I get so many emails addressed to S. Connolly, my assistant and I thought we’d answer the most common questions here so we’d have a page we could direct people to.
Will you mentor/teach me? Unfortunately, I don’t have the time required to be a mentor, and even less time required to take on an actual apprentice. For aspiring occult authors, I have turned my best blog posts on the subject into a book called “The Indie Esoteric: A Publishing Guide for the Independent Occult Author” (releasing April 2017). If you’re looking for creative magick advice, see the forthcoming Daemonic Magick for Creatives. Your best option to learn magick from me is to read my books, the blog, or take a class from me.
Will you join and participate in my FB group or forum? Again, it’s a time issue. You can add me to your FB group, but if it doesn’t look interesting I’ll likely dump it. I just don’t have the time to hang out online and discuss Daemonolatry to death. I used to, but at some point, it became a barrage of the same questions over and over again. Questions I’ve answered or addressed in my books. I think my biggest issue is that after 30+ years of practicing, it takes an interesting conversation to hold me and get me to participate. I have been burnt out on discussing beginner topics for about ten years now. It’s very rare that I find an online conversation, in an open forum, that interests me. Usually, it’s like, “I saw a Daemon that looked like XXX, who is it?” Or, “I have found myself interested in working with XXX. Any advice?” Or such vague, sweeping questions, that answering them would require me to retype my books in a message thread. Hence the reason I often answer questions like that with, “That was covered in my book XXX.” I just don’t have the patience to repeat myself.
One of the most common questions I get is “What order should I read your books in?” Here’s the answer Frank, my assistant, usually sends to folks:
These are the foundational beginner books to be read in this order:
1. The Complete Book of Demonolatry
2. Daemonolater’s Guide to Daemonic Magick
Next you would move into specific areas based on interest. If the first two books are the 101, the following are still beginner, but address more specific topics. Let’s call them 201. There is no specific order for these unless stated:
- Honoring Death – Necromancy
- a. Necromantic Sacraments – read this after Honoring Death
- Daemonolatry Goetia – Goetia
- Drawing Down Belial – Daemonic Communication & Divination
- Sigillum Diaboli – Divination via Daemonic sigils
- Demonolatry Rites
- Abyssal Communion & Rite of Imbibement
- Modification & Practice Series – Scales of Ma’at, Hidden: Living with the Uninitiated, Modified Daemonolatry. (You can get FREE pdf’s of these books on demonolatry.org)
- Wortcunning for Daemonolatry – Daemonic Herbalism & Alchemy
- Any of the Daemonolater’s Guide Series including:
- Sex, Money & Power
- Daemonic Pacts
- Daemonic Offerings
- Daemonolatry Groups
- Daemonic Possession
- Spirit Keeping & Spirit Vessels
- Daemonic Prayer & Prayer Cords
- Daemonic Love Magick (forthcoming)
- Book of Agares
- Lake of Fire: A Daemonolater’s Guide to Ascension
- Daemonic Magick for Creatives (forthcoming)
- Daemonic Prosperity Magick (forthcoming)
- The Preeminent Curse (forthcoming)
Then you have a 301 book – Kasdeya Rite of Ba’al, and this should only be read and used if you’re an experienced magician and you’re ready for a major life change.
Finally – you have your advanced books. Let’s call these 401. Readers shouldn’t even delve into these books unless they’ve been practicing a few years. These books include (and should probably be read in this order):
1. Infernal Colopatiron or The Abyssal Angels – theophany and gate opening
2. Nuctemeron Gates – gate opening
3. Keys of Ocat — Keys of Death is a companion text to this and is used in conjunction with Keys of Ocat. – Necromancy.
Finally, you have two books that are occult-based, but stand alone and aren’t Daemonolatry specific. These can be read at any time and are suitable for beginners of ANY path.
–Curses, Hexes & Crossing – execration magick
–The Art of Creative Magick – creating your own ritual
I also have a book of Daemonolatry related essays, articles, and “best-of” blog posts –
–Bound by Blood
How do I get started working with Daemons?
I wrote a post over on demonolatry.org about this. You can read it HERE. It’s about establishing a daily practice.
I want to learn to develop my gifts for communicating with Daemons like you are able to do. How can I do that? or I have been working on learning Daemonic communication for XXX time now, and nothing is working.
Well, you have to understand that I was born with the gift to be able to communicate with spirits. I also believe everyone has some degree of clairsentient ability. But I can’t really tell you how you can develop an ability you may not have. I can tell you how to hone your existing talents – and that’s by using them. A LOT. I work with Daemons daily and I communicate with them no less than twice a week. My skills are fine tuned. It took me years to gain control of my natural talent “at-will”. I wrote Drawing Down Belial to help people learn and hone communication and divination techniques with the Daemonic. SO – practice, practice, practice. But if, after a year of consistent effort (by that I mean 365 straight days of 1 hour a day) you’re still not getting results – you’re likely a squib in that department. 🙁 I hate telling people that, but sometimes it’s true.
Why don’t you answer all of your email? Why do you give short, terse answers or tell me to read XX book? I was hoping for more in-depth answers and/or discussion.
In many cases, I’ve answered the question(s) you’ve asked already in one of my books. I wish I had more time to have a full conversation with everyone who writes me, but sadly there isn’t enough time in my day.