Many believers of The Illuminati Conspiracy(s) find “symbols” in many national companies and organizations. A video posted on YouTube titled “Open Your Mind- Illuminati Symbolism”, is a prime example of this. It claims that logos such as Texco, CBS, and BP Petroleum, among many others, are in fact controlled by the Illuminati. This reasoning comes from the common symbols of the Enlightenment movement the Illuminati, and the free masons being present in their logos. Such symbols include a star, pyramid or a triangle, an eye, an owl, and a sun.
Much debate has risen over the years regarding the Illuminati's final goal of assuming world power. One point to consider is the appearance of apparent Illuminati symbolism on the U.S. dollar bill. Many have come to believe in Illuminati intervention because of various symbols presented on the bill such as the Greek letter Omega (Ω) that supposedly is depicted in the shape of the oval around the figure's portrait, the all-seeing eye that floats above the pyramid, and the pentagram-like shape that can be seen from the pyramid and letters surrounding it.
The All Seeing Eye
The eye is the doorway to the soul, both literally and physically. Getting to truly know a person can sometimes be achieved by looking them in the eye in order to "see" their thoughts and even tell if they are lying to the onlooker, explaining why the symbol is so meaningful. This symbol was supposedly adopted by the the secret police of the Illuminati, whose role was to ensure that the members were staying true to the Order. This symbol can be found in many places, including the United States one dollar bill, the CBS company logo, and the Colorado state seal, among many others.
This is probably one of conspiracy theorist favorite Illuminati Symbol, especially because it appears on the US one dollar bill. And below the illuminati pyramid/eye symbol are the words: "Novus Ordo Seclorum," which can be translated as: "A new order of the ages" The Serpent promised Adam and Eve that their eyes would "be opened" if they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The key word in this passage is eyes, which in Hebrew can be translated "knowledge." Opened can be translated "broadened." This can be interpreted that the Serpent promised Adam and Eve was that knowledge would be broadened if they ate of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. The most foreboding aspect of this Scripture emerges from the fact that the Hebrew word for "eyes" is not plural, but singular. What the Serpent actually told Adam and Eve was that their "eye" would be broadened by knowledge. Some believe that Scripture wants us to consider this "eye" not the physical organ of sight, but the eye of the mind or the soul. This singular "eye" is called the "third eye" of clairvoyance in the Hindu religion, the eye of Osiris in Egypt, and the All-Seeing Eye in Freemasonry.
The Pentagram, also known as the five pointed star is one of the favorite esoteric symbols of the Illuminati. Pentagram has had several different meanings throughout history. To the some it was a symbol of knowledge and health . During the Middle Ages, the pentagram was used to ward off nocturnal demonic entities and stood for the Alpha and Omega, and sometimes even stood for Christ himself and the five sacred wounds. When the pentagram is pictured upside down, many associate it with witchcraft, dark magic, or devil worship. For this reason, many people associate pentagrams and five pointed starts with the Illuminati because the society is known for being an anti religious organization.
A phoenix is a fire spirit in the form of a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet. Many believed that they had a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. Some conspiracy theorist believe the Illuminati use many resuscitation rituals in their training, where the person is brought into a death, or near death state, then "resuscitated" and told that Baal, or some other entity, "gave them life" and they owe their new life to him and the group. Thus, the Phoenix is often related to the secret society. Another explanation for the symbol of the phoenix is the idea that the Illuminati will create, "...a new civilization arising out of the ashes of a ruined one. (Epperson 1990)"
The original Order of the Illuminati were active during a period of time that is known as the Age of Enlightenment. This was an era in Western philosophy and intellectual, scientific and cultural life, centered upon the eighteenth century, in which reason was advocated as the primary source and legitimacy for authority. The main beliefs and motivations of the Illuminati are also believed to have been based upon the ideas of reason and scientific advancement. The sun was a common symbol used during this time as a representation of the awakening of ones minds to the thoughts of reason.
Similar to the sun, the owl is most likely associated with the Illuminati because of their connection with the Age of Enlightenment. In Greek mythology, the owl, and specifically the Little Owl, was often associated with the goddess Athena,the goddess of wisdom, the arts, and skills, and as a result, owls also became associated with wisdom. Because the Illuminate were focused on the advancement of scientific inquiry and reasoning, it is no wonder the owl is associated with the secret society. Even today, the owl is still connected to wisdom and is depicted in the seals of many libraries and universities, contributing to conspiracy theorist ideas that the Illuminati are attempting to control the world through education and learning.
The Triangle is often associated with the Illuminati due to the societies connection to the Freemasons. T Triangle, athree sided polygon, is the first enclosed shape possible with straight lines. The Triangle is important in Masonry due to its connection to the sacred number three and also because it has long represented the concept of the Deity in geometrical form. For the Triangle is the primary figure from which all others are built up and the Equilateral Triangle, being wholly symmetrical, is the one perfect Triangle and thus clearly becomes the symbol for that Perfect Being in which all things find their beginning.
The Number 33
The number thirty-three is often related to the Illuminati through the Freemasons. In Freemasonry, the highest rank is called the 33rd degree. The founding lodge of the Freemasons in the United States located in Charleston, South Carolina, is exactly on the 33rd degree line. The Illuminati and the Freemasons are also often associated with the pentagon because each angle in the five sided polygon is thirty-three degrees. Conspiracy theorist use this relationship to connect the Illuminati to the United States Government because of the headquarters for the US Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia, is built in the shape of a pentagon. This building is referred to as "The Pentagon".
Oak Leaves are often associated with the Illuminati because of their supposed connection with the Nazi's, Germany, and various different governments around the world. The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and is often depicted on the seals of different countries and government agencies, including the German Nazi crest and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) seal. Oak leaves have traditionally been an important part of German Army regalia and are used to denote rank in the United States armed forces. This connection of government agencies and military rank helps convince Conspiracy Theorists that the Illuminati have infiltrated governments around the globe and are controlling our race.
Many associate the snake, or serpent, with the Illuminati do to the connection with satin, devil worship, or anti-religious tendencies. The original Order of the Illuminati was intended to spread the ideas of egalitarianism and rationalism and act as an agent for the transmission of Enlightenment. During the time the society got its start, most publicized work was centered by the clergy, and the Illuminati were at the head front of opposing these customs. This cause the society to be come connected to anti-religion, and because of this they were connect to the snake. Many associate the snake with satin or those who appose religion because of the biblical story where the devil is portrayed as the snake that convinced Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge.
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- John Daniel, Scarlet and the Beast , Vol. III, pp. 6-7
- "Open Your Mind-Illuminati Symbolism Video". Posted April 2, 2007. Retrieved from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LEljS3ib84
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