The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon A Workbook of Magic by Donald Tyson

It was a very interesting rad about the Lovecraft Mythos as I really never had a big interest in it as a thought i did. The gate workings was seen more intriguing and I knew that I had to work through them as they were using the Zodiac as gates with the 13th gate as a realization of ritual work and maintaining an understand of of rituals in general. It doesn’t have to used with the Old Ones, as you can actually leave them out as there is a way to do that when reading the book. The Necronomicon is the current of energy but you do not have to interact with any of the beings, which I thought was nice.  It is basically an ascension working, divinatory workings it is easily paired up with a book i read last night. I read this book two years ago but just didn’t feel I had what I needed to perform the workings, now i do and I will be scheduling it soon.

So this is what the first 12 Gates are basically giving you. When you start reading through the book, you come across the Gates and each one give you a little bit of information about the Mythos. The first gate talks about the Races, the second gate talks about the Personalities and so on. There is a picture of the gates ass well that you need to keep in mind. You then move on to the key as there is one for each gate. The first Gate is Sagittarius- The Horse Archer. It tells you of the sun Zodiac, the right pillar and its associations, the left pillar and its associations. With each key you open the gate to gain entry by focusing on a seal. The first gate is for divining information, dream retrieval, communication with the Old Races, or another individual.  You then have visualizations and words of power to say and then you are on your way.

The 13th Gate deals with rites and incantations. Its the Serpent Bearer gate that you will open to greater practical techniques of Magickal ceremonies. It uses the thirteenth zodiac which i just dismiss. No one is going to change their zodiac because some one found an extra and tried to stick it in. I like the 12 and I am sticking with the 12. It helps you to internalize all the workings you have been doing, and to help you understand further the reason ritual work is done. It too has a gate, key and seal. Its a mediation gate only.

I like the working as it is presented. I see that I actually don’t have to rewrite anything, I can omit and get the same results since i am for going the Old Ones. It has more than enough information to get you caught up on Lovecraft and his mythos if you have never heard of him, or got the chance to read any of them. I enjoyed it and if you like the mythos and are a heavy believer of them, than you will enjoy this working to walk among them. If not it is still a decent read to keep on your shelf.

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