Invocation is the art
of using the power of the word to draw divine power into internal manifestation within the individual. It should not be confused
with evocation which seeks to bring some spiritual being / power into external manifestation within some designated space
cordoned off from the operator. In performing an invocation the operator seeks to fill himself with the power being invoked,
to conjoin his being in some way with the spiritual being, to cause it to manifest within him. This is used as a transformational
act and to direct and utilize the invoked power to effect change in some particular circumstance.
There are two primary
methods of invocation, the first being the traditional western method which is devotional and climactic, and the second being
the Egyptian method in which the persona of the god-form is assumed from the beginning and reinforced by the operator speaking
as if they were the spiritual being in question. A good example of the former is the Invocation of The Highest (Rosicrucian), and an example of the latter is given in the Invocation of Thoth.
Although the nature of
invocations is in many ways similar to Pagan traditions of spiritual possession there is one important distinction. In cases
of ritual possession the Shaman reaches this goal through subduing the conscious mind and will through trance techniques,
in ritual invocation raises up the consciousness and will and imbuing it with the qualities of the invoked entity through
resonance. The consciousness and will are therefore maintained throughout the ritual and can be used to direct the forces
invoked (God-forms are not considered to be creatures with free will and human-like consciousness, but rather creatures of
pure Will – the God of War can no more choose not to fight than a stone can choose to fly – it is not in their
nature). This means that whereas the immediate effects of ritual invocation are generally less dramatic than ritual possession,
the effects of the procedure on the person involved are more extensive and long-lasting.