Powers of the Sphinx

  • Scire: To Know (Also Noscere)
  • Velle: To Will
  • Audere: To Dare
  • Tacere: To Keep Silent

The powers of the sphinx are the most basic and fundamental principles in a good number of Western magical traditions. This includes everything from hermetics, ceremonial magicks, witchcraft, and just about everything in between. Including Daemonolatry. One of the first things we learned in pre-initiate training were the Powers of the Sphinx. (Feel free to adjust the following elemental Daemonic correspondences according to your pantheon.)

Scire, To Know, is of Lucifer and Air. Ruled by Aquarius and represented by the human head of the sphinx.

Velle, To Will, is of Flereous and of Fire. Ruled by Leo and represented by the lion body of the sphinx.

Audere, To Dare, is of Leviathan and of Water. Ruled by Scorpio and represented by the eagle wings of the sphinx.

And finally, Tacere, To Keep Silent, is of Belial and of Earth. Ruled by Taurus and represented by the bull, which is the tail of the sphinx.

Notice the Air, Fire, Water, Earth progression (clockwise) and corresponding fixed zodiac signs and elemental Daemonic forces. Those alone should give you additional correspondences should you need them if you chose, perhaps, to delve deeper into this process.

And it is a process because the Powers themselves are basically the steps of the process of magick. So, the first is to know. One must know how to employ the magick at his current level of knowledge. Two, one must have proper application of will to lend the appropriate energy to the magical operation. Third, one must have the strength to Dare and do the magick (in a Daemonolater’s case, to work with the Daemonic). and Finally, fourth, we don’t need to tell everyone about the work we’re doing. That’s between us and the spirits/forces we’re working with. Those who have true power and dominion, the powerful magicians, need not boast of their magick. Probably best to keep it under wraps.

In a coven setting, To Know is the process of learning (which is everpresent). To Will, is to set your mind to doing the work. To Dare, is to get off your ass and actually do the work. To keep silent is often to keep completely silent about the work, and the coven. So there are a lot of ways the Powers of the Sphinx can be applied.

So where do these foundational principles come from? They come from the basic fundamental foundation of most western magickal practices. Eliphas Lévi discussed the Powers of the Sphinx in Transcendental Magick to some effect.

To learn how to will is to learn how to exercise dominion. But to be able to exert will power you must first know; for will power applied to folly is madness, death, and hell.” — Lévi’s Transcendental Magick

“In order to DARE we must KNOW; in order to WILL, we must DARE; we must WILL to possess empire and to reign we must BE SILENT.” — Lévi’s Transcendental Magick

“When one does not know, one should will to learn. To the extent that one does not know it is foolhardy to dare, but it is always well to keep silent.” — Eliphas Lévi

Some also point out that To Keep Silent can be about making the magick your own. As above, so below. To know, to know thyself. To will, to employ your own willpower. To dare, to create the ritual most pleasing to you AND the spirits you’re working with (as above, so below). To Keep Silent, the knowledge of yourself and your work – and therefore the Gods. So there are many considerations there.

Those in some traditions may even add – To Manifest as a fifth element. However, I am more inclined to view manifestation as not being part of the “process” itself. It’s what comes of the process. It’s the natural end result of it.

I invite everyone reading this to sit in meditation with the Powers of the Sphinx and consider the process on your own. Each of us will come to our own, intimate understanding of it, and its value in our practice.

Zagan & Other Sledgehammer Daemons

I often get the question when should Zagan be utilized in ritual work to manifest meaningful change. I was even asked recently if someone should do a Zagan Rite for a couple trying to get pregnant.

So first — before you jump on the Zagan bandwagon pause, assess, and think of all the pros and cons of working with a Daemon like Zagon before rushing into the temple to change you or someone else’s life.

First things first – Zagon is one of the Daemons that turns something into its opposite. So, if you’re broke and unemployed, and that seems to be your natural setting, Zagan might be a good choice. However, if this is simply a temporary situation, a less forceful Daemon like Belphegor or Belial might do the trick. Think of it this way — are you trying to take down a wall, pound in a nail, or push in a tack? Would you take a sledgehammer to a tack? For most people, the answer is no. Tacks only require a little force, whereas a nail may need more force to get them in. To take down a wall, however…

It’s all about knowing what is necessary, the resources you have in your toolbox, and working with the right tool for the job. Think of Zagan’s influence as a sledgehammer. I would apply his influence sparingly, and only in cases where things need to change (i.e. you need to knock down a wall). So, for example, if you constantly find yourself broke and unable to hold a job – you really need to get your life together – go ahead and call in Zagan. But if you’re rarely unemployed and you don’t usually experience financial hardship, save Zagan’s influence for something else.

The same thing applies when you’re doing work for others. If you want to help some happy newlyweds get pregnant, consider kinder, gentler Daemonic influence to help them conceive. Don’t bring in a sledgehammer to put a nail in the wall for a picture. You’ll put a hole in the wall, and you could inadvertently destroy the relationship of the happy couple without meaning to.

Some other good reasons to call in Zagan:

  • You want to overcome a self-destructive addiction.
  • You need to change your life before you end up hurting yourself or others.
  • You are crippling yourself or drowning in your own ineptitude.

Those are all great reasons to pull out the sledgehammer, take down the wall, and rebuild with something that better serves you.

See – Zagan has this tendency to take a person’s life and flip it upside down. This is usually not a pleasant or peaceful process. There could potentially be a lot of pain, suffering, and fear involved. The point being that sometimes you have to tear everything down to the foundation in order to rebuild it into something better. But sometimes you don’t need that. You have to develop the discernment and wisdom to know when to tear something down, or just to apply a little force.

There are other Daemons out there like Zagan. Ones that I don’t recommend practitioners work with without thorough consideration unless they don’t mind the 2×4 of reality knocking them upside the head. Don’t get me wrong – I get it – sometimes we all need some tough love, just make sure you’re choosing the right-sized hammer for the job. Do you want your hopes and dreams crushed by reality? Do you mind losing certain things you love in order to get better things? These are the kinds of questions only YOU can answer for yourself.

Other hard hitting Daemonic forces you should be mindful of working with include:

Sorath – Sorath will make you face ALL of the fears holding you back, including some you didn’t even know you had. Sorath also tends to test one’s time management skills, communication skills, business sense, and skill overall just to see if you can hack it. Especially if you’re working with him to take your career to a new level. He also tends to bring up the past and things you may not be so proud of – making you deal with them, and that’s never fun.

Claunek – While Claunek may be relatively tame for some folks (hey – a lot of folks love Claunek) – for some people (those who are paying attention at least), he’s going to point out all your weaknesses (including skills, character flaws etc…) and make you face the facts about your career/job/etc. This can be extremely painful when it comes to making you face dream crushing realities. At that point, of course, it’s up to you whether or not you listen to what he’s telling you. He’ll highlight your problem areas — it’s up to you to fix them. Otherwise you’ll just end up in the same place you were before you worked with him. (Pathworking Hint: If you keep finding yourself in the same situation over and over again, it’s you.)

Thoth – Oh, harmless Thoth. You’re probably wondering why I added him to the list. Well, again, any magician actually paying attention when they work with Thoth will be forced to up their game at whatever outcome they’re seeking (especially if you’re seeking to improve a skill). Thoth doesn’t tolerate laziness, irresponsibility, or half-assed anything. So if you want to learn, for example, to be a more effective magician (as Thoth can help with that) – you better be serious, and you better not be a lazy, half-assed student. He will metaphorically shine a light on all your mistakes, flaws, and shortcomings, then force you to practice over and over again until you eventually improve. Or he’ll subject you to scathing criticism from your peers. People generally have one of two reactions from this. They either reassess, self-edit, practice and improve, or they drop it like a hot rock and cower in a cave of self-loathing somewhere. I’ve watched that happen to a few folks over the years. Ouch.

There are a few others, but those are some of the heavier hitters.

Will every magician experience these same things with these Daemons? No. Of course not. A magician’s personality, their ability for self-assessment and self-improvement, their relationship with the Daemonic force in question (and how they harmonize with that force), their coping skills, and the person’s actual life situation and goals will all play a heavy role in HOW the magickal operation manifests and how hard-hitting the Daemon actually is.

Also note that if you have a life jarring experience with one of these Daemons – that doesn’t make you a bad magician unless you don’t grow and change as a result. Just like people who have never had a life jarring experience with a Daemon are not better magicians. Actually – people who have great experiences with every Daemon they run across likely aren’t doing the self-work and self-assessment required to grow as a person.

My goal in sharing this article isn’t to ward anyone away from working with these Daemons. Just to encourage you to stop and think before running into the temple to summon a sledgehammer for your tack (or nail) of a problem.

Why We Balance

If you have taken any of the classes that Steph and I have taught over the past two years you will have undoubtedly heard us harp on a couple of things, one being discernment and the other the importance of incorporating Elemental Balancing into your regular practice. There are reasons why we hammer these things as much as we do, and it really isn’t because we like to hear ourselves speak.

We each have a default setting, if you will; when it comes to our elemental makeup and sometimes what we have naturally will not serve us or will simply leave us a bit off balanced. Elemental Balancing can help us make up for shortfalls or overages.

My own makeup is far from balanced: Earth – 4 Air – 2 Fire –  1 Water – 5. Earth is known for being a grounding force and Water for emotions, the pairing of such high amounts of Earth and Water tells us that I am most likely prone to stagnation and over-wrought emotions. Low Air and Fire can be indicative of not having enough energy to make things happen in my life and perhaps a lack of clarity when it comes to making choices. Not the best mix, is it?

Before knowing my elemental makeup I was prone to all those issues, in spades. I was always wondering why I felt like I was at the mercy of my emotions and long periods of lethargy. It was beyond frustrating, to say the least.

These imbalances can have an affect on both our mundane and magickal lives. If you have too much earth you may have a hard time raising energy, if you have too much water you may have a difficult time grounding yourself.

Knowing what your default setting is can also help you to determine what forms of divination you might have a natural affinity for. With heavy earth and water I can go any number of directions from stones and wood (Ogham) to water, ink, and blood scrying. That being said, anything utilizing fire or air (smoke) are not my strongest suits. I can do them, but they just don’t come as easily to me as other forms. If I attempt to do them after I have done a balancing ritual it is definitely easier than when I just try to jump in willy nilly.

Figuring out what your elemental balance is isn’t that hard, you just need to pull your natal chart, and there are many sites that can do that for free. I highly recommend that you take a deeper look into what you are made up of so that you can be as effective as possible in your workings and to help you to make the most out of the life you are living.

Introduction to Intuitive Tarot

Introduction to Tarot. 4 week class.
When: Saturdays at 2pm EST beginning June 6 and ending June 27.

Instructor: Shaelyn Grey

This class is will cover the basics needed to be able to start you on your path in reading cards for friends, family, and clients; without feeling as if you need to rely on a book to interpret the cards.

In addition to delving into the Major and Minor Arcana, we will also discuss how to choose future decks and why having multiple decks can be helpful, the importance of colours and numbers, and will go over several types of spreads.

Class will be held via a private Facebook group so that videos can be accessed in the future.

If you are new to Tarot it is recommended that you get a Rider-Waite deck or Rider-Waite based deck to use. If you have a deck and are unsure if it is suitable please contact me and I will be more than happy to let you know. shaedanae@gmail.com

Deadline to sign up June 3, 2020.

Stones & Crystals Class

Date of Class: MAY 23, 2020 2PM EST

Cost of Class: $25.00

Instructor: Shaelyn Grey

Are you trying to figure out which stones or crystals you should work with? Overwhelmed with the options? Interested in learning how to better utilize stones and crystals in your magickal practice? Then this workshop is for you.

This class will be done via a private FaceBook group and you will have access to the videos for at least a year.

We will look at the best best way to select your stones, how to properly cleanse and prep them for working, which stones are best for different workings and the stones that should be in your go to bag and why.

If you have questions: shaedanae@gmail.com

COVID-19 and Demonolatry

I have been getting many emails with people asking us what they can do about COVID-19. A Demonic solution to a pandemic. First, I want to assure everyone that we here at demonolatry.org understand that this is a legitimate concern for all of us. In uncertain times like this, it’s natural to be scared, nervous, and even a bit anxious. We fear for our immune compromised loved ones, and sometimes for ourselves if we’re in a high risk group.

It is completely natural to turn to the Demonic for guidance and help at this time. I know my friend S. Connolly has been doing healing rituals every Thursday, and will include anyone who wishes to be included in the prayers and petitions for healing. You can be included by sending an email to swordarkeereon@gmail.com with the name of the person, and whether they need physical, emotional, or both physical and emotional healing.

Now – let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Spiritually:

You can work with Verrine for overall health, Marbas to cure disease, Buer for healing transformations, and Paimon or Leviathan for emotional healing (Including stress and anxiety caused by the sudden change in our lives.).

Physically:

Keep all hard surfaces disinfected. Get some spring cleaning in. Avoid contact with others, and for crying out loud – wash your hands and cover your mouth.

I do want to remind everyone that Demonolatry is not just replacing God and Jesus with Satan and Demons. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard Christians say, “I’ll be fine through COVID-19 because I have Jesus protecting me.” Let’s not have Demonolaters doing the same. While having some psychological/spiritual demonic protection never hurts, please don’t rely on the demonic as your only protection from the virus.

Since this isn’t Christianity and the demonic helps those who help themselves, and we like science — it is demonolatry.org’s stance that people should listen to the scientists and medical professionals, follow their guidelines for social distancing and stay at home if you are able to. If you have symptoms, self-isolate and contact your GP for further instruction. Do not go out if you are sick.

If you need information on COVID-19 wherever you are in the world, visit the World Health Organization, or your country, state, or city’s health website.

Please stay safe and take care of yourselves out there. If you would like to be put in contact with a clergy member for counseling, please let us know. We do have Demonolatry clergy on hand to help out where they can. Email us those requests at demonolatry.org@gmail.com with CLERGY REQUEST in the subject line.

May Verrine and Marbas bless you and yours with robust health and healing.

A Spot of Tea: Or Herbs for Divination

Last month I touched on some of the stones and crystals that can aid us in divination or ascension type workings. I consider the use of crystals a passive aid as they are there more or less simply lending their energy to us to either open us up or break down barriers. However, for those who want something a little more active herbs and plants used as either teas, tinctures, or ointments are just what you are looking for!

The biggest thing to remember in using entheogens is that usually, less is best and more could land you on the floor. With crystals we talk a lot about using stones in conjunction with other crystals for optimum effect, but when it comes to consuming substances the best advice I can give you is to use them on their own, don’t play the mix and match game because you never can tell how your personal chemistry will interact with them and you don’t want to have to explain to emergency personnel why you decided to try a concoction of Datura, Amanita, and Bourbon!

There are dozens of plants that have hallucinogenic and divinatory properties but we are going to keep things fairly simple. This list is in order of weakest to strongest, based on my own experiences and those of people that I know personally. As with anything, your experience may vary as you might interact with them in different ways.

  • Hibiscus
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Nutmeg – if used sparingly it’s pretty safe but in high amounts it can be dangerous.
  • Cannabis
  • Mugwort
  • Wormwood
  • Salvia Divinorum
  • Peyote
  • Morning Glories and Daffodil Bulbs
  • Belladonna
  • Mandrake
  • Datura
  • Amanita Muscaria

Please remember that many of these can kill you with a high enough dose. And potency can vary depending on what part of the plant is used.

As with anything else, if you use common sense you can greatly enhance your divination sessions by using entheogens, just remember that they are not an easy path to getting answers and that they are no substitute for hard work and practice.

Better Energy & Spiritual Connection through Movement

Have you ever wondered why Eastern spiritual practices often have some sort of physical practice combined with the spiritual? Think about it – Yoga, Tai Chi, Martial Arts. It’s because many Eastern traditions discovered early on that a healthy mind, a healthy spiritual connection to the divine source, and a healthy body go together.

Some of the Western Magickal Traditions have attempted to replicate this by drawing Yoga into the practice, as we see with certain new age/white light/ modern feminist Wicca movements, and, of course, Thelema. But by and large – the bulk of Western Magick completely ignores the health of the magician and thus – a good number of us are unhealthy and/or have bad habits.

First things first – unlike some magicians, I’m not going to sit here and berate or shame magicians who have unhealthy habits. That’s not productive and just because you have a bad habit – it doesn’t make you less than. The magicians who tout their own perfection because they think they’re a pillar of health often have other issues that they need to work on.

Instead, I’m hoping to inspire you.

You’re one to talk, Steph. You’re not so healthy yourself.

Actually, I’m probably one of the best people to talk about it because my happy ass is in the thick of it. I think that perhaps those of us who have battled unhealthy habits are better equipped to discuss that issue with others because we’ve been there, we know how difficult it is, and we have more compassion for those going through a similar thing.

You’re right. I have suffered the same issue so many Americans in the mid-West suffer from — poor eating habits, long work hours, and a sedentary lifestyle. It’s a deadly combo. But that doesn’t mean I’m not actively working, on both a spiritual and mundane level, to change my own bad habits. And just because you have some bad habits doesn’t mean you can’t start working to change those habits, too. Again, I repeat, having faults and shortcomings doesn’t make you a shitty magician, it just means you have work to do. Let’s just say I have yet to meet any grand ascended master magicians who have done all the work. Such people are the unicorns of the magickal world.

Great. So are you going to give me some kind of magician’s diet or something?

Not at all. We all know that processed food is full of fat, sugar, and salt, and that whole foods, and a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins is good for us. We also know what healthy portions are (take about 1/3 to 1/4 of what any US restaurant puts in front of you, and that’s all you should be eating per meal). You can make those healthy choices on a day to day, meal to meal, basis, one day at a time. I don’t believe in exclusion diets anyway, because it makes you less likely to stick with a diet over time. The key is moderation. Eat what you want, just don’t eat a lot of it and remember that not all calories are created equal. 150 calories of your favorite vegetable is going to be a lot more filling and satisfying in the long run than a small 250 calorie slice of pizza. (Really small.)

Yeah, yeah, so what the fuck is your point?

My point is that most of us don’t move enough, and not moving enough affects our energy, and that could be adversely affecting our health, our minds, our magick, AND our connection to the divine (whether we realize it or not). It’s a lot more noticeable the older you get. When you’re under 35, not so much.

This is not a new revelation for me (or for you, I’m sure), it’s just that every so often, I need a gentle reminder. We all need a reminder to stop, pause, and pay attention to our bodies. It’s easy to get side-tracked. About four months ago, I stopped listening to my body because I was pre-occupied and distracted by All. The. Things. Most of us have been there. You know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve been doing your yoga class for months, but you start getting busy and it’s just more convenient and easier to not go. Especially in the colder months when many of us want to hole up indoors behind our computer screens.

Tell me more.

At the end of last year, I found myself grinding my teeth to the point of having headaches. I’m a bit of a workaholic, and I’d created a major publishing schedule for myself that seemed harrowing. It was stressing me out. I shared my issues with a fellow priest and he said, “Have you considered Tai Chi?” (He suggested this because Tai Chi is not only about movement and focus, but it’s ALL energy work, which makes it a fantastic practice for magicians.)

Now, I had planned to go back to yoga, but the prospect of finding a new studio after my favorite one closed just seemed daunting. So, I took my friend’s advice, and $25, and I dropped by a local Tai Chi and Yoga studio not 10 minutes from my house. I signed up and got my body moving again. For some reason, making a financial commitment helps me hold myself accountable (you may have to find your own accountability thing).

My chaotic life schedule has made it to where there are weeks here and there where I have to skip out. And you know what it’s reminded me of? How crappy I feel during the weeks where I don’t spend some quality time with myself, moving my body.

I decided to sit down and make some lists that I’m going to share with you. Feel free to make your own!

How I feel physically, mentally, spiritually when I don’t move:

  1. Tired.
  2. Stressed.
  3. Irritable.
  4. Blocked
  5. Like communicating with the divine is more difficult.
  6. Unable to focus.
  7. More frequent headaches.
  8. Ankle swelling.
  9. Harder to build and send energy.
  10. Don’t feel inspired or creative.

How I feel physically, mentally, spiritually when I do move regularly:

  1. At peace, balanced, and feeling part of all that is.
  2. Happy.
  3. More sociable.
  4. Expansive, open energy.
  5. Communication with the divine is easy, natural.
  6. Focused.
  7. Fewer issues with headaches.
  8. No ankle swelling.
  9. Easier to build and send energy.
  10. Feel more inspired and creative.

So basically, I need to get a gym membership or go hang out doing yoga or Tai Chi where some asshat is going to tell me to breathe? Don’t they know that breathing is something you do whether you want to or not? No thanks.

Not at all. You can incorporate whatever body movement/exercise program into your life that works for you. Perhaps it’s just taking a walk around the block after dinner. Maybe you do yoga at home once a week. Perhaps you get back to running, hiking, biking after a long hiatus. Just do something. Even if it’s just standing up once an hour and walking around your office, or stretching. You don’t have to kill yourself.

What if I can’t move because I have a physical disability or illness that keeps me sedentary?

If you have a disability or issue with movement, do what you can. Cardio and weight bearing exercises aren’t the only movement available. Why not do some resistance or strength training? You just need a 5 pound weight and 10-15 minutes every day. Talk with your doctor or physical therapist for exercises you can do.

So why this article?

I just want those with a sedentary life habit to see and experience the change in their energy level, magick, and spiritual connections once they give the habit up.

Kind of like quitting smoking will change how your energy moves/feels, so will quitting a sedentary lifestyle. Perhaps it’s time practitioners of all Western Magick should be more cognizant of their physical health and its impact on their magick. At worst, we’d all be a little healthier, happier, and more in tune with the divine within and without.

Which Daemons can I work with to help me out here?

As usual, this is not a complete list of all the Daemons who can help in this area. There are MANY Daemons you can work with that help with health, breaking bad habits, and self transformation. This is just a short list of my go-to’s.

Buer is great for transforming habits.

Leviathan to help you overcome emotional triggers holding you back, or causing you to engage in the bad habit to begin with.

Zagan can help if you need a complete life overhaul. Save this one for self destructive habits like drugs, alcohol abuse. etc…

Verrine or Marbas if you need general health or vitality. (If you have physical limitations or illnesses.)

Why Traditional Daemonolaters are Pro-Choice

Yes, I just stuck my spoon in a bubbling cauldron of divisive emotional cross hairs and stirred. Since some folks seem to think this is a spiritual issue and there is a growing divide among a new generation of Daemonolaters who feel the need to separate based on the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate — let’s go there, shall we?

But give me a minute to give some background and context.

First you should know that I’m a Traditional Daemonolater going on 35 years now. I’m also a woman who had a uterus the first 44 years of her life. (I’m not just some guy who is regretful that his ex-girlfriend had an abortion because both of them made poor choices about family planning, and he didn’t make a spiritual choice about having sex with a woman who didn’t share his sacred beliefs to begin with.)

I had my share of sexual relationships before getting married. I’m also happily married for almost 20 years now. I’m telling you these things just so you know that A. I am actually someone who owned the equipment (which qualifies me to have an opinion) and B. I’ve actually had sexual relationships with men. I’m not some sexually frustrated guy who thinks maybe the only way he’ll be able to get a keep a woman is to get her pregnant and force her to have his spawn.

I made the choice to never use oral birth control despite how many doctors tried to shove it on me, because I didn’t want to pump my body full of artificial hormones. Even so, I was very responsible with other birth control methods to ensure I never accidentally got pregnant.

I thought about my sacred beliefs about life and pregnancy when deciding whether or not to have intimate sexual relationships with men. As a result, I never found myself in a position where abortion was ever a consideration. I like to think that I made such good spiritual choices in my relationships and that if I had ever gotten pregnant – abortion would not have been something I had to consider. For all intents and purposes — I am very much pro-lifefor me.

But not all women are me. Maybe they were raped, or victims of incest. Or perhaps the birth control failed and for whatever reason, they don’t want kids, or it’s not the right time. Or worse – maybe they found out their wanted baby had a horrible disease that would make its poor, short life painful and miserable. Or maybe, the pregnancy threatens an already sentient, independent, living woman’s life. She’s already a living, breathing being who has friends and family who know and love her, and would be devastated with her loss. How could I be so hubris as to think my experience is every woman’s? Or that my choices are the best choices for everyone else? I can’t. My choices were right FOR ME and my situation. I could not, with good conscience or any spiritual maturity and intelligence, assume my choices are better than anyone else’s.

I enjoyed the privilege having the choice to do as I wanted with my body as someone who was very much pro-life for herself. I see no reason why that same right to choice shouldn’t be extended to EVERY WOMAN, EVERYWHERE. Even if her opinions don’t match mine. Imagine that.

Another woman’s choices have nothing to do with ME. A complete stranger having an abortion does not affect ME at all. So why would I try to force my personal choices on someone else?

I may be pro-life for myself, but as a whole I’M PRO CHOICE. Let me shout it from the rooftops in case those in the back didn’t hear me — S. Connolly is Pro-Choice!

Let me explain my position spiritually, as a Traditional Daemonolater.

So, as a Daemonolater, I do believe life can be sacred (this is a whole other discussion). However, I also believe life begins at the moment a thing doesn’t need a host body to survive. Because let’s face it, if it can’t breathe on its own… does it actually have a life of its own?

But MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT — I DO NOT believe that a sentient, already self-aware and intelligent woman loses all her rights (to her own body) and becomes community or state property the second she gets pregnant. As a Daemonolater AND a Satanist – we should ALL believe that each sentient person’s body is inviolable, subject to his/her will alone. This issue goes to the very core of some of the basic tenants of any left hand path paradigm -> self responsibility – self godhood – self- worship — and minding your own damn business.

Not forcing everyone to conform to your personal beliefs is also a huge part of that. If you believe LHP or Daemonolatry is about forcing anyone to submit to your personal belief system (especially against their will), I think maybe you’re still secretly a Christian. Because Christians do that shit all the time. And they really like the idea of forcing women to become breeding stock. It’s like some kinky fap fantasy for men who feel small, powerless, and insignificant because they can’t give birth.

If abortion is against your personal beliefs — great — don’t have one.

But if someone else wants to have an abortion – STFU about it. It doesn’t affect you and it’s none of your business. And if your argument is, “But that gives my girlfriend/wife all the power to potentially make a decision about MY baby.” Then maybe you need to slow down on relationship sexual intimacy and quit jumping into bed with women who don’t share your beliefs if this is truly an important spiritual issue for you. It’s not just women who can make a choice to properly and carefully use birth control, or to abstain, gentlemen. You have options, too. Take some self-responsibility and quit whining.

The Traditional Daemonolatry I was raised with was very much a take self-responsibility and MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS religion. And it was drilled into us that you don’t try to recruit or force your beliefs or will on everyone else, even if you feel you’re right.

We don’t march, as a spiritual paradigm or religious movement, to tell other people what to do with their bodies because that very thing (trying to force other people to conform to our beliefs) goes against some very traditional precepts of our spiritual paradigm.

  1. You do NOT speak for the Daemonic. They speak for themselves and believe it or not, they don’t cry every time a fetus dies. I have asked the Daemonic about abortion in the past (during readings for friends and out of curiosity), and the answer changes based on the situation. Sometimes the Daemonic agrees that abortion is the best choice, sometimes they don’t — but its very situational and that’s something each Daemonolater has to individually discuss or work out with his/her patron or matron. Me or anyone else’s opinion is not required or welcome in that choice – and as the Daemonic has told me before — Mind your own business and keep your nose out of everyone else’s.
  2. You shall not exert your will over an independent, sentient person without their consent. (This pretty much covers rape, slavery, forced pregnancy, etc…. all bad things, folks)
  3. A living, independent, sentient person’s body is inviolable, subject to his/her will alone.
  4. Traditional Daemonolaters don’t proselytize. It’s actually against our beliefs to convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another. The Daemonic call their own. They don’t want or need you to do it for them.

By living, independent, sentient people, that means:

  1. The person can live outside a host body (i.e. its mother’s womb).
  2. The person is self-aware and can communicate that self-awareness.

So before you decide to bang your pro-life drum in the name of Daemonolatry, it’s probably good to note that a good number of Daemonolaters, while they may be pro-life, are NOT anti-choice. They can be simultaneously pro-life (for themselves) and pro-choice (for everyone else) because a random stranger’s family planning choices are none of their business.

Basically – Traditional Daemonolaters are often Pro-Choice as a political stance because of this (regardless their personal choices).

Just wanted to point that out. Carry on.

Challenging Self as a Magickal Exercise

One of the joys of each person’s Great Work is the journey. Sure, reaching the final destination or goal is always great, but we grow the most, and learn the most, from the journey itself. No one’s journey is like anyone else’s, but each journey is also similar in that it gives the practitioner the opportunity to challenge themselves.

Why Challenges?

I know. Not everyone craves challenge. In fact, many people may avoid challenges at any cost. Truthfully though, life gets boring without some kind of challenge, doesn’t it? Think of people who are always causing drama. Why do you think they do that even if it’s a subconscious act? One thing histrionic people often have in common is they’re bored and don’t have enough challenge in their lives. So they self-create challenges where none existed. This, however, may not be the most productive use of one’s time.

Stop any think about the last time you stirred the pot (we’ve all done it). You were probably looking for a challenge, but not all challenges are created equal, and not all challenges we create for ourselves are useful. We need to learn to pick and choose our challenges.

Challenging yourself can be beneficial in many ways:

  1. To prove to yourself that you have what it takes to persevere, overcome, etc.
  2. To remind you that you compete with no one but yourself (in the grand scheme of things).
  3. To exercise your will and train for bigger challenges, both self imposed and those changes that are thrust upon you.
  4. To make you more adaptable and to hone your creative problem solving skills.
  5. To learn about yourself. Man know thyself and thou shalt know the gods.

I have enough challenges, thanks. I don’t need anymore.

Then it’s probably time to make a list of your challenges and decide how many of them are self-created. It may be time to take on those challenges magickally as part of your Great Work to make room for challenges that might be more rewarding for you.

This means you need to identify the challenge, identify the Daemonic forces and magickal ingredients to help you handle the challenge (based on correspondences), do the magickal work, do any tangible follow-up you can do to overcome the challenge, and move on to the next thing.

Okay, I’m ready to take on some challenges. What kind of things are we talking about?

If you are lucky enough to not be in the midst of a current challenge and want to challenge yourself, the first thing you have to ask yourself is, “What do I want to change about my life, situation, relationship, etc…”

Make a list. I’m a list girl and am always making lists. They keep me grounded and give me actionable, step-by-step things I can do to make a change.

Break it down. Under each list item make another list breaking down all the things that need to happen to create the change.

Create a plan to enact those changes, including magickal work.

Some examples of challenges you might willfully undertake include:

  • Quitting a bad habit (i.e. smoking, poor eating or sleeping habits, etc)
  • Pushing yourself to do more (i.e. exercising, completing projects)
  • Forcing yourself to do less (i.e. taking off days, having spa days, spending more time with family.)
  • Finding balance (i.e. giving more time to your spiritual practice, or your emotional wellbeing, or to those you love.)
  • Creating beneficial change (i.e. starting a business, switching jobs/careers, letting go of toxic relationships, moving to a new city.)

So where are the Daemons and what does this have to do with Daemonolatry????

A serious Daemonolatry practice includes embarking on your individual journey to further your Great Work, and to learn about yourself. The Daemonic Divine provides wisdom, guidance, and opportunity to that end. We become stronger, more effective magicians the more challenges we navigate in life — and life is full of some really interesting challenges. Some of them are fun and some of them — not so much. Not every lesson life throws at us feels good. In many cases – the school of hard knocks sucks. However, the more you learn to navigate and control the narrative of your situation by having full control of your challenges, the easier it is to navigate challenges that broadside us from left field.

Let’s talk about some of my favorite Daemons who can help with some of the aforementioned changes/challenges we all encounter at some point. (Obviously these are not the only Daemons you can work with for the following issues, but it’s a start).

Balance/Slowing Down: Unsere to facilitate self understanding and compassion. Sitri for more spa or fishing days, or more time spent having fun with friends. Satan or Atem for balancing and centering.

Career/Job – Belial is a solid, all around good Daemon for this. Belphegore to get interviews and job opportunities. Clauneck to help you find your calling. Sorath success for entertainment or high profile careers.

Change – To change your situation or learn to weather change, nothing beats working with the Death Daemonic. They’re not just there to help with grief, dying, and necromancy. Anubis is particularly effective for teaching people how to weather change. Zagan can help create profound change if your whole life needs an overhaul. Murmur can help you get over hurdles standing in the way of you making a change.

Confidence: Lucifuge Rofocal is one of my favorite Daemons for dealing with self-confidence and eradicating low self esteem.

Emotional Happiness: Leviathan for emotional intelligence. Buer for depression and mild mood disorders. Paimon for deep emotional trauma.

Friendship: Ashtaroth or Astaroth (Astarte), Leviathan, Dagon, Tiamaat (believe it or not). All of these Daemons are my go to when dealing with matters of friendship. Tiamaat in particular seems to harmonize perfectly when trying to sort conflict, whereas Leviathan will bring emotional intelligence to the situation, Dagon for good communication, and Ashtaroth for empathy and understanding as well as bringing new friends to you.

Health (Dis-ease) – Marbas can create opportunities for cures and treatments of existing diseases and conditions, or poor health.

Love: Rosier and Ashtaroth is my favorite pairing here. Rosier for long lasting love and passion, and Ashtaroth for friendship — both of which are a good combination for those seeking to find the right person and end up in a long term relationship.

Money: If you have money owed to you or need a quick windfall, Belphegor is great for passive cash fast. Mammon is a bigger gun that can be called in for larger sums of money, or when you have no revenue to speak of and his help may manifest as opportunities.

Motivation/Productivity: While this can depend on what you need to be motivated toward, I’m particularly fond of Daemons like Gremory, Delepitoré, Seere, Seshat, and Thoth to help get my ass moving. They’ve never steered me wrong.

Revenge – Leviathan to judge those who have wronged you. Agaliarept to destroy your enemies. Focalor to break down barriers and haunt your enemy in his dreams. Svengali to control those who have wronged you. Satanchia to run your enemy into the ground.

Self Transformation (including how we see ourselves) – Buer. He’s definitely my go to here.

Strength: Lucifuge, Ba’al, and Dagon can help to shore up your energy reserves and give you strength to persevere. This is especially true if you’re looking for Daemons to help you build endurance physically and/or emotionally/mentally.

Weight Loss – Verrine. While Verrine is a general healing Daemon, paired with Buer, they’re a force to be reckoned with here.