A Year of Demons â€“ January and June
Religion Articles 8/29/12
By: Yona Williams
Demons are supernatural (oftentimes malicious) being that often appears in religious texts, literature, folklore, nighttime stories, and tales of the occult. During the 16th century, there was a belief that each demon had a specific time of the year (one month in specific) where it would be the strongest. That particular demon was thought to enjoy strengthened powers at that time. In this article, you will learn about various demons and the months they are associated with.
January â€“ Belial
Along with Satan, Lucifer and Leviathan, Belial is known as one of the Four Crown Princes of Hell â€“ representing the Earth and the North. He appears as a demon in the Bible, as well as is mentioned in Jewish and Christian texts. Depending on the accounts you study, Belial is depicted in a variety of ways. For example, Belial is described as a powerful king that rules 50 legions that were made after Lucifer in the Goetia. He appears as two striking angels that sit in a chariot of fire.
According to one of the Dead Sea Scrolls (titled 'The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness'), Belial is the leader of the Sons of Darkness. It is mentioned: "But for corruption thou hast made Belial, an angel of hostility. All his dominions are in darkness, and his purpose is to bring about wickedness and guilt. All the spirits that are associated with him are but angels of destruction."
Other references to Belial in religious-related texts include:
â€¢ Belial is listed as the 68th spirit in "The Lesser Key of Solomon" â€“ a popular book regarding the topic of demonology.
â€¢ In the 'Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs' (a work that centers on the dying commands of the twelve sons of Jacob), Belial is introduced as an opponent of God and not a servant.
â€¢ In 'The Ascension of Isaiah' (a text that dates back from the late 1st century AD to the second half of the 2nd century AD), Belial is acknowledged as the angel of lawlessness and 'the ruler of this world.'
Belial is also a term that is used to characterize vast wickedness. The demon is also referred to by many other names, such as Be'lial, Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Belias, Beliall, Beliel, Bilael, and Belu.
June â€“ Berith
Before Berith was viewed as a demon associated with Christian beliefs, he was known as the god of the Canaanite city. When reading the Book of Judges, you learn that his temple undergoes destruction after Abimelech suppressed the rising of his subjects. In Christian demonology circles, Berith (or Baal-Berith) served as the chief secretary of Hell and was head of its public archives. He was the demon that tempted men to commit blasphemy and murder. When he joined the other princes of Hell, he was often seen as a kind of pontiff. Berith is sometimes described as having the ability to give truthful answers regarding things of the past, present and future. The demon was also linked to being able to turn all metals into gold.
Demonologists of the 16th century stated that Berith's power was stronger in the month of June.