1. There’s always a lot of buzz around whether or not the Illuminati is ~real~ or not. So, we decided to do a deep dive into the origins of the Illuminati and theories surrounding it today.
2. It turns out the Illuminati actually has a very real historical origin story. In 1776, a German professor named Adam Weishaupt decided to form an organization to promote his strong beliefs rooted in secularism and rational thought. Originally, he wanted to join the Freemasons, but unfortunately he couldn’t afford the admission fee.
3. So, Weishaupt decided to form his own organization. He called it “the Order of the Illuminati.”
4. The Order of the Illuminati had an anti-religious stance and focused on self-knowledge, self-improvement, social reform, and free thought. Conservatives soon considered this a threat to the church and they put a stop to the Illuminati by the late 1780s.
6. So, we sat down with Kathryn Olmsted, a professor of history at the University of California, Davis. Olmsted explained that the Illuminati has historically been the subject of several conspiracy theories. First, Fascists believed they were Jews, and then, after World War II, extremist anti-Communists believed the Illuminati were Communists.
8. Some people believe the conspiracy goes as high up as the White House. In a speech after the onset of the Persian Gulf War, President George H. W. Bush said, “We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order — a world where the rule of law, not the law of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations.”
This was not Bush’s first reference to a new world order. He also referred to it in an earlier speech given on a date that some conspiracy theorists find significant: Sept. 11, 1990.
9. Assuming the Illuminati and the New World Order are one and the same, what does it all mean?
There are many different theories about the Illuminati and its goals, but we’ll focus on four of them for now.
12. The second theory is from David Icke, who believes that world leaders, including Queen Elizabeth, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, and the Clintons, are actually lizards (yep, you read that right). He believes these lizard elite are behind the Freemasons and the Illuminati.
18. Suspected celebrity clones include Beyoncé, Eminem, Al Roker, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and many more.
20. Whether or not they believe the clone theory, many conspiracy theorists agree that major celebrities are in the Illuminati. They point to clothing choices and hand gestures, mainly that of a pyramid (thought to be an Illuminati symbol) as proof that certain celebrities are in the Illuminati.
21. Beyoncé and Jay Z have been known to make a pyramid-like symbol with their hands, though this is also similar to the symbol for Jay Z’s label, Roc-A-Fella Records.
The name of their child, Blue Ivy has been interpreted to stand for Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati’s Very Youngest. Some claim Beyoncé’s “Sasha Fierce” persona is the result of being possessed by evil. However, both stars have used song lyrics to deny their affiliation with the Illuminati. In “Formation,” Beyoncé sings, “Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess.” Jay Z has a verse in the Rick Ross song “Free Mason” with the lyrics, “I said I was amazing, not that I’m a Mason … I’m red hot, I’m on my third six, but a devil I’m not.”
22. Kanye West is another purported Illuminati member. He owns a necklace containing the symbol of the Eye of Horus, which is associated with the Illuminati.
Conspiracy theorists argue that Kanye’s interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards was a method of initiating T. Swift into the Illuminati by humiliating or hazing her. Kanye denies any association with the Illuminati and has stated, “I’m tired of people pinpointing musicians as the Illuminati. That’s ridiculous. We don’t run anything; we’re celebrities.”