a narcissistic ideology and Satanic sex cult that undergirds several esoteric magic societies like the AA and the Ordo Templi Orientis that fundamentally oppose God’s moral law. Essentially, it’s another word for the occult teachings of it’s founder, Aleister Crowley, who was dubbed ‘the wickedest man in the world’ and styled himself ‘the Great Beast, 666‘. Satan targets sexuality because procreation is the human capability that comes closest to the divine. As a result, it’s not too surprising that sexual perversion and “sex magick” are essential components of occult rituals. Parsons and Hubbard’s “working” entailed all sorts of such aberrant sexual activity.
In Thelemic literature, Babalon has three conceptual aspects: 1) the Gateway to the City of the Pyramids, 2) the Scarlet Woman, and 3) the Great Mother. She serves as a portal for sorcerers, but probably not in the way one might expect. An occult reference explains:
Within the mystical system of Crowley, the adept reaches a final stage where he or she must cross the Abyss, that great wilderness of nothingness and dissolution. Choronzon is the dweller there, and his job is to trap the traveler in his meaningless world of illusion. However, Babalon is on just the other side, beckoning. If the adept gives himself to her—the symbol of this act is the pouring of the adept’s blood into her graal—he becomes impregnated in her, then to be reborn as a master and a saint that dwells in the City of the Pyramids.
In other words, the adept’s great hope is reincarnation as a master and saint in the City of the Pyramids. It sounds promising to obtain an honorary position in an exotic location like Egypt, but, in reality, it only amounts to the same old “oneism.” Rather than dwelling in a glamorous metropolis, the residents of the so-called city are disintegrated. According to Thelemapedia, “They have destroyed their earthly ego-identities, becoming nothing more than piles of dust (i.e. the remaining aspects of their True Selves without the self-sense of ‘I’).” Monism offers no distinctions, no justice, no hope, and no love…nothing but dissolution and absorption into the meaningless whole. Occultism promises a beautiful city, but only delivers disintegration.
The second “scarlet woman” aspect of Babalon seemed to be not much more than an honorary title for Crowley’s female sex-magick partners, of whom seven were given the title. The third aspect “Great Mother” borrows from the book of Revelation’s “Mother of Harlots” imagery and is an important figure in Crowley’s depraved, blasphemous, and pantheistic “Gnostic Mass.”
Aliester Crowley’s form of worship involved sadomasochistic sex rituals with men and women, spells which he claimed could raise malevolent gods and the use of hard drugs, including opium, cocaine, heroin and mescaline. Crowley’s motto — perpetuated by OTO — was ‘do what thou wilt‘. And it is this individualistic approach that has led to a lasting fascination among artists and celebrities. Celebrities linked to OTO include the rapper Jay-Z, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, and Peaches Geldof.
Whether wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with ‘Do what thou wilt’ or hiring Rihanna to hold aloft a flaming torch in his music videos (a reference to the Illuminati, an outlawed secret society whose name supposedly derives from Lucifer, or ‘light bringer’), he has given the sect priceless publicity. His clothing line, Rocawear, is shot through with OTO imagery such as the ‘all seeing eye’ in a triangle, the ‘eye of Horus’ (an ancient Egyptian symbol frequently referenced in occult texts) and the head of Baphomet (the horned, androgynous idol of Western occultism).
Some conspiracy theorists have seized on this as evidence that he is a member of a secret Masonic movement which they believe permeates the highest levels of business and government. Others take a more pragmatic view: that it is commercial opportunism, cashing in on impressionable teens’ attraction to the ‘edginess’ of occult symbolism.
Yet OTO is much more than a marketing opportunity for attention-seeking celebs. It is a living religion, with adherents still practicing occult rituals set out by Crowley in his books. John Bonner, the head of OTO in the UK, to told Richard Price of the Daily Mail that: ‘We are not a mass-appeal sort of organisation — in the UK we number in our hundreds. Worldwide it’s thousands.
A former FBI agent, Ted Gundersen, who investigated Satanic circles in LA, found that Crowley’s teachings about ‘raising demons to do one’s bidding’ suggested human sacrifice, preferably of ‘an intelligent young boy’.
Bonner accepts that many people may not be able to deal with Crowley’s complex teachings. ‘You’re not supposed to just jump straight in to it. It takes time and study, but our rituals are not for public consumption. You need to join us and go through the initiation process before you can begin to understand’.