• In my tradition – invocation is respectful and evocation is not because it suggests calling a spirit against its will. We don’t believe in trying to control or command spirits or deities. Oh – and invocation doesn’t mean calling something into us. Our definition is basically an invocation is a respectful invitation or calling to deity.

  • It greatly depends on the ritual being performed.
    I was taught
    Invoke: to call into, to bring power/deity into a thing or being
    Evoke: to call out of, to call forth.

    I find neither one to be more dangerous as long as you follow the intent of the ritual.

  • In an interesting way, you have raised a question which has many other questions, with few answers that will be anything other than biased.

    My belief is that most people who practice a ritual where an individual or group moves Power towards an end, must first use an evocation, yes?

    As for whether the Power to achieve an unspecified end lies in a single person’s spirit, well I have a hard time speculating.
    It seems to me that invocation is the safer. Though, in the end, while I continue to seek many things and do many Rituals, I will continue to Invoke and maintain the Vigil of my Faith.

  • Why do you think so?

    The act or form of calling for the assistance or presence of some superior being; earnest and solemn entreaty; esp., prayer offered to a divine being.
    A call or summons; especially, a judicial call, demand, or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into court.
    Retrieved from “http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/invocation”


    The act of calling out or forth.”
    Retrieved from “http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/evocation”

  • Er, in most Wiccan contexts invocation does NOT involve drawing a spirit into your body — that’s more of a Santeria thing.

    In most cases the God and Goddess are invoked into the circle, but not into the practitioners within that circle.

    There is a ritual called drawing down the moon in which the Goddess is invoked specifically into a willing priestess, but that is for really advanced practitioners because yes, it can do a number on your head if you’re not prepared for it.

    EDITED TO ADD: And once again we run into the issue of the same term meaning different things in different contexts. You use the terms invocation and evocation for what is, the way I was taught, simply called invocation of varying degrees of depth.

    But to answer your question, yes, using your definitions, I believe that evocation is the “safer” route to go, insofar as the term “safe” can be used in any ritual context.

  • I think that everything boils down to intent and the purpose for the work / magick that is needed. But, I am still a newbie, even after 4 years . . . Blessed Be, Wynter Ravyn.

  • safer how and safer for who? maybe that spirit dont want to play with you, and you are pissin it off evoc or invoc.

  • Well, I was never Wiccan, but when I perform ritual craft, it is evocation as opposed to invocation.

    This causes some issues with friends I do circle with. But, they understand my style, so roll with it.

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