Hijacking The Gods
Of Hoagland, Cayce, Egypt,
Mars, & The Stargate Conspiracy
by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince
from Truth Campaign issue 17
[Exclusive extract from a lecture at the Templar Lodge Hotel, Gullane, near Edinburgh, Scotland, 6th June 1999]
It was very surprising set of circumstances that led us to write our
The Stargate Conspiracy. We did not set to write such a
book. Rather, we intended to pursue certain lines of research
following on from our last book,
The Templar Revelation, in which we
concluded that Christianity was an off-shoot of the Egyptian mystery
religion of Isis and Osiris. In that book, we only took the story
back to the Egypt of the first century. It was our intention to
extend the research further back into the history of Egypt and the
roots of its religion.
Our research led us back to the most ancient
religion known from ancient Egypt, that of Heliopolis, whose beliefs
and cosmology, which are encapsulated in the Pyramid Texts, inspired
the builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Inevitably, we were drawn
into considering the mysteries posed by the great monuments of the
Pyramid Age. And, of course, we could not ignore the recent flood of
high-profile books dealing with, and offering solutions to, those
mysteries, which make up what has been called ‘alternative
Throughout the 1990s, many books, challenging the arrogance and
complacency of academic Egyptology and opening our eyes to the
wonders of that ancient culture, have reached a huge audience
world-wide. In this field, two names stand out above the rest:
Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, authors - jointly and separately -
of such books as The Orion Mystery,
Fingerprints of the Gods,
of Genesis and, most recently, The Mars Mystery.
It was looking at these new theories and ideas that led our research
in a very unexpected direction, and which led ultimately to The Stargate Conspiracy.
We need to make a very important point at the outset. Much of what
we are about to say is critical of some of these new ideas, and you
may even begin to suspect that we are, in some way, skeptics. This
is not so. We believe that there are genuine mysteries about ancient
Egypt - such as how (and why) they built the pyramids, where their
civilization came from, and how they knew many of the things that
they knew. We are not admirers of the obstinate arrogance of
academic Egyptology, and have enormous reverence for ancient Egypt,
its culture and religion, and the achievements of its people.
precisely because we have such reverence that we feel so strongly
about the way that the very real mysteries of Egypt have,
effectively, been hijacked in order to serve other agendas. Where
there is a mystery there is the potential for exploitation, by
offering apparent solutions that support particular systems of
belief. This potential is even stronger when the mystery involves
something as evocative as ancient Egypt, whose works, such as the
pyramids and Sphinx, speak so powerfully to our imaginations.
The Alternative Egyptology tries to explain the enigma of the
advanced technical knowledge of the ancient Egyptians - as displayed
most obviously in the building of the Great Pyramid - by one of two
theories (or sometimes a combination of the two). The first is that
the ancient Egyptians were merely an off-shoot, or heirs, of a much
older, advanced civilization - such as
Atlantis - which has been
erased from history by some global catastrophe. The second is that
the great monuments of the ancient world were either built by, or
the skills to build them taught by, visitors from another world.
One of the most influential of books in this field is The Sirius
Mystery by Robert Temple, which was first published in 1976 and in
an extensively updated edition in 1998. As many of you will know, it
homes in on the extraordinary knowledge of a West African tribe,
the Dogon of Mali. The Dogon religion centres on
the star Sirius. There
is nothing unusual about that because, as Sirius is the brightest
star in the sky, many cultures have incorporated it into their
beliefs and mythology. However, what intrigued Temple - and many
others - was that French anthropologists who studied the Dogon
religion reported that they also believed that Sirius has a
companion - a very small and very heavy star that is invisible to
the naked eye.
We now know that this is true. Sirius is a binary star system, with
a second, white dwarf star - very small, very heavy - in orbit
around the main star. Sirius B, as it is called, was only discovered
in 1842, and it was not photographed until the 1970s. How, then,
could the Dogon have known about it?
Temple’s theory is that the knowledge of Sirius B originated from
actual contact with extraterrestrials from a planet in the Sirius
system. He argues that this contact took place, not in West Africa,
but in the Middle East, among the ancient civilizations of
Sumer, and that the extraterrestrials were responsible for the
development of those civilizations - and therefore, ultimately, of
our own. The knowledge of that contact, and of Sirius B, was
incorporated into Egyptian and Sumerian mythology, and the secret
was passed on to the Greeks, and then to various other cultures,
eventually reaching the Dogon.
Because of its apparently academic and scholarly approach, Temple’s
book received a level of critical acclaim and acceptance that set it
apart from other ‘ancient astronaut’ theories, such as those of
Erich von Daniken... The anomalous knowledge of the Dogon - not just
about Sirius, but many other things - does present a genuine
mystery. However, Temple was keen to link this with ancient Egypt,
and here, in our view, his case is less than persuasive, as major
parts of his argument are based on factual errors, and are often
For example, one of the key points in his case involves the
interpretation of myths connected with Anubis, the jackal-headed god
of the dead. His justification for this is that Sirius is known as
the ‘Dog Star’, so, by a process of ideas we go from dog to jackal
to Anubis. Therefore, when the ancient Egyptians spoke about Anubis
they were really talking about Sirius, or rather Sirius B.
But there is a major problem with this - the ancient Egyptians did
not associate Sirius with Anubis. For them, Sirius was the star of
the goddess Isis, and sometimes, by extension, her son Horus. It was
the Greeks who called Sirius the Dog Star, because it was in the
constellation that they named the Great Dog (Canis Major). The
Egyptians never made a connection between Sirius and either
or dogs. Therefore, Temple’s use of legends connected with Anubis is
based on an entirely false premise. Another chain of associations
followed by Temple relates to the Hermetic literature - the magical
and philosophical texts ascribed to the legendary sage Hermes Trismegistus - which he believes incorporates references to the
‘Sirius secret’. His justification for doing so is that - he says -
the Greeks equated their god Hermes with Anubis.
Amazingly, Temple has (as far as we are aware) gone unchallenged on
this point for more than twenty years - because it is just plain
wrong. Hermes was the equivalent of the Egyptian Thoth, not Anubis.
Once again, Temple has based an entire line of reasoning on a
mistake. But such is his influence that many people have simply
There are many similar examples in Temple’s book, which in our view
seriously undermine his attempt to trace the ‘Sirius secret’ - and
therefore the visitation of beings from Sirius - back to ancient
Egypt. Temple makes another mistake in The Sirius Mystery, which is
a small slip in itself, and of no particular significance to his
argument, but which does - as we will see - have some very important
ramifications in another context.
Temple gives as one of the ancient Egyptian names for the Sphinx of
Giza the words arq ur. Many others, using Temple as their authority,
have since repeated this as fact. Unfortunately, arq ur does not
mean ‘Sphinx’. It means ‘silver’. The mistake arose because Temple
misread the entry for arq ur in Sir E.A. Wallis Budge’s classic 1920
dictionary of Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Against the entry for arq ur, two English words appear after the
hieroglyphs. One is ‘silver’, the correct definition. The other
reads ‘Sphinx, 2, 8’. This is not a definition, but a reference to
Budge’s source, a French Egyptological journal called Sphinx. The
‘2’ refers to the volume, and ‘8’ the page number. On page 8 of
volume 2 are the hieroglyphs for ‘silver’ that Budge used in his
dictionary. This mistake does not carry any particular significance
for Temple’s overall argument, as he mentions it only in passing -
but it does turn up in some very surprising places.
The revised edition of
The Sirius Mystery, published last year,
contains some significant new material.
In the original 1976 edition, Temple only argued the case for
extraterrestrial contact in the ancient past. In the new edition he
has extended his argument to the imminent return of these
‘space-gods’. He now believes that they did not return home to the
Sirius system, but placed themselves in suspended animation
somewhere in our solar system, so that one day they would awaken and
return to see how the civilization that they created has developed.
Temple suggests that their return is now imminent. Also in the new
edition, Temple claims that The Sirius Mystery attracted the
unwelcome interest of both the CIA and the British intelligence
services. In fact, he says that the CIA tried to interfere with his
research while he was writing the book, and that after it came out
they persecuted him for the next 15 years.
The implication is that the CIA wanted to hinder Temple’s research
for The Sirius Mystery, which in turn implies that they wanted to
stop him writing the book - which implies that, for some reason,
they didn’t want us to read it.
There is no doubt that Temple is being sincere, as he can by no
means be called a paranoiac with a fear of persecution by the CIA.
He tells the story of their harassment with some indignation -
since he is himself a staunch supporter and defender of that agency.
For example, in a 1989 book about the ‘uses and abuses’ of hypnosis,
he defends the CIA’s excesses in their notorious mind control
research of the 1950s and 60s, as exemplified most infamously in
their MKULTRA project. In fact, Temple proudly proclaims that he
refused even to read books exposing these experiment.
the CIA did want to stop The Sirius Mystery from being published,
this is hardly a good advertisement for their efficiency. Similarly,
the implication that the CIA persecuted him for the next 15 years
because he had written the book does not make much sense. What was
the point, if the book was already out? Not only that, but they also
failed to prevent him publishing a new, updated version - which
includes the story of their interest in the book.
In fact, the knowledge of their interest in, and apparent opposition
to, The Sirius Mystery only adds to its appeal. It actively
encourages interest in the book, on the grounds that, if the CIA
don’t want us to read it, there must be something worth reading. We
suspect that this was the CIA’s real intention, in a classic example
of reverse psychology. The above examples of mistakes in Temple’s
book demonstrate the need for careful checking of such claims. As
researchers, this is something that we always try to do. And it was
something that we did when we looked into the work of the two major
names in Alternative Egyptology, Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock.
As most of you will know, Hancock and Bauval’s work centers on the
importance of the year 10500 BC. Around this time, they argue, some
cataclysm took place that destroyed an advanced, global civilization.
Some of its knowledge survived and formed the basis of the ancient
Egyptian civilization. They also argue that the survivors left us
messages encoded in such monuments as the pyramids and Sphinx of
Giza. On the face of it, this seems an exciting and even reasonable
idea. But let’s examine their evidence more closely.
In The Orion Mystery (1993), Robert Bauval argues that the three
pyramids of Giza were built to mirror the three stars of Orion’s
Belt. This, in itself, is fine - it seems to work. But Bauval uses
his ‘Giza-Orion Correlation Theory’ to link the monuments to a much
more ancient period. His argument is this. The three pyramids form
an angle of 45 degrees to the north-south meridian. To make the
correlation perfect, when the stars cross the celestial meridian
they should form the same angle.
However, when the Great Pyramid was
built - in approximately 2500 BC - they didn’t. Because of the
precession of the equinoxes, the position of the stars changes over
time. Bauval reasoned that if he could find a period at which the
stars formed the same angle as the pyramids, this would pinpoint a
significant time - a time to which the pyramid-builders were trying
to draw our attention. When he used computer simulations to wind
back the precessional cycle, he found that Orion’s Belt was in the
‘Giza position’ in 10500 BC.
However, when we decided to double check this, things took a rather
surprising turn. We discovered that the geometrician Robin J. Cook,
who actually produced the diagrams for The Orion Mystery, although
agreeing with most of Bauval’s theory, strongly disagreed with this
part of Bauval’s conclusions. We decided to check for ourselves to
find out who was right.
We found that the Belt stars were not in the ‘Giza position’ in
10500 BC. To find the stars in this position - according to the same
computer program used by Bauval - we have to go back to about 12000
BC at the earliest.
It seems that Bauval had simply made a mistake, and miscalculated by
a couple of thousand years. However, we will come back to this...
Probably the most famous development concerning ancient Egypt in the
last ten years has been the redating of the Sphinx by the erosion of
the limestone out of which it has been carved.
According to conventional Egyptology, the Sphinx was carved out of
the Giza plateau somewhere around 2500 BC. However, many - most
notably leading alternative Egyptologist John Anthony West -
maintained that it is, in reality, far older.
West believed that the erosion of the Sphinx was not caused by the
action of wind-blown sand, but by water. He believed that this was
due to a great flood - the flood that drowned Atlantis - and argued
that if this could be proven scientifically, this would be an
important step in not only establishing the true age of the Egyptian
civilization, but also the existence of Atlantis. Eventually, he
succeeded in getting American geologist Robert Schoch to take a
Shoch concluded that the erosion was due to water - centuries of
exposure to rain water. But, as he pointed out, if this was the
case, the Sphinx must have been there during the last period of
substantial rainfall in Egypt, which occurred between about 7000 and
5000 BC. This means that the Sphinx must be at least 2,500, and
perhaps as much as 5,000, years older than Egyptologists will admit.
John Anthony West claims that Schoch’s work vindicates his ideas.
However, it needs to be pointed out that West believed that a flood
was responsible for the erosion - and that, by finding that it was
actually due to prolonged exposure to rainwater, Schoch has proven
him just as wrong as he has the academic Egyptologists.
Schoch concluded that the Sphinx could have been built as long ago
as 7000 BC. However, both West and Graham Hancock have used his work
in support of a much earlier date - 10500 BC. They have been so
successful in this that many people now regard this as virtually
West and Hancock argue that the wet period pinpointed by
not long enough to cause the erosion we see on the Sphinx. Instead,
they point to a wet period that, they say, happened in the eleventh
millennium BC - that is, around 10500 BC. Graham Hancock writes in
Fingerprints of the Gods that at this time ‘it rained and rained and
rained.’ Imagine our surprise when we checked the sources on the
climate of ancient and prehistoric Egypt - including the source
cited by Hancock himself - and found that there was no wet period in
the eleventh millennium BC.
Like Robert Bauval, Hancock and West
appear to have made a simple mistake - but one that also happens to
come out at the date of 10500 BC. In his recent book Heaven’s
Mirror, co-authored with his wife Santha Faiia, and in the
accompanying Channel 4 television series, Hancock has extended his
argument in favor of that date to other ancient monuments around
the world - for example, the complex of Hindu temples at Angkor in
Cambodia. (Although these do not really qualify as ancient, as the
earliest was built in the eleventh century AD.)
Hancock argues that these temples were laid out to represent
constellation of Draco - in the position in which it was found in
10500 BC. However, when we looked into this we found that there
really is no correlation between the temples and the stars. There
are temples which do not correspond to any of the stars of Draco,
stars for which there is no corresponding temple - and, in any case,
the pattern formed by the temples, as reconstructed by Hancock,
bears very little resemblance to Draco.
It seems that Hancock, Bauval and West are, for some reason, keen to
make sure that their research pinpoints the year 10500 BC - whether
or not the data actually fits.
But why 10500 BC?
Perhaps it is connected with the prophecies of the American psychic
Edgar Cayce - for whom Hancock and Bauval seem to have a great deal
of respect. Edgar Cayce, known as the ‘Sleeping Prophet’, who died
in 1945, is widely believed to be a simple, uneducated Kentucky man,
who entered a trance state and made pronouncements about the ancient
past as well as giving predictions for the future. According to
Cayce, the Great Pyramid and Sphinx were built by survivors from
Atlantis - in 10500 BC. He said that the Atlanteans had built an
underground ‘Hall of Records’ that contains the collected wisdom of
their race and which, he said, would be discovered in 1998. This
would somehow trigger a New Age, and the emergence of a new race.
We spent a lot of time looking at Cayce’s predictions - and found
that, despite the fact that his followers claim that he was ‘close
to one hundred per cent accurate’, you would be hard pressed to find
even one of his prophecies that has come true.
For example, recently someone told us that Cayce was a brilliant
prophet because, in the early 1940s, he predicted that China would
become Communist by 1968. Of course, if true, that would be
impressive. Unfortunately, what Cayce actually said was that China
would become Christian by 1968.
But even so Cayce is extremely interesting. Far from being a virtual
simpleton, he was extremely widely read, and as a young man worked
in several bookstores. He was also entrusted with setting up new
lodges for his fellow Freemasons. But more significant than that
were his contacts. We discovered that, just after the First World
War, Cayce was called in to advise President Woodrow Wilson. The
person who arranged this was a close friend of Cayce’s, Colonel
Edmond Starling, who was head of the US Secret Service.
Cayce was best known for the cures that he prescribed while in
trance, which were often genuinely impressive. This is what hooked
his admirers, who made the fatal error of assuming that all his
psychic abilities were just as good. However, as we have seen, it
turns out that this is not the case. But people at the time did not
know that his predictions would fail, and he was feted by leading
industrialists, top politicians - including at least one President -
senior Army commanders, and members of the intelligence services.
Cayce, as we have seen, predicted the finding of the Hall of Records
at Giza. It is interesting that there have been many attempts to
find the Hall of Records there in the last 25 years. It needs to be
pointed out that the ancient Egyptians themselves never mentioned
any such thing in the context of Giza, nor is there any
archaeological evidence for it. The concept of the Hall of Records
comes entirely from Edgar Cayce. As we would expect, the prime
movers in the search for the Hall of Records have been the
Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), which was formed
by Cayce in the 1930s and continues to promote his work.
players on the Giza plateau (sometimes working in collaboration with
ARE) have been a team from a very interesting organization called
SRI International (Stanford
Research Institute). This is one of the world’s biggest private
scientific research institutes, and it has a reputation - which we
discovered is justified - for working closely with the American
military and intelligence community. Around 75 per cent of SRI’s
income comes from contracts with the Pentagon and other US
government agencies, including the CIA.
SRI made many expeditions to Egypt during the 1970s, taking with it
state-of-the-art equipment designed to locate hidden chambers. The
team was led by physicist Dr Lambert Dolphin Jr. But it is
interesting that they gave up looking at Giza in 1979, apparently
without having found anything. However, since then the mystique of
the Hall of Records has continued to be built up, so that there is
an expectation of revelations coming from Egypt in the near future.
Now that 1998 - when Cayce said the Hall of Records would be found -
has passed, rumors are beginning to circulate that it was found in
the form of the so-called
Tomb of Osiris. This is a chamber at the
bottom of a shaft some 120 feet beneath the Giza plateau not far
from the Sphinx, which was re-excavated last year. It has no records
of any kind in it, and yet attempts are being made to pass this off
as somehow confirming Cayce’s prophecy. In any case, it was first
excavated in the 1930s.
The point is that, if any of these
people find something that might be a Hall of Records, it will be
taken as proof that Cayce was right not only about his version of
ancient history, but also in his predictions of imminent global
transformation. But you can be sure that, if the year 2000 comes and
goes without any Hall of Records, the same people will continue to
exploit the increasingly fervent longing for it to be found. Make no
mistake: Egypt itself is a very potent symbol. This has not escaped
those that deal in the exploitation of belief systems - such as the
Another emotive issue is the whole question of life on other
planets, and recently we have seen a concerted effort to connect
ancient Egypt with a putative lost civilization on Mars, as for
example, in Hancock and Bauval’s 1998 book The Mars Mystery.
Everybody will be familiar with the so-called
Face on Mars and
Pyramids of Mars, features of an area of known as Cydonia that some
argue can only be artificial. They were discovered in photographs
taken by the Viking mission in 1976.
Their most enthusiastic exponent is science writer
Hoagland. Since the early 1980s, Hoagland has run a well-funded
group which is currently called the Enterprise Mission.
there are other, more cautious, researchers in this field whose work
deserves serious consideration, Hoagland and his team’s primary aim
is not simply to promote the idea of artificial structures on Mars,
but to extrapolate from their existence a message for Earth today -
and for our immediate future. They also try to link the alleged
monuments of Cydonia to ancient Egypt. Hoagland’s own message is
that the Martian monuments were built by an extraterrestrial
civilization that came from outside our solar system, who also
visited ancient Egypt and influenced the development of that
civilization - and who are about to return.
Unfortunately for Hoagland, the so-called Face was re-imaged by the
Mars Global Surveyor last year, and shown to be nothing more than a
featureless rocky outcrop. Dismissing the new pictures as ‘crap’,
Hoagland is unrepentant and continues to maintain the Egypt-Mars
connection. And in this Hancock and Bauval agree. To them also there
is a link between Mars and Egypt. Those authors use many of the same
arguments as Hoagland to try to prove the link. (Robert Temple, in
the new edition of The Sirius Mystery, has also endorsed the Face on
Mars, believing it to be connected with beings from Sirius.)
We ourselves think that the Mars story is by no means clear-cut. For
example, the Pyramids of Cydonia do seem strange for natural
formations. On the data currently available, it would be arrogant to
dismiss the case for them being artificial. However, we do disagree
when it comes to extrapolating messages from these features and
trying to link them with ancient Egypt. Here, we find that the
arguments put forward simply do not stand up.
Essentially the argument is this - and it’s not much: there are
pyramids on Mars and there are pyramids in Egypt. But, of course,
there are pyramids in many places on Earth, and the Martian pyramids
are different in shape - the most prominent one, for example, is
five-sided - and size from those in Egypt.
Hoagland, Hancock and Bauval also argue that Giza and Mars do not
only have pyramids in common - but both also have a Sphinx! This
depends on whether you consider the Martian Face to be a Sphinx.
Well, they both have faces...
Then they fall back on linguistics - or rather, as we have
discovered, pseudo-linguistics. For example, Hoagland, Hancock and
Bauval make much of one of the ancient Egyptian names of the Sphinx,
Horakhti, which means ‘Horus of the Horizon’.
They claim that there are two ancient
Egyptian words, one meaning ‘Horus’ and the other meaning ‘face’,
that sound exactly alike: heru. So Horakhti, they say, can be
translated as ‘Face of the Horizon’. Could this be a description of
the Face on Mars, which would be on the horizon when viewed from
some of the other features? Well. no. For a start, the thing that
none of these authors tell us is that heru is a plural form of the
word for ‘face’, so it actually means ‘faces’. Besides, the
hieroglyphs for the two words are completely different. In any case,
because hieroglyphs don’t include vowels, which therefore have to be
largely guessed at, how can anybody say that any two ancient
Egyptian words sounded alike?
Another linguistic loophole involves the
Arab name for Cairo - Al Qahira. This is also an Arab name for Mars.
Not only is this fact used to link Giza and Cydonia, but Hancock and
Bauval actually say that this is ‘inexplicable’. But far from being
inexplicable, the reason that Cairo was given this name is, in fact,
very well known. Al Qahira literally means ‘the Conqueror’.
of Cairo did not exist before 969 AD, when it was founded by an Arab
general who had just conquered that part of Egypt. True, Mars does
come into it, but only because at the time the city was founded the
planet was in a particularly auspicious position astrologically -
especially for a city built in honor of a conqueror. There is no
mystery about it - but Hoagland, Hancock and Bauval have made one.
There appears to be a genuine mystery about Mars. Perhaps there
really are pyramids or other artificial structures there. However,
attempts to link Cydonia with ancient Egypt simply don’t work and
have been contrived. But for what purpose?
Perhaps a clue lies in the fact that Richard Hoagland was working at
SRI International when he first became interested in the Martian
enigmas in 1982. He formed a research group to study them further,
which was funded by SRI. The co-founder of this group was Dr Lambert
Dolphin, who a few years earlier had led the SRI teams at Giza.
In case you think that we are overly paranoid about
involvement with the Pentagon and CIA, it is as well to take on
board the initial reaction of one social scientist who attended
Hoagland’s first lecture on the Face on Mars.
What he said was:
‘At first I thought it was some kind of joke, or maybe a complex
social experiment being conducted by the CIA - to study
psychological reactions to such a hypothetical discovery. I mean -
SRI involvement, ‘Faces’ on Mars... what would you think?... Was
this an elaborate psychological experiment sponsored by the defense
In fact, Hoagland’s work has always received active encouragement by
members of the intelligence community, and most of the key members
of his research groups have connections with either intelligence
agencies or the Pentagon.
All of this is really, in a sense, just setting the scene for the
‘stargate conspiracy’, at the heart of which are revelations about a
very interesting group of people.
Nearly fifty years ago,
this American group believed that they had
established contact with powerful extraterrestrial beings. Not
physical contact, but psychic or telepathic communication. Over a
period of many years these entities made many revelations about
themselves - including that they had been the gods worshipped in
ancient Egypt. Let’s make this clear.
We are not talking about a
little New Age channelling group. From the very beginning - half a
century ago - it reached the very top levels of American society,
even involving a former Vice President. Since then its influence has
grown, and it now has followers across the world, including in
Britain. And it still whispers in the ear of the Presidency.
So what do these entities, or intelligences, claim?
They claim that they come from Sirius. They built the ‘monuments’ of
Mars (although, significantly, these claims only appeared after the
first NASA images of Cydonia.) They created the human race, and
taught it the arts of civilization, and have guided us from behind
the scenes throughout history.
And they are now about to return to preside over a great
‘cleansing’. They claim to have been responsible for the destruction
of Atlantis, after which survivors founded the Egyptian civilization
and built the Great Pyramid - around the year 10500 BC. They claim
that the Sphinx was built in honor of them - and that there are
hidden chambers that can be accessed from beneath it.
Some of those who claim to be in contact with these
extraterrestrials also claim to have been in contact with Edgar
Cayce’s spirit guide, and that Cayce’s pronouncements came from
essentially the same source. In its fifty-year history, the ‘contact
group’ in touch with these entities have had some very interesting
dealings. During the early 1970s, it was intimately involved with
SRI International - interestingly, at the same time that SRI first
became interested in Giza. In fact, one of the leaders of this group
worked alongside Lambert Dolphin’s team. Key members of this group
have been behind the promotion of the Face on Mars - and its
connection with Egypt - from the very beginning. In fact, Richard
Hoagland’s so-called Message of Cydonia comes directly from these
Throughout its long history, many eminent names have been connected
with this group - names from the fields of politics, high finance,
entertainment, and even science.
Among those present at the ‘first contact’ with these alleged
extraterrestrials in 1952 was the philosopher and inventor Arthur M.
Young - who was later to become the mentor of Robert Temple, and who
directly inspired him to write The Sirius Mystery.
Put like this it all sounds very exciting. Has contact with the gods
of ancient Egypt been re-established? Are they, as they promise,
about to return?
Of course, many would consider their claims to have been backed up
by independent research: the connection between Sirius and ancient
Egypt; the importance of the year 10500 BC; the connection between
Egypt and Mars. But we have seen that all this ‘evidence’ is not
only flawed but highly contrived.
It must be pointed out that these allegedly all-knowing entities not
only make mistakes when dealing with ancient history, but sometimes
come out with downright howlers. They even give the ancient Egyptian
name for the Sphinx as arq ur - which, as we have seen, comes from a
misreading of a particular dictionary.
But the whole story takes on a much darker hue. We have discovered
that military and intelligence agencies, mainly the CIA, were
involved with this group right from the beginning. In fact, the
research institute where the entities first made their appearance
was actually a front for Pentagon psychological warfare and parapsychological experiments.
The person who formed and led the
‘contact group’, and who first established contact with the
entities, was - at the very same time - working for both the
Pentagon and the CIA on various techniques of psychological
manipulation. This included the use of hallucinogenic drugs,
hypnosis and electromagnetic influence. He was working specifically
on ways to induce apparent mental contact with non-human entities -
and, much more disturbingly, this was part of the
CIA’s MKULTRA mind
We have seen the involvement of the CIA in much of this story.
how far does it go?
Did they create this scenario from the beginning, as part of a
long-term programme of psychological and sociological manipulation?
Or could it really be that some non-human entities - but not
necessarily who they claim to be - are either running the show or
are partners in its stage management?
Either way, it should scare the hell out of us...