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Jul. 1st, 2008 | 02:22 am
music: Bill Laswell - Baron Samedi

On pages 134 -135 of The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind Lovecraft's Legend, by Daniel Harms and John Wisdom Gonce <http://tinyurl.com/3zwqa3>, there is some discussion about the author's attempts at locating the source of a quote cited in the Simonomicon that supposedly originates with Aleister Crowley, to wit :

" Our work is therefore historically authentic, the rediscovery of the Sumerian Tradition. "

They tried asking Peter Levenda, aka Simon, where the quote came from.

'Simon Peter' was unable to supply a clear citation, but he did tell them that the quote in question could be found in one of Kenneth Grant's early books.

Dan and John were able to find two references to Sumer in Crowley's work - one in The Cephaloedium Working < available here : http://tinyurl.com/67aolo >, where Crowley writes that his "Holy Angel his Guardian is Aiwaz 93, the God first dawning upon Man in the Land of Sumer.", and another in Liber Aleph CXI : The Book of Wisdom or Folly, where Crowley writes of " Sumer, where Man knew himself Man. "

But the quote in question still eluded them.

Since Dan and John failed to find it during the course of what they felt was a fairly exhaustive reading of Crowley, they suggested the possibility that the quote might come from Crowley's unpublished writings.

There are two more references to Sumer available in Crowley's corpus that I know of, and these are cited in Magick: Liber ABA by Aleister Crowley, Mary Desti, Leila Waddell, and Hymenaeus Beta, published in 1997 by Weiser.

On page lxv, there is an excerpt from Part IV of Book 4, where Crowley writes :

" I now incline to believe that Aiwass is not only God or Demon or Devil once held holy in Sumer, and mine own Guardian Angel, but also a man as I am, insofar as he uses a human body to make His magical link with Mankind, whom He loves, and that he is an Ipsissimus, the Head of the A:.A:.. "

This quote is also available here :


And here :

The Equinox of the Gods
Chapter 7

And there is another one of Crowley's references to Sumer cited on page lxv :

" LXXVIII. The number of Aiwass, the Intelligence who communicated this Book.... Aiwaz is not ( as I had supposed ) a mere formula, like many angelic names, but is the most ancient name of the God of the Yezidis, and thus returns to the highest Antiquity.

Our work is therefore historically authentic, the rediscovery of the Sumerian Tradition. "

Obscure quote? No longer.

And I will leave it to you to decide if Peter Levenda is "deliberately exaggerating" the importance of the quotation, as Harms/Gonce contend, or not.

Loudly sing Cuckoo.

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Luis G. Abbadie

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from: abbadie
date: Jul. 1st, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)

In Dead Names (page 288), "Simon" gives as his source for the quote Grant's Magickal Revival page 52. Still, far better to know the actual context Crowley used it in. I was just reading Greenfield on Aiwaz this morning, and you've got me thinking about just how many interpretations/versions of Aiwaz are in use.

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from: danharms
date: Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)


Thanks for the catch! I'll let people know.

I'll add that Grant himself was the one who told us it was likely unpublished. I suppose looking a little further couldn't have hurt.

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