The Figure of a Woman

St. Hildegard’s Vision of the Five Beasts includes another vision, that which she refers to as, “The Figure of a Woman”. This is the strange figure in the woodcut below.

From Vision Eleven, Scivias, The Figure of a Woman.
From Vision Eleven, Scivias, The Figure of a Woman.

And I saw again the figure of a woman whom I had previously seen in front of the altar that stands before the Eyes of God; she stood in the same place, but now I saw her from the waist down. And from her waist to the place that denotes the female, she had various scaly blemishes; and in that latter place was a black and monstrous head. It had fiery eyes and ears like an ass’ and its nostrils and mouth were like a lion’s; it opened wide its jowls and terribly clashed its horrible iron-colored teeth. And from its head down to her knees, the figure was white and red, as if bruised by many beatings; and from her knees to her tendons where they joined her heels, which appeared white, she was covered with blood.

And behold! That monstrous head moved from its place with such a great shock that the figure of the woman was shaken through all her limbs. And a great mass of excrement adhered to the head; and it raised itself up upon a mountain and tried to ascend the height of Heaven. And behold, there came suddenly a thunderbolt, which struck that head with such great force that it fell from the mountain and yielded up its spirit in death. And a reeking cloud enveloped the whole mountain, which wrapped the head in such filth that the people who stood by were thrown into the greatest terror. And that cloud remained around the mountain for a while longer.

The people who stood there, perceiving this, were shaken with great fear, and said to one another: “Alas, alas! What is this? What do you think this was? Alas, wretches that we are! Who will help us, and who will deliver us? For we know not how we were deceived. O Almighty God, have mercy on us! Let us return; let us hasten to the covenant of Christ’s Gospel; for ah, ah, ah! We have been bitterly deceived!” And lo, the feet of the figure of the woman glowed white, shining with a splendor greater than the sun’s.

Since I published the above woodcut (the image is from Scivias) in a previous post, readers are confused about this prophetic figure and the “black and monstrous head” with which she is afflicted. That is precisely what I found difficult and a bit repellant when I first read the vision. So first, let’s see what St. Hildegard says about this figure and the monster.

It is noteworthy that Hildegard never refers to her as “the woman”, but rather as “the figure of a woman”. This is because the woman represents the Bride of Christ, that is, the Church. By specifically identifying her as a “figure” she is emphasising the allegorical quality.

Hildegard then explains, “Before the time in which the son of perdition will try to perfect the trick he played on the first woman, the Church will be harshly reproached for many vices, fornication, murder and rapine.How? Because those who should love her will violently persecute her.”

And so, Hildegard describes how the black and monstrous head represents the seductions of satan’s monstrous wickedness, vile lusts and shameful blasphemy “causing people to deny God and tainting their minds and tearing the Church with the greed of rapine. … The Church will know purity of faith in her children but anguished and bloody terror and the tribulations of many sufferings for herself.

All this vivid imagery is very disquieting, but somehow it strikes me as entirely fitting for the situation which we currently observe in this post-synodal Church. After reading and re-reading the vision prayerfully, it gradually dawned on me that the ludicrous grotesquerie of the lovely and pure woman with the monstrous beast’s head in her private parts aroused in me the same feeling of loathing I felt when Pope Francis stepped out on the balcony, and when I became aware that he was responsible for turning the Synod on the Family into a shameless propaganda vehicle for sodomy, adultery and fornication.

In Hildegard’s allegory, she states that, “a great mass of excrement adhered to the (monstrous) head, and it raised itself up upon a mountain and tried to ascend the height of Heaven.” Now, I’m sure some expert or other will correct me, but this seems like an apt description of the Lavender Mafia/St. Gallen Group who are pushing their perversion as if it were the true faith. Their filth aspires to reach to the height of Heaven, that is rule the entire Church, and it will be brought low by the lightning bolt of St. Michael’s mighty sword, at the command of the Immaculata.

There is much I do not understand about St. Hildegard’s visions. She appears to have no room in them for the mission of the Immaculate Mother of God. Like many mystics in those times, she appears to believe that the end times were not far off. Yet her times were nearly a millennium ago. But the general drift of the vision, that the most pure and holy Bride of Christ will be sorely afflicted with the most vile degradation before she is delivered, is something that appears to be borne out in what we are experiencing now.

Indeed, “those who should love her, will violently persecute her.”

There has never been a better time to  Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!


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