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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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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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Date:July 14th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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.
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Date:July 14th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
I sense the inspiration of Abremelin in this.
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Date:July 15th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Actually, it pre-dates Good ol' Abremelin. This particular working is from a set of 1-5th century Hebrew texts.
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Date:July 18th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
/Mary's ears prick up

Texts? Ancient texts? Where are these texts? How do I get a hold of them?
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Date:July 18th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
When I make a copy for myself, I can send you one.

It's called the Sepher Ha-Razim, and is likely to be available in a lot of libraries.

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