The Miracle of the Sun, 1917: Ancient Angels at Fatima? The Possible Common Origins of Star Gods
Page from Ilustração Portuguesa, 29 October 1917, showing the people looking at the Sun during the Fátima apparitions attributed to the Virgin Mary. ( Public Domain )
According to Filipe Furtado de Mendonce, writing in his book A Ray of Light on Fatima , the group of mediums first took out an advert in a local newspaper, Diario de Noticias , where they announced that the forthcoming date of May 13th would be a “day of great happiness” and one which “the brilliant light of the “Morning Star” will illuminate the path.” Another remarkable fact about this message is that the psychic channeler wrote it down backwards and it could only be read by holding the sheet of paper towards a mirror. This phenomenon of backwards writing occurs many times throughout the history of spiritualist and shamanic communications, particularly in traditions that claim to contact star-people.
The original announcement printed by the paper is still in the archives of Diario de Noticias and can be referenced today in the edition of March 10th, 1917, a full two months before the Fatima events took place.
In Porto, another group of psychics were receiving similar transmissions and also decided to document their communications so as to be able to prove their predictions. This second group received a message saying “something transcendental” would happen on May 13th. Again, in order to substantiate the communications, ads and notices were taken out in leading Portuguese newspapers such as O Primeiro de Jeneiro , the Jornal de Noticias and Liberdade. The person attributed with receiving these messages was a well-known Portuguese psychic called Mr. Antonio.
Whether it was just a slow news week in Portugal or something else entirely, the fact is that these notices taken out in newspapers created quite a stir and many sceptics and spiritually minded people alike waited to see what, if anything, would occur on May 13th.
The Miracle of the Sun
The reported apparitions that followed have created a legacy that reverberates around the world even today. However, many aspects of these apparently supernatural events have changed considerably in terms of how they were originally reported.
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The so-called ‘Miracle of the Sun’, for example, is perhaps the most famous supernatural mass-vision in recorded history and yet the witnesses never actually said it was the sun than flew through the air, they insisted that it was a second bright, oval object that glowed like pearl.
The crowd looking at "the Miracle of the Sun", occurred during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions, 1917. ( Public Domain )
Another appropriation is that the being that appeared to the children never said that she came from heaven but instead merely pointed upwards when asked where she was from. Throughout the entire series of apparitions the children never saw the being’s mouth move but explained that they heard her words through a buzzing sound that rang around them whenever the apparitions occurred.
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.
Original Picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) shown in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City. The Catholic Church considers the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe imprinted on the cloak of Juan Diego as a picture of supernatural origin. ( Public Domain )
Phenomenon Across Culture and Time
Many other visionaries and spiritual leaders of this time also claimed to have received communications in a similar manner. Alice Bailey said that she was the recipient of messages from a higher civilization from Sirius. Aleister Crowley and Rudolf Steiner both received transmissions in 1904 which would go on to form their most famous works, The Book of the Law and Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment , respectively.
"Joshua Commanding the Sun to Stand Still" by Gustave Dore, (d. 1883) ( Public Domain )
Going back even further in time, we have the experience and accounts of the Dogon people who claim that they too received their wisdom from beings from Sirius although the Dogon themselves are quite cryptic when it comes to explaining the methods of transmission and whether or not it was physical or immaterial messengers who contacted them.