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L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley’s Magick

The Science Channel dropped a bomb in my living room over the holidays.  It aired a episode of Dark Matters: Twisted but True that contained a segment titled “Magick Jet Propulsion”.

It was a bomb for me, anyway. American television rarely showcases L. Ron Hubbard if it isn’t to criticize Scientology.

But that’s what they did this time. 

The Magick involved a sect called Thelema.

Thelema was a fringe practice whose primary mantra was “Do what thou wilt”. The sect was created by British writer and occultist and ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley, who claimed to have received the bulk of Thelema’s dogma from an entity named Aiwass.

Jack Parsons and associate Ed Forman were practitioners in Thelema while at the same time working in a small group of rocketry investigators in Southern California under Cal Tech. When their work blossomed into commercial and military practicality, they were among the first to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, eventually co-founding the Aerojet Corporation.

The US government didn’t want occult magicians on its payroll when it was discovered that “doing what one wilt” extended to having sex with people who weren’t your spouse, it turned out. The practice alienated Parsons’ wife when Parsons took up with his wife’s sister Sara Northrup (aka Betty). But the sister was in Thelema, too, and, according to the video, she did what she wilt and took up with founder of the Church of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard. They later married.

The Thelema/Parsons/Hubbard link is explored in more detail in the book by Russell Miller titled Bare-faced Messiah, (1987, ISBN 0-7181-2764-1).

Perhaps someone who has access to the 16-volume biographical encyclopedia of LRH’s life as issued by Scientology Inc can tell me which volume Jack Parsons and Thelema ended up in.

If they did.

— written by Plain Old Thetan

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6 Comments

bboy  on January 7th, 2013

This site always seemed pretty “indie” oriented and the posting of this article suggests that maybe the site owners are just interested in educating, or maybe moving from the indie viewpoint that the ills of the Church of Scientology are due to the current management. Would the site administrators care to comment?

PlainOldThetan  on January 8th, 2013

My initial comment: I suspect I don’t define “indie” the exact same way you do. “We must here repeat what Locke has so strongly urged —- Define your terms.” — Voltaire

D'Anne  on January 8th, 2013

I just finished reading John Sweeney’s THE CHURCH OF FEAR. I couldn’t put it down. It’s terrific… (and I’ve read everything else.) Enjoy!

Dan 351  on January 8th, 2013

There’s some pretty bad actors on the Dark Matters show.

This looked like a high school drama class.

PlainOldThetan  on January 9th, 2013

Every actor has to start their career someplace. Just wait for more tripe to start pouring out of Mad Hatter Studios. And the actors in things like the Problems of Work DVD couldn’t be more stiff even if they were drugged.

OldAuditor  on January 21st, 2013

bboy, this site has never pushed the kind of “Indie” orientation that former Sea Org people like Marty Rathbun approve of.

We have always insisted on getting real answers to questions without regard to what the subject is. As far as we are concerned, there are no subjects that should be considered sacred.

I have written extensively about the many flavors of the independent field. Some are almost church-like with deep reverence for KSW and for LRH as source. The opposite end of the spectrum is populated with people who think of Ron the Con as the worst villain since Crowley.

In between the end points there are at least 20 different groupings of independents with many different names such as the Freezone, the Free Zone, Ron’s Org, Scientolopedia, Free Scientologist, etc., etc. Each group has its own set of rules and many of the groups consist of practicing auditors.

We tend to support any activity that puts the welfare of the pc ahead of all other considerations and we have found that the most useful data from Scientology was discovered or developed in the early Fifties. There are many, many people who contributed to this technology and we are gathering up accounts of those whose contributions have made a lasting difference.

The ills of the church can be seen to have begun as early as 1955 and I will leave you to discover why that was. All you have to do is to read the links in our right sidebar, especially those under the title “Church history you may not wish to confront”.

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