by Ahmed Khan, Founder, The Rahnuma Daily
(RAHNUMA) Jack Parsons, the ‘Father of the Space Age’, without whom we would not be able to launch satellites into space was an American rocket engineer, chemist, and Thelemite occultist.
Associated with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Parsons was one of the principal founders of both the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. He invented the first rocket engine to use a castable, composite rocket propellant, and pioneered the advancement of both liquid-fuel and solid-fuel rockets.
Parsons converted to Thelema, the English occultist Aleister Crowley’s new religious movement. In 1941, Parsons joined the Agape Lodge, the Californian branch of the Thelemite Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). At Crowley’s bidding, he replaced Wilfred Talbot Smith as its leader in 1942 and ran the Lodge from his mansion.
Thelema is a spiritual philosophy or religion developed and made popular by occultist writer Aleister Crowley, who the BBC called “the most wicked man in the world” and who called himself “the Beast 666.”
According to Wired, Parsons’ interest in dark magic ultimately got him written out of NASA’s early history. As a rocketeer, he developed technology used to help win World War II and helped found the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that developed weapons and other technology. Outside of that, he got involved in occult religions and developed an interest in harnessing sexual energy to do spells.
According to The Los Angeles Times, he was born Marvel Whiteside Parsons in 1914 and named after his father — but when Marvel Sr. left the family, his mother took to calling him John. Then, after an out of body experience well into his occult days, Parsons was called “Belarion Armiluss Al Dajjal, Antichrist.”
In his journal Parsons recounted having an out-of-body experience invoked by Babalon, who astrally transported him to the biblical City of Chorazin, an experience he referred to as a “Black Pilgrimage”. Accompanying Parsons’ “Oath of the Abyss” was his own “Oath of the AntiChrist”, which was witnessed by Wilfred Talbot Smith.
In this oath, Parsons professed to embody an entity named Belarion Armillus Al Dajjal, the Antichrist “who am come to fulfill the law of the Beast 666 [Aleister Crowley]”.
Ahmed Khan is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief & Publisher of The Rahnuma Daily (theRahnuma.com), the online English daily edition of The Rahnuma-E-Deccan Daily (ReDD), India’s oldest Urdu daily print newspaper established in 1921. More than 81.1 million Indians identify Urdu as their language, and as per the annual INA (Indian Newspapers Association) report, ReDD ranks among the top 5 most widely circulated and read Urdu daily print newspapers throughout India. Ahmed resides in Hyderabad at his maternal ancestral home and can be contacted at, @editor_therahnuma, email@example.com