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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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Disinfonauts! Some have this idea that enlightenment can be bought one yoga mat at a time at Whole Foods, but is that the real deal? With so many soft core eastern traditions infiltrating western culture, how do we parse the legitimate from the bullshit?
I had a great conversation with Esotericist, Hermit, Santa Muerte expert and all around, great guy, David Metcalfe for my podcast and we tackle the subject of the Blood Soaked Road to Enlightenment.
I just had to share it with you all.
“I think for these movie makers, it’s like a challenge to the audience. To say, ‘I’m embedding this movie with this esoterica, this hidden occultism, you find it.’ It’s like a treasure hunt almost.” -Robert W. Sullivan IV
Author, 32nd degree Freemason and scholar Robert W. Sullivan IV is back to blast more hidden knowledge! This time, he takes a scalpel to your favorite films, exposing the cloaked allegory, messages, symbols and archetypes that fuel man’s most popular and powerful narratives.
Our epic stories share striking similarities. Whether it’s the story of Jesus, King Arthur, Star Wars or Interstellar (see it now on the largest screen with the loudest sound possible, seriously!), the outline remains largely the same: a reluctant man with great potential is called to adventure, faces various trials and tribulations, reaches some fully-realized form and transcends the realm of the mere mortal (that’s highly simplified, but you get it).… Read the rest
WARNING: Viewing this Leonard da Vinci selfie may imbue you with special powers:
People actually believed this enough to go to great lengths to keep it away from Adolf Hitler, who was famously interested in the occult. The story from BBC News:
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One of the world’s most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin. Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci but some believe it has mystical powers.
There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da Vinci in this self-portrait is so intense that those who observe it are imbued with great strength.
Some say it was this magical power, not the cultural and economic value of the drawing, that led to it being secretly moved from Turin and taken to Rome during World War Two – heaven forbid it should ever fall into Hitler’s hands and give him more power.
If you’ve seen the Hollywood horror films, The Conjuring or Annabelle, then you’re probably aware of Ed and Lorraine Warren. But I’m willing to bet that some, if not most, are generally unfamiliar with their work and past. I’ve been fortunate enough to have met Lorraine Warren a few times (I actually went with her and some neighbors to see The Conjuring when it was released) because my boyfriend’s friend (we’ll call him Jake, for the sake of privacy) lives next door to Lorraine.
Yes, he lives next door to the Museum of the Occult.
(The above video shows a tour of the Museum. The quality is bad, but they tell an interesting story about the Annabelle doll.)
Their website is extremely outdated and hard to read with the black background and flashy graphics, so I’ll copy their bio for you here:
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For over fifty years now, Ed and Lorraine Warren have been considered America’s preeminent experts on the subject of spirits and demonology.
In western societies, the canon is the greatest ally to social conditioning and nation-building. Schools and media echo it with great alacrity. There are even prizes, ranging from local to international (and very prestigious, as well as remunerative), assigned to sundry representatives of the canon. The significance of such prizes is twofold: further to establish and divulge the canon, and to enroll clever minds in its service. The resulting world is deceptively varied but in fact univocal. Most of us are led to believe that that’s all there is and, often, believe it we do. Then, one day, some of us stumble on something that seems completely extra-canonical. We either dismiss it as sheer nonsense or, to our surprise, we are attracted to it—and the doors of a whole new world are swung open.
Gary Lachman’s Revolutionaries of the Soul: Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists is just the sort of book that those of you who have overdosed on the platitudes so incessantly dished out by the canon-enforcers will enjoy reading.… Read the rest
‘Welcome to – how do you say – “a hole in history itself.’
This book is about magic, and about Generation Hex, teenagers and young adults who practice it.’
– Jason Louv (from Generation Hex, Introduction)
From Binding the Occult:
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For those of you that weren’t around during it’s heyday it would be hard to understand. There was no proper term for it. I could say Hyper Culture, I could say Ultra Culture, there were a million different terms for what was going on. It was a movement. The internet was still fresh and new. It had been born from some chaotic cesspool and out from it came a storm of ideas and people who were steeped in all sorts of eclectic occult knowledge. One, especially a sixteen year old boy, could just bathe in. Here was a world where the only books I could easily find were by a witch named Silver Ravenwolf, and suddenly I am diving into ideas that until recently were completely obscure.
An excerpt from The King’s Psychic: The True Story of the Occultist Doctor Who Ensnared Edward VIII, England’s Nazis and World War II Commanders by Sean Stowell.
via IOM Today (Click the link to read the full excerpt):
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A new book, The King’s Psychic, tells the remarkable story about a wealthy doctor who lived at Ballamoar Castle near Ballaugh. He dabbled in the occult and had secretly treated King Edward VIII in the build up to the king’s eventual abdication. Here the author Sean Stowell describes the doctor’s role in those historic events, and how he then went on to influence some in Britain’s High Command in World War Two after he moved to the Isle of Man.
Not unexpectedly given the prevalence of gossip about him, both my grandmothers separately picked up fascinating gossip about Dr Alexander Cannon, the ‘psychic’ doctor who played a secret role in the 1936 abdication.
About a year ago, some residents at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles complained about the water quality. Sent to inspect the cause of the blackened and odd tasting water, a maintenance worker made a grisly discovery: the decomposing body of Elisa Lam in one of the roof’s water tanks. For about 19 days, residents at the Cecil Hotel bathed, drank, and brushed their teeth with corpse contaminated water. Even weirder, the hotel remained open and guests continued to check in and out as firefighters removed Lam’s body.
Lam was a 21-year-old college student visiting LA from Canada. An autopsy showed that there were no drugs or alcohol in her system and Lam’s death was subsequently ruled “‘accidental due to drowning, other significant conditions: bipolar disorder.'”
The police eventually released the following video, most likely to prove the bipolar diagnosis. It shows Lam acting oddly on an elevator:
Many questions have been raised following Lam’s “accidental” death.… Read the rest