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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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Don’t Pay the Ferryman?

Today’s Month of Spreads prompt encourages us to discover our strengths as readers and how we can grow in the area of divination. Shuffle your deck until you feel satisfied and deal five cards for the Reader’s Journey. Here are the Lenormand cards I pulled today:

What are my strengths as a reader? The Gentleman – myself, personal intuition is strong;

What makes my reading style unique and special?  The Letter – writing, understanding of symbolism as a writer;

What other skills can I develop to become a better reader? The sun – my outer self, be less afraid to share my intuition, just go with it;

How can I grow further in my divination journey? The Birds – discuss more with other readers;

How can I become more confident in my divinatory skills? The Clover – do more daily readings, rely on quick thinking and intuition, again just go with it; could refer to luck; could refer to lucky charm

One way you can read five cards in a row with Lenormand is to choose the card in the centre as the topic, with those on either side giving you more information. In this case, the Sun is the heart of the matter. It refers to warmth, confidence, electricity, goodwill, cheerfulness, optimism, a comedian, and a charismatic person. I definitely think I read better face-to-face than I do via text. Gentleman + Letter is “a man of letters,” or a writer. Again, got that. Birds + Clover = fun or spontaneous discussions. That also underlines what the main reading said.

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ferryman charon kherty aken mahaf monthofspreadsDeath Daemonic card for meditation and contemplation – Aken – Determining exactly what Aken did in the mythology of ancient Egypt is somewhat difficult. He was not directly worshipped but was mentioned often in funerary texts, usually as the custodian or ferryman of a boat called Meseket, which transported souls to the land of the dead. When the boat was not needed, Aken remained deeply asleep. When his services were required he would be awakened by a god called Mahaf. At other times in Egyptian mythology, however, Mahaf himself was the ferryman.

Both became conflated with the ram-headed god Kherty, whose name may have meant “the slaughterer.” Kherty was not only believed to act as a ferryman like the other two deities, but was also feared as an incarnation of death that could stop the hearts of men. Egyptians prayed to Kherty to ward off his touch, for modern day magicians could attempt to contact for cursing of the strongest type. If you make that kind of bargain, just make sure to pay the Ferryman.

Frucisierre – An Alternate Sigil

Today I reorganized my ancestral altar. In Daemonolatry, this month is dedicated to Eurynomous and the other daemons of the death. I placed lamens I had made with their sigils out of clay on the altar too, along with some items that reminded me of my grandfather.

My invocations were a tad more elaborate than they have been over the last month. I not only invited Eurynomous, Baalberith, and Babael to join me, but also the personal face of the Death Daemonic to which I feel the most drawn. Finally, I asked my grandfather to join me. I burnt my offerings and shuffled the cards.

The Lenormand was easy to read today. I pulled Snake + Clover + Sun. To me, that reads as “Short term complications melt away.” That’s good to know! It’s just as positive when looked at chronologically, since I am moving away from the complications into a present of short term luck and a future of success. Either way, this was a pleasant message to receive from Eurynomous and the Death Daemonic.

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This alternate sigil for Frucisierre is listed in the Grimorium Verum under the name Frulhel.

I also turned over one of my Death Daemonic Divination and Ritual cards. (I haven’t used this deck often for divination so far, but for meditation the white on black print works perfectly for me.) Today I got Frucissiere, a daemon from the Grimorium Verum that I’ve never dealt with before. He is also known as Fruhel or Frastiel, and in Quimbanda is called the Exu dos Cemiterios, the spirit of the cemeteries. He is supposedly able to raise the dead, aid in divination with dry bones, or someone anyone from anywhere.

In her book, the Key of Ocat, S. Connolly explains how these abilities could be used for execration or cursing. Looking over this material again this morning, I realized how it might also be used for the retrieval of soul piece. Deeper research into this aspect of the Death Daemonic helped me an alternate sigil for Frucissiere. This one also comes from the Grimorium Verum, where it is attributed to Fruhel and Frastiel. Experiement at your own risk. Frucissiere is said by some to be a difficult spirit to work with, especially if you are struggling to leave your previous religion behind.

(And if you’re going to get The Key of Ocat, do yourself a favor and get the hardcover!)

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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!