Spirit Conjuring for Witches: Magical Evocation Simplified by Frater Barrabbas appears at a time when many writers, “experts,” and even movie producers issue dire warnings against communing with spirits, evil or otherwise; hence the spate of films depicting so-called Ouija-centric debacles. Frater Barrabbas , on the other hand, defies the zeitgeist and fearlessly leads his readers toward conjuring and communing with all sorts of spirits, including those he denotes as hostile.
Barrabbas does a masterful job of laying out a comprehensive, chronological method of practice that covers every possible eventuality and at the same time preserves flexibility while remaining true to tradition. He begins with the choice and the assumption of a godhead identity and the creation of a shrine. Yes: He carefully explains safety precautions throughout the book.
Barrabbas often enhances his extensive knowledge by referring to the views of Jung and Crowley as well as to other visionaries.
It is interesting that the author focuses on the solitary worker, stating that “Witches need a reason to move beyond the protective veil of their coven-based traditions to encounter the whole spectrum and geography of the Spirit World.” Those who wish to work in seclusion will certainly welcome this important aspect of the work.
One could safely say that spirit conjuring is not an activity that should be undertaken by those with little or no experience with the spiritual domain. Even though Barrabbas is careful to include safety precautions at every turn, beginners who wish to conjure spirits may do themselves well by first reading books that start with the basics, such as the author’s own previous works on ritual magic. Visiting his blog would also offer a wealth of information and advice.
With this in mind, Spirit Conjuring for Witches includes a comprehensive appendix that includes all sorts of information that will serve as scaffolding for the learning process. In the appendix is a list of angels and demons, an overview of early grimoires along with information on how to assimilate their knowledge. In addition, he includes a bibliography that lists books that would enhance the scaffolding process.
This book is not only well-written, but the author’s voice is friendly and encouraging. He speaks directly to the reader without ever becoming didactic or dogmatic. Those who wish to “Develop a magical discipline for spirit conjuration” should palace this book on the top of their wish list.