Book of Angels Vol 12: Stolas
Stolas is the 36th of the 72 Spirits of Solomon in the 17th century grimoire Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis or The Lesser Key of Solomon Ars Goetia (from Latin: something like ‘The Howling Art’). The book contains descriptions of the seventy-two demons that King Solomon is said to have evoked and confined in a bronze vessel sealed by magick symbols, and that he impelled to work for him. It details instructions on summoning and binding (rather than asking for favours) the demons into obedience. The book also references material dating back to the 14th century or earlier, unsurprisingly it didn’t just appear out of a vacuum.
Stolas is a day demon and Great Prince of Hell commanding twenty-six legions of demons. He teaches astronomy and the properties of plants and herbs as well as precious metals. He is also known as Stolos and Solas. He is depicted as either being a wise crowned owl with long legs, a raven, or a man. As a man he apparently has silky long dark brown curly hair and blue eyes. His wings are cream colored and laced with gold trim. He is supposedly calm and peace seeking generally but troublesome and at times antagonistic when drunk, perhaps from playing with the indulgent spirits of humans for too long. He has also been known to prey on young ladies that get drunk too easily when he himself is sloshed.
Personally I like the image of a long legged owl king.
Stolas also governs the following: The zodiac position of 25-29 degrees of Virgo, dates of September 18th-22nd, 10 of Pentacles and the Planet Venus.
Zorn’s volume 12 in the Book of Angels has been reviewed by one obvious fan as the single most beautiful album in the Book of Angels series so far. As nice as it is, I still prefer those whacked out Klezmer hybrids. I’m just not a huge jazz man, sorry.