"This is the voice of Vrillon, representative of the Ashton Galactic command speaking to you," began the voice. It was November 26, 1977 when the Hannington Independent Broadcasting Authority tower suddenly broke through with a peculiar static and the voice of a mysterious being some would later claim was an extraterrestrial with an urgent message. But was this early case of radio pirating truly from an extraterrestrial entity attempting to gain the hearts and minds of Earth's public? The case remains unsolved to this day.
Speaking as an authority from a higher power and representing what became known as the Ashton Galactic Command, Vrillon then proceeded to warn Earthlings that they would soon be entering a dangerous time as they entered the time of Aquarius and would be expected to lay down their weapons of destruction in favor of a more peaceful way of life so they could ascend into the stars among their brothers in space. It would be a voice of reason and seemingly madness that would later be mimicked several times in both the new age movement and among UFO believers worldwide. And though the message would be quite disturbing to some as it broke through the evening news on the BBC, some were more skeptical of this sudden pirated version of what they considered a recreation of the War of the Worlds broadcast by Orson Welles.
But just as the world was beginning to react to the words of Vrillon, it was retold in different forms. Understandably the words were met with some level of fear – some even reporting that the voice of the mysterious figure known as Vrillon had claimed he would invade Earth if his demands were not met. But Vrillon had actually been intending to do nothing more than warn the people of upcoming dangers by humanity's own hands. There had been no violence implied by the voice coming from either himself or the aforementioned Ashton Galactic Command.
So what was Vrillon? Interestingly, the transmission was at a point where it could have been overridden at one broadcasting station which had bottlenecked the signal. Even a weak transmission could have in theory moved into the normal broadcast and allowed the voice of a hoaxer to reach the ears of thousands of viewers throughout the region. But why? In 1977 the hoaxer may have simply been wanting to make a splash in the newspapers and gain the peoples' attention – calling them to action to be more peaceful and less intent on war with foreign nations.
But there is one other theory that has been popularized through Youtube videos giving Vrillon a voice once again. These theorists suggest the technical abilities of the average hoaxer would not have been sufficient to allow them to bleed through the broadcast, and instead the explanation may lie somewhere in space. Vrillon, they suggest, may have been a real entity attempting to communicate with Earth. Though Southern Television categorically declared the incident the work of a hoaxer, it has never been proven one way or another. It remains after all these years, entirely unexplainable.
Full transcript of the message:
This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth.
We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your world so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disaster which threatens your world, and the beings on our worlds around you. This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the New Age of Aquarius. The New Age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that can overshadow their judgments.
Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again.
All your weapons of evil must be removed. The time for conflict is now past and the race of which you are a part may proceed to the higher stages of its evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill.
Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning New Age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.
Hear now the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck your energy from you – the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends and give you worthless dross in return.
Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves onto the path of evolution.
This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your Earth than your scientists admit.
We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fear, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet Earth. We of the Ashtar Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the plane of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos.