The Order of the Illuminati: Its Origins, Its Methods and Its Influence on the World Events

The Order of the Illuminati is often at the center of debates about the impact of secret societies on human history. Is the Illuminati a myth or does it truly secretly rule the world? As the number of people asking that question has grown, facts about the Order have become diluted with misconceptions and disinformation, making objective research on the subject difficult. This article attempts to shed some factual light on the Order of the Illuminati by reviewing some of the most important documents on the subject.

The world “Illuminati” is thrown around rather freely to describe the elite group that is secretly running the world. Most have a general idea of the meaning of the term, but are confused about the concepts and the ideas relating to it. Is the Illuminati the same thing as Freemasonry? What are their goals? What are their beliefs? Why do they act in secret? Do they practice occultism? Attempting to objectively research the subject can become an arduous task as most sources end up being either dismissive disinformation pieces that deny (and even ridicule) anything related to the Illuminati or, at the other end of the spectrum, espouse ill-informed fear mongering based on rumors and misconceptions. In both cases, the researcher ends up with the same result: a distorted version of the truth.

Considering that Secret Societies are supposed to be, by definition, secret, and that history is often rewritten by those in power, obtaining the unbiased truth about the Illuminati is a challenge. This article does not claim to “reveal” or “expose” everything that is to be known about the Illuminati; it rather attempts draw a more precise picture of the Order by citing authors who have extensively studied the subject. Whether they are, at the end of the day, critics or apologists of the Illuminati, these authors base their thoughts on credible facts. Some of the most interesting documents on the Illuminati were written by initiates of Secret Societies as they understood the philosophical and spiritual undercurrent driving the movement forward. Using these works, we will look at the origins, the methods and the impacts of the Illuminati on world history.

Types of Secret Societies

Although several groups called themselves “Illuminati” in the past, the most influential and memorable of them was the Bavarian Illuminati. Founded on May 1, 1776, the organization created by Adam Weishaupt blurred the line between “spiritual” and “political” Secret Societies. By  mixing the occult sciences of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism while conspiring to achieve precise political goals, the Illuminati became an actor on the world stage. While most Secret Societies of the time catered to rich people and their fascination with occultism, the Bavarian Illuminati actively sought to profoundly change the world.

Secret Societies have existed throughout the course of history, each of them with different aims and with different roles in society. While the Egyptian mystery schools were part of the Egyptian institution, other groups were secret due to their subversive and conspiratorial aims. These two next quotes, written by two famous political figures, describe these opposing views on Secret Societies:

“Did Zanoni belong to this mystical Fraternity, who, in an earlier age, boasted of secrets of which the Philosopher’s Stone was but the least; who considered themselves the heirs of all that the Chaldeans, the Magi, the Gymnosophists, and the Platonists had taught; and who differed from all the darker Sons of Magic in the virtue of their lives, the purity of their doctrines, and their insisting, as the foundation of all wisdom, on the subjugation of the sense, and the intensity of Religious Faith?”
- Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, 1884 1

“The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.”
- British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, 1876

These quotes describe different realms of influence of Secret Societies. The first one refers to the spiritual side while the second describes the political side. Not all Secret Societies dwell in the spiritual and not all of them get involved in political machinations. The Bavarian Illuminati operated in both realms.

“Spiritual brotherhoods are pledged to Wisdom and guiding humanity towards the realm of the Infinite; Political brotherhoods [are comprised] of power-seekers who cloak their manipulative agenda in darkness. (…)

All secret societies share certain fundamental themes. Membership is restricted to those who have an abiding interest in the subject. Thus, a spiritual group will attract people seeking more knowledge of a particular teacher or type of practice. The student is aware of the subject matter in advance and will approach the group for further instruction. More rarely, an individual may be “tapped” by the group because of a perceived affinity to its purpose.

In a political secret society, membership is restricted to those who share an ideological affinity with the goals the group represents. At the furthest end of the political spectrum, the mission will be revolution. Such a society will go to great lengths to defend itself. (…)

The Illuminati are perceived by many as spanning the chasm between the spiritual and the political secret society. Often credited (or blamed) for influencing the French Revolution in 1787, the Illuminati taught a doctrine of social and political liberation that hinged on the equality of man, the embrace of rationalism, and the denial of crown and church as the legitimate institutions for the regulation of social and moral values. (…) While the views of the Illuminati may sound quite advanced for the time, the European revolutions they are believed to have encouraged degenerated into brutal bloodbaths whose singular lack of moral compass was appalling.” 2

While some believe that Adam Weishaupt was the sole mastermind of the Illuminati and that his organization rose to glory and died in less than twelve years, most researchers initiated in occultism believe that the Bavarian Illuminati was the rare appearance of an ancient Brotherhood that could be traced back to the Knight Templars of the Middle-Ages.

Manly P. Hall, a 33rd Degree Freemason and prolific author, described in his pamphlet “Masonic Orders of Fraternity” an “Invisible Empire” that has been silently working for centuries towards social change. It periodically became visible throughout History, through different organizations who bore different names. According to him, these groups have a great yet silent impact on society, even transforming the educational system to form future generations.

“The direct descent of the essential program of the Esoteric Schools was entrusted to groups already well-conditioned for the work. The guilds, trade unions, and similar protective and benevolent Societies had been internally strengthened by the introduction of a new learning. The advancement of the plan required the enlargement of the boundaries of the philosophic overstate. A World Fraternity was needed, sustained by a deep and broad program of education according to the “method”. Such a Fraternity could not immediately include all men, but it could unite the activities of certain kinds of men, regardless of their racial or religious beliefs or the nations in which they dwelt. These were the men of “towardness”, those sons of tomorrow, whose symbol was a blazing sun rising over the mountains of the east. (…)

It was inevitable that the Orders of Fraternity should sponsor world education. (…) The program included a systematic expansion of existing institutions and the enlargement of their spheres of influence.

Slowly, the Orders of Universal Reformation faded from public attention, and in their places appeared the Orders of World Brotherhood. Everything possible was done to prevent the transitions from being obvious. Even history was falsified to make certain sequences of activity unrecognizable. The shift of emphasis never gave the impression of abruptness, and the motion appeared as a dawning of social consciousness. The most obvious clues to the secret activity have been the prevailing silence about the origin and the impossibility of filing the lacunae in the records of seventeenth- and eighteenth- century fraternal Orders. (…)

The Orders of Fraternity were attached by slender and almost invisible threads to the parent project. Like earlier Schools of the Mysteries, these Fraternities were not in themselves actual embodiments of the esoteric associations, but rather instruments to advance certain objectives of the divine plan. 3

Here, Hall mentions a “silence” and lack of information regarding the workings of Secret Societies during the 17th and 18th century, the epoch during which the Bavarian Illuminati was active. It is during this time period that Secret Societies took action, causing revolutions, overthrowing Monarchical and Papal powers and taking hold of the banking system. Was the Bavarian Illuminati part of the Invisible Empire described by Hall? Is it still active today? Let’s first look at Adam Weishaupt and his infamous Secret Society.

Adam Weishaupt, Trained by the Jesuits

Adam Weishaupt was born in Ingolstadt, Bavaria on February 6, 1748. His father died when he was seven and his godfather, Baron Ickstatt, entrusted his early education to the most powerful group of the time: the Jesuits. Known for its subversive methods and conspiratorial tendencies, the Society of Jesus had a stronghold on Bavaria’s politics and educational system.

“The degree of power to which the representatives of the Society of Jesus had been able to attain in Bavaria was all but absolute. Members of the order were the confessors and preceptors of the electors; hence they had a direct influence upon the policies of government. The censorship of religion had fallen into their eager hands, to the extent that some of the parishes even were compelled to recognize their authority and power. To exterminate all Protestant influence and to render the Catholic establishment complete, they had taken possession of the instruments of public education. It was by Jesuits that the majority of the Bavarian colleges were founded, and by them they were controlled. By them also the secondary schools of the country were conducted. “4

The inner-workings of the Society of Jesus was quite similar to the occult Brotherhoods it was apparently working against. It functioned with degrees, initiation rites, elaborate rituals and esoteric symbols and had been suppressed countless times in several countries due to its subversive tendencies.

In 1773, Weishaupt’s godfather used his great influence at the University of Ingolstadt to place his godson as chair of canon law. At that time, the institution was under heavy Jesuitical dominance and that particular position was traditionally held by influential Jesuits. Weishaupt’s growing embrace of Age of Enlightenment philosophies placed him at odds with the Jesuits and all kinds of political drama ensued. Despite this fact, Weishaupt learned a lot from the Jesuit’s organization and their subversive methods to obtain power. It is during this time that the idea of a Secret Soceity began to enter Weishaupt’s thoughts.

“Brilliant, and well trained in the conspiratorial methods of access to power, young Weishaupt decided to organize a body of conspirators, determined to free the world from the Jesuitical rule of Rome.” 5

While some authors believe that the Jesuits (who were suppressed by papal bull in 1773) used Weishaupt to perpetuate their rule, others state that he was seeking to overthrow their powerful hold on Bavarian. On a wider scale, he was convinced that the world would profit from the overthrow of all governmental and religious institutions in the world to replace them by a world-wide, yet secretive, committee of “initiates”. To acheive his aims, he would use Jesuit methods against the Jesuits.

As Weishaupt pursued his studies, he also became knowledgeable in occult mysteries and Hermetism. He recognized the attractive power of this mysterious knowledge and understood that Masonic lodges would be the ideal venue to propagate his views. He therefore sought to become a Freemason, but was quickly disenchanted with the idea.

“His imagination having taken heat from his reflections upon the attractive power of the Eleusinian mysteries and the influence exerted by the secret cult of the Pythagoreans, it was first in Weishaupt’s thought to seek in the Masonic institutions of the day the opportunity he coveted for the propagation of his views. From this, original intention, however, he was soon diverted, in part because of the difficulty he experienced in commanding sufficient funds to gain admission to a lodge of Masons, in part because his study of such Masonic books as came into his hands persuaded him that the “mysteries” of Freemasonry were too puerile and too readily accessible to the general public to make them worthwhile”. 6

Weishaupt soon realized that, to achieve his aims, it would be necessary for him to create his own secretive group, composed of powerful individuals who would embrace his views and help him propagate them.

“He deemed it necessary, therefore, to launch out on independent lines. He would form a model secret organization, comprising “schools of wisdom,” concealed from the gaze of the world behind walls of seclusion and mystery, wherein those truths which the folly and egotism of the priests banned from the public chairs of education might be taught with perfect freedom to susceptible youths.” 7

The goal of Weishaupt’s organization was simple yet monumental: to overthrow all political and religious institutions in order to replace it with a group of Illuminati initiates. According to him “universal happiness complete and rapid could be achieved by disposing of hierarchy, rank and riches. Princes and nations will disappear without violence from the earth; the human race will become one family; the world will be the abode of reasonable men”. On May 1, 1776, the Order of the Illuminati was founded.

The Bavarian Illuminati

Weishaupt’s Illuminati began humbly with only five members, but after a few years and with powerful connections, the Order became a major political force across the world. Influential deciders, rich industrials, powerful noblemen and mysterious occultists joined the Order and participated in its conspiratorial objectives. Some historians claim that the Order’s quick rise to success was due to a secret meeting between Weishaupt and a mysterious figure named Cagliostro, the most powerful occultist of the time.

“In Ingolsstadt, Cagliostro is believed to have met Adam Weishaupt, professor of philosophy and canon law at the university, who in 1776, had founded the sect of Illuminati. Calling themselves heirs to the Knights Templar, they declared their interest in using celestial intervention as achieved by Cagliostro for the furtherance of a program of worldwide religious reform, but one more radical than Cagliostro’s, “committed to avenging the death of the Templar’s Grand Master Molay by reducing to dust the triple crown of the popes and disposing of the last of the Capet Kings.”

Cagliostro obliged, and described in prophetic detail the decapitation of Louis XVI, an event hardly to be envisaged at that time as anything but improbable.” 8

The Bavarian Illuminati was originally comprised of three primary grades: Novice, Minerval and Illuminated Minerval. Each grade was designed to achieve particular objectives while assuring complete control and dominance to the apex of the pyramid. Here’s a brief look at each grade.


Entry-level members of the Bavarian Illuminati were attracted and introduced to the Order using attractive vocabulary (the quest for wisdom and betterment) and occult lore. They were however introduced to a highly monitored and controlling hierarchy, one that resembles the system of the Jesuits. There was no mention of the Order’s political aims.

“Once enrolled, the instruction of each Novice was to be in the hands of his enroller, who kept well hidden from his pupil the identity of the rest of his superiors. Such statutes of the order as he was permitted to read impressed upon the mind of the Novice that the particular ends sought in his novitiate were to ameliorate and perfect his moral character, expand his principles of humanity and sociability, and solicit his interest in the laudable objects of thwarting the schemes of evil men, assisting oppressed virtue, and helping men of merit to find suitable places in the world. Having had impressed upon him the necessity of maintaining inviolable secrecy respecting the affairs of the order, the further duties of subordinating his egoistic views and interests and of according respectful and complete obedience to his superiors were next enjoined. An important part of the responsibility of the Novice consisted in the drawing-up of a detailed report (for the archives of the order), containing complete, information concerning his family and his personal career, covering such remote items as the titles of the books he possessed, the names of his personal enemies and the occasion of their enmity, his own strong and weak points of character, the dominant passions of his parents, the names of their parents and intimates, etc. Monthly reports were also required, covering the benefits the recruit had received from and the services he had rendered to the order. For the building-up of the order the Novice must undertake his share in the work of recruitment, his personal advancement to the higher grades being conditioned upon the success of such efforts. To those whom he enrolled he became in turn a superior; and thus after a novitiate presumably two years in length, the way was open for his promotion to the next higher grade.” 9

When a Novice proved to his superiors to be worthy of advancement, he was initiated to the grade of Minerval.


Minerval seals of the Bavarian Illuminati. These pendants, worn around the necks of Minerval initiates, featured the Owl of Minerva . Also known as the Owl of Wisdom, this symbol is still found today in powerful places: around the White House, hidden on the dollar bill or on the insignia of the Bohemian Club.

The term Minerval is derived from Minerva who was the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic, and the music. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom. An ancient symbol of the mysteries, Minerva is prominently featured in places such as the Library of Congress and the Great Seal of California.

The second grade of the Illuminati was one of indoctrination. The initiates were lectured on the spiritual principles of the Order but had little information regarding the true aims of Weishaupt and his close circle of administrators.

“The ceremony of initiation through which the Novice passed into the grade Minerval was expected to disabuse the mind of the candidate of any lingering suspicion that the order had as its supreme object the subjugation of the rich and powerful, or the, overthrow of civil and ecclesiastical government. It also pledged the candidate to be useful to humanity; to maintain a silence eternal, a fidelity inviolable, and an obedience implicit with respect to all the superiors and rules of the order; and to sacrifice all personal interests to those of the society.” 10

Minervals were permitted to meet some of their superiors (Illuminated Minervals) and to engage in discussions with them. This privilege alone was a great source of motivation for the new initiates.

Illuminated Minerval

Selected from among the Minerval, the Illuminated Minerval were given specific tasks to accomplish in order to prepare them to take action in the “real world”. Most of their work consisted in the study of mankind and the perfection of methods to direct it. Each Illuminated Minerval was entrusted with a small group of Minervals who were scrutinized, analyzed and lead towards specific directions. Lower-grade members of the Order therefore became test subjects for techniques that might be applied to the masses in general.

“To the grade Illuminated Minerval were admitted those Minervals who in the judgment of their superiors were worthy of advancement. Elaborate initiatory ceremonies fixed in the candidate’s mind the notions that the progressive purification of his life was to be expected as he worked his way upward in the order, and that the mastery of the art of directing men was to be his special pursuit as long as he remained in the new grade. To accomplish the latter, i.e., to become an expert psychologist and director of men’s consciences, he must observe and study constantly the actions, purposes, desires, faults, and virtues of the little group of Minervals who were placed under his personal direction and care. For his guidance in this difficult task a complicated mass of instructions was furnished him.

In addition to their continued presence in the assemblies of the Minervals, the members of this grade came together once a month by themselves, to hear reports concerning their disciples, to discuss methods of accomplishing the best results in their work of direction and to solicit each other’s counsel in difficult and embarrassing cases. In these meetings the records of the assemblies of the Minervals were reviewed and rectified and afterwards transmitted to the superior officers of the order.” 11

From this basic structure, the Illuminati began its expansion. Everything was in place for Weishaupt to achieve an important goal: the infiltration of Freemasonry.

Infiltration of Freemasonry

In 1777, the year following the creation of the Illuminati, Weishaupt joined the Masonic lodge of Theodore of Good Counsel in Munich. Not only did he successfully propagate his views into the lodge, he also managed to get the lodge to be”virtually absorbed into the Illuminist order almost immediately”. 12

A definite alliance between the Illuminati and Freemasonry became possible in 1780 when a prominent figure by the name of Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge was initiated into Weishaupt’s Order. The German diplomat’s Masonic connections and organizational skills were promptly put to use by the Order. Knigge would go on to accomplish two important tasks for the Illuminati: He revised the hierarchy of the Order, created new higher grades and allowed the full integration of Masonic lodges into the system.

“Two weighty consequences promptly followed as the result of Kinigge’s advent into the order. The long-sought higher grades were worked out, and an alliance between the Illuminati and Freemasonry was effected.” 13

Knigge, an influential North German diplomat and occultist joined the Illuminati in 1780. He is here shown displaying the sign of the Hidden Hand (see the article entitled The Hidden Hand that Shaped the World on the Vigilant Citizen).

Knigge’s influence upon the Order was profound and immediate. The new system he devised attracted Freemasons and other powerful figures, which gave the movement great momentum. Here’s the system devised by Knigge:

Knigge’s kept the Order’s original grades untouched but added new grades above them. The second level of the Illuminati incorporated the grades of Freemasonry making therefore the Brotherhood simply a part of the wider Illuminist superstructure.

“The grade Novice (a part of the system only in a preparatory sense) was left unchanged by Knigge, save for the addition of a printed communication to be put into the hands of all new recruits, advising them that the Order of the Illuminati stands over against all other forms of contemporary Freemasonry as the one type not degenerate, and as such alone able to restore the craft to its ancient splendor. (…)

The three symbolic grades of the second class seem to have been devised solely for the purpose of supplying an avenue whereby members of the various branches of the great Masonic family could pass to the higher grades of the new order.” 14

The highest grades of the Order were restricted to a select few and included powerful individuals and influential figures. The grade of Prince held within its ranks National Inspectors, Provincials, Prefects and Deans of the Priests. At the top of the pyramid were the Magus (also known as Areopagites), which comprised the supreme heads of the Order. Their identities were safely guarded and are still difficult to confirm today.

Knigge’s strategy gave impressive results and allowed the Illuminati to become an extremely powerful movement.

“The new method of spreading Illuminism by means of its affiliation with Masonic lodges promptly demonstrated its worth. Largely because of the fine strategy of seeking its recruits among the officers and other influential personages in the lodges of Freemasonry, one after another of the latter in quick succession went over to the new system. New prefectures were established, new provinces organized, and Provincials began to report a steady and copious stream of new recruits. (…) Students, merchants, doctors, pharmacists, lawyers, judges, professors in gymnasia and universities, preceptors, civil officers, pastors, priests — all were generously represented among the new recruits. Distinguished names soon appeared upon the rosters of the lodges of the new system. Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, Duke Ernst of Gotha, Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar, Prince August of Saxe-Gotha, Prince Carl of Hesse, Baron Dalberg, the philosopher Herder, the poet Goethe, the educationist Pestalozzi, were among the number enrolled, By the end of 1784 the leaders boasted of a total enrollment of between two and three thousand members 106. and the establishment of the order upon a solid foundation seemed to be fully assured.” 15

Weishaup, however, did not enjoy his Order’s success for long. Suspicions of Illuminati conspiracy against governments and religious arose across Europe. Seeing a credible threat against its power, the Bavarian government launched an edict outlawing all communities, societies and brotherhoods that existed without due authorization of the law. Furthermore, internal disagreements between Weishaupt and the higher ups of his Order lead to disputes and dissension. In the midst of it all, some members went directly to the authorities and testified against the Order, an opportunity that was not missed by the Bavarian government.

“Out of the mouths of its friends, the accusations which its enemies made against the order were to be substantiated. By the admissions of its leaders, the system of the Illuminati had the appearance of an organization devoted to the overthrow of religion and the state, a band of poisoners and forgers, an association of men of disgusting morals and depraved tastes.” 16

By 1788, through the use of aggressive legislation and criminal charges, the Bavarian Illuminati was apparently dissipated and destroyed by the government. While some see here the conclusion of the story of the Illuminati, one must not forget that the tentacles of Illuminism had the time to spread way beyond to confines of Bavaria to reach Masonic lodges across Europe. In other words, the Illuminati was never destroyed, it simply went underground. A year later, an important event would prove that Illuminism was more alive and potent then ever: the French Revolution.

The French Revolution

The violent overthrow of the French Monarchy in 1789 symbolizes to many the victory of Jacobinism and Illuminism over the traditional institutions of the time. The adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights officially recorded Masonic and Illuminist values into the core of the French government. The country’s new motto “Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité” (Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood) was said to be a famous Masonic saying that was used in French lodges for centuries.

The official document of the Declaration of Human Rights contains several occult symbols referring to Secret Societies. First, the symbol of the All Seeing Eye within a triangle, surrounded by the light of the blazing star Sirius, is found above everything else (this symbol is also found on the Great Seal of the United States). Underneath the title is depicted an Ouroboros (a serpent eating its own tail), an esoteric symbol associated with Alchemy, Gnosticism and Hermetism, the core teachings of Masonry. Right underneath the Ouroboros is a red phrygian cap, a symbol representing Illuminist revolutions across the world. The entire Declaration is guarded by Masonic pillars.

Backlash Against Illuminism

If though Bavarian Illuminati was said to be dead, the ideas it promoted still became a reality. The Freemasons and Rosicrucians were still thriving, and the Illuminati appeared to be living through them. Europe was undergoing profound turmoil as a new class of people took the helms of power. Critics began to emerge, revealing to the masses the secret forces behind the changes they were witnessing.

Leopold Hoffman, a Freemason who was convinced that the Illuminati corrupted his Brotherhood, published a series of articles in his journal entitled Wiener Zeitschrift.  He claimed that the lower grades of the Illuminati had been dissolved, but the highest degrees were still active. He also added that Freemasonry was being “subjugated by Illuminism” and transformed to serve its ends. He also stated that the French Revolution was the result of years of Illuminist propaganda.

In 1797, John Robinson, a Scottish physician, mathematician and inventor (he invented the siren) published a book entitled “Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of the Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies”. This devout Freemason became disenchanted when he realized that his brotherhood had been infiltrated by the Illuminati. Here’s an excerpt of his book:

“I have found that the covert of a Mason Lodge had been employed in every country for venting and propagating sentiments in religion and politics, that could not have circulated in public without exposing the author to great danger. I found, that this impunity had gradually encouraged men of licentious principles to become more bold, and to teach doctrines subversive of all our notions of morality—of all our confidence in the moral government of the universe—of all our hopes of improvement in a future state of existence—and of all satisfaction and contentment with our present life, so long as we live in a state of civil subordination. I have been able to trace these attempts, made, through a course of fifty years, under the specious pretext of enlightening the world by the torch of philosophy, and of dispelling the clouds of civil and religious superstition which keep the nations of Europe in darkness and slavery.

I have observed these doctrines gradually diffusing and mixing with all the different systems of Free Masonry; till, at last, AN ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN FORMED for the express purpose of ROOTING OUT ALL THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS, AND OVERTURNING ALL THE EXISTING GOVERNMENTS OF EUROPE. I have seen this Association exerting itself zealously and systematically, till it has become almost irresistible: And I have seen that the most active leaders in the French Revolution were members of this Association, and conducted their first movements according to its principles, and by means of its instructions and assistance, formally requested and obtained: And, lastly, I have seen that this Association still exists, still works in secret, and that not only several appearances among ourselves show that its emissaries are endeavouring to propagate their detestable doctrines, but that the Association has Lodges in Britain corresponding with the mother Lodge at Munich ever since 1784. . . The Association of which I have been- speaking is the order of ILLUMINATI, founded, in 1775 [sic], by Dr. Adam Weishaupt, professor of Canon-law in the University of Ingolstadt, and abolished in 1786 by the Elector of Bavaria, but revived immediately after, under another name, and in a different form, all over Germany. It was again detected, and seemingly broken up; but it had by this time taken so deep root that it still subsists without being detected, and has spread into all the countries of Europe” 17

Augustin Barrel, a French Jesuit priest also published in 1797 a book linking the French Revolution to the Bavarian Illuminati. In “Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire du Jacobisime”, he traced back the slogan “Liberty and Equality” back to the early Templars and claimed that, in the higher degrees of the order, liberty and equality is explained not only by “war against kings and thrones” but by “war against Christ and his altars”. He also provided details pertaining to the Illuminist take-over of Freemasonry.

“Barruel charged that not only the lower order of Masonry were duped by Weishaupt, but also those of Weishaupt’s own Illuminati, for whom he had provided another top-secret level of direction known as the Aeopagus, a withdrawn circle of directors of the whole order, who alone knew its secret aims. To Barruel, such revolutionary leaders as La Rochefoucauld, Lafayette, and the duc d’Orléans, had become Illuminati agents and dupes of more extreme radicals such as Danton, provocateurs who sparked the Illuminati-directed rebellion. Barruel further charged that the entire French Masonic establishment had been converted to Weishaupt’s revolutionary ideas, its lodges turned into secret committees which planned bloodshed.” 18

Propagation in America

Most of America’s Founding Fathers were part of Secret Societies, whether the Freemasons, the Rosicrucians or others. Some of them travelled to Europe and were well versed in the doctrines of the Illuminati.

From 1776 to 1785 – when the Bavarian Illuminati was openly active – Benjamin Franklin was in Paris serving as the ambassador of the United States to France. During his stay, he became Grand Master of the lodge Les Neufs Soeurs which was attached with the Grand Orient of France. This Masonic organization was said to have become the French headquarters of the Bavarian Illuminati. It was particularly influential in organizing of the French support for the American Revolution and was later part of the process towards the French Revolution.

In 1799, when German minister G.W. Snyder warned George Washington of the Illuminati plan “to overthrow all governments and religion”, Washington replied that he had heard “much of the nefarious and dangerous plan and doctrines of the Illuminati“. He however concluded his letter by stating: “I believe notwithstanding, that none of the Lodges in this country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the society of Illuminati“.

In another letter to Snyder, written a month later, Washington continued on the topic:

“It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.”

Part of the original letter written by George Washington regarding the Illuminati

Judging by this letter, George Washington was obviously well aware of the doctrines of the Illuminati And even if he did not believe that the Masonic institutions of the United States propagated its doctrines, he concedes that individuals might have undertaken that endeavour.

After the Bavarian Illuminati

Today, the term Illuminati is used to loosely describe the small group of powerful individuals who are working towards the creation of a World Government, with the issue of a single world currency and a single world religion. Although it is difficult to determine if this group descends directly from the original Bavarian Illuminati or that it even uses the term Illuminati, its tenets and methods are in perfect continuation of it. As stated above, the name that is used to describe the occult elite can change. And, ultimately, the name is irrelevant; what needs to be recognized is the underlying current that has existed for centuries.

According the Manly. P Hall, the Bavarian Illuminati was part of what he calls the “Universal Brotherhood”, an invisible Order at the “source” of most Hermetic Secret Societies of the past. It has worked for centuries towards the transformation of mankind, guiding it through a worldwide alchemical process. The same way the alchemical Great Work seeks to turn crude metals into gold, it claims to work towards a similar metamorphosis of the world. According to Hall, the Universal Brotherhood sometimes makes itself visible, but under the guise of different names and symbols. This would mean that the Knights Templars, Freemasons,  Rosicrucians, and Illuminati are temporary visible manifestations of an underlying force that is infinitely more profound and more powerful. However, human beings being what they are – weak toward greed and power-lust – these movements often become corrupted and end up conspiring against the masses for more power and material gain.

“Certainly there was an undercurrent of things esoteric, in the most mystical sense of the word, beneath the surface of Illuminism. In this respect, the Order followed exactly in the footsteps of the Knights Templars. The Templars returned to Europe after the Crusades, bringing with them a number of choice fragments of Oriental occult lore, some of which they had gathered from the Druses of Lebanon, and some from the disciples of Hasan Ibn-al-Sabbah, the old wizard of Mount Alamut.

If there was a deep mystical current flowing beneath the surface of Illuminism, it is certain that Weishaupt was not the Castalian Spring. Perhaps the lilies of the Illuminati and the roses of the Rosicrucians were, by a miracle of Nature, flowing from the same stem. The old symbolism would suggest this, and it is not always wise to ignore ancient landmarks. There is only one explanation that meets the obvious and natural requirements of the known facts. The Illuminati were part of an esoteric tradition which had descended from remote antiquity and had revealed itself for a short time among the Humanists of Ingolstadt. One of the blossoms of the “sky plant” was there, but the roots were afar in better ground”. 19

Hall concludes that the Illuminati existed long before the advent of Weishaupt’s Order and that it still exists today. It was under the guise of defeat and destruction that the Illuminati realized its greatest victories.

“Weishaupt emerged as a faithful servant of a higher cause. Behind him moved the intricate machinery of the Secret School. As usual, they did not trust their full weight to any perishable institution. The physical history of the Bavarian Illuminati extended over a period of only twelve years. It is difficult to understand, therefore, the profound stir which this movement caused in the political life of Europe. We are forced to the realization that this Bavarian group was only one fragment of a large and composite design.

All efforts to discover the members of the higher grades of the Illuminist Order have been unsuccessful. It has been customary, therefore, to assume that these higher grades did not exist except in the minds of Weishaupt and von Knigge. Is it not equally possible that a powerful group of men, resolved to remain entirely unknown, moved behind Weishaupt and pushed him forward as a screen for its own activities?

The ideals of Illuminism, as they are found in the pagan Mysteries of antiquity, were old when Weishaupt was born, and it is unlikely that these long-cherished convictions perished with his Bavarian experiment. The work that was unfinished in 1785 remains unfinished in 1950. Esoteric Orders will not become extinct until the purpose which brought them into being has been fulfilled. Organizations may perish, but the Great School is indestructible”. 20

The Great Seal of the United States features the unfinished Great Pyramid of Giza, a symbol of the unfinished work of the Esoteric Orders: a New World Order. The Seal was adopted on the American dollar by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a 32nd Degree Freemason and a Knight of Pythias with ties Manly P. Hall.

The Illuminati Today

If the Illuminist Agenda is still alive today, what form does it take? From the esoteric and spiritual point of view, some modern Secret Societies such as the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) have claimed to be the heirs of Illuminism. Other researchers stated that there exists hidden Orders above the 33 “visible” degrees of Freemasonry that form the Illuminati. As they are, by definition, secret, obtaining details about these Orders is quite difficult.

The political side of modern Illluminism is a lot more visible and its plans are obvious. An increasingly restrictive and concentrated group is being entrusted with the creation of important decisions and policies. International committees and organizations, acting above elected officials are today creating social and economic policies that are applied on a global level. This phenomenon is rather new in world history as a rather than kingdoms or nation-states, a non-elected shadow government, composed of the world’s elite, is gradually becoming the center of world power.

“On another political plane are ideological groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations, or participants in the World Economic Forum. Here we find leaders in politics, business, finance, education, and the media who share a belief in the value of global solutions; are in position of high authority and influence; and represent different levels of involvement with the inner circle of the group. Most members simply welcome the opportunity to associate with other well-known luminaries and are honored by being offered membership or attendance privileges. Yet, the ideology at the highest levels of such groups supports a world government – to be administered by a class of experts and planners, entrusted with running centrally organized social and political institutions. Although members may be persuaded to add their considerable voices to certain transnational political and economic policies, they may bot be as supportive (or even aware) of the long-range ambitions of the inner circle. While these groups quite often hold their meetings in secret, their membership lists are a matter of public record. It is the central agenda that is disguised.” 21

The main elite groups and councils are: the International Crisis Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institution, Chatham House, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group. The Bohemian Club is known to hold informal gatherings of the world elite punctuated with strange ceremonies and rituals. The Club’s insignia is an Owl similar to the one found on the Bavarian Illuminati’s Minerval seal.

Insignia of the Bohemian Club

If one would carefully study the members and attendees of these exclusive clubs, one would notice that they combine the most powerful politicians, CEOs and intellectuals of the time with lesser known individuals with famous names. They are descendants of powerful dynasties that rose to power by taking over vital aspects of modern economies, such as the banking system, the oil industry or mass media. They have been associated with game changing events, such as the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913. This act completely modified the banking system of the United States, placing it in the hands of a few elite corporations. A proof of this is the court decision of 1982 stating that “The Reserve Banks are not federal instrumentalities for purposes of the FTCA [the Federal Tort Claims Act], but are independent, privately owned and locally controlled corporations“.

In his book “Bloodlines of the Illuminati”, controversial author Fritz Springmeier claims that today’s Illuminati is formed from the descendants of thirteen powerful families whose ancestors had close or distant ties to the original Bavarian Illuminati. According to Springmeier, the 13 bloodlines are: the Astors, the Bundys, the Collins, the DuPonts, the Freemans, the Kennedys, the Li, the Onassis, the Reynolds, the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the Russells and the Van Duyns. 22.

There is no doubt that by virtue of the material and political resources they own, some of these families have a great deal of power in today’s world. They appear to form the core of what we call today the Illuminati. However, are they conspiring to create a New World Order? Here’s a quote from David Rockefeller’s memoirs that might answer some questions:

“For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” 23

In Conclusion

The story of the Illuminati has been repressed or revealed, debunked or exposed, ridiculed or exaggerated countless times – all depending on the point of the authors and whether they are “apologists” or “critics”.  To obtain the absolute truth about a group that was always meant to be secret is quite a challenge and one must use a great deal of judgment and discernment to differentiate the facts from the fabrications. As it is not possible to answer all of the questions relating to the Illuminati, this article simply attempted to draw a more precise picture of the Order and to present important facts relating to it.

Today’s political atmosphere is quite different from the time of Weishaupt and the American Founding Fathers, yet there are still many similarities. While the Bavarian Illuminists purportedly denounced the political and religious oppression of the Vatican, a new kind of oppreession is taking form. As democracies merge into a single world government, as privacy and freedoms become replaced by “security” and high tech surveillance, as schools crack down on critical thinking, as mass media dumbs-down and disinforms the masses, as secret operations carry out crimes against humanity and as all major protests get violently repressed by a growing police state, it is easy to draw the conclusion that a similarly repressive system is currently being instated. Did the Illuminati truly “liberate” the Western World from the oppression of the Vatican or did it simply continue in its footsteps?

“The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.”
- Albert Einstein

  1. Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Zanoni
  2. James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions
  3. Manly P. Hall, Masonic Orders of Fraternity
  4. Vernon L. Stauffer, The European Illuminati
  5. Peter Tomkins, The Magic of Obelisks
  6. Stauffer, Op. Cit.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Tompkins, op. cit.
  9. Stauffer, op. cit.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid
  12. Hall, op. cit.
  13. Ibid
  14. Ibid.
  15. Ibid
  16. Ibid
  17. John Robinson, Proofs of a Conspiracy
  18. Tompkins, op. cit.
  19. Hall, op. cit.
  20. Ibid.
  21. Wasserman, op. cit.
  22. Fritz Springmeier, The Bloodlines of the Illuminati
  23. David Rockefeller, Memoirs

89 Comments to “The Order of the Illuminati: Its Origins, Its Methods and Its Influence on the World Events”

  1. Lia says:

    Can’t wait to read your article in class. We are now at the subject “The French Revolution” and of course my teacher, though very eccentric and free spirited, doesn’t believe that the Illuminati STILL exist. I’ll try and spread this precious knowledge and hope I can convince her. Thank you!!

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  2. shaliiyn says:

    hmm. i just wanted to say that i was introduced to vigilant citizen a year ago. and since ive been reading more and more articles, everyday i realize the “illuminati”, watever they wanna call themselves because “they run the world, not girls”, is presently still in the work. THERE IS NO WAY IT IS A COINCIDENCE THAT I AM READING ALL THESE ARTICLES, AND THEN I GO WATCH TV AND SYMBOLS AND **** APPEARS. so anyways, the “illuminati” can do watever they want and makes peoples lives a “living hell” but God is coming and WILL claim his world soon thats for sure. I, cant, wait. trust me, the biggest wake up call, event.

    (side note: one more thing. this might be a little random but, i cant believe COURAGEOUS is still in theatres right now as im speaking. im still in awe i thought id never even see it in the theatre. i guess God’s working through them somehow. Better, Be) :D

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    • Elena says:

      When you said “(…) AND THEN I GO WATCH TV AND SYMBOLS AND **** APPEARS.” I started laughing so loud. The last part owned. xD
      Anyway, great article VC. It was worth the wait.
      Keep up with the amazing work!

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    • Nami says:

      I don’t think symbols “appear” – they were always there, only know you have the knowledge and insight to see and observe them where before you didn’t realize their significance.

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    • ben says:

      That’s so true! God is coming it’s gonna be crazy!(=!! All this info can really way on my mind and sometimes can freak me out when I think about it all but then I remember Jesus warned us about this and how much Greater and terrifying yet amazing His Coming will be. It will make the Illumanti and there garbage pale in comparison.

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  3. Hasotol says:

    Every day more people are aware of what’s REALLY going on in the world, and that’s a really good thing,….. because the more we know, the better we can defend our rights! Knowledge is power, and it should never be used for hurting others, like secret societies do, knowledge should be used for our spiritual growth…!

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  4. Killuminati-alb says:

    Great article VC

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  5. MakeNoMistake says:

    Finally an article ! Thanks VC (SA).

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  6. rikhard says:

    another great article.

    here’s a link that does a great job exposing who’s who…

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  7. Jermaine Brooks says:

    Nice to get an understanding of who the Illumati are, or represent, at last.

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  8. Purity says:

    I was really looking forward to an article like this on your site, you really broke the information up in key parts, thank you. Keep up the good work!

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  9. sonia says:

    Reserve banks privately owned… illuminati really do run the run world!.. Occupy Wall Street need to protest at the gates of the Bohemian club, Rockerfeller plaza
    “If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as one of its own. But because you do not belong to the world and I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you”… John 15:19

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  10. Mr. Nedrud says:

    I don’t even want to imagine the amount of research this probably took but I have to applaud you for it. This is definitely one of my favorite articles and is probably the most informational one. Thank you, this was great.

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  11. Curious says:

    A good chronological article. However, there are some points I still do not understand very clearly. From where did Weishaupt obtain the occult lore he founded the organization on? What was the main ideological difference between the Illuminati and the Freemasonry of the period, since as we saw above freemasons declared that their organization had been “contaminated ” with Illuminati ideas and agenda? What is the difference now? Are they just separate organizations based on the ancient hermetic schools, whose knowledge was transported through the Knights Templar? I mean, overall, what are the differences between the illuminati, freemasons, rosicruchians?

    One more thing that I am thinking about is the fact that since the revolution, and basically every social change that marked history, were part of a greater scheme, the creation of the NWO. Does this mean that all our ideals of actually moving forward as a society and having a broader sense of humanity, globalization, the concepts of “liberte, egalite, fraternite”, are actually just an illusion, just a frame of mind we were set into by history written in an inspiring way? Moreover, what is the reason the NWO is considered a “sacred” goal by these societies? Because this centuries-old aim cannot be only due to individuals being power hungry? I know that the muslim community explains this by saying that everything is being prepared for the arrival of the antichrist, the devil, on earth, and so with a single point of control people will accept him more readily. I just wanted to hear alternative opinions.

    I know that these might too many questions, but I thought that if I had them somebody else might have them too. I would appreciate anyone attempting to clarify any of these points for me.

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    • Howard Ratcliffe says:

      Not too many questions at all. The oldest saying I’m aware of is the opening line of the Emerald tablet of Toth/Hermes “That which is above shall be that which is below.” Joseph Goebbels said “With enough repetition, people can be made to believe a square can be circled”; this refers to the Square and Compass of Masonry. No square can ever achieve the exact area of a circle due to Pi being an Irrational Number like Phi “Golden Proportion”. It’s the Alchemical dream to discover the DNA of Light which many physicists like Dirac, Einstein, Fermi etc were obsessed with; the 33rd Prime Number 137. It’s why Masonry has 33 degrees to Sovereignty.
      In Hebrew the expression is “Tikkun Olam” meaning “Repair the Earth” to the conditions in the Garden of Eden before the expulsion; Jesus set the Cherubim facing in 4 directions which is the “Cross”; Pagan means to “Fix” upon tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
      Gnosticism is the endeavor to create a garden in man’s image without going past the Cherubim; this is the Holy Grail, for man to become God. I hope this helps! My material is posted at http://www.Theresnothingnew.,org/

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      • Curious says:

        Thanks Howard, that information ties some pieces together. It makes sense with the overall Illuminati/Freemasons ideology of becoming spiritually enlightened themselves to become gods. They even try to explain it quoting the bible : “Man was created in the image of God”. By number 137 did you mean the fine structure constant used in quantum electrodynamics?

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    • 007 says:

      Those are good questions. I think that the answers lie in the occult and trying to push humanity into a new Aeon. What confuses me is that the intentions, at least in my opinion, start out as a noble cause. So how did they get so twisted to the point they are today?

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      • Curious says:

        Well, their intentions do have to sound appealing and inspire people to get involved. Of course they will say that the cult has a higher aim, that it helps humanity, and helps you grow individually. Which individual would not find that attractive in the first place? That is how people are recruited in the Freemasonry. It is then gradually that those people are injected with the “true doctrines”, and only the ones their supervisors think that they “have what it takes”. I knew people part of the freemasons, and I even wanted to get involved with the sister organization of “Eastern Star”-similar to freemasonry but for women, because I thought the purpose was a higher understanding, and answer to questions I had. Fortunately, I did my research.

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    • Brownhawk says:

      My own take on this present time is that Life on this planet is at the point of what I will refer to as the “next great end-time”.

      My intuition suggests that concurrent to moving towards a spiritual awakening to a level of greater consciousness has been a movement towards the opposite – what has been termed a “New World Order”. The devil, or antichrist knows it can never accomplish a total subjugation of the magnitude that the most successful implementation of a NWO would mean. So it takes what it can get in order to continue its hold over those who have proven unable to stay in the light (i.e.; being true to Love and holding on to one’s personal will) at any given “end-time” such as the one we’re experiencing now.

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      • Curious says:

        Well, as I understand it, the masses are used, whereas the people in the highest degrees are working towards their spiritual enlightenment (which incidentally involves human sacrifices, manipulation). It is basically the machiavellian philosophy: “the end (them being ‘gods’) justifies the means (whatever they need to do to everyone else). Fortunately, as more information is becoming available, we are able too see what they are doing and have done to manipulate us gradually, in a conscious and subconscious level.

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    • 1337s0lja says:

      Bill Cooper helps explain a lot of this stuff. For those who are unaware he has a series call Mystery Babylon that you can torrent. Bill also is an open minded individual who was before the internet (even though he eventually used it to spread the word) Even though Bill was a christian he did not force his beliefs on everyone. He believed that man had free will and that since every man has the chance to accept Jesus as his lord and savior then that is up to him. It was an informational radio broadcast. Very NICE and great article VC & SA.

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  12. Howard Ratcliffe says:

    June 1244, the Cathars were burned alive at Montsegur; 700 years later was D-Day. The Cathars were Gnostics and Normans. Oct 13, 1307 Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake as the last Templar Grand Master. Oct 1311 the Council of Vienne disbanded the Knights Templar and in exchange for debt forgiveness Pope Clement V and King Phillip II allowed their International Banking assets to be conferred on the Knights Hospitaller aka Knights of St John the Divine, the original Gnostic Johhnitters. The first “Hospital” was built next to the Mosque of Omar and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, originally a Gnostic Temple of Venus “Discovered” by Constantine’s mother Helena having nothing to do with Jesus’ burial tomb.
    “Every 700 years the Laurel grows green again” is a Cathar saying; Catharsis means “Discharge of Pent up emotion”; St Catharine’s Monastery, was also falsely established by Helena at the fake Mt Sinai in Egypt.

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  13. Madeline says:

    I am a victim of MK ULTRA mind control research, which is possibly connected to this “new world order” sickness which is entrenched in the global political landscape. It’s not like it’s secret any longer, you just have to be a victim of surveillance sponsored by the CIA and other agencies using mind control technology and electronic torture to understand the scope of the control these groups have over people in one form or another. If no one can understand what I am talking about, there are terms for what I am going through. “Organized stalking” is one term, and MK ULTRA is another term that covers a lot of Nazi (and probably with it’s origins in Illuminati or other older systems of control) research. The structure of mind control and brainwashing was outlined in this VC article, and it is very similar to what I believe has been practiced on me, and in what I see of the people who willingly participate in halping to stalk and torture victims like myself to death.

    I have moved to 3 continents (I now live in Asia) and the stalking and electronic torture and surveillance continues unabated. I am not writing to talk about my own personal experiences per se, but to inform people that the problem has reached a stage where it might be impossible to stop their total control, using mind control technology and electronic weapons. The brainwashing of the mass population and especially the fixation with consumer culture (so everyone who is not attacked is bribed and enticed into participating with the money, status or power they believe they will gain by helping this new world order).

    If it sounds like the ranting and raving of a “delusional” individual, I apologize to this forum but this is what is being put in place right now for total world control, it’s not just a few rich people planning world events, it’s governments, police and ordinary citizens helping put in place total surveillance, torture through electronics, and murder and control.

    Another thing (while I’m at it). There is a website that I heard was popular with college boys, it was created by a man I knew in Portland, Oregon (he was part of the MK ULTRA stalking/mind control phenomenon that encircled me, but it was before I was targeted to be murdered). His real name is Nick, but he calls himself “Adam Weishaupt” on the website he helped found, He calls himself “Weis” now. He told me he is a Freemason. There are certain bits of information on these websites that definitely are connected to the American Illuminati movement.

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  14. theatreofdreams says:

    Tremendous article VC. It is a daunting task to try and coherently organize all that information… into a relatively short article at that. I hope this helps to clear up some speculative theories and spark further research. I know that it has inspired me to do so. More SecretArcana articles please!

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  15. LVB says:

    This is a simply excellent effort, my friend.

    You have done some painstaking research, and the depth of your knowledge really comes through here.

    I don’t know how or where (and don’t really want to know lol) you get your sources, but they are solid, and I appreciate your endeavours and the personal risks you take in putting together pieces like this for us to read.

    It is clear that, much like their descendandts of the CIA/Skull and Bones ilk, the OG Illuminatus types clearly understood the absolute value of having their “death” faked, so that they could accomplish their greatest goal – which was to exist and flourish in secrecy, with no one believing that they no longer existed.

    I think this bit of deceptive wisdom is an homage to the cliche “The devil’s greatest trick was to make mankind believe that he didn’t even exist.”

    Victory through deception is such a powerful tool. However, you can’t deceive all of the people all of the time….and the ones who see right through their deception are not happy. And, one day, probably sooner than later, we will have great vengeance for those who have stolen so much from us, and committed so many unspeakable crimes against humanity in the names of their many Satanic cults..

    Their injustices, cruelty and slaughter of innocents will be met with brutal, final justice, and it won’t be in some Internation Criminal Court where they own the buildings and the judges, if you know what I mean. There will be pure and absolute, eternal justice – once and for all.

    The time is coming, very soon….I feel it. :)

    Thanks very much for an outstanding piece of research, Vigilant, these are the kinds of in-depth works that suit you best, and really show your talents.

    Peace and success to you, brother.

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  16. xxxxx says:

    ”The main elite groups and councils are…..”

    ^ People that you probably wouldn’t expect and groups, institutions, etc that you wouldn’t expect are also in there.

    Keep digging VC. Dig, dig, dig! =)

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  17. AbZu says:

    The Illuminati call themselves: “Moriah Conquering Wind”.

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  18. zuul says:

    I learned about it, from a video Ted Gunderson former FBI- He mentioned the book “Pawns in the Game” by William Guy Carr a former admiral of the Canadian Naval officer. It is actually the source used for many of the books on illuminati and the one that talks about the symbolism on the dollar bill that many cite often.

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  19. Miss M says:

    Wow, great article. The most profound piece was that George Washington actually acknowledged the Illuminati in his letters! All the people who disbelieve in the Illuninati and scoff at the elitist/NWO theories now have to face this! There is actual proof that the Illuminati exists!

    Sadly, even with this article, most people would not believe it. Many people are so conditioned and immediately defend what is pumped out to us through the media. I wish there were a way to get through to people without them thinking your a “nut-bar”.

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  20. manny says:

    great article. i hope in the future you make some kind of documentary on what you have written on these subject matters, or even write a book.

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  21. Sammy says:

    I think it is so sad that there are many people out there that don’t believe in this. I’ve always thought there was something ‘odd’ in this world regarding government control, the European Union, and such but didn’t understand what I was seeing at the time. My brother reads deep in conspiracy theories and came across great understanding of the illuminati organization. He shared his knowledge with my family and I, I’m so glad that he did. We are now aware of the symbolism that is happening and the reasons why they show them in a certain way. I know that I live in America (probably the worst place right now) but when I see all these symbols I feel like I’m in the book 1984 where ‘Big Brother’ is watching over us. I just recently turned 18 and I just wish that people would at least give it a try and do a bit of research on this subject if you are having doubts, because the truth will blow you away. On tumblr and many other websites they will show pictures of inverted crosses and the same illuminati symbols. The worst part is when you see the hundreds, many times thousands, of how many people will ‘reblog’ and ‘like’ these kinds of post and they don’t understand what it means. I remember when Lady Gaga first came out. I heard her first single online when she wasn’t popular. I downloaded all the songs that I could find of her thinking she was some kind of innovated musical artist. Over the past few years when she would act bizarre, I thought something was up with her but didn’t know what it was, until I read the articles VC had on her. There was a time where I was a bit in denial and couldn’t understand the meaning of them. I forced myself to stop reading these articles and realize what kind of society that I’m living in. Every day when you leave your house they are trying to get at your minds and brainwash you. These articles are an awakening of what the Bible is telling you. You read the scripture and know that dark event will happen but you aren’t aware that it’s not only going to come from the devil but the illuminati as well.

    If there is anything that you will take away from reading this comment please understand that you aren’t saving your life by just reading these articles, you need Jesus in your heart. I don’t understand how some people can believe in the power of the illuminati and the devil but not God himself. There is a reason why the illuminati is doing these things, and it’s on behalf of the devil. He is trying to take God’s children and turn him against Him. Don’t just try to save your life, save your soul.

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    • Angel Fire says:

      Sammy, I agree with you 150% on what you just said. Word for word, from beginning to end. I’ve also felt something was always off, deep down inside. I think that the reason for my compulsory 1984 and Animal Farm reading in High School was not a coincidence. It’s like they WANT you to know. Nice ending on the saving your soul part. I agree. Without Jesus, the path to eternal life is unattainable.

      Also to add:

      I think VC knows this but the reason he/she might not say it, is because he/she wants to reach a broader audience. Narrow minded people might mistake him/her for preaching. (He’s said he’s a mystic christian and christian refers to Christ, the son of God obviously lol).

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    • Billy says:

      America is not the worse place to live in right now. There are people dying everyday of things such as starvation, volatile governments/dictators, violent relgious conflicts (mideast) and disease. I agree there is alot happening in the USA in terms of propigating these things but this is by far not the worst place to be in right now.
      Sometimes we forget when we are bombarded by the reality of Evil that we forget it manifests itself daily in peoples lives through our simple needs and interaction. There is no hidden symbol in a young boy starving in Africa, Easter Europe or Asia.
      This is just my 2 cents but God bless all who recognize evil for what it is in all forms.

      A follower of Christ.

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      • Sammy says:

        I stand by what I said. America is pretty much the worst place to be. The citizens of this country don’t know they are being brain washed. The government, or who ever is ‘controling’ us, gives us the illusion of freedom. They tell us that in America you can be who ever you want and that this is the land of the free. They show us how in other countries, their government is messed up and America is the solution. But when you look at it, those people in other countires have the freedom that we don’t. Their government might not want them to believe in God, but those people know it. Those people know that their government is trying to control them. But we don’t. As I said, this is all an illusion. We don’t know the slightest reasons why our governement is doing these things except that they want to control us, but why. In those other countries, the poeple know what the government is doing. They aren’t keeping anything hidden from them. Its true that we don’t have to deal with all those other set backs that those people have to live by. But their minds have more freedom then we do. That is what I meant. We are kept on a leash.

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      • Templar of the West says:

        James the Just…the first bishop of Jerusalem is your King…i have a friend who is 43rd degree illumnati…what the item fails to mention is the fake free ma sons and illumnati were born out of our Templar knowledge…i also have friends who are high ranking free ma sons…all of the SACRED KNOWLEDGE was born of the Maritime Race…the Egyptians FOUND the original 3 smoothed faced pyramids and the knowledge of SOUND tools to cut and move the stones…this knowledge is from off world…the military also have 32 levels and COSMIC levels above this…people assumed Templar no longer exsist…the skull and bones flag is OUR flag…rest assured there is a divide…we were born of the light of Lucifer or Venus as you know it…two lines…one kingly and one priestly…religion was born of science…the SACRED KNOWLEDGE contains 3 LAWS…free energy…universal knowledge and we all carry a conscious light…the trinity so to speak…remember its not what you know but who you know…

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  22. Lance says:

    Great article vigilant citizen. Awesome work , keep it up i have read more such articles at

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    • Observer says:

      The website you posted here is nothing but a divisive (muslims vs muslims) website that propagates hatred for other islamic parties. Therefore, for those open-minded people who like to know what others say, it is not a problem for them. But for those who think this place is a place where you’ll find truth, then I won’t think it is. Attacking other people’s doctrines won’t solve any issue, and it is irrelevant by the way to this valuable article here.


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  23. Liberte Mente says:

    Hi vigilant,

    as always, a well researched and well thought out composition and article. I have read your blog for a few years now and it has helped me greatly on my own path to awakening. Although I feel it is important to expose the dark forces of this planet I am of the opinion that everything is dual in the world as we know it. Many authors you quote and mention including in your articles including Manly P. Hall, Aleister Crowley, and countless groups such as gnostics, occultists and rosicrucians have had a huge impact on my spiritual development and understanding. But I can never tell if you are glorifying or demonizing these teachings. Sure a lot of the authors you mentioned speak of “light” which to the untrained heart can be seen as Luciferian (which people commonly mistake Lucifer for the Devil) doctrine, but I feel to those who understand the true path of illumination know “Love” to be the “Law” or main principle of their teachings. Is it insane to think there are people on both sides of this so-called Illuminati? Those who use their light to help the enlightenment of mankind, and those who use their light to free themselves and enslave the rest, leaving them in darkness? I’m curious on what your thoughts on the matter are, I’ve read countless articles and can’t quite put my finger on your stance.

    I’ve always been quite found of the principle law of Thelema, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law. Love under will.” Now I am not an expert on Thelema or any spiritual or religious doctrine for that matter, But to me this lays it out pretty simply… “Love is a choice” we have the power to choose Love in the face of adversity, the power to see a brother in a fellow man, the power to Love thy enemy as thy self. Is not all man and everything on his green earth GOD? The powers that be may be able to control our money, control of governments, control our education systems, but the divine right to choose can never be taken away. For a true choice is made in the heart, and that which is changed within will change that which is outside of us.

    The real revolution is one of the mind and spirit.
    Choose Love, no one can choose it for you

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    • Warm hands says:

      You are gnostic. You worship creation not the Creator.

      And that about Lucifer being “mistaked” to be the Devil is precious one.

      I don’t know what love Crowley preahced and pracitced when he sodomized and tortured countless numbers of young boys. Did You read about that in his works? Or about Lam?

      If You are unchallenged about what I wrote here please Ignore.

      May God bless You and your loved ones.

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    • Billy says:

      Sure Jesus choose to Die for you. Your response to this is simple. you either accept him or reject his grace. The choice is yours because this is the greatest love of all. Lucifer your buddy can only mock this and produce counterfeit love that may satisfy temporarily but to your own destruction in the end.
      Most people are deceived because they think the Devil will show his true face when he will show you what you desire or want to see. The truth or hurts and the Devil knows alot of people will live a Lie then face reality.

      May the Holy Spirit continue its work here on earth till the Prince of Peace returns.

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  24. Thank you so much for breaking this down so well!!! As a follower and fellow blogger, I sometimes find it hard to explain how the Illuminati & Freemasons work together. I had it all straight and correct in my head, but its hard to get across to those that don’t believe first of all, but even to those that do, it still gets mushed together. I’ll be directing people here for the best break down!

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  25. Uraeya12 says:

    Just discovered your site! Great job in quoting from older well-researched texts. Very impressed with your presentation of the Illuminati question. I’ve been aware of them and Adam Weishaupt since the 1980′s, but still found information I didn’t know about in
    your article. I was also warmed by a lot of the previous responders: who are obviously very intelligent and spiritually aware. But, like the person above me, I would also like to know YOUR stance on all this.

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  26. YT Channel-TheGateway7861 says:

    VC is a legend,the way in which he produces these articles in such a clear and concise tone combined with the shocking yet factual evidence to back his claims up.He even has time to be an urban music producer (I’ve discovered that musical instruments are prohibited in my faith but I’m just saying;THIS GUY IS ‘OFF THE HOOK’ as they say!)Well done VC as always,Peace and Love 2 all

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  27. Me, Myself & Eye says:

    All the material presented in this article i have myself been looking at over the last 2 weeks, it’s funny that in the short time i’ve been researching world control (just over 1 year) every subject i research then presents it’s self to me again through the various forms of media in the week following, or that acquaintances have also looked into the same subjects in their research during the same times.

    Let us not forget that TPTB are always fighting among themselves for power, there are many groups out there & not all of them are bad, it is my understanding that the Illuminati (todays mainstream name) always existed before Weishaupt & that the Bavarian Illuminati was actually set up to fight against the ancient world order being fought over by the church & royal families (its not like the world was a nice place to live before 1776), but upon gaining significant power was closed down by the real PTB who then assumed the identity of their enemy’s so that anyone talking of the Illuminati/World control would be ridiculed as the BI had officially been closed down, a sort of psy-op if you will, just like the millennium bug (create a fake end time so people will ridicule any future talk of end times/new ages), which to people with a ounce of common sense was never gonna happen. I kinda get the feeling of my above theory from this article too.

    I hope i conveyed what i was trying to say, sometimes its hard to put into words what is in your head when talking about these subjects.

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  28. Anthony says:

    What the author fails to mention is that the “Owl” that is found secretly on the dollar bill and elsewhere is also a representation of the goddess “ATHENA”. Athena was the goddess of war. No wonder there is perpetual war. It is part of the Illuminati. Order out of chaos!

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  29. Billy says:

    At the top of the pyramid is and will always be Satan. That is where most people get lost. They think it ends with just greedy, evil humans, who pretend to practice black magik or the occult. What would be the point if it didn’t have a source.

    Ultimate Goal of these Dark powers is to battle the Messiah(Jesus Christ) aka Lion of Judah during his 2nd coming.

    Funny how so many movies steal from the Bible.

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  30. chitu says:

    The article was well written but I noted that some fundamental aspects of it that were a bit sketchy.

    “Weishaupt’s Illuminati began humbly with only five members, but after a few years and with powerful connections, the Order became a major political force across the world.”

    Though the article has provided much evidence as to the illuminati’s existence in Europe and the States, none has been given for other parts of the world such as China, Russia, India, Japan, Cambodia, Australia, Africa and South America. Considering that these areas of the world constitute approximately 80% of the world and that Europe and USA is just a small minority, how then did the illuminate spread across to the rest of the 80%? Did they dispatch agents from Europe to set up lodges in these areas? Or perhaps it was the foreign nationals who travelled to Europe to get initiated and then return to their respective residential areas to initiate other locals? This information wasn’t provided and has thus rendered the cited statement from the article questionable and highly debatable.

    We are also meant to believe that each of the original 3 degrees as devised by Adam Weishaupt took at least 2 years to complete. We can thus estimate that one would require at least 7-8 years in order to become a fully qualified initiate whom we can presume that would then go on to set up another branch in other parts of the world and initiate others too. If 7-8 years is the reasonable amount time it took a novice to become an Illuminated Minerval, how did the organization spread across the world in a few years. Who was initiating candidates up to the highest grade in the other continents? When exactly did they spend the minimum amount of years required to become a full initiate before going on to spread its doctrines in other parts of the world?

    Tangible evidence was provided for the illuminati’s actual presence in France by linking them to the French Revolution and the subsequent establishment of human rights principles derived from Freemasonry. However this was only in Europe, what about the rest of the 80% of the world? Which states in these parts of the world were involved with revolutions that transformed them to states with illuminati/Masonic values like those in France? Again the writer did not furnish us with any supporting information/documentation for this.

    What we are given is a more or less a contradictory citation which disproves what the writer claimed about the illuminati spreading quickly all over the world

    “In 1797, John Robinson, a Scottish physician, mathematician and inventor (he invented the siren) published a book entitled “Proofs of a Conspiracy against All the Religions and Governments of Europe, carried on in the Secret Meetings of the Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies”. This devout Freemason became disenchanted when he realized that his brotherhood had been infiltrated by the Illuminati. Here’s an excerpt of his book:
    ….. I have observed these doctrines gradually diffusing and mixing with all the different systems of Free Masonry; till, at last, AN ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN FORMED for the express purpose of ROOTING OUT ALL THE RELIGIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS, AND OVERTURNING ALL THE EXISTING GOVERNMENTS OF EUROPE…..”

    This clearly states that in 1797, 21 years after the inception of the illuminati, this association was only a political force in EUROPE and not the whole world. It was stated in the OP that it took only a few years for the illuminati to become “a major political force across the world” but yet 21 years down the line, the highest achievement from this group that was worth remarking is the allegation that it intended to overthrow all the existing governments of Europe; just Europe, not the whole world. So apart from the French revolution and despite the fact that the members of this association were apparently experts at subversive strategies and techniques, there was no proof of whether the illuminati managed to succeed at overthrowing the existing governments of Europe at that moment in time.

    As to its other purpose of rooting out all religious establishments within Europe, I would have loved to read about their attempt(s) to root out the Roman Catholic Church!

    John Robinson also referred to how the illuminati doctrines were diffused and mixed with ALL THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS of Freemasonry. If John Robinson was such a devout Mason, how come he or at least the OP wasn’t more specific as to these systems of Freemason that were infiltrated?

    “Cervantes said, ‘Historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced,’……” The History of the Imperial Council Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America by William B. Melish, second edition.

    Considering that the OP is about the origins of the illuminati, I honestly feel that some crucial parts of it lacked the precision required to convince sceptics/critics/rationalists, and that perhaps this lack in clarity was driven by the writer’s preconceived notions of the apparent current global influence of the illuminati.

    Another very important issue is the alleged infiltration of Freemasonry by the illuminati. I’m pretty much sure that the writer will agree with me that Masons are able to boast about the antiquity of their rituals due to the strict observance of the ancient tradition. Masons are believed to be so sensitive to even the slightest variation of their ancient ritual(s) that it would be virtually impossible for any one individual and his accomplices to alter the ancient tradition of the craft.

    “Generally speaking, the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Brazil have autonomous grand lodges in each state or province while other countries have an independent national grand lodge. Within its boundaries or “jurisdiction,” each grand lodge reigns supreme over its lodges and all appendant Masonic organizations. The only control or influence over a grand lodge comes from the influence by persuasion of its sister grand lodges which maintain a network of mutual recognition.
    If a grand lodge strays too far from accepted Masonic norms, other grand lodges will withdraw recognition and will even help organize a new grand lodge in the jurisdiction. The most famous example occurred in 1877 when the “Grand Orient of France” (which functioned as a grand lodge) dropped the requirements that its members believe in God and that its lodges display an open Volume of Sacred Law. This action caused the withdrawal of recognition by virtually every other regular grand lodge and the creation of the “Grand Lodge of France.” Later concerns that the Grand Lodge of France was not truly independent of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council of France led to the establishment of the “National Grand Lodge of France,” which today is recognized by American, British, and other grand lodges as the regular Masonic authority in France.” Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris, second edition (revised) 1998, chapter 1.

    If as stated in the OP that Masons generally were well aware of this infiltration, are we then suppose to believe in light of the above citation that Masons all over the world just stayed put and didn’t even attempt to restore the untainted traditional rituals?

    It is my personal view that much of European and American Freemasonry owe its allegiance to the Grand Lodge of England established in 1717. Considering that most Lodges at least in Europe were chartered by the Grand Lodge of England, the OP didn’t even demonstrate whether or how the Grand Lodge in England was also infiltrated.

    “A DEFINITE alliance between the Illuminati and FREEMASONRY became possible in 1780 when a prominent figure by the name of Baron Adolf Franz Friederich Knigge was initiated into Weishaupt’s Order.”

    If this alliance was as definite as the OP would like us to believe, why then does it lack detailed supporting information? “An alliance between the illuminati and Freemasonry”. What exactly does the OP mean by term Freemasonry? Is it the philosophy/institution of Masonry in the world as a whole or was it just GERMAN Freemasonry?

    I honestly feel that the term Freemasonry was ambiguously used considering the definitiveness of the apparent alliance between the illuminati and Freemasonry.

    “As it is not possible to answer all of the questions relating to the Illuminati, this article simply attempted to draw a more precise picture of the Order and to present important facts relating to it.”

    It is my opinion that the article drew a vague and not a precise picture of the Order.

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    • John says:

      Well to be fair to the author, this is an article, not an entire book on the subject. Your nitpicking about details is rather uncalled for. The author was attempting to synthesize a great deal of information into a rather short text and I believe he did a great job at it. Maybe you should pursue some of these details your looking for yourself.

      About the international influence of the Illuminati, considering multiple colonies and the global influence of European and American superpowers, it is safe to say that anyone controlling Europe and the United States controls most of the world.

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      • Mango says:

        A lot of the material in the article dealing with the 18th century is a summary of the contemporary ‘Proofs of a conspiracy’ book. There is a lot more detail in there. It’s out of copyright and can be downloaded for free. It’s interesting and quite soberly written. At the absolute least it shows that some people at the time (including George Washington!) believed in the influence of Illuminism on Freemasonry, so it can’t just be dismissed as an internet fantasy.

        However, I agree with the criticism that it becomes a bit vague when tracing the influence of 18th century Illuminism on the world today. It’s not enough just to say that elite conspiratorial groups use occult symbolism. We would require a lot more detail to trace the influence through history.

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  31. Chaos says:

    Hi All,
    Without wanting to cause offence to anyone out there it needs to be said. The last time I checked we are on a rock floating around a normal star in a normal galaxy, nothing special about any of it when you compare it to the remainder of the visible universe that we can see. So lets deal with the first piece of disinformation and control program that is religion. All of them are nonsense stories from long ago used to control the masses, just sit back and think about it for a moment.

    There are of course a number of theories out there and I don’t pretend to have the answer, I’m just as curious as the next person, but all the nonsense about gods and what not, people need to wake up, your religion cares about as much as the bank does!

    So that just leaves what evidence hard and fast that is not myths made up stories. Ancient writings, physical buildings most of if not all have some form of alignment to the stars Why? Secondly the Dogon people told of the star people from Sirius B in the 1920’s, you cannot see Sirius B with the naked eye so how did they know about it’s existence? Then you have the Pyramids and not just in Giza, again we see alignment with the stars and the constellations of Orion and Pleiades as well as Sirius all come into play in different countries around the world, and keep in mind most of these structures were build before man supposedly could navigate the oceans. So why is we find such similarity in buildings around the globe by what we refer to as ancient cultures?
    Thus the Illuminati what and or whomever they are know something, it is no coincidence when doing your homework that such a small amount of people control huge business’s and vast amounts of money, but again it isn’t about money, money is material albeit having it makes life easier no argument, it’s deeper than that or we are simply a freak of nature and will die out in time like many other species. Money is an albatross around our necks and keeps us in check, one thing you should do is research companies the big players, check out who’s on the board and how many other companies that company owns and who’s on the board of them. Then see who they hang around with you will be amazed just how small a circle it is, as some would say join the dots, take event’s, people, companies and watch the picture unfold. People globally need to shake of the chains of religion and colour, no matter where you come from! This is earth and you happen to live on it albeit for a very short time so make the best use of it, don’t waste your time (that is if time is real) but there is a whole other argument =)

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    • DIAKONOS says:

      Oh my friend, your worldview is a very nihilistic one, which is sad.
      If the Illuminati read your comment, I bet they would go: “yes! another blind one!”

      There is a reason why one of their goals is to take down religion (Christianity really) and take over the global government: TO TAKE IT DOWN GLOBALLY BECAUSE IT’S A THREAT TO THEM.

      There you have it, that’s what you’re looking for. Jesus is the only way.

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  32. José says:

    What does TOWARDNESS means???

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  33. Sandra says:

    On a lighter note – Lindsey Lohan is now back in for more reprogramming. Maybe they will get it right this time. Poor girl!!

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  34. Junis says:

    What is the connection between the Illuminati and the Rothschilds? Another question: is the Illuminati the patsies of the Zionists or the other way round?

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    • TonyVanDam says:

      Pro-Zionists are Illuminati-driven pawns, so that makes them the patsies (your choice of words!) of the modern-day Illuminati.

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  35. febsar eric says:

    well ,well this is not strange. the illuminati own and control a world that was created by a good and merciful God. no problem one thing is for sure that no matter what happens God is the author of the entire universe. this has just awaken my spirit and caused me to be more serious with my spiritual life than ever.

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  36. Blanco says:

    Great article VC… So clear and simple to understand the complexities of the subject. I admire the amount of work and research gone into this. Bravo!

    I have been researching the illuminati and freemasonry myself (albeit in dribs and drabs) for 2 or 3 years now. This is among (if not) the best material on the subject that I’ve read. Thank you.

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  37. desi says:

    Blanco your humour is invaluable and appreciated. Thank you for having me in fits of laughter.
    ‘like water off a duck’s back’. :-P

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    • Blanco says:

      there was no humour intended… I genuinely feel that VC has collected a great amount of difficult material, and produced a concise and informative article. Sure, it doesn’t go into great detail, but it gives such a clear and to the point brief summary or overview on a subject that can be very hard to explain.

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  38. Annonymous says:

    Thanks VC for your brilliant coherent writting and research! This article helped me to fill in the blanks of some things.

    I want to mention something that the Illuminati process reminds me a lot of Mormonism/LDS church style which no doubt this false occultic cult was created by the Illuminati making it a daughter of the Whore of Babylon as mention in Rev 17.

    1) New Convert of the Latter Day Saints are closely watch by their ward church leaders and members. They have ward church meetings concerning their members and always focus specially on the new converts and potential new members. They write down detail information about their personal lives, like how many kids they have, if they have a job or what school they attend, what are their hobbies, what do they need emotionally or temporal (food, clothing). They also send spies so called “home teachers and visiting teachers” each group go once a month to invade this person life under the pretense of brotherly love and the people are gullible and report all they find in this person home back to the leaders like Bishop and Relief Society President. They pressure the mind of the New Convert to take on the culture by having Family Home Evenings on Monday, attending church services 3 hrs plus, fasting once a month, giving all their time, resources and talents to the church for free, covering up if they are used to wear immodest closing mind you this may include showing of shoulders, isolate them and keep them busy in order to indoctrinate them by using peer pressure and mind control and dumbing them down by reading fictious fraud book like the Book of Mormon daily causing them to have dark spirits infecting their thoughts and emotions (that familar spirit they proudly announce by reading BOM)! The New Convert surrenders their trust to their leaders and peers who know more than they do. Extremely similar to the Novice in the Illuminati.

    “An important part of the responsibility of the Novice consisted in the drawing-up of a detailed report (for the archives of the order), containing complete, information concerning his family and his personal career, covering such remote items as the titles of the books he possessed, the names of his personal enemies and the occasion of their enmity, his own strong and weak points of character, the dominant passions of his parents, the names of their parents and intimates, etc.”

    2) Minerval Illuminati comparable with the New Convert in Mormonism/LDS church after about a year they must attend the temple and if worthy enough take their endowments in the Mormon Temple thus acquiring their Holy Garments with Masonic symbols and making oaths of silence, Avenging their prophet murder (Joseph Smith), Blood Oaths of Secrecy and Absolute loyalty. They must wear them 24/7 and only taking them off with the three S’s Sex, Sports, Swimming and put them back on right away so the “Devil” do not attack them. Total spiritual abuse! Purity and hope to be exalted to become a God or Goddess in the ultimate goal of progression. The born in Mormon takes this too. It’s the most bizarre thing a human can experience and very cultish…never mind the Luciferian doctrines of wearing Lucifer’s green apron (masonic like apron) and cursing your generations under these Priesthoods eery…Please never join them and get out if you are a Mormon. You are deceived.

    Pre -1990 was worse but still make Oaths that have nothing to do with True Christianity or the Holy Bible! Occult Origins second false prophet Young was friends with Jesuit De Smet and Mason Pointiff Alber Pike. Creepy! and is not Halloween yet!

    “To the grade Illuminated Minerval were admitted those Minervals who in the judgment of their superiors were worthy of advancement. Elaborate initiatory ceremonies fixed in the candidate’s mind the notions that the progressive purification of his life was to be expected as he worked his way upward in the order, and that the mastery of the art of directing men was to be his special pursuit as long as he remained in the new grade.”

    3) I believed Joseph Smith was brainwash in Occultism by his family since birth and he has Illuminati bloodline. He was indoctrinated to carry an agenda of dividing Christians and Bible believers. His family was into the occult as well. Check his blood line shared in their own temple history. Starts at 12 min with 50 seconds.

    Bohemian Grove Full Movie

    Jesuit Infiltration in the Christian Body

    I enjoyed this video from a Christian perspective Atheists and Agnostics please watch and think again.

    If you want to learn more about Mormons and helo them out in love always tune to Take down this Illuminati Propaganda Cult Religion with The Word. or visit for accurate history not sensational lies or hatred of these innocent people who are deceived.

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  39. tracy biggs says:

    I’m not sure about the Kennedys as being one of the 13 bloodlines. I could be wrong but I thought Jordan Maxwell said that is one of the reasons why they were assassinated because there bloodlines were not tied to the rest of the american presidents. i.e Barack being 17th cousins with Bush.

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  40. Johnny says:

    Amazing as always, thank you for taking the time

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  41. Gideonz says:

    Excellent article. Quite a bit of skill was required to cover so much information in so little space.

    I would not trust a thing George Washington wrote, who Jefferson referred to as a “sly old fox” in how he avoided being clear about anything to do with his real thoughts and beliefs on important matters, especially in regards to Christianity. Washington certainly contradicts himself in what you quoted, since as a Mason, he has claimed that he only a attended a few Masonic meetings in his entire life. If this was true, then he had no business speaking for what the Masonic lodges were doing in the USA. I certainly do not trust anything our so-called “Founding Fathers” said. I highly recommend that you see the documentary, The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers (directed by Chris Pinto).

    From all my own studies, I am convinced that the Jesuits were behind the Illuminati, in spite of how they made it look like that Weishaupt went against them and the Vatican. There is too many historical examples of the Jesuits using Heglean Dialectic techniques, to not at least suspect that they are behind this, and most other secret society movements, ever since the Jesuits started their counter-reformation.

    Also, I think that it is very important to understand that Jesuits from the start held to very occult views that are much in line with New World Order theology. Ignatius Loyola (the first Jesuit) was quite a creepy person, who not only a worshiper of Lucifer, but required all men he had any political or religious business with, to first go to bed with him. There seems to be only a few really good websites that are properly exposing what the Jesuits are up to today.,, and . As good as some of the other sites out there might be, I’ve run into many that make me think that they give you plenty of truth, but then POISON you with more than enough disinformation.

    The work of a discerning Christian is massive these days. Even though I am a former occultist, one that was being groomed to serve at some capacity in the LAST stage of the New World Order (the current one is supposed to be SACRIFICED, and one day replaced by the ANTICHRIST’S kingdom, the Phoenix rising out of the ashes).

    Ultimately, I think that it might be a fruitless and certainly frustrating task in trying to figure out all the connections between secret societies throughout history. SATAN and his well-organized demonic hierarchy can easily network humans together, even without them knowing they are networked in. I speak out of experience on this in my own life when I was in the occult. I think that our best weapon against these secret societies is the same as with all our enemies. The Bible teaches us that we do not struggle with flesh or blood (humans) in this life, but with demonic entities (Eph 6). Even though Americans nearly worship the concepts of freedom, liberty, and election, the Bible makes it clear that such things only come from GOD. Luke 4 clearly teaches us that SATAN has always had the power and authority to pick and choose ALL our human leaders. Our votes NEVER counted, nor will they ever count. That is apparently why the Bible only speaks of KINGS ruling the earth (past, present and future), and that even the reign of Jesus Christ would be as KING of KINGS, Lord of Lords, will involve NON-ELECTED humans.

    Thanks for your websites. I find much of your information useful.

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  42. hundun says:

    Nice article, but I think the jesuits are still involved.

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  43. Michael O'Connell says:

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with the goals of the Illuminati. What wrong with the following I ask?

    “Illuminati taught a doctrine of social and political liberation that hinged on the equality of man, the embrace of rationalism, and the denial of crown and church as the legitimate institutions for the regulation of social and moral values”.

    And what is so wrong about this statement? “Universal happiness complete and rapid could be achieved by disposing of hierarchy, rank and riches. Princes and nations will disappear without violence from the earth; the human race will become one family; the world will be the abode of reasonable men”.

    Or what is wrong with this, “The adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights officially recorded Masonic and Illuminist values into the core of the French government. The country’s new motto “Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité” (Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood) was said to be a famous Masonic saying that was used in French lodges for centuries”.

    I personally believe more evil has been brought about by and because of religions (Christians, Muslims and Jews) and Political institutions, including Monarchies, Kingdoms and the like, than the Illuminati could ever or would ever propagate. Catholicism for instance has and continues to wreak havoc upon humanity. The list of evils committed (including suppression of scientific advancement and women for CENTURIES) against human kind by this false church is staggering!! You feel a male child is safe in the company of a Catholic priest?? Yet millions remain obedient slaves to this diabolical institution and others of this ilk. If this is your preference, to me this is the ultimate form of insanity and voluntary enslavement. You too need Illumination!!

    Religion and government is for slaves and for those too afraid or to lazy to think for themselves. The sheople as it were!!

    I am grateful for the true Illuminati, Free Masons, Rosicrucian’s, et al. and the mother of them all, The Egyptian Mystery Schools because I do not wish to be a slave of Governments or Religions or the lower self. There is nothing diabolical in the teachings of the Ancient Mysteries. In my opinion those that speak against and superstitiously fear these secret societies are brain washed by the largely false dogma of Churches, political establishments, nations, Monarchies etc. that fear an enlightened and self sustaining population. These institutions make up what the Illuminati call the Old World Order; they enslave and demand obedience, your life. They are parasites. And seek to humanity keep in the dark so they can have control. What we see happening in the world is the reemergence of the Old World Order of feudal serfdom, not the true principles of Illumination. You are being led to believe it’s the Illuminati but it really is the institutions of the Old World Order hierarchy. Wake up and really SEE what these secret societies are trying to teach. Do not be fooled by false propaganda of those that fear individuals that think for themselves and are not indoctrinated into foolish, misleading and destructive establishment institutions!!

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  44. Michael O'Connell says:

    I guess I am like John Lennon and I too, Imagine. . .

    Imagine Live – John Lennon – 72

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  45. Michael says:

    My Eye the Illuminati is the Blame for the Downfall of America

    For several years now there has been near hysteria, online especially, blaming the Illuminati, other esoteric societies and the financial elite for the downward spiral of America and the world.

    In my opinion when searching for the diabolical causes or nefarious cabals at the root of the decay of civilization many average Americans need look no further than the morning mirror! As eye see it millions of Americans fail to connect their blind consumerism, laziness, apathetic, disconnected, entitled and privileged lifestyles to the ills not only of American society but to much of the rest of the world as well.

    For example, I wonder how many of the protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement currently sweeping the US realize or care that 90% of the electronics they communicate with comes from at best slave wage workers of Asia. I wonder how many of them go to Walmart, Target or Kmart buying trinkets and clothing made in China. Even further, I wonder how many Americans know or care that much of the produce and meat in America is largely processed by low wage workers from Mexico. I suppose it is the Illuminati’s fault to that tons of food rots in dumpsters, trash cans and in landfills all across America. And I guess it is the fault of the Illuminati that trillions of gallons water is wasted daily too in America. It must be the big bad Illuminati too holding guns to the heads of Americans making them buy the millions of gas guzzling and polluting SUV’s and monster trucks that congest roads all over America.

    And heaven forbid the average American turn off the alleged Illuminati controlled and diabolical TV and raise, interact and communicate with their children. Let’s not forget the terrible Illuminati mind control music that Americans are hypnotized and mesmerized by and forced to listen because they have no control whatsoever over themselves and what they or their children listen to. No matter all anyone has to do is turn the dial, purchase different music or unplug the device all together. Yep millions of Americans are helpless, mindless, lemmings being remotely controlled by the eye of the mythological Illuminati, like the Eye of Sauron, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy I suppose.

    Eye would be remiss to leave out the Illuminati controlled US educational system that is brainwashing and dumbing down the children. It’s not like American parents have no alternative but to submit to this as well. There are no other alternatives like home schooling, tutors or demanding better educational services for their tax dollars, right?

    God forbid the average American plant a garden to feed themselves or hop their big asses on a bike once in a while or quit wasting and taking for granted all the food and water here in the US. Yep! It is all the evil Illuminati’s fault that spoiled Americans live life styles way beyond their means and have no self control apparently. If millions of Americans are victims, most volunteer for victimhood as eye see it. Quite frankly it is the greed and wanton gluttony of many Americans that not only causes most of the world’s problems but blinds them as well to the role they are playing in the downfall of ‘civilization’ as we knew it. It is way past time to get a grip and comes terms with the whole of reality. Americans need to stop all the excuse making, finger pointing and blame gaming going on before it’s truly too late, like occurred for great civilizations of the past, say like the Romans for instance. Whom eye and many others believe we are most like.

    We have it so good in America that millions around the world would give anything just to live the lifestyle that we call improvished. Even in this day in age when constitutional rights are being negated in America, our reality of increasingly restricted freedoms is considered a blessing by legions around the world when compared to the standards of their countries. But I know it is the Illuminati that are making us lie down and take the government impositions upon our freedoms too. Eye acknowledge there are some truly exploited and oppressed Americans but they don’t have internet to voice it or phone service to call the local government official to complain and they for sure don’t have the transportation to get to the Occupy Wall Street protests. But I know it is the Illuminati’s fault as well that causes us Americans to turn a blind eye to them and to turn our backs on their plight and sufferings.

    In conclusion when assigning blame for America’s downfall, eye say there is plenty of it to go around!!

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  46. atheist says:

    there is no God, don’t count on him saving you

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  47. joe says:

    So all this rant about people saying “This is the prediction of the end times” please get a life. That is in its least sadistic that you even want Jesus to come and fight wars with his chariots against whoever. Pathetic.

    As for this article, it is very informative. I like it and has helped me understand a little bit more about illuminati and free masonry. Although I am a skeptic of the whole NWO and how a group of people are going to take over the world “China, Japan, Africa, Australia” inclusive. No I do not believe they are capable and No they can not control anybody’s mind.

    Yes symbolism and subliminal messages are everywhere in music videos and what not but I am sorry that does not convince me of any one taking over the world. Maybe taking over America or parts of europe or whatever but the world does not belong to anybody. And people who think this is going to happen are weak minded and ‘usually’ believe this to attach to a personal belief that the world is coming to an end.

    My only possible foresight of the world coming to an end is all out nuclear war. Which wouldn’t bring the world to an end but it would kill a lot of people and put the human species in danger.

    And since others were preaching here let me leave with a little of mine. No Jesus is not coming to save anybody, you got yourselves into shit you get yourselves out. Religion is another way of mind control even though many might not know it.

    Live.Love.Laugh….Peace out

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    • lilac says:

      This is happening to us as we speak. Our government is really corrupt. The Illuminati really does exist and they are taking over our country, do you really think they care about us? If you do then you are really stupid. They are trying to brain wash us. Please look up the NDAA bill, patriot act and the illuminati. We are not the way our four founding fathers wants us to be we are not a small government, taxes are not suppose to exist, and on top of all of this they are imprisoning innocent people like you and me. Its not fun at all. It’s a very horrifing thought. So wake up and smell the roses

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  48. Jay says:

    Thanks to VC for the information here , indeed any information on this topic is beneficial although of course as always one must be careful and know to discern within themselves what is truth and what isn`t.

    I`d like to remind people though, not 2 give 2 much faith in the least don`t take it is a beautiful and sacred book no doubt with much spiritual truth ingrained into its pages..however remember that religions have been used over time by the so called “elite” or “powers that be” whatever you wish to call them to enslave and control the masses of people. This occurs on both a spritual and physical level. Alot of the bible contains references to many deep and arcane subjects that for the most part thier true meaning remains hidden. The book of revelation is one good example. I see around me the plans set in motion already for chipping the populace….the loss of privacy and technology becoming more and more prevalent in a dictorial sense…and alot of people have noticed this 2..however they refer to the bible as having “predicted” this from the beginning.

    While this may or may not be true..but I think it`s worth a look to see who actually wrote the bible..where did this information originally come from? Is revelations a foretelling of things 2 come as envisioned by John? or is it a blueprint? A foundation of plans set in the bible to encourage the masses to believe in it..and consequently bring it into fruition as time goes on? 2 many christians are looking forward to the end of the world..seieing themselves going to heaven and everyone else being sent to eternal hell. Meanwhile the jews and muslims believe in thier own versions of this event happening. I`ve noticed alot of christians who are aware of the New World Order and it`s plans but they believe it`s ok and not 2 fight against it any way because they believe that it`s apart of God`s plan.

    Well I believe in God and that everything happens for a reason no doubt..but to believe that God would justify world enslavement by the new world oder as part of his divine plan is ludicrous to say the least!

    These christians are bringing into reality the new world order simply by believeing it`s meant to happen

    Instead believe in God and love and realise our divine destiny is to reach for the stars and realise our true potential

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  49. So funny says:

    The lengths that are taken to confuse & disturb lives’s by these folks is painfully funny. ROFL, don’t they see that they’ll always be stressed by doing all this harm. All they’re planning, practices, & displays are just FU9K!NG FUNNY! Lolz, I can’t contain myself to how utterly sad they don’t see that all their work from such a long time will never work. Learn how to laugh at their foolishness, it will help you to see that its just all pointless what they try to do. We are all born naked, free, innocent, & magical. I don’t understand why they go through these lengths to control? Control what? Everything here is made up & made for all. Just so funny how they just can’t see how they’re stressing themselves to reach something that will never be achieved. LMFAO. Learn to Laugh, especially at them.

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  50. Half-Mason says:

    great article man…thanks

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  51. Bob says:

    three degrees in Masonry , all information past the third degree is for the ego. be careful for what the ego wants. wants are your undoing.

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  52. Concerned says:

    Another great article VC. God says that he will expose a lot of things in the last days before \his return and you are certainly one of His vessels. Thank you

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  53. Leys says:

    After the originel sin,life became a choice.a choice between good and is not nice to criticise people’s choice.bad or good,it is up to them to decide.just try to save your soul from what you think is bad because when the King of King will come,every one will be juged by his choice.don’t forget that the devil was an angel before and he is the one who secretely(i say secretely because he took the appearance of the poor snake) told Eve to eat the fruit of the forbiden tree to become intelligent(ie illuminated).the thirst of power and intelligence is what separated us from God’s way.but he gave us the choice.if you want to be saved by him then follow his not fall in those ones who will be suprised in the end times.and do not forget,every one will be juged.the good will always thriumph.God forgive and bless you

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  54. Lilac says:

    this is not good. People are not waking up and seeing what is really going on with the world now and days. The is country is not the way our 4 founding fathers wanted it to be. So many people are being killed because they dont believe in what the Illuminati believes in. Take JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and JFK’s brother all of them were assinated because they didn’t believe what the Illuminati believed in which is One world Government nd NWO( New World Order).

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  55. Asur Eylon says:

    After reading this entire article, I have come to the conclusion that most people of today have lost not
    only the meaning of religion but the mean of government, and to purposely blame the “Power That Be.”
    Or the illuminati for is it not only wrong but to associate Freemasonry to it is strictly public opinion and circumstantial with today’s society. Modern day society is based off sight not knowledge unproven philosophy and heretic theory.

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  56. Contrary Mary says:

    There are lots of symbolism in the old Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville Tn. I got suckered into going this past christmas to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a friend. If you look straight up, which I did and everyone else was looking up to see why I was looking up, alot of stuff up there above where you sit, including astrology stuff. There are so many rabbits holes to this illumination, which has had many years to expand. Every state in the U.S. was built around their goals. There is also a boulder near calhoun’s on the river, with an inscription that explains the devil made knoxville his temporary home at one time. It’s not a joke, but many will read it and hardee har har. Then on the old courthouse in downtown knoxville is the old debtors’ prisons, signed by the freemasons, and in maryville TN there are buildings with the All Seeing Eye right there in the arch of the roof. Also, we have more scottish rite and freemason temples than any other state.

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  57. Omar says:

    All Explained in this book about illuminati :

    ( Follow the Link )

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  58. Critical Thoughts says:

    Religion is just as much a tool to control the masses as the media is. The belief that there is a savior coming to stop the Illuminati’s agenda is keeping you complacent and frankly pretty ignorant to the reality of the world.

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  59. eleven says:

    VC amazing article, you have helped spread so much truth… and open so many eyes… may the light always shine on you!!

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  60. Frost says:

    First sentence contains error. “World” should be “word”.
    Illuminati is a word bandied about.

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  61. Ajaz says:

    Asalamualikum may peace and blessings of Allah be upon all of you ……….i want to congratulate the people who made this site and collected so much knowledge,information about the illumanati,s and other stuff ..i am so impressed and shocked to see the stuff here coz i always wanted to know the truth about everything and in our religion it is told that Isa (Jesus) will come to fight the Devil (Dajjal) in the times ……….and the Illumanti the free masons are the people who are setting the stage up for Dajjal ……so beware as we are living in the end times.

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