Intro- The Believers

Who is the Illuminati? It depends on who you ask. Conspiracy theorists speculate that they are a secret society that holds supreme world power. They believe Illuminati members manipulate various essential world organizations in an effort to brainwash and use the majority of society. A majority of the worlds elite has been at one time or another suspected of being part of the secret Illuminati organization. They operate from the shadows, inserting subliminal messages in everything from television to music. They assumingly perform all of these tasks under the cover of confidentiality.[3]

In fact, people in the Illuminati are so good at being secret that they avoid detection despite being some of the worlds most famous people. Some of the alleged Illuminati members include:

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Beyonce
  • Hitler
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • The Pope
  • Justin Bieber
  • Barack Obama
  • Jay-Z
  • Bono
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Illuminati enthusiasts even claim that these people use secret signs of Illuminati worship on television and in public appearances. Here's some of the common symbols:[3]

  • The All-Seeing Eye- Found on the United States one dollar bill
  • Pyramids- Also found on the U.S. one dollar bill
  • The 'Inverted Cross of Nero'- The symbol we recognize as the 'peace' sign
  • All of the Zodiac Symbol
  • Skulls
  • Owls
  • Demonic Symbols- Such as pentagram, triple sixes, etc.
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Pentagram Pyramid

A look at an illuminati Believers symbolization of the U.S. Dollar Bill.

With all of these alleged Illuminati symbols, you can see how people can believe that the secret society is everywhere. The 'Peace' symbol is used all over the world. Triangular hand signs done by performers are often interpreted as pyramids, or signs of Illuminati allegience. The 'All Seeing Eye' being present on U.S. currency is most likely the root for the belief that they manipulate world currency. Even Zodiac symbols were somehow connected to the evil society.

The end game for the Illuminati is to secure dominant world power. Once they attain a position of ultimate power and control, they plan to usher mankind into a New World Order. Then all of the top Illuminati members will become infinitely rich and powerful, mostly thanks to Satan.

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the secret society also supposedly worships Satan. Believers of the secret society explain that most prominent Illuminati members attained their elite world status by selling their soul to the devil. In turn, the devil gives them mortal luxuries such as talent, riches and fame. After the Illuminati members fulfill their contract with Satan by ushering in a New World Order, there a few different scenarios conspiracy theorists have proposed. The scenarios range from mass genocide to ushering in the antichrist. A popular Illuminati symbol listed above, 'The All Seeing Eye', is also a reference to Satan. The eye, also referred to as 'The Illuminaton' represents the power of Satan and all those he watches over.

All Seeing Eye
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It gets pretty creepy. Not all Illuminati believers preach all of these things. They all have different levels of their extreme. The parts they most agree upon are the societies grip on the world and their unsatiable hunger for power. Some of the rationalization makes sense, but there's always two sides to every coin.

The Enlightened Ones

That was a healthy dose of legend, but what about the actual historical facts? The legend was born when a group philosophers and academic free thinkers founded The Bavarian Illuminati in 1776. The title of original founder goes to Adam Weishaupt.[1] The Illuminati translates to 'The Enlightened Ones' and the Bavarian Illuminati believed they were enlightened above others. They opposed prejudice, abuse of government power, and supported gender equality. Not exactly the devil worshipping madmen conspiracy theorists suggest. Also contrary to legend, they were not a secret society but actually rather public. Many well recognized literary figures of the time and even some reigning dukes were openly members of the group. At their peak, it is estimated they had apporimately 2,000 members in Europe.[2]

Consistent with current beliefs, there were many skeptics at the time that were suspicious that the Bavarian Illuminati were plotting to overthrow the European government. In 1784, eight years after the founding of The Bavarian Illuminati, it was shut down after an investigation by a former ruler of Bavaria deemed them a threat to the government.[1]

After that, it's hard to really say for sure what became of The Bavarian Illuminati. Believers will insist that the group went into hiding to avoid unjust persecution for their progressive beliefs. Over time they became power hungry and corrupt, leading to the New World Order. Most reputable historians will maintain that the organization disbanded in 1784 and has not been active after that date. Since then, a secret continued existence of the Illuminati has been proposed at least a couple times. In modern times, everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks are subject to suspicion of Illuminati involvement.

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The Legend Lives On

Despite the lack of evidence indicating a strong Illuminati presence within positions of world power, the legend still thrives. Perhaps it's because of their fabled code of secrecy. If you don't think that they exist any more, in the mind of believers you are playing perfectly into the hands of The Enlightened Ones.

The legend of The Illuminati has became a very hot topic for debate in pop culture today. There are numerous cinematic movies, documentaries, and books featuring their take on the truth about the Illuminati. Since this is somewhat of a disputed subject, you will hear a completely different take on them depending on whose eyes you see it through. Do your own research and decide for yourself- what is the truth behind The Illuminati?

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