Babalon Working

Babalon Working

The Babalon Working was a series of magick ceremonies or rituals commenced on March 2, 1946 by Jack Parsons, essentially designed to manifest an individual incarnation of the archetypal divine feminine called Babalon, as well as to catalyze the reification of that force as it exists latently in every man and woman.Fact|date=February 2008

During the ceremony L. Ron Hubbard acted as a scribe noting the results of the magical workings. Marjorie Cameron participated as Parsons' sex magical partner. The rituals performed drew largely upon the Enochian magical system devised by Dr. John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley. They also drew heavily from rituals and sex magick described by Aleister Crowley, who in turn borrowed many aspects of his Babalon from combining the Babylonian goddess IshtarFact|date=February 2008 with the figure of Mystery Babylon, the "Great Whore" in the biblical "Book of Revelation".

A brief text entitled "The Book of Babalon", or "Liber 49", was written by Jack Parsons as a transmission from the goddess or force called Babalon received by him during the Babalon Working. Parsons said that "Liber 49" constituted a fourth chapter of "Liber AL Vel Legis (The Book of the Law)", the holy text of Thelema.

In the gematria of Hermetic Qabalah, Aleister Crowley equated the number 156 with Babalon (equating the letter 'o' with the Hebrew letter "Ayin" which has the value 70). In Enochian, "Babalon" means "wicked". "Babalond" means "a harlot".


*Staley, Michael (1989). [ The Babalon Working] in "Starfire" (Vol. 1, No. 3). London: BCM Starfire.

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