Top 10 Secret Societies

Top 10 Secret Societies

Top 10 Secret Societies 10. Ordo Templi Orientis Famous Members
Aleister Crowley Ordo Templi Orientis is a mystic organization
that was started in the early twentieth century. The group was established along the same lines
as the less secretive Freemasons, and supposedly relies on ritual and occult practices as a
means for members to move from one level of prestige to another within the organization.
The general philosophy of the group was a belief in new age esoteric principles and
practices as a method of realizing one’s true identity. Famed occultist and all-around
eccentric Aleister Crowley composed much of the group’s lore, including a manifesto
called the Mysteria Mystica Maxima, and he later became its head. After his death, the
influence and popularity of Ordo Templi Orientis began to wane, but it still exists today and
has various chapters scattered across the world, chiefly in the United States, the U.K.,
and other parts of Europe. Secret Practices
As Aleister Crowley’s popularity as a new age figure has continued to grow, more and
more of the teachings of the Ordo Templi Orientis have come to light. As such, the group makes
much less of an attempt to be secretive today than it did in the past. This doesn’t mean
that they don’t still have some bizarre practices. Chief among these is the group’s
fixation on the sexual, especially their teachings on the “adoration of the phallus” and
the magic of masturbation. 9. The Bilderberg Group Famous Members
No members, but attendees have included Ben Bernanke, the royal families of Spain and
the Netherlands, World Bank officials, and representatives from major corporations The Bilderberg Group is not a secret society
per se, but it does operate under a similar veil of mystery, which has made it the subject
of countless conspiracy theories and criticisms. The group was started in 1954, and since then
it has convened every year as an exclusive, invitation-only conference of various world
leaders, captains of industry, and media moguls. The group was originally started as a means
of addressing a streak of anti-Americanism that was spreading through Europe following
WWII, but over the years it appears to have morphed into a more broad discussion on reaching
mutual understanding between cultures. Secret Practices
The Bilderberg Group has become controversial for one key reason: no press is allowed in
the conference and no significant details concerning the topics discussed are ever officially
released to the public. That kind of secrecy, along with the intense security of the meeting
sites, which often feature armed guards, police, and even fighter jets patrolling the skies
overhead, has produced a number of conspiracy theories centered on the conference. The most
popular is that the group tries to steer the direction of public policy, financial markets,
and media in certain prescribed directions of their choosing, perhaps even with the goal
of forming a so-called “one world government.” These claims have been brushed aside by the
group, which claims global understanding and the end of nuclear proliferation as its main
goals. 8. Hashshashin– The Order of Assassins Famous Members
None of note The Hashshashin, or Nizari, were a mysterious
band of Muslim assassins that operated in the Middle East during the 13th century. The
group was made up of Shia Muslims who broke off from a bigger sect and banded together
in order to establish a utopian Shi’ite state. Because their number was small, the
group used guerilla tactics in their battle against their enemies, including espionage,
sabotage, and, most famously, political assassination. The Hashshashin would plant highly trained
moles inside enemy strongholds, with instructions to only attack when the time was right. They
were known for their extreme discretion in minimizing civilian casualties, as well as
their penchant for using stealth to intimidate their targets. As the story goes, enemy leaders
would often wake in the morning to find a Hashshashin dagger lying on their pillow,
along with a note saying “you are in our grip.” Their legend soon grew, and before
the Mongols finally destroyed the group, they became well known contract killers, supposedly
performing jobs for the likes of King Richard the Lionheart. Secret Practices
Around the time of their downfall, the library that contained all Nizari records was destroyed,
so much of what is known about them today has taken on the status of myth. The most
controversial legend centers of the group’s use of drugs and other intoxicants– “Hashshashin”
translates roughly as “Hashish user”–which some have said were employed by the members
in battle. This has been widely discredited, but the term “Hashshashin” as it refers
to the Nizari is believed to be the origin of the modern word “assassin.” 7. The Black Hand Famous Members
Gavrilo Princip (rumored) The Black Hand was a secret society of anti-imperialist
political revolutionaries that was started in Serbia in 1912. It formed as an offshoot
from Narodna Adbrona, a group that sought to unite all of the Slavic people of Europe
under one country. This required the separation of Serbia from the monarchy of Austria-Hungary,
which had annexed the country some years before. With this in mind, the group began disseminating
anti-Austrian propaganda and training saboteurs and assassins to disrupt political rule within
the province. Their plan was to incite a war between Serbia and Austria, which would give
them a chance to free their country and unite the different Slavic nations as one. Secret Practices
Black Hand would be all but forgotten today if not for their unlikely involvement in one
of the biggest events of the twentieth century. In 1914, the group engineered the assassination
of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The job was badly botched, and was only completed
when a low-level hood named Gavrilo Princip stumbled upon the Archduke’s car and shot
him to death at close range (see photo). Still, the results of the assassination were catastrophic.
Within days, Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia, and after the allies of both
countries joined the fray, the small dispute managed to escalate into WWI. The aftermath
of WWI eventually led to WWII, and this led to the Cold War, which makes the Black Hand
one of the most strangely influential forces of the twentieth century. 6. The Knights of the Golden Circle Famous Members
John Wilkes Booth, Jesse James (above), Franklin Pierce (all rumored) The Knights of the Golden Circle was a secret
society that flourished in the U.S. during the American Civil War. In the beginning,
the group sought to encourage the annexation of Mexico and the West Indies, which they
believed would help the waning slave trade to once again flourish. But once the Civil
War started, the group switched its focus from colonialism to fervent support of the
newly established Confederate government. The Knights soon had thousands of followers,
many of whom formed guerilla armies and began raiding Union strongholds in the West. In
the Northern states, the mysterious order had an even bigger impact. Many newspapers
and public figures engaged in witch-hunts where they accused supposed Southern sympathizers,
including President Franklin Pierce, of being members of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Secret Practices
Unlike most secret societies, the Golden Circle didn’t just concern itself with clandestine
meetings and mysterious plans. Instead, the group often formed renegade armies and bands
of bushwhackers in order to forward their agenda by force. In 1860, a group of the Knights
made a failed attempt to invade Mexico. During the war, they robbed stagecoaches and attempted
a blockade of the harbor in San Francisco, and a group of them even managed to briefly
take control of southern New Mexico. 5. The Thule Society Famous Members
Rudolf Hess, Arthur Rosenberg, Adolf Hitler (rumored) Lots of secret organizations are suspected
of having malevolent ulterior motives, but the Thule Society is one of the few where
such suspicions have been proven. The group was unofficially started in Germany just after
the end of WWI. It began as a kind of German heritage group that dabbled in the occult,
but it quickly transformed into an organization that sought to forward the ideology of the
Aryan race, and it took an outwardly racist approach toward Jews and other minorities.
The group soon boasted over a thousand members, and even had its own propaganda newspaper.
In 1919, members of the Thule Society formed a political organization called the German
Workers’ Party. A young Adolf Hitler became a member, and eventually took over the party,
which would later become known as the National Socialist German Workers’, or Nazi, party. Secret Practices
Even before the Thule Society became a vehicle for Nazism, the members were involved in some
pretty bizarre activities. The strangest was the group’s fascination with the Aryan race,
whose origins they tried to trace back to the mythical land of Thule, which the Greeks
had claimed was found north of Europe near Iceland and Greenland. 4. The Sons of Liberty Famous Members
Paul Revere, John and Samuel Adams, John Hancock The Sons of Liberty is the name for a loosely
organized group of dissidents that existed in America prior to the Revolutionary War.
The group did not exist as a secret society in the traditional sense; rather, it was made
up of smaller factions of patriots from across the colonies that united in support of a common
goal. When they did meet, it was usually in Boston around an elm tree that has since become
known as the Liberty Tree. It was here that the group would formulate their resistance,
which included the dissemination of pamphlets and even some sabotage and terrorist activity.
This behavior led to the British branding the Sons of Liberty as seditious, and they
were often referred to pejoratively as “The Sons of Violence.” The group is most notable
today for sowing the seeds of revolution among the colonists with their protest of the Stamp
Act, and for coining the now famous phrase “no taxation without representation.” Secret Practices
The Sons of Liberty in Boston were the most famous arm of the group, but there were factions
spread out all across the 13 colonies. One group in Rhode Island looted and burned the
British trade ship Gaspee in protest of unfair trade practices, while others were known to
tar and feather British loyalists. Still, the most famous event engineered by the Sons
remains the Boston Tea Party in 1773, when members of the group dressed as Indians and
dumped shiploads of overtaxed tea into Boston Harbor. 3. Skull and Bones Famous Members
George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John Kerry Ivy League Colleges are known for their many
secret societies and student organizations, and of these Yale’s Skull and Bones is probably
the most famous. The society taps new students for membership every spring, and the only
real prerequisite for membership is that the initiate be a campus leader. As such, athletes,
members of the student council, and fraternity presidents are often considered. Skull and
Bones counts among its membership U.S. Presidents, Senators, and Supreme Court Justices, which
has lead many to argue that the group works as some kind of underground organization for
the high-powered political elite. There is no denying that the club is well funded: an
alumni organization called the Russell Trust Association bankrolls its activities, and
the group supposedly owns an island in upstate New York. Secret Practices
Skull and Bones’ membership is no longer kept secret, but their practices still are.
The order meets twice a week, but just what goes on at their meetings has never been revealed.
To the disappointment of conspiracy theorists, what rumors have come out are relatively innocuous.
The group has supposedly taken part in a number of pranks, and was once even sued by chairman
of the Apache tribe, who claimed the Bonesmen were in possession of the skeleton of Geronimo.
Beyond this, the group is known for allegedly forcing new members to relate their sexual
history to the rest of the society, and for giving out nicknames to each initiate. In
a widely reported rumor, President George H.W. Bush was supposedly known as “Magog,”
a name given to the Bonesman with the most sexual experience. 2. The Illuminati Famous Members
Goethe, Ferdinand of Brunswick, many others rumored In popular culture and the realm of wild and
weird conspiracy theories, no secret organization has become as well known as the Illuminati,
who have made frequent appearances in books, movies, and television. The group as it is
popularly understood is more or less a myth, but the legend of it dates back to a real
organization that existed in Germany in the late 1700s. At the time, the members of the
group presented themselves as an order of enlightened free thinkers. The press soon
turned against them, and they came to be regarded by many as an underground force of dissidents
intent on overthrowing the government, and they were even blamed for inciting the French
Revolution. The group disbanded shortly thereafter, but their influence remained strong, and for
years after their dissolution they were rumored to still be operating somewhere in the shadows. Secret Practices
Thanks to its constant presence in popular culture, the Illuminati have continued to
be feared to this day. Modern conspiracy theorists have asserted that the group survived and
now operates as a sinister shadow government, directing world industry and politics as it
sees fit. The Bush family, Winston Churchill, and President Barack Obama have all been named
as prominent members, but no legitimate evidence of such a group has ever been uncovered. Still,
the rumor lives on as one of the most popular, albeit bizarre, of all conspiracy theories. 1. The Freemasons Famous Members
Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, James Buchanan, Bob Dole, Henry Ford, Ben Franklin Although they are less influential and secretive
today than they once were, the Freemasons remain one of the most famous fraternal organizations
in the world, with a membership somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 million. The group
was officially founded in 1717, but documents relating to its existence date back to the
1300s. It was originally created to be a brotherhood whose members share certain key philosophical
ideas, among them a belief in a supreme being. The group stresses moral uprightness, and
as such many of the chapters have become known for their charitable work and community service.
Despite these seemingly harmless practices, the Freemasons are not without their critics.
Conspiracy theorists have long targeted them for supposedly being involved in nefarious
occult practices, and there have even been whole political groups based around opposition
to the group. Churches of all denominations have also criticized the organization, as
its moral teachings and esoteric spiritual beliefs have been said to be in competition
with more traditional religion. The Stonecutters, a secret society featured
on the Simpsons is based on the Freemasons. Secret Practices
With its huge membership and different lodges scattered across the globe, modern Freemasonry
no longer has the same universal principles as it did in the old days. One practice that
has remained constant is the method for induction. Initiates must be recommended to the group
by someone who is already a Mason, and once a member they must pass through three different
degrees of standing before reaching the level of “Master Mason.” Members also have certain
prescribed modes of greeting one another, including handshakes, gestures, and passwords,
and non-masons are always banned from attending meetings.


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    super wealthy and powerful people working together in secret to make this world their bitch? no way! that's just how it is, it sucks

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    Kaelan Swan

    I was named after aleister crowley, whould i be ashamed of my mother & father or happy. wait wait 'The Magic of masterbition'.. Happy.

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    The Malicious Ternary Machine

    In number four, the group refereed to them as Indians, but they are actually called native North Americans.

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    nat nasty

    the members of the Freemasons are everybody in the government all our past presidents members of the Illuminati all entertainers rappers singers actors actresses true stories

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    Marc Magma

    (sarcastic) Yes, this are REALLY secret societys! A mean ya could made a 15 minute long video about 'em! Only the true secret societys can reach a status of secretness like that!

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    TruthSeeker WatchManUK

    SIMON WHISTLER, infamous attendee David Rockefeller said in his memoirs about people accusing them of being "internationalists and with conspiring with others around the world, to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." That seems a little like a one world government to me. Wonder if whistler has time to research a bit deeper. he does put a video out everyday bless him.

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    Here For The Comments

    Yes, that is all that the Sons Of Liberty have done. The Sons Of Liberty definitely did not attack New York City.

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    Alexander Jaggers

    The Boston tea party was about the Corporate monopoly of the East India company, not the taxation of the tea itself. But otherwise good video

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    Secret Societies are sinister, eh? Many say because they're secret, that they're un-Christian. Hmmm, I wonder why they don't say that about all these "Christian" church denominations, which have figureheads, and are ran like a corporation, such as the Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, etc.? These very churches have closed door meetings, and on top of that, the Catholics have a closed door session to select the Pope, and nobody but the higher clergy are invited, to ANY of them, nor can anyone lower enter. They even have their own, private, closed door, Knights of Columbus. That is kind of hypocritical, I'd say.

    The OTO has NO ties to regular Freemasonry, nor does Crowley. Their rituals come from the Golden Dawn, an irregular and clandestine group, that regular Freemasonry will not, nor have ever, associated with. Crowley tried to visit the UGLE, in London, and was thrown out on his rear, while trying to use his fake bona fides. The three men who started it, were Freemasons, and they found out very quickly that they couldn't do what they did. Their history with regular conservative Freemasonry was ruined, and their group was quickly declared clandestine and irregular, banning any regular Freemason from joining it.

    The Illuminati disbanded in 1784, before the French Revolution began in 1789, not afterwards. If you're going to tell their history, tell it right. Most of its members were arrested, after Adolph Knigge, a Freemason, reported what he knew, (which was just revealed by Weishaupt), to his Lodge, and that was then reported to the Bavarian government. The Jesuits did the same with the Catholic church. Before they could arrest Weishaupt, he did a ruuner to France, in the middle of the night. The Catholic church claims that Weishaupt converted back to Catholicism, and lived out the rest of his life as a Christian.

    The Southern Baptist Convention, at the demand of several of its anti-Masonic pastors, did a study on Freemasonry, titled, A Study of Freemasonry, by the Interfaith Witness Dept., Home Mission Board, and found that the pastors who demanded the study were full of BS, along with debunking other pastors who were not Baptist, such as Bill Schnoebelen. The study can be found at the link below.

    Take notice that he uses Wikipedia for facts on these groups, instead of factual websites such as or Encyclopedia Britannica. Even when Freemasons write the articles for their own organization, a Wikipedia editor will change it back, or someone will come along and change it, making the articles untruthful. Some of the articles on Freemasonry are correct, for now, but religious editors, behind the scenes at Wikipedia, are guilty of changing things to their liking, and not the truth.

    A real, true, secret society is unknown to the populace. They are completely hidden away, not proudly announced.

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    Almost all of the founding fathers were Free Masons, George Washington most definitely was. The Bible the President of the U.S. swears in on is George Washington's Free Mason Bible. Which is housed at the local Free Mason lodge.

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    Skulls and Bones is no more secret than the Club or Rome…

    It always sounded fashist to me as skulls and bones were often used in Nazi lore. Bunch of rich college kids that are already assholes, before they turn world leaders get pampered even more…this elitist crap should be forbidden at universities, but…Murica.

    I think Anonymous should have made this list. There can be "secret" societies that are actually beneficial to society.

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    You might see this as another part of that "being offended" wave, but they could have at least mentioned that women are allowed in almost none of those organizations.

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    Will Coon

    Hey I think I have watched 50+ of your videos thought I was subscribed, to your channel, but after this video I double checked, I wasn't… sorry I am on the today I found out, that aside what about the red shield? I think it's in french or Germanic as its said, or other question that all USA presidents share a old European, blood line??? love your stuff!

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    Stevie Budden

    Minor point: Claiming that the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand caused WW1 is dubious. It was the excuse to start what was always going to happen. People don't start world wars at the drop of a hat like that. That would be like Princess Diana dying in Paris, next thing you know US invades Spain.

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    Horror fan Nkb1437

    For the record, some Masonic meetings have parts open to the public. I have attended those for family members.

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    Gary Cooper

    Skull and Bones membership does NOT include “fraternity presidents,” for a simple reason: Yale has no fraternities. There’s really no fact checking for these videos, is there?

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    Craig B

    Other than secret societies being essentially cults for the elite, world leaders should not be members of any secret society. The Bilderburgers are actually often in direct violation of national laws. Whether nefarious or not, these things should not be allowed to exist.

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    At the end of the day 85% of “secret societies” are just groups of people that sit around in windowless buildings with robes on and no clothes underneath. They meet exclusively to partake in anal sex with eachother. The Bilderberg Group is just an exclusive gathering of rich people that light bonfires and do Ted Talks.

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    Cellphone Dave

    I'm a member of a secret society called "Florida Men", a collection of the most scholarly and learned men in Florida.

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    Thomas Myrter

    Correction: Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia, not Serbia. Although to some Serb nationalists, there was no difference.

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    Famous Masons? Try George Washington. There’s a painting of him in full garb in the foyer of the temple my girlfriend goes to.
    Her and her family are all involved in various Masonic organizations, including Knights Templar, Eastern Star, and Amaranth. My girlfriend was recently installed as the worthy matron of her OES chapter at an invitational event to which I was invited and helped work on, despite not being one myself.
    The big secret? I had to help her make pretty trinkets for everyone and help setup the hall and food.
    They’re harmless, at least by all accounts I’ve seen (and considering her dad’s position being pretty high up, I can be fairly confident). Oh, one thing though: they hate being compared to the Illuminati and wish people would stop making that mistake.

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    So no mention for the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe aka the hellfire club? The best secret sex club in history? For shame

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    David Kugel

    I have a friend who is a Mason. He says if he goes to any major city in the world that he can get help from the Masons there. I don't know what that help includes.

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    Jon Haugland

    It's "THOO'L SOCIETY" NOT "TWO'LEH" SOCIETY you silly twat waffle!
    I'm Norwegian and even I knew THAT!!

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    Alex DeHaven

    You forgot the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, aka the Knight Templar.

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    Re the sons of liberty and the "no taxation" quote that is believed attributable to James Otis… Although Otis “no taxation without representation” may be something he never literally said, word for word, he helped put the idea in public consciousness as a concept. His actual words were, “The very act of taxing, exercised over those who are not represented, appears to me to be depriving them of one of their most essential rights; and, if continued seems to be, in effect, an entire disenfranchisement of every civil right.”

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    At first i was surprised that the illuminati wasnt 1 then i thought oh they probably put anonymous as 1
    Then i was disappointed.

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    Dern Vader

    Uh, originally the Freemasons were just that… because in antiquity most people were not allowed free travel – death was the punishment in most countries for leaving. Yet everyone needed people to build their cities; the Freemasons were originally those workers that could pass over country borders to build in other countries… many were Jewish in antiquity…

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    Michael Moore

    A candidate for masonry has to ask to join, the only time a Freemason makes a recommendation is after the committee has investigated a candidate

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    Dennis Stevenson

    11:14. What about the video footage captured from an adjacent rooftop to their clubhouse that shows skull and bones members howling and whipping each other?

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