Some people are very much drawn to it as a path. I’ve noticed that people who work very heavily with demons and such were born when Mercury was severely afflicted (Especially, placed in Sagittarius of Pisces), which William Lilly says signifies those who perform Black Magick (when ill disposed, he signifies those “given to wicked ARTS, as Necromancy …”)
Although, the Renaissance view is that the Stars do not cause us to perform certain actions, but rather imbues us with certain qualities (and desires), which is what this quote I posted in my Journal was speaking about:
“The Passive Flint never yields any Fire, but when it is struck against the Active Steel"
–John Gadbury, The Just and Pious Scorpionist, “To the Reader” Page IV
As I posted about before, I do believe the Demons have a divine role, operating on the material world to ultimately keep everything running (although, how they do this is unpleasant to us, which is what makes them Demons). And really, I wish not to speak ill about any spirits unnecessarily. I don’t think that is right.
I don’t personally believe that these spirits are fallen or such, I believe that they have been around since the material world was complete (maybe even a bit before). I believe they are the spirits who rule over completing these unpleasant effects.
But because these spirits are so “low” in the Chain of Being, they are far less spiritually pure (And the infernals may have spiritual impurity).
Now, I personally don’t work with them, because I believe it would at least somewhat corrupt my sphere to work with them. And I do suspect that happens when they are worked with. Beings like the Gods and Angels (Those spirits who complete the effects of the Gods) are so high up that just interacting with them purifies us and raises us higher. And our earthly relationships (especially very close ones) influence us through spiritual means as well. Similarly, if a spirit has pure spiritual impurity, interaction with them also corrupts our sphere.
And so I say, often times those who work with Demons are ultimately led to betterment through torment. We’ve seen a lot of Demonolars and magicians who work with Demons in a more devotional way or who work with them without binding or the assistance of Angels, tend to go through a great deal of suffering. Although, not everyone I think, but it seems to be very common.
Now, the Solomonic Traditon, I’ve noticed, is very serious about power. It is about binding spirits to perform your will, and such things. Contrast that to something like traditional Astrological Magick (Which, gained popularity in Western Europe only in the Late Medieval Age and the Renaissance, as the Arabic texts were then recieved by Western Europe, while Solomonic works were very popular beforehand), where no protective circles or names of God are used before working with the Celestial Spirits, because these spirits are very benevolent (no protection is needed).
So, a Solomonic Path would also be appealing to people who seek power (And, we’ve seen a lot of newcomers on forums how they can recieve power through Demons, to live a kind of rockstar life). But a lot of people also like the dark aesthetic! I believe Odin is the most popular Norse God by far in modern culture, and some people are drawn to him because sometimes he is depicted as a sort of “Dark” God (Although, I don’t see him that way, or really any of the Gods!).
With that said, you seem to work quite heavily with the Gods, and no doubt that has had an effect on your sphere. Perhaps that light in your sphere draws you away from working with these spirits, and so you are wondering about this. It’s hard for me to say! You know yourself inwardly better than others do.
I also really like @Laurel_Spider’s post, because there is a sort of introspection there I think is great, and the rest of the post is great as well!
To conclude, my views on the role of Demons is not entirely set. If they are created by the God or the Gods, then I believe they have a divine role in the cosmos, in keeping the material world functional. But, that is not the only view. However, I do believe that there are necessary Demons who complete all ill effects in the world as a necessary thing, there are Daimons or Demons that preside over every moment (Angels as well), and just as the Guardian Daimon’s name can be found, the names of these Demons can be found as well through Astrology.
It is more the nature of the Demons of the Goetia that I am not entirely sure about yet. However, I like the Kabbalistic view of Impurity being protective of Holiness. With the Sephiroph as Fruits, and the Qliphoth as the protective Peels of the Sephiroph (“Qliphoth” literally meaning ‘Peels’, or ‘Shells’ in that sense)
As I said before, I don’t want to speak ill of any spirits unnecessarily, that wouldn’t be right! So, I wouldn’t say that these spirits are evil or such.