The Watchers Guild
Temple of Edin
Ritual Tools of Anunnakism
Below is a list of all the ritual tools employed in the practice of Anunnakism. Some of these tools you may be familiar with, while others are quite unique and specialized as to function. Each of these tools are very important to the ritual performance of Anunnakist Magick, but they are not absolutely necessary. Always keep in mind, it is not the tool which is the source of magick, but rather the practitioner - tools merely help us to raise and focus our own spiritual power.
Anunnakist Ritual Implements:
- The Ilum: (Personal Gods) - The 'Ilum' (Ee-loom), or 'Personal Gods' are a Sumero-Akkadian concept of personal spirituality and piety. In the ancient days, many ordinary citizens of Mesopotamia were not allowed within the walls of the great temple structures, except for the holiday festivals, so in order for them to remain devout to their gods, the people took to building personal shrines and altars within their homes. These shrines represented the Assembly of Gods in Heaven. These people, who were quite accomplished magicians by our standards, created small statuettes which represented themselves by proxy to the Assembly of Gods. These small clay figurines were made for each member of a household, and they were left on the altar at all times so that the family would always be 'standing in the presence of the gods'. The ancients believed that these statuettes would continue their daily prayers, offerings and spells in the heavens, while they themselves went about their daily life. In addition to having personal statuettes for family members, the ancients also revered another form of 'personal god' which was similar to a guardian angel in its' function. This secondary personal god was not one of the major pantheon, or even a god of the local town or village, but rather, this personal god was a spiritual being which was summoned by the practitioner to become his or her protective guiding spirit. This guardian spirit was commonly represented by another small figurine, which was then placed in the house shrine and tended to in daily rites by the head of the household. In the practice of Anunnakism we hold true to these ancient concepts. The concept of the Ilum is extremely important to the practice of Anunnakist Magick. As you have just read, there are two main classifications of Ilum, the personal god which represents yourself in the Assembly, and the powerful guardian angel variety. They are known individually, and respectively, as the Sedu and the Lamassu. Collectively, they are the Ilum, the Personal Gods of Anunnakism:
- The Sedu - (Say-doo) - The Sedu is the small figurine which represents you, the practitioner, upon the Anunnakist altar. The Sedu is usually about four to six inches in height, and should be detailed with your name, astrological sign, characteristics, personal spells and blessings. The Sedu does not necessarily have to resemble you, but it should contain the basic esoteric essence of your individuality. The Sedu figurine is commonly crafted from modeling clay, wax, cloth or wood if you are so artistically inclined, or you can use what is known as a 'figurine candle' which can be obtained from any occult merchant. Once completed, the Sedu is then magickally formed and empowered through the sacred rites known as the "Opening of the Mouth" and the "Washing of the Mouth."
- The Lamassu - (Lah-mah-soo) - The Lamassu is a spiritual entity which must be summoned through ritual. Once summoned and properly enticed, the Lamassu will become your loyal guardian, intercessor and spiritual mentor. The Lamassu is also represented upon your altar, or within your household shrine, by a small figurine. I cannot give any details as to its' appearance or construction, as that information will be made known to you by the Lamassu itself.
- The Cella: (Sacred Court) - The 'Cella' (Kellah), or 'Sacred Court' was originally the rectangular courtyard before the shrine of a deity in the ancient Sumerian temples. In the Anunnakist Tradition, the Cella is the 'Sacred Space' similar in function to the 'Magick Circle' of Witchcraft, to raise and enclose power as well as affording protection to the practitioner. The Cella is usually formed by the sprinkling of magickally charged flour, chalk, or salt in a rectangular pattern, enclosing the Altar and celebrants; the Cella can also be formed through mental visualization and projection of energy into a rectangular shape if you unable to draw it on the floor of your ritual chamber.
- The Galpu: (Ritual Robe) - The 'Galpu' (Gahl-poo), or 'Ritual Robe' of the Anunnakist Tradition is usually constructed of linen, cotton or wool. Robe colors vary according to the Grade Level within Anunnakism.
Anunna Grade - White Robe
Anukki Grade - Brown Robe
Anunnaki Grade - Black Robe
Robes of the En-Priesthood are black with varying colored sashes to distinguish rank and grade. Robes may either be handcrafted or commercially obtained.
- The Altar: The Anunnakist Altar should preferably be a large wooden table of rectangular shape or any similar piece of furniture. The Altar needs to be a freestanding piece of furniture so that it can be placed in the center of the Cella. The Altar should be situated such that the long sides are facing North and South, and the shorter sides are facing East and West. If you are holding ritual outdoors, you can use a portable fold-up picnic table or any naturally occurring large flat stones that might be available, or use the Earth itself.
- The Gadalu: (Altar Cloth) - The 'Gadalu' (Gah-dah-loo) is the Altar Cloth of the Anunnakist Altar. Traditionally made of linen, the Gadalu can also be made of cotton or silk. Satin Altar Cloths are also effective for their iridescent qualities. Colors vary as to the focus of the ritual intended.
- The Duku: (Holy Mound) - The 'Duku' (Doo-koo) or 'Holy Mound' represents the mound of creation and the oath of 'Duranki' ('Bond of Heaven and Earth'). The Duku can be dedicated to any of the Anunnaki deities for whom it is created. The Duku is a tool used for consecration, charging, offerings and as a spell catalyst. The Duku is the centerpiece of the Anunnakist altar.
- The Abzu Lamps: Abzu Lamps represent the polarities of energy in the universe.
Abzu Lamps can be either black and white candles, or small painted stoneware oil lamps. Abzu Lamps are situated in the following manner, the black lamp should rest on the left side of the altar to draw in energies, while the white lamp should be on the right side in order to project outward the energies raised in magickal ritual.
- The Egubbu Vessel: The 'Egubbu Vessel' (Ee-goo-boo) is a large bowl or jug, usually made of brass or earthenware (but can be of any natural material), used to hold the blessed water for ritual bathing, cleansing, anointing, purification rites and baptismals.
- The Tigidu Vessel: (Cauldron) - The 'Tigidu Vessel' (Tee-gee-doo) is the Cauldron of the Anunnakist Altar. The Tigidu Vessel is a large metallic or earthenware pot suitable for holding potions, brews or Salt Water. Traditional Sumerian Tigidu were constructed of gold, however, the traditional black iron 'Witch's Cauldron' can be used just as effectively.
- The Speculum: (Black Mirror) - The Speculum is the divinatory device known as the Black Mirror. In the Anunnakist Tradition, the Speculum represents a gateway between magickal realms. To construct the Speculum or 'Black Mirror' you must obtain a small picture frame with a glass frontispiece. Remove the glass from the frame and paint it with several coats of a special divinatory mixture of black enamel paint with a pinch of finely ground mugwort added. After the paint on the glass dries, replace the 'Black Mirror' into its' frame.
- The Salt Dish: Represents the Element of Earth and the Quadrant of the North upon the Anunnakist Altar. The Salt used should always be natural rock salt, never use sea-salt as this represents a different element entirely.
- The Aga Lamp: (Holy Fire Candle) - The 'Aga Lamp' (Ay-gah / Ah-gah) is the Holy Fire Candle of the Anunnakist Altar. The Aga Lamp represents the Divine Flame of Gibil, Source of all Life-force in the Universe. The Aga Lamp can be either a small oil lamp or a large red candle. It is usually placed atop the Duku, in the center of the Altar (only if this can be safely accomplished).
- The Kindjal: (Athame) - The 'Kindjal' (Keen-jawl) is the Magician's Athame or
Sacred Knife. Usually of Arabic design, the Kindjal is the Anunnakist version of the traditional 'Black-Handled Blade' of Witchcraft. Traditional design for the Kindjal features a single long, thin, curved blade tapering to a slim point, unlike the twin-bladed pagan Athame. The Kindjal is used to direct energy and cut magickal sigils. The traditional Athame may be used with equal efficiency, if a Kindjal is not obtainable.
- The Brazier: (Incense Burner) - The Brazier is the Incense Burner, or Thurible, of the Anunnakist Altar. Representing the Element of Fire and the Western Quadrant of the Altar. The Brazier may be of any material or design.
- The Chalice: The Chalice represents the Element of Water and the Southern Quadrant of the Anunnakist Altar. The Chalice may be constructed of any material and may be of any pleasing design.
**NOTE** BE WARNED! - DO NOT use brass chalices with any form of alcoholic beverage, the chemical reaction will render the liquid TOXIC!**
- The Water Dish: Represents the Element of Water and the Southern Quadrant of the Anunnakist Altar. At the beginning of rituals, a little Salt from the Salt Dish should be sprinkled into the Water Dish to represent the Waters of Enki fertilizing the Earth. The Water Dish may be of any material and design.
- The Sappu Vessel: (Offering Bowl) - The 'Sappu Vessel' (Sah-poo), or the 'Offering Bowl / Plate' is a medium sized bowl or platter used for ritual offerings of food, flowers, grains, etc. The Sappu Vessels of antiquity were constructed of gold, but this is not a necessary requirement for the modern version. The Sappu Vessel can be of any natural material; metal (brass), glass, earthenware, but please do not use plastics.
- The Altar Paten: (Pentacle) - The Altar Paten represents the covenant of Enlil as well as the Empowerment of the Elements. The Paten can be constructed from any circular piece of wood, glass, or metal, and then inscribed with a pentagram. The size of the Paten varies, usually ranging from a 3-inch diameter to some as large as a foot across. Many excellent Patens are also commercially available.
- The Cingulum: (Witches Cord) - The Cingulum represents the Bond of Duranki and the Covenant of Enlil. The Cingulum is constructed of three colored cords braided together to form a belt, which is secured around the waist. Colors of the Cingulum represent the various Grade Levels of Anunnakism.
Anunna Grade - Gold, Purple and White
Anukki Grade - Silver, Red and White
Anunnaki Grade - Black, Gold and Silver
The Cingulums of the En-Priesthood have their own specific color codings.
- The Scepter: (Wand) - The Scepter of the Magician is the Wand, representing the Element of Air and the Eastern Quadrant of the Anunnakist Altar. The Scepter is usually a handcrafted item about 11 inches in length and varying in style according to the will of the practitioner. If you cannot construct a wand, any natural branch (preferably of one of the sacred woods) will suffice, or you may choose to purchase a wand from a reputable occult dealer.
- Symbol of the Deity: The Symbol of the Deity can be either a small statue or an object sacred to the deity who is the focus of your ritual, for example; seashells for the Goddess of the Sea, or grain for the God of the Harvest. Unfortunately, there are not many statuary forms of the Anunnaki Gods commercially available, but there are some companies that deal in sacred statuary, and I have seen some nice statues of Inanna and Enki available.