Rank: Duke; Sub-Prince; Prince
Date: Dec 31-Jan 9; May 15-20
Color: Mauve, Magenta, Brown, Green
Element: Earth; “the Watery Part of the Earth”
Animal: Viper; Cobra
Zodiac: Taurus 25-29; Capricorn 10-20
Tarot: 1 of Cups; 3 of Disks/Pentacls
Direction: West; North; Southwest
Qlipha: Gamchicoth (Jupiter)
Planet: Venus; Mercury
Country or Continent: America
Inferiors: Lepaca, Apolhun, Nebiros, Amon, Pruslas, Sargatanas, Barbatos
Attributions: Ruby, Cinquefoil, Vervain, Mugwort, Emerald, The Blood of a Sea Tortoise, Copper, Beryl, Lemon, Sandalwood, Dragon’s Wort, Mauve, Juniper
Above: Artistic Depiction of Astaroth for Pathworking and an Altar Piece
(Picture Credit: G.A. Roseberg)
It is our coven gnosis that Astaroth is the entity which appeared to various Semitic cultures by the names of Ishtar, Isis, Astarte, and Inanna. Both Stephany Conolly and the Coven of the Golden Sigil had verified this gnosis of ours through their own gnosis before we did. E.A. Koetting, however, disputes this consensus in his book Evoking Eternity.
Koetting argues that since the Astaroth of demonology is a baleful male entity rather than a loving woman, they must be separate entities. However, Astaroth’s appearance in demonology hearkens rather strongly to the varied cultural depictions of Astaroth, one of which was referred to as “She Who Walks on a Dragon” and created a certain species of serpent. Since the Astaroth of demonology traditionally manifests riding a dragon and carrying a serpent, the case for the one-ness of these divinities is clear. Peter Grey has interpreted the pentagram in Astaroth’s sigil as being a reference to her power, as Isis or Ament, over the realm of the dead. Astaroth’s appearances depict her as the queen of the dead and the underworld, and Qliphothic demonology paints Astaroth as one of the Qliphoth’s eleven rulers. Demonology and mythology both paint Astaroth as primarily Venusian in nature, just like Ishtar. Amon is one of Astaroth’s recorded inferiors, associating her with the Egyptian pantheon.
The planetary attributions ascribed to the spirits delineated by Goetic demonology are predicated upon a system of sevenfold emanation, while the planetary attributions ascribed to the spirits in Qliphothic demonology correspond to a system of tenfold emanation, which tenfold schema was a later development. This is why the planetary attributions of the same entities always differ in tune with these two schools of demonology.
If you want to understand Astaroth fully, you must become familiar with all of the varying character traits which have been revealed throughout various demonological and mythological descriptions of him, which varying depictions delineate the different aspects of his character. The aspect of Astaroth named Ishtar is related to Venus, as is Astaroth in the sevenfold model employed in Goetic demonology. Since Qliphothic demonology attributes Astaroth to Jupiter, I conclude that Astaroth is the infernal, Jupiterian, and masculous face of the Venusian deity known as Ishtar. To my knowledge, this aspect of Isis-Astarte found its original recordings within the Solomonic and Qabbalistic traditions and were greatly expounded upon by modern sorcerers of the Left Hand Path, the Black Lodge of Occultism (the Western magickal tradition), e.g. Satanists, Luciferians, and Demonolaters like me. It is this aspect of Astarte-Inanna to which this article restricts itself.
Astaroth the demon frequently appears to black magickians as female, but usually manifests as male. He is purportedly all-knowing, willfully revealing secrets and divesting answers regarding the past, present, and future alike. His auspices are useful in research projects and he can make the witch knowledgable concerning any liberal science. He specializes in matters concerning friendship, romance, money, blood magick, luck, prosperity, initiation, murder, psychic vampyrism, sanguine vampyrism, atavisms within the causal, shapeshifting in the astral planes (atavisms in the acausal), clarity, divination in lucid dreams, skrying, sadistic pleasures, past life visions, communion with the Higher Self, hydromancy, pyromancy, necromancy, divination with bones, astral time travel, lust, practicality, predatory warriorhood, and warfare.
I have tentatively said in the past that perhaps Isis-Astarte, being originally non-demonic and non-Qliphothic (but still an underworld goddess), may have sought out the empowerment of her soul via Qliphothic-demonic energy, bringing about a new baleful manifestation useful for seeking revenge for the smothering of Paganism enacted by the Abrahamic divinity and his various cults. According to A Manual of Occultism by Sepharial, Astaroth’s legion of demons (the eighth legion) specifically pursues the persecution of Christians. I had had multiple intimations and intellectual reasons for considering eight as being magickally relevant to Astaroth, so the attribution of her to the eighth legion (by Sepharial) finally got me convinced.
Astaroth can impart the approval and good graces of powerful people to the witch. He can teach the magickian to empower thoughtforms for healing purposes and the pursuit of monetary wealth. He can create a powerful thoughtform—a guardian of the homestead.
According to The Book of Sitra Achra, Astaroth is the “Master of the Liminal Points of Crossing” and the “Lord of the Dark Gate” who may guide the sorcerer to and through the Abyss (that’s what lies beyond the gate). According to The Queen of Hell, once Astaroth opens his gate and the witch dares to cross it, she is stripped of ego and will experience “visions and manifestations.”
Astaroth liberates the sorcerer of the myriad restrictions placed upon her spirit by the physical-ness of our universe, opening the “Eye of Abaddon” such as to permit them to perceive the truths which lie behind the veil of causality.
The various goddess manifestations of Astaroth were described as beautiful women, whereas the male-Jupiterian aspect is described as a hideous male. This disparity was cited by Koetting in arguing against the one-ness of Ishtar and Astaroth. However, The Book of Ceremonial Magic by Arthur Edward Waite describes the male form by using the word “beautiful.”
I use “Salve Astaroth Genetrix” [Hail to the Great Mother Astaroth] and “Qodesh la-Ashtoreth Karnaim” [Holy to Astaroth of the Two Horns] as magickal chants in rites dedicated to Astaroth. Astaroth’s traditional enn or summoning chant is “Tasa Alora Foren Astaroth.” I use the chant “Aperiatur Acharayim, Et Germinet Astaroth” [Open the Infernal Plane, and Bring Forth Astaroth] to call upon him. A chant I sometimes use in rites to Astaroth, composed of her various monikers throughout Pagan tradition, is “Inanna, Isis, Astarte, Ishtar, Ashtoreth Karnaim.”