Angels & Demons


Decarabia – A Friend Of The Earth


By James Donahue


Decarabia is identified as the sixty-ninth spirit of the Goetia. In other words, he is considered one of the 72 demons once controlled by the legendary King Solomon and among the special forces summoned by contemporary occultists to perform certain magical tasks.


That said, the question that confronts us is whether such spirits truly exist, or whether they are merely the subject of esoteric mythology lacking substance or credibility. How do we deal with such information?


Much of what we know about Decarabia and the 71 other Spirits of the Goetia are drawn from the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, a Sixteenth Century writing by Johann Weyer and The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King, a 1904 translation of an ancient text by Samuel Mathers. The books describe each of the spirits, give us information as to their ranks and powers, and give instructions for summoning them.


That these early “magicians” provided detailed drawings of most, if not all of the spirits and sigils for each of them, suggests that they actually evoked and came face-to-face with them. This writer has confronted spiritual life forms in the astral while involved in out-of-body travel so the existence of the Goetia spirits appears credible.


The sigil is a magical symbol that usually contains a combination of geometric figures. In medieval magic the sigil was considered an occult sign representing both the angels and demons. The sigil was important because it was like a flag or family crest marking each individual spirit and thus used in summoning.


The story linking the 72 spirits with King Solomon seems more difficult to accept. This is because Israeli archaeologists are having trouble turning up evidence that such a king ever existed, and if he did, there is little evidence that he was as wealthy and as powerful as the Old Testament stories suggest. Thus the story that he held these spirits captive and used their powers to gain his wealth also falls into the dark shadows of ancient legend.


Some of the Goetia spirits appeared to have such dynamic personalities, or they enjoyed contact with this world to the point where a lot of information was made available about them. Others, like Decarabia, seemed to prefer to remain in hiding.


A few years ago, for example, our son remote viewed Decarabia and attempted to draw a portrait of what appeared. What he got was a tiny image of what appeared to be a diamond or some other shiny but very small stone.

Other images of Decarabia suggest that he appears as a tiny star. Some of the drawings post an eye in the heart of the star.


The game website Seagate Adventurers’ Guide Beastiary states that Decarabia first appears “as a bright star burning inside a pentacle of fire.” Others say he appears as a pentagram star but wil take the form of a man if the conjurer asks him to.


This spirit “has vast knowledge of herbs and precious stones” and  can transform into any type of bird which can both sing and fly. Wier wrote that Decarabia “knoweth the force of (herbs) and (precious) stones and maketh all birds fly before the exorcist, and to tarrie with him as though they were tame.”


When Decarabia is around he is usually surrounded by a pale blue aura. His rank is that of a marquis and he has power over 30 legions of demonic spirits serving under him.


Do is this spirit a “demon,” a fallen angel, and something to fear? That his specialty is centered around the herbs, stones and birds of the Earth suggests that he is a friend of the Earth. That he is among the Goetia spirits, however, gives us a clue as to putting any trust in this spirit.


The very word Goetia is an ancient Greek reference to sorcerer or wizard. It means to charm or conjure. This is why the “magicians” are evoking the spirits.


And there is a word of warning that goes along with associating with these spirits. While they may be willing to do the bidding of the one that calls on them, any gift always comes with a price.