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By Zachary Raines


Illuminati – Sowing the Seeds of Revolution

Today’s thinking toward a democratic world state is neither a new trend nor an accidental circumstance–the work of setting up the background of knowledge necessary to the establishment of enlightened democracy among all nations has been carried on for many hundreds of years by secret societies (1).

The Illuminati were part of this esoteric tradition which had descended from remote antiquity and had revealed itself for a short time among the Humanist of Ingolstadt. A number of sects may be included under this general title such as the Alumbrados of Spain and the Guerinets of France.  In the present usage, however, the name “Illuminati” is most often applied to the order founded in Bavaria in 1776 by Adam Weishaupt. (2)

The order was first known as “The Order of the Perfectibilists” (suggesting the Cathar Parfaits) and its name was changed to “The Order of the Ancient Illuminated Seers of Bavaria” and then to “The Order of the Bavarian Illuminati,” which soon became “The Order of the Illuminati.” The ripples of this wave can be seen influencing men like Friedrich Nietzsche, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Fredrick Engels, Karl Marx and Revolutionary groups like The Carbonari, The Jacobins, Adelfia, and The Filadelfia. Most of the Illuminati intellectuals were addicted, at least in private, to the opinions expressed by Rousseau and Voltaire–well known men including Goethe, Herder, Nikolai, Ernest II of Gotha, Karl August of Weimar (2) and Adolph Freiherr Knigge, who was allegedly initiated into Freemasonry in 1772 in Kassel.

In 1780 Knigge joined Adam Weishaupt’s Bavarian Illuminati, and his work with the Illuminati gave the group a great deal of publicity, but in 1783 dissensions arose between Knigge and Weishaupt, which resulted in the final withdrawal of the former on 1 July 1784. Knigge could no longer endure Weishaupt’s pedantic domineering, which frequently assumed offensive forms. He accused Weishaupt of “Jesuitism,” and suspected him of being “a Jesuit in disguise.” “And was I,” he adds, “to labour under his banner for mankind, to lead men under the yoke of so stiff-necked a fellow? Never!” (2.1)

The ideals of Illuminism as they are found in the pagan mysteries of antiquity were old when Weishaupt was born, and these long-cherished convictions did not perish with his Bavarian experiment. The work that remains unfinished in 1785 is still to this day. Thirty-third degree freemason Manley P. Hall states, “Esoteric orders will not become extinct until the purpose which brought them into being has been fulfilled, organizations may perish, but the great school is indestructible.”(2)

He goes further in stating, “We are forced to the realization that this Bavarian group was only one fragment of a large and composite design. If there was a deep mystical current flowing beneath the surface of Illuminism, it is certain that Weishaupt was not the Castalian Spring; perhaps the lilies of the Illuminati and the roses of the Rosicrucians were, by a miracle of nature, flowing upon the same stem. The old symbolism would suggest this, and it is not always wise to ignore ancient landmarks.”(2) If we peel back a corner of the veil, we definitely find it not to be some miraculous act of nature but a concerted effort.

In 1771 Weishaupt is known to have met a Jutland merchant named Franz Kolmer, who initiated him into the Egyptian Rose Croix (i.e. Rosicrucianism).  Who was this mysterious Dr.Kolmer? It has been suggested that a man named Althotas was really the elusive Dr. Kolmer who gave instructions in magic to Adam Weishaupt. Count di Cagliostro Grand Cophte of the Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry also claimed he was learned under a tutor named Althotas, who was a master of secret and mysterious arts. (2.2)

Count Alessandro di Cagliostro was the alias of the occultist Giuseppe Balsamo. The history of Cagliostro is shrouded in rumor, propaganda, and mysticism. Some effort was expended to ascertain his true identity when he was arrested because of possible participation in the Affair of the Diamond Necklace. Cagliostro himself stated during the trial following the Affair of the Diamond Necklace that he had been born of Christians of noble birth but abandoned as an orphan upon the island of Malta. He claimed to have travelled as a child to Medina, Mecca, and Cairo and upon return to Malta to have been admitted to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta under Dom Fra’ Manuel Pinto da Fonseca, Grand master of The Knights of Malta, with whom he studied alchemy, the Kabbalah, and magic. (2.3)

He befriended Agliata, a forger and swindler, who proposed to teach Cagliostro how to forge letters, diplomas and a myriad of other official documents. In return, though, Agliata sought sexual intercourse with Balsamo’s young wife, a request to which Balsamo acquiesced. He traveled to London, where Balsamo allegedly met the Comte de Saint-Germain. He traveled throughout Europe, especially to Courland, Russia, Poland, Germany, where he would come in contact with Weishaupt (2.4) and later France, where his fame grew to the point that he was even recommended as a physician to Benjamin Franklin during a stay in Paris.

According to Eliphas Levi, the name Althotas enclosed the word “thot” (Thoth), the Egyptian god of wisdom, and the prefix “al,” implying god or divine; this suggests that the true teacher of the bizarre count and Weishaupt was “the divine mind” (2.5). Others have concluded that this Dr. Kolmer was Charles de Lorraine, Grand Master of the Priory de Sion, traveling under a different name (3). Charles de Lorraine definitely was Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (3.1), and Weishaupt had a five-year apprenticeship under Charles de Lorraine from 1771 to 1776 (5), and while teaching law, Weishaupt studied Manichaeism and other pagan religions, the Eleusinian mysteries, Pythagoras, the Kabbalah, the Essenes and the Major Key of Solomon and the Lesser Key of Solomon. Weishaupt was initiated into the Masonic Lodge “Theodor zum guten Rath” at Munich in 1777, further setting his “grand plan” in motion.

He believed that people could be restored to their pre-fall perfection if they followed the occult traditions of the pagan mystery schools, which, like the Rosicrucian and Freemasonic tradition, is said to have included the ancient wisdom and the original teachings of Jesus (4), which was merely a mystical ploy to pull into its ranks men of faith by hanging over their heads the secrets of the man they claimed to follow.

Thomas Jefferson was an apologist for Weishaupt. He wrote of him, ”Weishaupt believes that to promote this perfection of the human character was the object of Jesus Christ. He says, ‘no one ever laid a surer foundation for liberty than our grand master, Jesus of Nazareth.’ He believes the Freemasons were originally possessed of the true principles and objects of Christianity and have still preserved some of them by tradition, but much disfigured.” (10)

Weishaupt’s Utopianism held that ownership of property forced people to remain in a fixed residence and prevented them from being nomads in paradise, and that patriotism and love for ones family divided people from the whole human race and prevented universal love between human beings and love of nature.  Weishaupt believed that if property, country, and family were eliminated, then mankind would be one happy family in full liberty and equality. He wrote to instruct initiates:

At the moment when men united themselves into nations they ceased to recognize themselves under a common name. Nationalism or national love took the place of universal love. With the division of the globe and its countries benevolence restricted itself behind boundaries….it became permissible to despise foreigners, and to deceive and offend them. This virtue was called patriotism. That man was called a patriot who, whilst just towards his own people, was unjust to others, who blinded himself to the merits of foreigners and took for the perfections the vices of his own country….do away with this love of country, and men will once more learn to know and love each other as men, there will be no more partiality, the ties between hearts will unroll and extend. (5)

This was an embryonic form of communism and while (like communism) the program held a certain idealistic appeal, the goal was to have a revolution in France and later in Russia and inflict a post-revolutionary communist state on the people, all of which were to live in a utopian super-state, in which there was no social authority, nationality, private property or religion–no monarchy, church, or land owning, just universal brotherhood. Weishaupt’s Freemasonic program was later at the core of the Masonic outlook of communism in the Soviet Union.

Every Communist government has supported the end to private property and the redistribution of wealth as being beneficial to the state. In reality these governments have been a fascist entity, having a small group of elitists living in wealth and luxury by owning all the property of the nation. Adam Weishaupt used the code name “Spartacus” (the gladiator who rose up against Rome). After WWI German communists called themselves “spartacists.” Those lower down the order believed that the Illuminati

wanted a one world government to prevent future wars. Initiates who reached the second degree learned Weishaupt’s revolutionary goals:

1. Abolition of all ordered government

2. Abolition of private property

3. Abolition of inheritance

4. Abolition of patriotism

5. Abolition of all religion

6. Abolition of the family unit

7. Progressive income tax

8. Creation of a world government

Weishaupt’s vast number of works, 27 in all, sums up word for word Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Weishaupt’s vision for a future world was a full-on Communism, with all possessions, even children, held in common. Karl Marx was a patsy who plagiarized much of Fredrick Engels’ works and is not the real founder of the Communist world revolution–its true father was Adam Weishaupt. In fact, it did not start with Weishaupt for the traces of this philosophy can be seen passed down through the ages. The timing was right for him with the spread of the so-called “Age of Enlightenment.”

Fools were encouraged to be initiates. Weishaupt wrote:

“These good people swell our numbers and fill our money box; set yourselves to work; these gentlemen must be made to nibble at the bait….but let us beware of them telling our secrets, this sort of people must always be made to believe that the grade they have reached is the last….one must speak sometime in one way, sometimes in another, so that our real purpose should remain impenetrable to our inferiors.” (6)

Weishaupt used women to give the order respectability and to satisfy members’ sexual drives. Some women were sent out to compromise and blackmail men in high places. They then faced ruin unless they cooperated with the order. (7) All initiates were urged to be ‘insinuating brothers,’ to act as spies: “Every person shall be made a spy on another and all around him…friends, relations, enemies, those who are indifferent–all without exception shall be the object of inquiries; he shall attempt to discover their strong side and their weak, their passions, their prejudices, their connections, above all, their actions–in a word, the most detailed information about them. (7)(9)

Professor Weishaupt knew the destructive force and the malevolent enslaving power inherent in the communist nature of the cannon on usury and he saw in it a powerful weapon with which to impoverish and enslave mankind and gain dominion over the world and he taught it to his followers. This he represented as a new social order.

For the purpose of stealthily robbing peoples of their wealth when they refuse to voluntarily renounce it, Weishaupt conceived of devices for confiscating all wealth by taxation. He advocated a progressive income tax and the even more confiscatory inheritance tax that would bar transmission of wealth and concentrated it in the hands of himself as ruler of his organization.  He urged the abolition of private property in any form and urged government ownership of industry, banking and commerce, the complete regimentation and enslavement of labor in a discipline that required absolute submission of wealth, body, and soul. (8)

And since he was an educator he realized the value of education in gaining control of the minds of people, which also means control of the wealth and fortunes, and its value with gaining dominance by brainwashing; he required government control of education. (8) Weishaupt wrote, “it is also necessary to gain the common people to our order, the great means to do that end, is influence in the schools.” He required of his followers that they “yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands.”

It is interesting to note that the entire Occasional Letter # 1 issued in 1904 by John D. Rockefeller and Reverend Fredrick Gates has a statement of the purpose of their philanthropy. The General Education Board is virtually paraphrased from the writings of Adam Weishaupt, both held to the premise “Man is the most contemptible of all animals because it is the only animal that can be induced to destroy itself.” This is what they think of us, they think we are stupid sheep, animals, ripe for the plucking and they think since we are going to fall pray to someone, why not them. I think they have another thing coming. We can look to Adam Weishaupt and the seeds of his philosophy sprouting all around us as the New World Order struggles to be born. His plan is coming into fruition.


1-Manly P. Hall Secret Destiny of America pg. 53

2-Manly P. Hall Masonic Orders of Fraternity pg. 61



2.4An Encyclopaedia of Occultism by Lewis Spence

3– Micheal Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Corgi Books,1982, pg. 133


4-Nicholas Hagger The Secret Founding of America. Pg.131

5– Adam Weishaupt Originale Schriften (des Illuminaten ordens), Zweite Abteilung, pg. 65  Also quoted in Nesta Webster’s World Revolution, Constable, 1921 p.10

6-David Allen Rivera, Final Warning: a History of the New World Order, Rivera Enterprises,1984, p.6

7-Nesta Webster, World Revolution. pg.1-2

8-Hour of the Time episode #1029, William Cooper

9-Adam Weishaupt explained, “the flaming star is the torch of reason”

10-”Thomas Jefferson to Reverend James Madison, January 31, 1800, The Thomas Jefferson Papers (American Memory from the Library of Congress)”.


  1. United States Capitol building prayer room.
  2. Johann Wolfgang Goethe ca. 1775
  3. Known as the Seal of Cagliostro, this symbol depicts a serpent with an apple in its mouth, impaled with an arrow of Apollo. This was found amongst the personal effects of Count Cagliostro upon his death in 1795.
  4. Count Alessandro di Cagliostro aka Giuseppe Balsamo (also called Joseph Balsamo)
  5. Adolph Freiherr Knigge
  6. Karl Marx
  7. Friedrich Nietzsche
  8. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

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