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The Complete Simon
IN THE MID - 1920's, roughly two blocks from where the Warlock Shop once stood, in
Brooklyn Heights, lived a quiet, reclusive man, an author of short stories, who eventually
divorced his wife of two years and returned to his boyhood home in Rhode Island, where
he lived with his two aunts. Born on August 20, 1890, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would
come to exert an impact on the literary world that dwarfs his initial successes with Weird
Tales magazine in 1923. He died, tragically, at the age of 46 on March 15, 1937, a victim
of cancer of the intestine and Bright's Disease. Though persons of such renown as
Dashiell Hammett were to become involved in his work, anthologising it for publication
both here an abroad, the reputation of a man generally conceded to be the "Father of
Gothic Horror" did not really come into its own until the past few years, with the massive
re-publication of his works by various houses, a volume of his selected letters, and his
biography. In the July, 1975, issue The Atlantic Monthly, there appeared a story entitled
"There Are More Things", written by Jorge Luis Borges, "To the memory of H.P.
Lovecraft". This gesture by a man of the literary stature of Borges is certainly an
indication that Lovecraft has finally ascended to his rightful place in the history of
American literature, nearly forty years after his death.
In the same year that Lovecraft found print in the pages of Weird Takes, another
gentleman was seeing his name in print; but in the British tabloid press.
NEW SINISTER REVELATIONS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY read the front page of
the Sunday Express. It concerned testimony by one of the notorious magician's former
followers (or, actually, the wife of one of his followers) that Crowley had been
responsible for the death of her husband, at the Abbey of Thelema, in Cefalu, Sicily. The
bad press, plus the imagined threat of secret societies, finally forced Mussolini to deport
the Great Beast from Italy. Tales of horrors filled the pages of the newspapers in England
for weeks and months to come: satanic rituals, black masses, animal sacrifice, and even
human sacrifice, were reported - or blatantly lied about. For although many of the stories
were simply not true or fanciful exaggeration, one thing was certain: Aleister Crowley
was a Magician, and one of the First Order.
Born on October 12, 1875, in England - in the same country as Shakespeare - Edward
Alexander Crowley grew up in a strict Fundamentalist religious family, members of a
sect called the "Plymouth Brethren". The first person to call him by that Name and
Number by which he would become famous (after the reference in the Book of
Revelation), "The Beast 666", was his mother, and he eventually took this appellation to
heart. He changed his name to Aleister Crowley while still at Cambridge, and by that
name , plus "666", he would never be long out of print, or out of newspapers. For he
believed himself to be the incarnation of a god, an Ancient One, the vehicle of a New
Age of Man's history, the Aeon of Horus, displacing the old Age of Osiris. In 1904, he
had received a message, from what Lovecraft might have called "out of space", that
contained the formula for a New World Order, a new system of philosophy, science, art
and religion, but this New Order had to begin with the fundamental part, and common
denominator, of all four: Magick.
In 1937, the year Lovecraft dies, the Nazis banned the occult lodges of Germany, notable
among them two organisations which Crowley had supervised: the A A and the O.T.O.,
the latter of which he was elected head in England, and the former which he founded
himself. There are those who believe that Crowley was somehow, magickally,
responsible for the Third Reich, for two reasons: one, that the emergence of New World
Orders generally seems to instigate holocausts and, two, that he is said to have influenced
the mind of Adolf Hitler. While it is almost certain that Crowley and Hitler never met, it
is known that Hitler belonged to several occult lodges in the early days after the First
War; the symbol of one of these, the Thule Gesellschaft which preached a doctrine of
Aryan racial superiority, was the infamous Swastika which Hitler was later to adopt as
the Symbol of the forms, however, is evident in many of his writings, notably the essays
written in the late 'Thirties. Crowley seemed to regard the Nazi phenomenon as a
Creature of Christianity, in it's anti-Semitism and sever moral restrictions concerning its
adherents, which lead to various types of lunacies and "hangups" that characterised many
of the Reich's leadership. Yet, there can be perhaps little doubt that the chaos which
engulfed the world in those years was prefigured, and predicted, in Crowley's Liber AL
vel Legis; the Book of the Law.
The Mythos and the Magick
We can profitably compare the essence of most of Lovecraft's short stories with the basic
themes of Crowley's unique system of ceremonial Magick. While the latter was a
sophisticated psychological structure, intended to bring the initiate into contact with his
higher Self, via a process of individuation that is active and dynamic (being brought
about by the "patient" himself) as opposed to the passive depth analysis of the Jungian
adepts, Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos was meant for entertainment. Scholars, of course, are
able to find higher, ulterior motives in Lovecraft's writings, as can be done with any
manifestation of Art.
Lovecraft depicted a kind of Christian Myth of the struggle between opposing forces of
Light and Darkness, between God and Satan, in the Cthulhu Mythos. Some critics may
complain that this smacks more of the Manichaen heresy than it does of genuine
Christian dogma; yet, as a priest and former monk, I believe it is fair to say that this
dogma is unfortunately very far removed from the majority of the Faithful to be of much
consequence. The idea of a War against Satan, and of the entities of Good and Evil
having roughly equivalent Powers, is perhaps best illustrated by the belief, common
among the Orthodox churches of the East, in a personal devil as well as a personal angel.
This concept has been amplified by the Roman Catholic Church to such an extent -
perhaps subconsciously - that a missal in the Editor's possession contains an engraving
for the Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle, for November 30, that bears the legend "Ecce Qui
Tollis Peccata Mundi" - Behold Him Who Taketh Away The Sins of the World - and the
picture above it is of the atomic bomb!
Basically, there are two "sets" of gods in the mythos : the Elder Gods, about whom not
much is revealed, save that they are a stellar Race that occasionally comes to the rescue
of man, and which corresponds to the Christian "Light"; and the Ancient Ones, about
which much is told, sometimes in great detail, who correspond to "Darkness". These
latter are the Evil Gods who wish nothing but ill for the Race of Man, and who constantly
strive to break into our world through a Gate or Door that leads from the Outside, In.
There are certain people, among us, who are devotees of the Ancient Ones, and who try
to open the Gate, so that this evidently repulsive organisation may once again rule the
Earth. Chief among these is Cthulhu, typified as a Sea Monster, dwelling in the Great
Deep, a sort of primeval Ocean; a Being that Lovecraft collaborator August Derleth
wrongly calls a "water elemental". There is also Azazoth, the blind idiot god of Chaos,
Yog Sothot, Azathoth's partner in Chaos, Shub Niggurath, the "goat with a thousand
young", and others. They appear at various times throughout the stories of the Cthulhu
Mythos in frightening forms, which test the strength and resourcefulness of the
protagonists in their attempts to put the hellish Things back to whence they came. There
is an overriding sense of primitive dear and cosmic terror in those pages, as though man
is dealing with something that threatens other than his physical safety: his very spiritual
nature. This horror-cosmology is extended by the frequent appearance of the Book,
The NECRONOMICON, is according to Lovecraft's tales, a volume written in Damascus
in the Eighth Century, A.D., by a person called the "Mad Arab", Abdhul Alhazred. It
must run roughly 800 pages in length, as there is a reference in one of the stories
concerning some lacunae on a page in the 700's It had been copied and reprinted in
various languages - the story goes - among them Latin, Greek and English. Doctor Dee,
the Magus of Elizabethan fame, was supposed to have possessed a copy and translated it.
This book, according to the mythos, contains the formulae for evoking incredible things
into visible appearance, beings and monsters which dwell in the Abyss, and Outer Space,
of the human psyche.
Such books have existed in fact, and do exist. Idries Shah tells us of a search he
conducted for a copy of the Book of Power by the Arab magician Abdul-Kadir (see: The
Secret Lore of Magic by Shah), of which only one copy was ever found. The Keys of
Solomon had a similar reputation, as did The Magus by Barret, until all of these works
were eventually reprinted in the last fifteen years or so. The Golden Dawn, a famous
British and American Occult lodge of the turn of the Century, was said to have possessed
a manuscript called "the Veils of Negative Existence" by another Arab.
These were the sorcerer's handbooks, and generally not meant as textbooks or
encyclopedias of ceremonial magick. In other words, the sorcerer or magician is
supposed to be in possession of the requisite knowledge and training with which to carry
out a complex magickal ritual, just as a cook is expected to be able to master the
scrambling of eggs before he conjures an "eggs Benedict"; the grimoires, or Black Books,
were simply variations on a theme, like cookbooks, different records of what previous
magicians had done, the spirits they had contacted, and the successes they had. The
magicians who now read these works are expected to be able to select the wheat from the
chaff, in much the same fashion as an alchemist discerning the deliberate errors in a
treatise on his subject.
Therefore it was (and is) insanity for the tyro to pick up a work on ceremonial Magick
like the Lesser Key of Solomon to practise conjurations. It would also be folly to pick up
Crowley's Magick in Theory and Practise with the same intention. Both books are
definitely not for beginners, a point which cannot be made too often. Unfortunately,
perhaps, the dread NECRONOMICON falls into this category.
Crowley's Magick was a testimony of what he has found in his researches into the
forbidden, and forgotten, lore of past civilisations and ancient times. His Book of the Law
was written in Cairo in the Spring of 1904, when he believed himself to be in contact
with a praeter-human intelligence called Aiwass who dictated to him the Three Chapters
that make up the Book. It had influenced him more than any other, and the remainder of
his life was spent trying to understand it fully, and to make its message known to the
world. It, too, contains the formulae necessary to summon the invisible into visibility, and
the secrets of transformations are hidden within its pages, but this is Crowley's own
NECRONOMICON, received in the Middle East in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of
Gizeh, and therein is writ not only the beauty, but the Beast that yet awaits mankind.
It would be vain to attempt to deliver a synopsis of Crowley's philosophy, save that its
'leitmotif' is the Rabelaisian
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The actual meaning of this phrase has taken volumes to explain, but roughly it concerns
the uniting of the conscious Self, a process of individuation which culminates in a rite
called "Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel"; the Angel signifying
the pure, evolved Self.
Yet, there are many terrors on the Way to the Self, and an Abyss to cross before victory
can be declared. Demons, vampires, psychic leeches, ghastly forms accost the aspiring
magician from every angle, from every quarter around the circumference of the magick
circle, and they must be destroyed lest they devour the magician himself. When Crowley
professed to have passed the obstacles, and crossed the Abyss of Knowledge, and found
his true Self, he found it was identical with the Beast of the Book of Revelation, 666,
whom Christianity considers to represent the Devil. Indeed, Crowley had nothing but
admiration for the Shaitan (Satan) of the so-called "devil-worshipping" cult of the
Yezidis of Mesopotamia, knowledge of which led him to declare the lines that open this
Introduction. For he saw that the Yezidis possess a Great Secret and a Great Tradition
that extends far back into time, beyond the origin of the Sun cults of Osiris, Mithra and
Christ; even before the formation of the Judaic religion, and the Hebrew tongue. Crowley
harkened back to a time before the Moon was worshipped, to the "Shadow Out of Time";
and in this, whether he realised it as such or not, he had heard the "Call of Cthulhu".
That a reclusive author of short stories who lived in a quiet neighbourhood in New
England, and the manic, infamous Master Magician who called the world his home,
should have somehow met in the sandy wastes of some forgotten civilisation seems
incredible. That they should both have become Prophets and Forerunners of a New Aeon
of Man's history is equally, if not more, unbelievable. Yet, with H.P. Lovecraft and
Aleister Crowley, the unbelievable was a commonplace of life. These two men, both
acclaimed as geniuses by their followers and admirers, and who never actually met,
stretched their legs across the world, and in the Seven League Boots of the mind they did
meet, and on common soil . . . . Sumeria.
Sumeria is the name given to a once flourishing civilisation that existed in what is now
known as Iraq, in the area called by the Greeks "Mesopotamia" and by the Arabs as,
simply, "The Island" for it existed between two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates,
which run down from the mountains to the Persian Gulf. This is the site of the fabled city
of Babylon, as well as of Ur of the Chaldees and Kish, with Nineveh far to the north.
Each of the seven principal cities of Sumeria was ruled by a different deity, who was
worshipped in the strange, non-Semitic language of the Sumerians; and language which
has been closely allied to that of the Aryan race, having in fact many words identical to
that of Sanskrit (and, it is said, to Chinese!).
For no one knows where the Sumerians came from, and they vanished just as
mysteriously as they appeared, after the Assyrian invasions which decimated their
culture, yet providing the Assyrians with much of their mythology and religion; so much
so that Sumerian became the official language of the state church, much as Latin is today
of the Roman Catholic Church. They had a list of their kings before the Flood, which
even they carefully chronicled, as did many another ancient civilisation around the world.
It is believed that they had a sophisticated system of astronomy (and astrology) as well as
an equally religious rituale. Magick, as well in history, begins at Sumer for the Western
World, for it his here, in the sand-buried cuneiform tablets that recorded an Age, that the
first Creation Epic is found, the first exorcism, the first ritual invocations of planetary
deities, the first dark summonings of evil Powers, and ironically, the first "burnings" of
people the anthropologists call "Witches".
Lovecraft's mythos deals with what are known chthonic deities, that is, underworld gods
and goddesses, much like the Leviathan of the Old Testament. The pronunciation of
chthonic is 'katonic', which explains Lovecraft's famous Miskatonic River and
Miskatonic University, not to mention the chief deity of his pantheon, Cthulhu, a sea
monster who lies, "not dead, but dreaming" below the world; an Ancient One and
supposed enemy of Mankind and the intelligent Race. Cthulhu is accompanied by an
assortment of other grotesqueries, such as Azathot and Shub Niggurath. It is of extreme
importance to occult scholars that many of these deities had actual counterparts, at least
in name, to deities of the Sumerian Tradition, that same Tradition that the Magus Aleister
Crowley deemed it so necessary to "rediscover".
The Underworld in ancient Sumer was known by many names, among them ABSU or
"Abyss", sometimes as Nar Mattaru, the great Underworld Ocean, and also as Cutha or
KUTU as it is called in the Enuma Elish (the Creation Epic of the Sumerians). The
phonetic similarity between Cutha and KUTU and Chthonic, as well as Cthulhu, is
striking. Judging by a Sumerian grammar at hand, the word KUTULU or Cuthalu
(Lovecraft's's Cthulhu Sumerianised) would mean "The Man of KUTU (Cutha); the Man
of the Underworld; Satan or Shaitan, as he is known to the Yezidis (whom Crowley
considered to be the remnants of the Sumerian Tradition). The list of similarities, both
between Lovecraft's creations and the Sumerian gods, as well as between Lovecraft's
mythos and Crowley's magick, can go on nearly indefinitely, and in depth, for which
there is no space here at present. An exhaustive examination of Crowley's occultism in
light of recent findings concerning Sumeria, and exegesis on Lovecraft's stories, is
presently in preparation and is hoped to be available shortly. Until that time, a few
examples should suffice.
Although a list is appended hereto containing various entities and concepts of Lovecraft,
Crowley, and Sumeria cross-referenced, it will do to show how the Editor found
relationships to be valid and even startling. AZATOT is frequently mentioned in the grim
pages of the Cthulhu Mythos, and appears in the NECRONOMICON as AZAG-THOTH,
a combination of two words, the first Sumerian and the second Coptic, which gives us a
clue as to Its identity. AZAG in Sumerian means "Enchanter" or "Magician"; THOTH in
Coptic is the name given to the Egyptian God of Magick and Wisdom, TAHUTI, who
was evoked by both the Golden Dawn and by Crowley himself (and known to the Greeks
as Hermes, from whence we get "Hermetic"). AZAG-THOTH is, therefore, a Lord of
Magicians, but of the "Black" magicians, or the sorcerers of the "Other Side".
There is a seeming reference to SHUB NIGGURATH in the NECRONOMICON, in the
name of a Sumerian deity, the "Answerer of Prayers", called ISHNIGARRAB. The word
"Shub" is to be found in the Sumerian language in reference to the Rite of Exorcism, one
of which is called Nam Shub and means "the Throwing". It is, however, as yet unclear as
to what the combination SHUB ISHNIGARRAB (SHUB NIGGURATH) might actually
There was a battle between the forces of "light" and "darkness" (so-called) that took place
long before man was created, before even the cosmos as we know it existed. It is
described fully in the Enuma Elish and in the bastardised version found in the
NECRONOMICON, and involved the Ancient Ones, led by the Serpent MUMMUTIAMAT
and her male counterpart ABSU, against the ELDER GODS (called such in the
N.) led by the Warrior MARDUK, son of the Sea God ENKI, Lord of Magicians of this
Side, or what could be called "White Magicians" - although close examination of the
myths of ancient times makes one pause before attempting to judge which of the two
warring factions was "good" or "evil". MARDUK won this battle - in much the same way
that later St. George and St. Michael would defeat the Serpent again - the cosmos was
created from the body of the slain Serpent, and man was created from the blood of the
slain commander of the Ancient Army, KINGU, thereby making man a descendent of the
Blood of the Enemy, as well as the "breath" of the Elder Gods; a close parallel to the
"sons of God and daughters of men" reference in the Old Testament. Yet, though the
identity of the Victor is clear, there were - and are - certain persons and organisations that
dared side with the vanquished, believing the Ancient Ones to be a source of tremendous,
and most unbelievable, power.
Worship of the Ancient Ones in History
"Let them curse it that curse the day, who are skilful to rouse Leviathan." - JOB
S.H. Hooke, in his excellent Middle Eastern Mythology, tells us that the Leviathan
mentioned in JOB, and elsewhere in the Old Testament, is the Hebrew name given to the
Serpent TIAMAT, and reveals that there was in existence either a cult, or scattered
individuals, who worshipped or called up the Serpent of the Sea, or Abyss. Indeed, the
Hebrew word for Abyss that is found in GENESIS 1:2 is, Hooke tells us, tehom, which
the majority of scholars take to be a survival of the name of the chaos-dragon TIAMAT
or Leviathan that is identified closely with KUTULU or Cthulhu within the pages are
mentioned independently of each other, indicating that somehow KUTULU is the male
counterpart of TIAMAT, similar to ABSU.
This monster is well known to cult worship all over the world. In China, however, there
is an interesting twist. Far from being considered a completely hostile creature, dedicated
to the erasure of mankind from the page of existence, the Dragon is given a place of preeminence
and one does not hear of a Chinese angel or saint striving to slay the dragon,
but rather to cultivate it. The Chinese system of geomancy, feng shui (pronounced fung
shway) is the science of understanding the "dragon currents" which exist beneath the
earth, these same telluric energies that are distilled in such places as Chartres Cathedral in
France, Glastonbury Tor in England, and the Ziggurats of Mesopotamia. In both the
European and Chinese cultures, the Dragon or Serpent is said to reside somewhere
"below the earth"; it is a powerful force, a magickal force, which is identified with
mastery over the created world; it is also a power that can be summoned by the few and
not the many. However, in China, there did not seem to be a backlash of fear or
resentment against this force as was known in Europe and Palestine, and the symbol of
might and kingship in China is still the Dragon. In the West, the conjuration, cultivation,
or worship of this Power was strenuously opposes with the advent of the Solar,
Monotheistic religions and those who clung to the Old Ways were effectively
extinguished. The wholesale slaughter of those called "Witches" during the Inquisition is
an example of this, as well as the solemn and twisted - that is to say, purposeless and
unenlightened - celibacy that the Church espoused. For the orgone of Wilhelm Reich is
just as much Leviathan as the Kundalini of Tantrick adepts, and the Power raised by the
Witches. It has always, at least in the past two thousand years, been associated with
occultism and essentially with Rites of Evil Magick, or the Forbidden Magick, of the
Enemy, and of Satan . . .
. . . and the twisting, sacred Spiral formed by the Serpent of the Caduceus, and by the
spinning of the galaxies, is also the same Leviathan as the Spiral of the biologists' Code
of Life : DNA
The Goddess of the Witches
The current revival of the cult called WICCA is a manifestation of the ancient secret
societies that sought to tap this telluric, occult force and use it to their own advantage,
and to the advantage of humanity as was the original intent. The raising of the Cone of
Power through the circle dancing is probably the simplest method of attaining results in
"rousing Leviathan", and has been used by societies as diverse as the Dervishes in the
Middle East and the Python Dancers of Africa, not to mention the round dances that were
familiar to the Gnostic Christians, and the ones held every year in the past at Chartres.
The Witches of today, however, while acknowledging the importance of the Male
element of telluric Power, generally prefer to give the greater honour to the Female
Principle, personified as the Goddess. The Goddess has also been worshipped all over the
world, and under many names, but is still essentially the same Goddess. That TIAMAT
was undoubtedly female is to the point; and that the Chinese as well as the Sumerians
perceived of two dragon currents, male and female, gives the researchers a more complex
picture. The Green Dragon and the Red Dragon of the alchemists are thus identified, as
the positive and negative energies that compromise the cosmos of our perception, as
manifest in the famous Chinese yin-yang symbol.
But what of INANNA, the single planetary deity having a female manifestation among
the Sumerians? She is invoked in the NECRONOMICON and identified as the
vanquisher of Death, for she descended into the Underworld and defeated her sister, the
Goddess of the Abyss, Queen ERESHKIGAL (possibly another name for TIAMAT).
Interestingly enough, the myth has many parallels with the Christian concept of Christ's
death and resurrection, among which the Crucifixion (INANNA was impaled on a stake
as a corpse), the three days in the Sumerian Hades, and the eventual Resurrection are
outstanding examples of how Sumerian mythology previewed the Christian religion by
perhaps as many as three thousand years - a fact that beautifully illustrates the cosmic and
eternal nature of this myth.
Therefore, the Goddess of the Witches has two distinct forms: the Ancient One, Goddess
of the Dragon-like telluric Power which is raised in Magickal rituals, and the Elder
Goddess, Defeater of Death, who brings the promise of Resurrection and Rejuvenation to
her followers those who must reside for a time after death and between incarnations in
what is called the "Summerland".
Another hallmark of the Craft of the Wise is evident within the NECRONOMICON, as
well as in general Sumerian literature, and that is the arrangement of the cross-quarter
days, which make up half of the Craft's official pagan holidays. These occur on the eves
of February 2nd, May 1st, August 1st, and November 1st, and are called Candlemas,
Beltane, Lammas and Samhain (or Hallows), respectively.
The name Lammas has a curious origin in the dunes at Sumer. It is not less than the name
of one of the four mythological Beasts of the astrological fixed signs, Lamas being the
name of the half-lion, half-man Guardian of Leo (the sign governing most of August,
when the feast of Lammas takes place), and USTUR being that of Aquarius (February),
SED that of Taurus (May) and NATTIG that of Scorpio (November). I do not believe that
this is a fantastic assumption, the Sumerian origin of the Feast of Lammas. Indeed, it
seems just as valid as the ideas of Idries Shah concerning Craft etymology as presented in
his book, The Sufis. It is also not far-fetched to assume that these four beasts were known
to the entire region of the Middle East, as they appear on the Sphinx in Egypt, and have
become the symbols of the Four Evangelists of the Christian New Testament - an ironic
and splendid result of the ignorance of the Greek religious historians concerning the
Probable the most inconsistent concept the Sumerians possesses with reference to the
Craft is the naming of the Goddess as a deity, not of the Moon (as the Craft would have
it), but of the planet Venus. The Moon was governed by a male divinity, NANNA (like
INANNA but minus the initial 'I'), and was considered the Father of the Gods by the
earliest Sumerian religion. It should be noted, however, that all of the planetary deities,
termed "the zoned Ones" or zonei in Greek, and indeed all of the Sumerian deities, had
both male and female manifestations, showing that the Sumerians definitely recognised a
yin-yang composition if the universe (the "male Moon" idea is, the Editor is given to
understand, common to so-called Aryan mythologies). There is also evidence to show
that every god and goddess also had both a good and an evil nature, and evil gods were
banished in the exorcism formulae of that civilisation as well as the lesser forms of
The Horned Moon
As mentioned, the God of the Moon was called NANNA by the Sumerians. By the later
Sumerians and Assyrians, he was called SIN. In both cases, he was the Father of the
Gods (of the planetary realm, the zonei), and was depicted as wearing horns, a symbol
familiar to the Witches as representative of their God. The horn shaped crown is
illustrative of the crescent phases of the Moon, and were symbolic of divinity in many
cultures around the world, and were also thought to represent certain animals who were
horned, and worshipped for their particular qualities, such as the goat and bull. They also
represent sexual power.
The fact that, in ancient Sumeria and Egypt, horns were solely representative of evil
gods, but of many different deities, was used by the Christian Church in their attempt to
eradicate pagan faiths. It was a simple enough symbol to identify with the Author of Evil,
Satan, which the Church depicted as a half-animal, half-human creature with horns,
claws, and sometimes a tail. The Church's use of the horns as a sort of archetype of Evil
is quite similar to the feeling many people have today with regards to the swastika used
by the Nazis, a symbol which has become the archetype of an evil sigil in the West. The
fact that it is a highly valued mystical and religious symbol in the East is something that
is not well-known. What is worse, the image of the Devil as perpetrated by the Church is
simultaneously representative of sexual energy, and can be safely compared to Jung's
archetype of the Shadow, the psychic repository of a man's innate maleness, as the anima
represents that part of a man which is feminine. Truly, the pictures painted of a Satanic
ritual by the pious Catholic clergymen was one of sexual orgies and "perversions", and
the handbook of the Inquisitors, the Malleus Maleficarum - which has been responsible
for the deaths of many more people than even Hitler's Mein Kampf - is full of detailed
sexual imagery and reveals the nature of the souls of the monks who wrote it, rather than
of the innocents it was used to massacre. Eventually, Satanism, Protestantism and
Judaism were inextricably woven together to form a patchwork quilt of Evil that the
Church attempted to destroy during the Middle Ages, with fire and sword.
As a matter of fact, a certain type of devil worship did exist during those times but,
ironically, the acolytes of Hell were usually never brought to trial; something which
stems from the fact that many of those who celebrated and attended the infamous Black
Masses of the period were Roman Catholic clergymen, many of whom has been pressed
into His Service at a young age by their parents, who wished to see their sons brought up
well-fed and educated in those uncertain times, where the Church was the sole power and
refuge. The frustration at being "condemned" to a life that demanded the abandonment of
society and a "normal" life led many priests to express their hostilities through the Office
of the Demon, the Black Mass. Often, this was also a means of political demonstration, as
the Church controlled virtually all the political life of the period. In a way, as though in a
test tube at a philosophical laboratory, Aleister Crowley was brought up under similar
circumstances - although ver far removed in time from the days of the Church's immense
temporal power. Coming from a fanatically religious Christian family, and suddenly
freed upon the neighbourhood of Cambridge, Crowley did, in a sense, turn Satanist. He
identified strongly with the underdog, politically as well as spiritually, and came
eventually to take the Name of the Beast as his own, and expound a philosophy that he
hoped would rip apart the worn tapestry of the established moral Christian atmosphere of
Victorian England, and expose it for what it really was, a carpet made of many ingenious
threads and not God - or eternal happiness - at all; only nap.
Therefore, it seemed almost logical that he should seek in the defeated, Old Religions of
the world for the basis of his new philosophy and, some say, his new "religion". He
raised the female aspect back up to one of equality with the male, as it was in the rites of
Egypt, and of Eleusis. "Our Lady Babalon" (his spelling) became a theme of many of his
magickal writings, and he received he Credo, the Book of the Law, through a Woman, his
wife Rose Kelly. The lunar element, as well as the Venusian, are certainly accessible in
his works. It has even been said in occult circles that he had a hand in putting together the
grimoire of one Gerald Gardner, founder of a contemporary Witchcraft movement, called
the Book of Shadows.
The Moon has an extremely important, indeed indispensable, role in the tantrick sex
magick rites that so preoccupied Crowley and the O.T.O. There can be no true magick
without woman, nor without man, and in the symbolic language of the occult there can be
no Sun without the Moon. In alchemy, ceremonial magick, and Witchcraft, the formula is
the same, for they all deal with identical properties; whether they are called the Sun and
Moon of the Elixir Vitae, the male and female participants in a rite of Indian or Chinese
tantricism, or the Shadow and the Anima of Jungian depth psychology.
For many years, the Moon remained the prime deity of the Sumerians, constituting the
essential Personum of a religious and mystical drama that was performed roughly 3000
B.C. amid the deserts and marshes of Mesopotamia. Side by side with the worship of the
Moon, NANNA, there was fear of the Demon, PAZUZU, a genie so amply recreated in
the book and the movie by Blatty, The Exorcist, and similarly recognised as the Devil
Himself by the Church. PAZUZU, the Beast, was brought to life by Aleister Crowley,
and the Demon walked the Earth once more.
With publicity provided by H.P. Lovecraft.
PAZUZU was a prime example of the type of Devil of which the Sumerians were
particularly aware, and which they depicted constantly in their carvings and statues. The
purpose of this iconography was to ward off the spiritual - and psychic - circumstances
which would precipitate a plague, or some other evil. "Evil to destroy evil." Although the
ancient people of the world were conscious of an entity we might call the :Author of all
Evil", the Devil or Satan, as evident in the Sumerian Creation Epic and the rumoured
existences of the Cult of Set of the Egyptians, the more pressing concern was usually the
exorcism of TIAMAT, she exists, somehow, just as the Abyss exists and is perhaps
indispensable to human life if we think of Her as typifying the female quality of Energy.
Although MARDUK was responsible for halving the Monster from the Sea, the Sumerian
Tradition has it that the Monster is not dead, but dreaming, asleep below the surface of
the Earth, strong, potent, dangerous, and very real. her powers can be tapped by the
knowledgeable, "who are skilful to rouse Leviathan."
Although the Christian religion has gone to great lengths to prove that the Devil is
inferior to God and exists solely for His purpose, as the Tempter of Man - surely a
dubious raison d'etre - the Sumerian Tradition acknowledges that the Person of "Evil" is
actually the oldest, most Ancient of the Gods. Whereas Christianity states that Lucifer
was a rebel in heaven, and fell from God's grace to ignominy below, the original story
was that MARDUK was the rebel, and severed the Body of the Ancient of Ancient Ones
to create the Cosmos in other words, the precise reverse of the Judeo-Christian dogma.
The Elder Gods evidently possessed a certain Wisdom that was not held by their Parents,
yet their Parents held the Power, the Primal Strength, the First Magick, that the Elder
Ones tapped to their own advantage, for they were begotten of Her.
It generally accepted in the Halls of Magick that all of the Wisdom in the world is useless
without the necessary adjunct of Power. This Power has gone by many names, as the
Goddess and the Devil have, but the Chinese symbolise It by the Dragon. It is the force of
Will, and relies heavily upon the biochemical matter that makes up the human body, and
hence, the human consciousness, to give it existence. Science is coming around to accept
the fact that the Will does exist, just at the point where Psychology has determined it does
not - in the behaviourists vain attempt to eradicate what has always been known to
constitute vital parts of the psyche from their consideration in pseudo scientific
experimentation, leaving us with the "white mice and pigeons" of Koestler's The Ghost In
The Machine. Science, ancient Sister of Magick, has begun to realize the human potential
that resides, inconspicuously, in the spiral-mapped matter of the brain. Just as the
magicians, accused of trafficking with the Devil, were said to have developed tremendous
power over natural phenomena, Science has ascended to that realm unblamed, and
guiltless. The Pope has ridden in aircraft. Cardinals have flown in 'choppers' over
battlefields in Southeast Asia, urging technological eco-side, invoking Christ;
pronouncing damnation and the Devil on the industrially inferior man. Ecce Qui Tollit
And a rock group from England, home of the Anglican heresy, sings of "sympathy" for
the Devil. PAZUZU. TIAMAT. The Seven Deadly Sins. The fear of Lovecraft. The pride
The lunar landing was the symbolic manifestation of man's newly acquired potential
power to alter the nature - and perhaps, via nuclear weapons, the course - of the heavenly
bodies, the zonei, the Elder Gods. It has a power the Ancient Ones have been waiting for,
for millennia, and it is now within their grasp. The next century may deliver unto
mankind this awesome power and responsibility, and will leave him knocking on the
dread doors of the azonei, the IGIGI, approaching the barrier that keeps out the ABSU.
And one day, without the benefit of NECRONOMICON, the Race of Man will smash the
barrier and the Ancient Ones will rule once more.
An alternative possibility exists: that, by landing on the Moon, we have come to reinstate
the ancient Covenant and thereby assure our protection against the Outside. Since "the
gods are forgetful", buy treading on their celestial spheres we are reminding them of their
ancient obligations to us, their created ones. For, as it is said in one of man's most ancient
of Covenants, the Emerald Table, "As Above, So Below". Man's power to alter the nature
of his environment must develop simultaneously with his ability to master his inner
environment, his own mind his psyche, soul, spirit. Perhaps, then, the lunar landing was
the first collective initiation for humanity, which will bring it one step closer to a
beneficial Force that resides beyond the race of the "cruel celestial spirits", past the Abyss
of Knowledge. Yet, he must remember that the occult powers that accompany magickal
attainment are ornamental only, indications of obstacles overcome on the Path to
Perfection, and are not to be sought after in themselves, for therein lies the truth Death.
Lovecraft saw this Evil, as the world passed from one War and moved menacingly
towards another. Crowley prepared for it, and provided us with the formulae. The Mad
Arab saw it all, in a vision, and wrote it down. He was, perhaps, one of the most
advanced adepts of his time, and her certainly has something to say to us, today, in a
language the Intuition understands. Yet they called him "Mad".
Accompanied in the ranks of the "insane" by such "madmen" as Neitzsche, Artaud, and
Reich, the Mad Arab makes a Fourth, in a life-and-death game of cosmic bridge. They
are all voices crying in that wilderness of madness that men call Society, and as such
were ostracised, stoned, and deemed mentally unfit for life. But, for them, Justice will
come when we have realised that the Ship of State and the Ship of St Peter have become
mere Ships of Fools - with Captains who course the seas by stars, ignoring the eternal
Ocean - and then, we will have to look to the Prisoners in the Hold for navigational
It is there, always, and Cthulhu Calls.
THE PRESENT MANUSCRIPT was delivered into the hands of the Editor by a priest
who had managed to get ordained through uncanonical methods which have been
entertainingly described in the several books and articles on the ecclesiastic phenomenon,
the "wandering bishops". Just such an "unorthodox" prelate was Fr. Montague Summers,
who wrote numerous books on demonology, witchcraft, and the like. Suffice it to say, we
were rather doubtful as to the authenticity of the work before us. In the first place, it was
in Greek and for quite awhile it was difficult to ascertain what it might actually be, save
for the title NECRONOMICON and the many weird drawings. In the second place, after
translation, we found several internal inconsistencies and some evidence that would
suggest we did not possess the entire Work. There may still be some missing or the
irregular monastic might have withheld certain of the chapters. As the chapters are not
numbered, it is too difficult to day.
A great deal of misfortune accompanied the publication of this book. First, we went
through more than one translator. The last finally absconded with his preface, describing
his work in the some detail. This, we will have to do from memory in the following
pages. At one point, an unscrupulous publisher from the West Coast took a copy of the
initial preface and some of the miscellaneous pages in translation (including some
dummies, which we were in the habit of giving potential publishers for our protection)
and went off, and has not been heard from again.
At a crucial stage in the preparation of the manuscript, the Editor was stricken with a
collapsed lung and had to undergo emergency surgery to save his life.
But, let us proceed with a description of the contents of the NECRONOMICON:
Within these pages a series of myths and rituals are presented that have survive the
darkest days of magick and occultism. The exorcisms and bindings of the famous Maqlu
text are here presented for the first time in English, although not completely: for the
originals in their entirety were evidently not known to the author of the
NECRONOMICON, nor are they to present scholarship; the various tablets upon which
they were written being cracked and effaced in many places, rendering translation
impossible. The MAGAN text, which comprises the Creation Epic of the Sumerians
(with much later glosses) and the account of INANNA's "descent into the Underworld",
along with more extraneous matter, is presented. The unique "Book of the Entrance" has
no counterpart in occult literature, and the drawings of magickal seals and symbols are
wholly new to anything that has yet appeared on the contemporary occult scene -
although bearing some resemblances to various diagrams found in the ancient Arabic
texts of the last millennium. Although some of the characters found in these pages can be
traced to Mandaic and Demotic sources, and are evidently of a much later date than the
Rites of Sumer, the overall appearance of the seals is quite unusual, almost surreal.
The Book begins with an introduction by the alleged author, the Mad Arab (the name that
Lovecraft made famous, 'Abdul Alhazred' does not appear in our copy of the Ms.), and
ends with a sort of epilogue by the same Arab. We have called the first part "The
Testimony of the Mad Arab" and the latter "The Testimony of the Mad Arab, the Second
Part." The Second Part if the most chilling. The author has, by this stage in the writing of
his opus, become fearful for his soul and begins to repeat himself in the text, saying
things he has already said in previous chapters as though having forgotten he had said
them, or perhaps to stress their importance. The Second Testimony is riddled through
with non sequiturs and bits of incantation.
He does not finish the Book.
It trails off where he would have signed it, presumably, in the Arab manner, but giving
his lineage. Instead, it ends before he can name himself or even one relation. We can only
imagine with horror what fate befell this noble Sage.
Another problem that confronts the Editor is the suspected frequency of the copyist's
glosses; that is, there do seem to be occasionally bits of sentence or fragments of
literature that would seem to be inconsistent with the period in which the text was
written. However, no final word can be said on this matter. The difficulty arises in the
age-old question of "which came first, the chicken or the egg?". For instance, in the
MAGAN text, the final verses read though from the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster:
"Stoop not down, therefore, into the darkly shining world," which might have been of
Greek origin and not Zoroastrian. It is a question for scholars.
The etymology of certain words is a game that has fascinated both the Editor and perhaps
a score or more of Sumerian researches of the past. The Sumerian origin of many of the
words and place-names we use today provides us with an insight into our own origins.
For instance, the Sumerian word for the temple is BAR, from which we get our word
"barrier", or so it is said by Waddell. This makes sense in the context with the erecting
and maintaining of barriers against the hostile forces Outside.
The etymology is even dramatic where Magick is concerned, and aids us in understand
even Crowley's system better than we do. As an example, Crowley of (or Aiwass) ends
the Book of the Law with the words "AUM.HA." In the Sumero-Aryan Dictionary by
Waddell we read that the word AUM was known to the Sumerians, in almost the same
sense that it was, and is, known to the Hindus. It is a sacred word, and pertains to the
Lord of Magicians, ENKI. Further, the Greek spelling of ENKI was EA, by which he is
most commonly known in the European texts which treat of Sumeriology. In the Greek
alphabet, EA would appear as HA. Q.E.D: AUM.HA betrays the essential Sumerian
character of that Book.
After the initial Testimony, we come to the chapter entitles "Of the ZONEI and Their
Attributes", Zonei is, of course a Greek word and refers to the planetary, or heavenly
bodies; for they are "zoned", i.e., having set courses and spheres. They are also known as
such in the Chaldean Oracles. The 'spirits' or bodies that exist beyond the zonei are called
the azonei, meaning "un-zoned". Whether this refers to the so-called "fixed " stars
(having no sphere ascertainable to the early astronomers) or the comets, is unknown to
the Editor. Whatever the case may be, the zonei seem to include the Seven Philosophical
Planets, i.e., including the Sun and Moon as planetary bodies, along with Mercury,
Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each has their own seal and their own Number.
Kenneth Grant, author of Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, may be interested to
know (or may already know) that the Number of the Sumerian Goddess of Venus, hence
of Love and War, is Fifteen. In many of the ancient tablets of that period, she is actually
referred to as "the Fifteen", as a shortcut to spelling out the whole Name in cuneiform,
was assume. Grant made much of "the Goddess Fifteen" in his study of Crowley's system
as related to Tantricism, without mentioning the Name by which this Goddess is quite
well-known, or even mentioning Her native country!
After the chapter on Zonei, we come to the "Book of Entrance" which is really a system
of self-initiation into the planetary spheres and may have something to do with the
planetary arrangement of the steps of the ziggurats of Mesopotamia, which were seven
storeyed mountains. Not much is revealed to the potential candidate for initiation as to
how these "gates" work, or what he might find there, save to say that the key of one Gate
lies in mastering the Gate before it. The Mad Arab was either keeping a sacred Secret, or
found human language inadequate to the task of describing what other initiates in similar
systems have expressed in the vague abstractions of the truly illuminated, likening the
experience to an LSD trip.
The "Incantations of the Gates" follow, and are probably meant to accompany the
preceding chapter, being prayers proper to each of the celestial Gates. The "conjuration of
the Fire God" follows this, and resembles the others in its mixture of Greek and Sumerian
phrases. It should be noted here that wherever a Sumerian phrases. It should be noted
here that wherever a Sumerian phrase appears in the original MS. we have kept it as it is,
untranslated, as we expect the Mad Arab would have wanted it. Quite possibly, even he
did not know the exact meaning of much of the conjurations in the Old Tongue, but
viewed it as a 'barbarous' tongue' which must be preserved because of its essential Power.
Indeed, with the publication of this Book, Sumerian may become as popular among
magicians as the strange, angelic language of Enochian, discovered by Dr. Dee in
In Greek, in the original MS., a common incantation would look something like this
(using Roman characters for the Greek):
O Kakos Theos
'O Kakos Daimon
PNEUMA TOU OURANOU THUMETHERE!
PNEUMA TES GES THUMETHATE!
(O Wicked God
O Wicked Demon
Spirit of the Sky, Remember!
Spirit of the Earth, Remember!)
Yet, a word like SHAMMASH, the Name of the Solar Deity, would read SAMAS or
SAMMAS, and in the text of the NECRONOMICON we would make the word read like
The "Conjuration of the Watcher" follows the Fire God conjuration. The word "watcher"
is sometimes used synonymously with "angel", and sometimes as a distinct Race, apart
from angelos: egragori. The Race of Watchers are said not to care what they Watch, save
that they follow orders. They are somewhat mindless creatures, but quite effective.
Perhaps they correspond toe Lovecraft's shuggoths, save that the latter become unweildly
and difficult to manage.
After the Watcher, comes the MAKLU text, which appears to be a collection of
exorcisms, which includes the famous "Xilka Xilka Besa Besa" incantation, in the
original, to which a translation has been appended in this work - a translation evidently
not at hand when the author compiled the MS. Thus, for the first time, this muchrumoured
exorcism is available in full and in English.
After this, the "Book of Calling" needs little explanation. It is the grimoire of the
NECRONOMICON, containing the formulae of ritual conjuration, as well as the seals
and diagrams to accompany the rites. It is followed by "The Book of Fifty Names" being
fifty separate powers of the God MARDUK, defeater of Chaos. This is interesting, in that
the names seem to come from the Enuma Elish, in which the Elder Gods confer these
fifty names upon MARDUK as titles, in their appreciation of his routing of Evil. A sigil
is given for each of the Names, and a word of Power for most of them.
Then appears the Centrepiece of the Book, the MAGAN text. The word MAGAN may
mean the Land of the MAGAN which was said to lie in the West of Sumer. For a time, it
seems the name MAGAN was synonymous with the Place of Death - as the Sun 'died' in
the West. Hence, it is a bit confusing as to what MAGAN is really supposed to mean in
this text, but in context the "Place of Death" explanation seems quite valid. The MAGAN
text is nothing more than an incomplete and free-form version of the Creation Epic of
Sumer, along with INANNA's Descent into the Underworld, and many glosses. We are
told how MARDUK slays TIAMAT - after much the same fashion that the Chief of
Police of Amity slays the great white shark in Benchley's novel JAWS, blowing an evil
wind (the oxygen tank) into Her mouth and sending in an arrow (bullet) in after it to
explode her. Surely, the two or three most box-office successful films of the past few
years, JAWS, THE EXORICST and, perhaps, THE GODFATHER, are an indication that
the essence of Sumerian mythology is making itself felt in a very real way in this, the
latter half of the Twentieth Century?
After the long and poetic MAGAN text, comes the URILLIA text which might be
Lovecraft's R'lyeh Text, and is subtitled "Abominations". It has more specifically to do
with the worship of the Serpent, and the nature of the cults that participate in the
Concelebration of Sin. Again, more conjurations and seals are given, even though the
reader is charged not to use them; an inconsistency that is to be found in many grimoires
of any period and perhaps reveals a little of the magicians's mentality; for there is very
little that is evil to the advanced magus, who cares not if he deals with angelic or demonic
forces, save that he gets the job done!
Then, following the URILLIA text and forming the very end of the received MS., is the
Second Part of the Testimony of the Mad Arab. It is a haunting and sorrowful occult
personality. Was he really mad? This is perhaps a question that will go on for as long as
Man tries to understand himself; himself as a part of the cosmic dance and spiral, which
includes the satanic as well as the deific, the sad as well as the happy. Perhaps the Arab
was privy to some other-worldly secret that he could not reveal. Perhaps he had opened
the Door by mistake, his own personal Gate to the Abyss, and was forced to cross its
threshold into the Unknown. We may never know.
Or, we may wish we never had.
The Editor New York, New York October 12, 1975
CHART OF COMPARISONS
(showing some relationships to be found between the mythos of Lovecraft, the
magick of Crowley, and the faith of Sumer.)
Lovecraft Crowley Sumer
The Great Beast as
represented in "CTHDH
The Ancient Ones Satan; Teitan Tiamat
Azathoth Aiwass (?) Azag-thoth
Horror Choronzon Pazuzu
Shub Niggurath Pan Sub Ishniggarab (?)
Out of Space The Abyss Absu; Nar Mattaru
IA! IO! IAO! IA (JAH; EA; Lord of Waters)
grey Star carven The Pentagram
The AR, or UB (Plough Sign; the
original pentagram and the sign of the
Vermis Mysteriis The Serpent
Erim (the Enemy; and the Sea as
Chaos; Gothic; Orm, or Worm, great
This is, of course, by no means a complete list but rather an inspirational sampling.
Meditation upon the various Things mentioned in the Mythos will permit the scholar to
draw his own conclusions; research upon the etymology of both Lovecraft's and
Crowley's respective literature enables the occultist to discover the ancient Names and
Numbers for much of his own, familiar, material.
(Note: that Lovecraft may have head or Crowley is hinted at darkly in his short story
"The Thing On The Doorstep" in which he refers to a cult leader from England who had
established a covenstead of sorts in New York. In that story, published in Weird Tales in
1936, the cult leader is closely identified with chthonic forces, is described as
"notorious", and linked to the strange fate that befell the protagonist, Edward Derby.)
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL TO
THE CHART that follows is based on research presently available to the Editor with
regard to Sumerian and Assyro-Babylonian religions. Entries in parentheses refer to the
state of correspondences before the advert of the Elder Gods, the Race of MARDUK; that
is, it reflects the nature of the cosmos before the Fall of MARDUK from Heaven. (Names
of zodiacal constellations are after Budge's renderings.)
Table VII [A.C.] Table XXV [S.]
0. . . . ANU (TIAMAT)
1. Sphere of the Primum Mobile ENLIL (ABSU)
2. Sphere of the Zodiac or Fixed
Stars ENKI; LUMASHI (IGIGI)
3. Sphere of Saturn ADAR
4. Sphere of Jupiter MARDUK
5. Sphere of Mars NERGAL
6. Sphere of the Sun UTU
7. Sphere of Venus INANNA
8. Sphere of Mercury NEBO
9. Sphere of the Moon NANNA
10. Sphere of the Elements KIA
11. Air ANNA
12. Mercury GUDUD
13. Moon SIN
14. Venus DLIBAT
15. Aries AGRU (XUBUR)
16. Taurus KAKKAB U ALAP SHAME (KINGU)
17. Gemini RE'U KINU SHAME U TU'AME RABUTI
18. Cancer SHITTU (SNAKE)
19. Leo KALBU RABU (LAKHAMU)
20. Virgo SHIRU (WHIRLWIND)
21. Jupiter UMUNPADDU
22. Libra ZIBANITUM (Ravening Dog)
23. Water BADUR
24. Scorpio AKRABU (SCORPION-MAN)
25. Sagittarius PA-BIL-SAG (HURRICANE)
26. Capricorn SUXUR MASH (FISH-MAN)
27. Mars MASTABARRU
28. Aquarius GULA (HORNED BEAST)
29. Pisces DILGAN U RIKIS NUNI (WEAPON)
30. Sun SHAMASH
30. Fire AG
30. Saturn KAIMANU
30. (bis) Earth KIA
30. (bis) Spirit ZI
NOTES ON PRONUNCIATION
WE CANNOT BE absolutely how Sumerian and Akkadian were spoken; but many useful
guidelines are available to the student, including the transliterated tablets found all over
Mesopotamia. Basically, we can offer the following principles which should prove of
value in reciting the foreign language instructions :
as in "father"
as in "whey"
as in "antique"
as in "boat" (but rarely found)
as in "zulu"
Most are basically the same as in English. The Sumerians did not have an alphabet as we
know it, but they had developed a syllabary, very much like the Japanese "Kana" script of
today. In phonetic transliterations, the English spelling sought to approximate the
Sumerian pronunciation. However, there are a few sounds which English does not
possess, and which have been put into phonetic variations. Important examples below :
as in the German "ach"
(same as above)
as in "like"
(same as above)
as in "shall"
as in, perhaps, "lasso"; a hissing "s" common to Arabic languages
as in "lots"; a hard "ts" sound, not quite as in "zoo"
Remember, in the transliterations which follow, every letter must be pronounced. There
are no schwas or silent syllables in Sumerian. Hence, "KIA" is pronounced "keeya";
"KAIMANU" is pronounced "ka-ee-mah-nu" or, if spoken rapidly, the two initial vowel
sounds slur into 'kigh' rhyming with "high"
The incantations should be said carefully and slowly at first, to familiarise oneself with
the tongue-twisting phrases. A mistake may prove fatal to the Work
THE SPELLS (TRANSLATED)
WHERE POSSIBLE, the Editor has taken every opportunity to find the original
Sumerian or Akkadian translation of a given Greek charm of conjuration. These will be
given here. Also, the reader will find English translations of the Sumerian charms as they
are given in the NECRONOMICON. Not al of the charms are available this way, and
sometimes we have had to make do with near misses. Much of what is found here has
come from the Maklu text, of which the only extant translation is in the German of
Tallqvist ("Die Assyrische Beschworungsserie Maqlu nach dem originalen im British
Museum Herausgegeben" Acta Societatis Scientiarum Fennicae, Tomm. XX, No. 6,
Helsingforsiae mdcccxcv). The word "maklu" or "maqlu" itself is controversial, but
Tallqvist seems to think that it does, indeed, mean "burning"; especially so as the
incantations to be found therein invariably entail burning something, usually a doll made
in the likeness of a witch or evil sorcerer that the magician wished to dispose of. Hence,
we have here probably the archetype of the Great Burning Times of the Inquisition, when
people were condemned to a fiery death as Witches and Pagans. The chant "burn, witch!
burn!" can be found in the Maklu text, in all its pristine glory. Indeed, Cthulhu Calls.
The Conjuration "The Binding of the Evil Sorcerers"
Alsi ku nushi ilani mushiti
Itti kunu alsi mushitum kallatum kuttumtum
Alsi bararitum qablitum u namaritum
Ashshu kashshaptu u kashshipanni
Eli nitum ubbiraanni
Ili-ia u Ishtari-ia ushis-su-u-eli-ia
Eli ameri-ia amru-usanaku
Imdikula salalu musha u urra
Qu-u imtana-allu-u pi-ia
Upu unti pi-ia iprusu
Me mashtiti-ia umattu-u
Eli li nubu-u xiduti si-ipdi
Izizanimma ilani rabuti shima-a dababi
Dini dina alakti limda
Epu-ush salam kashshapi-ia u kashshapti-ia
Sha epishia u mushtepishti-ia
Is mass-ssarati sha mushi lipshuru ruxisha limnuti
Pisha lu-u ZAL.LU Lishanusha Lu-u Tabtu
Sha iqbu-u amat limutti-ia kima ZAL.LU litta-tuk
Sha ipushu kishpi kima Tabti lishxarmit
qi-ishrusha pu-uttu-ru ipshetusha xulluqu
Kal amatusha malla-a sseri
Ina qibit iqbu-u ilani mushitum.
The Conjuration "XILQA XILQA BESA BESA" or "A Most Excellent Charm
Against the Hordes of Demons" etc.
Arise! Arise! Go far away! Go far away!
Be shamed! Be shamed! Flee! Flee!
Turn around, go, arise and go far away!
Your wickedness may rise to heaven like unto smoke!
Arise and leave my body!
From my body, depart in shame!
From my body flee!
Turn away from my body!
Go away from my body!
Do not return to my body!
Do no come near my body!
Do not approach my body!
Do not throng around my body!
Be commanded by Shammash the Mighty!
Be commanded by Enki, Lord of All!
Be commanded by Marduk, the Great Magician of the Gods!
Be commanded by the God of Fire, your Destroyer!
May you be held back from my body!
"Another Binding of the Sorcerers"
Ssalmani-ia ana pagri tapqida duppira
Ssalmani-ia ana pagri taxira duppira
Ssalmani-ia iti pagri tushni-illa duppira
Ssalmani ini ishdi pagri tushni-illa duppira
Ssalmani-ia qimax pagri taqbira duppira
Ssalmani-ia ana qulqullati tapqida duppira
Ssalmani-ia ina igari tapxa-a duppira
Ssalmani-ia ina askuppati Tushni-illa duppira
Ssalmani-ia ina bi'sha duri tapxa-a duppira
Ssalmani-ia ana GISHBAR tapqida duppira
The Conjuration of the Mountains of MASHU"
May the mountain overpower you!
May the mountain hold you back!
May the mountain conquer you!
May the mountain frighten you!
May the mountain shake you to the core!
May the mountain hold you in check!
May the mountain subject you!
May the mountain cover you!
May the mighty mountain fall on you,
May you be held back from my body!
(Note: the original translator had noted the resemblance between the Greek word for
Lors, kurios, and the Sumerian word for mountain, kur, and for a type of underworld,
chthoic, monster which is also called kur and which refers to the Leviathan of the Old
Testament. Also, in this particular conjuration, the word for mountain is shadu - shaddai ?
The Old Serpent KUR is, of course, invoked every day by the Christians: Kyrie Eleison!)
COMMON SUMERIAN WORDS AND PHRASES IN
Alla Xul Evil God
Dingir Xul Evil God
Edin Na Zu! Go to the Desert! (a form of exorcism)
Gigim xul Evil Spirit
Gidim Xul Evil Ghost
Maskim Xul Evil Fiend (Ambusher, Lier-In-Wait)
Mulla Xul Evil Devil
Rabishu (same as Maskim Xul)
Telal Wicked Demon (Warrior)
Uggae God of Death
Utuk Xul Evil Spirit
Zi Dingir Anna Kanpa! Spirit, God of the Sky, Remember!
Zi Dinger Kia Kanpa! Spirit, God of the Earth, Remember!
A WORD CONCERNING THE ORIGINAL
THE EDITOR and the Publishers anticipate that there will be a demand at first for
privileged views of the original NECRONOMICON, whether out of curiosity's sake, or
by nervous experimenters who will be certain that we did not copy a sigil correctly, etc.
Let us hasten to state at this point that the original Ms. is neither the property of the
Editor, nor the Publishers. We were given the right to translate and publish this work,
with as much additional and explanatory material as needed, but not the right to hold the
MS. up to public inspection. We regret that this is the case, but we also feel that it might
be advisable, in reference to the dangerous character of the work involved. Perhaps one
day a book will be written on the hazards of possessing such an original work in one's
home or office, including the fearful hallucinations, physical incapacities, and emotional
malaise that accompanied this work from the onset of the translation to the end of its final
Therefore, as a matter of policy, we cannot honour any requests to see the
NECRONOMICON in its original state.
Read this section carefully.
In the interim period between the translation and the publication of this work, the Editor,
along with a circle of initiates in another discipline, undertook to experiment with the
rituals and forces outlined in the NECRONOMICON. In using the material alone, or
within a Western ceremonial structure (such as the Golden Dawn system) we came upon
startling discoveries in both cases: there are no effective banishings for the forces
invoked in the NECRONOMICON itself! The rituals, incantations, formulae of this Book
are of ancient origin, comprising some of the oldest written magickal workings in
Western occult history. the deities and demons identified within have probably not been
effectively summoned in nearly six thousand years. Ordinary exorcisms and banishing
formulae have thus far proved extremely inadequate: this, by experienced magicians.
Hence, the following recommendations.
The religion of the ancient Sumerian peoples seems to have been lunar-oriented, a
religion - or religion - magickal structure - of the night, of darkness in a sense.
Invocations using solar formulae have proved thus far effective in successfully banishing
NECRONOMICON demons and intelligences. For instance, the Kaddish prayer of the
Jewish faith contains some solar elements that have proved resilient to inimical genii, and
the vibration of the Lord's Prayer for Christians is also a workable method.
We suggest that individual operators utilise an equivalent solar (i.e., positive light)
invocation from their own religion or the religion of their ancestors, should the no longer
have a religion or should they have changed it in their lifetime.
For best practical purposes in the beginning - for those intent on actually using the rituals
contained herein - it is advisable to take especial care in the construction of the magickal
circle and of all magickal defences. A preliminary period of purification is well in order
before attempting anything in this grimoire. Persons of unstable mental condition, or
unstable emotional condition, should not be allowed, under any circumstances, to observe
one of these rituals in progress. That would be criminal, and perhaps in suicidal. One of
our colleagues was fearfully attacked by his dog directly following a fairly simple and
uncomplicated formula from this book. This is definitely not a Gilbert chemistry set.
The method of the NECRONOMICON concerns deep, primeval forces that seem to preexist
the normal archetypal images of the tarot trumps and the Golden Dawn telesmatic
figures. These are forces that developed outside the Judeo-Christian mainstream, and
were worshipped and summoned long before the creation of the Qabala as we know it
today. Hence, the ineffectiveness of the Golden Dawn banishing procedures against them.
They are not necessarily demonic or qliphotic in the sense that these terms are commonly
understood in the West, they just simply represent power sources largely untapped and
thus far ignored by twentieth-century, mainstream consciousness.
The results of any experimentation with this book, as well as practical suggestions
concerning its rituals, are welcomed by the publishers.
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THE TESTIMONY OF THE MAD ARAB
THIS is the testimony of all that I have seen, and all that I have learned, in those years
that I have possessed the Three Seals of MASSHU. I have seen One Thousand-and-One
moons, and surely this is enough for the span of a man's life, though it is said the
Prophets lived much longer. I am weak, and ill, and bear a great tiredness and exhaustion,
and a sigh hangs in my breast like a dark lantern. I am old.
The wolves carry my name in their midnight speeches, and that quiet, subtle Voice is
summoning me from afar. And a Voice much closer will shout into my ear with unholy
impatience. The weight of my soul will decide its final resting place. Before that time, I
must put down here all that I can concerning the horrors that stalk Without, and which lie
in wait at the door of every man, for this is the ancient arcana that has been handed down
of old, but which has been forgotten by all but a few men, the worshippers of the Ancient
Ones (may their names be blotted out!).
And if I do not finish this task, take what is here and discover the rest, for time is short
and mankind does not know nor understand the evil that awaits it, from every side, from
every Gate, from every broken barrier, from every mindless acolyte at the alters of
For this is the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Black Earth, that I have writ down at the
peril of my life, exactly as I received it, on the planes of the IGIGI, the cruel celestial
spirits from beyond the Wanderers of the Wastes.
Let all who read this book be warned thereby that the habitation of men are seen and
surveyed by that Ancient Race of gods and demons from a time before time, and that they
seek revenge for that forgotten battle that took place somewhere in the Cosmos and rent
the Worlds in the days before the creation of Man, when the Elder Gods walked the
Spaces, the race of MARDUK, as he is known to the Chaldeans, and of ENKI our
MASTER, the Lord of Magicians.
Know, then, that I have trod all the Zones of the Gods, and also the places of the Azonei,
and have descended unto the foul places of Death and Eternal Thirst, which may be
reached through the Gate of GANZIR, which was built in UR, in the days before Babylon
Know, too, that I have spoken with all manner of spirit and daemon, whose names are no
longer known in the societies of Man, or were never known. And the seals of some of
these are writ herein; yet others I must take with me when I leave you. ANU have mercy
on my soul!
I have seen the Unknown Lands, that no map has ever charted. I have lived in the deserts
and the wastelands, and spoken with demons and the souls of slaughtered men, and of
women who have dies in childbirth, victims of the she-fiend LAMMASHTA.
I have traveled beneath the Seas, in search of the Palace of Our Master, and found the
stone of monuments of vanquished civilisations, and deciphered the writings of some of
these; while still others remain mysteries to any man who lives. And these civilisations
were destroyed because of the knowledge contained in this book.
I have traveled among the stars, and trembled before the Gods. I have, at last, found the
formulae by which I passed the Gate ARZIR, and passed into the forbidden realms of the
I have raised demons, and the dead.
I have summoned the ghosts of my ancestors to real and visible appearance on the tops of
temples built to reach the stars, and built to touch the nethermost cavities of HADES. I
have wrestled with the Black Magician, AZAG-THOTH, in vain, and fled to the Earth by
calling upon INANNA and her brother MARDUK, Lord of the double-headed AXE.
I have raised armies against the Lands of the East, by summoning the hordes of fiends I
have made subject unto me, and so doing found NGAA, the God of the heathens, who
breathes flame and roars like a thousand thunders.
I have found fear.
I have found the Gate that leads to the Outside, by which the Ancient Ones, who ever
seek entrance to our world, keep eternal watch. I have smelled the vapours of that
Ancient One, Queen of the Outside, whose name is writ in the terrible MAGAN text, the
testament of some dead civilisation whose priests, seeking power, swing open the dread,
evil Gate for an hour past the time, and were consumed.
I came to possess this knowledge through circumstances quite peculiar, while still the
unlettered son of a shepherd in what is called Mesopotamia by the Greeks.
When I was only a youth, travelling alone in the mountains to the East, called MASSHU
by the people who live there, I came upon a grey rock carved with three strange symbols.
It stood as high as a man, and as wide around as a bull. It was firmly in the ground, and I
could not move it. Thinking no more of the carvings, save that they might be the work of
a king to mark some ancient victory over an enemy, I built a fire at its foot to protect me
from the wolves that wander in those regions and went to sleep, for it was night and I was
far from my village, being Bet Durrabia. Being about three hours from dawn, in the
nineteenth of Shabatu, I was awakened by the howl of a dog, perhaps of a wolf,
uncommonly loud and close at hand. The fire had dies to its embers, and these red,
glowing coals cast a faint, dancing shadow across the stone monument with the three
carvings. I began to make haste to build another fire when, at once, the gray rock began
to rise slowly into the air, as though it were a dove. I could not move or speak for the fear
that seized upon my spine and wrapped cold fingers around my skull. The Dik of Azugbel-
ya was no stranger to me than this sight, though the former seemed to melt into my
Presently, I heard a voice, softly, some distance away and a more practical fear, that of
the possibility of robbers, took hold of me and I rolled behind some weeds, trembling.
Another voice joined the first, and soon several men in the black robes of thieves came
together over the place where I was, surrounding the floating rock, of which they did not
exhibit the least fright.
I could see clearly now that the three carvings on the stone monument were glowing a
flame red colour, as though the rock were on fire. The figures were murmuring together
in prayer or invocation, of which only a few words could be heard, and these in some
unknown tongue; though, ANU have mercy on my soul!, these rituals are not unknown to
me any longer.
The figures, whose faces I could not see or recognise, began to make wild passes in the
air with knives that glinted cold and sharp in the mountain night.
From beneath the floating rock, out of the very ground where it had sat, came rising the
tail of a serpent. This serpent was surely larger than any I had ever seen. The thinnest
section thereof was fully that of the arms of two men, and as it rose from the earth it was
followed by another, although the end of the first was not seen as it seemed to reach
down into the very Pit itself. These were followed by still more, and the ground began to
tremble under the pressure of so many of these enormous arms. The chanting of the
priests, for I knew them now to be the servants of some hidden Power, became much
louder and very nearly hysterical.
IA! IA! ZI AZAG!
IA! IA!! ZI AZKAK!
IA! IA! KUTULU ZI KUR!
The ground where I was hiding became wet with some substance, being slightly downhill
from the scene I was witnessing. I touched the wetness and found it to be blood. In
horror, I screamed and gave my presence away to the priests. They turned toward me, and
I saw a loathing that they had cut their chests with the daggers they had used to raise the
stone, for some mystical purpose I could not then divine; although I know now that blood
is the very food of these spirits, which is why the field after the battles of war glows with
an unnatural light, the manifestations of the spirits feeding thereon.
May ANU protect us all!
My scream had the effect of casting their ritual into chaos and disorder. I raced through
the mountain path by which I had come, and the priests came running after me, although
some seemed to stay behind, perhaps to finish the Rites. However, as I ran wildly down
the slopes in the cold night, my heart giving rise in my chest and my head growing hot,
the sound of splitting rocks and thunder came from behind me and shook the very ground
I ran upon. In fright, and in haste, I fell to the earth.
Rising, I turned to face whatever attacker had come nearest me, though I was unarmed.
To my surprise what I saw was no priest of ancient horror, no necromancer of that
forbidden Art, but black robes fallen upon the grass and weeds, with no seeming presence
of life or bodies beneath them.
I walked cautiously to the first and, picking up a long twig, lifted the robe from the tangle
of weeds and thorns. All that remained of the priest was a pool of slime, like green oil,
and the smell of a body lain long to rot in the sun. Such a stench nearly overpowered me,
but I was resolute to find the others, to see if the same fortune had also befallen them.
Walking back up the slope that I had so fearfully run down only moments ago, I came
across yet another of the dark priests, in identical condition to the first. I kept walking,
passing more of the robes as I went, not venturing to overturn them any longer. Then, I
finally came upon the grey stone monument that had risen unnaturally into the air at the
command of the priests. It now upon the ground once more, but the carvings still glowed
with supernatural light. The serpents, or what I had then though of as serpents, had
disappeared. But in the dead embers of the fire, now cold and black, was a shining metal
plate. I picked it up and saw that it also was carved, as the stone, but very intricately, after
a fashion I could not understand. I did not bear the same markings as the stone, but I had
the feeling I could almost read the characters, but could not, as though I once knew the
tongue but had since long forgotten. My head began to ache as though a devil was
pounding my skull, when a shaft of moonlight struck the metal amulet, for I know now
what it was, and a voice entered into my head and told me the secrets of the scene I had
witnessed in one word:
In that moment, as though whispered fiercely into my ear, I understood.
These are the signs carved upon the grey stone, that was the Gate to the Outside:
An this is the amulet that I held in my hand, and hold to this very day, around my neck as
I write these words:
Of the three carved symbols, the first is the sign of our Race from beyond the Stars, and
is called ARRA in the tongue of the Scribe who taught it to me, an emissary of the Elder
Ones. In the tongue of the eldest city of Babylon, it was UR. It is the Sigil of the
Covenant of the Elder Gods, and when they see it, they who gave it to us, they will not
forget us. They have sworn!
Spirit of the Skies, Remember!
The second is the Elder Sign, and is the Key whereby the Powers of the Elder Gods may
be summoned, when used with the proper words and shapes. It has a Name, and is called
The third sign is the Sigil of the Watcher. It is called BANDAR. The Watcher is a Race
sent by the Elder Ones. It keeps vigil while one sleeps, provided the appropriate ritual
and sacrifice has been performed,: else, if called, it will turn upon you.
These seals, to be effective, must be graven on stone and set in the ground. Or, set upon
the altar of offerings. Or, carried to the Rock of Invocations. Or, engraved on the metal of
one's God or Goddess, and hung about the neck, but hidden from the view of the profane.
Of the three, the ARRA and the AGGA may be used separately, that is to say, singly and
alone. The BANDAR, however, must never be used alone, but with one or both of the
others, for the Watcher must needs be reminded of the Covenant it has sworn with the
Elder Gods and our Race, else it will turn upon thee and slay thee and ravage thy town
until succour is to be had from the Elder Gods by the tears of thy people and the wailing
of thy women.
The metal amulet that I retrieved from the ashes of the fire, and which caught the light of
the moon, is a potent seal against whatever may come in the Gate from the Outside for,
seeing it, they will retreat from thee
SAVE ONLY IF IT CATCH THE LIGHT OF THE MOON UPON ITS SURFACE
for, in the dark days of the moon, or in cloud, there can be little protection against the
fiends from the Ancient Lands should they break the barrier, or be let in by their servants
upon the face of the earth. In such a case, no recourse is to be had until the light of the
moon shines upon the earth, for the moon is the eldest among the Zonei, and is the starry
symbol of our Pact. NANNA, Father of the Gods, Remember!
Wherefore, the amulet must be engraved upon pure silver in the full light of the moon,
that the moon shine upon it at its working, and the essence of the moon incantations must
be performed, and the prescribed rituals as given forth in this Book. And the amulet must
never be exposed to the light of the Sun, for SHAMMASH called UDU, in his jealousy,
will rob the seal of its power. In such a case, it must be bathed in water of camphor, and
the incantations and ritual performed once again. But, verily, it were better to engrave
These secrets I give to thee at the pain of my life, never to be revealed to the profane, or
the banished, or the worshippers of the Ancient Serpent, but to keep within thine own
heart, always silent upon these things.
Peace be to thee!
Henceforth, from that fateful night in the Mountains of MASSHU, I wandered about the
country-side in search of the key to the secret knowledge that had been given me. And it
was a painful and lonely journey, during which time I took no wife, called no house or
village my home, and dwelt in various countries, often in caves or in the deserts, learning
several tongues as a traveller might learn them, to bargain with the tradespeople and learn
of their news and customs. But my bargaining was with the Powers that reside in each of
these countries. And soon, I cam to understand many things which before I had no
knowledge, except perhaps in dreams. The friends of my youth deserted me, and I them.
When I was seven years gone from my family, I learned that they had all died of their
own hand, for reasons no one was able to tell me; their flocks had been slain as the
victims of some strange epidemic.
I wandered as a beggar, being fed from town to town as the local people saw fit, often
being stoned instead and threatened with imprisonment. On occasion, I was able to
convince some learned man that I was a sincere scholar, and was thereby permitted to
read the ancient records in which the details of necromancy. sorcery, magick and
alchemy are given. I learned of the spells that cause men illness, the plague, blindness,
insanity, and even death. I learned of the various classes of demons and evil gods that
exist, and of the old legends concerning the Ancient Ones. I was thus able to arm myself
against also the she-devil LAMMASHTA, who is called the Sword that Splits the Skull,
the sight of whom causeth horror and dismay, and(some say) death of a most uncommon
In time, I learned of the names and properties of all the demons, devils, fiends and
monsters listed herein, in this Book of the Black Earth. I learned of the powers of the
astral Gods, and how to summon their aid in times of need. I learned, too, of the frightful
beings who dwell beyond the astral spirits, who guard the entrance to the Temple of the
Lost, of the Ancient of Days, the Ancient of the Ancient Ones, whose Name I cannot
In my solitary ceremonies in the hills, worshipping with fire and sword, with water and
dagger, and with the assistance of a strange grass that grows wild in certain parts of
MASSHU, and with which I had unwittingly built my fire before the rock, that grass that
gives the mind great power to travel tremendous distances into the heavens, as also into
the hells, I received the formulae for the amulets and talismans which follow, which
provide the Priest with safe passage among the spheres wherein he may travel in search
of the Wisdom.
But now, after One Thousand-and-One moons of the journey, the Maskim nip at my
heels, the Rabishu pull at my hair, Lammashta opens her dread jaws, AZAG-THOTH
gloats blindly at his throne, KUTULU raises his head and stares up through the Veils of
sunkun Varloorni, up through the Abyss, and fixes his stare upon me; wherefore I must
with haste write this indeed, it appears as though I have failed in some regard as to the
order of the rites, or to the formulae, or to the sacrifices, for now it appears as if the entire
host of ERESHKIGAL lies waiting, dreaming, drooling for my departure. I pray the Gods
that I am saved, and not perish as did the Priest, ABDUL BEN-MARTU, in Jerusalem
(the Gods remember and have mercy upon him!). My fate is no longer writ in the stars,
for I have broken the Chaldean Covenant by seeking power over the Zonei. I have set
foot on the moon, and the moon no longer has power over me. The lines of my life have
been oblitered by my wanderings in the Waste, over the letters writ in the heavens by the
gods. And even now I can hear the wolves howling in the mountains as they did that
fateful night, and they are calling my name, and the names of Others. I fear for my flesh,
but I fear for my spirit more.
Remember, always, in every empty moment, to call upon the Gods not to forget thee, for
they are forgetful and very far away. Light thy fires high in the hills, and on the tops of
temples and pyramids, that they may see and remember.
Remember always to copy each of the formulae as I have put it down, and not to change
it by one line or dot, not so much as a hair's breadth, lest it be rendered valueless, or
worse: a broken star is the Gate of GANZIR, the Gate of Death, the Gate of the Shadows
and the Shells. Recite the incantations as they are written here, in the manner this
prescribed. Prepare the rituals without erring, and in the proper places and times render
May the Gods be ever merciful unto thee!
May thou escape the jaws of the MASKIM, and vanquish the power of the Ancient Ones!
AND THE GODS GRANT THEE DEATH
BEFORE THE ANCIENT ONES RULE THE
EARTH ONCE MORE!
OF THE ZONEI AND THEIR ATTRIBUTES
THE Gods of the Stars are Seven. They have Seven Seals, each of which may be used in
their turn. They are approached by Seven Gates, each of which may be opened in their
turn. They have Seven Colours, Seven Essences, and each a separate Step on the Ladder
of Lights. The Chaldeans were but imperfect in their knowledge, although they had
understanding of the Ladder, and certain of the formulae. They did not, however, possess
the formulae for the passing of the Gates, save one, of whom it is forbidden to speak.
The passing of the Gates gives the priest both power and wisdom to use it. He becomes
able to control the affairs of his life more perfectly than before, and many have been
content to merely pass the first three Gates and then sit down and go no further than that,
enjoying the benefits that they have found on the preliminary spheres. But this is Evil, for
they are not equipped to deal with the attack from Without that must surely come, and
their people will cry unto them for safety, and it will not come forth. Therefore, set thy
face towards the ultimate goal and strive ever onward to the furthest reaches of the stars,
though it mean thine own death; for such a death is as a sacrifice to the Gods, and
pleasing, that they will not forget their people.
The ZONEI and their attributes, then, are as follows:
The God of the Moon is the God NANNA. He is Father of the Zonei, and the Eldest of
the Wanderers. He is long of beard, and bears a wand of lapis lazuli in his palm, and
possesses the secret of the tides of blood. His colour is Silver. His Essence is to be found
in Silver, and in camphor, and in those things bearing the sign of the Moon. He is
sometimes called SIN. His Gate is the first you will pass in the rituals that follow. His
Step on the Ladder of Lights is also Silver.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave on his metal, on the thirteenth day of the Moon
in which you are working, having no other person about you who may watch you in its
manufacture. Being finished, it should be wrapped in a square of the finest silk and lain
aside until such time as you desire its use, and then, it should be removed only after the
Sun has gone to its rest. No ray of sunlight should strike the Seal, lest its power be
rendered nil and a new Seal must needs be cast.
The Number of NANNA is Thirty and this is his Seal:
The God of Mercury is NEBO. He is a very old spirit, having a long beard, and is the
guardian of the Gods, as well as the keeper of the knowledge of Science. He wears a
crown of one hundred horns, and the long robe of the Priest. His colour is blue. His
Essence is in that metal known as Quicksilver, and is sometimes also found in sand, and
in those things bearing the sign of Mercury. His Gate is the Second you will pass in the
rituals that follow. His Step on the Ladder of Lights is blue.
This is his Seal, which you must write on perfect parchment, or no the broad leaf of a
palm tree, having no other person about you who may watch you in its construction.
Being finished, it should be wrapped in a square of the finest silk and lain aside until such
time as you desire its use, and then, it should be removed only when its light is in the sky.
Such is also the best time for its manufacture.
The Number of NEBO is Twelve and this is his Seal:
The Goddess of Venus is the most excellent Queen INANNA, called of the Babylonians
ISHTAR. She is the Goddess of Passion, both of Love and of War, depending upon her
sign and the time of her appearance in the heavens. She appears as a most beautiful Lady,
in the company of lions, and partakes of a subtle astral nature with the Moon God
NANNA. When they are in agreement, that is, when their two plants are auspiciously
arranged in the heavens, it is as two offering-cups split freely in the heavens, to rain the
sweet wine of the Gods upon the earth. And then there is great happiness and rejoicing.
She sometimes appears in armour, and is thereby a most excellent guardian against the
machinations of her sister, the dread Queen ERESHKIGAL of KUR. With the Name and
Number of INANNA, no Priest need fear to walk into the very depths of the Underworld;
for being armed, in Her armour, he is similar to the Goddess. It was thus that I descended
into the foul pits that lie gaping beneath the crust of the earth, and commanded demons.
She is similarly the Goddess of Love, and bestows a favourable bride upon any man who
desires it, and who makes the proper sacrifice.
BUT KNOW THAT INANNA TAKES HER OWN FOR HER OWN, AND THAT
ONCE CHOSEN BY HER NO MAN MAY TAKE ANOTHER BRIDE.
Her colour is the purest White. Her manifestation is in the metal Copper, and also in the
most beautiful flowers of a field, and in the saddest death of the battlefield, which is that
field's fairest flower. Her Gate is the Third you will pass in the rites that follow, and in
which place you will be of a heart to stay; but turn you face to the road that leads beyond,
for that is your genuine goal, unless the Goddess choses you. Her Step on the Ladder of
Lights, built of old in Babylon and at UR, is White.
This is her Seal, which you must engrave on Copper, Venus being exalted in the
Heavens, with no one about watching its construction. Being finished, it is to be wrapped
in the purest silk and lain safely away, only to be removed when need arises, at any time.
The Number of INANNA is Fifteen, by which Number she is frequently known in the
incantations of the Dispensation, her Seal is the following.
This God of the Sun is the Lord SHAMMASH, son of NANNA. He is seated upon a
throne of gold, wearing a crown of two horns, holding a sceptre aloft in his right hand
and a flame disk in his life, sending rays in every direction. He is the God of Light and of
life. His colour is Gold. His Essence is to be found in gold, and in all golden objects and
plants. He is sometimes called UDUU. His Gate is the Fourth you will pass in the rituals
that follow. His Step on the great Ladder of Lights is Gold.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave in gold, when the Sun is exalted in the heavens,
alone on a mountain top or some such place close to the Rays, but alone. Being finished,
it should be wrapped in a square of the finest silk and lain aside until such time as it is
The Number os SHAMMASH is Twenty and this is his Seal:
The God of Mars is the mighty NERGAL.
He has the head of a man on the body of a lion, and bears a sword and a flail. He is the
God of War, and of the fortunes of War. He was sometimes though to be an agent of the
Ancient Ones, for he dwelt in CUTHA for a time. His colour is dark red. His essence is to
be found in Iron, and in all weapons made to spill the blood of men and of animals. His
Gate is the Fifth you will see as you pass the Zones in the rituals that follow. His Step on
the Ladder of Light is Red.
This is his Seal, which must be engraved on a plate of Iron, or on paper in blood, when
Mars is in exaltation in the heavens. It is best done at night, far from the habitations of
men and of animals, where you cannot be seen or heard. It must be wrapped first in heavy
cloth, then in fine silk, and hid safe away until such times as it is needed. But to take not
to use this Seal hastily, for it is a sharp Sword.
The Number of NERGAL is Eight and this is his Seal:
The God of Jupiter is the Lord of Magicians, MARDUK KURIOS of the Double-headed
Axe. MARDUK was born of our Father, ENKI, to do battle against the forces of the
Ancient Ones, and he won a powerful fight, subduing the armies of Evil and putting the
Queen of the Ancient Ones beneath his foot. That Serpent is dead, but dreams.
MARDUK was bestowed Fifty Names and Powers by the Council of the Elder Gods,
which Powers he retains to this day. His colour is Purple. His Essence is in the material
tin, and in brass. His Gate is the Sixth that you will come upon as you follow the rituals
that follow. His Step on the Ladder of Lights in Purple.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave on a plate of tin or of brass, when Jupiter is
strong in the heavens, while making special invocation to ENKI Our Master. This shall
be wrought as the others, and wrapped in pure silk and lain away until the time for its use.
Know that MARDUK appears as a mighty warrior with a long beard and a flaming disk
in his hands. He carries a bow and a quiver of arrows, and treads about the heavens
keeping the Watch. Take care to summon his assistance in only the most terrible of
circumstances, for his might is powerful and his anger fierce. When thou hast need of the
power of the star Jupiter, call instead one of the appropriate Powers listed within these
pages, and they will surely come.
The Number of Marduk is Ten and this is his Seal:
The God of Saturn is NINIB called ADAR, the Lord of Hunters and of Strength. He
appears with a crown of horns and a long sword, wearing a lion's skin. he is the final
Zonei before the terrible IGIGI. His colour is the darkest black. His Essence is to be
found in lead, in the burnt embers of the fire, and in things of death and of antiquity. The
horns of a stag are his symbol. His Gate is the Last you will come upon in the rites that
follow. His Step on the Ladder of Lights is Black.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave on a leaden plate or bowl, keeping it well
hidden from the eyes of the profane. It should be wrapped and put away as all the others,
until its use is desired. It should never be removed when the Sun is in the sky, but only
after the night has fallen and the earth grown black, for NINIB knows the best the ways
of the demons that prowl among the shadows, looking for sacrifice. he knows best the
territories of the Ancient Ones, the practices of their worshippers, and the locations of the
Gates. His realm is the realm of the Night of Time.
His Number is Four, as the quarters of the Earth, and the following is his Seal:
THE BOOK OF ENTRANCE, AND OF THE WALKING
THE BOOK OF ENTRANCE
THIS is the Book of Entrance to the Seven Zones above the Earth, which Zones were
known to the Chaldeans, and to the ancient races that preceded them among the lost
temples of UR. Know that these Zones are governed by the celestial spirits, and that
passage may be had by the Priest through those lands that border on the Unzoned Wastes
beyond. Know that, when Walking thus through the Sea of Spheres, he should leave his
Watcher behind that It may guard his body and his property, lest he be slain unawares
and must wander throughout eternity among the dark spaces between Stars, or else be
devoured by the wrathful IGIGI that dwell beyond.
Know that thou must Walk the Steps of the Ladder of Lights, each in its place and one at
a time, and that thou must enter by the Gates in the lawful manner, as is put down in the
Covenant; else thou art surely lost.
Know that thou must keep purified for the space of one moon for the Entrance to the first
Step, one moon between the First and the Second Step, and again between the Second
and the Third, and so on in like manner. Thou must abstain from spilling thy seed in any
manner for like period of time, but thou mayest worship at the Temple of ISHTAR,
provided thou lose not thine Essence. And this is a great secret.
Thou must needs call upon thy God in the dawn light and upon thy Goddess in the light
of dusk, every day of the moon of purification. Thou must summon thy Watcher and
instruct it perfectly in its duties, providing it with a time and a place whereby it may serve
thee and surround thee with a flaming sword, in every direction.
Thy clothing for the Walking should be fair, clean and simple, but appropriate to each
Step. And thou should have with thee the Seal of the particular Step whereupon thou
Walkest, which is the Seal of the Star appertaining thereunto.
Thou must needs prepare an alter to face the North, having upon it the statues of thine
deities, or some such suitable Images, an offering bowl, and a brazier. Upon the earth
should be inscribed the Gate appropriate to the Walking. If above thee is the Sky, so
much the better. If there be a roof above thine head, it must be free from all hangings.
Not even a lamp should be suspended over thee, save in Operations of Calling, which is
discussed elsewhere (if the Gods grant me the time!). The only light shall be from the
four lamps upon the ground, at each of the four Gates of the Earth: of the North, one
lamp; pf the East, one lamp; of the South, one lamp; and of the West, one lamp. The oil
should be pure, with no odour, or else sweet-smelling. The perfumes in the brazier should
also be sweet-smelling, or especially appropriate to the Star where thou wouldst desire
Entrance, after the fashion of thy country.
The Seven Gates here follow:
THIS IS THE FIRST GATE THE GATE OF NANNA, CALLED SIN:
THIS IS THE SECOND GATE, OF NEBO:
THIS IS THE THIRD GATE, OF INANNA CALLED ISHTAR:
THIS IS THE FOURTH GATE, OF SHAMMASH, CALLED UDDU:
THIS IS THE FIFTH GATE, OF NERGAL:
THIS IS THE SIXTH GATE, OF LORD MARDUK:
THIS IS THE SEVENTH GATE, OF NINIB, CALLED ADAR:
And the Ritual of the Walking must follow the formulae herein described:
First, thou must observe the moon of purification. In this time, thou mayest not eat meat
for the space of seven days preceding the last day of the moon, and for the space of three
days preceding the last dat of the moon thou mayest not eat anything whatsoever, save to
drink sweet water. On the last three days, thou must invoke, in addition to thy God and
Goddess, the Three Great Elder Ones, ANU, ENLIL, ENKI, by their proper invocations.
And the Number of ANU is Sixty, the Perfect Number, for he is Father of the Heavens.
And the Number of ENLIL is Fifty, and he is the Father of the Wind. And the Number of
ENKI is Forty a most excellent Number, and he is our Father, of all who would tread
these forgotten paths, and wander into Lands unknown, among the Wastes, amid frightful
monsters of the Azonei.
Second, on the Night of the Walking, which must be the thirteenth night of the moon,
having begun on the previous thirteenth night, thou must approach the Gate with awe and
respect. Thy Temple is exorcised. Thou must light the Fire and conjure it, but the
invocation of the God of Fire, and pour incense thereon. Thou must make offering to the
Deities on the altar.
Third, thou must light the four lamps from the flaming brazier, reciting the invocation
proper to each of these Watchtowers in its proper place, summoning the respective Star.
Fourth, thou must recite the invocation of the Watcher, thrusting the Sword into the
Earth at Its station, not touching it until it is the appointed time for Its departure.
Fifth, thou must take the Seal of the Star in thy right hand, and whisper its Name softly
Sixth, thou must recite the Incantation of the Walking, loudly, and in a clear voice, as
thou walkest about the Gate in a circular fashion, beginning at the North and walking to
the East, then to the South, and to the West, the Number of turns being equal to the
special Number of the Star.
eventh, thou must needs arrive back at the centre of the Gate, before thine altar, at
which time thou must fall to the ground, looking neither to the right no to the left at what
may be moving there, for these Operations attract many kinds of wandering demon and
ghost to the Gates, but in the air above the altar whereupon thou wilt presently see the
Gate opening for thee and the Spirit-Messenger of the Sphere greeting thee in a clear
voice, and giving thee a Name, which thou must remember, for that is the Name of thy
Passing the Gate, which thou must use each time thou passeth thereby. The same Spiritmessenger
will meet thee and, if thou know not thy Name, he will forbid thee entrance
and thou wilt fall to the Earth immediately.
When the First Gate has been entered and the Name received, thou wilt fall back to Earth
amid thine Temple. That which has been moving about thy Gate on the ground will have
gone. Recite thine thanksgiving to the Gods upon thine altar, strike the Sword of the
Watcher that It may depart, and give the incantation of INANNA which say how she
conquered the realm of the Underworld and vanquisheth KUTULU. All Idimmu will
vanish thereby and thou wilt be thus free to depart the Gate and extinguish the Fire.
Thou mayest not call upon NANNA till thou hast passed the Gate of NANNA. Thou
mayest not call NEBO until his Gate hast thou passed. Similarly for the rest of the Gates.
When thou hast ascended to the limit of the Ladder of Lights, thou wilt have knowledge
and power over the Spheres, and wilt be able to summon them thereby in times of need.
This will not give thee power over the ABSU, however, this power being obtained
differently by the Ritual of Descent. This Ritual thou wilt undertake in the fifteenth day
after the thirteenth of the month when thou hast summoned the Gate of MARDUK to
open. For MARDUK slew the Fiends, and INANNA, the Goddess of the Fifteen,
conquered the Netherworld, where some of theirs still dwell. This is a most perilous Rite,
and may be undertaken by any man who as the formulae, whether he has passes the
previous Gates or not, save that it is best advised to have passed through MARDUK Gate
before venturing forth into the Pit. For this reason, few have ever opened the Gate of
ADAR, and spoken to the Horned One who resideth there and giveth all manner of
wisdom regarding the operations of necromancy, and of the spells that hasten unto death.
Only when thou hast shown thy power over the Maskim and the Rabishu, mayest thou
venture forth to the Land of the IGIGI, and for that reason was this Covenant made, that
none shall safely Walk through the sunken valleys of the Dead before having ascended to
MARDUK, nor shall they breach the Gates that lie beyond ADAR until they have seen
the Signs of the Mad God and felt the fury of the hellish Queen.
And against the Ancient Ones, there is only defence. Only a madman, indeed, such as I
am called!, can hope to have power over Them that dwell in the Outer Spaces, for their
power is unknown, and the number of the hordes uncounted, and each day they breed
more horrors than a man's mind can conceive, the sight of which he can hardly bear.
There was a time when the Gate to the Outside was open too long and I witnessed the
horror that struck, of which words cannot speak, and of which writing can only confuse.
The Ancient One that had escaped into the Inner World was forced back through the Gate
by a magician of great power, but only at a great loss to the villages and flocks of the
Island. Many sheep were slain after an unnatural fashion, and many devoured, an many
Bedou rendered senseless; for the mind perceives what it is shown, but the sight of the
Ancient Ones is a blasphemy to the ordinary senses of a man, for that come from a world
that is not straight, but crooked, and their existence is of forms unnatural and painful to
the eye and to the mind, whereby the spirit is threatened and wrenches loose from the
body in flight. And for that reason, the fearful utukku xul take possession of the body and
dwell therein until the Priest banish them back to whence they came, and the normal
spirit may return to its erstwhile neighbourhood.
And there are all the ALLU, frightening dog-faced demons that are the Messengers of the
Gods of Prey, and that chew on the very bones of man. And there are many another, of
which this is not the rightful place wherein they may be mentioned, save to warn the
Priest against the ambitious striving against the Ancient Ones of the Outside, until
mastery is acquired over the powers that reside Within. Only when ADAR has been
obtained, may the Priest consider himself a master of the planes of the Spheres, and able
to wrestle with the Old Gods. Once Death Herself has been stared in the Eye, can the
Priest then summon and control the denizens of Death's darkly curtained halls. Then can
he hope to open the Gate without fear and without that loathing of the spirit that slays the
Then cane he hope to have power over the demons that plague the mind and the body,
pulling at the hair and grasping at the hands, and the screaming vile Names into the airs
of the Night.
For what comes on the Wind can only be slain by he who knows the Wind; and what
comes on the seas can only be slain by he who knows the Waters. This is it written, in the
THE INCANTATIONS OF THE GATES
THE INVOCATION OF THE NANNA GATE
Spirit of the Moon, Remember!
NANNA, Father of the Astral Gods, Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men,
I call to Thee! Hearken, and Remember!
From the Gates of the Earth, I call Thee! From the Four Gates of the Land KI, I pray to
O Lord, Hero of the Gods, who in heaven and upon the earth is exalted!
Lord NANNA, of the Race of ANU, hear me!
Lord NANNA, called SIN, hear me!
Lord NANNA, Father of the Gods of UR, hear me!
Lord NANNA, God of the Shining Crown of Night, hear me!
Maker of Kings, Progenitor of the Land, Giver of the Gilded Sceptre,
Hear me and Remember!
Mighty Father, Whose thought is beyond the comprehension of gods and men,
Hear me and Remember!
Gate of the Great Gates of the Spheres, open unto me!
Master of the IGIGI, swing open Thy Gate!
Master of the ANNUNAKI, open the Gate to the Stars!
IA NAMRASIT! IA SIN! IA NANNA!
BASTAMAAGANASTA IA KIA KANPA!
MAGABATHI-YA NANNA KANPA!
MASHRITA NANNA ZIA KANPA!
IA MAG! IA GAMAG! IA ZAGASTHENA KIA!
THE INVOCATION OF THE NEBO GATE
Spirit of the Swift Planet, Remember!
NEBO, Custodian of the Gods, Remember!
NEBO, Father of the Sacred Writing, Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men,
I call to Thee! Hearken, and Remember!
From the Gate of the Great God NANNA, I call to Thee!
By the Name which I was given on the Lunar Sphere, I call to Thee!
Lord NEBO, who does not know of Thy Wisdom?
Lord NEBO, who does not know of Thy Magick?
Lord NEBO, what spirit, on earth or in heavens, is not conjured by Thy mystic Writing?
Lord NEBO, what spirit, on earth or in the heavens, is not compelled by the Magick of
NEBO KURIOS! Lord of the Subtle Arts, Open the Gate to the Sphere of Thy Spirit!
NEBO KURIOS! Master of the Chemical Science, Open the Gate to the Sphere of Thy
Gate of the Swift Planet, MERKURIOS, Open unto me!
IA ATHZOTHTU! IA ANGAKU! IA ZI NEBO!
MARZAS ZI FORNIAS KANPA!
LAZHAKAS SHIN TALAS KANPA!
NEBOS ATHANATOS KANPA!
IA GAASH! IA SAASH! IA KAKOLOMANI-YASH!
THE INVOCATION OF THE ISHTAR GATE
Spirit of Venus, Remember!
ISHTAR, Mistress of the Gods, Remember!
ISHTAR, Queen of the Land of the Rising of the Sun, Remember!
Lady of Ladies, Goddess of Goddesses, ISHTAR, Queen of all People, Remember!
O Bright Rising, Torch of the Heaven and of the Earth, Remember!
O Destroyer of the Hostile Hordes, Remember!
Lioness, Queen of the Battle, Hearken and Remember!
From the Gate of the Great God NEBO, I call Thee!
By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of NEBO, I call to Thee!
Lady, Queen of Harlots and of Soldiers, I call to Thee!
Lady, Mistress of Battle and of Love, I pray Thee, Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant, sworn between Thee and the Race of Men,
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
Suppressor of the Mountains!
Supporter of arms!
Deity of Men! Goddess of Women! Where Thou gazest, the Dead live!
ISHTAR, Queen of Night, Open Thy Gate to me!
ISHTAR, Lady of the Battle, Open wide Thy Gate!
ISHTAR, Sword of the People, Open Thy Gate to me!
ISHTAR, Lady of the Gift of Love, Open wide Thy Gate!
Gate of the Gentle Planet, LIBAT, Open unto me!
IA GUSHE-YA! IA INANNA! IA ERNINNI-YA!
ASHTA PA MABACHA CHA KUR ENNI-YA!
RABBMI LO-YAK ZI ISHTARI KANPA!
INANNA ZI AMMA KANPA! BI ZAMMA KANPA!
IA IA IA BE-YI RAZULUKI!
THE INVOCATION OF THE SHAMMASH GATE
Spirit of the Sun, Remember!
SHAMMASH, Lord of the Fiery Disk, Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and Race of Men,
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
From the Gate of the Beloved ISHTAR, the Sphere of LIBAT, I call to Thee!
Illuminator of Darkness, Destroyer of Evil, Lamp of Wisdom, I call to Thee!
SHAMMASH, Bringer of Light, I call to Thee! KUTULU is burned by Thy Might!
AZAG-THOTH is fallen off His Throne before Thee! ISHNIGARRAB is scorched black
by Thy rays!
Spirit of the Burning Disk, Remember!
Spirit of the Never-Ending Light, Remember!
Spirit of the Rending of the Veils of the Night, Dispeller of Darkness, Remember!
Spirit of the Opening of the Day, Open wide Thy Gate!
Spirit Who rises between the Mountains with splendour, Open Thy Gate to me!
By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of ISHTAR, I ask Thy Gate to open!
Gate of the Sun, Open to me!
Gate of the Golden Sceptre, Open to me!
Gate of the Life-Giving Power, Open! Open!
IA UDDU-YA! IA RUSSULUXI!
SAGGTAMARANIA! IA! IA! ATZARACHI-YA!
ATZARELECHI-YU! BARTALAKATAMANI-YA KANPA!
ZI DINGIR UDDU-YA KANPA! ZI DINGIR USHTU-YA KANPA!
ZI SHTA! ZI DARAKU! ZI BELURDUK!
KANPA! IA SHTA KANPA! IA!
THE INVOCATION OF THE NERGAL GATE
Spirit of the Red Planet, Remember!
NERGAL, God of War, Remember!
NERGAL, Vanquisher of Enemies, Commander of Hosts, Remember!
NERGAL, Slayer of Lions and of Men, Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men,
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
From the Great Gate of the Lord SHAMMASH, the Sphere of the Sun,
I call to Thee!
NERGAL, God of the Sacrifice of Blood, Remember!
NERGAL, Lord of the Offerings of Battle, Ravager of the Enemy's Towns,
Devourer of the flesh of Man, Remember!
NERGAL, Wielder of the Mighty Sword, Remember!
NERGAL, Lord of Arms and Armies, Remember!
Spirit of the Glow of the Battlefield, Open wide Thy Gate!
Spirit of the Entrance Unto Death, Open Thy Gate to me!
Spirit of the Sailing Lance, the Thrusting Sword, the Flying Rock,
Open the Gate to Thy Sphere to One who has no fear!
Gate of the Red Planet, Open!
Gate of the God of War, Swing Wide!
Gate of the God of Victory got in Battle, Open to me!
Gate of the Lord of Protection, Open!
Gate of the Lord of the ARRA and the AGGA, Open!
By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of SHAMMASH, I ask Thee, Open!
IA NERGAL-YA! IA ZI ANNGA KANPA!
IA NNGA! IA NNGR-YA! IA! NNGYA! IA ZI DINGIR NEENYA KANPA!
IA KANTALAMAKKYA TARRA! KANPA!
THE INVOCATION OF THE MARDUK GATE
Spirit of the Great Planet, Remember!
MARDUK, God of Victory Over the Dark Angels, Remember!
MARDUK, Lord of All the Lands, Remember!
MARDUK, Son of ENKI, Master of Magicians, Remember!
MARDUK, Vanquisher of the Ancient Ones, Remember!
MARDUK, Who gives the Stars their Powers, Remember!
MARDUK, Who assigns the Wanderers their Places, Remember!
Lord of the Worlds, and of The Spaces Between, Remember!
First among the Astral Gods, Hearken and Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
From the Gate of the Mighty NERGAL, the Sphere of the Red Planet,
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
MARDUK, Lord of the Fifty Powers, Open Thy Gates to me!
MARDUK, God of Fifty Names, Open Thy Gates to Thy Servant!
By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of NERGAL, I call to Thee to Open!
Gate of the Great God, Open!
Gate of the God of the Double-Headed Axe, Open!
Gate of the Lord of the World Between the Worlds, Open!
Gate of the Conqueror of the Monsters from the Sea, Open!
Gate of the Golden City of SAGALLA, Open!
IA DAG! IA GAT! IA MARGOLQBABBONNESH!
IA MARRUTUKKU! IA TUKU! SUHRIM SUHGURIM!
ZAHRIM ZAHGURIM! AXXANNGABANNAXAXAGANNABABILLUKUKU!
THE INVOCATION OF THE NINIB GATE
Spirit of the Wanderer of the Wastes, Remember!
Spirit of the Planet of Time, Remember!
Spirit of the Plane of he Hunter, Remember!
NINIB, Lord of the Dark Ways, Remember!
NINIB, Lord of the Secret Passages, Remember!
NINIB, Knower of the Secrets of All Things, Remember!
NINIB, Knower of the Ways of the Ancient Ones, Remember!
NINIB, Horned One of Silence, Remember!
NINIB, Watcher of the Ways of the IGIGI, Remember!
NINIB, Knower of the Pathways of the Dead, Remember!
In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men,
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
From the Mighty Gate of the Lord of Gods, MARDUK, Sphere of the Great Planet,
I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember!
NINIB, Dark Wandered of the Forgotten Lands, Hearken and Remember!
NINIB, Gatekeeper of the Astral Gods, Open Thy Gate to me!
NINIB, Master of the Chase and the Long Journey, Open Thy Gate to me!
Gate of the Double-Horned Elder God, Open!
Gate of the Last City of the Skies, Open!
Gate of the Secret of All Time, Open!
Gate of the Master of Magickal Power, Open!
Gate of the Lord of All Sorcery, Open!
Gate of the Vanquisher of all Evil Spells, Hearken and Open!
By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of MARDUK, Master of Magicians,
I call Thee to Open!
IA DUK! IA ANDARRA! IA ZI BATTU BA ALLU!
BALLAGU BEL DIRRIGU BAAGGA KA KANPA!
BEL ZI EXA EXA!
THE CONJURATION OF THE FIRE GOD
Spirit of the Fire, Remember!
GIBIL, Spirit of the Fire, Remember!
GIRRA, Spirit of the Flames, Remember!
O God of Fire, Mighty Son of ANU, Most terrifying among Thy Brothers, Rise!
O God of the Furnace, God of Destruction, Remember!
Rise Up, O God of Fire, GIBIL in Thy Majesty, and devour my enemies!
Rise up, O God of Fire, GIRRA in Thy Power, and burn the sorcerers who
GIBIL GASHRU UMANA YANDURU
TUSHTE YESH SHIR ILLANI U MA YALKI!
GISHBAR IA ZI IA
IA ZI DINGIR GIRRA KANPA!
Rise up, Son of the Flaming Disk of ANU!
Rise up, Offspring of the Golden Weapon of MARDUK!
It is not I , but ENKI, Master of the Magicians, who summons Thee!
It is not I, but MARDUK, Slayer of the Serpent, who calls Thee here now!
Burn the Evil and the Evildoer!
Burn the Sorcerer and the Sorceress!
Singe them! Burn them! Destroy them!
Consume their powers!
Carry them away!
Rise up, GISHBAR BA GIBBIL BA GIRRA ZI AGA KANPA!
Spirit of the God of Fire, Thou art Conjured!
THE CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER
THIS is the Book of the Conjuration of the Watcher, for formulae as I received them
from the Scribe of ENKI, Our Master and Lord of All Magick. Great care must be taken
that this untamed Spirit does not rise up against the Priest, and for that reason a
preliminary sacrifice must be made in a clean and new bowl with the appropriate sigils
inscribed thereupon, being the three grey carven signs of the Rock of my initiation, which
They must be engraved upon the bowl with a fine stylus, or painted thereon with dark
ink. The sacrifice must be new bread, pine resin, and the grass Olieribos. These must be
burned in the new bowl, and the Sword of the Watcher, with his Sigil engraved
thereupon, at hand, for he will inhabit such at the time of the Calling of the Watcher and
will depart when he is given license to depart.
The Watcher comes from a Race different from that of Men and yet different from that of
the Gods, and it is said that he was with KINGU and his hordes at the time of the War
between the Worlds, but was dissatisfied and did cleave unto the Armies of Lord
Wherefore it is wise to conjure It in the Names of the Three Great Watchers Who existed
before the Confrontation from whose borne the Watcher and His Race ultimately derive,
and those Three are ANU, ENLIL, and Master ENKI of the Magick Waters. And for this
reason They are sometimes called the Three Watchers, MASS SSARATI and the
Watcher MASS SSARATU, or KIA MASS SSARATU.
And the Watcher appears sometimes as a great and fierce Dog, who prowls about the
Gate or the Circle, frightening away the idimmu who forever lurk about the barriers,
waiting for sacrifice. And the Watcher aloft the Sword of Flames, and even the Elder
Gods are awed thereby. And sometimes the Watcher appears as a Man in A long Robe,
shaven, with eyes that never lose their stare. And the Lord of the Watchers dwells, it is
said, among the Wastes of the IGIGI, and only Watches and never raises the Sword or
fights the idimmi, save when the Covenant is invoked by none less than the Elder Gods in
their Council, like unto the Seven Glorious APHKHALLU.
And sometimes the Watcher appears as the Enemy, ready to devour the Priest who has
erred in the incantations, or omitted the sacrifice, or acted in defiance of the Covenant,
for which acts the very Elder Gods cannot forbid that silent Race from exacting its toll.
And it is said that some of that Race lie waiting for the Ancient Ones to once more rule
the Cosmos, that they may be given the right hand of honour, and that such as these are
lawless. This is what is said.
THE PRELIMINARY INVOCATION
When the time has come to summon the Watcher the first time, the place of thy calling
must be clean, and a double circle of flour drawn about thee. And there should be no
altar, but only the new Bowl with the three carven signs on it. And the Conjuration of the
Fire should be made, and the sacrifices heaped thereupon, into the burning bowl. And the
Bowl is now called AGA MASS SSARATU, and to be used for no other purpose, save to
invoke the Watcher.
And the bowl must be lain between the Circles, facing the Northeast.
And thy vestments should be black, and thy cap black.
And the Sword must be at hand, but not yet in the ground.
And it must be the Darkest Hour of the Night.
And there must be no light, save for the AGA MASS SSARATU.
And the Conjuration of the Three must be made, thus:
ISS MASS SSARATI SHA MUSHI LIPSHURU RUXISHA LIMNUTI!
IZIZANIMMA ILANI RABUTI SHIMA YA DABABI!
DINA DINA ALAKTI LIMDA!
ALSI KU NUSHI ILANI MUSHITI!
IA MASS SSARATI ISS MASS SSARATI BA IDS MASS SSARATU!
And this special Conjuration may be made at any time the Priest feels he is in danger,
whether his life or his spirit, and the Three Watchers and the One Watcher will rush to his
This being said, at the words IDS MASS SSARATU the Sword must be thrust into the
ground behind the AGA MASS SSARATU with force. And the Watcher will appear for
the instructions to be made by the Priest.
THE NORMAL INVOCATION OF THE WATCHER
This Invocation is to be made during the course of any Ceremony when it is necessary to
summon the Watcher to preside over the outer precincts of the Circle or Gate. The Sword
is to be thrust into the ground as before, in the Northeast section, but the AGA MASS
SSARATU is not necessary LEST THOU HAST NOT MADE SACRIFICE TO THINE
WATCHER IN THE SPACE OF ONE MOON in which case it is necessary to sacrifice
to It anew whether in that Ceremony or at some other, earlier.
Raise the Copper Dagger of INANNA of the Calling, and declaim the Invocation in a
clear voice, be it loud or soft:
IA MASS SSARATU!
I conjure Thee by the Fire of GIRRA
The Veils of Sunken Varloorni,
And by the Lights of SHAMMASH.
I call Thee here, before me, in visible shadow
In beholdable Form, to Watch and Protect this Sacred Circle, this Holy Gate of (N.)
May He of the Name Unspeakable, the Number Unknowable,
Whom no man hath seen at any time,
Whom no geometer measureth,
Whom no wizard hath ever called
CALL THEE HERE NOW!
Rise up, by ANU I summon Thee!
Rise up, by ENLIL I summon Thee!
Rise up, by ENKI I summon Thee!
Cease to be the Sleeper of EGURRA.
Cease to lie unwaking beneath the Mountains of KUR.
Rise up, from the pits of ancient holocausts!
Rise up, from the old Abyss of NARR MARRATU!
Come, by ANU!
Come, by ENLIL!
Come, by ENKI!
In the Name of the Covenant, Come and Rise up before me!
IA MASS SSARATU! IA MASS SSARATU! IA MASS SSARATU ZI KIA KANPA!
At this point, the Watcher will surely come and stand outside the Gate or Circle until
such time as he is given the license to depart by striking of the Priest's left hand on the
hilt of the Sword, while pronouncing the formula BARRA MASS SSARATU! BARRA!
Thou mayest not depart thine sacred precincts until the Watcher has been given this
license, else he will devour thee. Such are the laws.
And he care not what he Watches, only that he obey the Priest.
THE BOOK MAKLU OF THE BURNING OF EVIL
HERE are the Banishments, the Burnings, and the Bindings handed down to us by ENKI,
the Master. They are to be performed over the AGA MASS SSARATU by the Priest,
with the appropriate images as described herein. The incantations must be recited after
the Watcher has been summoned, and he will do the deeds set down for him by the
incantations. When he returns, he is to be dismissed as set down previously. Know that,
when images are used, they must be burned utterly, and the ashes buried in safe ground
where none may find them, else to touch them would mean death.
Know that the Evil Spirits are principally Seven, for the Seven Maskim who tear away
the heart of a man and mock his Gods. And their Magick is very strong, and they are the
Lords over the shadows and over the depths of the Seas, and reigned once, it is said, over
MAGAN, whence they came. The banishings, or exorcisms, are to be pronounced in a
clear voice without trembling, without shaking. The arms should be held over the head in
the attitude of a Priest of SHAMMASH, and the eyes must behold the Spirit of the God
SHAMMASH, even though it be the time of the Sleeping of SHAMMASH behind the
Mountains of the Scorpion.
No word must be changed. These must not be shown to any but the properly instructed.
To show them to anyone Other is to ask the curse of NINNGHIZHIDA on yourself and
upon your generations.
The Book MAKLU of the Burnings:
THE EXORCISM OF THE CROWN OF ANU
The Priest, in time of peril, shall put on the spotless white crown of ANU with the Eightrayed
Seal and stand in the prescribed manner with the Tablets of Calling on his breast
and the copper Dagger of INANNA in his right hand, aloft.
For, it is said, if a man builds a fire, does he no build it in a Pit, that he might not be
harmed thereby? Thus is it true of the UDUGGU we call, for they are like Fire and every
caution must be used lest they consume the magician and his entire generation.
Thus, the Exorcism of ANU
I have put the Starry Crown of Heaven, the potent Disk of ANU on my head
That a kindly Spirit and a kindly Watcher
Like the God that hath made me
May stand at my head always
To life me to favour with the Elder Gods
No Evil Spirit
No Evil Demon
No Evil God
No Evil Fiend
No Hag Demon
No Filth-Eating Demon
No Thieving Demon
No Shadow of the Night
No Shell of the Night
No Mistress of the Demon
No Offspring of the Demon
No Evil Spell
NO EVIL IN THE WORLD OR UNDER IT
OVER THE WORLD OR INSIDE THE WORLD
MAY SEIZE ME HERE!
BARRA ANTE MALDA!
BARRA ANGE GE YENE!
ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA!
ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA!
A CONJURATION AGAINST THE SEVEN LIERS-IN-WAIT
They are Seven
They are Seven
In the depths of the ocean, they are Seven
In the shining heavens, they are Seven
They proceed from the ocean depths
They proceed from the hidden retreat
They are neither male nor female
These which stretch themselves out like chains
They have no spouse
They beget not children
They are strangers to charity
They ignore prayers
They scoff at wishes
They are vermin that come forth from the Mountains of MASHU
Enemies of Our Master ENKI
They are the vengeance of the Ancient Ones
Raising up difficulties
Obtaining power through wickedness
The Enemies! The Enemies! The Seven Enemies!
They are Seven!
They are Seven!
They are Seven times Seven!
Spirit of the Sky, Remember! Spirit of the Earth, Remember!
THE EXORCISM BARRA EDINNAZU FOR SPIRITS WHO ATTACK THE
ZI ANNA KANPA!
ZI KIA KANPA!
UTUQ XUL EDIN NA ZU!
ALLA XUL EDIN NA ZU!
GIGIM XUL EDIN NA ZU!
MULLA XUL EDIN NA ZU!
DINGIRXUL EDIN NA ZU!
MASQIM XUL EDIN NA ZU!
ZI ANNA KANPA! ZI KIA KANPA!
THE EXORCISM ZI DINGIR
(To be used against any kind of malefick)
ZI DINGIR NNGI E NE KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINGI E NE KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENNUL E NE KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINNUL E NE KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENN KURKUR E NE KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINN KURKUR E NE KANPA
ZI DINGIR N DA SHURRIM MA KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINNDA SHURRIM MA KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENDUL AAZAG GA KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINNDUL AAZAG GA KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENUHDDIL LA KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINN UHDDIL LA KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENMESHIR RAA KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINNME SHIR RAA KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENAA MAA A DINGIR ENLIL LAAGE KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINNA MAA A DINGIR NINNLIL LAAGE KANPA
ZI DINGIR SSISGI GISH MA SAGBA DAA NI IDDA ENNUBALLEMA KANPA
ZI DINGIR BHABBHAR L'GAL DEKUD DINGIR RI ENNEGE KANPA
ZI DINGIR NINNI DUGGAANI DINGIR A NNUNNA IA AN SAGGNNUUNGA
GATHA GAN ENE KANPA!
THE EXORCISM AGAINST AZAG-THOTH AND HIS EMISSARIES
(An image must be made of a throne-chair, and put into the flames of the AGA MASS
SSARATU while chanting the following exorcism.)
Boil! Boil! Burn! Burn!
UTUK XUL TA ARDATA!
Who art thou, whose son?
Who are thou, whose daughter?
What sorcery, what spells, has brought thee here?
May ENKI, the Master of Magicians, free me!
May ASHARILUDU, son of ENKI, free me!
May they bring to nought your vile sorceries!
I chain you!
I bind you!
I deliver you to GIRRA
Lord of the Flames
Who sears, burns, enchains
Of whom even mighty KUTULU has fear!
May GIRRA, the Ever-burning One gives strenght to my arms!
May GIBIL, the Lord of Fire, givepower to my Magick!
Injustice, murder, freezing of the loins,
Rending of the bowels, devouring of the flesh, and madness
In all ways hast thou persecuted me!
Mad God of CHAOS!
May GIRRA free me!
AZAG-THOTH TA ARDATA! IA MARDUK! IA MARDUK! IA ASALLUXI!
You have chosen me for a corpse.
You have delivered me to the Skull.
You have sent Phantoms to haunt me.
You have send vampires to haunt me.
To the wandering Ghosts of the Wastes, have you delivered me.
To the Phantoms of the fallen ruins, have you delivered me.
To the deserts, the wastes, the forbidden lands, you have handed me over.
Open Thy Mouth In Sorceries Against Me No More!
I have handed thine image over
Into the flames of GIBIL!
Burn, Mad Fiend!
Boil, Mad God!
May the Burning GIRRA untie thy knots!
May the Flames of GIBIL untie your cord!
May the Law of the Burning seize your throat!
May the Law of the Burning avenge me!
It is not I, but MARDUK, son of ENKI, Masters in Magick, that commands Thee!
INCANTATION AGAINST THE ANCIENT ONES
(To be recited each year, when the Bear hangs from its Tail in the Heavens)
Destructive Storms and Evil Winds are they
An evil blast, herald of the baneful storm
An evil blast, forerunner of the baneful storm
They are mighty children, Ancient Ones
Heralds of Pestilence
Throne-bearers of NINNKIGAL
They are the flood which rusheth through the Land
Seven Gods of the Broad Heavens
Seven Gods of the Broad Earth
Seven Ancient Ones are They
Seven Gods of Might
Seven Evil Gods
Seven Evil Demons
Seven Demons of Oppression
Seven in Heaven
Seven on Earth
ZI ANNA KANPA!
ZI KIA KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENLIL LA LUGAL KURKUR RA GE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NINLIL LA NIN KURKUR RA GE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NINIB IBILA ESHARRA GE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NINNI NIN KURKUR RA GE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR A NUNNA DINGIR GALGALLA E NE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA!
ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA!
BABABARARARA ANTE MALDADA!
BABABARARARA ANTE GEGE ENENE!
INCANTATION OF PROTECTION AGAINST THE WORKERS OF THE
SHAMMASH SHA KASHSHAPIYA KASSHAP TIYA
EPISHYA MUSHTEPISH TIYA!
Kima Tinur khuturshuna l'rim!
Lichulu Lizubu u Littaattuku!
E Pishtashunu Kima meh naadu ina tikhi likhtu!
SHUNU LIMUTUMA ANAKU LU'UBLUYI!
SHUNU LINISHUMA ANAKU LU'UDNIN!
SHUNU LI'IKTISHUMA ANAKU LUUPPATARI!
Tirrama shaluti Sha Kashshapti Sha Ruchi ye
Shupi yi arkhish Uppu yush!
ZI DINGIR GAL KESHSHEBA KANPA!
(This to be recited Seven times in the Circle of Flour before the AGA MASS SSARATU
when it is found that the worshippers of TIAMAT are raising Powers against thee or thy
neighbourhood. Or, it may said when the Great Bear is suspended from his Tail in the
Heavens, which is the Time the baneful worshippers gather for their Rites, and by which
they mark their calendar. The mercy of ANU be upon thee!)
THE EXORCISM AGAINST THE POSSESSING SPIRIT
(This to be said when the body of possessed is distant, or when secrecy must be
maintained. To be performed within thy Circle, before the Watcher.)
The wicked God
The wicked Demon
The Demon of the Desert
The Demon of the Mountain
The Demon of the Sea
The Demon of the Marsh
The wicked Genius
The Enormous Larvae
The wicked Winds
The Demon that seizeth the body
The Demon that rendeth the body
SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER!
SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
The Demon that seizeth man
The Demon that seizeth man
The GIGIM who worketh Evil
The Spawn of the wicked Demon
SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER!
SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
He who forges images
He who casts spells
The Evil Angel
The Evil Eye
The Evil Mouth
The Evil Tongue
The Evil Lip
The Most Perfect Sorcery
SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER!
SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
NINNKIGAL, Spouse of NINNAZU
May she cause him to turn his face toward the Place where she is!
May the wicked Demons depart!
May they seize one another!
May they feed on one another's bones!
SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER!
SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
THE EXORCISM ANNAKIA
(A conjuration of Heaven and Earth and All Between against the Possessing Spirit, to be
recited seven times over the body of the possessed person till the spirit issueth forth from
his nose and mouth in the form of liquid and fire, like unto green oils. Then the person
shall be whole, and shall sacrifice to INANNA at her Temple. And this must not be
omitted, lest the spirit return to what INANNA has cast off.)
ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA!
ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA!
ZI DINGIR URUKI KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NEBO KANPA!
ZI DINGIR ISHTAR KANPA!
ZI DINGIR SHAMMASH UDDU KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NERGAL KANPA!
ZI DINGIR MARDUK KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NINIB ADDAR KANPA!
ZI DINGIR IGIGI KANPA!
ZI DINGIR ANNUNNAKIA KANPA
ZI DINGIR ENLIL LA LUGAL KURKURRAGE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NENLIL LA NINKURKURRAGE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NINIB IBBILA ESHARRAGE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR NINNINI KURKURRAGE GIGSHI INN BHABBHARAGE KANPA!
ZI DINGIR ANNUNNA DINGIR GALGALLAENEGE KANPA!
THE BINDING OF THE EVIL SORCERERS
(When thou art haunted by the spells of the worshippers of the Ancient Ones, make
images of them, one male and one female, and burn them in the flames of the AGA MASS
SSARATU, while pronouncing the following Incantation of the Binding:)
I invoke you, Gods of the Night
Together with you I call to the Night, to the Covered Woman
I call in the Evening, at Midnight, and in the Morning
Because they have enchanted me
The sorcerer and the sorceress have bound me
My God and my Goddess cry over me.
I am plagued with pain because of illness.
I stand upright, I cannot lie down
Neither during the night nor during the day.
They have stuffed my mouth with cords!
They have closes my mouth with grass!
They have made the water of my drink scarce.
My joy is sorrow, and my merriment is grief.
Arise! Great Gods! Hear my waiting!
Obtain justice! Take notice of my Ways!
I have an image of the sorcerer and the sorceress,
Of my enchanter and enchantress.
May the Three Watches of the Night dissolve their evil sorceries!
May their mouths be wax, their tongues honey.
The word of my doom which they have spoken,
May they melt like wax!
The spell that they worked, may it pour away like honey.
Their knot it broken!
Their work destroyed!
All their speech fills the deserts and the wastes
According to the Decree which the Gods of the Night have issued.
It is finished.
ANOTHER BINDING OF THE SORCERERS
(Take a cord with ten knots. As you recite each line of the incantation, untie one knot.
When this is finished, throw the cord into the flames and give thanks to the Gods)
My images have you given over to the dead; turn back!
My images have you seen with the dead; turn back!
My images have you thrown to the side of the dead; turn back!
My images have you thrown to the ground of the dead; turn back!
My images have you buried in the coffin with the dead; turn back!
My images have you given over to the destruction; turn back!
My images have you enclosed with walls; turn back!
My images have you struck down on doorsteps; turn back!
My images have you locked into the gate of wall; turn back!
My images have you given over to the God of Fire; turn back!
A MOST EXCELLENT CHARM AGAINST THE HORDES OF DEMONS
THAT ASSAIL IN THE NIGHT
(May be chanted while walking around the circumference of the Circle, and sprinkling
the vicinity with sweet water, using a pine cone or golden brush. An image of a Fish may
be at hand, and the incantation pronounced clearly, every word, either whispered softly,
or shouted loudly.)
ISA YA! ISA YA! RI EGA! RI EGA!
BI ESHA BI ESHA! XIYILQA! XIYILQA!
DUPPIRA ATLAKA ISA YA U RI EGA
LIMUTTIKUNU KIMA QUTRI LITILLI SHAMI YE
INA ZUMRI YA ISA YA
INA ZUMRI YA RI EGA
INA ZUMRI YA BI ESHA
INA ZUMRI YA XIYILQA
INA ZUMRI YA DUPPIRA
INA ZUMRI YA ATLAKA
INA ZUMRI YA LA TATARA
INA ZUMRI YA LA TETIXXI YE
INA ZUMRI YA LA TAQARRUBA
INA ZUMRI YA LA TASANIQA
NI YISH SHAMMASH KABTU LU TAMATUNU
NI YISH ENKI BEL GIMRI LU TAMATUNU
NI YISH MARDUK MASHMASH ILANI LU TAMATUNU
NI YISH GISHBAR QAMIKUNU LU TAMATUNU
INA ZUMRI YA LU YU TAPPARRASAMA!
THE CONJURATION OF THE MOUNTAINS OF MASHU
(A spell to cause consternation in the Enemy, and confuse his thoughts. It is also a
binding, that the evil sorcerer may not see his spells work their desired ends, but melt
away like honey or wax. These Mountains are called SHADU, and are the hiding places
of the Serpents of KUR. A spell to cause ultimate destruction.)
SHADU YU LIKTUMKUNUSHI
SHADU YU LIKLAKUNUSHI
SHADU YU LINI YIX KUNUSHI
SHADU YU LI YIXSI KUNUSHI
SHADU YU LITE KUNUSHI
SHADU YU LINI KUNUSHI
SHADU YU LINIR KUNUSHI
SHADU YU LIKATTIN KUNUSHI
SHADU YU DANNU ELIKUNU LIMQUT
INA ZUMRI YA LU YU TAPPARRASAMA!
THE BOOK OF CALLING
THIS is the Book of the Ceremonies of Calling, handed down since the time the Elder
Gods walked the Earth, Conquerors of the Ancient Ones.
This is the Book of NINNGHIZHIDDA, Horned Serpent, the Lady of the Magick Wand.
This is the Book of NINAXAKUDDU, The Queen, Mistress of the Incantations.
This is the Book of ASALLUXI, the King, the Lord of Magick.
This is the Book of AZAG, the Enchanter.
This is the Book of EGURA, the Dark Waters of ABSU, Realm of ERESHKIGAL,
Queen of Death.
This is the Book of the Ministers of Knowledge, FIRIK and PIRIK, the Demon of the
Snake-Entwined Magick Wand and the Demon of the Thunderbolt, Protectors of the
Arcane Faith, the Most Secret Knowledge, to be hidden from those not of us, from the
This is the Book of ASARU, the Eye on the Throne.
This is the book of USHUMGALLUM, Mighty Dragon, born of HUBUR, of the Battle
Against the Elder Gods.
This is the Book of ENDUKUGGA and NINDUKUGGA, Male and Female Monsters of
the Abyss, of the Claws like Daggers and the Wings of Darkness.
This is further the Book of NAMMTAR, Chief among the Magicians of ERESHKIGAL.
This is the Book of the Seven Demons of the Ignited Spheres, of the Seven Demons of
This is the Book of the Priest, who governeth the Works of Fire!
now, first, that the Power of the Conquerors is the Power of the Magick, and that the
stricken gods will ever tempt thee away from the Legions of the Mighty, and that you
will feel the subtle fluids of thy body moving to the breath of TIAMAT and the Blood of
KINGU who races in your veins. Be ever watchful, therefore, not to open this Gate, or, if
thou must needs, put a time for its closing before the rising of the Sun, and seal it at that
time; for to leave it open is to be the agent of CHAOS.
now, secondly, that the Power of Magick is the Power of Our Master ENKI, Lord of
the Seas, and Master of Magick, Father of MARDUK, Fashioner of the Magick Name,
the Magick Number, the Magick Word, the Magick Shape. So, therefore, the Priest who
governeth the works of Fire, and of the God of Fire, GISHBAR called GIBIL, must
firstly sprinkle with the Water of the Seas of ENKI, as a testament to his Lordship and a
sign of the Covenant that exists between him and thee.
Know, thirdly, that by the Power of the Elder Gods and the submission of the Ancient
Ones, thou mayest procure every type of honour, dignity, wealth and happiness, but that
these are to be shunned as the Purveyors of Death, for the most radiant jewels are to be
found buried deep in the Earth, and the Tomb of Man is the Splendour of
ERESHKIGAL, the joy of KUTULU, the food of AZAG-THOTH.
Therefore, thine obligation is as of the Gatekeep of the Inside, agent of MARDUK,
servant of ENKI, for the Gods are forgetful, and very far away, and it was to the Priests
of the Flame that Covenant was given to seal the Gates between this World and the
Other, and to keep Watch thereby, through this Night of Time, and the Circle of Magick
is the Barrier, the Temple, and the Gate between the Worlds.
Know, fourthly, that it is become the obligation of the Priests of the Flame and the
Sword, and of all Magick, to bring their Power to the Underworld and keep it chained
thereby, for the Underworld is surely the Gate Forgotten, by which the Ancient Ones ever
seek Entrance to the Land of the Living, And the Ministers of ABSU are clearly walking
the Earth, riding on the Air, and upon the Earth, and sailing silently through the Water,
and roaring in the Fire, and all these Spirits must be brought to subjection to the Person of
the Priest of Magick, before any else. Or the Priest becomes prey to the Eye of Death of
the Seven ANNUNNAKI, Lord of the Underworld, Ministers of the Queen of Hell.
Know, fifthly, that the worshippers of TIAMAT are abroad in the world, and will give
fight to the Magician. Lo, they have worshipped the Serpent from Ancient Times, and
have always been with us. And they are to be known by their seeming human appearance
which has the mark of the Beast upon them, as they change easily into the Shapes of
animals and haunt the Nights of Men and by their odour, which comes of burning
incenses unlawful to the worship of the Elder Ones. And their Books are the Books of
CHAOS and the flames, and are the Books of the Shadows and the Shells. And they
worship the heaving earth and the ripping sky and the rampant flame and the flooding
waters; and they are the raisers of the legions of maskim, the Liers-In-Wait. And they do
not know what it is they do, but they do it at the demands of the Serpent, at whose Name
even ERESHKIGAL gives fright, and the dread KUTULU strains at his bonds:
MUMMU TIAMAT Queen of the Ancient Ones!
Know, sixthly, that thou shalt not seek the operations of this Magick save by the rules
and governments set down herein, for to do other is to take the most awful risk, for
thyself and for all mankind. Therefore, heed these words carefully, and change not the
words of the incantations, whether thou understand them, or understand them not, for
they are the words of the Pacts made of Old, and before Time. So, say them softly if the
formula is "softly", or shout them aloud if the formula is "aloud", but change not one
measure lest thou call something Else, and it be your final hour.
Know, seventhly, of the Things thou art to expect in the commission of this Most sacred
Magick. Study the symbols well, and do not be afraid of any awful spectre that shall
invade thine operation, or haunt thine habitat by day or by night. Only charge them with
them the words of the Covenant and they will do as you ask, of thou be strong. And if
thou performest these operations often, thou shalt see things becoming dark; and the
Wanderers in their Spheres shall no more be seen by thee; and the Stars in their places
will lose their Light, and the Moon, NANNA, by whom thou also workest, shall become
black and extinguished,
AND ARATAGAR SHALL BE NO MORE, AND THE EARTH SHALL
And around thee shall appear the Flame, like Lightning flashing in all directions, and all
things will appear amid thunders, and from the Cavities of the Earth will leap forth the
ANNUNNAKI, Dog-Faced, and thou shalt bring them down.
And the Sign of your Race is this:
Which thou shalt wear at all times, as the Sign of the Covenant between thee and the
Elder Gods. And the Sign of the Elder Ones is this:
Which thou shalt wear at all times, as the sign of the Power of the Magick of ENKI. And
I have told thee all this before, but I tell thee again, for the Priest, being furnished with
every kind of Armour, and armed, he is similar to the Goddess.
The Place of Calling shall be high in the Mountains, most preferably; or near the Sea; or
in some secluded area far from the thoughts of Man; or in the desert; or atop an ancient
temple. And it shall be clean, and free from the unwanted. Thus, the Place, once chosen,
shall be purified by supplications to thine particular God and Goddess, and by burning
offerings of pine and cedar. And a round load shall be brought, and salt. And, having
offered it to the personal deities, the Priest shall pronounce, solemnly, the following
exorcism that the Place of Calling be cleansed and all Evil that the Place of Calling be
cleansed and all Evil banished thereby; and the Priest shall not change one word or letter
of this exorcism, but recite it faithfully as it is put down:
AM GIG ABSU
GAR SHAG DA SISIE AMARDA YA
DINGIR UD KALAMA SINIKU
DINGIR NINAB GUYU NEXRRANIKU
GA YA SHU SHAGMUKU TU!
And they Bread burned in the bronze brazier of Calling: and the Salt scattered about the
room, sixty times.
And a Circle shall be drawn on the ground, in the midst whereof you shall stand while
reciting the conjurations set forth, taking especial care not to venture forth from the
boundaries of the Circle, the holy MANDAL of Calling, lest thou be consumed by the
invisible monsters from the EGURRA of ERESHKIGAL, as was the Priest ABDUL
BEN-MARTU in a public square in Jerusalem.
And the Circle shall be drawn in lime, or barley, or white flour. Or dug in the ground
with the Dagger of INANNA of Calling. Or embroidered in the most precious silk, or
And the colours thereof shall be only black and white, and no other.
And the Frontlet of Calling, and the Standards of Calling, shall all be of fine cloth, and in
the colours of NINIB and INANNA, that is, of Black and White, for NINIB knows the
Outer Regions and the ways of the Ancient Ones, and INANNA subdued the Underworld
and vanquished the Queen thereof
And the Crown of Calling shall bear the Eight-Rayed Star of the Elder Gods, and may be
of beaten copper, set in with precious stones.
And thou shalt bear with thee a Rod of lapis lazuli, the Five-Rayed Star about thy neck,
the Frontlet, the Girdle, the Amulet of UR about thine Arm, and a pure and unspotted
And these things shall be worn for the Operations of Calling only, and at other times shall
be put away and hid, so that no eye may see them, save your own. As for the worship of
the Gods, it is after the fashion of your country, but the Priests of Old were naked in their
And thou shalt put down the Circle. And thou shalt invoke thy God and thy Goddess, but
their Images must be removed from the altar and put away, unless thou call the Powers of
MARDUK, in which case an Image of MARDUK should be set thereupon, and no other.
And the perfumes must be burnt in the brazier this Book. And the Watcher summoned,
after Its fashion. And the Four Gates invoked, being the Four Watchtowers that stand
about thee and the circumference of the MANDAL and witness the Rites, and Watch the
Outside, that the Ancient Ones may not trouble thee.
And the Invocations of the Four Gates is after this fashion, which thou recite loudly, in a
OF THE INVOCATION OF THE FOUR GATES FROM THE WORLD
BETWEEN THE SPHERES
Invocation of the North Gate
Thee I invoke, Silver Hunter from the Sacred City of UR!
Thee I call forth to guard this North Place of the Most Holy Mandal against the vicious
warriors of Flame from the Principalities of DRA!
Be thou most vigilant against the UTUKKI of TIAMAT
The Oppressors of ISHNIGARRAB
The Throne of AZAG-THOTH!
Draw Thy bow before the fiends of ABSU
Loose Thy arrow at the hordes of Dark Angels that beset the beloved of ARRA on all
sides and in all places.
Be watchful, Lord of the North Ways.
Remember us, King of our Homeland, Victor of Every War and Conqueror over Every
See our Lights and hear our Heralds, and do not forsake us.
Spirit of the North, Remember!
Invocation of the Eastern Gate
Thee I invoke, Mistress of the Rising Star.
Queen of Magick, of the Mountains of MASHU!
Thee I call forth this day to guard this Most Holy mandal against the Seven Ensnarers,
the Seven Liers-In-Wait, the evil Maskim, the Evil Lords!
Thee I Summon, Queen of the Eastern Ways, that thou mayest protect me from the Eye
of Death, and the evil rays of the ENDUKUGGA and NINDUKUGGA!
Be watchful, Queen of the Eastern Ways, and Remember!
Spirit of the East, Remember!
Invocation of the Southern Gate
Thee I invoke, Angel, Guardian against the URULU Dread City of Death, Gate of No
Do Thou stand at my side!
In the Names of the most Mighty Hosts of MARDUK and ENKI, Lords of the Elder
Race, the ARRA, do Thou stand firm behind me!
Against PAZUZU and HUMWAVA, Fiends of the Southwest Winds, do Thou stand
Against the Lords of the Abominations, do Thou stand form!
Be Thou the Eyes behind me,
The Sword behind me,
The Spear behind me,
The Armour behind me.
Be watchful, Spirit of the Southern Ways, and Remember!
Spirit of the South, Remember!
The Invocation of the Western Gate
Thee I invoke, Spirit of the Land of MER MARTU!
Thee I invoke, Angel of the Sunset!
From the Unknown God, protect me!
From the Unknown Demon, protect me!
From the Unknown Enemy, protect me!
From the Unknown Sorcery, protect me!
From the Waters of KUTULU, protect me!
From the Wrath of ERESHKIGAL, protect me!
From the Swords of KINGU, protect me!
From the Baneful Look, the Baneful Word, the Baneful Name, the Baneful Number, the
Baneful Shape, protect me!
Be watchful, Spirit of the Western Ways, and Remember!
Spirit of the West Gate, Remember!
The Invocation of the Four Gates
ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA!
ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA!
UTUK XUL, TA ARDATA!
KUTULU, TA ATTALAKLA!
AZAG-THOTH, TA KALLA!
IA ANU! IA ENLIL! IA NNGI!
Here follows several particular invocations, for summoning various Powers and Spirits.
There may be Words of Necromantic Art, by which it is desirous to speak with the
Phantom of someone dead, and perhaps dwelling in ABSU, and thereby a servant of
ERESHKIGAL, in which case the Preliminary Invocation that follows is to be used,
which is the Invocation used by the Queen of Life, INANNA, at the time of her Descent
into that Kingdom of Woe. It is no less then the Opening of the Gate of Ganzir, that leads
to the Seven Steps into the frightful Pit. Therefore, do not be alarmed at the sights and
sounds that will issue forth from that Opening, for they will be the wails and laments of
the Shades that are chained therein, and the shrieking of the Mad God on the Throne of
PRELIMINARY INVOCATION OF THE OPERATION OF CALLING OF
THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD WHO DWELL IN CUTHA, OF THE LOST.
Thee I invoke, Serpent of the Deep!
Thee I invoke, NINNGHIZHIDDA, Horned Serpent of the Deep!
Thee I invoke, Plumed Serpent of the Deep!
Open the Gate that I may enter!
NINNGHIZHIDDA, Spirit of the Deep, Watcher of the Gate, Remember!
In the Name of our Father, ENKI, before the Flight, Lord and Master of Magicians, Open
the Gate that I may enter!
Open, lest I attack the Gate!
Open, lest I break down its bars!
Open, lest I attack the Walls!
Open, lest I leap over It by force!
Open the Gate, lest I cause the Dead to rise and devour the Living!
Open the Gate, lest I give the Dead power over the Living!
Open the Gate, lest I make the Dead to outnumber the Living!
NINNGHIZHIDDA, Spirit of the Deep, Watcher of the Gate, Open!
May the Dead rise and smell the incense!
And when the Spirit of the on called appears, do not be frightened at his Shape of
condition, but say to him these words
UUG UDUUG UUGGA GISHTUGBI
and he will put on a comely appearance, and will answer truthfully all the questions you
shall put to him, which he has writ to answer.
And it must be remembered that, after the questions have been answered to satisfaction,
the Spirit is to be sent back to whence it came and not detained any longer, and no
attempt must be made to free the Spirit, for that is in violation of the Covenant, and will
bring upon thee and thy generations a most potent curse, wherefore it is unlawful to move
the bones of the Dead or to disinter the bones of the Dead. And the Spirit may be sent
back by means of these words
BARRA UUG UDUUG UUGGA!
and he will immediately disappear and return to his resting place. If he does not go at
once, simply recite again those words, and he will do so.
The following is the Great Conjuration of All the Powers, to be used only in extreme
necessity, or to silence a rebellious spirit who plagues thee, or who causeth consternation
about the MANDAL for reasons unknown to thee, perhaps as agent for the Ancient Ones.
In such a case, it is urgent to send back the Spirit before it gains Power by dwelling in the
Upper World, for as long as one of these is present upon the Earth, it gains in strength
and Power until it is almost impossible to control them, as they are unto Gods.
This is the Conjuration, which thou recite forcefully:
THE GREAT CONJURATION OF ALL THE POWERS
SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER!
SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
Spirits, Lords of the Earth, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Earth, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Air Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Air, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Fire, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Fire, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Water, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Water, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Stars, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Stars, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of all hostilities, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of all hostilities, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of all peacefulness, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies all peacefulness, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Veil of Shadows, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Veil of Shadows, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Light of Life, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Light of Life, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Infernal Regions, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Infernal Regions, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of the Lords of MARDUK, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Lords of MARDUK, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of SIN, Who maketh his ship cross the River, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of SIN, Who maketh his ship cross the skies, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of SHAMMASH, King of the Elder Ones, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of SHAMMASH GULA, Queen of the Elder Ones, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of TSHKU, Lord of the ANNUNAKI, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of the Goddess ZIKU, Mother of ENKI, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of NINNASU, Our Father of the Numerous Waters, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of NINNUAH, Daughter of ENKI, Remember!
Spirits, Lords of NINNGHIZHIDDA, Who upheaves the face of the Earth, Remember!
Spirits, Ladies of NINNISI ANA, Queen of Heaven Remember!
Spirits, Lords and Ladies of the Fire, GIBIL, Ruler Supreme on the Face of the Earth,
Spirits of the Seven Doors of the World, Remember!
Spirits of the Seven Locks of the World, Remember!
Spirit KHUSBI KURK, Wife of NAMMTAR, Remember!
Spirit KHITIM KURUKU, Daughter of the Ocean, Remember!
SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER!
SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
Here endeth the Great Conjuration.
THE CONJURATION OF IA ADU EN I
(A great Mystical Conjuration)
IA IA IA!
ADU EN I BA NINIB
NINIB BA FIRIK
FIRIK BA PIRIK
PIRIK BA AGGA BA ES
AGGA BA ES BA AKKA BAR!
AKKA BAR BA AKKA BA ES
AKKA BA ES BA AKKA BAR
AKKA BAR BA AGGA BA ES
AGGA BA ES BA PIRIK
PIRIK BA FIRIK
FIRIK BE NINIB
NINIB BA ADU EN I
KUR BUR IA!
EDIN BA EGA
ERIM BA EGURA
E! E! E!
IA IA IA!
EKHI IAK SAKKAK
IA! IA! IA!
WHAT SPIRITS MAY BE USEFUL
In the Ceremonies of Calling, any type of Spirit may be summoned and detained until It
has answered your questions or provided you with whatever you desire. The Spirits of the
Dead may be invoked. The Spirits of the Unborn may be invoked. The Spirits of the
Seven Spheres may be invoked. The Spirits of the Flame may be invoked. In all, there
may be One Thousand-and-One Spirits that are of principal importance, and these you
will come to know in the course of your experiments. There are many others, but some
have no power, and will only confuse.
The best Spirits to summon in the early Rites are the Fifty Spirits of the Names of Lord
MARDUK who give excellent attendance and who are careful Watchers of the Outside.
They should not be detained any longer than is necessary, and some are indeed violent
and impatient natures, and their task is to be given in as short a time as possible, and then
they are to be released.
After these, the Spirits of the seven Spheres may be invoked to advantage, after the Priest
has already trod their Ways after the manner of the Walking. After the Priest has gained
Entrance to the gate of NANNA, he may summon the Spirits of that Realm, but not
before. These things you will learn in the course of your journey, and it is not necessary
to put it all down here, save for a few noble formulae concerning the works of the Sphere
of LIBAT, of ISHTAR, the Queen.
These are Works of the gentle passions, which seek to engender affection between man
and woman. And they may best be done in a Circle of white, the Priest being properly
cleansed and in a clean robe.
Preliminary Purification Invocation
Bright One of the Heavens, wise ISHTAR
Mistress of the Gods, whose "yes" is truly "yes"
Proud One among the Gods, whose command is supreme
Mistress of Heaven and of Earth, who rules in all places
ISHTAR, at your Name all heads are bowed down
I . . . son of . . . have bowed down before you
May my body be purified like lapis lazuli!
May my face be bright like alabaster!
Like shining silver and reddish gold may I not be dull!
To Win the Love of a Woman
(chant the following three times over an apple or a pomegranate; give the fruit to the
woman to drink of the juices, and she will surely come to you.)
MUNUS SIGSIGGA AG BARA YE
INNIN AGGISH XASHXUR GISHNU URMA
SHAZIGA BARA YE
ZIGASHUBBA NA AGSISHAMAZIGA
NAMZA YE INNIN DURRE ESH AKKI
UGU AGBA ANDAGUB!
To Recover Potency
(Tie thee knots in a harp string; entwine around both right and left hands, and chant the
following incantation seven times, and potency will return.)
LILLIK IM LINU USH KIRI
LISHTAKSSIR ERPETUMMA TIKU LITTUK
NI YISH LIBBI IA LU AMESH ID GINMESH
ISHARI LU SAYAN SAYAMMI YE
LA URRADA ULTU MUXXISHA!
THE CROWN OF ANU OF CALLING
THE FRONTLET OF CALLING
THE COPPER DAGGER OF INANNA OF CALLING
THE SEAL OF THE NORTH GATE
THE SEAL OF THE EAST GATE
THE SEAL OF THE SOUTH GATE
THE SEAL OF THE WEST GATE
ONE TYPE OF MANDAL OF CALLING
THE BOOK OF FIFTY NAMES
THE BOOK OF FIFTY NAMES OF MARDUK, DEFEATER OF THE ANCIENT
THIS is the Book of MARDUK, begotten of our Master ENKI, Lord of Magicians, who
did defeat TIAMAT, known as KUR, known as HUWAWA, in magick combat, who
defeated the Ancient Ones that the Elders may live and rule the Earth.
In the time before time, in the age before the heaven and the earth were put in their
places, in the age when the Ancient Ones were rulers of all that existed and did not exist,
there was nought but darkness. There was no Moon. There was no Sun. No planets were
they, and no stars. No grain, No tree, no plant grew. The Ancient Ones were Masters of
Spaces now unknown or forgotten, and all was CHAOS.
MARDUK was chosen of the Elders to fight KUR and wrest power from the Great
Sleeping Serpent who dwells beneath the Mountains of the Scorpion. MARDUK was
given a weapon, and a Sign, and Fifty Powers were given to him to fight the awful
TIAMAT, and each Power has its weapon and its Sign and these are the mightiest
possessions of the Elder Gods against the Ancient One who threatens Without, who
threatens from the Abyss, the Lord of Darkness, the Master of CHAOS, the Unborn, the
Uncreated, who still wishes ill upon the Race of Men, and upon the Elder Gods who
reside in the Stars.
The Gods forget. They are distant. They must be reminded. If they are not watchful, if the
gatekeepers do not watch the gates, if the gates are not kept always locked, bolted and
barred, then the One who is always ready, the Guardian of the Other side, IAK
SAKKAK, will enter and bring with him the hordes of the armies of the Ancient Ones,
IAK KINGU, IAK AZAG, IAK AZABUA, IAK HUWAWA, ISHNIGGARAB, IAK
XASTUR, and IAK KUTULU, the Dog Gods and the Dragon Gods, and the Sea
Monsters, and the Gods of the Deep.
Watch also the Days. The Day when the Great Bear hangs lowest in the sky, and the
quarters of the year measured thereof in the four directions measured thereof, for there
the Gates may be opened and care must needs be taken to ensure that the Gates remain
forever closed. They must be sealed with the Elder Sign accompanied by the rites and
The Fifty Names here follow, with their Signs and Powers. They may be summoned after
the Priest has ascended to that step on the Ladder of Lights and gained entrance to that
Sacred City. The Signs should be engraved on parchment or sealed in clay and placed
upon the altar at the Calling. And in the perfumes should be of cedar, and strong, sweetsmelling
resins. And the Calling be to the North.
The First Name is MARDUK
The Lord of Lords, master of Magicians. His Name should not be called except when no
other will do, and it is the most terrible responsibility to do so. The Word of His Calling
is DUGGA. This is his Seal:
The Second Name is MARUKKA
Knows all things since the beginning of the World. Knows all secrets, be they human or
divine, and is very difficult to summon. The Priest should not summon him unless he is
clean of heart and spirit, for this Spirit shall know his innermost thoughts. This is his
The Third Name is MARUTUKKU
Master of the Arts of Protection, chained the Mad God at the Battle. Sealed the Ancient
Ones in their Caves, behind the Gates. Possesses the ARRA star. This is his Seal:
The Fourth Name is BARASHAKUSHU
Worker of Miracles. The kindest of the Fifty, and the most beneficent. The Word used at
his Calling is BAALDURU. This is his Seal:
The Fifth Name is LUGGALDIMMERANKIA
Put order into CHAOS. Made the Waters aright. Commander of Legions of Wind
Demons who fought the Ancient TIAMAT alongside MARDUK KURIOS. The Word
used at his Calling is BANUTUKKU. This is his Seal:
The Sixth Name is NARILUGGALDIMMERANKIA
The Watcher of the IGIGI and the ANNUNAKI, Sub-Commander of the Wind Demons.
He will put to flight any maskim who haunt thee, and is the foe of the rabisu. None may
pass into the World Above or the World Below without his knowledge. His Word is
BANRABISHU. His Seal is thus:
The Seventh Name is ASARULUDU
Wielder of the Flaming Sword, oversees the Race of Watchers at the bidding of the Elder
Gods. He ensures the most perfect safety, especially in dangerous tasks undertaken at the
behest of the Astral Gods. His word is BANMASKIM and his Seal is thus:
The Eighth Name is NAMTILLAKU
A most secret and potent Lord, he hath knowledge to raise the dead and converse with the
spirits of the Abyss, unbeknownst to their Queen. No soul passes into Death but that he is
aware. His word is BANUTUKUKUTUKKU and his Seal is thus:
The Ninth Name is NAMRU
Dispenses wisdom and knowledge in all things. Giveth excellent counsel and teaches the
science of metals. His word is BAKAKALAMU and his Seal:
The Tenth Name is ASARU
This Power has knowledge of all plants and trees, and can make marvellous fruits to grow
in the desert places, and no land is a waste to him. He is truly the Protector of the Bounty.
His Word is BAALPRIKU and his Seal follows:
The Eleventh Name is ASARUALIM
Possesses secret wisdom, and shines Light in the Darkened areas, forcing what lives there
to give good accounting of its existence and its knowledge. Giveth excellent counsel in
all things. His word is BARRMARATU and the Seal which thou engrave is thus:
The Twelfth Name is ASARUALIMMUNNA
This is the Power that presideth over armour of all kinds and is excellently
knowledgeable in military matters, being of the advance army of MARDUK at that
Battle. He can provide an army with its entire weaponry in three days. His Word is
BANATATU and the Seal is thus:
The Thirteenth Name is TUTU
Silences the weeping and gives joy to the end and ill at heart. A most beneficent Name,
and Protector of the Household, his Word is DIRRIGUGIM and his Seal is this:
The Fourteenth Name is ZIUKKINNA
Giveth excellent knowledge concerning the movements of the stars and the meanings
thereof, of which the Chaldaens possessed this same knowledge in abundance. The Word
is GIBBILANNU and the Seal is this:
The Fifteenth Name is ZIKU
This Power bestoweth Riches of all kinds, and can tell where treasury is hidden. Knower
of the Secrets of the Earth. His Word is GIGGIMAGANPA and his Seal is this:
The Sixteenth Name is AGAKU
This Power can give life to what is already dead, but for a short time only. He is the Lord
of the Amulet and the Talisman. His Word is MASHGARZANNA and his Seal is this:
The Seventeenth Name is TUKU
Lord of Baneful Magick, Vanquisher of the Ancient Ones by Magick, Giver of the Spell
to MARDUK KUROS, a most fierce enemy. His Word is MASHSHAMMASHTI and his
The Eighteenth Name is SHAZU
Knows the thoughts of those at a distance, as well as those in the vicinity. Nothing is
buried in the ground, or thrown into the water, but this Power is aware. His Word is
MASHSHANANNA and his Seal is this:
The Nineteenth Name is ZISI
Reconciler of enemies, silencer of arguments, between two people or between two
nations, or even, it is said, between two worlds. The scent of Peace is indeed sweet to this
Power, whose Word is MASHINNANNA and whose seal is this:
The Twentieth Name is SUHRIM
Seeks out the worshippers of the Ancient Ones wherever they may be. The Priest who
sends him on an errand does so at a terrible risk, for SUHRIM kills easily, and without
thought. His Word is MASHSHANERGAL and his Seal:
The Twenty-First Name is SUHGURIM
As SUHRIM above, the Foe who Cannot be Appeased. Discovers the Priest's Enemies
with ease, but must be cautioned not to slay them if the Priest does not desire it. The
Word is MASHSHADAR and the Seal:
The Twenty-Second Name is ZAHRIM
Slew ten thousand of the Hordes in the Battle. A Warrior among Warriors. Can destroy
an entire army if the Priest so desires. His Word is MASHSHAGARANNU and his Seal:
The Twenty-Third Name is ZAHGURIM
As ZAHRIM, a most terrible opponent. It is said ZAHGURIM slays slowly, after a most
unnatural fashion. I do not know, for I have never summoned this Spirit. It is thy risk.
The Word is MASHTISHADDU and the Seal:
The Twenty-Fourth Name is ENBILULU
This Power can seek out water in the midst of a desert or on the tops of mountains.
Knows the Secrets of Water, and the running of rivers below the Earth. A most useful
Spirit. His Word is MASHSHANEBBU and his Seal thus:
The Twenty-Fifth Name is EPADUN
This is the Lord of all Irrigation and can bring Water from a far place to your feet.
Possesses a most subtle geometry of the Earth and knowledge of all lands where Water
might be found in abundance. His Word is EYUNGINAKANPA and his Seal is this:
The Twenty-Sixth Name is ENBILULUGUGAL
The Power that presides over all growth, and all that grows. Gives knowledge of
cultivation, and can supply a starving city with food for thirteen moons in one moon. A
most noble Power. His Word is AGGHA and his Seal:
The Twenty-Seventh Name is HEGAL
As the Power above, a Master of the arts of farming and agriculture. Bestows rich
harvests. Possesses the knowledge of the metals of the earth, and of the plough. His Word
is BURDISHU and his seal thus:
The Twenty-Eighth Name is SIRSIR
The Destroyer of TIAMAT, hated of the Ancient Ones, Master over the Serpent, Foe of
KUTULU. A most powerful Lord. His Word is this APIRIKUBABADAZUZUKANPA
and his Seal:
The Twenty-Ninth Name is MALAH
Trod the back of the Worm and cut it in twain. Lord of Bravery and Courage, and gives
these qualities to the Priest who desires it, or to others the Priest may decide. The Word is
BACHACHADUGGA and the Seal:
The Thirtieth Name is GIL
The Furnisher of Seed. Beloved of ISHTAR, his Power is mysterious and quite ancient.
Makes the barley to grow and the women to give birth. Makes potent the impotent. His
Word is AGGABAL and his Seal is thus:
The Thirty-First Name is GILMA
Founder of cities, Possessor of the Knowledge of Architecture by which the fabled
temples of UR were built; the creator of all that is permanent and never moves. His Word
is AKKABAL and his Seal is this:
The Thirty-Second Name is AGILMA
Bringer of Rain. Maketh the gentle Rains to come, or casuseth great Storms and
Thunders, the like may destroy armies and cities and crops. His Word is
MASHSHAYEGURRA and his Seal is:
The Thirty-Third Name is ZULUM
Knows where to plant and when to plant. Giveth excellent counsel in all manner of
business and commerce. Protects a man from evil tradesmen. His Word is ABBABAAL
and his Seal is this:
The Thirty-Fourth Name is MUMMU
The Power given to MARDUK to fashion the universe from the flesh of TIAMAT.
Giveth wisdom concerning the condition of the life before the creation, and the nature of
the structures of the Four Pillars whereupon the Heavens rest. His Word is
ALALALABAAAL and the Seal is:
The Thirty-Fifth Name is ZULUMMAR
Giveth tremendous strength, as of ten men, to one man. Lifted the part of TIAMAT that
was to become the Sky from the part that was to become the Earth. His Word is
ANNDARABAAL and his Seal is:
The Thirty-Sixth Name is LUGALABDUBUR
Destroyer of the Gods of TIAMAT. Vanquisher of Her Hordes. Chained KUTULU to the
Abyss. Fought AZAG-THOTH with skill. A great Defender and a great Attacker. His
Word is AGNIBAAL and his Seal is this:
The Thirty-Seventh Name is PAGALGUENNA
Possessor of Infinite Intelligence, and determines the nature of things not yet made, and
of spirits not yet created, and knows the strength of the Gods. His Word is
ARRABABAAL and his Seal is this:
The Thirty-Eighth Name is LUGALDURMAH
The Lord of the Lofty Places, Watcher of the Skies and all that travels therein. Naught
traverses the starry element, but that this Power is aware. His Word is
ARATAAGARBAL and his Seal is this:
The Thirty-Ninth Name is ARANUNNA
Giver of Wisdom, Counsellor to our Father, ENKI, Knower of the Magickal Covenant
and of the Laws and of the Nature of the Gates. His Word is ARAMANNGI and his Seal
The Fortieth Name is DUMUDUKU
Possessor of the Wand of Lapis Lazuli, Knower of the Secret Name and the Secret
Number. May not reveal these to thee, but may speak of other things equally marvellous.
His Word is ARATAGIGI and his Seal is:
The Forty-First Name is LUGALANNA
The Power of the Eldest of the Elder Ones, possesses the secret knowledge of the world
when the Ancient Ones and the Elder Ones and where One. Knows the Essence of the
Ancient Ones and where it might be found. His Word is BALDIKHU and his Seal is this:
The Forty-Second Nam is LUGALUGGA
Knows the Essence of all Spirits, of the Dead and the Unborn, and the Starry and the
Earthly, and the Spirits of the Air and the Spirits of the Wind as well. Which things he
may tell thee, and thou wilt grow in wisdom. His Word is ZIDUR and his Seal is thus:
The Forty-Third Name is IRKINGU
This is the Power that laid capture to the Commander of the forces of the Ancient Ones,
KINGU Mighty Demon, that MARDUK might lay hold of him and, with its blood, create
the Race of Men and seal the Covenant. His Word is BARERIMU and his Seal is this:
The Forty-Fourth Name is KINMA
Judge and Lord of the Gods, at whose name they quake in fear. That the Gods may not
err, this Power was given to oversee their activities, should they be lawful and within the
nature of the Covenant, for the Gods are forgetful, and very far away. His Word is
ENGAIGAI and his Seal is this:
The Forty-Fifth Name is ESIZKUR
This Spirit possesses the knowledge of the length of Life of any man, even unto the
plants and the demons and the gods. He measureth all things, and knoweth the Space
thereof. His Word is NENIGEGAI and his Seal is this:
The Forty-Sixth Name is GIBIL
This Power has been given the Realm of the Fire and the Forge. He keepeth the sharp
point of the Sword and the Lance, and giveth understanding in the working of metals. He
also raises the Lightning that comes from the Earth, and maketh Swords to appear in the
Sky. His Word is BAALAGNITARRA and his Seal is this:
The Forty-Seventh Name is ADDU
Raises storms that fill the entire heavens and causes the Stars to tremble and the very
Gates of the IGIGI to shake in their stead. Can fill the skies with his brightness, even in
the darkest hour of the night. His Word is KAKODAMMU and his Seal is this:
The Forty-Eighth Name is ASHARRU
Knower of the Treacherous Ways. Gives intelligence of the Future and also of things
Past. Put the Gods in their courses, and determined their cycles. His Word is
BAXTANDABAL and this is his Seal:
The Forty-Ninth Name is NEBIRU
The Spirit of the Gate of MARDUK, Manages all things in their ways, and moves the
crossings of the stars after the fashion known to the Chaldeans. His word is DIRGIRGIRI
and his Seal is this:
The Fiftieth Name is NINNUAM
This is the Power of MARDUK as Lord of All That Is, Judger of Judgements, Decider of
Decisions, He Who Determines the Laws and the Reigns of Kings. He may not be called,
save at the destruction of a city or the death of a king. His Word is GASHDIG and his
Seal is this:
Here endeth the Book of the Fifty Names, which the Gods have granted me the strength
and the time in which to lay it down. This Book is not to be shown to the unclean or the
profane or the uninitiated, for to do so is to call the most awful curse of the Book upon
thee and upon thy generations.
Spirit of the Book, Remember!
THE MAGAN TEXT
THE verses here following come from the secret text of some of the priests of a cult
which is all that is left of the Old Faith that existed before Babylon was built, and it was
originally in their tongue, but I have put it into the Golden Speech of my country so that
you may understand it. I came upon this text in my early wanderings in the region of the
Seven Fabled Cities of UR, which are no more, and it tells of the War between the Gods
that took place in a time beyond the memory of man. And the horrors and ugliness that
the Priest will encounter in his Rites are herein described, and their reasons, and their
natures, and Essences. And the Number of the Lines is Sacred, and the Word are Sacred,
and are most potent charms against the Evil Ones. And surely some Magicians of the
country do write them on parchment or clay, or on pottery, or in the air, that they might
be efficacious thereby, and that the Gods will remember the words of the Covenant.
I copied these words down in my tongue and kept them faithfully these many years, and
my own copy will go with me to the place where I will go when my Spirit is torn from
the body. But heed these words well, and remember! For remembering is the most
important and most potent magick, being the Rememberance of Things Past and the
Rememberance of Things to Come, which is the same Memory. And do not show this
text to the uninitiated, for it hath caused madness, in men and in beasts.
THE MAGAN TEXT
Hearken, and Remember!
In the Name of ANU, Remember!
In the Name of ENLIL, Remember!
In the Name of ENKI, Remember!
When on High the Heavens had not been named,
The Earth had not been named,
And Naught existed but the Seas of ABSU,
The Ancient One,
And MUMMU TIAMAT, the Ancient One
Who bore them all,
Their Waters as One Water.
At this time, before the ELDER GODS had been brought forth,
Uncalled by Name,
Their destinies unknown and undetermined,
Then it was that the Gods were formed within the Ancient Ones.
LLMU and LLAAMU were brought forth and called by Name,
And for Ages they grew in age and bearing.
ANSHAR and KISHAR were brought forth,
And brought forth ANU
Who begat NUDIMMUD, Our Master ENKI,
Who has no rival among the Gods.
The Elder Ones came together
They disturbed TIAMAT, the Ancient One, as they surged back and forth.
Yea, they troubled the belly of TIAMAT
By their Rebellion in the abode of Heaven.
ABSU could not lessen their clamour
TIAMAT was speechless at their ways.
Their doings were loathsome unto the Ancient Ones.
ABSU rose up to slay the Elder Gods by stealth.
With magick charm and spell ABSU fought,
But was slain by the sorcery of the Elder Gods.
And it was their first victory.
His body was lain in an empty Space
In a crevice of the heavens
He was lain,
But his blood cried out to the Abode of Heaven.
Filled with an Evil Motion
Let us make Monsters
That they may go out and do battle
Against these Sons of Iniquity
The murderous offspring who have destroyed
HUBUR arose, She who fashioneth all things,
And possessor of Magick like unto Our Master.
She added matchless weapons to the arsenals of the Ancient Ones,
She bore Monster-Serpents
Sharp of tooth, long of fang,
She filled their bodies with venom for blood
Roaring dragons she has clothed with Terror
Has crowned them with Halos, making them as Gods,
So that he who beholds them shall perish
And, that, with their bodies reared up
None might turn them back.
She summoned the Viper, the Dragon, and the Winged Bull,
The Great Lion, the Mad-God, and the Scorpion-Man.
Mighty rabid Demons, Feathered-Serpents, the Horse-Man,
Bearing weapons that spare no
Fearless in Battle,
Charmed with the spells of ancient sorcery,
. . . withal Eleven of this kind she brought forth
With KINGU as Leader of the Minions.
Fearing defeat, summoned his Son
Summoned his Son
The Son of Magick
Told him the Secret Name
The Secret Number
The Secret Shape
Whereby he might do battle
With the Ancient Horde
And be victorious.
Brightest Star among the Stars
Strongest God among the Gods
Son of Magick and the Sword
Child of Wisdom and the Word
Knower of the Secret Name
Knower of the Secret Number
Knower of the Secret Shape
He armed himself with the Disc of Power
In chariots of Fire he went forth
With a shouting Voice he called the Spell
With a Blazing Flame he filled his Body
Dragons, Vipers, all fell down
Lions, Horse-Men, all were slain.
The Mighty creatures of HUBUR were slain
The Spells, the Charms, the Sorcery were broken.
Naught but TIAMAT remained.
The Great Serpent, the Enormous Worm
The Snake with iron teeth
The Snake with sharpened claw
The Snake with Eyes of Death,
She lunged at MARDUK
With a roar
With a curse
MARDUK struck with the Disc of Power
Blinded TIAMAT's Eyes of Death
The Monster heaved and raised its back
Struck forth in all directions
Spitting ancient words of Power
Screamed the ancient incantations
MARDUK struck again and blew
An Evil Wind into her body
Which filled the raging, wicked Serpent
MARDUK shot between her jaws
The Charmed arrow of ENKI's Magick
MARDUK struck again and severed
The head of TIAMAT from its body.
And all was silent.
Took the Tablets of Destiny
Hung them around his neck.
Acclaimed of the Elder Gods was he.
First among the Elder Ones was he.
He split the sundered TIAMAT in twain
And fashioned the heavens and the earth,
With a Gate to keep the Ancient Ones Without.
With a Gate whose Key is hid forever
Save to the Sons of MARDUK
Save to the Followers of Our Master
First in Magick among the Gods.
From the Blood of KINGU he fashioned Man.
He constructed Watchtowers for the Elder Gods
Fixing their astral bodies as constellations
That they may watch the Gate of ABSU
The Gate of TIAMAT they watch
The Gate of KINGU they oversee
The Gate whose Guardian is IAK SAKKAK they bind.
All the Elder Powers resist
The Force of Ancient Artistry
The Magick Spell of the Oldest Ones
The Incantation of the Primal Power
The Mountain KUR, the Serpent God
The Mountain MASHU, that of Magick
The Dead KUTULU, Dead but Dreaming
TIAMAT, Dead but Dreaming
ABSU, KINGU, Dead but Dreaming
And shall their generation come again?
WE ARE THE LOST ONES
From a Time before Time
From a Land beyond the Stars
From the Age when ANU walked the earth
In company of Bright Angels.
We have survived the first War
Between the Powers of the Gods
And have seen the wrath of the Ancient Ones
Vent upon the Earth
WE ARE FROM A RACE BEYOND THE WANDERERS OF NIGHT.
We have survived the Age when ABSU ruled the Earth
And the Power destroyed out generations.
And beneath the feet of mountains
this isnt the whole thing just some really basic stupid stuff I found however the spells and names are decent for reaserch .