This is yet another in a series on demons I’ve been asked about and who have agreed to let me post about them.
Obligatory disclaimer: while there is some lore info here, the majority of this article is UPG. Your UPG may be different from mine. My experiences and perception being different does not necessarily invalidate yours, and vice versa.
Also, this article may sound somewhat repetitive if you’ve read my articles on Paimon, Naberius, and Astaroth. Anything that’s getting repeated is for the sake of people who are brand new to the blog and haven’t read other articles, so that way they don’t have to read a bunch of other things for context.
Who Is Vassago?
As with Astaroth, Vassago is another demon listed in demonology lore as male, but for whom I use female pronouns she/her because she told me she’s female, and I know other people who know Vassago who also experience her as female. That being said, Vassago is fairly androgynous and seems a bit gender-fluid, so an experience of male Vassago or agender Vassago is not wrong.
Vassago is the third Goetic demon described in the Lesser Key of Solomon. She holds the rank of Prince (again, this is a somewhat-inaccurate human translation of the demon rank system). She is said to be “of a good nature” and “of the same nature as Agares”.
In my UPG, Vassago is the daughter of Agares. Naamah is her mother. Naamah is also, in my UPG, the mother of Asmodai, which makes Vassago and Asmodai half-siblings, and Asmodai refers to Vassago as his sister, and Vassago has encouraged me to call her “Aunt”. I also found out awhile back that Agares is one of the exiles from Vanaheim about 9000-10,000 years ago during a time of war and strife (remember when I said that Lucifer’s realm has a lot of immigrants from elsewhere, who join the Kingdom – this is one of them), which makes Vassago half-Vanir, half-infernal. I am writing this essay with a bias strongly in Vassago’s favor, as I’ve dealt with her quite a bit and I like her very much.
Agares is said in lore to be one of two primary assistants of Lucifuge Rofocale; in my doxa, Vassago is the other (also going by the name Margas). She and Agares are both powerful demons in their own right – Vassago is said to rule/command twenty-six legions of spirits (a demonic legion is 5000, 5000 x 26 = 130,000). But she and Agares are both sworn to Rofocale’s service and are directly in his employ, and are extremely loyal to him. (Thus, Vassago has her own House, but her House is a branch/extension of Rofocale’s House.) Vassago also sits on The Eleven, Lucifer’s High Council. She is known for voting however Rofocale votes, and is one of his major voices of support on the Council.
Vassago can tell magicians of past and future events, and locates lost objects. She is said to be “just and true in all doings”, with the power of helping the magician find a suitable partner, and revealing hidden treasures. She can also guard treasure. As someone who can reveal and guard “treasure”, I classify her with the “prosperity demons”. As a member of Rofocale’s House, Vassago can do a lot of the same stuff Rofocale does, like provide wealth, but without the requirement of selling your soul, so if you are potentially interested in working with Rofocale, I would actually suggest going to Vassago first – much of the same benefits, less of the baggage.
How To Make Nice With Vassago
The first thing is to establish what you want to call Vassago for. For the most part, demons are very business-oriented. Which doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a personal relationship with them (see myself, and several people who regularly comment here), but it does mean that when you’re first meeting someone from the infernal pantheon, it’s a good idea to have an actual reason to call them over. Demons are busy.
With that said, Vassago is very, very helpful. She likes being useful. So calling her is not as much of a bother as it might be for other demons (like her employer).
Vassago is particularly skilled at giving financial and business help. She can help “open the doors” to push wyrd along if you’d like to find a partner, bringing the right person into your life. (She REALLY likes playing matchmaker and I strongly suspect she may have been “in” on the plot to bring me and D together.) She can help locate lost objects, as well as help with things like getting organized so you’re less likely to lose things. Vassago is very good at giving advice, though it may be advice that you don’t want to hear. (I will elaborate on this below.)
Like with other demons, Vassago likes to be paid for her time. I suggest making a temporary altar laid out with a combination of special candles, incense, and a cup of very strong coffee. You do not have to go all out with gifts the first time – that will suffice.
If you go on to build a working relationship with Vassago, making an altar space for her is a good idea. Her favorite colors are blue and green, though she also likes black, grey, and silver. She likes crystals A LOT. What kind of crystals? ALL THE CRYSTALS. If you go to a gem faire with the intent of finding a gift for Vassago, you may want to bring a bit of money with you. Vassago really, really, really likes shiny things. (This is a trope with House Rofocale: I joke around that their motto is “ours is the money” but it could equally be “ours is the shiny”.) Vassago likes jewelry, though she’s more inclined towards unisex pieces. Vassago also, for some reason, really likes steampunk-type stuff, and other things that look kind of Victorian. And she collects china, like her brother Asmodai does.
Prior to invoking Vassago you want to make sure you’re properly prepared.
Pick a time to do this when you’re not going to be disturbed. If you can wait for timing, the best time to start working relationships with demons is on the new or full moons, though I would recommend NOT invoking her on the first of the month because it is her busiest time. Your house should be clean or reasonably tidy. Most demons like a clean space. I would also recommend making things fresh for Vassago. Burning incense or having something nicely scented is a good idea. Vassago, for some reason, is more sensitive than most demons are to clutter as well as stench, and not likely to want to be in a place that she considers dirty or smelly. When in doubt, lavender, lemon, and mint are all smells she tends to find pleasant.
In addition to the gifts on the table, Vassago’s seal should be displayed. Her seal can be found here. As I keep mentioning on this blog, the seals are important. They are a form of the entity’s signature of their title-name in the infernal language, and when you draw the seal, you are establishing an energetic link directly to them, which ensures you’re getting that demon or at least a representative of their house (such as a personal assistant).
Ideally, you would want to draw the seal on parchment, in black or red ink, or something like silver or gold leaf pen. Barring that, white paper and a black ink pen (or Sharpie) will do. If you REALLY want to add some energetic oomph to the seal, I suggest anointing the seal with a little dab of oil. It so happens that I started making perfume oils in my shop for various demons, which can be used for this purpose as well as others. I have an oil formulated specifically for Vassago here. (You can also buy a 1/4 dram sample bottle.)
Because of The Thing that demons have with cleanliness, I would recommend bathing prior to your first invocation, or at least be reasonably fresh (having bathed within the last six hours or so, and not having sweated excessively). What you wear is not necessarily important – Vassago is more concerned with who you are and what you want from her – though I would recommend “dress to impress” at least the first time. However, don’t overdo it. Vassago will be able to tell if you’re uncomfortable, and will remark on it and that you shouldn’t have gone to that type of trouble.
When you are ready to call her, I would light a candle and the incense. I would strongly recommend drawing her seal in the air with a wand, visualizing the symbols glowing in red or violet light – this step is not mandatory, but further gets her attention (kind of like the infernal equivalent of The Bat Signal). You want to say something to the effect of “O Vassago, I [whatever name you feel comfortable using] call you to this space, to [name your purpose].”
Once you’ve declared your purpose, Vassago will show up.
What To Expect
The first thing is, if you’re new to working with spirits, they do not incarnate into a meat human body and strut into the room. You may seem them as another person in the room with you, and you may even be able to get some tangible feelings from them, but when a spirit comes by, we are not talking about flesh-and-blood solid as you or me. They’re in an etheric form.
If you have the Sight, you can usually “see” spirits as a sort of projected mental image (like someone walking into the room or sitting in the room with you), or “in your mind’s eye” if you think about it and a visual comes to mind. However, it’s worth noting that not everyone can see spirits, and this is OK.
As a rule, I dislike the pressure within the polytheist community to corroborate UPG on what an entity looks like, because a number of entities use glamour, and just because an entity looks differently to two different people doesn’t mean that one perception is right and the other wrong. However, because some might find this interesting – Vassago is very tall, approximately six-two or six-three. She appears to me with nape-length curly brown hair, slightly pointed ears, an olive complexion, and grey-green eyes that shift color with her mood. While she’s got a very serious facial expression by default, she has adorable dimples when she smiles. She strongly resembles someone else I know (no, I’m not saying who), which has made me do a double take more than once with the two of them in the same room. Vassago is slim and flat-chested, and tends to wear Court robes, usually in darker shades of blue or grey, when she’s on duty – when she’s “off duty” (such as coming by for a social call), she is fond of Victorian gentlemen’s wear (think Oscar Wilde). She’s got a deep voice, and is soft-spoken. She carries a very large bastard sword, and knows how to use it.
Vassago is of a kindly disposition, but she’s also no-nonsense. She doesn’t talk much, and she also tends to damn with faint praise. (My first encounter with her was sometime in February 2014 when Asmodai was planning on adopting me, and Vassago summed me up with two words: “You’ll do.”) She has a tendency to be somewhat critical when she gives advice – if you want a deity who will tell you everything you want to hear, she’s not it. Vassago is a lot like Asmodai in that regard, more likely to criticize than compliment. But when she does compliment, she means it. And when she does criticize, she’s doing it to be helpful. Vassago is very much Auntie, wanting to polish you up and make you shine.
Vassago tends to be formal and a bit business-like upon first meeting but may warm up given time. If she likes you, she will be very, very loyal to you, and will go the extra mile in helping you. She can get protective of her charges, and may show up randomly To The Rescue if you are under attack from a magician or a malevolent entity. She is compassionate, and a champion of the oppressed and downtrodden. As much as she might seem initially cold and reserved, she has a very good heart. When she does relax, she’s a good listener, gives good hugs, and enjoys unwinding by doing completely mundane things.
She really, really, really likes coffee.
What Not To Do
If you work with Vassago, she will hold you to a similar standard of conduct that Asmodai does. She prefers to deal with people who are honest, who keep their word, and who deal fairly with others. She does not like bullying, especially attacking people for things they can’t help. As a genderqueer person, Vassago is a strong ally of genderfluid, transgender, agender, and non-binary people, so if you are transphobic in any way, Vassago will not like you.
Vassago says she is asexual. She has a son (see below) but unlike much of the infernal pantheon she is fairly chaste and not much interested in sex. (She also jokes that her brother Asmodai gets around enough for five people.) Vassago is thus also an ally of asexual people and ace-shaming or ace-negative language is something she frowns on. She is also equally opposed to slut-shaming, as she feels consenting adults should do as they wish.
If you work with Vassago, say what you mean and mean what you say. She does not like passive-aggressive behavior.
Vassago likes manners, and especially old-school manners such as holding the door open for people, and “Boy Scout” things like offering an elderly or infirm person help with carrying groceries and such. This does not mean that you have to overextend yourself for everyone, especially if you are not entirely able-bodied or you are short on time, but random acts of kindness are pleasing to her.
Vassago does not like false flattery.
Do NOT insult Lucifuge Rofocale or otherwise speak ill of him in her presence. This could be considered something of an unpardonable sin in her book. Do NOT insult Lucifer or otherwise speak ill of him in her presence. But you can pick on Asmodai in front of her as much as you want (and she might join in).
Vassago likes being appreciated and being gifted for her time and trouble, but also gets embarrassed by big flowery shows of appreciation. Gifts are nice and expensive gifts aren’t necessarily unwelcome, but if you break the bank to commission a 1000-dollar necklace for her, much as you might make me happy, she might be uncomfortable with it.
Vassago really likes coffee. If you’re giving her food/drink items, she will take coffee more than anything else. The stronger her coffee, the better. She will be offended by weak and watery coffee (though can be appeased with stronger coffee in copious quantities).
There are some demons who Vassago does not like (which I’m about to get to), and where an alliance between you and one of them may potentially (but not necessarily) negatively impact dealings with her.
Don’t kneel, bow, or otherwise prostrate yourself before demons. Manners are good, but don’t overdo it.
Vassago is one of the most approachable demons and one of the demons most likely to forgive an honest mistake or a faux pas. If there is a misunderstanding between you and her, provided that it wasn’t you behaving like a total douchebag (like abusing someone else) or speaking ill of her employers, she is likely to at least be willing to listen and accept some sort of penance on your part, usually some sort of service (like volunteer work).
Vassago & Politics
Vassago and Astaroth do not like each other, a lot of it having to do with the fact that Astaroth and Rofocale do not like each other, and Vassago is very loyal to Rofocale. If you are very close to Astaroth, it’s not impossible to get along with Vassago, but I would advise not having Astaroth and Vassago in the same room at the same time.
Vassago and Asmodai have a friendly sibling rivalry. Vassago will pick on him, but she draws the line at outright acts of disrespect and perceived betrayal. If you don’t like Asmodai and don’t get along with Asmodai, you may not want to work with Vassago.
Because Vassago is a major employee of Rofocale and very loyal to him, his enemies are her enemies, which is about half the Kingdom. However, Vassago is also of a kind enough disposition and enough of a class act that a lot of the animosity directed at her, personally, is more covert and mostly limited to people talking shit.
Vassago does not like Malphas (few do), or most of the other demons holding President rank.
She and Buer have a rather mortal animosity between them due to Buer being an open enemy of Asmodai.
She gets along well with Agares (obviously), Paimon, Purson, Naberius, Ronové, and Bifrons. She claims Leraje is her son and they also get along quite well – Leraje sometimes helps her with “debt collection”.
Vassago often works with Andromalius on a professional level but is curt with him on a personal level. Vassago does not like Belial on a professional level (in terms of his job, which is “necessary evil”) but does like him on a personal level.
She does not like Raum and she absolutely loathes Glasya-Labolas (she calls him “Glasya-Useless”).
When Your Work Is Finished
When your session with Vassago is finished, I suggest thanking her for her time. She may decide the session is over, before you do. I suggest giving her some sort of gift when she first arrives, and another gift when she’s about to leave. She really likes coffee, I cannot emphasize that enough.
If you decide to start a working relationship with Vassago, it may be easiest to create a shrine space for her, including making having a seal that can be permanently displayed on her altar. I recommend having the seal around even if you otherwise don’t do formal invocations after that first time, just to make sure it’s Vassago you’re getting on the line.
Vassago may decide on her behalf that you’re not a good candidate for working with her. If she dislikes you, she will tell you outright. Vassago does not do passive-aggressive. If she dislikes you and doesn’t want to work with you again, she’ll leave it at that, so don’t worry about her sending the goon squad after you.
If you yourself decide that you and Vassago don’t really mesh well, it’s also not the end of the world, just tell her so politely. You’re not obligated to call her back.
Vassago prefers to work by appointment. While she’s flexible as far as days and times, the first of the month is often a bad time for her because it is the busiest time of month for Rofocale’s assistants, especially as she and Agares are often out having to track down people who are trying to avoid being found for debt collection. Vassago is also something of a stickler about time and punctuality. If you say four, don’t call her over at 4:05. If you are habitually late, she may decide to terminate a working relationship with you. If you blow her off, unless it was an emergency or you got sick, or someone in your immediate family got sick, she’s not going to be amused.
More demons, coming soon!