The "real rocket man" is lost in the shadows of history

Jack Parsons: The "JP" of the JPL

by Mr. Smith, AlienZoo editor - 05/30/2000

Editor's note: Mr. Smith is today's guest columnist for The Hubcap, writing
in place of Wiggz.
What is the connection between UFOs, the Roswell Incident, Grey aliens,
Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, The Beatles,
backward messages hidden in music, solid rocket fuel, and a fatal explosion?

The common thread, you are wondering? It might take a bit of a stretch, but
here it is, in no particular order.

The Beatles, Ozzy Osbourne, and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page are all in
the music biz. The backward message issue comes in to play here as well.
Musicians (those Satan worshipping loonies) have used hidden messages to
coerce young people to kill their parents, bite heads off of animals, and
otherwise justify insane acts of violence. Just kidding. But the accusations
fly, and have for a long time. Ozzy Osbourne (the Black Sabbath frontman who
went solo, then rejoined Black Sabbath after sobering up) has a song called
"Mr. Crowley," which refers to none other than Aleister Crowley. Jimmy Page
owns Crowley’s old mansion, as well as a grandiose collection of all things
Crowley. It seems Jimmy has a bit of an Aleister fetish. The Beatles have the
backward tunes and a picture of Crowley on the cover of one of their albums.
No big deal, you say. Lots of musicians, especially the hard rockers and
metalheads, try to work some of Crowley into their works and images, if for
no other reason than to associate their images with an icon of "evil."

True enough. But that’s entertainment.

Another connection to Aleister Crowley is one of his disciples - a
self-taught chemist named John Whiteside Parsons (a.k.a. "Jack"). Werner von
Braun called Jack Parsons the "true" father of American rocketry. Parsons was
one of the original scientists involved in early rocket technology,
specifically the chemical formulations for solid rocket fuel. He also did a
great deal of work with jet assisted takeoffs, thereby allowing aircraft to
take off from shorter runways. The group he worked with at the California
Institute of Technology eventually morphed into the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL). It is curious, then, why Parsons’s story is so foggy, to say the least.

It is widely known that Parsons was a follower of Aleister Crowley. Crowley
was an English poet, magician, Satan follower, and a member (later the
leader) of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), or "Order of the Eastern
Temple," which was originally a cult of high ranking Freemasons. Crowley
wrote several books that influenced many later cults and rock bands, and
claimed himself as the "wickedest man in the world." Crowley’s involvement
with O.T.O. functioned as his means of disseminating his beliefs and
practices, as well as his books. His work to promote the spiritual
philosophy, "Thelema," (a Greek word meaning "will" or "intention") was done
largely via the O.T.O. A great deal of complexity surrounds the ideas and
beliefs of Thelema, as well as Crowley’s life, but his influence remains
significant, and was especially for Parsons. Crowley died in 1947.

Although he wasn’t a musician and probably didn’t play his music backwards,
Parsons was involved with two rather famous writers - L. Ron Hubbard
(Dianetics, Scientology, Battlefield Earth) and Robert Heinlein. Hubbard and
Heinlein were both friends of Parsons and they shared his occult interests in
magic, as well as inspirations from Crowley and "Thelema." Parsons and his
group attempted to create an incarnation of the goddess Babalon. The purpose
of the Babalon Working, according to Parsons, was to create this entity, thus
ushering in the Aeon of Horus. Some argue that this being manifested in the
form of an Grey alien being, possibly in Roswell, New Mexico. Heinlein’s
involvement is further supported through Stranger in a Strange Land, where
the concept of Thelema is illustrated, but cleverly coded in the text.

Evidence from the Church of Scientology suggests that Hubbard was sent in by
the government to dismantle the group of "black magicians," including
Parsons. Another Church of Scientology statement claims that Hubbard actually
broke up the group, as though he completely opposed Parsons and never
participated in what happened. It seems the church tried to clear Hubbard of
any involvement with Parsons, his entourage, or any of the "black magic"
going on in that group.

In 1950, the FBI investigated Parsons for having classified documents from
his work with the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California
Institute of Technology at Pasadena (GALCIT). This explains why but a trace
of information available from "official" sources, like the Web sites of NASA
and the JPL, regarding the contributions of Parsons. For a man who was
considered so significant in rocketry (and thus, to the space program and
national defense), who has a statue at JPL, and a crater on the dark side of
the moon in his name, it seems odd that Parsons is "lost" in history. His
interest and activity in the O.T.O. is what keeps his spirit alive today, but
the double-edged sword is that is also got him "accidentally" dead. (Parsons
died in an "accidental" explosion while moving volatile chemicals from his
home laboratory in 1952).

This also leads to the UFO connection. Some UFO researchers believe that the
first flying saucer and Grey alien incidents, particularly Roswell, stemmed
from the creation of the entity envisioned by Crowley and later, by Parsons.
A sketch of an Enochian entity (from Crowley) looks strikingly similar to the
quintessential Greys - the iconic extraterrestrial beings. Parsons had some
kind of contact in a New Mexico desert, too, at this time, with a being from
Venus. The timing of this also lends to the mystery because it all happened
in 1946, just prior to the Roswell incident of 1947.

There are a number of other interesting connections with this group and the
things that went on in Jack Parsons’s life and how they relate to the events
of that time. Jack Parsons put the "JP" in JPL with his contributions to the
science of solid rocket fuels and jet assisted take-off, but his other life
pursuits effectively shadowed those contributions in a haze of mystery. His
death, accident or not, automatically raises the skeptic’s eyebrow simply
because his associations with certain people at that time, coupled with his
knowledge of a sensitive subject, made him a target. Parsons’s story is a
conspiracy theorist’s "land of opportunity" with all the coincidences
involved and all the connections to prominent people at such a significant

The further this gets explored, the more questions arise. What did Parsons
really know about UFOs and ETs if anything, and was his death the possible
result of him knowing too much? Intentional or not, the story of Jack Parsons
creeps into too many areas not to NOT be considered significant.

© 2000 AlienZoo, Inc.

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