Jon Graham

The Bavarian Illuminati: The Rise and Fall of the World's Most Secret Society

April 7, 2022

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Tonight, we will discuss the Bavarian Illuminati and the rise and fall of the famous and infamous Order, including its penetration of Bavarian society and its destruction by the Bavarian government.

Jon Graham will explain the Bavarian Illuminati√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs grades, rituals, ceremonies, and fundamental philosophies, will examine the leaders of the Order and will discuss the only surviving record of documents that were destroyed during the two World Wars.

The Bavarian Order of the Illuminati is the most celebrated secret society in the world. Though officially lasting only 11 years, the powerful spell and shadow cast by the Illuminati still looms in the present day, where its influence can be seen in current conspiracy beliefs and actions by powerful individuals working in the shadows. The original Order of the Illuminati was founded by Bavarian professor Adam Weishaupt in 1776. Although the order was banned and brought down by the Bavarian Elector in 1787--when he became aware of the extent to which it had infiltrated the courts, schools, and his own administration--its legend and deep influence lives on to this day.

Charting the rise and fall of this infamous order, this book--first published in French in 1915 and never before available in English--remains the definitive history of the Order of the Bavarian Illuminati. It also offers a revealing look at the world that spawned and shaped it: a ceaseless ferment of revolutionary and occult ideas and the ceaseless attempts by crown and church to suppress them. Other secret societies that shared the stage with the Illuminati during these years include the Templar Strict Observance, von Hund√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs Templar Freemasonry, and other Masonic lodges the Illuminati targeted to subvert for their own purposes. Many of the documents the author consulted for the writing of this book were destroyed during the two World Wars, making this book the only surviving record of many of the order√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs secrets.

In addition to its revelation of little-known secrets of the Illuminati Order, the author also sheds new light on much of the occult life of this time, including the activities of figures such as Cagliostro and Mirabeau and other active groups such as Freemason chapters, the Rosicrucians, and the Martinists.


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About the Author: Ren√ƒ¬© Le Forestier (1868-1951) was one of the preeminent historians of the occult worlds of the 17th and 18th centuries. His work explored the relations between the many secret societies that existed during this time, with a special emphasis on Freemasonry and Martinism. Jon E. Graham is an award-winning translator, artist, and writer specializing in esoteric topics and Surrealism. He lives in Vermont.













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