“The gods of the Stars are Seven. They have Seven Seals, each of which may be used in their turn. They have Seven Colors, Seven Material Essences and each have a seperate Step on the Ladder of Lights. The Chaldeans were but imperfect in their knowledge, although they had understanding of the Ladder, and certain of the formulae. They did not however, possess the formulae for the passing of the Gates, save one, of whom it is forbidden to speak.”

Simon Necronomicon, page 19.

Taking these words into account we will present to the practitioner an interesting theory regarding this ‘imperfect knowledge’ of the Chaldeans regarding their understanding of the ‘Ladder of Lights’, and of their forbidden formulae. This formulae, as we will illustrate, is quite possibly a veiled secret, hidden deep within the pages of the Necronomicon, and hinted at by the Mad Arab and Simon alike.

The understanding of this formulae will reveal to the practitioner the completion of the ‘Eight-pointed Star’, thus enabling the priest to set foot on the ‘Eightfold Path’ of the ‘Perfected Pantheon’. The number eight is also the sacred value assigned to Nergal, the astral deity of the planet Mars. In “Gates of the Necronomicon” Simon tells us the following about this subject:

“His number is Eight, an odd number with reference to the others, which are all, as we have said, equally divisible into Sixty, but perhaps an insistence on behalf of the mythologians that Nergal – for all his unpleasantness – really does belong to the realm of the Eight-Pointed Star and is somehow crucial to the entire Operation and not to be avoided.”

The author of the post found at this link: http://dulakaba.tripod.com/id70.html , tells us the following:

“Cuneiform math was set up on a base sixty notation and in this notation, division and multiplication were difficult tasks. In order to ease this difficulty, they used tables of recipricals. Recipricals are the ‘reflective’ numbers in division and multiplication. For instance Anu was first among all the Gods, thus Anu’s number was 60 or 360. (60 divided by 1 equals 60). Note that Enlil and Enki do not have perfect recipricals to 60 and are thus divided into 360.”

Regarding the number of Nergal he tells us:

8 has no perfect reciprical to 60 but due to it’s imbalance to 60, it is the number of Conflict and Obstacles that must be overcome. It is also the number of Nergal the Lord of the Underworld(mars) and has the riprocal of  45 to 360. 8 are the rays of the star that means ‘god’ in cuneaform and all the gods but Enki and Anu went to the realm of death to face trials and obstacles in order to learn a moral / social lesson.”

Again we are confronted with the importance of the number eight, as its value is represented in the symbol of divinity, the Eight-pointed Star. Yet the gods are only numbering seven, or are they?

In “Aspects of Religious Belief and Practice in Babylonia and Assyria” by Morris Jastrow” we are told the following regarding Babylonian astrological texts:

“Adad, who, as the god of storms, presides over all the violent manifestations in the heavens that show their effect on earth, is accorded a place by the side of Sin, Shamash, and the gods identified by the five planets, Marduk, Ishtar, Ninib, Nebo, and Nergal. These eight deities in fact constitute the chief gods of the perfected pantheon, to which the ancient triad Anu, Enlil, and Ea should be added….”

These eleven deities together, and the spheres they govern, seem to be the an early Sumero-Babylonian equivalent of the eleven Sephirot of the Qabbalistic Tree of Life. The Necronomicon, however, presents us only with a seven step journey. Although, through careful exploration and determined research, we have become aware that this journey eventually leads onwards into the realms of the Three great Elder Ones, Anu, Enlil, and Enki. Still, this leaves us with only ten spheres to ascend to, as opposed to the eleven sephirot of the Tree of Life. Could it, therefore, be that the one formulae the Chaldeans possessed, of “whom” it was forbidden to speak, was the passing of the gate of Adad?

The very notion that it was forbidden to speak of this formulae suggests it is certainly of a secretive nature, and likewise Adad is only mentioned once in the pages of Simon’s tome. Are these tiny clues deliberately left behind by the author to, perhaps, emphasise his words:

“Take what is here, and discover the rest.”

In “Gates of the Necronomicon” Simon makes it definitely clear that the Northern Ladle actually consists of eight stars, and not seven, telling us the following:

“Originally, the Northern Ladle was composed of eight, not seven, stars. The missing star is Arcturus, which once formed part of the Dipper over three thousand years ago. Now, Arcturus is no longer a member of the circumpolar society and drops below the horizon for long periods each year. Of course, veteran star-gazers will know that the Big Dipper does contain an extra star – Alcor – that is not always visible to the naked eye and is located exactly where daoist tradition states one of the two “invisible” stars is located…. This brings us to another consideration, that of the occasional reference to “eight” stars of the “eight-pointed star” that symbolized divinity to the ancient Sumerians and forms the basis of several magickal glyphs in the Necronomicon.”

However, to properly determine if Adad, or Iškur as its Sumerian equivalent, is the corresponding deity to this “invisible” eight planet, more research will have to be conducted. All help is welcome.

Dumu Abzu-a



Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. I thought GANZIR was the 8th gate?

    • Ganzir is not a gate in the traditional sense. This subject could be entertained more in depth in consideration of Asian sources, especially since the Sumerian deities said that they cane from Dilmun. In any event, right has always been a lucky number in Oriental mysticism for several reasons, one being the right representations of natural forces appearing in the I Ching. Also the eight gates that Shamash passed through the underworld

      • I’ve been studying the connections between Music and the Occult, the 7 notes of the western scale connect to the philosophical planets. So I have a theory that as in the music there are actually 8 notes, but the 8th note remains hidden because its the octave, so no one really counts it but without it there is no resolve. C D E F G A B (C). I thought this was interesting since you mentioned the importance of Walking & Re-Walking The Gates, So could the 8th gate be a return to Nanna?

  2. amazing article cleared up a lot of things
    thank you


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About Dumu Abzu-a

Priest of the Asharu Tradition.


Art of Ninzuwu, Necronomicon, Necronomicon Tradition, Simon Necronomicon