What exactly are demons? What relationship do they have with evil human thoughts? What is the distinction between demons and satans? What are the orders of these spirits?
We attempt to answer these concerns using material from Sepharial’s book “A manual of occultism” released in 1914. ( you can download it from our “Free Occult Library”)
According to the Kabbalists, the Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub, rules over nine orders of demonic beings. These spirits are mankind’s tempters.
They are the disembodied spirits of evil-minded individuals, according to the Occultist, who are maintained in their wickedness by the perversity of their wills. Even if they are nothing more than embodied humanity’s wicked thoughts and imaginings, nothing in a world where “thoughts are things” prevents them from gaining bodily shape and substance and therefore becoming active powers for evil when pushed by the force of men’s evil impulses.
Everyone has heard of Frankenstein’s Monster, the strange creation of Mary Shelley’s imagination, yet few are aware that the narrative contains a profound occult truth.
It is probably not difficult to track the work of William Godwin’s daughter. It only takes a quick look at his work on “The Lives of the Necromancers” to see that what the father proposed, was developed in the laboratory of her own talented imagination.
It was written in the style of a competitive essay and was published as a result. Study this narrative, as well as the chapter on “The Dweller on the Threshold” in Bulwer Lytton’s popular novel, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like for those who are capable of producing, and then obsessing over, mental images.
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The 9 Orders of Evil Spirits
The universe was formed by will and desire. When both man’s will and imagination are intentionally directed to the process, it should not be surprising that it may develop something equal to man.
1. False Gods
False Gods is the first of the Nine Orders of Evil Spirits. Thousands of people are focusing their worship and creativity on the same goal: the development of “gods.” The Saturnalias and Baldachinos, the Bacchanalias, and orgies of the heathen world are all familiar to us.
Satan, who tempted Jesus, was such a god. Swedenborg distinguishes between satans and demons by stating that the former work on men’s minds, planting false doctrines and lies, blinding intellect, boosting pride, and inciting heresies and seditions; whereas, devils work on people’s appetites, and strive to infuse desire, greed, avarice, hatred, and all kinds of vices through their affinity with the emotional faculty (from which they have their birth). Accepting this distinction may be beneficial.
2. Lying Spirits
The second order is known as “Lying Spirits,” and includes individuals who are obsessed with the prophet Ahab, as well as a spirit known as “Pytho,” the father of lies, who reigns over them. These spirits use the brain centers to apply themselves to the interiors of the voice and respiratory organs.
Some, such as demoniacs, pythonesses, and spirit mediums, can be heard speaking through the mouths of those who are enthralled. In the Bible, such a person is described as screaming out in pain as Jesus approaches, saying: ” Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us?”
3. Vessels of Wrath
The demonic spirits of the third order are referred to as “Vessels of Iniquity” and “Vessels of Wrath,” the creators of all vices for the infesting and ruination of men. Their prince has been summoned! “Belial,” a renegade and wayward spirit who cannot be controlled, is a spirit without a yoke.
Those who are violent and lawless, as well as murderers and those who commit suicide in a fit of rage, are members of this order. St. Paul speaks to the Corinthians about this order, saying: ” What accord has Christ with Belial?” For these Belial spirits, who are similar to the Ishmaelites of the abyss, have no agreements with anybody.
4. The Revengeful
The fourth order of wicked spirits is known as “The Revengeful,” and its prince, Asmodeus, is the subject of judgment. They belonged to the order that was unleashed upon Egypt during the plagues, as related in Exodus.
5. The Deluders
The fifth order of evil spirits is known as “The Deluders,” and their satan is known as Nahash, the chief of those with the serpent’s spirit. These create signs and miracles and perform a variety of feats in order to deceive men’s minds and divert their attention away from the truth.
They are represented by the Black Magicians, the wonder-workers who seek to dethrone God and gain control of the spiritual world. They work through the minds of cheats, forgers, and charlatans to some extent.
The Nahash, or Serpents, are the order of Satan, who tempted Eve. According to the Apocalypse, ” He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs…”
6. The Turbulents
The “Turbulents,” are the sixth order, which is led by Meririm, Prince of the Powers of the Air. They are the ones who cause tempests, pollute the air with blights and poisonous exhalations, ruin crops, and pollute the earth’s waterways.
This ” Prince of the Powers of the Air.” is mentioned by St. Paul. These spirits are drawn to men’s thoughts and passions and are triggered by turmoil and passions in their brains, as seen in great battles and revolutions.
7. The Furies
The order of “the Furies” is the seventh. Their prince is known as Apollyon, or Abaddon in Hebrew, which means ” the Destroyer.” They are responsible for insanity, hysteria, murders, massacres, and intestine wars.
8. The Accusers
“The Accusers” or “The Inquisitors” is the name of the eighth evil spirit order. They are ruled by Ashtaroth, or “The Searcher.” He is known in Greek as Diabolos, or the Calumniator, and is referred to as ” the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night “ in Apocalypse. These spirits take pleasure in attacking the righteous, seeking out their flaws and shouting against them because of their flaws. The common faultfinder definitely falls within the category of Ashtaroth’s followers.
9. The Tempters
The order of ” The Tempters.” is the ninth. These are closely associated with humanity, and one of their numbers can be found among people who are prone to the worldly spirit of greed and avarice in whatever way. Mammon, which means covetousness, is the name of their prince.
These nine orders of demonic spirits are known as transgressors because they break the commandments, which according to the Hebrews are only nine and not 10 as is popularly believed. The first and second order of the “Decalogue” are one and the same, and they deal with worshiping the true God and the sin of creating false gods, whether subjective or objective. Beelzebub is the greatest False God whom the sinful serve by mistake under whatever name it may take.
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