Gates of the Necronomicon

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Every serious student of the occult is familiar with this all-powerful text. Within it lie the secrets of eternity, the forbidden knowledge of the darkunknown.

Every journey into the shadows requires careful, measured steps—a proficient execution of the necessary rituals and spells, and an understanding and appreciation of the history of the world beyond.

The Gates of the Necronomicon is an invaluable companion to the Mad Arab's original work. ...

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Overview

Every serious student of the occult is familiar with this all-powerful text. Within it lie the secrets of eternity, the forbidden knowledge of the darkunknown.

Every journey into the shadows requires careful, measured steps—a proficient execution of the necessary rituals and spells, and an understanding and appreciation of the history of the world beyond.

The Gates of the Necronomicon is an invaluable companion to the Mad Arab's original work. In it are essential keys to the nuance and complexities of the ancient grimoire, enabling all who dare to pass through the magical gates that separate the body, mind, and spirit; the past and future; the living and dead.

The journey begins . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060890063
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 373,816
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon is a student of magic, occultism, and religion since the mid-1960s and the editor of the Necronomicon, Simon was a frequent lecturer for the famed Warlock Shop in Brooklyn and the Magickal Childe Bookstore in Manhattan for more than ten years before his sudden disappearance in 1984, speaking on topics as diverse as religion and politics, occultism and fascism, ceremonial magic, demonolatry, the Tarot, the Qabala, and Asian occult systems. He also conducted private classes for the New York City OTO during this period, with a focus on Enochian magic, "Owandering bishops," and Afro-Caribbean occult beliefs. An ordained priest of an Eastern Orthodox church, Simon has appeared on television and radio discussing such topics as exorcism, satanism, and Nazism. The media events he organized in the 1970s and 1980s — with rock bands, ritual performances, and celebrity appearances — helped to promote the "occult renaissance" in New York City. After decades of study in European, Asian, and Latin American cult centers, this book marks his first public appearance in more than twenty years.

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The Gates of the Necronomicon


By Anne Rivers Simon

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Anne Rivers Simon
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060890061

Chapter One

Gate Symbolism

Readers already familiar with medieval ceremonial magick (and with the esoteric disciplines in general) will remember that there is a distinction made between the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is usually thought of as "our world," meaning our immediate frame of reference, our immediate perception of reality. The macrocosm is the world "out there": usually beyond our immediate understanding or perception. As magicians, we seek to enter the realm of the macrocosm consciously, in order to effect change on the microcosm. The macrocosm is the sphere where the planets move in endless rotations, presumably affecting our daily lives with their passage through the zodiac. The common person is at the mercy of the planetary tides; the astrologer attempts to time his or her actions in accordance with them. The magician attempts to neutralize the effects of certain tides and enhance the effects of others, thereby rewriting the natal and transit charts in accordance with will. The common person and the astrologer are passive observers of the macrocosm; the magician is an active participant in the machineries of joy. While such a role may be extremely attractive to those of us who must struggle by day to cope with the distant motions of the stars--"the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune"--there is a price tobe paid before such a desire can pay off. There is a great deal that we do not know about the workings of the macrocosm: much that takes place is invisible to ordinary eyes. Although the same rules govern both micro and macrocosms, we know so little about either one that tampering with the machinery is dangerous--not only to ourselves but to those around us.

In India this danger is described as "practicing yoga without a guru": particularly kundalini and tantric yogas, which work on the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) works independently of conscious thought. It regulates heartbeat, breath rate, peristaltic motion, and a host of other vital, daily functions of the body. To tamper with the workings of the ANS is obviously dangerous. We can't always see what we're dealing with. We can't always predict what will happen when we experiment.

The same is true in ceremonial magick. Whereas with yoga one enters the macrocosm through a variety of physical and mental techniques, in ceremonial magick we enter the macrocosm through ritual. The concepts are much the same; the outward form is all that really distinguishes yoga from magick. Indeed, magick has been called the "yoga of the West" by Francis King and other writers, and it certainly seems to appeal more to the Western mind-set. It is intellectual, and therefore Apollonian, but it employs various heightened states of conscious awareness--some close to ecstasy--and is therefore also Dionysian.

How to pass from one state to another? From conscious, everyday reality to the superconscious reality of magick? One needs a Gate, and the ability to pass through it.

The magick circle of the medieval European magicians was a place between the microcosm and the macrocosm. It was a stylized representation of a perfect World, complete with the sacred names, signs, and numbers that represented Perfect Unity--the goal of what C.G. Jung called the process of individuation. The magick circle is a mandala, similar to those of the East and probably adopted from the mandalas and yantras of India, and from the original glyph of a temple space, the BAR of ancient Sumeria.

Yet, inasmuch as the circle represents the individual magician's concept of what Perfect Unity (i.e., Godhead) is, the circle is his or her Gate into the macrocosm. It is not merely a symbol of unconscious cohesion, discovered in dreams or through depth analysis, as it is in Jungian psychology. Rather, it is a dynamic symbol, one that is consciously used to effect a result: the goal of individuation, but on a grander scale. As magicians, we understand what Jung refers to as individuation to be but a preliminary phase of the Great Work; the next phase is the identification of that individuated (microcosmic) Self with the Macrocosmic Self: what people in other times, other places, have called God.

Then why the danger? Why the many warnings, the guarded secrets, the organization of cults in which initiates are led through various tests in order to "prove their worthiness" before the secrets are revealed to them?

What's the big deal?

If we are speaking about a goal as seemingly tranquil as Unity with God--something that appears to be the goal of every priest, monk, nun, and ascetic we have ever met or heard about--what could be dangerous? Why not throw open the Gate to everyone, reveal the secret for all to see?

Because madness, delusion, and death await those foolish enough who rush in where angels fear to tread.

Remember what was said above about unguided ANS experiments. The danger lies not in the practices themselves, but in each individual person who approaches these practices unprepared. We do not know the extent to which our lives, our ancestors, our environment have damaged the delicate circuitry that makes up our individual organisms. We are not consciously aware of the inner workings of our glands, our nervous systems, or the gentle balance--or imbalance--that may exist between the play of our organs. We can stare forever at a map of the autonomic nervous system, for instance, but still not be able to know what is going on in our own bodies. We don't know what cells have been damaged, what nerves are impaired, the degree to which we can relinquish control of unconscious functions to the conscious mind. We can look upon our physical bodies as Gates to the other side . . . but we don't know if the hinges squeak until we try the door, and by then it might be too late.

In terms of our unconscious minds, we don't know what fears, complexes, fixations, even neuroses and psychoses, lurk there below . . .



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Initiation time

    For anyone that is truly ready to initiate yourself into the Necronomicon current...now is the time!!! Wherever Simon got his information it works because he obviously did take things from Sumerian and Akkadian text. If one takes whatever bit of scholarly bits of Sumerian religion is left and confirms this work through them will see too many connections for any of Simon's works to be just simply made up. I laugh when many commentors put down Simon's works because they obviously either like to speak like they put all their effort into studying and practicing the Necronomicon system or they act like they are a bonafide scholar that can tell us what is or is not true and my comparison to this is a man who has read a book on the nature of electricity and then the actual electrician who has gone way beyond just reading from the book which is barely even an introduction. If you only read Simon's works and have not actually and truly tested the works after being trained as a real magician of a bonafide order...you have no business yapping and you are still stuck with what is still only the introduction. It is human nature for most to be a critic and although it is healthy and safe to question everything until you find the truth it is also important to work through whatever material you choose to get a first hand account instead of hand me down opinions that most people love to spurt. I am part of three great and prominant magickal orders and I am with the two best psychic schools on the planet ,in my opinion, being the Clairvision school and the Free Soul Society. I am foremost a state of the art Vedic Scholar and have a masters in Sumerian culture and religion. I am also with the International Ghost Hunters Society and the Virginia State Ghost Hunters Society. Few can either pull the wool over my eyes or get anything past me. I am a husband and father who is very down to earth. Above all I don't think it is wise for immature teenagers to have Simons works, or anyone for that matter, unless they have a teacher of magick and the psychic sciences. I also advise getting a psychologist that is also certified in modern psychology and if you can get one thats into shamanism you would be doing very well because you will be dealing with many things on your path of growing. This path is for the most part like any other , but is a version of the universal path for those with a particular aesthetic. There are however things about the Necronomicon path that are so completely different from anything of religion,magick, or the supernormal that anyone can find on this earth or in any other system. Working this material is basicaly making the descision to have your astral/psychic eyes opened permanently to wonderful things and sometimes the most horrific which in nature reflects something right out of the movie Hell Raiser!!! Oh...a box...I will take one please as bordem is not my thing.LOL!

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    A BOOK BASED ON A LITERARY DEVICE

    Amazing. I am amazed that there are still people who think the Necronomicon is anything but a literary tool H.P. Lovecraft invented to add depth to his stories. Lovecraft admitted the book did not exist. Come on, people! Why would Simon refuse all requests to see the manuscript? Because there is not one! There never was. Do you believers also believe in Chambers' The King in Yellow? Or maybe you think the spellbook in the movie Hocus Pocus is real, too?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2009

    Helpful in use with the Necronomicon

    Really should read this book if you try to do any of the workings with the Necronomicon. It breaks things down a little easier, but really does need some illustrations. The Necronomicon Spellbook that's now out is the much needed short-cut that everyone interested has been looking for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 3, 2010

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