From the section GNOSTIC REVIVAL

The climax of Jung’s visionary experiences has only recently become more widely known, primarily through The Aryan Christ of Richard Noll. One night in December 1913, in a state of active imagination, he started to experience a snake wrapping itself around his body. As it did so, he found himself taking on a crucifixion pose and his head changing shape into that of a lion. Jung had assumed the god-form of the Mithraic leontocephalic (meaning lion-headed) cosmocrator (ruler of the cosmos), Lord of Time, Aion. He achieved such intensity as to experience total identification, in his own words, “Deification.” “In this deification mystery you make yourself into the vessel, and are a vessel of creation in which the opposites reconcile.” “So Aion, the lion headed god with the snake round his body, again represents the union of opposites, light and dark, male and female, creation and destruction.” It was essentially an initiatory experience. The scene was set for Seven Sermons, where Jung was the vessel of the Mithriac Aion’s kindred Abraxas, unifier of opposites.

Jack Parsons
From the section LIVING FLAME

John Parsons aka Jack was born on October 2nd 1914, a day when the Jehovah’s Witnesses believed the world would end. This was perhaps prophetic of his later life. By 1945 he was a prodigiously precocious explosives expert and innovator in rocket technology, having helped to found the Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory that still contributes to the space shuttle programme. He stood at the very beginning of America’s space programme, later having a crater on the moon named after him. Among his associates were people with peripheral involvement in the A Bomb project. Here was a man with a tangible role in the scientific events that shaped the century. Tall and Hollywood handsome, Parsons was also a bit of a playboy and wildman with a passionate mystical intensity about him. He claimed to have successfully invoked Satan to visible appearance at the age of thirteen. Although admitting that the result had terrified him, it proved to be the start of a path that would lead him to become a Thelemite ritual magician. It’s amazing to think of him actually reciting Crowley’s Hymn to Pan when launching experimental rockets.


There are tales that Gurdjieff may have been one of the Secret Chiefs behind Nazism. The idea is mentioned, for example, by Gerald Suster in his generally excellent Hitler and the Age of Horus. Works in the Nazi occult genre will state that Gurdjieff knew Haushofer, perhaps in Tibet, and remained in touch with him. Another important early mystical Nazi theorist, Alfred Rosenberg, has been described as a student of Gurdjieff. I would classify all of this as yet more occult gossip. Louis Pauwels has a lot to answer for here. He wrote a long critical work against Gurdjieff after having been involved with one of his groups although never meeting the man himself. The Nazi ideas began there and filter into Magicians. They do not stand up to any scrutiny. Pauwels later admitted that his Gurdjieff book was deeply flawed.


In Hitler: a Study in Tyranny his first major biographer Alan Bullock stated that ‘Hitler’s power to bewitch an audience has been likened to the occult arts of the African medicine-man or the Asiatic Shaman; others have compared it to the sensitivity of a medium, and the magnetism of a hypnotist.’ Jung spoke of Wotan as the primordial archetype possessing Hitler. ‘He is the god of the storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of battle; moreover he is superlative magician and artist in illusion who is versed in all secrets of an occult nature.’  In his famous 1936 essay Jung went on to prophecy, with words that would soon ring horribly true, that with Nazism ‘Things must be concealed in the background which we cannot imagine at present, but we may expect them to appear in the course of the next few years or decades.’  In the anthology CG Jung Speaking: Interviews and Encounters, he said that ‘Hitler as a man scarcely exists’, ‘he disappears behind his role’.  He was a ‘medicine man, a form of spiritual vessel, a demi-deity or even better, a myth’.

L Ron Hubbard
From the section ENTER LRH

A crucial turning point came in August 1945 with the arrival of L Ron Hubbard at the Parsonage. Ron has achieved the considerable feat of surpassing Crowley in the legend of infamy stakes and has become the recipient of more vitriolic hatred on the internet than has been directed at some genocidal dictators. The mere mention of his name seems to press people’s buttons to a remarkable extent. He is, of course, responsible for founding the new religion of Scientology, an enterprise more successful in the material realms than anything Crowley was ever able to manifest. An appendix will deal more specifically with the mystery of his role in the events that followed. It is sufficient to say here that unlike virtually every writer who has tackled the subject of the legendary Babalon Working I am not a Ron hater.

Robert Anton Wilson
From the section SIRIUS MYSTERY

Already an experienced psychedelic voyager, Wilson decided to test his theory by combining acid with serious experimentation in Crowley’s magickal techniques. As a result of this he found that synchronicities and strange experiences rapidly increased. It was through this doorway that information suggestive of an Illuminati signature fortuitously clustered around him. During the writing of Illuminatus, Wilson was inspired to make major use of the symbol of the eye in the triangle, treating it as a motif of the secret brotherhood. He knew that its portrayal on the dollar bill had been linked to Freemasonry. Gradually he came to know that it connects with the Egyptian Eye of Horus design and was used on ceremonial headgear by Crowley. The Beast referred to his work as ‘scientific illuminism’, and occasionally to himself as ‘Epopt of the Illuminati’. Wilson began to notice that the number 23 seemed to appear in his synchronicities a disproportionate amount of times. William Burroughs had introduced him to the idea that some kind of strangeness surrounds the number. At first he wondered if it was a case of selective attention.

Charles Manson
From the section HELTER SKELTER

Manson, for all his jail background, seemed on the surface to be a loved-up kind of guy. He made a strong favourable impression on lots of people, soon attracting a free-floating community around him who came to be known as the Family. His immediate mission seemed to be the promotion of his music. To that end he cultivated as many connections as possible. Beach Boy Dennis Wilson was the most famous long-term convert. The band actually recorded a Manson song on a B side. Even a rock heavyweight like Neil Young stated that Charlie was a major talent. And that’s part of the fascination with Manson. There was something unique and brilliant about him, some extraordinary charisma. Despite decades in the prison system there still is. He was clearly a sorcerer of sorts and possessed of an unusual kind of intelligence despite sometimes adopting an almost hillbilly persona. Charlie is now touted as some kind of eco-warrior. Something was also horrifically wrong and has stayed wrong.

Timothy Leary

Leary and Barritt didn’t think they may have been reincarnations of Crowley and Neuberg. Their lives overlapped datewise. The earlier Dee and Kelly were possibilities even though Crowley himself had already blagged Kelly as a past life. It was more a feeling of being links in a chain of transmission, ‘recurring cycles with different representatives each time around’ as Barritt put it. There was also a feeling that, with acid, consciousness could become aware of itself functioning on a level beyond the usual understanding of spacetime. The obvious initial thoughts were on the past but I’m inclined to believe the future was just as strongly present. The book that Barritt had been flown in to help Leary with came to be called Confessions of a Hope Fiend, deliberately conjoining two Crowley titles as an acknowledgement of the startling events.In it Leary would state that ‘The eerie synchronicities between our lives and that of Crowley, which were later to preoccupy us, were still unfolding with such precision as to make us wonder if one can escape the programmed imprinting with which we are born.’