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.”)
Michael 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 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.
Crowley termed the intentional cultivation of spiritual growth the “Great Work.”
And the Great work for Crowley,
“…involved precisely 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 term “extraterrestrial.”
A Portal Opened
It is generally agreed within occult circles that Crowley intentionally 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
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 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.