How to start working with The Forty Servants

How to start working with The Forty Servants.

The First Step

Before you read anything about what the Servants represent, or what their powers are, spend some time looking at their images and see what insights come to you about them. Let your mind relax and try to release any preconceived notions you may have about the names, labels or archetypes the Servants represent. Just let them speak to you through their images and then write down any details about the Servants that come to mind. Some people report getting special names for each Servant that are unique to them, while others find that they feel that they have known particular Servants for years already. This is an important step and often leads to great insights and understanding. Of course, if nothing comes to mind that’s perfectly fine too. Everyone’s experience will be different.

The Box Burning

A trend appeared very soon after The Forty Servants entered the world: people were compelled to burn the cardboard box in which the Servant cards arrived. The cards are then placed in their new home such as a wooden box, a cloth bag or similar. This act has become so popular, that I felt I needed to mention it here. I will leave it to you to decide if this ritual is for you or not. This ritual is very optional.

Let The Saint Introduce you to the rest of The SERVANTS

What follows below is the outline of the Initiation ritual for The Forty Servants using THE SAINT as an intermediary.

This should be one of the first rituals you perform when you start working with The Forty Servants. This ritual has three phases. In the first phase you make contact with The Saint over a three day period and then in the second phase you ask him to introduce you to the other remaining thirty nine Servants. In the final phase you spend a further three days thanking The Saint for his help and assistance. Think of The Saint, as being similar to Scirlin from The True Grimoire, or any of the other intermediary spirits from any grimoire or system. The Saint, in this first early role, is the Servant who works as intermediary between the new magician and the Forty Servants.

 

How to start working with The Forty Servants

THE INITIATION RITUAL

Take The Saint card out of the Deck, or use his sigil or printed image, and place him on your altar, or in a special place for three days. Each day, light a new candle and burn incense in his honour. Rum is also an excellent offering. Then say the following out loud to him: 

I call on you Great Servant THE SAINT to come to me so I may know you.
I am (say your name), the master and ruler of this domain.
You are the servant known for intercession and calling on experts,
come forth and introduce yourself to me.

Ever obey me, Great Servant and ever please me.
In return I will offer you acknowledgement and sustenance
so that your energy, potency and fame increase.

Give me a sign that you have heard my call and
have come forth to welcome me as your Master and Friend.

On the Fourth  day and for the next thirty nine days use the following prayer, changing it each day to include the name of each of the remaining thirty nine Servants in alphabetical order. Make an offering to both The Saint and the Servant on each day.

I call on you Great Servant The Saint to come to me so I may know you.
I am (say your name), the master and ruler of this domain.
I call you here so that you can introduce me to the Servant ______,
who is known for_________,

Oh great Servant The Saint,
bring (The Servant’s name) forth so that I may recognise him/her/it,
And in return he/she/it will recognise me as his/her/their friend and master.

Ever obey me, Great Servant (Name of the Servant of the day) and ever please me.
In return I will offer you acknowledgement and sustenance
so that your energy, potency and fame increase.

Give me a sign that you have heard my call and
have come forth to welcome me as your Master and Friend.

I make these offering as a thanks to both of you.

After concluding the introductions to each of the Servants place The Saint on your Altar, or in a special place for three days. Each day make an offering and thank him in your own words for his help.

If you are wondering if this Initiation ritual is mandatory then my answer is that they are just suggestions. As always, go with whatever feels best to you, but with that said,  I would try to make sure that you aren’t just avoiding doing the ritual due to impatience, or laziness.

*** And that’s it. Talk to you all soon.

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3 Replies to “How to start working with The Forty Servants”

  1. Hello! So I started working with the 40 servants for my self-awareness and, I will not lie, to achieve some goals. There are things I’ve been able to accomplish. I did not do the novenas, but I feel very close to them. Many things that I still had doubt were made real in my life and were given me answers. Would it be appropriate for me to do this presentation ritual?

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