Amaimon in the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is one of the more intriguing entities in the grimoire’s complex hierarchy of spirits. This text, a well-known work in the Western esoteric tradition, outlines a system of magic that supposedly enables the magician to gain the knowledge and conversation of their Holy Guardian Angel.

According to the text:

  • Powers and Abilities: Amaimon is credited with extensive powers, including knowledge of the past, present, and future. He is said to enable visions, allow people to fly, provide familiar spirits, cause apparitions in various forms, summon protection, and even revive the dead.
  • Position in the Spiritual Hierarchy: He is identified as one of the four infernal rulers of the cardinal directions, representing the South. This positioning within the cardinal directions is significant in the context of the book’s system of ceremonial magic, where directional attributes play a vital role in the summoning and controlling of various spirits.
  • Role in the Abramelin Operation: In the ritual process outlined in «The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage,» Amaimon is one of the eight sub-princes. These entities are commanded to serve the magician during the critical phase of the Abramelin operation, which is aimed at conversing with the Holy Guardian Angel. This rite is considered the culmination of the Abramelin process and is central to the book’s magical system.

«The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage» is a text steeped in the traditions of Jewish mysticism and Christian occultism. It’s important to note that the entities and practices described are part of a symbolic and allegorical system of magic and should be understood within the context of the time and cultural milieu in which the text was written. The text itself reflects a blend of religious and esoteric beliefs that were prevalent in medieval and early modern Europe.


Origin and Meaning of Amaimon

Mathers states his name comes from the Greek root meaning «terrible violence and vehemence.» Both Mathers and Agrippa claim Amaimon’s equivalent in Jewish lore is the demon Mahazael.

In Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft Amaimon is described as having a dangerous, putrid breath. To protect the conjurors from this danger they are advised to hold a magick ring in front of their faces while conversing with the demon.

The same technique is advised to be used with the infernal king Bileth. Mathers also notes Amaimon’s fury and poisonous breath.

In Wierus’ Pseudomonarchia Daemonum Amaimon its name is Amaymonis. He is chief among evil spirits, associated with both Asmodeus and Bileth, and is connected to deception and abominable practices.

Although the Abramelin associates him with the south In Dr. Rudd’s Treatise on Angel Magic he is called the «King of the East.» His name appears as Amaymon. A.G.H.


Belanger, Michelle. The Dictionary of Demon: Names of the Damneds. Llewellen Publications. 2010. ebook.