JOHN KEEL: NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

September 21, 2011

John Keel and Rosemary Ellen Guiley

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John Keel with one of his favorite people, the prolific writer/researcher/speaker Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

John Keel and Jacques Vallee

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John Keel and Jacques Vallee, side by side, at the “Congreso Internacional: 100 años de investigaciones de los grandes misterios del hombre,” in San José, Costa Rica, October 14-19, 1985.  Can anyone out there identify the others?

September 5, 2011

Drawings by Silent Contactees (13)

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The twelfth figure, the last in the booklet, shows us birds in flight.  There are two in the upper part; one looks to me like an owl.  Perhaps the other is a crow, like those in Figure 9.  There are three birds flying over the horizon at the bottom left; I don’t know what that sketch below it shows, possibly a seated figure.  And at the bottom right is a standing winged figure.  It could be an angel, or even Mothman, given that this was 1967.  The line on the figure’s right side (our left) may be an incomplete wing.  Perhaps the semi-circle in which it stands is significant, given the circles in Figures 6 and 8, and the dome in Figures 5 and 11.  Flying birds suggest freedom to me, and seem to end the series with an image of liberation — from what, I don’t know.

One of my reasons for posting these was to see if anyone else had seen them, since John’s note suggests that he circulated them among other researchers.  So, let me know if you know anything more about them.

I do suspect that the ordering of the pictures is part of their meaning; that there is a narrative, or some kind of progression.  They seem to have little to do with UFOs, although some of them could be interpreted as pictures of aliens or craft.  Instead, we have crows, campfires, bugs and people running in circles.  We begin with a baby and end with an angel, so perhaps a life cycle is intended.

The themes of birth and family have always been part of the UFO story, as well as the fairy lore with which it has so much in common.  It may be, though, that these pictures have more to do with the inner conflicts of the artist.  As I said at the outset, I think they were drawn by Jaye Paro, but I’m not sure.  It would help if we knew where they came from.

September 3, 2011

Drawings by Silent Contactees (12)

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For the eleventh drawing, we return to the dome, or cave, or whatever it was, that we saw earlier, for the other half of Figure 5.

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If this is a voyage, we may have returned; and the family can scale that ladder and go on with its life.  It may be significant that the focus was on the family earlier in the series, and is now on that curious pair to the left.

September 2, 2011

Drawings by Silent Contactees (11)

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The tenth drawing doesn’t add much information.  Again, we have a campfire.  The campfire certainly seems to take on more importance in these drawings than in most contactee artwork.  The creature with the bearlike head is back, unless it’s a different one, or the snouted head is just a stylistic quirk of the artist.  The other being is vaguer, but does remind me of the couple who confronted our little family group back in the fifth picture.

Animals in dreams may also be a symbol of the dreamer’s more physical side, of lusts, appetites, and fears.  In that case, the other figure might be a stand-in for the soul; and we might see this as a meeting of the body and soul, over the domestic or alchemical fire.

September 1, 2011

Drawings by Silent Contactees (10)

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We have another campfire.  Fire may signify home, and the family unit; it could also refer to purification.  And there are two birds; the “caw” probably identifies them as crows, or ravens.  The two small animals next to them are more problematic.

The crow is as potent a totem animal as the stag (from the second picture), although in a different way.  Although the two ravens that accompanied Odin were associated with thought and memory, they’re usually linked in folklore to disappointment, disaster, and unhappiness.  For Native Americans, the crow is a creator and trickster; in the Talmud, it’s punished for copulating on the Ark.  And corvids are among the most intelligent of animals.

We again have a pair of couples: is there a parallel with the two couples in the fifth/eleventh picture?  It seems as if the crows are talking to one another, while the other figures listen in.

There is also a structure in the back, with a figure in it.  Is the figure sleeping, perhaps dreaming?.

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