3.6 CEREMONIAL MAGIC (PREPARATIONS)
Before the incense is lit, before
the circle is drawn, and before the prayers of
invocation are uttered, the sorcerer must do much to
who think success or failure of the ritual is determined
solely by the short time spent in the summoning circle
are fools. The
time spent researching and planning will determine if
the sorcerer has even a remote chance of attaining his
the preparation process varies from sorcerer to
sorcerer, all acknowledge that it is necessary.
There is no consensus among even
the most venerable practitioners as to what aspects of
preparation are necessary and which ones are frivolous
actions stemming only out of tradition. Additionally, while some agree on a concept (such as
fasting) the duration of a practice may vary from
opinion to opinion.
What is offered below is simply a listing of the
most common preparations taken by sorcerers.
The sorcerer must have a clear
objective in mind, and to this end must pick the correct
celestials player (either demon or angel) to accomplish
celestial target must be associated to a power that will
help accomplish this end (this usually concerns an
angel's providence or a demon's dominion).
The sorcerer must know the name of the celestial
to be summoned, along with the planet that governs him,
and any offices the child of fire holds.
the right place to perform the ceremony is also another
important aspect of preparation.
Beyond the mere consideration of privacy (for
sorcery can only be accomplished without disturbance),
there is another important aspect to consider.
The location should fit the nature of the
celestial being summoned and the task for which it is
being called. Hence,
if a sorcerer was attempting to enlist the help of a
demon to smash a boat with waves, the ceremony would be
best performed near or on the ocean.
Though the correct location can be a great help
to a sorcerer, in and of itself it does not guarantee
success or failure.
Before the ceremony, the sorcerer's
body must be cleansed of impurity.
He must fast and remain celibate for a
predetermined time before the ritual begins. In some cases this cleansing extends to isolation from
all human contact, and bloodletting is occasionally
utilized to rid the body of impurities.
The length of time sorcerers cleanse their bodies
espouse days of fasting and weeks of celibacy, while
others limit these thing to only a few hours prior to
As the body is cleansed, so to must the implements of sorcery. Those items used in the ritual must be forged from the right material (there is disagreement on what materials those are, though). Additionally the items must be kept from impurities and wiped with special oils and perfumes. The cleansing of these instruments is usually done a day prior to the invocation.