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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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THE SUMERIAN LEGACY – A Guide to Esoteric Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia, Babylon, Anunnaki

Long-lost secrets of ancient Mesopotamian religion, Anunnaki mythology and mysteries of Babylonian magic are coherently revealed in the first complete esoteric guide to Sumerian archaeology accessible to all readers. From the world renown “Mardukite Research Organization” developed by Joshua Free.

This amazing guide to esoteric archaeology reveals the secret Anunnaki tradition of Babylon, forbidden knowledge lost thousands of years.ago–from the origins of Sumerian civilization in ancient Mesopotamia to the rise of Babylonian magic, mythology and religion.

THE SUMERIAN LEGACY:
A Guide to Esoteric Archaeology

by Joshua Free

Liber-50+51/52
Revised & Updated

World renown expert and Director of the modern “Mardukite Research Organization”–Joshua Free–invites the Seeker on an incredible progressive journey to illuminate the most ancient and inaccessible facets of human history, spirituality and religious tradition on the planet.

For the first time ever, anyone can discover the secrets of the Sumerian Anunnaki and the origins of all physical and metaphysical systems born from the Mesopotamian Mystery Tradition that directly led to Babylonian religion–a unique combination of Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Chaldean lore revealed with perfect clarity for all modern readers: the academic, esoteric and even the “just curious.”

Originally published in two installments as Liber-50 and Liber-51/52, this new commemorative edition of “The Sumerian Legacy” (formerly “Sumerian Religion”) collects some of the most critical contributions from the modern “Mardukite Research Organization” rewritten and revised in combination with amazing new cover graphics by Kyra Kaos.


Materials from the ‘Mardukite Core’ Year-2 cycle are being reissued for the Mardukite 10th Anniversary in two formats. The first one offers the paperback edition of THE SUMERIAN LEGACY featuring the rewritten and revised Liber-50+51/52 works specific to the esoteric archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia. The other format available is a hardcover collector’s edition of the complete GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON ‘Liber-50,51/52,R+555’ cycle of materials edited by Joshua Free. Advance pre-release offers are available by personal arrangement and eBay; also available for preorder wherever books are sold -or- the global public release for both titles is February 28, 2019.


On February 28, 2019, the world witnesses a global release of a completely revised and rewritten hardcover anthology of the Mardukite GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON cycle of materials by Joshua Free, the developer of the original revival of the “Anunnaki Bible” as NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE–also available in this very special commemorative hardcover 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition series!

GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON :
THE SECRET ANUNNAKI TRADITION OF BABYLON

Collector’s Edition – Hardcover

edited by Joshua Free
Complete Year-2 Liber-50,51/52,R+555

10TH ANNIVERSARY
Global Release: February 28, 2019

Sumerian secrets and Mesopotamian mysteries are revealed in the first complete guide to to Babylonian “Mardukite” tradition. An anthology of arcane history, mystical theory and esoteric practices spanning thousands of years. Contains four discourses released as: “The Sumerian Legacy” (formerly “Sumerian Religion”), “Sumerian Traditions” (formerly “Babylonian Myth & Magic”), “Necronomicon Revelations” and “Crossing to the Abyss.”

The definitive follow-up companion to the “Necronomicon: The Anunnaki Bible”

“This amazing source book of esoteric archaeology reveals the secret Anunnaki tradition of Babylon, forbidden knowledge spanning thousands of years–from the Sumerian origins of civilized systems in ancient Mesopotamia to the underground occult traditions of Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, and millions of people who have read Simon’s Necronomicon!”

Whether you choose to read the new edition of GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON -or- THE SUMERIAN LEGACY, Joshua Free, world renown esoteric expert and Director of the modern “Mardukite Research Organization,” invites YOU on an incredible progressive journey to illuminate the most ancient and inaccessible facets of human history, spirituality and religious tradition on the planet.

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A Guide to the Modern Revival of Ancient Mesopotamian Religion | New Babylon

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the modern “Mardukite” inception, Director of the “Mardukite Research Organization”Joshua Free—is taking great strides to reintroduce a new generation of “NexGen” Truth Seekers to the revolutionary New Thought developments released by the “Mardukite Truth Seeker Press” to encourage a modern revival of ancient Mesopotamian religion—using the specific underground tradition of the “Mardukite” Babylonians as a base… such has never been done before on the planet for thousands of years!

Central to efforts for reviving the ancient Mesopotamian traditions and Mardukite Babylonian (including Chaldean and Assyrian) systems of esoteric magic, astronomy and philosophy—the inception of this modern “Mardukite” mystical, spiritual and archaeological revival first emphasizes exploration of the Mesopotamian Mysteries as collected within the once underground source book, developed by the “Mardukite Chamberlains” during their first active year and now revised, re-edited and revisited for a 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Hardcover as: NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE edited by Joshua Free.

Joshua Free explains on a recent episode of ‘Mardukite TV’, rebooted on YouTube for the Mardukite 10th Anniversary—

“Although the greater body of our [Mardukite] work is more encompassing and universal than strictly ‘Ancient Near East’ studies, one of the core fundamental topics of esoteric history and tradition that we do focus on is the ‘Source’—the oldest systematized aspects of modern human development—the origins of writing itself; the ability to record history; also the inception of many worldly systems, beliefs, programming and civic aspects, all of which bring us back to the heart of Mesopotamia and the cuneiform tablet records of the Nabu priest-scribes of Babylon. These ‘magicians’ literally used a newly refined language and the ability to record written communication to actually shape human consciousness and beliefs… These systems have continued to remain in the control of higher orders of citizens, business and other authority…”

NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE is a collected works anthology comprised of seven discourses originally released separately to the underground in 2009 (and 2010). It is an unparalleled unequaled modern collection of the most ancient writings on the planet—brought together with the explicit purpose of being used, as relevant today as the day the cuneiform clay tablets were first formed. The book has been prepared for the “every man,” without the need for previous experience or esoteric education—although someone with some will undoubtedly find that it advances their prior gleanings greatly. Those supporters who have taken a step back to see the wide-angle “big picture” source knowledge that this provides and how relevant it is to global history, traditions and civic evolution have found that this paradigm or methodology is superior to all alternatives available to us today.

Many people are familiar with—or are traditionally taught—a limited view of human history, mostly restricted to a classical period of Greeks and Romans, and maybe even a little nod in the direction of the Egyptians. There is little or no attention given to the “less-accessible” and “less understood” sources of these later developments in human civilization—sources that extend back to Mesopotamia, the Anunnaki and the Mardukite Babylonians. Personal feelings and misrepresented politics regarding areas now known as the “Middle East” really do not help matters. Not to mention that current populations in these areas do not observe these ancient traditions either. So, there really was no representation for this path in the “New Age” or any decent source material for an authentic resurgent revival before the Year-1 2009 work of the modern “Mardukite Chamberlains” that is culminated as NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE edited by Joshua Free.

Accept no imitations or substitutions… This is the book you want to get you on your way!

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NEW RELEASE! – Joshua Free’s underground classic “Necronomicon Anunnaki Bible” arrives as 10th Anniversary Seventh Edition

A Complete and Authentic Necronomicon of Mesopotamia… Sumerians… Star-Gates of Babylon… The Anunnaki… “Ancient Alien Gods”… The Igigi “Watchers” of the Old Testament… Religion, mythology and magic of a long-lost forgotten age… all of it preserved and beautifully presented in this much anticipated 10th Anniversary revised and updated Seventh Edition of Joshua Free’s underground classic NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE — just now released to the public in paperback! …and for the lowest price since the inception of the complete ‘Mardukite Tablet Catalogue’!

As an author-editor, publisher and long-standing personal fan of this work, I am so excited to present the definitive edition of this primary sourcebook used by the “Mardukite Chamberlains” (Mardukite Research Organization) as uncovered and developed during their first active year of work in 2009!

THE ULTIMATE “NECRONOMICON” OF OUR GENERATION — The Mardukite Necronomicon Anunnaki Bible edited by Joshua Free is quite simply a critically acclaimed modern masterpiece of Mesopotamian magic, spirituality and history, providing a complete collection – a grand symphony of correlated materials – of the most ancient writings on the planet. The oldest of these Sumerian and Babylonian records reveal detailed accounts of cosmic history in the universe and on earth, the development of human history and descriptions of world order – all of which were used to maintain spiritual and physical control of humanity – providing to be the predecessor and foundation of global scripture-based religious and mystical traditions thereafter. These raw underground materials have shaped the existence of man’s beliefs and traditions for thousands of years; right from the heart of Mesopotamia — the Ancient Near East: Sumer, Babylon and even Egypt!

Nearly a decade since the modern Mardukite inception – and thousands of copies in print – the NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE is a revolutionary “New Age” advancement in authentic historical, spiritual and mystical research drawn from a unique unparalleled combination of archaeological findings and esoteric mystical magical traditions. Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Egyptian, Yezidic, Zoroastrian… and more. The heart and soul of humanity, from the cradle of civilization, is laid out clearly for the “Truth Seeker” to see – in its pure and undefiled state.

[Also available in HARDCOVER for a limited time.]

AN AUTHENTIC LITERARY COLLECTION — A wellsprings of hidden information and historical research, cuneiform tablet transliterations and translations, and mystical and spiritual experimentation may all be found within the leaves of this new anniversary edition of the underground bestselling classic NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE. Newly revised prefaces and tablet introductions guide the “Truth Seeker” through a beautiful presentation of the Ancient Mystery Tradition accessible to anyone with any background. You will discover the original secrets of Hermetic Tradition, the “Books of the Dead” and Underworld Mysteries, the origins of the books of Genesis and Enoch… You will, if you dare, unlock the forgotten and forbidden power of the Anunnaki Babylonian Star-Gates – lore that predates and is a basis of Hebrew Kabbalah mysticism, from which much of the Western Magical Tradition is rooted. Join thousands of others and take a Self-honest moment in life now, to invest yourself in the path of “true knowledge,” where you may find the empowerment and enlightenment of “true experience” – true Gnosis.

This edition of the NECRONOMICON is the single most ancient and pure unaltered lore concerning the hottest topics of our time and all times, including divinity, creation, human origins, aliens, religion, pantheistic magickal traditions, alternate dimensions, portals and the afterlife.

In this new millennium of uncertainties, it is most likely that the uncovering of the past will reveal our future.

Revitalized and updated anew for a 10th Anniversary Seventh Edition, Joshua Free’s amazing NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE has already proven popular in the underground, sparking the ‘Mardukite Movement’ and inspiring several additional years of intensive research and experimentation into the ‘Mardukite Mysteries’ resulting in the ‘Mardukite Core’ — all of which begins with this very special tome…

[Also don’t miss our sister-site NECROGATE.COM dedicated almost exclusively to the mysteries of the NECRONOMICON ANUNNAKI BIBLE.]

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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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Greatest Occult Classic of 21st Century now available as a two-volume set for 10th Anniversary | Arcanum by Joshua Free

Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the single volume ‘blue cover’ edition (also available), Joshua Free’s classic ARCANUM materials are now more accessible than ever — available in installments as a two volume ‘red cover’ edition set!


ARCANUM by Joshua Free is a unique literary contribution toward harmonic unification of knowledge receiving many names through the ages: magickal, occult, pseudo-scientific and now, even quantum. The rise of technology and the recent “information age” has provided a wellspring of metaphysical lore, but it is not mutually synchronous with other knowledge or even other New Age systems, often due to vocabulary use.

“New Agers” separate their sects and factions in the same manner as the scientists and the religious officials, and we (as a society) have not been progressing towards global unity. All of our developments and paradigms of truth continue to grow and prove themselves only when isolated within the system in which they were designed. This all changes when taking the “wide-angle” approach to the whole picture — the entire systematic gestalt of the metaphysical universe explored in ARCANUM.

ARCANUM : The Great Magickal Arcanum by Joshua Free

This innovative presentation requires that YOU have immediate access to supplemental information on any given facet of related knowledge. This is indicated in the text by the appearance of “links” or bold-faced type that prompts YOU to explore other specific parts of the book for additional clarification. This design allowed the author the ability to cover more topics in a tighter space without having to be unnecessarily repetitive in reprinting the more common aspects. ARCANUM is not to be mistaken as simply another “A-to-Z Encyclopedia of Magick” or a superficial discourse concerning “where science and magick meet.” In fact, this text was not written for the true beginner in mind and its scope surpasses practical magick alone.

ARCANUM has no specific starting point, allowing it to be integrated into any personal background or developmental stage. With sufficient time, study and practice, the seeker works through the entire body of knowledge, beginning first with the facets of individual fancy and inclination, and then continuing on with the remainder of the entangled material, which you will find to be coherently interconnected, not simply clumped together to make a massive series. By presenting this primer of a new standard model of the mysteries, any individual, couple or study group can find the ease of using this global” system in spite of prior personal religious, spiritual, philosophical, scientific and academic background or accomplishments!


ARCANUM: THE GREAT MAGICAL ARCANUM
The Complete Guide to Systems of Magick &
Unification of the Metaphysical Universe
(10th Anniversary Edition)

by Joshua Free
THE “TEXTBOOK” — The most comprehensive course in magick and metaphysics for both novice and adept alike. Prolific writer, Joshua Free has developed a revolutionary literary contribution presented in a uniquely non-linear structure that naturally adapts and evolves to a seeker’s needs. Now, come initiate yourself and gain clear understanding of the harmonic unification of ‘secret knowledge’ that has received many labels throughout the ages: magick, occult, esoteric, pseudo-scientific and now, even quantum.

ARCANUM: VOLUME ONE
The Great Magical Arcanum in Two Volumes
(10th Anniversary Edition)

by Joshua Free
Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the single volume edition (also available), Joshua Free’s classic ARCANUM materials are now more accessible than ever — available in installments as a two volume edition set. And here is Volume One!

ARCANUM: VOLUME TWO
The Great Magical Arcanum in Two Volumes
(10th Anniversary Edition)

by Joshua Free
Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the single volume edition (also available), Joshua Free’s classic ARCANUM materials are now more accessible than ever — available in installments as a two volume edition set. And here is Volume Two!

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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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