More Encounters With High Strangeness

May 27th, 2017

Leprechaun

 

The following three reports are of encounters with very little humanoids, and one very large one. These types of experiences can be considered absurd and therefore come under the umbrella term of "High Strangeness," which is something I am studying, and wrote at length on within an essay for Robbie Graham's anthology UFOs: Reframing the Debate, which is now available from Amazon. 

When I was a child I encountered something similar to the experiences listed below. I was frightened of these beings, and I considered them to be ghosts. I wrote of one of my own experiences on this blog which I entitled The Impossible Little Man. Decades later I am still uncertain what it was I encountered, but I am interested in hearing from others who may have had a similar experience.

Location: Palestine (exact location not provided)
Date: 1947 Time: afternoon
A 15-year old girl was cleaning the house when she flipped over a couch cushion to clean it and swears she saw three little people. She screamed, dropped the cushion and ran out of the room. Her Mom and Dad came running to see what the problem was and she told them what happened. Of course, they thought she was crazy. Especially when she flipped over the cushion and nothing was there.

HC addendum
Source: jkamal@sco.ca.gov

Location: California (exact location not provided)
Date: 1974 Time: afternoon

Jayne Kamal and her older sister were home by themselves, she thinks her mom, dad, and younger brother and sister were, as usual, at a baseball game. They were baking chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen. They had a kitchen counter that they used to sit on barstools at, and they were standing on the opposite side in the kitchen placing the dough on a cookie sheet. They were leaning up against the counter and looking out the glass patio door at their backyard when some movement in the yard got their attention. They saw something come flying over the neighbor’s fence to their left. It floated up over the fence, across their yard, and over the fence to their neighbors on the right. For a while after their sighting her sister and Jayne stood there in shock or in a trance. She remembers she literally shook her head and looked at her sister and asked, “Did you see that?” They had seen a little man on a motorcycle float across the backyard. According to Jayne it looked like a leprechaun (no he wasn’t dressed in green) on a miniature motorcycle floating across their backyard. They ran outside to peek over the fence but it had already vanished.

HC addendum
Source: http://www.castleofspirits.com/stories02/little.html

 

Pan

 

 

Location: Somerset, England
Date: 1948 Time: evening
A man named Cyril Barry was outside smoking a cigarette one evening when he noticed light coming from the window of the adjacent house. He casually strode over and looked inside the room---and got the shock of his life. There, sitting at a large table was a white, humanoid figure with a bearded goat’s head complete with ten-inch-long horns. Instantly regretting his indiscretion, Mr. Barry hurriedly left the area. Shake by what he had seen and unable to resolve it, he reportedly returned to the house the following day and once again, peered into the same window. He was surprised to see that the room was now empty, dusty and in disarray as if it hadn’t been occupied for years.

HC addendum
Source: B. M. Nunnelly, “The Inhumanoids real encounters with beings that can’t exist” p. 311

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My thanks goes out to my dear friend and fellow Fortean researcher Albert S Rosales for sharing these strange encounters with me. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who may have had a similar experience, especially if it occurred in Canada. You can contact me through the blog by leaving a comment or privately via my email addy. 

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UFOs and the Parapsychological

May 22nd, 2017

 

It was my pleasure to be a recent guest on Somwhere in the Skies with Ryan Sprague. Please have a listen while we discuss Ufos, ghosts, Parapsychology, Poltergeists, High Strangeness, and Magick. Subscribe to Ryan's channel for other intriguing guests and check out his book by the same name Somewhere in the Skies which is a fresh look at this old enigma. 

I am always interested in hearing about personal encounters with the highly strange, particulrly faeries, UFOs, and poltergeists. Please feel free to leave me a comment or you can connect with me via social media or through email.

The Love Witch

May 11th, 2017

The Love Witch is a brilliant independent film that explores the femme fatale archetype through the character of a witch. Here the witch is used as a metaphor for women in general, as both an embodiment of men's fears of women, and of women's own innate powers of intuition and as mothers and sorceresses. The film was written, directed, and edited by Anna Biller, who also created the sets, costumes, and music. Believe the hype.  I love The Love Witch!

The Love Witch 2016 film

 

Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, leaving her with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Love Witch. It is a very dark comedy, with much irony, luscious cinematography, and a 1960's horror movie cheesiness that I adore. The lead role of Elaine is played by Samantha Robinson, who in my opinion did a great job in conveying her character's deeper rich personality, not only through the dialogue, but through her beautifully expressive eyes. The actress very much reminds me of Lana Del Rey, who I also love. While Elaine may be viewed as a femme fatale serial killer, literally loving men to death she is motivated by love. Whereas male killers kill mainly for lust or power, female killers, such as the mythic witch Medea, often kill for love. In that sense Elaine is a modern Medea as described by Anna Biller in an interview.

"She would rather see a man dead than to see him alive and not loving her. But since she is mentally ill men eventually leave her, and she continues her endless cycle of abuse. She plays that record that women play over and over again in their heads when they are rejected: “Why doesn’t he love me anymore? What’s wrong with me? How can I get him back?”

Elaine at her lover's grave site

Elaine at the grave of her lover. 

The Love Witch quite effectively explores many themes including love, sexuality, femininity, and in doing so poses many questions. The film is far more complex, particularly in the way that it looks at our culture's manner of dealing with female sexuality, than it may appear to be on the surface, and it is certainly worthy of watching more than once. 

I do not wish to add any spoilers as I want to encourage people to support this movie, and watch it for themselves before drawing any conclusions.  I will say that I agree with the many reviewers who have already stated that this film is destined to become a cult classic. It already has that feel of a favourite old film from another era despite its being set in this time period.  

The Love Witch works in my opinion in casting its spell and definitely merits a deeper study, which I may do here in a future blog post, if only as a semi excuse to rewatch this wickedly delicious, thought provoking movie again.  

 


Radio Misterioso

May 4th, 2017

 

It was my pleasure to speak with Greg Bishop on Radio Misterioso on the importance of witness-centered anomalies study, ufos, ghosts, magick, high strangeness, Tricksters and Trolls. You can have a listen to our conversation by clicking here 

 

I would love to hear from anyone who has had a UFO experience involving High Strangeness please feel free to leave a comment here or you can contact me privately through my email address.

 

For more indepth information and my research interestes please have a look at my website Out Of My Mind's Eye.  

 

Goddess

April 14th, 2017

 

Cosmic Witchy

Encounters with High Strangeness

April 13th, 2017

The following five reports come from from across the globe, at various times and dates, and are of encounters with very little humanoids. These types of experiences can be considered absurd and therefore come under the umbrella term of "High Strangeness," which is something I am studying, and wrote at length on within an essay for the upcoming book UFOs: Reframing the Debate, which will be available from White Crow books in May 2017.

When I was a child I encountered something similar to the experiences listed below. I was frightened of these beings, and I considered them to be ghosts. I wrote of one of my own experiences here entitled The Impossible Little Man. Decades later I am still uncertain what it was I encountered.

 




Location. Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada
Date: 1921 Time: evening

A man tossing hay heard a strange noise and, looking around, saw about 50 tiny beings only 15cm tall, dancing around the hay. They were dressed in red suits and black belts and spoke a language he could not understand. He ran to get his wife but when they returned the beings had gone, but the hay was dry and stacked in piles.

Source: Barbara Rieti 1991 Strange Terrain The fairy world of Newfoundland p73 citing Folklore collection FSC74-123/35                

Location. Washington, USA exact location not given
Date: 2000 Time: afternoon
Several teenagers were four wheeling in the woods, when they were stuck in the mud and began having problems getting out. When working at getting out, an elf-like person came out of the woods and looked at them. The elf had a bow and arrow, pointed hat and pointed ears. There were six witnesses. No other information.

Source: The Elusive Little People, http://paranormal.about.com/b/2011/03/14/the-elusive-little-people-5.htm                             

Location. Milazzo, Sicily, Italy
Date: 1969 Time: morning

9-year old Massimo Piccione along with several other youngsters was exploring the grounds of the ruined Milazzo Castle when they heard a strange sound. When the boys looked they saw a tiny humanoid figure running very quickly over the tall grass. The figure was only a meter in height and was black and white in color. It wore a cape and a curious pointed cap. The tiny creature quickly disappeared from sight.

Source: Antonio Blanco Catalogo degli avvistamenti Della regione Sicilia

Location. Santa Caterina Villarmosa, Sicily, Italy
Date: 1950 Time: afternoon

Young Giuseppina Cappelli was traveling by horse buggy with her parents to a nearby farm, nearing a large meadow the horse suddenly reared up and stopped, becoming very nervous, snorting and looking around. As her father attempted to calm the animal her mother yelled out pointing towards the meadow. There the witness saw a small human-like figure moving at very high speed above the field, giving the impression that it was not touching the ground. The small figure had short arms and legs and wore a round cap on its head. It quickly disappeared into the distance. Her father warned her not to talk about what she had seen since it was the devil's business.

Source: Antonio Blanco Catalogo degli avvistamenti della Regione Sicilia

Location. Pontegrande Novara Italy
Date: 1949      Time: at dusk

An 11-year old girl was returning back home, when she heard a sound resembling bells ringing. She looked around and spotted six to seven dwarfs collecting something around a nearby large tree. One was taller than the rest. They wore red jackets, caps with bells and had boots that were pointed upwards. The beings saw the girl, who became frightened and fled the area.

Source: Paolo Fiorino, UFO Universe Oct/Nov 1991                

My thanks goes out to my dear friend and fellow Fortean researcher Albert S Rosales for sharing these strange encounters with me. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who may have had a similar experience, especially if it occurred in Canada. You can contact me through the blog by leaving a comment or privately via my email addy. 

The Wizard Stone and Gifts From The Universe

April 9th, 2017

Lately I have been feeling out of sorts, a little sad, and a little lost. I blame the current world events to some degree for my melancholy as Thursday was the worst day for feelings of anxiety without knowing where they was coming from; and just prior to the American bombings in the Middle East. I am not the only one feeling it if you look at these numbers from the Global Consciousness Project. 

 



However, and usually just when I am feeling low the Universe provides me with just the synchronicity that I need to feel better. A beautiful surprise. 

That afternoon I received a lovely gift of seashells, and rocks from Italy, one in the shape of a heart. These are my favourite treasures as they always make me feel grounded with the Earth, and doubly so if they are given to me by people who genuinely care about me. I felt much better just holding the stones and shells in my hand. The timing was perfect and I gave thanks in gratitude for this synchronicity, and gift. I believe it is the soul of our Universe that guides in these matters.

I'll borrow from Ricky Gervais: "Life is a struggle. With little beautiful surprises that make you want to carry on through all the shit. Until the next little beautiful surprise."


A beautiful surprise. Rocks and shells from Italy

 

Speaking of synchronicity 11:11 has also made a reappearance of late, and especially after discussing it in a pre book release recording with Ryan Sprague on Friday ( I will share the linky when available). 

I have been experiencing 1111 everywhere. 11's and 23 are my numbers. 


Yesterday I walked along the beach collecting quartz pieces and other stones, contemplating these feelings, and synchronicities, and I think I have been away from some serious bonding with nature for too long. Nature is my way of reconnecting, not only with our Earth, but myself. With that thought in mind I ventured off for some much needed solitude and disconnect today.

I needed to breathe.

So today, Sunday I hiked in the woods and much to my surprise I found a  big hunk of black Obsidian as I was climbing up a fairly steep and untrodden embankment.  It is formed as lava from volcanic eruptions cools within the earth. The speed at which it cools prevents crystallization and the rock forms as solid volcanic glass. Obsidian was revered by ancient cultures. It was one of the major barter materials, and prized for its ability to be worked to razor-sharp edges for arrows and spears. 



Obsidian is known as the "wizard's stone" in metaphysical circles as it can stimulate the gift of prophecy. It is also used to help block negativity of any kind including psychic attacks.

From a healing stand point Obsidian is considered to help protect the very sensitive against depression, and from abuse.  It is the stone of the soft hearted and gentle people of the world. This is especially important to me personally as I am an INFP personality type, meaning I am very feeling and sensitive.


Finding this large specimen today was a gift, and I am truly thankful to the Nature spirits and the Universe for having received it.


For more information on Obsidian and other gem stones check out this lovely website Sunny Ray.



Greetings From Magonia

February 10th, 2017

 

All that we saw was owing to your metaphysics.
—William Blake  The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 

Magonia is the name of the cloud realm whence felonious aerial sailors were said to have come according to the polemical treatise by Carolingian bishop Agobard of Lyon in 815, it is featured within the research of Jacques Vallee's book Passport to Magonia, which explores the link between modern UFO visitations and reports from antiquity of contact with these "space beings" where he quotes Agobard's description. 

An Initiation 

On November 4th, 1990 at approx. 1 am, I was getting ready to go to bed for the evening. My then husband, children, and my sister who was visiting, had already turned in for the night. I had been watching an "Elvira Mistress of the Dark" movie with my brother-in-law, when I looked up at the clock. Realizing it was way past my bedtime (I had small children at the time) I got up to lock the sliding glass doors to our balcony.


At the time we were living on the 10th floor of a condo building, and as I had young children it was my habit to make sure those doors were always locked. I will also mention that this apartment had a SSE exposure with a clear view of Lake Ontario, and the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. As I went to lock the glass doors I observed a large, red, glowing orb.

It was like nothing I had ever seen before.

In my pajamas I stepped out onto the balcony. I noted that the "orb" seemed to be in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant. My mind raced with all the possibilities, a plane, a search light, quickly discounting each.

I yelled out for my brother-in-law who was at my side within seconds.

I was yelling "what is it, what is it"? He started yelling back, "it's a UFO!” He had grabbed my arm, and I remember I glanced down to see my own goose-flesh.

Almost immediately after he said that it was a UFO, the full moon-sized orb, began to pulsate. And for some inexplicable reason, for which I cannot fathom I said, "they know we can see them."

After pulsating, the UFO, which appeared octagon in shape imploded in on itself, turning into a speck, and shooting straight up. At this point my brother-in-law's memory and mine differ slightly. He says he saw the orb implode, but not shoot up into the sky.

I clearly remember that I looked down towards the street and I saw a single car driving eastward. I remember thinking we cannot be alone in seeing this. We went inside, and sat up in the kitchen discussing everything within our own experiences that we could to rationally try to explain what we had witnessed (despite my strange comment of a "them"). We were up until about 4 am. and I ran back to the sliding glass doors a few times that night to see if the orb had returned. It didn't, not that night nor in the many nights after that I would sit out on the balcony looking for it.

My brother-in-law and I failed to report our sighting immediately. We both were afraid of nor wanted to put up with ridicule. We also did not know who we should have reported this experience to. In those days there was no internet or easy way to locate a UFO investigative group.

I did pick up a UFO book from the library and sent a letter to CUFOS in Chicago, which was listed as a place people with these experiences could contact, but the letter was returned to me as undeliverable.

Eventually many years after the fact I was able to report the experience to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). They were able to piece together quite a bit of information and based on the fact I could give them an accurate time frame as Elvira had been on the television.

Despite never answering the question of what we saw that night with any degree of certainty, I learned there were thoughtful and intelligent people who were looking into these extraordinary experiences without prejudice, and we were not alone in that regard. This in turn inspired me to follow suit and eventually towards the establishment of my own research interests.

It was an experience that has radically shaped the course of my life, and continues to do so through other UFO events I have had since.


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
—Arthur C. Clarke

I was 23 at the time of the experience in 1990, 23 being an important number throughout my life, but I will save that for another future blog.  I had, had a childhood filled with odd events, and as I grew up I would try to put them down to imagination solely. As an example I was plagued by what I thought were wee little ghosts or dwarves and these frightened me, until a large talking wolf appeared to me one day and became my protector against these day/nightmares. When I was in my late teens I had figured out that I was the wolf, and that I was in fact empowering myself in a highly creative way.

In 1990, however, that experience as an adult and with another witness directed me towards a way of thinking and being that otherwise would likely have not come. I recall so vividly in my mind's eye, what we saw that night red, and octagon much like a stop sign with an equally forceful message that through a lot of deep introspection I believe I was eventually able to at least partially decode. 

I feel that these experiences guide me, and much like a dream where the content is not always reflective of the message I see the UFOs as symbolic and on a personal level very meaningful to important and crucial points in my life. My life took on the framework of UFO experience, and I consider it my true life's work.

I experience much synchronicity within these encounters, and they have also assisted in shaping my own spirituality as well through the emergence of the "Cosmic Witch" (Pagan Divine Feminine) which I am strongly self identifying with. 

Carl Jung, Jacques Vallee, and J. Allen Hynek have all played significant roles in progressing my thoughts and ideas. 

Recent books that have also greatly influenced my thinking on the subject include: 

The Hyperspace of Consciousness by Massimo Teodorani PhD  Elementà June 2015

The Trickster and The Paranormal by George P Hansen Xlibris 2001 

Illuminations: The UFO Experience as a Parapsychological Event by Eric Ouellet PhD Anomalist Books August 2015

For Illuminations I provided some of the research and edited the manuscript. Eric and I continue to work on innovating new models based on scientific parapsychology that allow us to look at UFOs with fresh lenses. 

I was recently honoured to be included in a compliation of original essays exploring alternative perspectives on UFOs and how we might more usefully study the phenomenon in the 21st Century.

UFOs: Reframing The Debate will be available May 2017

I am currently conducting a series of independent experiments based in part on the work of the late mathematician, Dr A.R.G Owen and psychotherapist Dr. Joel Whitton that will be the focus of a planned future book on UFOs, social PSI, and Magick. 

You can read more on my research if you are so inclinded through my website:

Out of My Mind's Eye
http://www.susanstclair.com/