Sallos, also known as Saleos and Zaleos, is the 19th demon listed in the Goetia and he
appears as a soldier riding a crocodile and wearing a crown, though he is also known to appear as just a disembodied head. He is a duke and rules over 30 legions of spirits. Though he is a soldier, his only objective listed in the Lesser Key of Solomon is to cause men and women to love one another and to be faithful to one another. Unsurprisingly, he is associated with the planet Venus, which is the planet that rules over love and relationships, and you can strengthen evocations by following the Venus correspondences (having copper on hand, burning sandalwood incense, using the color green, etc). He should be summoned during the daytime hours and is strongest in mid to late June.
Though goetic demons are known to be hostile and potentially dangerous, Sallos is supposedly one of the nicer and more approachable demons in the Lesser Key of Solomon. Unlike some of the more major figures of the Goetia, there’s not a lot of information about Sallos. His entry in the Infernal Dictionary (which is under Zabeos) is very brief and simply recounts a physical description and a remark that he is a gentle character.
Likewise, very little information is available Dantalion, the penultimate demon of the Ars Goetia. Like Sallos, he is also a duke associated with the planet Venus (and its correspondences), though he has slightly more legions at 36. His offices are more diverse as well, as he can teach all the arts and sciences, reveal people’s secrets, can manipulate people’s thoughts including causing someone to love another. He can also induce visions, whether it’s showing someone another part of the world or another person’s likeness. He is supposedly very good at helping with tasks like astral projection and remote viewing.
Dantalion’s appearance can supposedly shift and Wikipedia cryptically describes him as “a man with many appearances, which means the faces of all men and women.” Though this personally brings to mind the Game of Thrones character, Jaqen H’ghar, who can peel off and replace his face like clothing, most artists depict Dantalion as a monstrous, multiheaded figure. He is also frequently depicted carrying a grimoire.
What I find particularly interesting about demonology is how the demons’ personalities and talents are described and that many versions of the Goetia and the Infernal Dictionary include illustrations of the demons, depicting a wide range of creatures. Each demon winds up being distinct as a result and it makes for a fascinating read. Though I’ve long been interested in angels, I find the angelic counterpart to the Ars Goetia, the Ars Paulina, to be dull by comparison as it mostly seems to be a list of names.
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“List of Demons in the Ars Goetia”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_demons_in_the_Ars_Goetia.
“The Demon Sallos”. http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/sallos.html. 2016.