Before I begin this week’s missive, I wanted to take a moment to note that the blog is now over a year old. As I go into year two of this endeavor, traffic on the blog has increased somewhat and I am hearing from my readers more. I am very grateful for this and particularly happy that readers are sharing their thoughts with me.
As such, I want to ask you, the readers, what areas of the paranormal you would like to see covered in this blog. Are there particular creatures or incidents that you would like to see reviewed here? What might I do to improve your reading experience? Please feel free to comment and let me know how you would like Monsters and Magic to evolve.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled program . . .
I saw this very interesting set of witness reports on Lon Strickler’s Phantoms and Monsters site the other day. One sighting of a creature described as a gargoyle would be remarkable enough but the researchers who reported on these incidents actually recorded multiple encounters with this creature. One of the witnesses described this being as something “straight from hell” and noted that he wished that it would go back.
While it is certainly possible that one of the Intruders assumed this form in order to scare the beejesus out of people, I would note that the gargoyle is actually a man made construct that was designed to be fearsome so that it could accomplish its purpose.
Historians and archeologists, of course, have endless intellectual arguments about what purpose the gargoyles served on cathedrals and other medieval buildings – other than their obvious use as decorative rain spouts. Even the most bland academic recognizes that these “rain spouts” were carved to resemble fierce creatures for a reason and some posit cautiously that they were intended to scare away “evil spirits” while laughing behind their hands at the superstitious Church and the peasants that followed it.
Magic users recognize the purpose of a gargoyle right away. It is quite common for a mage to have a house guardian, a thought form that is created, charged and assigned to protect the home from physical or psychic invasion (or both). Such a creation needs a home, something to bring its energy into the physical plane thus you will often find statuary in a mage’s home that serves as a physical base for the house guardian. Gargoyles are simply house guardians for the buildings that they inhabit.
Remember that, back in the day, masons were more than stonecutters and, even if they were not, almost all important buildings of the time were blessed by the rites of the Church, thus charging their gargoyle protectors. While the belief in magic has died in many hearts, even today one notes people looking up with a mixture of fear and/or awe at these statues, thus feeding them a little residual energy to keep them going. This does not even take into consideration the magic workers who actively “feed” these guardians around the world. A sort of magical restoration project if you will . . .
Returning to our witnesses in PA, I would first note that the area where these encounters took place is in Pennsylvania. I sometimes suspect that the whole state of PA is one giant window area/portal. Either that or there are just a lot more paranormal researchers on the ground there than elsewhere. In either event, whether one is looking for Sasquatch reports, UFO’s or monsters of various kinds, PA is often a good place to start.
So, if we recognize gargoyles as powerful thought forms created to protect churches and public buildings in Europe and, to a lesser extent, the US, we begin to have a frame of reference for these sightings. One of the hazards of thought form creation is the issue of limitations.
Put simply, magic users are generally taught that, when they create a thought form, it should have a built in shut off switch. For example, if one were to create a servitor thought form that was designed to assist in the creative process for a certain project then the servitor would be programmed to dissolve to its constituent parts once the project was complete. This avoids the very real danger which we see in the narrative of Alexandra David-Neel where she created a tulpa without specific intent and then was forced to dissolve the thing when it started to go rogue.
We can not know exactly what limits or shut offs were placed on the gargoyle guardians without extensive occult research. Given the hubristic attitude of the Church at that time (e.g. the thought that the church would go on to the End Times), I suspect that the time limitations placed on gargoyles would have been minimal and that, as a result, some of them have developed limited sentience and gone on to “do their own thing”. Voila’, a magical being of significant power that would be quite capable of appearing to a witness under the right circumstances.
I can not answer the “why Pennsylvania?” question except to say, as before, that the Land there seems to be riddled with portals. I lived for a short while in the foothills of the Catskill range, just north of PA and, if there is as much spirit activity in the mountains of PA, as there was in my old home range, I would give credence to almost anything reported there. While I doubt that the gargoyle thought forms are dangerous (unless you happen to be chiseling your name in the side of a church) or that they can take physical form, they are certainly powerful enough to manifest to physical appearance. I have to wonder, too, if some magical work in that area was not drawing the creatures; it is not beyond the realm of possibility that a “rogue” gargoyle might be discovered and used as a guardian by an existing magical group.