Ashtar Aliens: Angels or demons from outer space?

Messages from deep space

The term "Ashtar" identifies a group of extraterrestrial beings with which a certain number of people claim to have "come into contact".
They are inextricably linked to the figure of the American contactee, ufologist, and paranormal research leader, George Van Tassel who was the first to receive a message from them in 1952, the year after which many similar testimonies were recorded, so much so as to make the Ashtar object of study in the UFO field.

Who's George Van Tassel?

Undoubtedly one of the founders of modern religious UFO theories, between the end of the 40's and the beginning of the 50's, Van Tassel was the founder of the "Ministry of Universal Wisdom" (1953), natural evolution of two previous groups that he had established at Giant Rock, near Landers in the Mojave Desert (California), which became the most successful and best known UFO encounter center of the time in the USA.
Although this organization studied and encouraged the healing arts, its main goal was to collect and analyze UFO phenomena and interview the "contacted". Due to radio and television interest, Van Tassel became the best known promoter of contact experiences and somewhat of a celebrity in the 1950s.

In 1952 Van Tassel himself claimed to receive telepathic messages from an extraterrestrial and interdimensional being called "Ashtar Sheran" who quickly became the "first metaphysical superstar of the flying saucer era".
Van Tassel also reinterpreted the Christian Bible in terms of extraterrestrial intervention in the evolution of the human race, and claimed that Jesus was a being from outer space.

Ashtar Aliens and Jesus

The Ministry of Universal Wisdom has taught that all human beings have the power to tap into the "Universal Mind of God", which facilitates evolutionary progress such as that exemplified by Jesus and Ashtar. Van Tassel claimed that by accessing the Universal Mind he could get messages not only from Ashtar but from humans who had died, such as Nikola Tesla from whom he would receive detailed instructions to build the "Integratron" device, which could extend the lifespan and access the knowledge of the past and the future.
Although his alleged method of communicating with extraterrestrial intelligences resembled what is commonly referred to as "channeling", Van Tassel claimed to have established with them a new form of telepathic communication using that exploited both natural human abilities and the use of a alleged advanced form of alien technology rather than the approach based on the spiritual / religious tool, typical of many other early channelers of the time. The "Van Tassel method" involved the application of an advanced alien technology within the reach of anyone who received adequate training in meditation techniques, which would allow them to "resonate" with the messages sent.

Van Tassel held weekly channeling sessions at Giant Rock where people could "ask questions" and "channel responses" from extraterrestrials. This led him to organize the annual Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention, which began in the spring of 1953 and continued for at least another 24 years: in 1959 up to 11,000 people, including known UFO contactees, attended these conventions listening to messages from beings who claimed to come from outer space. It was on the occasion of these events that most of the first messages that Van Tassel claimed to have received from Ashtar were first presented to the public.

Van Tassel's first alleged messages from Ashtar contained a large amount of apocalyptic material, which focused on concerns regarding the development of the soon-to-be-tested hydrogen bomb: On 18 July 1952, Ashtar Sheran entered the solar system as commander-in-chief of Ashtar’s galactic command to warn humanity of the dangers of detonating the H-bomb, including the destruction of the planet, providing specific messages to the US Federal Government on the potential negative impacts of the forthcoming proposed bomb tests. According to the supporters of these terories, it was only thanks to the intervention of the Ashtarian space forces that the planet was able to survive the actual explosion of the H bomb by the US and Russian governments.

Ashtar Sheran

According to Van Tassel, both he and other psychics would travel on one of the Ashtarian spaceships orbiting Earth. From about the middle of the twentieth century, Ashtar Sheran, who would come from the planet Metharia, in the solar system of Alpha Centauri, has been addressing "men of good will" to warn them against the dangers of self-destruction that our planet could run into, if its inhabitants had not changed radically their irresponsible behaviour.
For the disciples of Ashtar Sheran his task is to awaken the dormant consciousness of men, so that they may put good before evil, and peace and harmony may triumph: only in this way will they be worthy to be admitted into the Cosmic Brotherhood, a kind of intergalactic federation to which the evolved civilizations of the Universe adhere, and can be part of a wealth of knowledge useful to scientific and technological progress and spiritual elevation. For this reason the Ashtar are often identified with angelic beings, who have come to Earth, and described as figures with unmistakable features that unite them to the Nordic aliens: tall, slender, blond hair, serene expression.

Ashtar Command and the spread of new mediums

Robert Short (AKA Bill Rose), editor of the 1950s UFO magazine "Interplanetary News Digest" formerly a member of Van Tassel's group began spreading the messages, but as Van Tassel disagreed that other Ashtar messages were authentic, Short broke away and started his own group called "Ashtar Command".
By the mid-1950s, Ashtar's concept of their role in the imminent rescue of humanity had become well established and included various well-known esoteric channelers of the time: Elouise Moeller predicted that a space fleet would arrive in the near future. , Adelaide J. Brown claimed that flourishing civilizations were present on the other planets of the solar system.

Yvonne Cole

Among the psychics who claimed to be channeling Ashtar's messages since 1986, Yvonne Cole predicted the total destruction of humanity and the arrival on the planet of various alien cultures in 1994. According to her, governments were working with extraterrestrials to prepare for contact and their landing, which would have included a message from the Ashtar command, would be broadcast through global media.
The "awareness" campaign pepetrated by the Earth Governments-Ahtar coalition would have induced the majority of the population to accept UFOs as part of the continuous evolution of humanity and to consider Ashtar's followers as advisers, ambassadors and peacekeepers among the alien races and humanity.
The non-fulfillment of these prophecies favored the continuous fracture and disappointment within the movement and the consequent loss of credibility over the years.

Jelaila Starr and Ashtar Sheran

Jelaila Starr a messenger and channel for the "9D Nibiruans" (the Pleiadians of the flagship of the galactic fleet) and the commander-in-chief of the entire Intergalactic Fleet of the Federation of Light, Ashtar Sheran.
According to Jelaila he would be the physical manifestation of the Archangel Michael, the ultimate warrior of the Celestial Militias.

Ashtar Sheran and Archangel Michel

When he assumes human form, Ashtar Sheran would be a little over 2 meters tall man with long blond hair and blue eyes. His ability to change appearance has led some ufologists to hypothesize that he belongs to the category of shape-shifting aliens.
Many Abrahamic Catholics and Christians believe that he is actually a demon, which would be demonstrated by the possible origins of the name: Ashtar Sheran remembers Ashtoreth the demon who, according to Jewish culture, pushed Cain to kill Abel.
Ashtoret in turn would derive from Astarte, the Great Phoenician and Canaanite Mother, wife of Adon, linked to the night sky, fertility, fecundity and war and connected with the Babylonian Ishtar associated with the planet Venus and, in turn, the metamorphosis of Sumerian Inanna. Ashtar Sheran manifested himself with a name very similar to that of the ancient Sumerian-Semitic divinity and by reconnecting to the digression on Ashtoreth-Astarte-Ishtar, entities with not always angelic traits, contributed to further confusion in the alleged roles of these creatures in human history.

"Hail to you beings of Shan, I great you in love and peace, my identity is Ashtar, commandant quadra sector, patrol station Schare, all projections, all waves.
Greetings, through The Council of the Seven Lights, you have been brought here inspired with the inner light to help your fellow man.
You are mortals and other mortals can only understand that which their fellow man can understand. The purpose of this organization is, in a sense, to save mankind from himself."

-Ashar Sheran

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