Sub-Figura vel Liber Caeruleus
Holy Excerpts from:
Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati
© 1977 by Robert Anton Wilson
New Falcon Publications, Tempe, AZ
The V.H. Fra. R.A.W.
In Regards to Our Mysterious Sirian Brethren
In this liber it is spoken of the sephiroth & the paths, of spirits
and conjurations, of gods, spheres, planes & many other things which
may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether they exist or not. By
doing certain things certain results follow; students are most
earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or
philosophical validity to any of them.
For a precise historical overview of not only the connections
between Sirius and ancient occult orders but also of the intrinsic
relationship between that star system and Sothis or Set-An, we must
examine Kenneth Grant’s work.
Oddly enough, despite the fact that I
have widely circulated this pointed excerpt, I remain yet unaware of
anyone who has actually "got it" and made the connection between the
rapidly (re-)emergent Sirius mythos and classical apocalyptic
"The one place in Crowley’s writings
where he gives the meaning of the initials
A.'.A.'. is in his
magical record (Cefalu, 1921) where it appears as ACTHP APLOC.
This is a corrupt Graeco-Coptic form of Argenteum Astrum (the
Silver Star) yet it is the true occult key to the nature of the
order, which is not expressed by the correct Latin version of
the name. Argos derives from arg or arca, the female generative
power symbolized by the moon, the womb-shaped argha used in the
mysteries, synonymous with the queen of heaven. Arghya
(Sanskrit) is the libation cup; Aster Argos is the lunar or
"The lunar component is represented by the eye of Isis, and her
Sirius, the dog-star (Set). The order of the Silver Star
is thus the order of the eye of Set, ’the Son behind the Sun,’
represented astronomically by the star of Isis, which is
"The constellation of which Sirius was the chief star was once
named the Phoenix [this constellation probably corresponded to
the complex of stars now known as Cygnus and Aquila]. This was
the secret name of Baphomet (Crowley) as the supreme head of the
Ordo Templi Orientis or Order of the Temple of the
East, so called because the east is the place of sunrise. The
reference is not, however, to the physical sun, but to the eye
of Set, astronomically imaged by Sirius.] He assumed the god-form of this bird (an emblem of the sothic year or cycle)
because it reached the meridian (i.e. attained supremacy) at the
moment of the rising of Sirius, or Set.
"The Silver Star (A:.A:.) is Sirius. As Hoor-paar-Kraat, whose
formula is silence and strength, he is the undying god, beyond
our solar system. Horus is the ’son’ of this god and the sun (or
father) of our solar system. Horus is thus Hrumachis (son of)
the star, Sirius. Sirius, Sothis or Set-An, thus represents the
supreme, the eternal light. The star is therefore the key to the
present aeon of Horus, for it represents the energy of Satan
that will permeate the earth during the present cycle."
Aleister Crowley & the Hidden
God, p. 59-60
1973 by Kenneth Grant, Skoob, London, ISBN 1-871438-36-5
Consider the Higher Intelligence contacted by Jack Parsons, the
American rocket pioneer who co-founded Cal Tech and is reputed to
have contributed as much basic innovative technology to aerospace as
Goddard or von Braun.
Parsons, who was a member of the Ordo Templi
Orientis, back in the 1930s-40s when
Aleister Crowley was still
alive and acting as Outer Head, subsequently published
The Book of
the AntiChrist -- a strange, beautiful, revolutionary document
which, like Crowley’s
Book of the Law, was allegedly dictated by a
This entity is described by Parsons only as
"most Holy and beautiful": it urged Parsons to declare war on,
"all authority that is not based on
courage and manhood ... the authority of lying priests,
conniving judges, blackmailing police," and called for "an end
to restriction and inhibition, conscription, compulsion,
regimentation and the tyranny of laws."
Part Two of this strange document urges
all truth-seekers to practice Crowleyan sex-yoga:
force and being in Our Lady Babalon. Light a single light on her
altar, saying Flame is our Lady; flame is her hair. I am flame."
[As an interesting aside here, Parsons was killed in a horrible
fiery accident involving mercury fulminate in his Holy Rocket
Science Lab -B:.B:.]
Babalon, in Crowley’s Tarot, is The Star, which
Kenneth Grant says is Sirius.
Grady McMurty, an old friend of Crowley and Parsons, and currently
Caliph of the Ordo Templi Orientis in the United States, has kindly
placed in my hands various manuscripts of O.T.O. private
publications during the 1940s.
In one of them Parsons states his
devotion to the shamanistic / psychedelic quest in poetic terms that
might have seemed extreme even to Crowley.
The poem begins:
I hight Don Quixote, I live on
...marijuana, morphine and cocaine,
I never know sadness but only a madness
...that burns at the heart and the brain.
I see each charwoman, ecstatic, inhuman,
...angelic, demonic, divine.
Each wagon a dragon, each beer mug a flagon
...that brims with ambrosial wine.
This was printed in the February 21,
1943 issue of The Oriflamme, journal of the O.T.O., two months
before Hofmann discovered LSD.
Parsons died in a laboratory accident in 1949. According to
Grant, Parsons’ last year was devoted to the attempt, with a
mistress, to conceive a moonchild -- an entity magickally separated
from earth-influence at the instant of conception and from then on
dedicated to higher, outer-space influences. (Crowley describes this
operation in his novel, Moonchild. To my knowledge, it has not been
successfully performed to date.)
Jack Parsons’ life, midway between Crowley’s and Leary’s, was a
testament to the faith: it is time to get off this planet.
countless contributions to aerospace science, Parsons is honored by
having a crater on the moon named after him [and certain Pasadena
JPL insiders refer to their place of employment only half-jokingly
as "Jack Parsons’ Lab" as opposed to "Jet Propulsion Lab." -B:.B:.].
footsteps of the Illuminati
One day, browsing in a bookstore, I came upon Gurdjieff: Making a
New World, by J.G. Bennett. Guess my state of mind when I came upon
the following passage:
After Gurdjieff died I was asked by
some of the old pupils to write a commentary on Beelzebub. When
I had written a few chapters and sent them around for comment,
almost all agreed that it would be a mistake to publish them.
If Gurdjieff had intended his meaning to be readily accessible to
every reader, he would have written the book differently.
himself used to listen to chapters read aloud and if he found
the key passages taken too easily -- and therefore almost
inevitably too superficially -- he would rewrite them in order,
as he put it, to "bury the dog deeper."
When people corrected
him and said he surely meant "bury the bone deeper," he would
turn on them and say it was not "bones" but the "dog" that you
have to find. The dog is Sirius the dog star, which stands for
the spirit of wisdom in the Zoroastrian tradition.
"Coincidence," says the
Skeptic, one more time.
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, the book
in question, concerns extraterrestrial Higher Intelligences who
intervene repeatedly on Earth to accelerate evolution here. But, of
course, that’s just a story...
Or is it?
J.G. Bennett, in another book on the Gurdjieff teachings called
There Life on Earth?, claims that Gurdjieff was initiated into a
mystic society, unnamed, which began in Babylon around 4500 B.C.
Grant also traces the Crowley tradition back to Egypt and Babylon
around that time.
"Coincidence, coincidence, coincidence," mutters the Skeptic; but is
there a growing uncertainty in his voice?
Wait. There’s a lot more to come. In July 1975, I published an
article about all this in Gnostica, an occult newspaper. A few weeks
later, I received a letter from Edward Gardiner of the Detroit Film
Collective. Mr. Gardiner wrote that he attended the Fourth
International Festival of Yoga and Esoteric Sciences in Dallas.
Douglas Baker, in a lecture, said that Sirius is the Ajna center of
a galactic being and our sun is the Heart center. Our planetary
evolution depends on raising the energy from the Heart (our sun) to
the Ajna (Sirius).
Dr. Baker represents the Theosophical Society, founded by
Blavatsky, based on alleged transmissions from a Secret Chief named
Koot Hoomi. That Gurdjieff was educated by the Sufis is now
generally accepted. Crowley was directed by a Secret Chief named
Aiwass. I would estimate that about 90 per cent of the occult groups
in the Western world today are wholly or partially derivative from
Blavatsky or Gurdjieff or Crowley, who together make up the
indispensable Big Three of 20th century occultism. And now we have
all three of them tied in, one way or another, with Sirius.
Of course, if shamans of any school are going to develop delusions
about stars, they are likely to pick Sirius, which is the brightest
star in the sky and hard to ignore. It is also in the constellation
of the Dog, "man’s best friend."
Nevertheless, such is the repressed gullibility of even the most
hardened Skeptic, I have found myself wondering once or twice about
new meanings in the ancient Zen riddle, "Does a dog have the
Buddha-nature?" And, on rereading Joyce’s Ulysses for the first time
in several years, the Metaprogrammer was struck by the Black Mass in
which the souls of all the saved chant "Gooooooooooooood" while all
the souls of the damned chant "Doooooooooooooog."
This palindrome (God-Dog) also appears in The Book of the Law,
remember, in the question, "Is a god to live in a dog?" My fantasy
leaped and I asked myself why Joyce set Ulysses in spring 1904, the
same time that Crowley was receiving The Book of the Law. (19 + 04 =
23 ... )
The same palindrome, again, appears in Chapter One of Dr. Leary’s
High Priest, published in 1968. The chapter is titled "Godsdog."
Coincidence? Synchronicity? Higher Intelligence?
Then Brian Hanlon, San Francisco UFOlogist, called my attention to a
book called Other Tongues, Other Flesh, by George Hunt Williamson.
Williamson, an early 1950s Contactee, claims to have met some flying
saucerites from Sirius. He prints vast huge chunks of their language
-- the "other tongues" in his title -- and I found that a few of the
words were almost identical with some words in the "angelic"
language used by Dr. John Dee, Aleister Crowley and other magi of
the Illuminati tradition. For instance, Williamson transcribes one
of the words he received as leshtal, Crowley has "lashtal." This is
more striking when we remember the two Naval officers who got "affa"
(nothing) from the same "angelic" language.
Williamson also informs us that the Sirians have been in contact
with Earth for "several thousand years" and that their allies here
use as insignia the Eye of Horus -- the origin of the Illuminati
Like every other Contacteé, Williamson may, of course, be suspected
of hallucinating or just of being a damned liar. Even the most
hard-headed skeptics, however, must be a bit puzzled if we ask a few
questions at this point, such as: what are the chances of
Williamson, either as a hallucinator or as a hoaxer, picking up
words in the "angelic" language, known only to advanced students of
Well, maybe he could have read a bit of Cabala in his time;
But what are the chances, by
coincidence or whatever, that two Naval Intelligence officers of
high security rating should also, in a separate Contact, get a
word in the same language?
How could Williamson have known that
Crowley was in any way connected with Sirius in 1953, when he
wrote his book, since Kenneth Grant was the first to link
Crowley and Sirius, in 1973?
Was it only by coincidence of lucky
guessing that Williamson picked the eye-in-the-triangle (used by
Crowley and the Illuminati) as the alleged symbol of the secret
society in contact with Sirius?
Was it only another coincidence that
that symbol was used by Adam Weishaupt and Thomas Jefferson?
And is it another coincidence that
Dr. Baker, the Theosophist, should declare Sirius "the third
eye" of a cosmic being?
When Illuminatus was being written
(1969-1971), I had no interest in Sirius at all and no delusions
about contact with extraterrestrials. But we now find that both the
number 23 and the eye-in-the-triangle motif -- the two most
mysterious enigmas in that novel -- have a long history of linkage
with the Illuminati-Sirius mystery. I didn’t know that when working
on Illuminatus -- but evidently something that is part of my mind or
in communication with my mind did know it.
Aside from Brother Sheldon Nidle’s ubiquitous references to
(and further corroboration provided by our OTO/CAW mole re: the
neo-Knight Templar Order of the Solar Temple’s connection to Sirius)
in regards to the Holy Church of the Latter Day UFO Saints, we could
not help but recall this seminal historical (1920’s) reference
recorded so eloquently by the V.H. Fra. R.A.W. (Robert Anton
Wilson) in his fascinating discordian treatise
Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the
"Recently, English playwright
Heathcote Williams sent me a Xerox of There Is No More
Firmament, a one-act play written by the pioneer surrealist,
Antonin Artaud, back in the early 1920’s. This strange, weirdly
suggestive drama certainly deserves to be mentioned as part of
the Sirius Mystery.
"There Is No More Firmament begins with discordant music
indicating ’a far-off cataclysm.’ The curtain rises on an
ordinary street scene, with actors coming and going rapidly.
There are bits of ordinary conversation (’Wines ... windowglass
... gold’s going down’), suggestions of violence and insanity
(’He’s undressing me.
Help, he’s ripping my dress off...’ ’I’m
on fire, I’m burning, I’m going to jump’) and, finally, the word
’Sirius’ repeated in every tone of voice and every pitch of the
scale: SIRIUS ... SIRIUS ... SIRIUS ... SIRIUS ... Then a
loudspeaker thunders, ’THE GOVERNMENT URGES YOU TO REMAIN CALM.’
"Actors rush about claiming that the sun is getting bigger, the
plague has broken out, there is thunder without lightning, etc.
A reasonable voice tries to explain, ’It was a magnetic
phenomenon...’ Then the loudspeaker tells us:
"STUPENDOUS DISCOVERY. SKY PHYSICALLY ABOLISHED. EARTH ONLY A
MINUTE AWAY FROM SIRIUS. NO MORE FIRMAMENT.
"One actor claims it is the end of the world. Another says it is
two worlds ramming each other.
"A group of scientists appear and disagree with each other
vehemently about what is happening while a Revolutionary
objects, ’It isn’t science anymore, it’s immoral.’ Another
promises us, not very reassuringly, ’We won’t see the antichrist
yet.’ Finally, one scientist comes forth to explain to the
audience, ’The molecular grouping in Sirius is everything. These
two forces, ours and theirs, had to be put in touch with each
"The curtain falls and violent percussion instruments and sirens
create a din as the audience leaves.
"(For the curious, the whole text of this play can be found in
Antonin Artaud, Collected Works, Vol. II. Calder and Boyars:
"Artaud went ’insane’ about ten years after writing this play,
and spent the World War II years in a mental hospital. After the
war ended, he regained his ’sanity’ and lived his final years in
Paris as a hero to the young intelligentsia, who regarded him as
a prophet. The people who were allegedly ’sane’ during the years
of Artaud’s hospitalization spent most of their time trying to
blow up as much as possible of the civilized world."
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