Der aechte Illuminat (1788), one of several 18th century publications containing the authentic Illuminati rituals

Illuminati Degree: Scottish Novice (Illum. Major)

Scottish Novice Degree: Illuminatus Major (Greater Illuminatus Degree) Translated by Jeva Singh-Anand, edited by Josef Waeges and Reinhard Markner (draft version) This degree includes not only the initiation ritual, but also the requirement for admission to the Greater Illuminatus degree — including three very lengthy questionnaires, expected to be completed by the candidate’s peers-to-be —…

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Scams and Spam

It’s interesting how the occasional scammer and spammer reminds me that I have neglected my blog for too long. This morning, I received an invite to join the Illuminati in the spam section of my comments list — with the promise of power, influence, and the potential of earning up to $12,000 every week. I…

After the defeat of Spartacus, his followers were crucified along the Appian Way. Spartacus' body was never found. Stanley Kubric's 1960 film "Spartacus" ends with the crucified rebels taunting their captors from their crosses, each shouting, "I'm Spartacus!"

Illuminati Apologist?

My posts on this blog have sometimes been called apologist, as far as the Bavarian Illuminati are concerned. Such statements neither give me a sense of pride, nor do they offend me. However, they are inaccurate because they are pointless. To me, stating that I make apologist statements on behalf of the Illuminati makes about…

Theodor Reuss (1855-1923), founder of the O.T.O., was also a key figure in the short lived effort to re-establish the Bavarian Illuminati.

Illuminati and O.T.O.

Conspiracy theorists love lumping the Illuminati and the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) into the same pot. Some go as far as saying that the Illuminati run the O.T.O., while others say it is the other way around. Conspiracists have used this connection to argue not only that the Illuminati still exist, but that they use…

The Working Tools 3/13

The March 2013 issue of The Working Tools, a Freemasonic magazine features an article about the Bavarian Illuminati by Josef Waeges and Michael Cain Seay. The article debunks some of the more exotic conspiracy theories and outlines the system and history of the order. In addition, it announces a major project to be released for…

Numerous Illuminati documents were published over 200 years ago

German Illuminati Hysteria

Sherman Alexie hit the nail on the head when he wrote Thomas Builds the Fire’s line his 1998 movie Smoke Signals,  “You know the only thing more pathetic than Indians on T.V.?Indians watching Indians on T.V.!” What’s equally troubling is that many conspiracy theorists in Germany are blindly parroting the works of US and British conspiracists…

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Things to Come

I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman in Asheville, NC a few weeks ago. He suggested that   lluminatist principles principles were American rather than European. This idea is interesting, but I find no evidence to support it. My main argument is that the reading list for the Illuminati seed schools does not include…