The same manifestations that created our religious beliefs, created our UFO beliefs. A serious look at the Phenomenon would cause a revision of our way of looking at religion. John Keel, UFO: Operation Trojan Horse
It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Everyone is fat, drunk and trying not to think about 2013 goals that are only a few days away from being left in the same dustbin as your 2012 ones.
As a result, it’s a traditionally fallow time of year for online occult discourse. (In case you thought it wasn’t fallow before.)
But a curious opportunity emerges from the fallowness… doubly so if you are seeking excuses to avoid talking to your family for all but the barest minimum amount of time politeness dictates.
And that opportunity is an armchair project. In airports and spare rooms, on trains and fold-out couches, right across the western world, millions of minutes of down time will be wasted, millions more will be spent frantically cycling through excuses to extricate yourself sooner from conversations with weird cousins.
This armchair project arose from a discussion with Pedro on Facestalk. Ufology has a ‘canon’. One that should probably be avoided at all costs because it is just ranty, elderly, weirdos arguing over the hypothetical propulsion technology of a vehicle entirely fabricated as a piece of Cold War propaganda, or which star systems might be the home of a blurry puppet n a string shown in an image taken in the fifties.
But at the fringe of this fringe are a collection of hypotheses that are probably more magical than they are ufological; that, taken together and viewed through wizard eyes, constitute a folklore and praxis for something we might as well call ‘space shamanism’.
A number of witnesses, for example, reported perceiving distinct messages inside their heads, a fact they interpreted as an indication of a telepathic ability on the part of the UFO occupants. Still other categories of psychic events are the distortions of time and space reported by witnesses and the apparent violations of physical laws represented by the sudden appearance and disappearance of physical craft. And as we saw in previous chapters, close observers often report something akin to a trip into a parallel time stream…
What happens if we examine the files of sightings with an open mind regarding such psychic components? We find that phenomena of precognition, telepathy, and even healing are not unusual among the reports, especially when they involve close-range observation of an object or direct exposure to its light. – Dimensions. Jacques Vallée.
The problem before us now is this: if the reality behind the UFO phenomenon is both physical and psychic in nature, and if it manipulates space and time in ways our scientific concepts are inadequate to describe, is there any reason for its effects to be limited to our culture or to our generation? We have already established that no country has had the special privilege of these manifestations. Yet we must carry the argument further: if the UFO phenomenon is not tied to social conditions specific to our time, or to specific technological achievements, then it may represent a universal fact. It may have been with us, in one form or another, as long as the human race has existed on this planet….
As we have seen with the airship stories in Chapter Two, a good number of bearded characters alighted in the Midwest and elsewhere in 1897 to request water from a well, bluestones, or other similar things. The stories witnesses told were believable, if somewhat astounding, to American farmers of the time. The airship itself corresponded to the popular concept of an elaborate flying machine: it had wheels, turbines, wings, powerful lights. There is only one detail not yet dealt with: the fact that the airship, though believable to the witnesses of 1897, is no longer credible to us. We know that the device as described could not possibly fly, unless its outside appearance was designed to deceive potential witnesses. But if so, why? And what was it? What was the purpose of such a simulacrum? Perhaps the airship, like the fairy tricks and the flying saucers, was a lie so well engineered that its image could sink very deep into human consciousness and then be forgotten – as UFO landings are periodically forgotten, as the appearances of supernatural beings in the Middle Ages are forgotten. -Dimensions. Jacques Vallée
As with any of these (publicly) underfunded, deliberately ignored fields, there are hundreds and hundreds of data points which are then overlaid by the specific researcher’s hypotheses. The data points nevertheless remain and may ultimately interface better with a magical worldview.
Any magician who does not look seriously at these data because they don’t like the hypotheses are only doing so because the underlying data points conflict with their LARPing. Onto the data, then.
The genesis of this post came from Pedro sharing an iO9 article about new hi-res images of Saturn’s ‘mysterious’ hexagon. Thing is… you show me an astronomer who thinks he or she knows what’s going on in this solar system and I will show you a fucking liar. Our own moon:
- Is almost a billion years older than the earth, and may even be older than the sun.
- Lunar dust on the 5.3 billion year old moon rocks is a billion years older still, possibly indicating the planetoid travelled through an older part of space.
- Having abandoned the idea that the moon is made up of ‘leftover mass’ from the formation of the earth (impossible due to gravity ‘clumping’ mass together), as well as the idea that it formed as a result of an impact on the earth (the geology doesn’t match the earth, it’s too old anyway, and there is no other debris from such an impact), mainstream astronomy has now accepted that the moon must have arrived from elsewhere and been caught in the earth’s gravitational field. Except here’s Isaac Asimov’s thoughts on the matter: “It’s too big to have been captured by the earth. The chances of such a capture having been effected and the moon then having taken up nearly circular orbit around the earth are too small to make such an eventuality credible.”
- From Our Occulted History:
The Big Whack theory has been tentatively accepted by conventional science for the simple reason that it seems to be the least impossible explanation currently available, yet it still does not explain how our moon ended up exactly one four-hundredth the size of the sun and in an orbit exactly one four-hundredth the distance between the sun and Earth while travelling at just the correct orbital speed to maintain that distance.
As science writer William Roy Shelton wrote, “it is important to remember that something had to put the moon at or near its present circular pattern around the earth. Just as an Apollo spacecraft circling the earth every 90 minutes while 100 miles high has to have a velocity of roughly 18,000 miles per hour to stay in orbit, so something had to give the moon the precisely required velocity for its weight and altitude… The point -and it is one seldom noted in considering the origin of the moon- is that it is extremely unlikely that any object would just stumble into the right combination of factors to stay in orbit. ‘Something’ had to put the moon at its altitude, on its course and at its speed. The question is: what was that ‘something’?”
- The moon has macsons (large, dense circular masses) under its surface that are so heavy they distort the trajectory of space craft. These heavy circular disks lie underneath and in the middle of the moon’s various maria… themselves a mystery as the moon isn’t considered volcanic.
- It creaks from internal ‘moonquakes’, leaks gas, and has either a very small core or none at all. When Apollo 12 sent its ascent stage crashing back to the moon after taking off, the whole thing rang like a bell for more than an hour. MIT’s Sean Solomon said this indicates “the frightening possibility that the moon might be hollow.” And he said frightening, I’d suspect, because he was frightened that mainstream astronomy’s house of cards would tumble down.
Hollow moons? We’ve been here before. Phobos, one of Mars’s moons, is also hollow and leaking gas. None other than Carl Sagan, in 1966, agreed with the Soviet scientists who first suggested it was artificial. In Intelligent Life in The Universe, he said “a natural satellite cannot be a hollow object.” He subsequently backpedalled from this position but never quite disavowed it… because the physics of his earlier assertion are correct.
Earlier in the same decade, Eisenhower’s special adviser on space developments, S. Fred Singer, speculated that Phobos was an orbiting space station. NASA’s chief of applied mathematics said the same thing. So this belief has obviously been highly palatable to the upper orders for some time now. Because Phobos, you’ll recall, is the ‘moon’ that Buzz Aldrin himself said had monuments on it:
Back to Saturn, then. Not only does it have its own continuous hexagram ritual going on, it emits 2.3 times more energy than it receives. Figure that one out. Also, one of its moons, Iapetus, has this curious feature:
There is no viable geological model to explain a sixty thousand-foot-high, sixty thousand-foot-wide, four million-foot-long “wall” … spanning an entire planetary hemisphere … let alone, located in the precise plane of its equator!
And so we finally come to Norman Bergrun, a criminally under-known ufologist and an absolutely brilliant, meticulous researcher.
Dr. Norman Bergrun is an alumnus of Ames Research Laboratory, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) predecessor of Ames Research Center, NASA where he worked twelve years as a research scientist. At Ames, he pioneered the setting of design criteria for airplane thermal ice-prevention and the developing of roll stability laws for airplanes, missiles and rockets.
He joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (now Lockheed Martin) where he was manager of the planning and analysis of flight tests for the Navy Polaris Underwater Launch Missile System. During his thirteen years at Lockheed, he also served as a senior scientist having responsible analysis cognizance of special space-satellite applications. After a short tour of duty with Nielsen Engineering and Research, in 1971 he founded Bergrun Engineering and Research, parent of Bergrun Research founded in 1999 especially for world wide web activities.
An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauics (AIAA), he is active as a leader in Congressional Visits Day events on Capitol Hill. As Deputy Director-at-Large for the AIAA western region, he overlooks section activities in seven western states. Other memberships include The Planetary Society, The Association for the Advancement of Science, The Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Federation of American Scientists and the Scientific Faculty, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England…
Credited with numerous awards and citations including the California Society of Professional Engineers Archimedes Engineering Achievement Award, and Special Service Citations for contributions to the AIAA National Public Policy and to the Regional Sections Activity Committees, he is listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in the World”, “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, and other reference works.
I’m fairly sure the problem with Norman Bergrun’s undeserved obscurity is threefold.
- People just don’t want to do recreational math. And you really do need to follow what it is he says quite carefully.
- The evidence he presents activates the cognitive dissonance of ufologists because it has nothing to do with ‘nuts and bolts’ flying saucers or anal probes. (Freudian, much?)
- His astounding book, The Ringmakers of Saturn is loooong out of print and now extremely expensive. I managed to pick up a copy from a fool in Hay-on-Wye. Whilst it is out of print, and whilst I can’t legally endorse piracy, nothing is stopping you from typing the book title into Google’s search bar and waiting for it to auto-suggest the top search term… if you catch my drift.
Anyway, as a result of the complexity of his argument, I’m starting you off with a recent interview with him, conducted by someone who… is not up to the task of understanding it. Hopefully that will balance it out, because he is fantastic.
The key takeaways from Bergrun’s work on Saturn are that he observed giant plasma objects moving around in the planet’s rings in an artificial fashion. They may even be constructing them, or ‘feeding’ off them or what have you. Saturn is weird. (Remember how it emits more energy that it receives? Are you starting to grokk why wizards should read Bergrun?)
He calls them EMVs (electromagnetic vehicles) for short because he’s an engineer and what else are you going to call them? His appalling interviewer actually asks him if he thinks they are ships with entities inside. Honestly, internets, sometimes I just want to leap into my laptop and crack some heads. If the Goetic spirit Ipos appears to you mounted on a horse, you don’t ask him where he stables it.
Just remember what I said about data points and hypotheses.Magicians are happy to draw the line at ‘energy beings’ without having to count how many of them are dancing on a pinhead.
Onto his actual presentation, then. Beware: contains science.
Straddling Saturn with the next researcher I want to zero in on is this crappily recorded presentation from Richard Hoagland, where he riffs off some of Bergrun’s data in his own, inimical way.
Few people embody the need for a necessary distinction between data points and hypotheses the way Richard Hoagland does. I’m inclined to agree with Graham Hancock that history will ultimately be very kind to Hoagland.
No one else has catalogued such a volume of anomalies in our solar system, from Cydonia to Phobos to our own moon. It’s unfortunately very rare to encounter a researcher in this field who hasn’t just said “because Nibiru” and shat out another book. Hoagland is that rare creature.
And no one has crunched the numbers on NASA’s sixty years of weird ritualistic behaviours, timings, alignments, landings, lies and bullshittery. Anyone who can’t see a deeply ‘unscientific’ belief system in play at the upper echelons of the public/private space programme just does not want to look hard enough for their own reasons. (I’ll have more on this in later.)
Yes, some of the anomalies will ultimately be paredolia. And I’m 89% sure he’s wrong about hyperdimensional physics but that’s because it’s impossible to build an entirely new model of physics, on your own, with zero budget, not because he’s dumb or something. This is simply his attempt to cohere as many of his data points as possible into an hypothesis that can contain them all… which is what we are all doing. But it’s certainly interest reading for any of you astrologers out there.
I view Hoagland as the Thor Heyerdahl of space archaeology. His broad strokes are correct, but because no one has done it before, the detail is necessarily going to be off. So definitely get a copy of Dark Mission.
Here’s a cued up few minutes description of the Ritual Alignment Model from co-author Mike Bara:
Coming back down to earth
What else can I say about history’s greatest ever person, ever?
Perhaps that he’s backed off from ufology because there is nothing else for him to learn there. Of course there isn’t. His stuff hasn’t been bettered.
For the rest of us, the best thing you can do for yourself this Saturnalia (see what I did there?) are the following books:
- Dimensions. This is more or less an update of his original Passport to Magonia.
- Messengers of Deception. Same as above.
- Wonders In The Sky. It’s the grimoire you don’t have. A true Necronomicon.
- Fastwalker. This is Dr Vallée’s novel about intelligence agents’ involvement with UFO phenomena. Given that this is very much something he personally knows quite a bit about. So if you are looking for the place where he may or may not be clueing you in in a way that doesn’t break various oaths and laws… I’d look here first.
I got most of these books for almost nothing thanks to Amazon’s vast quantities of second-hand books available for sale (Although Fastwalker only had a few cheap copies left so if you’re interested… move.)
Nick is required reading if you want to pull some of the implications of our weird, weird universe down into the personal level because he is a reasonably sane guide for amateur investigators.
For instance, he specifically warns you off the whole thing:
When the DoD scientists immersed themselves in the world of the NHEs, bad things began to occur. As Boeche told me, regardless of how benevolent or beneficial any of the contact they had with these entities seemed to be, it always ended up being tainted, for lack of a better term, with something that ultimately turned out to be bad. There was ultimately nothing positive from the interaction with the NHEs. Indeed, certain experimentation reportedly ended in death for some of those involved in the program.
When I interviewed Boeche a few years ago, he told me: “I have always thought that one of the most important things that John Keel ever said was that if you have kids or teenagers, this is not something to encourage them to get involved with. Keel was a pretty died-in-the-wool atheist. But he understood that, at some level, there’s something, in some sense transcendent over us, that can, if nothing else, ‘mess’ with us. And it can cause a lot of damage.”
Because I don’t give a crap about bigfoot, his three most-relevant books to a wizard’s guide to UFOs are:
- Final Events. Quoted extensively here.
- Pyramids and The Pentagon.
- For Nobody’s Eyes Only. He’s currently doing the radio/podcast promotional thing for this, his latest, at the moment. Of particular interest, as previously mentioned, is the complete vanishing of records at Roswell and Rendlesham.
It’s pleasing to see Nick land somewhere near Vallée with the contention that the real ‘thing’ governments are hiding is not how much they know, but how little.
All I would add to that is that there is evidently a tiny elite that at least knows it only knows a little and is hell-bent on improving on that.
Rich Dolan and Grant Cameron
With Nick on board, you can move a little bit further away from the purely magical and into the parapolitical, where you are more likely to find grumpy loners who scaled up their interest in tinkering with old cars to speculating about how a flying saucer actually flies. This is a dangerous and futile endeavour in the long run, like mining tar sands. But also like tar sand mining, with a lot of work, you will get yourself a capful of delicious crude oil. And for me, your mining guides begin and end with Richard Dolan and Grant Cameron. (Although I objectively prefer Peter Levenda and Dr Farrell… just not in this exact context.)
Here’s a recent interview with Rich Dolan:
And here’s one with Grant Cameron talking about UFOs and consciousness:
Phenomena to look into
Like I said, avoid Roswell because who cares? For my money, perhaps the most interesting cases that sit in the creepy intersection of magic, Magonia and politics are:
- The Miracle at Fatima.
- The Arizona Lights.
- The Rendlesham Forest Incident.
- The Valentich disappearance.
I’ll probably write a whole separate piece on that last one as I have been in contact with some of the premier researchers into the case, but in the mean time, watch episode 1 of series 1 of The Unexplained Files (Disappearing Pilot). It keeps going up and down on YouTube for copyright reasons but you can usually find it. Here’s the preview.
Despite knowing of the case for twenty years, I’d never actually heard the radio transmission. It really does sound like some weird ‘metal on metal’ scraping as something impacts his plane mid-air.
If an occultist actually spent a single week diligently looking into the evidence and testimonies surrounding these cases, in terms of expanding his or her cosmology, it would be worth a dozen grimoires. Guess we’re all too busy ‘doing the work’, huh? How’s that for an ironic reversal of armchair magic?
A book list
This isn’t quite the book game, but it is about a hundred bucks between you and what is probably better than an Honours Degree in Magonian ufology. It’s almost Christmas. Either buy them for yourself or throw some gift vouchers at them.
- The above Vallée and Redfern books
- The Ringmakers of Saturn
- Encounters With Star People
- Dark Mission
- UFOs and the National Security State
- The Edge of Reality
- UFOs, Area 51 and Government Informants
- Left at East Gate
Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list, and there are a number of books that cover wider phenomenology extremely well (The Trickster and The Paranormal). But this is specifically a ‘crash’ (heh) course in relevant ufology for occultists.
Why occultists, other than because this is unashamedly an occult blog?
The Kardashev Scale of Spiritual Belief
I just made that last bit up, but the first bit is a real thing. It’s a deceptively simple but extremely potent way of categorising civilisations by their power output.
- Type 1 Civilisation: Uses all the energy output of its home planet. Characterised by, for instance, the widescale adoption of fusion technology. So we aren’t even a Type 1 yet. (Although you could make the case that there is a breakaway Type 1 on earth. And I probably would make that case.)
- Type 2 Civilisation: Uses all the energy output of its sun/nearest star. The commonest hypothetical example of this is a Dyson Sphere but it need not be so. The (surface level) artificial remains on Mars indicate to me a sub-Type 2 Civilisation. However, hollowed-out planetoids that ring like bells and potentially artificial rings around Saturn indicate the remains of an actual Type 2 civilisation, to me. Based on this scale, it is reasonable to conjecture that there was more than one wave of civilisations in our solar system. Whether they were contemporaneous or not remains to be seen.
- Type 3 Civilisation: A Type 3 utilises the entire energy output of its whole galaxy. It’s important to make the distinction that it doesn’t have to use the entire energy output, but it could. So a plasma being that is a few hundred miles long, loitering in the rings of Saturn would probably sit between a Type 2 and a Type 3.
Somewhere around and a bit past Type 3, you are essentially talking about all-powerful, multi-dimensional beings of pure light. And given the relatively brief timescales involved, the Kardashev Scale actually provides a neat solve for The Fermi Paradox: if the universe is so big, where are all the aliens? Well, they might be everywhere and everywhen. We’re looking for radio transmissions from immortal, multidimensional beings of light. Good luck with that. You are physically incapable of telling a carrot which of The Golden Girls is your favourite. (Although even a carrot should know the objectively correct answer is Sophia.)
What were we expecting with radio monitoring? Blurred Lines, maybe?
In light of the last 60 years of scientific and parapolitical data, I put it to you that occultism requires a Kardashev Scale of Spiritual Belief. It’s important to remember that the patron saint/header image for this blog, Giordano Bruno, not only had mad wizard skillz but he was also at the cutting edge of the scientific speculation of his day… and he paid dearly for it. Can you put your hand on your heart and say that modern occultism is so passionate about scientific speculation that it is willing to die for it?
Because great things can come of it. At least when the relationship is reversed. Indeed, probably the greatest scientific discoveries of the last 150 years arose in conjunction with an entangled relationship with the Vedas:
Bohr, Heisenberg and Schrödinger regularly read Vedic texts. Heisenberg stated, “Quantum theory will not look ridiculous to people who have read Vedanta.” Vedanta is the conclusion of Vedic thought.
Furthermore, Fritjof Capra, when interviewed by Renee Weber in the book The Holographic Paradigm (page 217–218), stated that Schrödinger, in speaking about Heisenberg, has said:
“I had several discussions with Heisenberg. I lived in England then [circa 1972], and I visited him several times in Munich and showed him the whole manuscript chapter by chapter. He was very interested and very open, and he told me something that I think is not known publicly because he never published it. He said that he was well aware of these parallels. While he was working on quantum theory he went to India to lecture and was a guest of Tagore. He talked a lot with Tagore about Indian philosophy. Heisenberg told me that these talks had helped him a lot with his work in physics, because they showed him that all these new ideas in quantum physics were in fact not all that crazy. He realized there was, in fact, a whole culture that subscribed to very similar ideas. Heisenberg said that this was a great help for him. Niels Bohr had a similar experience when he went to China.”
Consequently, Bohr adopted the Yin-Yang symbol as part of his family coat-of-arms when he was knighted in 1947.
Schrodinger wrote in his book Meine Weltansicht:
“This life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins [wise men or priests in the Vedic tradition] express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear; tat tvam asi, this is you. Or, again, in such words as “I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world.”
We note in passing that the Vedas and the Mahabarata contain stories of solar-system-spanning wars and cataclysms, as well as timescales that allow for repeated civilisations to ascend the Kardashev Scale. Like I said… just in passing.
The best current explanation for quite a number of the objects in our solar system is that they were artificially constructed, modified, terraformed or moved. Giant energy objects appear to move about as in under some kind of conscious control. And yet on a micro level, we have radar operators swearing affidavits that they monitor physical craft performing maneuvers that no terrestrial object can. We have people experiencing abduction and time loss and every hundred years or so we get some really weird transmissions.
What do we do with all these data then? Firstly -and I can’t stress this enough- use them as pins to continuously deflate your belief systems. Beyond that, the question becomes: How do we cohere the data into macro relevance and micro relevance. The short answer is I don’t actually know, but here’s my stab at it. Here’s how I currently grid all these data points. Here’s how they interrelate, going from the largest volume and least personal relevance to the reverse of both.
So far so NeoTheosophical. And I guess that’s the implication of a Kardashev Scale of Spiritual Belief. If your cosmology doesn’t account for hollowed out moons and planets emitting more energy than they receive, if it’s solely tied to mythologising the seasonal variation caused by the wobbling of our lonely, oblate spheroid, then it’s just under Type 1.
Getting beyond Type 1 doesn’t mean abandoning indigenous spirits or fertility gods, it means contextualising them with a more ambitious metaphysics. However it shakes out, the implications and extrapolations from what we currently call ufo phenomena -like any initiation- should radically alter your worldview. Otherwise you’re confusing the hypothesis with the data points. Successfully navigating that confusion does not mean veneration or worship is subsequently advised or even required.
Because wizards, to paraphrase Treebeard, should know better.