|Queen Paimonia (to some, King Paimon)|
Subtitle: The Magician With No Candles
by Amethyst Black
I want to share a post, especially written with the beginner demonolator in mind, because so many seek basic education as they initiate their occult journey. Demonolatry involves magick on all levels--high and not so high, but can also propel low magick in a big way (there's a very simple definition of high/low magick at the foot of this article). This is important, because based upon what we see around us within the magickal community, it's logical to assume that a significant number of magicians don't bother doing much magick at all. Why? Probably because of the amount of effort it is to engage, and because the impression tends to be worse than the work itself. Truly though, once we get to it, it's nothing to cast a spell or engage in a rite; with candle magick it's a true cinch. As complicated as daily life can be, it's hard to commit this to memory.
On a related note: One of the primary tasks one has in demonolatry, obviously, is to connect with whichever demon or deity or multiples of same, that they intend to work with. As most of you know, when it comes to selecting a patron deity, the choice needs to be made mindfully; though this comment is veering just a tad off topic, it cannot be stressed enough. A point of great importance is, if selecting multiple patrons to keep the circle very small, or you may look back with regrets. With multiples, when you have a pressing issue to go to your patron with, you have the extra added inconvenience of deciding who to commune with.
Once the connections are in place and a few bonding rites have been done, there is a flow of energy and power in place, that was not there before. What do I mean by bonding rites? Rites where nothing is asked of the deity or demon in question, but offerings are made and thought towards them and the honoring of them is the work. No, they do not require this, and magick can and will and always has, been done without offerings and honorings. However, the thing is, when we keep the flow of energies going and robust by inputting what we can, magickal energies are greatly enhanced. Yes, you can do magick without offerings. But pay attention to the difference of what happens with and without doing that.
After we have a few bonding rites under our belts, or perhaps instead have done a couple or few meditations to them, when we invoke or evoke them to help they are usually more than willing to assist us in propelling magickal workings. As already alluded to, often when magicians think of magick that needs doing, we think of this huge task that puts us out of our neatly scheduled, or perhaps sometimes lazy, day... the altar setup, finding quietness, the centering, the spell preparation, sigil drawing, space clearing, LBRP or Star Ruby, and so on--it can seem a lot to do. At times we find motivation to do it as needed, and other times we do not.
When we do not want to do elaborate high magick, is there any lower magick even worth the effort? I can hear the responses people offer, and they vary greatly. You over there, are saying--"low magick works, but not nearly as well as high does," and that guy over there is saying--"low magick works, but better for some than for others"; and that woman in the back row there, saying--"high magick requires too much effort and occult knowledge, so I prefer to do low magick." I am not going to argue them, but will instead ask, generally speaking now, IS low magick valuable? ... In all cases? I cannot tell you, as I have not done a controlled study. What I can say though, is, I had a chance to observe how it works lately in ONE case, and the results were remarkable... highly so. Allow me to tell the tale...
Candles out this way, are hugely expensive. I live in a very rural area, and a candle that costs 6 or 8 bucks at Walmart, costs over twenty here. So I try not to burn candles for unnecessarily long times. After the candle had been burning significantly long after my request, I went in the room and asked Paimonia if I may extinguish the candle flame. By movement of the flame she showed no, not yet. I returned to the room the guest was in, and henceforth had the chance to observe that asking Paimonia if I may extinguish the candle, marked the end of a phase of exceptional boorishness from that individual. The timing is interesting as well, as it's been my experience that key points are chosen for phases of activity to change when working with demons, as they want to make it as clear to us as possible what's happening and at what point things changed. The individual in question standardly doesn't say sorry or rethink anything they've said to me; yet that time they did, and even said something that came across as an apology. I went back some time later and asked Paimonia again if I could/should put out the candle, and was shown yes.
There was no more of that attitude from the guest that evening.
The moral of this tale, is simply to say that a simple candle spell, once the relationship with a deity has been founded and fed into, can work wonders. From this it's easy to see that there is no reason ever to say that we don't feel like doing a spell, because, see how simple is it to light a candle and place a sigil there and ask that a task be done? The only thing that may be problematic, is if you don't have a candle handy. A magician with no candles handy though, really needs to get his/her stuff together, IMHO. Incense is a good save; however, if you don't have incense handy either, Wow... know what I'm sayin'?
It's December 25th today and Yule thus realize that I have my hands full (pardon the pun). There's more I have to say on the topic discussed within this post, but for now we will pause, and will tack on a part two in the near future. In closure my feelings are, that if a person has a strong preference for really low magickal acts, maybe they should look at psionics/radionics, because nothing is easier than it. As well, you can actually effectively use psionics magick along with demonolatry--you can have demons advise you in how to use it more effectively, and also can have them further empower it.
In part two we will look at graduating candle magick to somewhat higher levels of the art, but not so high as to defy its simplicity.
Defining High and Low Magick: high magick is more intricate and involves more occult knowledge and ritual process, and/or connecting with demons or deities (with specific rituals to do so), and so on; thus it could best be described as ritual magick or ceremonial magick. Low magick is simple and direct work, with little to no detail. Any simple spell is considered low magick. Think about burning a candle, sigil magick, burning herbs with a message of intent, and so on. Aside from this, some magicians define high magick as that which serves one's higher purpose or higher will, and low magick as that which does not.
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