The Demon Marchosias

Marchosias

Marchosias appears as a fire spitting chimeric wolf with wings of a griffon and tail of a serpent.

In demonology, Marchosias is a great and mighty Marquis of Hell, commanding thirty legions of demons. In the Ars Goetia, the first book of The Lesser Key of Solomon (17th century), he is depicted as a wolf with gryphon’s wings and a serpent’s tail, spewing fire from his mouth, but at the request of the magician he may take the form of a man. He is a strong fighter and gives true answers to all questions, and is very faithful to the magician in following his commands. Before his fall he belonged to the angelic order of Dominations (or Dominions), and when he was bound by Solomon, he told him that after 1,200 years he hoped to return to Heaven (“unto the Seventh Throne”).

In the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum (1577) of Johann Weyer the demon is called Marchocias and his description is much the same as that given in the Goetia except that his gender when appearing as a wolf is female (“a cruel she wolf”) and spewing forth “I cannot tell what” from his mouth. He likewise hopes to eventually return to the Seventh Throne but is “deceived in that hope.”

Collin de Plancy in his Dictionnaire Infernal (1818) draws on both sources for his description of Marchosias in his catalogue of demons.

The name Marchosias comes from Late Latin marchio, “marquis”.

 

In popular culture

 

Marchosias appears in the Legends of Tomorrow season 5 episode “Ship Broken”, where he is a hellhound that was previously the dog of famed serial killer Son of Sam. He was taken from Hell by Gary Green and brought aboard the Waverider timeship, before nearly massacring the whole crew, only to be sent back to hell by John Constantine.

In Wolf’s Curse by Kelley Armstrong, a demon claiming to be Marchosias appears with her hell beasts and she claims to be the creator of werewolves. This is said by a werewolf to be one of many legends as to their creation and that he doesn’t know doesn’t know or care if the demon is actually Marochosias.

 

 

 

Marchosias, also known as Marchocias, is the 35th of the 72nd of the Ars Goetia and is a great and mighty Marquis of Hell, commanding thirty legions of demons.

He is depicted as a wolf with gryphon’s wings and a serpent’s tail that spews fire from his mouth, a she-wolf with griffin wings and a serpent’s tail that spit flames, or an ox, and under request of the magician he changes shape into a man. One of his favorite form then is a grand soldier. He is a strong fighter and gives true answers to all questions, and is very faithful to the magician in following his commands.

Marchosias’ Sigil

Before his fall he belonged to the angelic order of Dominions, and when he was bound by King Solomon who told him that after 1,200 years he holds futile hope that he will return to Heaven (“unto the Seventh Throne”). Marchosias obeys exorcists and the domination of angels.

Marchosias is a demon that’s all about strength. Both inner and outer, he teaches one to use their innate power to help themselves. People summon Marchosias if they need a healthy dose of power and motivation in their life.

In the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, the demon is called Marchocias and his description is much the same as that given in the Goetia except that his gender when appearing as a wolf is female (“a cruel she wolf”) and spewing forth “I cannot tell what” from his mouth. He likewise hopes to eventually return to the Seventh Throne but is “deceived in that hope.” She has been called the Demoness Marquess of the Night.

 

 

 

The Demon Marchosias

Marchosias
aka: Marchocias
Rank: Marquise
Legions: 30
Strongest: Mid September
Demon Summoning: Daytime, red candles, copper, earth, pennyroyal (plant)

Like fellow demon Glasya-Labolas, the demoness Marchosias was once a young prodigy among the Angelic Orders. Unlike Labolas, Marchosias is a very open and friendly demon who is known to be a reliable helper to those who have summoned her.

She appears as a very young woman, possibly a teenager, when in human/angelic form. She has large black wings and straight blonde hair. In demon form she appears much differently. In various descriptions the demon form of Marchosias is said to be that of a wolf with griffin wings and a serpent’s tail. This fearsome creature is said to also spit fire from its mouth. Often such frightening forms are used by demons in order to scare off amateur summoners (who tend to waste the demon’s time).

Despite her young and slight frame, Marchosias is a powerful being and a master of conflicts. She is one of the most highly skilled warriors among her kind, displaying a high degree of both physical and strategic knowledge. As Glasya-Labolas is the young demon prodigy in terms of scholarship, Marchosias is the young demon prodigy of war and conflict. Any argument, no matter how large or small, can be swayed by her. She is equally influential over both verbal and physical arguments and can advise of successful strategies to those who call upon her.

Having once been of the Angelic Order of Dominations, Marchosias chose to join the “Fallen” angels who left the Orders long ago. She was initially against the separation of the Angels, but chose to leave after having to choose sides. She is one of a handful of demons who wish for all angels and demons to eventually reunite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marchosias – Demoness Marquess of the Night

 

Demoness of the Night … Marquess Marchosias (Night Demon)

Dates: March 1st- March 10th (Connolly) (Tikaboo) (Night Time)
Direction: South
Tarot: 9 of Cups
Planet: Moon
Metal: Silver
Element: Fire
Color: Violet
Plant: Pennyroyal
Incense: Jasmine
Zodiac: Pisces

Demonic Enn: “Es na ayer Marchosias Secore”

Marchosias

****note – all our experiences with Marchosias point to her being female, though many of the old texts write she is a male, there is also reference to her taking the form of a she wolf.  She has always appeared female to us and from our experience her essence is female.  We also write how we view them, and do not necessarily see them as others interpretations.”

 

Quotes… Original Text from the Ars Goetia:

“The Thirty-fifth Spirit is Marchosias. He is a Great and Mighty Marquis, appearing at first in the Form of a Wolf having Gryphon’s Wings, and a Serpent’s Tail, and Vomiting Fire out of his mouth. But after a time, at the command of the Exorcist he putteth on the Shape of a Man. And he is a strong fighter. He was of the Order of Dominations. He governeth 30 Legions of Spirits. He told his Chief, who was Solomon, that after 1,200 years he had hopes to return unto the Seventh Throne. And his Seal is this, to be made and worn as a Lamen, etc.”

 

From Tikaboo

He is a Great and Mighty Marquis, appearing at first in the Form of a Wolf18 having Gryphon’s Wings, and a Serpent’s Tail, and Vomiting Fire out of his mouth. But after a time, at the command of the Exorcist he putteth on the Shape of a Man. And he is a strong fighter. He was of the Order of Dominations. He governeth 30 Legions of Spirits. He told his Chief, who was Solomon, that after 1,200 years he had hopes to return unto the Seventh Throne.

 

From the Luciferian Goetia by Michael Ford

“Marchosias is a mighty marquis who appears in the form of a wolf having wings with a serpent’s tail, as this spirit appears it vomits flames. Marchosias is a werewolf daemon – having been bound to the earth, has taken forth and absorbed the shades of the wolf – thus upon request Marchosias will take upon a human form. Marchosias is a fallen angel who is a strong fighter – who was of the Order of Dominions. He governs 30 Legions of Spirits, when summoned by Solomon, he told after 1,200 years he had hopes to return to the Seventh Throne. Marchosias teaches and initiates through lycanthropy and astral shape shifting, as well as war and combat techniques.”

 

From the Daemonolatry Goetia by S. Connolly

Marchosias is a demon that’s all about strength. Both inner and outer, he teaches one to use their innate power to help themselves. Work with Marchosias if you need a healthy dose of power and motivation in your life! His name is also sometimes spelled Marchocias.

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