Wednesday, December 31, 2008

God and the Sun at Fatima

A review by Martin Kottmeyer of the book God and the Sun at Fatima, by Stanley L. Jaki.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Blue Mary


Quan Lin, Chinese deity/goddess.

I've had many interesting things happen during meditations, as well as during my dream/astral state. And now and then, even when I'm awake (missing time, for example. . . and I've had visitations from the aliens/grays during mediation.)


The color was close to the blue on this vase.

One experience brought me what I call Blue Mary. I wasn't focusing on Mary, or, anything at all really. Just meditating. Suddenly the room was filled with a beautiful blue glow, not a light blue like a sky blue, darker. Lit from within. An arched bridge appeared, some mist and mountains in the background. There was a vague Chinese feel to how everything looked. And then Mary appeared; all blue. I heard her speak to me; she was very clear. She told me that she is appearing to me as Mary, but there really is no Mary. That I, and others, aren't ready to see what's behind her; what she really represents. She's appearing as Mary to me, she told me, so as not to startle me, but to be aware that there is much more than we think.

Here is something on the Chinese deity Quan Lin, also Kuan Yin:
Kuan Yin, revered throughout Asia for thousands of years, is the Chinese goddess of infinite mercy and compassion. Her name means "she who listens to the sounds (suffering) of the world." She is a symbol of the unlimited compassion each of us can have for ourselves. No matter what the situation, it is possible to treat ourselves with mercy and love. She is said to hear every call, and to answer every prayer. She is a sea goddess.

Names: Hearer of Cries, Most Holy Goddess, Holy Mother, Merciful Mother, and Lady of Compassion. Variations of her name include Kwan-Yin, Kuan-Yin, Quan Yin, Kwannon, Guan Yin, Guanyin, and Miao Shan. Avalokitesvara was her name when she was human. ~


From: Kuan Yin


The similarities between the Christian Mary and the Asian Kwan Yin are clear: both are women that are compassionate, merciful, "listen to the sounds of suffering of the world."

Image source:
Vase
Quan Lin

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nude Virgin Mary on Playboy Cover Offends


(Er, I kind of can see why it would . . .)

This isn't paranormal or UFO related in any way, but it's still odd:

Nude Virgin Mary cover prompts Playboy apology
By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A nude model resembling the Virgin Mary on the cover of the Mexican edition of Playboy magazine, published only days before a major Mexican festival dedicated to the mother of Jesus, prompted the company's U.S. headquarters on Friday to apologize.

The magazine, which hit newsstands on December 1 as ceremonies began leading to Friday's pilgrimage to the Mexico City shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, showed a model wearing nothing but a white cloth over her head and breasts.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Vintage Image of the Virgin of Guadalupe


Came across this and thought it was a neat image. I'm a vintage postcard buff in general (see my blog Pulp Jello) and that includes vintage images of icons and BVM images.

Project Gutenburg: Free e-book on Mexico and Religion


image: TEMPLE OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE

The Project Gutenburg site (a fantastic site) has the following offering:MEXICO AND ITS RELIGION;WITH INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL IN THAT COUNTRY DURING PARTS OF THE YEARS 1851-52-53-54,AND HISTORICAL NOTICES OF EVENTS CONNECTED WITH PLACES VISITED, By
ROBERT A. WILSON, 1855. It's free to all, in e-book form: click here for details.

I haven't read it yet; but plan to. Here's a sampling of topics from random chapters:
Chapter I
Arrival at Vera Cruz.—Its appearance from the Steamer.—Getting Ashore.—Within the City.—Throwing Stones at an Image.—Antiquity of Vera Cruz.—Its Commerce.—The great Norther of 1852.—A little Steamer rides out the Tempest.—The Vomito, or Yellow Fever.—Ravages of the Vomito.—The Vomito brought from Africa in Slave-ships.—A curious old Book.—Our Monk arrives at Vera Cruz, and what befalls him there.—Life in a Convent.—A nice young Prior.—Our Monk finds himself in another World



CHAPTER XVIII
Visit to Contreras and San Angel.—The End of a brave Soldier.—A Place of Skulls.—A New England Dinner.—An Adventure with Robbers—doubtful.—Reasons for revisiting Mexico.—The Battle at the Mountain of Crosses.—A peculiar Variety of the Cactus.—Three Men gibbeted for robbing a Bishop.—A Court upon Horseback.—The retreat of Cortéz to Otumba.—A venerable Cypress Grove.—Unexpectedly comfortable Quarters.—An English Dinner at Tezcuco.—Pleasures unknown to the Kings of Tezcuco.—Relics of Tezcuco.—The Appearance of the Virgin Mary at Tezcuco.—The Causeways of Mexico


Naturally, I'm interested in the last two: Relics of Tezcuco and The Appearance of the Virgin Mary at Tezcuco.

Now here we're getting somewhere:

CHAPTER XXI.
Walk to Guadalupe.—Our Embassador kneeling to the Host.—An Embassador with, and one without Lace.—First sight of Santa Anna.—Indian Dance in Church.—Juan Diego not Saint Thomas.—The Miracle proved at Rome.—The Story of Juan Diego.—The holy Well of Guadalupe.—The Temple of the Virgin.—Public Worship interdicted by the Archbishop.—Refuses to revoke his Interdict.—He fled to Guadalupe and took Sanctuary.—Refused to leave the Altar.—The Arrest at the Altar

Sunday, December 14, 2008

From the JREF: The Latest Virgin News


From the James Randi site, The Amazing Randi comments on a letter he received from a fellow skeptic and anti-woo. (Randi comments on a letter: The Latest Virgin News.) The letter writer is astounded by the beliefs of "woos" in regards to a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (For those unfamiliar with James Randi, he is a so-called skeptic, really, a pathological debunker. He's also an author and was a stage magician, and has been around for decades. His site is full of skeptic links and news, including a very busy and popular forum.) The letter writer describes a news item he saw about Our Lady of Guadalupe, where the religious can hear the heartbeat by putting their ear up to the painted pregnant Virgin, or see her eye move.

I'm not sure why this letter writer, as well as Randi's, responses bother me. It's not that I believe that the faithful can hear the heartbeat in the pregnant painted stomach, or that Mary's eye moves. I'm not even a Christian. So what do I care?

Part of it is simply the rude attitude on the part of Randi, the letter writer, and the ones who left comments. Insults and rudeness are a given in that crowd, and they feel perfectly justified, for they will tell you they have the right. When it comes to combating base superstition, anything goes, they say. Another reason it bothers me is because clearly, as with all things like this, things simply aren't so black and white. Much more is afoot, and sometimes it is magic, (or magick) sometimes it's devious aliens with advanced technology, it's a symbiotic dance between ourselves, our inner selves, and out there . . . it's many things, manifesting in many ways, through many things, including icons, religious symbols, . . .

There is a line most of draw in this context. I have no patience, or politeness, for those who use religion to persecute or oppress. Homophobics and misogynists, child abusers, and those who want to impose a theocracy on the rest of us deserve our outrage.

But that's a different context.

Rational explanations are given by some on the Randi forum for this vulgar display of relgious faith. A common one is that in times of cultural or political anxiety, people start believing weird shit. Sigh.

If one believes in aliens, one could say it's the aliens having fun with us. If one believes that the mind and spirit work together in fantastic ways, one could suggest that the eye of Mary really does move -- for them. Who can say?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The BVM Got Me Pregnant, And, A Bit of Synchronicity


Cabinet of Wonders has a story on a photo snapped by a cell phone camera that reveals the Virgin Mary. Shortly after, one of the woman photographed finds out she's pregnant.

Earlier today, for no reason other than that's how my mind works -- always wandering off into Fringe Land -- I started chatting away about how the story of the virgin impregnated by a visitor from space, the blinding lights, missing time and paralyzed states of all involved at various times throughout this event, was a classic abduction story.

As to the story of the cell phone photo and pregnancy, it's possible the family, being Catholic and religious, naturally frame their spiritual-paranormal experiences this way. The family may have known about a family member trying to get pregnant, or the mother to be suspected, or was hoping she was, and a telepathic, symbiotic message appeared as confirmation. Something akin to stories of Mormons who are visited by their not yet born children to be.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Book: Ghosts, UFOs, and the Blessed Virgin Mary



I haven't read this book yet, just found it while browsing on Amazon: Ghosts, UFOs, and the Blessed Virgin Mary,by Gordon Sironen from 2006. It seems to be written with a Christian perspetive; this is the blurb from amazon.com:
Satan is unbound for a "little season". Fulfilled Bible prophecy and scientific data agree. Our physical world has merged with the spiritual realm. Arrogant man with technology, unwittingly opened the electro-magnetic gate to the supernatural.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Darklore Volume II


I'm shamelessly promoting Darklore Volume II, seeing as how I'm in it. If you're not familar with Darklore, it's a journal of collected articles on the paranormal and esoteric, published and edited by Greg Taylor, who runs the excellent The Daily Grail site. Taylor is also a contributor.

The first volume was fantastic, the second promises to be as well. I just got mine today, and am devouring it; articles by Nick Redfern, Paul Devereux, Mac Tonnies, Jon Downes, Theo Paijmansm Michael Prescott, The Emperor, Philip Coppens, Blair MacKenzie Blake, Michael E. Tymn, Stephen E. Braude Ph.D -- I'm very happy, but astounded, I'm in such fantastic company!

It's a great issue, and no, I'm not just saying that. You can order Darklore Volume II via amazon.com, or the order page at The Daily Grail site.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Trickster-Mary-Devil in the Mysterious Valley?



Much has been written about the image of the Blessed Virgin disguised as something else: a terrestrial fairy, elemental, or ET, something from another dimension and so on. Some sort of entity that comes from a paranormal source, putting on a display for humans. Much debate about this idea, from outright rejection by religious literalists as well as UFO researchers, to a more integrated perspective, along the lines of Vallee, Swan, Keel, etc.

While "the Lady" is often reported as not saying she's the Mother of God, the assumption that she is is made by the religious ones she appears to. Her messages and actions are benign; although, some fundamentalists insist there is nothing good about BVM visitations; that it's the devil behind the sightings. Especially in the case of the Medjugore appearances; many Catholics and other religious writers hold that apparition up as a solid farce. No holy mother, but the devil for sure. Former Vatican exorcist Bishop Andrea Gemma calls the Medjugore apparitions "work of the devil . . . diabolical deceit" and attacks the decades long appearances at Medjugorje for being vulgar:
"In Medjugorje everything happens in function of money: Pilgrimages, lodging houses, sale of trinkets. . This whole sham is the work of the Devil. It is a scandal."

The following is from the Angelus site, from Medjugorje Exposed:
Today, we waited for the Virgin at Marija's; with me were Marija, Ivanka, and Jakov. We began praying at 6:20 p.m. The Virgin appeared right away. We asked her about the Franciscan Friars and sisters of our parish...We asked her about the man who saw Jesus in the street as he was driving people in his car. He met a man covered in blood—this man was Jesus—he gave him a blood-stained handkerchief telling him to throw it in the river. Going on his way, he met a lady—it was the Blessed Virgin Mary; she asked the driver for the bloodstained handkerchief. The man offered her a handkerchief belonging to him, but the Virgin asked for the bloodstained one: 'If he had not given it to me it would have been the last judgment for all!' The Virgin said this was true.) (from Vicka's diary dated September 4, 1981)

The Trickster does seem to be strong in the Medjugore sightings in a crazy, conflicting, and bizarre yet very Fortean way.

We're used to urgings to pray, become more virtuous, build places of healing, hope and sacred gathering, magical displays like rosaries turning to gold or silver, the scent of roses and cinnamon, swirling, dancing suns and brilliant light beams at play during BVM visits. Nothing devilish about that. The above example of Medjurgore gives us a different picture, one that is sinister.

Chris O'Brien, UFO and high strangeness researcher and chronicler of the highly anomalous events going on in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, mentions a strange tale of a BVM sighting in the mid 1800s in his book Secrets of the Mysterious Valley. The area was, and still is, a true paranormal hot spot; UFOs, cattle mutilations and other UADS (unexplained animal deaths), Bigfoot sightings (!), and much, much more. Stories about high strangeness events go back hundreds of years in that area.

What O'Brien mentions is in the context of a serial murdering gang. Besides the Fortean, paranormal, UFO weirdness in the area, there has always been severe tension -- and often still is, according to O'Brien -- between whites and Mexicans and people with Mexican-American heritage, (as well as between land barons, etc.) In the mid 1800s, Felipe Nerio Espinoza, no doubt fueled by the tragic murders of his family by whites during the war, set out to murder as many whites as he could, and managed to kill many people, cutting out their hearts, before being caught and killed himself.

A priest related that Felipe told him of a vision he had:
The Virgin Mary had come to him and commanded him to kill one hundred Americans for each of his (six) slain relatives. He wishe dto kneel at the altar and make a vow to do so . . .(p305 Secrets of the Mysterious Valley)

The priest said that he explained to Felipe that the Virgin would never say anything like that to anyone, and that "it was the devil, tricking him" (p305)

This "vision" could be considered the psychotic thoughts of a brutal killer; but is it possible other, unseen forces, had something to do with his actions? As O'Brien continues, that area of Colorado has a history of "Old Scratch" (the Devil) sightings and lore. O'Brien says that this entity appears even today, often appearing at "dances and/or social events." (p 311) O'Brien has never found an actual witness, but has interviewed plenty who insist that they "knew someone who was there" (p 311)

O'Brien wonders if there's a connection between Felipe's vision and the devil legends:
"It's difficult not to come to the conclusion that Felipes' "vision" was something akin to demonic in nature. What well-meaning benign spirit like our Blessed Virgin Mary would demand such retribution? (p 311)

Monday, November 24, 2008

X-ZONE Podcast Appearance

This Wednesday night, November 26, I'll be on Rob McConnell's X-Zone podcast. You can find out more here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Lady


UFO and paranormal researchers who study BVM apparitions say that, in many of these apparitions, "the lady" never says who she is. She doesn't tell the witness she is the Blessed Mother; that's an assumption and interpretation on the part of the witness.

This fact, and parallels to psychic, paranormal and UFO phenomena, supports the theory that BVM appearances are UFO related, not literal religious events only.

In Heavenly Lights: The Apparitions of Fatima and the UFO Phenomenon, the authors Joaquim Fernandes and Fina D'Armada also mention this. In Chapter I of the book, they begin by pointing out that the lady appearing to the child witness Lucia didn't say who or what she was; the assumption it was of course the Virgin Mary was made by the deeply religious people in the area.

They quote Antonio dos Santos, Lucia's father, who said of the apparition's origins:
"If the kids saw a woman dressed in white, who else could she be but Our Lady?"


Lucia's mother questioned her about the visitation:
"Lucia, I heard it said that you saw Our Lady at Cova da Iria," her mother asked.

Lucia responded with:
"I never said that it was Our Lady -- rather, a small, pretty lady."


Visitations of ladies, often dressed in white, that come from the heavens, go back thousands of years; predating Christianity. The BVM phenomena cannot be considered in such strict and narrow terms as purely a literal religious phenomenon, as the authors of Heavenly Lights write, these apparitions are neither literally religious, nor are they to be dismissed as delusions:
Between the two extremes of irrational pity and rational intolerance, viewed in the long tradition of "the manque," there lies a vast no-man's land, where the practice of a "third way" is the beginning to find legitimacy in academic circles.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Babbling" Child and Mary Statue



Speaks for itself. . . is there something she sees the rest of us don't? Very possible. . .

Source: Father Joe

Monday, November 10, 2008

Saints and Tarot



My Llewellyn catalog came today; I had a great time looking it over. Definitely some oracle decks I want to purchase. Among the Tarot and oracle decks were a couple that dealt with the saints. I don't think I'd get those decks, maybe, but either way, they are interesting.


Here are a few links:
The Aeclectic Tarot (Tarot of the Saints), Voices of the Saints Tarot, and this one: The Alchemical Egg site.

Pam Grundy is From Outer Space

Great title for a blog. Or, "hub" it's a blog, but something new to me, the format or platform seems to be something called a "hub" -- I didn't explore a lot but it seems kind of, sort of, along the lines of Squidoo.

Pam Grundy has an entry about dreams of UFOs and Mary. You'll have to scroll down a bit and you'll see it.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Something About UFO-Mary

Of Rosalind Russell, Italian drama queens, epic intricacies and visiting folklorists . . .


I haven't been consciously thinking about Marian apparitions lately, or this blog, haven't had any visions or visitations or synchronicities, yet for some reason I've dreamt about Marian apparitions and this blog the past two nights.

The night before last I had one of those dreams that had nothing to do with me. It was as if I had astrally bumped into someone else's dream-head out there in the ether. The dream kept changing point of view: often the observer, sometimes the "main" character, which was the actress Rosalind Russell. In the dream she wasn't the actress Rosalind Russell playing a part, she just happened to be Rosalind Russell.

The dream took place over several decades, like a David Lean film. All very colorful and epic and intricate. Location: Italy. Pre war, post war. . . Rosalind Russell behaving, for the most part, like an amped up Melina Mercouri. Whenever Russell/Mercouri would get annoyed, which was often, she'd put on a one woman street theater performance. Once she hung herself upside down inside a wooden box while nude, which shocked the villagers but they were used to that kind of thing. She had to be rescued by children; not her kids, but more like her nieces and nephews.
And something about a younger man and they were both wildy in love but it was never consummated. He eventually got ill and was languishing downstairs in a huge, open room full of gilt and multi-colored tiles, while Russell was upstairs, lounging around in a giangantic bed, drinking a glass of white wine.


Rosalind Russell on a bed, but without a brilliantly colored nun's habit.

That was the last scene: Russell in a colorful nun's habit, drinking a glass of white wine, gabbing with a female friend of hers, also on the bed. Something mildy lesbian-erotic about it not overtly. And while Russell was dressed like a carnival version of a nun, she wasn't pretending to be a nun; it just gave off that impression.


Actress Melina Mecouri.

Hmmmm.... I know, lots of things we can say about all that. Hanged Man imagery, "Never On Sunday" Madonna and whore stuff, Russell as Sister Carrie, Italy, the Vatican, younger dying man; a hodge podge of Freudian stuff. One thing that strikes me is the Trickster quality of Russel-Mary: in your face, theater, acting out, over the top . . .



Last night's dream had me wandering around the folklore department at the college I went to (where I majored in folklore.) Whenever I dream of the folklore department it's always been changed since I was there. That's not too hard to figure out. anyway, I'm roaming around, a bit lost, no one knows me of course, until I run into one of my professors. Turns out some of the graduate students know my name and reputation -- ego runs strong in dreams, lol. I'm asked to present to a lecture hall class once a month on UFO stuff, mainly UFO-Mary; they want me to focus on that. I'm surprised that the UFO-Mary connection would be of interest, but glad.

I'm very jazzed about this of course. And, they're paying me! Not bad for someone who threw up her hands at the last minute and never finished her thesis. So I'm up there, making last minute notes, etc. I get a bit worried because I don't have a power point slide show thingie to show off; all the previous presenters had one. I was under the impression they'd be fine with me just talking. But I make a note for next time and carry on.

To my surprise some people are shocked or offended: "What, Mary, mother of Christ, and flying saucers??!! Aliens???!!" But it goes quite well, and I'm very happy.

So, UFO-Mary on the brain. Something's percolating in there . . .

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Fatima Teardrop

From Coast to Coast site, an image of the Fatima teardrop. (He's right, I don't think it looks like the famous ghost photo either.)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mary in Palin's Hair - Do

Okay, Sarah Palin isn't a UFO or even paranormal (er. . . .) but I couldn't resist this item from The Smirking Chimp about the Virgin Mary appearing in Palin's outdated do. Thanks to Lesley of The Debris Field for the link.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mac Tonnies on UFOs and Religious Agnosticism

UFOs and Religious Agnosticism by Mac Tonnies on the About Seti.com site.
"My religious agnosticism is more nuanced. I don't dismiss the possibility of some kind of cosmological creative intelligence, but I do dismiss the God of the Christian tradition, making me (according to some definitions) an "atheist." "

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Grape Mary!

Mary on a grape. For commentary and image, visit the very excellent Cabinet of Wonders/Damn Data blog.



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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barking BVM from Cabinet of Wonders

The very excellent Cabinet of Wonders/Damn Data site has an item on the image of the BVM in a tree: Barking BVM.


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Alien With Child


I mentioned in a previous post that I had seen this image, but couldn't find it. While looking for something else in the deep canyons of my laptop, I found it. I don't know the source or if there's a copyright; if there is someone out there who knows, please contact me.





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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Orbs and Roses and the Continuum: Richard L. Thompson

Orbs and Roses and the Continuum: Richard L. Thompson

I found excerpts from Richard L. Thompson’s book Alien Identities: Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena on the Watcher site. Interesting data on the 13th of the month, orbs, roses, and much more. In discussing the apparitions at Fatima, Thompson writes:

These phenomena included the appearance of a glowing, globe- shaped vehicle and the occurrence of a shower of rose petals that vanished upon touching the ground. Showers of flower petals are often mentioned in Vedic accounts of celestial visitations.[In other words, the rebel angels who pretended to be Vedic gods did the same things as the rebel angels who are now pretending to be Mary... perhaps they are the same rebellious entities? - ww] For example, here is an excerpt from the description of Krsna's rasa dance in the Bhagavata Purana:

The demigods and their wives were overwhelmed with eagerness to witness the rasa dance, and they soon crowded the sky with their hundreds of celestial airplanes. Kettledrums then resounded in the sky while flowers rained down and the chief Gandharvas and their wives sang Lord Krsna's spotless glories.

As for the aerial globe, one eyewitness, Mgr. J. Quaresma, described its appearance on September 13, 1917, as follows:

"To my surprise, I see clearly and distinctly a globe of light advancing from east to west, gliding slowly and majestically through the air...Suddenly the globe with its extraordinary light vanished, but near us a little girl of about ten con- tinues to cry joyfully: 'I still see it! I still see it! Now it is going down!'"

As many paranormal and UFO researchers have noted, “Mary” doesn't say she’s Mary; she appears as a being, an entity, interpreted as Mary. The children at Fatima saw an “angel” before Mary’s appearance:
Before their meetings with the lady, the three children also had encounters with an angel. At the time of the first encounter they were tending their sheep at a rocky knoll not far from their home. They saw across the valley a dazzling globe of light like a miniature sun, gliding slowly towards them. As it approached, the ball of light gradually resolved itself into a brilliantly shining young man, who seemed to be about fourteen years old


Thompson agrees that, like Vallee and others, Marian apparitions share a connection with UFO events. But Thompson takes a broader perspective; well worth reading. The following comment by Thompson is essential to approaching the UFO phenomena; one that researchers who think we should discard various elements because they’re embarrassing or kooky or just plain weird just heed:
Thus the UFO continuum might be seen as part of a larger mystical-humanoid continuum. Fatima would probably appear as a typical point in this larger assemblage.

I haven’t read the book, but plan to. The page I’m linking to, and where I got this material from, is from the Watcher site, which is a religious site dealing with UFOs.

http://www.mt.net/~watcher/october13maryfatima.html





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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Virgin in a Drain


Cabinet of Wonders
is a favorite blog of mine. They always have diverse and well written pieces up there.

The item of interest here is “To see the Virgin in a stain, and Allah in a piece of beef.” With video. (copy and paste link in browser)

http://www.wunderkabinett.co.uk/damndata/index.php?/archives
/1490-To-see-the-Virgin-in-a-stain,-and-Allah-in-a-
piece-of-beef.html

And a wave of the hand and smile of thanks to Lesley at The Debris Field, where I found the link.


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Blog: Machine-Elf


Blogger Lesley, who has several blogs (Debris Field, Beyond the Dial) and also maintains the UFO Magazine website/blog, has a lovely blog: Machine-Elf.

The blog doesn't address Marian apparitions and UFOs in particular, but it seems to me her blog would fit here in some way. . . I'll add the link to the blogroll as well.

The image shown here is from her blog, I shamelessly stole it.

Lesley, by the way, also contributes to Women Of Esoterica, and Binnall of America.


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Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Disclaimer On UFO INFO.com

UFO INFO is a good resource for UFO sighting news from around the world. As with many resources like this, the people who bring us these reports do it for free. What would we do without the resources and data these places bring to us, for free, and so often?

I found the following an interesting aspect of UFO Info. They have a disclaimer, I guess you’d call it, on their home page:
The study of the UFO phenomena is NOT a substitute for religious belief,
if you need emotional or spiritual fulfillment you will not find it here.

I do NOT give entries or links to UFO cults.


I’m just sharing an observation; no judgment, negative or positive, is to be inferred.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Alien Image on Door


Usually it's Mary or another religious figure, like Jesus, that appears on furniture. This time it's an alien, so says a poster at UFO Magazine blog, The Green Room. Take a look; there are two images posted, the one shown here, and a larger one.

The first word that comes to mind is "paradelia" and that's fine, but while skeptics dismiss it as "just a case of . . ." as always, in these cases, it's not as simplistic. But that's for another day!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Folk Art: Mary and UFO


I found this today; a wonderful folk art painting with a UFO and Mary. This is from a blog called "Paula's Back Log."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

"Speculations on Mary as Trickster"

I wrote a piece for UFO Digest in August of 2007 on the idea of Marian Apparitions as some sort of Trickster phenomena. Can "Mary" be considered a Trickster? "Speculation on Mary as a Trickster."