Jack Parsons’ letter to Aleister Crowley ca. early January 1946
Jack Parsons’ letter to Aleister Crowley early 1946
Source: Carter, J. (1999). Sex and rockets: The occult world of Jack Parsons. Venice, Calif: Feral House.
After Hubbard’s return, Parsons wrote in his diary, “I have been suffered to pass through an ordeal of human love and jealousy … I have found a staunch companion and comrade in Ron . . . Ron and I are to continue with our plans for the Order.” They did so a few days later, on January 4, 1946. Parsons wrote to Crowley around this time:
Most Beloved Father,
About three months ago I met Capt. L. Ron Hubbard, a writer and explorer of whom I had known for some time . . . He is a gen-tleman; he has red hair, green eyes, is honest and intelligent, and we have become great friends. He moved in with me about two months ago, and although Betty and I are still friendly, she has transferred her sexual affections to him.
Although Ron has no formal training in Magick, he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his experiences I deduce he is in direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his Guardian Angel. He describes his Angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair whom he calls the Empress, and who has guided him through his life and saved him many times . . . Recently, he says, because of some danger, she has called the Archangel Michael to guard us . . .
Last night after invoking, I called him in, and he described Isis nude on the left, and a faint figure of past, partly mistaken operations on the right, and a rosewood box with a string of green beads, a string of pearls with a black cross suspended, and a rose . . . He is the most thelemic person I have ever met and is in complete accord with our own principles. He is also interested in establish-ing the New Aeon but for cogent reasons I have not introduced him to the Lodge.We are pooling our resources in a partnership that will act as a limited company to control our business ventures. I think I have made a great gain, and as Betty and I are the best of friends there is little loss. I cared for her deeply but I have no desire to control her emotions, and I can, I hope, control my own.
I need a magical partner. I have many experiments in mind . . . The next time I tie up with a woman it will be on my own terms.
Thy son, John.