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1. a prayer asking God for help, forgiveness, etc., esp as part of a religious service
2. an appeal for inspiration and guidance from a Muse or deity at the beginning of a poem
a. the act of summoning a spirit or demon from another world by ritual incantation or magic
b. the incantation used in this act


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

An invocation differs from an evocation in that the former is a Witch's invitation to the deities to appear in the magic circle, or to lend power for magical work, while the latter is a Ceremonial Magician's command to spirits/entities to appear in a confining triangle. The evocation is, by its nature, extremely dangerous, while there is no danger in the invocation.

An invocation should be delivered boldly yet lovingly. It seems to be especially potent when delivered in poetic form, rather than prose, yet both can be effective. Generally, in magic, that which is rhythmic—whether or not it actually rhymes—is the most effective.

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At this point Osuna is simply adding invocatory metaphor to functional metaphor.
And like masquerades, public office holders are maintained at the expense of the public that echo the Yoruba invocatory proverb "owo olowo leegun n na, aso alaso loga n da bora".
The fifth stanza--perhaps following the cue given by the last syllable of the fourth stanza's last word, the only appearance of the sequence "urn" in the poem (55)--resumes the invocatory pose, incidentally the rhyme pattern, too, (56) of the first stanza and, in one respect, confers symmetry on the poem, in another respect breaks the poem up by practically restarting it.
46) Personal observation of Ngaju ritual, 1996; Pascal Couderc, personal communication, 2004; James Jemut Masing, The coming of the Gods: An Iban invocatory chant (Timang Gawai) of the Balei River region, Sarawak, vol.
95), an anthology covering invocatory prayer and its fundamentals across religions.
He notes that drama in the Dark Ages stemmed from the vegetation, fertility and harvest rites still recalled today in the symbolic display of pine cones and holly wreaths at Christmas and lilies at Eastertide, "these lingering tokens of heathen beliefs and seasonal invocatory practices," he writes, noting that at a long ago period, even when theatre stages were not available, people still enjoyed putting on fancy costumes and parading or dancing in celebration of a harvest, or the arrival of new wine or lambs in spring.
Invocatory by nature, the master narrative summons up in the reader's mind a larger story that fills in the gaps in the narrative.
To this end, Martinez notes the double meaning of the verb "to come" as both an invocatory chant and a verb that indicates sexual climax, thus expressing "[t]he conjunction of sexuality and poetic inspiration" embodied in "Julia" (76):
This segued into a musical section with the dancers joining the musicians, using gourds to enhance their invocatory circle and line dances.
An integral aspect of this question must address issues outside of the intra-psychic and instead must extend beyond Barthes's philosophical exegesis on the nature of photographic reproduction if we are to understand the significance of time in the invocatory and re-constitutional powers of sight versus sound.
An invocatory bhajan in praise of the name of Jesus--often sung in Sanskrit or Hindi--sets the mood and atmosphere for these communal exercises.