Rosicrucians: Out of Darkness

Rosicrucian Order

In the 18th century, some four hundred years after the Templar Order had been forced out of the limelight.  They were to emerge as an influential Order within Masonic and Rosicrucian beliefs.

Karl Gottheff, Varon von Hund, founder of the Strict Observance Rite, who established Templar traditions, Templar rules within the Masons.  Baron von Hund had been initiated into the Paris Lodge, led by Lord Kilmarnock, Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons, and the Guardians of Templar traditions.

Supporters of the Jacobite cause claimed that a Masonic Lodge had been founded in 1700’s Scotland, and drew its charter from a surviving Templar Chapter, which had been operational for some 700 years, in Bristol.

At his Masonic initiation, von Hund claims to have met with the knight of the Red Feather, better known as Prince Charles Stuart.  Baron von Hund went on to found a German branch of the neo-Templar’s in Germany.  Based on von Hund’s account of things, the Scottish chapter of the Knights Templar had been founded by two English members of the Order.  They who had discovered the Elixir of Life, and actively practised alchemy.

A popular 18th century occult myth states that Templar’s were initiates of Gnostic teachings passed down by the Essenes, they who had iniated Jesus into its mysteries.  Meo-Templarism attempted to combine pagan and wisdom with Christian ideals.  According to Freemasonry, Templar influence of the 18th century spoke of a myth; three renegade Knights betrayed King Phillip of France to fellow Masons, who murdered Hiram Abiff in Solomon’s Temple.  Masonic references of assassination of Charles de Monte Carmel a prominent Templar who underwent a ritual murder…  This murder according to 18th century Masons, marked a turning point in the history of the Knights Templar and led to their eventual downfall.

The survival of the Knights Templar tradition was masterminded by Jacques de Molay, the Order’s last Grand Master, whilst in a French prison awaiting his execution.  On the evening of the 17th March 1314 the night before being burnt at the stake on unproved charges of heresy.  DeMolay sent a trusted aide to the Templar’s secret crypt in Paris, where the Order’s past Grand Master’s had been entombed.  Symbolic objects sacred to the Order, were duly removed.

Jacques de Molay trusted his aide, with the future of the Knights Templar.  The two pillars which stood at the entrance to the templar tombs were in fact hollow and contained money and artefacts.  It was De Molay’s wish that they be removed, before falling into the hands of the French Monarchy.  The Templar money and symbolic objects were to be used in the re-creation of the Order, preventing the loss of their secrets.

The two pillars of the crypt entrance were copies of the obelisks which stand at the gateway of Solomon’s Temple.  The pillars held detailed manuscripts, detailing occult teachings within the Templar Order.

Johann Augustus Starck, another claimant of the Templar revival, encountered Masonic Templarism whilst teaching in St.Petersburg.  He went on to make contact with surviving Templar Order’s in Southern France, they who were renowned for practising in the Cathar style.  It was Stark’s belief that the Templar’s had inherited occult from the likes of Persia, Seria and Egypt, and these were passed on to the Essenic secret society, operating in the Middle East during the Crusades.

His version of neo-Templarism received approval leading to patronage of European aristocrats and membership of new Masonic Templar lodges.  Gustav III of Sweden became a patron to neo-Templarism, a firm supporter of the Scottish Pretenders and the Jacobites.

Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great

In 1767, Frederick the Great founded two neo-Masonic lodges; “Order of the Architects of Africa,” and the “Knights of Light.”  That same year, Frederick the Great became a financial supporter of Orthodox Freemasonry.  In the next year (1768) Frederick commissioned the construction of a Grand Lodge for the Prussians.

A few years later, the title Illuminati was one of the Masonic Secret Societies.  The “Order of the Illuminati, the occultists became a title associated by Rosicrucian’s and known as key figures in secret political history.

The grand convention of Masonic Lodges in 1771 openly admitted mythical descent from the Templar Order.  Johann Augustus Stark’s group merged with Baron von Hund’s.

adam-weishauptThe Illuminati were founded by Adam Weishaupt, a professor at the Bavarian University of Ingoldstat, in the year 1776, the same year as the American Revolution.  He being of Jewish descent, educated by Jesuits in the Catholic faith.

Whilst an undergraduate, Weishaupt studied Ancient Pagan Religions, Eleusinian Mysteries and Theories of the Greek mystic and philosopher; Pythagoras.  As a student drafted a constitution for a secret society, centred on paganism.

In 1774, he made contact with a Masonic lodge in Germany, and was disappointed by what he found.  They being ignorant to occult and Masonic connections, with no knowledge of pagan symbolism.

On the 1st May 1776, Adam Weishaupt announced the foundation of the “Order of Perfectibilists,” which later became known as the Illuminati.

Weishaupt had a vision, a political vision, a utopian state, with the abolition of private property, social authority and nationality.  He believed human beings would live in harmony, within a brotherhood, based on love, peace, spiritual wisdom and equality.  His main targets of reform were the Monarchy, Church and rich landowners.

The Illuminists attempted overthrow of Hapsburg in 1784, which led to the Bavarian government banning all secret societies, and so it was Weishaupt’s followers went underground.

Comte de Mirabeau a prominent Illuminist, was one of the founders responsible for the French Revolution of 1789.  Aiming at the destruction of the French Monarchy and destroying the Catholic Church, to be replaced by the “Religion of Love,” across France.

Early 1791, allegations arose about the role played by Masons and Illuminate, partly based on the confessions of Comte Cagliostro (Comte Cagliostro born Joseph Balsamo in Parlemo, Sicily in 1743) arrested in 1789 on charges of heresy.

Comte Cagliostro

Comte Cagliostro

Cagliostro married Lorenza Felicioni whom he controlled by use of hypnotism, taught to him by Dr.Mesmer a fellow Mason.  Lorenza went on to denounce her husband in the “Inquisition for practising heresy.”  He spoke of an international conspiracy by Illuminati, neo-Templar’s and Freemasons, taking place across Europe.  He revealed their ultimate object, was to complete work started by the original Knights Templar; the overthrow of the Papacy and the election of an Illuminist as Pope.

He went on to confess that large sums of money had been deposited in banks in Holland, Italy, France and England to finance revolutions.  Funds to finance the French Revolution came from the House of Rothschild… Was this fact or fiction, was Comte Cagliostro just trying to save his life.  No historical evidence can be found to support such claims.

The radicalism of Masonic Lodges prior to the French Revolution, alienated followers amongst aristocratic classes in France.  By 1792 few lodges were still practising, and faced hostilities from the revolutionary government.  At Versailles former Grand Master of a Templar lodge was lynched by an angry mob.  Masonry came under suspicion by those in power, in their belief of a counter revolution.

The Masons who had helped start the French Revolution, and within a few years became a victim of their own creation.

French Revolution

French Revolution

By 1796, it had become common knowledge that Masons and Templars had a hand in the French Revolution of 1789.  With Jacques de Molay, Templar’s last Grand Master, a prisoner in the Bastille before his execution in 1314, and as such, the Bastille was the first target for the mob.  It wasn’t long before connections revealed that the Templar’s and Jesuits were dedicated to the creation of a church within a church.

Duc’d Orleans, Grand Master of French freemasonry an illuminist, plotted against the French Royal family.  It is believed he practised a secret occult ritual, using relics from the past, which once belonged to de Molay.  Were these the sacred objects from the Templar Crypt in Paris?  Unfortunately, historical writings are unable to provide the answer.

“The Tomb of Jacques de Molay” was published in France of 1796, claiming that the French Revolution was the work of anarchists, they who could trace their lineage back to the Templar’s and Assassins.

Father Bamuel a Jesuit priest published his book; “Memoires pour serir de I’histoire du Jacobinisme,” tracing the survival of Manichean heresy through Catharism, Assassins, Templars, Freemasons and French Revolution.

The Royal Families of Europe were shocked by the Illuminist plot of universal revolution, they had witnessed the French Revolution and feared being next in line.  In 1790 the Bavarian government brought in a law that membership of the Illuminati was classed as a capital offence.

England feared the hand of these secret societies, and Parliament attempted to bring in the “Unlawful Societies Act,” which would have outlawed Freemasonry.  It failed, because they never dabbled in politics.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise meant Freemasons faced a bleak future.  Bonaparte was well aware of the Illuminist’s role in the French Revolution.  He used the Freemasons for his own political ends.

Joseph and Lucien, brothers of Napoleon Bonaparte became Grand Masters of the Orient.  They attracted many new members, and by the end of his reign the Grand Orient boasted some 1200 lodges across France, and by the 1800’s had infiltrated the French Colonies.

In the March of 1808, a neo-Templar Order held a public requiem for Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar.  Held at St.Paul’s Church in Paris, presided over by the Canon of Notre Dame; Abbe Pierre Romains.

In 1809 a secret Masonic Lodge came into being in France “Sublimes Maitres Parfait” (Sublime Perfect Masters), with similarities to Catharism.  They opposed Napoleon and saw him as a traitor of France.

The pre-Royalist Masonic Lodge claimed success in 1814, with the abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte in favour of King Louis XVII.  The Paris revolt of 1830, led to Louis Philippe taking his place on the throne.

king louis Philippe

Louis Philippe

Louis Philippe placed Freemasons under his protection, appointed Duc d’Orleans his son, as the Order’s new Grand Master.

The Masonic convention of 1842 held in Strasburg, sowed the seeds of the 1848 Revolution by radical elements in European Masonry; they preached anarchism and socialism.

In 1850 Napoleon III made it law, that Grand Orient Lodges were forbidden to interfere in politics, even though they received support of the politicians.

The Illuminati failed to create social order across France, but had influenced another revolution.

In 1776 American colonists challenged the British in the War of Independence, the blueprint, a society based on democracy, freedom and social equality… A New World.

American War of Independence

The American Revolution, a social experiment engineered by secret societies.

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Adam Weishaupt: Creator of Modern Illuminati

adam-weishauptOn the 6th February 1748, Adam Weishaupt was born, the son of George Weishaupt, a rabbi in Ingolstadt, Bavaria.  In 1753, his father died, and his tutelage was taken over by his grandfather and godfather; Johann Adam Freiherr von Ickstatt.

Adam Weishaupt’s early years, following the regime of the Jewish faith, were abandoned after his father’s death in 1753.

At the age of seven, Weishaupt’s education commenced at a Jesuit school, then onto the University of Ingolstadt, where he studied law, economics, politics, history and the occult.  In 1768, became a professor of law and in 1773 a professor in cannon law, following Pope Clement XIV suppression of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order).

Over the next few years, travelled through France, and on the 1st May 1776, founded the Illuminati and was initiated into the Order of Freemasons in Munich 1777.

His mission for the order was the abolition of all monarchical governments and state religions across Europe.

On the 22nd June 1784, documents written by Adam Weishaupt were discovered at his home.  They detailed the control of Masons and the overthrow of European Monarchies, and an end to the Catholic Church.

The authorities ordered the arrest and prosecution of all Freemasons and Illuminati members.

The Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, a member of the Freemasons and Illuminati, assisted Adam Weishaupt and his family escape prosecution.  He lived the remainder of his life in Gotha, under the protection of the Duke until his death on the 18th November 1830.  He renounced the Catholic faith, right up to his death.

According to the writings of Weishaupt, he was not opposed to religion, just the way it was imposed and practiced.  He wanted to create a state of liberty and moral equality, free from obstacles, which are continually thrown in our way.

His lasting contribution, secret societies which linger behind the scenes, pulling the levers of power.

The Illuminati seek a “One-World-Government.”

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Knights Templar: France 1789

Knights Templar Burnings

Jacques de Molay’s Execution

Knights Templar Grand Master; Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake in Paris, on the 18th March 1314, on trumped up charges of heresy.  King Philip IV of France was responsible along with Pope Clement V, for the destruction of this Holy Order… God’s Warriors.

Some 480 years later, Jacques de Molay would have his revenge, as the sons and daughters of the Order of the Templars, would strike a deathly blow at the heart of the French Monarchy.

In 1789, Illuminists manipulated France’s grain market, thus creating shortages of grain.  An intense famine spread across the country, pushing it towards the brink of revolt.  These Illuminists claimed a revolution would benefit its people.  But the truth was far more devious, for food supplies were being blocked; reforms in France’s National Assembly were being blocked, as the people of Paris and France starved.

The prisoner Comte Cagliostro, member of the Illuminati revealed that it was the intention of the Masons; descendants of the Templar Order, to finish what the Templar’s had started many years ago, destruction or control of the Papacy.

Jacques de Molay had been tortured and held prisoner at the Bastille Prison, for a number of years, before his execution, in the shadow of the Sacre Coeur.

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Bastille Prison

The French Revolution, started on the 14th July 1789, when the Bastille Prison was stormed by a force of 1,000 citizens; revenge for de Molay’s life was ever on their mind.

French citizens redesigned the political landscape of their country, and Masons began a campaign of terror across the land.  Some 10,000 royalists and church members are known to have been sent to the guillotine, as France drowned in a sea of blood.

By the end of 1793, this Revolutionary Republic, brought about by hostility towards the French Monarchy and the Church, by Masons and Illuminati, successors of the Templar, faced a new problem.

It was revealed hundreds of thousands of men had no work.  They opted to depopulate France’s population from twenty-five million to sixteen million, as a never ending stream of victims were rounded up, and marched to their death.

freemason-symbolThe Knights Templar became Freemasons, and a by product was the Illuminati, founded in Bravaria, southern Germany by Adam Weishaupt, a Law professor.  His order opposed Monarchies and the Church, with a mission to create a secular Masonic world.

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Jacques de Molay’s Revenge

Knights Templar Burnings

Burnt at the stake

On the 18th March 1314, Knights Templar Grand Master; Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake, on trumped up charges of heresy.  King Philip IV of France was responsible for the destruction of this Holy Order.

Jacques de Molay had his revenge, when King Philip IV of France along with Pope Clement V, died within a year, punished for the part they played.

Some 450 years later, Jacques de Molay would have his revenge, as the sons and daughters of the Order of the Templars, would strike a deathly blow at the heart of the French Monarchy.

In 1789, a year known across Europe, the start of the French Revolution.  Ten years of horror, as French citizens redesigned the political landscape of their country, and some 17,000 people were known to have been executed.

French Freemasons, heirs to the traditions of the Knights Templar, called upon the dying curse of Jacques de Molay of 1314, when he burnt at the stake on trumped up charges of heresy.

He called to his God, that King Philip IV and Pope Clement V his accusers should join him… Within a year both had died.

Execution of Louis XVI

Execution of King Louis XVI

So it was, Freemasons orchestrated the French Revolution against the Catholic Church and the Monarchy.  King Louis XVI a descendant of King Philip IV was beheaded.  As the King’s head rolled off the guillotine, the cheers from the crowd were heard, as one jumped upon the scaffold, put his finger in the King’s blood, shouting “Jacques de Molay, thou art avenged.”

The French Monarchy was dealt a deathly blow, by the descendants of the Knights Templar, one which would not be forgotten.

Freemasons created the French Revolution, a way of changing the social order of France, and deal a blow against the monarchy.

The Illuminists manipulated the grain market, causing shortages in 1789, leading to poverty and famine across France, putting the country on the path towards revolution.

These Illuminists claimed that revolution would be better for its people and the country.  This from conspirators who held up food supplies, blocked reforms in France’s National Assemble, as the people starved.

The real aim of storming the Bastille wasn’t the release of prisoners.  This was where Jacques de Molay, had been held prisoner and underwent torture.

As the revolution started, the Jacobins, most of whom were Freemasons, created a campaign of terror.  Royalists and Church members were sent to the guillotine, as France was drowning in a sea of blood.

By the end of 1793, this Revolutionary Republic had a problem, hundreds of thousands of men, with no work.  They opted to depopulate France, as a never ending stream of victims were rounded up, and marched to their death.

This terror was the product of hostility towards the monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church by the Masons and Illuminati, the Templars successors.

For thousands of years, secret societies, guardians of ancient orders, have exercised their influence on the destiny of nations.

The Knights Templar became the Freemasons, and a by product was the Illuminati, founded in Bavaria, with a mission to create a secular Masonic world by revolutionary means.

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