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I thought that it would be a good time to review one of the rarer subjects covered in the occult world, The Qliphotic Tree of Death (Transformation). Many of our articles here have given some information on the Qliphotic Tree in the past, but I thought it would be good to make this a separate chapter in the Necronomicon Tradition, as there is little information about the Qliphotic Tree is print. So let us  begin this next Chapter of our discussion by defining the term Qlipoth.

Interestingly, the term Qliphoth, kliffoth, or klippot, is derived from the Hebrew term qelippot, meaning “peels”, “shells” or matter. The qliphoth in Kabbalah are thought of as the opposites to the sephiroth (singular sephirah). The ten sephiroth are thought to be ten divine “enumerations” or “emanations” of God into the universe. It is thought that the qliphoth are the ten (or eleven) manifestations of darkness, into which God’s divine light cannot reach. The qliphoth are the personifications of an “anti-God” condition A Hasidic view states that in the process of creation, ten sephiroth were created, each encapsuled by a qliphah. The ten sephiroth are thought to be ten divine “enumerations” or “emanations” of God into the universe. The first set of ten qliphoth proved too weak to hold the emanating force, and the lower seven of them broke. They were replaced, but the broken former set, animated by a residue of the creative power of God, remained and conflicts with those aspects of the world corresponding to the lower seven sephiroth. Hasidic Judaism (from the Hebrew: Chasidut חסידות, meaning piety, from the Hebrew root word chesed חסד meaning loving kindness) is a Haredi Jewish religious movement. … The tree of life. … Throughout my research on the Qliphoth, I began to discover that it is always said to pre-date the Judaic-Christian Kabbalistc system. This aroused my curiosity and I decided to look further into the origins of the Kabbalah.

The Kabbalah by Alexander S. Holub, Ph.D he states on page 1 the following:

“The first mention of the Tree of Life in the Scriptures is in Genesis 3:22 (Masoretic Text). The date of the writing of this text by the Jahwist Priests was sometime around 750-700 BCE. That gives plenty of time to incorporate and include the Tree of Life idea into their religious system and its writings. If you will look at the Semitic tribes, they all had this concept playing quite prominently in their religious beliefs. The Sumerians were the first to depict a Sacred Tree,: a Tree of Life. (Figure 2) Babylon took it from the Sumerians when they overthrew their empire. Assyria then took it from the Babylonians when they conquered the Babylonian empire.”

The above quote indicates that the Tree of Life is Sumerian in origin. I quickly began to realize that it is quite possible that the Judaic-Christian Kabbalah may have demonized the original Tree of Life in an effort to make their culture seem superior.  According to two authoritative sources, H.P. Blavatsky and the Jewish Encyclepedia, the Jews also acquired from the Chaldeans their doctrines of Eastern Mysticism. These were later developed into a written compendium of esoteric literature known as the Jewish Qabbalah or Kabalah, and in the Middle Ages as the Latin Cabala.

“Kabalah (Heb.) The hidden wisdom of the Hebrew Rabbis of the middle ages derived from the older secret doctrines concerning divine things and cosmogony, which were combined into a theology after the time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. All the works that fall under the esoteric category are termed Kabalistic.” (Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary, p. 168)

“The Pythagorean idea of the creative powers of numbers and letters, upon which the ‘Sefer Yetzirah’ is founded, and which was known in tannaitic times…is here proved to be an old cabalistic conception. In fact, the belief in the magic power of the letters of the Tetragrammaton and other names of the Deity…seems to have originated in Chaldea (see Lenormant, ‘Chaldean Magic,’ pp. 29, 43). Whatever, then, the theurgic Cabala was …, the very fact that Abraham, and not a Talmudical hero like Akiba, is introduced in the ‘Sefer Yetzirah,’ at the close, as possessor of the Wisdom of the Alphabet, indicates an old tradition, if not the antiquity of the book itself

“The whole dualistic system of good and of evil powers, which goes back to Zoroastrianism and ultimately to old Chaldea, can be traced through Gnosticism; having influenced the cosmology of the ancient Cabala before it reached the medieval one…

“The gradual condensation of a primal substance into visible matter, a fundamental doctrine of the Cabala, … is the ancient Semitic conception of the ‘primal ocean,’ known to the Babylonians as ‘Apsu’ (compare Jastrow, ‘Religion of Babylonia’), and called by the Gnostics βύθος =  (Anz, ‘Die Frage nach dem Ursprung des Gnostizismus,’ p. 98).”

The above passages seems to indicate that the Kabala is not of Judaic origin, but it derives from Babylonian and Chaldean Sources. This would mean then that the Qliphoth, which predates the Judaic Kabbalistic system, was the original Kabbalistic Rite. In an article hosted by an online Jewish Magazine, entitled, which can be found at this link:

It states the following:

“In the medieval era, old ideas from Babylon gained new strength. The Qliphoth, or Kelippot(קליפות the primeval “husks” of impurity), was blamed for all the evil in the world. Qliphoth are the evil twin of the Sephiroth. The tree of Qliphoth is usually called the kabbalistic Tree of Death, and sometimes the Qliphoth are called the Deathangels, or Angels of Death. The Qliphoth are found in the old Babylonian incantations, a fact used as evidence in favor of the antiquity of most of the cabalistic material.”

The above passage informs us that the Kabbalah does indeed derive from Ancient Mesopotamian sources and was demonized since “foreign deities” could not fit into the Jewish pantheon. Another interesting perspective that we must also consider is that the term Qliphoth, meaning shell, was not a term to describe something “evil” in its inception. It is also interesting to note that a “shell” was symbolic of a pregnant woman. Birth in Babylonia and in the Bible: Its Mediterranean Setting by Marten Stol, on page 52 it states:

“The combination sign for “shell” is identical: a body with water in it. The Sumerian word is iskilla; Akkadian isqillatu. The Babylonians saw this shell as a symbol of the pregnant woman…The Greeks and Romans had similar associations; the cowrie shell was named “Cyprian” after the goddess Venus of Cyprus,…Clearly this shell reminded ancient man of the womb.

The material quoted above informs us that the “shell” was a symbol of a pregnant woman. The Babylonians, in their popular religion, supremely worshipped a Goddess Mother and a Son, who was represented in pictures and images as an infant, or child, in his mother’s arms. From Babylon, this worship of the Mother and the Child spread to the ends of the earth. In Egypt, the Mother and the Child were worshipped under the names Isis and Osiris [called most frequently Horus]…in Pagan Rome, as Fortuna and Jupiter…the boy; in Greece, as Ceres the Great Mother, with the babe at her breast…and even in Thibet [Tibet], China, and Japan, the Jesuit missionaries were astonished to find the counterpart of Madonna and her child as devoutly worshipped as in Papal Rome itself. Therefore the Qliphoth, may have been viewed as an “evil” tree in comparison to the Judaic Kabbalistc correspondences, because it honored foreign deities. It is also interesting to note that the kabbalistic tree, which consists of ten Sephiroth, the ten “emanations” of God, consists of three pillars. The left side of the tree, the female side, is considered to be more destructive than the right side. Maybe the female side of the Tree was demonized in Judaic-Christian Correspondences because it reminded Christian and Jewish scholars of the ancient matriarchic rites of Babylon.

Now that we have a brief overview of the Qliphoth, we can now compare the Tree of Death (Transformation) with the initiatory rites that are found in the Simon Necronomicon, but first we must mention that there are very few people in the occult community that have publicly come forth with an understandable thesis as to how the Qliphothic Tree works. Among these are Kenneth Grant and some of the material available by an occult organization known as Dragon Rouge. Dragon Rouge has even gone as far as to base their Grade System on the Qliphothic Spheres Here are a few things that appear on their website concerning the Qliphoth.

“The Qliphoth is the principles of the shadow and the antitheses that are hidden behind everything. The side of light in the Qabalah represents mathematical/ geometrical principles through which God created the world. The Qliphoth corresponds to fractals and principles of chaos. The Qliphoth are the dividing and destructive forces. The Qliphotic Qabalah uses the forces of destruction to free the adept from the limitations of creation. Through these forces we can learn to create. In the Qabalah, Lucifer and the fallen angels are those who first used the Qliphotic forces to free themselves from God. The principles of light are keeping the angels and the rest of creation in their firm, predetermined circles. The dark forces break these circles and make a free will and an individual existence outside God possible. The most common occultism usually warns against these forces. Under the surface of the bright occultism the dark tradition has sometimes appeared, often as a warning or as unspoken insinuations. There are three main levels of knowledge, in which the first one is our mundane knowledge and the information that the mundane science presents. Under this level we can find the light esoteric knowledge that has been transmitted through the classical occult societies. Under this level we can find the dark esoteric knowledge.

1. Esoteric knowledge: Mundane science.
2. Light esoteric knowledge: The bright tradition
3. Dark esoteric knowledge: The dark tradition.

The dark initiation is extremely rare, since it leads out into chaos and few people are able to wander this path. The light Esoterism leads to a melting together with the divine, while the dark Esoterism leads beyond the divine. The word “draconian” can also be translated as”harsh” and this is too a very fitting description of the Draconian Path. It is a harsh path but it also leads into worlds of singular beauty and power. The bright Esoterism leads to a unity with Jahve or Marduk and the ideas that they created the world from. The dark Esoterism leads out to Tehom or Tiamat who existed long before the light gods and who exists in infinity outside the light of divinity. For the initiated adept on the Draconian Path this darkness is a light, so much stronger than the light of the gods of light, that their light is experienced merely like darkness.”

Now let us compare the Qliphothic Grade System that is used by Dragon Rouge with some of the working in the Simon Necronomicon. The whole foundation of the Walking in the Simon Necronomicon is found on page 6:

“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”

The above passage mentions the Mad Arab’s Journey starting with, or witnessing the work of LAMMASHTA. LAMMASHTA is a derivative of Lamashtu, who later became known as Lilith. Lamashtu can also be described as the Black Earth (NINHURSAG). This is a subject that we covered in a prior discussion. Please checkout:

Next the Mad Arab continues on page 6:

“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.”

The ‘vanquished civilisations’ that the Mad Arab stumbled upon, were indeed the Seven Gates and the Gates that lead to the Sphere of Enki, or the Palace of our Master. Notice the Chart that is an excerpt from the SUPLEMENTARY MATERIAL TO 777:

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
Now let us look at the Mad Arab’s following words on page 6:

“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 foul IGIGI”

According the SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL TO 777, the realms of the IGIGI would be the Sphere of ENKI. Now that we have a brief overview of the GateWalking Path, let us look at the Qliphothic Grade System of Dragon Rouge:

The tree of Knowledge (The Qliphoth)

Here is an outline of the Qliphotic Initiatory path:

1. Lilith 1.0°. The gate to the unknown. (LAMMASHTA/NINHURSAG/LILITH)

2. Gamaliel 2.0°. (NANNA GATE)The dark dreams. Astral magic. Witchcraft. The mysteries of the dark moon. The dark Goddess.

3. Samael 3.0°. (NEBO GATE)The philosophy of the left hand path. The wisdom of insanity. Yezidi magic. The dark side of the Chakras.

4. A’arab Zaraq 4.0°.(ISHTAR GATE) Luciferian magic. The dark side of Venus. Eroto-mysticism and the path of the warrior.

5. Thagirion. 5.0°. (SHAMMASH GATE) The illumination of the nightside. The black sun. The union of the god and the beast.

6. Golachab 6.0°. (NERGAL GATE) Ragnarök. The activation of Surt/Sorath. The magnetism of lust and suffering.

7. Gha’agsheblah 7.0°. (MARDUK GATE) The higher levels of eroto mysticism. Preparations for the abyss.

8. Satariel 8.0°. (ADAR GATE) The opening of the eye os Lucifer/Shiva/Odin. The Drakon principle.

9. Ghagiel 9.0°. (SPHERE OF ENKI/ZODIAC/IGIGI)The lightening of the Luciferian star.

10. Thaumiel 10.0°. (SPHERE OF ENLIL/ Sphere of the Primum Mobile

)The accomplishment of the promise given by the serpent. Divinity.

11 Thaumiel 11.0°.(SPHERE OF ANU/TIAMAT) The black hole. The step into the new creation. Universe B.

For more information on the Dragon Rouge:

We can see that the Qliphothic Initiatory System of Dragon Rouge lines up perfectly with the Initiatory System of GateWalking that is found in the Simon Necronomicon. This means that the Magickal Rites found in the Simon Necronomicon are without a doubt Qliphothic in nature. We will continue to explore this subject in our second essay on the Qliphothic Tree of Transformaion.

The method of the NECRONOMICON concerns deep, primeval forces that seem to pre-exist 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.”

“Know that the Seven Spheres must be entered in their times and in their seasons, one at a time, and never the one before the other. Know that the Four beasts of the Spaces claim the blood of the initiate, each in their own time and season. Know that TIAMAT seeks ever to rise to the stars, and when the Upper is united to the Lower, then a new Age will come of Earth, and the Serpent shall be made whole, and the Waters will be as One, when on high the heavens had not been named”

Messiah-el Bey