Friday, June 18, 2010

I agree with you that the Simonomicon is really no different from other pseudonymous grimoires like the Lesser Key... could you please elaborate on the spiritual value of the book and your experience with it? How about the book Gates of the Necronomicon?

I stand with Rob who listed it as one of his top ten books in Gordon's Game. In fact, I have the honor of being thanked in the acknowledgement section of Simons "Dead Names, the Dark History of the Necronomicon". I have at least one friend who is infinitely more impressed with this than anything I have written myself.

Anyway, as to the specifically spiritual benefits I can tell you that the Walking of the Gates will give you an experience similar in many ways to the planetary initiations that RO talks about undergoing with the 7 planetary Archangels, just with a rougher more atavistic twist.

The really neat thing about the walking rites is that it is one of the newest and most modern rituals for doing it, but uses some of the oldest dieties that mankind has ever interacted with (or invented or both). If you have ever worked Grants "Tunnels of Set", there is a certain element that is similar. The powers behind the gates are alien and mildly unbalanced, it is your work to balance them and move on. I have also used the 50 names to great effect in practical magic.

Those that hate it because it:

1. Claims to be the Necronomicon and an ancient text, which it clearly is not*.
2. Does not adhere strictly enough to Sumerian or Akkadian or Babylonian sources for the likes of whoever has their panties in a bunch about such things

are missing the point entirely.

*I should note that Simon maintains the story about it being in the Cashe of books. he has never said anything privately to me about this that contradicts his story.


ADDITIONAL EDIT:

I just realized that I only answered part of the question. The other one was about Gates of the Necronomicon. Gates is an excellent intro to how the Necro system works, and provides a good insight as to why it is important for the great bear to be hanging in the sky during the walking. The seven planets are each linked to one of the seven stars in the big dipper. This taps into a current of stellar magic that exists in Taoism, and of which there is some evidence of in some Mithraic temples as well. 


3 comments:

VL said...

Jason,

What is your opinion about Donald's Tyson Necronomicon Grimoire? and also, did you follow the outline of the ritual in the Necronomicon Spellbook for the 50 names?

Jason Miller, said...

I am not a big fan of Tysons Necro or George Hay's. I have no probklems with magic following the Lovecraft mythos (which Simons does not) but both of these books read like they were written very much tongue in cheek.

In fact, I get more of an authentic vibe from Lin Carters Necronomicon put out by Chaosium. Same with their "Book of Eibon", though I have not worked any of the above.

I have used the 50 names according to the instructions in the book. I have also used them according to the Spellbook, which seems a bit watered down in effect. I have developed my own spell for using them that is not quite as lengthy or intensive as the Necro itself, nor as light as the Spellbook. I needed a happy medium between the two, and an excuse to abuse a Sumerian dictionary.

Pallas Renatus said...

I've only briefly gotten to flip through Gates, and I have to admit, Gordon's latest post has me itching to pick it up again for a proper read-through.