Star Trek Esoterica

Recently myself and my old pal Highwayman expressed our difference of opinions concerning mankind and space travel. While HW believes that humans must change literally into angelic, sinless creatures in order to enjoy the company of likewise entities in the Universe, I take the more traditional spaceship route. Since we both liked ‘Star Trek’ in our respective youth, that is often given as an example of what I think the ideal should be.

But what I didn’t take into account was the history of one Gene Roddenberry, and the road of esoterica he followed:

In between the Star Trek TV series and the first Star Trek motion picture, Gene Roddenberry would find himself confronted with a real-world galactic Brotherhood. The ensuing drama would serve to be one of the strangest episodes recorded in the life of major Hollywood figure.

In early 1975, a broke and depressed Roddenberry was approached by a British former race car driver named Sir John Whitmore, who was associated with a strange organization called ‘Lab-9.’ Though unknown to the public, Lab-9 were ostensibly a sort of an independent version of the X-Files, dedicated to the research of paranormal phenomena. However, Lab-9 had another, more complex agenda- they later claimed to be in contact with a group of extraterrestrials called the ‘Council of Nine’ or simply ‘The Nine’, who had been communicating through ‘channelers’ or psychic mediums.

I had heard rumors years ago about Roddenberry possibly encountering UFOs in the late 1950s when he was still a policeman with the LAPD. After some brief research I dismissed that as hocum. But the involvement with the “9” and its influence on his later works, especially ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ is quite obvious if one studies it up close. And the number 9 figures prominently in the later ‘Deep Space Nine’ and ‘Voyager’ works.

Did Roddenberry have brushes with creatures beyond our ken that influenced his works? Or is this just fantasy like his ‘Star Trek’ universe?

I recommend going to Chris Knowles’ The Secret Sun to read about the symbology of Star Trek, you won’t be disappointed!

The Council of Nine and the Star Trek Pantheon

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4 responses

  1. “While HW believes that humans must change literally into angelic, sinless creatures in order to enjoy the company of likewise entities in the Universe, I take the more traditional spaceship route.”

    Hobnobbing with other races in space is, of course, a great perk, coming with translation, but, right now, it’s our survival as a race that’s first and foremost on God’s agenda. Also, angels are of a different order of life, and while we will be made sinless, we will still be flesh and blood… just like it was before sin entered the world. Think of the plan of salvation in that light… recuperation and restoration to the original.

    Okay, staying on the science track, perhaps Roddenberry was into Numerology? The number 9 figures greatly in Numerology, and in ancient paganism. The Beatles wrote a song with a mantra-like track inserted into it, repeating “number nine… number nine… number nine…” over and over. They were, of course, heavy into spiritualism and the Maharishi Yogi. The number nine figures greatly in Masonic rituals, too. It, like the number 6, is serpentine, and symbolizes the serpent. The serpent represents great esoteric and scientific knowledge… something much sought-after, in pagan circles.

    It’s quite likely that Roddenberry had some occult contact, especially being the high-profiler that he was. Hollywood is rife with this kind of thing. Hell, even I have had some occult dealings, way back. Why not Roddenberry?

  2. I think Knowles is alluding to something more than just numerology, he’s talking about a society that claims to actually channel beings who are actually “The Council of Nine”, ETs.

    Whether Roddenberry took this seriously or not is another matter, but other than the first Trek movie, all the others were successes and the Next Generation series was a wild success, so take that for what it’s worth I guess.

    This caught me completely off guard, but when you look at the structure of Star Fleet and the Federation in general, it is a para-militaristic, socialist culture that must survive by expansion.

    Like any other empire.

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