A History of The Scarlet Woman

Presented by Maegdlyn Morris.

From Lilith to Madonna, who is the Scarlet Woman, historically and today? Aleister Crowley described her as an incarnated version of Babalon; a companion who through her divine sexuality awakens the spiritual knowledge latent in man. More recently the term has been used to describe a prostitute, or woman of low moral stature. The earliest reference was that of a woman during menstruation. Thelema, which popularized the term in recent occult history often quotes from The Book of the Law that speaks of "the woman girt with a sword; she represents the Scarlet Woman in the hierarchy of the new Aeon. This woman represents Venus as she now is in this new aeon; no longer the mere vehicle of her male counterpart, but armed and militant." Modern Thelema has made it a center point of their philosphy to represent male and female as equal in all ways by the following quote: Every Man and every woman is a star" Crowleys interpretation was thus: "We do not fool and flatter women; we do not despise and abuse them. To us, a woman is herself, absolute, original, independent, free, self-justified, exactly as a man is." Black Moon published a book called the Faces of Babalon exploring modern perceptions of this feminine force; since she is ever changing, how does she manifest today? Does modern culture and human sexuality need this aspect of raw female energy, or does she inhibit the new feminism? How do we measure female power and influence, and how has this changed since Crowleys time? Who are some new role models?

















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