Yup, I’m still persnickety about that line. Where this says “By the absence of sun, by hoof and horn” I said “By the dark moon and buckled horn.” Except I really do like ‘gnarled’ better, so I said that instead of buckled.”
Stand facing the north. Light a violet or black candle and set it on a table before you. Ignite self-lighting charcoal, then sprinkle loose incense (white sage) on the hot coals. Practice the magical pass of the sage, and hold your arms in this position while you say:
By Arawyn and Anubis,
By Beli and Balor,
By Osiris and Oghma,
And the countless names of power,
By the absence of sun, by hoof and horn,
Come ye Sage,
Thy Holy Rites reborn!
When you are finished, sit where you are, close your eyes, and sense the sage’s presence.
The Sage’s presence is one I wouldn’t mind keeping around for awhile. It is Readiness. After the invocation, it sort of felt a bit like my seventh chakra spiraled open. I stood up taller. I felt more…confident, yes…but that confidence was ready for action. It wasn’t compelled to act, though it could have–it was more along the lines of ready for anything that might come.