Working with Demons
The spirit world has made itself known to me since I was a child. When a spirit entered a room, I felt the energy change and I always sensed that I was being watched. It was not something that I could voice to the people around me, but as I started to feel drawn to things of an occult nature, I learned that there were unseen beings that wanted my attention. It was not long before I knew that it was Satan who was calling me.
As Satan‘s manifestations increased, I was excited but also a little fearful. It is not every day that you see His name written on a gravestone while visiting a cemetery with your sixth grade class, or notice pentagrams and other satanic symbols everywhere you turn. I took those as signs and began to develop a connection with Satan; then a couple of years later, I became aware of demons.
The first method of communication I used was the Ouija board, and it was then that I met a demon who said he had been by my side since I was born. He gave me wisdom concerning all areas of my life, and if it hadn’t been for him, I would have made some very bad decisions. When I took his guidance, opportunities came my way. I started using tarot cards and a pendulum with excellent results, and then meditation and visualization became a daily practice.
It is important to know who you are communicating with and so I have asked Satan to consecrate all my altar items, ritual tools, and divination devices in order to set them apart and to repel angels or unwanted spirits from affecting them. I have drawn satanic symbols and demonic sigils on my Ouija board, tarot card bags, on my altars, and in my sacred space. When calling a demon, I put the proper adornments on the altar and in the place where I am performing the ritual so they will feel welcome. It also helps to keep other spirits away. I cleanse my home and ritual space frequently with incense while I ask Satan to consecrate them, and I always prepare my mind and spirit through meditation and visualization before doing any kind of spiritual or magical work.
It is a commonly held belief that demons are evil. Not so. Each one has a different personality. Some are warlike, lustful, and angry, but there are those who are healers, compassionate, and help in prosperity. When deciding to communicate with one, this is something that needs to be considered. If you are philosophical you might want to call a demon who specializes in philosophy or the liberal sciences, or if you are artistic, you would call a demon whose speciality is music, writing, or poetry.
The following three demons I have had a connection with for a number of years.
While riding on a bus one evening, I became overwhelmed by this presence that was making itself known to me through my spirit. A name came to mind: Amy. I had heard the name before but didn’t know who he was. Through an impression in my mind, he told me that soon the demons will be known for who they truly are. After that night, I did not hear from him for a while, but always remembered his message.
A few months ago, Amy came to mind again. He was reaching out and I listened. He wanted me to make him known to more people and so I wrote a poem about him. This intense presence was with me the entire time, giving me knowledge about himself.
Amy, also known as Avnas, teaches astrology to those who desire this of him and he bestows knowledge of the sciences. He desires that mankind advance towards greatness. As the 58th spirit of the Goetia, it is said that he manifests as a flaming fire when a person first calls him but then changes to the figure of a man. He reveals treasures, bestows familiars, and provokes authority figures to give a positive judgement.
During a pathworking, Amy appeared to me. As I was walking through a forest, I saw him sitting on an ancient looking rock and he was dressed in a long black leather cloak with a black veil covering his face. There was a huge black cat sitting at his feet. I sensed his loyalty to Satan, and his words confirmed how important it is for me to also remain loyal. He said how I need to focus on the big issues and to stop letting miniscule things get my attention away from what is important. He told me to be strong and to not let anything defeat my purpose.
Amy’s element is fire and if you are constructing an altar for him you might consider the colours red and black in regards to candles and cloth. On my altar, the image I have is a figure of a man wearing a cloak with Amy’s sigil drawn in front of it. The dagger has a black handle and the chalice is glass. I have also included the symbol of my astrological sign because of his astrological knowledge. I use musk incense, and for offerings I use blood, beer, and snake skin.
A chant for Amy is: Hail Amy! Hail Amy! Great one of fire. Teacher of science and astrology. May your name be known throughout the world. Come! Hail Amy!
Spirits often choose to reach out to a person for reasons we might not understand at first and they can do this in many ways. As it was with Astaroth. This 29th spirit of the Goetia is said to appear on a dragon while holding a snake. He knows future and past events, teaches liberal arts, and knows that which is secret. He is the same entity who was worshipped as Ishtar by the Mesopotamians, Inanna by the Sumerians, and Astarte by the Babylonians and other civilizations.
He made himself known to me as Ashtoreth, and since then I have always viewed this entity as female. My connection with Ashtoreth began when I started seeing her name in many different places and felt drawn to find out more about her. I saw her in dreams, and she would appear to me during meditation and visualizations as a beautiful warrior with long black hair. Animals stand on each side of her, usually bulls or lions, and she has a snake coiled around her shoulder. In her hand, she sometimes holds a bow and arrow.
She became like a mother goddess to me, and has helped me in many ways, but especially in dealing with emotional pain and heartbreak. When I was going through a hard time a number of years ago when I didn’t think I would get through it, I asked Ashtoreth for her assistance. She took away all my emotions, making me numb for a little while, so I could better deal with my situation. It was instantaneous, so there was no doubt that it was her power that did it. She has taught me to be a stronger woman, especially spiritually, and I have received wisdom from her in my role as a mother.
Ashtoreth in her many forms has been worshipped as a goddess of love, fertility, and war. Temples and altars were constructed in her honour in ancient times, and women devoted their lives to her service as a priestess. Her element is earth, and she helps in areas of friendship, family life, and relationships. Suitable offerings for Ashtoreth would be roses, cinnamon, lemon, blood, and perfume.
If you would like to construct an altar to Ashtoreth, the candle colour you would use would be magenta or purple, and a good image for her, whether it be in the form of a picture or statue would be of a woman warrior. When I was in the process of creating her altar, there happened to be a dagger with a beautiful woman warrior on the sheath and on the handle in the glass case at the store. I had never seen anything like it anywhere before. She had chosen her own dagger and made sure I was in the right place to purchase it. Her altar is in my bedroom and since she often visits me in dreams, I knew that was the best place for it.
A chant for Ashtoreth is: Hail Ashtoreth! Hail Ashtoreth! Beautiful Goddess of fertility, love, and war. Come and let me bathe in your presence. Hail Ashtoreth!
When I read about Ronove, also called Ronwe, I knew that he would be a great demon to contact. It is said that he can help a person gain knowledge, and help with writing poetry. One of my passions is writing poems and I just so happened to be taking a poetry class at the time. He is also known to help with giving speeches, and since I dislike talking in front of people, I hoped that I could learn from him.
Ronove is the 27th spirit of the Goetia, his element is air, and his colours are yellow and violet. He teaches languages, assists the person who calls upon him with their friends or enemies, and he is said to give good helpers. His specialities are learning, creativity, education, and concentration. He is said to take the souls of the old and those of animals near their time of death.
The Richard Dukante hierarchy describes him as the demon of knowledge. Students in college or university might benefit from calling upon this demon. When I have called upon Ronove I sensed that he likes music and assists those who are involved with music in some way, so it is no surprise that his sigil has an appearance of a horn turned backwards.
It is written in the Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques-Albin-Simon Collin de Plancy that Ronove appears in the form of a monster, but I have never experienced him as such. When I contact him through meditation he appears wearing a dark brown robe with a hood covering his face. His presence is very solemn and I feel very calm when I speak with him. He has taught me many things over the years but especially the value of time. That it is important to be aware of how little time we have to learn and accomplish what we need to in this world before we pass on. He does not like that humans waste so much time watching television and playing video games. He spoke through me to someone who was playing on their laptop and advised them that it would be best to learn the wisdom of the ancients instead.
When creating an altar for Ronove, I placed it on my desk considering his speciality in learning and creativity. I chose yellow for the altar cloth and candles, everything else is black. The kind of incense I use is jasmine or sandalwood. I drew his sigil that I placed beside a book of philosophy. For offerings, I use wine, cinnamon, blood, and poetry. When I am ready to begin my work for the day, I light the candle and say a small prayer or chant. This helps me to concentrate better, and his wisdom is like a cloak around me.
A chant for Ronove is: Hail Ronove! Hail Ronove! Demon of knowledge and learning. Come! I wish to learn your ancient wisdom. Hail Ronove!
Know what you’re getting into
From the many years of working with demons, I have learned that they are full of surprises. You never know what they might be up to and what manifestation or signs you will receive that day. The signs can be as subtle as an impression of a new idea on your mind, accompanied by an awareness that it was put there by the demon, or it can be as blatant as having a feeling to walk under a bridge and then see their sigil drawn on a cement wall.
A demon might be in your life for a very short period of time or for many years. This can depend on an agreed time that you have decided to work with each other, or for as long as the demon wants to teach you. I have kept the connections that I have made with the demons open, and for those I have not interacted with for some time, I hope to learn from them again.
Every ritual is a new opportunity to get to know a demon further and so when I have felt a demon nudging me to go to an isolated place to commune with them, I do it. Everything they do has a purpose and when they invite us to do something, it should be taken as an honour.
Demons as muses
Satan and the demons are my inspiration. They are my muse with regards to my writing and painting, and I have devoted all my artistic work to them. I have given my body as a temple and have told them that they can channel through me if they wish to, and they have many times. As an act of devotion, I have tattooed many of their sigils on my body. As a result, I have had an opportunity to teach people about them when upon seeing them, have enquired as to what they mean. In their honour, I have made altars to many of them in my home which are constant reminders of their presence.
The demonic path is mysterious and magical. There are times of elation, like when a demon appears in the corner of your eye, when you receive knowledge, or even something as simple as being told to read a certain book, and it ends up being exactly what you needed at that point in your life. Yet it can also be painful. There are tests, as they want to know if a person is truly genuine in their desire to walk the path, and if they are loyal to Satan and to them. Tests are not pleasant and can cause fear, but it is in the midst of that fear that one’s true motives are revealed. I can’t say that I have passed every test, but I am steadfast on the path and my black flame rises as I continue to learn and manifest.
If my words have encouraged my readers to search for the truth about the demons, then I have done what I set out to do. Everyone’s experiences will be different, but if you take the time to learn and commune with the demons, you will have opened the door to a world of possibilities.
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This article was first published by Spiral Nature in July 2015.