1.What are the major differences between Kenneth Grant’s methods of contact and those of the Secret Cypher of the Ufonauts? In other words, what would be the contrast between the Ultraterrestrials and the Lovecraftian intelligences?
My suspicion is that they are the same type of entities, brought to our attention, or perhaps to our reality, by slightly different methods. The UFOnaut Cypher uses a type of decoding (described in The Complete Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts) to generate locations, or rituals. Grant uses something akin to the ‘magical intuition’ to generate ritual. I might add that Michael Bertiaux uses randomization techniques against a backdrop of philosophical idealism and spiritism to generate very similar rituals.
2. Where do the bizarre and clearly nonhuman, contemporary MIB fit into magick? I’m referring, not to ancient tales of men who wear black, and not beings who materialize via magickal rites, but rather those very strange beings who show up in pairs or thrice embodied who seem awfully strange, awkward, freakishly inhuman and seem to attempt interrogation and or threat regarding UFOs.
I wouldn’t assume that they are different from the former. Certainly, some ‘copycat’ cases of MIB are due to governmental efforts to discourage interest by private citizens in UFO phenomena after the Recommendations of the 1953 CIA Panel concluded that such interest was a risk to national security, but most cases of MIB and Black Eyed Kids, Shadow People, Slender Man et al are transdimensional ‘beings’ — often only temporary manifestations — which enter the lives of particular individuals. One of course wonders why particular individuals, but as with the classic case of Albert K. Bender, it turns out he was engaged in magical invocation as well as UFO research where the three men in black showed up, gave him a magical summoning talisman and vanished. Most versions of the story only tell that he was a UFO researcher who got a visitation, and ignore the magical aspect. So, subsequent witnesses generally ask about UFO connections, and ignore other aspects of the life of percipients.
3. Do you feel that the Initiate must go through public or shared ritual to be a true Initiate? Can a solitary path do the trick rather than an organization like the OTO or older Golden Dawn?
Solitary ritual can lead to True Initiation or delusion or madness. At least with group study and initiation, there is a support group to enhance your progress and caution you if you are getting dangerously off track. There is also the question of egregore, generally passed from one who possesses it to one willing to receive it. After that, the recipient can choose either path, but the above observations still apply. Too many groups offer initiation only under their own hierarchical dogma. So, one should weigh the “cost/benefit” ratio.
4. What do you think are some of the most misunderstood aspects of Aleister Crowley’s identity and legacy?
That magick began (and, in a sense, ended with his insights. He was a pioneer in bringing magick into the 20th Century,but, lo, here we are well into the 21st. He was not a very good organizer, a reckless mountaineer, and at his best a good poet — though not as good as he thought. He was a failure at relationship, a person of various bigotries common in his day, a drug addict and a financial failure. The contribution to magick is well understood by those interested. The rest is not. I deal with this in my current book, “God Never Does the Same Thing Twice: Messiahs and Miracle Workers” in the Revised and Expanded Edition.
5. You do a marvelous job at tying together UFOlogy and the occult worlds in a rare, and I believe extremely constructive way, as these studies evolve and move forward in our culture, but do we know if Crowley, Blavatsky, Regardie, Fortune, or any of the early well known occultist, all the way up to Parsons, ever acknowledge the UFO or alien (as we popularly understand it) phenomenon? I’m speaking more of the nuts and bolts type understanding of the alien experience, as I’m aware of Blavatsky’s ideas of root races, and the confusion surrounding LAM, etc…
It depends what you mean by “occultist”. Crowley openly acknowledged the existence of preternatural beings that looked like gray aliens or the beings classical contactees describe, but UFOs as such really came to general attention in the supposed ‘nuts and bolts’ sense after most of these people had passed on. I did send Regardie one of my UFO magazines and he praised it in a letter to me. Of course Kenneth Grant and Michael Bertiaux, both of the next generation of occultists credited the phenomena in their Works. Prior to Blavatsky, such phenomena existed but were treated in the context of ‘spirits’ phantasms, ghosts and fairy lore, about which I have written extensively, as has Vallee. It is important to note that spontaneous manifestations of the phenomena seem to conform to the expectations and cultural context of the era of manifestation. That doesn’t mean that the actuality behind the Manifestation is different, but suggests that we see it through our consensus conditioning.
6. Is there a way to perceive aspects of contact with transdimensional entities within the more contemporary simulation theory capacity?
I’m not at all sure that absorption into the gaming universe, virtual reality systems and other techno-wonders doesn’t provide a natural bridge to other dimensions or states of being. The more immersive, and directed towards ‘otherness’, the more likely. There is some potential too in brainwave entrainment. Add emerging Quantum Technology to the mix and it gets breathtakingly promising.
All of these, of course, have their risks and drawbacks, but so, too, does any system of exploring reality.
7. Christopher Knowles extends ideas that Philip Corso initially explored within The Day After Roswell, into a detailed timeline of alien influence over our technology and our science fiction which in turn inspires our technology, in his Lucifer’s Technology series at The Secret Sun blog. Do you think technology could be an alien agenda of some kind, perhaps a kind of alien virus, whereby we build the future versions of ourselves, immortalize ourselves, and possibly design our own extinction or uber-post-singularity beings which may swiftly have no need for us? Could this virus come in the form of quantum A.I. or programmable matter? (whether that is viewed as Skynet and the “black oil” theme so redundant in science fiction) We seemingly snuff out the concept of further human potential or psychospiritual power as we let technology replace our faculties of telepathy, precognition, analysis and discernment of all kinds, and even interaction via the senses with other human beings and the real world
Certainly possible, but I have mixed feelings about the technology and science developed over the last century or so. In the wrong hands (it is), by the design of Others or our own folly, it could lead to our total destruction or mechanization. But it also opens doors for us undreamed of by humans before the 20th Century. I go back far enough to remember having to laboriously type (on a typewriter) the contents of a newsletter, print it, collate it, bind it, address envelopes, stamp them, put a return address on, seal and take them to a mailbox. Total people reached, maybe 300, maybe eight times a year. Now, I communicate whole ‘newsletters’ on a daily basis to thousands of people in less time than it takes to process these answers. But, I am all too aware of how open this tech is to misinformation and disinformation and, maybe worse, superficiality.
8. If not a weapon of self destruction, could we be building stargates, bodies for disincarnate, previously perceived as “spiritual” intelligences to inhabit, or perhaps an altar to invoke or interface with advanced alien intelligences?
We can, and, on occasion, we have. If you mean a machine to do so, the riskier ones would resemble CERN, the safer ones would resemble psionic machines. But such portals exist naturally, or can be constructed magically and have been for many centuries. I think we are as close to our ‘neighbors’ as the more radical versions of String Theory and Many Worlds Quantum Theory would suggest.
9. If technology is an alien virus, could Dee have guided Queen Elizabeth to not accept technology, forcing a delay in the Industrial Revolution? Could he have been guided by higher intelligences we know he was in contact with, to make such a decision? It seems to me, not many decisions and plans were made without his consultation
I would call that entirely speculative. Actually, the Elizabethan Era so vast advancements in many areas of human creativity. At this remove to judge Dee in terms of motive seems to me speculative to the point of not being worthwhile.
It might be useful to you to explore ‘the alien presence’ in terms of the early years of Borderland Sciences. BSRA was first headed by Meade Layne, who was both an occult initiate and a precursor of UFOlogy. See “The Coming of the Guardians”. While you’re at it, it is worthwhile to read everything Philip K. Dick wrote, especially from the late 1960s on and including the nonfiction Exegesis. He wrestled with alien intentions through his entire life.
10. We hear lots from contactees about them being told by various aliens and humanoids concerning potential futures where we avoid nuclear devastation and environmental armageddon. Do these beings ever warn us about other otherworldly beings? Abductees seem to collectively acknowledge a hierarchy of popular intelligences like the greys, reptilians, and mantis beings. Do contactees acknowledge a similar or any type of hierarchy between species which are unknown to our sciences?
Keeping in mind Keel’s ‘silent contactees’ I’d say yes. There is more of the sweetness and light type messages, because of the New Age bias of many contactees. But there are ‘dark contactees’ too, and, as one may expect, they don’t necessarily score too well with the New Age audience. I’d say, don’t define “contactee” too narrowly and it unfolds in a more balanced manner.
11. Do magicians acknowledge these beings in their experiences outside of the hierarchies of angels, demons, jinn, the Invocation of the HGA, etc?
Mostly, not. Many UFOlogists are hostile to occultism, many occultists are hostile to UFOlogy, many paranormal researchers want nothing to do with either. I actually was told by the Grand Exalted Master of ‘one of the great magical orders of antiquity’ not to publish any more UFO books “as it damages my reputation”. To me, the connection is obvious, and I say so as boldly as I can.
12. Do you think people like Phil Dick and Jack Kirby were just masters of pulp, like Ray Palmer, and therefore cranked out work in such a way that it lead them to repeatedly channeling certain hidden truths in their work or do you think they were getting tips from someone or something in the know? The latter obviously being more like the way Intelligentsia and military interest influence Hollywood to such an extreme (as documented in Robbie Graham’s Silver Screen Saucers)
Phil Dick was himself an experiencer, and virtually all of his fiction is autobiographical truth encased in very rich fiction, based on his own experience. Ray Palmer was a believer, but a businessman first, I suspect. Richard Shaver was an experiencer trying, as best he could, to relay his experiences. Jack Kirby – aside from his obvious talent- (and being a D’Day Veteran) I’d give a more mundane ‘explanation’ to his motivations. He was of that generation of comic book writers and artists who felt a certain alienation. (Before the Silicon Valley Revolution, such people were considered ‘nerds’ and ‘geeks’ or worse in a none-too-friendly way.) They perhaps conveyed with their characters “I may seem like an awkward puny guy with an ordinary life, but, secretly, I’m “CAPTAIN AMERICA!” (or whichever). This became much clearer when Lee and Kirby came up with the mutant X-Men 20 years after Captain America.
But, that said, I do take your point. Once you roll out characters in something like a real world setting who are surreal, if you are of an artistic temperament (Kirby certainly was), channeling influences are likely. Whether they know it or not, it happens, especially if they are ‘cranking out work’ . I doubt, though, that anyone in the graphic story mainstream ever consciously was in touch with The Others. If you get away from the traditional you find Grant Morrison and The Invisibles and there you may find direct inspiration.