The first picture is a drawing made by occultist Alistair Crowley of an entity he had invoked repeatedly in and called "Lam. Having noticed the similarity, I proceeded to investigate the connection. Self-styled as "The Beast ," he went out of his way to live up to it with his sensationalism and self-promotion. He wrote a number of textbooks on ceremonial magick, most of which are still in print today.
He also founded and was head of a number of occult fraternities. In short, he exerted a significant influence on occult circles that has continued to grow dramatically, long after his death. In actuality, the workings typically manifested as a series of visions and communications received through the mediumship of his partner, Roddie Minor. Be that as it may, at least one such "intelligence" was brought into physical manifestation via the Magickal Portal they created. A portal in this context is a "magickally" created rent in the fabric of time and space.
The entity that came through is the one pictured above left. Crowley maintained the picture is actually a portrait and drawn from real life. This entity either called itself "Lam," or was named "Lam" by Crowley. Either way, he considered it to be of interdimensional origin, which was the term then for extraterrestrial. In communications with Lam, the symbolism of the egg featured prominently. Its numerical value is 71, the number of this book. Scan of Frontispiece. Other than this, there is no commentary extant from Crowley upon the subject of Lam except for material published by disciples such as Kenneth Grant.
Interestingly, Crowley gave the drawing to Grant in Cult of Lam Since Crowley's time, several occult groups and individuals following in his footsteps have claimed to have intentionally and successfully contacted "Lam. O initiates in the 's. The O.
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These individuals consider "Lam" to be a trans-mundane or extraterrestrial entity and claimed remarkable success in their invocations - if they are to be believed. Following the success of these contacts, interest in occult circles, especially Crowleyian ones, gathered considerable steam. In , Kenneth Grant, the generally acknowledged successor to Crowley, went so far as to formalize the Lam Workings into something called the Cult of Lam. To quote from Grant's Typhonian O. It is Our aim to obtain some insight not only into the nature of Lam, but also into the possibilities of using the Egg as an astral space-capsule for travelling to Lam's domain, or for exploring extra-terrestrial spaces in the sense in which O.
Tantric Time-Travelers are exploring the Tunnels of Set in intra-cosmic and chthonian capsules. Members of the O. It is open only to Order members. They should contact Frater Ani Asig, '.
It should be understood that proficiency in the magical formulae of this Cult does not necessarily comport eligibility for advancement in the O. Concurrently, a manuscript called "The Lam Statement" see picture above was circulated among O. It is interesting to note that since Crowley's time, in occult terms at least, Lam is considered a class of entity rather than an individual being. When one invokes Lam, they are invoking an entity of that type, rather than a specific being.
For occultists operating along O. Why this is desirable is not always so clearly stated. It often appears that within Crowleyian circles the working rule is often: "If Crowley did it, I want to do it, too. The Occult being the occult, it is important to bear in mind that occultists at least may not necessarily see Lucifer as the devil, but rather as a "light bringer" who fell to earth. Bertiaux goes on to say that Lam is the natural mode of human evolution in the present Aeon - indicating that to him and his followers this Lucifer-Gnosis is the appropriate path of human spiritual growth at this time.
Using the language of Crowley's time, certain non-human intelligences such as Lam were what we today would term "extraterrestrial. The rift "in-between the spaces of the stars," created by the Amalantrah Working, created a gateway through which Lam and other extra-cosmic influences could enter the known universe, and most particularly, our earth-world. According to occultists involved in such things, the Portal has since widened. The Babylon Working. According to occult lore, the Portal was further enlarged by a Jet Propulsion Laboratory founder and rocket fuel scientist named Jack Parsons , and Scientology and Dianetics founder L.
Ron Hubbard in , facilitating - so it is said - a monumental paradigm shift in human consciousness. This Magickal working was called the Babylon Working , and like the Amalantrah Working on which its ritual was patterned, it was based on ceremonial sex magick. Together they "endeavoured to They believed that Babylon was the herald of the new Age of Horus, and that Revelations was the understandably negative interpretation by those of the dying Age of Osiris.
Jack Parsons and a rocket. The gist of it was that Parsons desired to take the spirit of Babylon, the "Whore of Babylon," and invest it in a human being.
The idea was to create a child in the spiritual world, and then call down the spiritual baby and direct it into a human womb. When born, this child would incarnate the forces of Babylon, which they considered to be a good thing. Although Crowley had previously written the somewhat hilarious book Moonchild - concerning a similar experiment - he wrote in a letter: "Apparently Parsons and Hubbard or somebody is producing a moonchild.
I get fairly frantic when I contemplate the idiocy of these louts. In any event, the rites were duly performed as written from January 4th to 15th of that year. It is not known if a spiritual child was enwombed from them. What is known is that the Magickal Portal first created by Crowley, and which originally let Lam into the earth-world, was reestablished with considerable intensity by Parsons and Hubbard.
From the diaries of the participants, it is also clear that they were not as adept as Crowley in the closings of portals. What they seemed to have accomplished was the drastic enlargement and ripping of an existing Magickal Portal and the subsequent non-closure of it. Perhaps the rip they created was not possible to close. Ken Arnold with sketch of his sighting. Grey Aliens. The "grey aliens," slight-bodied, big-headed, large-dark-eyed manikin creatures are primarily an American phenomena. And, it is interesting to note that all the Lam workings were done in America.
Reports of these UFO-associated entities became prevalent in the 's and made the big time with Whitley Strieber's book Communion.
The "greys" appear eerily similar to Lam, with the exception of Lam not having the large insectoid wraparound eyes reported of the "greys. See the second of the two pictures at the top of this page. This entity is a composite of a variation commonly seen in the 's. Rather than grey, its skin tone is clay-white and the facial features are different. In fact, the resemblance to the Lam pictured by Crowley is virtually exact. Also and perhaps most significantly, Kenneth Grant, head of the current O.
Kenneth Grant. I am not an expert on Satanism, nor do I intend to be. However, there are some reasonably obvious things I have gleaned.
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First, Satanism is not a unified movement like Christianity or Islam. It is comprised of individuals with their own distinct ideas about what it means to be a Satanist. Second, to some it is a religion, to some a philosophy, to others a magickal path. Third, there is usually a thread of magickal interest in most Satanists of most types.
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