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Richard Ge­orge (‘Clas­sics and the coun­ter­cul­ture’, FT356:55) might have men­tioned that, ac­cord­ing to John Keel, many con­tactees claimed to have re­ceived mes­sages from Ashtar of the Galac­tic Fed­er­a­tion, who has even dic­tated whole books. Ashtar was orig­i­nally the name of a Canaan­ite God as­so­ci­ated with­Venus as the Morn­ing Star (Venus as the Evening Star was fe­male and named Ishtar). It was Ashtar whom the prophet Isa­iah (14:12) meant when he wrote: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lu­cifer, son of the morn­ing!” Lu­cifer, ‘light-bearer’, was the Ro­man name for the Morn­ing Star. Ge­orge Adamski’s In­side the

Space­ships, 1955, which was ghost­writ­ten by Char­lotte Blod­get, ex­plained that peo­ple from other worlds do not have names ‘as we use them’, but that he would call theVenu­sian Orthon, which had a ‘mean­ing’ he did not ex­plain. Orthon is given as the name of a de­mon in Pierre de Lan­cre’s L’In­credulité et Me­scre­ance du Sor­ti­lege, 1622. This is not the most ac­ces­si­ble of works, but the rel­e­vant pas­sage was reprinted in Mar­garet Mur­ray’s The Witch-Cult

in Western Europe (1921), which Adamski or Blod­get might have read. The di­a­bolic as­so­ci­a­tions of the names Ashtar and Orthon ought to con­firm the sus­pi­cions of those Chris­tians who be­lieve that ufo­nauts are agents of Satan. Gareth J Med­way Lon­don

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