Commentaries on The Magan Text

Greetings!

The Magan Text is said to be the centerpiece of the Necronomicon Mysteries and Tradition. I would even have to say that until the Initiate gains an understanding of the Magan Text, they can never really understand the Necronomicon Tradition. So we will begin with a verse by verse analysis of the Text and provide a commentary for such.

“THE verses here following come from the secret text of some of the priests of a cult which is all that is left of the Old Faith that existed before Babylon was built, and it was originally in their tongue, but I have put it into the Golden Speech of my country so that you may understand it. I came upon this text in my early wanderings in the region of the Seven Fabled Cities of UR, which are no more, and it tells of the War between the Gods that took place in a time beyond the memory of man. And the horrors and ugliness that the Priest will encounter in his Rites are herein described, and their reasons, and their natures, and Essences. And the Number of the Lines is Sacred, and the Word are Sacred, and are most potent charms against the Evil Ones. And surely some Magicians of the country do write them on parchment or clay, or on pottery, or in the air, that they might be efficacious thereby, and that the Gods will remember the words of the Covenant.”

The Cult of the Old Faith is a reference to the Cult of the Dead, which many researchers attribute to being the oldest set of beliefs from the prehistoric world. There were the rites of the Sumerians or the Old Faith that existed before Babylon was built.  The Mad Arab then mentions that he was able to put this text into the “Golden Speech” of his country. In other words, he is here instructing the Initiate in memorization of the text..

“I came upon this text in my early wanderings in the region of the Seven Fabled Cities of UR, which are no more, and it tells of the War between the Gods that took place in a time beyond the memory of man.”

This is a very important aspect of the Mad Arab’s observation. He was able to get an understanding of the meaning of life in general by his practice of Walking the Gates. The “war between the gods” is a reference to the struggle between the spirit and the flesh, between immortality and mortality. Mortality and forgetfulness are one and the same. Therefore, ‘before the memory of man’ is a reference to remembering oneself in the divine worlds. It is remembering the spirit for the last death and the forgetfulness of the spirit before the assumption of a human body.

“And the horrors and ugliness that the Priest will encounter in his Rites are herein described, and their reasons, and their natures, and Essences.”

The horrors that the Priest encounters exist with his/her own being, the dark experiences of the mind that have remained suppressed  due to denial of certain forms of behavior in society. In other words “being good” is more of an emotional responsibility since the seat of action is desire. Therefore, if an Initiate has lived a life of suppressing inappropriate desires and not falling under the law of appropriate desires, these same desires still exist in the minds and heart of the Initiate. Therefore, in the Gate-Walking Process these suppressed desires are confronted and hopefully the Gate-Walker can overcome these.

“And the Number of the Lines is Sacred, and the Word are Sacred, and are most potent charms against the Evil Ones. And surely some Magicians of the country do write them on parchment or clay, or on pottery, or in the air, that they might be efficacious thereby, and that the Gods will remember the words of the Covenant.”

It is through the process of self-remembering that one is able to win the war against inappropriate desires. The words and numbers are sacred since these are trademarks of what is remembered. The Priest is able to write these words in the air, or mind and clay, earth, or heart and thereby gain success by remembering the formulae and being in submission to the chthonic mind, also known as the deities.

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