Adam Weishaupt and The Illuminati – (plural of Latin illuminatus, “enlightened”)
Johann Adam Weishaupt (6 February 1748 – 18 November 1830) was a German philosopher of Jewish parents but grew up in the Catholic faith. When his father, George Weishaupt, died in 1754, young Adam was turned over to be raised by the Jesuits because of his godfather, Baron Ickstatt, who was curator of the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. 
While Weishaupt studied classic religion and theology, his interests included the Eleusian and Mithrian mysteries, and the works of Pythagoras. We don’t know much about his childhood or his early life, and even his name itself is somewhat of a mystery. Adam means “the first man”, “Weis” means “to know” and “haupt” means “leader”, which makes Adam Weishaupts name means “the first man to lead those who know”.
Weishaupt became a professor of Canon Law and practical philosophy at the University of Ingolstadt. Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority governing the Catholic Church and its members. He was the only non-clerical professor at an institution run by Jesuits, The Jesuits of Ingolstadt, still retain the purse strings and power at the University, which they continue to regard as their own.
We should backtrack just a bit here to discover what a “Jesuit” actually means. This group, which is still very much an active agent of Catholicism, has had a major impact on humanity. While we see the do-goodery of establishing universities like Georgetown University in 1789. Though not initially formed for that purpose, their focus aimed to stop Protestantism from spreading and to preserve communion with Rome and the success of Catholicism.
Jesuit means “Society of Jesus” in Latin and is a male religious congregation of the Catholic Church which promotes social justice and ecumenical dialogue. One of the main tools the Jesuits have used to bring about religious conversion has been the Ignatius retreat, called the Spiritual Exercises.
During a four-week period of silence, individuals undergo a series of directed meditations on the life of Christ. They meet regularly with a “spiritual director” who helps them understand any call or message from God that they have received in their meditations. The retreat follows a “Purgative-Illuminative-Unitive” pattern or contemplative mysticism, which Ignatius wanted available to all people in active life.
Ignatius of Loyola was Captain of the Spanish army, and after months of dispute, a congregation of cardinals reported favorably upon the Constitution of the Jesuits. This founding document “Regimini militantis ecclesiae” (“To the Government of the Church Militant”) sets the stage for the Spanish Inquisition. During the Inquisition nearly 150,000 persons were charged with crimes of orthodoxy and murdered. Jesuits forced conversion from Judaism, Islam and Protestantism to Catholicism.
Weishaupt then formed The Illuminati (plural of Latin illuminatus, “enlightened”) an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776. Anything at all seem significant about that date? Maybe not, but the very next day France and Spain agree to send weapons to the American rebels.
Convinced that religious ideas were no longer an adequate belief system to govern modern societies, he decided to find another form of “illumination,” a set of ideas and practices that could be applied to radically change the way European states were run.
The society’s goals were to “oppose the superstition of the priesthood, obscurantism, then pose religious influence over public life and control the position of governmental power”. The Order of Illuminati member Marquis de Mirabeau, funded by Moses Mendellson, formed the Jacobin Society, who along with the Frankists were responsible for the French Revolution.
They conspire to control world affairs, by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations, in order to gain political power and influence and to establish a New World Order. Central to some of the most widely known and elaborate tactics, the Illuminati have been described as lurking in the shadows and pulling the strings and levers of power in dozens of novels, films, television shows, comics, video games, and music videos. Of note, the fictional character Victor Frankenstein, from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, was labeled a student of the University of Ingolstadt.
The original name for the new order was Bund der Perfektibilisten, or Covenant of Perfectibility which was to have a gradal system based on Freemasonry, but his own agenda. It based on the accumulation of knowledge founded in the writings of Plato, Socrates and the ‘high-minded’ of society. Having, with difficulty, dissuaded some of his members from joining the Freemasons, Weishaupt decided to join the older order in 1777 to acquire material to expand his own ritual. 
The members were to use aliases within the society, swear to secrecy and taking the Owl of Minerva as their symbol. The “little owl” or Owl of Minerva has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, traditionally represents or accompanies Athena (Greek), the virgin goddess of wisdom, also known as Minerva (Roman). You will find the Owl of Minerva hidden in plain sight on the U.S. $1 bill. 
Many influential, historical and contemporary figures have been reported to be part of a cabal (Jewish term is kabbalah) that operates through many front organizations to orchestrate significant political and financial events, ranging from causing systemic crises to pushing through controversial policies, at both national and international levels, as steps in an ongoing plot to achieve world domination. 
Kabbalah is an esoteric method, discipline, and school of thought which forms the foundations of mystical religious interpretation. Kabbalah seeks to define the nature of the universe and the human being, the nature and purpose of existence, and various other ontological questions.
Practitioners of Kabbalah believe its earliest origins pre-date world religions, forming the primordial blueprint for Creation’s philosophies, religions, sciences, arts, and political systems. Modern interest in Kabbalah has inspired cross-denominational Jewish renewal and contributed to wider non-Jewish contemporary spirituality, as well as engaging its flourishing emergence. The historically reinterpreted Jewish mystical renaissance of 16th-century Ottoman Palestine lead to the rise of people like Sabbatai Zevi.
What we have today in the Illuminati is an amalgamation of various ‘secret societies’, which are no longer all that secret, to include the Greek and Roman mythology, Freemasonry, Jesuit Orders, Knight Templar, and the Kabbalists. This is the cornerstone for Zionism and the establishment of a world government physically centered in the former Ottoman Palestine.
The utopic world government would be politically and religiously unified through the imperial cult of a Merovingian Great Monarch—supposedly descended from the bloodline Jesus Christ himself. This Monarch will occupy both the throne of Europe and the Holy See, this “Holy European Empire” would become the hyperpower of the world. 
English-born South African businessman, mining magnate and politician Cecil Rhodes picks up where Weishaupt leaves off. In 1877 at the age of 23, he expressed his wish to fund a secret society (known as the Society of the Elect) that would advance this goal: establishment of “England everywhere,” which would “ultimately lead to the cessation of all wars, and one language throughout the world.” “The only thing feasible to carry out this idea is a secret society gradually absorbing the wealth of the world and human minds of the higher order to be devoted to such an object.” 
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- Henry Lincoln, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Corgi, 1982. ISBN 0-552-12138-X.
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