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Dead But Dreaming: The Great Old Ones of Lovecraftian Legend Reinterpreted as Atlantean Kings, Part 2


“The Magan Text,” then, may refer not only to how the Earth was formed out of the rending of a larger planet, but how the so-called “Black Sun,” in its guise as Tiamat, or Leviathan was purportedly deposited in its center. What is really interesting is that in this story, it is Tiamat who is the most powerful, the most ancient, and the Most High God. It is she who is rebelled against, and the “Elder Ones,” the good gods, are the ones who rebel. The following passage describes how the planets became disturbed in their orbits within the womb of Tiamat (space, the Abyss), thereby “rebelling” against her.

The Elder Ones came together
They disturbed Tiamat, the Ancient One, as they surged back and forth.
Yea, they troubled the belly of Tiamat
By their Rebellion in the abode of Heaven.
Absu could not lessen their clamour
Tiamat was speechless at their ways.
Their doings were loathsome unto the Ancient Ones.
Absu rose up to slay the Elder Gods by stealth.
With magick charm and spell Absu fought,
But was slain by the sorcery of the Elder Gods.
And it was their first victory.
His body was lain in an empty Space
In a crevice of the heavens
He was lain,
But his blood cried out to the Abode of Heaven.

What follows is essentially the same as the war in Heaven. Tiamat creates children (monsters) out of her womb to attack the rebellious Elder Gods. These monsters are lead by a demon called Kingu. Enki, “The Lord of the Magick Waters,” summons his son Marduk to do battle with the “Ancient Horde.” Enki represents the planet Saturn, and therefore, Satan, while Marduk, attributed to the planet Jupiter in this text, bears an uncanny likeness to Lucifer, as the leader of the rebellious gods. He is also referred to as “The Brightest Star Amongst the Stars,” and the Elder Gods are said to represent “the nature of the cosmos before the Fall of Marduk from Heaven.” However, the event of Marduk’s “fall” is not recorded in this text, but merely mentioned in passing later on. Rather, Marduk is said to have been victorious against the Ancient Ones, and caused them to fall from Heaven. His father Enki, “Lord of All Magick,” told him “the Secret Name, the Secret Number, and the Secret Shape,” thereby enabling him to access the powers of magic. (4) Then:

Marduk struck with the Disc of Power
Blinded Tiamat’s Eyes of Death
The Monster heaved and raised its back
Struck forth in all directions
Spitting ancient words of Power
Screamed the ancient incantations
Marduk struck again and blew
An Evil Wind into her body
Which filled the raging, wicked Serpent
Marduk shot between her jaws
The Charmed arrow of Enki’s Magick
Marduk struck again and severed
The head of Tiamat from its body.

One would assume that this represents cosmic forces causing planets to smash into one another. And from the dead body of Tiamat, the Earth was formed. After it was all done, Marduk was responsible for re-establishing the planetary orbits, and basically taking over. He himself became the creator of the new Heaven and the new Earth, while the Ancient Ones were imprisoned in the underworld:

Took the Tablets of Destiny
Hung them around his neck
Acclaimed of the Elder Gods was he
First among the Elder Ones was he
He split the sundered Tiamat in twain
And fashioned the heavens and the earth,
With a Gate to keep the Ancient Ones Without
With a Gate whose Key is hid forever
Save to the Sons of Marduk
Save to the Followers of Our Master
First in Magick among the Gods

From the Blood of Kingu he fashioned Man
He constructed Watchtowers for the Elder Gods
Fixing their astral bodies as constellations
That they may watch the Gate of Absu

So Lucifer cast the creator of the universe into Hell? L.K. Barnes himself notes how odd it is that the Luciferian character is the hero in this text.

Whereas Christianity states that Lucifer was a rebel in heaven, and fell from God’s grace to ignominy below, the original story was that Marduk was the rebel, and severed the Body of the Ancient of Ancient Ones to create the Cosmos — in other words, the precise reverse of the Judeo-Christian dogma. The Elder Gods evidently possessed a certain Wisdom that was not held by their Parents, yet their Parents held the Power, the Primal Strength, the First Magick, that the Elder Ones tapped to their own advantage, for they were begotten of Her.

Marduk fighting Tiamat

Since the Elder Gods were made “of” the Ancient Ones, they necessarily possessed the dual powers of good and evil, the balance of which is the secret power of the occult. And so, as the text explains, does mankind, which Marduk created “from the blood of Kingu,” as well as the “breath” of the Elder Gods. “The essences of the Ancient Ones are in all things, but the essences of the Elder Ones are in all things that live.” So man’s material essence comes from the body of a demon that represents prima materia, while his life-force is provided by the powers of the planets. This prima materia is, in one way, the “dragon force” that can be conjured within the human body, the Kundalini serpent that lives at the base of the spine, which can be roused through meditation, and drawn up through the spine to electrify the seven chakras, each of which corresponds to one of the seven planets. This can be done because man is connected genetically to the serpent power, which his DNA allows him to access, and which his DNA, in fact, represents. For as L.K. Barnes writes, “the twisting, sacred spiral shape formed by the serpent of the Caduceus, and by the spinning of galaxies is also the same Leviathan as the spiral of the biologists’ code of Life: DNA.” This DNA acts as a conductor for the forces of the Ancient Ones, sort of an inter-dimensional gateway, or patch bay connecting our reality to theirs. In fact, this genetic component of human blood is described in The Necronomicon as being the “key” capable of unlocking the prison inside of the Earth where the Ancient Ones lie. Part II of “The Magan Text,” called “Of the Forgotten Generations of Man,” states:

And was not Man created from the blood of Kingu
Commander of the hordes of the Ancient Ones?
Does not man possess in his spirit
The seeds of rebellion against the Elder Gods?
And the blood of Man is the Blood of Vengeance
And the blood of Man is the Spirit of Vengeance
And the Power of Man is the Power of the Ancient Ones
And this is the Covenant
For, lo! The Elder Gods possess the Sign
By which the Powers of the Ancient Ones are turned back
But Man possesses the Sign
And the Number
And the Shape
To summon the Blood of his Parents.
And this is the Covenant.
Created by the Elder Gods
From the Blood of the Ancient Ones
Man is the Key by which
The Gate of Iak Sakkak may be flung wide
By which the Ancient Ones
Seek their Vengeance
Upon the face of the Earth
Against the Offspring of Marduk.
For what is new
Came from that which is old
And what is old
Shall replace that which is new
And once again the Ancient Ones
Shall rule upon the face of the Earth!
And this is too the Covenant!

One of Lovecraft’s proteges, Frank Belknap Long, wrote a story about this very concept called The Hounds of Tindalos. In this story, a writer named Chalmers takes a drug that enables him to mentally regress through the genetic memory of his DNA, all the way back through human evolution and beyond. As he reports to his friend, the narrator:

I am going back and back. Man has disappeared from the Earth. Gigantic reptiles crouch beneath enormous palms and swim through the loathly black waters of dismal lakes. Now the reptiles have disappeared. No animals remain upon the land, but beneath the waters, plainly visible to me, dark forms move slowly over rotting vegetation.

Chalmers makes it clear that these underwater forms are multi-dimensional beings, and that by taking this drug and having these visions, he was actually performing a feat of time travel through the fourth dimension:

The forms are becoming simpler and simpler. Now they are single cells. All about me there are angles — strange angles that have no counterparts on Earth … Beyond life there are … things that I cannot distinguish. They move slowly through outrageous angles.

What are these strange angles, and how is Chalmers able to see “beyond life”? It is because he is experiencing another dimension of space where all points of time exist simultaneously. As he explains:

Time is merely our imperfect perception of a new dimension of space. Time and motion are both illusions. Everything that has existed from the beginning of the world exists now. Events that occurred centuries ago on this planet continue to exist in another dimension of space. Events that will occur centuries from now exist already. We cannot perceive their existence because we cannot enter the dimension of space that contains them. Human beings as we know them are merely fractions, infinitesimally small fractions of one enormous whole. Every human being is linked with all life that preceded him on this planet. All of his ancestors are parts of him. Only time separates him from his forebears, and time is an illusion and does not exist… By simply straining I can see further and further back. Now I am going back through strange curves. There is curved time and angular time.

It is the angles that allow the “dark forms” that Chalmers sees — and Chalmers himself — to pass from point to point in space-time. That the Ancient Ones in The Necronomicon are likewise multi-dimensional beings is clear from the descriptions contained therein. They are said to be able to pass through doors “like a wind.” They can do this because they live:

… in the places between, the places unknown in Heaven and Earth … Nowhere are they known. Not in Heaven, nor in the Earth are they discovered, for their place is outside of our place, and between the angles of the Earth. We are the Lost Ones, from a Time before Time, from a land beyond the Stars … We are a race from beyond the wanderers of night … falling like rain from the sky, issuing like mist from the Earth.

It is this “issuing from the Earth” aspect that we should examine now, since that is where the Ancient Ones are said to be currently located. Later on in “The Magan Text,” Ishtar (Venus), described as the “Lady of the Harlots of UR,” descends into the underworld. When she does this, she “[sets] her mind from above and to below… [sets] her mind in that direction,” indicating that “entering the Underworld” requires a special mental process whereby you set your mind in between the dimensions represented by Heaven and Earth, so that you can get onto the right frequency and travel through space/time. This may link up with the claim by some that the hollow Earth, in which these fallen gods lie sleeping, exists in another dimension, which is why it is not acknowledged by science.

That the “underworld” is literally inside of the Earth is quite obvious from the text. As Ishtar descends, she must go through seven chambers, which clearly involves traveling through a series of tunnels into the depths of the Earth. This could also be seen symbolically as her descending down the seven chakra points to the “underworld” at the base of the spine, where the Kundalini Cthulhu lies “sleeping.” She is forced to remove an item of jewelry at each gate, similar to a Masonic initiation ritual in which the candidate is divested of all metal objects. These jewels themselves seem to correspond to the seven chakra points on Ishtar’s body, and apparently they were protecting her. For after they are removed, Ishtar’s sister, Ereshkigal, the dragon queen of the underworld, releases the “7 Annunaki” against her. These Annunaki slay Ishtar in a most barbarous way, chaining her down and ripping her flesh with their teeth.

Normally, in Sumerian legend, the Annunaki are merely the sons of the Elder Gods, and appear to be of the same species as them. But not in this version. Here they are the “Dread Judges, the Seven Lords of the Underworld,” like the gods that judge dead souls in the Egyptian underworld. Most interesting among these demons is one called “the Eye on the Throne,” which appears to be the same as Kingu, the slain dragon from whose blood mankind was made. The Eye on the Throne was a hieroglyph used in Egypt and Sumeria to denote the world monarchy of their antediluvian gods. Since here it is called “Kingu,” obviously he was one of these “kings.” (5)

The fate that came of Ishtar in the underworld is exactly the fate that befell Chalmers in the Frank Belknap Long story when he was left alone after the drug session. The creatures that he had witnessed moving through angles, “the Hounds of Tindalos,” came looking for him, and moved right through the angles in his ceiling into his apartment. Narrowly escaping from their first attack, he attempted to thwart them by redecorating. He called the narrator to his apartment again, asking him to bring with him a bucket of plaster, and told him:

They can only reach us through angles. We must eliminate all angles from this room. I shall plaster up all the corners, all of the crevices. We must make this room resemble the interior of a sphere.

Why the hounds should want to kill him is explained twice, with a different reason given each time. On the one hand, they are mindless forces that simply hunger for blood. The same is said of the Ancient Ones of The Necronomicon , for whom, “The blood of the weakest, here is libation” unto them. But for the Ancient Ones, there is also an element of revenge, for their murder and imprisonment in the underworld. The same motive is given to the Hounds of Tindalos:

… a terrible and unspeakable deed was done in the very beginning. Before time, the deed, and from the dead … The deeds of the dead move through angles in dim recesses of time. They are hungry and athirst! … For a moment I stood on the other side. I stood on the pale gray shores beyond time and space. In an awful light that was not a light, in a silence that shrieked, I saw them! But they scented me. Men awake in them cosmic hungers. We have escaped momentarily from the foulness that rings them round. They thirst for that in us which is clean, which emerged from the deed without stain. There is a part of us which did not partake of the deed, and that they hate. But do not imagine that they are literally, prosaically evil. They are beyond good and evil as we know it. They are that which in the beginning fell away from cleanliness. Through the deed they became bodies of death, receptacles of all foulness. But they are not evil in our sense because in the spheres through which they move there is no thought, no moral, no right or wrong as we understand it. There is merely the pure and the foul. The foul expresses itself through angle; the pure through curves. Man, the pure part of him, is descended from a curve. Do not laugh. I mean that literally.

This “angular” state represents the dualistic realm of opposites that creation is made from, the breaking down of the One into the Many, into the world where the principles of good and evil, and of male and female are separated. The part of us which is “pure” is the part of the One godhead that descended into dualistic matter, the light that descended into darkness, represented by the fall of Lucifer from Heaven, and his subsequent imprisonment in the Earth; or the fall of the Grail stone from his crown, which became enclosed in the deepest recesses of our minds, to be accessed by only an elite few. This has also been represented as the fall of Man from the Garden of Eden, who became corrupted when he gained knowledge of good and evil as being separate from the One. Subsequently, man became imprisoned in the three-dimensional world, and this is the deed that must be avenged.

But man contains the spark of godhead within him as well as the material of corrupted matter, just as Abdul Alhazred tells us in The Necronomicon that we have the body and blood of the Ancient Ones, but the spirit of the Elder Gods breathed into our souls. This is similar to the story in Genesis where God crafts Adam from “clay,” and then puts the “breath of life” into him. Yet this is just a continuation of the dualism that resulted in the godhead’s descent into corrupted matter, or the imprisonment of the Ancient Ones. For they and the Elder Gods are inextricably connected. One bore the other, and therefore they are of the same substance, two sides of the same coin. Combining their essences results in the union of the Many back into the One, or a return to the womb of the Mother. This is the “Grail energy,” the Elixir of Life, the occult power that works magic. This conundrum is expressed by a confused Abdul Alhazred when he says of the worshippers of the Ancient Ones:

And who is their master? Of this I do not know, but I have heard them calling Enki, which is surely a blasphemy, for Enki is of our Race, as it is writ in the text of Magan. But perhaps, they call another, whose name I do not know. But surely it was not Enki.

The Annunaki creating mankind

It is also of note that Enki’s son Marduk appears to have the qualities of both Lucifer (as the “Brightest Star in Heaven” and the one who “fell to Earth”), and those of Jesus or St. Michael, for he is son of the Eldest God Enki, sent to Earth to rule over man, and he is the vanquisher of the Evil One in Heaven. Such dualism seems to also be present in the references to the “Mountains of Mashu,” the same twin-peaked mountains upon which the Babylonian Noah character, called Utnapishtim, rested his Ark, and which the Ancient Ones are said in The Necronomicon to rule over. L.K. Barnes writes that:

… the original translator has noted the resemblance between the Greek word for lord, Kurios, and the Sumerian word for mountain, Kur, and for a type of underworld chthonic monster which is also called Kur and which refers to the Leviathan of the Old Testament. Also, in this particular conjuration, the word for mountain is ‘Shadu’, like ‘El Shaddai’, meaning Lord of the Mountain, a title applied to Jehovah.

This dualism points to the parentage of mankind, which is both infernal and divine, and Enki is a mediator between the two. This dichotomy is the cause of the sorrow of human existence, for as The Necronomicon states:

… man, being born, is of sadness, for he is of the Blood of the Ancient Ones, but has the Spirit of the Elder Gods breathed into him. And his body goes to the Ancient Ones, but his mind is turned towards the Elder Gods, and this is the War which shall be always fought, unto the last generation of man; for the World is unnatural. When the Great Kutulu rises up and greets the Stars, then the War will be over, and the World will be One.

But how is it exactly that the Elder Gods, being planets, “breathed life” into humanity at all? Well, there are those who hold that the gods of Sumeria were actually real flesh-and-blood kings of human civilization during the golden age of Atlantis. But they were more than human. The kings of Atlantis were somewhere in between man and god. They are said to have been, literally “stars” that fell from Heaven, and similarly the power of the Ancient Ones, as we know, comes from the stars — in other words, solar power. Stars put out waves of all sorts along the electro-magnetic spectrum, as do planets, which could account for the power and influence they are said to possess. If one could tune into the waves they are putting out, one could hear the “speech of the gods.” And if one could harness that energy, then all of the feats that have been attributed to magicians over the centuries could be conducted. Scientists even say that if we are ever to build an inter-dimensional space traveling machine, it would require so much power that we would have to harness the Sun itself to make it work. This could be done either through advanced technology or advanced occult practice, and legend tells us that the Atlanteans possessed both.

Whether by evolution, divine creation, or genetic engineering, these beings were superior to us, and evidence shows that they existed in multiple dimensions, possessing multi-dimensional powers, just like their stellar “parents.” By intermarrying with human females, they passed that star seed onto us, and all the powers that go with it. This “multi-dimensional” aspect is one way to explain the physical countenance of their human/god hybrid children as they are described in various myths: they were said to have been monsters and giants. It is this multi-dimensional force that the gods taught man to utilize in the rites of magic and occultism, which the gods invented and passed onto their human offspring, drawn from the power of the stars and planets, including the telluric “dragon force” of Cthulhu that lives within the Earth, and slumbers at the base of the human spine. L.K. Barnes confirms that Sumer was not just the birthplace of civilization, but also of religion and ritual magic. Here is where the rebellious ones taught their cult to the “first man,” as Lovecraft described in The Call of Cthulhu. This is what enabled Abdul Alhazred in The Necronomicon by magick, to “summon the ghosts of [his] ancestors to real and visible appearance.” Author Nicholas de Vere describes such ancestral conjuring rituals as being the central rites of “royal magic.” Summoning ancestral ghosts is also the purpose of Voodoo and Santeria ritual.

Another aspect of the gods is that they are said to be able to live forever, and their human offspring were said to have had extremely long life spans as well. Likewise, the Ancient Ones of Lovecraft are incapable of dying, as time does not exist for them, “For their times and seasons run uneven and strange to our minds, for are they not the computers of all time? Did they not set time in its place?”

Interestingly, after Frank Chalmers is devoured by the Hounds of Tindalos (the plaster didn’t work), a strange protoplasmic substance is found in his apartment, apparently from the dripping jowls of these hounds from beyond time and space. This substance is examined by a bacteriologist, who writes in his report:

The fluid sent to me for analysis is the most peculiar that I have ever examined. It resembles living protoplasm, but it lacks the peculiar substances known as enzymes. Enzymes catalyze the chemical reactions occurring in living cells, and when the cell dies, they cause it to disintegrate by hydrolyzation. Without enzymes, protoplasm should possess enduring vitality, i.e., immortality. Enzymes are the negative components, so to speak, of unicellular organism, which is the basis of all life. That living matter can exist without enzymes biologists emphatically deny. And yet the substance that you sent to me is alive and it lacks these “indispensable” bodies. Good God, Sir, do you realize what astounding new vistas this opens up?

It is something like this which might make the long life spans attributed to the gods and their offspring physically possible, and would make it possible for their bodies to remain underground in a state of hibernation for eons before being resurrected again. It is this resurrection that they are hoping their human descendants will affect by practicing the occult rites of necromancy that they have been taught:

Let all who read this book be warned thereby that the habitations of men are seen and surveyed by that forgotten race of gods and demons from a time before time, and that they seek revenge for that forgotten battle that took place somewhere in the cosmos, and rent the worlds in the days before the creation of man.

This is, mythologically, the same battle which caused the kingdom of Atlantis to sink to its watery depths, the war in Heaven in which the sons of God or Watchers were imprisoned within the underworld, their mighty kingdom destroyed, all because they dared to pass their divine seed, and their divine knowledge onto lowly humanity.The Necronomicon states that, “civilizations were destroyed because of the knowledge contained in this book.” This is the deed that must be avenged, the memory of which slumbers in the blood of these gods’ human offspring — just as they slumber beneath the Earth, waiting for the day that the stars will be right again, and their descendants will perform the rites which will bring them up from the depths to reclaim their kingdom. Then the age of the gods will begin anew: the New Atlantis, the New Jerusalem, the New World Order.

Know that Tiamat seeks ever to rise to the stars, and when the Upper is united to the Lower, then a new Age will come of Earth, and the Serpent shall be made whole, and the Waters will be as One, when on high the heavens had not been named.

And the Dead shall rise and smell the incense!


(1) One is reminded of the final scene in the film The Abyss.

(2) This recalls the “white gold” substance, mentioned in the writings of Laurence Gardner and others, that is the Philosopher’s Stone of the alchemists.

(3) These are Walpurgis Night and Halloween, the two most important witch holidays on the calendar.

(4) One wonders if there is any connection here to the “Lost Word” of Freemasonry which, in their legends, Hiram Abiff refused to divulge, and which died with him.

(5) Perhaps his name is related etymologically to “Cain,” whose name is the root from which the word “king” comes, and who is said to be one of the eldest ancestors of the Grail family.