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Bifrons


Demon of the Night – Earl Bifrons (Night Demon)

Dates: June 21st – July 1st (Connolly)(Night Time) Alternate Dates: June 22nd – July 1st (Tikaboo) November 7th – November 12th (Runyon) Direction: North Tarot: 2 of Cups Planet: Mars Metal: Copper/Silver/Iron Element: Earth (Under Corson) Color: Red Plant: Basil Incense: Dragons Blood Zodiac: Cancer

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Bifrons appears in many forms but usually always as a ghoulish figure depicting his apparent interest in things of the dead. He lights strange lights above tombs of the dead. He is one of the three demons that held sway over the dead. Jointly with the evil Bune, Bifrons is in charge of moving the bodies from one grave to another, while hellish Murmur takes over the souls.

Bifrons' being revolves around old literature of death and decay. Bifrons' work is pestilence and poison, and if you look at his back, it contains nozzles which contagious fumes spread like miasma. Similar to mustard gas, but will quickly burn flesh like white phosphorus. For his head, or mask, a rat skull to fitting his a pestilence and a plague carrier.

Bifrons is an infernal duke suspected to have played a hand in entombing a traitorous overlord formerly under Mammon, and has been leeching off his power since then.

The late S. L. MacGregor Mathers, among the great authorities on demonology, wrote that Bifrons enjoys appearing in the form of a monster, but after a while, upon request, will change and appear as a man. Bifrons controls over 26 legions of infernal spirits.

Appearance

If he takes human form you can expect the face to be well hidden under a hood. He will first appears as a monster but after a while he will take the shape of a man at the command of the summoner.

Bifrons is a demon of monstrous guise with two faces who often takes the form of a man well versed in astrology and planetary influences, excelling as well in geometry, herbology, mineralogy and botany. In his demon form, he seems to possess candles with magical lights.

A remote viewing session portrayed Bifrons as a large, oval body with a bulbous nose and a hole in the middle of the “head” where the eyes would appear if the entity were human. Every artistic image that could be found of Bifrons depicts him as a monster. Bifrons can also appear as an enormous red, horned toad with wings.

History

Fall from Grace

Bifrons was an angel, belonging to the choir of Virtues, that fell from grace during the War in Heaven and became a demon. After his fall and the establishment of Hell's hierarchy, Bifrons was appointed as an Earl in the northern province of Niflheim, home of the dreaded worshippers of death and decay. It is fitting that Bifrons wanders in the decaying lands with a lantern, guiding and harvesting spirits that wander into his domain.

Tears of the Fallen

Despite his status as an Earl of Hell, Bifrons longed to return to Heaven but knowing that his chances are slim to none, he wept eternally. His fiery form smothers in a thick patch of smoke, his breath toxic and his touch deadly. Anything that Bifrons touches or breathes on is reduced to dust and ashes, and his cries strike fear among the the most stout hearted men.

Bifrons was forced to wear an armored shell to keep his intangible form, trapped with grief, despair, and hatred for the rest of his life. His curse is his burden, cast out from the living and doomed to wander with the dead. When new foreigners came from other worlds, Bifrons' heart waxes with hatred, and hunts these unfortunate beings with relentless hate and despair.

Prophecy

Bifrons was summoned by Yomyael (while possessing Varvara) who sought to built a new Pandemonium on Earth.

Bifrons was skeptical of Yomyael, who had stolen the ring from the Duke of Hell Amdusias. Bifrons had obtained his own ring from Beelzebub himself. Yomyael reminded the Earl that she controls him through the same blade that Hellboy had used to harm Satan.

Bifrons later led an aerial assault against the forces of the B.P.R.D. who sought to wipe out the remaining demons in New York. The Earl notably battled with Liz Sherman, who eventually managed to kill the demon.

Personality

He is known to be dreadful, damned and ominous but at the same quiet and alone. His personality is very wicked and dreadful. He's the kind of being that doesn't kill his victim, only to slowly breaking them physically until their souls shattered by immense despair. When another ask him about a machine he was build, the dialogue will have a darker tone.

When this demon communicates, it is said that the message appears to come as a gentle voice inside the head. Aaron Donahue, who once evoked this spirit, wrote that “some may sense a calm voice only from the right side o the head. It will seem as your own voice or as if you are speaking to yourself. The lexicon will be slightly different from that of your own and you may notice thoughts that are new or subtly foreign.”

Power and Abilities

His office is to teach men astrology, math, geometry, and other arts and sciences. He also will teach men the uses of herbs, about precious gems, different types of wood and and the properties of different plants and stones. He is of great help for necromancers.

Upon the command of his summoner, he will also move a buried body to another location or light candles upon the graves of the deceased that he has control over.

He also moves bodies into different graves, lights candles over graves, and (depending on the version) commands either 6, 26, or 60 legions of spirits. It is said he also has the ability to control the souls of the dead.


Original text from the Ars Goetia:

“The Forty-sixth Spirit is called Bifrons, or Bifrous, or Bifrovs. He is an Earl, and appeareth in the Form of a Monster; but after a while, at the Command of the Exorcist, he putteth on the shape of a Man. His Office is to make one knowing in Astrology, Geometry, and other Arts and Sciences. He teacheth the Virtues of Precious Stones and Woods. He changeth Dead Bodies, and putteth them in another place; also he lighteth seeming Candles upon the Graves of the Dead. He hath under his Command 6 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, which he will own and submit unto, etc.”

From Tikaboo

“Bifrons (a.k.a. Bifrous or Bifrovs) is an Earl, and appeareth in the Form of a Monster; but after a while, at the Command of the Exorcist, he putteth on the shape of a Man. His Office is to make one knowing in Astrology, Geometry, and other Arts and Sciences. He teacheth the Virtues of Precious Stones and Woods. He changeth Dead Bodies, and putteth them in another place; also he lighteth seeming Candles upon the Graves of the Dead. He hath under his Command 6 Legions of Spirits.”

From the Luciferian Goetia by Michael Ford

“[…] who appears as a wolf like monster, but at the Will of the Sorcerer, will change shape to a human male. Bifrons is a necromantic spirit, who governs the realm of shades; he may bring one close to various shades of the dead, but often they are not who they claim to be. Be cautious but be indulgent with this spirit as well. Bifrons may change the place of dead bodies, being the binding of ghosts to various fetishes or pots, and lights witch fire on the graves of the dead.”

From the Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly

“Another necromancy demon. Work with Bifrons to communicate with the dead. This would be the daemon invoked for a funeral ceremony to help usher the dead on their journey. Also invoke during rituals to honor ancestors or to learn to accept death.”

The Demon Bifrons is a Fallen Angel and the 46th of the 72 Spirits of Solomon. The earl Bifrons has a monstrous appearance but will take on human shape when ordered to do so. He teaches astronomy, astrology, geometry, other mathematical arts, and the knowledge of herbs, precious stones, and woods. He removes dead bodies from their graves and leaves them in other places and lights phantom candles on the graves. He commands six Legions of Demons.


From “The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King” (1904) Written by S.L. MacGregor Mathers

BIFRONS. – The Forty-sixth Spirit is called Bifrons, or Bifrous, or Bifrovs. He is an Earl, and appeareth in the Form of a Monster; but after a while, at the Command of the Exorcist, he putteth on the shape of a Man. His Office is to make one knowing in Astrology, Geometry, and other Arts and Sciences. He teacheth the Virtues of Precious Stones and Woods. He changeth Dead Bodies, and putteth them in another place; also he lighteth seeming Candles upon the Graves of the Dead. He hath under his Command 6 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, which he will own and submit unto, etc.



From the “Pseudomonarchia Daemonum” ( 1583 ) Written by Johann Weyer (Johann Wier)

Bifrons is seene in the similitude of a monster, when he taketh the image of a man, he maketh one woonderfull cunning in astrologie, absolutelie declaring the mansions of the planets, he dooth the like in geometrie, and other admesurements, he perfectlie understandeth the strength and vertue of hearbs, pretious stones, and woods, he changeth dead bodies from place to place, he seemeth to light candles upon the sepulchres of the dead, and hath under him six and twentie legions.

Original Text : Bifrons, monstri similitudine conspicitur. Ubi humanam assumit imaginem, reddit hominem in Astrologia mirabilem, planetarum mansiones absolute docens, idem præstat in Geometria, and mensuris aliis. Vires herbarum, lapidum pretiosorum and lignorum intelligit. Corpora mortuorum de loco ad locum transmutat: Candelas super defunctorum sepulchra inflammare videtur. Huic subjacent vinginti sex legiones.


Original Text : Bifrons, démon qui paraît avec la figure d'un monstre. Lorsqu'il prend forme humaine, il rend l'homme savant en astrologie, et lui enseigne à connaître les influences des planètes ; il excelle dans la géométrie; il connait les vertus des herbes, des pierres précieuses et des plantes; il transporte les cadavres d'un lieu à un autre. On l'a vu aussi allumer des flambeaux sur les tombeaux des morts. “Il a vingt-six légions à ses ordres.



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