Eugene is famous for the unusual. For example, there’s a recent art exhibit in town and dozens of other references about “Merlin” that include new video games, books, films and online adventures featuring Merlin. But, it’s a new book, “Merlin: Knowledge and Power Through the Ages,” by British research professor Stephen Knight, that offers a new translation of “The Prophecies of Merlin” that, among other insights about pre-Medieval England, says the wizard used UFO sightings and arranged for “alien visits” to sure-up the Arthurian legend. But, what’s most interesting to ufologists today in 2012 is “the possibility, based on Merlin prophecies, that this wizard was not of this Earth,” explains Eugene researcher Thomas Lichtman who features “The Prophecies of Merlin” at Eugene’s annual “Oregon Country Fair.” In turn, Lichtman states that “at the Fair this July we will reveal the true identity of Merlin based on new research from our friends over in Glastonbury.”
Looking for Merlin’s legend in England
Lichtman went on to explain a recent research visit to Glastonbury – a small town in Somerset, England -- that attracted him as a former University of Oregon graduate student who studied “Neopagan beliefs” – because, he says, this is one of the only places on Earth “where we actually know that Merlin walked.”
In turn, Lichtman told Huliq during a Feb. 2 interview, that he spent “seven months pouring through documents in the town of Bristol that describes in detail how locals in Glastonbury during King Arthur’s time viewed Merlin as ‘not of this Earth.’ I never thought of Merlin as an alien, but what human in all of history had the powers that are attributed to Merlin?”
Licthtman stayed in an old home near to where he said “Merlin lived along the River Brue.” He then explained that Glastonbury today is “much like part of Eugene, and our Country Fair, being a sort of New Age community where people look like hippies or something out of a Renaissance Fair today in 2012.”
At the same time, Licthman describes going on several “private tours” that took him deep into the world of Merlin to “were we viewed artifacts that are tied to the Holy Grail and of King Arthur who Merlin served while on Earth.”
Are You Sitting Comfortably
Of course, Licthman says one of the tunes he now hums “all day long” is the now classic tune “Are You Sitting Comfortably” by Moody Bluesmen Ray Thomas and Justin Hayward from the classic 1969 album “On The Threshold Of A Dream.” Licthman says “this one song really sums up the mystery and magic of Merlin with an unforgettable melody and words that describe a time that’s been almost forgotten, but still vitally important for us mortals to understand our world today.
The lyrics from “Are You Sitting Comfortably” ask readers to ponder Merlin’s time:
“Take another sip my love and see what you will see,
A fleet of golden galleons, on a crystal sea.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Let Merlin cast his spell.
Ride along the winds of time and see where we have been,
The glorious age of Camelot, when Guinevere was queen.
It all unfolds before your eyes
As Merlin casts his spell.
The seven wonders of the world he’ll lay before your feet,
In far-off lands, on distant shores, so many friends to meet.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Let Merlin cast his spell.”
Thus, it seems reasonable for Merlin’s fans to be attracted to the recent TV series “Camelot,” with Merlin played by the British actor Joseph Fiennes. Merlin has also appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and in the episode of “Day of the Dark Knight!”
More recently, Merlin is also considered to be “an Ancient” and was on the Atlantis council in Star Gate-1 Atlantis. Also, on the new Harry Potter website “Pottermore,” it states that Merlin “was a Slytherin.”
And, for adults who like to drink, the famed Penderyn Distillery in an ancient part of Wales, England, recently launched a special cream liqueur called “Merlyn” named after the famous wizard with the spelling of “Merlin” in Welsh do to the fact that people in parts of England really do believe Merlin walked this Earth and did all those wild things.
While there’s dozens of other recent cultural references to modern-day Merlin, Licthman and other serious Merlin followers here in Eugene think “this wizard is the key to a lot of understanding about how the ancient times relate to us today.”
Merlin: a legendary figure still today
Merlin is described as “real” in the “Arthurian legend,” that includes writings by “Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae,” written in 1136.
In turn, Merlin’s prophecies spark today’s gaming, role playing fantasy, say fans here in Eugene.
“Imagine things that can only be imagined, or imagine power great and perils greater with places alive with magic from Merlin’s time where people are enlivened by myth and whole worlds wreathed in fog and shadow,” states this promo for “Realms of Fantasy” a popular magazine for Eugene area youth and others nationwide is tied -- say those who ‘live to play, and play to live, -- to the ancient prophecies of Merlin that “speak to us and become real in our video games and fantasy.”
If this sounds far-fetched and a bit weird, consider more than 65 million people play Zynga’s strange video games every day, according to media tracking company Developer Analytics.
In turn, a review of the game state that “kids have a thrust to escape reality and go back to Merlin’s time or even kill vampires, zombies and others that satisfy their craving for fantasy.”
“We do nothing because there’s nothing else to do. We’re bored and we want more,” said the University of Oregon student with almost luminous, and slightly protuberant green eyes from years of playing games on line for “12-14 hours thanks to Red Bull and bennies” that keep him awake and “wired” into the realms of fantasy. But, “with Merlin it’s different, because that dude is interesting.”
On a more “serious side,” says Hank, a self-described “gamer,” the real fun of playing with warrior priestess figures while role playing some game that has Merlin scouting a demon or giant beast of some sort “is living like they might have lived in Merlin’s time.’
Merlin’s prophecies reveal guidance for today
The new book “Merlin: Knowledge and Power Through the Ages,” by British research professor Stephen Knight offers a new translation of “The Prophecies of Merlin” that, among other insights about pre-Medieval England, says the wizard used UFO sightings and Alien visits to sure-up the Arthurian legend.
The real “Merlin” is not fiction, and not just a clever name computer geeks use for tech-gadgets. He was a real man who served as King Arthur’s advisor at a dark period in the pre-Middle Ages when people need some “out of world” savior who were alien beings that helped Arthur, says one of England’s most distinguished professors in English Literature and lore of the Dark Ages.
Here in Eugene, the name “Merlin” conjures up all sorts of images for young people who still play the “Magic” card game at a popular teen “hang-out” near the University of Oregon. On the walls are images of dragons and demons, along with movie versions of “Merlin” the wizard.
“He’s one cool dude,” says one student, while also noting that Merlin is viewed more “as a game or a software program. He’s not real is he?” ask one student with a sly grin.
The “real” Merlin revealed
As Professor Stephen Knight sees it, Merlin embodies the “connection” with UFO sightings and alien influence of the time. Knight says the Wizard Merlin, first was revealed in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s “Historian Regum Britanniae,” written about 1136 that places Merlin “at about 30 years old” but with no records of his birth or death.
While Merlin remained a legend for the past 1,000 plus years, Knight says it’s just recently that “The Prophecies of Merlin” have been re-translated from Latin back into “the British tongue.”
Professor Knight also writes that a separate version of the “Prophecies” alone would have stated the discovery of Merlin, but this had already occurred in Geoffrey’s history. “Thus, what we have now with the translated “Prophecies” (that are kept by the British Museum and not available to the public) is a Merlin who’s added by alien life.”
Prophecies of Merlin called "an alien guidebook"
According to Professor Knight, the recent 2010 translation of the ‘Prophecies’ from the Latin into English, start with “a sign of Merlin’s capacity to act as a medium for an external prophetic spirit, a point that Geoffrey makes several times but it’s never been clear that the ‘prophetic spirit’ is alien.”
Moreover, it’s common knowledge in the UFO community that Merlin’s time in history “marks a time in world history when art, poetry and old ancient writings all mentioned ‘heavenly influence’ that was not God, but some superior force from the stars,” states the “Guide to UFO Mythology,” an early 1940’s text produced by a group of UFO “prophets” in Glastonbury, England.
At the same time, Professor Knight points out that the new translation of the Prophecies of Merlin “changes his role as a producer of prophetic knowledge to something like that of a medium, a priest of knowledge, not a direct source of it.”
Thus, there’s now widespread speculation, says Professor Knight that the Prophecies may have clues for today’s modern study of the UFO phenomenon.
In turn, Merlin’s “Prophecies” state this of the influence “from the heavens:”
“In the twinkling of an eye the seas shall rise up and the arena of the winds shall be opened once again. The winds shall do battle together with a blast of ill-omen, making their din reverberate from one constellation to another.”
History proves Prophecies true
According to records at the British Museum’s collection on the “real Merlin” -- this view of a “blast of ill-omen” that Merlin stated in about 1136 -- “foreshadowed the great famine of the Middle Ages.”
In brief, the British Museum’s record of Merlin’s time in history is very bleak because life was tough on the people.
“While TV, film and modern technology paint Merlin and the Middle Ages as romantic, exciting and with damsels in distress, it was hardly that. People died on a massive level and most of day-to-day living was about surviving. Famine was common, and the medieval world was when one in four died due to hunger that was immediate and real,” states a British Museum overview of Merlin’s time.
In fact, when crops failed in England during the harvests of Merlin’s time and later in 1272, 1277, 1292 and into 1319, there were plagues and death that killed millions, states British history records.
Thus, writes Professor Knight, the people turned to Merlin who wrote in his Prophecies that help “was coming from above.”
“For a thousand years or more, this help from above was viewed as coming from God, but now we’re thinking it’s from aliens who walked the Earth with Merlin back in the day.”
Image source of the 13th century illustration titled “Prophecies of Merlin” by Gustave Dore that show Merlin advising King Arthur. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin