Biblical Beasts & Boogeymen (pt 2: Abraxas – ) [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]

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The usual disclaimer about being a work-in-progress, ugly as it is. But, this one’s a wee bit different. This is mostly for fun. In doing research for The Theory of Evil-ution vs the Myth-ology of Creationism posts, I kept running into weird creatures that I’d forgotten were even in the “Holey Scriptures”. I got a bit curious about all of them, so I figured it’d be fun to do a post on them.

I’m currently working on two series: “The Religious Wrong” and “The War on Women“. (Hey, three shameless plugs already and I’m not even out of the disclaimer yet.) Now, I gotta tell ya, doing blog research can get a bit tedious. I want to get my facts straight, even if my snarks misfire. Since both those series, especially TWoW, can to be a bit on the heavy side, I’m going to do this one as a bit of release.

So, enjoy. And, if you know of any “interesting creatures” that I am missing, let me know.

Next up we have a representative of the Gnostic wing of the menagerie. More specifically we have a critter of the Basilides feather on the Gnostic wing of the menagerie.

Basilides was a Gnostic teacher from 117-138 C.E. He claimed to have “inherited” his teachings from Matthew. (He of the eponymous book that he didn’t write.) Of course, Matt was long dead by this time and in no shape to deny it.

Gnosticism, itself, is a syncretic religion (as are Judaism, Christianity and Islam, for that matter). Syncretic means a mixture of belief systems, in Gnosticism’s case, that would be Christianity, Helenistic Judaism, Neoplatoism, Greco-Roman Mystery Religions and Zurvanite Zoroastrianism.

Abraxas Gnostic MythologyabraxasAbraxas_11158Abraxas was the “Great Archon” (Big Daddy) to the Basilidian Gnostics. He was cock-headed and snake legged. (Basilidians obviously didn’t believe that man was created in GOD‘s image.)

Some claim the seven letters of his name denote the seven pre-Copernican  planets. (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn.) In Greek, his name is ABPAΣAΞ. And, in Kabbalistic isopsephy, (numerology), the value of those letters equal 365, as in 365 days in a year. (A = 1, B = 2, P = 100, A = 1, Σ = 200, A = 1, Ξ = 60 = 365) (I guess there’s no letter with a .25 value.) 365 was also the number of gods, Abraxas had under his command.

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Abraxas is no “Johnny-come-lately”. Like YHWH, he worked his way up the ranks. In Egypt, he debuted as a sun mounting a ouroborus held by Isis. For those of you not into Egyptian mythology, Isis was the Goddess who created the sun. She was also the male gods’ favorite “roll in the hay”, but that’s another story.

When he wasn’t playing around with Isis, he was buddying up with Mithra, a Zoroastrian angel. Mithraism would develop into Christianity’s chief rival the first few centuries C.E., but once again, that’s another story.

A few btw’s before we leave this handsome fella.

  1. Btw, the isopsephian values of Mithra’s name also add up to 365. (hmmmm)
  2. Btw, according to Basilidian Gnostics, J.C. was a phantom Abraxas sent to earth. (So J.C. was a “sacred spook”? I thought that was the Holy G’s job.)
  3. And finally, btw, if you’ve ever played magician and uttered the “Abracadabra” incantation, you can thank uncle Abraxas for the magic word.

So far, this is a strictly male demonology, but that’s about to change.

 

 Abyzou (Obizuth, Abizu, Lilith) Jewish MythologyAbyzouI am called among men Obizuth; and by night I sleep not, but go my rounds all over the world, and visit women in childbirth. And divining the hour I take my stand; and if I am lucky, I strangle the child. But if not, I retire to another place. Testament of Solomon 58

Meet Abyzou! (You probably know her better as Lilith.)

Abyzou can’t have kids.

Her appearance might be one reason. She has green skin, snakes for hair (shades of Medusa), useless tits and the lower body of a fish or snake, depending on who you ask. Throwing a flag over her and “doing it for old glory”, wouldn’t be enough in this case.

Since she can’t have offspring, she doesn’t want anyone else having them.

Aby feeds on the blood and milk of her female victims, causing milkless boobs and miscarriages. If she drinks enough, the mother gets sick and dies. If she misses a pregnancy, she tries to make up for it by killing the infant. Plus, if you’ve had to see an “eyes, ears, nose and throat” doc, she’s probably the reason. She’s also one of the demons that can drive you bat-shit crazy.

Bad-assed bitch though she is, Aby is easily thwarted. All you have to do is write the name of archangel candidate Raphael on papyrus when you go into labor and Aby will look for easier pickin’s.

Aby’s earliest incarnation seems to be a Sumerian primeval sea demon. Later on, the Hebrews adopted her, made her look more human, renamed her Lilith, and made her Adam’s first wife. (Marital bliss did NOT ensue!) I’ll have more to say about Lilith when we go to “L”.

 

Adramelech Biblical Demonologyandra2 Kings 17:31

31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim.

There was a real Adramelech. From my research, it seems that a number of “experts” get him confused with the demon Adramelech. This might be because they both appear in the same chapter of 2 Kings.

2 Kings 17:37

37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

Sennacherib riding a chariot

Sennacherib riding a chariot

The real Adramelech was the son of an Assyrian king named Sennacherib (Sargon II’s successor). According to the bible, Adramelech and his brother Sharezer killed Sennacherib (Jan. 681 B.C.E.) after a war against the Israelite King, Hezekiah. (Actually, it was 20 years after that war in 701 B.C.E.)

The demon Adramelech isn’t human. (Or at least he doesn’t look it.) He’s been described as having the torso and head of a human and the limbs of a mule or peacock. (You know how easy it is to get the two confused.)

Adramelech is one of two dark side throne angels along with Asmadai, and 8th of 10 arch-demons. He’s also the Chancellor of the Order of the Fly, an order of satanic knights founded by bad boy Beelzebub himself. In Colin de Plancy’s 1818 book, Dictionnaire Infernal he’s the President of the Senate of demons and he’s also the Chancellor of Hell and supervisor of Satan’s wardrobe. (Adramelech is a fashionista? Hmmm, you couldn’t tell from his personal attire…..Or, maybe you could!)

He started out as a sun god worshiped by the inhabitants of Sepharvaim, a double-town (think Minneapolis/St. Paul or Buda/Pest) straddling the Euphrates. According to the bible, Adramelech has a taste for bar-b-cued babies, but that could be war-time propaganda. Later on, he was adopted by the Canaanite settlers in Carthage and renamed Moloch.

 

Agaliarept Jewish Demonology

Agaliarept (by Jeff Easley)

Agaliarept (by Jeff Easley)

Agaliarept, General, has the power to uncover the most well-hidden secrets of all of the courts and cabinets of the world and reveals the greatest mysteries; he commands the second legion of spirits and has Guer, Gusoyn and Boris etc. under his command. The Grand Grimoire p. 22

Meet Agaliarept, the James Bond of the dark side. He’s a super-spy, capable of uncovering the top secrets of any country. (Hmmm, I wonder what he knows about Roswell?) If you’re a wicked wicca wannabe in the market for demonic secrets, or just want to win the lottery, he’s the demon you talk to.

On the subject of lottery winning, as a public service, (and for a measly 65% of your winnings) I’ll explain how to summon the prognosticator:

Lying down, recite this prayer three times:

“Domine Jesu Christe, qui dixisti ego sum via, veritas et vita, ecce enim veritatem dilexisti, incerta et occulta sapientiæ tuæ manifestasti mihi, adhuc quæ reveles in hac nocte sicut ita revelatum fuit parvulis solis, incognita et ventura unaque alia me doceas, ut possim omnia cognoscere, si et si sit; ita monstra mihi montem ornatum omni nivo bono, pulchrum et gratum pomarium, aut quandam rem gratam, sin autem ministra mihi ignem ardentem, vel aquarum currentem vel aliam quamcumque rem quæ Domino placeat, et vel Angeli ARIEL, Rubiel et Barachiel sitis mihi multúm amatores et factores ad opus istud obtinendum quod cupio scire, videre cognoscere et prævidere per illum Deum qui venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos, et sæculum per ignem. Amen.”

After you finish, put the prayer, written on virgin parchment, under your pillow. (It doesn’t work if the parchment is sexually satiated.)  Have a mass of the Holy Spirit said and then take a nap.

While you’re sleeping, Agaliarept will drop by and tell you the hour that you need to buy your ticket. He’ll be easy to recognize. He’s tall, muscular, olive complected with shoulder-length, jet black hair done up in the Egyptian style.

After your nap, say three “Our Fathers” and three “Hail Marys” for the souls stuck in purgatory. (You might also request that they save you a good spot. You’ll be spending quite a bit of time there.)

According to the 18th century book “Le Grimoire du Pape Honorius” (“Grimore of Pope Honorius“) {PDF}, he’s answerable only to Satan himself. He’s the demon of anger, hate, vengeance, & war. Commander of Secret Police of Hell & Grand General in the Infernal army, Commander of the 2nd Legion of Spirits,  He’s also in charge of Europe and Asia Minor. (That’s a HELL of a resume!)

 

Agares (Agrat, Agaros, Agarus) Christian Demonology

AgaresAgares_12310The Second Spirit is a Duke called Agreas, or Agares. He is under the Power of the East and cometh up in the form of an old fair Man, riding upon a Crocodile, carrying a Goshawk upon his fist, and yet mild in appearance. He maketh them to run that stand still, and bringeth back runaways. He teaches all Languages or Tongues presently. He hath power also to destroy Dignities both Spiritual and Temporal, and causeth Earthquakes. He was of the Order of Virtues. He hath under his government 31 Legions of Spirits. And this is his Seal or Character which thou shalt wear as a Lamen before thee. The Ars Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King

Agares is a “fallen angel”.

At one time he was a member of the order of Virtues. I guess he got tired of chasing down rogue planets and asteroids or wanted a pay raise or bad-mouthed Big Daddy or got tired of doing all the work while the Seraphim just sat around feeding Big D’s ego. Whatever the reason, when Beelzebub revolted, Agares signed on.

When the revolt was over he got kicked off the cloud. Now, instead of herding asteroids, he’s “1st Duke of the power of the East”, with 31 legions under his command. (I’m not sure that’s a promotion, but it sounds like it’s a hell of a lot less work.)

He does utilize his previously learned skills. He has the ability to stop runners in their tracks and round-up runaways. He can also cause earthquakes. (And all this time, you thought continental drift was responsible.)

He’s multilingual to the degree that he can teach all languages. (He specializes in profanity and ethnic slurs.) He can incite dancing. (I thought that was St. Vitus’s job.) And, just for fun, he can destroy your reputation and your spiritual dignity (if you have any of either in the first place).

According to some accounts, he appears as a handsome man, but I think that depends on the eye of the beholder.

 

Agrat Bat Mahlat Jewish DemonologyAgrat Bat MahlatAgrat bat Mahlat (אגרת בת מחלת) is a succubus.

A succubus is a demon that can take the form of a very sexy woman. She seduces men into sex and drains them of all their energy, sometimes to the point of death. (What a way to go!)

In Hebrew, “bat” means “daughter of” and “Mahiat” comes from the word “mahalah” meaning sickness, or Mahathallah meaning deception. Therefore, the English translation would be “Agrat, the daughter of sickness” or “Agrat, the daughter of deception”, depending on who you believe. Neither of the two, sound very attractive.

However, Agrat is very attractive, with her red hair, grey panties and cute bat wings. Like all succubi, she’s very horny. (And, I’m not talking about the horns hidden in her tresses.)

According the Kabbalah, one of her conquests was King David of David & Goliath fame. Their progeny was a son, Asmodeus, king of demons. (You’ll meet him a few demons down.)

According to some accounts she’s one of four (A.b.M., Lilith, Naamah & Eisheth Zenunim) queens of the earth. Her monarchy is the eastern quarter (Eastern Russia, Turkey, China, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia & Australia).

On Wednesday evenings and Sundays, she gets together with Lilith. Lilith sings and she dances on roofs. She can also fly through the air on her chariot pulled by a flying ox, with her 18 myriads of demons trailing behind. (In classical history, a myriad is 10,000, so the sky gets awfully crowded with her, the ox, the chariot and 180,000 demons.

Aim (Aym, Aini, Harborym) Christian Demonology Aym:HaborymThe 23rd spirit is called Aim, a great duke and strong, he appeareth in ye form of a very handsome man in Body, with three heads. The first like a serpent, ye second like a man with two stars in his forehead, the third is like a Cat; he rideeth on a viper, carrying a fire brand in his hand burning, whereth he sets Cities Castles and great places on fire. He maketh one witty {in} all manner of wayes, and giveth true answers to privy matters, he governeth 26 Legions of Infernal spirits. The Ars Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King

Aim is a shape shifter. He can take the form of a very handsome, charming individual. Of course he’s more comfortable in his demon guise.

He like to play with people, making his conjurors seem charming and witty and at the same time, cunning and shrewd. He seems to have a warped sense of humor, with some crediting him with the creation of Ornithorhynchus anatinus, (aka platypus), a poisonous, duck-billed, egg laying mammal.

I always wondered where the platypus came from.

I always wondered where the platypus came from.

He’s also a big blabber-mouth and loves to divulge anyone’s deepest secrets. All you have to do is ask. However, best beware, he has no problem using your own secrets to manipulate you into doing his bidding.

If he can’t get what he wants through charm and/or guile, he has no problem resorting to violence. Since he’s ambidextrous, he can wield two weapons (a viper and a flaming sword) at once. His sword has the reputed ability to burn down large cities, but that goes back to when cities were primarily made of wood. I’m not sure if it would work in a modern metropolis. (Steel and concrete don’t burn all that well.)

 

Alastor Christian Demonology

Alastor pulling an "Alien".

Alastor pulling an “Alien”.

Alastor is an immigrant from Zoroasterism by way of Zeus and the gang. In fact, when Zeus was in foul form, he was referred to as Zeus Alastor. The name Alastor has also been used as a generic term for a class of evil spirits.

In Zoroasterism, he’s called “the Executioner”.

In Greek mythology, he was one of twelve sons of Neleus, the King of Pylos. When Heracles dropped by to ask Neleus to release him from a blood-debt, he refused. This pissed Heracles off a bit so he killed him and all his sons except Nestor. After his death, Alastor became the demon he is today. (Or at least the Greek version.)

In Christian demonology, he’s been described as a cacodemon, a possessing entity. (Holy Exorcism, Batman!) In psychology, cacodemonia is a delusionary form of insanity in which a person believes he’s possessed.

Alastor is Hell’s Commissioner of Public Works. (I suppose he’s in charge of keeping the furnaces fiery, the pitchforks sharp and the racks in working order.) He’s also an infernal judge and the chief executor of the decrees handed down by Beelzebub and his court.

 

It’s October! To celebrate, all  my posts will be horror related. So excited! Instead of talking about mythical creatures, I’ll be doing demons. Fun. Well, most of my posts will be horror related. I’m going to NYC Comic Con in a week and I will be blogging about that!

Among the demons of Greek and Roman mythology, one of the most famous is Alastor (“avenger”), popularly known as the evil genius of the householdAs a spirit of the household in Roman mythology, he incited people to murder and commit other sins. In Greek mythology, Alastor was originally a mortal, the son of Neleus who was the king of Pylos. Later, he became a minor demon after he was slain by Hercules.

– See more at: http://audenstreasury.blogspot.com/2013/10/demons-alastor.html#sthash.yp1vwMJj.dpuf

Among the demons of Greek and Roman mythology, one of the most famous is Alastor (“avenger”), popularly known as the evil genius of the householdAs a spirit of the household in Roman mythology, he incited people to murder and commit other sins. In Greek mythology, Alastor was originally a mortal, the son of Neleus who was the king of Pylos. Later, he became a minor demon after he was slain by Hercules.

In Zoroastrianism (one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions) demonology, he is know as “The Executioner.” Christian demonology refers to him as a possessing entity and the chief executioner to the monarch of Hell. In Greek mythology, he was also associated with sins that pass down from parent to child. His name means “avenging god” or “avenging deity.” He was the personification of familial feuds. Also known as a tormenting spirit or a Nemesis, Alastor is often called the destroying angel and is sometimes used as a generic term for evil spirits as a whole. – See more at: http://audenstreasury.blogspot.com/2013/10/demons-alastor.html#sthash.yp1vwMJj.dpuf

Among the demons of Greek and Roman mythology, one of the most famous is Alastor (“avenger”), popularly known as the evil genius of the householdAs a spirit of the household in Roman mythology, he incited people to murder and commit other sins. In Greek mythology, Alastor was originally a mortal, the son of Neleus who was the king of Pylos. Later, he became a minor demon after he was slain by Hercules.

In Zoroastrianism (one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions) demonology, he is know as “The Executioner.” Christian demonology refers to him as a possessing entity and the chief executioner to the monarch of Hell. In Greek mythology, he was also associated with sins that pass down from parent to child. His name means “avenging god” or “avenging deity.” He was the personification of familial feuds. Also known as a tormenting spirit or a Nemesis, Alastor is often called the destroying angel and is sometimes used as a generic term for evil spirits as a whole. – See more at: http://audenstreasury.blogspot.com/2013/10/demons-alastor.html#sthash.yp1vwMJj.dpuf

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Allocer (Alloces, Alocer) Christian Demonologyalocer_by_dopeydog

The Fifty-second Spirit is Alloces, or Alocas. He is a Duke, Great, Mighty, and Strong, appearing in the Form of a Soldier riding upon a Great Horse. His Face is like that of a Lion, very Red, and having Flaming Eyes. His Speech is hoarse and very big. His Office is to teach the Art of Astronomy, and all the Liberal Sciences. He bringeth unto thee Good Familiaars’ also he ruleth over 36 Legions of Spirits. The Ars Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King

Alocer is another “Great Duke of Hell”, and he has 36 legions to back him up. He dresses as a knight (It must get hot as “you know where” living in Hades and wearing all that metal.) He has the head of a lion, fiery eyes and crimson skin. He rides a horse with dragon legs (the horse’s, not his). When he speaks it’s with a loud and booming voice. (You might even say he roars.)

Hes a teacher of astrology and the liberal arts. He provides familiar spirits to witches to help with their magic. He also induces people to immorality. (Agrat Bat Mahiat and the other succubi can’t do it all themselves.)

 

Amaymon (Amaimon, Amoymon) Christian Demonology

Amaymon

  • Amaimon: In the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, Amaimon is said to know the past, present and future. He can cause visions an enable people to fly. He provides familiar spirits and can cause other spirits to appear and assume diverse forms. He can summon protection and revive the dead. The Abramelin material identifies him as one of the four infernal rulers of the cardinal directions. His domain is the south. In this text, he is one of eight sub-princes summoned to serve the magician as part of the Holy Guardian Angel rite. Mathers relates his name to a Greek root meaning “terrible violence and vehemence.” According to both Mathers and Agrippa, Amaimon’s equivalent in Jewish lore is the demon Mahazael. Scot’s Discoverie of the Witchcraft mentions that Amaimon is known for his dangerous, putrid breath and describes a technique of protection where conjurors wear a magick ring and hold this against their faces to ward away Amaimon’s harm. The same technique is advised for the infernal king Bileth. Mathers also notes Amaimon’s reputation for fiery or poisonous breath. He appears in Wierus’ Pseudomonarchia Daemonum under the name Amaymonis. Here he seems to be a chief among evil spirits. He is mentioned in connection with both Asmodeus and Bileth, and he is tied to deception and abominable practices. Although he is associated with the south in the Abramelin material, Amaimon is listed as the “King of the East” in Dr. Rudd’s Treatise on Angel Magic. Here, the name of this demon is rendered Amaymon. See also AGRIPPA, ASMODEUS, BILETH, MAHAZAEL, MATHERS, RUDD, SCOT, WIERUS.

 

 

Amaimon in the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is said to know the past, present, and future; he can enable visions and people to fly; he provides familiar spirits and causes other to emerge in diverse forms; and, he summons protection and revive the dead. The Abramelin identifies him as one of the four infernal rulers of the cardinal directions; his direction being South. He is one of the eight sub-princes commanded to serve the magickan during the conversation with the Holy Guardian Angel rite.

Mathers states his name comes from the Greek root meaning “terrible violence and vehemence.” Both Mathers and Agrippa claim Amaimon’s equivalent in Jewish lore is the demon Mahazael. In Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft Amaimon is described as having a dangerous, putrid breath. To protect the conjurors from this danger they are advised to hold a magick ring in front of their faces while conversing with the demon. The same technique is advised to be used with the infernal king Bileth. Mathers also notes Amaimon’s fury and poisonous breath. In Wierus’ Pseudomonarchia Daemonum Amaimon is named as Amaymonis. He is chief among evil spirits, associated with both Asmodeus and Bileth, and is connected to deception and abominable practices. Although the Abramelin associates him with the south In Dr. Rudd’s Treatise on Angel Magic he is called the “King of the East.” His name appears as Amaymon.

 

In Demonology, Amaimon is the only one who can control Asmodeous, the Demon of Lust

For to Invocate the Kinge say as ffolloweth –

O you great mighty and Powerfull kinge Amaymon, who beareth rule by the power of thy supreame god El over all spirits both superior and Inferiour of the Infernal order in the Dominion of the Earth [East], I invocate and command you by the especial and truest name of your god and by god that you worship and obey, and by the seal of ye Creation, & by the most mighty & powerfull name of god Jehovah Tetragrammaton, who cast you ought [out] of heaven with all other of the Infernall spirits and by all ye most powerfull and great names of god who created heaven, Earth & hell, and all things contained in them, and by their power and vertue, & by ye name Primeumaton who commandeth the whole host of heaven, that you cause, enforce & compell N. to come unto me hear before this Circle in a fair & comely forme, without doeing any harme to

me or any other Creature, and to answere truely & faithfull to all my Requests, That I may accomplish my will and desiers, in knowing or obtaining any matter or thing wch by office you know is proper for him to performe or to accomplish, threw [through] the power of god El who createth and disposeth of all things both celestiall, ayerall [aerial], Terrestiall [terrestrial] and Infernall.

The Ars Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King

When one exorcises him, it is necessary to be steadfast and call him by his name. He gives rings made under the influence of a certain constellation; he advises men on how to render themselves invisible and instructs them in geometry, arithmetic, astronomy and the mechanical arts. He knows also of treasures, which one can force him to reveal; 72 legions obey him.

In Demonology, Amaymon (also Amaimon, or Amoymon) is a Prince of Hell, and, according to some Grimoires, the only one who has power over Asmodai.[1]

A curious characteristic of this Spirit is shown during the Evocation of Asmodai to visible appearance, when the Exorcist must stand upright with his Cap or Headdress removed in a show of respect; for if he does not it is Amaymon who will deceive him and doom all his work.

Amaymon is said to have a deadly poisonous breath.

The Lesser Key of Solomon states the Exorcist or conjurer must be in possession of a Silver Ring, duly consecrated and worn on the middle finger as a form of protection against this poisonous astral breath.

According to Pseudomonarchia Daemonum he is the King of the West, although for some translations of The Lesser Key of Solomon he is King of the East (Although some translations of The Lesser Key of Solomon consider Belial, Beleth, Asmodai and Gaap kings of the four cardinal directions, though not giving detail on the cardinal point each rule).

According to the grimoire The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Amaymon (as Amaimon) was one of the eight Sub-Princes, described as an Egyptian devil whom Abramelin restrained from working evil from the third hour till noon and from the ninth till evening.

(Egyption) Sun God. Much like Lucifer except controls reproduction and life.

 

 

Amdusias Christian Demonology

Amduscias is a bit horny.

Amdusias looks a bit horny.

Amdusias SigilAmdusias

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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