Meier, Eduard Albert ‘‘Billy’’ (1937– )
One of the most famous of modern flying saucer contactees,
Billy Meier emerged out of obscurity in 1975 when he claimed
to have encountered people from the Pleiadian star system. To
verify his claims he presented some dramatic photos of the
spaceship and eventually made some videos of the ship flying
near his home in rural Switzerland.
Meier was born on February 3, 1937, in Bulach, Switzerland.
According to his story, he had seen a UFO as a child and subsequently
heard a voice and saw mental pictures. These communications
occurred daily and he learned to respond to them
telepathically. In 1944, he met a humanoid named Sfath and
took his first ride in a saucer. Sfath told him that he had been
chosen and would come to understand his special status at a
later date. His telepathic contacts with Sfath continued for
some years but he was replaced after Meier’s 16th birthday by
Asket, a youthful female. These contacts existed side-by-side
with outward signs of an unsettled life. As a youth Meier ran
away from home several times, eventually landing in the
French Foreign Legion. In 1958 he began a period of wandering
through the Middle East and southern Asia. Following an
accident in 1965, he lost his left arm just above his elbow. He
finally returned to Switzerland in 1970 and settled on a farm.
In 1974, he advertised for people who would like to be part
of a metaphysical study group, and soon had a small gathering
joining him for discussions of occult matters. The next year he
announced that he had not only seen a flying saucer, but that
it had landed and a beautiful woman disembarked. He talked
with her for an hour and a half. The woman, Semjase, hailed
from the planet Erra in the Pleiades. Of all the people with
whom the Pleiadians had made contact, only Meier had passed
all the tests. Semjase set the stage for Meier to take a host of
pictures of what were termed ‘‘beamships,’’ Meier’s primary evidence
to an unbelieving world. He claimed to have taken a
number of rides in the beamships, including a visit to the Pleiades.
European media began to give Meier coverage and controversy
grew through 1976. His following also grew and with
money they raised, he moved to property purchased near Hinterschmidruti
that has been his headquarters ever since. The
study group evolved into the Freie Interessengemeinschaft
für Grenz-und Geisteswissenschaften und Ufologie-Studien.
Among the people who learned of the Meier claims were Lou
Zinstagg and Timothy Good, who were working on a biography
of George Adamski, the original 1950s contactee. They
brought copies of the Meier pictures to the United States and
gave them to contactee enthusiast Wendelle Stevens. Stevens
visited Meier in October of 1977, and after investigating his
claims, created a company, Genesis III Productions Limited, to
market the photos and related stories. In 1979, a coffee-table
book, UFO. . . Contact from the Pleiades, Volume One, made the
world aware of his claims. Additional books and several videos
subsequently appeared.
As controversy swelled around Meier, with most ufologists
rejecting his contactee claims, in 1981 Kal K. Kroff published
the results of his investigation, The Meier Incident The Most Infamous
Hoax in Ufology. He demonstrated that Meier’s photos
were of small models held by string. He followed with a second
book, Spaceships from the Pleiades, in 1990. Among the most
damaging discoveries concerned some pictures supposedly
taken from space by Meier that turned out to be NASA photos.
More people, however, read writer Gary Kinder’s generally favorable
book, Light Years.
Stevens and his associates have remained staunch supporters
of Meier and have continued to distribute the many Genesis
III publications through the 1990s. Stevens has edited a multivolume
series of Meier’s contact notes. The Semjase Silver Star
Center was opened as an American counterpart to the Meier
organization in Europe. The Meier material freely circulated
through the New Age Movement, with New Age bookstores
being a major means of distributing it. The impact of this material
is visibly demonstrated in the prominence given the Pleiades
in channeling material. Beginning in the late 1980s, a host
of New Age channelers have regularly received messages from
entities identifying themselves as Pleiadians.
Sources
Elders, Lee J., Brit Nilsson-Elders, and Thomas K. Welch.
UFO. . . Contact from the Pleiades, Volume One. Phoenix, Ariz.
Genesis III Productions, 1979.
———. UFO. . .Contact from the Pleiades, Volume Two. Phoenix,
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Kinder, Gary. Light Years An Investigation into the Extraterrestrial
Experiences of Eduard Meier. New York Atlantic Monthly,
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Kroff, Kal K. Spaceships of the Pleiades The Billy Meier Story.
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———, and William Moore. The Meier Incident—The Most Infamous
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———. The Psyche. Alamogordo, N. Mex. Semjase Silver
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