Alien Writing – Pt. 2
Continued from part 1.
Someone out there has been writing us letters for a long time. Strange symbols and printed languages turn up regularly in UFO encounter experiences. Police officer Lonnie Zamora glimpsed a strange crescent-and-arrow type design on the side of an egg-shaped craft at Soccorro, New Mexico in 1964.The account of Jesse Marcel, Jr. includes pieces of wreckage that his father, Major Jesse Marcel, brought home to Roswell in the early morning hours of July 8, 1947 inscribed with symbolic writing that, if genuine, bears little comparison to earthly communication.
Jesse Marcel, Jr.’s drawing of Roswell wreckage symbols.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Alien writingÃ¢â‚¬Â can literally change history. The Mormon faith is based on translations of strangely engraved golden plates that founder Joseph Smith claimed to have dug up after a divine visitation in 1823. As for the authenticity of Ã¢â‚¬Å“mentally receivedÃ¢â‚¬Â messages, there is reason to believe that at least some of the symbols and symbol systems described do not originate from the psyche of the participants.
One of the difficulties in verifying the authenticity of an alien script is that if it resembles an earthly language or known terrestrial symbols, is it necessarily a Ã¢â‚¬Å“trueÃ¢â‚¬Â one? Perhaps the reason for this is that all input into a human consciousness is filtered through an individualÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s learning, experience, culture, and prejudice, and the messages must necessarily be rendered in a form that is understandable to the receiver as well as others. The flipside of this reasoning is the obvious possibility that the receiver might be delusional, hallucinating, or simply hoaxing the account. While it takes little skill to devise an alphabet with a one-to-one relationship to the experiencerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s native language, a representational pictorial symbol system or one with no discernible grammar or syntax (at least one which seems to possess an internal logic) is more difficult to fake.
Humans receive alien writing in many ways. Some say that the symbols come from Ã¢â‚¬Å“angelsÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“teachers.Ã¢â‚¬Â By far the most common method of reception is by Ã¢â‚¬Å“channeling,Ã¢â‚¬Â but the messages can also be the result of a close encounter wherein the participant sees and remembers symbols or languages shown to him while wandering about inside (or inside what is perceived to be) an extraterrestrial craft. An early example is the case of Herbert Schirmer, who in 1967 claimed to have been taken aboard a ship near Ashland, Nebraska. On the uniforms of the beings he encountered was a symbol that resembled a winged serpent. This theme is obviously not exclusively extraterrestrial, as it was known to the Greeks and Romans, as Ã¢â‚¬Å“dragonsÃ¢â‚¬Â in Chinese and European lore, as well as to the new world cultures of Central and South America. There is the possibility that Schirmer may have incorporated it (consciously or not) into his account. An interesting sidelight is the fact that the Mayan culture held the belief that Quetzelcoatl, the feathered serpent, had taught and bequeathed to man a system of pictorial writing.
Dr. Mario Pazzaglini made a 16 year study of examples and possible sources of alien writing, and chronicled them in his book, Symbolic Messages. He collected hundreds of samples and classified them into distinct categories: 1) AlphabeticÃ¢â‚¬â€œconsisting of 20-30 symbols, where each symbol is a consonant or vowel; 2) SyllabicÃ¢â‚¬â€œusually 50-60 symbols, where each symbol represents a consonant/vowel combination; 3) IdeographicÃ¢â‚¬â€œUsually 500-600 symbols, where each symbol represents an idea or word; and 4) SymbolsÃ¢â‚¬â€œConsisting of single and complex insignia types. These categories must necessarily derive from a human understanding of representational visual systems, and in fact most claimed alien writing examples fall into these categories.
aUI language taught to John Weilgart (he claimed) by spacemen.
Pazzaglini conducted a limited experiment wherein participants were asked to conceive their own Ã¢â‚¬Å“alien language.Ã¢â‚¬Â The results without exception showed that, left to their own devices, people tend to concoct alien alphabets that bear a one-to-one relationship to their native language.
In the realm of the written word, one of the earliest concrete examples of what was purported to be an extra-human communication was channeled by medium Edward Kelley and his boss, Elizabethan Court Astrologer and all-around magician John Dee, from 1582 to 1589. Dee said that an Ã¢â‚¬Å“angelÃ¢â‚¬Â had dictated to him (through Kelley) a system of symbols to be used in a ceremonial context, and would provide the user with a higher understanding of magical and alchemical concepts than human-based writing. The system was called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Enochian,Ã¢â‚¬Â and is still in use by occult practitioners today.
It communicates concepts through the juxtaposition of symbols and their relationships to each other, and does not appear to be derived from any written language. Enochian is claimed among its adherents to affect the reader/ user on important subconscious levels as well. This aspect of alien writing has also been mentioned by UFO contactees and abductees.
Alien writing channeled by Pazzaglini.
Pazzaglini’s own alien writing doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t resemble anything else that UFO witnesses have reported, with one exception. There seems to be a spiritual, if not graphic kinship with the scribblings of Betty Anderasson and her family, and this may explain the fascination he had with this case. Andreasson, whose abduction experiences were chronicled in the Andreasson Affair books by Raymond Fowler, has produced hundreds of pages of a cursive script that almost defies analysis. After comparing AndreassonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drawings to various medieval alchemical symbols, Pazzaglini was able to translate one possible sentence out of hundreds. It read: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you want to make light solid, show it to the moon.Ã¢â‚¬Â While this probably makes little practical sense, it does make for a beautiful sort of poetry.
Pazzaglini once told me that he was in contact with leading abduction researchers who promised to send him examples of alien symbols, but he never got them. Perhaps it was because they wanted to keep the symbols secret to verify the authenticity of future claims, or maybe it was simply their egos getting in the way. Another study of alien writing has yet to be published, which is unfortunate. Pazzaglini had to self-publish his own monograph. Admittedly, the study of alien writing would make little sense to a publisher with an eye on the bottom line, but as a contribution to an understanding of extra-human experience, it should be welcomed.
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