The Rocket Scientist & The Witch

Jack Parsons

Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron were a rocket scientist and a witch who fell in love. Their astrology tells an exciting tale.


There are few modern love stories as passionate and poignant as the relationship between rocket scientist Jack Parsons and his artist lover, Marjorie Cameron. At once a muse, occult student and primal force of nature – a woman he proclaimed as his ‘elemental’ in a letter to Aleister Crowley – Cameron fascinated, troubled and inspired Parsons.
Songs for the Witch Woman is a project born from this turbulent love story. A series of poems written by Parsons reveal his feelings toward his often absent lover. And beside these words are images from the hand of Cameron, illustrating and echoing the intimate themes.

Songs For The Witch Woman

Marvel “Jack” Parsons was a Rocket Scientist and aspiring Shaman. He had this mad love affair with a beautiful Witch. Despite having no formal education, he founded the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. He was embezzled by L.Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology and investigated by the F.B.I. for witchcraft and being a spy. He died in a mysterious explosion that was, of course, the subject of conspiracy theories. And, as you will see from his natal astrology below, he was super Uranian.

Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron Were Zeitgeist Tripping Transgressive Lovers

He was Sun in Libra trine a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Aquarius. And, his Mercury-Mars conjunction in Scorpio squared the Jupiter conjunct Uranus. Saturn conjunct Pluto in Cancer was in trine to the Mercury-Mars in Scorpio. It is fantastic energy for a rocket-scientist and aspiring shaman.

Marjorie Cameron – whose incredible work is showcased in this upcoming exhibition – was Taurus, a surrealist, practicing witch and a prototypal Goth. She sported neon red hair and long black fingernails in the 1940s. An avid fan of drugs, art, and magical rituals, she led a life well ahead of her era. Police shut down her exhibition Peyote Visions for an artwork that depicted a snake-tongued woman having sex with an alien. She studied witchcraft and belonged to secret societies but rejected much of the culture because of its sexism. But her devotion to magic alienated her from the more political feminism movement.

Her Exhibition Peyote Visions Featured A Serpent Woman And An Alien – In 1957!


The time is coming when woman will become conscious of herself as woman, and will then set free her Will, and when she does, there will be a most wonderful thing… it is the mission of woman to free her will and to attain consciousness so that she may use it consciously, and thus become the Alchemist of the Will, the Genatrix of all that she Wills…she is Awakening, and at last her Will will be set free, and then the Changing Order cometh swiftly.

She had Moon in Pisces conjunct Lilith and Uranus. Pluto was conjunct her North Node. And boy, did she blast fiercely away at her manifest destiny.

Jack Parsons and Marjorie Cameron were both transgressive souls and charisma magnets. They met, fell in love, bonded on about a million different beliefs, and began a turbulent relationship. Her Sun-Mercury was opposite his Mars-Mercury in Scorpio. They each had Moon in Pisces -and of course, her Lilith-Uranus energy would have transfixed his Moon + Uranian nature. They were both super Uranians.


Marjorie Cameron art



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He was a tad more complicated


Sounds titilating


I want the book. Must be fascinating.

Mel C

I am absolutely going to this exhibition!!!! So excited!


Oh yeah, and the Wikipedia entry on Parsons says they are working on making his life into some kind of TV show!


“Frater 210 ” was Parsons secret/magic name. I read an article in Mean magazine about him back in the early 2000s. Shortly after that article that magazine went under. In the article it said Parsons was involved in many occult rituals/golden dawn and was once a friend of Ron L Hubbard. And knew a lot of his secrets. The article implied parson/210 death was suspicious. Incidentally the 210 freeway was built after his death and it starts in Pasedena where he accidentally”blew” himself up and ends near the church of Scientology in LA. Anyway he was into some weird stuff.… Read more »



bloody amateur.

good thing my GGGGranddaddy invented the safety fuse..
otherwise it looked like he wouldn’t have made half his 37 years..




Oh hiya Sweets ! you’re in California too right? Marvel does sound like he was great value and his story is all such a classic example of how California has been the centre of contemporary esoterica the last century. Sounds like the poor bugger lost his Mojo after hooking up with that LRon.. 🙁 I don’t intuitively relate to the Western-pagany-Lilithy side of modern astrology (Lilith is totally UNaspected in my natal chart..she’s in the 9th.. but thats it..) but this sort of thing fires off my interest of how it all ties in to a Goethean/Steiner perspective to it… Read more »


Yes! I love it, I know about her as an artist but not about him or their relationship, pretty happy this exhibition is happening while I’m in LA.


Talk about synchronicity! i’ve been researching mermaids in art, literature and film and i came across a film called “Night Tide” which i watched last night. It’s by Curtis Harrington (another explorer of the occult) and in it, Marjorie Cameron plays a mysterious character, presumably queen of the mermaids. It’s a 1961 film a la noir – and Dennis Hopper’s first starring role. Curtis Harrington also filmed “The Wormwood Star” a short film about Cameron. But if you really want to gorge on the occult, symbolism, goddesses and myth watch a short film by Kenneth Anger -“Inauguration of the Pleasure… Read more »

Scorporation, Inc.

Thanks for these titles, skarab!

From the KatKave

I researched mermaids as a 7 year old.


god he’s SO HOT.


Holy fuq!
This is awesome!!!!
I want to know MORE!!!

thanks for posting MM

The Leo Socialite

Marvel did not die in that mysterious explosion. He time travelled ahead to be with ME. I am expecting him any minute.

What a hunk of hotness. He reminds me of Kerouac, my previous top history crush of all time, before i met Marvel.

LOVE the art too. What a hook up.

Mel C

Aaaahh!!! Awesome! 🙂


my whole life living in LA, i’ve not met one person who knew of this side of jack parsons. they might know of crowley, hubbard or JPL & even someseem to only vaguely know that caltech exists! i’m not surprised you haven’t heard of this sooner if even californians themselves don’t know.

he had a house where satanic rituals were done & it was on orange grove avenue. if you’ve ever been to orange grove in pasadena you’d never ever believe it! it is like super, super quaint & old school … like, very dainty teatime with roses.

ms. vervain

Fascinating!! I had no idea………. and all three of my kids were born in Pasadena while their dad worked as a (Scorpio) scientist at JPL.
How could I have missed this? We need books *and* a movie!!


Yikes! That *is* cheesy…… now we need an 800+ page well researched super-classy version!


MM, do you mean “Sex & Rockets”?


Mystic, I was surprised (?) to see that the cheesy book was co-authored by Robert Anton Wilson — atheist mystic, Discordian, and co-author of the influential Illuminatus! books, which I devoured as a young adult. He’s another interesting character!


Oh — I see now that Robert Anton Wilson wrote the Introduction to the cheesy “Sex and Rockets” book — not a co-author. I can see how he’d be interested in the topic, and his name could add cred to the book.

electric eel libran

i believe Crowley was also a Libra.


With a Pisces moon


Cool, I discovered her like three days ago and was instantly obsessed. Would LOVE to see that exhibition.
Can’t forget her work in Kenneth Anger films! Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome is all her.


Also I think it’s fabulous that the Scarlet Woman (from parsons and hubbard’s Babalon Working) rises with all this Leo energy! I’m totally transfixed on red these days.


So am I. Strawberry blonde’s to be exact.


I saw a Facebook group calling itself “your not strawberry blond your a ranga”
Word for word


Why haven’t we heard of this guy ?
Because the real movers and shakers of the world are always hidden. Usually they have their ideas stolen and are then crucified to hide the evidence.


I tell you one thing DL, my uni unit co-ordinators are going to get rheemed a new one.

My B/a of art’s doesn’t even touch on any of this, yet, by critiquing the work in Charles’ link, I can see how it these examples reek of the French situationists with pastiche tendencies, too.

Post-modern mysticism art ?

Fuq me, I’ve just coined an academic phrase!

Alas, someone’s sure to have beat me to it, like fifty years ago… drat!



Wow, I knew the story about Crowley and Parsons, their story is infamous, but I never heard anything about Cameron after Parsons’ death. But it turns out I had heard of her, but not by name. Wallace Berman got arrested for obscenity for publishing one of Cameron’s erotic drawings in his Semina magazine. The whole story (and the drawing) is here:


Great find, Charles. Incredible stuff. Thank you.


It’s pretty amazing how our tolerance or judgement of what is obscene has changed. For that to lead to arrest…
These days: I’ve seen more graphic content on cd covers.


wow – thank you Charles, great article!


Le swoon!!! OMG Charles, thank you


There is a movie tho only a short but on utube. The wormwood star. Article I found says:
the vast majority of Marjorie Cameron’s paintings were destroyed by her—burned—in an act of ritualized suicide. There are very few pieces by Cameron that have survived—a few paintings and some sketches—and The Wormwood Star is the only record of most of them.


Great researching, Skye.

D.B nee Damons

I can certainly see Crowley’s influence in all of this. I’m not so sure that anyone interested in the occult, mysticism sub-culture of California circa 60’s would’ve escaped that, though. I’d like to decipher the text around the dark angels waist, again at the bottom of the picture. My initial explorations of mysticism, apart from that of my mother’s, was Crowley’s work and Watts’ “The Way of Zen”. Sex magic intrigued me. I often put my powers of suggestion to the test aka Crowley’s experiments. I became highly efficient in causing people to trip over at will just by projecting… Read more »


You may find the books by the late Stuart Wilde interesting.
An interesting man, modern shaman with a sense of humour.
He wrote of experiments in using mental projection to reach out and ‘touch’ people.


I read a lot of the Golden Dawn stuff at one time. It was suggested to me by a wonderful wizard who owned a book store in Elizabeth Bay. Do you know him V ? Early 80s. He had discernment. Scan the material, leave the dross (most of it) and find the jewels ! Amongst all the Golden Dawn and theosophical set one man stood out for me. Israel Regardie. Crowley’s private secretary. His material is like a root cutting compared to cut flowers. Simple organic exercises that make higher levels of reality available to every soul, every being, free… Read more »


Have heard of the Golden Dawn, Davidl, but not read any of the material. I would have liked that bookstore for sure! Adyar was a treasure trove. That reminds me, I have a copy of the Golden Bough, A Study in Magic and Religion by JG Frazer, but not given it a thorough read yet. Seems fascinating, but also am not in a primo headspace for anything too verbally dense right now as I’m a bit addicted to Instagram and Pinterest 🙂 pictures over words atmo! Israel Regardie I only know of cos I use the Crowley Thoth deck, but… Read more »


Is where Crowley was originally initiated. His teachers were a fascinating bunch.


Stuart Wilde died before i could marry him!

Miss Miaow


Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

Also if it were a movie, I think Jack Nicholson would have to play him. Lots of intensity necessary.


But he’s ancient, and like, ew.. I think the actor for him would be James Dean, but he’s like, dead. 🙂

Viggo Mortenson is Libra (but too old?).
Richard Madden (Robb Stark) is Gem, has the look.


Tom Hiddleston

Lux Interior is My Co-Pilot

That photo of him!

Her painting!

Their astro!

The whole thing~!


You said it!

The Midheaven

You are SO right. If only Stanley Kubrick could have gotten his hands on this story, ha!

I love the picture at the bottom of the post- do you know who is the subject of the painting? Lilith maybe?


It’s a depiction of a guardian angel according to Crowley

bull with sting in tail

Sagg right ?

bull with sting in tail


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