Out of all aspects and practices of Magick, very few are as notorious as pacts. And, just as with nearly all practices of Magick – not even mentioning those which are more arcane or infamous – the topic of pacts are absolutely riddled with misconceptions, even more so because it captured the attention and minds of so many throughout the ages.
We would like to wager that most people – whether they practice Magick or not – have “knowledge” about pacts. Note that we stated the word “knowledge” in quotation marks – the reason for this will be discussed shortly.
It is no secret that we absolutely loathe misinformation, and that at every possible chance we get to clarify or rectify misinformation and misconceptions about Magick and the Occult Arts, we do so. Call it a war on misinformation and misconceptions, as that is exactly what it is. We won’t go on and on ad nauseum as to why we despise misinformation in the Occult Arts and Magickal practices, as we have written about this in copious amounts, and we believe that it should be self-explanatory, nonetheless. Back to the topic at hand…
As you might have guessed by now, this blog post pertains to pacts. Out of all of the requests that we receive from people, pacts fall within the top five things that people either want to know more about or want us to assist them with. Unfortunately, most of these people know little to nothing about the reality of pacts, yet, what they think they know (and think to be truth regarding the matter) is misinformation. Because it is such a popular subject, we have decided to write upon it, to (hopefully) once and for all clarify and explain the matter…if only to do so to those who read our posts. We do so to those who inquire about this regardless, however, we thought that this might benefit anyone seeking information regarding pacts in the future as well…and it will also save us quite a bit of repetitive typing on our side.
Most people obtain their “knowledge” regarding pacts from none other than the media, literature and popular culture. The old “pact with the devil” is a very popular subject and spans across time and different cultures. As such, and also due to its “darker” nature, the media and various authors of fiction jumped onto the subject face first, spewing forth fictional accounts of pacts. Although some aspects are true, the truth is so diluted within the fantasies created, that even the truth becomes nonsensical.
Other people obtain their “knowledge” regarding pacts from old Grimoires, most specifically pertaining to entering a pact with an Entity called Lucifuge Rofocale. Stop us if this sounds familiar to you.
We want to take a moment here to clarify something – if you truly do not know anything regarding a subject, and you do not have the experience to delve into it to find answers, or if you do not know where or how to look for the answers – this is fine, however – movies and the like is definitely not an authority on the subject (or on any subject for that matter) and cannot be regarded as actually containing anything of worth, anything containing fact. If you are a child or young adult, believing what you see on the television can be excused, as you do not know of better – yet, assuming we are all adults here – if you still take all that is presented in movies and such to be the truth, you seriously need to re-evaluate your sense of self. This also goes for stories, such as the one regarding Faust in this particular case of pacts. Please, we beg of you for your own sake, do not blindly believe everything that you are fed – especially regarding the Occult and Magick.
Nonetheless, other people still think that pacts are similar to simply Evoking an Entity and instructing it to a task. This is also not entirely true.
In actuality, very few people know what exactly pacts are and how to go about initiating one. Yet…this is where we come in. Oh, do not misunderstand us, we are definitely not the only individuals who know what pacts actually are, how they work, how to initiate them and so on – this is not “our knowledge” that only we have access to for some reason, no. We are simply the ones actually discussing it at the moment, without vagueness.
First, we will tell you what pacts are not. Recall all of what you know regarding pacts as found in old Grimories and popular culture – that is what they are not.
Pacts, in their most simplistic definition, is an agreement or accord made between an individual and an Entity (most often a Demon, however, this is not exclusive to them alone). What sets pacts apart from other “arrangements” with Entities are as follows:
- What is being asked for.
- The payment.
- The methodology.
When we are contacted by someone who desires to initiate a pact, we first and foremost ask them what they want from this pact – not to judge this-or-that, but because most of the things that people want to initiate a pact for can be achieved WITHOUT making a pact, either through Spellwork, or by employing an Entity.
This may confuse some people – isn’t a pact essentially the same as employing an Entity? Actually, not entirely, hence the distinction made. If you employ an Entity (in conjunction with Spellwork or simply via Evocation) it tends to be for more “simple” desires or requests, and it also tends to be for only one or few requests at a time (generally made verbatim)– and once the Entity delivers, payment is made as per the arrangements agreed upon, and that’s the end of it. With a pact, however, it is a bit different. It is not similar to Spellwork nor a mere Evocation. We will discuss the process with you:
First, as with all things, you need a reason for the pact itself – what do you want. This is where a bit of distinction comes into play – in particular, establishing what is “simple” and what is not. Not what is “simple” in mundane terms, but spiritual terms. As an example, if you simply want a co-worker to lust after you, this is “simple”. If you want your business to succeed, this is “simple”. Since we are sure that determining what is “simple” and what is not solely from a spiritual perspective is extremely abstract and alien to most people, we will put it simply (pun intended): if it can be achieved via Spellwork alone, then it is simple. So, try Spellwork, try Evocation…we assure you that most of what you want can be done using these two avenues instead of jumping blindly into a pact. Oh, if you present something so simple in the pact as its entirety, the Entity will likely accept it – but you will be severely “over-paying” for such a simple thing, and essentially conned by the Entity (but more on that in a moment). Also, it would be wise to request multiple not-simple things in one pact to get the most out of it. More on that too in a moment.
Now that you have decided what you want from the pact, you need to choose an Entity to approach regarding the pact – the one that you will enter into the pact with. Although you can approach any Entity with the pact, there is one thing that you will notice: Demons are especially fond of pacts. Why? Well, this is where things get a bit more complex – and this pertains directly to the nature of all Demons, and even why you may be “conned” by “over-paying” for your requests if they are simple. As a rule of thumb, Entities which are not “darker” in nature do not accept pacts and will rather simply work with you. Entities of a “darker” nature (such as Demons) will definitely be interested, and will also try to “short-change” you if an opportunity is presented to do so…not because they are being outright malicious, no – its simply their nature to do so. Taking chances. No different than any predator in nature.
Nonetheless, this is where spiritual power and experience comes into play – as many who you may approach regarding your pact will want to accept it, but they might not be able to deliver upon your requests. If they don’t deliver, payment cannot be claimed by them – so no need to worry about that. It will, however, cost you a lot of time and frustration. Again, this is not because they are being obtuse, it is because of their nature.
In short – you need to find an Entity that will not only accept your pact, but also be able to deliver upon it. This will take many Evocations, make no mistake about that. You might even find that there are many who are able to deliver that which you ask for in the pact, but they do not want to enter into a pact with you. This part of pacts, getting the right Entity, can be very taxing and time-consuming.
Now, let’s say that you have found an Entity who is able to deliver and who agrees to enter into a pact with you. This isn’t the end of the journey. Now comes the “negotiations” – especially regarding payment. If you ask for a lot of things, yet want to offer a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine in payment – it’s not going to happen. Pacts are for complex desires and not something simple – and as such, payment will also not be simple. Here is another thing that literature and the media got right (for once) – the main form of payment in pacts is souls…your soul to be exact. Before we get into that, we will mention that sometimes agreement can be reached without signing yourself over, so to speak – it does happen and can happen, however, generally, the cost of a pact is your soul.
We know that this sounds straight from a fantasy story, however, this is accurate and very, very much real. You see, there is nothing that is more valuable than a soul. We have discussed souls in many of our books – their composition, their power and importance – and without a doubt, souls are the absolute highest form of payment that can be made. Exactly why this is, we will not discuss here. This is why pacts are essentially a “last resort” for something (or somethings) so important that (for some reason) you simply cannot live without. As mentioned, other arrangements can be made – but only if both you and the Entity agrees with it. Otherwise, you will essentially no longer belong to yourself. Let us put this into perspective – and also put into perspective why we tend to steer people away from pacts in the first place.
Many people are actually rather unaware of the meaning of the word “forever” or “eternity”. For some reason, time without end is a subject that people cannot understand – especially the importance of it. What it actually means. We find this odd as humanity invented the concept of time after all. When we say that you will by default sign your soul over to the Entity as payment, we mean this in the “eternal” aspect. When your body dies, and the terms of the pact have been fulfilled by the Entity, then they will claim you - your soul - and you will no longer belong to yourself. This means that they can do with you as they please.
Remember how, at some point in another post and in some of our books, we explained that when you call upon an Entity, chances are that you will be speaking to an “emissary” of the Entity and not necessarily the Entity itself? Well…further chances are that that emissary you will be speaking to was once like you, and the Entity might have claimed them as they will claim you. Emissaries or “Serving Spirits” of Entities may also hold that position by choice, however, many of them are in servitude without choice. You may spend the rest of eternity as a Serving Spirit to the Entity you entered into a pact with, or they may choose to do with you whatever else they wish…and believe us, there are many things that they can do with you…not all being very palatable.
Do you understand why pacts are not exactly a good thing for you? Sure, you may get whatever you want in this world, but ask this: is it truly worth it? We can assure you that it is not.
Nonetheless, moving on - let us say that you have reached some agreement with the Entity regarding payment and both of you are happy with the terms. Now it is time to compose the pact itself – you can see this as writing a contract, as it is not much different. The pact is not finalized, even if agreed upon verbatim by you and the Entity.
Much like a contract, it must be written and signed by both parties – but more on that in a moment. When a pact is written, there are many things to consider: the terms agreed upon, the payment agreed upon, clauses (such as rendering the pact void if the Entity does not comply) and many other such things. This gets very technical. This is also a place where many loopholes can happen – and this is the point in which you make absolutely certain that there are no exploitable loopholes. Know that, if there are any loopholes, that it will be exploited. Many people drop down dead as soon as their requests are fulfilled, as an example. Again, not because the Entity is being obtuse or malicious, but it is in the nature of such Entities to do so.
Once this is done, the pact is formally presented in ritual to the Entity. You sign the pact, and the Entity signs the pact – and so the pact is finalized and in effect. You may be wondering how an Entity can actually “sign” a pact if it is not physical – suffice it to say that they do sign the pact…we will spare you the details.
Needless to say, once the pact has been signed and agreed upon by both parties, it is in effect and official. Once the Entity delivers your requests as stipulated in the pact, then payment is due – whatever you agreed upon. And, before you think that it is possible to somehow weasel your way out of payment…think again. We can tell you many horror stories of people who received what they wanted and then decided to try and weasel their way out of payment.
If your soul was the payment, as soon as the pact is signed, you are marked by that Entity…and when the terms have been fulfilled, they will claim you. End of story. If other payment(s) have been agreed upon, and the terms have been fulfilled by the Entity, then it is time for you to make payment, lest they take it instead.
Also, although it may be a bit obvious, you cannot sign pacts with your soul as payment with multiple Entities, they will not accept it. If you “sell your soul” to an Entity in a pact, no other Entity will enter a pact with you.
After all that we have stated in this lengthy post – we want to reiterate two things that you must always keep in mind:
1. Pacts are by no means the only way to get what you seek.
2. Pacts are, generally, not worth it – unless, of course, you have assistance.
We hope that you now know more about the subject and that this was informative to you. Needless to say, if you still want to initiate a pact, or are unsure, simply reach out to us directly. Pacts, generally, have been "romanticized" - do not fall into this illusion.
Also, make sure to check your terminology. If you have simply set a task to an Entity (like via Evocation), do not say that you have entered into a "pact" - you have not. If you are uncertain about pact-making rather contact us.
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