Jack Parsons Quotes

Only in the irrational and unknown direction can we come to wisdom again
Jack Parsons (Letter to Marjorie Cameron, 1940)
Everything in nature is beautiful and it is no less beautiful because it is understood.
Jack Parsons (Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword - Chapter 1, 1950)
Be blessed in the name of man. And if any god deny you for this, I will deny that god.
Jack Parsons
Science, that was going to save the world in H. G. Wells' time is regimented, straight-jacked, [and] scared shitless, its universal language diminished to one word: security.
Jack Parsons
Freedom is a two-edged sword of which one edge is liberty and the other, responsibility. Both edges are exceedingly sharp and the weapon is not suited to casual, cowardly or treacherous hands.
Jack Parsons (Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword - Chapter 1, 1950)
Such is the case with freedom. If we abrogate another's freedom to gain our own ends, our own freedom is thereby jeopardized. That is the cost. If we wish to assure our own freedom, we must assure all mens' freedom. That is the technique.
Jack Parsons (Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword - Chapter 1, 1950)
Remember that the Tarot is a great and sacred arcanum - its abuse is an obscenity in the inner and a folly in the outer. It is intended for quite other purposes than to determine when the tall dark man will meet the fair rich widow.
Jack Parsons
The dictatorship of the proletariat is merely temporary—the state will eventually wither away like a snark hunter, leaving us all free as birds. Meanwhile it may be necessary to kill, torture and imprison a few million people, but whose fault is it if they get in the way of progress?
Jack Parsons
Freedom, like charity, begins at home. No man is worthy to fight in the cause of freedom unless he has conquered his internal drives. He must learn to control and discipline the disastrous passions that would lead him to folly and ruin. He must conquer inordinate vanity and anger, self deception, fear and inhibition. These are the crude ores of his being.
Jack Parsons (Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword - Chapter 1, 1950)
An end to the pretence, and lying hypocrisy of Christianity. An end to the servile virtues, and superstitious restrictions. An end to the slave morality. An end to prudery and shame, to guilt and sin, for these are of the only evil under the sun, that is fear. An end to all authority that is not based on courage and manhood, to the authority of lying priests, conniving judges, blackmailing police, and an end to the servile flattery and cajolery of minds, the coronations of mediocrities, the ascension of dolts.
Jack Parsons (Manifesto of the Anti-Christ)
She will come girt with the sword of freedom, and before her kings and priests will tremble and cities and empires will fall, and she will be called BABALON, the scarlet woman....And women will respond to her war cry, and throw off their shackles and chains, and men will respond to her challenge, forsaking the foolish ways and the little ways, and she will shine as the ruddy evening star in the bloody sunset of Gotterdamerung, will shine as a morning star when the night has passed, and a new dawn breaks over the garden of Pan
Jack Parsons (Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword - Chapter 4, 1950)
The liberty of the individual is the foundation of civilization. No true civilization is possible without this liberty and no state, national or international, is stable in its absence. The proper relation between individual liberty on the one hand and social responsibility on the other is the balance which will assure a stable society. The only other road to social equilibrium demands the total annihilation of individuality. There is not further evasion of nature's immemorial ultimatum: change or perish but the choice of change is ours.
Jack Parsons
If we are to achieve a democracy, the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of states must be openly defined and ardently defended. It is inconceivable that men who fought and died in a war against totalitarianism did not know what they fought for. It seems a fantastic joke that the institutions they believed in and defended have turned, like a nightmare, into home-grown tyrannies. A generation went down in blood and agony to make the world "safe" but the evil that makes the world "unsafe" still goes undefeated, plotting new sacrifices of misery and blood. The guilt lies not entirely with the warmongers, plutocrats and demagogues. If a people permit exploitation and regimentation in any name, they deserve their slavery. A tyrant does not make his tyranny. It is made possible by his people and not otherwise.
Jack Parsons (Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword - Chapter 1, 1950)
The mainspring of an individual is his creative Will. This Will is the sum of his tendencies, his destiny, his inner truth. It is one with the force that makes the birds sing and flowers bloom; as inevitable as gravity, as implicit as a bowel movement, it informs alike atoms and men and suns.
    To the man who knows this Will, there is no why or why not, no can or cannot; he is!
    There is no known force that can turn an apple into an alley cat; there is no known force that can turn a man from his Will. This is the triumph of genius; that, surviving the centuries, enlightens the world.
    This force burns in every man.
Jack Parsons (Doing Your Will)

The Birth of Babalon

What is the tumult among the stars 
that have shone so still till now? 
What are the furrows of pain and wrath 
upon the immortal brow?

Why is the face of God turned grey 
and his angels all grown white? 
What is the terrible ruby star 
that burns down the crimson night?

What is the beauty that flames so bright 
athwart the awful dawn? 
She has taken flesh, she is come to judge 
the thrones ye rule upon.

Quail ye kings for an end is come 
in the birth of BABALON.

I have walked three dreadful nights away 
in halls beyond despair, 
I have given marrow and tears and sweat 
and blood to make her fair.

I have lain my love and smashed my heart 
and filled her cup with blood, 
That blood might flow from the loins of woe 
to the cup of brotherhood.

The cities reel in the shout of steel 
where the sword of war is drawn. 
Sing ye saints for the day is come 
in the birth of BABALON.

Now God has called for his judgement book 
and seen his name therein 
And the grace of God and the guilt of God 
have spelt it out as sin

His bloody priests have clutched his robes 
and stained his linen gown 
And his victims swarm from his broken hell 
to drag his kingdom down.

O popes and kings and the little gods 
are sick and sad and wan 
To see the crimson star that bursts 
like blood upon the dawn

While trumpets sound and stars rejoice 
at the birth of BABALON.

BABALON is too beautiful 
for sight of mortal eyes 
She has hidden her loveliness away 
in lonely midnight skies,

She has clothed her beauty in robes of sin 
and pledged her heart to swine 
And loving and giving all she has 
brewed for saints immortal wine.

But now the darkness is riven through 
and the robes of sin are gone, 
And naked she stands as a terrible blade 
and a flame and a splendid song

Naked in radiant mortal flesh 
at the Birth of BABALON.

She is come new born as a mortal maid 
forgetting her high estate, 
She has opened her arms to pain and death 
and dared the doom of fate,

And death and hell are at her back, 
but her eyes are bright with life, 
Her heart is high and her sword is strong 
to meet the deadly strife,

Her voice is sure as the judgement trump 
to crack the house of wrong, 
Though walls are high and stone is hard 
and the rule of hell was long

The gates shall fall and the irons break 
in the Birth of BABALON.

Her mouth is red and her breasts are fair 
and her loins are full of fire, 
And her lust is strong as a man is strong 
in the heat of her desire,

And her whoredom is holy as virtue is foul 
beneath the holy sky, 
And her kisses will wanton the world away 
in passion that shall not die.

Ye shall laugh and love and follow her dance 
when the wrath of God is gone 
And dream no more of hell and hate 
in the Birth of BABALON.

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Western Esotericism

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Jack Parsons Biography

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Born: 1914
Died: 1952

John Whiteside "Jack" Parsons was a American rocket engineer and occultist writer. He is best known for his writings on esoteric subjects and for his prominent role in the development of the rocket engine

Notable Works

The Book of Babalon (1946)
The Book of the Antichrist
Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword (1950)