Here is a large list of SS that I found on a web page. I found this information very useful and just wanted to provide it to all the members and viewers of this forum. Also are any of these real???
Catholic Knights - Catholic Knights of America is a fraternal benefit society for Catholics.
Druids - This is the United Ancient Order of Druids. It was founded in London in 1781. Pure paganism, they are founded on reason and sound morality. They imply that their religion is older and superior to Christianity. The greatest of all Druid teachers was Merlin. His Seven Precepts are considered the moral way to live a life: (1) Labor diligently to acquire knowledge for it is power; (2) When in authority decide reasonably, for thine authority may cease; (3) Bear with fortitude the ills of life, remembering that no mortal sorrow is perpetual; (4) Love virtue-for it bringeth peace; (5) Abhor vice-for it bringeth evil upon it; (6) Obey those in authority in all just things, that virtue may be exalted; and (7) Cultivate the social virtues, so shalt thou be beloved by all men.
Elks (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) - The Elks would probably never have existed if the New York state legislature did not pass a law in 1866 which closed all the saloons on Sunday. A group of sociable actors met on Sundays in their "drinking society" which they called the Jolly Cork. They later changed their name. The order was founded on February 16, 1868. There is some Masonic influence. The BPOE used to be limited to white male citizens of the U.S. who believe in the existence of God.
Foresters - Over the years, the Foresters had split into several branches: The Independent Order of Foresters, Catholic Order of Foresters, and Ancient Order of Foresters. The Ancient Order of Foresters claims to have begun in 1798, but historical records show its beginning as 1813. For its secret ritual, the Foresters used the legends of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Little John, and the Merrie Men.
Freemasonry - Freemasonry is the largest international secret society. Legendary Masonry goes back to the building of King Solomon's temple when Hiram Abiff, a mason, is said to have chosen death rather than reveal the secret Masonic word. The realistic beginnings of modern Freemasonry can be found in the crafts of working masons in medieval times. They adapted a system of signs and passwords which served the purpose of a union card. Twelve American Presidents have been Freemasons: Washington, Jackson, Monroe, Polk, A. Johnson, Garfield, McKinley, T. Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, F.D.R., and Truman. Others believed to be, or have been Freemasons: Ben Franklin, Charles Lindbergh, John Pershing, Robert J. Dole, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mark Twain, and Cy Young.
Grotto - This is the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm. Master Masons may join this organization. It imitates the Shrine. The ritual is supposedly founded on a very ancient Persian manuscript that was discovered in a secret vault in one of the sacred temples of Teheran, the City of Mystery.
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - This order formed in England at the end of the 19th century. Members believed it was possible to control the forces of nature with magic. Yeats, the poet, and Aleister Crowley were members. Crowley supposedly accomplished the ability to become invisible. Israel Regardie was one of the most important figures in the Golden Dawn. He published many of the rituals and magical material. It is the synthesis of mythical and magical ideas that were adapted from numerous sources such as: Fama Fraternitatis, Egyptian Book of the Dead, Cornelius Agrippa, Tycho Brahe, and John Dee. It was conceived to be composed of three degrees, each of which corresponds to an entire order. The First Degree and Order is the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Second Degree and Order is the Ordo Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis. Aleister Crowley was an early adept in the Second Degree. The Third is the Ordo Argentei Astri.
Hibernians (Ancient Order of Hibernians) - The AOH was organized in the United States on May 4, 1836 in New York City. The founding of the AOH has been placed as early as 1565 in Ireland. However, the latter date has not been substantiated. The AOH has been a Catholic organization which provides benefits (e.g., relief, burial, sick) to their members. John F. Kennedy became a member in 1947.
Illuminati - The Illuminati was first seen in the 15th century by occultists proclaiming to have wisdom from a higher source. Illuminati means, "Intellectually inspired." The secret society became strong in 18th century Germany. It adopted many different grades of Freemasonry. It claimed to be a blend of philanthropy and mysticism. Goethe was a member of the Bavarian Illuminati. They placed the fear of Masons and Jews within the extreme right wing political camps. Conspiracies were spun about the forces of order, bureaucracy, and repression. People soon realized that espionage was their main focus, then the French Revolution arrived and changed the country. The only people who mention the Illuminati anymore is the John Birch Society.
Job's Daughters - Teenage girls who are related to Master Masons can apply for membership in Job's Daughters. Mrs. Ethel T. W. Mick was the founder. The emblems of the Order are the white dove, urn of incense, lilies of the valley, and horn of plenty.
Knights of the Golden Eagle - Founded by John E. Burbage of Baltimore, Maryland in 1873. There were three degrees: Pilgrim, Knight, and Crusader. Combination of secret society and religious movement (Evangelical Protestant). The order offered sick and funeral benefits. The individual who shot President McKinley was supposedly a member of the Cleveland Lodge.
Knights of Columbus - This is the world's largest organization of Catholic men and their families. It was founded in 1882. They looked to the Masonic Lodge for its model. They use passwords, signs, and grips. They take pride in providing insurance policies to members. There are currently about 11,000 councils internationally.
Knights of Malta - Introduced into the U.S.A. in 1870. This order welcomed all Protestants and were aggressively anti-Catholic. The Knights of Malta is not the same as the Order of Knights of Malta which forms one of the degrees of the York rite of Freemasonry.
Knights of Pythias - The Order of Knights of Pythias was founded in 1864. They claim to promote friendship among men and to help relieve people's suffering. It bases its rituals on the story of Damon and Pythias. It borrowed elements from the Masons and Red Men. Today there are about 2000 lodges in the USA and Canada. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was initiated into the Knights of Pythias in 1936 in a special ceremony in the diplomatic reception room of the white house.
Knights Templar - Originally, these people were members of a religious military order founded by the Crusaders in Jerusalem about 1118. Also known as The Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon. They wore a white tunic with a red cross on the front (sounds familiar). They were not allowed any association with women and were also Roman Catholic. Some believe that the Templars, at one time, possessed the Shroud of Turin. In 1314, the Master of the Temple of Solomon (Jacques de Molay) was executed. Some feel that the Templars disbanded at this time while others believe they went to Scotland and began the first of the Ancient Scottish Rite of Masons. Today they are a part of the Masonic order. The Knights Templar is equal to the 32nd degree Mason and gives them the opportunity to join the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Ku Klux Klan - The society was organized at Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee, in June, 1866. It was originally designed as a diversion for young men, to help relieve the dulness immediately following the Civil War. It had been reported that the decision for a name occurred during the society's second meeting. The founder's wished to use the name "Kukloi" from the Greek word kuklos, meaning a band or circle. Someone else in the group suggested Ku Klux, and Klan was added to complete the alliteration.
Modern Woodmen of America - Joseph Root began the Modern Woodmen around 1883. It was primarily an insurance society with certain lodge features. Root had been associated with the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, and others. His intentions of this new order was to bring together Jews and Gentiles, Catholics and Protestants, and agnostics and atheists.
Moose (Loyal Order of Moose) - The Moose Lodge was founded in 1888. Around the beginning of the 20th century, the Moose found themselves in a membership slump. The order was in dire straights until James J. Davis began working for the Moose and enrolling thousands of new members. He was responsible for pulling the Moose out of a major membership slump. The Moose Lodge was responsible for providing sick benefits and a small death benefit to its members. There was even a city for dependents of deceased Moose and for the aged called Mooseheart, which was in Illinois. Mooseheart is still in existance.
National Ancient Order of Hibernians - The Ancient Order of Hibernians was organized on May 4, 1836 in New York City. However, its founding has been placed as early as 1565 in Ireland. In 16th century Ireland, the Catholic priest was a hunted man. To protect the priesthood and preserve the practice of their religion, certain Irishmen formed themselves into groups of Ribbonmen, the forerunners of the Hibernians. Members were required to be of Irish birth or descent. They had their secrecy and passwords. JFK joined the Order in 1947.
National Grange (Order of the Patrons of Husbandry) - The founder of the Grange, Oliver Hudson Kelley, was asked by President Andrew Johnson to tour the South to see what steps could be taken to rehabilitate the war devastated rural areas. Kelley, a Freemason himself, proposed that a new secret society dedicated to the advancement of rural life would help serve this purpose. The Order was founded in Fredonia, New York, in 1867. The Masonic fraternity was its model, but it was open to both men and women. From the beginning, meetings of the Granges were not only ritualistic but educational. In some respects, the Grange resembles a typical secret society.
Odd Fellows - This is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The first recorded Lodge of Odd Fellows began in England in 1745. Historically, this organization was started to help fellow members find employment when out of work. They were known as the poor man's Masonry. The initiate must believe in the Supreme Being.
Order of Owls - This order was founded in 1904 by John W. Talbot in South Bend, Indiana. Their main purpose was "To assist each other in business, to help each other in obtaining employment, to assist the widows and orphans of our brothers, to give mutual aid to our brothers in any way that they may need, and assemble for mutual pleasure and entertainment." The Owls did not have any religiousness. Their local lodge was called a "nest" and they have the usual secret ritual, grips, and passwords. Their national headquarters was in Hartford, Connecticut.
P.E.O. Sisterhood - There is an unusual degree of secrecy regarding the P.E.O., their name, and rituals. It is not for certain, but their initials are thought to stand for Protect Each Other. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is considered a woman's secret society with it's main purposes as social and educational. It was was founded in 1869 in Iowa.
Red Men (Improved Order of Red Men) - This order claimed to be the oldest secret society of purely American origin. However, it was actually founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834. A Society of Red Men was founded in 1813, but the Improved Order of Red Men sought to distance itself from the Society of Red Men due to its known love of the "fire water." Indian nomenclature was established in the Improved Order. Local tribes met in wigwams and initiated palefaces into their secrets upon payment of wampum. The Improved order was modeled after the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and used the legend of Hiram Abiff (of Masonic legend) - which became its third degree.
Rosicrucians-The Rosicrucians state that their order began in 14th century Europe. It was during this time that Christian Rosencreuz, after traveling in Asia and Africa, attained many secrets. Rosencreuz was credited for starting the organization (Rose Croix or Rosie Cross). The Rosicrucians remained extremely secretive until the 17th century when two books were published: Fama Fraternitatus laudabilis Ordinis Rosaecrusis (The Report of the Laudable Fraternity of Rosicrucians) and Confessio Fraternitatis (The Confession of the Fraternity). Sir Francis Bacon is considered to be Imperator of the Rosicrucians during the late 16th and early 17 century. Sir Isaac Newton is also said to have been a Rosicrucian. The Rosicrucians are devoted to the pursuit of esoteric wisdom. They combine elements of Egyptian Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Jewish Cabalism, and other occult beliefs and practices. There is the Rosicrucian Fellowship and AMORC (Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis).
Shrine-The Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine limits membership to Masons who have achieved the 32nd degree of the Scottish rite or the Knights Templar of the York rite but is not associated with Freemasonry. The shrine was invented as a fun drinking society in 1870. Later, the Shriners decided to install a humanitarian aspect to their organization. In 1920, it was proposed that they would establish a hospital to care for crippled children. Shriners are also recognized for wearing the red fez.
United Order of the Golden Cross- The order was founded by Dr. J. H. Morgan in New England in 1876. It consisted of men and women who agreed to abstain from alcoholic beverages. It was organized by Freemasons who wanted to form an economical and safe method of providing life insurance to its members. Its strength lied in New England but was also located in New York, District of Columbia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. It claimed to be one (if not the first) of the societies to admit women on an equal rank as men.
Woodmen (Modern Woodmen of America) - This order was founded in 1883. The chief symbols were the beetle, ax, and wedge. Local lodges were called Camps and members were known as Neighbors.
If you could turn the pages of world history, you will innumerable small societies which worked secretly for various purposes. Be it to fulfill political agenda or to accomplish religious or practical goals, the reasons for the formation of such underground secret societies were many. They were hidden from the eyes of the world in such a way, that even till date not many people know of them and their hideous practices. A lot of myths revolve around these secret societies and their members. Some are said to be based on supernatural powers and aliens, and some others worked only to gain world domination through their weirdly strange practices. Some wanted to conquer the world, some wanted to gain power over certain religious groups, or some just did to have be a part of the world’s major event and leave their mark through their awkward practice. However, their innocuous practices did affect some great event and have had an impact over a large group of people, thanks to their many fascinating stories. Here is a list of ten such secret societies, which you might not have heard of till date, but yes, they did exist at a point of time in history.
10. The Bilderberg group
The Bilderberg group
The Bilderberg Group was started in the year 1954, more or less revolving around the period of the historical World War II. Thus, the War itself explains the existence of this group, as it was started to spread the streak and culture of anti-Americanism all across different countries of Europe. This society was not really a hundred percent secret society, but yes their practices for sure were unknown to the world outside. This group was very hideous of their discussions and practices. Conference used to be held, which witnessed the presence of some great world leaders, industrialists and other powerful politically based people, yet the Media for some reason was never allowed to be a part of even get to watch the conferences. This group had been a subject to some major controversies in history, especially due to its bent towards directing and framing public policies and financial markets.
9. The Black Hand
The Black Hand
The Black Hand was a group started in Serbia in the year 1912. All their life, they strived to strike a war between Serbia and Austria in order to free themselves and the other Slavic nations. A strange incident related to The Black Hand was that this group had planned to attack a famous Austrian in power, Franz Ferdinand. Due to a mishap, they ended up killing a Hungarian politician and due to the brutal assassination, Austria and Hungary joined hands to fight Serbia, which with time developed into one of the major event in history, the World War I.
8. The Knights of the Golden Circle
The Knights of the Golden Circle
The Knights of the Golden Circle was yet again another u8nderground secret society which flourished in the United States of America. They initially worked for the collaboration of Mexico and West Indies, though later with time, they started preaching the slave trade and through a lot of politics attempts were made to flourish this slave trade in the US again. Union industries and corporation were raided by the guerrilla armed forced formed by members of this group, but no one knew the members of this group neither the name of the group. They operated way too mysteriously and played mind games with the biggest people involved in politics during that time.
7. Ordo Templi Orientis
Ordo Templi Orientis
This group named the Ordo Templi Orientis was established not that long ago, probably somewhere around the early twentieth century. This group probably had some of the most bizarre and weird practices, right from occult practice t the sexual ones. This group largely relied on many religious and cultural rituals, and when that fell short enough, they turned their attention towards seeking what they wanted through bizarre occult practices. The members of this group believed that only occult practices could help you achieve what you want and would help you move from one level to the next upper level within the organisation or group. The ideologies of this group are still very vaguely known to the people today, and remains buried till date.
6. Skull and Bones
Skull and Bones
The group Skull and Bones cannot really be called a secret group anymore, but their practices and beliefs are surely pretty secretive. A part of the Ivy League College, Skull and Bones are renowned for giving membership to students every spring, preferably to those from the very rich, political or elite class families. The members of this group meets twice every week, and have also been known for a lot of condemning acts and pranks. This group, which was sued by the Apache tribe recalls that the group members were found in possession of a Geronimo skeleton. This group has also known to have allegedly forced a slot of students to share their sexual experiences with them, thus exploiting them.
5. The Thule Society
The Thule Society
The Thule Society which was formed in Germany propagated the idea of Nazism even more. Established right after the end of the World War I, this society was a strange reason had a very forward looking attitude towards the Aryan race and strictly despised the Jews and other minority groups. The group gained a lot of popularity over time and finally by the year 1919, The Thule Society had managed to even produce their own propaganda newspaper, spreading Nazism. But they were very secretive all this while as no one knew who was behind this whole propaganda system. When the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler joined this group, he took over this party and renamed it as Nazi Party.
4. Hashashin – The Order of Assassins
Hashashin – The Order of Assassins
The Hashashins, or popularly known as Nazari, were a large bunch of Shia Muslims who resided in the Middle East in the late 13h century. This group was clever in their plans and strategies, and used only guerrilla tactics or assassination plans to overcome or defeat their enemies. Mysteriously, no library or museum In the world has any record of this group, except for one myth revolving around them of the use of drugs or intoxicants during their activities, yet that is considered to be just a rumour due to the name ‘Hashashin’, which vaguely could be broken down to ‘hashish-user’.
3. The Sons of Liberty
The Sons of Liberty
Being the epitome of notorious acts for a noble cause, The Sons of Liberty are accredited with the implementation of the Stamp Act. This group existed in America, prior to the Revolutionary War. They were known for their terrorist and other corrupt attacks, and were a very disintegrated and separate society. Members of this group were clattered in different parts and met once in a while around an elm tree in Boston, which is known as the ‘Liberty Tree’ today. The believed in ‘no taxation without representation’ and one of their most popular activities include the burning down of British overtaxed tea ships at the Boston Tea Party in the year 1773.
2. The Illuminati
One of the most secretive groups in the world of history is The Illuminati. Till date, nothing apt or accurate has been known about this group. But myths go to say that this group incited the French revolution in Germany and were indulge in attempts to overthrow the German government at that time, though the members of this group presented themselves as free thinkers. Gradually, the media turned against them and the group was disbanded. Yet, a lot of people still believe that the disbanding actually never put them down and that they were secretly and hideously working somewhere in the underground in the shadows, though no evidence of the existence of such a group has been clarified.
1. The Freemasons
This group officially founded in 1717, has witnessed the presence of some notable leaders such as Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill and many more. The Freemason were believe to be involved in occult practices and believe in spiritual thinking, though they were opposed by many political parties and also by the Church of the State. One of the secretive practices include the process of induction of people into their group. A person has to be referred by any ‘Mason’ before and then that person would need to pass through three standing degree to become a ‘Mason Master’. They had their guidelines and ways of hand gesturing and other expressions, and never allowed non-Masons to attend any of their meetings.
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