From what I now understand, daemons (as in daemonism daemons) are some kind of thoughtforms, so I thought I’d join this group and introduce my daemon and our experiences with daemonism, learn about other people's experiences with thoughtforms in general... My daemon is Vale. I read Philip Pullman’s books in primary school. I was hooked on the idea of daemons, so I basically created one. Back then, my daemon was male, because I didn’t know I was transgender, and in the books, girls had boy daemons. When I came out as transgender, for about a year my daemon stayed male, and I eventually realized I was trying to get her to stay the same, but I had changed so much myself and it wasn’t fair to let her stuck in the past. So we found her a new name, she had to find a new voice and to get used to it, etc. I think we grew closer because of that. In a way we rediscovered each other. That’s about the time when we found the daemian community online. Didn’t stay long. Too much focus on being able to perfectly see/touch your daemon with details and everything, and some people were sad and guilty when they couldn’t do it. I don't really understand that. My daemon exists even when I’m not looking at her or when I’m not thinking about her. We don’t feel like we have to pay attention to each other 24/7. Vale also isn’t interested in settling and that’s a big part of the daemian community. I’m curious, and personally, I’d like to find her settled form, but she’s not and she doesn’t want to. She doesn’t like form finding in general. Still, I’m glad we found the daemian community. We learned about other people and how they see their daemons and about how daemons can work into our world, not only the fictional world of the books. I can’t talk for daemians in general, but for me, I consider that Vale is a part of my psyche. Or my soul, but I’m not sure I believe in those. Let’s just say that if souls are a thing, then Vale’s a part of it. We’re the same person, but two different aspects of the same person, if that makes sense. We disagree on things, we don’t always see them the same way, we don’t feel the same way about things all the time… When I feel something but my daemon doesn’t feel the same way, or when I think something and she disagrees, you could say part of me feels or thinks differently. It’s just that I can talk to that part of me and it helps me know myself better and make better decisions. We feel what the other feels. I don’t need her to tell me when she’s happy or concerned, I just know it, and same with her. I think that’s why we disagree, but we never fight. For me, a daemon is someone who’ll always be by my side, who knows every single thing about me and loves me all the same, a guarantee that no matter what happens in this life, we are never truly alone because we have each other. Sappy, I know, but still. For the moment Vale’s not gonna be talking here. I think it’s because of the books in a way, but we’re not comfortable with daemons in general just casually talking to other people. She’s kind of anti-social, too, but that might be because she doesn’t have much practice talking to people. Or maybe that says something about the way I’m mostly private about my personal life. Eventually we could try on a thread where our thoughtforms could talk to each other without us getting in the way, I guess? But for now, that’s gonna be all. If you have questions about or for Vale I’ll be glad to answer them or to give you her two cents on it.