Adam Weishaupt was born in Inglostadt, Germany, on February 6 1748. Educated by Jesuits, in 1775 at the age of 27 he became professor of natural and canon law at Inglostadt University, and was initiated in the Teodor Masonic lodge of the Good Council in Munich in 1777. He decided to establish an enlightened society to fight against injustice on May 1 1776, the “Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria” – popularly known as the Illuminati.
Originally called the “Order of Perfectibility”, its purpose was to allow members to unify and “obtain the highest possible degree of morality and virtue and to lay the foundation for the reform of the world, by unifying the best ones, to fight against the propagation of bad behavior”.
Helped by influential people like Baron von Knigge, Xavier Zwack, and Baron Bassus, the foundation became extremely popular. The Illuminati conspiracy lodges were located in France, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands. On June 22 1784, Bavarian authorities issued a repressive decree to the Order that was repeated the next year in March and then again in August. That same year, 1785, Weishaupt was kicked out of academia and sent to exile out of Bavaria.
After several attempts to abolish The Order, it began to decline from the public spotlight and entirely disappear by the end of the century. In 1786, authorities made an illegal raid on Xavier Zwack’s house, using documents confiscated to suppress the order.
Many commentators believe this decline never reversed. The British encyclopedia barely mentions the Illuminati. Others believe that the Illuminati were dissolved into Freemasonry, spreading inside like cancer in a healthy body. They believe the Illuminati conspiracy remained in Masonry gathering power and maneuvering the entire order.
In 1906, the British Museum of London received a copy of a manuscript entitled Illuminati Protocols. First copies appear in Bavaria at the end of the 18th century. The copy received by the British Museum was written in Russian. What is interesting is that Adam Smith’s capitalist treaty, Wealth of Nations, as well as the great democratic Treaty of America, the Independence Declaration, were written in 1776. It is suggested that Weishaupt may have been the mysterious man dressed in a black robe who presented the text of the Washington declaration. There was a rumor that the raid made at Zwack’s house happened by accident, because the authorities in 1784 had intercepted a document in which the chief of the French Illuminati branch, Robespierre, was trained on how to “orchestrate” the French Revolution of 1789. Alerts have been ignored, and the Revolution took place as planned.
To achieve its aim, Masons knew that their real target – the overturning of all governments and world religions, for peace and freedom to rule – was supposed to remain unknown. Thus, in order not to be part of the reprisals and as a way to avoid criticism and exposure, the Masons had created the Illuminati as a shield-organization which takes the blame for any misdeed or obvious shortcoming. A strategy which for at least two centuries had worked great.
In 1902, Freemason William Westcott remembers that he received membership in the “Order of Perfectibility” by Theodore Reuss. Similarly, in 1913, occultist Eliphas Levi made a strong link between the Bavarian Illuminati conspiracy and Freemasonry. On the list of the most important Illuminati members is Marquis de Saint Germain de Constanzo. It may be interesting to learn that the Marquis de Saint Germain, the man suspected in general is thought to be the only immortal on earth. In medieval history, he is said to have appeared as a wizard, alchemist and wise man. Who would be more appropriate to give a helpful hand in setting up the most resounding secret society in the world?
There is no evidence to suggest that the Illuminati conspiracy was more than a secret Bavarian society of short duration.