Composed by Abdul Alhazred, a mad poet of Sanaá, in Yemen, who is said to have flourished during the period of the Ommiade caliphs, circa 700 A. D. He visited the ruins of Babylon & the subterranean secret of Memphis & spent ten years alone in the great southern desert of Arabia – the Roba El Khaliyeh or “Empty Space” of the ancients – & “Dahna” or “Crimson” desert of the modern Arabs, which is held to be inhabited by protective evil spirits & monsters of death. Of this desert many strange & unbelievable marvels are told by those who pretend to have penetrated it. In his last years Alhazred dwelt in Damascus, where the Necronomicon (Al Azif) was written, & of his final death or disappearance (738 A. D.)
madness many things are told. He claimed to have been the fabulous Irem, or City of Pillars, & to have found beneath the ruins of a certain nameless desert town the shocking annals & secrets of a race older than mankind. He was only an indifferent Moslem, worshipping unknown entities whom he called Yog-Sothoth & Cthulhu.
Al Azif written circa 730 A. D. at Damascus by Abdul Alhazred
Tr. to Greek 950 A. D. as Necronomicon by Theodorus Philetas
Burnt by Patriarch Michael 1050 (i.e. Greek Text) – Arabic text now lost
Olaus translates Gr. to Latin 1228
1232… Latin Ed. (& Gr.) suppr. By Pope Gregory IX
14… black-letter edition published (Germany)
15… Gr. text printed in Italy
16… Spanish printing of Latin text
PREFACE THE PRESENT MANUSCRIPT was delivered into the hands of the Editor by a priest who had managed to get ordained through un-canonical methods which have been entertainingly described in the several books and articles on the ecclesiastic phenomenon, the “wandering bishops”. Just such an “unorthodox” prelate was Fr. Montague Summers, who wrote numerous books on demonology, witchcraft, and the like. Suffice it to say, we were rather doubtful as to the authenticity of the work before us. In the first place, it was in Greek and for quite awhile it was difficult to ascertain what it might actually be, save for the title NECRONOMICON and the many weird drawings.
But, let us proceed with a description of the contents of the NECRONOMICON:
Within these pages a series of myths and rituals are presented that have survive the darkest days of Magic and occultism. The exorcisms and bindings of the famous Maqlu text are here presented for the first time in English, although not completely: for the originals in their entirety were evidently not known to the author of the NECRONOMICON, nor are they to present scholarship; the various tablets upon which they were written being cracked and effaced in many places, rendering translation impossible.
are evidently of a much later date than the Rites of Sumer, the overall appearance of the seals is quite unusual, almost surreal.
He does not finish the Book.
Another problem that confronts the Editor is the suspected frequency of the copyist’s glosses; that is, there do seem to be occasionally bits of sentence or fragments of literature that would seem to be inconsistent with the period in which the text was written. However, no final word can be said on this matter. The difficulty arises in the age-old question of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”. For instance, in the MAGAN text, the final verses read though from the Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster:
“Stoop not down, therefore, into the darkly shining world,” which might have been of Greek origin and not Zoroastrian. It is a question for scholars.
The etymology of certain words is a game that has fascinated both the Editor and perhaps a score or more of Sumerian researches of the past. The Sumerian origin of many of the words and place-names we use today provides
us with an insight into our own origins. For instance, the Sumerian word for the temple is BAR, from which we get our word “barrier”, or so it is said by Waddell. This makes sense in the context with the erecting and maintaining of barriers against the hostile forces Outside.
bodies; for they are “zoned”, i.e., having set courses and spheres. They are also known as such in the Chaldean Oracles. The ‘spirits’ or bodies that exist beyond the zonei are called the azonei, meaning “un-zoned”. Whether this refers to the so-called “fixed ” stars (having no sphere ascertainable to the early astronomers) or the comets, is unknown to the Editor. Whatever the case may be, the zonei seem to include the Seven Philosophical Planets, i.e., including the Sun and Moon as planetary bodies, along with Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each has their own seal and their own Number.
(O Wicked God O Wicked Demon O Demon
Spirit of the Sky, Remember! Spirit of the Earth, Remember!)
The “Conjuration of the Watcher” follows the Fire God conjuration. The word “watcher” is sometimes used synonymously with “angel”, and sometimes as a distinct Race, apart from angelos: egragori. The Race of Watchers are said not to care what they Watch, save that they follow orders. They are somewhat mindless creatures, but quite effective. Perhaps they correspond toe Lovecraft’s shuggoths, save that the latter become unweildly and difficult to manage .
After this, the “Book of Calling” needs little explanation. It is the grimoire of the NECRONOMICON, containing the formulae of ritual conjuration, as well as the seals and diagrams to accompany the rites. It is followed by “The Book of Fifty Names” being fifty separate powers of the God MARDUK, defeater of Chaos. This is interesting, in that the names seem to come from the Enuma Elish, in which the Elder Gods confer these fifty names upon MARDUK as titles, in their appreciation of his routing of Evil. A sigil is given for each of the Names, and a word of Power for most of them.
advanced magus, who cares not if he deals with angelic or demonic forces, save that he gets the job done!
Then, following the URILIA text and forming the very end of the received MS., is the Second Part of the Testimony of the Mad Arab. It is a haunting and sorrowful occult personality. Was he really mad? This is perhaps a question that will go on for as long as Man tries to understand himself; himself as a part of the cosmic dance and spiral, which includes the satanic as well as the deific, the sad as well as the happy. Perhaps the Arab was privy to some other-worldly secret that he could not reveal. Perhaps he had opened the Door by mistake, his own personal Gate to the Abyss, and was forced to cross its threshold into the Unknown. We may never know.
Or, we may wish we never had.
CHART OF COMPARISONS (showing some relationships to be found between the mythos of Lovecraft, the Magic of Crowley, and the faith of Sumer.) Lovecraft Crowley Sumer
The Great Beast as represented in “CTHDH 666”
Azathoth Aiwass (?) Azag-thoth The Dunwich Horror Choronzon Pazuzu Shub Niggurath Pan Sub Ishniggarab (?) Out of Space The Abyss Absu; Nar Mattaru IA! IO! IAO! IA (JAH; EA; Lord of Waters) The Five Pointed . The AR, or UB (Plough Sign; grey Star carven The Pentagram the original pentagram and the sign of the Aryan Race) Vermis Mysteriis The Serpent Erim (the Enemy; and the Sea as Chaos; Gothic; Orm, or Worm , great Serpent)
This is, of course, by no means a complete list but rather an inspirational sampling. Meditation upon the various Things mentioned in the Mythos will permit the scholar to draw his own conclusions; research upon the etymology of both Lovecraft’s and Crowley’s
respective literature enables the occultist to discover the ancient Names and Numbers for much of his own, familiar, material.
(Note: that Lovecraft may have head or Crowley is hinted at darkly in his short story “The Thing On The Doorstep” in which he refers to a cult leader from England who had established a covenstead of sorts in New York. In that story, published in Weird Tales in 1936, the cult leader is closely identified with chthonic forces, is described as “notorious”, and linked to the strange fate that befell the protagonist, Edward Derby.)
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL TO 777 THE CHART that follows is based on research presently available to the Editor with regard to Sumerian and Assyro-Babylonian religions. Entries in parentheses refer to the state of correspondences before the advert of the Elder Gods, the Race of MARDUK; that is, it reflects the nature of the cosmos before the Fall of MARDUK from Heaven. (Names of zodiacal constellations are after Budge’s renderings.)
0 Table VII [A.C.] Table XXV [S.] 1 . . . . ANU (TIAMAT) 2 Sphere of the Primum Mobile ENLIL (ABSU) 3 Sphere of the Zodiac or Fixed Stars ENKI; LUMASHI (IGIGI) 4 Sphere of Saturn ADAR 5 Sphere of Jupiter MARDUK 6 Sphere of Mars NERGAL 7 Sphere of the Sun UTU 8 Sphere of Venus INANNA 9 Sphere of Mercury NEBO 10 Sphere of the Moon NANNA 11 Sphere of the Elements KIA 12 Air ANNA 13 Mercury GUDUD 14 Moon SIN 15 Venus DLIBAT 16 Aries AGRU (XUBUR) 17 Taurus KAKKAB U ALAP SHAME (KINGU) 18 Gemini RE’U KINU SHAME U TU’AME RABUTI (VIPER) 19 Cancer SHITTU (SNAKE)
20 Leo KALBU RABU (LAKHAMU) 21 Virgo SHIRU (WHIRLWIND) 22 Jupiter UMUNPADDU 23 Libra ZIBANITUM (Ravening Dog) 24 Water BADUR 25 Scorpio AKRABU (SCORPION-MAN) 26 Sagittarius PA-BIL-SAG (HURRICANE) 27 Capricorn SUXUR MASH (FISH-MAN) 28 Mars MASTABARRU 29 Aquarius GULA (HORNED BEAST) 30 Pisces DILGAN U RIKIS NUNI (WEAPON) 31 Sun SHAMASH 32 Fire AG 33 Saturn KAIMANU 34 Earth KIA 35 Spirit ZI
NOTES ON PRONUNCIATION WE CANNOT BE absolutely how Sumerian and Akkadian were spoken; but many useful guidelines are available to the student, including the transliterated tablets found all over Mesopotamia. Basically, we can offer the following principles which should prove of value in reciting the foreign language instructions : Vowels a as in “father” e as in “whey” i as in “antique” o as in “boat” (but rarely found) u as in “zulu” Consonants Most are basically the same as in English. The Sumerians did not have an alphabet as we know it, but they had developed a syllabary, very much like the Japanese “Kana” script of today. In phonetic transliterations, the English spelling sought to approximate the Sumerian pronunciation. However, there are a few sounds which English does not possess, and which have been put into phonetic variations. Important examples below :
X as in the German “ach”
CH (same as above) Q as in “like” K (same as above) SH as in “shall” SS as in, perhaps, “lasso”; a hissing “s” common to Arabic languages Z as in “lots”; a hard “ts” sound, not quite as in “zoo”
Remember, in the transliterations which follow, every letter must be pronounced. There are no schwas or silent syllables in Sumerian. Hence, “KIA” is pronounced “keeya”; “KAIMANU” is pronounced “ka-ee-mah-nu” or, if spoken rapidly, the two initial vowel sounds slur into ‘kigh’ rhyming with “high”
The incantations should be said carefully and slowly at first, to familiarise oneself with the tongue-twisting phrases. A mistake may prove fatal to the Work
THE SPELLS (TRANSLATED) WHERE POSSIBLE, the Editor has taken every opportunity to find the original Sumerian or Akkadian translation of a given Greek charm of conjuration. These will be given here. Also, the reader will find English translations of the Sumerian charms as they are given in the NECRONOMICON. Not al of the charms are available this way, and sometimes we have had to make do with near misses. Much of what is found here has come from the Maklu text, of which the only extant translation is in the German of Tallqvist (“Die Assyrische Beschworungsserie Maqlu nach dem originalen im British Museum Herausgegeben” Acta Societatis Scientiarum Fennicae, Tomm. XX, No. 6,
Alsi ku nushi ilani mushiti Itti kunu alsi mushitum kallatum kuttumtum Alsi bararitum qablitum u namaritum Ashshu kashshaptu u kashshi panni Eli nitum ubbiraanni Ili-ia u Ishtari-ia ushis-su-u-eli-ia
Eli ameri-ia amru-usanaku Imdikula salalu musha u urra Qu-u imtana-allu-u pi-ia Upu unti pi-ia iprusu Me mashtiti-ia umattu-u Eli li nubu-u xiduti si-ipdi Izizanimma ilani rabuti shima-a dababi Dini dina alakti limda Epu-ush salam kashshapi-ia u kashshapti-ia Sha epishia u mushtepishti-ia Is mass-ssarati sha mushi lipshuru ruxisha limnuti Pisha lu-u ZAL.LU Lishanusha Lu-u Tabtu Sha iqbu-u amat limutti-ia kima ZAL.LU litta-tuk Sha ipushu kishpi kima Tabti lishxarmit qi-ishrusha pu-uttu-ru ipshetusha xulluqu Kal amatusha malla-a sseri Ina qibit iqbu-u ilani mushitum.
The Conjuration “XILQA XILQA BESA BESA” or “A Most Excellent Charm Against the Hordes of Demons” etc.
Arise! Arise! Go far away! Go far away! Be shamed! Be shamed! Flee! Flee! Turn around, go, arise and go far away! Your wickedness may rise to heaven like unto smoke! Arise and leave my body! From my body, depart in shame! From my body flee! Turn away from my body! Go away from my body! Do not return to my body! Do no come near my body! Do not approach my body! Do not throng around my body! Be commanded by Shammash the Mighty! Be commanded by Enki, Lord of All! Be commanded by Marduk, the Great Magician of the Gods! Be commanded by the God of Fire , your Destroyer! May you be held back from my body!
“Another Binding of the Sorcerers”
Ssalmani-ia ana pagri tapqida duppira
Ssalmani-ia ana pagri taxira duppira Ssalmani-ia iti pagri tushni-illa duppira Ssalmani ini ishdi pagri tushni-illa duppra Ssalmani-ia qimax pagri taqbira duppira Ssalmani-ia ana qulqullati tapqida duppira Ssalmani-ia ina igari tapxa-a duppira Ssalmani-ia ina askuppati Tushni-illa duppira Ssalmani-ia ina bi’sha duri tapxa-a duppira Ssalmani-ia ana GISHBAR tapqida duppira
The Conjuration of the Mountains of MASHU”
May the mountain overpower you! May the mountain hold you back! May the mountain conquer you! May the mountain frighten you! May the mountain shake you to the core! May the mountain hold you in check! May the mountain subject you! May the mountain cover you! May the mighty mountain fall on you, May you be held back from my body!
(Note: the original translator had noted the resemblance between the Greek word for Lors, kurios, and the Sumerian word for mountain, kur, and for a type of underworld, chthonic, monster which is also called kur and which refers to the Leviathan of the Old Testament. Also, in this particular conjuration, the word for mountain is shadu – shaddai ? The Old Serpent KUR is, of course, invoked every day by the Christians: Kyrie Eleison!)
COMMON SUMERIAN WORDS AND PHRASES IN ENGLISH Sumerian English Akhkharu Vampire Alal Destroyer Alla Xul Evil God Barra! Begone! Dingir Xul Evil God Edin Na Zu! Go to the Desert! (a form of exorcism) Gelal Incubus
Gigim xul Evil Spirit Gidim Xul Evil Ghost Idimmu Demon Idpa Fever Kashshaptu Witch Lalartu Phantom Lalssu Spectre Lilit Succubus Maskim Xul Evil Fiend (Ambusher, Lier-In-Wait) Mulla Xul Evil Devil Rabishu (same as Maskim Xul) Telal Wicked Demon (Warrior) Uggae God of Death Uruku Larvae Utuk Xul Evil Spirit Zi Dingir Anna Kanpa! Spirit, God of the Sky, Remember! Zi Dinger Kia Kanpa! Spirit, God of the Earth, Remember!
A WORD CONCERNING THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT THE EDITOR and the Publishers anticipate that there will be a demand at first for privileged views of the original NECRONOMICON, whether out of curiosity’s sake, or by nervous experimenters who will be certain that we did not copy a sigil correctly, etc. Let us hasten to state at this point that the original Ms. is neither the property of the Editor, nor the Publishers. We were given the right to translate and publish this work, with as much additional and explanatory material as needed, but not the right to hold the MS. up to public inspection. We regret that this is the case, but we also feel that it might be advisable, in reference to the dangerous character of the work involved. Perhaps one day a book will be written on the hazards of possessing such an original work in one’s home or office , including the fearful hallucinations, physical incapacities, and emotional malaise that accompanied this work from the onset of the translation to the end of its final published form.
Therefore, as a matter of policy, we cannot honour any requests to see the NECRONOMICON in its original state.
BANISHINGS Read this section carefully.
In the interim period between the translation and the publication of this work, the Editor, along with a circle of initiates in another discipline, undertook to experiment with the rituals and forces outlined in the NECRONOMICON. In using the material alone, or within a Western ceremonial structure (such as the Golden Dawn system) we came upon startling discoveries in both cases: there are no effective banishings for the forces invoked in the NECRONOMICON itself! The rituals, incantations, formulae of this Book are of ancient origin, comprising some of the oldest written Magical workings in Western occult history. the deities and demons identified within have probably not been effectively summoned in nearly six thousand years. Ordinary exorcisms and banishing formulae have thus far proved extremely inadequate: this, by experienced magicians. Hence, the following recommendations.
For best practical purposes in the beginning – for those intent on actually using the rituals contained herein – it is advisable to take especial care in the construction of the Magical circle and of all Magical defences.
The results of any experimentation with this book, as well as practical suggestions concerning its rituals, are welcomed by the publishers.
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Paris, 1904 (ed. Maspero)
Grant, K. Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God The Magical Revival
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At The Mountains of Madness The Dunwich Horror The Lurker at the Threshold (with August Derleth)
New York, 1973 New York, 1963
New York, 1971 Mason, H. Gilgamesh (ed.) New York, 1972 Neugebauer, O. The Exact Sciences in Antiquity New York, 1969 Pritchard, J. Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament Pnceton, 1958 “Sapere Aude” The Chaldean Oracles of Zoroaster New York Seignobos, S. The World of Babylon New York, 1975 Seligmann, K. Magic, Supernaturalism, and Religion New York, 1968
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“Die Assyrische Beschworungsserie Maqlu nach dem originalem im British Museum Herausgegeben”
Acta Societatis Scientiarum Fennicae Helsingfors, 1895
Reports of the Magicians and Astrologers of Nineveh and Babylon Semitic Magic The Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia
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THE TESTIMONY OF THE MAD ARAB THIS is the testimony of all that I have seen, and all that I have learned, in those years that I have possessed the Three Seals of MASSHU. I have seen One Thousand-and-One moons, and surely this is enough for the span of a man’s life, though it is said the Prophets lived much longer. I am weak, and ill, and bear a great tiredness and exhaustion, and a sigh hangs in my breast like a dark lantern. I am old.
wait at the door of every man, for this is the ancient arcana that has been handed down of old, but which has been forgotten by all but a few men, the worshippers of the Ancient Ones (may their names be blotted out!).
For this is the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Black Earth, that I have writ down at the peril of my life, exactly as I received it, on the planes of the IGIGI, the cruel celestial spirits from beyond the Wanderers of the Wastes.
Know, too, that I have spoken with all manner of spirit and daemon, whose names are no longer known in the societies of Man, or were never known. And the seals of some of these are writ herein; yet others I must take with me when I leave you. ANU have mercy on my soul!
I have traveled beneath the Seas, in search of the Palace of Our Master, and found the stone of monuments of vanquished civilisations, and deciphered the writings of some of these; while still others remain mysteries to any man who lives. And these civilisations were destroyed because of the knowledge contained in this book.
I have raised demons, and the dead.
I have raised armies against the Lands of the East, by summoning the hordes of fiends I have made subject unto me, and so doing found NGAA, the God of the heathens, who breathes flame and roars like a thousand thunders.
I have found fear.
The figures, whose faces I could not see or recognise, began to make wild passes in the air with knives that glinted cold and sharp in the mountain night.
the pressure of so many of these enormous arms. The chanting of the priests, for I knew them now to be the servants of some hidden Power, became much louder and very nearly hysterical.
The ground where I was hiding became wet with some substance, being slightly downhill from the scene I was witnessing. I touched the wetness and found it to be blood. In horror, I screamed and gave my presence away to the priests. They turned toward me, and I saw a loathing that they had cut their chests with the daggers they had used to raise the stone, for some mystical purpose I could not then divine; although I know now that blood is the very food of these spirits, which is why the field after the battles of war glows with an unnatural light, the manifestations of the spirits feeding thereon.
May ANU protect us all!
Rising, I turned to face whatever attacker had come nearest me, though I was unarmed. To my surprise what I saw was no priest of ancient horror, no necromancer of that forbidden Art, but black robes fallen upon the grass and weeds, with no seeming presence of life or bodies beneath them.
I walked cautiously to the first and, picking up a long twig, lifted the robe from the tangle of weeds and thorns. All that remained of the priest was a pool of slime, like green oil, and the smell of a body lain long to rot in the sun. Such a stench nearly overpowered me, but I was resolute to find the others, to see if the same fortune had also befallen them.
In that moment, as though whispered fiercely into my ear, I understood.
These are the signs carved upon the grey stone, that was the Gate to the Outside:
An this is the amulet that I held in my hand, and hold to this very day, around my neck as I write these words:
Of the three carved symbols, the first is the sign of our Race from beyond the Stars, and is called ARRA in the tongue of the Scribe who taught it to me, an emissary of the Elder Ones. In the tongue of the eldest city of Babylon, it was UR. It is the Sigil of the Covenant of the Elder Gods, and when they see it, they who gave it to us, they will not forget us. They have sworn!
Spirit of the Skies, Remember!
The metal amulet that I retrieved from the ashes of the fire , and which caught the light of the moon, is a potent seal against whatever may come in the Gate from the Outside for, seeing it, they will retreat from thee
SAVE ONLY IF IT CATCH THE LIGHT OF THE MOON UPON ITS SURFACE for, in the dark days of the moon, or in cloud, there can be little protection against the fiends from the Ancient Lands should they break the barrier, or be let in by their servants upon the face of the earth. In such a case, no recourse is to be had until the light of the moon shines upon the earth, for the moon is the eldest among the Zonei, and is the starry symbol of our Pact. NANNA, Father of the Gods, Remember!
Peace be to thee!
Henceforth, from that fateful night in the Mountains of MASSHU, I wandered about the countryside in search of the key to the secret knowledge that had been given me. And it was a painful and lonely journey, during which time I took no wife, called no house or village my home, and dwelt in various countries, often in caves or in the deserts, learning
Remember, always, in every empty moment, to call upon the Gods not to forget thee, for they are forgetful and very far away. Light thy fires high in the hills, and on the tops of temples and pyramids, that they may see and remember.
Remember always to copy each of the formulae as I have put it down, and not to change it by one line or dot, not so much as a hair’s breadth, lest it be rendered valueless, or worse: a broken star is the Gate of GANZIR, the Gate of Death, the Gate of the Shadows and the Shells. Recite the incantations as they are written here, in the manner this prescribed. Prepare the rituals without erring, and in the proper places and times render the sacrifices.
May the Gods be ever merciful unto thee!
AND THE GODS GRANT THEE DEATH BEFORE THE ANCIENT ONES RULE THE EARTH ONCE MORE! KAKAMMU! SELAH!
OF THE ZONEI AND THEIR ATTRIBUTES THE Gods of the Stars are Seven. They have Seven Seals, each of which may be used in their turn. They are approached by Seven Gates, each of which may be opened in their turn. They have Seven Colours, Seven Essences, and each a separate Step on the Ladder of Lights. The Chaldeans were but imperfect in their knowledge, although they had understanding of the Ladder, and certain of the formulae. They did not, however, possess the formulae for the passing of the Gates, save one, of whom it is forbidden to speak.
The ZONEI and their attributes, then, are as follows:
The Number of NANNA is Thirty and this is his Seal:
The God of Mercury is NEBO. He is a very old spirit, having a long beard, and is the guardian of the Gods, as well as the keeper of the knowledge of Science. He wears a crown of one hundred horns, and the long robe of the Priest. His colour is blue. His Essence is in that metal known as Quicksilver, and is sometimes also found in sand, and in those things bearing the sign of Mercury. His Gate is the Second you will pass in the rituals that follow. His Step on the Ladder of Lights is blue.
This is his Seal, which you must write on perfect parchment, or no the broad leaf of a palm tree, having no other person about you who may watch you in its construction. Being finished, it should be wrapped in a square of the finest silk and lain aside until such time as you desire its use, and then, it should be removed only when its light is in the sky. Such is also the best time for its manufacture.
The Number of NEBO is Twelve and this is his Seal:
The Goddess of Venus is the most excellent Queen INANNA, called of the Babylonians ISHTAR. She is the Goddess of Passion, both of Love and of War, depending upon her sign and the time of her appearance in the heavens. She appears as a most beautiful Lady, in the company of lions, and partakes of a subtle astral nature with the Moon God NANNA. When they are in agreement, that is, when their two plants are auspiciously arranged in the heavens, it is as two offering-cups split freely in the heavens, to rain the sweet wine of the Gods upon the earth. And then there is great happiness and rejoicing. She sometimes appears in armour, and is thereby a most excellent guardian against the machinations of her sister, the dread Queen ERESHKIGAL of KUR. With the Name and Number of INANNA, no Priest need fear to walk into the very depths of the Underworld; for being armed, in Her armour, he is similar to the Goddess. It was thus that I descended into the foul pits that lie gaping beneath the crust of the earth, and commanded demons.
She is similarly the Goddess of Love, and bestows a favourable bride upon any man who desires it, and who makes the proper sacrifice.
BUT KNOW THAT INANNA TAKES HER OWN FOR HER OWN, AND THAT ONCE CHOSEN BY HER NO MAN MAY TAKE ANOTHER BRIDE.
This is her Seal, which you must engrave on Copper, Venus being exalted in the Heavens, with no one about watching its construction. Being finished, it is to be wrapped in the purest silk and lain safely away, only to be removed when need arises, at any time.
The Number of INANNA is Fifteen, by which Number she is frequently known in the incantations of the Dispensation, her Seal is the following.
This God of the Sun is the Lord SHAMMASH, son of NANNA. He is seated upon a throne of gold, wearing a crown of two horns, holding a sceptre aloft in his right hand and a flame disk in his life, sending rays in every direction. He is the God of Light and of life. His colour is Gold. His Essence is to be found in gold, and in all golden objects and plants. He is sometimes called UDUU. His Gate is the Fourth you will pass in the rituals that follow. His Step on the great Ladder of Lights is Gold.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave in gold, when the Sun is exalted in the heavens, alone on a mountain top or some such place close to the Rays, but alone. Being finished, it should be wrapped in a square of the finest silk and lain aside until such time as it is needed.
The Number os SHAMMASH is Twenty and this is his Seal:
The God of Mars is the mighty NERGAL.
He has the head of a man on the body of a lion, and bears a sword and a flail. He is the God of War, and of the fortunes of War. He was sometimes though to be an agent of the Ancient Ones, for he dwelt in CUTHA for a time. His colour is dark red. His essence is to be found in Iron, and in all weapons made to spill the blood of men and of animals. His Gate is the Fifth you will see as you pass the Zones in the rituals that follow. His Step on the Ladder of Light is Red.
This is his Seal, which must be engraved on a plate of Iron, or on paper in blood, when Mars is in exaltation in the heavens. It is best done at night, far from the habitations of men and of animals, where you cannot be seen or heard. It must be wrapped first in heavy cloth, then in fine silk, and hid safe away until such times as it is needed. But to take not to use this Seal hastily, for it is a sharp Sword.
The Number of NERGAL is Eight and this is his Seal:
The God of Jupiter is the Lord of Magicians, MARDUK KURIOS of the Double-headed Axe. MARDUK was born of our Father, ENKI, to do battle against the forces of the Ancient Ones, and he won a powerful fight, subduing the armies of Evil and putting the Queen of the Ancient Ones beneath his foot. That Serpent is dead, but dreams. MARDUK was bestowed Fifty Names and Powers by the Council of the Elder Gods, which Powers he retains to this day. His colour is Purple.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave on a plate of tin or of brass, when Jupiter is strong in the heavens, while making special invocation to ENKI Our Master. This shall be wrought as the others, and wrapped in pure silk and lain away until the time for its use. Know that MARDUK appears as a mighty warrior with a long beard and a flaming disk in his hands. He carries a bow and a quiver of arrows, and treads about the heavens keeping the Watch. Take care to summon his assistance in only the most terrible of circumstances, for his might is powerful and his anger fierce. When thou hast need of the power of the star Jupiter, call instead one of the appropriate Powers listed within these
The Number of Marduk is Ten and this is his Seal:
The God of Saturn is NINIB called ADAR, the Lord of Hunters and of Strength. He appears with a crown of horns and a long sword, wearing a lion’s skin. he is the final Zonei before the terrible IGIGI. His colour is the darkest black. His Essence is to be found in lead, in the burnt embers of the fire , and in things of death and of antiquity. The horns of a stag are his symbol. His Gate is the Last you will come upon in the rites that follow. His Step on the Ladder of Lights is Black.
This is his Seal, which you must engrave on a leaden plate or bowl, keeping it well hidden from the eyes of the profane. It should be wrapped and put away as all the others, until its use is desired. It should never be removed when the Sun is in the sky, but only after the night has fallen and the earth grown black, for NINIB knows the best the ways of the demons that prowl among the shadows, looking for sacrifice. he knows best the territories of the Ancient Ones, the practices of their worshippers, and the locations of the Gates. His realm is the realm of the Night of Time.
His Number is Four, as the quarters of the Earth, and the following is his Seal:
THE BOOK OF ENTRANCE, AND OF THE WALKING THE BOOK OF ENTRANCE THIS is the Book of Entrance to the Seven Zones above the Earth, which Zones were known to the Chaldeans, and to the ancient races that preceded them among the lost temples of UR. Know that these Zones are governed by the celestial spirits, and that passage may be had by the Priest through those lands that border on the Unzoned Wastes beyond. Know that, when Walking thus through the Sea of Spheres, he should leave his Watcher behind that It may guard his body and his property , lest he be slain unawares and must wander throughout eternity among the dark spaces between Stars, or else be devoured by the wrathful IGIGI that dwell beyond
Know that thou must keep purified for the space of one moon for the Entrance to the first Step, one moon between the First and the Second Step, and again between the Second and the Third, and so on in like manner. Thou must abstain from spilling thy seed in any manner for like period of time, but thou mayest worship at the Temple of ISHTAR, provided thou lose not thine Essence. And this is a great secret.
perfectly in its duties, providing it with a time and a place whereby it may serve thee and surround thee with a flaming sword, in every direction.
Thou must needs prepare an alter to face the North, having upon it the statues of thine deities, or some such suitable Images, an offering bowl, and a brazier. Upon the earth should be inscribed the Gate appropriate to the Walking. If above thee is the Sky, so much the better. If there be a roof above thine head, it must be free from all hangings. Not even a lamp should be suspended over thee, save in Operations of Calling, which is discussed elsewhere (if the Gods grant me the time!). The only light shall be from the four lamps upon the ground, at each of the four Gates of the Earth: of the North, one lamp; pf the East, one lamp; of the South, one lamp; and of the West, one lamp. The oil should be pure, with no odour, or else sweet-smelling. The perfumes in the brazier should also be sweet-smelling, or especially appropriate to the Star where thou wouldst desire Entrance, after the fashion of thy country.
The Seven Gates here follow:
THIS IS THE FIRST GATE THE GATE OF NANNA, CALLED SIN:
THIS IS THE SECOND GATE, OF NEBO:
THIS IS THE THIRD GATE, OF INANNA CALLED ISHTAR:
THIS IS THE FOURTH GATE, OF SHAMMASH, CALLED UDDU:
THIS IS THE FIFTH GATE, OF NERGAL:
THIS IS THE SIXTH GATE, OF LORD MARDUK:
THIS IS THE SEVENTH GATE, OF NINIB, CALLED ADAR:
And the Ritual of the Walking must follow the formulae herein described:
First, thou must observe the moon of purification. In this time, thou mayest not eat meat for the space of seven days preceding the last day of the moon, and for the space of three days preceding the last dat of the moon thou mayest not eat anything whatsoever, save to drink sweet water. On the last three days, thou must invoke, in addition to thy God and Goddess, the Three Great Elder Ones, ANU, ENLIL, ENKI, by their proper invocations.
Second, on the Night of the Walking, which must be the thirteenth night of the moon, having begun on the previous thirteenth night, thou must approach the Gate with awe and respect. Thy Temple is exorcised. Thou must light the Fire and conjure it, but the invocation of the God of Fire , and pour incense thereon. Thou must make offering to the Deities on the altar.
Third, thou must light the four lamps from the flaming brazier, reciting the invocation proper to each of these Watchtowers in its proper place, summoning the respective Star.
Fifth, thou must take the Seal of the Star in thy right hand, and whisper its Name softly upon it.
Sixth, thou must recite the Incantation of the Walking, loudly, and in a clear voice, as thou walkest about the Gate in a circular fashion, beginning at the North and walking to the East, then to the South, and to the West, the Number of turns being equal to the special Number of the Star.
For what comes on the Wind can only be slain by he who knows the Wind; and what comes on the seas can only be slain by he who knows the Waters. This is it written, in the Ancient Covenant.
THE INCANTATIONS OF THE GATES
THE INVOCATION OF THE NANNA GATE
Spirit of the Moon, Remember! NANNA, Father of the Astral Gods, Remember! In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men, I call to Thee! Hearken, and Remember! From the Gates of the Earth, I call Thee! From the Four Gates of the Land KI, I pray to Thee! O Lord, Hero of the Gods, who in heaven and upon the earth is exalted! Lord NANNA, of the Race of ANU, hear me! Lord NANNA, called SIN, hear me! Lord NANNA, Father of the Gods of UR, hear me! Lord NANNA, God of the Shining Crown of Night, hear me! Maker of Kings, Progenitor of the Land, Giver of the Gilded Sceptre, Hear me and Remember! Mighty Father, Whose thought is beyond the comprehension of gods and men, Hear me and Remember! Gate of the Great Gates of the Spheres, open unto me! Master of the IGIGI, swing open Thy Gate! Master of the ANNUNAKI, open the Gate to the Stars! IA NAMRASIT! IA SIN! IA NANNA! BASTAMAAGANASTA IA KIA KANPA! MAGABATHI-YA NANNA KANPA! MASHRITA NANNA ZIA KANPA! IA MAG! IA GAMAG! IA ZAGASTHENA KIA! ASHTAG KARELLIOSH!
THE INVOCATION OF THE NEBO GATE
Spirit of the Swift Planet, Remember! NEBO, Custodian of the Gods, Remember! NEBO, Father of the Sacred Writing, Remember! In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men, I call to Thee! Hearken, and Remember! From the Gate of the Great God NANNA, I call to Thee! By the Name which I was given on the Lunar Sphere, I call to Thee! Lord NEBO, who does not know of Thy Wisdom?
Lord NEBO, who does not know of Thy Magic? Lord NEBO, what spirit, on earth or in heavens, is not conjured by Thy mystic Writing? Lord NEBO, what spirit, on earth or in the heavens, is not compelled by the Magic of Thy spells? NEBO KURIOS! Lord of the Subtle Arts, Open the Gate to the Sphere of Thy Spirit! NEBO KURIOS! Master of the Chemical Science, Open the Gate to the Sphere of Thy Workings! Gate of the Swift Planet, MERKURIOS, Open unto me! IA ATHZOTHTU! IA ANGAKU! IA ZI NEBO! MARZAS ZI FORNIAS KANPA! LAZHAKAS SHIN TALAS KANPA! NEBOS ATHANATOS KANPA! IA GAASH! IA SAASH! IA KAKOLOMANI-YASH! IA MAAKALLI!
THE INVOCATION OF THE ISHTAR GATE
Spirit of Venus, Remember! ISHTAR, Mistress of the Gods, Remember! ISHTAR, Queen of the Land of the Rising of the Sun, Remember! Lady of Ladies, Goddess of Goddesses, ISHTAR, Queen of all People, Remember! O Bright Rising, Torch of the Heaven and of the Earth, Remember! O Destroyer of the Hostile Hordes, Remember! Lioness, Queen of the Battle, Hearken and Remember! From the Gate of the Great God NEBO, I call Thee! By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of NEBO, I call to Thee! Lady, Queen of Harlots and of Soldiers, I call to Thee! Lady, Mistress of Battle and of Love, I pray Thee, Remember! In the Name of the Covenant, sworn between Thee and the Race of Men, I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember! Suppressor of the Mountains! Supporter of arms! Deity of Men! Goddess of Women! Where Thou gazest, the Dead live! ISHTAR, Queen of Night, Open Thy Gate to me! ISHTAR, Lady of the Battle, Open wide Thy Gate! ISHTAR, Sword of the People, Open Thy Gate to me! ISHTAR, Lady of the Gift of Love, Open wide Thy Gate! Gate of the Gentle Planet, LIBAT, Open unto me! IA GUSHE-YA! IA INANNA! IA ERNINNI-YA! ASHTA PA MABACHA CHA KUR ENNI-YA! RABBMI LO-YAK ZI ISHTARI KANPA! INANNA ZI AMMA KANPA! BI ZAMMA KANPA! IA IA IA BE-YI RAZULUKI!
THE INVOCATION OF THE SHAMMASH GATE
Spirit of the Sun, Remember! SHAMMASH, Lord of the Fiery Disk, Remember! In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and Race of Men, I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember! From the Gate of the Beloved ISHTAR, the Sphere of LIBAT, I call to Thee! Illuminator of Darkness, Destroyer of Evil, Lamp of Wisdom, I call to Thee! SHAMMASH, Bringer of Light, I call to Thee! KUTULU is burned by Thy Might! AZAG-THOTH is fallen off His Throne before Thee! ISHNIGARRAB is scorched black by Thy rays! Spirit of the Burning Disk, Remember! Spirit of the Never-Ending Light, Remember! Spirit of the Rending of the Veils of the Night, Dispeller of Darkness, Remember! Spirit of the Opening of the Day, Open wide Thy Gate! Spirit Who rises between the Mountains with splendour, Open Thy Gate to me! By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of ISHTAR, I ask Thy Gate to open! Gate of the Sun, Open to me! Gate of the Golden Sceptre, Open to me! Gate of the Life-Giving Power, Open! Open! IA UDDU-YA! IA RUSSULUXI! SAGGTAMARANIA! IA! IA! ATZARACHI-YA! ATZARELECHI-YU! BARTALAKATAMANI-YA KANPA! ZI DINGIR UDDU-YA KANPA! ZI DINGIR USHTU-YA KANPA! ZI SHTA! ZI DARAKU! ZI BELURDUK! KANPA! IA SHTA KANPA! IA!
THE INVOCATION OF THE NERGAL GATE
Spirit of the Red Planet,Remember! NERGAL, God of War, Remember! NERGAL, Vanquisher of Enemies, Commander of Hosts, Remember! NERGAL, Slayer of Lions and of Men, Remember! In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men, I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember! From the Great Gate of the Lord SHAMMASH, the Sphere of the Sun, I call to Thee! NERGAL, God of the Sacrifice of Blood, Remember! NERGAL, Lord of the Offerings of Battle, Ravager of the Enemy’s Towns, Devourer of the flesh of Man, Remember! NERGAL, Wielder of the Mighty Sword, Remember! NERGAL, Lord of Arms and Armies, Remember!
THE INVOCATION OF THE MARDUK GATE
Spirit of the Great Planet, Remember! MARDUK, God of Victory Over the Dark Angels, Remember! MARDUK, Lord of All the Lands, Remember! MARDUK, Son of ENKI, Master of Magicians, Remember! MARDUK, Vanquisher of the Ancient Ones, Remember! MARDUK, Who gives the Stars their Powers, Remember! MARDUK, Who assigns the Wanderers their Places, Remember! Lord of the Worlds, and of The Spaces Between, Remember! First among the Astral Gods, Hearken and Remember! In the Name of the Covenant sworn between Thee and the Race of Men I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember! From the Gate of the Mighty NERGAL, the Sphere of the Red Planet, I call to Thee! Hearken and Remember! MARDUK, Lord of the Fifty Powers, Open Thy Gates to me! MARDUK, God of Fifty Names, Open Thy Gates to Thy Servant! By the Name which I was given on the Sphere of NERGAL, I call to Thee to Open! Gate of the Great God, Open! Gate of the God of the Double-Headed Axe, Open! Gate of the Lord of the World Between the Worlds, Open! Gate of the Conqueror of the Monsters from the Sea, Open! Gate of the Golden City of SAGALLA, Open! IA DAG! IA GAT! IA MARGOLQBABBONNESH! IA MARRUTUKKU! IA TUKU! SUHRIM SUHGURIM! ZAHRIM ZAHGURIM! AXXANNGABANNAXAXAGANNABABILLUK
THE INVOCATION OF THE NINIB GATE
THE CONJURATION OF THE FIRE GOD
Spirit of the Fire , Remember! GIBIL, Spirit of the Fire , Remember! GIRRA, Spirit of the Flames, Remember! O God of Fire , Mighty Son of ANU, Most terrifying among Thy Brothers, Rise! O God of the Furnace, God of Destruction, Remember! Rise Up, O God of Fire , GIBIL in Thy Majesty, and devour my enemies! Rise up, O God of Fire , GIRRA in Thy Power, and burn the sorcerers who persecute me! GIBIL GASHRU UMANA YANDURU TUSHTE YESH SHIR ILLANI U MA YALKI!
GISHBAR IA ZI IA IA ZI DINGIR GIRRA KANPA! Rise up, Son of the Flaming Disk of ANU! Rise up, Offspring of the Golden Weapon of MARDUK! It is not I , but ENKI, Master of the Magicians, who summons Thee! It is not I, but MARDUK, Slayer of the Serpent, who calls Thee here now! Burn the Evil and the Evildoer! Burn the Sorcerer and the Sorceress! Singe them! Burn them! Destroy them! Consume their powers! Carry them away! Rise up, GISHBAR BA GIBBIL BA GIRRA ZI AGA KANPA! Spirit of the God of Fire , Thou art Conjured! KAKKAMMANUNU!
THE CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER THIS is the Book of the Conjuration of the Watcher, for formulae as I received them from the Scribe of ENKI, Our Master and Lord of All Magic. Great care must be taken that this untamed Spirit does not rise up against the Priest, and for that reason a preliminary sacrifice must be made in a clean and new bowl with the appropriate sigils inscribed thereupon, being the three grey carven signs of the Rock of my initiation, which are:
They must be engraved upon the bowl with a fine stylus, or painted thereon with dark ink. The sacrifice must be new bread, pine resin, and the grass Olieribos. These must be burned in the new bowl, and the Sword of the Watcher, with his Sigil engraved thereupon,
at hand, for he will inhabit such at the time of the Calling of the Watcher and will depart when he is given license to depart.
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.
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 Magic Waters. And for this reason They are sometimes called the Three Watchers, MASS SSARATI and the Watcher MASS SSARATU, or KIA MASS SSARATU.
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. And the Watcher aloft the Sword of Flames, and even the Elder Gods are awed thereby. And sometimes the Watcher appears as a Man in A long Robe, shaven, with eyes that never lose their stare. 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.
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. 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.
THE PRELIMINARY INVOCATION When the time has come to summon the Watcher the first time, the place of thy calling must be clean, and a double circle of flour drawn about thee. And there should be no altar, but only the new Bowl with the three carven signs on it. And the Conjuration of the Fire should be made, and the sacrifices heaped thereupon, into the burning bowl. And the Bowl is now called AGA MASS SSARATU, and to be used for no other purpose, save to invoke the Watcher.
And the bowl must be lain between the Circles, facing the Northeast. And thy vestments should be black, and thy cap black. And the Sword must be at hand, but not yet in the ground. And it must be the Darkest Hour of the Night. And there must be no light, save for the AGA MASS SSARATU. And the Conjuration of the Three must be made, thus:
ISS MASS SSARATI SHA MUSHI LIPSHURU RUXISHA LIMNUTI! IZIZANIMMA ILANI RABUTI SHIMA YA DABABI! DINA DINA ALAKTI LIMDA!
ALSI KU NUSHI ILANI MUSHITI! IA MASS SSARATI ISS MASS SSARATI BA IDS 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.
This being said, at the words IDS MASS SSARATU the Sword must be thrust into the ground behind the AGA MASS SSARATU with force. And the Watcher will appear for the instructions to be made by the Priest.
THE NORMAL INVOCATION OF THE WATCHER This Invocation is to be made during the course of any Ceremony when it is necessary to summon the Watcher to preside over the outer precincts of the Circle or Gate. The Sword is to be thrust into the ground as before, in the Northeast section, but the AGA MASS SSARATU is not necessary LEST THOU HAST NOT MADE SACRIFICE TO THINE WATCHER IN THE SPACE OF ONE MOON in which case it is necessary to sacrifice to It anew whether in that Ceremony or at some other, earlier.
Raise the Copper Dagger of INANNA of the Calling, and declaim the Invocation in a clear voice, be it loud or soft:
IA MASS SSARATU! I conjure Thee by the Fire of GIRRA The Veils of Sunken Varloorni, And by the Lights of SHAMMASH. I call Thee here, before me, in visible shadow In beholdable Form, to Watch and Protect this Sacred Circle,this Holy Gate of (N.) May He of the Name Unspeakable, the Number Unknowable, Whom no man hath seen at any time, Whom no geometer measureth, Whom no wizard hath ever called CALL THEE HERE NOW! Rise up, by ANU I summon Thee! Rise up, by ENLIL I summon Thee! Rise up, by ENKI I summon Thee! Cease to be the Sleeper of EGURRA. Cease to lie unwaking beneath the Mountains of KUR. Rise up, from the pits of ancient holocausts! Rise up, from the old Abyss of NARR MARRATU! Come, by ANU! Come, by ENLIL! Come, by ENKI! In the Name of the Covenant, Come and Rise up before me! IA MASS SSARATU! IA MASS SSARATU! IA MASS SSARATU ZI KIA KANPA!
BARRGOLOMOLONETH KIA! SHTAH!
At this point, the Watcher will surely come and stand outside the Gate or Circle until such time as he is given the license to depart by striking of the Priest’s left hand on the hilt of the Sword, while pronouncing the formula BARRA MASS SSARATU! BARRA!
Thou mayest not depart thine sacred precincts until the Watcher has been given this license, else he will devour thee. Such are the laws.
And he care not what he Watches, only that he obey the Priest.
THE MAKLU TEXT HERE are the Banishments, the Burnings, and the Bindings handed down to us by ENKI, the Master. They are to be performed over the AGA MASS SSARATU by the Priest, with the appropriate images as described herein. The incantations must be recited after the Watcher has been summoned, and he will do the deeds set down for him by the incantations. When he returns, he is to be dismissed as set down previously. Know that, when images are used, they must be burned utterly, and the ashes buried in safe ground where none may find them, else to touch them would mean death.
Know that the Evil Spirits are principally Seven, for the Seven Maskim who tear away the heart of a man and mock his Gods. And their Magic is very strong, and they are the Lords over the shadows and over the depths of the Seas, and reigned once, it is said, over MAGAN, whence they came. The banishings, or exorcisms, are to be pronounced in a clear voice without trembling, without shaking. The arms should be held over the head in the attitude of a Priest of SHAMMASH, and the eyes must behold the Spirit of the God SHAMMASH, even though it be the time of the Sleeping of SHAMMASH behind the Mountains of the Scorpion.
No word must be changed. These must not be shown to any but the properly instructed. To show them to anyone Other is to ask the curse of NINNGHIZHIDA on yourself and upon your generations.
The Book MAKLU of the Burnings: THE EXORCISM OF THE CROWN OF ANU The Priest, in time of peril, shall put on the spotless white crown of ANU with the Eightrayed Seal and stand in the prescribed manner with the Tablets of Calling on his breast and the copper Dagger of INANNA in his right hand, aloft.
For, it is said, if a man builds a fire , does he no build it in a Pit, that he might not be harmed thereby? Thus is it true of the UDUGGU we call, for they are like Fire and every caution must be used lest they consume the magician and his entire generation.
Thus, the Exorcism of ANU I have put the Starry Crown of Heaven, the potent Disk of ANU on my head That a kindly Spirit and a kindly Watcher Like the God that hath made me May stand at my head always To life me to favour with the Elder Gods UDUGGHUL ALLACHUL MALLACHUL MASQIMCHUL DINGIRCHUL No Evil Spirit No Evil Demon No Evil God No Evil Fiend No Hag Demon No Filth-Eating Demon No Thieving Demon No Shadow of the Night No Shell of the Night No Mistress of the Demon No Offspring of the Demon No Evil Spell No Enchantment No Sorcery NO EVIL IN THE WORLD OR UNDER IT OVER THE WORLD OR INSIDE THE WORLD MAY SEIZE ME HERE! BARRA ANTE MALDA! BARRA ANGE GE YENE! ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA! ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA! GAGGAMANNU!
A CONJURATION AGAINST THE SEVEN LIERS-IN-WAIT
They are Seven They are Seven In the depths of the ocean, they are Seven In the shining heavens, they are Seven They proceed from the ocean depths
They proceed from the hidden retreat They are neither male nor female These which stretch themselves out like chains They have no spouse They beget not children They are strangers to charity They ignore prayers They scoff at wishes They are vermin that come forth from the Mountains of MASHU Enemies of Our Master ENKI They are the vengeance of the Ancient Ones Raising up difficulties Obtaining power through wickedness The Enemies! The Enemies! The Seven Enemies! They are Seven! They are Seven! They are Seven times Seven! Spirit of the Sky, Remember! Spirit of the Earth, Remember!
THE EXORCISM BARRA EDINNAZU FOR SPIRITS WHO ATTACK THE CIRCLE
ZI ANNA KANPA! ZI KIA KANPA! GALLU BARRA! NAMTAR BARRA! ASHAK BARRA! GIGIM BARRA! ALAL BARRA! TELAL BARRA! MASQIM BARRA! UTUQ BARRA! IDPA BARRA! LALARTU BARRA! LALLASSU BARRA! AKHKHARU BARRA! URUKKU BARRA! KIELGALAL BARRA! LILITU BARRA! UTUQ XUL EDIN NA ZU! ALLA XUL EDIN NA ZU! GIGIM XUL EDIN NA ZU! MULLA XUL EDIN NA ZU! DINGIRXUL EDIN NA ZU! MASQIM XUL EDIN NA ZU! BARRA!
EDINNAZU! ZI ANNA KANPA! ZI KIA KANPA!
THE EXORCISM ZI DINGIR (To be used against any kind of curse)
ZI DINGIR NNGI E NE KANPA ZI DINGIR NINGI E NE KANPA ZI DINGIR ENNUL E NE KANPA ZI DINGIR NINNUL E NE KANPA ZI DINGIR ENN KURKUR E NE KANPA ZI DINGIR NINN KURKUR E NE KANPA ZI DINGIR N DA SHURRIM MA KANPA ZI DINGIR NINNDA SHURRIM MA KANPA ZI DINGIR ENDUL AAZAG GA KANPA ZI DINGIR NINNDUL AAZAG GA KANPA ZI DINGIR ENUHDDIL LA KANPA ZI DINGIR NINN UHDDIL LA KANPA ZI DINGIR ENMESHIR RAA KANPA ZI DINGIR NINNME SHIR RAA KANPA ZI DINGIR ENAA MAA A DINGIR ENLIL LAAGE KANPA ZI DINGIR NINNA MAA A DINGIR NINNLIL LAAGE KANPA ZI DINGIR SSISGI GISH MA SAGBA DAA NI IDDA ENNUBALLEMA KANPA ZI DINGIR BHABBHAR L’GAL DEKUD DINGIR RI ENNEGE KANPA ZI DINGIR NINNI DUGGAANI DINGIR A NNUNNA IA AN SAGGNNUUNGA GATHA GAN ENE KANPA!
THE EXORCISM AGAINST AZAG-THOTH AND HIS EMISSARIES (An image must be made of a throne-chair, and put into the flames of the AGA MASS SSARATU while chanting the following exorcism.)
Boil! Boil! Burn! Burn! UTUK XUL TA ARDATA! Who art thou, whose son? Who are thou, whose daughter? What sorcery, what spells, has brought thee here? May ENKI, the Master of Magicians, free me! May ASHARILUDU, son of ENKI, free me! May they bring to nought your vile sorceries! I chain you! I bind you! I deliver you to GIRRA Lord of the Flames
Who sears, burns, enchains Of whom even mighty KUTULU has fear! May GIRRA arms! May GIBIL, the Lord of Fire , give power to my Magic! Injustice, murder, freezing of the loins, Rending of the bowels, devouring of the flesh, and madness In all ways hast thou persecuted me! Mad God of CHAOS! May GIRRA free me! AZAG-THOTH TA ARDATA! IA MARDUK! IA MARDUK! IA ASALLUXI! You have chosen me for a corpse. You have delivered me to the Skull. You have sent Phantoms to haunt me. You have send vampires to haunt me. To the wandering Ghosts of the Wastes, have you delivered me. To the Phantoms of the fallen ruins, have you delivered me. To the deserts, the wastes, the forbidden lands, you have handed me over. Open Thy Mouth In Sorceries Against Me No More! I have handed thine image over Into the flames of GIBIL! Burn, Mad Fiend! Boil, Mad God! May the Burning GIRRA untie thy knots! May the Flames of GIBIL untie your cord! May the Law of the Burning seize your throat! May the Law of the Burning avenge me! It is not I, but MARDUK, son of ENKI, Masters in Magic, that commands Thee! KAKKAMMU! KANPA!
INCANTATION AGAINST THE ANCIENT ONES (To be recited each year, when the Bear hangs from its Tail in the Heavens)
Destructive Storms and Evil Winds are they An evil blast, herald of the baneful storm An evil blast, forerunner of the baneful storm They are mighty children, Ancient Ones Heralds of Pestilence Throne-bearers of NINNKIGAL They are the flood which rusheth through the Land Seven Gods of the Broad Heavens Seven Gods of the Broad Earth Seven Ancient Ones are They Seven Gods of Might Seven Evil Gods
Seven Evil Demons Seven Demons of Oppression Seven in Heaven Seven on Earth UTUG XUL ALA XUL GIDIM XUL MULLA XUL DINGIR XUL MASQIM XUL ZI ANNA KANPA! ZI KIA KANPA ZI DINGIR ENLIL LA LUGAL KURKUR RA GE KANPA! ZI DINGIR NINLIL LA NIN KURKUR RA GE KANPA! ZI DINGIR NINIB IBILA ESHARRA GE KANPA! ZI DINGIR NINNI NIN KURKUR RA GE KANPA! ZI DINGIR A NUNNA DINGIR GALGALLA E NE KANPA! ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA! ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA! BABABARARARA ANTE MALDADA! BABABARARARA ANTE GEGE ENENE!
INCANTATION OF PROTECTION AGAINST THE WORKERS OF THE ANCIENT ONES
SHAMMASH SHA KASHSHAPIYA KASSHAP TIYA EPISHYA MUSHTEPISH TIYA! Kima Tinur khuturshuna l’rim! Lichulu Lizubu u Littaattuku! E Pishtashunu Kima meh naadu ina tikhi likhtu! SHUNU LIMUTUMA ANAKU LU’UBLUYI! SHUNU LINISHUMA ANAKU LU’UDNIN! SHUNU LI’IKTISHUMA ANAKU LUUPPATARI! Tirrama shaluti Sha Kashshapti Sha Ruchi ye Ipushu Shupi yi arkhish Uppu yush! ZI DINGIR GAL KESHSHEBA KANPA!
(This to be recited Seven times in the Circle of Flour before the AGA MASS SSARATU when it is found that the worshippers of TIAMAT are raising Powers against thee or thy neighbourhood. Or, it may said when the Great Bear is suspended from his Tail in the Heavens, which is the Time the baneful worshippers gather for their Rites, and by which they mark their calendar. The mercy of ANU be upon thee!)
THE EXORCISM AGAINST THE POSSESSING SPIRIT (This to be said when the body of possessed is distant, or when secrecy must be maintained. To be performed within thy Circle, before the Watcher.)
The wicked God The wicked Demon The Demon of the Desert The Demon of the Mountain The Demon of the Sea The Demon of the Marsh The wicked Genius The Enormous Larvae The wicked Winds The Demon that seizeth the body The Demon that rendeth the body SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER! SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER! The Demon that seizeth man The Demon that seizeth man The GIGIM who worketh Evil The Spawn of the wicked Demon SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER! SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER! He who forges images He who casts spells The Evil Angel The Evil Eye The Evil Mouth The Evil Tongue The Evil Lip The Most Perfect Sorcery SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER! SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER! NINNKIGAL, Spouse of NINNAZU May she cause him to turn his face toward the Place where she is! May the wicked Demons depart! May they seize one another! May they feed on one another’s bones! SPIRIT OF THE SKY, REMEMBER! SPIRIT OF THE EARTH, REMEMBER!
THE EXORCISM ANNAKIA
(A conjuration of Heaven and Earth and All Between against the Possessing Spirit, to be recited seven times over the body of the possessed person till the spirit issueth forth from his nose and mouth in the form of liquid and fire , like unto green oils. Then the person shall be whole, and shall sacrifice to INANNA at her Temple. And this must not be omitted, lest the spirit return to what INANNA has cast off.)
ZI DINGIR ANNA KANPA! ZI DINGIR KIA KANPA! ZI DINGIR URUKI KANPA! ZI DINGIR NEBO KANPA! ZI DINGIR ISHTAR KANPA! ZI DINGIR SHAMMASH UDDU KANPA! ZI DINGIR NERGAL KANPA! ZI DINGIR MARDUK KANPA! ZI DINGIR NINIB ADDAR KANPA! ZI DINGIR IGIGI KANPA! ZI DINGIR ANNUNNAKIA KANPA ZI DINGIR ENLIL LA LUGAL KURKURRAGE KANPA! ZI DINGIR NENLIL LA NINKURKURRAGE KANPA! ZI DINGIR NINIB IBBILA ESHARRAGE KANPA! ZI DINGIR NINNINI KURKURRAGE GIGSHI INN BHABBHARAGE KANPA! ZI DINGIR ANNUNNA DINGIR GALGALLAENEGE KANPA! KAKAMMU!
THE BINDING OF THE EVIL SORCERERS (When thou art haunted by the spells of the worshippers of the Ancient Ones, make images of them, one male and one female, and burn them in the flames of the AGA MASS SSARATU, while pronouncing the following Incantation of the Binding:)
I invoke you, Gods of the Night Together with you I call to the Night, to the Covered Woman I call in the Evening, at Midnight, and in the Morning Because they have enchanted me The sorcerer and the sorceress have bound me My God and my Goddess cry over me. I am plagued with pain because of illness. I stand upright, I cannot lie down Neither during the night nor during the day. They have stuffed my mouth with cords! They have closes my mouth with grass! They have made the water of my drink scarce. My joy is sorrow, and my merriment is grief. Arise! Great Gods! Hear my waiting! Obtain justice! Take notice of my Ways!