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Sigil of Archangel Camael

Camael (Hebrew: חַמּוּאֵל, "God has warmed") is an archangel in Jewish and Christian angelology.


Alternate spellings include: Chamuel, Khamuel, Camiel, Cameel, and Camniel. In some grimoires, Camael is confused or conflated with the archangel Samael, but they are two distinct spirits.

Textual history

Camael features heavily in Kabbalistic literature, where it is assigned to the sephira Gevurah, alongside the planet Mars. Camael is also included in Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite's 5th or 6th century book Corpus Areopagiticum as one of the Seven Archangels along with Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Uriel, Jophiel, and Archangel Zadkiel.


Sign of Archangel Camael from the Grimoire of Armadel

Along with Samael, Camael rules over the Powers choir in the hierarchy of angels. Camael is the archangel who rules over the day Tuesday. Its precious stone is onyx. Through this archangel's association with the planet Mars, is brings forth the elements of fortitude, war, and affliction.

According to the Grimoire of Armadel, Camael gives the magician perfect knowledge of their Genius, who will have the power to grant them everything they shall demand. The same book says there are many spirits under the rule of Camael who will serve a magician in many capacities.

Canon status

Camael was one of many Archangels excluded from the Catholic Church's list of named angels in the 2001 Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, which states: "The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture."