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The sigil of Barzabel in the Three Books of Occult Philosophy.

Barzabel (also Bartzabel and Bartyabel) is a nocturnal martian Planetary daemon corresponding to the constellation Aries, the geomantic figures Puer and Rubeus, and is the Ruler over the angel Machidiel. When paired with Kedemel, the pair corresponds to the geomantic figure Cauda Draconis.


Barzabel's herbs are nettles, thistles, restharrow, tetterwort, milkweed, white and red brambles, onions, chives, red sandalwood, scammony, garlic, mustard, ginger, leeks, dittander, horehound, hemlock, tamarinds, radishes, smartweed, and St. Benedict's thistle. His trees are the thorn and chestnut trees.

He governs over the West wind, panthers, tigers, mastiffs, vultures, foxes, beavers, horses, mules, ostriches, goats, wolves, leopards, wild asses, gnats, flies, lapwings, bears, cockatrices, griffins, pikes, sharks, barbels, stingrays, scorpions, hawks, kites, ravens, comorants, owls, crows, and magpies.

His metals are iron and red lead, and his stones and minerals are antimony, arsenic, sulfur, ochre, adamant, lodestones, bloodstone, jasper, amethyst, and touchstone.

His day is Tuesday, and his hours are the first and eighth hours of the same day.

In Numerology

In Numerology, Barzabel rules the period of one's life starting at age 41 and ending at age 56, and corresponds to the numbers 264 and 66. Additionally, his name equals 325 using Gematria, allowing for it to fit in a martian magic square.

In Geomancy

In the Geomancy of Theomagia by John Heydon, Barzabel, in addition to corresponding to the figures mentioned before, is strongest in the 1st and 10th Houses and is a good sign in matters relating to war and conflict.

Textual History

One of the two sigils of Barzabel given in Theomagia by John Heydon.

Barzabel is listed in the second of Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy (1533) as a spirit of Mars under the Planetary Intelligence Graphiel. MS Harley 6482, published more recently as A Treatise of Angel Magic, from an older document by Thomas Rudd (1583-1656) around 1699 also features the spirit. This was in turn copied by John Heydon in his book Theomagia (1663). In 1910, Aleister Crowley wrote the Bartzabel Working, also referred to as Liber CCCXXV. He also wrote Liber Gaias XCVI which drew heavily from Theomagia, also featuring Barzabel as a martian spirit.