Virgin Visons : Virgin visions usually take the form of seeing
the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are not an uncommon phenomenon.
Two famous examples of Blessed Virgin Mary Visions are as follows:
On 11th February in 1858, a 14 year old shepherdess named Bernadette
Soubirous saw what she believed was a shining female figure in front of a
grotto, near Lourdes in the south of France. Bernadette saw this
vision 18 times during which the figure finally revealed herself as the
'Immaculate Conception'. A local priest said this identified her as
the Blessed Virgin Mary. During her ninth encounter the vision
instructed Bernadette to dig into the ground in the grotto. On doing
so, she duly discovered an underground spring. The waters from the
spring have since been claimed to possess healing powers.
After her death in 1879, Bernadette was later canonized and Lourdes has
since become a place of pilgrimage for sick people all over the
On 13th May in 1917, three children from Fatima in Portugal experienced
the first of six visions, while they were herding sheep in a nearby
pasture. The vision featured a brilliant figure of a lady above a
tree. This lady said that she was from heaven and would appear before the
three children, Francisco Marto, Jacinto Marto and Lucia dos Santos every
13th day of every month until October. Although news of the
childrens' visions quickly spread, the adults who gathered to witness the
visions only ever saw a small cloud above a tree. The children
continued to claim that they could see the lady but they were soon doubted
and arrested. However on August 19th they encountered another vision
in which the lady told them that she would make her final appearance on
Over 70,000 observers braved the rain that day to come and witness the
sight, but only the three children saw the lady, who described herself as
'Our Lady of the Rosary'. Suddenly and without warning a few of the
observers began to see the sun, rotate two or three times, whilst emitting
coloured beams of light. After this, it seemed to plummet towards
the earth, getting ever closer to its terrified observers, before veering
back off into the sky. After the strange event the audience who had
been rained on quite heavily, realised to their surprise that their
clothes were in fact dry.
"Dances of the Sun" were frequently reported by children in
Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina over a five year period spanning 1981 -
85. The children claimed that they saw the Virgin Mary each day
which led to a count of over 2000 visions in total.
Until a completely objective study of this phenomenon takes place, the
topic will remain an enigma.