I have a new contention:
The great magicians are not the ones who sit back and expect others to create for them. The great magicians are not necessarily the ones who do the magick by-the-book (which is also a form of sitting back and letting someone else create in my opinion). The great magicians are the ones who go forth and create. Anyone can follow a ritual by the book. Only a few will be brave enough to modify and experiment and even fewer are brave enough to share those modifications and experiments with others (due to being unduly criticized).
I have already been getting a shit storm for publishing Daemonolatry Goetia.
One particular Grimoiric Magician (a One-True-Wayer) had the gall to say, “Grimoiric Magick is Holy Magick.”
To which I replied: “I agree with you that it is Holy magick. I just have a much different view of good and evil, Daemons, and God-Names than you. I assure you that I completely understand the concepts and symbolism behind each action, evocation, invocation and Holy name used. Those particular names just don’t resonate with me and so I’ve replaced them with ones that do. I’ve been studying and practicing magick for many years now and I think it would be difficult to study and practice magick for as long as I have and still maintain an immature or unenlightened viewpoint. Of course there will always be critics and as an author and magician I can’t please everyone – nor will I try.”
That shut the guy up.
Just because I’m a Daemonolatress or a Satanist does not mean I don’t understand the Western Mystery tradition. I honestly see why these ceremonial magicians get that idea, however they will jump on my books and criticise without even reading the books. You can’t criticise what you haven’t read, can you? You can only make assumptions about what you “think” the author is going to say.
I feel sorry for them because I feel that they are the ones who’ve missed the point and don’t understand grimoiric magick. I guess that sword cuts both ways.
I also find it amusing to see that myself and other like-minded magicians (the ones who actually create) seem to have our shit together more often than the critics do. How ironic is that?