Curiel

Rank: Prince; Chief Duke; Chief President
Superior: Aseliel; Symiel
Legions: 40
Element: Air
Direction: East; North
D/N: Nocturnal
Sacred Numbers: 25; 11
Colors: Blue, Yellow, White, Purple
Qlipha: Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan)
Planet: Saturn
Tunnel of Set: Gamaliel-A’arab Zaraq

 

Curiel is an aerial demon and a predatory spirit with an infamously stubborn disposition. He presides over dark magick, sanguine vampyrism, ice magick, pyromancy, divination via pendulum, the mysteries of the moon, and nocturnal magick. His auspices are useful in shielding and the construction of wards.

Curiel is a predatory spirit of Saturn, an aerial demon, and a ruler of the night with an infamously stubborn disposition– at least amongst white magickians who would make of him a slave. He presides over dark magick, sanguine vampyrism, ice magick, pyromancy, divination via pendulum, the mysteries of the moon, and nocturnal magick. His auspices are useful in shielding and the construction of wards.

Curiel went entirely unacknowledged by the medieval grimoire tradition with the exception of a single text. Ars Theurgia relates Curiel’s appointment to the rank of Chief Duke under King Symiel and to the rank of Chief President under a Demonic Prince named Aseliel. This makes Curiel a Chief Duke of the North and a Chief President of the East.

Ten of the dukes in service to King Symiel are attributed to the day while the other ten beneath him (including Curiel) are attributed to the night. In his station as one duke among twenty, Curiel presides over forty demonic legions. In his other station as a Chief President under Aseliel, he presides over thirty principal spirits alongside twenty lesser spirits.

But of course, I was not aware of Curiel’s recorded positions in the infernal hierarchy when I first communed with him. As odd as it may seem, I prefer to know as little as possible about a demon before I summon them for the first time. That way, I can get a personal gnosis of the spirit, and it’s easier to attain insights into the spirit when you don’t have preconceptions which could make you doubt your gnosis or your channeling abilities.

Curiel introduced himself to me as a Prince of Demons. Since presidents are not often promoted to the rank of prince, this third rank of his suggests an involvement in an infernal hierarchy that went uncatalogued by the magickal demonology of the the Dark Age grimoires. (Note: it is my tentative opinion that an innumerable collective of spirits unbound by mortality and causality alike would be more likely to operate in conformity with multiple separate yet coexistent hierarchies than adhere to singular chain of command).

Curiel is attributed to the Qlipha of Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan) as well as to the Qliphothic Pathway of Aquarius. Like almost all of the demons I’ve written about, Curiel’s planetary attribution outside of the Qliphoth doesn’t match the planetary influence of the Qlipha he is attributed to (for example, Asmodeus rules the Qlipha of Mars, and yet the Goetia attributes him to the Sun). Nonetheless, a pattern emerges when his Qliphothic attribution to the Nethermost Sphere is connected to his Planetary affiliation with the most adversarial planet in our astrology.

The Qliphothic Pathway or “Tunnel of Set” that Curiel is attributed to stretches between the Qliphothic Spheres of Gamaliel (Black Moon/Lilith) and Oreb Mavet (Venus/Ba’al). The tarot attribution for the Tunnel of Set that he’s assigned to is the Star (Atu XVII) and the archfiend presiding over the tunnel is known as Tzuflifu. The demonic species native to the Pathway of Aquarius is called the Behemiron or “the Bestial Ones.”

When I communed with Curiel, he manifested in the form of a black-robed sorcerer with dark brown skin and a pair of short horns adorning his bald head. His eyes were red entirely– no pupils, no irises (you get the idea).

Keep in mind, demons appear differently to everyone who summons them unless the witch has presuppositions for the spirit to conform its appearance to. Now as far as I’m aware, there are no recordings of Curiel’s appearance outside of this very article, so of course, I had no presuppositions. Ergo, Curiel did what demons do– he adopted an appearance particular to me, and the appearance he chose served to symbolize his nature in a way that I could understand.

I didn’t think about it until a week after I saw him: the dude looks just like Cain looked when Cain appeared to my prior apprentices and I. Dark skin, entirely red eyes, and a horned face. Some mythological lore purports that the Mark of Cain was a pair of horns. Curiel appeared with a pair of horns– significantly shorter horns than Cain had. Curiel even put on black wizard robes just to make it more obvious.

I think that Curiel used to be a human. He completed the Great Work via black magick (the hint was in the robes) and became an Ascended Master in death, freed from the cycle of reincarnation. And just like Cain (also known as Caym or Camio), Curiel became a demon as a product of his alchemical pursuits.*

*Loosely speaking, demons are a particular species of spirit, and so are, for comparison, ghosts. What makes a ghost a ghost is the type of energy which it’s composed of– a ghost is a ghost because it’s comprised of a type of energy we call the Death Essence. A demon is a spirit comprised of a type of energy we can describe as Qliphothic or infernal. The soul of a human witch will become increasingly demonic the more she practices Goetic and Qliphothic sorcery– mages become likened unto the spirits that they surround themselves with. When I say that Curiel became a demon via the alchemy of black magick, this transition most likely occurred a while after his attainment of immortality in death.

Magickal Chants

Liftoach Pandemonium, et germinet Curiel
“Open the Infernal Plane, and Bring Forth Curiel”
This chant serves to call upon Curiel and raise or strengthen a sacred space by presencing Qliphothic energy simultaneously.

Agios Ischyros Curiel Dux Qliphoth
“Numinous and Mighty is Duke Curiel of the Qliphoth”
Simply a chant for calling on Curiel.

Invoco Curiel In Nomine Qliphoth
“I Call Curiel in the Name of the Qliphoth!”
In addition to calling forth Curiel, this chant simultaneously lulls the witch closer to the gnostic state (trance)

In Nomine Adamas Ater, Aperiatur Acharayim, Et Germinet, Et Germinet Curiel
“In the Name of the Black Diamond, Open the Infernal Plane, and Bring Forth, and Bring Forth Curiel!” In addition to calling forth Curiel, this chant simultaneously focuses the mind of the celebrant.

Reayha Bacana Lyan Reme Quim Curiel
An enn from The Complete Book of Demonolatry Magic for invocations of Curiel

Aperiatur Qliphoth; Invoco Curiel
“Open the Qliphoth; I Call to Curiel!”
Invokes Curiel and strengthens the alchemical effects of the invocation rite. Only useful for invocation.

Curiel Liftoach Qlipha ha-Thaumiel
“Curiel, Open the Sphere of Thaumiel”
This chant has three purposes:
(i) to presence the forces and/or spirits of Thaumiel
(ii) to strengthen a rite which calls unto Thaumiel
(iii) to call on Curiel and the forces of Thaumiel to strengthen any ritual

 

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Lilith’s Esoteric Saturnian Aspect

In Qabbalah, Qliphoth, and Goetic Magic, Thomas Karlsson posits that Lilith’s true throne is within the Qlipha known as Satorial (Lucifuge/Saturn). This postulation has been disputed by various authors– after all, it can be seen as counterintuitive. This article serves to defend Karlsson’s postulation.

According to Dion Fortune, the nature of Lilith is comparable to an inversion of the Sephira known as Binah. Binah is attributed to the planet Saturn and is considered to be a feminine manifestation of Jehovah’s power. Obviously, Satorial is the infernal equivalent of Binah. Binah is the third emanation of Lilith, and the number three relates to the moon. There were three angels summoned to battle Lilith (Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof). Moreover, there are three primary astrological bodies to which Lilith is attributed: the asteroid name after her, the Black Moon, and the dark moon, the last of which might or might not exist (seek your own gnosis). Her three lesser/minor astrological attributions, Earth, the Moon, and Saturn, also relate. This makes a total of six astrological attributions.

Myself and my fellow witches always felt that the number six was relevant to Lilith. The demons “influenced” us to use it, but we never knew why. As it turns out, six is the mystic number of Binah.

The value of Lilith’s name in Gematria is 480, which is the value of Qilleshown [Hebrew: Three-Pronged Pitchfork] and Jeduthun (one of the three servants of song). 480 is also the value of “ayeth”, the last three letters of the 42-letter (4 + 2 = 6) name of Jehovah attributed to Malkuth (the Telluric Sephira which Nahemo/Lilith mirrors). 480 is also the value of “attuwd” [Hebrew: He-Goat/Ram/Chief One], “shaquf” [Hebrew: frame/window casing], “poth” [opening], “sheqef” [Hebrew: framing/door]

Binah is often referred to in Judao-Mysticism by the Hebrew word Ama, meaning “Mother.” The word Binah has a decisively dark connotation, whereas the word Aima, meaning “Mother” in Hebrew as well, has a lighter connotation, and is a title for another Sephira.

Lilith
Above: Artwork for Lilith Pathworkings by G.A. Rosenberg

Countless LHP authors have began referring to the Matron of Temple Prostitution by the title Ama Lilith, which moniker originated as a reference (and clue) to the Saturnian aspect of Mother Lilith.

The title “Ama Lilith” has a numerical value of 522. 5 + 2 + 2 = 9, and there are nine boxes in the Kamia square of Saturn. Gamaliel is either the ninth or second Qlipha depending upon where one starts to count. 522 is also the numerical value of the phrase “va-Avadtem” [Hebrew: You shall serve]. Lilith’s violation of such a decree is the most common mythological narrative about her.

Scholem also attributes Lilith to the planet Saturn, writing “In the Kabbalah, influenced by astrology, Lilith is related to the planet Saturn, and all those of a melancholy disposition-of a ‘black humor’-are her sons.”

The North is attributed to the planet Saturn, and Lilith is known as Tzafoni, or “the Northerner.” The numerical value of Tzafoni is 236. 2 + 3 + 6 = 11, the number of all things magickal, demonic, and infernal. 1 + 1 = 2, and Lilith is the second sex who rules over the second Qlipha. 236 is also the value of the name of one of the aforementioned three angels invoked against Lilith.

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia