As an author and teacher, I am constantly getting emails filled with questions about Daemonolatry and magick. I don’t mind this because I have assistants who help me answer the vast volume of mail I receive. What’s interesting is a lot of the questions we get can be answered quite simply, “Establish a regular practice.”
- How can I better connect with the Daemonic Divine?
- How can I increase my divination skills?
- How can I learn more about the Daemons or a specific Daemon?
- How can I become closer to my patron/matron?
- How can I advance in my Daemonolatry studies?
- How can I learn ascension?
- How do I get started?
Yes — every last one of these questions has the same answer. Establish a regular practice. Your spirituality is not a weekend hobby or something you simply do when you get off of work at night and/or when you have no other obligations. Your spirituality shouldn’t be some separate part of yourself locked away in a closet, only to be taken out, dusted off and used at your convenience. No – it’s part of you and you should acknowledge it EVERY DAY.
Now I’m not saying dress in all black or metal concert t-shirts. I am not telling you to wear sixteen of your favorite pentagram-daemonic-sigil-magick pendants at any given time. While the pendants may be symbols and/or reminders of your devotion (as may your manner of dress if you’re into that sort of thing), and your talismans manifestations of current magickal works-in-progress, I’m talking about something deeper. This goes beyond the outward aesthetics. After all, many practicing Daemonolaters are consummate professionals who must wear suits or proper business attire during their working day. No, I’m talking about daily PRACTICE.
But, Steph, I don’t have time! I’m really busy. I live with non-Daemonolaters. I hear these excuses a lot. They’re JUST EXCUSES to get out of doing anything tangible. Sorry, but developing relationships with Daemons and honing magickal skills can’t be done overnight. There are no shortcuts. No magick pills. No magicians or sorcerers you can pay to do it for you.
I think every last person reading this can find fifteen minutes a day for a daily spiritual practice. Take a look at the following picture and tell me what you see.
What do you see? Let’s list the items. Shall we?
- Simple stick incense.
- A simple white tea light candle. Nothing fancy.
- A clay sigil. (Make it out of paper if you want)
- A small finger-bowl with rum in it. (Cups work just as well)
- A prayer cord.
That’s it, and a lot of this is optional. For example, if you can’t burn incense because you live with someone who is allergic, or who will think you’re smoking “the pot“, don’t burn incense. If you live in a “dry” house – substitute juice or water for the rum. The sigil can be drawn on paper. The tea light can be ANY color. The prayer cord, too, can be any color. All of this can be easily hidden or stowed away and brought out of hiding as needed. Or it could even be left out on a dresser or bedside table and most people wouldn’t be any the wiser. Whatever works for you.
So let me explain what I mean by a REGULAR PRACTICE. You wake up, brush your teeth, take a shower, get dressed, have breakfast, and go to work. This is a daily practice. Now I want you to try something.
Tonight – gather all of these items (or what you can get) together and when you wake up tomorrow, brush your teeth, take your shower, then light a candle and incense, offer the wine/rum/water/juice, kiss the sigil, say a prayer with the prayer cord, get dressed, have breakfast, and go to work.
You see what I did there, right? Now – do this for a week. Then try another week. And another.
Tada! It’s magick! You’ve just incorporated a REGULAR DAILY PRACTICE. Simple, right?
Now, take the sigil of any Daemon you wish to work with, and place it under your mattress. Draw it on lined notebook paper if you have to. Whatever works for you. If your nightly routine is undress, brush your teeth, wash up, put on pajamas, go to bed… try this instead. Undress, brush your teeth, wash up, sit on the bed and meditate for ten minutes (even if you’re just enjoying the silence), put on your pajamas, go to bed. If you sleep with a partner either do this before they come to bed, or do the meditation in the living room after they’ve gone to bed. Alternatively you can lay down and do the meditation in the dark right before you go to sleep. No one even needs to know you’re doing it.
There you go! You’ve just added a nightly meditation practice that will enhance your ascension, divination, or magickal pursuits overall. Together you’ve only added about 15 minutes to your entire daily routine.
The sigil beneath the mattress will help enhance any Daemonic communication through dreams. (Change out the sigil as necessary.)
If you want to take it further and enhance an existing daily practice with additional magickal practice – choose one day a week for a certain type of practice/operation/ritual. For example, I do readings every Thursday and Sunday and have for years. As a result – I get a lot of divination practice and my skills are constantly being used and honed, making me a better reader and seer than I was, say, four years ago. Why? Practice. If you want to work on a certain aspect of yourself or hone your talents for a certain type of magick, add a regular ritual to your weekly routine for a month and see what happens. If you can’t keep up with it — try something different.
But DO something and do something EVERY SINGLE DAY even if it’s just lighting a candle and acknowledging the Daemonic within. That is how you better connect with the Daemonic or your patron or matron. That’s how you develop your magickal skills. That’s how you advance, and that’s how you get started in Daemonolatry.
Finally, I leave you with words of wisdom from Yoda (because I’m geeky like that): “Do or do not. There is no try.”