The pull of Lovecraft’s writings was the legitimacy of them—the legitimacy of the historical context, the legitimacy of the Occult name-dropping, and the legitimacy of the terror in Lovecraft’s heart which brought the whole Cthulhu Mythos to life. While David Myatt has stated that Atazoth predates the works of Lovecraft and the “Yog-Sothothery” of Chaos Magickians, it was an article in False Prophet that finally proved him right.
The word “Taghut” or “Taghoot” was ascribed in Islam to any deity venerated by the infidel. It served as a descriptor for Pagans as well as Pagan religion. The word has a few different definitions: “an intruder,” “an intrusion,” “Pagan gods,” “evil powers,” “to rebel,” or “to cross limits.”
The history of the term At-Taghut [the-Intrusion] is comparable to the etymological history of ha-Satan [the-Adversary], where the term serves both as a common noun as well as the title of a specificied entity. Attaghut was a cosmic Spirit who spawned other spirits such as Dagaon and Ereshkygal. These children were referred to by the plural form of the common noun: “at-Tawagit” or “at-Tawazhut.”
Shaitan was largely an Emissary of Atazhot in these beliefs, and Atazhot worship strongly influenced Islam. The worshippers of Atazhot practiced blood sacrifice and stone worship, and the False Prophet article on the subject suggests that this Pagan religion is the source of Islam’s practices of jihad, blood sacrifice, and pilgrimages.
In Naos, Atazoth is presented as the most powerful of the Dark Gods, which mirrors Lovecraft’s description of the entity. According to Maurice Levy, Lovecraft places Azathoth “at the summit of his diaboloical hierarchy.”
Atazoth is said, as a word, to represent the opening of the gates, the purpose behind the procession of aeons, and the augmentation of the influx of azoth into the Cosmos from Outside. As Peter Carroll describes in Liber Kaos, “Historically, this egregore was known to certain alchemists whose name for it, Azathoth, means an increase of azoth, or increasing etheric (morphic) fields in contemporary terms.” The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia posits that some consider Azathoth to be a personification of radioactivity.
All of the ONA’s descriptions of Atazoth find their origin in the Typhonian Trilogies by Kenneth Grant. The first book in this series, entitled The Magickal Revival, attributes Azathoth to azoth. Kenneth Grant links Azathoth to Tiphareth-Sol. In Hebdomadry, Atazoth is imputed unto Shams [Arabic: the sphere of the sun] alongside Satanas and Vindex, the latter of which is comparable to Kalki and Gog.
In Liber Kaos, Peter Carroll writes “Azathoth is an egregore associated with the
emergence of sentience from the primeval slime and the quest of sentience to reach for the stars.” Carroll describes this entity as “the madly random and frequently destructive manifestation of chaos.”
According to Carroll, “Azathoth has no shape or name for itself which is meaningful to humans.” The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia purports that Azahoth generally appears as a “shapeless chaotic mass”, but may take on other forms when summoned. Grimoirium Imperium describes the entity as a “vast and shapeless mass of screaming souls.” According to Codex Saerus, “Atazoth may be visualized as a dark nebulous chaos – a rend in the fabric of star-studded space which changes into a Dagon like/dragon entity.”
According to Peter Carroll, Azathoth strongly prefers to manifest in an operator whose eyes are closed, which makes the use of a blind fold advantageous. The use of “psycho-babble glossalalia” is said to be useful in telepathically receiving gnosis from the entity.
Both H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Moult describe Azathoth both as a dweller within and aspect of the primordial Ur-Chaos. According WSA 352, “Chaos is the base fundamental essence of the causal universe. It is symbolized in 352 as Azagthoth, which we esoterically name ourselves after: WSA: Waffen-Schaft Azagthoth, the Legion of Chaos. Azagthoth is the blind and idiot source at the center. It is thru Yug-Sothoth that the chaos, and idiocy of Azagthoth is brought into order and crystalized into coherency which gives form. The Chaos of the Quantum Flux coagulating into coherent structures of peons, neutrons, protons, atoms, elements, and molecules.”
The leader of the Order of the 61st Minute was kind enough to confirm my intuitive supposition that some of the Waffen-Schaft Azagthoth’s understanding of Quantum, as presented in that quote, is incorrect.
In a manuscript called Esoteric Chant as Language, Long writes that the alchemical nature of the mantra “Suscipe, Satanas munus quad tibi offerimus memoriam recolentes Vindex” is symbolized by “the term (not the name) Atazoth.” The phrase means something to the tune of “Satanas, receive this gift in memory of Vindex.”
As a term, Atazoth would be the augmentation of the acausal influx that the procession of aeons was designed to bring about. In Liber Azerate’s five stages of alchemy, where a particular Demonobog [Demonic God; God of Demons] is associated with each step, Atazoth presides over the final stage—the “acausal alchemy” which begets “transcendence.” According to the text, the completion of this step symbolizes the creation of the philosopher’s stone and the reconciliation of opposites. The Temple of the Black Light describes the process of Atazoth as a simultaneously microcosmic and macrocosmic intrusion of chaos, which begets the conversation of the Higher Self in the microcosmic sense and the apocalypse in the macrocosmic sense.
In The Voudon Gnostic Workbook by Michael Bertiaux, Azathoth is again attributed to the number 5, to which Bertiaux attributes correspondences with Mercury, Pisces, and Cancer.
In The Dark Gods in the Spheres and Pathworking, Hagur writes that “Atazoth is the achievement of a stage in individual evolution that even goes beyond the personal and finally facing the brutal realities that threatens, devours and destroys. Atazoth shows the real, hard world. He is the beginning of your own Satanic Imperium, after ‘I am the power, the glory, I am God’ is really implanted in you and your endeavours.” Atazoth functions often as a chant—a magick word—a sigillic formula. According to Liber Azerate, “Atazoth!” serves to increase the flow of acausal energy from the Higher Self to the causal self—increasing the flow of chaos into the microcosm and the awakening of the Black Flame.
Michael W. Ford altered the mantra, rendering it as “Azothoz.” He claims that it describes the beginning and the end. He describes its effects thus: “Azothoz is a reversed form which is a symbol and glyph of the Adversary, Shaitan/Set and Lilith. This is a word which signifies self-initiation and the power which is illuminated by the Black Flame within.”
The word “Oz” means strength. Take a moment to vibrate both of those formulas and see which words best for you—make sure to focus on the intent of holistic magickal empowerment. After that, vibrate the word Abrahadabra—a mantra which serves to unite the witch with her Higher Self. Lastly, humor me and vibrate “Azagthoth”, focusing on the same intents as before.
The ONA’s Rite of the Nine Angles calls “the dreaded primal form” of Atazoth through either Dabih (if performed on the Autumnal Equinox) or Algol (if on the Winter Solstice). Dabih and Algol both have Saturnian astrological influences, and the solo version of the Rite of the Nine Angles calls Atazoth through Saturn.
During the ritual, the celebrants are instructed to imagine Atazoth as a rend in the fabric of star-studded space which changes into a “Dragon-like entity” or “Dagon-like entity”, where Dagon was believed to resemble a merman. According to the Alastor Nexion, “Atazoth operates as an ancient primordial force outside of the rational parameters of our Universe. He/It comprises elements of the Acausal hyper-force left over from the first incarnation in Causal.”
There used to be a Sinister Psychic Vampyric Nexion called the Tempel of Azagthoth. This group worked in cooperation with Michael W. Ford’s Black Order of the Dragon. They considered Azagthoth “a bringer of CHAOS and Madness unto the petty mortal magician, a high force of life force drainage and high principality of punishment and degradation unto the human slave, High Black Wizard to the Mother Tiamat.”
Azagthoth is an interesting name. Tiamat is Sumerian, so we know where to look. In the Sumerian language of cuneiform, “Azag” meant “Great Serpent.” In many occult groups, the Black Flame is referred to as “the Dragon.” This includes the Temple of the Vampire, Black Order of the Dragon, Dragon Rouge, and more. That term is most common amongst Vampyric orders, and so it is likely that we have found the intent behind the appellation.
Atazoth is the impetus behind the procession of aeons. According to Gnostic teachings echoed in Liber Azerate, there will be a total of seven of them. Nonetheless, I believe that the series of 7 aeons will operate like the Mayan calendar and start at the beginning once its end is reached. After all, in Hebrew belief, 7 is the number of a cycle.
As Hagur writes, “Obviously archetypally, Atazoth the conquering aristocrat imparts loyalty to his chosen ones, who are fighting and feasting, drinking deep and roar-ing with laughter at the black-smith who is sharping their own knives. Atazoth loves all those who deal in fury, whose eyes do not spare.”
According to Carroll, Azathoth “Brings Mastery of the Mass-Energy Geometry of the Universe.” Grant postulated that Azathoth is given so much attention in the Cthulhu mythos because “it typifies the supreme reflex of Daath in the form of Aza.” Grant defines Aza as “the evil mother of all demons” and the “Gnostic concept of the source of alien energies.” Here, AZA means BEGINNING-END-BEGINNING, and is thus the source of the ONA’s conception of Atazoth as a force of Aeonic progression.
Various Chaos Magickians have worked with the entities of the Lovecraftian pantheon, including S. ben Qayin. S. perused the letters wherein Lovecraft confided the way that the concept of Azathoth was impressed upon him and he wrote the first paragraph of his story about the entity. After Lovecraft’s “episode” ended, he was surprised that the paragraph he had written was in any way coherent, almost as if it were an instantiation of automatic writing. S. compared this channeling instance to the way that a certain Occultist received the revelation of the existence of the Secret Chiefs venerated in Thelema, which Occultist remarked that an individual who was not a trained in the Arts would probably not be equipped to handle the experience.
While Kenneth Grant speculated that Lovecraft was, in fact, an Occultist, but was not willing to continue his initiation. The Esoteric Order of Dagon asserts that because of the abusive child-rearing which Lovecraft was subjected to, he developed an “acute inferiority complex” would left him holding steadfast to Atheism. I would also like to add that those accounts of H. P. Lovecraft’s vivid, recurrent, and terrifying nightmares, are reminiscent in their nature and effect of the recurrent nightmares of a man I performed an exorcism upon. After the exorcism concluded, the man’s anxiety, insecurity, and nightmares ended indefinitely.
Lovecraftian sorcery illustrates Azathoth in many different ways. For example, S. ben Qayin depicts Azathoth as a terrible and fulsome consciousness which should only be beseeched when all else has failed. 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.” On the other hand, Sin Jones postulated that invocations of Azathoth are useful for spirit communication and the attainment of gnosis. Carroll states that Azathoth can be used “to channel pure randomness to macroscopic levels.”
A Thelemite order named after the fictitious Esoteric Order of Dagon has this to say about Azathoth: “Whereas Yog-Sothoth embraces the expanse of infinity, Azathoth represents the opposing principle in that he rules at the heart of Chaos, the central point of a universe permeated by the influence of Yog-Sothoth. Their relationship could be stated as the reconciliation of infinite expansion and infinite contraction. In physical terms, Azathoth manifests as the vast destructive energy inherent in the atomic particle, which is unleashed via nuclear fusion. He is the antithesis of creation, the ultimately negative aspect of Elemental Fire. Magically, his attribution is to passive Spirit.”
That passage appeared in Cults of Cthulhu by the Esoteric Order of Dagon, which featured a map of the Sephiroth which had Lovecraftian divnities ascribed to the spheres. Azathoth was once again attributed to Tiphareth, the Sun. The point of this essay is that Atazhoth is one of the most important divinities in the modern Left Hand Path and in the efforts of the Black Lodge.
Sigil of Azathoth
Addendum: A Scholarly Response to Esoteric Notes LXIII (An Argument that Atazoth is Azathoth)
Let’s assess the idea that Atazoth and Azathoth are not one and the same, which idea has been promulgated widely by modern members of the Order of the Nine Angles. The sixty-third edition of the ONA’s Esoteric Notes attempts to prove this by delving into old literature about azoth, none of which mentions or alludes to any entity by the name of Atazoth or any other such moniker. The essay states “[Some] Occultists seem to have confused the Order of Nine Angles (ONA/O9A) ‘dark god’ Atazoth with the Lovecraftian Azathoth… Atazoth is described in ONA texts as meaning ‘an increasing of Azoth: at-azoth… Anyone who reads what Lovecraft wrote about Azathoth (which is not much), and reads what the ONA wrote about Atazoth, will see there is no connection whatsoever between Atazoth and the Lovecraftian Azathoth,'”
In reality, earlier ONA literature not only overtly identifies Atazoth with Azathoth, but also completely regurgitates the descriptions of Azathoth provided throughout thy Typhonian Trilogies by Kenneth Grant, the central texts of the OTO.
An earlier treatise on the subject entitled H.P. Lovecraft and the Dark Gods states “Lovecraft, aware of parts of the ancient tradition of the Dark Gods’ dramatized and mis-represented the tradition as a whole… To [this tradition], he added inventions of his own… which he wove into the Cthulhu mythos… The details that Lovecraft gives regarding ‘calls’ and rites are mostly fanciful and only in a few places does he advertently reveal the truth – for example, in his mention of the trapezohedron and ‘Azathoth’ as described by Lovecraft, is a symbolic and distorted re-presentation of the intersection, in acausal space-time, of these astral star passages: a kind of galactic vortex or node. Those who journey there will never return the same. Along the star passages the shells of long dead civilizations lie strewn.”
Compare this with Kenneth Grant’s statement in The Magickal Revival: “Lovecraft was unacquainted with both the name and work of Crowley, yet some of his fantasies reflect, however, distortedly, the salient themes of Crowley’s cult.”
The Magickal Revival provides a table of correspondences which identifies various entities in the Cthulhu Mythos with concepts presented in Crowley’s literature. The tenth numbered entry in this table is “Azathoth (the blind and idiot chaos at the centre of infinity)”, which Grant attributes to “Azoth, the alchemical solvent.”
The “intersection, in acausal space-time, of these astral star passages: a kind of galactic vortex or node” which ONA describes seems comparable to “the spiral black vortices of that ultimate void of Chaos where reigns the mindless demon-sultan Azathoth” which Lovecraft describes in Dreams in the Witch House.
Moult’s identification of Atazoth as part of the Abyss parallels Lovecraft’s delineation of the entity. In an analysis of Lovecraft’s literature entitled Awakening the Great Old Ones by Stephen Dziklewicz, we find the following statement. “Lovecraft describes Azathoth as the Ultimate Chaos – similar to a jewelled Mandlebrot set in an all-enveloping crown.”
The idea that Atazoth and Azathoh are one was also presented by Richard Moult (aka Christos Beest) entitled Archetypes and Illusions, which states: “A further illustration is the use of the entity known as Atazoth (or, as it is more inaccurately known, Azathoth – Atazoth means an increasing of Azoth, Azathoth is simply a jumble of letters accessed from the inept experiments of H.P. Lovecraft. Whilst purporting to work with and understand ‘chaos’ the structure and practices of the rites of Chaosism are based on moralistic/dualistic/abstract (etc) perceptions as such, Atazoth cannot be used since it is part of the Abyss itself.”
In the Chthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia, we find the following definition: “AZATHOTH (also AZAZOTH or AZAG-THOTH). Outer God also known as the Primal Chaos and the Daemon Sultan. Azathoth normally is a shapeless chaotic mass, but has been known to take on other forms when he has been summoned.”
Compare the description given to Atazoth in Part Two of Codex Saerus (also called The Black Book of Satan), which includes a physical description of the entity’s “primal form.” “Atazoth may be visualized as a dark nebulous chaos – a rend in the fabric of star-studded space which changes into a Dagon like/dragon entity.”
The encyclopedia also presents the use of the entity’s name as a word of power, writing “The utterance of Azathoth’s name gives one great power over beings from outside.”
The Encyclopedia elaborates on the entity: “Legend has it that Azathoth gave birth to the universe, and will destroy it in the end. Some modern thinkers have equated Azathoth with the Big Bang; this corresponds with the Greek and Norse creation myths, which hold that the universe was created out of primal chaos.”
In The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, H.P. Lovecraft states that Azathoth lives in “in the formless central void” which is “outside the ordered universe” and “at the centre of all infinity”. In the terminology which is used to describe the ONA’s esotericism, this void would be the realm known as “Falak al-Aflak” [Arabic: Primary of the Spheres] which would be described in Arabic theology as azali [eternal without beginning] and abadi [eternal without end].