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Monsters & Demons

“The word ‘monster’ comes from the Latin monstrum, ‘that which is shown forth or revealed.’ The same root also appears in the English word “demonstrate,” and several less common words (such as ‘remonstrance’) that share the same sense of revealing, disclosing, or displaying. In the original sense of the word, a monster is a revelation, something shown forth.” -John Michael Greer, Monsters: An Investigator’s Guide to Magical Beings

“The original sense of “demon” was a benevolent being, but in English the name now holds connotations of malevolence. The original Greek word daimon does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the Koine δαιμόνιον (daimonion), and later ascribed to any cognate words sharing the root.” -Wikipedia entries for “demonology” and “demons.”

The realities of the unexpected and unexplained are not defined by the fear-based reactions we have towards them.

When something strange or out of the ordinary occurs, we, being creatures who love our comforts, tend to define the experiences as monstrous and evil.

But what if the entities we hastily label as “monsters” are actually revelations about our own creative potential?

What if the ugly elements we seek to exorcise as demons are really divine messengers sent to show us the way to a higher path?

This is not to imply a denial of the existence of beings with malignant intentions. It is simply a warning that the sensation of discomfort, alone, does not make an experience threatening or bad.

More dangerous than any monster or demon is the act of treating a gift from the Heavens as if it were a curse from Hell.

Many make the fatal mistake of supposing their lives a horror story, when, it reality, it’s a fantasy adventure in which the presence of magick is resisted to the point where their entire existence has now become terrifying.

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