Discovering Your Personal Daimon
An Accessible Astrological Guide to Fate and Destiny
This book will take you on an adventure to discovering your personal daimon, using approaches grounded in ancient theories and practices, leaving you with no doubts that there is indeed a guiding force in your life, and that you can get to know intimately what – and who – that is.
it’s time to meet your destiny.
When we doubt our purpose in life, and question the path we are on, we often assume that we are the only ones on this journey of life. As a result, we can feel incredibly isolated and lost. What’s the point in doing anything if the direction we’re headed in, isn’t ours to venture towards? But what if we aren’t alone on this journey? What if we have never been alone? What if there was a guiding force, a being who remembers exactly what we agreed to, before we came to this life?
The personal daimon is that very being, and yes, you have one – even if you haven’t been aware of it so far. This book will take you on an adventure to discovering your personal daimon, using approaches grounded in ancient theories and practices, leaving you with no doubts that there is indeed a guiding force in your life, and that you can get to know intimately what – and who – that is.
The daimon can be thought of as a guiding spirit, a being that came into this life with you and that remembers the life path, or destiny, you signed up for.
It isn’t good or bad. It isn’t purely internal or external. It isn’t a human or a god. In all cases, it exists in the in between.
As an in-between being, it can be thought of as a mediator between us and the divine. This personal face of god concept has been adopted by Sufis, and Christian mystics alike.
Others might see it as the creative muse, the force that comes through us when we sit down to write or paint or play an instrument.
Many famous names throughout history have been associated with a personal daimon or tutelary spirit. Napoleon, Goethe, Jung, da Vinci, Yeats and arguably the most famous daimon owner of all: Socrates.
Famously it was his daimon that led him to his death. Socrates daimon would only tell him what not to do. Rather than flee the city or escape from his sentence, Socrates went with it, as his daimon had not shown resistance to his death sentence.
Most importantly, YOU too have a personal daimon, and this book was written to help you discover it.
Part One: Defining the Daimon
The daimon is just one name for our subject. Under different names, and multiple guises, the daimon pops up in many cultures, across time. In this part, I’ll share just some of the places we can see the daimon and its aliases. In fact, our personal daimon is just one type of daimon in this class of being. This part will also draw out some of the core traits of the personal daimon, and get you started on understanding the role it plays in your life.
Part Two: The Different Faces of the Daimon
In this part, we’ll explore the four faces of the personal daimon. This is a working model of the personal daimon, which as far as I know is unique to this book. I have no doubt there are limitless other faces that we can add to our daimons, and I would encourage you to identify more that speak to your unique experience with your daimon.
Part Three: The Astrology of the Daimon
This is where we get to the practice that really kicked off my daimonic investigation. For some readers, this is why you are reading this book. For others, you might not be into the astrological approach. That’s OK! Discovering your personal daimon is not dependent on your astrological know-how. If you wish to skip this part, or come back to it when/if you choose to deepen your astrology practice, it’s here for you. However, I would encourage you to dip your toe in – you may discover much more in the stars than you expected.
Part Four: Embracing the Daimon
In this part, I will share some non-astrological approaches to discovering your daimon. These practices are the ones I recommend to everyone, even if you have learned a great deal about your daimon through astrology. These are not one-time practices, but ways to keep your relationship with your daimon going strong. Some practices will resonate more with you than others. That’s exactly why I’ve included a veritable buffet of them. Pick and choose as you/your daimon dictates.
This book is not intended to be rigid nor prescriptive. It exists to inspire, and hopefully to get you as obsessed with your personal daimon as I am (let this be a warning!)