Daimon is an inner force,
an inner passion, a mixture of desires and aspirations. Our daimon is the genius that
lives with us, good and evil at the same time. As Blake would say, it's the marriage
between heaven and hell. It's death in life and life in death. It's a kind of enthusiasm
that guides us towards the search for knowledge, without believing in any superior entity.
It's an olistic approach to life that struggles against any form of vanity, of stupid
power and false authority. It's a form of magic, of ecstatic feeling, it's the art
of living for freedom without having to submit our inner thoughts to the banalities of our
society. It's a dream that gives hope to our intellect, it's a mistery without solution.
it's the absurdity of our life, it's a nonsensical joke. That's why I thought to link the
surrealistic poetics with the spirit of my creation, and that's why the Daimon Club was
born. Now I only hope to be able to communicate to other people this idea, and to divulge
our love for equality, peace and freedom. (to read more about
daimonology go to this page, but unfortunately it's in Italian, because I have still to
One of the first examples of surrealistic writer and daimon guided author was Laurence Sterne. He was born in Ireland in 1713 end died in 1768. As a clergyman, Sterne was rather unusual. Besides being involved in frequent amorous escapades, together with some friends he formed a group called "The Demoniacks" which used to meet at Skelton Castle, a curious house on the border of the Cleveland Moors, (belonging to a friend of Sterne's, who called it "Crazy Castle", where they indulged in moderate revelry. When I found the Daimon Club I didn't know about Sterne's association, but now what I intend to point out is that unfortunately we don't have a castle, and it's always more difficult to find people who like to be open minded, not only from a sexual point of view, but also from an artistic and intellectual one.
Carl William Brown
When towards the end of 1997 Carl William Brown registered the first few pages of the Daimon Club website in the main search engines the term Daimon did not appear becuase as a matter of fact it was unknown. Therefore, digitally speaking, it was our association that has had the privilege of inaugurating what would soon have become a real phenomenon. Try to type today on the most famous Internet spider the word Daimon, or Daimon Club and you will immediately realize the real development of the trend.
Carl William Brown
has much to do with feelings of uniqueness, of grandeur and with the
restlessness of the heart, its impatience, its dissatisfaction, its yearning.
It needs its share of beauty. It wants to be seen, witnessed, accorded
recognition, particularly by the person who is its caretaker. Metaphoric
images are its first unlearned language, which provides the poetic basis of
mind, making possible communication between all people and all things by
means of metaphors.
daimon motivates. It protects. It invents and persists with stubborn
fidelity. It resists compromising reasonableness and often forces deviance
and oddity upon its keeper, especially when neglected or opposed. It offers
comfort and can pull you into its shell, but it cannot abide innocence. It
can make the body ill. It is out of step with time, finding all sorts of
faults, gaps, and knots in the flow of life - and it prefers them. It has
affinities with myth, since it is itself a mythical being and thinks in
Each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of
that life and calls it to a destiny. As the force of fate, this image acts
as a personal daimon, an accompanying guide who remembers your calling.
Personal Daimons by Patrick Harpur
This reminds us that personal daimons favor two forms by which to
manifest: the abstract light, globe, oval and (as here) shining sphere, or the
personification - angelic, manikin-like or whatever. It confirms, in other words, my
speculation ... that the two forms are different manifestations of each other, with (in
Napoleon's case) different functions: the star guides, the dwarf warns. Both are images of
the soul, which is another way of understanding the daimon.
Ancient Hellenic Culture Hermetic Magic Theology and Daimonology
Quotes are from "Hermetic Magic" by Stephen Edred
After reading the above material and some other resources, I have
finally formed my Anthropos. I now believe that the gods and goddesses are the combination
of the subconscious of all the people that believe in them. And just as the whole is
greater than the parts, this group mind has a consciousness and personality all it's own.
Soul and Body (an abstract from Patrick Harpur's remarkable book Daimonic Reality)
Traditional views of human nature have always allowed for (at
least) two "souls" of the latter kind. In ancient Egypt, for instance, they were
known as the ka and the ba; in China, hun and p'o. One of these souls inhabits the body
and is the equivalent of what, faute de mieux, we call the ego. I will call it the
rational ego to distinguish it from the second soul, variously called, in other cultures,
the shadow-soul, ghost-soul, death-soul, image-soul and dream-soul, for which our culture
has either the word "soul" or else no word, because it is not generally believed
to exist. However, it does exist and can be thought of as an ego, in the sense that it
confers identity and individuality. It enables us, that is - like the rational ego - to
say "I." But it is an ego, not of consciousness, but of the unconscious; not a
waking, but a dream ego; not a rational ego, but an irrational ego. I will call it the
daimonic ego. Like the rational ego, it has a body - not a physical one but a dream-body,
a "subtle" body such as daimons are imagined as having, an "astral"
body as some esoteric doctrines say: in short, a daimonic body.
Thus it is this daimonic ego-body, so to speak, which is the
"soul" that can be "lost," the soul that, in the shaman, makes
otherworld journeys. It is this which leaves the physical body in the
"out-of-the-body" experiences or in fashionable "near-death
experiences" when, typically, we "die" on the operating table, only to find
that we are floating above our bodies, able to observe what is going on and to hear what
the surgeons are saying (they are startled to have their words repeated to them later,
when we recover). It is this soul, too, which can be seen by us, or others, in those cases
of "bilocation" when our doppelgängers (doubles) appear mysteriously. It is
this soul which, in Christian mystics, ascends towards the Godhead, sparking the debate as
to whether it remains intact during mystical union (as a sense of identity) or whether it
is, finally, dissolved in, or subsumed by, God.
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