|“||If you have ever walked through a cemetery on a dark night and seen eerie lights rising up over some of the graves, the chances are that Bifrons is nearby. If the sight of the lights may seem spooky enough to cause goose-bumps to rise up your spine, just hope you do not run face-to-face into demonic figure at work in that cemetery.||„|
|— About Bifrons.|
|“||Executioner? No, my friend. I'm an architect, and my work is in need of broken bodies.||„|
Bifrons is the 46th spirit of the Ars Goetia and an Earl and Count of Hell.
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 maintains the minor region of Daemar known as the Circle of Death.
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 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.
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 posses candle with Magick 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' 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. Kind of like 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 can also appear as an enormous red, horned toad with wings.
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.
Bifrons was a Angel-turned-demon and an Earl in the northern province of Nifliem, 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.
Long ago, when a small child was swept from the realm, Bifrons duty was to find and protect the boy. Together, Bifrons and the young girl form a friendship and nearly succeeded in reaching back to Terra. However, one day, the girl fell terribly ill, with no hope of cure. As the girl pass away, Bifrons wept eternally. His fiery form smothers in a thick patch of smoke, his breath toxic and his touch deadly. Anything that Bifrons touch or breathes reduces 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.
Once again, Bifrons returns from Nifliem back to Hell on the prowl. No longer Bifrons the guardian, now, Bifrons the Defiler, who hunts restlessly for Hasan... just like what he did with other foreigners who search for salvation.
Bifrons was skeptical of Yomyael, who had stolen the ring of the Duke of Hell Amdusias. Bifrons had gotten his own ring from the Prince of Hell Beelzebub. 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 seeked to wipe out the remaining demons in New York. The Earl notably battled with Liz Sherman, who eventually managed to kill the demon.
Myth and Legends
Bifrons is also an alternate name for Janus, the Roman two-headed and double-natured god of gateways and new beginnings. It is presumed that the demon, similar to other demons, such as Mulciber and Aamon, often used deities guise to trick mortals.
Bifrons was also one the names given to Baphomet allegedly worshipped by the Knights Templar, and which description was as a statue with two heads surely inspired in the Roman god Janus, one looking towards the left to tell the past, and the other looking towards the right to tell the future, all this by means of the power of a demon (there were other suppositions on the figure of Baphomet).
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.||„|
|“||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.||„|
|“||Your God has forsaken you!||„|
|— Bifrons to a female priest.|
- According to Rudd, Bifrons is opposed by the Shemhamphorasch angel Ariel.
- He was once imprisoned in a brass vessel.