Top 10 Things You Should Know About the Illuminati
The Illuminati is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented organizations in all of history. The Illuminati have become synonymous with the concept of control, power and outright evil. From enslaving all of mankind to controlling the banks, there is supposedly little that the Illuminati cannot do.
Research into the Illuminati by scholarship happens only at the fringes and is not taken seriously. Those who believe that the Illuminati is real and active are labeled conspiracy theorists and are often disregarded as rational people entirely. Some of the most devoted researchers are told that they are mentally unstable and are ignored by all but the fringes of society.
But at one point, the Illuminati was a demonstrably real group of people. During the 18th century Enlightenment, a group of men banded together to work to destroy the powers that controlled and enslaved the people of Europe. They did not believe that the Vatican and organized religion should continue to control the governments and monarchies of Europe. They also rejected the hegemonic control of monarchs who claimed to be appointed by God in order to legitimize and maintained their power.
This Illuminati, with its humanist ideals and political origins, has morphed into an Illuminati that not only worships Satan but has also created methods of brainwashing that are currently being used to control the minds and bodies of 10 million people around the world.
But how did this transition from a group to political activists to a group of Satan-worshipping genetically related bankers? To understand the huge gap between these two groups, you need to learn more about the original Illuminati and its representations in society.
Here are the top 10 things you need to know about the Illuminati:
The Illuminati Is a Secret Society
Despite all of the references to the Illuminati in the media and in Hollywood, the Illuminati remains a secret society. As a secret society, no one outside of the group knows anything about its operations, members or existence. Built on misdirection and with a belief in total secrecy, few people can claim to know anything about the Illuminati because there is no confirmed existence of the group.
Secret societies are built solely on self-interest. A secret society is formed when a small group of people band together to protect mutual interests from other groups or from the world at large.
Despite its negative connotations, secret societies are not always a bad concept. Secret societies have long been used for good works. The Underground Railroad that operated during the 19th century is just one of many examples of a secret society that was formed to protect their mutual interests of saving people from slavery.
As a secret society, a person cannot just join the Illuminati. They must be nominated or receive an invitation. Most people who join secret societies have no idea that they are joining a legendary society until after they have been fully initiated.
Some secret societies work in the relative open. The Freemasons are an example of a secret society that operates covertly but still operates on the surface. The Skull and Bones society of Yale University is another well-known secret society.
The Illuminati Was Founded on May 1, 1776
The Illuminati is believed to have been established on May Day in 1776. The group was founded by a German named Adam Weishaupt in an area that was known as Upper Bavaria. The group acted as a branch of Enlightenment thinkers, and it is often associated with the dangers of thought in the Enlightenment. This group of people became known as the Bavarian Illuminati.
As a secret society, the group’s official founding is unknown. It is said that there were only five original members of the group and each vowed to keep the group a secret.
Initially, the goals of the Order of the Illuminati were to further the Enlightenment commitment to reducing religious influence in Europe and preventing the abuses of power by the monarchies that controlled Europe. The original members were men who are suggested to have been progressive intellectuals and politicians.
Committed to free learning and rejecting the yoke of the Vatican, the Bavarian Illuminati grew. Its branches extended from its home in Germany and into the empires of Europe. It is possible that the original Illuminati held over 2,000 names in its ledger of official and initiated members.
The Illuminati was not adored by governments or by the church, which continued to wield influence and power over most of Europe. The group was outlawed and then officially disbanded in 1785 only a few years after its foundation.
Many people believe that though the group publicly broke up, it continued to carry on in secret with a reduced membership. Driven underground by the global powers of the day, some believe that the later Illuminati was derived from this original group of Enlightenment thinkers.
However, the group that is often referred to as the Illuminati today would not appear to share the Enlightenment values of the first group of radical thinkers. Instead, the modern Illuminati is part of a wider conspiracy that a select group of people work to undermine the politics and organizations around the world and enslave the world’s citizens to do their bidding.
The new Illuminati has one goal. It is not to create a New World Order but to destroy the Old World Order.
The Illuminati Is Political
The Illuminati is supposedly an organization that is both political and spiritual. However, this is probably untrue. Its original political ambitions included diminishing the power of the church in Europe. However, the power of the church had less to do with religion and more to do with political power. The Vatican and the Pope had the power to determine the fate of almost any citizen in Europe.
The power of the Vatican was more authoritarian than even many governments. Kings and leaders all over Europe were at the mercy of the Popes decrees. Germany had long been a hotbed of resistance against Rome and against organized religion.
The political nature of the Illuminati separates it from other major secret societies. Membership of the group did not require people to ascribe to a certain religious ideology or dogma. In fact, it required no belief in a supreme being at all.
Instead, the Illuminati was a humanist organization. Humanism is a belief that humans have both agency and value, something that some religious sects reject. Humanism is not an Enlightenment concept or even a Renaissance idea. Communities all over the world have rejected the idea of being controlled by a supernatural force for thousands of years.
This belief system was a part of an ancient humanism that can be found in ancient India, ancient Iran and even ancient Greece. Thinkers in these places attempted to move away from the myth and legend that dominated their societies in an attempt to find human reason.
A belief in humanism was not an ideology in itself, it was a rejection of the ideology inherent in myth, legend and traditional organized religion.
The humanism adopted by the Illuminati has had profound effects on the arts and sciences practiced in Europe and around the world.
Mystical Fraternities Began Long Before the Illuminati
The Illuminati is far from being the first mystical fraternity or secret society. In fact, if one moves away from the modern idea of secret societies, there has been a long and fruitful existence of these groups for thousands of years.
Almost any minority group has had to operate in secret at some point in its life. This is especially true of the esoteric schools of thought in many long standing religions. In religion, these groups are often referred to as occultists but this is a general term that does not represent the diversity and contributions of these groups both throughout history and in the modern world.
From the Christians to the Jews to the Muslims, each group has had sects that have been forced to operate underground or face the risk of being called heretics.
The Shia Muslims formed a secret society called the Hashshashin the 13th century. The Shia Muslims differed from their Sunni counterparts because of their growing tradition of mystical thought within Islam.
This group, also known as the Nizari, is a little known group that worked throughout the Levant and the Middle East. The goal of this group was to establish a Shi’ite state. In order to break free from the Sunni majority, the group had to employ a small and secretive group to run their political and warfare. The group became famous for sabotage, espionage and the assassinations that they committed.
The group was highly secretive and tried to do all of their work without being noticed. They did their best to avoid casualties that were not related to the intended target. Their work in espionage was so well known in some powerful circles that it is said that King Richard the Lionheart even employed them.
Though the library that held their records was destroyed hundreds of years ago, the legend of the Hashshashin lives on through the modern English word “assassin”.
The Illuminati Is Often Confused with the Knights Templar
The Illuminati and the Knights Templar are often uttered in the same sentence but there is a big difference between the two groups.
The Knights Templar existed four centuries before the Illuminati was founded. Their role was to protect Christian pilgrims. The group were a powerful military order but they were far from being a secret society because the group received an official endorsement from the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. They also wore an official uniform, something that a secret society would not do.
The Templars are much more closely associated with the period of the Crusades than with the Illuminati. However, the connection usually comes because the Freemasons began to integrate Templar rituals and symbols into its activities. Since the Freemasons are so often associated with the Illuminati, this is where the connection comes from.