The Illuminati symbol that everyone in the United States takes with them everywhere they go.
The Greek goddess Eris, known to the Romans as Discordia, from a Greek vase. She appears to George Dorn in a dream.
This week: Page 63 ("Dad was the first to recover") to Page 73 ("he began thinking of alternate plans.")
A section of Illuminatus! rich in wit and in allusions! Let's see if we can tease out a few references:
Page 63 "that grin that always drove the cops crazy ... strange clear blue of his eyes ... " So apparently Simon Moon's father resembled Timothy Leary in some ways.
Page 63, Joe Hill, American labor organizer, tried and executed for a murder he probably didn't commit; famous for writing in his last letter, "Don't waste any time in mourning. Organize... " At the time Illuminatus! came out, many readers would have known the song about Hill that Joan Baez performed at Woodstock (it was on the live album), the song that Simon Moon quotes.
Page 64, Walpurgasnacht, spring festival six months after Halloween.
Page 64, H.P. Lovecraft, a real band based in Chicago.
Page 64, Padre Pederastia, for an anecdote about the Chicago priest who inspired the character, see "Chimes at Midnight" in Cosmic Trigger Vol. III.
Page 66, "Nobody home," the Buddhist doctrine of "not self" or "no self." The Wikipedia article explains, "In the early texts, the Buddha commonly uses the word in the context of teaching that all things perceived by the senses (including the mental sense) are not really 'I' or 'mine,' and for this reason one should not cling to them."
Page 68, "Hail Eris." Discordian greeting. Eris, the major goddess in Discordianism, was the sister of Ares, the god of war. The Trojan War was her fault. The origin of the war involved a golden apple.
Page 68, "thirteen colossal levels ... One Enormous Eye ... "
Every American carries a picture of this everywhere they go, in their wallet or purse, near their photos of their loved ones.
Because,of course, the drawing of the eye in a triangle, atop a thirteen-stepped pyramid, appears on the back of every $1 bill, on the other side from George Washington, with the words "Annuit Coeptis" ("He has favored our undertakings") and "Novus Ordo Seclorum" ("New order of the ages.") The latter slogan, and the eye in the pyramid, etc., often is associated with the Illuminati.
Page 69, "Frank Sullivan," alias of John Dillinger. Citation from the July 23, 1934 issue of the (St. Petersburg, Fla.) "Evening Independent." July 23 is celebrated as "Robert Anton Wilson Day."
Page 69, Bernard Barker, Watergate burglar.
Page 70, Knights of Christianity United in Faith. Just wanted to enjoy the acronym for a moment; the name parodies the Knights of Columbus. Years ago, some friends of mine recorded a punk rock song, "If You See Kay," perhaps not knowing they were citing James Joyce's Ulysses.
Page 70, "When are we going to get our troops out of Laos?" Thanks to American presidents such as the current Nobel Peace Prize winner, the satire in Illuminatus! remains evergreen.
Page 71, "Lief Erickson," e.g. Leif Ericson.
Page 71, "The Mgt." the Midget, conducting his own bit of OM.
Next week: Page 73 ("Suddenly tired and discouraged") to Page 82 ("Mavis pointed to a door that looked like an entrance to an elevator.")