Marbas - to have the appearance and demeanor of one unlike yourself

Hello all,

I have been contemplating the meaning of “to have the appearance and demeanor of one unlike yourself”. It’s listed under the powers of Marbas in Demons of Magick by Gordon Winterfield.

I still don’t grasp the meaning of it. Can anyone shine some light on this please?

Basically, it’s what is known as a glamour, ie an energetic illusion that you coat yourself with to appear as someone else. Your actual appearance will not change from your own perspective, so if you looked in a mirror you would seem the same, but others will perceive you as different.

Have you ever seen someone that you would have sworn was a friend, only to have them turn out to be someone you’ve never met? The effect is kind of similar.


That makes total sense. Thanks, my friend.

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@DarkestKnight I was wondering what you think about one of the powers of Bathin, “to transform your current mood or way of thinking to one your choice”.

Would it be applicable to transform beliefs?

No, because belief is not emotion.

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I assumed it because beliefs create thoughts which leads to emotions. I want to find a way to use his power to reprogram my beliefs. Thanks again, matey.

I think you’re not wrong, it’s the 'fake it till you make it" approach. Don’t see why that wouldn’t work, maybe just watch out for doubt spoiling things before your new beliefs are really cemented in.


Thank you, @Mulberry. I have tried it a month ago. It seemed to work strongly but temporarily so i need to phrase and strategize it well.

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I think that makes sense. You’re training your subconscious with a new pattern, and it takes time for that to get settled in and for the old pattern to be forgotten or at least overwritten. :slight_smile: Almost like a healing process.