”His charm, humility, and sincerety are recognized
by all who know him, and he is widely regarded as expressing the religious wing
of the UFO contactee movement at its best.” This assessment of American
contactee Orfeo Angelucci (1912-1993) was given by religious scholar Robert Ellwood in The Encyclopedia of UFOs, p. 21, (edited by Ronald Story). To state
that Angelucci expressed the ”religious wing” of the movement is a bit
misleading. What he actually did was presenting a somewhat simplified version
of the Esoteric Tradition, which was the philosophy of the space people
contacting Angelucci. As a member of the Theosophical Society in America and a
priest in the Liberal Catholic Church, Robert Ellwood should have recognized the
Ancient Wisdom or Science of the Multiverse in the Angelucci story and message.
The contacts with space people made in the 1950s
were not only a psychological test of the public reaction to contact with alien
visitors but also a somewhat novel way to present the Ancient Wisdom. Upon a
careful rereading of he classic books of a.o. George Adamski, Orfeo Angelucci,
George Van Tassel, Daniel Fry and Howard Menger I discovered that the world
view and philosophy of the alien visitors given in these books was actually the
esoteric worldview, although expressed in novel terms. But to recognize this
fact an in-depth acquaintance with the core Esoteric Tradition (Blavatsky,
Bailey, Laurency) is a necessary prerequisite.
After many years of study of the early contactee
movement I also found strong indications that this movement was a carefully
orchestrated project by at least two alien groups. This is revealed in the
article Venusians Walk Our Streets by California journalist och esotericist
Paul M. Vest (Mystic Magazine, no. 5, Aug. 1954). From an esoteric viewpoint this is one of the most
interesting and informative articles ever written on the UFO contactee
phenomenon. Vest´s experiences and articles in Fate and Mystic Magazine has
been decisive in my formulation of an alternative Esoteric Intervention Theory.
In the Summer of 1953 Paul Vest was contacted at his
home in Santa Monica by the alien visitor ”Bill” who asked Paul to help his
group publicize the experiences of Orfeo Angelucci. This was part of a
experiment in contacting ordinary citizens in various ways by physical
meetings, ham radio, clairvoyance and clairaudience. Paul Vest was exceptionally
well equipped to handle this delicate project as an investigator of paranormal
phenomena as well as an experienced esotericist with a profound knowledge of
the Esoteric Tradition. The alien group behind Bill had obviously done a lot of
preparation before contacting Paul Vest. He is given a list of names, addresses
and telephone numbers of people in the Southern California area who had been
contacted by space visitors or would be useful because of their special
knowledge. Later Vest spent several months contacting the people on the list
given by Bill to get a verification of his claims.
Orfeo Angelucci had several physical meetings with
space people and at least one trip in their spacecraft. These well known experiences
can be found on several websites and his book The Secret of the Saucers can be
downloaded as a pdf. Orfeo´s wife Mabel also met the space people on at least
two occasions, one of them an encounter with ”Bill”. She was seemingly not
amused by the visit from Bill: "Oh, that man gave me the creeps. He rang
the doorbell one day and introduced himself with an odd name I can´t remember.
He seemed to know everything about us. It frightened me - there was something
so strange and downright weird about him." The space people asked
Angelucci to go public with his experiences and he started lecturing to groups
of people in Los Angeles. Because of the harsh criticism and social stigma
resulting from his activities Mabel was very much against his activities. She
was concerned for the family reputation and their sons safety: ”Mabel pleaded
with me to forget my experiences. I tried to explain to her why I had to tell
about them, and we had some bitter misunderstandings on the subject.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.38).
Orfeo and Mabel Angelucci
On February 19, 1953 Angelucci published a
newspaper, 20th Century Times. It was essentually the same information later
published as The Secret of the Saucers (1955). He had plans to make this a
weekly newspaper but only one issue was published. In spite of his lectures and
newspaper he reached comparatively few people. But all this changed in
September 1953 when Paul Vest´s article about Angelucci was published in Ray
Palmer´s Mystic magazine: ”I was amazed at the public interest and the general
acceptance of my story. It appeared that intuitively many persons had been
prepared for the account.” (Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.116).
Obviously the work and planning of ”Bill” produced the effect hoped for by the
space people. During the rest of the 1950s and 60s Orfeo Angelucci was a
prominent member of the contactee movement and lectured at many UFO
Mystic magazine, November 1953
Continuing the tradition from Meade Layne, Desmond Leslie and Riley Crabb I will here give a few examples of esotericism in The
Secret of the Saucers, compared with a few quotes from the esoteric writings.
Laurency quotes are from the web editions.
feel a deep sense of brotherhood toward Earth´s inhabitants because of an
ancient kinship of our planet with Earth… We ask that you look upon us simply
as older brothers”.
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p. 9).
”The ancients” (initiates) called the planet Venus ”the
morning star” (not the evening star) as well as ”Lucifer” (he who brought the
light”, the knowledge to our planet). By order of the solar systemic government
the Venusian planetary government relinquished some of its members, who took
over the management of our planet when biological evolution had reached so far
that the brain of ape-man could begin to be mentalized. This was 21 million
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life One, The Planetary Hierarchy, 5.7.1).
we function in dimensions unknown to man and hence interpret all things
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.12).
”You have just fully realized that we are not like
earthmen in that we function in dimensions unknown to your world.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.43).
”The last time you saw me, Orfeo, I was in a less
objectified projection in your three-dimensional world… but tonight you see me
fully objectified… tonight I am no half-phantom, but can move among men as an
Earthman… You now know that we can appear and function as human beings.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.56).
Our planet (Terra) is the only planet in the solar
system where organic life is possible. On other planets, man’s lowest envelope
(49:5-7) is an aggregate envelope and not an organic one. As a rule there is
only one such planet in each solar system. That planet is in fact given a
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life Two, Conscious Development, 7.2.9).
Organisms are by no means necessary to the
development of consciousness in the lowest physical molecular kinds (49:5-7).
On other planets also the lowest envelope is an aggregate envelope. When a
45-self (in his second self envelope) “physicalizes”, so that he becomes
visible in the physical world, he uses the first triad the energies of which
shape a replica of his “lowest material form”, a replica as similar to the
original as possible and consisting of mental, emotional, and physical molecular
kinds. Shaping as well as dissolution is the work of an instant. This physical
body cannot be distinguished from an organism.
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life Two, The Matter Aspect, 6.7.8-10).
all of its apparent beauty Earth is a purgatorial world among the planets
evolving intelligent life. Hate, selfishness and cruelty rise from many parts
of it like a dark mist.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.24).
”I may tell you that to the entities of certain
other worlds Earth is regarded as ´the accursed planet´, the ´home of the
reprobate, fallen ones´. Others call your Earth the ´home of sorrows´. For
Earth´s s evolution is evolution through pain, sorrows in, suffering and the
illusion of physical deaath. Belive me, all evolutions are not similar to
Earth´s, despite the present beliefs of your scientists.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.43).
”Regrettably, our very planet is the “slop-pail” of
the solar system. Monads of repulsive tendency have been transferred here from
other planets and also solar systems, such hateful types as have caused trouble
in planets with individuals of attractive tendency. “All bad qualities” are
precisely the qualities of hatred, and all too many people have acquired such
ones more than 50 per cent. It will take many incarnations before those
qualities have been supplanted by good ones.”
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life One, The Law, 9.45.3).
Our planet holds a special position, not just in our
solar system but also in the greater globe comprising seven solar systems.
Nowhere has such a mass of monads of repulsive basic tendency been gathered,
nowhere has the tendency to selfish individual character been so intense.
Nowhere has mankind incurred such a bad reaping by bad sowing. Our planet is
the star of sorrow in our cosmic globe.
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life Two, Consciousness Development, 7.17.6).
"...this planet of suffering, sorrow, pain and
(Alice Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, p. 385).
"...the unhappy little planet of suffering which we call the Earth"
(Alice Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, p. 649).
"conditions of agony and of
distress such as are found on our planet are found in no such degree in any
(Alice Bailey, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 416).
Ad for The Secret of the Saucers in Fate Magazine, July 1955
there was another planet in your solar system… that planet was the original
home of Earthlings... They made war among themselves… Ultimattely they
destroyed their own planet which today exists only as a sterile and barren ring
of asteroids and debris in the solar system. In order that those entities might
gain understanding, compassion and brotherly love they were born into the
animalistic, material evolution of a lesser planet, Earth. Suffring, sorrow,
frustration and death became their teacher. Their symbol became the Man-Beast.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.44).
”The planetary hierarchy foresees that if religions
are not freed from fear and aggression, if they do not seek that synthesis
which eliminates the mutual antagonism and competition of the nations… then
this will in the future lead to a new world war, this time a religious war,
which in its bestiality will supersede everything and will spell the
annihilation of life on our planet… If so, it would not be the first one.
Astronomers have observed that in the wide interval between Mars and Jupiter,
instead of one planet, there are hundreds of asteroids (so far they have
discovered more than 1700). They were once part of a big planet. Will Terra
share its destiny?
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life Five, The Black Lodge, 23.19.5).
Of interest regarding this issue is also this quote
from contactee George Hunt Williamson:
”We must now decide what to do about your planet Earth. Your bombs will destroy
Universal balance. Your Hydrogen Bomb could make an asteroid belt out of you.
This happened many years ago to planet of the fifth orbit. We knew what they
were doing but we didn´t interfere. We cannot stand by and see another waste.”
(George Hunt Williamson, The Saucers Speak, Neville Spearman 1963, p. 52).
Swedish esotericist and founder of the publishing
house Parthenon, Edith Nicolaisen, corresponded with Orfeo Angelucci 1958 – 1962.
She was given the publishing rights for The Secret of the Saucers but unfortunatly
this was one of her many projects that was never implemented. Edith´s co-worker in Parthenon, Mrs. Gertrud
Bengtsson, had made a translation of the book and she asked Angelucci to write
an addendum for the Swedish edition of the book. Four pages were sent to Mrs.
Bengtsson and as this document has never been published before here are a few
quotes of interest:
Gertrud Bengtsson, pen name Hillevi Lindahl
”It is the month of May, 1962, just ten years since
the first experiences given to me in this wonderful age of new awakening. A
large volume could be written about these ten years, but the main events, the
rapid unfolding into the new awareness, the vibrant days, began May 23, 1952
and extended to the very end of the year 1954… It is not easy for me to add
this letter, fully ten years later, for I re-endorse every word, every meaning,
every effect. I am happy to make this attempt for the Swedish edition of the
book, which is due for publication in 1963…
Mabel, my wife, still remains a phenomenon. Her
smile is as dolcent as it ever was, her laugh as warbling and full as a spring
day. She still does not believe all of what I have told, but she still holds
nothing against me for it… In the past ten years Earth has made only a glimmer
of progress, and even that glimmer is in the material things, such as
electronics and satellites. In the moral and spiritual and ethical dimensions
there has been more backward sliding than forward progress… my own involvement
started May 23, 1952, the very first to announce a contact… I felt this would
be the beginning of a golden age, the final emancipation of mankind from the
last fetters of ignorance. And soon others were heard from, who also announced
contacts. These were George Adamski, George Van Tassel, Truman Bethurum, Dan
Fry, others, too may to list here.
I continued for a while to attend meetings, lectures,
an some of my own activities. Finlly I dropped my own lectures, and devoted
more time to attending thos of other contactees. George Van Tassel was in the
desert, near Yucca Valley, California, and in 1954 he continued with the idea
of conventions… Those who were able to accept the flying saucers as visitors
from other places, far advanced from us on earth have the reward of knowing
that our progress in the cosmos is not a lonely, unseen, and un-recorded series
of events. We know it is part of the Cosmic Plan, the eternal existence, and
the everlasting state of things. So, ten years have not blunted us, but
sharpened us. It is the glory of the Truth, which only a few at a time can
(Document sent in letter to Mrs. Gertrud Bengtsson, Sweden, May 1962).
Orfeo Angelucci speaking at the Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention October 14, 1961. Photo by Swedish ufologist Kerstin Bäfverstedt
Something must have happened to Orfeo Angelucci in
the 1970s, that changed his views and perspective. He published some booklets,
very far from his earlier UFO experiences and philosophy. The Worst Crisis was
published in the beginning of the 1970s and the tone of this document reminds
more of a fundamentalist Christian from the Moral Majority than a UFO
contactee. His hope is now not the space people but evangelist Billy Graham:
”The time is near when one who is truly a shepherd
of men will step forth, break the chains that hold mankind, crumble the false
things, and rebuild it all. I, for one, feel there is such a one among us. Many
of u shave seen him, heard him, and have seen him struggle before the throngs
as though straining at the leashes that hold him… Today, this world has
experienced everyhting, good and bad. Man is landing on the moon physically,
while going into the much spiritually. But it won´t. If this wonderful leader
who is among us feels unequal to breaking the chains of rusty links that hold
him, he can at least point to one who can do so… Even as a born and abiding
Catholic, I nevertheless discern this wonderful Brother and World Helper, as
the one now known all over the world. He is BILLY GRAHAM.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Worst Crisis and You, p. 28).
Even more surprising is an interview with Angelucci
made in the late 1980s:
”… he appeared in a PBS documentary called California Saucers a revealed a new
spin on his previous otherwordly encounters: ”What I think happened was that I
dreamed a lot of my experiences which came back through my subconscious in
(Adam Gorightly, Greeg Bishop, ”A” is for Adamski: The Golden Age of the UFO
Contactees, p. 21). Whether Angelucci refer to some of his later more
visionary experiences or all of his space contacts I don´t know, as I haven´t
found this interview on the web. Hopefully more data on this enigma will come
The core contactee movement as represented by a.o.
George Adamski, Orfeo Angelucci, George Van Tassel, Daniel Fry and Howard
Menger actually represented a unique and positive cultural impulse and a
philosophy of hope for a whole generation of humanity. They advocated a
philosophy in accordance with the Esoteric Tradition, the third intellectual
force or pillar i cultural history alongside science and religion. More
research on this aspect of the first contactees should be of interest both to ufologists specializing in contactee studies and academic scholars of Western Esotericism.
Whatever happened to
Orfeo Angelucci during his later years this assessment of him by Bryant and Helen Reeve reflects very aptly the author of The Secret of the Saucers:
”.. we discovered that we were indeed talking with an individual of great
spiritual advancement, discernment and experience. By this we do not mean that
he was what people call a ”religious” person far from it. There is a tremendous
gap between religious orthodoxy, and the type of cosmic advancement we found i
(Bryant and Helen Reeve, Flying Saucer Pilgrimage, p. 223. They interviewed
Angelucci on September 19, 1955).
”The lone isolated researcher who knows so much of
this sort of thing and really cannot communicate it to his fellow citizens,
tends to examine himself and wonder if he is really normal or just a stupid
believer of colossal lies… Some categories of the unknown and secretive-lie
modus operandi seems to be amply identified and described in the Holy Bible. We
earthlings are under assault as never before and at this late date we don´t
even know it. Our enemy is making great progress on all fronts. For instance just
one area – the moral and physical destruction of our most precious resource
(our youth) via mind altering drugs and weeds has now reached frightening
This was the dystopian vision and conclusion reached
by American ufologist Donald (Don) Worley, presented in his first letter to me on
March 19, 1981. We continued corresponding until 1995 and Don, very generously,
provided me with lots of data and documents from his many years of field
investigations. John Keel very aptly described Don as ”an experienced student
of the unknown” (The Mothman Prophecies, p. 34). He began his studies of UFO
and paranormal phenomena in 1965, being a member of NICAP and APRO. At the
CUFOS conference in 1976 Don Worley was invited to present a paper on the
relation between UFOs, Bigfoot and paranormal phenomena, titled The UFO-Related
Antropoids: An Important New Opportunity for Investigator-Researchers With
To enter the controversial and possibly dangerous
underground world of contactees, abductions, cattle mutilations and Men In
Black (MIB) certainly requires a form a courage. This was the specialized area
of research of both John Keel and Don Worley. In a certain sense they also
arrived at similar conclusions regarding the intelligences behind the
phenomena, although expressed in different terms. Keel used the more esoteric
name elementals, while Worley preferred a mainstream Christian interpretation of
good and evil - angels and demons.
Don Worley (1921- 2018) was born and lived in
Connersville, Indiana most of his life. He was a member of Baptist Temple and
American Legion Post No. 1. Employed at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle and at Roots
Blowers for 31 years. After graduation in 1941, he served in the U.S. Coast
Guard for 3 and a ½ years. On a Patrol Frigate, he was a radioman operating U
boat detection equipment in the North Atlantic, south of Greenland. His active
UFO interest and field investigations began in 1965 resulting in many articles,
lectures, radio and TV appearances. Several of his articles can be found on the
Reading the articles by Don Worley is to be
catapulted into a world of sinister forces and entities. Although he did
consider the possibility of benevolent alien visitors his many articles on the
Nordics mostly imply dubious or evil intentions behind their activities. This
is clearly stated in one of his later articles The Nordics Mystery (Contact
Forum, March-April 1995): ”Are these ”love-exuding” entities – who are
directing the lawless, invasive deeds of the greys and other types – simply greys
in ”sheep´s clothing”?... Are the Nordics good, evil or indifferent?At this
time it seems to me, we remain baffled and suspicious, yet hopeful.”
The mystery and possible threat from the Nordics,
human-looking aliens, was a central theme in many of Don Worley´s articles. He
was very serious about this issue and for several years engaged in a sort of
mission impossible agenda to alert all he could reach of his findings: ”I have
tried to ”wake up” congressmen, senators, (they contact the Pentagon which
sooths with the usual lies, newsmen, national editorial writers, national TV
commentators etc. Actually its just like World War Two. The escaping Jews
returned to the gehettos and tried to tell everyone that the Germans were
liquidating them by the millions but the monstrousness of the truth was
unimaginable to the human mind and could not be accepted. After 22 years I have
come to believe that the situation is really that grim. We don´t comprehend the
primordial mind, know what it has done and is doing or what its final aim is.”
(Undated letter from Don Worley 1988).
Article by Don Worley in UFO Universe, Winter 1997
In a letter May 28, 1985 Don Worley told me he was
working on the manuscript for a book with twelve chapters, cases and documents
from his many field investigations. The title was UFO Ground Phenomena: The
Visible Evidence of Earth´s Hidden Nemesis. Some of the chapters were The
Hidden Deceivers at Work; Analysing the Hidden Enemy; Looking for a Savior. In
the last letter to me November 1, 1995 Don had changed the title to Starships of
Evil, reflecting his increasingly dystopian vision. The book was never
published and I don´t know what happened to the manuscript or his archive.
Don published many articles in Flying Saucer Review
(FSR), during the editorship of Gordon Creighton. He shared Worley´s doom and
gloom estimation of mankind´s situation, although he favored an
anthroposophical interpretation of the phenomena. A World Under Assault was
published in Flying Saucer Review, Spring 1999: ”An epic, unseen, struggle has
been raging for many years. Large intelligence groups in Earth´s leading
nations and the valiant forces at their disposal are locked in a hopeless
struggle with a foe whose power is unsurpassed. Sleeping humanity little
suspects what lies in its perilous future. It is much like the falsely secure
revellers on the doomed Titanic. If some miraculous help does not finally
intervene it is probably that our cherished values and even we ourselves will
There are several ufologists who, after a few years
of field investigation, have reached the same conclusions as Don Worley
regarding the intelligences behind the UFO phenomena. Some of them have completely
abandoned ufology and joined more or less fundamentalist Christian churches or
groups. But Don kept on researching the enigma although with his view of the
situation he must have felt an increasing paranoia. This was somewhat reflected
in a letter to me 1985: ”Here and there in ufology those who got into something
big and got too close to the MIB sometimes end up exiting this life usually by
the heart attack route. ”They” know about me of course , but I don´t think my
book will be stopped. I believe there are forces protecting me that will not
allow this to happen. Others like Keel, Dr. Vallee etc survived and seen their
revelations published… It is amazing how the UFO situation may parallel just
what the Bible has to say about good and evil. You said it was too bad I was
such a pessimist. Facts are facts and I must stick to them but I do in a
limited fashion cover the good guys (angels?) in my book. However its mostly
about those in temporary control now – the great deceivers.”
(Letter from Don Worley, September 9, 1985).
One of the reasons Don Worley arrived at the
conclusions above was that he relied rather heavily on claims made by abductees
during hypnosis. Data obtained during hypnosis are exceedingly unreliable and
must be confirmed by clear empirical or circumstantial evidence to have any
value. In the 1980s many amateur psychologists and ufologists made a mess of
the abduction phenomenon by using hypnosis with inadequate knowledge of the
proceedings. Real and physical abduction do occur though but very few have been
witnessesed by those not involved. The most well known is probably the Travis
Walton abduction in 1975. Two abductions observed by independent witnesses are
documented by Dr. Ardy Sixkiller Clarke in her book Sky People, pp. 124 and
With Don Worley´s deep fascination with contactee
cases (Nordics) I find it strange that he never made an indepth study of the
classic contactees of the 1950s: Adamski, Angelucci, Fry, Menger, Van Tassel
etc. Many were still alive and possible to interview in the 1960s and 70s. Such
an investigation could have made him realize that here was evidence of activity
by a benevolent groups of alien visitors and this could have made his theories
more moderate and less gloomy. Don was also bound by his Christian paradigm or
worldview. If he had studied and considered the core Esoteric Tradition
(Blavatsky, Bailey, Laurency) as an alternative hypothesis or paradigm he would
have found some interesting clues to the UFO enigma. But in this respect he
was, like many other ufologists, what Meade Layner and Riley Crabb called a ”metaphysical
Still I can feel a certain sympathy with Don Worley
as in some respects I share his views, based on my own investigations of
contactee cases. There definitely are some very strange things going on on this
planet and obviously we have both good and bad ”players” in this drama –
whoever they are. Although evil or dangerous space people were often
mentioned by the first generation contactees there are very few references to ”cosmic
evil” in the core Esoteric Tradition. Of possible relevance is one cryptic
reference by the Tibetan to Alice Bailey: ”… the place where another kind of
evil dwells - an evil which is not indigenous to our planet, an evil with which
it was never intended that men should deal.” (Alice Bailey, The Rays and the
Initiations, p. 753). To mainstream scientific ufologists such ideas and scenarios
are simply myths and irrational conspiracy theories. Now suppose you, as a
researcher, would find absolute and one hundred percent personal proof that
there really is a secret war going on for this planet, but you are unable to
prove this publicly. What would you do? How would you react? Here a few
1. Join the fight, hopefully on the side of the
2. Try the mission impossible option of going public
with your knowledge.
3. Write a novel and in fictional form present what
4. Document your knowledge and preserve it in a
safe-deposit box, to be published after your death.
the whole thing and try to live a normal life.