This page is for questions relating to The 72 Angels of Magick.
Q: Can you help me to choose the right angel?
A: It’s essential that you develop the skill of connecting with the angels, so please see How To Find An Angel.
Q: The psalms in the book don’t match the psalm list I found on the internet. Why?
A: The internet is not always the most reliable source when it comes to the occult. There are many traditions, and what you’ve found may indeed be accurate for one tradition or another. The verses we use appear in other texts and traditions and are correct and as intended. Each verse contains seven words, and contains the first three letters of the angel’s name, spelt out in Hebrew, buried within the verse. Given that an angel name consists of these letters with a word-ending that equates to god, the entire angel name is encoded within the verse, because each verse also contains the name of god. We find these to be the most effective verses, but you are free to use your own if you prefer.
Q: Why are your angelic seals different to some I saw in another book?
A: There are many variations of these seals, taken from many sources. In some cases, the smaller changes are due to copyist errors and interpretations, over time. In others cases, there are major differences. The seal we use for Eladiah, for examples, is used by some groups to connect with Laviah. How do we know what we are doing is right? Gordon Winterfield has viewed many of the originals (in libraries as far apart as Paris and Chicago), and performed extensive academic research to determine the correct order. Some of this research occurred early on, and some much more recently, but in the meantime we all found what worked. Also, the private collection of materials that came into our posession, (which contain the most accurate and powerful magick we know of), set out the seals as they are used in The 72 Angels of Magick. Finally, however, it was our connection to the angels, and their blessing of our choices that made us settle on the order that is retained in the book.
Q: I can read Hebrew and the names don’t match the pronunciations in a couple of cases. Why?
A: If these were mistakes they would be very easy to rectify, but these pronunciations are intentional. Everything in this book is correct and as intended. Some reviewers claim that the letters used in the sigils are incorrect (because they don’t match the pronunciation), but this is quite deliberate and everything works when you actually put the magick into practice. There’s a full explanation on this page.
Q: Somebody online said this book calls on Azrael, the Angel of Death. They said the book can bring death as a payment. Is this true?
A: It’s complete fiction, designed to scare you. If you see how many people the book has actually helped, and if you feel the presence of angels, you know this is the case. Read the book and you will see that the ritual calls on Arzel, who is an aspect of the archangel Raziel – there is nothing to do with Azrael. The angels do not punish you, and only the most inexperienced and frightened person would claim this to be the case. Mostly, magick books fall into the hands of those who understand the power and can use it well. Occasionally, these books fall into the hands of the terrified, and they do some wretched online research, get confused and become afraid and spread disinformation, and then blame all their woes on magick. If you read the book and practice the magick, you’ll know that none of this scaremongering is remotely true.
Q: I read a PDF that said contacting these angels is dangerous, and that I should purify myself and fast before attempting contact. Is this true?
A: This sort of disinformation is used to frighten people away from the secrets of the inner circles. Angels help the weak, filthy and the poor, so you don’t need to fast, bathe or grovel to be heard by an angel.
Q: Do I really have to do the rituals for 11 consecutive days? Do I have to start on a Thursday?
A: Ideally, yes. If you absolutely can’t, due to other commitments, then miss a day and then keep going until you have worked at least 11 days, ideally finishing on a Sunday. If you can’t start on a Thursday, start on a Monday. If you can’t finish on a Sunday, finish on a Thursday. If you can’t do any of these, just try to work the ritual as often as possible (but no more than once a day) until you get results, but be aware that 11 consecutive days, starting on a Thursday, is the best way to get results.
Q: Why 11 days and why a Thursday? Words of Power works so quickly, why do I need to do 11 days and start on a Thursday?
A: It gives you time to settle into the magick and – sometimes – feel your needs change during the course of the ritual. Also, magick works through both directions of time, and the effects are cumulative. When making direct contact, this is the approach that has worked the best – and although there are many theoretical reasons, this is based largely on exerpeicen. Also, angelic work is usually aimed at making large changes, that affect you as well as the world around you, so a longer length of time is better. Also, as this is direct contact with angels, spending 11 days gives you more chance of sensing the angel, making contact or getting feedback on your result. Some people feel nothing,and that is fine, while others feel something straight away. but overall, doing 11 days gives you more time to form a relationship with the angel you are contacting.
Q: Hayiel and Hariel are both said to improve magickal power, so which should I use?
A: Hayiel is noted to provide greater control or precision. Hariel is more about increased energy. If you need more energy, then Hariel. More control, Hayiel. You may not need either. The listed powers are only guides to get things moving, but to get a sense of how the angels differ it’s worth considering their other listed powers. That gives you a feel for their practical potential.
Q: Is there any disadvantage to calling on several angels at once if I have several minor requests? I don’t want to do the full ritual five times.
A: Angels will respond to minor requests – but the approach to angelic evocation in the angel books is aimed at more major requests. If somebody speaks the ritual and then calls on five major angels to change five major areas of their life in a major way, it shows a lack of focus and dedication. But if the changes you seek are quite minor, you can roll it into one ritual and call on several angels at once.
Q: If I call on several angels at once, do I have to complete the full ritual every time, or can I just do the opening, and then call on each angel one after the other?
A: It is ideal to do the complete ritual from beginning to end, and then do it again for the next angle, and so on. If calling on three angels – even if they are all working on the same task – call one, wait a few hours, call the next and so on. If you are pressed for time you can condense the process by calling to the first angel, but instead os saying, “It is done,” you go back to the part of the just after the use of imagined colored light, and make another call, this time with a different angel and new request, until you can say, “It is done”. Some people find success with this approach, but the recommended approach is to separate the rituals out, so that each has your full focus and energy.
Q: Will this book help with contacting my Holy Guardian Angel (HGA)?
A: Not directly, but all efforts to contact angels help by making you more aware and sensitive to angelic response.
Q: I get a sense that I need to continue the ritual for more than 11 days. Is that OK?
A: Yes. There is no need to perform the ritual for more than 11 days unless you sense a strong urge, but if you do feel the urge to maintain contact there is no reason why you shouldn’t. Aim to conclude on a Sunday if possible, unless the angel contacts you directly and tells you otherwise.
Q: Should I sit, kneel or stand?
A: Remember that you’re not praying, so if kneeling makes it feel like praying that might be the wrong mindset. Otherwise, there’s no problem with kneeling, standing or sitting.
Q: Do the angels always work for our highest good?
A: No, they work according to what you ask for. Angels can be commanded to wreak havoc, and they will do so. That’s what makes magick different to praying – you are choosing the path for yourself, and then using the spirit forces to manifest your will.
Q: Do I have to look at the talisman and sigils while speaking the various names and calls?
A: In some places, you are told to look at specific parts of the images, but then there may be an instruction such as, “The talisman can stay within sight, but you do not need to keep looking at it now.” It’s safe to assume that if there’s no direct instruction to look at a talisman or sigil, you don’t have to.
Q: When I charge the Shem Talisman, or an angelic sigil, is it charged forever or do I need to do this each time?
A: Once is enough. Some people feel the need to reconnect with a sigil, after some months or years, but this is a personal matter. You shouldn’t feel obliged to do it more than once.
Q: What happened to Magickal Angels and The Greater Magickal Angels?
A: It made sense to offer both books together, for a lower price. The 72 Angels of Magick replaces those books, but contains the same material.
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