|Tau Allen Greenfield, Bishop EGC/OTO|
"At about the same time that Parsons was trying to incarnate
an extraterrestrial entity, he also claimed that he had met a
Venusian in the desert of New Mexico -- an odd fore-
shadowing of the claims of later 'contactees' such as George
Adamski in the early 1950's."
-Jay Katz, _Saucers of the Illuminati_ 
Hubbard wished to bring this other world into Manifestation
but lacked the technical knowledge to do so. So, he came to
the innocent sex magician Jack Parsons. In this version, the
Babalon Working, guided by Hubbard, had little to do with
"Babalon" and more to do with the hideous Old Ones of the
H.P. Lovecraft Cthuthu Mythos. "A door opened; something
came through" is the essence of this thesis, and the appear-
ance of the first "flying saucer" case the following year is
considered, in this outre rumor, not coincidental at all.
The so-called "Babalon Working" conducted by John Whiteside Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard between January 4 and March 4, 1946, has been the object of much speculation, mythologizing and wonder.
This speculation is due in part to the involvement of two charismatic and brilliant Bohemians of that period. Parsons (1914-1952) was a major force in the early development of solid fuel booster rockets, for which work the International Astronomical Union eventually named a Lunar Crater in his memory. He was an OTO member from 1941, and served for a short period as Master of Agape Lodge OTO in the 1940s. He died under mysterious circumstances in an explosion in 1952.
The other participant, pulp fiction author La Fayette Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), eventually founded the Church of Scientology and has been the center of stormy controversy in the decades since.
Both men were students of magick, especially the sexual magick of Aleister Crowley. According to Bent Corydon, Hubbard once confided in his son, Ron Jr., "Secrets, techniques and powers I alone have refined, improved on, applied my engineering principles to. Science and logic. THE keys! My keys to the doorway of the Magick; my magick! THE power! NOT Scientology power! MY power! The real powers of Solomon..." Hubbard Sr. made clear he was talking about the sex magick central to the OTO system, but with a unique twist: "Sex by will, Love by will -- no caring and no sharing -- no feelings ... Sex is the route to power. Scarlet women! They are the secret to the doorway. Use and consume. Feast. Drink the power through them. Waste and discard them." 
The idealist Jack Parsons could hardly have understood what sort of man he was dealing with; he wrote Crowley in February, 1946:
"About three months ago I met Ron ... He is a gentleman ... He moved in with me about two months ago, and although Maggy and I are still friendly, she has transferred her sexual affections to Ron." 
While Parsons was convinced that Hubbard, as he wrote Crowley, "...is in complete accord with our own principles"  and proceeded to enter into a joint financial venture with the future Father of Scientology, Crowley was writing his eventual successor as OTO Grand Master, Karl Germer, "From our brother's account he has given away both his girl and his money -- apparently it's the ordinary confidence trick."  Parson's friend Alva Rogers, who witnessed these events as they unfolded, described Hubbard's role in this way:
"Ron was a persuasive and unscrupulous charmer, not only in social groups, but with the ladies. He was so persuasive and charmingly unscrupulous that within a matter of a few weeks he brought the entire house of Parsons down around poor Jack's ears. He did this by the simple expedient of taking over Jack's girl for extended periods of time." 
[Note: we acquired an interesting little bit of related information the other day from the hand of someone with a curiously Valleean vibe. In regards to a footnote mentioning a 1962 _Darkhouse_ article by "the late and much admired Alva Rogers," found in another Parsons article we had recently posted, the mysterious researcher noted, "It might be worth pointing out that he has another tangential Hubbard connection as the author of a _A Requiem For 'Unknown,'_ a book on the fantasy magazine, 'Unknown,' edited by John W. Campbell, the editor who first published Hubbard's blatherings about Dianetics in his science-fiction magazine, 'Astounding.'" -B:.B:.]
It was against this background that Parsons and Hubbard embarked upon "The Babalon Working" -- an elaborate sexual magick experiment designed to bring Babalon into physical manifestation.
The whole concept of the "Magical Child" has several distinct interpretations. In the more orthodox and traditional view, sex magick is employed to Manifest, by an act of Pure Will, a magical being the material bases of which are the sexual fluids themselves. A more literal interpretation holds that magical rituals such as "The Star Sapphire" will produce a "Moon Child" -- that is, a living child who serves as host to a superbeing, that is, the child is an "avatar" in Eastern terms, or an Incarnation of the Divine in Western thought. Yet a third interpretation is that sex magick is, simply, the "Yoga of Sex" and the "Magical Child" is the Transformed Sex Magician Himself!
Hubbard and Parsons were ostensibly aiming at the second, literal interpretation; to manifest a Scarlet Woman willing to conceive a child who would embody the transformative goddess- being Babalon.
Crowley wrote Germer: "Apparently Parsons or Hubbard or somebody is producing a moonchild. I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts." 
The reaction was certainly excessive. Crowley's successor as Grand Master of the OTO in the 1980s, Hymenaeus Beta, noted that an adequate chronicle of Parsons' "now-famous 'Babalon Working' of 1946 EV has yet to be published ...Most published accounts focus on his friendship and falling-out with Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard without appraising the larger issues of what was actually being attempted, and why."  Certainly, Parsons' own description of the Working is based upon fundamentals of Ceremonial and Sexual Magick.
In The Book of Babalon -- January 4 - March 4, 1946 EV, Parsons outlines the entire experiment, including the reasons for it:
"The present age is under the influence of the force called, in magical terminology, Horus. This force relates to fire, Mars, and the Sun, that is, to power, violence and energy...
"This force is completely blind, depending upon the men and women in whom it manifests and who guide it...
"The catastrophic trend is due to our lack of understanding of our own natures. The hidden lusts, fears, and hatreds resulting from the warping of the love urge, which underlie the natures of all Western peoples, have taken a homicidal and suicidal direction.
"This impasse is broken by the incarnation of another sort of force, called Babalon. The nature of this force relates to love, understanding, and dionysian freedom, and is the necessary counterbalance or correspondence to the manifestation of Horus."
Thus far, Parsons is reasoning in a sound manner. Keep in mind, however, that he is working with his "friend" Hubbard, then in the very process of making off with Parsons' money and lover; a man who was to tell his son, Ron Jr., a few years later, to use and discard Scarlet Women. In what sense "scarlet?" the younger Hubbard asked? "Scarlet," the Scientology Source replied, "the blood of their bodies; the blood of their souls ... bend their bodies; bend their minds; bend their wills -- beat back the past." 
[Note: in the disturbing public domain essay _Hollywood, Satanism,
Scientology and Suicide_, we read of Hubbard's heinous abuses of
the fairer sex, as described by his own son:
When asked by an interviewer how this "soul-cracking" worked,
L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. said, "The explanation is sort of long
and complicated. The basic rationale is that there are some
powers in this universe that are pretty strong.
"As an example, Hitler was involved in the same
and the same occult practices that my father was. The
identical ones. Which, as I have said, stem clear back to
before Egyptian times. It's a very secret thing. Very
powerful and very workable and very dangerous.
"Brainwashing is nothing compared to it. The proper term
would be 'soul cracking.'
"It's like cracking open the soul, which then opens various
doors to the power that exists, the satanic and demonic
powers. Simply put, it's like a tunnel or an avenue or a
doorway. Pulling that power into yourself through another
person and using women, especially is incredibly insidious.
"It makes Dr. Fu Manchu look like a kindergarten student.
It is the ultimate vampirism, the ultimate mind fuck.
Instead of going for blood, you're going for their soul.
And you take drugs in order to reach
that state where you can,
quite literally, like a psychic hammer, break their
soul, and pull the power through." -B:.B:.]
"In my father's private circle," Ron Jr. explains, "there were
lots of mistresses. When I was younger, I participated in
private orgies with him and three or four other women. His
theory was that one has to open or crack a woman's soul in
order for the satanic power to pour through it and into him.
It got kind of far out, culminating in a variety of sex acts.
Dad also had an incredibly violent temper. He was into S&M;
and would beat his mistresses and shoot them full of drugs."
When asked by an interviewer how this "soul-cracking" worked, L. Ron Hubbard, Jr. said, "The explanation is sort of long and complicated. The basic rationale is that there are some powers in this universe that are pretty strong.
"As an example, Hitler was involved in the same black magic and the same occult practices that my father was. The identical ones. Which, as I have said, stem clear back to before Egyptian times. It's a very secret thing. Very powerful and very workable and very dangerous.
"Brainwashing is nothing compared to it. The proper term would be 'soul cracking.'
"It's like cracking open the soul, which then opens various doors to the power that exists, the satanic and demonic powers. Simply put, it's like a tunnel or an avenue or a doorway. Pulling that power into yourself through another person and using women, especially is incredibly insidious.
"It makes Dr. Fu Manchu look like a kindergarten student. It is the ultimate vampirism, the ultimate mind fuck. Instead of going for blood, you're going for their soul. And you take drugs in order to reach that state where you can, quite literally, like a psychic hammer, break their soul, and pull the power through." -B:.B:.]
This is a distortion of Crowley's teaching. The latter observed in the same context, "We do opine that it is better and easier that the other party should be in ignorance of the sacred character of the Office. It is enough if that assistant be formed by Nature signally for the physical task, robust, vigorous, eager, sensible, hot and healthy; flesh, nerve and blood being tense, quick, and lively, easily enflamed, and nigh inextinguishable." 
Crowley suggests that a partner in sexual magick should, ideally, in his opinion, be involved for the sake of sensual pleasure, pure and simple. Hubbard, on the other hand, is telling his own son how to enslave minds, bodies and souls. Parsons, who wrote extensively on the subject of freedom, must have had no idea of what type of person he was engaged in High Magick with.
In any case, Parsons goes on to narrate that "In January 1946 I had been engaged in the study and practice of magick for seven years, and in the supervision and operation of an occult lodge for four years,  having been initiated into the Sanctuary of the Gnosis by the Beast 666, Fra. 132, and Fra. Saturnus.  At this time I decided upon a Magical operation designed to obtain the assistance of an elemental mate."  In a sense, deprived of his former lover, Parsons was 'going for broke' in looking for a partner to create a magical child with; "All or nothing -- I have no other terms," as he put it to Crowley. 
Beginning on January 4, 1946 at 9:00 PM, Parsons and Hubbard employed the powerful Enochian Air Tablet, using an Air Dagger, parchment talisman, invocations, conjurations, Enochian Calls and invocations, and appropriate banishings.  According to Parsons, at various times over subsequent days, wind storms were raised, electrical power was disrupted (January 14), during which Hubbard allegedly had a candle knocked from his hand by Something; several witnesses saw a "brownish yellow light about seven feet high"  which Parsons banished. 
On January 18 Parsons and Hubbard were out in the Mojave Desert when Parsons suddenly had an epiphany, and realized the experiment was accomplished.  "I returned home," he tells us, "and found a young woman answering the requirements  waiting for me."
For the next month he invoked Babalon with her as his partner, "as was proper to one of my grade"  -- in other words, by the sexual Eucharist of the Mass of the Holy Ghost.
While his magical partner visited in New York, on February 28, Parsons returned to the Mojave, and received a "communication" he referred to as Liber 49, The Book Of Babalon, which identifies its source as Babalon Herself. It should be noted that Hubbard was also away then. Liber 49 asserts, among other things, "The working is of nine moons ... And she shall wander in the witchwood under the Night of Pan, and know the mysteries of the Goat and the Serpent, and of the children that are hidden away ... I will provide the place and the material basis, thou the tears and blood ... Thy tears, thy sweat, thy blood, thy semen, thy love, thy faith shall provide. Ah, I shall drain thee like the cup that is of me, Babalon  ... Let me behold thee naked and lusting after me, calling upon my name ... Let me receive all thy manhood within my Cup, climax upon climax, joy upon joy ...Gather together in the covens as of old...Gather together in secret, be naked and shameless and rejoice in my name." 
It is interesting that much of this anticipates the emergence of Wicca, at a time when Gerald Gardner in England was only beginning to formulate his ideas. Parsons spent much of the remainder of his short magical career writing on the subject of 'witchcraft.' In any event, when Parsons communicated the Good News to Crowley, the old Magus was perplexed, or amused, or, conceivably both. He wrote Parsons, "You have me completely puzzled by your remarks. I thought I had a morbid imagination, as good as any man's, but it seems I have not. I cannot form the slightest idea what you can possibly mean."
Apparently undaunted, upon Hubbard's return Parsons prepared to impregnate his magical partner, impressed by a vision Hubbard had "of a savage and beautiful woman riding naked on a great catlike beast."
According to Francis King's account, "Parsons was High Priest and had sexual intercourse with the girl, while Hubbard who was present acted as scryer, seer, or clairvoyant." This occurred on the first three days of March, 1946.
The aftermath is the subject of much rumor, and points out the high significance of sexual magick. "This secret is the true Key to Magick," said Crowley, "that is, by the right use of this secret man may impose his Will on Nature herself...."
Hubbard took off with Parsons' former partner and the funds of their joint enterprise. Parsons caught up with Hubbard in July of 1946 in Miami, having to evoke Bartzabel  to raise a storm at sea, forcing Hubbard back to shore. Ron Hubbard nevertheless married Parsons' former lover the following month, and went on to write _Dianetics, The Science of Mental Health_ and, eventually, to organize the Church of Scientology, built upon a hidden mythos of a 75 million year old disaster in which the inhabitants of a 76 planet galactic federation were blown up by a dictator named Xenu. This science fiction "space opera" from Hubbard's pulp fiction days forms a bizarre underpinning to an already bizarre story. 
The remainder of the tale depends entirely on whom you talk to. Was a "magical child" conceived ritually March 4, 1946, born into this world as Babalon Incarnate on or about "nine moons" later, on or about December 4, 1946? Is such a being, a woman of about 50, alive today?
Or was there a more ethereal "birth" perhaps, on a spiritual level, the true "birth date" of Gardnerian Wicca and its various descendent bodies, and on a more material level, the birth of modern 'second wave' feminism. Surely, the timing of the Babalon Working and the arrival of the Post War Baby Boom is simultaneous in an eerie sort of way.
UFO buffs have of late been touting a theory that Hubbard came to Parsons with a purpose more grandiose than "the ordinary confidence game."
In pulp magazine circles, he had encountered any number of occultists and border occultists (Talbot Mundy, Col. Arthur Burks, Major Donald Keyhoe, Ray Palmer and Richard S. Shaver come to mind ), and had already formulated the core of the "inner Scientology teaching" outlined above.
He wished to bring this other world into Manifestation, but lacked the technical knowledge to do so. So, he came to the innocent sex magician Jack Parsons. In this version, the Babalon Working, guided by Hubbard, had little to do with " Babalon" and more to do with the hideous Old Ones of the H.P. Lovecraft Cthuthu Mythos. "A door opened; something came through" is the essence of this thesis, and the appearance of the first "flying saucer" case the following year is considered, in this outre rumor, not coincidental at all.
The Babalon Working permanently alienated Parsons from Crowley, but the work of the ill-fated rocket scientist has more recently been reevaluated in a more favorable light by present day occultists and UFOlogists alike.
Green Egg Magazine, Vol. 29, No. 118, March-April 1997 CE
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About the author:
A native of Augusta, Georgia, USA, Bishop T Allen Greenfield, 50, is a world traveller and the father of three sons, ranging in age from 24 to 5.
He is a long-time student of occultism, esoteric spirituality and Gnosticism. A past member of the British Society for Psychical Research, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), etc., he has twice been the recipient of the "UFOlogist of the Year Award" of the National UFO Conference (1972 and 1992).
Greenfield is the author of several commercial books. _Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts_, IllumiNet Press, 1994 has been critically acclaimed in many reviews all over the world. A more scholarly work, "The Story of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light" which deals with this seminal occult group from a Thelemic perspective, has now been published by Looking Glass Press of Stockholm, Sweden and Beverly Hills, CA USA (1997).
The Bishop is currently working on a book on the history of the Rite of Memphis from Cagliostro to Yarker, Papus and Crowley, as well as developing an annotated edition of Frater Achad's BOOK 31, taken from the original typescript and Achad's private letters. He also wrote the introduction to the late Gray Barker's surrealist exploration of the heart of the UFO and "Men in Black" mythos, The Silver Bridge (Saucerian Books, 1970) and privately published an informal history of UFOlogy, Saucers and Saucerers (PANP Press, 1976).
He is, however, not a strange creature from time and space, a UFO silencer, a pagan writer, an Illuminoid, nor, for that matter, a Theosophist. He is said to have a sense of humor, and is known to write rather decent poetry when he is depressed, or inspired, or in love, mostly for his own amusement and that of his friends.
Since the 1960's The Rt. Rev. Greenfield has appeared on various "talk" radio and television programs, dealing with esoteric and political issues. As a speaker, he has appeared before the International Fortean Organization (Washington, D.C., 1974), the Atlanta UFO Society (Atlanta, Fernbank Science Center, 1975), at the 31st Annual National UFO Conference (Cleveland, 1994), UFO Forum (Atlanta, 1995), 32nd Annual National UFO Conference (Atlanta, 1995), and Greenfield spoke on the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light and served on two panels at the First National OTO Conference (Akron, Ohio, 1997).
Since 1969 Greenfield has been a practicing Ceremonial Magician, and for even longer a serious student of the Western Esoteric Tradition. After many years of study, he was Elected a Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Neopythagorean Gnostic Church in 1986, and was consecrated Bishop. In 1987 he was extended recognition as a Bishop within the Gnostic Catholic Church-Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) and was consecrated in New York in November of 1988.
An ecclectic exponent of spiritual ideas, Greenfield also acts as a local contact and information resource for the KARMA KAGYU BUDDHIST NETWORK (KKBN), and has handled local presentations by Spiritual Masters from various traditions. He also holds symbolic and actual titles from a number of esoteric bodies: From the Ancient and Primitive Rites of Memphis & Mizraim, he holds the 33� 90� 95� and a research lodge charter (1921 ecclesiastical revised rite); is Auxiliary ("Associate") Bishop in the QBLH and since September 23, 1995, has been a Member of the Green Abyss Lodge of the Miskatonick Society (USA) in association with The Grey Lodge (England).
The only RITUAL initiatory body with which The Rt. Rev. Greenfield is affiliated, however, is the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Greenfield is Past Master of Eulis (now Syntaxiss) Lodge of OTO, and former editor of its journal, LAShTAL. The Rt. Rev. Greenfield holds both initiate and ecclesiastic membership in OTO, and continues to serve that august body as both Bishop and Chartered Initiator, as well as other capacities.
The Bishop may be reached at email@example.com or simply spied upon at http://www.mindspring.com/~jcrow/171/
Lastly, he hath been further htmled at:
Frater Achad and the Little Grey Space Aliens
The Men in Black and Their Magical Origins