Friday, September 23, 2016

Archive Revealed::Podcast #5 - Pic de Bugarach (Parts 1 and 2)

About 4-5 years ago I started really following some fringe stuff. Some for political reason, some for science reasons, and some because I am just plain odd.  As I am trying to get all my writings (and by proxy, my pods) in one spot, I thought I'd share. 

Most if not all of these are during my paranormal phase.  Yes, even as an atheist I fell for the woo or was at least intrigued by it.  What I soon discovered, there was no science and it operated just like a cult or religion.  Its dogma and tenets in some cases where just as dangerous, and adherents of certain aspects preyed on the weak.  What I also found is some aspects were becoming normalized in mainstream.  To some extent these beliefs were beginning to have an effect on public policy.  That scares me, and to this day I still follow certain aspects.

I don't want to go to deep here as I am sharing just for fun.  Although I tried to science and apply sounds reasoning, I was pretty messed in the head psychologically.  I was recovering not only from a psychotic break but my second heart attack, as well as just being a mess overall. The cog dis I was experiencing was tremendous as I tried to be an accommodationalist; it just wasn't working.

The format I followed was basic, an article intrigued me so I explored.  They are in no particular order and the information is dated as this pod was originally published in 2012.
Hippies head for Noah’s Ark: Queue here for rescue aboard alien spaceship

A mountain looming over a French commune with a population of just 200 is being touted as a modern Noah's Ark when doomsday arrives – supposedly less than nine months from now.

A rapidly increasing stream of New Age believers – or esoterics, as locals call them – have descended in their camper van-loads on the usually picturesque and tranquil Pyrenean village of Bugarach. They believe that when apocalypse strikes on 21 December this year, the aliens waiting in their spacecraft inside Pic de Bugarach will save all the humans near by and beam them off to the next age.

As the cataclysmic date – which, according to eschatological beliefs and predicted astrological alignments, concludes a 5,125-year cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar – nears, the goings-on around the peak have become more bizarre and ritualistic.

For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eery power. Often called the "upside-down mountain" – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves.

Further, rumours persist that the country's late president François Mitterrand was transported by helicopter on to the peak, while the Nazis, and, later, Israel's Mossad, performed mysterious digs there. Now the nearby village is awash with New Agers, who have boosted the local economy, though their naked group climbs up to the peak have raised concerns as well as eyebrows. Among other oddities, some hikers have been spotted scaling the mountain carrying a ball with a golden ring, strung together by a single thread. 

A grizzled man wearing a white linen smock, who calls himself Jean, set up a yurt in the forest a couple of years ago to prepare for the earth's demise. "The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another," he offers. "A new spiritual world. The year 2012 is the end of a cycle of suffering. Bugarach is one of the major chakras of the earth, a place devoted to welcoming the energies of tomorrow."

Upwards of 100,000 people are thought to be planning a trip to the mountain, 30 miles west of Perpignan, in time for 21 December, and opportunistic entrepreneurs are shamelessly cashing in on the phenomenon. While American travel agents have been offering special, one-way deals to witness the end of the world, a neighbouring village, Saint-Paul de Fenouillet, has produced a wine to celebrate the occasion. 

Jean-Pierre Delord, the perplexed mayor of Bugarach, has flagged up the situation to the French authorities, requesting they scramble the army to the tiny village for fear of a mass suicide. It has also caught the attention of France's sect watchdog, Miviludes.

A genial sexagenarian, Mr Delord says: "We've seen a huge rise in visitors. Already this year more than 20,000 people have climbed right to the top, and last year we had 10,000 hikers, which was a significant rise on the previous 12 months. They think Pic de Bugarach is 'un garage à ovnis' [an alien garage]. The villagers are exasperated: the exaggerated importance of something which they see as completely removed from reality is bewildering. After 21 December, this will surely return to normal."

Masking his fears of what might happen on 21 December, Mr Delord jokes that he will throw a party and supply vin chaud and cheese. "I'm sure we'll have a little fete to celebrate that we're still alive," he smiles. "I suppose it's up to each of us to find our own way."

When I was first sent this article, I was like "eh, nother 2012 story." I looked at it, read through it, did a preliminary search. Nothing kicked me, so the article got put aside like so many did at that time. That was over 3 months ago,,,I found myself returning to the article and digging a bit more, each time. Me thinks that the individual who sent me the article knew that would happen. Who would have thunk that one little mountain, in the middle of nowhereville Fance, would have such an intriguing backstory wrapped in intrigue and esoterica.

This story is so full of interesting facets tis making my earthly head spin,,,The list I have in front of me, items to possibly explore, includes geology, eschatology, astrological alignment. Ark of the Convanent, abductions, Massad and Nazis. The list goes on and on. For the sake of brevity I have attempted categorized the intrigue into groups--speculation and end-times, legend/myths, esoterica and biblical. Not all of which I will be able to include in the report but will incldue in my show notes.

An "upside-down" mountain?? OK I'll bite on that one,,,but not too hard. Both this article and one published via Yahoo! News use this term in describing the geology of the mountain. Only problem they are incorrect in doing so as Steven Schimmrich Hudson Valley Geologist so aptly points out:
Even though I'm completely unfamiliar with the geology of Pic de Bugarach, I do know that mountains don't erupt and flip upside down. Especially one that looks like it's made of limestone and has caves (that's where the aliens hide). 

Let's ignore the clumsy prose of the author of the Yahoo! News article and ask "How come rocks collected from the peak of Pic de Bugarach are older than than rocks collected at the base?" Well, to a geologist, that would be a classic indicator of a thrust fault - a place where horizontal compression of the crust, during mountain building, thrust a sheet of rock up and over younger strata. Happens all the time and is seen in mountain belts (modern and ancient) all over the world (even, on a small scale, here in the Hudson Valley). 

So, I did some "research" (a Google search) and quickly learned that I was, in fact, correct. Pic de Bugarach is a klippe - the erosional remnant of a thrust nappe formed when the Alpine Orogeny formed the Pyrenees. Jurassic limestones are thrust over younger Cretaceous rocks in the area. 

This is very similar to a place I am a bit more familiar with, Chief Mountain in Montana. Chief Mountain is also the erosional remnant (klippe) of a thrust sheet. 

Anyway, it's pretty cool geology but it's not particularly mysterious. Pictures and descriptions of these features are seen in every single undergraduate textbook which discuss geologic structures and tectonics. 

So, just because you read it in a "news" article, doesn't mean it's true, boys and girls. Mountains don't just leap in the air and flip over. And aliens don't live in caves under a mountain in France.
So it is not an ancient volcano that blew it's top!! Dang, that sounded way kewler than a thrust fault.

Now here is where things get a we bit sticky,,,we have end-time prophecy wrapped around the Mayan Long Count calender. Stuffed inside is an alleged astrological alignment. As a topping to that we have new archeological findings; Unprecedented Maya Mural Found, Contradicts 2012 "Doomsday" Myth. I'm not sure yet if that is the whipped cream or the cherry. Hopefully no sprinkles will be added, if this gets any more convoluted I may turn into Linda Blair!!



So, 3,000 years ago, the Mayan developed around 15 to 20 calendars, all with a slightly different purpose: the Tzolk'in to calculate crop cultivation, the Haab followed the cycles of the sun and the Long Count ticked off the harrowing last days of,,,good question?? (Personally I think they ran out of room on the stone they were working on and then they disappeared as a culture to boot. And yes I AM joking!!)

The Long Count calculates a period of time known as the Great Cycle, which is a about 5,125.36 years. Scholars paired up the dates of the Long Count with Gregorian calendars and found that the current Great Cycle began August 13, 3114 B.C, and ends on December 21st, 2012.[1]

Very simple really, for the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle. According to scholars, there is nothing in the Maya, Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican writings to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012. If anything is hinted at by the new cycle, a change in human consciousness.[1]

So how did the Mayan calendar become associated with eschatology??

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,,,actually it was 1502, while good ole Chris Columbus was compiling Libro de las profecias; during that voyage he heard about the Maya. Simply put, Columbus believed that his discovery of "most distant" lands (and, by extension, the Maya themselves) was prophesied and would bring about the Apocalypse. End-times fears were widespread during the early years of the Spanish Conquest as the result of popular astrological predictions in Europe of a second Great Flood for the year 1524.[1,2]

Fast foreward to the 1990's,,, John Major Jenkins adds to this theory that the date coincides with a winter solstice during which the Sun will align with the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

"Over 2,000 years ago the early Maya formulated a profound galactic cosmology. They saw that the sun, on the winter solstice, was slowly moving toward the heart of the galaxy. Naturally enough, with their uncorrupted intelligence intact, they suspected that the world would go through a transformation when the solar and the galactic planes aligned. They devised their Long Count calendar to target when the cosmic alignment would maximize, and that time is AD 2012. We are lucky that the brilliant skywatchers who devised the 2012 calendar left carved monuments for us to decode, and that they have survived the decay of centuries, so that we can know exactly what they prophesied and believed about 2012." [3]


From my reading on the subject, most scholars do not believe that the Mayan were even aware of procession. (This whole "galactic alignment" concept is based on an idea of the precession of the equinoxes. Precession is caused by the earth wobbling very slowly on its axis shifting the position of the equinoxes and solstices one degree every 71.5 years. Because the sun is one-half of a degree wide, it will take the December solstice sun 36 years to precess through the Galactic equator.) Nor did it even appear that the Maya placed any importance on the solstices or euqinoxes. BUT, I still find it fascinating none-the-less and these "psuedoscientists" arent afraid to color outside the lines, but the science must fit the facts.[1]

There are numerous other catastrophic/doomsday theories in regards to the Maya date of December 21st, 2012; too many to list in this episode. But one point I would like to make concerns the so called conspiracy that NASA and other government agencies here in the US and world wide are aware of the approach of Nibiru (aka Planet X). In my mind that would be one heck of a conspiracy when you take into account the millions of amateur star gazers out there.[1]

See Also:

Other Stories
Thousands Flock To France To Prepare For Doomsday, Waiting For Spaceship 

French village of Bugarach spooked by doomsday cults

Mayor of French village threatens to call in army to deal with influx of UFO hunters who believe nearby mountain is 'alien garage'

Escape to Newage Mountain 

The Science of it all
2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End? 

2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift
The Planet X Saga: The Scientific Arguments in a Nutshell 
The Great 2012 Doomsday Scare 

Mesoamerican Long Count calendar 


1] 2012 Phenomenon 

 2] Appendix III: Forty-Four End-of-the-World Prophecies——That Failed see: February 1, 1524 (dead link)

 3] What the Maya Left Behind


 As a review, we are talking of the mysterious mountain in France. Last week we debunked in a way the alleged "upside-down" theory of the mountain and a very brief tie in to the Mayan Long Count Calender.

This week we will continue,,,

Now for some fun, legends and myths, and a little less mind bending,,,I hope!!

There are 2 myths in particular that I want to focus on, but to give you and idea, the internet abounds with tales: the late President François Mitterrand, being curiously heliported onto the peak; of mysterious digs conducted by the Nazis and later Mossad, the Israeli secret services. There is talk of the area, near to the Cathar castles, holding the Holy Grail or the treasure of the Templars. A visit to Bugarach is said to have inspired Steven Spielberg in his film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind – although the actual mountain he used is Devil's Tower in Wyoming.

Nostradamus, the French apothecary from Provence, is said to have stayed in the area and found the "vibrations" of Bugarach to be positive. Others say Bugarach is where Jules Verne found the entrance and the inspiration for A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.[5,6,7]

Aaaaaaaaaaah so much mystery, got to love it,,,

For the complete story concerning Daniel Bettex read Philip Coppens - The Magic Mountain as what I present is a condensed synopsis of what he wrote:

Daniel Bettex was a Swiss citizen who became enamoured with southern France. Over the course of numerous visits to the region he became interested in Cathar history, a religion destroyed by the Church during the Crusades of the 13th century. Bettex was put in contact with Lucienne Julien to act as his liaison with the Cathar organization.

Over the ensuing years, Bettex went through numerous files, some detailing mining activities that touched on the underground network that existed. But one document caught his attention, the mythology of the mountain, "written by a university student during the Second World War,,, [t]he thesis referenced several legends and myths, with some of the legends going back as early as the 15th century. It was clear that Verne was not the first to invent a mythology about this mountain – that was many centuries older."

What Bettex found was a possible link between various myths and locations around the mountain that for generations people were linking with an entrance to a mythical underground world. In his mind he began to wonder if he could finally locate and reveal the entrance. Would he prove that Verne was not a science fiction writer, but had written a factual account – was there an entrance to the Centre of the Earth?

Bettex was able to find one of the entrances listed in the account, but found it was blocked; he re-opened it. He had taken photographs of this and other voyages in the belly of the mountain, showing them to Julien, who reported that there were several stone structures inside the underground cave system, proving they were once inhabited. But it proved little else.

One rumor that began to circulate around Bettex, was that he was in fact looking for the Ark of the Covenant, and that he had now located it under Bugarach. So widespread was this rumor that Bettex caught the attention of General Moshe Dayan, the head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. The rumour had it that Moshe Dayan contacted Bettex personally, warning him, advising him, to stop everything if he discovered the artefact and especially not to touch anything.

All through his time Bettex maintained his contact with Lucien, he was looking for an old cavity and speculation passed that there was a secondary access to this system from inside the basement of one of the Cathar castles. He indicated to Julien that he thought that there was a connection between the inexplicable graffiti found in parts of the cave, the remains of a hearth inside the castle and the entrance of a mining installation whose collapse had been intentional.

In 1988 after stating to Julien that his research would lead to an amazing revelation and fabulous deposit, Bettex was found dead in Bugarach. Many things have been said about the death of Bettex, but we only truly know that he died, in mysterious circumstances. According to his own testimony very close to finding his lifetime’s ambition. If he did find something, he took the secret with him.

In my search for more information concerning Daniel Bettex, I have found it odd that no one has continued his research. Or have they??

Lucienne Julien planned, several months after Bettex’s death, to continue the work on site, using members of her research organisation. She informed the Ministry of Culture of her intentions, as Bettex before had informed them of his. She had to resend her message several times, before she received a laconic reply, which stated that it was out of the question that such research was carried out. Moreover, it was formally forbidden to carry out this type of work in Bugarach.

She would afterwards learn that rubble and concrete were cast inside the castle, in order to block any possible cavity forever. But with the setting of the cement, the question rose whether Bettex only found death, or something else in Bugarach. Could an accidental death have such repercussions that the authorities decided to concrete the place over? France has never been the Mecca of health and safety, and the circumstances of Bettex’s death were nebulous enough not to imply that the precarious state of the castle had caused his death. On the surface, there was no logical reason to cement the place shut.[10]

Is it possible then, like the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark", that the Ark of the Covenant is sitting in some governmental complex, hidden from all to see? Are the alleged powers, something that must remain a secret?

A second intriguing incident surrounding Pic de Bugarach occurred in 2009,,,

Near Bugarach, Aude, France on August 26 2009 at 11:30 pm local time:

The witnesses, Mr. & Mrs. Alain & Marie-France, had visited the nearby site Rennes-le-Chateau which overlooked the village of Bugarach and the nearby valley. They had a perfect view of the mountains and following the advise of a friend they begin signaling at the mountains using their flashlights. (They were curious due to the high amount of UFO activity and other phenomena in the region).

Soon the husband, Alain distinguishes strange lights over the mountains; these lights appeared to be projecting a beam over the grounds as if searching for something. The couple was intrigued since the lights did not correspond with any known natural explanation. Shortly after, Alain & Marie decide to leave their observation post and use a small country road to reach their lodgings. However, they decided to stop for one last observation and as they exited the vehicle, they suddenly saw on the roadside a “luminous entity” that seemed to move by floating above the ground.

Photographic reconstruction (in daylight) by witnesses of the encounter with the "entity" in the same place where the events took place. The white rectangle corresponds to the "entity" light that came closer to the witnesses in "rolling" on the ground. Alain is seen from behind. Mount Bugarach is in the background. Remember that the observation was made at night

Marie-France described the appearance of the entity as human in form and normal size. She remembered [it] being not very ‘dense’ but instead very bright. The entity seemed to be encased in a very bright white light which was not dazzling combined with bright spots of green fluorescence. The entity’s head was conical in shape. Alain could only see an armless humanoid form within a large ball of light moving at ground level. According to the two witnesses the being was about ten yards away, it was therefore clearly visible. The observation lasted for about a minute and then the entity approached the couple and suddenly disappeared in plain sight. Marie-France noted that the disappearance of the entity coincided exactly with a strong feeling of fear she felt in seeing it approach them.

Photographic reconstructions (full day) by the witnesses for the observation of three (or four) "hard" dishes as "cakes" as described torque. The discs were moving by doing a "wave motion". The first photo above is the observation of Alain, the second to that of Marie-France said that the disks were rather similar to the rings of Saturn. Mount Bugarach is clearly visible in the background. Remember that the observation was made at night

After this encounter with the luminous entity, Alain and Marie-France return[ed] to their vehicle. A little further along the road they saw three ‘discs’ of light floating in waves over a nearby field. According to Marie-France, the discs looked like ‘pancakes’ with a hole in the center, ‘like the rings of Saturn’. The ‘rings’ were flat with no apparent external structures. Alain described the ‘devices’ as oblong, bright but with shades of gray. The objects moved horizontally, in slow ‘wave’ like motions resembling the movements of ‘Manta rays”. According to the witnesses the ‘rings’ were several meters in diameter.

The third part of the testimony of Alain & Marie-France is probably the strangest.

After seeing the floating discs over the field, they both go home in a state of shock. Later that night while asleep Marie-France reports that four distinct thoughts cross her mind, “We are beings of light”, “It is dangerous for us to make direct contact with you”, “February 28 2010, there will be a disaster”, “You have to help many people in need.” Marie felt that this was some sort of telepathic message and worries about the supposed impending ‘disaster’. No specific location or extend of the disaster was given.

Deeply intrigued by their experience, Marie-France and Alain decide to return the next day to the same place they had seen the luminous entity. Upon arriving at the location Alain sees numerous balls of lights of all sizes hovering on the side of the road and floating near the trees, he believes that there were at least 100 of these spheres. Shortly after he feels a ‘strong flow of energy’ that seems generated by the spheres of light that then quickly surround their vehicle. They then feel a ‘sense of movement’ and chills through their backs and kidney area, their legs are numb. The vehicle appears to be encased in some sort of ‘energy bubble’. Alain then feels that his is being ‘prodded’ and possibly undergoes a physical examination. For her part, Marie-France feels a sense of internal vibration in her body resembling that of a very mild electrical current. The phenomenon lasts a few minutes and then stops abruptly. After the encounter both Marie’s and Alain’s watches have malfunctioned. - Les Confins

NOTE: This site is well known for reporting mysterious events and anomalies. Bugarach Mountain “is suspected of sheltering within [it] a giant lake that is the home of an alien base”. The locals frequently spot strange moving objects over the summit and military maneuvers prevent access to the south side of the mountain area. Magnetic fields are said to knock out mobile phones and laptops permanently.

A powerful earthquake struck Chile on February 27 2010 and devastated large areas and killed hundreds of people - BBC [8,9]
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UFO cult: aliens inside French mountain will save us from 2012 apocalypse - Members of a New Age cult believe aliens hiding inside a mountain in France will save them from the December 21, 2012 Mayan apocalypse.

Throngs of pilgrims have already descended upon a small village in southwest France to hike the Pic de Bugarach, where they say a UFO is buried. The ship will supposedly ferry them to safety on doomsday, which will occur at the end of this year according to an interpretation of the ancient Mayan calendar.

The mountain is attracting a wide variety of fringe believers. French watchdog group Miviludes reports that members of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment have set up camp in the area. Founded by J.Z. Knight, the group studies the teachings of a mythical warrior named Ramtha who supposedly slayed the people of Atlantis.

Though it may seem laughable, the situation could quickly become dangerous. It is estimated that the village of Bugarach's population will surge from 200 to 100,000 as December 21 nears, and local officials fear there could be mass suicides as with past UFO cults.

Pic de Bugarach:Overrun With Doomsday Visitors Awaiting Alien Salvation 12/21/2012 - Pic de Bugarach:Overrun With Doomsday Visitors Awaiting Alien Salvation.The picturesque town of Bugarach in southwest France has an unusual tourist problem: More visitors are preoccupied with witnessing UFO's than soaking up the local culture.

The town of approximately 200 people at the base of the Pic of Bugarach mountain is at the center of a few odd predictions including one that prophesies that aliens will arrive at the mountain on "doomsday," according to Reuters.

Jean-Pierre Delord, the town mayor, has become uneasy with the influx of visitors especially as he expects the number of visitors to increase exponentially around December 21, which is the date many online conspiracy theorists are predicting the "end of the world."

"These blasted prophets from all over the world have turned our mountain into some sort of UFO garage," Delord, who has asked the French army for help, told Reuters last year. "The end result is that all these fanatics are coming here to hide out."

A report released last summer by Miviludes, the French sect watchdog, explained the potential dangers of "doomsday" groups congregating. The agency is concerned that the groups gathering for "the end of the world," including those at Bugarach, could be involved in mass suicides.

Alleged UFO clips
UFO . Pic de Bugarach .France. 28.03.2012

UFO Sighting - Pic de Bugarach 03-13-2012 - UFO sighting at Pic de Bugarach in France on March 13, 2012. I really don't believe in Aliens and UFOs, but in my whole life, I have never seen something like this before! On our way to the village of Bugarach, we could see that UFO over the mountain for at least one hour, flying around the peak, appeared and disappeared every few seconds. I don't thing it was a plane because of its strange flying route and its strong light. What do you think it was??? Please watch in Full-HD so you can see the UFO above the mountain!

REAL UFO - Pic de Bugarach - March 28, 2012 - Amazing footage of an UFO over the mountain Pic de Bugarach in France, March 28, 2012. A German hiker and a Spanish Mountain Group captured this video of this UFO / OVNI on top of the mountain. Do you really think there are Aliens in that mountain?? Hmm??

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10] The Magic Mountain


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