Agares, a prominent figure within demonology, is a complex and multifaceted character that appears in several ancient grimoires and texts.
Recognized as the First Duke of the East, he commands 31 infernal legions and holds significant sway within the hierarchy of Hell.
This article is a compilation of knowledge on Agares that would be useful to know should you decide to summon and work with this demon for your benefit or that of others.
The roots of Agares can be traced back to the ancient grimoires of the Western magical tradition. Most prominently, he is found in the “Lesser Key of Solomon,” as well as the “Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.”
These texts, primarily developed in the Renaissance period, codify the understanding of demonic entities at the time, organizing them into a structured hierarchy.
The Second Spirit is a Duke called Agreas, or Agares. He is under the Power of the East, and cometh up in the form of an old fair Man, riding upon a Crocodile, carrying a Goshawk upon his fist, and yet mild in appearance. He maketh them to run that stand still, and bringeth back runaways. He teaches all Languages or Tongues presently. He hath power also to destroy Dignities both Spiritual and Temporal, and causeth Earthquakes. He was of the Order of Virtues. He hath under his government 31 Legions of Spirits.– Ars Goetia
Grimoires and Texts:
- The Lesser Key of Solomon (Ars Goetia): As one of the 72 demons listed in this famous grimoire, Agares holds the title of the First Duke of the East. He is described as ruling over 31 legions of spirits and demons.
- Pseudomonarchia Daemonum: This treatise, written by Johann Weyer in 1577, also lists Agares among the demons and reiterates much of the information found in the “Ars Goetia.”
- Dictionnaire Infernal: Collin de Plancy’s “Dictionnaire Infernal” provides additional insights into Agares’ nature, emphasizing his role as a teacher of languages.
Appearance and Symbols
Agares’ appearance is vividly described in the aforementioned texts, offering a rich visual image that contributes to his mystique.
- Physical Form: He is often portrayed as a pale old man, riding a crocodile and carrying a hawk on his fist. This unique and multifaceted appearance speaks to his various attributes and powers, each element symbolic of a different aspect of his nature.
- Symbolic Animals: The crocodile symbolizes his connection to primal and ancient wisdom, while the hawk represents his ability to oversee and command from a place of authority.
- Human Aspect: His portrayal as an old man may signify wisdom, experience, and mastery over the elements he governs.
- Ducal Crown: Agares is often depicted wearing a ducal crown, underscoring his noble status within the infernal hierarchy.
Powers and Attributes
Agares is known for a unique set of abilities that set him apart from other demons within the infernal hierarchy. These powers are intriguing in their specificity and diversity. These are also the things that one can ask for from Agares during a ritual:
- Language Mastery: One of Agares’ most celebrated traits is his ability to teach languages. He can make a person fluent in any tongue, including those that have been forgotten or are no longer in use. This extends to ancient and esoteric languages, highlighting his connection to wisdom and communication.
- Finder of Runaways: Agares has the ability to find those who have run away or have been lost. Whether it’s a lost object or a missing person, he can locate and return them to their original place. “Maketh them run that stand still” refers to a matter entirely different, namely his ability to create immense motivation in a person that is lacking in it, also opening up new perspectives.
- Earthquake Creator: He can cause earthquakes, a symbol of his dominion over the natural world. This connection to the earth and the forces that shape it further emphasizes his control over the physical realm.
- Instigator of Immorality: Agares is known to instill immoral thoughts and behaviors in individuals. This corrupting influence speaks to his demonic nature and aligns with the traditional depiction of demons as tempters and deceivers.
It’s worth knowing the symbols, timelines and sensory objects that a demon resonates with the most, for these can be utilized when preparing a summoning ritual.
This doesn’t mean that all of the corresponding data has to be utilized in order to summon the demon, but it can help at bringing about a stronger connection and procuring greater favor.
Dates: March 31st – April 10th (Connolly) (Day Time)
Alternate Dates: March 31st – April 9th (Tokaboo), March 25th – March 29th (Runyon)
Tarot: 3 of Wands
Incense: Sandalwood or Myrrh
It is also worth mentioning that The Grand Grimoire features Agares as a subordinate of Lucifuge Rofocale. This means two things. In practical terms for the magician, this means that it is possible to also procure Agares’ favor whilst summoning Lucifuge.
Agares’ Enn: Rean ganen ayar da Agares
Enns can be considered demonic words of power. They hold a specific vibration that resonates with the demon in question. This is the enn that can be used to facilitate a stronger connection with Agares:
While some people chant or meditate with enns independently of rituals, enns work best AFTER a proper summoning ritual has been conducted and a favor from a demon has been asked for.
Through the vibrational power of an enn the demon’s influence can then be made to manifest more swiftly and with greater effect.
Agares stands out as a fascinating figure within demonology, rich in complexity and symbolic meaning.
His abilities to teach languages, locate runaways, create earthquakes, and instigate immorality have cemented his place as one of the most sought demons to work with.
At the same time, his vivid appearance, riding a crocodile and carrying a hawk, continues to intrigue those interested in demonic symbolism, inspiring various interpretations and adaptations.
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