by Brent Swancer March 3, 2018 (mysteriousuniverse.org)
• Throughout the years, people have claimed to have traveled between planets through space by various means. Here are some of those accounts.
• In 1936, a woman named Dana Howard made contact with an 8-foot tall, golden-haired woman from Venus who called herself Diane. The Venusian took her aboard a gem-studded, translucent spaceship and they traveled to Venus. On Venus were inhabitants of ethereal physical beauty who manipulated life essences to heal themselves, and had teleportation technology. Howard eventually married a (male) Venusian and had children who were raised on Venus. She describes her adventures in a series of books published during the 1950’s, assisted by Diane the Venusian.
• In the 1950’s, Howard Menger claimed to have made several trips aboard UFOs into the solar system. He visited Venus with its groves of redwood-like trees, the Moon with its domes and hover trains, and even Menger’s home planet, Saturn. While on Saturn, Menger learned that he had died and had his consciousness beamed into 1-year-old Earthling Howard Menger. Later, Menger would claim that it was all an illusion implanted into his mind by the CIA.
• In 1952, George Adamski made contact with a beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Venusian named Orthon in the Mojave Desert. Adamski made numerous trips to both Venus and the Moon aboard a giant bell-shaped spacecraft. He described the Moon as having forests, cities, mountains, and lights that glittered in the air like “millions of fireflies.”
• In 1774, Swedish philosopher and scientist Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that God had given him the ability to open his mind to speak with angels or demons, and to make psychic journeys across Heaven, Hell, and other parts of the solar system. Swedenborg noted that Mars, the Moon, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus each had their own unique civilizations. The Martians were hairless humanoid beings who wore tree bark for clothing and lived in a Utopian society with no crime or war. On Venus there were two races of people, one peaceful and the other malevolent. Saturn contained a race of humble people who buried their dead by covering the bodies with leaves. The Moon had a race of stout dwarves with booming voices. While the people of Mercury were serious thinkers who wore tight-fitting clothing, people on Jupiter were jokesters who liked to walk on their hands.
• In the late 1800’s, the Denton family of England could see past events in vivid detail simply by touching historical objects or fossils. They used this power to project themselves to other parts of the solar system. Denton’s son visited Venus to find numerous strange animals, massive trees shaped like mushrooms, and water that was “heavy but not wet.” The Dentons also visited Mars where yellow-haired people with four fingers possessed fantastical flying machines. On Jupiter they encountered beings with large blue eyes and long blonde hair who had the ability to levitate in the air.
• In 1906, Sackville G. Leyson astral projected to Mars which he found shrouded in red clouds and mist. And odd un-cold snow-like substance fell from these clouds and made the ground soft. The planet was populated by two different types of beings. One type were hulking, hairy, one-eyed giants with elephant-like ears and the nose of a lion, who lived in rock huts above ground. The other were two-foot tall dwarves with webbed hands and feet, a fish-like face with no nose and bulbous eyes on the sides of their heads, who lived underground and had the ability to scale sheer walls.
• More recently, a psychic named Ingo Swann (who died in 2013), was expert at remote viewing (out of body travel). He remote traveled to Mercury and discovered that it had a thin atmosphere with constantly shifting lights akin to the Aurora Borealis. Several week after Swann’s visit, the Mariner 10 space probe passed Mercury to find that it was very much as Swann had described, with magnetic poles and an atmosphere. Swann remotely visited Jupiter and described it as a frigid place with raging tornadoes and a poisonous atmosphere possessing a myriad of colors like a “giant fireworks display”. He related that the planet had strong magnetic forces and a 30,000-foot-high mountain range. Eight months later, the Pioneer 10 probe passed Jupiter and found many of these descriptions to be true. American astronaut Edgar Mitchell stated that “[Swann’s] impressions of Mercury and Jupiter cannot be dismissed. Dr. J. Allen Hynek said “[Swann’s] impressions of Jupiter, along with his experience with Mercury, most certainly point the way to more experimentation.” On the other hand, science fiction author Isaac Asimov and cosmologist Carl Sagan dismissed Swann’s findings outright.
• Finally, in 2014, Randy Cramer, aka Captain Kaye, claimed to having spent 17 years on Mars as part of a military defense force protecting an Earth-based colony called Aries Prime. Cramer said that Mars has a balmy but pleasant climate and breathable atmosphere.
For as long as we have looked up at the stars and wondered about what lies beyond that vast, black void between us there has been the yearning to set out and explore the reaches past our planet, solar system, and beyond. We as a species have spent vast quantities of money and time towards this end, and yet at this moment we are confined to a relatively small region around our own planet. Yet throughout the years there have been those who have claimed to have actually done what we desire, and have reportedly managed to travel between planets. Whether it be by space ship, teleportation, or other mysterious means, such bizarre reports claim that free travel amongst the cosmos is not only possible, but that it has already happened. Here are some of the weirder of these.
Perhaps the most common way that people have claimed to have been whisked off around the solar system is the old-fashioned way; aboard some sort of alien spacecraft. One early account of this type was the deeply odd story of a Dana Howard, who in 1936 allegedly made contact with a towering, 8-foot tall, golden haired woman from Venus who called herself Diane. Howard claims that the Venusian took her aboard a spaceship, described as being gem-studded and translucent, and she was flown off to the distant Venus. There she found inhabitants of ethereal physical beauty, who manipulated life essences to heal themselves and had teleportation technology.
Howard would even claim to have married a Venusian and to have had children living there. She went on to describe Venus and its people in great detail over the years in numerous books, including My Flight to Venus (1954), Diane: She Came From Venus (1956), Over the Threshold (1957), and Vesta, the Earthborn Venusian (1959), all of which were purportedly helped along by the occasional visits from the mysterious Diane.
Another apparent traveler to Venus was Howard Menger, who in the 1950s claimed to have had frequent contact with extraterrestrials from when he was a child, and to have made several trips out into the solar system aboard UFOs over the years. He reportedly went to Venus, with its groves of huge redwood-like trees, as well as to the Moon, which apparently had advanced domes and hover trains, and Saturn, where he would claim he had originally been born as a man named Sol du Naro, who had been romantically involved with a woman from Venus. According to Menger, while on Saturn he had learned that he had died and then had his consciousness beamed into 1-year-old Howard Menger, after which he had grown up as an Earthling. Menger wrote several books about his completely bonkers tales, and made quite a splash in UFOlogy at the time. Making it all even weirder is that he would later claim that none of it had happened at all, and that it was all an illusion implanted into his mind during CIA mind control experiments. Again, whether any of it is real or not, it sure is a wild ride.
Even more well-known is the tale of Polish immigrant George Adamski, who in 1952 apparently made contact with a Nordic-looking Venusian named Orthon in the Mojave Desert. Adamski would then allegedly make numerous trips to both Venus and the Moon aboard a giant bell-shaped spacecraft. The people of Venus were said to have blonde hair, blue eyes, and to be very beautiful, and the moon was described as having forests, cities, and mountains, as well as lights that glittered in the air like “millions of fireflies.” Although Adamski’s stories are mostly accused of being cheap knock-offs of pulp science fiction stories, he has nevertheless gone on to become one of the more well-known UFO contactees.
Some claims of strange travels around the solar system were not done aboard any sort of space craft, but rather through supposed mental powers, psychic projection, or other mystical means. One of the earliest and weirdest of such reports is the case of the Swedish philosopher, inventor, scientist, and mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg, who claimed that in 1774 he had a potent spiritual awakening. During this time, he said he gained the power to open his mind to speak with angels or demons, and to make psychic journeys, an ability which he used to travel across Heaven, Hell, and to other parts of the solar system, not through the power of any technology, but through the power of God.
Swedenborg claimed that he had been guided along on this journey by God and angels, and that he saw many wondrous things in other parts of our universe. Among his many detailed accounts, some of the more interesting are what he claimed to have seen in our solar system. He said that he had visited Mars, the Moon, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus, and that each of these places had their own unique civilizations. The Martians were described as being totally without body hair and wearing tree bark for clothing. They apparently lived in a peaceful Utopian society where there was no crime or war. On Venus there were claimed to be two races of people, a benevolent, peaceful tribe, and another dedicated to violence, war, and thievery. Saturn had its humble people who lived simple lives and buried their dead by covering the bodies with leaves, and the Moon had a race of stout dwarves with booming voices. The people of Mercury were said to wear tight-fitting clothing and to be stern and serious deep thinkers and philosophers, while the population of Jupiter were jovial jokesters and liked to walk about on their hands.
All of these things were explained in meticulous detail in Swedenborg’s writings of his experiences, and although it seems pretty obvious now that there are no such beings as far as we know on any of these planets, at the time it was eaten up by those who followed him and it captured the imagination. He would spend the rest of his life trying to fulfill what he saw as his mission from God to reform Christianity, and he would publish a total of 18 tomes to this effect, the most well-known being his book The Heavenly Doctrine. Did he see any of this at all, perhaps existing in an alternate dimension or reality, or is this all the ramblings of a delusional mind?
In the late 19th century we have the account of the Denton family of England, who were claimed to have the power of psychometry, which means they could basically hold or touch an object and divine facts about it. In the case of William Denton and his family, they could see past events in vivid detail simply from touching historical objects or fossils, and some of them even claimed to have used this power to project themselves to other parts of the solar system. Denton’s son claimed that he had visited Venus and seen numerous strange and wondrous animals, as well as massive trees shaped like mushrooms and water that was “heavy but not wet.” Other members of the family and Denton himself supposedly visited Mars, which had yellow-haired people with four fingers who possessed fantastical flying machines, as well as Jupiter, whose inhabitants apparently had large blue eyes, long flowing blonde hair, and the ability to float through the air at will. Although the Dentons could have very well been attention seeking cranks, it is all very outlandish and entertaining nevertheless.
In the early 1900s there was also the purported 1906 psychic journey of a Sackville G. Leyson, who happened to be the president of the “Society for Psychical Research” at the time. Through astral projection, Leyson said he had managed to travel to Mars, of which he gave a quite detailed description. According to Leyson, the landscape was perpetually shrouded in red clouds and mist, and there was an odd substance like snow that often fell, but which was not cold and made the ground soft. He said that the planet was populated by two different races of beings with vastly different physical appearances. One was a race of hulking giants covered in hair, who towered over him and had a single eye in the middle of their foreheads, elephant-like ears, the nose of a lion, and who lived in rock huts aboveground. There was also claimed to be a smaller race of dwarves, who only came up to Leyson’s knees. These diminutive creatures supposedly lived in underground lairs, had webbed hands and feet, a fish-like face with no nose, bulbous eyes on the sides of their heads, and the ability to scale sheer walls like an insect. It is widely believed that this report was likely a piece of creative journalism, but it is certainly strange enough to warrant mention.
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