Jack Parsons


John Whiteside Parsons, born Marvel Whiteside Parsons but better known as Jack Parsons, was one of the primary founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a pioneer of solid-state rocketry, as well as a practicing occultist. He was a practicing Thelemite and a correspondent of Aleister Crowley. In the mid- to late-forties, he and L. Ron Hubbard engaged in a series of magickal workings called the Babalon Working, designed to incarnate the goddess Babalon on earth à la Crowley’s Moonchild. He claims it worked, although in the aftermath, L. Ron Hubbard and his ex-lover stole his life’s savings and he couldn’t find work in the McCarthy era. He died in 1952 at the age of 37, in a home laboratory explosion that some consider suspicious.

Mabel indicates he probably had some contact with Nick Schenck, giving him the idea to try to ritually create the perfect movie star — a ritual that might have spawned Jasper Fitzroy.

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Jack Parsons

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