“It is now nearly 13 years since the ill-fated day when I first began investigating the terrible legends surrounding the enigmatic Bavarian Illuminati…”
–Robert Anton Wilson, “The Cosmic Trigger”
On this day in 1835, New York newspaper The Sun ran the first of six articles about the discovery of life on the moon. Attributed to the then-famous astronomer Sir John Herschel via the use of “an immense telescope of an entirely new principle,” the series would describe a lunar civilization filled with temples, unicorns, tail-less bipedal beavers, and a race of bat-like humanoids called Vespertilio-homo.
“…more at home on the fringes than in the centre of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition.”
—Hekate, per the Oxford Classical Dictionary
Happy Summer Solstice, the first day of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere) and the longest day of the year.
“When you’re born you get a ticket to the Freak Show. When you’re born in America, you get a front-row seat.”
I had been reading up recently on the topic of “wetiko”—the belief that the original American settlers brought with themselves a “mind-virus” of greed.