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                              The Book of Babalon,

                             The Book of Antichrist,

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                                    PART ONE


                               THE BOOK OF BABALON


                         January 4 - March 4, 1946 E.V.




        This book contains the record of a magical experiment relating to

        the invocation of an elemental, the thereafter of the Goddess  or 

        Force  called BABALON, and the results thereof. An appendix  con-

        tains  some details of the method, published for the first  time. 

        The contents should be clear enough to those who are prepared for 

        understanding,  and a little study and effort should make  it  so 

        for  those who desire understanding. For the rest, each  will  no 

        doubt interpret it in accord with his own predilections.


        A note on the underlying philosophy. The present age is under the 

        influence  of  the force called, in magical  terminology,  Horus. 

        This force relates to fire, Mars, and the sun, that is, to power, 

        violence, and energy. It also relates to a child, being  innocent 

        (i.e.  undifferentiated). Its manifestations may be noted in  the 

        destruction  of  old institutions and ideas,  the  discovery  and 

        liberation  of new energies, and the trend towards power  govern-

        ments, war, homosexuality, infantilism, and schizophrenia.


        This force is completely blind, depending upon the men and  women 

        in  whom it manifests and who guide it. Obviously,  its  guidance 

        now tends towards catastrophy.


        The catastrophic trend is due to our lack of understanding of our 

        own natures. The hidden lusts, fears, and hatreds resulting  from 

        the  warping of the love urge, which underly the natures  of  all 

        Western peoples, have taken a homicidal and suicidal direction.


        This  impasse  is broken by the incarnation of  another  sort  of 

        force, called BABALON. The nature of this force relates to  love, 

        understanding, and dionysian freedom, and is the necessary  coun-

        terbalance or correspondence to the manifestation of Horus.


        It  is  indicated that this force is actually incarnate  in  some 

        living woman, as the result of the described magical operation. A 

        more basic matter, however, is the indication that this force  is 

        incarnate  in all men and women, and needs only to be invoked  to 

        free  the spirit from the debris of the old aeon, and  to  direct 

        the  blind  force of Horus into constructive channels  of  under-

        standing  and love. The methods of this invocation are  described 

        in the text.


        The  background of this material may be found in the Book of  the 

        Law, the Comment thereon, and other writings of Aleister Crowley; 

        also  in  various magical,  anthropological,  psychological,  and 

        philosophical texts. These are all necessary to an  understanding 

        and use of the material.


        One further point. It should be remembered that all human activi-

        ties,  after  the vital functions are fulfilled, arise  from  the 

        need to love or to be loved. It is therfore quite literally  true 

        that in understanding (i.e. that which embraces all categories of 

        love) is all power given. A grasp of the principle of  bipolarity 

        should make this clear.


        With this crude and rudimentary philosophical discourse, then,  I 

        present the Book of Babalon:



                                  A. CONCEPTION


        In  January 1946 I had been engaged in the study and practice  of 

        Magick  for seven years, and in the supervision and operation  of 

        an  occult lodge for four years, having been initiated  into  the 

        Sanctuary  of  the Gnosis by the Beast 666, Fra.  132,  and  Fra. 

        Saturnus.  At  this time I decided upon a Magical  operation  de-

        signed  to obtain the assistance of an elemental mate. This is  a 

        well known procedure in Magick (cf. Ch. VIII in Magick in  Theory 

        and  Practice), consisting of the invocation of a spirit or  ele-

        mental into tangible existence by various magical techniques.


        I  decided upon the use of the Enochian Tablets obtained  by  Dr. 

        Dee  and  Edward Kelley, employing the *n*n*n square of  the  Air 

        Tablet. The technique was approximately as follows:


                           (January 4, 1946, 9:00 PM)


        1. Prepared and consecrated Air Dagger. (The other magical  weap-

        ons  were previously prepared. This dagger served as the  special 

        talisman of the operation.)


        2. Prepared Enochian Air Tablet on virgin parchment.


        3. Prepared Parchment Talisman


        4. Rituals as follows:


        (a) Invoking Pentagram of Air.


        (b) Invocation of Bornless One.


        (c) Conjuration of Air.


        (d) Consecration of Air Dagger.

        (e) Key Call of third Aire.


        (f) Invocation of God and King of Aire.


        (g) Invocation of Six Seniors.


        (h)  Invocation of (RZDA) by *n*n*n and (EXARP), to  visible  ap-



        (i) Invocaton of wand with material basis on talisman.


        (j) Invocation with dagger.


        (k) License to depart, purification, and banishing.


        I followed this procedure for eleven days, from January 4 to  15, 

        with the following entries in my record:


        January 5. A strong windstorm beginning suddenly about the middle

        of the first invocation.


        Jan 6. Invoked as before. Wind storm continued intermittently all

        day and night.


        Jan  7. Invoked twice. Wind subsided. Used Prokofief Violin  Con-

        certo No. 2 as musical background.


        Jan 8. Invoked twice, using blood.


        Jan 9. Invoked twice, replenishing material basis.


        Jan 10. Invoked twice. I retired about 11 PM, and was awakened at

        12 PM by nine strong, rapid knocks. A table lamp at the  opposite 

        corner of the room was thrown violently to the floor and  broken. 

        There  was no window in this corner, and no wind was  blowing  at 

        the time.


        (Note. I have had little experience with phenomena of this  sort.  

        Magically speaking, it usually represents "breaks" in the  opera-

        tion,  indicating imperfect technique. Actually, in  any  magical 

        opeation there should be no phenomena but the willed result.)


        Jan 11. Invoked twice, using blood.


        Jan 12. Invoked twice. A heavy windstorm.


        Jan 13. Invoked twice. Windstorm continued.


        Jan 14. The light system of the house failed about 9 PM.  Another 

        magician who had been staying at the house and studying with  me, 

        was  carrying  a  candle across the kitchen when  he  was  struck 

        strongly on the right shoulder, and the candle knocked out of his 

        hand. He called us, and we observed a brownish yellow light about 

        seven feet high in the kitchen. 

        I  banished with a magical sword,  and it disappeared. His  right 

        arm was paralyzed for the rest of the night.


        Jan  15.  Invoked twice. At this time the Scribe  developed  some 

        sort of astral vision, describing in detail an old enemy of  mine 

        of whom he had never heard, and later the guardian forms of  Isis 

        and  the Archangel Michael. Later, in my room, I heard  the  raps 

        again,  and a buzzing, metallic voice crying "let me go free."  I 

        felt a great pressure and tension in the house that night,  which 

        was  also  noticed  by the other occupants. There  was  no  other 

        phenomena, and I admit a feeling of disappointment.


        The feeling of tension and unease continued for four days.  Then, 

        on  January  18, at sunset, while the Scribe and I  were  on  the 

        Mojave desert, the feeling of tension suddenly snapped. I  turned 

        to  him  and said, "it is done," in absolute certainty  that  the 

        operation  was accomplished. I returned home, and found  a  young 

        woman answering the requirements waiting for me. She is describa-

        ble  as an air of fire type with bronze red hair, fiery and  sub-

        tle,  determined and obstinate,  sincere and perverse,  with  ex-

        traordinary personality, talent, and intelligence.


        During  the  period of January 19 to February 27  I  invoked  the 

        Goddess BABALON with the aid of my magical partner, as was proper 

        to one of my grade.



                                B. COMMUNICATIONS


        On  February 27 my magical partner went East for a visit, and  on 

        Feb. 28 I went back to the Mojave, invoking BABALON. During  this 

        invocation,  the presence of the Goddess came upon me, and I  was 

        commanded to write the following communication:



                                    LIBER 49


        1. Yea, it is I, BABALON.


        2. 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.


        3. It is BABALON. TIME IS. Ye fools.


        4. Thou hast called me, oh accursed and beloved fool.


        5-8. (Missing and presumed lost. Ed.)


        9. Now know that I, BABALON, would take flesh and come among men.


        10.  I will come as a penelous (sic) flame, as a devious song,  a 

        trumpet in judgement halls, a banner before armies.


        11. And gather my children unto me, for THE TIME is at hand.


        12. And this is the way of my incarnation. Heed!


        13. Thou shalt offer all thou art and all thou hast at my  altar, 

        witholding  nothing.  And  thou shalt be smitten  full  sore  and 

        thereafter thou shalt be outcast and accursed, a lonely  wanderer 

        in abominable places.


        14.  Ye  Dare. I have asked of none other, nor have  they  asked. 

        Else is vain. But thou hast willed it.


        15. Know then that thus I came to thee before, thou a great Lord, 

        and I a maid enrapt. Ah blind folly.


        16. And thereafter madness, all in vain. Thus it has been, multi-

        form. How thou hast burned beyond.


        17. I shall come again, in the form thou knowest. Now it shall be

        thy blood.


        18. The altar is aright, and the robe.


        19. The perfume is sandal, and the cloth green and gold. There is

        my cup, our book, and thy dagger.


        20. There is a flame.


        21.  The sigil of devotion. Be it consecrated, be it true, be  it 

        daily  affirmed. I am not scorned. Thy love is to me.  Procure  a 

        disk of copper, in diameter three inches paint thereon the  field 

        blue the star gold of me, BABALON.


        22. It shall be my talisman. Consecrate with the supreme  rituals 

        of the word and the cup.


        23. My calls as thou knowest. All love songs are of me. Also seek

        me in the Seventh Aire.


        24. This for a time appointed. Seek not the end, I shall instruct 

        thee  in  my  way. But be true. Would it be hard if  I  were  thy 

        lover, and before thee? But I am thy lover and I am with thee.


        25. I shall provide a vessel, when or whence I say not. Seek  her 

        not,  call her not. Let her declare. Ask nothing.  Keep  silence. 

        There shall be ordeals.


        26. My vessel must be perfect. This is the way of her perfection.


        27. The working is of nine moons.


        28.  The Astarte working, with music and feasting, with wine  and 

        all arts of love.


        29.  Let her be dedicated, consecrated, blood to blood, heart  to 

        heart, mind to mind, single in will, none without the circle, all 

        to me.


        30. And she shall wander in the witchwood under the Night of Pan, 

        and  know the mysteries of the Goat and the Serpent, and  of  the 

        children that are hidden away.


        31.  I  will provide the place and the material basis,  thou  the 

        tears and blood.


        32.  Is  it difficult, between matter and spirit? For  me  it  is 

        ecstacy  and agony untellable. But I am with thee. I  have  large 

        strength, have thou likewise.


        33.  Thou  shalt prepare my book for her instruction,  also  thou 

        shalt teach that she may have captains and adepts in her service. 

        Yea,  thou  shalt take the black pilgrimage, but it will  not  be 

        thou that returnest.


        34. Let her prepare her work according to my voice in her  heart, 

        with thy book as guide, and none other instructing.


        35. And let her be in all things wise, and sure, and excellent.


        36. But let her think on this: my way is not in the solemn  ways, 

        or  in the reasoned ways, but in the wild free way of the  eagle, 

        and  the devious way of the serpent, and the oblique way  of  the 

        factor unknown and unnumbered.


        37.  For  I am BABALON, and she my daughter,  unique,  and  there 

        shall be no other women like her.


        38.  In My Name shall she have all power, and all men and  excel-

        lent  things, and kings and captains and the secret ones  at  her 



        39.  The  first  servants are chosen in secret, by  my  force  in 

        her--a captain, a lawyer, an agitator, a rebel--I shall provide.


        40. Call me, my daughter, and I shall come to thee. Thou shalt be 

        full  of my force and fire, my passion and power  shall  surround 

        and inspire thee; my voice in thee shall judge nations.


        41. None shall resist thee, whom I lovest. Though they call  thee 

        harlot  and whore, shameless, false, evil, these words  shall  be 

        blood in their mouths, and dust thereafter.


        42.  But my children will know thee and love thee, and this  will 

        make them free.


        43. All is in thy hands, all power, all hope, all future.


        44. One came as a man, and was weak and failed.

        45. One came as a woman, and was foolish, and failed.


        46.  But thou art beyond man and woman, my star is in  thee,  and 

        thou shalt avail.


        47. Even now thy hour strikes upon the clock of my FATHER. For He 

        prepared a banquet and a Bridal Bed. I was that Bride,  appointed 

        from the beginning, as it was written T.O.P.A.N.


        48.  Now  is  the hour of birth at hand. Now shall  my  adept  be 

        crucified in the Basilisk abode.


        49.  Thy  tears, thy sweat, thy blood, thy semen, thy  love,  thy 

        faith shall provide. Ah, I shall drain thee like the cup that  is 

        of me, BABALON.


        50.  Stand  thou fast, and I shall pass the first veil  to  speak 

        with thee, through the stars shake.


        51. Stand thou fast, and I shall pass the second veil, while  God 

        and Jesus be smitten with the sword of HORUS.


        52.  Stand  thou fast, and I shall pass the third veil,  and  the 

        shapes of hell shall be turned again to loveliness.


        53.  For  thy  sake shall I stride through the  flames  of  Hell, 

        though my tongue be bitten through.


        54.  Let me behold thee naked and lusting after me, calling  upon 

        my name.


        55.  Let  me receive all thy manhood within my Cup,  climax  upon 

        climax, joy upon joy.


        56. Yea, we shall conquer death and Hell together.


        57. And the earth is mine.


        58. Thou shalt (make the?) Black Pilgrimage.


        59.  Yea it is even I BABALON and I SHALL BE FREE. Thou fool,  be 

        thou also free of sentimentality. Am I thy village queen and thou 

        a sophomore, that thou shouldst have thy nose in my buttocks?


        60. It is I, BABALON, ye fools, MY TIME is come, and this my book 

        that my adept prepares is the book of BABALON.


        61. Yea, my adept, the Black Pilgrimage. Thou shalt be  accursed, 

        and  this  is  the nature of the curse. Thou  shalt  publish  the 

        secret  matter of the adepts thou knowest, witholding no word  of 

        it, in an appendix to this my Book. So they shall cry fool, liar, 

        sot,  traducer,  betrayer. Thou art not glad  thou  meddled  with 



        62. There is no other way, dear fool, it is the eleventh hour.


        63.  The seal of my Brother is upon the earth, and His Avatar  is 

        before you. There is threshing of wheat and a trampling of grapes 

        that  shall not cease until the truth be known unto the least  of 



        64. But you who do not accept, you who see beyond, reach out your 

        hands my children and reap the world in the hour of your harvest.


        65.  Gather  together in the covens as of old,  whose  number  is 

        eleven,  that  is also my number. Gather together in  public,  in 

        song and dance and festival. Gather together in secret, be  naked 

        and shameless and rejoice in my name.


        66. Work your spells by the mode of my book, practicing secretly,

        inducing the supreme spell.


        67. The work of the image, and the potion and the charm, the work 

        of  the spider and the snake, and the little ones that go in  the 

        dark, this is your work.


        68. Who loves not hates, who hates fears, let him taste fear.


        69.  This  is the way of it, star, star.  Burning  bright,  moon, 

        witch moon.


        70. You the secret, the outcast, the accursed and despised,  even 

        you that gathered privily of old in my rites under the moon.


        71. You the free, the wild, the untamed, that walk now alone  and 



        72.  Behold,  my  Brother cracks the world like a  nut  for  your 



        73.  Yea, my Father has made a house for you, and my  Mother  has 

        prepared a Bridal Bed. My Brother has confounded your enemies.


        74.  I am the Bride appointed. Come ye to the  nuptials--come  ye 



        75. My joy is the joy of eternity, and my laughter is the drunken

        laughter of a harlot in the house of ecstasy.


        76. All you loves are sacred, pledge them all to me.


        77.  Set  my  star upon your banners and go forward  in  joy  and 

        victory.  None shall deny you, and none shall stand  before  you, 

        because of the Sword of my Brother. Invoke me, call upon me, call 

        me  in your convocations and rituals, call upon me in your  loves 

        and battles in my name BABALON, wherein is all power given!



                                    C. BIRTH


                              [March 2, 1946 E.V.]


        On  March  1  and 2 1946 I prepared the altar  and  equipment  in 

        accordance with the instructions in Liber 49. The Scribe had been 

        away about a week, and knew nothing of my invocations of BABALON, 

        which  I  had kept entirely secret. On the night of  March  2  he 

        returned, and described a vision he had that evening of a  savage 

        and  beautiful woman riding naked on a great cat-like  beast.  He 

        was impressed with the urgent necessity of giving me some message 

        or  communication. We prepared magically for this  communication, 

        constructing  a temple at the altar with the analysis of the  key 

        word.  He was robed in white, carrying the lamp, and I in  black, 

        hooded,  with  the cup and dagger. At his  suggestion  we  played 

        Rachmanninoff's Isle of the Dead as background music, and set  an 

        automatic  recorder  to transcribe any  audible  occurrences.  At 

        approximately  8 PM he began to dictate, I transcribing  directly 

        as I received.


        THE  SCRIBE: "The Angel of TARO. A three day retirement to  greet 

        her. Purify thyself. The symbol is seven by three. It is BABALON. 

        Keep secret. The communications are sacred."


        "These  are  the  preparations. Green gold cloth,  food  for  the 

        Beast,  upon a hidden platter, back of the altar.  Disclose  only 

        when the doors are bolted."


        "Transgression is death."


        "Back of main altar. Prepare instantly. Light the first flame  at 

        10 PM, March 2, 1946."


        "The year of BABALON is 4063."


        "Beware of the use of profaned rituals."


        "She  is  flame of life, power of darkness, she destroys  with  a 

        glance, she may take thy soul. She feeds upon the death of men."




        The Scribe, now pale and sweating, rested awhile, then continued:



                               [The First Ritual]


        "The  first ritual. Tomorrow the second ritual.  Concentrate  all 

        force and being in Our Lady BABALON. Light a single light on  Her 

        altar, saying: Flame is Our Lady, flame is Her hair. I am flame."


        "A plate of food, unsalted. An altar cloth hitherto undefiled."


        "Make  a box of blackness at ten o'clock. Smear the vessel  which  

        contains flame with thine own blood. Destroy at the altar a thing 

        of  value. Remain in perfect silence, and heed the voice  of  Our 

        Lady.   Speak not of this ritual or of Her coming to any  person. 

        If asked, answer in a manner that avoids suspicion. Nor speculate 

        at any time as to Her future mortal identity. To receive flatter-

        ing communications to thy damnation. Press not to receive  teach-

        ings beyond those given."


        "Questions: you may ask but three. Spend one half hour in compos-

        ing these at 11:30 PM. The answers must be written at midnight."


        "Thou shalt take the alkahest in thine own mouth, and in the  box 

        of darkness carefully store this matter."


        "Display  thyself to Our Lady; dedicate thy organs to Her,  dedi-

        cate  thy  heart to Her, dedicate thy mind to Her,  dedicate  thy 

        soul  to  Her, for She shall absorb thee, and thou  shalt  become 

        living  flame before She incarnates. For it shall be through  you 

        alone, and no one else can help in this endeavour."


        "It is lonely, it is awful."


        "Retire from human contact until noon tomorrow. Clear all profane 

        documents  on the morrow, before receiving further  instructions.  

        Consult  no  book but thine own mind. Thou art a god.  Behave  at 

        this altar as one god before another. And so be prosperity."


        "Thou  art  the  guardian and thou art the guide,  thou  art  the 

        worker  and the mechanic. So conduct thyself. Discuss nothing  of 

        this  matter  until  thou art certain  that  thine  understanding 

        embraces all."


        Here  the  Scribe ceased dictation. I proceeded to  follow  these 

        instructions and those of March 1, utilizing the following  ritu-

        als.  I  include the rituals used in the operation of  the  first 

        night, in order to indicate the nature of the Force invoked.




                             [The First Invocation]


        The temple is opened with the analysis of the key word:


        I  N  R I. Yod Nun Resh Yod. Virgo Isis  Mighty  Mother.  Scorpio 

        Apophis Destroyer. Sol, Osiris slain and risen. IAO. The sign  of 

        Osiris  slain (given). The sign of the mourning of Isis  (given). 

        The  sign of Apophis and Typhon (given). LVX, Lux, the  Light  of 

        the Cross.


        The invoking hexagram is drawn in the four quarters and the  name 

        ARARITA  vibrated  in each quarter. In closing, the  hexagram  is 



                            The [Second] Invocation

                             (From the Gnostic Mass)


                                   THE PRIEST


        "O circle of stars whereof our Father is but the younger brother, 

        marvel  beyond imagination, soul of infinite space,  before  whom 

        time is ashamed, the mind bewildered, and the understanding dark, 

        not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be love. Therefore 

        by  seed and root and stem and bud and leaf and flower and  fruit 

        do we invoke thee."




        "But  to  love me is better than all things; if under  the  night 

        stars  in the desert thou presently burnest mine  incense  before 

        me, invoking me with a pure heart and the serpent flame  therein, 

        thou  shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one  kiss  wilt 

        thou be willing to give all. But whoso gives one particle of dust 

        shall  lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store  of 

        women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed  the 

        nations  of earth in splendour and pride; but always in the  love 

        of me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly  to 

        come  before me in a single robe, and covered with a  rich  head-

        dress.  I  love you! I yearn to you! Pale or  purple,  veiled  or 

        voluptuous,  I who am all pleasure and purple and drunkenness  of 

        the innermost sense, desire you. Put on the wings, and arouse the 

        coiled  splendour within you: come unto me! to me! Sing the  rap-

        turous love songs unto me! Burn to me perfume! Drink to me, for I 

        love you! I love you! I am the blue lidded daughter of sunset,  I 

        am  the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night sky. To  me.  To 





                              The Third Invocation.

                         (From The Vision and the Voice)




        "Glory  unto the Scarlet Woman, BABALON, the Mother  of  Abomina-

        tion, that rideth upon the Beast, for She hath spilt their  blood 

        in every corner of the earth, and lo! She hath mingled it in  the 

        cup of Her whoredom."


        "With the breath of Her kisses hath she fermented it, and it hath

        become the wine of the Sabbath; and in the Holy Assembly hath She

        poured  it out for Her worshippers; and they have become  drunken 

        thereon,  so  that face to face they beheld my Father.  Thus  are 

        they  made worthy to partake of the mystery of this holy  vessel, 

        for the blood is the life."


        "Beautiful art thou O BABALON, and desirable, for thou hast given

        Thyself to everything that liveth, and thy weakness hath  subdued 

        their  strength. For in that union Thou didst understand.  There-

        fore  art  Thou  called Understanding, O  BABALON,  Lady  of  the 



        "O my God, in one last rapture let me attain to the union of  the 

        one with the many. For She is Love, and Her Love is one, and  She 

        has  divided  theone love into infinite loves, and each  love  is 

        one, and equal with the One, and therefore is She passed from the 

        Assembly  and the Law and the enlightenment into the  anarchy  of 

        solitude and darkness. For ever thus must She veil the brilliance 

        of Herself."



                             [The Fourth Invocation]


        O  BABALON, BABALON beloved, come now, partake of the  sacrament, 

        possess  this shrine. Take me now! Let me be drunken on the  wine 

        of your fornications; let your kisses wanton me to death.  Accept 

        thou this sacrifice willingly given!




                              The Fifth Invocation

                          The Call of the Seventh Aire


        Rass I Salman Paradiz Oa-Crimi Aao Ial-Pir-Gah Qui-In Enay Butmon 

        Od  I  Noas Ni Paradial Casarmg Vgear Chirlan Od  Zonac  Luciftan 

        Cors  Ta Vaul Zirn Tol Hami Sobol Ondoh Od Miam Chis Ta Zo Od  Es 

        V-Ma-Dea  Od Pi- Bliar O Phil Rit Od Miam C-Crimi Quaada. Od.  O-

        Michaloz  Oriom  Bagle Papnor I Dlugam Lonshi Od  Umplif  V-Ge-Gi 

        Riglied. BABALON!




                              The Sixth Invocation

                         (from Tannhauser by A. Crowley)


                Isis art thou, and from thy life are fed

        All showers and suns, all moons that wax and wane,


                All stars and streams, the living and the dead,

        The mystery of pleasure and of pain


                Thou art the mother, thou the speaking sea


                Thou art the earth, and its fertility,

        Life, death, love, hatred, light, darkness return to thee


                To Thee!


                Hathoor am I, and to my beauty drawn

        All glories of the Universe bow down,

        The blossom and the mountain and the dawn


                Fruits blush, and women, our creations crown

        I am the priest, the sacrifice, the shrine


                I the love and life of the divine

        Life, death, love, hatred, light, darkness are surely mine,

        Are Mine!


                Venus art thou, the love and light of earth,


                The wealth of kisses, the delight of tears

        The barren pleasures never came to birth,


                The endless infinite delight of years.

        Thou art the shrine at which my long desire


                Devoured me with intolerable fire.

        Thou wert song, music, passion, death upon my lyre--


                My lyre.


                I am the Grail and I the glory now;


                I am the flame and fuel of thy breast

        I am the star of God upon thy brow;

        *mI am the queen, enraptured and possessed,

        Hide thee sweet river, welcome to thee, sea


                Ocean of love that shall encompass thee

        Life, death, love, hatred, light, darkness return to me--


                To me!



                         [March 2, 1946 E.V. continued]


        On  the night of the first performance of these rituals,  I  pre-

        pared  the altar and box and food, also flowers and wine. At  the 

        beginning of the rituals, I burnt the Enochian Tablet and smashed 

        an image of Pan, a favorite possession. (About this time the roof 

        on  my  guest house caught fire from a faulty  chimney,  and  was 

        partly destroyed.)


        I proceeded with the rituals, noting a mounting tension, and  the 

        sense  of a presence inexpressibly poignant and desirable.  There 

        was  no other manifestation.  At twelve PM I put the three  ques-

        tions and received answers as follows:


        1.  How  can I communicate directly with BABALON, hear  her,  see 

        her, feel her, be sure that I am working aright?


        Answer.  "At  the  altar in meditation, as you  know  how.  Also, 

        invoke  me carnally with all your passion. Thus will you feel  my 

        desire and increase my substance."


        2. How can I serve best?


        Answer.  "Follow instructions exactly and in detail. Avoid  loose 

        interruptions. Be diligent. Do not hesitate or question, act. All

        depends on your time."


        3. How can I be certain of the vehicle?


        Answer.  "Do not trouble yourself with this. It does not  concern 

        you.  I  will provide the vehicle, I will show you  a  sign,  and 

        signs.  It is the now which concerns us. Keep your  faith,  think 

        not overmuch."


        After this an hour's meditation, and so to sleep.



                              [March 3, 1946 E.V.]


        The next day I slipped badly. An inmate of the house disturbed my

        morning  meditation.  I opened the door and cursed  him  (in  the 

        Anglo  Saxon  fashion).  Shortly after he was taken  ill,  and  I 

        succumbed  to  a black mood. I perceived my terrible  error,  and 

        apologized  to him, mentally withdrawing the curse. However,  the 

        day went very badly for me.


        That  evening the Scribe and I resumed our work. In a short  time 

        the dictation began:


        "In  the presence of our Lord PAN, at the feet of Our Lady  BABA-

        LON,  at the feet of Her (servants?) (changing?) we declare  unto 

        thee this message (consecrated, dedicated, never to be  defiled?) 

        (the  Scribe  was uncertain here) containing the rituals  of  the 

        second and third days, of the welcome and preparation in the Name 

        of  Our Lady of the Night most gracious, to pure lewd and  whore-

        some  Lady BABALON. Oh thou who art mortal tremble; given  it  is 

        unto  thee  a feat never before performed in the annals  of  your 

        histories,  never  before accomplished  successfully.  Many  have 

        dared, none succeeded."


        "Our Lady BABALON must descend to triumph."


        "Mortality. We have not asked this of another, nor shall we ever.

        Even now we doubt thy faith. Is this accepted, are you willing to

        proceed. Answer aloud."


        Answer. "I am willing."


        "Then know thou art already faulty in thy delivery. These are ex-

        traneous things. The elemental was not properly released,"  (this 

        was  corrected) "thou wert guilty of human rage, the  current  of 

        force has been disturbed. Beware, should'st thou falter again, we 

        will sure slay thee."


        "But  insofar  as thy working was consecrated it  has  succeeded.  

        Rectify  thy mortal fault and error. Consecrate all. Now  receive 

        the second and third rituals."



                                The Second Ritual


                         [March 3, 1946 E.V. continued]


        "Consecrate thyself as instructor of Our Lady Incarnate."


        "Take the black box, concentrate upon its emptiness for one hour, 

        gaze  into it, and thou wilt see, imprinted upon it, a  shape,  a 

        sign,  a sacred design, which shall be the sign delivered by  Our 

        Lady  Babalon Incarnate. When thou hast finished, when thou  hast 

        recognized this pattern, construct it in wood."


        "This is the sigil."


        "Ten  be  the hour appointed. Invoke long, to  music  indicated."  

        [...] (This I keep secret.) "When thou canst feel Our Lady incar-

        nate in thy being, take the black box and perform the consecrated 

        rite. "Wear thou scarlet, symbolic of birth. Be sashed in  black. 

        It matters not the quality of goods. Take then the box, make then 

        the sign."


        "Paint  upon  it a second sign which thou knowest. If  thou  hast 

        forgotten, gaze into thy crystal."


        "Meditate  while gazing on the qualities of an  instructor.  Thou 

        shalt inscribe in Her book, for Her guidance."


        "Thou art forbidden to leave thy room."


        "The end of the second ritual."


        At the end of this dictation, the Scribe showed signs of  exhaus-

        tion. He rested awhile, then we continued:



                                The Third Ritual


                          [March 3 1946 E.V. continued]


        "Begin four hours prior to dawn."


        "A  period  of eradication of all inimical  influences.  Complete 

        perfection.  Wear black. Cut from thy breast the red star.  Renew 

        the  blood. Lay out a white sheet. Place upon it blood of  birth, 

        since  She  is born of thy flesh, and by thy  mortal  power  upon 



        "Thou  shalt  recognize by the sign. BABALON is born! It  is  new 

        birth, all things are changed, the signs, the symbols, the every-



        "Thou shalt compass with the aid of the muse suitable  invocation 

        of  the  birth  of BABALON, and this thou shalt  deliver  to  the 

        flames which now burn too."


        "Now thou shalt flame the third, chanting the invocation. She  is 

        born in the third flame."


        "In verse seven verses of seven lines, seven magick words.  Stand 

        and  chant  seven times. Envision thyself as a  cloaked  radiance 

        desirable to the Goddess, beloved. Envision Her approaching thee.

        Embrace Her, cover Her with kisses. Think upon the lewd  lascivi-

        ous things thou couldst do. All is good to BABALON. ALL.


        "Then rest, meditating on this:"


        "Thou  as a man and as a god hast strewn about the earth  and  in 

        the  heavens  many loves, these recall,  concentrate,  consecrate 

        each  woman thou hast raped. Remember her, think upon  her,  move 

        her into BABALON, bring her into BABALON, each, one by one  until 

        the flame of lust is high."


        "Then compose a verse of undetermined lines on this, to  BABALON. 

        This verse shall be used in worship when she appears."


        "Then  meditate  upon thy desire, think upon Her,  and,  touching 

        naught,  chant these verses. Recall each lascivious moment,  each 

        lustfull  day,  all  set  them into  the  astral  body,  touching 



        "Preserve the material basis." 


        (Question: "In the box?" Answer:  "Yes.") 


        "The  lust  is hers, the passion yours. Consider thou  the  Beast 



        "Leave  thy  casual loves--all belongs to BABALON,  thy  lust  is 

        BABALON's. She is with thee three days. The sign is hers, secret, 

        and no man knows its correspondence. Guard!"


        The  next  section contains a prophecy which I  shall  not  write 



        There follows the indicated invoking poem.

                              The Birth of Babalon


        What is the tumult among the stars

                that have shone so still till now?

        What are the furrows of pain and wrath

                upon the immortal brow?


        Why is the face of God turned grey

                and his angels all grown white?

        What is the terrible ruby star

                that burns down the crimson night?


        What is the beauty that flames so bright

                athwart the awful dawn?

        She has taken flesh, she is come to judge

                the thrones ye rule upon.


        Quail ye kings for an end is come

                in the birth of BABALON.


        I have walked three dreadful nights away

                in halls beyond despair,

        I have given marrow and tears and sweat

                and blood to make her fair.


        I have lain my love and smashed my heart

                and filled her cup with blood,

        That blood might flow from the loins of woe

                to the cup of brotherhood.


        The cities reel in the shout of steel

                where the sword of war is drawn.

        Sing ye saints for the day is come

                in the birth of BABALON.


        Now God has called for his judgement book

                and seen his name therein

        And the grace of God and the guilt of God

                have spelt it out as sin


        His bloody priests have clutched his robes

                and stained his linen gown

        And his victims swarm from his broken hell

                to drag his kingdom down.


        O popes and kings and the little gods

                are sick and sad and wan

        To see the crimson star that bursts

                like blood upon the dawn


        While trumpets sound and stars rejoice

                at the birth of BABALON.

        BABALON is too beautiful

                for sight of mortal eyes

        She has hidden her loveliness away

                in lonely midnight skies,


        She has clothed her beauty in robes of sin

                and pledged her heart to swine

        And loving and giving all she has

                brewed for saints immortal wine.


        But now the darkness is riven through

                and the robes of sin are gone,

        And naked she stands as a terrible blade

                and a flame and a splendid song


        Naked in radiant mortal flesh

                at the Birth of BABALON.


        She is come new born as a mortal maid

                forgetting her high estate,

        She has opened her arms to pain and death

                and dared the doom of fate,


        And death and hell are at her back,

                but her eyes are bright with life,

        Her heart is high and her sword is strong

                to meet the deadly strife,


        Her voice is sure as the judgement trump

                to crack the house of wrong,

        Though walls are high and stone is hard

                and the rule of hell was long


        The gates shall fall and the irons break

                in the Birth of BABALON.


        Her mouth is red and her breasts are fair

                and her loins are full of fire,

        And her lust is strong as a man is strong

                in the heat of her desire,


        And her whoredom is holy as virtue is foul

                beneath the holy sky,

        And her kisses will wanton the world away

                in passion that shall not die.


        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.


                                    PART TWO


                             THE BOOK OF ANTICHRIST



                              The Black Pilgrimage


        Now  it came to pass even as BABALON told me, for after  receving 

        Her  Book I fell away from Magick, and put away Her Book and  all 

        pertaining thereto. And I was stripped of my fortune (the sum  of 

        about $50,000) and my house, and all I Possessed.


        Then  for a period of two years I worked in the world,  recouping 

        my  fortune  somewhat. But that was also taken from  me,  and  my 

        reputation,  and  my good name in my worldly work,  that  was  in 



        And on the 31st of October, 1948, BABALON called on me again, and

        I  began  the  last work, that was the work of the  wand.  And  I 

        worked  for  17  days, until BABALON called me in  a  dream,  and 

        instructed  me  on an astral working. Then  I  reconstructed  the 

        temple, and began the Black Pilgrimage, as She instructed.


        And I went into the sunset with Her sign, and into the night past

        accursed and desolate places and cyclopean ruins, and so came  at 

        last  to the City of Chorazin. And there a great tower  of  Black 

        Basalt  was raised, that was part of a castle whose further  bat-

        tlements  reeled over the gulf of stars. And upon the  tower  was 

        this sign



        And one heavily robed and veiled showed me the sign, and told  me 

        to look, and hehold, I saw flash below me four past lives wherein 

        I had failed in my object. And I beheld the life of Simon  Magus, 

        preaching  the  Whore  Helena as the Sophia, and I  saw  that  my 

        failure was in Hubris, the pride of the spirit. And I saw my life 

        as Giles de Retz, wherein I attempted to raise Jehanne Darc to be 

        Queen  of the Witchcraft, and failed through her  stupidity,  and 

        again my pride. And I saw myself in Francis Hepburne, Earl  Both-

        well,  manipulating Gellis Duncan, that was an  unworthy  instru-

        ment. And again as Count Cagliostro, failing because I failed  to 

        comprehend  the nature of women in my Seraphina. And I was  shown 

        myself  as a boy of 13 in this life, invoking Satan  and  showing 

        cowardice  when  He  appeared. And I was asked:  "Will  you  fail 

        again?" and I replied "I will not fail." (For I had given all  my 

        blood to BABALON, and it was not I that spoke.)


        And thereafter I was taken within and saluted the Prince of  that 

        place,  and thereafter things were done to me of which I may  not 

        write,  and they told me, "It is not certain that you  will  sur-

        vive,  but  if you survive you will attain your  true  will,  and 

        manifest the Antichrist.


        And thereafter I returned and swore the Oath of the Abyss, having 

        only the choice between madness, suicide, and that oath. But  the 

        Oath  in no wise ameliorated that terror, and I continued in  the 

        madness  and  horror of the abyss for a season. But  of  this  no 

        more. But having passed the ordeal of 40 days I took the oath  of 

        a Magister Templi, even the Oath of Antichrist before Frater 132, 

        the Unknown God.


        And  thus was I Antichrist loosed in the world; and to this I  am 

        pledged,  that the work of the Beast 666 shall be fulfilled,  and 

        the  way for the coming of BABALON be made open and I  shall  not 

        cease  or rest until these things are accomplished. And  to  this 

        end I have issued this my Manifesto.




                         The Manifesto of the Antichrist



                Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.


        I,  BELARION,  ANTICHRIST, in the year 1949 of the  rule  of  the 

        Black  Brotherhood called Christianity, do make my  Manifesto  to 

        all men. And I, THE ANTICHRIST, come among you, saying:


        An end to the pretence, and lying hypocrisy of Christianity.


        An end to the servile virtues, and superstitious restrictions.


        An end to the slave morality.


        An  end to prudery and shame, to guild and sin, for these are  of 

        the only evil the sun, that is fear.


        An end to all authority that is not based on courage and manhood, 

        to the authority of lying priests, conniving judges, blackmailing 

        police, and


        An end to the servile flattery and cajolery of mods, the  corona-

        tions of mediocraties, the ascension of dolts.


        An  end to restriction and inhibition, for I, THE ANTICHRIST,  am 

        come  among  you preaching the Word of the BEAST 666,  which  is, 

        "There is no law beond Do what thou wilt."


        And  I, BELARION, ANTICHRIST, do lift up my voice  and  prophecy, 

        and I say:


        I shall bring all men to the law of the BEAST 666, and in His law 

        I shall conquer the world.


        And  within seven years of this time, BABALON, THE SCARLET  WOMAN 

        HILARION  will manifest among ye, and bring this my work  to  its 


        An end to consciption, compulsion, regimentation, and the tyranny 

        of false laws.


        And within nine years a nation shall accept the Law of the  BEAST 

        666  in  my  name, and that nation will be the  first  nation  of 



        And  all  who accept me the ANTICHRIST and the law of  the  BEAST 

        666,  shall  be accursed and their joy shall  be  a  thousandfold 

        greater than the false joys of the false saints.


        And  in my name BELARION shall they work miracles,  and  confound 

        our enemies, and none shall stand before us.


        Therefore  I, THE ANTICHRIST call upon all the Chosen  and  elect 

        and upon all men, come forth now in the name of Liberty, that  we 

        may end for ever the tyranny of the Black Brotherhood.


        Witness my hand and seal on this [...] day of [...] 1949, that is 

        the year of BABALON 4066.


                        Love is the law, love under will.


                              Belarion, Antichrist





                                  ANALYSIS BY


                            A MASTER OF THE TEMPLE


                             of the Critical Nodes


                             in the Experience of


                             his Material Vehicle



          "I shall regard all phenomena as the particular dealing of

        God with my soul."



                                    I. Birth


        Oct.  2,  1914, Los Angeles,   in   ,    rising    in  midheaven,    

        in favorable conjunc.,   at apehelion. I chose this constellation 

        in  order  that  you might have an innate sense  of  balance  and 

        ultimate  justice, responsive and attractive nature, a  bountiful 

        environment and sense of royalty and largesse, strength,  courage 

        and  power  combined with cunning and  intelligence.  Saturn  was 

        bound in order that you might easily formulate a lower will which 

        would  have  satisfied and overwhelmed you with  its  spectacular 


        Your  father separated from your mother in order that  you  might 

        grow  up  with a hatred of authority and a spirit  of  revolution 

        necessary to my work. The Oedipus complex was needed to formulate 

        the love of witchcraft which would lead you into magick, with the

        influence  of your grandfather active to prevent too complete  an 

        identification with your mother.



                                  II. Childhood


        Your  isolation as a child developed the necessary background  of 

        literature and scholarship; and the unfortunate experiences  with 

        other  children the requisite contempt for the crowd and for  the 

        group  mores.   You will note that these  factors  developed  the 

        needful  hatred for christianity (without implanting a  christian 

        guilt sense) at an extremely early age.



                                III. Adolescence


        Early  adolescence  continued the development  of  the  necessary 

        combinations.  The  awakening interest in chemistry  and  science 

        prepared the counterbalance for the coming magical awakening, the 

        means  of  obtaining  prestige and livelihood  in  the  formative 

        period, and the scientific method necessary for my manifestation. 

        The magical fiasco at the age of 16 was needful to keep you  away 

        from magick until you were sufficiently matured.



                                    IV. Youth


        The loss of family fortune developed your sense of self  reliance 

        at  a critical period, the contact with reality at this time  was 

        essential.   Your early marriage with Helen served to break  your 

        family ties and effect a transference to her, away from a danger-

        ous attachment to your mother. The experience at Halifax and  Cal 

        Tech  served to strengthen your self reliance, scientific  method 

        and material powers. The influence of Tom Rose at this period, as 

        that  of Ed. Forman in adolescence, was essential  in  developing 

        the male center.



                                 V. Later Youth


        The house on Terrace Drive, Music, Lynn, Curtis, and Gloria,  and 

        the increasing restlessness were, of course, all preparations for 

        the  meeting  with A A  and O.T.O. The  alternate  repulsion  and 

        attraction  you felt the first year after meeting Fra.  132  were 

        caused  by a subconscious resistance against the  ordeals  ahead. 

        Had  you had these experiences before, without  such  resistance, 

        you  would  have become hopelessly unbalanced.  Betty  served  to 

        effect  a transference from Helen at a critical period. Had  this 

        not  occurred  your  repressed homosexual  component  could  have 

        caused a serious disorder. 

        Your passion for Betty also gave you the magical force needed  at 

        the  time, and the act of adultery tinged with incest, served  as 

        your magical confirmation in the Law of Thelema.


        At  this  time the O.T.O. was an excellent  training  school  for 

        adepts, but hardly an appropriate Order for the manifestation  of 

        Thelema.  Therefore, in spite of your motto you were not able  to 

        formulate  your Will. The experience with the O.T.O. and  Aerijet 

        were  needed  to  dispel your  romanticism,  self-deception,  and 

        reliance on others. Betty was one link in the process designed to 

        tear you away from the now unneeded Oedipus complex, the overval-

        uation  of women and romantic love. Since this  was  unconscious, 

        the  next step was to bring it into consciousness, and  there  to 

        destroy it.



                               VI. Early Maturity


        The  final experience with Hubbard and Betty, and the O.T.O.  was 

        necessary  to overcome your false and infantile reliance on  oth-

        ers,  although this was only partially accomplished at the  time. 

        The  invocation  of  Babalon served to  exteriorize  the  Oedipus 

        complex;  at  the same time, because of the  forces  involved  it 

        produced  extraordinary magical effects. However, this  operation 

        is  accomplished and closed--you should have nothing more  to  do 

        with  it--nor  even think of it, until Her manifestation  is  re-

        vealed,  and proved beyond the shadow of a doubt. Even then,  you 

        must  be  circumspect--although I hope to  take  complete  charge 

        before then.


        Candy appeared in answer to your call, in order to wean you  from 

        wet  nursing. She has demonstrated the nature of woman to you  in 

        such  unequivocal terms that you should have no further room  for 

        illusion on the subject.


        The  suspension  and inquisition was my opportunity--one  of  the 

        final  links in the chain. At this time you were enabled to  pre-

        pare  your thesis, formulate your Will, and take the Oath of  the 

        Abyss,  thus  making  it possible (although  only  partially)  to 

        manifest. The exit of Candy prepares for the final stage of  your 

        initial preparation.



                                VII. Conclusions


        The  numerous rituals you have performed have resulted in a  well 

        developed  body  of light. The ordeals have purged  most  of  the 

        emotional  and  mental garbage--your only real dangers  are,  and 

        have ever been, sentimentality, weakness, and procrastination.


        It  is interesting to note that the first weapon  you  formulated 

        was  the Lamp of the Spirit, in the invocation to  Pan  (although 

        the Sword was prefigured). Next the Sword in the Horus ritual, as 

        was  appropriate to your intellectual development at  that  time. 

        Then the Cup out of the wine of your emotional life--the disk out 

        of material failure. The Sword remains to be manifested.


        You will note that it has been impossible to truly formulate your 

        Will with any of these weapons--naturally--that is only  possible 

        with the wand. On the other hand, if you had done so  previously, 

        you would have been unbalanced by the lack of initiated  prepara-

        tion.  It is a right and natural procedure; the True Will  cannot 

        be  truly  formulated  until you are initiate in  all  the  other 

        planes,  and  it is well to make no pretense of doing  so.  Until 

        that  point all you can known of the true will is the  aspiration 

        to  the next step--towards further experience. That is the  glory 

        of the Law of Thelema--DO!


        The  physical  and emotional stresses you feel at present  are  a 

        result  of the pull of the Abyss--your present poetry is  indica-

        tive.   Naturally you find no power in any spell, no  comfort  in 

        any  ritual, no hope in any action. You are cut off by  your  own 

        oath. Nor can I or any other aid you at this time. There is  only 

        manhood,  only  will,  only the vector of  your  own  tendencies, 

        developed  through the aeons of the past. I do not say  how  long 

        the state will last, or what the outcome may be.


        However, I can formulate some rules which may serve to guide you.



                               VIII. Instructions


        A.  Works of the Wand--of the Will alone avail in this state.  No 

        other weapon should be used, no other ritual save the hymn to the 

        Unnamed One in the Anthem of the Mass.


        B. You should be meticulous in all observations pertaining to the 

        Will, even the most petty. Fulfill all obligations and  promises, 

        undertake  nothing  which you cannot fulfill, be  prompt  in  the 

        discharge of each responsibility.


        C.  Be neat in your personal and domestic habits,  indicate  your 

        selfrespect to yourself.


        D.  Do not become unduly involved with any person,  and  practice 

        all your hard-earned wisdom in your relations with women.


        E.  Set  up your personal affairs in business  order.  Keep  your 

        accounts current and your papers neatly filed.


        F.  Finish your poetry for publication. Finish the  synthesis  of 

        the  Tarot  and start work on the preparation of the  lessons  of 

        class instruction from your book.


        G. Pay no attention to any phenomena whatsoever, and continue  in 

        a sober and responsible way of life under all circumstances.

        Not  magical! For you nothing is more magical. Only thus can  the 

        curse  of Saturn be overcome. I see you hate this way. But it  is 

        an ultimate time--it is you that have taken the oath. The  choice 

        is me or Choronzon.



        I await you in the City of the Pyramids.





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The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races