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One of the offerings we have available in our Inspired Writings section is the delightful little book entitled In Nomine Babalon: 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess. Released in 2011 in a very limited edition of 156 copies (of course!), this book continues to show up here and there on the internet, quoted on blogs and recited on YouTube.

In an interview with the Hermetic Library several years ago the author, who remains anonymous, had this to say:

“This book came about as the result of a magickal working performed in April of 2011. The intent of the working was a Solar-based invocation of my HGA (though not an attempt at Knowledge and Conversation), beginning with an elaborate banishing/invoking ritual I had written and followed by a Solar sex magick rite I had put together using several of Crowley’s best rituals.

“I had invoked Babalon in the past on a couple of occasions with great success. I had established a bond with Her through these experiences and have found that when I invoke Her using a particular formula, She always responds.

“During the first part of my working, I invoked Babalon by this formula and She immediately made her presence felt, stronger than She ever had in the past. So strong, in fact, that She seemed to take over the working and use it for Her own ends. As the working moved into the sex magick phase, She became my lover and I Her slave.

“The working was a great success and as it ended, Babalon made Her wishes known to me. I was to write 156 adorations of love to Her. I was to publish them in 156 copies that would be shared as far and wide as possible. I was not to put my name on the work, nor was I to copyright the publication. I could not profit in any way from the books publication and once my investment had been made back, I was to give away the remaining copies. I could sign the books with a glyph if I chose but I could never again use that symbol for any reason. I had until August 22, 2011 to have the book published. She was very specific!

“The verses were written in random order, many of them coming into my head in full. As I wrote them down, I began to see that there were Qabalistic hints within them as to their appropriate order. The book consumed me for the next 4 months, first writing them and then painstakingly putting them in their correct order. A problem with the original printer caused me to use another printing house with only 2 weeks left, setting off a wave of panic that the book would not be done in time. The second printer came through, however, and the 156 copies were in my hands on August 21. (August 22nd, as it turns out, is the 156th day of the Thelemic year!)

“As haunted as I was by the creation of this book, I learned a great deal – both about Babalon as well as myself. Writing that many verses about anything forces you to examine the subject from every conceivable angle and causes you to dig deeper than you ever would with a simpler meditation. It makes you consider your subject in everything around you and from all aspects. I quickly began to see why I had been given this task. The all-consuming fire within burned up my magickal ego and left its mark on my soul.”

There are some gems in this book and there are quite a number of Qabalistic references, some dealing with the tarot, some with the Book of the Law and other Thelemic texts. Below are a couple of samples taken from the book:

XLVIII
Now let the woman be girt with a sword,
She bows down to no man, submits to no lord!
Her strength is her armor, her father the sun,
I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

LXXVII
Seven and seventy droplets of dew
And seven plus seven by seven are two,
Plus seventy-seven reflecting the dawn;
I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

LXXXVII
The servants of slave gods are down on their knees;
Bahlasti! Ompehda! I spit upon these!
While they await battles from visions by John,
I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!

Finding a copy of the original printing of this book might be kind of tough at this point but (lucky you!) we’re offering it here for free! Do yourself a favor and download a copy. You won’t regret it!