To Summon, Stir, Conjure or Call?

While reading The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, I came upon a chapter differentiating between the different ways to to call entities from other realms.  Apparently there are big differences between summoning, stirring, calling, inviting, and requesting!

According to the book, you Summon the entities that are close by and all around you, such as the Elements and the Elementals and Faeries.  Other more powerful entities are Stirred, such as the Ancestors, Dragons and Watchtowers, because they are sleeping and need to be awakened before they can attend your ritual.  You respectfully Call to the Lord and the Lady.  When you Invite entities to your ritual, you ask them to be present but not to join you inside your circle, such as your familiar.  You can Request the presence of the winds and of your spirit guides.

Entity

Action

The Elements

Summon

The Elementals

Summon

Guardians of the Watchtowers

Stir gently

Dragons

Stir gently

Winds

Request

Faeries

Summon

Tree Spirits

Summon

Deities

Call

Angels

Call

Ancestors

Stir

Spirit Guides

Request

Spirit Animals

Summon

Familiars

Invite

They didn’t mention Conjuring, but I can’t find anything online that discusses the difference between Conjuring vs the other actions. And to be honest, I’m not sure I’m going to remember all of this anyway!

So, agree with these distinctions or want to add some of your own?

The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca & Witchcraft (Zimmerman)
© A Year And A Day (2012)

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6 thoughts on “To Summon, Stir, Conjure or Call?

  1. You might enjoy “The Elements of Ritual”. It explains about this sort of thing as well and breaks down all the aspects of elements in a ritual.

  2. Seems overly complicated since most of these are our expressions of different forms of energy that we barely understand. Forget the words, intent and respect should be our guidepost.

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