Friday, October 09, 2015

FADE OUT: On Hollywood's Visionaries


There are certain things you try to find comfort in on this hideous world, one of which is that once in a while a unique vision shines through the sludge of sameness and finds a niche in the entertainment world. 

It gives you a ray of hope, that maybe the Orwellian nightmare we are living in might one day relent.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Does Anyone Remember the Future?


I've begun watching Extant, the CBS Halle Berry vehicle on Amazon Prime. Like The Whispers, it's another of Steven Spielberg's attempts to conquer TV (television was in fact Spielberg's first love, not movies), and also like The Whispers, yet another example of his alien obsession.

His obsession seems to have gotten a lot more sophisticated since War of the Worlds, and seems to deal more with forces that seem more akin to Poltergeist than E.T.. It's not the greatest science fiction I've ever seen, though it's keeping my attention far more effectively than most TV shows seem to be able to these days. And it is a fairly typical example of what's going on in the genre. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pluto's Republic: The New Horus-Zone Mission



NASA's latest ritual working mission is rife with the dominant theme of our times, Death.

Death is everywhere these days, and the threat of all kinds of wars, civil and otherwise, is looming over our heads every day. It only makes sense that the ritualists at NASA would choose to pay homage to Death,  though perhaps for reasons we may not anticipate. This tribute to King Hell may have another, occulted reason behind it.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Present ≠ The Future


You may have seen this story recently:
Barnes & Noble Inc. BKS, +0.22%   announced Wednesday that it is doubling the size of its sections for graphic novels and manga (Japanese comics) in all its U.S. stores. 
The move reflects customer demand for the genres and illustrates the company’s push toward bringing more customers into stores, rather than buying online from its own site and rivals such as Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +2.10% 

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Tempest in a Psyop?: The "Roswell Slides" Redux



UFOlogy isn't dead. On the contrary it appears to be stuck in an never-ending adolescence. I don't know exactly why but there's something about the subject that makes middle-aged adults act like 13 year-olds, and the subculture is endlessly locked in the digital equivalent of a schoolyard brawl.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

...Now Asteroids, Space Anomalies

aka "Jack Parsons' Labs"- note 11

(FILE UNDER "X-FILES REALITY WATCH") 
Apocalyptic themes are increasingly dominating the media stream these days. I became aware of this story via a Joseph Farrell video update, and it tied quite nicely into a story I've been watching.
Today is "Asteroid Day," a newly-minted holiday to go with the recently made-of-whole-cloth "fireball season". Now we hear that NASA is planning yet another quasi-military operation in orbit, this being an asteroid hunting mission.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Upheaval Dialogues: 2012 Reconsidered


Before my trip to New Hampshire I was working on a post arguing that the 2012 prophecies were not incorrect but simply premature. That 2012 seemed to mark a turning point of a sort, a distinct change in the worldwide weather, if you will. You can point to to 2012 and see a number of trends that have metastasized since then, in the geopolitical situation, but also in our politics, in the economy, in social relations. 

A lot of this is cynical manipulation, a reaction to the legitimate threat once posed by the Occupy movement. We're seeing a lot of gamesmanship at work, a lot of people being given the rope with which to hang themselves. That will become more apparent by this time next year. Politics at every level is all smoke and mirrors today- believe nothing you see.

But there's something much deeper at work. We're seeing mass die-offs of wildlife, particularly that of sealife, all over the world. Most troubling are the mass die-offs of bees, animals that our food supply is so dependent on. Whether through carbon emissions or through geoengineering, we're also seeing dangerous levels of pollen on the increase and the attendant increase in respiratory illness.

And there have been attendant signs in the sky- the Sun seems to have gone quiet, perhaps presaging a long and difficult period of solar inactivity, one that could presage a mini-ice age. After years of mocking "believers," scientists are once again recognizing that there are two giants beyond Pluto (one may be a brown dwarf)*. 

What effect they might have on our planet is debatable (some claim they are the source of all the invaders we've come to worry so much about; asteroids, meteors, etc), there's no shortage of "Nibiru" scare mongers on the Internet preaching apocalypse one minute, then selling "survival" trinkets and gimcracks in order to stave off your doom the next.

We've also seen strange signs on the earth- a rise in earthquake and volcanic activity (a major volcano could block out the Sun for many parts of the world, causing famine), an increase in gigantic sinkholes (massive hollowing out of the surface layer of the earth) and in the Pacific, violent typhoons. Hurricane season in the Atlantic has been relatively quiet since 2012's Superstorm, but that might be the literal calm before the storm.

And of course, there is the endless drumbeat of war. There is the endless slaughter and massive displacement in the Middle East (with ancient Gnostic sects such as the Druze, Yazidi and Alawites targeted for genocide by Jihadists) and the growing tension in Eastern Europe. There's also the uptick in terrorism in Europe (Charlie Hebdo, the attack in France today), although intolerable is not even a speck of the carnage people elsewhere in the world suffer on a daily basis, especially as struggles between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims escalate to global proportions. Syria, Yemen, Pakistan...the list of sectarian carnage is mind-numbing.

Toothless NATO protectorates like Sweden are easy targets for the Sino-Russian ascendancy, which is why the US is moving heavy artillery in the area. But the state of constant war is such that drone pilots are reporting record levels of stress and burn-out

Poltical and social tensions have increased in this country, though in comparison to what's going on in the rest of the world it seems like a footnote (certainly the endless political bickering on the 'Net does). On a personal level, I'm seeing so many people I care about under serious stress. It's as if the entire solar system is in convulsions, from the macrocosm to the microcosm.

As many of us warned about, the corporate Christianity of the 80s and 90s has sparked an enormous backlash, with many young people walking away from religion (and pretty much everything else) entirely. Church leaders are now realizing the error of their shotgun wedding to partisan politics, even as Christianity rises in ways once unimagined in Africa, Russia and China. 

But the collapse of religious faith especially among vulnerable working class populations has left a huge void, one which pandemic drug abuse is filling. 

A deep and abiding nihilism has gripped the entire world-- not just the West-- and all of the chaos and upheaval we are seeing now is a symptom of that. 

What is going to heal that?

Science is increasingly proving itself to be corrupt and compromised. Transhumanism (now just a fading dream, despite some of the hysteria you still see) won't fill the void, virtual reality (which never has and probably never will live up to its hype) won't fill the void, forcing the world in a Borghive will just make magnify the problem, just as the Internet can turn a quiet, Type B "nice guy" or "nice girl" into a raging, misanthropic troll.

So was 2012 the turning point? The beginning of a period of upheaval? Hollywood sells us the myth of overnight apocalypse ("The Day After Tomorrow") but history teaches us that periods of upheaval are slow in getting started, so much so that they are hardly recognized as such until it's too late.

History also teaches us that chaos has its own genius and often turns on the men who seek to unleash it for their own benefit. We're not seeing true chaos on a worldwide scale yet, but the beast is straining at its leash, that's for certain.

And you can also bet the farm that we'll see what Jacques Vallee calls the "Control System" awake from its slumber. It already has, though that too has largely gone unnoticed. But not for much longer.

You will live in interesting times...

UPDATE: Speaking of which, are you watching what's going on in the Chinese Stock Market?

UPDATE: The weaponization of space is proceeding apace, ostensibly to counter threats from China and Russia. There are strange linguistic undertones in the press release, however....






*The reason I don't pay any attention to astronomers' bold claims of distant solar systems is that they have no friggin' idea what's floating around in ours. Or they do and are lying about it. Either way.

Friday, May 08, 2015

When Futurism Fails


If you're on Facebook or Twitter you've probably noticed an uptick in messianic science headlines, which seem to imply we're finally on the verge of Jetsons reality. 

AI, VR, DNA editing, moon bases, asteroid mining, flying cars and all the rest are finally waiting in the wings, getting ready to change all of our lives.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Tomorrow Never Comes

Deja vu all over again

Things are feeling...strange. I've written about the strange resurgence of the Flat Earth Theory, a revival that seems more vigorous than anyone could have predicted. I heard someone theorize that movements like that were an outgrowth of reality television, a raging misnomer that has led everyone to question the reality of everything they see.

And since everything everyone sees now is on a screen of some sort it all feels fake, varying degrees of Honey Boo Boo Chile. Everything is a sideshow, everything is CGI.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DISINuFO: Technocrats and Trojan Horses


Some of you might have heard by now of the so-called "Roswell Slides", the latest controversy concerning the alleged "flying saucer crash" of July 1947. 

In this case a couple slides were found of bodies in glass cases, and the holders of the photographs believe they are of the bodies of dead aliens long rumored about, said to have been transferred from Roswell Army Air Field to Wright Field, now known as Wright Patterson AFB.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Don't Write the Church Off Quite Yet...


This was a grim week here at Secret Sun Central- a friend of my sons died in an accident and we attended his wake Thursday and my sons attended his funeral yesterday. He was one of the first friends my younger son made in this neighborhood. 


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Walk-Ins Welcome: Kevin Spacey and K-PAX

 

K-PAX showed up on Netflix recently, not long after I wrote about the film in the context of Walk-In narratives. As written by journeyman screenwriter Charles Leavitt (Seventh Son, Blood Diamond), the film is what can best be called a secularization of the novel, a disenchantment of the novel's paranormal appeal, in keeping with the slow, creeping spiritual death that has its talons wrapped around Western society. 


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Unidentified Flying Architecture


Some of you are probably familiar with the curious Wat Phra Dhammakaya Buddist temple in Thailand, which has become famous for its unique design. It's really stunning to see the tens of thousands of worshippers praying around what most people would immediately recognize as a replica of a flying saucer. 

But it's part of a global trend in architectural design, a trend that includes some of the most significant organizations in the world. 


Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Demons of Air and Darkness"


It might be tempting to mock the Heaven's Gate and Solar Temple's ambitions to soul-travel to the stars without their bodies, despite the fact that such beliefs go back in human history many thousands of years

The Egyptians believed that the souls of their dead kings traveled to the stars to spend Eternity with Isis and Osiris. And where Heaven's Gate may have been influenced by an X-Files episodes on walk-ins (which in turn seems to be referencing the Solar Temple) they didn't get a chance to see the episodes which explained that these walk-ins traveled the vast reaches of space via starlight. 

Alice Bailey would be proud.

Such beliefs might seem especially ridiculous in the so-called New Space Age. But I've not seen any vacation spots open up on the Moon yet, how about you? Perhaps the collapse of the world's manned space ambitions a simple matter of biological necessity. Maybe we won't be doing much star trekking until we upload, Kurzweil-style, into robot bodies:
Report: Human Body Not Prepared For Life In Outer Space
The report, which was first published in the New York Times, cites multiple negative effects of outer space on the human body, including the swelling that occurs in the human head – due in part to the fact that humans did not evolve outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. 
“Your head actually feels bloated,” Mark E. Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut who flew in space four times, was quoted as saying. “It kind of feels like you would feel if you hung upside down for a couple of minutes.”
Brittle bones, insomnia, loss of appetite and radiation poisoning – which could lead to cancer – were all cited in the report as health complications suffered by former astronauts or that could plague future recruits.
The lack of gravity is also said to negatively affect the body’s neurovestibular system, leaving astronauts with a weakened ability to, literally, determine which way is up. Dizziness is also an issue, according to those who have endured it.

If indeed the human body is so unfit for outer space, this may well explain why a major aerospace firm has cornered the market on serious UFO research. It's a question of simple market research. 

Rumor has it that Bigelow has been consulting with Jacques Vallee, who surely will advise them on alternative modalities of transport than taking on the cold, perilous and deadly reaches of the Void. 

Is there a department in Bigelow dedicated to fairy R+D?
Physically, they have very light and fluid bodies, which are comparable to a condensed cloud. They are particularly visible at dusk. They can appear and vanish at will.  
The old people said they didn't know if fairies were flesh and blood or spirits. They saw them as men of more diminutive stature than our own race. I heard my father say that fairies used to come and speak to natural people and then vanish while one was looking at them. Fairy women used to go into houses and talk and then vanish.
Ever actually read 2001: A Space Odyssey? You really have to wonder if Kubrick and Clarke weren't reading fairy lore and simply trying to answer the questions it posed. Because if Magic is indeed just technology we don't yet understand, then this kind of tech would make you a god on the battlefield. 


Most of you realize that Star Trek, the Sacred Lore of Heaven's Gate, is really just a metaphor for American neo-imperialism. The various alien races are stand-ins for other nationalities. It's why it never quite translated outside America with the same impact. 

But from time to time we see stories about aliens and citizens of Magonia intrude into the narrative, most often the discarnate beings that stand in for The Nine.

But 'Contagion',  a TNG episode co-written by Jack Kirby's Thundarr the Barbarian collaborator Steve Gerber (creator of Howard the Duck) and co-produced by Mike Gray (of Wavelength fame)  essentially set the stage for a major 90s sci-fi franchise, Stargate.

And I say 'major' only in the sheer volume of material it produced (a feature film and three cable series, one of which lasted 10 seasons). Its impact on the culture at large is marginal to the point of being invisible. None of the spinoffs had the impact or gravitas of the original feature film, and seem to exist in another universe altogether (a soggy British Columbian universe with especially shoddy costume design).

Stargate SG-1 garnered ratings that would have sunk it in a week on any broadcast network, but its status as a cable franchise- and the patronage of the United States Air Force- ensured its longevity.

Either way, 'Contagion' presented the concept of the stargate in 1989, and the Iconians, a now-dead race, used their own version of an artificial stargate to travel anywhere in the universe and to appear and disappear like ghosts. It wasn't a unique innovation in the annals of sci-fi, but it's probably where the creators of Stargate first encountered it.

The fact that the stargate aliens exist as stand-ins for UFOnauts is made clear during this exchange between Captain Picard and Wesley Crusher:

  WESLEY
It's about the Iconians, sir.
I'd always heard that they were
just a myth.

PICARD
China was thought to be only a
myth until Marco Polo travelled
there. No, the Iconians were
real. We know that three
systems in this sector have a
number of cultural similarities.
Similarities which can be
explained only if there had been
a single unifying force.

WESLEY
The Iconians colonized those
worlds?

PICARD
Probably conquered.

WESLEY
So they were warlike?

PICARD
Perhaps. Ancient texts refer
to them as the Demons of Air and
Darkness, but that could have
so many different interpretations.

WESLEY
Air and darkness?

PICARD
Legend has it that they travelled
without the benefit of spaceships.
Merely appearing from thin air
on distant planets.

WESLEY
That sounds like magic.

PICARD
Wouldn't we seem magical to a
stone-age people?

 It's hard to tell who contributes what to Trek scripts (the credits often have nothing to do with who actually produced the script), but I can't help but wonder if there's a hidden hand at work here. 

Because this is straight out of Medieval folklore, via Jacques Vallee.
The Hebrews used to call these beings who are between the Angels and Man Sadaim, and the Greeks, transposing the letters and adding but one syllable, called them Daimonas. 
Among the ancient Philosophers these demons were held to be an Aerial Race, ruling over the Elements, mortal, engendering, and unknown in this century to those who rarely seek Truth in her ancient dwelling place, which is to say, in the Cabala and in the theology of the Hebrews, who possessed the special art of holding communion with that Aerial People and of conversing with all these Inhabitants of the Air. 
In Europe, the archives of the Roman Catholic Church are full of such incidents, and it cannot be doubted that many accusations of witchcraft stemmed from the belief in strange beings who could fly through the air and approached humans at dusk or at night. Occasionally, these "demons" were seen in full daylight by many people.
I've never been able to stomach much Stargate, mostly out of my dislike for its fannish/LARPy dialogue and my extreme dislike for McGyver's endless smirking and mugging, so I can't really say if they ever worked these same veins at the same depth. 

But the basic concepts were the same, which makes the Air Force's patronage of the franchise extremely curious:
4. The show’s producers maintained a close working relationship with the US Air Force. Two Air Force Chiefs of Staff, Generals Michael Ryan and John Jumper (right) made cameos on the show. In 2004, Richard Dean Anderson received a special award by the Air Force rarely given to civilians in order to thank him and the other people behind Stargate SG-1 for their very positive portrayal of that organization. Anderson was declared an honorary Air Force brigadier general. 
This is rather hilarious: 
5. But that didn’t stop the Air Force from executing some script control. At one point, the writers had O’Neill joke about aliens at Area 51 in the episode “Touchstone”. The Air Force insisted that this wasn’t true and that it was unacceptable for Stargate SG-1 to even joke about it. 
Yeah, sure. That's why they couldn't joke about it. Absolutely.


Then of course there are projects like CERN, massive supercolliders whose ostensible purposes seem a bit sketchy (the whole Higgs Boson thing has had a weird smell about it, no one is behaving quite the way they should given such a momentous discovery, and there's no shortage of innuendo and accusation that the discovery may have been a fraud). 

I'm not even remotely qualified to comment on any of that, I'm simply reporting the facts. But there's a parallel body of theorizing that the real purpose of CERN in particular is piercing the dimensional veil, or in another words, acting as a stargate. 

Those theories aren't exactly dissuaded when the establishment propaganda mill National Geographic publishes headlines like that, even for a photo contest. It's always the little things.

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the theorizing concerning the Iraq War and the sacking of the Baghdad Museum (which seemed to top the to-do list once US troops entered the city) and the search for the Anunaki Stargate. 

William Henry, a Stargate enthusiast to be sure, pinpoints the search to a particular image that may reveal the location of the ancient stargate, and argues that the search for it was at least one of the driving factors behind the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the occupation of Baghdad.
An independent archaeologist that discusses a direct link between the ancient ET presence in Sumer (southern Iraq) and current US focus on the regime of Saddam Hussein, is William Henry. Henry's main thesis is that there existed in Sumerian times a technological device which he describes as a 'Stargate', that the Anunnaki/Nephilim used to travel back and forth from their homeworld and the Earth, and also how they travel around the galaxy.

Depictions have been found that show divine beings flanking a temple entrance and holding up poles to which ringlike objects are attached. Rather than a simple temple scene involving the chief Anunnaki of the Sumerians, Anu and his two sons, Enlil and Enki, Henry proposes that the above scene represents a transportation device used by Anu and others from the elite Anunnaki. 
One thing is beyond argument- the Baghdad Museum was sacked and several thousand ancient texts went missing, never to be seen again. The US Army released a series of PR announcements a couple years after  the sacking, claiming that the materials had been recovered and the looters had been punished but as it happens, the vast majority of antiquities are still missing. 

Someone seems to be looking for something in those ancient texts and doesn't want the rest of the world to see it.
Ten years after Iraq's national museum was looted and smashed by frenzied thieves during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein, it's still far from ready for a public re-opening. Work to overcome decades of neglect and the destruction of war has been hindered by power struggles, poorly-skilled staff and the persistent violence plaguing the country, said Bahaa Mayah, Iraq's most senior antiquities official.
 The museum was once the showcase for 7,000 years of history in Mesopotamia, birthplace of some of the first cities and one of the first writing systems — cuneiform — and home to a succession of major civilizations, including the Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian, through to a flourishing Islamic empire. 
The museum was left a wreck the day after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops on April 10, 2003. Ancient clay scrolls and pottery littered the floor. Looters made off with everything from gold bowls and ritual funeral masks to elaborate headdresses. The U.S. was sharply criticized for not protecting the museum 
Because the museum's inventory was never completed, it's uncertain how many pieces were stolen, but the number is estimated at 15,000 pieces. More than a quarter have been retrieved, said Mayah, who has overseen the museum formally since 2012 but has been involved in its renovations for the past five years. 
It's part of a broader problem of preservation of antiquities in Iraq. There are over 12,000 registered archaeological sites in Iraq but they are mostly not protected, allowing for widespread, ongoing looting, Mayah said.
Indeed, the looting continues to this very day. Now it's ISIS/ISIL/whatever who are doing the looting, and someone in the shadows is paying them a lot of money for do it. 

And as before, it's those tablets, which would seem to have marginal monetary value, that seem to be the hot property on the black market.
 According to new information released by the Guardian, trafficking “conflict antiquities,” or artifacts that are looted, smuggled, and sold to illicit dealers, has been the source of tens of millions for ISIS. They even stole $36 million worth of artifacts from one site in Syria alone. 
The terrorist group benefits from all other steps in the process too, from trafficking the goods to selling them at a sprawling black market in the ISIS stronghold of Tell Abyad, a town of the Syrian Turkish border. Over the past several years, smuggled Iraqi antiquities have traveled as far as France, Switzerland, and even California, where the F.B.I. recently seized a series of ancient Mesopotamian tablets.
Someone in California, ground zero of the new Digital Gold Rush, is after Mesopotamian tablets? Why? Whatever for?

It should also be noted that one of the largest collections of Sumerian texts is at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelpia. Remember the 2008 Presidential Election, and Obama's excess of interest in the City of Brotherly Love?

There's also the curious detail of Sumerian cuneiform being used in the John Carter film, which also featured stargate technology and presented the Therns as "demons of air and darkness."

The film offered stargate technology in place of the astral projection of the novel, A Princess of Mars. But in Carter's case it wasn't just the astral body that traveled to Mars, it was the physical body as well. If there were still active John Carter fan communities today surely they'd be arguing over the existence of some kind of teleportation device that Burroughs is implying but never makes explicit:
As I gazed at it on that far-gone night it seemed to call across the unthinkable void, to lure me to it, to draw me as the lodestone attracts a particle of iron. 
My longing was beyond the power of opposition; I closed my eyes, stretched out my arms toward the god of my vocation and felt myself drawn with the suddenness of thought through the trackless immensity of space. There was an instant of extreme cold and utter darkness. 
I opened my eyes upon a strange and weird landscape. I knew that I was on Mars; not once did I question either my sanity or my wakefulness. I was not asleep, no need for pinching here; my inner consciousness told me as plainly that I was upon Mars as your conscious mind tells you that you are upon Earth. You do not question the fact; neither did I.
As it happens, the discovery of the so-called Face on Mars may have been directed by a kind of astral projection as well, in this case remote viewing experiments that took place before the Viking probe was launched. 

From Joseph Farrell's Giza Death Star:
Almost 20 years before Bauval and Gilbert's book The Orion Mystery argued persuasively that certain aspects of the Giza compound and the Great Pyramid were deliberately meant to align to Orion, Hurtak 'was exploring a possible correlation between the Giza pyramids and Orion's beltl in 1973. 
We found that this was not the only time he has been ahead of the game.', Indeed, long before the Viking I orbiter took that now famous picture of the Face on Mars on July 25, 1976, Hurtak had "predicted the existence of a Sphinx image on Mars in 1975." 
Moreover, accordingly to Hancock and Bauval, Hurtak also predicted that various other structures would be discovered on Mars and that they "would be linked to the Giza monuments in a giant cosmic blueprint." Was Hurtak's prediction the result of remote viewing experiments in which be and others, like Lambert Dolphin, were involved?

This kind of thing is taken for granted by Secret Sun readers, given Jack Kirby's late 50s viewing of Face on Mars, which was accompanied by a story detailing the nuclear annihilation of Martian civilization, an idea that seems to be gaining currency in alt. circles these days. 

Either way, the concept of travel beyond the confines of space-time using the mind or astral body may not be entirely fantastic. In fact there may be some science behind it. A lot of you are probably familiar with Dr. Rick Strassman's work with DMT. 

This article details why Strassman ended the trials being done in a hospital setting. The implications are rather unsettling if you're married to a naturalistic worldview:
 Long-term benefits were meager, and adverse effects were adding up. The frequency with which volunteers reported contact with other-dimensional beings was unexpected and personally disorienting to Strassman. 
I've heard that Strassman found the reports to be disturbingly consistent, so much so that he began to believe he was opening a portal for adverse influences from other dimensions to enter our own. Terence McKenna spoke of these influences- indeed, magicians throughout history have encountered them. Strassman began to test for these influences, and the results led to the end of the New Mexico trials.
I tried and discarded various levels of interpretation until I finally just figured I'll just start to do an experiment assuming that what people are undergoing is real and that indeed they are experiencing or making contact with real, externally verifiable, discrete, freestanding sorts of beings. This is what they're saying and this is what they're doing and this is what is going on between them and the volunteer.
Certainly if they can come in, one day we can figure how to go out. There are sporadic reports of Marshall Applewhite possessing paranormal abilities, one has to wonder if his "nervous breakdowns" were a result of struggles we can only guess at. 
The Gate were obsessed with the malign influence of "Luciferian" extraterrestrials, who were constantly sabotaging their spiritual progress. Perhaps this is just the typical religious paranoia of a cult but the details are disturbingly similar to those that the Collins Elite also ascribed to "demons of air and darkness."
We can breezily throw around quotes like "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," but how far are you willing to go to actually believe such a thing?

 

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