The Ashtar Command, or more recently the Ashtar Galactic Command, is an alien presence that was revealed by channelled messages to Robert Short in 1952. The collective is based on George Van Tassel’s channelling of the single entity, Ashtar, beginning 18 July 1952. Although the majority of communicating with Ashtar was done through forms of mediumship, such as channeling and automatic writing, Robert Short was known for using technologies such as HAM radio and television signals to receive messages from Ashtar.
Ashtar was first revealed as a single entity, to George Van Tassel, through channelling on 18 July 1952. In the same year, Robert Short determined that Ashtar was a command leader, of the Ashtar Command. Ashtar was often described as Nordic looking with blonde hair and blue eyes. Ashtar's message had always been apocalyptic: a large disaster about to happen—the role of the people contacted are to warn the world—only the most "enlightened" will survive and enter the "Age of Aquarius".
Tassel and Short promoted the Ashtar Command movement at Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions from 1953 to 1977. After medium Ethel P. Hillpublished her book In Days to Come (1957), the Speer Group of Berlin translated much of her work in the 1960s. The Speer Group is attributed to having first used the name “Ashtar Sheran”.
Ashtar, may be a derivative of the name Astaroth. The name takes its roots from the 2nd millennium BCE Phoenician goddess Astarte, an equivalent of the Babylonian Ištar, and the earlier Sumerian Inanna. She is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in the forms Ashtoreth (singular) and Ashtaroth (plural, in reference to multiple statues of her).
Astarte is identified with the planet Venus, the morning and evening star.
Ashtar Galactic CommandEdit
Throughout the eighties, Yvonne Cole warned her followers that the destruction of Earth would occur in 1994 and the Ashtar Command would be evacuating the planet. This concept eventually molds into the Galactic Command promoted by Sheldon Nidle and Valerie Donnell’s Ground Crew Project, who prophesied a mass landing of Galactic Federation spaceships no later than December 17, 1996. A new landing date was set to coincide with the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet on 5 May, 1997.
Many UFO sub groups anticipated the “Federation’s” arrival, promoted by Valerie Donnell, and the destruction of Earth promoted by Yvonne Cole. One such group was Heaven's Gate. The “graduation rites” for Heaven's Gate meant participating in a ritual suicide, "the only way to evacuate this Earth". In March 1997, the leader and his thirty-eight followers committed mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The bodies, dressed in black uniforms and covered with purple shrouds, were found lying on bunk beds and mattresses throughout the group's seven-bedroom mansion. The suicides had been carefully planned, and law enforcement investigators found no evidence of violence or coercion.