Fragments of an Alien Faith, Part 2 (UPDATED)

Earnest, well-intentioned scholars like Elaine Pagels and Gilles Quispel worked very hard to bring Gnosticism back into the public consciousness in the past 40 years but presented a Gnosticism that I'm not sure the ancients would have necessarily recognized. 

The Gnosticism they put across in their books semed more a substitute for the worthy liberal Protestantism they were raised in, and didn't quite grapple with the fundamental weirdness of the ancient sects. Because if you read the actual texts you see that Gnosticism was more Protean than Protestant, more Unarian than Unitarian.

We looked at the Mandaean light beings and light-ships, and touched upon the flying cloud and pillar imagery of Gnostic texts like Revelation of the Magi and The Gospel of Judas and then brought the gonzo UFOlogy of John Keel into the mix. 

But there was another flying cloud passage from The Apocalypse of Adam that struck a chord with me:
And the eighth kingdom says of him that a cloud came upon the earth and enveloped a rock. He came from it. The angels who were above the cloud nourished him. He received glory and power there. 
Again, the flying clouds that land and hover and produce "angels" and what not. But something seemed familiar about this passage; Jacques Vallee, from Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact, wrote this about the manifestation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, some 30 years before the Nag Hammadi texts were discovered:
From a nearby cave or grotto came a golden-colored cloud. Soon after came an entity, described as a beautiful lady, who placed herself above a bush that was moving as if it were windy. At Fatima, there was a wind which "moved across the mountain without touching the trees." 
The Lady of Fatima consistently appeared in the top branches of a small tree, whose center shoots were found bent toward the east, as though tilted in that direction when the apparition departed. Lucia, of Fatima, was closely questioned on this point and stated that "our Lady's feet rested lightly on the top of the leaves." 
This event reminds us not only of Adam but also of the Revelation of the Magi. A cloud descends, produces a divine being who then instructs an earthling in the ways of Heaven. The Apocalypse of Adam wouldn't even be discovered for another 30 years so there's zero chance that the little Catholic peasant children of rural Portugal were LARPing ancient Gnostic texts for the lulz. 

What is especially important here is that the events at Fatima led to what many researchers call the largest mass UFO sighting in human history, the so-called Miracle of the Sun in 1917. Even more astonishing is that all of this became one of the most important events in modern Catholicism. 

As we've seen, the Queen of Heaven and mass miracles are nothing novel to the 20th Century; similar events during the Second Punic War led to the official adoption of the Phrygian goddess Cybele into the Roman pantheon, a goddess whose renown would come to outshine most of Rome's native goddesses and rival that of fellow import Isis herself.

Like Keel, Vallee doesn't labour under the Saturday morning cartoon reductionism of the Ancient Aliens crowd when it comes to these kinds of manifestations. Vallee sees all of this as something far more profound. 

Like the Gnostics, he sees these numinous intruders as ambassadors from another dimension entirely, nothing less than a slap in the face to our concept of being itself, stating that "the UFO occupants, like the elves of old, are not extraterrestrials. They are the denizens of another reality."

Slapping people's conceptions of the space-time continuum in the face, particularly when it's accompanied by remarkably lucid and consistent contact narratives, didn't make the ancient Gnostics any friends either. 

This episode from The Acts of Peter plays like any number of contact stories I've read in UFO literature, right down to a being who manifested appears one way to one set of witnesses and entirely differently to another (see: Hill, Betty and Barney). Note the "light as cometh in the clouds." Again, they're talking about a different kind of cloud:
And when all had prayed, the hall wherein they were shone as when it lighteneth, even with such a light as cometh in the clouds, yet not such a light as that of the daytime, but unspeakable, invisible, such as no man can describe, even such that we were beside ourselves with bewilderment, calling on the Lord and saying: Have mercy, Lord, upon us thy servants: what we are able to bear, that, Lord, give thou us; for this we can neither see nor endure. 
And as we lay there, only those widows stood up which were blind; and the bright light which appeared unto us entered into their eyes and made them to see. Unto whom Peter said: Tell us what ye saw. And they said: We saw an old man of such comeliness as we are not able to declare to thee; but others said: We saw a young man; and others: We saw a boy touching our eyes delicately, and so were our eyes opened.  

We're only scratching the surface here. But what I wanted to impart is that the Mandaeans' remarkable literature is by no means an isolated phenomenon, that it grew out of a culture steeped in a cosmic consciousness filled with all kinds of flying vehicles, most often described as "clouds" or "clouds of light." 

But as mentioned before, there is precedent for this language in the Hebrew Bible. Although artists beginning in the Middle Ages, depicted all of these "clouds" as clouds, the word seems to have another meaning here. As documented extensively by "Bible UFO" researchers, it appears throughout the Book of Exodus, referring to the Host of Hosts as he guided the Israelites through the Sinai as a "pillar of cloud". 

As quoted in the prophetic book of Nehemiah 9:19 : “Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take."  

In the prophetic book of Daniel (7:13), this vision comes again, associated with Divinity. “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence." 

Evolution: From popular Phoenician Horus winged disk amulet 
to popular Gnostic Abraxas amulet
 But as Biblical historians have discovered with the Ugaritic religious texts which were unearthed in 1973, the language of the Hebrew Bible evolved from the older Canaanite religion of Ba'al. The Canaanite sky god is rather stunningly referred to as a "charioteer of the clouds." From the Ugaritic Baal and `Anat Cycle:
I say to you, O Prince Baal, I declare O Charioteer of the clouds: Now your enemy, O Baal; now your enemy you will smite. Now you will destroy your adversary. Take your eternal kingdom, your dominion of all generations.
The Ba'al literature is filled with heavenly hosts busy at work up in the un-cloudlike "clouds", tantalizingly reminiscent of the much, much later Gnostic texts. Of course, all of this will be taken for granted by ancient astronaut theorists, but we like to show our math here. 

And for good reason. The standard AAT exegesis might be the most direct path from point A from point B, but there's always been a major stumbling block for me; it just doesn't seem alien enough. 

It's just not weird enough to account for the strangeness these texts go to such great lengths to delineate. No one spent more time with their heads in UFO reports than Keel or Vallee and both of them ended up dispensing with the Man-from-Mars kind of thinking that still dominates UFOlogy and AAT. Why? Because there was too much evidence that you had to throw out in order to hammer that round peg into that square hole.

Take Synchronicity for example. Both Keel and Vallee were all about it, observing that Synchronicity followed UFOs around like a lost puppy. And the grand-daddy of all things Synchro, Carl Jung, began his career in the high and the weird with this text right here,  with the Mithraic Liturgy of the Paris Codex. 

There's been a lot of debate as to whether it's actually Mithraic, that it reads more like a Hermetic text, despite the shout-outs to Helios Mithras. Either way, this isn't technically a Gnostic text, but like the Nag Hammadi Library it is an important part of the Western esoteric canon and kicked off the occult career of one of our most important modern Gnostics.

But as we looked at a few years back, the Liturgy also reads a lot more like an abduction account, since this particular sundisk has doors and windows, what sounds like a rocket engine with exhaust pipes and beings inside it going about their business.  In short, it sounds like a kind of space shuttle than an interplanetary craft. 

Written at least seventeen centuries ago.

But the thing is, this whole experience starts with the abductee tripping balls on some kind of mixture of "herbs and spices." And according to Graham Hancock, this exact kind of experience is not unknown to ayahuasca shamans either. (Note: you might want to read the version of the liturgy with the visual aids here):
...It is impossible for me, born mortal, to rise with the golden brightnesses of the immortal brilliance ...Draw in breath from the rays, drawing up three times as much as you can, and you will see yourself being lifted up and ascending to the height, so that you seem to be in mid-air. 
You will hear nothing either of man or of any other living thing, nor in that hour will you see anything of mortal affairs on earth, but rather you will see all immortal things. 
For in that day and hour you will see the divine order of the skies: the presiding gods rising into heaven, and others setting. 
Now the course of the visible gods will appear through the disk of god, my father...
As you might imagine with a flying disk that sucks up random humans, this disk seems to have an exhaust system.
...and in similar fashion the so-called "pipe," the origin of the ministering wind. For you will see it hanging from the sun's disk like a pipe. 
You will see the outflow of this object toward the regions westward, boundless as an east wind, if it be assigned to the regions of the East--and the other similarly, toward its own regions.
And surprisingly, the pilots of this disk seem rather alarmed at the ritualist's presence at first. But then seem to shrug and say, "oh, just another tripper. Back to work."*
And you will see the gods staring intently at you and rushing at you. So at once put your right finger on your mouth and say: "Silence! Silence! Silence! Symbol of the living, incorruptible god! 
Then you will see the gods looking graciously upon you and no longer rushing at you, but rather going about in their own order of affairs. 
This is really the freakiest ancient text I've ever read. And damn if this doesn't sound like a spaceship going into hyperspace. But that's crazy talk, right?
So when you see that the world above is clear and circling, and that none of the gods or angels is threatening you, expect to hear a great crash of thunder, so as to shock you. 
Immediately after you have said these things the sun's disk will be expanded. 
And after you have said the second prayer, where there is "Silence! Silence!" and the accompanying words, make a hissing sound twice and a popping sound twice, and immediately you will see many five- pronged stars coming forth from the disk and filling all the air.  
If you want to know why I believe this isn't just the Sun they're talking about, oh, maybe it's on account of the fact of THIS DISK HAS FRICKIN' DOORS. And a very noisy engine, I have to say. They might want to have that looked at:
"And when the disk is open, you will see the fireless circle, and the fiery doors shut tight." 
Say all these things with fire and spirit, until completing the first utterance; then, similarly, begin the second, until you complete the seven immortal gods of the world. When you have said these things, you will hear thundering and shaking in the surrounding realm; and you will likewise feel yourself being agitated.  
Then open your eyes and you will see the doors open and the world of the gods which is within the doors, so that from the pleasure and joy of the sight your spirit runs ahead and ascends. 
Now when they take their place, here and there, in order, look in the air and you will see lightning-bolts going down, and lights flashing , and the earth shaking...
But here's where things get interesting. Inside another set of doors in this flying disk up in space, are yet another surprise:
After saying this, you will see the doors thrown open, and seven virgins coming from deep within, dressed in linen garments, and with the faces of asps. They are called the Fates of heaven, and wield golden wands.  
Oh dear- the Reptilians have arrived.

Reptilians have become a bit of a cliche in modern UFOlogy, but it's not as if they're a brand new thing. According to at least one apocryphal Hebrew text, the Watchers were also Reptilian, you have all the feathered serpents of Mesoamerican mythology, and bringing us back on topic, the Serpahim/n were also serpent-like. 

This text comes from the Nag Hammadi Library and sports the portentous title, "On the Origin of the World." Needless to say, this "chariot" was probably similar to Ba'al's cloud chariot:
And before his mansion he created a throne, which was huge and was upon a four-faced chariot called "Cherubin"...Furthermore, from this chariot the seventy-two gods took shape; they took shape so that they might rule over the seventy-two languages of the peoples. And by that throne he created other, serpent-like angels, called "Seraphin", which praise him at all times.    
I needn't remind my readers that the ancient Egyptians placed serpents at the pineal gland on the head-dresses of royalty and so on, but please do note that one of the major Gnostic cults took their name from the Greek word for serpent:
The Ophites evolved in Egypt during the 2nd century AD and existed for several centuries afterwards. The name derived from the Greek 'ophis', meaning 'serpent', and relates to the great reverence which the Ophites had toward the serpent, a reverence inherited from traditional Egyptian religion, and which passed into Greek mythology in the stories surrounding Asclepios, the god of healing. 

 Mysteries abound. Of course, some of the earliest artifacts we have of a settled human culture are of the startling snake people of Tel al'Ubaid, the pre-Sumerian Mesopotamian culture who carved a number of snake-headed people who looked remarkably like the so-called "Reptilians" of UFO lore. 

This symbolism is well known to those involved in the AAT and High Weirdness research communities, and is all over the place in Sumerian culture, as well as other ancient cultures as well. To see it in Gnostic literature adds a new layer to a mystery that seems to deepen at every turn.

But the association with the Seraphin or Seraphim with serpents was also used in the Apocryphal Book of Enoch, which by sheer dint of coincidence just happens to sport that very same "cloud" UFO imagery we see all over the Gnostic literature. 

Which makes a strange kind of sense, seeing that a kind of UFOlogical imagery seems to link all these various apocryphal traditions together:
 39:1-3 And it will come to pass in these days that the chosen and holy children will descend from the high heavens, and their seed will become one with the children of men. In those days Enoch received books of zeal and of anger, and books of disturbance and of expulsion, and "mercy will not be upon them," said the Lord of the spirits. And at that time, a cloud and a whirlwind seized me from the face of the earth, and carried me to the end of the heavens.    
"The Book of Enoch" is a misnomer, it's actually several books cobbled together. And it's chock-full of what seems the freak-daddy UFO joyride of all time, with Enoch being given a tour of the Heavens and the Earth by the non-fallen Watchers. Note the uncanny description of a volcano here:
And they took and brought me to a place in which those who were there were like flaming fire, and, when they wished, they appeared as men And they brought me to the place of darkness, and to a mountain the point of whose summit reached to heaven. And I saw the places of the luminaries and the treasuries of the stars and of the thunder and in the uttermost depths, where were a fiery bow and arrows and their quiver, and a fiery sword and all the lightnings.  And they took me to the living waters, and to the fire of the west, which receives every setting of the sun. And I came to a river of fire in which the fire flows like water and discharges itself into the great sea towards the west. 
We'll be looking more at Enoch and the Watchers in the future, but as it happens there's good reason that both Jewish and Christian authorities rejected the books for inclusion in the canon- it's the same reason that the Freemasons were probably so fascinated with them. 

It seems that the Watchers were borrowed from Lebanese (read: Phoenician) religion, bringing us back to those mysterious pictographs that Jacques Vallee was so fascinated by. From Haaretz:
The myth of the Watchers, familiar to us mainly from Jewish texts, started out as an Aramaic myth in Lebanon. Most of its elements are best understood against the backdrop of Lebanese folklore and local artistic landmarks, which played an important role in historical memory as early as the Hellenistic period. 
Jews learned about the myth through apocalyptic circles, only then connecting it with the biblical story of the “sons of God and daughters of man” in Genesis 6.
It seems that certain Jewish mystics were fascinated by ancient depictions of flying men and sun-disks and folded them into stories they were hearing from the locals in Lebanon, and folded it all into the ancient tales of the Nephilim, marrying it to the ancient patriarch Enoch.
The ancient, engraved images looked to the later observer like a vestige from the world of the Watchers (Aramaic: ‘irim ), primordial angels who, according to popular mythology, descended to earth in hoary antiquity and bequeathed civilization to mankind. 
If you will, these are aliens, in a way resembling those recounted by Erich von Däniken in his pseudo-scientific book, “Chariots of the Gods.” 
Ahh, those chariots again.

One of the Phoenician flying disk pictographs that fascinated Jacques Vallee
This one depicts Melqart (known to the Greeks as Heracles) battling griffins
And as I've long suspected, the Watchers were someone else's gods who were literally demonized. 

After all, the Watchers "taught enchantments and root-cuttings" and "taught men to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, the fabrication of mirrors and the workmanship of bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the beautifying of the eyebrows, the use of stones of every valuable and select kind, and of all sorts of dyes, so that the world became altered" and "taught the science of the constellations" and "taught the bitter and the sweet, the use of ink and paper"and all other sorts of useful arts and sciences while the Archangels merely taught men how to grovel. 

You knew going into it that there was something wrong with this story. 

Seeing as we started all of this with the followers of John, it's only appropriate to end it for now with a reference to Oannes: 
Babylonian mythology already told of ancient sages who were half-man and half-fish who emerged from the sea and bequeathed civilization to mankind. This old myth was revived in new garb in Lebanon, Syria and the Land of Israel in the Hellenistic period. In its Jewish form, the myth bore a new aspect: the Watchers conveyed forbidden knowledge, brought to human beings in an original sin. The bearers of the knowledge in the present version were not ancient fish who emerged from the sea but the mysterious angels who descended from heaven.
Forbidden knowledge? Well, that brings us right back to the very core of Gnosticism, doesn't it now?

We've only scratched the surface here- this is simply the start of a conversation. But it's an important start. I'll be continuing my study of these texts, having seen them now in a whole new light. 

Pun intended.

UPDATE: In a stunning turn, a recent news story on Al-Arabiya reveals that the Islamic Caliphate maniacs- current oppressors of the Mandaeans- confess to drinking blood. 

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shocked the world with its beheadings and mass killings and now an alleged member has declared that the group relishes “drinking blood.” 
Self-claimed ISIS militant Rabie Shehada, known as “the Palestinian slayer,” made the chilling statement in a video recently posted online. 
“I swear we are a people who love death for the sake of God just as you love to live. I swear we are a people who love drinking blood. We came to slaughter you,” he said in the video. 
“We love dying for God as much as you love life,” he also said in the brief footage. 
The 26-year-old militant is believed to be from Nazareth, a city in northern Israel with a predominantly Arab population, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.

And from the ancient Mandaean prophecy:
"And men will be polluted and during that period man will drink the blood of fellow-man. All that is fair (will disappear) , (but), amongst Nasoraeans, he that is steadfast in and holdeth to these teachings and this great revelation will rise up by the path of believers and will behold the great Countenance of Glory."
Nazareth, Nasoraeans? Something is unfolding here.

*The liturgy reminds me of the Star Trek episode "Homeward", in which Brian Markinson (X-Files, Caprica) plays a primitive villager who finds himself beamed aboard the Enterprise and experiences utter religious terror at the knowledge of a ship orbiting in space. 


  1. Gee wiz spaceman. This is the real deal. I am enjoying this topic. You are truly shining forth. Thanks Chris! Respectfully Dennis.

    1. Cheers, Dennis. I realize I'm swimming against the tide with these kind of posts in the iPhone Age but the Work must be done.

  2. "right down to a being who manifested appears one way to one set of witnesses and entirely differently to another."

    This reminds me of an episode of Babylon 5, where Sheridan is saved from falling by a Vorlon, an alien who until this point had not revealed his form. On doing so he was witnessed by many persons and aliens who all saw a being unique from what others saw - all, that is, but one, a bitter cynic and agnostic, who quietly admitted that he saw nothing at all.

    The Reptilian elements remind me of a theory (whose, I have sadly forgotten) that these strange visitors may be the evolved descendants of the dinosaurs, a wild theory indeed - though we ourselves seem to be the descendants of the primitive mammalians they occasionally fed upon or stepped on. Perhaps a compromise, and our Sleestack friends have also had an evolutionary boost from the same third party that finds us so amusing. Did they get it first, and now work for these benefactors? I cannot say.

    1. Ancient Aliens actually covered that their theory recently. Kind of interesting conundrum for the Darwinists, given how long the dinosaurs were around and how quickly we were said to go from living in trees to living in skyscrapers. The math doesn't quite add up.

    2. glad I found this blog through Miguel conner! I have often wondered how 65million years drifts by and we pop out on the end...there is enough time for 30 versions of us.

  3. Long as we're talking about reptiles in general and snakes in particular, the readings from Mass this past Sunday (which was Exaltation of the Cross) are a sync. The first one, from Numbers 21:6-9 is as follows, my emphasis:

    And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

    And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

    Given that God had given Moses the Ten Commandments, which expressly forbid graven images, and that He had punished the Israelites for making the Golden Calf, this is extremely freaky, though it's almost always missed. It's also worth pointing out that the word translated "fiery" in the passages is actually saraph--that is, "seraph"--which means "burning" (seraphim are surrounded by flame).

    Then, the Gospel was this:

    And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    Interesting on many levels, huh?

    1. Indeed. There's all sorts of weirdness in that big chunk of Bible there with the Ark or the Godbox or whatever you want to call it. And the fact that these angels aren't quite like the Seraphim or the Cherubim or what have you. Very strange stories that you can spend a lot of time pondering on.

  4. I saw a Channel 4 programme this week about Irving Finkel (of the British Museum, where incidentally they have several of those Ubaid serpentine figures on display) who arranged for an 'ark' to be built according to the design in a cuneiform tablet which recently came to light. What made the tablet special was that the ark was clearly circular - essentially an oversized coracle, a type of boat used by the ancient Mesopotamians for transporting large loads on the rivers. They built a reasonably large version in India (they were worried about doing it in Iraq), I think about 26 feet/8 meters diameter. Funny thing I thought was that it looked just like a classic flying saucer! Then I read your two most recent entries with all these 'light clouds' and flying discs and I thought of things like the Apocryphon of John's description of Noah's 'ark':

    "And he (the chief archon) repented for everything which had come into being through him. This time he planned to bring a flood upon the work of man. But the greatness of the light of the foreknowledge informed Noah, and he proclaimed (it) to all the offspring which are the sons of men. But those who were strangers to him did not listen to him. It is not as Moses said, 'They hid themselves in an ark' (Gn 7: 7), but they hid themselves in a place, not only Noah, but also many other people from the immovable race. They went into a place and hid themselves in a luminous cloud."

    The line of thought going through my head is of luminous discs of light becoming concretized as a circular boat familiar to the Mesopotamians and becoming in the Hebrew texts a more conventional boat shape. Or it could be nothing at all of course.

    1. Yeah, like I said you throw a rock at a Gnostic text and you hit one of those cloud things. I barely scratched the surface. It's a job for a much larger work, since the Internet's attention spans just continues to shrink. I wondered for years "what did the Knowers actually know?" Reading Pagels et al didn't really give you any sense of how Magonian these texts really are. Turns out they knew quite a lot. Makes you wonder about John and Simon with his habit of floating around in the air and such. It's quite a relief to finally discover all of this stuff- which has been hiding in plain sight- because all that boutique Gnostic "God within" stuff makes me wince.

  5. "particular tough nut to crack," you said in a post awhile back. (Mithra)Bullshit! You done busted it wide the fuck

  6. The vocabulary employed to describe such oddness via the ordinary is interesting- Clouds: Up in the air, no visible means of support, bright, moving…they don’t look like birds who have the same properties (save brightness) but they need a name so cloud comes closest (What those exhaust pipes were called eons before combustion engines, well… do your best) Then there’s hybridization: Winged serpents, fish-men, the Sphinx… the grinding gears of comprehension by those bearing witness in these texts are fascinating- How to convey impossibilities to an Earth bound reader- And who is the audience for these texts anyway? A guy with a whopper to tell will separate a man from his quatloos one way or another but the boss on the local throne will want his cut so he has to approve it first- And approve he will- Bosses on land, sea and sky (various territories) have sit-downs all the time- Blood is a big expense-
    Today we may not be able to shoot them down, or even intercept, but knowledge of gravity, air-pressure and the like help with digestion a bit- That said, the first time I saw a quadcopter, it was overhead and darting around like a hummingbird, with green and red lights blinking and I shit a brick- And this was in broad daylight- A building was burning and the news choppers were swarming like in country but that four bladed thing was high above them all and moving much like UFO’s are often said to do- So there is still the capacity for shock and awe, even in a slow moving beast like myself-

  7. I feel as if these are two different phenomena- these "clouds" and the saucer section of the USS Hermetic Enterprise of the Mithraic liturgy. Yet not wholly disconnected. There are so many of these clouds flying around Gnostic texts you wonder- were the Jesus and Apostle stories grafted onto them to give them cred or vice versa?

  8. Hey Chris, I tried to post this earlier today and I have a feeling that my computer was acting wonky and it didn't actually post. But if you get a duplicate, my sincerest apologies.


    the shape shifting demi-gods and serpent/Reptilian talk mixed with the
    recent posts about Theosophy reminded me of a passage from "Isis
    Unveiled" that threw me for a loop back when I first made the slog
    through the "Isis" text.  I had just been exposed to the Icke
    "shape-shifting Reptilian" ideas, so I dug up the passage just now to
    add to the discussion:

    "In the "Serpent Mantra,*" the Brahmana declares as follows: that this
    Mantra is that one which was seen by the Queen of the Serpents,
    Sarpa-rajni;  because the earth (iyam) is the Queen of the Serpents,
    as she is the mother and queen of all that moves (sarpat).  In the
    beginning she (the earth) was but one head (round), without hair
    (bald), i.e.,  without vegetation.  She then perceived this Mantra
    which confers upon him who knows it, the power of assuming any form
    which he might desire.  She "pronounced the "Mantra" i.e., sacrificed
    to the gods; and in consequence, immediately obtained a motley
    appearance; she became variegated, and able to produce any form she
    might like,  changing one form into another."

    *from the Sanskrit text of the Aitareya Brahmanam. Rig Veda v., ch.
    ii., verse 23

  9. In the case of JC and crew, I’d say the miraculous was cred for the believer and a sedative for the politically inclined- Being of the opinion that Jesus and friends were a final distillation of many preceding myths/cults/philosophies and fashioned within many synods and that the Codex Vaticanus is not only the oldest known New Testament (4th century AD) (I have little faith in palaeography- I cut my teeth on the history of art forgery) but in fact the first of its kind; this tale of pacifist transcendence was engineered for the questing serf to relax in his filth and deprivation because the soul is where the action is- No need to ask for a life span longer than 25 or a balanced diet or even shelter- There’s pie in the sky, bye and bye… What I was implying earlier is that whatever high weirdness actually occurs, no one hears about it until state approved, so I default to the position that what we have in these texts is allusions to something possibly far more threatening to the top down order but that in diluted form they can have a soothing effect on the slaves-
    I’m chuckling as I think of the film Things to Come and how matter of fact the Wings Over the World agenda is revealed with their Gas of Peace- In the dark ages one book no one was allowed to read was far more cost effective and long lasting-

    1. I think it all boiled down to the reality of Rome and who was going to get rid of them. Paul preached a King of Kings who would sweep away all the emperors of the Earth- that had a huge effect on people. I think Paul was the greatest religious salesman of his time, maybe of all time.

  10. Very interesting reading, Chris. Thank you.

  11. I've always found these cloud references in ufology interesting, thinking especially of the now not so regular Cloud Cigars and what seemed like morphing abilities. The short story by Philip K. Dick "Martians come in clouds" might be worth highlighting too in this context, for obvious reasons.

    1. Plus all the weird clouds we've seen over the past few years. HAARP, some other technology, or something else?

  12. Also, Jenny Randles in some of her most recent books, circulated more and more on cases of strange and luminous clouds, in comnection with particularly UFO cases. She found a link to hallucinogenic experiences and missing time in so many instances where a cloud had been seen descending and encapsulating witnesses. I also noticed it in a case that I investigated myself, here from Denmark. Its something I've been wanting to look more into for a while now, and this gnostic link adds a whole new dimension to it. It also resonates with the legend of the cloudships of Magonia...

    1. Ah yes- the Oz factor. Well, I've not seen any truly unambiguous objects in the sky- though I've seen a lot of weird ones- but I've certainly had a run-in with what very much looked like a Uthra, as long time readers will remember.

  13. Since my battery is dying (my lovely kitty chewed my power cord), I'm unable to read your post completely but the syncs are incredible (as with Gordon's latest couple of posts). I was wanting to write my own post about some things which directly apply to this one, as well as post the silly stuff currently residing on my DVR (which I'm sure no one is interested in at this point - the moment has passed - but it's fun stuff to say the least). So, once the newly ordered power cable arrives, I shall read in full.

    That being said, what I have read thus far deserves a huge Thumbs Up.

    1. Thank you very much, Rose. I appreciate. And yes, I have a cat that can't keep away from those wires too!

  14. Hey Chris,

    This Fragments of an Alien Faith series is stellar. Really fascinating stuff. 2014 is turning out to be a tumultuous year, so it's only fitting that scholars like yourselves delve into the ancient tumult that perhaps birthed or religions and cosmologies. I think I've been a Gnostic through and through from a very young age. I seem to resonate so deeply with much of what you write here. As I've stated here before, and often talk about on Amid Night Suns, I think fiction and fact - and their interrelationships - is at the heart of Gnosticism in some oblique sense that i have yet to fully grasp. On my own blog, that you directly inspired, I often say 'Art is the Oldest magick'. And I truly believe that. I think Art was first formed through our interactions with the divine, and I use the word divine rather loosely.

    I tend to view cargo cults and contactee cults as attempting to form a rudimentary kind of experiential technology - a technology of interacting with invisible realms and all that dwells therein. The notion that our religions and sciences were formed out of people tripping themselves into other planes off reality is utterly unpalatable to both scientific materialists and religious traditionalists. That's very telling, I think. The entheogenic component to the entire UFO/Companion phenomenon is nothing to be scoffed at. I mean, humanity's attempt to organize our interactions with the unseen gave birth to language itself. That's incredible. At some point our experience of the unseen, numinous, fictional or intangible became so pressing that we had to invent a system of signs and codes so we had the means to begin a discourse about them. Imagine having an abduction/encounter experience, or tripping your nuts off, and having no discrete means of communication to ponder or discuss it? i think strange lights in the sky and luminous clouds and strange beings interacting with us has been a part of human history from the very time that our capacity for magical thinking and meaning-production was first formed. Maybe humanity invented metaphors just in order to begin processing, organizing and talking about all these strange experiences? Just a thought.


    1. It's interesting- you reminded me of that art critic in Italy who explained away all of those UFOs in Medieval art by saying that they meant it to be this or that. Which is exactly the same as taking the cargo cultists explanation of an airplane fetish at face value! Thanks for weighing in, Raj.

    2. CLK,

      here is an idea, maybe done already, show gorillas in situ videos, photos of UFOs/ crop circles and measure reactions, blood samples, body changes, brain waves.

      Be well,


  15. I have many pics on my phone of clouds that resemble discs. It makes perfect sense for an ancient observer to describe a UFO as a "cloud". A fascinating series, Chris. I've read the book of Enoch, which to me reads as half drug trip and half UFO abduction. perfect.

  16. CLK,

    I have one more thought on this and it concerns the Australian Dreamtime / Bushman and their history/ story telling of UFOs ( for lack of a better term) and any contact / abduction myths. I own Robert Lawler's book Voices of the First Day. He mentions the age of 100k plus history of alter use in certain tribes of Australia. I think this is where the adventurous will find a long thread of mystical / metaphysical teachings.

    Be well

  17. Check the link at the bottom. It leads to a real article. I have no desire to check for other stories on this to see if it is covered elsewhere. The numbers... after all I've seen... and have noted, including the past couple of days. This train ain't stopping. I'm done. 'Night.