The Illuminati are thought to be a cabal of the most powerful politicians, bankers, entertainers, and businesspeople in the world. They have their hand in virtually every event that’s happened in human history over the past two hundred years, from the French Revolution to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And despite their secrecy, they flaunt their power and wealth in public using Occult imagery and hand signals. But what do we really know about the Illuminati?
What is the Illuminati? Who are Illuminati members, and what are the Illuminati’s secrets? Is it a real organization, or a complicated conspiracy theory that changes depending on who is espousing it? And what is its real history?
It can be hard to define Illuminati, but here are 20 facts about the Illuminati, both the historical Illuminati secret society and the pop culture Illuminati conspiracy, that you might not know about. But be careful what you do with this knowledge. Illuminati trivia is not for the faint of heart. Those who cross the cabal have been known to have bad things mysteriously happen to them…
The historical Illuminati and the one associated with numerous conspiracy theories are separate, and there’s no compelling evidence they have anything to do with each other.
The historical Illuminati movement was founded by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776 in Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria, as the Order of the Illuminati.
The Illuminati group initially came together to espouse Enlightenment ideals and fight superstition. Facets of this included opposition to both the Bavarian monarchy and what they saw as the undue influence of the Catholic Church on philosophy and the sciences.
The Illuminati modeled its rituals and vows of secrecy after those practiced in Freemasonry, as many of its members were also high-level Masons. At its height, the Illuminati had about 2,000 members in the various kingdoms that would one day comprise Germany.
The movement’s professed goal was “to attain the highest possible degree of morality and virtue, and to lay the foundation for the reformation of the world by the association of good men to oppose the progress of moral evil.” Weishaupt and his comrades also advocated for the abolition of prejudice and the education of women, who they believed should be treated as intellectual equals.
Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria
In 1777, the new ruler of Bavaria, Karl Theodore, banned all secret societies, including the Illuminati. The group lasted another eight years skirting the law, until finally collapsing under the pressure of multiple government edicts. Weishaupt was banished from Bavaria, and the group members went their separate ways.
Proofs of a Conspiracy
Two books written in the late 1700s first posited the idea that the Illuminati were an element of a major conspiracy against the religious and governmental institutions of Europe. They were Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, written by Augustin Barruel and Proofs of a Conspiracy, by John Robison.
These authors saw the Illuminati as a sinister force dedicated to destroying the Catholic Church and the natural order of society.
French Revolutionary Wars
The crux of these books was that not only had the Illuminati survived, but they were much more powerful than anyone knew. Most shockingly, the Illuminati had masterminded the French Revolution in order to overthrow the monarchy of France and introduce Enlightenment ideals to the downtrodden people.
Revolutions of 1848
Barruel and Robison’s writings became extremely popular among the upper classes and Catholic populations of both Europe and the U.S., spawning many copycat books and conspiracy theories. Fear of Illuminati plots to overthrow the various monarchies of Europe became extremely popular in the 1800s.
In 1848, a series of worker revolts around Europe were brutally oppressed, in part because of the fears stoked by Illuminati conspiracy theories.
John Birch Society
Illuminati conspiracy theories grew in the 20th Century, often intertwined with anti-Communist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. These theories gave rise to a grand “Judeo-Bolshevik” plot to overthrow the western world.
After World War II, right-wing populists like the John Birch Society, as well as evangelical Christian groups, continued stoking the fires of an all-powerful Illuminati controlling every facet of world politics, banking, and entertainment.
Illuminati believers advocate that the current incarnation of the group, which may or may not be in league with Satan, are in control of the U.S. government, the British monarchy, the United Nations, the space program, all international banking institutions, the financial industry, and all facets of music and film.
This conspiracy theory involving the Illuminati has numerous different configurations and incarnations and can range anywhere between forced conversion to homosexuality, to the Pope being a high-ranking Satanist.
The current political, business, and royalty membership of the Illuminati is believed to include Barack Obama, David Cameron, Queen Elizabeth II, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Bill Gates, George Soros, Alan Greenspan, Angela Merkel, Prince Charles, Henry Kissinger, and Hillary Clinton.
Among entertainers thought to be in the Illuminati, prominent names in the past and present include Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Liam Neeson, Bono, Sean Combs, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Bob Hope, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Justin Bieber, Dr. Dre, Celine Dion, and Angelina Jolie.
The Illuminati are thought to have an especially tight grip on pop music, with virtually every prominent modern singer, rapper, or music producer thought be in the cabal, creating songs to spread their message and indoctrinate the masses. Jay-Z is thought to be one of the most prominent members, holding enormous power in the organization.
Eye of Horus
Despite being a secret society, conspiracy theorists believe the Illuminati enjoy publicly taunting the masses about their power and wealth. This is done through coded Occult imagery, hand symbols, references to Egyptian mythology, and subliminal messages hidden in videos and songs.
Skull and Bones
Conspiracy believers posit that the Illuminati have infiltrated every aspect of American and international politics. Every government agency and bureau, from the CIA to NASA, is under their control. They use front groups organizations like the famed Yale fraternity Skull and Bones and powerful think tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission .
New World Order
The ultimate goal of the Illuminati is thought to be the creation of a New World Order that will be under their control. The activity of all non-members will be legislated and monitored in the enforcement of this order, with anyone who opposes it being herded into camps or exterminated.
The features of this New World Order include a global government and currency, enforced atheism, the abolition of religion and free speech, massive depopulation and transfer of survivors, mandatory tracking and vaccination, and the normalizing of sexual deviancy, drug use, and human sacrifice.
September 11th Attacks
The Illuminati intend to accomplish this New World Order through a complex web of staged false flag terrorist attacks (the most prominent among them being 9/11), pointless wars where they sell weapons to both sides, fake shootings designed to introduce gun control legislation, disinformation spouted by paid message board shills, pandemics and natural disasters under their control, and, when those fail, murder.
One of the most prominent features of the current Illuminati is their penchant for “taking out” those who threaten to expose their plots, despite these plots already appearing to be common knowledge, and having no proof to corroborate their existence.
Among those “sacrificed” by the Illuminati through staged suicides, fake drug overdoses or planned accidents include: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, John F. Kennedy, Bruce Lee, Princess Diana, Kurt Cobain, Aaliyah, Martin Luther King, Grace Kelly, and more recently, Robin Williams and Paul Walker.
The Illuminati are also thought to have killed numerous people connected to Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, the 9/11 “false flag,” the Kennedy assassination, and UFO research they want suppressed. Some of these lists stretch on to hundreds of names, most with little or no connection to what they were “taken out” for.
There are a great many books, websites, and YouTube videos devoted to “proving” the existence of the Illuminati and exposing their secret plans. Among the most well known Illuminati foe is radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has created an entire web empire out of his work to bring this shadowy group into the light.
However, all of the publicly available material about the Illuminati should be approached with extreme skepticism, as the burden of proof has never truly been satisfied that the Illuminati is anything other than a conspiracy theory that could involve anyone.
Burden of Proof
To be absolutely clear, there is no compelling evidence that either the Bavarian Illuminati survived past the 1780s or that the current version Illuminati actually exists.
Therefore, the burden of proof rests on Illuminati believers to provide evidence that supports their theories. However, it’s not possible to prove that one is not a member of something that doesn’t exist. So, proof that the Illuminati either is or isn’t real remains elusive.