which is a Greek name for Hermes so that should give you a clue) can receive the offering. Graveyards, parks that used to be graveyards -there are more of these than you think- crossroads, and so on. At a pinch you can create a ‘between the worlds’ space and dedicate it to the Ram-bearer. This may be more convenient than sitting in the middle of a road if you are using a ouija board for the contact.
  • Angels of the fifth camp. Google will find these for you. However, this is the equivalent of calling in whatever protective and/or relevant beings you happen to work with some consider them interchangeable if you don’t want to read a table of mostly-consonants. Although on an aesthetic level angels appeal to me if/when I use this incantation.
  • Oil, honey, glass bowl. I can get all of these at my closest Tesco Metro. I’d say use them. One part oil, one part honey. (And file away the recipe for when you next want something from Hermes.)
  • N son of N. You don’t actually need to know the spirit’s parents’ names. This is the fourth century Palestinian equivalent of someone’s first and last names.
  • Closing and banishing. These aren’t mentioned but obviously you still need to do them.

Neat, huh?


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    “N son of N. You don’t actually need to know the spirit’s parents’ names. This is the fourth century Palestinian equivalent of someone’s first and last names”

    N son of N is still used in my community. It’s based on the belief that angels identify people using this naming convention.

    Which leads to all kinds of interesting spin-off ideas such as: do not name a child after a living relative. Should the angel of death come to collect the soul of the older person, they may take the one of the child by mistake.

    Another idea is that when someone is sick, their name is changed to include another name relating to life and/or health. This change in name has a similar effect of confusing the angel responsible for coming to collect that person’s soul. This practice is still done but only for people whose life is in grave danger due to illness.
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    Rufus Opus

    “N son of N” is also used as a unique identifier, and traditionally the mother’s name was used and not the father’s. You always knew who the mother was, but any man could have been the father if mother was unfaithful. It was a way to make sure you were hexing the right Bill, Tom, or Joe.

    Also, check the translation of “a tomb” with the Hebrew. The distinction between “a tomb” and “the tomb” in English probably wasn’t there, and the implication is that it’s the tomb of N son of N. That’s the kind of interpretational fuzziness of grimoires that can lead to undesired consequences, in my experience.

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