Manon Hedenborg White

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An academic overview of the Goddess Babalon from the Book of Revelation in the Bible to Thelema. History of the role of the Scarlet woman and sex magic in Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons and Kenneth Grant. Divine feminine and misconstrued misogyny in Thelema.

00:00:00 Intro to Dr Manon Hedenborg White

00:03:14 Babalon in Thelema, Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, Kenneth Grant

00:19:15 Feminist, LGBT and Queer perspectives

00:21:00 Summary of the History of Babalon in Western Esotericism

00:22:33 Reclaiming evil figures as symbolic resistance

00:25:00 Lack of Positive Images of Female Sexuality

00:30:30 Female role & Divine feminine in Thelema

00:36:30 Misconceptions of Crowley as Misogynist

00:47:20 The Scarlett Woman, from appointed to self-appointed role

00:55:55 Why does it have to be a woman?

01:04:40 Survival of Thelema and daughter religions (Andrew Reitemeyer)

01:10:00 Nema Andahadna & her Maat Magick (Andrew Reitemeyer)

01:14:10 Pistis Sophia and Jezebel (Vocatus)

01:16:30 Contact Details of Dr Manon Hedenborg White


White, M.H. (2020) The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism. Illustrated edition. New York, NY, Oxford University Press.

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1) Around 7.40 Manon talks about Crowley's exploration of Enochian magic in the Algerian desert and incorrectly state that he was traversing the desert in 1904. This is incorrect of course — Crowley and Neuburg were in Algeria in 1909.

2) In the patron-generated question portion, Manon misheard my third question about the Pistis Sophia and Jezebel — here, her Zoom connection must have fractured, so she thought the questioner was asking about (the biblical book of)




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