“Ptah conceives the world by the thought of his heart and gives life through the magick of his Word.”
While an article on Hephaestus alone could be considered useful, any discussion about Hephaestus always seems a bit incomplete without including other archetypal craftsmen, creators or dwarves. Hellenic concepts of deity stay very close to humans themselves – all of the Olympians had the same old vices and soap opera drama that plague us. In some ways, this Greek pragmatism is admirable. There is No God but Man, right? In other ways it fails to give us anywhere to actually go. The Egyptians were to the Hellenic people as elves were to dwarves – xenophobic with intricate and ornate ritual and magickal temple societies, they despised their Hellenic conquerors. Yet both societies had much to learn from each other – something the Greeks picked up on immediately as they began curiously learning all they could about Kemetic religious and occult thought. The Egyptians refrained from enthusiastically embracing the inevitable change, and their civilization crumbled. Today, their genetic lineage certainly survives, but the Islamic totalitarianism governing Egypt shuts down any progress regarding magick or even religion.
The dwarf is a powerful image in our species. It has been with us since the dawn of time and continues on in our modern imagination – practically every RPG and fantasy movie has a dwarf in it, somewhere. The archetype of the dwarf is important in magick as it is considered to be not only synonymous with the higher self, (“But the “Small Person” of Hindu mysticism, the Dwarf insane yet crafty of many legends in many lands, is also this same “Holy Ghost”, or Silent Self of a man, or his Holy Guardian Angel.” The Law is for All, Aleister Crowley,) but is seen in three very important, almost indispensable godforms:[Continue Reading]
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The old Ningishzidda Rising thread has been reposted within Abrahadabra Forums. Non-members can read a preview below. [Members can skip this intro and read the article now]
It’s headed by a massive article commissioned by m1thr0s 729 and written by Izi Ningishzidda, intended as an update and facelift to the older and hopelessly outdated old thread header. m1thr0s had created that information way back in 2001, detailing the few known attributes of this significant deity. After years of study and digging through the stacks, this academic information now forms the core of our knowledge about Ningishzidda, who he is, who his family is, and why it might make any difference to occultists and especially Thelemites. We have always known he directly relates to Abrahadabra in some very unusual ways, but those coincidences and synergy kept rolling in long after m1thr0s discovered the name matched Abrahadabra’s numeration in the Qabbala of the Nine Chambers. Feel free to join in the conversation if you are a member of The Abrahadabra Institute!
One of the very first tasks m1thr0s set me upon is the research into the Lo Shu Square and its nine elements. While at the large downtown Memphis library, I set about some extracurricular activity on one of our favorite subjects, the god Ningishzidda. The results of that journey lead me to some pretty amazing stuff, and after some time, he tasked me on creating a large replacement article for the old “Ningishzidda Rising” thread he had started a long time ago. I can’t imagine a more volatile and charismatic godform, especially one that has personally touched so many of the lives of my comrades or rivals in magick – many times in disturbing and violent ways. I first came across his name when m1thr0s[…]
The caduceus is centered at the lip of the beaker so that liquid seems to pour from the top of the caduceus. With their scorpion tails, twining ophidian bodies, eagle taloned hind feet, the dangerous and divinely crowned creature supports and upholds the double twined serpents who represent Ningishzidda. In the Enûma Eliš, the Babylonian creation epic, Tiamat is said to have “clothed the raging lion-dragons with fearsomeness”. The winged lion dragon is considered to be so powerful as to be unrivalled in battle, hence its name also became a noun used to describe ultimate rulers. Similar in shape to the Mushussu, the Usumgallu would probably safely be considered a variant of the Mushussu, but it does have wings. The scorpion’s stinger is borrowed from another denizen of the Mesopotamian plains to form a malicious tail, while its hind feet and wings are taken from a raptor.
The style of the dragons became corrupted over time so that the gates of Babalon have a composite between the Mushussu and Usumgallu as the serpentine guardians, while lions, more realistically interpreted, are also present.It is important to note that the Babylonian times came thousands of years after the Sumerians peak and they must be taken in light of this passage of time and the great differences between the Sumerian and Semitic tribes, and even between Assyria and Babylon. Babylon did not worship Ningishzidda or his son Ninazu, known to them as Tispak, in the same way the Sumerians, Assyrians and Elamites did. [read more…]
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