George Hunt Williamson, also known as Michael d’Obrenovic and as Brother Philip, became fascinated by the occult world as a teenager, and ultimately became a leading, albeit relatively brief, figure in the Contactee movement that was so dominating in the early-to-mid 1950s era of Ufology.
He also became a target of deep interest on the part of the secret Collins Elite group, as detailed in my Final Events book.
FROM STAR GUESTS TO VALOR
In 1951, Williamson was summarily ejected from the University of Arizona on the grounds of poor scholarship. But having been deeply moved by William Dudley Pelley's 1950 book Star Guests, he went on to assist in the production of the organization’s monthly journal, Valor.
At the time, Pelley had been recently released from prison after serving eight years for his wartime opposition to the government and to the policies of President Roosevelt.
The leader of a fascist body called the Silver Shirts, Pelley, like Williamson, was hypnotized by occult matters and compiled massive volumes of material on contact with allegedly higher forms of intelligence.
Pelley became a major influence on the life of Williamson, who ultimately combined his fascination with the occult and flying saucers by trying to contact extraterrestrial-intelligences with the help of a home-made Ouija board and channelling.
Commenting on the subject of Williamson’s reported channelling of extraterrestrials, researcher Sean Devney stated: "When Williamson started to channel, it was something truly inexplicable. [He] would begin speaking in several different voices, one right after the other."
THE SAUCERS SPEAK!
In 1954, Williamson published his own saucer-dominated volume, The Saucers Speak, which focused upon his well-publicized attempts to contact extraterrestrials via short-wave radio and Ouija boards. Actar of Mercury, Adu of Hatonn in Andromeda, Agfa Affa of Uranus, Ankar-22 of Jupiter, and Artok of Pluto were just some of the many purported extraterrestrials with whom Williamson claimed interaction.
Then, in the latter part of the 1950s, Williamson changed his name, drafted a wholly fictitious academic and family background to accompany his latest identity, and essentially disappeared. He died in 1986, largely forgotten by the UFO research community that had briefly welcomed him into the fold in the 1950s.
OUIJA AND THE GOVERNMENT
The Collins Elite - and other agencies of the U.S. Government - never forgot him, however. Nor did they fail to note the potential importance of Ouija in the field of intelligence-gathering.
Indeed, there is no doubt that there were elements within the U.S. Government focused upon the investigation of ESP, Ouija, and the paranormal in the early 1950s.
Dr. Nelson Pacheco – who served in the USAF for 21 years and retired in 1987 as a lieutenant colonel – and USAF radio-intercept analyst Tommy Blann stated in their book Unmasking the Enemy that:
"The CIA began infiltrating séances and occult gatherings during the 50s... A memo dated April 9, 1953, refers to a domestic – and therefore illegal – operation that required the planting of a very specialized observer at a séance in order to obtain a broad surveillance of all individuals attending the meetings."
Furthermore, in February 1954, the CIA published a 27-page document titled A History of Ouija and Intelligence Applications that demonstrated the agency was trying to determine if Ouija boards might be useful tools in the hall-of-mirrors world of espionage.
THE BEGINNINGS OF THE BOARD
The first undisputed use of what were once known as "talking boards" was borne out of the Modern Spiritualist Movement in the United States midway through the 19th century.
Methods of divination that existed at the time utilized a variety of ways to spell out messages, including swinging a pendulum over a plate, that had letters carefully positioned around the edge, or by using a table to indicate letters drawn on the floor. Very often, a small wooden tablet supported on casters and known as a planchette was used.
Businessmen Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard had the bright idea to patent a planchette sold with a board on which the alphabet was printed. The patentees filed for patent protection on May 28, 1890, and the very first Ouija board came into being. In 1901, an employee of Kennard named William Fuld took over the production and began the marketing of his own boards under the name of Ouija – which continues to this very day, under Parker Brothers, to whom the business was sold in 1966.
THE CROWLEY CONNECTION
It may not be without significance that, just like contactee George Hunt Williamson, Aleister Crowley was a user of Ouija boards. Jane Wolfe, who lived with Crowley at his infamous Abbey of Thelema, also used the Ouija board.
In fact, she credited some of her greatest spiritual communications to the specific use of the device. Crowley also discussed the effectiveness of the Ouija board with another of his students, Charles Stansfeld Jones – otherwise known as Frater Achad – who was an occultist and a ceremonial magician. In 1917, Achad experimented with the board as a means to summon angels, as opposed to elementals.
And, who can forget Crowley's enigmatic LAM (pictured left), surely a proto-alien-style entity if ever there was one...
No wonder, then - taking into consideration all the above - that the Collins Elite came to view UFOs and Ouija as being intimately inter-related...
The Saucers Speak!, George Hunt Williamson & Alfred C. Bailey, New Age, 1954.
Other Tongues – Other Flesh, George Hunt Williamson, Forgotten Books, 2008.
Secret Places of the Lion, George Hunt Williamson, Neville Spearman, 1969.
Star Guests, William Dudley Pelley, Soulcraft Chapels, 1950.
Unmasking the Enemy: Visions Around the World and Global Deception in the End Times, Nelson S. Pacheco & Tommy R. Blann, Bendan Press, Inc.,
The Sacred Mushroom: Key to the Door of Eternity, Andrija Puharich, Doubleday, 1974.
A History of Ouija and Intelligence Applications, Central Intelligence Agency, February 1954.
The Museum of Talking Boards, http://www.museumoftalkingboards.com/WebOuija.html.
The Official Website of William Fuld, http://www.williamfuld.com/
Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board, J. Edward Cornelius, Feral House, 2005.