aka Leah Hirsig
FEBRUARY 22, 1975
“A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet — secret, O Prophet!”
– The Book of the Law, II:39
“Mark the day, for it shall be to thee as a sign.”
– Soror Anadra, February 22, 1992
[The Anadra Working]
It was forty years ago, approaching the 71st Year of the Thelemic Age — the Year of Thoth (THOTH numbering 71 by serial English) — that Soror Alostrael, the “Ape of Thoth”, underwent the experience of her Greater Feast. Born April 9, 1883, she was nearly 93 years of age when she died in Switzerland, the land of her birth.
Alostrael (“Divine Womb”) met the Thelemic Prophet, To Mega Therion, aka Aleister Crowley, in January of 1919, greeting him with a passionate kiss. A strong, intelligent, sexually liberated woman far ahead of her time, she won him over quickly, taking the Oath of the Scarlet Woman on January 11, 1919 (for which see The King of the Shadow Realm by John Symonds).
It was on Thursday, July 22, 1920 (see King of the Shadow Realm), that the prophet himself, of his own free will, swore a permanent Vow of Holy Obedience to her. A few years later, furious that he had deserted her for good, she tried casting off her role as Scarlet Woman — in vain, however, for she was a Vessel of Our Lady Babalon, and once an Avatar, always an Avatar.
It was in her later diaries — the desertion diaries, as she titled them — that she expressed some of her most profound ideas. It was therein that she admonished the prophet for clinging to Old Age notions of gods. She emphasized that we, the Thelemites, were the gods, and so we should appeal to ourselves. Serving external deities, sacrificing to gods, appeasing divinities without, was in her view nothing but a slap in the face of the multifaceted divinity within.
She had other fantastic ideas, too, such as revising the old system of magick, devising all new symbols to express the New Way. She never did this herself, but her words have inspired us to do this.
A truly brilliant mind, and an extraordinary visionary, we are privileged to serve her great vision. I am proud that I was the first voice to publicly announce the true time and date of her death, back in 2003.
Alostrael, Matron Saint of the Holy Thelemic Church, we love you deeply, and remain forever devoted to your Great Work and Mission.