Excerpt from The Practice of Magical Evocation
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Although a true magician can achieve everything with his own powers — which he has earned without any other help as a result of his spiritual maturity during his magical development — it is his choice to make extensive use of ceremonial magic and all the aids that belong to it.
Ceremonial magic offers the advantage that, when used continuously and frequently for one and the same operation, effects are produced without making use of one’s own powers. With the help of various aids, ceremonial magic enables the magician to make his work with occult powers easier.
All magical aids, every single magical instrument, are basically mnemonic aids, aiding the magician’s consciousness. When one directs his attention to a particular instrument, this triggers in the consciousness the particular ability or power symbolized by that particular instrument. Once a magician takes one or another magical instrument into his hand during the evocation, he immediately comes in contact with what this instrument symbolizes and he achieves his purpose without much effort.
For example, the magic wand represents the magician’s absolute will. If a magician takes the magic wand into his hand, by making use of the wand he immediately establishes contact through his will with the spirit he wishes to evoke. The same applies to all the other magical aids because they symbolize spiritual powers, laws and attributes.
Should a magician decide to employ ceremonial magic, then he must dedicate a great deal of care to his magical instruments. He must treat them with an almost religious awe, because the more carefully, the more precisely, and the more attentively they are handled, the more effective they will be. Magical instruments are on the same level as sacred objects and they serve the magician to establish the necessary temple atmosphere for ceremonial magic. When the magician uses his magical instruments he must be in a state of complete rapture. If any magical instrument were to be used, even once, for any purpose other than that for which it was intended, then that particular instrument will immediately cease to be magically effective and will be forever useless for its actual original purpose.
Since all magical aids bring forth a very special feeling of respect in every magician, they must be hidden from the view of any uninitiated person in order to avoid any profanation. Therefore, before a magician reaches for a magical instrument, he must under all circumstances undergo an internal cleansing process, whether through prayer or suitable meditation. He should never under any circumstances touch a magical instrument if he is not in the proper state of mind, which is absolutely essential for such a ceremony. A magician must always be conscious of the fact that all magical aids or magical instruments symbolize the most sacrosanct laws and must therefore be dealt with in the same manner as one would deal with sacred relics. Only in the hands of a magician who takes all this into very careful consideration will the magical instruments actually bring forth magical effects.
By exactly observing the guidelines which have been recommended here in regards to the appropriate attitude and the preparation of all magical instruments, the magician calls forth within himself an extremely strong state of manifestation of belief, will and all the attributes of the law. By so doing, he thereby increases his magical authority considerably and hence exerts the necessary influence upon a being or a power so that the desired results or effects are actually realized.
Even if the magician does not use his magical instruments for a long period of time, they are still constantly in contact with the particular attributes that they symbolize. Since every instrument is magically charged or, in other words, consecrated for a specific purpose, it will never lose its magical effect if it is handled properly, even if centuries have passed since the instrument was last used.
When the magical instruments are consecrated and charged for use for a particular magician, in other words, he for whom they were made, they cannot be used by any other magician. These instruments would not be effective even if they were to fall into the hands of a magician who is completely conversant with the holy sciences of magic, unless he charges and consecrates the magical instruments anew for himself.
In the chapters that follow, I [Franz Bardon] shall describe the most important magical instruments and their symbolic analogies as far as their practical use is concerned, and how they are to be generally used in a ceremonial magical operation. If it seems desirable and necessary, any magician, on the basis of my instructions, can make his own additional magical aids for particular magical purposes, and I [Franz Bardon] shall supply the guidelines as to how he is to proceed.