NOTE: This is an updated version of a previous post. I added more demons, additional content, changed a few things, and added Enns (demonic chants) where available. Some people love Enns, some people hate them. So, use them if helpful.
“Who are the easiest demons to summon?” is a question I see a lot on social media and on Quora. This is a rather difficult question to answer as it greatly depends on you and your personality.For instance, Lilith and Archne/Sepheranz are patron deities (I consider demons to be divine, so these terms are interchangeable for me) for me and have been my whole life (I later discovered). So, they respond well to me and are usually very loving and helpful. Others do not seem to have this kind of experience with them…And which demons are the easiest demons to summon depends on what you consider “easy”…
What Skills You Need To Summon Demons Easily
There are some deities that work well with beginners, n00bs, practitioners moving into evocation later in their practice, and people just looking to explore the occult arts/dabblers. But keep in mind that if you do not know how to summon a demon, are underprepared for the process (for instance, you cannot keep yourself in the right state), or have not done enough preparatory immersion, then no matter how easy the demon is to summon, it’s still probably not going to happen easily–at least in a way that you really notice it. It’s like seeking out who the easiest boss in a certain video game is, but then never playing or getting far enough into the game to get to the boss: you’re never going fight that boss, so it doesn’t matter. That’s a bad metaphor, but I hope my point is taken: you need to do the work so that the evocation is possible.
Evocation (summoning) assumes that you’re reasonably adept at other types of magick and have a least a slightly open third eye. You can of course train all of these skills while you learn how to evoke, but that means that evocations are going to take longer (i.e. the ritual will be longer) and the skill itself will likely take some time to master as you have to work on the basics like getting into the right state (a deep “trance”), seeing astral energy, solidifying your will toward a goal, the smaller skills of casting circles like calling the corners or the LBRP, etc. (Some may find a lot of help with this from EA Koetting’s Mastering Evocation Course.)
Be patient with yourself and see this as a skill set, and you’ll get much further along. Of course, if you believe you can and should summon a demon, don’t let a caveat stop you! Just know that it does take some magickal skill to make it work right usually.
But let’s assume you have developed all of those skills. So, without further ado, here is my list of the easiest demons to summon!
13 Easiest Demons To Summon
These demons are not in any particular order, but I start with the ones that are considered gentle or at least not mean and end with those that will bring more energy or strife. Many are from The Goetia, but not all of them are. [FYI, many popular demons are in this book, but not all of them because the grimoires from the middle ages often overlap.]
Seere has two sigils in The Goetia. Sigil one is on the left, sigil two is on the right.Seere is the 70th spirit of The Goetia. In the Mathers translation, Seere is described as having an “indifferent good nature, and is willing to do anything the exorcist desireth”. He usually appears as a handsome man on a winged horse, but like most demons, he can take other forms. He can travel quickly and is adept at bringing things, including treasure. And he can tell you about theft and the location of treasures. He is a prince who serves Amaymon. In practice, he often gives gifts and makes people think favorably of you, usually causing them to give you gifts.
A wood carving from Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal and Orobas’s Goetia sigilOrobas is the 55th spirit of The Goetia. He is generally considered a kind, benevolent entity. The Goetia says, “He is very faithful unto the exorcist, and will not suffer him to be tempted of any spirit.” He appears as a horse (see the image above), but he will put on the form of a man once asked to do so. His role is to discover the truth about the past, present, or future. He can also help someone to become more powerful, particularly to help someone gain titles and positions in government or the church. In practice, he is best called upon to help you to make new friends and to gain the favor of others, even enemies or people that just don’t like you for whatever reason.
The wood carving on the left is from Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal and Ipos’s Goetia sigil is on the left.Ipos is also thought to be one of the nicer demonic entities. He is the 22nd spirit of The Goetia. Ipos knows the past, present, and future and he “maketh men witty and bold”. He appears in many forms, but the most popular depiction is in Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal.
Vine is the 45th spirit in The Goetia. He appears “in the form of a lion, riding upon a black horse, and bearing a viper in his hand.” When I worked with him, I saw him as an ancient warrior, maybe a Spartan. He wore a mask that looked almost exactly like his sigil. The Goetia says, “his office is to discover things hidden, witches, wizards, and things present, past, and to come. He, at the command of the exorcist will build towers, overthrow great stone walls, and make the waters rough with storms.” Given this description, I worked with him to help me to overcome the blocks in my own mind and in the minds of others. [Remember, these duties are figurative as well.]
Beleth from the Dictionnarie Infernal and his sigil from The Goetia.Beleth is the 13th spirit of The Goetia. The text describes him as “terrible”, requiring the summoner to call him into the triangle with a hazel wand and many threats. The text also suggests you wear a silver ring and place it to your face to protect against his demonic fire breath. This hasn’t been my experience with him: he was sweet and cool. Regardless, you may wish to call him with caution nevertheless. I summoned him on DMT once upon a time, and he played the most beautifully intoxicating melody and mice danced around him just like in the drawing of Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal. My girlfriend said my cat was entranced looking under the doorway and swatting at something, I imagine the astral mice (she seems to be able to see these spirits…). I had that melody stuck in my head for weeks and wish I’d transcribed it to musical notation. He causes men and women to love the summoner. In other words, he has power over the emotions of others.
Paimon from the Dictionnaire Infernal and his seal from The Goetia.Paimon is the 9th spirit of The Goetia. He is a very popular demon, and while easy to call is not necessarily simple to work with. He appears on a dromedary (one-humped camel) with a crown upon his head. He is said to come accompanied by music and to speak in a harsh, rough voice. He has been known to ask people point blank, “Who do you think you are to summon me?” According to The Goetia, his roles are to “teach all arts and sciences, and other secret things. He can discover what the Earth is, and what holdeth it up in the waters; and what the mind is, and where it is; and any other thing thou mayest desire to know. He giveth dignity, and confirmeth the same. He bindeth or maketh any man subject unto the magician it he so desire it. He giveth good familiars, and… can teach all arts.” According to The Book of the Sacred Magick of Abra-Melin the Mage, Paimon is the same entity as Azazel. I haven’t found that to be true, but interesting to speculate about.
Amon and Amaymon/Amaimon are considered the same entity by some sources, not by others. In my work, I’ve found them to be the same entity, so I’ve included them here as one. Amaymon is a powerful entity that The Goetia recommends commanding into the triangle and wearing a silver ring held to your face to protect yourself from fire breath, etc. But like with Beleth, I haven’t seen this to be necessary. Working with him was cool other than one mistake I made… Fire is one of my favorite ways to summon entities, though it’s occasionally kind of intense or dangerous. In the censer below, the fire usually gets about 4-8 inches high. I’ve done about 30 fire evocations with it. Amaymon told me not to call him with fire, but I did anyway. As he arrived the fire shot up to about three feet tall and pretty much instantly melted the censer. [It’s silver plated white metal, so it’s not that far out he melted it, but the fire was far more intense than usual and way larger than usual. It roared like a campfire for the minute or so it was on fire.]
Amaymon melted this with his huge fire in about a minute.
Amaymon told me “My role is to help people become one with themselves, their bodies, their intentions, their desires, who they are, their darkness, their light. I turn dark into light. Alchemy of sorts: it is what it is; what it is it isn’t anymore… We are the re-connector… Life changing, that’s our business.” In The Goetia, Amaymon is not listed, only Amon. [Though, Amaymon is talked about, he is never described or shown. One of many reasons people assume they are synonymous.] The powers listed are to tell things past and future, and to create feuds and reconcile problems between friends. According to The Book of the Sacred Magick of Abra-Melin the Mage, Amaimon is a sub-prince of hell.
There’s some debate about whether or not Bael the demon is the same as the Canaanite deity Baal (or Ba’al). For my two cents, I think they are different shades of the same entity, but I haven’t worked with a pure Canaanite pantheon either. So, do your own research if you’d like to know more deeply. He is said to help make someone invisible or incredibly popular. Like most of these powers, this is likely meant to be somewhat of a metaphor. He can help you learn to be more visible or more ignored. Both of which can in a large part be taught or learned.
I find Baal very easy to work with and though his energy is strong, it’s not overwhelmingly so. He has a few different forms he can arrive in. And for me, more often than not, he appears as an ancient general with command over a vast array of forces.
Astaroth is a demon many people have heard of. He is linked with the goddess Astarte, though there’s a fair case to be made they’re different beings. He can be found in the Goetia.
His domain is over answering questions, particularly about the creation of the world, secrets, the past or future, and the “fall” of the demonic. He can also teach you the liberal arts.
One place to be careful is that it’s said that he has toxic breath and you need a magickal silver ring to escape his toxic breath. I have not had this experience, so I cannot speak to its accuracy other than to say it didn’t happen for me.
Belphegor is a demon I’ve had a lot of success working with.
He is very easy to summon, particularly through pathworkings, and is easy to work with. There are some intense descriptions of him, for example that he’s to be worshipped on the toilet using feces as an offering. I didn’t try this, but if you really want to, go for. YMMV, but would be an interesting story…
This is related to him being considered a deity of sloth. He has this connection because he is thought to be Baal (king/god) of Peor, which is also known as Shittim (ironic to say the least), which was known for being sexually deviant, perverse, and lazy. (See Numbers 25.)
I didn’t experience this in my time working with him as he actually has lit quite a fire under me. He’s also said to seduce people who work with him by giving them inventions or ideas to make them rich; however, I think that if you followed through with some of the ideas that came to you while working with him, you might just end up wealthy. He was very helpful in clearing my thoughts related to finances and so far, so good. (It was a few months ago, and I’m in a far better position and looking at an even better one.)
He, as all of these entities, can appear in other forms. He is sometimes known to appear as a woman.
Is Set a demon? This is a question I’ll leave up to you to decide.
Is Set (left) a demon?
In my tradition (Draconian) and experience, he’s demonic because he’s represented with archetypes of evil, murder, the underworld, and death; focused on influencing your life; pushing you toward radical self-growth; willing to destroy parts of your life to accomplish this; and focuses heavily on self over others. This doesn’t have to be negative, as demons are not all inherently evil. Rather, his influence asks you to separate yourself from others, to be an individual.
Set is a fascinating entity with a very interesting history. He’s often conflated with Satan and people often say that his name became Satan, but there’s a difference between them if you look into it and work with both of them.
If you’re curious about him in relation to the LHP, I recommend that you look at Michael Aquino’s book MindStar (review forthcoming). He has an excellent discussion about Set in there, in a certain way, the whole book is about Set.
Lucifer, the light bringer, is one of the most well-known of all demons.
Lucifer in Paradise Lost drawn by Gustave Doré.
Lucifer makes this list not because working with him is simple–it’s not necessarily–but because he is simple to summon. He generally appears rather quickly and easily to most who call him, but is inclined to shine a light on your whole life. He is after all, “the light bringer”. This means he often shines a light into the parts of your life that are frustrating, hard, block you, or that need to be dealt with in order to move on–and more often than not, if these areas of life are “darkened”, you’re likely purposely avoiding them…
While this sounds like it could be a bad thing, ultimately it’s good. Think it was JS Garrett who said that working with Lucifer is often like shining a flashlight under the fridge: you can see what’s there, but then you realize you probably need to clean it.
Lucifer’s sigil covered in my blood.
So, only call upon Lucifer if you’re really ready to clean up your messes; however, as far as I can tell, he thinks of this as a blessing. So, he’ll really only illuminate things for those he thinks are worthy enough to clean them up. He can appear in many forms, but the most common (at least for me) are as a small child (think Damien from The Omen), as a toned adult male (the form he’s most often painted in), or as a being of pure fire (a form he only showed himself to me if after I started practicing Draconian Magick).
Satan is known as well, if not more, than Lucifer.
Satanic figure. Satan technically doesn’t have a sigil sans the Sigil of Satan which copyrighted by the Church of Satan…
Depending on who you ask, Satan and Lucifer can be considered the same being. I do not see things this way. I’m more in the camp that they’re either different entities or two different aspects of Samael. Samael is a much more difficult entity to work with in my opinion because the egregoric elements of Satan and Lucifer add greatly to their ability to be easily called.Satan is the spirit of adversity. Because of this, Satan has also been linked with Prometheus, who delivered fire to mankind (though, I believe Lucifer is a better entity to syncretize Prometheus to) and with Loki. There are reasons to believe this and to not believe this. In my mind, these kinds of disputes are much better settled by working with them yourself and seeing what you think.
Satan, like Lucifer, is easy to summon; however, like Lucifer, he is very powerful and brings with him a certain type of energy into your life. Whereas Lucifer has a light and knowledge he brings, Satan has a tendency to bring a “What?!? Bring it!” kind of attitude. Expect disputes, standing up for yourself, having to stand your ground, and being a bit aggressive. Unfortunately, this is likely why some edge-lords are attracted to Satanism. The members of the metal band Mayhem are perfect examples of this…
Demons To Avoid Summoning Until You’re More Skilled
Do what you want, it’s your life, but the following entities will likely ignore or give dabblers or n00bs quite the experience. Not for the light of heart or the less-than-seriously-dedicated practitioner.
While a form of the Greek Goddess Arachne, the Draconian tradition considers Arachne to be demonic and a goddess. (Same with Hecate and Set.) You can argue with me on this, but before you do, evoke her as a Greek Goddess, then evoke her as the spider queen in the Tunnels of Set and let me know if you found a difference. I see a large difference though I can see how they’re similar/the same entity.
Given the childhood I had, Arachne likely had a hand in orchestrating some suffering for my personal development. I love her and her energy, but many people do not. For instance, VK Jehannum recommends not calling on Arachne/Sepheranz for any reason other than she’s already calling you or your tradition requires a very high level of personal alchemy. She demands people are serious and dedicated to personal growth or she is displeased. I’m dedicated, disciplined, practice daily, and focus on my personal goals and I still irk her sometimes. The first time I irked her, I found a brown recluse in my house–and I lived in an area where they are really rare. Not for the light of heart.
Lilith is a dark moon goddess or demoness, depending on how you look at it. [FYI, “dark moon” + female entity means they are related to the reproduction cycles of women and usually menstrual blood. Working with Lilith is often symbolically related to menstrual blood and many of her path workings involve it.] She is all about the sexual freedom of women, and purportedly was ejected from Eden for refusing to let Adam take her sexually (the story goes that she wanted to be on top during sex, but from my gnosis, it seems more like Adam was a rapist–I could be wrong, but this is my interpretation). Lilith is harsh to many people–at least from what one can gather reading Internet reports of magickal workings (I’m rather skeptical of them from my own experiences and the amount of keyboard warriors I’ve met who are fake occultists that tell tall tales). I’ve mostly had good experiences with Lilith, but many people report her being mean to them and she rightly has the reputation as the dominatrix demoness. She doesn’t seem to take kindly to dabblers or those who wish to use her energy to subvert the sexual will of women, and she is far from kind if you’re asking her for stupid things: she definitely speaks her mind. She also has a tendency to straight up ignore people she sees as unworthy.
Belial is one of the most powerful demons I’ve ever worked with. He is very good at helping you find work, get raises and promotions, bring friends, make enemies into allies, and to help with legal issues.He has helped me with everything I asked him for within minutes or days. He has protected me in crazy situations like moving across the country in a blizzard and given me strength I didn’t know I had. He has also run me in circles, made me mad, confused me, told me incorrect things to test me, given me tasks that make no sense, and straight up mocked me. He loves his dad jokes and confusing imagery. And of course to run the practitioner in circles. He also seems to ignore those he sees as unworthy.
Typhon is technically a Titan, but he’s a giant serpent with 100 serpent heads that shoot lava. He also kicked Zeus’s ass on several occasions until Zeus dropped a mountain on him… If that doesn’t sound like a demon, I don’t know what does! [Hopefully, it’s becoming clear why you might want to wait on this one…] Plus, the Titans have many of the same religious overtones as demons. Regardless of typography, Typhon is one of the major forces in the Draconian tradition. Though, Kenneth Grant equates him with the Egyptian goddess Taurt or Nuit. This, like much of Kenneth Grant’s work, get confusing really quickly. Putting all that aside, Typhon is actually a rather cool entity to work with, but the preparatory immersion and lack of a sigil make it more work than most new magickians can handle. When added to the above, it’s best to wait to work with Typhon until you’re ready.
How Do You Summon These Demons?
This is a question with a somewhat complicated answer, especially as there are so many competing ideas on how to summon demons. I recommend you check out my articles How To Summon A Demon, Pathworking The Easiest Way To Summon A Demon, and my review of EA Koetting’s Mastering Evocation Course. There are many articles on my blog that could help you with this, but these will get you started on the right foot.