Bathin upon Ashtaroth – #domagick
Bathin (or Bathym, Mathim, Marthim) is a Duke (Great Duke according to Pseudomonarchia Daemonum) of Hell, who has under his command thirty legions of demons. He knows the virtues of precious stones and herbs, and can bring men suddenly from one country to another. He helps one attain astral projection, and takes you wherever you want to go. He is depicted as a strong man with the tail of a serpent, riding a pale horse.
After serious consideration, I have decided that Bathin is a good Daemon for transformation work. And since my goal is to eliminate self-sabotage in thinking patterns and processes, and to set myself up for more positive, self-affirming thinking, I think he will work rather well in this capacity for me.
I’ve done some divination on the matter and have also decided to include Ashtaroth. Astaroth (also Ashtaroth, Astarot and Asteroth), in demonology, is the Great Duke of Hell, in the first hierarchy with Beelzebub and Lucifer; he is part of the evil trinity. He is a male figure named after the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar
Obviously I am working with the feminine aspect. In the Dukante hierarchy Ashtaroth and Astarot were twinned Daemons, gendered female and male respectively, and tasked in roles of compassion, reconciliation and relationships. I am not working with Ashtaroth’s divination aspect, of course, but rather in reconciliation (friendship). Part of what I will be doing will be reconciling different aspects of myself, and that requires my work-self playing nice with my recreation-self and so on. As ridiculous as it may sound, all parts of the self (roles) need to get along in order to minimize internal conflict like self-sabotage.
I also sat down and drafted out the tablet I’ll be using toward the end of the work in March. As I mentioned on one of the forums, I am not posting that tablet. Perhaps I’m superstitious, but I believe sharing too much in the way of magickal work-in-progress, can render it ineffective – which is, again, a form of self-sabotage. (The belief itself that you can render work ineffective by posting a tablet.) It’s amazing how a person’s psychological hang-ups can get in the way of seemingly simple magick that seems rather surfacy to those just starting out. But, as with all things, sometimes when things aren’t growing as they should, you have to dig down deep, grab a soil sample, test it, and then amend the soil accordingly. (Sorry for the garden metaphor, but I’ve got plants on the brain today.)
Anyway – This is where I am in the process of research. The next part of my research will be the daily types of rituals I plan to incorporate, the order (because order is important), and then I can move to scheduling so I am ready to go on March 1.
I’ll put together the joined sigil sometime this week and post it. That I have no issues sharing since it’s not deeply personal.