Illuminati Pop Lies vs. Secret Society Truth with Josef Wäges
When we deny pop culture myths, and religious beliefs, such as goat demon-kings and Illuminati, it is not to deflect. We are trying to protect the actual history, and legacy of something, from an evident wave of human stupidity. The Roman Catholic Church, the monarchy, and the Jesuits made it difficult for the Illuminati and Adam Weishaupt, the secular utopian, whom appears to have sought out education reforms in Bavaria.
Johann Adam Weishaupt (1748-1830) was the founder of the Order of Illuminati in Bavaria in 1776. Weishaupt was initiated into a Masonic Lodge of Strict Observance — the Lodge Theodore of Good Council, in Munich early 1777. The term “Illuminati” (Latin. illuminatus) means “the enlightened” or “initiated adepts.” The term “Illuminati” is equivalent to the Indian rishis or Persian and Greek mage, i.e., a circle of ‘initiated adepts.’ The Illuminati apparently employed this language. The term at present has acquired a negative connotation and unduly appropriation. We should reclaim the hijacked term.
The real and only Bavarian Illuminati was not an outgrowth of freemasons, Rosicrucian, or the Alumbrados. The Rosicrucians in Germany were actually not too fond of Adam Weishaupt and the Illuminati. This involves actual historical power struggles of ideals and approaches even within the order itself. Adam Weishaupt incorporated Freemasonry or his model of “degrees” (or classes) into the order†, but it was to serve, according to Adolf Freiherr Knigge’s (or Philo) account, who joined in 1780, as a system of development of the lower classes of the order to a degree the bulk of the order became fit, perfected and virtuous.
In the context of Johann Adam Weishaupt’s time, in the 18th century, and period of Late Enlightenment Era, there was a general struggle for academic freedom from the theologians, as was the case in Germany at the University of Gottingen. Some scholars say he was anarchist; others say he was a republican idealist; and a philanthropist.
Adam Weishaupt was a Professor of Law at the University of Ingolstadt and displayed even in his youth a great intellect. Despite the flaws of his personality, which was an occasional furious temper and dictatorial character among his order members, he seemed to generally from accounts struggle with making his ideal become practical. The Bavarian Illuminati, or Perfectibilists swelled to a membership of 2,000. The order utilized “misleading secrecy” or obscurantism, and kept tabs on members.
Baron Adolphe François Frederic Knigge recounted that Johann Adam Weishaupt admitted that the high philanthropic ideal of what the Illuminati was meant to do, was only in Weishaupt’s head; and that Weishaupt was discouraged by the fact he could not find amiable persons that would really carry it out. Weishaupt, who lived till old age, actually fell out of favor with the use of secret societies as an effective method for social change. The views of Johann Adam Weishaupt, characteristic of many other Enlightenment thinkers at the time in Europe was anti-clerical and anti-monarchical. Perhaps, translations of his books from German will effectively put an end to the charade of libel against him.
Adam Weishaupt was a threat to the ruling classes and the Catholic Church; and it was the Catholic Church that encouraged Bavarian ruler, Charles Theodore to outlaw the Bavarian Illuminati. Adolf Knigge, among others became discontented with the order, because many found that Adam Weishaupt’s ideals was one that desired an elysium (or heaven) on earth, whereas Knigge desired a system that led to a heavenly paradise, i.e., a theosophic vision.
Adam Weishaupt believed, that if the Illuminati were successful, the present century would become a heaven on earth compared to the present time. Adam Weishaupt was a lawyer and professor at Ingolstadt, and could be characterised as an Enlightenment thinker and philanthropist. Weishaupt used the formulae of the secret society within the boundaries set, for his mission.
It failed only partially, because the Enlightenment ideals and revolutions would engulf Europe and the Americas, in which today, the separation of Church and State, although threatened by forces within and foreign, is a normal and accepted aspect of Western governments. This separation is not being utilised to its fullest in a civilisation increasingly materialistic, and some think injecting Christianity or Shari’a into the cultures is the solution.
This is where we all come in. The more learned of Johann Adam Weishaupt, the more one sees the perpetual failure of men and various maligned schools, having tried to in some sense, revive in the public mind, theosophical principles and those noble aspects of traditional values and attitude, other than Christianity. Adam Weishaupt was deeply interested in the occult philosophy of classical Europe, ancient Egypt, etc., like Theosophists. The attempts will go on, with great and greater sacrifice, and under the familiar calumny.
Duke Karl Theodor, Elector Palatinate of Bavaria issues edicts on June 22, 1784 and in 1785.