Stele of Aiōn

Immediately following the Hymn of the Hidden Stele in the Greek Magical Papyri, this prayer (PGM IV.1167) is untitled, but headed as a “stele that is useful for all things; it even delivers from death”, but with the warning “do not investigate what it in it”.  It is a prayer of adoration to God, specifically by the Hermetic name of Aiōn, with overtones of early Jewish and Christian elements, though also associating God with the primordial divinity of the Sun and, interestingly, Wisdom (Sophia) as Aiōn herself.

Although not explicitly prescribed in the text, Betz in his translation of the PGM says that a small gold lamella is to be used as a protective charm, containing the “hundred-lettered name” as indicated by the prayer.  Many of the barbarous words in this text seem more of an Egyptian nature, and bear some similarity to those used in the Headless Rite.

I praise you, the one and blessed of the eons and father of the world, with cosmic prayers.  Come to me, you who filled the whole cosmos with air, who hung up the fire from the heavenly water and separated the earth from the water.

Pay attention, Form, Spirit, Earth and Sea, to the words of the wise who know divine Necessity.  Accept my words as arrows of fire, because I am Man, the most beautiful creature of the God in Heaven, made out of spirit, dew, and earth.

Open, o Heaven; accept my words!
Listen, Helios, Father of the World!
I call upon you with your great name, you, the only one having the original element:
ΑΩ ΕΥ ΗΟΙ ΑΙΟΗ ΥΕΩΑ ΟΥΟΡΖΑΡΑ ΛΑΜΑΝΘΑΘΡΗ ΚΑΝΘΙΟΠΕΡ ΓΑΡΩΑΡΘΡΗ ΜΕΝΛΑΡΔΑΠΑ ΚΕΝΘΗΡ ΔΡΥΟΜΕΝ ΘΡΑΝΔΡΗΘΡΗ ΛΑΒΕ ΖΕΛΑΝΘΙ ΒΕΡ ΖΑΘΡΗ ΖΑΚΕΝΤΙ ΒΙΟΛΛΙΘΡΗ ΑΗΩ ΟΥΟ ΗΩ ΟΩ ΡΑΜΙΑΘΑ ΑΗΩ ΩΗΩ ΟΩΟ ΩΑΥΩ

You are the holy and powerful name considered sacred by all the angels.  Protect me, N., from every excess of power and from every violent act.  Yea, do this, Lord, God of gods:
ΙΑΛΔΑΖΑΩ ΒΛΑΘΑΜ ΜΑΧΩΡ ΦΡΙΞ ΑΗ ΚΕΩΦ ΕΗΑ ΔΥΜΕΩ ΦΕΡΦΡΙΘΩ ΙΑΧΘΩ ΨΥΧΕΩ ΦΙΡΙΘΜΕΩ ΡΩΣΕΡΩΘ ΘΑΜΑΣΤΡΑΦΑΤΙ ΡΙΜΨΑΩΧ ΙΑΛΘΕ ΜΕΑΧΙ ΑΡΒΑΘΑΝΩΨ

O Creator of the world, Creator of the cosmos, Lord, God of Gods:
ΜΑΡΜΑΡΙΩ ΙΑΩ

I have spoken of your unsurpassable glory, you who created gods, archangels, and decans.  The ten thousands of angels stood by you and exalted the heaven, and the lord witnessed to your Wisdom which is Aiōn:
ΙΕΟΥΗΩΗ ΙΑΗΑΙΗΩΗΥΟΕΙ
and said that you are as strong as he is.

I invoke your hundred-lettered name, which extends from the sky to the depth of the earth!  Save me, for you are always ever rejoicing in saving those who are yours!
ΑΘΗΖΕ ΦΩΙ ΑΑΑ ΔΑΙΑΓΘΙ ΘΗΟΒΙΣ ΦΙΑΘ ΘΑΜΒΡΑΜΙ ΑΒΡΑΩΘ ΧΘΟΛΧΙΛ ΘΟΕ ΟΕΛΧΩΘ ΘΙΟΩΗΜΧ ΧΟΟΜΧ ΣΑΗΣΙ ΙΣΑΧΧΟΗ ΙΕΡΟΥΘΡΑ ΟΟΟΟΟ ΑΙΩΑΙ

I call upon you, the one upon the gold leaf, before whom the unquenchable lamp continually burns, the great God, the one who shone on the whole world, who is radiant at Jerusalem, Lord!
ΙΑΩ ΑΙΗ ΙΩΗ ΩΙΗ ΩΙΗ ΙΗ ΑΙΩΑΙ ΑΙ ΟΥΩ ΑΩΗ ΗΕΙ ΙΕΩ ΕΥΩ ΑΗΙ ΑΩ ΑΩΑ ΑΕΗΙ ΥΩ ΕΙΗ ΑΗΩ ΙΕΥ ΑΕΗ ΙΑΙΑ ΙΑΩ ΕΥ ΑΕΥ ΙΑΗ ΕΙ ΑΑΑ ΙΙΙ ΗΗΗ ΙΩ ΙΩΗ ΙΑΩ

I call upon you for your blessing, Lord!

With the barbarous words transliterated:

I praise you, the one and blessed of the eons and father of the world, with cosmic prayers.  Come to me, you who filled the whole cosmos with air, who hung up the fire from the heavenly water and separated the earth from the water.

Pay attention, Form, Spirit, Earth and Sea, to the words of the wise who know divine Necessity.  Accept my words as arrows of fire, because I am Man, the most beautiful creature of the God in Heaven, made out of spirit, dew, and earth.

Open, o Heaven; accept my words!
Listen, Helios, Father of the World!
I call upon you with your great name, you, the only one having the original element:
AŌ EU ĒOI AIOĒ YEŌA ŪORZARA LAMANTHATHRĒ KANTHIOPER GARŌHARTHRĒ MENLARDAPA KENTHĒR DRYOMEN THRANDRĒTHRĒ LABE ZELANTHI BER ZATHRĒ ZAKENTI BIOLLITHRĒ AĒŌ ŪO ĒŌ OHŌ RAMIATHA AĒŌ ŌĒŌ OHŌHO ŌAUŌ

You are the holy and powerful name considered sacred by all the angels.  Protect me, N., from every excess of power and from every violent act.  Yea, do this, Lord, God of gods:
IALDAZAŌ BLATHAM MAKHŌR PHRIKS AĒ KEŌPH EHĒA DYMEŌ PHERPHRITHŌ IAKHTHŌ PSYKHEŌ PHIRITHMEŌ RŌSERŌTH THAMASTRAPHATI RIMPSAŌKH IALTHE MEAKHI ARBATHANŌPS

O Creator of the world, Creator of the cosmos, Lord, God of Gods:
MARMARIŌ IAŌ

I have spoken of your unsurpassable glory, you who created gods, archangels, and decans.  The ten thousands of angels stood by you and exalted the heaven, and the lord witnessed to your Wisdom which is Aiōn:
IEŪ ĒŌĒ IAĒAI ĒŌĒ ŪEI
and said that you are as strong as he is.

I invoke your hundred-lettered name, which extends from the sky to the depth of the earth!  Save me, for you are always ever rejoicing in saving those who are yours!
ATHĒZE PHŌI AHAHA DAIAGTHI THĒOBIS PHIATH THAMBRAMI ABRAŌTH KHTHOLKHIL THOE OELKHŌTH THIOHŌĒMKH KHOHOMKH SAĒSI ISAKH-KHOĒ IERŪTHRA OHOHOHOHO AIŌAI

I call upon you, the one upon the gold leaf, before whom the unquenchable lamp continually burns, the great God, the one who shone on the whole world, who is radiant at Jerusalem, Lord!
IAŌ AIĒ IŌĒ ŌIĒ ŌIĒ IĒ AIŌAI AI OYŌ AŌĒ ĒEI IEŌ EYŌ AĒI AŌ AŌA AEĒI YŌ EIĒ AĒŌ IEU AEĒ IAIA IAŌ EU AEU IAĒ EI AAA III ĒĒĒ IĀ IŌĒ IAŌ

I call upon you for your blessing, Lord!