I’m not sure how exactly to start. I’ve been noticing lately in my newsfeed, stories concerning the Entertainment Industry, The Illuminati, Conspiracy Theorists, Politicians, Aleister Crowley, Anton LaVey, the West Memphis Three, and the list goes on. For some reason I find all of it fascinating subject matter.
The problem is where do you start?
The Illuminati is a name given to several different groups in history representing a “secret society”. They mostly refer to the “Bavarian Illuminati” founded in 1776 that opposed superstition, abuse of state power and religious influence over public life. They also opposed “Obscurantism”. This is the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details from becoming known concerning any matter.
Founded by Adam Weishaupt, who spread the ideas of The Enlightenment, a movement which included a range of ideas centered on reason as the primary source of Authority and Legitimacy. It advanced ideals like tolerance, liberty, and separation of church and state.
Recruitment for The Illuminati started with the Freemasons. The German Freemasons were targeted early on. The estimated number of members at the end of 1784 were anywhere from 650-2,500. There’s not much accuracy because of the secrecy of their organization.
The decline of their organization was brought on by their own egos and infighting. Members bragging about Political sway, fighting over who came up with certain ideas and who was in charge eventually caused them to crumble.
Occultism is the study of occult practices including magic, alchemy, extra sensory perception, astrology, spiritualism, religion and divination. Certain belief systems are included like Wicca, Paganism, Thelema, Hermeticism, and Theosophy.
ALEISTER CROWLEY 10/12/1875 – 12/1/1947
Educated at the University of Cambridge, Crowley took part in the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn. An organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics and paranormal activity during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The original founders were William Robert Woodman, William Wynn Westcott, and Samuel Liddell Macgregor Mathers, all Freemasons.
Crowley had disagreements with them all. He had a Narcissistic personality and indulged in drugs and sex more than other members. His ideas would have exposed the organization to the public more, and his behavior was erratic. He eventually left them and went on a trip to Egypt where he was “contacted” by an entity known as “Aiwass” who provided him with the “Book of Law”. It served as the basis for Thelema. He started a new organization The AEon of Horus. It’s creed would be “Do what thou wilt”.
ANTON LAVEY 4/11/1930 – 10/29/1997
Anton LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan and writer of the Satanic Bible. Neither really has anything to do with Satan.
The Satanic Bible encourages the exploration of your own nature and instincts. It promotes freedom of pain and fear.
Unfortunately when someone is lost, lonely, or feels like an outcast they look for something different to help. Some turned to the Satanic Bible or Aleister Crowley.
The problem with this is most people DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE READING. LaVey stole various theories and ideas from so many different sources like Ayn Rand and Ragnar Redbeard. He also took from Crowley’s Magick: Elemetary Theory. He exaggerated his childhood or outright lied about events. He said he was in the circus Barnum and Bailey but never was. He also said he had an affair with Marilyn Monroe that never happened.
People like Crowley and LaVey were not selling anything new. Greek philosopher Epicurus believed that “pleasure” was the greatest good, the way to obtain pleasure was to live modestly, gain knowledge of the workings of the world and to limit one’s desires. This would lead to a state of tranquility, freedom from fear and absence of bodily pain. Others who followed Epicureanism were the poet Horace (Carpe Diem), Virgil, Julius Caesar, and Thomas Jefferson.
Crowley and LaVey both had egos, pride, a need for power and to be adored and admired. If they were around today they probably would have been diagnosed with a few illnesses in the DSM-V. That being said some of it DOES MAKE SENSE TO ME.
I DO NOT THINK A PERSON’S CHOICE IN TATOOS BRANDS THEM AS PART OF AN ORGANIZATION OR CONSPIRACY. Sometimes a tattoo is just a tattoo. People need to get over that aspect and focus on where the real threats are in our world and it isn’t Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins, Dave Navarro, or Eddie Vedder.
If you want to investigate tattoo conspiracies you could go to Russia and try to get Putin to drop his pants. See if he has stars on his knees. Now that is something I would pay to see.
COMING UP: I WILL TRY TO TACKLE MORE OF THE CONSPIRACY THEORY SITUATION AND MY FINDINGS WHILE READING TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE INVESTIGATION. ONE WORD~ INCOMPETENCY