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Demons of Ars Goetia
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So, I recently got quite the urges to look up stuff regarding Ars Goetia and Pseudomonarchia Daemonum. I always wondered about how we got those writings. Have you guys ever worked with one of the 69 / 72 demons in these books? I don't think I'm gonna interact quite a lot with those entities but these books left me with tons of questions.
For example, some of the names of the demons actually look like slightly distorted names of deities. Astaroth for example, could be traced back to Astarte, Asherah and Ishtar. I guess this must be one of the reasons some people intertwine Mesopotamian Paganism so deeply with Satanic themes. I mean, if you take upon consideration that Christianity itself calls the gods and goddesses demons, and that the books have a Christian base, this only makes sense.
However, does this mean that some of the entities enlisted in the books could be gods mislabeled and distorted as demons?
Sorry for the delirium. I would just like to know some experiences you people have had with those entities in the past. If you want to tell, of course.

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Very astute observation. Yes, many of the entities listed in the Goetia are versions of earlier deities. Carrol "Poke" Runyon did a good video on exactly that. Please overlook his theatrics. I think he may have been a drama major at one time. But, the magical knowledge is sound. You can find it on Youtube. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpV7wfwMIiE&t=4160$ . It also explains some of the precautions that you need to take.

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The only thing I have to say on this subject is to be carful, demons will attach themselves to you, when that happens it invites other demons. Soon tormentors and poltergeists will come along with sleep paralysis. It can be chaos living with poltergeists. If you do decide to mess with them be sure your powerful enough to detach them.
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Re: Demons of Ars Goetia
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I'll take isroll3.0's warning a step further. When you are looking at a system of magic you must look at the meaning of the words as intended. Many people would say that demons are "daemons", or nature spirits, or maybe even "deva". These words, in their respective systems of magic, are very different from the demons listed in Solomonic magic and you can not apply similar terms from different systems of magic and expect the forces described to conform to your idealized concept of them. Demons in Solomonic magic, which is rooted in kabbalistic practices, are forces that are out of balance, like the qlippoth. As noted above, many of them are deities from other cultures. Perhaps they are out of balance because their worshipers died out, or were slaves. Who knows. What is known that calling upon one of the demonic forces listed in the Goetia is not the same as calling upon the original deity. Perhaps this is the wrathful or angered side of the deity. Who knows. But, if you think of it, it is quite possible that these represent the gods of slaves that the Hebrews had who were conscripted to build the Temple of Solomon. That could well correlate to the concept of Solomon controlling the deities and forcing them to build the Temple, but that is just my own speculation.

It is important to remember that these forces are unbalanced and destructive, potentially self destructive. This is very important, especially if you are doing invocation as opposed to evocation. These forces can and will affect you. If you follow the system as described, and do all of the preliminary work, you will most likely be ok. Still, I would caution against starting on this kind of work without mastering the basics of magical work. The ego you save may be your own. Most of all, if you are asking questions about them or the processes, you are not ready. Understand what you are doing before hand, and don't try to change other practices to fit your ideas until you understand those practices fully to start with.

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