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Well we covered quite a bit of information in the first part of our discussion concerning the Urilla Text entitled, Opening the Gate of IAK SAKKAKK. We will know continue to explore the mysteries of the Urilla Text.
We were already able to determine that the Rites enlisted in the Simon Necronomicon are workings of the Ancient Ones. Basically, the Elder Gods appear as the ‘good guys’ only for those who are going through the process of initiation. This can easily be determined by something that is mentioned by the Mad Arab:
“…,he whom secret priests, initiated into the Black Rites, whose names are writ forever in the Book of Chaos, can summon if they but know how…. And this was taught by the priests of Babylon, who charged that these formulae may never be revealed to anyone who is not initiated into our ways, for to do so would be the most frightful error.” (Urilla Text)
The above passage compares greatly with another section in the SN:
“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.” (Magan Text)
“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.” (The Book of Fifty Names)
“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 uninitiated..” (The Book of Calling)
Interestingly, the term initiated does not appear in any of the section of the Simon Necronomicon. This clearly indicates, when compared to the Book of Calling and the section thereafter, that the Walking of the Gates serves the purpose of initiation only. Think about it. We have seen earlier, form the passages found in the Urilla Text, that the Rites are called the Black Rites. This seems to correspond to the real name of the Simon Necronomicon, as mentioned by the Mad Arab himself:
“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,”
Thus, if the Simon Necronomicon is appropriately called the Book of Black Earth, it would only stand to reason that the Rites contained therein are the Black Rites, as mentioned in the Urilla Text. This is where inner wisdom plays its part in our work. The reason why some people have had negative effects while working with the Simon Necronomicon is because they have done so without Walking the gates or bein intiated. The Simon Necronomicon is a closed system. It is not something that you can just pick up and work with like other grimoires.
Now reflecting back upon the Mad Arab’s words we find that the “Earth” corresponds to the direction North and to the Mother Goddess. This would mean that our initiations are indeed a Walk down the isle in the Sacred Marriage Rite, in marriage with the Mother Goddess, Tiamat. We find some other interesting passages to further prove the points that we have discussed.
“Remember the Scorpion Man who dwells in the Mountains. He was of old created by TIAMAT to fight the Elder Gods, but was permitted to stay below the Mountains by Them. But He has deceived us once, and may do so again. But call upon him if there be something concerning the Outside that you would know, that I have not told thee. And his sign is simple, and it is thus:” (The Second Testimony of the Mad Arab)
This is one of the most misunderstood passages in the Simon Necronomicon, but it is one that we have discussed before. In one of our previous articles, we mentioned and we are able to confirm that the Scorpion Man is a hidden aspect of Nergal. More about this can be read here:
Further Nergal corresponds to the Orisha Ogun, who is a representation of Mars in all its aspects. The interesting thing is that the Orisha Ogun, like the Scorpion Man was created directly by Yemaya or Tiamat. This being the case we are to remember that the Scorpion Man guards the entrance to the Mountains of MASSHU, as Nergal is the ruler of the Underworld. Our comparison of Nergal with the Scorpion Man is further confirmed by nergal’s Invocation as it appears in the Simon Necronomicon. Knowing that the Scorpion Man guards the Mountains of MASSHU, and that the ARRA, AGGA, and BANDAR are all symbols of MASSHU, let us now look at one of the attributes given to NERGAL in his invocation as it appears in the Necronomicon:
“Gate of the Lord of the ARRA and the AGGA, Open!”
Here we see that Nergal is described as the Lord of both the ARRA and the AGGA. Let us discuss how Nergal is the Lord of both of these symbols, one at a time.
The Mad Arab gives us the following description of the ARRA:
“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.”
Here we see that the ARRA represents our Race, or a race from beyond the Stars. This would mean that our Race is a fallen race, or we are a race of Fallen Angels. Amazingliy, when we read the famous myth of Nergal and Ereshkigal, we find that Nergal too is a Fallen Angel. Nergal is also known as ERRA, which is very similar to the term ARRA.. Nergal was sent to the Underworld for punishment because he had disrespected Namtar at the feast that was held amongst the gods. According to cosmic regulations, the gods of heaven cannot descend to the Underworld, nor can chthonic deities ascend to the heavens. Namtar was sent to represent Ereshkigal. Namtar means fate, and at the feast Nergal disrespected Namtar, some accounts relate that Nergal remained seated as the other gods stood up to greet Namtar. Nergal was sent to the Underworld for this act of disrespect and, after having a passionate affair with Ereshkigal, he eventually became the ruler of the Underworld. Is it possible then that Nergal represents the Race of Fallen Watchers who had no respect for “fate” and were sent to the Underworld? Nergal became ruler of the Underworld, while maintaining a passionate affair with Ereshkigal. We are admonished to do the same by the Mad Arab in the Book of Calling:
“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.”
Notice that the Mad Arab describes the GateWalker as the Priest of the Flame and the Sword. The Flame (or fire) and Sword are attributes to Nergal and these powers must be brought to the Underworld, the realm of Nergal himself. It is also mentioned that the ‘ministers of ABSU’ must be brought into subjection. It is therefore imperative that the GateWalker after his/her initiation works with the Urilla Text! Let us look into the words from the myth Nergal and Ereshkigal to see what became of Nergal:
Nergal came up along the long stairway of heaven.
When he arrived at the gate of Anu, Ellil, and ea,
Anu, Ellil, and Ea saw him and said,
“The son of Ishtar has come back to us,
She (Ereshkigal) will search for him and [ ].
Ea his father must sprinkle him with spring water, and bareheaded,
Blinking and cringing let him sit in the assembly of the gods.”
In the passage above, Nergal is described as a ‘Son of Ishtar’ or consort of Tiamat, as we discussed earlier. Remember the Scorpion Man was a direct creation of Tiamat or a son of Ishtar. Despite Nergal’s wrongful conduct Enki still protected him. This all seem to fet very nicely into the rites of the Simon Necronomicon, as our Fallen Race is described in a personified form as Nergal. Now let us see how Nergal is the Lord of the AGGA.
“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 AGGA…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”
Before we move on further into our discussion, I should make it perfectly clear that we have discussed the ARRA and AGGA signs in previous post here on the blog page. However, it must be understood that these writings were for the uninitiated (Elder Ones) whereas the workings of the initiated (Ancient Ones) is of an entirely different view.
Now let us see why Nergal is also the Lord of the AGGA, or the power of the Elder Gods. It should be noted that when Nergal was sentenced to the Underworld, Enki came to his aid. Notice what appears on the following website:
But the cunning god Ea ..comes to Nergal´s rescue by giving him seven demons, personification of plagues, to accompany him for his defense. With their help, Nergal is able to reach Ereshkigal and he overpowers her and becomes her husband. In the later version, far more elaborate and in some crucial passages very different, Nergal makes two visits to the Netherworld. It is unclear whether on the first visit he is to receive a pardon from the goddess or whether he attempts to defy her. Here too the cunning god Ea/Enki comes to Nergal´s aid. For the first occasion, Ea has him make a throne of chair of many different woods perhaps as a compensatory gift.
Two points should be made here. The first is related to the special wood Nergal´s throne should be made of, which certainly relates to the trees of the Underworld deities which can be also classified as the Lords of the Eternal Return, once They are the Dying and Resurrected gods, such as Damu, Dumuzi, Ninghizida. Furthermore, it should be added that celestial deities such as Nanna/Sin, the moon god, and Utu/Shamash also travel to the Underworld, to return daily to the Heights Above. Secondly and not least important, Stephanie Dalley in Myths from Mesopotamia explains the significance of the throne as an attempt to “ensure that Nergal can escape from the underworld and elude death”,
From the above excerpt we are able to ascertain that the “Throne” is representative of Enki’s power, as Enki is the only God in Mesopotamian Mythology who was able to raise someone from the Underworld . Nergal’s Throne is the Elder Sign, making it easy for Nergal to rise skyward and return to the Underworld. Remember, that in the rites of the Urilla Text, the Priest or Priestess, can raise up the spirit of the dead, and act as Enki. This explain yet another passage from the Mad Arab:
“And who is their Master? Of this I do not know, but I have heard them calling ENKI which is surely a blasphemy, for ENKI is of our Race as it is writ in the Text of MAGAN. But, perhaps, they called Another, whose Name I do not know. But surely it was not ENKI.”
Thus, different than those who are going though initiatory steps of GateWalking and align themselves with Marduk and etc, the initiated see their affinity with Nergal. Nergal’s number is 8 in ancient astral cosmology. This is the only number amongst the Gate deities that cannot divide into 60, the number of Anu. This means that Nergal is indeed an Ancient One, yet he is able to rule and conduct himself with stealth. Nergal is the personigfication of those who are from beyond the stars, or the ARRA. A symbol associate with Ishtar as Nergal was called son of Ishtar in one of the above quotes from an ancient account. In our next discussion, we will speak about the Bowl of Tiamat as promised.
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