What’s the easiest way to summon a demon? Pathworking.
Though it’s not without it’s quirks, pathworking is far easier than most methods of summoning.
But what is pathworking? How does it work? How do you go about using pathworking to easily summon demons? What are some good books to explore pathworking for demonic summoning? Can you create your own pathworkings?
In this article, I’ll explore these questions and explain to you why you should explore pathworking with demons in your magickal practice.
What is pathworking?
Pathworking (yes, all one word) is a term for a type of occult working that’s basically a guided meditation. It’s a little more complicated than that, as you’ll discover below; however, for simplicity’s sake, we can say a pathworking = a guided meditation.
It comes from the qabalah/Kabbalah tradition, but has expanded greatly from there. Generally, a pathworking uses correspondences to the specific demon (or spirit/entity of any kind) or generally accepted hermetic symbols to create a guided meditation to lead you into an experience that’s relevant to the demon.
Some are simpler than others, but most are simple enough that you can pretty easily memorize the basic points in a few reads of a short paragraph or page of information. This is a big part of why pathworkings are one of the easiest ways to summon a demon.
How does it work?
Pathworkings work by giving your imagination something to latch onto to connect to a specific demon (or other kind of spirit). They utilize symbols known to be connected to that demon in order to help you connect to the demon as a both a symbolic exploration of their roles and as a chance to commune with the spirit.
Generally, they have a specific beginning and sometimes end, but they’re often open-ended to allow the mage to work through the symbols and come to new revelations and information of their own. In other words, they usually have a beginning, but leave the rest to unfold in your mind itself. It’s usually a good idea to do some preparatory immersion before doing a pathworking because the more you know about a demon, the more easily the pathworking can unfold. Though, if you make a connection, the pathworking will usually go to places or give you ideas you wouldn’t have thought of…
For instance, many pathworkings related to Lilith involve entering “The Cave of Lilith”, which usually contains a flowing stream of blood (often implicitly or explicitly menses), a series of tunnels, and a chamber room. Each of these are related to Lilith: the cave is a symbol for a vagina (Lilith is a demoness of sexuality). The blood is related to her connection to vampirism, birth, (sometimes) abortion, and also her status as a “dark moon goddess”, which is to say part of her kingdom is of the menstruating woman. This is because of her roles as an entity related to pregnancy, birth, and sometimes abortion. The tunnels are both a sexual allusion and also a reference to her role as a guide through the Qliphoth and other left-hand path magickal systems. And the chamber room also has many meanings including a womb, a place to do magick (she’s sometimes considered a patroness of magick), and a place for her minions or children (vampires, succubi, and incubi) to gather.
By working through “The Cave of Lilith”, you’ll not only find yourself with a deeper connection to Lilith’s symbolism, but also communing with her and her essence. The point of this is “gnosis”, deeper knowledge of self, the world, and how her energy influences the world.
How do you go about doing pathworking? Why is it the easiest way to summon a demon?
To do a pathworking is rather simple (hence the title of this article!).
You need to find or create a pathworking that resonates with you, or at least find an entity you’d like to connect with in a deeper way and then seek out a pathworking for them. Then, you simply enter a meditative state and go through the pathworking. It’s really that simple. Which is why pathworking is the easiest way to summon demons.
The only issue is that this method is more inclined toward mental fabrications than directly summoning a demon as it’s much more likely that if you get a demon to “appear” in front of you that it’s there. [Though there is never a guarantee that the occult isn’t all a psychological phenomenon, it’s harder to tell with a pathworking.]
What are some good books to explore pathworking?
You can find some pathworkings freely available online (like the open projects Temple of Ascending Flame has on their site), but in general, you’ll need to find pathworkings in books.
I am impartial to the works of Asenath Mason and Temple of Ascending Flame as I’ve had a lot of success with them, but there are some other books I’ve enjoyed and you may too. Each one has several demonic pathworkings to explore.
Tree of Qliphoth
The Tree of Qliphoth is a pathworking through the dark tree, or the tree of qliphoth. It’s referred to as such because it’s the dark side, or the demonic portions of the the qabalah. Qliphoth means “shells”, and while there are many interpretations of this, it’s held that the qliphas (each sphere on the tree) are the left hand aspects of each of the sephira (spheres on the tree of life). Pretty much every chapter is either theory or a different pathworking through each of the spheres. While it’s practically impossible to have a complete working of the qliphoth given the amount of content, interpretations, etc. this book is pretty close. There are pathworkings to each of the entities on the dark tree and some in the “Tunnels of Set” (the paths beneath/connecting the tree): Lilith, Namaah, Adrammelich, A’arab Zaraq, Baal, Belphegor, Worath, Asmodeus, Astaroth, Chronzon, Shugal, Lucifuge, Beezelbub, Moloch, Satan, and Lucifer.
Necronomicon Gnosis: A Practical Introduction
I’ll be honest, the Necronomicon is not really my thing, but I put Necronomicon Gnosis on this post because I know many people are. This text is a really practical guidebook for anyone interested in exploring it. It has pathworkings for many of the major entities in the Necronomicon and explains the magick behind the system in depth as all of Asenath’s books do. If you’re interested in exploring this form of magick, this is a great book to check out.
Lucifer and The Hidden Demons
Lucifer and The Hidden Demons is a fascinating text. I found it very challenging and at times frustrating because it challenges many of my beliefs about how magick works. While I don’t agree with everything the author says throughout, I think the chapter on pathworking is incredible and highly accurate. And I think we all should read more books that challenge our beliefs. Also, the pathworking in this book is incredibly simple: each of the demons is worked with using three line pathworkings. You often need to call multiple demons to get to the one you want, which makes it a little challenging (it’s a new method based on the hierarchies in the newer translation of The Sacred Magick of Abramelin The Mage); however, each working is so simple, it’s not that difficult to get the hang of.
Any of these texts are a great place to start to explore the easiest way to summon demons: pathworking!
Can you create your own pathworkings?
Of course you can create your own pathworkings! But generally, as a beginner or at least someone new to pathworking, it makes much more sense to explore pathworkings other people have created to get the basics down before creating your own.
As I mentioned in the the intro, pathworkings began as a way to explore the Kabbalah/qabalah. So, you may begin there; however, if you’re more interested in left hand path magick, you could look into the qliphoth. Though, in my opinion, and that of many magickians and teachers I respect, you’re better off to explore the qliphoth after you have at least a good basic familiarity with the qabalah.
To create your own pathworking, you’d need to know at least a few things about the demon you wish to work with, their correspondences, and the hermetical symbolism associated with them. From there, it’s a matter of creating a meditation that involves putting these parts together and potentially creating a sigil that represents this specific set of correspondences.
And now, you know about pathworking! So, go out there and explore it. Do some pathworkings (at least 10) and see if this is a method that you resonate with. If so, then use it. If not, then explore other methods for demonic summoning like using incense, blood, or fire.