The Meaning of Bet Durrabia And Shabatu
Greetings! I would like to welcome everyone to the Simon Necronomicon Gate-Walker’s Info Page. From time to time we receive questions from our readership and recently we have received quite a few questions from a regular reader Jyotishmoy:
“First, in the first part of the Testimony of the Mad Arab, in the page number 7-8, 5th paragraph, the Mad Arab was talking about his presence in the Mystical mountain MASSHU, and then he mentioned about his observation of the three seals of the mountain MASSHU, along with his preparation for his sleeping in the night. Then he mentioned about his village, “Bet Durrabia, Being about three hours from dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu”. Now, as we know that the Mad Arab was not talking about some physical village, but about some mystical riddles; therefore, would you kindly make it clear, what is the meaning of “Bet Durrabia” here? What did he try to say, when he said, “Being about three hours dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu”?”
Warlock Asylum: This is a very interesting question, and I am sure on some levels many of our readers may have wondered about the meaning of the passage cited above. Before we continue into this discussion a little further, I thought it might be good to review one vital point in this discussion, the meaning of the term Mad Arab. The definition of the term ‘mad arab” is revealed for us in the Atlantean Necronomicon, which in Enochian language the term is defined mad (your god) ar (that) ab (daughter of light). Thus the term Mad Arab in Enochian means “your god that daughter of light.” This would also indicate that the journey of the Mad Arab is relative to Inanna/Ishtar. Notice what the Mad Arab mentions in the Book of Calling:
“And I have told thee all this before, but I tell thee again, for the Priest, being furnished with every kind of Armor, and armed, he is similar to the Goddess.”
It should be noted that one definition of Inanna/Ishtar in the Necronomicon Mysteries is the astral body, and basically the process of self-initiation, via Gate-Walking is a way to create this astral body, which has the appearance to the “goddess Ishtar.” Simon writes about the importance of this in Gates of the Necronomicon, page 146:
“The Daoist sages-being naturally adverse to rules of the State-developed a way around this: create your own body of immortality, your own astral body..”
This means that during the Gate-walking initiation, the kundalini rises up to each chakra, which aligns to the star’s energies of the walking, all in all, energies of the seven philosophical stars are now harnessed by the Initiate based on the alchemical work via the Necronomicon Tradition. This astral body has the appearance of the “goddess of light,” but is able to assimilate the persona, memory, and characteristics of the Initiate. This is a key part to the question that is at hand.
The term “bet” is the second letter in many Semitic abjads, such as Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Phoenician, and Syriac among others. Other renderings of “bet” include Beth, Beh, and Veh. Bet means “house” in various Semitic languages. This is also relative to the Akkadian betu. Thus, we can safely say that “bet,” as it was used by the Mad Arab means house.
Now the term Durrabia seems to be a term conjoined of two words, or a phrase, as it often appears in Necronomicon Studies with other terms. The term seems more appropriate as Dur-Rabia. The term dur in Akkadian means “dwell.” Interestingly, the term rabia a female given name used by Muslims ,meant to symbolize the beginning of life, hope and the advent of happiness after a dark winter. The name of the first female Sufi saint, Rabia Basri. Rabia literally means spring. So the term Bet Durrabia would then translate to “House where life dwells.”
Shabatu is a month in the Babylonian calendar relative to January/February of our calendars during the time of Aquarius. The term Shabatu is noted as meaning “month of rain” and cease, or end. Readers should note also that the term Shabatu (to cease) became known later in Hebrew as Sabbath.
The Mad Arab was making note of something very specific when he stated:
“Being about three hours from dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu”
In the classic work Science Deified Science Defied by Richard Olson, pages 41, 42, we read:
“if, on the 15th day of the month of Shabatu, Venus disappeared in the west, remaining absent in the sky three days, and on the 18th day of the month Shabatu, Venus appeared in the east, [there will be] catastrophies of kings; Adad will bring rains, Ea subterranean water; king will send greeting to king..”
The Mad Arab’s journey began on the nineteenth of Shabatu, which would be relative to the omens that the Babylonians assigned to the planet Venus’ rising in the east, which occurred several hours before the Mad Arab’s journey. In ancient Mesopotamian history predictions were at one time performed by observing the entrails of a sacrificed animal, but this science advanced to the point that prophecy didn’t depend on a particular deity or what have you, but upon the movement of the stars. Olson continues on page 42:
“..WHENEVER Venus has its last appearance as the morning star on Shabatu 15 and its first appearance as the evening star on Shabatu 18 we can expect the same natural and political events to be repeated.”
Now that we are aware of these facts, the Mad Arab took the time to search for a deeper knowledge knowing the season that it was. We will explore this more in a future article.