Scarlet Woman

“Let the Scarlet Woman beware! If pity and compassion and tenderness visit her heart; if she leave my work to toy with old sweetnesses; then shall my vengeance be known. I will slay me her child: I will alienate her heart: I will cast her out from men: as a shrinking and despised harlot shall she crawl through dusk wet streets, and die cold and an-hungered. But let her raise herself in pride! Let her follow me in my way! Let her work the work of wickedness! Let her kill her heart! Let her be loud and adulterous! Let her be covered with jewels, and rich garments, and let her be shameless before all men!”—Liber Al vel Legis sub figurâ CCXX as Delivered By XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI III 43–44

“Now ye shall know that the chosen priest & apostle of infinite space is the prince-priest the Beast; and in his woman called the Scarlet Woman is all power given. They shall gather my children into their fold: they shall bring the glory of the stars into the hearts of men.”—New comment, I.15

“Ye shall see that hour, o blessed Beast, and thou the Scarlet Concubine of his desire!” Liber Al vel Legis sub figurâ CCXX as Delivered By XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI iii.14

“I am inclined, however, to believe that “the Beast” and “the Scarlet Woman” do not denote persons, but are titles of office, that of Hierophant and High Priestess (Vau and Gimel)“— The Old Comment to AL (Liber Legis) The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley i.15

“The Beast and the Scarlet Woman are avatars of Tao and Teh, Shiva and Sakti. This Law is then an exact image of the Great Law of the Cosmos; this is an assurance of its Perfection.” The New and Old Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law i.15

“It is necessary to say here that The Beast appears to be a definite individual; to wit, the man Aleister Crowley. But the Scarlet Woman is an officer replaceable as need arises. Thus to this present date of writing, Anno XVI, Sun in Sagittarius, there have been several holders of the title.

1. Rose Edith Crowley nee Kelly, my wife. Put me in touch with Aiwas; see Equinox 1, 7, “The Temple of Solomon the King.” Failed as elsewhere is on record.

2. A doubtful case. Mary d'Este Sturges nee Dempsey. Put me in touch with Abuldiz; hence helped with Book 4. Failed from personal jealousies.

3. Jeanne Robert Foster nee Oliver. Bore the “child” to whom this Book refers later. Failed from respectability.

4. Roddie Minor. Brought me in touch with Amalantrah. Failed from indifference to the Work.

5. A doubtful case, Marie Rohling nee Lavroff. Helped to inspire Liber CXI. Failed from indecision.

6. A doubtful case, Bertha Almira Prykryl nee Bruce. Delayed assumption of duties, hence made way for No. 7.

7. Lea Hersig. Assisted me in actual initiation; still at my side, An XVII, Sol in Sagittarius. (P.S. & An XIX, Sol in Aries). new comment i.15; See also: Rose Edith Crowley, Mary d'Este Sturges, Jeanne Robert Foster, Roddie Minor, Marie Rohling, Bertha Almira Prykryl, Leah Hersig

“it is a matter of record that Crowley was sent a notice of expulsion from Beastship by Scarlet Woman Alostrael.”—Bill Heidrick note on New Comment III. 11; See Alostrael (Leah Hersig)

“That is, there is a special incarnation of Nuit and Hadit for the Beast and the Scarlet Woman, as opposed to the general truth that every man and woman are images of these ineffable Beings.” The New and Old Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law i.17

“I feel a certain necessity to explain that an 'avatar' implies rather a release from the limits of personality than anything else. The Scarlet Woman and I are peculiarly representative of Nuit and Hadit by virtue of our attainments in making our consciousness omniform as They are. It must not be supposed that our original individualities can claim any special prerogatives as such.” The New and Old Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law i.17

“These two verses 18, 19, seem to be interpolated by Aiwaz, invoking the Gods to The Beast and The Scarlet Woman, perhaps as a formal Consecration.” The New and Old Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law i.18–19

“Why am not I to learn and teach the work of the Cup and of the Disk? Is it because they are the feminine weapons? Shall the Scarlet Woman attend to these?” The New and Old Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law i.37

“An alternate phrase was subsequently dictated to the Scarlet Woman, and inserted in the manuscript by her own hand.” The New and Old Commentaries to Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law i.60

See “Scarlet Woman” as dramatis persona in The Alchemical Wedding of Ra-Hoor-Khuit

“… yet you gaily
Arm a false Hegel cap-a-pie–
Your self, his weapons – make him wear
False favours of a ladye fayre,
(The scarlet woman!) bray and blare
A false note on the trumpet, shout:“—The Sword of Song, Ascension Day

“Before him is the woman girt with a sword; she represents the Scarlet Woman in the hierarchy of the new Aeon. This symbolism is further carried out in the oriel where, behind the phallic headdress, the rose of five petals is in blossom.”-v-the-hierophant

“The seers in the early days of the Aeon of Osiris foresaw the Manifestation of this coming Aeon in which we now live, and they regarded it with intense horror and fear, not understanding the precession of the Aeons, and regarding every change as catastrophe. This is the real interpretation of, and the reason for, the diatribes against the Beast and the Scarlet Woman in the XIII, XVII and XVIII-th chapters of the Apocalypse; but on the Tree of Life, the path of Gimel, the Moon, descending from the highest, cuts the path of Teth, Leo, the house of the Sun, so that the Woman in the card may be regarded as a form of the Moon, very fully illuminated by the Sun, and intimately united with him in such wise as to produce, incarnate in human form, the representative or representatives of the Lord of the Aeon.

She rides astride the Beast; in her left hand she holds the reins, representing the passion which unites them. In her right she holds aloft the cup, the Holy Grail aflame with love and death. In this cup are mingled the elements of the sacrament of the Aeon. The Book of Lies devotes one chapter to this symbol.”—v-the-hierophant

“The chapter is a counsel to accept all impressions; it is the formula of the Scarlet woman; but no impression must be allowed to dominate you, only to fructify you; just as the artist, seeing an object, does not worship it, but breeds a masterpiece from it. This process is exhibited as one aspect of the Great Work.”—The Book of Lies, Chapter 4, Κεφαλη Δ, Peaches

See also The Book of Lies, Chapter 49, Κεφαλη Μθ, Waratah-Blossoms — “The chapter heading, the Waratah, is a voluptuous scarlet flower, common in Australia, and this connects the chapter with Chapters 28 and 29; but this is only an allusion, for the subject of the chapter is OUR LADY BABALON, who is conceived as the feminine counterpart of IT.”

“It is well, and blessed be the Bed wherein thou wast begotten, and the Womb of thy sweet Mother Hilarion, my Concubine, holy and adulterous, the Scarlet Woman! Amen.”—Liber Aleph, Εε De Duobus Praemiis Viae Part 3 - The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Liber Aleph vel CXI

“The first Scarlet Woman proved unworthy, and suffered the exact penalties predicted.”—Notes for an Astral Atlas

See In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess

“CHORUS 'Glory unto the Scarlet Woman, BABALON, the Mother of Abomination, 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.'“—The Book of Babalon

“In my understanding of Therion and Babalon, they function as the current god-forms of the Thelemic magickal couple in much the same manner as the tantrics have forms for their practicing couples to take. In terms of the attitude held by some that Crowley the man was Therion and is the only one who is Therion, this particularization of the allusion in Liber AL to the beast and scarlet woman would render the text valueless for any one else but Crowley. As my experience has shown me that the Book of the Law has profound use for practitioners of the magickal art, I believe this attitude to be erroneous. Howsoever, when taken as Archetypes, they become powerful forms for embodying the current of Thelema.”—The Rite of the Milk of the Stars

“The supreme symbol of Zos Kia Cultus therefore resumes that of the Scarlet Woman, and is reminiscent of Crowley's Cult of Love under Will. The Scarlet Woman embodies the Fire Snake, control of which causes 'change to occur in conformity with will'.”—The Sorceries of Zos

“The Ku would seem to be a form of the Fire Snake exteriorized astrally as a shadow-woman or succubus, congress with which enabled the devotee to reify his 'inherent dream'. She was known as the 'whore of hell' and her function was analogous to that of the Scarlet Woman of Crowley's Cult, the Suvasini of the Tantric Kaula Circle, and the Fiendess of the Cult of the Black Snake. The Chinese Ku, or harlot of hell, is a shadowy embodiment of subconscious desires concentrated in the alluringly sensuous form of the Serpent of Shadow Goddess.”—The Sorceries of Zos

“This Parzival, adding to 418, is (in the legend of the Graal) the son of Kamuret, adding to 666, being the son of me The Beast by the Scarlet Woman Hilarion. This was a Name chosen by her when half drunk, as a theft from Theosophical legend, but containing many of our letter-number Keys to the Mysteries ; the number of the petals in the most sacred lotus. It adds to 1001, which also is Seven times Eleven times Thirteen, a series of factors which may be read as The Scarlet Woman's Love by Magick producing Unity, in Hebrew Achad. For 7 is the number of Venus, and the secret seven-lettered Name of my concubine B A B A L O N is written with Seven Sevens, thus: 77 + ((7+7)/7) + 77 = 156, the number of BABALON.”—Chapter 7

“The Trump giving the picture of T is called Strength. It shows the Scarlet Woman, BABALON, riding (or conjoined with) me The Beast”—Chapter 7

“On page 19 I failed to hear a sentence, and (later on) the Scarlet Woman, invoking Aiwass, wrote in the missing words. (How? She was not in the room at the time, and heard nothing.)“—Chapter 7

”[Chapter III] Verse 10 and verse 11 are addressed to me personally and the Scarlet Woman, as shown in the continuation of his passage which seems to end with verse 33, though it is left rather vague at times as to whether the Beast, or the Beast and his concubine, or the adherents of Horus, generally, are exhorted.”—Chapter 7

”[Chapter III] Verses 43-45 indicate the proper course of conduct for the Scarlet Woman.”—Chapter 7

“And a Word hath come to me by the Mouth of thee Scarlet Woman, whose Name is E V E, or A H I T H A, concerning the Temple of Jupiter that is builded for me. And therein is a Woman appointed to a certain Office. “—Liber Aleph, Chapter 101. Γφ. DE FEMINA QUADAM. Part 2 - The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Liber Aleph vel CXI

“What then shall I do therein? For the Scarlet Woman adjureth me by the great Name of God ITHUPHALLOS that I deal with the Other Woman as with any Woman, according to my Will.”—Liber Aleph, Chapter 102. Γχ. DE SUA VIRTUTE. Part 2 - The Book of Wisdom or Folly, Liber Aleph vel CXI

“Mission of 666 and his woman. Her Nature & Office. She is the Scarlet Woman, 667, as he is, The Great Wild Beast 666.” “I, The Beast 666, am called to shew this worship and send it forth into the world; by my Woman called the Scarlet Woman, who is any woman that receives and transmits my Solar Word and Being, is this My Work achieved; for without Woman man hath no power. By Us let all men learn that all that may be is their Way of Joy for them to go; and that all souls are of the Soul of True Light.”—The Djeridensis Working I.15

“We of Thelema worship Nuit: all that may be adored by all that is. Her forms are without number; and in each she bestows herself freely upon any and every soul that desires Her. Thus Her priestess on earth is the Scarlet Woman, the Whore of the Beast who gives all she can to all that will. Her every act invokes change which is life.”—The Djeridensis Working II.52

”'Hush,' I said, 'she is dead. It is only just that men should be more lavish with their mistresses than with their wives. The Scarlet Woman is disinherited. Legally, socially, she is defenseless. The wife is privileged, fortified by the world. Surely the guerdon of sin is scant in comparison'“—Adam and Eve

“even I in the Abbey of Thelema at Cephaloedium that am hidden, did convene therein to counsel Alostrael, 31-666-31, the Scarlet Woman Lea my concubine, in whom is all power given, sworn unto Aiwaz, prostituted in every part of her body to Pan and to the Beast, mother of Bastards, aborter, whore to herself, to man, woman, child and brute, partaker of the Eucharist of the Excrements in the Mass of the Devil, Sorceress of the Rite of Esau and Jacob, and also GENESTHAI, 143, a Neophyte of A∴A∴, a Master Magician of O.T.O. and a Passed Postulant to the Secret Chamber of the Knights of the Temple, High Priest unto the Beast before the Altar of Purple and Gold.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“And the Scarlet Woman shall bear Her Cup therein, bestriding Her Beast: & Iacchaiion shall stand with his Rod, to wige That Beast therewith.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“the Beast hath the Wand of Life & the Scarlet Woman the Chalice of Life”—The Cephaloedium Working

“The Scarlet Woman bears Cup & Sword, riding The Beast: & Iacchaion follows with his Rod.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“The Scarlet Woman shall wear the Scarlet Abbai: for it is a) proper to Her b) proper to Mars c) proper to Aries, wherein the Sun is exalted. She shall bear a Golden Cup for Wine, Blood, or Poison; & be girt with a Sword, as it is written in the 'Book of the Law.' She shall wear a girdle of white or of mixed colours. In her hair she shall wreathe Her Serpent.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“In the West the Scarlet Woman, & the Altar of Sacrifice, the Wine etc.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“Sacrifice The Beast to the Scarlet Woman, using Her mantras F—- S—- etc. Ether at pleasure.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“did The Beast work under The Scarlet Woman his Word, to make the Great Operation go aright.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“Alostrael, The Scarlet Woman”—The Cephaloedium Working

“The Beast & The Scarlet Woman performed a Mass of the Holy Ghost with the intention of establishing the Law.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“Scarlet Woman with Cup & Sword, Wine. Water, Ether &c.”—The Cephaloedium Working

“And there is the Scarlet Woman, the reflection of Hadit's inertia, the manifestation of change. She is thus all power, all all.”—The Scarlet Sisterhood Commentary on Liber AL

“Thou canst be thus only if thou are not thyself singular. Be not thee, but me, I reveal myself thus now. I am the Magus of the next Aeon. I come in No-Time. Come to me! To Me! I am the Scarlet Woman! Perdurabo non finem! Una ne ama! I am the woman of the Beast's desire, for I desire myself! Desire me and so shalt thou be, infinity!”—The Scarlet Sisterhood Commentary on Liber AL

“Secret is the bath of the Scarlet Woman!”—The Scarlet Sisterhood Commentary on Liber AL

“Let him look upon the cup whose blood is mingled therein, for the wine of the cup is the blood of the saints. Glory unto the Scarlet Woman, Babalon the Mother of Abominations, 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.”—Bookmark this page on these social networks eqi05016

“A COMMENT UPON THE NATURES OF THE AETHYRS. … 24. Now appears his mate, the heavenly Venus, the Scarlet Woman, who by men is thought of as Babalon as he is thought of as Chaos. 23. Here appear the Cherubim, the other officers of the new Temple, the earth and water assistants of the fire and air Beast and Scarlet Woman.”—A Comment Upon the Natures of the Aethyrs.


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