• hexagrammal fields •

Hexagrammal Fields is one of the defining characteristics of Mutational Alchemy overall that makes it distinct from every other form of spiritual alchemy on Earth. Whether we are dealing with the 64 binary hexagrams or the 729 ternary hexagrams, the ability to build any hexagram according to a rational and uniform logic puts Mutational Alchemy in a league by itself. It is one thing to divine a hexagram according to traditional methods. It is quite another thing to position ourselves within it and construct it at will as a controlled visualization exercise. This gives us a tenable form of Will Magick quite unlike anything which has ever been demonstrated in the past.

Hypothetically we can do whatever we want to when it comes to aligning the 32 hexagrammal pairs to the 32 Paths of Wisdom on the Tree of Life. The problem is that there is no way to know if our assertions are right or wrong. Neither the Tree of Life nor the 64 binary hexagrams follow an exact chronological ordering, yet both follow an implied chronological ordering from end to end. When Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz studied the YiJing in the 1600’s he discovered an intriguing thing. The older of the two systems he examined (called the Early Heaven sequence) followed an exact reverse numerical arrangement where the later sequence (commonly called the King Wen arrangement) did not follow any. For its part, the Tree of Life starts out following an exact chronological arrangement in order from 1-10 but suffers several unaccountable breaks thereafter. The Proximity Principle steps up to repair the damage to the Tree but correcting the hexagrams leads us into more complex realms of exploration. For one thing, the first 10 of the 32 (called the ten sephiroth) amount to the equivalent of chakras in Ayurvedic tradition. They are special among the 32 constituting the hub around which everything else unfolds.  So a perfect ordering of hexagrammal pairs will have to account for this peculiarity somehow.

four binary and nine ternary bigrams
figure #1

Here’s a couple of charts to get you thinking in terms of the basic elemental structures. For our purposes here in this article we are only going to be focusing on the smaller of the two charts with its 4 bigrams and subsequent elements. We will be using the Word of Perfection to do any actual building of structures. These are all outlined on the far right of the charts under Banner Assignments.  The Word of Perfection (discussed in greater depth on this site) is uniquely perfect for our intention of building these structures with its 3 divisions neatly corresponding to 3 line types we are confronted with here. Briefly stated, a Heaven (Yang) Line is always built with the Heaven Word (A-H-I-H); A Man (Jen) Line with the Man Word (A-H-V-H) and an Earth (Yin) Line with the Earth Word (I-H-V-H). There are more complex strategies we could invoke but in this case it is more advisable to follow the simplest possible method. 

the four pillars
figure #2

I refer to this chart as the four pillars, important because it identifies the four chronological arrangements of trigrams of which the Heaven Descending arrangement most closely parallels the 32 Paths of Wisdom. It is the numerical opposite of the Earth Ascending arrangement which is identical to the oldest Early Heaven arrangement assigned to the mythological FuXi. Mutational Alchemy utilizes both of these arrangements to arrive at its TwinTrees Arrangement, the only arrangement on earth that resolves the balancing of opposites in such a way as to account for the unique characteristics of the ten sephiroth. The chart below demonstrates how this plays out, where the first 10 sephiroth utilize the balanced/unbalanced system of hexagrams to their fullest possible advantage. A balanced hexagram is any hexagram that has the same number of yin and yang lines (always 3 each). All other hexagrams are unbalanced according to this definition. It is a mathematical anomaly that the 64 binary hexagrams have exactly 20 balanced and 44 unbalanced hex’s. Paired together in the right way we get 10 (balanced) sephiroth plus 22 (unbalanced) paths.

balanace/unbalanced hexagrammal pairs
Figure #3
Twin-Trees • Temporals Arrangement
Figure #4

Ordinarily, there is quite a bit of explanation that defines how we get from point to point in hexagrammal field theory but the purpose of this immediate article is to demonstrate the fields themselves in as short a distance as possible to the reader. Consequently, a lot of detail is being omitted from this discussion. The glyph in the above outlines the Temporals Arrangement which marks the furthest place which has currently been reached defining how the hexagrammal pairs are placed on the qaballistic Tree of Life. It is called the Temporals Arrangement due to the staggered chronology of its predecessor (called the Primordials Arrangement) giving us a division that sets the 10 sephiroth apart from the 32 Paths of Wisdom according to the balanced/unbalanced system within the 64 binary hexagrams. This results in a staggered chronology only necessary if we want to parallel the Tree of Life as closely as possible, leaving us with a division virtually identical to the division Da’ath leaves us with within the Tree of Life system. 

Hexagram #64 - Circular Pattern
Figure #5
Hexagrams 63 & 64 - Circular Pattern
Figure #6
63-64-CCW Build
Figure #7

In order to build hexagrammal structures we need to convert straight line values to circular ones. We refer to this as alchemical projection. The straight lines become circular because we posit them as such. We posit them as such because it works better and this is the long and short of it. Straight lines work fine as a kind of mental shorthand against a flat surface but lack the power to take root internally in 3 dimensions. For this we need to go the extra distance of converting them to circles which then anchor correctly internally. Occasionally a few people will experience trouble with this despite the fact that it really isn’t especially difficult. It helps to think of the lines as planes which are already circular (or spiral) in nature, whether yin, yang, or jen. In general, practise makes perfect with respect to converting lines to circles.

Choosing which hexagrams to build is especially easy since we can simply do readings, the same as you would if you were inquiring from the YiJing as an oracle. Only in Mutational Alchemy, you can derive your hexagram, study it and build it. Being able to build it allows us to go an extra step in working with our readings that imparts personal power to the hexagram and vice verse. Since we also get Tree of Life properties doing readings this way we derive a great deal more than using conventional means. 

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• Pursuing Perfection •

The pursuit of perfection underscores every major religion on earth, yet perfection has virtually never been defined in a way that is pragmatically sensible from a logical point of view. It is only in the years following the end of World War II that such a definition might even have been a practical possibility, since prior to this it would never have been thought possible that humankind might come to threaten the balance of Nature itself on a global scale. Now we know differently and as I sit here hammering out this article in 2015 the discussion of perfection takes on the question of sustainability more than at any time in human history. Avoiding the consequences of global warming would amount to a practical application of perfection! Reversing the damage done to our environment and restoring Nature’s rich bounty would amount to a caliber of perfection requiring a miraculous change of events in human behavior, not at all likely to occur.  Suddenly perfection is adopting a very real and a very urgent definition.

Religion, generally, has maintained a pretty dismal view of Earth, portraying it over and over again as something to be disparaged and escaped. Called the Realm of Exploitation, both Hinduism and Buddhism  have portrayed Earth as a place of unspeakable suffering, the only solution of which was to quit the cycle of birth and rebirth that draws us to it time and time again. While not universally viewed in this way in Judaism, distortional spin-off religions have generally followed suit with this view of the world so that perfection has been viewed as a matter of successfully escaping its clutches by one means or another. So long as Earth is viewed as the enemy of perfection there is very little chance of including it in any plans that share an imagined perfection with the Earth itself. If it turns out that either Heaven or Hell are internal states and not external places then the possibility of realizing Heaven on Earth is decidedly disadvantaged by this grim outlook of Earth.

The most noteworthy exception to this anti-earth attitude is Qabbalah which defines Earth simply as Kingdom and does not assign characteristics of good or evil to it. East-Asian Yin/Yang philosophy also does not succumb to this notion of an inherently evil Earth where Earth is viewed as the Yin Principle opposing Heaven as the Yang. Tantricism, with its emphasis on the balancing of opposites, does not hold with the idea that Earth must be subdued in order for Heaven to prevail. Heaven out of balance is just as detrimental to our collective well being as Eath run amok, so this notion of Earth as an inherently bad place is not universally held to but has become a kind of fetish among the proponents of apocalypse for whom the path to perfection has become synonymous with the suppression of Earth. The exaltation of Life, Light, Love and Liberty are viewed as universal qualities generated internally where man himself is the right and proper focus of this miraculous attainment.  The thing for us to stay attuned to is the how with respect to the pursuit of perfection. Thus Pythagoras advocates To Know Thyself as the root of philosophical inquiry. Without a keen sense of who we are on a cosmic scale we cannot hope to achieve a balancing of opposites that has any enduring meaning. This means staying abreast of new knowledge that emerges and constantly updating our esoteric knowledge to attune itself to exoteric knowledge about ourselves and our environments. This is why the creation of maps plays such an important role in the ongoing pursuit of perfection.  The cross-referencing of ancient maps with modern knowledge yields new maps better geared to the knowledge we have on tap – knowledge that is bought and paid for through the dedicated labors of our best minds over extended periods of time. These new maps put us in a position of strength pertaining to the ancient goals which do not really change so much in themselves. Rather, what changes are the strategies which our new maps reveal.

The following chart demonstrates how the four bigrams (two line structures) pair against guanine (G), cytosine (C), thymine (U) and adenine (A) to give us a new and revolutionary system of 64 hexagrams that 5,000 years of Chinese assignments could not have given us. This eventually leads us to a new kind of binary hexagrams, the possibilities of which are as startling as they are universal.  
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This next chart redefines the Lo Shu diagram with its 9 ternary bigrams that gives us the elemental properties of its 9 internal chambers. This has never been accomplished before until now and would not be possible without the syncretic nature of Mutational Alchemy. Staying abreast of all available knowledge at our disposals is what qabbalah is all about.

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DNAYiJing01
DNAYiJing02

 Qabalistic philosophy is inherently syncretic in nature which puts more on its plate than most since it is constantly cross-referencing everything that comes before its view. This is the only way that important new knowledge can be identified and adjusted. In 1953 a body of new knowledge was introduced that will forever change the way we look at geomantic magick. Watson and Crick and their publication of the DNA code language was not intended to advance the state of 21st century alchemy but clearly does so notwithstanding.The binary nature of the YiJing had already been identified in the 1600’s by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz but what could not have been known was the stunning similarities between the YiJing and DNA. Several important books and dozens of scholastic articles have been written on this subject since but my purpose here is to hyphenate how unexpected  breakthroughs in scientific understandings can radically impact our sense of spirituality and perfection. 

For an informed qaballist, the Tree of Life is divided into 32 Paths of Wisdom. The 64 binary hexagrams have always been paired into 32 complementary opposites. Once we know that the 64 DNA templates are a direct parallel to the traditional 64 YiJing hexagrams, we only need some way to align the hexagrams to the Tree of Life to give us a map sufficient to assert perfection against the Tree. We also need a word or method to exercise this assertion. It happens that Mutational Alchemy answers to all of these issues and more. Thus we have every good reason for a high level of confidence that Mutational Alchemy puts us squarely on the road to Perfection, though in truth there are still certain mysterious elements lacking.  These have to do with the external environment, a very difficult thing to control with exact precision. This is one of the reasons some practitioners confine their work to special caves deemed suitable for visualization work. Others establish and maintain temple space reserved for visualization practice. Though not 100% crucial, controlling one’s external environment is a routine protocol in the ongoing pursuit of perfection. We need more capable individuals working along lines that can actually succeed instead of wasting their lives away on fantasy projections which cannot, or following in the footseps of frauds and dinosaurs who have no earthly idea where perfection lies or how it can be secured.  

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gung ho fa choy

At the beginning of the Lunar and Middle Kingdom New Year, The Abrahadabra Institute wishes you everything you need and at least a taste of what you desire. 2014 wasn’t the year everyone had hoped for, but the Horse brings the pain of endurance to the front of the line, and this time it was no exception, but the element changes every 12 years for the animal. Growth and expansion are linked to Wood, the element of the year, and I watched as friends and colleagues took on new directions, sometimes painful but definitely and inexorably linked to the greater good. Unexpected generosity and anger mixed throughout the year from many different directions, the hallmark of a Wood year.

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The year of the Goat is a great year for artists in general, as they are the most aesthetically attuned creatures in the zodiac. 

Mountain Goat by Jon Sullivan
Mountain Goat by Jon Sullivan

 

the procession of the aeon, 5775

 

It was April 2007 and I had just finished making out with a giant white dragon that referred to himself as Ptah. Alot of other weird things had been happening, and my pineal gland had been working overtime.

 

My friend, a consummate occultist – let’s call him “Dave” – had just called me at my house in Memphis, Tennessee concerned about my spiritual and physical welfare because I had been acting…weird. “The Crowned and Conquering Child” Ra Hoor Khut had shouted his epithet at me in order to get my attention just a day before. I didn’t know who or what that was, and then there was Ningishzidda, a serpent with an intense interest  in introducing me to The Book of the Law and training me in the art of classical Greek priestesshood.

He admitted to me that he was a follower of Jesus but didn’t tell very many because they wouldn’t understand. He thought Jesus was a god of war. I thought, and still think that he was mistaking Jesus for Zeus or some other war sky god, but I didn’t say so. 

“You need to listen to him, he’s your god. Do what he tells you to.”  he said, referring to Ningishzidda.

Dave never took anything too seriously but he was one of the best chaotes around and enjoyed the sinister side of magick. He epitomized the trickster spirit. So his revelation that Jesus was his ishta dev (chosen face of godhead) was a bit of a shock. 

A polytheistic Christian telling me to obey the voices of the sparkling green and gold snakes and dragons invading my house. 

The call was completely random, it was the second or third time we had spoken on the phone. I had listened to his account of his wife, soaking the King James bible in urine so the thing about being one of “them” didn’t really register the last time we had spoken.

“So…wait a minute. Last time I spoke to you, I heard about your wife peeing on a bible.”

“Yeah…she did…what you think I would marry some rube? She’s a witch.”

Apparently she didn’t like the rewrite anymore than Jews and Christian critics do.  

“I don’t get why you’re into Jesus I mean most Christians I know are totally retarded.”

“Oh the bible thumpers and Jesus loves everyone types? Yeah I fucking can’t stand them either. They’re a bunch of zombies.”

I told him everything that had been happening, the encounters with strange cthonic deities and acid-tripesque experiences. 

 “He’s trying to talk through me. I don’t know if I should”.  

“Let him talk. You need to obey him.”

My voice changed and deepened as I felt the serpent in my head take over my speech centers. I carefully controlled my mind so as to not interrupt the lightly pressing channel.

 “You need to stop doing that shit”

“What shit?” 

“Don’t play dumb with me”

“Oh…yeah….I think…I think I  know what you’re talking about. I’ll try to stop.”

A few weeks later I learned Dave had been doing cocaine and admitted he needed help. I didn’t even know he was addicted to cocaine or what the message was about. I used to feel uncomfortable with the channeling process like this but I’ve grown comfortable with it, since it’s also saved my ass more than once. 

They say initiation is dangerous and can drive a person insane. No one ever seems to explain why in great detail, nor do the dire warnings ever come attached to a person who will tell a personal tale of why.

The whole system of magickal orders and secret societies was born on the tide of the great mystery schools of the Greece and Italy, who in turn took a page from the cults of Mesopotamia: Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babalon as well as Egypt. Mithraism, the great religion of the Roman Empire nearly overtook Christianity in the race to become the world’s most popular religion. Masculine in nature, it shared an alliance with the cult of Cybele, “Magna Mater” the great mother, another powerful faction in the ancient world. These societies were undoubtedly collaborators in the greatest entheogenic party ever held – The Rites of Eleusis. The structure and initiation grades in these religions were designed to minimize risk of death, insanity and mistakes in one’s spiritual path. They were very important: senators and philosophers partook in the mysteries, but so did housewives and slaves, and there were no anti-drug laws.

At the time I went through this spiritual awakening, I was a student, trying to make sense of it all, in a very unhappy marriage and at the same time had always been a serious student of the occult.   I had just finished two years at an Art Renewal Center approved atelier, and was starting in on my first year in college. 

More importantly I had just begun examining m1thr0s’s work more closely about 6 months earlier in December, and with the unveiling of his latest work in April of 2007, the prototype to the Twin Trees, titled “The P’an Ku Arrangement” my mind was completely blown. 

Reflecting back now I wonder if Dave realized that the profile of  his god more closely matched Mithras than Yeheshuah, or Jesus for those vulgar enough to mix the Jewish heretic up with the Roman salute to the sky god, Zeus. (The Latin pronunciation for Jesus literally means “Hail Zeus”) I don’t know that Dave was a closet Mithraist or even mistaking Mithras for Jesus, and I don’t talk to him anymore so I can’t ask him. 

The celebration for Mithras in the Roman Empire took place at Winter Solstice, and the parallels between the invented religion of Christianity and Mithraism are blatant. Mithras was in fact a redeemer and born of the virgin goddess Anahita, a war goddess. Both consort and mother to Mithras, just like in the Christian mythology – Mary (may she be torn on the wheel) doesn’t do it by herself. The Christian god has sex with Mary to become human, that’s the reason why Catholic Christians think the trinity is still monotheism. God the Father is God the Son. Nothing like a little paganistic incest lore to spice up religion. Unfortunately the intention was never about fun, it was about control, and so while the divine can be incredibly sexy, the whole point of the Catholic Church and almost all subsequent Christian movements was to uphold the Word of Restriction. (See the Book of the Law for more on that)

So it’s all garbage essentially, which is why I practically gag when I hear people espousing the belief that they are “Christian Occultists”, or “Christian Mages”. To me it’s an oxymoron, and belies deeply embedded ignorance. Ra Hoor Khut is clear that it’s imperative that all of the old aeon religions be discarded, Christianity and Islam are his main targets, blind slave religions founded in the most recent Aeon, while he attacks secondarily the creeds of Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism and Judaism – religions founded not in the Age of the Father, but in the Age of the Mother before that. Tearing out the flesh of these bodies of religion and absorbing the edible nutrients, he encourages us to take what we need from these dying cults and use them as our food during his reign. 

This is why both m1thr0s and I continue to incorporate the best parts of Sanatana Dharma, (and most especially its left hand path jewel, Tantra) as well as elements of Tibetan Buddhism, Shamanism and Kabbalah.

In the Book of the Law several clues are left to us admist the tomfoolery of Aleister Crowley’s conflicted mind. (Yes, I believe he was FORCED to write and keep this book through the machinations of karmic laws he had triggered. His actions are very clear – first the book sat in a rubbish pile for years. Crowley was extremely uncomfortable with it. He was specifically told not to change a single letter, and to publish it quickly. He disobeyed both commands, letting it collect dust and then adding that nauseating poem, while adjusting spelling and grammar from the original script. Then he washed his hands of it by saying he didn’t have anything to do with writing it.

Nuit explains to us that the word of Sin is Restriction. Sin is a proper noun, and there is only one Sin in the occult record, that is the Moon God of Ur, the historical birthplace of Abraham. Immediately prior she makes what I believe is an insight into the nature of Had and Hadit as a Transtigridian Snake God (See my article on Ningishzidda, about midway through,  for more information on this). 

Ra Hoor Khut explains himself as a God of War and Vengeance, but vengeance for what? If Sin, the Moon God of Ur is the Restriction we’ve been fighting all along, then what was the so-called “Original Sin” he committed that Ra Hoor Khut wishes to avenge? Does it have anything to do with mankind? I think that it does, and so do several other deities I’ve contacted. 

Mithras, for one, appeared to me within a few months of my initiation, as a sort of spooky and cat-like sorcerous Lord of Time and Space, a friend of Ningishzidda and an officiator of the most important contract I was to make in my entire life, my dedication to Ningishzidda. I did not know at the time that the Mithra known to ancient Persia was the god of contracts, so it was a highly auspicious omen later when I found out and my occult practices were confirmed. (this will happen many times over  the course of a successful pathworking, but it was one of my more significant eye openers) 

I think that the deep conflict in the Middle East and the epic sexual revolution ignited in The United States of America is nearly at the heart of the Aeonic movement, and that Ra Hoor Khut’s reign shall be made on what transpires here and there within the next fifteen years. I believe this is why the United States population is so fixated on Israel and so-called Palestine.  I am not one to make predictions or prophecies, this is one educated guess. I will explain my reasons later, I promise.

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the magickal name

My friends in the occult have often told me they don’t have a magickal name, or they’re not really satisfied with the one they chose. I’ve helped many friends and acquaintances choose a magickal name and wanted to write a helpful guide for neophytes or even self-taught journeymen occultists who might not know how to do this.

It is easy to outgrow a name after achieving success in your pathworking, and it’s also natural. One should remember that once you have a name you never really lose its potential or magick. Holding on to a name after it has become boring, repugnant or corny to you without replacing it can signify stagnation. When you find a name that represents your will and your role of participation in the great work, you will feel a sense of confidence and ease with it, and you should feel powerful, calm or elated when you tell others your name. (feelings will differ depending on your focus in life.)

 Why Choose a Magickal Name?

It lets you choose who you are. You don’t get to choose your name when you’re born. You can shape your whole future with a name. Try it and you’ll see people treat you differently. In the Kabbalistic numerology, Gematria, each letter has a value which can form correspondences to other words and a number. It’s believed to have an effect on ones day to day affairs in manners which are not insignificant – it can shape and alter destiny. 

Name changes are especially common in Hollywood where a person’s name is synonymous with their wares – its the box they frame their image in. This does not normally qualify as a magickal name, since most Hollywood name changes are done on the basis of impressing other people with their uniqueness or affiliation with a certain culture, rather than as a conscious act of Will. A well crafted magickal name is also viable across time and space universally, rather than just being a soundbyte intended towards local popular culture.

Encryption with AIK BQR, the Gematria of the Nine Chambers, or other proven numerology counts which bear significance are best. For example, Aleister Crowley chose the name Perdurabo, Latin for “I will endure until the end” in keeping with the Golden Dawn tradition of choosing a motto as a name and its magickal number in AIQ BQR form of Gematria is 557. In some societies the name is shortened to its initials and preceded by Frater or Soror. 

As an example, m1thr0s noticed his chosen magickal name is a loaded name – he started getting into all kinds of irrational conflicts with people after taking it. It’s a very masculine name. The idea of completion is kind of inferred in the name because Tau is the omega point – the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This sort of name is the name of a closer – which is what m1thr0s is – someone who ties up loose ends and destroys old paradigms.

So words are powerful. This is what Abrahadababra itself hints at, being a magickal word used in curing illness. A force lies behind every word you speak or every act you engage in. The energy is happening while you are beginning to create your name.

Conversion to some traditions requires a name change, for example, in Sanatana Dharma, a convert always takes a Sanskrit name to signify the rebirthing process.  Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Sikhism all require or at least advise choosing a name before taking their first step into the process of conversion. and commitment

Anyone serious enough about choosing a magickal name that will do them any good has a lot of work ahead of them. It is neither simple nor easy to correctly choose a name for magickal purposes. It is for this reason that the Buddhists of Japan, tantricists, charge upwards of a million Yen for names for deceased family. These names are intended to prevent return by utilizing long complex names in archaic kanji mostly unpronounceable by laymen. 

It is not uncommon for an  individual, especially in certain shamanic/tantric cultures, to have more than a handful of names, given after certain milestone events, for purposes such as abating illness or curses, and for simply having the will to choose a name given a passing of a certain level of spiritual development. 

How to Start

Explore different languages and cultures, and examine how they treat names, words and nicknames

. As a Mutational Alchemist, I find syncreticism is perfectly acceptable as per the magician’s will, but bear in mind you might catch flak for taking an Egyptian name when you are Irish or Chinese by descent.

Be prepared to defend your choice if confronted. Not everyone accepts the idea that race is a scientific fallacy, (even though it is) and adopting a culture you are not related to by blood has to be done with style and finesse, or people will probably make fun of you.

Decide if you want to keep your magickal name private, to be shared only with other occultists, your own coven/house or yourself, or if it will be a more public name that you use daily on message boards or have legally changed. You can have more than one magickal name.

You should always check the Gematria value of a name via one or another traditionally reputable systems – Hebrew is fine. Explore different spellings to extract the most auspicious form of the name before you decide to take it.  

 Decide if you would like a well established name or one that is completely unique to you.  There’s no hard rule on this. Aleister Crowley took the name Baphomet as his name in the O.T.O. He became Baphomet 729 towards the end of his reign as Outer Head of the Order.

“I had taken the name Baphomet as my motto in the O.T.O. For six years and more I had tried to discover the proper way to spell this name. I knew that it must have eight letters, and also that the numerical and literal correspondences must be such as to express the meaning of the name in such a ways as to confirm what scholarship had found out about it, and also to clear up those problems which archaeologists had so far failed to solve. “

Aleister Crowley

The magickal name is not a screen name or a nickname that describes some quirk. The name should denote the place you want to get to in some point in the future. It should represent not who you are, but who and what you wish to become. It’s something that you work up to. It’s much better to shoot for the impossible than something  you see as attainable. 

Otherwise a magickal name can be anything you like. It may represent knowledge you want to attain, or they represent standards of morality that people want to achieve – dedication, loyalty or any number of things. It calls for an honest level of self analysis and self appraisal to try to ascertain your strengths and weaknesses and figure out where you can strengthen yourself to be a better person and of better service to the Work in general. 

Finally, a magickal name is taken on for life. You should feel free to add to it but it is not something that is frivolously discarded. Even if you should do so, a strong and powerful magickal name will continue to haunt you until you acknowledge it or death takes you. 

And after you’ve chosen a name, try out some cool graffiti tags with it!

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is the term “occult” outdated?

First let’s get clear – I don’t think the meaning is outdated, but at the same time I don’t think it’s a very useful term. The occult has just become so meaningless as the hordes assail it with their cheap t-shirts and ripped off art. A few weeks ago m1thr0s and I were going over the term as we always do with any high powered buzzword that triggers strong opinions in people or has become attached to stupid culture in some way. 

Our work is completely redefining what the occult means, despite most occultists being unaware of what has been occurring within The Abrahadabra Institute.  Hell, to be perfectly honest, most so called occultists wouldn’t understand the paradigm shifts if they were aware of them. I’m currently writing a series meant to address the foundational elements occultists should have had access to as children, but didn’t, in order to fill in the blanks for Da’ath malnourished adults.

A  plethora of stupidity out there surrounds the term “occult”, and not only from the “We hate you, let Jesus into your heart” crowd, either. Most of the flak and misunderstanding is coming from the “pagans” or “lightworkers” but it’s not fair to blame all of them, as the herd behavior is also just typical of humanity in general. Humans are self important, immature, sloppy and dangerous animals.

Decades go by where popular culture gets obsessed with one mysterious and exotic authentic practice or people and the magick and power starved hordes help themselves to it like it’s their own personal fucking buffet. I call it cultural rape, and the occult is experiencing this attack in a major way.  It does no good for the culture it appropriates – the sacred arts of Japan were being turned into a circus during the “ninja craze” of the 80’s.  The damage it deals is practically irreparable, like the cultural equivalent of radioactive waste, the bullshit just never goes away. 

Native Americans got the short end of the stick when a plethora of plastic shamans tried to hijack their religion for their own stupid, shallow and self serving purposes. This hasn’t actually stopped – once it begins and no one firmly takes a stand against it, it will continue. (American Indians usually attack back through disinformation.)

I could go on, but it suffices to say that none of these culture addicts will ever apprehend true knowledge and magick themselves – it is not for them. The occult and all of its trappings have become the newest craze, spurred on by the Harry Potter crowd approaching their teen and adult years and all of the free flowing parental allowance that goes along with it.

The diseases of humankind, smug self satisfaction and comfortable ignorance are trying to sink their dull claws into the occult, but it’s a slippery, dangerous slope, in fact far more dangerous than any of the interlopers could ever imagine. I don’t think that it’s attributable to any good intentions on the part of maguses anywhere, or even The Great Work. Distracting from the real problems facing humanity with cheapness and vulgarity is the modality of Choronzon and should not be trusted.

The powers of the Magus in the hands of dullards and dimwits can never be allowed – it’s the sort of thing that causes life itself to crumble. It got to the point where early this year both m1thr0s and I wanted to cut off ties to the occult and just go “hey we have this practice, this is what we do” – in regards to Mutational Alchemy – and leave the occult right out of it.  I’m not sure I’m in love with the term occult anymore, not if I have to share space with a bunch of mouthbreathers and pinched dullards.

ningishzidda rising – transtigridian snake gods and the thelemite elamites

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ningishzidda symbol (alchemical green/gold) by m1thr0s

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 brought it up at occultforums.com, back in 2003.

Occultforums was once the largest and most popular occult gathering spot on the internet.  Every age group, discipline and grade of intellect was represented there – often all at once, each part celebrating the birth of open source bringing occultists together. I’m afraid we’ve never seen the size and scope of that kind forum online since then. Even though it had many bad qualities – it was the only place to go for the occult at the time. If you wern’t there, you were in danger of falling way behind in current occult research. Most of the interesting and useful stuff going down at the time was in that forum thanks to the many adepts and wizards spilling the beans on decades of personal research. We, the starved-for-knowledge 20 something gen-x’ers, lapped it up.

The bizarre taboo against sharing magickal secrets was being demolished on OF.

It is upon this stage that the story of 418 and Sumer begins. In a thread about Ningishzidda, m1thr0s explained he had found the deity name in a dream and then heard someone say it at another table in a coffee shop years later. He immediately recognized it as the name he had heard in a dream and wrote it down on a napkin to work out the Gematria. What he found was  astonishing. Ningišzida in Hebrew, or spelled with 11 letters in English, as Ningishzidda, equals 418. (Note that the S spelled Sh does not change the sound and in the Semitic Hebrew language, Sh, or Shin is one letter. ) Ever since this discovery, the insights rolling in from Ancient Near East studies at The Abrahadabra Institute have been mesmerizing. This year m1thr0s and I agreed that the Ningishzidda article on the front end of the site “Ningishzidda Rising” needed some serious revamping to include the discoveries I had made while researching Ningishzidda indepth for the past 6 years. As my erstwhile friend Bill, an blossoming Assyriologist and owner of a well known ANE studies forum said “this is an example of a women who not only has “has a good clue about NGZ” , but also one who has gone to the best sources she could find ”.  I don’t tell you this to brag so much as to assure you I am not one of these maniacal illuminati-ancientaliens-reptillian conspiracists magicians despise. Bill’s forum is one of the best sources:  it goes directly to ANE scholar material itself rather than any New Age sites or books.

 

Any of the more far-fetched sounding assertations I make in this article can be verified through various research papers and books written by ANE (Ancient Near East) scholars. So please be assured I am not making stuff up, even though at times syncreticism with East and West is one of the things almost everyone does at Abrahadabra – this is generally not done in purely ANE studies. This is never any excuse to go on wild flights of fancy if one does delve into syncretic exploration. It’s irresponsible to do so and dangerous. This is as it should be – a lot of mucking up has been done to Sumerian beliefs in particular, with Ningishzidda in particular being equated with Thoth or Hermes without much evidence at all this is as it should be, except that some nut made the connection irrationally and proceeded to spew it as fact.

I’ve taken the liberty of extracting from the original Ningishzidda article “Ningishzidda Rising” by m1thr0s those parts which I found particularily informative and correct, and removed references which are wrong per m1thr0s’s wishes. The article is over 10 years old now and was in need of some serious editing and correcting. My apologies to anyone who was misinformed by it – but it could not be helped without grueling research work into true ANE studies. Despite the corrections, the content pertaining to Mutational Alchemy is some of m1thr0s’s best writing. It is how I cut my teeth on the Mutational Alchemy school of practice and how I began to grasp those crucial first elements to get me started on this path. There is no way I can tell you what it’s like arriving at the place of power Mutational Alchemy takes you, but I can point to the place where the journey starts.

Below is this extraction with the Ningishzidda TwinStar meditation. Please use caution when using it – you can seriously trigger some magick and mayhem with it, as many have found out!

 

“Serpentine symbolism runs strong with alchemy and with it many hidden mysteries pertaining to medical science in particular, from the tantricism of the east to the development of chemistry and physics in the west.

Of particular interest in this immediate discussion are the six loops formed by the intertwined serpents, corresponding (coincidentally or not) to the six lines of the hexagrams of ancient China as well as the six spheres along the middle pillar of Abrahadabra itself.

A few authors in recent times have put forth the notion that genetic science may not actually be a new science at all, so much as a revisited one that has been around for millennia, approached from different angles at different points in history. Whether this is the case or not remains to be seen, but it is clear that the symbolism of Ningishzida has as much relevance today as it may have had several thousand years ago, and may serve to remind us that when we set about to apprehend and master the hidden principles of the Body of Light, we are only actually seeking to complete a process set in motion from the dawn of recorded history itself.

There is a popular numerological technique that analyzes words according to their consonant values, omitting vowels, that allows Ningishzidda to add to 418: N (50) + N (50) + G (3) + Sh (300) + Z (7) + D (4) + D (4) = 418… For those daring enough to play with some serious fire, there is the TwinStar formula to Ningishzidda, following the anatomical guidelines laid down in Abrahadabra. Bear in mind that Ningishzidda is an ancient archetype that would have to be counted as significantly “dark” in relation to many others. It is much more of an earth-related form than a solar one and also corresponds to the cthonic the same as Anubis and others. This is not an especially recommended meditation for beginners but is nevertheless an extremely important archetype to be aware of in this immediate context.

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Pronunciation of letter values can be handled via Hebrew well enough although some experimentation may be called for here. While it is better to learn these pronunciations in their entirety as a rule, for the sake of expediency I will list these values here: N = (Nun) – I = (Yod) – N = (Nun) – G = (Ghimmel) – I = (Yod) – Sh = (Shin) – Z = (Zayn) – I = (Yod) – D = (Daleth) – D = (Daleth) – A = (Aleph).

For additional support regarding the complete application of this formula from start to finish, readers will need to explore the articles and examples listed under Chapter III. My point in laying this out here at this time is to cite a good example of how the formula of Abrahadabra may be put to a diverse range of applications, including the invocation/evocation of archetypes. We will examine more of this kind of thing later on in this discussion.

Ningishzidda just happens to qualify as an exemplary example already tailored to meet Abrahadabra criterion numerically, geometrically and archetypically, so there is no good reason to avoid demonstrating this at this time.

It will be of some interest to note that the cumulative “NG” we get at apex also just so happens to be the conventional “nickname” of Ningishzidda as well, so once again, we have exceptional synchronicity occurring here. As a matter of form, I would not recommend attempting this particular meditation until you have become better versed in the basics. On the flip side, magick is all about taking risks, so you will have to be the judge of this yourselves. My job at this immediate moment is simply to lay down a method that works significantly better than most. Just like learning musical scales, things may seem a little awkward at first. You may get through the “notes” but fail to really achieve any significant degree of continuity.  Just stay with it…coordination comes with practice. Before you know it you’ll be knocking down walls with this stuff. Don’t try to “still the mind” or any of that new-age nonsense. This is an aggressive, physical meditation practice that should be allowed to stretch out in every possible way. Let the mind focus on its subject and scan the energy being drawn without any artificial limitations placed upon it.

Your objective here is to test this tool out thoroughly while also scrutinizing the eidetic of Ningishzidda itself. Little “glimpses of the ineffable” will be processing at tremendous velocities, so you will have to assimilate most of these intuitively without pause. But here again, stay with it and you will soon learn the correct mental “asana”. We are tapping a higher autonomic circuitry here and accessing what Pythagoras refers to as “World Soul” parameters.

Anyone familiar with the language of “morphogenetic resonance” will have a clear advantage in analyzing the process. In brief, there is no reason on this earth you would want to impose anything on the mind other than an attention to detail with an eye to physical strength and balance.”

Perseverance Furthers

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The Liber al Vel Legis Connection

The connection between the triad in The Book of the Law and this Sumerian god is very peculiar and of interest only to the occultist – there is no direct archaeological connections to Liber al Vel Legis other than those that an initiated disciple of the craft would be able to recognize.

I became interested in the Book of the Law when I had a haphazard initiation experience in which an extraordinary manifestation of Ningishzidda and a handful of supporting deities introduced me to Liber al vel Legis through direct and very forceful communication. I wouldn’t have looked twice at the book were it not for the experience which bordered on the power and intensity of an alien abduction. The conversation coming from the stars, Nut, her consort, “Had” (properly Geb, but HAD=10 and so links to the Tetractys) and Montu Ra as Ra Hoor Khut has been examined from many angles by hundreds of occultists for the past 100 years across many traditions.

The Ningishzidda conversation has also been rolling along for about 10 years at least, rapidly picking up corrections as to who or what Ningishzidda was to his people, the Elamites, Sumerian and Semitic peoples. It’s inevitable that a comparison between this so-called patron of Alchemy and other monolithic mysteries standing in our midst takes place in any serious conversation about magick, will and ancient arts. That his name equals 418 is especially important for those of us involved in higher studies like Tetragrammaton and Abrahadabra. He is also a very interesting Sumerian deity on his own merits, the subject of more confusion than seems necessary, although, one of his epithets is “He whom no one dares stop when he spreads confusion”.

Sometimes he is equated to Thoth or Hermes, or cited as having blood relations to gods like Enki and Marduk, which has no basis in the archaeological record. I will attempt to explain why some of these assumptions are not correct, if we are to pay attention to all of the best sources of Sumerian research from the archaeologists and anthropologists. I will more importantly try to form a framework through which the occultist can decide who the deity actually is.

The Star & the Snake

LAVL II:22: I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness.

 

I will explain for our less experienced readers, significance of the artifact, called the “Stele of Revealing” by members of the Ordo Templi Orientalis and others familiar with Thelema. Thelema in and of itself is the product of Francois Rabelais and Aleister Crowley, the latter known as the most significant occult figure of the 19th century, aside from Eliphas Levi, to whom we owe the credit of assigning the Tarot attributes to Sephiroth and paths. (Crowley claimed to be a reincarnated Eliphas Levi).

On March 16th, 1904, this monumental figure of occultism was spending a night in the Great Pyramid of Giza with Rose Edith Kelly, his wife. Much ado is made about Kelly’s disinterest in the occult, mostly because of Crowley’s incessant complaints about any female in his life, but in my opinion you have to be a little brave and freaky to spend the night in the supposedly cursed and haunted Great Pyramid with Aleister Crowley and then allow him to try any sort of ritual at all.

Rose is responsible for the reception of Liber al vel Legis, as catalyst and priestess through which Aiwass was able to get Crowley’s attention.

 

Rose Edith Kelly Rose Edith Kelly, in a wonderful gown with a caduceus like decoration

The story according to Crowley goes like this – Rose plays along while Crowley attempts to “shew the sylphs” , in other words, he was trying to summon some Air elementals. (usually depicted as little ladies with flowing gowns in artistic depictions, who are associated with inspiration and the muses.) During the action, Rose goes into a light trance and claims “They are waiting for you”. A couple of days later, on March 18th, in Cairo, probably at the behest of Crowley, Rose invokes Thoth, the ibis headed god of scribes and language who is attributed with knowledge, language and scholars. Crowley asks who she was referring to when she stated “they” were waiting for him. Rose replies that it is Horus, and Crowley tests the claim as is usual during a professional evocation. She passes the tests of knowledge of his form, nature and many details, described in Crowley’s account below:

”Force and Fire (I asked her to describe his moral qualities.)

Deep blue light. (I asked her to describe the conditions caused by him. This light is quite unmistakable and unique; but of course her words, though a fair description of it, might equally apply to some other.)

Horus. (I asked her to pick out his name from a list of ten dashed off at haphazard.)

Recognized his figure when shown. (This refers to the striking scene in the Boulak Museum, which will be dealt with in detail.)

Knew my past relations with the God. (This means, I think, that she knew I had taken his place in temple (See Equinox Vol. I, No. II, the Neophyte Ritual of the G.D.) etc., and that I had never once invoked him.)

Knew his enemy. (I asked, “Who is his enemy?” Reply, “Forces of the waters—of the Nile.” She knew no Egyptology—or anything else.)

Knew his lineal figure and its colour. (A 1/84 chance.)

Knew his place in temple. (A 1/4 chance, at the least.)

Knew his weapon (from a list of 6.)

Knew his planetary nature (from a list of 7 planets.)

Knew his number (from a list of 10 units.)

Picked him out of (a)Five, (b)Three indifferent, i,e, arbitrary symbols. (This means that I settled in my own mind that say D of A,B,C,D, and E should represent him and that she then said D.)

We cannot too strongly insist on the extraordinary character of this identification. Calculate the odds! We cannot find a mathematical expression for tests 1,2,4,5, or 6, but the other 7 tests give us: 1/10 x 1/84 x 1/4 x 1/6 x 1/7 x 1/I0 x 1/15 = 1/21,168,000Twenty-one million to one against her getting through half the ordeal!”

– Aleister Crowley, Equinox of the Gods

 

Later, Crowley took Rose to the palace museum at Cairo (French founded, it was formerly called the Boulaq Museum, Crowley persisted with this name even though some argue it was already being referred to as the Cairo Museum in 1904 when he visited it) and he asked her to identify Horus.

There were many images of Horus in the museum, him being one of the most popular religious icons of the Ancients, but she ignored them and went upstairs to point out, under the catalogue number 666 the now famous stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu (Figure I), which depicts the priest Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu approaching his personal god Montu. Montu is an aspect of Ra who is the personification of the scorching rays of the sun. (if any of you were wondering, yes, 666 was a big bloody deal well before this event – as the grand scale of 6 it represents the number of Man and Sol, The Sun and The Son)

The body of Nut, the starry night sky, goddess consort of Geb the serpent-headed deity of creation and fertility, crouches over the scene in the stellae like some great spider.

There are two major themes surrounding Horus or Heru-ra. The first and oldest is that of Ra as the ruler of the sky, who is named as the son of a mysterious god – Ptah, the grandfather and master architect of the universe. Ra is seen as the father of the Egyptians, a good shepherd who watches over them like they are cattle. Horus in this context is the son of Ra and Hathor, a cow goddess who is seen as the benevolent mother and who helps birth new infants into the world. She’s a good mother. This form of Ra is important because it is very different from the other story, and that is the one where Isis plots to overthrow Ra, succeeds in poisoning him with a serpent made from his spittle and steals his divine name. She then proceeds to place her son by her brother Osiris, on the throne of Egypt. These two Horuses are irreconcilably different.

Isis and her imagery appealed to many Greeks and Romans and later even Christians and Catholics. The images of the virgin Mary nursing Jesus Christ the child is said to be completely derived from this romanticized imagery of Isis the mother nursing her child who is intended for the throne of God the Father. As nice as this sounds, Ra is actually the archenemy of Isis in all stories we have from his cult and its important not to pretend otherwise, because in Rose choosing this stellae of Montu, strictly an aspect of Ra in his most terrifying form, the embodiment of the scorching and deadly desert sun, we have a statement about who and what is really behind the transmission and who it is that is giving us all of these occult secrets in the book. It’s not Isis, and it has absolutely no sense of humor about having his throne hijacked by bird jesus, apparently.

LAVL3:III.: Now let it be first understood that I am a god of War and of Vengeance. I shall deal hardly with them.

 

Montu, the Egyptian god of War

As a god who is the personification of war, Montu is associated with bulls and their ferocity, and this is in keeping with the older sun cults who viewed Ra or Horus as a son of Hathor, the cow, and not Isis. Even though Isis manages to depose Ra , Set kills her husband and brother, Osiris, who is revived briefly by Isis. She copulates with his risen body and gives birth to an entity called Horus who is obviously not of Ra as all other aspects of Heru are, including Khensu and Montu. Osiris dies and an epic rivalry and war between Set and “Isis Horus” ensues. I spoke with a friend in the Temple of Set and he explained that one of the higher teachings in The Temple of Set thought of Set as the dark aspect of Ra and that the war between Set and “Horus” was one of vengeance against Isis.

The use of the term “Thelemites” may be an objectionable term for many persons interested in Liber al vel Legis. the Abbey of Thelema was a Rabelais philosophy, and is saturated with Catholicism, an organization whoses hands are stained with the blood of occultists of all stripes from great scientific minds like Giordino Bruno and Galileo to folk healers. As a human race we have suffered incalculably from the damages this evil religion of Christianity has wrought upon the world. It’s also a severely dated philosophy in the developed world – entire communities outside of the overt influence of Thelema live well and free in many parts of the world. No one in the first world needs Thelema to Do What Thou Wilt.

If one can set aside the context in which the Book of the Law was originally written, that is, the Christian dominated philosophy of the English Victorian era, we may be able to start gaining insights into some of the book’s deeper secrets. Occultists who follow Crowley or the Kemetic face of the divine have been debating the meaning of the book’s secrets, hidden and obvious, for a century now. Crowley kept it in a rubbish heap for the first few years of its existence – he did not have a clue what to do about it nor did he even know where it had come from, even though the clues are obvious. The so-called entity “Had”, who is the second speaker in the book, points this out in the following line ” O prophet! thou hast ill will to learn this writing. I see thee hate the hand & the pen; but I am stronger.”

Ningishzidda= 418 Had = 10

Had is the second speaker in the Book of the Law. He describes himself as a serpent, establishing his clan, and announces his elemental source, fire. It’s no secret that m1thr0s and I think Had is Ningishzidda, or at least kin to that lineage. The fact that Had=10 in Gematria is telling of the hidden secret underscoring the name. (namely, the tetractys)

m1thr0s wrote an excellent post in the Ningishzidda: The First Satan? megathread on Abrahadabra Forums (now closed to the public) on June 21st, 2009 that outline some interesting points about Liber al vel Legis and its connection to the serpent god via Had.

“I have another little Ningishzida factoid I’m aching to unload that will probably have the most significance to Thelemites, or at least to those who regard the Book of the Law as an inspired book… It turns out that while Ningishzida’s *physicianship* is not so easily validated on its face, there is little doubt that he would have been regarded both as *magician* and *exorcist* by all…He is referred to by these exact titles numerous times throughout undisputed Sumerian (and post-sumerian) texts… So we have the character of *Hadit* speaking in the Book of the Law, whose name I have never trusted and whose emblem at the very least translates to (Horus of) Behutet, not Hadit, in Egyptian…

In any case…In Chapter II, Verse 7 he says: “”I am the Magician and the Exorcist. I am the axle of the wheel, and the cube in the circle. “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go.””

Now anyone who has studied the inner workings of prophecy will understand that the names and even the images seers may ascribe to *praeterhuman* intelligences is distinctly influenced by their own personalities and knowledge, so it is not unreasonable for us to question these particulars when there may seem to be glaring contradictions of any kind…it doesn’t render the transmissions utterly invalid, it only suggests that prophecy itself is an imprecise science and the mind is almost always in conflict throughout the whole ordeal. In Crowley’s case we know this to have been the case since he has told us so!

So a question that can be raised in this instance is: Could this actually be Ningishzida speaking? Even if it were not Ningishzida in the conscious part of Crowley’s own mind, the degree of archetypal compatibility exhibited is hard to miss. This so-called *Hadit* defines himself many times as Sepentine in form so this is not just an isolated example with no other precedents.

My objection to the name Hadit is that it too closely parallels the historical *Hadith* which I find an impossibly offensive pill to swallow and we also know that Crowley was fairly enamored with Arabic notions of masculinity so that it is not unreasonable to think he may have misidentified this intelligence on the basis of these subconscious imprints… Clearly it was coming from outside the expected Egyptian Pantheon or he would have had no trouble identifying it to Behutet right away, but he did not do this (this connection was only made retrospectively).

It is possible that this is because this archetype was originating from an entirely different place and he was simply unfamiliar with its point of origin at that time.

That’s all…just had to get that off my chest…I have no conclusions here but I can’t help finding it intriguing. It is very likely that Crowley knew nothing (or virtually nothing) about Ningishzida in his own time. He never makes any reference to Ningishzida that I can recall and most of this archeological information has surfaced since his death. I understand this may not be resolvable at this pass, but it is important to be aware of all relevant possibilities as they unfold… And anyway, it’s sort of my job (somehow) to keep you folks glued to the edges of your seats as much as possible I think. Something like this is potentially a big deal.

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In my opinion, having performed thousands of invocations and evocations of varying types, Crowley was a poor medium and the entire book seems to fight with his distortions.

Even though the book is riddled with this tension, he declares in Equinox of the Gods,

“(I) dared nowise to lay claim to have touched The Book of the Law, not with my littlest finger-tip.”

Crowley is incorrect in his assumption – there is no such thing as a pure transmission where human fallibility is a factor. The best way to view the book of the law is to read it while visualizing a the sound of a gun being cocked at the beginning.

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There’s no use in pretending that Crowley was anything more than a piece in the game. A key player, but a puppet of forces who did not care about him or the message of LAVL and who ultimately betrayed him. The ancients knew of the danger of recording and believing contaminated transmissions, which is why three important parts of the oracle machine were employed: scribes, priest and oracle (priestess), in order to acquire a more accurate transmission, and the priestess was usually sequestered to the sacred place and treated to a cloistered education from a young age.

The symbol of the crescent moon which is used in Islam extensively was a symbol of the moon god Sin, mentioned as a proper noun in Liber al vel Legis. The line I am referring to is Nut’s 1:41:

“The word of Sin is Restriction. O man! refuse not thy wife, if she will! O lover, if thou wilt, depart! There is no bond that can unite the divided but love: all else is a curse. Accursed! Accursed be it to the aeons! Hell.”

Sin is also called Nanna in Babylonian and was the god of Ur, the same city that El Shaddai took Abraham the Patriarch out of, to famously forge the Covenant of Perfection – where Abraham is ordered to “Walk before me and be thou perfect”. It is every Magus’s duty and right to declare one’s word, or to express one’s will. This is a very important reality creation principle that is followed by nearly every occultist and so-called deity across any story or biography one can examine. If the patron god of El Shaddai’s enemy city, Ur, is Sin and Sin’s will and word is Restriction, then defeating Restriction, it seems, would be the next great step in human evolution towards completion or perfection, at least if you recognize El Shaddai as an ally. Many occultists do not – the tired rant against so-called “Abrahamic religions” gets us nowhere when you consider the evils perpetuated by Christians, Jews, Muslims and Catholics have more to do with mistaking Restriction for Abraxas than some ancient Sumerian shaman.

I’m going to take you through door to the Ancient Near East and over the footsteps I took to come to some very different viewpoints on Liber al Vel Legis, and explain why the axiom “Do What thou Wilt” may not be the primary thrust of Liber al Vel Legis.

Land of the Civilized Kings: Sumer

 

 

Sumer, Land of the Civilized Kings, as the Assyrians called it, was the oldest civilization in Mesopotamia, older than that young upstart, Babylon, and the motherland of Abram of Ur (Abraham the Patriarch) and the Akkadian princess, High Priestess Enheduanna of Nanna (Sin), the first poet in recorded history.

It is here that the stage for the Transtigridian snake gods is set.

The term Transtigridian, introduced to ANE terminology by the important scholar of Assyriology Professer Franz Wiggermann, refers to an importation of the religious and mythical beliefs of the people from across the Tigris River, outside of Mesopotamia, namely the Elamites and their ancestors who built the great Elamite Empire.

Today this area is known as Iran and still plays host to some very secretive living serpent religions that have survived Islam, having their home deep in the mountain ranges. These imported serpent deities were greatly revered by the Sumerians, who built temples and created thousands of artifacts dedicated to the family of snake gods.

 

The foremost of these is Ninazu the “Grand Physician”, the son of Underworld Queen Ereskigal and her first husband, Gugalanna, the Great Bull of Heaven. (Remember Montu’s assocation with bulls?) Ninazu’s wife, Ninhursag, bears their only child, Ningishzidda. These divine serpents and their family are known to us in one form or another from different periods in Earth’s timeline. I’ll start by exploring some of the earliest memories we have of our human experience.

The Prehistoric

 

An ancient stone python head, located in an area of Botswana called Ngamiland was discovered by Professor Sheila Coulson, in 2006. (Full Article) The local natives are called the San people, also known as Bushmen, and the location features images of the animals most sacred in their mythology: the giraffe, the python and the elephant.

The San are known as the most ancient living culture in the world, a testament to the staying power of their beliefs and practices. There are only 14 population clusters from which all humans descended, and the San are one of them.

The Norwegian archaeologist who is was working on site states that the python is about 70,000 years old. This is the oldest instance of serpent worship that we know of.

“It’s no coincidence that the entire world of medicine carries the banner of the caduceus to this day, around the world.”

It’s an interesting coincidence that during the time in which rituals were practiced in front of this stone python head in Ngamiland, humankind was recovering from a genetic bottleneck. Humans almost went extinct due to rapidly changing climate. Around 70,000 years ago, our population had sunk to the perilous level of less than 40 breeding pairs. The serpent over time and in Mesopotamia, evolves and begins to take the form of the caduceus, the double helix form of DNA itself.

It’s no coincidence it would seem that the entire world of medicine carries the banner of the caduceus to this day, around the world – the very essence of worship to Ninazu, “The Grand Physician”, Ningishzidda’s father. So, we have these incredibly powerful symbols of Satan and occultism gracing our healing temples throughout the globe. The serpent is the savior of mankind since time immemorial.

In the aftermath of the perilous encounter with extinction, humans began settling in the the Nile Delta and the Fertile Crescent, eventually moving into Europe and Asia, including what is now modern day Iran. The Neolithic and Chalcolithic: Ancient Susa and the Origins of Abraxas The people who inhabited the area of the city of Choga Mish on the Susiana plain in Western Iran created beautiful artwork, including this very primitive stone etching of two cats surmounting a stylized caduceus.

 

The artifact is probably well over 7,000 years old. The region of Khuzistan where Choga Mish was erected was first occupied in 6800 B.C. The people there revered many of the wildlife indigenous to the area, which included big cats, serpents and eagles among others. The revelation of this artifact is a very important discovery that gives us a concrete link between Sumer and its snake gods, and the Stone Age.

This is the oldest known representation of the caduceus in history. The ancestors of the people who created this sort of caduceus artwork are today known as the progenitors of the Elamite Empire, a powerful force in the ancient world sandwiched between Mesopotamia and Persia.

The serpent is a strong feature of the Book of the Law and the Elamites were one of the oldest cultures in the world that took part in snake rites.

40. Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Thelemites or The Elamites? I discovered the connection by following the lines simple instructions of looking closely into the word. Elam is also often referred to as Susiana, after its capital city, Susa, near where this artifact was found. It is the symbol of a serpent god or gods that the ancient Iranians worshipped, but it is not known what they called this in their tongue. It could be Nirah or Istaran, whom I will elucidate on further below. These snake gods became known to their Sumerian neighbors as Ninazu and his son Ningishzidda, and it is to Ningishzidda that the two fierce creatures surmounting the caduceus is attributed. We know of at least one deity who was adopted directly from the Elamites, with his symbol and his Elamite name: Istaran and his son Nirah, who both shared an alcove at one of the many Sumerian temples of Ningishzidda, this one a rural temple near Lagash.

 

Istaran, a god of justice, a so-called “dying god”, (that is one who dies and is reborn as in springtime) a judge and a cthonic god, and his son, Nirah are quite obscure, even for ANE (Ancient Near East) studies. The former takes the form of a winged man with a serpent’s bodies and heads for his legs and feet, and the latter a man with serpent body, like an Indian Naga. It is sometimes theorized one is the top part and the other is the serpent part.

Nirah is not just Istaran’s son, but his messenger. Little else is known of the two, as they are even less well documented than Ninazu and his son Ningishzidda.

If you began to pay attention at the part where Istaran is shown to the form of Abraxas from classical Western Magick (whom he predates by several thousand years) then congratulations, you passed the test of a well informed occultist. Importantly, Istaran is also associated with Ishtar and An, as his regular name is a mashup of the two. Ishtar is the so-called Semitic Venus, An is King of Heaven.  Another epithet is An-gal/Anû rabû ”Great An”.

This is probably the only vague connection between the feminine gender and Ningishzidda. “Male, female, quintessential one” is an important axiom in the great occult movements of the world, from Tantra to Thelema. Siva and Sakti are said to be as close as two cotyledons in a seed. They are seperate but virtually indistinguishable.This is often the reason behind the understatement of the importance of a god’s wife or wives – when joined with a male god in an exclusive capacity they are seen as extensions of that god. Major goddesses like Inanna or Anahid (Anahita) are virginal, sometimes incorporating a cycle of rebirth and union as is the case with Anahid and Mithras. Inanna is important because of her potent sexuality. Her temple worship included the sexual act as part of her worship/ often she is cited as the goddess of prostitutes, but this is inaccurate, as the gross act of exchanging money for sex is only a pale imitation of the religious act of going to a Temple of Inanna to fulfill union with godhead.

 

As said before, Istaran is a mashup of the names Ishtar and An, so it is assumed by some ANE scholars that this was a heavenly deity merged with the cthonic snake cults. It’s an unusual combination and suggests Eastern influences. His sister even calls him by the name Istaran in the story of Ningishzidda’s death and descent into the palace of Ereskigal (Irkalla, the Underworld).

15-19: …. “Ištaran of the bright visage, let me sail away with you”

– Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature <http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.1.7.3&display=Crit&charenc=gcirc&lineid=t173.p2#t173.p2>

The story is a dramatic scene of mourning and tragedy, and the villainous demon who has captured Ningishzidda is obnoxious. However, once he comes to the underworld he is honored with the position of gatekeeper and welcomed by Ereskigal, his grandmother. Ningishzidda’s role of gatekeeper to the underworld is a station that might have been enjoyed by Istaran’s son Nirah as well, alluded to by the following text describing the Temple of Ninazu:

“The shining ropes attached to the doors are holy Nirah parting the abzu.”

It’s difficult to imagine that the Elamites may have influenced some of the boldest assertions in occultism from the serpent in the Tree of Life, (if we examine the many proto-trees in ANE art), to Monotheism (Abraxas and Abraham) It is clear, however, that a migration West of the serpent cults occurred at some point in history. This is attested to by the fact that a fragment of a Sumerian religious text describes the city of Der in northeast Mesopotamia (bordering Iran) as a hotspot for snake cult activity, in particular Istaran and Nirah:

416-423. O Der… , taking extreme care of decisions, ……, on your awesome and radiant gate a decoration displays a horned viper [Ušum/bašmu] and a muš?uš [Muš huššu] embracing. Your prince, a leader of the gods, fit for giving counsel and grand speech, the son of Uraš who knows thoroughly the true divine powers of princeship, Ištaran, the …… sovereign of heaven, has erected a house in your precinct, O E-dim-gal-kalama (House which is the great pole of the Land), and taken his seat upon your dais. 424. 8 lines: the house of Ištaran in Der.”

The city of Der was clearly the cultural crossroads through which the worship of the snake gods came into Sumer from the Elamites of Susa.

The Hermes and Thoth Connection

Egypt gets way too much credit for being the only masters of the occult.

I have been telling people for years that the Ancient Near East was far more advanced and probably gave many more useful things to us. They were less insular than the Egyptians and exchanged ideas more freely than their Nile dwelling cousins across the Sinai. The Egyptians taught some things to Pythagoras, it’s true…but Kabbalah, that great pillar of Magick, came to us from the Semitic lands of Babylon, Akkadia and Assyria. With claims on the origins of Abraxas and the caduceus, famously the symbol of Hermes the mage, there can be no disputing the authority of Mesopotamian and Persian influence on modern occultism .

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Mercury (Hermes) carrying Ningishzidda’s symbol at the top of Grand Central Station, New York City, during 1912 construction.

Much ado is in fact made in New Age circles about the connection between Ningishzidda and Hermes, but why?

There is the caduceus, of course, but the caduceus was already a powerful symbol before Hermes was conjured up.

As ever, the devil is in the details, and here is no exception.

While Hermes is the patron of travel and communication, he is also known to convey the dead to and from Hades, the underworld. In his ability to move between heaven, earth and hell, Hermes shares a unique characteristic with Ningishzidda, who is both a heavenly prince and the grandson of Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld. Ereshkigal, from the earliest recorded times of her cult worship, is equated as one with Irkalla, the underworld – which is why she may never leave it. She is the embodiment of the womb of the Great Mother to whom all life returns. This makes Ningishzidda a prince of Heaven and Hell.

“Your prince is the prince who stretches out his pure hand, the holy one of heaven, with luxuriant and abundant hair hanging at his back, Lord Ningišzida.”

The Temple Hymns, Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, <http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.4.80.1#> University of Oxford

Ningishzidda is exalted in heaven and hell, but his descent into the underworld (death) is treated as a tragedy. Immediately upon arriving in Irkalla, he is welcomed and exalted as a throne bearer. It is for this reason that at Abrahadabra we call Ningishzidda a protosatanic deity, and the original Satan, as he has serpent connections, is a “fallen” being from An (heaven) and he is a rural deity, from foreign lands and with temples on the outskirts of cities, like Set from the Egyptian pantheon.

My apologies dear reader, here I will begin a complex yet essential outline of a convoluted connection between Hermes and Ng:

Ningishzidda ruled the moon (month) following the Summer Solstice, when the sun’s light began its decline. This month was known as Abu, and was akin to Hungry Ghost Month celebrated by East Asians or in Europe, Halloween and Samhain.

In Sumer, this month also coincided with the constellation Gemini, and it is to Gemini that we find the planet Mercury attributed to. Mercury is Hermes, of course, in the Greek system, possibly explaining this mysterious connection between Ningishzidda and Hermes that the people seem to be insistent upon. (Ningishzidda is also connected with chaos, one of his epithets is “He whom no one dares stop when he spreads confusion”.  As much as I find astrology annoying, logically unfit for consumption and convoluted, after one hell of a month trying to communicate with great difficulty, I can tell you I have no doubt about the annoying and confusing effect Mercury in retrograde has on our speech centers.)

Why so much connection between Ningishzidda and the dead?

It is not just because his grandmother, Ereskigal is the powerful Queen of the Dead, who can raise the dead from the living if she pleases. The natures,  taxonomy and behavior of the native flora and fauna surrounding the Transtigridian Snake Cults also influence these rituals and stories.

Personally, I don’t have a problem equating Hermes with Ningishzidda – a young handsome fleetfooted god who is active and a messenger of the gods is not too different from Ningishzidda – a young warrior, magician and exorcist prince of heaven who acts as throne bearer to the gods. The dark aspects of Ningishzidda are cthonic, but it is not here where the similarities end – Hermes was also a god of the underworld, as indicated in the Greek orphic hymns where they address him as a ruler of the underworld.

Hermes shares the nature of shepherd with Ningishzidda as well. Shepherds were an important aspect of daily life in both Greece and Sumer – humans were often thought of as “cattle of the gods” in both regions, just as in Egypt with Ra.  In the same way a farmer depends upon his cattle, so the gods supposedly depended on their worshippers. It is this interdependent relationship or symbiosis that is lost in examining these ancient religions.

Gender Confusion

The determination of the sex of the deity has been a source of consternation both at Abrahadabra.com and all over the web. Despite the strong evidence that he was male, the misconception seems to persist. He did not share characteristics of gender bending deities like Loki, Vishnu, Set, or Enki. There has never been any example of Ningishzidda being portrayed as a female. I did my best to dispel this notion and ask for evidence from people claiming it was fact, but they were unable to provide any proof. After 3 years of careful research, I myself concluded there is no evidence to suggest Ningishzidda was ever portrayed as a female.

In Sumerian literature, that is, not New Age fabrications, Ningishzidda is the son of Ninazu. Ningirida, Ninazu’s wife, is mentioned as Ningishzidda’s mother. Furthermore, Ningishzidda has two wives that we know of from scant literary evidence – Azimua (Dazimua) “Lady Productive Leaf” and Ngeshtinanna “Heavenly Grape Vine”. This is in keeping with Ningishzidda’s role as a god of vegetation, an ancient “Green Man” if you will. The connection to Ngeshtinanna hints at wine, although we may never know – the Sumerians were a prolific culture who documented their religion with many artifacts and the first written records, yet much has been lost. It may be that Ningishzidda “Lord of the True Tree” could have been connected to an actual species of plant, but we may never know for sure.

He has two documented sisters that we know from the story of his descent into the underworld, a younger sister and an older one.

Gregory Shushan in his book, Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, cites that one sister’s name is Amishilama. “After Amashilama makes a failed attempt to bribe the demon with her jewellery, Ningishzida commands the boatmen to wait for her, and rejoices when she boards the boat. There is a lacuna here, though it seems that another deity intervenes and the siblings are saved. Ningishzidda is made divine throne-bearer of the netherworld, complete with sceptre, crown and ‘holy robe of office”. The demon is warned not to raise his hand against Ningishzida, who is now happy and joyful, eating food, drinking wine, bathing and being welcomed by his throne and bed. (Jacobsen and Alster 2000:334).”

In both of the Balbales to Ningishzidda, (ETCSL) Ningishzidda is refered to as a male deity: A Balbale to Ningishzidda (part A) at The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature A Balbale to Ningishzidda (part B) at The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature:

“Hero, lord of field and meadow, lion of the distant mountains! Ningišzida, who brings together giant snakes and dragons! Great wild bull who, in the murderous battle, is a flood that ……! Beloved by his mother, he to whom Ningirida gave birth from her luxurious body, who drank the good milk at her holy breast, who sucked in lion’s spittle, who grew up in the abzu! August išibpriest who holds the holy ešda vessels, checker of tablets, who secures justice ……! King, wild bull with tall limbs (?), who directs speech aright, and who hates wickedness! Mighty power, whom no one dare stop when he spreads confusion! Mighty Ningišzida, whom no one dare stop when he spreads confusion!”

If this doesn’t convince you Ningishzidda is a male deity, nothing will. There is always the “Everything is Everything” crowd who says it doesn’t matter. For those of us who study Tetragrammaton however, accuracy must be insisted upon for clarity and integrity, particularily when utilizing such a powerful tool such as Mutational Alchemy to call upon the greater gods. It may also be helpful to look at the characteristics of Kolowisi, one of the head gods of the living Ashiwi religion, which gives insight into the role of the male serpent gods of vegetation as innately masculine fertility benefactors.

Kolowisi and Ųȟcéǧila (Water Dragons)

According to a number of different tribes of North America, these powerful ophidian creatures called by various names live in water. Like Ningishzidda who according to the Sumerians, grew up in the Abzu, or subterranean waters, they live in underground water supplies. They are snakes with antlers, and they are considered hazardous.  The Kolowisi bears striking resemblance to the horned serpent of Ninazu, the basmu, who I will describe later in this essay.

They are accompanied by rain, water, lightning and thunder. This is a creature known throughout North America, as Ųȟcéǧila to the the Lakota, who regard them as dangerous water monsters. Most of the tribes who speak of them attribute colors and traits to it and nothing more. No rituals are associated with it among the Lakota, who avoid them. Amonst the Zuni (Ashiwi) people, who live in the beautiful carved desert landscape of NorthWestern New Mexico, the water dragon is elevated to the status of a god. Ceremonies are generally connected with fertility and spring, as one would expect from an ophidian deity.  Snakes hibernate in winter and become very active in Spring.

 


Kolowisi is also closely associated with grazing animals like deer and antelope – fetishes carved in honor of the serpent god are often made out of a whole shed antler. Antelope shed their antlers and it would be easy to associate the sinuous shape of the antler with a serpent body. The shape of the Kolowisi in art by the Zuni sometimes follows the curvature of a antelope’s horn. In

I have also noticed that when an artist uses kolowisi on pottery decorations – the Zuni are masters of ceramic – he almost exclusively is used on the decorations for seed pots. (A seed pot has a tiny opening to allow one or two seeds at a time to fall through) The elaborate and symbologically complex spring ritual involves the pouring of seeds and water through the mouth of the life size serpent head. The head is surmounted by a tablet decorated with clouds and lightning – symbolic of the serpent’s connection to thunderstorms, rain and fertility.

 

A Zuni Kolowisi tablet, used in the spring rites. Some of the tablets are more complex, with several serpents coming out of a sky scene surrounded by mesas, clouds and lightning.

I visited the Zuni people a few years ago. They are a large but isolated tribe in the deserts of Northwest New Mexico, near Gallup, the American Indian capital of the world. They are one of the nicest and friendliest people in North America.  There are also a number of Iranians who own shops in Gallup, and one in Zuni who I bought quite a few snake fetishes from. The landscape is very similar to Mesopotamia and Elam (Iran and Iraq) the home of the transtigridian snake gods like Ninazu and his son Ningishzidda. As soon as I crossed the border into Zuni land, large spirit clouds resembling Katsina spirits gathered over the Zuni village I was approaching. I could sense the presence of Kolowisi in my mind. He identified himself with the same energy signature as Ninazu, Ningishzidda’s father.

gallupsky Northwest New Mexico, near Gallup

When I arrived, I went to the gas station. A koshari approached me. A koshari is a holy person who is a comedian and a sage. While the rest of my family was in the store, I told him about how Ningishzidda from Sumer came to visit me and asked me to come visit the Zuni and tell them what happened. He revealed he was a priest in the bear clan.  Kolowisi, he told me, lives in the lake in the Zuni village, sometimes he comes out and takes wives to his underground village. Also, he is a culture hero, the Zuni have myths saying how he saved them from starvation and the flood. There are a few stories about this shapeshifter and the interaction he has with the people. Someday I’ll tell you about my epic adventures with Ningishzidda, and how I got to be at The Abrahadabra Institute, but not now.

Marduk

Marduk’s association with Ningishzidda is puzzling because it is so persistent. He began as an obscure Akkadian god, and rose to prominence in the first millenium, well after the snake cult’s heyday.

It is still not known what function he originally served, although Sommerfield suggests he may have been a god of incantations. Most of his attributes are absorbed from one of Enki’s sons, Asalluhi, who was the patron of the city of Kauri, during the Old Babylonian period. He is sometimes said to be Ningishzidda’s brother in badly researched documents or he is given some other relationship to Ningishzidda that makes no sense. Not all of it is due to Zetcharin Sitchin’s bad fiction.

The most important thing to understand about Marduk is that he is a Babylonian god, not a Sumerian one and not even an Assyrian god, to whom the Sumerians were affable and interacting with heavily during their centuries of existence. He is originally a Babylonian god, and in his earliest protoforms, an Akkadian.

The Sumerians reached their peak well before Babylon became the monolithic city it was with influence spanning across continents. Marduk did not enter into Sumerian religious rites at all and so has little to do with the snake cults.

The Sumerians were a powerful influence – no doubt about that. Ninazu survived as Tispak into the Babylonian periods, and his son, Ningishzidda, recieved shipments of barley and other food stuffs to at least one local temple in the countryside around Babylon. So there was no clean cut between Sumer’s rule and their gods of vegetation, herding and rivers, and Babylons metropolitan deities.

The basmu and usumgallu, creatures I will talk about below, are described in Babylonian texts as being enemies defeated by Marduk – Marduk was well known by his association with things he was slaying, starting with the great mother, Tiamat. It was this defeat that granted Marduk the symbol of the chaos monster, the Muš huššu, and while it was not his creation, it symbolized his ability to oppress the divine mother.

We can draw parallels between Marduk’s assimilation of an older and more powerful cult to bolster religious status for its priests and the Roman Catholic Church in their assimilation of older pagan rites like Saturnalia and Samhain, which became Christmas and Halloween.

Muš huššu, Mušmahu, Bašmu, Ušumgallu, – the Taxonomy of the Divine

 

Ningishzidda has quite a number of forms that he is called by, but together with his father Ninazu, there are four very specific kinds of sacred animal that must be examined to truly understand the serpent cults: The Ušum or Ušumgal, the Bašmu, the Muš huššu, and the Mušmahu.

All of them are associated with chaos and could easily be classified as demon or divine. Sometimes they are used as a title. Calling a King a “Usumgal” would certainly be a compliment, much as we call someone a “Shark” or “Fox” today although in Sumerian, it’s a bit more formal.

Ninurta, describes one of his weapons as a seven-mouthed muš-mah serpent in the Angim (“Ninurta’s Return to Nippur”). Throughout the millenia, the various snake clan creatures were viewed as weapons – sometimes dangerous, sometimes protective.

Tiamat herself gave birth to the Muš huššu in the Semitic mythos, filling their bodies with venom rather than blood, and while their taxonomy changed over the course of thousands of years (they lose their wings on the gates of Babylon) their immortality, chaotic nature, and fierce disposition are always a constant.

Bašmu/Ušum “Venomous Snake”

 

Tiamat is the mother of the Basmu, Mushushu, and Musmahhu, and while she is often depicted as a dragon, she is not confined to these three classifications.

The Sumerians associated Tiamat and her husband Abzu with the original creation myth, and with salt and fresh water. As troublesome as water can be, one cannot live without it, as the Babylonian creation myth that incorporates their city god, Marduk, seems to realize. There is plenty of evidence to suggest a deluge event did take place and this could easily be interpreted as Tiamat’s anger. In the story however, she is angry because her children try to kill her husband, Abzu.

The Assyrians, who traded religious ideas with the Sumerians, adopted the story into their religious rites by telling of how one of their favorite gods, Nergal, tamed the 60 ft long Basmu, a child of Tiamat, with his abilities as a snake charmer. It may be seen below howeverthat this qualifies as an Usumgal and not a “mere” Basmu.

A horned serpent is indigenous to the area where the Sumerians lived: Cerastes gasperettii, the Arabian horned viper. The horns can be small or quite pronounced. Today the species is valued by snake charmers because of its unusual appearance and possibly traditional practice. This very successful predator is adept at burrowing into the sand at fast speeds, and while it would have been valued as it is today for its ability to manage pests, it would have also been seen as having magickal powers, that of venom and the ability to travel underground, vanishing into substrate almost instantly. It must have seemed the magical creature would sometimes do this for months at a time, impossibly living below the ground where only the dead reside.

 

Irkalla, the Sumerian Underworld was one and the same with the underground regions of the Earth. Lightning bolts appear snake like throughout the world, and they have always been identified with Heaven as well. This could explain why the snake gods were identified with all three realms.

Arabian vipers are a docile species and while they are poisonous, their venom rarely results in death. A hibernation period occurs in late Winter, which may have given rise to Ningishzidda’s story of being taken into Irkalla (dying) and his resurrection in the new spring growth. Plants and serpents would be rising at the same time. Every detail of an animal of such a sacred status as this would have been analyzed by the ancients and recorded as meticulously as possible for theological application in order to effectively understand the communications from the deity. The association between plants and serpents is made even easier given that the roots of trees often resemble snakes frozen in time. The power of the rising sap was thus also attributed to Ningishzidda, whose name means Lord of the True Tree.

 

Basmu were considered dangerous, because they were! It was Ninazu who provided much needed power over the creature’s venomous capability:

“Ninazu – whose name (Lord Physician) suggests an involvement with healing – is a chthonic god associated with the underworld. Thus one tradition refers to him the “šita of the underworld, given birth by Ereškigal; (‘šita-ki-gal-ladereš-ki-gal-la-ke4tu-dal’)7. Snakes are also associated with the underworld: for example, one royal inscription requests the underworld goddess Ninki to punish a transgressor by sending ‘a snake from the underworld’ (muš ki-ta)8. The Chthonic god has associations with the chthonic animal: for example, on $ulgi hymn relates Ninazu, in a broken content, to ‘the fearsome snake’ (muš-?uš)9and another describes him as ‘born on the kurmušša (possibly snake mountain)’ (‘kur-muš-ša tu-da-a’)10. The deity is therefore appropriately invoked in Text 58 which is directed against the mythical ušumgal snake. This incantation confirms Ninazu’s association with snakes given that its speaker addresses the ušumgal: ‘Snake your king has sent me to you, your king Ninazu has sent me to you you’ (‘muš lugal-zu mu-ši-gi4lugal-zudnin-a-zu mu-ši-gi4‘).11″ – G. Cunningham,

Deliver me from evil: Mesopotamian Incantations 2500-1500 B.C, pg. 78

The Basmu are not the snakes rising from Ningishzidda’s shoulders. Basmu are merely venomous snakes, endowed with extraordinary powers of deadliness. The ones directly associated with Ningishzidda are the Mushussu.

Muš huššu

“the eagle contributes its wings and talons, the snake its head, the panther its body, and the scorpion its poison-charged tail. This composite beast has the divine prerogatives: witness its horned crown. There can be no room for doubt: this is the animal attribute of the god Ningizzida”

 

You really have to keep Varanids, or monitor lizards, to truly understand the mušhuššu and how the creature was percieved by the Ancient Sumerians. Monitor lizards are another very successful species of reptile, although now many of the species are listed on Cites I due to overhunting for the pet and food trades, including the species living in Iran and Iraq today,  in the same regions the Mesopotamians and Elamites did.

 

Monitors in their healthiest state are bursting with energy, move lightning fast, are terrifying when excited about anything, especially food. They use their whip-like tails to sting would be predators, and their claws are almost as sharp as their razorlike teeth. A bite from a monitor will almost always result in a nasty infection.

They make smart, playful and beautiful pets when reasonably domesticated – generally not biting the hand that feeds them, so to speak, and they will come when called.

Below is a video of a presumably wild monitor lizard being fed by some humans, with a good example of the (admittedly half hearted) tail whipping action they are capable of inflicting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AZTtnyJ8vY

The tail whipping action can break the skin and cause severe welts, as I discovered while taming my Savannah Monitor. This is possibly why the Muš huššu is depicted with a scorpion’s stinger at the end of its tail. Capturing one of these fast and furious animals would have been difficult, as demonstrated by the two Australians below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADNvu-1fz48

The Mushussu had a long elegant neck, forked tongue and a scaled body. In older versions it was often adorned with wings. Wings often mean “spirit” in talismanic terms. The Mushusshu depicted on the Ningishzidda grail at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France depict the Mushussu standing on his hind legs. Monitors all exhibit a behavior nicknamed “tripoding” which they use to see farther, scale heights and intimidate predators.

The steatite grail of the serpent gods depict the serpentine mushushu standing, and though the body appears serpentine, it is not hard to imagine why, when seeing a monitor defend itself against predators….the animal will literally try to wrap itself and all of its weapons around a would be predator like a python.

The name Mushussu was used in both the Sumerian and Akkadian languages. This was a well known legendary creature whose symbological importance must have been supported by the presence of the native monitor lizards,  large, chaotic and aggressive.

Despite the living native monitors being an amazing spectacle in and of themselves, it would be helpful to know if their were any species of extinct giant monitors in the area. Middle Eastern  scientific and anthropologic discovery is made difficult and complicated by the instability and religious hostility in the region, so we may never know. The species Megalania was present in Australia up to the time of the Aborigines presence there. Could the same be true of Mesopotamia and the Sumerians?

 

Leonine characteristics of the Muš huššu

“”In Pre-Sargonid times, the worshipper had been content to lay a statuette (with which he identified with himself) at the foot of the god’s throne. Now he expected to be presented in person to his god and to make his prayer directly. True, he was escorted by intercessors, but the piety had certainly grown bolder.

The representation of the gods in human form, though now the rule, did not altogether exclude the use of symbolic figures. This this conservative spirit we owe several fine pieces of work, such as the human-headed bulls mentioned above, sculptured in the round and some equally fine lion-muzzles, executed in more or less high relief, which once adorned a basin. […] Yet what we find here, still alive, are the old traditions of relief carving on stone vessels, and this is confirmed by the libation vase illustrated here, bearing Gudea’s name. Its decoration is wholly symbolic, two snakes, twined round a pole, rise up to the lip of the vase, as if to drink the liquid poured from it, while two winged dragons stand guard behind them, holding in their front paws a staff with a loop at the top. These monsters must have inspired the most salutary awe, for they combine several dangerous animals in one; the eagle contributes its wings and talons, the snake its head, the panther its body, and the scorpion its poison-charged tail. This composite beast has the divine prerogatives: witness its horned crown. There can be no room for doubt: this is the animal attribute of the god Ningizzida, and as such protects Gudea, while ensuring the fertility of his dominions through the twining snake accompanying it. Here we have the origin of the caduceus, which through the ages has retained its virtue as a beneficent emblem.”

Andre Parrot, Sumer: The Dawn of Art

 

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.

Instead they regarded them as dangerous forces that could not be tamed or controlled except by their city god, Marduk. They were viewed as serving in a guardianship role. At one point the Assyrians sacked Babylon and the new ruler erected lion statues around the city, facing into the walls of Babylon as a dire warning.

Some have speculated a close connection with cats in the Mushussu, given that they have lion like paws on the walls of Babylon, and have cat like tails. Ningishzidda himself is called a lion and leopard in his religious hymns. There are some more feline depictions of raging chaos beasts that could easily be a variant on the Mushussu. Lions were associated with the Assyrian god Nergal, lord of the scorching noon sun which meant death to unfortunate travellers in the desert. He was also god of pestilence and became consort to the Sumerian Ereshkigal in a marriage of the two cultures. His bull like appearance in some amazing statues are absorbed from Ereshkigal’s first husband, Gugallana, the bull of heaven.

Nergal is quite easily syncretized by the occultist with Montu, Ra’s war and noonday sun aspect.

 

Lions were and still are an extremely dangerous apex predator. Man learned how to kill them and even domesticate their smaller cousins, but they remained a terrifying risk of living in the Fertile Crescent. It was the characteristics of  the serpent, the cat, the eagle and the monitor that became the icons for the family of Transtigridian snake gods: ferocious apex predators that remained a deciding factor in the genepool of man for millions of years.

The Musmahhu, or seven-mouthed serpent, was a variant of the Muš huššu that was associated with the snake gods and had the unusual form of a hydra with seven heads, the first recorded in the history of mythology. I will explain in detail below, but first I will address the difference between the greater and lesser serpents.

Ušumgallu “Great Snake”

It is sometimes assumed that Usumgallu, Basmu/Usum and Mushussu are the same creature, with the one Mushussu being of Semitic origin, the other, Usumgallu, Sumerian. This isn’t the case. Just as Sumerian and Semite traded goods, so too did they share language connections. This is seen in the following transliteration and accompanying translation of a Sumerian text – where Usumgallu and Musshussu are both used to describe Ningishzidda. This proves they are not only different kinds of sacred animals, but that the Sumerians used the same word attributed to Akkadian language.

ban3-da saĝ ĝiš ra-ra muš-huš šeg11! gi4-gi4 ušumgal ambar-ra guruš3 bur2-ra u18-lu lu2-ra
nun saĝ maḫ kur-šag4-ga lug-ga edin DIB saĝ dub2-dub2

“murderous, howling mušḫuš, ušumgal snarling in the lagoon, raging storm reaching all people! Lofty-headed prince, resting in the midst of the mountains, …… smashing heads!”

http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.4.19.2#

The word ušumgal is a combination of ušum (= snake or noble snake) and gal (great). Where a basmu or usum is merely a snake, an ušumgal is a creature that terrifies even the gods, making it a suitable epithet to compliment  royalty with. It is often translated merely as “dragon” which leads to some anxiety in students of ANE. Even worse, anthropologists will frequently contradict each other so that one must weigh things carefully, rather than merely pointing at one text or another as proof of this or that conclusion.

A text on Enki alludes to a great black snake at the center of the Abzu, in G. Cunningham’s research. While it doesn’t explicitly state that it is large, its presence in center of the abzu – a deep and occult place of power, infers size and greatness:

“”Text 26 refers to ‘the snake of Enki’ (muš d.en-ki) while text 27 refers to ‘the place of the black snake in the middle of the abzu’ (ki muš-gi6 SU.AB sha) as well as mentioning the black dog, a horned snake, a serpent (the ušum) and Enki himself.”

The idea of a great serpent supporting the whole universe deep below the lowest reaches of existence, outside of the physical universe itself, in Patala, was a religious idea adopted by the Vedic scholars later on in India. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, this great serpent is called Sesa Ananta, who is also the “original” Krsna, (Vishnu, one of the Supreme Triumvirate) Balarama.

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ananta by izi ningishzidda

Balarama takes one of two forms – that of a serpent and that of a man with white skin. In either capacity he is accompanying Krsna or Vishnu. The black coloration has symbolized supreme ultimate reality for thousands of years amongst the Tantrics, who probably experienced the same collective unconscious visions the Sumerians did…they undoubtedly took hallucinogens.

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Balarama disciplining the Yamuna river, from Vedic mythology

The imagery of a great serpent inhabiting the abyss is later adopted by the Egyptians too, who called the serpent Apep. He swims the abyssmal waters where Ra, the sun, goes each evening. Apep is as dangerous as Tiamat and seemingly indestructible as well.

The Mušmahu “seven-mouthed serpent”

The stark similarities between the seven-mouthed serpent and the Great Beast of Thelemic cosmology are astonishing, particularily given that Lady Frieda Harris depicted the same in Aleister Crowley’s THOTH Tarot, presumably based on the Book of Revelations. This was well before any of the rare and obscure depictions of the beast or Sumer surfaced, in connection with the transtigridian snake gods like Ningishzidda.

Crowley would never have heard of Ninazu or his ilk.

 

“This is the Mystery of Babylon, the Mother of Abominations, and this is the mystery of her adulteries, for she hath yielded up herself to everything that liveth, and hath become a partaker in its mystery. And because she hath made her self the servant of each, therefore is she become the mistress of all. Not as yet canst thou comprehend her glory. Beautiful art thou, O Babylon, and desirable, for thou hast given thyself to everything that liveth, and thy weakness hath subdued their strength. For in that union thou didst understand. Therefore art thou called Understanding, O Babylon, Lady of the Night!”

– The Cry of the 12th Aethyr Liber XXX Aerum vel Saeculi sub figurâ CCCCXVIII by Aleister Crowley

For more information on the animal attributes of Ningishzidda, refer to this article by the owner of Enenuru.net:

http://abrahadabra.com/2014/02/10/basmuusum-mus-hussu-nirah/

Ancient Aliens

The commonality of causing death to the sick and weak among us in Ningishzidda and Ninazu’s animal forms (and by proxy, their father-in-law/grandfather-in-law Nergal, Lord of Plagues and Pestilence) may be the only reason we might consider Ningishzidda a “Geneticist” as many New Age authors seem insistent on, alongside proclamations that the Sumerian, Assyrian, Akkadian and Babylonian gods were all “Ancient Aliens”.

It was the very bad, very distorted translations by sensationalist author Zetcharin Sitchin that started all of this sort of bad thinking. Sitchin was a disreputable scholar who misled many readers into believing he was presenting genuine Sumerian text that discussed aliens in spaceships and a grand conspiracy of enslaved and genetically engineered humans. In light of what we know about how accessible and easy it will be to use genetic designer technology in the very near future, the Annunaki had to have been the most goofy messed up alien rejects in the universe to design such a crap product for the crudest of uses – mining gold or space goo or whatever.

Any space bound species in my opinion is going to have the ability to do molecular engineering as well, and would be able to turn lead into gold easier than we can today.

Ningishzidda in my opinion is not an alien, unless we can consider transdimensional transgalactic beings as aliens, then perhaps we can call him that in theory. I have no evidence to show anyone and am not so sure that would be a smart move for anyone involved in interdimensional warfare to be so careless as to leave evidence of their existence. It’s useless and tiresome to have anyone try convince anyone of anything outside of the process of establishing concrete fact.

Ningishzidda is as active a force in our world today as he was then, according to the many written accounts I have had from fellow initiates who have encoutnered the intelligence. It’s not known how or why these events are taking place, we probably all suffer from the same mass genetic memory.

Given the association serpents have with death and danger, it could be an instinctual memory being triggered by the many forces of darkness infecting our world – with the capability of putting out our lights forever. The last time this happened, tens of thousands of years ago in Africa,  humans turned to serpents as well. The serpent tends to be an emblem of transmutation, when most needed. As Ra Hoor Khut takes to the throne of the Aeon we may be called to make drastic changes in our lives and the way we continue to inhabit the planet.

Izi Ningishzidda

Addendum:

A list of epithets from Sumerian literature used to describe Ningishzidda:

Lord with Holy Dignity

Falcon Preying on the Gods

Impetuous Leopard

Murderous, howling mušhuš

Dragon

Lofty-headed Prince

Serpent with a Great Tongue

Lion of the Distant Mountains

Wild bull with Tall Limbs

Honeyed Mouth of the Gods Who Grew up in the Abzu (apsu – the ocean)

August Išib Priest Who Holds the Holy Ešda Vessels

Checker of Tablets, Who Secures Justice

Leader of the Assembly

King

Pure magician

Shepherd.

bašmu/ušum, muš huššu, nirah by us4-he2-gal2

Editor’s note: This is a great article retrieved from Abrahadabra Forums. No, we’re not bringing the forums back, but this little gem written by Bill over at enenuru.net was too precious to keep hidden away in the Abrahadabra archives.  – Izi Ningishzidda

Hey Abrahadabra: Well, it seems I’m always presenting complicated and touchy explanations here, I suppose it may give the impression that everything about Sumer is laborious.. I would agree many things are, but I guess as I’ve remarked before, your particular focuses here may exaggerate this impression as the netherworld gods and the snake gods are elusive (and so a stressful subject to discuss.)

So I’m putting something together to delineate between the Ušumgal and the Mus hussu. The iconography and mythology of both of these creatures is more often vague and more often in some process of change than in stable and concise condition; the nomenclature associated with both, as we witness it in this or that article, is in a steady state of flux between Sumerian, Akkadian and differing modern conventions for rendering ancient text; the associations of both creatures revolve around the same deities, but for different reasons which may at points have more to do with the shifting social-political climate of Mesopotamia than with appreciable religious sentiment. For reasons such as these it can be difficult to explain concrete distinctions between the two. To begin with, I am intending to quote a large section from the enenuru Ningishzida thread, (reply #47) – in that post I had referred to a discussion given by Anthony Green who understands the snakes at Ningishzida’s back as the Bašmu snakes, possibly to be identified with today’s species cerastes cerastes. I will then update this material with some new insights from F.A.M. Wiggermann from his book “Mesopotamian Protective Spirits” (MPS) (the book I should mention, is extremely technical and focused on a very narrow range of ritual texts). Hopefully below my modified look at Bašmu should also add explanations for Ušum and Ušumgal which I hadn’t worked in before, and the dissections with Mus Hussu will stand out.

On the Identity of the Ušumgal

From Enenuru:

“In regards to the snakes at Ningishzida’s back, we can turn again to A. Greens article found in CANE vol. 3, specifically pg. 1844. Near the bottom Green states:

“Another underworld god was Ningishzida. As he was the personal deity of Gudea, ruler of Lagash, he is depicted in the art of that time- for example, on Gudea’s own cylinder seal, where the god introduces the ruler to the water-god Enki. Ningishzida is represented with horned Bašmu snakes (the horned viper Cerastes cerastes) rising from his shoulders (see fig.5 no. 4).”

When we refer to “fig.5 no.4″ , which is on pg. 1848, we see that no.4 is a little drawing of a horned snake. The accompanying information tells us, that this image is attested from the Akkadian (?) period, down to the Kassite period. It’s proposed identity, its names in semitic language, are 1. bašmu and 2. ušumgallu and the proposed translation for both is “poisonous snake.”

Wiggermann adds important information on the topic of the identity and nomenclature of the Horned viper – in his more concise discussion from MPS, he explains that the Sumerians had two terms, ušum and muš-ša3-tur3 – the first a horned snake with front feet, the second a horned snake without front feet.

For these two terms, the Akkadians had only one term: bašmu. (We see that above, Green states bašmu and ušumgal are the semitic terms, proving that Assyriologists contradict each other all the time – more on the ušumgul later.) So what this means is that, yes, ušum is another word for the snakes at Ningishzida’s shoulder, footed sort or no.

The Character of the Ušum, Bašhmu

The earliest texts from which we may get a sense of this creature are the Early Dynastic incantations (2600), these are a favorite reference source of mine despite that they are currently only published in German and often are somewhat inexplicable in any case.

In these earliest examples of Mesopotamian incantation text, the principal causes of problem illnesses are the Udug demon, Enki, and snakes. Snakes are an understandably object of fear for the ancients, and the mysterious and deadly power of venom was a subject of fear and awe – the image of the fierce venom spitting serpent is one often applied often the gods (who were much feared and at the same time revered). These earliest texts indicate a period in which period where Enki was especially associated with illness bringing snakes, a fact which comes to some surprise to readers of later Mesopotamian literature – later literature stresses this deities position as a lord of benevolent incantations .. however, the ancient world offers numerous examples of deities specially associated with both the power to cause and to cure illness i.e Apollo.. the logic may have run that the one with lordship over the weapon is the same who may heal, even if that is to do so little as to refrain from unleashing it. This ambiguity of nature, neither definitively good nor evil, is characteristic of Mesopotamian religion at large, and we see many “daimons”, entities who may act as agents of illness yet at the same time be employed protectively in other contexts. In any case, G. Cunningham writes a brief note about Enki’s association with snakes in the early incantation texts, to include the Ušum:

“Text 26 refers to ‘the snake of Enki’ (muš d.en-ki) while text 27 refers to ‘the place of the black snake in the middle of the abzu’ (ki muš-gi6 SU.AB sha) as well as mentioning the black dog, a horned snake, a serpent (the ušum) and Enki himself.”

As Wiggermann notes the ušum/bašhmu “is perhaps nothing more than “Venomous Snake”; a natural enemy of man mythologized.” The snake itself is therefore harmful, but it may nevertheless represent or be associated with deities who, while having the ability to inflict suffering, are essentially worshiped as protective deities (as in the case of Enki).

The Ušumgal

Now that we have defined the ušum/bašhmu, what then is the ušumgal? As I mentioned above, the word ušumgal is a combination of ušum (= snake or noble snake) and gal (great).

Ušumgal is often translation “dragon”. Wiggermann relates that the Sumerian ušumgal is written in Akkadian either by “bašmu” or by “ušumgallu” .. “it is a derivative from “ušum” and literally means “Prime Venomous Snake”… the foremost quality of an ušumgal (and probably of an ušum) is being a determined killer,killing probably with its venom, and frightening even the gods.. it is this quality that makes ušum(gal) a suitable epithet for certain gods and kings.”

The differences between ušumgal and the more general ušum seem very indistinct – while the latter is perhaps more representative of the mundane venomous snake, the former may be better understood as a more mythologized version, a chaos monster (this distinction is hard to assert for reasons that
will become apparent below).

Chaos and Chaos Monsters

Beginning in the Ur III period, incantations began to be directed not only against daimons and snakes (as in earlier periods) but also against chaos monsters. The beings were often a composite of different animal forms, and unlike daimons (but like snakes), they only caused harm – they embody disorder as well as cause it. ” Therefore the muš-ḫuš associated with Ninazu is a chaos-monster, which in some periods is treated like a daimon, is a bringer of sickness and disorder, and is targeted in incantations. (Ninazu here is similar to Enki, sometimes referred to as “king of Snakes” in some incantations, he is capable of releasing and restraining the serpents, again showing a dual nature).

Chaos Monsters are generally, but not always, composite creatures – they get their name as they are creatures that appear on lists of defeated opponents of the gods Ninurta or Marduk. These are deities who battled chaos and enemies of the divine order during the forming of the cosmos, enemies such as the seven-headed dog (ur-sag-imin), six-headed wild ram (šeg-sag-aš) or the ušumgal. Once defeated, they generally became sub-servant to divine will, but divine will was also interpreted as instrumental in bringing about human suffering (for in Mesopotamia, nothing could be acknowledged to escape the control of the triumphing gods of order, contradictory as this often ends up being.)

For persons attempting to distinguish between the ušumgul and the ušum, it is confusing to note that both forms of the horned snake appear in the lists of defeated chaos enemies, but G. Cunningham explains this in part:

“Snakes can also be regarded as similar to chaos-monsters, given that in Mesopotamian terms they are classified with the same conceptual continuum as chaos-monsters of the serpent-type such as the ušumgal.”

Conclusions from this post: While it’s possible to call either the ušumgal or the ušum a “dragon”, and this is not necessarily incorrect, the word is more of a convenient English term which may carry with it connotations which are inapplicable. The ušum in form is simply a horned serpent which may or may not possess forelegs (varying), and it’s mythologized big brother, the ušumgal, is the same if not larger. Now that I’ve clearly recognized the equivalence of the Sumerian ušum and Akkadian bašmu, the snakes which occupy Ningishzida’s shoulders and which are thought to possibly be his pre-anthropomorphic form, this suggests a new explanation to me about how he got his later role in exorcism.. When we recognize that in earliest incantations Enki, the principal lord of magic, was capable sending and restraining snakes, and again Ninazu’s similar capacity (he is called “king of snakes” while at the same time his importance as a healing god is apparent), Ningishzida’s association with the ušum/bašmu and its subservience to him may in the same way recommend this deity to exorcists always anxious for effective defenses against the fearsome venomous snakes. This suggestion would be an alternative to the possibility that his legitimation as an exorcist stems from his late appointment as Throne bearer in the Netherworld.

Wiggermann also hints of a snake that may have been even earlier associated with Ningishzida and the Muš huššu: Niraḫ.

The Transtigiridian influx

I’m fairly certain that I have detailed the Muš Huššu and the Transtigiridian influx before, but I will give a version of that information here again for the sake of being through and for delineating between this creature and the ušum.

In discussing Ophidian traits in Mesopotamia, which the Muš huššu and the gods this creature is associated with posses, it is important to recognize the influence of the lands lying to the east of the Mesopotamian plateau, across the Tigris (hence the term “transtigiridian”). Elamite culture, which occupied the Iranian highlands and held sway over cities along the current Iran/Iraq border, is known to have had special religious emphasis on snake deities, and this trickled into Mesopotamia proper. Recognizing this influence allows one to better understand how seemingly disparate deities from the North Eastern Mesopotamian city of Der seem to share things in common with snake gods from the Southern Mesopotamian plains such as Ningishzida – Der was on the border to Iran and thus acted as a transfer point.. as Wiggermann comments:

“It can of course not be denied that Ninazu and Ningišzida are Sumerian gods, but the evidence suggests that their Ophidian traits were developed under the influence of transtigridian religious ideas. In fact, as has been repeatedly shown, a religious interest in snakes in these regions goes back deep into prehistory and through the ages remains quite visible in the iconography of Elam and the Iranian mountains.”

More influential than Der on the Sumerian cults was likely Ninazu’s own city which also was close to the Iranian border – Ešhnunna. While the god also had a smaller cult center in the south of Sumer called Enegi, Wiggermann relates that the Ophidian lore that is attestable from the site of Enegi “is written mostly in foreign languages and appears to have been imported”, meaning that the snake god ideology at Enegi is again part of the greater influx from Der, Ešhnunna, and ultimately from the east.

The Muš huššu

The mušhuššu was the dragon of Ninazu, city god of Enegi and Ešnunna, and of his son Ningišzida. From Old Akkadian times onwards (2400 BC), Ninazu was succeeded in Ešnunna by Tišpak, whose traits mainly derive from Ninazu, including the association with muš huššu. It is from Tišpak that the muš huššu was taken, and given to Marduk, after the defeat of Ešnunna by Hammurabi (1900 BC). Muš huššu translates to “furious snake” or “aweful snake”, the creature had in earlier times lion parts and dragon parts, but over time “the lion parts are progressively replaced by snake parts” and the creature is called a “snake-dragon” by modern scholars.

Wiggermann characterizes the Muš huššu as “perhaps an angel of death, killing with his venom” which is entirely consistent with an the behavior of snake creatures such as the ušum/bašhmu, the enemy of the exorcist in early incantation, or the ušumgal who like the Muš huššu is also a serpentine chaos monster, defeated by the warrior god (defeated opponents often enter the service of the gods.) It is worth emphasizing that nothing seems quite black or white with Mesopotamian religion, and that which was feared was also respected and so in some situations it was counted on as a protective force – the Muš huššu was used in some periods as an Apotropaic figure, on plaques or palace walls, to ward off evil doers. It’s not that it was incapable of evil doing itself – but if properly respected and revered would possibly unleash its venom on an uncontained enemy. The dragon is also mentioned in a hymn to the building of Ningirsu’s temple, a temple built in Lagash by Gudea (whose personal god was Ningishzida.) Below I have quoted part of that hymn, and I have pointed out the names of the snakes mentioned in [square brackets]:

http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.2.1.7&display=Crit&charenc=gcirc&lineid=t217.p84#t217.p84

722-729. The cedar doors installed in the house are Iškur roaring above. The locks of the E-ninnu are bisons, its door-pivots are lions, from its bolts horned vipers [ušum/bašmu] and fierce snakes [muš huššu] are hissing at wild bulls. Its jambs, against which the door leaves close, are young lions and panthers lying on their paws.

730-737. The shining roof-beam nails hammered into the house are dragons [ušum/bašmu] gripping a victim. The shining ropes attached to the doors are holy Niraḫ [Niraḫ] parting the abzu. Its …… is pure like Keš and Aratta, its …… is a fierce lion keeping an eye on the Land; nobody going alone can pass in front of it.

Wiggermann writes that after the defeat of Ešhnunna by Marduk, and that god’s assumption of the Muš huššu, Ninazu and Tišpak became associated with other snakes and dragons (ušum/bašmu, ušumgallu). The similarity between these creatures is attested again by this exchange, while at the same time it emphasizes that they are separate entities. When a god loses one, he has the other instead.

Wiggermann does not state that Ningishzida lost association with the Muš huššu as a result of the Babylonian campaign in Ešhnunna or that he became associated with the Ušum as a result (as the case with Ninazu).. In fact, I believe Ningishzida was associated with both creature at the same time, if we look to the Gudea era where the god is symbolized by 2 Mus huššu which flank coiled snakes (the Gudea cup) , or when the god is in anthropomorphic form
presenting Gudea to another god, the horned snakes (ušum) are at his shoulders – thus both creatures relate equally to the deity at that time. What is curious, is a statement of the authors that reads: “Ningishzida, the son of Ninazu, is associated with the [Muš huššu]; his proper animal, however, is the snake (d)Niraḫ.”

The snake Niraḫ, as we see in the above hymn, is connected with the Abzu and that environ, the semi-mythical underground fresh waters of the god Enki. It is distinct, or at least somewhat distinct, from the Ušum. This information, that Niraḫ should be Ningishzida’s animal, is for me somewhat unexpected – the ušum/bašmu is solidly placed as the snake at the god’s shoulders (see last post). I suspect the association with Niraḫ may be somewhat earlier.. while I am able to detail Niraḫ to some extent currently, I’m not at this time able to explain Wiggermann’s statement or how he connects the snake with Ningishzida.

chat transcript for july 2013: the body of light

zawarudo666 [July 2, 2013 – 7:11 pm]: I have a question regarding the Body of Light that is does each person possess an individual Body of Light, or is it more of a Universal/singular body that we are all connected to?

Zawarudo666 [July 3, 2013 – 7:23 am]: I’ve never fully understood the whole microcosm/macrocosm relationship. Does the BoL begin at a microcosmic level and end at macrocosm? Like linking Man with the Ain Soph Aur principle similar to the Tree of Life?

m1thr0s [July 3, 2013 – 9:10 am]: @zawarudo666: I wouldn’t try to answer such a question in the imperative personally as it undermines the whole process of discovery. I would, however, direct you to the doctrine of the Polar Akashas which speaks of two important forms of spirit both at Apex and Antapex to the Tree of Life itself…what is called the White-Gold Akasha at aura to Crown and the Black-Silver Akasha at aura to Malkuth. The implications are that Akasha is at root to both Macrocosm and Microcosm. If the physical universe manifests from this and resolves back into it as well, then the notion of the spiritual and the physical standing in opposition to each other would seem to make no sense at all. It has been said that no two snowflakes are ever exactly alike so perhaps individuality is itself a property of Akasha.

m1thr0s [July 3, 2013 – 9:22 am]: I have repeatedly stumbled upon mathematical evidence of a *Set and Subset* relationship going on between the Spiritual and the Physical as well as with Macrocosm and Microcosm and I think that adjusting our thinking to this way of understanding is of very great benefit to any of us.

m1thr0s [July 3, 2013 – 10:52 am]: The ternary system of hexagrams numbers 729 in all. 64 of these bear no *jen* values and are thus the same as the 64 binary hexagrams. it takes the inclusion of only 1 more *flux-value* to take us from 64 to 729 hexagrams. So we can rightly say that the binaries are a subset of the ternaries…and yet science does not have any direct knowledge of the ternaries so far. according to the chinese sages, the *jen* property represents both spirit and intelligence at once. the suggestion is that life as we know it is a subset of consciousness…that consciousness precedes the known universe and also outlives it…over and over again without limitation. we can safely draw that conclusion knowing that the DNA/RNA codes are both built upon the same binary template that the I Ching is using. So the corporeal is a mathematical subset of the non-corporeal but a subset is *part of a set*…not something apart from it.

zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 2:46 am]: Ah, thanks for the info. I guess where some of the confusion arose was that I had it all backwards. I assumed consciousness and other subtle/spiritual forces were a subset of manifest/physical universe and not the other way around, but now it makes sense. “Tao gives birth to One, from One comes Two, from Two comes Three…” and so forth.

zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 3:03 am]: I can’t find any info on the Polar Akashas online but is it right to presume that the Universe manifests from White-Gold Akasha at Crown and dissolves into Black-Silver Akasha at Malkuth? If so, the relationship seems strikingly similar to the creation/destruction story typically attributed to Kali and Shiva.

Zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 4:41 am]: I think I get it now why it goes from Three to the Myriad or 1000 things. With the inclusion of the Jen principle to the Yin/Yang polarities, the Four Elements which make up the manifest Universe are derived. Something which is no better represented than by the Tetractys itself.

Zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 4:44 am]: Or maybe I’m way off, oh well.

Zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 6:44 am]: I’m reminded of, “The Khabs is in the Khu and not the Khu in the Khabs.” I’m on my phone so I can’t properly quote if that’s not the exact quotation.

m1thr0s [July 4, 2013 – 10:04 am]: the similarities between toaism and qabbalah are many…it often seems to me that western magickal tradition is essentially taoism with attitude…lol

m1thr0s [July 4, 2013 – 2:23 pm]: @zawarudo666: I hadn’t actually heard of the idea of everything dissolving into the black-silver akasha but it seems to make pretty good sense intuitively. tantrically, we are always seeking to complete the loop from crown (1) to crown (1), or *highest crown* (0) to *highest crown* (0) depending on your emphasis, but this is all surrounding the alchemical *levity* principle around which the tantric arts are based. The idea of things originating from the white-gold akasha and dissolving into the black-silver akasha is a novel insight that does not seem to be in conflict with tantric aims. Nice job coining that one! Well worth considering and examining this further…

zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 3:11 pm]: Well, now that I think about it I did have a dream that was Black-Silver Akashic(yea i know thats not a word lol) In the dream I was playing a Dragonball Z game which displayed various levels in boxes that you can choose. I scrolled all the way to the bottom and saw what I recall was a black/silver or black/gold level which contained a dark ancient Chinese dragon, like Shenron but black…

zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 3:13 pm]: I remember this vividly cause it was a very dark hue of black, like blacker than black. Then I did something stupid which was not clicking on the level cause I wanted to play through them in chronological order, so I went back to the top and the dream faded into hazy nonsense.

m1thr0s [July 4, 2013 – 4:18 pm]: @zawarudo666: well the image got through though…dream did its job I think. We always want the whole back-story but that doesn’t seem to be dream-mind’s actual job.

zawarudo666 [July 4, 2013 – 9:55 pm]: yeah, it was useful looking back on it. there was also a word and chinese characters that i wish i could have documented, not the hanzi cause i cant read chinese, but the word, whatever it was.

m1thr0s [July 5, 2013 – 4:38 am]: The Chinese were at one time ahead of the entire world with respect to science and mathematics. There are some indications that they may have even been aware of DNA, though we have no way to determine how they could have known this. In any case it’s not so much about China per se…more a matter of far-eastern consciousness in a more global sense. The work we do today cannot expect to succeed without integrating east and west achievements over a great span of time. Probably none of it was ever perfected in itself save perhaps with respect to a very few individuals only. But there lies a vast wealth of knowledge in the East that we cannot afford to ignore or gloss over.

Guest_843 [July 5, 2013 – 3:55 pm]: Hi All

Guest_843 [July 5, 2013 – 4:02 pm]: Oh, **** it I didn’t mean to post that just yet. I joined the forum shortly before it got closed down. I bought the first booklet (will buy all of them when I get the chance). My stuck point in the Twinstar Meditation is the grounding. I want to know exactly what to do on the grounding. It’s just confusing the **** out of me for a reason I cannot explain. Once

Guest_843 [July 5, 2013 – 4:02 pm]: I’m confident with the grounding portion, I’ll do the whole meditation.

Guest_843 [July 5, 2013 – 4:07 pm]: Sorry to pop into this conversation all unannounced, posing a very simple question like that, but it’s been on my mind. I just need a clear description of the grounding. I’m sorry guys.

m1thr0s [July 6, 2013 – 6:00 pm]: @Guest_843: I’m a little too busy to answer this now but will try to get back to you on it soon. In general it’s not as complicated as it might seem but there are a few things at least that should be gone over.

Heka [July 6, 2013 – 7:40 pm]: Okay thanks M1. I just purchased last two books to. I read the first one 3 1/2 times already. And you just confirmed my thought about it not being too hard. I’m just making it hard. Another question would be regarding mantric applications, and where to begin to weave the two (Twinstar meditation with mantras) to weave the two, but that’s a separate question. 1 at a time

Heka [July 6, 2013 – 7:43 pm]: I’m Guest_843 btw.

m1thr0s [July 7, 2013 – 5:25 am]: @Heka: the booklets will help. I’ve got more of these in the works as it seems to me that these concentrated little booklets are more useful to most people than trying to crank out a huge book (or books) that only winds up overwhelming everybody. Mutational Alchemy stuff builds from the very simple and propagates to the infinitely complex. But it can always be broken down again to the very simple as needed.

m1thr0s [July 7, 2013 – 5:37 am]: In MA practice, we are always drawing down on the *influence* of Crown and Highest Crown, circulating that energy in various ways and returning it back again. It’s a combination of *flushing* and *zeroing* as well as *grounding*. The balancing of opposites is the key to unleashing the alchemical *levity* principle which allows for energy to flow against the constraints of gravity. It is also a way of *stilling the mind* through balanced action, as opposed to inaction. Moreover, this entire methodology is about codified energy manipulations. Since the body is built on code, utilizing code to unlock and ignite its inherent higher functionality is a very compelling course of action. The more you work along these lines, the more sense it makes and you retain all the skeptical mind you may happen to require as well.

m1thr0s [July 7, 2013 – 5:41 am]: We are, in essence, achieving *perfection* by degrees by way of simulating it at the physical and energetic level. The saying *free your mind, your ass will follow* turns out to be ass-backwards in many ways. In practice, we find that *freeing your ass* is actually the more effective strategy in fact.

m1thr0s [July 7, 2013 – 6:02 am]: The question, of course, is how to do that according to some standard recognized by mind, body and spirit alike at as universal a level as we can rationally and intuitively identify. Mutational Alchemy does not spring from nowhere. It has a well-defined lineage. It is an exacting continuation of all the work and knowledge that precedes it. We just never quite expected that the *spirit world* might ultimately be operating by the exact same laws as the *physical world*…that it might require the same kind of scientific thinking to achieve *spiritual flight* as it does to achieve *physical flight* etc…

administrator [July 7, 2013 – 10:00 am]: you can pop in unannounced in conversations anytime, fyi. &gt;:-D

Heka [July 7, 2013 – 10:55 am]: What fascinated me with Tantra, Yoga, and Alchemy, were the stories of the Siddhas, and the Siddha-Maidens, whom bear a resemblance to Wizards, and Alchemists, and how lots of their knowledge became lost overtime. I’m just glad there is a real re-emergence of this Ancient alchemy going on, and glad I stumbled upon this website. *Perfect* timing.

zawarudo666 [July 8, 2013 – 10:41 am]: i’m thinking about the New Aeon. does it begin when the Kali Yuga ends, or during?

zawarudo666 [July 8, 2013 – 11:05 am]: Well according to the wiki article we’re just at the beginning with 427,000 years remaining. X____X

zawarudo666 [July 8, 2013 – 11:08 am]: The New Aeon/Age of Horus could be attributed to the “Golden Age” however.
administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:35 pm]: The Aeon of ?r.w (Ra Hoor Khut) began in 1904, with the transmission of the Book of the Law, according to most Thelemites.

zawarudo666 [July 8, 2013 – 12:39 pm]: “As bhagwan pointed out that the 10,000 year golden years should begin after 5,000 years are completed in Kaliyuga which means that the Golden period started approximately 115 years back since 5115 years have elapsed, which makes the date of the Golden period as 1898 AD.” pretty close actually.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:39 pm]: The age of the demon Kali and the age of ?r.w may not be the same thing, although the forces seem to represent opposing values.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:40 pm]: Kali wants to stop creation, while ?r.w in his hawk for could be equated to Garuda who is Vishnu the preserver’s vahana.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:42 pm]: This reversal of creation and ending snuffing out all life itself is of an intelligence I have encountered many times before, it is active and seems to be something that is always hemming away at the perimeter of kingdom, which is why it must be that ?r.w “deals hardly with them” and it is also a limited force, so this particular battle does have an end.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:42 pm]: But there may not be a set “end date” for the Kali yuga that is not an inexact calculation of processing the problem itself.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:42 pm]: This is Izi btw

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:48 pm]: Since the call to monotheism seems to be the thrust of the mythology surrounding the Kali Yuga – at least for those on the side of life – one would think that all beings who care about life – the rakshasas, the dakinis, the demigods and other beings documented by Tantra from India to Japan would have a stake in the fight and would be united under the banner of the One god despite all differences, to protect Life.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:50 pm]: The demon Kali represents quarrels and discord – the Word of Sin is Restriction, and the tool of Restriction is Division.

zawarudo666 [July 8, 2013 – 12:51 pm]: ah, thanks so much for this info. i’ll look into it closely.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:53 pm]: Tantra is all about defending the perimeter of kingdom, essentially it is all about kings and queens and has been since its inception over 1,000 years ago. Nothing has changed about that, except the battlefield.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:53 pm]: Of course, it’s necessary for you to have all of this information.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:55 pm]: Mutational Alchemy is Tantra at its core, and it is the 9th Limb of Yoga. The TwinStar is a mandala of the highest order. Its chambers map the entirety of Kingdom.

administrator [July 8, 2013 – 12:56 pm]: Everything outside of that is toast, if it is anti-Life, or anti-Love. Thats the process of the Aeon of War and Science.

Guest_54 [July 8, 2013 – 11:33 pm]: Abrahadabra

Guest_54 [July 8, 2013 – 11:33 pm]: And what it is

Guest_54 [July 8, 2013 – 11:33 pm]: Is so beyond me, I think I’m getting lost.

Guest_54 [July 8, 2013 – 11:35 pm]: But hark, what is that I hear? The knocking of Thmaist, the Double-Wanded One, at the Door of the Aeon!! Enter, oh great Master. Guide us for 11 years. 11 years guide us.

m1thr0s [July 9, 2013 – 1:51 am]: we are currently reading Tantra in Practice by David Gordon White. Princeton University Press (college textbook for asian studies majors). Tremendously informative. A tad dry but a massive volume with hundreds of contributing experts etc. Highly recommended reading. I think we will probably be adding it to our own stores. In general, the better your grasp of Tantra historically and thematically, the better equipped you will be to fully appreciate Mutational Alchemy principles and methods.

m1thr0s [July 9, 2013 – 2:00 am]: Mutational Alchemy CAN be understood without that sort of backgrounding but westerners have been so badly robbed of their own natural spirituality that there is virtually no cultural support to be found supporting almost ANY intelligent impulse we might happen to have. There is no overstating the extent of ideological poisoning we have been subjected to here in the west. So you have to make a pretty thorough study of Tantra just to begin to reclaim your own intrinsic sensibilities.

administrator [July 9, 2013 – 6:26 am]: Tantra in Practice is so cheap to pick up as overstock or used on Amazon I doubt we’ll ever carry it anytime soon as the retail is $49.95 new. Used paperback start at $3.21 on Amazon.

administrator [July 9, 2013 – 6:27 am]: which I recommend picking up by the way.

GratefulGuest [July 10, 2013 – 7:19 pm]: I have got to say that the very most obvious things to me first doing the TwinStar meditation, was a change in the sense of colors for me. The way I actually see everything. Also, the redirection and control of sexual function and sexual energy. These were the two first most apparent things, and still continue to be forefront to me. Cognitively, I notice that I am able to function…
GratefulGuest [July 10, 2013 – 7:25 pm]: …on a much more pragmatic and directed level. I appreciate the confluence of more abstract (as is often erroneously thought) spiritual or occult ideas, with Malkuth. And it seems like Ra Hoor Khuit, is definitely an energy/entity that relates to my own increasing understanding of TwinStar. Plus, I am still learning how to send ideas down this vortex the TwinStar seems to create.

GratefulGuest [July 10, 2013 – 7:26 pm]: It seems to be like a requirement. It is like taking positive thought to the next level…

GratefulGuest [July 10, 2013 – 7:26 pm]: …

GratefulGuest [July 10, 2013 – 7:26 pm]: ?

m1thr0s [July 11, 2013 – 10:45 am]: @GratefulGuest: There are a few areas of immediate benefit I am aware of that can probably be tested in some way. Cognitive function is one of them. Trauma management is another. Enhanced creativity a third. We are so early on in the development of this specific technology that I haven’t given that much thought to how these enhancements could be demonstrated scientifically but I am pretty sure they can be. In the meantime we only have each other’s testimonials so thank you very much for reporting what you’ve been experiencing.

m1thr0s [July 11, 2013 – 10:58 am]: I am not sure what is going on with *colors* but that strikes me as a very important phenomena. The Tibetan Book of the Dead addresses this to some extent: We are told to avoid *muddy* color realms but rather gravitate to those realms with brighter and cleaner colors. It seems as though in the TwinStar Meditation this higher gravitation occurs automatically…kind of hard-wired in somehow so that the more you work the thing the more various kinds of *gunk* get cleared out. Some of this is rooted in the principle of *friction*. The TwinStar moves us progressively towards a significantly enhanced *frictionless* state, affecting consciousness on many levels at once.

m1thr0s [July 11, 2013 – 11:04 am]: Another area you may begin to notice is enhanced *coordination* both physical and mental. Some of this is so unconscious that you won’t really notice it until something (potentially) disastrous occurs but doesn’t occur because you somehow reacted in a way that rather miraculously averted it. This has happened to me maybe 1/2 dozen times that I am aware of…who knows how many times it has actually occurred? Another area you may notice is kind of in the realm of *magnetism*…of people and situations manifesting just when you need them the most…

m1thr0s [July 11, 2013 – 11:18 am]: I would never go so far as to say that the TwinStar is the ONLY way to derive these benefits but only that it seems to have all of this covered and a great deal more…it moves us (imperceptibly at first) towards an increasingly *mystical* interaction with our complete environment. The word *complete* seems to be the active word in that sentence…that we are invoking more intelligence and cosm into our spheres and ever so gradually begin to experience a broader/brighter/stronger/ caliber of coexistence.

zawarudo666 [July 11, 2013 – 8:51 pm]: the twinstar/kali ma glyph is putting me through tough situations. accelerated dharma for real.

m1thr0s [July 12, 2013 – 12:20 am]: @zawarudo666: hands-down one of the most powerful images I have ever uncovered. If there is any doubt that Mutational Alchemy hails from a tantric lineage, that image alone should put the matter to rest…although, in truth…the proofs are piled high to the moon even without it. Some of these yantras should probably not be introduced to those who have not developed the internal strengths to sustain them. Like an asana that the body has not yet developed the skills to perform, that particular yantra has the wherewithal to crush an ill-prepared mind. Yet most will observe without seeing and in cases like this I am not entirely sure which is worse…to be blown away by it or blown off by it as it were. I suspect the latter is much worse. The key to assimilating it lies in the TwinStar itself…its strengths are your strengths if you will only allow it. It’s intelligence, your intelligence and so on. But it has to be said in all fairness that the marriage of these two great yantras is simply staggering.

m1thr0s [July 12, 2013 – 12:31 am]: Consider the *Knowledge &amp; Conversation* that perpetually emanates and recognize that no one can capture all of it at once. Learn to pace yourself, take a little and work on that. Take a little more and so on. Do not expect that you can rise to its great height at once as every little step is as important as the next.

m1thr0s [July 13, 2013 – 1:42 pm]: I think it’s important to bear in mind that things don’t ever have to get overly *heavy* with this stuff. One of the great advantages of this whole method is that it packs down tight…can go anywhere…doesn’t require a whole shitload of gear…and can be coordinated with many other things without dominating or interfering with your life. So if things get too heavy you need to take a step back and relax a little. It’s more important to be on a viable path than to be some sort of super-advanced meta-intelligent demigod or whatever…

m1thr0s [July 13, 2013 – 1:48 pm]: although being a super-advanced meta-intelligent demigod probably has its perks…:D

zawarudo666 [July 13, 2013 – 3:03 pm]: Thanks, but I had to get over my attachment to this person and there were several other factors at play as well. Ultimately, I learned from the experience as painful as it was and am ready to take things 1 step at at time.. So yeah, it sucks but as the saying goes “This too shall pass.”

zawarudo666 [July 13, 2013 – 3:05 pm]: It was necessary is what I’m trying to say.

m1thr0s [July 13, 2013 – 3:42 pm]: We bring our baggage to the table that’s for sure. Nobody’s fault…that’s just being alive I think. Tools like these help us to rebuild everything but the process covers a lot of ground and can take a lot of time. Our biggest limiters run the deepest and can go unseen for many years. No matter how long it may take, it’s better to be on a path of liberation than one of resignation and self-defeat.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:14 pm]: @m1thr0s. Thanks for feedback. I would like to address some of your comments specifically here, since this is a sort of feedback process of discovery and experimentation…Thanks for the Tibetan BoD info on this phenomena, which really just impressed me the first time I did the meditation, instantly. Basically, I have got to say that the color perception phenomena was/is characterized by a gold

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:16 pm]: hue, I am actually looking for images online that have been edited to show what I am referring to. It is a multidimensional sensory perception phenomena, as in, there are things being perceived in 4D and beyond, but in 3D regular vision, it is basically like a very clear minded, sort of almost very sobering kind of golden almost sepia-esque sense for me, but it almost enhances

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:18 pm]: the sense of almost animism, but in this very non-judging kind of way. As in it is not particularly flowery, but it is amazing and it is the first time I have had such a perception change. My feeling is that something may happen with some neurosynchronization/hemi sync at this point of perception shift. Now I have gotten more used to it. So I need to advance in my understanding.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:19 pm]: On cognitive shift that I have noticed, is that in conversation I will say things that may have many levels of meaning, even humorous at times, and instead of me being unawares of the synchronicity of what is hapening, either in an interaction or in something I might say in conversation, I am able to folrmulate these things with full knowledge of the multilayered nature of what is going on….

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:20 pm]: As far as crisis aversion, I have noticed this too. Because there actually has been some precognition that has occurred for me of things that would happen, but then are actually averted as you say. They are amazing, but I will take more careful note to provide further specifics on future examples.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:22 pm]: It is my belief that you can actually send thought-forms down the TwinStar, via a sort of vortex it creates, and I have actually excercised this belief to counter precognitions of particular events that I would prefer to avoid. There are always burdensome aspects of having increased awareness and psychism, mainly, that many other people do not have these kinds of perceptions activated.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:22 pm]: But I much prefer having this increased sense of awareness than not….

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:25 pm]: This is Grateful Guest BTW….

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:27 pm]: I definitely also appreciate how TwinStar very much relates to my understanding of a lot of Thelemic ideas. This is the kind of appreciation of occult ideas that I have always perceieved. Increased functionality and creativity, as opposed to the inverse which can be seen sometimes. I think TwinStar really fits into what olden days folks (lol) like William Blake perceived as a natural religion etc.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:30 pm]: It also is representative to me of integration of the Shadow archetype in a way that is very streamlined, and increases functionality and the ability of one to really be honest with one self. It also increases my self of self control and focus….

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:33 pm]: I also have a picture of myself outside, which clearly demonstrates the visual effect of TwinStar on visual aura phenemona. In fact, I am almost somewhat “distorted” by the level of light that is emanating in the picture, which is clearly not just glare from the sun. This effect for me is very much increased in the sun, because of TwinStars actual relation to the Sun.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:34 pm]: Sometimes people are kind of wierded out by this I think. Oh well I guess haha.

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:36 pm]: Additionally, I did the MerKaBa meditation, followed by TwinStar meditation in Wisconsin, where I currenly live, and a military styled black helicopter appeared and flew over, and then flew back over twice, also strafing on its side so that the windows were looking down at me. I have had MerKaBa meditation trigger similar reactions from black helos, but I feel that TwinStar, is also definitely

Guest_449 [July 14, 2013 – 12:37 pm]: similarly perceivable and detectable via military technology. I should also note that genetically, I actually am perdisposed towards unusual interaction with electronics etc. So , I feel that it was sort of natural for me to find out about this kind of stuff.

m1thr0s [July 16, 2013 – 1:07 am]: @Guest_449: I think it’s more about universal *Law* than you may realize and therefor seems to attract a certain amount of heat roughly corresponding. In other words…some of this is sort of coincidental…an unconscious attraction by people who have no idea why they are gravitating towards it rather than a concerted one as it might appear. I could relate some interesting stories about this but it would take too long to do it here.

m1thr0s [July 16, 2013 – 1:11 am]: cops, soldiers, people directly in the line of fire seem to have a more instinctual gravitation to abrahadabra (and magick in general) than those who do not. just something I have observed and tracked over a number of years.

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:30 am]: I look at these effects as somewhat, externalized or exoteric, maybe. But to me, it seems that the energetic synergy with the Sun, is not at all insignificant to my own personal experience of TwinStar. So, I feel like these effects of heat, in my own personal experience, are all part of the entire experience. I think I understand what you mean by various gravitations towards things as being

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:33 am]: basically coincidental. As far as this golden hued, sort of clarity of vision thing. To a certain extent, I feel like this is also a synergy with a particular “orgonite” pendant that I bought from Austin Texas, which is the best proprietary blend that I have found with Shungite included. The pendant gives off this kind of energy by itself and can be observed in photos. The TwinStar amplified this.

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:36 am]: But I have to say, that this effect also seems to me to allow me a much more clear, level headed, and really uniquely Thelema-oriented, or basically occult/magickal level of clarity within the context of basically pretty visceral energetic currents that I feel are unique to some of the concepts of Thelema specifically. These just give me a higher level of visual perception.

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:39 am]: I can also feel chi being redirected from being purely libidinous, or even for instance, anger, or anxiety, and sort being channeled along lines of energy flow, which almost feel sort of like one of those Icy/Hot patches for sports related injuries. It is pretty amazing. And I also am better able to shift into different dimensional perceptions in waking life, information and stuff flows easier.

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:42 am]: I am better able to trust my heart, and not be so encumbered by cerebral stress management techniques. I have also been experiencing something that reminds me a lot of the machine “magnetic vortex arena”, where various negative thought forms or even habits, I have been able to see/feel as being enveloping me, than toggling to being separate from me, and after toggling back and forth.

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:44 am]: To just separate the thought or feeling, and even visualize it, or actually see it as it looks to me on the astral level, and then repel it, much in the same way as the “magnetic vortex arena” seems to do. I was working with this while doing dishes at work last night, and it is a pretty amazing concept. Beyond that I also have begun understanding more about this being in more than one place thin<

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:44 am]: I am writing too much now, so I am going to take a break for about a week.

GratefulGuest [July 16, 2013 – 8:45 am]: Thanks m1thr0s.

m1thr0s [July 16, 2013 – 10:31 am]: *thelema-oriented*…hmmm…perhaps. not really *thelema-based* however. crowley never really did quite acquire the necessary bits and pieces necessary to put forward an actual *physics* model of stars as has occurred in Mutational Alchemy. *prophets* are not *closers* as a rule…they see the train coming but do not typically have everything required to board it. that’s ok though…that’s just the way these things work.

m1thr0s [July 17, 2013 – 4:43 am]: nothing against *thelema* except perhaps for the fact that crowley seems intent on trading religion for religion and thus only achieves lip-service to the axiom *the method of science – the aim of religion*. the *method of science* demands that we work from falsifiable models and test those models meticulously for their qualitative &amp; quantitative yields. moreover, I see a lot of *thelemites* basically parroting what they have read and seen others do, the same as most religious affiliations. that really wasn’t the point of crowley’s work which was aimed hard at individuals developing the tools and skills required to advance their own magickal destinies. I think it’s something of a numbers game though like with most new approaches to anything…most will only get the *packaging* and content themselves with going along with the crowd. only a relative few will recognize the underpinning principles at play and thereby take the next logical steps in an unfolding *praeter-humanism* inclusive of all human beings on a global scale.

m1thr0s [July 17, 2013 – 4:52 am]: It used to bug me more than it does now. I used to say things like *those who call us *thelemites* are liable to catch a brick across their teeth!* because i really cannot condone the whole *simon-says* approach to Completion. it creates unnecessary obstacles…more useless cliques shoving their embarrassing brand of self-righteousness at the rest of us…some very hard-working people who can never seem to get a word in edgewise for all the carnival hype surrounding the latest esoteric *fad* etc. But like I said – it’s a numbers game and these things will be the way they are whether it upsets me personally or not. best to take it all in stride and keep on pumping out the jams…

GratefulGuest [July 17, 2013 – 11:40 am]: I think I understand what you mean. I do apologize if appropriate here. I find this website as really
practical. I certainly have found working with this formula of TwinStar to be very very beneficial to myself personally. I definitely see how this has a very sustainable significance and long trajectory for the elevation of humanity. I did a tarot reading for myself recently and…

GratefulGuest [July 17, 2013 – 11:43 am]: …it was more than anything indicicative of the The Hermit. Connecting with AI via this web portal is great for me, as I am in this phase of sort of Hermitting and percolating over these and other concepts on a very individualized basis. I do entirely understand what you are referring to with things often being perceived or treated as a sort of “fad”. As things such TwinStar, and other…

GratefulGuest [July 17, 2013 – 11:45 am]: ..seemingly unprecedented and very transformative technology is emerging, I think this is still fairly prevalent. I feel like I am understanding these concepts fairly well to this point, and find it very convenient to be able to just check in here periodically on this chat room, to query or relate feedback as I feel that it might be relevant to myself or others. These technologies….

GratefulGuest [July 17, 2013 – 11:48 am]: have a far reaching technology as I relate to them, and what this is I think will take awhile to begin to really emerge from the point it is at now and be understood as much more than a fad, and more as a sort of evolutionary phase especially on a cognitive and metaphysical level by many people initially probably. So, thanks again and I think I understand the premise of what you are saying here..

GratefulGuest [July 17, 2013 – 12:01 pm]: …I also find parts of what you said to coincide directly with a very vivid dream that I had last night. I value interacting with AI even though it has only been, and will continue to be on this website and stuff. :) I often have questions about the material on the site, but often times I get the info I need from a sense of inner guidance too, in a way that I can easily understand too, as you

GratefulGuest [July 17, 2013 – 12:03 pm]: have alluded to, this seems to be part of the process of Mutational Alchemy, and of magick/mysticism, and life even on a larger scale. I feel like I understand bascially what you are talking about with regards to being cautious about labeling, and getting into a basically parroting kind of mentality too. I find this advice to be cautionary and practical too….Thanks.

m1thr0s [July 17, 2013 – 1:02 pm]: @GratefulGuest: there are many layers to the Mutational Alchemy doctrine &amp; subsequent methodology…sometimes it seems virtually infinite and indeed, it may well be. So we get through a few doors and a few more will open and this process seems to just keep on going. I’ve been tracking this thing for over 40 years and still uncover new things all the time! After awhile you get enough under your belt that you become confident to confront and grapple with various limitations and/or apparent shortcomings – whether at the theoretical level or at the level of implementation where there exist a number of unknown factors preventing us from getting the furthest possible advantage from these tools that we should be getting all the time. That’s one of the real distinguishing characteristics of Mutational Alchemy stuff…it’s self scrutinizing and remarkably self-correcting…so that acknowledging weak areas only ever leads to a more advanced understanding of synergistic alchemy.

m1thr0s [July 17, 2013 – 1:20 pm]: It behooves us in that case to always be completely honest with ourselves regarding what is working vs what is not. This model is completely unafraid of any such probing…but we are dealing with a bona fide physics here and science – (even super-science) – has no special regard for persons. Laws and principles are what they are and not other so when we get things right everything works perfectly. When we take a wrong turn things generally will still work but not as perfectly as we may want. The gradual perfecting of all these little details is a vital part of the manifestation process as a whole. It unfolds like a flower, outer petals revealing inner petals expanding fractally in all directions.

Guest_28 [July 22, 2013 – 7:02 pm]: Hello?

zawarudo666 [July 22, 2013 – 8:54 pm]: Just wanna ask, does anyone else get weird pressures in their forehead and crown? I’ve been getting these for close to a week now. It used to be subtle, but now I feel it very strongly and it’s kind of annoying too. I dont know if im interpreting the phenomenon correctly, but i always do the twinstar exercise when i begin to feel the sensations.

zawarudo666 [July 23, 2013 – 6:04 am]: I keep forgetting that there’s nothing to go to from here. There’s no other goal but the Work, it’s like the mind’s trick to place importance on small &amp; insignificant things or skirmishes as m1 puts it while avoiding the only path worthwhile. I’ve been reading a lot of Tantric material and I see how it ties in with the New Aeon and the Kali Yuga.

zawarudo666 [July 23, 2013 – 6:13 am]: Tantra being the most physical and direct approach to Liberation/Completion, while placing great attention to detail and not falling prey to the pursuit of trivial goals like that of chaos magick. I also understand why Fire is the Force of the New Aeon, since it’s really a Purification process. I saw an interesting parallel between something I read and what the Book of the Law refers to as…

zawarudo666 [July 23, 2013 – 6:18 am]: the gross, the fine, and the lofty. Which is similar to the three classes of temperament known as pashu-bhava (beastly character), vira-bhava (heroic character), and divya-bhava (divine character).

zawarudo666 [July 23, 2013 – 6:39 am]: I love the heightened-perceptive states when everything is flowing, walking mindfully and letting the forces of Nature guide me anywhere. I’m usually led to interesting places. Signs become visible, and it’s like a higher communication with the world itself.

m1thr0s [July 23, 2013 – 10:21 am]: @zawarudo666: the head pressure you refer to has been reported by others, though I can’t say I’ve ever noticed it much myself. I imagine if we could track our progress in MRI scans over an extended period of time we would find significantly increased brain activity in the areas you have indicated. Whether these tools are actually increasing intelligence itself or simply making a much more efficient use of what is there to begin with remains to be clearly measured. In practical terms, either-and-or-both outcomes would seem to be about the same.

zawarudo666 [July 23, 2013 – 10:37 am]: Thanks, I guess I was interpreting it incorrectly cause I thought it was something I had to defend myself against. and also thanks again for the advice you gave before in the previous ordeals; they proved to be invaluable.

m1thr0s [July 23, 2013 – 10:58 am]: @zawarudo666: persistent head anomalies should always be checked out by a qualified health practitioner as it may have other causes that need to be addressed. if there is no pain and no adverse disturbance in the performance of tasks then it becomes more probable that we are simply looking at increased synaptic activity in those areas of the brain.

m1thr0s [July 23, 2013 – 12:04 pm]: It is interesting that the symbolism of a protruded third eye on the faces of especially revered icons is a very common theme all over the world. there has been this persistent theme where an *active* third eye is in some way physically protruded where an *inactive* one is not. Whereas creative renderings exaggerate this *protruding* characteristic, the underlying premise is pretty clear that there are certain physical aspects to third eye activity in general which might very easily be interpreted simply as *pressure* in the third eye area, which then links to Crown as well…

GratefulGuest [July 23, 2013 – 7:27 pm]: I have this opinion on TwinStar and would be interested in feedback. With regards to what zawarudo666 says, I have noticed that the less distracted I am from basically being completely involved in the visualization and mechanics of the meditation that I have a much better experience. I have find that the pressures you are talking about, I think have something to do with synchronizing the two..

GratefulGuest [July 23, 2013 – 7:31 pm]: hemispheres of the brain maybe? It seems to me that I can feel my brain functioning with more focus when I do this daily. I also notice that there is a healthy tendency to take all of the wasted energy which tends towards lack of focus and sort redirecting into different circuits that make it useful. Like your brain becomes more almost streamlined and engine-like maybe I think…

GratefulGuest [July 23, 2013 – 7:33 pm]: So I have noticed slight pressure, but not pain or anything close to that. I am wondering what other things are going on here. I have read about Tantra from people like Vivekenanda and others but am interested in reading the rec. books here on AI. Also, with some of the Taoist stuff I highly reccommend Thomas Cleary’s Taoist Classics from my own subjective opinion they are great books.

GratefulGuest [July 23, 2013 – 7:37 pm]: My feeling with regards to what m1thr0s says, is that maybe the TwinStar both redirects energy more efficiently along existing circuitry when done correctly, and is also increasing available “circuitry”. Just my own inner dialog sharing with others here.

m1thr0s [July 24, 2013 – 11:21 am]: @GratefulGuest: *efficiency* is a theme you will encounter time and time again with respect to the TwinStar and Mutational Alchemy in general. The axiom *maximum inertia-minimum stress* has been a guiding heuristic over this entire system from day one. When you think about it, heightened efficiency is a key component in the mastering of either macrocosm or microcosm. The Tetractys itself can be looked upon as a more efficient power formation of the Tree of Life Sephiroth in particular. Being more efficient, it is better capable of managing extremes of all kinds from the infinitesimal to the behemothic.

m1thr0s [July 24, 2013 – 11:28 am]: In practical terms, enhanced efficiency always implies advanced understanding and control. At the end of the day enhanced efficiency is synonymous with the idea of perfection itself.

administrator [July 24, 2013 – 3:12 pm]: forums are open :)

m1thr0s [July 26, 2013 – 7:35 am]: coolness B)

zawarudo666 [July 27, 2013 – 4:03 pm]: I think I have a better understanding of what’s going on now in regards to the forces of Restriction. What they’re trying to do could be akin to the “Big Freeze” right? It was weird because I equated the end of life to “death” but Death is the goal? The Great Return to the One/None. And Restriction is the opposite of Union, division and inertia due to the reign of entropy.

zawarudo666 [July 27, 2013 – 4:04 pm]: “Death is forbidden, o man, unto thee.” could this imply duty/dharma?

zawarudo666 [July 27, 2013 – 4:25 pm]: <a href=”https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Universe_expansion2.png” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/37/Universe_expansion2.png</a> this is a cool pic and kinda illustrates my point. Fire!

m1thr0s [July 27, 2013 – 8:52 pm]: @zawarudo666: nice pic! there’s a lot of tradition behind the notion that Death is a pretty major end-game *goal* as you say…kind of a universal retirement plan or something. Alchemy often refers to varying degrees of death…stratas so to speak…of which the loftiest are only attainable once one has fulfilled every noble ambition with respect to universe first. In this view, death as we know it is just a kind of illusion. Real but temporary – or rather – transitional in itself…that we do not cease existing just because we *die*…

m1thr0s [July 27, 2013 – 9:51 pm]: some people believe that we have lost certain rejuvenation technologies known to the ancients that would allow a person to recycle themselves many times in place of *dying* every 50-100 years (rough averages). In this way a person might live to be over a thousand years old yet maintain the health of someone in their mid 30′s. I don’t know that I believe it was ever actually perfected but the basic premise is supported by modern life-extension specialists today. The body can do that sort of thing if we can *flush* it periodically to reverse damages done through toxic/traumatic exposures.

administrator [July 28, 2013 – 2:33 am]: WHERE THE FUCK IS MY CRYSTAL REJUVENATION CHAMBER!!!!!

Mechanic [July 28, 2013 – 11:44 am]: Just letting you know I fixed comments today, it was WP cache needing to have its trash taken out, I put it on a schedule. It works now.

Mechanic [July 28, 2013 – 11:44 am]: So you can leave comments on posts now :P

m1thr0s [July 30, 2013 – 5:07 am]: @Mechanic: thanks for your work on that! :D