So, recently I announced that my release of Daemonic Love Magick might be my last Daemonolater’s Guide for some time. I want to work on some more advanced books and the 101 has been sucking up too much time. I started that series of chapbooks to answer the most common questions I get in my email. It serves dual purpose – it gets the information out there for those new to Daemonolatry and Daemonic Magick, and it clears out my inbox and maintains my sanity.
A friend of mine suggested that perhaps what I should do, instead of writing chapbooks, is just blog more. Take these frequent questions from my email and start answering them here on the blog. So I’ve decided that that’s what I will do with the beginner material for now – resulting in my new monthly blog spot: ASK A DAEMONOLATRESS.
The premise is this — you ask the questions, I answer them in a post. It’s a pretty simple thing. So feel free to ask your questions in the comments below, or if you want to remain completely anonymous – send your questions to my email firstname.lastname@example.org and put ASK A DAEMONOLATRESS in the subject line.
Today’s question: HOW DO I ACTUALLY CONSTRUCT AN ELEMENTAL DAEMONIC CIRCLE STEP-BY-STEP? I AM NOT SURE HOW TO DO IT.
- So the first step is to clear the temple space. The square footage of the space doesn’t matter, you just need to be able to get around in it so you can face any direction without knocking anything over.
- Next – mark your cardinal directions (i.e. North, South, East, West). Some Daemonolaters will mark the cardinal points of their temple or ritual space with small placards that have on them the corresponding Daemonic Sigil.
- After that, there are three ways you can choose to invoke your elemental Daemons. The first option is to start at the North and move clockwise. (Going counter-clockwise doesn’t make it darker, scarier, or more evil – I suppose you could do that if you must.) The second option is to start at your elemental direction (i.e. based on your astrological sign) and work clockwise or counterclockwise from there. For the record, in old-school Daemonolatry — we work clockwise and save the counter-clockwise for closing. The third option is to start at the elemental direction most suited to the work being done and work from there. So, for example, if you’re doing a Rite to Lucifer – start East. If you’re doing a working to draw a lover – start South.
- Once you’ve chosen where to start, you stand facing that cardinal direction. Then you invoke the Daemon using the ZD sigil (traced in the air with your athame, forefinger/middle finger, or your wand) while intoning, saying, singing, or chanting the corresponding Enn. The following are the enns for the Dukanté elementals. You can replace these with the Goetia Spirit elementals if you choose.
To Invoke Earth: Lirach Tasa Vefa Wehlic, Belial.
To Invoke Air: Renich Tasa Uberaca Biasa Icar, Lucifer.
To Invoke Fire: Ganic Tasa fubin, Flereous.
To Invoke Water: Jedan Tasa hoet naca, Leviathan.
5. After all the elemental Daemons have been invoked, you can invoke Satan, your Patron, or the Daemonic force you are working with from the center.
That’s it. There are many variations of circle construction. Some rituals have processions where each of the Daemons are invoked with the athame, the incense, a candle, and the infernally blessed water. These tend to be more liturgical rites or more ceremonious, often led by priests, but you can do this as well if you feel like performing a more elaborate ritual.
To close, you simple reverse the direction in which you invoked. So you would say thank you and goodbye first to the Daemon you invoked from the center and then back around the way you came, ending with the first Daemon you invoked. HOWEVER – I have actually closed in the same direction I opened – and nothing terrible happened. So feel free to experiment with this.
Another one of the big questions I get from readers is if you need an elemental circle (or even a ritual construct) at all. The fact is that you can get away with not bothering with an elemental circle. You can, literally, do Daemonic work “witchcraft style” where you simply carve a sigil in a candle, anoint with oleum and burn. Or just sit down with a sigil and meditate on it – all without a ritual construct.
The reason the elemental circle is a part of so many basic Daemonolatry rituals is for BALANCE. Daemonic energy can often be imbalancing for new practitioners. The entire point of the construct is to keep you balanced, and to make your Daemonic guests comfortable. Rituals performed inside Daemonic circles of any type tend to pack more energy – especially if you’re also a Daemonic magician.
I hope this short article has made the construction of the Daemonic circle more clear to those who have been having a hard time with it.
Again, feel free to ask questions in the comments below, or email me.