Friday, October 10, 2008


11:00 AM
Memorial Service
Spring Hill Cemetery
Lynchburg, Virginia

Michael Ross McConnell
b. Thursday 10 July 1952
d. Orthodox Easter Sunday 27 April 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

This Month In Ross History

September 1975

Re-admitted to Harvard University, Ross was full of energy, enthusiasm, curiosity and humor. I stayed in the off campus apartment he shared with three very tolerant graduate students.

We ran rampant. Widener Library. Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The Harvard COOP. Occult bookstores. Harvard Square. Pennypacker Hall. An Ingmar Bergman film festival. Oven baked grinder sub sandwiches.

I learned that Ross' freshman class at Harvard had included Dave Duxbury ("Dux")
whom I had known in Colorado in 1969.

Ross vanished for hours, returning with tales of world-class scholars and incredible research opportunities. During one consultation Maya expert Tatiana Proskouriakoff of Harvard's Peabody Museum expressed interest in a Native American Astronomy symposium.

So on Monday 22 September 1975 Ross and I hitchhiked to Colgate University in the Village of Hamilton, NY. The distance: 291 miles. One of our rides informed us that Sara Jane Moore had attempted to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford. We rode with an elderly drunk gentleman who cried as he told us about his wife and daughter. When police detained the driver, we paused to enjoy the blazing fall foliage that graced the rolling hills of upstate New York.

Arriving in Hamilton at 1:47 AM, we established a residence under the golden dome in the upper balcony of Colgate Memorial Chapel. I heard Marty Balin of the Jefferson Starship:
If only you believed in Miracles baby - So would I.

We stashed our packs behind couches in the lower level of Case Library and sat through numerous droning highly technical presentations. Our favorite speaker was the heavily accented University Of Guadalajara professor of pre-Colombian architecture Horst Hartung (Ancient Maya Architecture And Planning: Possibilities And Limitations For Astronomical Studies). During a break "someone" scrawled COLGATE TOO STRAIGHT - GET HIGH on a bathroom stall. Ross convinced a female Colgate student to let us stay at her apartment. Her roommate blasted Cat Stevens' Tea For The Tillerman.

Eventually we found ourselves drenched, penniless and stranded on the NY Thruway. But Ross entered the Howard Johnson's restaurant, eyed three young people and charmed them into giving us a ride to our door.


Edited versions of papers presented at the symposium held at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, 23 - 26 September 1975:
Native American Astronomy. Anthony F. Aveni, ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1977. xvii + 286 pp. ISBN 0-292-75511-2

Saturday, August 16, 2008

This Day In Ross History

Tuesday, August 16, 1977

Ross hitched into El Paso, Texas, arriving via Interstate 10 in the early morning. I found him walking down Yarbrough Drive, North of Trawood Drive. At dawn Gaylon Page's collies barked loudly next door, reminding Ross of PeeDee and Numie, Ellen's griffin-like Rhodesian Ridgebacks from Greywood in Yellow Springs, Ohio. After chicory-flavoured coffee we sat down at the drawing board to plot another "flipped out" scenario involving the Great Old Ones. The day's musical selections began with "Bend It" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (1966). That evening on El Paso's KTSM Channel 9 the lead story on John Chancellor's NBC Nightly News was the death of Elvis Presley. I loaned Ross a clean, wrinkle-free white shirt and we drove to nearby Juarez, Mexico for dinner at the Casa Del Sol. Ross feasted on a huge, freshly grilled black Boquilla Bass. Coming back through customs Ross proudly proclaimed himself a citizen of the United States of America with no contraband to declare. A Ross day to remember!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ross Victorious

Ross Images

Ross Wrote:
The Beast Of Luck In Your Every Endeavor

April 1979

Ross Wrote:
Inside my Morris Minor looking out through Mantra - Solomon's Seal.

Ross TV

Ross Said:
M double C
O double N
E double L

Ross Calculation

Ross said:
A Mystery assuredly.
Far hence remain, O' ye profane.
While the heathen babble, the Adepts dabble.
We're the dwellers on the threshold At the instant of the magical wish
To place our living bodies In a sepulcher of light.
Behold I come quickly, Amen.

Ross Art

Ross Art

1979 Albuquerque
Ross wrote:
c/o General Delivery, Tahlequah, Okla Ancestral Home Of John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Nation 1828 - 1866 My Great Great Great Grand Uncle. In the son there is a dragon; its tongue is hot and fierce; with summer comes its stinging darts; all nature it will pierce

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ross Art

Ross Art

Ross Art


The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Baum: He was going to prove the power of the Supermen. He was the Superman, the Messenger, the Archetype who alone could save us, the one man who could build, could create… a New State of Being. He left us the plans to create the New Order, the New World.

Inspector Lohman: Do you have these plans?

Dr. Baum: No, not I.

The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse, Fritz Lang, 1933

Ross Books

The Mysteries Of The Qabalah by Eliphas Levi, 1974

Ross' Bookstore Of Choice

The Mysteries Of The Qabalah by Eliphas Levi, 1974



Canon and Proportions in Egyptian Art
by Erik Iversen

Complete Works Of
H. P. Lovecraft

The Cthulhu Mythos
by August Derleth

The Mind Parasites
by Colin Wilson

The Crying Of Lot 49,
Gravity's Rainbow
by Thomas Pynchon

The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception
by Max Heindel

The New Jerusalem
Concerning The Sacred Scripture
From The Latin Of Emanuel Swedenborg

City Of Revelation,
The View Over Atlantis and
The Flying Saucer Vision
by John Michell

The Survival Of The Pagan Gods

A Christian Rosenkreutz Anthology 1974 Edition
by Paul M. Allen

The Secret Teachings Of All Ages
An Encyclopedic Outline Of
Masonic, Hermetic,
Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian
Symbolical Philosophy
Being An Interpretation Of The
Secret Teachings Concealed within The Rituals, Allegories and
Mysteries Of All Ages, Nineteenth Edition, 1973
by Manly P. Hall

Codex Rosae Crucis
A Rare And Curious Manuscript Of Rosicrucian Interest,
Now Published for the First Time In Its Original Form
by Manly P. Hall

The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, Tenth Edition 1968
by Manly P. Hall

A Primer Of Higher Space (The Fourth Dimension), 1972
by Claude Bragdon

The Dance Of Death
41 Woodcuts by Hans Holbein The Younger
Complete Facsimile Of The Original 1538 French Edition, 1971

Magic Squares And Cubes
by W. S. Andrews

The Thirteen Books Of Euclid's Elements, Volume 1
by Sir Thomas L. Heath

Ancient And Modern Initiation
by Max Heindel

The Cipher Of Genesis
Bantam Edition, April 1973
by Carlo Suares

The Adepts In The Western Esoteric Tradition
Part Three Orders Of Universal Reformation
by Manly Palmer Hall

The Kabbalah Unveiled
by S. L. MacGregor Mathers

The Theoretic Arithmetic Of The Pythagoreans
by Thomas Taylor