- adj. In the way of a daimon; befitting a demon; fiendish.
- adj. Motivated by a spiritual force or genius; inspired.
- n. psychology The unrest that exists in us all which forces us into the unknown, leading to self-destruction and/or self-discovery.
- n. psychology, spirituality, mythology, literature The journey and transition from innocence to experience; part of the process of individuation.
- n. mythology, literature The place where light and dark meet.
- From daimon + -ic; from Latin dæmon ("spirit"), originally from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daimon, "a god, goddess, divine power, genius, guardian spirit") (Wiktionary)
“On the other hand, in the past few years I've also grown increasingly attached to the daimonic theory of consciousness, which invokes in quasi-metaphorical fashion the ancient idea of the daimon or personal genius, the accompanying spirit that houses a person's deep character, life, pattern, and destiny.”
“But in my own case it's not so much fear of the unknown that drives me as it is a sense of numinous uncanniness, verging into Rudolf Otto's "daemonic dread," at the very fact of existence itself -- which, crucially, includes not just the disenchanted world of physical nature that's visible to empirical science but the world of immediate, first-person experience with all of its daimonic psychological oddities.”
“Supposing, just for a second, that we take these metaphors literally; what we would basically be saying is that God -- that Supreme Being, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient -- is the real evil, while Lucifer and Christ were both good guys, both trying but failing to wake humanity up to its daimonic -- which is to say divine -- potential.”
“Embrace your unborn daimonic creativity -- no matter how young, primitive or ill-formed it is, let it speak, dance, cry, and spit up.”
“The daimonic can be either creative or destructive and is normally both.”
“In preparation for that decision the daimonic devotee repaired to the great shrine of his faith, at Bayreuth, in Northern Bavaria.”
“A mystical treatise, including a ritual for daimonic invocation.”
“Xenocrates theorizes that daimonic souls exist between the divine and the human on the analogy of the isosce - les triangle existing as a semi-perfect form between the equilateral triangle (perfect) and the scalene trian - gle (imperfect).”
“Then all at once (how could an impulsive manner of action be better described?), before he could 'make a prologue to his brains,' Hamlet lets himself be overcome by such a daimonic influence.”
“Where you get the grand creations, the unfitful shining, -- there you get evidence of a balance: with genius -- the daimonic force -- no greater than, perhaps not so keen as, that of those others, you find a strong moral will.”
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