Demons of Magick FAQ

Demons of Magick by Gordon Winterfield

Frequently Asked Questions

This page is only for questions relating to Demons of Magick. 

Questions will be open from time to time. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION: Please read the FAQs all the way through. There’s a full list of FAQs, a list of practical posts, along with all the basic information at The Gallery of Magick FAQ.  Please note that questions, comments and replies may take some time to appear on the page.

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Q: Can you tell me the best demon to use for my problem?

A: Nobody can. If you read the chapter called The Presentation of The Demons, Gordon talks about the need to avoid tables and charts, and instead to spend time becoming familiar with the powers so that you can choose appropriately. “Becoming familiar with the powers gives you access to them. A well-chosen power is more effective than a basic suggestion,” is how he puts it. This means that if you have a particular need, you may need to think a bit about what really needs to happen to get your result. There might not be a demon to ‘stop my boss from bullying me’, but if you look carefully, there are many, many ways you could bind, influence or prevent your boss from causing harm. This applies to so many problems. There are hundreds of powers listed, but when applied creatively, they are much deeper than their short descriptions, and this is deliberate, as your attempt to reach for the most appropriate power is how you begin the magickal work. If anybody else gives you an answer, that can never take into account the details you are aware of, the insights you have or the way you understand the powers, so the choice must be yours.

Q: There something else I don’t understand. Can you help?

A: Yes, that’s what this page is for, but remember that Gordon writes in a rich style, and many of the answers are within the text. He does not offer summaries to ensure that you make your own, which in turn ensures that you have actually understood all the details. If you read and reread the book, and spend time contemplating what has been said, the answer may reveal itself to you. This is not Gordon being awkward or obscure for the fun of it, but to aid your genuine learning and to encourage your personal experience. Also, see the question above this one. It’s the key to many of the mysteries.

Q: I’m confused about how often I should perform rituals, and in what order. Can you help?

A: Again, Gordon is vague not out of laziness or for the fun of being obscure, but because being too precise would limit your experience. This is not a book like Words of Power where you do a ritual and get a result within a set of limitation. This means that many aspects of the magick are left for you to discover. The way to find the answer is to look at your actual needs, and then look at the magick you need to solve the problem. All other factors, such as timing, ordering, exactly how a power can be applied – these will all become clear as you work with magick. You are being given access to a mass of magick that can work for decades, so it may take more time to understand the ins and outs of it than usual. Its worth experiencing the magick to discover what it can offer you.

Q: The book talks about combining powers. Does this mean several powers of one demon can be combined within one ritual, or that several demons can be called at once?

A: With this book, you need to read deeply and know that much subtle instruction is included in the simplest of statements. Yes, a single demon’s powers can be combined within one ritual, but the other way of combining powers is over time, progressively, from many sources (not by calling several demons at once). This is perhaps best summarised in The Ritual Preparation, where Gordon says, ‘Your role is to examine the situation thoughtfully and choose the powers that are most appropriate.’ This is not a throwaway sentence or obvious piece of instruction, but deep guidance that requires contemplation.

Q: If I want to call several demons at once, should I do all the opening ceremonies for each demon, or can I just open the ritual once and then call all the demons in turn.

A: This is your choice, but a more thorough and patient approach, with a break between rituals, would be more likely to bring results. Make sure you have the required energy, and also see the above question which addresses combined powers.

Q: I performed a ritual yesterday and didn’t get a result yet. Why not?

A: Magick can work instantly, but often takes much longer, and patience is an essential skill. Too much expectation can cause subconscious doubt, and that disrupts the magick. Gordon mentions patience frequently and notes that, ‘Even the easiest magick will manifest at different rates…’  The magick works, but if you expect it to work overnight you might be too anxious to see a result. Anxiety stifles magick. It needs room to breathe. The more patient you are, the faster it happens; let go of the results and allow them to happen when they happen. Study the final paragraph of What You Can Expect To Happen, as that shows how patience, along with other aspects of your mindset, are as important as the ritual itself. And you might also want to read: The Magickal Shortcut.

Q: Do I have to name the specific power in my request?

A: No. You name your desire as described in the book, but you don’t need to name the power being employed. As Gordon says, “Whatever you seek, you should state your desire, but do not overstate the means by which the results should be achieved.”

Q: I can’t include all the details in my request. Does the demon know what I want?

A: If your desire is clear, it will work. You know what you want and what you don’t want. The demon also knows this, because your desire is clear.

Q: Why do desires have to be sincere? Can’t I do a ritual for something that’s just for fun?

A: If you really want that result, even if it’s objectively trivial or base, that is sincere enough. Sincerity drives results, so what Gordon is implying is that you should do magick when your desire is real, rather than just to see what will happen.

Q: Should we do The Ritual Opening in addition to The Core Ritual? 

A: The Core Ritual includes The Ritual Opening. See the fourth paragraph of The Core Ritual. A thorough reading and understanding of this should be attained before proceeding.

Q: I heard I can find all this information free online. Is it true?

A: You can get the basics, of course, but the refined and original techniques, especially the Evocation Keys, the associated Angelic Emissaries, The Core Ritual and the unique Ritual Opening… no, you won’t find those online. As one reviewer put it, ‘Winterfield has synthesized centuries-worth of texts, systems, and theory into a modern compendium and guide. Readable, comprehensible, and usable, this is a contemporary tour de force on the demons of the Goetia.’

Q: Somebody said this is just a version of Dr Rudd’s method. Is it true?

A: No, it’s not true – Rudd related many of the traditional, longwinded ideas, which is precisely what Gordon has thrown out. Although this book uses some aspects of Rudd’s work, the rest comes from many other sources, as explained in the book.

Q: Somebody said I should check out the nature of the Angelic Emissaries, but I can’t find them in my angel dictionary. Why not?

A: As Gordon pointed out, the Angelic Emissaries and the Shem angels are assigned in Shorshei ha-Shemot, a relatively rare text, and are therefore too obscure for the mainstream dictionaries and encyclopaedias. You may find some names match the mainstream books, but they are unlikely to be the same angels. If you want to study further you’ll need to read Shorshei ha-Shemot or a similar source text.

Q: This book doesn’t contain as much detail as other books about lusting for results. Why?

A: Look for the line that reads, ‘All that you need to know about achieving results with magick has been explained in this paragraph if you are willing to see its message.’ The answers are there.

Q: Is this safe?

It is. The method uses Archangels, assigned Shem angels and Angelic Emissaries to make this magick safe, but if you have doubts or fears about working with demons we recommend you steer clear of it. You might get an idea about the potential powers and the nature of good and evil if you read this article on Demons of Magick.

Q: I’ve read a lot of frightening stories about demons in occult forums. Is it really safe?

If you’ve read the book you will understand that Gordon portrays the demons as more like royal guards of your household, than as monsters that are out to get you. Occult forums are not, in our experience, a good place to get the best information. Although there may be some people with experience and knowledge, they are often filled with trolls, scaremongers, book harvesters (who collect but never perform magick), and kids looking for a laugh. Trust that information if you like, but we all abandoned such forums many years ago.

Q: Somebody told me that working without circles, daggers and wooden triangles is dangerous. Shouldn’t I use the traditional equipment?

A: Most of those traditions are relatively recent compared to the magick itself, and are not required. Gordon knew perfectly well that many traditionalists would be offended by this book, but he wouldn’t change a word. For those who try the magick, it works safely and effectively.

Q: Why is the book so expensive?

The paperback is unavoidably expensive due to the color printing. It’s a large book, 8×10 inches, with 238 pages, so it costs what it costs; we make less money on this than anything else we publish, and we can’t trim the costs any more. And for the ebook, the cost of including over 80 high-resolution images is also carried by us, not Amazon. We’d rather make the price high than lower the quality of the images. We’ve done everything we can to make this the best we can, and the content should make it all worthwhile a thousand times over. It’s also worth noting that expense is relative: you could spend this much money on an evening of food and drink that will soon be forgotten, or you could spend it on access to a lifetime of magick.

Q: What’s the difference between working with angels and demons?

If you want to get a feel for this, you need to read the book, but if you want to know before reading it, please use the Look Inside feature on Amazon (click on the book on the top left), or order the free sample. You can read several opening chapters without any cost and get a good idea about what’s involved.

Q: I sensed that I was getting a response from the ritual as soon as I started thinking about it? What’s going on?

A: All magick is capable of affecting the past as well as the future. That is how results are sometimes able to come to you quickly – the past has been changed to bring you a new present reality. This effect can be very strong with demonic magick, so that as soon as you decide you want to do a ritual you may sense the future ritual that you enact. This doesn’t mean the demon is intruding on your life without permission, but that you are sensing your future power. If you don’t sense this, don’t worry; it doesn’t happen to everybody.

Q: Can this be used at the same time as angelic magick, or any other kind of magick?

A: Demons of Magick employs many angels to constrain the demons; angelic work is very much in harmony with this. You can use any other magick, so long as there’s no direct contradiction – if you perform magick to remain unseen you can’t use magick to be popular. There’s no reason why this can’t work with other magick, but you may want to read The Abundance of Magick.

Q: Can two people use this magick at the same time, for the same purpose?

Yes you can, but it helps if you’re genuinely close and your shared need is almost identical. Should you perform your rituals at the same time, use your own requests or share everything? That’s down to you. Some people craft the concept and perform the rituals together. Others work on the same project, but perform their rituals alone. Do what feels right to you.

Q: I’m frightened of demons, but want to do the magick. What do you recommend?

A lot of people are tempted by the power of the magick, but find that a sense of the supernatural makes them afraid. The first suggestion I can make (which is backed up by many comments on this site and on Facebook) is to read the main text of the book several times. If you read closely, and understand what Gordon has written, you will know that you re safe, and that if at any point you don’t like what’s happening you can shut it down using his instructions. If you want to work your way up to this kind of evocation, try The Angels of Alchemy by Damon Brand, as that evokes angels – the energy and presence is powerful, but less dramatic, and most people find this an excellent way to get used to the experience of evocation.

Q: Is this method disrespectful to demons?

A: Gordon talks about co-operation and command, rather than slavery, but the balance of power is in your favour. That’s the best and safest way to work. We have found that when magick treats demons as monsters that need to be feared and banished, the magick doesn’t work as well. This book approaches the subject with respect for the demons’ power, but acknowledging that you remain in charge. You do not serve the demons; they serve you, which is how it should be.

Q: How do I know when to reward the demon if the result I’m asking for is not completely clear?

A: Look for the paragraph that starts with, ‘Judging when to reward the demon can be difficult,’ and the paragraphs around it. At one point Gordon says, ‘When you believe that the demon has satisfied your demands…’ and that is all the guidance you need, but the other paragraphs in that part of the book offer guidance. But there is no obligation to get it right, and you offer when you offer, either at the first sign of a result or when satisfied.

Q: In Ritual One is there an alternative to burning the paper? I don’t want to burn my house down.

A: Gordon tells you to take all reasonable precautions to avoid accidents, and when it comes to fire that warning should be taken very seriously. You must only burn paper if you can do so safely, with precautions taken in case things go wrong, and if it can’t be done safely you should find an alternative. One option is to use a very small piece of paper, with the letters written on top of each other instead of in a line or cycle – this means there’s very little to burn. Another alternative is to simply tear the paper up instead of burning. If you use something small to burn, when it comes to the part where the demonic seal is concealed beneath the paper, use another piece of paper or your hand, but do make sure the paper with your petition actually touches the seal (even if its in the digital book) at some point.

Q: I noticed there are 72 angels in some books, and 72 demons in this one. Why?

A: There’s a lot of theory and legend, but in practical terms each of The 72 Angels of Magick corresponds to a particular demon, and can therefore constrain that demon and make it safe. This book contains the correct correspondences, even though they may differ to those published elsewhere and those found online. There is an explanation for this in the book.

Q: Which is more powerful? An angel or a demon? If they battle it out, who wins?

A: This is largely theoretical speculation, as it’s very rare for such situations to arise in the real world. As such, it’s impossible to answer, except to acknowledge that results are always dependent on the clarity of will of the person doing the magick, the sincerity of need, natural abilities, the skill with which you perform the magick, and many other factors such as how patient and allowing of results you are. In practical terms, if you perform magick for what you sincerely want, using either angels or demons, you stand a better chance of getting what you want.

Q: There are Words of Power in this book that make it easier to sense spirits. Can I use them in other magick?

A: You can, but you should consider it an experiment, as the specific Words of Power shown here were chosen from a larger list. That list contains words for working with many different classes of spirits. The ones in this book were chosen for this demonic ritual. If you use them elsewhere, with other spirits, the results may be unpredictable.

Q: Where can I download the PDF of the sigil used in The Ritual Opening?

A: Here. RitualOpening_Authority  This is the size it appears in the book. You may need to scale it up or down, depending on your computer/printer settings. Or you can use it on a device if your prefer. It only needs to be three or four inches wide.

Q: The printing in the paperback looks a bit weird. Is that normal?

A: The first 100 or so copies of the paperback used a design that put text near the top of the page. On most copies, this looks just fine, but because the machine cuts the books out of block with a margin of error, a small number of books came out with text very near the top of the page. This won’t affect the magick at all, and you still have an amazing grimoire in your possession, but it’s not what we intended. If you don’t like it, please return it for a refund.

Q: If I print out the sigils, what do I do with them after the ritual?

If you want to dispose of a sigil, leave some time, let it feel non-magickal and then dispose of it like any trash. Some people worry this is insulting to the demon, but so long as you do it casually, it is no more troubling than closing the book. Alternatively, you can keep printed sigils for reuse.



174 thoughts on “Demons of Magick FAQ

  1. Hi Adam, just curious was Gorgon “tongue-in-cheek” when he suggested using apple as an offering, referring to a certain biblical event?

  2. Hello Adam,

    Just to let you know, I do not have the book yet – will buy it soon.

    I was researching about the Duke Bune (which will be the first aim of the book when I buy it), and notice that a lot of people thank him online as part of the offering they made to him, but some also say that is ONE of the offerings made. That got me curious, could you or Gordon say a list of offerings that are normally accepted by demons? Apart from thanking them on forums or blogs, what other offerings are normally done on this kind of work? (never worked with demons before, so never needed to do offerings…)

    Thank you.

  3. Hi I’ve just performed ritual 2 I’ve never done an evocation before to the point were you’re meant to able to interact with the entity.

    I’m not sure if I did it right as I didn’t feel much of a change and not really sure if I got any answers or if the odd word was just imaginary. Is there anyway I can tell and do people who are skilled/experienced with this have full clear conversations that they can clearly tell it isn’t just their imagination?


    1. It is said there might not be much change, or any at first, and that get may be hazy and difficult to interpret. Frustrating, I guess, but also reassuring. Gordon has said that imagination doesn’t create the experiences, but is the lens we experienced them through. So, sure, you might imagine things that are not evocation. But when evocation works, it does so through the imagination more than the eyes or ears. In a true evocation, it may be so powerful that it feels like your real senses. But I guess what I’m saying is that the more you listen, even if it feels like imagination, the more it will grow. If you dismiss everything as imagination, it will be dismissed. If you listed , it will grow louder and clearer. And for many it gets to the point of full conversations. Some get there quickly, some take years to have that experience and some never get it – which is why the results is more important than the experience. But having anything happen at all is a good sign. And then it just takes practice. But you can get results even when you don’t feel much at all.

  4. If there is a significant delay in rewarding the demon after result has come about, or one completely forgets to reward the demon at all, does this have an effect when trying to work with the demon again in the future?

    Also, if you forgot what you originally offered the demon…is making a different offering a big deal? Hopefully, it’s not too disrespectful. I’m pretty good at logging all my magick work with all the important details in a journal now, but in the beginning it wasn’t always this way.

    1. So long as it gets done before you work with that demon again (assuming you’re happy to reward!) then you should be fine. Better to log than forget but if you forget, anything is better than nothing, but try to make it bigger and better if you forgot, just in case. Nothing bad will happen, but you don’t want to go back on a deal if you want the working relationship to continue.

      1. Thank you. I’d imagine it’s probably not recommended to apologize, but would a simple statement explaining that I forgot the offering be a good idea?

        1. Better to be bold. “And here is the offering as promised…” Way better than anything that hints at being apologetic.

  5. Hi Adam,

    Apologise if this has already been answered, to cut it short I’m thinking of asking Andrealphus to help me with achieving a lucid dream but wondering if I’d be making a mistake by saying I experience multiple lucid dreams for X reason. Should I be asking/stating rather that I’m having a single lucid dream experience of what I’m wanting or can I state I’m having or have several.

    If I can ask for several how would it work for the demon to keep helping with that request if that makes sense?


    1. I think it’s pretty flexible and you don’t have to worry too much. What you’ve done could work. You could say, ‘I am a lucid dreamer’ even, making it more general and ongoing, which solves the whole problem of asking again and again,

  6. Hi Adam and the GOM, so good that you’re back! I’ve been doing the 3rd ritual of Demons of Magick, trying to evoke Halphas.This Demon can help with how your ambitions can progress. What I’ve learned of your books is that it’s best to break down a big goal into smaller goals. That makes perfect sense. But if I don’t know what steps I have to take until I reach my big goal I have to tell the demon my big goal first, right? So if I want to become one of the top book authors in the world, as Damon likes to use the example of a struggling author, I have to tell the demon that. Then I can move on to work on the first step of the journey, then the next and so on. Am I right?
    I didn’t see the demon yet nor did I hear it. But something happened to me the other day. I was reading something on my bright smartphone display while I started to fall asleep. In this state of consciousness I suddenly saw a face appear right next to my phone display. The face was humanoid but definitely not human. It appeared for just a second and then it was gone. A few days later it happened again. It could be an optical illusion because of the brightness of my phone or it could be something else.

    1. No, you don’t need to tell the big goal. Your first step might be learning to write better – no need to say where it’s going. Your first step could be anything on the way. You can mention where it’s leading, esp if its evocation, because you’re not just tasking, so you could mention the first step, and others, on the way to the larger goal. Evocation is weird – can be huge or tiny, but you can still get results if your message is getting through.

      1. Thank you for your reply!

        But what if I don’t know which steps to take? Can I tell the demon my big goal so that it can tell me what steps to take?

        1. You can ask for guidance, but you still make your own decisions based on any you receive. Also, the more you can work out using logic, insight and your own thought the better, overall. That is, think as deeply as you can before asking, rather than just asking first.

  7. Hello Adam I’ve been living in a nightmare dealing with my annoying upstairs neighbors. I’ve used Bael with great success to make most of them uninterested in me and my affairs. Except there is one neighbor whose name I haven’t been able to discover, although I know he is my enemy. Is there any possible way or magic I can use to discover his name? The only thing I have on him is a photo? This enemy has made my life hell and constantly harrasses me. I’ve been unsuccessful with Magical Protection Stop Enemy rituals and all magical bindings. I am losing hope. Can you help?

    1. When you say you’ve been unsuccessful with the other magick, be careful to write it off – remember that writing it off can seal off any results that are developing. I mean, you don’t have to kids yourself, but at the same time, let the magick work slowly if it does. Protection can build beautifully.

      So, great to hear Bael has worked well, but for the one you don’t know, use what you can. Say, ‘the person in this image,’ or even state what the person looks like and where they live. It’s not ideal, but it can work.

      Sorry it took time to answer this – there have been loads of questions and a few slip through, and a few of my answers seem to fizzled in cyberspace. – Adam.

  8. Hi, I have just purchased the print version of this book. Beautiful. I want to take this book out to read and study as I travel alot but would rather not bring out “demons of magick” in the train or bus. Would there be a pdf version that I can purchase besides the amazon link version? It shows that the kindle book is not available for purchase. Are there any other sites you guys are selling this on? Thank you.

    1. Glad you like it! Due to contracts with distributors we can’t sell or give a PDF, I’m afraid. The kindle ebook is available in most places, but a few countries block it for reasons that have never been made entirely clear to us – not just our books, but all ebooks from Amazon. That might be the problem. I used to tape covers over books like this; just newspaper or magazine pages wrapped and taped. Not an ideal solution, I know. Or you can just take it out in public and see the reaction. Probably minimal. People will think it’s a novel. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. – Adam B

  9. Hi Adam I have a question about using the master curse but with ritual 2 from Demons of Magic since the method of contact is more direct, I combined the evocation keys the last time I used it for greater effect but I wanted to contact all four demons use the evocation keys and everything in ritual 2 and after getting the demon in my presence read the command from magical attack but I am unsure if I would get the results I want as you are supposed to speak the request in the present tense and this falls in the area of chaos magic which is your area of experience and I know there may be something here by combining the two methods for the results I want if I can figure out how to use it like that, how would you do it exactly? And while I am on the page I have been loving the last few books from you guys and have to get the new one Friday and I can’t wait to use it with the 72 Angels rituals I am doing now the results just don’t stop even when I forget I’ve done the magic and things in my life are beginning to get easier, I am doing Wealth Magic now going through ritual 2 and have been getting money out of the blue and can’t wait to see how it really unfolds for me when I have completed all the workings as I am starting a business and want to set thing up first with this and I am liking the results so to the entire GOM crew thank you and please keep it up.

    1. My answer vanished. Web bug I suppose. Answered over on the Magickal Attack page where you asked again.

  10. Hi Adam

    Quick question. I performed Ritual 2 with Haagenti – to make a change in my personality – and I’m very happy with the growing results. This is an ongoing change that I imagine will take a little while to complete. However, Haagenti said (or I imagined him to say) that I could have an amulet made out of his seal. According to him (or me – I’m not entirely sure I’m not just making it up) this would have no intrinsic magickal power in itself but would serve as a reminder that he is assisting me, and that it wouldn’t affect the outcome but would make the transition more comfortable. I like the idea of this but I am reticent to do it in case it’s inadvisable to wear a demon’s seal. Do you think it would be ok?

    Many thanks.

    1. Only do it if you want to, not because the demon suggests it. Yeah, feedback from them can be great, but at the same time you get to choose whether you want the reminder. If not, don’t feel obliged.

      1. Thanks Adam. I actually quite like the idea but wanted to check that I wasn’t being duped into doing something inadvisable. Thanks again.

  11. I have seen sigils from the books appear on social media pages. I didn’t think that this was permitted. Should I contact the administrators to request they be removed?

    1. Thanks for letting us know. Yeah, it’s against the law – theft, piracy, call it what you will. Facebook accounts can be closed down over this, and we do take action if people don’t remove materials. I’d be grateful if you’d contact the admins, and if you could also let me know the name of the groups, pages or wherever else it was, that would be ideal. Thanks – Adam.

  12. Hi Adam,

    I’ve had a few successful Connective evocations but I have a question regarding Ritual 2.

    When performing Connective evocation upto the point where you say out load “[Demon], know me” and assuming contact has been made, Gordon mentions that I should state my command.

    When I state my command, should I also be visualizing my desire like I would do in ritual 1? or does the Connective Evocation offer the demon a glimpse of knowledge?

    1. You are calling to make the connection but note that GW says, “Your call is both invitation and instruction.” And also, “All you need to know is that Connective Evocation is a state of communication.” That should give you some clues! And also, it really is personal and adaptable.

      1. I beg your pardon, Adam, let me explain why I’ve come to this question:

        “Your call is both invitation and instruction” – I’ve assumed this means when the demon is not present, you are both inviting and instructing the demon to come closer to you.

        “Connective Evocation is a state of Communication” – I haven’t actually reached a point in Connective Evocation where I’ve received audible questions or answers and I’m learning how to work with my intuition.

        Am I to assume the demon has everything it needs to know if it has not engaged in communication?

        1. It’s a personal thing. You’ll notice that Gordon says he doesn’t want to say too much because the personal discovery is way more important. That is true. But you can work on the implication I’ve made – that *something* is working even if you don’t get the obvious connection. It is, after all, connective evocation rather than full evocation. If you’re working with your intuition, that’s great, keep going. Doing it and experiencing it is the only way.

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