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June 25, 2005

L. Ron Hubbard and Aleister Crowley

While I knew L. Ron Hubbard was (allegedly) associated with Jack Parsons and the OTO Agape Lodge in Pasadena I did not know he was (allegedly) involved in the Babalon Working or how close Hubbard (allegedly) felt to occult supergenius Aleister Crowley, "my very good friend."

According to L Ron Hubbard Jr. his father considered himself to be the one "who came after"; that he was Crowley's successor; that he had taken on the mantle of the "Great Beast. " He told him that Scientology actually began on December the 1st, 1947. This was the day Aleister Crowley died."

Not that Crowley ever met the man, writing instead that Hubbard appeared to be a "prowling swindler" and, writing of him and Jack Parsons, "I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts". Here is some official word on Scientology symbols.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 25, 2005 08:37 AM

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Mike Davis discusses this connection in a chapter of City of Quartz (his Marxism-meets-pop-culture history of Los Angeles), the main part of which is excerpted here.

(To see how hilariously biased Davis is, be sure to check out footnote #106! It's a classic!)

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 26, 2005 03:58 PM