KEEP CALM AND BABALON

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Babalon is the Lady of the City of Pyramids, the destination of the adept crossing the Abyss. She is the Thelemic personification of Binah, the Great Mother. The Cup of Babalon symbolizes her womb, the Universal Womb spoken of in the Gnostic Mass “wherein all men are begotten, and in which they shall rest.

— Michael Osiris Snuffin, The Formula of the Cup of Babalon


1. 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.

2. Thou shalt drain out thy blood that is thy life into the golden cup of her fornication.

3. Thou shalt mingle thy life with the universal life. Thou shalt keep not back one drop.

4. Then shall thy brain be dumb, and thy heart beat no more, and all thy life shall go from thee; and thou shalt be cast out upon the midden, and the birds of the air shall feed upon thy flesh, and thou bones shall whiten in the sun.

5. Then shall the winds gather themselves together, and bear thee up as it were a little heap of dust in a sheet that hath four corners, and they shall give it unto the guardians of the abyss.

6. And because there is no life therein, the guardians of the abyss shall bid the angels of the winds pass by. And the angels shall lay thy dust in the City of Pyramids, and the name thereof shall be no more.

Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abiegni sub figurâ CLVI


Quail ye kings for an end is come
in the birth of BABALON.

—Jack Parsons, The Birth of Babalon in The Book of Babalon


CHARIOTEER: Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of Her. There shall be no more red roses, for she has crushed the blood of all things into her cup. This the mystery of BABALON 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 herself servant of each, therefore is she become the Mistress of All! Not yet canst thou comprehend her glory!

—Soror Meretrix Potestas Babalonis, Feast of Babalon


Thou art one earth, the mother of all!

Thou art the womb from where man did first crawl

And where he returns when his life is gone!

I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess, X


The name BABALON, like the name CHAOS, comes from the 12th - 2nd Aethyrs of Liber CDXVIII, where it is identified as a Name of Binah, the Great Mother, the Heh of Tetragrammaton paired with the Yod of CHAOS. In Gnostic terms, Babalon represents SOPHIA, the Mother of All; and, with CHAOS, the first Syzygy: the first of the dual principles responsible for manifested existence.

The CHAOS/BABALON Syzygy may also be identified as Sun/Moon, Sky/Earth, Shiva/Shakti, Shamash/Ishtar, Dumuzi/Inanna, Zeus/Semelê, Simon/Helena and other pairs of “divine lovers.”

BABALON, as the Great Mother, represents MATTER, a word which is derived from the Latin word for Mother. She is the physical mother of each of us, the one who provided us with material flesh to clothe our naked spirits; She is the Archetypal Mother, the Great Yoni, the Womb of all that lives through the flowing of Blood; She is the Great Sea, the Divine Blood itself which cloaks the World and which courses through our veins; and She is Mother Earth, the Womb of All Life that we know.

—Helena and Tau Apiryon, The Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church: an Examination


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