Adam Gorightly In The Land of Enchantment
At first glance, New Mexico seems nothing more than a second sister to the Longhorn State, as big oil rules in the southern reaches of The Land of Enchantment where many of the towns one encounters along the way resemble greatly those rural landscapes stretching for hundreds of miles across the plains of Texas and Oklahoma.
However, New Mexico is rich not only in oil, but arcane lore, with its fabled history of crashed saucers, atomic bomb blast sites and, some would suggest, Freemasonic conspiracies. According to the late gonzo conspiracy researcher, James Shelby Downard, Freemasonry has long practiced a system known as mystical toponomy, which pertains to the magic and mystery of words. To quote Downard: “Mystical toponomy incorporates word wizardry (onomatology) and the modern science of symbolism.” These three alchemical elements imbue a locale with sorcerous significance -- Downard contended -- connecting ancient ley lines in conjunction with latitude and longitude, and the divisions of degrees in geography (minutes and seconds).
In his magnum opus, King Kill 33°: Masonic Symbolism in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Downard used the example of the “Mason Road”, which runs through Texas, as demonstrating an alchemical formula linking significant place names to the 33rd latitude, which so happens to be the highest degree (33) of Freemasonry.
Located along the 33rd degree one will find Dealey Plaza, Roswell and Alamagordo, New Mexico, in addition to other significant historical sites where high tech black magick rituals have presumably occurred. It should also be noted that Freemasonry’s most influential branch, the Scottish Rite, was founded by grand master Albert Pike in Charleston, South Carolina, a city also on the 33rd degree latitude. Dealey Plaza, located near the Trinity River, was the site of the first Masonic temple in Dallas. Kennedy’s ill-fated motorcade was just about to the “Triple Underpass” when “three shoots” rang out, wounding Kennedy twice and Texas Governor John Connally once. Even the date, 11/22/63 contains symbolic numerological significance (11 + 22 = 33).
Downard’s central thesis posited that this grand Masonic conspiracy consists of three great alchemical works:
1) The creation and destruction of primordial matter
2) The Killing of the King, Kennedy
3) The Making Manifest of all that is unseen, the final act. (At present time unknown as to the exact nature of this “final act”, though some have speculated it will be nuclear.)
According to Downard, the first of these three works (burbling in the cauldrons of Freemasonic alchemists of yore) was achieved on July 16, 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico at the Trinity nuclear detonation site located at the White Sands Testing Range. New Mexico, known as “The Land of Enchantment”, further portends to a mystical geography of witchcraft.
Accompanying the Trinity nuclear detonation was a huge half million pound steel bottle code-named “Jumbo”, which Downard claimed contained something Aleister Crowley dubbed “the Mannikin”, an inanimate body infused with nuclear energy. According to Downard, the end result of this Frankensteinian project was to create a homunculus; an elemental being birthed from the atomic inferno. This unleashing of atomic power combines the conflicting forces of chaos and synergy -- a method of breaking apart then joining together -- which is the first principle of alchemy, or what the magicians of science refer to as “nuclear fission.”
On April 12, 1945, Freemason President Franklin Roosevelt succumbed to “sudden death” by way of a cerebral hemorrhage at the 33rd latitude in Warm Springs, Georgia. His successor, Harry S. Truman, was another 33rd degree Freemason, who -- prior to his 1940 Senate election -- served as the Masonic Grand Master for the great state of Missouri. Truman, the 33rd President, presided over the first act of end time alchemy, the aforementioned Trinity bomb blasts. A short time later, on July 18, 1945, Truman gave the orders to drop the A-Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two Japanese cites residing dangerously close to the 33rd latitude.
Aleister Crowley, interestingly enough, made certain pronouncements regarding atomic experimentation in the early part of the 20th century. Crowley’s notorious Book of the Law, which outlines his religion Thelema, alludes to a violent cataclysm resulting from the release of nuclear particles into the earth’s atmosphere. Crowley suggested that these atomic explosions would transform mankind; a cataclysmic transformation which would create elemental beings consisting of an integration of masculine and feminine attributes; a hermaphrodite. The onset of the Atomic Age equates to Crowley’s Aeon of Horus, a coming age ushering in Thelema as the new world religion.
Such concepts fall in line with the magical work of Crowley disciple, Jack Parsons, a rocket scientist and founding member of Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), and one time head of the California branch of the Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientalis (O.T.O.). With the circumspect aid of future Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, Parsons conducted a series of rituals in the late 1940’s known as the Babalon Working. During these rituals, Parsons witnessed some type of alien craft in California’s Mojave Desert, a mystical locale also situated on the 33rd latitude.
The Babalon Working rituals ended just before the “Great Flying Saucer Flap” of 1947 when the modern age of UFO sightings began. In this regard, some have suggested that Parsons and Hubbard opened a door and something flew in. On July 8, 1947, a crashed UFO containing alien bodies was allegedly found in Roswell, located -- as previously noted -- on the 33rd latitude. 1947 also marked the passing of the Great Beast, Aleister Crowley, as well as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which contained copies of the Books of Enoch, detailing interactions between otherworldly angels and the fair maidens of Earth. So indeed, many strange things were afoot during this period, and many of them occurring in The Land of Enchantment.
Parson's stormy life ended with a monumental bang when -- on June 17, 1952 -- he blew himself up while working with explosives. A theory proffered by Downard protégé, Michael Anthony Hoffman, suggests that Parsons was attempting to conjure an elemental being by way of a homunculus experiment that apparently backfired. Whatever the case, it was Downard’s contention that these explosive undertakings related to the Trinity atomic bomb blasts, and that the magical workings of Parsons and Hubbard initiated the first great work of Masonic alchemy, the aforementioned creation and destruction of primordial matter.
It should be mentioned that Parsons' contributions to the space race were of no small significance, as he was a major player in the development of solid fueled rocket technology, which provided the propulsion and impetus that eventually conquered the lunar surface. And -- according to Downard -- the moon landing was but a further unraveling of the Masonic conspiracy, played out using mystical topomony, as the firing of the moon rockets occurred on the 33rd latitude at Cape Kennedy. To this end, Downard contended that the Illuminati arranged that the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, would be a 33rd degree Mason.
Downard’s King Kill 33° draws upon a larger conspiratorial canon, which surfaced in an audiocassette series produced by Downard protégé William Grimstad in the mid 1970’s entitled Sirius Rising. According to author Robert Anton Wilson, Grimstad’s Sirius Rising presented the theory that “the Illuminati were preparing Earth, in an occult manner, for extraterrestrial contact.” Part of this magickal preparation consisted of the founding of Cal Tech, the home of Parson’s JPL, on the 33rd degree latitude, near the SoCal town of La Canada. Located in the same vicinity is the fabled Devil’s Gate Dam, where Parsons conducted O.T.O. rituals.
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Recently, I had the opportunity to travel through southeast New Mexico, and my first stop along the way was sunny Roswell, a focal point for apparent otherworldly energies and Freemasonic conspiracies.
On Highway 70 leading into Roswell – between mile markers 132 and 133, (there’s that infamous number 33, again!) -- I stopped and snapped a photo of a sign alleged to be near the very spot of the famed Roswell UFO crash. The sign in question is at the junction of Highway 70 and a gravel road which you can drive for another 2 miles or so until it ends at a fence line located on the boundary of the former Mac Brazel ranch property, now administered by the Bureau of Land Management. It was here that I stopped a moment to inhale the vibes of a cosmic catastrophe that might have actually been some sort of government cover-up. I don’t think we’ll ever really know…
Roswell is an arcane mecca littered with UFO lore and occult symbology. With my trusty digital camera ever at hand, I documented numerous examples as I drove through the city streets, situated -- as previously noted -- on the 33rd degree. Given this fact, it should come as no surprise that Roswell is a Freemasonic hotbed, which one can observe in the form of Freemasonic buildings and license plate holders scattered about town bearing the scale and compass symbol.
Another occult symbol I discovered was the Eye of Horus (which relates back to Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons) on an ophthalmology sign located a couple blocks off Main Street. Afterwards -- when I cropped this photo -- it was unintentionally reduced in size to 33.3 percent of its original dimensions, just one of the many numerological synchronicities that seemed to hound me throughout the course of my journeys along the 33rd parallel.
During my stay, I paid a visit to UFO Researcher Guy Malone at the restaurant where he bartends, snapping Guy’s photo as he drew yours truly a pint of Guinness Stout while pointing at the Rolling Rock tap featuring the infamous number 33 situated on top (indicative of Freemasonic conspiracies influencing all sectors of Roswellian life!)
A couple days later, Guy and his lovely and equally mysterious wife, Paradox Brown, treated me to dinner at Billy Ray’s, a local steakhouse/watering hole. There we discussed Guy’s involvement in the Roswell scene dating back to 1999 when he re-located from Nashville to get closer to the root of the UFO mystery. Armed with the book he wrote in 1997 -- Come Sail Away: UFO Phenomenon and the Bible, documenting Guy’s own experiences of possible alien visitation and abduction, viewed from a Biblical perspective -- he began pounding the pavement, attempting to share his story with his fellow Roswellian citizenry.
Unfortunately -- when attempting to place his book at the International UFO Museum -- it was summarily rejected per museum policy, which apparently doesn’t accept materials dealing with religion. However, much to Guy’s chagrin, the local Christian bookstore wouldn’t carry his title either due to the squirrelly UFO subject matter. In searching for an alternative to make his book and its message available to the public, Malone and a couple other like-minded friends founded Alien Resistance Org, then soon after opened the doors of The Alien Resistance HQ -- a coffee shop/internet café & bookstore -- offering biblical perspective running contrary to the underlying theme so prevalent around town promoting aliens as harmless little sprites that prop up a fickle tourist economy.
As it so happens, the Alien Resistance HQ was situated directly across Main Street from the International UFO Museum, creating a sort of adversarial relationship, to say the least, what with the “No Aliens” logo featured prominently on the Alien Resistance storefront, which did not necessarily endear Malone, and his anti-alien cohorts, to certain sectors of the Roswell community that base their livelihood on promoting a positive alien image motif. Even such corporate chains as Arbys, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s have gotten into the act, trying to milk a buck off those poor little aliens that purportedly crashed and burned on Mac Brazel’s ranch way back when.
And although I may not agree with all of Malone’s theories as to what’s behind the ET phenomenon, there are certain areas where our research overlaps, specifically in regards to some sort of ritual magick aspect behind the phenomenon, whatever this actual phenomenon may be.
Guy’s wife Paradox is also a researcher in her own right, delving into some of the same UFO biblical realms as her amiable, bald-headed husband. In fact, Paradox is currently working on a book, which you can find out more about at -- you guessed it -- www.paradoxbrown.com.
So we see a strange dynamic playing itself out in Roswell, of alien imagery and possible Freemasonic conspiracies waging a behind the scenes battle against folks like Guy Malone who are warning us that this seemingly innocent alien motif might be a figurative wolf in sheep’s clothing. In fact, I snapped a photo of a pair of traveling evangelists who -- during the period I was in town -- had situated themselves at the corner of Main and Second across from the UFO Museum, preaching the word of the Lord to any passerby’s with ears to hear, just one further example of a possible War in Heaven taking place in the streets of sleepy Roswell.
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After my stay in Roswell, I ventured to Alamogordo, another famous and purported UFO hotspot adjacent to the White Sands Testing Range, which has entertained reports of numerous otherworldly sightings, no doubt on account of all the atomic bomb tests and space program associated rocket launches conducted there over the years, all of which our neighboring ET friends might have found intriguing enough to stop by to observe just what the hell we humans were up to.
While in Alamogordo, I visited the New Mexico Museum of Space History, which is incredibly cool in many respects, not only because of all the old rockets displayed on the grounds -- in addition to a whole host of other NASA artifacts – most notably the one and only primate capsule occupied by legendary Hamm, the world’s very first astrochimp. I must admit, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for old Hamm, and so it was with great reverence that I visited his grave site located on the grounds, paying my respects to a true giant in the annals of primate space exploration.
The museum also features the International Space Hall of Fame, which includes among its honorees NASA astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who during his flight back from the moon on Apollo 14 experienced a Samadhi-like experience which for ever after transformed his life into one dedicated to the exploration not only of outer space but the vast reaches of inner space. To this end, in the early 1970’s, Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a non-profit organization dedicated to psychic phenomena and consciousness exploration research.
Of course, there are those who would contend that Dr. Mitchell is yet another Illuminati agent propagating the anti-Christian new age movement which is in reality behind the forthcoming New World Order dance party. Perhaps this seems a pretty farfetched notion to most people, but after visiting the Space Hall of Fame, I momentarily entertained these very same thoughts as I happened upon a courtyard on the museum grounds which featured an obelisk reminiscent of the one in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Certain conspiracy researchers, among them the late Bill Cooper, contend that 2001 was a veiled homage to the Babylon and Egyptian Mystery Religions from which Freemasonry arose, and furthermore that the obelisk featured in 2001 represents the male aspect, the generative force (much like modern day space rockets), from which will be birthed a starchild, who is Horus, the New Man bringing forth the Age of Aquarius.
There are those who suggest that this was exactly what Jack Parsons, along with his wife Cameron and L. Ron Hubbard, were attempting to achieve by way of the Babalon Working, to birth “the crowned and conquering child” who would bring forth Aleister Crowley’s Thelema as the new world religion. Interestingly enough, a couple of the men closely associated with Parsons are inductees into this Hall of Fame, none other than rocket scientists Frank Malina and Theodore von Karman. However, there is no mention of Jack Parsons in the Hall, which is a vast oversight, although no doubt this omission is due to Parsons’ occult activities that some perceive as diminishing his groundbreaking rocketry work.
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Roswell and Alamogordo are but two of the many enchanted towns one will encounter traveling New Mexico’s 33rd degree highway. All of which seems to be at the center of the whole UFO meme, not only with the purported Roswell saucer crash imprinted on our collective psyches, but as well the legend that surrounds Kirtland Military Base in Albuquerque — 200 miles west of Roswell – where Dr. Paul Bennewitz witnessed some strange aerial phenomena and other high weirdness which later drove him crackers and, in turn, may have contributed greatly to certain aspects of UFO lore regarding underground bases in Dulce, not to mention the many cattle mutilations that continue to so haunt this Land of Enchantment.