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July 14th, 2005


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08:33 am - The ghost of Dude
The past two nights have been basically preparing to summon a ghost. See, the mechanics of it are pretty simple: Contact the overseer of the angels in the fifth encampment of the first firmament of the heavens, convince him that I'm a bigger, badder angel than he is, order him to send his angels out to do my dirty work, and get this ghost to rise up from the grave.

In all, not that difficult.

The difficult part will be pronouncing all the angelic names correctly. Fortunately, I have both the Hebrew and an English transliteration. Unfortunately, I don't read Hebrew.

My target ghost goes by the name of "Dude", and I'll be questioning him.

Having never questioned a ghost about things before, this should be interesting. I'm not sure how accurate he'll be, as he hasn't been dead all that long, but the angels will persuade him not to lie. Apparently, most ghosts are likely to lie when asked a question.

I don't have a target date set for this working, but it should be soon. I'm still working up a list of questions for him.

Also, last night, I went hiking with singingwren at Highbanks. At one point, she took off down a trail that pretty much ended in the woods and with me on my kness.

But the fingernail scratches she gave me are more visible than the bramble scratches.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More", -JB

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From:smithing_chick
Date:July 14th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Dude in Eris?

Man, I think I want to come visit for that. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 14th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that Dude.

This particular working will be totally solitary. Repeating the Hebrew names of sixty-two angels seven times will be embarassing enough. I could be there all night just trying to get that part right.

Besides, one person has less of a change of being caught than two, hanging out in a cemetary in the middle of the night summoning ghosts.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 14th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh, you're right. I could just ask him. I mean, he seems personable enough, from what I know about him. And he was called "Dude", which tells me that either people liked him, or else he talked funny or wanted to be a cowboy surfer.

But in the end, this is a paradigm shift. It's a chance to use ceremonial magic without sacrificing a rabbit or something else fluffy like that and go through all the requisite steps.

I want to see how well it works, to know if it actually can summon a ghost (and I suspect it can), and to know if I can work in a paradigm in which there are angels who hang out in encampments in a place called Shamayim who have storehouses of hail, snow, and other interesting things. In the reality I'm planning to work in, the angels are there to be bugged: that's what they do. They hang around, doing nothing until their overseer tells them to do something, at which point the accomplish it pretty darn quickly and efficiently. A magician can gain control of them by masquerading as a higher angel. This is ancient magic at its finest, really, and that's part of why I want to see if it works.

There are other ways to do this, but really, I like a good challenge, and damn if it doesn't sound like fun.
From:shizukagozen
Date:July 14th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
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What is wrong with you? How could you do this? Don't you know you shouldn't do this? You'll understand when you're older..... ;P
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 14th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Careful. You're starting to sound like a mummified Stevie Nicks imposter.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 14th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
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See above, my answer to Shove.
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From:ceolnamara
Date:July 14th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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hmm, talk to a jew for the pronunciations.

actually, my friend erin in arizona has all sorts of jewish resources because she is indeed a jew. let me know it you want me to contact her and see if she knows a good pronunciation website or if she'll go through each and every one of them for you.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 15th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I have some pronunciation keys that I'm working from. Should be interesting, in the end. But thanks.
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From:singingwren
Date:July 14th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
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We are going to finish that trail next time. Even if it storms, or dark falls, or dinicthys goes after us (well, okay, that might be exception.) There's really no reason not to, and the fact that it's barred off is a double incentive to do it. So there.

Next time we'll bring an anti-spider stick with us. And I will win, in the end.

I'll use my teeth if I have to! Let's see how strong you are WITHOUT a... er, pencil and a twig!!
From:mistw02
Date:July 14th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
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???? I definitely need to go hiking with you guys sometime...
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From:uberrod
Date:July 14th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
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The dead are supposed to be able to see up to 3 days accurately into the future. So get Lotto numbers, man. $122 million in the Mega Millions...
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 15th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I'll see what I can do :)
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From:wishesofastar
Date:July 15th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
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He'll probably just say that you're all damned.

By the way, can I go hiking with you guys sometime?
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 15th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
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You're probably right.

I insist that you come sometime. It's always good to hike!

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