Monday, February 16, 2015

Week 52, Illuminatus! online reading group


World War II spy Henri Déricourt, a famous double agent. It is apparently still unclear whether the former French Air Force pilot was working for the British or the Nazis in France during the German occupation, or working for both.

(This week, end of The Golden Apple: , the monologue of Tobias Knight (mostly),  "I got into the Illuminati in 1951," page 545, to page 562 "IT'S ALIVE").

The autobiography of Tobias Knight, quintuple agent for the the FBI, the CIA, the A:.A:.,  the Illuminati and Hagbard Celine's Legion of Dynamic Discord (he explains that his work for God's Lightning, being overt rather than covert, doesn't really count.)

Quintuple agents may exist only in fiction; it is difficult enough to find examples of triple agents. For the definition of "triple agent," Wikipedia says, "A triple agent pretends to be a double agent for one side, while he or she is truly a double agent for the other side. Famous triple agents include Kim Philby and Alexander Litvinenko.

"A lesser used definition of triple agent is an agent who works for three intelligence services, but is usually truly loyal to only one of them."

I can't find many examples of the "lesser used" definition of someone working for three agencies, but I can offer one: There was a book released a few  years ago, The Triple Agent by Joby Warrick, about an al Qaida triple agent who also had worked for Jordanian intelligence and the CIA. As a suicide bomber, he killed seven CIA operatives in 2009. Another possible example: Nikolai Skobline, who is "is alleged to have played the role of a triple-agent, working for the Russian white counterrevolutinaries (ROVS), Stalin's secret police (NKVD), and the German Sicherheitsdienst (SD)."

Did you remember that Tobias Knight was the truck driver when four heavy crates of statues from Atlantis obtained from Robert Putney Drake were transferred to an airplane at Kennedy International Airport? Knight also shows up in Fernando Poo, in Las Vegas during attempts to contain the Anthrax-Leprosy-Mu outbreak, and helps Joe Malik plan the bombing of Malik's apartment.

The Bogus Magus Illuminatus! studies site has a page of information about some of the characters. For Tobias Knight, it says, "Tobias Knight  walrus mustache, pentuple agent: FBI, CIA, A A, Illuminati, LDD (also GL, Naval Intelligence, Pinkertons) Ringo Erigena, Prince of Wands E; prejudiced against Italians

 "Notes:

The so-called “Tobias nights” were the first three after a wedding, and in the 18th century you could have sex then ONLY if you paid your bishop a fee.

Joseph's Night (Tobias Nights) Custom that required a bride and bridegroom to refrain from having sexual intercourse for one or several nights after their marriage in order not to incur the wrath of the gods."

A few notes:

Page 545, "Ringo Erigena," Knight's Illuminati name, and "Scotus Pythagoras," Winifred's Illuminati name. If you combine two of the names you get Scotus Erigena, whose saying, "All things that are, are lights" provided the title for the Robert Shea novel. "All things are lights" was Ezra Pound's translation in Cantos of a saying of Scotus Erigena. This may help provide the Robert Shea connection to Ezra Pound that I previously was looking for. 



Page 547, Militarism: The Unknown Ideal for the New Herecleitean, the title of Atlanta Hope's nonfiction book echoes Ayn Rand's nonfiction books For the New Intellectual and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. 

Page 548-549, "War is the Health of the State!" Atlanta Hope thinks this is a positive statement. Her slogan, however, is the title of a famous antiwar essay by Randolph Bourne, who opposed American participation in World War I. The slogan "war is the health of the state" is a favorite saying of antiwar libertarians. Antiwar.com, a website run by antiwar libertarians such as Justin Raimondo, Angela Keaton and Eric Garris, is published by the Randolph Bourne Institute.

"Privilege implies," page 553. See Chad Nelson's discussion the comments for this recent post. 

(Next week: Beginning of Leviathan, page 565, "The mutation from terrestrial to interstellar life must be made," to page 575, "Joe gasped, 'It's alive!' ")



80 comments:

Eric Wagner said...

Bob Wilson once gave Bob Shea a reading list on the Middle Ages before Mr. Shea wrote All Things Are Lights. which I think included The Spirt of Romance. Bob gave me the same reading list in the early 1990's

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

Eric, do you still have that list?

Eric Wagner said...

In a box in the garage. Next time I see it I will send you a copy.

JCG said...

"Hippie-yippie-commie-pacifist" p.547
I did a word scan on Yippie in the text and it came up with nine hits. I was expecting a lot more since I see Illuminatus!, to some extent, as a Chicago-based counter-culture novel. Even though most of the action takes places elsewhere around the world, the trilogy does betray Wilson and Shea's locality. Plus, thanks to this blog, it seems like a lot of real Chicago Discordians (Nameless Anarchist Horde) made their way into the books.

I wish I could remember which Cosmic Trigger (perhaps number 3) has Wilson remarking about how much he dislikes Abbie Hoffman... I dont think he gave a detailed reason either.

chas said...

Bob quotes Abbie in Cosmic Trigger--"There's a lot of realities going around these days" ( or something like that), and then adds "that might be the only intelligent thing he ever said." I believe Bob considered Abbie to be all about Abbie and as such a nuisance and troublemaker for all those who were actually trying to effect worthwhile change.

Oz Fritz said...

p.545 - "Keep your eye on Mamie," he said, if she has five martinis or starts quoting John Wayne, get he upstairs quick." - good magickal advice for any "Mamie" in that situation.

p.549 - " my secret name was Prince of Wands..." - Crowley put his 'Mark of the Beast" emblem, a signature of sorts, on the chest of the Prince of Wands in the Thoth tarot deck he designed indicating that he identified himself with that card.

"... and I was happy that the Prince is known for his multiple personalities." - Crowley recognized his multiple personalities which he delineated and gave names based on the magickal grades of the Goden Dawn and later the A.'. A.'. RAW wrote Cosmic Trigger I from the perspective of multiple personalities.

" I got the Prince of Wands by picking a Tarot card at random..."
- This appears either a coincidence or influenced by a Timothy Leary anecdote when he asked "Who am I?" then picked a card at random from the Thoth deck and got the Ace of Disks. The Ace of Disks traditionally represents the signature card of the designer of the deck. Crowley has a signature emblem on the Thoth deck Ace of Disks though a different signature than the Mark of the Beast. Leary concluded from this to be an assignment to carry on Crowley's work. The Five of Wands is the third signature card in the Thoth tarot.

Oz Fritz said...

I really like this line from p. 550 in regard to multiple personalities:

"I sometimes even identified it with the A.'.A.'. notion of the Great Work, for in the twisting labyrinths of my selves I was beginning to find the rough sketch for a soul."

p. 556 - "I began to realize that he had used the word "monitor" in its strict cybernetic meaning." - from Encyclopedia Britannica:

Cybernetics, control theory as it is applied to complex systems. Cybernetics is associated with models in which a monitor compares what is happening to a system at various sampling times with some standard of what should be happening, and a controller adjusts the system’s behaviour accordingly.

p. 557 - " I've got a tombstone disposition" - this appears to be a line from African American folklore circa turn of the XXth Century. Makes sense that Knight would use this password in Harlem. The full phrase, which seems relevant here, goes:

"I've got a tombstone disposition, graveyard mind. I'm a bad motherfucker and I don't mind dying."

Bo Diddley changed and incorporated it into the lyrics of his song "Who Do You Love?":

"I've got a tombstone hand and a graveyard mind. I'm just 22 and I don't mind dying."

p. 561 - "... they have crusiers out, looking for likely prospects, in every mystical group from Subud to Scientology, you know. The Naval Intelligence contacted me and I reported to them on what the A.'.A.'. was up to."

J.G. Bennett, one of Gurdjieff's main offspring, later held a high position in Subud. L. Ron Hubbard's excuse for hanging out with A.'.A.'. types, mainly Jack Parsons, was that he was spying on them for Naval Intelligence.

Interesting coincidence with this being week 52 and the last line of this section. Also relates to the Crowley emblem on the Prince of Wands. Crowley comments on ch. 52 Book of Lies:

"52 is BN, the number of the Son, Osiris-Apis, the Redeemer, with whom the Master (Fra P) identifies himself."

Fra P = Frater Perdurabo, one of Crowley's magical personalities

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