if you read very carefully through the literature, you will see the important characteristic of ashmedai: ‘ashmedai answered that he judged persons and things according to their real character and not according to their appearance in the eyes of human beings.’ aka ashmedai tells the truth with full understanding.
the splurge in ars goetia tells you: the thirty-second spirit is asmoday, or asmodai. he is a great king, strong, and powerful.
more info on ashmedai, with some explanations:
i. he appeareth with three heads, whereof the first is like a bull (taurus), the second like a man (aquarius), and the third like a ram (aries); he hath also the tail of a serpent (hydra), and from his mouth issue flames of fire. his feet are webbed like those of a goose. he sitteth upon an infernal dragon, and beareth in his hand a lance with a banner. his ‘appearance’ mirrors that of the babylonian constellation mušḫuššu (hydra), to which he may or may not be linked; you’ll have to conjure and ask around.
ii. he is first and choicest under the power of amaymon (maymon abba nuch, who you will want to google). he goeth before all other, which basically means if you want to conjure for money or wealth, he’s the #1 go-to for that cause cos he delivers the goods more than any other.
iii. when the exorcist hath a mind to call him, let it be abroad, and let him stand on his feet all the time of action, with his cap or headdress off; for if it be on, amaymon will deceive him and call all his actions to be bewrayed. aka he’s vip of a very high station and you have to show him respect or he’ll basically fuck up your plans.
iv. but as soon as the exorcist seeth asmoday in the shape aforesaid, he shall call him by his name, saying: “art thou asmoday?” and he will not deny it, and by-and-by he (aka YOU) will bow down unto the ground. again, he is a very royal personage and you have to show him the utmost respect.
v. he giveth the ring of virtues; he teacheth the arts of arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, and all handicrafts absolutely. aka he makes you an aristocrat. arithmetic, astronomy, and geometry are all used to find cycles and seasons and patterns, and are important in trade and commerce. under ashmedai you can expect to have a lot to do with the stock and futures markets, big business, and possibly politics.
vi. he giveth true and full answers unto thy demands. which is what i said above. he doesn’t lie, he knows the truth to a level that will shock you.
vii. he maketh one invincible. he showeth the place where treasures lie, and guardeth it. again, he’ll show you every possible way to make lots and lots of money.
viii. he, amongst the legions of amaymon, governeth 72 legions of spirits inferior. those are his familiars and servants from which he can show you how to make sigils that call on legions of spirits. ea’s course teaches how to evoke legions so you’ll want to ask ashmedai about creating these special sigils for your use.
basically, rules over investment and commerce (‘incites gambling, and is the overseer of all the gambling houses in the court of hell,’ according to the malleus maleficarum). finally, he will give you a life of earthly pleasure and wealth (he appears as three animals being associated with either lascivity, lust or revenge, according to de plancy’s dictionnaire infernel). all of the other sources give slight info on him and it all adds up.
long story short, ashmedai is a demon of worldly success and very great wealth and he imparts both to those he pacts with. the legends of solomon bear this out as solomon was known to be one of the wealthiest mages of all time.
seeing as you have been calliing on clauneck, i’m not surprised that you were told to ask asmoday for help. looks like clauneck has promoted you and sent you up to one of the specialists for your cause.
think carefully about what you want from ashmedai cos if you call on him properly you’ll most likely get it and then some. good job