Modern ufology usually postulates that aliens come from another planet or dimension. But what if they've been here since the dawn of time? Autodidactic scholar John Lash has a most compelling theory rooted in Gnosticism: that some aliens are Archons, devoid and corrupt cousins of man put here by the same celestial forces that created human beings.
The Archons were whispered about in texts after the burning of the library at Alexandria which contained some mention of these mysterious beings. But the powers that be spent 1,300 years expunging the records and have practically written out the Archons from human history. In 1947, texts were found in clay jars in Nag Hammadi, Egypt. In these texts was a story of what the Nag Hammadi people, 2,000 years ago, thought the world was about.
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Anyone who has dipped a foot into the murky waters of conspiracy theory has more than likely encountered a reference to James Shelby Downard. In a realm where the bizarro-meter is usually set pretty high, Downard goes straight to “11.” For the uninitiated, suffice it to say that Downard’s writings, most notably his autobiographical The Carnivals of Life and Death (hereafter, Carnivals), purport to unveil a nightmarish nexus of Masonic Sorcery, mystical toponomy, Call to Chaos sexual depravity and the Eternal Pagan Psycho-Drama lurking just beneath the surface of simple, homespun American reality. i If Downard’s world was a movie, it could only be directed by David Lynch.
It’s easy, and comforting, to dismiss James Shelby Downard as a charlatan or a nut or some amalgam of both. His claims and stories are often so improbable, or just ludicrously absurd, that one is stunned as much by their audacity as their improbability. I’ll confess that Carnivals was probably the only book I’ve actually thrown against a wall out of sheer disgust that anyone would expect me to swallow such a pile of horseshit. Yet I always picked it up again. Maybe I was hoping he would reveal it was all a bad dream, but mostly it was just weirdly fascinating, and more than a little disturbing; a bad acid-trip blending of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.
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To each one his illusion! To each one his private yarn! Of them all, Charles Fort’s curious cosmology, unshackled by convention, routine or repetition, striding from planet to planet in the seven-league boots of intuitive apprehension, is perhaps the most amazing.
A mysterious admirer of De Casseres tells us that “no-one has heard of Benjamin DeCasseres — he was greatly admired by many (including Jack London, Clark Ashton Smith, H.L. Mencken, James Huneker, Thomas Hardy, Charles Fort and Ayn Rand) but was something of a cult back between 1915-'45. Ahead of his time, he wrote for posterity, but his time has not yet come.” Although Fort biographer Jim Steinmeyer referred to De Casseres as a “socialist,” he was in fact a “Nietzschean individualist,” something akin to Emerson's Luciferian younger brother. The biographical note from his work, Second Book of Modern Verse, tells us that “... he is poet, essayist, critic, and satirist. As a poet his best-known work is in The Shadow-Eater, 1915.” What we do know, and what is relevant for our purposes here, is that he was a contemporary, friend and correspondent of Charles Hoy Fort. Here, for the first time, is his essay for the April, 1930 issue of The Thinker, titled “The Fortean Fantasy.”
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Mysterious crash site holds clues to the UFO — and to JFK!
The remnants of an airplane crash from 1947 remain on private property in Kelso, Washington. No urgency exists to dig it up except among UFO enthusiasts who understand the relationship the B-25 has to the first flying saucer sighting of the modern era, the so-called Maury Island affair. Interest among UFOlogists rarely ends with the implementation of the necessary resources applied to get to the bottom of a flying saucer mystery. Consider Roswell, New Mexico, place of inspiration for a cottage industry of speculative books and a couple of government cover-up stories, no real investigations that only enhance its legendary status. Like Roswell, the plane in Kelso promises the possibility of recovering actual material from the space ships. Also like Roswell, however, the best hope for that recovery lies with everyday people until professional investigators are made to wake up.
Two men died in that Kelso plane crash: Captain William Lee Davidson and First Lieutenant Frank Mercer Brown of the Fourth Air Force A-2 Intelligence, under the command of General Carl “Ptooey” Spaatz. From McChord Air Base outside of Tacoma, Washington, General Spaatz had begun an investigation of the wave of UFO sightings that followed Kenneth Arnold’s famous report of nine flying chevrons over the Cascade Mountains near Mount Rainier in Washington. Spaatz previously had directed air force military intelligence at Hamilton Field in California to report relevant UFO data to the Air Force Technical Intelligence Command at Wright Field in Ohio. Davidson and Brown were headed for Wright Field, for ceremonies marking the formal separation of the Air Force from the army, when their plane went down. It had flown out of McChord after the two men had loaded it up with a Kellogg’s Cornflakes box full of residue from the flying saucers at Maury Island.
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by Timothy Green Beckley
Ancient people knew that wherever the earth’s energy gathered into a vortex was a sacred place. They knew – and scientists are beginning to understand once again today – that we are surrounded by a tremendous amount of energy that has been provided for us by the Creator. It’s available for the asking if we could only learn to harness the forces of the universe in a positive way. Some refer to it as the cosmic flow. We could enter Stargates, learning to travel through space and time, and perhaps power our homes and automobiles at a fraction of the cost of what we spend today.
There are certain places you can “feel it in the air” – where the atmosphere prickles with electricity making your hair stand on end. There are certain sacred spots where the earth vibrates at a higher level. These are earth’s vortex regions, its gateways to other dimensions. [...]
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by Douglas Hawes
Set deep in the bottom of the rugged gorge of the North Fork of the American River, in the heart of California’s Gold Country, is an ancient site holding a great secret. Hidden beneath alluvial debris washed down from the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains in recent geological times, is an ancient pyramid, erected by visitors to the Earth who arrived thousands - - if not millions - - of years ago.
The site is known as Snakehead Point, and the point forms a steeply sloped hill which indeed has an unusual, pyramid like shape, at the very bottom of the gorge, that seems strangely at odds with the surrounding terrain. There is no visible evidence of any underlying structure, as the formation is currently topped by rock debris that has degenerated into rough soils, on which grow Ponderosa Pines, Douglas Fir, Manzanita, Scrub Oak, and other flora typical of a site in the lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. [...]
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A theory on the humming and buzzing sounds
reported by some abductees.
by David Andrew
I had recently been doing some extended research into brain wave patterns and how they related to a person’s level of consciousness. Specifically, I was looking at brain wave patterns when a person is wide awake, on through the varying states leading up to deep sleep. While searching for related information I came across an article by accident that was quite interesting. The article was dated February 21, 2010 and it was about brain waves and sound waves. The focus of the article was to highlight the findings of a study done by Professor Nina Kraus at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In the study it was shown that the electrical activity inside the brain while listening to music closely matches the physical properties of sound waves. Professor Kraus stated, “When we play the brainwaves back as sound, although they don’t sound exactly like the song that was being listened to during the experiment, it is pretty similar. It shows that the brain matches the physical properties of sound very closely.” The content of that article reminded me a little of some of the research done by the late, Robert Monroe. In 1975 Monroe was awarded the first of three patents for a method of altering brain states through the use of sound. While reflecting upon and considering this information I suddenly had a definite, “Ah-Ha!” moment. [...]
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“For centuries the Chinese used an ancient curse:
‘May you live in interesting times!’”
by Steve Dandois
We’ve all encountered that supposedly ancient aphorism and understood its implications: times of safety, of plenty and peace are inevitably dull. Interesting times are times of change, when old ways conflict with the new, when previously undefined territories get new borders drawn around them.
Interesting point: that ancient curse might not be so ancient.
Apparently the earliest citation comes from a 1950 science fiction story called “U-Turn” by one Duncan H. Munro -- a pen name of Eric Frank Russell. In fact, Russell may have coined it.
And with typical contrarian wit, he immediately reversed it.
“It isn’t a curse any more,” he wrote. “It’s a blessing.”
Curses and blessings; the factual and fictional. It’s as these crossroads of reversals where the enigmatic Mr. Russell seemed to be most comfortable working.
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by Brad Steiger
I was honored when not long ago Bob Rickard at Fortean Times noted that “author Brad Steiger’s influence on forteana equals John Keel’s on ufology.” I have also been pleased with Skylaire’s mention of my being in the lineage of Charles Fort in a number of her articles. However, before I discovered Fort in the early 1960s, I had another hero of the weird, strange, and unknown --Ambrose Bierce.
In the San Francisco of 1876, Ambrose Bierce reigned as unchallenged literary king, the best known writer west of the Rockies. Some of the contemporaries who nourished their lights in Bierce’s shadow are much better known today. Bret Harte, Jack London, and Joaquin Miller not only rate larger space in the textbooks, but their works remain easily available. Of Bierce’s voluminous writings, only a collection of short stories, In the Midst of Life, and fragments of The Devil’s Dictionary are easily obtainable. But if Bierce’s literary endeavors have not stood the test of time as well as those of certain of his contemporaries, he still enjoys a last laugh, because the mystery of his strange disappearance is better known than the entire life histories of Harte, London, and Miller.
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Why do humans create the aliens we create? A look at the evolution of aliens in popular culture, from an astrological standpoint.
by Anthony Douglas Perkins
This article is an introduction to a theory that I started researching and developing in 1997. It is about the presentation of aliens in popular film and television and how they appear to correspond to the astrological phenomenon of the movement of the planet Neptune through a particular astrological sign in the Western zodiac.
The aliens are “archetypes,” the kind that have been famously presented by people like Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, in that they are products of a “mass unconscious” that expresses itself through art. The difference in this case is that my perspective adds the element of time, that is, that these particular things are not only created universally, but that these creations change, and that they vary, according to certain cycles of (what humans at least perceive as) time. In this case the cycles represented are the archetypes that are represented by the astrological signs in the Western zodiac.
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by Skylaire Alfvegren
"Every science is a mutilated octopus. If its tentacles were not clipped to stumps, it would feel its way into disturbing contacts." -- Charles Fort
There is a man, largely undiscovered by the modern world, whom I, and many others, believe made one of the most significant contributions to the world of science. Had it not been that he vehemently opposed modern scientists and their methods, his work might be enjoying a greater popularity than it does. Had this man decided to write about completely different topics, he would be hailed as a fabulous literary character. Here was a peculiar fellow. Charles Fort devoted 26 years of his life to compiling documented reports of scientific anomalies from journals and newspapers from all around the world. He lived in dire poverty so that truth could prevail. His life’s work may one day be of great scientific worth, should the established scientific community ever muster the courage to approach it.
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By Nick Redfern
“You can write about anything you like, just as long as it has some kind of western US angle,” said Skylaire Alfvegren recently, when she invited me to pen a guest editorial for the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists. Well, given the nature of Skylaire’s invitation, it wasn’t difficult to come up with a subject-matter.
After all, as some of you may know, just a couple of months ago New Page Books published my most recent title: Contactees – A History of Alien-Human Interaction. And as just about anyone and everyone who has ever dared immerse themselves in the strange and twilight realm of all things of a long, blond-haired and space-brotherly nature will know, the West-Coast – and specifically California - is where most of the other-worldly action occurred.
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by Craig Woolheater
co-founder and chairman of the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy
A common misconception among the general public is that the Bigfoot phenomenon is limited strictly to the Pacific Northwest. Many people think of Texas terrain as being nothing but prairies and deserts filled with “tumbling tumbleweeds” to quote the famous song.
However, in East Texas, which is where the majority of the reported sightings of Bigfoot occur in the state, there are approximately 12 million acres of forest land. There are four national forests and five state forests in Texas, all located in East Texas, the primary and most important forested area in Texas. The East Texas Pine Belt, or “Piney Woods” as it is commonly called, extends over forty-three counties and accounts for almost all of the state’s commercial timber.
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by Skylaire Alfvegren
The real UFO story must encompass all of the many manifestations being observed. It is a story of ghosts and phantoms and strange mental aberrations; of an invisible world that surrounds us and occasionally engulfs us; of prophets and prophecies, and gods and demons. It is a world of illusion and hallucination where the unreal seems very real, and where reality itself is disorted by strange forces which can seemingly manipulate space, time, and physical matter--forces that are almost entirely beyond our powers of comprehension. [...]
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by Adam Gorightly
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... [...]
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by Mick Farren
I have always had reservations about grey aliens. Indeed, I have always found them a little too trite to be true. Okay, the egg-headed, abducting, little bastards are all over t-shirts, fridge magnets and The History Channel, but, for me, that doesn’t make them any more convincing. That alien visitors to our world should turn out to be upright, four limbed, bi-pedal entities, seems just too much of a coincidence, particularly as the current configuration of human beings was created by a very specific set of evolutionary circumstances. Was it possible that our first extra terrestrial contact would be with a species that – like us – had some small, grey ancestral quadruped who also stood up on its hind legs to look over what passed for long grass on a distant planet, under another star? [...]
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by Greg Bishop
“I can conceive of nothing, in religion, science or philosophy, that is anything more than the proper thing to wear, for a while.”
-Charles Hoy Fort
When I first heard about the LOWFI project from Skylaire, I thought that the “I” stood for “indeterminist.” This was excellent news. FINALLY someone was going to enshrine the concept of indeterminacy in a formal organization.
When I found that the word was “intermediatist,” I must admit that I was stumped. Charles Miller’s article from Patrick Huyghe’s excellent Anomalist journal provides an answer: [...]
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By Nick Pope
Britain is in the middle of a UFO flap. Edward J. Ruppelt, one of the former heads of Project Blue Book (the United States Air Force's now defunct UFO investigation program) offered this definition of a flap in his book The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects:
“In Air Force terminology a “flap” is a condition, or situation, or state of being of a group of people characterized by an advanced degree of confusion that has not quite yet reached panic proportions. It can be brought on by any number of things,” [...]
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