Oriens, is a demon in Mathers’ translation of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. Oriens is one of the four demons overseeing the cardinal directions. The Latin root of his name suggests that Oriens is the infernal King of the East. Furthermore Mathers equates him to the fallen angel Samael (see Book of Enoch), which further suggests a variation of the name is responsible for “Sir Uriens,” a title popular in medieval times. Oriens is one of eight demonic sub-princes whose names are scribe on paper on the second day of the Holy Guardian Angel working. Supposedly on the third day the manifest themselves to the magickan at which time he must make them swear their loyalty to him – first on his wand and then on his book. The purpose of acquiring the loyalty of these demons is to have them lend their power in performing magickal tasks.
Many abilities are attributed to Oriens such as giving vast amounts of wealth to the magickan in the forms of silver and gold, answering questions of the past, present, and future, giving visions, giving power to fly, excellent in providing familiar spirits, conjuring men to assist the magickan, and reviving the dead.
Oriens controls a vast number of other demons who share his powers which can be loaned upon command. His name is known in grimoiric tradition as Oriens appears in numerous works including the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, and in Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, where his names is spelled Uriens. A.G.H.
Belanger, Michelle. The Dictionary of Demon: Names of the Damneds. Llewellen Publications. 2010. ebook.