Demon’s wings are as angel’s wings.
Their halos are as shining bright.
They sing as well as angels, too.
But only when it’s night.
– Calvin Miller
Bael (or Baal) is one of the top guys in Hell–or maybe THE top guy. He’s either the principal king of the Easterly portions of the infernal kingdom, or just a duke, with sixty-six legions.
Either way, this is not a demon you want to mess with.
Here’s what the Goetia says about Bael (which I include because, frankly, there isn’t that much else about him out there):
The First Principal Spirit is a King ruling in the East, called Bael. He maketh thee to go Invisible. He ruleth over 66 Legions of Infernal Spirits. He appeareth in divers shapes, sometimes like a Cat, sometimes like a Toad, and sometimes like a Man, and sometimes all these forms at once. He speaketh hoarsely. This is his character which is used to be worn as a Lamen before him who calleth him forth, or else he will not do thee homage.
If you remember your Old Testament lessons from Sunday School, you might be thinking, at this point, “Hey, doesn’t Bael sound like Ba’al, one of the ancient gods that the early prophets fought against in Israel?” Well, heck, aren’t I impressed with you!
You got it in one. “Ba’al” is an old, pre-Hebrew word for ‘lord’ or ‘master,’ and could refer to any number of old gods in the area. But it was also associated heavily with Hadad. It’s not a huge leap for an ancient deity to turn into a more modern demon. It happened a lot, in many traditions.Bael can look like a man, a cat, or a toad, or some combination of the three. If you’re nice to him, he might give you the power of invisibility and make you very wise.
You know what’s even wiser? Staying away from demons.
Other demons you might like
The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft. 2nd Ed
Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Dictionary of Angels
The Devil: A Visual Guide to the Demonic, Evil, Scurrilous, and Bad (Hardcover)
by Tom Morgan, Genevieve Morgan