(Satan, fallen angel – Gustave Dore, illustration in Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost – Source)
Introduction in origins
What and who are Demons? Fallen angels or Gods?
Some say they are angels who rebelled against God along with Lucifer. Others say they are the Old Gods, the original gods, who appeared in most of the religions and cults from ancient times but under different names.
Even though many centuries have past since the first contacts that humans had with demons, their origins aren’t certain not even today . The most plausible theory and most accepted by the people is that Demons have been initially angels who declined from their holy essence.
Certainly, the most familiar fallen angel is Lucifer so, as a result, many people came to believe that the other Demons (initially angels) have declined because they have chosen to join him.
However, I believe that not all the Demons known at the present moment have shared the same fate – I agree with the fact that most of them are fallen angels, but it is possible that they have “different ages”. What I mean is that they might have become Demons much later and from other reasons than joining Lucifer’s “cause” (they too have free will, just like us).
Also, it is not obligatory that Demons have been initially angels – a good example in this case is Lilith who was initially human but now she is considered to be a Demon.
About demons and their role
Christians and practitioners of “white magick” look up to them as negative entities; modern demonolators view them as forms of energy to which they gave names so that they may work with them (it’s important to specify that modern demonolators don’t worship Demons. they only work with them); traditional demonolators consider them to be real entities with free will, just like satanists think of Satan.
The fact that we are more independent and knowledgeable is said to be a result of the interactions between Demons and Humans. It is believed Satan encouraged man not to respect the laws of God and to be free . To outrun any limits of knowledge and power. The Serpent (associated with Lucifer or Lilith) in the garden of Eden made humans taste the fruit of knowledge, thus giving them the knowledge of good and evil. The angels who came to Earth and took human wives have taught people the arts and sciences, according to the Book of Enoch.
Demons have been summoned by people for many reasons. They teach us the secrets of arts, science and magic. When having contact with demons, we must maintain different relationships with them. Either for learning the dark arts of Satan, either for protection, for revenge and so on it is said they have been helping humans since the dawn of time, even before their unholy fall (when they were angels/archangels).
Belonging to the Spiritual/Astral World, they to not have a certain form, an aspect through which we can recognize them. Because of this, every time we get visual manifestations from them it is possible to appear in different ways; of course, this also depends on the Demon’s preferences: some of them choose a different appearance each time they show themselves, others oscillate between few appearances ( it is possible that they appear each time under a different appearance but, occasionally, this appearances may repeat), others appear the same every time and others, prefer not to show themselves at all. Yet, in spite of this lack of precise appearance, they can easily be identified depending on other senses. For example, when invoking a Demon you can feel his presence (that of course, if he responded to your call) because of his energy – and every Demon has a different aura . Certainly there are other criteria left, but I will not dwell upon this problem more than I already have.
(Demon Asmodeus/Asmoday in Dictionnaire Infernal by Collin de Plancy – source)
Demon – Human contacts. Demonic hierarchies. Demonolatry.
If we’d take in consideration the Bible, the first human-demon contact took place in the Garden Of Eden in the moment when Lucifer (or Lilith in other traditions) convinced Eve to bite the Forbidden Fruit. Then, it is very possible that other Demons would’ve interacted with humans and there are voices who affirm that some ancient gods have been, in fact, Demons who interacted with people who started to worship them and “promoted” them at the rank of gods.
Essentially, it is impossible to say how long it’s been since man became aware of the Demon’s existence and how long it took him to discover who he’s dealing with. However, it is certain that the beginnings of Daemonolatry are situated somewhere between years 100 and 400 (our era) when the writing known as “Testament of Solomon” first appeared; this book describes how King Solomon has been helped by Demons (the Djinn) to construct the first Temple by commanding them with the power of a magical ring given to him by the Archangel Michael. Biblical legend says that Solomon has fell into the sin of idolatry when he started building temples for the gods of his pagan wives, and “went after Ashtoreth (Astaroth?)”, “after Milcom” and “Molech (Moloch?)”.(1 Kings 11:1-8)
Based on more familiar hierarchies, we could observe that people’s interest for Demonology and Demonolatry grew a lot beginning with the Middle Ages. Today there are many demonic hierarchies known – some familiar (like Goetia, Michaelis’, Psellus, Pope Honorius III, etc. to the late demonolatric Dukante hierarchy) and some less familiar (personal hierarchies).
Many times I’ve met persons who were convinced by the fact that these hierarchies have a value in Hell and were vexed by the existence of such a big number of hierarchies. I want to say that this is a confusion: hierarchies have been created by Demonologists and Demonolators based on their own experiences and other traditions. It is impossible that a Demonolator could get to know all the Demons (many Demons are still not known) . And then, each Demonolator conceives differently the Demons he works with. An example in this case would be the demon Sallos from the Goetic hierarchy and demon Rosier from Dukante hierarchy; each demon was chosen to represent love in the hierarchy he belongs to because that is what the authors of these hierarchies felt – but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other Demons that could represent the thing that we call love.
There would be a lot more to talk about demonic hierarchies, but I prefer not to get into details. Yet, I’d like to get back over a small aspect that I’ve mentioned above:
I’ve classified hierarchies in familiar hierarchies (or common) and personal hierarchies. Some demonolators prefer to work with hierarchies created by others, while other demonolators prefer to work with their own hierarchies. I tend to agree more with the second category, because it can get to better results; between the demonolator and the Demon there must be a tight relationship to get to better results, and to knit a tight relationship between them there must be some compatibility . It’s exactly like every day life – even if you respect a person, to be able to keep a tight friendship, you need more then respect to get it work .