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christibrany
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14/08/2012 3:41 am  

This book by John Keel is a fascinating survey of anomalous events, UFO's, stone monuments, phantom intelligent radio broadcasts (really cool), and of course 'black magick,' which prompted Keel to mention our favourite 'black magician,' along with another familiar character:

"A remarkable man named Aleister Crowley, born in 1875, became known as the wickedest man in the world through his work in black 'magick.'  He too claimed to receive visits from an angel, and he was the centre of a large cult around the turn of the century.  He was noted for sexually liberating his female followers, and he published a number of books expounding on his personal cosmology.  Those books are currently (this was written in the 60's) enjoying a revival of popularity among the youth subculture.
    In 1939 a young rocket fuel scientist (gee I wonder who), John Whiteside Parsons, joined the Crowley cult and burrowed into the dark world of 'magick' and the occult.  His letters and papers described the manifestations which occurred while he was practising secret mystical rites.  These included sudden power failures, the appearances of eerie glowing lights, and temporary paralysis... all of which are commonly reported in conventional UFO sightings. 
    Parsons was also the recipient of a number of prohecies (sic).  One of these stated: 'Babalon [the whore of Babylon] is incarnate upon the earth today, awaiting the proper hour of her manifestation.  And in that day my work will be accomplished and i shall be blown away upon the breath of the father...'
    A rocket fuel explosion at a laboratory in Pasadena in 1952 did blow away the ill-fated Parsons.  Years later NASA chose to grant him a kind of immortality by naming a crater on the moon after him."

Then ti goes on to talk about the influence of the occult on ufology.  Its a very entertaining book that will teach you some facts you didn't know about a variety of things, so I recommend it 🙂
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einDoppelganger
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14/08/2012 3:51 am  

Keel was friends with Jacques Vallee, author of the seminal "Passport to Magonia." Vallee's "UFOs, Messengers of Deception" deals in depth with the Hubbard, Parsons, Crowley axis, JPL, and UFO phenomena. The book also features interviews with Marshall Appelwhite and his UFO cult which would eventually be renamed "Heavens Gate" before committing mass suicide

Keel has come up here before and he is if great interest to those of a Typhonian persuasion. Both Keel and Vallee are cited by Grant in the trilogies.

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christibrany
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14/08/2012 5:41 am  

Yeppers 🙂 I have Grant to thank for turning me onto both Keel and Vallee!
I have to say out of all the Vallee books I've read, my favourite  (even more so than Magonia, and Messengers of Deception) three , that operate as a trilogy are "Dimensions," "Confrontations," and "Revelations."  The first one is like a survey of UFO cases, the second one is more about research methodology, as well as showing the dangers of this research and the negative effects of close encounters on the participants, and the third one which is my favourite of the three, is about how much of UFO activity can be attributed to secret man-made projects, as well as the apparent psychological operation (psyop) against humanity in pushing the ET hypothesis in the face of man-made black projects alternative energy and propulsion.  I am very admiring of Vallee because he was the first one level headed enough to push an alternative angle to UFO's, that they are largely man-made  and hiding secret engineering knowledge.  He is also open minded enough to concede that a small percentage are indeed likely 'extra terrestrial.'

Hopefully thanks to my recommendation if anyone hasn't read those,  they will now 🙂 Now back to your regularly scheduled programming *bzzzzt*


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14/08/2012 11:06 am  
"christibrany" wrote:
[...,] and the third one which is my favourite of the three, is about how much of UFO activity can be attributed to secret man-made projects, as well as the apparent psychological operation (psyop) against humanity in pushing the ET hypothesis in the face of man-made black projects alternative energy and propulsion.  I am very admiring of Vallee because he was the first one level headed enough to push an alternative angle to UFO's, that they are largely man-made  and hiding secret engineering knowledge.  He is also open minded enough to concede that a small percentage are indeed likely 'extra terrestrial.'

I love it how "open minded" apparently means believing in both conspiracy theories and visiting space aliens.


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Michael Staley
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14/08/2012 12:40 pm  
"HG" wrote:
I love it how "open minded" apparently means believing in both conspiracy theories and visiting space aliens.

I'm sure Chris will equally love it that he can so readily float your boat.


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14/08/2012 2:57 pm  
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
"HG" wrote:
I love it how "open minded" apparently means believing in both conspiracy theories and visiting space aliens.

I'm sure Chris will equally love it that he can so readily float your boat.

When it comes to making snarky one-sentence replies on Lashtal, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Michael.


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14/08/2012 3:34 pm  

I read Keel's Mothman Prophecies YEARS after a paperback copy was given to me. It looked rather "Pop-Paranormal" and, after seeing the film, I had no desire to wade through the read. It sat on the shelf for a good long while. When I finally DID get around to it, I was VERY surprised at its content. Turned out, the movie was rather a peripheral fiction "inspired by the book" which itself was sweeping in its investigative scope. I though Keel was humorous, self-effacing and skeptical through the entire thing. He wasn't trying to convince the reader of anything as much as he was assembling experience and reports to get at what may have been producing such strange "contact phenomena." What he begins veering towards becomes more magical than materialistic (for example, there are references-ala Typhonianism-to the connection between menstrual cycles and UFO contact). Keel's approach reminds me of Richard Maurice Bucke's work in Cosmic Consciousness where he attempts to analyze the factors surrounding the Enlightenment experience that it may be consciously facillitated. This is similar to Crowley's claims re: the Science of Magick producing Genius at Will. Keel not only assembled the similarities in contact experience but really tried to look hard at the other factors involved, for example similarities in the contactees, environment and so on. I didn't find anything in Mothman that indicated an interest or awareness of modern occult research and this made certain observations even more intriguing to me. As an "idependent researcher," Keel was tapping the more mystical implicits of what, for many, is purely a materialistic phenomena to be embraced or discarded as such. 


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Michael Staley
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14/08/2012 6:56 pm  
"HG" wrote:
When it comes to making snarky one-sentence replies on Lashtal, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Michael.

Thank you, young man. In my idle moments, I wondered if you weren't imitating me; nice to know it wasn't just paranoia.


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christibrany
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14/08/2012 7:46 pm  

Excuse me for being daft, but I fail to see how the factual existence of some type of classified energy project constitutes a conspiracy theory? Next youll be telling me that various governments never researched stealth, or non petroleum based propulsion.


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