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A Schedule for Me: April Domagick Days 12 – 23

This Domagick challenge is a success! We were supposed to concentrate on self-alchemy, so I chose to invoke Belphegore and work with his energies daily to strengthen myself personally and professionally. In thanks, I said that I would write him a story. I finished that story last Friday. I handed it over to a trusted friend and editor the same day to see what she could make of it. I usually let stories sit for a while before I edit them and then hand them off to someone else for critique and polishing, but this is a different sort of project. I want her fingerprints clearly visible beside mine in the clay of this finished piece. I’m not entirely sure yet what it will become. Regardless of how much work is still required on the story, I need to keep writing fiction the way I have been the last three weeks. It will keep my mental muscles in shape. That way I’ll be ready to go whenever a story idea strikes. I already have a few plot bunnies that need attention, but I can always turn to writing prompts if necessary. The point is to keep my mind limber so switching back and forth between fiction and nonfiction isn’t so much of a problem anymore. There are additional ways I could be strengthening myself as a writer, but if I don’t maintain this base level of “exercise,” none of that will matter. I can only add those other things to my schedule once I get this fiction habit down.

As I mentioned last time, it is far more difficult for me to determine whether I am gaining emotional strength by invoking Belphegore each day. I admit, the issue that was bothering me when I first started this round of the Domagick challenge rarely crosses my mind anymore. However, I’m not sure if I should thank Belphegore for that, or if it was simply a matter of time. There is a lesson in this, of course, and one that has been presented to me many times before: all things are transient, especially emotions. This includes the painful ones, although it may not feel so at the time. Perhaps the strength I have gained was not the type I originally thought, one where I would be able to bear more, or feel less. Instead, it is one of hindsight or endurance.

In my personal life, I have definitely felt Belphegore pushing me to take better care of my health. I had a number of appointments I needed to make, all of which I had been putting off simply because my schedule was too busy. There never seem to be enough time with all that I needed to get done. Strangely enough, as soon as I started making these appointments and committing to looking after myself, my schedule began to thin. It’s not perfect yet, and just like I have to commit to writing fiction on a regular basis, I must commit to only taking on one appointment per week. Otherwise, I will overwhelm myself.

If nothing else, maybe the strength I gained during this Domagick challenge is realizing how much I require I schedule to thrive—plus figuring out how much my current schedule had been out of whack. My new one is quite different, favoring my real priorities and what I want to do over the priorities of other people. I know that there will be some backlash because of this, but I’ve also been reminded that such things don’t last forever.

Today, I invoked Belphegore, meditated in his presence, and made my daily offerings to him. The stones that I hold sacred for him grow darker each day, and I look forward to taking them outside on the last day of Belphegore’s rites.

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The sigil of Belphegore, altered for the day I had an optometrist appointment.

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Odin – A Sigil and Enn

Today I’ll share something a little different: an enn and sigil gained through an Ascension with the Daemonic. As I recently talked about in my article about an alternate Rite to Eurynomous, there can be many types of Daemonolaters, including Norse ones. I’ve spent over twenty years working with Odin now—or Odhinn, as I prefer. The All Father goes by many names walks in many guises. He was the first divine intelligence that came looking for me… and he is the one that have never truly went away.

It can be said that Odhinn embodies one side of the Death daemonic. To gain the wisdom of the runes, he hung as if dead for nine days on the great tree Yggdrasil, pierced by his own spear, forbidding any of the other gods to help him. Finally, on the ninth day, the runes spoke to him from the well of Urd that lay of the bottom of the tree, and Odhinn let out a cry of triumph. In completing thise ritual, the god saisthat he was “given to Odin, myself to myself,” a sacrifice that helped him gain the wisdom of the cosmos.

Because of this, Yggdrasil is sometimes known as the “Odin’s Gallow’s tree.” I believe the sigil here reflects a noose. I find it curious, too, how the sigil for the All Father reflects that of Satan, who is also the All.

Hail Odhinn!

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PS: The similarity in some enns that have to do with the dead just makes my brain twitch! I love analyzing these things!

 

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Thanatos – O Death

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“Thanatos” by William Briar created with modified stock art from Pixabay.

While I did spend time with my Lenormand deck today and even completed my Month of Spreads reading, I spent far more time contemplating my Death Daemonic card of the day: Thanatos. In Greek mythology, he is the personification if death, but rarely appears in any stories. When he does appear, he can occasionally be outwitted—a good thing, since Death was originally meant to be feared by both god and mortal alike in the Greek mindset. Over time, however, Thanatos became associated with gentle passing.

When depicted in art, it is typically with his twin brother Hypnos, better known as Sleep. Thanatos is sometimes shown as winged and bearing an inverted torch, symbolized life snuffed out. He carries a sword at his side. Other symbols include butterflies and poppies.

An Orphic hymn to death begins:

“Hear me, O Death, whose empire unconfin’d
extends to mortal tribes of ev’ry kind.
On thee, the portion of our time depends,
whose absence lengthens life, whose presence ends.”

Not the similarity to “O Death,” a traditional American folk song. Jen Titus made this track famous through its association with the show Supernatural, where it became the theme song for the character Death. It also featured in the video game “Until Dawn.”

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Eurynomous: Talking with Death

eurynomous sigil demons daemons demonolatru daemonolatry deathIt feels like the weekend threw my routine off. Everything’s a little out of step today. I spent much longer with the nine Daemonic Divinities than I do normally today: almost two hours. I wanted to speak at length with Eurynomous, both through the Lenormand and with art. From what I read, it looks like this will be the first of many conversations, although his choice of topics sometimes perplexes me. I know there will be a point. There always is.

This evening I’m attending a short workshop with my brother. The class is being taught by one of our friends, and I’m looking forward to it for that reason alone. Still, the timing feels especially auspicious. Tonight, I’ll learn how to better connect with my ancestors, right in the midst of my sitting down each day with my deceased grandfather. With any luck, I’ll be able to put what I learn into practice right away!

These are the combined #sigils of the 3demons #Belphegor and #Halphas, painted digitally.#digitalpainting #painting #digitalart

Thank you, Belphegor and Halphas!

Although I won’t go into details here, I created this image today to show my gratitude towards #Belphegor and Halphas. I began praying and making offerings to both a couple of days ago, and they have both responded already. I am incredibly thankful for their blessings. Naamah and Atem.
These are the combined #sigils of the 3demons #Belphegor and #Halphas, painted digitally.#digitalpainting #painting #digitalart
These are the combined sigils of the demons Belphegor and Halphas, painted digitally.
A #magical #charm for the #demon #vapula.

Vapula Back to School Charm

Domagick Day 1

Today starts the June Domagick challenge. To begin, I took a wooden disk and inscribed it with the sigil of the demon Vapula, who aids in the absorption of knowledge, areas of expertise, and creative business endeavors. I will work with her daily over the next two months, in conjunction with the other spirits I’ll connect with, as part of my back to school enchantment project. I plan to charge the disk every day through at least one of two methods: daily focused meditation and/or walking with the disk on my key ring.

I’ll back up my enchantment through mundane art practice and back to school tasks that I will note here. For example, I visited my doctor today and made arrangements to give myself my weekly injections starting in September rather than visiting his office and missing classes. I also announced on my personal Facebook that I’ve registered and enrolled in next semester’s classes, thus preparing my social circle for the change.

By chipping away at these tasks little by little, I’ll go back to school prepared without feeling rushed. I’ve been a stay-at-home parent and author for twenty years now, so the entire process demands a good deal of adaptation and flexibility on my part.

This #parody of the #Starbucks #logo features the #demon #Vepar. #demons #demonalatry #occulthumor

Vepar Has Your Order

Vepar is the 42nd spirit listed in the Ars Goetia. This demon, which is often perceived by today’s practitioners as female, is said to appear as a mermaid. She rules over the seas and will guide the ships sailing upon it as well as fill them with weaponry and armor. She can make the oceans stormy at the magician’s request. On a smaller but no less destructive level, she can cause wounds in others. At her urging, maggots will breed in these sores and your enemy will die within three days.

Modern occultists such as Ford and Connolly indicate the Vepar can sway the seas of human emotion as well. In particular, she is a good daemon to invoke if you wish to deal with your own toxic emotions. A daemon that can create wounds must have a good understanding of what causes us dis-ease, after all. I’ve had good luck working with her in this context over the last week.

This is Vepar’s sigil.#vepar #sigil #demon #demons #demonolatry

Personally, I see the flow of water in its shape, as well as the belly of a ship heavy with weapons. Three daggers thrust downwards perhaps indicate the toxicity she can cause—and remove.

Fearless or Afraid? Fuck it! Do it Anyway!

It’s weird. Since starting a Goetia Immersion class in August 2015, I’ve maintained a daily magickal practice easily enough. I don’t necessarily do heavy work every day, but I always do something, even if it is just some light meditation or a quick Tarot reading. Despite that, I needed a break after the Domagick challenge. I know it wasn’t the work itself that turned me off but the necessity of having to make reports here every day. Either way, I was so done by March 30. I’ve yet to hand in the last half of my monthly Goetia notes because of that break.

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