The Holy Daimon Online Project - now live.
Today the Holy Daimon Online Project is opening its doors for curious visitors, avid readers and engaged practitioners.
Over the last ten months, with the help of several amazing people, some wonderful institutions and no insignificant private funding, we have worked hard to offer you completely free access to the current stock of material. This consists of both first-time English translations as well as original research essays on authentic 15th to 18th century grimoires. Each one of these forgotten source-works is taking their own approach to a form of magic we like to describe as daimonic theurgy. You can now access the project, explore its continuously emerging content or more of its background here:
The idea to this project emerged in 2017, following the completion of my manuscript for the forthcoming Scarlet Imprint title Holy Daimon. After ten years of working with the being that I call my holy daimon (you can call it your Holy Guardian Angel, or whatever you prefer), it had become painfully clear how truncated, one-dimensional and in most cases superficial our 21st century understanding of this class of spiritual beings had turned. Our current lack of practically probed, diversified ways of engaging with it, becomes particularly evident when we compare it to the significant amount of practical source-works on the subject our Late Medieval ancestors still had at hand. Almost none of these are publicly available in the English language today. As a consequence, this subject, which is covering some of the heartland of the Western tradition of magic, is known to most serious practitioners through two books alone: either the famous Book Abramelin (approx. 1606) or alternatively Aleister Crowley's Liber Samekh or Bornless Ritual (1904). Both of them, in my humble opinion, present authentic and fully workable pathways towards communion with our daimon. Yet, obviously, knowing only these two source-works cannot grant us a broader vista on the many diverse ways in which our ancestors knew how to engage with these unique spirits. This is where the Holy Daimon Online Project comes in.
According to our humble means, we will be releasing a slowly expanding amount of original source-works focussed on daimonic theurgy specifically. The initial wave of translated manuscripts is taken from the precious collection of Latin and German Late Medieval grimoires preserved in the University Library of Leipzig. Future releases from alternative and broader sources, including an unknown mago-mystical cabalistic treatise which heavily influenced the authors of the Zohar are planned for 2019 and beyond. All work is entirely privately funded; and all transcriptions, translations and original research has to happen in the periphery of several very busy, yet passionately committed lives.
Finally, it should be called out that the Holy Daimon Online Project is entirely independent, neither affiliated with nor sponsored by any magical school or institution of other nature. It's purpose and goal is as philanthropic as it might be naïve: to contribute to the resurfacing of an active, living tradition of Western Ritual Magic.
As a starting point you can find three translations of manuscripts of so called angelic or celestial practice: a voluminous manuscript of the magical hermit Pelagius Eremita, the most important teacher of Johannes Trithemius, detailing a mago-mystical path of attaining communion with your holy daimon. Next to this you will find two shorter treatises with similar goals but likely of somewhat later origin; one to capture a familiar spirit in a glass, the other with its original ritual provided in Latin language which is currently still being finalised in its full translation.
Accompanying these three initial translations we also welcome a guest text of much more sinister origin: a most concise manuscript, called Ars Phytonica, detailing an authentic Late Medieval ritual to enliven a necromantic skull for divinatory practice. This chthonic sibling is of particular curious nature; which is why it is flanked by a detailed original study, first published here on the Holy Daimon project.
Finally, several longer research texts have been completed - in particular focussing on Johannes Trithemius and his seminal role in the tradition of Western daimonic magic. As these texts probably exceed the length and depth that most people would explore online, these have been reserved for a future print release later in 2019.
Enjoy the journey.
May the serpent bite its tail.