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Now when we say seance, we don't mean the circle around a table where some John Edward type fishes around for clues about what his audience might want to hear. There are real rituals for contacting the dead in most religious trandtions, and we've learned a few of them. The one we used to contact the dead pastor came from a primitive christian rite. We found this version of it in Dad's journal:
On a clean altar cloth inscribed with the symbols as above, place a small bowl filled with fresh herbs. Around the perimeter of the cloth, place black and white candles, alternating and equal in number. When all of the candles are lit, recite the following:
Amate spiritus obscure, te quaerimus. Te oramus, nobiscum colloquere, apud nos circita.
At the finish of the incantation, pinch a tiny amount of frankincense, sanalwood, or cinnamon powder over one of the candle flames.
Irvine, A. 2007. The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls. HarperCollins. pp. 51.