Skeletal Mask Of Death
The Goetia Spirit Lerie, like so many others seen
by the old magickians in years past, has changed his appearance for contemporary times. Instead of "shewing himselfe in the
likeness of a galant (handsome) archer, carrieng a bowe and a quiver," as seen by Johann Wier over 500 years ago, Lerie now
wears the pall of death.
Our contemporary sketch of this demon catches a
side view of it, clearly showing half of a pale white skeletal mask and a single black eye staring at the ground. Instead
of hunting garb, Lerie is dressed in a long green robe and a type of high-pitched green head ornament. Around his neck is
a white decorative adornment with bells, like something a court jester might have worn.
Microorganisms swirl at Lerie's feet, giving us
some clue as to why this demon is staring at the ground rather than at us. There is something important about the things he
is looking at below him.
"I am reminded of the genetic manipulation of plant
life and curious organisms such as the mold of rye associated with St. Vitus and the 'dance of death.' There is also the image
of Christ consuming a similar fungus used within rituals associated with the Oracle of Delphi. I see also biological death
associated with human war," Donahue said.
This appears to be a very harsh spirit.
According to Wier, Lerie has always had an interest
in microorganisms. In his description of the demon, Wier also wrote: "He is author of all battels, he dooth putrifie all such
wounds as are made with arrowes by archers." When Lerie was around, the wounds from battle don't heal. Gangrene leading
to amputation and or death is suggested.
His costume may have changed, but Lerie's interests
are still the same. And now he has all of the tools of modern military science to play with.
Lerie is the fourteenth Spirit listed in the Goetia. He is said to
govern thirty legions of demons.