Thursday, 4 July 2013

Goetic Holy Days



Traditional Decanal Holy Days


There are a number of methods for deriving the Decanal Holy Days for the Goetia; however, there is little consensus on the question of whether or not the Goetic Demons may be accurately assigned to the Zodiacal Decans at all. In the following list, you will find the Decanal Holy Days as recorded in several manuscripts, especially the Book of the Black Serpent. In thac consists of 30 degrees. These are divided into three ten-degree units known as Decanates or Decans. These Decans are further broken down into five-degree units known as Quinances. Thus there are six Demons per sign beginning with 0° Aries.

March 21 – 25 – Ipos (Aries 0 – 4)
March 26 – 29 – Glasya-Labolas (Aries 5 – 9)
March 30 – April 3 – Furfur (Aries 10 – 14)
April 4 – 8 – Marax (Aries 15 – 19)
April 9 – 14 – Ronove (Aries 20 – 24)
April 15 – 19 – Botis (Aries 25 – 29)
April 20 – 24 – Salleos (Taurus 0 – 4)
April 25 – 29 – Bathim (Taurus 5 – 9)
April 30 – May 4 – Valefor (Taurus 10 – 14)
May 5 – 9 – Aim (Taurus 15 – 19)
May 10 – 14 – Bime (Taurus 20 – 24)
May 15 – 20 – Astaroth (Taurus 25 – 29)
May 21 – 25 – Buer (Gemini 0 – 4)
May 26 – 31 – Foras (Gemini 5 – 9)
June 1 – 5 – Gaap (Gemini 10 – 14)
June 6 – 10 – Marax (Gemini 15 – 19)
June 11 – 15 – Marbas (Gemini 20 – 24)
June 16 – 21 – Botis (Gemini 25 – 29)
June 22 – 26 – Gamigin (Cancer 0 – 4)
June 27 – July 1 – Amon (Cancer 5 – 9)
July 2 – 7 – Ronove (Cancer 10 – 14)
July 8 – 12 – Forneus (Cancer 15 – 19)
July 13 – 17 – Leraje (Cancer 20 – 24)
July 18 – 22 – Marchosias (Cancer 25 – 29)
July 23 – 27 – Baal (Leo 0 – 4)
July 28 – August 1 – Beleth (Leo 5 – 9)
August 2 – 7 – Paimon (Leo 10 – 14)
August 8 – 12 – Belial (Leo 15 – 19)
August 13 – 17 – Asmodeus (Leo 20 – 24)
August 18 – 22 – Purson (Leo 25 – 29)
August 23 – 27 – Buer (Virgo 0 – 4)
August 28 – September 1 – Foras (Virgo 5 – 9)
September 2 – 7 – Marax (Virgo 10 – 14)
September 8 – 12 – Gaap (Virgo 15 – 19)
September 13 – 17 – Marbas (Virgo 20 – 24)
September 18 – 22 – Botis (Virgo 25 – 29)
September 23 – 27 – Zepar (Libra 0 – 4)
September 28 – October 2 – Salleos (Libra 5 – 9)
October 3 – 7 – Berith (Libra 10 – 14)
October 8 – 12 – Eligos (Libra 15 – 19)
October 13 – 17 – Bathim (Libra 20 – 24)
October 18 – 22 – Agares (Libra 25 – 29)
October 23 – 27 – Ipos (Scorpio 0 – 4)
October 28 – November 1 – Glasya-Labolas (Scorpio 5 – 9)
November 2 – 6 – Marax (Scorpio 10 – 14)
November 7 – 12 – Ronove (Scorpio 15 – 19)
November 13 – 17 – Botis (Scorpio 20 – 24)
November 18 – 22 – Bifrons (Scorpio 25 – 29)
November 23 – 27 – Barbatos (Sagittarius 0 – 4)
November 28 – December 2 – Buer (Sagittarius 5 – 9)
December 3 – 7 – Vassago (Sagittarius 10 – 14)
December 8 – 11 – Stolas (Sagittarius 15 – 19)
December 12 – 16 – Sitri (Sagittarius 20 – 24)
December 17 – 21 – Seere (Sagittarius 25 – 29)
December 22 – 26 – Sabnock (Capricorn 0 – 4)
December 27 – 31 – Vine (Capricorn 5 – 9)
January 1 – 5 – Haagenti (Capricorn 10 – 14)
January 6 – 10 – Balaam (Capricorn 15 – 19)
January 11 – 15 – Orobas (Capricorn 20 – 24)
January 16 – 19 – Andras (Capricorn 25 – 29)
January 20 – 24 – Phenex (Aquarius 0 – 4)
January 25 – 29 – Vepar (Aquarius 5 – 9)
January 30 – February 3 – Crocell (Aquarius 10 – 14)
February 4 – 8 – Dantalion (Aquarius 15 – 19)
February 9 – 13 – Focalor (Aquarius 20 – 24)
February 14 – 18 – Zepar (Aquarius 25 – 29)
February 19 – 23 – Barbatos (Pisces 0 – 4)
February 24 – 29 – Buer (Pisces 5 – 9)
March 1 – 5 – Vassago (Pisces 10 – 14)
March 6 – 10 – Stolas (Pisces 15 – 19)
March 11 – 15 – Sitri (Pisces 20 – 24)
March 16 – 20 – Seere (Pisces 25 – 29)


Zodiacal Decans & The Golden Dawn System


Although the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn were not Demonolators, they had a marked interest, or determination, in finding a way to adequately assign all of the Goetic Demons to the 36 Zodiacal Decans. These Decans are “ruled” by specific planets. Many people find astrological nuances to be rather tedious and difficult to understand, but it may be simplified. As we have already explored, in astrology, Zodiacal Decans are determined by degrees within the sign. Each sign consists of 30 degrees and these are divided up into ten degree increments, the Decanal units. The first Decan of any sign is called the Ascendant Decan and encompasses 0° to 10° of that sign. The second Decan is called the Succedent Decan and encompasses 11° to 20° of that sign. The third and last Decan of a sign encompasses 21° to 30° of that sign and is called the Cadent Decan.

In the traditional assignment of planetary rulers to Zodiacal Decans, the system has consisted of beginning with 0° Aries and assigning the Ascendant Decan of that sign to Mars, the Succedent Decan to the Sun and the Cadent Decan to Venus. Moving onto the next sign, Taurus, the system assigns the Ascendant Decan of that sign to Mercury, the Succedent Decan to the Moon and Cadent Decan to Saturn. This cycle concludes with the seventh planet, Jupiter, being assigned to the Ascendant Decan of the next sign, Gemini. Thus, beginning at the Ascendant Decan of Aries and revolving through all of the Decans of the remaining signs, we have a cycle of planetary rulership which consists of Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter. The very last Decan of Pisces concludes with Mars, which is repeated again as the first Decan of Aries and so on.

In the Golden Dawn’s system, however, the sequence of planetary rulership changes. Here the first Decan of any sign is ruled by the planet which presides over that sign—for example, since Mars is the ruling planet of Aries, Mars is the ruling planet of the first Decan of Aries. For the Succedent and Cadent Decans of a sign, the Golden Dawn’s system assigns the ruling planets of the remaining two Zodiac signs within the Elemental category. For instance, since Mars is a Fire sign and the other two Fire signs within the Zodiac are Leo and Sagittarius, the Golden Dawn’s method will assign the Sun (Leo’s planetary ruler) to the Succedent Decan of Aries and Jupiter (Sagittarius’ planetary ruler) to the Cadent Decan of Aries. The Golden Dawn’s Decanal system begins with 0° Leo as opposed to the traditional starting point of 0° Aries.

However, it should be said that the Golden Dawn’s reasoning for its allocation of specific Goetic Demons to these Decans is sketchy at best. Because each Demon carries a rank, sometimes multiple ranks, and because each rank is associated with a particular planet, we end up with the planetary associations of specific Decans completely contradicting the planetary associations of the Demons assigned to them by the Golden Dawn. Additionally, the Golden Dawn assigns two Demons to each Decan—one ruling the hours of the day and one ruling the hours of the night.

Such Zodiacal intricacies can be confounding at times and it is not especially important to rely on any method of Decanal planetary assignments when determining the Holy Days for Demons. There is much controversy surrounding the validity of such Decanal assignments and is therefore indicative of the scepticism some retain when discussions of Goetic Decanal categorisations are in order. Although I prefer the Golden Dawn’s Decanal allocations, I would suggest simply using your own discretion when considering the Goetic Holy Days. You may find something altogether different which works for you. However, for the purposes of this section, I have included the Golden Dawn’s Decanal assignment of the Goetia and the corresponding dates.

March 21 – 29 (Aries 0 – 9)
Bael (Day);
Phenex (Night)

March 30 – April 8 (Aries 10 – 19)
Agares (Day);
Halphas (Night)

April 9 – 19 (Aries 20 – 29)
Vassago (Day);
Malphas (Night)

April 20 – 29 (Taurus 0 – 9)
Gamigin (Day);
Raum (Night)

April 30 – May 9 (Taurus 10 – 19)
Marbas (Day);
Focalor (Night)

May 10 – 20 (Taurus 20 – 29)
Valefor (Day);
Vepar (Night)

May 21 – 31 (Gemini 0 – 9)
Amon (Day);
Sabnock (Night)

June 1 – 10 (Gemini 10 – 19)
Barbatos (Day);
Shax (Night)

June 11 – 21 (Gemini 20 – 29)
Paimon (Day);
Vine (Night)

June 22 – July 1 (Cancer 0 – 9)
Buer (Day);
Bifrons (Night)

July 2 – 12 (Cancer 10 – 19)
Gusion (Day);
Vuall (Night)

July 13 – 22 (Cancer 20 – 29)
Sitri (Day);
Haagenti (Night)

July 23 – August 1 (Leo 0 – 9)
Beleth (Day);
Crocell (Night)

August 2 – 12 (Leo 10 – 19)
Leraje (Day);
Furcas (Night)

August 13 – 22 (Leo 20 – 29)
Eligos (Day);
Balaam (Night)

August 23 – September 1 (Virgo 0 – 9)
Zepar (Day);
Alloces (Night)

September 2 – 12 (Virgo 10 – 19)
Botis (Day);
Caim (Night)

September 13 – 22 (Virgo 20 – 29)
Bathim (Day);
Murmur (Night)

September 23 – October 2 (Libra 0 – 9)
Salleos (Day):
Orobas (Night)

October 3 – 12 (Libra 10 – 19)
Purson (Day);
Gremory (Night)

October 13 – 22 (Libra 20 – 29)
Marax (Day);
Ose (Night)

October 23 – November 1 (Scorpio 0 – 9)
Ipos (Day);
Auns (Night)

November 2 – 12 (Scorpio 10 – 19)
Aim (Day);
Orias (Night)

November 13 – 22 (Scorpio 20 – 29)
Naberius (Day);
Vapula (Night)

November 23 – December 2 (Sagittarius 0 – 9)
Glasya-Labolas (Day);
Zagan (Night)

December 3 – 11 (Sagittarius 10 – 19)
Bime (Day);
Valac (Night)

December 12 – 21 (Sagittarius 20 – 29)
Ronove (Day);
Andras (Night)

December 22 – 31 (Capricorn 0 – 9)
Berith (Day);
Haures (Night)

January 1 – 10 (Capricorn 10 – 19)
Astaroth (Day);
Andrealphus (Night)

January 11 – 19 (Capricorn 20 – 29)
Forneus (Day);
Cimejes (Night)

January 20 – 29 (Aquarius 0 – 9)
Foras (Day);
Amdusias (Night)

January 30 – February 8 (Aquarius 10 – 19)
Asmodeus (Day);
Belial (Night)

February 9 – 18 (Aquarius 20 – 29)
Gaap (Day);
Decarabia (Night)

February 19 – 29 (Pisces 0 – 9)
Furfur (Day);
Seere (Night)

March 1 – 10 (Pisces 10 – 19)
Marchosias (Day);
Dantalion (Night)

March 11 – 20 (Pisces 20 – 29)
Stolas (Day);
Andromalius (Night)

On the Four Great Kings & Elemental Holy Days


According to the Grimoires, the 72 Goetic Demons are presided over by an additional four Arch-Demons who are often referred to as the Four Great Kings. These Demons are known by several different names, depending upon the source, but are generally accepted to be Elemental rulers or guardians. Their origins are quite ancient and figure into Hebraic mythology as well as Christian. They are named in the Solomonic Grimoires most often as:

Amaymon or Oriens – King of the East

Corson or Egyn – King of the West

Zimimay or Amaimon – King of the North

Göap or Paymon – King of the South

You may notice the similarity between the names Göap and Gaap. This is often a confusing issue for Demonologists and there is no true certainty as to whether or not this is the same Demon or simply a coincidence. It is rather unlikely that Göap is the same Demon as Gaap—for instance, the Grimoires often make use of different spelling for each, even though the two names are quite similar. Even more confusing is the tendency for other sources to name Paimon as an alternate name for Göap and, similarly, Amaimon as an alternate name of Zimimay. For myself, I avoid the confusion and adhere to the names given in The Lesser Key of Solomon and which are listed above in bold.

These Four Great Kings are also present in Hebraic lore, instead assuming the names of Samael (Göap), Azazel (Amaymon), Azael (Corson) and Mahazael (Zimimay). Of course, there is always controversy as to whether or not this equation with the Hebrew Demon Princes is accurate, but I personally believe that the names are interchangeable.

These Four Great Kings, along with other high-ranking Demons found within The Lesser Key of Solomon such as Asmodeus and Astaroth, are also mentioned in the famous Grimoire, The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. In this resource, we discover numerous other spirits presided over by these Demons. Abramelin also includes the four Demon Princes of Lucifer, Satan, Leviathan and Belial and assigns one of the Four Great Kings as a sub-prince of each. There is little doubt that these Kings hold a position of great importance within Demonic hierarchies, as is also indicated by Their presence in other texts.

We are not told, however, over which of the 72 Goetic Demons these Four Great Kings preside—instead, we are given the directions which They rule and are essentially left to speculate. It makes some sense, then, to attempt to assign the Elemental King to all of the Demons with whom He shares an Elemental Nature. For example, because Göap rules the South, traditionally attributed to the Element of Fire (in the Northern Hemisphere), we can assume that He presides over all Demons of a Fiery Nature.

The problem then evolves into the issue of assigning each of the 72 Demons to a particular Element. Because there is so much confusion as to the actual significance of the ranks of the Demons, it is extremely difficult to come to a verifiable conclusion as to the validity of using the classical planetary rulerships of the individual ranks as guides when determining a particular Demon’s Elemental Nature. As I mentioned previously, many of the Demons, by Their descriptions, have Natures which seemingly contradict Their assigned planetary rulers.

A good example is the Demon Focalor. Focalor’s classical description, paraphrased, is that He “kills men by drowning them...sinks war ships...has power over storms of the sea”. One’s initial impression of Focalor’s Nature is, therefore, that it is quite clearly Watery, stormy and unpredictable. Because of this, it would make sense to connect Him with the Element of Water, but possibly also with the Element of Air (storms and wind) and, additionally, the Zodiac sign of Aquarius (an air sign, ruled by the planet Saturn). It makes little sense, then, that Focalor’s historical planetary assignment is Venus. How could this be? Because Focalor’s rank is that of Duke and because all Dukes are assigned to the planet Venus, He is thus considered to be a Venusian Demon.

As I have already mentioned, this confounding tendency for the classical planetary assignments to the Goetic Demons to completely contradict Their Natures renders constructing workable systems of Elemental classification nearly impossible. For this reason, I recommend looking at each Demon and Its description individually and determining Its Elemental Nature through this means. When I am inclined to classify a Demon by its planetary rulership, I prefer to use the Golden Dawn’s Decanal allotment system to determine a specific Demon’s planetary association. Others will find alternate methods. It is completely up to the practitioner and what makes sense to him or her.

Once you have undertaken the task of categorising the Demons by Elemental Nature, you may be interested in determining corresponding Holy Days based on Element. Some Demonolators use the traditional “Wheel of the Year” model to construct a usable calendar of Holy Days which is compatible with the four Elements. An example would be the traditional Yule, which is often associated with the Element of Earth. During the observance of traditional Yule in the Northern Hemisphere, a Demonolator may choose to honour Zimimay, King of the North and all of the Earth Demons. For the Southern Hemisphere, a Demonolator may choose to honour Göap, King of the South and all of the Earth Demons. Because of the flexibility of Elemental and planetary correspondences, it is incredibly simple to construct your own calendar of Demonic Holy Days.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Demon Dossier: Valefor

The Initiator






Golden Dawn Zodiacal Attribute: Taurus (Cadent Decan)
Solomonic Rank: Duke
Planetary Ruler by Rank: Venus
Planetary Ruler by Decan: Saturn
Tarot Card: 7 of Pentacles
Holy Days: May 10 – 20

Traditional Appearance: A lion with the head of an ass

Traditional Powers & Authorities: Is “a good familiar”; “tempteth men to steal”


Valefor is one of the few Goetic Demons whose Natures generally align with Their classical planetary associations. He is, of course, a Duke—according to the planetary rulership of this rank, this dictates that His allocation is to the influence of the planet, Venus. In addition to this association, He is also assigned to the third Decan of Taurus, the fixed earth sign also under the rulership of Venus. Because of His Venusian Nature, it is little wonder that Valefor is spoken of as being “a good familiar” and quite amiable, even amongst many Ceremonial Magicians. Most of the time, when Demons are spoken of as being or giving familiars, what is being said is one of two things. Firstly the familiar in question may be an actual spiritual entity or assistant, not unlike the old “Witch’s familiar”—in some cases, as in Valefor’s and many of the other Goetia, the Demon Itself will often assist the practitioner in his or her magickal endeavours and thus serve as a familiar. Alternatively It may have at its disposal or in Its service subservient spirits which It may lend or give to the practitioner as a gift, repayment or token of trust. Secondly the familiar, in the case of the Goetia, may allude to favours or magickal alliances with other entities. Whatever the case may be, Valefor’s is a reputation of good standing.

Like so many of the Goetia, Valefor’s Magickal Image is perplexing and seemingly random—here we have the depiction of a very unlikely combination of animals, the lion and the ass. In some texts, this image is found to vary slightly and the head of the ass is replaced by the head of a human—namely, a thief. Of course, the connection between the head of a thief and Valefor’s inclination towards thievery is obvious. I have included both depictions of the head of the Magickal Image for the sake of completeness.

The strange melding of creatures in Valefor’s depictions quite readily bring to mind several fantastic beasts from mythology such as the griffin, chimera, the Lion-Man aspect of Vishnu, the manticore, the Middle-Eastern urmahlullu and, of course, the Sphinx. The Sphinx, though such a charming image, was historically regarded as being representative of violence, destruction, death and initiation. In many ways, Valefor’s lessons are ultimately bound to the concept of initiation as we will discuss. The significance in the image of the thief’s head seated upon the lion’s body suggests a tendency towards presenting oneself as the epitome of strength, but retaining the human propensity for taking the path of least resistance. Thievery, in and of itself, is a desperate, habitual or sometimes compulsive act, symbolising the reluctance or inability to attain things through hard work or inconvenience. However, the symbolism of the lion and the ass are, separately, indicative themselves of His Nature.

The proud male lion, with his long flowing mane and regal swagger, is an awesome image and one which dominates most of our collective imagination when we think of the King of Beasts. However, the females of the lion pride are truly the breadwinners—they are the huntresses, protectors and strength of lion society. As a symbol of strength, the imagery of Valefor’s lion-like body suggests a focus on the physical—the body is our source of sustenance and survival. Without bodily strength, we would be unable to provide for ourselves and for our families.

As a Demon aligned with the Zodiac sign of Taurus, this attribution of strength in the context of the earthly body to Valefor’s Nature and lessons is quite valid. In the image of Taurus, we have the bull—stubborn and incredibly strong in both will and body, connected to the Earth through its biological need to consume rooted flora and through its employment, by Man, as the force behind the plough and an instrument of the harvest. Both the lion and the bull symbolise physical might, but the lion balances its might with its capacity as a parent and guardian. As tempting as it may be to equate the entirety of lion symbolism with the Magickal Image of Valefor, we must remember that only His body is manifested in this likeness. This simply reinforces the understanding that one of Valefor’s lessons ascertains that one’s body is one’s temple, but that physical strength is only part of the equation.

Like the bull, the ass conjures in the imagination a stubborn yet loyal beast; and, like the lion, the ass is also a courageous and resourceful protector. This Taurean imagery seems a fitting representation of Valefor’s lessons in the value of tenacity, good health, the importance of one’s family and in taking things slowly. However, with these Taurean virtues also come the traditional Taurean vices and Valefor’s lessons also speak to us of the dangers in sloth, tunnel vision and too much work as well as of the need for discretion. Because His Magickal Image is the body of a lion with the head of an ass, Valefor may be regarded as being illustrative of the need for us to be aware of the impressions we make upon those around us. The ass is a creature renowned for its loud and often obnoxious bellowing—the head of the ass all too well embodies the stereotypical “loud mouth” and those people whose crudeness undermines their ability to effectively communicate. Valefor inspires us to turn away from the overcompensation of posturing and histrionics—instead we are urged to turn our dialogues inward and bolster our confidence through recognising the strengths and talents which we possess.

According to the system of the Golden Dawn, Valefor is aligned not only with Taurus and its ruling planet of Venus, but also with Saturn—the planet most closely associated with the Archetypal imagery of death and destruction, returning us to the association of His Magickal Image with that of the Sphinx. In Greek mythology, the Theban Sphinx guarded the road which led into the city of Thebes. There, she posited a riddle to passers-by, killing those who did not solve it correctly. The Sphinx’s riddle continued to cost the lives of many until she encountered Oedipus who correctly solved the riddle, ending her reign of terror. In this depiction of the Sphinx, we are encountered with what may be considered the Dark Mother—the consuming destroyer who is capable of both great love and great cruelty. Like the lioness which devours her young, Valefor’s tutelage is caring and strong, but His guidance demands sacrifice. As a Demon of temptation, one of His lessons, like that of the Sphinx, encompasses the idea of initiation through tests, trials and temptations.

Because of the influence of Saturn, Valefor lulls us into a false sense of security. He is very much aware of His reputation as an all-around “nice guy”—what must always be kept in mind is that He is the Tempter, presenting us with situations in which we may be inclined to do the wrong thing. When we face such challenges, we are often vividly aware of the fact that what we are tempted to do is wrong—because of this, most of us feel a sense of pride when we find the strength to resist. Valefor insists that we push ourselves to the limits—discovering just how far we are willing to go and what it is that we would or would not be willing to do for the sake of personal pleasure. Through experimentation and allowing ourselves the freedom to explore our darkest fantasies, we have the opportunity to not only discover new ways in which to enjoy our existences, but to recognise and address any flaws or corruptions within ourselves. Once we have acknowledged and dispersed the skeletons in our closets, we have reached the point of initiation—growing through the resolution and subsequent death of unneeded defences, boundaries and internal conflict. Thus Valefor’s wisdom is that of being responsible for our own happiness or unhappiness in life.

Valefor’s wisdom is also embodied by the Tarot Card, the 7 of Pentacles. This card speaks to us of learning from our mistakes—another indication of Valefor’s affinity with lessons learned through struggle and toil. In relationship to the 7 of Pentacles, Valefor’s suggestion that we eliminate those unhealthy traits which repeatedly hinder us time and time again is also alluded to in the card’s own lessons surrounding the culling of dead weight and obstacles. Valefor is also connected to the Qabbalistic Sephirah of Netzach, the Sphere of Victory—itself aligned with Venus, again insinuating that Valefor’s Nature is quite heavily influenced by this planet. Thus, through His guidance, we are asked to recognise within ourselves a being worthy of unconditional love and to acknowledge that we are the masters of our own vessels. We are encouraged not to run from those things within ourselves which we fear the most, but to seek them out—to test ourselves and to force their hands, to render them powerless to hold sway over our lives. By destroying that which binds us, we may cultivate that which inspires us.

 Valefor’s Lessons – Summary


  • Companionship. Trust. Camaraderie. Unconditional love. Favours. Lending a helping hand.
  • Theft. The path of least resistance. Dishonesty. Stubbornness.
  • Personas and facades. Bravado, bullying and posturing. Crudeness. Overcompensation for perceived shortcomings. Histrionics and melodrama.
  • Temptation. The taboo. Secret desires. Lust and sex.
  • Challenging ourselves. Pushing things to the limit. Challenging boundaries and pre-conceived notions. Taking responsibility.
  • Introspection. Self-love and admiration. Inner and physical strength.
  • Initiation, especially through hardship. Tests. The mysteries. Reaping the fruits of our labour. Moving up to the next level. Destruction of bad habits and old ways of thinking.
  • Feminine strength and leadership. Coming full circle. Protection and leadership. Courage. Physical health.
  • Laziness. Tunnel vision. Narrow-mindedness. Set in our ways. Misdirected efforts. Disappointment.
  • Overworking ourselves. Need for relaxation. Taking things slowly.

Prompts for Exploration


1. What are your expectations of others where issues of trust are concerned? What does it take for you to give someone your absolute trust? Likewise, do you consider yourself to be trustworthy? Why or why not?

2. Have you ever stolen anything? How did it make you feel and would you ever consider doing it again? Why?

3. Do you have any “nervous habits”—things you do to conceal the fact that you feel nervous or inadequate? What is it about certain situations that makes you nervous in the first place?

4. In your own personal code of ethics, what do you consider to be strictly taboo? How could you challenge yourself to explore this forbidden concept?

5. What was the most difficult challenge you have ever faced? How did you get through it?

6. What kinds of initiations have you participated in? Have you ever completed a task or phase of your life and came out of it a different person? Are you experiencing this presently?

7. Have you ever been disappointed that something did not work out only to later realise that it may not have been in your best interest? How do you deal with disappointments and setbacks?


Meditation – The Sphinx’s Mystery

 


In a quiet room, focus on the seal of Valefor. Allow your eyes to wander over its curves and delicate spheres—holding it in your hand, close your eyes and bring yourself into meditative consciousness. Visualise yourself standing at one end of a magnificent temple, its ornately embellished dome roof supported by immense stone pillars. Before you stretches a long black carpet, on either side stand robed figures, their faces concealed beneath their hoods. Suddenly you become aware that this is a religious ceremony and you are the guest of honour. At the other end of the temple, upon a large marble pedestal, sits a Sphinx—with a gesture of its graceful paw it beckons you to come forward. Taking a deep breath you slowly begin to walk across the floor, feeling the cool velvety fabric of the carpet beneath your bare feet.

As you draw nearer to the Sphinx, you can see that there is a large altar table arranged before Him. Upon it there are arranged a number of religious items—a silver chalice, black candles, a ritual blade and a large black box. Finally, you arrive before the Sphinx as He looks down at you with large golden eyes. Glancing down at the altar, you wish to look into the box, but cannot as it is too deep and dark inside. The Sphinx tells you that you have passed many tests and asks you if you are ready to move forward to the next level in your training. You think of all of your accomplishments to date—replaying episodes in your mind when you performed at your best, did everything right and received praise and commendations for your efforts. You are suddenly grasped by the feelings of elation and self-satisfaction which come from such victories and you confidently tell the Sphinx that you are ready.

He tells you that in order for you to move forward, you must complete two further tasks. He begins by explaining to you the first task. In the box, He informs you, are the cherished belongings of people with whom you are very close. The first test requires that you close your eyes and reach into the box, taking one item and keeping it for yourself. However, these people have no idea that their prized possessions are missing and you will have no way of knowing from whom they have been stolen until you have the item in your hand—at that point, it will be too late to give it back to them. You have the choice of either taking nothing, ensuring that your loved ones are returned their precious items, or taking one item, which can never be returned, and moving forward with the initiation.

You contemplate this for a long time, imagining the reactions and sadness of your loved one when they discover that their valuable belonging is gone forever. You also imagine the disappointment you will feel at never knowing what path you may have taken if you had gone forward with the initiation. Finally, you decide to reach into the box—you pick up an item and open your eyes, realising immediately what it is and who it belongs to. Take a moment to experience the emotions and thoughts you have and how they make you feel as a person.

The Sphinx then asks you if you are ready to move on to the next task. You tell Him that you are and He climbs down from his pedestal. Looking deep into your eyes, He studies you for a moment and then climbs back onto his perch. He then tells you that He has looked into your thoughts and knows all of your secrets. He informs you that your second and final task is to choose one of your own fears or taboos to confront—in doing this, you will subject yourself to experiencing that fear through being directly exposed to it or to participate in an activity which you consider to be taboo. Knowing that you cannot lie as the Sphinx now knows what all of your fears and taboos are, you must decide if you will confront them and complete your initiation or if you will decline and return to your old life.

Take the remainder of the time to carefully consider your options. Imagine all of the things you fear, detest and condemn. Do not be afraid to allow yourself to fully experience any feelings or images associated with these fears. Ask yourself how you would feel if you had to confront these fears and taboos directly. Decide which things you would be willing to compromise on and which things you consider to be unnegotiable. Make your decision and tell the Sphinx. Let your subconscious take control and record any events, thoughts or feelings you may have in your journal or Grimoire.

Assignments



1. Research the concept of “initiation”—visit your local library or use the Internet and learn as much as you can about different forms of initiation either religious or symbolic. Find an initiation in your area open to the public and attend. This could be anything from a baptism to a groundbreaking ceremony. Imagine what the people involved in the ceremony are feeling as events unfold by visualising yourself in their place. As an observer, as well, be aware of any feelings you have or any thoughts which come to mind. Record your experience in your journal or Grimoire.

2. Imagine a scenario in which you are, for whatever reason, unable to speak at length about anything and that your body and face must be completely covered wherever you go. Try to think of ways in which you could adequately communicate with people whom you encounter with such restrictions. How would you appear to them? How could you express your talents or charms? Think about the way in which you presently communicate with people and what would happen if you were somehow robbed of your everyday means of self-expression.

What, for instance, would your life be like if you lost your voice? How would you interact with people if you were unable to move any part of your body from the neck down? Write down your thoughts on this issue and contemplate the function of facades. Think about which behaviours, styles of communication and social characteristics which you may rely too heavily upon or with which you overcompensate for a possible lack of self-esteem. Record your thoughts in your journal or Grimoire and entertain the thought of going for an entire day without speaking, using only your facial expressions or actions to communicate your feelings and intentions.


Goetic Demons Ruling The Mansions of the Moon




ALNATH (Aries) – Horns of Aries – 0’0” Aries to 12’51” Aries:

Ruling Goetic Demons: 
  
Bael, Phoenix (Aries 0 – 9);
Agares, Halphas (Aries 10 – 19)


ALBOTAYN (Aries) – Belly of Aries – 12’51” Aries to 25’42” Aries:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Agares, Halphas (Aries 10 – 19);
Vassago, Malphas (Aries 20 – 29)


ATHORAY (Taurus) – Showering of Pleiades – 25’42” Aries to 8’34” Taurus:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Vassago, Malphas (Aries 20 – 29);
Gamigin, Raum (Taurus 0 – 9)

ALDEBARAN (Taurus) – Eye of Taurus – 8’34” Taurus to 21’25” Taurus:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Gamigin, Raum (Taurus 0 – 9);
Marbas, Focalor (Taurus 10 – 19);
Valefor, Vepar (Taurus 20 – 29)


ALBACHAY (Taurus to Gemini) – Head of Orion – 21’25” Taurus to 4’17” Gemini:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Valefor, Vepar (Taurus 20 – 29)
Amon, Sabnock (Gemini 0 – 9)


ALCHAYA (Gemini) – Little Star of Great Light – 4’17” Gemini to 17’8” Gemini:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Amon, Sabnock (Gemini 0 – 9);
Barbatos, Shax (Gemini 10 – 19)


ALARZACH (Gemini to Cancer) – Arm of Gemini – 17’8” Gemini to 0’0” Cancer:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Barbatos, Shax (Gemini 10 – 19);
Paimon, Vine (Gemini 20 – 29);
Buer, Bifrons (Cancer 0 – 9)


ALNAZA (Cancer) – Misty Clouds – 0’0” Cancer to 12’51” Cancer:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Buer, Bifrons (Cancer 0 – 9);
Gusion, Vuall (Cancer 10 – 19)


ARCAPH (Cancer) – Eye of the Lion – 12’51” Cancer to 25’42” Cancer:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Gusion, Vuall (Cancer 10 – 19);
Sitri, Haagenti (Cancer 20 – 29)


ALGEBH (Leo) – Forehead of the Lion – 25’42” Cancer to 8’34” Leo:

Ruling Goetic Demons: 

Sitri, Haagenti (Cancer 20 – 29);
Beleth, Crocell (Leo 0 – 9)


AZOBRA (Leo) – Mane of the Lion – 8’34” Leo to 21’25” Leo:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Beleth, Crocell (Leo 0 – 9);
Leraje, Furcas (Leo 10 – 19);
Eligos, Balaam (Leo 20 – 29)


ALZARPHA (Leo) – Tail of the Lion – 21’25” Leo to 4’17” Virgo:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Eligos, Balaam (Leo 20 – 29);
Zepar, Alloces (Virgo 0 – 9)


ALHAIRE (Virgo) – Wings of Virgo – 4’17” Virgo to 17’8” Virgo:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Zepar, Alloces (Virgo 0 - 9);
Botis, Caim (Virgo 10 – 19)


AZIMETH (Virgo) – Flying Spike – 17’8” Virgo to 0’0” Libra:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Botis, Caim (Virgo 10 – 19);
Bathim, Murmur (Virgo 20 – 29);
Salleos, Orobas (Libra 0 – 9)


AGRAPHA (Libra) – Covered (Covered Flying) – 0’0” Libra to 12’51” Libra:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Salleos, Orobas (Libra 0 – 9);
Purson, Gremory (Libra 10 – 19)


AZUBENE (Libra) – Horns of Scorpio – 12’51” Libra to 25’42” Libra:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Purson, Gremory (Libra 10 – 19);
Marax, Ose (Libra 20 – 29)


ALCHIL (Scorpio) – Crown of Scorpio – 25’42” Libra to 8’34” Scorpio:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Marax, Ose (Libra 20 – 29);
Ipos, Auns (Scorpio 0 – 9)


ALCAB (Scorpio) – Heart of Scorpio – 8’34” Scorpio to 21’25” Scorpio:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Ipos, Auns (Scorpio 0 – 9);
Aim, Orias (Scorpio 10 – 19);
Naberius, Vapula (Scorpio 20 – 29)


AXAULAH (Sagittarius) – Tail of Scorpio – 21’25” Scorpio to 4’17” Sagittarius:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Naberius, Vapula (Scorpio 20 – 29);
Glasya-Labolas, Zagan (Sagittarius 0 – 9)


ABNAHAYA (Sagittarius) – Beam – 4’17” Sagittarius to 17’8” Sagittarius:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Glasya-Labolas, Zagan (Sagittarius 0 – 9);
Bime, Valac (Sagittarius 10 – 19)


ALBELDA (Capricorn) – Defeat – 17’8” Sagittarius to 0’0” Capricorn:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  
Bime, Valac (Sagittarius 10 – 19);
Ronove, Andras (Sagittarius 20 – 29);
Berith, Haures (Capricorn 0 – 9)

ZODEBOLUCH (Capricorn) – A Pastor – 0’0” Capricorn to 12’51” Capricorn:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Berith, Haures (Capricorn 0 – 9);
Astaroth, Andrealphus (Capricorn 10 – 19)


ZABADOLA (Capricorn) – Swallowing – 12’51” Capricorn to 25’42” Capricorn:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Astaroth, Andrealphus (Capricorn 10 – 19);
Forneus, Cimejes (Capricorn 20 – 29)


SADABATH (Aquarius) – Star of Fortune – 25’42” Capricorn to 8’34” Aquarius:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Forneus, Cimejes (Capricorn 20 – 29);
Foras, Amdusias (Aquarius 0 – 9)


SADALAHBIA (Aquarius) – A Butterfly – 8’34” Aquarius to 21’25” Aquarius:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Foras, Amdusias (Aquarius 0 – 9);
Asmodeus, Belial (Aquarius 10 – 19);
Gaap, Decarabia (Aquarius 20 – 29)


ALPHARG (Pisces) – Spout of the Urn – 21’25 Aquarius to 4’17” Pisces:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Gaap, Decarabia (Aquarius 20 – 29);
Furfur, Seere (Pisces 0 – 9)


ALCHARYA (Pisces) – Lip of the Urn – 4’17” Pisces to 17’8” Pisces:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Furfur, Seere (Pisces 0 – 9);
Marchosias, Dantalion (Pisces 10 – 19)


ALBOTHAM (Aries) – Belly of the Fish – 17’8” Pisces to 0’0” Aries:

Ruling Goetic Demons:  

Marchosias, Dantalion (Pisces 10 – 19);
Stolas, Andromalius (Pisces 20 – 29);
Baal, Phoenix (Aries 0 – 9)


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.