FOREWORD: In this entry for the Pagan Blog Project, I ask demons questions and receive some pretty wise answers.
Recently, a demonology blog I follow on Tumblr did a follower thingey that involved you being able to ask Lucifer or select demons questions.
“You are asking demons and Lucifer questions, via me as a medium. I will let you know if the response was unintelligible. Sometimes it is, or I’m not allowed to relay it myself. Also sometimes they may not know the answer!” – original text post
Naturally, I asked a question. Who wouldn’t? I have never (intentionally) conversed (indirectly) with a demon before.
“Available to ask are Eligos, Astaroth, Ipos, Vepar, and Bune. Also I work with Lucifer. He’s sort of my boss. He may just tell you to fuck off, this is sort of the risk of a live show. They are listed in the Goetia, so they’re a bit internet famous. I work with them in rather specific aspects so they may not be the faces you’re used to, in a system called the Court of the Four Corners, which I’m only beginning to write about publicly. Eligos helps me with the creative arts, especially writing and drawing. Astaroth is the manager of affairs and the Seer, she especially loves crystal balls. Ipos is the high priestess of the group and she is very catlike and chipper. Vepar is especially good with exploiting or coming to terms with fears, and also defense and armor. Bune advises on anything from science to defense and wards, and is a bit of a trickster who is the more mysterious and quiet of the bunch. He also has an affinity for plants.”
My question was related my creative process, particularly directly referring to artwork. I asked Ipos and Eligos if they would help me. Their responses…
“I would suggest focusing more on your mundane work for some time, and also applying some research to the demonic arts. To be honest, it doesn’t seem like this particular direction of magical work suits you and you may find a better fit with the Fae or even Dragons. Finding a spiritual path can take a long time and often involves a lot of misleading paths until you take the proper turn. Focus on the journey instead of the destination, and learn to live in the moment. And good luck.” – Ipos
S/he’s right. I seem to get caught up in the moment a lot. Lately I have been feeling pressured by my teachers to decide my classes already for next year. My art teacher wants me to move into advanced and AP drawing and painting classes. That’s great! But I feel almost as if she is lying to me.. I don’t feel my artwork is so special or great. And when it comes to spirituality, I feel like something is missing. The connection I use to feel to my environment and others seems missing, and I want to get it back, so I’m exploring other beliefs / philosophies / religions / spiritualities.
“Often in artists’ early years of development it’s purposeful that they’ll be left alone to develop on their own, because the work of a developing artist is beautiful in a way that it will never be beautiful when guided by an outside hand. You need to become what you will become first. Let yourself determine your own direction and you will find freedom and beauty on a path that you could not walk while being guided by me.” – Eligos
If I had ever doubted my existence in this world as one to be an artist — and I have , I no longer do (at least, not so much). People tell me it is difficult to make an income as an artist, but there are so many art careers out there in high demand these days.. I hope I will end up doing something I enjoy.
I guess it took two demons and their kickass oracle to tell me the obvious: Focus on the present. Work on your art. Take your time. It’ll all work out in the end.