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Barbatos; A Skeletal Figure With Green Emerald

 

By James Donahue

 

Long described as the hunter in green clothing, a crafty friend to any magician able to raise him, Barbatos, the Seventh Goetia Spirit, is obviously the stuff legends and old stories are made of.

 

This great duke among the demons is briefly described as a hunter who appears with four noble kings and their armies at his side. The kings are blowing horns in celebration of Barbatos' arrival. It is said this demon can talk to animals, open magically protected treasures, tell of past things, predict the future, and be of good council to those in power.

 

Sounds like a fine fellow.

 

Yet in a more recent evocation, Barbatos appeared as a skeletal figure, wearing a wide brimmed and very tall pointed hat. His eyes were hidden under the brim of the hat, which was tilted forward. A long flowing robe hung down from the right shoulder hiding that arm. His left skeletal arm held a giant green emerald, nearly half the size of the body of this entity

  

It seemed odd that his sigil, shown at the bottom of the page, resembles a tombstone. We sense that Barbatos represents death rather than life.

 

Over the years Barbatos has been known by numerous other names, including Barginiel, Barbas, Marbas, Brumiel and Lerajie. The story that he wears green may be confused with the large green emerald he shows.

 

The story that Barbatos can find treasures may be connected with the valuable stone in his possession.

 

The message may be quite simple; that in our quest to worship the god of contemporary society, money, we threaten to destroy ourselves.

 

Barbatos and his 30 legions of spirits under his command also are said to have the ability to solve problems and bring people together.

 

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