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Gazing at the cosmos, it’s only natural for humanity to ponder what – or who – else might exist out there. Some have taken this curiosity to cosmic heights, founding belief systems centered on celestial beings and extraterrestrial teachings. While eccentric and unbelievable to many, these interstellar-inspired cults attract devoted followers. From messages from alien commanders to past lives on distant planets, here are some of the most otherworldly, sci-fi-esque religious movements born from our fascination with the mysteries of outer space.
The Nuwaubian Nation
Founded by Dwight York, this fringe religious movement has roots in esoteric beliefs like Ancient Egypt mysticism, UFO religions, and cryptozoology. They believe in achieving spiritual transformation through contacting extraterrestrial beings.
Founded by Czech psychic Ivo Benda, this movement believes in communicating with extraterrestrial civilizations to prepare for an imminent transformation of humanity. Benda claimed to be in telepathic contact with alien races.
Pleiadian Lightworkers (or Starseeds)
They believe they are souls from the Pleiades star cluster sent to Earth to raise its vibration and consciousness.
Founded by Claude Vorilhon (Rael), this movement says that life on Earth was created by an extraterrestrial species called the Elohim.
This infamous American cult believed that Earth was about to be “recycled” and that they needed to leave their physical bodies to board an extraterrestrial spacecraft trailing the Hale-Bopp comet.
Founded by George King, members believe in advanced extraterrestrial intelligences operating on Earth to prevent ecological disasters.
Unarius Academy of Science
Founded by Ernest L. Norman and his wife Ruth, this group believes in past-life experiences on other planets and that advanced extraterrestrials will make contact with humanity.
Universal Federation of Light
They believe in channeling messages from extraterrestrial beings of light, aiming to prepare humanity for a massive spiritual transformation.
An early 20th-century German occultist group that believed in a lost ancient landmass in the North (similar to Atlantis) and had connections to extraterrestrial Aryan races.
Order of the Solar Temple
This group believed in the existence of a distant planet revolving around the star Sirius. They also held beliefs in Templar and Rosicrucian doctrines.
Church of the SubGenius
A parody religion that revolves around the deity J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the impending end of the world, where followers will be picked up by alien “X-ists”.
Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, it includes beliefs about an ancient intergalactic warlord named Xenu who brought billions of people to Earth, placing them near volcanoes and detonating hydrogen bombs, causing a myriad of spiritual problems for humanity.
Galactic Federation of Light
This group believes in a coalition of various extraterrestrial beings who are here to assist humanity in its ascension to higher dimensions. They often channel messages from these extraterrestrial entities.
Ashtar Galactic Command
Followers believe in Commander Ashtar and his fleet of spaceships that are here to guide and protect humanity. They claim to receive telepathic messages from Ashtar and other cosmic entities.
I AM Movement
Founded in the 1930s by Guy Ballard, this movement is based on the teachings of the Ascended Masters, especially Saint Germain. While not exclusively extraterrestrial, it incorporates beliefs about the lost continents of Lemuria and Atlantis, as well as other-dimensional cities.
The Urantia Book
This text, first published in 1955, claims to merge science, religion, and philosophy to explain the universe’s origin, the nature of God, and Jesus’ life. It describes a vast cosmology, including numerous extraterrestrial civilizations and spiritual hierarchies.