Some words have an unusual attraction, which I find intriguing – necromancy is one of these words.
The blackest of all the black arts is undoubtedly necromancy, the ancient method of communication with the dead. The art of raising the dead and controlling their spirits takes its name from Greek words meaning “dead body” and “prophecy or divination”. A ceremony is performed by a magician to evoke the dead who needs to obtain the help of powerful spirits, both for her/his own protection and to compel the corpse or ghost to submit to his/her will. Scent and odours must be carefully produced from burning substances for their powerful influences. Elaborate preparations include careful study of the positions of the planets, and especially of the moon and the influence of Saturn.
You may notice my use of her/his .. and that’s the whole reason for posting. Gender equality starts with getting our vocabulary right. Vef is a word that provides the perfect solution for solving the nagging issue of gender equality. Okay, let’s get back to necromancy.
Early necromancy was related to – and most likely evolved from – shamanism, which calls upon spirits such as the ghosts of ancestors. Classical necromancers addressed the dead in “a mixture of high-pitch squeaking and low droning”, comparable to the trance-state mutterings of shamans.
I came across this short poem written by Emily Dickinson
Ah! necromancy sweet.
Ah! wizard erudite.
Teach me the skill,
That I in still the pain
Surgeons assuage in vain,
Nor herb of all the plain
Emily Dickinson was a poet who took definition as her province, she challenged the existing definitions of poetry and the poet’s work. Like writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman, she experimented with expression in order to free it from conventional restraints. Like writers such as Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, she crafted a new type of persona for the first person.
So what is the definition of necromancy?
1. Conjuration of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.
2. Magic in general, especially that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; sorcery; witchcraft.
What are the superstitions?
In the conjuring of the souls of the dead, necromancy seemed to offer human beings a means of exerting control over an uncertain world
Someone posted a comment on another blog.
I woke up with this word necromancy going over and over in my head. I wrote it out on a piece of paper while I was still half asleep. What does this mean?
Okay! It’s time for bed. Goodnight..