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Berith; The Duke On A Red Horse


Although he holds the rank of duke, Berith appears kingly, dressed in red, always wearing a golden crown, and riding a red horse.


The old wizards saw him this way at least. They said he was to them, a coarse, bearded warrior.


Donahue’s image  of Berith shows the entity as yet another alien riding in a red space ship, not a horse.


The beard is gone, but Berith certainly looks the part of royalty. He is wearing a red robe, with a decorative white collar. And there is, indeed, a golden crown on his head.


This twenty-eighth Spirit has a history of drawing human worship. He has gone by many names, including Beale, Beal, Bofry, and Bolfry. He also was known by some cultures as Beroth, Pallas and may even have appeared as the goddess Diana.


S. L. MacGregor Mathers wrote that Berith has many talents. He said this spirit "gives true answers, knows of past, present, and future events, can turn all metals to gold and can give dignities. Berith is also known as a great liar and is not to be trusted."


Strange that a spirit that "gives true answers" also is called a "great liar" who cannot be trusted. But that is a description as written by one of the few contemporaries that attempted to put information about the Goetia Spirits into words.

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