Beelzebub (Page 2)
Other demonologists also regarded Beelzebub as the ruler of the infernal regions:
"Beelzebub was Prince of the Seraphim, the next unto Lucifer. For all the princes, that is to say all the chief of the nine choirs of angels, are fallen; and of the choir of Seraphim there fell the three first, to wit, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Leviathan, who did all revolt." (Possessed Catholic nun Sister Madeleine of Aix-en-Provence)
"There are some of the school of the theologians who distribute the evil spirits into nine degrees, as contrary to the nine orders of the angels. Therefore the first of these are those which are called False Gods, who usurping the name of God, would be worshipped for gods, and require sacrifices and adorations, as that Devil, who saith to Christ, if thou wilt fall down and worshop me, I will give thee all these things, showing him all the kingdoms of the world; and the prince of these is he who said, I will ascend above the height of the clouds, and will be like to the Most High; who is therefore called Beelzebub, that is, an old god."
(Renaissance magician Cornelius Agrippa)
"As a monarch of hell, Beelzebub is of a prodigious size with a swollen chest and a bloated face with flashing eyes and raised eyebrows. He also gives a menacing aura and sits on a throne surrounded by fire. He is black as a Moor, with large nostrils and two horns on his head. He has two bat-like wings attached to his shoulders, two duck feet, a lion's tail, and is covered from head to foot in shaggy fur." (Palingene's Zodiaco Vitae)
"Then I summoned Beelzeboul to appear before me again. When he was seated, I thought it appropriate to ask him, 'Why are you alone Prince of the Demons?' He replied, 'Because I am the only one left of the heavenly angels (who fell). I was the highest-ranking angel in heaven, the one called Beelzeboul. There is also accompanied me another ungodly (angel) whom God cut off and now, imprisoned here, he holds in his power the race of those bound by me in Tartarus. He is being nurtured in the Red Sea; when he is ready, he will come in triumph. I said to him, 'What are your activities?' He replied, 'I bring destruction by means of tyrants; I cause the demons to be worshiped alongside men; and I arouse desire in holy men and select priests. I bring about jealousies and murders in a country, and I instigate wars." (Testament of Solomon, 6:1-4)
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (3) Masello, Robert, Fallen Angels. . . and Spirits of the Dark, The Berkley Publishing Group; (4) Testament of Solomon, Lulu Enterprises; (5) Lewis, James R., Angels A to Z, Visible Ink Press.
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