This is a bunch of UPG that’s spurred off from Narius’s thread about re-writing the LBRP and it’s based on my findings so far this year.
As for banishing, EA’s mention of banishing as removing yourself from the extant presence of forces seems to ring true in the face of direct experience.
A quote from Jeremy Crow also aligns with this when he said, “It is my understanding and experience that banishing rituals work to reinforce the suppression of the Shadow within oneself. Whether you are traveling a Right Hand Path or a Left Hand Path, ultimately you must consciously come to terms with your Shadow.”
Lately I’ve been using the darkness exercise from WoD slightly modified to bind, rather than banish, in most cases.
I sometimes selectively banish (for example to do a reading free of any influence, including the will-infused dark, erm, stuff) but no longer use anything approaching my previous concepts of banishing in most other cases.
I do that WoD vis, seeing all beings around me enmeshed in darkness like chunks of fruit suspended in a jelly, then recite:
“In darkness bound, Obey (my godname)”
- and then add any other instructions that I feel are pertinent.
With all the stuff I’ve had going on this year, much of it (the Ahriman current in my spine and my demonic Child, especially) being internal, the “sweeping away” model of banishing ceased to have any meaning.
Whilst I was gestating my Child, I kept trying to write notes and derive some kind of understanding about the nature of demonic entities, and a few times I went to write about how demons (specifically, the father) were “devoid” of love, because as most people agree a demon may be very pleasant, even likeable, and helpful in serving you, but they can’t be trusted completely, and specifically if another mage sics them onto you they’ll be just as willing to obey that person.
But every time I went to write that, I got the astral equivalent of the baby kicking me, plus the father and various other beings kicking up a huge ruckus… long story short my UPG is that demons ARE love (among other things), BUT they’re the love of the areas they specialise in the exclusion of all else, including external value systems. More of a lustful driven love than anything airy-fairy and abstract - but, love nonetheless.
This is why a demon you’re working with on a project may do things well outside his grimoiric description to help you attain that goal, because he sees that (for example) fixing your marriage is the best way to get the kinds of outcome he loves and desires with a single-minded frenzy, yet if you go round saying that demon is a whizz at fixing marriages, he might not give a fuck about helping someone else with their marriage, because it was done as a means to an end.
I’m a hard polyethist (mainly) and treat demons and other entities as though they exist as real and discrete beings, but they’re also very similar to a MEGA attached state of being in which there’s an obsessive focus on a very few specific and targeted outcomes, at least insofar as the aspects of them that we can understand, quantify, and have any meaningful trans-dimensional contact with go, and they want these specific outcomes so much, they’ll use any means possible to attain them.
This could be part of why some people become totally obsessed by contact with a demon - demon psychology with regards to interacting on our plane of existance IS a state of high-functioning focus on one specific area through love (seriously, number of times I got yelled at for thinking demons “can’t love” was outrageous) which in humans, when it’s picked up by chance or via a curse, tips some people right over the edge.
This IMO is why the RHP of detachment and merger back to Source, and the LHP of attaining personal godhood as an individual, do NOT converge: the LHP requires embracing a demonic level of drive and attachment to one specific outcome (via a set of chosen goals which necessarily excludes other goals and outcomes) whereas the RHP requires detachment from the things that individuate you, and a dissolution of seperation and things like preferences and aversions.
To become a god, you have to essentially embrace and attain the focus of a demon, which single statement kind of sums up my entire findings from this entire year’s work so far, from Ahriman & Azi Dahaka to my Child, and all the events since then.
Obviously this is entirely my UPG here and I make NO claim this is “The Truth™” end of story, but the idea that you can understand any force by discovering what it loves, what drives it, throws some sideways light on the concept of banishing (and, indeed, cursing, and why demonic work sometimes “backfires”), and to bind instead of banish is a “black magick” alternative in which your own desires bind beings to serve you though offering them (selectively) fulfilment of the things they also strive for with that inhumanly zealous love and hunger.
Work in progress obviously, but that’s where I’m at with this more or less at present.