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 Forty 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 lead to great insights and understanding. Of course, if nothing comes to mind that’s perfectly fine too. Everyone’s experience will be different.

How to start working with The Forty ServantsTHE BOX BURNING

An interesting trend appeared very soon after The Forty Servants entered the world where people compelled to burn the cardboard box that the Servant cards arrive in. 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 however, 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.

How to start working with The Forty ServantsLet 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.

I have previously given a ritual that can be used as a starting point to working with the Forty Servants, which I badly labelled as a Forty Day “Super” Novena. Novena means nine of course, and despite there being some precedent for longer Novenas, I don’t really like the name. However, I couldn’t think of anything more suitable at the time. In the forthcoming Grimoire of The Forty Servants, the ritual is now known as the Forty Day Working and can be used whenever you need to supercharge your Magick endeavours. It no longer serves as the introductory rite.

It was while I was doing this Forty Day working that some inspiration hit, or more correctly, I noticed something for the first time that was blatantly obvious but for some unknown reason just didn’t register with me. It was on Day thirty Six, The day when you work with The Saint, that this eureka moment occurred.

The Saint represents intercession and using experts to help you with your problems. From the old guidebook: “If a person, a spirit, a demon or similar has not answered The Operators call or requests for assistance, they can ask The Saint to help make contact and put in a good word for them.”

SO, it makes perfect (and extremely obvious in hindsight) sense that the first Servant you should work with is THE SAINT. Once you have properly established contact with him, then you get him to introduce the rest of the servants to you.

Think of The Saint, as being like 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 Servants who works as intermediary between the new Magician and the Forty Servants.

So here’s the ritual,

How to start working with The Forty ServantsTHE INITIATION RITUAL

Take The Saint card out of the Deck, or use his sigil or printed image, and place him on your altar 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 39 days use the following prayer, changing it each day to include the name of each Servant in alphabetical order. Make an offering to both The Saint and the Servant.

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.

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If you are wondering if any of these things are 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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