Aleister Crowley's Lam & the Little Grey
A Striking Resemblance
by Daniel V. Boudillion
15 August 2003
Updated September 2009
The Author is not an expert on Satanism
or Crowleyism, nor is a member of any such groups or affiliated with any
This report presupposes two very outlandish
things: that there are "aliens", and that some people (occultists)
have "magickal powers." It is not the point of this report
to prove whether or not there are such beings or powers. What is
known is that there are people who believe that there are such
beings and believe that they have such powers. The crux of this
report is based on what people believe, which may be very
different from the way things really are. Please bear this in
This report also recounts some very curious
behavior on the part of a number of people. These behaviors and events
actually did take place and are fact. However, the supposed
results of these events are entirely subjective and entirely in the
realm of belief. It is not my purpose to try to prove or
disprove the beliefs of the people involved. It's what they did
(and do) because of these beliefs that interest me.
I first became curious about a possible
connection between the "grey aliens" of popular UFO culture and the
activities of certain occultists after seeing several of UFO
investigator Ray Fowler's books on the recommended reading list of a
satanic website. In an idle moment I had done a Google search on
The Watchers II, and one of the spots that listed
it - much to my surprise - was the recommended reading list of a satanic
group. (It is not my moral judgment that this group is satanic,
the group itself calls itself satanic.)
Aliens, Abductions, and the Andreasson
By Daniel V. Boudillion
Boudillion: Ray, with 5 books on the Andreasson affair,
you and your name have become inexorably linked with it. I find it
suggestive that in the end the same thread of buried contact memories may
have run a parallel course through your life as well. Are your and
Betty Andreasson Luca’s experiences linked at some deeper level beyond
coincidence? If so, what do you think its all about and where do
you think its all going?
Ray Fowler: I don’t know. I do know that I was attracted to her
case not only because Dr. Hynek referred it but also because she is a Christian.
Initially I was interested in how a Christian would process an abduction
experience. Also, and importantly, it was my exposure to her childhood contact
and abduction experiences that once again triggered memories of similar
childhood experiences and my future exploration of them. Along the way there
have been a number of parallel coincidences including our receiving the
typical scoop marks during the same week and told by the entities that we were
going to do something important for mankind.
To read the entire interview,
I found this both disturbing and inexplicable -
for what reason would a UFO book be included in the curriculum of a
satanic group, and why Ray's book in particular? I emailed Ray
and asked him if he had any insight into the situation, but he was as
perplexed as I was. And there matters rested for a year or so
until additional information came into my hands, information that may
indicate - much as John Keel himself believed (Mothman Prophesies)
- that occult activity may be an ingredient of the "grey alien" mystery.
The pictures below bear a resemblance and may
hold the key. The first picture is a drawing made by occultist
Alistair Crowley of an entity he had invoked repeatedly in 1918 and
called "Lam." The second picture is a composite drawing by Ann Direnger (Contact of the 5th Kind - Imbrogno) of an "alien" type
reported throughout 1980's in the Hudson Valley. Having noticed
the similarity, I proceeded to investigate the connection.
Purpose of the Report
It is the purpose of this report to investigate a
similarity and possible connection, and particularly answer the question
"For what reason would a UFO book be included in the curriculum of a
satanic group, and why Ray Fowler's book The Watchers II in
Aleister Crowley (1875 - 1947)
was one of the most notorious occultists of his day, and perhaps of
modern times. Self-styled as "The Beast 666," 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
The Amalantrah Working
In January through March of 1918 Crowley began
a series of magickal workings called the
Amalantrah Workings in
furnished rooms in Central Park West, New York City. These were a
performed via Sexual & Ceremonial Magick (his spelling) with the intent
to invoke certain "intelligences" to physical manifestation. In
actuality, the workings typically manifested as a series of visions and
communications received through the mediumship of his partner, Roddie
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.
Crowley included the portrait of
Lam in his Dead Souls exhibition held in Greenwich Village, New
York, in 1919. In that same year it was published as a frontispiece
labeled The Way to Crowley's commentary to Blavatsky's The
Voice of the Silence. Beneath the picture was the following
inscription: "LAM is
the Tibetan word for Way or Path, and LAMA is He who Goeth, the specific
title of the Gods of Egypt, the Treader of the Path, in Buddhistic
phraseology. Its numerical value is 71, the number of this book."
Scan of Frontispiece
this, there is no commentary extant from Crowley upon the subject of Lam
except for material published by disciples such as Kenneth Grant.
gave the drawing to Grant in 1945.
Cult of Lam
Crowley's time, several occult groups and individuals following in his
footsteps have claimed to have intentionally and successfully contacted
"Lam." Most notably, Michael Bertiaux in the 1960's followed by a
group of O.T.O initiates in the 1970's. (The O.T.O. is the
Ordo Templi Orientis,
a Magickal order run by Crowley.) 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.
success of these contacts, interest in occult circles, especially
Crowleyian ones, gathered considerable steam.
In 1987, 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.T.O. website:
Cult [of Lam] has been founded because very strong intimations have
been received by Aossic Aiwass, 718'.' to the effect that the portrait
of Lam (the original drawing of which was given by 666'.' to 718'.'
under curious circumstances) is the present focus of an
extra-terrestrial - and perhaps trans-plutonic - Energy which the
O.T.O. is required to communicate at this critical period, for we have
now entered the Eighties mentioned in The Book of the Law.
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.T.O. Tantric
Time-Travelers are exploring the Tunnels of Set in intra-cosmic and
Members of the O.T.O. who feel
strongly attracted to this Cult of Lam are invited to apply for
participation therein. It is open only to Order members.
They should contact Frater Ani Asig, 375'.' of the Sovereign
Sanctuary, O.T.O. and submit a formal, typewritten and signed
acceptance of the conditions of Working outlined here.
It should be understood that
proficiency in the magical formulae of this Cult does not necessarily
comport eligibility for advancement in the O.T.O., its parent Order."
Concurrently, a manuscript called "The Lam
Statement" (see picture above) was circulated among O.T.O. initiates with a view to
"regularizing the mode of rapport and constructing a magical formula for
establishing communication with Lam."
Who is Lam?
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.T.O. lines, the idea is to invoke these Lam
entities through Magickal Portals (intentionally created rents in time
and space) into physical manifestation on planet earth. 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.")
Bertiaux, a Lam contactee and invoker
of note, viewed Lam as the "subterranean burgeoning of Lucifer-Gnosis."
Considering that Gnosis means an intuitive knowing, this would mean that
knowing Lam is to know a welling-up from the unconscious of an inner
knowing of Lucifer. (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
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.
Cowley termed the intentional cultivation of
spiritual growth the "Great Work." And the Great work for Crowley,
the establishment of contact with non-human intelligences."
Intelligences such as Lam. Using the language of Crowley's time,
certain non-human intelligences such as Lam were what we today would
A Portal Opened
It is generally agreed within occult circles
opened a portal of entry via magick ritual in the Amalantrah Workings
which allowed the likes of Lam and other similar entities a passageway
onto the earth-world.
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
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 1946, 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 ... incarnate a
physical aspect of Babylon, the Scarlet Woman of the Book of Revelations
(17:3-6). 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. In any event, the
modern UFO era began exactly a year and a half later on June 24th, 1947,
with Kenneth Arnold's sighting over the Cascade Mountains in Washington
Ken Arnold with sketch of his
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
Reports of these UFO-associated entities
became prevalent in the 1980's and made the big time with Whitley
Communion. The "greys" appear eerily similar to
Lam, with the exception of Lam not having the large insectoid
wraparound eyes reported of the "greys." However, there are
variations of these small manikins that very much resemble a Lam.
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 1980'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.T.O., states that:
"Lam is a Great Old One whose
archetype is recognizable in accounts of UFO occupants." It would
seem from this official Typhonian
statement that the
current invokers of Lam are absolutely clear that Lam and the
grey-aliens are one.
I am not an expert on Satanism, nor do I
intend to be. However, there are some reasonably obvious things I
have gleaned. 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. And, where there is an interest in magick among
Satanists, it is almost universally an interest in Crowleyian derived
Back to the Questions
The questions that initiated this
investigation and report were: What possible connection is there
between the "grey aliens" of popular UFO culture and the activities of
certain occultists & for what reason would a UFO book be included in the
curriculum of a satanic group, and why Ray Fowler's book The Watchers
II in particular?
Question One Discussion
Based on face value of the evidence, a theory
could be constructed that not only are the Lams "grey aliens," but that
the arrival of the "grey aliens" in American UFO culture was facilitated
solely by the magical workings of Aleister Crowley and later disciples
working in his footsteps. There are official O.T.O. groups today,
such as the Cult of Lam, that are dedicated to invoking the Lam entities
into the earth-world. According to their literature, not only is
contact with non-human entities an integral component of spiritual
growth, but the "Lam Consciousness" of Lucifer-Gnosis is the "natural
mode of human evolution in the present Aeon." Thus these
grey-alien/Lam entities are deemed worthy of invocation into the
earth-world on behalf of the interests of humanity's evolution.
According to the face value of the evidence,
one could also theorize that the Magickal Portal that Crowley created in
the Amalantrah Working brought through the first of these beings.
However, the Portal constructed was properly closed. In contrast,
when Parsons and Hubbard did their similarly constructed Babylon working
involving the opening of the same Portal, either they ripped the portal
beyond ability to be repaired and closed, or it was enlarged beyond
their ability to close it. In either case, the Portal - according
to the evidence - has remained opened ever since to all manner of
interdimensional entities to ingress upon the earth-world at will.
The Parsons/Hubbard working effectively opened the world to the modern UFO
entity situation. And, based on the Lucifer-Gnosis construct,
O.T.O.-style occultists have continued to pull further interdimensional
entities through this rip or unclosable portal.
Of course, Kenneth Grant's statement noted
above ("Lam is a Great
Old One whose archetype is recognizable in accounts of UFO occupants")
is the final proof that the Crowleyian occultists fully believe that they are indeed invoking "grey aliens" into the earth-world.
Two Cents for John
Noted UFO/Fortean researcher and author
John Keel felt that much of the paranormal situations he investigated,
such as the "Mothman," were at root due to occult activity of some
sort. And it looks like he was on to something.
Interestingly, part of the ritual for invoking
Lam, or Lams, is to begin by meditating on the eyes of Crowley's Lam
portrait. To quote Kenneth Grant: "To gaze into the eyes of this
entity is to invite potent contact. One feels an immediate
sensation of lightness, of weightlessness, and then a sensation of
falling... of being sucked into a vortex...." Sound familiar?
It is well known among UFO investigators that the eyes of the "grey
aliens" have a powerful effect on the witness. Witnesses often
feel like they are being sucked into their eyes. They also invoke
deep feelings of fear.
Grant continues with instructions: "The eyes
will enlarge and will suck in [your] consciousness until there arises a
sensation of being within the entities head." (Again, this is
presented as a good thing.) In any event, the first gate of
consciousness is obviously through the eyes. And thus one who
would meditate upon the eyes of a portrait of such a entity will indeed
begin the process of opening a portal within themselves to the entity.
In other words, you don't have to be a trained occultist to raise hell
in yourself, which is also one of Keel's contentions.
Question Two Discussion
Why would Ray Fowler's Watcher series be
recommended by Satanists as part of their curriculum? First, most
Satanists have an interest in magick. Second, the kind of magick
is almost always Crowleyian magick. Third, a significant portion
of the Crowleyain world feel that invoking Lam, or Lams, is a
necessary part of moving human evolution ahead. Fourth, Lams are
the occult label for "grey aliens." Fifth, the most comprehensive
books on the habits and idiosyncrasies of the "greys" are Ray Fowler's
Watcher series. If you want to know all about the "greys," you
1) "Grey Aliens" are Lams, and were
first contacted via magickal ritual by Alistair Crowley. Further
magickal ritual along similar lines created a situation where direct
access for these entities to the earth-world was established.
Certain groups and people believe this to be beneficiary to humanity,
and continue to draw these beings into the earth-world through magickal
ritual via the original access point.
2) Satanists are involved in Crowleyain
Lam invocations and recommend Ray's books for their extensive content
on the habits and idiosyncrasies of the "greys" (Lams).
It is now clear why Ray Fowler's books were
recommended reading. This part of the puzzle, and the primary
reason I wrote the report, has been solved to my satisfaction.
The secondary question raised by investigating
the first (do "aliens" or "lams" actually exist) is a far different
matter. People's actions are objective, but the motivations are
based on the subjectivity of beliefs. What one person
believes to be "reality" may not be in the least "real" to another.
At a certain level - and for the purposes of
this report - it does not really matter if these beings and powers are
objectively "real" or not. What is significant and of
pertinence here is that many members of the occult community (O.T.O./Crowleyian)
do indeed believe these beings and powers to be "real" and govern
themselves accordingly. They spend considerable time
attempting communication and invocation of them. They believe it
is for the benefit of us all, although if this were generally known, I
would think it would be a point of some considerable debate.
According to O.T.O. chief
Lam is known to be a link
between the star systems of Sirius and Andromeda.
Lam is the gateway to the Void.
Its number, 71, is that of "NoThing", an apparition.
Lam, as a Great Old One, whose
archetype is recognizable in accounts of UFO occupants.
Lam has been invoked to fulfill
the work set afoot by Aiwass; as a reflex of Aiwass.
Lam as the transmitter to AL of
the vibrations of LA via MA, the key to the Aeon of Maat.
Lam is the occult energy beaming
the vibrations of Maat and may proceed from that future aeon.
The Author is not an expert on Satanism
or Crowleyism, nor is a member of any such groups or affiliated with any
such groups. The author has no interest in corresponding on such
subjects. If you have questions on such subjects, please refer
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