Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
|Keywords||L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Church of Scientology, John W. Parsons, Thelema, Aleister Crowley, Ordo Templi Orientis, magic, Enochian magic, Western esotericism|
|Subject categories||Philosophy, Ethics and Religion|
In the spring of 1946 L. Ron Hubbard and John W. Parsons performed a series of magical rituals with the aim of incarnating the Thelemic goddess Babalon in a human being. Hubbard’s cooperation with Parsons, known as the Babalon Working, remains one of the most controversial events in Hubbard’s pre-Scientology days. This article sets out to describe the content of the magical rituals, as well as their purpose. It is argued that in order to fully understand these events, it is necessary to approach the Babalon Working from the study of Western esotericism in general, and the study of Enochian magic in particular.