First off, there is a lot of confusion when it relates to what the HGA actually is, so we need to first look at that before we go further. If you are totally unfamiliar with even the concept of the HGA, Abramelin, Crowley or the like...well go Google that stuff. Just read through what you find to get a primer of what "in general" most people know about it. My *personal* experience and view is this: The HGA or personal angel is the same thing as your Higher Self, it is you beyond space and time, it is the reason for incarnation, the embodiment of your True Will, your purest and highest essence. If we stripped away all of your cultural, family, and societal B.S. and put your consciousness in a state where it saw all of the past, all of the present and all of the future in regards to *itself* then you get the basic idea. It (The HGA) does not see *ALL*, it is just a much more evolved and closer to the cosmic divine self then you currently are in the flesh reading this. Remember this!!! If you begin contact with what you think is the HGA and it starts giving you information on other people, world events, or starting a religion or cult...well either you got in touch with a trickster or you are misreading the signal. The HGA is about you! Your development, your work, your True Will or purpose. The HGA is the *You* that has incarnated in thousands of lives and maybe a thousand more, jumping into a mental/astral time machine and giving it's past selves reminders and advice. It is not worried about lotteries or banging hotties, it is about getting your (blind, deaf and dumb self) spiritual shit together. Also, be skeptical of anything told to you by your HGA. use logic, common sense, common decency. No matter what you should always be in control of your life, you make the decisions! Be wary, be cautious, be discerning. Do not take anything that just floats into that thick skull of yours as gospel.
Second, there won't likely ever be a flash of light, harps playing, actual manifestation of an angel before you. You may have weird or beautiful and unexplained things happen though. When my angel shows up my wife knows, she smells flowers. I have had brilliant, full color 3d like visions like my brain caught on fire, but I have never had a heart to heart with my angel over a glass of scotch in person. The HGA works through dreams, visions, inspirations, and intuitions. In some ways it *IS* those things all wrapped up into a form. Once work with the angel begins all of those things grow and become clearer. Working with the HGA grows over time. While you can have a revelation or do a ritual to get things started, the work and relationship grows over time. There won't be a single complete total transformation in a night, it will develop over time and with effort and work. Do not get disheartened when reality does not crack open to reveal a winged beauty holding a magic scroll accompanied with angelic singing and a light show. In fact, be prepared for possibly something much, much more bizarre!
Last thing before we begin the process is your ability or skill set going in. You need to be able to focus on a subject for about 30 minutes without distraction. So, for instance if you decided to meditate on a cheeseburger you should be able to sit down for at least 30 minutes and thing of cheeseburgers, how to make them, how they taste, how to prepare them, their smell, various noteworthy cheeseburgers you have eaten and at the end of 30 minutes you should not have become distracted on the subject of hot-dogs. Save that for the next session. You should also be OK at some sort of divination system, skrying, tarot, runes, pendulum, something, does not matter what just as long as you have had some success at it. The rest you can google and research.
All right, lets begin!
Do your astrological chart. If you don't know how (like me) find a system online that will do it for free and find your North Node. Research what that means and what your particular North Node reveals about you. Now find the tarot card associated with that symbol (also any or all symbols that the sign relates to, Runes, magical symbols, which Hebrew letter, angel names, divine names, myths, anything related to that sign.) Now research the shit out of all of that. You should be able to write a lengthy term paper if asked to about your North Node and the related astrological and occult symbols associated with it. If you can't tell me off the top of your head what minor arcana cards are related to that astrological symbol you have not even started.
Go re-read this blog I wrote on sigils:
Now, find the most perfect image or interpretation of the "Moderation" card you can find. This card is a stand in Telesmatic image for your HGA and your True Will. It does not have to be an image from your favorite tarot deck, but bonus if it is. You should use whichever image for Moderation or "Art" (In the Thoth deck) you can find that calls to you.
Prepare your altar (or create an astral temple...actually do both) with the every possible correspondence that is meaningful to you in regards to your angel. You may wish to create an altar just for your angel! If you can set one up near your bed, even better as this will connect it with your dreams.
Pray. Chant divine names related to your North Node and the Moderation tarot card (divine names related to Sagittarius), ask your angel for guidance. Pray some more. Banish and invoke. Ever fell in love and wanted to talk to that person so bad it got a bit ridiculous? Pray a bit more than that and with more fervor. Meditate daily on each singular item on your altar you have collected to represent your angel. Pray some more. Always end the prayers with a thanksgiving as if you KNOW your angel will be showing up any day now. Draw, paint, compose music, sing, dance, craft gifts to your angel out of love. Fall asleep every night trying to conjure the tarot card that represents your North Node and the Moderation card, one one night, the other the next.
So, at this point you have been researching, praying, creating art, and creating a space for your angel but at no point should you actively try and directly contact the angel!!! No evocation, invocation of the angel, no guided meditation, no astral projection to it!!! This is a energetic build up, the romance phase. You are creating expectations, symbolic connections and relations with the symbols. You are building a bridge in preparation for first contact. This should all take a few months. You are filling the symbols with power and meaning. A good sign of readiness is a dream or two of the angel. Once this occurs along with some symbols related to what you have on your altar it means that your unconscious/soul has gotten the message and accepted the imagery involved as related to your goal.
During this entire operation you should not be doing other spells, other rituals or anything you would not want being symbolically related to your HGA. You are a programmer writing code, you should only be coding for all things relating to your True Will, Higher Self and HGA. NOTHING ELSE!
Some people go to the extremes and go on sabbatical from work and life during this work. If you can do so in a healthy responsible manner by all means do so, most cannot do this (I did not). You should try to minimize distractions, media, movies or anything that cannot be in some ways related to you experiencing the HGA. Be healthy, be responsible, be patient but be focused.
So, once you have had a dream or two of your angel, or have had a few synchs that seem to say "message received, angel is awaiting" then you may continue.
Every morning and every night go before your angel altar and with all of your imagination and skill imagine with eyes closed that standing before you is your angel. Try tricking yourself into thinking that if only you opened your eyes you would see your angel. Do this and nothing else for as long as you can possibly do so. Once you can no longer perform the ritual thank the angel for appearing and imagine it fades away. So, go to altar, pray for your angel to appear and imagine it does so, then sit with that experience trying to imagine as strongly as you can muster your angel is actually there and if someone accidentally walked in they would be shocked to see a real angel in the room! Then thank the angel for coming and allow the presence to fade. Repeat this until you have a peak experience (try using a mind altering substance if you can legally and safely acquire one and be sure to bless it and use it only with this purpose in mind, make it a holy communion.) When the experience is as real as can be mustered try and lock this experience in your mind, this presence, this feeling. Ask the angel for a blessing now, ask it to be in your life, to guide you and teach you, this is the moment you have been working towards!!! ALLOW the experience to occur in whatever way it manifests, do not force it. Repeat this until you have a moment of "Woah, that was intense!" That is the moment we want, lock THIS moment into your mind ala NLP Anchoring (using the sigil you made as the focus or create a ritual gesture or word that when used brings this experience back. Keep repeating until you have this moment burned into your consciousness. KNOW inside and out this presence, this energy and its effects on your consciousness. Lock it into your ritual or sigil associated with the angel.
You have now initiated contact. Give thanks, end the rite with offerings and heartfelt appreciation.
You now have a sigil, ritual or magic word that is loaded with the essence and power of the blessings of your angel. This is a powerful tool! A potent key!
You can begin working with the angel and incorporate it into your magical life. Life goes back to "normal" now. You can even take a break for a bit. When ready begin Pathworking. Imagine in a focused daydream a giant door before you that has the image of the tarot card associated with your North Node on it. Walk through the door, experience what is there. Look for another door that shows the Moderation card you chose. Walk through that door and experience what is there. Now call out to your HGA and await a presence. When it arrives imagine the sigil for it being energetically sent from your heart into it, say any magic word or perform the ritual anchor. If the angel becomes more vivid, grows, shines or comes more into focus it is your angel, precede to speak with it and question it. if the image fades, goes dark, shrinks, the angel vanishes or anything similar the image is an illusion or a trickster spirit and should be banished and the ritual ended.
From here with greater insight and success perform evocations, invocations and just in general begin a good dialogue with your angel. Ask what the preferred method of contact is. In all things related to your life decisions, magical development and practice consult your angel.
I hope this little how to helps you on the path! Good Magick to You!