by Sarah Thompson, November 2010
The Book of Spirits
Though the Circle of Cerridwen does not use a Book of Shadows, we do recommend the creation of a Book of Spirits.
The idea of keeping a Book of Spirits dates back to Renaissance Ceremonial magick. The idea is that, whenever you encounter a new spirit, you record details of that spirit in a book, such that it can be accessed again later. Many published grimoires of the time are effectively books of spirits that were made public.
The Guardian Daemons
After having worked with the Feri guardians for some time, I found the Alexandrian approach of calling the spirits of a particular direction and then bringing in the element of that direction as part of the classic triple casting effective, though sometimes I felt the need for something a bit more definite. Though calling guardians from another tradition (i.e. Feri) into an Alexandrian circle works, I was motivated to find a solution that was entirely of our line.
As readers of this web site, and people who work with me magickally, have probably already realised, I do practice Goetic magick and have a relationship with several daemons. I have in the past had some success asking to be given familiars, so it occurred to me to ask (very nicely) for a set of four directional, elemental spirits that could serve as guardians for our tradition. In a fairly extended working with Buer, I was given four such spirits, and scryed their names and seals.
The daemons are specifically bound to the tradition, not me personally, and they are bound to do no harm to ourselves or others, and not to interfere (or indeed even assist, beyond protecting the circle).
Margeidos, Daemon of Air and the East
Evocation: Hail Margeidos, Daemon of the East, Daemon of air.
License to depart: Thank you Margeidos. Let there always be peace between us. Go in peace, and blessed be.
Ramceftaq, Daemon of Fire and the South
Seal of Ramceftaq
Evocation: Hail Ramceftaq, Daemon of the South, Daemon of fire.
License to depart: Thank you Ramceftaq. Let there always be peace between us. Go in peace, and blessed be.
Cragglust, Daemon of Water and the West
Evocation: Hail Cragglust, Daemon of the West, Daemon of water.
License to depart: Thank you Cragglust. Let there always be peace between us. Go in peace, and blessed be.
Gralgores, Daemon of Earth and the North
Evocation: Hail Gralgores, Daemon of the North, Daemon of earth.
License to depart: Thank you Gralgores. Let there always be peace between us. Go in peace, and blessed be.
The four daemons are intended to be used together. Using them singly or in combinations of two or three will not provide complete protection. They are bound to not interfere, so don’t expect them to be chatty. Nor will they do your bidding — if you want a familiar, you should work with a daemon that is known for giving them and ask very nicely.