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Necromancy Definition, Meaning, Rituals, Necromancer, Book of Shadows


Necromancy is the act of conjuring the dead for divination. It involves communicating with and raising dead body as a ghost with some spells and rituals.
It is not to be confused with conjuring devils or demons for help. Necromancy is the seeking of the spirits of the dead by the necromancer. The spirits are sought because they, being without physical bodies, are no longer limited by the earthly plane. Therefore, it is thought these spirits have access to information of the past and future which is not available to the living. It has been used to help find sunken or buried treasure, and whether or not a person was murdered or died from other causes.


It dates back to Persia, Greece and Rome (Pompey checked for future battles using spirits) and in the Middle Ages was widely practiced by magicians, sorcerers, and witches. In the ancient time in Spain, necromancy was a major discipline taught with their classroom in mausoleums and commentaries.
It was condemned by the Catholic Church as "the agency of evil spirits," and in Elizabethan England was outlawed by the Witchcraft Act of 1604.


Necromancy is the most dangerous of all black arts, which involves the communicating with the dead.  This is the apex of all magical art in the world. It was term dangerous due to the various risks the magician is exposed to when they summon the spirit and the other devil from under the world. The spirit is made to make a trip, and they are not always happy.
Why do they bother the spirit? Necromancers have various reasons why they do that; some are good while others may be otherwise.

Sometimes the spirit is summoned out of affection; the magician missed loved ones who have died for a very long time. Sometimes they are summoned to know the power they possess. And they may also be summoned to divulge the whereabouts of a precious good that spirit only knows about. They must have been dead for a long time, but they still have the secret of something even after death.  It commonly said that the spirit always roams about around their grave within the first year of their burial. 
This process of communicating with the spirit is not an easy one even if ever possible:


The practice of necromancy (practiced by necromancer) has been compared by some to modern mediumistic or practiced spiritualism. Many consider it a dangerous and repugnant practice. Dangerous because it is alleged that when some spirits take control of the medium they are reluctant to release their control for some time. Necromancy is not practiced in Neo-pagan Witchcraft, but it is practiced in Voodoo.


The book of the necromancers is the book of shadows, full of black magic spells.

There are two noted kinds of necromancy: the raising of the corpse itself, and the most common kind, the conjuring or summoning of the spirit of the corpse.

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