ON THE TRAIL OF OGE-MAKE
Recently, while going through some boxes of UFO documents in my closet, I came across a copy of the pulp sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories dated January 1948 (Vol 22, #1). Flipping through the musty yellowed pages, I noticed a short story entitled “The Fire Trail” that was written by Oge-Make, an orphaned Caucasian child raised to adulthood by Pueblo Indians in New Mexico. With the edges of the magazine’s fantastic cover art literally falling apart in my hands and raining down on my clothes in tiny colorful pieces, I suddenly remembered having briefly written about this story in my very first newsletter for this site (May, 2000 e.v.), in an article called “The Bestirring of the Nommo(s): A Serious Mystery Revisited.”
In that newsletter, I mentioned that the curious little tale involving a sacred Navaho ceremonial contained specific details that were possibly related to the obscure Dogon tribe of sub-Saharan Africa and the “Sirius Mystery” cosmology now associated with their secret priesthood. But as I began to read the story again, it occurred to me that there was more to it than I originally thought, particularly with regards to information contained in the book The Stargate Conspiracy (2000) which, synchronistically enough, I had just re-read the night before! In this book, which concerns the new Egyptology, the Council of the Nine, ‘esoteric’ Freemasonry, occult fraternities, and an overall plot by an unknown agency using mystical transmissions supposedly channeled from intelligences from the Sirian comity for some socio-political agenda, or as a long-term military psyop experiment, authors Clive Prince and Lynn Picknett theorize that certain revolutionary discoveries about the nine principle gods (the Great Ennead) of ancient Heliopolis made by scientists, scholars and other powerful individuals “tie into a dangerous conspiracy nearly fifty years in the making.”
However, in light of certain revelations imparted by the author of “The Fire Trail”, it would appear that certain of the conspirators, benign or otherwise, have been around at least as far back as the summer of July 1947 (coincidently, the date of the Roswell event), with the message of vital importance that the utopian beings wished to convey to humankind concerning the catastrophic destruction of our planet by atomic weaponry. Although there was nothing new about such dire cosmic warnings in the flying saucer-age, what was rather intriguing to me was the means by which the communications of the alleged extraterrestrials were imparted to Oge-Make. This would seem to lend support to Picknett and Prince’s hypothesis of a chemical stargate by which genuine hidden knowledge is made accessible to certain individuals by those who normally exist outside the threshold of human perception. Before elaborating further on this idea, perhaps it would be best to first give a brief introduction of the Sirius mystery to those who are not familiar with the secret traditions of the Dogon. (NOTE: for additional information, readers should check out the May and July newsletters from 2000 e.v. in the archives).
THE DOGON AND SIRIUS B
The genesis of the Sirius Mystery is most often attributed to American orientalist Robert K, G. Temple’s book of the same name. First published in 1976, The Sirius Mystery, attempts to explain how several high priests of a supposedly primitive tribe living in some of the remotest parts of Africa came into possession of detailed and specific information concerning the binary (or possibly trinary) Sirius System, including astronomical peculiarities that they have allegedly preserved for at least 800 years without the benefit of a telescope. To those who have read Temple’s highly influential book, this information is startling to say the least:
Rather than venerate the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, (relatively close by at 8.7 light years away), the Dogon of the former French Sudan (now the Republic of Mali) instead, give special significance in their complex cosmology to its dark companion, Sirius B, a star that is not only totally invisible to the naked eye, but that can only be seen using a powerful telescope. Not only do certain Dogon priests seem to be aware of the invisible companion’s existence, but it would appear that they also know that it is an exotic type of star known as a white dwarf, claiming it to be one of the heaviest types of stars in the universe, a fact that astronomers now know to be true. And if that were not enough, they also know that its orbit is elliptical, taking 49.9 years to complete around Sirius A, an event that they celebrate with an elaborate ceremony (Note: it has been claimed that Dogon sand diagrams even show the elliptical path of Sirius B about Sirius A, with Sirius A positioned off-center, or at a particular focus of the ellipse, which would also be astrophysically-accurate, although the tribal designs themselves are up to various interpretations, and may be, as archaeoastronomer Dr. E.C. Krupp states, “a sexual mnemonic that equates agriculture with human procreation.”) So, is this all due to chance? Were the Dogon high priests just damned lucky guessers as Robert Anton Wilson joked in his book about things Sirius, The Cosmic Trigger, or did somebody (or something) provide them with information that is relatively new to the rest of the modern world?
Using ancient Sumerian, Babylonian and Egyptian ‘mythology’ to solve the Dogon-Sirius puzzle, Temple traces the origins of the Dogon’s inexplicable knowledge to an advanced race of aquatic extraterrestrial beings called the “Nommo” who originated from a planet in the Sirius system and who visited the earth in ancient times. The tradition of the dark partner of Sirius and of the emissaries of the god, Amma, who bequeathed civilization to those who they came into contact with, was preserved for centuries among the initiated, handed down from generation to generation, until in the 1940s when it was revealed to two reputable French anthropologists, Marcel Griaule and Germaine Dieterlen. The anthropologists, who had lived with the Dogon for years and apparently gained their utmost trust, subsequently published these most secret traditions of the tribal priests, and it was this article that prompted Temple to delve further into the matter.
Although impressed by Temple’s extensive research, those skeptics who believed that the Dogon’s anachronistic knowledge wasn’t just a series of coincidences, thought that their star lore regarding the Sirius system was derived from early Christian missionaries who, for some strange reason, felt it was important to teach a near stone-age African tribe the laws of celestial mechanics of a stellar remnant white dwarf!
Considering such explanations as, frankly, ridiculous, in writing about the Sirius mystery back in the 2000 newsletter, I mentioned that, to me, the most likely solution to the puzzle was that the anthropologists hoaxed the entire thing. Although the “Pup” (Sirius B) wasn’t first photographed until 1970, its presence as an obscure companion of Sirius was guessed at back in the mid-19th century by the German astronomer Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel after observing tiny irregularities (wobbles) in the slow proper motion of Sirius over a ten-year period. His suspicions were finally confirmed in 1862 when Bessel’s “dark star” was first observed by Alvan Graham Clark using an 18-inch telescope that, at the time, was the largest refracting optical instrument in the world. So, it was certainly conceivable that members of the scientific community were aware of the unusual characteristics of Sirius B at the time that the anthropologists were studying the Dogon’s beliefs, and history has shown that even “reputable” members of academia have been known at times to take matters into their own hands.
Since the writing of that newsletter, other critics of Temple’s extraterrestrial conclusions have claimed that Marcel Griaule, of whom the secrets were made known – he being “the first outsider in their history to inspire their confidence”, over-interpreted the Dogon high priests’ answers to his questions concerning their cosmological theories, meaning that he was told what he wanted to hear. This is just short of saying that the eminent anthropologist put the words into the Dogon priest’s mouth, thus fabricating a great mystery for possible academic glorification. The problem with this is that, in the article, as pointed out by Temple, Griaule didn’t trumpet the Dogon’s apparent knowledge of the unseen companion, but, instead, merely placed it as a footnote which stated, “the question has not been solved, nor even asked, of how men with no instruments at their disposal could know the movements and certain characteristics of stars which are scarcely visible.” Although this would seem to confirm that Griaule himself had an interest in astronomy, as some critics use to bolster their case that he was the sole perpetrator of the hoax, the other side of the coin is that he used the words “scarcely visible”, when Sirius B is totally invisible to the unaided eye. Still, if he was a very clever hoaxer, he might go about it that way. Though it is true that we have to take his word for the tribe’s most secret traditions, as he, himself, was the only outsider to which these things were imparted, it doesn’t seem fair to accuse him of hoaxing the mystery on the grounds that other researchers haven’t been able to find other modern day Dogon informants who are aware of the same knowledge of the Pup, let alone a third stellar component. After all, the most esoteric traditions were reserved for only certain members of the priesthood.
As I also mentioned back in 2000, the Dogon weren’t the only nontelescopic observers who knew of the existence of Sirius B. Voltaire’s remarkably prophetic Micromegas (1752) concerns a giant from Sirius and his dwarf companion who travel to the earth to impart wisdom to a certain priest! Knowing that this book predated Bessel’s suspicions and Clark’s observations, is it pure coincidence, or is there something else at work here, something, perhaps, related to the knowledge transmitted via a chemical stargate?
REVELATIONS IN SCRAWLS OF GRAPHITE
Before I dilate further on the possible shamanic aspect of the Sirius mystery, there is another book that mentions the dark companion that was published 25 years before Temple’s work. This extremely rare book (just try to find a copy outside of Utah), entitled Star Guests: Design for Mortality (1950) by William Dudley Pelley, is briefly mentioned in The Stargate Conspiracy, whose authors believe it to be the first collection of channeled material from extraterrestrials ever published. Really? They also consider the author to be an important figure “where the genesis of the stargate conspiracy is concerned.” Really? When the ‘Stargate’ authors finally managed to obtain a copy of Star Guests, they write that they were “staggered” to find elements of the Sirius mystery, relating that it “focuses not just on Sirius, but actually on Sirius B…” Really? What the book of 245 pages actually mentions on two occasions is “a mammoth planet revolving about Sirius as its sun”, and “a stupendous satellite “ that does the same, an idea that the author most likely got from reading a copy of Richard Hinckley Allen’s popular Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (evidently, it could even be obtained in the federal prison system of the 1940s), rather than from channeling non-human entities that migrated from fantastic Sirian planets. Reading Star Guests is not exactly a pleasant experience, as what awaits those patient enough to comb through the automatic writing is a nauseating string of platitudes, predictable 1950s flying saucer contactee drivel, pseudo-scientific zingers, new age “soulcraft” doctrine, and a Biblical slant that one might expect from a white supremacist founder of the fascist “Silver Shirts of America”, but hopefully not from invisible intellects from sublime dimensions controlling a “miraculous pencil.”
To be fair, the book contains a lot of what today could be labeled as ‘Sitchinism’ albeit written in an ornate prose that is reminiscent of the Old Testament, and filtered through the neural circuitry of an American Hitler enthusiast, but as for containing “all of the major elements of the stargate conspiracy”, even with its influx of interstellar spirits migrating to our terrestrial ball as the progenitors of “shapes hideous to think upon they might make in diabolical caprice”, I will have to read it a third time. On second thought, perhaps the following paragraph from Star Guests is what Prince and Picknett found so disturbing: “Of thirty persons in a given street-crowd, ten may be the beast-progeny of the ape-mothers of long ago, ten may be reincarnated spirits from the original Sirian migration, and ten may be members of the Goodly Company of the Avatar, trying to repair the moral damage done so long ago when the members of the Migration ran riot in sodomy – and yet all thirty appear the same as to physical members and, viewed externally, show only differences of racial features and dress. The only way by which they may be identified is by observing their spiritual manners and employments. Multiply that given street-crowd by millions – and even billions – and you have the worldly situation with its conflict of temperaments that makes society what it is, and human progress what it isn’t!” If the ‘Stargate’ authors think that Pelley’s scrawls of graphite make for some interesting reading, then they are sure to find the message of vital importance of he who walked the “Trail of Fire” even more so.
Returning now to the January 1948 issue of Amazing Stories, in “The Observatory” by the editor (i.e. “From the Editor’s Desk”), Raymond A. Palmer warns his readers that this isn’t just an ordinary issue, for the most part because they are running a story that he has “no hesitation in calling TRUE.” This story involves an accurate account of what occurred in the summer of 1947 during an ancient ceremony held by Navaho, Hopi, and other Pueblo Indian tribes when Oge-Make ascended on “a pathway of flames”, traveling through both space and time before returning with an incredible tale involving extraterrestrials from a world circling Sirius. In a side box to the actual article, editor Palmer once again stresses the validity of the tale and offers a sincere warning to all Americans to think about the message related, even going as far as adding a plea for help from his readers at the conclusion of the story in what he deemed to be “a matter of great importance.” In light of his reputation as the P.T. Barnum of ufology, perhaps this is what one might expect from a Palmer production. Described variously as a “hunchback carnival barker”, as “the man who invented the myth of flying saucers” and as “the trickster of the pulps”, whatever one chooses to believe, for forty years, with his alternative-reality magazine, Palmer certainly helped popularize the notion of aliens from outer space visiting the planet earth, and the cover-up of this fact by the powers that be. Only this time, amid the glitter of juvenile mysticism on cheap pulpwood paper, the major elements of the “stargate conspiracy” can truly be discerned (and at about a penny a word!).
Unlike Pelley’s vague allusions to Sirius B as the “seat of the Godhead” in his “seminal” book, Star Guests, in “The Fire Trail”, the “pale son”, Oge-Make speaks of “Sirius and its dwarf companion.” He also describes it has a small sun with a heavy core circling a larger neighbor. Besides these particulars, even more intriguing for fans of Temple’s The Sirius Mystery is Oge-Make’s description of the denizens who inhabit the planet in the Sirius system that he was transported to “in the spirit” during the Navaho ceremony. These beings were said to have a certain fish-like quality to them, living in a water-like medium in which they were propelled by tail-like appendages. Compare this to the Nommo(s) - the amphibious creatures shown in Dogon tribal drawings who, as “the Instructors” and “The Masters of the Water”, were credited with founding human civilization after arriving in an ark, which Temple posits to be an interstellar spaceship. Even more intriguing, however, is the name “Oge-Make”, which might be related to the Dogon’s “Ogo”, a word that they use to refer to our solar system, and to humankind itself in all our cosmic impurity.
As I touched upon earlier, in the Epilogue of The Stargate Conspiracy, the authors theorize that the true stargate of the Heliopolitan religion as revealed in the ancient “Pyramid Texts” and other Egyptian sources, as well as the seemingly advanced knowledge of the African Dogon tribe, might be connected with the shamanic experience and the use of psychoactive substances. This “revolutionary possibility [that] began to take shape” in the ‘Stargate’ authors’ minds, is exactly how, in July of 1947, Oge-Make takes his journey to “Planet One” in the Sirian system.
“UPON THE PATHWAY OF FLAMES DO I WALK…”
In order to deliver a message and seek answers to Navaho concerns about certain threatening governmental programs in the area from the “Great White Fathers” , ostensibly in Washington D.C., the pale son Oge-Make is selected to take a mystic adventure known as walking the Fire-Trail. However, while in an ecstatic trance induced by the hypnotic rhythm of native drums, the throbbing chant by firelight, and an unpleasant tasting concoction prepared by the Medicine Man that he swallows from a pottery goblet (along with smoking something from a red sandstone pipe), instead of journeying out-of-the-body to Washington D.C. to address Indian concerns, Oge-Make takes shamanic flight into the star-dusted blackness, with the planets of the solar system quickly retreating from view. We can assume that this journey involved the consuming of a certain plant with psychoactive properties by the descriptions of his head throbbing and the sudden onslaught of vivid colors while staring into the flaming cedar boughs: “Like swaying orange hands with purple nails – like expanding veils – like corridors – strange undulating corridors…” As the hallucinations grow more intense, Oge-Make is able to walk upon their undulating color of emerald and violet, all the while hearing the prayer-chant: “Upon the pathway of flames do I walk in beauty. Upon the pathway of flames do I walk in knowledge.” Once transformed into a higher body of light, he is able to communicate with the spirit guide, who is also endowed with a similar radiant vehicle. And it is while in this altered state of consciousness, in what today might be called “remote viewing”, that he is given a tour of the Sirian “Planet One”, a bluish utopia with forests of pulsing jeweled brilliance and vast otherworldly golden structures where its delicate, iridescent fairy-like inhabitants glide about in shiny aerial objects.
But as the story unfolds, we learn that all is not well in the paradise of “Planet One” (in the year 50,050 of their time, which in Earth time was “long millenniums before the memory of man”). The core of the planet had become heavier through thousands of years of atomic disintegration. Freaks of nature were developing due to deadly radiations, and it was their hope to get to another planet where the least infected children could survive. While the contaminated planet’s leaders debate whether or not they are justified in taking another planet in a distant star system (SUN 32) by force (one in which the miserable creatures kill their own kind, and have recently developed the hydrogen bomb), something goes seriously (pardon the pun) wrong with their own experiments with a futuristic weapon, causing their entire planet to catch on fire like “a picture soaked in gasoline, to which some one had touched a match”, thus becoming a sun – that which is eventually revealed to be the collapsing white dwarf known to us as Sirius B. In the end, after returning with these grim shamanic visions of another world, the Navaho elders, putting aside for a moment their own plight, instruct the pale son, Obe-Make to deliver the grievous message to the white man.
So, what are we to make of this strange little tale involving a chemical stargate that enables one access to worlds beyond the spectrum of tangibility? Keeping in mind my warning about “the trickster of pulps”, it is almost certain that the author, of “The Fire-Trail”, Oge-Make, was in reality the science fiction writer L. Taylor Hansen, who contributed a lot of material for Amazing Stories in the late 1940s and probably used the pseudonym in order to further imbue the tale with an aura of mystery.
As a footnote to the story itself, editor Ray Palmer states that the tale, with its message of vital importance (which he knows is true!), was passed on to him by a mutual friend, the “scientist” L. Taylor Hansen, who considered it to be interesting material for the magazine’s readers. It is difficult to find out much information about Hansen, other than that she (?) did write a book in 1963 entitled He Walked The Americas. Interestingly enough, this book focuses on various Indian legends about a long lost, bearded “Fair God” who made his rounds in the ancient Americas, spreading the wisdom of Atlantis and other mythic realms of a past Golden Age to the Native Americans. These and other esoteric ideas of the wandering prophet tie in well with the momentous second coming and a new global religion that is at the center of The Stargate Conspiracy. (Note: Fans of Robert Anton Wilson might also be amused that “The Fire-Trail” was published in Volume I, number 22 of Amazing Stories (22+1=23), and that allusions by the Sirians to our own solar system mention SUN 32 (32 being the reverse of 23.)
POSSIBLE SRI CONNECTION?
Although the scholarly author describes herself as being the daughter of the professor who was one of co-originators of the theory of Continental Drift (Taylor-Wegener), of having a Masters Degree in both archaeology and anthropology from Stanford University in California, as well as being an expert Egyptologist, all of these credentials may be bogus. In fact, in doing some checking of Hansen’s background, no one seems to be able to find any verification of her even being a Stanford alumnus. But even if she turns out to be a complete fraud, the fact that she claimed to have these degrees from “Stanford” may be telling in that the ‘Stargate’ authors consider The Stanford Research Institute (founded by the university in 1946) to be an important link to the conspiracy. SRI is now well known for playing a key role in the new Egyptology, using both remote sensing and remote viewing techniques while searching for a possible ancient stargate technology at Giza. As Prince and Picknett explain in their book, this stargate involves a means of physically (?) transporting a human being to other worlds, with the method of looking for it (i.e. remote viewing) involving an out-of-body experience in which the viewer is able to mentally travel (i.e. without his mortal sheathings) across both space and time, and then report back what was seen. Sound familiar?
Could the mysterious L.Taylor Hansen have been an unknown player (or pawn) in an intel-created, psi-related project at Stanford? She (as Oge-Make) most certainly was one of the first to write about the comity of Sirius, including its dark companion and, along with it, deliver to the “white man” a message of vital importance. Her mentioning of “The Seven Tribes of the Black Tortoise” in He Walked The Americas may also be a veiled reference to a shamanic/reptilian connection with the Nommo(s) and Sirius B, but the stargate involved here is for the truly initiated (and one wouldn’t expect to hear the platitudinous warnings uttered by most psychic contactees.)
THE BLUE STAR KACHINA & RETURN OF THE NOMMO(S)
With regards to the Navaho/Hopi/Pueblo Indian ceremonial that Oge-Make experienced, there is one other point of interest that I’d like to mention, and this most certainly does involve dire cosmic warnings. I’m referring to the Hopi prophecies of the Blue Star Kachina, Saquasohuh, who represents “a blue star, far off and yet invisible, which will make its appearance soon” Many consider Saquasohuh to be associated with Sirius – but to others it is believed to be a “patuwvota” or “flying shield” which is interpreted as a UFO controlled by sacred beings from another planet (in the Sirius system).
According to the Hopi elders, when the Blue Star Kachina dances in the plaza (at Oraibi) and removes his mask in front of the uninitiated children (i.e. the general populace), the “Day of Purification” will begin. Hence, the appearance of the ‘star’ marks the destruction of the world as we know it. As it turns out, the Dogon have a similar belief. According to The Sirius Mystery, we are told that the Nommo will come again: “A certain ‘star’ in the sky will appear once more, and will be the testament to the Nommo’s resurrection.” Prognostications of a near stone-age tribe in Africa that perhaps came from a chemical stargate, or compelling evidence of a dangerous conspiracy over fifty years in the making? As the saying goes, only time will tell. Until then, “Question everything, especially authority” (including the channelings of a man named William Dudley Pelley)!