UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 3
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 3
January 19, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
HUYGENS MAKES SAFE
LANDING ON TITAN
"A European spacecraft Friday," January 14, 2005,
"sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen
surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, showing stunning
black-and-white images of what appeared to be hilly
terrain riddled with channels or riverbeds carved by a
"One picture, taken about 10 miles (16 kilometers)
above the surface as the Huygens spacecraft descended by
parachute to a safe landing after a seven-year voyage from
Earth, showed snaking dark lines cut into the light-
"'Clearly there is liquid matter flowing on the
surface of Titan,' said scientist Marty Tomasko of the
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of
Arizona in Tucson, which made the probe's camera."
"'It almost looks like a river delta,' he said, 'It
could be liquid methane or hydrocarbons that settled out
of the haze' that envelops Titan."
"Another image, taken about 5 miles (8 kilometers)
above the surface, showed light and dark masses, which
Tomasko said seemed to be shadows, indicating a varied
terrain. The dark areas appeared to be flooded or to have
been so at an earlier time."
"A third image taken at the surface showed several
large white chunks--boulders or blocks of water ice--in
the foreground and a stretch of gray surface behind them."
"'There aren't too many planets with liquid,' Tomasko
said, 'There's Earth, and now there's Titan.'"
"'We clearly have a success,' said Dr. Jean-Jacques
Dordain, director-general of the European Space Agency
(ESA), 'This is a fantastic success for Europe."
"Titan is the first moon other than Earth's to be
explored." With a diameter of 3,190 miles, Titan is
slightly larger than the planet Mercury. Titan's surface
temperature is 292 degrees below zero on the Fahrenheit
scale. Titan is about 1.3 billion miles (1.9 billion
kilometers) from Earth.
"Huygens was spun off from the Cassini mother ship on
(Friday) December 24 (2004) before its descent to the
surface of Titan."
"Scientists say they received more than three hours
of data from Huygens ' descent and more than 10 minutes of
data to the surface. Applause erupted at Mission Control
in Darmstadt (Germany) at news of the data transmission."
Huygens entered Titan's thick atmosphere at an
altitude of about 250 miles (400 kilometers). It then
dropped through the Haze Zone, between 186 and 62 miles
(297 to 99 kilometers) and then through rain until it
reached the surface.
"The heart of the mission was the probe's two-and-a-
half hour parachute descent, taking pictures and sampling
the atmosphere before landing on Titan."
"Early signals confirmed the probe had powered up for
entry and deployed the parachute, and officials were
confident it made a safe landing because Huygens was
designed to go on transmitting from the surface for at
least three minutes before its batteries died--a total
transmission of less than three hours. But the signals
kept coming for more than five hours."
"The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched October 15,
1997 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Mission officials--who
have waited since 1997 for Huygens to reach its
destination--had tears in their eyes as the first signal
was picked up, indicating the probe was transmitting to
the Cassini mother ship."
The probe was named after Christiaan Huygens, a
Netherlands astronomer who discovered Titan while
exploring the rings of Saturn by telescope during the
Seventeenth Century. (See the Minneapolis Star-Tribune
for January 15, 2005, "Images from Titan amaze," page 1A,
and "Channels can be seen in frozen surface," page 4A.)
FIREBALL AND SKY BOOM
FRIGHTEN MANY IN INDIA
"Villages in India are in a state of shock and local
officials are baffled after a fireball was seen crashing
to Earth Tuesday night (January 11, 2005), causing a
"'I saw a large ball of fire in the air,' a farmhouse
caretaker told the (newspaper) Mumbai Mid-Day. 'It
arrived from the east so fast that, before I could do
anything, my house shook and all my utensils came crashing
"More than half a dozen villages near Khopoli, Uran
and Panvel felt the impact."
"Locals ran outside of their homes and remained
outside for fear of roofs collapsing."
"'The noise was so loud. For a moment, I thought I
had turned deaf. It was almost like a huge bomb blast,'
said resident R. Chaitanya."
"More than 80 calls about the event flooded the
regional police headquarters in Navi Mumbai."
Immediately after the sky boom, "a tornado-like
effect was also detected in the jungled districts of
Bazruddin, Wavochi and Karochi, which saw trees uprooted."
"Air traffic control officers say all planes have
been accounted for, and the Mumbai Meteorological
Department ruled out any aerolite or meteorite event."
"Officer D.D. Bharsat in the village of Bharapada
told the Mid-Day he saw fire and smoke" in the sky "and
the impact sent leaves and other small articles from the
ground hurtling into the air."
"But police still haven't reportedly found the area
where the blast occurred."
"'Our men are travelling from village to village to
find the exact spot of the unidentified explosion,'
Superintendent Dyaneshwar Phadtare of the Rhigad police
said. 'Many heard the explosion but nobody has been able
to pinpoint the spot.'" (See the Indian newspaper Mumbai
Mid-Day for January 12, 2005. Many thanks to Krishnari
Bai Dharapurnanda for forwarding this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: Welcome to Earth Gets Clobbered Week
here at UFO Roundup. Fireballs and sky booms were seen
all over our planet last week If this was the January
meteor shower, it's ten days ahead of schedule. Read
FIREBALL SEEN BY HUNDREDS
NEAR TUCUMAN, ARGENTINA
"A strange apparition appeared in the sky on Tuesday
night," January 11, 2005, "in Tucuman province, Argentina.
It surprised many Tucumanos and people in different towns
of the province. No one is certain what occurred, but the
experts believe that it might have been a meteorite."
"'It was a ball of fire that crossed the sky from
north to south. As it passed over, it lit up the entire
sky like a white star. It then disappeared to the
southeast,' explained Rene Arganaraz, who was with his
companion Ricardo Baunaly at their house in Tafi Viejo," 8
kilometers (5 miles) northwest of San Miguel de Tucuman,
the provincial capital, "at 11:30 p.m."
"'There was a strong explosion,' the two men agreed."
Argentina's "Civil Defense reported, 'People
described an impressive luminosity in the sky, followed by
an explosion and a shaking of the earth.'"
"Many of the witnesses were from Leales and Cruz
Alta," 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of San Miguel de
Tucuman, "who said they observed a blue or green light.
Other witnesses in Termas de Rio Hondo claim to have seen
something similar to 'a shower of stars.'"
"'It was definitely a meteor. They observed an
enormous star of white light, very brilliant, late Tuesday
evening. The meteor must have disintegrated in the upper
atmosphere,' said an expert from the local university."
(See the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio for January 12,
2005. Muchas gracias a Monica Gaetano de Silva para esto
articulo de diario.)
FIREBALL SPOOKS CROWD
IN ANTIGO, WISCONSIN
"On Tuesday evening," January 11, 2004, "there was
light where there should be none and noise where quiet
should have reigned."
"Antigo (population 8,560) and Langlade County were
apparently in the path of a meteor that brought reports of
strange happenings from South Dakota to central Wisconsin.
Motorists who were traversing the area reported the bright
light in the sky about 6:15 p.m., and there were sounds
that had people answering unknocked doors and peering into
yards to determine who or what was lurking outside their
"The calls to local law enforcement started at about
6:12 p.m. with reports that a meteor had gone down in the
Neva area and near the Langlade-Lincoln County line. But
as far as anyone knows, there is no evidence that the
meteor came to Earth."
"Many people heard the noise and saw the light;
houses rattled as the meteor passed."
"Area law enforcement agencies contacted the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) at the" Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport "to determine what was going on, and
the tower personnel said they had taken reports from an
aircraft flying at 31,000 feet south of Eau Claire
(Wisconsin) and another from a pilot outside of Sioux
Falls, South Dakota. Both reported bright flashes of
light in the sky."
"The Langlade County Sheriff's Department, in a
report entitled 'X-File Info,' noted that loggers working
in the area of the Taylor-Lincoln County line had reported
seeing the glow of a fire in the woods, but were unable to
find the source of the light."
Antigo, Wis. is on Highway 45, just west of the
Menominee Indian Reservation, about 40 miles (64
kilometers) northeast of Wausau. (See the Antigo, Wis.
Daily Journal for January 12, 2005, "Meteor soars over
area with light and noise." Many thanks to Mary Lou
Jones-Drown for forwarding this newspaper article.)
ANOMALOUS TSUNAMI HITS
BEACH IN ARGENTINA
"The rumor was a sea of consternation--did a tsunami
take place on Argentina's (South) Atlantic coast?"
"While it is not possible to say for sure, many
families camped in the public houses at the Sauce Grande
de Monte Hermoso beach," near Bahia Blanca in southern
Argentina, "went through a strange and perilous episode
that included between two and four large waves that
flooded the area."
"The inundations took place Sunday evening," January
9, 2005, "and caused panic, fear and a return of the
indescribable incidents that recalled the
images seen 20 days earlier in Southeast Asia."
"According to several witnesses," the event happened
"at 2:30 a.m., when between two and four waves broke on
the beach, reaching the trees behind" the campers' tents,
vans and beach shacks.
"Items located outdoors were dragged off by the sea.
People who were also there and full of desperation said
the water reached a height of 40 to 50 centimeters."
"'My husband and I were asleep. We felt the wind and
went outside to tie the rope more firmly. I looked out
the window, and suddenly I saw a wave that was rushing
towards us and not stopping and which finally went under
our mobile home,' said Mendoza resident Mercedes de
Casari. 'Suddenly, I didn't see my husband any more.
He'd run off and jumped on top of the house. What a
"Elvira Cachiarelli, a native of Bahia Blanca, went
through a similar situation. She visits this location
every year to spend a few days at the beach. 'I was
asleep and neighbors pounded on the door. I wasn't aware
of the problem because my mobile home is very heavy and
doesn't move, but these were people who went through some
harrowing experiences because the wind was very strong.
Everything was flying around, and there could've been an
accident. This is the first time it's happened. The tide
has come in from the southeast many times, but this wasn't
a 'southeaster'...these were waves!"
(Editor's Note: A 'southeaster' in Argentina is like a
'nor'easter' in the USA's New England states.)
"Elvira noticed that the water went two or three
meters beyond the lot in which the campers were located
and almost reached the trees. 'The tide was 30 meters
(100 feet) away. We were told that it appeared to be a
'backwash' from the (Indian Ocean) tsunami (of December
26, 2004). Twelve hours earlier, it happened in Brazil.'"
"Liliana Elizate de Vazzano, from Olavarria, had to
help her husband Raul get their camper out of the wet sand
in which it was buried. 'I was awake. The water rushed
in suddenly, and by the second wave, it was knee-deep. I
looked at the camper and saw that there were inches to go
before the water poured in. We didn't know what would
happen, and we started to dig wells to take out the
wheels. I think God helped us get out.'"
"'The time was around 2:30 a.m., and we could hear
screams due to the waves that came out of the sea and
almost reached the trees,' said David Dieguez, 'By the
time we reacted, the water had swept away all of the items
left outdoors. There were some ladies who became very
scared, and families with children, as well.'"
"'The sea was 30 meters (100 feet) away, and suddenly
a wave came all the way to the top'" of the beach. "'Then
came another that brought the water level right up to our
houses. It lasted five seconds or less. The cars and
campers were buried and stuck,' he said." (See the
Argentinian newspaper La Nueva Provincia for January 11,
2005, "A tsunami at Sauce Grande beach?" Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales y Christian Quintero para esto articulo de
PARANOIA MAGAZINE STORY
PREDICTED ASIAN TSUNAMI
An article in the magazine Paranoia: The Conspiracy
Reader predicted the massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean,
which took place on Sunday, December 26, 2004.
The Winter 2005 issue (Volume 11, Number 2, Issue 37)
went on newstands here in the USA on Friday, December 31,
2004. Contained within the issue is an article entitled
"The Beginning of the End: Vulcan & Earth Catastrophism,"
which postulates that a dark companion star to our sun may
cause catastrophes in the not-too-distant future.
Page 31 of the magazine states, "A second source of
impending comet strike data has been found in a new and
unusual interpretation of the Hebrew Pentateuch called the
'Bible Code.' Here, all the Hebrew letters in a book of
the Bible are strung without word or page breaks and
rastered in 64 columns. A computer is used to search for
words in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal format. Skip
sequence words are searched (every other row or column is
skipped) and viable words are found."
"Even the name given to the Sun's dark star companion
(Vulcan) is specifically mentioned in the Bible Code."
Here is the second paragraph of Bible Code prophecies
as it appeared on page 31 of Paranoia magazine.
"Tsunami - Vulcan - planet/star - India - Indian
(Ocean?--J.T.) - Athens - Greece - tsunami -stony -
flaming - gigantic - flame - obliterate - flabbergasted -
leviathan - oblivion - overwhelming impact."
"I picked up this issue of Paranoia on Tuesday
morning, January 11, 2005," UFO Roundup editor Joseph
Trainor reported, "As soon as I read that passage, I knew
I had a story. I talked to the staff at Barnes & Noble at
Miller Hill Mall here in Duluth, and they told me they had
received the issue the previous Friday."
"I wanted to know precisely when that issue of
Paranoia had gone to press, so I contacted the magazine's
editor, Joan d'Arc, via email and asked for more
information. Joan told me that this particular issue had
gone to press November 9, 2004. She said the staff at
Banta, their printer in Greenfield, Ohio, wanted to get
the issue printed before Thanksgiving so that their
employees could have a long weekend off. Copies of this
issue were shipped out of Ohio on Monday, November 29,
2004, four weeks before the tsunami. So there is no way
that passage could have been added to the magazine after
the big Banda Aceh earthquake, 9.0 on the Richter scale,
and the resultant tsunami."
"It appears that the Bible Code passage, printed in
Paranoia, accurately predicted the Indian Ocean tsunami,"
Trainor added, "There is no other explanation for this
"If the Bible Code passage is accurate throughout,
then it looks like the next big tsunami will take place in
the Mediterranean Sea. Greece will be hard hit by the
giant waves, particularly Athens, the capital city." (See
Paranoia magazine, Winter 2005 issue, page 31. Many
thanks to Joan d'Arc for the email interview.)
UFO STARTLES THOUSANDS
AT MEXICO CITY STADIUM
On Sunday afternoon, January 9, 2004, thousands of
Mexicans filled the seats of the city's Plaza de Toros to
watch the Temorada Grande bullfights. During the tenth
fight of the afternoon, someone noticed a bright object in
the sky, and soon all necks were craned upwards, including
those of bullfighters Jose Luis Angelino of Tlaxcaltec and
Humberto Flores of Jalisco.
"The object, which appeared to be a silver globe, was
captured by TV cameras for a moment while hovering in the
air above the Plaza," Mexican ufologist Ana Luisa Cid
Fernandez reported. "The object then darted away and
disappeared over the horizon."
"Images of this flying saucer were shown" Sunday
evening "on the program La Jugada on Canal (Channel) 2
Television de Mexico at 10:30 p.m. The object was seen by
thousands at the Plaza de Toros." (See the Mexican
newspaper El Universal of January 10, 2004. Muchas
gracias a Ana Luisa Cid Fernandez para esto articulo de
HILLSIDE VANISHES AFTER
UFO EVENT IN SONORA
"More than half of a hill located on the coast near
Hermosillo" in Mexico's state of Sonora "apparently
"The event was classified by Sonoran scientists as
'strange and surprising.'"
"According to a series of images taken by (the
Mexican newspaper) El Imparcial, a hill belonging to the
Sierra de Cirios near Puerto Libertad ceased to exist in a
matter of hours."
"At 8:54 a.m. yesterday (Friday, January 7, 2005), a
reporter and a photographer from the newsroom saw what
they took to be a UFO as they drove along Ruta 36 Norte
(Route 36 North--J.T.) along the (Golfo de California)
coastline. After the sighting, there arrived a strange
phenomenon in which really fantastic clouds" obscured
"At 2:05 p.m., as shown by photos taken by the pair,
a considerable part of the hill had disappeared."
Studying a photo they shot at 9:02 a.m., the
witnesses reported, 'Matter begins to fall from the object
before it lands on the hilltop. This is one of 12 images
I recorded of the changes before 9:07 a.m. The change of
elevation of the hill on the right can be seen, and the
formations on the left have changed shape." (See the
Mexican newspaper El Imparcial for January 8, 2005.
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Marco Reynoso para esto
articulo de diario.)
ANOTHER UFO SIGHTED IN
"The sighting of an aerolite or Unidentified Flying
Object (UFO) over La Antigua," a city in Mexico's state of
Veracruz, "caused much expectation and uncertainty among
local residents. The object fell at sunset, leaving a
"According to preliminary reports collected by
Notivel, around 6 p.m. yesterday (Thursday, January 6,
2004) several persons witnessed the event, which could be
seen unaided. At the barracks of the Public Safety Office
at Ciudad Carol, duty personnel received dozens of phone
calls from people who believed it was an aircraft in
flames, falling to the ground."
"Others believed that the object was meteorite-
shaped, since it left a wake as it fell to Earth."
"A bright light was seen as it fell in the vicinity
of La Antigua."
"Personnel of the Public Safety Office, aboard their
vehicle, surveyed the region, but as of yesterday no
reports of any aerial or terrestrial accidents had been
received, nor a possible explanation" of the event.
"However, the sighting was a cause for alarm, as the
light appeared to descend out of a point in space, only to
fall somewhere on Earth." (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Marco Reynoso para estas noticias.)
SPHERICAL UFO SEEN AT
ANOTHER BEACH IN CHILE
On Saturday, December 18, 2004, "at around 8:30 p.m.,
Alejandra Bauerle was spending time on the beach at Cau-
Cau, near Horcon" in Chile. "Upon looking at the sky and
the lovely sunset, she became aware of some strange lights
crossing the firmament. At first she believed they could
be aircraft, but after analyzing the contrails left in the
skies and the object's sudden and irregular movements, she
dismissed the possibility altogether."
"'It started out like a dot, perfectly round,'" Sra.
Bauerle reported, "'And it became fuzzy, first as a
vertical line and then as it moved toward the left. We
thought it could be a commercial aircraft flying low, but
it was too large to be the trail (contrail) of an
airplane. We looked at it through binoculars and could
see only the light.'"
"It is not known if the light and the object were
present or if it was only the impressions that they left.
In fact, the object could barely be seen, only the
tremendous light that became longer and changed course."
(See the OVNI Chile report for December 31, 2004. Muchas
gracias a Scott Corrales y Guillermo Gimenez para estas
MAN PHOTOGRAPHS A UFO
IN SANTA ROSA, ARGENTINA
"On Saturday, December 18, 2004, at 3:45 p.m., a
rural contractor managed to photograph a strange flying
object in a field near Santa Rosa," a city in Argentina's
La Pampa province.
"Roberto Maggio was taking snapshots of the various
(farm) machines working on tasks related to harvesting
without even being aware of the UFO's presence."
"That night, upon downloading the digital photos from
the camera to his personal computer, he was startled to
detect an object that showed a blurry outline. On its top
and bottom, however, the object was much sharper,
presenting a darker central area. Maggio was also able to
detect a small blurry dot on an earlier photo but
appearing with a better perspective in the next shot."
"The witness claims not having natural objects which
could have led to misinterpretation moving in front of the
lens prior to taking the photographs."
Santa Rosa is in eastern La Pampa province, located
about 350 kilometers (210 miles) southwest of Buenos
Aires, the national capital. (See the Argentinian
newspaper La Arena for January 8, 2005. Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales y Raul Oscar Chavez para esto articulo de
SILVER SPHERE UFO SEEN
IN O'CONNOR, AUSTRALIA
On Sunday, December 19, 2004, at 3 p.m., Alex Burns
reported, "I went outside to have a cigarette" in
O'Connor, in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.)
near Canberra. "I was looking at the moon, which was at
the time situated to the northeast of the city at 45
degrees in the sky. The sky was mostly cloud free, and
there were no clouds near the object."
"From behind a tree, a small spherical object became
visible, moving in a straight line horizontally in what
appeared to be a northerly direction about five degrees
under the position of the moon (40 degrees above the
horizon--J.T.) The object periodically flashed due to
what I thought was a combination of rotation and the
reflection of the sun."
"I can't accurately estimate the height (altitude in
the USA--J.T.) of the object. However, it was about the
size of the radius of a cigarette filter at arm's length.
The object appeared to jitter, moving up and down a few
times, probably at a distance of about a hand's width,
while still travelling
forward at the same speed."
"It then shot upwards at a 45-degree trajectory,
without slowing or curving whatsoever. It was then that I
called out to my housemate to come quickly and see what
was in the air. The object then moved downwards in a
large arc and vanished."
"I knew for a fact it was not an airplane, a meteor,
a satellite, a weather balloon or anything I have seen
before. I am very excited by what I have seen, and I
didn't feel afraid or have any negative emotions about it.
Obviously, I don't know whether it was an alien craft.
Maybe someone else saw something similar in the sky? It
appeared to be spherical, metallic in colour, although I
was quite far away." (Email Form Report)
LUMINOUS ORANGE UFO
SIGHTED IN TASMANIA
On Sunday, January 2, 2005, at 1:30 a.m., M. Davy was
driving home in Launceston, a city on Australia's island-
state of Tasmania when she saw a strange glow in the dark
"Driving home, I saw it hovering in the northeastern
sky," she reported, "It was a massive orange thing in the
sky. As I travelled further along the road, it never
seemed to move. It simply hovered in the sky. But I
didn't seem to be close to it. It was orange, not really
bright, with a round center, almost like a disc."
"It didn't look like it was travelling anywhere but
just appeared in the same spot. I would say it was about
45 degrees above the horizon." (Email Form Report)
UFO FLOTILLA SPOTTED IN
SAND SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA
On Tuesday, January 11, 1005, at 8:15 p.m., Cheryl S.
was outdoors at her home in Sand Springs, Oklahoma
(population 17,451) when she saw strange lights
approaching from the southwest.
"I saw six bubble-shaped lights," she reported, "They
appeared to be doing a movement in the sky. I called it
'dancing.' Four would be in a circle, and two outside the
four. The lights reminded me of those spook lights down
in Marfa, Texas (a long-running Fortean phenomenon located
229 miles southeast of El Paso--J.T.) They also lit up
our backyard and our patio."
She described the objects as "clear, round, no light
trail following it when it moved back and forth across the
sky. Approximate distance of an airplane flying overhead,
but it was faster than any airplane. I called Channel 8
TV to report it. They said they had other reports of
Sand Springs is in Sapulpa County, on Highway 412,
approximately seven miles (11 kilometers) west of Tulsa.
(Email Form Report)
DID EARTH CHANGES CAUSE
"A sailor injured aboard a nuclear submarine that ran
aground about 350 miles (580 kilometers) south of Guam
died Sunday," January 9, 2005, the U.S. Navy said.
"There were no reports of damage to the USS San
Francisco's reactor plant, which was operating normally,
the Navy said."
"Twenty crewmembers were being treated for injuries.
The ship was returning under its own power to its home
port in Guam" on Monday, January 10, 2005, after being
damaged Saturday," January 8, 2005.
"Lieutenant (junior grade) Adam Clampitt of the
Pacific Fleet said the sub had been conducting submerged
operations and was headed to Australia on a port visit."
"Sailors on the San Francisco, a nuclear-powered
attack submarine, had just finished cleaning the vessel
last Saturday as it sped along 500 feet (150 meters)
beneath the surface of the South Pacific."
"To the captain and other officers relaying on
undersea navigation charts, everything seemed clear."
"Suddenly, there was a horrible screeching. The
submarine had crashed head-on into an undersea mountain
that was not on the charts."
"Now, Defense Department officials say they have
found a satellite image taken in 1999 that indicates an
undersea mountain rising to perhaps 100 feet (30 meters)
below the surface at that spot."
"But the older navigation charts provided to the Navy
were never updated to show the obstruction, they
acknowledge, in part because the defense agency that
creates them has never had the resources to systematically
use the satellite data."
"The officials said the main chart on the submarine,
prepared in 1989 and never revised, did not snow any
potential obstacles within three miles (5 kilometers) of
the crash, which killed one sailor and injured 60 others.
They said the violent crash happened in such a desolate
area--360 miles southeast of Guam--that updating their
depiction of the undersea terrain was never considered a
"A variety of satellite data is now showing that many
sea charts, including some that still rely on notations
from the days when sailors navigated by the stars, are
inaccurate. And some scientists are calling for greater
use of satellite data to more precisely fix the location
of undersea ridges, islands and even continental
boundaries and to chart large areas of the oceans about
which little is known."
"The latest disclosures support the account by the
commanding officer of the San Francisco that the charts
showed the track was clear. But former submarine captains
said Navy investigators were likely to examine whether it
was prudent for him to travel at such a high speed, 30
knots, given the age and spottiness of the information."
There is also the possibility that the ocean floor
may have changed significantly between 1989 and 1999, UFO
Roundup editor Joseph Trainor pointed out. "As a result
of the recent Banda Aceh earthquake, which measured 9.0 on
the Richter scale, a portion of the floor of the Straits
of Malacca moved closer to the surface. Before December
26, 2004, the sea floor in that area was at a depth of
4,000 feet. Indonesian fishermen claimed last week that
the depth is now only 100 feet."
"The 'earth changes' predicted by Edgar Cayce in the
1930s may be going on right now, on the sea floor, in
places like Guam and Indonesia." (See USA Today for
January 10, 2005, "Nuclear sub runs aground, one sailor
dies," page 5A, and the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
January 15, 2005, "Outdated charts led to crash of U.S.
sub," page 6A.)
MORE WILD WEATHER
SWEEPS THE USA
Another massive storm system moved across the USA
last week, causing devastation in several states,
"As many as 200 vehicles got stuck in the deep snow
early Saturday," January 8, 2004, "in the San Bernardino
Mountains as the latest in a series of storms struck
California, and more heavy snow shut down" three major
highways through the Sierra Nevada Mountains."
"Snow piled up 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.3 meters) deep
along a 15-mile (25-kilometer) stretch of highway between
the Snow Valley ski resort and Big Bear Dam, said Tracey
Martinez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire
"'People were panicking and calling 911 on their cell
phones,' Martinez said, 'It's going to take us awhile to
get all the folks out of there.'"
"Some neighborhoods below California's San Bernardino
Mountains recorded more than a half-inch of rain every
hour, and homeowners rushed to pile sandbags."
"Elsewhere in California, up to 4 feet of snow fell
overnight in the Sierra Nevada around Lake Tahoe, ski
areas reported Saturday. That came on top of as much as 4
feet of snow dumped on parts of the area (Thursday)
December 30 (2004)."
"Interstate 80, which crosses the Sierra and links
Sacramento, California (the state capital--J.T.) to the
Reno-Tahoe, Nevada area was closed for 13 hours until
Saturday morning. Two other major Sierra highways--U.S.
50 over Echo Summit and Highway 88 over Carson Pass--
remained closed Saturday."
The same Saturday, "along the Ohio River, hundreds of
Ohio and West Virginia residents had evacuated their homes
and stacked sandbags."
"The (Ohio) river was nearly 4 feet above flood stage
and still rising Saturday morning at Point Pleasant, West
Virginia (home of Mothman--J.T.) and was about 7 feet (2.1
meters) above flood at Marietta, Ohio. Water was 2 to 4
feet (0.6 to 1.3 meters) deep in the streets of downtown
Marietta, closing businesses."
"Pacific storms thrashed California with heavy rain
and snow for a third straight day Sunday," January 9,
"In the Los Angeles area, the latest storms in an
unusually wet Southern California winter caused flooding,
mudslides and at least seven deaths over the weekend."
"In Elysian Park, near (L.A.'s) Dodger Stadium, a
hillside gave way Sunday and buried a 43-year-old homeless
man who had pitched his tent there. Another homeless man
was injured in the mudslide."
"On the Pacific Coast highway in Malibu, a car
skidded in the rain and mud early Sunday, hit a telephone
pole and careened into the surf. The driver was killed
and four passengers were injured."
"A two-story home on a rain-saturated hillside
collapsed Sunday in Studio City, a San Fernando Valley
neighborhood in Los Angeles. Rescuers pulled a man and
his two children from the rubble. They had minor
"Two people died in a crash on a rain-slicked Los
Angeles freeway, and a 4-year-old girl died when her
father skidded off a road in Chula Vista," a suburb of San
Diego. "A man was washed to his death in a creek in
Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles."
"The train of storms that have slammed into
California also spread rain, snow and ice eastward across
"Avalanches killed two people in Utah and one in
In Colorado, "the storms have piled up 10 feet (3
meters) of snow in the Rockies, where three skiers on a
family outing were reported missing on Monday," January
"Four snowmobilers were stranded overnight near
Steamboat Springs, Colorado after they got stuck. None
was injured, but they considered themselves lucky to get
out alive. Jesse Goble and his brother-in-law, J.R.
Osborne, started a fire with a stick they saturated in
gasoline and lit from a spark plug on one of their
machines. They spent the night cutting up a dead tree to
feed the flames, sharing a single water bottle filled with
melted snow and four Snickers bars."
"Relentless Pacific storms lashed the (USA's) West
Coast again on Monday," January 10, 2005, "causing a giant
mudslide in California and burying mountain passes in some
of the deepest snowfall in 90 years."
"The storms, fed by the 'Pineapple Express' moisture
flowing in from the tropical Pacific near Hawaii are
blamed for at least 10 deaths in California and one in
"Two tornadoes, rare but not unheard of in Southern
California, were reported Sunday night," January 9, 2005,
"near Riverside and Monday," January 10, 2005, "in Ventura
"In La Conchita, a tiny town 70 miles (112
kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, at least two people
were confirmed dead and as many as 12 were unaccounted for
after a mudslide pummeled a four-block area."
"Hundreds of residents and motorists were stranded in
the incident. As many as 20 homes were damaged when the
hillside cascaded down like a river. Trees and vegetation
were carried away, leaving huge gashes of raw earth on the
bluff. Some residents made their way from the area,
clutching pets, luggage or clothing as the huge mass of
mud bore down."
Authorities finally evacuated the town. Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger declared La Conchita a disaster area.
"Downtown Los Angeles, which averages 15 inches (37
centimeters) of rain each winter, had 21 inches (52
centimeters) as of Monday," January 10, 2005.
A 25-foot (8-meter) tall boulder "crashed down onto
Topanga Canyon Road on Sunday," completely blocking the
thoroughfare. "Crews used explosives Tuesday afternoon,"
January 11, 2005, "to blow up" the boulder.
"More snow fell in the Sierra Nevada, where schools
closed again in Reno (Nevada) and roofs collapsed under
the weight of up to 4 feet of snow." Areas around Lake
Tahoe have received 20 feet (6 meters) of snow since
"But the storm's fury shifted south Tuesday to the
desert near Las Vegas and nearby Arizona and Utah."
"The rain-swollen Virgin and Muddy Rivers flooded
areas near Mesquite and Overton (Nevada), northeast of Las
Vegas, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people.
Avalanche warnings evacuated the Mount Charleston ski
area, where a snow slide killed a 13-year-old
Flooding continued in the USA's Midwest, and "Gov.
Bob Taft has declared a state of emergency in 49 of Ohio's
"A tugboat and three barges sank after being pushed
through a dam on the Ohio River by currents strengthened
by heavy rains. Three crewmembers on the barges were
killed. One person was missing."
"The tug was pushing six barges when it went through
the floodgates at the Montgomery Island Dam and was rammed
against the dam by strong currents."
"'The worst thing was, you could see two people in
the boat screaming for help' over the rush of the water,
said Chuck Ward, assistant fire chief in Industry (Ohio)."
"In Arkansas, two people died when thunderstorms
ripped a 20-mile (32-kilometer) path of destruction
through Union County late Wednesday," January 12, 2005.
"At least 13 others were hurt, and homes were damaged and
"Floodwaters stayed high as the storm dropped more
rain from Missouri to Pennsylvania. Towns along the Ohio
River and its tributaries, where more than 1,000 homes
have been damaged or destroyed, are braced for more."
"In Hazelton, Indiana, volunteers and the National
Guard placed 65,000 sandbags to hold back the White
"In Fort Wayne and Decatur (Indiana), the St. Marys
River was close to record levels set in 2003."
Heavy fog blanketed Michigan and Indiana, even as
snows buffeted Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa on Wednesday,
January 12, 2005.
"At least two people died and 25 others were injured
when about 100 vehicles crashed Wednesday in thick fog on
a Michigan highway, police said."
"In Michigan, about 50 vehicles wrecked in one pileup
on Interstate 96 outside Lansing (the state capital--J.T.)
on Wednesday afternoon, killing one person, police said.
Another person was killed when five vehicles crashed into
each other 30 minutes later several miles to the east."
"One person was also killed in Indiana when at least
20 vehicles piled up amid heavy fog on a highway east of
South Bend. The chain-reaction collision in Indiana left
wrecked vehicles scattered in both eastbound and westbound
lanes over a three-mile stretch of road."
"Nine inches of new snow fell Wednesday, leaving
Duluth (Minnesota) with about 20 inches on the ground and
about 40 inches fallen this winter."
"Right after the snowstorm, the temperature here in
Duluth really dropped," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor
reported, "On Thursday, January 13, 2005, it was minus 4
degrees Fahrenheit on Superior Street at 10:30 a.m. On
Friday, January 14, 2004, it was minus 9 degrees at the
same spot at the same time--10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, January 16, 2005, it was minus 20 degrees at
the Milk House in Piedmont Heights at 9 a.m. We are
definitely in Part 2 of 'The Big Freeze.' It's not
supposed to go back above zero until Tuesday. If this
keeps up, Lake Superior is going to freeze completely over
for the first time since 1994."
"By midday Thursday, Minneapolis," Minnesota's
largest city, located about 200 miles (320 kilometers)
south of Duluth, "had dipped to 2 degrees" Fahrenheit.
"In Montana, the plains town of Cut Bank (population
3,105) was at minus 23 degrees, while the mountain city of
Missoula (population 57,053), just 145 miles (240
kilometers) away, was 23 degrees above zero."
On Friday, January 14, 2005, six inches of snow fell
on the volcanoes of Hawaii. Snow completely blanketed the
ground on the higher terrain of the "Big Island" of
Hawaii, including Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kulani, Mountain
View, Puu Waawaa and Hualalai.
"Joe, it looks like Minnesota out there," UFO Roundup
contributor Tiffany Burton reported, "Everything's white.
Kids are using their surf boards as snowboards. I was not
ready for this. It's so cold I'm wearing my pajamas under
a sweatshirt and jeans." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for January 9, 2005, "Storms persist from East to
West," page 7A; USA Today for January 10, 2005, "7 die as
new round of storms hammers Calif.," page 11A; Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for January 11, 2005, "Heavy rain
hammers California again; one dies," page 4A; USA Today
for January 11, 2005, "Calif. mudslide leaves 2 dead, up
to 12 missing," page 3A; USA Today for January 12, 2005,
"At least 20 dead in Calif. storms," page 3A; USA Today
for January 10, 2005, "Tugboat barges sink on Ohio River,
3 dead," page 5A; Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January
13, 2005, "Highway pileups kill three," page 2A; USA Today
for January 14, 2005, "Icy air rushes south as storms move
east," page 3A; Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January 13,
2005, "The snow is over, now comes the brutal cold," page
6A; and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for January 15, 2005.
Many thanks to Tiffany Burton for the Hawaii report.)
(Editor's Note: Just like last week, there has been
unusually severe weather outside the USA, as well. Read
HEAVY RAINS HIT EUROPE
AND CENTRAL AMERICA
"Powerful winds and heavy rain swept across northern
Europe from Ireland to Russia over the weekend, killing at
least 15 people by Sunday," January 9, 2005.
"Hundreds of thousands of homes lost power, and air
and sea transport were disrupted. Winds were clocked at
75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour) in some areas
of Scandinavia. Some bridges and airports were closed,
and rail and ferry traffic was disrupted."
In UK, the river Eden rose above flood level and
inundated the city of Carlisle. Rescue workers needed
rowboats to navigate the streets, which were flooded to a
depth of 3 feet. "Military helicopters were called in to
lift about a dozen people from their rooftops."
In Russia, rising floodwaters closed several subway
stations in the northern city of St. Petersburg.
"In Finland, rescue teams piled thousands of sandbags
and bales of recycled paper on the waterfront in downtown
Helsinki, near the president's palace."
In Central America, "three days of heavy rains in
Costa Rica and Panama have forced about 12,500 people from
their homes and killed at least one person."
"Costa Rica's National Emergency Commission said that
7,500 people had been evacuated to shelters. The Red
Cross reported one man killed by a landslide."
"In Panama, helicopters plucked people from rooftops,
according to the National Civil Defense System. It said
that 5,000 people had been evacuated. Rains have been
pounding the region since Saturday," January 8, 2005.
(See USA Today for January 10, 2005, "15 die after weekend
storms rake Europe," page 6A; and USA Today for January
11, 2005, "Floods force 12,500 from homes," page 7A.)
HITLER CALLED POPE PIUS
"FRIEND OF THE JEWS"
"The Nazi commander in Rome warned Pope Pius XII
(birth name: Eugenio Pacelli--J.T.) in 1944 of a plan by
Adolf Hitler to abduct the pontiff, a newspaper reported
Saturday," January 15, 2005.
"Avennire, an Italian Catholic daily, cited a written
statement by Gen. Karl Wolff, the head of the SS in
German-occupied Rome, saying that Hitler considered Pius a
'friend of the Jews.'"
(Editor's Note: Wolff also served as the intermediary
between his boss, Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich Himmler, and
Allen W. Dulles, head of the American Office of Strategic
Services (OSS, forerunner of the CIA--J.T.) during top-
secret peace talks between Nazi Germany and the Allies in
September 1944. In April 1945, Wolff negotiated with
Dulles the surrender of all the German forces in Italy.)
"The comment would seem to refute claims that Pius
did little or nothing to protect Jews from slaughter by
the Nazis during the Holocaust."
"Avvenire, published by the Italian (Roman Catholic)
bishop's conference said new details emerged during
research to help the Vatican determine if Pius XII merits
"Some Jewish groups are opposed to the move, the last
formal step before possible sainthood. They contend Pius
didn't speak out or do enough to save Jews during the
"Avvenire's account comes a few weeks after a
document found in Roman Catholic archives apparently
instructed French Church authorities that Jewish baptized
children should remain in the Church, even at the cost of
refusing to return them to relatives." (See the Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for January 16, 2005, "Hitler planned
to kidnap Pope," page 2A.)
(Editor's Note: Deportations in Vichy France were handled
by the Commission Generale des Questions Juives (CGQJ or
General Commission on the Jewish Question). When Vichy
France was occupied by the Germans in November 1942,
Xavier de Vallat took over as head of the CGQJ and felt
that too many French Jews were using "the baptism clause"
to escape arrest. Vallat persuaded the French head of
state, Marshal Philippe Petain, to amend the deportation
decrees to include "baptized Jews." Thereafter, all Jews,
whether born in France or not, were liable to be shipped
out of the Drancy transit camp aboard "the Auschwitz
BLACK MAGICK ON
"Police in Devon (UK) are investigating after seven
sheep were found dead arranged in an unusual pattern on
"The sheep were found on Sampford Spiney on Dartmoor
with their necks broken and their bodies in a pattern
sometimes associated with the occult."
"The pattern was similar to the shape of a star, a
heptagram, a mystical symbol sometimes used in occult
"Chris Cole, a farmer who owned some of the sheep,
said he first thought that they were killed by a lightning
"Mr. Cole, one of three farmers who owned the
animals, said he thought it was lightning because 'that's
what happens when any big group of animals dies like
"He said when he discovered the animals were left in
the seven-pointed shape, 'It scared some people and
alarmed others, me included, being this close to home. I
don't really know what's happened. It's more what we are
imagining happened here now.'" (See BBC News for January
13, 2004, "Dead sheep found in 'occult star.'" Many
thanks to Robert Fischer for this news report.)
IT'S OFFICIAL--DUBYA WILL
TAKE THE OATH ON THE
USA Today reports that President George W. Bush will
take the oath of office Thursday, January 20, 2005, on
George Washington's Masonic Bible.
According to the article in USA Today, President
"Bush says he plans to enjoy his second inauguration
speech more than his first, when he said he was nervous
about 'choking up' because his mother and father were
seated behind him...He joked that he's debating whether to
wear a red or blue tie and said he will use the same Bible
he used in 2001. It was used by his father, former
president George H.W. Bush in his 1989 inauguration and by
his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, when he was sworn in."
Sixteen years ago, in January 1989, the rumor floated
around Washington that the elder Bush had declined to take
the oath of office on the Bible and had instead placed his
hand on The Preppy Handbook.
Some American rightwingers at the time claimed that
George H.W. Bush had placed his hand on Originalschriften
des Illuminatenordensekte, the book of black magick
written by Illuminati founder Adam Weishaupt.
In actuality, "Poppy" used the 238-year-old Masonic
Bible, with the compass-and-square motif on its cover,
that was used by the USA's first president, George
Washington, at his inauguration in New York City in 1789.
In January 2001, the New York Post reported, "A Bible
that George Washington used to take the oath of office as
the nation's first president will be used by George W.
"Three officials of the Manhattan-based St. John's
Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons will board an Amtrak
liner for Washington D.C. tomorrow. They'll be carrying
the nine-pound, 234-year-old King James Bible in a special
"For the sixth time in history, the Bible will be
used on Saturday," January 20, 2001 "for the swearing in
of a U.S. president. George Washington was the first in
1789. The last was George H.W. Bush, who used the Bible
in 1989. Other presidents who have placed their left hand
on the Masonic Bible were Warren G. Harding in 1921,
Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 and Jimmy Carter in 1977."
"The (Masonic) Bible was also displayed at the New
York World's Fair in 1964-1965." (See USA Today for
January 14, 2005, "Bush sees legacy in taking on big
challenges," page 9A. Also the book Talisman by Graham
Hancock and Robert Bauval, HarperCollins Publishers,
London, 2004, page 486.)
From the UFO Files...
1891: STRANGE SECRETS OF
Of all the sites associated with Marie-Joseph Paul
Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette,
there is none quite as spooky as that little park just
north of the White House in Washington D.C. Today it's
called Lafayette Park, but prior to 1970 it was known as
During the Nineteenth Century, it picked up the name
"Tragedy Square," mainly because strange and often violent
deaths occurred there. For example, at 748 Jackson Place
N.W. stands the Decatur House. Stephen Decatur, then the
youngest captain in the U.S. Navy and a hero of the war
with the Barbary pirates, commissioned the famous Masonic
architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, to design and build the
townhouse. Just a few doors away, on Lafayette Square, is
another of Latrobe's works--St. John's Church, with its
Greek portico and (minus the steeple, which was added
later--J.T.) its eerie resemblance to the temple of Athena
Nike in Greece.
The three-story red-brick mansion with its tall
windows and distinctive chimneys was completed in 1819. A
year later, Commodore Decatur was killed in a duel with
another officer, Commodore James Barron. Ever since then,
the mansion has been haunted.
Dominating Lafayette Square is the statue of Andrew
Jackson, the seventh president of the USA. This was the
first equestrian statue erected in the USA, and, according
to legend, the sculptor, Clark Mills, "a self-taught
artist" from upstate New York, "obtained the use of a
Virginia thoroughbred and trained it to rear in the
position held by" a miniature model of the proposed
statue. Mills then cast both statues of the horse and
President Jackson in bronze melted down from cannon "Old
Hickory" had captured during the War of 1812.
At the time of his first unsuccessful run for the
presidency in 1824, Jackson was Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Tennessee. He had been a Mason since at least
1801. Upon attaining the White House in early 1829,
Jackson renamed what had been "President's Square" after
the Marquis de Lafayette. (For more on Jackson's Masonic
ties, see UFO Roundup, volume 10, number 2, for January
12, 2005, "1824: Executive mansion or Masonic shrine?"
Originally, the square was part of the old Pierce
farm, established in 1685. "When George Washington
proposed to acquire this site as a public park in 1791,"
at a time when Pierre L'Enfant was first sketching out his
plans for the new "federal city," the farm "had been owned
by the Pierce family since 1685. The Pierce farmhouse
stood at the northeast corner of the Square," where the
statue of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the Polish soldier-of-
fortune who fought for the USA during the War of the
American Revolution, stands today. "The Pierce apple
orchard occupied most of the remainder of the square,"
except for the land south of the Jackson statue, which we
shall discuss later.
As we have seen in previous issues of UFO Roundup,
much of the arcana in Washington D.C. has to do with
Freemasonry. Lafayette Square is no exception. One of the
weirdest statues in the District stands in the southeast
corner of the Square, and it is dedicated to (who else?)
our old pal Gilbert, the Marquis de Lafayette.
"The Statue of Lafayette, in the southeast corner of
the square, is a heroic bronze figure by Alexandre
Falguiere and Antonin Mercie on a copper-stained white
marble pedestal. On the east side of the base Comte
(Count) d'Estaing and Comte (Count) de Grasse are
represented as offering French naval support to Lafayette,
and on the west side Comte (Count) de Rochambeau and
Chevalier Duportail are shown tendering military aid. A
seminude female figure on the south is handing his sword
to the French hero (Lafayette), and nude infants on the
north represent the gratitude of later generations to the
French leader for his aid in the cause of liberty."
"In 1891, a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette joined
Jackson on the southeast corner of the park, near
Fifteenth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. A half-dressed
woman, perhaps representing France, hands him his sword;
an old joke has the lady saying, 'Give me my clothes, and
I'll give you back your sword.'"
The statue carries the inscription: "To General
Lafayette and his Compatriots 1777-1783."
The Lafayette statue is riddled with occult and
Masonic symbolism. To begin, let's start with the
Charles Henri Theodat, the Count d'Estaing, was, like
his third cousin Lafayette, an Auvergnat, a man from the
Auvergne, a hilly region in south-central France. Like
his shipmate, the Count de Grasse, he was a Freemason.
Both arrived with the French fleet when it landed at
Newport, Rhode Island in July 1780.
Le Chevalier Duportail was a French soldier and a
friend of both Lafayette and his brother-in-law, Viscount
Louis de Noailles. In 1781, Duportail became Gilbert's
most able assistant during the battle of Yorktown. Like
Lafayette, the Viscount de Noailles and their best friend,
Count Philippe de Segur, Duportail was considered a
"liberal" in Paris and a Freemason.
Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, the Count de
Rochambeau, was the commander of the French army that
arrived in Newport in July 1780. Married to a Portuguese
noblewoman, Luisa da Costa, Rochambeau had joined the
French Army in 1742, came out of the War of the Austrian
Succession a full colonel, and became a major general
during the Seven Years War (1754-1761, better known in the
USA as "the French and Indian War"--J.T.) He had been
commanding armies on the battlefields of central Europe
while Gilbert was still in diapers.
By some strange coincidence, Rochambeau was a member
of a Masonic lodge in Paris, La Societe Olympique
(Translated: The Olympian Society--J.T.) Other members
included Count d'Estaing, Count de Grasse and Duportail.
In 1773, some new blood joined "The Olympians"...cadets
from a military school--the Count de Segur, the Viscount
de Noailles and the 16-year-old Marquis de Lafayette.
Masonic sculptors Falguiere and Mercie seem to have
pulled a fast one on the American people. Yes, the
monument does honor Lafayette. But it also commemorates
an obscure Masonic lodge of Paris, of whom only a handful
of members--such as John Paul Jones--actually fought on
the American side in the war for independence.
But, other than their Masonic membership, there's
nothing really arcane about Lafayette's compatriots. No,
the real weirdness in the statue comes from the other
figures and bas-reliefs on the marble.
Such as the unknown woman with the sword.
Who is she? Well, she is crumpled at the foot of the
pedestal in the pose of "the Weeping Virgin," a recurrent
image in Freemasonry. David Ovason, author of The Secret
Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, points out that
"this Virgoan symbolism in Masonic imagery was originally
linked with the picture of a crying woman called The
Weeping Virgin. Such as association reminds us that the
Egyptian equivalent of Virgo--the goddess Isis--and her
dark twin, Nephthys, were called in the hermetic
(magickal) literature, 'the weeping sisters.'"
"The great Mason, Albert Pike, knew that the image of
the Weeping Virgin was of Masonic origin, but also seemed
aware that the connection between the image and ancient
hermeticism (Egyptian magick--J.T.) had been forgotten."
"The goddess Isis was the symbol of both the past and
the future," Ovason adds, "because she had knowledge of
the secrets of time. Isis represented total
consciousness, or those things which have been brought
into the light of day, for contemplation by the observing
"In contrast, her dark sister Nephthys represented
that which is hidden, the obscured unconsciousness of
man." The seminude female "is an Isis who, in her
nakedness, symbolically reveals her sacred wisdom
By giving her sword to Gilbert, is the goddess
Nephthys inviting him to wage war on behalf of the hidden
Isis Unveiled, of course, is the book written in the
1870s by Elena Petrovna von Hahn Blavatsky, better known
as Madame Blavatsky, the foremost occultist of the
Nineteenth Century. By another weird coincidence, her
great-grandfather, Gustav von Hahn, knew Baron von Steuben
in Russia during the early 1770s. Yes, that's the same
Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus Heinrich von Steuben, the
drillmaster of George Washington's Continental Army, whose
statue, sculpted by Albert Jaegers, stands at the
northwest corner of Lafayette Square.
Going around to the north side of Gilbert's statue,
we find "The Babies." What do they represent? Grateful
French children of the future? Try again. It's an
astrological symbol--the Gemini twins. As Ovason points
out in his book, there are Gemini symbols all over
Washington. And, according to Eighteenth Century Mason
and astrologer Ebeneezer Sibley, Gemini is the ruling sign
of North America and the birth sign of the USA.
That brings us to the south side of the statue and
"The Monster." Just what is that strange critter coming
out of the marble just above the Weeping Virgin? It has
wings, a feline head, a gaping mouth, beady eyes and a
snakelike tail. That bas-relief had your editor stumped
for months. And then it came to me--it's a chimaera.
In Greek mthology, the chimaera was a fire-breathing
female monster that terrorized Caria and Lycia. The
creature had the head of a lion, the body of a goat and
the tail of a dragon. It was finally killed by the Greek
Goat...aha! That gave it away. "The Monster"
represents Capricorn, another astrological sign. Gemini
on the north side, Capricorn on the south side.
Obviously, there's some Masonic/astrological symbolism to
this statue. But what?
Gilbert was born at the Chateau de Chavaniac in the
Auvergne region of France on September 6, 1757.
Astrologically speaking, that makes him a Virgo, which
makes him fit right in with all of the Virgoan symbolism
in Washington, D.C. In fact, standing atop the pedestal,
Gilbert's bronze statue is looking toward that point on
the horizon where, during August, first the star Sirius
rises, followed by the constellation Virgo.
That was an important event in the religion of
ancient Egypt. Sirius was known to the Egyptians as
Sothis and was sacred to both Isis and her brother-
husband, Osiris. However, in Freemasonry, Sirius is known
as "the Blazing Star" and is usually represented by a
five-pointed star or pentagram.
Finally, there is the persistent rumor of ancient
underground tunnels running beneath Lafayette Square. One
goes northeast to the Decatur House and St. John's Church,
also known as "the President's Church." James Madison,
the fourth president of the USA (1809-1817) was the first
one to attend services there.
Another runs from the White House to the Octagon
House at 1799 New York Avenue N.W. According to Jim
Brandon, author of Weird America, "The Octagon tunnels are
a fairly well-established historical fact. But exactly
where they went is no longer certain...I have heard it
claimed that these tunnels are 'Atlantean,' but then so is
everything else according to a certain kind of occult
The Octagon tunnel passes right underneath Lafayette
Square. It's enough to make you wonder if the marble
pedestal beneath Gilbert's statue is really solid.
Maybe if you turn the Monster's head or something, a trap
door slides open, and you can go down into the Atlantean
One enduring question is: why are so many of the
buildings on Lafayette Square haunted? Such as the White
House, the Octagon House and the Decatur House.
The answer is very simple, really. And to find it,
you have to turn back the clock to 1791, to before Pierre
L'Enfant took President Washington's suggestion to heart
and added a park to the north of the future executive
Remember the old Pierce farm, which used to occupy
the land that is now Lafayette Square? The apple orchard,
you'll recall, "occupied most of the remainder" of
Lafayette Square..."except a family burying ground between
the present Jackson statue and the White House."
So the White House and Lafayette Square were both
built over a cemetery dating back to 1685. Tayaa! No
wonder the area is haunted! (See the books Washington
D.C.: A Guide to the Nation's Capital, New Revised
Edition, Hastings House Publishers, New York, N.Y., 1968,
pages 250 to 259, 281 to 283, 344 and 383; Beautiful
Washington D.C. by Gene Gurney, Crown Publishers Inc., New
York, N.Y., 1969, pages 67 to 69, 170 and 174; Washington
D.C. 2003, edited by Brian Wansley Flanagan, St. Martin's
Press, New York, N.Y., 2003, pages 40, 62 and 64;
Washington D.C. Handbook 102, U.S. Department of the
Interior, Washington D.C., 1989, pages 18, 19, 89, 90 and
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