Holy Guardian Angel
“The Single Supreme Ritual is the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is the raising of the complete man in a vertical straight line.”
The Holy Guardian Angel ritual (HGA) is found in all cultures and religions as the Spirit that mediates between man and God. Western Magick thinks that the experience of the HGA is a consequence of ritual magick that happens with experience, but in reality magick will not work unless the magician is in contact with his or her HGA, which is the classic Catch 22. Furthermore, the medieval rituals required for the Abramelin and Holy Guardian Angel are so outdated that they are worse than useless. The secret of commanding spirits is not found in reciting long lists of Names of God that bear no relationship to the magician, who, nonetheless is expected to believe that they will comply.
Aleister Crowley is probably the best known magician who invoked Goetic Spirits, but there have been few documented conjurations of them. All the effort and inconvenience and time spent seems to count for nothing when the results are inconclusive at best, and at worse detrimental to health not only of the magician, but, people associated with him, and the surrounding area! It would seem that the Abramelin ritual is a waste of time.
A large part of the problem lies in the methodology of ritual magic where the magician, in a suitable place, set up his circle, prepared his magical weapons, checked on the astrological portents, the weather, the tattva tides, possibly an I Ching or tarot divination, has decided on the invocation of a spirit at a time. Who has the time, energy and inclination to undertake such an important ritual, when the likelihood of the portents from all these methods agreeing is so small? There is no evidence that a Goetic spirit is tied to any time of day anyway, while the supposed powers of the spirits bear little resemblance to modern-day life, and what use is the massive duplication of powers anyway?
Goetia appear of their own volition, not the Magician’s
Over the years, at various times, Goetic spirits has appear to me. The phrasing of that sentence is deliberate – I have not performed a Goetic ritual, and I certainly was not expecting to invoke or evoke a spirit of any class at that time, let alone Goetic. For me, the appearance of a spirit means that there is some work to be done, to the mutual benefit of myself and that spirit. Spirits know who they are and what they want, and they know when a magician can assist them. While this is all very interesting, there is nothing that will help the reader who aspires to contact and work with Goetia for attaining his or her Holy Guardian Angel. For that reason I tended to keep quiet on the subject – I had nothing to pass on that would help.
Spiritual Development is the Key
What is different about me that brings success in Goetic Invocation? I am not, nor have been, a member of a Lodge or Magical Order such as the Golden Dawn or the O.T.O.. From an early age I had a thirst for spiritual knowledge that took me through Yoga, the Eastern religions and beliefs onto the Western magical systems. That desire to know, to experience was maintained as I devoured spiritual books looking for answers. Twenty years ago that answer came in the form of a Sufi Master. Forget all notions of what a Sufi should look like, and what he would say. This man lived in a world where everything was caused by spirits – animism. Strange things happened all the time, when I was with him, and when I wasn’t. I was expected to figure it out myself, trying to understand the onslaught of spiritual experiences that would happen at all times of the day and night. It was never discussed with him, but I was under no doubt that they came from the intervention of ‘spirits’. Very often I had ‘spirit problems’, which he would fix. We never talked about the name or nature of these spirits, or the spirit that was affecting me. Over the years I began to find answers to what was happening to me, not in Sufi literature, but in the Golden Dawn books, Enochian, and the writings of Aleister Crowley. Now, I am not saying that Sufism is in any way the same or similar to the Western occult tradition. Far from it. What I can say is that I understood my experiences through the language and symbolism of Western Magic. In other words, I was given the experience, and later, sometimes months or even years later I was able to understand that experience. Within this milieu the occasional Goetic spirit would visit – I suspect there were far more visitations, but I probably knew nothing about Goetic spirits at the time.
So, you need to spend maybe twenty years with a Sufi! Not just any Sufi either. This is all as practical as an Abramelin Ritual, and besides how do you find a Sufi with this knowledge of spirits? There is a tradition in the East that ‘when the student is ready the Master appears’.