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Anyone who's watched a horror movie knows right away that you don't toy with any old book that even looks like it might contact the dead. Take The Evil Dead franchise, for example, which brought the Book of the Dead, also known as the Necronomicon, to the big screen. As this clip from 2013's Evil Dead remake proves, reciting unfamiliar lines of Latin or another arcane language can have disastrous consequences. If there's a major lesson I've learned from watching young people get hacked up onscreen, it is that raising demons rarely ends well.

Yet, I'd be lying if I said texts of the occult didn't still sway me to test out their limits. Take Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis by Doctor Johannes Faust. This grimoire (spellbook) provides answers to the rituals of summoning spirits. The text is written in an archaic German and covered in symbols that most people outside of the Watcher's council would find indecipherable.

Here are just some of the demons waiting for your call from Faust's legendary tome. Just be careful with reading it aloud.

The major reading of Faust reveals a specific purpose for these demons

The ritual's central element summons the spirits to take control of them

The goal is to have them sign the summoner's book, the Liber Spirituum (so hopefully you have one of those lying around)

Once the book is signed, the summoned demon loses control of its will

The summoner is referred to as the "magician"

As part of the ritual, the magician needs to draw a three-tiered circle on linen

The linen should be taken to a fork in the road and leaped on "hokey-pokey style"

Then, the magician must invoke conjurations of beings from multiple historical traditions (Christian, Greek, etc.)

Once they appear, this is your chance to have them sign your book

Or, you can try making a deal with them if you're that bold

Would you take the risk?

Hopefully, this post does not result in any untimely possessions. I accept no responsibility if that becomes the case, and all harm should be directed to Faust himself.


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