The name Pleiades comes from Ancient Greek, probably from plein meaning "to sail", because of the cluster's importance in delimiting the sailing season in the Mediterranean Sea.
Pleiadeans first appeared in accounts given by self-styled contactee Billy Meier, a Swiss national who claimed they visited him several times, starting in the 1940s. According to Meier's accounts, the Pleiadeans (which he spelled Plejaran) originate from the planet Erra (which is supposedly located in an alternate dimension that is a fraction of a second ahead of ours) and are outwardly similar to humans. Meier said that they contacted him in person or via telepathy. During the 1970s, Meier produced a number of photographs that he said were of Pleiadean ships, as well as sketches that he said were of Pleiadeans themselves.They have since been the subject of intense criticism from skeptics.
Meier's Pleiadeans were said to be spiritual and in touch with nature, and they became a component of the New Age movement during the 1970s. They were depicted as a peace-loving race of Space Brothers, said to be warning contactees that humanity was heading toward self destruction, and offering alternative philosophies to avert such an eventuality.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, accounts of Pleiadeans given by people other than Meier began to diverge from earlier New Age concepts. In these alternate accounts, the Pleiadeans were said to be one side in a cloak and dagger confrontation over the fate of humanity. Such accounts worked in a number of pre-existing urban myths and conspiracy theories, including the New World Order and Reptilian conspiracies, as well as variations on the Illuminati and mind control conspiracies. These references were not found in Meier's original accounts. In some cases, such as claims made by self-professed medium Barbara Marciniak, accounts of contact with Pleiadeans were also intermixed with the millennium (now passed) and American end times philosophies.
These human like beings are also said to be in conflict with Greys and other species over the Alien Abduction phenomenon. Other sources say they are members of the Galactic Federation of Light and (or) associated with the Ashtar Command ,they are on a mission to spread Enlightenment.
- Wikipedia, Pleiades
- "Pleiad, n." OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2014