Was L. Ron Hubbard the Devil? To people who adamantly fight against the cult of Scientology, he may be. But what many folks may not know about the science-fiction-novelist-turned-religious-leader is that Scientology is based off of black magic. Hubbard discovered the teachings of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and applied them to his own made-up religion.
Hubbard became obsessed with the teachings of Crowley after meeting rocket scientist and satanist Jack Parsons on a trip to California, . Hubbard spent a few years working with Parsons to create the West Coast arm of the OTO (The Ordo Templi Orientis - Crowley's magical cabal), but that partnership soon went awry as the two wrestled for control of the group. All the ways Scientology is linked to the occult may sound far-fetched at first, but given the organization's bizarre beliefs, it makes a twisted sort of sense.
Hubbard's eldest son, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, Jr., left Scientology in 1959. He changed his name to Ronald DeWolf and began to expose his father for the charlatan he was. DeWolf spent the first part of his life eating, drinking, and breathing Scientology and knew his father inside and out. In a 1983 interview with Penthouse, DeWolf said his father was "deeply involved in the occult and black magic."
DeWolf also told Penthouse "Black magic is the inner core of Scientology," and that Hubbard didn't worship Satan... "He thought he was Satan." Much like Aleister Crowley, Hubbard believed by taking part in his black magic rituals he bacame the Devil: "He thought of himself as the Beast 666 incarnate."
In multiple interviews, Hubbard's son Ronald DeWolf claimed to have seen his father carrying out a variety of classic satanic rituals. In a 1983 interview with Penthouse, DeWolf said he walked in on his father either committing a child sacrifice or attempting to abort a baby with a clothes hanger.
Dewolf said when he was only six years old, he walked in on Hubbard sitting on top of his mother and performing an "abortion ritual" on her. He doesn't say how often this happened, but if it was a "ritual," it likely happened more than once.
Scientology is a shadowy group, and it's hard to discover exactly what's in its upper echelons. Most people are aware OT Level III reveals the existence of "Xenu," an evil alien who Hubbard claimed had trapped our souls on Earth. But there's a higher OT level that allegedly reveals Hubbard created the Church of Scientology in order to bring about the Antichrist.
In 1988, the first people who paid the $28,000 to go to Level VIII allegedly discovered Hubbard was claiming to be the Antichrist. Hubbard wrote: "[The] Antichrist represents the forces of Lucifer (literally, the “light bearer” or “light bring”), Lucifer being a mythical representation of the forces of enlightenment, the Galactic Confederacy. My mission could be said to fulfill the Biblical promise represented by this brief Antichrist period."
Later in the Level VIII passage, Hubbard wrote "Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure he has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred that belied the general message of love."
While Hubbard was living with rocket scientist/satanist Jack Parsons, the two men attempted to bring upon the "moonchild," an astral child created through sex magic and then put into a physical womb. Once the child is born, it becomes Babalon, a warrior goddess.
Aleister Crowley allegedly unsuccessfully attempted to carry out the ritual, and in order to please their master, Parsons and Hubbard gave it a shot. The ritual calls for repeated masturbation, which Parsons tended to while Hubbard chanted incantations and took notes for later use.
The duo failed to bring about a moonchild, but apparently all of their mystical playing about made them a magnet for paranormal activity. The Parsons home supposedly became a wellspring of poltergeist activity. Disembodied voices echoed throughout the house and objects were knocked down and thrown around by an unknown entity.