Babalon is the meeting point of ceremonial magick and the witch cult. She is a power that comes out of the past and resonates into the Now with the compelling song of the witch woman. She is both the primal form of the Goddess from the far and distant past and the most modern icon of post-human style. - Peter Grey, THE RED GODDESS
There i saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names that had seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was written MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT. THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her I wondered with great admiration.
Not only does John give us a deliciously seductive description of the Goddess in Revelations 17:4, he admits to be taken aback by Her lustful beauty. The visions of John of Patmos, recorded in the book of Revelations, is interestingly similar to the ramblings of a heavily intoxicated hippy at a psychedelic festival. The whole thing reminds me of a time when a very 'spiritual' acquaintance of mine decided to smoke Salvia and go on to experience, what she believed to be, the most enlightening trip of her life. Whether it be an overload of DMT released from his feeble pineal gland, or the sipping of peyote from a cup, Saint John the Evangelist had himself a genuine episode of tripping fucking balls.
The authenticity of this vision is not being argued - quite the contrary. I believe the visions revealed to John where very much real, and very much important. However, the ideas and images presented had to squeeze through the narrow Jehovah shaped funnel of a mind to only come out on the other side leaving John, and the rest of the Christians, really reaching for explanations and interpretations.
Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all the nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornications. Revelations 14:8
On the one hand, we have images of a powerfully reproductive female riding a dragon - which of course is blasphemy. After all, in John's time females were considered property and under the control of their fathers until they were married, at which time control passed over to their husbands. Women were not allowed to participate in religious matters, much less be exalted as a deity figure. So we see the Great Mother being portrayed as the living embodiment of sin and the city of Babylon itself.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the Sun, and the Moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. Revelations 12:1
Yet on the other hand, when the other side of this imagery is the beautiful and grand descriptions John offers us, it naturally must be the Virgin Mary. To say this interpretation is a stretch would be quite the understatement. But can you blame them? This beautiful and royal vision of the Goddess, being presented to a disciple of Christ no less, is not only threatening to the patriarchal society as a whole but, as Peter Grey puts it: a great danger to Jehovah's one-man show. The incredible pagan influence in this scene alone is enough to make any occultist foam at the mouth. And don't even get me started on all the alchemy involved in the mixing of the dragon's seed and the Woman's moon blood.
She has been known by many names: Babalon, Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Lilith.. the list goes on. And although history has sought to silence and degrade Her, dethrone and demonize Her, She stands strong and refuses to be silenced. Every time a woman is suppressed, used, censored, demoralized, and forced into the mold of a-sexual servitude The Goddess rises up in rage and vengeance.
This is the Mystery of Babylon, the Mother of Abominations, and this is the mystery of her adulteries, for she hath yielded up herself to everything that liveth, and hath become a partaker in its mystery. And because she hath made her self the servant of each, therefore is she become the mistress of all. Not as yet canst thou comprehend her glory.
Beautiful art thou, O Babylon, 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. Therefore art thou called Understanding, O Babylon, Lady of the Night!
-The Vision and The Voice ( 12th Aethyr ),
A solitary and experienced Hedge Witch currently residing in Southern Virginia.
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