I apologise profusely for not writing very much since starting up this blog; my recent move back to the Middle East has given me no time to get back on the site and do some fiddling with it! Moving, as most of you are probably aware of, can be a very hectic experience. And let's not even talk about the jet lag! My poor body clock is still on another time to the one that it is meant to be in now!
My first night back was an interesting one. After having set up my shrine and workspace and filling it with statues of my guiding spirits along with offerings, I instantly fell into a deep sleep, wherein I dreamt that I was standing before my work table, and upon it was a terracotta bowl. Inside the bowl was an unidentifiable sigil etched onto a piece of parchment, surrounded my herbs and resins. And ontop of the sigil lay my poison ring, which I've been meaning to clean down and charge up. The entire surface was covered in candles, and when I awoke later on that day, the first thing I did was look over at the work space!
Unfortunately the sigil I couldn't really make out, but I have had thoughts of working with the Goetic spirit Sitri, the twelfth spirit in the Lemegeton or Lesser Key of Solomon.
So a sign perhaps from Him to get a move on and start working! lol! Most likely, as I haven't as yet started any conjure with him, and I feel this was a bit of a gee up.
Examples of spirit pots and spirit containers are seen throughout the magical practices of the Arabian east; we all know of Aladdin's Lamp of course, well this is just one example. Any container could be employed to coax a spirit to reside within it, and work for your cause. Another method which I know of is the use of these terracotta pots, like the one I saw in my dream; usually they come with a lid and after conjuring the spirit into it, the lid is placed firmly on. You probably guessed it by now, but the poison ring could definitely house a spirit.
The magic ring is not something I've come across very much in western occultism. It seems to have fallen out of favour with many practicioners, or perhaps the favour was never there. Which doesn't mean to say that some magicians don't still make good use of its potentials.
Here in the Middle East, poison rings can traditionally be filled with tiny parchments of written out verses from the Koran along with corresponding gums and roots, to keep the wearer protected from the malice of the ayn-al-husud, written in the Arabic script as عين الحسود, and widely known as the Evil, Hot or Fat Eye.
But the Evil Eye is for another post!
Right now it's time to get back to the cats, who are currently trying to claw their way through the sofa and seem set on reducing it to shreds!
Stay safe folks and may we always endevour to please our spirits! and ma'asalaama as we say here in the Middle East.
May God be with you