In a recent post, Mike asked what people’s experiences with the Goetia were like. I found the responses interesting, because most people described having problematic encounters with them. I’ve never had any of the problems the people mentioned in my own encounters with the goetia, but it likely helps that I’ve never done traditional evocation with them either, where you command them to appear and threaten and coerce them into working for you.
In fact, I’ve never really understood the appeal of doing such evocations and have always focused on a more cooperative approach to any magical entity I work with (whether goetic demon or something else). I’d rather establish a relationship of respect and mutual benefit with the entities I work with. Consequently I’ve never experience any of the problems mentioned in the comments on Mike’s post. If anything, I’ve had an excellent track record with the entities I work with. I’ve given them what they wanted and they’ve given me what I wanted. Everyone’s happy.
Respect goes a long way, with people, animals, and magical entities. Instead of doing a traditional evocation, why not take a more respectful approach? Instead of being adversaries, why not work toward each other’s benefit? And if nothing else why not critically question the cultural and historical beliefs that inform such an adversarial relationship?