The Bandar Sign (1): Kutulu
“The third sign is the Sigil of the Watcher. It is called BANDAR. The Watcher is a Race sent by the Elder Ones. It keeps vigil while one sleeps, provided the appropriate ritual and sacrifice has been performed else, if it is called, it will turn upon you. “(Simon Necronomicon page 12)
We are told in the Simon Necronomicon, that the BANDAR sign is not to be used alone. It seems as if the Watcher is of a different nature than the other two Seals that we have discussed already.
It is interesting to note that in the Mad Arab’s account on pages eight to eleven. The Mad Arab recalls his experience on how he came to possess the Three Seals of MASSHU. He receives some sort of vision of a ritual occurring. Out of fear, he screams and then he is chased by a few priests who were performing the ritual. When he is about to face his attackers, he notices that no one is there, and as mentioned on page 10, he understood the events that took place as the word KUTULU entered his mind. It would seem as if KUTULU in some ways protected the Mad Arab. Is it possible then, that maybe KUTULU is the Watcher? Let us now look at some references, as found in the Simon Necronomicon, about KUTULU and compare them to the description of the Watcher.
“I conjure Thee by…by The Veil of Sunken Varloormi”
(Taken from the Normal Invocation of The Watcher as found on page 72 of the SM)
“KUTULU raises his head and stares up through the Veils of sunken Varloormi..,” (Taken from the Testimony of the Mad Arab as found on page 15 of the SN)
“the Watcher appears. with eyes that never lose their stare.” (Taken from the SN page 70)
“KUTULU raises his head.., up through the Abyss, and fixes his stare upon me” (Taken from the SN page 15)
One of the first lines in the Normal Invocation of the Watcher as found on page 72 of the SN is: “I conjur Thee by the Fire of GIRRA”
“I deliver you to GIRRA .., Lord of the Flames.., of whom even mighty KUTULU has fear! (Taken from page 83 of the MAKLU TEXT as found in the SN)
“And the Watcher sometimes appears..,aloft holding the Sword of Flames, and even the Elder Gods are awed thereby” (Taken from page 70 of the SN)
“the corpse KUTULU shakes beneath the Earth, and our Master ENKI is sore afraid.” (Taken form page 186 of the SN)
“And the Lord of the Watchers dwells, it is said among the wastes of the IGIGI…” (Taken from page 70 of the SN)
“the Number of ENKI is Forty.., and he is our Father…” (Page 46 of the SM.) It is interesting to note that in the SUPPLEMENTARY TO 777, which is found in the introduction, ENKI is equated to the plane of the IGIGI.., making him the Lord of the Watchers.)
The above passages would seem to indicate that the Watcher and KUTULU were one in the same. It is also interesting to note that on page 199 of the Simon Necronomicon, KUTULU is found to be another term for TIAMAT. The Urilia Text also mentions on page 186 that “the Ancient Ones were begotten before all ages and dwelt in the blood of KINGU.” This fits in well with the passage in the MAGAN text on page 166, where it states: “the Powers of Man is the Power of the Ancient Ones.” Let us look a little further into finding out the answer to the question, as to whether or not, the Watcher is KUTULU?
It tells us in the INVOCATION OF THE WATCHER on page 73: “Rise up from the old Abyss of NAR MARRATU.” Here we are instructed to summon the Watcher from the “old Abyss”, which would seem to be a reference to KUTULU/TIAMAT as indicated on page 188 of the text. The term ‘old’ would also seem to apply to the abyss that existed before Marduk usurped power from TIAMAT. This is also supported by the words on page 195 of the Simon Necronomicon, where it states: “for it is a Rite of Age and of the Ancient Ones, and they care not for newness.” Therefore, the term “old Abyss” would refer to the domain of the Ancient Ones.
Another indication that the Watcher is KUTULU is evidenced by the fact that the Watcher is said to be summoned from NAR MARRATU. Simon himself states in the introduction of the book: “The Underworld in ancient Sumer was known by many names, among them ABSU OR “Abyss”, sometimes as Nar Mattaru, the great Underworld Ocean, and also as Cutha or KUTU as it is called in the Enuma Elish” It is now evident that the Watcher is KUTULU!
Simon identifies KUTULU as being the ‘Man of the Underworld or Satan, Shaitan. It now becomes clear as to why the BANDAR Seal is never to be used without the other two sigils. The next question that arises is; who is the Man of the Underworld? Or was this a term to describe a group of men?
It is said that a specific race of immigrants were known as Cuthans, since they migrated from Cutha. These Cuthans were priest-magicians sent to teach their fellow countrymen the customs, religious observances and laws of the place they were moving to. The text we are referring to taken from the subheading entitled, The Vestibule of the Entrance: –
”The language and manuscript of this rare and eternal monument of light, and of a higher wisdom, are borrowed from the Cuthans, a tribe of the Samaritans, who were called Cuthim in the Chaldee dialect according to the Talmud, and they were so called in a spirit of derision. They were termed sorcerers, because they taught in Cutha, their original place of abode, and afterward, in Samaria, the Kabala or Higher Magic (Book of Kings). Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the chosen arch-priests, are shining lights among the eastern Magicians. They were both kings and teachers – the first Priest-teachers of this glorious knowledge, and from these Samaritan Cuthans – from these omnipotent priests of the fountain of light, who were called Nergal, according to the traditions of Talmud, originated the Gypsies, who, through degeneracy, lost the consecration of their primordial power.” – The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, p. 82.
The above account listed in the Sixth and Seventh books of Moses must have actually taken place because we can read about the Cuthites in the Judeo-Christian Bible at 2 Kings Chapter 17:24-30. Some may identify Nergal as the man of the Underworld, since he is lord of the Underworld. I found an interesting definition of the Underworld, which Nergal rules, within the Theosophy Dictionary:
“A name for the after death state among the ancient Chaldeans, Babylonians, and Assyrians. These regions were reached after passing through the place of purgation (in a restricted sense therefore equivalent to the Greek Hades) which was ruled over by the Lady of the Great Land, called Nin-Kigal by the Assyrians and Allatu by the Babylonians. The entrance to this place was by means of the cave of Aralu….The whole underworld was said to be ruled over by Nergal, god of wisdom, and was divided into seven spheres or regions, each under the guardianship of a watcher stationed at a massive portal. The deceased is represented as a traveler who must surrender a portion of his vestments (his sheaths of consciousness) to each one of the seven guardians in turn. “
The above two passages indicate that the Gate-Walking Process, as found in the Simon Necronomicon, is one of concerning the works of the Qlipothic Tree. I have heard some who work with the Simon Necronomicon try to align the Gate-Walking rituals with the Judaic Kabbalah, when this is far from appropriate. Notice the below quote taken from Milechai.com:
“The Kabbalistic tree, which consists of ten Sephiroth, the ten “emanations” of God, consists of three pillars. The left side of the tree, the female side, is considered to be more destructive than the right side, the male side. Geburah, for example, stands for strength and discipline, while her male counterpart, Chesed, stands for love and mercy. The center pillar of the tree does not have any polarity, and no gender is given to them.
In the medieval era, old ideas from Babylon gained new strength. The Qliphoth, or Kelippot (the primeval “husks” of impurity), was blamed for all the evil in the world. Qliphoth are the evil twin of the Sephiroth. The tree of Qliphoth is usually called the kabbalistic Tree of Death, and sometimes the Qliphoth are called the Death angels, or Angels of Death. The Qliphoth are found in the old Babylonian incantations, a fact used as evidence in favor of the antiquity of most of the cabalistic material.”
The above view, which is taken from the Judaic perspective on the subject of Kabala, may be one of prejudice. This seems to be the theme of an online article entitled the Dying God, which can be found here: http://www.thedyinggod.com/babylon.html as it states:
“The true origin of Western civilization is to be found not in Greece, but in Babylon, in the sixth century BC, with the development of the Kabbalah. The exact origins of the Kabbalah have long been subject to controversy. According to the Kabbalists themselves, its teachings date back to the prophets like Solomon, or Moses, and even Adam, and supposedly represent a hidden interpretation of the Bible…, However, the key to understanding the origin of the Kabbalah, and reassessing not only the claims of mainstream historians, but those suggestions put forth by controversial authors like Graham Hancock, or those of the Holy Blood Holy Grail , or Dan Brown’s notorious Da Vinci Code, about the true teachings of the Bible, is to recognize that the basic ideas of the Kabbalah are definitely foreign, were heretical in nature, and introduced only later. Specifically, these ideas are identical to those attributed in ancient times to the Chaldean Magi of Babylon.,,,Babylon, which at one time may have held as many a 250,000 inhabitants, famed among the Jews and the later Greeks for its sensual living, was the greatest city in the ancient world. According to Greek historian Herodotus, in the fourth century BC, “Babylon lies in a wide plain, a vast city in the form of a square with sides nearly fourteen miles long and a circuit of some fifty-six miles, and in addition to its enormous size it surpasses in splendor any city of the known world.” The city’s legendary Hanging Gardens, were deemed in Hellenistic times one of the Seven Wonders of the World.”
It is evident then that the Jewish Kabbalists would later demonize the practices of their forerunners in the Kabbalistic tradition, the Chaldeans. This would explain why in the Judaic system, the negative aspects of the Tree are labeled female in quality, which is much different from the Chaldeans who had high reverence for Ishtar. This is the same conclusion that Kenneth Grant also reached in his work:
“But according to Kenneth Grant they are actually the first, primal manifestation of all things. In terms of Lovcraftian lore they are the Ancient Ones or Great Old Ones of the Necronomicon. They are the first primal void of Nothing before there was something. They have been considered evil by Qabalists and Occultists for centuries only because they represent the terrible blackness of the void and the complete destruction of what we understand as ego, which seems horrific to us. These Qlippoth reside in what is known as the Tunnels of Set. These Tunnels are behind or beneath the Day Side of the Tree of Life as the Nephilim reside beneath the earth. As terrifying as these “beings” may seem, Grant says they are here to enlighten us, as the Nephilim were. Why is the abode of these beings called the Tunnels of Set? Grant writes; “Of Set, because Set is the Seat of the powers manifest as the Tree of Life.”
Earlier Grant states:
“This also reminds us of the twins or brother gods in Sumeria called Enki and Enlil. Enki, the infernal of the two, represents Set and Enlil represents Horus (although in this context Enlil would also be Osiris). In ancient mythologies names and stories can be switched and one god can also be an attribute of another. It’s best to keep this in mind when studying this type of material. Set kills Osiris as Enki kills Enlil. As it has been shown in another article of this publication, Enki is associated with Cain, and Cain was a very bad boy. Enki was an infernal god “
Another link, which shows the benefit of working with the Qliphothic Tree can be found here: http://www.destee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54379 It states in the above link the following:
“The Qliphoth is the principles of the shadow and the antitheses that are hidden behind everything. The side of light in the Qabalah represents mathematical/ geometrical principles through which God created the world. The Qliphoth corresponds to fractals and principles of chaos. The Qliphoth are the dividing and destructive forces. The Qliphotic Qabalah uses the forces of destruction to free the adept from the limitations of creation. Through these forces we can learn to create. In the Qabalah, Lucifer and the fallen angels are those who first used the Qliphotic forces to free themselves from God. The principles of light are keeping the angels and the rest of creation in their firm, predetermined circles. The dark forces break these circles and make a free will and an individual existence outside God possible.The most common occultism usually warns against these forces. Under the surface of the bright occultism the dark tradition has sometimes appeared, often as a warning or as unspoken insinuations. There are three main levels of knowledge, in which the first one is our mundane knowledge and the information that the mundane science presents. Under this level we can find the light esoteric knowledge that has been transmitted through the classical occult societies. Under this level we can find the dark esoteric knowledge..The dark initiation is extremely rare, since it leads out into chaos and few people are able to wander this path. The light Esoterism leads to a melting together with the divine, while the dark Esoterism leads beyond the divine. The word “draconian” can also be translated as”harsh” and this is too a very fitting description of the Draconian Path. It is a harsh path but it also leads into worlds of singular beauty and power. The bright Esoterism leads to a unity with Jahve or Marduk and the ideas that they created the world from. The dark Esoterism leads out to Tehom or Tiamat who existed long before the light gods and who exists in infinity outside the light of divinity. For the initiated adept on the Draconian Path this darkness is a light, so much stronger than the light of the gods of light, that their light is experienced merely like darkness.”
Finally let us look at the following diagram in the Simon Necronomicon that can be found on page:
The above image is the Seal of Ganzir. The three figures atop of the image represent Anu, Enki, and Enlil. The symbol at the very bottom represents KUTULU or the Watcher. It is very similar to ASARULUDU, the seventh name. It should be kept in mind that the term “Asaru” is a term that also means seer and serpent. The “x” within a circle, represents the Initiate armed like the Goddess Inanna. It is also contained within the diagram of the Ishtar Gate.
This seal is a pictogram for the Qliphotic Tree.
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