How to Invoke the Devil

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A handy step by step guide to summon the Lord of the Abyss using everyday household objects.

Firstly, prepare your ritual space. You will need a non-absorbent floor surface so a kitchen or utility room is ideal but do make sure the washing machine or dryer are not operating as this can disrupt the aura of the Dark One.

Now mark out a nine foot pentagram (a five-pointed star circumscribed by a circle – use a length of string as a compass) in the blood of a virgin (red chalk is an adequate substitute). Place black candles at all the points.

The circle must be drawn anti-clockwise. Clockwise, you get God and he’s going to see all this stuff on the floor and know exactly what you’re up to, which could be awkward.

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Lucifer the Dark Sentinel

If your kitchen is smaller than nine feet, a mini pentagram of 666mm will suffice and you can use those tiny birthday cake candles (black, if you can find them – not pink) although you may find any apparitions of Lucifer the Dark Sentinel may appear smaller and therefore less impressive.

Next place a microwave oven at the centre; this will be needed when the Beloved Arch Daemon of Black Magick himself later manifests. Move any pets into another room.

Once you have everything in place, gather the following objects of satanic sacrament in order to command before you the Guardian of Unfathomable Evil:

  1. A ‘Scrying’ mirror in which to witness the face of Lucifer, the Denizen of Chaos. This black mirror must ideally be made from pure obsidian stone polished to a mirror finish on the buttocks of fallen angels, but I find you can use a black plastic bowl full to the brim with flat cola as long as you immerse foul and petulant herbs in it such as Mugwort, Blatchweed or Monksbinde (but you can substitute tarragon, sage or smoked paprika from your kitchen spice rack).
  1. Fresh blood and quill (I often substitute a red biro as it can be easier to handle in a cloud of brimstone smoke!).
  1. A sheaf of goatskin parchment upon which to write your pact (A4 or foolscap paper will do).
  1. A giant serpent’s skin (any cheap snakeskin purse will meet our requirements here).
  1. The next object is a little trickier to come by: The severed hand of a virgin (female). Now it must be the freshly severed left hand from a proper virgin, not just one that tells you she is. It will take some effort to get hold of, I appreciate that, but you really can’t skimp here. Immerse in a Tupperware bowl of putrid liquid sulphur and place to one side.
  1. Lube (use liberally, in and around all orifices. Trust me, you’ll see why later!).
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Beloved Arch Daemon of Magick

Once fully prepped, wait until the sixth hour of darkness on the sixth day of the sixth month, making sure there is also a full moon. This could take months so forward planning is key.

Take care to be correctly attired: You must be fully ‘skyclad’ (naked) under black robes (a navy dressing gown is fine). Briefs underneath are a big no-no.

Now write your pact in your own blood. This can be anything you like but do try to make it something dark, evil and satanic or He simply won’t come. Perhaps renounce God’s paradise and surrender your mortal soul to enter into the black book of death, in return for untold riches, rank and the carnal pleasure of maidens (or, if you prefer, men).

There’s no such thing as a free lunch in this world or the next so you will also have to offer something in return. As we all know, the Devil will have his due. However, if your soul feels like too big a step this first time, perhaps fetch the pet back in from the other room and offer theirs instead.

OK! You are all set to bring forth Lucifer the Spirit of Invisible Tyranny to do your bidding!

At exactly the demonic hour (many confuse this with the witching hour of midnight but it is in fact 3am, the inverse of the time of Christ’s death, 3pm), light the black candles and pop the sulphur dipped hand into the microwave for three and a half mins at full power (850kw). Sit in the circle focusing on the dark energy of invocation and chanting the following Cabala:

I invoke you, ye glorious regal and majestic holy one in mighty splendour! Murk enwrapped haunter of sky-depths! Flame-fanning terror despot and heart-crushing daemon of cults! Ruler of beasts! Invincible Satan! Demonstrate thy deformed and comely shape here before [insert your name here] on this dreaded day of final judgement! By the omen! By the name of the beloved author of all sin!

At this point take the Tupperware bowl of pungent sulphur-smoking hand from the microwave and use a fish slice or similar to offer it upwards to eternal darkness, taking care any hot drips miss your wailing mouth. You may prefer to use tongs.

The next part is where it gets tricky: Still holding up the hand, you must now throw off your robes to reveal your nudity and smear virgin hand blood onto your bare breast. The time has come to recite the second and most important chanted invocation: Cabala 2. However, this exists only in Hebrew script so I cannot reproduce it here as it’s not on my keyboard. I recommend Google Translate.

Guardian of Unfathomable Evil
Guardian of Unfathomable Evil

That sorted and all being well, it is at this point that the Great Dark Lord of Eternal Damnation will make himself apparent (or failing that, his administrative assistant, Beelzebub) so make plenty of room in your fiery pentangle as you don’t want him up on the food surfaces.

Look for him only via his reflection in the obsidian mirror (or cola bowl) until you see the face of the Anti-Christ. He will then ask you to break the seal nine times and pass through the eight doors before the dragon, each door having two keys – one of air and one of matter, though both are, confusingly, the same thing. His words may be backwards which takes a little getting used to. Use the biro to make notes to help work them out.

Place the key made of matter (obvs!) onto the serpent’s skin (or purse) in the direction of the rising sun and mark the sign of Saturn on its belly (turn the purse over) – perhaps with the fish slice or again you can use the biro – but remembering all the time that you now represent the creature with its tail in its mouth, encircling the cosmic labyrinth of Hell itself.

You should then find the enigma of the word. Wrap this along with the severed virgin’s hand in your goatskin (or paper) pact and seal it with blood before handing it (no pun intended) over to the Devil. You must then commune with him which can be excruciating, hence all the lube, but then, subject to his final judgement, you’re done!

NB Do watch out for any codicil or caveats in the contract as the Bringer of all Evil is renowned for devilishly catching people out and condemning them to suffer a tormented and everlasting living death in Hell, etc.

After all that you may well feel quite exhausted so it’s fine to leave all the mess until morning but do tidy away the sulphur before going to bed as you don’t want to come down to a smelly kitchen.

With the dawn of the next day you should find that your terrestrial life has changed, although of course it may only be the life of your pet that is altered, who you may now notice has red eyes and is able to fornicate hourly with anything that takes his fancy, including you.

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Image credit: Main image, Lucifer and Beloved Arch Daemon by hernán, used under this licence; Guardian of Unfathomable Evil by ‘Mystic’ Mike Fairbrass

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  • Perry Bartlett

    As I only have a 650w microwave, could you possibly give me the correct cooking time for a sulphur dipped hand under these circumstances? Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Mystic Mike

      Sorry for the delay I’ve just been hellishly busy… So 5mins for you at 650W. I hope it works, say hi to Lucifer for me. Mike