25th Anniversary Edition
ISBN 978-1-914166-15-0 (HB)
Details for the hardcover edition of Goetic Evocation: 500 litho printed copies, sewn bound hardback, Wibalin Black endpapers, black head and tail bands, Wicotex Toile du Marais Cerise cover, foiled on front and spine in gold.
First published as Goetic Evocation: The Magician’s Workbook Volume 2 by Eschaton Productions in 1996.
Goetic Evocation was the first (and only) workbook ever specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the popular grimoire known as The Goetia, which is the first book of The Lesser Key of Solomon. It is an efficient working manual for the ritual magician who is interested in properly practicing the system outlined in The Goetia.
Steve Savedow provides detailed instructions for the necessary preparations, as well as the actual performance of the evocations, plus thorough dissections of every portion of The Goetia and a complete explanation of the hierarchy of the Goetic spirits.
Also included are transcripts from the author’s personal records documenting nine evocations that were performed between the years of 1985 and 1987 (which feature a lengthy interrogation of the spirit Bim), and the results of his extensive experimentation.
Steve Savedow is a native and lifelong resident of Daytona Beach, Florida. He was the owner and operator of Serpents Occult Books (1986 - 2005), specializing in rare antiquarian and hard to find occult texts. He is the author of the popular work Magician's Workbook: A Modern Grimoire (Weiser Books, 1995), which has been used as a teaching manual for several magickal orders, and also the translator of the first and only English edition of Sepher Rezial Hemelech or the Sefer Raziel (Weiser Books, 2000), a rare, valuable and important medieval qabalistic text, originally of the 11th century.
Goetic Evocation reviewed by David Harrison
The new hardback edition of Steve Savedow’s Goetic Evocation by Hadean Press is a welcome re-presentation of a great occult work. Besides being a beautiful hardback book in red cloth binding, containing gold stamp on front and spine, and being printed on quality paper, this edition certainly does justice to an in-depth exploration of the Goetia; presenting its practice, its history and Savedow’s own experiences, which are meticulously detailed. These experiences give a valuable insight into the practical aspects of Goetia, its dangers and its outcomes, and the resulting descriptions of the Demonic Universe make for a fascinating section to the book.
The appendices include a transcript of the Testament of Solomon, taken from the 1898 translated version by Frederick Conybeare, and the work also details the more visual elements of the Goetia such as the individual Sigils of the Goetic Demons and Savedow also includes their respective offices. The book also presents charts and diagrams to instruct the reader, introducing the preparations needed for the performance. The work also offers a guide to each Demon, both in a historical context and in the context of potential practice.
The book references such occultists and practitioners as Aleister Crowley, Samuel MacGregor Mathers, William Wynn Westcott and Arthur Edward Waite, drawing on their historical roles in relation to the history of the Goetia, though its history as part of the Key of Solomon, stretches back further.
The most captivating aspect of the book for me were the experiments, detailing the author’s attempts to invoke certain demons, and after successfully summoning a number of demons, the author gives a description of their world. Perhaps some of us would find this world familiar, having seen it in our dreams or nightmares, but I was curiously drawn to this section of the book and read it numerous times. The book also reminds us of the difficulties of this work; the author conducted 24 experiments over a period of five years, and of these experiments, only ‘on eight occasions, the designated spirits manifested in full form…’
This work is indeed a must read for all interested in the Goetia, if it is just to study its history or to learn its practice. Savedow takes the reader on a journey, acting as guide and teacher, reminding us that ‘The practice of Goetic evocation, however, is a precise and strenuous art.’