Creating Talismans to Ensure the Proper Spirit Appears

This article is a continuation of my previous work titled “On Agrippa’s ‘Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of the Cabalists’” and assumes the spirit-names are derived through the methods explained therein.

When a Mage is open and engaging directly with entities, it is important to be able to identify and verify that the spirit is the one the Mage intended to call – not a possible demonic imposter. This is a rare occurrence, especially if the practitioner is diligent about the consecration and maintenance of the space in which they are working. Luckily, this is easily done through the creation of a talisman – the process is fairly easy and adds an extra layer of certainty when working with new spirits. They can also be used as a kind of “speed dial” once initial contact has been made, making communion with a particular spirit much more convenient.

This specific method only works with “good” spirits, that meaning names created through using “The Entrance of Good” – evil spirits are confused and repelled by palindrome squares.

First, start by drawing a 3×3 grid, placing the three letters of the spirit name (without a suffix) around the outside edge of the square, starting from two diagonally opposite corners. The center of each outside row and column should match as should the top right to the bottom left corner, and the top left to the bottom right, leaving the center blank.

Second, calculate the neurological total of your name. This is done by converting the individual letters to numbers using this chart, adding them together to reach an initial total, then adding the individual digits together to reach a final total. This is the “magic constant” of your square.

Next, solve for the middle value. Find the total of your middle letter twice (the total of the center column and row while it still has a blank spot). Take this initial total and subtract it from the initial total from the previous step, if the difference is 1-9 or divisible by 10, simply find the corresponding letter. If the difference is greater than 9 and not divisible by 10, reduce the total of the two middle letters, and subtract it from the reduced total from the previous step, then assign to an appropriate letter. You must make sure that when you have finished, each row and column results in the same magic constant.

If you would like to add color to your talisman, color each square with a color appropriate to the number of the letter found inside.

On the reverse side, draw a grid with the appropriate number of square for the Magic Square corresponding to the Planetary Presidency of the Spirit you intend to call. Using this square, determine a sigil by connecting the letters of the spirits full name (three letters + suffix). Color this side the appropriate color for the planet the square corresponds to, using a color that corresponds to the ruling planet of the Zodiac Intelligence of the Spirit.

This talisman is essentially a copy of the Spirit’s business card – one side providing the name and qualities of the spirit, the other a reflection of what I like to think of as it’s “energy signature”. The talisman itself should leak a subtle energy identical to the spirit it represents – by comparing this energy to the feeling that occurs as a spirit appears, a Mage can determine the spirit’s identity. Once initial ritual contact with a spirit has been made and a relationship established, these talismans can also be used to contact the spirit directly either for communication or use of their gifts/energy, activated through triggers including prayer, mantra, mudra, meditation, or idiosyncrasy.

I hope this article has been useful and all readers were able to find something they could use!

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Use of Tarot Cards to Call Forth Spirits in Absence of Astrological Cooperation

This article is a continuation of my previous work titled “On Agrippa’s ‘Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of the Cabalists’” and assumes the spirit-names are derived through the methods explained therein.

When calling spirits it is useful to create an environment from which they can emerge naturally – an energy structure that provides the correct triggers to construct a connection to the intended spirit. The most powerful of these, in my opinion, is when the Spirit’s corresponding planet is rising in its corresponding sign, followed by the corresponding day of the week while the correct sign is coming over the horizon. However, both of these methods assume that the mage has time to wait for the proper energy to come around again naturally which, in the case of the first method could take years, or in the second up to a week. Luckily, there are other tools we can use to pull these same triggers when the stars just do not align – or when they do and we want to give the spell an extra push. In this article, I will walk through using Tarot Cards for this effect.

The Major Arcana of the Tarot has been connected to the Hebrew alphabet since the mid 18th century and were solidified into the predominant Kabbalistic system by Eliphas Levi and Theosophy in the 19th. They have been designated as such. I do not agree with the astrological associations found on this chart

Selecting the Cards

Select the cards that correspond to the three letters selected for your spirit name from the Major Arcana. Arrange these in a triangle, first letter in the top, the next in the bottom right, then the third in the bottom left.

Next choose a card from the Minor Arcana that represents the specific situation that you need help in, if you are seeking a spirit to help you grow in a specific way, it may be useful to choose two cards – one representing your current situation and one representing where you wish to grow to; typically these two cards are in the same suit. The Suit of Air relates to positions of Authority and Influence. The Suit of Fire relates to areas of Knowledge and Learning. The Suit of Water relates to aspects of Relationships and Emotions. The Suit of Earth relates to problems with Possessions and Material Wealth. A tarot reading or similar act of divination is a useful way to determine what these cards may be. If you choose one – place it in the center of the triangle, if you chose two, place them on either side.

Energizing and Casting

Find the corresponding Elemental Invoking Pentagram for the element of the card(s) chosen from the Minor Arcana. Overlay it on your chosen cards, and trace it starting in the correct point and moving in the correct direction – note the order of the cards and write down the letters associated with each in that order. The center is associated with the two side points of the pentagram if only one card was chosen. This order is the seal and mantra you will use to charge the environment. An additional prayer may also be constructed out of the letters being used, if the Magus chooses, using certain acrostic Pslams.

First cleanse, sanctify, or prepare in whichever way your paradigm dictates. Then, starting in the direction corresponding to the element of the spirit visualize and cast the seal in each direction while intoning the mantra (both determined by the previous paragraph). From there, using the the cards as a focus on your altar, call the spirit in any way deemed fitting, according to which methods are most comfortable and useful for the Magus.

I hope this article has been useful and all readers were able to find something they could use!

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The Molly Wright Tarot Deck: Available Now!

Molly Wright will be self publishing her tarot deck in the very near future. Her beautiful  cartoon style is reminiscent of 1920s animation, but her original and creative take on the tarot is anything but dated!

Molly holds a bachelors in media arts & animation and has had her work featured on TV, comics, music videos, and Adult Swim. Check out more of her work at https://wollymight.com/

Update: the deck is now available here!

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