Anton Lavey

KEYS TO THE ANCIENT ONES PART 12: ISHNIGARRAB

Greetings!

I would like to welcome everyone to the Simon Necronomicon GateWalker’s Page. If this your first time here, we do ask that you review some of our previous discussion in order to gain a clear insight into our current discussion.

Lately, we have been reviewing the Path of the Ancient Ones. After discussing AZAG-THOTH,  I thought it would be good to cover another entity in the Simon Necronomicon workings. We find Simon makes an interesting comparison in his introduction of the SN, under the subheading Sumeria:

“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 mean.”

Here Simon makes mention of a SHUB NIGGURATH as being called ISHNIGARRAB in the Simon Necronomicon. Before we begin defining just who ISHNIGARRAB is, it would be useful to look at how this entity appears in the Simon Necronomicon.

Different than AZAG-THOTH, we find that ISHNIGARRAB appear later in the Tome. The first mention of ISHNIGARRAB, is in the INVOCATION OF THE SHAMMASH GATE:

“ISHNIGARRAB is scorched black by Thy rays”

We come to the term ISHNIGARRAB again in the Book of Calling, as it appear in the INVOCATION OF THE NORTH GATE:

“Be thou most vigilant against the UTUKKI of TIAMAT
The Oppressors of ISHNIGARRAB”

In the above quote, we can safely assume that ISHNIGARRAB is a controlling force, as this entity is able to send out oppressors..

We later see a reference  to this mysterious entity in the MAGAN Text:

“AZAG-THOTH screamed upon his throne
CUTHALU lurched forth from his sleep
ISHNIGARRAB fled the Palace of Death”

Here we also can see another aspect of ISHNIGARRAB as being an occupant of the Palace of Death. Amazingly, we so no reference to ISHNIGARRAB in the URILLA Text.  However, we do find two references in the Second Testimony of the Mad Arab:

“And I have seen them in their Rites, and the awful Things they call forth from the Lands beyond Time. I have seen the Signs carved upon their stones, their altars. I have seen the Sign of PAZUZU, and ZALED, and those of XASTUR and AZAG-THOTH, and similarly those of ISHNIGARRAB and the awful Offspring of the Goat, and the terrible musicks of their Race.”

“Seek ever to hold back the Powers of the Cults of the ancient Worship, that they might not grow strong on their blood, and on their sacrifice. By their wounds shall ye know them, and by their smell, for they are not born as men, but in some other fashion; by some corruption of seed or spirit that has given them other properties than those we are familiar with. And they like the Dark Places best; for their God is a Worm.

IA! SHADDUYA IA! BARRA! BARRA! IA KANPA! IA KANPA!
ISHNIGARRAB! IA! NNGI IA! IA!”

In the Mad Arab’s Second Testimony, we get a fuller description of ISHNIGARRAB. We find that the entity is listed amongst the Ancient Ones and is also associated with the ‘Goat.” Simon made mention, earlier in his analysis of the term ISHNIGARRAB, that it means “answerer of prayers.” This is a very interesting aspect to consider and one that we will discuss in further detail later. Simon also makes it clear that ISHNIGARRAB is a reference to SHUB NIGGURATH. With this in mind, it would be useful for us to turn to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Wikipedia gives us a simple yet clear definition of Shub Niggurath, as the entity appears in the works of Lovecraft:

“Shub-Niggurath, often associated with the phrase “The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young”, is a deity in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The creature is sometimes referred to as “The Black Ram of The Forest With A Thousand Ewe”, lending a male gender to the Great Old One that is often thought of as female.

Shub-Niggurath is first mentioned in Lovecraft’s revision story The Last Test (1928); she is never actually described in Lovecraft’s fiction, but is frequently mentioned or called upon in incantations..,”

The definition that Wikipedia gives to SHUB NIGGURATH is one that makes the entity appear somewhat unisex. Yet, it is interesting to note what is mentioned later in the article:

“The revision story The Mound, which describes the discovery of an underground realm called K’n-yan by a Spanish conquistador, reports that a temple of Tsathoggua there “had been turned into a shrine of Shub-Niggurath, the All-Mother and wife of the Not-to-Be-Named-One. This deity was a kind of sophisticated Astarte, and her worship struck the pious Catholic as supremely obnoxious.”[7]

The reference to “Astarte”, the consort of Baal in Semitic mythology, ties Shub-Niggurath to the related fertility goddess Cybele, the Magna Mater mentioned in Lovecraft’s “The Rats in the Walls“, and implies that the “great mother worshipped by the hereditary cult of Exham Priory” in that story “had to be none other than Shub-Niggurath.

In the above quote we see an interesting correlation between SHUB NIGGURATH and the fertility goddess Cybele.  This gives us a deeper aspect of SHUB NIGGURATH’S character. Now let us look on the history of the Goddess Cybele.

Originally a Phrygian goddess, Cybele, sometimes given the etymology “she of the hair” if her name is Greek, not Phrygian, but more widely considered of Luwian origin, from Kubaba; Roman equivalent: Magna Mater or “Great Mother”) was a manifestation of the Earth Mother goddess who was worshipped in Anatolia from Neolithic times. Like Gaia or her Minoan equivalent Rhea, Cybele embodies the fertile earth, a goddess of caverns and mountains, walls and fortresses, nature, wild animals (especially lions and bees). Her title “Mistress of the Animals” (potnia theron) which is also associated with the Minoan Great Mother, alludes to her ancient Paleolithic roots. She is a life-death-rebirth deity. Her consort, whose cult was introduced , is her son Attis. Cybele was supposed to have been born on Mount Ida in Asia Minor; this is the source of her epithet Idaea.

Cybele’s most ecstatic followers were males who ritually castrated themselves, after which they were given women’s clothing and assumed female identities, who were referred to by contemporary commentator Callimachus in the feminine Gallai, and who other contemporary commetators in ancient Greece and Rome reffered to as Gallos or Galli. Her priestesses led the people in orgiastic ceremonies with wild music, drumming, dancing and drink. She was associated with the mystery religion concerning her son, Attis, who was castrated and resurrected. The dactyls were part of her retinue. Other followers of Cybele, Phrygian kurbantes or Corybantes, expressed her ecstatic and orgiastic cult in music, especially drumming, clashing of shields and spears, dancing, singing and shouts, all at night.

I found an interesting reference in the book entitled, The Two Babylons By Alexander Hislop. On page  102 it states the following in reference to the “sacred goose of Brahma”

“Before our Lord was conceived or born, that very day now set down in the Popish calendar for the Annuciation of the Virgin” was observed in Pagan Rome in honour of Cybele, the Mother of the Babylonian Messiah…,”

We can clearly see reference to Cybele here also as the Mpther of the Gods. The old holiday of the Church that is being referred to in the quote above is Lady-Day, or the Day of Conception of the Christ-child, being March 25th. Nine months later would December 25th, the celebrated birth of the Sun, or the Christ.

The information that we have just covered definitely gives us some clarity about SHUB NIGGURATH’S character, being none other than ISHTAR in her exalted form, also known as TIAMAT. This aspect of TIAMAT would relate also to LILITH.  However, there is something else that we sgould consider before we can make such an assumption.

The CHART OF COMPARISONS gives SHUB NIGGURATH the following correspondence:

Shub Niggurath             Pan             Sub Ishniggarab (?)

Let us look a little further to see why Simon lists Pan as relative to SHUB NIGGURATH.

Although Shub-Niggurath is often associated with the epithet “The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young”, it is possible that this Black Goat is a separate entity. Rodolfo Ferraresi, in his essay “The Question of Shub-Niggurath”, says that Lovecraft himself separated the two in his writings, such as in “Out of the Aeons” (1935 in literature The year 1935 in literature involved some significant events and new books.Events*Penguin Books publishes the first “paperback” book.*W….) in which a distinction is made between Shub-Niggurath and the Black Goat — the goat is the figurehead through which Shub-Niggurath is worshipped. In apparent contrast to Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat is sometimes depicted as a male, most notably in the rite performed in “The Whisperer in Darkness.”

The Whisperer in Darkness is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. Written February-September 1930 in literature, it was first published in Weird Tales, August 1931 in literature….” (1931) in which the Black Goat is called the “Lord of the Woods”. The Black Goat may be the personification of Pan.

Pan , in Ancient Greek religion and Greek mythology, is the companion of the nymphs, god of shepherds and flocks, of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music…., since Lovecraft was influenced by Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen was a leading Wales author of the 1890s. He is best known for his influential supernatural fiction, fantasy fiction, and horror fiction….The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan is a novella written by Arthur Machen. The original story was published in 1890 in literature, and Machen revised and extended it in 1894….

(1890 in literature-The year 1890 in literature involved some significant new books….), a story that inspired Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror.”

“The Dunwich Horror” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. Written in 1928 in literature, it was first published in the April 1929 in literature issue of Weird Tales ….The year 1929 in literature involved some significant events and new books….). In this incarnation, the Black Goat may represent Satan. Satan is a term that originates from the Abrahamic religions, being traditionally applied to an angel in Judeo-Christian belief, and to a Genie in Islamic belief…. in the form of the satyr.

In Greek mythology, satyrs are a troop of male companions of Pan and Dionysus ? “satyresses” were a late invention of poets ? that roamed the woods and mountains…., a half-man, half-goat. In folklore, the satyr symbolized a man with excessive sexual appetites. The Black Goat may otherwise be a male, earthly form of Shub-Niggurath — an incarnation she assumes to copulate with her worshipers.

Some of this information may be a little perplexing at first, since the Black Goat can refer to a male or female  entitly. However, this can easily be clarified when we look into what the B;ack Goat is-THE BAPHOMET.

The Baphomet is the Goat of Mendes. Interestingly, the term Baphomet has been considered a corrupt rendering of the name Muhammad by some scholars. The origins of the “Goat of Mendes” can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. Goats and Rams were worshipped in many cities throughout Egypt thousands of years ago. The Goat is synonymous with Satanism. The horns represent the Horned Gods/Goddesses. Goats also symbolized fertility in many different cultures and times. The Goat as a symbol of fertility and focus of religious rites dates all the way back to Sumeria.

The Goat of Mendes

Ptah the Egyptian God of Magick, knowledge and wisdom (an alias of Satan) *became* the goat, and sometimes a ram in the city of Mendes where he was worshipped as such. The Goat/Ram of Mendes represented the “Ba” which was the Egyptian word for the “soul.” Ptah was considered to be a great magician and “Lord of the Serpents.”π

There are many false claims, based upon ignorance that the Goat was invented as a reaction to the “lamb” of xianity. The xian use of the lamb came much later and in truth is based upon the sign of Aries (The spring Easter lamb). A href=”http://www.exposingchristianity.com/”>Everything in xianity has been stolen and corrupted from religions preceding it. The Horned Goat is also directly of Enki (Satan). The constellation of the Horned Goat (Capricorn) is the time of the winter solstice, known as “The Southern Gate of the Sun.”  The Goat was known in early Babylonian times as the God  Ea  (Enki/Satan). Ea was known as  He of vast intellect and Lord of the Sacred Eye  protector of his people and the bringer and giver of knowledge and civilization to humanity. Represented as a snake, he ended up in the  Garden of Eden as the Snake in the tree of life, encouraging learning and knowledge rather than blissful ignorance.  Whenever Ea roamed the Earth, he took the form of a goat. Ea was considered the Father of Light” and his celebrations dating back to 15,000 B.C.E., were carried out wearing goat skins.

This ancient symbol can be invoked in the Simon Necronomicon as ISHNIGARRAB. A deity that relates highly to the Goddess that No One Worshippeths. Wikipedia also sheds further light on this subjest under the subheading of LILITH:

“In modern Luciferianism, Lilith is considered a consort of Lucifer and is identified with the figure of Babalon. She is said to come from the mud and dust, and is known as the Queen of the Succubi. When she and Lucifer mate, they form an androgynous being called “Baphomet” or the “Goat of Mendes,” also known in Luciferianism as the “God of Witches.””

In working with the Rites of the Simon Necronomicon, we find that ISHNIGARRAB is invoked for rejuvenation of poewer, as well as insights into the greater mysteries. It is usually the first Gate that one encounters among the astral gates that lie beyond. It can also be used  in the same manner that the Initiate of the Simon Necronomicon would invoke a succubus.

WARLOCK ASYLUM the Ancient One

 

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