The Demon Botis (Otis) is a Fallen Angel and 17th of the 72 Spirits of Solomon. As a great president and earl of Hell, Botis commands 60 Legions of Demons. He appears in the shape of an ugly viper but will take on human form with large teeth and horns when commanded to do so. He carries a sharp sword. He sees past, present, and future and reconciles friends and enemies.

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From “The Goetia: The Lesser Key of Solomon the King” (1904) Written by S.L. MacGregor Mathers

The 17th spirit is called Botis a great president and an Earle; he appeareth at ye [first] shew in ye form of an ugly viper Then at ye command of ye Magician he putteth on humane shape, with great teeth, Two horns, carring a sharp bright sword in his hand, he telleth of all Things past and to come and reconcileth friends and foes, he governeth 60 Legions of spirits his seal is this, that he obeyeth when he seeth it.

The Seal of Botis
The Seal of Botis

Botis - Demon and Spirit of SolomonFrom the “Pseudomonarchia Daemonum” ( 1583 ) Written by Johann Weyer (Johann Wier)

Botis, otherwise Otis, a great president and an earle he commeth foorth in the shape of an ouglie [lit. ‘worst’] viper, and if he put on humane shape, he sheweth great teeth, and two hornes, carrieng a sharpe sword in his hand: he giveth answers of things present, past, and to come, and reconcileth friends, and foes, ruling sixtie legions.

Original Text :

Botis, alibi Otis, magnus Præses and Comes, Prodit in viperæ specie deterrima: Et siquando formam induit humanam dentes ostendit magnos and cornua duo, manu gladium acutum portans. Dat perfecte responsa vera de præsentius, præteritis, futuris and abstrusis. Tam amicos quam hostes conciliat. Sexaginta imperat legionibus.

Botis - Demon and Spirit of SolomonFrom the “Dictionnaire Infernal” (edition of 1863 ) Written by Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy

Original Text :

Otis ou Botis, grand prĂ©sident des enfers. Il apparaĂ®t sous la forme d’une vipère; quand il prend la figure humaine, il a de grandes dents, deux cornes sur la tĂŞte et un glaive Ă  la main ; il rĂ©pond effrontĂ©ment sur le prĂ©sent, le passĂ© et l’avenir. Il a autant d’amis que d’ennemis. Il commande soixante lĂ©gions.


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