Dana and Anton, Agent V and Agent M appear on Alyson Dunlop’s XFiles (ADXFiles) to discuss Aliens and the Occult. Topics include Aleister Crowley, Aiwass, LAM, Austin Osman Spare, Chaos Magic, sigils, KIA Invisible Agents, childhood experiences, liminal states, crocodiles, cats, aliens and Operation Intruder. There is also some classic music in the interludes. Enjoy!
Professor David Pares and his friends at Space Warp Dynamics LLC work on developing a technology which will not only make travel much faster and smoother here on Earth but will also enable us to travel in space! I am not an expert in physics and engineering so the science behind it seems too far out to comprehend. The experiments these guys do seem to have results that defy current scientific theories. Intriguing…. What they want to do is to get their craft off the ground. The inspiration for all this comes from a UFO sighting that David had as a sixteen year old and also from the case study of pilot Bruce Gernon who experienced a misplacement of his aircraft when flying through a thunderstorm. His plane was found hundred miles from his original location.
I am not sure if David’s project will be successful or not but I am sure this guy does what he loves and in my opinion that’s worth something too. He definitely believes in his project and the implication of space warp technology will surely captivate the imagination:
If this seems like worth knowing more about you can go to his website, or listen to him on podcastufo.com, or openminds.tv amongs other palces. He also has an IndieGoGo campaign. Admittedly the percs are not that great but if you like supporting independent science, then you might like it anyway.
This post is a brief summary of some thoughts I plan to expand upon later, with further research. It explores some of the findings of Agent V and myself as we have explored UFOs deeply as a magical paradigm. In particular it relates to the UFO as a mandala symbol, and the implications of this in terms of magically understanding the abduction experience.
Carl Jung and the Mandala
Research from Agent V found that in his book, ‘Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky’, Jung compares the circular discs to the idea of a mandala. The mandala then we might see as a symbol of unity, and therefore of the monad.
In Qaballah the monad appears as the sephirot Keter, which means Crown. It sits at the top of the tree of life. In the Zohar it is said that it is “the most hidden of all hidden things”, and that it is both invisible and incomprehensible. The crown sits on our head, which symbolizes that it is beyond the capability of our mind to comprehend. It is also called ‘the hidden light’.
In Tantric mysticism, the crown chakra, Sahasrara, is symbolised by a thousand petalled lotus that floats a little above the head, with a downwards pointing triangle in its centre. Its powers include detachment from illusion and the realization that all is one and one is all.
Many flying saucer type UFO craft are described as having triangles in their centre or lights in triangular formation. Others have been said to have left markings in the ground in perfect equilateral triangle formation. Some, such as those seen in the famous Belgian Wave, also had triangular form.
Joseph Campbell, the Mandala and Leviathan
In Gnosticism, the demiurge was sometimes symbolised by a crowned serpent, biting its tail, the ouroborus Leviathan. This was called by Hermetic alchemists hen to pan, which means ‘One the All’. By comparing the Hermetic ouroborus with Plato’s concept of the mind as Demiurge, or imperfect creator attempting to construct a world from pre-existing material, the Gnostics were saying they saw the concepts as equivalent. We find a similar creator of illusion in Hindu mythology in the form of Maya, often depicted holding a mandala, representing Samsara, the false creation (of the mind).
So we see no surprise that in contrast to Jung, comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell saw the mandala as negative. Rather than celebrate oneness, Campbell saw the mandala as representing societal conformity. In other words it represented the right hand path trap of enslaving the individual to consensus reality.
In discussing this with Agent V we determined that a sizable number of teenagers rebel against their dominant ‘mandala’ societies in some way. They often do this via strong identification with a subculture. However, subcultures themselves form their own mandalas, so many retreat back to the main mandala of their culture. Some more adventurous young people explore many such cultures, and in so doing start to build their own individual identity.
A while back we listened to an interview on ‘Coast to coast’ with Thunder Strikes on the subject of shadow people. Thunder Strikes belongs to a Native American group called the Twisted Hairs. This group has an interesting history in that it is said to have formed from members of different tribes that each had in common that they had learned the mysteries of their own tribe but were hungry for more, so they travelled from tribe to tribe learning what they could from each. Of course in this way they eventually came across each other and formed their own school.
Said to have originally formed over three thousand years ago as the ‘Rattlesnake school of Turtle Island’, this group braids their hair together to represent knowledge taken from many sources to form ‘braids of truth’. Of course such a blending could itself form a new mandala, but the idea of receptivity to new knowledge may offer some resistance to this trend. We may see parallels to the Twisted Hairs in Western mystical and magical traditions to various degrees, such as the new age movement, Chaos magic and eclectic paganism. We might also see it in KIA and in Free Illuminism.
To contact or not to contact
So how can the awakening of the crown chakra symbolise the shattering of illusion when its very image is a representation of that illusion? Perhaps because it represents the group mind or societal egregores that we have inadvertently become part of. By fully activating this chakra we bring the invisible light of this realm into our awareness and see the illusion of our cultural conditioning exposed for what it is, to whatever degree we can comprehend this incomprehensible message.
Therefore whilst the UFO may then seem a symbol of the very unity that traps us in illusion, seeing it also represents the very awaking that helps us break free. Imagine for a moment how boarding an extraterrestrial or ultraterrestrial craft and flying amongst the stars or to another dimension with alien beings would impact your sense of normality.
Keter is in Malkuth
The abduction experience may then represent an involuntary mystical visionary experience of the oneness of all things, and therefore the seeing through the illusion of our societies blinkered world view. But please note that we are not saying that no physical UFOs exist and that physical abductions don’t happen. We have no way of knowing that short of experiencing it for ourselves or remembering clearly that it already did.
What we are saying, is that regardless of whether the experiences happen as a result of misidentification, hallucination, optical illusion, mystical awakening, visionary experience or contact with actual physical craft and beings, the effect on our conscious perception of reality may prove equally shaken.
Being taken on board a physical craft may not be exactly the same as the mystical experience of absorption into the monad, but we may liken the experience in some ways to the Keter in Malkuth, the ultimate physical ritual reenactment of the monad experience on the material plane.
Big thanks to Agent V. A lot of the above is based on her wider reading on this subject and what she has told me, or read out to me, concerning Jung’s and Campbell’s ideas on the Mandala. I hope to read them for myself shortly. For the record, the relevant book by Campbell is ‘Flight of the Wild Gander’, in particular the essay ‘The symbol without meaning’ contained therein.
A documentary looking at life of people with alien experiences and work of John E. Mack, Harvard psychiatrist who decided to work with them. It’s an interesting insight into a reality of people touched by something out of ordinary. The documentary presents opinions of different people and explores areas of academic and scientific freedom, demonology and meaning of ‘reality’. I find it fascinating how the work John Mack did with alien abductees changed him into open minded explorer of the unknown and how this ruined his career in the world where we think of ourselves as free. It’s a poignant reminder that scientific materialism became a new dogma in the establishment. Position of so called sceptics become identical to that of Catholic Church in their zeal to destroy anyone not happy with their orthodoxy. We should all have right to live our life the way we want without fear of ridicule. I sometimes wonder if greys represent our subconscious selves we became disconnected from through rejection of the notion of spirit or soul. They come and knock on our doors when least expected to remind us that we do not know everything and that life still remains an unsolved mystery waiting to be explored.
Nice Little Xmass story to cheer you up:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aQbsibkvM
This book expands upon the previous book by the same author ‘Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts‘ and I recommend that book is read first. That said this book does spend its first section recapping that material to some extent, and adding to it with new cipher material.
It also examines in greater detail the idea of an amphibious entity from Sumerian myth named Oannes, that apparently came to Earth from Sirius, and the connections between this deity and St John, the patron of Masons, the name John being derived from Oannes.
Just as I felt perhaps this recap was going on slightly too long we are presented with a revised ritual of ‘the bornless one’ based upon the findings. It being modified to contact John or Oannes, and make use of many of the secret names unveiled by the cipher in the first part of the book and in the previous volume.
I happened to be reading these two books out loud to my partner and so when I read the invocations in the ritual aloud I felt the strangeness they conjured in the room. Luckily my partner interrupted so we didn’t summon an extraterrestrial, or hapless lost tourist named John, on this occasion, but we do feel inspired to try it, or a further modified version of it, out on some occasion in future.
All in all I really enjoyed this book. I think I would have prefered if it had more rituals and less recap of the cipher material, but this doesn’t detract from it being a good read.
When I obtained this book I wasn’t aware that there was a more recent edition, which the author recommends instead of this version, so I’m not sure what I may have missed out on by getting this older ‘IllumiNet Press’ 1994 edition.
However the book describes a cipher discovered in Aleister Crowley’s ‘Book of the Law’, this being in the form of letters in the English alphabet each having a distinct numerical value, with words and phrases being assigned a numeric total. This seems similar to experiments in Gematria and numerology that will be familiar to most students of the occult. However in this case secret names can be used to conceal references to phrases and words with an equal value in ‘The Book of the Law’ and other key texts by Crowley.
This cipher was discovered and elaborated on by a series of Crowley’s magical students, who named it English Qaballah, or EQ. It has also been called NAEQ, cipher 6 and the ALW cipher. Allen Greenfield, on coming across their research decided to apply the cipher to some of the weird names found in UFO contact cases and the accounts of magicians and psychics that claim to have channelled material from extraterrestrial intelligences, including Crowley himself, with some startling correspondences.
He records his findings in this book, which goes a long way towards creating a ‘field of high weirdness’ in an open reader. I recommend this to any magician seeking to work with extra-terrestrial or ultra-terrestrial intelligences in their magic, along with its companion volume, ‘Secret Rituals of the Men in Black.’
My interest in the cipher, and use of it in my own spirit contact cases, lead me to develop the EnigMagick software, which finds matches for any phrase or number in Liber AL or other texts.
CE5 means human initiated contact with ufos and its occupants. The introductory talk from CSETI project (link below) gives a very interesting perspective on how such contact should be initiated. I find that a lot of points mentioned in this talk relate to what we as magicians might do when communicating with spirits. I think that western magickal traditions became stagnated because of two not very productive approaches to spirit contact. First coming from sense of superiority towards the spirits expressed by perceiving them as evil that needs to be bind and the other expressed in the opposite notion in which we see them as superior to ourselves and address them in a fashion of a child. Both these approaches combine in the notion of spirits as parts of our mind where we try to control them on one hand and see them as more powerful than ourselves on the other. This is not to say that that’s what all magicians do but I definitely find myself guilty of falling into these traps at times and I suspect others do to.
The perspective given in the introduction below encourages such contact to be initiated in spirit of friendship and equality, an attitude I was alluding to in my comment on Slavery Redefined blog. I don’t know if you agree with me but my feeling is that the most energetic and inspiring magical events convey that spirit.
http://www.cseti.org/WGTK/CE5/CE-5-Initiative.mp3 –right click to save the link onto your hard drive.
A Vancouver based mobile audio lab has detected backwards messages relating to aliens and ufonauts in a speech by Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. Without putting any spin or interpretation on the messages, they read as follows:
- I’m not one of you.
- Iran has nuclear leak.
- I guess this battle will be bloody.
- It’s alien. Hidden now.
- The saucer city.
Now one theory is that these backwards messages are subconscious communications. If this is the case, it also opens up the possibility that they are communications from what we might call ‘ultra-terrestrial intelligences’. Or ‘spirits’ if you prefer. It occurred to me, after reading the Allen Greenfield books ‘Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts’ and ‘Secret Rituals of the Men in Black’, that it might be worth running these communications through the cipher, aka New Aeon English Qabalah.
Anton recently wrote a piece of software called ‘EnigMagick’, which you can download from sourceforge, that allows for easy comparison of any word or phrase with matches from Liber Al, so my first thought was to check the first match for each phrase when compared to this text. Here is what I found:
- I’m not one of you. = 199 = Above you and in you.
- Iran has nuclear leak. = 181 = It is revealed.
- I guess this battle will be bloody. = 370 = your fill of love. I am above you and in
- It’s alien. Hidden now. = 219 = Man and every woman is a
- The saucer city. = 201 = company of heaven.
So the fully decoded message then reads as:
“Above you and in you. It is revealed. Your fill of love. I am above you and in man and every woman is a company of heaven.”
Make of this what you will…
Jacques Vallee on TED talks about (missing) physics of information.