Ornias (trans. "pesky") is the first demon mentioned in the Testament of Solomon. This demon was harassing the head workman's boy as they were constructing the Temple of Jerusalem. Every day at sunset, the demon would take half of the boy's wages and suck his thumb (meaning to drain his energy). Solomon inquired as to why the boy was growing thinner, and when he heard of … [Read more...]
King Solomon was the son of David and king of Israel from around 970-931 BCE. The Hebrew Bible describes him as wise, wealthy and powerful, and he is credited with building the First Temple in Jerusalem. Read articles about Solomon below.
Onoskelis (Greek: "she with the ass's legs") was a female demon with a beautiful form mentioned in the Testament of Solomon. "Her body was that of a woman with a fair complexion, but her legs were those of a mule" - TSol 4:2The name is usually associated with the hobgoblin, Empusa, who was able to assume various shapes, however in this case, she is a satyra (female satyr). … [Read more...]
Here's a brief history of Judaism from Antiquity to the Destruction of the Second Temple in 70CE The First Temple Period The First Temple was constructed during the reign of David's son, Solomon, and completed in 957 BC. It was built as an abode for the Ark and as a place for the entire people. The building itself, therefore, was not large, but the courtyard was extensive. … [Read more...]
According to legend, King Solomon was not only the wisest man in the land but he also had magical abilities. By the Renaissance, a number of magical texts (called grimoires) were penned in his name. This series of articles attempts to trace the roots of how King Solomon became a powerful magician. … [Read more...]
Lix Tetrax is the demon of the wind in the Testament of Solomon. The term Lix is a Greek term referring to the earth, while Tetrax refers to a four-season year. The name has been identified with the Ephesian name connected to the wind found on a tablet from Crete. Here, the demon describes his activities: "'I create divisions among men, I make whirlwinds, I start … [Read more...]