Contactees are people who claim to have interacted on a voluntary basis with extraterrestrials.
The voluntarism distinguishes contactees from abductees whose experiences may seem more like test subjects in an experiment.
Contactees are likely to meet aliens who may be of a benevolent disposition and may provide predictions and warnings about how humankind is wrecking
Often, there is a mystical direction to the interaction.
Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) is perhaps the earliest contactee in Western history. There may be earlier writers with similar accounts, but they
would have claimed to be in contact with angels. For example, one reading of the accounts of Dr. John Dee, alchemist and astrologer to Elizabeth I of
England, could indicate an extraterrestrial influence. Indeed, centuries later, contactees would often interact with beings named after words
originally found in Dr. Dee's transcriptions of "Affa", the angelic language. Swedenborg, on the other hand, was explicit that he was astral
travelling to other planets within the solar system and interacting with the beings he found there.
One of the most famous of the modern contactees is George Adamski, who claimed contact with Venusians, Martians and Saturnians. His claimed knowledge
of the nature of these planets did not match with subsequent scientific discoveries, and photographs and cine film of the alleged Venusian spaceships
was later counter-claimed to be fraudulent.
Billy Meier of Switzerland is perhaps the most celebrated of the contemporary contactees. Debate continues as to the veracity of his claims.
One fairly consistent thread in contactee lore is that predictions that are made, particularly those prophesying doomsday scenarios. These tend to be
erroneous. People have given away their possessions in anticipation of the end of the world. One woman, Gloria Lee, fasted and died as a result of a
channelled message from a supposed denizen of Jupiter.
John A Keel is know for writing about malicious interaction that contactees suffer. He has stated that ultraterrestrials are responsible for this and
that they cannot be trusted.
New Age Psychics
The Aetherius Society was founded in 1955 by Dr. George King. Its mission is apparently to help humanity into its new age. The rise of what may be
termed New Age philosophies has brought a new paradigm into the discourse of contact. Increasingly, the messages are not necessarily about simple
ecological warnings, but rather a concern with the human soul and a desire to help humanity evolve spiritually. Esoteric ideas of sacred geometry and
Kabbalah are brought into the mix. One emerging theme is that of the 'walk-in', a being who incarnates on Earth at this time to help us with the
coming change. The lines between extraterrestrials and angels become ever more blurred.
The Aetherius Society