Bael: First Monarch of Hell

Bael The Grand Grimoire refers to this demon that Johan Weyer commences his inventory in the famous Pseudonomarchia Daemonum. Weyer called this demon the first monarch of Hell, and head of all infernal powers, with his estates being in the Easter regions. He has three heads, a crap, a cat, and a human. He controls sixty-six legions that obey him. A.G.H.

 

Bael Demon

Bael, sometimes spelled as Baal, is a notable demon in the lore of Western occultism, particularly in the context of demonology and grimoiric traditions. His depiction in Johan Weyer’s «Pseudomonarchia Daemonum» and the «Grand Grimoire» has contributed significantly to his reputation in occult literature.

 

«Pseudomonarchia Daemonum» by Johan Weyer

  • First Monarch of Hell: Weyer describes Bael as the first monarch of Hell, highlighting his high rank and authority among infernal powers.
  • Head of Infernal Powers: As a leading figure in Hell, Bael is depicted as having command over other demonic entities.
  • Location of Estates: His dominion is said to be in the Eastern regions of Hell.

 

Physical Description and Abilities

  • Three Heads: Bael is traditionally depicted with three heads, each of a different creature: a toad (often misinterpreted as ‘crap’), a cat, and a human.
  • Control over Legions: He commands sixty-six legions of demons, reflecting his powerful status in the demonic hierarchy.

 

«Grand Grimoire»

  • Referenced in Grimoires: The «Grand Grimoire,» a well-known grimoire in Western occultism, also references Bael, further solidifying his place in the lore of demonology.

 

Role in Occultism

  • Occult Lore and Practices: Bael’s depiction in these texts has made him a subject of interest in various occult practices and demonological studies.
  • Symbolism and Interpretation: His multifaceted form (toad, cat, human) is often subject to symbolic interpretation, reflecting the multifarious nature of demonic entities in occult traditions.

 

Historical and Cultural Context

  • Demonology Tradition: Bael’s depiction is part of a broader tradition of demonology that emerged in Europe during the medieval and Renaissance periods, characterized by the cataloging and ranking of demons.
  • Influence on Occult Literature: His mention in influential texts like Weyer’s «Pseudomonarchia Daemonum» has contributed to his enduring presence in the Western occult tradition.

 

Sources:  9, 149; 81, 62.