posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 03:18 PM
Well, you're getting into some pretty heavy material here by asking the questions that you do, so, I'll do my best to give you as in-depth of an
answer as I can coming from my own experiences and studies.
A spirit, ghost, demon, angel, and elemental are all references to different beings inhabiting our world, and any number of parallel worlds above,
below and beside our own. Here is how they work:
A ghost is what remains of a human being and it's surroundings once it has died and passed on. There are several types of ghosts present in
An orb is composed of weak left-over emotional energy.
A specter is a powerful emotional remnant that causes the ghost to take on some semblance of a human form. These are also sometimes called
A portent is a sometimes physical, sometimes symbolical phenomenon foretelling the future. If a ghost comes as a portent it will usually
include very symbolic things: blood, empty feeling, glittering gold, etc that relate to the omen or prophecy it is trying to deliver.
A phantom is a shapeless mass of shadow and emotion that results when some kind of malevolent activity has occurred on the premise. These types
of ghosts can feed off of fear, cause bodily harm, and are sometimes referred to as shadow people in various places on these boards.
In other countries you have something called a hungry ghost which comes from the Orient. These ghosts are deceased ancestors who have been
scorned or ex-communicated from the family name. They are angry, bitter beings who seek vengeance and harm.
In Rome there are Echo ghosts. These are apparitions caught in a repetitive action. They also permeate the Americas, such as Ladies in White,
ghost hitchhikers and phantom axe murderers. All of them share one trait: they are forever caught in a loop, reliving their death over and over and
A Spirit is a different matter. Spirits are non-corporeal elements of the universe. They are electricity, radiation, fire, water, air, wood,
wind and more. Spirits are beings present in nature that permeate all areas of worship and existence. They stretch from insignificant tricksters (like
Faeries and Leprechauns, all the way up to deities like Enkidu from Babylon).
A common type of spirit is the elemental, these are formless shapes embodying metaphysical elements of the Universe. Fire, water, earth and air
if you practice Western esoteric beliefs; fire, water, wood, metal, wind if you practice Oriental esoteric beliefs. They exist to serve any human
being who had learned the method for commanding and calling upon them. These people are called by various titles: Magus, Witch, Shaman, Magician, and
Another type of spirit is the Totem, a type of animal guide that follows a human for their whole life. Traits and techniques of the animals
represent the human's emotional and physical attributes. Totems can be a single animal like a Hawk, or diverse animals like a combination between a
Gorilla and a Lion. The totem animal, or animal guide, is always friendly and beneficial to it's host though.
There are many other types of spirits, too many to fully list in this thread.
A demon is a bit more tricky to classify. There are many, many kinds of demons which can be encountered by a spiritually open person, such
The Daimon which is the Greek equivalent of the spirit guide or animal totem above. The Daimon represented a persons shadow, always following
them and possessing a solid, unwavering view of their traits, strengths and weaknesses. Daimons were friendly and very seldom struck out in a negative
fashion against anyone.
The Fallen Angel class of demons come from monotheistic lore. They represent spiritual beings, usually Angels, who have disobeyed the Divine
Creators will and now must suffer an eternity out of said Creator's presence. In their anger and frustration they torment us, the Creator's beloved
creations. Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mamon, Satan, Leviathan and others fall into this category. Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and even Babylon and
Egypt possess demons like these, who have disobeyed the commands of the Creator, or Creators.
A Goetic Demon is a being representing a negative trait of the human archetype. They are found throughout Occult lore. Such books as the
Goetia, Key of Solomon, book of Honorious and more all contain methods for finding, invoking and commanding these beings to do your bidding. They do
not come from any particular scripture, instead they represent desires, lusts and angers or loves of a time period. The desire to be able to see the
future, cause earthquakes, excite into love, bring wrath on your enemies, find riches and more were all embodied in these beings who represent the
darker, seedier side of humanity.
Foreign demons come in many shapes and forms. Tricksters, Banshees, vampyres, shape-shifters, Rakshasa, serpents and more. They all represent
dangerous and vile things that can hurt, corrupt, harm or destroy a human. A snake's venom is poisonous, so a culture fears that a giant serpent is
going to swallow them whole. Fire burns us, so while a god commands and gives us fire, evil fire beings seek to cause the fire to harm us. So on and
so forth. If it scares us, a demonic and beast-like being was once thought to be commanding it.
Angels follow the exact opposite of demons. They obeyed the Creator, defend mankind, grant us gifts we need as opposed to desire. They don't mislead
us, they heal us, protect us and teach us arts necessary for survival. Take the demon classifications, and reverse what is done in each and you have a
type of angelic beings.
I am running out of space, so I will explain the Christian exorcism and other various methods for battling and commanding these beings in a separate,
Hope this one has been helpful!
~ Wandering Scribe