Dead Names, Dead Dog: The Script of Solomon, Part Two

I left you last time with a question: Did Cthulhu – or a similar name – appear in an eighteenth century manuscript of magic? Let’s take a look.

This is the word from page 40b of the Mafteah Shelomoh, with a couple letters on either side for context:

The first image

Now, what it looks like we have here is (from right to left) the letters “Kaph-Tau-Vau-Lamed-Heh”, which could spell out something like “Kathoolah.” It sounds close.

Or does it?

Let’s look at another place in the document – in fact, right below the second instance:

The second image

This comes from a list of the planets below. We’ve got the planetary sign of Mercury here, so we can assume that what appears to the right is the word “Kokhev”, rendered (once again, right to left) “Kaph-Vau-Kaph-Beth.” To cement the identification, we also have the word for moon, “Lamed-Beth-Nun-Heh.”

I picked this one because, even at this scale, it’s particularly easy to contrast the “kaph” and the “beth.” Now, here it appears that, in this script, the “beth” has no tail and a concave top. If we compare this with the one above, we realize that this first letter is probably a “beth,” making the word “Bathoolah.”

Later, “Simon” mentions another manuscript under the same title at the British Library. This is actually Oriental MS 14759. While I can’t put up images of that, the name at one instance is unclear due to flaking – but the other shows an unmistakeable “Beth” at the proper point.

I should add that I’m sure that, somewhere out there, a magical manuscript exists that has something resembling “Cthulhu” in it. This is simply because of the sheer number of magical words and spirit names that fill so many magical treatises. Here’s Peterson’s lengthy list – and that’s just for starters.

Of course, “Simon” also doesn’t mention that both this name and the next are listed as spirits connected with the constellation Virgo. How exactly that fits in with his grand scheme, I don’t know.

Published in: on July 18, 2006 at 8:35 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Ha, okay, you’ve convinced me. That’s just stupid. I can clearly see the difference between the Beth and the Kaph and I’ve only been reading Hebrew for less than a year. And, you’re right, with completely no context other than Virgo, what would the one word signify there? Kathoolah? Kathoolah what? I don’t know what a Bathoolah is, either, but I bet it makes a lot more sense in the rest of that sentence than it possilby could contorted into something about “Cthulhu.”

    Thanks for your hard work and determination. Simon created a text that works and has gone out of his way to lie about it. Lame. Maybe the lie-beliefs somehow fuel his bizarre egregore? I played around with that book once… just once, if you know what I mean. And I have since met others who feel exactly the same about the Necronomicon: a healthy fear.

  2. Bathoolah? Beth Vola? Maybe a secret word for Virgo, so “House of Virgo”?

  3. The connection of virgo is this:

    We are in the constelation of Virgo, and the Goddess who rules Earth is Athenea, the real zodiac sign of Earth is Virgo, Gaia is the Titan also Themis.

    so Ba/Kathoolah is a winged earth-like titan not a amphibian-octopus-like entity.

    BTW…Nuthathoroteph the right way to spell Nyarlathotep… has a connection with krishna

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