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“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
This post is going to be my second in the series of requests I received on Dear Wicked. I would like to say again that this is my personal experience and I am by no means claiming to be an expert; “The one thing I know for certain is that I know nothing”, however, I have been dealing with Angels and Daemons for almost 20 years, and they have been both my monsters and my saviors. I was asked about Daemons; what they are like; their personality and such, if they follow a hierarchy etc. I believe that the point is to try and give you guys an understanding of these fierce, Magickal, and mysterious beings that I call family. I have some answers and I am willing to share bits of knowledge giving to me by these Divine beings because only when people have their questions answered will they begin to seek their own personal truth and the awakening that humanity so desperately needs will take place.
Sometimes we have to create the paradigm shift ourselves.
Some Daemons have archetypes of themselves throughout time, and once you really dive into the hierarchy, and history you will find that it’s all the same player’s just different names. For me, I have found that how we deal with Daemons and how they respond to us is subjective; they seem to appear in a way you are forced to pay attention, thus why some have the ability to show as either gender, or stay in an androgynous form. A fallen has the ability to appear in three forms; serpent, Angel or “human”. Daemons usually appear as shadows in corners, or in reflections; mirrors, glass, windows, water, and their favorite, pictures. They move very quickly, are very calculating and pay attention to every move you make. Both races have the ability to come in an incognito mode, but that just means we can’t “see” them, but they can always be felt, at least that is my experience.
It’s important to understand that I personally do not consider fallen Angels to be Daemons but for the purpose of this post when I say Daemon I am referring to both Daemons, and fallen Angels.. There is a ‘race’ that is Daemonic, they never had grace flow through them (never were Angels) and then there are the fallen, also known as the Grigori, or the Watchers; the original 200 who fell with Lucifer during the rebellion. However, from what I understand of the text more than 200 fell with Lucifer, the number from what I gather is around 3,000 but the 200 “originals” seem to have a different power source, and are ranked higher than the others.
The idea of Daemons existing in Hell before the rebellion has been around for centuries, it was made even more popular in the 18th century with Johannes Wierus and his translation of sorts of the lesser key of Solomon and the Goetia. Wierus wrote that Lucifer took 1/3 of the Angels which equaled 2,400 when they arrived there were 11 Princes of Hell who had 6,660,000 Daemons each under their command.” This is a very accurate assessment of how Hell worked. This is important for a lot of reasons, I am sure you see the ‘666’ also, 2+4=6, and according to Christian numerology the number 11 is known as an ‘unholy Divine’ number, 10 being the Divine because of “it’s round perfection”. But, 11 in reality is an awakening number, a master number, no wonder the Christians make it out to be “evil” or “bad”. I would suggest getting familiar with some of these old texts; most of them are available online as a pdf, read as much as you can and you will see the dots connecting.
I am what is referred to as a ‘Seer’, those who have had the gift of sight in every cycle and/or have attachments to the Oracle at Delphi are granted a second sight that allows them to “see everything”. We can see not only events, but we can see entities, souls that have passed over, auras, chakras, portals; I mean you name it, we can see it. This does not mean that we literally see everything or are all knowing, this means that we have the ability to ‘see’ things of this world and the next without giving it a second thought, it comes as naturally as breathing. I think this gift sounds nice but in reality it is more of a curse than a gift. I mention this because sometimes if I am not tuned into a specific sight I will not be able to see them when they come to me. I will notice temperature fluctuations, smells, sensations on the skin, and I will get this overwhelming feeling that suddenly I am not alone. I will go over how to summon at a later date.
I work primarily with Lucifer, Belial aka Molloch, Baal, Gadreel, and Jinn. I obviously always have Gabe with me, and I believe that Crowley was correct when he said that the most important moment in your Magickal career is to learn who your guardian Angel is. Having Gabe around along with my bloodline is what allows me to easily access these Divine beings. In the beginning though I was a victim to them because I did not lay down the boundaries, and I allowed them to feed off of my fear.
I know when they are around because it will suddenly get overwhelmingly hot, and Lucy is the hottest of them all; no pun intended, haha. When Lucy is around there is an overwhelming smell of Sulfur, and at times I can taste it. Belial aka Mo, smells like cigars and depending on his mood, or the intentions behind the summoning the smell itself can be sweet or absolutely repulsive; like you are living in an ash tray. Baal is a very powerful energy, and his overwhelming hatred affects how he smells to me, it can only be described as a swamp, or musty—something; I really cannot put it into words, and with him comes this very depressing energy. Gadreel smells sweet, it is a comforting feeling. The Jinn that I work with do not have a smell that comes with them, at least not for me.
As far as personality goes they all have their own quirks, but the one common denominator that they have is a fantastic, twisted sense of humor. I find that when Lucy is around his mood can rub off on me, and at times he has “caused” me to stir up some trouble when he was bored. The Jinn are by far the most temperamental, and if they are not kept busy they will destroy your house. The higher up in the hierarchy you go, the more they require from you, this also means that the importance of drawing boundaries is going to be for your protection. I do not invoke, I would never invite an outside energy inside myself, I may summon and allow them to have access to this world through my eyes, so to speak, but in no way are they to enter my body, or soul. Also, I do not use a ring of salt when summoning but there are some big boys out there that if I were to summon, I would be sitting inside of a salt mine.
All jokes aside some Daemons do wish harm and I am not immune to this. You must know the Daemon you are working with, you must show respect but not consider yourself beneath them, and absolutely not above them. I also would like to say that Daemons cannot be called to do simple bidding, they will not take kindly to being called for something mundane, and make sure you know the price for the task that you have requested. I suggest also when summoning offering them something. For example, I use incense and wine, sometimes weed, vaginal secretions, blood, and saliva. But, not everyone should be offering bodily fluids because this can cause an unhealthy bond with the Daemon.
As for the hierarchy, it is a nobility ranking system and it goes as such: Prince, King, Marquis, Duke, Earl and President. These are the most important positions, then from here each noble member has “minions” or “foot soldiers”, these are lesser Daemons who do the bidding of higher ups. They are ruthless, and they have absolutely no moral compass; nothing to lose, everything to gain. If you are ever visited by one of these it is best to banish them, and do note that the lesser Daemons once banished, can usually not get back to this plain. Each Prince is in charge of one of the Cardinal directions: North, South, East, West, and they tend to stay in their corner of Hell. The important members to know are the big three: Lucifer, Belial and Leviathan. When working with these Daemons they seem to be more diplomatic but this means that they also require more out of you; except Leviathan, she is a beast and she will test every limit you have placed on her, and then devour you.
The last question I was asked is, are Daemons the old Pagan God’s. I would like to say that this goes back to the whole archetype, or shadow theory. This is the idea that Daemons or fallen have created other beings from pieces of themselves. An example of this would be Set, Pan, Hermes,Prometheus, Enki and Cernunnos, they are all said to be versions or shadow selves of Lucifer himself. I think each person needs to learn as they go, but from my experience, my Seeking, and my endless reading hours, yes, they are the Old Pagan God’s. I mean, many do not know that Daemons (Daimons) used to be messengers to Yahweh, and they were given the duty of delivering human prayers, and souls to him. I believe that Daemons themselves are demonized. The word Demon is what Christians refer to when speaking of “Evil beings” whereas the spelling Daemon, or Daimon shows respect, and Divinity.
I have worked with all kinds of deities, and energies, the ability to work with Daemons is not something that is just bestowed upon us; it takes time, effort, motivation and concentration because if they sense a weakness, they will hunt you like the prey that you are.
But, if you show them that you are a predator just as they are, they will allow you into their Kingdom and show you the ways of the Ancients.
In Nomine Luciferi Excelsi!
In Nomine Draconis!