This classic piece of Shuttlewoodiana appeared in Merseyside UFO Bulletin, volume 3, number 2, April/May 1970.
What one can only describe as a singularly unusual experience befell John Roseweir, national Vice-Chairman of Contact UK, and me on the night of January l2th this year , when we were at Cradle Hill, Warminster, focal centre of so many inerplicable aerial phenomena for the past five years.
Singular because it was the first UFO of this particular type ever seen in our quarter of the country. Silently, it glided into view at exactly 9.30 p.m. from the south-west and hovered for a total of twenty seconds almost due south of where we were positioned on the hill proper, by the now-familiar white metal gate.
The ellipsoid was pure gold in colour and suspended at a height of about fifty feet above ground level between Cop Heap, and the Warminster Downs edged by West Wilts Golf Club greens. Over the sun-disc aeroform was a silvery plume which, in spite of a fairly stiff south-east breeze, was motionless and unwavering; and from the bottom portion of the UFO a dark triangle or pyramid shape could clearly be seen at a later phase. Both observers estimated the ‘craft’ to be no more than a mile distant from the viewing base, the ellipsoid probably of 30 feet overall dimension. [See Fig. 1]
Immediately prior to this we were quietly discussing megalithic crosses and monoliths, also the recurrence of tho numbers 3 and 9 in progressive stages of UFO sightings and research, significance of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh, recent ‘haywire’ and inconsistent scientific instrument readings of what power lies beneath the area of the Sphinx, etc., difficult to compute with any degree of finality.
In my last book I mentioned a special ‘visitor’ on the morning of August 27th of 1967. Then on exactly the same date in 1969 we had a definite UFO landing at Warminster with 13 witnesses present – far more convincing than one poor soul on his own. Well known researcner Norman Oliver gave us unexpected backing in this true story, which the cynics – as usual bless them -were still inclined to deride as ‘far too fantastlc to credit.’
He affirmed, publicly, that “An interesting point is that there were several people camping out on The Copse with scientific equipment, including a geiger counter, who asked to be shown the spot where the figure appeared. Whilst the geiger counter worked normally elsewhere the reverse of what might perhaps have been expected occurred at the spot where the figure had been seen; the geiger counter ‘packed up’ and registered nothing: This was tested several times to make sure the counter itself was not at fault, but with the same result.”
I mention this corroboration, because it was a complete surprise to Warminster ‘regulars’ unaware that other watchers were present besides the 13, who included an ex-Naval Ccmmander’s wife. However, to return to the ‘pyramid’ sighting saga.., August 27th of 1967 and 1969 brought minor revelations — and the digits of the montn date may be of importance difficult to assess at present… 2 + 7 = 9. Perhaps August 27th of 1971, following the logical sequence of a ’3′ in the pattern, will be especially significant.
On January 10th (1 + 8 = 9) at 9-30 p.m. (another ’9′ and ’3′), the dark pyramid appendage dangling from the bottom of the UFO seemed to sidle sideways and land at a point near Cop Heap after the glowing golden craft winked brightly three times and vanished. The plume at the top dissolved simultaneously. What did it all mean? And how often we have wondered precisely that, after so many strange sightings at Cradle Hills
On February l8th this year (again, 1 + 8 = 9) I had to report Warminster Chamber of Commerce annual dinner locally. While there, incidentally, a guest-of-honour, printer Mr Arthur Maidsent ~ President of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, confided that he and a friend recently saw a most peculiar light formation in a village near the city, telling me: “This sort of thing is not unique to Warminster, you know.” (Perhaps ufologists might care to interview him one day to get the whole story?)
At 7.20 p,m, on February 10th, I went for a short stroll up Elm Hill before setting out for my reporting date. Again the pyramid-carrying UFO manifested, in about the same sky region betwixt downs and Cop Heap. Once more the ’3′ and ’9′ aspect struck me. 7.20 p.m. (7 + 2 = 9) on the 10th. It is dangerous and negative, obviously, to think subjectively: it is alien to my job as a qualified news reporter, who always seeks the objective angle of any story, but what does the reader think of the following, which came after much ‘concentrated thought on this three and nine mystery that occurs with strange frequency in the UFO pattern of late? My mind, free from mundane considerations, was simply open to ideas that filter through all minds occasionally – and should be welccomed if not of egotistic volition…
First, against a dark backcloth, a silver circle appeared. Then a cross lighted up the centre, And from each end of the cross formation the figure ’9′ flashed with tremendous brilliance. Here in a brief illustrated form is what I saw. [See Fig. 2] But even more vividly, as a sense of drama awoke within me and my startled eyes tried to make my brain understand something even more inexplicable than any of the genuine UFO sightings I have been privileged to witness, the pattern expanded and I became aware of the following:
The cross became of the dimensional status of a Union Jack, with the circle filled by eight instead of the former four sections in separation. Then the number ’90′ began to flicker at the right on the second line down, then at its side.
Excitedly, my brain raced and came up with the rather shocking revelation that 9 must be the most significant figure perhaps in the entire Universe, not just on Earth, together with the 3 that the spiritual and scientific factions among us recognise as having importance. Here, then, is the completed pattern of the circle: [See Fig. 3]
You will note that it is literally full, chock-a-block, of nines. Add any two numbers together and the answer is always NINE. For example, 360 and 180 total 540 = 9, Or 270 with 225 = 495 = 18 = 9. Do you follow the reckoning? Try any random or deliberate additions and you cannot escape the finality of that nine.
In my third and final book on UFOs, which will tell how one of the Rolling Stones pop group, Mick Taylor, came to Warminster and saw aerial wonders, how Patrick Moore and Bob Chapman fared in visual experiences of the unworldly, etc., this 9 and 3 association will be dealt with more fully.
Because man is not infallible nor ever will be until his consciousness is volunta:rily geared to the overtones of Universal Truth and the indivisibility of matters scientific and spiritual, Idare not announce any findings too prermaturely. hero are a few thoughts for open-minded readers and ufologists to mull over. However: is it possible that, by this circle and its divisions ang additions, we are being shown a zodiac of great antiquity in which the number of signs is eight in place of twelve?
Could this be a zodiac for the planet Earth, or some other heavenly body? The cross and the 9 together are more than symbolic, I feel intuitively and it could be that we have established a link, and that it is in the ancient esooteric astrology which predates Babylon and Chaldea, but the question must be: Which people and where? Also – so important and vital to further ufological progress of true purpose – WHY? The ’9′ is virtually jumping off the paper, just as it did off the perimeter or edges of my vision at the time it manifested so weirdly.
This is the last article I shall write on UFOs. There will be no more public communiques issued by our small and dedicated team of researchers from Warminster. Thereby, harsh critics and slander, libellous comment and unfair attacks on character, will no longer be possible: for such practisers may be doing themselves immense damage by indulging in unwarranted vitriolics!
Let the sceptics make their own way in future – not have everything put on to a plate for them to dissect according, to their own ego. We now officially retire from the scene, for Truth finally must be arrived at by personal and individual experience; and one cannot get that by sitting comfortably in an armchair. With onset of illness Bob Strong has lost almost four stones in weight in less than a year.
That he is on the mend now, recuperating slowly, is because he has given up a long and physically exhausting task, sick and tired (as I am) of the carping criticisms of the minority, who bedevil and belittle the enormous importance of the sacred subject as well as upsetting us as is obviously intended, Good luck to all open-minded ufologists everywhere.
Truths will percolate, with patience. The UFO enigma may constitute a many-sided coin of the Unknown; but Truth equates them all.