Dear denizens and friends,
Recently I’ve caught myself thinking that there is no such thing as “fallen” angels and that the term stems from JudeoChristian programming rather than anything else.
We as magicians acknowledge the existence of demons and angels, and of course, have some concept of what “God” (in the traditional sense) may be.
As for me, I consider this said God to be not an entity as depicted by major religions (creator being who gets pretty pissed about everything and would rather fling you off into eternal torment rather than talk things first). In my opnion it is both a:
Creative force rather than being, a self-perpetuating cosmic event that helped define and change the non-existent state of the primordial Universe (aka “place we live in” for lack of better explanation/understanding on my behalf).
The permeating pattern in which things exist in some way or manner.
Also a state of being or becoming which is more or less the goal of the Right Hand Path.
I do not, and will never, accept the idea that God is a malevolent and vindictive entity that cast out his first creations because of such petty things like pride and the like.
I do understand that back at the time, like now a days, the Middle East was an autism-ridden Hell-hole and that simple acts as the total and catastrophical failure of city-states due to very bad logistics were interpretated as divine punishments, and that well, we all know the obvious advantage of monopolizing thought and behaviour through obssessive and murder enforcement of monotheism.
SO, what is my take on “fallen” angels is that they are any of the following:
Entities spawned by faith and magickal operations (egregores, basically, that reached the pinnacle of autonomy)
Entities that represent and embody primal aspects of human desires and more or less what drives human life. Just as we have planetary intelligences and spirits who work with, maitain or enforce planetary ideals (Mars = Strife masculiity, etc…), we get similar beings who rule on concepts such as attaining riches, satisfying lust, self-exaltation, etc…
You may say “But 333, how come they rule over the same things as certain angels or planetary inteligences do?” Well first of all, I didn’t make it, so I dunno fully.
Second of all, to me so called “demons” are active agents in the sense that they will steer your ife towards your goals. They are immediate and amoral providers because the desire of the magician kinda binds them on their acts, unlike angels who in some manner upkeep the balance of cosmic forces (mind that I just think they do, never got any confirmation).
If you would ask an angel to provide for certain needs, he would surely do so within certain measures, such as not harming anyone or actively disregarding your request under the consideration that you may actually not need it. A demon on the other hand would not care for such things unless specified against (example: Want money? Someone nearby who is loaded loses his wallet - obviously I am spinning a bit of fiction here, not preaching).
- Some actual exalted humans whose birth was influeced heavily by these entities, like the myths surrounding Asmodai, which paint him as being the cambio son of a spirit-man union (I don’t believe he was three-headed or freakishly shaped during his life, but I like to believe he became powerful enough that after his death he has lingered ever since, like an ascended master from Hindu or Buddhist systems would).
CONCLUSION: They are “fallen” because they cater to and understand human needs. They are the other side of working with restraint and balance. Not evil in their own nature, but agents of change unlike angels who are static agents of balance.
“Fallen” because their modus operandi is centered around desire and the removal (or placement) of obstacles in this, our mortal life, in opposition to what angels do which is approaching the magician towards the understanding and harmony of the cosmos.
Please keep in mind that I am not saying that these forces actually oppose each other or engange in that wanton fiction of “angels warring demons” bullshit. As far as I’ve attained, they are an integrated part of existence, “cogs of the same machine” if you will, not beings that despide each other and run a battle for “the human soul” like some would like you to believe.
Calling a demon evil would be like saying that a bonfire is malicious. You call the fire, the demon obeys, it is just that at times we become drunk with power and by so disregard the rights of others. Not saying that sometimes, disregard and defiance are the only ways to work with.
SO, what are your thoughts?