Since the release of the Asaru Language series, we have received several questions from our readers. The first is pertaining to one of the symbols in the Urilai Text that is not discussed in the pdf First, i must say that the symbol/letters that appear in the pamphlet, are those that have known meanings. The question that was sent to our staff concerns the symbol to the far left on the second line of the illustration that appears below, which resembles a shepard’s crook, with an arrow pointing Northwest. (check the illustration below)
This Asaru (letter/symbol) concerns itself with the Eight Directions that are to be invoked in the ceremonies of Calling. There are actually eight directional gates that are to be invoked before performing the rites of Calling. we can determine this based on a few things.
First, we find thsr passage in Dead Names by Simon on page 232:
“These four gates refer to the four cardinal directions, but the text specifically mentions the “world between the spheres,” which we are most familar-north, south, east, and west-but pertain to directions in space from a point of reference not in this world.”
Simon then mentions then continues on page 233:
“I must agree that the book is full of traps, but they are traps that the book uses to defend itself–to defend its technology–from misuse by the casual reader. One cannot really abuse the system until one understands it. The simple invocation of the four gates is one example.”
Therefore, the instruction given in the Simon Necronomicon for invoking the four gates, or watchtowers , is useful for the beginner and very effective for the experienced practitioner, but doesn’t fully harness the Tome’s energy. First we must member that the guardians of the four directions are actually covered in the Urilia Text:
“And there are Four Spirits of the Spaces, and they come upon the Wind, and they are Things of the Wind, and of Fire. And the First comes from the North, and is called USTUR, and has a Human Shape. And He is the Most Ancient of the Four, and a Great Lord of the World. And the Second comes from the East, and is called SED and has the Shape of a Bull, but with a human face, and is very mighty. And the Third comes from the south, and is called LAMAS, and is of the Shape of a Lion, but with a human head, and governs those things of the Flame and the Burning Wind. And the Fourth comes from the West, and is called NATTIG, and is of the Shape of an Eagle, but with a human body, having only the face and wings of an Eagle, with an Eagle’s claws. And this Eagle comes from the Sea and is a Great Mystery…And from Nuzku upon Uru they come, and do not wait, and are always present,, and they receive the Wanderers in their Seasons. And the Season of SED is that of the Great Night, when the Bear is slain, and this is in the Month of AIRU. And the Season of LAMAS is the Month of ABU, and that of NATTIG in ARAHSHAMMA and lastly that of USTUR in SHABATU. Thus are the Four Spirits of the Four Spaces, and their Seasons; and they dwell between the Sun’s Spaces, and are not of them, but of the Stars, and, as it is said, of the very IGIGI themselves although this is not altogether known.“
In the book, Chaldean Magic, the author describes these same “genii” on page 144:
“In this new sphere were ranged the four principal classes of protective genii: the Sed, Alap, or Kirub, who was represented as a bull with a human face; the Lamas or Nirgal, as a lion with a man’s head; the Ustur, after the human likeness; and the Nattig with the head of an eagle; the emblems of these four classes were adopted by the prophet Ezekiel as those of the four symbolical creatures which supported the throne of Jehovah in his wondrous visions by the river Chebar.”
Some may find the description given by the Mad Arab a little perplexing, due to what we find in the Urilia Text after the introduction of the Chaldean protective genii:
“And to summon these and other Demons, the herb AGLAOPHOTIS must be burnt in a new bowl that must be the Evil Times, and at Night.”
The Mad Arab’s use of the term “demon” in the passage cited above, is consistent with Chaldean theology.
In Chaldean mythology the seven evil deities were known as “shedim,” storm-demons, represented in ox-like form; and because these oxcolossi representing evil demons were, by a peculiar law of contrast, used also as protective genii of royal palaces and the like, the name “shed” assumed also the meaning of a propitious genius in Babylonian magic literature (see Delitzsch, “Assyrisches Handw�rterb.” pp. 60, 253, 261, 646; Jensen, “Assyr.-Babyl. Mythen und Epen,” 1900, p. 453; Sayce, l.c. pp. 441, 450, 463; Lenormant, l.c. pp. 48-51).
We do find, however, that the ‘south” direction is associated with Lamas, also known as Nirgal. With this knowledge we can now determine the 8 deities that are invoked in 8 directions.
1. North = Ninhursag/Tiamat 2. Northeast = Ishtar 3. East = Nanna 4. Southeast = Shammash,
5. South = Nergal 6. Southwest = Enlil 7. West = Enki 8. Northwest = Anu
This compares greatly to the Taoist Invocation of the 8 immortals, which you can find more information at this link:
I will elaborate a little more on this in the future post coming up shortly. however, if we compare the Asaru (letter/symbol) in question to what appears to the far left in the Seal of Adar, it appears to be the same symbol
We see the same symbol that appears on the second line to the far left also in the Adar Seal to the far left, but it is inverted. Evidently this symbol is part of the instructions to use the IA ADU EN I and denotes the Oracle of Bowl of Tiamat.