I’ve been working with djinn for the last 3 years. The djinn in my view are a kind of fae, they are of the earth, and I come from a culture, Britain, that has worked with the far in a different way than the Middle East for millennia. I’ve been working with Fae for 30 years.
The middle eastern methods are not for everyone, they’re the equivalent of Solomonic magick for “demons”, and i don’t use that either. This is why i don’t follow many authors published works, i think for myself, I find what works and I experiment. But imagine turning up at someone’s village and demanding the warriors to shit for you for free or you’ll beat them up, that’s what this method does, and these are tough guys: not a clever idea.
I know there’s ways to use the Solomonic method and tell yourself it’s not a problem, admonishing “demons” in the name of some other power, and it’s not really rude and disrespectful. But again, I see this as also giving your power away to these other entities. Having help is one thing, getting bigger boys to do it for you is another. If you have to bring a bodyguard to the party you’re not good enough to do the work imo, and they will see this and you will never be respected. It’s kind of thuggish and low quality in my book, Martial (of Mars) and masculine, not Aquarian, and I’m an Aquarian and feminine, so of course it’s not my way. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t work fine for others, I won’t tell them not to, but I think it’s inferior to a cooperative method on the grand scale of things, given the energies present on Earth in these times. We are not isolated in our work, we are affected by and affect all the unseen around us, and it would be responsible and appropriate to work with that not against it.
You’re YOU. You should doubt all of us, on principle. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
I am a black magician, I give zero authority to “authors”, they have kindly published their opinion, not always well tested, sometimes full of dogma and imagination. I’m grateful and interested in what they have to say. But, I test it and if it doesn’t work for me, I try something else…
You should never put “authors” or anyone including experienced mages on a pedestal. This is giving away your power to others, and that’s not helpful when you want to grow your power. Advice is great, do with it what you want; authority is bullshit.
I worked with 4 djinn from that book, in my way, of course. They came, and they do not want to work with humans. I found out why later: look up who they are an how we got their names. It’s pretty despicable. They are unseelie, they were never meant to be worked with. Look up discussions here on how they are plagiarised from the book of deadly names by Shadrach Nineveh, that will tell you the problem with that book: wrong djinn. Not all djinn are like this. Try other djinn and never call these guys, they were maltreated, they hate humans for good reason and they want to be left alone.
They are however, great people, and will have a conversation. They just don’t want to be asked to do you favors much less be put to forced labour. And they don’t have to be nice about it. Treat them with respect and caution and they have secrets no one else can tell you, mostly about their civilization. I have an interest in anthropology, so I think that’s cool.
Sensible, I think, since I have done the same. Most books on it are useless imo… I provided my experience for this reason. Treat them politely like people, not “demons” to be controlled, or tools, find one who will be an ally that will help you. Make him a vessel on your altar. Kind of like papa legba for the Lwa, he will liaise and introduce you to others open to working with humans.