The Knights Templar
This military order was founded in 1118 by Hugues de Payens. Payens was a French knight responsible for creating the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, also known as The Knights Templar.
The Knights Templar’s members pledged to abstain from alcohol, gambling and swearing. In addition to leading a life of chastity, obedience and poverty. Their meeting place was the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Overtime The Knights Templar became known for more than just their military capabilities and lifestyle. They soon become one of the most wealthy and powerful forces in all of Europe. They set up their own bank allowing pilgrims to deposit their money in their home counties, and then withdraw their savings in the Holy Land.
In 1139 the reputation and power of The Knights Temple went from strength to strength. A Papal Bull was issued by Pope Innocent II, exempting the orders members from paying taxes, and enforcing that the only authority that the order had to answer to the Pope himself. At one stage the order owner a fleet of ships, lent money to kings and owned the island, Cyprus.
When the U.S Constitution was signed in 1787, 13 of 39 signees were Masons. The Freemasons can trace their roots back to the Middle Ages when craftsman were organised into local guilds. However nowadays, Freemasonry as we know it was founded in 1717, when four London lodges merged together to from England’s first Grand Lodge. Members are encouraged to believe in a Supreme Being, resulting in some of the Masonic temples and secret rituals bringing them into conflict with the Catholic Church.
The Freemasons is one of the only original societies known to exist today, however their public image is greatly influenced by their high profiled charity of the Shriners. The Shriners was founded in 1870 in New York City, and still continues today.
Membership is open to all males over the age of 21, with various women’s groups now popping up around the world.
Skull And Bones
The Skull and Bones was founded at Yale University in 1832 by William Huntington Russell, who was inspired by an occult society that he visited whilst in Germany. Russell’s co-founder, Alphonso Taft, went on to become the Secretary of War under President Grant. “The Bonesman” as they called themselves, was rumoured to have several presidents and power brokers within its member list.
An invitation to become a Bonesman, was almost as elite as their founding university. Every year 15 Yale seniors were recruited to join the society. New recruits were published in the Yale Rumpus for all to see. However not much was released to the public after this.
Meetings were held in The Tomb twice a week. All members were bound by an oath of secrecy. What is known is that within the windowless walls, a hierarchy was born. Outsiders of the society are known as “barbarians”, new recruits going through the initiation stages are referred to as the “knights” and existing members who have passed the initiation phase and taken the oath of secrecy are called “patriarchs.”
Over the years The Skull and Bones has been known to be the go-to society for various of the rich and famous, including President William Howard Taft, President George H.W Bush and President George W. Bush. It is also known that the founder of Time Magazine – Henry Luce and members of the CIA were on the member list.
Founded in 1954 in the Netherlands, this society held their first meeting at the Hotel de Bilderberg, which is exactly where the organisations name originated from. Assembled by the Netherland’s Prince, Prince Bernhard, the meeting was made up of a collection of powerful politicians from Europe and North America. Originally the meetings were designed to evolve the relationship between the two continents after fears of a
The Bilderberg enforced the “Clatham House Rule” – (“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”) which restricts any attendees from divulging any information about the three-day meetings. Overall giving the group and air of mystery.
Bilderberg has a selected way of choosing their attendees, and all are screened and invited by the designated International Committee. It is rumoured that the likes of Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton have attended in the past.
- Attendees are behind the creation of the European Union
- Responsibility for the invasion of Iraq
- Responsibility for the bombing of Serbia
- Plotting a new world order
However, none of these speculations have been confirmed. On their official website they state, “Thanks to the private nature of the Meeting, participants take part as individuals rather than in any official capacity, and hence are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions.”
As per their website, most recent topics made public in 2019 include the following:
- A Stable Strategic Order
- What Next for Europe?
- Climate Change and Sustainability
- The Future of Capitalism
- The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
- The Weaponisation of Social Media
- The Importance of Space
- Cyber Threats
Founded by Professor Adam Weishaupt in Bavaria in 1776, Weishaupt sought to cast aside organised religion in favour of a new form of illumination, through reason. Weishaupt was inspired by the dramatic spread of the Enlightenment across Europe. On his quest to recruit the wealthiest and most influential men in Europe, a lot of The Illuminati’s recruits were from the masonic lodges of The Freemasons.
Members of the Bavarian Illuminati were referred to as “Perfectibilists.” The society used Cipher, a cryptic code, to disguise all of their communication, and each member was given a classical nickname. For example, the founder, Adam Weishaupt was known as Spartacus.