Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Seal of Babalon

Taz, The Altar of Babalon, 2009.

The Seal, as it first appeared in Book IV, Part 1, depicts in the central part of the Seven-pointed Star and its embellishing features, which also appeared in Aleister Crowley's The Book of Lies. By itself, it is called the Seal of Babalon. The heptagram exists as the ensign of the Great Order and the Great Work. It is the pattern of the Seven-Branched Candlestick, the Vault of the Adepti, and the seal upon the gates of the City of Pyramids. With the two points uppermost and one point downward, the heptagram assumes a distinctly holy feminine quality. This is reinforced by the dominance of name Babalon, which is the basis of the seal. Babalon is a holy name associated with Binah and the most ecstatic formulations of Shekinah, as one will learn through the study of The Vision & the Voice, or Liber 418. She is the manifestation of that Reality which betokens admission to the Third Order.

Her name consists of seven letters, and enumerates to 156. the Seven-pointed Star refers, among other things, to the seven letters of Her name, which are placed within the points of the Star. The point of the heptagram, at which the name begins, is attributed to Luna and to the Hebrew letter Gimel, and to the Tarot Trump whose esoteric name is 'The Priestess of the Silver Star'. And as Crowley writes in the chapter called 'Waratah-Blossoms' in The Book of Lies:

"This is the Seal upon the Ring that is on the Forefinger of IT: and it is the Seal upon the Tombs of them whom She hath slain.

Seven are the veils of the dancing-girl in the harem of IT.
Seven are the names, and seven are the lamps beside Her bed.
Seven eunuchs guard Her with drawn swords; No Man may come nigh unto Her.
In Her wine-cup are seven streams of blood of the Seven Spirits of God.
Seven are the heads of THE BEAST whereon She rideth.
The head of an Angel: the head of a Saint: the head of a Poet: the head of An Adulterous Woman: the head of a Man of Valour: the head of a Satyr: and the head of a Lion-Serpent.
Seven letters hath Her holiest name.

Here is Wisdom. Let Him that hath Understanding count the Number of Our Lady; for it is the Number of a Woman; and Her Number is
An Hundred and Fifty and Six."

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