One glaringly obvious flaw in the magickal literature of Michael W. Ford is the way that it waters down female entities to the point at which they exhibit no individuality whatsoever. The book wherein he is most guilty of this is a treatise on vampyrism called Akhkharu, which deals with Lilith, Kali, Hecate, and more. Each subsequent essay on one of these goddesses seems to serve almost entirely to convince the reader that the goddess being discussed is in no way separate from the one covered previously. One often wonders why Ford even bothers to work with multiple goddesses.
Hekate was a virgin goddess in Greek myth and Lilith is the Matron of sacred prostitution, so Ford’s allegation that the two are one overlooks the glaring differences between them. When we say “Sacred Prostitution,” we are referring to Pagan clergywomen who fornicated with the congregation in worshipful rites to, for example, Asherah and Astarte. Lilith is thus the matron of ritual sex, in the same way that Hinduism has a goddess related to worship via blood. It should be clear, despite Ford’s allegations to the contrary, that Lilith is separate from Hekate, whom Greek myth depicted as virginal.
If you were to review the spirits which serve Hekate, you would find that most of the names of said spirits are also names by which she herself is referred to. The lamiae serve her, and Hekate is known as Lamia. The empousae follow her, and she is known as Empousa. The mormolyceae follow her, and her son is named Mormo, and Hekate is called Mormo as well. Baubo is her offspring, and Hekate was often called Baubo. Hekate’s children are asexual reproductions of her own character, so when Ford connects Lilith to Hekate, he is ignoring the true nature of Hekate’s (a)sexuality and projecting his desires onto her.
Michael W. Ford presents Babalon and Lilith as identical forces, which they are most certainly not. According to Aleister Crowley, Babalon is a personification of Binah (Saturnian Sephira). Dion Fortune writes that Lilith is like an inversion of Binah, and Thomas Karlsson writes that Lilith’s true throne is in Sathariel (Saturnian Qlipha).
When I perform Ford’s rituals, even badly, other psychics in the building are prone to remark on how powerfully they alter the subtle atmosphere. Michael Ford’s mantras or “staotas” have yet to fail me, as do the sigils he makes. Nonetheless, his philosophy, as it is presented in his exoteric literature, is often incredibly shallow and it should be regarded as such. A witch I know was so enraged by the intellectual incompetence that Akhkharu and Wisdom of Eosphoros exhibited that he ripped them both in half while possessed, and with good reason.
Michael W. Ford was indeed associated with the Order of the Nine Angles once upon a time, but despite common belief, Ford was not the anonymous author known as Thornian. The leaders of both Drakon Covenant and Deathwave Nexion have told me this on separate occasions. A couple witches who know Ford have told me that the watered-down worldview which is presented in Ford’s publicly available literature is not an accurate representation of the man’s actual beliefs. The variate of Ford’s philosophy which he imparts to the higher-ranking members of his order(s) is allegedly far more insightful and coherent, but this does not excuse his exoteric teachings for criticism.
If you’re going to read some books by Michael W. Ford, I would recommend Liber HVHI, The Bible of the Adversary, and The Book of the Witch Moon: Choronzon Edition.
Lastly, here is a link to the first installment in another black magickian’s writings on Satanic feminine spirits, a series which covers Lilith, Na’amah, Machaloth, and Gyllou in incredible depth. One will find these free writings far more insightful than many treatises on the same entities that have been published thus far.