Mystical Practices of the Necronomicon Tradition
There are many mystical keys in the Necronomicon Tradition that enables the practitioner to assimilate the transformation process that occurs during Gate-Walking. Today, we will describe the full meaning of these practices as they are written about in the Book of Calling:
“Know, first, that the Power of the Conquerors is the Power of the Magick, and that the stricken gods will ever tempt thee away from the Legions of the Mighty, and that you will feel the subtle fluids of thy body moving to the breath of TIAMAT and the Blood of KINGU who races in your veins. Be ever watchful, therefore, not to open this Gate, or, if thou must needs, put a time for its closing before the rising of the Sun, and seal it at that time; for to leave it open is to be the agent of CHAOS.”
In the above passage, we see a stark difference between “Man” and “mankind.” Man, or the ARRA, those of Jinn nature are made from the Breath of Tiamat, whereas man was created by the breath of the Elder Gods. Here the Mad Arab is informing us that it is upon the Breath that thoughts, feelings, and emotions, enter the body. Therefore, it is important that we use every moment to exhale a positive outcome. So during times of worry and stress, which are states that also enter the body upon inhalation of the breath, we can effectively transform these “negative thoughts” by creating a “positive visualization.”
When we first awaken the kundalini force, it is important that we learn to regulate and to see the source of our thoughts and how they ride into our consciousness through breathing. This will help us to understand that what we focus our minds on is just as impactful spiritually as if we were performing the desired function. The Enuma Elish and the Magan Text, poetically describe the assimilation of kundalin energy and how it is distributed throughout the body of the Initiate in the symbolic battle between Tiamat and Marduk, which actually represents the Initiate’s ability to battle Not being consumed by negative emotions. In the passage cited above we are told to “put a time for the closing of the “gate” before the rising of the Sun.’ The rising of the Sun in this case would be transforming our thoughts and emotions into positive ones, as we exhale. This rising of the Sun is symbolic of exhalation. It is here that we see a window or “gate,” between the inhalation and the exhalation, and this space is known as the Underworld, for the pale where the inhalation and exhalation meet is often forgotten. So we are instructed to call upon the “gods in every empty moment.”It is at this space between the inhalation and the exhalation that we find a moment to engage is creative visualization.
To “KNOW FIRSTLY, ” also indicates that this function is a quality of NANNA the 1st sphere we approach as Gate-Walkers. We should remember that NANNA was born in the Underwold, the space between the inhalation and exhalation of the breath. His parents were Enlil and Ninlil. Enlil means “Lord of Air. However, Ninlil in composed of two parts, nin, meaning lady and lil, which is usually translated as “air,” or “wind,” can also “night,” which is normally applied to the prefix for Lilith. This could mean then that Ninlil may be a reference to a spirit similar to Lilith. Jack Tresidder’s The Complete Dictionary of Symbols, page 544 states:
“Lilith The demonic first wife of Adam, according to Hebrew legend. Lilith may derive from the Mesopotamian fertility goddess Ninlil. “
This being the case, we can also say that the myth concerning the birth of NANNA dealt primarily with the formation of the Lunar deity NANNA as he appears in Heaven, but corresponding between that “empty space” between the inhalation and exhalation of the breath.
“Know, secondly, that the Power of Magick is the Power of Our Master ENKI, Lord of the Seas, and Master of Magick, Father of MARDUK, Fashioner of the Magick Name, the Magick Number, the Magick Word, the Magick Shape. So, therefore, the Priest who governeth the works of Fire, and of the God of Fire, GISHBAR called GIBIL, must firstly sprinkle with the Water of the Seas of ENKI, as a testament to his Lordship and a sign of the Covenant that exists between him and thee.”
The passage cited above deals primarily with creative visualization. We are instructed, as workers of Fire, to sprinkle the Water of the seas of Enki upon our way of thinking. We must remember that it was Enki who was responsible for ISHTAR’s resurrection. The Water of the Seas of Enki are transformative, taking what is negative , or dead within us, things that are relate emotionally to the Underworld and its desires and making it something of use in our experience. Notice that is mentioned in the Magan Text concerning Enki’s transformative power:
“He fashioned the KURGARRU, spirit of the Earth,
He fashioned the KALATURRU, spirit of the Seas,
To the KURGARRU he gave the Food of Life
To the KALATURRU he gave the Water of Life
And to these images he spoke aloud
Arise, KALATURRU, Spirit of the Seas
Arise, and set thy feet to that Gate GANZIR
To the Gate of the Underworld
The Land of No Return
Set thine eyes
The Seven Gates shall open for thee
No spell shall keep thee out
For my Number is upon you.
Take the bag of the Food of Life
Take the bag of the Water of Life
And ERESHKIGAL shall not raise her arm against you
ERESHKIGAL SHALL HAVE NO POWER OVER YOU.”
The alchemy of Fire and Water is known throughout many esoteric schools of thought in the world. The ancients looked upon the Earth as water, since it is a celestial bogy covered with such, and they looked upon the heavens as Fire since the Stars laid in Heaven. These aspects are found also in the anatomy of the human body. Water represents the lower part of our physical body and the seat of the Kundalini force, and the “light of the mind” would then represent the Heavens. The idea here is to sprinkle our thoughts and emotions with the joys of life and as we are also to remember that Enki built his Abode atop of the Abzu.So too we are to give care and attention between that space between inhalation and exhalation, the symbolic New Moon. This is a time where we become creators of our destiny and can in some ways alter fate that may be harmful to our life’s objectives. The Mad Arab mentions many times throughout the text the words “remember.” In the beginning of the mystical Magan Text, he gives us a deeper meaning about what the term “remember” actually means:
“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.”
The passage cited above speaks of “Rememberance of Things Past, ” which is symbolic of inhaling the breath. “Rememberance of Things to Come” is the creative visualization during exhalation. It is all the same breathe, or as the Mad Arab put it, the same “Memory.” However, for us to understand this process requires a lot of stillness.
Before we discuss stillness, we must also consider that to “KNOW SECONDLY,” is a reference to NEBO. NEBO was responsible for engraving the destiny of an individual based on what the gods decreed. This engraving process is performed when the practitioner of the Necronomicon Tradition colors their fate by visualization and exhalation of the breath.
“Know, thirdly, that by the Power of the Elder Gods and the submission of the Ancient Ones, thou mayest procure every type of honour, dignity, wealth and happiness, but that these are to be shunned as the Purveyors of Death, for the most radiant jewels are to be found buried deep in the Earth, and the Tomb of Man is the Splendour of ERESHKIGAL, the joy of KUTULU, the food of AZAG-THOTH…Therefore, thine obligation is as of the Gatekeep of the Inside, agent of MARDUK, servant of ENKI, for the Gods are forgetful, and very far away, and it was to the Priests of the Flame that Covenant was given to seal the Gates between this World and the Other, and to keep Watch thereby, through this Night of Time, and the Circle of Magick is the Barrier, the Temple, and the Gate between the Worlds.”
Some newcomers to the system have often wondered why the Mad Arab states that things such as monetary success, honor, and etc, were said to be among the “Purveyors of Death.” This primarily is concerned with how we approach life. Desires for wealth, fame, and success, will naturally enter the mind of any person at one time or another. What the Mad Arab is speaking about here is how we approach life.
Many people approach life with this as their single goal, to have, or possess these things, whether they are material of emotional, they give the individual a “false idea” about who and what they really are. These qualities and material possessions are all temporal and are transit emotional states, even the infatuation of material things robs the body of its vital energy through worry, and other forms of negative thinking. it is therefore, important that we take a different approach to life, which doesn’t mean that we are not to enjoy the joys of material things, emotions, and pleasure, but understand that throughout our initiation we are prompted to take a different approach to life since becoming immortal, our essence will live beyond everything that we can touch or see. Death occurs when we become imprisoned by our five senses, as these are only representations of consciousness not the sense itself Stuart Alve Olson mentions this on pages 144-145 of The Jade Emperor’s Mind Seal Classic:
“The immortal’s mind clearly sees that these sense organs are all empty and can thus illuminate both consciousnesses and the objects of those senses. This is the state of Nature Void discussed earlier. When you enter this state of Nature Void the seven apertures can emit light, or wisdom light, as it is properly called. To explain this phenomenom, all we must understand is what happens when we shut our eyes. Do colors appear? Of course they do. When we dream we also see colors and lights. Where do these colors and lights come from when we have closed off our organ of sight? From the consciousness of sight. When dreaming we may close off the sense organs, but the sense consciousnesses still function and thus produce objects of sense. Therefore, the immortal understands that not only are objects of the senses illusory, but that the organ and consciousness are also false. She is thus left with the experience of Nature Void.”
Nature Void is also referred to by the Mad Arab as the “most radient jewels are to be found buried deep in the Earth.” We loose the very essence of our immortality if we are still bound by these things. it is then better to be still. Despite popular opinion, stillness, is the greatest gift that ISHTAR employs. She is the goddess of Stillness. ISHTAR is popularly known as the Goddess of Love and War, yet many forget that she is the first among crucified deities and had to remain still for three days in the womb of the Earth. we come to know this when we see all three aspect of her being demonstrated in account about her descent.
First, we recognize that ISHTAR descended to the Underworld due to the death of her ‘Brother-In-Law” Gugalanna. This was an act of Love for it would mean her own death Her death was to experience the stillness necessary for insight. Afterwards, she was able to arise as a Warrior and to slay all unnecessary attachments to her own senses. Stillness is accessed in our day-to-day experiences and emotions and how much of that do we absorb. ISHTAR teaches us that it is better to observe through stillness before action is taken.
We enter the state of stillness through self-obsevation. ISHTAR instructed her Watcher to see ENKI after three days, for she knew that she would need help overcoming death. The space between inhalation and exhalation is the location of the Watcher-The Void. The Void corresponds to our heart condition. The heart is ISHTAR, it can passionately love or it can hate a person to the point of murder. The heart is ISHTAR. It is known as the Qliphotic Tree. It is also known is Taoism as the “Mysterious Female.” It is the wilderness, which Jesus ventured forth into for 40 days. Although the heart emanates strong desires, it still has the function of pumping blood throughout the body of which it is faithful. It is here that we see how stillness is first achieved when we realize our connectedness to life around us Just the simple act of becoming more aware reveals how we touch things and experiences that are not always tangible to us personally. Thus, we are instructed by the Mad Arab to become as GateKeepers of inside, or to guard our hearts from allowing “negative thinking and emotions” to enter our being on the breath. When we realize that everything around us, in some way, shape, or form corresponds to one of the Sumerian deities, we make it a point to observe all as being inside of us in whatever activity we are engaged in. This is the empty moment of stillness. Not only do we see the divinity within ourselves, but in every thing around us. We can grasp this by looking at objects and etc, in our waking experience as part of inner-selves. remember, that the mind is the phenomenal world unto which we are directors.
Miraculous things begin to take place when we enter the Nature Void. This process is described as the four elements.
4-The Four Elements of the Nocturnal Sun
“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. Or the Priest becomes prey to the Eye of Death of the Seven ANNUNNAKI, Lord of the Underworld, Ministers of the Queen of Hell.”
In order for the Priest of the Flame to bring the said forces into subjection to them, he/she must be consciously aware of their existence in each moment. This is where we are encouraged to recognize the consciousness in all objects, people, and things, and address it as we see fit, or more precisely via telepathy.
In order for us to understand this exercise, we must first examine its Qliphotic aspect being Shammash. To “KNOW FOURTHLY” is Shammash. Shammash is able to give life energy to all animated life here on Earth and was judge of the Underworld as he passes though Mt. Mashu during nocturnal hours. It is here that we imagine a white ball of light and we can move it from the space between our eyes to whatever object, person, or thing that we meet in our day-to-day experience.
To command the elements around us is a very loving experience, and due to the quality of love that we show, the consciousness fall upon our guidance through love.We are to then bring this love into the dream world.
Know, fifthly, that the worshippers of TIAMAT are abroad in the world, and will give fight to the Magician. Lo, they have worshipped the Serpent from Ancient Times, and have always been with us. And they are to be known by their seeming human appearance which has the mark of the Beast upon them, as they change easily into the Shapes of animals and haunt the Nights of Men and by their odour, which comes of burning incenses unlawful to the worship of the Elder Ones. And their Books are the Books of CHAOS and the flames, and are the Books of the Shadows and the Shells. And they worship the heaving earth and the ripping sky and the rampant flame and the flooding waters; and they are the raisers of the legions of maskim, the Liers-In-Wait. .”
It is not only important that we observe our breath going in and out in the waking life, but it is also deeply important that we gain consciousness through dreams. The Mad Arab speaks about the Ancient Ones possessing the ability to change shapes and having a seeming human appearance. He is referring to encounters that he has seen in lucid states of dreaming. and by such practices we are able to meet the demands of the “serpent, or kundalini force and make possible connections to the dream. One thing we should also keep in mind is that dreaming affects our day-to-day situation just as much as action taken during our waking state affect our karma.
To “KNOW FIFTHLY” is Nergal. His power was chained to the Underworld as he was sometimes called a ‘Son of Anu.” Just as emotions and desires enter our being through the breath, so it is that diseases enter the body in dreams as well as, way of healing ourselves. it is for this reason that lucid dreaming becomes an essential part of our spiritual path.
Nergal married Ereshkigal due to their highly passionate love affair. this is symbolic of the Initiate’s ability to form alliances in the dream world and become ruler of the subconscious mind. The mind in Lovecraft lore is described as the seven and Nine entering the dream, or the Seven Gates and the Nine aspects considered in the Urilia Text.
“Know, sixthly, that thou shalt not seek the operations of this Magick save by the rules and governments set down herein, for to do other is to take the most awful risk, for thyself and for all mankind. Therefore, heed these words carefully, and change not the words of the incantations, whether thou understand them, or understand them not, for they are the words of the Pacts made of Old, and before Time. So, say them softly if the formula is “softly”, or shout them aloud if the formula is “aloud”, but change not one measure lest thou call something Else, and it be your final hour.”
This pertains to the exercise f memorization. An “adept” in the Necronomicon Tradition is one that has copied over the tome and can recite all the conjurations and invocations in the Tome. Once this is accomplished many of the rituals are done by visualization, but first the Initiate must master the five previous steps. To “KNOW FIFTHLY is MARDUK. MARDUK is described throughout the Tome as “slayer of the serpent,” or one who has bridled the kundalini force a necessary step of survival during initiation.
“Know, seventhly, of the Things thou art to expect in the commission of this Most sacred Magick. Study the symbols well, and do not be afraid of any awful spectre that shall invade thine operation, or haunt thine habitat by day or by night. Only charge them with them the words of the Covenant and they will do as you ask, of thou be strong. And if thou performest these operations often, thou shalt see things becoming dark; and the Wanderers in their Spheres shall no more be seen by thee; and the Stars in their places will lose their Light, and the Moon, NANNA, by whom thou also workest, shall become black and extinguished, “
It is here that the every action of the Initiate is in some way, shape, or form relative to the Necronomicon Tradition. This is being.