Whitley Strieber (June 13, 1945)
As I intimated in my post yesterday, I’m reading Whitley Strieber’s latest book, “A New World”. It’s good for me since this book goes back to the original narrative of the events covered by “Communion”, “Transformation” and “Breakthrough” (which I still have in my paperback library). What’s better is the hindsight that Whitley now has, since his wife, Anne, died in 2015.
But what about the man, himself?
There are several clues about his personality that are scattered throughout his birth chart: Sun/Mercury/Uranus conjunct in Gemini, spanning his 1st and 2nd Houses; Moon/Pluto conjunct in Leo opposed to the Midheaven in Aquarius and square to Venus/Mars in Taurus. This man has conflicts galore. And there is one inconjunct:
Mars Inconjunct Neptune
With this aspect you must learn to stand up for yourself and demand your rights forthrightly and directly. Often you feel that you don’t have enough energy to assert yourself or that any such effort would be futile. unfortunately, some people with this aspect learn to work behind the scenes or dishonestly. Others simply give up or take a defeatist attitude toward life.
Sometimes this aspect operates on the physical plane as well. You may have a generally low energy level and feel tired all the time but not able to sleep because of nervousness. You may actually need more sleep than others, and if so, you should try to get it. This aspect may also indicate that you tend to have allergies and infections.
Obviously you will have to work to develop your energy, both physical and mental. Your parents should give you a great deal of encouragement and always deal with you honestly. They should encourage you to discuss all your problems openly and let you know that you can always expect fair treatment from them. You should also learn to tell the difference between being really discouraged and being just physically tired. You are not likely to feel very positive and optimistic when your health is not at its best. If you feel defeated and want to give up on some matter, simply rest for a while or wait until another day before making a final decision.
You should get regular exercise to build up your body. Watch your diet carefully and get enough sleep. Stay away from any foods that your body does not handle well.
Scrooge shouts in disbelief, refusing to admit that he sees Marley’s ghost–a strange case of food poisoning, he claims. The ghost begins to murmur: He has spent seven years wandering the Earth in his heavy chains as punishment for his sins. Scrooge loo ks closely at the chains and realizes that the links are forged of cashboxes, padlocks, ledgers, and steel purses. The wraith tells Scrooge that he has come from beyond the grave to save him from this very fate. He says that Scrooge will be visited by three spirits over the next three nights–the first two appearing at one o’clock in the morning and the final spirit arriving at the last stoke of midnight. He rises and backs toward the window, which opens almost magically, leaving a trembling Scrooge white with fear. The ghost gestures to Scrooge to look out the window, and Scrooge complies. He sees a throng of spirits, each bound in chains. They wail about their failure to lead honorable, caring lives and their inability to reach out to others in need as they and Marley disappear into the mist. Scrooge stumbles to his bed and falls instantly asleep.Sparknotes.com
(I’m interjecting this scene from “A Christmas Carol” to bring to mind how Charles Dickens described this otherworldly apparition.)
A New World?
In this book, Strieber relates how several witnesses had encounters with an individual who visited Whitley and Anne’s cabin in the middle of the night. He shape-shifted…
Before seeking to uncover the meaning here, let me offer a thought about why hieroglyphs would be used at all. In this situation, the hoary old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” could not be more appropriate. Looked at as imagistic communication, these few brief appearances, each one lasting only a few seconds, left behind a treasure trove of information. This quality of compression is a consistent characteristic of visitor communications. Even when words are used, multiple meanings are conveyed. For example, when the words “A new world, if you can take it,” were said to Col. Philip Corso, both meanings were important—if we can wrest it out of their hands and if we can bear what we find.
First, we’re shown a bird of paradise, then the falcon god Horus. The connective tissue is that both visitors had the same general appearance and both transformations involved birds. The first sentence, the transformation into a bird of paradise, is straightforward: “I can fly like a bird, and I belong to paradise.” The next one, Horus, is more complex. First, the term in Egyptian mythology represents a number of avian deities, primarily Horus the Elder and Horus the Younger, two different gods with different attributes. But there were also many more granular manifestations of the deity. This suggests that we should think of the entity as being part of a larger group*, perhaps an entire civilization, a whole species, a world. The pharaoh, during his lifetime, was identified with Horus, meaning that the entity belongs to life and to what we might think of as kingship or leadership, and a noble tradition. The falcon hieroglyph refers to the star Sirius. As well, the falcon is the fastest animal on Earth. It also ascends the sky in circles, just as energy does when it rises up the spine. The falcon is also the ascending soul.
So we have in these two brief images what amounts to a self-portrait. A remarkable being is telling us about himself in a language of transformations and images from our own ancient memory and from nature. His first sentence, spoken to the carpenter, told us where he was from and how he could navigate. His second is “I am a king and also very fast.” Then, “I am from Sirius, and I am returning.” Then, “I am a living soul.” All of that said without a word spoken or written down, but eloquently clear if one accepts that there could be a language based on signs and imagery that work like hieroglyphics and that somebody could make the words not by writing but by changing their own appearance.Strieber, Whitley. A New World (pp. 128-130). Walker & Collier, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I know it’s a lot to take in. But I am glad that the ‘story’ of Whitley Strieber’s encounters with ‘visitors’ has taken on historical proportions. It anchors this trajectory in ‘real’ fashion for me.