The Babalon Working

I call the above type of flying saucer the most clearly photographed saucer there is. It is the truth. There is more than one picture of the same domed saucer. It was photographed over South Africa, Germany, sketched while it sat on a beach in Australia, and snapped over Corsica. It was definitely in operation over 2 decades. But I have my doubts it is “alien.”

Within the fringes of the occult there was a group of rocket scientists and avionics pioneers.  John Whiteside Parsons was one of them. He was considered quite brilliant until he blew himself up by accident in Pasadena. He engaged in a witching experiment in 1946 called The Babalon Working. According to the beliefs of occult members, its purpose was to produce a moonchild or homunculus– “a synthetic” human who would impart magical powers to its creator. Officially, he was supposedly incanting the goddess Babalon, and she would give him wisdom.

It sounds far out, I know. But Parsons deeply believed in ritual magic and its powers. How it sounds to us is really not the issue. People act according to their beliefs and their convictions. When trying to unravel a mystery we must consider the possible motives of those who might be involved, not our reasons. It is a fact that Parsons was saturated by ritual magic and surrounded by other highly qualified aviation and rocket experts who were loosely a part of one of the lodges of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) or ephemeral to them.


Others within the occult believed Parsons was treading in dangerous territory. Parsons’ “Working” disturbed even Aleister Crowley, who condemned Parsons and his associates as “louts” for trying to bring about what they were doing. In any case, The Babalon Working was completed over a protracted period of time in 1946. What it produced, we do not know. I for one doubt anything real, but it may have been enough to convince Parsons and his associates that something substantive happened. The belief in higher powers and dimensions, however, might need a little more help. One coincidence might have inspired them. It may have been considered a delayed answer: flying saucers.

Come forward now. The flying saucer phenomenon took the nation by storm in the summer of 1947. Parsons and his associates were interested in the phenomenon. Most people were. But there is a curious evolution. The original flying saucer reports described “lentils”– mere discuses whirling through the air. Nothing more. Within a couple of years there was the report of a saucer very different from this. It has


become the model for our popular image of all flying saucers. It was about 20 feet in diameter that had a dome on top and a flat bottom.  It was seen more than once and photographed rather well over various locations on earth, as I note above. It didn’t vary. It was seen so clearly that two different grays of the metal it was made out of could be described. It was, in fact, 2 flattened cones. The lower, flatter disc was darker gray and spun around the central dome, which was a lighter metallic gray. There was a hole in the top of the dome.

Corsica, 1971


This type of saucer appeared early enough in the phenomenon that it was mentioned by Donald E. Keyhoe in his 1949 True Magazine article, so it appeared pretty quickly on the scene after the discovery of flying saucers in 1947. This same saucer was later photographed near Darmstadt, Germany in August 1953, South Africa Summer of 1956, seen sitting on an Australian beach in July 1965, and off Corsica in 1971. It liked to fly in summer. It was thus active for about 20 years in summer and no more.

Canadian scientist and electrical engineer Wilbert Smith was also a devotee of the occult and later claimed telepathic communication with alien entities. His occult beliefs apparently grew out of his deep interest in the subject of saucers. But early on he approached them from a  purely scientific point of view. He discussed the possible energy source of flying saucers at length with Donald Keyhoe, basically describing the saucer as pictured above. He explained that the rotating disc could take in the energy of the Earth’s magnetic field through a magnetic sink in the dome.

It seems more than coincidence that Parsons and a few Cal Tech chums were heavily into both the occult and saucers, which the occult viewed as significant at the time. Parsons death is still shrouded in mystery, but somehow by accident he blew himself up in his lab in 1952 working on something.

Lo and behold by 1953 we have our first picture of the such a saucer as Smith described. The question is: Which came first– The chicken or the egg? Are we looking at the true flying saucer or are these disturbingly clear photographs of a domed saucer the product of a group of scientists in the occult who had the money and facility to put it to the test? In other words, are they a “Working,” not of ritual occult practices but of physical engineering? What would be their purpose?

It seems ludicrous, of course, to think they so succeeded and remained mum. Avro Canada tried to create a flying saucer but failed. But they were also using basic engineering and not a magnetic sink with a rotating disc.

My ultimate point is: this saucer looks manmade.

The search for its creators must start with those who had the ability and the inclination. There also had to be another motive for them than saying: “See, we can do it.” They never went public. There had to be an ulterior motive for designing this 20 foot disc and setting it aloft over a 20 year period. If it survived, where could it be parked today?

If I am right, this is the product of a different type of occult working than swishing about magical wands.

The hypothesis is that the saucer was manmade. How to test this hypothesis?

The Babalon Working is only a guidepost, directing us to and from a select group of scientists who believed deeply in magic and the occult “Great Ones” who could impart knowledge. The advent of flying saucers would have sent one or more of them to secret “workings” to try and uncover this power for themselves.

Fundamentalists would have us believe that such men were really in communication with evil entities– demons– but those of a more secular leaning are still faced with trying to explain why a group of men– occult adherents– would create a flying saucer on the principles which Wilbert Smith described, fly it about for 20 years, and not go public about it.  Both must face explaining an ulterior motive to the creators, and it seems that looking into the occult is the starting point to answer this question.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.


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