Monday, March 24, 2014
Illuminatus! group reading, Week Five
Page 42 "ILLUMINATI PROJECT: MEMO #7" to page 52 "the Islamic and Catholic traditions respectively."
Page 44, "Congressman Koch," presumably Ed Koch (1924-2013), who also was a mayor of New York.
Page 44, "And 'illumination' was one of the words hippies were always using ... " The paragraph about light and illumination reminds me of "All things that are, are lights," a phrase from John Scotus Eriugena quoted in the Cantos of Ezra Pound. The quotation provides the title for Robert Shea's historical novel, All Things Are Lights, which features a hero who practices tantric sex, much like Simon Moon. I have previous suggested that All Things Are Lights is a "thematic prequel" to Illuminatus!
Page 45, "Here, kitty-kitty-kitty," Hagbard is training the self-destructing mynah birds.
Page 45, "One of those scientists ... " Dr. Charles Mocenigo.
Page 48, "That character in Washington is a mental lunatic, and he means it." Illuminatus! was written in 1969-71, but unfortunately the satire on U.S. intervention in remote areas of the world hasn't dated.
Page 51, " ... the pivotal role of secret Masonic lodges in the French revolution ... " I found an article about this, but it doesn't list many sources.
Note: All Things Are Lights was re-released as an ebook under the Creative Commons License by Shea's son; you can download free ebooks here.
Next week: Page 52 "Saul picked up the ninth memo" to Page 63 "the shadows of Maya."