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Who Are the Members of the Illuminati?

Some conspiracy theorists claim that the Kennedy family is one of the 13 powerful families that make up the Illuminati.
Benjamin Franklin was a reported member of the Illuminati.
Thomas Jefferson, who may have been a member of the Illuminati.
Eye above the pyramid on the US one dollar bill, which is thought to represent the Illuminati.
Bill Gates can be considered a member of the Illuminati.
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The reported members of the Illuminati include the royal families of several nations as well as a large handful of prominent leaders in finance, technology, and the upper levels of various national governments. This secret organization has long been a subject of speculation and conspiracy theory among researchers who attempt to draw connections between the Illuminati and major world events throughout history. Although membership in this group is often thought to be conditional on royal bloodlines, several famous non-royal names are included in available membership lists. The main purpose of this secret society is reportedly to create a single global government known as the New World Order.

Some well-publicized theories about Illuminati membership claim that it is only open to people born into one of 13 powerful families, some of which have famous names such as Kennedy, Rothschild, and Rockefeller. Various theorists report that no outsider can join the upper ranks of the Illuminati, which is a factor that sets the organization apart from other known secret societies. Since the highest-ranking members exert such extensive control behind the scenes of governments and economies, membership is strictly limited to new members who are born into the right family with the right bloodline.

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Common threads among the Illuminati members are notable wealth, power, and success. Several Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of multinational corporations such as Bill Gates of Microsoft are counted among its mid-level members. While they may not belong to royal bloodlines, these members are said to be recruited and trained from early ages in order to ensure their loyalty and dedication to the Illuminati's purpose of eventual world control. In exchange for unwavering loyalty, the organization gives its recruited members access to secrets that facilitate their vast accumulation of wealth and domination of certain industries.

Founders of the United States such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are also counted among members of this secret and powerful organization. Many theorists connect the establishment of the US as a new nation to calculated strategies for a new world government. Some researchers claim that every US president has belonged to the Illuminati and only rises to power thanks to the organization's various maneuverings. A frequently-documented conspiracy theory claims that high-ranking members actually control presidential elections as well as both major political parties. Even though the word literally means "People of Light", several theorists attribute the Illuminati's power and influence to the practice of black magic and other occult rituals.

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anon961212
Post 68

@anon945047-- Actually, I read an interview of Saif Ali Khan where he talked about the name of his production company. He said that he's a huge fan of Dan Brown, and "illuminati" was mentioned in Dan Brown's novel "Angels and Demons." He also liked the meaning of the word: "darkness to light." So maybe he doesn't have anything to do with this organization after all.

anon945047
Post 58

@Discographer: I'm from India too, and it wouldn't be surprising if Saif Ali Khan is a member of the Illuminati, mainly because he is after all a member of a royal family, Nawab of Pataudi. I lost all my doubts as soon as I saw the name of his film production company. In fact, in an interview, he was asked what was the meaning of the name and he replied with some vague references. I do not know about any other celebrities, but I do know that there are plenty of Masonic lodges operating all over India.

anon338010
Post 26

Really, I think the Illuminati is there among us and I am happy to know there are people like this between us. I would like to know them and be part of them.

It's not bad if someone has a secret and they do not want to share it with anyone. So people, just sit behind and see how the world will change and what the world will become.

anon336562
Post 24

I have recently come across these four types of Illuminati replacements: clones, synthetic people, robotoids and even doubles. This makes me wonder, if a woman got pregnant and had twins (or more), would that mean her genetics were tampered with or even the possibility it's in her bloodline? This is freaky and we all do live in a simulation, called the Matrix!

I've been a fan of many celebs growing up, but by the 2000s, I found many celebs to be boring, repetitive and of high stupidity, but couldn't find out why. This was way before I even heard the term Illuminati. After lots of research last year and some this year, I wouldn't put it past anyone that most, if not all, celebs are replaced by one of these four.

I'm a big White Stripes fan and I find it odd that since Jack White had done side projects, his image became quite dramatically different (from straight to curly hair and from clean shaven to a mustache and goatee)- same for his personality. He seemed more genuine, happy, laid back, nice, calmer, and was humorous- to becoming loud, quite moody, self indulgent, intense, sometimes bad-mouthed, more easily angered and developed a sarcastic humor by giving others a harder time, as if he had more patience then, than he does now.

I love the guy, don't get me wrong, but is it really Jack himself? And why would he go many years saying Meg's his sis, then all of a sudden, the truth comes out, then bam! They're divorced, than bam! The White Stripes split?

On top of that, his TMR logo has those 'lightening bolt' symbols surrounding a tower, and his videos have become darker and more grim or even very symbolic, and his lyrics have become more violent/graphic, especially towards the idea of love.

This is very scary. I remember being a huge fan of Jon Davis from Korn back at age 16. Now, he goes by J-Devil? Since Head left, I didn't like korn as much, but never understood why until recently.

I also liked Jay-Z when I was in middle school, but grew off his music growing up. I know why now. I favored Beyonce out of Destiny's Child, but as she went solo, I found her boring. I now know why!!

We are all stuck in a giant labyrinth here, and the Goblin King (that owl- or should I say, Bohemian Grove Owl?) is the devil!

anon335842
Post 22

The illuminati don't call themselves that anymore. They are tricking you by calling themselves globalists.

We are in pre-apocalyptic times and Jesus is coming way sooner than you think. The antichrist is America and the two horns described in the Bible are the Democratic and Republican parties. The beast out of the sea is the roman Vatican, a.k.a. Catholics. It's all symbolic.

The image of the beast is falsehood, idolatry, worshipping the wrong spirits. The Pope recently was performing miraculous signs, like exorcism.

Obama isn't the antichrist, but he is paving the way for the human representative for America when Satan takes possession of the destined son of his. The mark on the right hand, for example. If you decide to use a knife to murder someone and you know it's bad, so do you not do it, or do you continually break God's commandments? Your hands physically are your actions and that is the mark. It's not literal. And again, the symbolic mark on the forehead. The front of your brain is where you make decisions, so it's the same as above: you choose to be evil and unrepentant. You made the choice to deny God and his son Jesus Christ and that is the mark on the forehead. Again, it is symbolic.

I can't explain it all in full detail, but many websites explain what I am saying in full detail and with better spelling. Please believe me. It's not some crap. I have visions in my dreams and have dealt with demons. This stuff is real and has proved to me what I know is truth. An angel told me in my dream for the longest time. I thought I had lost my mind, but now I know better. He ended up being right!

Accept Jesus sincerely and truthfully in your hearts. Inner spiritual truth and actions speak louder than any physical lie. I hate the Devil. These are my own words and I seek to put an end to the lies from politicians, etc., but that is not important right now. What is important is me telling you the truth: Jesus is coming like a thief in the night and the moon will turn blood red. Blessed is he who keeps his clothes on and does not slumber to see the second coming of our Lord.

anon318937
Post 12

If you place your faith in God, not even secret societies that govern the world will matter much to you.

I came across this site looking into the Beyonce / JayZ rumors of them being associated with the Illuminati. I didn't know what Illuminati stood for. Quite frankly, it doesn't matter if a select few control parts of this world. Satan is running free and this is his world to control anyway. None of that helps anyone in any way.

But you can help yourself in preparing yourself for the trying times that are to come by building a closer relationship with God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

anon294170
Post 11

Here is the truth about mind control:

The world is run by the Illuminati. Chances are most people are simple by their bloodlines. For example, you can't be a policeman or a doctor if you are not one of them.

They invented the mental hospitals, psychiatry and mind control. They developed the technology and I know for sure that they had this technology already 60 years ago and even before.

The first ones who had the right to put someone into a mental hospital were blue blood families, then they recruited others. They are now performing mind montrol on unrestrained subjects, as they call them (look up Jose Delgado physically controlling the mind).

In the past, they had some silly rules that only they can have a tattoo, for example or were allowed to change their names.

I think that they've loosened up a little bit by know, but if you are by some chance nor one of them (go check with your parents), there is a very big chance that if you tried to pull something like Marilyn Manson does (one of the biggest ones in their pyramid), you'd get so messed up via mind control gadgets that you would not know what hit you.

"They say only the fittest of the fittest will survive, stay alive" - Bob Marley (one of the biggest in their pyramid).

Chances are, most of the people posting here and the author belong. Just a warning for those who already don't belong (go check with your parents).

discographer
Post 10
@fify-- The Vatican Illuminati is very secretive and very intriguing.

I'm from India and I've heard on TV here that some of our politicians as well as celebrities are members of the Illuminati. I'm not sure how they became members or what this means though.

In fact, I've heard that one of my favorite actors-- Saif Ali Khan-- is an Illuminati member. He even named his production company "Illuminati films," not that really means anything.

If this is true, I guess Illuminati members are all over the world, in every country.

serenesurface
Post 9

So does Illuminati only accept members form America? Or do they have members in other countries too?

Can someone who has wealth and power apply to be entered into the Illuminati?

What benefits does Illuminati provide to its members?

fify
Post 8

I don't know much about the Illuminati but I hear people talking about it a lot on forums. I have the feeling that the Illuminati is not as strict about having members who are not relatives of previous Illuminati members anymore. Because people mention all sorts of famous names from around the world who cannot be associated with the organization through Illuminati bloodlines.

The weird thing is, members are supposed to be secret right? So how do we know for sure who's in the organization or not? For the most part, its claims but nothing can be proven.

jmc88
Post 7
@Emilski - That is actually kind of funny, but I have also heard about Bohemian Grove and how many presidents have been members there.

What people need to understand is that not all secret organizations are kind of scary, like the Illuminati, and most are just trying to keep their agenda private and are not looking to turn the world upside down.

I think that this legend has been sensationalized by the media and in various films. I remember seeing a movie called "Eyes Wide Shut" that is supposedly revealing aspects of an Illuminati meeting and the legend was furthered when the director, I believe 70 years old at the time, died before it was released. Something like this happening is only going to be eaten up by the media and further the legend.

I am wondering if anyone can think of other examples of depictions of the Illuminati in pop culture or movies?

Emilski
Post 6

@TreeMan - Although that is a sensible observation, what must not be forgotten is that there are in fact members of a secret, large scale organization that brings up comparisons to the Illuminati and does include very powerful figures.

In northern California there is a not so secret location, well guarded, called Bohemian Grove and it has been reported by people that have broke in, as well as leaks to the media, that powerful American businessmen as well as politicians have been in meetings at this location and have partook in their activities.

Most people speculate that they are there to establish American policy and possibly create a New World Order, but others, many of whom have been ones who broke in, have observed it as a type of retreat for these people and they just throw a big party and drink beer.

Despite these rather humorous observations by people that have went there, people still believe that this is actually an Illuminati meeting place and this only enhances the legend.

TreeMan
Post 5

@Izzy78 - I agree. I have read a lot of stories about secret societies in medieval and post modern Europe, mostly involving either church leaders, or people looking to create a change in society, such as a possible overthrow of the government, or an ideological movement to start at a grassroots level amongst the masses.

That being said, the Illuminati could in fact be a reality in this context, and it could even be alive today, but the question is whether or not it is a small underground movement or if it even exists.

It is probable that a large scale organization, like how the myth describes, does not exist and it is in fact a very low level group that has continued or even been re-created, following ideals from another small group centuries before.

Izzy78
Post 4

The Illuminati legend is as popular of an urban legend as one could conjure up, and it usually involves a variation of the people that are associated with the mythological organization.

There have been rumors or Presidents and World leaders being involved in the Illuminati, with the shared idea that they will create a new world order with their policies.

This part of the myth has only grown since advents, like NAFTA, and the push towards globalization, which connects countries through trade and diplomacy more than ever.

As far as any of this myth being substantiated, there is virtually nothing besides skepticism and conjecture on the matter, with some things that people point to, like the all seeing eye on the back of the one dollar bill, that are just never explained.

anon255726
Post 3

Nobody mentioned Jay Z or the music industry's involvement in Illuminati.

anon244573
Post 1

Pretty short and sweet. No Adam Weishaupt? Is it strange his name means (White House) in German? Well, haupt means "head" or "apex" but is too close to be construed as coincidence.

The question then becomes, who named the White House? These are the questions that a sleuth for truth hunts in this jungle of lies, treachery, and villainy.

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