I’d never be pretentious enough to start calling this “The Attic Papers” to mark this period of time in which I, well, live in an attic. An attic in a country I’ve managed to make my way to through the grace of the gods, ancestors, and spirits- but an attic none-the-less.
In a way I feel I’m tapping into that energy of some of those early Western Occult foremothers; cooking up lore and fantasy in transient lodging across Europe. I’m not from that tradition, but having soaked myself in its history for the past couple of weeks; I do find the sync a bit funny.
For the past month and a half I began working regularly with a modern grimoire widely known across the occult sphere. The Miracle of New Avatar Power is fairly notorious for its cheesy writing style, outlandish claims, but compact and concise rituals that get results. I had performed a few workings from the text a few years ago, but put it down in pursuit of devotional work.
Post move, I ended up with a lot of free time. Idle hands are the playground of the Devil, so I decided it was best to keep my own hands busy while adapting to the life an immigrant. Obtaining the necessary materials to work with the text was pretty simple which is another perk of the book. Accouterments are great if you have/want/need them, but one candle suits just fine and that’s one of the reasons I tend to be fond of practical sorcery.
I’m not fond of kiss and tell, but when I say these rituals work? I’m not kidding or being hyperbolic. You can absolutely feel these entities working on your behalf. For me, this occurred through a sense of profound calm and knowing what I requested would come to be. This isn’t to say everything happened perfectly but I reached my desired ends.
Since working with this material, I’ve had to reassess how I feel about engaging entities outside of my own pantheon. I’m not a Hellenic purist but I certainly believe it’s disrespectful to approach an entity I have no prior relationship with, with my hand out, while offering nothing in return. So far, they appear to be quite happy with “shout outs” though I believe the relationships would be much more fruitful with the same kind of offerings I leave for my ancestors and gods.
We’ll be leaving this attic very soon but I can’t help but think this room represents more than just a temporary place to stay; it was a womb for my rebirth as an occult practitioner.