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Jack Parsons: Last of the Magicians

The remarkable American occultist John Whiteside “Jack” Jack Parsons is well known to veteran disinfonauts, but new to the hipsters at Motherboard/Vice:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is the world leader in space exploration. JPL scientists have put robots on Mars, sent probes into interstellar space, and collected dust from the tails of comets. But what if the real purpose behind its mission was something darker?

What if the lab was less interested in exploring outer space than the depths of the void? What if its researchers huddled around their computer screens in search of paranormal entities or dark gods crawling clear of the event horizons of nearby black holes?

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Los Angeles Times publicity photo of John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons during the murder trial of police officer Earl Kynette.

Of course, that’s not the case. JPL is not part of some Joss Whedon-esque occult-industrial complex. It does not mingle science with the supernatural.

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Occultist father of rocketry ‘written out’ of Nasa’s history

GALCIT Group members in the Arroyo Seco, November 1936. L-R: Rudolph Schott, Amo Smith, Frank Malina, Ed Forman, and Jack ParsonsNASA/JPL

GALCIT Group members in the Arroyo Seco, November 1936. L-R: Rudolph Schott, Amo Smith, Frank Malina, Ed Forman, and Jack ParsonsNASA/JPL

Via Wired UK:

Jack Parsons was a founding member of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab, with some crediting him as being one of the “fathers of rocketry” and others joking that JPL was actually Jack Parsons’ Laboratory, but you won’t find much about him on Nasa’s websites. Parsons’ legacy as an engineer and chemist has been somewhat overshadowed by his interest in the occult and, and has led to what some critics describe as a rewriting of the history books.

“He’s lived in the footnotes since his death. He’s a forgotten figure,” says biographer George Pendle, author of Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parson (Jack’s full name).

Pendle did an “archeological dig” into Parsons’ life after finding a mention of him in a science book.

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Exclusive Excerpts from ‘Songs for the Witch Woman’ by Occultists Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron

Frontispiece from 'Songs for the Witch Woman' (C) - Fulgur Esoterica

Frontispiece from ‘Songs for the Witch Woman’ (C) – Fulgur Esoterica

Lyvia Filotico of Fulgur Esoterica writes with news of Songs for the Witch Woman: A new collection of poetry by legendary rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons and art by Marjorie Cameron, his lover and magickal working partner. We thank Lyvia for allowing us to run an introduction to Cameron’s turbulent life, a poem by Jack Parsons, plus an excerpt from Cameron’s diary, and a sample of her art, all taken from Songs for the Witch Woman. Learn more about Songs for the Witch Woman here.

He’ll Be Back Someday Laughing At You

Marjorie Cameron was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa in 1922. The fiery and uncompromising character for which she would later be known manifested from an early age. School friends and teachers alike saw her as a peculiar child who by nature looked at the world from a different angle.

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L. Ron Hubbard & Aleister Crowley: The Occult Roots of Scientology?

The Rosy Cross, appropriated in a similar form by Crowley and OTO

The Rosy Cross, appropriated in a similar form by Crowley and OTO

Ohio State professor Hugh Urban is no stranger to esoteric religions, and The Village Voice blog Runnin’ Scared is no stranger either to the professor or to his other pet project: well-deserved exposés of that most modern of esoteric religions, Scientology.

Scientology's cross. See the similarity?

Regular Disinfo readers would be familiar with the following slightly paranoia-inducing fact, as the post puts it: “that after his involvement in WWII, Hubbard shacked up with Jet Propulsion Lab rocket scientist Jack Parsons, a man heavily into the occult, and in particular the teachings of The Great Beast, British occultist Aleister Crowley.”

Many a conspiracy theory has been launched from this outlier. However, blogger Tony Ortega latest Scientology post ‘paraphrases’ Urban’s new piece for the pay-walled journal Nova Religio, which is a thorough, academic study of the ways that Crowley’s “magick” found parallels in what would become Hubbard’s most famous creation, Scientology.… Read the rest

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Between Oraia and Helene

The Infinite and the BeyondPodcast: Episode #024 — Between Oraia and Helene

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Oraia HeleneIn the latest episode of The Infinite and the Beyond, we speak with fellow podcaster Oraia Helene from Between the Earth and Stars and talk about her recent changes with her name, producing her shows, how she balances her scientific side with her magickal side, her work as a writer and podcaster, and have a great time doing it. We also speak with Inanna John_Whiteside_ParsonsGabriel from Misanthrope Press regarding the new pagan story anthology Etched Offerings Voices from the Cauldron of Story. In A Corner in the Occult, we learn about Scientist, Thelemite and 20th century Occultist Jack Parsons who, interestingly enough, has a crater on the moon named after him. Listen and found out why! And later in the show we discuss the Powers of the Sphinx in The Essence of Magick. To know, to dare, to will, to keep silent, and to go are crucial to the developing student of mysticism. Also in the episode we feature a great song from the Philadelphia band Espers an emerging indie band and we close the show with a special musical holiday treat from SCHOLAR the occultist and rapper. All this and more in this delightful episode!

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Sitting Now (Podcast) Raises Pan with Brian Butler

Via: sittingnow.co.uk:

This week we venture back into the worlds of the Occult, and film-making. Brian Butler is a filmmaker, magician, and colleague to legendary director Kenneth Anger.

In this weeks episode we discuss: Jack Parsons and his magickal journey, The Night of Pan, Kenneth Anger, and how the occult can influence the filmmaking process.

This weeks guest is Brian Butler

Brian is screening his new film The Night of Pan, as well as performing live music with Death in Vegas’ Richard Fearless in London this week, make sure you don’t miss it — the event is free, and you can get more details here.

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