Baal is also often called Bael or even Beelzebub or Beelzebul. Baal was often said to have appeared in the form of either a man, cat, toad, or a combination of the three. Collin de Plancy's 1818 book “Dictionnaire Infernal”, the heads of the three creatures were placed onto spider legs.
Who is Baal?
In demonology, Baal is said to be the first and principal of the seven princes of hell. He has also been referred to as a king, since his name means “master” or “lord.” Baal was the chief god of the Caananites; a god of rain, dew, and fertile fields who rode on the clouds. But, his name came to later be associated with other deities. The name Baal often came to refer to a combination of many local deities that were the patrons of different cities through Asia Minor and the Levant. At times, the name Baal was even used for any high-ranking demon or even Satan himself in some Christian writings.
Baal in the Bible
Baal worship features prominently of the Book of Judges. After the death of the famous Israelite leader Joshua, best known for the Battle of Jericho, Israel went back and forth between worshiping the Lord and local deities. Chief among these was Baal, although there were others, as well. The Lord would eventually “punish” the Israelites for this idol worship by forsaking them and letting them be captured by the Assyrians and Jerusalem was destroyed.
Baal Worship in Modern Times
Baal, or Beelzebub, has become very much a part of popular culture. There are books, comics, movies, television shows, and video games that all depict him as a character in one way or another. For example, the classic book “Lord of the Flies” directly refers to Beelzebub.
Witchcraft, Magick, & Demonology
Baal is top demon of Goetia. In astrology, the zodiac position is 0-4 degrees of Aries. The tarot card often associated with Baal is the 2 of Rods (From Azazel). The associating planet is the sun. His rank is king. Baal is a day demon of the fire element and rules over 66 legions of spirits. In magick, Baal’s metal is iron, his plant is the fern and the candle color is black.
Cain’s wife is an interesting figure in the Bible mainly due to the fact that it’s unclear what her name was and exactly who she was. All that’s really known about her is that she bore Cain a son after he was exiled to the Land of Nod. In other Christian writings, however, she is often referred to by the name of Awan (or Aven).
Cain’s Wife in the Land of Nod
In the Bible, the Land of Nod is not a physical place, although it is said to be “east of Eden”. The word “nod” is actually a Hebrew verb that means “to wander”. Essentially, being in the Land of Nod actually means that you are a nomad. People were often nomadic in those days so that wasn't necessarily considered a bad thing. However, that would eventually change as Cain and his descendants would establish a city there. Wherever it was, it was in the Land of Nod that Cain’s wife bore Cain’s son Enoch.
She Bore Enoch
Enoch is a very important person in the bible, which is why Cain’s wife is so important. However, Cain’s son Enoch is not the famous prophet Enoch. This Enoch was important because of the city that is named after him. Whether he built it himself or Cain by it in his name is unclear in the Bible. But for that alone, Cain's son Enoch is notable. Enoch and his descendants would end up growing this city. However, this City of Enoch would not be the same City of Enoch that would later see its inhabitants disappear after the prophet Enoch was taken into heaven by God. However, they are related, just not the same person.
Was Cain’s Wife Also His Sister?
It was common in the days of Genesis for people to marry their relatives. Cousins and even siblings often married in order to have children and grow the family. This was considered a completely normal practice in those days, as the world's population of humans was so small. So, whatever her name may have been, she was likely his sister.
Demonology - Lilith as Adam's Wife
Lilith is a famous demon that is known for many different reasons. One of the most important stories about Lilith is her association with Adam, as his first wife before Eve. It was actually said in Judaism for a time that Lilith, not Eve, was responsible for Adam’s downfall.
Who is Lilith?
While many Christians believe that Eve was the first woman, it may actually be the case that Lilith was actually the first woman created. In Jewish folklore, it is said that Lilith was actually made from the same dirt as Adam. 13th century writings say that Lilith left Adam and coupled with Archangel Samael, after she refused to be a subservient for Adam.
Lilith in the Bible
Interestingly, Lilith only makes a single appearance in the Bible. In that case, she was depicted as a shunned demon in the wilderness. It was the prophet Isaiah who shunned her. She then reappears in Jewish sources from the Middle Ages as Adam’s first wife. Though she isn’t mentioned again in the Bible, she is referred to as a succubus in the text of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Modern Lilith Worship
Lilith has migrated into the mythologies and folklore of many different cultures, including the Israelites, Egyptians, Greeks, and even the ancient Hittites. In Babylonian Demonology, Lilith is depicted as a winged spirit who preyed on pregnant women and infants. Although the exact portrayal can vary, most who speak of Lilith say she represents everything chaotic and ungodly. Some say she has cast a spell on humankind.
She is also sometimes referred to as the patron of abortions. In some cultures, especially Jewish cultures, protective spell bowls are buried to protect women and their offspring from Lilith. Her image also appears on many modern incantation bowls.
Some argue with the depiction of her as an evil being, but instead state that she represents freedom, since she refused to be submissive. It is said that instead she represents the idea that we all are equal beings and created from the same earth.