In Part I, I talked about the principles which make creating an artificial spirit work. In Part II, I hashed out correspondences, and a little bit of ritual philosophy to work toward a Greek-Pagan Theurgic approach to this ritual. Now, I’m going to give some procedure.
Here is the outline of the ritual process for creation:
- Prepare the name and instructions for the artificial spirit
- Purify the space
- Cast a circle
- Invoke the deity whom you will ask for help.
- Meditate on the force
- Create the empty shape
- Chant the names of the deity and fill the shape with that power
- Name the artificial spirit
- Give commands to the artificial spirit
- Give the artificial spirit an expiration date
- Send the artificial spirit off to do its work and close the circle
Before you even start, make sure that you have already decided on the name you will give you artificial spirit and the exact instructions you are going to give it. Also, decide in advance what the expiration date or circumstances will be. Have these written on a slip of paper before you get started.
In fact, while you are at it, make sure you have any and all material components you will need inside the circle.
I recommend: A dagger (for defining a boundary), a bowl (for khernips), a cup (for offeratory), a plate (for noms to offer the deity), a bell (for dispersing energies), some sage, a print-out of the 3D shape to refer to, your instructions for the artificial spirit and your invocation that you plan to use, and any equipment that you need to cast the circle.
According to the methods which I have defined, you will be calling Greek deities for help in the construction of your artificial spirit. Consequently, you will want to purify your space before you do any sort of working in it. Greek deities, generally speaking, care about purity.
I like to purify my space using khernips.
An artificial spirit is a construct that you are sending out into the real world. Circles are barriers. Consequently, when you are using this technique, you need to give careful consideration to how and when your construct is going to leave the space that you are working in.
My personal approach would be to be declarative about allowing the artificial spirit out. Using the stone guardian method, one has the opportunity to say, “allow the artificial spirit named Spanky out when I command it to go, empowering it with the magic of Land, Sky and Sea.”
Another option is to specific to the spirit that you are creating that it should wait until the boundaries are taken down before it leaves.
Pro-tip: make the deity at home by offering them something to drink before you ask them for any favors. In ancient Greek hospitality customs, it was considered rude to ask a guest any questions before offering them food and drink. Also, be sure to compensate them for their time and energy with a gift of some sort.
The invocation to the deity can include as many ritual flourishes, or as few, as you feel appropriate, but this is key: the spoken invocation should include the epithets that relate to the deity’s role as a deity of that force, you should explain that connection in words, and lastly, you should ask for their help.
Here is an example:
“Ares, god of courage, god of valor, Obrimos the Mighty, Lassoos who calls people together for ambitious purpose, Aphneios who, through strength, brings much bounty, come. I ask you to lend your aide in this work of magic, and guide my powers with wisdom, for the force of Mars belongs to you.”
Be aware that the deity might decline your request. If they do, there is probably a good reason for it. Give them the gift you planned to give them anyway, because they probably just saved you from your own damnable foolishness.
Assuming the deity does not halt you in your tracks and/or berate you for doing something dumb, move on to the next step.
Meditate on the force. If it is Mars, think deeply on action, ambition and strength. Fill yourself with the energies of that planet, and become that force.
Create the Shape
Hold your hands out in front of you, and imagine the shape you have chosen forming between your hands. Imagine it very strongly, flashing white and black at the same time. You may have a system of colors that you like to use for the planets. Usually, these are derived by corresponding them to something else. The popularly used colors come from a mash-up of the Christian variant of the Tree of Life and the Chaldean ordering of the planets. It would be just as valid to overlay the visible light spectrum onto the Copernican ordering.
That said, imagining colors is good. You should do it. Choose a way that makes sense to you.
Imagine that the colors which make up the boundaries of your three dimensional shape pouring out of your eyes and causing the framework to solidify.
Filling the shape
The epithets that were spoken in the initial invocation, wherein you asked for help, should now be chanted as you our all of that planetary force you spent time meditating on into the three dimensional shape. Imagine it glowing brightly with the force of that planet.
Make a statement to the shape declaring it alive and giving it a name.
Example: “Spirit of Mars, I command you awaken! I name you Meletus.”
Give it a command
Now, you should give the artificial spirit all the instructions that you very carefully planned out in advance.
Example: “I command you to lend motivation and encouragement to all of the members of my start-up company, causing them to rally together to act in the best interests of all who work there.”
Give it an expiration date
You may choose a date, a set of circumstances, or both for your expiration date.
Example: “This you will do until such time as the company goes public, or until I call you and command you otherwise. When the company goes public, disperse, returning your power to Ares. If the company will clearly not go public, disperse nonetheless, returning your power to Ares.”
“Do this until June 15th, 2015, at which time you will return your power to Ares.”
“This you will do until such time as the company goes public, or until June 15th, 2015, at which time you will return your power to Ares.”
Closing and Sending the Artificial Spirit Forth
Depending on what kind of circle you cast, you will either send the spirit forth immediately, or do so after the circle is closed.
If you send it off immediately, you might say something like: “Go now, and do as I command. Kan toh!”
If you will wait, let the artificial spirit know by saying something like: “But stay you and wait while I close the circle. When all others have departed, I will send you forth.”
As a part of your closing, be certain to include verbal thanks to the deity that is helping you.
Here is the outline of he ritual process for recalling the spirit and dismantling it
- Purify the space
- Cast a circle
- Invoke the deity whom you will ask for help.
- Invoke the artificial spirit by name.
- Command the artificial spirit to die and return its power to the deity.
- Disperse the energies
- Close the circle
Most of this should be fairly similar to the creation process, so I will focus primarily on 4, 5 and 6.
Invoke the spirit by name
Since you gave the spirit a name, you’ll be able to use that name to summon it back into your circle. Probably, there is more than one spirit with the same name, so you’ll want to be a little more specific. Specify that you mean the artificial spirit of that name, who is also a spirit of the planetary force you chose, and who operates under the divine authority of the deity you called.
Example: “Meletus, spirit of Mars, under the Divine authority of Ares, I command you to return to me.”
If you wish to recall a thought form that does NOT have a name, the process is similar, but you will have to be extremely specific.
Let’s say that you did a spell to attract hummingbirds, for whatever reason. You did it for the purpose of showing your friend that spells can have a measurable effect. You used a small skein of blue yarn, a few turkey feathers, and called Hermes, the god of bird omens. You cast the spell on a Wednesday afternoon. Now, it’s been months, and you lost all the material components, but the Hummingbirds are still coming, and you want the energy from that spell back.
You should say: “I call to the spirit of my hummingbird spell, cast with the aide of Hermes, god of bird omens, for the purpose of impressing my friend, Sally. Return to me, energies of my hummingbird spell, and be present in my circle.”
Then, you should really name those energies so that you can get a better handle on them.
“Spirit of my hummingbird spell, cast with the aide of Hermes, god of bird omens, for the purpose of impressing my friend, Sally: I name you Muffy.”
Command the spirit to die
In a way, you are killing a living thing. You have the right to, of course, since you created it, even if you created it with the aide of a deity. Nonetheless, be respectful of the fact that you are ending the existence of a creature that you made. All things which are born must die. If you do not lay it to rest, it will deplete your power until you do. In it’s afterlife, its consciousness will become a part of your consciousness, and its power will return to the deity you drew it from. A little ceremony will help bring closure to the working.
Example: “Meletus, I thank you for your service, which must now come to an end. All things which are born must die, for the sake of the renewal of the world. Return, now, your power to Ares, and to the force of Mars which pervades the universe, and be gathered up to the soul of your creator.”
Disperse the energies
Once you have ended the life of the spirit, you should disperse the energies. An easy way to do this is with tonal sound. You may sing a wordless song, ring a bell, play an instrument or whatever else you feel is appropriate.
Before you close the circle, be sure to thank the deity again for their aide and for any goodness which came your way as a result of the working. This little bit of politesse will ensure that they will answer your call the next time you are doing this sort of working.