Ha, sorry. Didn’t mean to place more responsibility on ya.
I have always been attracted to the Solomonic Legend. I know that some say there is a lot of fiction to it, but the idea of a Holy Sorcerer always intrigued me, mostly while I was board out of my mind in the spiritually dead religion my parents forced a young me to attend.
I remember reading through the Goetia and feeling inspired by it. My first attempt at evocation was a mixed success. I evoked the spirit I found in the Mather’s edition (I agree that he DOES need a good giblet punchin’) I tried as hard as I could to see the spirit and feel its presence. After what felt like forever I finally got sick of it and issued a task. I didn’t get what I asked for, I got something else and in the end after doing more research than I knew was humanly possible it became clear to me that I asked the wrong spirit. It was trying to accomplish the task, but it was not in its wheel house.
Yet I heard LMD and others mention he Goetia and the success they had with it. I still want to get into the Solomonic Magic, but being honest with myself as a college student who works full time I can make the time to do serious study. A grimorie I can read, but having to piece together a system, while I have classwork and work is just too much for me right now.
I have never been a strict traditionalist, but I have learned that things in magic are the way they are for a reason. One can play around with things to a degree, but there are certain things that must remain the same. For example the LBRP, there is a reason one calls on those particular archangels and not four demons they happen to like, or four other archangels. I believe that once one internalizes the lesson, and truly understands why Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael are in the LBRP then they can find four other spirits with those attributes and see if they work in place of the archangels.
I feel that some modernism misses the mark and some traditional traditions need to be updated. But that is just my 2 cents.
I have had success with EA’s methods and in my workings with Hecate, but the Goetia is very different. It feels like something is just not adding up.