Also, angelic work has never seemed to slow to me compared to working with infernals.
It is usually the person working with the angels who is to blame. The better your personal spiritual progress, the faster the spirits act on your behalf, is what I found in my experience.
Well, that's mostly hoodoo work, which is strong because it works with the spirits of the herbs, minerals, animal parts etc. included in the spell.
I've experimented combining it with angel work and its【it’s】 pretty potent.
However, and I emphasize this greatly, angel work is best for the person who is attempting to improve the spiritual progress and by relation, magical skill.
If you are praying to angels and expecting them to do the most for you, it doesn't exactly work that way.
From what I can gather of my experience, they teach you how to be "magically and spiritually independent",
in which they will help you bridge your spiritual connection to the components of the spell and strengthen it,
but you are pretty much the power source and the main one doing all the work.
Omg yes, to be quite honest I think everyone should be pushed to learn magickal defense, protection, and restorative techniques.
Most of the time the workings we do with magic, for love, money, or against enemies etc. is combatting all the negative influences or forces around us.
This is why, in established traditions especially, it is recommended to first perform workings for cleansing, banishing, and clearing away obstacles (aka "road opening") before performing magic work or spirit work addressing the more material concerns.
We do a lot of spiritual workings to address the discomfort and distress in our lives.
The motivation for wealth-related workings comes from poor experiences concerning wealth, for relationship or social related workings it stems from painful circumstances, etc.
The most effective thing an aspiring mystic/practitioner can relentlessly strengthen and improve (imo) is their ability to not only cleanse and strain away all the undesirable forces that poorly affect these areas of their life, but also learn how to further maintain and protect the stability of those areas.
I wanted to make a thread addressing the whole issue and invite others to weigh in as well.
Because "protection, cleansing, and restoration" is not seen in its truly powerful sense, I feel that it might fall by the wayside.
I think true magical retaliation is the elimination/purification of adversity and its related forces,
but many people mistakenly think it is (and work towards) perpetuating and injecting more adversarial influences towards flesh and blood people.
EDIT: I'm not saying that a little adversity or challenges in life are bad, per se, but there can be definitely an unnatural or unbalanced amount present in our lives.
Also, I'd like to add that these are more spiritual skills than just magical. The more you practice magickal defense, like any talent or skill, the better you become at it. Its【It’s】 like a muscle.
I use the word "adversary" and its related forms purposefully, too, because I gain my understanding of the necessity and balancing/purification of those forces from the Torah.
Its all revealed in the Pentateuch, the Megillot, and the Psalms.