The title pretty much speaks for itself. Asmodeus has popped up in multiple times in my life and has been present in the background of my rituals for awhile, even though I have not actively worked with him alone much. I do not really have a plan on exactly how I am going to work with him, as I feel winging it and seeing what comes from it will be more appropriate. I am not sure on the time line I will set as well.
As to how I know Amodeus has been hanging around for awhile, it began with a ritual I performed a year or so ago geared towards approaching Asmodeus for general advise from Baal Kadmon’s Ghosts, Demons and Devils from Hebrew Mythology. For years, there was a presence I could not put my finger or see behind my rituals no matter what kind of barrier I put on. When I approached him alone, the same presence was felt at full force. Additional sessions of divination confirmed my suspicion that Asmodeus was the one that was present. With all that is going on in my life, I decided I cannot move on with future projects without going down this avenue first.
Asmodeus is an interesting character if you look at the broad history of his role in stories. While commonly associated as a demon, he technically (in my opinion) fits better under the label of Shedim, which are spirits that are labelled as evil because they are not “God” and possess traits associated to both angels and humans. The Greek term Daemon would be a better comparison to the term Shedim than Demon would be. Djinn could fit in that category and Asmodeus is often put in that category, as Isalmic belief labels him as a king of that group of spirits.
While Asmodeus is commonly associated with lust due to Christian mythology and his role in the story in the Book of Tobit, he also is depicted as both a trickster and someone who holds knowledge of the future in both the Talmud and the Testament of Solomon. One could argue that Solomon would not have been able to build his temple without Asmodeus, as he taught Solomon different aspects of magic. However, Solomon learned the price of taking away someone’s freedom when he was tricked into releasing Asmodeus. Asmodeus is also different than depiction of other spirits labelled as demons as he is said to freely be able to roam both throughout earth and heaven as he wishes.
Based on my limited experience with Asmodeus one on one, I find him to be a complex being with two distinct sides. The first is a humorous, gentleman side who I have approached for wisdom in the past and the presence that can definitely be associated with lust. The other side is a more spiteful (while justified in my observation) and a very clear association to the power of raw anger, which makes his association to Aeshma make a lot of sense to me (I do not have enough experience to say the two are one and the same). He actually reminds me of a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde character, which I can relate quite a bit to, as I find myself to be one as well.
So, not sure where exactly this is going to end up with but this will serve as a record of what comes up.