What goes on inside secret societies?
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One of the biggest “secrets” behind secret societies is exclusivity —- being a part of a group with classified information that is deemed off-limits to non-members. Others seek out membership because of the friendships that secret societies can offer, and the connections that go along with these connections. Through networking with fellow members, a person can learn how to build wealth, attain health and peace of mind and give back to the community.
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Since 1832, the Skull and Bones Society has been one of Yale University’s most closely-guarded secret societies, with its members going on to become C.I.A. chiefs, Supreme Court Justices, and U.S. Presidents. Those men lucky enough to be members are referred to as “Bonesmen,” and the society itself is informally known as “Bones.”
The fraternal organization of the Freemasons is one of the oldest societies in the world, having started sometime in the late 16th to early 17th century. However, the origins and development of Freemasonry are quite vague. The oldest known Masonic text is the “Regius Manuscript,” which has been dated back to about 1390.
One of the most well-known secret societies, the Illuminati, actually began as the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era society founded in the late 18th century.The historical Order of the Illuminati was made up of freethinkers and modeled on the secret society of the Freemasons. Members took a pledge of secrecy and vowed to obey their superiors.
The Society of Jesus is one of the oldest secret societies known to man, going back to the early 16th century. The term Jesuits refers to members of this society, also referred to as “God’s Marines,” and “The Company”; this order is made up of Christian males, and follows the teachings and principles of the Roman Catholic Church.
There’s been quite a bit of debate about whether or not the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) can be blessed with the label of “secret society.” The non-profit membership organization focuses on United States foreign policy issues and international affairs; while membership is required, the organization’s “secrecy” is arguable. Read on to find out more about the Council on Foreign Relations — and make your own judgment regarding whether it’s a secret society or just a membership organization.
The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is possibly the least secret society in existence (they even have their own public website). The YPO boasts approximately 18,000 members hailing from over one hundred countries, all young chief executives who share one goal: Better Leaders Through Education and Idea Exchange, which aims to make it easy for leaders to confidentially exchange ideas, and also be continually educated on new technologies and philosophies.
The Bilderberg Group refers to an annual conference involving between 120 and 140 guests from Western Europe and North America that takes place at the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands. The majority of the conference’s guests are people of power and influence, such as those involved in government, finance, education, and industry.
More of a non-profit organization focusing on international affairs than a secret society, Chatham House is based in London and is also known as The Royal Institute of International Affairs. The name Chatham House came from the group’s homebase, which is an 18th-century house in London’s St. James’s Square.
If you thought the Freemasons went no further than Freemasonry, you’re wrong. The Knights Templar is an order affiliated with the Freemasons. Unlike Freemasonry, however, members of the Knights Templar not only need to believe in a supreme being—they must believe specifically in the Christian religion.
It could be argued whether or not the Trilateral Commission, a group focusing on fostering cooperation and a more positive relationship between Europe, the United States, and Japan, can be classified as a secret society.
Bohemianism: a movement that was born in the late 1850s, as journalists took on the label “bohemian” to mark themselves as cultural individuals living what was seen as an unconventional lifestyle. According to poet George Sterling defined bohemianism as the following:
As conspiracy theories go, the Committee of 300 (also known as The Olympians) is on the top of the list (beneath the Illuminati, of course). But what is the conspiracy theory, you may ask — and it’s simply that this organization even exists
Ordo Templie Orientis (O.T.O.), also referred to as the Order of the Temple of the East or the Order of Oriental Templars, is a strongly religious fraternal organization that includes the Gnostic Catholic Church or Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.), which has quite the impact on the secret society’s traditions.
The 16′ Club, also referred to as “The Sixteens,” “16,” or the “College Sixteen,” is a dining club that accepts male students of St. David’s College as members. While many give The 16′ Club the label of “secret society,” there are those that would argue with this, saying that the organization is more of a closed-membership dining club.
The organization was a völkisch, occultist group in Munich. (For those of you who don’t know, völkisch refers to the populist movement of Germany, which had a strong focus on the German people as well as a romantic folklore focus.)The Thule Society was originally called the Study Group for Germanic Antiquity.
The Pitt Club or University Pitt Club is a university-based secret society, much like Yale University’s Skull and Bones Society or Oxford’s Gridiron Club. The Pitt Club is open to male students of the University of Cambridge. Famous Members There have been quite a few prominent members of the Pitt Club in the past. Some of the more notable members include the following:
The Bullingdon Club is a secret society that’s made up of Oxford University students and is infamous for its members’ destructive tendencies and extreme wealth. While the dining club has quite the reputation and has been around for over two centuries, it has no permanent headquarters.
The Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) was a very elusive secret society whose true main objective remains unknown to this day. Unfortunately, that means that there isn’t much known information regarding the KGC.
Perhaps one of the best examples of how secret societies can spark radical political change and alter the course of history, the Sons of Liberty was formed by American patriots whose goal was to protect the civil rights of the colonists.The society’s name comes from Colonel Isaac Barre’s speech in the British Parliament, which refers to the colonials as “sons of liberty.”
In the early 20th century, arguably the most dangerous secret society was founded by members of the Serbian army with the goal of bringing together all of the world’s areas that contained a high number of Serb individuals — but weren’t ruled by Serbia itself. The Black Hand hoped to create a Greater Serbia by using any means necessary. The society, unofficially known as the Black Hand, was formed under a much more sinister name: Unification or Death.
The Carbonari, which translates to “charcoal burners,” were quite possibly the most political of secret societies in history. Over the years, the Italian Carbonari acted as an influence on a wide range of other revolutionary groups in France, Spain, and Portugal—and potentially Russia. All of these groups were comprised of members who were unhappy with their area’s current political condition.
A political organization, the Round Table movement began as an association of various groups that encouraged a closer union between Britain and its independent colonies.The movement’s classification as a secret society can be argued. Historian Carroll Quigley asserted that the groups were connected to a secret society that shared some of the organization’s goals.