“All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5. The Law of Fives is never wrong.”
—Malaclypse the Younger, Principia Discordia, Page 00016
I discovered the Law of Fives around 2007, while reading book six of Stephen Kings, “Dark Tower: A Song For Susannah”. They mentioned the “Castle Discordia”, a few times and the name “Discordia” rang in my head. I Googled the word to appease my curiosity and stumbled upon this bizarre religion known as, Discordianism. Having recently come to terms with my 23 attachment, I was intrigued by the sub-religion’s definition of the enigma and the mysterious power behind it.
This lead me to their bible, “The Principia Discordia” written by Greg Hill aka, Malaclypse The Younger and Kerry Wendel Thornhill aka Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst. The book was originally published in 1965 and only five copies were printed. The bible reads like a bunch of news posts written by anarchists suffering from bouts of delirium but the truth is that the Principia Discordia, is a complex puzzle, waiting for a mind crazy enough to decipher it.
Halfway through the book, synchronicity took me by its left hand and introduced me to Robert Anton Wilson’s, Illuminatus! Trilogy which was in its right hand. This book was the key to opening my mind and made a believer in the esoteric. I would even draw a connection to something and someone from my past and the Principia Discordia, that I will soon post about. The book deals with the number 23 in a most unique way which I shall not spoil for anyone looking to read it but I will say this…
What I’ve learned about the number 23 and the Law of Fives from those two books and some very strange life experiences, is beyond fascinating and borderline eerie. Listed below are 23 reasons to take this very seriously…
1. The Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11/01. 9 + 11 + 2 + 0 + 0 + 1 = 23
2. The Titanic sunk on 15/4/1912 which is 4 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 2 = 23
3. The chromosome conspiracy claims that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes
4. Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times when he was killed
5. The first Apollo landing on the moon was at 23.63 degrees east; the second was 23.42 degrees west
6. William Shakespeare was born on April 23,1556 and died on April 23, 1616
7. Hitler organized the National Socialist Congress on January 23rd and he tried to seize power on November 23rd.
8. John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. 2 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 3 = 23
9. Hiroshima was nuked at 8:15, August 6th 1945. 8 + 15 = 23
10. Serial killer Ted Bundy was allegedly executed on January 23, 1989. The records show that he was actually executed January 24, 1989 at 7:16 AM (7 + 16 = 23)
11. Olof Palme was shot around 23:23 local time (give or take 1.5 minutes)
12. The Earth is inclined on it’s orbital plane by 23.5 degrees. The “point-five” can be represented as 5 = 2 + 3
13. The Number 23, is the 23rd Movie directed by Joel Schumacher. It was also released in the United States on February 23, 2007
14. On September 10, 2001, the day before the attacks on the Twin Towers, 2.3 trillion dollars went missing from the Pentagon
15. 2/3= .666 the number of the beast
16. 230 people died in the conspiracy plagued TWA flight 800 disaster
17. The address of the Freemasons lodge in Stafford, England, is 23 Jaol Road. In New York City it’s on 23rd street
18. The sum of the first 23 primes is 874, which is divisible by 23
19. There were 23 problems on David Hilbert’s famous list of unsolved mathematical problems, presented to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris in 1900
20. The first message sent by telegraph was a quotation from the Book of Numbers, chapter 23, verse 23
21. 23 is the width of the Arecibo Message, sent into Space in search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
22. 23 is the TCP/IP port used for Telnet and is the default for the Telnet command.
23. the letter W has 2 points down and 3 up = 23 and is also bellow the numbers 2 and 3 or 23 it is also the 23rd letter of the alphabet