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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
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(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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(134) Voruz, supra note 123, at 267 ("In the monist perspective Lacan used the term 'fantasy' to 'concentrate everything that pertains to libidinal satisfaction in Freud.' All modalities of libidinal satisfaction (including masochism and sadism) are thus referred to the imaginarized version of object a organizing the oral, anal, scopic and invocatory drives.
One example of this is Esu pipe which is the invocatory chant poetry performed for Esu, the youngest of the primordial deities said to be the offspring of Obatala and his wife (Soyinka 1976).
The invocatory power of resisting America, in other words, was recognized and deployed by divergent political voices, and thereby--in the interpretation of Andrei Markovits--hangs a tale.
Although Shenstone initially intended "Rural Elegance" (which, as Graves points out, responds generically to odes by Gray, Mason, and Warton) as a patronage tribute to Frances Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, probably owing to her premature death, he rewrote the poem during its long gestation process and removed the invocatory petition common to odes; (40) therefore, the encomiastic, hymnal element is varied with the pastoral descriptions of the beauty, solitude, and health of a life in a setting such as the Leasowes.
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.
Patrick Laude edits PRAY WITHOUT CEASING: THE WAY OF THE INVOCATION IN WORLD RELIGIONS (0933316144, $19.95), 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.
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