Invocation and evocation are English words that are often used interchangeably. They are both derived from the Latin word vocare, which means to call forth. Both words can deal with summoning interaction with non-human entities. Yet, many people, especially those with knowledge of the Craft, believe there are differences. These are generally based on how an entity is summoned and which entities are being dealt with.
In most cases, the words invocation and evocation are used in conjunction with actions that deal with peoples’ beliefs. Many people limit the use of these words to occult practices. According to their proper definitions, however, this does not have to be the case.
First, the notable difference between evocation and invocation involves the distance between the entity that is being called forth and the person who is doing the calling. With an evocation, a non-human entity is summoned, but is not linked to the caller. The entity remains in an outer area. The energy that is used to summon the entity is also believed to be derived from outside of the caller. With an invocation, the entity is taken into one’s self. The entity that she summons is meant to come forth within her. This person is generally believed to use inner resources or energies to allow this to happen.
When the process of invocation is successful and a non-human entity is acting through a person, a number of changes are believed to be possible. The person’s voice, for example, may be altered. Her physical appearance and demeanor may change. However, many who claim to have had such experiences say they are fully aware while the entity is acting through them.
When one invokes energy or spirits, he creates a link to the energy or spirit through himself. Obviously, if one is using destructive or death energy, this can be EXTREMELY dangerous. Invocation also includes building up energy within one’s soul and discharging it through one’s aura and/or chakras. This creates a tie to the victim.
A note of caution – most black magick spells that go wrong do so because of errors on the part of the summoner. There are other reasons for a black magick working going wrong; the victim having a powerful aura that is able to deflect negative energy, the victim is under powerful spiritual protection, or bad timing on the part of the invoker. There can be other reasons, but the above examples are the most common.
Even white magick where healing is concerned can pose problems to the caster who invokes the energy before applying it. Any time energy is invoked, a powerful connection is established. Obviously, no one in his/her right mind would want to connect with a disease.
One must know the difference between evocation and invocation when working a spell, as ignorance or misapplication of the above can result in a spell backfiring or other undesirable outcomes.
As an example, Death energy: One should be very cautious with this energy. Death energy is prevalent in mortuaries, cemeteries, places where wars were fought, where massacres occurred and other places of death. The energy is grey, dismal, and depressing. The summoner should surround him/herself with the energy, but *NEVER* take it into his/her body.
To know the difference is the first step to know success.
As always, in closing I leave you with this; INTENT. My intention is to provide ideas and open minds to their discussion, from which we all may learn. With certain ventures, however, I must advise caution. I put to you that I have no desire to harm anyone. Any discussions from this posting are to be academic only. I seek no practical application, neither do I have desire for knowledge of such. Please keep your comments civil.