Compass: Southwest; West
Sacred Numbers: 13, 16, 24, 3
D/N: Equally Diurnal & Nocturnal
Elemental Attributions: Earth; Water
Sephirothic & Qliphothic Attribution: Daath
Primary Planetary Attributions: Saturn; Dark Moon
Secondary Planetary Attribution: Black Moon
Tertiary Planetary Attributions: Venus; the Sun
Lesser Planetary Attributions: Neptune; the Moon
Colors: Transparent, Brown, Rainbow, Pink, Red, Yellow, Grey, Black
Zodiac Attributions: Azagthoth is Not Attributed to Any Sign of the Zodiac
Attributed Fixed Behenian Stars: Algorab (Primary), Algol (Secondary), Alphecca (Primary), Spica (Tertiary)
Above: Sigil of Azagthoth Channeled By Augustus Grigori
Due to my research regarding, channeling about, and experience with the Necronomicon by Simon, I have had to reconsider my opinion about the origins of Azagthoth (pronounced Awtsawgthoth or Otsogthoth, where the last syllable rhymes with the word oath). I consider this grimoire to be exactly what it claims to be: an ancient Occult manual, so I have rewritten this article from scratch to integrate the new information it presents, and this time, I’m avoiding a lot of potentially bogus sources as instructed by Azagthoth himself.
Azagthoth is the most powerful name variation of Azagthoth/Azathoth/Atazoth in my experience and that of my friends. In Sumerian, the word Azag means serpent/great serpent, enchanter, or magickian. “Thoth” is believed to mean “he who is like the ibis (a sacred bird connected with wisdom).” One obvious way this name could be interpreted is “great, birdlike serpent,” or in other words, “dragon.”
The introduction to the Necronomicon describes Azagthoth as a lord of black magickians. The core text refers to this being as “the Black Magician” and describes him as enthroned and gloating blindly. In the Necronomicon, Azagthoth is described as a mad and uncontrollable lord of chaos.
Above: Sigil of Azagthoth Channeled By V.K.
Azagthoth has came to me at various points in my life, appearing once alongside Chavajoth, the Goetikon, and Nythra (this was the night I dedicated my soul to Chavajoth and the Goetikon). His words were always extremely wise, and his advice always worth following. He is the being who told me to refer to the Qliphoth as “the Black Plane of Chaos” rather than by the Hebrew moniker.
Azagthoth has appeared to me as an anthropoid made of shadow as well as a massive, grey type of crab that dwells underwater. He is a spirit of Daath who is capable of manifesting in the Inbetween, and to be clear, the only place that Azagthoth should be attributed to in the Sephiroth, Qliphoth, what lies beyond the two, etc., is Daath.
Azagthoth has a very special place in my heart, but he is very much maligned. The Necronomicon purports that there is no reason whatsoever to summon Azagthoth, but tells the reader that there are black magickians who conjure him anyways, spreading madness as they do. S. ben Qayin wrote that Azagthoth should only be summoned when every method other than the auspices of Azagthoth has failed to remedy the problem troubling the magickian. This echoes Peter Carroll’s postulation in the Octavo, wherein he writes that the magickian should only “invoke [Azathoth] only in dire emergency when all else has failed and only an unpredictable and extreme event may save the day.”
The magickal system of Hebdomadry, however, does find a purpose in summoning Azagthoth. Unfortunately, Hebdomadry operates along a unique magickal current, which current appears to force the divinities it venerates to manifest in unusual ways. Evoking Azagthoth by their methods is not fun—instead of the wise deity I encounter when Azagthoth appeared to me of his own volition, the methods of summoning him found in Hebdomadry, at least in my experience, led to me encountering something comparable to a child on bath salts, admittedly possessed of an agreeable disposition.
Above: Sigil of Azagthoth Channeled By V.K.
I’ll admit to seeking Pazuzu’s guidance before even attempting an invocation of Azagthoth. Pazuzu told me that invoking the spirit would not only be of great use to me, but also be very enjoyable.
Azagthoth definitely seems to have a preference as to which name the sorceress refers to him by, but he doesn’t seem to know which name to prefer. I would recommend referring to him by whichever name you consider to be the most accurate, or the original, so as not to anger him. I’m going with Azagthoth.
I have seen Azagthoth enter a room via a spiraling portal composed of curved black and white rays. In this form, he was a shadow being with white eyes and some black and white design on his chest. He had a reptile-like tail, a reptile-shaped head, and claws. He made that room colder, and its atmosphere heavy.
This occurred while I was doing some work on this article, which article I had begun writing with much more channeling to do. As I was wondering about his magickal specialties, Azagthoth simply told me that he could give me everything I wanted.
At the point that this happened, I had seen Azagthoth manifest as a shadow being in two different aspects. According to Rites in the Thirteen Tongues by Somnus Dreadwood, all shadow beings are connected (a friend of mine who had not read Dreadwood’s literature channeled the fact that all shadow beings are connected herself). This is not to say that there are no rogue shadows who are denied by the umbral hivemind– maybe there are. What this means is that Azagthoth, many of the Roman god Saturn’s emissaries, the shadow aspects of Abaddon and Lucifuge Rofocale, and the spirits of the Tower of Umbra are deeply linked.
Azagthoth is a good deity to work with for the planetary magick of Saturn, as well as for initiating into the deeper mysteries of Saturn. In fact, he can help you work with any planet and any star in any universe, and every sphere of every tree.
Azagthoth is very knowledgeable regarding astrology, and he is one of the deities who assisted my friend and I in transcending the Zodiac (the other entities involved were Senerron, Chernobog, the spirits of Keraktes and the Saturnine Metagod). I did not summon Azagthoth during this rite– he manifested and lent his support of his own volition.
To be clear, Azagthoth manifested and transformed me of his own volition during not only the rite wherein I dedicated my soul to Chavajoth and the Goetikon, but also during the ritual whereby my friend and I transcended the Zodiac. This indicates a predisposition for extreme alchemy and an inclination to give alchemical auspices without being asked to do so.
Noznaeon Yalsaear Galsaeon Anasa
Channeled Chant to Evoke Azagthoth
Morsaeda Yalsaekor Nozsaekor Alsor
Channeled Chant to Invoke Azagthoth
Salve Azagthoth Monogrammo Deo
“Hail, Azagthoth, Shadowy God!”
Obveni Azagthoth Rex Abyssi
“Come, Azagthoth, King of the Abyss!”
Azagthoth, Dominus Primitiua, Gloria
“Glory to Azagthoth, Primordial Lord!”
Vocavi Te, Azagthoth, Princeps Tenebris
“I Summon You, Azagthoth, Dark Ruler!”
Ave Azagthoth– Elymas Magus Niger
“Hail Azagthoth– Black Sorcerer!”
- Carroll, Peter J. Liber Kaos. S. Weiser, 1992.
- Simon. Necronomicon. Ibis Press, 2008.
- Qayin, S. ben. Volubilis Ex Chaosium. Dark Harvest Occult Publishing, 2012.
- Myatt, David. Naos.