Terminology 101 - Invoke and Evoke
By Drew Hagar
One common set of terms used in various working is Evoke and Invoke. Both words are similar in theory, but in Practice, they have different consequences.
To evoke is to call upon a being ( deity of otherwise) and ask it to join you during your working. This form of magic is an external working with the being called. You can just request the presence to aid you or you can make an offering for said being’s involvement.
To Invoke is to enter into a voluntary form of possession. This allows the being ( deity or otherwise) to manifest through you as a human host. You are inviting the being into yourself to speak through you, act through you, or use your body to perform whichever working you are casting.
It is always best to use Evocation when starting out working with an unfamiliar being. This will allow you as the practitioner to gain a better understanding of what will be required in the relationship. It is highly recommended that you know the motivations of the being well prior to letting it inhabit your body even for a temporary period.
Typically, if you’re new to spiritual practices such as Wicca or Paganism, most people will advise you to hold off on invoking deity until you’ve learned enough to have a good handle on what’s happening. It may be a good idea to focus instead on evoking, and communing with the gods, before you go inviting them to take control of you, even if it is just on a temporary basis.
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