Thursday, July 14, 2011

Daimon Traps

Ok, so one of my clients asked me what to do with the Evil Daimon name that you can generate from your natal chart using a table of pretty simple correspondences. I explained to her that the only thing I do with mine is bind him in lead to keep him from making my life much worse than it already is. It also keeps those who know when and where I was born from being able to use it to work mischief against me. She asked me to encase hers in lead for her, and for low low rates, I quickly agreed.

It was not easy. Back in the day, I used a log to make a little Genius altar kind of thing. I made a place of reverence for the Genius, and I hollowed out the base a bit and sealed my Evil Daimon in lead in there. It wasn't that difficult, I put down a layer of lead, tossed in the name of the spirit engraved in steel, and then put down more lead. The steel tried to float to the surface, but I was able to take care of that.

For the client, I thought I'd just encase the steel with her evil daimon name engraved in it in some lead. Damn near impossible, man. I had it totally encased once, and when I went to engrave the seal of Cassiel over it, a chunk of lead went flying and revealed the name of the spirit a bit. Just enough to leave it a toe hold in her life.

So I went back to what worked for me. I took some old wooden disks I have lying around the garage and glued five of them together into a cylinder and clamped it together. They're a couple inches wide or so, and maybe an eighth or a quarter of an inch thick. More toward an eighth, I suspect.
Ignore the mess. Seen here: Disks, clamp, glue, and the
solder iron stand that I use for the wood burning.
And some other stuff.
When the glue dried, I hollowed out a space big enough for the piece of steel with the evil daimon's name engraved in it, and then I melted some lead into the crevice, filling it about half way. Then I put in the spirit name, and covered it in more melted lead. It tried to float up to the surface, but I was ready for it this time, and held it under the molten lead with a thin metal wire, and yeah, it got hot, but not that hot.

I made another one to demonstrate the hollowing technique.
This was after I woodburned the client's, seen on the left.
The Big fishing weight is my lead source. And it really is lead, I checked.
These days they sell tin ones, so you have to be careful.
When it had sealed up, I took the metal wire out, and hit the whole thing with the blowtorch, just enough to melt the surface, filling in the hole left by the wire. Then I melted more lead over that, and when it cooled, engraved the seal of Cassiel over it, in a Saturn hour on a Saturday after conjuring him for his assistance in the matter.

Man's best friend.
When it cooled, I glued another disk over the lead, and woodburned in the Secret Seal of Solomon from the Lemegeton's Goetia, this time under the auspices of Mars and Saturn combined.
First I drew out the Secret Seal in pencil. I can't free-hand
woodburn it in from memory, I'm not that good.
Oh, did I mention I bound the evil daimon to the steel using Mars in the first place? Should have mentioned that. I carefully conjured the evil daimon into the steel piece bearing its name AFTER I conjured my HGA and Kammael of Mars, and bullied it into the metal where it didn't really like to be at all. I needed some help to get it to stay there from Kammael. Oh, and when it wasn't in lead in wood for a couple days, I kept it in a Triangle of Art where it couldn't bother anyone.

Here it is woodburned, before the stain.
When all was said and done, I stained it a nice dark color and let that dry, and then followed up with some clear poly to give it a thick rich gleaming coat. Well, I tired, but the stuff I had was the weak sauce. It sealed the thing, but it didn't give it the luster I was hoping for. It still turned out beautiful, in my opinion, but see for yourself:

Finished Spirit Trap
The client was very pleased, even though it took a month to get to her.

If you're interested, the steps are all here, and it's not that hard, except getting the Genius/Evil Daimon names, and Quaero Lux had an online name generator somewhere that made it pretty easy, if you've got some astrological skillz. It took an hour or two of actual work, and a few days of waiting for the glue to dry, and the stain to dry, and the poly to dry.

If you want me to do it for you, I'll do it for $125. You must be able to provide your full birth details though, where you were born, what time you were born, and the date you were born. I have to have all three. I tried to rectify a chart once for a client, and failed utterly and miserably. That was one of the very few times I refunded a client their money too, I failed so bad. So if you don't have the info, don't ask for one, I'm serious.

[Edit 02/21/2012: I'm not making these for people anymore.]
And honestly, do it yourself if you can. It takes some know how and some initiation, but mostly it takes the willingness to try.

This technique works for just about any kind of spirit that's bothering you, too, not just the natal Evil Daimon. It seals them off from affecting you in your kingdom. Don't go thinking you can trap YHVH with something like this, it doesn't work that way, but it does work to keep them out of your business.


  1. " Don't go thinking you can trap YHVH with something like this, it doesn't work that way, but it does work to keep them out of your business. "

    I lol'ed! I imagined YHVH to be Bugs Bunny in an odd way. If anybody is capable of pulling a fast one on God, as sure as heck he'd pull a sucker punch from out of nowhere.

  2. By Jove, you've just given me a hell of an idea! (Insert sinister sounding cartoon laugh here)

  3. I'd like to know what one can do with the evil daimon name of someone else. For example, can you bind the evil daimon spirit of a criminal?

  4. this is an absolutely amazing post! it took me quite a while to make sure that i have all the details right and i followed your intructions to the T. I think it does sound right. I am figuring out how to bind the Evil Daimon since this is my first venture in this area of sorcery

    thanks much again! this was a truly fantastic post! thank you, sir!

  5. Thanks for this. I too have wondered what the heck to do with the "evil genius" *insert whatever variation of the title you want* and I like this idea of keeping it out of the way.

  6. The only thing I know of to do with someone else's evil daimon name is to conjure them to fuck up their lives. You can get the evil daimon name from any chart, any election, and you can use it to fuck with the manifestation of whatever idea took form in that moment.

    And really, isn't life hard enough without making it worse? You fuck up your enemy's life, and they suffer, and they take it out on their wife, kids, dog, employees, clients, or whatever, and it just spreads shit out all over the world that we all have to live in.

    Fucking with other people is fucking with ourselves, indirectly. Totally not worth it.

  7. I'm the client R.O. made the trap for.

    My intention for it was that perhaps trapping my evil natal daemon would help me in attaining my HGA, but it's also brought some really practical and unexpected benefits. I've been able to get some long-term bad habits under control. Trapping the daemon has also coincided with an amazing opportunity coming into my life. I don't know what others' experiences might be, but for me it was practically a magic bullet and has had a wide ranging effect.

    I've been so pleased with the results that I asked if I could have a trap made for my sister, as well, because I would want the same for her. This is the single most beneficial work of magic I've experienced, and I've used a wide range of rituals and talismans. R.O., I am so glad you were inspired to offer me this! Thank you!

  8. Interesting, I need to look into this further.

  9. I think you just sealed up your most important teacher.

  10. @Fr. Acher:

    No, the Evil Daimon is not your most important teacher. It's the spirit you can conjure from a natal chart or from an electional chart that stands opposed to the manifestation of any idea.

    Like say someone's going to get married, and you're jealous, and you want them to have a terrible marriage. You'd get the chart of their wedding, determine the name of the Evil Daimon, and send it to make them miserable.

    Or if there's someone you hate, if you've got their birth information, you conjure the Evil Daimon to make their lives hell.

    Someone anonymously (cowardly) posted that they thought the Evil Daimon is the "shadow" self of Jungian psychology, and it's not. It's your adversary.

    Binding it in lead doesn't give you a stress-free life. It doesn't bind everything that's bad that happens to you.

    It simply binds the entity who can make your life a living hell. It keeps others from being able to get it to work against you. Hermetically speaking, it helps keep you from falling into idolatry and the traps of meaningless desires.

  11. @RO:

    I agree that the Evil Demon isn't Jung's shadow, I also agree that if conjured by someone else they can use it to tear your life into pieces. Yet this other person can conjure many other demons instea, use a curse, etc.

    So the risk of someone else making my life a living hell will not go away by sealing up my Evil Demon.

    Now, we can agree to disagree on this as it is a question of hermetic philosophy (and I am still researching on it) but in my worldview of magic everything exists for a reason. Nature doesn't create demons to simply destroy our dreams - even the Qlippoth have a function.

    In this semse I still think the Evil Demom is your ,ost important teacher. We will never turn this force around to become creative rather than destructive. Yet if balanced daily and approached in light of our HGA it holds a busload of learnimg about our personalities everyday...

    I asked my HGA about it the other day. Her reply was that my Evil Demon is what keeps me bound to the density of the depth of the Abyss. It is the antagonistic force - call it the big brother of the Dweller on the Threshold. But that's how we humans are constructed. My Evil Demon is closely connected to all aspects of dying in my life. Would I banish these?

    If even Steve Jobs can learn that "death is the biggest advocate of life" magicians in my humble opinion have a responsibility to engage peacefully with what they fear most as well.

  12. @Frater Acher, you make excellent points within your comment regarding how even within magic, everything exists for a reason, including our Evil Daimon. I have always subscribed to this philosophy, and the concept that even unpleasant experiences can teach us some of the most profound lessons in life.

    However, there comes a point within almost everyone's life, even in the life of a magician, when things have gone wrong for so long and the stress piles up so high that no matter what is done, mundanely or magically, that it begs the question "What the hell is going on here?" One may try everything they know to ease these stresses, mundanely and magically, and yet rather than things easing, situations actually worsen. Some might suggest this is the mark of a poorly skilled mage. I'd say, perhaps, but not always, especially when one looks at the chart of one experiencing such a run of "bad luck"... years worth.

    As R.O. points out, trapping the Evil Daimon doesn't stop stressful experiences from occurring, which in turn, doesn't stop the unpleasant experiences in life from happening which means we still have plenty of opportunities from which to learn from these experiences. But it seems to me that when things have spiraled out of control to such a degree that the unfortunate individual cannot seem to gain the upper hand, trapping their Evil Daimon, especially if their astrological chart is one filled with challenges already, is a good way to finally get a handle on things.

    Just my opinion, of course.

  13. I want primarily to address Fr. Acher's comments, but I should say that Rose Weaver intuited my situation quite well (thank you!). I apologize for not responding sooner. My thoughts on the matter are not solidified, but I will write my experience.

    I cannot speak to the philosophical point of the Evil Daemon of Nativity being my most important teacher. I understand that the daemon is to collect my physical body at the end of this life and I can see where banishing him might be problematic. I don't know how that will work, but I don't believe there is reason to fear that this operation banishes the principle of death altogether. On July 11th my Aunt passed and two days later I got news of an acquaintance passing, as well. On the 19th I found out my 45 year old cousin has terminal cancer and a month to live. I'm seeing the battle she is fighting and in moments when I'm not overwhelmed with emotion or numb, I'm able to just observe.

    I've also spent a good deal of time with a couple people who annoy me on a good day. It's been a chance to examine whether the character traits and behaviors that tick me off are ones I share. (I do.) My last tarot reading warned me of some of my failings, too. These are much nicer ways of learning than facing consequences from making bad decisions or acting in poor character. I still get nudgings, sometimes detailed instructions, so I think I still have someone teaching me. This isn't to say you aren't correct, Fr. Acher. I only hope relating my experience is of some use.

    Now, I have an update, as it's been two full months since the operation. I still have the opportunities I was given and a major bad habit is just gone. So, this is still a major upgrade, but after the first month of enjoying the fruits, I had to get back to work. For me that is school, family and finances. I really hit a wall in chemistry and was working at my maximum capacity, and have been doing all I can for my family. I'm glad I had this done, though, because it leveled me up.

  14. @Rose - sorry for my late reply, not even sure you will read this? Anyway, I want to make sure my point didn't come across as judgmental? Who am I to judge on any other person - I even get it wrong way too often for myself....

    I spoke to my wife who is a therapist in a clinical environment. The analogy to antipsychotic drugs stroke me as a very fitting one: while these drugs don't cure the root cause of the suffering, they take away the suffering still. Just as you say - things can get so bad, so tough on us that we don't care about root causes anymore, but are thankful for any day without the symptoms. Anybody who disagrees probably is lucky enough to never really have suffered like people in a closed clinical environment do...

    On a magical level I would see the banishing of our Evil Daimon as a similar approach. It binds what tortures us, yet it doesn't seal the access point that made us vulnerable in the first place. Sometimes that is still progress and exactly what we need.

    --- Thanks also for sharing your experience with us in the first place! It led me to a very interesting series on research on where the concept of Evil Daimon actually emerged from historically. -----

    I hope things are much better for you already.

  15. This comment is for Frater Acher:

    Regarding this research you did - that teachers more about the Evil Genious - I would be interested if you would post some links - or a summary of what you have discovered.

    I am glad that you are looking at the whole aspect of this - I often wonder why the hell things are the way they are - as far as the 'grand design' goes, and how to distinguish necessary evil from rampant b.s. that needs to be controlled.

  16. @Evangelos: I am still working on it. It proved to be a topic so rich and deep that it will take me much longer than expected to summarize sources that I have access to...

    The Evil Genius has a very rich tradition in mutliple cultures but its origins are still unclear to me.

    For an interesting related Greek concept take a look at "Alastor" on wikipedia.

  17. alright, this took quite a long time indeed - and it's only the first chapter finished by now. But at least I am on the way...

  18. Wow, you've put a lot of work into that, Acher. Much respect, sir, I understand the challenge you're taking on trying to track everything back and get some serious, legitimate, objective perspective on this.

    I didn't go back any further than Plato's Timaeus dialogue. Beyond that, I didn't feel comfortable in anyone's interpretations of the material found, nor did I feel that we had a comprehensive record available to base any conclusions on. You've found resources that I did not, and I'm looking forward to future installments.

    I place more weight on historical resources and personal experiences than anything anyone else has to say about things. People lie to fit in. Most of the conversations I've had with people about the HGA are exercises in finding ways to validate one anothers' experiences, usually by finding a way to use the same words to mean the same things. It's hard, and you still walk away wondering if you were really talking about the same thing or not. It's necessary because the whole HGA thing has been completely misrepresented by the Golden Dawn and Crowley, sold as a moment of transcendent enlightenment instead of the more historically accurate receipt of a familiar spirit.


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