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Difference Between Evoking and Invoking [Spirits]

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Written by: Tina Caro

In the world of magic, there are many practices that, although they seem similar to us, are actually very different. Over the years, I have often come across evocations and invocations, and when we talk about these two magical practices, we often think they are synonymous. And that’s wrong! Let’s find out what the difference between evoking and invoking is.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Evoking involves summoning external entities for guidance or assistance, using protective measures to control the interaction.

Invoking, on the other hand, invites these entities’ qualities or energies into oneself or a specific space for personal transformation or empowerment.

Evocation maintains a separation between the practitioner and the entity, while invocation seeks a more intimate connection.

Both practices are essential in magic, with evoking focusing on external interactions and invoking emphasizing internal integration of energies.

The choice between them depends on the practitioner’s goals and intentions.

Why Should You Know The Difference Between Them?

Many are not aware of the correct meaning of the two words, even though it’s critical to know the difference, especially for those who practice white, black, or green magic.

First of all, it’s so crucial that you know exactly who you are Invoking or Evoking, paying attention to what kind of energy you are moving, to avoid any potential risks.

Why?

Because working on energetic forces is amazing, powerful, and rewarding but, if you don’t do it right with proper mindset and education you can find yourself dealing with energies and forces you don’t know how to manage.

The result? Bad things can happen.

So What’s The Difference Between Evoking and Invoking?

I have noticed that many confuse the two things – to evoke and invoke.

To evoke means “to call out” – therefore, it concerns all those techniques external or out of the body. The best example is visualization because you see and feel the Demon or entity.

To invoke means “to call inside” – therefore, it concerns all those techniques that are internal – in our body. The best example is if the Demon or some other spirit speaks to us in our minds.

EvokingInvoking
DefinitionThe act of calling forth a spirit or entity into the practitioner’s presence or a specific location.The act of inviting a spirit or entity to enter the practitioner’s being and merge energies.
PurposeTo establish communication, request assistance, or interact with the spirit or entity.To establish a deep connection, seek guidance, or embody the essence of the spirit or entity.
FocusThe practitioner is separate from the invoked spirit, maintaining control and observing from a distance.The practitioner allows the invoked spirit to enter their being, merging energies and consciousness.
MethodRitualistic practices, such as invocations, chants, prayers, or specific ceremonial tools and gestures.Invocations, prayers, chants, or meditation to invite and connect with the spirit on a personal level.
RelationshipTemporary and controlled relationship with the evoked spirit or entity.Closer and more personal relationship, merging energies temporarily.
AuthorityThe practitioner holds authority and control over the evoked spirit, setting boundaries and instructions.Shared authority and mutual cooperation with the invoked spirit.
PresenceThe evoked spirit may appear, communicate, and provide assistance but does not permanently reside or possess the practitioner.The practitioner embodies the qualities, energies, and consciousness of the invoked spirit temporarily.
Table 1: Comparison table that highlights the key differences between evoking and invoking spirits.

What is Evocation?

The evocation is a spiritual activity in which you call out an entity, whether it is benign or malignant, always occurs outside the practitioner’s body, in the form of energy.

In fact, with an evocation, there is never a direct connection with the spirit that is summoned, and it will never come into contact with our body, but we could only see or perceive the entity.

EvokingDescription
DefinitionThe act of calling, summoning, or bringing forth a spirit or entity into the presence of the practitioner or a specific location.
PurposeTo establish communication, request assistance, gather information, or interact with the spirit or entity.
FocusThe practitioner is separate from the invoked spirit, maintaining control and observing from a distance.
MethodVarious ritualistic practices, such as invocations, chants, prayers, or specific ceremonial tools and gestures.
Relationship with the spiritThe practitioner typically has a temporary and controlled relationship with the evoked spirit or entity.
Authority and controlThe practitioner holds authority and control over the evoked spirit, setting boundaries and instructions for interaction.
Temporary presence of the spiritThe evoked spirit or entity may appear, communicate, and provide assistance but does not permanently reside or possess the practitioner.
Table 2: Evoking Explained

With an evocation, we summon forces and entities without giving them permission to get in touch with us, and basically, they can’t manipulate us or take advantage of our body and vital force.

An evocation is an easier and safer way of connecting with the spiritual realm.

What is Invocation?

 

The invocation brings things to the other level. This process is very different and much more complicated.

With an invocation, the entity that is called enters directly in contact with our body and with our soul becomes part of us and literally enters within us.

InvokingDescription
DefinitionThe act of inviting, welcoming, or embodying a spirit or entity within oneself, merging energies and consciousness.
PurposeTo establish a deep connection, seek guidance, absorb qualities, or embody the essence of the invoked spirit or entity.
FocusThe practitioner allows the invoked spirit to enter their being, merging their energies and consciousness for a period of time.
MethodPractices such as invocations, prayers, chants, or meditation to invite and connect with the spirit on a personal level.
Relationship with the spiritThe practitioner establishes a closer and more personal relationship with the invoked spirit, merging their energies temporarily.
Shared authority and mutual cooperationThe practitioner and the invoked spirit work together, sharing energies, and collaborating towards a common purpose.
Temporary embodiment of the spiritThe practitioner embodies the qualities, energies, and consciousness of the invoked spirit, temporarily taking on their essence.
Table 3: Invoking Explained

The spirit uses our voice to communicate. When this happens, the voice can (and probably will) change, as it will become darker or lower. Spirits may also use our bodies to move.

The practitioner, nevertheless, always remains conscious and alert but must have a strong enough energy not to collapse after the entity leaves the body.

Methods for Invoking and Evoking

There are many ways to invoke or evoke spirits. The most used methods are automatic writing, visualization, pendulum, ouija boards, and dreams.

ouija board

Final Thoughts

As you might have noticed, these two practices are very different from one another, and, especially when it comes to invocation, the most important thing is to be very careful and get in touch with spirits and energies in a respectful way.

When you decided to contact an entity that it is maybe a Demon or a spirit, it is important to choose the method that we have mastered.

Over time, meditating with perseverance, we can develop skills that allow us to use both methods, which is impossible for us at the beginning.

About
Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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