Jacques Vallee Meets James Shelby Downard on the ol’ Jornada del Muerto (Part 1)

In current day ufology, Roswell still reigns supreme as the saucer crash above all others. However,  a new challenger to the crash-retrieval throne entered the conversation a couple years back by way of Trinity: The Best Kept Secret, in which Dr. Jacques Vallee and Paola Harris contend that the first flying saucer crash (in the modern era of UFOs) wasn’t actually the iconic Roswell crack-up, but “Oh, contraire”—as Doc Vallee in his native tongue might say—an entirely different saucer that spun out of control and plummeted to Earth a full two years before Roswell was even a glint in Major Jesse Marcel’s eye. Vallee and Harris identify this new competitor to the crash-retrieval throne as “Trinity.”

The original cover of Trinity before Paola Harris decided to play hardball and said cut me in for a piece of the action or remove my interviews from the book.

In the history of the so-called UFO “crash-retrievals,” Trinity is yet another to add to the flying saucer hit parade along with King Roswell and a smattering of other supposed crashes that presumably had the technological know-how to travel several gazillion light years to Earth but somehow never learned to successfully steer their craft, let alone land them in one piece. As these saucer stories often go, the military would then swoop in, cordon off the area, scoop up the saucer debris and alien remains (that’s where the whole “crash-retrieval” bit comes from), then load the goods on transports and haul them off to Wright Patterson or some other military base in an effort to conceal the startling truth of…you guessed it…flying saucers from another planet in Hangar 18!

 Ever-present in the lore is the discovery of “exotic materials,” such as the “memory metal” retrieved from the Roswell crash, which you could pick up and crumple in your hand and when released it would spring back into its original shape just like that time Gumby got flattened by a steamroller. More recently, the term “meta-materials” has become a sort of a catch-all that the cool kids in ufology (or uapology) use to refer to this wondrous stuff of which UFO Disclosure wet dreams are made. As recounted in Trinity, just one month after the July 16, 1945 experimental bomb blast, the young heroes of our storya couple rancher kids named Jose Padilla and Reme Baca—were out looking for a missing cow, and it was at that time that the youths witnessed, on August 16, the crash of an avocado shaped something that occurred in the “mesquite-infested hills only some 10 miles North of Trinity,” near San Antonio, New Mexico. Vallee and Harris bombastically refer to this purported saucer smash-up as “…the first UFO crash in modern history.” It was from the wreckage of this flying avocado that some praying mantis type looking entities hopped out and started bopping about in an otherworldly fashion as praying mantis looking entities from other planets are often wont to do. When promoting Trinity in October of 2021 on the Jimmy Church UFO radio show, Vallee stated that he didn’t know for sure if the creatures the kids had witnessed were actually extraterrestrials. To that end, Doc Jacques prefers to refer to these entities as “unknown intelligences in other words, they could be some sort of  phantasmagoric phantoms that reside here on earth although most of the time we don’t even see them—or just as easily they could be some type of life forms from another dimension running parallel to our planet, though not actually on our planet, yet somehow able to access our space time continuum through a stargate or interdimensional portal, for those who entertain such notions. Furthermore, the implication set forth in Trinity suggests that the Trinity bomb blast might have quite possibly attracted these extraterrestrial or ethereal entities; or perhaps the blast in some way created the phenomenon, or…you can fill in the blanks however your imagination sees fit.

A couple days after the flying avocado smackdown, Jose and Reme returned to the area of the crash site and from a distance witnessed some military troops clearing the wreckage. After the troops had left with the remains of the avocado in tow, the boys approached closer and came across some debris that had the characteristics of the so-called Roswell memory metal; i.e. some foil looking stuff that was half covered by a rock and when they lifted the rock off of the crumpled foil looking stuff,  it unfolded back into its original shape, or what was presumed to be its original shape. The boys kept this mystery metal a secret for many years, one of them hiding it under a floorboard in their house, but occasionally would bust it out to repair things on the ranch, and in particular of section of a windmill. Apparently Vallee or somebody in his Invisible College circle have analyzed or in the process of analyzing this latest rendition of memory metal, although it still isn’t clear what exactly the result of those test were, or if they even happened at all, though honestly it’s hard to keep up with all of this because most of the parties involved haven’t really been all that transparent about what they’ve been up to in regards to these so-called “exotic materials.” But I digress.

For those who’ve been around the ufological block a time or two, these stories of crashed saucers and “exotic materials” have long littered UFO lore, and so none of this really got me all that worked up until  I came across another  little nugget while flipping through my digital copy of Trinity, which was a reference that made me spit out my coffee on my iPad and do a double take, namely the recitation of the words “Jornado del Muerto,” which is Spanish for “The Journey of Death.” The reason I found this choice of words by Vallee more than a bit curious was because it is the precise language that was set forth in the works of James Shelby Downard more than 50 years ago: “The Journey of Death – Jornado del Muerto” was jargon Downard used to describe an alchemical ritual landscape related to the Trinity bomb tests, which in turn presumably set in motion a chain reaction that created an anomalous event that, according to Downard’s theory, *may* have given birth to a homunculus-hermaphroditic entity.

Downard, for the uninitiated, is most well-known for his freewheeling essay “King Kill 33°: Masonic Symbolism in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy” which theorized that JFK’s assassination was part of a masonic ritual conducted on the 33° latitude. 33for those not in the know—is the highest Freemasonic degree, hence this theorized topographical arrangement used in the killing of the divine King, John F. Kennedy. According to Downard, Kennedy’s death ritual was likewise associated with the number 3, another popular number on the Freemasonic hit parade. Dealey Plaza, the site of JFK’s ritual sacrifice, is located near the Trinity River, which was the site for the first Masonic temple in Dallas. Kennedy’s ill-fated motorcade was just about to reach the “Triple Underpass” when “three shoots” rang out, wounding JFK twice and Texas Governor John Connally once. Even the date, 11/22/63, contains symbolistic numerology (11 + 22 = 33). In the aftermath of the assassination, three tramps (alleged by some to be an assassination hit team) were picked up by the Dallas cops, which according to Downard correlated to the masonic legend of Hiram Abiff, who was murdered by three “unworthy craftsman.”

Moving westward on Downard’s 33° black magic carpet ride, we make our way to El Paso and hang a hard right at a place called Kern Gate that was purportedly constructed by a Masonic sorcerer named (you guessed it) Kern, and this is where you jump aboard the ol’ Jornado del Muerto highway that enters into New Mexico (The Land of Enchantment) to eventually wind your way to ground zero at the White Sands/Trinity site where this grand alchemical experiment purportedly played out, all of which is described in another Downard essay entitled “The Call to Chaos: From Adam to Atom by Way of the Jornada del Muerto” that appeared in the revised and expanded edition of Apocalypse Culture (Feral House, 1990).  As Downard notes in said essay: “The Jornada del Muerto (Journey of the Dead Man)…runs north to south, and El Camino del Diablo (Devil’s Highway) running east to west. They meet just north of the site of the first atomic bomb blast.” So make no mistake about it, folks, this connection between and the Trinity bomb blast and Jornada del Muerto is straight from the Downard canon, and I’d be quite surprised if Vallee was not aware of these connections with the use of the “Jornada del Muerto.”

Many of us saucer-heads first became aware of the name James Shelby Downard via Robert Anton Wilson’s classic Cosmic Trigger Volume 1: The Final Secret of the Illuminati wherein Wilson referred to an audio cassette series entitled Sirius Rising which“…set forth the most absurd, the most incredible, the most ridiculous Illuminati theory of them all…[that] the Illuminati were preparing Earth, in an occult manner, for extraterrestrial contact…. The only trouble is that, after the weird data we have already surveyed, [Downard’s] theory may not sound totally unbelievable to us….”

In Cosmic Trigger , Wilson recounts a Crowleymass party he threw at his pad in Berkeley in 1974, and among those invited to this freak fest of local wizards and witches and new agers was none other than Jacques Vallee, who to one degree or another was part of the Bay Area occult scene that Wilson was so thoroughly steeped in, and in fact Wilson spends several pages in Cosmic Trigger examining Vallee’s theories in regards to UFOs and their  link to  psychic phenomenon. Due to these interactions, it’s entirely possible that Wilson, during this period,  turned Vallee on to the strange world of James Shelby Downard, and in particular this concept concerning the Trinity bomb blast and how it was part and parcel of a magical freemasonic conspiracy.

In the aforementioned essay “Adam to Atom,” Downard refers to the story of Adam Kadman found in The Kabbalah, the first human who possessed both male and female attributes, and then later was split in two to became the first man and woman.  The Trinity bomb blast was designed to fuse the two back together—chaos and synergy, the male and female principles—using the power of the atom to achieve this hermaphroditic fusion. Accompanying this experimental atomic blast was a half million pound steel bottle code-named Jumbo, which Downard theorized contained a “Mannikin.”

Curiously enough, as both Downard and Vallee explain in their respective writings,  Jumbo was never used for the Trinity bomb blasts, thereby lending this immense vessel an air of great mystery. In “Adam to Atom,”  Downard conjectured that the nearest man-made vessel ( i.e. Jumbo) exposed to the light of the Sefiroth (Trinity bomb blast) would serve as a death chamber to the primordial kings and give birth to a magical manikin or homunculus, possessed with superhuman powers, which in myth usually describes a preternatural creature that forms inside a bottle or vessel. Jewish mysticism refers to these beasties as Golems. Or in Arabic traditions, the Jinn. In Downard’s freemasonic 33° conspiracy, he drew a through line to one of the founding fathers of Cal Tech (later to become of Jet Propulsion Laboratories, which just so happens to be on the 33°) none other than Jack Parsons, who played a key role in the development of the solid fueled rocket technology that eventually propelled NASA astronuats to the moon.  Parsons’ role was so significant that NASA later named a crater on the moon after him (on the dark side, no less!) According to Downard, the moon landing was but a further unraveling of this Masonic conspiracy caper, as the firing of the moon rockets occurred on 33rd latitude at Cape Kennedy. To this end, Downard contended that the Illuminati arranged it so that the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was a 33rd degree Mason. This theory is further fleshed out in the writings of Downard’s colleague Jim Brandon aka William Grimstad, which you can read about it here.

Running parallel with Parsons’ rocket research was his involvement in the occult. Parsons—in collaboration with L. Ron Hubbard—conducted a series of rituals in the late 1940s known as the Babalon Working, the intent of which was to create a “child” in the spiritual realms who would be “called down” and directed into the womb of a female volunteer. When born, this child would incarnate the forces of Babalon, and become the Scarlet Woman of Revelations. At one point during these ceremonies, as the legend goes, Parsons and his Hubbard reportedly conjured some sort of otherworldly entity during a ritual conducted in Mojave Desert in 1946. The Babalon Working ended just before the “Great Flying Saucer Flap” of 1947 when the modern era of UFO’s purportedly began with Kenneth Arnold’s sighting on June 24th of that year. In this regard, some have suggested that Parsons and Hubbard “opened a door and something flew in.”

Parsons’ life ended with a monumental bang—on June 17, 1952—when he blew himself to smithereens while working with powerful explosives. A theory proffered by Downard and his colleague Michal Hoffman contends that Parsons was attempting to conjure an elemental being by way of a homunculus experiment that apparently backfired, leading to his fiery death.

As all of these disparate Downardian threads were bouncing around in my brain, I flashed back on a #ufotwitter kerfuffle that commenced on January 9, 2019 concerning Dr. Diane Pasulka, author of  American Cosmic, which started with the following curious tweet:

The following evening, on January 10, when one of Pasulka’s Twitter followers asked what this ritual was she was referring, Dr. Pasulka replied: “Which ritual? The one done during classified launches? I received this info from sources who have been in the space shuttle program and the new space force program for over 40 years. Hit has a history. Jack parsons. Russion cosmics. Read about it.” Pasulka added some curious comments to the effect that To The Stars Academy (TTSA) was a Psy Op, and that Tom DeLonge had been corrupted by Freemasonic forces, or something along those lines. At the time I was online witnessing this back and forth happen in real time, which, to my memory, is accurately portrayed in this reddit thread.

You can see more screen shots of went down in this post at The UFO Trail. Shortly afterwards, Pasulka deleted her Twitter account and the following day put out a notice stating that her email and Twitter accounts had been hacked the previous evening ( January 10) and that it had been a Pasulka imposter prattling on about Jack Parsons and Freemasons, which still leaves us in a bit of a quandary concerning Pasulka’s January 9 tweet (which occurred before she was purportedly hacked) having to do with Presidential moon rituals. Whatever the case, the comments of Pasulka (or her alleged hacker) were indeed eye-opening and evoked, once again, the utterances of James Shelby Downard regarding moon landings, Freemasons, Jack Parsons and other assorted homunculi that go bump in the night.

Around the time of her twitter freak-out (or hack, or whatever occurred), Pasulka had been dropping hints about a new book in-the-works that would tell a more robust version of her experiencessuggesting she’d been stymied from telling the full tale in American Cosmic—essentially that The Man (i.e., The Deep State-Establishment-Silence Control Group) had been keeping the good doctor down.

At the time, Pasulka had apparently been collaborating (or at least comparing notes) with Jacques Vallee on some secret project that appeared to be related to “meta-materials.”  In American Cosmic, Pasulka presented her thesis that the UFO phenomena was a modern religious movement where “technology informs a widespread and growing religiosity focused on UFOs.” Elsewhere in American Cosmic, Pasulka referred to the so-called meta-materials as key to “the modern UFO narrative” that includes stories about “a location where one could find artifacts of an extraterrestrial aerial craft that had crashed in 1947” and that a secret society of scientists, scholars and assorted spooks were exploring the phenomenon behind the scenes, known in some corners as the “Invisible College.” This group of scientists, who have been meta-material-curious for several decades now, includes Dr. Vallee, as well as Dr. Hal Puthoff.

Dr. Hal Puthoff: Separated from Don Knotts at birth?

In the 1980s, Puthoff was associated with a similar Invisible College of known as The Aviary, and—a decade later—many of the Aviary’s former members crossed over to a somewhat more overt group of scientists/spooks known as the National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS) funded by billionaire entrepreneur and perennial UFO enthusiast, Robert Bigelow. More recently Puthoff served as a member of  TTSA, who were involved in their own purported meta-material “investigation” dubbed the ADAM Research Project. In light of my observation of a potential Downard-Jumbo-Atom-to-Adam connection to Vallee’s Trinity book, ADAM seemed like a curious name choice for TTSA’s “research project.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP1v44NM9ls

As you may recall, a mighty buzz was made back in December 16, 2017 when the New York Times ran an article titled “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program,”  which revealed the supposed role of the TTSA’s  Lue Elizondo as former director of a purported top secret ufo project at the Pentagon known as Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme (AATIP.) One intriguing meta-material nugget that was dropped into the article alleged that BAASS (Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies) had been contracted by the government (a la AATIP) to collect and analyze UFO files, and as part of this project Bigelow and his boys had “modified” a facility in Las Vegas to store some meta-material sounding stuff.

Bigelow later disavowed this claim about any modifications made to his Las Vegas facility, and so this simply appeared as another questionable claim that Lue Elizondo stirred into the pot to promote future TTSA projects and promotions, which all eventually fizzled and flopped.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, Doc Pasulka vs. the Deep State UFO Gatekeepers, which might take a while to write, so in the meantime you really need to cruise over  to Amazon and pick up a copy of Stalking the Great Whore: The Lost Writings of James Shelby Downard that includes further revelations about Jack Parsons and assorted homunculi that go bump and grind in the night, all part of a secret space program coming soon to a UFO Disclosure conference near you!