Date: Saturday, November 29, 1997
Subj: ::: The Rocket Scientist & The Guru: Stardate 1946 :::

The Rocket Scientist & The Guru: Stardate 1946
by T. Allen Greenfield, Bishop EGC/OTO

"At about the same time that Parsons was trying to incarnate an
extraterrestrial entity, he also claimed that he had met a Venusian in the
desert of New Mexico -- an odd foreshadowing of the claims of later
'contactees' such as George Adamski in the early 1950's." -Jay Katz,
_Saucers of the Illuminati_ [1]

"Hubbard wished to bring this other world into Manifestation but lacked the
technical knowledge to do so. So, he came to the innocent sex magician Jack
Parsons. In this version, the Babalon Working, guided by Hubbard, had little
to do with 'Babalon' and more to do with the hideous Old Ones of the H.P.
Lovecraft Cthuthu Mythos. "A door opened; something came through" is the
essence of this thesis, and the appear- ance of the first "flying saucer"
case the following year is considered, in this outre rumor, not coincidental
at all."
The so-called "Babalon Working" conducted by John Whiteside Parsons and L.
Ron Hubbard between January 4 and March 4, 1946, has been the object of much
speculation, mythologizing and wonder.

This speculation is due in part to the involvement of two charismatic and
brilliant Bohemians of that period. Parsons (1914-1952) was a major force in
the early development of solid fuel booster rockets, for which work the
International Astronomical Union eventually named a Lunar Crater in his
memory. He was an OTO member from 1941, and served for a short period as
Master of Agape Lodge OTO in the 1940s. He died under mysterious
circumstances in an explosion in 1952.

The other participant, pulp fiction author La Fayette Ron Hubbard
(1911-1986), eventually founded the Church of Scientology and has been the
center of stormy controversy in the decades since.

Both men were students of magick, especially the sexual magick of Aleister
Crowley. According to Bent Corydon, Hubbard once confided in his son, Ron
Jr., "Secrets, techniques and powers I alone have refined, improved on,
applied my engineering principles to. Science and logic. THE keys! My keys
to the doorway of the Magick; my magick! THE power! NOT Scientology power!
MY power! The real powers of Solomon..." Hubbard Sr. made clear he was
talking about the sex magick central to the OTO system, but with a unique
twist: "Sex by will, Love by will -- no caring and no sharing -- no feelings
... Sex is the route to power. Scarlet women! They are the secret to the
doorway. Use and consume. Feast. Drink the power through them. Waste and
discard them." [2]

The idealist Jack Parsons could hardly have understood what sort of man he
was dealing with; he wrote Crowley in February, 1946:

"About three months ago I met Ron ... He is a gentleman ... He moved in with
me about two months ago, and although Maggy and I are still friendly, she
has transferred her sexual affections to Ron." [3]

While Parsons was convinced that Hubbard, as he wrote Crowley, " in
complete accord with our own principles" [4] and proceeded to enter into a
joint financial venture with the future Father of Scientology, Crowley was
writing his eventual successor as OTO Grand Master, Karl Germer, "From our
brother's account he has given away both his girl and his money --
apparently it's the ordinary confidence trick." [5] Parson's friend Alva
Rogers, who witnessed these events as they unfolded, described Hubbard's
role in this way:

"Ron was a persuasive and unscrupulous charmer, not only in social groups,
but with the ladies. He was so persuasive and charmingly unscrupulous that
within a matter of a few weeks he brought the entire house of Parsons down
around poor Jack's ears. He did this by the simple expedient of taking over
Jack's girl for extended periods of time." [6]

[Note: we acquired an interesting little bit of related information the
other day from the hand of someone with a curiously Valleean vibe. In
regards to a footnote mentioning a 1962 _Darkhouse_ article by "the late and
much admired Alva Rogers," found in another Parsons article we had recently
posted, the mysterious researcher noted, "It might be worth pointing out
that he has another tangential Hubbard connection as the author of a _A
Requiem For 'Unknown,'_ a book on the fantasy magazine, 'Unknown,' edited by
John W. Campbell, the editor who first published Hubbard's blatherings about
Dianetics in his science-fiction magazine, 'Astounding.'" -B:.B:.]

It was against this background that Parsons and Hubbard embarked upon "The
Babalon Working" -- an elaborate sexual magick experiment designed to bring
Babalon into physical manifestation.

The whole concept of the "Magical Child" has several distinct
interpretations. In the more orthodox and traditional view, sex magick is
employed to Manifest, by an act of Pure Will, a magical being the material
bases of which are the sexual fluids themselves. A more literal
interpretation holds that magical rituals such as "The Star Sapphire" will
produce a "Moon Child" -- that is, a living child who serves as host to a
superbeing, that is, the child is an "avatar" in Eastern terms, or an
Incarnation of the Divine in Western thought. Yet a third interpretation is
that sex magick is, simply, the "Yoga of Sex" and the "Magical Child" is the
Transformed Sex Magician Himself!

Hubbard and Parsons were ostensibly aiming at the second, literal
interpretation; to manifest a Scarlet Woman willing to conceive a child who
would embody the transformative goddess- being Babalon.

Crowley wrote Germer: "Apparently Parsons or Hubbard or somebody is
producing a moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of
these louts." [7]

The reaction was certainly excessive. Crowley's successor as Grand Master of
the OTO in the 1980s, Hymenaeus Beta, noted that an adequate chronicle of
Parsons' "now-famous 'Babalon Working' of 1946 EV has yet to be published
...Most published accounts focus on his friendship and falling-out with
Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard without appraising the larger
issues of what was actually being attempted, and why." [8] Certainly,
Parsons' own description of the Working is based upon fundamentals of
Ceremonial and Sexual Magick.

In The Book of Babalon -- January 4 - March 4, 1946 EV, Parsons outlines the
entire experiment, including the reasons for it:

"The present age is under the influence of the force called, in magical
terminology, Horus. This force relates to fire, Mars, and the Sun, that is,
to power, violence and energy...

"This force is completely blind, depending upon the men and women in whom it
manifests and who guide it...

"The catastrophic trend is due to our lack of understanding of our own
natures. The hidden lusts, fears, and hatreds resulting from the warping of
the love urge, which underlie the natures of all Western peoples, have taken
a homicidal and suicidal direction.

"This impasse is broken by the incarnation of another sort of force, called
Babalon. The nature of this force relates to love, understanding, and
dionysian freedom, and is the necessary counterbalance or correspondence to
the manifestation of Horus."

Thus far, Parsons is reasoning in a sound manner. Keep in mind, however,
that he is working with his "friend" Hubbard, then in the very process of
making off with Parsons' money and lover; a man who was to tell his son, Ron
Jr., a few years later, to use and discard Scarlet Women. In what sense
"scarlet?" the younger Hubbard asked? "Scarlet," the Scientology Source
replied, "the blood of their bodies; the blood of their souls ... bend their
bodies; bend their minds; bend their wills -- beat back the past." [9]

[Note: in the disturbing public domain essay _Hollywood, Satanism,
Scientology and Suicide_, we read of Hubbard's heinous abuses of the fairer
sex, as described by his own son:

"In my father's private circle," Ron Jr. explains, "there were lots of
mistresses. When I was younger, I participated in private orgies with him
and three or four other women. His theory was that one has to open or crack
a woman's soul in order for the satanic power to pour through it and into
him. It got kind of far out, culminating in a variety of sex acts. Dad also
had an incredibly violent temper. He was into S&M and would beat his
mistresses and shoot them full of drugs."

When asked by an interviewer how this "soul-cracking" worked, L. Ron
Hubbard, Jr. said, "The explanation is sort of long and complicated. The
basic rationale is that there are some powers in this universe that are
pretty strong.

"As an example, Hitler was involved in the same black magic and the same
occult practices that my father was. The identical ones. Which, as I have
said, stem clear back to before Egyptian times. It's a very secret thing.
Very powerful and very workable and very dangerous.

"Brainwashing is nothing compared to it. The proper term would be 'soul

"It's like cracking open the soul, which then opens various doors to the
power that exists, the satanic and demonic powers. Simply put, it's like a
tunnel or an avenue or a doorway. Pulling that power into yourself through
another person and using women, especially is incredibly insidious.

"It makes Dr. Fu Manchu look like a kindergarten student. It is the ultimate
vampirism, the ultimate mind fuck. Instead of going for blood, you're going
for their soul. And you take drugs in order to reach that state where you
can, quite literally, like a psychic hammer, break their soul, and pull the
power through." -B:.B:.]

This is a distortion of Crowley's teaching. The latter observed in the same
context, "We do opine that it is better and easier that the other party
should be in ignorance of the sacred character of the Office. It is enough
if that assistant be formed by Nature signally for the physical task,
robust, vigorous, eager, sensible, hot and healthy; flesh, nerve and blood
being tense, quick, and lively, easily enflamed, and nigh inextinguishable."

Crowley suggests that a partner in sexual magick should, ideally, in his
opinion, be involved for the sake of sensual pleasure, pure and simple.
Hubbard, on the other hand, is telling his own son how to enslave minds,
bodies and souls. Parsons, who wrote extensively on the subject of freedom,
must have had no idea of what type of person he was engaged in High Magick

In any case, Parsons goes on to narrate that "In January 1946 I had been
engaged in the study and practice of magick for seven years, and in the
supervision and operation of an occult lodge for four years, [11] having
been initiated into the Sanctuary of the Gnosis by the Beast 666, Fra. 132,
and Fra. Saturnus. [12] At this time I decided upon a Magical operation
designed to obtain the assistance of an elemental mate." [13] In a sense,
deprived of his former lover, Parsons was 'going for broke' in looking for a
partner to create a magical child with; "All or nothing -- I have no other
terms," as he put it to Crowley. [14]

Beginning on January 4, 1946 at 9:00 PM, Parsons and Hubbard employed the
powerful Enochian Air Tablet, using an Air Dagger, parchment talisman,
invocations, conjurations, Enochian Calls and invocations, and appropriate
banishings. [15] According to Parsons, at various times over subsequent
days, wind storms were raised, electrical power was disrupted (January 14),
during which Hubbard allegedly had a candle knocked from his hand by
Something; several witnesses saw a "brownish yellow light about seven feet
high" [16] which Parsons banished. [17]

On January 18 Parsons and Hubbard were out in the Mojave Desert when Parsons
suddenly had an epiphany, and realized the experiment was accomplished. [18]
"I returned home," he tells us, "and found a young woman answering the
requirements [19] waiting for me."

For the next month he invoked Babalon with her as his partner, "as was
proper to one of my grade" [20] -- in other words, by the sexual Eucharist
of the Mass of the Holy Ghost.

While his magical partner visited in New York, on February 28, Parsons
returned to the Mojave, and received a "communication" he referred to as
Liber 49, The Book Of Babalon, which identifies its source as Babalon
Herself. It should be noted that Hubbard was also away then. Liber 49
asserts, among other things, "The working is of nine moons ... And she shall
wander in the witchwood under the Night of Pan, and know the mysteries of
the Goat and the Serpent, and of the children that are hidden away ... I
will provide the place and the material basis, thou the tears and blood ...
Thy tears, thy sweat, thy blood, thy semen, thy love, thy faith shall
provide. Ah, I shall drain thee like the cup that is of me, Babalon [21] ...
Let me behold thee naked and lusting after me, calling upon my name ... Let
me receive all thy manhood within my Cup, climax upon climax, joy upon joy
...Gather together in the covens as of old...Gather together in secret, be
naked and shameless and rejoice in my name." [22]

It is interesting that much of this anticipates the emergence of Wicca, at a
time when Gerald Gardner in England was only beginning to formulate his
ideas. Parsons spent much of the remainder of his short magical career
writing on the subject of 'witchcraft.' In any event, when Parsons
communicated the Good News to Crowley, the old Magus was perplexed, or
amused, or, conceivably both. He wrote Parsons, "You have me completely
puzzled by your remarks. I thought I had a morbid imagination, as good as
any man's, but it seems I have not. I cannot form the slightest idea what
you can possibly mean."

Apparently undaunted, upon Hubbard's return Parsons prepared to impregnate
his magical partner, impressed by a vision Hubbard had "of a savage and
beautiful woman riding naked on a great catlike beast."

According to Francis King's account, "Parsons was High Priest and had sexual
intercourse with the girl, while Hubbard who was present acted as scryer,
seer, or clairvoyant." This occurred on the first three days of March, 1946.

The aftermath is the subject of much rumor, and points out the high
significance of sexual magick. "This secret is the true Key to Magick," said
Crowley, "that is, by the right use of this secret man may impose his Will
on Nature herself...."

Hubbard took off with Parsons' former partner and the funds of their joint
enterprise. Parsons caught up with Hubbard in July of 1946 in Miami, having
to evoke Bartzabel [23] to raise a storm at sea, forcing Hubbard back to
shore. Ron Hubbard nevertheless married Parsons' former lover the following
month, and went on to write _Dianetics, The Science of Mental Health_ and,
eventually, to organize the Church of Scientology, built upon a hidden
mythos of a 75 million year old disaster in which the inhabitants of a 76
planet galactic federation were blown up by a dictator named Xenu. This
science fiction "space opera" from Hubbard's pulp fiction days forms a
bizarre underpinning to an already bizarre story. [24]

The remainder of the tale depends entirely on whom you talk to. Was a
"magical child" conceived ritually March 4, 1946, born into this world as
Babalon Incarnate on or about "nine moons" later, on or about December 4,
1946? Is such a being, a woman of about 50, alive today?

Or was there a more ethereal "birth" perhaps, on a spiritual level, the true
"birth date" of Gardnerian Wicca and its various descendent bodies, and on a
more material level, the birth of modern 'second wave' feminism. Surely, the
timing of the Babalon Working and the arrival of the Post War Baby Boom is
simultaneous in an eerie sort of way.

UFO buffs have of late been touting a theory that Hubbard came to Parsons
with a purpose more grandiose than "the ordinary confidence game."

In pulp magazine circles, he had encountered any number of occultists and
border occultists (Talbot Mundy, Col. Arthur Burks, Major Donald Keyhoe, Ray
Palmer and Richard S. Shaver come to mind [25]), and had already formulated
the core of the "inner Scientology teaching" outlined above.

He wished to bring this other world into Manifestation, but lacked the
technical knowledge to do so. So, he came to the innocent sex magician Jack
Parsons. In this version, the Babalon Working, guided by Hubbard, had little
to do with " Babalon" and more to do with the hideous Old Ones of the H.P.
Lovecraft Cthuthu Mythos. "A door opened; something came through" is the
essence of this thesis, and the appearance of the first "flying saucer" case
the following year is considered, in this outre rumor, not coincidental at

The Babalon Working permanently alienated Parsons from Crowley, but the work
of the ill-fated rocket scientist has more recently been reevaluated in a
more favorable light by present day occultists and UFOlogists alike.

Excerpt from:

Green Egg Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 118, March-April 1997 CE
The Official Organ of the Church of All Worlds
Issue entitled "Science Fiction and Paganism"
Green Egg, POB 488, Laytonville, CA 95454
(707) 984-7062 [EMAIL PROTECTED]


1 In point of fact, Adamski had been trying to sell his Venusian story as
science fiction several years earlier -- that is, at about the same time as
Parsons alleged experience in New Mexico.

2 Quoted from _L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? _ by Bent Corydon and L.
Ron Hubbard, Jr. (Lyle Stuart, 1987) p. 307.

3 op. cit. pp. 255-56

4 op. cit. p. 256

5 op. cit. p. 258

6 op. cit. p. 259

7 op. cit. p. 257, but frequently quoted in various sources; See also
Crowley's novel _Moonchild_.

8 _Freedom Is A Two Edged Sword_ by John W. Parsons (Falcon Press/OTO 1989)
introduction by Hymenaeus Beta, p. 7

9 Corydon & Hubbard, op. cit. p. 307.

10 De Arte Magica

11 Agape Lodge OTO

12 This is a significant "crew" of initiators, indeed. The Sanctuary of the
Gnosis refers to the Ninth Degree of the OTO System, the most exalted of the
regular initiatory degrees. The Initiators here mentioned are Aleister
Crowley, the then Grand Master of the Order, W.T. Smith, the U.S. National
Grand Master, and Karl Germer, who served after Crowley's death as Grand
Master until the early 1960s.

13 _The Collected Writings of Jack Parsons_, Part One, _The Book of
Babalon_, introduction, "Conception."

14 Corydon & Hubbard, op. cit. p. 257

15 This is standard ceremonial magical ritual practice.

16 _Book of Babalon_, Parsons, p 6 ; also quoted by Corydon & Hubbard, op.
cit. p. 256

17 These are common side effects in serious magical rituals.

18 This is, of course, the same area that the Adamski Orthon contact took
place a few years later, the area in which Dr. Wilhelm Reich, M.D. conducted
his experiments with shooting down UFOs with Orgone Energy, and various
other UFO-related events. [see -B:.B:.]

19 Marjorie Elizabeth Cameron (b. 1922 - d. 1995), or the future Ms.
Parsons; see Freedom Is... op. cit. Also The Magical Link, Spring-Summer,

20 _Book of Babalon_, op. cit., p. 4

21 After _Liber Cheth_, a Class A Holy Book of the Thelemic Canon.

22 _Book of Babalon_, op. cit. pp. 5-9

23 A powerful magical being

24 Corydon & Hubbard, op. cit. p. 364

25 Except for Mundy, the present author has met with all of the pulp writers
mentioned here.

About the author:

A native of Augusta, Georgia, USA, Bishop T Allen Greenfield, 50, is a world
traveller and the father of three sons, ranging in age from 24 to 5.

He is a long-time student of occultism, esoteric spirituality and
Gnosticism. A past member of the British Society for Psychical Research, the
National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), etc., he has
twice been the recipient of the "UFOlogist of the Year Award" of the
National UFO Conference (1972 and 1992).

Greenfield is the author of several commercial books. _Secret Cipher of the
UFOnauts_, IllumiNet Press, 1994 has been critically acclaimed in many
reviews all over the world. A more scholarly work, "The Story of the
Hermetic Brotherhood of Light" which deals with this seminal occult group
from a Thelemic perspective, has now been published by Looking Glass Press
of Stockholm, Sweden and Beverly Hills, CA USA (1997).

The Bishop is currently working on a book on the history of the Rite of
Memphis from Cagliostro to Yarker, Papus and Crowley, as well as developing
an annotated edition of Frater Achad's BOOK 31, taken from the original
typescript and Achad's private letters. He also wrote the introduction to
the late Gray Barker's surrealist exploration of the heart of the UFO and
"Men in Black" mythos, The Silver Bridge (Saucerian Books, 1970) and
privately published an informal history of UFOlogy, Saucers and Saucerers
(PANP Press, 1976).

He is, however, not a strange creature from time and space, a UFO silencer,
a pagan writer, an Illuminoid, nor, for that matter, a Theosophist. He is
said to have a sense of humor, and is known to write rather decent poetry
when he is depressed, or inspired, or in love, mostly for his own amusement
and that of his friends.

Since the 1960's The Rt. Rev. Greenfield has appeared on various "talk"
radio and television programs, dealing with esoteric and political issues.
As a speaker, he has appeared before the International Fortean Organization
(Washington, D.C., 1974), the Atlanta UFO Society (Atlanta, Fernbank Science
Center, 1975), at the 31st Annual National UFO Conference (Cleveland, 1994),
UFO Forum (Atlanta, 1995), 32nd Annual National UFO Conference (Atlanta,
1995), and Greenfield spoke on the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light and served
on two panels at the First National OTO Conference (Akron, Ohio, 1997).

Since 1969 Greenfield has been a practicing Ceremonial Magician, and for
even longer a serious student of the Western Esoteric Tradition. After many
years of study, he was Elected a Bishop by the Holy Synod of the
Neopythagorean Gnostic Church in 1986, and was consecrated Bishop. In 1987
he was extended recognition as a Bishop within the Gnostic Catholic
Church-Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) and was consecrated in New York in
November of 1988.

An ecclectic exponent of spiritual ideas, Greenfield also acts as a local
contact and information resource for the KARMA KAGYU BUDDHIST NETWORK
(KKBN), and has handled local presentations by Spiritual Masters from
various traditions. He also holds symbolic and actual titles from a number
of esoteric bodies: From the Ancient and Primitive Rites of Memphis &
Mizraim, he holds the 33¿ 90¿ 95¿ and a research lodge charter (1921
ecclesiastical revised rite); is Auxiliary ("Associate") Bishop in the QBLH
and since September 23, 1995, has been a Member of the Green Abyss Lodge of
the Miskatonick Society (USA) in association with The Grey Lodge (England).

The only RITUAL initiatory body with which The Rt. Rev. Greenfield is
affiliated, however, is the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Greenfield is Past
Master of Eulis (now Syntaxiss) Lodge of OTO, and former editor of its
journal, LAShTAL. The Rt. Rev. Greenfield holds both initiate and
ecclesiastic membership in OTO, and continues to serve that august body as
both Bishop and Chartered Initiator, as well as other capacities.

The Bishop may be reached at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or simply spied upon at

Lastly, he hath been further htmled at:

The Rocket Scientist & The Guru: Stardate 1946

Frater Achad and the Little Grey Space Aliens

The Men in Black and Their Magical Origins


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