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Demon-A-Day: Astaroth

Astaroth - Duke

  • Color: Green
  • Incense: Sandalwood
  • Metal: Copper
  • Planet: Venus
  • Element: Earth (Under Ziminiar)
  • Enn: Tasa Alora Foren Astaroth
  • Date (Connolly): December 31-Jan 9 (Day Time)
  • Date (Runyon): Sept 18-22 *Note, is shown as number 36, swapped with Stolas.
  • Archangel: Auriel
  • Origin: Canaanite and Phoenician Goddess Astarte, Consort of Bael (Bael #1). She is placed in slot #36 presiding over the Autumnal Equinox in the sign of Virgo, Harvest Goddess of the Earth. In ancient times Astarte descended from Heaven down to the Underworld to resurrect the dead prince Ba’al at Autumnal Equinox in The Festival of Seven Gates. This was the original “Dance of the Seven Veils” later attributed to Princess Salome in the Bible.

From the original Ars Goetia:

The Twenty-ninth Spirit is Astaroth. He is a Mighty, Strong Duke, and appeareth in the Form of an hurtful Angel riding on an Infernal Beast like a Dragon, and carrying in his right hand a Viper. Thou must in no wise let him approach too near unto thee, lest he do thee damage by his Noisome Breath. Wherefore the Magician must hold the Magical Ring near his face, and that will defend him. He giveth true answers of things Past, Present, and to Come, and can discover all Secrets. He will declare wittingly how the Spirits fell, if desired, and the reason of his own fall. He can make men wonderfully knowing in all Liberal Sciences. He ruleth 40 Legions of Spirits. His Seal is this, which wear thou as a Lamen before thee, or else he will not appear nor yet obey thee, etc. 

Other citations of note:

From the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage:

Astarot: From Hebrew, OShThRVTh, = flocks, crowds or assemblies. Usually written “Ashtaroth”. Also a name of the Goddess Astarte; Esther is derived from the same root.

From Dictionaire Infernal (Paraphrased):

The Sidonians and Phlistines worshiped him in the past. […] He also believes he received an unjust punishment. Some magicians say he procures the goodwill of great lords and can be summoned on Wednesday. […] Astaroth is cited as one of the seven princes of hell who visited Faust, appearing as a serpent with a colored tail, two small feet, a chestnut neck, and spines similar to a hedgehog that can grow up to a finger’s length. As his feminine counterpart, Astarte, he is portrayed with a heifer’s head.

From Luciferian Goetia:

Astaroth appears as a hurtful angel who rides upon an infernal dragon. He is ghostly pale in color, something like a corpse with blackened eyes – no pupils. Astaroth also has long hair, and appears with a crown upon his head and a viper in his left (or right) hand, which are clawlike and bestial. Astaroth is a high Luciferic angel, whom is a very powerful guardian spirit to invoke. Astaroth is uniquely balanced in nature – being a mix of angel and demon, thus is a model and initiatory force in the workings of the Angelic and Bestial Servitors – that in union the spirit proves a balanced articulation and representation of the self. Astaroth governs 40 Legions of Spirits, and shadows forth ones own HGA/Angelic Familiar or initiator unto the path. Astaroth has been known to initiate or lead one unto the Luciferian Path of selfdeification.

From Daemonolatry Goetia:

A Daemoness of Divination. Invoke her for skrying especially. She is also a Daemoness of friendship and love and can help you find these things.

Astaroth is a demon of knowledge and sciences. Her knowledge is specified mostly on the Fall of the Angels, and can give detailed information on the subject when commanded. Despite needing the extra layer of protection due to the stench Astaroth emits, they are a great demon to speak with on historical finding. The Hierarchies Astaroth belongs to: Collin de Plancy’s Dictionaire Infernal as “Obtains friendships of Great Lords”; France Barret’s The Magus as “Prince of Accusers and Inquisitors”; John Weyer/A.E. Waite’s Hierarchy of Hell as “Prince and Treasurer of Hell”; Sebastian Michaelis’s Histoire de Admirable de la Possession et Conversion d’une Penitente as “First Hierarchy: Vanity and Sloth”; Faust’s Hierarchy of Kingdoms as “West”; Misc Medieval Hierarchies in Arch She-Demons as “Queen of Spirits of the Dead” (Astarte); Dukante’s Hierarchy as “Family Four: Demoness of Love” (Astarte). Astaroth is also referred to as Astarte, Ashtaroth, Astarot, and Asteroth.

Demonic Ranking System: No Ma’am

Now, I’m all for Decidedly feminine demons. Hell, I love when people just don’t assume all demons are male. But this demon, this very demon in particular? Probably not a demon you want to mess with. No, if you want some sweet deets? Not a bad idea to go to her, since she’s got all that info pretty easily available and you can be sure that she’s not feeding you any bullshit. But she’s one of the few demons that even the Lemegeton is trying to say you need more protection for, and that’s usually enough reason not to take this demon lightly. So I’d save this for when you’re definitely comfier with summoning rather than jumping right into it, even though she is a lower ranking than most. She’s got a lot of recognition, and when you’re a demon, you don’t tend to get that by being cute and nice.

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