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Re: Alien Semiotics/Alien Symbol Study

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 12:50:40 -0400
Archived: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 09:59:21 -0400
Subject: Re: Alien Semiotics/Alien Symbol Study

I have to admit that I'm surprised that Mario Pazzaglini's
Monograph on Alien Symbols hasn't been mentioned, and I found
this mention of his work on several web sites:


[Note: I'm not promoting Exopolitics, but I believe some of the
information contained herein is relevant to the discussion at
hand. I also have a copy of Pazzaglini's Monograph on Alien
Symbols and would be willing to post it on-line if those who
hold the rights to it give approval. I have asked for permission
to re-publish the monograph through the Fund, but there was
indication that someone was working on that already. It's been a
number of years and many people don't even know this Monograph


Alien Writing - Greg Bishop   

Written by Administrator
Saturday, 04 August 2007

Greg Bishop currently writes on the UFOMystic blog with Nick
Redfern. In a previous incarnation he wrote decided to create a
temporary autonomous zone called The Excluded Middle and explore
those twighlight issues that others often don't.

This particular piece gives an excellent grounding to the
research we're currently doing on linking the kind of hyper-
dimensional language sets given to contactees like Jim Sparks
which in turn relate to the visual language generated by
tryptamine consciousness and the psychedelic carrier tone.
Thrown into the mix are the Enochian angelic languages of John
Dee and the ground-breaking work of Mario Pazzaglini.

Link to:

UFOMystic: http://www.ufomystic.com/wake-up-down-there/alien-writing

In 1994, in the course of publishing my old zine, The Excluded
Middle, I read an interview in the first Anomalist magazine with
a clinical psychologist who specialized in the study of
purported "alien writing", that is symbols that human
precipients claim are products of a non-human source. This
study was carried on without the general knowledge of his
colleagues, which he surmised might have affected his private
practice and his work with severe psychotics and drug abuse
cases. Before I could find out how to get in touch with him, he
sent me a copy of his self-published book Symbolic Messages with
a letter stating "I knew you needed to see it."

Dr. Mario Pazzaglini was a remarkable man, as I was to find out
over the next few years until his untimely death in 1999. I only
met him once, at the 1997 Roswell bash. We eschewed the parades
and some of the more boring lectures one day and went thrift-
store shopping. Most of our talks were over the phone, and he
actually provided some much-needed free therapy when I mentioned
some things that were going on in my life at the time.

In 1970, he was at the Woodstock music festival, helping to run
the "bad trip" tent along with a few Tibetan Buddhist friends
when the hippies couldn't handle their acid. He had been a
regular in the Washington D.C. insider circuit for a few years
in the mid-1960s, when he was still in college majoring in
physics and mathematics. "He would have made a great physicist",
says his brother Peter. In the late 1960s, he had changed his
mind and entered the graduate program in psychology. He earned
his doctorate from the University of Delaware in 1969, and lived
in the small town of Newark, just a couple of miles from U.D.
for the rest of his life.

He later became an expert on the problems and cures of drug
abuse, serving on several committees and panels for the state of
Delaware, and in his psychiatric practice, specialized in
treating the severest of the mentally ill. Like everything else
in the late =C3=A2=E2=82=AC=CB=9C60s, he field of psychology was undergoing=
upheaval as newly-minted doctors began to explore anything that
would make the job of healing faster and more rewarding for the
patient. Western culture tries to keep everything fragmented and
separate, and one of the things all of us were trying to do was
introduce connectedness back into the process recalled
Pazzaglini's longtime friend and psychiatric practice partner
Dr. Paul Poplosky. "I think that's where some of his other
interests came into play."

Those other interests included a cornucopia of esoterra;
alchemy, cabbala, tarot, and a heaping dose of numerology. He
also made enough of a splash through well-concealed back
channels that our buddies in the ubiquitous black helicopters
occasionally shadowed him. He compiled a magickal and symbol
system of his own devising which may never be cracked. In short,
he may very well have been a modern-day Magus in the guise of a
mild-mannered psychologist from Delaware. This was his
perspective when examining the subject of UFOs.

Self-portrait of Pazzaglini with "friends."

He attended a conference on UFO abduction at M.I.T. in 1992 and
presented his research to the leaders in the field, but few of
his friends ever knew about it. Most of the leaders in the
abduction field basically ignored the subject. Almost no one
knew he had notebooks filled with examples of strange symbols.
Hundreds of his paintings and drawings filled his home. I
believe in his next life, he'll be an artist says his brother.

Someone out there has been writing us letters for a long time.
Strange symbols and printed languages turn up regularly in UFO
encounter experiences. Police officer Lonnie Zamora glimpsed a
strange crescent-and-arrow type design on the side of an egg-
shaped craft at Soccorro, New Mexico in 1964.The account of
Jesse Marcel, Jr. includes pieces of wreckage that his father,
Major Jesse Marcel, brought home to Roswell in the early morning
hours of July 8, 1947 inscribed with symbolic writing that, if
genuine, bears little comparison to earthly communication.

Alien writing can literally change history. The Mormon faith is
based on translations of strangely engraved golden plates that
founder Joseph Smith claimed to have dug up after a divine
visitation in 1823. As for the authenticity of mentally received
messages, there is reason to believe that at least some of the
symbols and symbol systems described do not originate from the
psyche of the participants.

One of the difficulties in verifying the authenticity of an
alien script is that if it resembles an earthly language or
known terrestrial symbols, is it necessarily a true one? Perhaps
the reason for this is that all input into a human consciousness
is filtered through an individual's learning, experience,
culture, and prejudice, and the messages must necessarily be
rendered in a form that is understandable to the receiver as
well as others. The flipside of this reasoning is the obvious
possibility that the receiver might be delusional,
hallucinating, or simply hoaxing the account. While it takes
little skill to devise an alphabet with a one-to-one
relationship to the experiencer's native language, a
representational pictorial symbol system or one with no
discernible grammar or syntax (at least one which seems to
possess an internal logic) is more difficult to fake.

Humans receive alien writing in many ways. Some say that the
symbols come from angels or teachers. By far the most common
method of reception is by channeling, but the messages can also
be the result of a close encounter wherein the participant sees
and remembers symbols or languages shown to him while wandering
about inside (or inside what is perceived to be) an
extraterrestrial craft. An early example is the case of Herbert
Schirmer, who in 1967 claimed to have been taken aboard a ship
near Ashland, Nebraska. On the uniforms of the beings he
encountered was a symbol that resembled a winged serpent. This
theme is obviously not exclusively extraterrestrial, as it was
known to the Greeks and Romans, as dragons in Chinese and
European lore, as well as to the new world cultures of Central
and South America. There is the possibility that Schirmer may
have incorporated it (consciously or not) into his account. An
interesting sidelight is the fact that the Mayan culture held
the belief that Quetzelcoatl, the feathered serpent, had taught
and bequeathed to man a system of pictorial writing.

Dr. Mario Pazzaglini made a 16 year study of examples and
possible sources of alien writing, and chronicled them in his
book, Symbolic Messages. He collected hundreds of samples and
classified them into distinct categories: 1) Alphabetic
consisting of 20-30 symbols, where each symbol is a consonant or
vowel; 2) Syllabic usually 50-60 symbols, where each symbol
represents a consonant/vowel combination; 3) Ideographic Usually
500-600 symbols, where each symbol represents an idea or word;
and 4) Symbols Consisting of single and complex insignia types.
These categories must necessarily derive from a human
understanding of representational visual systems, and in fact
most claimed alien writing examples fall into these categories.

Pazzaglini conducted a limited experiment wherein participants
were asked to conceive their own alien language. The results
without exception showed that, left to their own devices, people
tend to concoct alien alphabets that bear a one-to-one
relationship to their native language.

In the realm of the written word, one of the earliest concrete
examples of what was purported to be an extra-human
communication was channeled by medium Edward Kelley and his
boss, Elizabethan Court Astrologer and all-around magician John
Dee, from 1582 to 1589. Dee said that an angel had dictated to
him (through Kelley) a system of symbols to be used in a
ceremonial context, and would provide the user with a higher
understanding of magical and alchemical concepts than human-
 based writing. The system was called Enochian and is still in
use by occult practitioners today.

It communicates concepts through the juxtaposition of symbols
and their relationships to each other, and does not appear to be
derived from any written language. Enochian is claimed among its
adherents to affect the reader/ user on important subconscious
levels as well. This aspect of alien writing has also been
mentioned by UFO contactees and abductees.

Pazzaglini's own alien writing doesn't resemble anything else
that UFO witnesses have reported, with one exception. There
seems to be a spiritual, if not graphic kinship with the
scribblings of Betty Anderasson and her family, and this may
explain the fascination he had with this case. Andreasson, whose
abduction experiences were chronicled in the Andreasson Affair
books by Raymond Fowler, has produced hundreds of pages of a
cursive script that almost defies analysis. After comparing
Andreasson's drawings to various medieval alchemical symbols,
Pazzaglini was able to translate one possible sentence out of
hundreds. It read: =C3=A2=E2=82=AC=C5=93If you want to make light solid,=
it to the moon. While this probably makes little practical
sense, it does make for a beautiful sort of poetry.

Pazzaglini once told me that he was in contact with leading
abduction researchers who promised to send him examples of alien
symbols, but he never got them. Perhaps it was because they
wanted to keep the symbols secret to verify the authenticity of
future claims, or maybe it was simply their egos getting in the
way. Another study of alien writing has yet to be published,
which is unfortunate. Pazzaglini had to self-publish his own
monograph. Admittedly, the study of alien writing would make
little sense to a publisher with an eye on the bottom line, but
as a contribution to an understanding of extra-human experience,
it should be welcomed.

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