Some background. Pre-Shadownomicon. DarkestKnight recommended the Archer book. Not an offhand remark and one I took seriously. I was still scared (honestly) of working with spirits. I had heard Hecate’s call, but a fish out of water. What the fuck was Evocation?
I think different people need.different methods at different times. Different lessons at different times. Different paradigms (or parts thereof) at different times.
There isn’t a supreme rule to be had here. If it takes 3 angels to corral 1 demon… Or 1 demon can’t produce without 3 Angels…
Well, neither of these things are Universal, with enough experience. And ability (gained from experience)
Not all “Angels” feel or consist of the same, nor all “Demons”. And the rest that don’t fit into that? Say, like most of the rest of the entities in the non-Abrahamic world? Which was most of humanity’s time?
We want a source of order and comfort. These can be crucial when starting. Can be crucial throughout. Works until you move outside that paradigm.
If one looks these as energies, and not entities, which is also valid and can be done, this paradigm doesn’t really apply.
But some know it works. Numerous reasons why, all of which apply to the person, the means, the perspective, the ritual, and the outcome.
In the past 48 hours, I thanked an angel for helping me, including yesterday’s tipoff, hours from home, a “demon” for helping me with practices I wish to get better at, a psychopomp for sending an aid when visiting a graveyard, used my own calling and energy to call the dead to my own space today, the Lwa came to greet them and … etc…
I think those paradigms are great starting points. I think they can aid in helping newer people start with ritual.
I can’t speak to using these in advanced means. That doesn’t seem to apply to my entities or ritual types. But at some point, to more fully explore and understand some areas, like evocations, invocations, and possessions (at significant levels), then you have to let go of simplistic petitions, which is largely what the archers and the brands write of, right?
Get your material wants, but that isn’t the end goal at some point. In my case, I want this to be my last necessary incarnation. Very different perspective.