Written by Susan Demeter-St.Clair

In August 2010 we had the pleasure of meeting a lady at the annual Guild Inn event in Scarborough, Ontario. This lady had a very interesting, and unusual experience to share, which involved the symbols you will see in the photos below. We will allow for the witness to describe in her own words what happened.......



strange symbols on scraps of paper


"My first experience was in November 1995.  I was sitting at my desk at work.   All of a sudden, in my upper left peripheral view in my left eye, a series of these symbols was visible in black characters, on a white shimmering background.  They moved along so quickly (like a ticker tape) it was difficult to see any one figure clearly and this carried on for about 5 minutes.  I was so shocked, I said "something is in my eye!",  then ran out of the room after viewing these for a few seconds.  I wanted to find a secluded area to keep seeing them in privacy and give my full attention to it, so I went into the handicap washroom (a private room) and sat down to watch the rest of the show.  I tried to write down some of the symbols but there were thousands.  Some kept repeating (like a language)  so I tried to capture what I could on that little post-it note.



strange symbols seen in the 1990s


The following year, in August 1996, I was in the shower at my home when this phenomenon happened again, and again it was in the left upper peripheral of my left eye.  This time it seemed more decorative and hovered in one place with a centre point of a dark spot with an archway around it (refer to post-it note).   It too lasted for several minutes and I wrote down as much as I could when I came out of the shower. In December of the same year, it happened again at home when I was sitting on the couch watching TV.  This time there were more tiny lines in a row accompanying the symbols.
Strange symbols
There was a long gap in time until I saw it again in 2003,  again, I was in my office at work.  It was more in the centre of my eyeball (left) for the first time, but there were significant symbols just hovering in my vision, so I wrote some of them down.  I was feeling frustrated and thought, what is this?  I don't understand?  why don't you just go away?  I haven't seen anything since, but you can imagine my curiosity.  It felt like someone was trying to communicate, but what good is it if I can't understand?  I have tried to look in books, and on internet, etc. to no avail.  
strange symbols

Well, I hope this information is of some help to you.  You are my last hope in figuring this out."
Our thanks go out to the experiencer for sharing these symbols with us. Do you have any information or thoughts on these symbols, and events that you'd like to share? Have you had a similar experience or have you come across similar symbols or events such as the ones described above. If so please contact us, admin@psican.org Your privacy will be protected, and confidentiality is assured.

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"Angelic-music" writing from circa 1944-45, done at that time by a child 4-5 years old.

"They gave it to me; it just came into my head."

Clinical psychologist Dr. Mario Pazzaglini whose background was in clinical psychology and neurophysiology published book entitled Symbolic Messages. The above image was taken from his example.

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Example of a cursive script from a 1992 Contactee.

"I received this in my mind after my first contact" (CE II ).

"It's both technical and religious... how to manipulate minerals and light."

An interview with Dr Mario Pazzaglini is published here and offers many more examples of symbolic messages throughout human history. Much of his work reminds me of the 2016 movie Arrival. 
A PSICAN member also suggested the Celestial Alphabet as possibly linked to this type of symbolism.

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Since adding this page to the website we have received several emails from people who have suggested that these symbols may in fact be migraine aura symptoms. Here is one example:
"The article entitled 'Have you seen these symbols?' may provide an insight regarding migraine auras. If you look at the migraine research done by Dr. Podoll and the illustrations in Wikipedia 'Aura Symptoms' you will find similar patterns. I have been bothered by migraine auras for over fifty years and can fully appreciate the need to make sense of the patterns. The common zig-zag patterns could easily be interpreted as letters or numbers. The migraine may produce auras'hallucinations', tinnitus, affect the senses of smell and taste and cause other phenomena. Differentiating between the induced states and reality is the real challenge."   Ray
Below is an artist interpretation of what a zig-zag pattern visual distubance due to migraine aura can be like:
zig-zag visual disturbance that is a migraine aura
Zig-Zag pattern during migraine aura

I am a migraine sufferer with aura, and while I can see why this may be the case or plausible for some I do not think the experiences described in the article are migraine related. - Susan Demeter St. Clair