- Name: Purson (also Curson, Pursan)
- Rank: King
- Legions: 22
- Strongest: End of June, June 27th – July 1st (Runyon)
- Alternate Dates: October 3rd – October 12th (Connolly)(Day Time)
- Demon Summoning: Daytime, purple candles, orchid, silver (metal), the Moon
- Direction: West
- Tarot: 3 of Swords
- Planet: Sun
- Metal: Gold or Silver (due to his connection with both Sun and Moon)
- Element: Earth (Under Corson)
- Color: Yellow
- Plant: Orchid
- Incense: Frankincense
- Zodiac: Libra
- Demonic Enn: Ana jecore on ca Purson
Purson (pronounced “person”) is a Great King of Hell. He is served and obeyed by twenty-two legions of demons. Purson is a fallen angel, and his demon followers originate in angelic Orders, from before the Great Rebellion. Half of his followers are formerly from the angelic Order of Virtues and the others are from the Order of Thrones.
His powers include knowing all hidden things, discovering treasures and divination (telling all things from past, present and future). He can take on a human or astral form.
Purson appears in a man’s body with a head of a lion, riding a large bear. The most famous drawing of Purson comes from Dictionnaire Infernal, with Purson blowing a trumpet. However, this is innacurate as Purson actually holds a venomous viper (just like Astaroth).
The mistake possibly arose because when summoned Purson is said to be heralded by the sound of trumpets. It is also the case that the picture of Purson in Mather’s Goetia corresponds with Pruflas in the Dictionnaire Infernal. Both Purson and Pruflas are listed in Wier’s list, but only Pruflas is listed in de Plancy’s list.
When it comes to trumpets, Purson is similar to King Paimon, who is also followed by the sounds of trumpets whilst riding a camel.
The Horus connection
Some demonologists believe that Purson is in fact the ancient Egyptian god Horus, a respected sky god and protecter of the pharaohs.
Horus often appeared as a boy or a man with the head of a falcon as well as a sphinx with the body of a lion and the head of man. Purson is presented as having a man’s body and the head of a lion, hence the visual similarity.
There is also a similarity in esoteric symbolism. Horus was said to represent the sun and the moon simultaneously. Purson is a daytime demon, yet his signature planetary figure is the Moon.
Purson’s description in grimoires
From “The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King” (1904) Written by S.L. MacGregor Mathers
PURSON. – The Twentieth Spirit is Purson, a Great King. His appearance is comely, like a Man with a Lion’s face, carrying a cruel Viper in his hand, and riding upon a Bear. Going before him are many Trumpets sounding. He knoweth all things hidden, and can discover Treasure, and tell all things Past, Present, and to Come. He can take a Body either Human or Aërial, and answereth truly of all Earthly things both Secret and Divine, and of the Creation of the World. He bringeth forth good Familiars, and under his Government there be 22 Legions of Spirits, partly of the Order of Virtues and partly of the Order of Thrones. His Mark, Seal, or Character is this, unto the which he oweth obedience, and which thou shalt wear in time of action, etc.
From the “Pseudomonarchia Daemonum” ( 1583 ) Written by Johann Weyer (Johann Wier)
Purson [Pursan], alias Curson, a great king, he commeth foorth like a man with a lions face, carrieng a most cruell viper, and riding on a beare; and before him go alwaies trumpets, he knoweth all things present, past, and to come: [he discloses hidden things,] he bewraieth treasure, he can take a bodie either humane or aierie; he answereth truelie of all things earthlie and secret, of the divinitie and creation of the world, and bringeth foorth the best familiars; and there obeie him two and twentie legions of divels, partlie of the order of vertues, and partlie of the order of thrones.
Orginal Text: Pursan, alias Curson, magnus Rex, prodit ut homo facie leonina, viperam portans ferocissimam, ursoque insidens, quem semper præcedunt tubæ. Callet præsentia, præterita and futura: Aperit occulta, thesauros detegit: Corpus humanum suscipit and aëreum. Vere respondet de rebus terrenis and occultis, de divinitate and mundi creatione: Familiares parit optimos: Cui parent vigintiduo legiones, partim de ordine Virtutum, partim ex ordine Throni.
From the Luciferian Goetia by Michael Ford
Purson is a spirit of divination as well, who holds communicating with the shades of the dead.
From the Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly
Purson is a great demon to work with during Skrying or channeling sessions when you have questions about the Divine Intelligences or are seeking to better understand their nature. Also a demon to consult before any scientific experimentation so that answers can be found. A demon of natural sciences.
From the “Dictionnaire Infernal” (edition of 1863 ) Written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy
Original Text : Pursan ou Curson, grand roi de l’enfer. Ilapparaît sous la forme humaine”, en costume dutemps, avec une tête qui rappelle le lion; ilporte une couleuvre; il est quelquefois montésur un ours et précédé continuellement du sonde la trompette. Il connaît à fond le présent, lepassé, l’avenir, découvre les choses enfouies,comme les trésors. En prenant la forme d’unhomme, il est aérien; il est le père des bonsesprits familiers. Vingt-deux légions reçoiventses ordres.