I like this excerpt in the Anthology of Sorcery:
“ The left-hand-path magic, however, views spirits as guides and allies on the path of personal Ascent, not agents of Evil who have to be bound and coerced into obedience.
If you perceive spirits as hostile forces and expect all sorts of mischief on their part, this is most probably what you will receive. Think how you would feel if someone locked you in a cage, bound you with chains, beat, and threatened, while forcing you to serve and do anything they ask for. Would you not want to repay them accordingly the first moment you get a chance?
This is exactly what happens to magicians who follow the old procedures. We might say that human consciousness is nothing like the spirits’, but certain mechanisms are universal and slavery is hated by the denizens of the Other Side as much as by any other powerful and independent mind. And this is what we are dealing with in pacts and rites of evocation - powerful beings, often older than mankind.
To request their assistance for required tasks and favors, you need to show not only power and authority but also respect and gratitude, and you need to thank and reward them for their service. A coin or another valuable object, a drop of blood, incense, alcohol, and other offerings that can win the spirits’ favors, will come useful here. Sometimes they will ask you for a specific sacrifice - this has to be done in order to proceed with the pact, or you can decide not to go further if you cannot fulfill the request. Lucifer himself is the most powerful archetype of freedom and independence.
He despises slavery and inspires the Initiate to be proud, self reliant and independent of bonds and attachments, be it mundane or spiritual - religions, dogmas, laws, limitations, and relationships that bind you in your progress.
He does not want to be worshipped, called “master”, or put in place of the monotheistic deity in your personal devotion system. His teachings prompt you to seek your Godhood not by spending eternity as a footstool at his Throne but in aspiration to establish your own Throne in the Void and to be the lord and master of your own universe. He does not bow to anyone and the same attitude he inspires in Initiates of his adversarial path.”
I broke up the paragraphs so it isn’t so forum word-wallish. Yeah, I’m not fond of blasting, caging, forcing etc. These spirits I want to resonate, vibrate, flow and fill me with their current, essence, and being but it’s asked for in a respectful and friendly manner. And it’s honest without terror. There might be excitement and a bit of a rush though in the anticipation of a connection though, imho.
So, if not a master relationship I’d say it’s an alliance or integral part in the larger mechanism as a whole. Each pracritioner has their reasons for why, how, when, what, where they practice and whom they form their works with. It may be ones personal works functions indirectly towards a greater goal in the craft.
Perhaps, for myself, focussing so much on the gates opening isn’t what I should be doing. There’s obviously smaller works to build up to that. I was looking through the division of the 5 gates in the book of Azazel and that made me ponder which individual area would be better to approach and divine. Which do I resonate with more on the smaller scale instead of being overwhelmed with them all as a whole. And that’s only the 5 gates revealed to EA and others. There are 4 more yet to be revealed? (Or kept secret maybe)??
Oh, I’m going off topic. The simple is religious coercion coupled with fear and shame by established religions.
Does anyone have a large poll to see who views them as evil, as good, as neutral, doesn’t think of them(or not aware), or doesn’t care believing it all mumbo-jumbo?