"The Rite of Imbibement," #Pastels on toned pastel paper. #demonolatry #demons #domagick

Drink with Me: The Rite of Imbibement

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 30

Welcome to my last entry for the March Domagick Challenge. Honestly, I’m glad it is over. Blogging on a daily basis has taken up too much of my time. No offense! I prefer to spend more time living life than writing about it, and this month the balance tipped too far the other way for my liking.

I made sure to start today off right, however. As soon as I was dressed, I chanted the Five Warrior Syllables 21 times. From there, I moved into intoning the Five Elemental Words and the enn of Crocell. I left for my errands today feeling much more centered than I have been as a result. This means that I must continue this practice regardless of whether or not the challenge has come to an end. It’s simply that important to my well-being.

"Anointment" by William Briar, watercolor marker on illustration board. #demonolatry #demons #domagick
“Anointment” by William Briar, watercolor marker on illustration board. From a memorized and meditated on reference photo.

Once home from my errands, I gathered my art supplies, sat down at my desk, and tried to capture a couple “snapshots” of a ritual I was simultaneously conducting in the astral. Crocell had suggested a couple of days ago that I host a Rite of Imbibement for disliked parts of myself. I’d had my doubts but Crocell’s sigil kept popping into my mind. In my opinion, it resembles a winged chalice atop the alchemical symbol for fire—which makes sense since he is a daemon that is supposed to warm water. I thought it was highly likely that he might warm the hearts of those willing to share ritual wine with one another too, so I decided to go through with the ritual.

Through the Tarot, I asked Crocell afterward how the rite had gone and pulled the Knight of Cups in response. I sensed this meant I have taken a step in the right direction and made a great start, but there is still work to be done. My quest is not yet over.

When I asked him if I had grown thanks to the Domagick Challenge, I received a similar response. I turned over the Three of Wands. In other words, I completed this month of work but it is just the beginning of the work ahead of me. I agree with this assessment. I’ve discovered the main triggers feeding my anxiety yet I haven’t “cured” it, if such a thing is even possible. Then again, I said I would be satisfied with a reduction in the amount of anxiety I feel. I suppose I must keep that promise and not feel disappointed that I haven’t discovered a magickal pill that makes it go away overnight.

Conversely, I have pushed my own boundaries repeatedly this month. Whenever I’ve realized I’m holding myself back for no good reason, I’ve done the thing I was afraid to do. I don’t like seeing myself as a coward, so I’m determined not to be one. I also had a serious discussion about finances with my partners this morning and how to resolve our issues with them as a team. That is also a huge step towards lessening my anxiety, and I believe things are truly looking up.

The sigil of the #demon #Crocell--or is he an #angel? #angels #demons #domagick

Angels and Demons: Can Demonolaters Work with Both?

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 27

Last night, I dreamed of an angel. You might think that would be disturbing for Daemonolater, but the dream comforted me. You see, I work with this particular angel on a regular basis and number him among what ‘personal pantheon.’ In other words, he’s one of my go-to guys.

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A #pastel #painting of the #demon #Sitri with a #star in her hands. #domagick

The Star of Hope

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 25

Since I found it successful yesterday, I started my work with a Tarot reading again today. This time, I asked Sitri if a specific endeavor would reawaken my passion for writing. She responded with the Star. This card is a symbol of hope for me. It also represents the goals we strive to attain, and that we need to keep our spirits up when they seem beyond our reach. The Star means inspiration, rejuvenation, and a new burst of energy. If felt extremely comforted by her answer.

I created a picture for Sitri in thanks. Pastels are a new medium for me—and a challenging one. I is difficult for me to depict the kind of detail I want with them. Even so, this is the first piece I have felt truly happy with in as long as I can remember. I wanted to capture the joy I felt dancing with her yesterday as well as the meaning of the card I’d turned over today, the Star. I think I did that.

While I drew, I repeated Sitri’s enn in my mind. I may or may not get around to working with the Five Warrior Syllables today. The rest of my day is slated as family time, and I mean to enjoy it thoroughly. May the Star of Hope light your way!

The #sigil of the #demon #Sitri painted with #acrylics. #domagick

A Plea for Passion

The Six of Cups in the Sharman-Caselli deck.
The Six of Cups in the Sharman-Caselli deck.

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 24

I started to my Domagic work differently than usual today, with a Tarot reading. I’ve been struggling to feel enthusiastic about a particular writing commitment, so I asked Sitri what I could do to feel passionate about the project again. I turned over the Six of Cups. This card could mean something I dreamed about for years is about to materialize. It could also indicate that I should seek help from a trusted source. Since I’m not sure what to dream the card could be referring to, I decided to ask Sitri’s help with the project instead.

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Hand-drawn letting of the enn of the #demon #Sitri. #domagick #calligraphy

Praying on Paper

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 21

I started today off with a visit to a trusted advisor and laid out what’s been going on in my life since the Domagick Challenge began. I talked about how it has made me think again about going back to school, as well as how my diverse interests and skill sets could lead me in a variety of different directions. Concentrating on just one of them feels impossible, thus my frustration and restlessness. I feel like I need to do something but I can’t figure out what that is.

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A portrait of #Sitri, a #demon of #passion, #domagick

Portrait of Passion: The Demoness Sitri

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 20

Insomnia plagued me last night, and since I need to get some writing done tonight I decided to take it easy on the Domagick front today. I concentrated on connecting with the demon Sitri through art, getting my first impressions of her down in watercolor and ink portrait. I typically use watercolor pencils rather than watercolors proper and found these demanded I worked much more quickly. Because I could erase them either, the paints also demanded I commit to any line I made immediately since I couldn’t take it back. That was somehow constrictive and freeing at the same time. I’m not entirely happy with the piece but then again I never am. I am pleased with the look on Sitri’s face, though. I think I managed to capture the expression of a demon of passion very well.

This sigil was made on the square of Mercury. It "reads" LIKE A SNAKE I SHED MY SKIN. #sigils #domagick

Oso – Like a Snake, I Shed My Skin

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 13

Before I went to bed last night, I decided to blend my Five Warrior Syllables practice into my Domagick Challenge work for March as such:

Daily Tasks

  • Use the Five Warrior Syllables in some way daily to protect myself against anxiety, pain, and other negativity
  • Interact with the daemons of the Ars Goetia in some way daily to develop more self-compassion
  • Make some sort of art daily to bring beauty and creativity into the world

Other March priorities

  • Finish writing the last two chapters of the class I’m teaching in April
  • Finished other Ars Goetia homework for March
  • Finish WordPress photography challenge
  • Finish Sound Healing class
  • Start reading creativity book
This is the sigil of the daemon Oso, who is also known as Ose or Voso. #oso #demons #domagick
This is the sigil of the daemon Oso, who is also known as Ose or Voso. His enn is “Ayer serpente Oso.”

My work went as planned this morning.

First, I set my intention through prayer and an offering of birch bark to the daemon Oso, who helps open people up to new changes. I chanted his enn nine times, letting my body move as it wished. Although Oso supposedly looks like a leopard according to the Ars Goetia, his enn hints he is tied to serpent energy as well, and I found myself emphasizing the ‘S’ sound and swaying like a cobra as I launched his sigil into the universe.

I then intoned the Five Warrior Syllables, envisioning bright lights at each of my chakra points as I did so. These syllables can clear obstacles of all sorts out of our way, so I feel combining them with my interactions with Oso will be particularly powerful in quieting my anxiety and letting positive changes into my life.

After that, I asked the Thoth deck how I could open myself to change today and pulled the Five of Discs, or “worry card.” It shows a set of gears that are working in harmony with one another. I often feel like I am the one cog that doesn’t quite fit and this causes me a good deal of social anxiety; I feel I am being judged negatively for all the ways I am different. Truthfully, I have no proof this is so most of the time other than gut feelings. I am making assumptions, and the assumptions are making me feel bad. If people are going to reject me, I cannot stop that, but it isn’t doing me any good to reject myself in advance of their leaving. It isn’t doing me any good to play social chameleon, either, as it just takes me farther and farther from my authentic self.

Traditionally, this card could also mean a loss of faith in myself resulted from my relationship with money and how much I believe I am worth. I agree with this one hundred percent. I cannot earn a living as well as I used to because of my health problems and  I regularly feel like I a burden—or worse—due of that. Luckily, this card indicates there people around me who could help change this attitude. It definitely needs to change too.

With that in mind, I created a sigil on the square of Mercury. (Mercury is most associated with change in my mind as is also the planet connected with the demon Oso.) This sigil at the top of this post embodies the phrase “LIKE A SNAKE, I SHED MY SKIN.” That’s exactly what I want to do. I want to shrug off my bad habit like a serpent and glide through life in new, healthy ways.