by Travis Mateer
I don’t often use obnoxious “fact-checking” sites, but when I do, it’s to show that even Snopes had to rate as TRUE the rapper formerly known as Kanye West’s usage of a symbol associated with a UFO cult.
Before I get to how this UFO cult led me to special-order a Playboy magazine FOR THE ARTICLE, let’s take a look at a quote from a book I just picked up at the Book Exchange, titled New Age, Neopagan, & New Religious Movements by Hugh B. Urban. From the book (emphasis mine):
Most Americans today remember the Raëlians because of their stunning claim in 2002 that they had successfully cloned a human baby. According to Raël’s message, all life on Earth had been created by the extraterrestrial designers through cloning, and we could achieve immortality by cloning ourselves and transferring our present memories into infinite future copies of ourselves. In 1997, Raël formed a company–now called Clonaid–to begin research into human cloning, and the company claimed to have developed a cell fusion device that assisted with human cloning. On December 27th, 2002, Clonaid announced that it had cloned the first human child–named “baby Eve”–a claim that triggered an intense international debate surrounding the ethics, politics, legality, and religious implications of cloning. Although no child was ever actually produced, the claim generated numerous strong condemnations from political and religious leaders on all sides, ranging from President George W. Bush to numerous democratic congressmen.
For a little more context on my own interest in the high strangeness afoot, this post about my family history with UFOs, and this post about the weirdness surrounding the movie Southland Tales, are both relevant.
Now, PLAYBOY! And please pay attention to the correlation of a certain former president along with this UFO cult:
For the Raëlian explanation of this Playboy appearance, here’s a screen-shot from their website:
I’m going to pivot now to The Dark Historical Roots of ‘Starseeds’, by Jules Evans. This article is fascinating, albeit from a perspective that’s more critical than I would be if I was writing it, but it led me to some books I’ve added to my library, and some thoughts on the origins of the Starseed concept popularized by Timothy Leary, who was influenced by Aleister Crowley. From the article (emphasis mine):
I’d never heard of starseeds before January 6 2021, when one of them stormed the Capitol building in DC. In the days after, I was researching Jake Angeli, the ‘Qanon shaman’, and discovered he ran something called the ‘Starseed Academy. Like other ‘starseeds’, Jake thinks he is a highly evolved soul from another planet. I wondered what a psychedelic hippy alien was doing mixed up in a quasi-fascist insurrection.
Since then, I’ve dived deeper into the phenomenon of starseeds, and realized the idea of ‘starseeds’ has deep historical links with fascism and white supremacy. In fact, one of the pioneers of the idea was imprisoned 60 years before Angeli, for plotting a fascist uprising in the US.
This weird history has four parts:
1) The origins of UFO mythology in the far-right occulture of 1880s-1930s
2) White supremacy and anti-semitism in UFO culture in the 1950s-1990s
3) The idea of Starseeds from the 1970s to the present day
4) Finally, I’ll ask ‘why is the idea of being a Starseed so appealing to young people now?’
While the historical origins are what interest me, the way this concept has reemerged amongst younger generations is not something I was aware of. Here’s more from the article (emphasis mine):
Starseeds are all the rage right now, particularly with Gen Z on tiktok, where starseed videos have a billion views. One viral video from 2021 featured a Heather-like starseed declaring ‘everyone asks me how I know I’m a starseed, but no one asks what is it like to be a starseed’. There are a lot of recent books on starseeds — Letters to a Starseed, The Starseed Template, Time To Wake Up Starseeds, Activation from 7 Star Races, and so on. There are starseed shows on Gaia, and endless online quizzes where you can discover what alien race you are (I’ll share one at the end). Even Cheryl has declared herself a fan of Dolores Cannon.
So what explains the popularity of starseeds today?
Perhaps Gen Z and millennials feel like they’ve been born into such a heavy geo-political situation, the best solution is extreme dissociation: find a happy place in another galaxy, far, far away. Perhaps the Qanon shaman, Jake Angeli, is an example of this dissociative flight to cosmic safety — he says he first realized he was a starseed when his father made him smoke drugs when he was a boy.
If you can stomach the modern iteration of what it means, to some people, to be Starseeds using light language to speak to aliens, this video is…quite something:
At this point you might be wondering WHY SHOULD I GIVE A SHIT? Well, in my humble opinion, there are going to be some very strange things happening in the not-so-distant future, and in order to NOT be conned by these strange occurrences, understanding where ideas like being a Starseed come from is actually important.
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Thanks for reading!