author / illustrator / ultralight camper / UFO researcher
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"Symbol." "Totem." "Archetype." "Conjure." "Magic." "Hierophany." These are old words that we thought we knew, and that we thought were very dead. Turns out they are not. Turns out they are fiercely alive and silently flying around in the world, mesmerizing, haunting, abducting, or just generally scaring the crap out of people. If you don't believe me, read this book. I'd be careful, though. As Mike is all too aware, when one writes or reads about this level of reality with this sense of clarity, reality answers back. Weirdly, of course. Good luck.
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought, Rice University
What is an owl? The question is more complicated than one might suppose. This book, which will be the most interesting book about owls you will ever read, does an excellent job of conveying the variety of ways in which owls exist—as Jungian archetypes, in mythology, and as living mythology. More specifically, Clelland outlines how owls figure in the worlds of those who have experienced “ufo-related” events. Clelland offers some compelling clues as to how one might consider these perplexing connections. A fascinating, delightful read.
—Diana Walsh Pasulka, author of American Cosmic
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion,
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
This book is a companion to the groundbreaking ideas that began with Mike Clelland's earlier book, The Messengers. It is a further exploration into the connection, both symbolic and literal, between owls and UFOs. There is a strangeness to these accounts that defies any simple explanation. Each chapter tells a deeply personal story where these mysterious experiences are explored in depth.
The ancient mythology of the owl is repeating itself within the modern UFO report. What plays out is a journey of transformation, with an owl at the heart of each story.