Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Look at the Walrus on Sgt. Pepper

Some people see it and some don't. One who did might have been the late Apollo C. Vermouth, a contributor to both TKIN and NIR. Apollo was well respected, particularly by some key members of the NIR forum who say that they believe he was Neil Aspinall. It was Apollo who suggested that "I Am the Walrus" from Magical Mystery Tour was actually one of many backward glances pointing to Sgt. Pepper. So where is the walrus on Sgt. Pepper? Apollo was quite specific about that:

Hidden on the Pepper cover is a WALRUS.
Using your trusty mirror, place it vertically touching Diana Dors left elbow.

See him?

To be honest, I don't but others have. And that spot on Diana Dors’ left elbow seems to be the exact spot that was mirrored at the end of the "A Day in the Life" clip on the Official Beatles Anthology.

If it is a walrus, what does it mean? One thing blogger mojollikins suggested is that the walrus seems to be devouring the doll. That fits in well with all of that Satanism stuff that we have been seeing.

There are three interesting characters in that little area: British actress Diana Dors, American child actress Shirley Temple (according to the Sgt. Pepper CD liner notes, there are three Shirley Temple images on the cover) and a partially obscured Legionnaire from the Royal Antediluvian Order of the Buffalo. There has been much speculation about that last guy because of the Masonic connections. Hmmm, what other person on the cover is famous for his secret society connections? That’s right, Aleister Crowley. And if you do a mirror within the mirror image, you get this,

which looks curiously similar to this.

Iamaphoney knew this and he illustrated it in Rotten Apple 44 shortly after a member named Jarvtronics suggested it on the NIR forum.

If this is supposed to be Crowley, an intriguing message emerges based on his positioning. Jarvtronics pointed out something that may be one of the most powerful findings since the discovery of the message on the Sgt. Pepper drum. Aleister Crowley (and now the walrus if you mirror the image as the Beatles themselves seemed to be suggesting in the new ending of “A Day in the Life”) is positioned right behind Shirley Temple and Diana Dors. What religious orientation would have Aleister Crowley and/or a child-eating walrus right at the Temple Do(o)rs? What sinister plot is going on here?


Anonymous said...

"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."


"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"

Anonymous said...

It seems a shame" ect makes Iamaphoney sound like the real Walrus here, trailing us all along

Anonymous said...

It seems a shame" ect makes Iamaphoney sound like the real Walrus here, trailing us all along

Anonymous said...

Vince here.
TEMPLE DO(o)RS?!?!?!

That's rich!
By the way, I'm told Alister will make an appearance in this seasons "Venture Bros."

I know, I sound like a shill, but I think we're ALL in need of a little laughter!


Anonymous said...

Mirror within the mirror? Fun post, but let's get real, now. When I approach a puzzle of any sort, I put myself into the puzzlemaker's shoes, as it were, and try to imagine what sort of clues he/she would leave. I doubt the Beatles would drop clues that would require double-mirroring, clues that no one would ever find, unless the clue hunters spent thirty years looking, which is the state of the phenomenon now. John Charles

Tafultong said...


I always like those recommendations. Keep 'em coming.

Tafultong said...

John Charles,

I understand what you saying, but the double mirroring was a byproduct of the clue, not the clue itself. The clue was the idea that the partially obscured face was Crowley. The double mirroring was just a way for me to help suggest that it might be true.

The clue that the Beatles provided to suggest that it was Crowley was the "RAOB" on his hat. I suspect that was added later when they realized that his face was too obscured to be recognizable. That was cheaper than doing another photo.

It's also possible that the clues were not meant for everybody.

It's also possible that the clues were not meant to be found for many years.

It's all so possible that the clues don't exist at all.

I'm proud to live in a country where you can pick your reality.

Tafultong said...

One more thing. The RAOB really exists, and it is believed to engage in Masonic practices. But it is not recognized as part of the Masonic Order....just like Crowley.

Anonymous said...

Fair enough, Taful. Keep 'em coming.- John Charles

Anonymous said...

Vince here.

I can't help but think of the Royal Order of Water Buffalo, from "The Flintstones"!

could be.

Anonymous said...

...and STILL , none of Damon's speech form "Dogma"!

C'mon, grandfatheralistar!

Anonymous said...

It's pure speculation, but I wouldn't be too surprised if it turns out George Formby was a member of the RAOB. From the wiki:

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is a social and benevolent fraternal organisation open to men. Its aim is to aid members in need and their families, and the families of deceased members as well as to support other charitable groups.

The first lodge was founded in London in 1822. It was founded by staff from the Theatre Royal who had been denied membership of another Order known as the City of Lushington. Previously everyone working in the theatre was allowed access to the latter Order. However, at some point in the early 19th century membership was restricted so that only people who actually appeared on stage could become members, thus excluding backstage staff. It is unknown why they chose the name of the Order.

Maybe the name has something to do with the Yellow Submarine, or vice versa...

Anonymous said...

Odd connection: Peter Sellers claimed his father had taught George Formby to play ukulele...

Tafultong said...

To the last two anonymous people:

Right and double right.

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