I would like to welcome everyone to the Simon Necronomicon GateWalker’s Page. I am Simon Magus, not the author of the Simon Necronomicon, but I am a Priestess of the Ancient Ones all in all. I was happy to find that my first article was well received by regular visitors of the GateWalker’s Page. I have been working with the Simon Necronomicon for about 15 years. I am a Neurologist who has been working and living in the San Diego area for the past ten years. I apologize for not introducing myself earlier. Hope you enjoy your stay with us.
I was actually given my first copy of the Simon Necronomicon by my mother, who used to work with some sections of the book. I was born in Northern Iraq and moved to the United States when I was about three years of age. My mother practiced a form of Arabic Divination that she said resembled some of the methods in the Simon Necronomicon. Being a little more independent than my mother, I placed my emphasis on becoming a woman who could take care of herself. It wasn’t until I began college that I placed some efforts into my occult studies. Many “outsiders” may have wondered about how a “woman” is able to make use of the many rituals in the Simon Necronomicon and etc. Yet what these “outsiders” fail to realize is that the Simon Necronomicon is an androgynous grimoire. The workings in the Simon Necronomicon largely represent the workings of the Priesthood of Ishtar. This is reflected throughout various areas of the text itself. For example, the Book of Entrance mentions the following:
“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.”
Gates are to be Walked in a clockwise direction, which is also known as Deosil. Widdershins is to move in a counter-clockwise fashion. The Planet Venus is the only planet that rotates in a clockwise fashion. The Planet Venus rotates the same way that we are to Walk around the Gate-clockwise. Venus rotates in a clockwise direction, but orbits the Sun in a counter-clockwise direction. This is the same path that the GateWalker takes in his/her initiations. We walk around the Gate in a clockwise direction in ritual, yet we ascend the Gates in a pattern that is converse the Sun’s path through the zodiac.
Nanna = Cancer = 1st Gate
Nebo = Gemini =2nd Gate
Ishtar = Taurus = 3rd Gate
It is easy to see from the notes above that we Walk converse the Sun’s path through the zodiac, yet we rotate around the Gate in a clockwise fashion. This action is only display by the Planet Venus, known to us as ISHTAR. Everyone who is working with the GateWalking system is Walking the path of ISHTAR. Women have a big role to play in the Necronomicon Tradition. In a book written by Rivkah Harris entitled Gender and Aging in Mesopotamia, it mentions on page 165 the following:
“She (Ishtar) changes the right side (male) into the left side (female), she shanges the left side into the right side.”
Harris quotes an ancient text, which describes some of ISHTAR’s abilities and workings. However, for the purpose of our discussion we can see that the path of ISHTAR is one of androgyny. Of course, these rites became degraded over time and a lot of the deeper meanings of the rites turn into sexual perversions. In the Introduction of the Simon Necronomicon, under the subtopic WORSHIP OF THE ANCIENT ONES IN HISTORY, Simon makes the following observation:
“..,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”
Initiations into the Necronomicon Current create a shift in our DNA. The Mad Arab states the following in his Second Testimony:
“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.”
ISHTAR is an aspect of Tiamat. We discussed earlier her peculiar motion in her travels around the Sun. This is an indication of a deity that acts in her own accord. This is later reflected in the post-initiation workings such as the Urilla Text, where the feminine rite comes to the fore. The Simon Necronomicon is not biased in its presentation of featuring a lot of feminine forces as “demonic.” We must understand that the term “demonic” often times describes an entity that can act on its own accord. The workings of the Elder Gods are set and calculated. The Mad Arab knew that the Elder Gods were safer to work with in the earlier rites since their ways could be calculate, which differed vastly from the Ancient Ones or feminize forces that could be employed at will:
“..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. “
The Ancient Ones are a “blasphemy” to the ordinary senses of man. This would indicate that they would only confuse the uninitiated. I was speaking to Warlock Asylum the other day via email, and he told me that there were a few people who tried to subscribe to the Correspondence Course just so they could learn the workings of the Urilla text without going through the Initiations in the previous parts of the book. Of course they were denied the information. However, my point is that history would seem to dictate that Goddess Worship was a thing of the past, yet nothing is further from the truth. In secret societies such as, Voudun, Freemasonry, and etc, it is known amongst the Inner Adepts that the true power is bestowed upon the Initiate from a feminine source. Imon makes note of the following in his Introduction:
“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”.
The telluric Power that Simon is speaking of is the Earthly current, which would mean that Tiamat personifies the Earth in the Underworld. Simon also likens Tiamat to Ereshkigal. Here we have the three aspects of the Goddess; Tiamat, Ereshkigal, and Ishtar. One similarity between all three of these divine forces is that they are all sovereign rulers of what ever abode they occupy while the masculine powers are set upon pre-determine courses. I will discuss how the Enuma Elish epic comes into play in the history of women’s involvement in the Simon Necronomicon Tradition in our next article.