There is a cry in an unknown tongue. It resounds through the temple of the universe; in its one word is death and ecstasy, and thy title of honor, o thou, to thyself High Priestess, Prophetess, Empress, to thyself the Goddess whose name means mother and whore!

Ye shall laugh and love and follow her dance
when the wrath of God is gone
And dream no more of hell and hate
in the Birth of BABALON.

 From The Birth of Babalon


Arthur Evans

This is the secret of the Holy Graal, that is the sacred vessel of our Lady the Scarlet Woman, Babalon the Mother of Abominations, the bride of Chaos, that rideth upon our Lord the Beast.



And this is my book, that is the fourth chapter of the Book of the Law, He completing the Name, for I am out of NUIT by HORUS, the incestuous sister of RA-HOOR-KHUIT.

From  The Book of Babalon


Yea I, the Beast, my Scarlet Whore bestriding me, naked

Man's torture chamber had tools inexhaustibly varied; at one end murder crude and direct to subtler, more callous, starvation; at the other moral agonies, from tearing her child from her breast to threatening her with a rival when her service had blasted her beauty.

Most masterful man, yet most cunning, was not thy supreme stratagem to band the woman's own sisters against her, to use their knowledge of her psychology and the cruelty of their jealousies to avenge thee on thy slave as thou thyself hadst neither wit nor spite to do?

And woman, weak in body, and starved in mind; woman, morally fettered by her heroic oath to save the race, no care of cost, helpless and hard, endured these things, endured from age to age. Hers was no loud spectacular sacrifice, no cross on a hill-top, with the world agaze, and monstrous miracles to echo the applause to heaven. She suffered and triumphed in most shameful silence; she had no friend, no follower, none to aid or approve. For thanks she had but maudlin flatteries, and knew what cruel-cold scorn the hearts of men scarce cared to hide.

She agonized, ridiculous and obscene; gave all her beauty and strength of maidenhood to suffer sickness, weakness, danger of death, choosing to live the life of a cow -- so mankind might sail the sea of time.

She knew that man wanted nothing of her but service of his base appetites; in his true manhood-life she had no part nor lot; and all her wage was his careless contempt.

She hath been trampled thus through all the ages, and she hath tamed them thus. Her silence was the token of her triumph.

But now the word of me the Beast is this; not only art thou woman, sworn to a purpose not thine own; thou art thyself a star, and in thyself a purpose to thyself. Not only mother of men art thou, or whore to men; serf to their need of life and love, not sharing in their light and liberty; nay, thou art mother and whore for thine own pleasure; the word I say to man I say to thee no less: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law!

From Every women is a star


Nike Babalon


Arthur Evans

Variation of "Babylon" used by followers of Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons, also referred to as "The Scarlet Woman," and "Avatar of the Eleventh Hour."   Derived from the Whore of Babylon mentioned in the Book of Revelations, Babalon in the Thelemic and Crowleyan systems symbolizes the free expression of one's sexual, spiritual, and worldly nature which, riding on the Beast, represents union with and gnosis of one's true Will. 

One should note that in neither of these systems is Babalon a device of devil worship.   Rather, knowledge of the wordly pleasures of Babalon and the True Will of the Beast are symbolic of self-actualization through pursuit of one's own individual passions and interests, and acceptance of and indulgence in one's true nature.  Babalon  represents the empowerment of women in particular and of individuals of both sexes in general. 

Crowley used the symbolism of Babalon and the Beast in his doctrine of Thelema because the individualist values they represented to him were opposed to traditional Christian doctrines of sacrifice and service to others, and also that of accepting the hardships and limitations of life as consequences of "original sin," and thus Anti-Christ in the older sense of the term.   According to the principles represented by Babalon, people should overcome, rather than sheepishly accept life's obstacles and hardships, they should adopt rational self-interest instead of selfless altruism as an ethical axiom, and above all, be true to themselves. 

Needless to say, the philosophy behind the symbolism of Babalon is opposed to the notion that homosexuality is "against Nature," or that gays can or should be "cured."  Instead,  gays should not only accept but also revel in their sexuality, and use it as source of personal empowerment.



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