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The Explosive Imagination of

John Whiteside 'Jack' Parsons
(Frater Belarion)


I height Don Quixote, I live on Peyote, Oriflamme, February 21, 1943

The Book of Babalon January 4 – March 4, 1946 EV

Liber 49 (received wisdom, in the Book of Babalon)

The Birth of Babalon (poem, in the Book of Babalon)

The Book of the Antichrist

The Manifesto of the Antichrist (in The Book of the Antichrist)

Analysis by a Master of the Temple of the Critical Nodes in the Experience of his Material Vehicle


See also, elsewhere:
We are the Witchcraft, excerpt from Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword
The Woman Girt with a Sword, excerpt from Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword
Correspondence between Jack Parsons and His 'Elemental' Marjorie Cameron, Edited by Cameron and Hymenaeus Beta



Jack Parsons, Babalon, Witchcraft, Scarlet Imprint blog

Jack Parsons and The Curious Tale of Rocketry in the 1930s by George Pendle, The Naked Scientists Mar 2006

The Magical Father of American Rocketry: Jack parsons, burning out his fuel up there alone by Brian Doherty, Reason May 2005

Jack Parsons and the Fall of Babylon by Paul Rydeen, reviewed by Adam Gorightly

Jack Parsons: The Magickal Scientist, The Excluded Middle #6

Aleister Crowley: The Midnight Messenger by Mike Culkin, Paranoia Magazine

Jack Parsons: Beloved of BABALON: A Psych Profile of JPL's Magickal Scientist by Michael Staley [originally from "StarFire" magazine, a Thelemic publication]

John Whiteside Parsons: Anti-Christ Superstar by Richard Metzger

The Sorcerous Scientist by Douglas Chapman, Strange Magazine #6

The Babalon Working by Alexander Mitchell, Insight Magazine #15


Jack Parsons: King of the Rocket Men by Colin Bennett, illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, from Fortean Times #132 Hubbard and the Babalon Working

You may also wish to follow the 'Jack Parsons' tag at the Hermetic Library blog.



Songs for the Witch Woman by John W Parsons and Marjorie Cameron, with commentary by William Breeze, George Prendle and Margaret Haines

Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword and Other Essays, Oriflamme 1

Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons by John Carter, introduction by Robert Anton Wilson

Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle

Wormwood Star: The Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron by Spencer Kansa

Bibliography and Research Guide to the Life and Works of John W. "Jack" Parsons has been delayed "due to the decision to include details of surviving Parsons manuscript material, a cache of which was recently discovered. At this stage no date is set for its release, but it will likely be some time in 2011." [via]

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright


Other resources

Caltech TACIT's production of Pasadena Babalon: The World of Jack Parsons by George Morgan, staged by Theater Arts at the California Institute of Technology

Craig Baldwin’s film Mock Up on Mu, "a feature-length 'collage-narrative' based on (mostly) true stories of California's post-War sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions, and Beat lifestyles."

The Marvel: Sex, Magic and Rocket Science by Richard Carbonneau and Robin Simon