Half-halfling, half-elf wizard of the geomancer variety.
Faithfull scribe of the Noldor Calastir, Dark Lord of the Phallic Symbols. Currently living in his tower, trying to manage his household and estate while he searches for a cure for old age for his somnostatic human wife, the warpriestess Zena.
Demons rain down from heaven into hell, Egerton 2781 f.1v, c.1340: “According to medieval Christian belief, these creatures were fallen angels, whose dark, hairy, winged bodies were a perversion of the angelic form. Though not always visible they were nevertheless believed to be ever-present. A diagram of the universe in a fourteenth-century Book of Hours shows these demons raining down from heaven towards Satan, bound in chains below the cosmos.”
A New and Complete Illustration of the Occult Sciences by Ebenezer Sibly [1751-1800], M.D. F.R.H.S., Embellished with Curious Copper-Plates, London, 1806.
"The dimensions of the circle is [sic] as follows: a piece of ground is usually chosen nine feet square, at the full extent of which parallel lines are drawn one within another, having sundry crosses and triangles described between them, close to which is formed the first or outer circle; then, about half a foot within the same, a second circle is described; and wihin that another square correspondent to the first, the centre of which is the seat or spot where the master and associate are to be placed. The vacancies formed by the various lines and angles of the figure, are filled up with all the holy names of God, having crosses and triangles described betwixt them agreeable to a sketch I have given in the annexed plate, where likewise I have projected the form of magic seals, pentacles, &c. &c. just to give the reader an idea of what is meant, whenever we have occasion to speak of them in the following discourse.”
According to popular 16th century thought, each month saw a particular demon (usually, but not always, one of Binsfield’s Crowned Princes of Hell) at the apex of their power. What demon was at apex the month you were born?
JANUARY - Belial: name means “without worth” or “without law/master;” associated with lawlessness
FEBRUARY - Leviathan: ferocious sea monster, who Thomas Aquinas associated with the deadly sin of envy
MARCH - Satan: not a name but a title - “adversary;” tester of man, used from early Christian era as personification of temptation
APRIL - Belphigor: a Prince of Hell who tempts man with ideas for inventions and earning great wealth; Binsfield associated with sloth
MAY - Lucifer: dawn-bringer, often thought to be the angel who fell first and/or confused with Satan; mostly associated with pride
JUNE - Berith: tempts men to murder and blaspheme; head of hell’s archives
JULY - Beelzebub: one of the Seven Princes of Hell, oft-associated with Satan and Lucifer; Lord of Flies and, according to Binsfield, associated with gluttony (though others would associate him with pride)
AUGUST - Astaroth: Crowned Prince of Hell; masculinized version of the goddess Astoreth (who comes from Ishtar, who comes from Inanna); demon of accusors and inquisitors
SEPTEMBER - Thammuz: Christianization of Sumerian god Tammuz/Dmuzi, who presided over fertility and foodstuffs and courted Inanna
OCTOBER - Baal: Prince of Hell; this name is given to many “false gods” in the Bible; this specific entity was associated with the ability to make men wise, eventually to their own detriment
NOVEMBER - Asmodeus (called “Asmodai” in the text): name may mean “demon of wrath,” but Binsfield - and most other demonologists of his time - associated him with lust; later, others associated him with revenge
DECEMBER - Moloch: Christianization of ancient Ammonite god of same (and many similar) name, always associated with sacrifice, often of children
The Vévé of Baron Samedi. Samedi, according to Vodun belief, is the Loa of the dead and master of resurrection. He is an outrageous spirit, often making lewd jokes to other spirits, he has a fondness for smoking and alcohol, and generally obscene behavior.
Grand Bois (Gran Bwa) Haiti lacks a hunting tradition, but has a deity that represents the power of all vegetation and all forests in Grand Bois. This deity is a paramount healer since much of our pharmacopeia is anchored in the vegetal kingdom.
In HaitianVodou, Grand Bois (meaning great wood, also Grans Bwa, Bran Bwa, Ganga-Bois) is an elemental, nature-oriented loa closely associated with trees, plants and herbs. Offerings to him include leaves and herbs, honey, and spiced rum. As a Petro Loa and Loa of the wilderness he can be fierce and unpredictable in some aspects.
Grand Bois, Maitre Carrefour (Master Crossroads), and Baron Cimetière (Baron Cemetery) form the Triad of Magicians. They represent the journey of life: Grand Bois represents the rich earth that you spring from and the dark woods you stumble through, Maitre Carrefour represents the various roads and paths you choose to travel on, and Baron Cimitère represents the end of the trip.
Grand Bois is represented by Saint Sebastian as his Catholic counterpart. His colours are commonly shades of green (sometimes including red in some Houses).