The Mysteries of the Necronomicon Tradition are found in the knowledge acquired in the Gate-Walking Ritual of Initiation. While many adherents of the Tradition understand the basics of the “gates,” it is only by empowering there energy do we begin to understand the deeper mysteries of the Necronomicon energies, also known as Asaru Let us begin, however, by revealing by reviewing what a gate is
Although many scholars will accurately define a gate as a constellation of the zodiac, in the cosmology of the Necronomicon we find something quite different. When we look at the chart below we can see that the seven initiatory gates of the Simon Necronomicon actually consist of two constellations with the exception of those zodiac signs ruled by Cancer and Leo.
Nanna = Cancer
Nebo = Gemini (during the waxing moon) + Virgo (during the waning moon)
Ishtar = Taurus (during the waxing moon) + Libra (during the waning moon)
Shammash = Leo
Nergal = Aries (during the waxing moon) + Scorpio (during the waning moon)
Marduk = Pisces (during the waxing moon) + Sagittarius (during the waning moon)
Ninib = Capricorn (during the waxing moon) + Aquarius (during the waning moon)
The above chart is the key to understanding a lot of Necro-Sumero mythologies and we are then able to gain a greater understanding of the creation epics. For example, we can see that the planetary spheres were developed by the mixing of energies of two constellations:
“When on High the Heavens had not been named,..The Earth had not been named,..And Naught existed but the Seas of ABSU,..The Ancient One,..And MUMMU TIAMAT, the Ancient One..Who bore them all,..Their Waters as One Water.”
The above passage tells us that the waters of Absu and Tiamat were as “One Water.” This means that the band of the zodiac, being 360 degrees was divided up into two sections in the same manner that Anu, Enlil, and Enki, were also ascribed certain constellations. E.A Wallis Budge in the book Babylonian Life and History makes the following observation of page 81:
“These, together with Kingu and Tiamat, probably represent the primitive Twelve Signs of the Zodiac, which were powers of evil.”
Budge’s comments seem appropriate for our discussion. However, I must state that Tiamat also represents the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (Apsu), when observing the Babylonian epic on a grander scale. From the eyes of the ancient Chaldeans before the polar shift, the constellations that the Sun passed through during the spring and summer season represented Absu, and the fall and winter seasons represented Tiamat. We can make this comparison due to the process of Gate-Walking. For further insight on this let us take a look at the Gate-Walking Process itself. Taken from a previous article entitled The Ancient Art of Gate-Walking we find the following:
Albert Pike explains in Morals & Dogma:
“The Galaxy, Macrobius says, crosses the Zodiac in two opposite points, Cancer and Capricorn, the tropical points in the sun’s course, ordinarily called the Gates of the Sun. These two tropics, before his time [Aries], corresponded with those constellations, but in his day [Pisces] with Gemini and Sagittarius, in consequence of the precession of the equinoxes; but the signs of the Zodiac remained unchanged; and the Milky Way crossed at the signs Cancer and Capricorn, though not at those constellations.
“Through these gates souls were supposed to descend to earth and re-ascend to Heaven. One, Macrobius says, in his dream of Scipio, was styled the Gate of Men; and the other, the Gate of the Gods. Cancer was the former, because souls descended by it to the earth; and Capricorn the latter, because by it they re-ascended to their seats of immortality, and became Gods.” (155:437-8)
We can check our calculations of Apsu representing the spring and summer constellations based on a passage in the Simon Necronomicon’s Book of Entrance:
“And the Number of ENKI is Forty a most excellent Number, and he is our Father, of all who would tread these forgotten paths, and wander into Lands unknown, among the Wastes, amid frightful monsters of the Azonei.”
When Enki slew Apsu he claimed the constellation assigned to Absu for himself. When the Gate-Walker goes through Initiation, he or she, is journeying through the Spheres in a retrograde motion:
Nanna (Cancer), Nebo (Gemini), Ishtar (Taurus), Shmmash (Leo), Nergal (Aries), Marduk (Pisces), and Ninib (Aquarius). These constellations were ruled by Apsu in the last age, but in going through these constellations in a retrograde motion, we, like Enki, are said to “slay Apsu.”
“..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.”
The other gates or constellation that seem to represent the fall and winter season were then attributed to Tiamat. This is why the Mad Arab stated the following:
“He becomes able to control the affairs of his life more perfectly than before, and many have been content to merely pass the first three Gates and then sit down and go no further than that, enjoying the benefits that they have found on the preliminary spheres. But this is Evil, for they are not equipped to deal with the attack from Without that must surely come, and their people will cry unto them for safety, and it will not come forth.”
The later part of the passage reveals to us a step into the wintry months, “and their people will cry unto them for safety, and it will not come forth.” This is similar to what we find at the end of the Magan Text:
“When the Lover of ISHTAR..Beloved of the Queen of Heaven..Goes down before me..Goes through the Gate of GANZIR,,To the House of Death..When with him the wailing people come..The weeping woman and the wailing man..When DUMUZI is slain and buried…”
Scholar Gavin White reveals this in his classic work concerning Babylonian astrology entitled Babylonian Star-Lore:
“Even though Dumuzi represents the spirit of life, it is his fate to die. As summer grips the land, the rains cease, vegetation dies back and the abundance of springtime wanes. Dumuzi has foreboding dreams of his impending death and asks all nature to mourn for him. Although he tries to escape his fate, calling upon the sun god to save him, such efforts are ultimately futile, as he is ‘doomed to death’. At the height of summer the demons of the underworld search him out, bind him and carry him off to the land of the dead. Some variants of the myth describe how he escaped the demons by diving into a river, but even this ruse failed as the river carried him down to the underworld. But the spirit of life is irrepressible and will ultimately triumph over death. Like the sun god, his patron and protector, Dumuzi returns to the land of the living with the turning of the year. In the form of Damu, ‘the Child’, he escapes from the underworld and the whole cycle starts all over again.”
Power over the Apsu, as described by the Mad Arab’s words cited previously, was a reference to the fall and winter seasons associated with Tiamat.
“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; defeaters of the Old Serpent, the Ancient Worm, TIAMAT, the ABYSS, also called KUTULU the Corpse-God.”
What is amazing with our comparison is that we can use the chart cited earlier to unlock many of the Necronomicon Mysteries. For example, Nebo is assigned the zodiac constellations of Gemini (waxing moon) and Virgo (during the waning moon). What is interesting about this is that Nebo is a Babylonian correspondence for Mercury. Nebo rules the lifespan of the Initiate. However, Enki was the Sumerian correspondence for Mercury and in both cases this energy is invoked to enter either the celestial spheres or the Underworld:
“NINNGHIZHIDDA, Spirit of the Deep, Watcher of the Gate, Remember!..In the Name of our Father, ENKI, before the Flight, Lord and Master of..Magicians, Open the Gate that I may enter!”
Since Gemini is the last sign before summer begins, it is said to rule life. Since Virgo is the last sign before autumn begins it also open the gate to the land of the dead. As discussed prior, we are also able to determine that the account of Ishtar stealing the mes from Enki is a metaphor for the Gate-Walking Initiation itself. The act of journeying retrograde through the seven spheres that Enki built his house over. Later Ishtar descends into the Underworld in order to gain power over the land of the dead. Her lover, Dumuzi, the spirit of life, naturally goes through this process every year as the Sun journeys through the 12 sign of the zodiac.
Since each Sphere is attributed to two zodiac constellations, with the exception of Nanna and Shammash, these also have shadow sides, meaning that each constellation has a dark side making 12 constellations into 24 constellations, one positive and the other negative. This is why during the Gate-Walking Process we invoke the four directions. The north and east directions were considered to be positive by the ancient Chaldeans. The south and west were considered shadow sides of the gate. Based on this information, when the Initiate passes through the seven gates, they have been exposed to all sides of the Sphere, as witnessed by the lunar cycle.
Asaru Healing Method
Similar to Reiki, the Initiate of the Necronomicon Mysteries cis also able to send energy at great distances, when he or she is aware of the formulae. They are even able to Initiate others into the system from a distance. Although I will not disclose it all here but I will illustrate the mystical Conjuration of the Fire God.
It begins with the Initiates breathing. In order to raise up the Fire God our breathing must change is a pattern similar to how fire dances. We can train ourselves in this form of breathing by Calling the Fire God and lighting our sternos and breath with the pulse of the Fire. You will notice that the breath moves up and down as the flame. Try to become aligned with this movement. Once we have effectively learned this, we are then ready to call the Watcher.