By Charles Faris, Cosmic Trigger online reading group guest blogger
PART III: Trigger
The frontispiece for this chapter is the first not to use a quote by Aleister Crowley. There is an astrological chart of some sort, the cosmic baby from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the John Dunne Quote that launched a million graduation speeches: Each man’s death diminishes me for I am involved in humanity.
Over it all stands Nuit, graceful and impassive.
Is this where Bob experiences a cosmic rebirth?
Trigger: A Final Fable
From the Egyptian
Bob retells the story of Isis and Osiris, emphasizing the help of Thoth in stopping “the wings of time,” as well as a mysterious Black Rite which contains a certain Secret of Secrets which is not 100% fathomable by Earthbound humans and will only be reveal when we ditch the planetary nest and get interstellar.
Sirius Rises Again
The Author recounts three recent Sirius related tales. He introduces us to another 1973 Sirius Contactee, then reveals that the 5 pointed star of Freemasonry, which weaves in and out of the history of the Sirius Mystery from Aleister Crowley to the ancient Egyptians, absolutely for sure on very good reliability represents Sirius, before asking the big question: Am I pulling a cosmic triggerO
Being as The Skeptic is also the Starry Eyed Optimist he goes on to proclaim that “we are all pulling a cosmic trigger.” I love that vision that Bob had back in 77. I lived inside it from 1979 to 1989; space cities and genetic mutation to order—my eighties experience! Is it any wonder that the subtitle of Cosmic Trigger II (1990) is Down to Earth?
Blood of the Gods
If revealing the context of the title is a marker of sorts, a pre-climax perhaps, Blood of the Gods sets a certain ominous tone and then starts out as a sort of “catch-up with Bob” session, in which our hero reports with glee that he is suspected of being an inter-stellar hybrid except he has the wrong blood type, and then tells us the story of the 18 hour stage production of Cosmic Trigger in Liverpool on November 23, 1976. (More about this in a bit.)
Interesting here Bob’s statement the he and Bob Shea wrote Illuminatus! with the express aim of “trying to do to the state what Voltaire did to the Church—to reduce it to an object of contempt among all educated people.” I have to say that this is probably Bob’s greatest hit; public trust in government hovers around 23% (it’s true!) and people are so disgusted that they are seriously considering voting for joke candidates and a carny con man for president! Note that to Bob this production is a ritual disguised as a play, just as Discordianism is a new religion disguised as a complicated joke.
Bob catches us up some more: he reveals that he is “still living in Jung-land” as he tells us a tale of UFO’s in the Bermuda Triangle, and fills us in on his correspondence with 4 (possibly 5!) Real Heads of the Illuminati. I’d love to read those letters!
The last big hunk of this chapter is devoted to a description and discussion of Antonin Artaud’s 1933 one act play There is no more firmament, in which Sirius approaches the Earth and destroys the image of “the firmament’ in the thought patterns of humanity, and chaos descends.
The chapter closes with a nice riff on sanity and insanity, told in The Author’s droll and cynical voice, a nice counterpoint to the previous chapter’s credulity-stretching optimism. (Although I was there in the late 70’s—there was High Magic in the air and we were in the habit of thinking up 5 impossible things before breakfast. I’m fond of the notion that Bob saw the McKenna 2012 scenario as equally probable as interstellar flight to Sirius, High Orbital Mini Earths, and Physical Immortality. He was very invested in the Jumping Jesus phenomenon in those days, and for compelling reasons as we shall explore soon.)
So how about a nice session of “catch-up with everyone?” Where are you all at in your Cosmic Trigger journey? Look back at the past six months please and catch us up! What triggers are you pulling?
Next week a special interstitial post by Daisy Eris Campell on how the Illuminatus! ritual staged by her father Ken Campbell led to the birth of her own Cosmic Trigger: The Play as well as how Cosmic Trigger (the book) is her twin, and much more of humor, wit, and positive spirit.