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Discovering The Simon Necronomicon’s Authenticity Part 1: Chaldean Magic

Greetings and welcome to the Papers in the Attic blog page. If this is your first time here, we have quite a few articles listed in out menu to the right to help those engaged in the work of the Simon Necronomicon, get a deeper understanding of the text itself.

 

I thought it would be good to list some of the resources and reference material that is useful for the GateWalker to acquire in his/her journey. I highly recommend obtaining a copy of Chaldean Magic: Its Origin and Development by Francois Lenormant. I have seen this book sell upwards to $500, but have no fear, there are a few websites that sell reprints of the text anywhere from $20 to $50. You can find the book even listed in Amazon:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Chaldean-Magic-Its-Origin-Development/dp/0877289247

 

I personally got mine for the price of $20 at http://www.allbooks.com

 

This priceless book cover a wide range of topics that aids the GateWalker in understating some of the working listed in the Simon Necronomicon  are indeed of Ancient Chaldean  origin. This book was originally published in 1896, now available, for the first time, the cuneiform text of a complete group of sixty clay tablets created by the scribes of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, between 669-625 B.C. These tablets were inscribed with prayers and religious compositions of a devotional and magical character and there is little doubt they were compiled from Babylonian sources. This amazing work gives us further insight into the Chaldean formulas, so that we can compare them with the Simon N.ecronomicon.

 

Although I have not read the book in its entirety, so far I find it an interesting read and it confirms that many of the formulas listed in the Simon Necronomicon are indeed of ancient origin. On example of this can be found in the MAKLU Text, on page 79, as found in the Simon Necronomicon:

 

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!”

 

Chaldean Magic on page 18, has this to say:

 

“But more generally there is no mythological enumeration at the end. As a type of the most simple formulae I shall quote a conjuration against  the seven subterraneous demons, called Maskim, which were considered to be amongst the most formidable of the spirits:

 

They are Seven
They are Seven
In the depths of the ocean, they are seven!
In the brilliancy of the heavens, they are seven!
They proceed from the ocean depths
They proceed from the hidden retreat
They are neither male nor female
those which stretch themselves out like chains
They have no spouse, they do not produce children;
they are strangers to benevolence;
they listen neither to prayers nor wishes
Vermin that come forth from the mountain,
enemies of  the god Hea.
they are the vengeance of the gods

raising up difficulties, obtaining power by violence
The enemies! the enemies!
They are Seven! they are Seven! They are twice Seven!
Spirit of the heavens, may they be conjured!

Spirit of the Earth, may they be conjured!”

 

This passage is just one of many, which verifies that the formulas in the Simon Necronomicon are indeed of ancient origin. John  Wisdom Gonce III, a close associate of my friend Mister Dan Harms, gives us a good definition of the term MAQLU, in the article, THE SIMON NECRONOMICON AND THE MAQLU TEXT, states:

 

The goal of the Maqlu ritual was to judge, punish and destroy all evil sorcerers and sorceresses, whether living or dead. Dead sorcerers were exhumed and destroyed, live ones were slain, and all were annihilated and deprived of any chance for burial. Thus they were prevented from finding any refuge in the underworld and were expelled from the cosmos [2]. The word maqlu itself means “burning”, which refers to the destruction of the effigy of an evil sorcerer by burning or melting a doll or poppet of the sorcerer made of wax, bitumen, wood, dough, or clay..,” Gonce gives us a good definition of the term, but he falls short in understanding that the MAKLU Text, as written in the Simon Necronomicon, is not the Maqlu Series, though the word MAKLU is a derivative of the term Maqlu. The purpose of the MAKLU Text, as found in the Simon Necronomicon  does fall under the same definition that Gonce attributes to the word Maqlu, though it is not the Maqlu series. It is simple. The “Mad Arab” used incantations from various sources that he found useful and put them in a book entitled MAKLU Text, just like any Adept would in writing their notes or grimoire. This is what John Wisdom Gonce III failed to realize as he rush to conclude that the Simon Necronomicon was a fabrication of a recent mind. His comments can respectfully be observed at this site:

 

http://www.gatewaystobabylon.com/essays/necronomiconandmaqlu_jgonce.htm

 

Another interesting observation of  the Ancient Chaldean workings is mae by Francois Lenormant on page 16:

 

“The formuilae finished by the mysterious invocation from which they derive their efficacy: “Spirit of the heavens, conjure it! Spirit of the earth, conjure!” This part alone is necessary, and is never wanting, but sometimes similar invocations of other divine spirits are joined to it.”

 

Lenormant in the above quote observes that the terms, ‘Spirit of the Heavens and Spirit of the Earth, Conjure it’ are found to end numerous invocations and workings of the Chaldean Magickal Rituals. We can only find a similar formula in the Simon Necronomicon and its workings, as the terms, ‘Zi Dingir Anna Kanpa and Zi Dingir Kia Kanpa, which means Spirit God of the Sky, Remember, Spirit, God of the Earth Remember.’ This helps us to validate that the workings in the Simon Necronomicon are indeed of ancient origin.

 

Lenorant also gives us evidence of a Fire God conjuration. On page 27, he speaks of the importance of the Fire God and it use in the Ancient Chaldean working:

 

“Acting thus contrary to the normal course of nature, and the regular movement of the stars, these spirits inhabited the depths of the earth, they caused its tremblings,.., Their antagonist was “The god Fire” who elevates himself, the great chief who extends the supreme power of the god of heaven…,”

 

Lenormant continues on page 29:

 

“The god reveals this name, before which all the powers of hell bend, to his son….,alternate with the god Fire to finish conquering and binding the Maskim.”

 

The passage confirms that the Ancient Chaldeans also worked with and conjured the Fire God. This something that we only find in the works of the Simon Necronomicon

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  1. Unfortunately, you’re missing one detail: Lenormant’s book – in the original French – is actually noted as a source in the Necronomicon. Thus, another scenario would be that the incantation in question was taken from Lenormant with slight changes, which would account for the similarities.

    The real test of the Necronomicon’s authenticity would be to show how findings in the field of Mesopotamian religion after its publication in 1977 have borne it out. This is not something I’ve seen so far, but that would be the appropriate route to take, and I’d encourage you to do so.

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  2. Exactly! Remember my statements about Crowley being involved in the Necronomicon Tradition. So I am not saying that the Simon Necronomicon is an ancient document, yet the information in it can be traced to ancient sources, and it does follow the model in exact concord, as to how the Ancient Chaldeans worked their magic. This is something that few modern grimoires, if any can make the claim. I am just merely pointing out here that the information in the Simon Necronomicon does originate from actual ancient origins. However, i will look into what you have suggested above, and explore some modern discoveries and compare them with the work in the Simon Necronomicon.

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