30 Apr 2019
HISTORY & UNDERSTANDING OF DEMONS
In the world of demonology it really depends on how you actually interpret the meaning of demons or what they are. Some will see them as astral bound entities and some will see them as afflictions of the psyche or energetic field. In the ancient days, people blamed everything good or bad on some type of personification of an outer or outside deity or daemon. In medieval texts the afflictions of the soul or temptation of the body was blamed on a demon. Mankind has continually scapegoated their issues on entities. But in doing this they gave these entities power and they were birthed on the astral plane. These entities do not have a physical body in this material plane and need a vessel. Some people’s consciousness or perception is dialed into a different dimensional frequency or plane so they are able to see or feel these different vibrational energies in this physical world but many times this requires a type of training, gift or second sight.
Do demons or negative entities exist?
The beings mentioned are created with our minds. However, these particular creatures also exist at the collective level of the human group-mind, and are therefore quite powerful. Their power extends only within the human group-mind. In other words, they do not have corollaries beyond the human experience and do not exist within non-human nature. The only place that anything definable as “evil” exists in this universe is within the hearts and minds of human beings.
But this does not mean that they are not real. All it means is that they are only real in human terms. They have no power over the non-human rest of the universe. They also have only as much power over us as we give them, either consciously or sub-consciously. This is why it is so important to follow a path of self-realization that begins with character development, mental discipline and the bringing to light of all the dark matter that fills the ordinary human psyche.
Daemones & Spirits
With the ancient Greeks, they personified the nature of emotions or personality traits as Daemones (spirits). Daemones (personified spirits) of the human condition and abstract concepts formed a large part of the Greek pantheon of gods. They would name a trait or personality and a deity would be birthed. I personally see it as traits or energies created by the zodiac stations or the seasons that we, or the world passes through in it’s precession of the equinox.
The abstract personifications can be divided into seven broad categories:
1. Emotions and states of mind, e.g. Love and Hate, Sexual-Desire, Affection, Anger, Harmony and Discord, Joy and Grief, Laughter, Hope and Fear, Indignation, Delusion;
2. The human condition, e.g. Birth and Death, Sleep and Dreams, Pleasure and Pain, Youth and Old Age, Wealth and Poverty, Hunger and Disease, Ease and Toil, Fate and Opportunity;
3. Qualities, e.g. Strength, Beauty and Grace, Wisdom, Stupidity;
4. Morality, e.g. Valor, Modesty, Moderation, Hubris, Mercy, Truth, Lies, Impiety, Justice, Oath, Respect, Insolence;
5. Voice, e.g. Eloquence, Persuasion, Criticism, Lies, Quarrels, Prayer, Counsel, Curse, Lament, Rumor, Message, Fame, Battle-Cry;
6. Actions, e.g. Force, Rivalry, Victory, Labor, Contest, Fighting, Murder;
7. State of society, e.g. Peace and War, Good-Governance, Law and Lawlessness, Justice and Injustice.
Most of these divinities were pure personification with little or no mythology. Only a handful achieved full characterization, including Eris (Strife) and Hypnus (Sleep). A few including Eros (Love), Nike (Victory) and Nemesis (Indignation) achieved cult status, with minor altars and precincts dedicated to them in historical times.
To see a larger list of these qualities or spirits please click here.
What Are Thoughts & Emotions?
The physical world or reality is an energetic network or system. Energy is formed at particles and matter is composed of four states of energy. Energy makes up everything in the world. The four elements are contrived of matter and combine to create matter. To really understand magick or energy work you would have to understand this fundamental concept that everything is energy. Your thoughts, your words, and your actions are energy. You co-create this reality with others. Everyone manifests through thoughts, words, and actions that use energy to form objects, conditions, and experiences. As you bring more energy to any thought, any conversation, and any action, you increase your powers of creation. Thoughts and emotions are intricately related and can be experienced together, but they are distinct.
So if you think of these entities as characteristics or thought forms of matter that has birthed into real dimensional energetic currents that either aide or block your flow or balance of energy it takes on a different aspect where its not such an evil or negative experience. We can also counteract these feelings, thoughts or emotions that we give power to by understanding their balancing or opposite energies to bring us back into harmony. To make sure we are all on the same page and have an understanding of what demons and spirits are we must understand thoughts and emotions.
What are thoughts?
Thoughts are mental cognitions—our ideas, opinions, and beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. They include the perspectives we bring to any situation or experience that color our point of view (for better, worse, or neutral). An example of a long-lived thought is an attitude, which develops as thoughts are repeated over and over and reinforced – the patterns or cycles that we are conditioned into. By identifying a set of thoughts or attitude we will make the first step into reprogramming or isolating the negative qualities or traits that we have formed attachments to. While thoughts are shaped by life experiences, genetics, and education, they are generally under conscious control. In other words, if you are aware of your thoughts and attitudes, you can choose to change them.
Invocation Verses Evocation
What is the difference between Invocation and Evocation?
- calling forth
- calling in
In the occult or hermetic world there are two ways to work with these emotional entities. Also note that prayer is another style of calling forth or invoking specific energies or asking for aide or help from outside energies. If you don’t physically want to draw in or call into your physical vessel or person, you can create a sigil or a drawing that is a representation of the entity. You can also use a statue, a mirror or container. This is basically the difference between invoking and evoking.
Invocation covers a great deal of the occult workings. Invocation literally means “to call within”. We perform invocations during trance states, work, spells or ritual, divination or prayer. You can invoke the powers of the Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) to assist you in your workings. For an example, invoking the powers of Earth for healing, stability and strength. You can invoke the power/essence of Gods/Goddesses/Entities/Spirits to assist you during your workings or for deeper communication. You may also invoke the essence of an animal (such as a totem animal), a plant (such as Sage etc) because like every living thing, all animals and plants possess Spirits. You can even invoke an ideal or a thought or personality trait (see list of Greek spirits or daemones for more understanding).
Evocation means “to call forth/summon etc”. No Spirit/Entity/God can appear in a physical form regardless what you have read elsewhere. So this theory of evoking to physical manifestation is nonsense. The correct term is evoking to visible appearance. The only way these Beings can appear in a physical form, is when They possess. However, this is what evocation means. Bringing forth a Being in visible appearance. Some will say that they view them in their inner eye or mind’s eye. But a entity in the room with you without being in a vessel or container will not happen because they are not of the same vibration of this plane. You have to physically or mentally change your state of consciousness to be able to see it.
Many evocations have turned into full-blown possessions. Some evocations are deemed “failures” because the Spirit did not visibly appear. Just because you cannot “see” It as you would see someone sitting opposite you – doesn’t mean the spirit is not there. Only a true mage will know how to see without using their eyes. In 50% of the cases, a “failed” evocation has turned into an invocation without the practitioner knowing it.
People with mental or emotional issues may be more sensitive to energies and vibrations. Highly sensitive people may feel like they have experienced a walk-in or possession at times. I wouldn’t necessarily say that all emotions are controllable but anyone can be trained to still and empty the mind. Another way to learn to live in harmony and balance with unwanted emotions is that you can start with a simple mental exercise. When the thoughts or emotions rise inside of you, you can create an entity through a sigil or directed to a dedicated a shrine or sacred place for the energy to return.
You can also create servitors or daemons that represent these emotions and thoughts and then when these feelings or thoughts arise you can empower this entity with the ability to guard and feed off of this energy and to transmute it into a quality that you find more suitable to your state of mind or being. We can learn to cast off the energy of the unwanted emotions and feed them the energy that makes us anxious or erratic. When we learn to realize what thoughts bring about these emotions and feelings or cause pain or panic attacks, or self-loathing and hatred within ourselves and towards others, we can learn to cancel them out or quickly allow them to pass and be released to feed our demons that we have created for this specific task.
The Four Temperaments
Another idea that is popular in the esoteric studies and Hermeticism is the four temperaments and soul mirror balancing, and in ceremonial workings, the four archangels represent the four elements or four directions. The temperaments were the original, four fluid based personality types of the human and all other systems like the 16 type Jungian archetype based Myers-Briggs system are found on. To find out what personality type you are you can take the test here.
One particularly useful application of the calculation of temperament for the aspiring Hermeticist is as an aid and a guide to the creation of the Soul Mirrors described in Franz Bardon’s Initiation into Hermetics. Because your personality is based on the four elements of nature, or the YHVH or tetragrammaton that represents the four faces of God and the foundation of all life.
The reason I use this exercise in working with others is to understand or acknowledge what we would consider the negative characteristics that limit or hold us back (the demons of our life). The point of the soul mirror exercise is to spend some time doing the inner work of the shadow or self reflection to identify and describe the largely unconscious characteristics that make up our personality. Bardon has one begin with the Black Soul Mirror which is a description of all of our negative characteristics. Bardon leaves it up to the student to determine what negative means to him, but these are, broadly speaking, qualities that hinder rather than help us.
The ability to look at yourself with an objective perspective is a necessary part of spiritual growth and achieving what Bardon calls the “magical equilibrium”, a state of being in which one is able to act intentionally without being influenced by one’s subconscious programming. It’s a necessity, without which you risk serious imbalance when you start working with the elements directly. Bardon has the student assign each of these characteristics to an element; and then the whole process is repeated with one’s positive characteristics in each element to create the White Soul Mirror. By the end of this exercise, you have a basic idea of the balance of the four elements as they exist within your personality.
This I believe is a necessary step in creating the servitors or helpers that will aide you in trying to balance all the negative aspects of yourself. In the end, you have to understand and know where these characteristics exist in the zodiac or planetary speaking. Each sign has certain archetypes or qualities and each planet rules specific tendencies and inherent nature. To balance these qualities out, usually you would have to find its opposite, balancing energy or planet in the zodiac house or chart.
Personal Thoughts On Invocation and Evocation
To me I see invocation as a way of calling these qualities of empowerment into your energetic fields. It is temporal and a state of consciousness or altered perception and experience. It is a way of encouraging the qualities that we want to be found in ourselves. We call it into our spirit with intention. It is also a way of removing or balancing the negative qualities in ourselves.