In one of my previous articles (Exorcisms of the Necronomicon Part 5) I have already given the translation of the Preliminary Invocation of the Watcher, but it may have been missed by the casual reader. Therefore we will discuss this particular Invocation again, as the Calling of the Watcher is one of the most important aspects of our Workings.
The summoning of the Watcher is not a complicated Ritual, but the instructions given in the Simon Necronomicon may be a bit confusing to the beginner. When I started summoning my Watcher I followed the instructions to the letter, but I soon learned a way of summoning my Watcher that is somewhat different from the one in the Necronomicon, but it works equally well.
Let us take a look at the instructions given in the Necronomicon, and how these instructions should be performed properly.
On page 69 of the Simon Necronomicon we are instructed to keep at hand the Sword of the Watcher, with his Sigil engraved thereupon. This would suggest that the Sword has only engraved on it the Sigil of the Watcher, or BANDAR. However, on page 12 of the Simon Necronomicon we can read the following:
“The BANDAR, however, must never be used alone, but with one or both of the others, for the Watcher must needs be reminded of the Covenant it has sworn with the Elder Gods and our Race, else it will turn upon thee and slay thee and ravage thy town until succour is to be had from the Elder Gods by the tears of thy people and the wailing of thy women.”
This makes it very clear that the Sword of the Watcher should not only be engraved with the BANDAR, but it should also be engraved with both the ARRA and the AGGA signs. Page 69 of the Simon Necronomicon instructs us also about what sacrifices must be made.
“The sacrifice must be new bread, pine resin, and the grass Olieribos.”
The bread is very important as this provides sustenance for the Watcher. Hence the term: “Feeding the Watcher.” The bread is the only one of the sacrifices that should be made regularly. Personally I do this every three days. The more you feed your Watcher, the stronger it becomes and the better a bond is established between this great Spirit and the Magician.
Pine resin is not a necessary sacrifice, as I have summoned my Watcher many times without it. Although, I must admit that I do use it, I have never had any negative experiences by not using it. If you lack this particular ingredient, but still want to use it, you can just burn incense of this type.
The grass Olieribos proved to be a real mystery when I started to use the Necronomicon. At that time I had also bought a copy of the Gates of the Necronomicon, and it contained my first clue about what the grass Olieribos actually is. In this book, on page 175, we can read the following:
“New bread, pine resin, and the grass Olieribos (nettle) must be burned in a new bowl that has the three signs – the ARRA, AGGA, and BANDAR – inscribed thereupon.”
Now we have learned that the grass Olieribos is Nettle. But what kind of Nettle? As there are many different kinds of Nettle. Well, after a long and fruitless search I was unable to verify what kind of Nettle has to be used. Luckily, I came upon this website during my search. It is here that I met like-minded people who were more advanced in this ancient Tradition, and were able to give me the knowledge that I lacked. And so I learned that the correct Nettle is the common Stinging Nettle. Easy to obtain, as this grows almost everywhere. When burning Nettle in a closed space, one should heed the following warning, given in the Gates of the Necronomicon, on page 175.
“Nettle is a noxious plant, and its fumes may cause irritation if inhaled.”
These three items must be sacrificed at least once a Moon. Only bread will suffice between the space when these three items have been sacrificed, and the next, as bread is the one item that provides the Watcher his sustenance.
“ISS MASS SSARATI SHA MUSHI LIPSHURU RUXISHA LIMNUTI! IZIZANIMMA ILANI RABUTI SHIMA YA DABABI! DINI DINA ALAKTI LIMDA! ALSI KU NUSHI ILANI MUSHITI! IA MASS SSARATI ISS MASS SSARATI BA IDS MASS SSARATU!”
The translation of the greater part of this Invocation can be found on page 89 and 90 of the Simon Necronomicon, and page xlvi of the introductory material. A translation of the last line of this Invocation was provided by an individual that goes by the name of Azath Kaido. This translation may be fairly accurate, as we can read the following on page 70 of the Simon Necronomicon:
“They are sometimes called the Three Watchers, MASS SSARATI and the Watcher MASS SSARATU, or KIA MASS SSARATU.”
After applying the translation to the Invocation it would read something like this:
“May the Three Watchers of the Night dissolve the Evil Sorceries! Arise! Great Gods! Hear my wailing! Obtain Justice! Take notice of my Ways! I invoke you, Gods of the Night! Hail, the Great Watchers! The Great Watchers and the One Watcher!“
We are very interested in the experiences of other Magicians, so please, feel free to share your findings and experiences with us.