Belial 4: The Whore, the Hermit, and the Tower.

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The Whore of Babylon, the Hermit, and the Tower of Babylon
From left to right, the second triad in our grand tableau is composed of the Whore of Babylon, the Hermit, and the Tower of Babylon. All three of these cards speak of fantasy, illusion, deceit, greater magic, falsehood, unreality, and imagination.

The Whore of Babylon is represented by the transgender symbol which expresses the truth that nothing and nobody are only skin deep, and that fixity is an illusion. She is smoke and mirrors: wherever she appears in a reading, she shows a person, situation, or thing who at best is being imaginative and fantastical, at worst is disguising the truth and warping your understanding of the face she shows to you, and depending on your beliefs is possibly is using greater magic to shape the world with unseen forces. 

But unlike the Tower of Babylon, the Whore of Babylon ultimately wants to create: she may be a deceiver, but her deceit is intended to advance an agenda and expand whatever she touches. The Whore's of Babylon only fear is being denied the ability to live through her fantasies, and the only danger is that she may exhaust herself from the effort to sustain her illusions. If she'd acknowledge the power of her complementary opposite, the Lovers, she'd learn how to share uncomfortable truths and also set aside the burdens she carries to sustain her deceptions, but you know what they say: once you start telling elaborate lies, it's awfully hard to stop. If you want to disrobe the Whore of Babylon, then invoke her polar opposite, The Eye of the Illuminati. 

The antithesis and neutral opposite of the Whore of Babylon is the Tower of Babylon, represented by an inverted pentagon. In this instance, I’m using the inverted pentagon to discuss generally Dr. LaVey’s Pentagonal revisionism but specifically the Satanic goal of total environments. 

Wherever the Tower of Babylon appears in a reading, we see a person, situation, or thing which has been deceived and is suffering the consequences of either trusting in a phantasm or having been lead to destruction by a skilled liar, too-good opportunity, a tempting pipe-dream, or an unrestrained total environment. My personal opinion is that temporary indulgence in total environments may be personally stimulating, but long-term immersion is problematic for the reason that it inoculates the inhabitant against reality and encourages ignorance and solipsism, dangers which reside fully within the Tower of Babylon.

The implosive force of the Tower of Babylon can take many shapes including financial loss, wasted time, and toxic relationships, but is fundamentally something that was impossible from the start. The Tower of Babylon is temptation: none who climb want to fall, but fall they will, and unless they learn the lesson of the Tower's polar opposite, the Lovers, they'll never learn how to accept other people, things, and situations as they are (while working with what they've got). Of course, the same final outcome of the Tower of Babylon can be achieved through its complementary opposite, the Eye of the Illuminati, which just goes to show that there’s more than one way to fell the mighty.

The synthesis of the Whore and the Tower of Babylon is the Hermit, represented by the symbol for infinity not merely for eternal life, but also for the infinite fantasy of a total environment of one’s own creation. Wherever the Hermit appears in a reading, it shows a person, situation, or thing which is choosing to deceive itself and embrace belief in reality not as it is, but as he, she, or it would like it to be. This self-imposed fantasy invites others to participate, but doesn’t require anybody to join the material or immaterial total-environment of the Hermit's imagination. Although the Hermit's chosen fantasy may be nothing more than masturbation, it does allow the Hermit to approach the world on his, her, or its own terms. 

There are advantages to the Hermit's isolation—as are well elaborated upon by Dr. LaVey in his writing about total environments, the alleged benefits of rarified air, and stepping out of the river of time—but there are also disadvantages. The Hermit should learn the lesson of its polar opposite—Death—or suffer the consequences of not remembering the difference between fantasy and reality, or the consequences that come from prolonged separation from the company of strangers.