Frequently Asked Questions:

Demonology FAQ


What is demonology?

Demonology is defined as: the study of demons, including the theology, philosophy, and belief in demons.


What are demons?

The answer to this question really depends on how you look at it. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different religions and cultures that have varying opinions on what demons are.


According to Christian theology, demons represent fallen angels, which means they also represent similar characteristics; spiritual, immutable, and immortal. Although many people believe demons are omniscient, that is not the case. Each demon contains a specific knowledge of one or more subjects, which is why in several occult practices and Pagan traditions, demonic entities are summoned for purposes of Familiarity.


Their power is also limited to what God allows, proving that demons are not omnipotent beings.


What is a demonologist? Can I become one?

A demonologist is: a person who studies demons and the belief of demons.


Can you become one? The short answer to your question is, probably not.


This is a very hot topic for me because the paranormal community is littered with self-proclaimed demonologists and religious experts. I do not mind being controversial on the subject either for we get nowhere by lying to ourselves.


In theory, the very term demonologist simply refers to one who studies demons, demonology. Therefore, I can include myself in that category. Do I read and interpret ancient texts? Yes. Do I strive to memorize and learn all there is to know about demons in various cultures? Yes. Am I actively gaining experience working in the paranormal and parapsychological fields? Yes. Okay, so I am considered a demonologist.


There are others in the field who claim to be religious demonologists, which are apparently a pay grade above your average demonologist. These people claim to be religiously trained in exorcising and cleansing homes, properties, and people of demonic oppression or possession. Now granted, there are some legitimate religious demonologists in the field whom have years of experience and have trained with world-renowned bishops and other religious clergy. The only problem is that there are no accrediting bodies or degrees awarded for the study of demonology (that I know of). How can there be? Demons aren’t classified as a scientific definition. If they are real, we have no idea what they are, and we can’t very well put them into a double blind, controlled study where we can replicate their procedures. Point being, anyone can wake up tomorrow morning and award themselves the title of “religious demonologist.” It is within my belief that a true religious demonologist is chosen for his/her role through various life circumstances and struggles that lead them into that position.


Think about it. Why would ANYONE want to put themselves and their loved ones at risk dealing with the demonic everyday of their lives? It makes no sense unless you’re a thrill seeker and you get a power kick out of referring to yourself as a demonologist with minimal or informal training.


We see this all the time in other fields as well. There are some people that simply aren’t meant to be physicians but are anyway; maybe they did it for the money or prestige. There are police officers who get a kick out of their authoritative position. There are lawyers who could care less about their clients. That is just human nature, but the analogy applies to demonology as well.


So, can you become a demonologist? Yes, you can. Can you become a religious demonologist? Probably not, unless you are truly chosen for the role. Cue the reader who says, “I am the Chosen One.”


What are the credentials to becoming a demonologist?

As mentioned previously, none. There are no credentials or accrediting bodies or degrees on the subject. The law states that religious degrees do not have to be accredited, which is why you see so many online universities, small schools, and organizations offering classes on the topic.


When education is accredited, you can be sure that each graduate received approximately the same training, knowledge base, and put in the necessary hours to receive their degrees in their field of study. However, without accreditation, we can’t keep track of who knows what – leading to a ton of fraudulence, poor education, and far-out theories.


Often, we see advanced degrees being offered by these establishments. In 1 year of online schooling, without a Bachelor’s Degree, you can receive a Master’s or Doctorate in Divinity, Ministry, or Theology. Say what?


Herein lies part of the problem, where titles are more important than actual time spent in the classroom. Do you know how many “doctors” I’ve come across in the paranormal community? Sadly, too many. Can you imagine one of these people standing next to a PhD who put in 8-10 years of hard work to get that title?

Do not assume I am saying all religious degrees are bogus. That is NOT the case. Religious education is fantastic, IF taken at a true seminary school or college/university.


When should someone contact you or a demonologist for help?

Demonic hauntings are extremely rare. Please do not buy into the nonsense that demonic infestations are happening at 321 different houses in your neighborhood over the past 4 years (a bit of an exaggeration but you get my point).


First and foremost, if “signs and symptoms” of a true demonic haunting are presenting themselves, it is up to a paranormal team to gain evidence. The team should in no way go in with the assumption the activity in the home is demonic. Once evidence is obtained in direct correlation with religious provocation, then a demonologist can be contacted. But heed my warning, do your research. Make sure your contact is educated at a legitimate university and/or has been taught by real, experienced religious clergy members.


Who has the authority to exorcise demons?

The only one with the authority to exorcise demons (in accordance with Christian faith) is God/Jesus Christ. However, the Bible explicitly states that all Christians have the ability to cast out demons, if their faith in Him is true. So, can we as human beings cast out demons? Yes – through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.


You don’t need special training or education to rid your life of demonic influences, you simply need a strong faith in Him. Intent is everything.


Why is it so hard to rid my home/life of demonic influence?

Demons are very powerful beings. Our physical sense of time and our physical laws do not govern them. They have been around for eons. In that time frame, they have become masters of observation, cunning, and deceit. They are patient and know how to manipulate VERY well. We are foolish to assume we can outsmart a demon in the little time we’ve spent on Earth.


Also, we are human and are subject to human flaws. We may believe that our faith is true, but our subconscious mind (which we are completely unaware of) plays a huge role in these deep-seated beliefs. It can be a frustrating thing to consciously think your faith is strong, when your subconscious says differently. The kicker is that you wouldn’t know it. Often, in situations like these, certified hypnotherapists or psychologists are recommended to help a client heal the subconscious mind before a true cleansing can occur.


Exorcisms are lengthy processes. Demonic hauntings may be extremely rare, but I’d say it’s even rarer that exorcisms are successful the first time around. In many cases, it takes weeks, months, or years to find a solution – a true nightmare for all involved.


What tools are used to combat demonic entities?

It depends on the individual performing the cleansing.


According to the Christian doctrine and the Roman Ritual, Scripture from the Bible is read aloud in conjunction with Holy Water and Holy Oil. Sometimes myrrh and frankincense are used as additives as well.


It varies by faith and religious belief. The Native Americans used white sage and Palo Santo (Holy Wood), other traditions use white candles, mantras, and different types of salt. However, for the purposes of this article, I won’t be getting into any of these alternatives.


If anyone can perform an exorcism, why is a priest or demonologist needed?

Positive energy and love are the strongest energies, overcoming all else. Priests have dedicated their lives to helping others and serving God, therefore they are (usually and supposed to be) very powerful mediums of positive energy! Their devotion to their faith also means they are typically “more powerful” and have a closer connection to God than most.


A true demonologist is chosen much the same way that a priest is chosen. The same concept applies to them.


Why do demons do what they do?

Again, it depends on your beliefs, but we truly don’t know.


From a Christian standpoint, demons are fallen angels. Therefore, they were cast out of Heaven and will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, along with Satan after a thousand years.


Their hatred for God’s creation, aka Mankind, is beyond comprehension. Are demons trying to bring us down with them – knowing that after a thousand years, God will cast them into Hell for eternity? Possibly. But if demons are explicitly trying to lead us away from God and toward sin, it doesn’t make sense unless they truly believe their side can win. Therefore, I don’t personally buy into the whole “I’m going to drag you down with me” argument.


I believe that Satan and his demons MUST believe they can win, otherwise why bother? If PRIDE is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and Lucifer was the most prideful of all, then it makes sense. It is truly up to you to form your own interpretation of why demons are so destructive and malevolent.


Can a deceased person become a demon?

No, they cannot. Demons have never had a human form much in the same way that angels have never had a human form. They are inhuman spirits of extremely low vibrational energy and were created before Mankind.


How do you differentiate between a demon and a malevolent (human) entity?

Demons can be tricky and are masters of manipulation. They can appear as human spirits, often to gain the trust of a person or persons. This is usually how they gain entry into your life, home, or body.


Demonic hauntings have a wide range of “symptoms,” but are usually violent and react strictly to religious provocation. In many cases, they can follow whom they have “attached” to and have free reign of our physical world. It is not uncommon for a demonic spirit to remain elusive at first and hide in the shadows. They would much prefer to remain undetected and make you believe they are not there, or that your client is mentally ill.


A good paranormal team will implore protective methods for themselves and their loved ones before entering ANY home with supposed activity. If technology cannot capture evidence of a demonic spirit, then mediums, empaths, and other psychics may be helpful in determining the true nature of activity. Keep in mind though that demons are far more intelligent than you’d expect. They can fool mediums too.


It is often a very lengthy process to determine a true demonic haunting. They are also extremely rare. Never assume it is demonic either, for you begin to subconsciously invite them into your lives if they are not already.


Malevolent (human) entities are more easily picked up by psychic mediums, empaths, etc. They cannot manipulate their energies as well as demons can, simply because they were once human and were part of our physical plane. Activity is also (usually) more sporadic and can be linked to the history of a home or person.

Religious provocation may or may not have an effect as well.


How do demonic hauntings begin? Whom do they target?

They don’t seem to target individuals based on a specific race, religion, or gender. However, in my experience, true demonic hauntings tend to target individuals with significant past trauma and/or mental illness, with also correlates with loss of faith.


What better way to disguise yourself than to hide behind a mental condition? If this is the case, demons do a great job. They WANT Mankind to believe they are fictional. They WANT Mankind to ignore them and attribute their prowess to mental illness. It’s easy when humans are so easily fooled.


“Significant trauma” generally involves a history of abuse (physical or sexual), addiction, or unhealthy habits. It is a broad category, but… anything that leaves a person in a fragile, broken, and vulnerable state – leaves an opportunistic approach for demons to latch onto.


Remember, demons are malevolent. They don’t play fair. They will kick you when you’re down and when you’re at your lowest. Demons do not care what you’re struggling with. The more “broken” a person is, the easier it is for them to manipulate you. They love to play off your subconscious wounds, which is what makes them so difficult to contend with.


In a future article, or maybe an addition to this FAQ, I will talk about why I believe demons can inhabit people of all faiths and religious beliefs.


Have you ever become possessed while working a demonic case?

No, my team and I use strict protocols before, during, and after every investigation to protect ourselves and our loved ones from any attachments or harm. Nothing is allowed to follow me home or touch anyone in my life.


If your faith is strong, and you adhere to your beliefs, you are safe from demonic oppression. Call on Jesus Christ for protection with true intent and you will be safe as well.


Can you tell if you are dealing with one or several demons?

Not always. Demons do not belong on our physical plane. Instead, and for simplicity purposes, we’ll say they operate on an interdimensional plane. We can’t see them unless they choose to show themselves and they either cannot or refuse to have direct communication with us.


Psychic mediums are essential in this situation and if the right group of people are gathered and connected, a demon or demons’ name(s) can be drawn out, distinguishing if one or more is present.


Are there different types of demons? Are there rankings?

Yes, and yes.


Just as there are hierarchies of angels, there are hierarchies of demons. Based on which angelic hierarchy they fell from, determines which demonic hierarchy they fall into, at least according to most Christian sources. In summary, there are higher-level demons which command lower-level demons to do their bidding.


There have been numerous attempts to classify demons according to rank and type, but there is really no established agreement on which classification is correct.


There are also demons based on different religions and cultures. So, which one is correct? My guess is that all are correct because we’re essentially talking about the same thing, we just have different names and different ways of viewing them - or we can get into Consciousness and talk about how human perception and Reality Consciousness actually creates demonic entities, which explains the connection between religions and common experiences. But that is an entirely separate article, so it will have to wait.


Do all demons intend to possess?

No. It would be a rare occurrence for a higher-level demon such as a King or Prince to possess someone. That is not to say it isn’t possible, but simply that they have other tasks at hand. The lower-level entities are more apt for possession, as the mere act of possession involves taking away and perverting someone’s free will – one of God’s gifts to Mankind.


Higher-level demons tend to command Legions of lesser demons and act as leaders or generals, whereas the lesser demons are the foot soldiers.


How do you know if a demonic possession is a hoax?

Clients and their homes are screened thoroughly for rational causes or explanations prior to any cleansing or exorcism work. We look to debunk and recreate all claims of activity. In one instance, we used a pseudo-session to more-or-less “trick” our client into acting possessed – and it worked. When she was under the impression we were trying to contact the demon inside her, she began to speak in a different tone as the “entity.” The client in this case was mentally ill and needed to continue undergoing psychiatric treatment.


In other cases, not involving mental illness or hoaxes, other medical explanations are looked at. For example, we can check for carbon monoxide (CO) or radon levels in the home or check for high electromagnetic fields (EMF) or infrasounds, all of which can cause hallucinations, illness, or death with prolonged exposure. History of alcoholism, drug use, and certain medications may also have an effect on a person’s psyche and therefore must be considered.


Medical lines should never be crossed. Even if all normal possibilities are ruled out, a licensed psychiatrist should always be present during an exorcism and continued medical treatment must remain an option or the demonologist and his team may be liable for negligent tort claims, if not worse.


Do demons interact with humans on a daily basis?

Yes. Although they are mostly limited to temptation and/or oppression. Demons do not exist in our physical reality. (Matthew 12:43-45) describes this plane and tells us that demons are in a constant state of wandering through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none.


Do shadow people exist? What are they?

The common consensus among the paranormal community is that shadow people are lower-level beings doing the bidding of higher-level beings. In most cases, they seem to “watch” and don’t cause activity. They are more or less, spies.


Other theories propose that shadow people are a form of elementals – with one of the elements being the “Void” element. They are inhuman in origin and seem to hate the Word of God and religious provocation. They are often confused with tricksters.


What is the symbolism of “swarms of green flies” which is present during exorcisms?

Anytime swarms of green flies are present, it is usually considered to be a homage to Beelzebub, or “Lord of the Flies.”


Demonic Characteristics

  • Usually have no eyes or red eyes.

  • Some demons may be very hairy and repulsive to look at.

  • Mostly all demons have tails, but will try to hide it.

  • Some demons have horns.

  • Demons are extremely powerful and much stronger than the average human.

  • Demons may act friendly and truthful, but they are deceiving. They will always lie to get what they want.

  • Most demons are classified as tricksters who play games to get under your skin.

  • Thrive on: depression, anger, negativity, loneliness, arguments, and pensiveness.

  • Demons may try to make a person commit one of the seven deadly sins.

    • Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, sloth.

  • Cannot be killed as they are immortal.

  • Most responsive to holy words, phrases, prayers, or names of specific religions.


Characteristics of a Demonic Haunting

  • Most demonic hauntings occur between 3:00 AM – 3:30 AM to mock Christ and the Church’s Holy Trinity.

    • Demonic hauntings can still occur at any time throughout the day/night.

  • Clocks may turn or spin counterclockwise.

  • Objects and items in the house may begin to move around.

    • This is also common with poltergeist activity, which is NOT demonic in nature.

  • Religious artifacts may begin to move around, get thrown off walls, or be turned upside down.

    • Examples include: crucifixes, rosaries, Bibles, statues, etc.

  • Banging or scratching sounds in the walls or ceilings.

  • Physical harm may occur, ranging from scratches, bruises, and/or being shoved.

  • Temporary loss of breath as if being strangled or suffocated.

  • Possible feelings and/or dreams of being raped.

    • This may deal with an incubus or a succubus demon.

  • Certain odors and/or smells may occur, particular the smell of sulfur (rotten eggs).

  • Events may happen in threes.

    • 3 knocks or taps on a wall.

    • 3 scratches on a wall.

    • 3 scratches on a person.


Demonic Possessions and Causes of Demonic Hauntings

  • Playing with an Ouija Board.

    • Opening a doorway to allow a demon in or letting a spirit enter your body.

  • Messing around with black arts or black magic.

  • Channeling spirits.

    • Letting spirits use your body to communicate through you.

  • EVP sessions.

    • Provoking or asking a spirit to prove itself or show itself.

  • Saying a demon’s name out loud.

    • By saying a demon’s name, you are essentially calling it. Ex., if someone was in the other room and you said their name, how would they respond?

  • Selling your soul to the devil and/or a demon.

    • Voluntarily giving evil spirits permission to possess you.

  • People in desperate need of something.

    • Ex. – may exchange their soul to get out of financial debt or win the lottery.

  • People with little or no faith.

    • Just because you don’t believe in a higher power, that doesn’t mean you can’t be possessed.

  • Being cursed.

    • Some people may be subject to a curse because someone feels you have wronged them.

  • Sinful, traumatic events associated with negativity and/or blasphemy.

  • Possessions are extremely rare, but can happen regardless of cautiousness.

  • Pets will usually react to something unusual first.


Dealing with Demonic Cases

  • Only very strong minded and strong willed people should be on the case.

    • Anyone susceptible to sensitivity of emotions/feelings should not be present.

  • A demonologist should be present.

  • A priest or religious clergy should be present.

  • Team members of strong religious faith and confidence should be on the case.

    • Overzealous or arrogant attitudes will very likely make a demon angry. Avoid this at all costs.

  • The entire team should be aware of what they are dealing with.

    • All members should have a basic understanding of demonology.

  • All team members should be wearing religious symbols.

  • Tektite and/or any other earth stones should be brought on the case as these stones absorb negative energy.

  • Team members should never go anywhere alone during a demonic investigation. Always stay in pairs.

  • Know the layout inside and out. Safety is a top priority. Demons have been known to push people down stairs and worse. Stay together and be as cautious as possible.

  • A prayer should be said before, during, and after the investigation.

    • The prayer of St. Michael is usually used. St. Michael is the strongest archangel.

  • If the team does not feel qualified to handle the case, then it should be passed along to more experienced professionals who have previous experience with demonic cases.

  • During the case, the demon might try to turn team members on one another by causing arguments and doubt, and create negative energy all around.

  • Provoking of demons should NOT be tolerated. Demons are extremely powerful and would not take too kindly to a challenge.


Debunking Demonic Activity

  • Check for any loose pipes in the basement. Check outside to see if any bushes or trees outside the home are brushing up against the house. Any of these might indicate scratching noises or taps.

  • If artifacts are falling off the walls, check to see how well they were hung up or placed.

  • Ask about possible astral projection, lucid dreaming, and/or sleep paralysis.

  • If odors are present, check for sources such as: animals decomposing, old garbage, or wild plants.

  • Check to see if the occupant is on medication and/or under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

  • Check to see if any household chemicals are present. If so, see if they are leaking or exposed to the air.

  • Perform base readings of the entire property and check for high EMF fields or unusual energetic disturbances that might influence mood and health.

  • Check to see if there’s a reason a pet might be exhibiting strange behavior.

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