Better the 'UFO' you know...
The intersection between Demonology and Ufology
The UFO/UAP phenomenon is reaching a boiling point in the public sphere. Controlled information dumps are released in rapid succession like jolts of societal adrenalin for reasons beyond our comprehension. This strange pattern of controlled disclosure, regardless of its validity, is nefarious in itself. These stretches of fever-pitch delirium followed by complete media silence are not good for the psyche or the soul, and I would wager that is by design. What we will be examining today is not an assessment of the reality of the anomalies, but a loose methodology for contextualizing them.
As discussed in my Witch House article, the powers that be are in the business of conjuring faux eschatologies. Climate Change is the chief offender. They capitalize off of real physical phenomena to craft a narrative, a world-binding lens for which man to filter this sensory information and bind his soul. Anything to whittle away faith in Christ and the Christian eschaton. I am here to offer my services in resisting the spells.
The archons would rather you believe in anything but Christ. This is at the heart of Ephesians 6:12, and in our current epoch of deception, they may have the upper hand. Our war is not with any geopolitical entity, but with world views themselves. A worldview has the tremendous power to snare one’s soul. This is the crisis of modernity.
We cannot simply ignore the “aerial phenomenon.” Hard as we may try. On March 15th of this year, my family and I had a brush with the weird ourselves. After a long hike at night, we got back to our car and engaged in a bit of star gazing. We admired the conjunctions and tried fingering out the constellations with our iphone apps. To our left, we could easily make out where the small amounts of air traffic were coming from, and the planes revealed themselves with their periodic red flashes. My brother saw it first. From the direction to our right, three white lights high in the air, moving in a straight line from right to left. They were not where the air traffic was flowing, they did not show up on the air traffic app, and they moved in a smooth and rapid way, that for their height and apparent size, they couldn’t be planes. They almost appeared to be moving stars. One by one they disappeared on their course around the constellation of Leo.
Do you know what I didn’t do after this event? I didn’t throw my hands up and say “Well, I guess Jesus isn’t real.”
And yet it seems a disturbing amount of people are falling into such a trap.
On the car ride home, I began to mull over the experience. I began to imagine how others may have contextualized it. Throughout the entirety of human history, if someone saw such a thing in the sky they may have perceived it as an omen, with the auspiciousness or inauspiciousness of the sign contingent on whatever astrological system they employed to divine such things. An anomaly in the celestial bodies would be filtered as some kind of movement in the heavens, that was possibly pregnant with meaning. And yet, for the first time in history, a man could experience such a thing and think, “Huh, must be little green men from Mars in their flying spaceships.” And this absurd idea now holds weight in certain poor souls’ minds. A century of myths have been reified on our magic screens to the point that men can see the most unassuming of phenomena in the stars and connect it with the science fiction that has been fed to them. It was at that moment I fully understood the gravity of the situation mankind is now facing.
I have recently come across a scholar who gets a lot wrong and yet gets even more right in her approach to such things. I was pleased to find she was covering much of the same ground I was but in a very different way. Professor Diana Pasulka is an expert in religious studies, and part of her work is comparing the ecstasies of Catholic mystics and modern phenomena that are now equated with ufology. I am going to quote a section of one of her papers verbatim now.
One of the fascinating points found in her article, “From Purgatory to the UFO phenomenon,” is that the “orbs of light” phenomenon that is now so readily attributed to the modern ‘extraterrestrial’ umbrella, is found in the writing of Catholic saints and medieval chroniclers. But instead of being perceived as “alien,” (in the sense we think of the term) they were contextualized as the wandering souls of those in purgatory. The same anomaly, but radically different views of it. And these different perspectives bring with them a profound difference in how these experiences are internalized. In both instances, they solidify the preconceived notions of the viewers. And whether these “orbs of light” are truly wayward souls or more modern ideas of the extraterrestrial, it does not invalidate the existence of purgatory or the extraterrestrial by itself. As a brilliant professor once told me, and what I believe to be the key in all of this going forward, is the simple maxim “One thing does not exclude the other.”
There is a popular conception amongst the Eastern Orthodox that all “alien” phenomena is in fact demonic in nature. And while I believe they are definitely on to something, this statement is painfully reductive due to the very nature of the linguistic baggage all of these terms have accumulated over the centuries, which presents the danger of obfuscation. We will be covering a lot of ground today, and I am by no means implying that I am correct in all my assertions. This will be speculative.
The problem inherent in language and verbal communication is the chasm of imprecision that clings to every word like subcutaneous fat. When we name a thing, it accumulates baggage. Every time a word is used and passed on it absorbs new connotations and flickers of meaning that may not truly reflect the particular manifestation of that thing in which we are trying to describe. When the average American hears the word demon they conjure up an image of an entity that can range from the goofy to grotesque. Some may think of a cartoonish goat man with red horns, others may think of the eldritch horrors of Lovecraft. Every human civilization throughout the eons has had cultural beliefs in such malevolent entities. And there is much cross-cultural similarity to be found between these various beings. Lilith has in some form or another existed from the fertile crescent to the banks of the Thames since time immemorial, a nocturnal and feminine force that prays on infants and has a sexual charge to her. The names may vary, but the characteristics abide. The psychologists of modernity would claim this is simply an archetype, the dark shade or inversion of the maternal ideal. But this supposedly rational psychologizing does not actually have any basis in reality. You cannot test or subject to a microscope the “feminine shade,” anymore then we can the demon itself. We have no actual proof that such psychological conceptions are the basis for cross-cultural belief in the objective and physical manifestations of this folkloric phenomenon.
The same applies to the term alien. Everything we think of when we hear this word is an invention of a century of science fiction and media. Little grey men from Mars or perhaps reptilians from Sirius. When ancient man heard of a demonic entity, their conceptions would draw upon countless generations of cultural wisdom and memory, while when we hear of “aliens” we are merely drawing upon the fever dreams of a handful of science fiction writers. So why then do we use this framework as our basis for discerning the unexplainable? It is a well-established fact that a person’s belief system can influence how they perceive certain aspects of “supernatural” phenomena. But that does not change the reality of what these phenomenon may or may not be.
I propose employing a biblical framework. For whatever these things are, it does not change the reality of Christ. And any “thing” that tries to convince you otherwise is certainly not your friend. I am quickly coming to the assumption that almost all of this UAP phenomenon can be fit into a biblical cosmology, and it seems that certain aspects of the government are coming to such a frightening conclusion as well.
I am going to preface this next section by stating that there is a chance that all of the information I am going to cite could be bogus. But that is the danger in approaching this arena at all, when grappling with this chimeric fantasm of truths and half-truths you are going to have to employ caution and a healthy sense of agnosticism.
There has been a curious hypothesis- or better yet an anxiety- that has been expressed by government whistleblowers lately. I will begin by linking this New York Post interview with an ex-Petagon official Luis Elizondo. Elizondo was the director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Go to minute 14:30 and listen from there.
In the video, Elizondo claims a government official far higher up on the totem pole then him, and someone he has a deep respect for, told him that “we should stop pursuing these things because we already know what they are.” Elizondo responds by asking if he was implying that they were “ours,” pieces of secret reverse-engineered technology. The DoD guy responds, “No. If you want to know what they are, pick up your bible son.” The implication is that these things are demonic in origin.
In the early 90’s, the Anglican priest and Fortean researcher Ray Boeche claims he was contacted by a group of government officials known as the Collins Elite who have been researching this phenomenon in an official grey zone for the last couple decades. What they revealed to him was startling.
This passage is from Nick Redfern’s FANTASTIC book, Final Events, in which he interviewed Mr Boeche on his experience, and then later reached out and is supposedly contacted by the same elements of this faction in the DoD. (I highly recommend the book). What is extraordinarily interesting about this passage, is it seems to perfectly mirror the Church’s conception of demonology. A possessed person can be given access to such preternatural abilities, but in all cases the powers are mediated by the agencies possessing them, it is not truly their powers to wield.
For more information on this, I will direct you to the book ‘Demonic Foes’ by Richard Gallagher. Gallagher is a renowned Psychiatrist with an unimpeachable reputation. Utilizing the prose of a dispassioned skeptic, Gallagher soberly recounts some of his experiences in assisting with Catholic exorcists. What he was asked by the Church to do was simply assess the potentially possessed, to determine if he believed they were mentally ill. He comes to the conclusion that in a small minority of the cases, he was dealing with things that were completely unexplainable. I highly recommend the book to my more skeptically-minded readers.
But back to Mr Redfern and Mr Boeche.
Now this is truly revealing. Why do all the little green men from Mars, all the enlightened Nordics of Alpha Centauri, and all the lizardmen of Draco, seem so set on convincing us against Christ? Why is Christianity the prime focus for religious dismissal? When Richard Gallagher first began encountering patients with preternatural powers, he began to wonder, why are they so averse to Christ? Why is Christ the focal point of this all? The answer is obvious, and yet the obvious answers often allude us the longest.
Another interesting recurring theme in “UFO abductions” testimonies is that invoking the name of Christ seems to terminate the experience.
A little searching on the internet will pull up a host of similar testimonies.
Once again, this tracks with our understanding of demonic possession. Indeed, it is notable that the archetypal 20th-century alien abduction story shares many commonalities with the old stories of demonic oppression. The sexual element, probing, and the fact these things tend to happen at night. The parallels are endless. These things have to be invited in and are triggered by trifling with the occult. Poltergeist activity seems to accompany “alien” encounters after the fact. What is important going forward is that we reassess our understanding of both the “demonic” and the “extraterrestrial.”
Now it is time to discuss my novel contribution to this discourse. Whatever these phenomena are, they are certainly not little green men from Mars with benevolent intentions. This is what the greatest hoodwink of these entities could possibly be. Masquerading as interplanetary and not interdimensional. That they are our friendly neighbors in the “galactic federation” here to help us advance as a species and shrug off the stone age belief in a crucified God. That man is but an insignificant speck in a larger community.
There is a pernicious sentiment that plagues the public paradigm in regard to these beings, something I hope to dissect once and for all. “How can these things be spiritual entities? They are bringing advanced technology.” I have heard this same claim expressed by countless peers. The assumption is that if they are flying in on technologically advanced “spacecraft,” this somehow necessitates that they are simply another organic planetary life form that has advanced to a high level of natural scientific progression. And if they are just another lifeform that advanced further along than we did, the entire theological notion of God taking on human form crumbles into ash. “Why would God incarnate into a lesser life form?” This is the most dangerous of all possible delusions.
Christianity necessitates that humanity is the fulcrum of the cosmic drama. We are the locus, for God took on human form and thereby raised our nature to the heavens. Christ is not seated at the right hand of God in the shape of a 70s sci fi alien. Any entity masquerading as another species that is more spiritually advanced then us and has no need for Christ is on the side of Satan. No matter what happens, no matter what spectacles occur on the stage of the planetary stage, you must never lose your faith in the Trinity. Nothing must threaten your conception of Christology. Anything that tells you otherwise is deceiving you.
(1 Corinthians 6:3)
We as humans are given a position above the spirits of the air. And this is partly why such jealous beings rebelled. Any entity that tries to convince you otherwise, that humans are in a sense lower, is blaspheming against Christ and the divine incarnation. As St Athanasius said, “God became man so that man might become God.”
This must always be remembered. This is why Christianity is the biggest stumbling block to any such beings. Because Christianity makes the unique claim that the creator of the universe incarnated as a human.
The deluded will point to whatever technology comes from the stars and scream that it could not have come from something as ridiculous as angels or demons. “That doesn’t make sense! Advanced technology cannot just come from a spirit! It must have been developed by another flesh and blood creature over time!” This sentiment betrays a certain biblical illiteracy. Let’s take a look at the book of Enoch. Enoch is not canonical, but that does not mean it is devoid of truth. A book lacking canonicity did not necessarily mean a Christian was forbidden from reading it. Quite the opposite in some cases. The book of Enoch was studied by centuries of Christians and is intimately tied to early Church traditions. In the Book of Enoch, it is the spirits or “Watchers” themselves who teach man to use technology.
Indeed, this idea is ubiquitous in the ancient world. In the near east, it is the entity Dagon that teaches men various forms of technology. In the Greek pantheon, it is Prometheus who brings us fire. Does this mean that ancient man thought these deities were little green men from Mars who had naturally developed just as man was developing- but on a different planet and in a more advanced state? No! They did not have 20th century sci fi rotting their brains! The instructions on advanced technology did not imply that these things were flesh and blood. Quite the opposite! Is it not strange that almost every primitive society has attributed its own technological development to an outside force? For a species as proud as we are, it seems strange that none of us were willing to take credit for our achievements.
Our conceptions have been so warped by a hundred years of sci-fi fever dreams, half-baked ideas of Darwinian evolution, and post-enlightenment cosmology, that we can not accept the idea that immaterial beings of a different spiritual essence can bring us such things. Because we are convinced technological progression evolves in a banal and materialistic societal framework. But that is not how ancient man saw it at all. Once again, we are falling victim to the spells of the witch house. Of societal filters and narratives that warp the way we process information, that build faux eschatologies and threaten our faith in God.
It is strange. It is almost as if modern man wants to be convinced of our own cosmic insignificance. That we are just another lifeform in a black universe of other life forms. Nothing more. That the men from Mars can come bring us the secrets of the cosmos and solve all of our problems. They do not realize that the secrets have been open to us for two millennia. That mankind is at the center of a cosmic drama that caused angels to fall. That our actions in this life will have eternal consequences. That mankind is at the fulcrum of it all.
Exorcists claim that the greatest weapon of the demonic is the ability to distract. That the spectacles conjured up during possession, such as levitation or spitting up nails, is nothing more than an attempt to sap away at our focus. “Look at me!” cries the devil. Notable exorcists report that after a certain point, the more fantastic displays of power will stop completely during an exorcism, as the intended effect, distraction, is no longer working. It is all posturing, an effort to shock the exorcist into discontinuing the prayers. I wonder how much of our current conceptions of the UFO phenomenon fall along these same lines.
So why not just state that all UFO phenomenon is demonic, just to be safe? Why is this a dangerous assumption? Many Eastern Orthodox claim that Catholics are no longer capable of discerning spirits, and so are falling for the ‘UFO delusion.’ They basically make the claim that all aerial phenomenon is in a sense a demonic deception. One of their favorite examples is that of Catholic Marian apparitions, in particular the Miracle of the Sun that occurred in Fatima. Father Seraphim Rose was the biggest proponent of this theory, the claim that because the Miracle resembled the strangeness of contemporary UFO phenomenon, and all aerial phenomenon is demonic in nature, the apparition of our Lady was no more than a demonic deception. I as a Catholic think this is bunk. In fact, the New Testament is full of aerial strangeness. And it was a particular manifestation of such strangeness that was a key part of the providential mechanism to bring the Gentiles to Christ.
By the criteria haphazardly employed by some EO, this incident in Acts would have been chalked up as demonic. He is even told in this strange instance to go against everything he thought he knew of what God wanted of him! Or how about when Philip is “swept up by the Spirit” when conversing with the Eunuch? Is that a demonic deception purely because it superficially appears similar to modern ufo mythology? Of course not. Christ’s ascension wasn’t a UFO beaming him up to the mothership, as certain talking heads on the History Channel would have us believe. Strange aerial phenomenon is not immediate grounds for the dismissal of a miraculous act. I would say these EO critics have unintentionally over-internalized the very UFO mythos they are trying to expel, by using it as a standard for which the supernatural is to be judged. And if certain forms of aerial phenomenon are demonic in nature, which I do believe they are, then wouldn’t also angelic phenomena occasionally appear similar, the difference being the message and consequences of the act? Are not demons simply fallen angels?
Still, extreme skepticism is needed. If a strange aerial phenomenon is accompanied by an apparition of a saint, and the message they impart is completely in line with the heart of the gospel, we would be foolish to dismiss such an event as demonic.
We have only brushed the surface here. In my next article in this series, we will get stranger. We will discuss our friends at NASA, and a diabolic undercurrent that seems to haunt modern science.
Science has never been wholly divorced from mysticism.