If you haven’t noticed, occultists and Freemasons, in particular, have an unusual tendency of standing out. In fact, a good portion of Time Magazine’s list of the top 100 most significant figures in history were Freemasons. Many of them if not Masons, were considered occultists and were associated with Freemasonry or the occult.
Making a noticeable portion of this list, given that it is of the world’s most influential, means a great deal more than one might assume.
• George Washington – Freemason
• Theodore Roosevelt – Freemason
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Freemason
• Benjamin Franklin – Freemason
• Winston Churchill – Freemason
• Franklin D. Roosevelt – Freemason
• Voltaire – Freemason
• Andrew Jackson – Freemason
• Oscar Wilde – Freemason
• Joseph Smith, Jr – Freemason
• Mark Twain – Freemason
• Harry S. Truman – Freemason
• Ronald Reagan – Honorary Freemason
Many on Time’s list were not Freemasons but showed an interest in it or were associated with it. For example, there is no documentation to prove that Napoleon Bonaparte was a Mason himself but his brother, Joseph Bonaparte, was a Grand Master and Napoleon had countless Masonic associates. Abraham Lincoln is another example. Lincoln petitioned to join Freemasonry but later withdrew his petition in fear that it would look as if he were simply attempting to gain more votes by becoming a Freemason.
• Thomas Jefferson
• Napoleon Bonaparte
• Abraham Lincoln
• Richard Wagner
• John Adams
• Jean-Jacques Rousseau
• René Descartes
Finally, there are some on this list who were considered occultists, such as Isaac Newton and Sir Francis Bacon. There’s also several who were members of less known secretive societies, such as Adolf Hiter’s membership in the Thule Society or George W. Bush’s membership in the secretive order known as Skull & Bones.
Take a look at this clip where George W. Bush and John Kerry are both asked about their membership in Skull & Bones. Bush says, “It’s so secret we can’t talk about it,” which leads to a point that I want to make. Many others on this list could have been a part of a secretive order that we simply aren’t aware of but I am not mentioning that as a means of justifying my assertion. I feel that is evident enough for those who are well-read on history. I’m simply acknowledging that a lot of influential figures aren’t known to be in secret societies but could have been.
So, what’s the deal? Why are so many significant people a part of secretive orders or occult circles? Why are they so influential?
The majority of people would chalk it up to the presumed connections and powers that one might gain as a part of a secretive order or by being involved in occult circles. As a Freemason myself, I can tell you that’s not true. No one thing, not even Freemasonry, is going to give you everything. You don’t join Freemasonry and suddenly become a rock star among men. It doesn’t magically grant you power and wisdom. No, it’s not that simple and there’s more to it than simply networking through Freemasonry or occult circles.
So, what then?
Ironically, the main reason hasn’t much to do with Freemasonry or occultism. Instead, the primary reason is more practical. Those who join secretive orders are the novelty seeking type and inevitably, those type of people will stand out in the grand scheme of things. The same type of people who join a secretive order to gain knowledge and explore the Mysteries are the same people who have a burning desire to change the world. These type of people will look far and wide for answers and eventually, they’ll find some sort of answers and will act on that knowledge.
Those who aren’t seeking answers and knowledge obviously won’t find any and won’t change the world. The deciding factor is seeking out and obtaining knowledge. As Sir Francis Bacon is believed to have said, “Knowledge is power”.
Another factor is the philosophy of Freemasonry and occult circles. A lot of it has to do with the ability to manifest things into being and to become the defining force in your life. It’s about your journey, your search, and your ability to manifest things. It’s not about what the world can do for you but what you can learn to do for yourself by building yourself up strong with noble qualities and characteristics. In the world of Freemasonry, this is often referred to as “building your own inner temple.” Of course, if you’re a Freemason, you’ve been introduced to that concept and the whole concept of seeking and finding. In fact, as a Freemason, you’ve probably heard Matthew 7:7 countless times.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” – Matthew 7:7
These type of manifestation philosophies are also encompassed in occult circles. For example, the motto of the Hellfire Club was Fai ce que tu voudras ( Do what thou wilt ), a long-standing occult/mystery philosophy of life founded by Francois Rabelais’ and later hijacked by Aleister Crowley. Contrary to popular belief, the saying doesn’t mean you should do whatever you please you but is rather an expression of the ability of one to manifest the will.
Now, if you have obtained knowledge and know how to act on it by manifesting what you understand into being through sheer will, that’s a very powerful thing. The type of thing that if wholly applied, can make you stand out among even the greatest and that’s a big part of why so many Freemasons and occultists were so influential.
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