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“You haters corny with that Illuminati mess,” Beyoncé sings, starting off one of her latest hit songs “Formation.” If it’s just a silly conspiracy theory, then why would she even acknowledge such an absurd accusation?
Maybe because it’s true! Beyoncé is in the Illuminati!
Or not—we may never really know. To dive into the very deep and absurd rabbit hole that is Illuminati conspiracy theory, BTRtoday spoke with Mark Fenster, professor of Law at the University of Florida and author of “Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture,” about the ins and outs of the Illuminati, it’s current effect on society (if any), and of course, Beyoncé.
BTRtoday also reached out to the official website for the Illuminati, but received no response. (We know you see this, Illuminati! You see everything!)
First, we begin with some historical background on the Illuminati, to better understand the society’s allure and where it may stand now.
As it turns out, the secret society was actually a real thing during the late 1700s. In fact, secret societies were so popular that Karl Theodore, Prince-Elector and Duke of Bavaria, completely banned them. It was especially alarming for monarchs during that time, since America had recently broken from its monarchical shackles and begun a democracy.
The Illuminati was conceived in 1776, by Adam Weishaupt, professor of Canon Law and practical philosophy at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, Germany. He was discontented with the ideals of the Free Masons, who aimed at pushing political liberalism, and found the society too expensive. So, he decided to create his own group similar to theirs, but with slightly different objectives, founded on the opposition of superstition, conservatism, and religious influence over public life and abuses of state power; He called it the “Illuminatenorden,” or “Order of the Illuminati.”
This original iteration of the Illuminati disintegrated by the late 18th century, after two different materials were published in 1797 and 1798 that became very popular and made the society’s existence a common household fact. The first was entitled, “Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism,” by Augustin Barruel, and another entitled, “Proofs of a Conspiracy,” by John Robinson. These works claimed the society was responsible for an array of different subversive political shifts and expounded upon their ties. Shortly after, the society dissolved.
Or so they say…
It’s a theory that in contemporary society the Illuminati still thrives—gaining powerful members with senior political rank, billionaires, and, of course, the high and mighty within Hollywood and pop-culture, like Beyoncé and Jay-z.
The original intentions of the Illuminati seemed to be noble at the time, especially due to the publics growing discontent with systematic governmental suppression. Fenster says that the Illuminati is considered to have been a praised rebellious group back then, which tended to attract the revolutionists that helped shape the political powers. One theory even suggests that the group played a role in spearheading the French Revolution.
So why is it that in today’s society the Illuminati is popularly associated with nefarious connotations, such as Satanism?
Rabbit hole, here we come.
Everyone knows what Blue Ivy stands for, right? “Born Living Under Evil, Illuminati’s Very Youngest,” and apparently, if you spell it backwards it becomes Lucifer’s daughter’s name in Latin, “Eulb Yvi.” Bet you didn’t know that.
“The Illuminati didn’t have a public relations team, but instead, the first rule of Illuminati is that there is no Illuminati,” Fenster explains. “It’s scary having people go around doing secretive things, it sounds kind of like the C.I.A. or like a terrorist organization, so the very secrecy it needed for it to be a gathering place for people who had at the time radical ideas, is what makes it today seem suspicious.”
Today’s Illuminati is thought to push a new agenda, this time for New World Order—with the outcome being total world domination. Did you hear that thunder cracking in the background? It’s thought that the secret society today is recruiting some of the world’s most powerful cultural characters such as Adele, Madonna, Jay-z, Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, and even President Barack Obama, to create the strongest authoritarian society.
“It doesn’t seem to have many ties back to its historical background,” Fenster says about today’s view on the Illuminati. “It’s now just this free-floating symbol of a secretive world.”
Why is this belief so wildly popular? Is it because TMZ is always on the Internet shoving it into everyone’s faces? Is it because pop culture just loves these kind of outlandish ideas? Maybe those of us not entrenched in the Illuminati are just as afraid as Karl Theodore was back in the 1700s.
“People who are celebrities, so like Beyoncé and Jay-z, seem to live in a completely different world than the rest of us,” Fenster articulates about the world’s fascination with the rich and famous being part of this elitist group. “To say that they’re part of some secret society, is just to state the obvious; which is that they live in a different world than we do.”
Needless to say, Fenster is not a believer in Beyoncé or Jay-z being heads of the Illuminati. He conveys that the rumor is simply a coping mechanism all us “regular people” use to understand how celebrities can lead such extravagant and dramatic lifestyles.
Just for fun, to fuel the fascination, lets talk about some current theorized ties. There is an actual elitist secret camp called Bohemian Grove that convenes in southern California each year that only allows the rich and powerful to join. What goes on inside was first documented in 2000, when Alex Jones was able to infiltrate the camp. It was also reported on by Ron Johnson, who claimed in his book “Them: Adventures with Extremists,” that the rituals done within were “immature.”
A reporter for Vanity Fair tried to sneak into the club again in 2008, but the group had prepared for such circumstances and he was discovered after only an hour—he got arrested and escorted off the premises.
Bohemian Grove is a men-only club that has boasted such members as former president Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, and Colin Powell. This secret alliance, which once upset many for having earned a reputation for attempting to establish a New World Order, appears to have dropped out of the limelight entirely. A Google search yields nothing new as results are murky to whether the alliance persists or ended in some fashion.
“It was necessary at the time for the Illuminati to be a secret society back then,” Fenster conveys. “In the U.S. however, as liberalism triumphed, the secret aspects of secret societies became increasingly understood as being suspicious and elitist.”
Could it be that some of the world’s most beloved pop stars are part and parcel of a secret society geared towards world domination? Why is Jay-Z’s hand symbol for Roc-A-Fella a triangle, when a pyramid has always been the Illuminati’s signature? Were the dance moves in “Crazy In Love” actually imitating an initiation ritual for Beyoncé into the group? Did this secret organization kill Prince because he was on to them and their mind-controlling chemtrails?
To all of the above, we’re gonna go ahead and say: No, probably not. But then again, if the first rule of the Illuminati is that there is no Illuminati, we may never know for sure.