In my most recent attempt to evoke Dantalion to visible appearance, I woke up sometime past 6:00 a.m. I started the ceremony around 7:20 a.m. For around an hour, I continually recited the first conjuration. Then, I moved onto the second conjuration, the constraint, the conjuration of the king, and the spirit chain. Although Dantalion did not appear visibly, I declined to apply the greater curse, as the weather was not clear that day, and I wanted to give the spirit the benefit of the doubt.
In the course of the ceremony, I became exceedingly drowsy, to the point of not being able to concentrate on the conjurations. (I would be reading them aloud from the sheet and not know what I was saying.) This was one reason why I gave up after around one-and-a-half hours, as I thought that I would do better getting some sleep and try again another day.
I read the license to depart and took a long nap.
Upon reflection, I am wondering whether drowsiness is part of the process. Perhaps I should have pushed on until noon. On the other hand, objective factors do support the theory that I was simply drowsy. After all, I woke up much earlier than usual and did not sleep much the night before. What are your thoughts?
Additionally, I am considering drinking coffee before my next attempt at evocation to ward off the threat of drowsiness. However, I am concerned that caffeine may be a hindrance to the evocation process. What are your thoughts?
Your drowsiness is not a part of the process. In fact, it shows that you are not doing it right.
Fast 3 days before the evocation. Don't do alcohol, coffee, drugs, smoke. Don't kill any animals. And if you don't have a wife. Don't sex with someone or masturbate.
Praying on sunset and sunrise during those 3 days helps a lot. So, sleep early - wake up early. And don't read the conjurations. Recite them from your memory. (This may take some time)
And don't jump so quickly between the conjurations. Recite the first one couple of times. As the book say, they normally come after the first one. Go to the next conjuration until you are sure you have done everything right so far. Trust your senses.