Sewn paperback, 100 gsm paper; cover icon by Christopher Conn Askew.
The 2021 edition of The Red Goddess has been freshly typeset and is introduced with a preface by Alkistis Dimech. Fourteen years after it was first published, the book has not been available in hardcover for over 10 years.
The Red Goddess is an ecstatic journey through the unheard history of Babalon, the goddess of Revelation, an explicit and challenging vision of a very modern goddess coming into power. From the Revelation of St John the Divine, back through the Ishtar Gate and forward into a living modern magical current. This is more than a history, it is a passionate account of living magic and the transcendent power of Love.
The epic sweep of the text takes us from Babylon to Jerusalem to Rome, and onwards to Apocalypse. It confronts us with the language and symbols of our own culture and the denied demonic feminine. It looks at the angelic work of John Dee and places it in a European eschatology. It delivers a devastating exegesis on the excesses of Aleister Crowley, and unlocks the secrets of ‘Waratah Blossoms.’ It explains the immolation of the Californian antichrist-superstar Jack Parsons and his relationship with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. There is also a full supporting cast of Solomon, Simon Magus, St John the Divine, Earl Bothwell, the Templars, Mary, the Magdalene and countless others. This is the missing history of the love goddess in the West.
Thirteen essays conclude the book on subjects including: roses, mirror magick, bdsm, aphrodisiac drugs, the information age, love and lust, and the meaning of apocalypse. The Red Goddess is for anyone with blood in their veins, regardless of tradition, background or experience.
The Work of the Hierodule
A History of Mystery
Weeping We Remembered Zion
How Many Miles to Babylon?
Time Gentlemen Please
All Goddesses Are Not One Goddess
Words Made Flesh
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
The Bed of Him That Is Fallen
Rhymes With Holy
Jumping Jack Flash
Where Is Love?
Goddess of Love, Goddess of Lust
Blood Red Roses
Babalon & Beauty
Reflections on Mirrors
The Oldest Profession
Sexual Chemistry: Intoxicated with Love
Ravish Me With Kisses
Bridles, Whips, Needles and Knives
Queen of the Rose Gate, Queen of the Throat of Night
The World Made Flesh
The Unfurling of the Apocalyptic Rose