Cameron, “Holy Guardian Angel according to Aleister Crowley,” 1966

Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel (aka Cameron) was an artist, poet, and mystic whose work blended nineteenth-century occultism, kabbalistic symbolism, and the hedonistic spiritualism of mid-century Los Angeles. Married to Jack Parsons, one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a friend of L. Ron Hubbard, Cameron was at the center of a community that was attempting to expand human understanding through an alchemy of science and mysticism. She and Parsons engaged in blood rites and advocated for the power of “sex magick.” Given these preoccupations, Cameron appealed to filmmaker Kenneth Anger, who cast her to star in his phantasmagoric exploration of ritual and magic, The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.