Illuminati in name relates heavily to the Enlightened period(link) of the 1700’s with such groups as the Alumbrados of Spain(link) (1400’s) or Illumines of France(link) (1600’s). But neither of those made it to America like Adam Weishaupt’s(link) “Perfectubilists”(link). Weishaupt’s was born in Ingolstabt Bavaria(link) where he went to school and (ironically) eventually taught at the Univerity of Ingstabt(link) (ironic because this was a catholic school, and Weishaupt was very much anti-christian). In May 1, 1776 the Illuminati now so popular with conspirists today was created. It was founded with only five core members, called “Areopagites”(link), who would be the elite rulers for the anti-establisment(link) world Weishaupt invisioned. His plan was simple: influtrating freemason lodges(link) where they would recruit other likeminded individuals (more importantly the world moves and builders(link trope)) that could be used in overthrowing the nation goverments and churches to make way for the new world order of equality and tolerance. The society of Enlightenment-era thinkers saught to make society better with the use of philosophy that encouraged the end of superstition in both science and faith. Their intentions were good(link trope), but getting there would most likely not of reflected the same nobility. Unlike many secret societies in Europe during the 1700’s, the Illuminati were not intrested in evolving themselves with occultism(link), mystacism(link), escostrism(link) (or any other ism) for “hidden knowladge”(link). Their practises may of been loosely based on masonry(link), but shyed far away from such things as Judism(link), Kabbalah(link) and Cathoism(link). A friend of Weishaupht’s, Baron Adolf Franz Freiderich Knigge(link), assisted Weishaupt with the deveoplement of cerimonal rituals, and after becoming an offical member in 1780, Knigge crafted 12 degrees for the group that were devided into serval groups. What they did share with other societies was secresism. Pen names where used (like Ajax(link), Tiberius(link) and Spartacus(link)) and time was contributed to creating ciphers(link) for a secret language, pisons for suicide capsules if caught, and infernal machines(link) to store their documents. Using “Insinuators”(link) the Illuminati sucessfully joined the ranks of the Munich’s Lodge theodos of Good Coucil(link) and were controlling it by 1779. A Congress of Wilhelmsbad(link) was growing discontent with the influence othe Illuminati had among Freemansons(link), but little retaliation would be nessuary, as it seemed the secret sociaty was begining to crack under the strain of power. With Weighaupt becoming bolder in his profressional life he was subjecting his christian students to more anti-catholic tirades that could be mixed to his writings under the name of ‘Sparticus’. Knigge was slowly going more confinced that Weishaupt was in fact a closet Jesuit(link) spy, which may of lead to why he walked out on the Illuminati in 1784. He wouldn’t be the last, though others did it for their own reasons. Several ex-members would eventually go to Maria Anna(link) with Illuminati documents and a membership list (so much for the exploding boxes). She was in turn take it to her husband, the Duke of Bavaria, Cal theodore(link). The monarch would then enact a law that made any group, club or society not authorized by the state, illegal and worth of arrest. An arrest warrent was issued for Weisphaupt in 1785, but Weishpaunt would flee to Saxe-Gotha-Alenburg(link) foolishly leaving behind incriminating papers of the illuminati’s ambitious and plans of world domination. The Illuminati died out officially in 1785 and became publishised and ridiculed worldwide, it’s members being flushed out from the goverment, military and universities. From there it falls into the hands of conspirists and writers.