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Conspiracy theorists are right about 1 thing: secret societies do exist and they are pretty

scary! Watch your back, your neighbor just might be one of them!

We start off our top five list with the Freemasons.

They are the secret society that discovered

a huge treasure and hid it in historical monuments around the United States.

That's also the plot to National Treasure. Keep watching if you want to know what they really do

Number 5 The Freemasons

Did you know that the Masons actually faked the moonlanding? And they were also responsible

for murdering Abraham Lincoln? Well of course this has never been proven but these

are just some of the theories surrounding this powerful and secret society.

But who are they? I of course have some real and factual things to tell you although i know the

theories are way more excitingFreemasonry is the worlds oldest and largest

fraternity. Its not reallysecretobviously, since were here talking about

it, but the group is very exclusive and uses secret handshakes to recognize each other.

I read in an article the other day by a journalist who was allowed into a Mason meeting, but

not the whole thing. The members told him its nothing like in the movies, they get

together to talk about community service and promote intellectual and cultural activities.

They told the journalist that they cant actually talk about politics or religion in

the meetings. BUT- then they kicked him out so well never really know what happens.

The Freemasons started in medieval Europe as a guild for stonemasons, the people who

designed buildings and cut stone. They started becoming more and more powerful and copied

some of the symbols and traditions from the Knights Templar from the crusades. The meetings

are full of symbols, signs, and ancient rituals. The All- Seeing- Eye on the dollar bill is

said to be a masonic symbol but did you know that it actually comes from the ancient Egyptians

and Hebrews? However, there are a couple of odd things about the dollar that Ill tell

you about in a little bit. Just wait until we get to the Illuminati

So the question is, how did a group that was created by stonemasons become a secret society

that is now blamed for masterminding global events?

Well the symbolism and lessons that they supposedly teach and the fact that they dont share

what they actually do of course is going to make them seem suspicious. In the past they

were trying to bring education to the general public and were probably forced to meet in

secret because they were going against the teachings of the Catholic Church. In fact,

the Roman Catholic Church actually forbids Catholics from joining the society under pain

of excommunication. Ooooooo. A long time ago Pope Clement found out about the Masons and

how they were trying to spread knowledge and freedom among the people-probably because

somebody blabbed. Im sure it wasnt all as innocent as it seems and the Pope didnt

like that at all. He said it was some sort of Satanic cult that went against God. I could

probably also go on and on about the Conspiracy theories surrounding the Catholic Church so

Ill save that for another videoThe main symbol for the Freemasons are the

square and compasses which are tools used by masons and architects. The letter G stands

for God or Geometry, possibly both. Each tool and shape is used to teach a lesson but dont

ask me what they are because I have no idea. Let me know if you do!

That my friends, is probably how conspiracy theories arise with all the symbols, secret

handshaking, and what not. The Masons have been a powerful force in American history

and people say that the Masons were responsible for causing the American Revolution, especially

since most of the founding fathers were members. Over the years the Masons power started

becoming more noticeable since many famous and wealthy people were members and proud

of it. Fun fact- The first third party in the United States was actually the anti-masonic

party who was getting worried that the Masons were taking over. The actually lost the 1828

presidential election to Andrew Jackson, who was a proud Mason. It actually started when

a man from New York broke his vow of secrecy to the Masons and then disappearedAndrew

Jackson is the president they are taking off the $20 bill and replacing with Harriet Tubman.

Whats interesting to me is that for a secret society, the Masons were pretty famous. Everyone

knew about them and a lot of politicians and famous people were members and proudly talked

about it. Its like they have to let everyone know they are in a secret society but youre

not allowed to join. They have to talk about it a little bit, otherwise no one would care

Here are some famous members: Mozart, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill,

Henry Ford, John Wayne, Houdini Number 4

Skull and Bones Now this one is pretty cool I have to say.

The Order of Skull and Bones holds the title of the oldest student secret society in the

United States. People say that it is a branch of the Illuminati and also controls the CIA.

Pretty powerful accusations which the CIA denies of course. The CIA always denies everything

whether its true or not so that doesnt really mean anything.

In the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, both the Democratic and Republican nominees, George

Bush and John Kerry, were alumni of Skull and Bones. George W. Bush wrote in his autobiography,

"[In my] senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society; so secret, I can't say anything

more”. When someone asked John Kerry what it meant that he and Bush were both Bonesmen,

he said, "Not much, because it's a secret." Wonderful!

Its been around since 1832 which is pretty old for the US- not if youre from anywhere

else in the world where old is over 1000 years or something

Skull and Bones does a good job of keeping quiet, about what they do. In

any secret society it always depends on how well they can keep a secret. They select new

members every spring as part of Yale Universitys Tap Day. This is when Skull and Bones members

(and other secret societies) go around literally tapping people on the shoulder as an invitation

to join the society. I think this could get confusing really fast. How do you know which

secret society is tapping you? Anyway, Skull and Bones also uses Masonic

rituals during the meetings they hold in the building that they call theTomb’.

Just what I picture- very cloak and dagger. They started keeping the names of the members

a secret in the 1970s. In their spare time apparently they like to steal the skulls of

famous people, like the Apache Warrior Geronimo, and hiding them somewhere inside the tomb-

nice guys, super classy. Yale is quick to reply that The Tomb is not on University Property

so they dont know anything about it…. Famous Members: John Kerry, George H W Bush,

George W Bush, and William Howard Taft. Fun fact, Taft was the 27th and fattest president

of the United States- whose father co-founded Skull and Bones. Hmmm

notice a pattern of fathers and sons here? And presidents…? Ill just leave it at

that. Number 3

The Rosicrucian Order Who?? Exactly.

You probably havent heard much about this group but they are the sworn enemy of the

Illuminati. Shyeah! They are believed to have emerged in the 1600s (or earlier, its

hard to say.) They love the powers of the occult and bring together elements of Egyptian

and Hebrew wisdom and symbolism, like the Masons.

This group is super-secret and the stories and theories can get kind of confusing so

bear with me. Ok, originally the group was so secret that only 8 people knew about it

so in the 1600s somebody published some anonymous manifestos to let people know about this group.

Supposedly there was a German Doctor and mystic named Christian Rosenkreuz (get it Rosenkreuz,

Rose- cross) who travelled and studied in the Middle East learning medicine and alchemy,

things like that. He tried to bring his knowledge back to Europe but the years went by and travelling

wasnt what it is now. It took years to get around back then.

Since he couldnt get back to Germany he created the Rosicrucians with the 8 members

that I was telling you about. Each member was a doctor and a sworn bachelor, and they

undertook an oath to heal the sick for free, maintain a secret fellowship, and to find

a replacement for himself before he died. That way they could keep the knowledge safe

from the Catholic Church and the rest of society who probably wouldnt be able to handle

it. Since it is likely that much of the knowledge about hospitals and bathing came from the

Moors, medieval European society would probably have killed them first, asked questions later.

Their symbol is a rosy cross, used by the Templars before them, and it is said to even

predate Christianity. The symbol, I mean. Not the secret society.

So you know all the rumors surrounding the Illuminati of murders and plots to destroy

the government and religion, it was actually the Rosicrucians who were the first ones to

start spying on the members of the Illuminati and accused them of all of their crimes. Which

is when all the conspiracy theories of the illuminati started, coincidence? I think not.

When the manifestos came out, people tried to contact the secret society from the pamphlets,

including Rene Descartes, William Shakespeare, and the philosopher and scientist Sir Francis

Bacon. In fact, by some accounts, Sir Francis Bacon

was not only actually one of the secret society members, but he may have written the manifestos

himself. Confused yet??? Some Rosicrucians claim he wrote Shakespeare's works as well-

whaaaa? Famous Members (we think): Isaac Newton, George

Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Walt Disney, Napoleon Bonaparte

Number 2 The Bilderberg Group

This secret organization is different from the others since it isnt really a club

or official secret society. The Bilderberg Group is a name given to a circle of around

120 highly influential people who meet each year in private, with strong government sponsorship

and military security, to discuss global issues. According to the Bilderberg Conference website

it is the annual forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about global trends and the major

issues facing the world. Wow that really clears it updoesnt it?

Attendance at these world-class conferences

is strictly by invitation only. Invitation by whom??

The first meeting was held in 1954 at the Hotel Bilderberg in the Netherlands to help

improve relations between Western Europe and the US. See, here is the hotel.

Now the Hotel changes and as you can see they would rather be a little bit more isolated:

Right there. European politicians, princes, and prime ministers

organized the event along with the CIA and the US presidential advisers. There were 2

guests from each nation, each representing a liberal and conservative point of view and

11 Americans. Everyone had a great time and they decided to make it an annual event. Yay!

I think its a good thing right? Well everyone thats invited thinks its

great since they all say they can finally speak honestly to one another- which is kind

of a scary thought. But since its so secret, how do we know what theyre doing? They

might be planning future assassinations or playing croquet for all we know

Who knows what exactly happens? Especially since the press is prohibited from entering.

The attendees are forbidden, under oath, to share any details.

Soooooo, conspiracy theorists can have a field day with this one. Some accuse the Bilderberg

group of conspiring to impose capitalist domination, others of using the opportunity to establish

a world government. Here are some famous attendees: Bill Clinton,

Bill Gates (what is Bill Gates doing there?), and officials from the World Bank. Hmm maybe

they all planned the sex scandal with Strauss-Kahn and the hotel maid….If you dont know

what Im talking about you should Google it.

Now for the most dangerous and powerful secret society, but first, which secret society would

you rather belong to?

Number 1: The Order of the Illuminati I saved the best for last! If anyone is to

blame for the murder of JFK and John Lennon, its the Illuminati. Ok, not really but, the Illuminati has

been blamed for almost every unexplained event in history as well as wars and revolutions.

Many US presidents, Warren Buffet, Madonna and even Katy Perry, are alleged to be part

of the modern day Illuminati. Recently they have also been accused of murdering Prince.

Why? Im not sure to tell you the truth. There are many groups called Illuminati throughout

history, but what most people refer to is the Order of the Illuminati that was an elite

organization founded in Bavaria focused on enlightenment. It was originally founded as

a secret society in 1776, keep this date in mind, with the goal of bringing about spiritual and political change.

The organizations members included forward thinking influential leaders from the top

tiers of society who opposed general superstition, religious oppression, and political abuse.

So far sounds good to me! The group grew quickly as progressive politicians

and influential intellectuals joined and it became a powerful political force throughout

the world. That is of course until the Pope ordered they disband (yes, the same Pope that

hated the Masons too) and the Bavarian government made it a criminal offense to join or support

the Order of the Illuminati. Many conspiracy theorists claim that there

are many symbols on the dollar bill that represent the Illuminati. Lets look first at the

great seal with the eagle. The coat of arms above the eagles head

has 13 stars. The number 13 is supposed to represent the original 13 colonies of the

United States. From a darker point of view the number 13

is evil and the 13 stars are formed in the shape of a hexagram, a demonic symbol. Remember

that most of these societies are accused of trying to destroy religion and control all

things from the shadows. The number 13 is repeated all over the dollar

bill: 13 stars in the constellation over the eagle's head, 13 stripes in the shield, 13

arrows held in the eagle's left talon, 13 letters in e pluribus unum on the scroll carried

by the eagle, and 13 layers to the unfinished pyramid.

Theorists believe this repetition of the number 13 also demonstrates the power of 13 American

families that dominated politicsamong them Washington, Solomon, and Jeffersonduring

the time of the Seal's creation. Each of these families allegedly contained members of the

Illuminati. Back to the unfinished pyramid, at the bottom

is the year 1776 in Roman Numerals. Again this refers to the year the Declaration of

Independence was signed. Theorists believe this is a reference to the year the Bavarian

Illuminati was founded. Crazy coincidence? Floating just above the unfinished pyramid

sits the most notorious of all symbols associated with the IlluminatiThe Eye of Providence

watching over everything. You can also see in Latin NUVUS ORDO SECLORUMNew order

of the ages. What do you guys think? Some of the conspiracy theories swirling around

the Illuminati include that they were responsible for the French Revolution, multiple disease

outbreaks, and in general mastermind events to control the world and gain political power

to establish a New World Order. Since they are so secretive and no one really

knows for sure what happened to them, conspiracy theorists maintain that the Illuminati survived

and the organization still exists today.

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