Paimon: The Mighty Demon of Knowledge and Power

Paimon is a demon in the Order of the Dominions. Also he is one of the demonic princes overseeing the four cardinal directions, West being his domain. In the Goetia he is ninth of the seventy-two demons. His summoned, as describe in this text, his entrance is preceded by a host of spirits appearing as men playing trumpets, cymbals, and other diverse instruments.

Paimon appears as a man astride a camel bolstering a mighty roar of his booming voice and wearing a glorious crown.

In Wierus’ Pseudomonarchia Daemonum Paimon is described as having an effeminate face, also in de Plancy’s Dictionarie Infernal he is described as manifesting as a man having a woman’s face.

All sources seem to confirm that of all of the Goetia demons Paimon has some of the strongest loyalties to Lucifer. He has an unnaturally loud voice and when continuing speaking at such ear-splitting volume the summoner has to command Paimon to alter his speech in order to understand him.

When summoned, Paimon can provide knowledge of the arts and sciences. He can reveal answers to such mysteries as the nature of the Earth, the location of the Abyss, and the origin of the wind. He can bestow dignitaries and provide familiars against enemies while binding anyone resisting him in his own chains.

Supposedly his abode is in the northwest where he controls no fewer than two hundred legions of spirits, some from the Order of Angels while others from the Order of Powers. Some say Paimon belong to the Order of Dominions while others say the Order of Cherubim. He expects consecrations and librations and acts favorably when receiving them.

In his Discoverie of Witchcraft Scot uses the word librations instead of sacrifices, giving a partial nefarious air to operations involving Paimon. Such a substitution of words is accepted by most traditional Witch traditions even Luciferians who say they avoid sacrifices.

At times Paimon manifests with two lesser demonic kings. In the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum they are named Beball and Abalam. In the Goetia they are Labal and Abali. When accompanied by these kings Paimon is only escorted by twenty-five legions of lesser spirits.

His name is Paymon in the Daemonum. Paimon also appears as the ninth demon in the Goetia of Dr. Rudd being described as a king ruling over twenty-five legions. This text associates him with the Order of Powers. The angel Hasiel has the power to constrain him.

Paimon is described in Mathers’ translation of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage as one of the eight sub-princes who oversee all of the spirits summoned on the third day of the Holy Guardian Angel operation.

He is attributed with the power of causing visions, raising the dead, supplying familiars, and summoning spirits in various forms. He is able to answer any question of the past, present and future and make the magickan fly. Mathers and Agrippa equate Paimon to the fallen angel Azazel in rabbinical lore. A.G.H.


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