The Simon Necronomicon is a wonderful text that has many mysteries that can only be discovered by communion with the various energies in the tome. We find the book is divided up into twelve sections. These twelve sections correspond to the twelve astrological houses. The Mad Arab confirms this for us himself:
“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.”
In the passage cited above, the Mad Arab clearly indicates that he received this book on the planes of the IGIGI. Earlier in the tome’s Introduction, underneath the section entitled SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL TO 777, we can clearly see that the IGIGI is relative to the zodiac:
|3||Sphere of the Zodiac or Fixed Stars||ENKI; LUMASHI (IGIGI)|
This indicates that the Mad Arab received a portion of the tome within each zodiac constellation. This would mean that the Necronomicon begins at the head (Aries) and ends at the feet (Pisces). One of the interesting things that I have discovered is that The First Testimony of the Mad Arab, appearing in the beginning of the tome, is an account of initiation. The Second Testimony of the Mad Arab concerns itself primarily with the Initiate who has become an Ancient One.
“Watch well, however, all that they do and all that they say, and write it down in a book that no one will see, as I have done,”
One of the final sections of the tome, which is marked as the turning point, where the Initiate begins to understand his/her path as an Ancient One, is the Magan Text. Today we will focus of the 3rd section of the Magan Text, entitled Of the Forgotten Generations of Man.
“And was not Man created from the blood of KINGU..Commander of the hordes of the Ancient Ones?”
The “blood of Kingu” is the spirit of life that emanates from the primordial source, or the stars. In ancient Mesopotamian astrology Kingu is relative to the constellation known as the Hired Man or Aries, where the spirit of life manifested in the rise of the spring season. Gavin White makes the following observation in his classic work Babylonian Star-lore:
“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 (see the Swine)….Other astrology texts attribute the Hired Man to a primeval god called Kingu. Like Dumuzi, he can be understood as another dying god, whose death ultimately brings life. Kingu appears in the Epic of Creation, where he is the battle-leader of the monstrous hosts that fought against the gods. After the gods attained victory, they executed Kingu, and created mankind from his collected blood.”
Here we see that the “blood of Kingu” corresponds to the spirit of life. What is interesting about all of this is that Kingu was also known in ancient times as The Hired Man, a constellation that we associate with Aries today. This may give us some deeper meanings as to what the spirit of life really is.
Aries is known in Western astrology as a fire sign. This may give us a clue as to what the spirit of life symbolizes. Francois Lenormant makes an interesting observation, concerning Gibil, in his classic work, Chaldean Magic, where he states:
“He was worshipped principally in the flame of sacrifice, and therefore he was called “the supreme pontiff upon the face of the earth.” But this god was also recognized in the flame which burnt on the domestic hearth, and protected the house against evil influences and demons,…This god, who resided in the flame of sacrifice and in that of the hearth, was also the cosmic fire, distributed throughout nature, which was necessary to her existence, and which shone in the stars. Regarded in this light, he was adored as the son of Ana,..”
We can see in the comments cited above that the fire god, also known as Gibil, was the cosmic fire distributed throughout all of nature and “necessary to her existence.” It is this cosmic fire (Gibil) that is known in other Mesopotamian mythologies as the spirit of life. The reader should note that while there was a specific star known as Gibil, the fire god was also noted to be the spark of life that flourished throughout all of creation. It is here that we can see that the term “Man” as it appears in this section of the Magan text, refer not to any mortal man, but to the Man of Fire, those children of the Jinn. I am sure that many of us have heard the expression ‘one small step for Man, one giant step for mankind.’ There is a difference. In the Conjuration of the Fire God we read:
“Rise up, Offspring of the Golden Weapon of MARDUK!”
When the Initiate invokes this incantation, he/she is nurturing the potential seed, or their potential to become Jinn, whereby the immortal seed grows stronger and stronger. This process is described in earlier sections of the Magan Text as the Initiate becomes filled with this cosmic force more and more each day. Notice what is written in earlier parts of the Magan Text:
“He armed himself with the Disc of Power..In chariots of Fire he went forth..With a shouting Voice he called the Spell..With a Blazing Flame he filled his Body..Dragons, Vipers, all fell down..Lions, Horse-Men, all were slain…The Mighty creatures of HUBUR were slain..The Spells, the Charms, the Sorcery were broken.”
Notice the text mentions how Marduk filled his body with flame. Now let us take a look at the Conjuration of the Fire God again:
“It is not I, but MARDUK, Slayer of the Serpent, who calls Thee here now!”
From the passages that we have cited above, we can see that what is written in the Magan Text is symbolic of an internal process of transformation that takes place during our initiation. This is evidence by the fact that the literal interpretation of Kingu means “unskilled laborer. “ In Report of the 1965-1966 Seminar on Religions in Antiquity we find the following:
“The name Kingu comes from the Sumerian word meaning work and toil and means, thus, “unskilled labor,” labor without the organizing ability of the manager. And Kingu’s behavior in battle was clearly that of a man without organizing …”
The above passage also indicates that the term Kingu, meaning unskilled laborer, was a reference to the uninitiated in the mysteries of ancient Sumeria at that time, similar to the Fool’s Card in the Tarot deck. However, the Initiates of the Greater Mysteries understood the meaning of Kingu as the spirit of life as we shall shortly see. Now let us move on to the next passage in the Magan Text:
“Does not man possess in his spirit..The seed of rebellion against the Elder Gods?..And the blood of Man is the Blood of Vengeance..And the blood of Man is the Spirit of Vengeance..”
For some of our readers the above passage may seem contradictory to the information that we have discussed so far, but if we were to take a closer look, a view from the Initiate’s perspective, we can definitely see how all of this falls in line. Now that we know that this “blood of Kingu” is the spirit of life, or celestial fire, let us place this in the appropriate spaces.
“And the spirit of life (blood) of Man is the Blood of Vengeance…And the spirit of life is the Spirit of Vengence..”
Earlier in the passage that we cited above we find:
“Does not man possess in his spirit..The seed of rebellion against the Elder Gods?..”
Those versed in ancient Mesopotamian mythology are well aware that the Elder Gods correspond to anything from animals and plants to stars, constellations, and etc, but they are mostly known as the seven philosophical planets, and their corresponding constellations. Earlier in the Magan Text we read:
“From the Blood of KINGU he fashioned Man…He constructed Watchtowers for the Elder Gods…Fixing their astral bodies as constellations..”
From the above passage we can see that the Elder Gods are the said constellations that appear earlier in the tome, which is part of the student’s initiatory work. Now the question arises as to why would the spirit of life formulate a sense of rebellion against these constellations?
In the year 1661 Thomas Stanley translated the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster with an esoteric commentary on the meaning of some of the passages, which also appear in the Simon Necronomicon. Let us take a look at one passage with its esoteric explanation:
“Stoop not down, for a præcipice lies below on the Earth,
Drawing through the Ladder which hath seven steps; beneath which
Is the Throne of Necessity.”
He calls the Descention into wickednesse, and misery, a Precipice; the Terrestrial and Mortasl Body, the Earth: for by the Earth he understands mortal Nature, as by the fire frequently the Divine; by the place with seven Wayes, he means Fate dependant on the Planets, beneath which there is seated a certain dire and unalterable Necessity: The Oracle therefore adviseth, that thou stoop not down towards the mortal Body, which being Subject only to the Fate, which proceeds from the Planets, may be reckon’d amongst those things which are at our Arbitrement: for thou wilt be unhappy if thou stoop down wholly to the Body, and unfortunate and continually failing of thy Desires, in regard of the Necessity which is annex’d to the Body. “
The above observation presents the truth that mortal body is under the government of the planets which decree fates that will eventually lead to our fatality. Therefore, the “seed of rebellion against the Elder Gods,” is a metaphor concerning the transformation from mortality into immortality, and being able to overcome the fate of death that is decreed by the planets for every physical body. However, it should be noted that this “rebellious attitude” is not literal but a metaphor. Notice what is written in passage that follows:
“And the Power of Man is the Power of the Ancient Ones…And this is the Covenant..For, lo! The Elder Gods possess the Sign..By which the Powers of the Ancient Ones are turned back..”
If were to read the above passage in view of our discussion thus far, we come to understand that the Man of Fire is the Ancient One. However the Elder Gods are the ones who decide, which individuals out of those initiated can enter the realm of the Ancient Ones. In the Book of Calling we discover that the sign that the Elder Gods possess is the AGGA Sign. A comparison between two verses reinforces this for us:
Which thou shalt wear at all times, as the Sign of the Covenant between thee and the Elder Gods. And the Sign of the Elder Ones is this:
Which thou shalt wear at all times, as the sign of the Power of the Magick of ENKI. And I have told thee all this before, but I tell thee again, for the Priest, being furnished with every kind of Armour, and armed, he is similar to the Goddess.
Earlier in our discussion cited the SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL TO 777, which indicates that Enki is the realm of the zodiac, or the Igigi, a personification of these forces collectively. Enki is the one who decides if the Initiate can be transformed into an Ancient One. See, some students of the Necronomicon Tradition have made the erroneous assumption, as well as, newcomers that they can simply become an adept by performing various rituals, but what they fail to realize is that in order for an individual to be able to effectively work with the Urilia Text, they must be invited and have the approval of the Igigi. It is not something you can simply obtain by performing a rite, and the understanding of this rite is reserved for those who are approved to enter it. All this literal interpretation of the Ancient Ones versus the Elder Gods and all this nonsense, when taken literally, only shows the level that the Initiate is operating on, all things come in time. Based on the information that we have read in the Chaldean Oracles, the Initiate is the Ancient One working to overcome the fate of mortality that the planets dictate so freely.
“But Man possesses the Sign..And the Number..And the Shape..To summon the Blood of his Parents.
And this is the Covenant…Created by the Elder Gods..From the Blood of the Ancient Ones..”
In the beginning of this immortal work the Initiate is under the assumption that the “Sign, Number, and Shape” are references to the seals and sigils that appear in the tome, but as the Initiate’s understanding grows he/she begins to realize that this is a reference to the transformation that takes place in the DNA. This is why an Initiate cannot forcefully work with the rights in the Urilia Text without the approval of the DinGir themselves, nor can they understand it until this transformation occurs. This is why it states that the Covenant was created from the “blood” of the Ancient Ones, or the spirit of life of the Ancient Ones. The student opens up in his/her astral body the relative points that trap the light from the seven philosophical planets, making the Initiate a mini-solar system within themselves. They can feel the movements of the universe inside of themselves, and this is an aspect of awareness.
“Man is the Key by which The Gate of IAK SAKKAK may be flung wide..By which the Ancient Ones..Seek their Vengeance..Upon the face of the Earth..”
The Man of Fire once fully developed can travel beyond the solar system and even into Universe B., also known as IAK SAKKAK. The Initiate working out the rites of the Ancient Ones, as seen in the Urilia Text is able to live as an immortal on Earth, or as the passage says; “By which the Ancient Ones..Seek their Vengeance Upon the face of the Earth..”
“ Against the Offspring of MARDUK.”
According to Babylonian mythology, Marduk had a son named Nebo, also known as Nabu. Nebo is the Babylonian God of science and writing. He is most noted as being the patron of scribes. Wikipedia makes the following observation:
“His power over human existence is immense, because Nabu engraves the destiny of each person, as the gods have decided, on the tablets of sacred record. Thus, He has the power to increase or diminish, at will, the length of human life.”
Here we find that Nebo was also a god that govern, or determined, how long a person would live as he received instruction to determine this fate from the council of the gods. It is here that we understand the metaphoric language written in the Magan Text. The “vengeance against the Offspring of Marduk” is symbolic of those who are granted immortality and no longer are they subjects of a mortal fate decided by Nebo. Once a number of these immortals have been collected from among the masses of human society, they will assemble with the Eternal Mother and be placed in positions of Kingship. So it is we find the concluding verse reads:
“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!”