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Rules of Secret Societies

Updated on August 12, 2013

President George H.W. Bush

What is a Secret Society? Are There Secret Societies or Conspiracy Theories?

In History, secret societies were based on the same concept as the Mannerbund. Mannerbund, translated, means warrior band, or warrior brothers, and it only accepts males as members. This is where the original fraternities, and eventually sororities, come from. The rules of each secret society differ between groups.

Of course the first rule of a secret society is secrecy. Self acknowledged members will respond to questions with short, vague answers. They will share dialog on the topic without revealing any interesting details. In some cases, members of a secret society will not only hold the rituals and meanings in confidence, but will flat out deny involvement or membership. There are mandatory initiation processes, rites and rituals, and special secret celebrations. Many believe that these societies have a political agenda. Many believe that these societies are connected by a goal where all the nations are to become a “New World Order.”

Fraternities and sororities have their rules. To get into one of these groups, you must have a mutual desire; meaning the group and the rushee want to be joined. Secondly, there are dues to pay. Grades are also an important part of keeping your membership, and being an active member will make you an important part of the group.

Modern day secret societies are often connected with fraternities, sororities and the universities. However, secret societies date all the way back to medieval times. Some believe that the ancient groups evolved into some of the modern day clubs. Listed below are just a few of the most commonly known secret societies. If that last sentence isn't an oxymoron, I don't know what is!

Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Headquarters for The Knights Templar

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This is the official seal of the Knights Templar Active 1119-1312
This is the official seal of the Knights Templar Active 1119-1312 | Source

The Knights Templar

After about twenty years after the first Crusade in 1099, the Knights Templar was formed as a volunteer army to protect Jerusalem under King Baldwin II. They considered themselves soldiers of Christ. Some conspiracy theorists believe they had knowledge of and protected the Holy Grail. The headquarters for this Army for Christ was in Jerusalem; specifically the Temple Mount, also known as the captured Al-Aqsa Mosque until 1244 when the Islamic Turks captured it back from the Christians.

After losing the Temple and other battles, the now unpopular Knights became labeled as outlaws. Because of the unpopularity and the embarrassment to the Roman Catholic Church, the church declared them Satan worshipers, and Pope Clement V opened investigations on the knights.

Although the evidence found was flimsy at best, the remaining knights were all arrested on Friday, October 13, 1307. As legend has it, this event began the modern day superstition of Friday the 13th as an unlucky day. It is also believed that some of the knights survived and secretly continued under the guise of the Free Masons.

The laws of the Knights Templar are many. A few rules are:

  • Protect the land of Jerusalem
  • Protect travelers
  • Bury the dead
  • Recruit members to fight for king and faith
  • To give yourself to the service of God

This symbol represents the Free Masons, a secret society that began in England back in  1717.
This symbol represents the Free Masons, a secret society that began in England back in 1717. | Source

The Free Masons

Free Masonry is attributed to the original masons who built the Temple of King Solomon. However, there are no known documents proving this. Some believe that the Free Masons were derived from the Knights Templar. The Grand Masonic Lodge was born in 1717 in England. Meetings were held in secrecy and private rituals were performed. Members took oaths of secrecy and were threatened with “bloody penalties” which was believed to be physical consequences for disclosing any information about the group. They often communicated with a secret sign language.

Other rules include a pledge not to harm the society as a whole or any individual brother. Members are required to participate in charitable sacrifices for the community, and obey the laws of the Supreme Being and the State.

Many of our founding fathers were members. Some of them include:

  • George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Hancock
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Paul Revere

There are also many high profile men in the last two centuries who own membership to the Free Masons. Some of them include:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President
  • Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President
  • William J. Clinton, U.S. President
  • Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Astronaut
  • R.B. Bennett, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Francis Bischof, Queensland, Australia Police Commissioner
  • John M. Harlan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

There are Masonic symbols all over our country. Most of them are unrecognizable, unless you are aware of their presence. The more society studies these clubs, fraternities, or groups, the more we are learning about them and the influence they have had throughout history, especially in the United States of America. I believe our founding fathers deliberately used symbolism as a form of ownership.

Pyramid and All Seeing Eye

The Illuminati was established at the birth of the United States of America in 1776 when independence was declared from England.
The Illuminati was established at the birth of the United States of America in 1776 when independence was declared from England. | Source

The Illuminati

The Illuminati began on May 1, 1776, in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt. This secret society originally held a membership of only five. They were free thinkers; and named the group after that: Illuminati is the plural form of the Latin word Illumanitus, meaning “Enlightened.” They are known for their architecture all over the world. In these structures are the numbers and symbols of the secret society. By adopting many policies and practices from the Freemason’s, the Illuminati has many of the same rules.

At the birth of our nation, the United States of America, the Free Mason’s and the Illuminati worked hand in hand when developing Washington D.C. and other large cities. Between the two secret societies, the architectural and construction needs were met. If you look, you can find an array of symbols identifying the Free Masons and Illuminati influence on the United States of America. There are symbols embedded in our currency, our founding documents, and of course, our American monuments.

Once again, many of our founding fathers were members. Some of them include:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams
  • James Monroe
  • James Madison

The modern day Illuminati membership is continued among family dynasties like the Rothschild’s, Oppenheimer's and Rockefeller’s.

This is the original, and still today, representation of the Skull and Bones Logo of Yale University.
This is the original, and still today, representation of the Skull and Bones Logo of Yale University. | Source

The Order of Skull and Bones

This secret society was founded by Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1832. Among its five founding members, there were state politicians, a medical doctor, a reverend, and the Attorney General at the time. White, Protestant males dominate this group. One legendary story about Skull and Bones is that a group of Bonesmen, including Prescott Bush (father of George H.W. Bush) stole the remains of Geronimo, an Apache elder and leader. They were originally called, "The Order of Skull and Bones", but shortened the name later.

The Skull and Bones admissions requires its members to have one of the following two qualities. They must be born to a family with American ancestry from the east coast beginning back in the 1600’s. Or, they must have achieved wealth within the past 100 years and either attended or sent their sons’ to Yale.

Many members of the Skull and Bones secret society are quite common. Senator Prescott Bush, and both President George H.W. Bush, #41 and President George W. Bush #43 were members of the fraternity along with former Presidential Candidate, John Kerry and his father-in-law H.J. Heinz of Heinz condiments.

Who are the Bilderberg Group?

The Bilderberg Group

The Hotel de Bilderberg in Holland is where the group’s first meeting was in May, 1954. It is also where the group got its name. Annual meetings, including over 120 worldwide dignitaries, continue to this day.

According to,

“Invitations to Bilderberg conferences are extended by the Chairman following consultation with the Steering Committee members. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, their standing and their contribution to the selected agenda.
There usually are about 120 participants of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds from finance, industry, labour, education and communications. Participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.”

Three Bilderberg Group rules:

  • Host governments provide all security
  • Invited guests come alone
  • Chatham House Rules apply. This means all are able to speak their minds freely and without intimidation knowing every word will be held in confidence.

It would please me to know that you enjoyed this article. I can only imagine the differences in opinion, conspiracy theory, and facts. I am totally fascinated by this subject, so if you would like to add to it, please feel free to make comments, suggestions or leave constructive criticism in the comments section below. Thank you so much for your interest in my work.

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God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan


A Secret Society dominated by old line American families and new wealth has existed from 1833 to the present day.
Lord family (1635, Cambridge Mass.)
Bundy family (1635, Boston Mass.)
Phelps family (1630, Dorchester Mass.)
Whitney family (1635, Watertown Mass.)
Perkins family (1631, Boston Mass.)
Stimson family (1635, Watertown Mass.)
Taft family (1679, Braintree Mass.)
Wadsworth family (1632, Newtown Mass.)
Gilman family (1638, Hingham Mass.)�
Rockefeller family (Standard Oil)
Payne family (Standard Oil)
Harriman family (Railroads)
Davison family (J.P. Morgan)
Weyerhauser family (Lumber)
Pillsbury family (Flour milling)
Sloane family (Retail)

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 19 months ago from London England


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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      The astonishing fact about all of the 'secret societies' on the planet today an estimate of the combined membership would exceed a staggering multi million (either U.S. or U.K. meaning of 1 million) enough to populate one or more average sized countries. Let us look at some of the smaller secret societies and how they tick!

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      REUBEN MUIRU 3 years ago from NAIROBI

      Interesting flow of information.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks, Michele!

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a wonderful hub. Like gm said you have presented a lot of information, I hope more people read it, because there is much truth to it.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks, Cre8tor! C'mon back anytime!

      I appreciate your comment!

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      Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

      I love this subject. I will be back to read this more than a couple times I am sure. Awesome, interesting and voted up.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Many of them are members. It kind of freaks me out a little bit. Anyway, this is one of my personal favorites.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Great and informative hub. The information you have presented here is fantastic. I knew about the Knights Templar, the Bildenberg Group, and the Skulls and Bones. George W. Bush was a member of the latter society.