I've titled this post - "Where Angels Fear To Tread", because it touches on the subject of danger in Magick.
I've spoken to various people in the past, who have often claimed to be Magicians, but have been shocked when I talk about the work I have done - i.e. Goetia, Enochian and the HGA/Abramelin. They have seen such things as dangerous, and one said to me "I hope you used the results wisely - remember it will come back to you in Karma". When I asked him what he was currently working on his reply was - "oh, I haven't done any Ritual Magick for years". I breathed a long sigh, and decided to terminate our communication. I often look for advice and guidance, but from someone who actually has some wealth of experience!
The point is this - do you want to simply dabble at Magick? Do a weekly candle burning ritual out of Magick For Micky Mouse (the book doesn't exist - please don't try to find it), plant a few seeds while muttering a few well meaning verses and all the other stuff that is nice and safe - and boring!
Do you want to steal the fire from Heaven, storm the Gates of Hell, and do Magick that changes things on all levels?
The choice is yours - but remember that if you want to play safe and not do anything that is seen to be dangerous, then you may never experience the time when the whole universe seems to bend to your Will.
Would the big names such as Aleister Crowley, John Dee, Eliphas Levi, not to mention the modern Mages be so well known if they stuck had to systems that were nice and easy. For example John Dee must have felt very uncomfortable being a religious man, when the Enochian Angels told him to share his wife with Kelly, this meant putting his very Soul at risk!
Also, if you see Enochian or Goetia as dangerous, but not systems like the Qabalah, you may not realise that any system operated without due caution and respect that is due to it's paradigms guardians, spirits and entities, can be your undoing!
Be cautious, but don't be put off exploring a system, just because it is seen as dangerous, or dark. This is what happened for many many years with Voodoo, and we lost out big time!
Whistle and the walls will fall at your command!
Fart and you may just blow up the House Of Commons!
*Sermon from the Abyss*
Dweller Of The Abyss