Sub-Figura vel Liber Babalon
PART TWO: THE
BOOK OF ANTICHRIST
Now it came to pass even as BABALON told me, for after
Book I fell away from Magick, and put away Her Book and all
pertaining thereto. And I was stripped of my fortune (the sum of
about $50,000) and my house, and all I Possessed.
Then for a period of two years I worked in the world, recouping my
fortune somewhat. But that was also taken from me, and my
reputation, and my good name in my worldly work, that was in
And on the 31st of October, 1948, BABALON called on me again, and I
began the last work, that was the work of the wand. And I worked for
17 days, until BABALON called me in a dream, and instructed me on an
astral working. Then I reconstructed the temple, and began the Black
Pilgrimage, as She instructed.
And I went into the sunset with Her sign, and into the night past
accursed and desolate places and cyclopean ruins, and so came at
last to the City of Chorazin. And there a great tower of
Black Basalt was raised, that was part of a castle whose further battlements reeled over the gulf of stars. And upon the tower was this
And one heavily robed and veiled showed me the sign, and told me to
look, and he hold, I saw flash below me four past lives wherein I had
failed in my object. And I beheld the life of Simon Magus, preaching
the Whore Helena as the Sophia, and I saw that my failure was in
Hubris, the pride of the spirit. And I saw my life as Giles de Retz,
wherein I attempted to raise Jehanne Darc to be Queen of the
Witchcraft, and failed through her stupidity, and again my pride.
And I saw myself in Francis Hepburne, Earl Both well, manipulating
Gellis Duncan, that was an unworthy instrument. And again as Count
Cagliostro, failing because I failed to comprehend the nature of
women in my Seraphina. And I was shown myself as a boy of 13 in this
life, invoking Satan and showing cowardice when He appeared. And I
was asked: "Will you fail again?" and I replied "I will not fail."
(For I had given all my blood to BABALON, and it was not I that
And thereafter I was taken within and saluted the Prince of that
place, and thereafter things were done to me of which I may not
write, and they told me, "It is not certain that you will survive,
but if you survive you will attain your true will, and manifest the
And thereafter I returned and swore the Oath of the Abyss, having
only the choice between madness, suicide, and that oath. But the
Oath in no wise ameliorated that terror, and I continued in the
madness and horror of the abyss for a season. But of this no more.
But having passed the ordeal of 40 days I took the oath of a Magister Templi, even the
Oath of Antichrist before Frater 132, the
And thus was I Antichrist loosed in the world; and to this I am
pledged, that the work of the Beast 666 shall be fulfilled, and the
way for the coming of BABALON be made open and I shall not cease or
rest until these things are accomplished. And to this end I have
issued this my Manifesto.
Manifesto of the Antichrist
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I, BELARION, ANTICHRIST, in the year
1949 of the rule of the Black Brotherhood called Christianity,
do make my Manifesto to all men. And I, THE ANTICHRIST, come
among you, saying:
An end to the pretence, and
lying hypocrisy of Christianity.
An end to the servile virtues, and superstitious
An end to the slave morality.
An end to prudery and shame, to guild and sin, for these are
of the only evil the sun, that is fear.
An end to all authority that is not based on courage and
manhood, to the authority of lying priests, conniving
judges, blackmailing police, and
An end to the servile flattery and cajolery of moods, the
coronations of mediocrities, the ascension of dolts.
An end to restriction and inhibition, for I, THE ANTICHRIST,
am come among you preaching the Word of the BEAST 666, which
"There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt."
And I, BELARION, ANTICHRIST, do lift up my voice and
prophesy, and I say:
I shall bring all men to the law of the BEAST 666, and in
His law I shall conquer the world.
And within seven years of this time, BABALON, THE SCARLET
WOMAN HILARION will manifest among ye, and bring this my
work to its fruition.
An end to conscription, compulsion, regimentation, and the
tyranny of false laws.
And within nine years a nation shall accept the Law of the
BEAST 666 in my name, and that nation will be the first
nation of earth.
And all who accept me the ANTICHRIST and the law of the
BEAST 666, shall be accursed and their joy shall be a
thousand-fold greater than the false joys of the false
And in my name BELARION shall they work miracles, and
confound our enemies, and none shall stand before us.
Therefore I, THE ANTICHRIST call upon all the Chosen and
elect and upon all men, come forth now in the name of
Liberty, that we may end for ever the tyranny of the Black
Witness my hand and seal on this [...] day of [...] 1949,
that is the year of BABALON 4066.
Love is the law, love under will.
ANALYSIS BY A
MASTER OF THE TEMPLE
of the Critical Nodes
in the Experience of his Material Vehicle
"I shall regard all phenomena as the
particular dealing of God with my soul."
Oct. 2, 1914, Los Angeles, in, rising in midheaven, in favorable
conjunc., at apehelion. I chose this constellation in order that
you might have an innate sense of balance and ultimate justice,
responsive and attractive nature, a bountiful environment and
sense of royalty and largesse, strength, courage and power
combined with cunning and intelligence. Saturn was bound in
order that you might easily formulate a lower will which would
have satisfied and overwhelmed you with its spectacular success.
Your father separated from your mother in order that you might
grow up with a hatred of authority and a spirit of revolution
necessary to my work. The Oedipus complex was needed to
formulate the love of witchcraft which would lead you into
magick, with the influence of your grandfather active to prevent
too complete an identification with your mother.
Your isolation as a child developed the necessary background of
literature and scholarship; and the unfortunate experiences with
other children the requisite contempt for the crowd and for the
group mores. You will note that these factors developed the
needful hatred for christianity (without implanting a christian
guilt sense) at an extremely early age.
Early adolescence continued the development of the necessary
combinations. The awakening interest in chemistry and science
prepared the counterbalance for the coming magical awakening,
the means of obtaining prestige and livelihood in the formative
period, and the scientific method necessary for my
manifestation. The magical fiasco at the age of 16 was needful
to keep you away from magick until you were sufficiently
The loss of family fortune developed your sense of self reliance
at a critical period, the contact with reality at this time was
essential. Your early marriage with Helen served to break your
family ties and effect a transference to her, away from a dangerous attachment to your mother. The experience at Halifax
and Cal Tech served to strengthen your self reliance, scientific
method and material powers. The influence of Tom Rose at this
period, as that of Ed. Forman in adolescence, was essential in
developing the male center.
V. Later Youth
The house on Terrace Drive, Music, Lynn, Curtis, and Gloria, and
the increasing restlessness were, of course, all preparations
for the meeting with
O.T.O. The alternate
repulsion and attraction you felt the first year after meeting Fra. 132 were caused by a subconscious resistance against the
ordeals ahead. Had you had these experiences before, without
such resistance, you would have become hopelessly unbalanced.
Betty served to effect a transference from Helen at a critical
period. Had this not occurred your repressed homosexual
component could have caused a serious disorder.
Your passion for Betty also gave you the magical force needed at
the time, and the act of adultery tinged with incest, served as
your magical confirmation in the
Law of Thelema.
At this time the O.T.O. was an excellent training school for
adepts, but hardly an appropriate Order for the manifestation of
Thelema. Therefore, in spite of your motto you were not able to
formulate your Will. The experience with the O.T.O. and Aerijet
were needed to dispel your romanticism, self-deception, and
reliance on others. Betty was one link in the process designed
to tear you away from the now unneeded Oedipus complex, the
overvaluation of women and romantic love. Since this was
unconscious, the next step was to bring it into consciousness,
and there to destroy it.
VI. Early Maturity
The final experience with Hubbard and Betty, and the O.T.O. was
necessary to overcome your false and infantile reliance on
others, although this was only partially accomplished at the
time. The invocation of Babalon served to exteriorize the
Oedipus complex; at the same time, because of the forces
involved it produced extraordinary magical effects. However,
this operation is accomplished and closed -- you should have
nothing more to do with it -- nor even think of it, until Her
manifestation is revealed, and proved beyond the shadow of a
doubt. Even then, you must be circumspect -- although I hope to
take complete charge before then.
Candy appeared in answer to your call, in order to wean you from
wet nursing. She has demonstrated the nature of woman to you in
such unequivocal terms that you should have no further room for
illusion on the subject.
The suspension and inquisition was my opportunity -- one of the
final links in the chain. At this time you were enabled to prepare your thesis, formulate your Will, and take the Oath of the
Abyss, thus making it possible (although only partially) to
manifest. The exit of Candy prepares for the final stage of your
The numerous rituals you have performed have resulted in a well
developed body of light. The ordeals have purged most of the
emotional and mental garbage -- your only real dangers are, and
have ever been, sentimentality, weakness, and procrastination.
It is interesting to note that the first weapon you formulated
was the Lamp of the Spirit, in the invocation to Pan (although
the Sword was prefigured). Next the Sword in the Horus ritual,
as was appropriate to your intellectual development at that
Then the Cup out of the wine of your emotional life -- the disk
out of material failure. The Sword remains to be manifested.
You will note that it has been impossible to truly formulate
your Will with any of these weapons -- naturally -- that is only
possible with the wand. On the other hand, if you had done so
previously, you would have been unbalanced by the lack of
initiated preparation. It is a right and natural procedure; the
True Will cannot be truly formulated until you are initiate in
all the other planes, and it is well to make no pretense of
doing so. Until that point all you can know of the true will is
the aspiration to the next step -- towards further experience.
That is the glory of the
Law of Thelema -- DO!
The physical and emotional stresses you feel at present are a
result of the pull of the Abyss -- your present poetry is indicative. Naturally you find no power in any spell, no comfort in
any ritual, no hope in any action. You are cut off by your own
oath. Nor can I or any other aid you at this time. There is only
manhood, only will, only the vector of your own tendencies,
developed through the aeons of the past. I do not say how long
the state will last, or what the outcome may be.
However, I can formulate some rules which may serve to guide
A. Works of the Wand --
of the Will alone avail in this state. No other weapon
should be used, no other ritual save the hymn to the Unnamed
One in the Anthem of the Mass.
B. You should be meticulous in all observations
pertaining to the Will, even the most petty. Fulfill all
obligations and promises, undertake nothing which you cannot
fulfill, be prompt in the discharge of each responsibility.
C. Be neat in your personal and domestic habits,
indicate your self-respect to yourself.
D. Do not become unduly involved with any person, and
practice all your hard-earned wisdom in your relations with
E. Set up your personal affairs in business order.
Keep your accounts current and your papers neatly filed.
F. Finish your poetry for publication. Finish the
synthesis of the Tarot and start work on the preparation of
the lessons of class instruction from your book.
G. Pay no attention to any phenomena whatsoever, and
continue in a sober and responsible way of life under all
Not magical! For you nothing is more
magical. Only thus can the curse of Saturn be overcome. I see
you hate this way. But it is an ultimate time -- it is you that
have taken the oath. The choice is me or Choronzon.
I await you in the City of the Pyramids.
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