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Here are a few excerpts from Parson’s well-referenced Wiki page.
John Whiteside Parsons (born Marvel Whiteside Parsons) (October 2, 1914 in Los Angeles,California – June 17, 1952 in Pasadena, California), better known as Jack Parsons, was anAmerican rocket propulsion researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a pioneer in solid rocket fuel research and development. He was one of the principal founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Corp.
Parsons was also an occultist and one of the first Americans to take a keen interest in the writings of English author and Thelema’s founder Aleister Crowley. In this capacity, he joined and eventually led an American lodge of Crowley’s magical order, Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).
Parsons saw no contradiction between his scientific and magical pursuits. Before each rocket test launch, Parsons would chant Crowley’s hymn to the Greek god Pan. In 1942 Parsons was chosen by Aleister Crowley to lead Agapé Lodge of OTO in California following Crowley’s expulsion of Wilfred Smith from the position.
Parsons and Helen Northrup were married in April 1935.
Sara Northrup (aka “Sarah Elizabeth” or “Betty” Northrup), began living with Parsons and Parsons’ wife, Sara’s half-sister Helen Northrup; later, Parsons and Sara started an affair, which caused strife with Helen and eventually led to Helen leaving with Wilfred Smith.
Parsons’ 11-room home, nicknamed “The Parsonage”, became a boarding house for a variety of artists and eccentrics, including journalistNieson Himmel, physicist Robert Cornog, and author and future Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard became involved with Parsons’ mistress Sara Northrup and they later married.
T. Allen Greenfield, great Author on magick and Thelema.
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