The Illuminati, also known as the Order of the Illuminated or the Enlightened Ones, is a name given to several groups, both real and fictitious. Historically, the name usually refers to a 17th-century group of intellectuals centered around Jesuit priests who were accused of heresy and disbanded by Pope Innocent X in 1623.
The word Illuminati is a Latin word meaning “enlightened” which is why people believe that the group has some connection to the Illuminati. There are many conspiracy theories about the origins of the Illuminati. Some say it is a political group, others say it is an organization that hides its true motives.
The society’s goals are to establish equality among all people and to abolish other inequalities such as monarchy and organized religion. The society also wanted to abolish poverty and provide education for children. These goals were not achieved because the society was discovered and disbanded in 1785 when Bavarian authorities raided their headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany.
The word Illuminati comes from Illuminism or Illuminist and refers to self-empowerment through knowledge and the original Illuminati goal was to create a world where there would be no wars or conflicts with everyone being equal and free, but they failed at that because of the trials after the French Revolution. They became a scapegoat for everything bad that happened in Europe, which led them into secrecy and seclusion with most of their members dying out by 1800s.
Unbelievable Illuminati Facts
1 The all-seeing eye and the triangle (all found on the U.S. dollar) are widely believed to be symbols of Illuminati, but the Owl of Minerva on top of a book was the original insignia of the society. The insignia symbolized wisdom, knowledge, and insight.
2 After creating the Illuminati in 1776, Adam Weishaupt changed his name to ‘Brother Spartacus’.
3 They advocate for the equal rights for women.
4 Members of the group are believed to observe satanic rituals, but this is an unconfirmed rumor
5 Although no proof of illuminati’s existence exists, it is widely speculated that people who flash the triangle sign and the all-seeing sign are members of the group. These include Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna.
6 It is widely believed that they were responsible for the French Revolution.
7 In fact, there is no actual proof that they are still around today. It is even impossible to know its members.
8 Since the Bavarian ruler Charles Theodore outlawed all secret societies, Illuminati included, during his reign, it is believed that the group survived and still remains totally secretive to this day.
9 Members of this group believe that they are more enlightened than the rest of the population.
Formed as the Bavarian Illuminati on May 1, 1776, Illuminati’s main purpose is to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power.
Celebrity Connections to the Illuminati?
Apart from the celebrities we’ve mentioned above, Angelina Jolie has also been linked severally with the group. Conspiracy theorists believe that her film Tomb Raider is based on the group.
Other rumored members include Paris Hilton, Britney Spears (both of whom are rumored to have gone through Illuminati’s mind control), Kanye West, Madonna, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush (who have both been photographed severally flashing the Illuminati sign of the devil). It is also said that the Rockefeller family, Illuminati’s leaders, funded dictators Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
Note: All of these statements should be viewed with skepticism and as gossip unless they are verified.
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