Wednesday, 3 July 2013

What Are The Goetia?

Introduction To The Goetia
 



For those of you unfamiliar with the famous 17-Century Grimoire, The Lesser Key of Solomon or Clavicula Salomonis Regis, the word "Goetia" may seem very alien and unfamiliar. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for sorcery. In The Lesser Key of Solomon, the reader is introduced to seventy-two Spirits, more commonly referred to as Demons, which were supposedly summoned via evocation magick and confined to a brass vessel by the legendary figure of King Solomon himself. According to the legend, the brass vessel was cast into a river, but was broken open erroneously by treasure-seekers, releasing the Demons trapped within. Quite simply, "Goetia" has become an all-encompassing term for the seventy-two Demons cataloged within the Grimoire of The Lesser Key of Solomon.

The Goetia are classified according to Their ranks in "Hell". There are as follows:
  • 9 Kings
  • 23 Dukes
  • 7 Princes and Prelates
  • 15 Marquises
  • 14 Presidents
  • 10 Earls
  • 1 Knight
*Some of the Goetia possess two ranks, such as Earl and President.

Along with Their ranks, each Demon's corresponding seal or sigil is provided.

Goetic Magick & Ceremonial Evocation

Now that I have introduced you to what the Goetia are, I will introduce you to who They are.

Each Demon is described in the Grimoire as it supposedly manifests Itself to the conjurer. However, it should be noted that some of Them never manifest in such a way or, alternately, manifest as something completely different. By "manifest", I do not mean that They appear in a cloud of smoke before the conjurer, but that this is the form which They may or may not choose to present Themselves as by means of visualization, dream or Otherwordly journey.

Each Demon is also described as possessing the power to aid the Magician in certain tasks such as finding treasure or in matters of love. Of course, as The Lesser Key of Solomon was a 17th-Century Grimoire (and drawing much of its information from even more antiquated sources), many of the powers of the Demons are obviously rather dated. During the time that much of the information was compiled, Man was only just learning the intricacies of Science such as Astrology and Astronomy. A common learned man would have studied these Sciences along with other forms of Art and Writing and Arithmetic. "Buried treasure" was quite a real concept during the days of old, and you may notice a propensity for many of the Demons to possess the abilities to aid the Magician in tasks related to such.

In modern-day Demonolatry (the worship of Demons), the Goetia are worked with in much the same manner as many Gods and Goddesses of various cultural pantheons are worked with by Neo-Pagans. For instance, if the Magician wished to counterbalance a tendency within himself to be too passive, he would be wise to select a Demon associated with battle, aggression and action such as Marchosias to work with. Likewise, if one wished to enhance his understanding of science, he would be wise to select any of the Demons who specialize in teaching the sciences.

However, Demons are not to be approached with naivety. Like any being of Spirit, They are unpredictable and Their true nature is far beyond our mere mortal comprehension. They should be treated with respect and dignity at all times. Demonolators universally agree that the methods outlined in The Lesser Key of Solomon for "conjuring" the Goetia (also known as "Ceremonial Evocation") is a sure-fire way to earn a Demon's contempt and quickly. Some Ceremonialists work successfully with the Goetia by means of Ceremonial Evocation, but given half a chance, the Demons would likely leap at the opportunity to dish them out a little "payback".

The point of the above paragraph is to strongly caution anyone who is inexperienced in either Ceremonial Magic or Demonolatry against working directly with Demons in absence of a mentor.

The Goetia:

The following is a listing of the seventy-two Demons of the Goetia. I have summarized their descriptions as correspondence listings to simplify the presentation and to provide ease-of-reading.

1. Bael:

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  • Manifests as: cat, toad, man (or all at once) with a hoarse voice
  • Rules: 66 Legions
  • Powers: Invisibility

2. Agares:

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  • Manifests as: Old fair man riding a crocodile holding a goshawk
  • Rules: 31 Legions
  • Powers: Spurring others into action, returning runaways to the home, languages, destruction of dignities, earthquakes

3. Vassago:

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  • Manifests as: NA
  • Rules: 26 Legions
  • Powers: Divination, revelations

4. Samigina (Gamigin):

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  • Manifests as: Small horse or ass/human with a hoarse voice
  • Rules: 30 Legions
  • Powers: Liberal sciences, Necromancy

5. Marbas:

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  • Manifests as: Lion/human
  • Rules: 36 Legions
  • Powers: Truth, divination, revelation, can cause and cure disease, mechanics, shape-shifting

6. Valefor:

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  • Manifests as: Lion with the head of a braying ass
  • Rules: 10 Legions
  • Powers: May be called upon to serve the Magician as a familiar, theft

 7. Amon:

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  • Manifests as: Flame-breathing wolf with a serpent's tail; fanged raven-headed man
  • Rules: 40 Legions
  • Powers: Divination, prophecy, feuds, reconciliations

8. Barbatos:

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  • Manifests as: Human, accompanied by four Kings and a host of troops
  • Rules: 30 Legions
  • Powers: Understanding the languages of animals, accessing hidden and enchanted treasures, divination, reconciliations, friendships, favor with those in positions of power
*My wife is a veterinary nurse and we have often worked with Barbatos in matters regarding the health and safety of pets and animal life.  He seems to be particularly fond of all creatures of the Earth and is willing to lend His aid when possible to help a suffering animal.


9. Paimon:

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  • Manifests as: Man riding upon a dromedary and accompanied by a glorious host; has a great voice which roars at first meeting
  • Rules: 200 Legions
  • Powers: Arts and sciences, hidden things, He is omniscient and knows the nature of all things, dignity, power over others, familiars

10. Buer:

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  • Manifests as: An archer
  • Rules: 50 Legions
  • Powers: Philosophy, logic, herbalism, healing, familiars

11. Gusion:

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  • Manifests as: Xenopilus (strange-headed creature)
  • Rules: 40 Legions
  • Powers: Divination, problem-solving, friendships, reconciliations, honor, dignity

12. Sitri (Sitry):

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  • Manifests as: Leopard-headed with the wings of a Griffin; beautiful human
  • Rules: 60 Legions
  • Powers: Love, desire, lust
*Sitri came to me during Shamanic journey.  His manifestation, for me, was that of a young, thin and androgynous person with white-blonde hair and a soft voice.


13. Beleth:

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  • Manifests as: A frightening King surrounded by a great army with trumpets blazing
  • Rules: 85 Legions
  • Powers: Versatile

14. Leraje:

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  • Manifests as: Green-clad archer
  • Rules: 30 Legions
  • Powers: Battles, contests, competition, sports, arrows/archery, punctures
*Leraje approached me of His own accord with a desire to accompany a dear friend of mine and to aid her in a situation which she was struggling with at the time.  His motives were, and still are, seemingly benevolent and He has since struck up something of a friendship between Himself and my friend.  It is rare for a true Goetic Demon to act as a familiar to a human being, but it seems that Leraje is doing just this.


15. Eligos:

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  • Manifests as: Knight carrying a lance, ensign and a serpent
  • Rules: 60 Legions
  • Powers: Hidden things, prophecy, war, soldiers, influence and favor with those in positions of power

16. Zepar:

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  • Manifests as: Human, soldier wearing red
  • Rules: 26 Legions
  • Powers: Love, relationships, marriage, infertility

17. Botis:

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  • Manifests as: Viper; fanged and horned man carrying a sword
  • Rules: 60 Legions
  • Powers: Divination, prophecy, communication, reconciliations
*Botis worked with me a great deal in 2008 and 2009.  He is inclined towards technological devices and is fond of electronics in general.  He is also willing to work with the magician in rectifying matters regarding communication methods, especially those revolving around mobile phone or computer errors.


18. Bathin (Bathim):

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  • Manifests as: Strong man with a serpent's tail sitting upon a pale horse
  • Rules: 30 Legions
  • Powers: Herbalism, stone lore, international travel

    19. Sallos (Saleos):

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    • Manifests as: Gallant crowned solider riding upon a crocodile
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Love, marriage, relationships

    20. Purson:

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    • Manifests as: Lion-faced man, holding a viper and riding upon a bear
    • Rules: 22 Legions
    • Powers: Hidden things, divination, prophecy, buried treasures, mediumship, possession, shape-shifting, omniscient, familiars

    21. Marax:

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    • Manifests as: Bull with a man's face
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Astronomy, liberal sciences, familiars learned in herbalism, stone lore

    22. Ipos:

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    • Manifests as: Angel with a lion's head, goose's feet and the tail of a hare
    • Rules: 36 Legions
    • Powers: Divination, prophecy, instills qualities of humor and boldness

     23. Aim:

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    • Manifests as: Man with the heads of a serpent, a man with two stars upon his brow and a calf; He rides upon a viper and carries a firebrand
    • Rules: 26 Legions
    • Powers: Arson, instills qualities of humor, revelations

    24. Naberius:

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    • Manifests as: A black crane speaking with a hoarse voice
    • Rules: 19 Legions
    • Powers: Arts, sciences, rhetoric, restores dignity and honor

    25. Glasya-Labolas (Caarcrinolas):

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    • Manifests as: Dog with the wings of a Griffin
    • Rules: 36 Legions
    • Powers: Arts, sciences, cursing, bloodshed, manslaughter, divination, prophecy, reonciliations, love, friendship, invisibility
    *Glasya-Labolas is my personal Guardian.  He has been with me since I first began my journey and was the third Demon to appear to me.  He manifests in my work with Him as a large, black Doberman-like canine.  His wings are not evident from my experience, but they may be simply obscured.  My offerings to Him are physical and emotional suffering (my own); this was pre-arranged and was a specific request from Him.  He benefits from the unique energetic signature of the emotion behind physical and emotional pain.  There is not necessarily malevolent motivations in His desire for this exchange of energy, but rather it is simply a need of His which I have agreed to meet so long as He fulfills His purposes for my needs and as long as His requests for energy are within reason.


    26. Bune (Bime):

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    • Manifests as: Dragon with the heads of a dog, a Griffin and a man
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Necromancy, riches, wisdom, eloquence, truth, answers

    27. Ronove (Ronwe):

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    • Manifests as: A monster
    • Rules: 19 Legions
    • Powers: Rhetoric, knowledge, book-learning, familiars, languages, favors from friends and those in positions of power
    *Ronove, amongst most Demonolators, is regarded as the Demon of Knowledge and Intellect.  He is often seen as a muse-like figure and delights in the intricacies of the written word.  


    28. Berith:

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    • Manifests as: Solider dressed in all-red clothing and adorned with a golden crown, sitting upon a red horse
    • Rules: 26 Legions
    • Powers: Truth, divination, prophecy, dignities, lies

    29. Astaroth:

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    • Manifests as: Angel riding upon an infernal beast and carrying a viper in His left hand
    • Rules: 40 Legions
    • Powers: Secrets, divination, prophecy, revelation, truth, knowledge of other Demons, liberal sciences
    *Astaroth is commonly viewed as being identical to the goddess, Astarte, even though He is depicted within most Demonological texts as being male in gender.  This is potentially due to the fact that Demons are innately genderless and instead possess a mixture of "male" and "female" energies.  This explains why They often manifest as somewhat androgynous human beings.


    30. Forneus:

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    • Manifests as: Sea monster
    • Rules: 29 Legions
    • Powers: Rhetoric, good reputations, languages, amicability, friendships, popularity

    31. Foras:

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    • Manifests as: Strong man
    • Rules: 29 Legions
    • Powers: Logic, ethics, invisibility, longevity, wealth, treasures, the recovery of lost items

    32. Asmoday (Asmodeus):

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    • Manifests as: Fire-breathing man with the heads of a bull, ram and man with the tail of a serpent and webbed feet; rides upon a dragon and holds a lance and a banner
    • Rules: 72 Legions
    • Powers: Arithmetic, Astronomy, lust, Geometry, handicrafts, truth, invincibility, treasures, wealth
    *Asmodeus is the Demon of sexuality.  In the many conversations I have had with other Demonolators who have worked with Him, He is almost always deeply concerned with all aspects of human sexuality and requires libation of sexual energy.  


    33. Gaap:

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    • Manifests as: Man in the role of a guide, leading four Kings
    • Rules: 66 Legions
    • Powers: Insensibility, ignorance, philosophy, liberal sciences, love, hatred, consecrations in the name of Amaymon, theft of familiars form other Magicians, truth, divination, prophecy, travel

    34. Furfur:

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    • Manifests as: A hart with a fiery tail; angel with a hoarse voice
    • Rules: 26 Legions
    • Powers: Deception, love, desire, attraction, lightning and thunder, storms, truth

    35. Marchosias:

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    • Manifests as: Fire-breathing wolf with the wings of a Griffin and the tail of a serpent; human
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Strength, will, courage, battle

    36. Stolas:

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    • Manifests as: Raven; human
    • Rules: 26 Legions
    • Powers: Astronomy, herbalism, stone lore

    37. Phenex (Phoenix):

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    • Manifests as: Phoenix with the voice of a child
    • Rules: 20 Legions
    • Powers: Sciences, poetry, favors

    38. Halphas:

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    • Manifests as: Stock dove with a hoarse voice
    • Rules: 26 Legions
    • Powers: War, weaponry, armory, fortresses
    *Halphas and Malphas are sometimes considered to be brothers or otherwise kin.  

    39. Malphas:

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    • Manifests as: Crow; human
    • Rules: 40 Legions
    • Powers: Houses, towers, glimpses into the enemy's plan, familiars

    40. Raum:

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    • Manifests as: Crow; human
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Theft (especially of treasures), destruction, divination, prophecy, love, friendship, reconciliations

    41. Focalor:

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    • Manifests as: Man with the wings of a Griffin
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Bloodshed, murder, drowning, shipwrecks, winds, seas, tempests

    42. Vepar:

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    • Manifests as: Mermaid
    • Rules: 29 Legions
    • Powers: Water, oceans, seas, guiding of ships, tempests

    43. Sabnock (Sabnach):

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    • Manifests as: Solider with the head of a Lion and riding upon a pale horse
    • Rules: 50 Legions
    • Powers: Building of fortresses and cities, familiars

    44. Shax:

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    • Manifests as: Stock dove with a hoarse and subtle voice
    • Rules: 30 Legions
    • Powers: Loss of vision, hearing and understanding, theft, errands, favors, hidden things, revelations, familiars

    45. Vine:

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    • Manifests as: Lion riding upon a black horse and carrying a viper in His hand
    • Rules: 36 Legions
    • Powers: Hidden things, revelations, prophecy, structures, tempests

    46. Bifrons:

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    • Manifests as: Monster; man
    • Rules: 6 Legions
    • Powers: Arts, sciences, Astrology, Geometry, stone lore, wood lore, herbalism, corpse-lights, grave-robbing
    *Bifrons is a Demon of Necromancy and acts as something akin to a Psychopomp.  He is a protector and guardian of the physical remains of the deceased and can assist the magician in work associated with ancestor reverence.


    47. Uvall (Vual):

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    • Manifests as: Dromedary; human (speaks some Egyptian)
    • Rules: 37 Legions
    • Powers: Female attraction and love, divination, prophecy, friendship, reconciliations

    48. Haagenti:

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    • Manifests as: Bull with the wings of a Griffin; human
    • Rules: 33 Legions
    • Powers: Wisdom, alchemy, shape-shifting
    *Those familiar with the Mesopotamian depiction of the Lamassu will recognise a familiar theophany in Haagenti.  The Lamassu were supposedly powerful guardian Spirits with the bodies of bulls, wings of eagles and a human or human-like head.  

      49. Crocell:

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      • Manifests as: Angel
      • Rules: 48 Legions
      • Powers: Hidden things, Geometry, liberal sciences, auditory hallucinations, warm waters, natural baths and springs

      50. Furcas:

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      • Manifests as: Old long-bearded white-haired man riding upon a pale horse and wielding a sharp weapon
      • Rules: 20 Legions
      • Powers: Philosophy, Astrology, rhetoric, logic, Cheiromancy, Pyromancy, divination, prophecy

      51. Balam (Balaam):

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      • Manifests as: Man with the heads of a man, a ram and a bull with the tail of a serpent; rides upon a bear and carries a goshawk
      • Rules: 40 Legions
      • Powers: Invisibility, divination, prophecy, instills qualities of humor
      *It is rather obvious that there is a similarity between the Demon, Balam, and the Biblical figure of Balaam the diviner.   According to archaeologists, the historical figure of Balaam was a devotee of the goddess, Ashtar - associated with the other Goetic Demon, Astaroth.  It is unclear if the Demon, Balam, is the ascended Spirit of the historical Balaam or a true Demonic entity with no relationship to the former at all.


      52. Alloces (Allocer):

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      • Manifests as: Red, lion-faced soldier with flaming eyes riding upon a great horse
      • Rules: 36 Legions
      • Powers: Astronomy, liberal sciences, familiars

      53. Camio (Caim):

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      • Manifests as: Thrush; man carrying a sword
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers:Dispute, debate, understanding of the languages of animals and the waters, truth, prophecy

      54. Murmur:

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      • Manifests as: Crowned (human) warrior riding upon a Griffin, preceded by ministers and trumpets
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers: Philosophy, Necromancy

      55. Orobas:

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      • Manifests as: Horse; man
      • Rules: 20 Legions
      • Powers: Divination, prophecy, dignities, favor from friends and enemies, spiritual truths, omniscient, faithfulness, loyalty, protection

      56. Gremory (Gemory):

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      • Manifests as: Beautiful woman riding upon a camel
      • Rules: 26 Legions
      • Powers: Divination, prophecy, hidden treasures, female attraction and love

      57. Ose:

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      • Manifests as: Leopard; man
      • Rules: 3 Legions
      • Powers: Liberal sciences, spiritual and mundane truths, shape-shifting

      58. Amy (Auns):

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      • Manifests as: Blazing fire; human
      • Rules: 36 Legions
      • Powers: Astrology, Liberal Sciences, treasures, wealth, familiars

      59. Oriax (Orias):

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      • Manifests as: Lion riding upon a serpent-tailed horse, holding two hissing serpents in His right hand
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers: Astrology, transformation, change, shape-shifting, dignities and honors, promotions, favor from those in positions of power

      60. Vapula:

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      • Manifests as: Lion with the wings of a Griffin
      • Rules: 36 Legions
      • Powers: Handicrafts, employment, professions, Philosophy, sciences

      61. Zagan:

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      • Manifests as: Bull with the wings of a Griffin; human
      • Rules: 33 Legions
      • Powers: Instills qualities of humor, transformation, shape-shifting, Alchemy, wisdom
      *Zagan, like Haagenti, is depicted as manifesting in a theophany very similar to that of the Mesopotamian "Demon" referred to as a Lamassu.  


      62. Volac:

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      • Manifests as: Child with the wings of an angel, riding upon a two-headed dragon
      • Rules: 38 Legions
      • Powers: Serpents, snakes, truth, treasures, wealth

      63. Andras:

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      • Manifests as: Raven-headed angel, riding upon a black wolf and bearing a sword
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers: Discord, quarrels, arguments, resentment, feuds

      64. Haures (Flauros):

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      • Manifests as: Leopard; human with fiery eyes
      • Rules: 36 Legions
      • Powers:Truth, omniscient, divination, prophecy, spiritual truths, lies, deceit, destruction, revenge, retribution, loyalty, protection

      65. Andrealphus:

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      • Manifests as: Peacock; human
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers:Geometry, Astronomy, shape-shifting, birds

      66. Cimejes (Cimeies):

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      • Manifests as: Valiant (human) warrior, riding upon a black horse
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers: All things relating to Africa, grammar, logic, rhetoric, discovery of lost items, treasures

      67. Amdusias:

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      • Manifests as: Unicorn; human
      • Rules: 29 Legions
      • Powers: Environmental (especially concerning trees) manipulation, auditory hallucinations, revenge, destruction, familiars

      68. Belial:

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      • Manifests as: Two angels, seated within a chariot of fire
      • Rules: 80 Legions
      • Powers: Promotions, titles and honors, government, favor from those in positions of power, reconciliations, friendships, good reputations, familiars
      *I received my one and only familiar, Maguith, from Belial.  


      69. Decarabia:

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      • Manifests as: Pentacle; human
      • Rules: 30 Legions
      • Powers: Birds, precious stones, visual hallucinations, flocks of birds

      70. Seere:

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      • Manifests as: Beautiful man, riding upon a winged horse
      • Rules: 0 Legions
      • Powers: Abundance, travel, divination, theft, hidden treasure, compliance, relocation

      71. Dantalion:

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      • Manifests as: Man with shifting faces, holding a book in His right hand
      • Rules: 36 Legions
      • Powers:Secrets, glimpses into an enemy's plan, deceit, lies, arts, sciences, mind-reading, persuasion, love, doppelgangers, illusions, shape-shifting, teleportation

      72. Andromalius:

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      • Manifests as: Man holding a serpent in His hand
      • Rules: 36 Legions
      • Powers:Theft and the holding of a thief accountable for his crime, return of stolen property, uncovering of shady-dealings and wickedness in people, punishing of criminals and wrong-doers, revenge, justice, vigilantism, treasures, wealth

      You may notice that many of the Demons 'manifest' in almost identical forms in some cases. Why this is the case is speculative at best. It may be because the Demons manifested Themselves to the observers in forms which meshed well with the popular ideas of the time-period (such as Griffins and other mythological beasts) or it may be that the Demons never manifested in these forms at all and that these 'descriptions' were nothing more than inventions of the writer(s) of the various Grimoires.

      However, it should be noted that many people have experienced the Goetic Demons in some of these forms, so, again, much of this is truly a mystery.


      4 comments:

      1. Can I know Glasya Labolas' Birth Date?
        Please I really need.
        Please.
        Thank you.

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      2. Hello, well... I liked very much your blog. Your descriptions about the "daemons"( for me they aren't daemons) was really nice and grateful. But, I have some doubts... Can we talk? My e-mail is crowleygoetia@outlook.com . If you have some time, please send a message. Thank you, since now, I'm grateful.

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      3. there is no such thing as "the goetia" ... goetia is an ancient greek term denoting necromantic sorcery, fromthe root goos, weeping/wailing. none of the relevant terms are a title or definition of any kind of spirit

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