Cult of the yellow Sign appears 23 times in Illuminatus Trilogy!
“He began with the Marsh disappearance in Arkham four years earlier, his perusal of the missing professor’s notes, his reading in the books mentioned in those notes and his conclusion that a drug cult was involved.” –Illuminatus!
Of all the rich characters in Illuminatus i have discovered “Mama Sutra” seems the most attractive for three main reasons:
1. She gives a complete encyclopedic version of the history of a version of the history of the ‘Illuminati”
2. She seems to be steeped in psychedelic history and scientific knowledge of drugs and their influence on mankind. Especially the Golden Apple. (She is also Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea in costume behind the curtain, but within the texts of Illuminatus! she has become for me an attractive gloss, and one of many, equally valid and important and real and unreal, but Mama Sutra has a little extra something fly agaric is drawn toword.)
3. I played turntables LIVE with a band called “Mama Sutra” from California on a number of occasions. I’m not joking. This synchronicity of meeting and jamming with “Mama Sutra” (Who when asked about the name by me seemed to be totally unaware of their mysterious namesake from “Illuminatus!”), has confirmed temporarily – while i continue this investigation, that i should investigate this character more closely, with a fine tongue-comb, like any aspiring detective ventriloquist would investigate synchronicity when it strikes like that when your following your instinct and gathering what you can from coinn-see-dance.
In the spirit of Bob’s great interneting compendium of Conspiracy throughout the ages: “Everything is Under Control,” i’ll accent certain terms and theories which i feel appropriate for the context of these flypothesis’. Illuminatus Trilogy IT, achieves a high density information content by an unusually large external reference database, comparatively for a Novel, that when compiled electronically on Web 2.0can create an impressive encyclopedia of world history. More recent data and better information to base predictions upon. Not an alternative but several, hundred! History, War, literature, Occultism, Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, MagiK, individualist anarchism, Poetry, Jokes on dupes and those who take writing too seriously, are all woven into the encyclopedic and epic Novel, as Dr. Timothy Leary referred to it.
The main sequence under investigation by fly agaric 23 is from “THE EIGHTH TRIP, OR HOD (TELEMACHUS SNEEZED)” providing a microcosm of these “Illuminati” themes in a cheeky, Hagbardian’ authoritative narrative, an alternative History of the world delivered as mythic fairy tale or legend concerning an international drug-cult and a mysterious “nameless” entity called the Illigor, which paradoxically also seem to have Karmic attributes of a typically Taoist Buddhist God, or non-god.
“The Cult itself, like the lloigor, is of pre-human origin. It began among the snake people of Valusia, the peninsula that is now Europe, and then spread eastward to be adopted by the first humans in Carcosa. Always the purpose of the Cult has been to serve the lloigor, at the expense of other human beings. Since the rise of the Illuminati, the Cult has also acted to combat their work and discredit them.” – Illuminatus, page 302.
“fly agaric” is mentioned by name only once in the text of “Illuminatus!”, referenced by “Mama Sutra,” but possibly described in various other ways though, substituted with fruit, other drugs, apples and maybe the Illigor themselves? “Amanita Muscaria” however appears 6 times in a text so something worth looking into, a HIT! you could say. This may all seem wishful thinking from Fly Agaric 23, the name/word i hijacked into my creative avatar world commonly used as a word/name for a particular species of mushroom/toadstool now has a definite affinity with the book, along with 10’000 other things, but its there, and workable if we wish to investigate thoroughly thoroughly through the rubble of confrontation magazine offices methodically as scholars would, diving for pearls and anyhting shinning. Plus myself diving for notes from the ship that sunk in my head. The “Mama Sutra” synchronicity in the non-book world is such a pearl for me, so i wish to polish it, reflect myself in it. And then give it everybody. The Movie “The Number 23” covers some of this territory but without the shinning pearls and scholarly weight for me, as this book-word-magic stuff was happening to me too in the late 1990’s, before i had fully read “Illuminatus! trilogy!” or heard ever of a band called “Mama Sutra”. Yet, i must admit that due to an ever increasing curiosity and due to the strange adventures i have had on the road that taking on the cloaking of Fly Agaric 23 was directly related to Wilson‘s book of footnotes to ‘Illuminatus! Trilogy”: Cosmic Trigger, and the recurring and haunting fact that Amanita Muscaria appears in the index of Cosmic Trigger as the 24th entry of the index and first references page 42. Fly Agaric appears there in a reference attributed to Robert Graves classic and essential text “The White Goddess” in the context of describing a “Mushroom Cult of the Goddess”. And another 10’000 things. This bit of research on my behalf shows a simple link between Cosmic Trigger and Illuminatus Trilogy! that indicates how interrelated RAW’s works are, and so the world of his works. They reflect off so many heretic philosophies and furtive ideas.
“I suspect that Baal Zabul was an autumnal Dionysus, whose devotees intoxicated themselves on amanita muscaria, which still grows there; the Biblical name for these toadstools being either ‘ermrods’ or ‘little foxes’. By the time of jesus, who was accused of traffic with Beelzebub, the Kingdoms of Israel and Philistia had long been suppressed and the shrines of Ekron and Tabor destroyed; and Baal-Zebul’s functions having been taken over by the archangel Gabriel, he had declined to a mere devil mockingly called Baal-Zebub, ‘Lord of Flies’.” – Robert Graves, The White Goddess P. 440
Graves‘ book is a good helpful book, providing some guidance when looking into some of the religious historical elements traced within Illuminatus! Hastur, the Illigor and the Cult of the Yellow sign all share attributes entities from“The White Goddess” indeed Mama Sutra has the attributes of the White Goddess in many respects, despite of course her been of asiatic origins and so dark skinned, she tells a mothers tale. Terence Mckenna, Christian Ratsch, Ralph Meztger and others have compiled very concise and convincing bodies of first hand experiential evidence that the ancient Mushroom cults were ‘Goddess” cults gernerally that worshipped mostly feminine type deities and always engaged in full community, full communication and often direct P2P dialogue with nature’s mind through the medium of the tele-communicating, interactive mushroom complex. Or the spirit contacted by way of the Lovecrafted “Illigor” .The Mushroom complex functions a bit like the golden apples in the Greek myths function. A chaotic attracter. They provide a possible hidden variable for the story, something that is powerful, sacred, magical, beautiful. Allatonce.
“I believe that Soma was a mushroom, Amanita muscaria (Fries ex L.) Quel, the fly-agaric, the Fliegenpilz of the Germans, the fausse oronge or tue-mouche or crapaudin of the French, the mukhomor of the Russians – R. Gordon Wasson.
Thankfully we have a narrative to contain these questions and to help explicate in a playful and poetic way. You might say the “Illuminati” are very much a drug production and distribution cult, but totally transforming itself from circuit’s 4 and upwards into the 8-Dimensional circuit model of consciousness (Of Leary and Wilson’s devices), using Marijuana, Peyote, Psilocybn, Hash and some of the various properties of Amanita Muscaria into a gangster mob mentality of a Circuit 1-3 “Illuminati” that deals Heroin around the world. Guns and Killingry too, such is the thick headed and Ape like actions. See the brilliant “Brief History of Drugs by Antonio Eschatado.This transformation of the “Illuminati” parallels the history of the decline of “Goddess” cults in the west, slowly making way for more patriarchal cults and our more modern patriotic male “Illuminati” groups, who you might say stole magical knowledge from the older “Goddess” cults and religions and used it in a greedy fashion to enslave humanity into their world. The decline of the use of psilocybn among peoples may also be a contributing factor in the rise of agriculture and the beginnings of religion and language.
One of the things i can recall that came out of the course with me was the concept that their are many different “Illuminati” and many different “Illuminati” histories, good/bad. Angels and Cowboys. All of which seem more plausible to me in many respects. And give spave for change. Differing in historical acceptance only by the number of publications and authors who have echoed them in published works and the availability of these texts. Illuminati can literally mean those whom have particular access to unique “Illuminating” manuscripts which has an attractive hermeneutic ring to it, and could also i would argue include a particular “method” of reading, to illuminate and cast light on a text in a unique and Occult way. Modern Illuminati histories are often concerned with esoteric texts and rare manuscripts and once again we can see a brilliant parody on this by Shea and Wilson throughout the post-modem’ holo-novel.
Panspermia theory pioneered by Francis Crick, extended by Dr, Leary and Philip K. Dick (Crick and Dick!) proposes an extraterrestrial origin of DNA RNA that would provide a possible vehicle for the Illigor from Illuminatus! Trilogy to invade earth. This also reflects bits of what you might call the Vril conspiracy networks that run through Occult circles and Intelligence Agency locker rooms. The naturalistic philosophy of Bruno and Neitzche reflects the rational approach to the question of the Illigor (The Tao) and their relationships with mankind and with nature. Together as one whole interacting system. Dr. Marsh – Van Daniken, Velikovsky, John Allegro, Atlantis and the lost gods are all of interest to fly agaric technologies and GUCT.
“Not only were Marsh’s theories now beyond all scientific credibility, but his methods— such as quoting Allegro’s The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross or Graves’ The White Goddess as if they were as reputable as Boas, Mead, or Frazer— seemed to indicate senility. This impression was increased by the eccentric dedication “To Ezra Pound, Jacques De Molay and Emperor Norton I.” The real scientific scandal was not the theory of Atlantis (that was a bee that had haunted many a scholarly bonnet) but Marsh’s claim that the gods of Atlantis actually existed; not as supernatural beings, of course, but as a superior class of life, now extinct, which had preexisted mankind and duped the earliest civilization into worshiping them as divine and offering terrible sacrifices at their altars. – Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminatus, Page 181.