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BABALON – February image for Magical Calendar

 

“BABALON – February image for Magical Calendar

Did I mention here that I’m working on a year long Magical Calendar project?
See this month here: rikgarrett.com/store/shop/february-babalon/

 

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Darker Than You Think

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson:

Jack Williamson's Darker Than You Think

 

According to “John Carter,” the pseudonymous author of Sex and Rockets, the Jack Williamson novel Darker Than You Think had a profound impact on O.T.O. Br. Jack Parsons IX°.

The monster-type of the novel is a sorceror-lycanthrope-vampire, representing the genetic recrudescence of a pre-human race that has interbred with and become submerged in humanity. These other-people are called “witches” in the story, which might largely account for Parsons’ affinity for the terms “witch” and “witchcraft,” despite their forceful rejection by Aleister Crowley.

The book stands in many ways as a precursor of the Anne Rice formula of “anti-horror,” in which the sympathetic protagonist is a praeterhuman monster at odds with humanity. Particularly like Rice’s Interview with a Vampire, the Williamson story indulges in an initiatory plot-line, in which there is a gradual induction into monsterhood. There is also a thematic and mechanical correspondence to certain initiations and epiphanies described in Lovecraft’s stories (e.g. “The Shadow over Innsmouth” and “Dreams in the Witch-house”), where the narrator’s horror is compounded by discovering his identity with the object of his fear.

The character of April Bell is the unequivocal scarlet initiatrix of the protagonist Will Barbee. She is the Babalon who rides him as a Beast, most conspicuously when he takes the form of a huge saber-tooth tiger and and carries her naked through the night—an image repeatedly used for illustrations in the various editions of the story. (See Sex and Rockets, pp. 59 & 210, and the current Tor edition of Darker Than You Think, pp. 135 & 143, for different versions of this “Lust Trump.”) Of course the names are interesting as well: “Will” is English for Thelema, and “April” is the month of the writing of The Book of the Law. Darker Than You Think is full of an apocalyptic tone, embodied most clearly in the imminence of the reign of a witch-king called the “Child of Night.” (C.f. Liber LXVI, v. 2)

All of these correspondences must be chalked up to inspiration, rather than study. Only after writing Darker Than You Think, Williamson met Parsons, and eventually attended an Agape Lodge O.T.O. function, where he was favorably impressed by lodgemaster Wilfred Smith. But he never pursued any formal studies, and was left with the impression that Crowley was best characterized as a “satanist.” [via]

 

 

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Babalon Rising Festival Talisman

These Babalon Coins are second-run enameled metal coins or talismans that were originally designed for the 2012 Babalon Rising Festival.

“This magical coin features a woodcut of Babalon riding the Beast on one side, and the seal of Babalon on the other. It is silver-toned with a liquidy red background. It was produced exclusively for the Babalon Rising Pan-Thelemic Festival in 2012, and all of the proceeds from the sale of this coin go directly to the festival.” [via]

Sacrament & Crucifixion

Sacrament & Crucifixion” is a track added by T × R × P (Trepaneringsritualen) in the Hermetic Library audio pool.

 

“Babalon, Consort of Chaos, Sacred Whore and Mother of the Virgin of Eternity. Since the dawn of time She has been with Man and in March of 1949 she was revealed in the flesh.

Deathward, To The Womb is largely inspired by the Babalon working conducted by Jack Parsons between January and March of 1949. It is dedicated to his memory and to the Virgin Daughter.

‘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'”

 

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In Nomine Babalon, XVIII

XVIII

The charioteer in his armor of gold

Drawn without reins by the sphinxes four-fold!

Blazing in glory, the sign of the sun,

I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess

 

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Liber 49 – The Book of Babalon, The Book of Antichrist, and other writings by Jack Parsons is linked to in an article about Hugh Urban’s research into Scientology

Liber 49 – The Book of Babalon, The Book of Antichrist, and other writings by Jack Parsons is linked to in an article about Hugh Urban’s research into Scientology, which article talks at length about Aleister Crowley, Magick, Jack Parsons and more, at “Scientology and the Occult: Hugh Urban’s New Exploration of L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley” by Tony Ortega in Runnin’ Scared at The Village Voice.

(As an aside, this post posted with synchronicity but without contrivance at 1:56 am.)

In Nomine Babalon, XVII

XVII

Thou dressed in purple, Thou dressed in scarlet,

O Thou precious jewel and gold bedecked harlot,

Thy golden cup filled with abomination;

I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess

 

The Hermetic Library arts and letters pool is a project to publish poetry, prose and art that is inspired by or manifests the Western Esoteric Tradition.

In Nomine Babalon, XVI

XVI

Glory to Babalon! Glory to She

Who guards the Abyss from Her mystical sea!

The grace of Her splendor deservedly won,

I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess

 

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