This website indicates that the so-called Discordian Law of Fives ["The Law of Fives states simply that: all phenomena are directly or indirectly related to the number five, and this relationship can always be demonstrated given enough ingenuity on the part of the demonstrator. The Law of Fives is never wrong." –Malaclypse the Younger, 'Principia Discordia', Page 00016] was created by Adam Weishaupt [creator of the Ancient Illuminated Seers OF Bavaria in 1776, and ex-jesuit]:
The "V sign" has a colourful history. "V" is the Roman sign for the number five and Adam Weishaupt used it in the Illuminati to symbolise the "Law of Fives,'' but there's more. In the Cabala: "the meaning for the Hebrew letter for V (Van) is 'Nail.' Now, 'The Nail' is one of the secret titles of Satan within the Brotherhood of Satanism. Satan is letting us know that this is one of his favourite signs. Why else does he like the PENTA-gram (Penta = five!) and the FIVE-fold salute used in Masonry and Witchcraft?''
This is a new, but not altogether unexpected, twist. It makes sense now why I would be receiving corrospondences with people claiming to be part of the Illuminati: Discordianism, Satanism and the Illuminati are three heads on some horrid Cerberus of our modern society. I feel I becoming closer and closer to proving that Discordianism is an insidious plot designed to ensnare the nåive, but hidden within the seemingly innocent trappings of a satirical parody religion.
**UPDATE [Nov.17/07]** Please note the hand gesture being made by Discordian dictator Enrico Salazor in this post: http://concordiamovement.blogspot.com/2007/06/sacred-bull.html
**UPDATE [Nov.19/07]** More evil evidence of the Discordian "Law of Fives" from history:
Hesiod, Works and Days 804 ff :
"Beware of all the fifth days [of the month]; for they are harsh and angry; it was on the fifth, they say, that the Erinyes assisted at the bearing of Horkos [Oath], whom Eris [Strife] bore, to be a plague on those who take false oath."
no, i am NOT a discordian in disguise: this forum is an ignored warning to the world: some day, though it is not my wish, i will be forced to say I TOLD YOU SO!