Secrets of Secret Societies and How they Impacted History

Throughout history, secret societies have wielded a mysterious influence, shaping events and ideologies behind closed doors. There is just something about them that never stops intriguing us. But have you ever wondered about the secrets of secret societies? Like the ones that aren’t known to mainstream media? Truth be told, us ordinary folks don’t have enough access to them to figure out their deepest secrets. However, there are still a few that managed to slip through the cracks of those elite and secret organizations.

The Illuminati

Let’s start with a classic. The Illuminati, a secret society founded in the 18th century, aimed to promote enlightenment ideals and challenge the influence of the church and monarchy. Although short-lived, their legacy sparked countless conspiracy theories and influenced revolutionary movements. But did you know that it was actually a Bavarian professor that started this group? The 18th-century German academic Adam Weishaup had no idea how many conspiracy theories would come to life thanks to him.


Freemasonry is actually an ancient fraternity that has left an indelible mark on history. With its rituals, symbols, and philosophical teachings, it attracted influential members across diverse societies, impacting politics, arts, and the sciences. And what makes it so clear that they were a fraternity is the fact that they had a secret handshake. A variety of them, in fact. And they were all based on one’s rank within the organization. There is a handshake for each degree (Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master) and they were mostly used during Masonic ceremonies.

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar, a medieval order shrouded in mystique, wielded significant power and wealth. Their secretive practices and alleged discoveries ignited legends and left a lasting imprint on historical narratives. What makes this organization so interesting is that many people believe that they are still active. But not only that, it’s also believed that they are the ones who own and hide many of history’s biggest treasures. The Ark of the Covenant is at the top of the list.


The Skull and Bones

The Skull and Bones, an exclusive society at Yale University, has drawn attention for its influential members and also weird and clandestine rituals. If you ever watched Gilmore Girls, you know what we are talking about. Its members, including influential political figures, have sparked curiosity and speculation about its secretive activities. Three previous members even became presidents: William Howard Taft, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

The Rosicrucians

Another mystical fraternity, The Rosicrucians, is known for its esoteric knowledge and spiritual enlightenment. Their teachings, veiled in allegory and symbolism, contributed to the development of occult and philosophical thought. While they aren’t as well known as the previous ones, they are still equally as interesting. Their teachings are a combination of occultism and other religious beliefs and practices, and many believe that they were far ahead of their time.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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