In the same vein consider the maxim the pen is mightier than the sword. The best codes have easily supported conventional meanings but hide an underlying message. This way they can be easily refuted and the observer ignored. “Do not think I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but ‘a’ words.” – . Peace is a simile for the Pleiades (heaven) and this is a message from the very Source of Creation.
See: In These Signs Conquer
Shadow talking – spreading the Word
Of the primeval Priests assum’d power, When Eternals spurn’d back his religion; And gave him a place in the north, Obscure, shadowy, void, solitary. Eternals I hear your call gladly, Dictate swift winged words, & fear not To unfold your dark visions of torment. PRELUDIUM to The Book of Urizen
by William Blake
By design, in pictures – shapes, size, texture, colour and relationships letters and words bring forth deep memories of connections and hold them at a level where these recollections become instantly accessible. From go to whoa – from birth to death still singed (sic) at ‘the font’ with the mark of the beast – we cry out but they never relent.
Every letter in every word, including their intonation and phrasing, evokes a fleeting memory, building a subconscious picture of something that the speaker or writer may or may not have intended. This causes a reaction and produces an opinion. The potentials of this are enormous – and very well known by those who seek to rein or chain us. A cunning orator, vocalist, speechwriter, scribe, lyricist or poet can communicate something very different to that which the apparent message is relaying. What is a sentence but a coherent string of words, a condemnation, a punishment or a term of imprisonment?
Posture is another secretive means of emphasising and relaying hidden messages; frequently body figuration will mirror letters and other symbols. The Hebrew Aleph (English ‘a’) is a favourite. We subconsciously relate it to a message from God so we are inclined to believe what it is they are saying. George W Bush and Tony Blair use this stance very often. (Q) Qoph’s good too:
Who would ever give this a second thought? For more on this, please see Secret Signs on page 59 in, In These Signs Conquer
Technological advances have meant that virtually everyone has invited the devil into their drawing rooms. Electronic communications and media means the incessant babble has become almost inescapable. The recent birth of the Internet is set to virtually complete their ABC’s world domination within a few years. Even in China the English language has become a compulsory study for all of its children.
Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
~ Isaiah 59: 6
Forging A Head
Letters maintain a vigilant influence upon every human everywhere and all of the time without him or her ever realising they do. Deaf, dumb, blind, literate or illiterate, sane, insane, genius or jackass, professor or pupil, elite or deplete there is no escape. All words are tools of hypnotic suggestion. This is why certain words spoken or written trigger recollections. As well, all of our five senses are used to implant suggestions, and all of them evoke memories. Would you like to be biting into an orange right now? Excuse me while I scrape this knife across my plate….but, as interesting as the five senses are, this book’s main focus from now on is on words and numbers and how they relate to the human experience; so we’ll move on.
In our present human environment, no one is free, there is no such thing as independent thought, and free speech is an illusion.
It is only natural that we humans need to outwardly express our thoughts in ways that others can understand. So why would we not develop visible symbols to describe them?
Our mental processing is so quick that much of what passes through goes unnoticed. In a flash, our minds have collected thousands of details and processed them with no trouble at all. How much of it can we consciously recall? A tiny fraction and that is only what we were focussing on and that was edited, in order to concentrate on our intention. Even then peculiarities slip past unnoticed. How many times do you deliberately take account of the font of the letters you are reading? How many times do you actually focus on independent letters let alone the way those letters and their sequences are constructed? All of it is going in and being recognised whether you are aware of it or not. Every little aspect of what you are noticing has an impact and causes a reaction in some way. Letters are crafted symbols designed to trigger memory and evoke a reaction. They are probably the most invasive system ever devised to control the way that humans think. Every word uttered or written will enforce the programming of who ever is exposed to it. It is true that the sounds of letters and words work very well as consciously recognisable signs and symbols of elemental sounds but what do they say in secret, to our unconscious?
Do not think I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
~Matthew 10: 34
“sword” is rearranged “words” everybody recognises that surely but they are told it means something else so they forget about it. The above biblical quote is quite telling. Let’s rearrange it a little. It actually tells us to and explains why. It is a warning and an alarm:
Do not think.
I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. – I have not come to bring peace about a sword.
In other words there is an instruction to not bring peace to the word sword. If we create turmoil about sword we beget words. (Sorry couldn’t help sticking a bit of the old begetting in there.)
Caxton set up a printing press in Bruges and began hammering out French, Latin and English texts. Here in 1475 he printed a French work, “Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye” he had translated into English himself. This was the first ever book to be printed in English.
In 1475 or 1476, Bill introduced his printing press into England. Later he moved to Westminster with his press where he ran off the first English book to be produced by this means. It had the catchy title, ‘The dictes and sayenges of the phylosophers’ (18th November 1477) and was an early Arabic work translated for Caxton by Earl Rivers; who through his sister, Elizabeth was brother-in-law to King Edward 1V. Shortly afterwards Richard III had Rivers’ body and head parted, knocked off the king in waiting (nearly Edward V) and snatched the throne. Oh what jolly japes the bloodline has.
At Westminster Caxton published his translation of “The Golden Legend” in 1483 and “The Knight in the Tower” in 1484. They contained what are believed to be the earliest mechanically printed English translations of Biblical verses. At the time it was illegal to translate the Titanic Verses into English. Before he died in 1490 he had published more than 70 books. William Caxton is famous for publishing Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur”, Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Creseide” and “The History of Reynart the Foxe”. However his main income came from knocking out religious paraphernalia. The church had a sweet little number going with a lucrative counterfeiting racket and Caxton was in on it.
This was the deal:
In exchange for a reduced purgatorial sentence you hand over to us a heap of dosh – property will do nicely too. The Church had taught everyone to be terrified of the after-life setting up a nice little mark. What you got was a little piece of pre-printed paper with room for their agent to write your name on.
Mercers called, ‘Pardoners’, sold them door to door and by appointment. Literally thousands upon thousands were sold every year. Some of these promissory notes called ‘Indulgencies’ survive today. To date no one has asked for their money back so maybe they work….
With the rise of voracious European empires, the Roman letter alphabet really took off; reaching into every country of the world; and it has long been the most favoured style by far of government, media, and education across the globe. It has been the default font on most of the world’s computers until Microsoft introduced what is basically a sans serif version they call Calibri. Some societies are still struggling to hold on to their own language symbols but the relentless march continues not only virtually unabated but encouraged. During the 20th century, empires fronted by suits in boardrooms replaced empires fronted by gowns and crowns; and increasingly people who refused to bow to the gun obligingly succumb to plastic and electronic baubles.
Gifts it bore,
The guise of friendship wore.
Patiently it tied its knot.
Favourites it chose,
And hierarchies arose.
Jealousy was born.
Eyes turned red
And the Darkness fed.
Anyway, when the numbers of cadets issuing from their universities (‘universe’ means one-voice) and colleges reached their target, the next phase of the Dark agenda began. Although a moveable type press had been stamping around in China for aeons, the first western version only appeared in the mid 15th century. The credit for this has been given to Johann Gutenberg, (1397 – 1468), who operated out of Bruges, in Belgium. A lettering style called Black Letter later arose in Germany. This style was adapted by Gutenberg and used to print the 42-line Bible. This Bible was printed in Mainz and each page had 42 lines.
In the early days the quality of the printing varied considerably until Nicolas Jenson (1420-1480), a French-born printer and publisher developed the first standardized typeface for printers. Jenson had studied under Gutenberg and eventually settled in Venice, Italy. Jenson’s highly regarded type known as ‘Old Style’ is the forerunner of the classical Roman styles so prolifically used today such as Times Roman and Times New Roman.
The Aldine Press
Jenson designed type for the first successful mass market publishing house, the Aldine Press which was set up in Venice in 1494 by Aldus Manutius (1450-1515). The Aldine Press concentrated on producing the classical works of writers like Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Virgil and Sophocles. Influential later writers like Petrarca, Dante and Erasmus were published too. They introduced ‘Aldine Type’ which was developed by Francesco Griffo we call it italics today. So prolific and efficient for its day The Aldine Press which continued until 1597 is acknowledged to be the prime motivator of literacy in the general population. www.printlocal.com/History-of-Printing.htm www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldine_Press
Another kingpin was Christophe Plantin who came into this world in Saint-Averin, near Tours, in 1514. Financed by Philip II of Spain he published the “Biblia Regia”, an eight volume Bible in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Syriac and Aramaic, between 1569 and 1572. Philip ‘the Sap’ had been the husband of England’s Mary 1st (Bloody Mary – us kids used to love saying that at school) who had died in 1558. Four years after Christophe Plantin’s epic appeared Phil smote the Dutch and Chris legged it to France for a couple of years having been accused of heresy. He’d been printing stuff secretly for a band of ne’er-do-wells (Protestants) called the ‘Famille de la Charité’, and encoded it so well that he managed to persuade the Church that it wasn’t him, guv’. The Plantin Press knocked out Church gear for two hundred years and pocketed quite a nice little earner, thank you.
An interesting character with powerful State and Church connections brought printing to England. His name was William Caxton (1421-1490). Caxton was born in Kent and was a mercer by trade. In 1446, only six years after the Habsburgs had become Holy Roman Emperors with Frederick III, Caxton had removed to Bruges. While there he was a member of the household of Margaret of York the Duchess of Burgundy. She was the sister of the English kings Edward IV and Richard III. (Edward and Richard were probably half-brothers.) Margaret was also the step-mother of Mary of Burgundy who married Maximilian son of Frederick III in 1477. Maximilian became Holy Roman Emperor himself in 1493. Some time in 1462 he was appointed Governor of ‘the English Nation at Bruges’ a trading quango often embroiled in politics. No doubt this involved a bit of the big black hat and cloak over the face stuff too. The marriage of Margaret to Charles “the Bold” of burgundy was part of a 1467 trade settlement that Caxton was prominently concerned in.
Near the end of the 15th Century the 26-letter alphabet we know today was established. Three new letters J, U, and W were added to the Roman-English alphabet. Noticeably, the letters phonetically pronounced say ‘Jew’. This was a pivotal time for people calling themselves Jewish. In 1492, Spain ejected its Sephardic Jews on the orders of Rome and, in the same year, the Talmudic Khazar government transplanted from there to Poland.
In the same year, at Lughnasadh (Festival of First Harvest – beginning of August), Cristobal Colon (Columbus), a Sephardic Jew, aiming for India read his map upside down and fronted up in the Caribbean.
The Americas had been known for very many centuries but had been kept on the back burner as it were. The Knights Templar had sallied forth to Nova Scotia (New Scotland) from umm… Scotland, at least a century before, (and probably much earlier), and called the continent, ‘La Merika’. (R. Lewis, The Thirteenth Stone)The official pass-the-exams version insists you agree that (all together now)…”Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 etc.” and that the continent was named after an also-ran, Amerigo Vespucci.
Meanwhile, Pope Innocent VIII had gone to the devil and Alexander V1 stepped up to the ockey. The next year, Spain and Portugal were ordered by the Darkness, through Rome, to ransack the New World and steal its treasures and its wisdom. This was an imperative preparation because the colonisation of the Americas was about to begin. Everything was directed through Rome and the legal documentation, ‘The Tordesillas’, was ratified the next year. ‘The Tordesillas’ were named after a town in Spain where an agreement directed by the Vatican was signed. Spain thought they had been given the entire New World while Portugal copped India and Africa. In reality the terms gave Portugal a claim to Brazil as well.
“As we do now altogether freely and securely, and without hurt, call the Pope of Rome Antichrist, the which heretofore was held to for a deadly sin, and men in all countries were put to death for it. So we know certainly that the time shall likewise come when that which we yet keep secret, we shall openly, freely, and with a loud voice publish and confess before all the world.”
“That Greek and Latin writing, and thus the whole foundation of our Western culture, were adopted from the Near East can easily be demonstrated by comparing the order, names, signs and even numerical values of the original Near Eastern alphabet with the much later ancient Greek and the more recent Latin.”
~ Zecharia Sitchin
The 12th Planet
The Romans copped the alphabet in the 7th century BCE by way of the Etruscans. Some examples from this period were uncovered which had script written from right to left.) The Latin alphabet now consisted of 21 letters and looked like this:
In around 250BCE they dumped the letter Z invented the letter-form G (a C with a cross-bar) and purposely inserted it where Z used to be. A right leg was stuck on the letter P and another new figure, R, was kicked in.
The Romans seem to have developed their letters in harmony with their architectural designs. Both were strident symbols of their power, confidence, domination, and of course their divine (Dark) foundation. After they overran Greece, in the times of the Roman orator and man of letters Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BCE) in the 1st century BCE, they added the Greek letter Y and gave Z another go by whacking them both on the end of their alphabet. There were now 23 letters.
By the Middle Ages, all of the countries bitten by the Roman Catholic Church were using this alphabet, with some adaptations. At the end of the 15th century, (when the curtains rose to reveal the American continent), letters J, U, and W were added, and the Romano-English alphabet increased to our present 26 letters. The changes did not happen over night some hugely significant writers, including John Dee, Francis Bacon, and his alter ego Shakespeare, were still SPELLING with the older alphabet in the 17th century – at least on the face of it. The dual alphabets became an extremely useful tool for encryption. Many people still use the 23 letter alphabet designs to this day. Regardless, all of the letter shapes and fonts we use today are derived from this system:
One letter style would come to dominate the world’s mass communications in all matters: the Roman style.
Latin did not always use capital letters. During the reign of Emperor Constantine (312-337CE) a smaller and more quickly written form called uncials gained favour for everyday use. (The Greeks had been using a similar system since about 3BCE.)
Circa 600CE Church missionaries short-measured us again when they introduced the Roman half uncial to Britain. These were modified and used as the Irish half uncial to write the “Book of Kells” on the sacred Isle of Iona.
A slight variation, called the English half uncial, became a favourite in the north of England, notably in Lindisfarne (Holy Island), where it charmed the script for the “Lindisfarne Gospels”. These were both constructed for in-house use and based on the same principles of design.
In 754, a right handy document to the Shadow forces of the Darkness popped up: the ‘Donation of Constantine’, supposedly dating from Constantine’s propitious conversion to Christianity in 312. Although it has since been decried as a crock the DC enabled the Pope to swan around in Constantine’s symbols and regalia (so subliminally hold his power). The Donation served its purpose and the Dark agenda moved inexorably onwards.
On the heels of the conjured ‘Document of Constantine’ the Roman Catholic Church introduced yet another script style. This one involved another key player in the Roman Church, Charlemagne (768-814), King of the Franks – earnestly.
In 789 Charlemagne brought an English monk, called Alcium of York, to Reims, where the Carolingian Miniscule script emerged. (My source pronounced it ‘Alcium’ but you’ll find him as Alcuin’: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcuin) It was Alcium who developed punctuation marks (commas – COMAS etc) and first created the writing system we use today, making the first letter in a SENTENCE a capital, with the smaller letters following in a string. Charlemagne ordered the Carolignian script to be used throughout the Holy Roman Empire.
Alcium established a college under Charlemagne, well not literally under him – where unwitting minds were overshadowed and trained to expand the Dark cause.
I am quite intrigued with old Alcium’s name. There seems to have been two possibilities for its origin. The first one was a Jewish High Priest during the Maccabean revolt in Judea, 2nd century BCE, who executed 60 scoundrels who had the cheek to heckle him. The other concerns a pair of transvestite gods called the Alci. There is not much known about them, but what we do know is passed down to us by the 1st century Roman historian Tacitus who got wind of their story in Germany. Tacitus reckoned that the Alci twins were a version of the Roman gods Castor and Pollux – I said Pollux. These are another version of the twins of the Zodiac – Gemini – whose planet is Mercury, the governor of writing, the mind, and intellectual matters – and a snitch. Seems rather coincidental to me. Perhaps Alcium’s name was really Albert Shuffleyabum-Sideways, but he thought that Alcium had more of a certain je ne sais quoi to it.
Although at first there were some books produced with calligraphic print in England, the Roman style became the overwhelming favourite after it was introduced by John Day in 1572. Printing presses sprung up (and down) all over the country but they became concentrated in London and of course the premier hub of the Dark agenda’s programming system, Oxford.
With the introduction of the printing press into Blighty during the late 1400s, the pace forged ahead. King James VI of Scotland, a Freemason, married the thrones of Scotland and England when he was crowned James I in 1603. In 1611, (Oxford’s) Wadham College’s Invisible College set loose the ‘Authorised King James Bible’, but it must have been translated (and modified) long before. Come 1627, their master encryptor and translator, Francis Bacon, was egging up the concept of a world university and obsequiously being used to gather useful kids to (as it turned out) put through their indoctrination schemes, when he published his work, ‘The New Atlantis’. Not long after this the press gang’s mass media would begin to come into its own.
Why do virtually all newspapers, the Bible and other major mechanisms of mass communication and control use the Roman style and close variations of it?
The alphabet has not always contained the same letters or followed the same sequence. Until much later in letter development, the small letters were virtually ignored. Many styles were tried.
All letters are ideograms, pictorial representations suggesting an idea. As with all written symbols, they are constructed from the egg (the dot) and the serpent (the line).
About 6,500 years ago the inhabitants of present-day Transylvania in Central Europe (part of present day Romania) were using impressed clay tablets to record their thoughts. These discoveries somehow escaped the censors and were published in the Scientific American, in May 1968. They bear extraordinary relationship to the discoveries made earlier in Mesopotamia, however the establishment set its mortar boards at Mesopotamia for the cradle of civilisation, so it is to the environs of Iraq that they resolutely chivvy their stew-eaters’ minds.
About 5,500 years ago, the people of Sumer in Mesopotamia were chiselling out vertically inscribed, pictorial messages in stone. Later they adopted and developed the use of cuneiform impressions made in soft clay and then baked. They clearly were not stupid and to believe conventional direction that they thrashed about at a heavy lump of rock for days on end to write a shopping list is bizarre. They used blood, dyes, and even just scratches on dried plants and skins, to send immediate messages. The Mason’s words, however, were intended to last and they were buried, or hidden, for exactly the same reason. That they devoted such attention to their writing means that they considered their content to be of significant importance for the generations who would eventually find them.
By 2100BCE, Egypt had adopted cuneiform and developed this into hieroglyphs, which they scribbled everywhere it seems, except the Great Pyramid. Our present-day ‘English’ alphabet derived first through Hellenic and later, Roman, sources.
According to ancient Greek historians, a Phoenician cad called Kadmus, left them holding a 22-letter alphabet which was in the same order as Hebrew. Later the poet Simonides of Ceos, increased the characters to 26.
This system ran from right to left but later it was rebounded to run from left to right. The Greeks also experimented with the Boustrophedonic system – whereby they alternated the directions of the lines – a name which means turning like an ox, and is an allusion to Venus, the Pleiades and Taurus, as we shall find out later.
From the very beginning, the Ancients had recognised the beguiling powers of letters. They hallowed them as privileged gifts from the god of writing and were the exclusive instruments of only a select few.
In the 7th century BCE, King Ashurbanipal of Nineveh learnt how to write, and he tells us:
“The god of scribes has bestowed on me the gift of the knowledge of his art.
I have been initiated into the secrets of writing. I can even read the intricate tablets
in Shumerian. I understand the enigmatic words in stone carvings from the days before the flood.”
– Zechariah Sitchin,
The 12th Planet,
Avon Books, New York
This striking illustration from IN THESE SIGNS CONQUER, I have called Mary Magdalene and the Demons. It is an image that I have mirrored, of a 15th century painting of Mary Magdalen, by Francesco de’ Franceschi, that I came across when visiting Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Originally, the museum says, it was an altar-piece, possibly from a church in either Padua or Venice. The actual painting is the left side image.
Excerpt from pages 36 and 37
All sorts of fads, fashions and baubles are offered to us: music, films, books, clothes, diets, cosmetic surgery, and technology in exchange for the real wealth every human being came into this realm with. We are told that we must be hip, fashionable, thinner, perfectly formed and intellectually with it all of the time. People spend huge amounts of time, energy and money attempting to stay on the ride as it hurtles around faster and faster. It’s laughable really because the trick is to slow down and get off. Human bodies are physical manifestations of mental energy. Your inner self will always be mirrored on your outer self. Human bodies wear out through constant physical, conscious and emotional mental exertion so obviously surely the very best way to slow down the ageing process is to daydream, contemplate and meditate to give your physical apparatus a rest. At the same time this will allow your essential self to come to the fore. Your unconscious mind where your true wisdom rests will relish the challenge and inevitably your truth will emerge. For readers who would like to give it a go there is a meditation at the end of this book.
Our unconscious minds, as has been said already, naturally process information using symbols. The Darkness has employed this proclivity to enslave us since it first cast its cowl. We are constantly beset and belayed by its never-ending hordes of signs and symbols. This does not have to continue. We can re-educate out conscious minds to recognise the true meanings and motivations of its symbols; because we can do anything! By turning their signs around to face its own troops we can become our own masters and not its slaves. By their own signs we can conquer them.
Laughing is good for you… and them
Anyone with their eyes open can see that a ferocious hurricane bears down upon us. It is the same one that tore into our forbears during the middle ages. It was this Darkness that was met by the angels of light like Francis Bacon, Galileo and other courageous souls who battled monsters toe to toe leaving us a legacy we are only just about mature enough to recognise once again. No one is perfect, they weren’t, and we are not supposed to be. Who wants to live on a cloud playing a harp all bloody day long? Where’s the fun in that? We need fun; laughter is light. Jokes are the realisations and expositions of imperfections. If there weren’t any what a miserable ordeal life would be. You can keep your Nirvanas and all-day-long beatific smiling. Give me someone doing something daft any day. Even if that someone is me. Laugh at me laugh with me, who gives a toss? It’s good to laugh and it is a great leveller. Humour spots an overblown and precious ego from a mile away. It also turns the sharp spotlight on the commentators as well as their supporters. If you want to laugh at something then bloody-well laugh at it, and don’t feel guilty. If some conceited clot gets up spouting porkies or heads for the broom-cupboard rather than the door (like Dubya did) laugh at it (you know you want to). It isn’t impolite it’s hilarious and it exposed his true mental state – He was looking for the Darkness. There is a message in everything. If every time one of these balloons got a good laughing at rather than silence and deference they’d get over themselves; and we’d get over them. It is the right thing to do; it serves them right – get it? You can realise a lot from freeing your sense of humour; fly don’t cower and crawl. We are students and teachers at the same time. Shine your light – even if it is into a broom-cupboard.
It is not my desire to live or to reign longer than my life and my reign shall be for your good.
~ Queen Elisabeth to her Parliament 1601
Thank goodness for that! But what ever did she mean by:
‘to live or to reign longer than my life’
Well, here’s an original photo I took of the painting
at the Ashmolean.
You might be surprised that it has garnered such very
little attention; but there you go. I’m used to it.
Ellis Taylor 2006
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From the outset I wish to emphasise that I was not solicited to write this review, but after reading what is contained in the pages of ‘Dogged Days’, the latest offering from the pen of Ellis Taylor, I felt it was the least I could do. It is not often that I have reviewed a book which simultaneously provided considerable food for thought and at the same time created no small amount of unease. This work is not only a biography, the account of Ellis’s eventful life lived alternately on opposite sides of the world, (Australia, where he was born, and the United Kingdom), but it is also the spiritual quest of a man some might regard as a shaman. Throughout his life Ellis has, normally inadvertently, encountered and grappled with many beings and entities that of necessity must fall into one of two distinct categories. Either they are entirely imaginary and owe their existence to an overactive imagination, or they inhabit what Ellis frequently describes as ‘The Otherworld’.
It is my considered opinion that they fall into the latter of the two categories mentioned above and it is here that I must declare an interest, for I too have had similar (although not identical) encounters and in addition I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the (human) characters who populate the pages of Ellis’s book. After reading this observation the reader should not therefore assume that what follows is nothing but a valueless exercise in sycophancy, for it is not, far from it. When I contacted Ellis and offered to write this review, he made it clear that above all else he wanted honesty and that is precisely what he gets, warts and all. I should make it clear that although Ellis and I both, in the main, read from the same page, we also differ slightly on many points and this is entirely as it should be. However, these differences of opinion are nothing major, but are instead the result of using slightly different contexts and frames of reference, Ellis tends to the spiritual and I to the technological, and since spirituality is but another form of technology the end results are nigh on identical.
First the style; Ellis writes with a light, sure and witty touch and his obvious passion for his subject, the paranormal in all its forms, shines through in how he presents his account. The result is a splendid ‘tour de force’ describing a life spent exploring a demon haunted universe viewed through the eyes of a visionary, and the end result is by turns matter-of-fact and absolutely terrifying but invariably absorbing. In fact it is the very intensity and non-human ‘presence’ of some of his night time encounters that make other aspects of this work seem almost pedestrian by comparison. It is no lie to say that this reviewer wonders how Ellis succeeded in retaining his sanity following some of the experiences he describes in the book. Helpfully, where applicable his sources are mentioned (and most welcome too) and are worth some ‘surfing’ in their own right for the additional details and links.
Taken on a personal level, what is described here by Ellis might, due to its highly personal and invasive nature, create concern for the safety and well being of the experiencer, but that aside the impressions and visions he recounts could sit entirely comfortably on either side of the ET divide, but are they ET or are they not? This single question reopens the vigorous and highly polarised debate separating the individuals who regard ETs as a unique phenomenon and the other camp who regard them as part of a much wider phenomenon involving a multidimensional reality. Fortunately, Ellis, who, I suspect, tends to the second view, provides vivid accounts, accompanied by photographs, of the marks frequently left on his body by his night ‘visitors’. They take various forms including intricate line ‘pictures’ and what appear to be finger marks clearly imprinted on his skin, they appear to have been printed using heat. Rather worryingly, some of the marks described in the book have the slightly queasy appearance of radiation burns. These could, I suppose, be dismissed as somehow self-inflicted, but for the fact that they were seen by his partner when they occurred. In addition his skin was not damaged or creased in any way and ‘creasing’ is something that frequently occurs when bed sheets leave marks on the skin. Ellis explains how his partner was obviously (and understandably) extremely upset by these events and benefited greatly from counselling. His partner also supplies her own accounts of some of the events she witnessed and these are included in the book. Interestingly, as an investigator and researcher of paranormal phenomena I had previously seen photographic images of ‘line picture’ marks like those in the book taken by others who have experienced events similar to those described by Ellis. While this is obviously not watertight corroboration or proof of anything supernatural, it does give food for thought.
The very nature of these nocturnal visits is perhaps the most alarming aspect of the book; the mere fact that ‘they’, whatever ‘they’ are, can simply appear at will whenever and wherever they want. The fact that Ellis heard a voice whisper, ‘Peace, no harm’, during these encounters is neither here nor there; ‘they’ have no right to effectively break in to someone’s home during the hours of darkness and take them (or anyone else for that matter) without explicit consent. The possible implications of these actions nor the circumstances surrounding them are not discussed in the book, but should provide the reader with much cause for speculation and concern. The book is profusely illustrated with B&W pictures showing the places and people Ellis encountered on his travels plus other aspects of what is detailed in the text. In addition to his one-on-one experiences Ellis also treats us to accounts of his visits with some of his friends and the astonishing events that occurred when he visited the homes of the Andrews family and John and Katie Pickering are almost worth the price of the book alone. The work also includes a word of warning and one that I will wholeheartedly endorse, leave Ouija boards well alone unless in the company of an experienced medium or psychic. Most of the time the messages are harmless, but occasionally the entities that communicate through them are malicious liars and the dabbler is well advised to treat them with great respect.
How to categorise this book? No doubt it will end up among the many UFO and New Age related titles that grace the shelves of many bookstores, but in my humble opinion it does not belong there. Instead, I believe it should be on the shelves devoted to the occult and magical, because although at first sight a work impinging on Ufology, abduction and missing time, all of which are facets of the UFO legacy, in reality this is book of magic and mysticism. As I said at the start of the review, this is the story of a modern day shaman and if the truth be told shamans are magicians in all but name. If there is only one possible criticism of this excellent work it is this; the title does not do it credit, not by a long shot, the one thing missing below the main title, ‘Dogged Days’, is a small subtitle saying, ‘A Book of Wonders’, for this surely is what it is and I heartily commend it to any student of the paranormal and the occult. Here is truth and more power to your elbow Ellis.
Brian Allan is a UFO/Paranormal researcher, lecturer and writer. He is the Scottish Director of Strange Phenomena Investigations (SPI UK) (Scotland) and co-director of P.E.G (Paranormal Encounter Group).