Note: Originally published on my blog, Eye of the Sorcerer at www.blogspot.com.
Miracle of the New Avatar Power
by Geoff Gray Cobb
Parker Publishing, 1974
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The Miracle of New Avatar Power
When asked which grimoire a budding Sorcerer should learn and use, more often than not people will point to the Goetia, the first book of the Lemegeton. The reason for this is twofold:
First there is a LOT of material (most of it absolute garbage) written on the Lemegeton’s Goetia and how to use it. Much of it is contradictory with some groups advocating worshiping the Demons listed in there to oddball temples using their pseudo-Masonic material as a background for the workings.
Second, most lodge magicKians believe it is the most practical of the Medieval grimoires. This too is inaccurate and a misnomer. Frankly, the Clavicles of Solomon tend to be more practical with the seals being made for all things under the nature of the planets. If you want to know how to use the planets in a practical sense, check out Agrippa's "Three Books of Occult Philosophy" which you can read online free at Joe Peterson’s Twilight Grotto website.
The truth is that these Medieval grimoires offer some help for those who spend hours upon hours of study and if your heart is definitely focused on working with them, then get a copy of Aaron Leitch's "Secrets of the Magical Grimoires" and read through that book before you attempt to work the grimoires let alone trying to follow instructions from some website where the owner may (or most likely) may not know what s/he is talking about.
In the last forty years, there has come to light a few modern grimoires that are pared down (but never watered down) versions of grimoires listing spirits and how to work with them. These books are NOT complicated compared to the Medieval grimoires. Now many people will look at the two and say, "Well obviously the Medieval ones are real because they're old and also because they're complex" which is utter rubbish. So age and complexity is proof that something works in Sorcery? For real?
As a practitioner since 1987, I can tell you that I have worked with grimoires old and new, ancient and modern, complex and simple. And the end result has been? They all work if you know how to make them work.
Enter a little known grimoire from the 1970's that I was first turned onto by my friend Ray at a psychic study group back in the 1980's in Dunedin, FL. My teacher, Ron Parshley, had a copy in his vast library of books and he loaned it to me to study. This book was fascinating because it listed spirits such as Nitika who could give you wealth or Elubatel who could help with success or Gadiel to protect you from evil or Kadriel to help you uncover secret knowledge and so forth.
To give you a better understanding of what 'The Miracle of New Avatar Power' (or NAP for short) can do for you, we should discuss some of the things people have told me about their use of it as well as how I've come to where I have with using it as well...
Right after I got involved in the Occult in the late months of 1987, my brother told me about an old friend of ours named 'Jay' who performed a chant from some book and got money. It seems Jay found a book on the occult, chanted the chant for money then later that week, a city police officer rear ended Jay's car. Jay got $500 in damages (and this was the mid-1970's!) I had my brother call Jay, and we spoke on the phone. Jay told me it was some book like 'The Voltar Powers' and he had trouble remembering it since it had been about fifteen years since he'd read it. He told me he no longer had it because he got rid of it right after all this went down with the cop. When I asked Jay why, he said 'it scared him' presumably it had more to do with the fact that it actually worked and like many, if something is found to actually work, FEAR is the automatic response.
I searched the used bookstores far and wide for a copy of 'The Voltar Powers' but none such existed. Later, when I met a guy named Ray at a new age store’s psychic study group in Dunedin, FL, he told me about a book of practical magic that involved summoning spirits and it was called “The Miracle of the New Avatar Power”. At the time, the only book I could find that was even close to this was Al G. Manning's "Miracle of the New Ishtar Power” which had a similar title to NAP so I also thought that Ray had the title mixed up as well (like Jay had) because Ray told me he no longer had a copy of it. I obtained a copy of Manning's book and thought I had found THE book Jay told me about. So I investigated Manning's book right, left, upside, downside forward and backward.
To my delight, Manning's book worked very well though the spirits in there were personal creations aka Thralls that Manning had made and named them after ancient Sumerian and Egyptian deities such as Ra, Bast, Osiris, Thoth, Isis, Nergal, Marduk and of course, Ishtar. Manning's book is a fully, self-contained system that works. I will write more on it later but for now, suffice to say I was delighted later to discover that NAP actually existed and when I spoke with Jay recently, he confirmed that NAP was indeed the book he had found and used.
My first copy of NAP came from a friend of mine and he sent me a bound photocopy of it to experiment with. I was pleased to note that the system is rather simplistic yet not exactly aura based like many of the 70's occult manuals were from the Parker Publishing group. Most of these books were about priming your chakras and channeling that energy into X. Some actually worked with the planets and a few with the four elements but most seemed to go along with the seven chakra system of magical development.
I worked with NAP for quite some time, experimenting with the exercises and listing of spirits with their chants. My results were quite fascinating. I discovered that it was best to use several of the spirits together such as to bring me monetary success, I'd invoke Nitika and Elubatel and then ask them to work together in harmony to bring X amount of money to me. Usually such bounties of cash came in the way of new leads in sales or more often than not, referrals from my existing customer base. Once in a while, I'd get a request to help someone magically and they'd give me a nice donation for my efforts.
Here is the NAP ritual that you are supposed to complete (at least once) and as you can plainly see it is a relaxation exercise.
Quietly read the words aloud, listening to what you are saying. Read slowly and carefully, pausing between sentences, and stopping for about three seconds wherever you find three periods (...) in the text. It should take you a full four minutes to read the words aloud from beginning to end.
* "I am beginning the New Avatar Power Ritual. I call on the Inner Planes to witness. I state my purpose thus: ANKAR YOD HAY VAW HAY. I begin to wind down, to let go and be rid of all the tensions of my body. To let my muscles relax, unwind and let go. The tensions are beginning to drain from my body. Soon, a gradual heaviness will start to weigh down my thighs, my arms, my hands, my feet, my legs, my body. My muscles unwind and let go. All my muscles are relaxing, unwinding and relaxing. Very soon I shall feel the unwinding, the letting go. Unwinding and letting go. Unwinding, letting go. Unwinding, letting go. Deeper and deeper... letting go... unwinding and letting go. The tensions drain from my muscles and they will soon become loose, letting go, relaxing and unwinding. Noises round abut me will drift into the background. I shall feel the relaxing, the letting go, the unwinding. Breathing easily and deeply. Easily and deeply. Unwinding and letting go... drifting into the peace and serenity of complete relaxation. And as my body unwinds and relaxes, so I enter the peace and quiet, where only these words have meaning, and nothing else disturbs me. Letting go... unwinding... letting go...unwinding... relax... relax...let go...let go...let go...relax...relax...relax...let go...let go...let go. I call on Thee, Mighty Arzel, who stands in the East, to assist me in this and all my ventures. I know now that my New Avatar Power is flooding to the surface. * I now close my eyes gently."
Now sit quietly for about two minutes, letting your mind wander as it will, and then open your eyes.
From this point in the Ritual you always begin to perform a spell or other piece of magical working. For easy reference, think of the point where you open your eyes again as "Point A" in the Ritual. I shall be referring to Point A later in this book.
The instructions will say: "Carry out the New Avatar Power Ritual to Point A" and this tells you that you should prepare for the Ritual and say or listen to the words as explained from the initial instructions up to this point.
Also, for the sake of simplicity, from now on I will refer to the New Avatar Power by its initials-NAP. Wherever you find "NAP" in the text, you will understand that this refers to New Avatar Power.
Notes On The NAP Ritual
1. If you own a tape recorder, you can make a tape of the above Ritual words, between the asterisks, from * to * After recording the words, let the tape run silently for a further 10 minutes, so that when you replay the tape, the Ritual words are followed by 10 minutes of silence.
Then instead of reading the words to yourself each day, you can start the tape recording speaking to you as you sit in the dim. In that event, you can dispense with the reading lamp shining over your shoulder, and you can listen to the whole of this part of the Ritual with your eyes closed. You will, however, need the lamp later for reading spells.
When the tape reaches the Words of Power "ANKAR YOD HAY VAW HAY" (which, like all other Words of Power in this book, is pronounced exactly as it is spelled), say the Words aloud, and near the end of the tape, begin saying th words aloud from "I call on Thee..." through to Point A of the Ritual.
2. You should carry out the Ritual daily for best results; 15 minutes is the maximum you need for the Ritual and the magical workings that follow it. Try to make yourself a present of that daily quarter-hour -- it will be the most stupendously valuable present you have ever given yourself. If your day is really packed tight with things to do, set your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier, so that your first action of the day is to carry out your New Avatar Power Ritual and a magical working.
Thus begins the work to perform before you begin to work with NAP. After this there are a couple of other simple, easy rites you're supposed to use. These are:
1. Central Pillar Ritual
2. New Avatar Power Circular Ritual
3. New Avatar Fountain Ritual
When you read the Central Pillar Ritual, you quickly discover it is the old Middle Pillar Ritual of the Golden Dawn (or at least the late Israel Regardie). The power circular ritual is nothing more than swirling the energy from Malkuth to Kether & back down again or from your feet to the top of your head & back down again. Finally the Fountain Ritual is about bringing that energy from your Malkuth shooting up through your body out of the top of your head like a water fountain. The idea here is to learn to channel energy throughout your body & then get it active by moving it around.
After this, then you can use the various incantations such as the following for Nitika:
"In the Power of the Names EH-HEH-YEH, YEH-HO-VO-EL-OH-HEEM, and YEH-HO-VO-AH-VAY-DAH-AHS I place this Invocation with Thee, NEE-TEE-KAH, Genius of Wealth. Know that I require and command Thee to bring me gold. Thou has dominion over wealth and Thou shalt bring this very instant to shape the future such that money shall come to me, enough and to spare, by the powers of these Words and Invocation. Be Thou ruled by me in the Names SHAH-DYE-ELL-KYE and AH-DOE-NYE-HA-AH-RETZ. So mote it be."
[I have taken the liberty of giving you the phonetic pronunciations of the names]
Once you have spoken the incantation aloud, you simply tell the Spirit what it is you desire. I often repeat these incantations three times and vibrate the names as Israel Regardie suggested you do. This seemed to impact the ritual in a much stronger way thus I stuck to what works.
To dismiss, I'd simply thank the Spirit in a normal, everyday language sort of way & offer to give them a candle, some food & drink at a specified later time. (Unpaid Spirits can cause all sorts of havoc in your life and yes many of the Spirits will NOT say anything about payment)
Next blog I'll discuss more about this modern grimoire.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Miracle of the New Avatar Power Part 2
For a number of years, I used NAP as it was laid out in the book. Did the rituals precisely the way you’re supposed to and frankly the Central Pillar Rite was no big deal since I’d worked with the Middle Pillar Exercise by Regardie for a number years on my own. I found the CPR to be acceptable and worthwhile to perform as laid out in NAP calling on the various energy personalities.
How I got to summoning more than one Spirit for a project came as a result of my Candle Magic days. I was always a big fan of the involved candle workings as outline by practitioners like Henri Gamache, Buckland and even ol’ Anna Riva. Those rituals, if you study them, are based on using different colored candles with various anointed oils for different aspects of your ritual. Sometimes you want darkness to go away or an astral candle for you and an astral candle for each person involved in your problem.
Upon reflection, one day I realized that very few problems are really all that simplistic. The idea was not to make sorcerous matters complex and it’s foolish to try and attack a problem that has multiple variables to it with old fashioned thinking that a simple dart will hit the target. This is a reason why I think old time candle spells such as those using a single colored candle often fail for people. Their desire is such that there are a lot of factors to overcome.
In the older grimoires, Spirits are often listed with something like one to five specialties. That’s not to say that a Spirit that has one thing attributed to it, such as Marchosias who is a ‘strong fighter’ but that being a strong fighter is Marchosias’ strong point. He can do many other things than simply fight but when it comes to whooping ass, that is His specialty.
Some of the NAP spirits seem to be pigeonholed as well such as Nitika’s specialty is wealth; Elubatel’s is success; and so on. Thus when I was out of work, between apartments and just about broke, I decided an injection of old fashioned sorcery was in store here. Staying at my buddy’s house put me in a bind because I could not set up an altar, burn candles and such. Why? Well for one his wife was an “Attitude Born Again” (meaning she never went to church nor practiced her faith but perish forbid if anyone else had a differing opinion because her attitude changed and she was a ‘Born Again Xian’!) Another problem was my buddy and his family had pets that roamed the house and leaving unattended candles burning was a definite fire hazard.
I opted for using NAP since it did not require any sort of altar, candles, oils or anything other a clear goal and the time to practice. I needed a job fast and this job couldn't simply be one where I was just earning a check but rather it had to be one where I was getting benefits along with commissions, bonuses and the like. I wanted to be completely out of the financial hole so I decided on calling Elubatel first since I needed SUCCESS at getting employed again.
Thus on a Thursday evening after an intense hot shower, I performed the NAP relaxation ritual to get my mind and body relaxed. (Being tense only stymies your magical abilities) Then I performed the Central Pillar Rite, the Circulation ritual and then the Fountain ritual as laid out in the book and in that order. The relaxation ritual took me about seven minutes to do and the rituals after took me less than five minutes to complete.
Then slowly, clearly I read the incantation for Success which summoned Elubatel. In fact I read it three times in all. Then using my pendulum, I checked to see if the Spirit arrived. Once I was certain Elubatel was there, I spent a few minutes telling Him about my plight, how I got to where I was and my game plan to bring myself out of the depths of despair. I said I needed a job with X, Y & Z which needed to be local, obtainable and who wanted me. I also told Elubatel I may need some help with the hiring process since most likely the place would have tests to pass.
I dismissed Elubatel after I thanked Him for His visit. I promised that once I had my own place, I’d burn a candle in His honor and tell others about Him. Then I decided to summon Nitika (the same way as I did Elubatel) to help me with keeping me financially afloat while I was going through the job search and hiring process. Nitika was also informed that I would need help negotiating my new salary requirements so as to not leave money on the table. I too promised Nitika the same as I did for Elubatel. Then I shut myself down.
Within three weeks, after many tests, interviews and the like I was employed, on my way to a training center where I was going to be taught the equivalent of a university level course in advertising crammed into just a few short weeks of training. Though the Spirits were there helping me along the way. Mind you this was eight weeks of paid training, full benefits package, some perks and a generous commission structure. The spirits really came through for me!
[One of the reasons many practitioners fail at summoning Spirits is that they’re confused believing they need to do all sorts of shenanigans like memorize everything (though some key parts such as the Incantations to be used are helpful.) Also, a lot of practitioners desire to physically SEE the Spirits to confirm that they’re not playing make believe. What I usually tell Novices is to suspend belief for a moment then act as if the Spirits actually arrived, standing there (which They actually are even if you cannot see nor feel Them) then simply talk to the Spirits. Tell Them what troubles you and be humble enough in asking for help.]
The first week while job hunting, I was getting all sorts of road blocks from employers with crap like “We prefer people with a bachelor’s degree” and other such nonsense (for a typical, commissioned sales position!) So by adding the General Purpose Invocation the second week, I began to notice these stumbling blocks were being removed.
During the second week of my NAP experiment, I continued to finish with the General Purpose Invocation after the Success and Money Incantations asking the Spirits IAO Petahyah and Opiel for their assistance. This turned out to be an opportunity to have them help me weed through the unfortunate circumstances that often barred me from becoming employed with a desirable company. Such things could be an interviewer doesn't like your hair color, your weight, the style of your clothes, you don’t have a bachelor’s degree or some such thing.
By the third week, I finally got a solid lead with a company selling advertising that paid in the range I desired, was close to home, had paid training, salary plus commission, bonuses, perks and company paid half the benefits. (Impressive. Now to get hired!)
So I summoned Elubatel and told Him of the position, who I would interview with and the like. Later that night, I got a dream from Elubatel telling me to send out thank you cards. Well, in business you don’t send thank you cards for an interview BUT you CAN send a thank you letter. So I typed one up and took it with me. Upon leaving the interview, I asked the manager for one of his business cards and addressed the letter to him, typed up the envelope then mailed it that night at the post office. Needless to say he was impressed and later told me that I was the ONLY ONE out of the one-hundred and three who interviewed for the eight positions to be filled, to send a thank you letter! (Again the Spirits came through for me.)
In the meantime, Nitika saw to it that I was getting money from all sorts of weird and uncanny occurrences such as in one of my books, I found a book that I had used a $50 bill as a bookmark and totally forgot about it begin there. In a couple of other odd instances, one of my relative's friend's needed some skip tracing work done on some of his bad debt receivables; another acquaintance of his paid me to teach him how to better sell for his business. Money was coming steadily to me but nothing like I really wanted. Still Nitika was working overtime helping me stay afloat.
The spirits were really kicking ass for me! I had a great job, was making great money, out of debt, the future looked brighter than ever all thanks to working with Elubatel, Nitika, IAO Petahyah and Opiel.
What did this teach me? That summoning spirits does NOT have to be overly complex and complicated. Yes there are things you must do however with talent you can get spirits to do a lot for you especially spirits like this. I would hazard a guess that the spirits from books like this one, Manning’s and Malak's have probably had more exposure to the public than classical grimoires.
I say this because Medieval grimoires were aimed at a certain audience which did not have a large group and even in subsequent years, can we really say that there’s been millions or even thousands of karcists who have summoned these NPE’s?
However Malak's, Manning's and Grey-Cobb's books were aimed at a mainstream, more general metaphysical, new age audience with thousands of copies of these books sold. Plus, some people who worked with these modern grimoire Spirits first eventually went on to study the older Medieval texts.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Miracle of the New Avatar Power Part 3
This is my third and final installment for the Miracle of the New Avatar Power book written by the late Geoff Gray-Cobb. I was going to let the second installment be the last but I felt compelled to discuss this fantastic modern grimoire just a bit further.
One of the things Gray-Cobb included in his grimoire was the ‘Magic Mentor’. This was the author's attempt at bringing a NPE into the waking consciousness of the practitioner. The method is simple yet many modern ceremonial magicKians would sneer at the simplicity believing that creating a NPE like that to be too easy.
Why shouldn’t it be? Frankly, according to the ARS (African Religious Systems), making a spirit actually is more complicated than that, however for purposes of just using Inner World Magic, it works well. Most ARS practitioners know that the spirits created/found on inner plane contacts as preached by organizations like the Golden Dawn to be too simplistic. However for the use of bouncing ideas off someone, this works well enough for our purposes.
There is an affinity here to the Max Freedom Long's Huna system’s Aumakua (re: Ow-mah-koo-ah) or the Higher Self. Long claimed that the Aumakua was simply there and it was already plugged into the all of everything or what he termed the Poe Aumakua (re: Poe-ay-Ow-mah-koo-ah) which Long likened to Carl Jung’s Collective Unconscious.
Gray-Cobb gives ideas on how to use the Magic Mentor and primarily focuses on using it to instruct yourself in Magic. You can use it to help you attain things, do some metaphysical things and so on. To me, this is a lot like my own Thralls where I create these artificial NPE’s to do whatever it is I desire them to do. It is just that Gray-Cobb's Magic Mentor is more complex than a Thrall is.
Central Pillar Ritual
By learning this ritual, Gray-Cobb next gives you a method of how to procure more out of life by invoking planetary intelligences, colors and sounds all through using the Central Pillar Rite.
Frankly, he could have gotten this idea from Israel Regardie’s The Art of True Healing where Regardie suggests using the Middle Pillar ritual with king and queen scale colors via the Golden Dawn to either receive or send energies which also would help you bring items or send assistance to someone else.
Does the Magic Mentor work? Yes it does! Why? It is an artificial construct you give life to then order it to become intelligent by commanding it to go find _ and learn _ then discuss _ with you. Some may think of this as an imaginary friend and is it? Yes and much more than that since It is capable of performing Magic for you.
While not necessary, you can give this Magic Mentor a candle as an offering on a regular basis and tell It that you wish for It to go and learn greater Magic so that It can teach this greater Magic to you. Think of the Magic Mentor as sort of a squire to your knighthood if you will.
Gray-Cobb even tells you how to use a pendulum to communicate with Spirits. I was taught how to do that by the late Enid Hoffman and the late Ron Parshley back in the late 1980's. Using a pendulum to communicate with Spirits is natural and not too much different than using a planchette and Ouija board. You ask the question, wait while being still then allow the pendulum to move of its own accord over a letter/number wheel. Simple. Elegant. Works.
Testing Your NAP
In chapter 5, Gray-Cobb does something very few Metaphysical authors ever do: he teaches you how to test whether your NAP power!
He starts the chapter off talking about using NAP to guess cards, he quickly moves into testing NAP as a way to build self-confidence in that you know it works. Some of the tests he gives are:
He gives you a total of 15 tests in all. He gives you some idea of how the test should work and then you put your NAP to the test. You may not guess accurately right away but over time you should develop the ability to guess accurately.
The Radio State test goes something like: you tune your radio to your favorite station then shut it off. Relax. Allow your NAP to bathe you in power and then try to guess the song that will be playing when you turn the radio on.
The better you become is in direct proportion to how often you practice. Each test is a fun challenge and while little more than parlor games, still they do work, allowing you to build self-confidence while strengthening your Occult powers.
In closing I'd like to suggest you try NAP if you have not yet. It's a fun grimoire that offers the earnest practitioner a LOT for the time and effort invested. It is just as powerful as the Key of Solomon is. If you want wealth, riches, mind power, love, sex, influencing others and getting your way in life, this is a great modern grimoire to start with.
 Non-Physical Entity
 My method of using a purple candle with Power oil on it should suffice; barring that, try a plain white candle dressed with Holy oil.