Book Review: The Spear Of Destiny

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I don’t have a lot of cool images related to this book, so I’m going to mostly instead run pics from various pop-culture adaptations of the legend…like this one from “The Librarian: Quest For The Spear”

The Spear appeared to be some sort of magical medium of revelation for it brought the world of ideas into such close and living perspective that human imagination became more real than the world of sense.
–Trevor Ravenscroft, “The Spear Of Destiny”

The Spear Of Destiny by Trevor Ravenscrofta story about reincarnation, alchemy, evil sorcerers, secret societies, soulless doppelgängers, sex magick, possession by alien entities, Aztec peyote, the Akashic Record, questionable homeopathic practices, psychic vaginal ectoplasm, a sacred Christian relic that could rend the very fabric of time as we know it, and, yes, Nazis—is one of the most elaborate and utterly bizarre conspiracy meta-narratives you will ever encounter

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You Created A Joke Religion And It Became Real. Now What?

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I’d like to talk about the concept of the Joke Religion—something created by you, somebody you know, or somebody you know once-removed—that is utilized to ridicule traditional religion, some pop-culture thing thought to be banal, or both.

Half our online culture seems to be proudly a Joke Religion. A tongue-in-cheek sacredness and meaning is invested in the the cheap and tawdry. What author Philip K. Dick might have referred to as “the trash.”

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An Alternate History Of Jack Parsons, Part 3: Finding Babalon

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BABALON is too beautiful
for sight of mortal eyes
She has hidden her loveliness away
in lonely midnight skies…
—Jack Parsons, “The Book Of Babalon”

Jack Parsons eventually made it his life’s work to search for Babalon—the powerful elemental female force who rocks the universe.

He found her…but probably not where it is commonly believed he did. At least according to the alternate history.

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An Alternate History Of Jack Parsons, Part 2: The Beast And The Geek

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When I ordered the hit on you, I was worried that I was killing the golden goose. But, you see, it was just fate that you survived it, leaving one last golden egg to give. You really think that just because you have an idea, it belongs to you? Your father, he helped give us the atomic bomb. Now what kind of world would it be today if he was as selfish as you?
–Obadiah Stane, “Iron Man”

I. THE BEAST AND THE GEEK

The very best scenario—if you are so inclined—is that you are the “New Messiah.” The second best scenario is that you are the exclusive prophet of the New Messiah.

A far more troubling scenario is one in which you are the prophet of the New Messiah, but consider him to be somewhat “beneath” you—you consider him to be a punk, a nerd, a neurotic, a weakling, somebody unworthy of the title.

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An Alternate History Of Jack Parsons, Part 1: Warrior Lord Of The Forties

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Expect him not from the East, nor from the West; for from no expected house cometh that child.
–Aleister Crowley, “The Book Of The Law”

I. INTRODUCTION

John Whiteside “Jack” Parsons was a rocket engineer and one of the key figures in what would become America’s space program. He was also an occultist of no small accomplishment, who might have helped impact the world in a completely different (though…sort of related) way.

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My Life As A Hypersigil

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The “hypersigil” or “supersigil” develops the sigil concept beyond the static image and incorporates elements such as characterization, drama, and plot. The hypersigil is a sigil extended through the fourth dimension. My own comic book series The Invisibles was a six-year long sigil in the form of an occult adventure story which consumed and recreated my life during the period of its composition and execution. The hypersigil is an immensely powerful and sometimes dangerous method for actually altering reality in accordance with intent. Results can be remarkable and shocking.
–Grant Morrison, “POP MAGIC!”

I used to be a “character,” and I don’t think I’ve ever really explained that to you before.

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