The Secretive Societies

Chapter 6: The Masonic Societies





Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:4 NIV



Masonic Cults


Historically, all of the major religious cults in the West and many of the smaller ones have their origins in the 19th Adventist movement led by William Miller, an Illuminist and Freemason who drew many converts by predicting the “Second Coming of Jesus Christ.” Most of his followers were sorely disappointed in 1844 (the year Joseph Smith was killed) when the promised event did not occur (because they were supposed to be translated to Heaven via the Rapture, according to the pseudo-Christian eschatology advanced in the Illuminist ideological center of Geneva by Miller’s contemporary John Darby). Most simply quit the movement. However, some (including Miller himself) had invested so much in their delusions that they never gave them up, so the cult never actually died. The Advent Christian Church and their splinter sect of Seventh-day Adventists have inherited a legacy of delusion by direction succession to Miller’s Adventist movement. There are now about 61,000 Adventist Christians, and more than 16 million Seventh-day Adventists (a number which is growing rapidly).107

The most influential Masonic cults in America besides the Adventist sects are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormons) and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (Jehovah’s Witnesses). Mormonism began as the Restorationist (fundamentalist) movement of Joseph Smith, Jr. who began forging his new religion in 1827 at the age of 21. Construction of the first Mormon temple in Kirtland, Ohio began in 1833. (Kirtland is near Cleveland, which became the industrial headquarters of the companies financed by Kuhn, Loeb & Co. The Order of Skull and Bones was formally created in 1832.) About this time, undoubtedly in response to the articles submitted by William Miller to the Vermont Telegraph (which was published in Brandon, VT, less than 30 miles from Smith’s hometown of Sharon), he informed them that Independence, Missouri, which he called Zion, would be the place where Christ was to descend for his millennial rule, and the Mormons who were emigrating from New England chose a spot in Independence for the Zion temple.108

Of course, the Second Coming never happened, and the Mormons were driven out of Kirtland in 1837 and Missouri in 1838. They settled in Hancock County, Illinois. Smith was formally initiated into Freemasonry on 15 Mar 1842 at the Nauvoo Lodge, and the next day he was given the 33rd degree despite the usual waiting period. As the town mayor, he infuriated the non-Mormons of the region by destroying the printing press of the Nauvoo Expositor after its first run, after several of his disenfranchised associates attempted to expose him. Smith was jailed and finally killed when an angry mob stormed the jailhouse on 27 Jun 1844.109

Brigham Young led Smith’s followers to their “promised land” after they were driven from Illinois and began to sever the association between Mormonism and Freemasonry (as Miller had attempted to do in 1831) when the Masonic hierarchy in Britain refused to allow the Mormons to form their own rite.110 They did it anyway, and have therefore been a Masonic institution in terms of their beliefs and ideals, though not actually affiliated with or sanctioned by the rest of Freemasonry, since the middle of the 19th century. Nevertheless, the Mormons were originally funded by Kuhn, Loeb & Co. and sponsored by the B’nai B’rith, and as late as 2012 the Republican Party nominated a former Mormon bishop for the US Presidency, so the connection with the Illuminati has undoubtedly been pervasive and permanent.111

The Mormons’ grand lodge (“the Temple,” as they call it) is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mormonism is the dominant religion of that state. There are more than 6 million Mormons in America and some 14.4 million worldwide, not including denominations not associated with the LDS.112 The LDS are generally successful at gaining new memberships, and Mormons are required to render two years of missionary service after reaching adulthood.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are also active evangelists, but not nearly as fortunate with their missions as the Mormons and Adventists. Nevertheless, their numbers are comparable to both. There are more than a million Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States alone and hundreds of thousands in several other countries, including half a million in Brazil and Mexico each. The organization itself reports more than 7.5 million active members worldwide, and as many as 20 million counting those who are not actively engaged in evangelism, though these numbers are suspected of being inflated in order to give Jehovah’s Witnesses social currency.

The Bible Student movement which became Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society (now divided into the Bible Students and the Jehovah’s Witnesses) was formed in 1881 by Rothschilds agent and 33rd degree Mason Charles Taze Russell as an attempt to continue the Millerite legacy of drawing converts to Zionism from Christianity by means of “Second Coming” predictions. The first of these many predictions was made in 1874, four years after Russell was introduced to Adventism through Jonas Wendell, George Storrs and George Stetson.113 (The whole Russell family was apparently converted to Illuminism in 1874, but that assumes they were not already Illuminists.) Even though he was a preacher opposed to Christianity, Russell was more responsible than any other one person in America for the spread of Zionism within Christianity. Besides millennialism and Zionism, many other false beliefs of lesser importance in mainstream and secularized Christianity can be attributed to Russell, such as the notion that the Giza Pyramids were built by Hebrew slaves.114

Newer cults (especially the modern Gnostic institutions) are almost exclusively New Age in content and in practice, and many still appeal to disillusioned Christians and agnostics by invoking the name of Jesus even if their dogma is devoid or contemptuous of his teachings. Most prominent among these groups is pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard’s religion called Scientology and its Church of Scientology and Sea Org type corporations with their Masonic pyramid hierarchies. Hubbard’s personality cult is described as an “applied religious philosophy,” but the term ‘transnational corporation’ would be more concise. It started as a cross between his science fiction tales and an exoteric version of the religion of his “very good friend” Aleister Crowley. He was, in fact a member of Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientis.115

Scientology has yet to become socially acceptable, as it is considered by the majority to be a novelty at best, and a ludicrous nuisance, if not an intolerable brainwashing scheme to many others. It serves to show how, like Mormonism and Adventism before it, of all the fringe belief systems, only the Masonic ones can make their way into American pop culture. Despite the popular consensus that he was clinically insane, Hubbard’s religion was for him a very lucrative business and has become a fad for a few notable Hollywood celebrities who are shamelessly employed to market it. Despite the relatively meaningless celebrity sponsorship and the Church of Scientology’s claims of 10 million members, estimates of the actual worldwide membership range from 100,000 to 500,000.116  Since Hubbard’s death in 1987, the Church has been presided over by Heber Jentzsch, the son of an excommunicated Mormon.



The Scottish Rites


We already know from The Secrets of Lucifer that Scotland served as a haven for Templars from all over Europe after the order’s fall from grace, and that the Templars’ legacy has continued there and in the English-speaking world under the guise of Freemasonry ever since. Even without knowing the details covered in that book, researchers unanimously agree that the Templars survived the events of 1307, as the facts do not allow for the opposite interpretation. For example, nine knights are known to have arrived at the Council of Vienne (1311) unannounced and in full Templar regalia.117 Who they were and how they came into Pope Clement V’s presence unabated remains a mystery, but how many of them survived is not a mystery any more than the question of how many there were at that time, as nearly all of them were set free after 1312.

As anyone else would do under similar circumstances, the Templars continued to practice their customs and professions by joining the Teutons or the Hospitallers, or by forsaking their military life and becoming Cistercians. King Diniz (Denis) of Portugal gave the knights in France asylum with the deliberate intent of allowing them to continue their legacy, renaming them the Order of Christ, and James II of the House of Barcelona similarly formed the Order of Montesa in Aragon. Only about 1% of the Templars were actually put to death, and over 90% were free by the end of their five-year ordeal.118

Despite the efforts of modern scholars to claim the Templar-Mason transmission theory as their own, it has been known as fact for quite some time. For example, Pope Clement XII’s bull of 28 Apr 1738 attacked Freemasonry on the grounds that it had been condemned by Clement V under a different name. (Clement V was the one who disbanded the Templars in 1314.) According to the bull, which makes it very clear that the Papacy regarded Freemasonry as an extenuation of the Templars in 1738, anyone who continued to wear the habit “as if he were a Templar” would suffer immediate excommunication.119 Furthermore, this policy has been affirmed many times by other pontiffs, but never officially retracted or redacted.

Clement XII’s denunciation seems to have been in response to an event that took place in Paris the previous year. A prominent Scots Freemason—and the former tutor to Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’)—Andrew Michael Ramsay, delivered an address, known ever since as ‘Ramsay’s oration’, in which he stated that Freemasonry had originated among ‘Crusader knights’ who had formed themselves into ‘lodges of St John’ [Hospitallers, or Johannites]. Ramsay also stressed Scotland’s importance in the continuity of Freemasonry from the Crusades until his own day. […] The next major proponent of the Templar-Mason link, Karl Gotthelf, the Baron von Hund und Altengrotkau, even went so far as to declare that ‘Every Mason is a Templar’—a statement that did not go down well with his brother Masons, as the medieval order was still then largely regarded a corrupt, heretical and subversive organisation that had rightly been closed down by the Pope. Baron von Hund’s claim also attracted suspicion to Freemasonry, as there was a belief that the Templars had vowed revenge on the two institutions responsible for its downfall—the Papacy and the French monarchy. Mystery TV120

Karl Gotthelf (Baron von Hund) was discredited and scoffed at after his death in 1776, but many objective historians now agree that his testimony alone is credible and significant enough to be taken for granted. Furthermore, he was the founder the Order of Strict Templar Observance (usually referred to as the Order of Strict Observance) from which Baron von Knigge was recruited into the Order of the Illuminati, which effectively makes Hund the original Masonic master and pundit of the Bavarian Illuminati. Gotthelf’s mission, as it was passed to him by his predecessors, was to return Scottish Rite Freemasonry to its Templar roots, which he accomplished well enough. Knigge’s mission was to hand it over to the Illuminati in Germany. This is perhaps the strongest verifiable link between the medieval Knights Templar to the present-day Illuminati.121

The Congress of Wilhelmsbad was convened in 1782, essentially to rectify the situation created by Hund. Despite the importance which Knigge (as Hund’s disciple) was to play in the future of Freemasonry, the Illuminati were famously among the represented groups which rejected Hund, apparently due to some sort of appeal to their Teutonic and Franconian (if not actually Roman Catholic and Illuminati/Jesuit) roots, as they were heavily influenced by the Hohenzollerns, and by Weishaupt’s faction. This seems to have been a major (and remarkably early) success of the Order of the Illuminati, and is probably also what led Knigge to quit the Order. The delegates at Wilhelmsbad established the Rectified Scottish Rite which technically deemphasized the Templar connection, but was actually little more than the Order of Strict Observance with a new name.122 Although it was not as important as the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (1804), the Rectified Scottish Rite gave the Illuminati a strong foothold in Freemasonry. According to this evidence it was the Illuminati, not the Freemasons, who knew the secrets of the Templars and made them a reality within Freemasonry.

There are many lodges in Scotland now in comparison with the country’s relatively small population.123 Other Scottish rites besides the three listed above include the Royal Order of Scotland (actually an American chapter) and the Great Priory of Scotland. Another Scottish Templar organization called the Militi Templi Scotia (Order of the Temple of Scotland) claims no association with Freemasonry but is recognized by Masons who are honored to be in their presence. As a general rule (to say nothing of individual sympathies), the Masonic societies know of their affiliation with the Scottish Templar legacy, and if they do not, then they are not really Masonic institutions.

The whole reason that there was ever even a dispute over this matter is that the entire Illuminist cause in Britain was practically obliterated when Charles Edward Stuart’s Jacobite invasion of Scotland ended in disaster. Many Illuminati from the European continent perished in the Battle of Culloden in 1746, which was the last pitched battle ever fought on British soil. Contrary to popular belief, the Jacobins, who were basically the French faction of Illuminati, and who were responsible for the French Revolution, were the French offshoot of the Jacobites in Britain, and the Jacobin moniker in France was practically synonymous with that of the Illuminati in Bavaria. They were practically the same group as the Jacobites. (It has been repeated over and over that the Jacobins took their name from the Rue Saint-Jacques in Paris, but this is only inferred because the group met at the Dominican convent there. Stuart was a Roman Catholic, and represented the French cause to overthrow the Hanoverians, without which they could not have hoped to maintain control over Britain even with a military victory. However, the political climate in France changed dramatically during the Revolution.)

In reality, the Jacobins had existed many years earlier, under the English name of Club Benthorn, presumably in respect to the German legend of the Wild Huntsman, which was later adapted to English by Walter Scott, the most famous Scottish writer of the time. Scott’s inspiration for the translation could not have been anyone other than Stuart, and it is thus inferred that Stuart was seen by his contemporaries as a young and handsome foreign prince (like the Wild Huntsman of German legend) who, when he blew his horn, the peasants ought to have rallied around. This was exactly the mentality of the group which became known as the Jacobins immediately after his death in 1788, which served as a major (albeit, to date, unrecognized) cause of the French Revolution, due to their desperation to retain a foothold in at least one of the European states or monarchies.

Stuart spent the vast majority of his life in exile in France, the Holy Roman Empire and the Papal States, trying to drum up support for his claim to the British throne, in exactly the same way as the original crusaders led by Hugh de Payens the had done. In fact, his grandson and namesake, the next Jacobite claimant, was actually buried at Dunkeld, the birthplace of the Templars. So it is easy to see how the Ramsay Oration of 1736 (which was ultimately aimed at fomenting a crusade to capture Jerusalem) signaled the beginning of the modern secret societies, and how Stuart was the intended leader of this crusade, which never actually made it anywhere near Jerusalem, but did manage to overthrow the European dynasties through the subversive activities of the Jesuit-led Illuminati. By the end of the 18th century, Napoleon Bonaparte was in the Middle East, breaking the power of the Hanoverians and pushing the first Zionist crusade since the fall of the Templars almost 500 years earlier.



Appendant Societies


Freemasonry has several appendant bodies, or institutions directed by master masons and based on Freemasonry, but not officially part of it. In this sense all Masonic institutions above the Blue Degrees are appendant bodies. Some are for youths aged 10 to 21, the age normally required for initiation into Freemasonry, and others are for women or girls. (A Mason can join at 18 if his father was also an accepted Mason.) Specifically, they include the Order of Builders (now almost defunct), Job’s Daughter’s International, the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Girls of the Golden Court, Organization of Triangles, Constellation of Junior Stars, Knights of Pythagoras, Asociacion de Jovenes Esperanza de la Fraternidad (Mexico), and DeMolay International, formerly known as the Order of DeMolay.124 (The name comes from Jacques de Molay, the executed grand master of the Templars in France.) Alumni who have been elected to the DeMolay Hall of Fame include Bill Clinton, Walt Disney and billionaire Alex Spanos.125

Some appendant organizations (most notably the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or Shriners) apparently have nothing at all to do with organization and institutions of Freemasonry, though they are associated with it and derive their customs from it.126 Also, not all appendant societies are associated with the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR), which is technically an appendant body as well. The Ku Klux Klan is a Masonic institution, having been co-founded by Albert Pike himself, but for political reasons both organizations deny the association.

The York Rite is also an appendant body, but the spurious history of Freemasonry which asserts that the York Rite was developed from medieval guilds relies on its existence before that of the AASR, so Masons who deny the Templar association (and also York Rite Masons with a particular bias) will not admit that the York Rite is in any way inferior to the AASR, much less to the continental faction of the Grand Orient which theoretically presided over them all, prior to their mutual excommunications after Wilhelmsbad. This is not the case, however, with the Egyptian rites, as they were created by and for the Illuminati under the Grand Orient hierarchy. (The Egyptian rites are Hermetic orders whose initiates generally care very little for the customs and traditions of Freemasonry because, like the Illuminati, their initiates are privy to its secrets.)

Like the Scottish rites, the Egyptian rites of Freemasonry emerged out of Hund’s Order of Strict Observance. The Rite of Memphis-Misraim is alleged to be spurious because of its fabricated history in much the same way as the AASR and the York Rite supposedly developed from stonemason guilds. However, the Egyptian rites have an actual history as old as the other Luciferian societies created during the 18th century. They are, in fact, much closer to true Luciferianism than the Scottish rites.

The Rite of High Egyptian Masonry was founded in 1784 by Joseph Balsamo, better known as Cagliostro, who acted as the principle architect of the Hermetic infiltration of Italian Freemasonry. He was a friend of the Order of Malta’s grand master Manual Pinto de Fonseca and was therefore able to secure a patent for the Misraim Rite from Neapolitan Masonry.127 The Misraim Rite spread in the major Italian cities and ultimately fell under the direction of the Carbonari. For this reason it was outlawed in 1817, and by the end of the century there was only one lodge remaining.128

The Memphis Rite was created out of the Misraim Rite in 1838 and had far more international prestige than the former. Guiseppe Garibaldi took over in 1881, only four years after the chartering of Propaganda Due, and began to merge the two rites into what was to become the Rite of Memphis-Misraim.129 After the merger, the new rite spread to South America and contributed to Garibaldi’s revolutionary successes there. Theodor Reuss took over as the Memphis-Misraim Rite’s grand master in 1913, and its history has subsequently been obscured by disinformation.

Theodor Reuss was one of the most important and active of the Illuminati ideologues of his time. In 1880, and again in 1888, he was part of an attempt to revive the Bavarian branch of the Order. In 1901, William Wynn Wescott (Supreme Magus of the Rosicrucians in England and co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which Reuss was also a member) gave Reuss a charter for the Swedenborgian Rite. He concluded discussions with Karl Kellner over the following year for the establishment of the Ordo Templi Orientis. Reuss spread Gnosticism throughout Europe, calling himself Sovereign Patriarch and Primate of the Gnostic Catholic Church, and was the benefactor of Aleister Crowley and Rudolf Steiner.130

The York Rite, also called the American Rite, is the most prominent of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry after the AASR. It consists of several separate rites grouped in succession, namely the Capitular Rite (General Grand Chapter, or Royal Arch), the Cryptic Rite (Council of Royal and Select Masters) and the Chivalric Rite (Grand Encampment of Knights Templar). To complete the Templar degree, a candidate must pass through the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross, the Order of Malta and the Order of the Temple. Each of the rites under the York Rite has an equivalent outside the US.131






“William Miller (preacher),” Wikipedia,

“In his biography Miller records his conversion: ‘I became acquainted with the principal men in that village [Poultney, NY], who were professedly Deists; but they were good citizens, and of a moral and serious deportment. They put into my [hands] the works of Voltaire, Hume, Paine, Ethan Allen, and other deistical writers.’ (Apology and Defence, William Miller, p.24).… ‘Mr Miller became a member of the Masonic fraternity, in which his perseverance, if nothing else, was manifested; for he advanced to the highest degree which the lodges then in the country, or in that region, could confer.’ (Memoirs of William Miller, Sylvester Bliss, p. 21-22).”

108-109 “Joseph Smith, Jr.,” Wikipedia,

110 Springmeier, ch. 5,

Being a cult leader has its perks, as morals are determined by whims. Young is known for dodging murder indictments and having dozens of wives (Wikipedia lists 52—polygamy is prohibited by the United States Code, but allowed for in the LDS, and consequently often overlooked in Utah). He is quoted as saying, “The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those who enter into polygamy,” in the Journal of Discourses, vol. 11, p. 269. While things like this would normally tarnish a person’s reputation, the “prophet” with these psychopathic attributes can apparently gain enough fame to have a prestigious university named after him.

111 Springmeier, ch. 11,

My objective opinion, based on the evidence I have seen, is that beyond all the controversial details of Joseph Smith’s activities, Mormonism was created (at least following Smith’s initiation into Freemasonry) by American financier and economist Bernard Baruch, best known for his role in the creation of the B’nai B’rith’s Anti-Defamation League. If Springmeier is right in his assertions, then this connects Baruch to Kuhn, Loeb & Co., and substantiates his claim that Baruch was a Rothschild agent. If I am right in my assertion that Baruch was responsible for Mormonism, then Springmeier substantiates my claim that Mormonism is a thoroughly Masonic institution, as he himself claims through the alleged Rothschild connection. Of course, Mormonism’s connections to Freemasonry are self-evident and don’t need any substantiation, but it is also a thoroughly Luciferian mystery religion, so connecting it to Illuminism is much more important.

112 “Membership Distribution,” Intellectual Reserve,,15606,4036-1---12-168,00.html (expired).

113 “Charles Taze Russell,” Wikipedia,

114 I have included millennialism here because the idea of the Rapture has always been the central theme of the eschatological view of the Masonic/pseudo-Christian cults. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that only 144,000 people will be raptured, these being of course communicant members of their church, of which there have probably been several times that number. I have included the Giza Pyramids reference because Russell supposedly used Masonic pyramidology in his “calculations.”

115 L. Ron Hubbard’s exact connections with the Illuminati are unclear but also unmistakable. At the very least, he is known to have performed Crowley’s Babalon Working with Jack Parsons. My opinion is that Hubbard was a charlatan, that the religion of Scientology was a joke to him, and that he was actually a serious member of the OTO. Dianetics, and therefore Scientology, was probably intended to fill a void in esoteric American religion when the OTO formally disbanded, and Hubbard’s goal was simply to get rich from marketing the old religion. Ironically, and whether or not he was aware of it, the word ‘scientology’ had been used previously as a synonym for ‘pseudoscience.’ Then again, that would have added humor to his great religious prank.

116 “Scientology,” Wikipedia,

117 “The End of the Order—The Mysteries,” Mystery TV, (expired).

118 “The Templar Survival,” Mystery TV, (expired).

119-120 “The Templars and Freemasonry,” Mystery TV, (expired).

121 Freiherr von Hund was apparently initiated by Alexander Seton, the so-called Knight of the Red Feather, who happened to be a signatory of Ramsay’s death certificate. It is my belief that Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to capture the English throne was the result of political infighting within the Order, which then underwent a dramatic upheaval. In this case the Jacobites represented a faction which was loyal to the old Templar ideals and accounted also, indirectly, for the rise of the Order of the Illuminati. When they were defeated, James’ less Scottish-oriented orders became the amalgamation of Universal Freemasonry. The sudden demise of the Jacobites explains, among other things, why the Order of Strict Observance was left to its own devices after 1746.

122 “Today’s Templars,” Mystery TV, (expired).

123 For a list of the Masonic lodges in Scotland with links to their websites, see

124 “Masonic Youth Organizations,” Wikipedia, (expired).

125 “The DeMolay Hall of Fame,” DeMolay Universe, (expired).

126 “Masonic appendant bodies,” Wikipedia,

I say “apparently” because they are secretive societies—unlike Wikipedia’s presumptuous contributors, I don’t implicitly claim to be an absolute authority on what transpires at their meetings. Most people think the Shriners are innocent and recreational, but most people naively think the same thing about the AASR, so most people’s opinions cannot be trusted, as is always the case with secretive societies. Without a doubt, there have certainly been Shriners (J. Edgar Hoover, for example) who have not been as innocent as the organization would have us believe.

127-129 “Rite of Memphis-Misraim,” Wikipedia,

Carr lists Adolphe Isaac Cremieux as a member of this rite on p. 119 of Satan, Prince of This World. According to Carr, it was his duty to unite the secret societies in France in the same way that Mazzini secured Italy and Pike subverted America. This explains, in a nutshell, how the rite came under the jurisdiction of the Carbonari. However, it also contradicts that notion, as it requires an understanding of the fact that the Carbonari were subjugate to the Grand Orient, and in reality the Memphis-Misraim Rite was therefore a Grand Orient institution which happened to be administered by certain Carbonari initiates (not vice-versa), Garibaldi being the most obvious. The fact that it was outlawed at such an early date suggests that the Carbonari were actually a creation of the Misraim Rite, or perhaps of the same Sicilians (Neapolitans) which produced them. It is therefore possible to establish an uncertain but direct succession from Cagliostro’s Rite of High Egyptian Masonry to all Masonic rites other than the AASR, whose leader (Pike) was in correspondence and unity of purpose with the Carbonari. I believe that Cagliostro’s rite was established to be the rite which was to subvert the whole of Freemasonry, and that it is Luciferianism in its purest (least doctrinal) institutionalized form. In other words, the Grand Orient is actually the Memphis-Misraim Rite. The association of Reuss with Crowley and Steiner alone is proof enough of the plausibility of this speculation, of which there is plenty of other evidence.

130 “Theodor Reuss,” Wikipedia,

131 “York Rite,” Wikipedia,