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I may be an astronomer, but I do remain a demon. Do not for a moment ever take me lightly simply due to my profession.
Stolas.

Stolas is the 26th Spirit of the Ars Goetia and a Great Prince of Hell, commanding twenty-six legions of demons (twenty-five according to other authors).

Overview

Stolas is given the title of a Great Prince of Hell, or sometimes simply Prince. Like all the other demons of the Goetia, Stolas commands a particular number of demonic legions, specifically 26.

His duties and skills are described consistently across the Goetia, Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, and the Dictionnaire Infernal, and describe Stolas as bearing superlative knowledge of astronomy, the value of precious stones, and the effectiveness of herbs or poisonous plants. He will impart that knowledge to those who summon him.

Appearance

He is depicted as either being a crowned owl with long legs, a raven, or a man. His black raven is his demon form while his "angelic" form is that of a winged man with dark curly hair and blue eyes.

Personality

Power and Abilities

He teaches astronomy and the knowledge of poisonous plants, herbs and precious stones. Knowledge of the stars is very important to the demons as are the uses of stones and herbs for magical and ritualistic purposes.

  • Knowledge of Astronomy
  • Knowledge of Herbs and Stones

History

Myth and Legends

The 1583 edition of Weyer's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum gives the following description to Stolas:

Stolas is a great prince, appearing in the forme of a nightraven, before the exorcist, he taketh the image and shape of a man, and teacheth astronomie, absolutelie understanding the vertues of herbes and pretious stones; there are under him twentie six legions.

The 1904 translation of the Goetia by S. L. MacGregor Mathers describes Stolas similarly to the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, showing the latter's influence:

The Thirty-sixth Spirit is Stolas, or Stolos. He is a Great and Powerful Prince, appearing in the Shape of a Mighty Raven at first before the Exorcist; but after he taketh the image of a Man. He teacheth the Art of Astronomy, and the Virtues of Herbs and Precious Stones. He governeth 26 Legions of Spirits; and his Seal is this, which is, etc.

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Trivia

  • As Collin de Plancy correctly illustrates, "nightraven" is another term for owl. The version of the Goetia used by Mathers reduces this to just "raven", in the process destroying the sense of the text.
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