A nice synchronistic moment happened to me last Friday. An episode concerning UFOs & Alchemy, and their possible correlation with the human perception of reality.
It involved the quote I used last Thursday on the news briefs. As I explained, the quote was a translation to one of the many 'alien writings' that the famous Betty Andreasson has received over the course of her long-spanning experience of abductions and other-worldly encounters. The man who came up with the translation was Dr. Mario Pazzaglini, a psychologist who was also a student and practicioner of several esoteric disciplines —a true heir to Carl Jung's unorthodoxal approach to the mystery of the human mind, methinks— and who was the subject of Greg Bishop's essay 'The Magus of Delaware', which was included in the Darklore 3 anthology.
In "The Magus of Delaware", Greg writes:
Andreasson, whose abduction experiences were chronicled in the Andreasson Affair books by Raymond Fowler, has produced hundreds of pages of a cursive script that defies analysis. After comparing Andreasson's drawins to various medieval alchemical symbols, Pazzaglini was able to translate one possible sentence out of hundreds. It was not really possible to decode all alien symbols the same way, but Mario once described how he dealt with the material when he interviewed Betty Andreasson, who was the main focus of the contacts:
I... sort of made a mental "machine". I asked her connect to her alien, and she did. Then, with my "machine", I connected into that too, and asked them what to do. They said, "make a few assumptions" as a first piece of advice. That's exactly what you need to do if you were translating Etruscan for example. So they said, what does it [the alien writing] look like to you?" and I said "Gregg shorthand and alchemycal symbols." And the reply was "Where do you think the gold lies?" So I said, "With the Alchemical symbols, I would guess. Thank you." ... I have a dictionary of alchemical symbols, and there's hundreds of symbols in it. I could weed out one factor, and that was that these [Andreasson's script] are not archetypal symbols —circles/ diamonds/ etc. These are complex. I just picked a sentence that I thought was a sentence, and made the assumption that this was some whacked combination of alchemycal symbols strung together
So the resulting sentence read: "If you want to make light solid, show it to the moon." So cryptic and ambiguous that, according to Greg, "Mario (and anyone he shared it with) was never able to make any quantum leap in decoding its significance."
I was reading this on Wednesday, and for some reason this idea that the phrase was never able to be explained stuck with me. So, I decided to use the phrase as the 'quote of the day', to promote a discussion of possible solutions among the TDG community —sadly, no one commented on it.
Fast-forward to last Friday: I was at the office, working on some architectural plans, so I decided to download a podcast that I could hear with my earphones while drawing with AutoCAD. I discovered with delight that Greg had already posted the Radio Misterioso interview he had with Micah Hanks on Sunday the 16th. Micah is the man behind the Gralien Report, and the interview is a must-hear because it was really amazing how they were able to jump back and forth so many interesting subjects; Micah excused himself for saying he suffers from diarrhea of the mouth, but the fact is that it's clear this young man's mind is racing at 100 mph when he discusses Fortean topics, and that's a true sign of passion. I also appreciate the fact that he —like Greg himself, along with Nick Redfern and Mac Tonnies— is not afraid to have a broader view of all these phenomena, instead of desperately trying to keep them separate and compartmentalized.
During the interview, after they both mentioned Art Bell's iconic C2C radio show and why that particular program was best suited for the wee hours before dawn —when only the owls are busy with their different chores— they start discussing the concept of the "Witching Hour", and how all sort of strange electromagnetic phenomena are more common during the night, because they might be inhibited by solar radiation. At about 48 minutes into the interview, Micah then said:
You get these terms as "The Witching Hour", you know, or "Dark Thirty", or things like that, you know. Or "Midnight Oil", or "Burning the Midnight Oil" I think that-s the actual term.
Um, and it seems to be that paranormal phenomena in general is often linked (sic) night-time occurrences. And it's funny how with, like you're talking about, Greg, geomagnetic fields is (sic) less inhibited by solar activity —flares and whatnot and solar radiation in general— when you're on the side of the Earth farthest from the Sun [...] So it's funny because it makes sense in terms that there are always electromagnetic anomalies, that seem to be correlated to ghost manifestations, sometimes UFO activity[...]
AND at that very moment, Pazzaglini's alchemical translation popped in my head.
Was the sentence a cyptic reference to the effect of the sun's activity on geomagnetism and EM phenomena?
Viewed in that perspective, it kind of began to make some sense:
"If you want to make light—electomagnetic radiation—solid —manifest in a more 'tangible' way?— show it to the moon —night time.
Was this the answer that had eluded Pazzaglini? Was it an indication that the answer to all these phenomena is intertwined with how we humans are affected by electromagnetic fields?
The Radio Misterioso interview went on with Micah discussing how there might be a connection between sensitivity to EM fields and endogenous DMT that could trigger a momentanous experience of an alternate dimension. He mentions one of Lovecraft's most famous stories, "From Beyond", and how in that tale a scientist is able to create a machine that excites the brain's pineal gland, which he discovers is the most important perceptory organ of all. With the machine, both the narrator and the crazy scientist are able to "see" the hideous ethereal creatures that coexist with us, but that we'e not able to perceive under normal conditions —the implications of endogenous DMT and occult practices was also brilliantly discussed by Blair Mackenzie Blake in his essay 'DMT & Magick', which was part of the 2nd installment of Darklore.
Was Mario's research an indication that Micah's focus on paranormal phenomena is on the right track? I confess I don't know. As usual in this game —and what is this, if not a wonderful game?— any possible new solution opens up more questions.