Nergal Initiation

For initiating into the magical energies of planetary Mars and the god Nergal.


Stones and Metals: Bloodstone, Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper, Iron, Rhodocrosite, Rhodonite, Flint, Sard, Sardonyx, Lava, Red Tourmaline, Onyx, Watermelon Tourmaline, Pipestone, Coal

Numerical Value: 5

Color: Red

Music: “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets by Holst, Doom Original Game Soundtrack by Mick Gordon, Heavy Metal

Symbols: Blood, Swords, Guns

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Scents: Cinnamon, Abramelin, Frankincense, Dragon’s Blood, Benzoin, Sulfur, Tobacco

Wood: Hawthorn

Herbs: Anemone, Barberry, Basil, Briony, Broom, Galangal, Garlic, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Hops, Wormwood, Onion, Parsley, Pepper, Radish, Pimento, Rhubarb, Rocket, Sarsaparilla, Tarragon, Tobacco, Woodruff, Thistles, Coriander, Cascarilla, Ginger, Chives, Lesser Celandine, Wild Lettuce, Tamarind, Pitcher Plant, Cloves, Bramble, Madder, Gorse, Cacti, Wolf’s Bane, Laurel, High John the Conqueror Root

Beverages: Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Tequila, Ginger Beer, Red Wine, Fire Water


  1. Gather a number of correspondences
  2. Lite 2 candles on the alter
  3. Sprinkle holy water
  4. Pour out a corresponding scented oil into the oil cylinder
  5. Pour out a corresponding libation to Nergal
  6. Perform initial steps of Enenuru-sig Aš-me
  7. Recite A tigi to Nergal (transliteration, translation)
  8. Use the scrying surface to perform scrying
  9. Thank Nergal
  10. Perform finishing steps of Enenuru-sig Aš-me
  11. At the completion of the ritual, put out the candles using the blade of your knife
  12. Dispose of the contents of the offering bowl and cup (We mustn’t reuse what was given to a deity.)
  13. Clean up your area

Works Cited:

Opus, Rufus. Seven Spheres. Nephilim Press, 2016.

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Book of Shadows: the Path of an American Traditionalist. Llewellyn Publications, 2009.

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Publications, 2013.

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic. Llewellyn Pubns., U.S., 2017.