(alt. spellings ashtaroth, astarot, asteroth) aka the great duke of hell, astarte, ishtar
despite being known as a malevolent demon, astaroth is actually asociated with the opposite. astarte or ishtar is a mesopotamian goddess of love, desire, fertility, justice, and political power, also associated with the astrological sign aries. asteraoth is also the name of a greek angel, opposed to the demon of power. in modern or christianized terms, astaroth uses his powers -- control over serpents and all knowing -- for his own, and whoever thinks is worthy's, good.
according to multiple accounts, when summoned, astaroth would answer or help you with anything you ask. he serves as a council for both humans and demons, though it is said that he prefers communicating with humans.
although astaroth is known to be part of the evil trinity, he is only willing to give his power to those he believes will not corrupt it and use it with evil intent. many people claim that he will only appear to those who acknowledge him as the goddess astarte, though there are also many success stories that say otherwise.
physical descriptions of astaroth vary, supporting the theory that christian “demons” and foreign gods are one in the same and change physical appearance at will. “the lesser key of solomon” describes him as “mighty, strong duke, and appeareth in the form of a hurtful angel riding on an infernal beast like a dragon, and carrying in his right hand a viper.” some claim that Astaroth may have horned wings and a gloomy energy surrounding him.
other accounts claim that astarte was commonly referred to as the “queen of heaven,” noting that she has “long golden hair, fairly tall, and being surrounded by a mix of white and gold.”