Cursing Demons

Cursing Demons In ceremonial magic, spirits or Demons who refuse to appear when evoked in ritual may be cursed to burn in fire by the magician. This threat is said to terrify the spirits into obedience. The Key of Solomon Grimoire gives this curse:

We deprive ye of all office and dignity which ye may have enjoyed up till now; and by their virtue and power we relegate you unto a lake of sulphur and of flame, and unto the deepest depths of the Abyss, that ye may burn therein eternally forever.

Another curse is called “Curse of the Chains” or “The General Curse (called the Spirits Chains),” and involves ritual cursing and a sealing of the disobedient Demon inside a box bound by iron chains:

O spirit N., who art wicked and disobedient, because thou hast not obeyed my commands and the glorious and incomprehensible Names of the true God, the Creator of all things, now by the irresistible power of these Names I curse thee into the depths of the Bottomless Pit, there to remain in unquenchable fire and brimstone until the Day of Wrath unless thou shalt forthwith appear in this triangle before this circle to do my will. Come quickly and in peace by the Names Adonai, Zebaoth, Adonai, Amioram. Come, come, Adonai King of Kings commands thee.

The magician then writes the Demon’s name and seal on parchment, which he or she places in a black wooden box that contains sulphur and other foul-smelling ingredients. He or she binds the box with iron chains, which imprison the Demon. The magician hangs the box on the point of a sword and holds it over a fire, saying:

I conjure thee, Fire, by Him who made thee and all other creatures of this world to burn, torture and consume this spirit N. now and for evermore.

The magician warns the Demon that his name and seal will be burned in the box and then buried. If the spirit still does not appear, the magician works himself or herself up into a greater fury of cursing, calling down the wrath of all the company of heaven, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the light of the hosts of heaven. As a final measure, he or she drops the box into the fire. The Demon will find this unbearable and will appear.


The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.