We watched it over the holidays, and ever since I’ve been fascinated by the daemons in the story.
In the world the movie is in, people’s souls are actually animals and everyone has one that is their constant companion. A person is metaphysically connected to their daemon and can never be separated. If one dies, they both die.
Sometimes I feel like Zeus is my daemon when he is following me all the time, but he doesn’t talk, well not much anyway.
I was just googling to learn more about the idea and the books that the movie is based on, and I found a link to a quiz that can determine what kind of animal my daemon would be.
The quiz is long, but the results seem accurate to me, and Zeus would qualify as a suggested form for my daemon!
It said, I am an Open Sensitive Soul:
You are an open, emotional person and very sensitive to the things going on around you. You are empathetic and make an excellent listener, but you also like to share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with the world. You are not particularly extroverted, preferring time at home with a group of friends than a busy and stressful night out among strangers and acquaintances.
You wear your heart on your sleeve, and probably become upset when someone tries to give you constructive criticism. Your loved ones tend to accidentally hurt your feelings with their insensitive, off-hand remarks, and then accuse you of being too sensitive.
You are open and honest, and you do not do well at hiding your feelings, even when you try. You prefer to get things out in the open and resolve them, rather than leaving them to fester. Other people might sometimes frustrate you by hiding their feelings, shrugging and saying “oh well” instead of standing up for themselves, like you try to do.
Your daemon’s form would represent highly sensitive nature, your frank honesty, and your devotion to friends and family. He or she would stick close to you and whisper comfort and advice in your ear most of the time. When you or your loved ones needed defending, however, he or she would become as openly vocal as you, and help you in your protestations.
Suggested forms: Songbird, Dove, Swan, Domestic cat, Border Collie.
Want to try the quiz?
Go to: http://www.okcupid.com/tests/the-golden-compass-daemon-test