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Babylonian New Year, Akiti (Akitu) Spring Equinox Festival of Ancient Mardukite Zuism

The Processional Way in Ancient Babylon for the New Years Akiti / Akitu (Zagmuk) Festival

The spring season is always a magical time of year, associated closely with potentials of new beginnings and the breath of new life that is inherently found throughout the natural world.

The cycle of action is in full “create” mode, and all of the planning and goals of the forthcoming year are set forth; seeds planted in the fertile soils and just waiting for the nurturing necessary to bring all potential into being–to bring manifestation into fruition.

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“Necronomicon: The Complete Anunnaki Legacy” (Hardcover, nearly 1000 page Master Edition)

Many treat the month of March, and specifically the Spring Equinox (always observed esoterically as March 21), as a traditional starting point for the ‘Circle of the Year’ or annual ‘Solar Wheel’, not to mention the start of “cosmic time” as reflected by the ‘Sign of Aries’ in the traditional zodiac.

In honor of this special season and the tenth anniversary of a completed ‘Mardukite Core’ (the Grade-II materials of the Mardukite Chamberlains/Mardukite Research Organization collected from 2009 through 2019) the Joshua Free Publishing Imprint is proud to present a near-1000 page hardcover master edition of NECRONOMICON: THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI LEGACY for March 2020!

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“The A.KI.TI Festival was marked by the start of what we call the “zodiacal wheel,” approximately March 21 or the Spring Equinox… The Tablets of MARDUK would be read publicly by priests at MARDUK’s Festival of A.KI.TI (or Sumerian Zagmuk) when the Sun enters Aries at the Spring Equinox (March 21)… Sumerians called the Euphrates, BUR.AN.UN and it was also known as “Perath” or PU.RA.TU. The 1,800 mile long river begins to rise in late March, just about the time of the Spring Equinox, recognized as the start of the annual Zodiacal Wheel and also the famous A.KI.TI New Year Festival… The Babylonian observation of the annual (solar) year starts with the ‘Mardukite’ observation of Zagmuk—meaning ‘the beginning of the year’ or ‘new year’. This 12-day festival is fixed to arrange its height at the beginning of the month of Nissanu, the ‘Spring Equinox’ or March 21st, also coinciding with the beginning of the astrological wheel, when the sun enters Aries…” –excerpting various materials collected within NECRONOMICON: THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI LEGACY, which includes all materials found in previous anthologies of the ‘Mardukite Core’, including Necronomicon: The Anunnaki Bible, Gates of the Necronomicon and Necronomicon Grimoire.

Although materials, exercises, history lessons and esoteric training that supports the full scope of the ‘Mardukite Zuist Tradition’ may be found within the complete ‘Mardukite Core’, many modern Mardukites, Mardukite Zuists and traditional (ceremonial observing) Mardukite Systemologists have all come to appreciate the beloved 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition portable hardcover of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU, our original pocket devotional companion to Anunnaki Prayers and Rituals following the ancient Babylonian (Mardukite Mesopotamian) tradition. This concise handbook for practitioners of Mesopotamian Neopaganism in the Mardukite tradition is invaluable at this time of year, specifically because it includes all of the traditional rituals, meditations, invocations and astral exercises used for modern Mardukite observations of the SPRING AKITI festival of the March Equinox and the traditional global MARDUK-GATE BELTANE operations of April 30.

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“In ancient Babylon, the New Year Festival was the central most religio-political “Mardukite” event marking the beginning of the annual cycle. At that time in “celestial history,” 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.

“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 the Babylonian Pantheon, making it the single most important ancient “holiday” for the Mardukite tradition.”

–excerpting Liber-51/52, found within THE SUMERIAN LEGACY, the GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON anthology and the omnibus mega-anthology NECRONOMICON: THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI LEGACY

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Modern Assyriology: Exploring the Ancient Near East – Understanding the Babylonian Paradigm

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While many folk are familiar with and taught traditional knowledge and lore of the “classic era” of the Romans and Greeks, with occasional ventures into pop-culture mythologies of Egyptians, it seems that little or no attention is given to the source of all this: the Mesopotamian region and the Middle East…

MesopotamianReligionFrontcrop [This mardukite.com blog post is officially excerpted from the essay “Toward a New Babylonian Vision” by Joshua Free, first appearing in 2009 Ruby Edition of Liber L and reappearing as one of the introductory prefaces for the Mardukite Research Organization core sourcebook anthology: Necronomicon – The Anunnaki Bible, now in its sixth edition!]

…But, What is even more counter-productive for the Western world, politics with current world leaders and sects from those regions clouds the ability of the ego to accept anything from them. And what’s more, being that the traditions are pre-Christian in origin and agricultural or “earth-oriented,” they are subject to the same negative stereotypes that contemporary folk associate with any and all things considered “heathen” or “pagan” and really without just-cause.

Babylon2 It is important to understand that the study of this lore and observation of diverse traditions are not restricted to a particular region or culture, they simply seem to originate from a specific source, as did human civilization as a whole. With the spread of the human race followed the spread of the tradition which seemed to take on new forms and colors as it passed from generation to generation across the expanse of the planet.

Life-giving powers and their symbolic representations also appear to have been influenced by time and geography. While the sanctity of the “Sacred Fire” and the flame become apparent in the traditions and systems of the west and north, the people who originated the traditions more closely to the planetary equator more closely identify with the Waters of Life, most closely identified with ENKI (or PTAH in the Egyptian Tradition).

MesopotamianThumb The name Mesopotamia literally means: between or midway of two rivers, referring to the Euphrates and the Tigris, but the sacredness of water does not end here, as we can see that all the originating cultures that we can still identify or connect the source tradition to (non-nomadic) emerged or cultivated around key waterways: the Indus River Valley, the Nile, the Danube (Rhune/Rhine) and
even the Amazon.

The Sumerians called the Euphrates, BUR.AN.UN and it was also known as “Perath” or PU.RA.TU. The 1,800 mile long river begins to rise in late March, just about the time of the Spring Equinox, recognized as the start of the annual Zodiacal Wheel and also the famous A.KI.TI New Year Festival. The Tigris, known as I.DI.IK.LAT and ID.IG.NA (and called the “Serpent River” by some Arab sects) is somewhat shorter at only 1,150 miles and begins to rise at the opposite half of the year, usually coinciding with the Autumn Equinox.

cuneisdgsdg According to historical geologists, the flow of the Euphrates has actually moved westward with age and there is actually more land in Babylonia at present than during ancient times given the shrinking of the Persian Gulf (by 72 feet per year). The fertile alluvial soil in southern Babylonia created a distinct environment by contrast to the northern regions of Mesopotamia. Even the Babylonian region was divided between southern SUMER and northern AKKAD (Agade).

Each of the city-states was originally ruled by its own “Patesi” until eventually the battle for supremacy resulted in a unification of the two lands (as similarly occurred later in Egypt) under a single “King of Sumer and Akkad”, eventually known as the LUGAL or “Great Man”. The esteem of this position also included a mention in the “Book of Kings” [Tablet K] and local government was watched over by priest-kings who adhered to a “Book of the Law” [Tablet L] of which the Code of Hammurabi was largely based on…

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