October 13 marks the end of the feast day for Our Lady of Fatima a Marian apparition seen in 1917 by three shepherd children in Portugal. It wasn't until 1930 that the Catholic church declared the visitation worthy of belief. By then two of the three children had died. Over one hundred years later when compared to other similar but secular experiences many wonder if the "solar dance" at Fatima was a UFO.
In 2017 Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the two witnesses of the Fatima apparitions who died as children of the Spanish influenza. Their older cousin Lucia Dos Santos died at the age of 97 having spent most of her life in seclusion in a Carmelite convent. She has only been beatified by the Church.
Many see the children's canonization as a final confirmation by the Church that the events that took place at Fatima was indeed divine in origin.
What few people know is that in the century that passed between the Fatima apparitions and present day the Vatican used an arsenal of methods to "sanitize" the retelling of those events to what they believed the Mother of Christ would entrust to poor, illiterate children and to millions of Catholics by extension.
The Portuguese researchers Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d’Armada wrote a book about the apparitions of Fatima titled Heavenly Lights, and a sequel Celestial Secrets. They were the first secular investigators to have access to the official testimonies collected by the Church, which are fiercely guarded to this day inside the Fátima sanctuary.
They looked at those events in 1917 without the lens of religious dogma and found that there are many similarities to extraterrestrial close encounters reported by many people throughout the years.
Since those who were alive then are dead now, none can remember a very interesting fact which is that only months before the children saw the "Lady", Portuguese newspapers were writing stories about an important event that was to take place on the very day of the sighting.
This date had been specified based on an automatic writing session done by a famous medium of the time named Carlos Calderon on February 7, 1917. Most of it was produced with mirror writing. This information was found in a 1974 pamphlet by Filipe Furtado de Mendonca who described the actiivites of a Spiritualist group living in Lisbon during those years.
It is not thy place to be judges.
The letter "channeled" by Carlos was written mostly in Portuguese and signed by Stella Matutina which has been associated with the planet Venus or the morning star. Other connections are to the Virgin Mary, Aphrodite, the Aztec/Mayan deity Quetzalcoatl/Kukulcan and even Lucifer the "Bringer of Light.
The Spiritualist group might not have understood precisely the meaning of the message, but they interpreted it as a sign that the Great War was due to end, and even went as far as to run a small ad in the classified section of a local newspaper on March 10, 1917. They headed the ad with the numbers, '135197' a code referring to the "day of great joy" (13th May, 1917).
May 13th arrived and the hoped for news of either a cease fire or truce did not materialize.
The word of the Marian apparition gradually spread, including the message received by the spiritualist group. The link to a message produced by spiritualists could account for the Church's extra slow acceptance of the events, especially as there was a second spiritualist group in the city of Oporto who sent a letter to the country's most important newspapersl referring to the event that would occur on May 13. It was signed by a psychic named Antonio, and dated May 11.
Henrique António Guedes de Oliveira the editor-in-chief of O Primeiro de Janeiro, the most-circulated journal in the North of Portugal ran the ad on the front page. The other newspapers mocked the ad and believed it would show that psychics were charlatans.
The Miracle of the Sun
The apparitions reported by the three children have changed considerably over time versus how they were originally described.
The eyewitnesses to the "Miracle of the Sun" never said it was the sun, only that it was a bright, oval object that glowed like a pearl.
The children when asked where the lady came from only pointed upwards but they did not specify it was heaven. They never saw her mouth moving, and Lucia Dos Santos who was considered the main witness was the only one able to hear her voice which was accompanied by a buzzing sound. When Lucia learned how to read and write she was able to record the words.
"Another physical attribute that was changed by the Catholic Church was that the being was said to be less than three feet tall, and appeared to be bald. Over the course of interrogations and revisions, the children changed this appearance to that of a tall beautiful lady, more fitting to the Virgin Mary archetype of the church."
Across culture and time other mystics have claimed to receive communication in a similar fashion. Could it be that different deities described by different civilizations have the same source? Could these be the same messengers who appeared to the children in Fatima?
The Children's Encounter
Three young shepherds Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto described being visited by an angel on different occasions. When the word spread of what they had seen thousands flocked to the area, as the lady promised a miracle on October 13 of the following year.
On October 13, 1917 over 80,000 people who had arrived to see the "miracle" described a bright disc-like object that emitted heat, spun through the sky and swoop over the crowds before returning to the clouds.
The area of Fatima, Portugal has a long history of pagan practice that include folklore about fairies and other worldly beings. Portugal has tradition of a race of supernatural women called the Moura Encantada who are said to be the guardians of doorway into other dimensions. They are said to be able to spin the sun, similar to what those at Fatima described seeing.
In the mid-1930s the Bishop of Leiria encouraged Lúcia (at that time named Sister Maria Lúcia das Dores) to write her memoirs, so that she might reveal further details of the 1917 apparitions. When Lucia's memoirs were published the events became widely known outside of Spain and Portugal. Between 1935 and 1993 she wrote six memoirs.
Whatever really happened on that secluded spot in Cova da Iria, over one hundred years ago, will probably take us a few more centuries to fully comprehend –if ever.
Source - AncientOrigins
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