Rod & Ring: An Initiation Into A Mesopotamian Mystery Tradition: Collector’s Edition – Samuel David (Anathema)


Collector’s Edition (Limited to 309 copies — 2021): 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 352 pages. (Thick Book) Hardbound 100pts, bound in ‘Silktouch’ Orange/Brown Mottled Bonded Leather. Gold foil blocking on rounded spine and on the cover, as well as Blind Deboss on the cover. Pantone + B&W interior, with Gold ‘Swirl’ Endpapers. Black & White Headbands. Illustrated throughout by Johnny Decker Miller. Fine typography, printed on Cougar White 160M archive-quality paper. Comes with a carton-plate insert glued on the interior, individually hand-numbered, and signed by the author Samuel David.

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“In Mesopotamian art, the rod and ring, like the horned helm or crown, are indicators of the depicted being’s divine status. The most famous depiction being that of Shamash, the solar god of justice holding both divine symbols of power before Hammurabi the king on the Code of Hammurabi stele. The depiction of a deity presenting these items of power to a human indicates the conferring of some divine measure, be it benediction or authority as a divinely-ordained ruler. The symbols themselves are dated from the Sumerian Renaissance to the Neo-Assyrian periods. Some researchers have suggested that these tools represent a yardstick and a measuring rope – items that would be used to survey a kingdom. The stela of Ur-Namma however, bears an elaborate relief which depicts the ring as a wound cord; it has also been described as a chaplet of beads. Within the context of this book and those which will follow, the rod and ring serve as the symbols of the gods and the realms in which they inhabit and rule. The ring signifies the circumference of Earth and all that is contained upon and within, from the highest mountains, the depths of the oceans, and the chasms of the Underworld. The rod signifies the divine power of the gods that is made manifest and connects the kingdoms of Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld. By undergoing initiation, we can move closer to obtaining a measure of the divine providence and authority granted by the gods to perform rituals, know them in full, and experience the power they may bestow upon those who serve them as magicians, exorcists, and members of the priesthood.”