Follow up to this post I made:
As soon as someone starts describing deities or entities in terms of “higher” or “lower” *vibrations* you can pretty much discount anything they say since they’re still caught up in a painfully dualistic and moralistic worldview that is not conducive to actual sorcery.
So you might be like: “But Banshee, how should I differentiate spirits?”
Well, first off, you should stop using the word “vibrations”. It’s dripping with pseudoscience and makes you sound like a quack.
Secondly, a single, binary scale does not encompass the full nuances of spirit behavior and nature.
There are a few scales you should assess the nature of a spirit by:
Age/Reach: At one end of this scale you could put “spirit of a thing that died yesterday” and at the other end would be “ancient Sumerian deity”. There, of course, is a ton of things in between. This is important to keep in mind because of the Lindy Effect, which I go into more in this article.
Ability to Manifest Tangibly: At one end of this scale is most gods and planetary intelligences who tend to communicate through subtle means, on the other end is poltergeists, and faeries because they can move physical objects and sometimes even be seen with the human eye without first being summoned.
Hostility Towards Humans: At one end you have ancestor spirits and benevolent angels, who are least likely to be hostile. Faeries and trickster deities are in the middle, as they are equally malevolent and benevolent. Then at the other end you have vampiric spirits and disease spirits who function to harm.
No matter where a spirit falls on these scales, none of these ratings are as important as how the spirit behaves towards you, as an individual practitioner.
For instance, a lot of people have a hostile and unhealthy relationship with Odin, who as a trickster, falls smack in the middle of the spectrum on the hostility scale. I have a pretty neutral-to-friendly interactions with Odin. When a spirit is famous for lying and crossing boundaries you work with them at your own risk, I don’t trust Odin to do anything other than be his grumpy, tricksy, scheming, old self.
The Morrigan is a hard teacher, some would even consider her cruel, but she is an effective teacher, and that is all that matters to me as a sorceress. To other people with different priorities, they might now find her guidance very helpful.
Lilith is famously hostile to men, but I’m not a man, and her hostility has saved me from predatory dudes more than a few times. Hostility can be helpful sometimes.
Instead of measuring spirits by “good” and “bad”, or “high” or “low”, what is more important is “helpful” and “not helpful”:
As far as the Age/Reach scale goes: When it comes to a simple mundane task, you might be better off asking a young familiar or servitor to help you, rather than an ancient deity who doesn’t have any desire to answer petty requests, even though the older spirit has more experience. In that case, the older, seemingly more powerful deity will not be helpful.
As far as the tangible manifestation thing goes, spirits that can manifest like that may be more physically dangerous/effective, but that also makes them more easily affected by physical things, and are therefore easier to banish.
The “helpful” and “not helpful” factors in this instance depend entirely on what you are trying to accomplish.
People such as myself, who live in very dangerous places. (In my case the city that always makes it in the top 2 for “murder capital of the US”, and recently made it into the top 35 murder cities in the world.) Find it helpful to make dangerous friends, both human and non-human. I’ve dodged literal bullets thanks to that.
It is also important to keep in mind that when the first grimoires were written people would classify their rival nations’ gods of love and prosperity as “demons”. (Think Ashtoreth or Ba’al.) Conversely, the archangel Michael to us, was Mikal, god of wrath and pestilence to the Phoenicians.
Furthermore, people who talk about deities or entities in terms of “higher” or “lower” vibrations, are trying to describe them in Neoplatonic or Hermetic Kabbalistic terms, and failing.
In Neoplatonism, saturnian spirits, spirits of death and judgement, are actually “higher” than venusian spirits, who rule love and life. Death and Judgement (Binah) are actually much higher on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, than “friendly” spirits that exist closer to humans (Malkuth).