Historical Evidence of The Simon Necronomicon’s Connection To The Works of H. P. Lovecraft Part 1 The Mysteries of Azatoth
I would like to welcome you to the Gate-Walker’s Info Page. I thought today would be a good time to clarify a few things concerning the meaning of the term Necronomicon Tradition, since the members of Venger Satanis’ group question the Simon Necronomicon’s connection to Lovecraftian Spirituality. I do encourage our readers to purchase a copy of the Atlantean Necronomicon, which deals in this subject at further length.
The Necronomicon Tradition is one of the few surviving Qliphotic Rites that exists today. The other surviving traditions are the African Traditional Systems, like Ifa, also included in this list is Shinto and Taoism. It is important that every Gate-Walker understands this. I have heard Gate-Walkers mention that working with certain parts of the text would lead one to the Qliphoth and what they fail to realize is that the whole system is Qliphotic. I discuss this at length in a few articles concerning the Tree of Transformation. You can read these articles by clicking on the links below:
Simon states in his Introduction of the Necronomicon that the energies of the tome are Qliphotic. Notice what he writes under the subheading entitled Bamishings:
“The method of the NECRONOMICON concerns deep, primeval forces that seem to pre-exist the normal archetypal images of the tarot trumps and the Golden Dawn telesmatic figures. These are forces that developed outside the Judeo-Christian mainstream, and were worshipped and summoned long before the creation of the Qabala as we know it today. Hence, the ineffectiveness of the Golden Dawn banishing procedures against them. They are not necessarily demonic or qliphotic in the sense that these terms are commonly understood in the West, they just simply represent power sources largely untapped and thus far ignored by twentieth-century, mainstream consciousness.”
Simon’s statement, quoted above, helps us to realize two things concerning the Necronomicon. The first is that it is a qliphotic path. The second thing that we come to appreciate is that the term “qliphotic” is not a “negative” term, but one denoting ancient primordial forces. We have discussed this point at length in the two articles cited earlier in this discussion.
Since the Necronomicon Tradition is a Qliphotic Tradition, we can also appreciate that its workings, correspondences, and mystical practices, may have some similarities to some non-qliphotic traditions, but the Simon Necronomicon Initiate would walk in grave error if he/she were to use non-qliphotic correspondences to access qliphotic energies. This may be a reason why some Gate-Walkers are still trying understand the system.
One example of this can be seen from the definition of the term AGGA. We have discussed various angle and meanings of the AGGA Sign in the following articles:
It will be good for the reader to review the links listed above in their own spare time. However, it is also interesting to note that L. A. Waddell, who is mentioned in the Simon Necronomicon Introduction, lists the following definition for the term AGGA in the Sumer Aryan Dictionary, page 7:
AGGA: Spirits (? Fiery ) of the Deep. Evil spirits. Pictured by the Flame sign as foregoing. (Akkadian) Anun-aki, water- spirits, evil spirits. (Egyptian) Akhu, Iaku, Yaku, spirits of Light. (Sanscrit) shining genii of earth, trees, and water (Greek) a judge of Hades. (Latin) A judge of Hades
Based on Waddell’s definition, we can see that the Egyptian and Sanskrit (Hindu) are much older traditions than the Sumerian, or Akkadian, and were probably revered in these countries prior to the settling of Sumeria. We can understand this since the Sumerians and their successors, the Akkadians defined the AGGA as Spirits of fire and water. While in India and Egypt these same energies are defined as beings of light, of genii. What is also interesting about this definition, is that we see a connection with other Qliphotic Traditions like Shinto. In Shinto cosmology the Kami are revered. The term Kami is derived from two words, KA and MI, which translated as fire and water. The alchemy of fire and water is discussed in Taoist sorcery as well, much is written about the alchemy of fire and water in the I-Ching.
It seems that the Sumerians must have migrated from the East, or may have traveled from Africa in a circular motion, establishing priesthoods in the various countries where they settled. It is probable that these forerunners of the Ancient Chaldeans, were similar in their influence over politics, religion, and science, in a way that is similar to Freemasons. Evidence of this can be found in the Simon Necronomicon, a grimoire with Ancient Mesopotamian aesthetics. Notice what the Mad Arab writes in the tome concerning the Watcher:
“Wherefore it is wise to conjure It in the Names of the Three Great Watchers Who existed before the Confrontation from whose borne the Watcher and His Race ultimately derive, and those Three are ANU, ENLIL, and Master ENKI of the Magick Waters. And for this reason They are sometimes called the Three Watchers, MASS SSARATI and the Watcher MASS SSARATU, or KIA MASS SSARATU…… And this special Conjuration may be made at any time the Priest feels he is in danger, whether his life or his spirit, and the Three Watchers and the One Watcher will rush to his aid.”
Although what is written in the passage above concerns itself with Mesopotamian magick, we can draw a visual parallel to the Giza Necropolis, better known as the Sphinx and the Three Pyramids of Giza:
It seems that what is described in the Simon Necronomicon is almost identical to what appears in the Giza Necropolis: Notice the description that the Mad Arab writes concerning the Watcher:
“And the Watcher appears sometimes as a great and fierce Dog, who prowls about the Gate or the Circle, frightening away the idimmu who forever lurk about the barriers, waiting for sacrifice. (This would seem to correlate to the Sphinx) And the Watcher aloft the Sword of Flames, and even the Elder Gods are awed thereby. (Pyramid of Menkaure) And sometimes the Watcher appears as a Man in A long Robe, shaven, with eyes that never lose their stare. (Pyramid of Khafre ) And the Lord of the Watchers dwells, it is said, among the Wastes of the IGIGI, and only Watches and never raises the Sword or fights the idimmi, save when the Covenant is invoked by none less than the Elder Gods in their Council, (Great Pyramid of Giza) like unto the Seven Glorious APHKHALLU.”
It would seem that since the Chaldeans and Ancient Sumerians did worship the trinity of Anu, Enlil, and Enki, that this practice must have been put in place by a secret society that migrated into Sumeria from Egypt. Additionally, it is debated amongst scholars today, whether or not the Sphinx was originally a lion-faced structure that may have been changed by a certain pharaoh out of pride. Here is one link on the subject:
If this is the case, we have discovered a major part of the Mesopotamian cosmology existing in the Giza Necropolis. The Sphinx, or lion-headed deity, would be a reference to Nergal. The INCANTATION OF THE NERGAL GATE, makes the following statement:
“Gate of the Lord of the ARRA and the AGGA, Open!”
This clearly identifies Nergal as the Watcher, since it is the only sign not mentioned in the incantation. What is interesting about this too is that the Sumerians thought of the Underworld as deep space, the stellar regions. Nergal is the ruler of the Underworld. So it seems that the Sphinx, or Nergal guarded the entrance to those who were from beyond the stars, or Stellar regions, the ARRA, who also knew how to use the AGGA sign, symbolizing the Elder Gods. These stellar forces used the pyramids as some sort of device to travel to celestial cities and visit stellar kingdoms. How this was done is revealed in the practices of the Simon Necronomicon. Although, many people debate whether or not the Gate-Walking ritual was invented by Simon or not, the fact remains that in the Arabic world every Muslim must perform Hajj, which consists of walking around the Kaaba seven times while reciting certain prayers. What is interesting about this is that at one time the “black stone” contained 360 idols in it. Many of these were considered pagan deities by Muhammad, but are also the same deities that are listed in the Simon Necronomicon. Where did Muhammad get this custom from. I am sure that many would say he was inspired by Allah, however it seems very probable that Islam condensed many of the Arabic pagan beliefs to unify and control the Arab world more easily.
Another interesting correlation that we can determine is that the protective amulet that appears on page 11 in the Simon Necronomicon, is actually an aerial view of the Giza Necropolis! The symbol of the Scorpion Man lays at the bottom of the symbol with Three Watchers in the upper part of the symbol:
Dictionary of the Ancient Near East by Alan Ralph Millard, makes the following observation on page 211:
“It has been suggested that during the Akkadian period Nergal should not be regarded as the name of a specific deity, but as a title for any underworld god.”
Evidently Nergal represented like the “black stone of Islam” a number of Underworld deities of deities from the “other Side.”
Links between H.P. Lovecraft and the Simon Necronomicon.
In view of our above discussion we see a great connection between the works of H. P. Lovecraft and the Simon Necronomicon. Lovecraft laid out the blueprint, which he saw in nocturnal influences and dreams that inspired a great deal of occult work weaved into fiction. The Simon Necronomicon reveals the inner workings of the real Cult of Cthulhu. We see this similarity in what the Simon nNcronomicon call Azag-Thoth. The Simon makes the following remarks concerning Azag-Thoth in its introduction:
“Although a list is appended hereto containing various entities and concepts of Lovecraft, Crowley, and Sumeria cross-referenced, it will do to show how the Editor found relationships to be valid and even startling. AZATOT is frequently mentioned in the grim pages of the Cthulhu Mythos, and appears in the NECRONOMICON as AZAG-THOTH, a combination of two words, the first Sumerian and the second Coptic, which gives us a clue as to Its identity. AZAG in Sumerian means “Enchanter” or “Magician”; THOTH in Coptic is the name given to the Egyptian God of Magick and Wisdom, TAHUTI, who was evoked by both the Golden Dawn and by Crowley himself (and known to the Greeks as Hermes, from whence we get “Hermetic”). AZAG-THOTH is, therefore, a Lord of Magicians, but of the “Black” magicians, or the sorcerers of the “Other Side”.
The definition of “Azag” as Enchanter comes from the Sumer Aryan Dictionary written by L. A. Waddell. H. P. Lovecraft’s Haunter in The Dark makes the following statement concerning Azatoth:
“the ancient legends of Ultimate Chaos, at whose center sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demonic flute held in nameless paws.”
Here Lovecraft describes Azatoth as the “blind idiot god” and also as the “Lord of All Things.” In the Simon Necronomicon we find a this reference to Azag-Thoth in the Magan Text:
“AZAG-THOTH screamed upon his throne”
Later in the Urilia Text we read the following:
“Of all the Gods and Spirits of Abomination, there can be no use or gain to call upon AZAG-THOTH, as he is Surely Mad. Rendered sightless in the Battle, he is Lord of CHAOS,”
In both Lovecraftian fiction and the Simon Necronomicon, Azatoth, or Azag-Thoth is said to be a “blind idiot god” and associated with Chaos. However, what is interesting is that in the Simon Necronomicon’s Magan Text, Azag-Thoth sits on the Throne in the Underworld. This seems to be a reference to Nergal since the Sumerians and Chaldeans considered him the Lord of the Underworld. Proof of this is revealed in the book, The City of The Moon God: Religious Traditions of Harran by Tamara M. Green. On page 195 we find the following observation:
“Some of the Muslim texts identified Nergal/Mars as the Blind Lord and the Aim of the Sage and the prophecies of Baba the Harranian, both of which give him that title, seem to point to his continued power in Harran:
“In the gate which is situated between east and south, a house of worship will be built and that upon the orders from the power of the Blind Lord. He is the one who commanded me to make these things known to you.” (The Prophecies of Baba the Harranian,” 224-225 by F. Rosenthal)”
This is a very interesting point indeed for it is only in the Simon Necronomicon that we are able to identify who the deity that Lovecraft described as the “blind idiot god” is, that being Nergal. Now if we keep in mind some of the points that we discussed earlier in this post, in that Nergal represents the Sphinx of the Giza necropolis, then other aspects of the Necronomicon Tradition and the words of Crowley, Lovecraft, and the Simon Necronomicon become clearer. For example, though critics of the Simon Necronomicon will assert that Lovecraft was not an occultist, this doesn’t mean that he was not influenced by stellar forces. I encourage the reader to do a comparative analysis between the life of H.P. Lovecraft and “symptoms of black magic.” Regardless of this, in the Cthulhu Mythos Azatoth (Nergal, the Spinx) is described as ‘the center of infinity’ in Dream Quest. The Sphinx (Nergal) guards the Great Pyramid, which lays at the center of Earth’s land mass. Now before we continue on, it is quite important that we confirm Nergal’s corrspondence as the Sphinx. We already discovered that he is the “blind lord” relative to Love craft. Now we will look into further evidence of Nergal being equated to the Sphinx. The Seal Cylinders of Western Asia written by William Hayes Ward, state the following on page 403:
“We see on the kudurru, fig. 1286, that a second deity is attached to the same Sphinx…..This suggests that the second Sphinx may represent Nergal.”
Also in modern works,we find the following in The Giza Death Star Destroyed by Joseph P. Farrell, on page 20:
“conversely, the strong resemblence of Babylonian artifacts of Nergal with the Cydonia Martian face and with the Sphinx is quite strong, and resolves at a stroke the association by the Arabic classical tradition of the Sphinx with terror..”
Since Azatoth, or Azag-Thoth, would equate to Nergal, symbolic of the Sphinx in the Giza Necropolis, we can now get a clearer understanding of what some critics belive is just fiction all made up in the mind of Lovecraft states in his story concerning the messenger of Azatoth, Nylarlathotep:
“And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh. The fellahin knelt when they saw him, yet could not say why. He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister, always buying strange instruments of glass and metal and combining them into instruments yet stranger. He spoke much of the sciences – of electricity and psychology – and gave exhibitions of power which sent his spectators away speechless, yet which swelled his fame to exceeding magnitude. Men advised one another to see Nyarlathotep, and shuddered. And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished; for the small hours were rent with the screams of a nightmare”
Lovecraft’s story Nylarlathotep was written about 1920 A. D. Lovecraft describes Nylarlathotep as rising up out of Egypt 27 centuries ago. What is interesting about this is that about 2700 years prior Piye invades Egypt , conquering Memphis and received the submission of the rulers of the Delta Nile. We should also keep in mind that Lovecraft mentions that there were members of the Cult of Cthulhu, who exist in China as Immortals. It was recorded that during the 8th century B. C. China recorded a very historical solar eclipse. Another point of interest concerning all of this is that Nylarlathotep is to have risen after 2700 years out of the land of Egypt. This is the same era that Crowley received the Book of the Law from Aiwass. Yet it is only in the Simon Necronomicon that we discover a connection between Aiwass, Azatoth, and Azag-Thoth, which is now evident from our research throughout this discussion. This is not only innovative material for the pratitioners of the Simon Necronomicon, but also helps fans of Lovecraft appreciate the uniqueness of his work and how it is relative not only to the Simon Necronomicon, but occult history worldwide.
The Secret Doctrine by H. P. Blavatsky — Vol. 2 states:
“The story about Enoch, told by Josephus, namely, that he had concealed under the pillars of Mercury or Seth his precious rolls or books, is the same as that told of Hermes, “the father of Wisdom,” who concealed his books of Wisdom under a pillar, and then, finding the two pillars of stone, found the science written thereon. Yet Josephus, notwithstanding his constant efforts in the direction of Israel’s unmerited glorification, and though he does attribute that science (of Wisdom) to the Jewish Enoch — writes history. He shows those pillars as still existing during his own time. He tells us that they were built by Seth; and so they may have been, only neither by the Patriarch of that name, the fabled son of Adam, nor by the Egyptian god of Wisdom — Teth, Set, Thoth, Tat, Sat (the later Sat-an), or Hermes, who are all one, — but by the “sons of the Serpent-god,” or “Sons of the Dragon,” the name under which the Hierophants of Egypt and Babylon were known before the Deluge, as were their forefathers, the Atlanteans.