Alternate Names: Beliar, Belial, Belia’al, Beliel, Belias, Belu, Matanbuchus, Meterbuchus, Mechembuchus, Mortifer [Deathbringer]
Magickal Numbers: 37, 94, 95
Colors: White, Yellow, Black, Green, Brown
Zodiac: Aquarius 10-20; Leo 15-19
Legions: 80; 50:
Direction: North; South
Tarot: 6 of Swords
Element: Fire; Earth
Qlipha: Ghagiel (Uranus/Baelzebuth)
Trans-Qliphothic Veil: Bohu (Ain Soph)
Rank: Viceroy; Great Chief; Gatekeeper; King
Date: Jan 30-Feb 8; Aug 8-12; Winter Solstice; Feb 24-29; Winter; December
Attributed Substances & Ingredients: Gold, Balm, Cedar, Vetivert, Lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Vetivert, Sandalwood, Patchouli
Belial is the Qliphothic Witch-God and Guardian of the Gate who rules over the physical plane and the Northern Tower of Chaos– an initiator and demon of enlightenment. Alongside Lucifer and Hecate, he is a member of the Atlantean Trident of the Draconian Tradition.
Belial is the Serpent God and Mortifer or Bearer of Death who is recorded in traditional demonology to be the Ambassador to Turkey for some reason. The demon is considered an excellent mentor in sorcery and highly reliable psychopomp who is knowledgeable regarding many secret alchemical praxes. He is a destroying god of war and death whose auspices and guidance are desirable in the arts of necromancy, vampyrism, and execration.
Belial is a prolific shapeshifter known to manifest as two figures illustrating diametric opposites. He commonly assumes appearances like skeletal figures and draconic anthropoids, but will manifest as human on occasion– he’ll even shapeshift to a human form in front of you if you’re upset and open up to him. It is generally agreed upon that Belial is a harsh master, but he is known to be understanding as well.
Belial is stoic in his compassion, but he is definitely caring, and he always has my back. It is no wonder that he is a renowned protector of witches.
Abrahamic demonology describes Belial as a spirit of hostility, lawlessness, trickery, sin, and fornication– the acting patron of heretics and polytheists who is said to have instructed Egyptians in sorcery (note: Egyptians referred to Egypt as Kemet or Khem, which is where the word “alchemy” comes from). The demon embodies the beauty of the Earth and teaches us to see the beauty in all things. According to S. Conolly, he typifies a balance between mental, physical, and spiritual consciousness.
Belial is widely viewed as the quintessential earth elemental, but there is more to him than that. He has a less well-known attribution to fire as well. Mark Allan Smith has claimed that Belial is a Triple God. He is listed amongst the Nine Demonic Divinities, the Three Rulers of the Trans-Qliphothic Veils, the Nine Kings of the Goetia, the Four Cardinal Princes, and the Nine Demonic Gatekeepers. Certain entries in Hebrew scripture predicted that Belial would attempt to impersonate Jesus to manipulate the Samaritans, which I imagine would be hilarious.
Belial is attributed to the Uranian Qlipha as well as the Trans-Qliphothic Veil directly above it. The demon known as Abaddon is said to rule the Moires/Fates, which very same spirits are said to manifest alongside Belial with frequency. Belial and Abaddon were among the Four Demonic Gatekeepers which E.A. Koetting before preceding to remain oblivious to the fact that there were five other gatekeepers this entire time and changing the number to nine.
Belial is gifted in granting occupational and political ascent to the witch. He rules achievement, autonomy, and independence, and brings about many friends and popularity. He presides over warriors and murderers, and he can be called upon to bestow aggression upon the witch. He is considered a god of war and a harbinger of anarchy who can incite targets to fury and rage. Belial is said to appear on fields of battle, a god of war, surrounded by ravens and creatures of prey.
Belial is said to be knowledgeable regarding the mysteries of self-sacrifice. He is known to manifest accompanied by Lucifer– the two collaborate so extensively that they are almost interchangeable.
While some traditional demonology records Belial as a bloated demonic man-dragon, I have witnessed his black man-dragon aspect as muscular rather than bloated. Belial has also been described as a Caucasian male whose long hair is black with white tips, and I have seen this aspect as well. On a couple occasions, I have seen Belial appear as a simple anthropoid made of shadow. Belial also appeared to me in a vision as a red-furred four-legged beast (a big cat) which a pointed black tail and sharp fangs.
The writings of Michael W. Ford, S. Conolly, and E. A. Koetting all record that Belial demands sacrifice upon evocation, usually sexual, though Koetting records a requirement for blood. Oddly enough, when I was summoning a group of demons (Winter Solstice), and I intended to give my offerings to all of them, Belial told me to divide his would-be offering among the other spirits.
Mark Allan Smith asserted that Belial was the same entity as Baelzebuth. While Smith is, from what I’ve seen, thoroughly trustworthy, I scoffed at the idea until my demons told me he was correct, and I saw the same thing asserted in ToAF literature. I have put no information about Baelzebuth in this article, nor is there any information about Belial in my article about Baelzebuth. This has been done for the sake of persons who do not agree that Baelzebuth = Belial so they can still benefit from my article as much as possible. I have no intention to even speculate about Bael, Belphagore, etc. and their relationship to Belial. I highly doubt I or anyone reading this will ever find the whole truth on the matter. Mysteries like this are why people come up with bullshit about spirituality being subjective, demons being your own consciousness, all demons being interchangeable, etc. That type of pseudo-intellectual shit convinces them that they understand something that most of us really won’t get a grip on until we are dead.
Belial is attributed to Ghagiel in literature which predates Smith’s.
Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Conolly
Liber Satangelica by Nathaniel J. Harris
A Manual of Occultism by Sepharial
The Scorpion God by Mark Alan Smith
The Goetia Ritual by Kuriakos
Aleister Crowley’s Illustrated Goetia
Visions of the Nightside by Black Tower Publishing
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology by J. Gordon Melton
Book of Belial by Asha’Shedim
Works of Darkness by E.A. Koetting
Satanism Today by James R. Lewis
The Black Raven
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage Book III
The Goetia of Solomon the King
The Luciferian Goetia by Michael W. Ford
The Complete Book of Demonolatry Magic by J. Thorp