The Ritual of Weila

The Ritual of Weila

Modern practice

This is a Mesopotamian style headless rite originally published in Peacock Goat Review Vol.1 No. 5. It was created based on the Stele of Jeu (also called The Headless Rite and The Bornless Rite), a ritual which is very popular among the modern occult community. This version is designed as a functional replacement for the ritual but in the Mesopotamian modality. It borrows heavily from the Witchcraft Series Maqlû and the Tablets of Creation to create a ritual with a similar framework and purpose as that found in the Greek Magical Papyri but with a strong Mesopotamian foundation, primarily from the Babylonian era.


Prepare the altar with the two Apkallu candles. Place out an offering of wheat beer and food. Prepare the sacred space.

Face the East, make the orans sign and recite:

en-e-nu-ru

I invoke you, Weila, God with intelligence; You who’s flesh formed the world; You who’s blood gave life to the earth; I call upon you oh awesome and invisible god who’s gidim is Ala;

Hear me, Ab-zu Engir Namma An Ki Geshtu-e Aw-ilu Weila

Subject to me all gidim, so that every gidim, whether líl or dug, of ki or of kur, on bar-rim or in ab, and every nam-šub and uš might be obedient to me. Deliver me from all restraining gidim and uš.

En-e-nu-ru

Hear me, Gir-unug-gal Ne-ti Dumu-zid Ereš-ki-gal Ĝeštin-an-na-še Dutu I have called upon you, Gods of Night; With you I have called upon Night, the Veiled Bride I have called on Twilight, Midnight and Dawn

Hear me, Ab-zu Engir Namma An Ki Geshtu-e Aw-ilu Weila Subject to me all gidim, so that every gidim, whether líl or dug, of ki or of kur, on bar-rim or in ab, and every nam-šub and uš might be obedient to me. Deliver me from all restraining gidim and uš.

En-e-nu-ru

Hear me, Ea Nusku Asri-lú-duden-ki Gira Šamaš Ištar-šu Marduk O Asari, bestower of planting, founder of sowing, Creator of grain and plants, who caused the green herb to spring up! O Asaru-alim, who is revered in the house of counsel, who abounds in counsel, The gods paid homage, fear took hold upon them! O Asaru-alim-nuna, the mighty one, the light of the father who begat him, Who directs the decrees of An, Ninurta, and Enki! He was their patron, he ordained their offices; He, whose provision is abundance, goes forth! Tutu is he who created them anew; I am your prophet to whom you have transmitted your mysteries; the whole quintessence of sorcery!

Hear me, Ab-zu Engir Namma An Ki Geshtu-e Aw-ilu Weila

Subject to me all gidim, so that every gidim, whether líl or dug, of ki or of kur, on bar-rim or in ab, and every nam-šub and uš might be obedient to me. Deliver me from all restraining gidim and uš.

En-e-nu-ru

O Ki, Ki, yes Ki! Giš-gim-maš master of your curses, to whom Zi-ud-su-ra revealed his wisdom; What you have ensourced, I know it! What I have ensourced; you do not know it! Hear me, for I am the messenger of King Bil-ga-maš, which is your true name, handed down to the en of Uruunug.

Hear me, Ab-zu Engir Namma An Ki Geshtu-e Aw-ilu Weila

Subject to me all gidim, so that every gidim, whether líl or dug, of ki or of kur, on bar-rim or in ab, and every nam-šub and uš might be obedient to me. Deliver me from all restraining gidim and uš.

En-e-nu-ru

Hear me, Nin-din-ug-ga Nin-a-ha-qud-du Mulkak-si-šá Gibil Sȋn

I am headless Weila, with sight in my feet; I am Gibil, the mighty one who possesses primeval fire; I am Utu, who hates the fact that unjust deeds are done in the world; I am Ninurta, who holds the mighty thunderbolt; I am Enlil, who’s sweat falls upon the earth as rain so that life can begin; I am Enki, who’s mouth speaks great wisdom; I am Inanna, who begets and destroys; I am Dumuzid, the consort of the queen of heaven; I am Ningizada, the entwining of serpents; God, King, Master, Prince, empower my soul! Quickly, quickly, o su-kal of dan! Come forth and follow.


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