The Bandar Sign (3): The Creation of the Ancient One
We are now in our third discussion about the BANDAR. In our previous discussions, we were able to validate that the Watcher is KUTULU and also that the workings in the Simon Necronomicon are Qliphotic in nature. After reviewing the history of the Qliphotic Tree, we also discovered that it is the original Cabbalistic Rite, and were demonized due to the beliefs of the Judeo-Christian sectors that were gaining power in the material world. The purpose of the Qliphotic Tree, as mentioned in our second discussion about the BANDAR, is best said in the words of the Dragon Rouge website:
“The Qliphotic Cabbala uses the forces of destruction to free the adept from the limitations of creation. Through these forces we can learn to create. In the Cabbala, 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.”
Now that we are aware that the workings of the Simon Necronomicon are Qliphotic in nature, we are now able to understand why NERGAL is said to be the Lord of the ARRA and AGGA sign, as found in the INVOCATION OF THE NERGAL GATE on page 58 of the Simon Necronomicon. NERGAL is the ruler of the Underworld. The workings, the process of initiation, are all part of a journey through the Underworld. Yet the question remains; who is KUTULU? First let’s look at NERGAL a little closer since he is considered the Lord of the Underworld.
When we search through the various references about KUTULU, we seem to find it inconsistent to place NERGAL (Lord of the Underworld) as KUTULU. One inconsistency we find is found in the MAGAN text concerning ISHTAR. It should be noted that at the time of INANNA’S Descent into the Underworld, NERGAL was not yet the ruler of the Underworld. In some accounts, INANNA/ISHTAR is said to visit the Underworld due to the death of her brother-in-law, GUGALANNA (The Bull of Heaven, also ERESHKIGAL’S husband). We were able to determine that INANNA’S purpose was to resurrect the Ancient Tantric Rites of Sumer, and her kundalini. However, the Simon Necronomicon speaks of KUTULU as being chained to the Underworld. This would definitely exclude NERGAL from being associated with KUTULU, since the ancient accounts mention NERGAL as overpowering ERESHKIGAL. NERGAL has another aspect which is that of the Scorpion Man. The Simon Necronomicon mentions that NERGAL is the God of Mars. Mars rules the zodiac sign of Scorpio, which also rules the genitalia, or sexual organs.
In our earlier discussions we were able to determine that the workings of the Simon Necronomicon are tantric, and the Art of Tantra is associated with the energies of sexuality. This is why it is mentioned in the Simon Necronomicon on page 209, concerning the Scorpion Man that ‘He knows of the Gate, but not the Gate.’ This indicates that while the arts of Tantra appear to be accessed through the sexual glands, the sexual act in itself does not awaken the kundalini. NERGAL’S aspect as the Scorpion-Man has long been indentified by astrologists and their observation of the stars in order to learn more about ancient man. Astrologist Catherine Tennant writes:
“But the Scorpion was really formed in about 5000 BC in the Euphrates valley, where it was sacred to the god of war and was a symbol of the darkness and decay of the waning year. Gilgamesh, the prototype of all our heroes, was challenged by a scorpion-man who guarded the gates of the sunrise, which were great folding doors in the steep side of the mountains of the East.
It has always been greatly feared by sailors, as its autumn setting presaged storms. For the alchemists, however, who believed that they could produce gold by releasing the spirit from its bondage in matter, November, Scorpio’s season, when the earth decays, was their busiest time of year. Only then could the spirit be released, and base metal transmuted into gold.
In astrology, it was the ‘baleful source of war and discord’ in medieval times, when the birthplace of its ruler, Mars, was located in its sting. Today, it is seen as the sign of sex, death, transformation and rebirth, ruled over by the powerful planet, Pluto. The other symbol linked to Scorpio is the soaring eagle, which represents its power to rise above the darkness and decay and be reborn.”
The above quote indicates NERGAL even in his darker aspect is not KUTULU, but the Scorpion Man. The Simon Necronomicon on page 209 has this to say about the Scorpion Man:
“He was of old created by TIAMAT to fight the Elder Gods, but was permitted to stay below the Mountains by Them. He has deceived us once, and may do so again.”
This deception is recorded as a dispute between NERGAL and MARDUK:
“He regards Marduk as having become negligent and prepares to attack
his people in Babylon. He challenges Marduk in Esagila in Shuanna/Babylon. Marduk responds that he already killed most of the people in the flood and would not do so again. He also states that he could not run the flood without getting off of his throne and letting control slip. Erra volunteers to take his seat and control things. Marduk takes his vacation and Erra sets about trying to destroy Babylon. Ishum intervenes on Babylon’s behalf and persuades Erra to stop, but not before he promises that the other gods will acknowledge themselves as Erra’s servants.”
What about the passage in the Simon Necronomicon which states that the Scorpion Man was created of old by TIAMAT, how does that related to NERGAL?
NERGAL can be said to be suspected of being an Ancient One since his numerical value is not based on sixty, the number of ANU. All the deities in the Necronomicon Gate-Walking Process are divisible into the number 60 except NERGAL.
While some may scoff at this fact, yet it is important in order to understand how the energies of the Three Great Watchers, ANU, ENLIL, and ENKI, are infused in the Gates. Notice the chart:
ANU = 60 ENLIL = 50 ENKI = 40 which gives us a total of 150
NANNA = 30 NEBO = 12 INANNA = 15 SHAMMASH = 20 NERGAL =8
MARDUK = 10 NINIB = 4 this gives us a total of 99.
Now we must include ourselves as the fool’s card, which would bring the value up to 100. We must also add in an additional 50 based on the 50 powers that we receive once we visit the Sphere of MARDUK, or the 50 names. This gives us a total of 150. The energies of the Three Great Watchers are properly merged into the Gate-Walking system.
Since all the number of the Gate gods are divisions into sixty, it represents that they are of the Rites of ANU and part of the Ancient Babylonian pantheon, with the exception of NERGAL. NERGAL was the principal deity of the city of Kutha, and the religion that was exercised in Kutha preceded the rites of Marduk. We should also consider the fact that in Ancient Sumeria, NERGAL was not included among the original major seven deities in the Sumerian pantheon. From our observations, we are able to conclude that NERGAL is not KUTULU. Now that we have discovered that NERGAL is not KUTULU, then we must begin our search somewhere else. Let us turn once again to the Simon Necronomicon and the section called; THE CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER On page 70 of the Simon Necronomicon it tells us:
“The Watcher comes from a Race different from that of Men and yet different from that of the Gods, and it is said that he was with KINGU and his hordes at the time of the War between the Worlds, but was dissatisfied and did cleave unto the Armies of Lord MARDUK”
This War occurred during the change of pole stars, when Polaris became the North Star from the view of the ancient Chaldeans.
“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.”
The first part of the Simon Necronomicon, after the Testimony of the Mad Arab is the Gate-Walking Process. The reference to the ‘dog’ is a description of one has not been initiated or recognized as a man until he has reached Adar and has been accepted by the Three Great Watchers. We will speak more on this later on in this discussion.
“And the Watcher aloft the Sword of Flames and even the Elder Gods are awed thereby.”
The next section in the Simon Necronomicon, after the Gate-Walking Process, is the Conjuration of the Fire God.
“And sometimes the Watcher appears as a Man in A long Robe, shaven, with eyes that never lose their stare”
After the Conjuration of the Fire God, the Conjuration of the Watcher follows, this would represent the rites of the Priest/Priestess working with the Watcher.
“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, like unto the Seven Glorious APHKHALLU.”
The Lord of the Watchers is Enki. Enki is given a correspondence to the IGIGI in the Supplementary Material to 777. The Covenant is invoked when we perform the workings in the Simon Necronomicon, as found in the Book of Calling.
“And sometimes the Watcher appears as the Enemy, ready to devour the Priest who has erred in the incantations, or omitted the sacrifice, or acted in defiance of the Covenant, for which acts the very Elder Gods cannot forbid that silent Race from exacting its toll.”
This would correspond to the workings of the MAGAN text where we are reminded that ‘the Priest will encounter ugly and horror, and their reasons. It is a silent race because it was built before Babylon and is only access through the Underworld, as it is no longer amongst the Land of the Living. The watcher appearing as the enemy is reference to the Maklu text also.
“And it is said that some of that Race lie waiting for the Ancient Ones to once more rule the Cosmos, that they may be given the right hand of honour, and that such as these are lawless. This is what is said.”
This is speaking about those who work with the Urilla text. It would seem then that the Watcher might just be the Priest/Priestess of the Necronomicon. Yet how could that be, when it is said that the Watcher comes from a race that is different than that of Man? It is not anything new to ponder whether or not the Watcher, or Race of Watchers, were actually men. Notice the quote below:
“The Chaldeans exercised themselves most especially with astronomy, and attributed all things to the movement of the stars, believing that whatever is in the world is governed by forces encompassed in numbers and numerical proportions… seeking out the numerical arrangement according to the cycles of the Sun and Moon, the planets, and the fixed stars… .” – Philo, on Abraham
The parallels between the Watchers and the Chaldeans become greater still, when viewed in the light of a tradition cited by Eusebius, which said: “Abraham traced his ancestry to the giants. These dwelt in the land of Babylonia. Because of their impiety, they were destroyed by the gods.” So there you have it. These two traditions (of the Watchers and of the Chaldeans) sound so identical because they are identical – one and the same. Were the Chaldeans the descendants of the Watchers, and executors of their tradition? Such an idea is certainly reinforced by the fact that the Hebrew word for “Watcher” is “Ir”, which sounds the same as “Ur.” And the Watchers were called “the watchers of the heavens”, a very appropriate title for a people (like the Chaldeans) so preoccupied by astronomy. Could it be that Ur was the primordial city-state of the Watchers? It is very possibly.
Ur is considered so ancient that to the modern mind it has become synonymous with antiquity itself. All of this would appear to suggest that Abraham’s status as a Chaldean from Ur may well be one of the most telling anomalies in the Old Testament. It also seems that Abraham is far more than merely a man who “traced his ancestry to the giants.” Remember, it was said that “Abraham excelled all in nobility and wisdom.” In ancient times “nobility” didn’t refer to a man’s demeanor – it meant of noble birth. And as we will ultimately reveal, the figure known as Abraham was of very noble birth indeed.”
We also find suggestions that the Watchers were “trans-human” in the Simon Necronomicon. On page 12 of the Simon Necronomicon it states: “the first is the Sign of our Race from beyond the Stars, and is called the ARRA.” Earlier in our posts, we discussed the ARRA sign as being a symbol of those who were of noble birth. Later we were to discover that children who were conceived during the Sacred Marriage Rite were considered divine. It would seem as if these Rites continued on throughout the Ages for the Christ was also one of “noble” birth. While it may very well be possible that intelligent forces, which no longer possess human bodies could possess the body of either the man or the woman during the sexual act to induce the “Immaculate Conception.,” it should also be noted that the idea of the “Immaculate Conception” was symbolic of the Sacred Marriage Rite where INANNA had relations with the priestly rulers. It should also be taken into consideration that while we have discussed the actual history of the Sacred Marriage Rite as a tantric rite, it must also be understood that the definition of the Sacred Marriage Rite was in itself a symbol of those who were able to cross the bridge between the Tree of Life (masculine) and the Qliphotic Tree (woman). This would mean that the term Watcher denoted those ancient astrologists, and magicians, who were able to reach a new level of being through non-being, as they walked within the Qliphotic Tree. It is with this understanding that we are now able to explore the Book of Enoch with greater depth. Let us take a look at a passage in the Book of Enoch:
“Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall be called upon earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation. Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation. Evil spirits shall they be upon earth and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called. The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born upon earth. The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, contend, and bruise upon earth. They shall cause lamentation. No food shall they eat; they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and shall not rise up against the sons of men, and against women; for they come forth during the days of slaughter and destruction.”
This passage is also reflected upon in the Simon Necronomicon on page 162:
“THEY ARE THE GHOULS/ the spirit of the harlot that hath died in the streets/The spirit of the woman that hath died in childbirth/ The spirit of the woman that hath died weeping with a babe at the breast/ The spirit of an evil man/ one that haunteth the streets/ Or one that haunteth the bed./ They are Seven! Seven are they! These Seven were born in the Mountains of MASSHU/ Called Magick/ They dwell within the Caverns of the earth.”
These words indicate beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Gate-Walking initiation, as found in the Simon Necronomicon is indeed Qliphotic. It must be remembered that the rites of the Qliphotic tree are opposite the Tree of Life, and they are found in the Mountains of MASSHU. We are late told in the MAGAN text that man is made from the Blood of Kingu, which would mean that he was developed in a feminine aspect, or the womb of creation. The War that occurs between the Elder Gods and the Ancient Ones is not a war in the terms of the good guys versus bad guys, for if one were to read the text literally they would find many contradictions. However, when the initiate is able to review the information in light of the Qliphotic Tree, we can appreciate that the struggle between the Ancient Ones and the Elder Gods is a metaphor for those who have cultivated there divinity within the Qliphotic Tree and then rise up into the world of illusion of Tree of Life. Kenneth Grant from his book The Nightside of Eden writes:
“Full magical initiation is not possible without understanding of the so-called qliphotic paths, which are, in practice, as real as the shadow of any object illuminated by the sun. In other words, the well-lit highways of Horus, the paths man has projected to connect the cosmic power-zones (sephiroth) with his own consciousness, have their counterparts in the Tunnels of Set, a dark web or nocturnal network of paths, the very existence of which is denied or ignored by those who are unable to realize the total truth of the Tree and its validity for those who would climb even its lower branches.
The mind is beguiled with the promise of ‘cosmic consciousnesses and the senses are lulled to sleep or bewitched by the constant reiteration that if we spread our wings and fly we shall attain to the topmost branches in the space of a single life-time. But do those who speak so glibly of enlightenment, and who brush aside with apparent ease the averse sides of the power zones with which they boast familiarity, do they really imagine that one side only exists?”
We can now understand why it is said that the Elder Gods were said to be children of Tiamat, since the world that is manifested before us is made up of primal forces. Grant writes in the quote above that the ‘mind is lulled to sleep or bewitched by the promise of cosmic consciousness,’ or as one might say lulled to sleep by the world manifest, Dead but dreaming. This now gives us a deeper understanding of the MAGAN text, which also gives us a history of the tantric workings through the ages. Here is a summary of the history as described in the MAGAN Text.
The Qliphotic Tree as represented by Tiamat, is a current that is spiraling upward, creating the Elder Gods as it moves. The Elder Gods, predecessors to the ancient Chaldeans, suffered from the severity of the creation process, and as the phenomenal world began to take shape, creating the Tree of Life, a polarity was made between the two trees. It is written in the MAGAN text ’they disturbed TIAMAT, the Ancient One, as they surged back and forth. Yet those adepts who were able to weather the storm of walking still in the Qliphotic Tree were able to overcome the severity through magick and obtain Godhood.
Later, as the ancient rites became degraded through ignorance, the priestly class of Enki passed on some of the teachings to a new generation of Magicians, which were symbolized by MARDUK. MARDUK was a school of thought that was somewhat familiar with the Qliphotic tree, since he too was summoned from the Abyss. He took the Tablets of Destiny from the Ancient Ones by burying the original keys in the teachings of the solar rites. This made man unaware of his true self and a victim of his ego, as he now worked Magick from a perspective of the phenomenal world, which also represents the birth of the child in the mundane world. Those who represent the original rites of passage along the Qliphotic tree are described as the LOST ONES. These rites are kept secret and in dark esthetics, as there are misunderstood and kept underground. This method is also effective in keeping the profane away from the actual ancient rites. These were the rites that the ancient Chaldeans practiced in secret. They were the CHILDREN OF THE UNDERWORLD. This is why it is also written in the MAGAN text:
“With a gate to keep the Ancient Ones Without, / With a gate whose Key is hid forever/ Save to the Sons of MARDUK.”
This indicates that the Qliphothic tree can only be accessed once the initiate has proved his worthiness in the preliminary rites. This secret is revealed in the ‘Generations of Man’ section of the MAGAN text. It describes man’s ancestors as being the Ancient Ones., and also mentions that the Ancient Ones shall rule again. The next section of the MAGAN text features the formulae for initiation into the Qliphotic rites. This section is entitled the Sleep of ISHTAR. From the title of the text we can appreciate the comment made by Kenneth Grant earlier that man is asleep due to his lack of knowledge about the fullness of the Tree of Life. The text shows ISHTAR’S descent into the Qliphotic tree and rise from it as the execution of the false ego and the creation of true godhood begins. Grant states, in Nightside of Eden the following:
“He, the number five represents total manifestation; it is the glyph of Woman par excellence. Her formula is 15 (3 x 5). The symbolism of the Goddess Fifteen has been treated at length in the Trilogy. Here it suffices to draw attention to the identity of the Hand (as a figure of five), and the Eye, as the illuminator of the Void.”
The above passage indicates that once initiation has occurred through the rites of the Qliphotic tree, the inner “Eye” of illumination has developed and Godhood is achieved. This is revealed in a passage of the MAGAN text:
“INANNA AROSE…; The Eye upon the throne took flight.”
We can now understand the Mad Arab’s words, as found in the Urilla text:
“When the great KUTULU rises up and greets the Stars, then the War will be over, and the World be One.”
This indicates the answer to our original question; who is KUTULU? We are. KUTULU. KUTULU is our dead self that has been captivated by the false ego of the phenomenal world. It is mentioned in the MAGAN text that man was created from the Blood of KINGU. KINGU was TIAMAT’S consort after her husband APSU was slain. KINGU also represents the shadow side of MARDUK. We now come to a clearer understanding of the Mad Arab’s words, as found on page 6 of the Simon Necronomicon:
“I have traveled beneath the seas, in search of the Palace of Our master, and found the stone monuments of vanquished civilizations, and deciphered the writings of some of these; while still others remain mysteries to any man who lives. And these civilizations were destroyed because of the knowledge contained in the book.”
The Mad Arab speaks of these civilizations as if they had died because they could only be found in the workings of the Qliphotic tree. The Mad Arab received this knowledge while traveling on the Qliphotic Tree, also known as the Mountains of MASSHU. This path of initiation can only be successfully carried out by engaging the serpentine force, also known as KUTULU. KUTULU is the Watcher. It is our innermost self. This would explain why the Mad Arab on page 47 of the book, tell us to strike the Sword of the Watcher and then read how INANNA conquered the Underworld and vanquished KUTULU. This represents the great Tantric work of Sumeria. Raising up the serpentine force and that we were one dead to. The Simon Necronomicon in many of its passages uses the phrase “MAY THE DEAD RISE AND SMELL THE INCENSE.” It is within the work of the Qliphotic tree, which are the same Primal forces we are warned about in Simon’s introduction, that we are able to gain true initiation granted by the Gods themselves. This initiation will be the subject of our next discussion.