Its now time for the second installment of Sorcery Q&A. I received the following questions from a client as with the previous post on the subject, so the response below each question is my own view. Feel free to agree or disagree as you like, and should you have further questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me. :)
1) In which of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil do you personally believe the Goetia demons dwell? What about the Judeo/christian angels, are they the elves?
A: I don't know the answer to the first one, nor do I have an opinion on it, but I do know that angels and elves are different creatures altogether. They are separate classes of spirits.
That said, there is a surprising degree of danger in trying to hook unrelated elements from one religion into another, as it can be a complete head-fuck. If history or gnosis does not support the interrelation, I would suggest avoiding it, lest you cause yourself more issues in the future.
2) If Gods really "die" like it says in Norse mythology then is the main goal of a god is to continue to live and have some gods figured out how to be reborn?
A: Interestingly, in my time as a sorcerer-for-hire, I had the "privilege" to observe a goddess die as a result of certain glaring screw-ups. During that time, there was a great deal of hubub and chaos surrounding it, but when she was finally killed off by higher powers than she, she was simply replaced by another who was given the same name and same duties. At first, I thought I was going a bit nuts and interpreting things on the spirit side incorrectly but certain devotees to the aforementioned had noticed an extreme change in their worship of her at the same time I had observed her being killed and replaced.
I don't, at this point, know whether or not deities reincarnate as deities when they've been killed off on the spirit side, but I have found that deities do frequently incarnate as humans as a means of shaping our worlds and lives. Sometimes they are innately aware of their natures, and sometimes they act purely on instinct as dictated by their Divine Higher Selves; sometimes its a mix of the two. Regardless, they do have a profound impact on the world around us and as a general rule, they are the folks who deal with some supremely fucked up things as they grow.
3) Some believe each human "soul" originates with a particular God or Goddess/Archetype, do you believe this to be true based on your understanding of the Gods?
This question is strongly related to the above, but in some cases, yes, archetypes seem to be used in "programming" us to be who we are from the start. In other cases, you just simply inherit the same traits you've had from your previous lives, with a few small differences based around nurture.
Reincarnation is a touchy subject, but it applies here, as I've seen people reborn with some supremely screwed up instincts as a result of things that happened to them in the past. In one such instance, the man in question was a child molester in this life and my digging showed that he was last around during the time of the Romans and had spent a great deal of time imprisoned in Tartarus for his actions during that life. This time 'round, when he got reincarnated, many of those same habits came with him, only now they're illegal and our views on the subject have changed drastically. It doesn't, in any way, excuse what he's done to harm children, but it does explain it on some level.
On the flip side, there are times, however, where someone was a beggar or a holy man in a previous life only to be a millionaire or a dilettante in this life. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of cohesion on that front, for whatever reason, which leads me to believe that the system is far more complex than I presently understand.
That's all for now.