Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oogy Boogy Demons

Recently on a group some poor soul asked for suggestions and guidance on using a Ouija Board to contact Demons. I say poor soul because the responses that came flying through were purely to ridicule him. He was told that if he is going to do it, then to please get someone to record it so that when he gets ripped to pieces, we can all see.

Is this the reaction of a fool? If you ask my opinion, yes it is. The word “demon” has obvious connotations, mostly in reference to the Christian ideology of a big bad evil thing. However, when dealing with “demons” in magical practice, we find a very different perspective, if we do our proper homework and research.

From Online Etymology Dictionary - :

“Demon - late 14c., from L. daemon "spirit," from Gk. daimon "deity, divine power; lesser god; guiding spirit, tutelary deity" (sometimes including souls of the dead); "one's genius, lot, or fortune;" from PIE *dai-mon- "divider, provider" (of fortunes or destinies), from base *da- "to divide" (see tide). Used (with daimonion) in Christian Greek translations and Vulgate for "god of the heathen" and "unclean spirit." Jewish authors earlier had employed the Greek word in this sense, using it to render shedim "lords, idols" in the Septuagint, and Matt. viii.31 has daimones, translated as deofol in O.E., feend or deuil in Middle English. The original mythological sense is sometimes written daemon for purposes of distinction. The Demon of Socrates was a daimonion, a "divine principle or inward oracle." His accusers, and later the Church Fathers, however, represented this otherwise. The Demon Star (1895) is Algol.”

So what do we have? A spirit, which could refer to many things; a deity or guiding spirit from the Greek, and even including the souls of the dead, which could include Aunt Agatha; and then moving on to being the god of the Heathens (i.e. my god, and I wouldn’t call him unclean, pure heresay I tell you), and the Demon of Socrates being his own inner oracle. So where is the evil, oogy boogy Christian interpretation?

People hear the words “Ouija” and “Demon” and they immediately rebound back to their good and righteous childhood with prayers to the Messiah before going to bed. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that viewpoint, but I will say it is immensely misguided, ESPECIALLY when coming from people who claim to have done their research and communed with “spirits”. I do think most of these people do not move further than their own skulls, imprisoned in bone that confines the processes and creates illusion. But that is just my opinion and rant.

But let me give you the other side of the coin. A lot of folk think that there is either evil things or good things. Some would posit the idea that the Fae have butterfly wings and the Angels are all love and light. If you think this, then you have not encountered them in their true sense. The InnerContacts, Sidhe, Hidden People, Pale People, Fae…are not always fluffy, in fact they are very seldom are if ever, and the Angels are not always going to smile and give you a muffin. So when dealing with any spirit, whether it be Fae, Angel, Demon, whatever, there are always risks involved. They are not good, nor are they evil, they just are, like people walking the earth that you meet with and encounter every day. Your next door neighbor may be a very gentle and kind soul, but that does not mean he does not have it within himself to kill his family. The key is to educate yourself, which not a lot of people do, and then when ready, go for it. I am not sure whether to say tread carefully through the thorns and bramble, or just start ploughing your way through as fast as you can to get to the other side. That is something you will need to decide for yourself.

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