The Nature of Angels And Demons
There seems to many misconceptions around the internet about what is a Demon and what is an Angel. It is with this thread that I will shed some light on their true nature. What follows is not based on any religion, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Satanism, Buddhism, Taoism, or any other religion. Nor are they based on any “communication” with spirits such as via meditations or telepathic communication. The following is direct from the spirits themselves via face to face contact with them. Straight from the horse’s mouths themselves, no belief systems or dogmas.
Angels represent higher spiritual attainment. While they govern base desires as well they only tend to help the magus in those areas if it will benefit his betterment spiritually as well as physically. So asking an angel for wealth would probably not bode well for most of the humanity. Very few people are spiritually prepared for massive wealth. Angels are not necessarily “good” or “holy”. They have free will just like any other spirit and can do evil things including kill people if necessary. However, all things physical must be for the betterment of the Magus spiritually. Hence angels are usually evoked for informational purposes, guidance, wisdom, protection and spiritual enlightenment.
Demons represent the base (material) desires. For this reason, they usually get a bad rap thanks to the Catholic Church and their 7 Deadly Sins (all of which are base desires that the demons rule over…..). This is why 95% of all classical grimoires, though written by Christians, Jews and even Muslims (Arab grimoires are very powerful but hard to find) they contain demonic evocations rather than angelic. One would think that Christian magus’s would prefer to work with angels, but when it comes to the desires of the flesh the demons know best. They are not necessarily evil in the sense that they wish to harm you, though many do. There are plenty of well-natured demons that don’t lie, want to help and don’t have to be coerced. However, logic would dictate that if a demon can cause strife among friends then that is probably a demon who himself isn’t a happy-go-lucky spirit, to begin with, and caution should be taken when evoking such a demon.
So it’s not about angels being good and demons being evil and vice-versa. Both can do good and both can do evil, both can help a magus and both can tear a magus down. Both can give life and also take it away. The only difference is their alignment. Nothing more.
Some say that demons are originally gods that were demonized by the Catholic Church. While this is historically sound and plenty of evidence supports this in history, from an occult standpoint it doesn’t stand on its own. It is said that Astaroth is actually the goddess Astarte and Ishtar. Well, Astarte and Ishtar are female. Any ceremonial magician will tell you that Astaroth always appears as a male. If he is truly a demonized version of those ancient goddesses why wouldn’t he appear in his allegedly true form; a female?
In that respect both demons and angels can be seen as gods, as can any other spirit including planetary, Olympic, aerial and Elemental as they all are supernatural and can be worshipped as the controller of some aspect of life that they govern such as wealth, love, healing, protection, etc. So going with the above definition, yes, demons can be seen as gods. But so can any other spirit from every culture around the world so long as they are supernatural (which all spirits are) and they control some aspect of life or the universe (which most spirits do, even spirits of the dead).