Archive for August, 2010
It’s been a while since I posted, as I have been feverishly finishing up my fourth and fifth books. The fourth one, The Mothman Speaks, has been sent off and will be available soon. I did an interview about a month ago with Keith Hansen at Think or Be Eaten, where we update current Mothy events. It was the longest show ever on his program, I believe, but don’t let that scare you off:
I also will be making an appearance at the Forteanswest events in Los Angeles this weekend. Looking forward to that Manson reunion and, of course, meeting some of my old relatives, the mummies.
In lieu of squeezing what little conceptual matter I still have out of my brain, I am posting the introduction to The Mothman Speaks, which is actually an interview:
The following interview took place in October of 2008 at the Lowe Hotel in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia. RAI, the large European broadcasting corporation, was filming a special called “American Mysteries” for their big-budget paranormal show, Voyager, which has an audience of 5 million viewers. Interestingly, the producers decided to focus on an unusual mix of American mysteries: the 9/11 conspiracy, Mothman, Marconi, and Marilyn Monroe. Popular conspiracy writer Jim Marrs was the main guest, along with mainstream ufologist Linda Moulton Howe. Marrs and Howe were interviewed on the balcony of a skyscraper in Manhattan, seemingly in an effort to recall the feelings of 9/11. The first segment, which was about 9/11, seemed to focus on various conspiracy theories that the U.S. media usually ignores. One historical conspiracy mentioned was the Nazi plan to bomb lower Manhattan during WWII; this can be seen as a precursor of sorts to 9/11, thus raising the question of whether or not former Nazis had anything to do with the 2001 WTC attack. Marconi’s U.S. radio company was accused of being a spy operation just before it was seized and incorporated into RCA by the Rockefeller syndicate, which itself was secretly supporting the Nazis through financial conduits like Herbert Hoover and Ohio’s Prescott Bush…
In the Mothman segment, the focus eventually fell onto Mothman’s foretelling of 9/11, which was first communicated to a childhood friend of mine in 1967. This precognition allowed the Mothman segment to dovetail nicely with the 9/11 segment. Before and after station breaks, “teaser” montages seemed to connect 9/11 with Mothman. In fact, there seemed to be an implied thread connecting all four seemingly disparate stories… In my interview with RAI, I was asked to paint a broad picture of my Mothman experience, one that would be easily understood by those unfamiliar with the story. The resulting discussion therefore serves as a good introduction to this book… Interestingly, the day I first edited this section, Feb. 26th, 2009, I received a synchronistic email from Austin, TX ufologist S. Miles Lewis, which referenced Marilyn Monroe. I hadn’t received an email from Lewis in several years, so it got my attention. For some strange reason, he playfully chided me about the stage name I had used in the 1980s Austin music scene: “Merlin Monroe.” At that time, my band was performing take-offs on pagan “occult” music, so I was sometimes depicted in posters as a wizard or reincarnated pharaoh. This turned out to be prophetic because, years later, I discovered that my family, the Colvins, had married into the Montauk tribe, the purported descendants of the Egyptian pharaohs. Why Lewis chose to email me at that time about the Monroe persona remains unclear.
RAI: What is the strangest Mothman sighting you have heard about?
Andy Colvin (AC): Well, I can say that I have interviewed a few people who have seen Mothman in their homes and even in their bedrooms, floating above their beds. This is something happened to Mothman Prophecies author John Keel and to the nephew of Gray Barker. Barker was a UFO investigator from West Virginia who first coined the term “Men in Black.” He wrote the first book on Mothman, The Silver Bridge, which came out in 1970. Interestingly, most witnesses see Mothman in slightly different ways. Mothman will often look a little different to each person. In my case, it was a dark silhouette flying behind our car. Then, years later, I saw another silhouette seemingly coming out of a tree. I saw it on the property of a friend who had received a precognition of 9/11 from Mothman… Here in Point Pleasant, people were often chased in their car by Mothman. Some, like Marcella Bennett, had face-to-face encounters with the creature. Marcella described to me how she was pulled by some hypnotic force to be in the spot where she saw Mothman. Oddly, she said her brother was being hypnotized by a UFO at the same time. She seemed to think that the UFO was trying to keep him from meeting Mothman! It may sound hard to believe, but I have heard similar things from other witnesses about disagreements flaring up between UFOs and creature entities. As time went on, Marcella became more and more psychic, but not her brother…
RAI: So, the Mothman experience seems to open up people’s minds…
AC: Yes, they can better access their own unconscious, as well as the collective unconscious. They can see what is going to happen next. I have found this to be true in my own life. I will get glimmers of things that are about to occur… As I mentioned, when I was a child, my friend saw a vision of 9/11 that he attributed to Mothman. He said, “If you go stand in this spot in my yard, you will see it, too.” I was incredulous, of course. But, I did stand there and, sure enough, I did see brief images of exploding buildings in what Tommy said was “New York City in 2001 – the beginning of WWIII.” At that time, I also received some type of “download.” It happened very quickly. It was sort of like “seeing your life pass before you.” I almost got killed by a rockslide once, so I have experienced seeing my life pass before me. The two experiences, seeing the future and seeing the past, are very much alike… When I got this download, I picked up pieces of information about my life to come. Even now, this process is still in effect. For instance, I just turned 49 today. Believe it or not, I got a message back when I was a kid that something important in my personal life would happen when I turned 49. I’ve already discovered what that was. It actually happened today; being on your show facilitated a reunion with someone important in my life… A similar thing happened when I was 47 as well. As my life goes on, the messages from that original download continue to play out, although I have the ability to influence them in certain ways. They seem to be possibilities from which I can choose. Tommy was also told things about his future life, such as working at NASA and so forth, which later came true.
RAI: Do you think it’s a mental vision or projection? Where do they come from, these visions?
AC: I think it is the collective unconscious at work. We’re telepathically plugged into each other, and to nature. At some level, all of our consciousnesses are linked. Reality is alive. We are in separate bodies, but we’re also linked “nonlocally.”
RAI: Very interesting point: the concept of global consciousness…
AC: If you look at the core of each of the major religions, there is this prevailing idea that consciousness is what creates the universe, not the other way around. Most of us, in the modern, “scientific” world, think that the physical world creates consciousness, but the older beliefs say the opposite. This consciousness underlying reality is what links us from the get-go. You have global – actually, “universal” – consciousness manifesting through each person. Each person is born and reveals a seemingly “separate” piece of that whole consciousness. In certain situations, you can plug back into the group consciousness and receive messages from other parts of it.
RAI: What is your explanation of the Mothman phenomenon?
AC: I don’t know that there really is a tidy explanation for Mothman. It’s a process, and it extends into subconscious realms. Reality is physically made up of electromagnetic frequencies and waves, which John Keel called “the superspectrum.” Our brains process these waves as best they can. It is difficult because we sense only a sliver of the superspectrum. This disconnect, this inability to understand all of the signals, causes us to occasionally experience overloads and glitches. When this happens, our minds try to interpret the tangle of frequencies through a process of visualization. The visions that people see are an interesting blend of the “physical” and the “mental.” They are partly hallucinatory and partly real, a temporary manifestation of something that can be identified as both physical and nonphysical. Certain places on Earth seem to manifest a higher number of sightings. The dynamics of how it works are not well understood, but it appears that these beings can become “real” during the short timeframe that the event is happening. They can leave physical traces; they can dent your car or give you a sunburn. Scratches have appeared mysteriously on witnesses’ bodies upon waking up in the morning. Something “nonlocal” comes into our locality for a short time, and then it goes out. While it’s here, it may or may not create a linkage with one’s mind. In some folks, that linkage may become more solidified afterwards. A lot of the Mothman witnesses I’ve talked to feel that they’ve been linked to the creature ever since they saw it. They feel like he’s always around the corner, quietly watching, standing guard. They feel that Mothman is a protector, not a demon. If you look at the symbologies of similar birdmen like the Thunderbird, Garuda, and Piasa, they all have positive aspects. They give us a “heads up” when and if something bad is about to happen.
RAI: There is one explanation that says Mothman is just a “big bird.” Why is this an impossible explanation?
AC: It’s not impossible; it just doesn’t explain why people see Mothman as having humanoid characteristics. You have to realize that there are large religious and governmental organizations that don’t like the idea of “unauthorized” angels or protector deities. If everyone started viewing Mothman, or any other unsanctioned entity, as a beneficial angel, it might cause problems. It might undermine the established organs of Church and State. The major religions have a need to spin interpretations of the paranormal. If unauthorized angels really were visiting us, it would be logical and necessary for such bureaucracies to write them off as “big birds” or something else. The interesting thing is that in the ancient world, large, “normal” birds were often thought to have supernatural qualities as well. Even today, in places like New Guinea, the aboriginals believe that human souls go into the bodies of birds upon death. In Egyptian lore, cranes could be “activated”; they could become temporarily supernatural. Like genies, supernatural cranes are said to emanate from caves and fly around the countryside. I grew up here in WV. You rarely see very large birds flying around here, other than chicken hawks and vultures. But, if someone does see a large bird, it could, according to the Egyptians, still be a supernatural event… Similarly, Mothman has a shapeshifting quality. Even though the moniker “Mothman” is a media creation, it shares etymological roots with the winged Egyptian goddess, Mut (pronounced “Mott”). “Mut” links to the word “mother,” and to the symbologies of goddesses that came later, like Isis and Mary. “Muth” bears a relationship to the words “mouth” and “mound.” The mound is a gateway, or mouth, to other dimensions. Our English word “mutt” refers to a mixture, a state where hybrid forms like Mothman exist… The earliest known UFO sightings were in Egypt, in 1500 B.C., and they occurred at a temple dedicated to Mut; even “random” arisings in the Mothman world have symbolic meaning.
The very act of having a “moniker” (a “mon” word) denotes a second identity, which is something necessary for hybrids. These creatures seem to be able to appear as female or male, wrathful or protective, aerial or earthbound, depending on the witness’ state of mind.
AC: Horus and Seth were Egyptian birdmen who took on other forms; they were hybrids. Horus was an emanation of Osiris, just as Buddhism’s Dorje Shugden, who rode aboard the Garuda, was an emanation of the archetypal Tibetan deity, Je Tsongkhapa. Horus was associated with downriver Egypt, while “Seth,” whose name later developed into “Satan,” was associated with upriver “Sudan.” “Satan” thus became a word for the enemy, the “other.” In Charleston, the Mothman had more of a dog face, like Seth. Downriver in Pt. Pleasant, he had more of a bird face, like Horus. In Asia, the dog and bird versions of the Garuda are called “Barong” and “Bonaspati,” respectively. Basically, any river system with a lot of mounds is prone to these sightings. The Ohio and Kanawha valleys once had hundreds of mounds that were later torn down. Chemical plants were placed on top of those spots. There were a lot of mounds and Indian burial grounds here. Most people think that all mounds were built by the Indians, but most were not. The Natives claimed that they did not build them. The mounds may be naturally created energy nodes, sort of like pimples on the earth. They have energy running up into them. They store energy nicely because of their shape. They are very potent places for creatures to be seen. The word “monster” seems to be a combination of the words “mound” and “star.” If you see an anomalous light around a mound, you may likely see one of these temporary monsters. In Point Pleasant, we have these munitions storage mounds. These domes are very similar to Indian mounds in shape and size. In Native lore, you could build a specific type of domed tent to call in monsters and spirits. Shamans would enter them and see into the future. Sparks were said to have flown out of the tents as the shamans accessed the psychic world. I myself have twice encountered strange creatures immediately after building a tent. Mounds and domes were said to have attracted dragons in the Middle Ages, and the same appears to be true today… In WV, people have seen invisible entities with glowing red eyes. Until the body comes into view, you don’t know if it’s Mothman or Bigfoot. As it passes into our physical dimension, it goes through somewhat predictable color shifts. These “chimera” are an ancient pattern. The very name “chimera” refers to “khem,” the land of Egypt, as well as to “alchemy” and to “mer,” the Moorish people who traveled north to the British Isles and then to America.
RAI: In 1966 and 1967, there were a lot of sightings of UFOs in the sky. Many people say these were connected to Mothman. Do you think that they are manifestations of the same thing?
AC: In some cases, yes. In The Silver Bridge, Gray Barker mentions a witness here in Point Pleasant who actually saw Mothman change into a ball of light. He also reported on a 1922 sighting in Nebraska where a UFO turned into a birdman. In the Buddhist lore, it is said that high lamas can shapeshift into balls of light and into birdmen; they travel around that way. People have seen them go from ball of light into birdman, and from birdman into ball of light. There is a lama named Samudranath who claims to shapeshift into a birdman; this is how he ministers to his “flock.” There is a picture of him on the back of his book. One witness, whom I have known since childhood and trust, claims that Samudranath has visited her in dreams and visions. The picture of his face looks very much like a creature that my sister took a picture of in 1973. It was looking in our kitchen window. That was the same week I was chased by the dark silhouette that came out of a tree. The thing in the photo looks very much like a Garuda mask from New Zealand. It also looks very much like a Wakashan Thunderbird mask from the NW coast of America. “Wakashan” is very similar to “Wakinyan,” the Lakota name for the Thunderbird. From his refuge “within earth and stone,” the Natives’ birdman, the Thunderbird, is still thought to influence life today. You see similar names for these entities across the world, across languages.
RAI: What do you remember about the Silver Bridge collapse?
AC: The collapse was very tragic. It was extremely cold that night. I was at home with my parents when the news came across. It was very shocking. A lot of people still haven’t gotten over it. I suppose one “silver” lining is that the bridge collapse brought more attention to Mothman and to the mystical process that seems to be going on here. Mothman has helped revitalize the town to some degree, reversing the economic losses caused by the bridge collapse. The Mothman story is, frankly, one of the most important stories ever. You’ve got angels, UFOs, aliens, creature entities, prophecies, and top-secret conspiracies. Reality – our collective unconscious – seems to create situations to learn from. It creates an order to the universe at varying levels. No matter what sort of “evil,” conspiratorial things might be hatched, an opposing message of “truth” will get out, via the psychic feedback loop. In a way, it is a self-regulating mechanism that allows society to right wrongs, balance energies, and heal wounds through the application of justice. Mothman can be viewed as a crime-fighting superhero or as a cosmic, metaphysical process – or anywhere in between. Ancient birdman symbols depict the nervous systems of human beings as being connected. The Garuda is an archetype that allows one to stabilize spiritual advances in one’s life. These may be linked to jumps in creativity or intelligence. The Garuda keeps you from “backsliding” into ignorance and isolation. He keeps you linked with others.
RAI: Why did you start to paint the Mothman? I know you have some paintings…
AC: I don’t necessarily paint the Mothman. But after I saw the Mothman, I suddenly had the ability to draw and paint. I also bought a camera and started taking photos. For many years, I did mostly drawings and paintings, but then I shifted more into photography. I’ve found that my work over the years seems to unwittingly symbolize aspects of the Mothman story. For instance, in the early 1980s, I traveled around the U.S. to different national monuments, taking pictures of myself as a flying man who came out of the earth. Even then, I wasn’t consciously aware that it was connected to Mothman. Most of this process has occurred subconsciously… Before the 9/11 attacks occurred, I wasn’t paying close attention to it. But after that event, I suddenly realized that “Mothman” was capable of sending messages from the future. Nowadays, all of this makes sense to me. I can do my art and recognize the surrounding percolation of symbols. They support each other. It’s a vast topic… What I’ve said here today is just the tip of the iceberg.
RAI: Can we see some of your images?
AC [gestures]: This is a photo for an article I recently wrote in Paranoia magazine. In 1982, I went to New York for the Anti-Nuke Rally. It was the largest rally ever held in New York City. I helped carry this float that looks like a “big bird” or Mothman. We carried it past Rockefeller Center and into Central Park. I often get caught up in things that involve bird symbology. [shows book] This is my second book, The Mothman Photographer II, which talks a lot about synchronicities. One such synchronicity is that the Kanawha River, which the Mothman flew along between Pt. Pleasant and Mound, is called the “River of Death” by Native Americans. And Natives just happen to associate death with the Thunderbird. In fact, they place Thunderbird totems in their graveyards. [points to photos] This is the Space Needle in Seattle. It was once an Indian burial ground. It’s quite haunted, in fact… The Christ symbol, the cross on a mound, is very similar to the Garuda symbologies in India. The Garuda is an emanation of energy; there seem to be male and female versions. Just as humans manifest as male and female, these entities also manifest as male and female. [gestures] Here is an ancient statue of Garuda carrying Vishnu. The Garuda provides support for the awakening process. One of the older Hindu statues shows the birdman connecting two cobras, each representing the human spinal column. The birdman symbolizes the spaces between – the background, the sky, the breeze upon which things fly… Here we have a Native American totem pole. The figure on the bottom is a female Bigfoot, and on top is the Thunderbird. Therefore we see, in ancient lore, an amazing connection drawn between Bigfoot and Mothman.
RAI [points]: Is this the photo for which you are famous?
AC: Yes, this is a high-resolution copy of the picture that was taken in 1973 by my sister. It was a random shot of me in the kitchen drinking from an upside down 7-Up glass. Uri Geller apparently once heard a voice coming from such a glass. The witness to Geller’s experience, CIA scientist Andrija Puharich, was a follower of the British UFO cult “The Nine” and a possible agent of Standard Oil. The emblem on my shirt in the photo is “West Virginia Tech,” which is close to where Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Standard Oil, has its famous Alloy plant. That plant has been polluting the air in the Kanawha Valley, at a level equal to the entire New York City metropolis, for decades. Over the years, a lot of conspiratorial things have happened in the Kanawha Valley. For instance, the family behind Jim Jones and Jonestown, the Laytons, were from Alloy. The family patriarch, Dr. Lawrence Layton, married the daughter of I.G. Farben’s stockbroker and became head of U.S. Army Biowarfare between 1956 and 1963. Layton’s son was one of the doctors at Jonestown. There were a lot of links between Standard, Carbide, and I.G. Farben. It is rumored that the Nazi’s flying saucer program was real, and that it took place on I.G. Farben property. The saucer program may have been transferred to WV after the war, to a Carbide location, which would explain all of the UFOs in the TNT Area… Anyway, when my sister sent this kitchen picture to me, my 3-yr. old son pointed to the window and said “Garuda.” Even though he didn’t know what a Garuda was, he immediately recognized something in that face. If he had not said anything, no one would have ever noticed it. It looks like a reptilian bird. In the Mothman world, the clues come large and small… [gestures] Here is an interesting image… When we were doing the cover for the DVD, the designer made a mirror image and overlapped them. When she did, all of these bird faces appeared. One of them looks like a terrorist, actually. You can even see a skull face, the symbol of death. Mut, the aforementioned Egyptian goddess, is said to weigh the hearts of men after death. The Tibetans say you will meet a Heruka, or wrathful deity, after death. The Garuda is one of these Heruka. A person who sees the Thunderbird is considered to be a “Heyoka” by Native Americans. Again, the names are similar across great distances. There appears to have been a global religion and language at one time, most likely emanating from Tibet and Mongolia. The religion was first called “Mon,” then “Bon.” Today, remnants of it can be seen not only in Hinduism and Buddhism, but in Islam and Christianity. The imprints this early religion made on the human psyche still seem to resonate today.