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Forums ► Spell Suggestions ► Necromancy

Post # 1
The blackest of all the black arts is undoubtedly necromancy, the ancient method of communication with the dead. The art of raising the dead and controlling their spirits takes its name from Greek words meaning "dead" and "divination".

Necromancy can be divided into two main branches:

Divination by means of ghosts, and divination from corpses. The second method leads to the disinterment of corpses and rifling of graves for grisly charms which magicians and witches consider necessary for the effective performance of the magical arts.

Necromancy is a universal practice of great antiquity, only the profoundly initiated, brave and single-minded magician has any chance of success in such a venture, always considered to be extremely dangerous, for not only is a pact with the Devil necessary, but it is thought that the "astral corpse" has an intense desire to live again and could, by absorbing life-energy from living creatures, prolong its life idenfinitely, thus, unless he has taken adequate precautions, the magician might be in great danger.

To evoke the dead the magician needs to obtain the help of powerful spirits, both for his own protection and to compel the corpse or ghost to submit to his will. A spell from ancient Greece calls upon the powers of the mighty Kore, Persephone, Ereshkigal, Adonis, Hermes and Thoth, to bind the dead. According to a ritual described by Seneca, the Roman dramatist, the summoning of the dead involves not only a burnt sacrifice but a blood-drenched aItar.

Scent and odours must be carefully produced from burning substances for their powerful influences. Elaborate preparations include careful study of the positions of the planets, and especially of the moon and the influence of Saturn.

The site for the operation has to be chosen with care, the most favourable is some lonely crossroads, a vault, a ruin, an unfrequented forest, or a blasted heath.

Once a time is decided upon for the operation, a series of concentric circles of power must be drawn on the ground within which are inscribed crosses and other symbols, together with holy names of God. The circle must be blessed and consecrated, with the magician and his assistant standing at its centre, protected by the holy names from all danger. Then, wand in hand, the magician summons the dead to rise, using names of power.

Eliphas Levi and other magicians have suggested the need for some attempt at identification between the living and the dead, as for example the presence of a portrait, and a portion of bread which the ghost would be invited to consume. In his evocation, the magician summons the dead by name and, if he is successful, he has to face the frightening ordeal of a phantom screaming and gibbering with rage at having been compelled against its will to return to the realms of the living. Sometimes the dead appears in the shapes of furious beasts raging about the circle and threatening to tear the sorcerer to pieces.

When the dead finally decides to submit to the magician's will he often becomes transformed into a naked men who is willing to answer the questions put to him.

After the operation it is necessary to dismiss the dead, who usually vanishes amid clouds of sulphur. Under no circumstances the magician should leave the protection of the magic circle before this. He also has to remove all flowers from the place and after burning them, to bury the ashes deeply in the earth.

The whole operation is fraught with terrible dangers, for the slightest departure from the rites could involve the destruction of the operator and even inflict injuries upon his soul.
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Re: Necromancy
By: / Beginner
Post # 2
first way to copy and paste
second you dont have to have a pact with the devil thats the stupidest thing iv ever heard
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Re: Necromancy
Post # 3
What if you don't believe in the devil? Who do you make a pact with then? (I'm just wondering what the answer would be.)
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Re: Necromancy
Post # 4

Wow. There are so many falsities in this that I want to cry :'(

First of all, Necromancy is not really about raising the dead. Do your research! It is about communicating with spirits and "death energy". Divination is about receiving knowledge from the "divine", in this case being spirits. You do not need dead bodies to do this -.-

The second "branch" as you so call it, is just grave robbery. That has nothing to do with magick itself. I am not even going to go into the rest of the "information" you gave. Try to find older books on the subject, or someone that really knows about it, if you truly want to learn. A lot of the webpages you'll find these days are just junk someone wrote out of boredom or false teachings.


~Mad :)

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Re: Necromancy
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 5

Leaves out offerings to the gods.

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Re: Necromancy
By: / Beginner
Post # 6
Wow... way to be "realistic", Angel. Next thing you're going to tell him is that there is no such thing as Black magic. Which there is. I like to believe that all things are possible through magic. If they weren't then there wouldn't be idiotic monks hopping up and down with their legs crossed, trying to fly. And they're suppose to be smart and spiritually enlightened. Please. *rolls her eyes*
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Re: Necromancy
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7
Please site your sources. This appears as though it is from a book.
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Re: Necromancy
Post # 8
Sorry i didn't know!
It wont happen again!
Yes it is from a book!
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Re: Necromancy
Post # 9
Im afride your mistakeing, this is my opinion but there are many other darker things out there than Necromancy. I know Necromancy and it is indeed not even close to being the darkest of the blackl arts.
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Re: Necromancy
Post # 10
Other Divin beings and other supernatural forces id would say.
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