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Bael.

Bael is ranked as the first demonic spirit of the Ars Goetia and principal king of Hell, ruling over the East, along with being the head of the infernal powers.

Overview

Bael's Sigil (Art from the Lesser Key of Solomon)

Bael is the first of the 72 Spirits of King Solomon and governs 66 to 250 legions of Demonic Spirits. He is a Fallen Angel turned Demon and is described as a hoarsely-voiced king with the power to make men invisible. Many minor deities of ancient Syria and Persia carried the name Baal, which means "the lord." According to some authors, Bael is a Duke of Hell, with 66 legions of demons under his command.

Bael is believed to be the original King of Hell, ruling Hell before being dethroned by the Devil. He is able to make his conjurer invisible. According to the Grand Grimoire, he is a direct subordinate of Lucifuge. According to Wierus, Bael is the first king of Hell with estates in the East.

In the Livre des Esperitz, Bael is described as a king ruled by Oriens, still possessing the power of invisibility, as well as the power to garner the favor of others, but ruling over only six legions of demons. Sloane MS 3824 mentions Bael, in "Of the Demon Rulers," as a king ruled by Oriens, attributed with teaching science, granting invisibility, and controlling 250 legions of spirits. Bael appears in later editions of the Grimoire of Pope Honorius, under Astaroth, as a prince whose powers include (again) invisibility and popularity.

Appearance

While his Semitic predecessor was depicted as a man or a bull, the demon Bael said to appear in the forms of a man, cat, toad, or combinations thereof with the appearance of a king or soldier or with the heads of the three creatures onto a set of spider legs. He is triple-headed, with a cat's head and a toad's head on each side of his human head.

Personality

Powers and Abilities

He is attributed with teaching science, granting invisibility, and controlling 250 legions of spirits. According to Francis Barrett, he has the power to make those who invoke him invisible, and to some other demonologists his power is stronger in October. According to some sources, he can make people wise, speaks with a hoarse voice, and carries ashes in his pocket along with necromancy.

History

Bael was amongst the order of high angels that joined the ranks of Lucifer during the War in Heaven only to be cast out alongside his fallen cohorts into the abyss which was then formed into and established as Hell.

Myths and Legends

A king of Hell, ruling over 66 demon legions. He is one of the 72 demons of the Goetia and presides over all kinds of knowledge. It's said he is able to satisfy all sexual desires. He appears with a spider's body and the heads of a cat, human, and toad. Though there are times at which he appears as a mix of these species. He is an especially powerful king in the Goetia, and 'leads the eastern army.
The Demonic Compendium.

During the English Puritan period, Bael was either compared to Satan or considered his main assistant. According to Francis Barrett, he has the power to make those who invoke him invisible, and to some other demonologists his power is stronger in October. According to some sources, he can make people wise, speaks with a hoarse voice, and carries ashes in his pocket along with necromancy. Bael has connection with the Canaanite god Baal Hadad. He was an agricultural and fertility deity of Canaan.

Sloane MS 3824 mentions Bael, in "Of the Demon Rulers," as a king ruled by Oriens, attributed with teaching science, granting invisibility, and controlling 250 legions of spirits. According to the le Grand Grimoire, Bael is the head of the infernal powers. He is also the first demon listed in Wierus' Pseudomonarchia daemonum.

Divine Equivalent

The greatest Baal was the son of El, the High God of Canaan. He was the lord of life and ruled the death-rebirth cycle. He engaged in a battle with Mot (death) and was slain and sent to the underworld. The crops withered, until Baal’s sister, Anath, the maiden goddess of love, found his body and gave it proper burial. The Canaanites worshipped Baal by sacrificing children by burning.

The term "Baal" is used in various ways in the Old Testament, with the usual meaning of master, or owner. It came to sometimes mean the local pagan god of a particular people, and at the same time all of the idols of the land. The name is drawn from the Canaanite deity Baal mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the primary god of the Phoenicians.

Baal was primarily a sun-god was for a long time almost a dogma among scholars, and is still often repeated. This doctrine is connected with theories of the origin of religion which are now almost universally abandoned. The worship of the heavenly bodies is not the beginning of religion. Moreover, there was not, as this theory assumes, one god Baal, worshipped under different forms and names by the Semitic peoples, but a multitude of local Baals, each the inhabitant of his own place, the protector and benefactor of those who worshipped him there. Even in the astro-theology of the Babylonians the star of Bel was not the sun: it was the planet Jupiter.

In the ancient world of the Persian Empire, the idols were called "ba`als", each of which represented a local spirit-deity or "demon". Until archaeological digs at Ras Shamra and Ebla uncovered texts explaining the Syrian pantheon, the demon Ba‘al Zebûb was frequently confused with those various Semitic spirits and deities. Early demonologists, unaware of Hadad or that "Ba`al" in the Bible referred to any number of local spirits, came to regard the term as referring to but one personage. The idea of Baal as one specific demon was created when Christianity regarded ancient pagan gods as demons and demonology divided the demonic population of the Underworld in several hierarchies.

Quotes

They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
Jeremiah 19:5-6.
The slaying of a king is like the slaying of a god. Now, I must put an end to your blood streaked soul.
Bael.
Incredible how thee found I, mortal!
Bael.
Yes, I have fallen. I fell to the sunless and cinder-choked land below and was stripped of my boons of agriculture, but I gained more in exchange. I could, say, teach you an alternative to a thermonuclear weapon that doesn't bathe the blast site with radiation or teach you the true solution to reversing the warming of the air of the mortal world. But I require a gift in return. Choose what you desire wisely, mortal.
Bael.
Don't be mistaken. Me and the other demons? We don't love him. We respect him. We respect him for his power, for his authority, for his influence. If he ever loses his power or authority or influence, don't be surprised when news arrived of his headless corpse.
Gremory

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Trivia

  • According to Rudd, Bael is opposed by the angel Vehuiah.
  • According to the Zohar, Bael is equal in rank to the archangel Raphael.
  • In the Dictionnaire Infernal, the deity Baal is also listed in an earlier and separate entry, though de Plancy does connect the two.
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