Invocation was the name of the game today. I reread the invocation sections in Hands On Chaos Magic and then got to it. I should mention that I have attempted to invoke Raphael in the past, to no effect.
I began (after a banishing) with the imagery of Raphael far away from me, standing on the planet Mercury. I recited a long list of his qualities and stories about him as if I was introducing someone to Raphael. It went something like "This is Raphael, an archangel. His name means "God heals….etc." The imagery changed as Raphael moved closer (I felt like I was "pulling" him towards me) we were face to face. I could feel his presence and power stronger than ever. Here I recited the same list as if I was talking to him. A few extra things popped in my mind so I added them to the list. The final part of the imagery had Raphael fusing with me, and inhabiting the same space that I was. I tried to recite the list this time as if I was Raphael speaking about himself, but this is part where things get fuzzy. Someone was talking, and saying things about Raphael, it was my voice but I didn't feel like I was speaking. Rather it seemed like my voice had a life of its own. Very trippy to say the least.
I felt a surge of power like I caught fire and lightning, but at the same time I felt like I was in a dream. Raphael was steering the ship and I was a bumbling copilot. I remember standing at my ancestral altar and that is really it. I "woke up" feeling tired, excited, and a bit buzzed all at the same time. I think I want to do it again. I started my ritual today at 9 pm I walked out of my temple room at 10:12 pm, and it seems like a a blur.