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.