Episode 4: Aleister Crowley’s Lam & Kenneth Arnold

For episode 4 our theme was “the genesis of modern UFO and extraterrestrial culture here in the United States”. A pretty ambitious topic and we certainly didn’t even break the surface of all there is to the foundation of this thorough subject, but we tried.

Gray first told us about Aleister Crowley, an occultist, fringe-dweller, and man of many talents who believed himself to be a prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century, a period of time when we as humanity would reach self-realization and actualization (sounds awesome, right? LET’S GO).

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He tried many times throughout his life to contact various spirits and entities and that often meant partaking in bizarre sex acts while high on a number of recreational drugs. No judgment here, this guy sounds like he had a great life. He found himself in New York City around 1914 and somewhere along the way decided to contact an interdimensional entity (which is how aliens were referred to, at the time — they were more in the realm of magic rather than science). Amazingly, he was apparently successful, making contact with Lam, and potentially opening up a portal for what we now know as “Grays” to contact us in the Western world.

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Justine told us about Kenneth Arnold, an American aviator and businessman who is best known for what is generally considered the first widely reported modern UFO sighting in the United States.

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He was just going for a casual flight near Mount Rainier in Washington State when he saw nine unusual objects flying nearby. Being a man of logic he tried to exclude all reasonable possibilities before coming to the inevitable conclusion that these had to be extraterrestrial in nature. From his description of their erratic motion being “like a saucer skipped across water”, he was incorrectly quoted in the press and coined the term “flying saucer”, which we’ve all heard a million times before.

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Both fascinating stories on their own, but you’ve gotta listen to the episode to hear the incredible connection we made between our two topics!

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