The Enochian communications teach us that not only must humanity itself initiate the cosmic drama of the Apocalypse through the magical formula delivered to John Dee and Edward Kelley more than four centuries ago, but humans must also be the physical actors that bring about the plagues, wars and famines described with such chilling eloquence in the vision of St. John. We must let the demons of Choronzon into our minds by means of a specific ritual working. They will not find a welcome place there all at once, but will worm their way into our subconscious and make their homes there slowly over time. In the minds of individuals that resist this invasion they will find it
difficult to gain a foothold, but in the more pliable minds of those who welcome their influence they will establish themselves readily.
Once they have taken up residence, we will be powerless to prevent them turning our thoughts and actions toward chaotic and destructive ends. These Apocalyptic spirits will set person against person and nation against nation, gradually increasing the degree of madness, or chaos, in human society, until at last the full horror of Revelation has been realized upon the stage of the world. The corruption of human thoughts and feelings may require generations to bring to full fruition. Only after the wasting and burning of souls is well advanced will the full horror of the Apocalypse achieve its final fulfillment in the material realm.
Let us suppose for the sake of argument that the signal for the initiation of this psychic invasion occurred in 1904 when Crowley received The Book Of the Law, as Crowley himself believed. Crowley’s Enochian evocations of 1909 then pried the doors of the Watchtowers open a crack—enough to allow a foul wind to blow through the common subconscious mind of the human race. This would explain the senseless slaughter of the First World War, and the unspeakable horror of the Nazi Holocaust during the Second World War. It would explain the decline of organized religions and why the soulless cult of science has gained supremacy. It would explain the moral and ethical bankruptcy of modern times and the increase in senseless crimes of violence.
Dr. John Dee
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We may not have long to wait before the individual known in the vision of St. John as the Antichrist, the one foretold in Crowley’s The Book Of the Law to follows after the Beast, will succeed in completing the Apocalypse Working placed in the world as a flaming sword by the Enochian angels. Then the gates of the Watchtowers, will truly gape wide, and the children of Choronzon will sweep into our minds as crowned conquerors. If this chilling mythic scenario ever comes to pass, the wars of the 20th century will seem bucolic to those who survive the slaughter.
We may not have long to wait before the individual known in the vision of St. John as the Antichrist, the one foretold in Crowley’s The Book Of the Law to follow after the Beast, will succeed in completing the Apocalypse Working.
- See Richard Deacon, John Dee: Scientist, Geographer, Astrologer and Secret Agent (London, 1968).
- See the Introduction to The Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelly, ed. A.
E. Waite [London, 1893], Samuel Weiser, New York, 1970.
- Meric Casaubon, A True & Faithful Relation Of What passed for many Yeers Between Dr. John Dee (A Mathematician of Great Fame in Q. Eliz. and King James their Reignes) and Some Spirits, [London, 1659]. The Antonine Publishing Company Ltd., Glasgow, 1974, page 174.
4 Ibid. p. 170.
5 Ibid. p. 92.
6 Ibid. p. 207.
7 Ibid. p. 77.
8 Ibid. p. 188.
9 Ibid. p. 161.
10 Ibid. pp. 145-6.
- The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ed. John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. Arkana Books, 1989, p. 611.
- . The Vision and the Voice, Thelema Publishing Co., California, 1952. See also the Confessions, ch. 66.
- Confessions, p. 618.
- True and Faithful Relation, p. 184.
“All stories are true, every last one of them. All myths, all legends, all fables. If you believe them true, then they are true. If you don’t believe them, then all that can be said is that they are true for someone else.”
When the history of the American space program is finally written, no figure will stand out quite like John Whiteside Parsons. Remarkably handsome, dashing and brilliant, Jack Parsons was one of the founders of the experimental rocket research group at Cal Tech (California Institute of Technology) and the group’s seven acre Arroyo Seco testing facility would eventually become the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s rocket design center.
Werner von Braun allegedly claimed it was the self-taught Parsons, not himself, who was the true father of the American space program for his contribution to the development of solid rocket fuel. Although Parsons has been memorialized with a statue at JPL and has had a crater on the dark side of the moon named in his honor, his story remains shrouded in mystery, for what is little known about this legend of aerospace engineering is that Parsons was an avid practitioner of the occult sciences, and for several years, Aleister Crowley’s hand-picked leader of the US branch of the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Southern California-based Agape Lodge.
Parsons was born in Los Angeles on October 2, 1914, the son of a wealthy and well-connected family living in a sprawling mansion on Pasadena’s “Millionaire Row.” His father worked for Woodrow Wilson. After his parents’ divorce, the solitary childhood of Parsons imbued him with a deep hatred of authority and contempt for any sort of interference in his activity. Parsons’ interest in the occult apparently commenced at an early age and in one of his diaries he claimed to have evoked Satan at the tender age of 13.
Crowley, self-styled “Great Beast 666,” considered himself the avatar of the Antichrist and The Book of the Law is a proclamation that the era of the slave gods (Osiris, Allah, Jesus) had come to an end and that the Aeon of Horus, the
“Crowned and Conquering Child” had begun.
After discovering Crowley’s philosophy of Thelema, Parsons joined the Agape Lodge in 1941. Wilfred T. Smith, the expatriate Englishman who started the order in the early 1930s with a charter from the Great Beast himself, wrote of Parsons in a letter to Crowley: “I think I have at long last a really excellent man, John Parsons. And starting next Tuesday he begins a course of talks with a view to enlarging our scope. He has an excellent mind and much better intellect than myself … John Parsons is going to be valuable.”
Another member of the Lodge, Crowley’s old friend, actress Jane Wolfe described Parsons as “26 years of age, 6’2”, vital, potentially bisexual at the very least, University of the State of California and Cal Tech, now engaged in Cal Tech chemical laboratories developing ‘bigger and better’ explosives for Uncle Sam. Travels under sealed orders from the government. Writes poetry
—‘sensuous only,’ he says. Lover of music, which he seems to know thoroughly. I see him as the real successor of Therion [Crowley]. Passionate; and has made the vilest analyses result in a species of exaltation after the event. Has had mystical experiences which gave him a sense of equality all round, although he is hierarchical in feeling and in the established order.”
Parsons rose quickly through the ranks, taking over the Agape Lodge from Smith at Crowley’s decree within a year.
“FOR I AM BABALON, AND SHE MY DAUGHTER, UNIQUE AND THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER WOMEN LIKE HER.” -LIBER 49, THE BOOK OF BABALON, VERSE 37
In one of the most celebrated feats in magical history, Parsons and pre- Dianetics L. Ron Hubbard (whose role is too complicated to describe in this short essay) performed The Babalon Working, a daring attempt to shatter the boundaries of time and space and intended to bring about, in Parsons’ own words, “love, understanding, and Dionysian freedom […] the necessary counterbalance or correspondence to the manifestation of Horus.”
The above reference recalls Crowley’s announcement of the “Aeon of Horus,” described in The Book of the Law (Liber AL vel Legis), a blasphemous, strangely beautiful, prose poem that Crowley received from a discarnate entity called Aiwass in Cairo in 1904. Crowley, self-styled “Great Beast 666,” considered himself the avatar of the Antichrist and The Book of the Law is a proclamation that the era of the slave gods (Osiris, Allah, Jesus) had come to an end and that the Aeon of Horus, the “Crowned and Conquering Child” had begun. In its infancy, Crowley predicted, the Aeon would be characterized by the magical formula of bloodshed and blind force, the tearing down of the established orders to make way for the new. Crowley held the two World Wars as evidence of this, but did not see the Horus-force as evil, rather as embodying the innocence of a hyperactive child who is like a bull in a china shop. Babalon, a Thelemic counterpart of Kali or Isis, was described by Parsons as, “… black, murderous and horrible, but Her hand is uplifted in blessing and reassurance: the reconciliation of opposites, the apotheosis of the impossible.”
The impossible was precisely what Jack Parsons, the scientific sorcerer, had in mind.
The impossible was precisely what Jack Parsons, the scientific sorcerer, had in mind.
In its initial stages, The Babalon Working was intended to attract an
elemental to serve as a partner for Parsons’ elaborate sex magick rituals. The method employed was that of the solo VIII Degree working of the O.T.O., the quasi-Masonic organization reformulated by Crowley in the earlier part of the century in accordance with his Do What Thou Wilt mythos. Parsons used his “magical wand” to whip up a vortex of energy so the elemental would be summoned. Translated into plain English, Parsons jerked off in the name of spiritual advancement whilst Hubbard (referred to as “The Scribe” in the diary of the event) scanned the astral plane for signs and visions.
Apparently, it worked. In a letter to Crowley dated February 23, 1946, Parsons exclaimed, “I have my elemental! She turned up one night after the conclusion of the Operation, and has been with me since.”
The elemental was a green-eyed, flaming redhead named Marjorie Cameron, (later of Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome film and a Beatnik artist of some renown). Cameron was only too happy to participate in Parsons’ sex magick and now Parsons could get down to the real business of the Babalon Working: the birthing of a moonchild or homunculus. The operation was formulated to open an interdimensional doorway, rolling out the red carpet for the appearance of the goddess Babalon in human form, employing the angelic language of the Enochian Calls of Elizabethan magus John Dee and the attraction of the sex force of the duo’s copulation to this end.
As Paul Rydeen points out in his extended essay Jack Parsons and the Fall of Babalon: “The purpose of Parsons’ operation has been underemphasized. He sought to produce a magical child who would be a product of her environment rather than of her heredity. Crowley himself describes the Moonchild in just these terms. The Babalon Working itself was preparation for what was to come: a Thelemic messiah.” [Emphasis added]. To wit: Babalon incarnate as a living female, the Scarlet Woman as consort to the Antichrist, bride of the Beast 666. In effect, Parsons also claimed the mantle of Antichrist for himself, as the magical heir of Crowley prophesied in Liber AL: “The child of thy bowels, he shall behold them [the mysteries of the Apocalypse]. Expect him not from the East, nor from the West, for from no expected house cometh that child.”
Without the Scarlet Woman, the Antichrist cannot make his manifestation; the eschatological formula must first be complete. In whiter words, with the
magical rites of the Babalon Working, it was Parsons’ goal to bring on the Apocalypse.
Parsons’ Babalon gambit was dazzling to say the least: If the earth must first be covered in evil before the return of the Christ consciousness and the final triumph of good, what better way to hasten the uplifting of humanity than to rip an alchemical hole in the fabric of reality and invite the very spawn of Hell in for a rip-snorting orgy of howling madness?
So much is written of Parsons as a psychotic lunatic, but I put it to you dear reader, is the Babalon Working the product of a deranged mind or the ultimate exploration of the absolute furthest reaches of consciousness, putting the pedal to the metal for the absolute living end in revolutionary chic and mind expansion?
Parsons used his “magica! wand” to whip up a vortex of energy so the elemental would be summoned. Translated into plain English, Parsons jerked off in the name of spiritual advancement whilst Hubbard (referred to as “The Scribe” in the diary of the event) scanned the astral plane for signs and visions.
Parsons’ perverse imitation of Christ was intended to disrupt, oppose, and subvert the established order of things. It’s the age-old Manichean battle between good and evil, the forces of order and chaos, the status quo versus revolutionary tendencies. But in the 21st century, these lines have become significantly blurred: If you consider the New World Order multinational corporate monoliths poisoning the planet and reducing mankind to the level of wage slavery for the benefit of the very few to be representative of the good, then the Babalon Working must sound like the most outright evil deed ever perpetrated by a human being. But if you’re like me, and would dearly love to see the vile, pussridden edifice of Western society burned to the ground, you should see Parsons as the penultimate style icon of psycho- sexual /magical insurrection, a truly American original if ever there was one. This darkly handsome, genius scientist was, I submit, the James Dean of the Occult: one spectacularly cool motherfucker.
-JACK PARSONS, IN A LETTER TO MARJORIE CAMERON, LATE 1940S.
The question must be asked: Who is the greater hero—he who prolongs the agony of this pathetic existence or he who opens wide the Pandora’s Box of perdition knowing that this is how the final eschatological chapter must play itself out?
Isn’t the Great Work, the cosmic perfection of mankind, the final goal of the alchemists? Just as the rocket scientist Parsons was willing to play dice with heavy explosives, Parsons the nuclear age warlock was willing to play with fire of a very different sort. Parsons rests firmly in the tradition of the fraternity of Western Magi who include Moses, Solomon, Jesus Christ, John Dee, Adam Weishaupt, Crowley, Gurdjieff and Timothy Leary—great revolutionaries and liberators all.