After a few years of saving Amazon credit and waiting for a copy that wasn’t $1000 or more, I finally bought the Dictionary of Occult, Hermetic and Alchemical Sigils by Fred Gettings. Gettings is a bit of an enigma, but he wrote that Dictionary of Demons that Kaneko is confirmed to have owned and potentially used when designing SMT1′s demons. This book is the rarest of Gettings’ works, it seems to have only received two (small) printings in the 80s, and was originally printed in 1981.
I wanted this for exactly its purported function: To be able to decipher the symbols within demon seals, like Stolas’ above, in addition to being an ultimate reference for any future projects. I’m pretty sure the seals might still be nonsense, but at least I know the symbols they contain aren’t, and a lot of them appear to be derived from alchemy. So much of the book is entirely inscrutable! I love it.
Hell of a day to receive it, too. If the earth yawns forth untold legions of demon armies, it wasn’t me, it was that other guy!!!
She says you can't give in to your demons and live life apologetically
And so I ask her,
how do you realize self-worth
without coming off as arrogant?
She says, it’s simple really
once you’ve understood
Arrogance is thinking you’re better than all (and showing it)
Self-depreciation is thinking you’re worse than all (and vocalizing it)
Self-worth is having respect for all,
including yourself (and maintaining it)
angels names end in – iel/ - ael. The semantic root “ el” means Lord or God,
and specifically for angels it has the meaning “ of God”. Many demons
began life as angels and some of them
retain their angelic sounding names despite they’re fallen angels. This causes
problems with discerning the fallen from the unfallen, as their names can be
almost identical. The 17th century scholar Dr. Rudd found a solution
to discern who is who: he outlined an extensive question and answer session
intended to trick demons into revealing their infernal natures. It begins with
getting the spirit’s name and ends by asking the spirit to agree that all the
fallen ones have been justly condemned. The idea is that a fallen angel will
reply at this statement and reveal itself by trying to argue the point.
Image: Gustave Dore - The Fall of the Rebel Angels
Leonard was one of the first demons I learned about. His name popped up in Names of the Damned: The Dictionary of Demons, and it struck me as a hilariously vanilla human name for a demon to have. Well, as it turned out, he’s also in the top tier of the demonic hierarchy, with guys like Satan and Beelzebub.
Leonard is known as the Grand Master of Sabbats and Inspector General of sorcery, witchcraft and the black arts. He has many forms, including a three-horned goat-like humanoid with a flaming eye, and a werewolf-like form. But his best feature is the face he has on his ass, which is reserved for ritualistic-kisses during Sabbats. That’s right; an important part of the ceremony is the Kissing of the Butt-Face.
sources: Names of the Damed, Dictionnaire Infernal (via Wikipedia)
Caim (also known as Caym, or Camio) is a president of Hell, and rules thirty legions of spirits. He is a part of the original Goetia, and is a demon whose powers are related to obscured and cryptic meanings. He most commonly takes the shape of a thrush, and occasionally that of a man carrying a very sharp sword. To the summoner, he can grant the power of understanding animal speech, and the secrets hidden in the sound of water. He may also be persuaded to answer questions about the future. Unfortunately, he communicates solely through burning ashes. So it is probably a good idea not to ask him anything too complicated, and to establish a basic code for “yes”, “no”, and “lotto numbers.”
Sources: Names of the Damned (The Dictionary of Demons), Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.
I noticed that Mod D said she didn’t like the Encyclopedia of Demons right after I said that I totally did, so I want to clarify my position, because she’s totally right: it really does dumb down a lot of the information.
The reason I like it, though, is the same reason I like Wikipedia. It provides little blurbs and jumping-off points for further research. You would never use Wikipedia as an actual source (hell, I know for a fact that like 99% of the Gaulish religion information is either outdated or blatantly false, for example), but you can read tiny blurbs, like, “oh, X is the demon of Y? Lemme try to find more on that!” And that can help. Plus, helpful for narrowing down a demon, spirit etc. that you can’t figure out the name of.
But I do think it’s important to clarify: the Dictionary is not a good, reliable source for in-practice information. Please don’t use it like it is. :)
*Hey, it’s getting a little bit easier! I think I’ll post a vocabulary list when this is all over with.
Ruki: This song is soon, the ending of the nightmare. How
many times I’ve had the same hated dream. In reality, the things you hate
become traumatic in a dream that is repeatedly remembered. I have this
aforementioned experience, especially a lot during the period of this album’s
production. I think I hate it but then I don’t. In reverse, I desire to say “it’s
good that this happened” when the dreams come. Anyway I unfortunately have these
dreams because they aren’t reality. I think dreams in general, are things seen
We were able to achieve a lot of violent songs and this song is too but it goes
in a direction that starts to cut that off. Within the violence, there’s a
bewitching, beautiful development you can get a glimpse at. So the song serves
two roles simultaneously with a sprinting feeling and something aesthetic.
This one is also very “dogma”-like. That means, it’s probably the song with the
strongest sensation. The song sinks in your ears and there’s a feeling that a
speech is being made.The title incubus comes from a ghost and has a monstrous
nuance. The dictionary meaning is a nightmare demon (muma 夢魔). Certainly,
there’s probably a speech being able to be made. (I have no idea what he means
by this) But the way Ruki sings isn’t necessarily without the feeling of making
This song is strong with a powerful punch. That strength along with the beauty
in the chorus contrasts perfectly. Not only is the song energetic but the song
finishes with a high quality.
Within the album, this song is a bit melodious. It has the image of things
clearly both light and dark. The image is like the sensation of having a strobe
dazzle in your eyes where there’s a clear distinction of light and dark
switching. With that meaning, the song has a dual nature in it and really is a