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The Seven Heads and Ten Horns of Jack Whiteside Parsons
Or, the tale of the Automatic Antichrist
The Seven Heads and Ten Horns of Jack Whiteside Parsons is the story of Rocket scientist and occultist Jack Parsons through the lens
of intuitive art experimentation.
A curiosity in 7 and 10 parts. Launched Halloween 2022.
One portrait of Jack is broken down through seven sessions of the automatic method (read more about this here); the results are unsurprisingly strange.
Additionally, 10 multimedia implementations symbolically immerse the observer into Jack's infamous 'Babalon Working'.
Jack's contribution to history is far more than can be encapsulated here.
This exhibit is to be indulged as an interpretation of his vision, via a level of ritualistic spectacle he himself might appreciate.
Fig 1. The first 'horn': A portal is suggested.
Fig 2. The first 'head': Uncreation.
Fig 3. The second 'horn': The flame evokes an elemental.
Fig 4. The second 'head': Summoning.
Fig 5. The third 'horn': Intention is set.
Fig 6. The third 'head': He comes.
Notice the eye.
Fig 7. The fourth 'horn': The Scarlet Woman.
Fig 8. The fifth 'horn': Faces emerge from the roses.
Fig 9. The fourth 'head': Becoming.
Fig 10 and 11. The fifth and sixth 'heads': 93/93.
An uncharacteristic transition in the flow is triggered by isolating myself with an audio recording of Liber AL vel Legis,
(The Book of the Law).
An additional state of the portrait prefaced this transition, the photo file of which was lost. It is easy to realize
the unconscious response shifts rapidly when stimulus is added.
Fig 12. The sixth 'horn': Another portal is suggested.
Featuring a previous art rendering of Devil and Witch at the Sabbath, a reference to Parsons' interest in merging Witchraft with Thelemic ideals.
Fig 13 and 14. The seventh and eighth 'horns': The space race is indicated.
It is thought that Parsons' magic was, at least in part, intended to land man on the moon.. which would occur not long after his demise. Ufo activity is also suspected as a result of his ritual rocketry.
Fig 15 and 16. The ninth and tenth 'horns': The Moonchild.
Notice a parallel to the previous set. The aeon Parsons hoped to see with space exploration is contemplated through mysticism. Ceremonial magic to bond ancient and modern conception is implied.
Book Pictured: Aleister Crowley's novel 'Moonchild', 1923.
Fig 17. The seventh 'head': Jack Parsons the Antichrist.
Notice what appears to be an emerging solar disc (radiate crown) from the region of the third eye, of well known appearance in Ancient Egyptian iconography.
Birth of Moonchild
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