Names: Barbatos; Barbatas
Rank: (Great) Duke; Great Count; Earl
Operates Under: Satanachia; Astaroth
Directions: North; Southwest
Color: Black; Green; Purple
Element: Fire; Earth
Tarot: 5 of Pentacles/Disks; 9 of Swords
Date: April 25-29; Nov 23-27; Feb 19-23; June 1-10
Zodiac: Taurus 5-9; Sagittarius 0-4; Pisces 0-4; Gemini 10-20
Attributions: Ground Ivy; Copper; Arnica; Goats Rue; Catnip; Sandalwood
Above: Artistic Depiction of Barbatos for Pathworking and an Altar Piece
(Picture Credit: G.A. Roseberg)
My mentor told me that my doubts were inhibiting the manifestation of my magick—they were limiting my influence, extroversion, and social eccentricity. The demon he told me to summon to set my beliefs aright was Barbatos.
Barbatos is a Great Duke of the Goetia. He has been called “an Angelick ruler [of] Witchcraft,” “the Wild Archer,” and “the wood-demon.” He is said to know all occurrences of the past and future alike. The traditional lore states that he manifests alongside four great kings with their companies of troops.
According to the Coven of the Golden Sigil:
Barbatos teaches all of the sciences, He reveals treasure concealed by magic, and fortells the future, discerns the past reconciles friends, and will bring any two persons together in friendship. He secures the good will of those who are in positions of power. He smoothes out all misunderstandings and soothes hurt feelings. He gives the ability to communicate with and understand animals.
Barbatos gives aid in dream-walking and all manner of astral shapeshifting and atavism. His specialties are toads, serpents, and all manner of feline creatures. He teaches one to understand the voices of various animals. He breaks open the hidden treasures which magickians have concealed or sealed away via enchantment. Naturally, he can detect the locations of these treasures as well.
Barbatos divines by the singing of birds. I often divine by passing cars in the distance, letting the sounds of their passing form into astral whispers, so I can imagine what this might entail.
Barbatos reconciles friendships and brings about wealth. He helps one locate astral grimoires for the purpose of magickal self-initiation. He can see one’s house protected from hidden attacks and bring an end to ongoing conflicts between sorcerers.
Barbatos often manifests as a spirit of the forest or hunt. Pseudomonarchium Daemonum records his manifestation as a woodland archer. He has one of the most beautiful voices and elocutions of any demon you’ll ever summon. He deeply understands the sacred language of wordplay and he is very useful in divination. He imparts magickal memory and the recollection and understanding of dreams. He can impart prophesy and astral voyages via dreaming.
Barbatos teaches the power of song and the ability to tune into things. His auspices are apt for the enchantment of ouijja boards, pendulums, and tarot cards. He aids in the development of mindfulness and his support is useful in the facilitation of spirit communication, necromantic or otherwise. He can heal one of various forms of corruption and dissonance.
Barbatos grants musical skill and inspiration. He teaches one to ground themselves back into the mundane—alternately, he can just bring this about for you. He can grant the astral double horns which will help it control storms. These horns are also helpful for death magick, as is Barbatos himself.
Beliala Demonae Agaphsophia told me that Barbatos and ‘helps one channel the current of how to oscillate when one is associating and disassociating—think Neuro-Linguistic Programming.’ I don’t know what this means.
The traditional enn or summoning chant attributed to Barbatos is “Eveta Fubin Barbatos.” The chant I use to summon him while presencing Qliphothic energy is “Liftoach Pandemonium, et germinet Barbatos,” meaning “Open the Infernal Plane, and bring forth Barbatos.” Another chant I’ve made for Barbatos is “Veni, Veni, O Comitis Barbatos,” meaning “Come, Come Oh Count Barbatos.”
Sources: Demonology and Devil-Lore; Correspondence with Beliala Demonae Agaghosophia; Pseudomonarchium Daemonum; Ars Goetia; Luciferian Goetia; Demonolatry Basics; Godwin’s Cabalistic Encyclopedia; The Complete Book of Demonolatry Magic; Aleister Crowley’s Illustrated Goetia; Mark of Qayin; The Goetia Ritual Book; Daemonolatry Goetia