PART THREE: HUBBARD THE MAGICIAN
Ronald DeWolf, who died in 1991, was born L. Ron Hubbard, Junior in 1934. He was the eldest son of the founder of Scientology. In the last ten years of his life Nibs, as he was known, made several public statements about his father, anxious, or so it would appear, to do what he could to set things right before time ran out for him. Two factors argue against his integrity. First, he was himself responsible for many of the abusive elements built into early Scientology. Secondly, he retracted his earlier statements under pressure from the cult and is said to have accepted a cash payment. On the other hand he freely admitted his early contribution to the tech – he claimed to be responsible for most of the training routines, for example – and he waited, mainly, until his children were no longer dependent before going public. What he did was remarkably brave, in fact. Most people faced with Scientology on the warpath would also have taken the cash and gone to ground. Nibs, at least, kept repeating his allegations and where they can be checked they appear to be broadly correct.
A difficulty arises with his use of technical language or, put another way, with his belief in irrational powers. LRH had taught his son, as a boy, the same magick as he himself had learned from Crowley and DeWolf accepted completely, from his own experience, that it worked – that adepts who were properly trained acquired specific powers, such as telepathy and recall, as Hubbard promised. In addition, as one of the original Scientologists, he had been audited by his father and he believed from his own experience in the power of auditing. We may not believe him literally but it is nevertheless difficult, or impossible, to equate some of his testimony with normal experience, or to explain it in normal language. For that reason some of the more esoteric but perhaps also more important declarations of his 1984 taped interview have been omitted. As a general guideline, the Magick, just like Scientology, used various forms of hypnosis to achieve control of suggestible subjects.
Of his father he said in 1984: “He first became involved in the Magick at the age of sixteen, when he read Aleister Crowley’s book, The Book of the Law. And because of that Book of the Law, he also started his heavy drug usage trail which led to heavier and heavier use of drugs on himself and of course others in order to reach his goals – to be the most powerful being in the universe. If L. Ron Hubbard had a great deal of knowledge and very little wisdom, then Aleister Crowley did too. The difference between the two men was that Aleister Crowley had very little motivation. Aleister felt rather contented to just quietly be the Beast 666 instead of implementing the Magick for personal gain. This lack of drive and ambition, I think, pushed Dad onward, because to him the only reason and purpose for power was the exercising and the using of it. It was his goal to be the most powerful being in the universe. He came very close to achieving this goal. As you know, one is always greater than that which he creates. And if L. Ron Hubbard can create OTs, that makes L. Ron Hubbard what?”
Nibs said twice that the individual who transmitted the Magickal techniques to Adolf Hitler also transmitted them to his father. This may have been Rudolf Hess (1894-1987), close friend of Hitler and a long-standing member of the Thule society. The contact “might answer for you in some small way the similarities of the Sea Org and the Guardian’s Office to the S.S. and Gestapo.” DeWolf also hinted that Hubbard, like Hitler, had killed the messenger. “Remember the old revolutionary rule which states one has to, the moment one comes to power, suppress those very things that achieved the power. You must not allow the populace or anyone else to do the things you did to get you there. Which is one of the reasons there has been a great vocal suppression of hypnosis, because that is an entrance point to the Magick which my father used a great deal of, clear up through the fifties and clear up to the point he died.” One of Hubbard’s “messengers” or contact points in the occult world was Jack Parsons, who died in 1952, in what appeared to be an accident in his workshop.
Edward Alexander Crowley, who called himself Aleister Crowley, was in his day the leading practitioner of black magic in Britain. He believed himself to be Satan incarnate and was involved in many sinister events for which he was never held accountable. One of these involved the death in 1938 of Katherine Arnold-Foster, a writer living in Cornwall. She responded to a call for help from a young woman who had come to her house near Zennor in a state of distress. She said she had been involved in magical rituals on the moors behind the Eagle’s Nest which were organised by Aleister Crowly. Katherine went to Crowley’s cottage intent on confrontation but from stress or fright suffered a seizure or stroke from which she died on the spot, aged 51. The official report of the death went missing or was destroyed but, according to a local rumor, those investigating found two women, one dead and the other babbling that she had seen the Devil.
Crowley was Hubbard’s closest role model. They never met, and Crowley reportedly disapproved of Hubbard. But on Crowley’s death on 1 December 1947 Hubbard claimed to be Crowley’s successor as “the Beast”, the Devil or Antichrist, and saw his way clear to becoming the most powerful being in the universe.
His eldest son was much involved with his father’s Satanism – “the only religion in the house” – and with Scientology from 1950 to 23 November 1959 when he left the organisation. Nibs, who died in 1991, insisted, with increasing emphasis as he got older, that Scientology was black magic. Black magic or maleficium is distinguished by the desire on the part of the practitioner to do harm. Disconnection, the Suppressive Person declare, and Fair Game are all examples of maleficium in Scientology. Nibs made this quite clear. “What a lot of people don’t understand is that Scientology is black magic that is just spread out over a long time period. To perform black magic generally takes a few hours, or, at most, a few weeks. But in Scientology it’s stretched out over a lifetime, and so you don’t see it. Black magic is the inner core of Scientology–and it is probably the only part of Scientology that really works. Also you’ve got to realise that my father did not worship Satan. He thought he was Satan. He was one with Satan. He had a direct line of communication and power with him.
“The one super-secret sentence that Scientology is built on is: ‘Do as thou wilt. That is the whole of the law.’ It also comes from the black magic, from Aleister Crowley. It means that you are a law unto yourself, that you are above the law, that you create your own law. You are above any other human considerations. Since you came into being by an act of will, you can do anything you will. If you decide to go out and kill somebody–bam!–that’s it. An act of will. Not connected to any emotions or feelings, not governed by any ethics or morality or law. They are very vicious people.” This is his definition of a magician but it is also the textbook definition of a sociopath.
Hitler publicly disclaimed any interest in occultism but he appears to have drawn on the same sources – there are many parallels between his behavior and the way Hubbard thought and acted. What is more certain is that Crowley’s order – the OTO – had a common origin with the Thule group to which several members of the Nazi hierarchy, including deputy party chairman Rudolf Hess, belonged. Hubbard’s links with Nazism show clearly in the symbol used by the Scientology International Management Organization – a red square enclosing a white disc and set off by four of the sig runes used by the Nazis. The Nazi swastika has been replaced by the Scientology “S and double triangle” which also have occult significance. Sig runes also surround the symbol of the Religious Technology Center. Otherwise this element is peculiar to the Nazis. A case can be made for deriving other Scientology symbols from Satanic origins. Most notably its eight-pointed cross comes from Crowley’s Tarot cards. The theta symbol used by Scientology is the central symbol of Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientis, where it denotes “Thelma” or the will.
“In my father’s private circle,” Ron Jr. explains, “there were lots of mistresses. When I was younger, I participated in private orgies with him and three or four other women. His theory was that one has to open or crack a woman’s soul in order for the satanic power to pour through it and into him.” When asked by a interviewer how this “soul-cracking” worked, Nibs had a lot to say. “The explanation is sort of long and complicated. The basic rationale is that there are some powers in this universe that are pretty strong. As an example, Hitler was involved in the same black magic and the same occult practices that my father was. The identical ones. Which, as I have said, stem clear back to before Egyptian times. It’s a very secret thing. Very powerful and very workable and very dangerous. Brainwashing is nothing compared to it. The proper term would be soul cracking.”
“It’s like cracking open the soul, which then opens various doors to the power that exists, the satanic and demonic powers. Simply put, it’s like a tunnel or an avenue or a doorway. Pulling that power into yourself through another person—and using women, especially, is incredibly insidious. It makes Dr. Fu Manchu look like a kindergarten student. It is the ultimate vampirism, the ultimate mind fuck. Instead of going for blood, you’re going for their soul. And you take drugs in order to reach that state where you can, quite literally, like a psychic hammer, break their soul, and pull the power through.
“He designed his Scientology Operating Thetan techniques [Scientology’s secret initiations] to do the same thing. But, of course, it takes a couple of hundred hours of auditing and mega thousands of dollars for the privilege of having your head turned into a glass Humpty Dumpty— shattered into a million pieces. It may sound like incredible gibberish, but it made my father a fortune. … Black magic is the inner core of Scientology – and it is probably the only part of Scientology that really works.
“Indeed, the whole process of auditing can be seen as an update of magical ritual. Scientology is a mixture of occult ritual and 1950s style psychotherapy. The adherents travel through increasingly expensive initiations with the hope of attaining supernatural powers. There are badges, symbols and titles for almost every stage of the way.”
What appear to have been a magical sex rite was described by Ann Bailey in an affidavit given to the Clearwater hearing in 1980. She claimed that, when a member of the Sea Org, in late 1975 she was taken by high-ranking officials to a luxurious bedroom on the top floor of a Scientology building and left there with an older man, whose description fits Hubbard. Despite a lack of erection he performed the sexual act with her, but very slowly, in the way advocated by Crowley, which he called karezza. As he lay motionless on top of her, never looking at her, she felt that her mind was being ripped away from her by force. No outside witness has ever corroborated her statement but this is hardly to be wondered at. A second attempt to impregnate her magickally was made by a senior Sea Org officer, but it also failed, and this failure was followed by what she described as “a concentrated plan to drive me insane and incompetent as a Sea Org member”. She escaped from the cult six months later, weighing 91 pounds.
In his 1984 tape, DeWolf said a great deal about “source”. This is not magical but a matter of fact or truth. His father throughout his life claimed to have written, invented or discovered things that had in fact been written, invented or discovered by other people. This included most of the ideas in Dianetics and the E-meter. Hubbard lived a lie and this lie eventually destroyed hom. ‘Ninety-nine percent of what my father ever wrote or said about himself to the press, the media, the public and the membership is totally and completely untrue and false. … And again, it’s the truth itself, not necessarily the source, that is important. L. Ron Hubbard tried very hard to assign source to himself when in truth he wasn’t, and tried very hard to publicly and even privately own truths that he had no right to. These truths belong to the membership or to anyone else that cares to use them openly and freely. There were dozens and dozens of times throughout the fifties in which he would work himself into a monumental rage and shout and scream that Scientology was HIS, that HE created it, that HE invented it. That is not true. And he would take staps to quickly suppress any other thought or idea through the use of force, fear, intimidation, blackmail and all of that ‘good’ GO stuff” (GO, the Guardian’s Office, was set up in 1966 by Hubbard at Saint Hill; its purpose was to harass his critics and to gather intelligence. GO was responsible for Operation Snow White.)
“Some of the very heavy main sources of Scientology come from Zen Buddhism and Hinduism and the Vedic Hymns and the very deep, strong, and very very real (dangerous and destructive, I might add) involvement of Dad in the Magick, and the Magick tech comes straight out of the Bible and [is] Biblically based. As a small aside here, the book Alice in Wonderland (which of course some of the Training Routines are based on) and the companision book, Alice Through the Looking Glass, were written by a master adept at the Magick. And he was, as they all are, unknown and secret. He was also a secret member of the Order of the Golden Dawn of which Aleister Crowley, the English black magician, was involved in. And of course it was purposely used and put there by Dad because of its Magick association. And Dad used it secretly in the Scientology training to gain a higher degree of control over staff, students and preclears for himself, personally. So therefore the bottom line is that while L. Ron Hubbard may be a cross roads, he certainly is not ‘The Source’. Plus of course he thought and was afraid someone would somehow find the Magick doors.” (The involvement of Lewis Carroll, in real life the Rev. Charles Dodgson, in black magick and ritual child abuse has long been suspected. The evidence is summarised by Miguel Conner in his article, “Alice in Wonderland and the Occult.” He also states that Aleister Crowley required his magicians to real these two books.)
“You’ve got to realise too that Dad put a lot of implants in a lot of people. A whole lot of them. For example, my mother, me, quite a number of other women, and what have you. These were put in there in order to expand his own Magick tech and power. Not particularly the tech but his personal power. That is, to strip the seal from the souls and to gain through those doorways opened by the Magick tech more power for himself. As the saying goes, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s precisely what happened to him.
“I think organizationally you will see that the flow went from you to LRH and boy did it get stuck! There was nothing coming back. It was not a two way flow. And within the area of his involvement with the Magick the same thing occurred to him. He finally had everything collapse on him. And that’s prompted by greed – his greed – and his need and desire for power in order to maintain the lie, because it in itself acts as a vacuum and demands more and more power on a geometric progression.”
1 L. Ron Hubbard Jr 1984 tape and other material: http://www.lermanet.com/scientology-and-occult/
2 Jon Atack: Hubbard and the Occult, 1990: http://www.sweenytod.com/cos/huboccult4.html
3 Ann Bailey’s testimony: http://www.american-buddha.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exh67.htm
4 Hollywood, Satanism, Scientology and Suicide (368 pages of essential reading!): http://www.whale.to/b/sc.html also: http://www.xs4all.nl/~fishman/fable.doc
5 Alice and the Occult: http://www.examiner.com/gnosticism-heretical-spirituality-in-national/alice-wonderland-and-the-occult
6 Note from A. Lerma: http://www.lermanet.com/scientology-and-occult/ ‘From page 24 of Gods and Beasts – the Nazi’s and the Occult by Dusty Sklar, Pretzsche had introduced Hitler to consciousness-expanding drugs, as well as to astrological and alchemical symbolism. Hitler told Stein that Pretzsche had been present when List tried to materialize “the Incubus” in a ritual designed to create a “Moon Child.” “…About 1912, disciples of Lanz and List started the Germanen Orden under the leadership of a member of List’s Armanen, a journalist named Philipp Stauff, and several others. [ Ed.: The German Orden later evolved into the Nationalist Socialist Party or Nazi Party recruiting Hitler as their ‘Fuhrer’]