Book Review: Holy Daimon

Holy Daimon

HOLY DAIMON, Frater Acher.
Scarlet Imprint.

With Frater Acher’s Theomagica website (theomagica.com) being a consistently interesting presence in my magical web-browsing over the past few years, the announcement of the release of Holy Daimon by Scarlet Imprint last year instantly caught my attention. Working pretty solidly on a magical book of my own for some time when it was finally released, however, I found myself lagging behind in my reading responsibilities, but now that my project is sitting with the publishers, I’m finally getting the chance to catch up with some great books I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

The essence of Holy Daimon is grounded in the foundations of a historical presentation of the concept of the daimon, beginning with overviews of the Chaldean and Zoroastrian concepts before a more succinct body of evidence is presented in Acher’s succinct analysis of the Greek concept of the daimon. Following this, the book firstly bases itself in the praxis of the author’s fascinating account of the extended Saturn retreat he partook in to strengthen his relationship with his daimon. Being a practitioner who keeps a regular magical record, Acher’s braveness in publishing this part of his magical history provided me with an additional level of respect and empathy for him, as his account revealed the depth, yearning and humanity one would expect to find in a sincere and devoted initiate. Ultimately, it was this and Acher’s unique advice (with a hint to Ficino) on singing to the planets to draw down their energies which stand out as some of the most memorable aspects of this work, though that judgment is in no way intended to detraction from the quality of the rest of the book.

The book concluded with a section including recommended practices which, alongside the Holy Daimon Online Project and some other useful tools found on Acher’s website, provide sound advice to those who wish to come to know their personal daimon. Of these, the inclusion of a ritual from the PGM designed to grant communication with one’s daimon was of particular interest as works with genuine and ancient roots such as the Greek Magical Papyri are often those that are the most satisfying to explore.

Alongside Rain al-Alim’s Jinn Sorcery, Holy Daimon stands out amongst Scarlet Imprint’s already stellar catalogue of recent releases and, as always, I look forward to seeing what they produce in the future.

– David Crowhurst