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There are numerous reported sightings of a wide variety of animals
whose existence is controversial because of the lack of conclusive
physical evidence; some of the species are completely unknown while
others are officially thought to be extinct.
include apelike creatures (e.g. Bigfoot, Yeti, Almas), lake
monsters, giant octopuses, sea serpents, sauropodlike animals, and
flying reptiles (resembling pterosaurs).1
While some may be
survivors of once-flourishing species, others appear to be
There are reports of sauropodlike animals (e.g. Mokele-mbembe), with
a long neck, small head, and bulky body, and of reptiles resembling
stegosaurs, serpents, and lizards in remote areas of Africa and
Jerome Clark writes:
'If living dinosaurs in Africa
and South America seem at least marginally conceivable, the presence
of such creatures in the United States or Europe is - it hardly
need be stated - flatly impossible, at least this side of the
Such 'impossible' reports do however exist.
For instance, in 1934 a South Dakota farmer claimed that a giant
four-legged reptile forced his tractor off the road before
disappearing into nearby Campbell Lake. Investigators found huge
tracks on the shore. Prior to this sighting sheep and other small
animals had been mysteriously disappearing. An Italian man reported
being attacked by a '15-foot reptile, like a dinosaur', at Forli in
Fifty miles northwest of there, in June 1975, a
monster appeared in a field near Goro and badly frightened a farmer.
It was about 10 feet long and 8 inches round, and looked like a
'gigantic lizard'. Several other people sighted it and
declared that it howled like a wolf.2
Traditions of giant freshwater monsters are commonplace. Lake
monsters of the Middle Ages and earlier are known by such names as
great serpents, dragons, and water horses. The idea that large
unknown animals may reside in freshwater bodies around the world is
a defensible one.
The creatures generally resemble zeuglodons or
plesiosaurs, and most reports come from the British Isles, North
America, and Scandinavia, with the Loch Ness monster, Ogopogo (Lake
Okanagan), and Champ (Lake Champlain) being among the most famous.
and sonar trackings have given Nessie a deservedly high profile
and established that something unusual is surely going on in
Scotland's most famous lake. Nonetheless, like Champ, Nessie
blurs under intense focus.
Some reports are utterly bizarre and
zoologically senseless, more like manifestations of the Goblin
Universe than of consensus reality. This is particularly true of
the rare land sightings, which seem neither more nor less
credible than water sightings but which sometimes involve
manifestations that border on the surreal.3
In April 1932, for
example, Col. L. McP. Fordyce and his wife were driving through the
woods along the south side of Loch Ness when they saw an enormous
animal cross the road 150 yards ahead, apparently on its way to the
It was described as 'a cross between a very large horse and a
camel, with a hump on its back and a small head on a long neck', but
with 'the gait of an elephant'. The man followed it on foot for a
short distance. From the rear it looked grey and shaggy, with long,
thin legs and a thin, hairy tail.
Similarly unlikely beasts have been reported in other land sightings
over the centuries. Curiously, land sightings ceased after the
mid-1930s, with the exception of an incident in 1960 when a man
observed a long-necked animal with flippers; the upper half was on
the shore with the lower half tapering off into the water.
watched it through binoculars for nine minutes before it half-jumped
and half-lurched to the left, flopped into the water, and went
straight down. Even aquatic sightings are not always of animals that
look like the classic monster.
People have seen things resembling a
large alligator, a crocodile, a great salamander, and a huge frog.4
Fig. 6.1. Left: In
1972 a paddle or flipper, some 4 ft wide and 6 to 8 ft long,
captured on film at the same time as sonar echoes appeared to show
two large objects in Loch Ness pursuing a shoal of fish.
underwater photo taken in 1975, showing what appears to be the
silhouette of a body with a long neck.
creatures appear for a certain period and then disappear without a
trace, never to be seen again. Such reports go back a long way.
writings of Roman chroniclers such as Aulus Gellius, Julius Obsequens, and
Pliny the Elder often mention extraordinary creatures
- almost always vaguely humanoid - whose sudden appearance would
spread fear among the population and which were considered to be
harbingers of great changes or disasters.5
A number of more recent
cases are presented below.
1837 a strange being, dubbed 'Springheel Jack', assaulted four
separate persons, three of them women, in and around London.
instance he ripped off the top of a victim's dress, scratching her
belly with iron-like fingers. He was tall, thin, and powerful, wore
a cloak, and had pointed ears, glowing eyes, and a mouth that spat
blue flames into victims' faces.
After London's Lord Mayor had
declared him a menace, vigilantes attempted to capture Jack, but
without success, as he was able to make enormous leaps or simply
melted into the night. Sporadic attacks continued during the next
two years and a few were recorded in 1843. In 1845, in daylight and
in view of numerous witnesses, Jack bounded towards a young
prostitute who was crossing a bridge in a London slum. Grabbing her
by the shoulders, he breathed fire into her face, tossed her into
the open sewer below, and watched her drown. This was the only
murder to which he was linked.
Attacks continued throughout the 1850s and 60s. In 1877 nearly all
the residents of Caistor, Norfolk, saw Jack bounding from rooftop to
rooftop. In August he appeared before soldiers at a military base in Aldershot.
He was clad in an oilskin suit and wearing a shining helmet. A
sentry fired on him and claimed that his bullet passed through him
Jack's last known return to England was in Liverpool
in 1904, when he was seen leaping from the ground to the rooftops
and back again.6
Fig. 6.2. Springheel
Jack's appearance in Aldershot, 1877.
authorities in the 19th century assumed Jack must be a real person
despite his weird appearance and behaviour. There was a rumour that
he was actually Henry, the Marquis of Waterford, a young Irish
nobleman, who supposedly used springs concealed in his boots to leap
about. However, not only is it impossible to make huge leaps in this
way, but Jack continued his activities long after Waterford's death
A figure similar to Springheel Jack was observed in the US in June
1953. Three Houston residents saw a huge shadow cross the lawn and
bounce upward into a pecan tree. A dim gray light illuminated the
figure. It was a tall man with a black cape, skin-tight clothes, and
After a few minutes the figure just melted
away, and his disappearance was followed by a 'loud swoosh' across
the street and the rapid ascent of a rocket-shaped object.
On 12 September 1952, three boys in the tiny West Virginia town of
Flatwoods saw a reddish sphere move slowly around a hill, hover
briefly, and drop behind another hill. From the other side a bright
glow shone as if from a landed object.
On their way to investigate,
the boys were joined by Kathleen May, her two young sons, their
friend Tommy Hyer, 17-year-old Eugene Lemon, and Lemon's dog.
The dog ran ahead of
the group and was briefly out of sight. Suddenly it was heard
barking furiously and, moments later, seen fleeing with its tail
tucked between its legs. A foul-smelling mist covered the ground
and caused the searchers' eyes to water. The two leading the
group, Lemon and Neil Nunley, who got to the top first, looked
down and observed a 'big ball of fire' 50 feet to their right.
Another of the witnesses reported it was the size of a house.
To the group's left, on the hilltop and just under the branch of
an oak tree, were two small lights. At Mrs. May's suggestion,
Lemon turned his flashlight on them. To everyone's considerable
astonishment, the beam highlighted a grotesque-looking creature
with a head shaped like the 'ace of spades,' as several of the
observers independently described it. Inside the head was a
circular 'window,' dark except for the two lights from which
pale blue beams extended straight ahead. In their short
observation of the creature, the group saw nothing that looked
like arms or legs.
The creature, which appeared to be over six feet tall, moved
toward the witnesses; it seemed to be gliding rather than
walking. Seconds later it changed direction, turning toward the
glowing ball down the hill.
All of this allegedly took place in a matter of seconds, during
which Lemon fainted. The others dragged him away as they ran
from the scene.7
A reporter went to the
site with one of the youths about half an hour later.
He noticed an
unusual odor in the grass that irritated his nose and throat.
Returning to the site alone the next morning, he found 'skid marks'
going down the hill towards an area of matted grass, indicating the
recent presence of a large object. This encounter with what the
press dubbed the 'Flatwoods monster' took place during a flurry of
sightings of unusual flying objects in the area. One man told of
seeing a bright orange ball circling over the area where the monster
The object was visible for 15 minutes before shooting
towards the airport at Sutton, where it was also seen.
classic 1954 science-fiction film The Creature from the Black
Lagoon, archaeologists on an expedition along the Amazon River
encounter a bizarre aquatic biped with gills and scales.
1958, a man from Riverside, California, was driving in a car near
the Santa Ana River when he was attacked by a similar creature, with
a 'round, scarecrowish head', shiny eyes, and scales. It left long
scratches on his windshield, and as he accelerated, he hit it and
drove over it.
The following evening another motorist claimed that
the same kind of monster jumped out of the bushes at his car.
In Loveland, Ohio, along the Miami River, reports of more or less
reptilian bipeds have been made since at least 1955, when a driver
reported spotting three grotesque-looking creatures with lopsided
chests, wide, lipless, froglike mouths, and wrinkles rather than
hair on their heads. One held a spark-generating, bar-shaped device
above itself. The driver observed them for three minutes.
On 3 March
1972, two Loveland police officers encountered a four-foot-tall,
frog-faced biped with textured leathery skin. They saw it jump over
a guard rail and descend an embankment leading to the Little Miami
About two weeks later one of the officers saw the creature
again, first lying in the road, then getting up to go over a guard
Fig. 6.3. Frog-faced
biped seen in Ohio, March 1972.
In the summer of 1972,
at Thesis Lake, British Columbia, there were two reports of a
silver-coloured creature which emerged from the water. In the first
incident it chased a couple of young men from the beach, and one of
them suffered lacerations in the hand from six sharp points on top
of the thing's head.
A witness to the second incident said it was
shaped like an ordinary human body, but had a monster-like face and
was covered with scales, with a sharp point on its head and great
Reports of flying humanlike beings are fairly rare but occur
For instance, one night in 1952 US Air Force Pvt.
Sinclair Taylor was on guard duty at Camp Okubo, Kyoto, Japan, when
he heard a loud flapping noise.
Looking up, he saw
an enormous 'bird' in the moonlight. When it approached, he got
frightened and put a round into the chamber of his carbine. The
'bird' now had stopped its flight and was hovering not far away,
staring at the soldier.
'The thing, which now had started slowly to descend again, had
the body of a man,' Taylor recalled.
'It was well over seven
feet from head to feet, and its wingspread was almost equal to
its height. I started to fire and emptied my carbine where the
thing hit the ground. But when I looked up to see if my bullets
had found home there was nothing there.'
When the sergeant of
the guard came to investigate and heard the story, he told
Taylor that he believed him because a year earlier another guard
had seen the same thing.
In August 1969 several
US guards stationed near Da Nang, Vietnam, saw a naked woman with batlike wings fly over their heads about seven feet up. Her body,
skin, and wings were black, but she glowed bright green. Her skin
looked like it might have been covered with fur rather than
feathers. The skin of her wings looked like it was moulded to her
hands, and the movement of her arms suggested they had no bones in
them. At one point the guards heard her wings flap.
Some sightings are not of winged figures but of humans or humanoids
flying through the air with the aid of mechanical devices attached
to their bodies. For instance, on 6 January 1948 in Chehalis,
Washington, an elderly woman and a group of children saw a man with
long mechanical wings which he manipulated with instruments on his
chest as he flew in an upright position. Six and a half years later
a 12-year-old farm boy in Coldwater, Kansas, saw a
dark-skinned little man, with pointed nose and ears, float toward
a UFO hovering nearby.9
On 16 November 1963 near Hythe, Kent (England), four people in their
late teens were walking along a country road at night when one of
them spotted a particularly bright 'star' coming down from the sky.
The group became alarmed when the reddish-yellow light seemed to
head straight for them. It stopped to hover momentarily and then
disappeared behind some trees.
The frightened youngsters took to
their heels, followed at a distance of about 250 feet by an
oval-shaped golden light floating 10 feet above the ground.
object was about 15 to 20 feet across and had a solid core. When
they stopped the light stopped, giving them the impression that they
were being watched. The glowing object again disappeared behind the
trees, and moments later a dark figure emerged and shambled towards
them across the field. They described it as black, human-sized, but
headless and possessing batlike wings on either side of its
body. One of the boys noted that it seemed to have webbed feet. The
four fled the scene.
A week later investigators examining the site
found a vast expanse of flattened ferns and three giant 'footprints'
measuring an inch deep, two feet long, and nine inches across.10
Three years later, in 1966 and 1967, a similar winged monstrosity,
which newsmen dubbed 'Mothman', was seen over the Ohio River Valley
in conjunction with strange lights in the sky and other weird
events, including poltergeist outbreaks, men-in-black visitations,
problems with televisions and phones, and cars stalling when passing
close an abandoned TNT plant near Point Pleasant which seemed to be
Mothman's lair. In one case, Mothman kept up with a car travelling
at 100 miles per hour. It was also sighted on the ground, terrifying
dogs and people.
At least 100 people saw the creature. It was
between five and seven feet tall, broader than a man, and walked in
a halting, shuffling manner on humanlike legs. It had no discernible
head, but it did have two large glowing red eyes near the top of its
shoulders. Its wings were batlike but did not flap when it flew, and
it typically ascended straight up. Its skin colour was grey or
brown. It emitted a screeching sound, and two observers said they
heard a mechanical humming as it flew over them.
'After 1967,' says
Jerome Clark, 'Mothman faded back into the twilight zone.'11
Fig. 6.4. Mothman,
based on eyewitness accounts.12
At 10:30 pm on 21 April 1977, 17-year-old Bill Barlett was driving
home with two friends when he saw a bizarre creature by the side of
a road in Dover, Massachusetts.
The 'Dover Demon' had an
oval-shaped, oversized head, two large round eyes shining like
orange marbles, long spindly arms and legs, and large hands and
feet. It was no more than four feet tall and its skin was hairless
and peach-coloured. Two hours later another teenager, John Baxter,
was walking home when he saw a short figure approaching him, but it
scurried off down a slope.
The youth followed and saw a silhouetted
figure about 30 feet away, leaning against a tree, its feet 'moulded'
around the top of a rock.
Fig. 6.5. The Dover
Demon, based on drawings by witnesses.13
The final sighting
occurred the next night. Will Taintor was driving a girl home
when she spotted something in the car's headlights. It was a
hairless creature crouched on all fours, with a thin monkeylike body
and a large oblong head, devoid of nose, ears, and mouth.
area around the eyes was lighter, and the eyes glowed green (not
orange as in the first sighting).14
and Jerome Clark, Cryptozoology A to Z: The encyclopedia of
loch monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and other authentic
mysteries of nature, New York: Fireside, 1999; Cryptozoology,
Unexplained! 347 strange sightings, incredible occurrences,
and puzzling physical phenomena, Detroit, MI: Visible Ink,
1993, p. 104.
209-15, 220-31. See Henry Bauer, 'The case for the Loch Ness
"monster": the scientific evidence', Journal of Scientific
Exploration, v. 16, 2002, pp. 225-46.
Murphy, 'Through the looking glass darkly: impossible
The Field Guide to Extraterrestrials, London: Hodder and
Stoughton, 1997, pp. 94-5.
pp. 278-81; John A. Keel, The Mothman Prophecies, London:
Hodder & Stoughton, 2002 (1975), pp. 73-90;
pp. 105-7; The Anomalist, no. 9, winter 2000/2001, pp.
It is not inconceivable that a species of giant apelike creatures,
known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, lives in the immense wilderness of
the northwestern US and far western Canada. Such a creature was
filmed by Roger Paterson at Bluff Creek, California, in October
Over the years, numerous footprints and hand prints have been
found, along with hair and fecal matter, but no body or bones have
yet been discovered.
Fig. 7.1. A female
Bigfoot filmed by Roger Patterson in 1967.
It was 7 feet 3.5
inches tall, and left footprints 14.5 inches long and 6 inches
Hairy bipeds have in
fact been sighted in virtually every state and province in the US
and Canada. As Jerome Clark says, the mere presence of such
creatures in populated areas is biologically absurd.2
leave tracks, which they do not always do, the tracks may be two-,
three-, four-, five-, or even six-toed. Moreover, some sightings of
Bigfoot-type creatures involve elements of 'high strangeness' - the
beings are largely unaffected, and apparently never killed, by
bullets, and occasionally they seem to vanish into thin air.
Witnesses to one Bigfoot sighting heard the creature running away
after it had visually disappeared. Many people report that they have
heard it breathing behind them or following or walking beside them,
but can see nothing.
For centuries, Native Americans have attributed
supernatural abilities to Bigfoot, including telepathy and the power
to become invisible. The cases presented below involve hairy bipeds
that behaved more like paranormal entities than flesh-and-blood
In the summer of 1960 numerous people around Parson, West Virginia,
saw a gruesome eight-foot-tall creature covered with shaggy hair and
equipped with two huge eyes that 'shone like big balls of fire'. In
October 1960, W.C. Priestly was driving through the Monongahela
National Forest in West Virginia when his car suddenly stopped.
his left he saw an apelike monster whose long straggly hair was
pointing straight upwards. When a group of Priestly's friends who
were ahead of him in a bus noticed he was no longer behind them,
they turned round and drove back to look for him. When the creature
saw the bus, it dropped its hair and disappeared into the woods.
Priestly was then surprised to find his vehicle had started to run
again. He again began to follow the bus when all of a sudden sparks
began flying from under the hood of his car, and he again noticed
the creature beside the road staring at him. The bus backed up again
and as soon as it appeared the monster melted into the forest. The
points in Priestly's car were completely burned out and had to be
replaced, as did part of the electrical system.3
In 1957, at Wanoga Butte, Washington, Gary Joanis and Jim Newall
shot a deer while out hunting, but before they could get to it, a
nine-foot-tall hairy creature walked into the clearing, picked up
the deer, and carried it off under its arm. Joanis, annoyed about
losing his deer, fired several shots into the creature's back with
his 30.06 rifle, but the creature never stopped walking, though it
did emit a 'strange whistling scream'.
In Washington, during the summer of 1966, there were numerous
sightings of a white/grey eight-foot-tall Bigfoot with red eyes,
weighing at least 600 pounds, which walked like a human. A group of
men often went looking for it, and usually found it in a gravel pit.
One man fired at it from a range of only 20 feet, and hit it at
least three times with his .270 rifle, but failed to knock it down.
Another man fired his 10-gauge shotgun from 10 yards. The creature
uttered a high-pitched squeal, but still managed to run away.
In May 1967 in The Dalles, Oregon, several teenage boys spent their
nights hunting Bigfoot. On one occasion, they were moving through
the woods when they came to a tree whose branches hung to the
ground. Pushing past them, they found a creature about 10 feet away;
it was 7 feet tall when crouched down. One of the boys blasted it
twice in the chest with his 12-gauge shotgun, knocking it down. It
rolled over twice and then ran off. It broke through a fence,
snapping three posts off at the ground. The boys returned the next
day to claim their prize, but the footprints disappeared after 80 to
100 yards, and there was no blood to follow.
In autumn 1968, in the Point Isabel area of Ohio, the Abbot family
heard a noise like metal being hit. 15-year-old Larry Abbott, his
father, and a relative went outside to look around. They found a
creature 50 feet away, which started walking towards them. It was 10
feet tall, with 4-foot shoulders. It was covered with light brown
hair, and had very long arms, prominent teeth, pointed ears, and
glowing eyes. Larry reported that it seemed to put them into a
trance, as he couldn't move or talk. Suddenly it dropped to the
ground and they lost sight of it. Later they heard it near the
The relative borrowed a .22 rifle and went looking for it.
He crossed an open field, and suddenly it stood up 50 feet away.
Larry pointed his flashlight at it, and the relative made a direct
hit with his first shot. The creature uttered a horrible scream as
several more shots were fired, then a white mist enveloped it. When
the mist cleared, there was only darkness. They searched the whole
farm, but there was no blood or any other trace of the creature's
In August 1972, a young couple living in Putnam County, Indiana,
began to receive late-night visitations from a shadowy creature
looking like a large, hairy gorilla. Most of the time it was
bipedal, but when it ran, it did so on all fours. It seemed to run
and jump without touching the ground as it never left any tracks.
When it ran through weeds, nothing was heard, and sometimes the
witnesses could see through it. An hour before the first sighting, neighbours reported a luminous object pass overhead, which then
exploded, though no debris was ever found. A farmer in the area lost
all but 30 of his 200 chickens to the creature, which ripped them
apart, draining them of blood but not eating them, and spreading
their remains over a huge area. It was shot repeatedly from about
100 feet but seemed unaffected. At least 40 people claimed to have
seen the creature before the sightings ceased late in the month.5
On the evening of 25 October 1973, near Greensbury, Pennsylvania, a
farmer named Stephen Pulaski and at least 15 other witnesses saw a
bright red ball hovering over a field. Pulaski and two boys went to
investigate. As they approached, their car headlights grew dim.
Continuing on foot they saw the object glowing brilliantly with
white light and either sitting on the field or hovering directly
over it. It was about 100 feet in diameter, dome-shaped, and made a
sound like a lawn mower. Screaming sounds could be heard nearby.
Pulaski fired a tracer bullet, and two large apelike creatures with
glowing green eyes, one seven feet tall and the other eight feet
tall, were seen walking along beside a fence. They had long arms
that hung down almost to the ground, were covered with long
dark-grayish hair, and emitted a strong odour, like burning rubber.
They seemed to be communicating by making whining sounds. Pulaski
fired three rounds into the larger creature, which responded by
whining and reaching out to its companion. At that moment, the craft
vanished, leaving a glowing white area in the field. The creatures
walked back towards the woods and were not seen again.
Later on when other investigators arrived, a dog began tracking
something unseen, several people smelled a strong sulphurous or
chemical-like odour, and loud crashing sounds were heard coming from
the woods. At this point, Pulaski went berserk and started running
around, violently flailing his arms and growling like an animal.
had visions of a man looking like the Grim Reaper, heard his name
being called from the woods, and made confused statements, such as:
'If man doesn't straighten up, the end will come soon.'
collapsed. He was later examined by a psychiatrist who concluded
that the frightening situation had caused him to become temporarily
unhinged and enter a dissociated psychological state known as a
This case was one of an epidemic of at least 79 'creature' cases
occurring in a six-county area of western Pennsylvania in 1973. They
all involved werewolflike entities that mysteriously appeared
and disappeared, and left few traces of their existence. There were
some reports that they left tracks and emitted foul stenches. There
were also cases where they were said to have killed chickens, ripped
the hindquarters off a St. Bernard dog, and torn the throat of a pet
deer, but there were no reports of injury to humans.6
During the evening of 6 February 1974, a lady living near Uniontown,
Pennsylvania, was sitting at home watching television. She heard a
noise on her porch and went to investigate, thinking the dogs were
to blame. She took a loaded shotgun with her to scare them away. She
turned on the porch light, opened the door, and was horrified to see
a seven-foot-tall hairy apelike creature standing only six feet
away. Thinking it was about to attack, as it had raised its arms
above its head, she fired into its middle. But amazingly, it 'just
disappeared in a flash of light'.7
In Noxie, Oklahoma, in September 1975, a farmer and his neighbours
reported seeing and hearing at least two hairy bipeds. The first
stood six or seven feet tall, was covered with dark brown hair, and
had glowing reddish-pink eyes. It was shot at on three occasions but
responded by swatting its arm as if at a fly. It smelled 'like
rotten eggs or sulphur' and left a three-toed track (all primates
have five toes). Two of the creatures, one with red eyes and the
other with yellow ones, were heard calling to each other; one
sounded like a woman screaming and the other like a baby crying.
In August 1976 a woman sitting outside a farmhouse in southeastern
Nebraska noticed a sudden eerie silence among the animals. 300 yards
away, silhouetted against the sky, stood a huge hairy figure. It
moved rapidly through the pasture towards her, panicking the dogs.
It broke down the wire fence and was only 30 feet from her when it
vanished before her eyes. It nevertheless left hair samples on the
fence, but the state's Game and Parks Commission refused to look at
Unexplained!, pp. 167-76, 418.
John A. Keel,
Strange Creatures from Time and Space, London: Sphere, 1979,
Murphy, 'Can Bigfoot be killed?',
Unexplained!, pp. 170-1.
Thompson, Alien Identities: Ancient insights into modern UFO
phenomena, Alachua, FL: Govardhan Hill Publishing, 2nd ed.,
1995, pp. 303-4;
173. 'Can Bigfoot be killed?'
Several of the incidents already described involve humanoids or
other creatures seen in conjunction with unexplained luminosities or
objects in the sky ('UFOs'). The following cases provide further
evidence that 'alien' beings vary tremendously in appearance and
often display weird and paranormal behaviour, suggesting that they
are psychic visitations rather than extraterrestrial visitors.1
In the summer of 1968 a British woman was driving to Stratford with
a companion when they saw a shining disc in the sky. They stopped to
watch it dart and dodge, and another car also stopped to watch.
After it disappeared behind some trees, the woman drove on, and
during the drive she experienced profound insights into the nature
of reality, which she said transformed her personality.
she encountered a malevolent-looking apparition in her home; it
resembled a traditional faun, and she later called it a 'Scorpion
man'. It was a four-to-five foot tall humanoid, with pointed ears, a
long muzzle, and dog- or goat-like legs. It was covered in downy
fur, and crouched and stared unblinkingly at her with light-green
eyes that slanted upwards and had no pupils. The eyes shone and were
very frightening. She thought it was trying to communicate with her
but her panic interfered with any message.
The goatlike legs
and silky fur seem to connect it with traditional European demon
lore, while its eyes and emaciated appearance are typical of
entities reported in UFO encounters.2
The following three UFO close encounters involve monster-like
Shortly after 2 am on 28 November 1954, Gustavo Gonzales and
Ponce were driving from Caracas, Venezuela, to a nearby town when
they encountered a luminous sphere about 10 feet in diameter,
hovering just above the ground and nearly blocking the roadway.
two men got out of their truck to investigate, and a little hairy
man, about three feet tall, approached them.
grabbed him, intending to take him to the police. To his
surprise, Gonzales found the little man extremely light,
weighing only about 35 pounds. His body was very hard and
covered with stiff bristly hair. The little man gave Gonzales a
push with one clawed hand and sent him flying about 15 feet.
Ponce, who was Gonzales's helper, became frightened, and ran to
the police station located a short distance away. As he departed
he noticed two other little men emerging from the bushes. They
were carrying either rocks or chunks of dirt in their arms as
they hopped aboard an opening in the side of the sphere.
Meanwhile the first hairy little man, eyes aglow and claws
extended, attacked Gonzales. Pulling out his knife, Gonzales
stabbed the creature in the shoulder, but the knife glanced off
as if the shoulder were made of steel. Then another little man
emerged from the sphere and shot a beam of light from a small
tube, momentarily blinding Gonzales. When the two little men
climbed back aboard, the sphere took off rapidly.
Gonzales arrived at the police station shortly after Ponce.
The two were suspected of being drunk, but an examination
revealed otherwise. Gonzales was found to have a long red
scratch on his side. The two were given sedatives. Several days
later a doctor came forward, admitting that he had seen the
fracas with the creatures but that he had left the scene, as he
did not want to be involved in undesirable publicity.3
Fig. 8.1. Hairy
creature encountered in Caracas, November 1954.4
The following incident
took place in Kelly, Kentucky, on 21 August 1955. The witnesses were
Billy Ray Taylor, Lucky Sutton, and the Sutton family.
At about 7:00 P.M.
on a hot summer night, Billy Ray told the Suttons he had just
seen a flying saucer with rainbow-colored exhaust fly across the
sky and drop into a gully near their farmhouse. The Suttons
laughed at his story. Half an hour later, the dog began barking
and hid under the house.
When Billy Ray and
Lucky went to the back door, they saw an approaching glow that
turned out to be a three-and-a-half foot tall creature with a
round oversize bald head. The creature's skin was a silver
metallic color and glowed in the dark. Its yellow eyes were
large and set halfway around the side of its face. The
creature's arms were almost twice as long as its legs and nearly
touched the ground. Its hands were large and bore talons.
The men grabbed their guns, a .22 rifle and a shotgun, and
waited until the creature was within 20 feet of the back door
before opening fire. The shots sounded like they 'hit a [metal]
bucket,' but the visitor simply flipped over backward and
scurried off into the darkness. When another visitor appeared at
the window, the men shot at it through the screen. Thinking the
creature had been killed, Billy Ray went out the front door to
find the body. As he paused momentarily under the roof's
overhang, a clawlike hand reached down and touched his hair. The
family screamed and pulled him back inside as Lucky ran out,
turned, and fired at the creature, knocking it off the roof.
Both men then fired at another creature in the maple tree
nearby, but it, too, merely floated to the ground and scurried
Unnerved by the ineffectiveness of their guns, the family bolted
themselves inside the house. But the creatures kept returning to
peer in the windows, and after three hours the eight terrorized
adults and three frightened children piled into two cars and
headed off into town to the police.
The Hopkinsville police returned to the farmhouse with the
family and surveyed the house and surroundings but found
nothing. Shortly after the police left at 2:15 A.M., the
creatures returned, staring into windows, curious but never
hostile. Again the men responded with gunfire. This continued
until a half hour before sunrise. That morning investigators
returned but again found nothing.5
Fig. 8.2. Creature
encountered in Kentucky, August 1955.6
One morning in July
1983, in Mount Vernon, Missouri, Ron and Paula Watson
noticed some bright silver flashes coming from the pasture across
from their farmhouse.
Through binoculars they saw two silver-suited
beings running their hands over a motionless black cow lying on the
ground. The beings made jerky movements with their hands over the
cow, which suddenly rose into the air and floated up with the beings
into a cone-shaped object that stood near a clump of trees. Two
other strange-looking creatures were standing next to the object.
the left was a tall, green-skinned 'lizard man'. Its glaring eyes
had the vertical pupils of a reptile, and its hands and feet
were webbed. On the right of the craft was a taller Bigfoot-type
creature that also had yellow vertical slits in round green eyes.
The beings entered the craft with the cow, and the craft then
disappeared. The owner of the pasture later confirmed that one of
his black cows was missing; it was never found.7
The behavior of UFO entities sometimes shows parallels with that of
legendary medieval beings such as fairies, sylphs, and
In the morning of 18 April 1961, Joe Simonton, a 60-year-old chicken
farmer from Wisconsin, heard a peculiar noise outside his home.
Stepping out into the yard he saw a silvery object hovering close to
the ground. It was shaped like two inverted bowls, and measured
about 12 feet high and 30 feet in diameter. A hatch opened and
Simonton saw three men inside, about five feet tall. They had dark
hair and skin and wore outfits with turtleneck tops and knit
One of the men held up a jug, and motioned to Simonton that he
needed water. When Simonton returned with the water, he noticed that
one of the men in the saucer was frying food on a flameless grill.
He saw several instrument panels in the ship's black interior and
heard a slow whining sound. When he made a motion indicating he was
interested in the food, one of the men handed him three pancakes,
about three inches in diameter and perforated with small holes. The
hatch was then closed and the object rose about 20 feet from the
ground before taking off straight south, causing a blast of air that
bent some nearby pine trees. The whole affair lasted about five
Simonton ate one of the pancakes and described it as tasting like
cardboard. Air Force investigators had a piece analyzed by the Food
and Drug Laboratory, which concluded it was an ordinary pancake of
terrestrial origin. The official explanation was that Simonton
sincerely believed his contact had been a real experience, but that
he had merely had a dream and inserted it into the events taking
place around him while he was conscious.
The question of food is one of the points most frequently treated in
Celtic legends; tales about fairies exchanging food with
humans are commonplace. Evans Wentz reports in his book
Fairy-faith in Celtic Countries (1909) that an Irishman told him
that the 'Gentry' eat fresh meat and drink pure water, and never eat
anything with salt in it. Pure water is what the saucer beings took
from Simonton, and the analysis performed for the Air Force
did not mention the presence of salt in the pancakes. They did
however contain buckwheat hulls, and buckwheat is closely associated
with fairy legends in Brittany.8
One of the fairies' pranks was to steal food. 'Aliens' have been
known to do so too, as the following case shows.
In 1986 in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk, Mr N. opened his front
door and found himself confronted with a man about seven feet tall,
wearing silver overalls and boots. The man declared he was an alien
and needed food. Mr N. was so shocked he took the guest to the
kitchen and started packing groceries for him. He told the visitor
he was late for work, and the visitor answered 'I understand' in a
Russian spoken with a marked accent. The two left the house
together, but when Mr N. got on the bus the strange visitor was
nowhere to be seen.
All day he felt anxious and disturbed. Something urged him to return
home as soon as possible, and he found an excuse to leave early.
After unlocking the front door, he ran to the kitchen, where he
discovered that the remaining food had been taken. Empty paper bags,
packages, and wrappings lay everywhere, and there were grains of
rice, millet, and salt in the cracks in the floor. The refrigerator
and the cupboards were empty. But if the visitor was the culprit,
why had he needed to unwrap everything? The man's wife found his
explanation for the missing food absurd.
A terrible scandal followed
and the couple came close to a divorce, a situation that is common
in the aftermath of close encounters.9
See 'UFOs: the
Dimensions: A casebook of alien contact, New York:
Ballantine Books, 1989, pp. 33-4.
The Field Guide to Extraterrestrials, London: Hodder and
Stoughton, 1997, p. 74.
Kevin Randle and
Russ Estes, Faces of the Visitors: An illustrated reference
to alien contact, New York: Fireside, 1997, p. 25.
The Field Guide
to Extraterrestrials, pp. 84-5.
Faces of the
Visitors, p. 30.
The Field Guide
to Extraterrestrials, pp. 82-3.
UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A cosmic samizdat, New
York: Ballantine Books, 1992, pp. 144-5.
9. Men in
Some people who have made a UFO sighting or had a close encounter
subsequently receive strange visits from sinister 'men in black' (MIBs),
who harass, threaten, and intimidate them to prevent them from
talking about their experience.1
They usually appear even before the
witness has reported the UFO incident and must therefore have access
to information that is not publicly available. UFO investigators
have also suffered harassment from MIBs. The person who receives the
visit is usually alone, and no MIBs have ever been caught or
interrogated. As far as is known, MIB victims who have ignored the
threats have not suffered as a result.
MIBs sometimes work alone, and sometimes in twos or threes. They may
arrive in a large black car, often an out-of-date model, with
licence plates which later turn out to be false. They wear dark
suits, dark hats, dark ties, dark shoes and socks, but white shirts,
and witnesses often remark on their immaculate turn-out and
seemingly brand-new clothes. They are often dark-complexioned,
perhaps Oriental-looking, and frail.
Conforming to a stereotyped CIA image, they claim to be government
agents or produce identity cards which prove false. Sometimes they
masquerade as journalists, insurance salesmen, or air force
personnel. Their movements are stiff, their manner formal and cold,
their faces unsmiling and expressionless, their stilted speech
reminiscent of B-movie dialogue. In one case, an MIB had a large
tape recorder with him, but didn't know how to operate it. Sometimes
there is no personal visit, only a phone call, or there is no black
car, only an abrupt appearance and disappearance.
In May 1975, two weeks after a dramatic UFO sighting from his plane
- a sighting confirmed on the radar screens at Mexico City airport
- a young pilot was pursued down the freeway by four black-suited
Scandinavian-looking men in a black limousine. After forcing him to
the side of the road, they warned him not to discuss his sighting;
the pilot was on his way to do a television interview. A month later
one of the strangers reappeared and threatened him again while he
was on his way to a hotel to talk to the prominent UFO investigator
He described the MIBs as tall and
strangely white, and said he never saw them blink.2
On the evening of 11 September 1976, Herbert Hopkins, a family
physician from Maine, who was studying a UFO incident, was alone at
home when a man claiming to be a UFO researcher phoned to ask if he
could visit to discuss the case; he claimed he was from a UFO
organization that was later found not to exist.
The doctor agreed,
and as soon as the phone call ended, he switched on the back porch
light - only to see the man already climbing the porch steps. The
man was black-suited, bald, had dead-white skin, no eyebrows or
eyelashes, and wore bright red lipstick. He sat almost motionless,
barely opening a slitlike toothless mouth.
He told Hopkins that he had two coins in his left pocket - this was
correct. He instructed him to put one coin on the palm of his hand.
Hopkins then saw the coin gradually fade into a vaporous 'blue fuzzy
ball' and vanish. 'Neither you nor anyone else on this plane will
ever see that coin again,' said the visitor. Having asked Hopkins to
destroy any tapes, correspondence, or literature he had on the UFO
case he was studying, the MIB rose unsteadily, saying, 'My energy is
running low - must go now - goodbye.' On leaving the house, he
walked towards a bright blue-white light shining in the driveway.
Hopkins assumed this to belong to the visitor's car, though he
neither saw nor heard it leave. Marks in the centre of the drive,
not those of car tyres, vanished by the next day. In shock, Hopkins
erased the tapes and abandoned the UFO case. He never heard from his
The following incident occurred during
the Mothman visitations in
One night in January 1967, Mary Hyre, a reporter who
had written extensively about the local sightings, was working late
in her office when a man walked in the door. He was about four feet
six inches tall. Although the outside temperature was well below
freezing, he was wearing nothing but a short-sleeved blue shirt and
thin blue trousers. His eyes were dark and deep-set, and he wore
He had long, black hair that was cut squarely.
He spoke in a hard-to-understand singsong manner, 'like a
recording', and asked for directions to Welsh, West Virginia. Hyre
found him terrifying. 'He kept getting closer and closer to me,' she
said, 'his funny eyes staring at me almost hypnotically.' Alarmed,
she summoned the newspaper's circulation manager to her office and
together they spoke to the strange man, who seemed to know more
about West Virginia than they did.
At one point, the telephone rang
and while Hyre was answering it the little man picked up a pen from
her desk and looked at it in amazement as if he had never seen one
before. When Hyre told him he could have it, he gave a loud peculiar
laugh, ran outside and disappeared round a corner.
Several weeks later, Hyre was crossing the street near her office
and saw the same little man. He seemed startled when he realized
that she was watching him, turned away quickly and ran for a large
black car that suddenly came around the corner. He climbed in and it
quickly drove away.
By this time, most of the Mothman sightings had come to an end. But
on 15 December 1967, the 700-foot bridge linking Point Pleasant to
Ohio suddenly collapsed while filled with rush hour traffic. Dozens
of vehicles plunged into the Ohio River and 46 people were killed.
During Christmas week, a short, dark-skinned man entered Mary Hyre's
He was dressed in a black suit, with a black tie, and looked
vaguely Oriental. He had high cheekbones, narrow eyes, and an
unidentified accent. He was not interested in the bridge disaster,
but wanted to know about local UFO sightings. Hyre was too busy to
talk with him and handed him a file of related press clippings. He
was not interested in them and insisted on speaking with her.
finally dismissed him from her office. That same night, an
identical-looking man visited the homes of several witnesses in the
area who had reported seeing lights in the sky. He made all of them
very uneasy and uncomfortable and while he claimed to be a reporter
from Cambridge, Ohio, he inadvertently admitted that he did not know
where Columbus, Ohio, was even though the two towns are just a few
John Keel says that MIB behaviour is reminiscent of the fairy hoaxes
and games of an earlier epoch.
Other researchers regard MIBs as a
form of demonic psychic entity. As Michael Grosso says, 'MIBs seem
to slide in and out of reality, behaving like phantoms or nightmares
one moment and assuming a daylight actuality the next'.5
phenomenon is probably fuelled by paranoia on the part of witnesses
Keel points out that groups investigating the assassination of
President Kennedy have suffered harassment similar to that
experienced by UFO researchers.
Their telephones go haywire, they
are followed by mysterious cars and suspicious Oriental-looking
gentlemen, and their mail gets fouled up.
witchcraft, members of fanatical religious groups, and even
members of civil rights movements and both right and left wing
political groups all become victims of this harassment. And each
group tries to find a cause or culprit to explain it - the most
popular being the CIA or FBI.
Thousands of people are undergoing
this kind of harassment continually, and no government agency is
big enough, has enough personnel or a big enough budget to be
the blame for all these incidents. Nor would any responsible
government agency be motivated to spend a fortune to harass
teen-aged UFO buffs and little old ladies collecting clippings
about John F. Kennedy.6
It seems that anybody
involved in controversial research who has to confront widespread
hostility and is liable to paranoia may find themselves suffering
For instance, T. Henry Moray (1892-1974)
invented a radiant energy machine that converted space energy into
useable power and was able to produce more energy that was required
to run it. Several scientists examined it and were convinced it was
genuine. However, Moray also faced tremendous skepticism and
opposition, had problems obtaining patents for his device, and
became very suspicious.
He began to suffer strange forms of harassment. He became the object
of death threats, and both he and his wife were shot at a number of
times. The Morays decided to order a bulletproof car.
his sons remembered being driven around town when the car was hit by
a hail of bullets fired from a mysterious black sedan. Another son
says his mother received a string of anonymous phone calls
threatening their lives. In one of them, she was told that her
husband's life wasn't worth 'a plugged nickel' unless he cooperated
with the caller's agents over the radiant energy machine. Moray's
home and laboratory were repeatedly broken into, but the machine was
never stolen. In a subsequent incident Moray was shot in the
leg while working in the laboratory.
Moray firmly believed
that this was all part of a plot to get him to hand over the
The Paranormal: An illustrated encyclopedia, London:
Headline, 1992, pp. 437-9; Clark, Unexplained!, pp. 242-4;
Daniel W. Murphy, 'Men in black',
p. 438; Michael Grosso, Frontiers of the Soul: Exploring
psychic evolution, Wheaton, IL: Quest, 1992, p. 211.
The Mothman Prophecies, pp.
Frontiers of the
Soul, p. 211.
Creatures from Time and Space, p. 199.
Keith Tutt, The
Search for Free Energy: A scientific tale of jealousy,
genius and electricity, London: Simon & Schuster, 2001, p.
58; Jeane Manning, The Coming Energy Revolution: The search
for free energy, New York: Avery, 1996, pp. 36-9.
10. The astral
According to the theosophic tradition,
the astral world or astral
light comprises several spheres of increasingly ethereal, more
plastic matter surrounding and interpenetrating the physical earth.
It is the ethereal blueprint from which the physical earth derives,
and corresponds to the astral body of each individual. Its lower
reaches are not especially elevated as they lie only one vibratory
range up from the gross matter of the physical world, but its higher
reaches merge into the akashic or spiritual realms.
The astral light is said to contain a record of everything that has
ever happened on earth, both in the present evolutionary cycle and
in past cycles. For this reason it is sometimes called 'nature's
picture gallery'. Since it records thoughts, emotions, and deeds of
every conceivable quality, it comprises everything from the
collective 'unconscious' to the collective superconscious.
The astral world is said to be populated by a variety of entities.
Its constituent life-atoms can be thought of as simple elemental
entities, which combine to form all manner of fleeting,
shape-shifting creatures, known by the generic terms 'elementals',
'nature-forces', or 'nature-sprites'.
Elementals are the
semi-automatic, quasi-conscious agents and building stones of
nature, and are involved in everything that happens on the physical
plane, since every physical atom is ensouled by an elemental.
Everything that takes place on the physical plane is brought about
by the deliberate or unconscious action of elementals, acting either
for themselves or as the vehicles of higher intelligences. They may
work individually, but more commonly in groups, waves, or flows.
While some elementals are atomic in size, others are gigantic, with
Although elementals do not possess selfconsciousness, conscience, or
free will, those associated with higher subplanes can display
a degree of intelligence. The vast majority of elementals have no
permanent form of their own, and can change shape with great
They adopt shapes (and also clothing) that mirror the
pictures and thought-forms existing in their environment, including
human minds. The higher elementals may take the form of beasts,
either living or extinct, and those on the mental plane tend to
assume a more or less human shape. Some elementals are said to be
hostile towards humans, and others friendly. The elementals of the
air are the most dangerous, because of their close connection with
the desire part of the human constitution.1
In theosophy, three kingdoms of elementals are generally
distinguished, which are placed below the mineral kingdom.
means that the consciousness-centres (or monads) manifesting as
elementals are in the earliest stages of their evolutionary growth,
and still have to pass through the other kingdoms of nature: i.e.
the mineral, vegetable, animal, human, and three superhuman (or
dhyani-chohanic) kingdoms. From another viewpoint, there are seven
kingdoms of elementals, as there are elementals associated with each
subplane (or cosmic element), in increasing grades of ethereality or
The medieval mystics divided elementals into four categories,
according to which of the four lower elements they were associated
with: gnomes (earth), undines (water), sylphs (air), and salamanders
(fire). The Hindus distinguish many more types: lower types include
pretas, yakshas, and dakinis, while higher types include gandharvas,
vidyadharas, and apsaras. The former are said to be mischievous and
dangerous, while the latter are benevolent, and, if properly
approached, willing to impart useful knowledge of arts and sciences.2
W.Q. Judge mentions a very advanced class of elementals,
called the saptarishis, which, though not strictly in our stream of
evolution, sometimes communicate with mediums, and by their apparent
knowledge give the impression that they are high spiritual beings
whereas they are really of the same character as the lower devas of
the Hindus.3 Since elementals cannot be studied with physical
instruments they are a closed book to materialist science, but not
to those who possess sufficient clairvoyant powers.
Humans' astral model-bodies and 'mental bodies' are composed of
astral substances of differing grades. The astral world is closely
associated with all mental and psychic phenomena. Our minds attract
ideas, thoughts, and images from the general thought-atmosphere or
memory-field of the astral light, and send them out again in
Thoughts, emotions, and desires are elemental
energies, which assume a particular form and cohere for a period
corresponding to the intensity of the originating thought. Groups of
humans - families, nations, races, and religious, social, and
political movements, etc. - build up collective thought-forms, some
of which may assume a powerful life of their own.
The lower astral realms are inhabited by the decaying astral shells
of deceased humans. These shells are left behind when the higher
human soul ascends to the higher, akashic realms, and are often
mistaken by mediums for the 'spirits' of the dead. Since they are
instinctual entities, devoid of self-conscious intelligence, the
communications received via mediums are often trivial and banal.
Certain types of elementals can also draw on the information present
in the minds of sťance participants to give the illusion that the
soul of a deceased person is present.
H.P. Blavatsky describes how at sťances astral shells 'fall on
people like a cloud or a big octopus, and disappear within them as
if sucked in by a sponge'. They vampirize sitters and mediums alike
by depleting their vitality.4
sťance rooms, too, astral
shells may be attracted by affinity to a person and sucked into
their astral body, thereby strengthening whatever vice the person
may be addicted to. A greater threat is said to be posed by 'elementaries'
- the astral shells of humans who have led particularly depraved
lives on earth, which take far longer to decompose.
Other beings inhabiting the astral realms are humans who have
attained a high degree of occult power and are able to live or
operate selfconsciously in the astral world after leaving their
physical body behind, either temporarily or permanently. These may
be humans of mahatmic stature, or their evil counterparts - the
sorcerers, black magicians, or 'brothers of the shadow'. Superhuman
entities associated with the three highest kingdoms of nature
inhabit the higher astral, or akashic realms.
Every physical planet in our solar system is surrounded by its own
astral and akashic realms, which are condensed regions of the
generalized astral and akashic planes that embrace the entire solar
system. These various realms can be regarded as higher subplanes of
our own cosmic plane, 'above' and 'below' which lie further
sevenfold planes. According to the ageless wisdom, the boundless
universe comprises an infinite number of planes within planes,
worlds within worlds.
On the six cosmic planes 'above' our own, there are said to be 11
companion globes belonging to each of the planets we observe on our
physical plane, with 12 globes making up a complete planetary chain.
During the lifetime of earth, the monads embodying in each of the
ten kingdoms or life-waves make seven circlings or rounds through
all the twelve globes.
On any globe, at any time, one kingdom
dominates, and the bulk of its monads embody on that globe. The
human kingdom is currently the dominant active kingdom on our own
lowest globe of the earth-chain.
It is our higher human monads - and not of course our outer
material bodies - that move from globe to globe, residing for
millions of years on each one in turn during a planetary round. And
in the course of even vaster periods of time, our spiritual and
divine monads travel from planet to planet, and solar system to
solar system. Our higher monads may also pass quickly through the
other earth-globes and planets during sleep, after death, or during
Just as each physical globe of a planet or star has its
own astral and akashic realms, so does each of the higher globes.
Fig. 10.1. Schematic
representation of the twelve globes of a planetary chain.
The possibility of our
earth being visited by intelligent species who have evolved on other
physical planets and have mastered the art of space travel cannot be
However, most of them would probably not be adapted to
the earth's gravity or able to breathe its atmosphere; nor would
they necessarily look anything like ourselves. Advanced beings
either from other globes on the physical plane or from other planes
could also visit our own earth-globe and manifest in visible form by
consciously projecting and then materializing their ethereal bodies.
However, given their appearance and behavior, most of the wide
range of otherworldly entities that humans have encountered through
the ages are probably temporary physical manifestations of
shape-shifting elemental and psychic energy-forms from the astral
world immediately surrounding our physical globe. This means that
they do not possess a relatively stable and permanent form and
identity resulting from a lengthy process of evolution. In some
cases their form may endure only for the period of their physical
And it may reflect witnesses' own attitudes and
beliefs along with 'archetypal' or other images and behavioral
patterns recorded in the astral light. Such manifestations may
either occur spontaneously or be orchestrated by intelligent
agencies possessing the necessary powers, whose motives could range
from purely benevolent to purely malevolent.
In our modern scientific space age, it is understandable that
gnomes, fairies, and other traditional forms of elementals are now
seen less commonly than UFOs and 'aliens'.
As Stuart Gordon says,
The images projected
by individuals and maintained by group-belief have changed. But
the basic process stays the same. The fairies and their ilk were
literally diminished in stature and reality by the loss of
popular belief in them - yet the mind-stuff of which they and
other elementals are formed remains active - in us.5
While some otherworldly
encounters seem to involve physical or semi-physical manifestations,
others may be largely hallucinatory or visionary, or involve
out-of-body experiences. But visionary experiences are not
necessarily generated purely in our own heads, since our minds are
immersed in the thought-atmosphere of Gaia and may be influenced by
all manner of entities residing there.
Although ordinary humans are unable to predict when or where or to
whom the next psychic visitation will occur, there is nothing
accidental about it; 'chance' is merely a word we use to disguise
our ignorance. Ultimately we reap what we sow, life after life, and
encounter the experiences and challenges needed to enable us to
correct our shortcomings and deepen our understanding of nature.
Astral entities require a source of energy to intrude into our own
This may be drawn from witnesses themselves or from the
wider environment. It is noteworthy that certain geographical areas,
characterized by geomagnetic and electromagnetic anomalies and
disturbances, seem to attract a disproportionate amount of
paranormal activity; they are sometimes called 'window' areas. There
may be various factors at work which cause the materialization of
astral forms and entities to become easier or more difficult at
In his valuable book on unexplained phenomena, Jerome Clark alleges
that the theory of visitations from other realms amounts to
To claim, as some
do, that HBs [hairy bipeds] are dropping here out of another
reality or dimension is to say nothing at all.
Not, of course,
that this could not be true; it is just that, given our present
state of knowledge, we have no reason to believe it is true
either. It is the intellectual equivalent of 'explaining' HBs by
declaring them to be visitors from Cxkoikjlkfyl or any
other fanciful place you want to make up.6
These remarks are a good
example of 'obfuscation'.
Clark readily admits that some of the
strange entities he describes in his book could be visitors from a
'parallel reality', 'twilight zone', or 'Goblin Universe'; in fact
this is often the only plausible suggestion he can come up with.
if these terms are more than just empty phrases, they most likely
refer to the astral world of the occult tradition - a real,
substantial, though more ethereal realm, interpenetrating our
physical world and in constant interaction with it.
Such a realm
provides a key to understanding a wide range of otherworldly
manifestations, and its existence has been recognized by mystics and
occultists throughout the ages.
The same can certainly not be said
G. de Purucker,
The Esoteric Tradition, Pasadena, CA: Theosophical
University Press (TUP), 2nd ed., 1973, pp. 249-52; G. de
Purucker, Questions We All Ask, TUP, 1929-30, 2:325-36; G.
de Purucker, Fountain-Source of Occultism, TUP, 1974, 232-7;
G. de Purucker, Studies in Occult Philosophy, TUP, 1973, pp.
49-52; Dialogues of G. de Purucker, TUP, 1948, 3:60-5.
Collected Writings, Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing
House, 1950-91, 6:169.
Echoes of the Orient, San Diego, CA: Point Loma
Publications, 1975-87, 2:237.
Collected Writings, 9:107.
Paranormal, p. 206.
Unexplained!, pp. xx, 175-6.