The Demon Furfur is a Fallen Angel and 34th of the 72 Spirits of Solomon. Furfur is an earl with 26 Legions of Demons under his command. He appears as a hart with a fiery tail. When summoned, he must be placed within the magician’s triangle, or what he says—if he speaks at all—will be false. Once in the triangle, he changes form to that of a beautiful Angel, who speaks with a hoarse voice. Furfur causes love between a husband and wife.
He will give true answers about secret and divine things.
He can raise thunder, lightning, and great winds.
From “The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King” (1904) Written by S.L. MacGregor Mathers
FURFUR. – The Thirty-fourth Spirit is Furfur. He is a Great and Mighty Earl, appearing in the Form of an Hart with a Fiery Tail. He never speaketh truth unless he be compelled, or brought up within a triangle, Ò. Being therein, he will take upon himself the Form of an Angel. Being bidden, he speaketh with a hoarse voice. Also he will wittingly urge Love between Man and Woman. He can raise Lightnings and Thunders, Blasts, and Great Tempestuous Storms. And he giveth True Answers both of Things Secret and Divine, if commanded. He ruleth over 26 Legions of Spirits. And his Seal is this, etc.
From the “Pseudomonarchia Daemonum” ( 1583 ) Written by Johann Weyer (Johann Wier)
Furfur is a great earle, appearing as an hart, with a firie taile, he lieth in everie thing, except he be brought up within a triangle; being bidden, he taketh angelicall forme, he speaketh with a hoarse voice, and willinglie maketh love betweene man and wife; he raiseth thunders and lightnings, and blasts. Where he is commanded, he answereth well, both of secret and also of divine things, and hath rule and dominion over six and twentie legions.
Original Text : Furfur Comes est magnus, apparens ut cervus cauda flammea. In omnibus mentitur, nisi in triangulum intro ducatur. Jussus angelicam assumit imaginem. Rauca loquitur voce: amorem inter virum and mulierem libenter conciliat: novit and concitare fulgura, coruscationes and tonitrua in iis partibus ubi jussum fuerit. De occultis and divinis rebus bene respondet. Imperat legionibus vigintisex.
From the “Dictionnaire Infernal” (edition of 1863 ) Written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy
Furfur is a count of hell who rules 26 legions. He appears as an angel or a stag with a flaming tail and speaks only lies unless enclosed in a triangle. He speaks in a raucous voice. Furfur sustains marriage, can cause thunderstorms, and speaks on abstract things.
Original Text : Furfur, comte aux enfers. Il se fait voir sous la forme d'un cerf' avec une queue enflammée ; il ne dit que des mensonges, à moins qu'il ne soit enfermé dans un triangle. Il prend souvent la figure d'un ange, parle d'une voix rauque et entretient l'union entre les maris et les femmes. Il fait tomber'la foudre, luire les éclairs et gronder le tonnerre dans les lieux où il en reçoit l'ordre. Il répond sur les choses abstraites. Vingt-six légions sont sous ses ordres
“Furfur is a great earle, appearing as an hart, with a firie taile, he lieth in everiething, except he be brought up within a triangle; being bidden, he taketh angelicall forme, he speaketh with a hoarse voice, and willinglie maketh love betweene man and wife; he raiseth thunders and lightenings, and blasts. Where he is commanded, he answereth well, both of secret and also of divine things, and hath rule and dominion over six and twentie legions.”
(Scot, Discoverie of Witchcraft, page 221)
Collin de Plancy has shown Furfur as a monster with the hindquarters and head of a hart, but the breast and arms of a man, and bat-like wings that carry him through the air. The wings must be intended to suggest his angelic form. It is not clear in the illustration that his tail is on fire, but this should be the case.
Mathers broadened this Demon's lovemaking abilities to read “he will wittingly urge Love between Man and Woman”(Mathers, The Goetia ). The intention of the original text was to indicate that this Demon enables and encourages lawful loving relations within the bounds of marriage. There is no indication that he is to be used to promote sexual pleasure outside of marriage – the use of the term “wife” is quite specific.
A “blast” is a sudden gale of wind. The talents of this Demon are varied: promoting good marital relations, raising storms, and giving useful answers about hidden and spiritual matters.
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