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The Phonecian symbol for Astarte is a woman with upraised arms. Her face is a disk and her body is a triangle. She was considered the Goddess of Syria, Phonecia, and western Mediterranean colonies. Astarte was referred to as Astroarche or Queen of the Stars.

  1. Astaroth is a demon that evolved from the ancient Phoenician mother goddess of fertility Astarte, and the Akkadian goddess of war and sexual love Ishtar. He is one of the three supreme evil demons along with Beelzebub and Lucifer in Grimoire Verum and Grand Gimoire, which date from about the 18th century.
  2. Astarothis a Crowned Prince and Great Duke of Hell. 1 Summary 2 Appearance 3 Personality 4 Power and Abilities 5 History 5.1 Fall from Heaven 5.2 Modern times 5.3 Box Full of Evil 5.4 Darkness Calls and the Storm 5.5 The Prophecy 5.5.1 The Descent 6 Myth and Legends 7 Quotes 8 Extra Information 9 Gallery Astaroth is also the twenty-ninth spirit listed in the Ars Goetia. He is an exceptionally.
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Astaroth illustration from the Dictionnaire Infernal (1818)
Astaroth's seal (according to The Lesser Key of Solomon)

Astaroth (also Ashtaroth, Astarot and Asteroth), in demonology, is the Great Duke of Hell in the first hierarchy with Beelzebub and Lucifer; he is part of the evil trinity. He is a male figure most likely named after the Near Eastern goddess Astarte.

Background[edit]

The name Astaroth was ultimately derived from that of 2nd millennium BC Phoenician goddess Astarte,[1] an equivalent of the Babylonian Ishtar, and the earlier Sumerian Inanna. She is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in the forms Ashtoreth (singular) and Ashtaroth (plural, in reference to multiple statues of her). This latter form was directly transliterated in the early Greek and Latin versions of the Bible, where it was less apparent that it had been a plural feminine in Hebrew.

Appearances in literature[edit]

The name 'Astaroth' as a male demon is first known from The Book of Abramelin, purportedly written in Hebrew c. 1458, and recurred in most occultgrimoires of the following centuries. Astaroth also features as an archdemon associated with the qliphoth (adverse forces) according to later Kabbalistic texts.

Dutch demonologist Johann Weyer also described Astaroth in his Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (1577) thus: 'Astaroth is a great and a strong duke, coming forth in the shape of a foul angel, sitting upon an infernal dragon, and carrying on his right hand a viper', who also claimed to rule 40 legions. Also, he had to be approached by the conjurer with a magical ring on account of his stinking breath.[2] He is similarly referred to in the 17th-century work The Lesser Key of Solomon. He also makes an appearance in the notorious Grimorium Verum (True Grimoire), as the infernal principality which rules the Americas.

According to some demonologists of the 16th century, August is the month during which this demon's attacks against man are stronger. According to Sebastien Michaelis, he is a demon of the First Hierarchy, who seduces by means of laziness, self-doubt, and rationalized philosophies. His adversary is St. Bartholomew, who can protect against him for he has resisted Astaroth's temptations. To others, he teaches mathematical sciences and handicrafts, can make men invisible and lead them to hidden treasures, and answers every question formulated to him. He was also said to give to mortal beings the power over serpents.

Was mentioned as a co-signatory of a Diabolical pact with Urban Grandier.

According to Francis Barrett (c. 1801), Astaroth is the prince of accusers and inquisitors. In art, in the Dictionnaire Infernal (1818), Astaroth is depicted as a nude man with feathered wings, wearing a crown, holding a serpent in one hand, and riding a beast with dragon-like wings and a serpent-like tail.

Astaroth appears in the Science Fiction book, Monster Hunter International(book 1) by Larry Correia.

Appearances in film[edit]

Ashtaroth is one of three demons summoned by Faustus to attack Benvolio in Doctor Faustus.

The 'Star of Astoroth' features prominently in the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, where is takes the form of a magical medallion.

Astaroth is named in the 1976 Hammer horror film To the Devil a Daughter.

Astaroth Altar

In the 1920 silent horror film The Golem: How He Came into the World, Rabbi Loew and his assistant summon Astaroth to animate the Golem resulting in deadly and destructive results.

Astaroth also appears in the 2007 television series Blood Ties. Symbol appears in the first few episodes.

Astaroth symbolism is also prevalent in the 2018 movie Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made and a symbol of Astaroth appears in the movie over 170 times.

Astaroth Demon

The Solomonic seal of Astaroth makes an appearance in Pyewacket.

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

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  1. ^Lon Milo DuQuette and Christopher S. Hyatt. Aleister Crowley's Illustrated Goetia (1992). New Falcon: Temple, AZ, USA, p. 52.
  2. ^'Johann Weyer, Pseudomonarchia Daemonum'. esotericarchives.com.

Sources[edit]

  • S. L. MacGregor Mathers, A. Crowley, The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King (1904). 1995 reprint: ISBN0-87728-847-X.
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