Summoning demons is usually associated with the occult. It’s usually attributed to people who practice black magic. Names like Aleister Crowley come into mind. He was labeled the “most depraved man in the world” at one point of time. Demons and all the rituals surrounding their summoning are usually considered evil and malevolent. However, that’s not entirely true and there are a lot of myths and misconceptions around this. In this post, we will talk about those things in some detail. Let’s get started.
How to Summon a Demon: Important Things to Know
If we talk about summoning demons and play some audio clips of some arcane English demon summoning chant, most people might get scared and believe that something wicked will come their way. However, that isn’t always the case.
While this song is a bit on the nose with the “Evil” in its title, demons aren’t always a malevolent force. Some of them can be good despite appearances.
What is a demon?
The word “demon” traces its origins from the Greek word daimon which means a genius or a spirit. It’s important to remember that this Greek word never signified a person or a character, it was just used to describe a force of nature.
However, in today’s world, the term “demon” is associated with malevolence, dread and contempt. Most people believe that demons are always forces of evil. A lot of this is because of the numerous Gospels telling stories of exorcisms and Jesus getting demons out of people’s bodies. However, a demon should not be confused with the personification of evil.
Demons, geniuses, or spirits can be good or bad. People who believe in the spiritual plane and supernatural forces, believe that demons can act through people via means of possession. However, this act doesn’t always have to be evil. It can be a force for good as well. Now, in both cases, the “demon” must be released so that the possessed person can once again make use of his will and freedom.
Before the advent of modern medical science, even diseases like epilepsy were considered a result of demonic possession. The convulsions and fits made people think that an external force has control over the person.
This type of force must be distinguished from the concept of the devil. The word devil always alludes to that or that which divides, separates or slanders. Satan or the Devil is always represented as someone who is an enemy of God and the root of all evil. However, demons, spirits and genies don’t have their own will, plans or entity. Hence the term, demon shouldn’t always be associated with evil. They can be a force for good at times as well.
Demons over the course of history
The Pact With the Devil analyzes the genealogy of the motive of a trade with the demons. Appearing in the work of Saint Augustine, the idea of the diabolical pact is transformed in its expectations over the centuries, covering various practices. In the 4th and 5th century, Christianity tried to strengthen its bases and overcome the remnants of paganism, the condemnation of dealings with the dark forces was to root out the remnants of Roman polytheism. How to account for the presence of evil on earth? Either God is all-powerful, but therefore responsible for evil, or he is all-good, therefore partially powerless, and vulnerable to evil coming from man. A creature who is endowed with free will, can sin, indulge in evil, one of the forms of which is called magic, and trade with demons.
In the Middle Ages, the cases of allegiance to the demon that Arnaud de la Croix studied (Bishop Basile, Théophile, Gilles de Rais) show that the hold is not irreversible. Whoever breaks with the community of men, transgresses its laws to make a pact with the evil one for personal interest (omniscience, realization of desire) can return to the bosom of the Church by means of repentance and breaking the pact. Can the thought of Saint Paul according to which ” the law creates sin ” mutatis mutandis be extended in a dialectic of God and the Devil? Does the affirmation of God logically entail that of the Devil? Can we believe in the devil without believing in God? And, conversely, believe in God without endorsing the existence of the devil?
The agents who embody Evil in the eyes of the Church will change over time. First associated with pre-Christian pagan gods, they later relate to the worshipers of Yahweh and Muhammad. The diabolical is defined as the otherness that the Church must convert to its laws or annihilate in order to establish its authority.
Questioning the Codex Gigas, called the Devil’s Bible, the grimoire of Grand Albert attributed to the philosopher Albert the Great, evoking Gilles de Rais, Johannes Faust (at the origin of the legend of Faust), wizards and especially witches hunted by the Inquisition, Arnaud de la Croix questioned the central role of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Reflecting from the religious domain, many philosophers have commented on the secularization of society in other fields, mainly the artistic field. From the devilish pact of Paganini to the satanic scent of rock, Robert Johnson, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page to David Bowie and Heavy Metal (which further branched out into fully fledged Satanic Black Metal).
Which children’s book was accused of summoning demons?
The International Association of Exorcists (IEA) warns against a book published recently in Canada. According to the IEA, giving that book to children was akin to “giving a grenade unpinned to the children to play”. It is a book for children “ages 5 to 10” called A Children’s Book of Demons, written and illustrated by Aaron Leighton, a Canadian illustrator living in Toronto and a fan of occult practices.
This book presents the invocation of demons as a fun way to solve household chores and schoolwork, and invites children to invoke the names of 72 demons for their personal benefit. A lot of the book’s critics have called it “black magic”.
Since its publication by a Canadian comic book and illustrated album publisher, Koyama Press, last July in North America, this Children’s Book of Demons has provoked severe warnings in certain Christian circles.
“As ridiculous as the demons in this book are, there is nothing innocent or fun about pretending to invoke evil spirits,” said Elizabeth Johnston, an American Catholic mother, on her blog Activist Mommy. She went on to add: “Who can say what it means to pretend with the spirit world that’s real and doesn’t make you laugh? Aaron Leighton, himself an occultist, proselytizes with our children.”
Elizabeth Johnston even asked her readers to contact Walmart – one of North America’s Internet shopping sites, like Amazon, Target, and Barnes & Noble – ” to demand that they stop selling this dangerous book.”
As you might’ve noticed, the world of demons and the act of summoning them isn’t as black and white as a lot of people assume it to be. However, there is a lot of stuff in the grey area. However, when all is said and done, it’s best for kids and adults to not indulge in demons, whether they are real or not.