The essence of Darkness.
The thing we probably never really think about is, that most people on the Left Hand Path, are drawn to the Dark Deities, or at least to those whose dark aspects primate above all.
Has this to do with the power these forces radiate, the fact that it appeals to our inner darkness and hidden emotions, or is it a pure coincidence? Well, most of you will rule out the last opportunity at once, as we no there is no coincidence. Everything is a matter of action and reaction, we take a road, vibrate energy towards the universe, gods or archetypes, whatever you see in them, and a reaction comes towards us. So we can rule out this factor, remains only two options, so if you have a guess, its a 50/50 chance that your response will be correct. At least, if we need to make a choice here, as both remaining answer can apply.
We are automatically drawn towards the Dark Deities/ Archetypes, because of the power or force, they radiate. When we make contact with these beings, we can feel their strength running through us, and strengthening that aspect in us, where they stand for. They recreate us in their name, we become one of essence, and rise above our limitations. This is an ongoing process, don't expect that you are changed in one day, or over one ritual or path working.
You need to make time for this, and work on and with yourself, as you are your greatest friend or enemy. Only you can raise yourself to supreme heights or the lowest depths, no one else. If you believe in yourself and in what you do, then the way and opportunity will come, and change has started in you. But if you doubt or reject the powers, if you fear to look into your self or recognize your own darkness, then you throw yourself in a bottomless pit.
In any working, when you call dawn the power(s), you will have the opportunity to proceed on the Sinister Path, to explore your inner darkness and emotions. Don't be afraid of this, but cherish the chance, confront yourself with your most secret desires, and if no one gets hurt, when you practice them, go your way.
Life is to be enjoyed, not to be thrown away on empty matters, let the energy of the universe, the gods or archetypes run through you, inflame you with their lust, their love, power and life. Call on the power(s) of the gods, however you see them, and let them flow freely through you.
Let your body be the vessel of those who you invite, feel how their energy radiates through you, inflaming you with their strength, recreating yourself, after their image, giving you the key of an immortality, that is only known, to those, who reach self deification, and know that you are a god.
You don't need to feel any shame, to be seen equal with the gods or archetypes, but take your path & roll upon yourself, and grow to the fullest of your possibilities. You can do this in a ritual, through visualisation, meditation, or other ways. In the end, it all comes to the same point, be one of essence with the gods, be one of essence with Darkness. There you will find liberation and rise about your own limitations. There you will find fulfillment of your desires.
The path of Darkness is factually one of light, as it frees you of hypocrisy and false humility, but it also tells you to be responsible for your own deeds and choices, you can't hide no longer in the flock, but stand at head of it, in the spotlights. Only few survive it here, so call on the strength of the Dark Ones, that you may hold your position and don't weaken. Their strength can help you, but you must take the steps, no fluffy thrust here in an all loving god. The Dark Ones, give you a choice, rise above yourself and feel their powers, which draws you to victory, or fail and fall in the faceless mass of the world population.
Yours is the choice, yours is the power, yours is the kingdom to build, with and through the powers you call on, and for whom you are the vessel, so raise yourself above manhood.
My path has become clear in Sutekh, all hail and glory to Him, who is part of myself, and radiates through me, to create the world and destiny that I chose. So think careful, whatever you wish for, as all has a price to pay, but when done well, the reward will be much greater then the price and you yourself will be one with the gods/ archetypes.