Daemonic Dreams

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Behind the gates of sleep, await the daemons of dreams. Are you ready to meet them? We spend a third of our lives asleep. During that time, we naturally enter the meditative states many of us struggle to achieve when awake. Take back those hours and learn to recall your dreams better, plan what you want to dream in advance, and even control the very fabric of your dreams themselves. Figure out how to interpret dreams without a dream dictionary. Inside this book, you’ll also find rituals to the gods and daemons of Sumer, Egypt, and Greece, as well as the Ars Goetia, the Grimorium Verum, and the Dukanté hierarchy. Spells are included for both those who suffer from bad dreams and those who want to send their enemies nightmares.

Written specifically for Daemonolaters! Contains six never seen before sigils and enns!

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Which Deck is for Me?

One of the questions that I am asked by new Tarot students is how do I know which deck is right for me?  Understandably, given how many decks there are out there. Between traditional Tarot and then all the Oracle decks its easy to get overwhelmed by the choices and drawn in by the artwork in the decks. So, with so many options how DO you pick the right deck? There are several options:

  1. You are gifted your first deck, usually by your teacher.
  2. You find one at a local shop.
  3. Hunt one down online.
  4. The deck finds you!

I. The Gift that Keeps on Giving

When I started reading, it was traditional for you to be gifted your first deck of cards by a teacher or like minded friend, and this is actually how I got my first deck.  It was nothing overly spectacular, just a simple Rider-Waite; but to me is seemed like the key that young Mary Lennox finds and uses to open the door into her aunt’s garden in The Secret Garden!  It also built a special bond between myself and my teacher, and although we lost touch over the years I still think back on her with very warm feelings. Although I love the connection this makes between the giver and the receiver it isn’t always feasible; even with it being easier to find teachers these days. Some people just prefer to keep their interests to themselves and with there being so many excellent resources on the internet these days you don’t necessarily need a human teacher.  So does this mean that you are screwed if you don’t have someone to gift you a deck? Nope, not at all; if anything you get to select what sings out to you instead of taking the deck that someone thinks is your match.

II. Shop til You Drop

The next option is to do an in person search, so its time to search for metaphysical shops in your area and plan a visit.  Some shops have decks outside of the box so that you can see what all the cards look like, which is always a plus. The most important thing here is to see what each deck makes you feel, because the right deck will make itself known to you.

Several years into reading cards I stopped into a new shop to see what they had to offer. In the corner there was an Arthurian deck that just kept pulling me back to it, no matter what I did. The owner of the shop laughed and said “You apparently aren’t leaving without that deck!” The last thing I was looking for was to spend money on a tarot deck, especially one that was that expensive; but I also knew enough to know that there was a reason I had visited that shop and after chatting with the owner we came to a deal that we could both live with. This deck is still with me, but it has a major attitude problem (I will chat about that on another day) so I don’t use it all that often, guess we can say that it is in retirement. 🙂 For a while it wouldn’t even work for me, instead preferring my then husband!

III. Let Your Fingers do the Walking

This can be a bit trickier, simply because sometimes what we see on the screen isn’t what we get in the mail. That being said, you are able to really broaden your options when you do your looking online as you are limited to what the local stores have in stock or what is regularly available in your country. I was able to find 2 gorgeous decks from Russia that I adore and I never would have been able to find these if it had’t been for an internet search. So if you don’t mind waiting a little bit, finding the deck online isn’t a bad option.

IV. Left on Your (Proverbial) Doorstep

Sometimes you just happen to stumble upon a deck, with no rhyme or reason. I have come across decks at yard sales, Goodwill, and even a Salvation Army! When a friend’s grandmother passed away we helped his mom clear out her flat and I stumbled into an unknown treasure trove.  While I was cleaning out the bookshelf, behind the “proper” books; I found Rune stones, 6 tarot decks, books on tarot, magick, crystals!! I called my friend in and showed him what I had uncovered and he laughed. He and the entire family thought GiGi was a good Italian Catholic!! He simply asked his mom what she wanted to do with all the books and she asked us to bring them to Goodwill!! So I packed up the decks, Runes, crystals, and all the books and they came home with me.

I was not looking for anything that day, but of all the rooms that I could have been working in, I was in the room with all of GiGi’s hidden life. One of my finds that day was an original Aquarian Tarot that I had wanted for years!! It finally found its way home to me…. I just had to wait for it to find me.

My only bit of advice, is to stick with cards that are slightly less complex in the beginning. “But Shae, that Shadowscapes deck is AMAZING! Why shouldn’t I get that?” I’m not saying that you can’t, but as a beginner it is better to go with a deck that is based on the basics and that doesn’t have a lot of extra imagery that can pull your attention or overload you.  It is also helpful if the deck you are using is one that is referenced in any guidebooks that you are using, and if you are fortunate enough to have a teacher, ask them for their recommendations.

 

Origins

Today I thought I’d talk about the origins of the system a lot of us long-time Daemonolaters use and whether or not one’s belief in its origins invalidates the system.

So the first thing people need to know is that initially the book Modern Demonolatry was written for a SPECIFIC group of people, not the general public. We hadn’t thought members of the general public would be interested in buying the book. Then, when people outside our group started purchasing the copies, I honestly did not stop to think that because my friends, including Dukante’s daughter, had given me information from their family works – specifically for the purpose of publishing the book for our group — that I would be throwing myself into an impossible position. I never thought that far ahead. Had I, I would have most certainly edited a lot of things out and just stated “unknown origins”, for which I STILL would have been criticized for.

Sure, I could have just taken credit for everything – the enns, the sigils, the hierarchy and all the stuff that wasn’t mine, but then that would have opened another can of worms. The people who knew where the material came from, would have accused me of appropriating their family or traditional information and claiming it as my own. I imagine at this point you can see what a precarious position I put myself in.

I was damned either way. The only way to have NOT made the mistake either way would have been to not publish the work at all. What’s done is done though.

Now that said – a LOT of what is in my books comes from my group or my own work. When it comes from another source, I cite that source, even if it’s unverifiable, because I believe in giving credit where credit is due. I am not going to take credit for someone else’s work like people want me to just because we need an origin point by which authenticity is gauged. It’s dishonest and I have no desire to lose friends by not citing my sources. Not to mention, I imagine that even if the Dukanté notebooks, or other information were in a library somewhere, my critics would STILL bitch and whine that it wasn’t authentic enough because some of it comes from 20th century people. There is a certain part of the occulture that doubts the authenticity of anything less than 500 years old.

It is what it is.

I also can’t help it if some of my sources would prefer to stay out of the public occulture. They’re the ones who, ultimately, have to choose to release *their* records to the public for scrutiny and judgement of “authenticity”. While I have permissions to use “some” of it (and all of that is mostly published in my books) — I do not have access or permission to take away people’s family records, notebooks, and journals and start handing them out. That would be stealing.

But, Steph, you ask — are you sure what these people gave you is authentic and historical? Maybe you were duped! Let’s just say that I have seen some of the journals, and notebooks. They’re not published material – folks. These are hand written, personal journals of people’s grandparents and family members. Yes, I suppose it is possible I could have been duped. However, if that is the case, then a lot of people went through great lengths to dupe me. Including getting their grandparents, parents, and kids in on it, and hiring book binders and hucksters to help them age paper or forge handwriting. If that is the case – then I am one of the most gullible people on the planet. But on the other hand — I also know that what I have is authentic because I’ve used the system and IT WORKS. It has worked better than all of the systems I’ve tried. Why would I question its authenticity? Because it’s not documented in a published 500 year old book somewhere?

So next, I am going to tell you a few things that may come as a shock.

1. Richard Dukante only put together a hierarchy. He did not create “Daemonolatry”. Guess what? His hierarchy was HIS personal gnosis. But a lot of people liked it and started using it. That is why it is so prevalent to many practitioners of Traditional Daemonolatry. There are also a lot of people who like the Goetic Hierarchy. There are also a lot of people who have created their own set of Daemons to work with. A hierarchy alone does not make one Daemonolater more or less authentic than another. If you’re not comfortable with the Dukanté hierarchy and it’s not authentic enough for you — don’t use it. It’s that simple. You have options!

2. Dukanté was a nom de plume. Richard Dukanté did not want his family thrust into the spotlight due to his occult practices. This is no different than what a lot of modern occult authors do with regard to pen names.

3. The biography of Dukanté printed in Modern Demonolatry and the later The Complete Book of Demonolatry was based on information I was given by his daughter. I know that using Dukanté’s real name would reveal that the biography is correct, but I cannot release that real name as that was one of the agreements I made so I could publish the information to begin with. Dukanté was a popular figure WITHIN traditional Daemonolatry – the people the book was originally written for. That was why the biography was originally included in the book at all. Now that Daemonolatry has grown beyond what it started as, the relevance of Dukanté outside the traditional groups is not nearly as important as it would be if ONLY traditional Daemonolaters were using the book.

4.I have explained in The Complete Book of Demonolatry and many other places online where the Enns and Sigils come from.  This has never been a secret, but my critics would have you believe it is.  Maybe they need to learn how to read. These sigils and invocations (enns) come from magicians like you and I, who have have the ability to go into the astral (via ascension practice) to get those sigils and enns from Daemons themselves. (How do you think ALL the grimoires came to be? Someone was the first person to write it down! Every published grimoire out there started as someone else’s PG.) Not everyone will find the sigils and enns gotten “Daemonolatry-style” will resonate with them. But a lot of people do. Why do you think my books are so popular and why I write about this particular form of Daemonolatry? Because IT WORKS and I love the Daemonic Divine. No other reasons.

“To me, the validity of any system is based on how well it works. Not who started it and/or how old their work is.” – S. Connolly

Please note that I’ve ALWAYS said in all of my books that you are welcome to take what works for you and leave the rest. I’ve never preached my books as gospel as I believe all books about spirituality are merely collections of ideas. I’m not anyone’s mother. I am not here to tell you what you should believe (as I believe you should find what works best for you), and I don’t want followers like some other occult personalities might.

“People can either ignore me, walk beside me, or get the fuck out of my way.” – S. Connolly

I don’t write the books I write for people who have no use for them. I write the books I write for the like-minded people who will be inspired by them and find them useful. If you’re not one of those folks – great, go find something else.

So yes – it is true – I cannot prove my sources because some of them have chosen to not come forward or release their personal family information. Perhaps some day in the future they will, at which time I bet the critics will still scream, “Inauthentic!” In the meantime there is nothing I can do about that. For all historical purposes, I will likely go down in history as the mother of modern Daemonolatry.  While I accept that, I will still continue giving credit to those magicians who contributed, whether they or their executors choose to speak up or to release their family records – or not.

If people don’t like that – too bad. I am not going to become an unethical, thieving oath-breaker just to pacify a few vocal critics. 

Enochian and Goetia Master Classes!

Hey everyone!  I am one of the faculty for an online Goetia Master Class!

What are the Enochian and Goetia Online Master Classes? Two Seven Day Live Online Video Classes with some of the most exciting writers and teachers of Magick today! There will be a class focusing on Goetia, and one on Enochian. Sign up for one, or sign up for both! You can also add signed copies of some of their books and other additional magical items! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!  (For Daemonolaters there is a Daemonolatry package that includes an elemental king oleum package!)

  • David R. Jones, founding member of the Center for Enochian Studies , the John Dee Society and a central figure in Enochian practical research since the 1970s.
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  • S. Connolly, author of Daemonolatry Goetia, the Goetia Workbook and many other books on the daemonological.
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Daemonic Prosperty Magick

It’s finally available to the general public! Daemonic Prosperity Magick!

Written exclusively for experienced Daemonolaters, in Daemonic Prosperity Magick, learn how money magick with Daemons works. This book gives you  PRACTICAL Daemonic magick to bring more prosperity into your life! Included are the six best Daemons for wealth, prosperity, and career success – including Clauneck – and formulas on how to double your cash, or take your career to the next level. Included in the paperback and hardcover editions is a bonus section on Sorath to catapult your work into the spotlight. From basic traditional witchcraft to shadow work and meditations, to more ceremonial rites and petitions – it’s all in this book and it all works! The author personally tested every ritual in the book multiple times and only included formulas that were successful every time. Results may vary based on talent and work ethic.

Paperback and Hardcover include over 35 additional pages of BONUS CONTENT including a whole section on Sorath, all sigils, and 11 MORE rituals!

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Ask A Daemonolatress: Does the order in which I invoke matter?

Dear S. Connolly: Do I invoke the demon I’m working with before Satan in the circle or after Satan? Someone told me to do it before, while I understand some articles say after. This is very confusing.

Answer:  In the standard, elemental ritual construct, in my tradition at least, Satan is the 5th element and comes after the first 4 elements invoked. Then you invoke the Daemon you are working with. Or, in some cases you might skip Satan (or your equivalent 5th element) and invoke the Daemon you’re working with.  The entire point of the standard construct is to create a balanced space in which to work with Daemonic energy.  So there is a reason for calling on the four (or five) elemental kings to begin with.  It’s not just because “I said so”.

See, Daemons are intelligences of pure energy. How you mix them matters in the alchemical/magickal sense. They’re not sky mommies and daddies, or invisible humans with super powers, which is how a lot of people treat them. So imagine the elemental circle like a battery. You activate the battery in a sequence. If you throw something new into the sequence, it changes the charge.  If you want Asmodeus (for example) to be the focal point of your ritual, he’s not part of that elemental sequence construct.  The circle serves the purpose of balance. The actual Daemon you’re working with is the purpose – the focal point – of the ritual.

In this construct, the elementals (including Satan) and Asmodeus have separate functions in the construct of the rite. By putting Asmodeus before Satan, you place him in the balancing construct, and Satan as the Daemon for the focal point.  The last Daemon you invoke should always be the one you’re seeking to work with — in this particular ritual construct. I hope this makes sense!

S. Connolly – Is it true you actually said to use the Christian bible to force demons entities into submission? 

Answer – That’s not what I said at all. Though I can see why someone who is very inexperienced and/or new to magick,  or one who cannot see beyond Christianity might think that. What I was saying, and perhaps I wasn’t clear, is that if you look at Christian magick, like in the grimoires, the alleged Names of God are “stolen” from Canaanite and other pre-Christian sources, so technically by using those names or vibrating them during ritual, what you’re doing has nothing to do with “Jehovah” “Yahweh” or even Christianity etc…  You’d actually be vibrating the names of deities older than Christianity (of which many Daemons ARE the deities of older-than-Christian religions, EL included) and drawing their influence into the ritual.  You’re not constraining or binding anything against its will. (Trust me, if Daemons want to kick your ass, they will, whether you shout Jesus at them or not.)

The idea that names of deities can constrain other deities is about “tempering” influence.  Magick is a lot like cooking. So look at every Daemon you bring into a ritual as part of a recipe.  You add specific things at specific times to your recipe to produce the desired result. Some things you add sparingly so it’s not too strong. Other things you add in excess because you can spice it up with other influences. When you’re done, hopefully you have something wonderful and effective for your purpose. That’s probably a labored metaphor, but spirit/energy influence in magick works much the same way. It’s an alchemical mixture of energy meant to manifest in a way that coincides with your will.  Sometimes it needs to be precise for the most effective results. Sometimes you can get by with a general mixture. It’s the precision of how it’s mixed that separates the great magicians from the so-so ones  (just like cooks – not everyone is a master chef, but you could learn to be one by minding your recipes and experimenting).

Of course there will still be people who choose to believe I’m secretly a Christian. Haha. I assure you I am not.  While I have experimented with vibrating some of the “God Names”, it’s not part of my regular practice.  I have also been known to occasionally work with angels (which I see as a type of Divine Intelligence, i.e. Daemon).  I’m a magician and it would be foolish of me to poo-poo or admonish a technique or paradigm if I haven’t tried it. That amounts to hubris IMO.  And yes, in a GENERAL magick book I wrote called Curses, Hexes, & Crossing, (which was not a Daemonolatry book) I did include the Psalms for cursing.  In case some of you didn’t know it, a lot of the Psalms in the bible were hijacked from older traditions, too. A lot of magickal traditions that combine Catholicism and magick use the Psalms in magick. And since the book was a general book about magick I included curses from ALL traditions and from various cultures. Everything from Traditional Witchcraft, to Daemonolatry/Satanism, to Khemetic, and, of course, Christian.  Magick is a practice that spans all cultures, traditions, and centuries. I study magick as a whole, not just a tiny area of it. So writing a general magick book in the area of execration magick was only a matter of time for me. Hate me for not being biased if you must. The Daemonic doesn’t give two shits one way or another. No – really – they don’t. They don’t have the same petty, emotional, ignorant hang-ups that people do.  We project our own personal hang-ups, ignorance, and pettiness onto them. We create them in our own image because we cannot fathom them in any other way.

 

So that’s it for this post! I hope you’ve found my answers helpful.

 

 

November’s Daemons: Verrine and Verrier

Like love, daemons crop up in unusual places. Take the origins of the daemons of Verrine and Verrier, both traditional Daemonolaters associate with the month of November.

In the early 1600s, the hunt for witches which was sweeping Europe had yet to grip France, but a seventeen-year-old girl named Madeleine would soon change that. Madeleine de Demandolx de la Palud had not done well during her time at an Ursuline nunnery and was sent home to her parents due to a bout of depression. During her recovery, she grew close to a friend of the family, Father Louis Gaufridi—so close the two became lovers.

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Beloved Dead – Making an Ancestral Altar

Have you ever been touched by the passing of someone you didn’t know personally?

I was in high school when Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, died. Although I was already a certified geek back then, Roddenberry meant little to me at the time. My friends may have been Trekkies, but phasers couldn’t stand up to lightsabers as far as I was concerned. Star Wars ruled, at least in my opinion, and I probably would’ve given my eye teeth to meet Princess Leia, just like many of the boys of that era.

I was definitely out of my element the night Roddenberry’s death was announced. I’d decided to see how the other half lived and indulge in an evening of “debauchery” at the annual Star Trek social. There I was, surrounded by uniform-clad officers flipping each other Vulcan high-fives and fiddling with their fake ears. I’d been gritting my teeth through a Klingon conversation that had gone on way too long when a man smeared with blue face paint and sporting a pair of Andorian horns mounted the stage. I still remember the hush that fell over the crowd when he announced Roddenberry had died. A lone speaker buzzed, playing no music for what felt like an eternity before a woman began to sob audibly at the back of the hall.

I longed to be anywhere else.

After making sure my friends were okay, I refreshed their drinks and retreated briefly to the washroom. It would be many years before I took any sort of counselor training, and I had no idea how to handle all the feelings suddenly packed into that room. When I returned, the social had started back up again but the party wasn’t quite the same. My friends and I won for our costumes at night, but I’m not sure my date still cared. I didn’t know how to help her process what she was going through, or whose job it even was to do so.

Looking back, I know now that she should have turned to family, a guidance counselor, or clergy member if she needed help dealing with the issue. That’s still what I would suggest now. Moreover, as clergy in training at the Temple of Atem, I hope that the members of my congregation feel comfortable enough to approach me if they suffer a similar loss, regardless if it is a member of their blood family or a family member of the heart. I certainly want to establish that level of trust with them eventually.

So many of us nowadays live estranged from our families of origin—and often with good reason. When a person tells me that they are no longer in in contact with their family, I no longer feel the urge to judge. My judgment will add nothing to the situation for good or ill. If they feel their familial relationships need repaired, then they will eventually seek out a solution. If it isn’t broke, they won’t fix it and won’t seek my help in trying.

Think about how many animals continue to live with their parents after reaching adulthood. While some animals live in large extended families, within these groups social order is usually quite rigid, with every member knowing their role or place. Members cannot step outside that position without altercations occurring. On the other hand, when offspring leave their parents after growing into an adult, they typically assume all the roles their parents once held and then go off on their own… at least in the animal world. In both of these instances, parents and offspring wanting to step into the same position are forced to butt up against each other as competitors for resources and standing.

Why people would believe humans would act any different within our families boggles me. We remain animals, and our baser instincts kicked in whenever we or are resources seem threatened. Of course, what I interpret as the threat may be nothing to you. That said, the world today runs at a breakneck pace which can trigger us to fight for competition when no need for competition actually exists. While watching TV or scrolling through our Facebook feed we are inundated by advertisement trying to convince us that we need products we have never heard of before. Worse yet, our neighbor already has them! The world does not support cooperation as it once did, even among families. It is no wonder that we often seek comfort from outside sources, whether these are friends of the heart or figures we have adopted from television or other media.

Were also told, however, the competition will make a strong, to suck it up, and that we should “never let them see you sweat.” When one of these extended family members dies, we can be unsure how to deal with it. It’s one thing if a close friend passes away. We can attend their wake or funeral, possibly go through old pictures and letters, and maybe even reminisce with others who miss them too. But what about those “friends” that we only know through television or media? What about someone like Gene Roddenberry who affected people but never met most of them?

An actor I liked died last night. I won’t say he was one of my favorites. After all, I never hit that obsession point where I had to look up everything he’d ever done. That could be because John Dunsworth couldn’t be classified as “cute.” In fact, he is best known for playing Mr. Lahey, a frequently disgusting character on Trailer Park Boys. Yet Lahey had recently undergone a redemption of sorts, if such things can be said for any of TPB‘s characters. The show is something of a phenomenon where I live, spawning 11 seasons, three comedy specials, and just as many movies. Almost every character is awful: a complete exaggeration of the people you know if you’ve ever lived on the wrong side of the tracks. They’re always working on a scheme to make a buck, but rarely keeping their heads above water while using each other as life rafts. These characters epitomize broken families of origin that won’t let each other go, and families of the heart that help each other survive.

Finding out Mr. Lahey’s actor had died was like a punch in the gut. No, Mr. Lahey wasn’t real, but I genuinely felt for him. John Dunsworth had portrayed him with great zeal too, literally letting it all hang out for is acting on more than one occasion. He been gloriously gross and heart-breakingly poignant in the role. A true talent that had left my family roaring with laughter more times that I could count. I wanted—needed—to do something to mark his passing in my life.

Since it was my partner that notified me of Dunsworth’s death, I contacted my hubby at work to make sure he was doing okay first. We decided we would pour one out for both John Dunsworth and Mr. Lahey later in the evening, since it seemed in keeping with the style of his character, and that was how we knew the man best. Such a ritual may sound silly, but toasting a fallen comrade and then pouring some of the alcohol into a bowl or directly onto the ground is a time-honored tradition that goes back long past the days of urban street gangs. You can see it across many cultures, from where spirits are offered strong drink in Voodoo and Hoodoo, to the sumbels and blóts of the ancient Norse. The Egyptians in the times of the pyramids and even before also made food and drink offerings to their dead, and their pharaohs were regularly buried with elaborate gifts.

For tonight, it simply seems appropriate to toast the man who portrayed a notorious drunk. In my opinion, appropriateness is the most important thing. We will use hard liquor and speak straight from the heart, no doubt dropping a couple F-bombs as well. If I were wishing a very feminine young lady on her way, none of this would suit at all.  That rite would be far more formal, decorated nicely, and involve white wine. That is not to be stereotypical, but to hopefully sum up the person well. As morbid as it is, you can probably imagine what would be used to toast you and what would be discussed at your wake if you’ve played the game where you ask a friend, “What five items would you place in a pentagram to summon me?” Truthfully, it may be a good thing if we could all be so easily stereotyped and thus remembered by our loved ones.

In this Halloween season, how would you want to be remembered? What five items would you place on your own ancestral altar? With that in mind, I urge you to create an ancestral altar for one of your own beloved dead, whether they be family of blood or family of the heart.

Here’s one way a small ancestral altar to a specific person can be arranged.

Making an Ancestral Altar

sigil deathdemons death demonic demons demonolatry daemonolatry ancestors altarChoose a small table that you can sit or kneel in front of comfortably. Drape it in black cloth. It is fairly easy to find black table cloths and place mats during this season, but this altar does not need to be spooky or foreboding. You can just as easily use a clean, black napkin or hand towel purchased from any department store. If you have none of these things, go with the darkest, most neutral color you have.

Place a picture of your loved one in the center of the altar. You can carefully write their name and place it in the center if you don’t have a picture of them. Alternatively, you could use a ghost autograph using their name or make a sigil out of it using your favorite method. During communion with the Death Daemonic last year at this time, I was granted a sigil and enn that I could use to communicate with my own beloved dead. I was told I could share it.  This can also be placed in the center of an ancestral altar as the focal point. You can see it to the left. You must inset the name of the dead person at the end of the enn if you plan to utilize it.

Set things that the dead would enjoy around the focal point. Add sigils to Eurynomous, Baalberith, and Babael.

On nights you feel so inclined, sit before the altar, burn appropriate incense, and speak to the dead. Leave offerings that they would like. Some people feel it is right to take part in these offerings, while others do not. This can only be decided by you.

Either way, let the lion’s-share of the offerings sit on the altar until the life seems to have been taken from them: usually 24 hours for drink or until food begins to wither. If your home does not permit letting the offering stay on the altar this long, return them respectfully to the earth immediately after the ceremony.

Alternate Rite to Eurynomous

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It’s only the second of October, but autumn has arrived in full force where I live. Most of the trees have turned, and the leaves dance in lively orange and yellows against the dreary sky. Just a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t need a jacket in the morning. Today, I wanted gloves when I went for a walk. It feels like Halloween is coming early. Eurynomous is definitely in the air.

Before I became a Daemonolater, I studied everything from chaos to ceremonial magick for over twenty years. I devoted most of that time to developing a relationship with the Norse pantheon and still work with them frequently. I don’t feel that this conflicts in anyway with my current faith. Just as there can be Kemetic and Canaanite Daemonolaters, I suppose there may be others who align better with the Aesir and the Vanir. Besides, Norse gods like Loki have definitely been demonized by Christian scholars in the past. One need only bring him up in Reconstructionist circles to learn how controversial of a figure he remains. He’s one of the reasons I continue to adore the Norse deities. Every Halloween, I still hold a blót or sumbel because of them, even if I don’t do so specifically in their honor.

The word blót (pronounced bloat, like boat) comes from the Proto-Germanic blōtą, meaning “sacrifice.” Of course, to “sacrifice” something literally means to make it sacred, but it ancient times this typically involved an animal offering to the gods. Worshippers would ritualistically kill the pig, goat, or cow and give its meat to the spirits. Its blood would be sprinkled on statues, holy items, and on the members of the community as a form of blessing. This is now carried out in the form of asperging, where a ceremonial fir branch is dipped in alcohol instead of blood, and this is sprinkled on the blót’s participants. Similar rituals remain in use in the Catholic Church too, where the penitent are blessed with holy water.

On the surface, a blót may seem similar to Catholic communion in other ways as well. In ancient times, it was traditional to share in the sanctified meat offered to the spirits. Now beer or mead tends to be passed from person-to-person instead. As it goes around the group, requests are made before the gods, making sure they always get a portion of the holy drink in turn. The leader of the ceremony returns the contents of the offering bowl to the earth afterwards with proper respect.

Blóts are held to grow closer to the divine. Sumbels, on the other hand, are held to grow closet to the community. Here, instead of making requests, toasts are made to beloved gods, ancestors, and personal heroes, with the toasts leaning towards bragging and tales of renown. You drink the energy of this retelling down with the holy beverage. (From my personal experience, the line between blóts and sumbels is very thin—especially when a large number of people and alcohol becomes involved. I’ve found additional rounds of a blót typically turn into a sumbel.)

In the Norse faith of Asatru, blóts are usually held several times a year, with the most important being those for Yule, midsummer, and autumn. The autumn blóts were especially auspicious to the ancient Norse; they had named November, or Blót-month, entirely after it. The Norse held sacrifices to the elves and disir at this time of year, both whom where strongly connected—and sometimes indistinguishable from—ancestors in their mythology. This habit of honoring the beloved dead in common in many Pagan traditions at this time of year, including Daemonolatry, where many practitioners set up ancestral alters during this time.

Alternate Rite to Eurynomous

If you would like to augment your ancestral practice with a blót or sumbel-styled ritual this season, here is what you’ll need:

  • a punch bowl
  • a chalice or cup for everyone to drink from
  • paper cups are those who don’t want to share
  • sufficient alcoholic beverage for everyone participating to drink three rounds PLUS offerings to the spirits
  • sea salt or diabetic lancet, as required
  • clean spoon or ceremonial dagger
  • paper towels just in case you make a mess
  • a designated spot to pour out the offerings
  • any other ritual paraphernalia to set the mood that you need such as candles, incense, etc.

Fill the chalice or cup with your alcoholic beverage of choice.

If you are taking part in this ritual alone, you might want to prick your finger with a diabetic lancet and add a drop or two to the drink to share with the Daemonic Divine. (Daemonolaters working as a group who wish to add their blood to offerings should refer to Abyssal Communion and Rite of Imbibement by S. Connolly. Until then, please be safe and leave blood out of your group workings.) Those who do not want to add blood to the beverage should drop a single grain of sea salt into the chalice instead and mix it thoroughly with a clean spoon or ceremonial dagger.

Finally, draw the ZD sigil over the beverage saying:

Talot pasa oida Belial et Leviathan.

Now construct a ceremonial circle as you normally would, inviting the elemental daemons and Satan with their enns. From the northern most point of the circle, invite Eurynomous with:

Ayar secore on ca Eurynomous.

Once this has been done, the blót itself can begin.

Pour the first cup and present it to the elemental daemons one by one in the same order you invited them to the circle. Return to the center and present the cup to Satan and Eurynomous. If you are working as a group, start with the person closest to the northern most point.

During the first round, everyone participating drinks to an ancestor who has helped get them where they are today. If you have difficulties connecting with your family of origin, consider thanking ancestors farther down your line, whether or not you know their names.

Lift the drink high with your toast, visualizing it imbued with all the vitality they have given you. Feel that connection flow through as you drink it down.

After you toast the ancestor, pour some of your beverage into the punch bowl with “Hail” or “Ave!” Do not forget this. It reaffirms the link. Also, do not let the cup run dry. If it becomes low while being passed around, make sure you refill it. You do not need to bless it again or add more blood.

In the second round, say goodbye to someone or something you lost this year. While this round tends to be heavier in tone than the last, you do not have to have lost something sad or negative. You might have parted ways with someone who caused you nothing but grief, or shut the door on a job you didn’t like.

No matter what you choose to speak about, life the cup high and say your final goodbyes. Taste whatever you’re letting go the last time on your lips, and watch it flow away from you into the punch bowl. If this rite is being held around the fire, you could burn items that represent this aspect of your past as well.

The third round is meant for what you want to accomplish this year. If you have plans for the next twelve months, boast about them in the presence of the Daemonic Divine! Ask for their help, even make an oath if you dare. Halloween acts as a spiritual year end for many Pagans, so you can take this time to make “resolutions” if you like.

As you raise the cup, visualize all you wish to have happen filling and literally overflowing the cup. Drink from it, taking in the energy. Again, if this rite is being held around the fire, flames can be used to transmute prayer requests written on paper into energy. Either way, don’t forget keep that cup full and always offer some of what you are drinking to the gods after every request.

You can keep going after three rounds if you wish and if there is still alcohol to be drunk. Devote further rounds to tales of your ancestors and the spirits themselves. Continue making toasts and offering the beverage as before.

When you feel that you are done, pour the last of the beverage into the punch bowl. You can leave this sitting on your altar for up to 24 hours for the spirits to feast on it. If that isn’t possibly, it may be ceremonially returned to the earth immediately.

Any time after you have thanked the daemons in reverse and opened the circle, the offering should be walked outside. Return it to the earth with this prayer.

En tasa melan wehlc Belial.
En tasa melan Eurynomous.

  The ritual is complete.

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Spirit of Water Meditation

Tomorrow traditional Daemonolaters celebrate the equinox Rite of Leviathan. This time of year symbolizes the turning of the seasons from summer to autumn as well as the changing of the daemonic elements. Water rules from now until the beginning of winter. It is a period of harvest and contemplation. You can use it to assess how well you have done in the months so far and make plans to tackle any shortfall before winter. It is also an excellent time to over your to-do list and calendar before the end of the year.

Of course, your version of the end of the year may differ from mine. In some pagan traditions, the year ends with Halloween or Samhain—better known in Daemonolatry as the Rite of Eurynomous. To someone coming to Daemonolatry from such a background, this would feel pretty natural. On the other hand, if you are a Daemonolater from a part of the world that celebrates New Year’s Day in March, then even hanging a new calendar on December 31st might feel strange! Both are entirely possible, given how far around the world Demonology is now practiced.

If you are unsure how to approach adding the element of water into your magick, why not ask it directly? Here is a brief guided meditation that I wrote in the spirit of the Equinox rate of Leviathan to help get you on your way.

Spirit of Water Meditation

You stand atop a small hill, with the vast ocean waiting below. Centuries of initiates have walked this slope, wearing natural stairs into the moonlit grass. As you look down at the water, a series of hooded lanterns come to life on each step, one after another. Their flames beckon behind stained glass.

When you are ready, follow the glow of the lanterns to the bottom of the hill. You will find there are nine steps in all. If you have difficulty seeing the lights clearly or feeling the stairs beneath your feet as you descend, try counting every step. Visualize the shape of each number in your mind before you move onto the next. Don’t worry if you cannot picture any of them for very long.

You reach the beach at the end of the hill. It appears that someone has already left offerings to the gods of ocean. Large wreaths bob upon the waves. A few have drifted back onto the sand, carried by the tide. Moonlight mutes the flowers’ colors but it cannot dull  their scent. The perfume of clary sage and iris blossoms hangs heavy in the air, mingling with the salty tang of the ocean itself.

Take a moment to drink in the warm night air and revel in the damp sand beneath your feet. Breathe deeper if you like, but not so deeply that you strain your lungs. Let your body relax into a rhythm that feels right for you. Notice how the offered wreaths dance on the ocean and sway with the tide in time with your inhalations and exhalations. Breathe as the ocean breaths, gentle as the night.

Now turn your attention to the sand at your feet. The tide has created a small pool cut off from the rest of the water, the pond no larger than it a dinner plate. It rests between your toes, reflecting the moonlight.  Stray petals float on its calm surface.

Gaze down into the water, feeling the warm night air around you. All at once, the water ripples as if stirred by an invisible hand, the petals swirling. The silver reflection of the moon shifts. You look deeper into the pond, and it seems to look back into you.

I cannot tell you how the spirit of water will appear to you, or how Leviathan might choose to communicate. If you haven’t established a relationship with Leviathan yet, any messages could be difficult to hear. Try reaching out with your other senses. What else can you smell? What can you touch? Does what you see in the pool remind you of anything?

Don’t dismiss what the water is trying to tell you now. Remain open minded and open to different sorts of conversations. If you do not need to talk with water or Leviathan about anything specific at this time, consider asking how you can make use of water for purification, protection, or blessing rituals.

When you feel like your time together is done, thank Leviathan and any other spirits that feel appropriate to you. After you have said goodbye, climb back up the hill, visualizing your ascent as clearly as possible. If you need to, see the numbers in your mind again.

The lanterns on the stairs wink out one after another. Finally, only a single light remains, and you stand at the top of the hill. You lift the last of the lanterns in your hand and look back toward to ocean. You can no longer see the scrying pond from where you stand, but you know it remains for you to tap into its power any time you wish.

Ave Leviathan. May this autumn be good to you.