Consider the following conundrum.
The Ars Goetia says this of Sitri:
The 12th spirit is Sitri, he is a great prince & appeareth at first with a Leopards face, and wings as a griffin. But afterwards at ye command of ye exorcist, he putteth on a humane shape very Beautifull, Inflaming Men with womens Love, and women with mens love, and causeth them to shew themselves Naked, if he [it] be desired, &c. he governeth 60 Legions of spirits, and his seal to be worne is this.
Now, the older Pseudomonarchia of Weyer states:
(21) Sitri [Sytry], alias Bitru, is a great prince, appeering with the face of a leopard, and having wings as a griffen: when he taketh humane shape, he is verie beautiful, he inflameth a man with a womans love, and also stirreth up women to love men, being commanded he willinglie deteineth [discloses] secrets of women, laughing at them and mocking them, to make them luxuriouslie naked, and there obeie him sixtie legions.
Alright. There are things here not in the Ars Goetia. The name Bitru and the part about disclosing secrets and mockign women. So we might assume the author of the Lemegeton left these out … but then we look at a French grimoire older than either and … would you look at this
Bitur Bitur est ung grant marquis qui apert en forme d'ung beau jouvencel et donne l'amor des femmes de quelque lieu que elles soi[e]nt, et destruict villes et chasteaulx si le maistre luy commande, et faict depposer de ses grantz honeurs et dignités de ce monde si le maistre luy commande ; et a xxxvi legions.
So Bitur is a Marquis who appears as a beautiful young prince who, my French is not great, receives? gives? the love of women wherever they are?, destroys cities and grants honours and dignities.
Ummm … ok. Someone here was full of shit.
But wait … there’s more:
Dam Dam est ung grant conte qui appert en belle figure, qui apporte or et argent et toutes aultres choses si on luy commande, et faict mourir ou languir toutes personnes que on luy commande. Et si dict touz les secretz des femmes, et si les faict despouiller et dancer toutes nues ; et a xxv legions.
Alright, so here’s one who will tell you the secrets of women and cause them to dance naked, like one part of the office of Sytry aka Bitru in Weyer. Oh boy. Now I’m really confused.
Sitri - Bitru - Dam
What the hell?
I’m trusting the French, as far as Bitru and Dam are concerned. So what about Sitri? Is he Bitru? Is he Dam? Did Weyer fuck it up? Why aka Bitur? Did he think they sounded similar and conflate two spirits? How did that bit of Dam get in there? Did the Goetia just follow Weyer? And what si the precise meaning of the text in the Goetia?
The bit about inflaming? Is it the beautiful shape he puts on that is inflaming? Like with Bitru, apparently? Note the texts: “he putteth on a beautiful shape, inflaming” and “he is very beautiful, inflaming”
What do you think? I’m inclined to think Weyer was full of shit about aka Bitru.
I mean, from my experience, Sitri is a devilish séducteur who makes women reveal things they wouldn’t and behave in ways that are very embarrassing to them the next morning. I absolutely get the feeling he loves making fools of them. I can almost hear him laughing right now. I don’t know anything about destroying cities and castles and such.