Secret societies are fascinating. The idea that groups are meeting in secret and plotting their influence over our lives is something that I (at least) half believe in. Regardless of whether or not any of these societies are trying to control the masses, their existence is enough to spark intrigue. Anything that is secret is going to draw attention from the outside world. Everyone wants to be on the inside, and no one likes to be left out.
Here are some of the locations that notable secret societies have gathered. Maybe one of them put me on a path to write this article.
1. Skull and Bones Tomb
Yale University is one of the most famously exclusive colleges in America and possibly the world. It is no surprise, then, that one of their exclusive fraternities, Skull and Bones, is one of the leading candidates in world domination/control conspiracies. Many of its members have gone on to do fantastic things in life, even rising as high as president of the United States. The Tomb, which is the society’s home-base, holds the secrets of the fraternity and many other secrets that are still unknown. It is theorized that the Tomb holds the roster of all past and present members, as well as historical relics that were passed down or stolen.
2. Domus Sanctae Marthae
People love to speculate on the existence of the Illuminati in the modern day, but their confirmed existence occurred in the 1700s. The Illuminati was a group of like-minded individuals who sought to influence the perception of the masses. It was reportedly shut-down soon after its launch, but many skeptics have claimed that it lives on. Because of this, conspiracy theorists have speculated on multiple locations as their modern-day headquarters, one of which being the Domus Sanctae Marthae, or the Pope’s residence in the Vatican. If this were true, it would make the Pope one of if not the leader of the Illuminati.
3. Bibliothèque Nationale de France
The Priory of Sion is a fascinating, albeit likely fake secret society located in France. The group is said to be protectors of the descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. In the 1970s, news reports claimed that the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, or the France National Library, had a copy of the lineage and members of the Priory of Sion in its possession. The list of members included Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci and Victor Hugo. It was eventually revealed that the document was left by Pierre Plantard, who believed himself to be a descendant of Jesus. Plantard admitted that he made the story up, but it is still a fascinating proposition; which is why many conspiracy theorists still hold on to the possibility it might be true.
4. Bay Area Thelemic Temple
Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) was formed in the early 1900s and based many of its foundation on other existing secret societies. One of its founders, Aleister Crowley, inserted his theological belief system he called Thelema. Members were initiated and progressed through the ranks through a number of rituals, earning eccentric titles as they went along. One location for their worship is located in Oakland, California, where a weekly Gnostic mass would be held. This was similar to Catholic mass, with a few wrinkles like blood and masks to give it the feel of a true cult.
6. Bohemian Grove
Bohemian Grove is the remote location 2,700-acre campground located in Monte Rio, California. Every year there is a gathering of some of the most influential individuals on this site, and what they talk about is shrouded in secrecy. The group has been infiltrated multiple times, most notably by Alex Jones in 2000. His hidden camera footage shows the ceremony called Cremation of the Care. In this ceremony, a coffin is lit on fire in front of a 40-foot statue of an owl. The footage was confirmed by the group, though the statements made in Jones’ documentary were denied. No business is to be discussed on the outing, as it is supposedly a place for the rich and powerful to escape their responsibilities. The only business to ever be discussed at one of these outings was supposedly the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the first atomic bomb.
6. Scientology’s Trementina Base
Until relatively recently, the theological beliefs of Scientology was kept a secret from the outside world. Even the followers of the religion were not granted access to their secrets until they had reached a certain level of clarity. Remarkably separate from their celebrity endorsers, the fundamentals of the Church of Scientology is actually quite secretive. There are multiple secret bases that the church holds, one of which is called Trementina. This base houses the original writings from L. Ron Hubbard, but many think there is something else that the church is hiding. There are networks of tunnels underneath the base that serve an unknown purpose. When viewed from above, the base is in the shape of the Scientology symbol. This may be to signify the landing place when L. Ron Hubbard makes his return.
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