In the Simon Necronomicon, on page lv and lvi, we can find a bibliography & suggested reading list. I can’t stress enough how important these additional works are to the Priests and Magicians that work with the Book of the Black Earth. Therefore we should always try and aquire these great works, as they will increase our understanding of the ancient Necronomicon Tradition, as well as aid us in our Workings.
When I received my Second Word, while I was visiting the Astral Plane, I was promised by a beautiful Goddess, a storehouse full of knowledge. This great Goddess held true to her word in a slightly unexpected manner, as a series of unusual (but not illegal) events was put into motion that would ultimately increase my library. These events led me to obtain a substantial amount of money which allowed me to purchase a good number of books from the bibliography list in the Simon Necronomicon, as well as a number of books from the bibliography list in the Atlantean Necronomicon written by Warlock Asylum, and which is a must-have for practitioners of the Necronomicon Tradition. These works that I obtained in this manner could certainly be considered as the storehouse full of knowledge that I was promised by the Goddess, as they are the Books of the Sorcerers. With the help of some of these books I was able to make some minor discoveries about the material that we find in the Simon Necronomicon which might be interesting to the reader.
In the Gates of the Necronomicon written by Simon an attempt is made at deciphering the symbols that are found on the drawings of the Seven Gates. However, there is made no mention of the symbols that are found on the Four Gates from the World between the Spheres. Fortunately one of the books that I purchased sheds some light on one of the symbols that is found on the Seal of the West Gate. It is the pyramid symbol on the lower left corner of the Seal that is shown on the right. This symbol looks very much like the Sumerian symbol for Earth, or KI. I came to this conclusion after reading a Sumer Aryan Dictionary written by L. Austine Waddell. In this book, on page xliii, we find Plate V which shows us the same pyramid symbol, except without the loop on the right side. It is said to depict a mound of earth, and the symbol is called KI, GI, or QI which means Earth, land, or ground.
Another discovery I made in the Sumer Aryan Dictionary explains the meaning of a word that can be found in the Book of Calling, on page 98 of the Simon Necronomicon – the word ARATAGAR.
“AND ARATAGAR SHALL BE NO MORE, AND THE EARTH SHALL ABIDE NOT”
According to the Sumer Aryan Dictionary, on page 18, the meaning of ARATA-GAR is the Earth of the Four Quarters. ARATA being Earth, and GAR being Four. It could also mean the World or Region.
The next discovery was an interesting one, and was made with the help of the book Semitic Magic written by R. Campbell Thompson. This discovery was interesting to me on a personal level, as it validates the use of an incantation that I had constructed for a specific purpose – a protective incantation for creating the Holy Circle. This incantation was constructed by using parts of different incantations, but it is largely based on an incantation that comes from a cuneiform tablet which is called the Tablet of the Ban. The transliteration of this cuneiform tablet can be found in the book Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia written by R. Campbell Thompson, on page 118 to 125. However, this book contains only the text of the incantation, and no information as to how the ritual was performed, or as to what ritual items were to be used. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that the protective incantation I constructed largely corresponds with the original use of the incantation of the Tablet of the Ban.
I had constructed this particular incantation as an optional defensive measure, and it’s main goal is to imbue the Boundary of the Sacred Space with ancient words of defensive power. As we all know, the Magic Circle is created by using either water (the shining Waters of Ea), or by using flour (the Net of Nisaba, the Corn-God). It are exactly these two items that connect my protective incantation to the use of the Tablet of the Ban. The following is said about this tablet, on page 123 of the book Semitic Magic:
” ‘Ban! Ban! Barrier that none can pass!’ , being the description of the holy defence which the gods are able to provide for the faithful against the powers of darkness, ‘a snare without escape set for evil’. Water and flour appear to be used in the charm and the connection with the Holy Water or Host, used as a defence against vampires, is obvious.”
on the same page is also said the following which refers to the charm mentioned above, which is also about the Tablet of the Ban:
“It seems to have been the custom to fence the patient (or perhaps the magician) with a ring of flour or meal as a magic circle, just in the same way that the medieval sorcerers stood within a similar charmed ring when invoking spirits.”
This shows us that the creation of the Magic Circle was an important part of the ritual in which was used the incantation of the Tablet of the Ban. It also shows that the ancient Powers we call upon guide and influence the minds of those who work with the Necronomicon, as the protective incantation I constructed (long before I had read any of the information given above) greatly corresponds with the original use of the Tablet of the Ban on which my incantation is largely based.
It may not always be obvious, but often the DinGir reveal to us how certain incantations should be used, or how particular rituals should be performed. It may come as a gentle force that guides our mind, or as an epiphany that hits you as if struck by a hammer.