Hey @sixpenceee! So I live near a small town called Landers in California and there’s this cool thing called the Integratron and it’s this huge dome made completely out of wood (there’s no screws or anything like that holding it together so I have no idea how it’s put together) it’s supposed to be a time travel, rejuvenation, and antigravity machine. The man who built it, George Van Tassel (he was a ufologist who lived under giant rock which is another cool thing out here) said aliens came to him one night and told him to build it and at one point there was all this high tech stuff in there but when he was killed it all disappeared. The dome however is open to visitors and they do sound baths in it and a few bands have used it (the arctic monkeys are one) I thought you’d find that interesting!
02 of 05 - Modern Compendium: Chaos - A Waste of Desert Sand - Herald Ashtar
There are actually very few original seminal myths in the extraterrestrial pantheon. UFO belief really took off during a period of time in America where beliefs labelled as “exotic” – Hinduism, Buddhism, and other religions from Asia – were the mysticism du jour, and so elements of them were blended into UFO belief as it grew. Although the Contactee Movement generated a wide swathe of new UFO figures, most of them quickly faded away and were forgotten, to the point where very few survive today as figures of actual belief.
Ashtar, however, is one of these rare seminal mythological figures. First decribed by George Van Tassel, the man who started the mass Contactee gathering known as the Giant Rock Convention, Ashtar was originally said to be an extraterrestrial being of exceptional power, who contacted people on earth through direct telepathy. This was actually a significant step away from the Contactee convention of the time, which was largely interested in people being taken up into alien spacecraft. The overall message was largely the same, though – Ashtar was a benevolent being, concerned about the human race and all the terrible weapons we seemed to be building.
Ashtar was massively popular almost from the instant of its inception. Contactees loved the idea that Ashtar could contact anyone, anywhere, and all you had to do was slip into a “psychic trance” and begin mumbling. The Ashtar myth also opened the door to synchretism between UFO religions and Spiritualism. As Ashtar’s popularity grew and grew, it began to inspire knockoffs and imitators, many of whom went on to gain followers of their own. Today Ashtar is a part of several large UFO religions, from the Aetherius Society to the Ascention Movement, and stands as an important part of the history of UFO belief.
As you might expect with such an important part of a major modern belief system, Ashtar ends up being pretty powerful. It has access to a number of powerful skills, and like all Heralds, its level is very high. Ultimately, though, Ashtar does get beaten out by more modern extratrrestrial beliefs – not because belief in Ashtar has waned, but rather because other alien gods has surpassed it. But then every good parent looks forward to the day their children surpass them. ^^
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