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Foraii the Matrax or Morax, is a Great Earl and President. He appeareth like a great Bull with a Man’s face. His office is to make Men very knowing in Astronomy, and all other Liberal Sciences; also he can give good Familiars, and wise, knowing the virtues of Herbs and Stones which be precious.

The appearance of a man like that of a bull is early Sumerian symbolism of a Lord. The depiction was well recognised into the Ur III period some 4,000 years ago, as Babylon was assimilating Akkadian and Sumerian culture. Just before Babylon became established in Ur, the patriarch Abraham, who is revered in Judaism, was led by God out of Sumeria. He and his family left from Aram-Naharaim (present day Najaf, Iraq). They were not living as far south as Ur; neither as north as Harran, Turkey, where many misidentify with these locations. His entire family and domestics trekked across the Arabian Desert to the Jordan for a distance of about 1,030 km or 640 miles.

Battle of Siddim

Battle of Siddim

While Abram was staying in Elonei Mamrei, a few Jordan Kings aquired some of his belongings. By Spirit of Foraii, the nine Jordan Kings clashed and many of them retreated, such as the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah who fled to the mountains. This opened an opportunity for Lord Abram to lead a night raid, with 318 armed men, in pursuit of the Jordan king with his possessions. Foraii instills fear in humans when sighted, a tactic used against sodomite kings.

Foraii is a Matrax (Aramiac: מטרקא, mṭrqʾ, meaning a device for driving livestock, such as cracking a whip; from ṭrq "to crack" as in a whip.) The term Matrax can be found in Dante Santori's Book of Demons, p. 70.

In Goetia, Foraii is listed as Morax, where the Latin root is mora, meaning to delay, by which Foraii delays the reaction time of enemies (who are overcome with fear), so that they may be smited.

Crowley lists Foraii as Marax. In Norse, the root is mara, meaning nightmare as in — incubus.

His mystical number is 30 and his symbol is the dolphin.


  • Johann Weyer, Pseudomonarcbia daemonum, In Opera Omnia (Amstelodami, 1660, pp. 649-666)
  • 777 And Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley, pp. 29 rev. ed.
  • Goetia vel Clavicula Salamonis Regis, p. 19
  • Santori, Dante. Il Libro dei Demoni, p. 70