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Surabaya /\ Suroboyo and the Jayabhaya prophecies.

What’s in a name?

One story behind the etymology of the name Surabaya involves a fusing of the Javanese words Suro & Boyo, referring to a shark and crocodile respectively. The myth states something along the lines of there being a shark called Sura (or Suro) and a crocodile called Baya (or Boyo) who were actually great friends but who were also both greedy and never liked sharing their food. Hence they inevitably ended up fighting each other, the setting of their last fight also becoming the later location of Surabaya. A more interesting and detailed account of this tale can be found here.

The folklore itself actually comes from the Jongko Joyoboyo or Jayabhaya prophecy, Jayabhaya being a revered King of the Hindu Javanese Kingdom of Kediri which existed in Eastern Java from the 11th to 13th century. Sri Mapanji Jayabaya’s reign was considered in many ways to be the golden age of Old Javanese literature. Jayabhaya (or Ratu Joyoboyo in Javanese) was particularly well known for his prophecies and being an oracle of sorts. Here are a few of them that have become true ~

  • One day there will be a cart without a horse (these days they call it a car).
  • There will be a boat flying in the sky (they call it an airplane).
  • The earth will shrink (and thus the internet was born, as well as boats in the sky).
  • The Javanese will be ruled by whites for 3 centuries and by yellow dwarfs for the life span of a maize plant prior to the return of the Ratu Adil (Indonesian: King of Justice, Javanese: King or Queen) whose name must contain at least one syllable of the Javanese Noto Nogoro (witness the play of history from The Netherlands East Indies > Japanese occupation during WWII > Independence > SoekarNO > SoeharTO > Susilo Bambang YudhoyoNO). According to some opinions; BJ Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri cannot be entered into the prophecy as they could not survive & lead Indonesia through one full term and also did not possess the suffix ‘NO’ or ‘TO’ in their name. Further speculation emerges that the prophecy is now still focused on the ‘NO’, having moved away from the ‘TO’ after Soeharto, and that the emergence of ‘GO’ and ‘RO’ is still to come, as is the true Ratu Adil / next Satrio Piningit (hidden Knight/hidden Ksatria) who will finally come to bring glory to Indonesia and usher in the dawn of a new golden age.  This must make for fascinating political debate where the potential worthiness of future leaders can be ascribed, at least somewhat, to the last letters of their names.
  • Women will dress in men’s clothes.
  • Many people will become fixated on money.
  • People will forget their roots.
  • Many will behave strangely.
  • Men will loose their courage.
  • Women will be unfaithful to their husbands.
  • Rains will fall in the wrong season.
  • The farmers will be controlled.
  • Many people will have lots of money yet, be unhappy in their lives.

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Book of Angels Vol 12: Stolas

StolasStolas 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.

Book of Angels Vol 11: Zaebos

Sallos sealZaebos  is one of the many animal-human combinations in Hebrew imitation of the Sumerians, this one being part crocodile, part human. He is said to be a Grand Count of the infernal realms wearing a ducal crown and appearing in the shape of a handsome soldier mounted on a crocodile.

Some misbegotten Australians hell bent on their own ability to chew bricks and be the toughest idiots on the planet apparently struck out one night whilst spitting expletives and stampeding a crazed mob of mosquitos, unknowingly conjuring Zaebos during the making of Crocodile Dundee. The mosquitos, made even more frenetic by the stampeding film crew, were heard to swarm around Paul Hogan’s head, more than one dying in a squishy impaled mess on the crocodile teeth imbedded around his hunting hat. Paul has of course never been the same since, and just so you know, every utterance of the man as a national icon now invokes the power of Zaebos in the old land down under. But don’t freak out, such a cinematic conjuring may not necessarily be a bad thing (and let’s face it, contemporary western films have spun far more troublesome demons onto hard earth), since Zaebos is said to carry with him a sweet and phlegmatic disposition as well as far reaching abilities to bring into being the Love of Women to Men, and of Men to Women. Amen.

I have also been listening to and sending off my aunt through the enigmatic and sublime Malach Ha-Sopher (aide to Duma, angel of the silence of death who with Malach Memune reckoned the span of a person’s life). Open yourself to this one when you have the chance also, it’s track 10 on the album.

Book of Angels Vol 9: Xaphan

ukobach_XaphanAccording to the Dictionnaire Infernal, Xaphan was one of those misbegotten fallen angels who rebelled against God alongside Satan. He is a demon of the 2nd rank who has a supposed creative and rather inventive mind, coming up with the idea to set fire to heaven, before he and the other apostates were speared down to the eternal bowels of fire. He carries a bellows as an emblem, but, poor bugger, must fan the flames of the abyss with his mouth and hands. He is sometimes known as the Angel of Invention (just for wanting to burn down heaven..?, now every damn arsonist will be claiming genius).

I’ve also heard it whispered that Xaphan himself is rather shy and self effacing. Thus, if you ever encounter him and find him to be glum and unresponsive, be nice, the poor thing has spent eons blowing air into the fallen Archangel’s belly and involuntarily bursting into flame whenever he tries to talk, not to mention having to passively listen to many other demons’ jibes and jokes about having to fan the fires for eternity with his mouth. He may even regret the untold lengths of time he has been without wings and God’s gracious prescence. All in all Xaphan probably just wants some half decent company who can show him round the playground he was never able to explore himself since bypassing it entirely on the way to hell.

On the flipside, ‘…one should never mistake a shy & wary nature for weakness, or take such characteristics for granted, this is game-play fit only for idiots who don’t know they are idiots, pretend zen monkeys masquerading as rice stick charmers and the like…’ (as quoted from The Diabolical Book of Idiocy as Uttered from a Nebulous Etheric Heretic, 2012).

Lastly, you really shouldn’t be reading these things, it’s terribly dangerous, since calling an Angels Name (fallen or no) is asking this angelic energy to make itself known to you. Glad I dropped that in at the end. The song below will however clear the decks of any and all stickiness related above.

Book of Angels Vol 8: Volac

Volac (Valac, Ualac, Valak, Valax, Valu, Valic). The Sixty-second Spirit and mighty Great President of Hell, having thirty something legions of demons under his command. Volac is said to give true answers about hidden treasures and the position of the planets. He is also a snake catcher of sorts; revealing the whereabouts of serpents and delivering them to the magician or exorcist in a benign state. He appears as a small poor boy with angel wings riding on a two-headed dragon.

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