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 Socorro, 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.
Jesse Marcel, Jr.’s drawing of Roswell wreckage symbols.
“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:
- Alphabetic: consisting of 20-30 symbols, where each symbol is a consonant or vowel
- Syllabic: usually 50-60 symbols, where each symbol represents a consonant/vowel combination
- Ideographic: Usually 500-600 symbols, where each symbol represents an idea or word
- 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.