I am sure that many Initiates of the Necronomicon Tradition are very familar with the 7 gates of self-initiation. I remember shortly after I walked the 7 gates for the first time, I began to wonder if there was additional work that needed to be done. I am sure that every Gate-Walker is very familar with the Mad Arab’s words, as they appear in the Simon Necronomicon:
“And if I do not finish this task, take what is here and discover the rest, for time is short and mankind does not know nor understand the evil that awaits it,”
After my initiation into the Necronomicon Tradition I was somewhat disheartened at times due to the mistakes in perception that I would see others make. I decided to start the blog page as a resource since most of the information online concerning the Simon Necronomicon written by individuals who are not part of the tradition. it is almost like reviewing the Jewish religion and excluding all Jewish opinion, but on the other hand this was also the fault of some Simon Necronomicon Practitioners.
Any individual who is seeking to explore the spiritual aspects of this path would do well to become familiar with the book cited in the Simon Necronomicon’s bibliography first. I know this from personal experience. I have seen people post responses to some of the information that we have presented on this page , as if it is subject to debate. Some of the information I have seen readers disagree with is not my personal opinion, but actual fact. One example of this can be seen by a recent post entitled Origin of the Terms; Zi Kia Kanpa. In this article we listed historical proof from the Assyrian Tablets in Nineveh that the term zi ki-a was indeed a title and reference to Enki, but because some readers are so used to Enki being defined as a god of water, and etc, they thought that this information was up for debate, when it is a hisorical fact. Another case is that of Ziku. In the Simon Necronomicon’s Book of Calling, Ziku is mentioned as the “mother of Enki,” in scholar of Mesopotamian studies can verify this, but some who are lazy when it comes to researching such things thought that this attribute was in error, and because of such, some scholars have ridden off practitioners of the Necronomicon as not being a worthy resource in the area of Sumerian history.
Yet there are those of us who what taken on a different approach by thoroughly investigating some of the resources listed in the Simon Necronomiconand have become well-acquanted in the area of Sumerian reconstruction. These people are also well aware that the Testimony of the Mad Arab is actually a symbolic outline of the qliphotic rites and initiations that are clearly outlined by the Mad Arab. The Mad Arab lists three distinct initiations that exist within the Necronomicon Tradition:
“Know, then, that I have trod all the Zones of the Gods ( seven gates of initiation ), and also the places of the Azonei ( the zodaic ), and have descended unto the foul places of Death and Eternal Thirst, which may be reached through the Gate of GANZIR (Urilia Text workings ), which was built in UR, in the days before Babylon was.”
The above passage clearly illustrates three distinct initiations that exist within the Necronomicon Tradition: 1- the seven gates of self-initiation, 2- the azonei, or realm of fixed stars, 3- the Underworld, or Ganzir. It is interesting to note that much of what took place in the Mad Arab’s First Testimony was received in the realms of the Azonei:
“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, exactly as I received it, on the planes of the IGIGI, the cruel celestial spirits from beyond the Wanderers of the Wastes…”
The fact that there exists three distinct initiations in the Necronomicon Tradition is emphasized again in the Book of Entrance:
“When thou hast ascended to the limit of the Ladder of Lights ( 1- seven gates of initation ), thou wilt have knowledge and power over the Spheres, and wilt be able to summon them thereby in times of need. This will not give thee power over the ABSU, however, this power being obtained differently by the Ritual of Descent ( 2- Ganzir-The Underworld ). This Ritual thou wilt undertake in the fifteenth day after the thirteenth of the month when thou hast summoned the Gate of MARDUK to open. For MARDUK slew the Fiends, and INANNA, the Goddess of the Fifteen, conquered the Netherworld, where some of theirs still dwell. This is a most perilous Rite, and may be undertaken by any man who as the formulae, whether he has passes the previous Gates or not, save that it is best advised to have passed through MARDUK Gate before venturing forth into the Pit. For this reason, few have ever opened the Gate of ADAR, and spoken to the Horned One who resideth there and giveth all manner of wisdom regarding the operations of necromancy, and of the spells that hasten unto death. Only when thou hast shown thy power over the Maskim and the Rabishu, mayest thou venture forth to the Land of the IGIGI ( 3- the realm of fixed stars ), and for that reason was this Covenant made, that none shall safely Walk through the sunken valleys of the Dead before having ascended to MARDUK, nor shall they breach the Gates that lie beyond ADAR until they have seen the Signs of the Mad God and felt the fury of the hellish Queen.”
Here we see again three distinct imitation that occur and, in part, a formulae for such. After the Sphere of Marduk is reached, the Initiate can then go into Ganzir. Following this, the Initiate enter Adar, and afterwards the realm of fixed stars, also known as the Igigi. Jason Breshears, in his book entitled; The Lost Scriptures of Giza, makes a similar observation on pages 47-49:
“Sumerian writings tell of a mysterious mountain somewhere on earth that was called Mashu. This is intriguing since there are no mountains in Sumer ( southern Iraq ). Concerning Mashu these texts read, “On high, to the celestial band it is connected; Below, to the lower world it is bound.” This alludes that Mashu connected heaven and the underworld to earth. The celestial band refers to the band of 12 constellations called the Zodiac that were long ago believed to harbor great secrets in the images of animals and deities. Even individual stars within the constellations contributed to these mysteries by the meanings of their names but those not initiated into the stellar mysteries saw these star patterns as merely attached to legend and lore….The celestial band was also of prophetic significance, the constellations representing future things. Mashu was also bound to the lower world, or underworld….Perhaps it is this very mountain that is referred to in this Sumerian Temple Hymn: “Enduring place, light hued mountain which in artful fashion was founded. Its dark hidden chamber is an awe-inspiring place; in a field of supervision it lies. Awesome, its ways no one can fathom.” This is as adequate a description of the Great pyramid as any given today. Those Sumerian scribes that wrote this were descendants of those who had survived the cataclysm and were aware of its existence….This mountain of the Sumerians is no different in function than their Tree of Life.”
The Mad Arab gives us further detail about the realm of the Igigi and what is to be suspected:
“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. Only when ADAR has been obtained, may the Priest consider himself a master of the planes of the Spheres, and able to wrestle with the Old Gods.”
This passage cited above warns the Initiate against “ambitious striving against the Ancient Ones.” This indicates that the Initiate is cautioned not to approach the realms of the Igigi, as they may have approached the seven gates of initiation. The seven gates of initiation are listed in an order that runs counter to the Sun’s path through the zodiac. For example, we are first instructed to Walk Nanna, which represents the astrological sign of Cancer. This is followed by Nebo, which is symbolic of Gemini. Thus, the Initiate Walks in a pattern that is converse to our Sun.The reason for this is explained in our article The Ancient Art of Gate-Walking. It is with this in mind that we know understand that any “ambitious striving against the Ancient Ones” would then mean that the Initiate is to Walk through the twelve constellations of the zodiac in the same manner as the Sun.
The realms of the Igigi trains the Initiate in the areas of psychic phenomena. The seven gates of self-initiation deals primarily with day-to-day life. Ganzir, as cited above, instructs the initiate in the ways of necromancy and some of the black arts. It also appears to that while the Initiate is traveling through the realms of the Igigi, they will also encounter and receive sign from the ” Jinn ” in the daily lives. This can be ascertained due to the fact that the Mad Arab said he received this book in the realms of the Igigi, and in the words that follow:
“And against the Ancient Ones, there is only defence. Only a madman, indeed, such as I am called!, can hope to have power over Them that dwell in the Outer Spaces, for their power is unknown,”
Now that we are aware of another initiation that occurs when the Candidate Walks through each of the said Igigi, other passages in the Simon Necronomicon seem to have a deeper meaning. Let us look at how the term Igigi is used in reference to the seven gates:
“The God of Saturn is NINIB called ADAR, the Lord of Hunters and of Strength. He appears with a crown of horns and a long sword, wearing a lion’s skin. he is the final Zonei before the terrible IGIGI.” ( Of The Zonei and Their Attributes )
“Know that, when Walking thus through the Sea of Spheres, he should leave his Watcher behind that It may guard his body and his property, lest he be slain unawares and must wander throughout eternity among the dark spaces between Stars, or else be devoured by the wrathful IGIGI that dwell beyond.” ( The Book of Entrance )
“Only when thou hast shown thy power over the Maskim and the Rabishu, mayest thou venture forth to the Land of the IGIGI,” ( The Book of Entrance )
“Master of the IGIGI, swing open Thy Gate!” ( Incantation of the Nanna Gate )
“NINIB, Watcher of the Ways of the IGIGI, Remember!” ( Incantation of the Ninib Gate )
“And the Lord of the Watchers dwells, it is said, among the Wastes of the IGIGI, and only Watches and never raises the Sword or fights the idimmi, save when the Covenant is invoked by none less than the Elder Gods in their Council, like unto the Seven Glorious APHKHALLU.” ( Conjuration of the Watcher )
“These incantations are said by the hidden priests and creatures of these powers, defeated by the Elders and the Seven Powers, led by MARDUK, supported by ENKI and the whole Host of IGIGI;” ( The Urilia Text )
Now that we are clear that indeed the Azonei, or the 12 constellations of the zodiac are to be Walked separately as gates, it would to be good to list these as they appear in Supplementary Material to 777:
1- Aries = Agru ( Xubur ) 2-Taurus = Kakkab U Alap Shame ( Kingu ) 3- Gemini = Re’ u Kinu Shame U Tu’Ame Rabuti 4-Cancer = Shittu = ( Snake ) 5- Leo = Kalbu Rabu ( Lakhamu ) 6- Virgo = Shiru ( Whirlwind ) 7- Libra = Zibanitum ( Ravening Dog ) 8- Scorpio = Akrabu (Scorpion-Man ) 9-Sagittarius = Pa-Bil-Sag ( Hurricane ) 10- Capricorn = Suxur Mash ( Fish- Man ) 11-Aquarius = Gula ( Horned beast ) 12- Pisces = Dil Gan U Rikis Nuni ( weapon )
When the initiate passes Adar they are to then create a seal for each constellation listed above and must then proceed to Walk each one starting from ” Agru. ” This process will give the initiate insight and heavenly wisdom. We will discuss these 12 mysterious gates in a future writing.
“HUBUR arose, She who fashioneth all things,
And possessor of Magick like unto Our Master.
She added matchless weapons to the arsenals of the Ancient Ones,
She bore Monster-Serpents
Sharp of tooth, long of fang,
She filled their bodies with venom for blood
Roaring dragons she has clothed with Terror
Has crowned them with Halos, making them as Gods,
So that he who beholds them shall perish
And, that, with their bodies reared up
None might turn them back.
She summoned the Viper, the Dragon, and the Winged Bull,
The Great Lion, the Mad-God, and the Scorpion-Man.
Mighty rabid Demons, Feathered-Serpents, the Horse-Man,
Bearing weapons that spare no
Fearless in Battle,
Charmed with the spells of ancient sorcery,
. . . withal Eleven of this kind she brought forth
With KINGU as Leader of the Minions.”
“”For what is new
Came from that which is old
And what is old
Shall replace that which is new
And once again the Ancient Ones
Shall rule upon the face of the Earth!
And this is too the Covenant!”
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