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BELTANE 2019 – Mardukite Global Babylonian Stargate Meditation Ritual Working (Mesopotamian Neopaganism)

TEN YEARS AGO the newly formed band of “Mardukite Chamberlains” (also known as the “Mardukite Research Organization”)—members of the underground “spiritual,” “occult” and “esoteric archaeology” community—received instructions during meditation for a synchronized global meditation working that would unleash a “New Age” of global consciousness on planet Earth toward the reconstruction of the “Anunnaki paradigm” in everyday life and the establishment of a “New Babylon” order in dedication to the “New Thought” principles of human potential and spiritual evolution gleaned from the most ancient tablets on the planet…and that was back in 2009…

[Books displayed throughout this blogpost are current editions featuring specific materials from the “Mardukite Core” applicable to the upcoming April 30 2019 “Mardukite Global Stargate Meditation Ritual Working.” While each title is formatted differently, suggested selections appear in each of these volumes equally.]

The modern “Mardukite” tradition was publicly launched on Summer Solstice 2008—it would take nearly another year before an active group of participants of this brand of “New Thought” and “Mesopotamian Neopaganism” could be formally established, taking place near the Spring 2009 Akiti-Akitu period. And the formal inception of the “Mardukite Chamberlains” and its tradition was to coincide with a synchronized global meditation ritual working in dedication to the post-Sumerian Babylonian Anunnaki paradigm—this also became the first official established esoteric organization overtly dedicated to MARDUK—the Anunnaki patron god of Babylon and the first systemology impressed on the human condition and civilization since its former upgrade by the Anunnaki scientist ENKI.

You can read about the original “Beltane 2009 Global Stargate Ritual Meditation” from these two blogposts:—
:: necrogate.com :: Reconstructing the Global Beltane 2009 Marduk Star-Gate Working – 10 Years After : Mardukite Roots to Branches
:: mardukite.com :: Modern Babylonian Gate Rituals Rekindling Fires of Bel-Marduk : Mardukite Beltane 2019
:: facebook.com :: Event Facebook Page

When the Mardukites conducted the first Beltane Gate ritual a decade ago, they did not possess the same literary archives maintained today—and by that we mean specifically the “Mardukite Core” of research and experimental development that combined the academic and esoteric aspects of the tradition into a functional modern-day paradigm. This “new” wide-angle paradigm—although inspired by the Ancient Mystery School of Babylon—also includes many elements found in the most ancient and coveted forgotten reserves of the “New Thought” movement, “Druidism” and “Rosicrucianism”—and many volumes have been dedicated to the underground connection between these as well, off-shoots of the main lifeline that have sprung up throughout the course of time and expanding all around the globe…All-as-One.

With an original lack of specific widespread criteria, many chose to observe the “2009 Beltane Gate” individually by practicing intention-based “rites,” “meditations” or “ceremonial expressions” of their own design—dancers danced, artists created, ceremonialists…ceremonied(?)… but the most important part of it all…the world was dedicated and focused together in a combined effort to bring a higher level of realization to global consciousness… and it was quite successful. At the Mardukite Offices in 2009, the original group of esoteric practitioners still heavily relied on the Simon “Necronomicon” structure for their practices—being the primary “occult” contribution of the Babylonian spiritual-gate system prior to the more complete execution developed over the past decade by the Mardukite Research Organization and Council of Nabu-Tutu, a select band of long-term and experienced alumni from within this brand of work. To deliver power and control of the system back to MARDUK, the Seal of Marduk was placed within Gate of Nergal—an esoteric facet that many did not catch or grasp, thinking that the seal and gate were of the same degree…they were not…and this was intentional. Those using the “Simon” motif for their 2019 observations should correctly place the Seal of Marduk within the Gate of Marduk for this operation—and that is, of course, assuming you are using that methodology for your work. Most modern Mardukites have come to better relay their work specifically from the “Mardukite Core” of materials developed independently of other modern revival works and fanciful notions.

For those wishing to observe the “Mardukite Beltane 2019 Global Ritual Meditation Working” in alignment with the tradition reinforced specifically by the modern “Mardukite” movement over the past decade—all of the formal ritual instruction or meditation suggestions for this event are found in the newly revised, refined, updated and most beautifully enhanced pocket hardcover tome:—

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU
A Pocket Anunnaki Devotional Companion to Babylonian Prayers & Rituals
10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Hardcover

Many folks who previously have accessed the materials selected for this expanded edition have chosen to acquire a souvenir copy of the new version in time for use this April 30—when hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of people all over the world are using these rites remotely from their own locations to join energies for the reestablishment of the Anunnaki paradigm in this “New Age” and toward the permanent and physical infrastructure of a New Babylon to ensure the continued growth and success of the modern “Mardukite” efforts permanently into the future!

The Complete Book of Marduk by Nabu—10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Pocket Hardcover includes the following material:

THE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU (Liber-W)
– Introduction & Application
– The Great Rite / Incantation of Eridu
THE SEVEN ANUNNAKI OF BABYLON (Liber-W)
– Monday (the Moon) : Nanna-Sin
– Tuesday (Mars) : Nergal
– Wednesday (Mercury) : Nabu
– Thursday (Jupiter) : Marduk
– Friday (Venus) : Inanna-Ishtar
– Satuday (Saturn) : Ninurta
– Sunday (the Sun) : Samas-Utu
THE ANUNNAKI SUPERNAL TRINITY (Liber-W)
– Enki (E.A.) : Neptune
– Enlil (EL) : System Command
– Anu (AN) : Uranus
THE BOOK OF ZAGMUK BY NABU (Liber-Z)
– Introduction & Application
– The Morning Invocation to Marduk
– The Great Hymn to Marduk
– The Book of Enuma Eliš (Tablet-N)
– The Book of Fifty-Names (Tablet-F)
THE BOOK OF GATES BY NABU (Liber-G+/-L)
– The Book of Nabu-Tutu (Tablet-T)
– The Book of Crossings II (Tablet-X)

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Babylonian New Year Festival, “Book of Marduk by Nabu” 10th Anniversary Pocket Hardcover

“In ancient Babylon, the New Year Festival was the central most religio-political ‘Mardukite’ event marking the beginning of the annual cycle.”—observed throughout the world as the start of the Spring season—this March 21, 2019 is distinguished as the 10th Anniversary of the first modern Mardukite revival observation of the Babylonian New Year Festival, the start of a powerful turn of the ‘Wheel of the Year’ leading up to the infamous “Beltane Gate” May’s Eve Festival of the modern “Mardukite Necronomicon Tradition”—also planned as a global ritual meditation working this year!

At the time in “celestial history” when the original Mardukite tradition in Babylon was systematized, the spring equinox observation of Akitu (or Akiti) coincided with the sun entering the “Aries” zone—the zodiacal sign of Marduk. This spring festival symbolized not only agricultural fertility and renewal of the land on earth, but also a restatement or reinforcement of the national position of Marduk and his role in the universe.

To coincide with this incredible 10th Anniversary milestone in the evolution of the modern “Mardukite” paradigm of Mesopotamian Anunnaki Revival—the Joshua Free publishing imprint representing the Mardukite Truth Seeker Press has authorized a special March 21 release of the 10th Anniversary hardcover: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU: A POCKET ANUNNAKI DEVOTIONAL COMPANION TO BABYLONIAN PRAYERS & RITUALS—A collector’s edition of the long-lost translated cuneiform tablet collection, revealing secret underground methods to acquire direct communication with what some call “alien intelligences” via a program of ancient-styled Babylonian-inspired devotion, reviving the same techniques as ancient Mardukite priests of the Sumerian Anunnaki in Mesopotamia.

[This book may be used to assist annual personal observation of the Spring Akiti/Akitu or Zagmuk Babylonian Festival and the Mardukite Beltane Gate ritual meditation work, with additional advice for daily rites throughout the year.]

The Akkadian name for the final day of the festival—Akiti or Akitu—translates roughly to “On Earth, Life.” Most scholars usually only recognize the “agricultural” significance and not necessarily the “political” and “mystical” functions of the observation. True, the Akitu festival took place twelve days before the annual crops were planted—but, this large public national “celebration” also reconfirmed supremacy of Marduk and his position in the Babylonian Anunnaki Pantheon, making it the single most important ancient “holiday” for the Mardukite tradition.

This amazing new 10th Anniversary collector’s edition of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU reflects a very real modern philosophical and meta-spiritual “New Thought” movement aligned specifically with the Anunnaki paradigm. In ancient Babylon, this was famously celebrated among the followers of Marduk—recognized among the pantheon as patron of Babylon city and self-made Anunnaki “King of the Gods” for the “Mardukite” or “Babylonian” branch of the Mesopotamian mythos, with the assistance of the Nabu priesthood of scribes. In commemoration of the anniversary release of a “complete” BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU, additional portions once released separately as The Book of Zagmuk by Nabu are also included, detailing the annual Spring Equinox Festival or Babylonian “Akiti”/”Akitu” New Year Rituals

After a time of gods had come and gone, the priests and kings continued to observe these ceremonial customs using representative “images” or statuary to symbolized the “divine presence” of Marduk and Nabu as they made a procession each year through the streets of Babylon. Each of the twelve festival days begins at dawn. The High Priest of the “Temple of Marduk”—the E.SAGILA or “House of Marduk”—goes and prepares the temple and other ceremonial areas before dawn, then makes a “general invocation” to Marduk, before the “image” (statue) of the god in his shrine…

NEW NECROGATE BLOGS FROM OUR SISTER-SITE:
== The Future of Mesopotamian Neopaganism : A Brave New Babylon Rising, Modern Sumerian Anunnaki Traditions (Feb 23, 2019)
== Rediscovering & Rekindling the Mesopotamian Spiritual-Magical Tradition of Babylon, “The Mardukite Core” (Jan 23, 2019)
== Gates of the Necronomicon — “Mardukite Core” 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Hardcover Series Continues! (Jan 4, 2019)
== Pathworking Astral Star-Gates of the Cosmos with “Necronomicon: The Anunnaki Bible” by Joshua Free (Dec 16, 2018)

Ten years ago, materials from THE COMPLTE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU circulated underground, serving as an early cornerstone of “Mesopotamian Neopaganism,” paving the way for a decade of developmental research and experimentation by the “Mardukite Research Organization” of “Mardukite Chamberlains.” Selections included in this revised and expanded, beautifully crafted, portable hardcover Mardukite Liber-W+Z volume have also inspired many other incredible literary classics, including THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI BIBLE and THE SUMERIAN LEGACY by Joshua Free.

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Reviving the Secret Anunnaki Tradition of Babylon : ‘Mardukite Core’ 10th Anniversary “Gates of the Necronomicon”

“The first religious, spiritual and occult systems — those appearing in their original form as the mystical traditions of Mesopotamia — were rooted in a sacred relationship established between humans and gods. All of the original spiritual traditions, or “magic”, on the planet — the basis for everything manifesting after the fact — was rooted simply in ‘service’ to the gods. Specific priests and priest-kings were selected by ancient ‘laws’ set down by the Anunnaki, and their function was to serve as an intermediary, to stand between the general human population of ‘earth’ and the sky gods of ‘heaven’.” —JOSHUA FREE

[This mardukite blog post quotes Joshua Free from a live workshop regarding the ‘Mardukite Core’ given on November 15, 2009 while visiting the Pacific Northwest, networking in the underground occult community for the original release of the Year-1 ‘Mardukite Core’ as NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE, when the Year-2 GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON materials were about to be first developed.]

“It was only during the later evolution of these system-based traditions over thousands of years that resulted in the more ‘kabbalistic’ approaches available to modern seekers today — and this myriad of possible forms is so wrapped up in numerous progressive attempts drawn from human consciousness (and the perspective of the ‘observer’) that one could spend literally multiple human lifetimes in their unraveling — because the cumulative ‘systems’ have simply grown that big, by necessity of course; we just can’t have ‘free spirits’ coming in and out of reality all the time! We just can’t have it. This all being said — the initial effort made in reconstructing a spiritual tradition toward the original Sumerian Anunnaki is first and foremost to ‘establish and maintain a self-honest relationship’ with the Anunnaki. In terms of the Mardukite effort, we have retained the original semantics used by the Sumerians who first encountered these beings: ANUNNAKI.”

“The word ANUNNAKI is Sumerian — or Akkadian — in origin and means in one sense literally “heaven came to earth” and is interpreted by Zecharia Sitchin as “those who came down from heaven to earth” or else sky gods. In the past it has also been translated by scholars to mean “those who decree (cut) the fates,” or else “divine judges.” There are actually references to ‘Seven Judges’ on several ancient cuneiform incantation tablets. But these tablets also indicate that the Anunnaki seeded not only the ‘genetics’ of early modern humans but also the infrastructure — societal systems of human civilization — an evolution of the same systems and an extension of the same civilization that humans experience today! For many, the journey will end right there — for the way ahead in all of this appears too difficult or obscure…the esoteric and occult is called what it is for a reason, and will always be understood by the few, outside and apart from public (mass) opinion and scrutiny. For there is much simply not worth taking time to debate. There are many people who will simply not choose to know — comfortable as they are with the worldview they have already found.”

The emphasis of the “Year-1” Mardukite Chamberlains work — or ‘Mardukite Core’ — compiled in its entirety for NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE is specifically what could be considered “Mardukite” from an Egypto-Babylonian perspective. The works reviewed are the most famous and influential to come form NABU’s (Son of MARDUK) ‘Order of Priest-Scribes’ in ancient post-Sumerian Babylon — where cuneiform clay tablets were forged to show the Anunnaki deity MARDUK as supreme. In regards to the Anunnaki pantheon, a “Sumerian” background [relayed in Year-2 work, such as Liber-50, contained in GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON or THE SUMERIAN LEGACY by Joshua Free] will almost undermine ‘legitimacy’ concerning newer Babylonian hierarchies of the Anunnaki — a “Sumerian Secret” concealed in the Babylonian renderings emphasized in the “Year-1” reflection of a pure “Babylon-through-Babylonian-eyes.”

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Real Ancient Magic Rites & Rituals – Incantation of Eridu, The Deep of Enki | Sumerian Babylonian Mesopotamian

Through Marduk, the power of Eridu – incantation-prayer – was taught to the scribes of Nabu and the Mardukite Priests, who were taught to attract and compel the ‘gods’ in the name of Marduk, always incanting the word-formula of the highest order: Nabu invoked by way of the name of Marduk; Marduk invoked by way of the name of Enki, Our Father, who in turn would invoke by the name of Anu – and so was born the concept of magical hierarchies, an ideal that was convoluted and obscured when employed later (during the Middle Ages and such), particularly distorted by the Judeo-Christian paradigm as evident in many popular grimoires
–The Book of Marduk by Nabu

Many version of Erudite magic may be found through the Mesopotamian ‘spiritual’ (or ‘magical’) cuneiform texts. The incantation tablets from the ‘Mardukite’ Babylonian Anunnaki tradition, specifically those used and forged by scribe-priests of the Order of Nabu, are invoked from the ‘perspective’ (authority) of NABU – as was the tradition learned verbatim from MARDUK. In both scholarly and esoteric ‘Mardukite’ texts, the ‘Opening Ritual’ of Mardukite magic is derived from the source titled: “The Incantation of Eridu.”

JOSHUA FREE explains this magic in the Liber-50 material released as SUMERIAN RELIGION by Joshua Free, also available in the Year-2 Mardukite Core Anthology GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON edited by Joshua Free.

Perhaps the most fundamental ‘formula’ of the magical system in Babylonia, if there is one, goes back to the heart of the system born of the scribe-priests and the figures who brought this system about – NABU and the appropriation of his father, MARDUK as the chief director. This is the spiritual acknowledgment alluded to by the Incantation of Eridu, also known as the ‘Incantation of the Priest of Eridu’ (Eridu being the shrine-home of ENKI), or the ‘Incantation of the Deep’, which simply refers to another name for the far-away abode of ENKI near the Persian Gulf.

Ceremonial activation of the ‘birthright’ of Anunnaki power sealed in Eridu (and then in Babylon) allows a practitioner to assume the representative form of the “ Priest of Eridu,” a title first bestowed upon MARDUK by ENKI, then passed onto NABU during the solidification and heights of the Babylonian era. The esoteric key in effect here is that the priest conducts the incantations (ceremony) as the embodiment of an intermediary ‘messenger’ deity – the original semantic of the word “invocation” – thereby directing the cosmic (world) order, in essence, first hand.

The magician approaches his deity as himself – a servant priest – and petitions to assume the godform, whereby he continues the ceremony as a divine representation of the god ‘invoked’. An almost identical principle appears within Semitic mysticism and the Judeo-Kabbalah – an excellent example being found in contemporary Catholicism, when the priest ‘assumes the Christ-form’ to effectively perform a perceived alchemical transmutation on the sacramental bread and wine, conducted as a representative of Jesus on earth, in imitation (dramatic reenactment) of the Last Supper.

In the ‘Mardukite’ system observed in Babylon, the god being invoked is MARDUK. This is affirmed with the priest’s first utterance of: “It is not I, but Marduk, who speaks the incantation.” And from then on the system is sealed and readied for use by the Mardukite devotee. Consider the lines in this conjuration, adapted from the Mardukite Tablet-Y in NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE edited by Joshua Free:

It is not I, but Marduk, Slayer of Serpents,
Who summons thee.
It is not I, but Enki, Father of the Magicians,
Who calls thee here now.

An examination of the remaining lines of the ‘Incatation of Eridu’ appears here, though the “Mardukite” version is given fully in the Tablet-Y Series. As described, the ritual operates as if from the perspective of NABU (speaking for MARDUK). Though variations exist across the opening lines of several Assyrian “exorcisms,” one key tablet example – translated by R.C. Thompson as his “Tablet N” for Devils and Evil Spirits of Babylonia (1903) – relates:

The Priest of E.A. [Enki] am I.
The priest of Damkina [Ninki] am I.
The messenger [Nabu] of Marduk am I.
My spell is the spell of E.A [Enki].
My incantation is the incantation of Marduk.
The ‘magic circle’ of EA [Enki] is in my hand.
The tamarask (of Anu), in my hand, I hold.

From the modernized Mardukite version, the opening lines read (from Tablet-Y in Necronomicon Anunnaki Bible):

I am the Priest of Marduk,
Son of Our Father, Enki.
I am the Priest of Eridu,
And the Magician of Babylon

The Assyrian version continues humbly as follows:

EA [Enki], King of the Deep
See me favorably.
I, the magician, am thy slave.
March thou on my right hand,
Assist me on my left;
Add thy pure spell to mine.
Add thy pure voice to mine.
O god that blesses me, Marduk,
Let me be blessed, wherever my path rests.
Thy power, shall god and man proclaim.
And I too, the magician, thy slave

E.A. Budge transliterates an older version for Babylonian Life & History (1883) and we see a slightly different method for petitioning the “younger pantheon” to the side of the priest:

I am the Priest of EA [Enki].
I am the Magician of Eridu.
Shammash [Samas] is before me.
Sin [Nanna] is behind me.
Nergal is at my right hand.
Ninurta is at my left hand

Later added to this, the modern Mardukite version appends:

Anu, above me, King of Heaven.
Enki, below me, King of the Deep.
The power [blood] of Marduk is within me.
It is not I, but Marduk, who performs the incantation.

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SUMERIANS, BABYLONIANS & ANUNNAKI GODS OF ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIAN RELIGION

Secrets of the Anunnaki & The Origins of Babylon

RETURN TO THE SOURCE — to traditions and spirito-mystical systems of the Middle East, those born from ancient Sumerians and afterward extended to interpretation by Chaldeo-Babylonians, Akkadians, Assyrians and even Egyptians. The spread of this tradition across Europe led to even more fanciful and colorful realizations of the primary Olympian mythology first realized in ancient Mesopotamia!

Discover the secrets for yourself in SUMERIAN RELIGION by Joshua Free — The most critically acclaimed and bestselling materials from the Mardukite Research Organization now available in one volume! A master compilation of mythological and religious exploration into the heart of ancient Mesopotamian Mysteries, this easy-to-read post-modern anthology illuminates the ancient world using revolutionary teachings and source materials in a way never before seen… for thousands of years!

The nature, identity and relationship of ancient Mesopotamian Anunnaki “gods” – those of the Sumerians and Babylonians – is very important, not only for understanding the literally ‘Mardukite’ work, but also for possessing a greater ‘wideangle’ vision of life, reality and existence – not to mention understanding your own place and legacy within it.

All of the original and later work of the ‘Mardukites’, all of these other authors and producers and their theories and explanations of things past, present and even future – they are all dependent on a clear and concise basis of understanding and comprehension of the very root element that it all surrounds – the very beings that made all of this history and human development possible. For without this key knowledge, and an objective one-to-one correlation of this knowledge with reality, all of the other research, reading and even the experience of life and reality will be undertaken ‘out of context’ of what is Truth.

The meaning and innate desire to pursue truth, particularly what has been known as the Secret of the Ages, is no less obvious in the realm of science and academia then it is in the world of the occultist. Those who have been dubbed ‘occultists’ or ‘esotericists’ are not the only ones interested in SUMERIAN RELIGION, nor are they even the original ones. Only the methodologies and intentions differ. And yet again – all is connected.

The recovery of the truth of mankind’s past is paramount to the fate of humanity’s future. Thus, it should could by no surprise that the geographic terrain of its origins has been the victim of unyielding war and suffering for thousands of years – further enshrouding those unveiling efforts with a measure of hesitation and doubt painted by political opinions of the modern Middle East, and for our purposes, what the academicians have called the Ancient Near East. Relative power within the modern world and human society is a ‘fleeting glamour’ and wholly representative; yet, if anything on the planet can be said to represent ineffable true worldly power by the ‘sword’ and ‘shield’ of truth, it is from those objects of ancient knowledge that come to us from this place.

SUMERIAN RELIGION by Joshua Free : Arriving on the surface world from the underground – an amazing insight into the Anunnaki ‘alien gods’ and the establishment of human civilization famously accounted by the Sumerian and Babylonian traditions. Prolific writer, Joshua Free, presents this topic such as the modern world has never before had access to, developed from the revolutionary work conducted by the next generation of Seekers actively using a revival Anunnaki tradition in the present day. SUMERIAN RELIGION is not merely the presentation of dry academic renderings of obscure tablets; this book will take you on a progressive journey that is just as relevant and critical today as it was thousands of years ago! Uncover the mysteries that lay hidden in ancient Sumer, with a message so relevant today, it is no wonder it became the greatest kept secret of Babylon!

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Ancient Aliens, Anunnaki Gods of the Necronomicon and more! Joshua Free breaks years of silence: guest interview on “A World of Weird” podcast!

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary year of the Modern Mardukite movement, JOSHUA FREE breaks four years of media silence with a guest appearance on “A World of Weird” podcast…and YOU are invited!

Take a moment now and spend a candid hour with Joshua Free as we explore the relevance of ancient mysteries not taught in schools concerning the oldest collected written records of our civilization detailing the race of Anunnaki in ancient Mesopotamia… a literary collection that some today recognize as the NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE.

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January 5, 2018 · 11:59 pm

BABYLONIAN MAGIC – Ancient Art of Priests, Kings & Magicians Revealed! by Joshua Free

“Systematic traditions, ‘hermetically sealed’ within themselves, rose from the Semitic grimoire-styled ceremonial magic, not surprisingly influenced by ‘Egypto-Babylonian’ forms of ritual magic (first the domain of Enki but later passed into the possession of Marduk and his scribe-son Nabu). The priest-magicians of Babylon would not actually have personally used a grimoire-like magic themselves, as this was not their way. At best, they would invoke the powers of the Anunnaki with incantations in the name of Marduk – but this manner of using the ‘secret names’ as properties of Marduk, or any other demigod, was a much more recent addition to the system…” –Joshua Free

[This blog-post appears courtesy of Mardukite Liber-51/52 available within the NEW Deluxe Edition of Sumerian Religion by Joshua Free. These materials are also available in the Year-2 Mardukite Anthology: Gates of the Necronomicon.]

During the era of the first ziggurat temples – the Anunnaki age – all of the magic constituted the ‘spiritual assistance’ that was governed by the state, ruled by priest-kings and temple attendants. The ‘mystics’ of Babylonia were all employed by the temples and scribe-houses, though there were undoubtedly those who confined themselves to their arts in the outlands, beyond the awareness of the societal realm.

The peasant class, however, did not practice much by way of ‘magic’ (as classified by anthropologists) outside of their own personal religious devotions, which in itself was mostly restricted to hymns and prayers learned from the temples. These personal devotions were also completely inclination-based, as there does not appear to be any prescribed devotional method or temple attendance required of a Babylonian citizen, nor even participation in national festivals.

Access to the ‘incantation-prayers’ of the priests were also not generally given to just anyone – and you had to be able to read them, or at the very least memorize them. General collections of these tablets were seldom kept, with the exception of priest-kings who might house their own personal libraries. An example: the Kuyunjik collection, called nis-kati (preserved in the British Museum) which was the private property of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

The Altar of Offering set before the ‘Boat of the Gods’ (imagery also appearing in the Egyptian Tradition – a ‘Boat of the Gods’ carrying seven figures – e.g. the Seven Anunnaki Gods of the Babylonian ‘Younger Generation’) was also located at the official shrines – although personal altars could surely be constructed by a devotee appealing to their god, this would come much later during an era of ‘figurative mysticism’ because originally, these offerings would be physically received by a god in person, or via their ‘priestly secretaries’.

Common religious offerings included food and drink, incense and oil, even lavish jewelry and clothing – which were carried up the ziggurat steps of the ‘ladder to heaven’ to be placed before the feet of the god, or at the very least, at his ‘boat’ to be lifted to them.

When the appearance of the gods, themselves, was not present, it was customary to have an official piece of statuary left in there place. This became more and more figurative with the passage of time, and it is easy to see how many of these originating concepts evolved into later magical and religious practices – which were one and the same at their start.

Gold and lapis lazuli commonly appear as both ‘magical ritual aids’ and prestigious offerings to the ‘gods’ via their temples. Wands, necklaces and bags of loose lapis are often mentioned in esoteric texts (cuneiform tablets) from the Mesopotamians, in addition to golden rings and ‘amulet-plates’ marked with specific seals and cuneiform glyphs. Practical “underground” investigations into this type of work later developed into a modern standard used by the Mardukites who practice a contemporary Babylonian tradition, making use of illustrated sigil-seals and cuneiform signatures of the seven of the “Younger Generation” (as well as the Supernal Trilogy) – making ten sets in total. (See also the Necronomicon Anunnaki Bible and/or Book of Marduk by Nabu.)

Implementation of a practical magical system from the Babylonian ideal is somewhat different than what the contemporary mind, even an ‘esoteric’ one, is fundamentally familiar with. As opposed to the later magicians who appear to have had to connive and fool the hierarchies of spirits into assisting them, threatening them and even in fear of some retroactive revenge – the original magical system used by the priests of Babylonia was rooted in the deep personal relationship – running as deep as blood – that the Sumerian priest-kings and Mardukite NABU priest-scribes maintained with the sources of not only their religious power, but the basis of the entire system of civilization that allowed the progression of the human species into today.

All of this, according to tradition, resided in the influence of the Anunnaki gods – and the priest-kings and scribes were installed to be sure no one forgot this…

DISCOVER EVEN MORE IN THE NEW DELUXE EDITION OF SUMERIAN RELIGION BY JOSHUA FREE!

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