With a H/T to Bro Moloch, here's his list of "summoning primers", posted recently on FB. And as this question has been coming up, about where should a newly minted magickian start their evocation practice I thought it was worth reposting here:
Bro Moloch wrote:Summoning Primers
For some folks, there are magical books where you are instructed on how to summon Spirits given a set system that is simplified, easy and yet still functionable with good results. I consider these manuals as primers for the budding karcist (i.e. summoner) which virtually anyone can use with good effect.
Realize that these summoning primers are not set strictly in the Solomonic system but the basic concepts and ideas are present for you to get your feet wet in a safe manner AND experiment with until you are ready to jump into the deep well of the grimoires. For the experienced karcist, these primers will be unnecessary so please feel free to disregard this post and carry on business as usual.
For the beginner these primers are priceless in that the manuals offer how-to in a system that has been fleshed out by the author and worked through over the years by numerous readers/fans of the primer. Some of these manuals you may know from me speaking about them, others you may not.
_Gods, Spirits & Daemons: A Beginner's Guide to Evocation_ by Seleneicthon ~ Teaches you how to summon the Four Elemental Kings. Inexpensive. Published by Mi-World Publishing & available from Original Publications.
_The Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals_ by Frater Malak ~ A worthwhile book that shows you everything you need to perform the summonings of the Spirits listed. Fully self contained. Do not buy into the BS that you need the Spirit Card that came with the original book. Photocopy the page with the Spirit seals, cut them out and use those OR simply hand draw them onto parchment. Either works fine.
_The Miracle of the New Avatar Power_ by Geoff Gray-Cobb ~ One of the best primers for the karcist to get their feet wet. Well written. Easily understandable. Material works. Included is a section on using the Middle Pillar with NPE's. Gray-Cobb is also none other than 'Frater Malak'.
_Daemonic Magick_ by Seleneicthon ~ Essentially this is about how to summon your own personal guardian demon.
_Secret Magic Revealed_ by Anne & Nelson White published by the Technology Group ~ Explains in a lucid and serious manner how to
summon the Spirits of the Goetia. One of the best primers for working with the Lemegeton's book of Goetia but this manual was out of print for years and fetched a very high price from rare book dealers.
_High Magick's Aid__ by Anne & Nelson White also published by the
Technology Group ~ Explains how to make the magic mirror, circle, &
etc, as well as having the calls and other materials needed for a classical
evocation of the Spirits. Quite handy for a rank beginner.
_Practical Magickal Evocation_ by M. McGrath published by Finnbarr
International ~ Explains how to summon Maserial, Icosiel, Emoniel,
Bydiel, Aseliel and other Spirits in a simplified and safe manner.
_Black & White Magick: Secrets of the Ancients_ by Carl Nagel
published by Finnbarr International ~ Explains how to summon the seven
demons of the days of the week as outlined in French Le Dragon Noir.
_Winning At All Costs_ by Seth & William Van published by Finnbarr International ~ Hard core and right to the point. Ritual templates for many different uses. Spirits summoned are from a variety of sources. Seals & sigils for Spirits are unique.
_The Do It Yourself Witchcraft Guide_ by Luba Sevarg published by Award Books; 1971 ~ This small book has Luba Sevarg on the cover but inside says it was copyrighted by Evelyn Silverman Graves. It is filled with complete how-to material on how to summon any of the 48 Spirits listed inside. The names & seals I have never found anywhere else such as Perabula, Balthagher, Malcheor, Rantupal and so on. Eash Spirit has its own seal and write up.
_Communing With the Spirits_ by Martin Coleman ~ How to summon and work with the Dead in a modern day context. Hardbound and a bit pricey for some on the used book market but I have heard it is coming back in print as a paperback.
The idea for the beginners is to get your feet wet first by using the summoning techniques in these books. Choose a book, read and study its system. Experiment. Do several evocations. Note results. Try another book & system. After a couple of manuals, you SHOULD have the requisite skills ready and developed to take you into actual grimoires like the Keys & Clavicles, GV, the Dragons, and etcetera.
Remember, MANY people have used these books over the years and there's nothing in them to cause you any harm so give it a go. Spend a year summoning the NPE's from these primers and when you feel comfortable, then step up to the plate and choose a system such as the Grimorium Verum or The Almadel and start building the tools you need and choose which Spirit out of them you wish to contact first.