As many of you know, Jacques Vallee believes that the events at Fatima- where the Queen of Heaven appeared to three young girls and set off a chain of events culminating in the so-called "Miracle of the Sun"- were a mass-scale UFO sighting. As Vallee writes:
"The last episode was the miracle itself. It was seen by seventy thousand persons, among whom were pious individuals and atheists, clergymen and reporters from a socialist newspaper. As promised, it happened on October 13 at noon.This event happened during the convulsive events of World War I, and are generally well-known to anyone interested in UFOlogy or the paranormal. In one of the secrets revealed to the girls, the Queen of Heaven predicted another world war and advised that everyone on earth pray to her, resist Communism and pledge their allegiance to the Pope.
(Professor Almeida Garrett) described the phenomena in the following terms: 'It was raining hard, and the rain trickled down everyone's clothes. Suddenly, the sun shone through the dense cloud which covered it: everybody looked in its direction. IT LOOKED LIKE A DISC, OF A VERY DEFINITE CONTOUR. It was not dazzling. I don't think that it could be compared to a dull silver disk, as someone said later in Fatima. No. It rather possessed a clear, changing brightness, which one could compare to a pearl...This clear-shaped disk suddenly began turning. It rotated with increasing speed. Suddenly, the crowd began crying with anguish. The sun (disk?), revolving all the time, began falling toward the earth, reddish and bloody, threatening to crush everyone under its fiery weight...'"
What is less well-known is that another Queen of Heaven appeared during the Punic Wars* in Rome, accompanied by even more startling omens and portents. It was during this period that Cybele, the Phrygian counterpart to Isis-Demeter came to prominence in Rome.
We've looked at Cybele before, in the context of Solaris, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Masonic Manhattan, and so on but I hadn't known until recently that her rise to power (she'd largely replace Juno as Mother of the Gods, and would later be syncretized with Isis), was foreshadowed by such a rash of Fortean nuttiness it would have modern religious hysterics hiding in their basements forever. From Livy's History of Rome:
Prior to the departure of the consuls religious observances were kept up for nine days owing to the fall of a shower of stones at Veii. As usual, no sooner was one portent announced than reports were brought in of others. At Menturnae the temple of Jupiter and the sacred grove of Marica were struck with lightning, as were also the wall of Atella and one of the gates. The people of Menturnae reported a second and more appalling portent; a stream of blood had flowed in at their gate†.
Subsequently a second nine days' observance was ordered in consequence of a shower of stones which fell in the Armilustrum... a fresh report came, this time from Frusino, to the effect that a child had been born there in size and appearance equal to one four years old, and what was still more startling, it was impossible to say whether it was male or female...they enclosed it alive in a box, took it out to sea, and dropped it overboard.
The pontiffs also decreed that three bands of maidens, each consisting of nine, should go through the City singing a hymn...while they were practicing it in the temple of Jupiter Stator, the shrine of Queen Juno on the Aventine was struck by lightning. The diviners were consulted, and they declared that this portent concerned the matrons and that the goddess must be appeased by a gift.
Two suns were said to have been seen; there were intervals of daylight during the night; a meteor was seen to shoot from east to west; a gate at Tarracina and at Anagnia a gate and several portions of the wall were struck by lightning; in the temple of Juno Sospita at Lanuvium a crash followed by a dreadful roar was heard....the reception of Mater Idaea was also being anxiously discussed.
Scipio was ordered to go to Ostia, accompanied by all the matrons, to meet the goddess...the matrons, each taking their turn in bearing the sacred image, carried the goddess into the temple of Victory on the Palatine. All the citizens flocked out to meet them...and from all lips arose the prayer that she would of her own free will and favour be pleased to enter Rome. The day on which this event took place was 12th April, and was observed as a festival...April 12 was also the Cerealia, based in the ancient drug cult of Isis-Demeter-Ceres. Isis was also called Queen of Heaven, Star of the Sea, Mother of the Gods, and on and on.
There are three separate parts to the predominant theme I've been digging into here on the blog. There is "alien", "dreaming" and the "widening gyre." The Alien is otherness, influences beyond our understanding. This could be ETs, UTs or anything, really. There is the Dreaming, which incorporates all of the manifestations of the unconscious mind, from hallucination to dreams to visions.
And then there is the Widening Gyre, which is the immense havoc that the first two are wreaking on our collective consciousness. It seems neither of these are anything new at all.
UPDATE: Davidly is reminded of this recent footage...
PS: Blogger originally autosaved this to publish at 3:17.
* The Punic Wars gave us the phrase Mare Nostrum.
† Strongly reminscent of the sea of blood in The Sixth Extinction