The Mad Arab mentions the following in his First Testimony:
“Remember, always, in every empty moment, to call upon the Gods not to forget thee, for they are forgetful and very far away. Light thy fires high in the hills, and on the tops of temples and pyramids, that they may see and remember.”
The passage cited above, as it appears in the First Testimony of the Mad Arab, illustrates that “calling upon the gods” is a practice that does NOT rely upon ritual, but can be done in every empty moment. When we envision a fire or recognize the light sits atop of your head. Your thoughts align you with the future and due to such, it becomes necessary to exist within being, instead of giving sway to every thought that comes to mind
“for they are forgetful and very far away”
We now that the “gods” aren’t forgetful despite what is mentioned in the above-cited text, based on another passage appearing in the Simon Necronomicon:
“Therefore, set thy face towards the ultimate goal and strive ever onward to the furthest reaches of the stars, though it may mean thine own death; for such a death is as a sacrifice to the Gods, and pleasing, that they will not forget their people.”
Here we see that the gods are not forgetful of their people. Therefore, the Mad Arab description of the gods being forgetful is a metaphor dealing primarily with our inner self and the cultivation of our inner being. Living in the mundane world definitely presents us with challenges that can affect our fervor for the ancient rites. It is for this reason that we are advised to focus on the higher aspects of our inner-self in the words that follow:
“Light thy fires high in the hills, and on the tops of temples and pyramids, that they may see and remember.”
This partially alludes to creative visualization in prayer or meditation. We can affirm this since the Mad Arab was able to experience a profound vision that led to his knowledge and initiation.
“Thinking no more of the carvings, save that they might be the work of a king to mark some ancient victory over an enemy, I built a fire at its foot to protect me from the wolves that wander in those regions and went to sleep, ”
Based on the above passage it would seem that the Mad Arab had stumbled upon the rites that are the essential elements of the Necronomicon Tradition, but part of this passage indicates something else:
“..save that they might be the work of a king to mark some ancient victory over an enemy,..”
This observation made by the Mad Arab clearly indicates that his stumbling upon the rock with the carvings was not just an assumption, but describes a process of understanding that the Three Seals of Masshu were within his being. It was the first step he had undertaken in discovering self. On several occasions, we have discussed the meaning of these Three Seals of Masshu, but the information that we are about to present is another meaning that these symbols represent.
One of the first steps that an initiate of the Necronomicon Tradition should take is learning how to draw the symbols along with remembering the Mad Arab’s description of them. The Three Seals of Masshu are in themselves a mantra that can be used to protect one from harm, purify one’s ritual space, or chanted to push negative thoughts out of the mind. It is not so much that the “gods are far away,” but that the thoughts of man and human society are far from them. In the Ivory Tablets of the Crow maintaining godly thoughts is referred to as “purity of the dream.” Another interesting thought concerning this mental technology presents itself in the Simon Necronomicon’s Introduction under the subheading:
“Therefore, the Goddess of the Witches has two distinct forms: the Ancient One, Goddess of the Dragon-like telluric Power which is raised in Magickal rituals, and the Elder Goddess, Defeater of Death, who brings the promise of Resurrection and Rejuvenation to her followers those who must reside for a time after death and between incarnations in what is called the “Summerland”.”
Those who fulfill their obligations with honor and virtue will be called into the spirit their spirit is torn from the body and will be called into the abode of Din.Gir Ishtar to rule the world in the Necronomicon rapture.