Pathworking is great. Many people, EA included, say that if you don’t pathwork different traditions & paths that you’re essentially voluntarily stagnating.
I disagree. Here are my reasons:
- All magic is the same once you strip away the symbolism, mythology, and the historical lineage. It works the same way regardless of tradition, the only things that change are the symbols and the deities you work with. Sure, the method may be different as well, but methods in magic are essentially triggers for the mechanism which is always the same.
if the mechanism is the same for every tradition, why even bother learning new mythology and symbols? Why even work with other deities if it’s all the same? The reason “because I love to learn” does not count here. My point is that there’s nothing a new tradition can’t offer you, aside from symbolism, mythology, different deities, and a new layer for the same mechanism.
Plus, If you subscribe to the theory that spirits are omniscient, then there’s nothing Satan can’t tell you that, say, Odin or Legba can.
Also, to those who may say, “Well the spirits from this system are more powerful than that other one.” I’ve come to conclusion that this is quite subjective. If a path resonates a lot with you, the deities you work with will be more powerful.
An example of this was when I wanted to work with the Outer Gods, using the methods described in Necronomicon Gnosis by Asenath Mason.
Guess what, Satan, Lucifer & co. kicked more ass than the Outer Gods who are supposedly “one of the most powerful entities you can work with.” Why? Because the demonic path resonates with me more than the Lovecraftian one.
Other magicians I talked to reported the same effect.
The new path you might undertake may conflate with your old one. I remember watching a video by V.K. Jehannum how Odin was a dick to him because he was working with demons. I also talked to a magician with whom I’m in contact more or less often, and he reported the same thing. Freya, Odin, etc were hostile to him because he did not want to stop working with demons.
Scattering yourself too much across different paths might be counterproductive. If you dedicate yourself to too many paths, you might get a good understanding of them all, but you won’t master either one of them. There’s just not enough time for you to do that. Taking something from a path and trying to integrate it into your main path is fine as long as it’s something new, but flip-flopping between paths could be devastating for you. I remember The Cabal talking about this in one of their videos, and I agree with them on that.