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Monarch Programming and Mind Control

The Monarch Butterfly. Every year, millions of these golden-winged insects migrate south to a small area of pine groves in central Mexico, which consists of only about 70 square miles.

The process of this journey has amazed scientists for years, because the time it takes for the migration to occur is actually longer than the lifespan of a Monarch butterfly (which is about 6 to 8 weeks). This means their offspring, born during the migration, simply knows where to go, and carries on from there. Call it instinct.

In fact, many wonder if there isn’t a kind of “genetic memory” at work, something hardwired or programmed within them that guides their actions toward their goal. This is something that exists in many animals, possibly even humans, like the bird’s ability to build a nest, or the turtle’s compulsion to bask on a sunny day.

But the Monarch butterfly is a symbol of something else, a different kind of programming that is said to permeate our modern society and control millions of people throughout the world.

Project Monarch

As the story goes, Project Monarch was part of a covert CIA operation known as MKUltra, which began in 1953. It would also later be attributed to the Illuminati, and is allegedly still in use today.

Under Project Monarch, victims, usually young children, are subjected to intense trauma, inflicted to the point at which their minds dissociate from the experience. This causes a form of multiple-personality disorder, allowing the “programmer” (or “handler”) to mold these dissociated minds into new, controllable personalities.

From there, triggers (or “alters”) are put in place within popular media and other sources that “trigger” and cause these mind-controlled “slaves” to perform whatever actions they have been programmed to do.

There are also various “stages” or types of programming, each tuned to specific types of individuals and serving different purposes. “Alpha” programming, for example, leads to increased memory ability and greater physical strength, while “Delta” programming exists to remove fear and ensure that orders are followed until the very last breath. What’s the end goal of all this? Control, of course.

Butterfly Symbolism

Project Monarch is so named because of the specific traits of the Monarch Butterfly: the traumatization (typically electroshock therapy) causes a feeling of light-headedness, or “fluttering like a butterfly.”

But even beyond that, there is the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, as well as the aforementioned theorized “genetic memory” or instinct, passed down through bloodlines that bring the Monarchs back to the same habitat year after year. The butterfly has therefore become the symbol of this covert mind control operation.

Image: Flickr/David Slater via CC by 2.0

While these types of mind control conspiracies aren’t necessarily unique (there’s also the NAZI Marionette programming, which we might look at later), the MKUltra program, as well as its precursors Project ARTICHOKE and Project BLUE BIRD, actually existed.

These CIA operations sought to understand hypnosis, new interrogation methods, forced addictions, behavioral engineering, and yes, mind control, among other things. A plethora of strange and, let’s face it, shady undertakings.

What’s most compelling (perhaps even iconic) about Monarch mind control, however, are these triggers and patterns that can allegedly be found in much of popular media.

Alleged Examples Of Monarch Programming In Media

The Eye of Providence
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Dunn

I’ve written about Illuminati imagery, the Eye of Providence and its place in popular culture. But Monarch mind control is a bit different; these aren’t icons and images placed around just to say, “Aha! We’re right here and you don’t even know it!” No, these triggers are put in place, allegedly, to control the minds of their pre-programmed slaves and initiate a response.

In fact, those who have been programmed likely don’t even know they are under control at all. Once triggered, their programmed personalities will surface and they’ll be like dancers on a string. Here are just a few of the supposed examples of Monarch programming in popular media, most commonly music and movies.

Who knows; you may even find yourself suddenly triggered, unable to resist the compulsion to do…something.

The Wizard of Oz

It’s said that The Wizard of Oz is actually used during Monarch programming to plant triggers into the minds of subjects. Certain symbols within the movie are later used to activate them (such as rainbows).

Image: The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Alice In Wonderland

Several Disney movies are said to hold Monarch programming triggers, as well, including (well, especially) Alice In Wonderland. Note the transformation of the caterpillar, as well as other butterfly symbolism.

Alice In Wonderland's Monarch Programming
Image: Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Paramore’s Brick By Boring Brick

Some say Paramore’s song Brick By Boring Brick, as well as its music video, tell the story of breaking free of Monarch programming. Of course, it could also just be a metaphor for breaking free of failed dreams and childhood fantasies, but the symbolism is there.

Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi

There are practically dissertations written about Lady Gaga’s possible connection to the Illuminati and Project Monarch. You can check one of those out here, but let’s take a quick look at one of the stand-out examples: her Paparazzi music video.

You can almost look at it as a narrative of the victimization and transformation of Lady Gaga as she undergoes the Project Monarch programming. At the end of the video, she completes her programmed “mission,” and is rewarded with fame.

Bioshock 1 & 2

I’m not necessarily implicating Bioshock 2 in the whole Project Monarch conspiracy, but it’s interesting to note that both Bioshock 1 & 2 deal heavily with themes of mind control. In Bioshock 2, the symbol of the game’s antagonist, Sophia Lamb, is the blue morpho butterfly. In short, she wanted to use mind control, under a process very similar to Project Monarch, to create an altruistic Utopian society.

Image: Bioshock 2 (2010)

Ladytron’s White Elephant 

In Ladytron’s music video for White Elephant, note the butterfly masks, and the shattering mirrors, which are said to symbolize the split personalities of programmed victims. Mirrors are also said to be used as tools to create the split multiple personalities.

Image: Ladytron’s White Elephant video

As always, conspiracies exist in strange mires and foggy evidence. You can find hidden “symbols” and secret messages anywhere, if you look hard enough. Personally, I don’t adhere to any of them, but they’re interesting. The real conspiracy, to tell you the truth, is the one you don’t know the name of, the one you don’t know exists.

You can imagine what goes on in those shadows…

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. For nearly 10 years, he's managed Stranger Dimensions, providing a unique perspective on all matters involving time travel, parallel universes, and whether or not robots might one day take over the world.


  1. A conspiracy is simply when two or more people plan to do something that is illegal and/or immoral. Conspiracy is part of the human condition. In fact, historically, nearly all governments have been corrupt and despotic, but most people today think that their government, imperfect as it may be, is basically working for the betterment of the commoners. In fact, governments always seek to maintain and increase their own power and give the commoners only enough to keep them from revolting and to keep them producing for the elite.

    For the last century, the commoners, especially in Western nations, have had more opportunity for advancement and higher standards of living than all previous generations, as it became apparent to the elite that happier workers produced more. This model is going to be increasingly, shall we say, pared down in the West for the foreseeable future, reverting back to more of a feudal, totalitarian system, which is what the power elite ultimately desire. The ever-growing surveillance grid was never meant to keep you safe from those evil terrorists that we arm, fund and train – it was meant for you and I.

    Here in the U.S., the CIA is one of the most evil terrorist organizations in history; just google “timeline of CIA atrocities.” We arm, fund and train the very Al Qaeda terrorists we are supposed to be fighting (always by mistake or due to mishaps, per our politicians and their lap dog news media), our politicians allow bank CEO’s to repeatedly launder billions of dollars of drug cartel money (not one CEO has done a minute of jail-time), we butchered over a million Iraqi civilians – men, women and children who did NOTHING to us – over non-existent WMD’s (and Bush Jr. actually laughed about it), etc., etc., etc. American Exceptionalism is a childish myth. We haven’t been “exceptional” for at least a century (or 150 years if you count the Civil War).

    I don’t know if the Monarch program is real, but I certainly wouldn’t put it past the sociopaths in control. As the author admits, the CIA did, in fact, conduct mind control experiments that left many people mentally ill and sometimes complete vegetables. A few victims of these programs have sued the government and won settlements in court for damages.
    Symbols of the New World Order (a name the power elite often use themselves) are indeed rampant in popular culture. It does appear that the power elite are obsessed with Egyptian and occult symbolism. Personally, I focus more on rampant government corruption and treason, for which there is solid evidence, as opposed to more esoteric or “out there” stuff.

    One should bear in mind that, historically, the power elite are usually comprised of sociopaths (i.e., people who do not have a conscience and delight in manipulating, controlling and hurting other people). Today, the leaders of the Western nations are a little better at hiding their sociopathy than despots of the past. If one digs just a little beneath the surface (and stops believing everything their lying politicians and lame-stream media tell them), it becomes apparent that the rabbit hole does indeed run deep. As British statesman Lord Acton said over a century ago, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower – excerpt from his farewell address, Jan. 17th, 1961

  2. Lily, would you kindly smile for the candid camera? Burn the flowers that circle the majestic castle… and look for the Postman coming tonight!

    Muhuhahahaha… 😉

  3. This is just straight facts I’m a 90s kid also.. Programmed me the same me and my husband sold our souls and its crazy cause when I met him he waswack but he went platinum I am good luck 🙂

  4. Hello Rob.

    With respect to your comment in the above article , “Who knows; you may even find yourself suddenly triggered, unable to resist the compulsion to do…something”. May I respond that despite your not finding conspiracy theories compelling and whilst I’m sure you would not write with the intention of causing offence, this does sound somewhat like humour but, in poor taste.

    I appreciate that there are many people who doubt the accounts of survivors from these projects but I can assure you and your readership that the traumas and horrors endured by those who were unwilling child participants is and was very real.

    For many it was a death sentence and for most others, a life of misery not even salved by the knowledge of what was fully experienced. Just the occasionally surfacing mental glimpse of torture, paedophilia and violence.

    With the false memory cabal working overtime to discredit anyone courageous enough to speak out and those who are brainwashed into believing the system is benevolent and would not behave in such a way to its own citizens, the last thing needed is for any aspect of this horrible programming to be rendered as a subject for levity.

    Ultimately, it is for this generation of children and successive ones that survivors who remember, speak out. However many naysayers, disbelievers or critics there are out there, the truth has to be told if we are to awaken to what is truly going on. That takes guts.

    Without understanding and without education, by the time society realises that these seemingly fantastic and very grim stories are real, it will be far too late.

    Thank you for your time and I wish you and your readers peace, love and light. F.

    1. Thanks for your comment!

      It’s been about four years since I posted this article, but looking back I believe I wrote that statement more with a “mysterious” tone in mind, not necessarily a humorous one. Though, I’ll readily admit I do have an irreverent view of the paranormal and these sorts of topics.

      It’s not my intention to mock those who strongly believe in any paranormal topics or conspiracies, or make light of anyone’s lived experiences. This particular article is just a general, neutral overview of what I had learned about monarch programming at the time. I don’t believe I was mocking it, in that sense.

      But I do have my own style, which over the years has paradoxically meant that, on one hand, I’ll have groups telling me I take this stuff too seriously, while other groups tell me I don’t take it seriously enough. I’ve never been able to make heads or tails of that, so I just continue to do my own thing. There’s no winning.

      That said, I do appreciate your feedback, and I’ll keep it in mind.

  5. lmao, I hate to spill the beans, but they dont even need to traumatize people but just to create an impression on thier handlers and multitudes, to show prowess because they just totally control people like robots. They can get them to do anything they want be interested, not be etc at will, on command, its just a big show.

    1. Hi Anon.. I have been MKUltra since birth… before birth even… i had an awakening 8 months ago and escaped from a mob stalking in Omaha NE just to come back to figure things out… I know i am still in the system but thy seemed to have backed off a little for now… still discerning what is real and what is contrived and what to do next

      1. To the person who had the awaking so did my ex girlfriend Tiffany Jenks she was a Mind Control victim who ran 31 dams and a nuclear power plant ,…. I would love to talk to you about you awaking or maybe post here … were you killed or just moved … find me on fb john captain

    1. It seems there is no help. “Awakened” people would basically be by themselves, live somewhat simpler lives. There are many people who live more natural lives, away from cities, trends, technologies. Use basically stuff that clearly improves one’s safety (like having a fridge, an oven, certain tools, clothing, etc.). There doesn’t seem to be an answer to “life”, so it seems that whatever anyone does only matters to their own selves. You can find just as many “clues” to what is right as you can to its opposite. Meaning right and wrong is just a matter of whether you’re content with the consequences for your actions. A happy person struggling to live will have the same end as a suicidal person. You can even regard the struggler as a procrastinator, since death is the final goal for this organic realm. Maybe you haven’t been awaken, maybe only death is true awakening.

    2. Hey Daniel,

      Christ can help you.
      His true name is Yashaya (my Saviour)

      Part of Christ’s mission is to set captives free:
      16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

      17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

      18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

      –Luke 4:16-18 (KJV)

      Monarch and other kinds of mind control are oppression with a spiritual element. The use of trauma is a common way to allow demons to enter a person and create alterior personalities. It’s a satanic practice. The people set over this world received power from satan to rule under him.

      Only through Christ we can overcome satan, because Christ already did so.

      Christ described our bodies like a house, where demons are the unwelcome intruders who come to live there. If someone has been subjected to a mind control program they need to invite Christ into the house. They can then work towards lasting healing, because Christ’s power can remove any intruders (demonic energies) from a person.

      1. You don’t innerstand mind control. Only extreme alters have attachments such as demons, reps, etc. The rest is all mind. The mind is beyond powerful. The alters remove the limits that are set in our minds making us capable of super human feats. Please don’t try to tell others how to help themselves when you know nothing of it. You cause irreparable harm when you do. And, in person you could trigger an alter in a programmed person at the cost of your life.

  6. i have a vission about agharta the hidden world that i am from them because here in outside they do not believe in me people think that i am crazy because of my advance
    invention and advance book that i created i am a high being with the zodiac sign of cancer june 29th is my birth day

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