Jake Stratton-Kent mentioned on either Solomonic or Ritual-Magic that the magic of Abramelin is primarily demonic.
I find it odd that so many people have missed this rather obvious point. The "Holy Guardian Angel" was launched (back) onto the occult scene via the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, as translated by Mathers and popularized in concept by Crowley. The publication of the OTO, GD, and A:.A:. literature that laid the foundation for people like Kraig to write Modern Magick really has crystallized the world view of ceremonial magicians around the particular interpretations of things made by some industrial age Victorian British folks who happened to study something of Hindu mysticism through Theosophy, an exotic fad that wasn't much different than Spiritualism.
In recent years, we've seen a new renaissance in magic, a return to the grimoires, but not as much to blindly follow them (although there are some staunch supporters of that particular vein), as much as to learn what magic looked like before it got industrialized and assembly-lined. People have realized the machinery of the Orders doesn't work on everyone, and have gone back to researching the techniques, adapting them, but holding true to the tradition that spawned the movement.
It's time for people to do the same with the HGA. Take a look at the Sacred Magic, and tell me the truth: is it about attaining some Western form of enlightenment? Is the being described in the text the "Atman" that Crowley claims it is? What is its function? WHY DID ABRAHAM WRITE THE BOOK FOR HIS SON?
It is a book of demonology. K&CHGA is the means to attain the authority to conjure and command the demons. The point is not to attain spiritual enlightenment. It is to attain the power to control the world by gaining authority over the spirits that manage it.
That, brothers and sisters, is the Great Work.
So for all of you that are convinced that K&CHGA is your ticket to Nirvana, and the means to transcend this plane and reunite with God, you've missed the point of the magic entirely. I'm not saying that isn't part of it. The point, however, is to control your world. If you've got K&CHGA and you aren't working with demons (earthbound spirits) of some kind... you're doing it wrong.
I said it at my lecture, and I'll say it again: If the whole point of the Great Work were to return to God and reunite with Him, then suicide would be the fastest way there. It's obvious, I think, that the Great Work is about heading up through the heavens, gathering awareness, experience, and building a tight, close, personal relationship with God and his servants. But it's not about re-unifying with the One. You were created separate for a reason.
Return in Power. That's the goal of the Work: PROJECTION of the powdered Stone. You get the authority to USE it, not to sit on the mountain and shit. Sitting on the mountain is to get you the Authority. Coming down and teaching others to use it, that's the goal of the Hierophant. Using it is the goal of the magician.
Now here's an odd thing I've found. I Work with the Angels a lot. A whole lot more than any Goetic Spirit. They're cool for most shit that I need done. But you know what? The celestial, planetary intelligences I work with work on ME. They change me, point things out to me, explain things to me, teach me, tune me to their harmonies. When I ask them for something here on earth, guess what they do?
They send someone else to do it. They're celestial. They aren't going to Fall to Earth every time we want something from them. They'll either send us back with the necessary attunement to our sphere to make our request manifest as a natural result of their influence on us, or they'll send one of their Spirits. One of the spirits assigned to the earth.
The higher you get up the magical ladder of light(s), the more authority you get, and the more discernment, and wisdom. It's ok to use magic to do what you want, because you either have learned to use it appropriately, or you're about to. Either way, you're the winner. And the way the universe works, when you won, everyone else doesn't lose; they have an equal chance at winning by following your example.
So anyway... The HGA. The Genius. The Nativity Angel. The Acquired Supernatural Assistant. Different names for spirits that all share a common ancestral revelator. The further back you go, the more you find they aren't there to bring you enlightenment alone; they are there to provide you with the means to DO MAGIC.
And that, my friends, is the Great Work.