Secret Societies- The Bohemian Club
What do Jimmy Buffett, George W. Bush, Clint Eastwood, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry Ford, and William Randolph Hearst have in common? They were all in a private club known as the Bohemian Club, a secretive society shrouded in suspicion and rumors. Are the members planning a word-wide government without the public's knowledge? Do they participate in evil rituals? And why is security so tight? What exactly are they hiding?
History of the Bohemian Club
The Bohemian Club is a private gentlemen's club based in San Francisco, California. The club was founded in 1872 and originally was a group of journalists to form a fraternity of cultured writers. The term "bohemian" became popular in the 1850s and was synonymous with newspaper writers. Artists and musicians were admitted later on because of their financial resources. As the club grew, the rich and powerful were in the majority while the bohemians were in the minority. They soon began granting membership to businessmen, entrepreneurs, university presidents, and military commanders. Today the club has a diverse group of members from musicians and financiers to political leaders and CEOs.
Symbolism & Tradition
Since it's founding, the club's mascot has been the owl , representing knowledge, wisdom, and learning. A 40 ft owl shrine stands towers over the lake at the grove and is involved in the Cremation of Care ceremony.
The club's motto is "Weaving spiders come not here." It is a quote from a work of Shakespeare and means that when you are meeting as a club, you leave your cares at the door. The Grove is not a place to do business.
Every year, the club hosts a two- weekend long camp at Bohemian Grove, a 2700 acre property in Monte Rio, California. The retreat events include the Cremation of Care ceremony and the Grove Play. Cremation of Care is a ceremony in which the club members symbolically place their cares on the fire in front of the giant owl statue. The voice of the owl in Walter Cronkite's, a Bohemian Club member. The ceremony ends with a spectacular pyrotechnics display. The Grove Play is a musical theatrical production, written, composed, and performed by members. The production includes about 300 people including chorus, cast, and stage crew. It is usually performed on a night in the last weekend of camp.
Controversy & Infiltration
Bohemian Grove's secrecy has been the target of controversy and protest for years. The Bohemian Grove Action Network protests The Grove's secrecy, wealth, and power. A few people have successfully infiltrated Bohemian Grove and compiled video with accounts of the activities in the camp.
In 1989, a writer for Spy magazine, Philip Weiss, posed as a guest at the summer camp and publishes an article about his findings: "Inside the Bohemian Grove". According to Weiss, he witnessed rich, powerful men walking around naked with beer and cigar in hand, feeling free enough to pee wherever they wanted.
In 2000, a Texan filmmaker, Alex Jones and his cameraman sneaked onto the property and filmed the Creation of Care ceremony. Jones claimed that the ceremony was an "ancient Canaanite, Luciferian, Babylon mystery religion ceremony."
Some people believe the club members participate in evil rituals and form sinister plots. While others think it's just a group of rich guys who get together to let loose. We may never know the whole story, but as long as the Bohemian Grove is so secretive, the speculations will only continue.
- A Manhattan Project meeting took place at The Grove in 1942 and resulted in the completion of the atom bomb. The president of Harvard as well as officials from General Electric and Standard Oil attended the meeting.
- No woman has ever been a full member of the Bohemian Club, but honorary memberships were given to hostess Margaret Bowman, poet Ina Coolbrith, actress Elizabeth Crocker Bowers, and writer Sara Jane Lippincott.
- The Grove includes 160 acres of redwood trees, over 1000 years old.
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